Paper: Papertrey Ink Blog Hop – Inspirational Photo Series: Modern Stripes

September 25, 2011

Good googly moogly, do I love me some stripes! In my wardrobe, on my walls, on my cards…I just love a simple striped pattern!

So it was a no brainer that I’d play along in the September Blog Hop with Papertrey Ink. It did, however take a little brain power to REMEMBER to make something for the blog hop! Which is exactly why, I was up bright and early creating a few cards for this event, using this inspiration photo:

And while we’re on the topic of stripey eye candy, I thought I’d share a beautiful art installation that I recently saw here in Miami at the Bass Museum of Art, while I was scoping out the location for our wedding venue.
Check out this amazing floor that was created for their Vanishing Points exhibit!

Now for my cards (yes, that’s cards…plural).Ā  Once I got started the inspiration kept coming. Something about those colors are just my style!

Up first is a literal interpretation of the photo…very literal, as a matter of fact. I LOVE the mitered corners…so clean and crisp.

The stripes portion of the card came together rather quickly…but boy did I obsess over the sentiment. So ridiculous. I wanted something with clean lines and a modern font, to complement the stripes. I found just what I was looking for in the PTI Faux Ribbon set…love that set!

For my next card, I used a few colors from the inspiration photo, but played with the scale of the stripes and created a gradient effect with three colors.

I left just enough space between colors to slip in a simple sentiment.

Now…brace yourself for this last one.
It is totally unlike anything I’ve ever stamped. I used the colors from the inspiration photo, but wanted to deviate from the modern look of it. Instead, I wanted to create something reminiscent of folk art.

When the card was done, I felt like I needed something on top….so….wait for it….I added a bow. YIKES!

If you’ve read my blog for some time, you know how I get down with bows. Um…I don’t. But I’m embracing it.

I love the finished product and I love that it’s totally different than my typical cards.


Mitered Stripes:
Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Faux Ribbon for sentiment)
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black
Paper: PTI (Vintage Cream, Smokey Shadow, Hawaiian Shores, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Pure Poppy, Raspberry Fizz)
Other: none

Gradient Stripes:
Stamps: PTI (Faux Ribbon)
Ink: Stampin Up (Apricot Appeal, Tempting Turquoise) Color Box Pigment Ink (Orchid); Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
Paper: PTI (True Black , Vintage Cream)
Other: none

Folk Art Love:
Stamps: PTI (Sending You, Anniversary set {for small red dots}, Christmas Friends {for birds}, Polka Dot Basics {for yellow polka dot background}
Ink: Stampin Up (Rose Red, Tempting Turquoise,Yoyo Yellow, Summer Sun); Colorbox (Orchid)
Paper: PTI (Sweet Blush, Vintage Cream)
Other: PTI (Pure Poppy satin ribbon)

35 thoughts on “Papertrey Ink Blog Hop – Inspirational Photo Series: Modern Stripes”

  1. Oh wow…these are so cool! I absolutely love that second one, though. It’s completely cool and the lines look fabulous. You know, I’m not sure I’ve ever noticed your lack of bow

  2. Oh my Amber — these are three awesome cards! LOVE the gradients in the second card. Everything is just perfectly stamped. The last one with the bow is adorable. I’m totally with you on the bow / ribbon thing. I never want to use it on cards, but I have so much of it (and I keep buying more colors). Anyhow, that card rocks too.

  3. Fantastic cards, Amber! I knew you would rock this inspiation challenge! The picture screamed “AMBER” to me from the moment I saw it! I love the first card and the mitered corners! Your last card? Absolutely gorgeous, girl!

  4. Wonderful cards. I love your inspired takes of the inspiration photo. They have all translated so well. But I must say that second photo of the stripey stairs does my head in. I tell ya, for someone like me who cant chew guma and walk up stairs …what hope would I have on those! Yikes!

    Lovely work.

  5. Wow, wow and WOW.

    Okay, I love the first one, because you’re always meticulous in execution. I love the second one because the gradient is awesome.

    The last one? HO-LEE COW. Your pattern is A-MAY-ZING, and the colours work so perfectly. The bow? Kicks my bows’ butts. It’s awesome!!!

  6. Amber, I’m speechless! I was oohing and ahhing over the mitred corners and clean lines on your first card and already planning my CASE of it while scrolling down the page, when along comes the last card. Totally not MY usual style either, but I TOTALLY love it! Wow!

  7. Wow what a terrific trio of cards. They are all wonderful. I love that you did something “out of the box” from your usual style too. It looks awesome.

  8. I love all of them, but the one I decided to case was the striped one with the mitered corners. And I’m still at it! I must be a dunce or something, but I cannot figure out how to get exactly 45 degree angles. I’ve cut the strips numerous times, but I’m always off. Do you have a particular technique? If so, I would LOVE to know what it is … before I lose my mind!

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