Introducing Secret Agent & Zappy Birthday

We're on a secret mission today, to show you the latest and greatest in stamps and dies focusing on the little super sleuths you may know!  We've got mystery, we've got intrigue and we've got an amazingly cute and clever collection of products that we think you (and your kids!) are just going to love!


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This fun set was inspired by vintage 1950's spy themed graphics, which makes it great for both kids and adults! First, there is the cute little secret agent himself, in all his 1950s glory! The oversized magnifying glass handle can be added at the end of his sleeve to make it look like he is holding it. Then the magic begins! You can add a message to the inside of the magnifying the glass in one color, then add the "scrambler" pattern over the top in a different color that matches the color of the transparency film that you will use for your decoder. (Colored transparency film in Pure Poppy, New Leaf and Orange Zest sold separately). The coordinating dies as well as the Secret Agent Glasses dies make it easy to create professional looking decoders!  Of course there are all kinds of companion sentiments and accents that you can add to your project as well!

The Details: 

  • Secret Agent will be available for purchase on January 15th.
  • It will retail for $24.
  • Secret Agent contains a total of 31 images.  The assembled secret agent measures 4" tall and 1-7/8" wide.  The magnifying glass measures 4-3/4" long and 2-1/8" wide.  The "Top Secret" and "Confidential" banners measure 1-7/8" x 3/8" each.  The security classification grid measures 2-7/8" x 5/8".  "It's no mystery you're one great kid" measures 1-5/8" x 1".  "Top Secret" circular seal measures 1" in diameter.
  • A coordinating die collection will be available for sale separately, retailing for $16.  This collection includes a total of 5 dies.


 These colored transparency sheets are the perfect thing to use with the magnifying glass in Secret Agent as well as the new Secret Agent Glasses dies!  Available in three different colors, each color sold individually.  Packages include six 6×6 sheets.  When using the "scrambler" image from Secret Agent over a sentiment to create something that will disappear under the transparency, please use the following guide…

Pure Poppy transparency = Pure Poppy ink

Orange Zest transparency = Summer Sunrise ink

New Leaf transparency = Hawaiian Shores ink

The Details: 

  • Colored Transparency Sheets will be available for purchase on January 15th.
  • It will be available in three colors: New Leaf, Pure Poppy, Orange Zest.
  • Each individual color will be available in a package of six 6×6 sheets.  Please note that each color is sold separately.
  • Each package will retail for $3
  • The transparency film is slightly brittle and will only work with basic shaped dies, nothing overly intricate.




These dies allow you to quickly and easily create secret agent glasses!  Designed to coordinate with the Secret Agent stamps and dies, you'll love creating your own spy glasses…..perfect for your little (or big!) super sleuth!

The Details: 

  • Secret Agent Glasses die collection will be available for purchase on January 15th.
  • It will retail for $16.
  • Secret Agent Glasses contains a total of 3 dies.  Front measures 5-1/2" x 2", sides measure 5-3/4" x 5/8".

 Here's a short video showing you just how easy it is to put these secret agent glasses together!




Zappy Birthday, by Lexi Daly,  is a fun new stamp step that will help you say happy birthday in a SUPER way! Featuring sound effects and bold speech bubbles, you can create your own comic style cards, especially when paired with the coordinating dies, papers, and Cover Plate: Comic Book. And it’s not just for birthdays – sentiments like “You’re Super!” and “Have a Super Day!” can also be used for encouragement or congratulations. BAM!

The Details: 

  • Zappy Birthday will be available for purchase on January 15th.
  • It will retail for $15.
  • Zappy Birthday contains a total of 14 images.  The sound effect bubble is approximately 1-1/3 inches tall and 1-3/4 inches wide. The long, narrow speech bubble is a little more than 1/2 inch tall and about 2 inches wide. The Zappy Birthday sentiment is about 1/2 inch talk and just under 1-1/4 inch wide. The one line sentiments are just over 1/8 inche tall and all fit in the long, narrow speech bubble.
  • A coordinating die collection will be available for sale separately, retailing for $15.  This collection includes a total of 11 dies.  The city measures 2-1/2" x 1-1/4".    The words each measure about 1-1/4" x 1/2" each.  The lightening bolt measures 1-1/2" x 1/2".





The Comic Strip paper pad features classic comic book colors to make your projects pop!  These basic patterns make it easy to recreate that comic look when using the Zappy Birthday stamp set and dies!

The Details:

  • Comic Strip Patterned Paper Collection will be available for purchase on January 15th.
  • It will retail for $10.
  • Comic Strip Patterned Paper Collection contains a total of  36 sheets, 3 each of 12 designs.  The papers are A2 (4-1/4" x 5-1/2") and printed on our famous white linen paper with our popular wrap-around cover for storage.
  • This paper collection coordinates with the following Papertrey colors: Summer Sunrise, Pure Poppy, Enchanted Evening, Harvest Gold and Blueberry Sky.




Pair the Cover Plate: Comic Strip Die with the Zappy Birthday stamps and patterned papers and you have everything you need to create fun comic strip themed cards!  Use the patterned papers, images from other stamp sets or even fun photos with the word bubbles, lightning bolts and other comic accessories.  

The Details: 

  • Cover Plate: Comic Strip Die will be available for purchase on January 15th.
  • It will retail for $16.
  • Cover Plate: Comic Strip Die measures 4-1/4" x 5-1/2".



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

Zappy Birthday Card

My first card was SO quick and easy, thanks to the new Comic Strip paper and the Cover Plate: Comic Strip die!  I used the paper that is specifically already printed with several different patterns in a Comic Strip formation so it was all laid out for me.  To help add texture, I added a die-cut Cover Plate: Comic Strip frame done in white.


In the top two blocks I was able to add the long word bubble and a stamed sentiment.  The font that Lexi selected for this stamp set is so authentic looking!  I also added a die-cut "9" in True Black since Ethan will be celebrating his 9th birthday.  This was cut using the By the Numbers Border die.


Underneath that, this die-cut city scene tucks in perfectly. The word accent was cut and then stamped with Pure Poppy and True Black to create a comic-like backdrop for the words "Zappy Birthday".


I added a picture of Ethan making his "Home Alone" face to the bottom block of the Cover Plate: Comic Strip frame.  I just know he is going to get a kick out of this card and I can hardly wait to give it to him!  Do you have any little super heros that would love to be "featured" in a comic strip like this?!?!


My next project uses the Card Base-ics 2 notecard die as a great secret agent glasses holder!  The tabs that hold the note in place actually work perfectly for presenting a pair of the glasses as well!


I cut the main Card Base-ics 2 notecard from Soft Stone cardstock and then added the block of white in place under the tabs.  The top tab was accented with a stamped arrow from the Secret Agent set.  The white was stamped with a secret message in Aqua Mist and then the scrambler pattern on top of that in Pure Poppy.


The bottom is accented with additional bits and pieces from the stamp set.  As you can see here as you get a peek through the glasses, they really do reveal the secret message!


For the glasses I die-cut all of the cardstock in two-layers to help give them more stability and longevity.  They are constructed from True Black cardstock, True Black Striped paper and the new Pure Poppy Colored Transparency sheet.  I also added little diamond shaped brads to help hold it together and to accent the front portion.

Top Secret Birthday Card

This project is so fun, it is sure to make the recipient smile!  The secret agent is stamped in Soft Stone and the accented with a Simply Chartreuse overcoat that is stamped in Ripe Avocado.  I used a white gel pen to add a few white accents to his buttons.  The magnifying glass is cut from Hawaiian Shores and stamped with Tropical Teal.  I was then able to line the opening with New Leaf transparency.  This is "hinged" at the end with a punched 1/8" hole and a large brad so the recipienet can move it back and forth over the message!


The message is stamped on a die-cut Spiral Notebook Page in Summer Sunrise and then scrambled with Hawaiian Shores ink.


As you can see here, when the magnifying glass is moved over the words, the message is revealed!

Top secret

The top corner of the card is accented with the embossed medallion die from the Secret Agent collection, as well as the top secret label.


Now that you have seen a few of my creations, here are some of the amazing things that the team has created!


CLICK HERE to see more from Ashley Cannon Newell.


CLICK HERE to see more from Betsy Veldman.


CLICK HERE to see more from Danielle Flanders.


CLICK HERE to see more from Dawn McVey.


CLICK HERE to see more from Erin Lincoln.


CLICK HERE to see more from Heather Nichols.


CLICK HERE to see more from Laura Bassen.


CLICK HERE to see more from Laurie Willison.


CLICK HERE to see more from Maile Belles.


CLICK HERE to see more from Melissa Phillips.

I hope you have enjoyed all these amazing creations that both the team and I have shared with you today!  How cute are these new products?!!  Are there some little people in your life that would be thrilled with some cards and other treats made with these new items?  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 14th 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!


CLICK HERE to see more from Lizzie Jones.

CLICK HERE to see more from Melissa Bickford.

CLICK HERE to see more from Lexi Daly.



  • STAMPS: Zappy Birthday (available January 15th)
  • INK: True Black, Pure Poppy
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Summer Sunrise, True Black, Comic Strip Paper Pad
  • OTHER: Zappy Birthday dies, Cover Plate: Comic Strip die, By the Numbers Border die, Small Sketched Stars die
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Secret Agent (available January 15th)
  • INK: True Black, Pure Poppy Aqua Mist
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Soft Stone, True Black, True Black Stripes
  • OTHER: Secret Agent Glasses dies, Card Base-ics #2 die, Colored Transparency Sheet (Pure Poppy), brads
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Secret Agent (available January 15th)
  • INK: Hawaiian Shores, Summer Sunrise, Tropical Teal, Ripe Avocado, Summer Sunrise, Soft Stone
  • PAPER: Rustic White, Simply Chartreuse, Hawaiian Shores, Summer Sunrise, Summer Sunrise Stripes, Soft Stone
  • OTHER: Secret Agent dies, Colored Transparency Sheets (New Leaf) Spiral Notebook Page die, brad, white gel pen, paperclip
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"
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