It's Monday, folks.
I know, I know.
But at least it's a Monday filled with Papertrey Ink countdown goodness, right?
And my part of the countdown kicks off today with a new set from Melissa Bickford called Tree Tops...
It's a sweet, sweet set filled with a tree trunk image and interchangeable toppers for the tree... obviously, I had to go for the one that looked like little snowflakes first.
I started by stamping the trunk with Dark Chocolate and then embossed the snowflakes in white around the trunk. The ink on the trunk was still a bit damp, so some of the embossing powder settled down on it... I love how it makes for a bit of a snow-blown effect on the tree :)
It seemed that the snowy tree needed a few snowy friends, so I pulled out a super old and well-loved snowman punch and glittered a few of the punches right up. They nestled down in the snow drift die cuts while the tree sits behind.
This card has a bit of a surprise...
The main kraft panel is actually a gift enclosure envelope. I just trimmed the flap off, stamped and decorated the front, then adhered it down on the glittered cardstock layer. The ribbon is threaded between the snowdrift layers and around the binside of the card so it that prevents the gift card from falling out.
Super easy to do since the gift card pocket is basically already made for you :)
One of the other tree topper images is a more modern take on the tree... open circles in various sizes.
And totally gave in to the instinct to just fill every darned circle with a rhinestone.
Seriously. Just do it. Release any instinct you might have to hoard all of those tiny beauties until the end of time and just go ahead and use them on this card :)
A little over the top?
Why, yes, it is.
That's what makes it one-of-a-kind, right? :)
I used the new Layerz Mat Stack 4 die to create a special spot for the tree, then embossed that cardstock panel with the Woodgrain plate, then stamped the sentiment.
If you don't want the impression pattern to show through your sentiment, just make sure you stamp before doing the impressing. I think it can be a cool effect when it does show through, though, so that's what I went for here.
And since I was kind of crushing on the open circle topper so much, I just had to... HAD to... use it with this little guy...
I could not help myself.
The image of little fish here swimming along... his little bubbles floating up around him... it was just too much.
It had to be done.
So I pulled out my ever-trusty clear cardstock and made a plan. I started with a base card and added a few sandy layers at the bottom with the In the Meadow dies. (Yup, used em as snow up above and sand down here.)
Fishy came from the new Tremendous Treats: Valentine set and was stamped with Memento ink then colored with Copics.
I went ahead and put the clear cardstock layer over the card and stamped the tree topper/bubbles with Staz On ink in white. I'm telling you, it was totally meant to be because the bubbles nestled together *perfectly.*
Just a note... be careful when you're stamping on the clear cardstock. It's super simple, you just need to press the stamp down carefully. Keep a baby wipe or damp paper towel on hand and if you feel like you need to make another attempt, just firmly rub the ink off super fast.
Voice of experience here :)
I added a tiny dot of Diamond Glaze (clear, liquid adhesive/embellishment) to the smallest bubbles and let it dry completely. I love, love, love that part! It gives the bubbles such realistic dimension.
I pulled the sentiment from the original Tiny Treats and added it right over the bubbles.
So there you have it... just a few ideas with the new Tree Tops set.
Thoughts?? I hope you like them!
You can stop by and see what Lisa Johnson and Melissa Bickford are up to today, too :)
Back tomorrow with more...
Peace Love Joy card
Supplies not available now, but available on the 15th: Tree Tops stamp set
Supplies not available now, but available on the 15th: Tree Tops stamp set, Tree Tops die, Layerz Mat Stack 4 die
You're a Great Catch card
Supplies not available now, but available on the 15th: Tree Tops stamp set, Tree Tops die