Introducing BB: Diagonals +Additions, WW: Friends + Figure of Speech Frame Die

We're celebrating the friendships in our lives, with today's new product introductions.  Those dear ones who love us in the good and the bad, not because they have to, but because they choose to.  Friends laugh with us, they cry with us, they do silly things with us just so we won't have to do them alone.  *wink*  They rejoice with us and help to lift us up when we fall down.  It's with those treasured friendships in mind, that we bring you today's post…


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The Details:

  • Wonderful Words: Friends will be available for purchase on January 15th.
  • It will retail for $5.
  • Wonderful Words: Friends contains a total of 7 images.  The “friends” word is just under 3 1/2” wide and is just over 1” tall. The sentiment “life is better with” is just over 2 1/2” wide and just under 1/4” tall. The “forever” sentiment is just over 1” wide and is just under 1/4” tall.
  • A coordinating die will be available for sale separately, retailing for $3.  1" x 3-1/2"




Here is a little something that should coordinate well with all of the Wonderful Words dies that have been released in the past year.  After you die-cut this frame, you can add one of the word die-cuts to the word bubble and then add the companion sentiment somewhere in the blank areas surrounding the main word.  It will also be fun to back the word bubble with patterned paper, etc.!

The Details: 

  • Figure of Speech Frame die will be available for purchase on January 15th.
  • It will retail for $14.
  • Figure of Speech Frame die measures 5-1/4" x 4".  The word bubble itself measures about 3" x 2" without the tail.

Here are some examples of the Figure of Speech Frame die with many of the popular Wonderful Words dies.


Add great modern flair to your projects using these trendy versions of a classic herringbone and chevron patterns by Erin Lincoln. We envision it looking marvelous in a tone-on-tone color application or bold using strong, contrasting colors. Either way, it will jazz up your projects and give them a total "wow factor".

The Details:

  • Background Basics: Diagonals will be available for purchase on January 15th.
  • It will retail for $18.
  • Background Basics: Diagonals contains a total of 4 images.  The herringbone pattern measures approximately 5 3/4" by 1 3/8" inches. The chevron pattern image measures approximately 5 3/4" by 5/8". Both small patterned stamps measure approximately 7/8" by 1 1/2". 



Erin Lincoln takes her background a step further with these add-ons.  Diagonal Additions packs a design punch for such a little stamp set. Use the elements alone to create patterned arrows or chevron patterns. Or use it together with Background Basics: Diagonals to create custom backgrounds in any pattern or color combination for a stamped base layer or focal point for your latest project. The angled sentiment stamps when mixed with matching solid or patterned stamps of the same shape can result in creative breakthroughs that will surely have you creating new designs and angles on your cards. 

The Details:

  • Background Basics: Diagonals Additions will be available for purchase on January 15th.
  • It will retail for $5.
  • Background Basics: Diagonals Additions contains a total of 22 images.  <insert measurement references from email>
  • A coordinating die collection will be available for sale separately, retailing for $5.  This collection includes a total of 2 dies.  3/4" x 1-7/8" (A), 1-1/4" x 1-7/8" (B)




To coordinate with her fabulous new stamp sets and dies, Erin Lincoln is also bringing you this striking impression plate which will make your design possibilities virtually endless!

The Details: 

  • Diagonals impression plate will be available for purchase on January 15th.
  • It will retail for $16.
  • Diagonals impression plate measures 4-1/4" x 5-1/2".

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

Watercolor Friends Card

For my first project I paired up the bew Wonderful Words: Friends set with one of my old favorites, Mini Blooms.  I started by heat embossing the  word "friends" onto white cardstock with White Filigree Embossing Powder.


Then I added the Mini Blooms images with Ripe Avocado, Autumn Rose and Ocean Tides.  Using watered down ink refills and a watercolor brush, I went over the outside edges of each flower and the leaves to give them a softer look.  I then used a Classic Kraft refill to go around the word.


I used Background Basics: Postmarks to add a subtle distressed look to the background.  I used Fine Linen ink, but stamped off on scrap paper first to give it a very light look.


After rounding the corners of this completed cover block, I adhered it to a Classic Kraft card base.  White crochet thread was tied around the spine.

Beautiful Friends Card

I felt like getting a bit artsy with my next project and pulled out a bunch of brightly colored cardstock scraps to incorporate.  I was inspired by the companion sentiment in Wonderful Words: Friends, "Make the world beautiful".


I was going for a bit of a chalkboard look for the background so I stamped the companion sentiment in VersaMark and heat embossed it in white.  I then added "friends" with Fresh Snow.  I used a sponge and some additional Fresh Snow ink to add "chalk residue" around the edges and over the sentiment.


I dug through all of my dies and found these leaf shapes from the Frilly Flowers collection interesting.  So I die cut them from all of the scraps of cardstock I wanted to incorporate and started arranging.  Some of the smaller ones were stamped with one of the blocks from Background Basics: Diagonals using VersaMark.


I love how different this is and just know it would really brighten someone's day!

Friends Til the End Card

How about a more masculine take on these sets?


I created these borders using the Background Basics: Diagonals Additions set.  I love having the flexibility to use these bits and pieces alone or paired with the original set.  I used Enchanted Evening, Classic Kraft, Ripe Avocado, Spring Rain & Terracotta Tile (one of my favorite masculine color schemes).


"Friends" was stamped at an angle using Terracotta Tile ink.  Sometimes it's important to remember that you don't always have to stamp everything horizontally, playing around on the diagonal can open up all kinds of possibilities!  The companion sentiment was added underneath in Classic Kraft.


I distressed the edges of the Vintage Cream card front for a bit of texture.  The Classic Kraft card base was stamped with Background Basics: Super Stripes in Vitnage Cream as a finishing touch.

Gold Hello Card

I have one more card for you today and this one has a touch of gold to give it a trendy, modern feel.


I started by creating this background block with the new Background Basics: Diagonals.  I stamped the main strip in Hibiscus Burst.  It is really quite easy to line up and fun to see the background build.  I added some bits from the Additions set in Orange Zest and also heat embossed some with Gold Filigree Embossing Powder.  I had a blast adding the contrasting pieces in and can hardly wait ot make another one!


I wanted to continue with the gold theme, so I heat embossed some die-cut Headline Alphabet letters in gold to spell out "hello".  I find that two coats of embossing gives a nice shiny coat.  Everything was adhered to a Soft stone card base as a good neutral.


I hope you have enjoyed all the creations that I have shared with you today!  Did these products make you think of a particular friend in your life, that you're grateful for?  Perhaps someone that you could use some of these new items to create a card or two for?  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, January 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 January 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 Wonderful Words: Friends and Figure of Speech Frame Die.

Laura Bassen will be featuring Background Basics: Diagonals + Additions.

CLICK HERE to see more from Dawn McVey.

CLICK HERE to see more from Erin Lincoln.

CLICK HERE to see more from Lizzie Jones.

CLICK HERE to see more from Tiffany Pastor, who will be giving away a stamp set every day!




  • STAMPS: Wonderful Words: Friends (available January 15th) Background Basics: Postmarks, Mini Blooms
  • INK: VersaMark, Fine Linen, Ripe Avocado, Ocean Tides, Autumn Rose, Dark Chocolate, ink refills (Classic Kraft, Ripe Avocado, Ocean Tides, Autumn Rose)
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Classic Kraft
  • OTHER: White Filigree Embossing Powder, white crochet thread
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Wonderful Words: Friends, Background Basics: Diagonals (available January 15th)
  • INK: Fresh Snow, VersaMark
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Smokey Shadow, Raspberry Fizz, Orange Zest, Simply Chartreuse, Hawaiian Shores, Summer Sunrise, Royal Velvet, Limeade Ice
  • OTHER: Frilly Flowers dies, Filigree White Embossing Powder
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Wonderful Words: Friends, Background Basics: Diagonals Additions (available January 15th) Background Basics: Super Stripes
  • INK: Terracotta Tile, Enchanted Evening, Classic Kraft, Ripe Avocado, Spring Rain, Vintage Cream
  • PAPER: Vintage Cream, Classic Kraft
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Background Basics: Diagonals, Background Basics: Diagonals Additions (available January 15th)
  • INK: Hibiscus Burst, Orange Zest, VersaMark
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Soft Stone
  • OTHER: Headline Alphabet dies, Gold Filigree Embossing Powder
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"
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