Oh, I’m over the moon! For ages, I’ve been eyeing the wonderful company Papertrey Ink, but so far haven’t ordered because either the products were out of stock or the shipping costs were a little on the high side (shipping to Germany). Now I finally managed to get my hands on some “preloved” PTI supplies, thanks to Caryn Davies (check out what she has for sale still). By the way, if you own the Doodlie Do stamp and die set and want to part with it (or other cool PTI stuff, drop me an email!)
I picked up my new goodies from the post office in the morning, then hustled to work where I was eyeing them longingly, and then raced home and immediately played with them. The Beautiful Blossoms II set is just so … beautiful! I wanted to keep my card CAS, but still make it pop with color, so the current Cupcakes challenge was perfect in providing a great color combo.
I also created masks for the leaves, which I would just be stamping on to the card base. I wanted to layer the leaves to create the look of dimension, but I wanted some white space between the leaves, so I fussy cut the masks with a thin border. I was surprised how much I liked the effect. I think I will be using this style more often in the future now that I’ve discovered it by accident 😉
I omitted from the video that it took me two attempts per flower to stamp it right. I die cut first because the dies are not frames but solid, and then tried to line up my stamping, but it didn’t work as well as I hoped it would. Maybe I have to use the method that Michelle Short/Jennifer McGuire show in their videos to lign up my dies. Once can always improve, right? But I think it was totally worth doing it a second time. Since this card is pretty CAS, every detail matters.
I also stamped a few circles from the same stamp set to add interest to the card and then used one of my new favorite sentiment sets, from The AlleyWay Stamps. I like how I can use multiple colors on the sentiment and make it look more interesting.
So, my first card with PTI products. I’m blown away with the quality of their stamps and dies and I think I’m in serious danger of buying more of their excellent products. I have two more sets that I got from Caryn and will show those some love too in the near future.
I’m also sending this card off to the following challenges: Cupcake Inspirations #306 that provided the beautiful color scheme for my card; Crafty Cardmakers #137 and they are asking for Dots; Addicted to Stamps and More which lets us roam free with Anything Goes; Simon Says Stamp who asks for Clean and Simple; and lastly once more Virginia’s View who asks for layers and dimension.
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