Saturday, April 29, 2017

Multi-Layer Scene Building with Kelly

Hello Crafters! Two of my favorite things about cards are colors and cute critters. We're combining both today to create a fun birthday card.

There are so many cute animal sets in the Wplus9 arsenal that I had a hard time choosing but ultimately I decided to use the ones who haven't seen any love from me in awhile. I mean, look how adorable they are. How could I - in good conscious - continue to neglect them, right?

You can follow along from start to finish in the video below.


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I love the way they pop out from their little windows. I think it gives the card such charming character. The addition if the actual twine strings to the balloons adds a bit of texture to the card which is super fun.

Don't you just love the shimmers on the balloons? I know I love shimmer on everything but I feel like it's a good problem to have. ;o)

I hope you're inspired to be creative this weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Friday, April 28, 2017

A Background Study: Heat Embossing & Ombre with Yana

Hello friends! This is Yana and I hope you are having a fabulous week!

During the month of April I shared several projects using background stamps. I titled my posts Background Study as I wanted to explore and test out different background options I could create using WPlus9 stamps and inks for my cards. I used two different stamp sets - Borders and Backgrounds 1 and Borders and Backgrounds 4. I made two sets of cards using different color combinations - some very bold and colorful and some soft and feminine.

For my monthly video tutorial I wanted to continue exploring backgrounds and decided to create several additional card ideas featuring heat embossing. I only used inks for my original cards and did a lot of ombre stamping, this time I decided to do heat embossing and do ombre ink blending for a similar, yet different look.


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I heat embossed several backgrounds using gold and white embossing powders. I used Antique Gold and regular white. You can use Gold or experiment with other embossing powder colors - Platinum, Brass, Silver, you can even do clear.

To create my backgrounds I used a clear block with gridlines, you can also use a stamp positioner, but using a block with etched lines makes stamping go faster. Grid lines help a great deal when aligning images and making sure each row is perfectly straight. When mounting my images onto the block I made sure the bottom of my design was exactly next to one of the grid lines.

Instead of using white, I picked colored cardstock for my projects. Whenever I do ink bending I prefer to use colored cardstock to make it easier on my wrist and also to save time and do significantly less blending. You can use white paper for this, do white on white heat embossing and use 2 or 3 colors of ink to create ombre ink blending, but when you have colored cardstock as your base you need to do a lot less work as you already have that base color right there on your paper.

I used Sweet Gelato ink color for my pink ombre ink blended paper. For my light blue one I used Lake House and for the dark blue I used Falling For Blue and Nautical Navy (these are identical ink colors I used for my original Background Study cards).

I trimmed my backgrounds down and foam mounted onto 4 bar note cards. I simply adore this card size lately, so I wanted to make more smaller cards to have on hand.

To embellish these cards I used More Fresh Cut stamp set - I stamped Happy Birthday sentiment in blank ink onto strips of white cardstock and die-cut and stamped several leaves and flowers to complete my projects.

I used same ink colors I used for my ink blending and also picked Last Leaf and Appletini colors to stamp the leaves. I foam mount sentiment strips onto my cards and foam mounted flowers and leaves on top. I used my fingers and shaped the leaves a little bit to make them look a bit more dimensional.

One last thing I did - I used a black pigment pen, white and black Nuvo Drops and added details to my cards. I used Gloss White dots to add white dimensional centers to my flowers and also used same product to add details to my backgrounds.

So this concludes my April background study! I hope you have found it useful and inspirational. Let me know in the comments below if you’d like to me to do similar studies in my upcoming posts.

Have fun stamping!

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

GUEST ARTIST FEATURE: Taheerah Atchia

Hi everyone, Happy Tuesday! I’m Taheerah and I’m beyond thrilled to be guesting on the WPlus9 blog today!

I was so excited to put the Modern Petunias and Petunia Builder sets to use – together! – for a couple of cards that showcase a basic watercolour technique that is sure to have you reaching for your brushes!


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I started by stamping the outline petunias using Distress Inks. With an almost-no-line technique in mind, I chose ink colours that were in line with the base colours that the flowers would be, then used clean clear water to ‘pull’ colour from the outlines to create a first wash of colour. I watercoloured the petals individually, drying in between, so they could keep their details and definition.

Once my watercolouring was done, I took the solid center images from Petunia Builder and stamped them with PURE COLOR Dye Ink in Wild Mango. Just that one stamp adds so much depth to the image! I decided not to stop there though, and added some further details, before fussy cutting out my images ready to use on my card. There is a companion die for this set, but I opted to trim these out right up against the outlines.

I stamped my card base with the awesome Big Top Background – a really basic staple that every stamper needs! I stamped once with Fairy Dust ink, then a second time with Sea Breeze ink (stamped off once) for some extra definition. The MISTI makes techniques like this so easy!

I added a sentiment and some leaves from Modern Petunias, adding a light watercolour wash to the leaves, before splattering the background for some subtle shimmer. All that was left was to adhere my flowers in place with dimensional adhesive and add a sprinkling of sequins and I was all done.

I hope you’ve loved what you’ve seen here today, hopefully I’ve shown you that you don’t have to be a watercolour pro to make the most of these beautiful designs. My eternal thanks to Dawn for giving me a chance to appear here today – it really is a dream come true!

~Taheerah

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For your convenience, here is a list of the featured Wplus9 supplies used on today's project(s), along with links to purchase.

Additional Supplies

  • Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Milled Lavender, Shaded Lilac, Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Crushed Olive), Versafine Onyx Black Ink
  • Cardstock: Ellen Hutson Letterpress Cardstock
  • Embellishments: Iridescent Silver Glimmer Mist, Pretty Pink Posh Wisteria Blossoms Sequin Mix
  • Adhesive: Pinflair Glue Gel, Multi Matte Medium
  • Tools: MISTI, EK Success Cutterbee Scissors, Ranger Heat Tool, Teflon Bone Folder, ScorBuddy

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