Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Brown Bird and Branch with Green Leaves

A bird on a leafy branch makes a sweet stamped scene for this very simple card.  The branch forms a strong horizontal dividing line between the upper and lower sections, which are connected by green and rustic red colors above and below the branch.  

Normally when using two colors on a stamp, as with the leaves, I'd want to avoid the sharp lines and edges of deeper green - but in this case, I really like the effect, a bit like a printed fabric.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) stamper's select white.
  • Patterned paper is bitty dot print from PTI new leaf (green) pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired).
  • The bird, branch, and sentiment "hello" are from PTI winter woods, and the leaves are from PTI turning a new leaf, stamped with PTI classic kraft (branch), Americana (rustic red - bird and branch details), fine linen (light tan - bird body), limeade ice (bright yellow green), and new leaf ink cubes.  The Americana details on the branch and the new leaf coloring on the "hello" and leaves are added with the edge of the ink cube and with a sponge finger dauber.
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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Turquoise and Green with Yellow Butterflies

Interesting pattern and texture, with a crisp white banner as focal point.  The butterflies add some bright movement.  

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) Hawaiian shores (turquoise), ripe avocado (dark green), spring moss (light green), lemon tart (yellow), and stamper's select white. 
  • The pattern is stamped with shelf liner, as explained in this post, except this time I used my MISTI with the shelf liner taped to the lid.  Since the shelf liner is thinner than a stamp, I closed the gap with a piece of 2 mm. craft foam under the card stock while stamping. 
  • The turquoise card stock is embossed with the Dreamweaver faux cross-stitch stencil screen, as explained in this post.  I used the back of the embossed card stock. 
  • Dies are from Impression Obsession butterfly set and PTI double-ended banners.
  • The sentiment "just a note" is from PTI keep it simple: just a note, stamped with PTI Hawaiian shores ink cube
  • The shelf liner pattern is stamped with PTI spring moss and Hawaiian shores ink cubes.
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Monday, July 9, 2018

Leaf Stem with Butterfly - Green and Navy

Beautifully delicate dies make a simple scene.  I tried several background colors, all looking too drab or too bright, before choosing the mint green.  It's soft and serene while showcasing my navy silhouettes and patterns.

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Red, White, and Blue with Gray Print

A very simple note card in red, white, and blue.  The gray patterned paper and knotted twine add some texture and detail.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) dark indigo (navy), pure poppy (red), and stamper's select white.
  • Patterned paper is from PTI argyle socks 8x8" patterned paper (retired).
  • Twine is red stripe from We R Memory Keepers.
  • Die is from PTI double-ended banners.
  • The sentiment "thank you so very much" is from PTI banner sentiments (retired), stamped with PTI pure poppy ink cube.
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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Blue Flowers with White

Today's card was inspired by Papertrey Ink's recent design team tips: using die cuts to create negative designs in stamped images.  I was very pleased with the beautiful results on my first attempt.  Thank you, Lizzie, for your tutorial and examples! 

After placing my "hugs" mask, cut from Avery removable label paper, I sponged on a light blue ink.  (In real life, the sponged color looks more even.)  Then I stamped a few outline flowers and leaves, which I filled in with colored pencils.  The pencils made it easy to color right up against the mask edges.

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

Card details:
  • Card stock is Paper Source cobalt (navy - retired), Hero Arts cerulean (medium blue), and Papertrey Ink (PTI) stamper's select white.
  • The background is sponged with PTI spring rain (light blue) ink cube, using the round Ranger ink blending tool to apply the ink.
  • Dies are from PTI stitched rectangles and big hugs.  I double cut the stitched rectangle to shorten it for my stamped panel.
  • The images are from PTI in bloom, stamped with PTI dark indigo (navy) ink cube and colored with two blues and two greens from my very old set of Venus Spectracolor pencils.
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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Yellow Star and Thanks on Red, Blue, and Gray

A simple "thanks" note card with a star, stripes, and dots.  

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Black and White Hello with Rusty Red

Strong contrasts and a very simple layout.  When I was designing this card, I asked my husband if he liked it better with the black or the white "hello" word.  He said, "I like it with both" and so that's how I made it.  The double sentiment echos the double border layers for the patterned paper. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Neenah solar white and Papertrey Ink (PTI) terra cotta tile (rusty red) and true black.
  • Patterned paper is from PTI black & white basics 8x8" patterned paper (retired).
  • Die is Birch Press sugar script hello.
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Monday, July 2, 2018

Multi Colored Triangles on Black and White

Bright multicolored triangles on crisp black and white.  It's a very simple and effective design.

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

Card details:
  • Card stock is My Favorite Things red hot and Papertrey Ink (PTI) limeade ice (light yellow-green), Hawaiian shores (turquoise), bright buttercup (yellow), new leaf (green), orange zest, true black, and stamper's select white. 
  • Die is from Altenew trigonometry.
  • The sentiment "thank you" is from Stampabilities card phrases, stamped with Versafine onyx black ink.
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Friday, June 29, 2018

White Flowers on Kraft

Love the bright white daisy flowers on kraft, with a yellow starburst above the diamond patterned rectangle.  The sentiment fits nicely in the negative space between. 

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Leaves on Dry Brushed Blue and Green

After experimenting with a drybrushing technique, I used my samples to make a few cards.  I tried several colors for the card base, and the gray was my unexpected favorite.  In real life, the dry brush texture is lovely, and the green ink matches the die cut leaf. 

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) weathervane (gray), blueberry sky (blue), simply chartreuse (green), and stamper's select white. 
  • I embossed the white card stock with the Dreamweaver faux cross-stitch stencil screen, as explained in this post.  Then, on the back of the embossed panel, I dry brushed with PTI blueberry sky and simply chartreuse inks, diluted with water, using a wide, rough-textured natural bristle brush by Plaid.
  • Twine is shore (light blue) stripe from The Twinery.
  • Dies are from PTI noted: pinked A2 vertical and turning a new leaf.
  • The "thanks" word is cut with Silhouette Cameo, using the Hobo Std font, same as this card.
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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Triangle Print with Banner

Clean and crisp with navy, green, and white.  The curved font of the word die works beautifully with the lines and angles of the banner, triangle print, and card layout.

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Multi Dot Print with Green Thanks

Happy and cheerful - a bright color mix with curves, straight lines, and lots of dots.  

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) new leaf (green) and pure poppy (red).
  • Patterned papers are the bitty dot print from PTI bright buttercup (yellow) "+ white basics" patterned paper (retired) and a multicolored dot print from Avery Elle everyday collection 6x6" paper pad.
  • Dies are from My Favorite Things many thanks (retired) and PTI heart-2-heart #12.
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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Tree Branches with Green

These long, graceful branches are a beautiful fit for my long white panel, a scrap left over from another project.  The narrow brown edging frames it against the textured green background. 

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Inked Embossing: Aqua and Green Leaves

Peaceful blues and greens.  I like the crisp diagonal stripes with the softer blend of the leaf panel.

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

Card details:
  • Card stock is Paper Source lake (blue) and Papertrey Ink (PTI) aqua mist and stamper's select white.
  • Patterned paper is the diagonal stripe print from PTI mint julep (light green) "+ white basics" patterned paper (retired).
  • Embossing folder is Elizabeth Craft spring leaves (retired).  After embossing the aqua panel, I lightly rubbed the raised surface with PTI vintage jadeite (medium green), green parakeet (bright yellow green), and spring rain (light blue) ink cubes (applying the ink cube surface directly to the card stock.)  I kept my ink coverage spotty to create a variegated effect, but as the last step, I went over everything with a lighter green color (mint julep) to soften some of my ink edges.
  • A friend gave me some of her fuzzy blue twine - perfect for this card.  Thanks, Judy!
  • Die is from PTI fabulous frames.
  • The sentiment "just because" is from Hero Arts many everyday messages, stamped with PTI enchanted evening (dark blue) ink cube.
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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Inked Embossing: Yellow Flowers with Orange and Brown

A beautiful bright card.  The inked embossing, curved banner, and knotted twine provide lots of texture and visual interest within the monochromatic color scheme.

Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) lemon tart (light yellow), cocoa bean (brown), and stamper's select white.
  • Patterned paper is the bitty dot print from PTI orange zest pattern pack (tone-on-tone prints - retired).
  • Embossing folder is by Sizzix - name unknown.  After embossing, I lightly rubbed the raised surface with PTI harvest gold (medium yellow), summer sunrise (yellow-orange), orange zest, and honey nut (golden brown) ink cubes (applying the ink cube surface directly to the card stock.)  I kept my ink coverage spotty to create a variegated effect, but as the last step, I went over everything with the lightest color (harvest gold) to soften some of my ink edges.
  • Twine is PTI orange zest twine.
  • Die is from PTI banner style.
  • The sentiment "just a note" is from PTI winter woods, curved on the acrylic block to fit the banner and stamped with PTI cocoa bean ink cube.
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