Make It Monday #260

This week’s Make It Monday challenge over on Nichole Heady’s blog was “From Black and White to Color“.  This is a technique I see often and love, but hadn’t tried before. And the main challenge for me was finding a Papertrey Ink stamp set that had outline stamps I could use! Haha!


For this card, I used the Vintage Linens set with some watercolor paint. I stamped the flowers and sentiment onto a piece of watercolor paper with Versafine pigment ink and heat embossed them with clear powder. Then I cut out the vertical panel and painted the flowers. I adhered the side strips to my card base, and then used some craft foam to make the vertical panel pop out.

Short and quick today. I got happy mail yesterday and more is coming today, and I want to play! Thanks for stopping by and see you next time!


Make It Monday #259

This past week’s Make It Monday challenge over on Nichole Heady’s blog was Ombre Cluster Stamping. Love me some ombre! I made two cards using this technique, expanding from a cluster to just full on background because I could never get a composition that I was happy with.


For the first card I used some of the details stamps from Papertrey’s Bloomers set.  I got this set before I really had a good selection of inks, so I haven’t actually used it much. But I thought it would be fun to use this particular detail stamp (and its smaller siblings) because they kind of looked like fireworks, which goes well with the whole celebration theme of the card. Yes, let’s pretend I planned it that way. 🙂


I stamped with a trio of Hero Arts Shadow Ink dye ink cubes in Red Royal, Pale Tomato (my current fave), and Fresh Peach. I trimmed the 4-bar card down a smidge on the long edges and then ink blended these colors on another piece of 4-bar sized card stock. I also die cut the little banner and ink blended the Red Royal onto it and heat embossed the sentiment.

For the second card, I made another 4-bar sized panel using the flowers and leaves from Graceful Greetings II. I stamped them with dye ink from My Favorite Things in Poppy,  Coral Crush, Gumdrop Green, and Sour Apple. I stamped a sentiment from the set in VersaFine and heat embossed it. Then I cut the panel down using a stitched rectangle die and adhered it to a 4-bar card base.

I hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend. See you next time!

Inspired by…#18

Hi everyone! I’m back with another card for the Inspired by All the Little Things challenge. Check out the inspiration image below:


How gorgeous are those flowers? They were the main source of inspiration for my card.


Look at that! No watercoloring! Haha!

For this card, I used the beautiful Paper Clippings: Thinking of You set from Papertrey Ink. I love this series of delicate papercuts, but let me tell you, this one was a beast to cut. I don’t know know what it was, but it took several passes and flipping over to get even to 98% cut through. Alas, I think I need a shim for these delicate beasties.


Anyway, I also stamped and cut the accessory floral pieces using colors from the inspiration photo (Papertrey Ink’s Hibiscus Burst, Bright Buttercup, and Vintage Jadeite (w/ Bright Buttercup on top). Then I blended Enchanted Evening ink onto my card base. I also blended ink on the “of” flag of the papercut – same ink, but it blended darker on the watercolor paper I used for the papercut. Pieced it all together and carefully mounted the papercut to the base.


The Paper Clippings dies make for easy and elegant cards. They look very involved. Do you remember those Rice Krispie treats commercials? Where the “baker” has to through flour on herself to convince her family that the treats took so much effort? I guess I did get ink all over my hands. Same thing right?

Just Add Ink #314

Hi everyone! And thank you all for the wonderful comments on my last (seems like forever ago) post – really made my day! I hit a creative wall and didn’t make any cards in over a week. I know, right?! I was finally able to shake it off this weekend and made several cards.

Today I’m going to share a card I made for the Just Add Ink #314 challenge. Here is the inspiration photo:


And here is what I came up:


As you can tell, this is another “watercolor” + Concord & 9th card. Sorry, not sorry!

I used the citrus wedge from Concord & 9th’s Hugs stamp set and stamped it in a repeating pattern with VersaFine Black pigment ink and then heat embossed it with clear powder. Then I used some inks smooshed onto my craft mat as my watercolors for the background: Papertrey Ink’s Pure Poppy (ink refill), Berry Sorbet, and Brilliant Buttercup. If I were to do this card again, I think I’d use an actual watercolor pigment for the yellow, or maybe a Zig watercolor marker; the yellow came out more diluted than I was aiming for.  I went back with some additional Pure Poppy and colored in a few of the wedges.


Then I stamped the sentiment (also from the Hugs set) with VersaFine and again clear heat embossed it. I die cut it out as a circle and adhered it to the panel with some craft foam. Then I decided it needed something and wanted to color in the drops, but I had already cleaned up my craft mat, so what’s a crafter to do? I grabbed my Zig watercolor markers, in red and black, and blended them on some scrap watercolor paper using the Zig blender. Then I took the red marker and picked up that blended color and added it to the drops. Almost a perfect match to the wedges. And the markers cleaned up just fine with some additional use on the scrap paper.


That’s it for now, thanks for stopping by!

Inspired by…challenge #15

Hi everyone! Today I have a card for the Inspired by All the Little Things #15 challenge. I took inspiration from the colors, the bold geometric patterns, and the little girl and her watercolors.


I used gouache paints to cover a piece of watercolor paper in an orange to yellow ombre and then ran it through my die-cut machine with the Center Stage cover plate from Papertrey Ink. At first I thought I would use the negative as a background, but then I decided to arrange the positives on some whipped cream cardstock. Tip: I used the negative as my placement guide and then lifted it away. Magic!


Then I die-cut the So Happy sentiment from PTI’s Make It Market Mini: Color Pop Butterflies set. The butterflies actually came from Concord & 9th’s Floral and Flutter die set. I adhered this panel to a piece of black cardstock and then to my cardbase.

Inspiration photo below:


Thanks for stopping by!

Make It Monday #248

This week’s Make It Monday challenge over on Nicole Heady’s blog involves ink blending through a die-cut stencil. Part of the challenge for me was to use a die set that I don’t reach for very often, so 3I flipped through my PTI sets more than a few times before settling on the Scene It: Mountain View set.


After die-cutting with velum, I first blended the kraft ink mountains, followed by the trees using Distress Ink in Pine Needles. I then took a white jelly roll pen and added “snow” to the trees. I die cut the scene with a stitched circle, slightly off center. Then I stamped and cut the station wagon and trailer and mounted them with foam tape.


Then I chose a couple of patterned papers from one of my card kits and cut fishtail flags for layering and stamped the “explore nature” sentiment (from SSS One with Nature). I took the leaf outline stamps from that SSS set and stamped onto my kraft card base using kraft ink. Finally I added some twine and layered the pieces together.

Very nature-y. I can already smell the campfire and the s’mores.

Color Throwdown #389


Hi everyone! Today I have a card for the Color Throwdown #389 challenge using pink, green, and orange. P.S. These are not colors I use together very often, so going a bit out of my comfort zone with this one.

Of course, I had to break out one a new purchase – Super Succulents from Papertrey Ink. And I actually didn’t have the “right” green or orange in my ink collection, so I made them (which is why no two are exactly the same). Betsy Veldman just did a post on experimenting with layering ink colors, and ever inspired, I set out to expand my ink palette.


For all the colors you see on this card, I used Papertrey Ink dye inks. The pink is Hibiscus Burst. The orange was made by layering Hibiscus Burst over Bright Buttercup, and the green was made by layering Bright Buttercup over Aqua Mist. Since these were new stamps, I applied Versamark ink first to “prime” the stamp surface. Also, I used the MISTI tool to ensure a nice clean image each time. (For reference – that large pink succulent took two impressions for full coverage, even with priming, but I think my ink pad is getting a little dry.)

Side note: the order in which you layer your colors does make a difference. When I was playing on scrap paper, I tried each combination both ways and the greens and oranges I got were just noticeably different. Also, the colors lightened up considerably upon drying, so if it doesn’t look right, just wait a few minutes and look at it again. I found this particularly true with the greens.


After I finished stamping, I die cut “hello” and “friend” (dies from My Favorite Things) from the panel as well as two more times from white card stock and adhered the layers together. I found some perfectly matching green ribbon in my stash that I am pretty sure is about 13 years old and wrapped it around the panel underneath the”friend” to make it really stand out. I adhered the panel and die-cut layers back into place on a card base, et voila. Hello friend.

That’s it for today, thanks for stopping by!