Monday, July 25, 2016

Papertrey Ink July Blog Hop Challenge

It's time once again for the monthly blog hop at Papertrey Ink.  The photo above is our inspiration photo.  I love the mix of aqua mist, berry sorbet, soft stone and gold.  However, I sought inspiration from one other person too.  Carol Steedman made a gorgeous card during last month's blog hop that I just couldn't get out of my mind.  You can see it in all it's pastel glory here.  I just loved how she clustered all her flowers at the top with a little bit of greenery hanging down and so I did the same.  I initially started out doing melon berry flowers using the clarity stencil brushes thinking I would add a berry sorbet inner layer to them but didn't like that so I skipped the darker inner layer making my colors a little softer than the photos. 

I really loved the geometric pattern on the walls.  If you look closely (click on the photo to make it large) you'll see the score lines I made to mimic that wall treatment.  It's a very subtle but I think it really adds a lot of depth to this card.  I decided to use PTI's Color Pop florals kit just as Carol did pulling the aqua mist and berry sorbet colors from the photo.  The pillow on the chair made me think of this kit.

I purchased some liquid leaf for PTI's Stamp-a-Faire (stay tuned I will be posting my projects from the event tonight) and I'm sooo glad I did!  I painted some of it on the thanks die cut and also dotted some of it on my flower centers using a stylus.  This stuff is gorgeous!  It dries almost instantly leaving behind a beautiful gold finish.  The picture doesn't do it justice.  I haven't used gold much in the past but I definitely will be using this more in the future.  A little goes a long way but it does smell similar to spray paint.  So you may want to open a window when using it!

Oh and I almost forgot I cut the thanks die cut from PTI's coasters.  This is a tip from SAF from design team member Danielle.  The coasters are cheap as you get 25 for $1.00 which will give you many die cuts.  They take up the gold leaf well and gives you the thickness similar to stacking 3 cardstock die cuts together.

I really struggled with what to use for my background with this card.  I cut the white panel using a rectangular stitching die and I knew I wanted the flowers and thanks die to over hang the white panel a bit.  I tried soft stone for the backing but there wasn't enough contrast between the white panel and the flowers.  So I pulled out some stormy sea from the sampler pack.  I was convinced I didn't like this color when it was first introduced..figuring I had other grays i liked better.  But...WOW...that stormy sea paper really made my flowers pop!  I cut the foliage die from the friendship jar flowers in stormy sea too snipping it apart to layer beneath my flowers.  I love these colors together.  I guess stormy sea will now go on my wish list!

Supplies are listed and linked below:

Make It Market Mini Kit: Color Pop Florals

PTI Friendship Jar Flowers Dies

PTI Big Basics: Thanks Die

Clarity Stencil Brushes

PTI Melon Berry Dye Ink

PTI Aqua Mist Dye Ink
Thanks for stopping by! Please come back soon as I will have my projects from Stamp-a-Faire posted later tonight!


Leigh Penner said...

Looks like we were on the same wavelength, as I scored my background lines, too! Your card is so pretty! I love your take on the inspiration photo!

Marcia HIll said...

Beautiful card Shelly! Your flowers and leaves coming down from the top are so pretty and I love, LOVE your subtle background! And your gold sentiment just ties the whole card together perfectly...lovely, lovely card!! :0)

Betty Sue said...

Beautiful!!! Perfect take on the inspiration photo!!

Vicki Finger said...

This is a gorgeous card, Shelly! Love it and how your scored your background. I never even thought to do that. I'm glad you are beginning to share my love of gold! *Ü*

Jacquie Southas said...

Terrific card, Shelly! I love the scored triangle lines!