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Friday, May 25, 2012

Papertrey Ink May 2012 Blog Hop Challenge


Here's another wonderful photo for this month's Papertrey Ink Blog Hop Challenge:
Blog hop inspiration
As soon as I saw this photo I knew I wanted to use:
+ a splash of green.
+ something 'polka dotty'
+ my newest Garden Variety II stamp and die set 
+ black and white gingham ribbon from my stash  

So ... combining all of these features, I designed two cards  ... 
It's always so hard to create sympathy cards when you really need them and I rarely make them, so I thought this challenge would be a good opportunity to design one. 

Nichole suggested two colours (Simply Chartruese or New Leaf) as the option for green in the inspiration photo. I don't have either of these colours in ink, but I have a card stock sampler with both colours. I was able to colour the leaves from the Garden Variety II stamp with a Tombow marker and then stamp onto the white card stock. It didn't give a solid clear transfer, but the colour was a closer match to Simply Chartreuse than any other green inks in my collection. (SC ink is on my next shopping list!!)
From there I decided to add the small floral image using Spring Moss - it sort of reminds me of my sister-in-law's hydrangea bush - the white flowers have a light green tint.

I also added some light green rhinestones onto the floral images for a bit of contrast. The flower pot was stamped with Smokey Shadow and then the image panel was mounted onto a Simply Chartreuse Tag Sale #4 die cut. The black gingham ribbon was attached to the top of the tag.
The upper portion of the white card base was embossed with Swiss Dots embossing folder. A white strip of card stock was stamped with the polka dot block from Bitty Background Blocks and layered over several Heart Border die cuts in black and Simply Chartreuse, to create a small scalloped edge.
The sentiment, (Through the Trees) was heat embossed with black embossing powder below the focal point. Since I did not emboss this section with the polka dot, it was easy to add the sentiment.

Card Details: (PTI unless noted)
Stamps -  Garden Variety II, Through the Trees, Bitty Background Blocks
Inks - Versamark; Smokey Shadow, Spring Moss
Papers - Stamper's Select White, Black, Simply Chartreuse
Dies - Limitless Layers 2 1/2" Circles, Tag Sale #4, Heart Border Die
Other - Tombow #126 marker; green rhinestones; Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing folder; Texture Trios Black Gingham Ribbon; Stampendous Detail Black Embossing Powder.

The violet image from Year of  Flowers Collection was coloured, cut and sitting on my desk for the longest time. Even though the inspiration photo doesn't contain any purples or lavenders, I knew that it would look very dramatic with black, white and New Leaf Green. Since I had a lot of the  supplies out for the first card I went ahead and created a second card for the challenge:

 Here's how I incorporated some of the features from the inspiration photo:
Gingham: I used the gingham block from Bitty Background Blocks to stamp the Picket Fence die cut. The horizontal strips were stamped diagonally so that they would stand out against the pickets in the background. Little black rhinestone pearls were added to the slats at each end.
Green: I used New Leaf as the background mat for the focal point and then repeated the colour in the seed packet heading and flower title, as well as the single green butterfly. The green also is center stage in the leaves of the violets.

Black/White: The Seed Packet Frame #2 was die cut and then stamped with the coordinating stamp from Garden Variety II onto white card stock. This was mounted onto a black mat using foam dimensionals.  
The sentiment (Garden Variety) was stamped in the bottom corner in black ink.
The price image was stamped in black and then added to the bow on the picket fence.
Textures: The Vineyard Impression Plate was used to create texture on the card front; the Linen IP was used on the seed packet frame, as well as the two mats (black and green) to create dimension.
Other Details: The flower was coloured, cut and then popped in the opening using foam dimensionals. Winter Wisteria card stock was used to cut 2 butterflies and they joined the green one in the top corner. To finish the look, a small lavender bow was added to the picket fence.

Card Details: (PTI unless noted)
Stamps -  Garden Variety, GV II, Year of Flowers Collection, Year of Flowers Titles, Bitty Background Blocks II,
Inks - Memento Tuxedo Black, Close To My Heart: Clover Meadow
Papers - Stamper's Select White, Black, Winter Wisteria, New Leaf.
Dies - Seed Packet Frame #2, Picket Fence Die, Linen IP, Vineyard IP; SSU Beautiful Wings Embosslit
Other - Copic markers; black rhinestone pearls; Offray Ribbon; Sakura Yellow Gelly Roll pen; foam dimensionals  

Thanks for stopping along the way .... enjoy the rest of the Blog Hop!!
Karen C.


Leigh said...

What beautiful cards, Karen! I love the first one, how you stamped the two different coloured leaves! And the second one with the seed packet frame is stunning!

Rhonda said...

Love the cards Karen. I especially like the fence in the black. So cool

Deanna Jean said...

Both cards are great. I agree, sympathy cards are so hard to make. I try to always have a couple on hand though. I think it would be harder to make one when it was needed.

Jill said...

Karen, I love how you did the focal point especially on your first card--I am going to have to remember your idea! I think the way the ink transferred is fine--it fits the "distressed" style of Garden Variety II perfectly. And how CUTE is your gingham picket fence?! What a terrific idea. Something else I'm going to have to remember (and stamping the horizontal strips in a different direction was smart)!! Great pair of cards, Karen!

Renee said...

These are both fabulous!!
And you get extra kudos for making one a sympathy card...
Hallmark still gets me business for those...
but sshhh!!
Don't tell anyone! ;)
They are just SO hard to do!
Adore the purple accents on the 2nd card...
perfect! :)

Marybeth said...

Karen both are so pretty. On the first card I like how you stamped the greenery , and all the textures. Love that gingham fence, wish I thought of that!

Kara said...

beautiful cards...love the floral images on both!!

Jacquie Southas said...

I agree, making a sympathy card when you need one is never easy - your cards are beautiful

victoria h said...

Gorgeous cards. Great mix of patterns and colour.

christy compton hall said...

I love them both! Gorgeous cards.

Tracey McNeely said...

Really beautiful cards.

carol (krillsister) said...

Two beautiful cards so completely different. Love that gingham picket fence, butterflies and hint of purple on the 2nd card.
Awesome job on the sympathy card too.

Darnell J Knauss said...

Stunning, Karen!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Stunning, Karen!

Jen Adcock said...

What delights! Both cards are just divine. Brava!

Lorraine said...

Your cards are beautiful, Karen! Great takes on the inspiration sketch!