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PTI Feature: Birthdays and Flower Mandalas

Happy hump day! Its Day 4 of more Papertrey Ink Release projects and I got a huge post of 3 projects for you today. Today I will be featuring the Initial Sentiments: Birthday, Ways to Say: Birthday, and Flower Mandalas II Die Collection.

The Initials Sentiments: Birthday is such a great, versatile birthday sentiment set. The various styles of sentiment font provide such many unique option to match your cardmaking needs! I was particularly interested in the ‘HB’ circle brushlike symbol, and used it to create a patterned background of my card. I used Spring Rain cardstock and stamped with Blueberry Sky dye ink.

I wanted to create a simple, but still unique look, so I die cut the scalloped borders the Mix & Mat: Scallops Die to have an elevated panel in the center. I then chose one of the ‘happy birthday’ sentiment from the set and heat embossed it in white onto New Leaf card stock. I trimmed it down to a thin strip, die cut it with the scallops die to get matching edges to the elevated panel.

I then finished with some wood veneer stars for embellishment. And that finishes my masculine birthday card with the new Initials Sentiments: Birthday stamp set.


Next up is the Ways to Say: Birthday Mini Stamp Set and Die. This little set is a perfect for your happy birthday sentiment needs and the font has a whimsical, bubbly feel. I wanted to pair it with something fun, so I created a rainbow blended background with the Lovely Lace stencil collection. I used only 4 dye inks to create this colorful background: Blueberry Sky, Tropical Teal, Lemon Tart, and Hibiscus Burst.

I stamped the longer sentiment in black directly onto my background, and die cut ‘happy birthday’ out of white cardstock. I kept the little inside pieces within the loops on my die when I adhered it onto my card.

I trimmed down all sides and adhered it over some craft foam onto my base card.


And finally, my last and favorite card of this post featuring the Flower Mandalas II Die. Funny enough, I went through a few versions that I heavily disliked before I reached this final product. Sometimes my favorite cards are the ones I struggled with in the beginning. I started the project building this mandala. The base layer is die cut out of pattern paper from the Lovely Lace Paper Collection, and the second layer is die cut out of vellum paper. All the little pieces were die cut out of black and white cardstock.

After putting together my mandalas, I then started adding little dots with my white gel pen and black marker. I die cut my sentiment with Scripted Die and glued it on top my manadalas.

I wanted a simple background to match this intricate piece, so I painted some gold watercolor brustrokes to match my sentiment, and added some black splatter to match my mandalas. This came out remarkably chiq!


Hope you enjoy my projects today and be sure to come back tomorrow for more!



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  • 1
    Tara Prince says:

    Beautiful cards!

  • 2
    Vicki Finger says:

    I love this crisp graphic design of the last card in particular. Something new for me to try.

  • 3
    Colleen Howell says:

    Stunning cards

  • 4
    Heidi says:

    Love all your cards—especially hat blue on blue!

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