I hope you were sitting down because
I made a card!!!
Every month Papertrey Ink has a new release. Their design team is amazing and never fails to create beautiful cards with the new stamps, dies, card stock and ink that is introduced. They also offer a challenge each month to go along with that new release. They challenge their customers to pick something that they saw the design team create that inspired them and recreate it with the products that the customers already own. It can be a new technique, a color combination, the design of a card- anything that was inspiring.
As soon as I saw Betsy Veldman's card pictured above, I loved everything about it! I loved the crisp white on the navy blue. I loved the flowers at the top and the scripture at the bottom. I loved that it wouldn't take a ton of energy to recreate! Even if I was perfectly healthy, this would have been the card I would have chosen to recreate because I think it's stunning!
I used Papertrey Ink stamp sets and card stock that I had to recreate Betsy's card. The stamp set I chose for the flowers is Stitches and Swirls. It is in the Vault, which means you can still purchase it, but it is no longer kept in their warehouse and must be recreated for you. Because of this, the price is double. Luckily, I got it before it went in the Vault! It was one of the first stamp sets from PTI that I bought. I'm so glad I have finally gotten to use it! The sentiment comes from a series of stamps called "Inspired" featuring words that are religious in nature. Some of them include Inspired: Hope, which I used, but also Inspired: Blessed, Inspired: Prayer, and Inspired: Grace. Besides using different stamp sets, I left everything else the same because I think the card is perfect the way it is! (FYI-I made this card on Saturday night which is why I was so tired that I fell asleep writing the post about Frank!)
The hardest part about the card was just lining up all the words so they were straight. I'm a bit OCD about this! It took a little bit of time, but the MISTI made that task a whole lot easier than it would have been without it! While I heat embossed my words, the flowers looked better without it for some reason unknown to me! It is hard to tell in both pictures, but Betsy and I both traced our white flowers with a dark blue Copic marker. It definitely gave the images more depth, even though you could barely see it. This was a new idea to me, but one I will use again. I've heard that using your Copics with embossing power will ruin them, so the fact that the flowers weren't embossed worked out well.
Once all the set up done is done on the MISTI, this would be a great card to reproduce multiple times in multiple colors. Wouldn't it look great on a bright red background with that crisp white ink? I also think it would be great to make a set of these cards using different sentiments at the bottom, either to have on hand or as a gift.
The only thing I wish was that my picture was as good as Betsy's! We live in a house with more than an average number of windows and yet not one single room gets really good natural light! When I took this picture, I was still tired from making it on Saturday night and had already been up and down the stairs to do Frank's photoshoot, so I was exhausted. This was the best picture I got with the energy I had left. :)
Good picture or not so good, I got to stamp! I got to use my Copics (barely but it still counts!) I got to make a card! I was even able to do most of it on my own without destroying what little good health I have! Hopefully, this will be the first of many more to come!
Happy Stamping, Friends!!
I used the following products to make this card:
Stitches and Swirls Stamp Set by Papertrey Ink
Inspired: Hope Mini Stamp Set by Papertrey Ink
Frost White Pigment Ink by Colorbox
White Zing! Embossing Powder by American Crafts
Copic Marker B99
Dark Indigo Card Stock by Papertrey Ink
MISTI by Sweet Petunia