Thursday, 26 August 2010

Passion for Papertrey - Polka Dots

Oh my goodness! Yesterday saw my first ever Papertrey order arrive! I have been looking at these stamps for ages and have been wanting to try them so badly. I bought a few sets and a die. It was the Argyle set that pushed me into making the order as I love the background it makes. I also wanted to try their die/stamp combos and so got the car set! I'm going to be brave and show you my first ever try with them. It's not perfect by a long shot. I was using a grid lined acrylic block but the lines seemed to obscure my view for lining up the diamonds etc. Am going to use a plain one next time.

I have also found out that I need to stamp the first stamp on scrap paper and re ink to get a better result - the second one came out better as you can see on the top of the card. I'd love to try some of the card from PTI but the weight makes the postage a tad steep so I think I'll have to stick to SU supplies for that. I've used melon mambo and chocolate chip for this card.

I really like the car here. The die and stamp work so well together and it was really quick to make. I have also purchased the star stamp set and am now waiting for a star punch to match. I love it when all these gadgets make things easy!

Well even though it's my first ever PTI, I'm able to enter it into the Passion for Papertrey challenge. They have set a Polka Dot challenge. I made the polka dot backing using a row of the dots from the Argyle set. The melon mambo ribbon is also polka dotted (if that is even a word).


Karen M said...

Hey Paul
Love your card and it looks perfectly lined up to me! A wee tip from Nicole Heady (PTI) is to rub a good clean eraser (I use Staedtler rasoplast - sounds like a disease!!) across the stamps before first use to get rid of the light film on the acrylic stamps and they take the colour perfectly then.

Aimes said...

Hey Paul! Thanks so much for sharing your first PTI creation!!! I love the combo of polka dots with the argyle - so fun!
I second what Karen has suggested; I always rub my stamps with an eraser first and then stamp a couple of times on scrap paper and even then sometimes stamp with a piece of foam underneath to get a good impression.
I wonder how long it will be until you're a PTI addict - y'know their cardstock is second to none! *wink*
Thanks so much for joining us on A Passion for Papertrey!

Cokie Pop Paper Boutique said...

So adorable. I'd love this myself. May have to order one :)

Cammy said...

Great card Paul! Ditto what Karen & Aimes said -- definitely rub the stamps with an eraser before stamping. I do that with all of my acrylics.

Stephanie Wright said...

I love this card and are going to look into the stamp/dies they do - ordered from them once before and I ordered 3 paper pads but they were polka dots which I love and paper which I also love! Know what you mean about the P&P though. Also wanted to recommend the stamp-a-ma-jig from SU really good - I have used it to lay 2 of the large background stamps over one another.

Inkyfingers said...

Hi Paul,

Oh dear, I can see a PTI addiction forming. Great card Paul and your Argyle background is just great.