Sunday, May 25, 2014

PTI MIM #165: Artsy Watercolor Backgrounds

Had every intention of posting this earlier until a dear friend called to chat. I'm not really very "artsy" but wanted to try Betsy Veldman's watercolor technique as shown in this week's Make It Monday for Papertrey Ink.

Using PTI's Mum's The Word stamp set on Stamper's Select White cardstock, I inked up three different size mums with Harvest Gold, Tempting Turquoise and Pink Passion. With water and brush in hand, I drew out the inks to mimic Betsy's technique. When dried, that layer was cut in three pieces, adhered with SU dimensionals to "life" them up on the New Leaf cardstock and placed on a white card base. To finish it off, I added a little bling with coordinating sequins, stamped the sentiment from Stylish Sentiments: Birthday using New Leaf ink, and rounded two corners.

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White and New Leaf
Ink: New Leaf, Harvest Gold, SU Tempting Turquoise and SU Pink Passion
Stamps: Stylish Sentiments: Birthday and Mum's The Word
Dies: None
Other: Sequins (won from Jennifer McGuire) and Corner Chomper

Papertrey May Blog Hop Challenge

This month's challenge here is to play around with the popular color combination of Aqua and Melon as shown from this gorgeous inspiration:


Even though I've had several days to think about these colors, I still had no idea what I was going to design until I managed to actual create today. Here's what I came up with for my niece's birthday!

My white card base was covered with a layer of SU Soft Sky DSP before adding the Hexagon Cover Plate in SU Groovy Guava. I added a few hexagons to add some dimension. "Happy" was die cut from glittered paper, and "birthday" was stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I either need to get VersaMark reinker or new embossing powder because I was disappointed with the results. 

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Aqua Mist and SU Groovy Guava
Ink: VersaMark
Stamps: Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
Dies: Pretty Peonies, Bountiful Banners, Mat Stack #4 and Hexagon Cover Plate
Other: Sizzix Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, SU Soft Sky DSP, Melon Glittered Paper (Joann's), Clear Embossing Powder (Joann's), White Crochet Thread (Michael's) and SU Dimensionals

Sunday, May 18, 2014

PTI MIM #164: Cluster Stamped Sentiments

Oh my goodness, I knew it had been a while since I was able to stamp, but didn't realize it has been over a month. No wonder I was going through withdrawals. Since I need graduation cards, birthday cards and congratulatory cards, I thought I'd give this week's Make It Monday a try. Well, Heather made it look so easy. The first three went in the trash last night because I just wasn't pleased with my cluster of hats and stars, and I kept smearing the ink.  So earlier today I attempted that same card again because I liked the idea I had in my head…just not so much on paper. I am satisfied with this one for a High School grad whose school colors are red and blue.

My next card is for a high school senior who achieved her personal bests in discus and shot put and hopefully qualifies for WA State Field and Track. Her goal is to participate in Junior Nationals again so I'm confident she will. 

My third and final card is a birthday card for my SIL, which I need to mail tomorrow. 

I apologize for not commenting regularly on blog posts, and hope to improve on that task soon. Thanks for reading this post, and I appreciate every comment. 

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)
Graduation Card
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, SU Brilliant Blue and SU Real Red
Ink: SU Real Red and VersaMark
Stamps: Boutique Borders: Congrats, For The Graduate and 2012 Birthday Tags (star)
Dies: Fabulous Frames (edge of frame only)
Other: Zing Metallic Blue Embossing Powder and SU Dimensionals

Congrats Card
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Berry Sorbet and Winter Wisteria
Ink: Berry Sorbet, Harvest Gold, Winter Wisteria and VersaMark
Stamps: Boutique Borders: Congrats and Flower Fusion #4
Dies: Tipped Tops
Other: White Embossing Powder, white crochet thread (Joann's), Summer Sun Sequins (Jennifer McGuire)

Yay! It's Your Birthday
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Harvest Gold and Winter Wisteria
Ink: Berry Sorbet, Harvest Gold, Winter Wisteria, Hawaiian Shores, Memento Tuxedo Black and VersaMark
Stamps: Stylish Sentiments: Birthday and 2012 Birthday Tags (star)
Dies: Fabulous Frames and Tipped Tops (star)
Other: White Embossing Powder and Enamel Dot (Joann's)