Sunday, 30 October 2016

Layered Dry Brushed Background

This week, over at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog, Lizzie is showing us her layered dry brushing technique. She made a beautiful card with a fabulous dry brushed background. My project did not go as planned.

Paper: PTI Sttamper's Select White; Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock. Stamps: PTI Christmas Critters, Christmas Critters Sentiments, Snowflake Sparkle. Inks: PTI Soft Stone, Sweet Blush, Pure Poppy, Saffron Spice, Fine Linen, Smokey Shadow; Tsukineko VersaMark. Dies: PTI Christmas Critters, Banner Borders. Other: SSS Detail White embossing powder.

  1. I do not own a paint brush for painting walls. I have never painted a wall in my life. Neither has DH. We ALWAYS hire someone to do it and we never attend housepainting parties. Ever. We are not rich, nor snobby, but we do know our limitations. When I need to do a touch up at home, I use a small foam brush.
  2. Because of #1 (see above) I used my largest Clarity stencil brush. (Three days later and it's still drying.) This was apparently not the way to go, because I hardly got any texture, even though I layered two colours  (Blueberry Sky and Enchanted Evening). I'm thinking maybe I didn't brush off enough paint???
  3. I loved this technique, and see it as the perfect substitute for ink blending when I'm in a hurry, but the result I achieved on this card is very dull. Not at all cheerful like I was hoping it would be. :(  I don't have time for a redo so it's being entered anyway as I enjoy the possibility of winning gift certificates.
The very good news is that I got a chance to use my Christmas Critters set and I love it even more than I thought I would (which was a lot)! I'm already begging Nichole to make mirror stamps and dies for the mice. That woman never gets any rest what with all the PTI pests around. :) We're just never satisfied.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Papertrey Ink October 2016 Blog Hop



I can hardly believe that the month is almost over. We just got home from a month long vacation last Thursday night. I caught a nasty cold on the last day and am finally feeling better today. I've been busy, but I couldn't resist playing along with the inspiration over at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog. Who could?


I only started yesterday afternoon at 17h00 but I still managed to make four cards. Ha! It all worked out so well for me - DH now has my cold and his appetite is peckish, so I got out of cooking a big dinner, i.e., more time to make cards.


I promise you that each of these cards was influenced by the inspiration, even though it doesn't look it. Proof is that I only picked up my September order at DS's house on Sunday afternoon, containing these fun new sets, and I couldn't wait to play with them. So I let Nichole's photo kind of take me where I wanted to go. I'll start with my most favourite (it was the round shapes and colours that influenced me)  ...

Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White. Stamps: PTI Vintage Ornaments II. Inks: PTI Pale Peony, Pure Poppy, Vintage Jadeite, Aqua Mist, Enchanted Evening, Berry Sorbet, Hawaiian Shores, Ocean Tides, Simply Chartreuse; Memento Tuxedo Black; Tsukineko Delicata Gold. Dies: PTI Vintage Ornaments II; MFT Fishtail Flag STAX. Other: Glossy Accents (on red ornament only).

The next one is an okay Christmas card which I can see myself sending someone this year ...
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White, Classic Kraft; Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Metallic. Stamps: PTI Holiday Greens. Ink: PTI Ocean Tides, Simply Chartreuse, Saffron Spice, Terracotta Tile, Cocoa Bean, Scarlet Jewel. Dies: PTI Holiday Greens, Enclosed: Bell; Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangles.
The last two cards I'm not crazy about, LOL. In order of least ambivalence, this one is next ...

Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White. Stamps: Vintage Ornaments II. Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black. Other: Copics (Y32, BG11, BG000); Paper Studio Woodgrain Embossing folder.
I used an embossing folder after I had stamped and coloured my card front. I can't believe how much it looks like corrugated cardboard!!! Shocking really. I should have gone with my way more subtle PTI impression plate. I know it doesn't look anything like the inspiration photo, but this was the first card I made and it immediately came to my mind after looking at the pic - I saw lots of cool colours in that photo! And rounded shapes.

Last is an autumn birthday card that I really needed. It's very similar to the Enclosed: Bell card ...

Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White, Soft Stone; Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Metallic. Stamps: PTI What The Doodle: Tea Time, Holiday Greens, Color Pop: Autumn, Keep It Simple: Birthday. Inks: PTI Terracotta Tile, Olive Twist, Saffron Spice, Ocean Tides, Ripe Avocado, Simply Chartreuse; Memento Tuxedo Black. Dies: What The Doodle: Tea Time, Holiday Greens. MFT Inside & Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle STAX.

And there you have it! It's all in a day's work. P.S. I have decided that I would ideally need a crafting assistant, especially during the holiday season. I'm thinking of pulling Léo out of Grade 2 for a few weeks. I'm sure he would appreciate spending the time with me and obeying my orders (not). I was trying to beat the clock today - I needed to take photos as early as possible because (1) it's another gloomy day, and (2) it gets dark by 16h00 already, up here in The Great White North. :) I looked like a mad woman - running to my Big Shot, blowing on Glossy Accents to make it dry quicker, stamping the wrong sentiment on the wrong card base, etc. An assistant is definitely needed!