Better Together Distress Ink Background

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Hey there! I wanted to pop in and share a project I created for the WPlus9 Blog a few weeks ago.  I really wanted to pull out my Distress Inks and play around with the fun and easy backgrounds you can create.

I was inspired by the newly released citrus sets to pull out yellow and orange inks and create a really juicy background, a splash! 
Milk and Cookies was the perfect set to pull out because these milk bottles easily turned into bottles of juice.

The addition of the vellum helps create a more realistic look to the bottles.  If you'd like a little more detailed information on how I created these cards, hop on over to the WPlus9 Blog and you can read more there.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I just received a package of soon to be released WPlus9 products! I'll keep you updated with all of the release details.

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Thanks In Threes

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Good morning! I have a project coming to the WPlus9 Blog on the first of the month.  Today's project gives a little peek at that project because it was made from some of the leftovers.  I think you'll be surprised by how different that project is though!  I'll have to wait a dew more days until I can show you!

I've been loving the projects I have seen lately with a design in threes, like this one from Donna.  Luckily I had enough flowers from Watercolored Anemones left over to give it a try.  I die cut three small circles from the Love Mom Layers Die set.  I attached a flower and leaves to each circle.  I wanted to position them on a panel stamped with a sentiment.  I chose the 'thank you' stamp from Basic Labels and used Sweet Gelato ink.  It was too bold of a choice, but with a little vellum to soften it, it was perfect. 

The background was simple to stamp.  I drew one pencil guide line from corner to corner.  I started my stamping using that line as a guide.  Once that first straight line of stamping was put down it was easy to continue stamping from the center out. I erased the pencil line when I was done stamping and my ink had a minute to dry.

The 'thanks' die cut from Basic Greetings matches the stamped font perfectly! I die cut it from black cardstock and adhered it to the center circle along with a stamped sentiment from Basic Labels.

A few enamel dots balance the amount of black in the design.  Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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Emboss Resist Over Stamping

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Hey! Two days in a row.  What do ya know?  Summer break is almost over and I think I'm starting to feel that urge to pack everything into my days before going back to work. This morning I got up, got my coffee, and went straight to my craft room.

I pulled out a few pieces of kraft cardstock and stamped various panels with the different text from PTI's Background Basics Text Style stamp set.  In the end I preferred the print version over the script for this design.  Once I stamped the text in black I allowed it to dry.  I knew I would be embossing over the text and I wanted to ensure that the powder only stuck to the images.

I tried a few different images and combinations of sets, but I really loved the look of these images from Waffle Flower's Wild And Free stamp set.  I stamped the images in white ink because I wanted to be able to see where I was stamping all of the images.  White pigment ink stays wet and embossing powder sticks to it well.  If I had used Versamark ink, which is clear, it would have been more difficult to place my images all at once and heat at the end.

Once all of my images were heat embossed I added some aging to the paper using Distress Inks and a blending tool.  I used a damp chamois to wipe clean the white embossing.  I added small vellum overlays with a stamped and embossed sentiment from the same stamp set.  Those were cut with the second largest rectangle in the 4 Bar Stitched Rectangle set from WP9.

I die cut the heat embossed panels with stitched rectangle dies and now I have white embossing stuck to my die.  Any suggestions for how to remove it?  I suppose I could try heating it to re-melt it and then wipe it off....  I'm going to try that!

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