Hey everyone and happy day after Thanksgiving! Did you all stuff yourselves silly?? Take a nap? Hike?? πŸ™‚ Hopefully you all had a wonderful day with family and friends.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink Design Team Tips Heart Knot YouTube Process Video

Today for Papertrey Ink’s Design Team Tips, I wanted to show you all how I created the heart knot from one of the cards from the last release… pictured below.

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by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink

A TON of you wanted some help in achieving this knot and at the last Release Party Live I promised a how-to video… so this one’s for you!! πŸ˜‰

Now for those of you who prefer more written instruction, below are a few steps to help you while following along with the video.

1 // Begin with your twine in an upside down U shape.

2 // Wrap the right piece underneath the left and lay it down. (Use a piece of washi to tape this piece down while practicing to prevent the pieces getting tangled and confused.)

3 // Wrap the bottom piece through the loop by starting underneath the bottom of the loop. This will create an upside down pretzel shape. (Use a piece of washi tape this piece down as well.)

4 // Using this same piece, wrap back through the loop going over, under, over.

5 // Now you are going to take this same piece and wrap it back around put it through the loop again going under, over, under, over.

6 // Remove your washi and gently pull your knot tight. (If you are using a tougher material like the natural twine, or like the braided ribbon I use in the video, you will need to mold it a bit until it’s tight and in the heart shape.)

That’s it! The more you do it, the easier it gets, I promise! Once the knot is created, you can put it on a card, Bible journal, or even a gift tag like the project I have put together for you below.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink Design Team Tips Heart Knot YouTube Process Video

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink Design Team Tips Heart Knot YouTube Process Video

I used the magnificent new kit, Good Tidings, to create this gift bag and tag combo (I’m obsessed with this kit). I also wanted to show you how to change the color combination of this kit simply by adding the pink tag and knotted heart with the braided ribbon.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink Design Team Tips Heart Knot YouTube Process Video

I connected 3 different tags together using twine, ribbon, and tulle along with an eyelet for a super textured and layered look. They are all free flowing tags too, so they have a ton of movement and are sure to catch the recipient’s eye.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink Design Team Tips Heart Knot YouTube Process Video

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink Design Team Tips Heart Knot YouTube Process Video

Well that’s it for me today! I hope you enjoyed this Design Team Tip and I can’t WAIT to see you all try out these heart knots!!! And please keep trying if you don’t get it on the first go! They are definitely a more tricky style. πŸ˜‰

Much love all! See you next time!

Xo, Stephanie

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Unique Holiday Gift Wrapping

Hey everyone! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog for another Design Team Tips with Papertrey Ink. I was having such a great time getting into the holiday spirit during this month’s release that I just HAD to keep up with the festivities!! So today I am going to show you a few unique ways to wrap a gift by using fun tags, a special embellishment, and even a fun little paper piece to add tons of texture. πŸ˜‰ Let’s dive in!

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink design team tips christmas holiday gift wrapping

Monogram Tags

My first idea came by Christmas-ing the Botanical Letters stamps and dies to make the flowers look a bit like holly. I love putting initials on tags at our home since we all have different first letters, but if you have lots of one letter, try using a smaller alpha stamp and putting full initials. It’s a fun alternative to the standard “to/from” stickers from the wrapping store! πŸ™‚

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink design team tips christmas holiday gift wrapping

I dressed this tag up with a lot of texture by putting the letter on top of a circle cut from kraft corrugated cardstock, and then tied it up with a Big Bitty Berry Wreath Tag. And of course to finish it off, a doily folded in almost-half to add even more movement and fun.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink design team tips christmas holiday gift wrapping

***See the Project 1 Supply List at the bottom of this post for specific supply details***

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink design team tips christmas holiday gift wrapping

Unexpected Embellishments

For my second idea, I used something we all have just laying around the house… a woodland creature figurine. Just kidding. But they do have some on amazon!! πŸ™‚ And they are soooo cute too!! You could leave them as is for a fun rustic/nature look, or to give them some spice, do what I did and spray paint them with metallic gold! These are super fun and kids especially will love playing with them after opening their gifts. (And you can set them out as reindeer decor!)

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink design team tips christmas holiday gift wrapping

The tag is made from the Simply Chartreuse Big Bitty pattern paper set and the Beautiful Berries: Winter stamps and dies. The tag and the “to/from” cutout are made from the Holiday Tag Along Mini Kit by Betsy Veldman.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink design team tips christmas holiday gift wrapping by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink design team tips christmas holiday gift wrapping

***See the Project 2 Supply List at the bottom of this post for specific supply details***

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink design team tips christmas holiday gift wrapping

Holiday Fringe & a Vintage Touch

Ok now bear with me on this one… holiday FRINGE!! I am obsessed… this may be a love it or hate it idea but I am all over it right now haha. I used Big Bitty Pure Poppy, Big Bitty Simply Chartreuse, and True Black Cardstock. Now in the past to make fringe I sit down for about 20 minutes and I tediously slice the paper over and over… but my life has officially been changed!! I was introduced to the American Crafts Fringe Scissors (there are most likely many types of these scissors out there) and this whole piece took 3 minutes tops! Each stripe is about 4 x 1.5 inches and I scored the top of each of them to give the fringe a bit more oomph. I used 0.25 in scor tape to layer these down on a piece of scrap cardstock and then I had my very own fringe paper!

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink design team tips christmas holiday gift wrapping

To give this gift a vintage touch, I added a torn out piece of an old book in the background, used natural twine to wrap it all, and placed a lone feather in the mix just for fun. I love mixing old and new, especially on gift wrapping.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink design team tips christmas holiday gift wrapping

***See the Project 3 Supply List at the bottom of this post for specific supply details***

Alright friends… have I inspired any of you to get crafty and creative on some holiday packaging?? Hopefully I have given you some ideas of your own and I truly can’t wait to see what you all put together. Happy wrapping!!

Xo, Stephanie

 

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Stretch Your Stamps: Florals

Hey friends! Thank you so much for joining me today for another Design Team Tips with Papertrey Ink. Today I am focusing on how to get the most of your stamps and I will be specifically working with florals. I have a few techniques for you that I use time and again for unique looks on projects, in addition to simply getting more usage out of my favorite type of stamp… those gorgeous flower stamps. Let’s get started!

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink Design Team Tips stretch your stamps florals

Embellish Your Envelopes

Stamping on your envelopes is SUCH an easy way to dress your cards up even more and impress the recipient. You can stamp in one corner, all over the entire thing, or even just on one side. Above you see two examples of envelopes that I stamped. These are purchased envelopes that I have on hand in a box so adding a little something extra to them was super easy. After stamping all over the pink envelope, I adhered a large die cut over top where I can add my address in. In the kraft envelope I only stamped a portion of it and then added a small address sticker.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink Design Team Tips stretch your stamps florals

Slice your die cuts

Another more unconventional way to use your floral stamps is to simply slice up them up when they are die cuts. Below you see The pink flowers have been stamped and die cut out, then cut in half and placed on my card. This gives a card a completely unique look. Also…

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink Design Team Tips stretch your stamps florals

Stamp a pattern on top of them

Above you see that in addition to slicing my pink florals, I also stamped them with polka dots. You can use any pattern at all when doing this; stripes, chevron, squigly lines, etc. and it adds so much fun and whimsy to your card. To add even more fun to them…

Give them unique centers

…such as these staples! Many people already use items like gem stones, enamel dots, etc… but what if you used something completely different? How about using eyelets? Or even something that’s not even round like a star? Any of these will set your flowers apart from the typical ones you stamp.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink Design Team Tips stretch your stamps florals

Stamp a background

Create an entire piece of customized pattern paper using your floral stamps. This is one of my favorite things to do. You can use any size stamp you’d like; you can make them nice and spaced apart or grouped together; you can create little clusters or just stamp the whole thing.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink Design Team Tips stretch your stamps florals

In the above card I stamped many floral images and then layered a few die cut pieces over them. My sentiment is on a piece of vellum so the florals still poke through.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink Design Team Tips stretch your stamps florals

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink Design Team Tips stretch your stamps florals

Well that’s it for me today! I really hope you have enjoyed this edition of Design Team Tips. Thank you so much for stopping by and let me know in the comments unique ways you use your floral stamps! Much love all.

Xo, Stephanie

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Repeat Sentiment Stamping

Gooooood morning crafty friends! Steph here with my very first Design Team Tips with Papertrey Ink! I have a little technique to share with you today that is one of my go-to designs and can be a very beneficial approach to keep your back pocket. It’s called Repeat Sentiment Stamping and you may remember seeing it in multiple of my past designs.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink Design Team Tips repeat sentiment stamping

So why am I such a huge fan of this technique? Well for starters…

  1. It can add so much subtle texture to a card without adding a lot of bulk. From distressed sentiments, to tiny ones, giant block sentiments, to frilly script fonts, there is no end to the amount of different textures you can create simply by stamping one phrase repeatedly.
  2. It adds an immense versatility to your stamp sets (especially ones with small sentiments). A lot of people seem to think of sentiments as just that. A stamp that will convey a message, typically to be used once on a card or inside a card and then put back until the next card comes around. But it can do so much more!! Keep that baby out and experiment with how else you can use just one little stamp over and over.
  3. You can use any size sentiment and create completely different designs each time. There are also multiple ways you can repeat stamp sentiments. From overlapping, to creating shapes, depending on the size of the sentiment, there are endless ways to use this technique.

Let’s take a peek at some examples using this approach with large sentiments and small sentiments.

Small Sentiments

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink Design Team Tips repeat sentiment stamping

For my first example I used a super small sentiment from the latest release, Circled Symbols. Small sentiments are very forgiving in that they don’t have to be stamped perfectly to achieve a fun book print type of design. I stamped the “so blessed to know you” sentiment on top of one of the tags from the Made With Love series and because it added so much interest, I left my card base simply white.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink Design Team Tips repeat sentiment stamping

Tip: Always make sure to offset the sentiments so they never line up perfectly – this layout is more pleasing to the eye.

Because the sentiment is so small and used more as a layer, you now have the freedom to use an additional sentiment with a larger font on top. I used the “I made this for you and prayed for you, too” from the Made With Love stamp set and then of course I finished my card off with one of the gorgeous flowers from the Gran’s Garden set.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink Design Team Tips repeat sentiment stamping

SUPPLIES:

STAMPS: Circled Symbols, Gran’s Garden, Made With Love
INK: Harvest Gold, Bright Buttercup, Black, Smokey Shadow, New Leaf, Limeade Ice, Hawaiian Shores, Spring Rain
PAPER: Stampers Select White
DIES: Made With Love Tags #1, Gran’s Garden Coordinating Dies
OTHER: White Twine

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Large Sentiments

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink Design Team Tips repeat sentiment stamping

The large “happy birthday” sentiment is from the Pen & Ink stamp set and it was so beautiful that I wanted to leave it on its own and let it shine. To accomplish this, I stamped it 3 times in different colors of ink. I LOVE how it came out in a graphic style. I added the small “happy” and “birthday” flags from the Initial Sentiments: Birthday set in black and accented the card with black paint splatters to ground the design and tie it all together.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink Design Team Tips repeat sentiment stamping

SUPPLIES:

STAMPS: Pen & Ink, Initial Sentiments: Birthday
INK: Black, Tropical Teal, Bright Buttercup, New Leaf
PAPER: Stampers Select White
OTHER: Black Paint Splatter

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More Examples

Now considering this can be used in so many different ways, let me show you some past designs I have created using this design technique:

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celebrate card set - goldensimplicity.com

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink Circled Symbols

In a creative rut?

Before I let you go, I wanted to share how I use Repeat Sentiment Stamping to my advantage when I find myself in a creative “writer’s” block. If I am stumped, I place that sentiment stamp on my acrylic block and just stamp it over and over on scrap paper. I stamp it in a line, into a shape, in different colors, upside down and sideways. This shows me different ways it will look together and get my brain moving without structure.

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Well everyone, I really hope you have enjoyed this edition of Design Team Tips. Thank you so much for stopping by and let me know in the comments how you like to use this technique or if there is another one you would like me to cover in my next DTT post! Much love all.

Xo, Stephanie

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