Thursday, January 22, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Borders & Backgrounds 2

Hello! It's Maureen here with a new feature for WPlus9 Design Blog. The third Thursday of each month I will be sharing a set of cards made using the same supplies, the same basic design elements and a "throwback" WPlus9 stamp set. Throwback you ask? I'm bringing back some of the older sets and showing new ways you can use them and/or how you can incorporate them into projects using new products as well.

This month my throwback set is Borders & Backgrounds 2. This is my all time favorite background set, the images are classic, timeless and gender neutral. It's one that I turn to time and time again.

I'm using Borders and Backgrounds 2 with the Pretty Peonies stamp set, the Pretty Peonies Dies as well as Hand Lettered Thanks.

My first card is a classic clean and simple design. I've offset the stark black and white with a pop of color on my flower. Rather than stamping the images, I heat embossed the outline with white embossing powder and then sponged over them with Wild Mango and Flamingo inks on the flower and Mojito and Appletini on the leaves. Borders & Backgrounds 2 was stamped at the bottom of this one layer card which grounds the flower and sentiment nicely.

My next card uses the same basic design elements but I've flipped the orientation of the card and added some more layers. This time I've stamped the images with Distress Inks and brushed over them with water and a paint brush. This technique gives such a pretty watercolored look without a lot of work.

Here I've stepped up the design even more by adding another layer and stamping Borders & Backgrounds 2 over the entire background. This time I've simply stamped the flowers in Wild Mango and Flamingo inks, rather than doing a technique with them.

As you can see, the same basic design elements as well as the embellishments were carried through from the simple one layer card all the way to the stepped up version of the design. It's fun to use the same supplies and design elements and see how many different ways you can use them. Make two of each card and you have a beautiful handmade card set, perfect for gift giving.

Thanks so much for stopping in.  See you next month for another Throwback Thursday!

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Fun Cards for Kids

Hello everyone! I am back with inspiration using some older Wplus9 stamp sets. In honor of the month of hearts, I created this fun face cards for kids. They are easy to make and our kids can join with the fun creating these fun cards for their friends and classmates.

To start, I cut the card panel just a little bit smaller than an A2 card, then started stamping the fun face for the card. For the eyes I used the clouds from the Heartfelt Mix stamp set and the circles from the Little Bits stamp set. For the lips I used the long set of strings from the Heartfelt Mix stamp set, and the heart nose is from theLittle Bits stamp set.

I added a couple of different sentiments using the Milk & Cookies stamp set to make each one a little different. I also added another sentiment inside the card "Happy Valentine's Day" from the Knock Knock Valentine stamp set. To finish off the card I added a little "blush" using a Distress Ink Blending Tool and a little ink.

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Here's the full view.

I hope you guys enjoyed these fun and quirky cards. Thank you so much for stopping by :)

I hope you have a wonderful Weekend!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Cheers To A New Year

Hello there, it's Joni here sharing the new Twenty Fifteen stamp set and combining it with the famous previously released Pretty Peonies and Pretty Little Peonies stamp sets and Modern Numerals die.

To begin my card I first stamped the images on watercolor paper and watercolored the image. I then added some splatters from the distress inks. I smooshed the pads onto an acrylic block, added some water and then used a paint brush to add the splatters. Next, I stamped the sentiment on the watercolor paper once the images had dried. The sentiments "To A New Year" and "Cheers" are from the newly released Twenty Fifteen stamp set.

Next, I die-cut the numbers from the Modern Numerals die from the finished watercolored panel and adhered it on top of a textured gold cardstock paper with foam tape (got it from a local crafts store).

To finish off the card I added some sequins from Pretty Pink Posh in Gold and Sparkling Clear.

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And here's the finished look.

I hope you guys enjoyed! HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!!!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Holiday Thank You Cards

Now that all the presents have been unwrapped there's just one more thing to do, say 'Thank You'.

Kara here and I love to send Christmas 'Thank You' cards, especially to those I can't hug and thank in person like my nephews, my brother, and my aunt. I have certain criteria for these cards, though. They must be quick and easy to make, easy to mail, but still something special. After making and mailing so many Christmas cards, extra postage and all, I want these to be just as special without the extra expense. Here are the steps I took to create them.

I cut my 8 1/2 x 11 in. white cardstock in half lengthwise to create several top-folding cards. I scored each at 5 1/2 in., but did not fold them yet. I used the scored line as a guide for centering the Holiday Apertures Dies on the front of my card and ran them through my Cuttlebug with a tan embossing mat.

I created a mask for the greenery from Merry & Bright so that I could get the placement of my candle in the correct spot. I could have skipped this step because in the end I covered the bottom of the candle with pine cones, but I didn't know that when I started ;) After stamping all of the candles I stamped the greenery in two shades of dye ink, Mojito and Appletini. I was then able to stamp my sentiment from Hand Lettered Thanks overlapping the greenery and within the embossed frame. I then stamped the details like the flame and added the die cut pine cones.


As a final touch I added a warm glow to the candles. Using the circle gem die from the Sparkle & Shine companion die set I created a mask and sponged on some Wild Mango Dye Ink.

I hope you had a wonderful holiday with family and friends. Do you send out holiday 'Thank You' cards?

Friday, December 26, 2014

Pear-fect Be Mine

Hello Everyone! Joni here sharing projects using Wplus9's newly released Knock Knock Valentine stamp set with past released Clear Cut Stackers: Pear die. I made this card and tag for upcoming Valentines Day. I used a non-traditional theme to tone down the colors, perfect for the male recipient in our lives.

To begin my card, I first die-cut the larger pear from Clear Cut Stackers: Pear die from the card panel, then traced its shape with a pencil onto the card base before covering the top panel with clear cardstock to create a window for the shaker card. I also added some watercolor splatters to the card panel.

Next, with the traced pencil on the card base, I used this as a guide to watercolor inside the pencil mark to create the pear colored image. Then I added some foam tape, some marshmallow and sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh to fill the shaker.

Next, I watercolored another pear that I die-cut and cut the piece at the bottom of the pear to puzzle the pear die-cut on the pear shaker. I then stamped the sentiment "Be Mine" and "You're So Sweet" from the Knock Knock Valentine stamp set, fussy cut, and adhered on top of the pear.

I also added the striped washi tape at the bottom, and added some more sequins from Pretty Pink Posh to finish off the card.

Wplus9 Supplies:
Stamps: Knock Knock Valentine  // Dies: Clear Cut Stackers: Pear die // Cardstock: White // Others: Washi tape, Pretty Pink Posh sequins Marshmallow and Sparkling Clear

For my next project, I created a simple tag to go with me burlap goodie bag, using Clear Cut Stackers: Pear die. I first die-cut the pear and watercolored.

To create the pear tag, I folded a different cardstock and die-cut it, leaving the top of the pear uncut to have the fold on the tag intact. I then adhered the pear tag behind the watercolored pear to create the tag.

To finish off the pear card tag I added another "You're So Sweet" sentiment, fussy cut, and adhered on the pear with foam dots.

Wplus9 Supplies:
Stamps: Knock Knock Valentine  // Dies: Clear Cut Stackers: Pear die // Cardstock: White // Others: Burlap goodie bag

I hope you guys enjoyed! Thank you so much for stopping by!

Have an AMAZING weekend.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Last Minute Gift Tags

Hi, It's Maureen here today with quick and easy gift tags.  I sat down to wrap gifts the other day and realized that I never purchased gift tags.  What's a paper crafter to do? Make them of course!

My paper this year is very rustic, similar to kraft paper with a gold snowflake print. I wanted the tags to coordinate perfectly with my gifts. 

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Stamps: Heartfelt Holiday, Merriest Wishes // Dies: Snowflake Trio, Timeless Tags 2 // Cardstock: Oatmeal

These tags were so quick and easy to make. It took longer to die cut everything than it did to stamp and assemble them.  When mass producing tags, or even cards, do one step at a time.  This makes the process go much faster.

I started by die cutting all of my pieces. Since the tags and snowflakes are small, I could die cut both at the same time.  Next I stamped the background, then distressed each tag. The sentiments were stamped one at a time beginning with the "From:" so I could ensure that I'd have enough room to fit it in. Thinking back now, I could have picked up both on an acrylic block and stamped them at the same time, saving myself one step. I added the snowflakes with dimensionals and embellished each tag with sequins.

Forgetting to buy tags didn't turn out so badly after all. I'm thrilled that each gift we give this year will have that handmade touch, making it even more special.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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