Whimsy Digi Inspiration

Hi everyone today it's my turn to share some of the digi teams inspiration with you,

Celebrate the moment

Hi everyone!!  It's Erin here with you today!  I have a fun cheery, dare I say springy birthday card to share with you today! 

I used a new image from MelJen, Birthday cup mouse! What a fun little image!!  It's colored with copics, then I added lots of stickles!!!  The sentiment is a birthday seal from Ann Vento also available from Whimsy!

Check out my blog for the rest of the details.  And don't forget, there is a new MelJen release tomorrow, so be sure to stop by to see what new cuties are in the store!

Some February Rubber Stamp Inspiration

Morning All!

Hope you're having a great week! Did you see the amazing tutorial Vicki posted this weekend using the Darling Daisies set to create a vintage tag? So fun, will definitely be trying that out! You can see the tutorial HERE!

I just have a quick post today to share some creations I've made using some of the new February release rubber stamps. There are 16 new stamps and 2 new dies!

First up is "Valerie's Spring Rain" and "Fancy Bench" illustrated by Crissy Armstrong and accented with a new "Postage Stamp" sentiment designed by Ann Vento! All of these stamps are available in the Whimsy Shop.

Next I have this very soft color palette creation using the new "Smell the Flowers" stamp from Crissy and another "Postage Stamp" sentiment from Ann.

And this last creation uses the new image "Star" from the KennyK collection at Whimsy!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Hope you have a terrific Tuesday!

Happy Stamping,
Denise :)

TUTORIAL: Vintage Style with Shimmer!

Hello friends!  DT member Vicki from Stamped Smiles here to present you with a tutorial or several mini tutorials depending upon how you look at this!  So please pull up a chair and sip your coffee and follow along!

If you followed along with us on our recent Rubber Stamp Blog Hop, then you would have seen several really stunning New Releases from Whimsy Stamps!  I have chosen to work with this really stunning set called *Darling Daisies* set from the Crissy Armstrong Rubber Stamp Collection!
I think this set is absolutely gorgeous and I love the different variations/looks you can achieve with it!
I thought I would show you how I make a Vintage style look, but with a touch of Shimmer.  (I will warn you now that the photos will NOT do the beautiful shimmer any justice, but it's breath-taking in person!)
I'm also going to show how I've colored in my flower and the dimension I've achieved on it.  - You will have to wait until the end of this tutorial to see the finished project...or cheat and scroll down to the end! LOL!

So let's get started and here are a few items you will need to start with:
1. I've used a regular manila luggage type tag (3x6) in size - you can use any card stock, etc.
2.  VersaMark, clear embossing powder and heat gun
3.  a couple different colors of shimmer mist sprays, smooch, etc.
4.  sponges and or tissues
5.  choice of images, Copics or fav color media
I've used the following Copic marker colors for my flower :
Y11 - Pale Yellow
Y13 - Lemon Yellow
YR15 - Pumpkin Yellow
YG11 - Mignonette
YG63 - Pea Green
E31 - Brink beige
E25 - Caribe Cocoa
E57 - Light Walnut
C3 - Cool Grey (for outside edging) - see tutorial below for details
6. scissors, color catcher or something to protect work surface and clothing, black ink, embellishments

Step 1:  I've taken my tag and stamped the flourish element from the above stamp set along the edge of my tag with the VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder...you will only barely be able to see the design in a certain light.

Step 2:  This is the part where you will need to set your embossed tag in a color catcher, box or something similar to protect your work surface and clothing from being sprayed.  Use a couple of different colors of Shimmer Mist sprays...or Smooch Spritz....or whatever you like to use and begin to spray various colors being careful to leave open spaces, spots when switching colors.

This is a photo showing you how your tag will end up looking when wet with spray and how it will curl...this is perfectly normal and will lie flat when dried.

Step 3:  When you have the sprays how you want them to look on your tag..WHILE IT'S STILL WET...you can take your sponge or tissue and begin to wipe over top of the embossed design..it will begin to "reveal" itself again through the shimmer sprays as the embossing resists it.  You can also always go back and spray in places that you want more or a different color..just be sure to wipe over tag with tissue when finished until you have the desired look you want achieved with it.

This is how my tag turned out after I've finished wiping it a couple of times and spraying it how I wanted it to look.  The photo does not show all of the gorgeous shimmer that's on this!  It was so hard to photograph that!

 Step 4 (optional):  To carry on with the Vintage-style, I've taken out my Distress Ink pad and sponged around the edges of the tag.

Step 5:  (Carrying out/finishing up this Vintage tag with details!)
I've now taken a couple of other images from this Darling Daisies set and stamped them on the tag with my black Brilliance Ink Pad.  (this ink pad is safe for use with Copic markers and will not smear.)

Step 6:  You will see after stamping on my tag, that I've got a "shadow" around my flower image.  I DO NOT RECOMMEND DOING THIS BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW IF THE SHIMMER SPRAYS WILL RUIN YOUR COPIC MARKER...SO BE WARNED!  But I went ahead and used the BG10 - Cool Shadow to go around the outside edge on the tag.  You'll also noticed that I've stamped TWO more flowers with the black Brilliance ink pad on Cryogen White card stock which works wonderfully for coloring with your Copic markers! 

Step 7:  (Please keep in mind that I am NOT a certified Copic Instructor, this is just MY account of how I color and use my Copic markers..*wink)  You will notice that I have not fully colored in BOTH flower images, but I have colored them in accordance to the way they will be cut out and placed for depth on my tag creation!  For coloring, I usually outline the area first with my darkest color and work inwards with the lightest color following lastly for the look of high-lighting...it makes the images look more "realistic".  These markers work the best for this because they blend together beautifully!

Step 8:  And of course, you can see better here why I've colored the flowers the way I did as I've cut them out and how I will be layering them on my tag...

*TIP - A helpful tip when you are cutting out images is to always have the least amount of card stock excess around your image as possible as this makes it easier to cut around and get into small/tight areas.

Also, as you see in the photo above, I've taken my C3 - Cool Grey Copic marker to go around the edges of my cut pieces so that you don't see the whites edges around the images after cutting...makes for a 'cleaner look'.  You don't want to use a black color because it is much too brass/dark looking and will make your image look weird instead of natural looking.

Step 9:  Now you will take some dimensionals/pop dots or whatever you like to call them to stick on the back of your cut out flower images.  You will layer these on top of each other starting with the full cut out flower.  Notice that I did NOT place any dimension on the stem...I simply glued it down over top of the flower on the tag...makes it even more dimensional looking!

Here is the look of the first flower "over-lay" on the tag.  You can clearly see the white area where the next "layer" will be going and you can see the stem is flush with the tag as the leaves are sticking up.

And now you can see what all of the layers look like on top of the tag.  I've just shown you a side-view so that you can see all of the layers together.  You will now also be able to see all of the "white" areas that did not get color on them...including the leaves.  All I did for this was go back over the flower in the Y13 - Lemon Yellow Copic and color where you can see the white areas.  I also went back in with the YG11 - Mignonette Copic marker for the leaves where I saw the white areas.  After completed, this really makes your flower look like it's popping off your creation!
And now you are ready to complete your tag with other embellishments....
Here is my completed Vintage Shimmer tag!  The shimmer is what really gives this project character!  Don't forget you can do other really cool Vintage techniques with the Shimmer sprays like I did the Seam Binding Ribbon for instance...just tie your bow, spray your ribbon, scrunch it in a ball to "wrinkle" it...straighten it back out to your desire and you've got a wonderful shimmery Vintage ribbon look too!

So now you can use this tag as a gift/bookmark like it is, tie it on a gift box or bag, add it to a card or even a great accent for a scrapbook page if you like!

Thank you so much for stopping in today!!  I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and you will be getting out your Shimmer Sprays and Whimsy Stamps to play around too!!  HUGS

P.S.  I also have a *bonus tutorial* on my blog where I show you how to use your darling Whimsy Stamps to stamp on candles!  CLICK HERE to join me there!  (It's back when I very first started out designing for Whimsy...so just in case you missed it back then or would like to know this easy technique, I'd be happy to share it with you!)

Celebrate Love

Hello it's me Patricia and it's my day to post on the Whimsy Inspiration Blog and this is the card I made just for today!

I used the Stamped image Love In A Bucket by Crissy Armstrong available at Whimsy Stamps! I see myself using this image all year round!

I colored my image with my Copic Markers, My sentiment is also from Whimsy Stamps by Raindrop Echo Designs and these are the Love Letter Seals!

Thanks for peeking in and enjoy the weekend!!

WANTED : Meljen's Get Along Little Doggie

Good Morning Everyone, Happy Thursday!!! Today I would like to share a creation with you that I made with this adorable Whimsy Digital Image in the Meljen's Collection Get Along Little Doggie. Oh my he is just sooo cute and perfect for those Western Cards...Hope you enjoy my creation!!!

I colored this image with Prisma Colored Pencils and Gamsol....I really do love to play with my pencils every now and again...I also created this lasso out of some Stampin Up Hemp Twine. I picked up these fun western 3-D stickers made by Reminisce with this image in mind :) I thought they would work perfect for this cutie!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, Have a GREAT Thursday Everyone!!!

Darling Daisies & Baby Bunny's

Hi Everyone today is my turn to show you some of my Whimsy Creations,First I would like to share with you a card I made for the brand new release last week This is one of just one of the new releases called Darlin Daisies illustrated by the super talented Crissy Armstrong and Postage Stamp set designed by the very talented Ann Vento,  Even more exciting is that there is a die to cut out the postage stamp set!

My Second card is using the Brand New Meljen's image Baby Bunny's Bottle isn't it cute!! and just perfect for all those new baby cards we all need. I have also used these fab new Balloon stamps and Die from the Raindrop Echo Collection.

Spring is in the Air....Darlin Daisies/ I Love you this much!

Hi All!! It is Chris and it is my turn to share with you!!!  I am so excited to have received the new release from February and the opportunity to create with them as well.  What an exciting and fun release this was!!  If you have not joined our blog hop yet, there is still time.  The hop ends tomorrow at 12 a.m. EST.  If you are interested, here is the link to the beginning of the hop!!

This is one of just one of the new releases called Darlin Daisies illustrated by the uber talented Crissy Armstrong and Postage Stamp set designed by the creative an talented Ann Vento!!  Even more exciting is that there is a die to cut out the postage stamp set!! I created a gift set!!

The box I created using a tutorial created by Randi Thorsen which can be found here.   Since I am from the USA, I am not use to measuring everything in the metric measurement system so I found it to be a challenge....but fun!!!!  The daisy in the center heart window of the box is embossed in white on vellum.  The dp used on the card is K&Co. Jullianne. The ribbon is May Arts Ivory and champagne silk. The box is embossed with a Sizzix floral die on Blushing Bride (SU).  The dp is from DCWV.

My next creation uses not rubber but one of the awesome digis designed by the talented Melissa Jenkins (Meljen's)!!! It is called I love You This Much...  The papers are a combo of dp from K&Co. Valentine papers.  The middle heart is dry embossed although it is hard to see in the photo.  The flower on the bottom is a felt flower with a flower button in the center.

Thanks for stopping by!! I hope you are in some way inspired by these creations!!
Have a great day!!

Rockin' Birthday Wishes

Hello!  Today I am here to share a card I whipped up for my cousin's birthday.  She is a "rocker chick" and plays guitar so I knew this "Star" by KennyK would be perfect for her!  I was at my dear friend's house when I made this card so I'm not on top of my game as far as knowing which papers these are.  But I did use the Music Notes background stamp on the red cardstock.  I Flower Softed her boot tops, glossy accented her guitar and eyes and tattered and blinged it out!  The sentiment is from the Postmark collection.  Hope you like it!

Darling Daisies...


I hope you've already seen all the new Whimsy Stamps, aren't they absolutely amazing!?
And don't forget about our blog hop! If you haven't taken part, you still have time, go here to see the blog hop list!

Today I would like to share with you a card I made with some of the stamps from the new Darling Daisies set designed by Crissy Armstrong.

I just love the set, those daisies are really darling, aren't they? And all the sentiments are fabulous! I made this card in my, as I like to call it -"rustic style" and used colours which, I thought, would give a "nature, spring and fresh" feeling. At least I hope that's the impression you get when you look at the card. :)
I coloured the image with watercolour pencils.

You can read more about this card and see all my other Whimsy Stamps creations at my blog.
Thank you so much for stopping by today and have a wonderful weekend! :)