Daily Archives: July 25, 2013

I Finally Did It! v.2

For my second card for Papertrey Ink‘s July Blog Hop, I stuck with the same ‘cherries in aqua bowl’ color scheme, but this time omitting scarlet jewel from the palette.

I wanted to try a variation using the same overlapping triangular focal point as my first card, so I stamped a background using numerous birthday message stamps from a couple different sets. To keep from concealing all my time and effort stamping all that (*phew!*), I reduced the size of the triangles (as well as the number by giving scarlet jewel the axe). Had I considered it better before hand, I would have either stamped some kind of scroll-like filler under the ‘birthday’ script or heat embossed the ‘birthday’ sentiment because I’m not completely happy with the gap of space there. The background is almost too overwhelming for the message. But since I didn’t really notice the gap before I adhered all the triangles onto the card front with foam dots, I couldn’t (comfortably and without anxiety) stamp below the birthday after that. But in my mind, I’m thinking it would look better that way. Or at least embossed.

Signature Splatter

Quotes Engravers MTSUPPLIES:
Stamps: Stylish Sentiments: Birthday, Big Birthday Wishes (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Stamper’s Select White, Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, New Leaf, Aqua Mist (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Smokey Shadow, Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, New Leaf, Aqua Mist (Papertrey Ink)

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I Finally Did It!

I keep finding myself wanting to participate in so many of the card challenges around the blog sphere, but lacking the time, drive, or available crafting space to get anything done. But no more! (er…at least, not for this challenge). I finally found the – in this case – space to craft a couple cards. *tear* I’m so proud. 😉

This month’s Blog Hop challenge over at Papertrey Ink was to choose one of the given ‘fruits of summer’ color schemes. I opted to use ‘cherries in aqua bowl’:

I’m not usually one for such bold, geometric designs, but I love how striking it is! I had started on it with the decision that I would do something less girly (that’s what I usually seem to end up gravitating towards). By making a new layer for each of the colors, the stacked papers give it quite a bit of depth and dimension as well as a strong focal point. Creating those triangles was the biggest challenge. I don’t have a die that comes anywhere close to the size or shape I wanted (large pennant, here I come), so I had to measure and cut them by hand. I started with the scarlet jewel layer and figured out the size and shape from there since it would be my largest filler on the card front. To save myself some sanity for times of real crisis, I then wound up just tracing all the other colors to the same size/shape and cutting off the top overhang after I glued each one down. The banner really brought it all together after that.

I wanted to bring the some of the colors from the outside to the inside, so I selectively inked one of the longer stamps from Stylish Sentiments: Birthday in the top tier of colors.

Signature Splatter

Quotes Engravers MTSUPPLIES:
Stamps: Stylish Sentiments: Birthday (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Stamper’s Select White, Scarlet Jewel, Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, New Leaf, Aqua Mist (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Scarlet Jewel, Aqua Mist, New Leaf, Summer Sunrise (Papertrey Ink)
Dies: Sayings With Banner (Simon Says Stamp)

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