Day 14: Introducing Damask Designs

Well, it's hard to believe, but the final day of the countdown is here!  The BIG party and release are tonight!!!  I'm so excited, I can hardly stand it!

Dawn's headshot
But before we get to actual release festivities, let's talk about another one of my very favorite stamp sets up for release, Damask Designs created by none other then THE Dawn McVey.  Dawn thought of EVERYTHING when creating this set.  If you love damask or even just pattern in general, this set is definitely a must have.  With several different scales of images to play around with, you will never be lacking.  Single images along with repetitive rows are both included, so you can focus on creating a custom look, or take the quick & easy route.  No matter how you stamp it, this set is an incredible basic that I have already put permanently on my table next to Polka Dot Basics and Background Basics: Retro!

Applying glitter

The first project I have to share with you today uses a fun glittering technique, which I think looks *stunning* with Dawn's new images.  I stamped the medium damask image with Fresh Snow ink repeatedly on my Melon Berry cardstock.  I then cleaned my stamp and got out my trusty Glue Pad and stamped a second time on each of the images with that.  A little sprinkle of glitter and you have instant *sparkle shimmer* damask.  Wouldn't you just DIE to recreate this in every Papertrey color! If you buy paper like that at the store it is nearly $3 for a 12×12 sheet! (See that justifies spending $24 on the stamp set right there! *wink*)

By the way, notice that glitter?  The color is called Prisma and it is the prettiest iridescent white I have ever used!  It's super fine too, so it works well for techniques like what I showed above.  This glitter will be going up for sale tonight, $3 for 3gram jar.

Celebrate card

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On the completed card I paired the Melon Berry with Aqua Mist & Dark Chocolate.  The Aqua Mist is stamped with Polka Dot Basics and the Dark Chocolate is stamped with Background Basics: Retro.   I punched notches out of the top and bottom of the Melon Berry using a 3/4" circle punch, just to add some character. 

Celebrate tag closeup

The "Celebrate" sentiment is also from Dawn's set, don't you just adore that font choice?  A girl after my own heart, I tell ya!   One of our new Vintage Cream buttons is added to the tag, tied in place with twine.

Forever card

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Now, if any of you are frequent visitor's of Dawn's blog, you know that she is well-known for her unique color combinations.  I decided to take a step out of my comfort zone and play around with a few unlikely choices.  First up is the combo of Spring Rain & Berry Sorbet.  At first I was a bit nervous about putting these two together, but I ended up really liking it, and hope to apply that combination to another project soon!  I used the largest of the damask pattern to create the background on the Berry Sorbet cardstock with Fresh Snow ink.  To me, it's such a nice over-scaled image, which is so popular right now.

Forever tag closeup

The "forever" tag was punched with the Making Memories slot punch and our Fresh Snow Twill is threaded through.  A blue gingham brad is used to cinch the twill together and hold it in place on the tag.  "Forever" is one of the many sentiments from Friends 'Til the End and it was stamped on the tag with Berry Sorbet ink.

Happy Birthday card

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And last (but certainly not least!) is this quick little project that uses spring moss, ripe avocado, sweet blush and raspberry fizz.  I stamped the pre-fab damask pattern rows onto sweet blush cardstock using raspberry fizz ink.  It was so easy to do since the pattern was already formed into the precise rows for me.  All I had to do was work my way up the block, stamping one row above the other.  LOVED that too!  The entire project is mounted to a spring moss card base.

Happy Birthday closeup

The "Happy Birthday" sentiment is another contribution by Dawn to our new Handwritten Notes stamp set.  It is stamped in ripe avocado ink onto a white cardstock strip.  The flower is one from the Sheer Blossom Collection by Maya Road.  It is attached in place with a glue dot and one of our New Leaf Vintage Buttons.

I had a lot of fun exploring some new color possibilities. Dawn & I thought you might have fun with your own color exploration, so we have put together a special little challenge for you!


So, go to Dawn's blog and look over ALL eighteen of the cards she has posted this week using Damask Designs.  Pick one of her amazing color combinations that appeals to you, yet is also something outside your normal realm.  Create your very own project using your chosen combo and post it somewhere online, whether it be your blog or your
favorite online gallery.  Then, be sure to come back here and link it
up to Mr. Linky below!

Wanna know what's up for grabs?

FOUR lucky stampers will win their very own copy of Dawn's NEW! stamp set, Damask Designs!

There's actually TWO ways to win!

you don't dig participating in the challenges but still wanna play for
the prize?  Post a comment on Dawn's blog post today and tell her about where you might have spotted some damask while out and about. Fashion, home decor, table settings, bedding or anywhere else you have stumbled across it! Posting a comment there will automatically give
you a chance to win!

Now don't worry, participants that post a
comment with Dawn
AND a challenge card with Mr. Linky here will be entered to win
TWICE!  That's right!  Double your chances just by playing along!

have until tonight @ midnight EST (Feb.14th) to share your challenge
project and/or post a comment.  The winner will be listed on our
special Anniversary Prize Page shortly after midnight. You can always access this list through the
Anniversary Quick Link list to the upper left sidebar here.  A copy of
the list will also be updated daily in our customer forum.

I hope you are looking forward to this evening for the BIG release!  I'll see you then!



Our very first Distinguished Guest Designer, Maggie Holmes, has some projects to share with you using many of our new release products!

Becky Oehlers has some more AMAZING things to show you with Damask Designs as well!

Heather Nichols has one last project to share with you using her new sets.

Melissa Bickford has pulled out all the stops for her final peeks.

Lauren Meader has topped it all off with another project using her latest Timeless Templates!


"Celebrate" card

Stamps: Damask Designs & Background Basics: Retro (available Feb. 15th), Polka Dot Basics

Ink: fresh snow & dark chocolate, versamark & glue pad (tsukineko)

Paper: Stamper's Select White, melon berry, aqua mist, dark chocolate

Other: vintage cream button, twine, palette prisma glitter, 3/4" circle punch (EK Success), foam dimensionals, sewing machine

Finished Size: 4.25 x 5.5"

"Forever" card

Stamps: Damask Designs & Friends 'Til the End (available Feb. 15th)

Ink: fresh snow, berry sorbet

Paper: Stamper's Select White, spring rain, berry sorbet

Other: fresh snow twill, blue gingham brad (Paper Studio), slot punch (Making Memories), 2" circle punch & corner rounder (with guard removed) EK Success, foam dimensionals

Finished Size: 4.25 x 5.5"

"Happy Birthday" card

Stamps: Damask Designs & Handwritten Notes (available Feb. 15th)

Ink: raspberry fizz, ripe avocado

Paper: Stamper's Select White, sweet blush, ripe avocado, spring moss

Other: new leaf vintage button, sheer blooms (Maya Road), foam dimensionals

Finished Size: 4.25 x 5.5"

Nichole Heady

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Join the discussion 39 Comments

  • 1
    Peg says:

    I love this stamp set. I reminds me of the upholstery, drapery fabric, and wall paper I grew up with in the “old days”. Great for a vintage look.

  • 2
    Marsha says:

    Wow, I am the first to comment; that has never happened to me before. I was out shopping in one of my favorite local craft shops tonight and I saw some beautiful cardstock with the damask designs on it. The damask images were black on a cream-colored cardstock and they were also flocked….gorgeous. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • 3

    I see damask patterns in craft magazines all the time. I have an older SU stamp that was a backgrounder and I love it – the different sizes of Dawn’s set is perfect for any type of project!

  • 4
    Michelle says:

    I saw some very pretty damask linens at Home goods the other day! Beautiful set, Dawn!

  • 5
    Jen Caputo says:

    Every one of Dawn’s samples has been better than the next. I can’t wait to add this staple to my collection 🙂

  • 6
    Carisa says:

    Wow, another great set, but I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by now! This reminds me of a bed spread that I loved but was beyond my meager means of buying back in the newlywed days….it is such an elegant look.

  • 7
    Melisa Hunter says:

    I have some beautiful damask napkins cut from an old linen tablecloth, dyed with tea, that a friend made for me. Dawn’s stamp is so elegant and I love all of her colour combinations!

  • 8
    ALyssa B says:

    Wow! great post! I am so exited for all of you! this is sure to be Papertrey Ink’s best release ever!

  • 9
    laura j says:

    What beautiful elegant designs in this set! There was a damask pattern on a black and white pillar candle that I saw in a home decor magazine last week that I thought was so classy! Congrats to everyone at Papertrey Ink for all of this month’s great releases!

  • 10
    Barbara says:

    This stamp reminds me of my grandmother..the grey/gold damask wallpaper in her livingroom. I remember as a child tracing the shape with my fingers over and over. Can’t wait to get “my hands” on this set! lol

  • 11
    Jackie says:

    Love that Damask! And I love that little covered button!! Is that new too!!?

    This is all too exciting!

  • 12
    Vicki Sopcak says:

    I have seen the damask pattern on throw pillows for the couch. Keep up the good work!!!

  • 13
    Trudy in Virginia says:

    I’ve seen this pattern on drapes before but like it better on cards! Thanks for the chance to win.

  • 14
    Elena Lin says:

    I was browsing through a Country curtains catalog and saw some beautiful damask designs there! Plus, my living room curtains have a damask pattern, too. Love it!

  • 15
    Brenda Baldridge says:

    I was at Hobby Lobby this morning and I found the Damask pattern on some drapery material. It reminds me of a bedspread I had when I was a little girl, it is a comfort of sorts for me. Thanks for the opportunity to win this wonderful set, PTI ROCKS. Brenda

  • 16
    Dorrie says:

    This is a great stamp set. I love Damask.

  • 17
    Stefani says:

    This has been such a great anniversary! So many fun contest and idea’s. Thank you for a fun 2 weeks.

  • 18
    Marcia Truslow says:

    Damask? There was never a more beautiful dining room than mine where I put up yellow and white damask wallpaper above the chair rail, with white wood below. Sunny and elegant. I LOVED that room!
    Thanks for Dawn’s new damask designs. Ohhhh, how I would love to have that set!
    Marcia T.

  • 19

    I am so excited about the new Damask pattern. I just love it!

  • 20
    Pattie Brown says:

    Nichole – What an amazing countdown and anniversary celebration!!! I can’t wait to see the final products. Thanks for all of your hard work and dedication to your customers. I love PTI! Pattie

  • 21
    Monica Jantz says:

    What lovely cards! I adore the sheer blossom one though! Love your take on “Dawn’s” color combos! Monica

  • 22
    Kathy V. says:

    Nichole–Thanks for such a fun and wonderful countdown. No, I haven’t won anything, (at least not yet, wink, wink), but it’s been so much fun watching the unveiling of this month’s release. It’s clear you put a ton of effort into this countdown, but it’s paying off. Clearly everyone is enjoying this, and pumped for tonight. Congratulations (and take a nap–I bet you’ll need it when tonight is finished! LOL)

  • 23
    Rikka D says:

    Damask seems to be everywhere. I notice it in bedding alot. Thanks for the fun contests for your anniversary! I can’t wait for tonight’s release!

  • 24
    Emmy says:

    I love all of your cards today! I can’t wait to get my hands on the Damask set! Thanks for all of your inspiration.

  • 25

    Beautiful stuff, Nichole. Can’t wait for tonight! I uploaded my link and thanks so much for the chance to win.

  • 26
    amber says:

    i recently bought an orange journal with a black damask print. and i also saw a pillow at biglots…it was brown felt damask on light blue material.

  • 27
    Helen says:

    Just uploaded my entry, left a message on Dawn’s Blog earlier, leaving a note here also to say a “BIG THANK YOU!” for sharing all your wonderful talent, ladies!
    Can’t wait/sorry to see it end tonight~
    it’s been such a blast. Thank you for all the opportunities to win your fabulous products too :^)

  • 28
    Carol says:

    It has been a wonderful two weeks playing along each day and seeing seek peeks at the new stamp sets and accessories coming out soon. Papertrey Ink is my favorite stamping place to visit!

  • 29
    Heather M says:

    My link of colour (as opposed to the pale I usually do) is finally up. Yaay!
    Thanks to PTI for all the inspiration these last couple of weeks – and for the chance to win some great products!
    I know we had fun but I think you, Nichole had a blast watching us have fun, too 🙂

  • 30
    Kim Faucher says:

    woo hoo… I love love that color combo that she did yesterday… I made one card for the challenge and really need to get back and make some more now!!!
    Thanks for the inspiration… my link is posted!

  • 31

    I love seeing everyone’s samples with the damask pattern. Such an elegant set. And fun to see it Dawn’s unique color combinations.

  • 32
    Sandy Thelen says:

    Love all the cards today! I can’t wait to see everything tonight!

  • 33
    Mei Ann G. says:

    Waiting for tonight …Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful set! Just love it.

  • 34

    So so so so beautiful!

    My card was made using the colors from Dawn’s Day 5 covered tin band…I love Berry Sorbet and summer sun colors of EVERY thing and I know those will be my first buttons 🙂 So thrilled the release is FINALLY here!!
    Kim Marie

  • 35
    Julie says:

    I always see a damask or two in the decorator fabric section of my local fabric store. Love it, but bet stamping it is a whole lot easier than sewing it! Beautiful set and I haven’t even seen it all!!!!!

  • 36
    Cassie Brumbaugh says:

    The thing I liked about the Anniversary Countdown was the anticipation of wondering what new and exciting thing is going to happen today!! It was a blast! Thank you!

  • 37

    What a `gorgeous` set I love them!!!!:)~X~

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    Logo Design says:

    Hi ,
    That’s so pretty cards. thanks dear.

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