Sunday, November 7, 2010

November 2010 Release Week: Day 1

It's here, it's finally here! The long awaited Wplus9 November Release. Thank you all so much for your patience and we hope not to disappoint. We have 4 new stamp sets, 2 of which are illustrated by our very own Hannah Craner! You do not want to miss these gems, they are a must have for pulling together any holiday treats.

We are changing things up a bit this release and would love to hear your feedback. For those of us that just can't wait, our entire release is currently available for purchase at The Studio. If you haven't seen it yet, head on over and check everything out. Then be sure to join us here all week long as we get down with design and show you what these babies are made of!

Today we are starting with my contribution this month. Love, love, love this set. Now there are quite a few great ornament sets on the market. But not one combined everything I was looking for. Classic clean lines, both solid and linear images and big bold sentiments. Thus...a Classic Christmas was born.

Classic Christmas

Details

Set of 12 high-quality photopolymer stamps;
3 large linear ornaments, 3 smaller solid ornaments, 2 string images, and 4 sentiments
Full Set Dimensions: 6x8
Price: $19

This set is perfect for mass production. I love that the large ornaments can be used as a single focal point on a card and they are large enough to adorn your layouts. For my first card I started with the "MAY YOUR HOLIDAYS sparkle AND shine" sentiment. So of course my ornament had to sparkle! I started by die cutting a piece of transparency with a Spellbinders label and stamping the ornament, string and sentiment using white StayzOn.

Gasp! I know, I know...no StayzOn with clear stamps. I figure as long as I don't make it a habit, it won't hurt. Finger's crossed. ;o) Now, my new favorite coloring technique. I am not great at coloring large images with Copics. OK...I'm not even good at it. I have discovered a new love that is perfect for me and the Copic challenged. Ranger Distress Inks paired with your Copic markers. First I stamped the image using Broken China Distress Ink. Then, using my blending tool and with more Broken China ink, I filled in the image for my base color. I started on the edges and left it lighter in the middle to create the bulbous illusion for the ornament.

I know, it looks hideous at this point. But trust me, it gets better. Once you have the desired base color, come in with your matching Copic markers and your blender pen to add shade. The blender pen is important to use all over the color you've layed down to eliminate any hard lines. It makes it blend beautifully.

Looking better, huh? Instant depth and it's soft, and has some texture to boot. Now just trim the whole thing out and hit it all around the edges with your ink and blending tool to eliminate the white edge. This looks amazing on flowers! I'll have something to show you a little later on that. To finish this ornament I had to add some sparkle, right! So, I used a Martha Stewart glue pen to add some glitter along all of the lines in the ornament, and attached it to my transparency label.

I adhered it all to a black card base. I love the contradiction of glitter with the clean black base. Playful and serious.

This next one just makes my feel cozy and comfortable. I used the all three of the solid ornaments for this one. I arranged all three ornaments on my panel first and then picked them all up together with my acrylic block. This way I could stamp this all at once and make sure they were centered.

To create a visual frame of space all around the edge, I layed a post it note down to mask the top edge with stamping my strings. Notice the strings on the two ornaments on the left? I flipped the stamp with the bow and used the top of the image without the bow instead. Those little snowflakes in the background are from Hannah's set All Occasion Tags. I'll show you more of those later this week. ;o)

This last one is probably my favorite. It is crazy simple, but I love the colors. They remind me of a Victorian Christmas, but the ornament has a modern twist. Love it.

To create that soft water color feel, I first stamped the image onto some vellum and heat embossed it using detail white powder (Stampendous). Then I stamped some Tattered Rose Distress Ink onto some wax paper and spritz it with just a tad bit of water. Using a small paint brush, I mixed it and applied it to the entire bulb. Now, to get the darker edges, I used Fired Brick! Yep...no where near the same color, right? Well, using the same technique, but adding more water, I was able to dilute the color to something suitable to compliment the lighter rose color. I just hit it around the edges and then used my finger to blend it together. Voila!

The great thing about this set, is the 4 sentiments work together to finish off your card inside and out. I added my sentiment to the inside along with some more of those cute little snowflakes to finish this card off.

There is so much fun to be had with this set. Whether you are looking to make a bunch of cards fast (but stylish) or you want to take your time and create truly one of a kind masterpieces, this is that set.

Are you enjoying thus far? Want to win Classic Christmas? Leave a comment by Monday November 8th, 11:59 pm EST and I will pick a random winner.

Be sure to come back tomorrow to see more of this month's release in action!

49 comments:

  1. OMG this is a beautiful set!!! I cannot wait to use it!

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  2. Oh Dawn.... I LOVE this set! And... I am thrilled that you showed the whole set! Great samples ass well!! Beautiful!! :)

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  3. Wow! This is a beautiful set - I love that it is Christmas-inspired, but still works for general holiday-themed cards. Love it!

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  4. Absolutely love this set and your samples are fabulous

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  5. Lovely set of cards and all are so different from each other. Love this stamp set too. Thanks for giving a chance to win it.

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  6. Dawn, the design of this STAMP were awesome, awesome, awesome!!! Super elegant :)

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  7. Dawn this is a lovely set and the sample cards are gorgeous! :) Judith

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  8. Beautiful...love the variety of cards!

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  9. What a fun and cute set. I can't wait to see what you have up your sleve next!

    It's a good life!
    Terri E.

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  10. I'm in love with this set, and I just adore your first card! I can't stop looking at it!

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  11. Another classic and elegant creation, it's wonderful that they are large enough to create focal points as well. Really lovely use of acetate and your other cards are so divine! Its also really neat that you can view and purchase the set at once-not many companies offer that to my knowledge!

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  12. Wow such a gorgeous set love what you made with it!!!

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  13. Oh, Dawn! Your cards are just beautiful! Cannot wait until mine come in the mail!

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  14. I LOVE THIS ONE! You're right--so many ornaments out there but always leaving me wanting something. You've nailed it!

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  15. {gasp} that first card is simply stunning! I absolutely love all of the elements of this set; you've managed to combine both traditional and modern all into one!

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  16. Simply stunning Dawn. A wonderful set INCREDIBLY showcased by you. Superb.

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  17. Would I like to win this set? Hmmm, let me think...YES! This is a fantastic ornament set!

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  18. Oh wow! These are stunning- and so are the samples!! Now you have me re-thinking the stamps for my Christmas cards!

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  19. What a beautiful set! Your samples are just plain amazing...as always! Love the soft look of the vellum card - just gorgeous!

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  20. I love this set!! It would make such beautiful Christmas cards...without much work. I can't wait to start stamping with it!

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  21. Oh, I love this set! The clean lines and great shapes. So perfect. And thank you for the simple "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year" stamp. You'd think a stamp like that would be easy to find, but it's not.

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  22. SO pretty!!! Love these ornaments! Fantastic sentiments as well! GORGEOUS projects...love them!!

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  23. Oh you made a beautiful card! Love the black card with glittering! Thanks for the coloring technique!

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  24. This set is so nice and classy. I don't anything Christmas yet. I would love to win this set.

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  25. This is another beautiful set, Dawn. I love that you're showing the entire set up front, so it's easier to see how all of the parts work together. Lovely cards!

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  26. These images are absolutely beautiful. You did an amazing job of bringing them to life.

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  27. What a beautiful Christmas set, the ornaments are so classy! LOVE your sample cards as well, beautiful!

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  28. Oh my goodness...this set is gorgeous!! I just LOVE the sentiments that you included in it, and the ornaments are fabulous. I also love the different strings that you included for them...the one with the cute little bow is my favorite!

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  29. Great ornaments and beautiful cards, Dawn!

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  30. Beautiful set!!! Gorgeous cards!!
    Love the sentiments is this set!

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  31. Ooohhhh, this set is amazing, Dawn! You kept us waiting but it was well worth the wait. I'm truly excited to see what's next!

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  32. Love the new set! My favorite sample is the stitched vellum card - so pretty!

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  33. a beautiful set!! love your technique and the colors you used!!

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  34. Ohhh...lovely cards. This is a fabulous set, love that it has both solid and linear images. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  35. Girl, these are GORGEOUS!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE that set! Just perfect!! I can't wait to make some yummo Christmasy stuff with this!!!

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  36. Wowza, that sparkly ornament on the black bg is STUNNING! All of these cards are fab!

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  37. Love the simple and beautiful ornaments and sentiments!!

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  38. What a great, timeless set! I love the fonts, too! I can't wait to try that Copic blender pen + ink technique. Thanks for the lesson!

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  39. Simply stunning!!! Your projects just convinced me to get this set even tho I had told myself no more Xmas set!! kekek

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  40. Really beautiful! love the designs you came up with too. meloniew a t g ma i l d o t co m

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  41. What a wonderful Christmas set and I LOVE your samples!!!

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  42. Beautiful cards and set! I was wanting to add some ornament stamps to my collection, so I just ordered some over the weekend...but know I want these too! :)

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  43. gorgeous, elegant cards, dawn:) love the watercolor technique-i'll give it a try:)

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  44. This is a simply fabulous set!! I would love to be the winner.

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