Hello Friends! Today, I have the opportunity to share some projects featuring Maile Belles’ new stamp and die set, Mega Gracious Vases for Papertrey Ink. They are very versatile – allowing you to use them with the previously released Gracious Vases and just about any other set that would work with vases! I mixed and matched Mega Gracious Vases with a few different stamp sets.
Here is a peek at the first card. It has what I like to call a fresh vintage style. Very colorful, with a hint of vintage elements.
I die cut the Mega Gracious Vases from patterned paper, then stamped the outlined images onto the patterned paper. Although you can leave the die cuts without the stamped outlined images, they offer a bold statement.
I coordinated Mega Gracious Vases with Garden Variety and Garden Variety II. For the sentiment, I stamped it on a jar label die cut.
The focal point is a scalloped oval frame. I die cut the scalloped oval twice (once from vintage book print and again from patterned paper scrap). I adhered the vintage book print die cut onto the patterned paper die cut (white side facing upwards). I did this to make the die cut more sturdy as the book print is a very thin paper.
Next, I aligned my solid oval die to the center of the scalloped oval die cut and ran it through my Cuttlebug to get the frame. Last, I stitched around the border of the frame. Love the custom embellishment.
For the flowers in the vases, I stamped clusters from Garden Variety and Garden Variety II. A small cluster of buttons and a large yellow/cream striped ribbon finished it off.
The vases can also be elegant. For my next project, I made a party favor. Imagine multiple favor boxes like these arranged on a table at an event. They are super easy to make and serve a great purpose to thank your guests for sharing time with you with a little treat.
I stamped a wood grain pattern on a square die cut, then stamped the vase in autumn rose ink (twice). I used a flower and sentiment from Gracious Vases.
To make the favor box, I used two Front & Center die cuts (one for the front, the other for the back).
To create the box, I trimmed cardstock to 4.25″ x 11″ and scored at 1/2″ along the 11″ side leaving the 3.25″ for the short side. Next, I measured the Front & Center die cuts and scored two lines that allowed me to create a base and a left/right side for the box. I used 1/4″ score tape to adhere the Front & Center die cuts to the cardstock. It’s super easy!
See that popcorn ball inside from Garrett’s?! Fill the box with your favorite treats or even hand stamped stationery.
For my last card to share, I created something bright and cheerful. I coordinated Mega Gracious Vases with Simple Sunflower.
A cool little technique to add to the Mega Gracious Vases die cuts is to emboss them. Here, I used Simple Stripes impression plate to get the horizontal embossed stripes.
I stamped the sunflower pattern with fine linen ink and added a sentiment from Gracious Vases. The sunflowers are the flower centers from Simple Sunflowers, but work great as small sunflowers by using summer sunrise cardstock and dark chocolate ink!
The hawaiian shores grosgrain ribbon is the unexpected pop of color for the card. Sometimes, matchy-matchy doesn’t fit well for some designs.