The challenge this week is to create a card with faux gilding. At first glance, I thought the only possibility in my Papertrey Ink stash would be the feather. In fact, I have down real gilding using this stamp set before. I happened to find the What the Doodle Ornament Set and bonus, it was brand new. Not only, did it work for this challenge, but it also satisfied my need to not have unused stamps in my stash,
It actually worked even better than I expected. What slowed me down in getting it posted though, was finding a frame that enhanced but did not overpower the ornament. I tried the Papertrey Ink Marquee frame first, but it was a bit too ornate to showcase the ornament well.
Here is the card:
This weeks theme is to add glitter to a card in an inlay technique.
This theme was perfect for me as I seem to have given away all the elegant cards from my stash and need to replenish. I have hundreds of cards in my stash, but was hard pressed to come up with a suitable elegant birthday card for my Mom’s birthday. I actually had to adapt an extra Mother’s day card that I had previously made. Luckily, it turned out well.
Today’s card turned out well and will be the start of my new elegant cards stash.
The challenge this week is to lay an open pattern over a stamped image. The real challenge for me was to find a suitable pattern from Papertrey Ink. In fact, I could not. The closest I could come is a grid pattern from a borders set. I knew that trying to stamp a 1/2 inch wide border stamp repeatedly over a layered image is a recipe for disaster. As it was, I threw three potential cards in the garbage due to my paper shifting slightly in my Misti. In the end, I liked the result using the Succulents Stamp set from Papertrey Ink and a “shattered” background stamp from my stash. Nuvo drops in three colours finished off the project.
The challenge in today’s Make it Monday is to make a repeating pattern from Petite images. This is something that I thought would be super easy but it was not. For some reason, I am measurement challenged. This is how I measure things. This tag is 4 notches and a tad long…………really. So trying to find the middle of 4 notches and a tad really is not easy and then when you are stamping 20 of the small images all around this centre, then things get really iffy.
In the end, I came up with these three tags. I always like the result when I stamp those bottle brush trees. It is the background images that look like they are wandering aimlessly out in the desert, but at least I have a very early start on Christmas gift tags.
I have been working on this Make it Monday card since about 9:00 AM and it is now 12:30 PM. It has made me realize that I am an unlikely candidate to be published in the TAKE TEN magazine. This is a magazine where the cards shown all take ten minutes or less to make. It took me more time than that to pick a colour scheme AND THAT part was essentially provided in the instruction video!
All is well that ends well, though, and I was quite happy with the result.
The theme this week at Papertrey Ink is lots of dots. As I am a huge fan of the Nuvo drops, I wanted to make sure to link up something. In the end I chose “What the Doodle – Feather”, as I thought it would be a good image to leave mostly black and white as in the demo from Michelle. I decided to stick to Red, Black and White for the color scheme as the image and background were already quite busy.
The challenge on Make it Monday this week is to use a cascading image that lifts from the page. I originally started looking through my Papertrey stamp sets looking for a leaf or floral image, but when I saw this set I thought it would work well for the idea of lifting from the page. I don’t think I have ever gotten over my childhood love of paper dolls, so designing multiple dresses sounded like fun. It turned out to be a little trickier than anticipated because I didn’t have a matching die set. Armed with my Scan N Cut and my Misti, I was able to get it done.
Today the theme at the Make it Monday challenge is to make something with an over and under element. That means to place something above a sentiment strip and something below a sentiment strip. I decided to use the Super Succulents stamp and die set as I have been drawn to cactus/desert cards lately.
At the last minute I decided to give the String of Pearls succulents I used on the sentiment strip a dimensional look by using Nuvo drops on them. It will be a miracle if I can be patient enough to wait for the Nuvo drops to dry, before trying to photograph and post the card.
The challenge in today’s Make it Monday, is to do some ink blending on coloured cardstock.
It seemed simple but I did have to round file my first attempt. I used a sponge dauber that was too old and it started to crumble and leave streaks in my blending when I tried to use it.
This is my second attempt and while it is much better, the water mark forks that I stamped in the background look somewhat dirty, rather than just being a deeper tone of the paper. I thought about giving them a clear embossing finish but I had already removed the stamps from the Misti, so that wasn’t going to work. Hmm……………….maybe try again with white embossed birthday candles in the background.
I am afraid to look back and see how many Make it Mondays I have missed. For some unknown reason, I did not take any Papertrey Ink supplies down to Phoenix for the winter, so I could not participate in the challenges for the last three and one half months.
I didn’t want to miss out on this week’s challenge, but at first glance, I came up empty. When that happens, I really have to go through my stuff again with a “think outside the box” mentality (a cliche I know but it does work). Second time around, I saw the Wave stamp and it reminded me very much of the grafitti swirls that I see, so I picked that out. I put some of the painted words together to form a motto that might find itself on a graffiti wall. I used some Ombre inks and some embossing powder on the words to achieve the look shown in the video. To show the nature of graffiti being where it is not supposed to be, I made the swirl not quite fit into the rectangle mat. The patterned paper from Kaisercraft’s Basecoat provided the cement like mat. Another patterned paper from Basic Grey provided the colour scheme and again emphasized the graffiti look in the background.