Up first we have a stamp set all about birdies called A Bird's Life. I've been wanting to do some little birds for awhile now and as a graduate in interior design I'm always attracted to cute home themes (too bad my own home is such a mess right now). ;)
When designing this set it was important to me to create a tree branch that could work facing either direction to expand the set's versatility. For my card here I started by masking off some clouds on white cardstock using the dies from Rain or Shine and Sunny Sentiments and then inked over the panel using Mermaid dye ink with a jumbo dauber. To make my sentiment stand out I cut a strip of white cardstock, stitched the edge and stamped it in a color to match the birdhouse and birdies.
For my next card I used some polaroid frames from Doodlebug's Spring Things collection. To fill the frames I inked up some white cardstock with tumbled glass along the outside edges before adding them behind the die-cuts. I stamped my sentiment in the center with my favorite VersaFine Ink and then filled the frames with some of the sweet images from the set. I finished off my card with a large scalloped border along the top and bottom using the new Stitched Scallop dies.
The birdhouses were designed to be used with one of two posts that come with the set or to hang by the strings and "tied" with a bow. For my next card I used the posts to set my little scene borrowing the tuft of grass from our Easter Wishes set. When I was done, my card felt a bit unfinished so I framed my scene using THIS die by Gina Marie designs.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of being a guest over on the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog where I shared this card and some different ways to use masking on your cardmaking. I hope you will swing by to see my step-by-step photo tutorial over there.
The second new set I have to share is a small 3x4 sentiment set called Heartfelt Wishes which plays on different ways to use the word "wishes". This versatile set works all year 'round covering a number of occasions like birthdays, weddings, get well greetings and even the winter holidays.
For my card with it here I used the small candle that comes in the set and adhered two together to elongate them so that they could peek from the top and bottom of my sentiment strip. Before adhering them to my card base I laid them out to get a general idea about placement and then inked up behind them with a little foam dauber and Mustard Seed distress ink. After I had glued them down with my zig glue pen I went back and added glossy accents to the flames.
For my other card with the set, I heat embossed the words "wedding wishes" on the diagonal spaced 1/2" apart. I knew there was no way I was going to be able to keep things straight so I used my clear grid ruler to add some light pencil lines that I went back and erased afterwards. It can be hard to see where you've stamped when using VersaMark on white cardstock so I just worked line by line, heating up the powder before moving on to my next row. After everything had been erased, I inked up the background with Spun Sugar and Shaded Lilac distress inks and the areas where I had embossed resisted the ink.
I decided to carry the colors onto my die-cut word so I inked up a scrap of cardstock with the same distress inks before cutting it out. I finished off my sentiment strip by cutting one end with our fishtail banner dies. When I was done my card felt like it could still use a bit of glitz and glamour so I added a trail of pink and iridescent sequins with some liquid adhesive.
Brace yourselves. You're never going to believe it, but I was finally able to carve out about 10 hours yesterday (LOL!) to put together a 28-minute video for you sharing the full new release along with a tutorial for the new layering stamps. ;)
I hope you've enjoyed this week of sneak peeks. I can't wait for you to see what the design team has to share using it all! Thank you so much for all your sweet feedback--I have enjoyed reading every single comment and they all mean so much to me!
Everything is now available for purchase in our online store. Yay! In honor of the new release festivities you can receive 10% off your entire purchase using the code SUMMER10 through Monday, April 17th at Midnight PST.
Also just a reminder that all orders automatically come with a complimentary mini leaf die while supplies last. ;)
Here's a full look at the new Heartfelt Wishes & A Bird's Life Stamps, along with their coordinating dies available for purchase today...
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