I've got not one, but two AMAZINGLY versatile sets to introduce to you today! Both of which I am extremely excited about showcasing!
First is Vintage Labels, a set that is hinged upon the ongoing popularity of vintage label shaped embellishments that are available throughout the industry. The stamp set we are bringing you allows you to create four different sizes in any color you desire. All you need to provide is the cardstock, ink and a little creativity! As an added bonus, to make it quick and easy to cut out any of these Vintage Label images, they were designed to coordinate with Spellbinders Labels One die collection!
- Vintage Labels will be available for purchase on September 15th.
- It will retail for $24.
- Vintage Labels contains a total of 15 images (9 label images and 6 decorative companion images).
The second set is a little something by our very own Dawn McVey. You all let us know how much you enjoyed using her contributions to Handwritten Notes, so now she has put together a beautiful Christmas sentiment set that will compliment any holiday project. With the whimsical loops that are integrated into the graceful flow of her penmanship, you'll instantly fall in love with the easy style that can now be integrated into all your projects.
- Signature Christmas will be available for purchase on September 15th.
- It will retail for $15.
- Signature Christmas contains a total of 14 sentiment images.
I've created three unique projects today to showcase this duo together, although keep in mind that they can work well with almost anything even separately! Onto the projects!
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This is probably my favorite card out of the bunch because it has a bit of a unique layout for a one-layer card. This is a monochromatic design, done all in Enchanted Evening. Blues of this shade always remind me of the beauty of winter, especially when paired with crisp white! It also uses images from the new Tree Trimming Trio, which is another one of my new favorites!
Here's a close up of the label I created using the largest dotted border from Vintage Labels paired with it's coordinating die. The "Joy to the World" sentiment is from Signature Christmas. To make your custom labels go twice as far, especially when die-cutting for mass-production, try cutting them in half. They can have just as much impact, if not more. The embossed strip at the bottom of the cover is a separate scrap of cardstock embossed with the QuicKutz Stripes embossing folder. I love the way that this little strip grounds everything.
For the trees, I stamped the flourished tree twice and varying heights in the background of my Enchanted Evening card base using Versamark ink. I then stamped the tree one more time (in between the others) using Fresh Snow ink. I used solid ornaments to fill the trio of ornament openings there on this tree. On the white tree, I used a the snowflake ornament. A small single rhinestone finishes off each of them.
I kept the interior quite simple. I used the same border & die from the cover, except leaving it whole. The sentiment is another example from Dawn's Signature Christmas set. I used the small snowflake ornament that I had used on the tree on the cover as a decorative accent here, stamped in Enchanted Evening.
The white A2 envelope features the same border again, this time as a frame for containing the address of the recipient. Once again, I used the snowflake ornament as a complimentary accent. Such a wonderfully beautiful & simple complete package!
And to top it all of, it comes in at only 53-cents each to make, including the envelope! At that price, you can afford to give everyone on your list an *extra special* card this year!
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I wanted to create a project that used the new Vintage Labels set without the coordinating die, and this is what I came up with. This card is literally one layer, with no other cardstock except the Rustic Cream that makes up the card base! The Vintage Labels border is stamped in Sweet Blush. The poinsettias (from Melissa's new set, Peaceful Poinsettia) are done in Hibiscus Burst, followed by the leaves in Ripe Avocado.
To add a bit of depth an dimension to this one-layer project, I outlined the flower and leaves with my T1 Copic marker. Just that little touch really helps to set everything off. A small rhinestone was added to the flower centers for a bit of sparkle. The sentiment, from Signature Christmas, is stamped in Smokey Shadow.
The interior of the card is very similar to the cover, just a bit simplified. The same border is stamped in Sweet Blush, but this time just the small flower is added as an accent. The sentiment (from Peaceful Poinsettia as well) is stamped in Smokey Shadow. I am totally LOVING this ink lately. It is a perfect alternative to black when you need something a bit more understated.
The Rustic Cream A2 envelope has the same treatment as the interior of the card, allowing the border to serve as the future boundary of someone's mailing address.
With this being a one-layer card, it comes in at only 36-cents each for the consumable supplies! Now, you gotta love that!
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Last, but certainly not least, is a quick little card I designed using one of the smaller scaled borders from Vintage Labels.
The border is stamped with Spring Moss ink, which frames the beautiful snowflake from Beth's new set, Winter Swirls. The snowflake is stamped with Ocean Tides, a perfect color for something so majestic. A strip from Background Basics: Text Style acts as a border behind the focal point. This is a great little tip for those of you who are trying to stick with more mailer friendly cards. Use a stamped border in place of an extra layer of cardstock or ribbon. You achieve similar results with less bulk.
The sentiment was once again stamped in Smokey Shadow ink AND it too is from Dawn's new set. I love the way that the last letter "n" leads your eye off the page.
The interior features a block of Rustic White cardstock, stamped with a sentiment from Holiday Wishes using Spring Moss ink. The same snowflake from Winter Swirls is used again with Ocean Tides ink. I just LOVE those two images paired together!
The Rustic White envelope features the same images that were used on the focal point of the card. They are positioned just right so that they will appear next to where the address would be filled in later.
these simple cards finished up to be only 40-cents each, again WITH the elegant matching envelope! Talk about easy peasy!
Before I sign off, there are a few small tips I wanted to point out involving the Vintage Labels stamp set. One is, that because of the large size of the images in this set, there are two borders that "nest" within each other in the case. As you can see above, the smaller one is actually directly on top of the lip of the larger border.
Just a heads up that it was planned that way to avoid having the set divided into two cases just for that one image. You can still shut the case easily and the slight overlapping during storage will not affect your stamps performance in any way, shape of form.
Secondly, to fit as many stamps as we could within this set, we nested some of the images inside others during the manufacturing process. This means that some of them are literally frames and have open middles. (Many of our Borders & Corners sets are like this as well). To avoid any skewing of the image when placing it on a block, just lay the stamp, image side DOWN, on your table top. As it is lying there freely, it will maintain it's natural, original shape.
Next, simply lay your block on top of the image to pick it up. You will get perfect mounting every time this way!
So, are all of you now DYING to get these two sets into your cart? I know I couldn't live without them! Any particular uses for either of them pop into your head? I'd love to
hear your initial opinions of both the sets! Just for leaving a comment
today, you can have a chance
at a fabulous
- Vintage Labels stamp set
- Signature Christmas stamp set
- Labels One Die Collection
You have until 8am EST Monday, September 14th to leave your
comment to be eligible to win. One winner will be randomly selected at
that time. The winner will be announced before noon EST the same day
on our September Release Winners Page. Please play nice, only one comment per person.
enjoy the rest of your day and I look forward to seeing you back here
tomorrow for more sneak peeks of what's to come! Thank you so much for
Michelle Wooderson has a few more fun tips to share with you in regards to using both of these new sets, Vintage Labels & Signature Christmas.
Melissa Bickford has even more projects to share using Peaceful Poinsettia.
Dawn McVey is highlighting her new set, Signature Christmas, even more.
Beth Silaika shares another project with us using her new set, Winter Swirls.
Lauren Meader is sharing even more sneak peeks at this months new templates.
Did you see the blog post I did over at Creating Keepsakes the other day? There is a tutorial there about changing the Vintage Labels into journaling blocks.
Complete shopping and cutting lists for today's projects are available HERE.