Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Masculine vs. Feminine

I don't think it is any secret that I am kind of obsessed with geometric and graphic designs. Well, that and florals. But no florals today. I know...shocker!

I wanted to use the same elements, basic layout and color palette to create one feminine and one masculine card. It's a two-fer. I seem to be making a habit of that.

For both cards, instead of creating a symmetrical pattern in my background, I chose to stamp the circles (the suns/moons) from the Encoraging Words stamp set randomly across my background, allowing them to overlap. This is going to support the more eclectic elements I've chosen for the rest of my first card.

These colors - Nautical Navy, Miami Spice, Flamingo, and Ocean Drive - can easily be swayed to either a masculine or feminine feel by little touches. The gold embossing and delicate font of the sentiment from Unconditionally on this one, along with the gold sequins really help push it to the feminine side.

And of course, a few splatters of shimmer using the Shimmer Spray Mist doesn't hurt either!

For the second card I used all of the same main elements. Except this time I omitted the gold, sequins and shimmer.

I still used a bit of vellum, but I placed it behind my sentiment panel so that it is less prominent. I wouldn't usually use vellum in a masculine designs, but here it serves to highlight the sentiment and separate it from the background. I think it works, what you do think?

As always, thanks for stopping by! I hope you are having a great week so far, it's allllmost Friday!


Friday, April 24, 2015

VIDEO: Patterns Two Ways with Love Mom

Today's video features more of our April Release - Love Mom and Love Mom Layers die.

Watch above or watch in HD at YouTube

In the first card, I created some patterned paper with stamps and added some fun custom colored embellishments.

The simple design was elevated with a modern color palette and the use of a fun colored border, using the Landscape Borders die, to separate the pattern from the plain white top.

Once I had die cut my little colored flowers, I was inspired to create another card by creating a pattern with the die cuts.

Once I had arranged my pattern, I used a trick that I saw Laura Bassen do with Glad® Press'n Seal® Wrap to transfer all of my die cut pieces at once.

I just love how these cards turned out and I hope you do too!


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Throwback Thursday - Monogrammed

It's time for another Throwback Thursday Challenge.  I'm a huge fan of making gift sets, especially this time of year with Teacher Appreciation Day coming next month.  I don't always send a lot of gifts into the schools throughout the year, but I always like to make card sets and send handwritten notes thanking our teachers for all of their hard work during the school year on Teacher Appreciation Day.  So this month, we our TBT set is Monogrammed.

This month I've made three card sets featuring Monogrammed and three different techniques using the newly released PURE COLOR Spray Mists in Lake House, Sweet Gelato, Sweet Nectar and Bloomsberry.

Wplus9 Supplies:
Stamps: Monogrammed, Country Charm // Spray Mist: Sweet Gelato // Dies: Love Showers Layers Dies// Cardstock:  Black

This first set is fun and trendy with the clean lines of the monogram paired with the sprayed ink and sequins.  I die cut four white panels using the Love Showers Layers Die, then sprayed each one with Spray Ink, concentrating the color in the upper left corner.  Then I stamped the bottom using the stripes from Country Charm and the Monogrammed letters.  Each card was embellished with sequins that coordinated perfectly with the Spray Mists.

The next set is also right on trend.

Wplus9 Supplies:

I love the versatility of the PURE COLOR Spray Mists.  This time I poured just a bit of each of the spray mists into a paint palette.  With a large brush I covered a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch piece of watercolor paper with clean water.  Then I came back with a smaller brush and dropped in some of the Spray Mist.  I let the water move the color around and then heat set it to create even more movement.  I created a frame for each card using the Holiday Apertures Dies and adhered everything to a white card base.

The last set uses a combination of colors.

Wplus9 Supplies:

To make these last cards, I sprayed a large acrylic block with two spray mists (Sweet Gelato and Sweet Nectar on one and Lake House and Bloomsberry on the other), then sprayed them with just a bit of water.  I took a piece of white cardstock and pressed it into the ink to get a fun watercolored look.  To make the little splotches on the white panel I removed the top of the Spray Mists and flicked the spray from the bottom of the nozzle.

Play Along

Now it's your turn! We'd love to have you participate in our Throwback Thursday posts. We know you've got some older product in your stash dying to see some ink! So let's pull em out. Use any card above as inspiration, or even the stamp set if you've got it, and let's see those "oldies but goodies" get some love!
Use at least one Wplus9 product and upload your project to your blog or online photo gallery such as Flickr. Then link it up using the InLinkz widget below to share it and keep the inspiration flowing! You'll have 3 weeks to play along.
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TBT #2 Winner

  • #21 (Jenny Newlin)

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