Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop Challenge

Hi Friends! It's been a couple of days but I was determined I was going to post today for PTI's blog hop challenge. The inspiration photo was so beautiful and I've been mulling what I'd do over in my mind for a while. I know we're only allowed to enter the challenge with one card but I've made two so I'm posting them both.
 I knew I wanted to play around with a watercolor look and one of my PTI cover plates. I finally decided on the hexagon cover plate. I tried my hand at "smooshing" with a range of PTI reinkers on watercolor paper (PTI colors: Aqua Mist, Spring Rain, Spring Moss, Sweet Blush, Harvest Gold, Fine Linen; Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Antique Linen and Faded Jeans). It was a lot of fun and when I was done I had lots of watercolor-like sheets of paper - it looked like Easter all over my drawing table.
Then I ran each one through my Big Shot (the watercolor paper is nice and thick and while the pieces were all cut none of them moved til I pushed them out with my fingers which was very handy!) Then I started arranging them in what i thought was a pleasing mix. You'll note I didn't use the framework from the coverplate die - I just pieced it all together. I know it sounds crazy but it wasn't a lot of work. And the sans-framework was the look I was going for.  I finished off the blue/green card by cutting around the finished piece and mounting it on an Aqua Mist base. (The color isn't showing up as beautiful as it is in real life - I just couldn't get a better photo this morning.) I added the piece of vellum that I stamped in Versamark and embossed with white Filigree Embossing powder (Sentiment from Think Big Favorites #22). I used some pinking shears to cut off the ends of the vellum.
For the pink/green card, I trimmed the watercolor base and mounted it on Sweet Blush cardstock. The sentiment, stamped in Smokey Shadow, is from Bundle of Love.
I'm so happy I got to play this blog hop. It's been a while! Now I'm off to get some chores done so I can look at everyone else's entries this afternoon! Thanks for stopping by!

31 comments:

Leigh Penner said...

Oh, these are both so sweet & pretty!

Joyce said...

Love both of these. So very pretty, and I like how you free hand arranged the hexagons.

sarah.boirin said...

I love your use of the cover plate, really innovative, beautiful cards.x

Darnell J Knauss said...

Tracy, this is genius! I read every word and can't wait to try this myself! I love how you placed the pretty pieces without the framework. Your vellum banner on the one and simple sediment placement on the other are both perfect!!

I'm delighted to meet you via the hop and become your newest follower! I'd love to have you visit me and join me as a follower on my side bar, too! Enjoy the hop!! Hugs, Darnell

Cammie said...

Tracy, I love how you pieced these without the frame. A design I want to try now.And the colors are so lovely! Thanks for the inspiration!

honeybeelane said...

These are both so lovely! I'm going to Pin one to CASE later. :)

Inkyfingers said...

What a fantastic idea Tracy and I love what you did here!
Hugs
Carol x

Annheidel said...

Cool way to use the cover plate die!

Kay said...

Wow! I love all those watercolored hexagons- great look!

Chriss Blagrave said...

Beautiful cards Tracy! I especially love the arrangement you created on your baby card!

Kara Lynne said...

Your designs and colors are gorgeous!

KayM said...

Wow!! Beautiful cards and beautiful designs! I love how you did this and they really turned out lovely!

Rema said...

Awesome cards! Love your designs...

Diana K said...

Love the mosaics you created. Beautiful colouring and piecing - I'd love you to do a custom kitchen backsplalsh for me. You have a great eyeƩ1

Kathryn A said...

Beautiful mosaic look! I especially love the colours on your baby card!

PiecesByEmily said...

Wow such a fabulous take on the challenge. I love the result of your "smooshing technique". LOVE!!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Gorgeous layout and design!

Tonya Jastad said...

Beautiful layouts and colors!

Betty Wright said...

These are fantastic! Love the patterns and designs you created with the die cut background!

Kristii said...

Sooo very pretty and I love the smooshing technique you used!! Fabulous!

Helen F. said...

Oh these two cards are really pretty! Love the soft water-colored colors on the sweet baby card.

carol (krillsister) said...

Beautiful cards. I like how you water colored your papers and then used the pieces to create your design.Very creative.

Megan Carroll said...

These are soft and pretty! Great job!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

These are very pretty! I love the touch of the vellum sentiment!

Sherrie M. said...

So beautiful Tracy! Love how you pieced these all together perfectly.

krismybliss said...

Love how soft the patterns are on these cards! My personal preference for the hexagons is how you did it without the frame....the colors flow better together when there isn't a white frame between them.

Katie Skiff said...

This is a great take on the inspiration. Beautiful cards.

Lindsey said...

So pretty! !'m so glad you shared both!

artful-notions said...

Like it without the cover plate, reminds me of a beautiful spring quilt. Lovely soft colors!

Marcia HIll said...

WOW...love how you did these cards! The colors are SO pretty to begin with, and then the way you arranged them without the frame...genius! :0)

Kristie Goulet said...

Both of your cards are so pretty! I am your newest follower and would love if you visited and followed me as well. :)