Thursday, June 25, 2009

Papertrey Ink June Blog Hop




If you say 'summer' to any one of my kids, they will instantly thinkof Empire, Michigan. Our most special family vacations have been spent there near Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
The beaches are gorgeous, the sand dunes spectacular and the memories irreplaceable. I choke up every time I look at my inspiration photo, we always have good times there.  

For the PTI June blog hop we were to choose a picture or representation of summer and recreate that in card form. This is the sunset over Lake Michigan. You see two people kayaking in silhouette and my son walking along the edge of the water. There are no words to describe the colors in a Lake Michigan sunset, the photo shows you best. 
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I tried to recreate the mood with a variation on the wrinkle free distress technique. Using a piece of wax paper, I swiped a strip of color from Ranger Distress inks using first Broken China, then a thin strip of Dusty Concord, then a bit of Dried Marigold and Spiced Marmalade. Then you spritz it with water until the ink beads up. I laid down a piece of white cardstock to capture the colors and then dried them with a heat gun. For a more traditional technique I would have swiped the cardstock again, for a more mottled look, as I did in the CDS card in a post below, but I wanted bands of color to represent the sunset. 

The water really shimmers in the photo, so to recreate some of the shimmer I mixed my own blend of soft sky reinker drops with Perfect Pearls in water and a spray/mister bottle, masked out the top part of the image and sprayed the water portion with homemade glimmer mist. In the closeup photo you can see the shine. I used waterfall stickles for some of the wave action. Then I stamped the Life images in black craft, embossed them and did the sentiment. That was tricky I have to admit.
 
First I inked half of the sentiment in black and stamped it, wiped it off carefully and stamped on scrap paper to make sure the ink was off, inked the second portion of black, lined it up using the grid block, stamped again, then inked the last word 'moments' with a Kaleidacolor Desert Heat pad for the fiery yellow and orange and stamped the last word. This is one of those cases where I was soooo tempted to add ribbon or twine or a button or something and decided to leave well enough alone. Thanks for looking. 

Stamps: Papetrey Ink Life
Cardstock: PTI white, SU black
Inks: Ranger distress ink pads in Broken China, Dusty Concord, Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, SU black craft, Kaleidacolor Desert Heat
Other: SU Soft Sky and Bordering Blue reinkers, Perfect pearls powder, mister spray bottle (to make homemade glimmer mist), waterfall stickles, clear EP

56 comments:

Lori said...

I just love this set, your card is so pretty!!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely, breathtakingly beautiful!!

Jessica said...

STUNNING!!!!

Heidi said...

WOW! Your card is stunning!

raduse said...

Fantastic!!!! Your sky is so amazing!

Tenia Nelson said...

Gorgeous card!!

Bethany Paull said...

Wow! I had to pull myself away from your card to leave a comment. That is the most amazing sunset you created. Seriously stunning!!!

Tricia said...

This card is just beautiful!!!

Susan said...

WOW - you did an awesome job on this card. I just bought some new distress inks - I've got to try them out. Great inspiration!

Traci M said...

Well, your story made me cry, I don't think I had enough of those family moments...but it is a beautiful story and the card reflects it in a way that makes me know it is truly from the depths of your soul...so much more than paper and ink!
Lovely and no more words to describe it...

BethieJ said...

Your card is BEAUTIFUL.. as is your inspiration photo!!
Have a GREAT night!

Joni Kix said...

WOW, such beautiful colors!

Melissa said...

Gorgeous Peggy Sue! Your sunset is amazing!

Heather P. said...

Oh wow, this is gorgeous!!

Julia Aston said...

What a great technique! your sunset is just beautiful!

Kay said...

This is so romantic; you captured a perfect summer sunset!

Terri E. said...

This needs to be framed! Seriously this is such a beauty. Wonderful summer card and great eye candy.

It's a good life!
Terri E.

Allison Cope said...

This is wonderful PeggySue! Love the photo you used as inspiration!

snarflemarfle said...

Really beautiful! Made me immediately think of a Monet painting (an impressionism exhibit just opened at my local museum and I haven't been yet...just got it on my mind!). I'm going to have to check out this technique...

Kathleen said...

BEAUTIFUL~~~I love your photo and your card captures that dreamy photo perfectly---great job!

Tiffany Heilman said...

Wow! WoW! WOW!
Super gorgeous. I love the background. Stunning!

Debbie Olson said...

WOW! I love that background--so perfect for a summer sunset!

Maureen L. said...

the colors are amazing. you really captured the sunset!

Daniela said...

Beautiful!

Mindy said...

I might neet to steal this idea! Awesome

Amy said...

OMgosh, this is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen!

Mara... said...

Wowzers!!! This is absolutely stunning. What a fantastic technique, it came out perfectly. The colors on your card are great. Love it!!

Marge said...

WOW - breathtaking indeed!!! Fabulous job!!!

Ashley Cannon Newell said...

This is amazing!

Regan said...

totally beautiful!

Deanna said...

Oh wow, beautiful!

Kim said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I have never tried this technique but I will have to some time.

Tracey Cuccia said...

WOW!!!! WOWWIE WOW WOW...Peggysue -- this is incredible...looks storebought...GORGEOUS Girl!! You totally rocked this...way to go!

Randee E said...

Wow this is stunning. A little masterpiece all on it's own!

Randee E said...

Wow this is stunning. A little masterpiece all on it's own!

maria fiscella said...

Wow. Stunning!

Terri said...

You did a great job on this! It came out really beautiful.

Joanne (jojot) said...

OMG..jaw dropping beauty...wow

BethH said...

This is just beautiful, Peggysue! I love it.....so peaceful and pretty!

Julie Cameron said...

fab!

Kacey Elliott said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! Great idea and beautifully done!

Marisa G said...

This is very pretty! Love the watercoloring on the beautiful background. Lovely...

Karen H. (kthaman) said...

J this is absolutely beautiful! I can't wait to see what else you do with that set - you may have me convinced ;)

Lisa H. said...

wow! this is stunning! you have great coloring skills. tfs.

Cheryl said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous! This card is stunning.

Stephanie said...

PeggySue - this card is stunning!

Here is a YouTube link on copics that I like: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRSVMJs9r7M&feature=channel. This is one of many by Suzanne Dean - I like the sound & photo quality and I think she provides some great tips. Hope this is what you were looking for :)

Grace said...

Oh wow PeggySue you did an incredible job replicating your inspiration picture and feel! I love how you laid down your color and your home made glimmer mist is sheer genius!!! I just love this!!!

Leah said...

GASP! SO beautiful! Stunning...you should frame it along with that pic of your son. Just lovely.

Janelle said...

Mmmm. So beautiful! Very impressive!

Katy said...

This is Awesome! Great job, I will need to try this technique!

DaDoodleDiva said...

I love the design on this card. What a great stamp set. Very nice.

Lee said...

Beautifully done.

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