Avery Elle Ombré Challenge: Watercolor

I'm very excited about the new Avery Elle challenge! Challenge number three is everything Ombre! 

I broke out the watercolors for this one (which are basically instant ombre). I mixed some pink and orange over the embossed sentiment and added a few sequins. I used a color card base because the watercolor paper didn't match any of my white card stock. It was lighter than the off-white and creams but darker than the plain white. Although, I think it looks better with the pop of color.

Stamps: Avery Elle Cheers
Ink: Versamark | CTMH Gold embossing powder | watercolors
Paper: PTI Berry Sorbet | watercolor paper
Embellishments: Darice Gold sequins

Avery Elle Ombré Challenge: Ikat Birthday

Card two for the new Avery Elle challenge!

This time I stamped different shades of blue to create the ombre. I think I spent more time figuring out how to pattern the ikat pieces than anything else (well worth it now- the first pattern attempt was a bit off).  I added a strip with the sentiment and then added some embellishments. Sequins seem to be my go-to embellishment lately.

Stamps: Avery Elle Ikat Additions | PTI Keep It Simple: Birthday
Ink: SU Island Indago, Pool Party | CTMH Twilight | PTI True Black
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White
Embellishments: Divine Twine Black Licorice | CTMH Black & Grey buttons | Cartwright White Wedding sequins


Papertrey Blog Hop: High Gloss

For high gloss, I knew I wanted to use a bunch of colors. I liked the idea of pairing a rainbow of colors with black and white. I also liked that pairing with black provided more of an edgy feel while pairing with white seemed brighter. So, I thought it would be fun to make one of each- like Yin and Yang. So here are my inverse cards!

I cut strips of color card stock and adhered them to the card base. To get the glossy look, I put a piece of clear card stock on top of the color strips (adhering to the card base in-between the gaps from the color strips). To hide the adhesive, I covered the gaps with strips of white/black card stock. I cut the color strips at 3/4" and the black/white strips at 1/2"

I was so tempted to add more embellishments. I love the collage/cluster look. However, I didn't want to take away from the boldness of the shiny stripes of color. I wanted them to be the star. Although, I might try this technique again with more subtle colors or even just white to use as a background. I like the contrast of the shine and matte.

Stamps: PTI Keep It Simple: Birthday
Ink: PTI True Black | Versamark | Zing! White embossing powder
Paper: PTI Clear, True Black, Stamper's Select White, Royal Velvet, Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Limeade Ice, Tropical Teal


Garden Grace Birthday

I paired the delicate flowers with the strong, bold stripes to balance the feel of the card. It reminds me of  ivy growing on brick (squiggly on top of boxy).

Stamps: PTI Garden Grace, Background Basics: Super Stripes
Ink: HA Wet Cement | PTI Smokey Shadow | SU Lucky Limeade | CTMH Smoothie, Blush
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White
Embellishments: Darice Black sequins 
Cuts: Silhouette (stamp trace, bracket frame by yours truly)