Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Papertrey October Blog Hop Challenge

Fall is my favorite time of year and the inspiration photo for this month's blog hop is right up my alley.  I found the colors and texture in the photo a beautiful jumping off point.



The washed wood background was such a perfect foil for the autumn colors that I tried to create that effect in my card.  I started with white card stock and ink blended some pale blue (PTI Spring Rain), Mustard  and  Orange (Stampabilities) across the card base.  I then got out my PTI Background Basics: Woodgrain Stamp Set and filled the entire background with woodgrain images stamped in grey.  I then cut a corner from the scalloped Note Card die from the PTI Make-it-Market: Don't Forget to Write kit and added it to the side of my card.  I then embellished the card with die cut shapes and a Bountiful sentiment all from the Make-it-Market: Color Pop Autumn kit.  Last I tucked a few sprigs from the PTI Fancy Foliage Details Die.


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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Die Cut Stencil Shapes

I have been so busy I have missed participating in the Make-It-Monday challenges.  However, I just love the cards Melissa Phillips created with her die cut stencil backgrounds so I made time to give this challenge a try.  Truly one of my favorite techniques is ink blending so combining this with stencil die cuts I knew was going to be fun.  On this first card I cut out the leaves from the PTI Songbirds die.  I ink blended some mustard and orange ink in the background and then sponged some red lightly around the leaves. I then die cut a small scalloped square and embellished it with a few shapes from the PTI Make-it-Market: Color Pop Autumn kit.  Last I added my sentiment from the PTI Stylized Autumn stamp set.  I still needed something, so I added some texture with watercolor splatter.  I covered up my white shape with a bit a Press & Seal to keep it from getting any splatter and it worked great.

Since Melissa had done such a lovely card using the PTI snowflake and had to give that a try as well.  I used two shades of blue in my background working around the snowflake die cut.  I added just a few small stamped snowflakes with grey ink.  I used the PTI What the Doodle: Snowflakes Stamp Set for the larger snowflakes.  The sentiment if from the PTI Inspired:Hope Stamp Set.
Although you cannot see it in the image above, I did add some sparkle to the large snowflakes by using a Gelly Roll Clear Star pen by Sakura.  It gave the card a bit of shine that I liked.  The picture below shows that additional a little better.
 

 


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Sunday, July 24, 2016

SAF 2016: Masterpiece Inspirations

Such great works of art to choose from with this challenge.  I decided to try a card based of this painting.






I really was drawn to the blue background that made the flowers stand out.  So I decided to keep my card pretty simple and make use of some rich blue paper to support a group of flowers.

I tried to add some depth to the stems by added shading with Copic Markers but that did not show up very well in the photo of my card.


 














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SAF 2016: Gilded in Gold

This challenge with Daniel Flanders was a whole new experience for me.  I had never heard of the Plaid Liquid Leaf product before but it was easy to use and produced amazing results.  I did a fancy birthday card for my project.  I chose to gild the Garden Garland Die cut and then add some vellum layered flowers.  A little pearl pen for the center dots in the flowers and sequins finished off the card.


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SAF 2016: Starry Night with Amy Sheffer

This challenge was so much fun. Amy's design was so beautiful I really just replicated her card as best I could.  I actually made four of these cards and each sky looked different but I loved all of them.  Here is my favorite.

For my background I actually used watercolor paints.  That gave me the most color options and the closest colors to Amy's lovely example.


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SAF:2016 Master Color Recipes

For this Master Color Recipe Challenge I chose the following inspiration piece for my card.  I love all the blues and greens in this painting.


 For my card I ink blended the background, added some paint splatter and then added the doodle feather colored with Copic Markers.  I finished the card with a silver bow and a few sequins.
 

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Papertrey Ink June 2016 Blog Hop

This month's blog hop has a beautiful inspiration piece by Yellena James.  I just love the colors in this picture so that was what inspired my cards.


I have one card where I ink blended the background and then added paint splatters on top. I wanted the look of light branches against the background so I cut up the "Into the Woods" cover plate to get that texture.  To finish the card I added butterflies and clear sequins.
This second card is simple and I spent more time with the ink blended background than anything else. This time I wanted layers of color rather than texture.  I love the "Don't Forget to Write"  Make-it-Market kit and so it was an easy choice to build this card.

 

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