Saturday, July 23, 2016

Papertrey Ink's Stamp-A-Faire 2016

I am popping on here with a quick post and note to say that I will be using my blog as a place to upload projects for the festivities this weekend that are part of Papertrey Ink's Stamp-A-Faire 2016.  I will eventually edit everything to go to their posts but hang with me for a few days!  This is going to be a long post with lots of pictures.

They said to post a picture of ourselves or one of our projects for the Team Farewell InLinkz list. I haven't had time to do all of the projects or techniques yet so a picture of me it is.

Me and my "puppy girls", Holly and Reese

We were asked to go through our projects and pick a "masterpiece" of our own making for the Friday Night Gallery Reception to start things off.  I wanted to be sure it used primarily Papertrey Ink products.  This is a card I made to send to my friend, Yana Smakula.  Yana gives a ton of her time and talent to this industry. She does incredible video tutorials and she's the only person I know who likes and uses Gold as much as I do. She lives in Ukraine and being on several design teams has access to lots of supplies.  I wanted to send her something she probably wouldn't have so I chose Papertrey's Tulip Time Stamps.  My original post is here.  I still love this combination of Berry Sorbet and Sea Glass.

Our first technique today was creating a night sky and we used Van Gogh's Starry Night as well as some of his own words to inspire us. Vincent Van Gogh wrote about the technical challenge of depicting a night sky: "It often seems to me that the night is even more richly colored than the day, colored with the most intense violets, blues and greens.... It's clear to me to paint a starry sky it's not nearly enough to put white spots on blue-black."

I did my technique a bit differently than Amy did.  I used all ink blending on Arches Hot Pressed Watercolor Paper in Enchanted Evening, Hibiscus Brust, Plum Pudding all from Papertrey plus some Pine Needles Distress Ink.  My Pine Feather ink has not arrived yet. I wanted to use the Arches Hot Pressed because I knew I would be adding a lot of water and I needed my paper to stand up to the repeated misting.  I also like how smooth it is.  I used one of my favorite products to get all the shimmer in my sky.  Once I was completely finished with all of the ink blending I spritzed my panel with Tsukineko Sheer Sparkle Shimmer Spritz.  You can find that product at Simon Says Stamp (link on the right hand side bar) and probably Amazon as well.

Amy used a cosmetic wedge to make her silhouette trees and hills.  I used my Black Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker to create mine.  I just did it freehand by drawing a fairly straight line and then zig-zagging back and forth to form the branch outlines. I laid my panel in a shallow box and using Finetec Mica Watercolor in the shade "Sterling Silver", put splatters all over.  I did lay two pieces of paper towel across the hills and trees to keep the splatter off of them. While the splatter was still wet, I took a pinch of WOW! Neutral Ultra Shimmer Embossing Glitter and sprinkled it over the night sky and then heat set that. I cut three "Faith" die cuts from Stamper's Select White and glued them one on top of the other for the thicker embellishment.  The rest of the sentiment was stamped in Versamark on a strip of black cardstock and heat embossed using WOW! Super Fine Opaque Bright White Embossing Powder.  I added a few star sequins and iridescent crystal sequins to finish this off and adhered it to a Top Folding Stamper's Select White Card Base.  

This will be a favorite for a long time.  I'm sure many more of these will be in my future.  My husband actually said he wanted me to send this one to him! 

For my next project, we were to select a Master Inspiration Project from the Design Team and complete a project of our own.  It was a little bit of a hard choice for me because I love Monet's work so much and Dawn McVey did that one, but I ended up choosing Kay Miller and her Georgia O'Keefe styled watercolor.  Georgia O'Keefe is a favorite of mine as well.  This stamp is from Botanical Blocks III which is a favorite for watercoloring.  

Now, I'll just tell you right here that this card didn't photograph very well but I do really like it IRL.  The watercolor is matted on black Chalkboard Paper as is the sentiment from Neat and Tangled.  I love how it has a shadow for the word included with the die.  The card base is made from Rustic White Cardstock which has little flecks of color in it.  Not a lot like in the Spicy Yogurt Cardstock I used not too long ago, but a few flecks to give it some texture and interest.  

Next up is my card for the "Watercolor Like a Master" technique.  This is similar to a technique that I do from time to time.  You can just stamp your images onto watercolor paper (I used Arches Hot Pressed) then take water and a brush to the image and let the paint move a bit, being careful not to mix colors that make "mud" as in brown color.  You can't mix the Red with the green for instance.  I even threw in lots of splatters like Lexi showed us in "Mastering Drips & Splatters".  Kay showed some as well in her tutorial.  This stamp set is Mums the Word.  I want to try this again with a different green.  I would have rather used a pine colored ink for the leaves, but my Pine Feather Ink Cube has not been delivered yet.  I used Hibiscus Burst and Berry Sorbet for the flowers and New Leaf for the Leaves.  Everything is attached to a top folding Berry Sorbet card base.

Since I am still working on my project for the blog hop tomorrow I am not linking anything up today.  I hope to have time to go back through before the day is finished tomorrow.  Thank you to all who stopped by to see my projects.  I love and appreciate it when you take time to comment.  Have a great Sunday!

Update:  This next card is for two of the challenges - Gilded in Gold and Mastering Drips and Spatters.  I masked off the edges of a Noted: A2 Card Base and splatered with Martha Stewart Liquid Gilding.  You need to use a disposable brush for this and be sure to splatter in a box or something to contain the mess.  I use a shallow box for this. Once the splatter dried, I made more spatter using Hibiscus Burst, Plum Pudding and Winter Wisteria inks for this fun and playful background.  I'm running short on time so I needed to combine two challenges into one project.  I hope this is allowed since I'll be linking this card up to both of those SAF Challenges.  *Ü*  It's really a clean and simple card, but I love it.  I used the "Hello" Sentiment from Graceful Greetings stamped in Ranger Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder.

I am still working on a couple of projects to fit in before the deadline so this post will likely be updated a few more times.


  1. both of your cards are just beautiful!

  2. Wow! Both of your cards are so pretty! Your nighttime sky is amazing!!

  3. All of these are works of art! Your night sky is beautiful! I especially like how those green tones just add so much depth and interest! Thanks for playing along!

  4. I believe you can't have too much gold or sparkle so I absolutely love your cards. your night sky is gorgeous too. Great job.

  5. Oh the picture of you and your puppies is so cute! They are darling! Your cards are all amazing!! I love that you watercolored the poppy from Botanical Blocks! You did a beautiful job! Your watercolored Mums are so pretty too! Love them all!

  6. Awwww, give your puppies void morning kisses from me :)
    All your cards are wonderful! Good luck!

  7. Night sky cards are so beautiful! So much depth to them!! Good job on the trees--I thought they were a stamp!! The mums are so colorful!! All those colors make me feel happy just to see them!! Simply stunning!!

  8. You are very artistic, Vicki, and I love all the projects that you did for SAF. Your masterpiece is stunnung and a good representation of all your lovely work. P.S. I'm so jealous of your night sky.

  9. Congrats on your win! All beautiful cards you have created!

  10. Oh, these are all amazing, Vicki! Wonderful job with the SAF challenges!

  11. Absolutely gorgeous cards especially the "Night Sky", thank you so much for the details on how you achieve the look
    Also those are two adorable fur-babies, great picture!

  12. Beautiful cards... all! Especially love the watercoloring... Congratulations on your win!


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