welcome back to day two of the papertrey ink august countdown to new stamps and my second post using my new background stamp, alphabet soup. this set came to life first as a printed invite for a customer who was hosting an alphabet bridal shower. each guest gets a different letter that should guide their gift purchase. fun idea, right?! so i thought i'd share a couple of stamped versions of the original printed one (click to see it on instagram).
first up, the same basic invite in soft stone and white. i printed the invite wording in a warm gray on a half sheet of soft stone cardstock leaving room to stamp alphabet soup in versamark above which i then embossed in white. after trimming about 1/8 of an inch off of each side, i backed it with a half sheet of fresh snow linen cardstock to add a little more texture and pop.
like the original, i tied on a large silver letter (adhesive chipboard from michael's), hanging over the stamped image and secured with a little washi tape on the back. not only is this how the guests know what letter to shop for, but they are asked to detach the letter and include it on their gift. (we also created an alphabet garland out of these same letters - i love coordinated party details!)
with the gift in mind, i decided to create a gift tag next. i started by spreading pearlescent embossing paste over a quarter sheet of cardstock, coated my stamp in versamark, and stamped it in, peeling it away carefully. once it was dry i trimmed around the image and cut it into two tags, adding a hole to tie on another big silver letter balanced by a sentiment strip near the bottom. while i created this to coordinate with the invitation, it could easily be a monogrammed stand alone gift tag for any occasion!
when i was originally researching the wedding shower alphabet theme, i found that there were way more baby alphabet shower ideas out there. it's definitely a fitting theme for babies, too! so i decided to create a couple of those with the new stamp as well. this time, instead of adding a letter to be removed, i've highlighted the assigned letter in the same color as the invite and changed the note at the bottom to reflect that - plus a few other words too. pink or blue, a baby's due!
i simply isolated the letter i wanted to feature using post-it tape and inked it up in the color of choice. then after stamping and cleaning it off, i inked up the whole stamp in versamark and embossed it all in clear - right over the colored image (misti helped!).
the result is a tone on tone image, with one letter in color, all shiny and pretty. because you ink the individual letter in dye ink first, and ink over it again all at once in versamark with the rest of the letters, it's not really that many steps. i suppose it's a little more time intensive if you're having a big crowd, but totally cute and worth the effort. i wish i had time to do a full alphabet for you today!
the only bad news really is that cards in these pale and pastel colors are so hard to photograph - especially when it's dark and rainy all day! none of these pictures truly do these invites justice, but hopefully you get the idea. i love seeing graphics i create for invites turned into stamps - it's so much fun to incorporate different stamping techniques on invitations!
that's all for today - more tomorrow! but first be sure to click all the links on nichole's blog for new eye candy every day! remember: all new product will be available on august 15th from papertreyink.com...
supplies used ~ alphabet soup (available august 15th)