This week’s Make it Monday at Papertrey Ink is calling for “make your own wreath”. I recently saw a card where light colours were used to make the base of some flowers and then slightly darker colours were layered on top. creating an ethereal looking card. That was the look I started out to achieve, but I ended up adding Nuvo drops to most of my darker layers as I thought the card was a bit dull. I did like the resulting card nevertheless, so here it is:
Interestingly, what I forgot was that the larger blue Nuvo drops are “glow in the dark”, which is a far cry from the soft ethereal look I was going for. I only remembered this when I took the card into my dark hallway to photograph the card. If you are looking for a product that “glows in the dark”, I can attest to the fact that these Nuvo drops do!
Supplies: Papertrey ink Color Pop Florals stamp set, Papertrey Ink Make it Market Garden Gate stamps and stencil, Nuvo drops, Hero Arts Ombre dye inks, Recollections cardstock, Simon Says Stamp card base and Scor tape.
I received my Papertrey Ink Make it Market, Market Street kit and had decided to make the 3D cart just to see what it looked like. I thought I would review Betsy’s video on how to put the cart together and, like usual “a funny thing happened on the way to the forum” and I ended up making this card for Make it Monday instead.
It came together very quickly and I think looks nice. There is something about using Pantone paint chips that just works. I think it is the repetition of simple colour, simple fonts, and simple images that is so appealing.
Supplies: Papertrey Ink Uncorked stamps and Dies, Papertrey ink Ombre Buildrs stamp set, Papertrey Ink rainstones, Hero Arts dye Ink, Recollections cardstock, Simon Says Stamp card base and Scor tape.
When I saw this week’s challenge, I thought it looked like a lot of inky fun. I only have a full set of refills for my Distress Inks so I used those. I found out something…………………..a little refill ink on a baby wipe goes a looooooooooooooooooooong way! After what seemed like only two minutes, I had six or seven backgrounds made using the techniques demonstratred by Ashley in the video. Just yesterday, I was combing through a whole large storage case wondering where all these unfinished card fronts came from………………..now I know. As usual, what I ended up with looks nothing like the idea I had in my head when starting this card. The change was a result of the desire to use/showcase several of the backgrounds in just one card. On one hand this was easy as they were all made with the same colours, but difficult on the other hand, as I had made them all with no regard to balance/scale/tone/intensity between them Anyway with some diecutting and rearranging, I think it turned out well.
- Circles were made by bunching up the baby wipe into a tight wad and then turning in a circular motion on the card front.
- Cross hatch was made by dabbing a wad of inked baby wipe through a Papertrey Ink Garden Gate stencil.
- Stripes were created as shown by Ashley.
Supplies: Papertrey Ink G Gate Stencil. Papertrey Ink stamp set Succulents, Dienamics die Vertical Stitched Strips, Tim Holtz Distress Refills, Simon Says Stamp card base and Scor tape.
Where does the time go? My last post was also for Make it Monday, so a week has simply disappeared on me.
It is tax time in Canada, so I have been busy gathering documents for the various returns I do. I did manage to attend a great Scrapbook Crop and a wonderful Baby shower for my daughter in law, and got back into playing Mahjong, so it was a week well spent.
Today’s challenge was to make a watercolour background. I knew I had some Papertrey Ink stencils that hadn’t had enough love from me yet, so I dug them out. I stole Nicole’s tip of using an old Silhouette sticky mat to hold down my stencil and bristol cardstock. It worked very well to limit colour running under the stencil, so I am sure it has become part of my way of doing things. In fact, it worked so well at containing the colour where it belonged that I ended up adding a cover of vellum to tone down the vibrancy of the background.
It had been a while since I used the Morning Glory stamp and dies as well, so it took a few minutes to line everything up. In the end I was quite pleased with the resulting card.
Supplies: Papertrey Ink Garden Gate stencil, Papertrei Ink Morning by Morning stamp set and die, Impression Obsession love die, Reverse Confetti All Framed up die, Paper and More Woodgrain cardstock, Ellen Hutson Vellum, Simon Says Stamp card base, Nuvo Crystal drops, Prills, Zig Real Brush Markers, Prismacolor pencils, Hero Arts inks, Craftaboard and Scor tape.
This week’s Make it Monday Challenge fit right in with what I was working on. The challenge was to create several items at a time. I don’t normally make production line cards. The fun for me is mostly in the designing process and each attempt gives me more ideas for different cards so I rarely make the same one twice. I realized the folly of my method when I thought about wanting to create all my Christmas cards, gift tags and gift cards for the holidays. One at a time was going to be painfully slow.
Here was my starting place. Even when trying to make everything the same, I had to throw in both white and brown woodgrain frames, mats, envelopes and mailbox posts for variety.
Because I like to keep my options open, I only converted one of the mailboxes to a full sized card. The rest may be used as gift tags, just by cutting off part of the mailbox post and adding some twine.
Now I am thinking about mass producing the freestanding little mailbox as a combination napkin holder and place card for the Christmas dinner table. That is, if I think I can handle the Martha Stewart jokes that will be flung at me if I do! LOL!.
The inspiration in this kit is mind boggling. Included is a twenty page idea download with ideas to keep one busy for a long time, including some non Christmas ideas that are amazing. Kudos to Betsy and the entire Papertrey Ink creative team. Your creativity and attention to detail is simply astonishing!