Introducing Red, White & Blue and a little Star Spangled too!

Today, we focus on all things patriotic here in the United States.  Think Independence Day, the stars and stripes, picnics in the hot sun with fried chicken and potato salad on the menu and apple pie for dessert and at the end of the day, a gorgeous fireworks display as we celebrate our nation's independence and honor all those who have fought to protect our rights.  We're thinking red, white and blue as we bring you today's new products!


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Heather Nichols designed this fun and graphic set to celebrate the 4th of July in the United States of America! Create glittering fireworks and stars for invitations, tags, and favors. The set will work for other occasions as well like creating a patriotic card to honor one of our nation’s soldiers.

The Details:

  • Red, White & Blue will be available for purchase on May 15th.
  • It will retail for $15.
  • Red, White & Blue contains a total of 16 images.  The circle element is 1 7/8” in diameter. The larger firework image is just under 2” wide and is just over 1 5/8” tall. The “Happy 4th of July” sentiment is just under 3/4” wide and is just under 7/8” tall.




This fun new impression plate will be perfect for everything from patriotic projects to children's cards and more!  The small stars are so versatile and will be ideal for adding to just about anything you can dream up!

The Details: 

  • Star Spangled Impression Plate will be available for purchase on May 15th.
  • It will retail for $16.
  • Star Spangled Impression Plate measures 4-1/2" x 5-1/2".




You asked for it and we're pleased to be able to deliver!  Introducing a longer version of the original Movers & Shakers: Zipper die collection that can be placed anywhere and also gives you the option to control the length of the zipper.  Unzip the possibilities with this interactive new die!

The Details: 

  • Zipper Border Die will be available for purchase on May 15th.
  • It will retail for $5.
  • Zipper Border Die measures 1/2" x 7-5/8". 


Here's another die you've been clamouring to get your hands on!  This graduation cap die coordinates with the previously released For the Graduate stamp set and it's here just in time for graduation season!

The Details: 

  • For the Graduate Die will be available for purchase on May 15th.
  • It will retail for $3.
  • For the Graduate Die measures 1-5/8" x 7/8".

 Now that I've made all of the formal introductions, let's get onto the projects!

Grad Card
I thought I would start off with a couple graduation cards that revisit the previously released For the Graduate stamp set.  Now that there is a coordinating cap die, new design options are truly limitless!

I started by creating square frames from Simply Chartreuse & Ocean Tides cardstocks.  I punched 1-1/8" circles and then punched out the leftover negative with a 1-3/8" square punch.  The result is these frames which I clustered together to form a grid.  

Letters side
I die-cut letters from the Headline Alphabet die in the same colors and added them to the centers of each frame with foam tape for dimension.

The cap was die-cut from white cardstock and then stamped with the coordinating image in True Black.  I added to the corner of the frames to make it appear ad though it were "perched" up there.

I added the graduation year to the very edge of the block using the numbers included in For the Graduate.

Everything was mounted onto True Black cardstock.

Graduate Zipper Card
My next graduation card uses the new Zipper Border die.  I just love thinking about all of the new options I have sentiments to add under the zipper with this new length.

I started by stamping the focal point onto white cardstock using Aqua Mist ink.  I then went back in and added some stars from Red, White & Blue using Summer Sunrise & Canyon Clay inks.  The cap was die-cut from white cardstock and stamped with the coordinating image in True Black.  This was mounted on foam tape on top of the focal point.  I carefully masked, inked & stamped the "Wishing You…" sentiment from For the Graduate and added it just above the Zipper Border die work.

I added a few more stars to the background using Canyon Clay and Summer Sunrise inks.  I also added a small "Pull Here" arrow from Mover's & Shakers: Sentiments.

Zipper open
When you peek back the zipper strip, it reads the remainder of the masked sentiment.

Everything was adhered to an Aqua Mist card base.  I love how this particular project turned out!  Just think!  You could recreate it and customize it in the appropriate school colors!

Happy 4th Card
Now onto some patriotic projects!  The first one I thought I would highlight today is a little something that celebrates the 4th of July.  This could potentially be an invitation to a 4th of July bash if you just tucked some information inside.

For the focal point, I layered some of the fireworks images with the rockets using Enchanted Evening and Pure Poppy inks.  I then added the sentiment and a few smaller stars with VersaMark and heat embossed them with Gold Filigree Embossing Powder.  I stamped the sentiment again on white cardstock with Pure Poppy ink and carefully cut out the 4th circle with scissors and adhered it over the original one in the embossed image.  I love, LOVE, love how all these layers work together.

I decided to do something a bit different with the matting.  I added strips to the two outer edges in Enchanted Evening & Pure Poppy, complete with a mitered corner.  

Little details like the mitered corners make a huge impact on simple cards like this one.

God Bless America Card
I was excited to use the fireworks image to create more of a decorative border for my next project.

Impression plate
I started by impressing the Enchanted Evening background with the Star Spangled impression plate.  

Focal & edge
I stamped the focal point frame in Blueberry Sky.  I then stamped the sentiment onto white cardstock using Pure Poppy and punched it out with a 1-1/8" circle punch.  This was adhered to the center of the frame.  I also heat embossed a few impressions of the fireworks down the edge of a piece of Pure Poppy cardstock.  A thin overhang of white cardstock was allowed here and trimmed with scalloped scissors.

A truly patriotic card that could potentially be a wonderful contribution to Operation Write Home or other deserving charity.

Red White & Blue Card
For my last project I thought I would show you a bit something fun that I did with the Chevron border die!

Chevron die
I die-cut the Chevron Border from Pure Poppy & white cardstocks.  I then cut the border into equal pieces at each inner angle.  Then I folded them in half.

I nested the bits and pieces together to form this beautiful accent to the focal point.  Speaking of focal point, I stamped the main sentiment onto Enchanted Evening cardstock and heat embossed the phrase with Filigree White Embossing Powder.  

I added the stripes with strips of cardstock.  The Pure Poppy strip was accented with Sew Simple Borders and the Enchanted Evening one with stars from Red, White & Blue.  On the white strip, I added one of my favorite sentiments from Military Hero in True Black.

I hope you have enjoyed all the creations that I have shared with you today!  Are you feeling patriotic and getting inspired to create with some red, white & blue?  Perhaps you'd like to make a card for someone in the military or use today's new products to scrapbook your 4th of July activities this year!  We would love to hear your initial thoughts on everything we introduced!  Please leave a comment on this post to tell us what you think of the new products and you will be eligible to win big!

$75 Papertrey Ink Gift Certificate 

to spend however you choose!  

You have until 7am EST, May 12th to leave your comment and be eligible to win.  Only one comment per person please.  One randomly selected winner will be announced on our May Release Winners Page before noon EST the same day.  Thank you for stopping by today and best of luck with the contest!


Heather Nichols will be featuring Red, White & Blue and the Star Spangled impression plate.

Cristina Kowalczyk will be showcasing the Zipper border die.

CLICK HERE to see more from Dawn McVey.

CLICK HERE to see more from Maile Belles.

CLICK HERE to see more from Melissa Bickford.


  • STAMPS: For the Graduate
  • INK: True Black
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Ocean Tides, Simply Chartreuse, True Black
  • OTHER: For the Graduate die, Headline Alphabet die, 1-1/8" circle punch & 1-3/8" square punch (EK Success)
  • FINISHED SIZE: 5-1/2" x 4-1/4"


  • STAMPS: Red, White & Blue (available May 15th) For the Graduate, Movers & Shakers: Sentiments
  • INK: True Black, Aqua Mist, Canyon Clay, Summer Sunrise
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Canyon Clay, Aqua Mist
  • OTHER: Limitless Layers 1-3/4" dies, Zipper Border die
  • FINISHED SIZE: 5-1/2" x 4-1/4"


  • STAMPS: Red, White & Blue (available May 15th)
  • INK: Pure Poppy, Enchanted Evening, VersaMark
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Enchanted Evening, Pure Poppy
  • OTHER: Gold Filigree Embossing Powder
  • FINISHED SIZE: 5-1/2" x 4-1/4"


  • STAMPS: Red, White & Blue (available May 15th)
  • INK: Blueberry Sky, Pure Poppy, VersaMark
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Enchanted Evening, Pure Poppy
  • OTHER: Limitless Layers 1-3/4" dies, Star Spangled Impression Plate, White Filigree Embossing Powder, scalloped scissors (Fiskars), 1-1/8" circle punch (EK Success)
  • FINISHED SIZE: 5-1/2" x 4-1/4"


  • STAMPS: Red, White & Blue (available May 15th) Military Hero, Sew Simple Borders
  • INK: True Black, Pure Poppy, Enchanted Evening, VersaMark
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Enchanted Evening, Pure Poppy, Classic Kraft
  • OTHER: 1-3/8" circle punch (EK Success), Chevron Border die, White Filigree Embossing Powder
  • FINISHED SIZE: 5-1/2" x 4-1/4"
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