Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Circles and Dots Prints - Blue and Gray with Green

A green frame adds some bright energy to the muted blues and grays.  I like the criss-cross layout, too.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) new leaf (green), blueberry sky (blue), stamper's select white, a circles print from PTI argyle socks 8x8" patterned paper (retired), and bitty dots print from PTI smokey shadow (dark gray) pattern pack (retired).
  • Die is from PTI sketched shapes.
  • The sentiment "thinking of you" is from Hero Arts everyday sayings, stamped with PTI blueberry sky ink cube.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Monday, August 14, 2017

Light Orange Gingham with Navy and White

Plenty of contrast with rectangles, dots, and curves in a strong color scheme. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Paper Source papaya (light orange), Papertrey Ink (PTI) dark indigo (navy) and stamper's select white, and gingham and bitty dot prints from PTI melon berry (light orange) pattern pack (retired).
  • Dies are PTI stitched rectangles and ways to say: hello.  I shortened the tail of my "o" to fit the gingham rectangle.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Bamboo with Leaf Print - Sympathy

With a few stamped bamboo panels left over from this card,  I made some peaceful sympathy cards.  I like the soft colors and the pierced stitching detail. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Neenah solar white, Papertrey Ink (PTI) ocean tides (muted teal), and the leaf print from PTI spring moss (light green) pattern pack (retired).
  • Die is from PTI stitched rectangles.
  • The sentiment "deepest sympathy" is from Stampabilities card phrases, stamped with PTI ocean tides and Hawaiian shores (medium turquoise) ink cubes.  Stamped onto the green print, the ocean tides ink looked too dull.  Stamping again (with the MISTI) with the brighter Hawaiian shores ink gave me a better result in this case. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Stencil Samples Chart


As my stencil collection grew - even with just a dozen so far - it was getting harder to remember all the designs.  Also, when I use a stencil, I like to include its brand and name in my blog post, so I had saved the packaging.  It was confusing to flip through it all to find what I wanted.

That's why I made myself a Stencil Samples chart to show me what I have.  It has twelve 2-inch squares, printed on Neenah solar white card stock.  It's cut off at about 6 inches tall, to be stored with my stencils in a cut-down page protector in the (also cut down) stencil file folder in one of my plastic drawers.

My samples were all quickly stenciled - nothing precise or artistic - masked with a 2-inch circle "window" (easier than masking off each square) and using the same color ink.  I added a few notes as reminders on getting my best results with the different stencils.  There's an extra blank chart ready to go (stored back-to-back with my first chart in the page protector) for future stencil purchases.  And I was happy to discard all the packaging, excepting a few clear sleeves for the more delicate stencils. 

This little chart has been a great help for me.  If you'd like to try it, you can easily draw a grid for yourself, or create a table in your word processor to print.  Or, for a different approach, see this post by Lydia (Understand Blue) or this video by Jennifer McGuire.  The best idea is the one that works well for you, of course!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Dots and Stars - Yellow and Wine Red with Teal

Sometimes with a strong print like the wine red and yellow stars, I like to add another bold contrast to the mix.  Though it's not my typical color combination, the patterns and colors work well together.

Card details:
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Red Panel with White Stars on Blue

Using some white stars leftover from yesterday's card.  I chain cut my star panel from red card stock, inlaid stars in ten of the openings for an arrow shape, and added a white word.  I like the crisp contrast of the red and white on the dotted dark blue.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) pure poppy (red), stamper's select white, and bitty dot print from PTI enchanted evening (dark blue) pattern pack (retired).
  • Die is My Favorite Things stitched star grid, cut twice with one row overlapped.
  • The "thanks" word is cut with Silhouette Cameo, similar to this card.  I kept the same height, but compressed the width.  Love the flexibility to adjust as needed. 
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort
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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Yellow and Blue Stars with Dotted Red

A bright and cheerful card in red, white, and blue with yellow.  This die cuts a grid of sixteen stars.  My yellow stars are inlaid into the openings, while the blue stars are the background layer showing through.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) blueberry sky (blue), harvest gold ( yellow), stamper's select white, and bitty dot print from PTI pure poppy (red) pattern pack (retired).
  • Die is My Favorite Things stitched star grid.
  • The banner is notched with scissors.
  • The sentiment "thank you" is from PTI keep it simple: thank you, stamped with PTI pure poppy ink cube.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Multi Heart Card

Many hearts in multi colors.  Shimmery in real life.  Perfect for the occasion.  It needed some planning to space and align the hearts, and some patience to stamp the individual letters and stars, but the result was worth the effort.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) shimmer card stock in raspberry (pink), leaf (green), sun (yellow), sea (turquoise), sky (medium blue), blue (light blue), and sapphire (dark blue).
  • Hearts are cut with PTI heart-2-heart #11 die.
  • The "happy anniversary" letters are from PTI simple alphabet, and the stars are from PTI land that I love, stamped in black.  My mistake was using pigment ink, which dried much too slowly and tended to smear on my shimmer hearts.  Next time I'd use PTI ink (a dye ink) which has worked well for me stamping on this shimmer card stock. 
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Monday, July 31, 2017

Star Print with Tag

Almost red, white, and blue, but the tag is cream in real life, not white like my image.  The golden brown card base works beautifully with the star print's background. 

Card details:
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Tan Stripe with Star

Lots of details, texture, and patterns.  I like the layered star medallion with its faux ribbon band. 

Card details:
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Blue Leaf Print with Blue

Two blue cards featuring a soft blue leaf print.  In my image for the sympathy card, below, the colors look mismatched, but they coordinate beautifully in real life. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) enchanted evening (dark blue), blueberry sky (medium blue - above), sky shimmer (medium blue - below), stamper's select white, and Kaisercraft indigo skies windswept 12 x 12" print.
  • Embossing folder (below) is Lifestyle Crafts diamonds and dots.
  • The patterned paper (both cards) and the blueberry sky card stock (above) are embossed with the Dreamweaver faux cross-stitch stencil screen, as explained in this post.  On the card below, however, I embossed the back side of my paper, which made a canvas-like texture on the front, instead of the crisp design you see in the card above.
  • Die is from PTI double-ended banners.
  • The sentiments "thinking of you" and "with sympathy" are from PTI keep it simple: thinking of you and keep it simple: sympathy, stamped with PTI enchanted evening ink cube.
The thinking of you card (above) was created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Friday, July 28, 2017

Teal with Turquoise on Green Polka Dots

Lots of contrast in colors, shapes, and textures in today's simple card.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) Hawaiian shores (turquoise), tropical teal, stamper's select white, and polka dot print from PTI simply chartreuse (green) pattern pack (retired).
  • Embossing folder is Stampin' Up square lattice (retired).
  • Dies are from PTI my mother, my friend.
  • The sentiment "thank you so much" is from PTI floral fusion (no longer available), stamped with PTI tropical teal ink cube.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Circle Print with Embossed Dots

A muted red, white, and blue with lots of circles and dots.  The layered rectangles and diagonally placed square provide some contrast. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Paper Source lake (medium blue), Stampin' Up (SU) soft sky (light blue), Papertrey Ink (PTI) fine linen (tan) and terra cotta tile (orangey red), and a circles print from Bo Bunny firecracker 6 x 6" pad.
  • I used Copic marker B14 to edge my tan and circle print pieces.
  • Embossing folder is Darice dot point.
  • The sentiment "thank you" is from PTI thank you kindly, stamped with PTI terra cotta tile ink cube.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Jar of Flowers - Purple and Green

Today's card is a mix of drawing, stamping, and Copic coloring.  Over the years, I've made quite a few cards with my flower drawings, but this is my first experiment of adding stamps to the mix.

I drew the stems, the flower and leaf outlines, and the dotted line for the table top.  I stamped the mason jar and sentiment in black, the solid flower shapes in purple, and the leaf cluster in a soft green. Then I used my Copic markers to color the stems, the yellow-green leaf details, the table, the jar, and the yellow and dark purple flower centers.  

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) amethyst allure (purple), green parakeet (bright yellow-green), and stamper's select white.
  • The sentiment "for you" is from PTI friendship jar flowers, and the jar is PTI just the jar: pint, stamped with PTI true black ink cube.  
  • The solid flower and leaf stamps are from PTI gathered garden, stamped with PTI amethyst allure and vintage jadeite (soft green) ink cubes.  
  • I used a black 0.2 Copic multiliner for my drawing.  I scanned my line drawing only (without any stamping or coloring) for computer printing. 
  • Copic markers are custom color B2000, E33, YG23, YG05, Y15, and V17.
  • As a last step before assembling the card, I embossed the white card stock from the back with a Dreamweaver faux cross-stitch stencil screen, as explained in this post.  By embossing on the back, it leaves a nice texture on the front, instead of a sharp criss-cross pattern.  In my image, the texture is mostly seen in the colored areas, but in real life, it shows up well on the white areas, too. 
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Yellow and Orange Diagonal Stripes with Teal

A few bright diagonal stripes create today's sunshine theme.  A 2-part sentiment and a layered sun shape form a visual triangle to focus the card. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) lemon tart (light yellow), orange zest, summer sunrise (yellow-orange), tropical teal, and bitty dot prints from PTI orange zest, harvest gold (medium yellow), and summer sunrise pattern packs (retired).
  • Dies are PTI flower fusion #9 (large orange shape), ad sense (medium yellow-orange shape), and star gazer (small orange shape).
  • The sentiment "sending you sunshine" is from PTI hello sunshine, stamped with PTI orange zest ink cubes.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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