I've made three cards for this month's Blog Hop, which is taking place over at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog, and I didn't even find the inspiration photo especially attractive! When I saw the photo on release night my initial reaction was "Whoa. What's that about?!" But then I started looking more closely and letting the photo speak to me, and then I was able to see how exotic it really was. It reminded me of casbahs, and Turkish carpets and outdoor markets filled with pots of herbs and spices and beads and trinkets, and other interesting things to buy. I love travelling and this photo brought back so many memories of exotic places I've visited.
I love the first card that I finished. Honestly, I'm personally thanking Nichole for posting what I thought of as an "iffy" photo, because I never would have come up with this card otherwise :)
Wouldn't this make a beautiful wedding invitation? Or Christmas card? I love mehndi designs and might even have had one or two menhdi tattoos applied during visits to various countries where they are popular (they're temporary henna tattoos).
The background of the next card is the first thing I made for this challenge, but then I had a difficult time incorporating it into a card. It ended up far from exotic and not at all what I expected, but I like it just the same.
I ink blended the background and then used my PTI Mehndi Medallion Impression Plate on the piece. As a final step, I swept some PTI Fresh Snow Ink over the top of the embossed background. It's so beautiful in real life and feels almost like soft Moroccan leather. Mehndi Medallion is my favourite impression plate/folder of all time. I love that one side of it is a partial design, leaving a portion of your card front un-embossed. I wish that PTI would come out with other plates like this; I find it adds so much interest to a card.
The third card is totally not exotic. I needed a quick birthday card and decided to go with the colours in the inspiration photo.
I watercoloured the cupcake using some Zig markers, which I've been playing with, and enjoying, a lot lately.
Have fun hopping along today. I'm sure we'll be seeing lots of eye candy.
Supplies for Joy card
Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White, Summer Sunrise, Raspberry Fizz, Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Berry Sorbet and Luxe Gold card
Stamps - PTI Mehndi Medallion mini
Inks - PTI Smokey Shadow
Dies - PTI Phrase Play #8; Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangles; Spellbinders Nested Circles
Supplies for Get Well Wishes card
Paper - PTI Vintage Cream, Summer Sunrise, Stamper's Select White card
Stamps - PTI Brushed Blooms, Keep It Simple: Get Well
Inks - PTI Raspberry Fizz, Pure Poppy, Berry Sorbet, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, Fresh Snow, Smokey Shadow, Sweet Blush, Hibiscus Burst, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado
Dies - PTI Brushed Blooms, Embroidered Dots Frames (my newest most favourite basic die; it will be difficult not to use it on every single card I make); MFT Sentiment Strips
Supplies for Celebrate card
Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White, Dark Chocolate, Raspberry Fizz, Classic Kraft card; Canson XL Mixed Media 98 lbs. paper; Dear Lizzy patterned paper
Stamps - PTI Enclosed: Cupcake, Doodlie-Do, Still Life: Summer, Make It Market: Tinsel & Tags
Inks - PTI New Leaf, Limeade Ice, Pure Poppy, Berry Sorbet, Dark Chocolate, Classic Kraft, Sweet Blush, Smokey Shadow
Dies - PTI Enclosed: Cupcake, Still Life: Summer, Make It Market: Tinsel & Tags
Other - Zig Clean Colour Real Brush markers; Glossy Accents