Hello! Here we are for take two of the Papertrey Ink Anniversary celebration. I am always grateful for these challenges from PTI, because as I’ve been lucky enough to be at home with my kiddos and on other design teams, I find that I have less and less time to play with my PTI goodies (that I somehow still find myself ordering month after month…. ahem.) These fun challenges give me an excuse to sit down and just play.
This first card was for Day 3. We were challenged to use our favorite PTI flower set. Let me tell ya, that was like choosing which child I love more. But I narrowed it down to longevity (aka which set I’ve had the longest and refused to sell) and the Beautiful Brushstrokes kit is one that I’ve had for nearly three years and would be loathe to part with! I love the massive blooms, the variety of shapes, and the versatility of the style. You can do these in endless color schemes to create completely different looks each time. Love it. PTI is such a trendsetter… You see these “painterly” flowers everywhere now, but I think this is the set that started it all.
For this card, I wanted very soft, very muted colors for the flowers, but pops of deep emerald for the leaves. I started with Rustic White card stock. This is a color of which I do not use enough, and definitely will be closer to my radar. Not such a bright, harsh white, but not too creamy. Just right. (said Goldilocks haha!) I die cut the diagonal stripes cover plate from Rustic White, then layered it on an A2 sized card base of the same color for a subtle tone-on-tone look. I die cut all of the botanical pieces using the coordinating dies from Beautiful Brushstrokes, then stamped them in shades of (Sweet Blush and Pale Peony), Lilac Grace, and Spring Rain, using Pinefeather for the leaves.
After I had arranged them the way I wanted, I picked them up using Press ‘n Seal to ensure the bouquet stayed the way I wanted, then added my foam adhesive and placed it back on my diagonal striped card base. I added a die cut “Hugs” from the Big Hugs die set, cut from Smokey Shadow cardstock and embellished with some Spectrum Noir shimmer pen. The final touch was to add some pretty sequins in some of the bare spots of the bouquet.
The only other card that I managed to make was for Day 2, where we were to use multiples of a die cut or stamped image. I have been doing my best to use my neglected sets, and Bloomin’ Cute is one that, for some reason, I haven’t felt inspired to use since purchasing it. I based the design of this card from some stationery that I found on Pinterest… Tip: if ever you find yourself in need of inspiration, try searching Pinterest for stationery. I get SO much inspiration from looking at the mood boards of wedding invitations, birthday party invitations, etc, etc. This particular card was based off of a spring-y printable file that I found. I loved the clean look of the yellow stripes (a color I struggle with) juxtaposed with the black and white words in the center and the pretty pink blooms.
I started by die-cutting the Horizontal Stripes cover plate from Harvest Gold card stock, then adhering it to a plain white A2 card base. I stamped three of the blooms from Bloomin’ Cute in Raspberry Fizz and Berry Sorbet, then added two sprigs of leaves in Green Parakeet. The greeting from Scrolling Script was heat embossed in white onto a black Mat Stack 7 die cut. I adhered the swag of blooms to the top of the die cut, then popped up the entire thing with dimensional adhesive. Clean and simple. So simple, in fact, that I kinda felt like I was cheating haha! But I guess you don’t need to reinvent the wheel with every card, huh?
Well, those are my two entries into the PTI Anniversary contest! Can’t wait to check out the other entries, not to mention order tomorrow night. What a fun release this has been!