Hey there! It’s Day 3 of the Papertrey Ink Release and I’m excited to feature the new Mix & Mat dies this month! I’m also excited to be back from my little hiatus last month and share all the wonderful projects for the new release. Carrying on the winter holiday theme, this month’s Mix & Mat comes with this gorgeous intricate snowflake center. Like wow!
For my first (and favorite!) card today, I worked with only the inner snowflake piece, and die cut this long snowflake column on white cardstock. I only needed to die cut twice to get full coverage of the length of the card. Underneath, I created this winter cool ombre look by blending Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide Inks on to another piece of white cardstock. These inks blend so smoothly!
Now I have this beautiful, colorful underlayer that can shine through my intricate snowflake pattern. The strong colors really bring out all the details, don’t you agree?
The sentiment can be a word die or a banner, and it would look beautiful. I went for this nice little banner die that I stamped ‘Season’s Greetings’ from another new set this month called Dash Away All in Enchanted Blue dye ink. I added a touch of blending to the edges of the banner to give it some interest with the same Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink to match.
For my next card, I wanted to showcase just the border die. As with this entire Mix & Mat series these pretty borders add a nice, delicate touch to any large sentiment stamps, and most definitely fits perfectly with all the Year of Psalms. I die cut the border out of white cardstock, masked off the edges and blended a hint of Spring Rain dye ink in opposite corners. Then, I stamped the sentiment and its embellishments in Enchanted Evening and Spring Rain.
I wanted to add a little more interest behind this piece so I brought out last month’s Silver White Winters stamp set to stamp various sizes of snowflakes in Enchanted Evening, Blueberry Sky and Spring Rain. The larger the snowflake, the lighter the dye ink I used.
Lastly, I adhered the sentiment panel onto my base card with some foam tape for a little elevation. Simple, cool winter look!
For my last card, I really want to take a look at what the snowflakes would look like with some watercoloring. Again, I chose to work with blues and turqouise colors. After I die cut the frame with the snowflakes out of watercolor paper, I applied the various colors and in different concentration across the die cut piece.
Originally I was going to stop there, but I realized it was too white (even though I love lots of whtie!) and wanted to the pretty borders to stand out a little more. So beneath where the borders would have laid, I added some soft watercoloring with the same colors I used on the snowflakes. Ah, much better!
For my sentiment, I knew I wanted to use a word die. In fact, I really wanted to use a large word die, but I couldn’t find one in my stash at the time so I pulled out last month’s Ways to Say: Just For You die and used it on Silver Shimmer Paper. I needed to help bring out a little more clarity from the intricate snowflake background, so I trimmed a thin strip of vellum and fishtails and adhered right behind my sentiment.
Hope today’s post gave you a bit of taste of what this month’s Mix & Mat Snowflakes can do! All October Release products will be live on the 15th and when I’ll be back for more inspiration with this month’s products!
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