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MFT Creative Construction with Blueprints – Scallops

Scallops, scallops, scallops! We all love die cutting scallop borders, scallop frames, scallop everything! There was a point in time I was so addicted to it that I kept using it in all my cards. It’s definitely a must-have classic die to have in your collection.

This month’s MFT Creative Construction With Blueprints featuring all things scallops. Many of the MFT blueprints come with scallopped dies, and often times is my go-to set to grab large rectangular scallop dies. Today I wanted to share a card using MFT Tag Blueprint with scallops, Tag Builder Blueprints 3.

I first started blending Grapesicle and Bubblegum dye ink onto smooth white card stock. Then I die cut the pretty scallop rectangle out of it and the words ‘Be Mine’ towards the bottom. I chose to work with the Otterly Love You and Bold Blooms stamp set. The otter was colored with copic markers.

I went with a soft blend of various watercolors, pink, blue, and some purple splatter. I adhered my scallop rectangle with foam tape and then arranged my flowers and otter together.

Hope you like today’s fun inspiration with Blueprints! Be sure to check out my MFT blog for more inspiration from my fellow talented teamies!

Cheers,

Supplies


Neat & Tangled

Neat & Tangled You Can Do Anything

Woohoo Monday! Lets’s pump it up with tons of motivation and fun. You can do anything! I mean it! I love revisiting some older sets and mixing it with some of the newer ones. It always nice to see things from a different light. I really wanted to combine the Big Top Birthday and the You Can Do Anything sentiment.

I stamped and colored my circus characters in copic markers. I die cut my sentiment three times, ink blending one of the die cuts by using some post its for masking and blending from down up. I wanted my strongman to lift up the sentiment so I placed it right on top of his hands.

As for the overall layout of the card, I blended Black Soot and Weathered Wood distress inks. I cut strips of red striped pattern paper of about 1.5″ for the bottom and to of the card. I wanted fun scalloped pattern, so I die cut 2 thin strips of black card stock, and then die cut it with the Scalloped dies. I adhered these strips with foam tape.

Hope you enjoy’s today’s dose of Neat and Tangled and inspiration!

Cheers,

Supplies


Papertrey Ink

PTI Feature: Bloom & Grow, Butterfly Hope

What a crazy amount of projects from the Papertrey Ink design team, right? I got one more pair of cards for you today, one focused on the Make It Market Mini Kim: Bloom & Grow, and the other showcasing the Butterfly Hope stamp and die set.

I love playing with these mini kits. I think they are very reasonable priced at $42 and they come with so much pre-printed materials to make quick and easy cars, or the stamps and dies to create our own, forever! As much as I absolutely love coloring and making cards from scratch, sometimes I just need to make something really quick last minute. I went for the preprinted florals and pots, and started diecutting them out of the coordinating dies in the set. I only die cut a select few floral so that I have some popping out with foam tape and some just in the original image.

I assembled it all floral bouquet together and set it aside. Next I needed a palce for my sentiment, so I reached for my Banner Style Die and then did some ink blending with my Vintage Photo distress ink to create some shadows and more depth to it. I stamped the sentiment from Ways to Say: Thank You Mini Stamp Set, and adhered the top piece over foam tape.

I kept the background simple and utilized the pattern paper in the kit. I cut a thin strip of it, and then cut a slightly wider strip of vellum. I tore it to create a natural edge. As a last touch, I used my white gel pen to create a little decorative dots around the bouquet.

So, I know this kit was very popular and sold out within a few hours of release, but if you are looking for the restock, Nicole has let us know that it will come back within 2 weeks, so keep an eye out!

Next I showcase the Butterfly Hope stamp set and Fun Frames Die. I created a soft wash of watercolor to create a flying pathway for my butterflies. Then I heat embossed the sentiment from the set in silver in the bottom right quarter. To bring focus to the sentiment, I die cut Fun Frames out of white cardstock three times, adhered them together, and framed the sentiment.

I then stamped the butterflies and colored them in combination of stamping the inside layers and adding decorative markings and shading with copic markers. I adhered them with foam tape to complete the card.

Hope you enjoy all the inspiration in the past 5 days! If you’re interested in any of the March release products, head on over to the Papertrey Ink store today!

Cheers,

Supplies


Papertrey Ink

PTI Feature: Nesting and Botanical Letters

I am always utterly amazed at how beautifully intricate Papertrey Ink dies are, and in this month’s release, the Nesting stamps, dies, and cover plate is absolutely stunning.

I like to keep cards looking clean and simple (even though it may still take me a few hours to finish!). I blended on some Blueberry Ski and Spring Rain dye inks from to the corners of my background. I then smooshed the ink on my craft mat and then picked up some ink with a water brush and added a touch of splatter. I stamped the layering images of the birds, nest, and leaves with various dye inks (colors listed in Supplies section below), and die cut with coordinating dies.

I die cut the branches with the coverplate out of white cardstock, and adhered it directly to the blended background. I then stamped my sentiment, and adhered all the pieces together with some adhesive and foam tape.

For my next card, I featured the Botanical Letters. These stamps are gorgeous! They make beautiful monograms, personal letterhead, and in my card today, wedding thank you cards!

I stamped my fiance and my initials and then stamped all the floral layering. I haven’t quite decided on wedding colors yet, but blue was on my list of possibilities! I then stamped thank you right below it with the same colored dye ink as my flower.

I love adding a little watercolor to so I created a soft blend of watercolor above and below the letters in a matching blue. I kept the design very clean and simple as I wanted to design something I can mass produce.  I really love how it turned out and hope you do too!

If you’re interested in any of the March release products, head on over to the Papertrey Ink store today!

Cheers,

Supplies


Papertrey Ink

PTI Feature: Cutaway Tags – Spring

Hello! I’m pretty excited to share my card today, as it may be my favorite card that I’ve made during this Papertrey Ink March Release! I am very much looking forward to the summer and was already feeling very inspired to get working with some warm, bright colors.

The one technique I am quite addicted in doing is stamping with wet ink to create a watercolored look. I used this technique all over today’s card to create the fun, loose background with the new Courage & Kindness stamp set. I used distress inks in this card, however, it can work with even dye inks! Just dab on some ink, spritz it some water, and stamp down. The more water you add, the more loose the image becomes.

With some leftover ink on my stamps, I picked up some with a brush and added some splatter. I then die cut the Cutaway Tags: Spring out of white card stock. I think this die is absolutely ADORABLE. I love it so much. The floral design on this is just too cute. Since my background was already so busy, I didn’t add any color to the die cut. I simply stamped the sentiment in the center with coordinated colors.

I was originally planning to adhere it to the center of the card, but as I was placing it around, I thought it looked perfect to the side and slanted! I simply adhered it to my card with foam tape and snipped off any excess off the side of my A2 sized card base. I hope like today’s card as much as I do!

If you’re interested in any of the March release products, head on over to the Papertrey Ink store today!

Cheers,

Supplies