Only a few more days to go until the big reveal of Papertrey’s latest stamp sets!  Tuesday night is THE big night, and we are SO excited for you to see everything that we have in store for you!

I have received many emails over the last few months as to what is the best way to execute custom stamped patterned paper (a.k.a. OSW or One Sheet Wonder).  Today I thought I would show you a little of my process.

081207_color_inspirationFirst, I found some inspiration for my color & pattern in my brand new issue of Real Simple magazine.  The throw pillows on this couch just really spoke to me.

081207_dp_leavesSo I pulled out a piece of white confetti cardstock (SU!) to use as my base.  I like to start building my patterns with the LARGEST image I intend on using in the grouping.  So I stamped the leaf from our new floral set in Creamy Caramel, covering the whole sheet. 

081207_large_floral_outlineI then added this large floral flourish using Cranberry Crisp.  Notice how I stamped each flourish at a slightly different angle, making it look a little more random

081207_small_flower_outline_solidGoing down to an even smaller image, I selected the small floral flourish (an exact miniature of the large version).  I stamped it (with Cranberry Crisp again) randomly in between all of the large flourishes.  Each of the floral flourishes also have a solid shadow stamp counterpart in this set.  I felt that the pattern I was creating needed some added solid color, so I overstamped each small florish with it’s shadow using Really Rust.

081207_solid_flowerAfter applying the shadow image to the small flourishes, I decided that I wanted to duplicate the effect with the larger flourishes as well.

081207_center_leafIt still looked a little plain so I added what was intended to be a solid leaf stamp, in Cranberry Crisp, to the center of each large flourish.

081207_dotted_leafAs a finishing touch I went back through and added the dotted leaf outline in Cranberry Crisp, randomly on some of the Creamy Caramel leaves.  This step helped to fill in any blank spaces.  Viola, completed paper!

081207_autumnal_birthday_cardI was anxious to cut it up when I had completed it and I ended up creating this card!  Very autumnal, isn’t it?!?

081207_flower_closeupNotice the elegant flower accent.  It is created with some Beautiful-died-and-gone-to-heaven-the-price-is-right-VELVET FLOWERS!  (Yes, Papertrey will be carrying them!) There are a variety of colors available and they come packaged in a cute little tin.  There are a whopping 96 flowers for $8 (that figures to be about 8-cents a piece!).  And did I mention that they are DOUBLE-SIDED velvet!!!  I love the subtle texture that they add to a project.  There are so many layering capabilities with these as well since there a few different sizes included in one tin. 

081207_cutting_out_petalI created the coordinating paper accent for my accent flower by using a portion of the small floral flourish stamp.  You can see here how I carefully cut away just the center portion of the image for each "petal".  I was then able to easily assemble them into a layer for my velvet flower.

081207_treat_tin_sideIf you were to ask ANYBODY, they would tell you that my favorite candy hands-down is anything with Reese’s on it (although, for the record I did NOT care for the white chocolate peanut butter cups! *wink*)  So I thought I would incorporate Reese’s Pieces into my Halloween project (color scheme and all)!  I used one of our new square clear top tins (have I mentioned that we will be featuring NINE different types of tins!?!?!  How fun is that!  I just LOVE tins!!!) and filled them with my favorite peanut butter + chocolate delicacy!  I decided to create some fun patterned paper to wrap around the base of the tin.  I used two images from the new Halloween set to do the job (don’t you just love that basic little spider!).  I adhered that to my tin once it was completed.

081207_overview_of_treat_tinI then tied the tin with two types of ribbon, layered on top of one another.  This helped me to incorporate the brown & orange found in the candy.

081207_tag_closeupLast but not least was the tag!

081207_extra_jumbo_punch_coordinatiThe Halloween set includes two images that coordinate perfectly with the extra jumbo (yellow) scalloped oval punch from Marvy.  This makes it very easy to create a fun tag for your special projects!

I have some more fun things to show you tomorrow and a big announcemnt!  Be sure to stop by; you won’t want to miss out!


ink- creamy caramel, really rust & cranberry crisp dye ink from SU!

stamps- Papertrey Ink

paper- confetti white & cranberry crisp cardstocks from SU!, brown cardstock from DCWV

other: velvet flowers from Maya Road (via Papertrey Ink, brad from 7gypsies


ink- pumpkin pie & chocolate chip dye inks from SU!

stamps: Papertrey Ink

paper: yellow cardstock from Prism

other: ribbons from May Arts, extra jumbo scalloped punch from Marvy

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  • 1
    Dawn Thomas says:

    WOW, i just love all these teasers! You make one sheet wonder look so elegant! Can’t wait to see what you have in store tomorrow.
    Dawn T

  • 2
    tgrdina says:

    These sets are too great! I am chomping at the bit to get them and I WILL BE ON VACATION when they go on sale!!! So…please be sure you have enough so I can get them when I come home!! HEE HEE

  • 3
    Joan B says:

    Really, these are just plain ridiculously beautiful. Just little gems. Velvet flowers. You are killing me!!!

  • 4
    Wendy Sue says:

    You are amazing. (just so you know) :o)

  • 5
    Geny says:

    Both wonderful projects, thank you for the tutorial on the patterned paper! I can’t wait to experiment with it. 3 more days:)!

  • 6
    Debbie Olson says:

    My one-sheet wonders never look that good! Gorgeous!

  • 7
    Tandra Boyer says:

    Can I just give you a blank check now????lol

  • 8
    Alli Miles says:

    OMGoodness girl…mouth watering designs = mouth watering stamps. I need them all!

  • 9
    Michelle O'H says:

    these are stunning, thanks for sharing.

  • 10

    aren’t you such a tease, Nichole? 🙂 I can hardly wait for Tuesday night!!! Wonder what the big announcement is all about?

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful projects, Nichole!

  • 11
    Otter says:

    Nichole I just love your patterned paper!! It looks “store bought”!!! I am soo excited for tuesday!!!

  • 12
    Dottie K says:

    Yummy! Love the tin and the goodies inside. Do they come filled for us candy lovers (just kidding)? Love all the projects. TFS 🙂

  • 13
    Michelle says:

    Oh Man! I am sooo excited for Tuesday to come…counting sleeps!

  • 14

    I’ve been looking for just the right container to use for customized M&M’s I bought for my parents 50th anniversary. These tins are perfect. I’ll be ordering some right away. Also, I love the floral set and can’t wait to get it.

  • 15
    Dawn E. says:

    Wow! Can’t wait to see the new goodies coming out! Thanks for explaining the pattern paper you made. You make it sound simple and easy with all your steps, like I MAY be able to do some myself…LOL
    Wonderful site!

  • 16
    Kimberly says:

    Great stuff! I can’t wait for the new stamp sets, it’s killing me!!

  • 17
    Samantha says:

    How cool is that??? You are so creative!

  • 18
    Sue says:

    Wow…this is the type of stamping I get excited about. You made it all…the background paper is stamped. Not that cards made with pretty DP aren’t wonderful…but I love a project that is all stamped! Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! TFS

  • 19
    Sue says:

    Wow…this is the type of stamping I get excited about. You made it all…the background paper is stamped. Not that cards made with pretty DP aren’t wonderful…but I love a project that is all stamped! Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! TFS

  • 20
    Sue says:

    Wow…this is the type of stamping I get excited about. You made it all…the background paper is stamped. Not that cards made with pretty DP aren’t wonderful…but I love a project that is all stamped! Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! TFS

  • 21
    Carol (ScrapMomOf2) says:

    Love the step by step instructions on creating the stamped paper. I love those tins too! GREAT stuff!

  • 22

    OMG! I hate you and love you all at the same time.
    I cannot afford to even LOOK at all the things I have to buy on Wednesday!
    You are just amazing.

  • 23

    WOW!!! Okay, that is just awesome mine never turns out that well… But, with your tips mine is going to look a ton better… TY, reflections:0)

  • 24
    Janet Douthit says:

    Well, I guess that is it… I am officially broke, and it isn’t even Tuesday. I MUST HAVE it ALL!!! The two sets I figured right away needed. $48. Then I saw the bags.. cute need those too! Then the plastic flowers…. yes check! Now the VELVET FLOWERS and TINS?!!! Can someone say CHA-CHING…. Nichole, you had me at Day 5 and counting! ; )

  • 25
    Janet Douthit says:

    Question, now that I am done drooling…. : )

    How did you attach that button? or is that a velvet piece? I don’t see the end pieces of that orange ribbon!

  • 26
    Charlene Austin says:

    Everything Janet Douthit said…..DITTO for me!! Um, can I come and live with you and be your best friend? lol!

  • 27
    Janet Douthit says:

    Question, now that I am done drooling…. : )

    How did you attach that button? or is that a velvet piece? I don’t see the end pieces of that orange ribbon!

  • 28

    Wow, this has given me a whole new way of thinking about one-sheet wonders. I will definitely be looking at my stamps in a new light. I just love your style!

  • 29
    Jenn in GA says:

    Nichole, all your things are incredibly creative and inspiring! Wish I had unlimited dollars to spend, but I have to channel my monies into my SU! demonstratorship! Love love love what you’re bringing to market though. Keep blessing others with your creativity.

  • 30

    Nichole! How do you keep coming up with such AWESOME stuff?!? Can I just hang out with you sometime and absorb some of your creativity by osmosis? Both sets look great, but the floral one is phenomenal! I love that you’re carrying the velvet flowers (yum!) and new tins!!! How fun!

  • 31
    Monika/buzsy says:

    How cute is that candy box! Love it… Nice tag on the card. Love the flowers. TFS!

  • 32

    WOW!!!! Nichole, this is absolutely gorgeous. You amaze me my friend!

  • 33
    Young Chang says:

    Wow, love the floral paper you created!

  • 34
    Barbara says:

    I love your background papers. What do you use for your paper for what was wrapped around the tin? something simple like printer paper?

  • 35
    Beth says:

    Your PP turned out beautifully! This is one technique that I love and it is a GREAT selling feature to the scrapbooker that “never stamps.” And velvet flowers…. I can’t wait for the 15th! The anticipation is killing me!!!!

  • 36
    Julie Brooks says:

    Can I have an ounce of your creativity? You think of everything! Your background paper looks better than most store bought paper!!! I CAN’T WAIT TILL THE 15th!!! I’m ready to order NOW!

  • 37
    Nancy Grant says:

    You continually amaze me! WOW-wee!

  • 38
    Beth says:

    ZOINKS! I love these! The paper you created is just descrumptious!

  • 39
    Tammi says:

    Wow you are so talented. That OSW was unbelievable. It looked like a paper you would buy already printed. We are lucky to have creative artist like you to show us great techniques.

  • 40
    gayle says:

    so cool!!Cant wait to make my own paper!

  • 41

    Wow—where to start? I don’t think I can adequately express to you how happy your work makes me. It is just a pure pleasure to soak in everything your creative mind comes up with. I’m certainly in awe and we are all so lucky to have your talent to learn from.

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