Monday, December 11, 2017

GUEST ARTIST FEATURE: LauraJane

Hello Wplus9 fans! My name is LauraJane. I’m SUPER excited and honored to be sharing a card with you today!

I’ve been an admirer of Dawn’s products and painting/coloring skills since the release of Fresh Cut Florals; which was the very first stamp set with multiple layered images to make its way into my stash! Flowers are my usual go to, yet I could not resist the sweet images from The Crew: Garden Club for today’s card.

I used ZIG watercolor markers to color the girls. What a delight to see these two come to life with no-line coloring. EVERY girl needs a pair of yellow boots right? I fussy cut the images out and set them aside.

The Lattice Frame Die> made a wonderful background for my Garden Club gals. Two layers of the die, cut from white cardstock and stacked together gives simple dimension. Then I glued that to a white card base.

A gradient ‘dirt colored’ sentiment was in order for these gardening friends. I added a sweet posy, from the same set, in each corner of the solid rectangle then traced around it with a yellow ZIG marker.

But what is friendship without matching necklace and bracelet? A few French Knots, which I’m just learning to make correctly, created a bit of texture on each girl. I popped the young friends onto the lattice background and called it done.

Hope you all enjoyed my card as much as I enjoyed creating it! Thank you, Dawn, for having me guest for you today. It was a dream come true!

Hugs, LauraJane

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Watercolored Hellebores with Dawn ft. JoiArt Watercolors

Hello, and Happy December! I know, it's already the 7th. But I kind of just realized it's actually December. Sad, I know. But to be fair, we've been in "Christmas" mode here in the crafty world for a bit now. So it feels like it's been December for months. KWIM?

But now, it truly is. And I truly need to get my Christmas prep and shopping completed. How about you?

So today, I am taking a break from the Christmas crafts and sharing an "all occasion" card using a Christmas stamp set, the Christmas Rose Bouquet.

I personally have an issue with spending money on a one trick pony, which is why I often try to throw in some images that can stretch a classic holiday set through the year. It just makes it feel like a long term investment. ;o)

I have fallen head over heels for the Hellebore flower. I comes in so many different colors and varieties, so I don't foresee myself getting tired of painting them for quite awhile. For this card I painted several of them in violet, rose, green and blue. I used a new to me watercolor set - JoiArt Watercolors. I am really enjoying them, and they will most likely become my "go to" craft watercolors.

I stamped all of my images onto Fabriano Artistico Extra White Cold Pressed watercolor paper using Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Antique Linen. You can purchase the paper in smaller blocks, but I prefer to buy larger and cut them down as it comes out to cost less per card front (plus I can use the larger sheets for fine art pieces).

For my color palette, I ended up using Rose, Violet, Lemon Yellow, Hookers Green, Emerald Green, Prussian Blue and Payne's Grey. I share all of the painting in the video below if you'd like to take a look at the process. Watercolor is definitely one of those processes that is much easier to "show how" than "tell how"!


Watch above or watch in HD at YouTube

Once I had painted all of my florals, I die cut each using their matching companion dies and created a vertical arrangement. To frame the focal image, I cut a smaller panel and heat embossed the edges in gold.

I kept the sentiment simple and used a stacked hello die cut from our Basic Greetings Die. I cut 4 and glued them one on top of another for a chip board like weight.

When adhering the bouquet, I used the Press'n Seal trick, adhering at varying heights with liquid adhesive and foam tape.

Thanks so much for stopping in today. I hope you enjoyed today's project!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Colored Pencil and Heat Embossed Holiday Boughs with Yana

Hello, friends! I hope you are having a great stamping week! Today I’m sharing a pencil colored and heat embossed Holiday card.

I started working on my card by stamping a sentiment from the Be Merry set in Silver Lining ink onto Coal Mine cardstock. I used a stamp positioner and kept my stamp on the door of my stamping platform to be able to stamp it again in the same spot on my panel.

I filmed a video tutorial showing the creative process from start to finish.

Watch my video tutorial:


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Next, I colored banner and the inside of the letters in the word Merry using Polychromos pencils. Later I colored and heat embossed identical banner on white cardstock and foam mounted it onto my card as I wanted the red to be a bit more vibrant on this card.

I also stamped pine branches from the Holiday Boughs set in same gray ink framing my sentiment. Using several green Polychromos pencils I colored each branch creating a hand-drawn look.

Once my coloring was done I replaced the panel inside my stamp platform and stamped the sentiment again in clear embossing ink. I also stamped berry and pine branches and heat embossed everything in white embossing powder.

After adhering my panel onto an A2 top folding card base made out of white cardstock I added red berries using Nuvo Drops in Red Berry color and foam mounted an identical but brighter banner on top.

I definitely enjoyed creating the subtle greenery look you see on this card, although same effect can be achieved using pigment ink. I don't always like to use pigment ink as it takes a long time to dry, so I used colored pencils instead. Let me know what you think!

And as always, have fun stamping!

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Holiday Bear Hugs With Kara

Hello Guys! It's Kara and I'm back with a few more Christmas cards. I am having so much fun going back through all the previously released Christmas sets and falling in love with them all over again!

Holiday Hugs is one of those sets; a small stamp set that packs a huge punch. The main bear image is so sweet and can be colored in so many ways. The set also includes the perfect little gift box accents and large sentiment. A coordinating die set is also available.

I've also pulled out the Simple Snowflake Die. This is another favorite because the large size is perfect for gift tags, focal point images, or windows. Using this die as a window is my favorite way to use it. Here I've tucked my bear and little girl inside the window and backed it with black to make the image pop!

A lot of Wink Of Stella on the red and a few gems are all the embellishment you need to make it come to life! I love these and I think I'm going to make a few more.

How is your holiday cardmaking coming along? If you're still in need of a few more or haven't started yet, I think these are so cute and they come together so quickly! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Vintage Happy Holidays with Joni

Hello Everyone! Joni here sharing some of my favorite holiday stamps from Wplus9. Merriest Wishes, Merry Little Christmas, Holiday Boughs, and Holiday Trimmings.

First, I stamped the elf from Merriest Wishes and colored him with Copic Markers. Next I distressed the background using a sponge dauber using Fairy Dust Dye Ink and distressed the same spot with the Sea Breeze Dye Ink. This give more of a vintage look I am going for.

Then, I splattered the background with Winsor and Vewton gouache in white, to give that snowy background to the card. Next, I finish off the card by stamping the sentiment "Happy Holidays" from Holiday Boughs. I inked the stamp using Versamark ink and heat embossed it using gold embossing powder.

I used the same background technique for the next card. But this time I used the retired Merry Little Christmas stamp set and colored the image with Copic Markers. Although this set is retired, it is always nice to have some fresh inspiration for those that may already own it, right? And ways to use your older stash with newer items is always a plus!

After distressing the card and splattering it, I then stamped the Holiday Boughs on the top of the card. I also added some red Stickles on the ornament and on his hat. I finished off the card with sentiments from Holiday Trimmings and Holiday Boughs.

I hope you've enjoyed this fresh look at these oldie but goodies.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

GUEST ARTIST FEATURE: Kathy Racoosin

Hello! How are you today? My name is Kathy Racoosin and I am super excited to be a guest today on the blog. I am a fangirl of everything Dawn and working with her beautiful illustrations (stamps) makes me so happy.

I have a card and a video plus a bonus card to share with you today using the Christmas Rose Bouquet stamp with some Zig watercolor markers. This beautiful stamp isn’t just a holiday stamp thought, with a little creativity, it can be used all year.

For the card on the left, I have a video sharing my process, the card on the right is my bonus card.

While traveling on The Coloring Challenge Road Trip and teaching my coloring tips, I have discovered that many people struggle with their Zig markers. You might not fall in that category, but hopefully you will pick up a tip or two. You can watch the video below to see my process while making this card.


Watch above or watch in HD at YouTube

Once my watercoloring is dry I enjoy adding accents with a colored pencil,a white gel pen & a fine tip Sharpie marker. Sometimes the finished card calls for simplicity - no sequins or vellum...nothing. And I hope you agree.

My bonus card was colored with pencils on the airplane a month ago and I finished it up yesterday. I hope you can recognize the stamp set. Yes, it's the same one - Christmas Rose. By bringing the background into the petals and leaves you can reshape these areas.

If you look closely you will see little “rip” or nick in the petals and leaves. Super fun to doodle adding lines and elongated areas on the petals. I finished this card off with a strip of vellum stamped with a simple "hello" sentiment from the Kind Soul stamp set. To secure the vellum to my card, I it around my card and secured it to the back with tape.

If you are loving the Christmas Rose Bouquet stamp set as much as I am and don't have it just yet. Be sure to sign up on the product page to be notified by email as soon as it arrives. It is due back in stock on Monday Dec. 4th along with lots of other stamp sets!

Thank you for letting me share with you today. Wishing you all a great weekend, and I hope you find the magic of the season no matter what you celebrate!

Hugs, Kathy

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Floral Highlighting with Kelly

Hello Crafters! I'm starting to feel the Christmas spirit. How about you?

Stamps like this gorgeous bouquet make it pretty easy to fall in love with the season.

I've used this stamp set a few different ways since it's come out but I really wanted to make those beautiful florals POP! I decided to do a bit of stamp highlighting in order to achieve that effect.

The first way you can make a specific element pop is by actually popping it up. I stamped the bouquet twice, then just colored the florals on one before fussy cutting them out and using foam tape to make them really stand out.

The second way I helped them shine was by making my background monochromatic. By stamping the bouquet in a slightly lighter color and using similar shades of green it takes the focus off the leaves and places the flowers right in the forefront.

You can watch the whole card come together in the video below.


Watch above or watch in HD at YouTube

You can use either of the techniques I talked about separately, or combine them like I did to showcase a particular portion of your card. I hope you're inspired to dive into those holiday cards!

Thanks for visiting!

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