Only 2 days to go until the reveal of Papertrey’s latest release!  I am really looking forward to seeing what all of YOU create with this set once you receive it.  It has SO many possibilities and inspires lots of PLAY!

Speaking of playing, I was playing around with this spiral flower reverse image from the yet-to-be-released set.  I looked at the "blockish" nature of the stamp and thought to create a faux spectrum pad look.  Meanwhile, at the same time I knocked out three cards all at once!

1. Stamp reverse spiral floral image in three different shades of pink.

2. Cut all three out along their outlines.  You want to make sure that you cut right on the lines, so as all three images come out exactly the same size.  My preferred method for something this precise is to use a clear ruler and craft knife.

3.  Stack all three cut out images on top of each other.  Using the ruler and craft knife, cut the blocks into thirds at the same time.  Not only does cutting them simultaneously save effort, but it also ensures that they are all cut  at the exact same increments.

4. Mix & match the block pieces and reassemble onto white cardstock blocks.  If you use ALL the pieces, you will end up with focal points for THREE cards, with no more effort than it was to create one!

5. To create my sentiment accent, I wanted to find a punch or die to perfectly coordinate with the size of "smile" (one of twelve words in this set).  Here is a quick little tip that I love doing with clear stamps.  Just apply your stamp to the "outline" on the top of your punch or die cut.  You will be able to tell instantly as to whether or not it will be a perfect fit.

Here is my finished project. The background is stamped with a matching non-reversed spiral flower. I then just matted some ribbon with white cardstock and trimmed the edges with scalloped scissors.   

I added Heidi Swapp flower jewels to the centers of the flowers.  LOVE those! Think of how fun it would be to make this exact card in other colors.  Just pull three shades of your favorite color from your ink pad rack for your stamping, pick your darkest color to use as your cardstock base to set off the focal point.  I would love to see what you come up with!

Ink: Rose Red, Regal Rose & Cameo Coral Classic Pads SU!
Stamps: Papertrey Ink
Paper: Rose Red cardstock from SU!
Other: Pink polka dot ribbon from American Crafts via Hobby Lobby only, tab punch from SU!, scalloped scissors from Paper Studio, Flower Jewels from Heidi Swapp.

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  • 1
    trudee says:

    oooooooooooh I’m first!! I **LOVE** this stamp and it’s matching non-reverse image!!! Cannot wait till the 15th!! 😀

  • 2
    Kristi says:

    Nichole – you are amazing! The endless creativity you have inspires me – I cannot wait for this next release!

  • 3

    LOVE this spiral flower, Nichole! And 12 sentiments? You’re a girl after my own heart! Can’t wait to see more!

  • 4
    Geny says:

    Oh my gosh, that is gorgeous. I think this might be my favorite set so far….well I haven’t seen it all yet, but the last 4 projects have been spectacular! You are such an inspiration. Thank you! I will be waiting by the computer at midnight on the 15th (9pm on the west coast!!).

  • 5
    Beth says:

    Stunning!!!! Each countdown post gets better and better! I have to work 7pm-7am Thursday evening but Papertrey Ink will be the first place I come to when I get home in the morning!!!!

  • 6
    Natty says:

    Wow that is a totally neat idea! :o)

  • 7
    Viv (VivLyn) says:

    How gorgeous! Can’t wait for the new set!

  • 8

    This post is chock full of great ideas, thanks!

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    stampngokaren says:


  • 10
    Alexis R says:

    Beautiful card!!!

  • 11
    Peggy Maier says:

    Thanks for the good ideas – great card!

  • 12
    Julie says:

    Ok. Now this one sold me! Really cute! I love the design of the floral image! I can’t wait!

  • 13
    florence says:

    WOW, how great are these cards, you are amazing, thanks for sharing your talent.

  • 14
    Michelle says:

    Gorgeous! Stunning!

  • 15
    Melissa says:

    This is gorgeous,Nichole! LOVE the flowers! Can’t wait to see the full set.

  • 16
    Suzanne Moore says:

    This set is a MUST HAVE I think! I cannot wait 2 more days to get it ordered 😉 I will be up at midnight for sure to get this one before it sells out…cuz it will in record time I bet! This card is beautiful! Thanks for this peek and the others too.

  • 17
    Ida says:

    This is just gorgeous! I love the colors you chose and the fact it has a flower just like the reverse is great. I’m excited about this set even though I promised myself I was going to have to “curb” my spending. It looks like I’ll have to put it off a little longer as this looks like a MUST HAVE type of stamp set. LOL! Ida

  • 18
    Niki says:

    These are such great ideas and stamps! This flower set is my favorite. Can’t wait to see the whole set!

  • 19
    Liz says:

    I am looking forward to using this new set! LOVE IT NICHOLE! thanks for bringing your wonderful stamps into our world! love them!

    I personally think the size of these reverse images will be perfect for a quick set of BOOKMARKS! wouldn’t that be cool!

    Thanks again!

  • 20
    Jeanette says:

    I am learning so much about stamping techniques by reading your blog. I love it! I’m so inspired.

  • 21
    Rose Ann says:

    I love the spiral flower, and more sentiment choices???? Bring ’em on!

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    Kathyc says:

    Oh my gosh, if I wasn’t sold yet,I am now!!!! I just love the stuff you do Nichole!! See you at Midnite tomorrow night!

  • 24
    lexi says:

    another awesome card! and i love this idea–your seams are so perfect you don’t even notice them!

  • 25
    Tracey Dean says:

    Loved your card, so had to have a go despite not having a reverse stamp . Used my panel for front of mini book .
    Thanks for the class. Will definatly be buying the stamp and having another go.

  • 26
    Kacey says:

    You are absolutely amazing and inspiring! I love this card! It seems so simple yet absolutely beautiful. I can not wait for the new release, it looks awesome!

  • 27
    Beth B. says:

    Love this – what an amazing technique and i also like how you can make multiple cards out of the one idea/concept. i always try to make multiple cards since i figure if i’m in the “makin cards” mood, i might as well go for it. 🙂 thanks for sharing this great idea! love your stuff!

    Beth (mommy to a busy 3 3/4 yr old)

  • 28
    Kelly says:

    love, love, love this!

  • 29
    Lolita says:

    Your creativity never ceases to amaze me! I love this card! It’s so elegant and beautiful. Thank you for providing such inspiration to all of us. I am truly in awe everytime I visit your blog. Thanks.

  • 30
    pwnmom says:

    wow! I stand in awe of all the amazing techniques you [all] come up with!! Love this card… simple yet elegant.

  • 31
    Eileen from Liverpool UK says:

    Wow Nichole your card is brilliant & when you showed us how you cut them up, you gave me an idea. Once cut up, I could make a ‘Waterfall’ card & I’m sure my family & friends would love it too. Thank you for sharing your beautiful & wonderful ideas with me.

  • 32
    Sammy White says:

    stumbled on to this web site.Yahoo!!!!Love your work.So simple too.

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