Friday, November 21, 2014

Stress-Free Holiday Card Making

Do you like to make each card unique?

Maureen here, and I'm going to give you a great tip on how to get those cards stamped without all of the stress (and mess!).

Wplus9 Supplies:
Stamps: Winter Woodland, // Inks: Cranberry Crush  // Dies: Winter Woodland Dies, Holiday Apertures Cardstock: Kraft

Start with a card you love - for me it's the one above.  I love the colors and design, so why not use this card as inspiration and use the same supplies to make another card?

Wplus9 Supplies:
Stamps: Winter Woodland, // Inks: Cranberry Crush , White Pigment Ink // Dies: Winter Woodland Dies, Timeless Tags 2 Die Cardstock: Kraft

Here I used the same design ideas as the first card - repeatedly stamping the background, the placement of the deer and the pops of red - but I've come up with a card that is completely different.  While you're at it, just keep going!

Wplus9 Supplies:
Stamps: Winter Woodland, // Inks: Cranberry CrushWhite Pigment Ink // Dies: Winter Woodland Dies, Landscape Borders Die // Cardstock: Kraft

This time I've changed the orientation of my card, but kept those same design principles intact and designed another unique card from the same set of supplies!

The next time you sit down to create and come up with something you love, leave all of your supplies out and just keep creating!  See how many different looks you can get using the same supplies!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

VIDEO: Watercolor Stamping - Easy Mass Production

Today I wanted to share a couple of easy ways to incorporate watercolor into your Holiday cards.

And...I went with something non-traditional and graphic.

Watch above or in HD at YouTube

GASP! Yes, I know, I know. It is something other than soft florals. Who knew? :)

The first set of cards features bright colors and bold imagery. By stamping the images from Twenty Fifteen in Distress Ink and spritzing them with water, I was able to create some wonderful bleeds of color with very little effort.

The second set of cards featured in the video are much softer and almost ethereal, yet still very graphic.

For these cards, I used heat embossing and a simple watercolor wash to create patterned paper to die cut the Stag Trio Die from.

Typically, watercolor is not something that we think of using when it comes to mass production. But these two designs are perfect for showcasing this popular medium.

And, although very different, both sets of cards feature many of the same supplies!

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Monday, November 3, 2014

OCC Holiday Card Workshop Winner

We have a winner!

Sorry this is a day late, but yesterday got away from me. You guys know how family can be, right?

Congratulations Ciny M! Please email customerservice@wplus9.com so that we can pass on your information to the generous ladies at Online Card Classes!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

VIDEO: Watercolored Ornaments + OCC Giveaway

Hello! I have a couple of fun things to share with you today.

A video and a giveaway!

Holiday Card Workshop 2014

Making a card list and checking it twice? Online Card Class instructors Kristina Werner and Jennifer McGuire—and friends—are here to help you send handmade cards to everyone on your list this year. That’s right—it’s time for Holiday Card Workshop 2014! Join us for a very merry class packed with ideas and card-making know-how. With loads of stamping, die-cutting, layering, coloring, and more showcased in a variety of card styles, you’re sure to walk away inspired for the holidays! All cards will be included in how-to videos... with over 17 in total!

I am honored to be one of the guest instructors for this awesome class! And just to get you warmed up, I thought I'd share a how-to video right now for recreating these watercolored ornaments.

I apologize in advance for the length of the video. But this was highly requested and I wanted to be sure to pack as much instruction and information as possible in there.

Hope you enjoy!

Watch above or in HD at YouTube

Or, if you prefer, I also shared some tips on how to create a looser painting style and adding some extra touches just to switch things up like the card pictured below.

Giveaway Alert

I’m so excited to give away one spot in the Online Card Class Holiday Card Workshop 2014! Will you be the lucky winner? Leave a comment on this post by 11:59 p.m. EST on 11/01/2014 to be eligible! I will select one random winner and post the winner on the blog on 11/02/2014.

Class starts on November 3, 2014, and I hope to see you there!

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