Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Papertrey July Blog Hop Challenge

Something about the inspiration photo for the Papertrey Ink July Blog Hop Challenge made me think of my favorite Impressionist painters.

The soft colors, the blurred edges and that beautiful bouquet:

Blog-hop-inspiration



I decided to create my own impressionist style watercolor background:



First I die cut a panel using the PTI Library Card Tag die. It took many tags and tries and a good amount of time to finally get a color profile I was happy with.

I was using my heat gun to speed the drying between color layers so much that my dear son wandered into the office to find out what I was doing. Truth is, he thought I was blowing up an air mattress and wanted to know why.

The sentiment tag is cut with one of the PTI Half & Half dies first and then taped into the Library Card Tag die to line up and cut the hole at the top of the tag.




The embossed sentiment is from the PTI Mega Mixed Messages stamp set.

Any one else still have a collection of fibers? These are Making Memories from their Beach Trims line from many moons ago.




Not only are they light & airy, they are the perfect color mix for this card.

The paper flowers are my least favorite part of the card. I did mix up the colors & style of flowers, but just feel they are a bit too rigid & formal for the dreamy quality of the rest of the design.




My bouquet is set on a green vellum doily - only the center of the doily is adhered, so there is some movement and lightness to the edges.

I'm off to check out the other links in the Blog Hop.

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie

39 comments:

  1. What a pretty card. Your water color background is really pretty, and is perfect for the feel of the inspiration photo.

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  2. Your water color background is beautiful,well worth how ever many tries it took! :)

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  3. Oh my goodness! This is so elegant Jacquie! Love the background and the layers!

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  4. Such a pretty card - love the background and bouquet of paper flowers!

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  5. WOw!!! Gorgeous!!! I LOVE the background, and the flowers!!

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  6. Love this card!..a wonderful mix of elements!

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  7. Beautiful card, I love the watercolour background.

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  8. Gorgeous. Love the watercolor background. Those flowers look so pretty together.

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  9. Wowza, Jacquie, this is stunning! I love that technique :D

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  10. Great card! I actually really like the little flowers!

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  11. OMG!! Stunning card! Love the cluster of flowers!

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  12. The background you created is simply beautiful! Love the card.

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  13. Stunning background!!
    I thought it was patterned paper and was like "how lucky to have just the right colors!" :)
    Beautiful card...
    love that bouquet of blooms!

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  14. Oh my goodness, this is so amazing! Your watercolor background is just so breath taking and your floral boutique is just perfect!

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  15. Gorgeous card Jacquie. Love the bouquet of flowers with the doily. Great take on the photo.

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  16. Wow, your watercolor is to die for!! Awesome that you let so much of it show.

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  17. Wow... an amazing watercolor background (well worth the effort)!. Love how all of the elements came together!

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  18. I just love the background you created for this beautiful card! It is just stunning and the card came together beautifully!!

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  19. Your background is amazing! Love how it all came together!

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  20. I'd like to know more about how you did that background! Very much reminds me if the impressionists you referred to. May dig some of those watercolors or acrylic paints out and play!

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  21. Great card. Love the background.

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  22. Gorgeous background, totally gets the impressionist feel x

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  23. Saw your card on the PTI blog hop. Beautiful watercolor background and lovely flower focal. :)

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  24. Jacquie, this is lovely! The dress in the photo gave me thoughts of Monet. Your impressionist watercolour background captures that feeling perfectly. :-)

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  25. Your background is beautiful, and I love all the little flowers, This is gorgeous.

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  26. Am I correct in thinking "Monet"? Either way, your card is simply beautiful. The fibers are a perfect match and I think the flowers are lovely.

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  27. Absolutely gorgeous!!!!! Love, love, love the background and all the details are fabulous!

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  28. Oh so pretty, Jacquie. Love the water colored background...very romantic!

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  29. You're right; those colors do speak of the impressionist painters. The splashed background conveys that look beautifully. (I was glad to read there was a technique that could make use of the hot air supply in my house!) I like the paper flowers but I hope you hand carry it to the recipient. Your card is too lovely to go in an envelope and be flattened.

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  30. Your card is stunning, the wreath of flowers in the center, the soft background and the die in the center.
    Great job.

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  31. All your hard work paid off!! Your card is so nice!! I must try some of that color layering. Turned out great on your card. Love the embellishments too.

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  32. So pretty with the paper flowers.

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  33. I LOVE your watercolor background ~ this is a beautiful card!

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  34. Gorgeous water colour background and lovely dimensional flower arrangement. It really is the perfect summer floral card!!

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  35. I love the fibers and the flowers! They are all the perfect color tones for the background you made! This is really pretty. I hope you bring it tonight so I can see it in person!

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  36. Beautiful card!! I just love the flower arrangement!

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