welcome to day four of the papertrey ink countdown to new stamps - and my favorite day this month because zappy birthday is part of the group post day today! so far i've shown you the stamps and matching dies, plus the stand alone coordinating dies and little snips of the paper. and today, i'm bringing it all together, with a closer look at all the details, including the 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" comic strip paper collection and the new cover plate: comic strip. my first order of business with the paper collection and cover plate was to create a shaker card, of course! one of the paper designs is a full comic strip page that matches the cover plate, which makes for an easy start. i strategically placed the three word die cuts and a lightning bolt, followed by the cover plate cut from sticky foam. then i sprinkled stars into each section and closed it up, with the cover plate in white on top. the speech bubble sentiments are placed right over the clear cardstock to finish it off. zap! bam! wow!
once i got the shaker card out of my system, i decided to use the cover plate as a guide to colorblock another comic strip card. after die cutting a page of each color in a different pattern, i chose the portion of the cover plate that fit my layout, placed a section of each color and removed the frame. the city silhouette die fits perfectly into the lower right section like the one on the full comic page. since i used that section, i started with that in black and built my comic strip from there - zappy birthday! have a super day! this colorblocking layout could be used with a variety of papers and images for a quick and easy card - no need to worry about math and measurements!
since nichole's secret agent is a part of the group post with zappy birthday, i couldn't resist a mash up of the two. i have a few ideas with secret agent himself, but i just love those glasses. i immediately pictured them as clark kent's glasses and this card came to life! the black dot paper is perfect for a comic book look on the lenses. the sentiment was a no brainer, given who's glasses they are - wow, you're super! in addition to stamping the sound effect starburst in blue, i also colored it with a lighter blue copic to create a tone on tone look rather than the higher contrast of blue and white. the whole things just makes me smile! as much as i love the shaker card (my fave of the day!), this one is a close second. i love a non-traditional layout and these glasses make such a big, fun statement on a card.
and finally, last but not least, i was also compelled to create a mash up of zappy birthday and hey, cupcake! i figured with all the red, blue, and yellow in this post, i couldn't possibly do just a typical cupcake card today. so, i created a zappy birthday cupcake die cut from scraps of the comic strip paper collection, and layered it on a section of the plain white comic strip paper on top of a piece of the yellow starburst. that's one super cupcake!! and one super collection of stamps, dies, cover plate, and paper. i hope you like all of the pieces and parts - they really are so much fun to play with! nichole has all of the details up on her blog, plus links to the team's group posts. i know i can't wait to see what they've done! so go check it all out, and then come back tomorrow for one more day...