Monday, November 19, 2018

GUEST ARTIST FEATURE: Watercolored Holiday Cards w/Norine Borys

Hello, hi!

Norine Borys back with you again today for a Guest Post to share some cards created using the latest WPlus9 release. There are some beautiful sets in this release, and I had a difficult time choosing which to use first!

I began with the Merriest Snowflake stamp set. I stamped a random pattern of snowflakes and stars to loosely fill in the background of several A2 sized pieces of watercolor paper with Versamark ink, and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I couldn’t decide which color scheme I really wanted to use, so I did a variety and ended up loving these three.

Creating color blends like this is very simple. I washed the whole card panel with water, then daubed in two to three different colors and let them blend and mix however they like. After letting the first layer dry, I went back and added a little more color. Watercolor paints dry back lighter than they first go on, so the blue/grey and green/turquoise in particular, needed a bit more intensity.

Setting aside the watercolor card panels to dry, I then stamped "Merriest Wishes - from our home to yours" onto vellum strips, which I also heat embossed with white embossing powder. I wrapped the vellum sentiment strips around the watercolored panel and adhered them on the back. Then I adhered the card panels to a coordinating color of card stock and added that to a card base. A few colored Nuvo drops to coordinate complete each card.

These are very quick and simple options for anyone looking for mass-production card ideas.

Next I used Cookies and Cocoa stamp set.

These cards were a little more labor intensive as I stamped the images onto masking paper and cut them out so that I could build the scene. I really enjoy that kind of card making so I didn’t mind the extra effort. I loved adding the partial snowflake images to the mugs by masking the outside of the cup and stamping the snowflakes with Versamark and heat embossing with white embossing powder.

If you'd like to know more about the cards, please head over to my blog for more photos and a run down on creating them!

Thanks for stopping by today, and thank you to WPlus9 for the chance to play again with such delightful stamp designs!

~Norine

Featured Supplies

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

Cookies & Cocoa
Cookies & Cocoa
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Merriest Snowflake
Merriest Snowflake
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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Glittered Snowflakes w/Dawn ft. FOLK ART FLURRIES

Hello crafty friends! I'm back with more glitter! I know, I know...glitter. I'm blaming it on the holiday season.

But, in my defense, it's glitter embossing powder. So slightly less traumatic. ;o) And can you blame me? These cards are gorgeous, and pretty easy to pull together. So easy in fact, that I created a trio of them. Be sure to watch below to see how these all came together.


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I've been on a kick with the glittered embossing powders lately. I love how quickly you can add tons of sparkle to your projects without a lot of fuss. I paired a few of them up with our Folk Art Flurries stamp set to stamp a fun glittered patterned paper of snowflakes.

I also used the glitter embossing powders to create some DIY glitter cardstock to die cut snowflakes from them using our Snowflake Trio Die. They make a beautiful backdrop for the sentiments when layered together on top of a dry embossed snowflake created using our Simple Snowflake Die.

There are tons of glitter embossing powders on the market, but you can also create your own. This is perfect if you want to test the waters and see if it's something you'd like, before jumping in to purchase.

I mixed equal parts of a colored embossing powder and loose glitter together to create this one. I just love the depth of color and shimmer I was able to create.

The clean and simple layout of this card set really lets that sparkle and shine take center stage without competing with it. I left everything monochromatic and let the embossing powders add the color. Even the sentiment, die cut from Oatmeal cardstock using our Holiday Presents Die, was left tone-on-tone.

The entire focal point is compact and centered on a label from our Holly Jolly Die. I love how big this label is. It definitely carries the card and keeps all of the focus right where it should be.

All of the cards were finished off with a sprinkling of jewels from Studio Katia and Pretty Pink Posh. I've linked all of the products I used on today's projects below. I wasn't able to find a few, perhaps they've been discontinued, so in some cases I've linked good substitutions where applicable.

I really don't usually hit the glitter this hard, but like I said, I'm gonna blame it on the Holiday's! How about you? Is there something that you reserve just for the Holiday's?

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope your weekend is going well!

Featured Supplies

For your convenience, here is a list of the featured supplies used on today's project(s), along with links to purchase. Please note: this list contains affiliate links.

Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD
Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD
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3M Scotch DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE
3M Scotch DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE
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Wplus9 Oatmeal Cardstock
Wplus9 Oatmeal Cardstock
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Ranger Multi-Medium Matte
Ranger Multi-Medium Matte
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Quilled Creations PRECISION TIP Empty Applicator Bottle
Quilled Creations PRECISION TIP Empty Applicator Bottle
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Sizzix BIG SHOT
Sizzix BIG SHOT
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EK Success CRAFT TWEEZERS Precision Tip
EK Success CRAFT TWEEZERS Precision Tip
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Inkadinkado EMBOSSING MAGIC Powder Bag
Inkadinkado EMBOSSING MAGIC Powder Bag
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MISTI Precision Stamping Tool
MISTI Precision Stamping Tool
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Holly Jolly Die
Holly Jolly Die
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MISTI Creative Corners
MISTI Creative Corners
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Folk Art Flurries
Folk Art Flurries
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Simple Snowflake Die
Simple Snowflake Die
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Snowflake Trio Die
Snowflake Trio Die
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WOW! Glitter Embossing Powder Metallic Copper Sparkle
WOW! Glitter Embossing Powder Metallic Copper Sparkle
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WOW! Glitter Embossing Powder Midnight Dream
WOW! Glitter Embossing Powder Midnight Dream
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WOW! Glitter Embossing Powder Metallic Gold Sparkle
WOW! Glitter Embossing Powder Metallic Gold Sparkle
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Studio Katia April Crystals
Studio Katia April Crystals
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Studio Katia Midnight Blue Crystals
Studio Katia Midnight Blue Crystals
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Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Rose Gold Jewels
Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Rose Gold Jewels
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Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Silver Jewels
Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Silver Jewels
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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Messy Heat Embossing w/Dawn ft. MERRIEST SNOWFLAKE

Hello crafty friends! Today's projects are of the "easier to show than tell" variety. This went up on YouTube last week, but I wanted to make sure to share here as well along with some still shots.

As I mention in the video below, these were "experimental" cards. More often than not, you start off with a vision and then likely have to make a few adjustment and/or corrections along the way before arriving at your final project. The original card plan was to simply add foil spatters to an ink-blended background. But along the way, I ran into issues with the execution and ended up with a glorious glittered border.


Watch above or watch in HD at YouTube

I started the card with a spotlight ink blended background, and then added foil splatters using Tombow Mono Multi Glue. After realizing that I had a sticky residue left behind, I decided to add a frame of messy glittered heat embossing.

I stamped the edges with our Merriest Snowflake stamp set and heat embossed it using WOW! Platinum Sparkle glitter embossing powder. I loved the way it turned out and decided to a simple triple stacked sentiment, also from Merriest Snowflake, heat embossed in Ranger's Liquid Platinum embossing powder.

A few small embellishments of silver DMC Metallic Thread and Pretty Pink Posh clear sequins finished it off.

This got me curious about the other glitter embossing powders in my stash and I decided to try a couple more. I didn't get very far though, as I was thoroughly distracted by the WOW! Midas Touch glitter embossing powder.

This is one of those tricky ones that is next to impossible to photograph though. It has a silver and gold powder and glitter with a sprinkling of holo flakes thrown in just for good measure. It acts like a duo chrome, shifting between silver and gold. I've got two cards below, both use the Midas Touch, but one appears silver and the other more golden.

I started with the same backgrounds for both. For the above card, I used the Sending Cheer Die to create my main sentiment. I cut one from Oatmeal card stock and then distressed it using Warm Wool ink. And then I cut the word Cheer from some DIY glitter paper I created using the WOW! Midas Touch glitter embossing powder.

For the card below, I again used a triple stacked sentiment. But this time I used the Holly Jolly Christmas stamp set.

I was definitely nice to play around and finally use up some of those gorgeous glitter embossing powders I've been hoarding. Hopefully this inspires you to do the same!

Thanks for stopping in. I hope you are having a great week!

Featured Supplies

For your convenience, here is a list of the featured supplies used on today's project(s), along with links to purchase. Please note: this list contains affiliate links.

Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD
Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD
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Ranger Embossing Powder LIQUID PLATINUM
Ranger Embossing Powder LIQUID PLATINUM
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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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Wplus9 Oatmeal Cardstock
Wplus9 Oatmeal Cardstock
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WP9
Ranger Multi-Medium Matte
Ranger Multi-Medium Matte
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Pretty Pink Posh SPARKLING CLEAR MIX Cupped Sequins
Pretty Pink Posh SPARKLING CLEAR MIX Cupped Sequins
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EK Success CRAFT TWEEZERS Precision Tip
EK Success CRAFT TWEEZERS Precision Tip
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Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS
Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS
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Warm Wool PURE COLOR Dye Ink
Warm Wool PURE COLOR Dye Ink
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Wplus9 Nautical Navy Cardstock
Wplus9 Nautical Navy Cardstock
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Inkadinkado EMBOSSING MAGIC Powder Bag
Inkadinkado EMBOSSING MAGIC Powder Bag
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Bazzill 40 LB VELLUM 8.5 x 11 White 25 Sheets
Bazzill 40 LB VELLUM 8.5 x 11 White 25 Sheets
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Holly Jolly Christmas
Holly Jolly Christmas
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Sending Cheer Die
Sending Cheer Die
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Merriest Snowflake
Merriest Snowflake
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Fiskars Paper Crimper
Fiskars Paper Crimper
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Tombow Mono Multi Glue
Tombow Mono Multi Glue
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DMC Metallic Silver Embroidery Thread
DMC Metallic Silver Embroidery Thread
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad Faded Jeans
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad Faded Jeans
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad Broken China
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad Broken China
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad Black Soot
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad Black Soot
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Therm O Web Silver Deco Foil
Therm O Web Silver Deco Foil
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WOW Embossing Glitter Midas Touch
WOW Embossing Glitter Midas Touch
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WOW Embossing Glitter Platinum Sparkle
WOW Embossing Glitter Platinum Sparkle
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