Hey there friends! Today marks the launch of Pinkfresh Studio’s November 2020 Essentials Die release, as well as a very fun blog hop full of inspiration. I’m honoured to be part of this, along with many incredibly talented crafters, and am excited to show you a few cards I created using the new products.
This release includes Pinkfresh Studio Essentials Dies for both regular A2-sized cards, as well as slimline cards. A quick skim of my recent blog posts and Instagram will tell you that I’m a big fan of stripes, so you can imagine my excitement when I saw the Essentials Slim Stripes Die Set!
The 3-piece die set includes stripes of 3 different widths, and for both of today’s cards, I’ve used the 1/4″ ones to cut stripes in pink, purple, teal, blue and silver glitter cardstock. In the past I’ve just used my paper trimmer to create stripes, but there’s something strangely satisfying about getting them exactly the same width (and in very little time) with just a single run through the die cutting machine!
For the first card, I adhered my 5 stripes vertically on a white card panel. Next, I used the Diagonal Stitched Circles Die Set to create a frame for a shaker window. As for the scenery in the window, I stamped one of the cute little homes and some trees from the Our Home to Yours stamp set, filling in the area beneath with some light ink blending to resemble snow. I die cut my scene with one of the circles from the Diagonal Stitched Circles Die Set, backed my shaker frame with some acetate, and lined the edge of the circle with skinny foam strips. After filling the shaker window with some snowflake confetti, I sealed it up and adhered it towards the upper-third portion of my card, right in line with the stripes.
To finish, I heat embossed a sentiment from the Tree Trimming Friends stamp set in white on navy cardstock for contrast. But I wasn’t quite finished with the stripes yet!
For the second card, I created another shaker window using the new Stitched Scallop Rectangles Die Set. This time I opted to put the sentiment inside, so I stamped it on a rectangle of white cardstock after lightly applying some Sky Blue ink with my blending brushes around the edges.
I assembled the pieces of my shaker the same way as described for the first card and adhered it to my striped panel with foam tape. To add even more of a holiday vibe, I stamped a tree from the Tree Trimming Friends stamp set, then decorated it with some sparkly heat embossed lights.
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All of the new dies in this November Essentials release are incredibly versatile so I know I’ll be using them a lot year-round – and I’m sure you will too! You can find all of the products in this here, and Pinkfresh Studio is offering free US or discounted international shipping on all orders $50+ from November 20th – November 25th. Just use one of the codes shown below, based on your location. As an added bonus, orders over $50 will also receive a Hey Gorgeous die.
There’s plenty of other inspiration to be found on the blog hop, so be sure to visit each of the amazing crafters below. If you’d like to win a $25 Pinkfresh Studio gift card (and who wouldn’t?) simply leave a comment on this post. One winner will be chosen from the comments in each stop on the hop and announced November 30th on the Pinkfresh Studio Giveaway Winners page. (Check the page within 2 weeks to see if you’ve won!)