Wednesday, March 29, 2017

GUEST ARTIST FEATURE: Jessica Frost-Ballas

Good morning! Jess here from All the Sparkle and I am thrilled and honored to be guesting on the WPlus9 blog today! I love the big floral spray in the Kind Soul set and today I wanted to show a few different ways to use it!

First I wanted to use masking to create a large floral bouquet!

I used my MISTI stamp positioner to stamp the floral spray from Kind Soul onto watercolor paper with Versamark ink and then heat-embossed it with silver embossing powder. Next I stamped it onto masking paper and fussy cut it before placing it over the embossed image. I shifted the floral spray so it would overlap the masked image and stamped it again with Versamark before heat-embossing it with silver embossing powder. I wanted to keep the background simple so I watercolored it with a single dark grey Zig Clean Color real brush marker. For the larger flowers I drew directly on the flower and then blended it out with a damp paintbrush. For the smaller flowers I scribbled the marker onto an acrylic block, diluted it with a little water, and painted it onto the flower. Once I was happy with the coverage I set it aside to dry while I worked on the rest of the card.

To create the sentiment I swiped PURE Color dye ink in Sweet Gelato over a piece of white cardstock. It would have been easier to use the Sweet Gelato cardstock but I ran out! ;) Then I die-cut it with the Hand Lettered Thanks die twice and adhered them together with Glossy Accents. Next I colored the die with the Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Marker until it was sparkly and then coated it with a layer of Glossy Accents. I stamped the rest of the sentiment from Hand Lettered Thanks onto white cardstock with Versamark and heat-embossed it with silver embossing powder before trimming it down to a thin angled label. Once everything was totally dry I trimmed the background panel down and adhered it to Coal Mine cardstock and adhered the sentiment to the bottom left corner of my card.

My next card uses just part of the floral spray from Kind Soul to create a smaller floral arrangement!

I love the floral spray from Kind Soul but thought it would be fun to alter the stamp to create a smaller floral arrangement. I stamped it onto White cardstock with Black dye ink and colored it with copics. I used R39, RV29, RV25, RV23, RV21, T4, and T7 for the larger flowers, R000, R000, and RV23 for the smaller flowers, and G21, YG06, YG09, G28, and G29 for the foliage. I used the coordinating Kind Soul Die to die cut the spray and then hand trimmed one edge to make it a smaller arrangement. I made sure to leave a small border approximately the same width that the die leaves. Then I used a trick my friend showed me to disguise the bright white edge of the die by coloring it the same color as my background panel so that the floral spray pops. T8 is a close match for Coal Mine cardstock.

Next I die-cut a panel using the Sunshine Layers Die with Coal Mine cardstock and then stamped the sentiment from Quite Like You with Versamark and heat-embossed it with white embossing powder. I used a layer of foam mounting tape to adhere the scalloped panel to a Coal Mine card base. Finally, I used foam mounting tape to adhere my floral spray to the card and added a sprinkling of metallic silver and sparkling clear sequins for a little extra sparkle!/p>

Thanks so much for stopping by today and many thanks to Dawn for inviting me to guest for WPlus9! It’s truly a dream come true for me! I hope I inspired you to stretch your floral stamps to create different looks and layouts for your cards! Have a great day!/p>

-Jess

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28 comments:

  1. beautiful cards Jess - especially love the first one with that lovely gray/silver background!!

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  2. Very creative use of that beautiful stamp in both cards. The silver/gray especially surprises and makes me want to try that "technique" with other stamps.

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  3. This is a stunner - Jaw dropping-ly gorgeous for sure.

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  4. So stunning Jess!! I have this stamp set arriving any day and you've inspired me to try something different!!!

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  5. Gorgeous cards, Jess! Great use of the set! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  6. Two diverse ways to showcase the floral set, but they share one thing in common: stunning! The first is chic and stylish; the second, vibrant and eye-catching. Both would be lovely in frames..
    ~carol

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  7. Wow! So pretty! I love them both but to my surprise I like the second card the best. I'm not usually one for cards on black backgrounds but with you brightly colored florals - knocked it out of the park, you did! ;)

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  8. Gorgeous and elegant! Love ❤️!

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  9. I love both of these! The monochrome one is my favorite though, how clever! And the coloring the edges on the die cut!

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  10. TOTALLY GORGEOUS!!! I LOOOOVE the greys & silver you did on the first card! TOTALLY STUNNING!!! Your second card is GORGEOUS TOO!!!! What a treat for us today!!! THANK YOU for sharing with us!!! ;)

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  11. Oh these are STUNNING!! LOVE the way you used these flowers on both your cards!!

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  12. WOW - love, love, love those! The Black/grey one is just stunning. Beautiful work Jessica! :)

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  13. Just beautiful Jess, I especially like the grey/silver one, its really striking!

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  14. Not sure which card I love better!!! Both are just gorgeous! Gosh, I love what you did with just 1 color of Zig!! But I love that pop of color on the black card. That's it, I'll just take them both. Easily solved. Thankfully I have both these sets!

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  15. These are just phenomenal, friend. Beautifully done! Congratulations.

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  16. Gorgeous cards! I especially love the soft gray bouquet.

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  17. These are both so beautiful! The first one, the gray florals look silver and super classy - that would make a great background for a wedding card! And the second is just gorgeous as well, beautiful coloring. What a good trick for die cut edges!

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  18. Can't wait for this stamp to come back in stock! :)

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  19. Wow...2 fantastic but very different looking cards...shows the flexibility of this stamp :)

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  20. Hi Jess!!! You're cards are elegant and beautiful.

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  21. WOW!!
    STUNNING work!

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  22. I love big, bold, colorful floral cards!! I love both your cards but can't believe you much I'm drawn to the gray shaded one. It's stunning. The pop of red is beautiful with that card. I can't believe you colored that with one Ziggy. It really is stunning, Jessica.

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  23. You are SO talented Jessica!!!! Love both of these cards!!

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