Friday, April 15, 2016

VIDEO: Stretching Dye Inks with Guest Artist Yana Smakula

Hello everyone! This is Yana Smakula and I am so excited and truly honored to be a guest here at WPlus9 blog. I am a big fan of WPlus9 stamps and I adore Dawn’s designs, for me they are always perfect, impeccable, unique and well thought out.

Today I’d like to share a card I created for my Mom for Mother’s Day. Flowers plus a beautiful sentiment always make a perfect combo for a Mother’s Day card. I used Watercolored Anemones along with the companion dies, and Strictly Sentiments 4 for my project.

As for the color combo for this card I went with green Appletini, beautiful yellow Wild Mango and fabulous purple Cockleshell PURE COLOR dye inks. My Mom loves yellow flowers and she also adores purple, so using these colors was perfect in my case. I also added White pigment ink to mix as it was crucial to the technique I was using to create my project.

Watch above or watch in HD at YouTube

Watercolored anemones is a beautiful floral set that allows you to create stunning flowers using several colors of ink. Because I was only using one color for each flower (yellow or purple) I also used white to help me stretch each of the colors. I stamped the first layer of each flower using yellow or purple, added a layer of white which helped me mute the base layer of ink and finally I was able to stamp additional second and third layers using the same yellow or purple over white.

Having white ink sit inbetween the layers of yellow or purple really made the top layers pop and stand out against the muted background. I think this is a great technique to help stretch the use our ink pads.

I also used the same technique for the green leaves on the front of my card. The sentiments here were heat embossed in clear over black so they weren't affected by the white.

I also decorated my card on the inside - I created the same floral cluster and added an additional sentiment making sure I left plenty of room to write a message.

Hope you enjoyed, and I hope you have fun stamping!

Thank you so much for having me here on WPlus9 blog. It's been a pleasure!

Featured Wplus9 Supplies

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


  1. Brilliant..........thank you for your excellent video. I have this stamp and die set, guess what I'm doing today!!!

  2. Oh my gosh this video was amazing! Some ideas I have never seen before! Thank you for sharing! I am so happy I hurried and ordered this as I was going out the door, just by looking at the card I knew it would sell out! Beautiful work Yana you mother will love her card!

  3. Beautiful Yana, I am sure she will love this. A great technique. (I had to pin it to try.)

  4. Beautiful Yana and loved seeing how you created that sweet card for your Mum.

  5. These tips are AMAZING Yana!! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us! I can not wait for my next time in the craft room so I can try this!!

  6. Absolutley fabulous Yana - your mum will love this card!

  7. Great idea, Yana, and what a beautiful card! I love the WPlus set that I have!

  8. So beautiful, Yana - such a special Mother's Day card (she will love it!)

  9. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Love this! It's so very beautiful and a great idea when I don't have very many colors yet.

  11. Oh wow.. This card is amazing! Not surprise for me though, as I didn't expect anything not amazing from Yana holding awesome Wplus9 stamps. The card is so beautiful! Great technique, thank you for sharing!

  12. Very beautiful! Love the combination of white pigment and the dye colors!

  13. Thank-you so much, the card is beautiful !!! The only link I didn't see was for the anti static powder you used before you embossed. Could you please give me more info on that.

    Ann Marie

  14. Great technique. I'm going to start using my white pigment ink. Beautiful card, by the way. Thanks for sharing.


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