Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Make it Monday: Ink Splattering

Hello! I'm back today with a card for this week's Make it Monday Challenge from Papertrey Ink. This week it's ink splattering, which I do all the time, but it took me several tries to come up with something I wanted to share. Not feeling good made my creativity run away apparently. So I'm not super thrilled with this card, but I decided to go ahead and post it and move on to something else :)

so here's my card:

so shiny! (this embossing powder is at least 12 years old and still going strong!)

This is one of those cards where I had to force myself to step away from it. I kept texting my dad pictures of it when it was "done" and by the time he answered I had added a bunch of stuff and had to keep sending new pictures :)

I started with a piece of white cardstock cut to 3 3/4" x 5" and stamped my bottle brush trees and their stands/trunks in Soft Stone, Sweet Blush, and Aqua Mist ink. I stamped the sentiment in WPlus9 Silver Lining Ink and then offset it a little bit and stamped it again in Aqua Mist to give it that pretty shadow. Next I stamped some of the swirls and starbursts from Quilted: Winter in Soft Stone around the trees. I mixed some Soft Stone reinker with water and splattered it and then stepped away for a few hours :)
I decided that the splatter and the swirls blending in too much and the trees needed a little something so I embossed the trees and a few of the starbursts with glittery embossing powder. Decided it still needed something so I added the sequins. 
Next i thought it was too much gray so I added some aqua mist splatters, but then they stood out too much so I added some more swirls and starbursts in aqua mist and decided I had to mount the thing on a card base and put it away for the sake of my sanity (and the time constraints of naptime)
I mounted the panel on a gray card base (cut to 4" x 5 1/4") with foam adhesive and decided I never want to see this card again :) (I kid, I kid.)

Our Elf arrived yesterday (well, today, because I'm actually writing this on the first, but we've done this before...) You can follow his silly antics on instagram #stanleetheelf2015. Our Elf (Stanlee) doesn't do naughty things and he doesn't watch us like a creeper, he just moves around and plays at night and brings little presents. (I decided to let the idea of an advent calendar for Bree go, so all of the stuff that I had already gathered for the calendar will be presents from Stanlee or will wind up in Bree's stocking). If you have an elf you can always check out Stanlee's pictures from last year on instagram #stanleetheelf2014 for extra inspiration! 

I'll be back tomorrow, have a fantastic day!




  1. Even though you sound like you were never really satisfied with this card, I like it. The aqua mist swirls added just the right finishing touch!

  2. I like it, too! Colorful yet soft:) Do you know the designer, Laura Bassen? She always says walk away and when you come back, you will realize you really like the card!

  3. Sooo pretty, love all of the sparkle!! The splatters are perfect for a winter wonderland card! Have a great day! :)

  4. I LOVE your trees, and even if you're questioning, have to tell you that your splattering turned out wonderful! Soft, yet full of holiday sprinkles!

  5. And I really like your card too...splatters and all! I love those brush trees and how you glittered them up also, and all the rest is just icing on the cake! Lovely card!! :0)

  6. Your card is as sweet as can be!

  7. Beautiful card - love the combo of splatters and swirls

  8. Oh goodness that is beautiful! Your splatting background is gorgeous!!

  9. Your glittery bottle brush trees really shine and are perfect with the rest of your design. Great card!


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