Friday, March 25, 2016

PTI March Blog Hop

The inspiration picture at this month's Blog Hop at Papertrey ink really appealed to me.
Blog hop inspiration 5
I can sew a bit, so the idea of combining cards and embroidery sounded like a great plan. I didn't realise how much harder it would be to try and achieve a satin stitch on card. After an epic fail, I decided to find a way to cheat!
I made a background using slate alcohol ink with lots of blending solution. When it was within a whisker of being dry I stamped some of the flowers from PTI "Larger than Life" in smoky shadow ink. Because it was still a tiny bit wet, the ink blurred just a little. I then left the card to dry completely and stamped a few more flowers that stayed crisp.
I'd originally intended to sew straight onto the card, but when that didn't work I covered a piece of card in scor tape and lay piece after piece of embroidery floss onto it, as close together as possible.
Once I'd covered a big enough area, I die cut the butterfly from PTI Flower favourites, running it back and forth a couple of times to make sure I cut all the threads.
Before I mounted then to the card I stitched a couple of antenna, and wrapped some black embroidery floss around the centre of the butterfly. They're held in place with scor tape.
The sentiment is the new PTI Ombre sentiments. I nearly didn't get it but I'm so pleased I did. In fact, I'm hopeful this is just the first of a series of similar stamps for different occasions.


 

21 comments:

  1. I like how you created your butterflies with thread - very ingenious! And you tackled that grey background...that had me mystified how to incorporate into my project.

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  2. Love the beautiful background you created! Also love the genius solution to get the look of satin stitching for your butterflies, they look fabulous.

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  3. Sarah your background is beautiful and the way you made your butterflies is amazing with such pretty results! Love this!

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  4. Oh my...this is absolutely beautiful Sarah! I love how you did your stitched butterflies...totally look embroidered! And I love the background of your card too...everything about this card is just SO lovely!! :0)

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  5. OMG - those butterflies are amazing and I love your soft shadowy background - just gorgeous.

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  6. Very clever trick to get the satin stitch look on your butterflies!

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  7. I love, love, love the background on this card. And the way you did your butterflies is so smart!! Beautiful card.

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  8. Your back ground matches the inspiration so well and what a neat way to add thread!

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  9. What a beautiful card! Your interpretation of this challenge is wonderful! Love the butterflies!

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  10. Smart idea with the score tape! Love your stamped background...it captures the theme beautifully. Your card is gorgeous!!

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  11. Your dreamy gray background is perfect for the inspiration, and I love you "faux satin stitch" butterflies! Such a bright, beautiful color with the gray. I've used 1/8" Scor Tape with 3 strips of floss to make a faux ribbon look, but never thought to try it with a bigger piece for die cuts. Great idea!

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  12. Wowie! your background is stunning!! I love the way you "Cheated" giggles! the butterflies are the perfect addition!

    Beautifully done.

    Patti

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  13. Beautiful card and a lot of work.

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  14. oh my goodness this is so very creative! Fabulous technique with the wildflowers!

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  15. Now that is a clever and pretty way to add fiber to your card, thank you for sharing! Your card is gorgeous.

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  16. Oh, what a great idea! So pretty!

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  17. Your a superstar.. how clever of you to make the butterflies and then die cut them.. I couldn't do it either so I sewed the embroidery in cloth then cut close and glued onto the little girl.. Can't say we aren't creative :)

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  18. Brilliant idea! Stunning card!

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  19. Wow! Love that this is something I've never tried, but can't wait to do it! Beautiful from start to finish!

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