I was a little unsure of how to conduct this month's countdown. It is a little differnet than others we have had in the past. I have already revealed that Papertrey will be releasing 5 NEW sets on July 15th. And there is no way to introduce the first set, without mentioning all five.
On Saturday night (midnight EST) Papertrey will be debuting five stamp sets that coordinate perfectly with ALL of Marvy's Clever-Lever Scalloped Punches. There will be one set for each shape. Each set will contain a variety of images, featuring a few for EACH of all four sizes of punches available in that particular shape. So for example, the square set will be all-inclusive and carry images for the super-jumbo, extra-jumbo, mega & giga scalloped square punches.
For those of you who haven't jumped on the scalloped punch bandwagon, there are hundreds of uses for these sets without them. The punches are a wonderful compliment to the images, but not a necessity.
I thought I would kick-off the coundown with a little tribute to the square set. It features a total of 20 images. I love how the squares "nest" within each other so perfectly. It makes it so easy to add a lot of drama to your focal point. All five of these sets make it so eay to pull off a simple card effortlessly.
I created a unique spine for this card as a special detail.
Some of you may have seen the big news revealed on Ellen's blog yesterday. The announcement was in reference to some new & AMAZING scalloped dies from Spellbinders that will be available for sale in mid-August. Papertrey is proud to be one of the first retailers to be recieving a shipment of these revolutionary dies. We will begin taking pre-orders on August 1st.
I have some prototypes of the dies that Jeff at Spellbinders so kindly sent my way. I am truely in awe of how amazing these are. I will be talking about them often over the next few weeks.
First I thouhgt I would provide you with a side-by-side comparison of Marvy vs. Spellbinders scalloped squares. This photo shows the Marvy Super-Jumbo scalloped square on the left and the Spellbinders scalloped square of equal demensions. As you can see they are almost identical, except the Marvy version has a slightly rounder, robust corner to it.
I know what your thinking. So do these new Spellbinders dies work with the stamp sets debuting on July 15th? Well the answer is yes & no. (I'm so helpful, aren't I?!?!?) Most images are compatible with both brands of scallop shapes. There are a few images that were designed to have attributes that fit in each individual scallop of a Marvy Punch. These images cannot be used with a Spellbinders die of equal size because there is a different "hump count". Although the images could definitely be used with a die that was a little larger to allow the stamp details to fall within the boundries of the scallops.
Many of you have also inquired as to how I ended up storing all of my Marvy punches. I actually just completed contruction today. My hubby made a rack from scrap wood that I painted white. He attached it to the back of my door with heavy-duty screws. I attached curtains rods ($1.50 ea. at Wal*Mart) to the rack and placed the punches accordingly. It works like a charm! And since my door is almost always open, they aren't an eye sore within my space, yet easily accessible at the same time. I am really happy about the way it turned out!
Ink:Paris Lights, Jardin Moss & Chartreuse Palette Ink Pads
Stamps: Papertrey Ink