Papertrey June 2016 Blog Hop Challenge


I love the inspiration piece for this month’s Papertrey Ink Blog Hop:


The colors are what strike me first, and then the soft watery feel. Those are the things I used when making my card:

PTI Blog Hop | by karen @ carefree creations

The background and shells are done on watercolor paper – all my supplies are listed below. The background was washed with a few different distress inks, splattered with a marker – I loved the speckled background in the inspiration photo. One of the first things I decided when making the card was what I was going to use for the background plant – it is actually a Mistletoe image!

The shells are also first washed with a pale color, and then wet stamped with the 2nd and 3rd images for each shell. I do wish I had an outline image for the shells, I think that would have set them off from the background much better.

I struggled with how to do a sentiment (I didn’t even have a sentiment picked out when I started). Eventually I decided the banners with the shells on top helped the shells to stand out.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Happy Birthday to You
Stamps: Simple Seashells, Mistletoe & Holly, Little Bitty Bird (PTI);
Ink: background: Tumbled Glass all-over wash, Salty Ocean wash, Mermaid Lagoon big splatters Distress Ink (Ranger); Pacific Point marker (Stampin’Up); plant: Autumn Rose (PTI); shells: Shaded Lilac wash Distress Ink (Ranger), Winter Wisteria, Royal Velvet (PTI); Aqua Mist wash, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal (PTI); Sweet Blush wash, Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz (PTI);
Paper: Watercolor (Ranger); White, Kraft (PTI);
Other: Simple Seashells die, Double Ended Banner die (PTI);
Technique: tearing;

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