March 2017 Release: Day 4

I can hardly believe that we're almost to the end of our fabulous tenth anniversary festivities! We have even more exciting things to introduce to you today, so let's get onto it!


Beautiful Berries Spring

Spring is a time when nature comes back to life in so many beautiful ways!  These multi-step berries are ready to burst into bloom on your creations. Stamp them in soft colors to conjure images of spring, or use bold colors or even earth tones for year-round applications.  Berries work wonderfully for both masculine or feminine cards, depending on your color choices.  These berries would also be beautiful combined with your favorite floral set to create pretty bouquets and clusters.


Available for purchase March 15th. CLICK HERE for further product details.




Easily create gorgeous boutique style monograms, name frames and more with these simple to use botanical accented letters. Each of the letters has a "blank space" built in to the image to easily add the coordinating multi-step botanical sprig in multiple colors. There is a pre-assembled sprig as well in case you want a quick and easy single impression option. Fun accents like an ampersand, brackets and over/under stripes make it extra versatile.


Available for purchase March 15th. CLICK HERE for further product details.




Finding a perfectly formed nest filled with tiny eggs is one of the joys of springtime.  This pretty set includes a multi-step nest, perfect for filling with stamped eggs and sweet birds. The sentiments cover many different occasions and recipients, from babies to brides, new neighbors, and even those loved ones about to take flight for new adventures.  The branches provide the perfect perch, or they can be used to stamp pretty backgrounds.  Fill the nest with eggs, or even tuck a small note or tag into the opening of the nest for an interactive detail!


Available for purchase March 15th. CLICK HERE for further product details.



Cover Plate Nesting

This gorgeous new cover plate design features an amazing amount of detail in each and every piece! From the delicate branch frame, to the leaves complete with veining, to the sweet little blooms, you will love all of your creative options with this. Trim the branches from the frame for added options. Make a lovely companion to the Nesting stamp set and many other previously released sets.


Available for purchase March 15th. CLICK HERE for further product details.



Metal Woodgrain

This all new product exclusive from Papertrey Ink is truly one of the most versatile tools you can own! Made from the same high quality american-made steel used for our popular dies, this metal stencil is well worth every penny. Painted a signature turquoise color to help distinguish it from your other dies. Invest in this one stencil and it will allow you to create BOTH horizontal and vertical orientations on A2 card fronts. Please note: some edges may be sharp, not for use by small children without adult supervision.

  • high quality dry embossing with die machine & polymer mat
  • dry embossing with stylus and light box
  • ink blending
  • embossing paste
  • direct inking with VersaMark followed by heat embossing 
  • direct inking with VersaMark followed by Perfect Pearls
  • misting
  • reverse stenciling
  • stenciling with markers, pens, colored pencils, etc…
  • and whatever else you can dream up!


Available for purchase March 15th. CLICK HERE for further product details.


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

Nested Card

Betsy's new Nesting set features beautifully detailed images that really make a project special.


This sentiment included in the set is one of my favorites and is perfect for a dear friend. I love it when Betsy comes up with unique sentiments such as this.



The two-step egg image is perhaps one my favorite details, the little speckles simply had me at hello!


The curve in the smaller branch included in the Cover Plate: Nesting frame has the perfect curve to it to hold the nest.



  • STAMPS: Nesting (available March 15th)
  • INK: Fine Linen, Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides, Harvest Gold, Saffron Spice, Prairie Grass, Olive Twist, VersaMark, Fresh Snow
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Prairie Grass, Classic Kraft, Aqua Mist
  • DIES: Nesting dies, Cover Plate: Nesting die, Fun Frames die
  • OTHER: White Filigree Embossing Powder


Have Courage Card

I have another sweet bird card, this time paired up with the new fabulous Metal Woodgrain Stencil.

Background 3

This metal stencil makes the absolute BEST embossing paste backgrounds. Since the stencil is thicker and sturdier than a standard plastic stencil, the effect is much more defined not to mention easier to create.


Metal Woodgrain

I mixed two colors of embossing paste here with Classic Kraft & Ocean Tides ink refills. I like to use our coasters to mix my paste and then apply them with popsicle sticks so everything is disposable and there is less of a mess to clean up. The stencil is really easy to rinse off when done because of its sturdiness.



The delicate branch has so much detail, the veining in the leaves is truly amazing!



  • STAMPS: Nesting, Courage & Kindness (available March 15th)
  • INK: Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides, Cocoa Bean, Classic Kraft reinker, Ocean Tides reinker
  • PAPER: Vintage Cream, Classic Kraft, Vellum Cardstock
  • DIES: Cover Plate: Nesting dies, Nesting dies, Metal Woodgrain Stencil
  • OTHER: Embossing Paste, Popsicle sticks, white gel pen, glossy accents


Monogram Card

Have you heard of faux bois before? It is something that goes in and out of style all the time, especially in home decor. And it is the act of creating a faux woodgrain look. When pairing the new Metal Woodgrain Stencil up with Perfect Pearls, this is the exact kind of look you get, which is very on trend.

Perfect pearls

I pressed my VersaMark pad directly through the stencil onto Lilac Grace cardstock. Since the pad is soft and foamy, this is really easy to do. Once done, I applied Perfect Pearls with a soft brush, removing the excess with a Swiffer dry cloth. A little misting of hairspray helps to set everything in place.

Faux bois tip


I used the Botanical Letters to add a monogram. The base of the letter is heat embossed in silver, then the floral details are added in layered colors.


It has a beautiful sophisticated look, almost like something you might find in a boutique.



  • STAMPS: Botanical Letters (available March 15th)
  • INK: VersaMark, Ripe Avocado, Lilac Grace, Winter Wisteria, Amethyst Allure
  • PAPER: Lilac Grace, Soft Stone
  • OTHER: Metal Woodgrain Stencil, Perfect Pearls (perfect pearl), soft brush, Swiffer dry cloth, silver filigree embossing powder, silver paint pen


Joy Card

Botanical Letters don't have to be reserved for monograms, they also work well for shorter words like "Joy".


This sentiment from the previously released Banner Style was a perfect complement.

Letter closeup

The detail in the floral sprigs for the letters is really unique and can allow you to add so much color and personality. With the space already made in the letter base to add the sprigs, things come together quite quickly.



A little black & white baker's twine helps to add balance to the black sentiment that was added under the letters.



  • STAMPS: Botanical Letters (available March 15th), Banner Style
  • INK: Tropical Teal, Berry Sorbet, Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse, True Black
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Tropical Teal
  • OTHER: Black & White Baker's Twine


Watercolor Birthday Card

Beautiful Berries: Spring is another fabulous set we are introducing today. You can go subtle with pastels or bold and bright like I did with this card.


I heat embossed the branches onto watercolor paper using white embossing powder first, then added my stamped images.

Watercolor tip


The added dimension by going back in with Zig's with darker colors for shading is so easy to do, but really adds to much more to the images.



  • STAMPS: Beautiful Berries: Spring, Cutaway Tags: Spring (available March 15th)
  • INK: Simply Chartreuse, Raspberry Fizz, VersaMark, True Black
  • PAPER: Raspberry Fizz, watercolor paper
  • DIES: Beautiful Berries: Spring die
  • OTHER: ZIG Clean Color Brush Markers, water pen, White Filigree Embossing Powder


Celebrate Card

Pretty pastels make this set take on a whole new life, perfect for spring.


I stamped the sentiment first and then added the branches to frame that.


Sentiment 2

To add a little texture, I roughed up the edge of the white stamped layer with my fingernails.



  • STAMPS: Beautiful Berries: Spring (available March 15th)
  • INK: Ripe Avocado, Simply Chartreuse, Lilac Grace, Winter Wisteria, True Black
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Lilac Grace
  • OTHER: Glossy Accents, clear sequins



Betsy Veldman is joining me today, featuring Nesting, Cover Plate: Nesting dies and the new Metal Woodgrain Stencil!



These unexpected colors and the artistic background from Betsy are stunningly gorgeous. I love the pops of red and how much attention that brings to the birds and flowers.




  • STAMPS: Nesting (available March 15th) Gathered Garden
  • PAPER: Stamperโ€™s Select White, Fresh Snow Linen, Soft Stone
  • INK: Terracotta Tile, Pure Poppy, Soft Stone, Smokey Shadow, Aqua Mist, Blueberry Sky, Enchanted Evening, Smokey Shadow, Soft Stone, Ocean Tides
  • DIES: Nesting dies, Cover Plate: Nesting dies





  • PAPER: Classic Kraft, Cocoa Bean, Stamperโ€™s Select White
  • INK: Smokey Shadow, True Black, Soft Stone
  • STAMPS: Nesting, Stylish Sentiments Birthday
  • DIES: Nesting dies
  • OTHER: Woodgrain metal stencil, Ink blending tool, Embossing mats



The Metal Woodgrain Stencil looks fabulous when embossed in your die-cutting machine. Just pass it through with a polymer embossing mat. Since there are actual openings int he stencil rather than just etched details, the impressions you get are high quality and pronounced.




  • PAPER: Stamperโ€™s Select White, Watercolor paper
  • INK: Classic Kraft, Cocoa Bean, Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides, Sweet Blush, Green Parakeet, New Leaf, Smokey Shadow
  • OTHER: Metal Woodgrain Stencil, Embossing mats (for metal stencil)



Laurie Schmidlin is joining me today, featuring Botanical Letters and Beautiful Berries: Spring!

Day to Celebrate by Laurie Schmidlin

The Beautiful Berries: Spring images don't have to be reserved for focal points. Laurie created an entire background here that is just fabulous. The extra vellum layer softens it and helps draw your eye towards the center focal point.

Day to Celebrate (detail 1) by Laurie Schmidlin

Day to Celebrate (detail 2) by Laurie Schmidlin


  • STAMPS: Beautiful Berries: Spring
  • DIES: Beautiful Berries: Spring, Fun Mats
  • PAPER: White, Stamperโ€™s Select Vellum
  • INK: Pale Peony, Raspberry Fizz, Mint Julep, Fine Linen, Versamark
  • OTHER: Clear embossing powder, Spray adhesive, Fine glitter


Monogram Berries by Laurie Schmidlin

The bold black frame Laurie used here to frame her monogram helps to make a small focal image take center stage. All of the stitching details are the perfect complement to all of the elements she pulled together.

Monogram Berries (detail 2) by Laurie Schmidlin

Monogram Berries (detail 1) by Laurie Schmidlin


  • STAMPS: Botanical Letters, Beautiful Berries: Spring
  • DIES: Beautiful Berries: Spring, Noted Scalloped A2 Die Set
  • PAPER: White, True Black
  • INK: Smokey Shadow, Hibiscus Burst, Autumn Rose, Simply Chartreuse, Soft Granite (Hero Arts)
  • OTHER: Black string, Clear Droplets (Pretty Pink Posh)


Mr & Mrs by Laurie Schmidlin

Who wouldn't love to receive this wedding card on their special day? The real florals are replicated perfectly on each of the Botanical Letters.

Mr & Mrs detail 2 by Laurie Schmidlin

Mr & Mrs detail 1 by Laurie Schmidlin


  • STAMPS: Botanical Letters
  • DIES: Noted Scalloped A2 Die Set
  • PAPER: Kraft
  • INK: True Black, White Pigment (Colorbox)
  • OTHER: Colored Pencils (Faber-Castell), Flowers (Prima), String




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One of the most magical things about spring is the return of the birds! Several years ago I shared a template for making THIS sweet little bird house.

Download your own copy of the template HERE.

Now it's your turn to make your own! Assemble and alter the bird house, give it your special creative flair and have fun! We cannot wait to see what you do with this one!


1. Create and decorate a bird house using the provided template.

2. Your project must use at least one Papertrey product.  

3. Upload a photo of your project to your blog, Instagram, online gallery or any other photo-hosting site (such as photobucket or flickr).

4. Add the direct link to your project on our InLinkz list below.


6.  And/or you can leave a comment here to be eligible to win. What do you think of all of today's products? Is there a particular one that is speaking to you that you just know will have to be added to your cart? Is there a project that is really standing out to you as a favorite? (Just click the small "comments" link  beside the date in the footer of this post.  If you are reading this as an email subscription, be sure to click through to the actual blog to leave an eligible comment)

7. You have until 7am ET, Wednesday, March 15th to add your project link or comment and qualify for the contest.

8. TEN randomly selected winners (five comments and five projects) will be announced on our March Release Winners page no later than 9pm ET, March 15th.


TEN randomly selected winners will each receive an $25 Papertrey gift certificate to spend however they choose! Thank you for joining us today and best of luck with the contest!

Nichole Heady

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