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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.