Monday, July 25, 2016

SAF 2016

This weekend I joined for the first time the fifth annual Stamp-a-faire sponsored by the Papertrey Ink design team. The day was filled with tutorials and videos covering the influence of master artists in history from impressionists to Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol - all for free! Finally found the time today to make cards for three of the categories. I may make more if I get off my behind~

Color Blocking with Lexi Daly

Lexi instructed us in color blocking technique - what fun! I stamped a PTI Woodblock Print motif in black ink four times,  turned the stamp over, inked up the back side with VersaMark ink and clear embossed the images. After masking with painter's tape and post-it notes, ink blended the four squares with distress inks using colors found in Indian textiles. Framed in black the panel was mounted a top-folding card stamped with a Hero Arts envelope pattern design. A sentiment from PTI Beautiful Butterflies was stapled over top. If doing this same card again, I would color the motifs a complementary color before clear embossing over them which would have been more interesting.

Watercolor Like a Master with Kay Miller

I think everyone fell in love with Kay and her lovely southern accent! Her video and technique using stamps and water to blur the edges of our designs was outstanding! I'm usually a very controlled stamper and the freedom Kay taught was a bit unnerving! But perseverance prevailed and the beauty of PTI's Meadow Greens made it easier for me. I used distress inks and a water brush to achieve my efforts on a forgiving heavy watercolor paper. Unfortunately you can barely see the ferns stamped in the lower left corner. The panel was die cut with a SSS stitched rectangle. After stamping a sentiment, I cautiously spattered the card with Heidi Swapps' Citron Color Shine.



Last card for today.  Card Recipe - All PTI stamps/dies: Trendy Tree Tops die cut filled in with green and red dots, trunk die cut from woodgrain pattern paper, Make It Market Mini Kit: Sunshine & Rainbows clouds die and grass stamp, Walk by Faith sentiment and a bit of water color in the background. Panel taped directly on kraft top-folding card.  



  1. I love your cards, Vikki! I looked at the tree to do the Pointillism & decided it wouldn't work, but obviously I was wrong! Your wc card is so beautiful! I didn't succeed at that challenge & never thought to use Meadow Greens, but you've inspired me to try again!

  2. all great cards! i especially love how the color blocks turned out - great colors!!