Monday, August 27, 2012

to PTI or not to PTI... (TCM, Moxie Fab)

These little guys have pulled at my heartstrings since the day I first saw them.

I remember the first time I googled to see who/what Papertrey is.  And where I could get the products in Germany.  Yeah, well, that idea died quickly when I found out about the shipping rates.  I'm cheap, remember?

I've seen the good and bad press the company gets.  It's hard to believe a company can be so customer-unfriendly when it has such a huge following.  Product or principle?  Hmmm.  I went with my capitalistic heart and placed an order this summer.  Lugged those dies back in my suitcase with me (and they weren't alone!).

Now that I own them I went on a chipboard making rage ala Melissa Phillips.  Time to put some product to use.

Two cards today, one for TCM and one for Moxie Fab.

Masked off the edges of card base.  Stamped butterfly randomly.  Heat embossed sentiment onto die-cut-painted-dry-embossed-stamped-and-inked-used-to-be-a-cereal-box tag.  Added a strip of washi and adhered tag and sweetie butterfly.

One design note here:  Notice the turquoise sentiment.  It came about as I pondered how to ink a sentiment clearly onto the dry embossed surface.  I decided to use Versamark (to be able to squish it into the "valleys").  When deciding which color to use (I was thinking red or brownish) I remembered one of the "aha moment" tips I'd seen.  Use the unexpected.  Don't know if you agree, but I think it gives the card a little extra somethin'.

BTW, I followed this month's sketch over at The Craft's Meow.

And because I'm producing another package of cards as a bday present for a friend, here's another one.

I'm not at all sure about the Movement/Flow technique.  Hard to analyze your own card but I think my eye keeps circling here, ending up at the little red heart each time, without wandering aimlessly or completely leaving the card!  Even when my eye drops down off the bottom of the tag, those few text lines catch it and the gold sentiment pulls it back up and then there comes that sweet little heart again.  I'm entering the challenge over at Moxie Fab.  Thanks for your visit.

Supplies je pense:
Paper: card base Buttinette, cereal box
Stamps:   butterfly Martha Stewart, text CHF,  sentiment Artemio
Ink: Memento, Distress Ink
Tools: dies PTI, embossing plate Sizzix
Other:  acrylic paint, embossing powder Zing, washi tape

Supplies dankeschon:
Paper: card base Buttinette, cereal box
Stamps:   text CHF,  sentiment InkyStamp
Ink: Distress Ink, Versamark
Tools:dies PTI,  embossing plate Sizzix
Other:  acrylic paint, embossing powder, seam binding, twine


~amy~ said...

such pretty cards! Love the butterflies and the embossing! thanks for joining us at The Craft's Meow!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Hooray for cereal chipboard! I love using it too. Your new dies made a fabulous splash on these cards, Maria!

Lisa Hjulberg said...

Hi Maria! Lovely cards, dear girl. I'm so glad you were able to play in The Craft's Meow August Card Sketch Challenge! Keep on enjoying those dies! :)

lostinpaper said...

I'm with you on the cost of postage, I adore the stamps and dies I own from PTI but can't justify the expense of postage when there are so many other companies with fantastic stamps too. I think my last order was over 2 years ago for this very reason. Your card is gorgeous BTW!

Cath said...

Hey Maria! Thanks for linking this up to the Movement Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

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