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Good morning!  It's time for the second of three group posts for the Papertrey Ink May countdown!  Today we are brining you a whole lot of summer, wherever you are, and whatever weather you're experiencing!  After seeing today's projects you're going to be reaching for the flip-flops and beach towels.  :-)

Tons of new stuff being shown today, here's a quick run-down...

Dress Up Dolls: Summer - this month's Dress Up Dolls accessory set is filled with cute summer essentials including flip-flops that actually slip on their feet, and a sun hat that slips on and off!

Keep Swimming by Heather is another adorable Heather critter -- this time a whale!

What the Doodle: Waves - perfectly doodled waves to use with any of the other summer sets coming your way this month, or it would be great paired with Guiding Lights or the "Cast your cares..." sentiment from the Phrases & Praises set.  So many options with this one, plus there are coloring and watercolor sheets!

Simple Seashells - a gorgeous seashell set by Nichole - need I say more?!

Plus we have some new stencils - the Sun & Surf stencil collection will be great for creating backgrounds for all sorts of projects.

All of these new products, along with any other products mentioned as "new" in today's post will be available for purchase beginning at 10pm Eastern on May 15th from the Papertrey Ink website.  

So much to show today, so let's get started with the projects!

I'll start off with a card that uses Nichole's new Simple Seashells along with my What the Doodle: Waves.  Seashells to me are kind of like the ocean's treasure and hunting for them is like hunting for hidden treasures, so I thought this sentiment from the You're a Gem set would pair nicely with the shells.  

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The multi-step shell images were stamped with a combination of Fine LInen, Classic Kraft, Sweet Blush, and Berry Sorbet inks.  To do the waves, I diecut the detail layer (there is both a solid and detail die layer, as with all of the other What the Doodle sets) from vellum, stamped it with the coordinating image, and heat embossed it with white powder.  Then I used my Zig Watercolor pens to color of the backside.   Peeking out from under the shells is sand, which was stamped with the new Sand Swatch set and Kraft ink.  I added a few splatters of Berry Sorbet ink to the background too.

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Supplies not linked, but available on May 15, 2016 from Papertrey Ink:  Simple Seashells stamp set and coordinating die collection, Sand Swatch stamp set, What the Doodle: Waves stamp set and coordinating die collection

Next is a card that uses Heather's new Keep Swimming, paired with some What the Doodle: Waves and a couple of the stencils from the new Sun & Surf stencil collection.  This card looks like it would have taken lots of time, but it came together very quickly!  I love stenciling backgrounds - it's so easy and fast!  I used the dotted sunray stencil from the collection up in the corner -- I inked it once with Bright Buttercup ink, then rotated it a bit and inked again with Summer Sunrise.  I used one of the wave stencils along the bottom and stamped the What the Doodle: Waves over top using Enchanted Evening ink.

Keep-swimming

I stamped and diecut the whale and the small fishes from Keep Swimming and colored them with my Zig pens.  The sentiment is from the Keep Swimming set as well, and was stamped with True Black ink.  

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Supplies not linked, but available on May 15, 2016 from Papertrey Ink:  Keep Swimming stamp set and coordinating die collection, What the Doodle: Waves stamp set, Sun & Surf stencil collection

My next project uses one of the What the Doodle: Waves coloring sheets.  I colored it with Copics and then stamped and diecut the boat from the set and perched it on top of the highest wave.  It's hard to see on the photos, but I colored all of the bubbles with Wink of Stella for a little sparkle.

 Afloat

The first part of the sentiment was stamped onto the stitched banner from the Tag Sale: Quilted die set and colored with Copics for an ombre effect.  I stamped "afloat" directly above one of the waves and highlighted it just a bit with a yellow colored pencil.  The bottom edge was cut with the Small Scalloped Border die.

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Supplies not linked, but available on May 15, 2016 from Papertrey Ink:  What the Doodle: Waves stamp set and coordinating dies, What the Doodle: Waves Coloring Sheets

My next card might be my favorite card I've made in a while.  It's just happy and fun!  I paired up the new What the Doodle: Waves with the new Dress Up Dolls: Summer to create this card that reminds me of an afternoon in the wave pool.  I diecut and colored the Dress Up Dolls: Basics and then decked them out with their scuba masks from the new Dress Up Dolls: Summer accessory set.

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I layered two of the solid What the Doodle: Waves diecuts and nested the dolls between the waves.  For the boys I used head only die from the Dress Up Dolls: Basics set  For the girl, I did diecut her body, but trimmed her off just below the shoulders.  I didn't even bother stamping the body on her, but I did stamp her swimsuit from the Summer set so the straps were visible on her shoulders.  Everything was colored with Copics except for the background.  I watercolored just a bit with some Aqua Mist reinker along the bottom, and the sun was stenciled with the new Sun & Surf Stencil collection.  The "enjoy summer" sentiment is from the previously released Summer Sweetness set.

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Supplies not linked, but available on May 15, 2016 from Papertrey Ink:  What the Doodle: Waves stamp set and coordinating dies, Dress Up Dolls: Summer stamp set and coordinating die collection, Sun & Surf Stencil collection

Next I have a few birthday cards using the new Dress Up Dolls: Summer.  First a girl version.  She's all decked out for summer with a floatie around her waist, a sunhat on her head, and an ice cream cone in her hand!  My girls would think this was summer at its best.  :-)  Since I was creating a card, I glued everything down, but her hat, floatie, and flip-flops are all designed to slip on and off if you're using these for a magnetic paper doll set!  

Make-a-splash

The background was stenciled with the chunky waves stencil and Aqua Mist ink.  The "make a splash" sentiment is from the Dress Up Dolls: Summer set and the "it's your birthday" is from the previously released Wet Paint III set.  I added a What the Doodle: Waves diecut along the bottom and trimmed the cardstock panel so that the waves create a decorative edge. I put some Lovely Lady polka dot paper underneath.  

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Supplies not linked, but available on May 15, 2016 from Papertrey Ink:  What the Doodle: Waves stamp set and coordinating dies, Dress Up Dolls: Summer stamp set and coordinating die collection, Sun & Surf Stencil collection

Now for a boy version of a birthday card.  He's all decked out with his sunglasses, swim trunks, a beach ball, and a slice of watermelon -- all of which are from the Dress Up Dolls: Summer set.  I paired him a sentiment from the Birthday Classics: June set, which is just perfect for this!  I stenciled the sun from the Sun & Surf stencil collection so that the sun from the sentiment would nest inside.  

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Along the bottom I stencils some waves using the third stencil from the Sun & Surf stencil set, which is a detailed all-over wave pattern.  I'll show you more about that in just a bit!  Floating along in the water is one of the fishes from the Keep Swimming set in his own floatie.  :-) 

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Supplies not linked, but available on May 15, 2016 from Papertrey Ink:  Dress Up Dolls: Summer stamp set and coordinating die collection, Sun & Surf Stencil collection, Keep Swimming stamp set and coordinating die collection

 My last card has a bit more masculine look to it.  I used the detail wave stencil from the Sun & Surf Stencil collection to do a "reverse" technique on kraft cardstock to create a pretty background, which I paired with this sentiment from the Phrases & Praises stamp set.

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A word of caution - this detail wave stamp is just that -- very detailed!  Although you can sponge in over it like I did in the boy birthday card above, it does take a gentle hand and more of a dabbing/pouncing motion than the usual circular blending you might be used to doing in order to not "disturb" the finer details inside the waves.  I found that I really loved the way it looked when paired with different techniques like this reverse effect.  What I did here was use a brayer to apply ink to the stencil.  I used Enchanted Evening and Tropical Teal inks and then misted it with water and pressed a panel of kraft cardstock on top of it. You could do this in lots of different color combos!

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After my stenciled panel was dry, I cut it using a couple of the Stitched Rectangles dies to create a framed effect.  The sentiment was stamped in True Black ink.  Along the bottom I layered both the solid and open diecuts from What the Doodle: Waves, and also added the ship from that set.

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Supplies not linked, but available on May 15, 2016 from Papertrey Ink:  Sun & Surf Stencil collection, What the Doodle: Waves stamp set and coordinating die collection

That wraps up my projects for today, but we'll be back tomorrow with one more fun reveal!  


Be sure to hop around to the other DT blogs to see all of their projects featuring this amazing line-up of new products!

Danielle Flanders
Laurie Willison
Dawn McVey
Amy Sheffer
Heather Nichols
Melissa Phillilps
Nichole Heady
Ashley Cannon Newell 
Lizzie Jones
Kay Miller

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