witticisms by Jess Witty

August 15, 2012

PTI August Release in Review!

Here we go again, kids :)

It's my favorite day of the month... we're wrapping up Papertrey Ink's August release with some big ol' monster posts today.  {Apparently I'm not a more-is-more kind of girl when it comes to designing, but I'm definitely a more-is-more kind of girl when it comes to making up posts with an obscene number of pictures.} All of the new August products will be available for purchase tonight.

So let's get right to it.
First up {coughcoughmyfavoritecoughcough}...

This little modernista features the new Framed Out #7 set.  Each of the sentiments in this set have 3 phrases stacked together.  My first idea out of the gate was to create a single sentiment on three colors. 

It came out kind of banner-y so I decided to emphasize that and bulk it up by layering it on the new Background Basics: Houndstooth set. I added the contrasting Summer Sunrise base to really punch things up.  The buttons add a quirky twist.  {Sidenote... when I want to add buttons but don't want the button holes to show, I add rhinestones or studs to the centers for a modern touch.} 

This one's pretty bold and it might not be for everyone, but it really makes me happy.  It kind of feels like an outfit I'd see on Pinterest and wonder if I could pull off :)

I kept the Houndstooth idea and combined it with Heart-2-Heart #7 next...

It's stamped exactly the same (True Black ink on white cardstock) but I added a layer of vellum to this one... loving how it softens the look.

I added a double layer of sentiments by using the "thanks" from the new Thanks All Ways and "for all your help" from the new Counting my Blessings set.  Both of those sets were super versatile for me this week, by the way.

This Heart-to-Heart set has several sets of leaves.  I used the largest stem to create a little four point flower pattern and added the rhinestones for some emphasis.  Thinking I'll be coming back to this pattern again :)

Man... this month I just used the heck outta my vellum :)

If you haven't tried it... do it. It's a super easy way to add lots of depth and unique effects just by pairing it with the supplies that you already have.

This time I came back to one of my Halloween projects {the Mr.Bones bottle tag} and the idea of placing a layer in between the card base and the vellum...

I paired this idea with the new Autumn Hills set and one of the new Counting My Blessings dies. 

The key here is making sure that there is at least a bit of contrast between the card base and the cardstock that you use for the die cut.  In this case, I wanted the die cut word to be subtle, so I went with a Soft Stone card base and cut the word out of white cardstock.

The little house image snuggles right in there above "blessed."  I stamped both images right on the vellum and went ahead and used PTI's Dark Chocolate ink instead of Memento.  Memento bled too much on the vellum, so I heat set the Dark Chocolate images before I colored the house in with Copics.  I didn't have too many troubles between the Copics and dye ink... I was just careful not to spend too much time going over the images with the Copics.

I just had to keep with the Copics for Sunflower Bouquet... no judging.  I'm no Copic expert ;)

I really just play around with them.  You can tell that instead of choosing a standard light source, I tend to just assume that every image I'm coloring is in an amazingly well and evenly area :) 
All my light source problems are solved ;)

I borrowed a sentiment from the new Think Big Favorites #19 and went ahead and stamped that to the side. To give this one a little something extra I knew I wanted to emboss the "thankful" Counting My Blessings die but you *definitely* have to stamp the sentiment first {why, yes, I do know this from experience, thankyouverymuch}.

I went ahead and temporarily adhered the bouquet image down before I ran the whole thing through my Big Shot so that  the full word was embossed across the card and bouquet.  It's subtle, but I love the extra detail.

So there it is... August is done and done :)
But it's not *really* done until you check out the rest of the August projects from design team...
Nichole Heady
Cristina Kowalczyk
Erin Lincoln

So give me your thoughts!  I'd love to hear what you think!

{So Proud of You} card
Supplies not available now but available 7/15: 
Stamps - Framed Out #7, Background Basics: Herringbone
Supplies available now:

{Thanks For All Your Help} card
Supplies not available now but available 7/15: 
Stamps -Heart-2-Heart #7, Counting My Blessings, Background Basics: Houndstooth
Supplies available now:

Other - Going Gray & Summer Sun inks (SU)

{Bountiful Blessings} card
Supplies not available now but available 7/15: 
Stamps -Autumn Hills
Die - Counting My Blessings
Supplies available now:

{Thankful for You} card
Supplies not available now but available 7/15: 
Stamps -Sunflower Bouquet, Think Big Favorites #19
Die -Sunflower Bouquet
Supplies available now:
Other -Rich Cocoa (Memento)


Marlena M. said...

I love the embossed thankyou! Beautiful work Jess.

Karen said...

Fabulous projects! I loved all your projects this month!

andie smith. said...

Wow! The bountiful blessings card blew me away! Its gorgeous times infinity!

Donelle U said...

Ok SERIOUSLY! Your posts crack me up! I love your fun writing style AND your card designs - thanks for making me giggle while I ooh and aah :)

Jen said...

Killing me softly...every time!! That first card is my favorite of the bunch today...love the bright colors and fresh feel! They all rock and I am in a dither about what I am going to order now!! Xoxo

jintyoo7 said...

Amazing, LOVE what you do with the vellum and embossing :)

Elena said...

the "thankful for you" card makes me want to cuddle up in a warm, plaid blanket. Love it!

Anonymous said...

Great work!

Jill Norwood said...

Beautiful cards! Love the way you used vellum! And thanks so much for the tip when embossing the "word" dies! Very good to know ahead of time!

Gay Ferland said...

Awesome cards!!!! PTI creates beautiful supplies to allow you to blossom as you have here to create wonderness!!!

Deb Walker Deb Stamps Life, LLC said...

Terrific colors and textures!

Cindy R. said...

Jess your cards are great and you totally make me laugh! Love reading your posts! Your Sunflower Bouqet card was my fav. today! Loved the embossed sentiment! You rock!

Leigh Penner said...

Fabulous projects, Jess! Your first card is my favourite, too (I can't wait to get my new BB:Herringbone stamps!) and I love how you used the Counting My Blessing die to impress on your text patterned paper-- so inspiring!

Madeline Osigian said...

Cute! Cute! Cute! I love your cards. So pretty and colorful!