Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Illusion Of Layers

Hi! Kara here.

I saw an image posted on Pinterest {where else?} with cute bow ties. It made me think of my dad who asked if he could wear a bowtie to my wedding. He's old school like that ;) Of course, I said yes.

I thought a fun, graphic bowtie birthday card would be perfect for him.

To create my bowties I used a few triangle images from the Just Geometrics: Triangles stamp set.

I stamped them in Mojito and Ocean Drive PURECOLOR Dye Ink and finished each one off with a rhinestone.

I wanted to mat my card front in a coordinating color cardstock, but didn't have any that matched. So here's how I created my custom "faux" mat using ink.

Step-by-Step Instructions:
  1. Tape off the edges of your card stock in the desired width. I just eyeballed the white space that I wanted left around the outside of the 'mat' and added some painter's tape, it's about 1/4 inch. (Try varying the size for different looks!)
  2. Use a sponge dauber to apply ink to the revealed card stock. (I swiped the color from the edge inward to avoid color seeping under the tape.) You only need to go in as far as will show. No need to color areas that will be covered by the top panel.
  3. Carefully remove the tape; it can tear your paper. (If your tape is too sticky, try removing some of the "stick" by pressing the sticky side to your skin and removing it before applying it to your card stock.)

SUPPLY TIP: You can also try using Masking Paper or Post It Tape instead. On a second attempt I used masking paper instead and it was much gentler on the paper and gave a much cleaner edge. I'll link some in the supplies below. But, in a pinch...well, we all have painter's tape on hand. ;o)

For my sentiment I die cut 'dad' from the Epic Dad die set from white card stock. I added color to it using Ocean Drive ink and a dauber. I stamped the banner from Basic Banners in black ink and cut it out however, there is a coordinating banner die.

A very simple technique for stretching your basic supplies. White cardstock is all you need, especially with these PURECOLOR Dye Inks!

This is also a great technique for eliminating some bulk while still giving the illusion of layers. Try adding a second color to make it look like it is double matted.....

Thanks so much for joining me today!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

VIDEO: DIY Stencils & Custom Colored Die Cuts

Hello! I thought that it was time to jump in and knock a little dust off of the blog here. Excuse my absence, but I've been working. I promise! I'll have lot's to share coming up.

But in the meantime, I have a couple of cards along with a video to share with you today. Nothing too fancy...but definitely a little trick that is nice to have up your sleeve.

In the video below, I'm sharing my quick method and storage tips for creating custom stencils from your dies. Now, don't get too excited. I will most definitely not be sharing lots of storage techniques any time soon. I *wish* I was organized, but I.AM.NOT. Just ask my husband! ;o)

Hope you enjoy!

Watch above or in HD at YouTube

And here are a few stills of the featured cards.

All Featured Supplies

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

South Beach Collection Giveaway

The Design Team has been previewing our newest PURECOLOR collection and now it's time to give you the nitty gritty details of the South Beach collection, as well as host a quick giveaway!

It's almost time. These newest inks will be available purchase at midnight on June 5th exclusively at

If you are just joining us, be sure to check out what the ladies have been up to here, here, and here.

PURECOLOR South Beach Collection


  • Acid-free, archival, and fade resistant
  • Waterproof for watercolors & markers
  • Dries permanently & quickly on most papers
  • Full sized 4 x 2.75" pads with raised surface for easy inking of all stamp sizes
  • will be available for purchase June 5th for $6 each

PURECOLORDye Ink Refills


  • Acid-free, archival, and fade resistant
  • Waterproof for watercolors & markers
  • Dries permanently & quickly on most papers
  • .5 fl. oz.
  • will be available for purchase June 5th for $4 each in all 15 colors

Still craving a little more? Check out this and this awesome technique from Kara. You won't want to miss this stunner from Joni either. And Maureen gives Valentine Wishes a tropical flair in this one.

Before I go, how about that giveaway?! Leave a comment on this post by 10:00 PM EST tonight June 4, 2014. I would love to know which of the new colors is your favorite, or what color you would love to see in the future. I will select one random winner from the comments to receive the entire South Beach Collection ink pads! Winner will be posted here.

Thanks for stopping by today. Good luck!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Blending with Ocean Drive

Hi there, It's Maureen here today. The design team has really been knocking it out of the park with the fabulous new PURECOLOR South Beach collection! And today, I have two cards featuring blending techniques using Ocean Drive.

My first card uses Ocean Drive, Flamingo and Coconut Husk inks with two previously released colors. The new collection is not only perfectly coordinated to work together, but also works perfectly with the Original 10 Collection.

Wplus9 Supplies:
Stamps: Spring Blooms, Hand Lettered Hello // Inks: Wild Mango Dye Ink, Appletini Dy Ink, Flamingo Dye Ink, Coconut Husk Dye Ink // Dies: Hand Lettered Hello Die

I started this card by stamping the leaves from Spring Blooms in Appletini Dye Ink. Then, using a blending tool, I sponged Ocean Drive all around the leaves, making sure to leave the spaces where the flowers would be stamped white. Then I went in and did the rest of my stamping. Adding Ocean Drive to the background really gave this one layer card the feel of dimension without adding additional layers.

Who says you need coordinating card stock for every ink color?  When you have a quality ink, like PURECOLOR Dye Ink, you can make your own colored cardstock easily! Here I used a blending tool and Ocean Drive dye ink and made a sentiment strip to match my project perfectly.

Wplus9 Supplies:
Stamps: Coming Up Roses, Strictly Sentiments 2, Backgrounds & Borders 2// Inks:  Flamingo Dye Ink, Miami Spice Dye Ink, Ocean Drive Dye Ink, Coconut Husk Dye Ink, Mojito Dye Ink// Dies: Hand Lettered Hello Die

I hope you've enjoyed my projects today! See you back here tomorrow for more before these beauties officially go on sale at midnight June 5, 2014!

Monday, June 2, 2014


Hello...hello...Joni here! I hope you are loving the new PURE COLOR South Beach Collection so far. They really complement the Original PURE COLOR Collection. For my first project the inks I used are Flamingo, Miami Spice, Coconut Husk, Silver Lining, and Appletini.

  1. For the card base I smooshed the ink pad into the bottom of my card stock to dye it the Coconut Husk color at the bottom. You can simply smooshed any of your PURE COLOR ink pads on any white cardstock for an instant colored cardstock.
  2. Next, I cut a panel same size as the A2 card base, stamped the image from Borders & Backgrounds 2 in Silver Lining ink and die-cut the bottom using the Scalloped Border Die.
  3. Then, I die-cut the center of the panel to create a shaker card, filling it with sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.
  4. For the sentiments, I used the stamp set Fanciful Feathers. I stamped "So Grateful" in Coconut Husk and "For Your Kindness" in Miami Spice inks, both from the new South Beach Collection.
  5. Before adhering everything together, I distressed the card base with Miami Spice. I wanted to give just the hint of the softness from the color scheme. You can see at the bottom of the sentiment just the right hint of peach..Love <3 this colors so much!

For my second card, I used the Coconut Husk, Ocean Drive, and Mojito.

  1. I started by stamping the tiny flowers from Valentine Wishes stamp set on by top panel of card stock. I used the Second Generation Stamping Technique for the flower background. I stamped it first on a piece of scrap paper and then stamped the image on the panel without re-inking the stamp.
  2. Next, I die-cut white cardstock and vellum using the Spring Wreath die and adhered them onto the panel.
  3. For the flower, I used the Pretty Poinsettias stamps and companion die.
  4. After die-cutting the flowers, I distressed them using Ocean Drive on the large flower, and Mojito on the smaller flower. So loving this color combo! The leaves are distressed with Coconut Husk.
  5. To finish the flowers I stamped some of the detail images using the Second Generation Stamping Technique.
  6. All the sentiments are inked with Coconut Husk. I'm really loving this shade of brown - not too dark and not too light. The "Friend" sentiment is from Fanciful Feathers, and "I Hope Your Day Is Extra Special Just Like You" is from Strictly Sentiments 4.

For my last project, I went wild and used most of the inks in the collection, some original and some new. From the South Beach Collection, I used Coconut Husk, Mojito and Miami Spice. I also used Lake House, Silver Lining, Sweet Gelato, Nautical Navy, Appletini and Wild Mango. I used the stamp set Paisley Patterns , one of my favorites.

  1. To begin this card I cut a panel a little bit smaller than the regular A2 card.
  2. I stamped the larger paisley first and then filled them with the other images from the the set.
  3. For the sentiment, I die-cut the Hand Lettered Hello from the panel and then adhered the panel onto the woodgrain patterned paper from Crate Paper.
  4. At the bottom of "hello" I stamped the "Sweet Friend" sentiment from the Hand Lettered Hello stamp set in Nautical Navy.

I hope that you are enjoying viewing these FABULOUS ink colors! Remember, the South Beach Collection will be available for purchase on June 5, 2014, at as a whole collection and individuals.

And be sure to stop by Kara's blog and Maureen's to see more of this new color collection in action!

Thank you so much for joining me! Have a Wonderful Day :)


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