Hello Friday! I've got a fun post ready for you today. My Papertrey Ink Tips & Tricks this month is all about summer and using your dies in creative ways. Two of my favorite summertime treats are juicy watermelons and strawberries, so I decided to brainstorm a bit and came up with a way to transform these into paper-crafted creations.
My paper-pieced watermelon was created using the Limitless Layers: 2 1/2" Circles for the bottom two layers and the Limitless Layers 1 3/4" Circles for the center layer. This layer is stamped using Background Basics : Hearts in Smokey Shadow ink. I wanted the watermelon to take center stage, so I didn't add too many other things to my favor box aside from a border at the bottom which uses the Filligree Border die and patterned paper from the It's Official Paper Pad.
I pulled out two of my favorite stamp sets for these projects, the first used here is the Fruit Fusion: Melon set and is stamped on a die cut Tremendous Tag using Simply Chartreuse and Berry Sorbet ink. The flowers used here as embellishments and throughout both of my projects use the Flipping Out and Heart-2-Heart #7 dies. I attached my tag to the handle of the favor box using a torn strip of muslin and a strip of vintage trim. A fun way to dress it up without it being too bold.
This strawberry treat box was created using the Favor it Box #1 die cut from Rustic Cream cardstock. I used the Limitless Layers: 2 1/4" Hearts die collection for the bottom two layers and Heart Prints for the center layer.
The leaves for my strawberry were cut using the Lovely Layers die and once again a coordinating tag was created using Tremendous Tags die and the Fruit Fusion: Berry stamp set. I stamped the berry in Pure Poppy and Simply Chartreuse and tied the tag onto the favor box using a strip of muslin and trim once again along with Pure Poppy Baker's Twine.
Now just a little bit about how I put together the melon and berry:
Here are my supplies die cut and gathered. Now we'll get started assembling them.
Step 1: Before adhering any of the layers together, stamp the center circle, cut from 2009 Bitty Dot paper, using Smokey Shadow ink and the Background Basics: Hearts stamp set.
Step 3: Cut the stacked layers in half and you've got a watermelon!
Step 4: Embellish with a Vintage Cream felt flower, Simply Chartreuse felt leaves and an adhesive pearl. I colored a cream pearl with a pink Copic marker to bring in just a bit of color. Have you ever used your Copics this way? It's a fun way to created coordinating adhesive pearls.
Step 1: The strawberry is even easier than the melon. I used Simply Chartreuse Stripe paper on my bottom layer followed by a center layer cut from the 2009 Bitty Dot paper. The heart is cut from Pure Poppy felt. Adhere these three layers together.
Step 2: Die cut the leaves using the Lovely Layers die and Simply Chartreuse felt. Trim each leaf apart from the others and attach two of them at the top of your berry. Embellish with a white button.
So simple, but oh, so much fun to make! Summer is almost here, I can feel it.
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