Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Betty & Bob

Hi! It's my turn to showcase one of January's new Clear and Rubber stamp releases! How awesome are they? So many to choose from!

So, i just LOVE this cute image by Sylvia Zet -  'Betty & Bob'.

I colored the image with my prismacolor pencils and used the Happy Sayings Stamp Set for the sentiment. I used a variety of papers from Authentique and some bakers twine from my stash. I added a little hand stitching for more detail.

Thanks for looking!
Happy Crafting :)
Kerys x

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

January Release Clear Team Inspiration

Wasn't last week's January release so amazing? Today, we are showcasing some DT projects using the clear stamps from the release.  Click on the name of the product to be taken directly to the store to purchase.  And then make sure to come back later in the week when we will be showcasing some DT projects from the rubber team










Monday, January 16, 2017

Ideas how to use the NEW Whimsy Stencil

Hello Whimsy Friends, today I am here to share with you some ideas on how to use the new Whimsy Butterflies Stencil.

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 your Whimsy creations over in our facebook group. Can't wait to see what you create!



Wednesday, January 11, 2017

January 2017 Release is now Available

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

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!

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

Whimsy Teams Up with Totally-Tiffany

Happy Monday Crafty Friends,

This week Whimsy has teamed up with Totally-Tiffany to bring you some fun product reviews of their awesome crating storage solutions. Some lucky Whimsy DT gals got a chance to work with these products to get their craft rooms organized. And all week they will be sharing reviews of the products over on their blogs and our social media pages.

Totally-Tiffany carries a wide selection of organizational products, from paper to punches, or dies and stamps, and even inks and embellishments. You can shop directly on their website or find their products at JoAnn Fabric and Hobby Lobby. And if you're an at home shopping fan, they are also seen on TV with HSN and

Along with fun reviews and how to use their products, Totally-Tiffany will be offering a chance to win various items all week long. So be sure to check out the links below to visit our team blogs for more info!

Monday, January 9th - Visit Iris
Tuesday, January 10th - Visit Kerys
Wednesday, January 11th - Visit Becky
Thursday, January 12th - Visit Alanna
Friday, January 13th - Visit Michelle

We hope you enjoy the reviews and peeks at the new products. Be sure to click the link below for a chance to win some Totally Tiffany goodies too!

Whimsy is also celebrating our January 2017 Digital Release and January 2017 Rubber and Clear Stamp release all week long! Be sure to check out the release parties in our Whimsy Stamps and Inspirations Facebook Group.