Encouragement Card – Runway Inspired Challenge ric#70

ric70 encouragement

Here is my entry for the latest Runway Inspired Challenge (ric#70).

I struggled with this challenge because I saw the drop dead gorgeous cards that were posted by others. Usually, I try to NOT look at what other people have created. But, over the last week I saw several on blogs I read daily, Amy Rohl – Ink About Me  , Kittie Caracciolo for Ellen Hutson’s The Classroom . Sometimes, I find it difficult to see past what a real artist sees. Intimidated, I am!

Anyway, down to the last minute for me. I wanted it to be easy to mail, so a one layer card. All images are embossed. My inspirations were the vertical red, and the shine from the black elements on the dress. I stamped my envelope first, and, OH, my design was born.

My envelope:

ric70 envelope

Here is the inspiration piece by Albert Martincich:

ric70 albert martincich

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies: Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Reverse Confetti, paper – Papertrey Ink White, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, Satin Red, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Hero Arts Liquid Platinum.

Did you know you could wash an ink blending foam pad?

ink blending tool stencil pad

I bought my ink blending tool back when Tim Holtz was using them with a felt kind of pad to blend alcohol inks on glossy paper. I was able to cut disposable felt squares out of craft felt, and never worried about committing a felt pad to a specific color.

Recently, I bought a pack of Ranger Ink Blending Foam Pads to use with the blending tool…thanks to all of the crafters doing interesting ink blending techniques.

But, I was afraid to use them. Seriously.

I am not working in the industry, I don’t have a unique blending foam pad for every color of ink in my basement.

(for those of you interested, this is all I will admit to:  75 < {kathy’s ink pads} < 200  )

What if I want to use an ink blending tool for a different color of ink, but all of my ink blending foam pads are committed to other colors?

Over the weekend, I was working on a project that made me break out one of the treasured ink blending foam pads. I needed to make a dotted background with a stencil (I am making 6 of this card). And the color was good, old, retired Glorious Green (the original project was done in high school colors, someone else just wants me to recreate it). Really, I need to waste a foam blending pad on retired Glorious Green???

So, my blending over my stencil worked great, went fast. The foam pad looked almost as green as the ink pad when I was done. I was sad.  :-(

WAIT. What if I wash my ink blending foam pad? Is that possible? Is it going to fall apart if I get it wet? It’s now green, it could melt like The Wicked Witch of The West!

So, when I rinsed my stencil off, I rinsed the foam pad until the water ran clear. Then blotted it with a paper towel, to see if any residual color was hanging around. Nothing came apart. All was good!

used foam pad

Supplies: Paper – Stampin’ Up! Whisper White, ink – Stampin’ Up! Glorious Green (retired), stencil – Heidi Swapp, ink blending tool – Tim Holtz/Ranger.


Birthday Card – CC502 and PTI Make it Monday #186

birthday cc502 pti mim 186

I had an idea in my head for this week’s Papertrey Ink Make it Monday (#186). Before I started, I checked for the latest Splitcoaststamper’s Color Challenge (#502 “Misty Green Midnight”). Voila! A card was born.

I die cut multiple birthday words (one with the stamping on the front, one with adhesive for the bottom layer, one just plain white) and kept the pieces together by using washi tape (not sure if I saw Julie Ebersole or Jennifer McGuire do this…or maybe both of them?!)

die cut birthday

In the gluing process, I messed up the dot for the letter I, but I knew that my enamel dots were the perfect size to use as a substitute.

Supplies: Stamps – Papertrey Ink, paper – Papertrey Ink Kraft, White, Stampin’ Up! Marina Mist, inks – Stampin’ Up! Gumball Green (retired), Marina Mist, Midnight Muse (retired), VersaMark, die – Papertrey Ink, enamel dot – Stampin’ Up!, embossing folder – Provo Craft, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder, twine – Stampin’ Up!

Watercolored Poppies Thank You Note Cards

watercolored poppies

These note cards were inspired by an print advertisement in one of the coupon inserts that came with the Sunday paper a few weeks ago. Printed poppies on thank you notes. Very pretty.

What if I try to make something similar? Hmmm….

I watercolored the round poppies and added the black centers. Once they dried, oh, my, love, Love, LOVE how they turned out.

Supplies: Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Canson watercolor, LCI Paper Royal,Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream. Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Pink Passion (retired), ink -VersaFine Onyx Black, Reeve’s watercolors (part of a Klutz Press book – Watercolor for the Artistically Undiscovered – given to me by my ex-neighbor in one of her clean out phases), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.

Scraps Birthday Card

pti oct 2014 leftovers bday card

The leftover scraps of Heidi Swapp paper were on my craft table from Saturday’s gift tag (made for the Papertrey Ink October 2014 Blog Hop Challenge). I just had to make a birthday card using the scraps. The embroidery floss is this interesting variegated metallic by DMC (E135 Golden Dawn in the Light Effects collection) – I stumbled upon it my last trip to JoAnn’s.

Supplies: Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – Heidi Swapp Favorite Things, Papertrey Ink White, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Lawn Fawn, embossing powder – Hero Arts Liquid Platinum, floss – DMC.

Christmas Beetle Gift Tag – Papertrey Ink October 2014 Blog Hop

pti oct 2014 beetle tree tag china cab

This month’s Papertrey Ink Blog Hop Challenge gave us multiple color recipes to choose from, and encouraged us to make something for the holidays.

Here is the color recipe I chose:

pti oct 2014 blog hop recipe

I decided to make a gift tag. I was really going to make multiple tags of different designs, but, sometimes, these blog hop projects develop a life of their own! I mean really, this tag is an overachiever! All of the elements I was going to use on multiple tags wound up on ONE tag.

Here is the back of the tag:

pti oct 2014 beetle tree tag back china cab

I die cut 3 stitched rectangles, 6 trees (3 solid, 3 pieced), Beetle, hole reinforcer (for wreath). Trees are stamped in the background, the edge of the snow horizon is highlighted with Wink of Stella. I colored the hole reinforcer to look like a mini wreath. The back is finished with a few snowflakes, and silver embossed To/From.

Here are the Heidi Swapp papers I used:

pti oct 2014 heidi swapp papers

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: Stamps – JustRite, Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Heidi Swapp Favorite Things, Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! Soft Sky, inks – Copic BG0000, BG10, C03, E15, R24, YG03, YR04, Stampin’ Up! Smoky Slate, Soft Sky, Wink of Stella clear, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle, hole reinforcer), Papertrey Ink (beetle, trees), sequins – Doodlebug Designs, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, twine – Lawn Fawn.

Bright Block Birthday Card

pati 2014 bday

Happy Birthday, Cousin Pati!! xoxo

I stamped and embossed the word rectangle, then stamped the flowers over the embossing. I was surprised, the flowers in these ink colors made the words a little difficult to read. So, I pulled out my Signo White Gel Pen, and outlined the letters that were now within the flowers. Much happier now!

Supplies: Stamp – Hero Arts, paper – Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! Brushed Silver, Lovely Lilac (textured, retired), inks – Signo White Gel Pen, Stampin’ Up! Lovely Lilac, Pink Passion, Tempting Turquoise, VersaFine Onyx Black, sequins – Doodlebug Designs, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, organdy ribbon – JoAnn’s.


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