[Watch It Wednesday] Creating Fun Rocks with Tessa Wise

on January 21, 2015
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Hello everyone! Welcome to another Watch It Wednesday! DesignTeamHeadshots-Tessa Tessa is here to share her tips and tricks on how to create the fun texture on the "rocks" here: WIW Rock My World Rocks

Stamp Set used: Rock My World Stamp Set

Watch it below or in HD on Youtube. http://youtu.be/C-2ur0CbHbs Now who's ready to give some spray mists love? :) Here is Tessa's finished project: WIW Rock My World Layout We love how she used stickers on the "rocks" for her title! WIW Rock My World Title Thank you, Tessa, for sharing your talent with us! Stamp Set used: Rock My World Stamp Set Rock My World Stamp Set Preview Thank you for stopping by! Happy Crafting!  

[Tutorial] Strawberry Rocks Card & Five for Friday

on July 18, 2014
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Hello everyone! Happy Friday! I was inspired by this rock painting project to make a card for today! [caption id="attachment_11503" align="aligncenter" width="233"]painted strawberry rocks Source: Found on Pinterest[/caption] Since I've been having fun playing with our Rock My World Stamp Set and Die Set lately, I immediately wanted to make strawberries with our rocks! And here is my take! wfc-strawberry-rock-card

How to Make Strawberries from Your Rock Stamps

1. Stamp the rocks on the card front.

I'm using the reverse side of the "live, laugh, love" rock to get a solid image. nina-yang-strawberry-rock-card-step-1

2. Stamp the leaves (from Flower Circles Stamp Set) and cut out.

Cut about 1/16" away from the stamped image will actually give it a more finished look. nina-yang-strawberry-rock-card-step-2

3. Use a black pen to add some random dots to your "strawberries".

Wait until your ink is dry on paper to do this. The dots do not need to be perfect. nina-yang-strawberry-rock-card-step-3

4. Use a white gel pen to add the seeds.

Use the gel pen to cover part of the dots to mimic the look of strawberry seeds. nina-yang-strawberry-rock-card-step-4

5. Glue your leaves on.

Try to use the leaves to compliment the shapes of your strawberries. nina-yang-strawberry-rock-card-step-5 Easy peasy, right? When I got to finish the card, I decided to add one more strawberry to the left. Don't be afraid to stamp off the edge! nina-yang-strawberry-rock-card-step-6 These strawberries make me so happy! :) The sentiment "you're sweet" is a sneak peak to a stamp set in our next release! ;) Hope that you will join us on August 1-5 for the introductions. Starting next Monday, we will be sharing more sneak peaks on our social media outlets! Stay tuned~~ wfc-strawberry-rock-card-closeup

Five for Friday

I've been pinning great rock painting projects that can be easily adapted to use our Rock My World Stamp Set and Die Set to the dedicated pin board. I want to share 5 more of my favorites with you today! [caption id="attachment_11516" align="aligncenter" width="400"]rock-painting-cactus Pin: Rock Cactus Garden[/caption] [caption id="attachment_11514" align="aligncenter" width="400"]rock-painting-gold Pin: Gold Painted Rocks[/caption] [caption id="attachment_11517" align="aligncenter" width="400"]rock-painting-fish Pin: Rock Fish[/caption] [caption id="attachment_11518" align="aligncenter" width="400"]rock-painting-snowman Pin: Rock Snowman[/caption] [caption id="attachment_11515" align="aligncenter" width="400"]rock-painting-flowers Pin: Rock Flowers[/caption] The last one especially reminds me of the flowers in our Rock My World Stamp Set and this card I've shared. Rock My World Stamp Set Preview nina-yang-watercolor-rock-card Thank you for stopping by! Happy Crafting!!

Five for Friday, a Watercolored Card and a Heads-up

on May 23, 2014
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Hello everyone! It's Friday again! And here comes our

Five for Friday

Our design team has been busy with our Rock My World Stamp Set! It is my personal favorite in this release and I just LOVE what the ladies have come up with this set! Here are five links to the five most recent posts they've done! What is the perfect ink to use for overlapping? Check out Suzanne's beautiful card here! The skinny shadow/grass stamp got to be the center of attention on Lorena's cool card here! Rocks are trending! Katie shared the source of her inspiration for her clever card here! Lorena was back with a video tutorial! She shared a super cool masking technique with us! I was there when Kim was working on this naturalist card! So simple yet so original!! Thank you for making our products stand-out, ladies! Check out our product page for more examples!

A Watercolored Card

Ahem! Yes, I joined the Watercolor for Card Makers online class and have learned some very cool watercolor techniques! Here is the result of me playing with some of my new favorites! I also used our Rock My World Stamp Set on this card! nina-yang-watercolor-rock-card Doesn't it look like a big rock or beautiful flowers floating on top of water? I feel like an artist when playing with watercolor :) There are many possible interpretations! Haha! There were a few times I went "oops" and got stuck but it turned out nice in the end! I would like to share some new things I've learned during the process. Stamp with a light color distress ink and then watercolor in to make it look like a hand painted image was the technique I was trying to focus on. But maybe because I used a piece of Bristol Board (for a smooth finish) instead of watercolor paper, the stamped lines didn't "disappear". It doesn't bother me on this card but I will definitely give the technique another try on some real watercolor paper in the future.

Supplies

1. Stamp the FLowers.

I started by stamping the flowers. I tried to add a few here and there each time. Something I've learned about creating random patterns is that don't be afraid of white space. Leave some white space will make your pattern look more "random". nina-yang-watercolor-rock-card-stamp-1

2. Stamp the Leaves.

I was simply trying to fill the gaps among the flowers with some leaves. nina-yang-watercolor-rock-card-stamp-2

3. Pick Colors.

I've had this Bonus Pak of Nicholson's Peerless Transparent Watercolors for a while. It has been my favorite watercolor medium. The watercolors come in as  double-sided paper. On the front, it shows the true color of the watercolor. nina-yang-watercolor-rock-card-watercolor-paper-front The back of the paper may seem dark and weird but it is where we will pick up the color with a wet brush. nina-yang-watercolor-rock-card-watercolor-paper-back I numbered my paper so I can always tell which color I used. nina-yang-watercolor-rock-card-color-choice

4. Create color palette for base coats.

Cut a small piece of the color paper out and add water to use for base coats or a large area of color. nina-yang-watercolor-rock-card-cut We can adjust the color intensity by removing water with a piece of paper towel or adding another piece of paper. nina-yang-watercolor-rock-card-add-water

5. Painting

I was afraid that the Bristol would not take as much water as watercolor paper so I started painting with a light shade of color instead of plain water. nina-yang-watercolor-rock-card-start Then while the base coat was still wet, I picked up more color from the back of the paper and added to the area where I needed shading. nina-yang-watercolor-rock-card-adding-color Instead of going "back-n-forth" with the brush, we are actually "dabbing" into a pool of water and let the color "flow" into position. After I colored all the flowers and let them dry, I "dabbed" the blue color on the rest of the card, including the center. The trick is to keep it wet as long as possible to avoid harsh edges/lines. As for my card, you can argue that the edges are the natural look of rock cracks or water ripples. Haha! nina-yang-watercolor-rock-card-closeup I had so much fun making this card!

A Heads-up

Coming next week are more inspiring design team projects!! May 24, Saturday Katie will share a project with our Hey Mr. Stamp Set May 26, Monday Joni's Blog May 28, Wednesday May's Blog May 30, Friday Lorena's Blog June 1 -4, Sunday - Wednesday Come join our June Release Preview on the blog! See you soon!!

Slept Like a Rock Card + A Heads-up

on April 11, 2014
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Hello everyone! Happy Friday! I have a quick and easy one layer card to share today! Can you tell that I just can't put down our Rock My World Stamp Set?

Rock My World Stamp Set Preview

nina-yang-slept-like-a-rock-card I made this card and yesterday's Easter card together. You can tell that I used the same ink pads, right? I love that I can make Rock My World Stamp Set soft and pretty too! I cut a piece of post-it note to 2"x 2-3/8" to use as a mask for my stamped background. nina-yang-slept-like-a-rock-card-position To give it more definition, I went over the edge of the mask with a black gel pen. nina-yang-slept-like-a-rock-card-frame I love the look of using the rock as a paper weight. Fun & easy, right?

A Heads-up!

Leave a comment to Kim Kesti's Bowtiful Post by Tonight for a chance to win a coupon to Waffle Flower Crafts Store! Leave a comment by 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 13 to Katie Gehring's Notions Post for a chance to win a coupon to Waffle Flower Crafts Store!

More Inspiration

April 12, Saturday May's Blog April 14, Monday Suzanne's Blog April 16, Wednesday Joni's Blog (With another GIVEAWAY) April 18, Friday Lorena's Blog Woot Woot! Can't wait to see their creations! Thank you for stopping by! Happy Crafting!

Make Easter Eggs with A Rock Stamp

on April 10, 2014
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Hello everyone! Popped in to share a card for Easter using our Rock My World Stamp Set!

Rock My World Stamp Set Preview

nina-yang-rock-easter-card When I was putting the stamp set together, I wanted to include a shape that can be used as an egg. I'm pretty happy how easy it is to make a special seasonal card with this totally unrelated set! :)

1. Stamp the rock stamp twice in 3 pastel colors

Once on the card base; then on a scrap piece of paper! nina-yang-rock-easter-card-step-1

2. Use a pair of pinking scissors to create the egg shells

nina-yang-rock-easter-card-step-2

3. Personalize your chicks!

I've said it many times that I cannot drawn anything by hand, haha! But I think they are still cute! nina-yang-rock-easter-card-step-3 Top it with a easter sentiment and you are done! nina-yang-rock-easter-card-closeup Easy, right? I also doodled some dots and stripes on the egg shells for added detail. I had so much fun making this card! Thank you for stopping by! Happy Crafting!

Waffle Flower Crafts April Release Day 3 - Introducing Rock My World Stamp Set

on April 03, 2014
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Hello everyone! Welcome to Day 3 of Waffle Flower Crafts April Release!

Introducing Rock My World Stamp Set

I hope that we can have something unique in every one of our releases. And today's set is that special one in this release. As the weather gets warmer, I start to think summer and all the happy memories I had when visiting my grandma's during summer vacations. There was a river near her house and I remember spending hours playing with the river rocks. I've seen a lot of stone painting artwork lately and it encouraged me to make a stamp set about rocks.

Inspiration

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Original Watercolor - Pebble Source: lorisworld on Etsy[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Painted Pebbles Source: Garima Dhawan Studio[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="570"]Collection of 5 Painted Stones Source: TheBlackbirdSings on Etsy[/caption]

Rock My World Stamp set

The rock shapes were created from scans of some real rocks we picked up during a morning walk. I cannot draw these organic shapes from scratch - for some reason, only the real ones seemed natural. Rock My World Stamp Set Preview [add_to_cart id="" sku="271003"]

Examples

Rock My World Stamp Set Examples

A video (Watch it below or in HD on YouTube)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKjP9Ug_vhk In this video, I also shared how I usually condition my solid stamps for inks to distribute evenly.

And a card

nina-yang-life-is-beautiful-card The next card I want to try is to use markers on them to create a watercolor look, hmmm.... Wheels spinning~ I can't wait to see what you guys will create with this stamp set!

Meet Our Design Team!

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Hi! I'm Lorena Cantó: A Spanyard mother, wife, dog lover and full time journalist specialized in foreign affairs by day... and passionate paper crafter 24/7. We are currently posted in Bolivia, South America, and my love for all things ink and die cutting travels with me around the world. From the barest clean & graphic to the unbelievably inky and messy, there's no creative technique I'm not keen to try!
Lorena is an avid contributor to one of my favorite paper crafts magazines. She is often the creator of my favorite projects in an entire issue. I met her during my trip to CHA show earlier this year and enjoyed spending time with her. No wonder her name popped up when I was putting together the design team, right? You can find Lorena's artistic approach to card making on her blog: Paperella Plays and connect with her on the following sites:

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Rock My World Stamp Set
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