Sunday, June 26, 2016

PTI MIM # 253: Reverse Stenciling

Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday this week, Reverse Stenciling, is hosted by Betsy Veldman. She makes it sound so easy and suggests we grab a favorite stencil and a couple ink pads and play along. Here's her beautiful card.

Since I only have Modern Background Stencils and those from the Color Pops Floral kit, this is what I came up with using a brayer and Harvest Gold ink. Punched the four corners using SU's ticket corner punch, tied on some twine and popped up the Shaped Sayings: Birthday die cut before adhering it to a white card base using SU Dimensionals. I also splattered a bit of SU Taken With Teal using a marker & spritzer.

It isn't one of my favorites but turned out okay. Don't have time now to redo because we're on our way to Yellowstone for a little sightseeing.

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White and Tropical Teal
Ink: Harvest Gold
Stamps: None
Dies: Shaped Sayings: Birthday
Other: Modern Background Stencil, Twinery Twine, SU Spritzer, SU Taken With Teal Marker, SU Ticket Corner Punch and SU Dimensionals

Saturday, June 25, 2016

PTI June Blog Hop Challenge

The Blog Hop Challenge at Papertrey Ink for this month is an inspiration photo entitled "Reef" by Yellena James. It really makes me wonder how Nichole finds all of these unique and beautiful works of art online and then encourages us to be inspired. After all, this is a challenge for card makers.

artwork from Yellena James 

A little bit of watercoloring and white heat embossing got me jumpstarted. Then I got carried away with the beautiful colors and fun stamps of Color Pops Floral. It ended with this anniversary card.

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Lovely Lady and Clear Vellum
Ink: Lovely Lady, Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Enchanted Evening, Winter Wisteria, Tropical Teal, Hawaiian Shores and VersaMark
Stamps: Make It Market Mini Kit: Color Pop Florals and Tag-Its #5
Dies: MFT Stitched Rectangles
Other: Canson Mixed Media Paper, Twinery Twine, White Embossing Powder, 1/8" Circle Punch and Paintbrush

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Create Along With Us: June 2016

While the fabulous DT for Papertrey Ink showcases this month's new products, we get to play along using their projects as inspiration with links here on Nichole's blog. They come up with so many awesome creations that it's challenging to narrow down which ones to use. This is a great opportunity to challenge myself outside of my comfort zone and attempt something different. I've created two cards (but only one entry) as I was on a roll yesterday and actually finished five cards. This first card is a bit of a mix from Lizzie's Woodblock Prints (3rd one) beautiful rainbow card on the left and a spin off of Kay's Woodblock Prints (1st one) on the rightwith the bolder colors and white, layered die-cuts.

                        Thanks For Everything Card                  

Rarely do I take on the task of creating a background that needs to be more precise than random flowers and/or leaves, but this was a fun challenge for me. Thanks to my MISTI and Lovely Layers stamp set I was able to line it up pretty well. Even though I didn't use the exact same colors as Kay's lovely card above, I only substituted Royal Velvet for Simply Chartreuse as I thought it would be too much green for my design. If you look closely or enlarge this image, you can see I stamped "Big Hugs" in Royal Velvet beneath my three-layered, white "sending" die cut. Coordinating colored sequins finished it off after adhering it to a Summer Sunrise card base and rounding the two bottom corners.

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White and Summer Sunrise
Ink: Oranze Zest, New Leaf, Summer Sunrise, Tropical Teal, Royal Velvet and Raspberry Fizz
Stamps: Wet Paint Cuts III
Dies: Wet Paint Cuts III

Other: Corner Rounder, Sequins and SU Dimensionals

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Here's my inspiration from Danielle's blog (also her 3rd card):

Thought it would be fun to try stenciling using two different colors separating a design. Since my stencil supply is limited to Modern Backgrounds and Color Pops Florals, I decided to create an oval mask for the center. The inks I blended are Mint Julep and Ocean Tides. I really like the combination but when it came time to choose the mat color, the Mint Julep ink coordinated better with Simply Chartreuse card stock. It really was a long shot against the Mint Julep card stock, at least in my opinion. Here's my take:

Thanks for stopping by, and I truly do appreciate your comments!

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White and Simply Chartreuse
Ink: Mint Julep, Ocean Tides and Pinefeather
Stamps: Graceful Greetings
Dies: None
Other: Modern Background Stencils, Oval Mask, Ink Blending Tool and SU Dimensionals

Friday, June 10, 2016

PTI MIM #252: Shadowing with Copic Markers

When I saw the title of this Papertrey Ink challenge, I figured I was out of the competition because I don't own one. single. Copic. But then, I read further about shadowing with markers so I was saved. Danielle recorded a great video on how to shadow word dies using a Copic marker. My word dies are limited for this technique so it was a bit more challenging because the letters are so much closer together.  Using a marker also doesn't show quite the shadow that Copics do, but I tried. First, I'll share Danielle's beautiful "Friends" card and then my "Thanks" one. Isn't her photography amazing?

For my card, I combined a few other techniques learned from previous Make It Monday Challenges and the fabulous Design Team. I heat embossed the stencil, the Mum and also dipped the leaves in Copper Embossing Powder. The mum and leaves are popped up using SU Dimensionals. If you enlarge the image, you can see my shadowing. Sequins finished the card front before rounding two corners, adhering a layer of Tropical Teal and then a Stamper's Select White card base. 

Appreciate you stopping by and thanks for your comments!

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Aqua Mist and Tropical Teal
Ink: Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal and VersaMark
Stamps: Mum's The Word
Dies: Modern Background Stencils, Mum's The Word and Uncorked Words
Other: SU Dimensionals, Copper Embossing Powder, SU Marker and Sequins (all from stash)

Friday, June 3, 2016

PTI MIM #251: Gradient Watercolor Die Cuts

This week for Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday Challenge we're blessed with the presence of Dawn sharing tips for creating gradient blending with watercolors on die cuts. Aren't her cards just beautiful?


I really had hoped to create something totally different but wanted to try her technique using a cover plate die. Believe it or not, my stash is limited to the Hexagon Cover Plate so I went with it. Here's my interpretation of her technique even though my colors didn't blend as well as Dawn's.

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White and Mint Julep
Ink: Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens (4 shades of green)
Stamps: NoneCover
Dies: Cover Plate: Hexagon and Graceful Greetings
Other: White Foam and Clear Sequins (PPP)

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Here's my second card using the actual Hexagon frame from the watercolored die cut. 

Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White
Ink: Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens (4 shades of green)
Stamps: None
Dies: Cover Plate: Hexagon and Shaped Sayings: Birthday
Other: White Foam

Don't know where this week went, but it flew by. Hope to find time during this "hot" weekend (weather-wise) to comment on some blog posts. Appreciate you stopping by here!