Tuesday, January 25, 2011

PTI blog hop

This is my first blog hop entry so bear with me ...
I am using some Papertrey Ink sets I haven't had a chance to use too often even though they are gorgeous designs.  Whenever I want to make a card, I have so many choices and am so torn as to what to use!  So here are a few sets that haven't gotten much love lately.

The Outline Alphabet and Out on a Limb are very versatile sets and I used them with some delicious Distress Ink.  The background is a simple Text Style II.  Some irridescent embossing powder, White Opal Liquid Pearls and there you go!
And a full view of the card with some bad lighting (never home to take pictures of my cards in daylight ... alas!
Stamps: PTI Outline Alphabet, Out on a Limb revised, Text Style II
Paper: Hero Arts layering paper
Inks: Distress Ink,
Misc: Liquid Pearls white opal , foam dots,
irridescent glittery embossing powder

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Acetate card tutorial

I love the look of acetate cards but couldn't figure out how to hide the adhesive and make it look finished.  After some searching online for tips, here's what I learned:

The front should have a smaller layer, attached with glue dots (my fave!) and then a mat on the inside of the card with the glue dots hidden by the front layer.  (You could also use pop dots for some dimension on the front layer.) A simple background stamped in Staz-On works well and I have also used Brilliance inks for a more pearlescent finish.  I have also experimented with photocopying backgrounds on the acetate.

I did a dark chocolate mat impressed with the Woodgrain Impressions plate from PTI.  Then Giga Guidlines impressed layer on the inside to write on that is larger than the chocolate layer for a larger mat when the card is closed.
Finally, on the back, you can do an even larger mat or the same size.

Here's another one I did for Christmas:

I used a PTI fillable frame with an Impress Rubber Stamps tree, a full card inside attached only behind the fillable frame.  I photocopied the background pattern to keep it simple.  Some stickles and voilĂ !

Card 1
Stamps: Michaels' $ baby stamp
Inks: Staz-On, Distress Inks
Paper: Acetate, turquoise, chocolate, Hero Arts layering paper
Misc: PTI fillable frame, Giga Guidlines and Woodgrain PTI impression plates, glue dots

Card 2
Stamps: Impress Rubber Stamps tree
Paper: Acetate, Mocha layering paperPine card
Ink: Versafine Black Onyx
Misc: PTI fillable frameStickles, glue dots