Inkspirational; #104 Pink and Grey. This happens to be a combination that I love and always makes me think of Art Deco Architecture & Decor. That is probably because the first time I actually saw any Art Deco Decor in person was at The Rock House on the Laura Ingalls Wilder Estate. I drafted a blog post about that once before, but it got to be soooo long that I deleted it.
For this card, I started with a piece of Smoky Slate Card Stock from Stampin' Up! since it was the only grey I have. It wasn't nearly dark enough as I was going for a Pewter color. To fix this, I used a Mini Ink Blending Tool with my Smoky Slate Ink and applied it to the panel until I had achieved the color depth I wanted. Once that was done, I misted the pewter, rose and pink cardstocks with Pearl Glimmer Mist. When they were dry, I dry embossed two of them using a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder from Anna Griffin called Elaborate Quatrefoil. Really, I need to use my embossing folders more often as another quick way to add lots of texture. I cut all 3 panels with the largest of the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles Dies but I realigned the Pink and Pewter panels within the same die to make narrower panels. You can keep the pieces that you cut off as it will all have the stitch lines and you can probably use it later. Next I started assembling my card onto a Smoky Slate Top Folding A2 Card Base.
I had previously stamped the Tulips using SU's Pink Pirouette, and Papertrey Ink's Lavender Moon and Autumn Rose from the Papertrey Ink Tulip Time Stamp Set. For the Stems I used Mint Julep and Vintage Jadeite from Papertrey Ink. This is a layering stamp set and was the first thing I attempted to stamp in my MISTI. I don't have my technique perfected yet, but I didn't have to throw a single one of the stamped tulips away and I have made several cards. This is definitely progress. It was also nice to have the matching cardstock in the Autumn Rose. I'm truly looking forward to not throwing away so much stamped cardstock because I didn't get everything aligned correctly. While I think the quality of Papertrey Ink's Perfect Match Cardstock is impeccable, it's also nice that they have it available in 12, 24 or 50 sheet packs so you can buy bigger or smaller based on what you use. That's always a win for me.
Thank you so much for stopping by today to check out my creation. We are supposed to hit a high today of 87 degrees so I think I'm going to go sit on my porch swing!