Sunday, July 31, 2011

Coloring With White Ink

Hello, Blogland! Last weekend's Stamp-A-Faire event really lit a fire under my tush. It made me think more about blogging and engaging with the creative community. So here I am with a second (!) post this week. Today I wanted to play along with this week's Make It Monday challenge in which Heather Nichols featured coloring with white ink. I'd never tried the technique before, so I thought it might be fun.

I started by creating a white card base and layering it with a piece of Aqua Mist cardstock that I had been run through the Cuttlebug with the Picnic Plaid impression plate. Then I wrapped the base with a strip of white ruffled ribbon and gray and white bakers twine tied in a little bow.

Next I stamped the stork from Bundle of Joy onto Hawaiian Shores using Smoky Shadow ink. Then I used a Q-tip to add layers of ink until I was happy with my coverage. I learned that it worked better when I tapped off a little of the excess white ink onto scrap paper before using the Q-tip on my image. Next, I stamped the baby bundle onto white cardstock in Smoky Shadow and Melon Berry inks and added color using Prismacolor pencils. The little heart on the blankie was also embellished with a touch of clear gloss.

I felt like the stork panel was a little bland so I stamped some polka dots in watermark ink over top of the image before adding the sentiment in Fresh Snow ink. Then I matted that piece with white cardstock and mounted the baby bundle with foam tape. Finally I mounted the whole focal piece to the base with foam tape.

I hope you've enjoyed my card today. Thanks so much for taking a peek!

Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores - Papertrey Ink; white
Stamps: Bundle of Joy, Everyday Classics (Anniversary Set - not for sale) - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Smoky Shadow, Melon Berry, Fresh Snow - Papertrey Ink; Water Lily Green - Palette; VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: Picnic Plaid Impression Plate - Papertrey Ink; Ruffled White Ribbon - May Arts; Oyster Bakers Twine - Divine Twine; Foam Tape - Scotch; Glossy Accents - Ranger

Monday, July 25, 2011

July Papertrey Ink Blog Hop!

Hello everyone! I know it's been a little quiet around here since last month. Sorry about that. Hopefully I can find the time soon to put together a few new posts. Today I wanted to make sure I played along with the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop. This month's challenge was to be inspired by this photo:

The first thing that caught my eye in this photo were the colors, followed by the medallions on the throw and the butterflies on the pillow. So here's my card:

I don't use a lot of butterflies, but I thought it might be fun to use one this month. So, I die cut the butterfly using the Love Lives Here die and stamped it with one of the medallions from the Iconic Images set that Papertrey gave away to attendees of Stamp-A-Faire this weekend (so much fun!!!). I die cut a second butterfly and made a Melon Berry Sandwich with the two butterflies. Then I glittered the heart and filled in the void with clear glaze.

Next, I cut a mat from Hawaiian Shores cardstock and ran it through the Cuttlebug with the Diamonds impression plate. Then, using a pencil, I free-hand drew a trail and hand-stitched over it with embroidery floss. That piece was adhered to a white card base and the butterfly was attached with foam tape.

To do the sentiment, I cut a 3/4" strip of white cardstock and notched the end with a square punch. The sentiment, from Up, Up, And Away, was then stamped in Dark Chocolate ink and embellished with a rhinestone. I trimmed the strip to the appropriate length and adhered it to the Hawaiian Shores layer using Scor-Tape.

It's a pretty simple card, but then most of mine are. Thanks so much for stopping by for this month's blog hop! I hope to be back again soon.

Cardstock: Hawaiian Shores, Melon Berry - Papertrey Ink; White
Stamps: Up, Up, And Away, Iconic Images - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Spring Moss, Dark Chocolate - Papertrey Ink
Other: Butterfly Die (Love Lives Here), Diamond Impression Plate - Papertrey Ink; Embroidery Floss (#352) - DMC; Glitter Pen - Sakura; Glossy Accents - Ranger; Rhinestone