Saturday, February 13, 2016

Papertrey Ink's 9th Anniversary Celebration: Days 5 & 8

Today, I have a sampler to share that I created for the

I decided to use the same stamp set and dies 
to make my sample squares -- from the Garden Gild mini MIM kit.

And here's a breakdown of my techniques:

1. Masking.
2. Heat embossed with ink blending for the background.
3. Rock and Roll.
4. Heat embossed on watercolour paper, then wet and coloured with Zigs.
5. Stamping the colour and then going back and applying a darker ink 
to the edges with a blending tool  to the stamp and stamping again.
6. Heat embossed and then smooshed.
7. Ink the stamps and then spritz with water before stamping.
8. Creating a stencil with the dies and then blending ink overtop.
9. Colouring the stamps with Zigs and then spritz with water before stamping.

I also have a card to share for the Day 8: Colour Pop Fortune Teller.

Sage helped me put together the Fortune Teller and then figured out my colours:
Hawaiian Shores, Spring Rain and Blueberry Sky.

Now, I have to admit, while I love Hawaiian Shores, I very rarely use
Spring Rain or Blueberry Sky.
And I would have never thought to put them together.
Sage suggested that we try a different colour to start, but I figured this was all part of the challenge.
And I won't lie -- it was challenging.

I actually made two other cards, but I wasn't happy with either of them.

Here's what I ended up with...

I stamped my sentiment (from PTI's Phrases & Praises) onto a piece of Basic Grey patterned paper,
which I matted onto Hawaiian Shores cardstock.

Here's a close-up.
I'm actually pretty pleased with how it turned out!

Thanks for looking!


!neke said...

Beautiful cards !
The pink one , great idee !

Ineke XX

Marcia HIll said...

Your 9 square sampler is a beauty in that monochromatic theme it! I wasn't real sure about the 3 colors I got either and ended up loving them together for the Color Pop challenge, so I'm glad you stuck with your colors too, as I really like your CAS card SO much!! I think the key is having the neutral color to balance it all out. Great job on both cards!! :0)

Karen B. said...

A challenge is good sometimes, and I do think your last cards are lovely, there is something calming and stilling about them. And wow, your first card is grand! I was too scared to take on that challenge!

Nora N. said...

WOW!! I love BOTH your cards. The bright pink with all those squares is lovely. I like the calmness of the second card. The color combo is fabulous!!

Linda said...

Your Sampler card is so lovely Leigh and you did a great job on the Fortune Teller card. I'm with you, I hardly ever use the Blueberry Sky or Spring rain.

Lynne in NI said...

Fab cards, I love all the techniques you used on your pink one :)

Celeste Goff said...

Sheer gorgeousness!

Ruth said...

I adore your sampler. What a great way to showcase all those different techniques. And I love the colour combination in your blue/green card. Think they all work well together. Xx

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

The sampler is simply amazing Leigh, the second card is a beautiful CAS one. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Love and hugs

Birgit said...

These came out great! I was a bit challenged by my colors too but in the end was happy with the results. I'm glad you stuck with yours as well. I guess it's always a good thing to stretch ourselves from time to time. These are two beauties!!

Miriam Prantner said...

Great cards! I love the grid and all the different squares!

Cris G said...

Both beautiful cards, Leigh! You really got creative doing a different technique in each small square, and still keeping the balance. Love the quote on your second card... the colors look fab together!

Keri said...

Pretty cards! :)

cm said...

In awe over your amazing 9-squares sampler! Talk about ingenious and innovative! Winner, winner in my books! And your second: the colours are fabulous but it's the sentiment paired with those arrows that captivates me. Sometimes God wants us to go in the other direction...maybe I should embrace that a bit more...Thank you for the eye-opener!