Monday, August 21, 2017

GUEST ARTIST FEATURE: Kay Miller & A SALE

Hi there! It's Kay Miller and I am so excited to be guesting again with WPlus9! I absolutely love everything they come out with!

For my project today, I decided to use a few older stamp sets that are some of my favorites. And, since we've past the halfway mark and are now counting down the days until Christmas, I wanted to get a head start on my Christmas cards and share a little about how I'm going to be doing mine this year.

I love to layer stuff. That is just my thing! I cut out lots of stuff, then have so much fun messing around with it in different ways until I get something I like. I still plan on doing a lot of cards this way, but I also want to do some flat cards, because last year, I had a really hard time mailing my cards. Some of them would not even fit into the envelope, and of course they all took extra postage.

So today I'm going to share with you a “fluffy” layered card, and then a couple of flat versions. I have found that even with my flat versions, I can still layer the stamping which I love!

So my first card here is they layered one. I used mainly Silver Bells stamp set and coordinating dies, along with Fresh Cut Florals and Folk Art Flurries. I first watercolored a blue background with Peerless Watercolors. When that was dry, I stamped some of the small snowflakes from Folk Art Flurries.

Next I stamped the sentiment in black then stamped and cut out all of my images. I layered them with foam tape and adhered this to my watercolored panel.

Lastly, and this is why most of my cards won't fit into envelopes, I mounted the whole panel onto an A2 top folded card with fun foam. I also added a few drops of Nuvo Crystal Drops.

Okay now for the flat version. And I mean completely one layer flat. I just stamped everything directly onto a top folded A2 size white card. I did use my MISTI stamp positioning tool for this because I wanted to be able to stamp again, if I didn't get a good impression, but it was not necessary. Everything was only stamped once.

Using the MISTI though would be a great way to mass produce this design. I did add a few drops of Nuvo Crystal Drops for that finishing touch.

This is another flat version done exactly like the one above, only I splattered a little bit of gray ink mixed with water after I was done. I thought that added a unique touch.

Even though these are simply done, I do like the design a lot, and I love how the design is stamped over the sentiment. I will definitely be doing some different designs like this for my Christmas cards this year.

Thank you so much for stopping by, and a huge thanks to Dawn and Wplus9 for having me guest!

~Kay

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Distress Inks vs. Distress Oxide Inks with Kelly

Hello Crafters! Do you ever find yourself in a crafty rut?

Sometimes that means not being able to create anything we like at all but other times it means always creating the same types of cards. Lately me and scene cards go together like peas and carrots. I love scene cards. Don't get me wrong. But sometimes I don't have an hour and a half to devote to creating a single card.

In order to take a break I thought I would just sit down and play with colors. Since I was playing with colors anyway I thought it would be fun to compare Tim Holtz Distress Inks to Distress Oxides. There's been a ton of comparisons done but what I really wanted to see was color to color what was the difference.

I got out a rainbow of colors and some favorite stamps and went to work. You can see the cards from start to finish in the video below.


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I really love the way the design turned out, and honestly whether you use regular Distress Ink or Distress Oxides, you're going to get a great result.

The regular Distress Inks were a bit brighter but the Distress Oxides were easier to blend. The one drawback to the Distress Oxides is because of how opaque they are, they do dull the back outline. It's not a huge issue but when you love bold black as much as I do it's definitely noticeable.

Thank you guys so much for joining me today! What is your preference Distress Inks or Distress Oxides?

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Wplus9 White Cardstock
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Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue
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Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad SALTY OCEAN
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Tim Holtz Distress OXIDE INK PAD SET OF 12
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad WILTED VIOLET
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Ranger Inkssentials Non Stick CRAFT SHEET
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad FOSSILIZED AMBER
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MINI MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping Tool Kit
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Judikins Eclipse ART MASKING TAPE
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad WILTED VIOLET
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Friday, August 18, 2017

You are Sweet & Strong Fruit Card with Yana

Hello friends! This is Yana and I hope you are having a fabulous week!

I got carried away a bit the other day playing with my Summer Citrus stamps and created yet another simple to make card featuring oranges and (possibly?) grapefruits. As I was looking for inspiration for my cards I searched for “fruit illustration” on Pinterest and stumbled upon a multitude of fantastic ideas! I still have many of them open on my computer, so I’ll probably end up making more cards using these stamps.

I started working on this card by randomly stamping circles in Hayride and Miami Spice onto a white cardstock panel cut to 4 x 5 ¼”. I overlapped many of the circles and added more towards the top of the card and less at the bottom.

Next, I used a coordinating outline stamp and added a shade darker outlines to each of the stamped circles. I used Pumpkin Spice and Sweet Nectar colors. I also stamped leaves directly onto the panel anywhere where I could find a spot without overlapping these with other images. I used Last Leaf and Appletini colors.

Using a dotted cluster stamp I added what looks like ink splatter onto the background and adhered my panel onto an A2 top folding card base.

To add even more green I stamped and die-cut additional leaf clusters and foam mounted them onto the card. As I was doing so I made sure to keep one section of the card free from any additional layers and reserved that space for a sentiment. Lastly, I stamped "You are Sweet & Strong" from Southern Sentiments message in black ink.

Have fun stamping!

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WPlus9 Summer Citrus Stamp Set
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WPlus9 Southern Sentiments Stamp Set
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WPlus9 Hayride Dye Ink
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WPlus9 Last Leaf Dye Ink
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