Tuesday, April 24, 2018

GUEST ARTIST FEATURE: Melissa Phillips

Hello there! Melissa Phillips joining you today and I am so happy to be doing so. I enjoyed every minute of creating this card and now have a new favorite set of dies and stamps! The No One Else set is so playful and creative and I am excited to continue to create with it.

I began with a block of Wplus9 White Cardstock and sponged on ink colors in pink, green, bright yellow, aqua, and green. I then spritzed my cardstock block with water and let the colors start blending and pooling together. I LOVE Wplus9 cardstock because it reacts so well with water and ink and lends itself perfectly to the watercolor feel.

Once my cardstock was dry, I attached a sheet of Easy-Cut Adhesive on the backside and ran it through my die cut machine. This adhesive sheet backing makes each letter easy to use as all you have to do is peel the backing off and adhere it in place.

To finish, I attached my die cut letters to a tag and embellished with stamped and die cut flowers from the No One Else stamp set and die collection. The tiny flowers in this set are irresistible and I can’t stop using them :).

Thank you so much for your visit. Happy creating! ~Melissa

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Wplus9 White Cardstock
Wplus9 White Cardstock
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No One Else
No One Else
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No One Else Die
No One Else Die
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Monday, April 23, 2018

Colored Pencils on Dark Cardstock w/Kelly

Hello Crafters! I'm trying something a bit different today and I hope you love it as much as I do.


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Honestly, when my friend Lydia first introduced me to it I wasn't on board. But, I'm so glad I eventually tried it!

I started by heat embossing my flowers and leaves in white on coal mine cardstock. Then I picked out my colored pencils and started coloring. Yep, colored pencils. Shocking, right?

I started by putting down a layer of white all over the image. I used light pressure. I didn't want to fill up the fibers of the paper too soon just get a nice base layer. After that I started adding in my other colors all the way out to my darkest. Then another layer of white before working back to my lightest color.

This actually went by extremely fast for colored pencil work.  I do think I'm getting faster, which I'm pretty sure is only going to come with more practice. So plan on seeing more colored pencil cards in the future, ha!

You can see in the extreme close up how bright and vibrant those colors actually are. I totally love them! I think those layers of white really do add a vibrancy to the colors that they wouldn't have otherwise.

I fussy cut my embossed images so they would be popped up over my tone on tone background. I love tone on tone backgrounds because they add interest without competing.

Thank you so much for joining me today! I hope you'll give this technique a try soon! :)

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Wplus9 Modern Peonies
Wplus9 Modern Peonies
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Wplus9 HE IS RISEN
Wplus9 HE IS RISEN
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Wplus9 That Is All
Wplus9 That Is All
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Wplus9 That Is All Die
Wplus9 That Is All Die
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Wplus9 Silver Lining Dye Ink
Wplus9 Silver Lining Dye Ink
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Wplus9 Coal Mine Cardstock
Wplus9 Coal Mine Cardstock
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Sizzix BIG SHOT PLUS MACHINE Gray And White
Sizzix BIG SHOT PLUS MACHINE Gray And White
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Fiskars PREMIUM CUT LINE Paper Trimmer 12 Inches
Fiskars PREMIUM CUT LINE Paper Trimmer 12 Inches
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Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue
Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue
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Simon Says Stamp LARGE GRID PAPER Pack Pad
Simon Says Stamp LARGE GRID PAPER Pack Pad
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Precision Heat Embossing Tool Gun
Precision Heat Embossing Tool Gun
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Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD
Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD
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Inkadinkado EMBOSSING MAGIC Powder Bag
Inkadinkado EMBOSSING MAGIC Powder Bag
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Pretty Pink Posh 6MM SPARKLING CLEAR Cupped Sequins
Pretty Pink Posh 6MM SPARKLING CLEAR Cupped Sequins
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Pretty Pink Posh 4MM SPARKLING CLEAR Cupped Sequins
Pretty Pink Posh 4MM SPARKLING CLEAR Cupped Sequins
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Simon Says Stamp EMBOSSING POWDER WHITE Fine Detail
Simon Says Stamp EMBOSSING POWDER WHITE Fine Detail
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Ranger Inkssentials GLOSSY ACCENTS
Ranger Inkssentials GLOSSY ACCENTS
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MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping Tool Kit
MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping Tool Kit
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MINI MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping Tool Kit
MINI MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping Tool Kit
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Prismacolor PREMIER COLORED PENCILS 24 Set
Prismacolor PREMIER COLORED PENCILS 24 Set
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Prismacolor Colored Pencil WHITE
Prismacolor Colored Pencil WHITE
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Prismacolor PENCIL SHARPENER
Prismacolor PENCIL SHARPENER
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Prismacolor 150 PREMIER COLORED PENCILS
Prismacolor 150 PREMIER COLORED PENCILS
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Prismacolor PREMIER COLORED PENCILS 72 Set
Prismacolor PREMIER COLORED PENCILS 72 Set
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Neat & Tangled LIGHT AND LUMINOUS SEQUIN MIX
Neat & Tangled LIGHT AND LUMINOUS SEQUIN MIX
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3M Scotch DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE Permanent
3M Scotch DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE Permanent
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Friday, April 20, 2018

Tropical Thank You w/Kara

Hello! It's Kara and I have something a little tropical to share with you today. I love all of the different ways designers are using tropical leaves recently. I've been seeing these large leaf designs on all kinds of homeware: pillows, dinnerware and even wallpaper! If you're like me and not bold enough to add them to your home we can certainly enjoy them on our cards.

I love this large leaf stamp from the new Modern Calla Lilies set. It reminds me of the kind of leaves I've been seeing in these trendy designs. I decided to stamp the leaf several times, overlapping the image, but also leave a lot of white space. I colored in the leaves with green Copic markers. I chose 3 coordinating greens. I colored each leaf a different shade and where they overlapped I got even more color variation.

I created black panels to go on top of my designs using the 4 Bar Stitched Rectangle Die. By die cutting the words 'thank you', using the No One Else die set, it allowed the leaf design to peek through.

I added a stamped sentiment using the No One Else stamp set on both cards. For the card on the left I created a little tab to stamp my sentiment and added it to the side of my black panel.

I hope you enjoyed and it inspires you to bring a little of the tropics into your craft space! Thanks for stopping by!

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Wplus9 White Cardstock
Wplus9 White Cardstock
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Wplus9 Black Cardstock
Wplus9 Black Cardstock
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Wplus9 4 Bar Stitched Rectangles Die
Wplus9 4 Bar Stitched Rectangles Die
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Wplus9 PURE COLOR Black Dye Ink
Wplus9 PURE COLOR Black Dye Ink
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Modern Calla Lilies
Modern Calla Lilies
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No One Else
No One Else
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No One Else Die
No One Else Die
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

GUEST ARTIST FEATURE: Tombow Watercolor Markers w/Kathy Racoosin

Hello! Today we are welcoming another special Guest Artist - the talented Kathy Racoosin from The Daily Marker.


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Kathy is an amazing colorist. She is always full of tips and tricks for getting the most out of images and supplies and adding details to really make them "your own". Today, she is sharing a card with us featuring the Modern Calla Lilies set watercolored with Tombow Markers and Distress Ink.

To create this card, she started by stamping the images with the MISTI stamp positioner in Scattered Straw Distress Ink onto Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper. The edges of the stamp were colored with one or two markers then stamped again. Kathy chose to die cut, stamp and then watercolor. However, if you find it easier, you can stamp, watercolor and then die cut. It's all personal preference.

After stamping, she scribbled a little marker onto a palette (you could also use a craft mat or an acrylic block) and picked up the color with a wet paint brush to apply to the images. The stamped color will reactivate and mix with the colors you are applying to create some beautiful variations and blends of color. This is a great trick for quickly and easily adding interest without have to "think" about it or fuss over it.

The background was stamped with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink and a line of color down was drawn down the center with a green marker. The rest was painted with Scattered Straw Distress Ink. Super easy and relaxing.

A layer of vellum was glued on top to soften the background and ready for the bouquet. To finish it off, she custom colored a bit of twine with a Copic Marker and tied it around one of the Calla Lilies. Another great tip!

A great big "Thank You" to Kathy for joining us today! And as always, thank you, for stopping by!

Featured Supplies

For your convenience, here is a list of the featured Wplus9 supplies used on today's project(s), along with links to purchase.

Modern Calla Lilies
Modern Calla Lilies
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Modern Calla Lilies Die
Modern Calla Lilies Die
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