Thursday, February 16, 2017

My Best Friend Florals with Yana

Hello friends! This is Yana and I hope you are having a fabulous week!

One can never have too many friendship cards, so the other weekend I sat down to make a few to have on hand whenever needed. I felt like it’s been a long time since I used any florals in my projects so I settled upon the gorgeous Freehand Florals stamp set.

If you are an avid WPlus9 blog reader, you might remember a video Dawn filmed to best showcase this stamp set. In her video she mentions that when using Freehand Florals with companion dies it is best to stamp your base images first, then to do die cutting and stamping the detail layers last to achieve perfect alignment.

Following her advice I die-cut several of each element from this set and later stamped images using a yellow, teal and pink color combo. For my yellows I used: Hayride, Wild Mango, Pumpkin Pie; to stamp teals I used: Sea Breeze, Ocean Drive, Siren Song; for the pinks I went with: Shell Pink, Little Piggy and Sweet Gelato. You can find all of the ink colors and supplies listed and linked at the end of this post.

I also picked one of my favorite background stamps, Dockside Backgrounds, and stamped the interlocking rope image in Fairy Dust color onto Oatmeal cardstock to create a faux garden trellis. I had some leftover Last Leaf green ink on my stamp, so my impression turned out to be somewhat green-gray. An unexpected, but rather pleasant surprise.

To create a sentiment for this project I used a beautiful message from the Strictly Sentiments 4 set and stamped it in black ink. The sentiment reads “You Have Always Been and Will Always Be My Best Friend”. It's one of many wonderful "Mother's Day" sentiments included in this set. But used alone, works perfectly for a best friend card.

Lastly, I added a few clear and light gray enamel dots using Nuvo Drops.

Have fun stamping!

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

GUEST ARTIST FEATURE: Natalia Valkovskaya

Hello everyone! This is Natalia Valkovskaya and I’m so happy to see you all again! Happy Valentine’s Day! Let it be filled with happy giggles, sweet surprises, the smell of coffee (or herbal tea), and taste chocolaty!

Today, I’ll share with you two cards featuring my all time favorite set Autumn Leaves and spotlight diecutting technique - which is easy, yet always eye-catching!

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First, I die-cut two panels out of watercolor cardstock cut to 5 x 4.25" each and heat embossed one of the leaf images form the Autumn Leaves stamp set in clear and gold. Then I used the wet-on-dry method (damp brush on dry cardstock) to apply Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, and Cracked Pistachio distress inks onto the panel with a watercolor brush. Once it was dry, I spritzed it with water for this gorgeous droplets look.

Once the panel was completely dry, I heat embossed the sentiment from Quite Like You in gold and added a golden edge to the panel. It’s very easy to do but it looks quite striking and gives the card this extra something-something. You just swipe each of the four edges of the panel across you Versamark inkpad, then sprinkle embossing powder on the ink. If you are not happy with how the edge looks (e.g. uneven or too broad), you can easily fix it by knocking off any unwanted powder with a dry brush before heat setting.

In the end, I die-cut the golden leaf with the Autumn Leaves Companion Die, adhered the negative panel to the card base, and then adhered the die cut leaf a bit off-set for additional interest using foam tape, and that’s it! The first card is finished!

The second card has a more "artsy" look. To achieve this I used the ink-smooshing technique. Sweet Nectar Spray Mist, with its yummy luscious corally color was just perfect for this! I spritzed it onto a laminated sheet, added some water for a softer look, and transferred it to the panel with a piece of acetate, making sure that my heat embossed leaf is nicely covered with ink. I added some splatters for more interest, let it dry and then ironed off the heat embossing.

Then I stamped the same sentiment as on the first card, but this time in Black PURE Color Dye Ink and right across the centre of the leaf. After that, I die-cut the leaf just like I did the first time. I also die-cut five more leaves from black cardstock and adhered them together to create a chipboard effect.

Before adhering the negative panel onto the Dove Grey card base, I added black splatters. They always look good on these kind of cards. Well, on many kinds of cards if you ask me. Finally, I put my puzzle piece into the place and voila, one more card ready!

That’s all from me for today. I hope I could inspire you to take your favorite stamp set and get creative! As always, be safe, and happy crafting!

~Natalia

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