Welcome, welcome, welcome! A bit a redundant, but I think I made you feel welcome, right? I am so happy to have you visit today for my take on April 2013 Papertrey Ink Blog Hop's theme:
I know that there will be amazing projects featured by you. Here is what I cooked up:
Card No. 1
First up this handy dandy card using the new Handy Hardware set which is perfect for masculine birthdays, congratulations, encouragement, forgiveness, thank you and father's day. The inspiration for this card came from the over-the-top-talented Betsy Veldman from this card HERE (see the second card down with the saw? Yes, that's the one...see the resemblance?). I stamped planks of wood using Background Basics: Woodgrain on kraft then cut them into 1/2 inch strips, inked the edges and installed them at an angle upon my card. An even easier version of this card could be made using the Background Basics: Farm & Barn, but unfortunately I don't own that set yet. Perhaps you do though? It would be worth a try. I could also see this done in a weathered wood color scheme. I love you woodgrain...4ever.
Card No. 2
For my next card I went a different more colorful and feminine route. I love flowers, but strangely I don't use them all that much. I could not resist the new Happiness in Bloom set with it's bold and fun florals and then the teardrop border. Even before I received this stamp set I had designed the card which is very similar in design to the bottom right hand card on the inspiration picture by the always inspirational Maile Belles. I used Distress Inks with the stamp set to create my border of flowers. I did a bit of a watercolor effect as Distress Ink fills in better and blends better when sprayed with water. I also masked off the largest flower so it is in the foreground. I filled in some of the areas with watered down ink and a paint brush. For added dimension I used a gray Copic marker around the flowers. I cut around the bottom of the flowers and added the leaves. The background was stamped repeatedly in navy. I have a big crush on navy at the moment. With dimensional adhesive I adhered the flower section to the card base.
Card No. 3
Then I did another card...clean, simple and graphic this go around. Diagonal stripes stamped asymmetrically on the top of the card using Background Basics: Super Stripes and finished off with Wonderful Words: Hello die cut from both POW! glitter paper and from a coaster for dimension. Hello indeed!
Card No. 4
I used the negative block from the POW! glitter paper for the focal point of my last card. The word was cut out of the paper at an angle. Behind the glitter paper I stamped the hello from the Wonderful Words: Hello mini stamp set in raspberry fizz. I adhered the POW! glitter paper using dimensional adhesive and voila it is one dy-no-mite card.
That's it from me. Thank you so very much for stopping by and I hope to you come visit again soon!
Stamps: Background Basics: Woodgrain, Handy Hardware, Happiness in Bloom, Background Basics: Super Stripes and Wonderful Words: Hello, Papertrey Ink
Inks: soft stone, dark chocolate, limeade ice, aqua mist and raspberry fizz, Papertrey Ink; charcoal and navy shadow ink, Hero Arts; wild honey, dried marigold, worn lipstick, picked raspberry, fired brick, shabby shutters and mowed lawn, Tim Holtz Distress Ink by Ranger
Cardstock: stamper's select white and kraft, Papertrey Ink
Specialty Paper: POW! glitter paper in jade, American Crafts
Die: Wonderful Word: Hello, Papertrey Ink
Other: coasters, Papertrey Ink; Cool Gray No. 00 (C00) marker, Copic; ink blending tool and foam, Inkssentials by Ranger; Cuttlebug, Provo Craft