Sunday, September 17, 2017

Orangey Brown Stripes with Green - Three Layouts

I was experimenting with my layout for this card, and I ended up with three ways that I like a lot.  The version above is my favorite; the other two are at the end of the post.

They all use the same materials, and in each one, the strong lines of the stripes are softened by the curving branch with the dark brown "hello" word as a focal point. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) green parakeet and dark chocolate (brown).
  • Patterned paper is the polka dot or leaf print from PTI dark chocolate pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired) and the stripes print from PTI canyon clay (orangey brown) bitty big pattern pack.
  • Dies are PTI branching out and wonderful words: hello.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
(788)


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Orangey Brown Stripes with Yellow Sunflower

Stripes, dots, and not-my-usual color combination for today's cheerful sunflower card.  I like all of it together!  

Card details:
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
(789)

Monday, September 11, 2017

Blue Stripes with Tan

A simple card with an interesting criss-cross layout.  I like the mix of colors and patterns with a bit of stitching texture.

Card details:
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
(787)

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Red, White, and Blue Stripes with Gray Chevrons

The stripes (dotted with tiny stars) and the gray chevron texture work well with the oval label shapes.  I like the outline sentiment colored with bright red and blue.

Card details:
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
(786)

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Brown with Tan Stamped Panel

I enjoyed stamping a multicolor design on my tan panel.  It makes a handsome card with the crisp white banner.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) cocoa bean (brown), terra cotta tile (rusty red), fine linen (tan), and stamper's select white.
  • Die is from PTI sketched shapes.  I shortened the banner by about 1/2 inch.
  • The sentiment "thank you" is from PTI keep it simple: thank you, stamped with PTI cocoa bean ink cube.  The triangles, chevrons, dots, and zigzag are from PTI textile impressions, stamped with PTI cocoa bean, terra cotta tile, blueberry sky (medium blue), and enchanted evening (dark blue) ink cubes.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
(785)

Friday, September 1, 2017

Pink Chevron Thank You

A mix of pinks and chevrons.  My colors in the picture look mismatched, but in real life they look nice together. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is My Favorite Things pink lemonade, Paper Source strawberry (medium pink - retired), Papertrey Ink (PTI) stamper's select white, and chevron print from Avery Elle everyday collection 6x6" paper pad.
  • Embossing folder is The Paper Studio chevron.
  • The white and medium pink card stock panels are embossed with the Dreamweaver faux cross-stitch stencil screen, as explained in this post.  I embossed the back side of my card stock, giving me a canvas-like texture on the front instead of a crisp design.
  • The sentiment "thank you!" and its border are computer printed.  The font is Hobo Std, with character spacing adjusted.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
(782)

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Turquoise and Silver - Dots, Stars, and Circle


This card began with a piece of silver foil patterned paper: the gray dots and circle outline are a bright shiny silver in real life.  I added some stenciled stars, a circle layer of turquoise dotted paper, and a die cut "hello" in a less-shiny silver with some soft turquoise sponging on the bottom.  Overall it's a very silvery and lively result! 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) luxe silver, a bitty dot print from PTI Hawaiian shores (turquoise) pattern pack (retired), and a dotted circle frame print from PTI silver luxe foil A2 size patterned paper collection (retired).
  • Stencil is My Favorite Things stargaze (retired), sponged with PTI tropical teal ink cube, using the round Ranger ink blending tool to apply the ink.  The bottom of the "hello" die cut is also lightly sponged with the same ink. 
  • Dies are PTI wonderful words: hello and WeRMemoryKeepers nesting circles.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
(780)

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Orange Branch on Orangey Brown Stripes

Very simple and effective.  This leafy branch is one of my favorite dies, with its graceful lines and A2-friendly size.  The sentiment rectangle makes a good base for it.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) dark chocolate (brown), stamper's select white, and stripes print from PTI canyon clay (orangey brown) pattern pack (retired).
  • Dies are PTI branching out and double-ended banners.  I trimmed off a leaf on the lower right and shortened the stem at the brown rectangle.
  • The sentiment "thank you" is from PTI keep it simple: thank you, stamped with PTI canyon clay ink cube.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
(784)

Monday, August 28, 2017

Green Print with Green - Thanks

Just a very simple layout in monochromatic greens.  Monochromatic but not monotonous, thanks to the mix of curves and straight lines, the textured card base, and the alternating bands of light and dark green. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) ripe avocado (dark green), spring moss (light green), and a print from PTI in bloom 8x8" paper pad (retired).
  • The dark green card stock is embossed with the Dreamweaver faux cross-stitch stencil screen, as explained in this post.
  • Die is Elizabeth Craft thanks.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
(781)

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Stencil Dots - Blue and Green with Leaves

Another card with stencil dots.  Like yesterday's card, it was inspired by Dawn's "stencil strips" examples.  I love the green leaves and sentiment with the green and blue dots.  Such a simple design, and very effective. 

Note: the gray border is background, not part of the card.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) new leaf (green) and stamper's select white. 
  • Stencil is mini Swiss dot 6x6" (TCW 246S) by The Crafter's Workshop, sponged with PTI blueberry sky (blue) and new leaf ink cubes, using the round Ranger ink blending tool to apply the ink.  I used 1" post-it tape to mask the top of the stencil and adhere it to my white card while sponging. 
  • Dies are WPlus9 folk art florals (leaves - retired) and Elizabeth Craft thank you.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
(779)

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Stencil Dots - Orange and Raspberry


A cheerful note card with orange and raspberry colors, stamped and stenciled on white.  I like the vivid energy of the colors in this diagonal layout.  My card was inspired by this post by Dawn McVey and her "stencil strips" examples.  Thank you, Dawn, for all the beautiful ideas and techniques you share!

Note: the gray border is background, not part of the card.

Card details:
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
(778)

Monday, August 21, 2017

Red, White, and Blue with Yellow - Thanks

A few layers with straight lines and angled layers.  At first I was thinking of baker's twine for the top accent, but I liked it better with the narrow strip of red print instead.

Note: the gray is background, not part of the card.  And in real life, the dark blue is not as dark as my image.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) enchanted evening (dark blue), harvest gold (yellow), stamper's select white, and leaf and bitty dot prints from PTI pure poppy (red) pattern pack (retired).
  • Dies are from PTI double-ended banners and to the point edgers
  • Technique:  To line up the edger die, which has a narrow V-shape, I marked a pencil dot at the bottom center of my 5-1/2" wide card stock, then drew a short horizontal line at 1" up from the bottom on the left and right sides.  The marks made it easy to place the die evenly, and because all five dies have similar angles, the same measurement works for all.  And the marks fall on the scrap side of the die cut - no erasing needed.  I made multiples of this card, so to do all the marking quickly, I used a simple template: a 5-1/2 x 1" piece of card stock with a small notch in the bottom center.  I'll save the template with the dies for future use.  While I was at it, I also made a 4-1/4 x 3/4+" template for cutting across the short side of an A2.
  • The sentiment "thanks" is from PTI polka dot parade #6, stamped with PTI pure poppy ink cube.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
(777)

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Raspberry Frame with Black and White

Another card with black and white today.  I had some rectangle scraps of this black and white floral print - similar sizes, but not all the same.  So I designed this card's layout to showcase the print, but allow for varying heights and widths.

I'm happy with the results.  The bright frame makes a good focus, the turquoise and lavender add a less-bright colorful background, and the narrow vertical lines of black thread and card stock help to ground the arrangement while echoing the sentiment's lines.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) Hawaiian shores (turquoise), raspberry fizz (bright pink), true black, a polka dot print from PTI lavender moon pattern pack (retired), and a flowered print from PTI black & white basics 8x8" patterned paper (retired).
  • Embroidery floss is DMC #310. 
  • Dies are Elizabeth Craft hello and PTI monthly moments: slide frame.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
(776)

Friday, August 18, 2017

Black and White Stripes with Hello

I use many different color combinations on my cards, but not much black or white.  For this card, the bold striped paper nudged me toward a strong color scheme with a modern look, and black and white as a key element.  I like it all - the colors, the printed and embossed stripes, and the offset layers of the word and the rectangles.  The diagonal script sentiment helps to break up the blocky layout.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) bright buttercup (yellow), canyon clay (orangey brown), true black, stamper's select white, and a striped print from PTI black & white basics 8x8" patterned paper (retired).
  • Embossing folder is Stampin' Up stripes (retired).
  • Die is Savvy Stamps hello, layered for a shadow effect.  I trimmed off part of the "h" and "o" tails to fit my space.
Created for Operation: Quiet Comfort.
(775)

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.
(773)