Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Papertrey Ink March 2014 Blog Hop: High Gloss!


Nichole Heady provided some serious glossy inspiration for this month!


Love all the colours, love all of the gloss! Despite that, I did not find this challenge particularly easy and, as you will soon see, got stuck in a rut of using UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel by Ranger). Once I started, I just couldn't stop and wanted to perfect my UTEE skills. Haha. Not really, just experienced a huge lack of imagination which I'm blaming on the cold/throat infection that I've had for the last three weeks.

I knew that I wanted to use the Button Stacks to make cute glossy embellishments, just like Nichole Heady did during release week. And I've been saving this October Afternoon patterned paper for quite a while and decided today was the day.



I used a Simon Says Stamp folded banner die and the PTI It's a Banner Day die for the sentiment. Cardstock: PTI Spring Moss, Vintage Cream, Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist, Lemon Tart, Simply Chartreuse and Melon Berry. UTEE tends to darken cardstock quite a bit. For the little buttons I used Glossy Accents instead and you can see how they are truer to colour. But I like the contrast in the stacks.

For my next card, I knew that I wanted to put UTEE on patterned paper and I wanted to use an arrow cover plate after seeing one of Betsy Veldman's cards during the March release (she made her own cover plate using PTI dies while I used a Silhouette cut file).

I used an October Afternoon striped paper and the paper under the section that is popped up has been glossified. It's hard to see this, even in the detail shots, because I lost my light while shooting the photos.



I used a sentiment from PTI Mini Blooms, and the card front was adhered to an Aqua Mist card base. A few enamel dots were scattered for some additional gloss.

The next card is my version of painting with UTEE. Oh yes. So exciting. I started by stamping some Cutting Garden and Circle Scribbles images with Versamark. I then used various American Crafts Zing coloured embossing powders (Rose, Butter, White, Blush and Grapefruit), and a PSX red powder, and used my heat gun to set them. Next, I stamped the images with Versamark again, but this time heat embossed with UTEE, to get some extra gloss happening. Then I stamped some of the leaf images from Cutting Garden with Spring Moss ink (the embossed images resisted the ink). Fun, but not thrilled with the results. I cut a framed rectangle (Lil Inker Stiched Rectangles dies) from my card front and popped it up over my image. A PTI Double-Ended Banner die cut is stamped with my sentiment (again, from Mini Blooms).


 

For my last card I used Glossy Accents, not UTEE. It's super simple, black and white and urban. The only glossy thing on it is the Tour Eiffel, which was die cut out of my card front, stamped and glossified, and then laid back into the cut. I used PTI Stamper's Select White cardstock; City Scene, City Scene Sentiments and Sketched Shapes stamp sets; Memento Tuxedo Black, PTI Smokey Shadow and Fresh Ink Provincial Grey ink pads. This card looks much nicer in real life. Can't believe I'm posting it - it looks total dullsville here!



That's it for me. Now I'm going blog hopping!



20 comments:

Leigh Penner said...

Oh, these are all wonderful! I think my favourite is the first one -- I love how you used that patterned paper!

PatQ's Cards said...

You made some gorgeous cards. Love the Paris one!

PatQ's Cards said...

You made some gorgeous cards. My fave is the Paris one!

Patti said...

I am loving these cards!! I am wild about the patterned paper from your first card and you have "MADE" me want to buy that cover plate (at lease PTI would think that was a success heehee)

Wonderful job!

BethieJ said...

I LOVE all your cards! GREAT job!!!!
Happy Hopping!
Have a GREAT day!

Diane Jaquay said...

These are all wonderful!

Kay said...

Beautiful cards- choosing a favorite is difficult. I love the cut file and UTEE coated paper of the second card, and I adore those flowers on the third card. Who wouldn't love a glossy Eiffel tower, but I have to say probably my favorite would be the first card with those stunning glossed button stacks in such vibrant colors. Wow!

Joni nina Andaya said...

Gorgeous Projects!!! Love each one :)

Larissa Heskett said...

OMG!! LOVING these!! You have been BUSY!! Such AMAZING Designs!! THANKS SO MUCH for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

Crafty Kate said...

I'm not sure what you're talking about with the design rut...these are FANTASTIC! My favorite is the first one...this might just make me have to purchase those button stack dies! :)

Nora N. said...

WOW!! Four cards? You are so not in a design rut. Your cards are STUNNING!!! I love every single one of them and like that each is so different. Fabulous techniques you used too!!

Rhonda said...

Wowzers! So many pretty cards to admire.

hiddenloft said...

Well done you! Each and every one is wonderful. Way to take on the challenge!!!

-Deb

craftmates said...

All gorgeous cards. But I think my fave is the arrow card. Love the design and the CAS style of that- Irma

Jacquie Southas said...

Terrific set of cards - adore the way you used the patterned papers & buttons on the first one, but my absolute favorite is your chevrons with the striped paper - LOVE it!

maryrose said...

C'est magnifique!

Kristii said...

Absolutely amazing cards!! Each one is a work of art!

Joyce said...

Holy cow--what a bunch of gorgeousness. Love all your projects. I never thought of using the UTEE over normal embossing powder. That's a new one on me--love the look. Those buttons are too cute (in the first card), and I just love how they look layered and all glossified.

A Cup of Cold Water said...

I LOVE all of your cards! You are a GREAT designer!!!
Did you do each button separately, or as a stack?
Thank for sharing your amazing creations!!!
Susan

Kathryn A said...

LOVE all your cards!!