Saturday, February 6, 2016

PTI Anniversary Challenge

PTI Color Challenge
PTI's 9th Anniversary--Grand Giveaway/Challenge

It's Papertrey Ink's 9th Anniversary, and the festivities are just starting! To celebrate, the design team has selected a favorite card and created a color board to match. Because I have most of the colors on Laurie Willison's inspiration card, and I loved her card, I started there. Seeing that she used a multi-layer stamp set made me feel a little guilty. I have several multi-layer stamp sets, and quite frankly when I got them I put them away. Looking at all of the pieces, I felt intimidated to even play with them. But that's what challenges are for, so I decided to try. 

When I open my stamp binder to search for inspiration, I often use the sentiments from the Embroidered Blooms set. I decided it was time to take the plunge and learn how to use the layered stamp set for my card. When I started this card, the leaves turned out perfectly.  Then I looked at all of the pieces and could not figure out what went where. While the flowers look okay, they just didn't seem right. Then it occurred to be to go back to PTI's website and locate the stamp set and then head over to the inspiration gallery. The main mistake I made was the center of the larger flowers...they are supposed to have five smooth pedals. When I showed the card to my husband, he said it looked totally fine. So, I will sneak this card to my Dad to give to my mother on their anniversary in May.

My first attempt :-)

Now that I have a better handle on how to use this stamp set, I decided to continue practicing with the layout and balance the blooms more. The result is my fourth attempt, below. I finally got the color combination worked out on the larger blooms. I just used the smaller petals and centers for the smaller blooms. Other than the crooked sentiment...a testament that the card is hand-made...I think the final version came out pretty good!

4th and final attempt
Thanks for stopping by--comments are welcomed!

PTI: White card stock, 110lb.; Embroidered Blooms stamp set; grunge background stamp from Cocoa Daisy, I believe; Hibiscus card stock; Inks: Hibiscus Burst, Lemon Tart, Simply Chartreuse, Classic Kraft, Smoky Shadow and Distress Ink's Abandoned Coral.
Clean stamps--so sparkly!!


  1. Both cards are lovely, Cindy. Then 4th is beautiful. Great job persevering! :) I need to work on that myself. Thanks for the gorgeous inspiration.

    1. Thank you for your kind words and encouragement! By the way, Daddy loved the anniversary card!

  2. Both of your cards are just beautiful! I like how the flowers look in the first card too~ That's the fun thing about being handmade, anything always goes! Love the colors you used on both too.


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