The fine folks at Papertrey Ink keep finding ingenious ways of liberating my money from my pockets. I’ve long been a fan of their stamp and cardstock lines. However, their recent introduction of custom steel dies has made me love them even more. This month’s release had a stamp and die set that really spoke to me–and it’s all about doilies. (Actually, in many ways, these sets remind me of childhood obsession with the drawing toy Spirograph. I could sit for hours and design colorful bursts of loops. Which I suppose should have been my first indication that papercrafting would become such a big part of my future.)
The real showcase for this post is a set of three steel dies called the Doily Details Collections. This set of three 2 3/4″ dies is highly versatile and a joy to use with any die-cutting machine you happen to own. I also highly recommend the complimentary set of punch-out tools (which help remove all those little bits of paper in one fell swoop).
This first card is very simple. I used the aptly named “Delightful Doilies” stamp set to create a background that mimics the die-cut greeting badge I created. The cardstock and ink (Rich Razzleberry) is from Stampin’ Up!. The stamps and dies are Papertrey Ink.
The second project was a vexing one for me. I created this card several days ago, but I was stuck on how to incorporate a greeting on it. So, I put it to the side. No matter how many times I came back to it, I just couldn’t find the right solution. Then, the die set arrived and solved my problem. In this case, I trimmed the die cut to fit my space requirements and it worked like a charm.