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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Friday, July 14, 2017

Navy Hello with Branches on Light Green

A simple layout with simple colors.  Almost monochromatic, with the dark purplish navy color playing as a neutral.  I like the graceful lines of the branches and "hello" word with the narrow dark mat and the dragonfly accent.  The uneven light green stripes make a serene background for the scene. 

Card details:
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Teal and White Stars on Text Background

For the Papertrey Ink "Create Along with Us" July challenge, I chose the first project in this post by Nichole Heady as my starting point.  As she explained it, "Stamp any kind of text or sentiments and then add a bold clear embossed image on top.  Follow this with sponging with the same ink color you used for stamped text."

I like the results on my card today, and I'll try this technique again sometime.  Thank you, Nichole, for your inspiration!

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) tropical teal, stamper's select white, and a striped print from PTI pure poppy (red) "+ white basics" patterned paper (retired).
  • Dies are PTI seeing stars (medium and small sizes) and stitched rectangles.
  • The sentiment "thank you" is from PTI fill in the blank, stamped with PTI tropical teal and pure poppy ink cubes
  • The stamped stars are all from PTI military stars (retired).  I used the backs of three stamps for my large stars, which are stamped with Versamark, then clear heat embossed.  The small star under the red sentiment is stamped with PTI Hawaiian shores (medium turquoise) ink cube.
  • After heat embossing my three large stars, I added a turquoise background with PTI Hawaiian Shores ink cube, using an e.l.f total face brush to apply the ink.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Orange and Yellow Stripes with Circles

Happy and bright, with summery prints and a layered sun circle.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Neenah solar white, Papertrey Ink (PTI) orange zest, harvest gold (yellow),  the leaf print from PTI harvest gold pattern pack (retired), and a striped paper that I created using PowerPoint. 
  • Dies are PTI sketched shapes (white banner), PTI hello sunshine (orange 1-1/4" circle), WeRMemoryKeepers nesting circles (yellow 1" circle), and Avery Elle icon fill in the blank (asterisk).  
  • I used an old 1/4" hole punch for the yellow center dot.  
  • The orange banner is notched with scissors, and then I slightly rounded the banner tips with scalloped scissors.
  • The sentiment "sending you sunshine" is from PTI hello sunshine, stamped with PTI orange zest ink cube
  • Technique: For this card, the sentiment needed a bolder font, so I stamped it using the MISTI, then shifted my banner just a tiny bit to the right, and stamped again.  
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Red, White, and Blue Circle on White Angles

Another red, white, and blue medallion card today.  I like the contrast of bold circles against the white angles - triangles or chevrons - and deep blue dotted background.

Card details:
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Red and Blue Rays on Light Blue

Today's card looks like a prize ribbon, with a layered medallion and rays of red and blue.  The sentiment circle is grounded by a horizontal blue strip and a strand of baker's twine. 

Card details:
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Red and Yellow Sunshine

A simple layout with bold colors and many bright suns!  I'm glad I tried stamping my sun ray circles in red.  With the strong yellow orange accents, it makes a vivid pattern on the light yellow background. 

Card details:
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Monday, July 3, 2017

Pink Bouquet with Yellow Bow

Bright pink flowers accented with a flowing yellow bow.  In the background, blocks of color repeat the bouquet's pink, green, and yellow inks.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Ellen Hutson white linen, Papertrey Ink (PTI) limeade ice (green) and berry sorbet (pink), and the bitty dot print from PTI summer sunrise (yellow-orange) pattern pack (retired).
  • Die is PTI pinking shears border.
  • The flowers and leaves (and the "knot" of the bow) are from PTI friendship jar flowers, stamped with PTI limeade ice, berry sorbet, terra cotta tile (deep rusty red), and summer sunrise ink cubes.  
  • The bow is from PTI tinsel & tags sprigs (retired), stamped with PTI summer sunrise ink cube
  • The sentiment "just a note" is from PTI keep it simple: just a note, stamped with PTI terra cotta tile ink cubes.
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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Purple and Teal with Splotches

A diagonal block of splotchy pattern, layered with bold teal and purple colors.  I enjoyed experimenting with a few shapes from this new-to-me stamp set. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Ellen Hutson white linen, Papertrey Ink (PTI) amethyst allure (medium purple), royal velvet (dark purple), and the bitty dot print from PTI tropical teal pattern pack (retired).
  • Twine is orchid (light purple) stripe from The Twinery.
  • The "hello" die is PTI noted.
  • Punch is EK Success comic asterisk.
  • The dashed lines are from PTI plaid builder, stamped with PTI royal velvet ink cube.  The splotches and circles are from PTI grunge me, stamped with PTI tropical teal, Hawaiian shores (medium turquoise), and amethyst allure ink cubes.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Tan with Orangey Brown - Hello

Two tan-on-tan words make a background for my layered "hello" die cuts.  A gingham border echoes the criss-cross pattern of the stamped words.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) fine linen (tan), cocoa bean (brown), canyon clay (orangey brown), and gingham print from PTI canyon clay pattern pack (retired).
  • Die is PTI wonderful words: hello
  • The sentiments "just a note to say" and "hello" are from PTI wonderful words: hello, stamped with PTI cocoa bean and fine linen ink cubes.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Gray Thanks on Gray, with Green Vines

Such a simple card, gray-on-gray with green.  It's one of my favorites!  Softly serene, yet with a bold message.  From this card's leftover pieces (dotted word and plain background), I made a second card that's just as nice.

It's a CASE of a beautiful card I received from a fellow card maker.  Hers had a white "thanks" inlaid in a white background, with a sentiment line stamped beneath the die cut word, and lovely bright stamped flowers with delicate green foliage.  Thank you, Ann, for your sweet note and your inspiration!

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) soft stone (light gray) and the bitty dot print from PTI soft stone pattern pack (retired).
  • Die is from My Favorite Things many thanks (retired).  The word is inlaid into the background.   
  • Technique:  To be sure of getting a smooth, well-stamped image across my die cut lines, I stamped an A2 of both the plain and the patterned card stock, before die cutting, using the MISTI for exact placement.  Then I laid the two A2's together (the lighter weight patterned piece on top, with the MISTI corners aligned) and die cut them both at once.  This worked very well for me.  It might have been okay to die cut and inlay first, then stamp, but I didn't want to take a chance on it.
  • The vine leaves are from PTI turning a new leaf, and the sentiment "very much" is from PTI wonderful words: thank you, stamped with PTI green parakeet ink cube.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Muted Red, White, and Blue with Brown Stars

A very "country" looking card with muted colors, roughly textured stripes, and Western star circles.   Diagonal stars and words help to balance the strong horizontal lines.  I like the brush-stroke style of the sentiment with the brown and white patterned paper. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) Americana (muted red), ocean tides (muted teal), dark chocolate (brown), and a print from Pebbles Americana 6x6" paper pad.
  • The patterned paper is edged with Copic marker E29.
  • Embossing folder is Sizzix Tim Holtz stripes.
  • Dies are from My Favorite Things western star border duo (retired).
  • The sentiment "thank you" is from PTI keep it simple: thank you II, stamped with PTI Americana ink cube.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Yellow Flowers with Gingham, Ribbon, and Doily

For a friend's birthday, I made a card with her favorite color.  Yellow flowers, ribbon, gingham, and dots, with a dotted vellum doily and a dainty bow.  She enjoys my drawings, so I colored one for the center. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Neenah solar white for the flowers, Papertrey Ink (PTI) bright buttercup (deep yellow), gingham print from PTI lemon tart (light yellow) pattern pack (retired), bitty dot print from PTI sheer basics vellum (retired), and bitty dot print from PTI bright buttercup "+ white basics" patterned paper (retired). 
  • The flower drawing is the same as this card, which has links to other cards using this drawing.  It's computer printed, then colored with Copic markers Y11,15,19,38, YR09,24,27, YG05, G14, E11,44, B21,24, V04, and W5.
  • Dies are WeRMemoryKeepers nesting circles (1-3/4" and 2") and PTI Parisian lace doily.
  • Ribbon is 3/8" satin.  
  • Technique: Over the years, I've tried a few different ways to seal my ribbon ends, and none have worked very well for me.  This time, I tried a small amount of Ranger multi medium matte, which I thin a bit with water and use with a Quilled Creations precision tip bottle top as my favorite liquid glue.  I squeezed out a thin line of it onto my nonstick craft mat, then lightly dipped/dabbed the ends of my ribbon.  It dried clear, clean, and almost invisible.  Very quick and easy.  This will be my ribbon sealing technique from now on. 
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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Bamboo with Green, Teal, and Aqua

A green, teal, and aqua card in two variations.  See below for the second one.  I'm making 36 for the use of our community senior center, so I needed an easy layout to cut, stamp, and assemble.

The bamboo is stamped on a pale aqua grid that I created and printed with my computer.  The grid adds a lovely subtle texture and a suggestion of sky.  I like both cards very much! 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Neenah solar white, Papertrey Ink (PTI) tropical teal, spring moss (light green - above), aqua mist (below), and bitty dot prints from PTI aqua mist (above) and spring moss (below) pattern packs (retired).  
  • My homemade patterned paper is a Word table, with rows and columns set to approx. 3/16" and an uneven dashed aqua line for the grid lines.  It's a bit darker in real life, but not much.
  • The sentiment "just because" is from PTI keep it simple: just because, stamped with PTI tropical teal ink cube.  
  • The bamboo is from PTI peaceful garden (retired), stamped with PTI spring moss and tropical teal ink cubes.  After stamping the bamboo in green, I added some teal ink to my stamp with a sponge dauber and restamped it, using the MISTI
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