Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Guest tutorial: Wendy Vecchi

Wendy Vecchi is our guest this week - and we couldn't be more thrilled! She has authored several amazing books, designs stamps, embellishments, art parts, and more - teaches all over the United States and attends events, blogs, is a Senior Educator for Ranger, and so much more! In short, she is a fantastic woman and an amazing artist. We're THRILLED to have her be our guest in this week's challenge (which is still open - enter in the post below this one!!)

Now what could be even better? Well, how about not one but two tutorials and projects from Wendy? Hooray! The ideas, techniques, and inspiration she shares in these projects would work on a variety of things - from cards to scrapbook pages and I can't wait to try some of these ideas out.

Without further ado - here are her two gift bags:

holly (card art essentials), polka dots (seriously art), background stamp (dressed for art), polka dot/stripes border stencil, jet black archival ink, Heat -It craft tool, blending tool with foam, clear embossing powder, multi medium, mister with water, heirloom gold Perfect Pearls mist, Claudine Hellmuth Studio sticky back canvas natural, manila tag, kraft cardstock, non stick craft sheet,
scattered straw distress stain, peeled paint, walnut stain, rusty hinge & black soot distress ink, barn door distress marker, barn door distress stickles, distressed doily Sizzix Die, alpha parts, also used: 3 black rhinestones, waterproof pen, kraft gift bag, foam dot/grungeboard scraps

1. Heavily mist the bag front with the Perfect Pearls mist. Let it pool in areas, and dry with the
heat-it tool.
2. Add shading to the edges with walnut stain on the blending tool.
3. Use black soot on the blending tool to stencil a row of polka dots about 3/4 of an inch
from the top and bottom of the bag.
4. Cut the sticky back canvas to approximately 3 1/2 x 3, then remove the backing from the
sticky back canvas and adhere to the craft sheet.
5. Mist the canvas with water, then apply scattered straw stain over the canvas. use a clean blending tool to spread the ink and dry, then using the blending tool add a bit of rusty hinge to the center of the canvas, use jet black and stamp the background over the canvas and dry.
6. Remove canvas from craft sheet and add to the bag. add pen stitching detail around the canvas
7. Use jet black to stamp the holly four times on a manila tag. while the ink is wet, sprinkle with clear embossing powder, then heat to emboss. Cut out two full holly and just the top leaf from the other two.
8. Ink the holly leaves with peeled paint, using the blending tool, then use jet black to stamp the polka dots over the holly .
9. Use the barn door marker to color the berries, then accent with barn door distress stickles.
10.Glue the holly with a dimensional dot between the leaves and glue to the bag as shown.
11.Add the “for you” with alpha parts.
12. Die cut the doily from kraft cardstock and mist with heirloom gold Perfect Pearls mist. Dry, then adhere to the inside of the bag, using multi medium.
13. Accent two corners with 3 black rhinestones.
14. Fill with a little something for that special someone.

As seen in our challenge post - Wendy's second project!

Supply list:
polka dots (seriously art), leaf (funky flower art), flourish (my kind of art), saying (card art essentials), text (botanical art)large & small 6 petal flower (potpourri of parts), polka dot/stripes border stencil, clearly for artjet black archival ink, Heat -It craft tool, blending tool with foam, Glue N Seal matte finish, brayer, non stick craft sheet, Wonder Tape, barn door & peeled paint distress stain, black soot & brushed corduroy distress ink, Tim Holtz black paper string, green tinsel twine, also used: 3 yellow-ish rhinestones, waterproof pen, kraft gift bag, foam dot/grungeboard scraps, vintage dictionary page, glue gun

1. Ink over the bag with brushed corduroy, using the blending tool
2. Fill the bag to make a solid stamping surface- I used acrylic blocks. Use black soot on the blending tool to stencil a thin border at the bottom of the bag and a thicker border at the top of the bag. Use a pen to draw a line at the bottom of the top border.
3. Use jet black to stamp the saying at the bottom center of the bag, as well as to stamp one flourish as shown in the photo.
4. Ink the two art parts flowers with barn door stain and dry. Then use jet black to stamp text on the larger flower and polka dots on the smaller, and glue together.
5. Use Glue N Seal to adhere a vintage dictionary page to the Clearly for Art, brayer and dry.
6. Then use jet black to stamp the leaf 3 times on the paper side (of clearly for Art) and cut out.
7. Ink the leaves with peeled paint stain and dry
note: you’ll see that the benefit of using stain is that it soaks thru the paper and colors the back too!
8. Heat the leaves to soften the Clearly For Art & while warm, shape to look like poinsettia leaves.
9.Use hot glue to glue the leaves to the bag, then add a grunge scrap under the flower and glue in place over the leaves.
10. Cut a thin strip of Wonder Tape and add above the bottom border. this is GREAT for holding the tinsel twine in place.
11. Finish the bag by adding 3 yellow rhinestones to the center of the poinsettia, and embellish the handles with a black paper string bow.

HUGE THANK YOU to Wendy Vecchi for sharing these awesome projects with us and being such an inspiration! You can see more of Wendy's creations at her blog, and of course her products are available for sale in the Simon Says Stamp shop.

Be sure to check out how our design team was inspired by Wendy this week in the post below this one- and join the challenge too!


  1. Wendy, thank you so much for sharing how to make these beautiful gift bags! They look absolutely gorgeous.

  2. Beautiful gift bags! So glad you are Guest Designing with us this week!

  3. Thank you Wendy, for your fabulous Tutorial, I love the gift bags and so glad that your our AMAZING Quest Designer. Hugs Terry xxxx

  4. Love love love!!! These bags are precious! So thrilled to have Wendy guest!!!

  5. Oh my gosh those bags are beautiful! I love learning some new techniques. Thanks!

  6. Stunning work! Thank you so much for joining us this week!!

  7. Wonderful projects! I don't have all the supplies, but I'm really inspired to try with what I have. Thanks for sharing!

  8. These bags are amazing! Love them ! Thank you so much for these great tutorials and I'm so happy that you are our Guest Designer this week! Hugs, Sandra

  9. Pretty gift bags with lots of inspiration to adapt and make more xx

  10. WONDERFUL bags, thank you dor the tutorial !!!

  11. Fab tutorial... LOVE everything that Wendy does... she is a magician of the inks :O))

  12. I'm on holiday at the sea but feel like running home to get inky! Thanks soooo much for the tutorial, inspiration and art! Fantabulous. Sarah.

  13. Love both bags and I LOVE LOVE LOVE those leaves :-)

  14. Awesome bags Wendy!! So honoured to have you join us this week!!! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!


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