3.27.2014

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.





THE STUFF
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.





THE STUFF
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

3.25.2014

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.




THE STUFF
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

3.21.2014

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).




THE STUFF
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)