Thursday, August 25, 2016

Papertrey August Blog Hop Challenge

Happy Fall Y'all!!

Papertrey August Blog Hop Challenge
I am super excited about today's challenge because the card I've created, I feel, is a card I've designed totally on my own. For the past eight or nine months I have watched video after video. I've copied one person's card and another person's card. I've tried this technique and that technique. Most of the time I've been less than satisfied with the results. But finally...all of that practice and persistence has paid off!! The card above represents a conglomeration of many techniques I've practiced separately...and yet, tonight, I've chosen some of the best techniques to create my entry for this challenge.  Below are the steps I took to create this card:

Step #1:
On watercolor paper, I blended PTI's Summer Sunrise, Lovely Lady and Melon Berry.  Then I spritzed and dropped water onto the paper. Once the water and ink reacted, I blotted the excess moisture and heat set it.

Step #2:
I then stamped "Mum's the Word" florals onto the watercolor paper.  I started with Summer Sunrise, then I split the second and third stamping with Berry Sorbet and Melon Berry. I went back over the stamping with another touch of Summer Sunrise. I used my Mini Misti for this process. To finish the large blooms, I stamped them with Versamark Ink and coated them with Glitz embossing powder (Recollections). Wow! Am I so happy with the results!! The large blooms really stand out!

Glitz Embossing Powder
In real life, the Glitz Powder makes the blooms sparkle and have that extra-special texture to them.

Step #3:
I stamped smaller blossoms using only two colors and I did not add any embossing powder. I finished it off with the single petal using Burnt Umber. I off-stamped the first impression and used the second generation stamping on the card.

Step #4:
To finish the card, I stamped the sentiment in Enchanted Evening and also embossed it with the Glitz embossing powder. Then I added a strip of Navy Bitty Dot patterned paper to the card. The backing of the card is PTI's White Cardstock, 110#.

I'm so glad you had the chance to stop by! I can't wait to see what everyone else has created!!

I almost forgot!! Below is the inspiration for the Papertrey August Blog Hop Challenge. You have until 11:30 eastern time to play along! Have fun!!

http://nicholeheady.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c64e753ef01b7c88783dd970b-pi

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Back to School Frenzy

Hello everyone! I've been busy helping my district gear up for the start of another school year. It's been fast and furious, and I can hardly believe the first bell will ring on Monday. While I have tons of school work to do, I'm taking this weekend to get caught up on a few of my card projects.

For Lasting Hearts Card Drive
I'm way behind on my card contribution to Lasting Hearts. My personal goal was to send three cards each month, but vacation and professional development had my attention. For more information about this worthy cause, click the link above.

While I'm at it, I may as well enter a card challenge and learn a new technique, right? I'm going to participate in Color Throwdown #406 this week. The colors are orange, pink, green and white. Earlier this week, I studied Amy Rysavy's process for creating an all-over background using a floral stamp set. Her video also covers mass-producing as well as a few other great techniques for card-making.

Brush Lettering with Fudenosuke pen
In addition to all of my other summer activities, I've taken up brush lettering. I wanted to be able to write my own sentiments inside of cards without having to buy copious amounts of stamp sets! I also do not like my own handwriting, so that was another reason. I'm still in the learning stages...my research says it takes about six months of steady practice to develop a style with consistency. I have about four more months of practice.

Below is my card recipe along with Color Throwdown's inspiration graphic. Have a great weekend, and when you are heading out Monday, watch out for school buses and students going to school!

Color Throwdown 406

Card Recipe:
Papers: Canson XL Watercolor paper; PTI white and orange zest cardstock; vellum
Stamps: Cocoa Daisy Limited Edition Stamp-Just Bloom; PTI Text Style: Thinking of You; PTI Graceful Greetings II [flowers and leaves on the inside]
Inks: PTI's Orange Zest; Lovely Lady; Green Parakeet; and Mint Julep
Recollections White Embossing Powder