Sunday, January 15, 2017

Personalized Birthday Card with Kara

Every year I make a special, personalized card for the student I interpret for.  This year she'll be turning 17!  I wanted to make her a card that was still fun, but a little more grown up.  The Whimsy Alphabet was the perfect choice. Who doesn't love receiving something with their name on it?
 
 
I started by die cutting her name out of masking paper with the Whimsy Alphabet Dies.  Instead of lining up her name horizontally I thought it would be more interesting to stack the letters, in twos, vertically.  I adhered the die cut masks to a piece of white cardstock.  Using a bone folder, I burnished the masks to make sure they were adhered well and I would get a clean edge when the masks were removed. 
 

Using a mini ink blending tool and Shell Pink Pure Color Dye Ink, I applied color on top of the masked letters.  I tried to concentrate most of the color around the letters and let it gradually lighten as it got towards the edge of the cardstock panel.  Once I was happy with the amount of color I had applied, I let that layer of ink dry.  

Still leaving the masks in place I began stamping flowers from the Feathers & Florals stamp set.  I used the same Shell Pink for some, but also added in Little Piggy and Sweet Gelato.  I used black ink to add centers to the flowers.  Now the fun part, removing the masks!


I adhered a few die cut and stamped flowers on top to add a little dimension and draw the eye to her name.  I hope she likes this year's birthday card! 

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Sending Lots of Love with Joni

Hello Everyone! I am back with a little love inspiration using your oldie but goodie stamp sets. The sentiments from Valentine Wishes stamp set never gets old. I've paired it with the cute bunnies from the Wishing You stamp set and companion die. Although this sentiment will go with any of the Wplus9 stamp images you already have.

To begin, I distressed my A2 card base with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Tattered Rose. Next, I stamped the bunnies on the white card panel as a guide and used my Copic markers from darkest to lightest.

Next, I added some aquas for the background. I used the 0 Copic marker just to lighten some of the dark stroke I made.

Then, I added some pink dots using Copic Markers as well, colors you can see below. After coloring the die-cut bunnies, I die-cut 3 more to adhered behind the colored bunnies, just another option since I ran out of foam tape.

Then, I stamped the sentiment "Sending Lots of Love", and "Valentine Wishes" from the Valentine Wishes stamp set. I added a scattering of hearts, also from the Wishing You stamp set, to the background as well.

I hope you enjoyed!

Until next time...Thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

GUEST ARTIST FEATURE: Therese Calvird

Hi there, it’s Therese Calvird and I’m thrilled to be here at the WPlus9 blog!

If you know me then you know that I adore floral designs and Dawn has those nailed. The Beautiful Bouquet series of stamps has a new addition called ‘Mums’ and for my first video I decided to create my own ‘coloring book’ style card.

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Today I used Polychromos pencils to add colour to my flower. These pencils are easy to use and have an oil based binder which means they are ‘harder’ (or sturdier) and, also less likely to produce a wax bloom, so the intricate details in this Chrysanthemum are not lost. I also thought this design needed a bright bold sentiment, so I combined the Sending Hoping Wishing stamp and die set to create this.

WPlus9 also has the most amazing critter stamps, and the new Happy Gang set is so unique. As soon as I saw it, I knew it had many possibilities. And for my second video today I decided to create my own little scene on a children’s card.

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These images are perfect to add details and make them your own. For this design, I used my Prismacolor Pencils to add some shading and depth to the puppy as well as create the grass and colour the sky. I also added a cute little speech bubble sentiment from the Friends for all Seasons: Fall set, and of course, having the matching dies makes creating a breeze.

I would just like to say a big thank you to Dawn and WPlus9 for inviting me here today, I’ve had a blast creating these cards and I hope that you have enjoyed them too! Happy Papercrafting!

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

VIDEO: No-Line Feathers & Florals with Kelly

Hello Crafters!

January has definitely arrived here in Ohio. It's 6 degrees outside. I am currently wearing 3 shirts, two pairs of socks, one pair of super heavy sweat pants and a robe. I am not joking. Do you know what I needed? Warm spring!

Fortunately, I had the Feathers & Florals stamp set waiting in the wings to save the day. Yay, flowers!

I ventured into the mostly terrifying world of no line coloring for this card. When I say it's terrifying let me clarify. It's frightening for me. I love a bold black outline. It's my happy little security blanket. However, I adore the soft look of no line coloring - so here I am, branching out.

You can see how I approached this technique in the video below.

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All and all not too traumatic. LOL I really like the flow of the flowers and how they do look more transparent. Usually, my coloring is so bold, so it's nice to try something else every once in a while.

I especially like the detail of the white dots. I'm all about the little extra subtlety that it adds.

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