Friday, February 3, 2017

Friday Focus on Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490

Hello Frilly & Funkie friends and visitors,

Linda here, bringing you this fortnight's Friday Focus. We're excited to be focusing on Wendy Vecchi's Studio 490 line of paper crafting products including stamps, stencils, inks, embossing powders and more. And, of course, most* of these goodies will be an extra 15% off our regularly discounted prices (total of 35% off list) through February 15th. You can find all these bargains under our Friday Focus tab at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

*Editor's note:  the newly released products from the 2017 CHA Creativations are not on sale, but we have some great deals on bundles during the pre-order period.  

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Jenny and I got to meet up with Wendy at CHA and she kindly shared some of her new release products with our team. I used her new Country Garden Art set and her new Mat Minis Flowers and Leaves the create a free standing art piece. It was begun with a base of Ranger Speciality Stamping Paper cut in half to a 4.25 x 5.5 size. I watched Wendy demo her archival ink and rubbing alcohol technique at CHA and she applied the alcohol with a spray bottle. I used to sort of sprinkle the alcohol on the paper, but I tried spraying it this time and like this method better.  I wet the paper thoroughly with the alcohol and then added three small drops of Leaf Green archival reinker, swishing the ink around a bit with a tool, then misted on more alcohol to give it the ability to wash around the paper.  

Then I dried it with my heat tool and watched the magic happen.  I love this technique!  You can push the ink mixture around the paper with your heat tool and somewhat influence how the ink layers develop.  And since I had alcohol in a spray bottle, I couldn't resist giving the dried layers a spritz or two of alcohol which created the dotted effect.

The same technique was repeated at the top to create the sky using Cornflower Blue reinker.

Next the leafy greens were stamped on using Fern Green Archival Ink, the birdhouse post was stamped with Potting Soil and the birdhouse with Red Geranium. I lined it up nice and even and stamped it using my MISTI (or you could use the new Tim Holtz Stamp Platform). Wendy's fabulous Botanical Register stamp was stamped right smack in the middle to give the piece a nice vintage feel.

The inspirational saying was used to make a scroll-type element. It was stamped in Jet Black archival ink onto velum, hand cut and edged with Vintage Photo distress ink. A backing piece was cut from white card stock, just a bit larger, and the Tapestry Background stamp was used to stamp it with Fern Green archival ink. A random key from my stash was embossed with Wendy's Pink Peony embossing powder.  

A flower garden was created with the new Flowers and Leaves Mat Minis set. The leaves were stamped with the Tapestry Background stamp with Fern Green archival ink and the flowers with either the Reverse Dots or the Polka Dot background stamp and Pink Peony archival ink. The flower centers were created with white Enamel Accents. A finishing strip across the top was made with the Tim Holtz Vintage Lace strip die and stamped with the Polka Dot stamp in Pink Peony.  

And now, since nobody can really do Wendy like WENDY, we are excited and delighted that Wendy Vecchi herself has shared a card with us, made with more of her fantastic new release products.

This card features the new Mat Minis Celebrations - such cute cakes, cupcakes and balloons! Wendy has also used her new Circle Grate stencil, Flowers and Leaves Mat Minis, Select-a-Sentiment Stamp-it Stencil-it to stencil Happy Birthday.

We are expecting most of Wendy's new products to arrive at The Funkie Junkie Boutique by February 10th.  You can pre-order them now by clicking on our February and March pre-order tabs.  

I hope you enjoyed our Friday Focus post. Be sure to stop by The Funkie Junkie Boutique and check out the Friday Focus discounts as well as all the pre-order opportunities for the new products released at Creativation.  

Thanks for stopping by!

The products below were used to make these projects and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.


  1. Fabulous creations from two of my very favourite people/designers! What a treat to see these products in action to create beautiful art. Thank you for sharing! xx

  2. What a gorgeous card Linda. I was lucky enough to attend a workshop with Wendy a couple of summer's back and I love the way she creates her archival ink backgrounds. Yours is stunning...a perfect base for your delightful garden scene. Wendy's card is also instantly recognisable as hers. I love all the new products from the show. Enjoy the weekend ahead xxx

  3. Gorgeous! I love how you have beautiful beautiful flowery creations!

  4. Fabulous creation Linda. Love the background and can't wait to give that method a try. The stamping on the background and the mat minis give this such depth. I have used some of Wendy's embossing powders to alter metal so I love that you did that with the key.

    Wendy's card is so sweet and I love all the texture she added to the mat minis. I might just have to borrow some of her ideas.

  5. awesome art Linda! I LOVE that background!

  6. All pieces of fantastical art! Can't wait to get my new Studio 490 toys and get busy!

  7. Wow Linda, that background is stunning and I really love the sentiment, such lovely words! Wendy's piece is beautiful too! x

  8. Love the background colors and text,and the soft Pink Peony flowers on Linda's card. The detail on the flowers and balloons on Wendy's card is wonderful!

  9. Ohhhh I am waiting for my Wendy Bundle and now I think I am going to HAVE to buy more!! Loved your card, love Wendy's card - now I am off to make yet another wish list :)

  10. Gorgeous Linda! LOVE that background and that botanical register stamp is divine!

  11. Oh my goodness! I can't wait to try this background technique! I love the stamps and gorgeous flowers as well!!