Thursday, October 29, 2015

Make it Monday #228: Pearlized Blending

Good Morning! Bree's still running a low fever off and on and she has a super runny nose, but she slept pretty well last night so I got some time to finish this card :)
This one's for this week's Make it Monday challenge: pearlized blending

so here's my card:

I'll be honest. The final card was my third attempt at that dumb background :) I thought my first one was too small, I had a whole inch border on each side of my background and it was just way too small and too much white space. The second one came out beautifully, but my hand caught it wrong while i was buffing the pearl out and it completely crumpled and ruined it. sigh. 

To start I used the Fabulous Frames die collection to cut the big rectangle frame out of a big piece of vellum to use as my mask. I lined my mask up over a piece of white Neenah cardstock (cut to 4 1/8" x 5 3/8") and stamped my snowy background in versamark ink and then clear embossed it. I lined up my mask again and then taped everything down. That sucker was not going to shift anywhere. (my first two attempts taught me a couple of valuable lessons!) Then, starting from the bottom I used an ink blending tool and blended aqua mist, spring rain, blueberry sky, and enchanted evening inks, going light to dark and dark back to light a few times until it was blended enough to satisfy me. Then I used a makeup sponge to sponge versamark ink over my masked background. I carefully removed my mask and added some perfect pearls to the background with a paintbrush. I used a dry baby wipe to buff out the perfect pearls. (which made it a little streaky and smudged my perfectly crisp background lines. I'll be honest, I liked it better before the perfect pearl)

Here's a picture that really shows off the sheen of the pearls:

Next I stamped my sentiment on the bottom of the panel in black ink. I die cut the sleigh from white cardstock and stamped that in black ink. I die cut a strip of white cardstock with the stitched slopes and hills die and then used multi medium to add the distress rock candy dry glitter (love love love that stuff, especially for snow!). I adhered the snowy hill and the sleigh die cuts, tied a white ribbon around the top of the panel, and then adhered the panel to a Spring Rain card base. ta-da!

Bree and I are going shopping today for the final pieces for my Halloween costume. I'm a little excited, one of the things I want to get is lipstick. I haven't bought lipstick since I was in 10th grade (about 15 years ago. eek!) I didn't even wear lipstick at my wedding, just clear gloss. I'm running a 10k race (and when I say running, I mean plodding along with intervals of running and walking. i'm out of shape...) on Halloween morning with my cousin so I have a reason to dress and up and somewhere to go in my costume which is always fun! 
This is shaping up to be a very Papertrey Ink week on my blog, I'll be back tomorrow with something else, probably copic colored, it's been a few days since I colored anything (aside from coloring with Bree and her crayons - sidenote: I totally layer colors and add shading in her coloring books now lol, the ultra washable crayons (crayola of course, none of the other brands exist to me) are super soft and they actually layer pretty well.) and I'm going through withdrawal :)

Babbling again. sorry. Have a fantastic day!

P.S. did you see my cute little Halloween card over on the My Favorite Things Challenge Blog!?!?!?! I'm so excited!




  1. Such a lovely card! I really like the sky shading, and the sleigh silhouette. Also, congratulations on being spotted by My Favorite Things for your little witch card. You are doing great work! Hope Bree feels better today.

  2. Your card is beautiful! Love the snowflake background and the sleigh die cut.

  3. First congrats on being spotted at MFT! How wonderful!!!! And have fun on your Halloween run....did I just use run and fun in the same sentence?! I have a bad knee so walking not being fun is coloring my view.... Lastly love your card and your beautiful design but I too have had similar perfect pearl issues so I haven't tried this yet.

  4. Your card is absolutely beautiful, so well designed and with lovely details (love your glitter snow).

  5. The perfect pearls sure threw me for a surprise too =) But your card is lovely and created a fun winter scene!

  6. This is beautiful and big congrats on being spotted with you gorgeous halloween card :)

  7. Oh, Becky, I just might have to CASE this one. Love the shiny, snowy backdrop to the sleigh!I


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