Friday, October 28, 2016

VIDEO: Dry Embossed Details with Yana

Hello everyone! This is Yana Smakula and today I’m going to show you a quick way to add simple details to one layer projects.

In the past, I’ve talked about using a negative die cut panel to create a DIY embossing plate, today I’m going to show you how you can use your companion dies and add dry embossed details to stamped images.

I created 2 projects using different colors of ink, cardstock and sentiments. While my cards are Holiday themed, this technique works great for many other occasions. The only requirement - your stamps need to have coordinating dies.

Watch above or watch in HD at YouTube

You want to start by doing stamping first. I began by placing companion dies for the Holiday Boughs images I wanted to have embossed onto my panel. I taped them using low tack tape and made sure dies did not overlap; it's okay for them to touch on the edges, but not okay to overlap even a bit.

I placed coordinating stamps over the dies, moved the panel inside my MISTI stamp positioner and picked the stamps up using MISTI door. You don’t need to have a MISTI for this technique, you can also do this using a regular clear block.

Once stamps were mounted, I removed the dies and stamped my boughs using Last Leaf ink. I also added additional images to fill in the background. I stamped several branches using Mojito, added pine cones using Coconut Husk and berries using Gala Red dye inks.

After my stamping was done I replaced dies over the stamped images I wanted to have dry embossed, taped them in place and embossed in my die cutting machine using embossing sandwich.

Note: Check your die cutting machine manual to learn how to make embossing sandwich (to emboss with dies) for your die cutting machine. These sandwiches are different for different machines. You will need to use Spellbinders Embossing Mat to be able to emboss with dies.

When doing embossing you’ll need to do it all at once, otherwise you’ll flatten the previously embossed pieces. I embossed all the images in the bottom left corner first and in the top right corner later. I only partially covered my panel when I did the second embossing run not to flatten the previously embossed pieces.

Because the sentiments on my cards were heat embossed in white embossing powder, I needed to blend some ink over them to help them pop; I also wanted to add ink to my background to help dry embossing stand out.

I used Warm Wool ink to blend over the Oatmeal cardstock panel and a mix of Last Leaf and Mojito to blend over white.

Be sure to watch my video tutorial for more tips, see additional examples and learn from my mistakes.

Have fun stamping!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Merry Holiday Houses with Kara

Hi Guys! It's Kara and I'm back again to share one more project featuring the new Holiday Release products. I'm so excited that I have gotten a jump start on my Christmas cards.

I started this design by creating a frame. I used the two largest Stitched Rectangles from the new 4 Bar Die, (you can find all of the supplies linked at the bottom of this post). I adhered the frame to my card base with some dimensional adhesive. I then placed in some Holiday Houses at varying levels to create depth.

These houses look adorable colored with Copics or watercolored, but I chose to leave them as just simple outlines and add pops of color with the Be Merry Florals stamped in vibrant non-traditional holiday colors. I used Cranberry Crush and Gala Apple for the flowers and New Leaf, Ocean Drive, and Falling For Blue for the leaves.

For the sentiment I stamped and die cut 'Be Merry' from the new Be Merry stamp set and coordinating dies. I chose to stamp it all in black and leave it uncolored to match the black and white house and tie everything together. I added the die cut 'Christmas' from the Christmas Tag Die and colored the white die cut with Falling For Blue ink for a perfect match to my stamping.

Thanks so much for stopping by. See you again soon!

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Love Frame with Joni

Hello Everyone, Joni here using some of the new released products from Wplus9.

To create the background, I started by distressing an A2 card base with Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Tattered Rose and Fossilized Amber. I then created a few "random" dots using Copic Markers. For the frame, I distressed another piece of card stock with Evergreen Bough Tim Holtz Distress Ink and die-cut it using the new 4 Bar Stitched Rectangles Die.

Next, I stamped the banner image from Be Merry Sentiments with gray pigment ink from Fresh Ink in Birch. Next, I stamped the "love" sentiment from the same set with Wplus9 PURE COLOR in Black. The cute deer images were stamped using the Santa's Reindeer stamp set and colored with Copic markers and die-cut the companion die.

After I assembled my card, I also added some Diamond Stickles and Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins, and added the "sending" sentiment, also from the Be Merry Sentiments stamp set.

I hope you guys enjoyed my card today! Until next time...Thank you so much for stopping by!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Christmas Village Scene with Kelly

I don't know about you guys but I am loving our newest release, and over the weekend, I had an idea I just couldn't get out of my head. With me it almost always does!

I kept thinking about those old romantic Christmas pictures, you know the ones that have snow covered villages with an enormous town Christmas tree? Well, since I couldn't shake it I figured I'd better get busy making it!

I didn't concentrate so much on the copic coloring this time as much as I did the layout so the card would make sense. You can see what I mean in the video below.

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I think the card concept is a ton of fun but I do wish I had went darker. I feel like that "glow" I was going for would have been much more apparent if I had been a bit bolder with my color. Lesson learned for next time. :)

Have you picked up anything from the new release yet? What are you making?

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