good morning! today we get to introduce you to the papertrey ink 2018 anniversary set, mixed bouquet, designed collectively by the product designers. it was so fun to collaborate on this together and i just love, love the finished stamp set - a variety of stemmed flowers that can stand on their own or be gathered together to create a bouquet. this special "customer appreciation set" will be available to "purchase" with reward points only and will not be available for regular sale.
i decided to give you a lexi-styled bluebonnet, in honor of my time in texas. i used to love when the bluebonnets popped up along the highway. seas of beautiful blue wildflowers! mine is a little more simplified version - clean and graphic, if you will. (shout-out to the forum peeps!) there are eight stamps to build your image - the petals, the crowning petals plus detail, the stem, and two leaves plus a detail for each. depending on your look, you may not want the use them all or you can even use individual pieces in a different way on their own.
i opted for a clean and simple design with lots of white space and a focus on two die cut and stamped bluebonnet stems. i used one of the frames from mix & mat: hearts dies to create the look of a layer to ground my images and sentiment. after adding the sentiment to the lower right edge of the box, i balanced the stems to the left. to add a little depth to the petals, i added a little royal velvet ink around the edges after inking it in blueberry sky.
i had one extra stamped stem leftover, so i couldn't resist adding the flower to a color blocked card in the style of the texas state flag. i cut the pieces using the cover plate: comic strip die and popped them up on foam tape for added dimension.
i draped the bluebonnet across the seams which helps direct your eye to the sentiment in the lower right corner of the flag. i tried to find howdy in my stamp stash, but ended up having to settle for a handwritten hi from pencil me in.
just look at all those fabulous flowers!!! if you haven't already, be sure to stop by the papertrey ink blog and follow the links to see each one up close! and remember: mixed bouquet is a special "customer appreciation set" and will not be available for regular sale - you can only get it with reward points, so hopefully, you've been saving up!
p.s. please bear with me if i miss a day or two of the countdown - it's mardi gras here in new orleans and i have been juggling a lot!! a houseful of ut freshman began arriving with my daughter tonight and i've been preparing for my ride in the muses parade tomorrow - including glittering shoes, the most coveted carnival throw! but, i will be here sharing as much as i can once my sets are introduced, so please keep checking in!!