Friday, January 25, 2013

Papertrey January Blog Hop Challenge, or I'm In A Black Mood ....... and Loving It

January's PTI Blog Hop was so much fun, I just couldn't help but play..and play..and play. One of my favorite things about Papertrey's stamping line, is the incredible color palette of their inks and papers. Nothing makes colors pop better (in my estimation) than their appearance on a black background.

Tole painting was my passion for ten years, and it was that black stage for colors to dance on, that made it so compelling. This card was inspired by those simple, symmetrical folk patterns, that have been gracing objects for about two hundred years. (Betsy Veldman often showcases her color savvy with folk art designs. You can see two of my favorites here and here.)

Photographing black, well, is a trick I've yet to learn, so the clarity of my colors are a bit muted. (If anyone has any pointers by the way, I'm all ears.)

I used Papertrey's black card stock, with some of their other colors for the design, and mounted that on to a PTI white cardstock card. (The card is a bit heavy with all the layers of paper, so it was very nice to have a sturdy base.)  By die cutting all the shapes, it was possible to flip the second die cut over to make the symmetry. Only the two orange flowers were done with a print. A few extra snips of the die cuts, helped me spread the foliage around to get a balanced look. The design has some nice depth without being too bulky for the mail.

Thanks for taking the time to visit and leaving a comment. I treasure them all.

33 comments:

  1. Marcie this card is brilliant!!! I just love the folk art design. You have quite a talent for this! Great color choices and beautiful layout!

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  2. This card is amazing! I love the composition, the colors, and all of the die cuts. Beautiful!

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  3. Gorgeous card! It's so vibrant. I love the folk art look!

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  4. I am at a loss for words! This is absolutely AMAZING!

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  5. Wow Marcie! This is stunning! You have mastered folk art! I used to love painting as well , I would paint on pots......15 years ago and it's so nice when I see people still have their pots and plants still growing. What did you paint on?

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  6. Great card, I love the folk art look of it!!

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  7. This is a gorgeous example of folk art...
    the colors...
    the elements...
    the layout...
    everything!
    Just gorgeous!! :)

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  8. Love the folk art look, your card stood out in the gallery!

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  9. What a beauty Marcie. Love all the details.

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  10. Marci, this is just perfection. Love everything about it!

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  11. Lovely card! And I love the title of your post, too!

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  12. What a gorgeous folk art scene! Everything is perfectly placed! The pattern you created is outstanding...and ohhh the colors!

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  13. This is a master piece on the folk art love, Marcie! Love the colors and the arrangement!

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  14. beautiful symmetrical pattern on your card.

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  15. What a beautiful card! You did a wonderful job with the challenge!

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  16. Wait, where's your card?!? I was scrolling up and down, thinking the folk art piece was your inspiration. But no, that's your card. Wow, this is simply amazing!! You're going to have to keep this one for sure!

    and thanks for your super-sweet comment earlier, and forwarding my post : )

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  17. WOW! This is GORGEOUS!!!! Thank you for visiting my blog and your comment on my "band-aid" card! You just might have something there! When I created it, it never occurred to me that they look like band-aids! You are a very clever person and a true artisan!

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  18. LOVE all of the layers and those love birds in the middle! A work of art!

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  19. What a nice effect, you really got the toile look.

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  20. This is so lovely! I love folk art and its charm. Love the birds in the middle and the addition of the print on the flowers! This is just gorgeous!

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  21. Wonderful card with so much great detail! Love the folk art look!

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  22. Beautifully done, Marcie! Love the colors of the flowers!

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  23. Wow!! This is awesome!! You just made me a fan of the folk art style!!

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  24. Marcie, this is crazy awesome!

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  25. All of your die cut images create a 'folk art' design. Great combination of colours and placement of the details.

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  26. No photography tips from me, but I think the design & colors are terrific!

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  27. Gorgeous card, and your picture is great! I did some tole painting classes in my teens - so fun!

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  28. Hi Marcie, I wasn't able to reply to your wonderful comment in email, but wanted to let you know just how much I appreciate it. Totally made my day!! You are so very kind : )

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