Friday, August 1, 2014

August 2014 Release Week

Welcome to Release Week at Wplus9 Design! We have lots of new products hitting the market soon and we are so excited to start sharing them with you.

I hope you don't mind, but we are doing things a bit different than usual. We are removing the hype and bringing the craft!

You'll find a full list of all of the products that will be available beginning August 5, 2014 at wplus9.com, as well as at many of your favorite retailers at the end of this post. What?! Yep, we are getting right down to business.

So let's kick things off with a look at Strictly Sentiments 5.

I have been kind of obsessed with techniques lately, specifically backgrounds. Strictly Sentiments 5 is perfect for using with fun backgrounds. The sentiments are perfectly scaled and the fun font is modern, just a little quirky, yet still sophisticated.

So today I'm sharing a video featuring both, Strictly Sentiments 5 and an easy bokeh-like effect. I LOVE this technique and hope you enjoy as well!

Watch above or in HD at YouTube

Here's some still shots of the featured cards.

The sentiments in this set are gender neutral, so just switching up the background colors makes it quick to create a stash of cards for boys and girls of all ages.

I really loved the blues and yellows in this one. It ended up looking a little more celestial than bokeh to me, but I still love it either way.

There is lot of new stuff coming your way. Check it out:

August 2014 Release - available 08/05/14

Photopolymer Clear Stamps

Flora & Fauna 2
6x8" Clear Stamp Set
$21 USD

Fresh Cut Containers
4x6" Clear Stamp Set
$14 USD

Hand Lettered Thanks
4x6" Clear Stamp Set
$14 USD

Lucky Stars
4x6" Clear Stamp Set
$14 USD

Papel Picado
4x6" Clear Stamp Set
$14 USD

Punny Produce: Pears
3x4" Clear Stamp Set
$6 USD

Strictly Sentiments 5
4x6" Clear Stamp Set
$14 USD

Steel Rule Dies

Flora & Fauna 2 Companion Die
$13 USD

Fresh Cut Containers Companion Die
$18 USD

Hand Lettered Thanks Die
$7 USD

Clear Cut Stackers: Pear Die
$7 USD

Papel Picado Companion Die
$10 USD

Giveaway Alert

Strictly Sentiments 5 is such a versatile set that I am sure will become a "go-to" for me. Would you like to win it before you can buy it? Just leave a comment below by 10:00 a.m. EST on 08/02/14 to enter. I will select one random winner from all comments. Winner will be posted on our Releaser Winners page by noon.

Good Luck! And thanks for stopping by. Be sure to come back tomorrow for more previews of our August 2014 Release!

To see more Strictly Sentiments 5, be sure to stop by Kara's blog today as well!

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Online Card Classes *Stretch Your Stamps 2* Winner

Hello ladies (and gents)! We have a winner for the Online Card Classes - Stretch Your Stamps 2 class!


Congratulations Lydia!

Please send an email as soon as possible to customerservice@wplus9.com, Subject: Stretch Your Stamps 2 Winner, so that we can get you in contact with Online Card Classes to claim your prize.

We wouldn't want you to be late for class!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

VIDEO: Textured Die Cuts

Hi guys!

Today's video features a little experimenting with Martha Stewart's White Texture Effect and die cutting. I bought this stuff a while ago and wasn't quite sure what to do with it...until now.

While on vacation recently we spent an entire day finding sand dollars and starfish in the ocean...along with sea cucumbers, urchin, and some slimy slug things that I would just like to forget about altogether. LOL But, it did get me thinking that the texture of this paste was perfect for recreating sand and for creating the texture of starfish and sand dollars.

So when I got home, I did a little experimenting...and it worked!

It doesn't dry chalky or too hard, there wasn't any flaking or cracking, so it was a great candidate for die cutting. I spread a thin layer over card stock, allowed it to dry and then die cut it. Watch the video below to see this card from start to finish as well as some tips along the way.

Watch above or in HD at YouTube

I hope you enjoyed today's video! I'll be back soon with a shaker card video featuring this same paste and more stencils.

Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you soon!


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