Thursday, August 14, 2014

Links, Updates and a GIVEAWAY

Hello!

Things are super busy in The Studio right now, so sorry that I've been a little MIA. On top of that, I managed to really mess up my back and have not been able to be at the craft table or computer for too long. It's getting better though and I'm almost back in the saddle!

But no worries, because the Wplus9 Team is still bringing it, featuring our new products from the August Release.

Design Team Inspiration & Giveaway Alert

Joni has a lot to share with you. I mean a lot. You'll have to check out her last three days to see what I mean.

Check out this post to see several projects featuring Fresh Cut Containers.

Check out this post to see several projects featuring Papel Picado.

And you have to check out this post to see more projects featuring Flora & Fauna 2.

Oh, and did I mention she is giving away the Fresh Cut Containers stamp and die combo?

Run on over there, it's almost over, you only have until August 14 at 11:59 p.m. EST to enter!

The rest of the design team is still on fire as well.

Kara has quite a few beauties to share:

Chupa has a clean and simple card featuring the Clear Cut Stackers: Pears die that I just adore!

And everything about this "Pin-spired" card from Maureen is wonderful!

Announcement

Several of you know that we skipped a stamp and die release over the summer in favor of restocking the store. Well, that means I had several designs that I either (A) hold until Spring/Summer, or (B) do a special September Release.

Hmm...Yep! That's right, we are not holding them, we are going to do a September Release! I hope you are as excited as we are!

Other Links

I'm sure that many of you know - and are taking - the latest Online Card Class, Stretch Your Stamps 2 class.

If not, you really should! There is so much valuable information packed into these classes that it is unbelievable. I swear, considering the price of these classes, it's like highway robbery...in your favor!

As always...thanks for stopping by! I will be back very soon!

Friday, August 8, 2014

VIDEO: More Flora & Fauna 2

Happy Friday!

I am back as promised with a couple of projects and more videos featuring the newly released Flora & Fauna 2 stamp set. As I mentioned, I am a bit obsessed with watercoloring. I hope you don't mind! These are by far my most requested video tutorials, but if there is something else you would like to see, please leave it in the comments below.

This first card is definitely a bit more time intensive than the card I showed you yesterday. In yesterday's card, the coloring method involved laying down color with a Distress Marker and blending it with a damp paint brush. Today's first card uses traditional watercolors and Distress Markers together.

This method provides some AMAZING results. However, it is a bit more tedious and time consuming. The technique itself is not difficult once you get the hang of it, but it does take a little practice. If you already enjoy coloring, you will love this technique. With a little determination and practice, you can do it!

You can watch below for a step-by-step on achieving similar results. This was my practice run, and the featured card was my second attempt. So you can see that each result turns out unique, and you'll learn something each time you try it.

Watch above or in HD at YouTube

These images are perfect for this method. The images have just enough detail to serve as a guide, but not so much that they get in the way. You really have room to stretch your creative muscles.

This next set of cards is easy.

Seriously. Simple and easy.

If the first technique seems intimidating, this is a good one to start with. You will get a good feel for the movement of the color as you lay it down. (although I know that you can tackle both!)

Watch above or in HD at YouTube

I told you! I did not edit out much of the painting process in the video. Both cards took about 20 minutes to complete from start to finish, including drying time. The more loose and free you are with these, the better the results.

I finished all three cards with sentiments from Hand Lettered Thanks and mounted them to a card base.

I hope you enjoyed today's post. As always, thanks for stopping by and visiting! You can find a complete list of supplies for all cards below.

Hope you have a wonderful day!

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Hand Lettered Thanks and Flora & Fauna 2

Hello! Our newest products - the August 2014 Collection - is now available for purchase! Remember, you can find everything at wplus9.com, as well as at many of your favorite retailers.

Wplus9 August 2014 Collection

I have more inspiration to share with you today, featuring Hand Lettered Thanks and Flora & Fauna 2. In fact, I've been having so much fun with these sets, that I decided to split this post in two.

Flora & Fauna 2 has so much potential. You can color it with Copics, pencils, watercolors etc., or just simply stamp it. All of the images in this set are based off of sketches that I have done in the past for watercolor paintings. You can make it as simple or intricate as you'd like.

Today, I wanted to share a few more simple ways to use this set. This first sample looks a lot more difficult than it really is.

I started by stamping the images in Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Frayed Burlap and allowed that to dry or "cure". Then I used Tim Holtz Distress Markers to color it. I colored directly onto the watercolor paper and used a paint brush with very little water on it to soften and spread the color. This technique is really more like coloring it with Copic Markers than watercoloring. Since I used so little water, it makes this a lot less intimidating and easier to control.

For the sentiment, I stamped the sub-sentiment first and then masked it using a cut down piece of washi tape. Then I stamped the big "you" from Hand Lettered Thanks directly on top and then removed the mask.

This little trick allowed me stamp the "are such a blessing" without the "y" in "you" obscuring it.

Since we stamped the outlined images in Frayed Burlap (a slightly darker color) and allowed it to dry into the paper, the veins in the butterflies wings and details in the flowers remained and show through. I just LOVE this look!

Next up, I used the same technique, but a little more water. You'll notice that the colors are a little softer and the "fades" are more prominent, especially in the hummingbird thanks to a little more water.

This is a great way to build up your confidence incorporating watercolor into your work. And once you are comfortable you can start adding more water and eventually move to painting with the color.

Again, you see how some of the detail in the hummingbird's chest and throat remained. This adds just a touch of detail that you didn't have to do any work to achieve. Score!

My last cards for today demonstrate just how versatile these images are.

Coloring not your thing? Soft and girly not your thing?

No Problem!

How about a graphic note card set. You all know how much I love pairing opposites. Here I've used our Ink Splats stamp set to lay down some color and then just stamped the outlined images over top in Black.

I added a sentiment to each using Hand Lettered Thanks, rounded one corner, and called it done!

Really doesn't get much easier than that, does it?!

Hope you enjoyed today's post. Like I said, I've split this into two. I will be back with more samples and a couple of videos that pair traditional watercolor with these stamps. You will not be able to believe that these started with stamps! And, it's totally do-able!

Thanks for stopping by! See you soon!

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