PTI July 2016 Blog Hop

I am totally loving the colours and textures of this month’s blog hop. The freshness of aqua, the bright pops of coral foiled by the deep crushed mint all framed in bright white and muted greys.

This is my take on the challege…

 

I finished the card just before work this morning, on a very dreary rainy day. So the photo is looking a bit washed out but with the hop closure looming (and work!), I don’t have time for a reshoot.

The frame is from the Fabulous Frames set while the florals and sentiments are from the Mini Blooms set. I used Colorbox pigment inks in coral, pink, light green and green for the frame and florals then went over the the flowers and leaves in PTI Pure Poppy and Green Parakeet ink with watercolour brush. I like the softened effect dye ink on pigment ink gives. I bent the Thanks sentiment to fit the frame – it was too long otherwise. I think it turned out very pretty in its arched form.

Anyway, I have to love you but leave you as work is a’calling. Maybe I’ll manage another card tonight for SAF 2016?!

PTI SAF 2016: Take 1

Late last night Australian time, PTI’s 2016 SAF kicked off with a bang. Too bad I was already snuggled deep into my blankets and certainly not willing to crawl out of bed on a cold winters night to make cards. When I woke this morning, it was lovely to view all the awesome videos and already posted makes whilst having a cup of piping hot tea.

I eventually dragged myself out of bed and towards the craft room. Once I was there, it was a little hard to pry me out. I started with the good intention of launching into SAF straight away, but got sidetracked when I realised I had new inks that hadn’t been catalogued into my ink chart. What if I ended up using one of them and it ruined a card???

So it was only after lunch I launched into some serious card making. I managed to make 3 cards today. Alas, it is already Sunday evening so while this post says ‘Take 1’, its possibly going to be the only take.

Without further ado, my cards:

This one is for the water colouring masterclass. I used the 2016 SAF Art with Heart, Just the Jar and Think Big. Colours used were Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, and Raspberry Fizz for the flowers, Green Parakeet for the leaves, Sring Rain, Blueberry Sky and Aqua Mist for the water, and Tsukineko Brilliance in Graphite Black. The card still needed some oomph so I went over bits with clear Wink of Stella (which you can’t see in the photo). 

  
This is my card for pointillism. Let me say that this is not not not a technique I like. This is my third card, the first two being disasters despite how long it took making those dots. In this third card, since the look is not my thing, I decided to make the points quite minimal and subtle. They are actually hard to see in the photo, but they are quite visible in real life. I used a stamp from Mini Blooms for the dots and the Friendship Jar set for the rest. The colours used are PTI’s Sweet Blush and Momento’s Angel Pink.

  
And my last card for this post is one for starry night. I didn’t want to break in new blending foams so the background was made from distress inks instead using Chipped Sapphire, Worn Lipstick and Grape Jelly. I used the Out of This World set – I really wish it had some birthday sentiments instead of those vague ones. It would make the coolest boy birthday set as the font is fabulous. Anyway, the rocket etc was coloured in copics.

  
All in all, I enjoyed my crafty day. It was nice in my batcave away from the world. Do you like solitude when crafting, or are you a group crafter?

PTI MIM 252: Gradient Watercolor Die Cuts

Building up on my first watercolour success, I decided to have a go at more watercolouring for this week’s MIM challenge. 

Perfect timing really as I have a card to make for the lovely Sanae who blogs  HERE. Her blog is full of beautiful hand made clothing, watercolours and candid writing. A few days ago, as part of her furoku subscription, I received a beautifully wrapped package with her newest book, a lovely hand made lavender sachet and some postcard prints of some watercoloured animals. I was rivetted by the story of her journey from normal worker bee to ill individual to awesome sewer/writer.

  

As Sanae seems very much a blues and greys person, I wanted my MIM card to reflect that. I water coloured on a gradient of greys, aquas and blues and splattered on some white perfect pearl. 

While the paper was drying, I stamped the Thanks sentiment from the Wet Paint set in watermark ink on to vellum and heat embossed with silver powder. When the paper dried, I die cut it using the quatrefoil die and stuck the tile bits on to white cardstock. I then matted the whole thing on charcoal cardstock, sandwiching one of the vellum edges between the white and charcoal card. Lastly, I rounded the edges of the sentiment to tie it in with the rounded egdes of the quatrefoil tiles.

 
All in all, the card turned out way better than expected, the effect quite a bit more grown up than most of the cards I’m used to making. I am in love with this new colour scheme and can see myself playing with it a bit more. Anyway, its a long weekend here in Western Australia so back to more card making!

PTI May 2016 Blog Hop

Have you ever had a card that was so awesome in theory but would not translate to real life? I saw the PTI May 2016 Blog Hop challenge and had immediate pictures of ice cream cones and sweet sentiments. But those thoughts never came to fruition as my watercolouring on stamp skills is… non-existant.

So this morning, in some kind of frenzy, as it was 7.50 am, due to work by 8.30, and I decided that I wouldn’t let that whole watercolour thing defeat me. 

I spritzed down some watercolour paper with water, took a wide brush and painted some distress ink all over it. Colours ranged from Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean, Twisted Citron to Scattered Straw. I dried the background using the iron while I was pressing my work clothes and then stamped the big thank you from one of my think big sentiment sets using Tsukineko Brilliance Graphite Black.

I used Tuskineko Momento London Fog ink and the Flytterby stamp set for the background images, then put some sequins to mimic the paint spatters of the inspiration  photo. I wish I had more time but it was late and I had to stick down the paper on a card, take a photo and out the door.

So here is my card, not a bad 25 minute effort. Can you tell I work close to home?