Many of you guessed today's announcement during the sneak peeks, and expressed your excitement at the possibility of a second edition to our popular Guide Lines stamp set! In an effort to offer up even MORE possibilities, versatility and styles, Guide Lines Two combines a brand new grid and several decorative elements that will just make you swoon! The best part? Most of the decorative elements in the new set also coordinate with the grid found in last year's Guide Lines set! Talk about versatility!
Now, the grid included in Guide Lines Two is even easier to use than the first and offers a more detailed design that really adds to the pattern. As you can see it integrates circular frames and the small dots in the middle of each opening. All of the individual design elements in this set nestle perfectly within each circle, with the cross points allowing you to line up each image exactly the same across the page just like the original Guide Lines set.
As another new feature of this set, there are "frames" that fit around the outside of each of the circles found in the grid. Most of the frames have four points, like the one shown in this example, making it easy to lineup with the four cross points found in the grid.
Finally, to complete this sample pattern, I added a different decorative element, centering over each of the "dots" found in the grid. The finished look is a perfectly aligned pattern that looks as though it is printed for an upscale boutique. This type of pattern building takes no time at all and allows you to recreate patterns to your hearts content, in any array of colors you can imagine.
I used the above paper to create this simple vintage card. I found that the pattern was so beautifully detailed, just a simple sentiment and button detail were really all that was needed. (Recognize the sentiment? It's from Lisa Johnson's new set that is debuting this month!)
When creating these types of patterns, you don't always have to go monochromatic with your look. For my next pattern, I started by stamping the grid along with my first design element in Hibiscus Burst ink.
I then went back in and added the second element in Summer Sunrise. I love how the Hibiscus Burst dots of the grid show through as accents to the centers of the Summer Sunrise elements.
(click photo above for larger view)
I thought I would also share with you a little technique I have found myself doing a lot lately. If you look at a lot of today's patterned papers available for purchase, many times they have a *canvas" look to them, which often helps keep them looking up to date. To recreate this type of look with my own stamped papers, I sometimes like to take the Palette New Canvas Pad and press it firmly onto the surface, right on top of the pattern. The New Canvas ink pad is a very subtle * soft white in color, and the canvas texture of the ink pad surface transfers well when using this technique! Give it a try! I know you will enjoy the results!!!
I integrated this bright and cheerful pattern into this fun little card that is certain to brighten someone's day. It was really amazing how well Guide Lines Two adapts to different styles of projects, which is confirmed by the contrast found between the first project and this one.
I layered a scalloped rectangle and oval to create this accent, with the sentiment coming from Damask Designs. I loved the way the three-button detail turned out, accenting the top of this sentiment block. The Hibiscus Burst Bitty Dot & Stitched ribbons hang down from the top of the card, creating fun textural borders.
When using this set, you can also do tone-on-tone stamping. Here I used Versamark ink on Ripe Avocado cardstock. I decided to go super simple with this one and repeat the same decorative element in the center of the circles and over the dots that are found in the grid.
Once integrated into my final project, I was able to use the curvy edge of the grid image as a decorative border of sorts. I love how *clean & modern* I was able to go with this set.
That *empty space* at the edge of the card cover, allows the flourish found at the end of the sentiment to really become a focal point and not get lost in the shuffle. (This sentiment & flourish are found in one of the other new release stamp sets that will be debuting later this week!)
This last project is a perfect example of how the small design elements found in the new Guide Lines Two can be used to build patterns without the grid, allowing you even more options and exploration. Here. I just repeatedly stamped the element in Vintage Cream ink onto Melon Berry cardstock.
Pair that pattern with some Dark Chocolate polka dots (created with Polka Dot Basics) and a beautiful flower, along with a few pearls for good measure, and you have yourself and irresistibly beautiful creation, perfect for any recipient that loves anything shabby chic and romantic.
The *thinking of you* sentiment is from Beyond Basic Borders and is stamped using Dark Chocolate ink. The small button is one of our very own cream vintage buttons.
So, there you have just a few examples of the different types of patterns you can build with this amazing background set. As I have mentioned before, many of the design team members have already commented to me about how much they LOVE this set. I know you will have the same high opinion yourself, once you are able to give this set a try for yourself! How about we give you a chance to WIN a set, just for letting us know what you think of these first peeks at it! Or, in fact, if you have the original Guide Lines set, let us know what you like about it!
One lucky winner will be chosen randomly to win a copy of Guide Lines Two stamp set!
Fine Print: Only one comment per person please. Contest will close at
9am EST, Wednesday March 12th. Winner will be announced by noon EST HERE, on our official March Release Prize Page. Winner will be responsible for contacting Customer Service to claim prize.
Haven't seen enough? Stop by Heather Nichols' blog to see what she has created with Guide Lines Two!
Lauren Meader has a peek at another Timeless Template that will be debuting this month! You will NOT want to miss this!!!
Lisa Johnson created more projects using her new set, Life, that totally left me inspired!
Melissa Bickford has a few additional peeks as Wishing You to whet your stamping appetite!
To see the supplies used in all of today's projects, please CLICK HERE.