Friday, February 5, 2016

More "Krafty" Goodness

Today marks the 9th Anniversary Celebration commencing over at Papertrey Ink!  Having discovered them only fairly recently I was surprised to learn last month that they were coming up on 9 years.  There is a whole flurry of activity over on Nichole Heady's Blog and at the Papertrey Ink Forum.

Yesterday, I was asking around on their forum where I am a member, for some of the ladies to give me some ideas or suggestions for using my Kraft Card Stock which I have in 3 different shades.  Kraft is the stuff that is the color of a brown paper bag. Why I needed three when I had trouble using even one is beyond me but y'all know how those things go, *grin*.   I've tried a few times to use Kraft with masculine cards but have never liked the results.  Well those ladies told me to go check out Heather Nichols' Blog, so I did.  I totally understand now why she has been dubbed the "Queen of Kraft".  Last night I made the first project I've ever liked using Kraft and got it posted on my blog. I also discovered that I like Kraft with White or Pastels like soft pinks or soft blues.

Heather Nichols' Color Recipe for Papertrey Ink
This morning, the first challenge of the Papertrey Ink 9th Anniversary Celebration was to create a new card or project using inspiration from one of of the Design Team's favorites of 2015.   I chose Heather Nichols' card and Color Recipe.  The "recipe" uses Kraft with Dark Chocolate, Pure Poppy, Raspberry Fizz and Ripe Avocado. Since I don't have any Papertrey Inks at this time, I did my best to duplicate those colors in my water colored image.  

First I stamped and heat embossed this Impression Obsession Wild Rose image using Simon Says Stamp Clear Embossing Powder on Arches 140# Hot Pressed Watercolor Paper. The Hot Pressed is very nice because it is much smoother and it's not hard to get a good, clean image.  The more heavily textured watercolor papers can be difficult.  

To get the colors for my images, I used Tim Holtz Distress Markers and scribbled some Festive Berries onto an acrylic block along with some Abandoned Coral. Using a water brush, I picked up the Abandoned Coral and filled the full petal as my base color.  For the second layer I mixed the two colors for the medium color and filled all but the outer third of the petals.  For the final color I picked up some of the Festive Berries and dropped that at the base of the petals and pulled it out about halfway up the petal with my brush.  This gave me a beautiful color with lots of variation in tone. For the calyx, sepals and stem I used Forest Moss Distress Marker.  I created the background color using some Antique Linen scribbled on top of the same acrylic block and it mixed with the hint of color still left on there from painting the petals.  This gave it a bit of a rosy glow.  

I stamped my sentiment using my current all time favorite called Graceful Greetings from Papertrey Ink in Chocolate Chip and heat set it using Simon Says Stamp Clear Embossing Powder.  The ink doesn't stay wet for very long so you have to be quick, but it does work.  I had my embossing powder out and ready to sprinkle right on the sentiment as soon as it was stamped.  This also makes the image nice and crisp.

After everything was dry, I cut the water colored panel down with about 1/4 inch trim all the way around (approximately 3.5 x 4.75) then mounted that to a Stitched Rectangle of Papertrey Ink Berry Sorbet Cardstock and then attached that to a top folding Kraft Card Base.  I love Papertrey Ink's Cardstock.  It is 110# solid core and the price is hard to beat.  

Although I am sure Heather's was a much deeper and richer color, I'm pretty happy with my outcome on this card.  I feel much more comfortable using Kraft Cardstock now. As a side note, has anyone else ever noticed that Scrapbookers and Card Makers call it Cardstock (1 word) and the rest of the world along with Spell Check calls it Card Stock (2 words).  It's driving me crazy....

Thanks for stopping by and I really appreciate any comments you'd like to leave. I'll be back many times in the next 10 days with many projects celebrating Papertrey Ink's Anniversary and February Release!  Have a great weekend everyone! 


  1. Vicki, your card's gorgeous! Love the rose and your coloring is amazing. Just have to say, Heather is the queen of kraft, and her ideas are a wonder. so glad you found PTI, and Heather's blog of kraft-i-ness!

  2. Vicki, your card turned out great! The panel on a Kraft card base is a perfect combination. I love using Kraft, but Heather is the Queen. lol

  3. Love this gorgeous card! Heather's card really caught my eye also. Love the design & beautiful colors on yours as well. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Such a lovely card--what talent you have!! Beautiful!

  5. Love the colouring on this very gorgeous card! Beautiful, Vicki.

  6. Simply beautiful! Love the embossing and colors you used!

  7. This is gorgeous - love the way you sentiment and flower flow together!

  8. How beautiful! This has to be one of the most gorgeous cards I have ever seen!


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