Tuesday, March 25, 2014

PTI Blog Hop - High Gloss #6

One last posting for this month's Blog Hop at Papertrey Ink, as I've still got over half of the sheet of glossy snakeskin to use up!
Having bought the Happy Harlequins mini set some time ago, I finally got round to buying the cover plate that goes with it last month.
I cut out the cover plate again on plain white cardstock and used Black and Harvest gold inks to stamp the various harlequin patterns.
I stamped the Boutique borders frame, and used Harvest Gold ink and a blender to fill in the centre area. The sentiment is from Mega mixed messages. I used yet more Glossy accents over the top and mounted it over the ribbons on glue dots, accidentally creating another cracked glass look (but I smeared on a little more Glossy accents and that seems to have covered the worst cracks.) 

PTI Blog Hop - High Gloss #5

Since I had the UTEE out anyway, I thought I'd have another go at the "Cracked Glass" technique from a tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers. I'm playing along with this month's Blog Hop at Papertrey Ink.
I used "Life" and "larger than Life" stamps in Plum pudding to stamp the panel and added a few accents to the flowers with a white gel pen. I then followed the steps from the tuturial - here.
The background is stamped with Background basics - text style in Blueberry sky ink which was a bit too bright so I then painted over it with gesso to mute it a little. I then stamped a few more of the flowers, having stamped off first, in Autumn rose and Winter Wisteria.
The sentiment frame is from Label basics, and the sentiment is from the new "Keep it Simple - Thank you" mini set stamped in Smoky shadow.

PTI Blog Hop - High Gloss #4

I've been making some very shiny projects to post for PTI's monthly Blog Hop. This month the theme is High Gloss.
This very simple card uses the PTI Cover plate - Deco Die. The simple frame really appeals to me. I'm already planning notecards for Christmas gifts for all my female friends (Nichole did a monogram version as part of the new product release and they looked fabulous).
I used the speech bubble die from Sweet Speech, and cut the letters out with Headline alphabet. I tried using clear embossing powder but that didn't amp the gloss high enough so I then added a layer of Glossy accents, which did the trick.

PTI Blog Hop - High Gloss #3

The theme of this month's Blog Hop at Papertrey ink is High Gloss.
Having created a very clean card using the Text Block birthday, I wanted to see if I could make a more layered effect too.
The papers are all from Teresa Collin's Vintage collection, except for the Glossy Snakeskin used for the Text Block die. The thing I'm most impressed about with this very detailed die is how easily the pieces all pop out as it cuts so cleanly.
I added a couple of "Bitty button stacks", and each of the layers were heat embossed with clear powder to add a bit more shine.


PTI Blog Hop - High Gloss #2

All of today's posts will be very shiny, thanks to today's Blog Hop at Papertrey Ink.
For this card I wanted to create as much shine as I could on the Text Block Birthday die, so I used several layers of UTEE.
I started with Tropical teal cardstock and versamark ink.
I made the background paper with an assortment of the blue/green distress stains.
A few enamel dots just added to the glossy elements.

PTI Blog Hop - High Gloss #1

Crack open the Glossy accents; this month's Blog Hop at Papertrey Ink is all about the shine.
I started on this a day ahead of time to give everything a chance to set.
I used Studio Calico wood veneer hexagons, which I coloured with a bright red copic. I then added some old stickers for "HAPPY" and stamped the birthday from PTI's "A wreath for all seasons" in black Staz-on ink. Then I put a layer of glossy accents on all the hexagons and left to set.
I mounted it on some glossy black snakeskin paper (which is likely to make a few more appearances today!

Friday, March 21, 2014

SSS Wednesday - Glitter

I've never been a fan of glitter, as I've said many times before in these posts. However I've just bought some sticky embossing powder and dry rock candy glitter to get some practice in before it's Christmas card season again so this week's "Glitter It" challenge as SSS was perfect timing.

I made the background with Distress stains (tumbled glass, broken china and brushed pewter).
I die cut the clouds and added the dashed outline with Peacock feathers distress markers then used sticky embossing powder and Rock candy glitter to give them some sparkle.
The sentiment glitter was added with a glue pen and then left to dry.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

SSS Monday - Distress

When the title is Distress, you know you're thinking Tim. That's the challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp - Monday. I thought I'd use this as an opportunity from one of his old "tags of" series, specifically March 2012 and the mosaic butterfly.
I decided to try the technique on a leaf, and somehow ended up with a Thanksgiving card (certainly wasn't what I had planned when I sat down). I love the leaf, but think the other elements in the card overpower it. If I have the time I might sit down and try this again, this time making sure the leaf shines on its own.
The colours (distress inks and stains) are mostly ripe persimmon and forest moss.

Monday, March 10, 2014

MIM #155 - confetti

It took some thinking about how to tackle this week's Make It Monday at Papertrey Ink. I've got a heart cover plate but I've sworn off heart related cards for a while. I do have the confetti garlands, but didn't really want to spend a long time snipping them apart. The 'by the numbers' border looked a bit big so I decided to use the numbers from the Headline alphabet set, which were still wired together (which tells you how many times I've used them before today) but made die cutting them much quicker.
Having grouped them all face down I used a piece of painters tape to pick up a strip of numbers. I added a few extras with liquid glue to fill any obvious holes and stuck the tape to a soft stone card base with scor tape. The sentiment is from Think Big favorites and is stamped in Enchanted Evening ink