Monday, January 16, 2017

Whimsy Butterflies Stencil "How - to"

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Hello All and Happy Monday! Did you see the awesome newly released Butterflies Stencil in the Whimsy store? I love how versatile it is and want to share some ideas with you on how to use it in different ways.

The stencil is 4 x 6 inches in size and 0.188mm in thickness. It is made using a smooth plastic and both sides have a slightly shiny surface which makes clean up real easy. To enjoy your stencil for a long time I recommend storing it flat and clean it up right after each use.
*NEW Butterflies Stencil
Sponging with inks, paints and stains are one of the most common techniques to use stencils. While you can achieve beautiful effects with these techniques, I love to add dimension to my cards and projects.
Here I am using a 3D paste with a nice pearlescent pink shimmer (Nuvo Embellishment Mousse). I've placed the stencil over my cardstock and secured it with some Washi tape to keep it from shifting. (I always work on a Teflon sheet covered work space - makes cleaning up ink and pastes a breeze as well as tape/glue removal.) Applying the paste with a spatula is best but a popsicle stick will work too if you don't have a spatula.

Carefully lift the stencil from the cardstock not to smudge your image. Let the 3D paste dry. Clean up your stencil with warm water and soap immediately.
Another way to achieve a dimensional effect is using modeling paste. Apply it the same way as you would the 3D paste.

Leave it like it is and let dry for a more simpler look - or after it's dried you could re-attach the stencil and sponge the butterflies with ink.

For some more bling add glitter to the still wet modeling paste and let dry. Clean up your stencil with warm water right after you're done. Don't let the modeling paste dry on the stencil. This might ruin your stencil.
Using your stencil with the heat embossing technique gives a nice dimensional effect as well:
Prepare your paper for heat embossing and then place your stencil over the paper. Secure it with Washi or masking tape so it wont shift.
Thoroughly apply embossing ink - I used Versmark. Carefully remove the stencil and applu embossing powder immediately. Heat set from underneath.

Depending on your choice of embossing powder you can achieve different effects - metallic, pearlized, opaque, distressed etc.
Use the stencil together with the Copic airbrush system:
I used Washi tape again to hold the stencil in place and to cover the areas (in my case butterflies) I did not want to add color to.

 It works quite well, what do you think? I used two different shades of  teal to get some more effect.

The smooth and shiny surface of the stencil is easy to clean. Just use rubbing alcohol to clean your stencil from the Copic over spray. This will not damage your stencil!

An absolute fun technique is "Stamping through your Stencil":
First use the sponging technique to apply color the the butterflies. I used distress inks in yellow and a darker orange color. Let dry.

Now choose a stamp with a pattern that will fit your stencil. I chose a flower stamp set called "Friendly Flowers".  Yes, it is a clear set from Whimsy and will be released in February *sneak peek* ;-) Text or script stamps work well too. I stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.

Remove the stencil and voila! You have a very nice contrasting effect. I used Memento and Distress inks, both dye inks, which will clean up nicely from your stencil. Pigment ink might leave some stains on your stencil and StazOn for sure does.
I stamped more grass at the bottom to match the butterflies and added little antennas to the butterflies with a very fine Copic Multiliner Pen.

Here's the finished card. The sentiment is from the newly released "Flight of the Butterflies" clear stamp set.
Thanks for visiting and I hope you liked my stencil tips. Don't forget to share all your Whimsy creations over in our facebook group. We love to see what you create!

Hugs & Luv,

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Day 2 of the Whimsy January Release

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Hello All and Welcome to Day 2 of the Whimsy January Release! The January 2017 release party continues over in our Whimsy Stamps and Inspirations Facebook group. You can join us for games, fun, and a chance to win Whimsy prizes too. Here is the link to the party event!

Here are my DT projects for the second release day: 

This is NEW Birthday Cow by Crissy Armstrong, available NOW in rubber! I'm in love with this image, too adorable! I colored it with my Copics. Sentiment is from the NEW Loveley Lavender Clearly Whimsy Stamps set. I also used together with my flower arrangements the NEW Honeycomb Pattern die. This die is so versatile, it's amazing and like with all the Whimsy dies, cutting is a charm.

My second card for today is a shaker card using the New Happy Sayings Die Set and the matching Happy Sayings clear set.
For the shaker filling I used the New Valentines Sequins and also added some coarse pink glitter granules. DP is from the Whimsy digital paper set Fresh Rose. The frame is cut with a die from the Shaker Builder - Sweetest Birthday die set.

To join our release party event, just pop over to the Whimsy group any time between January 11-13, this Wednesday through Friday.  We hope to see you all there!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Whimsy Stamps January 2017 Release

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 Whimsy January Release - Rubber and Clear

This month, we are releasing the following new stamps and dies:

4 new stamps from Crissy Armstrong
3 new stamps from Lee Holland
2 new stamps from Wee Stamps
2 new stamps from Krista Heij-Barber
3 new stamps from Kirsten Winkelbauer
and finally - 6 new clear stamps and 2 new dies and 1 stencil
Have a peek at them all on our Whimsy Inspirations Blog!
GREAT NEWS - all of the new products are available to purchase from the Whimsy Stamps shop NOW!
Today kicks off our January 2017 release party over in our Whimsy Stamps and Inspirations Facebook group. You can join us for games, fun, and a chance to win Whimsy prizes too.
Here is the link to the party event!
Here are my DT cards for today:
 This is "Betty and Bob" by Wee Stamps, colored with Copics on a fairly clean and simple style card. I also used the In Stitches clear stamp set. DP is from the digital Butterfly Breeze 2 papers.

A real CAS and one layer card using the new Honeycomb Pattern die - cut out and used as stencil with Copic airbrush - as well as the Butterfly Stencil and the Flight of the Butterflies clear set

To join our release party event, just pop over to the Whimsy group any time between January 11-13, this Wednesday through Friday.  We hope to see you all there!


Monday, January 9, 2017

Totally Tiffany Product Review - Die Storage and Design Board

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Totally Tiffany Product Review

Hello and Happy Monday to all my fellow crafters. Whimsy Stamps and Totally Tiffany teamed up and today I am here to review two products I received from Totally Tiffany in exchange for this review. Thank you for this opportunity!
Totally Tiffany is a company which sells all different kinds of storage and organization products for crafters, especially scrapbooking / card making. If you don't know them already here is a link to their website Totally Tiffany. Go and check them out you will be thrilled and surprised by the variety and usefulness of their products! These products make it easy to declutter your craft room and get organzied!

You will also have the chance to win some Totally Tiffany goodies :-) A little later in this review I will provide you with a link to a sweepstake. It's easy, just enter to win ;-)

....and if you are looking closely you might see some new Whimsy goodies.... just saying.

Ok but now onto the first product review:

Die-Namic Storage Set

This die storage set is called Die-Namic Die Storage and includes 5 pocket cards 5 storage sleeves for pocket cards and 1 carrying case with handle. It is made out of clear plastic which appears to be fairly sturdy. The size of the case is 13″ x 7″ x 1″. This is a neat size, big enough to hold quite some dies but not too large to carry it around. The case makes it easy to carry around your dies e.g. if you go to craft events or for get together at a friends house.

The pocket cards tucked into the sleeves. The recess on the brim of each sleeve makes it easy to lift out the pocket cards.

The pocket cards have each a tab on top which can be labeled to make it easier to find the contents. The clear plastic also makes it a breeze to see whats inside. They also have 5 layered / staggered pockets which are about 1 inch in height. Because they are staggered it makes it easier to find your dies or products.

Here you can see how they look with my Whimsy dies inserted in the pockets. They fit neatly :-) I also labeled the tab! aaahhh and yes these are NEW Whimsy dies :-D They will be released later this week...keep your eyes peeled! ;-)

Not only dies, also my stencils fit! Another Whimsy sneak peek.... You can put smaller dies, stencils or stamps in the lower pockets and smaller items in the top ones.

Or how about having your stamps and matching dies together in one pouch...or stamp set and matching stencil ;-) (more new whimsy stuffs ;-) )! That's organizing I love! You will have everything together which makes creating much faster and more fun!

Here's my Die-Namic Storage Set filled with dies, stencils and stamps. I love the usefulness of this die storage case and that it is so versatile. It also is light weight and makes carrying it around fun. From now on my dies, stencils and stamp sets are always organized.

I mentioned earlier that you are able to win some Totally Tiffany products. Just click the link below, fill out the form and you are entered to win! Good luck!
Sweepstakes link:  Enter to Win

 Clip & Create Rotating Design Board

The second product I am going to review is the Clip & Create Rotating Design Board.  Oh my I can tell you I am totally in love with this design board already! For me as a card maker and colorist this is such a huge help! Why is that you ask? I will show you in a minute....first let me give you some facts about the board itself....
The size of the board is 9″ x 11″ x 1.25″. There's a large clip included to hold your projectsIt is made out of wood and coated with a smooth, hard white plastic layer. The smooth plastic surface also makes cleaning it easy. But the best thing is you can rotate it! It moves freely a full 360 degrees. 

The two trays are connected through a ball-bearing, so they rotate smoothly.

The large clip is strong and moveable to hold your work in place. The underside of the part of the clip which holds your work in place is smooth so it wont damage your products.

For me of course this is ideal when I am coloring. I always rotate my image while coloring and this Rotating Design Board makes it very easy to do that! Just perfect!

But not only's awesome while using your stencils too. In this pictures I am using my stencil (yes the new butterfly stencil from Whimsy!) with some modelling paste. Rotating the board makes it easy to apply the paste and make sure I have it everywhere I want it to be.

Here I am decorating a card on the board. It's so much nicer when I can rotate my card a full 360 degrees while putting on all the embellishments. Or when making one of my mixed media tags.

But no matter what crafts you like to do I am sure this board comes in quite handy for you as well. It is sturdy, stable and has 4 small foam rubber feet to hold it in place while you are working and rotating it.

I might even try and use it as a lazy susan the next time I make cup cakes, or when making a flower arrangement ....the ideas are endless! 

I mentioned earlier that you are able to win some Totally Tiffany products. Just click the link below, fill out the form and you are entered to win! Good luck!
Sweepstakes link:  Enter to Win

I hope you liked my reviews. I would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment if you have a moment, thank you! It's very much appreciated!

Don't forget.....the Whimsy January Rubber and Clear Release starts Wednesday! There will be some awesome new Rubber and Clear Stamps as well as Dies and something new ;-)

Luv 'n hugs

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Whimsy's Digital January Release - Spring Lamb

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Hello Everyone and Happy Sunday! My first post in the new year and I am happy to start posting this year with showing you a card with a new Whimsy digital stamp! To day is Whimsy's Digital January Release!
Find all the info about it on the Whimsy Inspirations Blog and the new digital stamps here in the Whimsy store!

I colored Spring Lamb with my Copics. I also used Butterfly Breeze2 digital papers, Pretty Pastels digital papers, Tracy Sentiment Mix 2 and It's a Party Enamel Dots.

Make sure you check our Whimsy Stamps Inspirations FB Group and join in on the Release Party! My fellow DT sisters have amazing creations to show :-)

Luv 'n hugs!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Day 19 of Whimsy's Countdown to Christmas - Hearts of Love

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Welcome Whimsy Friends to Day 19 of Whimsy's Countdown to Christmas! Only a few more days until Santa arrives :-) Are you ready yet and done with all your Christmas preparations? I actually am (woohoo) and I thought I would start making some Valentines cards.

Here's a CAS card I made using the Card Builder - Hearts of Love die set

The card measures 4.5 x 5.5 inches. The second layer is 0.5 inches smaller. I cut out the word Love from the second layer and used the negative. To make it really pop I  layered it on to a piece of red card stock. The red heart was cut out from the same red card stock. I then added some burlap string and attached the large heart with a small white cloth pin. I decided to also use the tiny heart. I drew a line using a black Copic multi liner pen, adhering the tiny heart at the end of the line. This gives the effect as the tiny heart would just drop off the large heart.

*NEW Card Builder - Hearts of Love

Thanks for stopping by today!


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Whimsy Stamps Countdown to Christmas - Day

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Hello Crafty Friends and welcome to Day 6 of the Whimsy Stamps Countdown to Christmas.
December 6th / Saint Nicholas Day is a special day in Germany (and other European countries of course) where I'm from originally. We celebrate this day in remembrance of  historical Saint Nicholas also called Nicolas of Myra or Bishop of Myra and his legendary habit of secret gift-giving.
Usually kids will get boots filled with candy, fruit, nuts and small gifts. We always celebrated in the evening of the 6th when I was a child but some already had their boots filled in the night from the 5th to the 6th depending on which part from Germany you are from.
This is why I picked Santa's Glee today for my card. I thought it's the perfect image for today :-) He is available in the Whimsy store as digital stamp from the Crissy Armstrong collection. 

I also used two dies from the Whimsy Shapeology collection: Merry - large word die and  Hand Stitched Borders. I kept my card simple to have the focus on the image. Only three small dots from the Christmas Cheer Enamel Dots and a red sequin embellish my card.
Here is a list of Copic colors I've used:
Santa's Cloth
Red: R22, R24, R46, R59
White: C5, C3, B41, C1, C00
Shoes and Belt: C10, C8, C6, C4 B41
Santa's Face and Hair
Skin: E000, E00, E11, R02
Hair: W6, W4, W2, W0
Santa's List: E50, E53 T2
Pencil: E57, E50
Outline: B000, B00
Thanks for stopping buy today .

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Whimsy Stamps Digital Shop Grand Re-Opening!

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The long-anticipated Day is here!! Welcome to
Whimsy Stamps Digital Shop Grand Re-Opening!
Whimsy has a selection of images, sentiments and papers that are now available to purchase, download and use immediately!

This is my creation using  N’ice Friends 2 colored with Copics

I also used Purple Winter digital papers, Snowdrops digital paper as well as the newly released Snowflake dies. 

Copic colors used:
Blue: B000, B00, B02, B04, B06
Purple: BV0000, BV00, BV02, BV04, BV08
Snowman: BG000, BG90, BG93
Birds: E50, E51, E53
Nose and beaks: YR15, YR07
Cheeks: R30, R02

Digital images are great because you can flip images, use the computer to “mask” and combine images and backgrounds, and re-size everything to suit your personal projects before you print them off. Please read the Terms Of Use with each product purchased for all the details.

Digital images are so easy to use. And they can be printed again and again, as many times as you like for your own personal crafting needs! What a bonus, especially when it comes to patterned paper - no more need to hoard a paper stash - once you have purchased and downloaded Whimsy’s Digital paper packs, you can print off your favourite sheets as many times as you like! What’s more, you can customize the size of the sheet you are printing (there’s less wasted paper that way). How about that, crafters! Surely it doesn’t get much better than that!

Look at what’s being released at Whimsy today!

Whimsy will be releasing new digital products on the first of every month, so mark your calendars and be sure to join the release party on FB where we will have games and award prizes to randomly drawn players. In fact, get on over to FB where the party has just started (Nov 1, 12 PM EST)! If you play the games, you could win something Whimsy-cal. The more you play, the greater your chances. (Exciting, right!?) But don’t leave just yet!

You have just got to see what the rest of the Whimsy Digi Designer Divas, and our Very Special Guest Zoe from Make It Crafty have created with the digi’s. We are showing off our gorgeous cards for you over the next two days, November 1st and 2nd. Go visit each blog to see what magic each Diva has cooked up. Your eyes will bug out of your head and your jaw will hit the floor. You’ve been fairly warned. Jussayin!
  Iris Wiechmann (you are here)
  Maria Sabina, 

Thank you for stopping by! Don’t forget to join the Release Party on Facebook to get in on your chance to win Whimsy-cal prizes!! Bye for now!


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