Monday, March 30, 2015

PTI Make it Monday #207: Double Partial Die Cutting

The phenomenal Laura Bassen shows us how to do double partial die cutting and I haven't done this awesome technique for a while.  My first try had some slightly over zealous cutting and I cut too far with one of the Wet Paint dies since I couldn't see ... next time I will try with a negative piece to position it better ...
I took a cursive Hugs die and a circle die and did the partial die cutting on a Recollections 110lb white card front.  I also die cut four more Hugs die cuts to pop it up and add some dimension combined with foam tape.
I stamped progressively darker colours using the Irresistible Ikat set and then added some Text Impressions dry embossing with one of the PTI impression plates - love those to add a little extra somethin' somethin' ... :)
 Here you can see some of the texture and die cutting up close:
Inside I used the ampersand from Bountiful Banners and the Easter wishes stamp from Mega Mixed Messages - so many useful sentiments in that jam packed set!
Hope you have fun with this week's challenge!!

Check out my sale of crafty items - stamps, an ink pad and some other assorted items!! Oh, and I bought two of the Hero Arts ombre ink pads (mint to green), so if anyone is interested in buying one still sealed, just leave your email and info in a comment!!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

PTI Make it Monday #206: Mixing Stamped Patterns

Danielle Flanders did such an amazing job on this week's Make it Monday mixing her gorgeous creations ... I had a great time stamping my patterns but then got stuck trying to put them together to make some cards.  I am not enamoured with them all but will still share ...

I took my colours from some pictures from Rifle Paper Co. - I just love their modern whimsical designs!
I did some swatches to see how they look together:
 And here are my designs using all PTI products - Irresistible Ikat, Ombre Builder, Watercolour Wonder, Leave it Be and Swoosh.
My first card is quite ethereal and hard to photograph with pale subtle colours.  I used a Feather Finery die with the Leave it Be, layered some foam tape using the Ikat polka strip and a Wet Paint III die cut with a portion of the Ombre builder.
 I rounded the corners with a Corner Chomper and that's about it!  A very simple pale pastel card.
My next card is not my fave but I will show you anyhow .... I used a Wet Paint III die on a bunch of different patterns that I had stamped:
 Five patterns are included here with various scales ... some worked better with this die than others. :)
This next one only uses two patterns but I like the layout of it.  I took a Kraft card base and laid a Watercolour Wonder striped piece over, matting and centring it.  I then used a circle die to cut out the centre.
I stacked four die cut layers of Recollections 110lb white card stock with the top being an Ombre Builders pattern from one of the sheets I stamped.
My last card also only uses two patterns but I thought I would share it anyhow:
I used an Aqua Mist card base, the Leave it Be background layered with a DCWV black chalkboard scrap and the Swoosh pattern.
Thank you to Danielle for challenging me to try a bunch of different patterns ... it was a lot of fun even though I found this to be rather difficult ... Nevertheless, I tried my best.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Lovely Laurels layered leaves

I made a few cards before I headed off to San Francisco for spring break but didn't have a chance to post them.  Now that I'm home, I finally had a chance to snap some pictures of these simple one layer cards ...
I got a new PTI order and did some experimenting with Lovely Laurels, Meadow Greens and my Avery Elle inks.  I used my trusty MISTI and did some layers of different coloured inks to add dimension to the leaves.
The MISTI makes it so easy to layer the colours and stamp in the exact same spot.  Love the ease of this tool!
On this card, I added some Glossy Accents on the leaves - love the little something extra this gives to one layer cards.

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Paper: Recollections 110lb white
Stamps: PTI Lovely Laurels, Meadow Greens (sentiments)
Ink: AE mint to be, aquamarine, fog

Monday, March 2, 2015

Avery Elle ink comparison to Fresh inks

I had some questions from blog readers about the comparison between Fresh and Avery Elle inks so I took some pictures to compare the two.  (note- they are both hybrid pigment inks, meaning that they are quick drying full coverage inks, perfect for clear stamps.)  The colours are vivid and, in my opinion, gorgeous!

I have taken pictures in colour families and some closeups with similar shades.  I used my phone so the pictures might be an odd size ... just go with it! :)  And for larger zoomed in images, click on the picture to see it better.

the pink hues:
AE orchid is a bit more purple in tone 
but FI sugar and AE pixie are very similar.

 the purple and red hues:
 FI silver lilac is a pale greyish purple hue.  Stunning in person.  
FI merlot is a deep red, just like a good Merlot wine.  
AE sugar plum is a deep magenta.

 Above and below are the reds ... FI fuschia could've been in the pink section as it is a reddish pink shade, like its namesake ... :)

the yellows and oranges:

FI mango and AE mimosa are the only 
two similar ones but FI mango is a little bit deeper and darker.

 the green hues:

 FI mint and AE mint to be are very similar ....

It's hard to tell here but FI pear is a light powdery spring moss sort of shade.
And FI tuscan olive is a darker green than AE lemon grass which is a brighter more lime shade.

the greys and browns:
 ** FI blue sage could be in the blue section or the greys as it's a pale blue grey.  
I put it in this category as well so you can see it compared to FI provincial gray.

So there you have it - some ink comparisons from my Fresh and Avery Ele collection!  Easily stamped with my MISTI, pigment inks, PTI tag sale die and a stamp from PTI's Four Square.

Hopefully this is helpful to people looking to broaden their ink collection. :)

my original AE ink collection post here