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Transformation Tuesday // Papertrey Ink

Hello friends and welcome to a fun Transformation Tuesday with Papertrey Ink! If you aren’t quite familiar with this new feature, we are basically taking a card we’ve made in the past that we haven’t been 100% happy with, and showing you how we are re-creating it to be something we love!

Today I am working with this card from last year’s Papertrey releases:

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink Beautiful Berries

Now although I don’t hate this card, it just felt like it was missing my style a bit. I have this weird thing where I like what I make to really feel like *me* and this card just felt a little bit off.

To get started, I went through what I really liked about this card… 1) color scheme, 2) twine, 3) the cutout concept. So with these things in mind and being used as my inspiration, I created a new card.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink Transformation Tuesday Beautiful Berries Summer Scalloped Tag Dies

A couple of the things I really wanted to change about this card were the kraft cardstock, and the notched corners. For some reason, I just wasn’t vibing with them haha. I decided to go with a more clean cut card that felt a little bit more Clean and Simple.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink Transformation Tuesday Beautiful Berries Summer Scalloped Tag Dies

I kept my color scheme basically the same but switched out the Raspberry Fizz for Berry Sorbet. And instead of using the coordinating dies for the cutout concept, I went with one of the Scalloped Tag Dies instead to create a focal point more around my sentiment.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink Transformation Tuesday Beautiful Berries Summer Scalloped Tag Dies

And finally, to keep those clean lined edges, I used a Berry Sorbet card base as opposed to having an extra layer on the top of my card.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink Transformation Tuesday Beautiful Berries Summer Scalloped Tag Dies

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink Transformation Tuesday Beautiful Berries Summer Scalloped Tag Dies

Is there a card in your stash you think could benefit from a little transformation?? Don’t wait until next Tuesday, give it a shot now and be sure to enter the contest on the Papertrey Blog for a chance to win a gift certificate to the store. 🙂

That’s it for me today! I can’t wait to see your newest creations! Much love all.

Xo, Stephanie

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Tips for New Card Makers + Simple Impressions Kit by Betsy Veldman

Helloooooooooo!!!!! Are you ready to make some friends into new stampers?? Well get ready for the ultimate gift for a newbie card maker! Betsy has put together the essentials for anyone who is interested in learning to make cards and she did it in typical Betsy fashion… beautifully.

But not only did Bets put together a kit, she is also making the stamp set available for purchase separately AND you can buy a coordinating die set separately as well.

Let’s dive into the projects already!

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink Betsy Veldman Simple Impressions Kit

My first card is showing off how you can use just the stamps and the dies if you don’t get the full kit. I created a little rainbow of candles alongside the right edge and accented them with some popped up balloons. 🙂

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink Betsy Veldman Simple Impressions Kit

Some black and white twine is the perfect way to tie in the black from the sentiment.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink Betsy Veldman Simple Impressions Kit

And now for a fun way to use the kit contents!

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink Betsy Veldman Simple Impressions Kit

I put together two variations of the same card to show you how you can easily take what you made using this beginner’s kit, and move it into different products you either have already, or may be interested in buying.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink Betsy Veldman Simple Impressions Kit

This first card is nothing but kit. I stamped the flowers out using colors you receive with the kit, placed them on top of one of the pattern papers, and accented the card with some included sequins. Beautiful right? And so simple! (If there are uber beginners out there who would like a step by step for this card, let me know!)

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink Betsy Veldman Simple Impressions Kit

So now that you have made a beautiful card that you are proud of (and should be!!), make it again! But switch just a couple details up. You already have the confidence to make a card you know is attractive, so try some different colors! Try a pattern paper instead of a solid. Add in a piece of colored cardstock like this gorgeous new grey (DID YOU SEE THE NAME ANNOUNCEMENT YET?! I’m obsessed…).

By taking one design that you already know works and changing it up ever so slightly here and there, you will get a ton of practice creating. You will begin mastering stamping a bit and gain even more confidence in your abilities. Once you are satisfied, move on to another design and do it again! Not only will you be a pro card maker in no time, but you will also have a nice stash of cards on hand to reach for when you need one. 🙂

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink Betsy Veldman Simple Impressions Kit

All new products will be available on the Papertrey Ink web site at 10PM Eastern on April 15th. Happy shopping!

Xo, Stephanie

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Dapper Chap + Shape Up Tuxedo + Corner Adorner April + Words to Live by + Shape Shifters Square

***I wanted to thank you all for your patience today… it seems our internet is going bonkers and it’s been a challenge to get this post working! Hoping you are all having a beautiful Friday!***

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink Shape Up Tuxedo Dapper Chap

What genius idea… am I right?! Lizzie is at it again with her brilliant gift card dies and today’s has taken the cake!

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink Shape Up Tuxedo Dapper Chap

This quite clever set of dies gives you so many options to put together a gorgeous suit for the man in your life and you can even slip a gift card inside! I chose to put this outfit on the front of a card for my project today but I am a little obsessed with this set.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink Shape Up Tuxedo Dapper Chap

Don’t be scared off if it looks complicated!! Lizzie put together a wonderful video that you can use to follow along when you put this guy together for the first time (because it’s honestly simpler than it looks and you probably won’t need to watch the video more than once). And of course the Dapper Chap stamp and die set coordinate perfectly. I’m loving the “nicely done, sir” sentiment. 🙂

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink Shape Up Tuxedo Dapper Chap

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink Corner Adorner April Shape Shifters Square Words to Live By Work

For the latest Corner Adorner set we have a more artsy design for you this month. Create artisticly impressive card designs in a snap! I chose to go with a super watercolor and carefree feel with mine and used the negatives from the Shape Shifters Square die to add just a bit of unexpected fun to the bottom.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink Corner Adorner April Shape Shifters Square Words to Live By Work

This card design will undoubtedly not be everyone’s cup of tea but it may be one of my favorites from this release haha. (Check out artist Lourdes Sanchez if you’re a fan of abstract watercolor art)

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink Corner Adorner April Shape Shifters Square Words to Live By Work

Tomorrow is the last release countdown day and you WON’T want to miss it! (New grey color name announcement… hint hint…)

Xo. Stephanie

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Botanical Bounty + Bold Borders Flare

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink botanical bounty sentiment staples congratulations bold borders flare

Today I have a card for you showing off the newest set from Jennifer Campbell, Botanical Bounty, as well as the latest in the Bold Borders series from Lizzie Jones, Flare.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink botanical bounty sentiment staples congratulations bold borders flare

I combined a couple of the strips from the bold borders to create one solid block to use as a design accent. I LOVE how it turned out… don’t you just love when your ideas translate?? Almost never happens… haha

The flower is created using one of my favorite techniques, inking up your stamp and spritzing with water before impressing. For this flower I combined New Leaf, Green Parakeet, Summer Sunrise, and Lemon Tart. The sentiment is from Lizzie’s Sentiment Staples Congratulations set. 🙂

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink botanical bounty sentiment staples congratulations bold borders flare

Xo, Stephanie

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Papertrey Ink Featured Post // Fence Line Spring + Noted Simply Stitched

Hello again! It’s Day 2 of Papertrey Ink’s April release and we have more fun Betsy Veldman goodies for you today! Introducing Fence Line Spring and Noted Simply Stitched dies.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink fence line spring noted simply stitched dies

I had to pair this adorable fence with the Farmers Market Florals in at least one card today, aren’t they just perfect for each other?!

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink fence line spring noted simply stitched dies

The Noted dies are perfect for adding some structure to a uniquely shaped card as well.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink fence line spring noted simply stitched dies

My next project was really fun… I created an arbor by using two of the fences (or cutting one in half depending on the size you want) with a trimmed Gatsby Glamour frame. I wanted to create an outdoor wedding scene but it would be fun to use this idea to create a garden scene as well!

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink fence line spring noted simply stitched dies

The sentiment and banner are from the previously released Choose Joy stamp set.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink fence line spring noted simply stitched dies

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink fence line spring noted simply stitched dies

And finally, some Simply Chartreuse for you. 😉

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink fence line spring noted simply stitched dies

I used multiple dies from the Noted set to create a frame for a fun little spring scene.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink fence line spring noted simply stitched dies

Those rain boots get me every time. 🙂

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink fence line spring noted simply stitched dies

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I will see you again tomorrow. Much love.

Xo, Stephanie

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