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1.25.2013

Papertrey Ink January Blog Hop

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The Papertrey Ink January Blog Hop is going on today, and this month's challenge is to use black backgrounds. Knowing that I wanted to use Soft Stone, Aqua Mist and Winter Wisteria together for a thank you card, I couldn't quite bring myself to use black - it seemed too harsh, but I thought that the Smokey Shadow base was the next best thing, considering the inspiration photos Nichole posted for us.


I started by lightly dabbing some white acrylic paint onto the card front, using the end of a paintbrush and a toothpick - I have never really mastered the "splatter" technique but that's the look that I was going for. Then I diecut and stamped Lovely Layers using Slate ink from A Muse Studio, and layering it all together with some foam tape. The card base was diecut using a Mat Stack die, and some Soft Stone cardstock was adhered to the inside of the card.

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That's it for today! Thanks so much for hopping by!

Suzanne


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47 Comments:

Blogger Wida said...

I keep seeing people use this set in such beautiful ways, think it's going on my wish list. I love that splatter like SO much, just the right size and amount. Pinning this beauty!

January 25, 2013 at 9:06 AM  
Blogger June K said...

Really lovely card, Suzanne. I like the Smokey Shadow background and the Winter Wisteria and Aqua Mist color combos. You did great with the "splattering" - I've never mastered that technique but I love how others do it.

January 25, 2013 at 9:09 AM  
Blogger Renee said...

It's gorgeous!!
Love the soft colors...
and your paint "splatter" is perfect...
(I've never mastered it either and you would think that someone as messy as I am it would be right up my alley!:) )!
Gorgeous as always!! :)

January 25, 2013 at 9:12 AM  
Blogger Gayatri said...

Beautiful card, Suzanne! Love love the perfect spatter. Gorgeous pastel colours. Great layout too:)

January 25, 2013 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger Marybeth said...

Suzanne this is gorgeous! I love the dots of white floating across the card, looks like it worked great doing it your own way. Simply stunning!
I hate it when a comment disappears ā€¦ and on blog hop day. Thanks for retyping it !

January 25, 2013 at 9:34 AM  
Blogger Sharron said...

Beautiful card, Suzanne! You pick the most wonderful color combos--love this! Love your 'splatters' too and the look you got using two strips of Aqua Mist with the sentiment on one.

January 25, 2013 at 9:37 AM  
Blogger anya said...

Oh, this is gorgeous Suzanne! I totally agree, the Smokey Shadow is the perfect shade. I do love a nice neutral gray. I also love you well-planned splatters! I am with you - I can never get mine to look 'just so' and the way you have done yours has turned out perfectly! So beautiful, girlie!

January 25, 2013 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger Leigh said...

I'm not good with the splatter technique either..... I love your alternative to it! I'll have to remember this!
I also love your card and how you combined Lovely Layers with the mat stack 1 diecut-- it's fabulous!

January 25, 2013 at 9:57 AM  
Blogger Tracey McNeely said...

OK where to start...love that you used Smokey Shadow, the colours you chose are beautiful, your stamping with Lovely Layers is perfect and the splatters----LOVE!

January 25, 2013 at 10:10 AM  
Blogger Karen B. said...

Absolutely the most gorgeous thing I've seen in a while! Wow! Love the color combo.

January 25, 2013 at 10:16 AM  
Blogger Joyce said...

Wow--this is just gorgeous. I love the splatter. I just might be able to bring myself to do this, by your 'deliberate' method. Otherwise, I'm too much of a control freak. Your smokey shadow background is so striking, and I love your focal point.

January 25, 2013 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger carefree creations said...

This is beautiful! I love the gray, purple, aqua combination.

January 25, 2013 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger Sara Mac said...

Wonderful card Suzanne! This color combo is beautiful. I must remember this.

January 25, 2013 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

So, so pretty! I'm glad you used Smokey Shadow, too. Your compositions are always so spot-on, and I really like this color combination. Everything about this is lovely!

January 25, 2013 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger Rose A said...

GOrgeous! From the colours to the layout...I LOVE everything about this card Suzanne!!

January 25, 2013 at 10:36 AM  
Blogger artful-notions said...

You know, some cards just catch and hold the eye, this is perfection! Great composition and colors!

January 25, 2013 at 10:44 AM  
Blogger Rhonda said...

I love this set too. Very pretty and soft.

January 25, 2013 at 10:51 AM  
Blogger victoria h said...

pretty card - love your splatter.

January 25, 2013 at 11:06 AM  
Blogger Emily Keaton said...

Gorgeous color combo! You've made a perfectly elegant card :-)

January 25, 2013 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger Nina Yang said...

Love how you used the negative part of the frame die! Pretty color combo too!

January 25, 2013 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger Laura B. said...

Those are the most perfectly placed splatters I haver ever seen!! Gorgeous!

January 25, 2013 at 12:01 PM  
Blogger KayM said...

Oh this is breath taking!! Such a beautiful card! Love love what you did with this stamp set. It's one of my very favorites!

January 25, 2013 at 12:03 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

swoon, swoon, swoon, swoon, SWOON!!! This color palette absolutely takes my breath away Suzanne! Wow!

January 25, 2013 at 12:42 PM  
Blogger craftmates said...

Beautiful. Great splatter technique. - Irma

January 25, 2013 at 12:50 PM  
Blogger Sue Lelli said...

Suzanne, LOVE the window and that flower and the splatter! GORGEOUS card!

January 25, 2013 at 2:10 PM  
Blogger Angela Branon said...

Lovely card. I really like the cut out.

January 25, 2013 at 2:13 PM  
Blogger bjmartin said...

So pretty - love the soft colors. Smokey shadow was definitely the right choice. I really like the way you layered the bloom over the negative die cut. Yum!

January 25, 2013 at 2:23 PM  
Blogger Jill Norwood said...

Suzanne - I love your card! I like the choice of the smokey shadow with the winter wisteria and aqua mist. A color combo I am definitely going to have to try! And I also appreciate the splatter technique suggestion as I have not mastered it either and yours turned out perfect!
Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!
:) Jill

January 25, 2013 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger Kara said...

beautiful..love these colors!!

January 25, 2013 at 4:31 PM  
Blogger Annheidel said...

Pretty card! The paint dots are a nice touch.

January 25, 2013 at 4:33 PM  
Blogger Kelly S. said...

First off...I LOVE your hair, Suzanne! You look like a model up there in your avatar :) Now for this lovely card...it's pure elegance! I love the minty pastels with the grey background...and those perfectly placed paint splatters?! How did you do that?!! They are like little modern "pearls" :)

January 25, 2013 at 5:07 PM  
Blogger Elena said...

Love the soft feel of your card, and that you went with a grey instead of a black. The carefully-placed-splatters are perfect :)

January 25, 2013 at 6:19 PM  
Blogger Amy Kolling said...

Oh the splattering is perfectly placed! LOL if it can be so! Such a sweet color combo using a very unloved set at my house!

January 25, 2013 at 7:38 PM  
Blogger Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Love the white splatter

January 25, 2013 at 8:44 PM  
Blogger Karen C. said...

Lovely soft look using the Smokey Shadow background and Lovely Layers die cuts. I agree with previous posters ... your 'splatter' effect is spot on!!

January 25, 2013 at 9:55 PM  
Blogger Linda Suarez said...

Beautiful card Suzanne! I especially love how you added the white acrylic paint dots!

January 25, 2013 at 10:01 PM  
Blogger A Crafty Person said...

Lovely card! The Lovely Layers is always so elegant looking.

January 25, 2013 at 10:17 PM  
Blogger Jacquie Southas said...

The Smoky Shadow cardstock is perfect with the soft colors you are using - beautiful design!

January 25, 2013 at 11:14 PM  
Blogger mplsbetty said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! It's just so perfect. Love it.

January 26, 2013 at 12:26 AM  
Blogger Tonya Jastad said...

Lovely card and color combo!

January 26, 2013 at 2:09 AM  
Blogger ~amy~ said...

gorgeous!

January 26, 2013 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger Jingle said...

This is gorgeous! Perfectly crisp and clean, with such wonderful colors! I love the splatter, too!

January 26, 2013 at 10:04 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

love it!!

January 26, 2013 at 7:32 PM  
Blogger Meredith MacRitchie said...

You totally got me with the splatter!! This is beautiful, I love the soothing tones. Gorgeous!!

January 27, 2013 at 12:05 AM  
Blogger Kim Heggins said...

Suzanne, this is so elegant. Fabulous choice of colors too, so sweet and soft and those little splashes of white, a wonderful touch to your amazing card.

January 28, 2013 at 12:54 AM  
Blogger Jeanne J said...

45 comments? Holy Cow You're Famous!!!! Another beauty (obviously)!!! The colors are gorgeous together - more clean goodness!

January 28, 2013 at 7:45 PM  
Blogger Monika/Buzsy said...

Oh, how pretty Suzanne. Love the pastel colors and the fabulous layers.

January 28, 2013 at 9:47 PM  

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