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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Papertrey Ink September Blog Hop and Make it Monday

I haven't done a contest in a while, so I thought I would jump on a two-fur this week.

Papertrey Ink is doing a Blog hop to coincide with their September release, AND their normal Make-it-Monday challenge all together.  SO-  I did a combo of the two!

I made this-

SO, the Make-it-Monday challenge was to make a stencil with a PTI cover plate, and then make a background using some textural material.  Ok, so mine is SPACKLE.  I'm a guy; sue me. 

Once the spackle was mostly dry (No patience, me) I sponged some Distress Inks on top, to point up some of the texture.  Hint-  POUNCE, don't rub!  BTW-This is actually a grey card stock, not purple.  I think the book that the card is sitting on makes it look really purple...  Anyway, I like the effect.  I originally was unconvinced that a card stock stencil would reveal enough of a lift from the surface, but it really worked!  It was actually supposed to look flocked, but maybe the spackle dries differently than regular dimensional paste.    I still like it!

The second challenge , for the Blog hop challenge, the thing is to incorporate a wreath into your design.  Well, I decided it was time for some fall, so I got out my PTI acorn dies, and several different stamp sets (Up, up and away, Medallions, and Rosey Posey), and got to work.

I die cut 3 sets of acorns, in three greens, and stamped each with a different motif.  I LOVE the way the rainbow stamp from Up up and Away worked as curvy stripes!  Almost wood grain-y!

Then I cut the caps from the acorns, mixed them up, and attached them with foam tape in different heights to a Memory box wreath die cut I had laying around.  Some rhinestones, and  Grey twine bow, and I was ready to go!  But wait!  I had to go back with my Sakura glitter pen to spice things up a bit, adding it to the seam where the acorn meets the cap.  Subtle, but I think it helps the eye in those places where two of the same cardstock pieces might overlap.

So, as I look at it, the whole "wreath" idea might be hard to see unless you're looking for it--Maybe I went overboard with the amount of acorns?  Unfortunately, once they're stuck down, they're down, unless you like that shredded look.

I AM a fan of the colors-  Kind of "Soft Autumn", if you will. 
Normally, I might add something to fill the space beneath the wreath (See what I did there?), but I really wanted that spackle background to have some room to shine.

I love trying new techniques!  I may actually trade in my spackle for some real dimensional paste, but hey, you never know when you might start a new fad!  That's me, Mr. Fadmaker!  SO NOT!

Thanks for stopping by!
All Best-


  1. Richard, great work nailing both challenges! I love your masculine colors here, always something that's hard to do. Especially amazing stamping texture to those acorns!

  2. Spackle!? Seriously!? It works; sorry but I got the giggles!
    You just looked around to see what was handy right!?
    The card came out fabulous!
    I got the acorn wreath going on! Good job!

  3. Awesome card, Richard. Great to see a bloke in the blog hop! And way to use that spackle. I haven't used spackle since I did altered books a few years ago and it is goodt to be reminded of using what is at hand. Love your use of acorns for your wreath.

  4. Richard I love this acorn wreath. Wow I can tell you spent some time on this one and it paid off. Love this! My sons name is Richard too!

  5. Great card! I love how you used acorns to make your wreath-- so creative!

  6. No way, spackle?! I LOVE it!! So smart of you to use that for dimensional paste. I'm guessing it's cheaper too. Thanks for a great idea!

  7. Yikes...why didn't I think of that? I always have spackle! Great card, pure genius idea, and you managed to rock the challenge! Home run, my friend!

  8. Richard the acorns are just fantastic to make your wreath!

  9. The spackle background is fabulous, and your acorn wreath looks wonderful too!
    I have a really hard time waiting for things to dry too...

  10. Spackle?!?! Wow! This card is great, I love the hexagons and the "lumpy" wreath -the shapes are cool together. I'm glad you left the background open in the center of the wreath because it truly is very creative and needed to be seen! Hugs!

  11. Love everything about this card - especially the "dew drops" on the acorns

  12. Love your acorn wreath, very creative! And I'm glad the spackle worked for you, I didn't think of that when making my video, but essentially it's probably very close to the same thing as the paste I used! Thanks for playing along and giving it a try!

  13. Beautiful - I love it great idea!! the acorns are perfect
    DIANA L.

  14. Creative use of acorns. The wreath looks very festive.

  15. Holy Spackle, appendicitis, broken faucets and uber cool beautiful cards!!! I've been perusing your blog looking for inspiration; which is oozing all over the place. I'm loving the Spackle for paste....and the coloring works terrific. So weird that the gray looks purple on the cardstock, but either way the colors work superb together.
    It's always so refreshing to see what your mind has been up to. Hope everyone is feeling up to par now, just in time for the flu shot....blah!! :D
    Lisa x

  16. I just left you a message but then had to sign in? Did you get it? LOL...if you didn't...I poured on the compliments on your latest creations and wished you both to feel better soon. ;)

  17. LOL! LOVE the spackle, it looks amazing! Heck, who needs dimensional paste when you've got good old spackle around. I'm pretty sure that you can't use dimensional paste on walls, so that makes spackle more versatile! HA! Great acorn wreath for sure! Best, Curt

  18. Great card, Richard! The Autumn acorn wreath is very cool and spackle was a creative choice for your dimensional paste. :-)

  19. Great idea using spackle!! Turned out great and i'm loving that acorn wreath!

  20. Great spackle job and card, Richard! Love the acorn wreath and twine bow ... just perfect!


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