Papertrey Ink February Blog Hop Challenge

Hey there, blog friends! I hope this Sunday finds you having had an AMAZING weekend! We got what feels like a foot of snow yesterday & overnight, so we have had a quiet weekend indoors. We knew it was coming, so I did all the necessary grocery shopping on Friday afternoon so we wouldn't have to venture out unless it was an absolute emergency.
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When I recieved the Papertrey Ink email this morning with their February Blog Hop info posted...I decided I REALLY wanted to break out some of my PTI stuff. I haven't used any of it since before losing Ellie & Layton, so it was time to put it to good use.

The Papertrey Ink February Blog Hop inspiration image is all about Easter & Spring!


We may have just gotten a foot of snow, but I'm not going to let that dampen my spring spirit! :) I decided to use a PTI blast from the past....Friendship Jar Spring Fillers! When I purchased this stamp set, I was not comfortable with flowers or coloring in any fashion - so I never used the gorgeous tulip image that is included. I decided that today was the perfect day to finally ink it up!

I started by stamping the tulips to heavyweight white cardstock in onyx black Versafine ink using my MISTI. {I always use my MISTI when stamping images like this, just in case I don't get a good impression the first time.} I hit the stamped image with my heat gun, just to make sure the ink was dry.

Then I proceeded to watercolor the tulips with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, and a #2 sized watercolor brush.  I purposely chose to not use watercolor paper, as I wasn't using a ton of water on the stamped image. I have found that sometimes I get more of the look I'm going for when using regular heavyweight cardstock in place of watercolor paper.

Next I added some glitter to the flowers with my Wink of Stella clear glitter pen, then diecut the tulip block with a scalloped regtangle. I splattered some black paint drops to the front using my set of watercolor cakes & a #4 sized watercolor brush. Then I set it aside to dry completely. {Adding black paint splatter is not everyone's cup of tea, so just leave that step out if you prefer!}

While it was drying, I diecut the tag from white cardstock and stamped the sentiment to it in onyx black Versafine ink using my MISTI. Then I cut & folded an A2 card base from lemon cardstock, and diecut a matching stitched mat. I adhered the stitched mat to the card front, then set aside. Finally, I tied a double bow from ivory burlap twine.

Then it was time to put the card together! I adhered the watercolor tulip block to the card front using fun foam. I glued the burlap bow near the top of the stems, then popped the sentiment tag over top of it with foam dots.

To finish, I accented the card with my signature jewels here & there, tucking one of them a little bit under the sentiment tag.

I had a terrible time trying to photograph the shimmer that the Wink of Stella pen added to the flowers. It is SO pretty in real life, but I was losing light quickly when I shot my card this evening. I'll see if I can get it better tomorrow, and will add it to my post if I do!

ETA: I did get some better shots of the Wink of Stella glittering that I added to the tulips. There are some in the images above, and here is one that I took specifically to showcase it!


That is my sweet Spring themed card for you today! Hopefully it makes you feel a little bit of excitement for Spring...whenever that happens in your neck of the woods. And I hope it also makes you look at your older stamp sets with new eyes! We invest a lot of money into our supplies, and I love that a stamp set that I purchased years ago is still as relevant & beautiful today as it was back then.

Thank you for checking out my card today, and have an amazing rest of your Sunday night.

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Card Challenges:
-Papertrey Ink February 2018 Blog Hop Challenge
-Inspired by All the Little Things #80 - photo inspiration
-Just Us girls #429 - photo inspiration

Comments

  1. This is so pretty! Love the soft colors for the tulips! I'm curious what you use to clean your photopolymer stamps when you use VersaFine ink?

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    1. Hey Denise! So, I just clean it off with a wet washcloth that I keep at my desk when I'm stamping. I've never had any issues with it not coming off...but I do clean it immediately. An alcohol wipe works really well if you don't clean it off right away. :) Hope that helps!

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  2. Beautiful watercoloring on your lovely bouquet of tulips! ove the splatter!

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  3. Love that you pulled out an oldie today. And, one of my favorite florals.

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  4. This is just gorgeous! Beautifully coloured and embellished. I’ve wanted that stamp forever...

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  5. Sweet bouquet and your water coloring dresses it up nicely!

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  6. So very pretty! Love the beautiful bouquet of tulips! Great take on the challenge!

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  7. Beautiful coloring on those tulips! I am so glad you are feeling comfortable with flowers now :) And I feel you on the snow... I spent 1.5 hours with the snowblower today....

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  8. BEAUTIFUL water coloring, Lea, thanks for sharing your technique.
    The bouquet of tulips is simply lovely and that sweet sentiment tag tied around the stems is perfect!

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  9. Your card is stunning! The soft coloring of the tulips is amazing!

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  10. Really beautiful card! You did a wonderful job with the watercoloring, and you are very brave to add the black splatters - yours turned out beautifully- mine are usually uneven and splotchy. : )

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    1. Thank you, Betty! I've found that using a size 4 watercolor brush gives me the best paint splatters for a card like this! Then I just lightly tap it over top of my paper block, as less is definitely more! :)

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  11. This is a gorgeous card, Lea! Love your coloring and the design is stunning :-)

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  12. What a stunning card! We got a new blanket of snow too, so it's been nice seeing spring flowers on the internet. Your card is so lovely!

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    1. ps... I just became your newest follower.

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    2. Thank you, Birgit! I appreciate it so much!! :)

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  13. This is SO beautiful! I will be pulling those tulips out of my stash this week!

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  14. This is so beautiful with all those Spring colors!

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  15. Just lovely, Lea! Your card is a delightful breath of Springtime! Thank you for the wonderful tutorial and all the helpful tips. Sending big hugs for the week ahead!💗

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  16. Stunning! Love the wow factor with the coloring!

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  17. Wow, this is gorgeous! Love the colors and that tag is perfect! Thanks so much for linking up this week at JUGS!

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  18. This card is beautiful and elegant. Love the sweet colors!

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  19. So glad you decided to get out this set as you made a gorgeous Easter card, Lea! I love the soft coloring you did with the Zigs & that bouquet image is a winner! Thanks for leaving me a sweet comment--so appreciated!

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  20. So happy to see you back creating, Lea! Your tulip bouquet is just so soft and elegant. Thanks for the tip on heat setting the VersaFine ink before coloring! Zigs and less water on nonwatercolor paper = perfect combination.

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  21. This is gorgeous! I love the soft colors of the tulips! Lovely accents also! Thanks for playing with Just Us Girls!

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  22. This is STUNNING in color and design Lea~

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