Saturday, July 23, 2016

SAF 2016: Masterpiece Inspirations...

Welcome to the free online Stamp-A-Faire event by Papertrey Ink! Are you ready to get started with inspiration? Each person on the design team has chosen a Master artist for inspiration and have created a project based on that photo or idea. As a lover of watercolor paintings, I wanted to find a Master watercolor artist for inspiration. Born and raised in New York City in a cultured French family, John LaFarge became a leading figure in the arts in New York in the 1800's, known for his exquisite murals, stained glass designs, and innovations of technique. He also was a noted writer and lecturer on art. In London, he was much influenced by John Ruskin, who focused on the importance of art being morally and spiritually uplifting! To read that touched my heart, and I hope today's post uplifts your spirits as well and inspires you. HERE is the inspiration piece I found, a watercolor painting. Happy creating!

Inspired by the colors, the flowers, the pretty background and the watercolor effect, I started with the following ink colors by Papertrey Ink: Americana, Pale Peony, Green Parakeet, New Leaf, Ripe Avocado, Enchanted Evening and Aqua Mist. 

First, I cut a Brushed Blooms flower and brought out my coordinating Brushed Blooms stamp set. I stamped the large stem in Green Parakeet with a bit of New Leaf on the edges of the stamp. It looks spotty right now, but will be smoothed out when I add water with my paintbrush.
Next, I stamped the Ripe Avocado ink onto the stamping block and used water on my paintbrush to add a bit darker color on the edges of the stem. I used a touch of water to smooth out the lighter green on the stem. You only need a tiny bit of water for this technique!

Then I stamped some of the flowers in Pale Peony ink onto the Brushed Blooms die cut.

The larger flower was dipped in Pale Peony, then the bottom edge of the stamp was dipped in Americana ink to add a darker color of shading to the flower. I will use my water and paintbrush again to smooth it out. (All of the pieces were cut with watercolor paper.)
Then I used Enchanted Evening ink, stamped it onto the block, and with a bit of water, painted the card background with it, adding New Leaf to the bottom of the background also to resemble the background in my inspiration photo.
Here is the finished flower and sentiment, using Walk by Faith stamps, stamped after everything was dry. I added some flower centers with Americana ink after the flowers were dry as well.

And here is the finished product!

Sequins were added for sparkle and dimension...

Well, I am in love this artsy technique of using watercolor paper, water and my Papertrey Ink stamps to achieve a painted look, and hope you will give it a try! Visit the rest of the team to see what Master artist inspired them and how they interpreted their inspiration piece! 

SAF 2016: Gilded in Gold...

I hope you are all enjoying Papertrey Ink's Stamp-A-Faire event so far! I have a painting technique to share with you. Gold embossed stationery and monograms are so trendy right now! In this tutorial, I will share with you a quick, simple way to add gold to your monograms with a product called Liquid Leaf by Plaid. It goes on thick, dries quickly and leaves a gorgeous shine to your die cut pieces, envelopes and tags!

Visit Nichole Heady's blog to watch the full video tutorial! I made a little monogrammed set for my daughter Kati, so she could send thank you notes for her birthday party.

In the video, I also show how to create these gilded tags and a gold pen to go with the ensemble! They would be cute all together in a gift box like these stationery boxes from Papertrey Ink.

The tags are made with Minute To Make: Holiday Tags die and Graceful Greetings I and II stamp sets, Liquid Leaf and white embroidery floss.

This next card set is made almost the exact same, but with the Noted: Scalloped Square dies instead of the Limitless Layers squares and circles. The Noted set has the scallops and the stitched circle die together in the set, unlike the first set I created with the Limitless Layers: Squares and Limitless Layers: Circles.
Thank you for swinging by today, and enjoy the fun Stamp-A-Faire event!! I hope you enjoyed this post and video tutorial. Have a great day!

Friday, July 22, 2016

SAF 2016: Free Exclusive Set!

This weekend Papertrey Ink is hosting a free online stamping event, and is open to all who would like to participate! We have a free stamp set that you can earn, just visit Nichole's blog for more information on this set, Art With Heart. What a beautiful set this is! I adore it!

I've made a card with the florals and sentiment in this set, and just love it so much. I've stamped the florals in pinks and reds on the top, yellows and oranges on the bottom corner and added a tag in the center with Tag Sale #4 die.

Then I added a Bright Buttercup striped paper underneath and rounded the corners on the right side of the card. On the tag, I did use a couple of small flowers from Calligraphy Classics in Pure Poppy, Bright Buttercup, Raspberry Fizz and Green Parakeet inks and stamped some of the Art With Heart leaves over the top in New Leaf ink.

The tag is popped up for dimension. The notebook edge is just from the watercolor paper that I used underneath, as I tore it out of the watercolor book and just left the torn edge on. A few sequins hide some of my inky mistakes!

Aren't you in love with this set? Oh beautiful!

Art with Heart will ONLY be available on Stamp-a-faire day to all customers who make a qualifying $100 purchase. All orders made between 7am ET and 11:30pm ET on Stamp-a-faire Day tomorrow (July 23, 2016) that total $100 (before shipping) will receive the set for FREE! You will still earn Rewards Points on your order too, so it's an amazing offer! Please email Papertrey Ink Customer Service with any further questions.

Stop by each of the design team blogs to see more with Art With Heart, and be sure to swing by Nichole Heady's blog to see how you can earn this  free stamp set!