Hey everyone! It’s the beginning of new releases at Papertrey Ink and today I have a featured post for you showcasing the latest from the Ways To Say series: Sympathy.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink ways to say sympathy card

I started by heat embossing my sentiment onto vellum in black powder. I stamped an additional sentiment over and over onto a die cut butterfly to create some texture and add color. To create a two-tone look, I layered a white die cut over kraft cardstock with dimensional adhesive.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink ways to say sympathy card

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink ways to say sympathy card

To prevent warping when heat embossing vellum, let your heat gun get really hot for about 30 seconds before you start embossing. This will help limit the time it takes to melt the embossing powder.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink ways to say sympathy card

Supplies:

Stamps: Ways To Say: Sympathy
Ink: Versamark, New Leaf, Hibiscus Burst, Bright Buttercup
Paper: White, Hibiscus Burst Cardstock, Kraft Cardstock, Vellum
Dies: Horizontal Stripes Cover Plate, Life is Beautiful Dies
Other: Natural Twine, Black Embossing Powder

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For sympathy cards, I tend to lean towards nature themed, monotones, and ultra simplistic designs. My next card shows off a bit of each of those.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink ways to say sympathy card

To create texture without bulk, dry embossing is a great technique as well. Here I used an embossing folder directly onto the card base and layered on top it. To add even more interest, I stamped an additional sentiment right on top of my stamped flower.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink ways to say sympathy card

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink ways to say sympathy card

Supplies:

Stamps: Ways To Say: Sympathy, Gran’s Garden
Ink: Smokey Shadow
Paper: Stampers Select White, Enchanted Evening
Dies: With Sympathy, Gran’s Garden Dies
Others: Floral Embossing Folder

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by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink ways to say sympathy card

And finally, a gold embossed frame with black and gold embossed flowers. There is something about the sentiment at the bottom of this card that feels so genuine to me. I don’t know if it’s because it’s something I would naturally say or what, but I really love it.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink ways to say sympathy card

After die cutting the fun frames die, I rubbed Versamark directly onto the cut piece and then embossed the entire thing. This is a great alternative if you don’t happen to have a color you would prefer in cardstock.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink ways to say sympathy card

Supplies:

Stamps: Ways To Say: Sympathy, Beautiful Brushstrokes
Ink: Versamark, Black
Paper: Stampers Select White
Dies: Beautiful Brushstrokes, Fun Frames Dies
Other: Gold Embossing Powder, Black Embossing Powder, White String Twine

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Well that’s it for me today! I hope you enjoyed my projects as well as the new products released! Have a wonderful day!

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:

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink courage and kindness ways to say thank you

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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Hey there! Our family is getting back from a really fun Easter weekend with great friends AND a big ole illness for my youngest. It’s been a crazy week but I am so glad to be here and give you a little more inspiration for this month’s Papertrey release.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink grans garden mix and mat botanical letters

For this first card I die cut the Mix & Mat: Scallops lace die twice from watercolor paper and then watercolored it with a few coordinating inks. I mounted the lace piece into a Soft Stone cardstock card base and stamped the “hugs” sentiment from the Lowercase Botanical Letters stamps. The flowers are stamped from the GORGEOUS Gran’s Garden stamp and die sets.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink grans garden mix and mat botanical letters

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink grans garden mix and mat botanical letters

For my second card I went with a dramatically simple style.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink quoted start again

I really wanted to show off the quote on this Melon Berry Cardstock so I stamped it once in black ink right onto the card base and then again on white cardstock. I cut out the top portion and mounted it directly on top of my card base using extra dimensional adhesive to really pop it up.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink quoted start again

Well, that’s it for today! As always, make sure to check out all the other designers wonderful creations on Nichole’s Blog!

Xo, Stephanie

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