Introducing Enclosed

I hope you are enjoying Papertrey Ink’s 8th Anniversary festivities. Today, the design team has its first group post. We are featuring projects using a new product series called Enclosed. This month’s Enclosed products is all about flower power. At first glance, I thought this was a simple, one-dimension stamp and die set, but I was proved wrong very quickly after I started stamping and cutting. The images are versatile and can be used for countless occasions.

Smile card | Project by Ashley Cannon Newell for Papertrey Ink (Enclosed: Flower - February 2015)

This project is designed using a couple of the images from Enclosed: Flower. I used them to build the flowers. A stamp lover’s dream! You can really customize a flower design and make it your own. I stamped the images to create different flower colors.

Here is a breakdown of the flower colors (Large Petal/Detail Petal/Flower Center):

  • Aqua Mist/Hawaiian Shores/Fine Linen
  • Sweet Blush/Hibiscus Burst/Summer Sunrise
  • Limeade Ice/New Leaf/None
  • Harvest Gold/Summer Sunrise/Simply Chartreuse
  • Summer Sunrise/Orange Zest/Sweet Blush

Smile card | Project by Ashley Cannon Newell for Papertrey Ink (Enclosed: Flower - February 2015)

I stamped the flowers on watercolor paper and used a watercolor pen to blend the colors. My results were a non-outlined watercolored flower, which is a beautiful result, but I wanted more detail and definition. So, I hesitantly added my own sketching using a fine point black pen.

Smile card | Project by Ashley Cannon Newell for Papertrey Ink (Enclosed: Flower - February 2015)

Taking creative risks can be scary. I was so afraid I was completely messing up all my stamping and was pretty sure I’d have to start over, but that would’ve been fine because I had some cushion in my calendar to try again. But, I surprised myself and loved the result and came up with a new-to-me technique to add to watercolored stamped images that do not have a coordinating outline stamp. The best part is that it’s like a piece of art. Every flower will be different and it was so fun to doodle to my heart’s content. I enjoyed this process so much.

Smile card | Project by Ashley Cannon Newell for Papertrey Ink (Enclosed: Flower - February 2015)

To let the watercolor images shine, I decided to add the greeting to the front at an angle. I hand cut the sentiment. Don’t be afraid of fussy cutting. I discovered another trick to fussy cutting images and in this case sentiments without a die. If you’d be interested in seeing this technique in a future Make It Monday video, please leave me a comment to let me know and I can make it happen. I’ve wondered why I haven’t used this technique in the past, but I’m so glad I’ve discovered it.

Smile card | Project by Ashley Cannon Newell for Papertrey Ink (Enclosed: Flower - February 2015)


  1. Stamp flowers in different colors.
    1. Stamp the flower centers.
    2. Stamp the large petals, making sure to overlap them and meet around the flower center.
    3. Stamp the detail petals, making sure they’re centered over the large petals and meet around the flower center.
  2. Blend the inks using a watercolor pen.
    1. I traced along the flower shapes using the pen and revisited areas that needed more blending to my liking.
  3. Add hand drawn outlined details
    1. Mimic flower shapes and add lines and dots.
  4. Add hand drawn card shape outline along the edges.
  5. Stamp greeting on black cardstock using watermark ink.
  6. Add white embossing powder, then heat set.
  7. Hand cut the sentiment and adhere to card front with foam adhesive at an angle.

Smile card | Project by Ashley Cannon Newell for Papertrey Ink (Enclosed: Flower - February 2015)


Stamps: Enclosed: Flower

Ink: Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Harvest Gold, Simply Chartreuse, Limeade Ice, Fine Linen, Sweet Blush, Raspberry Fizz, New Leaf, Versamark

Cardstock: White, True Black, Watercolor Paper

Other: White Embossing Powder, Copic Multiliner Pen

Card Size: 4.25″ x 6″

Treat bag with gift tag | Project by Ashley Cannon Newell for Papertrey Ink (Enclosed: Flower - February 2015)

The stamps and dies in Enclosed: Flower can also be used to make the perfect gift tags or interactive cards. I added a gift tag as a design element for a gift bag, but the best part is that it doubles as a gift tag too.

Treat bag with gift tag | Project by Ashley Cannon Newell for Papertrey Ink (Enclosed: Flower - February 2015)

The dies are very easy to align and super simple to create lovely tags with quickly. I love how this tag pops on the black and white striped gift bag.

Treat bag with gift tag | Project by Ashley Cannon Newell for Papertrey Ink (Enclosed: Flower - February 2015)


  1. Die cut circle tag and stamp inside.
  2. Die cut solid flower.
  3. Die cut outlined flower.
  4. Assemble flower die cut and stamp greeting.
  5. Assemble flower die cut onto circle tag, then adhere to bag.

Treat bag with gift tag | Project by Ashley Cannon Newell for Papertrey Ink (Enclosed: Flower - February 2015)


Stamps: Enclosed: Flower

Ink: True Black

Cardstock: Hibiscus Burst, Harvest Gold

Patterned Paper: Harvest Gold bitty dot

Dies: Enclosed: Flower, Enclosed: Basic Folded Tag

Other: striped paper bag, paper filing

Here are some links to check out what the rest of the design team created today using Enclosed: Flower. I’m sure you will be impressed.

Nichole Heady

Amy Sheffer

Betsy Veldman

Danielle Flanders

Dawn McVey

Heather Nichols

Laura Bassen

Laurie Willison

Maile Belles

Melissa Phillips

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  • Donna - Spectacular! I just love the watercolor rainbow of colors and the black outlines. I would love a video on cutting since I have not mastered cutting in 10 years of stamping.ReplyCancel

  • Keysha Sain - Your card is absolutely stunning! That is truly work of art! I would love to see the technique you used in a future Make it Monday. I love that treat/gift bag as well!! The bold stripes are eye catching and the tag pops right out at you. Really cute!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Russell - I love your “sketched” card! I was hoping that the stamp set included that fabulous, loosely sketched outline, but this is even better because it calls out the artist in me! Thanks for taking the risk and leading the way. I love all of your projects today, but this one sings to me! : )ReplyCancel

  • Holly Saveur - What a STUNNING card..LOVe your flowers…I hoped it was a stamp set!!!!
    Maybe you could design this one too?
    LOVE it…maybe an idea for Make it Monday???ReplyCancel

  • linda - Beautiful!!!!ReplyCancel

  • June K - What beautiful sketching around the flowers. It’s gorgeous. Maybe you can share how you did this on a MIM although I don’t know how I would manage to make mine turn out anything like yours.ReplyCancel

  • Birgit - What a fabulous water color card. I too, thought it was all stamped. So glad you took the plunge and gave your artistic talent a try. I think a MIM for fussy cutting would be a great idea. There are some that I’m just not good at. Everything today was eye candy to my soul.ReplyCancel

  • Donna M. - Wow- your card is amazing, drop-dead gorgeous. I could never create this- it’s so pretty. I love your creations!ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie W. - I just love your first card. I would never had known that you sketched the outline of the flowers. Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Aunt Min - Looks like you are giving us a “sneak peek” of your new design talent for a new set, “Enclosed Flower ADDITIONS!” A stop-in-your-tracks gorgeous card, it has it all.ReplyCancel

  • Barb W - I can’t find any more words to say, the gals above have already said it all. Your Card is Stunning, Awesome, Drop-dead gorgeous, etc. I would love to have a video watching you do it – I’m a very visual type gal and this is such an art! Please, consider (with all your free time) a video. 2nd day of this fabulous release month and you have blown me away!ReplyCancel

  • jan metcalf - Love, love, love your card Ashley!!!! Absolutely fabulous!!!! The colors, your watercolor, the smiles, the edging you added, everything came together perfectly!!!ReplyCancel

  • christal mclean - Such a lovely , lovely card! I share my sentiments with others in the hopes that this was a stamp set. I had the possibilities floating in my head for this set with lots of projects and then I kept reading to find out you hand sketched your design. Kudos for you and your work. You made us beg for a stamp set in the future!
    Well done, Ashley!ReplyCancel

  • Dori J - Wow! Ashley, that card is (insert every known superlative adjective here) fabulous! I can’t wait to try your technique. How lovely!

    Now, I’ve never been a good fussy cutter so PLEASE show us your technique in a MIM video. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Betty - This card is beautiful! Bravo!!ReplyCancel

  • Bev Wilkinson - Love your watercolors and sketching! You make it look so easy to doodle perfectly! Would love a fussy cutting video!ReplyCancel

  • Karen R - Your water colored card is simply amazing!! I have always loved adding touches of black to color…it just pops. And yes, Ashley, if you can teach us an easier way to fussy cut, I would love to see that. Great job!!ReplyCancel

  • Joy - I would love to see a video of how you do the fussy cutting – especially the tools you use. Also a video of how you drew/sketched the flowers! I love your flower card – so pretty and fresh & delightful to my eyes!ReplyCancel

  • Peege04 - Great work Ashley. Love your doodled flowers. Hope you design some sets. Your line work would look great for stamps.ReplyCancel

  • Susan - Your free-hand detailing is exquisite!!! And I would love to see your fussy cutting technique on a Make It Monday. Anything to help make it easier would be greatly appreciated.ReplyCancel

  • Pat W - Wow! Just WOW!ReplyCancel

  • Carol D - I love your sketched watercolor flowers!! Glad you went beyond your comfort zone to encourage the rest of us. The results are wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • Luanne Ford - Ashley, that watercolored card is absolutely wonderful! The best ever!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Kolling - How awesome are you?? This is just fabulousness!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Rhonda H - Aaaa! Wowzyers!!! LOVE your doodle additions and YES please, we would love to see a MIM fussy cut.ReplyCancel

  • Diana K - Fell off my chair, Ashley. Wow! I’m going to need some time to recover.ReplyCancel

  • Karen K - Your projects are fabulous as always. Thanks for sharing. I would love to see the fussy cutting technique for MIM.ReplyCancel

  • JanetB - Your watercolor card is a work of art with you perfect doodling. I want to try it! I also think having any tips on fussy cutting would be great! Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Renee M - Wow, I especially like your card! It’s gorgeous and has such pretty colors. You nailed it 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Friedrich - I love your projects, and congrats for trying that new outline over watercolor technique! I’d love to see that in a video so I can watch the process – it does look like fun doodling with images to outline. I would love a video on the fussy cutting technique – having to fussy cut something usually stops me from doing it, too much effort and frustration. If there is less frustration then I would give it another try, I’d love your helpful hints and tips!ReplyCancel

  • janelle - I love your sketching!!! & I agree with the other comments… an ‘additions’ set with these sketchy images would be a must have for me. Just gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Crystal - Your card is stunning. Thank you for bring a risk taker & “doodling” on your card. You stepped out & more I have the inspiration to step out as well. I would love to see a video with your tips for fussy cutting!ReplyCancel

  • Kathie B - Your water colored flowers are.just gorgeous. I’m going to hold on to your very clear instructions so that I can experiment with your method. Thanks so much for your inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Deb Hudson - I love your watercolor card. I want to try the doodling because at first I thought it was part of the stamp set! You are very creative and inspiring.ReplyCancel

  • Julie Pike - I love the hand drawn flowers! They are awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Becky M. - Your sketching is amazing; I absolutely LOVE your card!ReplyCancel

  • Tammie Koehnen - Wow, such a gorgeous watercolor flower card! I love that you drew over the flower multiple times in black ink! It gives definition and makes the flower really pop! Great gift bag and gift tag. Great product reveals Ashly! You are so talented. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Grace - the sketch cardReplyCancel

  • Helen F. - Oh Myyyy, Ashley ~ I just love how you demonstrated the versatility of this new set! Your card is really a piece of art work. Fabulous tag n bag set too 🙂ReplyCancel

  • LauraJane:) - Your sketches are what drew me in for a closer look!!
    STUNNING results:)ReplyCancel

  • Colleen F - Beautiful card, I would be scared to do the artistic thing to it, but yours has inspired me! I would love to see an MIM with your trick for hand cutting groups of words…what a fabulous idea!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy O - So glad you took the risk, Ashley! Your drawing is just beautiful. Yes, please give us a MIM video for your hand cutting tips!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth S - WOW – I love those doodle-accented watercolour flowers – so artsy and creative 😉 In both of your makes, the contrast of pastel against the black and white works so wonderfully… I need to try it more, thanks for the inspiration Ashley! RxReplyCancel

  • Char - Love the outline around the watercolor! Great job. Can’t wait to see more!ReplyCancel

  • Stacy S - Amazing! I want to request 2 make it Monday’s. One on the sketching and one on the fussy cutting.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Mc - WOW, Ashley, what a striking card with all your doodling and colorful flowers! Yes, love all MIM’s and fussy cutting of sentiments would be no exception. Bring it on!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy H - Yes! I’d love to see how you made the flower card in a video!ReplyCancel

  • cardsbycara - Gorgeous!! Looking forward to some fussy cutting tips as I never do a very good job!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy M - Ashley, like everyone else, if you are willing to show an easier way to fussy cut, I’m on board.
    So glad that you stepped outside of your comfort zone with the freehand outlines. They add a special dimension and whimsical feel to the design. Stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Pamela - Your card is stunning, and I would especially like to see your water coloring technique on a video. And if you could share a presentation of all of your special techniques for this card on the video, that would be extra special! Thanks for sharing your beautiful card!ReplyCancel

  • Jill - Wonderful post! Would love to see both the water color with pen outline and the sentiment fussy cutting in future MIM videos!ReplyCancel

  • Carole Eaton - Fabulous. Colour choice and technique. Just my cup of tea. Great way to extend use of the stamps. Do make a video of your fussy cut. I am always using my craft knives and welcome any tips .ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - Ashley, Just love what you do. So talented!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kari D - OH MY! LOVE the look of the flowers with the black ink ‘doodle’ to define them. Perfect. Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Erika t - OMG!!! That first card is to DIE for!! Pti needs to turn your doodles into an addition to this flower. Holy moly. Great creativity ashley. Btw your Lauren is just beautifulllll!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie - I love the flower set and how you added your own lines – just beautiful. And every card and flower will be unique and beautiful…ReplyCancel

  • Janet - Wow!!! Tremendous creations 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Sandy M - Love your samples, especially the butterfly card.ReplyCancel

  • maria f. - Your sketchy card… WOWZERS!ReplyCancel

  • Margarita Navarro-Rivera - Love your cards!ReplyCancel

  • nkmac - Ashley…I, too, love your sketched flowers…by jove, I think you are on to something!!!ReplyCancel

  • María Alba Negrón - Hi,

    Great cards!

    María AlbaReplyCancel

  • Jamie Vanskiver - Love your hand doodled card! It came out so awesome!! Thankyou for the tutorial and would totally be interested in a Make It Monday video!! TfsReplyCancel

  • Paula - Wow Ashley! Absolutely gorgeous!! I was reassured by the fact that you added the “hesistatingly” to your description of how you added the flower outlines. That’s how I would feel as well, and knowing you felt that way, but tried it anyway, makes me feel like I could do this as well! I am so glad you took the chance and trusted your abilities, because they are shining on this card! Stunning! I like your color combo on the black and white gift bag as well – very sharp! Fabulous job on the group post!!ReplyCancel

  • Leslie L. - I love the watercolor card at the top and I would love to see your secret for fussy cutting. Beautiful projects as always!!ReplyCancel

  • Roxanne derheim - Love your doodles! And yes I would love to ” be in” on a new technique!ReplyCancel

  • shirley - Your watercolored flowers are spectacular. No matter where I see the picture of the card Facebook, pinterest,papertreyink wherever I have to stop and admire. Would love you to do a video on make it monday.ReplyCancel

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