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Papertrey Ink January 2016 Blog Hop



Today we are excited to present the BIG monthly Blog Hop that Papertrey Ink hosts for all of its talented customers to show off their skills! The Blog Hop is an ALL DAY EVENT!  An Inlinkz list is posted below and you can add your link anytime up until 11:30pm ET.  And don’t worry if you didn’t get a chance to make a project and play along, there is a contest for non-participants as well over in our forum in the designated thread. I look forward to seeing all of your creativity!

A day dedicated to seeking inspiration through projects utilizing Papertrey Ink products.   This event allows all of our customers who enjoy sharing inspiration & artwork with their peers do so through their personal blogs.


Today, 10am EST until 11:30pm EST.


January inspiration

photo source: Rex Ray

I recently ran across the amazing collage artist Rex Ray and his colorful works.  His use of shape and painted textures were especially inspiring to me.  If you have a moment, definitely google him and take a look at his extensive portfolio.  This particular piece seemed perfect for blog hop inspiration.  With a bold, unique color scheme and a unique arrangement of basic shapes, there is a lot you can take away from this!  Substitute other images or shapes for the ovals and rounded squares.  Use your own interpretation of the colors to create a masterpiece!

I owe my design to the wonderful Laura Bassam:

SSS-Perfect Shapes & Big U


My response is:




My supplies:

  • PTI Happy Hexagons :  Stamps, Cover plate
  • PTI Inks and Cardstock:  Spring Rain, Blueberry, Enchanted Evening
  • Hero Arts Woodgrain Rubber stamp background and paper from my stash, Versa Color Brown pigment ink (perfect color!)
  • PTI Think Big Favorite Stamps (Sentiment) + Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
  • SSS – U

I put this together a little different from Laura’s technique (which is definitely the smarter way to go).  I was too lazy to fetch the Press n’ Seal and thought I could put the hexagons in the cover plate and flip it  — Bad idea because my fingers kept sticking to the foam squares.  So I took one of the outlines from the cover plate die and added some light adhesive.  I stuck it to the card from and used it as a template to place the hexagons.  It worked out just fine but I think I was lucky I could remove the template.

I am not sure how I feel about the smiley face — that may go.



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Blog Hop Inspiration

photo credit: Jones Design Company

Blog Hop Inspiration

photo credit: Jones Design Company
There is just something so bright and cheerful about a rainbow of colors all in one place.  I found this photo of scattered wooden blocks especially inspiring and thought it was a wonderful jumping point for a card!  You can stamp scattered images on a card front.  Use the colors to create stripes or backgrounds.  Die cut multiples of similar shapes in a rainbow of colors and adhere them in a unique pattern.  Splatter several colors of ink or paint onto your project.  Get creative and have fun with all of the options at your fingertips!


Papertrey Ink Mighty Bloom Cover Plate

Papertrey Ink Fancy That Stamps

Papertrey ink:  Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, Limeade ice, Hawaiian Shores, Blueberry Sky, Enchanted Evening, Royal Velvet

Copic:  Y13, Y15

The coverplate was die-cut and the background was attached to a white card.  The petals were colored with ink and placed back into the background.

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Papertrey Ink Dec 2014 Blog Hop: Silver and Gold

PTI Silver + Gold Blog

Background:  Sizzix Embossing folder + Silver Shimmer Delicata Ink

Bookmark:  PTI Bookmark 1 Die, Phrase Play 3 die, PTI Book Club stamps, Simon Says Stamps Gold Embossing Powder

White Glitz ribbon, gold thread, Wink of Stella