Friday, May 22, 2015

Throwback Thursday #4 - Fanciful Feathers


It's time for another Throwback Thursday Challenge.  This month we are heading back to 2013 and the Fanciful Feathers stamp set.  I have loved this set since the day it released.  The sentiments are among my favorites from the entire WPlus9 collection!



Wplus9 Supplies:
Stamps: Fanciful Feathers // Ink:  Lake House, Cockleshell, Nautical Navy,  //Cardstock:  Nautical Navy

My cards this month are the epitome of CAS design.  This first card uses Masking.  Masking is a great technique to use on CAS cards.  It allows you to add stamping and interest without adding layers.  I masked off the top part of my card and then stamped the feathers in Lake House, Cockleshell and Nautical Navy inks.  I then removed the mask and repeatedly stamped the sentiment.  I finished this card off with a strip of Nautical Navy cardstock and some embellishments, which I carried through all three designs.

Wplus9 Supplies:
Cardstock:  Nautical Navy

Like my first card, the stamping on this card is kept in one area. This time though I've used the larger feathers in the set and stamped them across the cardstock.  I grounded them with a strip of Nautical Navy cardstock and heat embossed the sentiment in white.  Heat embossing in white on dark cardstock is always a striking detail.


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For my last card I got a little trendy.  Have you noticed a lot of stamped card bases popping up, along with curvy card fronts?  I sure have. Here I used the Landscape Border Dies to cut the top panel for my card. I curved my sentiment on my acrylic block before inking and stamping so that it would follow the curve of the panel. Then I stamped the card base and added two more feathers, then completed the design with the same Nautical Navy strip and embellishments.

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.

If you'd like us to repost and share your creations on Instagram and Facebook, be sure post using the hashtag #wplus9tbt!

Prize

We will select one random random participant to receive a $20 store credit to wplus9.com. Winners will be announced on Thursdays when the new Throwback Thursday is posted.

TBT #3 Winner

  • Christy Sugiarto

Contact us at customerservice@wplus9.com with your full name and email and we will set up your store credits! (If you don't already have an account set up with us, be sure to set one up to expedite collecting your prize)

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Weathering The Storm & Stock Updates

Today's card is a fun one featuring the Love Showers stamp set and the Cloud Border Die along with a fun and easy Spray Mist technique.

I was saving this card as I intended to do a video, but....if I'm being honest with myself, with the June Release fast approaching it's not looking likely.

This technique is a really quick and easy way to add a little abstract watercoloring to your background. To create this look, you will need watercolor paper - regular card stock will not work, a bottle of Spray Mist and a spray bottle of plain water.

Unscrew the nozzle from your Spray Mist and apply color directly along the top edge of your paper. I used the long pipette thing that draws the mist up into the nozzle. Apply the colors of your choice liberally along the top edge. Put some colors close together and try leaving gaps between them in others. Then stand your paper up at almost a 90 degree angle and using a spray bottle of water, squirt across the paper in the direction you want the ink to flow. In this case, straight down.

It's so fun to watch the colors run and move as they hit wet areas and dry areas of the paper. Those variations are what cause the ink to spider out and create the coolest patterns.

For this card, I masked off the umbrella area and the area directly under the umbrella all the way down to the edge to simulate rain hitting and running over the umbrella. Although, if I think it was every raining a rainbow of colors, I'd forgo the umbrella and dance in it!

The rest of the card is pretty straight forward and you can find the full supply list below.

Stock Updates

We just received several restocks including the following listed below. I am making my way through the notifications, but wanted to give everyone a heads up here too.

Stamps

  • Whole Lotta' Happy
  • Fanciful Feathers
  • Fresh Cut Florals
  • Fresh Cut Containers
  • Ink Splats
  • Miss You Lots
  • Pretty Little Peonies
  • Punny Produce Peaches
  • Strictly Sentiments 4
  • Strictly Sentiments 5
  • Unforgettable

Dies

  • Fancifull Feathers
  • Fresh Cut Florals
  • Love Mom Layers
  • Love Shower Layers
  • More Fresh Cuts
  • Small Butterfly Frame
  • Sunshine Layers
  • Unforgettable

The entire South Beach Collection of PURE COLOR Dye Inks are also on their way and should be arriving in the next week or two.

And we will have another large shipment of stamps and dies arriving in about another 2-3 weeks.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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Friday, May 8, 2015

CHALLENGE: Get Sketchy with Joni #1

Hello Everyone, Joni here sharing this new Challenge here at Wplus9 blog all about sketch. The sketch will also compose of different colors on the shape images provided which can help as a guide for your color combos if you wish to use it :)
The sketch will run from May 8th thru May 29th and we will announce the winner of the Sketch Challenge the next day May 30th. We only ask that you use ONE Wplus9 products on your wonderful project to be eligible for the prize of $20 Store Credit at Wplus9 Store which you can use however you wish. But of course you may use more than one Wplus9 products if you wish.

Just to remind you that the Wplus9 June 2015 release is fast approaching and this is a perfect way spend your win, awesome right?
And here is my take on the sketch, to get you started. You know I am fond of making faces on my card like my past post "Fun Cards for Kids" HERE. But for this card I created a face on one of my favorite die set from Wplus9 Clear Cut Stackers: Pears. I used the larger pear die for this. Don't you think that pear on this card is adorable with that sweet little face?


Wplus9 Supplies:
Stamps: Little Bits, Hand Lettered Thanks  // Dies: Clear Cut Stackers: Pears, Love Shower Layers (tiny hearts, tag frame)Unforgettable (bow), Love Mom Layers  // Cardstock: WhiteCoal Mine
To begin, I created a card base using the Wplus9 White cardstock in an A2 size card and cut a striped patterned paper same as the card base and adhered. Next, I distressed only the bottom of some white card stock using Distress ink in Spun Sugar. I then die-cut a panel from it using the Love Mom Layers.
The tiny hearts were die-cut from the Love Shower Layers die set. The sentiment was from the Hand Lettered Thanks stamp set that was heat embossed in white on Coal Mine cardstock.

To create the shaker, I used the tag from the Love Shower Layers die-set and added some sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. For more info on how to create a shaker here's a link from Dawn.
For the pear, I die-cut the shape from the Clear Cut Stackers: Pears, and used the circle/dot images from Little Bits to create the eyes. I also added some white dots on the eyes using a white Gelly Roll pen for character. The freckles, eye lashes, and lips were hand drawn using a regular black gel pen (pilot 0.5).
Next, I watercolored the pear using distress inks. Finally, I added the tiny bow from the Unforgettable die set that was also been watercolored and added tiny sequin on top then adhered on the pear.

I hope I have inspired you to create more happy faces using your die sets.
Now its your turn to post your creations using the link below. Remember you have until May 29th 11:55 p.m. to post your wonderful projects to win a $20 Store Credit from the Wplus9 Store.
Happy Crafting and Good Luck!

For more inspiration Kara also have a card for the Challenge.

Friday, May 1, 2015

PURE Color With Kara

Hi, it's Kara. I love color and so often use it as a starting point for my projects. The PURE COLOR Dye Ink collections have some of the most beautiful colors and I love working with them. The fact that they now come in Spray Mist just makes me so happy! Have you tried them yet? I just tried a fun experiment with the spray mists and salt and it came out awesome!

Anyway, back to the reason I'm here today ;) I love mixing and matching the WPlus9 dye ink colors to create beautiful and sometimes unexpected color combinations and I thought I'd share some of my favorites with you from time to time. Today's project uses a combination of Wild Mango, Little Piggy, Mojito, and Fairy Dust. I tend to use three colors and one neutral.

I started with a panel of white cardstock. I stamped these beautiful flowers from Embroidered Bouquet in Fairy Dust.  This stamp set includes individual flower and leaf stamps and I used them to stamp over select portions of the image with Little Piggy, Wild Mango, and Mojito. Now comes the fun part. I ran my panel through my die cutting machine several times to achieve this double partial die cutting with die cut inlay! That's a mouthful. It took a little planning and some trial and error to execute, but it was a lot of fun. The end result remains clean and simple.

Below you can see all of the dies I used starting with the large rounded stitched rectangle from Love Mom Layers. After that was cut, I was able to center the small rounded rectangle, from Love Showers Layers, in the center and attach it with some post it tape. I carefully positioned it on my die cutting plate so that the bottom cutting line was off of the plate and therefore would not cut. Next, I positioned the Seasonal Sentiments love die cut on the panel so that the 'l' and the 'e' touched the uncut line but the 'o' and the 'v' were above it {the way it is shown in the photo below}. Again, I  positioned my project on my die cutting plate so that the bottom of the 'l' and 'e' were off of the plate and would not cut as I ran it through my machine.  I had to do a little cutting along the bottom with a craft knife, being careful not to cut the bottom of the letters, so that I could now remove the small rectangle and leave only the letters in the window.

One more cut to go. I positioned the 'you' die, from Hand Lettered Thanks, on top of the 'love' and ran it through my machine one last time. I carefully removed the 'you' and replaced it with another die cut I had colored with Fairy Dust ink using a sponge dauber. The whole piece is popped up on a white card base that had been stamped with the same floral images that match up to the top panel.

Thanks so much for coming by! Stop by my blog today for more inspiration using the same PURE Color Combination and stamp set! I'd love to know some of your favorite WPlus9 PURE Color Combinations.

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