Monday, October 5, 2015

October 2015 Release Day

It's Release Day! Every thing we've previewed this week is now available for purchase at wplus9.com as well as at many of your favorite retailers.

I have held back a few cards to share with you over the next couple of weeks along with videos, but I still plenty more to share with you today as well, so let's get to it.

First up is a very non-traditional clean and simple holiday card.

By now, a lot of you know how much I like to mix it up and use unexpected combinations. I love the contrast of the modern watercolored background paired with the very traditional and elegant font in Christmas Greetings. I hand painted very simple strokes of color onto an Arches hot pressed watercolor card base and then just heat embossed my sentiment in Gold. This is a great candidate for mass production.

Based off of your feedback, a lot of you seem to love the new Amaryllis stamp set as much as I do. I literally couldn't wait to ink this baby up!

I heat embossed the image in gold onto Tim Holtz Watercolor card stock and used Gansai Tambi watercolor to add a simple light wash of color to my image. The embossed lines keeps the color contained and makes it really easy to control and end up with gorgeous results.

I die cut the center of the image using one of the stitched rectangles from the Gift Card Layers Die and then cut a few more out of card stock, stacked them together and then reinserted it back into place. For the sentiment I used the Hand Lettered Holiday stamps and dies and then mounted it all onto a Dove Grey card base.

I loved the way this turned out so much that I decided to create a matching tag using the new Anastasia Tag Die.

Next, I wanted to step it up a little. By stamping my image in a waterproof ink, I am able to use the stamped image as a guide to create what looks like a free-hand painting. An added bonus? Allowing the detail lines of the stamping to show through, means I have less work to do.

To created this card, I started by stamping my image in Fairy Dust onto an Arches cold pressed watercolor paper panel. I masked the ends of my stamen with liquid frisket and allowed it to dry. Then I loosely pre-wet my paper, covering the image and a little beyond so that my color would bleed a little beyond the petals, creating a soft and loose edge.

I waited a couple of minutes to allow the water to soak into the paper a little and then I watercolored the flowers using Alizarin Crimson. I waited another minute or two, and then added a little more Alizarin Crimson to the center of my flowers and to the petals that are behind others.

Once the flowers were completely dry, I lightly re-wet the stem areas of the image and painted in the stems using Sap Green. Again I waited a minute or two and then dropped a little more along one edge of the stems to create a little depth. I allowed everything to completely dry and then removed the masking fluid and painted the ends of the stamen with Cadmium Yellow Deep. And of course....I had to add a few splatters! A gold heat embossed sentiment from Christmas Greetings finishes it off.

Some of the ladies still have more to share with you as well so be sure to stop by, they are amazing!

Design Team Inspiration

Thank you all so much for joining us for another release! I love seeing all of the enthusiasm and appreciate each and every comment.

And don't forget, I'm always open to special requests. So if there was a card that you've seen that you'd like to see a video or Periscope on, just leave it in the comments!

44 comments:

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  2. Ummm - videos on ALL your cards please! Lol! I know, I know - you really can't do that but I've been missing your videos a lot and hoping you'll be doing more in the future! Would really love to see one on that stunning, watercolor Amaryllis card - wow, it's a beauty! Awesome release, Dawn! ♥

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  3. Wow..loved he trendy color strokes on first one a lot and cards with watercoloring are wonderful !

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  4. Stunning flower cards!

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  5. I am in love with your first card!! Love those strokes - so gorgeous!!!

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  6. Beautiful cards all of them and have to agree with Barb, more videos please if you have time, especially of the watercolour in red. Just stunning.

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  7. periscope is not very friendly to people in other timezones, sometimes i can watch them back, but not everyone has this option and frankly much less fun as a recording than live, youtube please

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  8. Wow! all these projects are fabulous but the water colored amaryllis is stunning!

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  9. The Amaryllis Card that you painted is so stunning that it took my breath away for a moment. I would love to see a video of that. The first time I ever saw anyone do watercolor, it was you with the Pretty Peonies Stamp Set. It started a serious love affair with watercolor for me that has continued since. I have paints (Gansai Tambi) Nearly every color of Distress Marker and a few other mediums to use. Please do a video of those or any of your cards for that matter!

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  10. The Amaryllis is stunning especially the last one but I am loving all of the. Yes I would love to see a You Tube video of the amaryllis being painted. Periscope hard because I have three kids that can be noisy and my internet signal in unreliable for watching it live.

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  11. Wow ... those Amaryllis cards are beautiful! The watercolored version almost looks 3D it's so detailed!

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  12. Congratulations on another stellar release! LOVE the amaryllis set:)

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  13. I'd love to see your Amaryllis card in video, Dawn! Kara and Joni have done a fabulous job of making me want every new item, and more!
    =] Michele

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  14. Wow! This water-coloured Amaryllis is my favourite card of all I've seen so far, and I'd love a video to see how it's done (I don't have, or want, Periscope). Love this stamp set!

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  15. Gorgeous watercolouring...love the way you created the soft edges.

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  16. These are all really pretty but the last one is absolutely breathtaking (& definitely pin-worthy.)

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  17. Absolutely beautiful cards, Dawn! I want to frame the last one! Stunning!

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  18. I just love this Amaryllis bouquet! Didn't know it was a Christmas flower until you enlightened us and then I looked up the history. Here's a one-page history for interested readers. http://www.gardeners.com/how-to/amaryllis-facts/8660.html A delightful alternative to the Poinsettia. Bought it from you this am along with your new wonderful colors. Toot & Hoot: I have tried many dye inks and I can truthfully say, I love the way yours stamp as one of my most favorite. Beautiful cards Dawn!

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  19. Gorgeous, beautiful, stunning, etc.

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  20. These are absolutely beautiful!

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  21. Wow that Amaryllis is stunning! And brings back memories of planting one for the Holidays!

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  22. Beautiful cards! I would love to see a video on the second card with Christmas Greetings.Not on Periscope, I haven't figured it out yet. My tablet says I can't download it!

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  23. Beautiful cards! I would love to see a video on the second card with Christmas Greetings.Not on Periscope, I haven't figured it out yet. My tablet says I can't download it!

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  24. Absolutely STUNNING!! I especially loooove the ast card with the !bleeding" amaryllis. Sooooo pretty!

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  25. Oh my goodness, Dawn, these are stunning! You are very talented!!

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  26. Oh Dawn, just breathtaking cards. Why did you not do a video??? I could watch you watercolor all day long!!!

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  27. Your talent is over the top. Love the amaryllis cards. Thank you for the inspiration. I hope you will do a watercolor fido for this of us that are challenged in the medium?

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  28. That final Amaryllis card today is a Knockout!! So pretty!

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  29. Love the amaryllis set. Beautiful cards Dawn!

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  30. Love the amaryllis set. Beautiful cards Dawn!

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  31. I love the amaryllis that you did stamping first in Fairy Dust. Would love to see a video on how you painted it!!!

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  32. Stunning. The amaryllis is breath-taking :-)

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  33. That last amaryllis card is simply amazing! Love, love, love it so much. Beautiful work.

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  34. They are all stunning! I love that Amaryllis stamp! They are such a beautiful flowering bulb! Thanks, Paulette S.
    craftqueen417 at yahoo
    http://paulettesprettypapercrafts dot wordpress dot com
    since google/blogger won't delete or edit my blogger profile for a blog that no longer exists, but keeps it merged to my google acct!

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  35. So gorgeous, love these cards and the release!!! Thank you for adding what type of water color paper you are using!

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  36. Such beautiful cards, and images!! Gorgeously colored!!

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  37. Oh, please!...a You Tube Video of the last Amaryllis! I am baffled how you did it and would LOVE to see a video! Your work is amazing! Thanks.

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  38. OMG, this Card is so beautiful , today I have got this stamps and I want to make this also like you. But my speech is German and so : do you have a Video from this Amaryllis-Card ( other) ? hugs

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