Thursday, April 16, 2015

Throwback Thursday - Monogrammed

It's time for another Throwback Thursday Challenge.  I'm a huge fan of making gift sets, especially this time of year with Teacher Appreciation Day coming next month.  I don't always send a lot of gifts into the schools throughout the year, but I always like to make card sets and send handwritten notes thanking our teachers for all of their hard work during the school year on Teacher Appreciation Day.  So this month, we our TBT set is Monogrammed.

This month I've made three card sets featuring Monogrammed and three different techniques using the newly released PURE COLOR Spray Mists in Lake House, Sweet Gelato, Sweet Nectar and Bloomsberry.

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Stamps: Monogrammed, Country Charm // Spray Mist: Sweet Gelato // Dies: Love Showers Layers Dies// Cardstock:  Black

This first set is fun and trendy with the clean lines of the monogram paired with the sprayed ink and sequins.  I die cut four white panels using the Love Showers Layers Die, then sprayed each one with Spray Ink, concentrating the color in the upper left corner.  Then I stamped the bottom using the stripes from Country Charm and the Monogrammed letters.  Each card was embellished with sequins that coordinated perfectly with the Spray Mists.

The next set is also right on trend.

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I love the versatility of the PURE COLOR Spray Mists.  This time I poured just a bit of each of the spray mists into a paint palette.  With a large brush I covered a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch piece of watercolor paper with clean water.  Then I came back with a smaller brush and dropped in some of the Spray Mist.  I let the water move the color around and then heat set it to create even more movement.  I created a frame for each card using the Holiday Apertures Dies and adhered everything to a white card base.

The last set uses a combination of colors.

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To make these last cards, I sprayed a large acrylic block with two spray mists (Sweet Gelato and Sweet Nectar on one and Lake House and Bloomsberry on the other), then sprayed them with just a bit of water.  I took a piece of white cardstock and pressed it into the ink to get a fun watercolored look.  To make the little splotches on the white panel I removed the top of the Spray Mists and flicked the spray from the bottom of the nozzle.

Play Along

Now it's your turn! We'd love to have you participate in our Throwback Thursday posts. We know you've got some older product in your stash dying to see some ink! So let's pull em out. Use any card above as inspiration, or even the stamp set if you've got it, and let's see those "oldies but goodies" get some love!
Use at least one Wplus9 product and upload your project to your blog or online photo gallery such as Flickr. Then link it up using the InLinkz widget below to share it and keep the inspiration flowing! You'll have 3 weeks to play along.
EXTRA ENTRIES: Post your creations on Instragram using the hashtag #wplus9tbt for an extra entry!


We will select one random random participant to receive a $20 store credit to Winners will be announced on Thursdays when the new Throwback Thursday is posted.

TBT #2 Winner

  • #21 (Jenny Newlin)

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Custom Colored Die Cuts

I have a couple of bright and cheerful cards to share with you today featuring custom colored die cuts and products from our April 2015 Release.

This technique is one that I do often. I love the flexibility of having any color card stock I need without having to invest in colors that I may not need very often. By sponging my die cuts using my PURE Color Dye Inks and a sponge dauber, I know I've got the perfect color every time. Not to mention that I can create custom color blends and ombre effects with this technique.

The first card features the Love Mom stamp set and Love Mom Layers Die. The multiple nested shapes within this die make it a perfect candidate for shaker cards. I knew that I wanted the inside of the shaker window to be quite busy, so I opted to leave the rest of the card very clean and simple.

I die cut several of the flowers and leaves from the Love Mom Layers Die and colored them using a sponge dauber and PURE Color Dye Inks in Miami Spice, Lake House, Sweet Nectar, and Nautical Navy. I filled my shaker window with some of these along with sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and Martha Stewart micro-beads.

The sentiment was created using a combination of the Love Mom stamp set and Love Mom Layers Die. I stamped the first and last part of the sentiment in Stayzon ink onto the acetate window and finished it with the "love" die cut - also from the Love Mom Layers Die - sponged with Lake House.

This next card is a 4-bar card (3 1/2 x 4 7/8") featuring the same technique and the the Stitched Heart Border Die. I cut the die several times from White card stock and colored each one in a rainbow of colors - from top to bottom: Cranberry Crush, Wild Mango, Beanstalk, Bo Peep, and Cockleshell.

To create the stitched panel, I used the Holiday Apertures Die. The faux stitching mimics the stitching in the Stitched Heart Border Die and compliment each other perfectly.

Matting these bright colors with a bit of black patterned paper provides a wonderful stark contrast and really makes these colors pop!

Design Team Inspiration

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Giveaway Alert

Are you loving the Love Mom stamp set and Love Mom Layers Die and the Stitched Heart Border Die as much as I am? I have one of each to give to one lucky commenter! If you'd like to win them, just leave a comment below by 11:59 p.m. EST, Tuesday April 14, 2015. The winner will be posted on our Releaser Winners page by noon on 04/15/15.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

VIDEO: Easy Backgrounds with PURE COLOR Spray Mists

Today's video features a fun and easy technique for creating watercolor backgrounds with PURE COLOR Spray Mists and stamp storage sleeves. You could also substitute a piece of acetate or any slick material.

Watch above or watch in HD at YouTube

This is a fun alternative to color "squishing" or "smooching" as the results are a little more controlled but retain the same loose style. Not too mention, a little less messy. This is also a great look at some fun ways to use our new PURE COLOR Spray Mists.

In the video I demonstrate two ways to achieve similar results on both card stock and watercolor paper. So either way, you're covered. I originally saw this technique in some mixed media videos, but can not recall exactly where to give proper credit. But I did change up/add a few things that I think really compliment the original technique.

I use the same basic supplies on each card to create two similar but different looks. I was thrilled with the way that Just Geometrics: Triangles paired with Encouraging Words. If you are interested in any of the products that I used, you can find the complete supply list below.

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I've got an Encouraging Words stamp and companion die set that I'd love to give away! If you'd like to win it, just leave a comment below by 11:59 p.m. EST on 04/12/15 to enter and I will select one random winner from all comments. Winner will be posted on our Releaser Winners page by noon on 04/13/15.

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