Saturday, May 20, 2017

Create Along With Us: May 2017

Because it was Papertrey Ink May Release, our challenge is to select a card as inspiration from all those created by the Design Team. There were so many beautiful and unique designs it was hard to choose. Because we're getting ready for vacation, I wanted something I could create in record time. Yah, right! That didn't happen because I don't have the Ivy & Bloom dies that Keeway used on her ink blended/watercolored card posted here. Had to really scramble because the substitution ideas in my head didn't work. Plan C to the rescue and no time to remake. Here's my card. 




The Paper Clippings: Thinking of You die cut was adhered using spray adhesive. After ink blending and waterbrushing Limeade Ice and Hawaiian Shores inks, I decided to silver emboss the "Thinking of You" portion only. That was a "duh" moment with the heat tool loosened the adhesive and didn't melt the powder very well. With some residual of EP and no time to start over, I die-cut that portion only from DCWV Silver Metallic paper. Because I couldn't line it up well enough to hide that, I outlined the silver letters using a gray SU marker. If I had the time, I would have started all over again but that's not going to happen. It is what it is, and that's a wrap.


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Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White and DCWV Metallic Stack
Ink: Limeade Ice and Hawaiian Shores
Stamps: None
Dies: Paper Clippings: Thinking of You
Other: Waterbrush, Ink Blending Tool and Spray Adhesive (Silver Embossing Powder and SU Going Gray Marker)


Saturday, May 13, 2017

PTI MIM #284: Background Stamping with Sentiment Stamps

Sure is a good thing that Papertrey Ink has a weekly Make It Monday Challenge with the chance to win a $25 gift certificate. This certainly motivates me to get in my stamp room to create at least one card that I need in the near future. Today I followed Melissa's video sharing how she uses sentiment stamps to create a background and then appropriately embellishes the card. It's that time of year to make graduation cards, and I always design them specifically for the graduate using their school colors. Here's what I created today for a cousin's granddaughter. 




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Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms out there!


Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Spring Rain and Enchanted Evening
Ink: Spring Rain and Enchanted Evening
Stamps: Birthday Cheer, Celebrations and Stylish Sentiments: Birthday (EE stars)
Dies: Noted: Scalloped A2 Vertical, For The Graduate and Modern Numbers
Other: Sizzix Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, SU Silver Embossing Powder & VersaMark Pen, Silver Glitter Paper (Joann's), Star Punch (stash) and Foam Tape

Saturday, May 6, 2017

PTI MIM #283: Watercolor Wash Backgrounds

Laurie Schmidlin shared her first video for Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday, and she did a fabulous job. Her tips and tricks for creating a watercolor wash background were very helpful. Others always made it sound and look so easy. However, I don't think I've watched anyone watercolor and explain in such great detail why and how they do it until Laurie's tutorial. Even though my results aren't anywhere near as good as others, I know I just need to practice and let the watercolors and water do the work. This is what I created earlier today using Emboss Resist with watercolors. A few black splatters with popped up stars and a sentiment flag finished my card. 
 




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Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black and VersaMark
Stamps: Celebrate Big and What The Doodle: Piece of Cake
Dies: Sketched Stars and Sketched Shapes
Other: "Cheap" Watercolors, Paintbrush, White Embossing Powder, WOS Shimmer, and SU Dimensionals