Tuesday, April 25, 2017

GUEST ARTIST FEATURE: Taheerah Atchia

Hi everyone, Happy Tuesday! I’m Taheerah and I’m beyond thrilled to be guesting on the WPlus9 blog today!

I was so excited to put the Modern Petunias and Petunia Builder sets to use – together! – for a couple of cards that showcase a basic watercolour technique that is sure to have you reaching for your brushes!


Watch above or watch in HD at YouTube

I started by stamping the outline petunias using Distress Inks. With an almost-no-line technique in mind, I chose ink colours that were in line with the base colours that the flowers would be, then used clean clear water to ‘pull’ colour from the outlines to create a first wash of colour. I watercoloured the petals individually, drying in between, so they could keep their details and definition.

Once my watercolouring was done, I took the solid center images from Petunia Builder and stamped them with PURE COLOR Dye Ink in Wild Mango. Just that one stamp adds so much depth to the image! I decided not to stop there though, and added some further details, before fussy cutting out my images ready to use on my card. There is a companion die for this set, but I opted to trim these out right up against the outlines.

I stamped my card base with the awesome Big Top Background – a really basic staple that every stamper needs! I stamped once with Fairy Dust ink, then a second time with Sea Breeze ink (stamped off once) for some extra definition. The MISTI makes techniques like this so easy!

I added a sentiment and some leaves from Modern Petunias, adding a light watercolour wash to the leaves, before splattering the background for some subtle shimmer. All that was left was to adhere my flowers in place with dimensional adhesive and add a sprinkling of sequins and I was all done.

I hope you’ve loved what you’ve seen here today, hopefully I’ve shown you that you don’t have to be a watercolour pro to make the most of these beautiful designs. My eternal thanks to Dawn for giving me a chance to appear here today – it really is a dream come true!

~Taheerah

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.

Additional Supplies

  • Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Milled Lavender, Shaded Lilac, Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Crushed Olive), Versafine Onyx Black Ink
  • Cardstock: Ellen Hutson Letterpress Cardstock
  • Embellishments: Iridescent Silver Glimmer Mist, Pretty Pink Posh Wisteria Blossoms Sequin Mix
  • Adhesive: Pinflair Glue Gel, Multi Matte Medium
  • Tools: MISTI, EK Success Cutterbee Scissors, Ranger Heat Tool, Teflon Bone Folder, ScorBuddy

Friday, April 21, 2017

No-Line Watercoloring Modern Petunias with Dawn

Hello everyone! Today I wanted to share a couple of cards with you featuring our Modern Petunias stamps and dies. This set was definitely one of my favorites from our last release. It is so much fun to watercolor! Whether you are going for more detailed realistic watercoloring or a washy loose look, the images are perfect.

For my cards, I just stamped a bunch of the images from the set onto Fabriano Artistico hot pressed watercolor paper using Antique Linen Tim Holtz Distress Ink and started painting.

I used traditional watercolors as they are what I am most comfortable with, but you could also achieve similar looks with other watercolor mediums you may have on hand. I used the same technique as I shared in a video in this post using the Kind Soul stamp set.

Once I had all of my elements painted and they were dry, I die cut them and arranged them with a banner die cut using the Bold Banner Die.

I still had a bunch of flowers left over, so I decided to create another card.

This time I decided to create a wreath to encase my greeting.

I masked off the word "friend" in my sentiment from Kind Soul before stamping. Then I filled in the rest of the sentiment using the Simon Says Stamp Pained Friend Die that I heat embossed in gold. I stacked a few of the die cuts on top of each other to give it a little heft and dimension.

And, you know I love me some florals and stripes...so I used the Simon Says Stamp Wide Stripes Background cling stamp to add some bold black stripes in the background.

Speaking of Simon Says Stamp, I am super excited to be getting ready to head out to teach watercolor stamping at Simon Says Create!

Although the class portion is sold out, did you know that there will also be a Pop-Up Shop as well? Yep that means you can still participate in some of the fun. In addition to the store, there are 24 sponsors participating in CREATE IT, TAKE IT activities and Tim Holtz will be doing live demos! If you are in the area, or would like to know more, you can find additional information here. I hope to see you there!

Featured Supplies

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

GUEST ARTIST FEATURE: Debby Hughes

Hi this is Debby and I'm delighted to be guesting for Wplus9 today. As soon as I saw the Kind Soul set I knew I wanted to use it as I love the delicate anemones and petunias, which have already been collected in to a beautiful arrangement for me.

I know this one is hard to get your hands on at the moment, but it was in stock when I created this video, I promise! There is a fresh batch on reorder and you can sign up to be notified when it arrives on the product page at wplus9.com

I decided to make an elegant watercoloured shaker card.

I white heat embossed the flower image onto watercolour paper and watercoloured. I then cut a circle opening in a panel of Simon Says Stamp Fog cardstock, (Wplus9 Dove Grey would work beautifully as well) and adhered behind it heat resistant acetate on which I'd heat embossed "hello" from the Hand Lettered Hello set.

I've put together a quick video to share my process with you.


Watch above or watch in HD at YouTube

To unify the main design element and add even more depth, I also white heat embossed and painted a few extra flowers to go on the front of the card.

To finish the sentiment I stamped one of the coordinating phrases from Hand Lettered Hello onto Coal Mine cardstock, white heat embossed it and trimmed to a skinny banner. Finally I added a few sequins and then mounted the finished panel on to a white, side folding card base.

Thank you for joining me today and thanks to Wplus9 for inviting me to guest.

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.

Additional Supplies

  • Paper - Arches Cold Pressed Watercolour, Simon Says Stamp Fog, Slate, Neenah Solar White 110lb, Hot Off The Press Heat Resistant Acetate
  • Inks - Simon Says Stamp clear embossing ink
  • Embossing Powder - Simon Says Stamp white
  • Color media - Watercolours (mainly Daniel Smith)
  • Brushes - Winsor & Newton series 7
  • Sequins - Little Things By Lucy's Cards Just Peachy, Vintage Lilac
  • Other - Misti, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Big Shot, 3M foam adhesive, EK Success powder tool, heat gun, glue runner

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