Wednesday, December 12, 2018

GUEST ARTIST FEATURE: Emily Midgett

Hi there! Emily Midgett from Sixth Street Sundries here with you today, and I’m thrilled to be back again as a guest for the Wplus9 blog.

Watercolor has been an obsession of mine for the last several years, and after learning the basics, I began to experiment with different ways to add depth and an element of realism to my projects. The florals from Wplus9 are gorgeous, realistic botanical drawings, so I always enjoy playing with new techniques with them!

Today, my goal was to add some more variation to the colors of my flowers by taking advantage of the transparency of the watercolor medium and adding multiple layers of color to achieve lots of depth and dimension. Here’s a video showing the technique:


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In case you can’t watch the video, here’s a basic rundown of the technique:

I began by saturating my watercolor paper with clean water until it was shiny, then dropping a few different shades of watercolors (Daniel Smith Quinacridone Lilac, Naphthamide Maroon, Quinacridone Purple, and Indanthrone Blue) onto this very wet panel and muddling them with my wet paintbrush until I had achieved a mottled, ethereal background. (I like to choose colors that blend nicely together to avoid a muddy mess!) After allowing this panel to dry completely, I heat embossed the floral swag from Wplus9’s Kind Soul onto the background using silver embossing powder.

I then used the same 4 shades of watercolor to add details and depth to the floral images, focusing one color on each type of flower or foliage. The transparency of the watercolors allows that first layer to shine through, and adding the stamped image over the top of this background wash helps to take the guesswork out of where to add different variations of color on each individual flower! I added a sentiment from the recently released So Very stamp and die set.

You might be wondering... what is the point of adding that first layer of watercolor? Well, I have always struggled with adding color variation to my florals. I tend to stick with the same color/s on each petal of the flower, which can result in my flowers looking a little flat, in my opinion. But, in reality, there are many different colors on something that might, at first glance, appear “pink.” My goal in adding these extra colors on the first layer was to provide some additional undertones to create variation and interest on each flower.

In my experimenting for today’s post, I also created this project using Wplus9’s Christmas Rose using the same technique. I chose reds, pinks, and purples, which all blend nicely together, to create this project, adding in a sentiment from the new Sending Cheer die.

Well, that’s all for me today! I hope you found this post interesting, and maybe will try to add some watercolored layers of your own! Thank you so much to Dawn for having me back as a guest! ~Emily

For more of Emily's work, be sure to check out her blog.

Featured Supplies

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Christmas Rose Bouquet
Christmas Rose Bouquet
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Kind Soul Stamp Set
Kind Soul Stamp Set
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So Very
So Very
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So Very Die
So Very Die
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Monday, December 10, 2018

Fun Background Stamping w/Dawn ft. HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS

Hello, and Happy Holidays! The Holiday season is in full swing around here, how about you? This time of year is always crazy for me. I 'not so successfully' try to juggle work and family. Christmas is BIG in my house and I'm trying to keep it special and full of traditions as long as possible. So hopefully you'll forgive my absence around this time. ;)

In the spirit of busy, I wanted to drop in to share several cards, that believe it or not, are actually quite quick to make even though they are all quite different. The key? They all start with the same background and utilize the ever so useful, MISTI.

All of today's cards were created using the Holly Jolly Christmas stamp set along with various different dies. I started by setting up my background pattern on my MISTI.

I arranged all of the different icon elements from Holly Jolly Christmas onto my MISTI door. I started with a 6 x 6" square jig. I drew a pencil line down the center vertically and horizontally and then placed an image in each of the for quadrants until all of the images where placed.

I closed the door to pick up the images and then started stamping. (You can test your pattern on scrap paper first to make sure the images don't overlap and adjust as needed) I inked them up with one color, stamped, turned the cardstock 1/4 turn, inked with another color, stamped, turned again, and so on.

For the sentiment on this one, I used the Holly Jolly Die. I die cut the label, stamped the greeting from Holly Jolly Christmas and then replaced the "holly jolly" with the die cut from the Holly Jolly Die.

While I had the images all set up on the MISTI, I stamped out quite a few more.

This next card, uses the same colors (Gala Red, Falling For Blue, Last Leaf, and Warm Wool) on white cardstock, but I changed up the greeting a little.

I die cut the "Holly Jolly" greeting twice and stacked it with a "Warm Winter Wishes" banner from Merriest Snowflake between them.

Next, I decided to stamp onto some Coal Mine cardstock. I love Christmas cards on dark backgrounds and Distress Oxides make stamping on dark colors a breeze.

Again, I inked, stamped, turned, inked, stamped and turned until the pattern was complete. This time I used the negative from the "Holly Jolly" letters and paired it with the "Christmas" die cut from the Christmas Tag Die.

For the last card, I decided to use our white pigment ink on colored cardstock. This is the simplest of all and makes creating those last minute cards a snap.

For the sentiment on this one, I die cut the "Happy Holidays" banner from our Holiday Presents Die twice. Once out of glitter cardstock and again from white cardstock. I replaced the letters from the glitter one with the white letters along with the border and popped it up with foam tape.

So there you have 4 different card designs all starting with the same basic stamping.

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Wplus9 White Cardstock
Wplus9 White Cardstock
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Wplus9 Black Cardstock
Wplus9 Black Cardstock
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Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD
Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD
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Precision Heat Embossing Tool Gun Hero Arts
Precision Heat Embossing Tool Gun Hero Arts
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3M Scotch DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE
3M Scotch DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE
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Sizzix BIG SHOT
Sizzix BIG SHOT
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Wplus9 Christmas Tag Die
Wplus9 Christmas Tag Die
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WOW Super Fine Bright White Embossing Powder
WOW Super Fine Bright White Embossing Powder
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Wplus9 Dove Grey Cardstock
Wplus9 Dove Grey Cardstock
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Last Leaf PURE COLOR Dye Ink
Last Leaf PURE COLOR Dye Ink
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Falling For Blue PURE COLOR Dye Ink
Falling For Blue PURE COLOR Dye Ink
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Warm Wool PURE COLOR Dye Ink
Warm Wool PURE COLOR Dye Ink
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Tombow MONO Adhesive PERMANENT Tape Dispenser
Tombow MONO Adhesive PERMANENT Tape Dispenser
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Inkadinkado EMBOSSING MAGIC Powder Bag
Inkadinkado EMBOSSING MAGIC Powder Bag
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad PEACOCK FEATHERS
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad PEACOCK FEATHERS
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad CANDIED APPLE
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad CANDIED APPLE
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad PEELED PAINT
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad PEELED PAINT
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Gala Red Pure Color Dye Ink
Gala Red Pure Color Dye Ink
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MISTI Precision Stamping Tool
MISTI Precision Stamping Tool
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Ranger Distress Oxide Ink Cracked Pistachio
Ranger Distress Oxide Ink Cracked Pistachio
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Holly Jolly Christmas
Holly Jolly Christmas
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Holly Jolly Die
Holly Jolly Die
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Holiday Presents Die
Holiday Presents Die
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PURE COLOR White Pigment Ink
PURE COLOR White Pigment Ink
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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Deck The Halls With Kara

Hi Guys! I'm continuing to build up my holiday card stash. I saw a friend on Instagram has already finished all of hers. I've got a little bit of work ahead of me. Lucky for me, it's my favorite kind of work!

For this card I decided to give an older set a fresh new look by pairing it with the Clear Cut Stackers Hexagons. These hexagons add a modern twist to any set! I decided to use Festive Greetings because this string of lights is so fun and easy to color. When creating many cards for a holiday I want each one to be special, but not too time consuming to create. This is just that!

I started with a white panel and die cut three hexagons in a staggered pattern. That left a large white space at the bottom right, perfect for my sentiment. On another white panel I stamped the string of lights three times. I was careful while stamping to make sure the lights would show through the hexagon windows.

I colored the lights with Copic markers and clear Wink of Stella. Before I popped the die cut panel up on dimensional adhesive over the holiday lights I added a few hanging down from the windows. I felt it needed just a bit more so I used the die cut hexagons that were left over and stamped some lights on them. I popped them up as well and had three layers of dimension and shimmering lights!

This is another card design that is very easy to recreate and mass produce. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, November 30, 2018

Making Old New Again w/Kara

Hello! I'm back with another holiday card to share with you. I've pulled out some of my older favorites and mixed in a few new dies to create a winter scene.

Because of the size and shape of this stamp from Snowflake Backdrops it feels like you're looking through a window watching the snow fall. I love to add two colors of blue to the stamp before applying it to my cardstock panel. I tend to reach for Nautical Navy and Lake House dye ink for this.
I die cut Simple Snowflake from vellum and the largest snowflake from Snowflake Trio out of white cardstock and layered them up. On top of that I placed the happy holidays banner from the new Holiday Presents Die.

I tucked in the little heart that I die cut using the heart die from Cookies & Cocoa. I added a few gemstones to finish it off.
I hope today's post has inspired you to revisit some of the existing items in your stash! As always, thanks for stopping by!

Featured Supplies

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Wplus9 Snowflake Backdrops Stamp
Wplus9 Snowflake Backdrops Stamp
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Wplus9 White Cardstock
Wplus9 White Cardstock
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Wplus9 4 Bar Stitched Rectangles Die
Wplus9 4 Bar Stitched Rectangles Die
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Wplus9 PURE COLOR Lake House Dye Ink
Wplus9 PURE COLOR Lake House Dye Ink
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Wplus9 PURE COLOR Nautical Navy Dye Ink
Wplus9 PURE COLOR Nautical Navy Dye Ink
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Cookies & Cocoa
Cookies & Cocoa
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Holiday Presents Die
Holiday Presents Die
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Simple Snowflake Die
Simple Snowflake Die
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Snowflake Trio Die
Snowflake Trio Die
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