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Introducing Background Basics: Rainbows + We Go Together

Hey Everyone! Today, is Day 1 of Papertrey Ink’s June release. I’m so excited to share the projects featuring two of the stamp sets that will be released on June 15th at 10 pm EST. This release is jam packed with wonderful products. You will not be disappointed! So, onto the projects…I’m sharing three basic ways to use the stamp sets.

First, you can stamp the rainbows as a background…of course! I chose to stamp a gradient rainbow.

The card size is about 3.5″ x 6.5″ – tall and slender! It’s super fun to make! I love the simplicity of the background, yet it sparks a lot of interest.

I also added one of Dawn’s new stamp sets as a focal point sentiment onto an oval die cut. Fit’s perfectly!


Second, you can stamp the rainbows as a border. For this project, I was completely inspired by the sentiment and food…peanut butter & jelly, specifically so I created a food wrap for a PB&J sandwich!

I stamped the rainbow first in Royal Velvet and Classic Kraft inks (for peanut butter and jelly), then cut it out using a pair of decorative scalloped scissors. My old scissors fit the design perfectly. I was shocked when I tested it out! Then I wrapped it around a glassine bag. I added the Dearest Jane script paper, dark chocolate strip, and some vintage trim. I also put some grosgrain ribbon to finish it off.

For the sentiment, I stamped it on Happy Day die cut. Again, it fit perfectly! I love when that happens.

You’ve gotta love a sophisticated peanut butter & jelly food wrap!


Third, I stamped the rainbows as a flower center embellishment. I used the smaller background stamps for this.

I stamped the hexagon background, which was also introduced today on Nichole’s blog. Soooo cute! I stamped the flowers with the rainbow backgrounds, then layered them on a circle die cut and a larger flower die cut. I assembled the flowers all together with some leaves and adhered them to the card front.

For the sentiment, I stamped it on rustic white cardstock, hand cut it out, then stamped only the sub-sentiment portion directly on the card front. I just love how I can separate this sentiment!

Here’s a closer look at those patterned flower centers.

Thanks so much for visiting today. I hope these projects help you see the new products a bit better and how you can use them too! For more projects, check out the following designers’ blogs.

Kathy HJune 10, 2012 - 8:00 am

Genius, Ashley! love the pb & j wrapper! Love the gradient rainbow of the first card and Dawn’s sentiments are wonderful.

Suzanne RussellJune 10, 2012 - 8:05 am

Ashley, I adore the PB&J wrap! Using Kraft and Royal Velvet Inks is just genius. (I’m just sitting here grinning as I write this) AND did you use the cover plate to line up your hexagons on #3 card? So very cute. Thanks for the 3 way inspiration!

Cheryl B.June 10, 2012 - 8:43 am

Love the PB&J sandwich wrapper! Now lets see, I need Happy Hexagons, BB: Rainbows, Hexagon cover plate, We go together set…

jan mJune 10, 2012 - 8:50 am

Sweet looks Ashley! Love the P & J!

erinJune 10, 2012 - 8:58 am

Wow, love these projects, great job.

Helen F.June 10, 2012 - 11:08 am

ALL fabulous projects, Ashley. Totally LOVE the colors and design of the PB&J sandwich wrap :o)

GabbyJune 10, 2012 - 11:30 am

Nice cards and food wrap! How nicely you’ve showcased all the new stamps today! :)

ChrisJune 10, 2012 - 11:58 am

Love all of your ideas.

Susan BeauchaineJune 10, 2012 - 12:03 pm

WOW! I am not sure what else to say but WOW! I LOVE your cards and that sandwich wrapper is the cutest thing EVER! WOW Ashley! That is the best I can do!
Thank you for sharing

janet WilsonJune 10, 2012 - 1:03 pm

What gorgeous projects and pretty colour combinations :)

Kathy McJune 10, 2012 - 1:25 pm

Ashley, your cards are beautiful and love how you showed the versatility of some new releases. PB&J is still my favorite sandwich…ever since I was a child. Love your glassine bag all decked out.

Janice WilliamsJune 10, 2012 - 2:11 pm

Fabulous stamps and great examples using them. Love it!

Susan GosmanJune 10, 2012 - 2:36 pm

Your talent and originaity never cease to amaze me! Thank you so much for sharing and inspiring!

Christi LavengoodJune 10, 2012 - 3:55 pm

Love the way the flowers were made. Very interesting idea.

Pam YoungJune 10, 2012 - 6:48 pm

Love the PB&J wrap, such a great idea!! Love all the projects.

Jill NorwoodJune 10, 2012 - 8:46 pm

Love your entire post – and I think I need a pb & j now….it has been a long time and comfort food is always a good thing on a lazy sunday afternoon after a busy day! :)

Heather WJune 10, 2012 - 9:16 pm

I think I need the we go together set. Great projects!

Larissa Heskett =)June 10, 2012 - 11:31 pm

BEAUTIFUL Creations!! I LOVE all of the cute details!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

Connie C.June 10, 2012 - 11:35 pm

I’m always SO impressed with your creativity. It wows me every time. Super images and awesome cards!
— Connie C.

Brenda BJune 11, 2012 - 6:48 am

Super fabulous projects! Love the new stamps.

auntie em (emily)June 11, 2012 - 7:14 am

Fun cards and projects and great ideas on getting more uses from a stamp set!
Thanks for sharing! :)

Judy WorkmanJune 11, 2012 - 9:23 am

Would you mind posting the pb&j wrapper to pinterest? I love it but can’t seem to put it there myself. I want to make some this fall for my kids’ lunches. I love this idea!

Judy WorkmanJune 11, 2012 - 9:25 am

Oh yeah, now I see how to post it, AFTER I comment on it. Duh. I pinterested it. Thanks so much for the helpful links!

widaJune 12, 2012 - 12:12 am

Listen to me…I love these cards with all my heart. You are so completely fantastic!!!

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