Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Big Chicken Scratch Post

I promised the other day that I had lots of Chicken Scratch cards coming your way. Today's the day for that. Hope you enjoy what I have to show you.

To recap...I had four products released in March at Papertrey Ink. They are all designed to work individually and together to create the vintage Chicken Scratch embroidery look. There is the original Chicken Scratch Stamp Set, the Super Gingham Stamp Set, the Chicken Scratch Cover Plate, and the Chicken Scratch Gingham Paper Pad. So much play in these four items. I am overflowing with ideas from the simplistic to the complex. Whatever mood or card-making energy level you are in,  they can be adapted to your needs. So tickled it all worked out like this!

First up, something insanely simple. I just took some of the Chicken Scratch Paper Pad and cut it down into panel and took some of the stamps from Chicken Scratch and made this pattern with Ocean Tides, Orange Zest, and Canyon Clay ink. This took mere minutes.

Some of the Chicken Scratch inspiration I found on Pinterest paired up the embroidery technique with rick rack trim. So I just took the XL Rick Rack Border Die and added a paper version here out of Canyon Clay.

This card is sized to an A2 height when you included the Limitless Layers 2.5" Circle Dies that I have popping up over the edge. The large daisy plus the end stitches from the Chicken Scratch Stamp Set fit very nicely on this die set.  I think all the Button Stack Dies are a nice companion to this collection as well and used them here as my flower center.

I took the Super Gingham Stamp Set and stamped borders on the edges of the card and added detail stitches from Chicken Scratch.

Speaking of Limitless Layers, I took the Limitless Layers 1.5"  Squares and die cut the shape out of paper previous cut with the Chicken Scratch Cover Plate. You can see the holes.  The holes from the cover plate allowed me to use the bits and pieces of gingham pattern from Chicken Scratch Stamp Set to add this design. It's medallion-like, with a vintage flair. And placement is so easy with those holes!

The smaller scaled gingham pattern from Super Gingham was stamped on either side of the split in Maile's Angle Vertical Die. The word "Love" is from the Stitched Holiday Words Collection.

I wanted to show here how you could use both the large and small scaled gingham patterns from Super Gingham together on the same card. I stamped the large gingham in Melon Berry ink on Soft Blush cardstock cut with the Chicken Scratch Cover Plate and also the small gingham in Berry Sorbet ink on Melon Berry cardstock. I really am pleased with how much interest and detail the holes from the cover plate add to the design. They are super functional with helping you line up the stitches and the gingham, but add a surprising decorative element too.

More Limitless Layers 1.5"  Squares here. I just used the square die to cut patterns from the Chicken Scratch Gingham Paper Pad and added detail with black ink using just two stamps from Chicken Scratch Stamp Set. Fantastic look. And the bold black of the pinked square mats really pops against the white cardstock. This was a very easy card to put together.

My mind bounces around all over the place when I think of new ways to use these products. This is the result of just wanting to play with the Chicken Scratch Cover Plate. A rainbow of floss cross stitches adds the rainbow element to my feel better card.

The Super Gingham Stamp Set is really nice for laying down a gingham pattern on large surfaces, but I like to turn to the bits and pieces of gingham pattern on the Chicken Scratch Stamp Set to make smaller patches of it. Using the Chicken Scratch Cover Plate, it was very easy to line up those little pieces to create a custom stamped mat for my flowers and sentiment. You can make a gingham mat for any dimension this way. Fun possibilities here.

I'd like to mention that the Chicken Scratch is a beautiful backdrop for all your floral images. They seem to go hand-in-hand. Here Rosie Posie and Rosie Posie 2 Step come out to play.

And lastly, I used some of the sketches I made available back in the countdown to make this card. First I used Super Gingham on the Chicken Scratch Cover Plate to lay down a quick background. Then I used two stamps from the Chicken Scratch Stamp Set to build these corners to frame the Mat Stack Mat 5 Die. The strawberries from Strawberry Patch seemed to go with the vintage vibe.

To more things I'd like to point out with this card. First, the tied string element. In using the Chicken Scratch Cover Plate this was so easy to do. I have holes everywhere, just had to pick two. And secondly, this background would have looked a little flat with the two colors of green (Simply Chartreuse and Ripe Avocado) on a lighter green cardstock (Spring Moss). With the white of my card base peeking through those holes, it adds an extra dimension and ties it together with the color of the Mat Stack 5 Mat. Reminds me a lot of all the peekaboo eyelet we are seeing in spring fashion right now.

OK. I'm so not done playing with these items yet. I have too many ideas. More to come over the upcoming weeks. Thanks for stopping by.

If you are interesting in creating with these four products yourself, they are available now at www.papertreyink.com. Happy stamping!


Happy Birthday Chicken Scratch Border
Stamps: Chicken Scratch, Botanical Blocks
Patterned Paper: Chicken Scratch Gingham
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Canyon Clay
Die: Rick Rack Border

Good Intentions Card
Stamps: Chicken Scratch, Super Gingham
Dies: Limitless Layers 2.5" Circle, Button Stackers
Ink: Soft Stone, Ocean Tides, Plum Pudding
Cardstock: Soft Stone, Stamper's Select White, Plum Pudding, Ocean Tides

Love You Medallion Card
Stamps: Chicken Scratch, Super Gingham, With Love
Dies: Chicken Scratch Cover Plate, Sentiment Splits: Angle Vertical, Stitched Holiday Words. Limitless Layers 1.5" Squares
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, New Leaf, Enchanted Evening
Ink: New Leaf, Blueberry Sky, Enchanted Evening

By the Way, Thanks
Stamps: Super Gingham, Building Blocks
Dies: Chicken Scratch Cover Plate, Building Blocks, Block Talk, Button Stackers, Heart-2-Heart #7
Cardstock: Melon Berry, Soft Blush, Berry Sorbet, Classic Kraft, Lemon Tart, Harvest Gold
Ink: Melon Berry, Berry Sorbet, Fine Linen, Classic Kraft

Thanks from Me to You
Stamps: Chicken Scratch, Swoosh
Patterned Paper: Chicken Scratch Gingham
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, True Black
Ink: True Black
Dies: Limitless Layers 1.5" Squares

Rain and Sun Card
Stamps: Blue Skies, Scattered Showers
Dies: Chicken Scratch Cover Plate, Scattered Showers, Cover Plate: Blue Skies
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Aqua Mist

Happy Mother's Day
Stamps: Chicken Scratch, Rosie Posie, Keep It Simple: Mother's Day
Dies: Chicken Scratch Cover Plate, Rosie Posie
Cardstock: Classic Kraft, Harvest Gold, Stamper's Select White
Patterned Paper: Berry Sorbet
Ink: Melon Berry, Berry Sorbet, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Spring Moss, Simply Chartreuse, Classic Kraft, Dark Chocolate

Strawberry Chicken Scratch Card
Stamps: Chicken Scratch, Super Gingham, Strawberry Patch
Dies: Chicken Scratch Cover Plate, Strawberry Patch, Mat Stack Layerz 5
Ink: Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado
Cardstock: Spring Moss, Stamper's Select White


  1. Oh, these are FABULOUS! Love!

  2. Oh, my goodness, Erin! You are absolutely amazing! I've barely started playing with my Chicken Scratch set and haven't even used the cover plate yet, but this has re-inspired me. Right after I finish making my Ukrainian Easter eggs for this year...

  3. The rainbow stitching is my favorite!! So cute, Erin!

  4. Erin, I am so inspired by your cards! I got the paper pad and stamps, and now I want the Coverplate and gingham stamps! These are all marvelous, and now I'm off to play with them.......!

  5. So glad to see your beautiful cards. Plenty of inspiration. I'm missing your design team work for
    the monthly releases so I was glad to see these cards. I do however love your stitching projects.
    I love, love, love the super gingham stamps. They're so fun to play with and easy to use.

  6. Thank you so much for the inspiration. I am really loving the stitched theme products.