Monday, April 25, 2016

April 2016 Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

Today is the Monthly Blog Hop for Papertrey Ink and I spent a considerable amount of time figuring out my project for today.  Nichole always has the most interesting inspiration photos for us to launch our projects from and this month is no exception!

Inspiration Photo
Astronomy Chart
The image on the left is our inspiration photo. It made my head spin with all the different possibilities I can see in it. Do you see pulley's and gears, clock faces, medallions, kaleidoscopes, astronomy charts or something else entirely? It could be the center of the universe, the center of an eye or probably a hundred other things.  There's no wrong or right answer it's all about perspective.

For me, as soon as I saw the inspiration image, I thought of Mehndi Medallions and Hands of Time.  Ultimately, I couldn't choose between them so I incorporated both into this card along with the Mehndi Medallions Mini Stamp Set.

For this card I started by doing ink blending using Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tools on a 4.25 x 5.5 inch piece of Canson Bristol Watercolor Paper with Lavender Moon, Hibiscus Burst and Plum Pudding.  Once I had the color applied, I misted it with Tsukineko Sheer Shimmer Spritz which has quite a bit of moisture in it and helps the inks to blend and move on the watercolor paper, giving a softer blended line where the color changes not to mention that gorgeous sparkle. Twinkling Paper is my trademark afterall. *├ť*


Once the ink blended panel was completely dry, I used both clock faces from Hands of Time Stamp Set and some of the smaller medallions from the Mehndi Medallions Set.  I stamped with Versamark and heat set using Ranger Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder.  This embossing powder has gold glitter in it so no matter what you are using it on, it looks rich and regal.


I also misted a piece of Lavender Moon Cardstock for the mat to the watercolor panel. Funny thing about the Lavender Moon Cardstock --  It's more pink than purple.  Both of these were die cut with the largest of the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle Dies.  To get the smaller frame, I carefully realign the paper into the die and cut again making it just slightly smaller than the original frame but bigger than the next size die.

I cut the "Awesome" word from a Waffle Flower Die using gold foil poster board which is all I ever use anymore because it is so cost effective.  I talked about this in a previous post here.


Like many before me, Heat Embossing was my "aha" moment in Stamping and Card Making and I try to incorporate that as often as possible into my cards.  You can find embossing powder in a vast array of colors but I use Gold most often.  I like both Gold and Gold Sparkle Embossing Powders followed by Platinum and Platinum Sparkle.

I'll be adding this image over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for their theme of "Show Us Your Metal" and their Wednesday Challenge Blog for "Make It Girly".

Thanks for joining me on the Papertrey Ink Monthly Blog Hop.  I love reading your comments if you'd like to leave one and I hope you'll come back soon to see another project.

23 comments:

  1. Stunning! Beautiful bg with your gold clocks and geary things floating through. Wow!

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  2. Beautiful embossing and ink blending! I love the clock and medallion images you chose. Very elegant interpretation!

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  3. OMGosh the embossing is just wonderful!! great interpretation of the sketch

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  4. OH, Vicki, what a beautiful card this is.
    I love the pretty embossing.

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  5. LOVE your blended background Vicki...soooo pretty! And your gold embossed clock faces and medallions look absolutely fabulous on that background! Lovely, lovely card!! :0)

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  6. You did a fabulous job, Vicky! Love that background you created. P.S. I definitely saw astronomy charts in the inspiration also.

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  7. Beautiful card Vicki! Love the blended background and the gold embossing. Great take on the inspiration piece.

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  8. Vicki this is amazing! What a great take on that photo with this gorgeous card, love the gold!

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  9. What a smart way to use Hands Of Time, I never would have thought of using it without the numbers. Beautiful job!

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  10. Ohhh! beautiful!! the coloring you did with the gold is stunning!

    Patti

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  11. I love that you pulled something so different from the inspiration photo then I did. Your card is beautiful!!

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  12. Ooooh! Beautiful embossing and watercolor! Stunning!

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  13. Beautiful colors and blending! Love, love the gold embossed medallions!

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  14. I love the gold and the way the colors meld together. Truly beautiful.

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  15. Gorgeous card! I love the clock images - great idea!

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  16. Clock faces and medallions, why didn't I see that when I was struggling for a design? Brilliant idea, design, coloring and embossing, Vicki!

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  17. Ooh la la! How beautiful and intricate!

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  18. This looks great! I love the gold! Thanks so much for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

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  19. What a lovely card! Love the gold details!
    Thank you for playing along with us over Simon Says Stamp! Monday Challange!
    xx Zoey

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