Sun 23

Teal Greetings
by Penny Ward

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Hello there Memory Box friends. I hope this card qualifies as "manly" even though it has a butterfly on it. All of a sudden I needed a bunch of masculine cards.

This one is REALLY simple to make, yet the impact from the layers looks like it took all day.

 

Follow along with me:

 

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Using a whole sheet of watercolor paper, sprinkle on some Lindy's Magicals. I used Rusty Lantern Lime, Time Travel Teal, Shabby Turbine Teal and Tibetan Poppy Teal. Have you figured out yet that my favorite color is TEAL ?!?

Sprintz the watercolor paper with water and watch the magic happen. Wait for it to dry or zap with a heat gun if you are impatient...like me.  :)

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Die cut the largest of the Scalloped Stitch Trimmings, the third largest and the fifth largest. Cut these from Black cardstock along with the Happy Birthday Friendship Script and smallest of the Morning Garden Butterflies.

Adhere the large Scallop Trim to watercolor paper and trim around it to make your first layer.

Adhere your mid-size Scallop Trim to watercolor paper and trim again. Adhere this layer to base layer with foam adhesive.

Do the same step for your final layer.

Adhere greeting and butterfly as shown.

Color butterfly with Spectrum Noir Glitter marker.

 

Pretty Easy Peasy Mr. Sneezy!

 

Happy Crafting,

Pennysignature

 

 

Sat 22

Seaweed Collage and a Buddy of the Neighborly Narwhal
by Jean Okimoto

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The Neighborly Narwhal - without his tusk - becomes a friendly whale relaxing in the center of the Seawood Collage.  Add some Swirling Stitches and a few gemstones just for fun.  Hi - Jean Okimoto here - with a quick card designed to brighten someone's day.

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I didn't even know what a Narwhal was until the April Release - I thought it was a Memory Box exclusive.  Several of my friends at Impress - highly intelligent people - were also surprised that narwhals really do exist in nature.  The real ones aren't nearly as cute as Memory Box's, they don't multi-task as whales either.  Ours is quite special!

Paint watercolor paper with pale layers of aqua and green Peerless Watercolors.  Cut them with a Stitched Oval Layer.  Cut the green oval with Seawood Collage - it's a close fit, but I know you can do it.

Cut Neighborly Narwhal from black and dark gray cardstock.  Attach the black piece behind the gray for dimension and a sliver of a shadow.  Cut the lower section from white cardstock.  Tape a scrap of black cardstock behind his eye.  Attach him to the background.

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Diecut a folded Pool Notecard with the Swirling Stitches - the swirls also appear inside the card for added texture.  

Attach everything to a Pool Notecard and add turquoise gem stickers.  Stamp your favorite Memory Box greeting, sign your name and send it off in a matching Pool Envelope.  It's sure to elicit a smile!

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If you haven't already been there this weekend - or even if you have - stop by both Impress stores during their annual Spring Sale.  Enjoy a 20% discount on everything and take advantage of your chance to buy the Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps items on your wishlist.

Thanks for stopping by - come back again tomorrow for Penny's great design!

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Sat 22

Butterfly Wing Medley on the Heart Wire
by Jean Okimoto

 

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Celebrate Earth Day by up-cycling some favorite dies and creating a whole new look with the Butterfly Wing Medley and Heart Wire.  Hi - Jean Okimoto here - with a design featuring some favorite dies.  

Full disclosure...I spent several minutes looking for my "Butterfly Wire" die in my stash and online before realizing that it didn't exist, except in my little mind.  Ever have days like that?  

I could visualize the card, so I just decided to work backwards from that mental image and create it anyway.  

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Paint watercolor paper in shades of pink, yellow and coral Peerless Watercolors.  Dry it, then spritz it with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Dry it again.  Cut it with Butterfly Wing Medley - the edges are cut out and the center remains intact.  Lightly crease the centers and cut or gently pull the butterflies until they're released from the background.

Use a waterbrush to blend some color onto the white edges that were revealed when the butterflies were released.

Cut Heart Wire from pink cardstock.  Trim portions of the hearts above and below the "wire" - just enough so they won't be visible when the butterflies are overlaid.  

Cut a 3-¾" x 5" rectangle of smooth white cardstock with the Rectangle Basics die.  Stamp New Beginnings with Rocket Red Gold.  Attach the rectangle to a side-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock.  

Place Heart Wire on the background and attach the butterflies over it - use foam dots for the two largest and left corner butterflies.  

Attach Scor-Tape behind gold mirror cardstock and cut the butterfly centers from the Butterfly Wreath Set.  Trim four centers to fit the smaller butterflies.  Attach the centers and add gold gem stickers.

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Challenge yourself to devise new ways of using your favorite Memory Box designs - you'll be surprised and happy with the great results!  Then - if you're in the Seattle area - reward yourself for being so creative by shopping at the Impress Spring Sale  this weekend.  Enjoy the 20% discount off everything on your wishlist.  Here are some links to get you started - 

http://www.impresscardsandcrafts.com/shop/dies/memory-box.html

http://www.impresscardsandcrafts.com/shop/clear-sets/memory-box.html

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Thanks for stopping by - see you again this evening!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

Fri 21

Veggie Card
by Donna

Happy Friday everyone!

For today's card I felt like coloring,so I broke out the veggie stamps and created a fun card.

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To make this card I stamped the veggie images onto watercolor paper using black ink.  To create the oval in the center of the stamped paper I used two Oval die layers.  I wanted to spotlight the center oval so I only painted those images, and the outside frame images I painted with watered down gray paint.

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To finish the card I glued the frame to a licorice cardstock layer and adhered that to a white card base.  Using foam tape I adhered the painted oval in the center of the frame.  The sentiments I stamped on licorice cardstock and embossed them with white embossing powder.  The orange dots are Nuvo dimentional paint.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today!  

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Thu 20

Watercolored Dazzling Dragonfly on a Distressed Baptisia Collage
by Jean Okimoto

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A trio of watercolored Dazzling Dragonflies on a gold-stenciled Baptisia Collage background...quick, easy and ready for any occasion!  Hi - Jean Okimoto here - let's play with more watercolors tonight.

Cut three Dazzling Dragonflies from brightly-watercolored paper.  Cut the 2" x 3-¼" Basic Rectangle from watercolored paper lightly tinted in soft shades of Peerless Watercolors.  

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Cut the square pattern from the Baptisia Collage set from The Crafters Workshop stencil plastic.  Stencil the pattern onto the left side of the rectangle with Delicata Golden Glitz.  

Attach everything to a top-folded white A-2 card.  Add turquoise gem stickers.   

Thanks for stopping by - hope you'll have a chance to create some watercolored cards for spring greetings  It's the fastest, easiest way to create splashy backgrounds and vivid accents for any papercrafting project.  

If you're in the Seattle area - this the THE weekend to stop by the Tukwila and University Village Impress stores for the annual not-to-be-missed Spring Sale.  Enjoy the 20% discount on everything - including brand new items that arrived just in time for the sale.

Join us again tomorrow...Donna has another great design to share!

Jeansignature-3

 

Thu 20

Watercolor the Butterfly Wing Medley
by Jean Okimoto

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Be inspired by Dave Brethauer's latest watercoloring video and create a Butterfly Wing Medley card in your favorite colors.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a great technique from Dave's latest video.  Follow Dave's water-dipping  process to create vivid, saturated watercolored diecuts for cards, layouts, planners and collages.

Dave diecuts the watercolor paper before saturating and painting it because he always designs with a plan in mind.  I had no idea what my card would be like so I started off by soaking a 6" square of watercolor paper in water for about 3 hours.  His video is a must-see for all of the details and techniques.  

Paint the saturated paper with Peerless Watercolors and set it aside to dry.  Spritz it Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz and heat-set it.  

Diecut it with Butterfly Wing Medley - the die is designed to cut the wing outlines but keep the center intact.  Crease each butterfly lightly where it's still attached to the background then carefully cut or pull it away.  Use a waterbrush to blend some color onto the white edges that were revealed when the butterflies were released.  

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Cut textured white cardstock with the 4" x 5-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Run the die through the machine lengthwise and cut Tall Grassy Stems Border.  It's  easier to run dies through lengthwise - especially long designs like borders, greetings and ribbons.  (The Spellbinders label appears twice here because I'm using a new, clear cutting plate above the die, cardstock and bottom cutting plate.)

Cut another 4" x 5-¼" rectangle for the background.  Attach the border to the background.  Stamp the greeting - from the So Many Things to Love clear stamps set - with Brilliance Pearlescent Lavender and dry the ink.  Attach the butterflies - use foam dots for a few of them.

Attach it to a top-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock.  Add green gem stickers.

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Special thanks to everyone from last weekend's GOING GREEN class at Impress!  Thanks too - Ann, Shari and Erin - for helping us gather everything we needed to create our cards.

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If you're in the Seattle area (or  can get here this weekend!) - be sure to stop by both Impress stores for their annual Spring Sale!   It starts today and runs through Sunday April 23rd.  Enjoy a 20% discount, find the best selection of the newest products and have a chance to win great prizes.   It's the best time to stock up on the Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps designs on your wishlist - and the papers and felt you'll want for diecutting and stamping.

Thanks for stopping by... Jeansignature-3

 

 

Wed 19

A Trio of Spring Flowers
by Lindsay

Hello, and happy Spring!

I hope you are able to get out and enjoy the weather, where ever you may be! I have a clean and simple floral card to share with you today, that uses several die sets, and is very simple to put together. 

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I started with a white card base, cut to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. I then took two thin strips of masking tape, and adhered them to the left hand corner of the card front, before sponging in light yellow ink. Once that was done, I die cut the Magnificent Mum Bouquet out of green card stock. I also cut out three matching flowers from the Magnificent Mum Floral Blooms. I adhered the blooms over the green flowers with adhesive, and attached the die cut to my card base. 

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I used black card stock, and the Thank You Manuscript die to create a contrasting sentiment, and finished the card with a few clear drops, and glitter on the flowers. 

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I hope you were inspired to create with your floral dies, and colorful card stocks! Have a great day!

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Tue 18

Watercolor Dip Technique Video
by Dave Brethauer

Hello everyone and welcome!

If you have ever struggled with creating a smooth watercolor blend then you should check out today's video. I am sharing a tried and true technique for making sure that you have enough water on your watercolor paper to create beautiful blending.

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There are many factors that go into creating a beautiful watercolor look - in addition to the amount of water that you use, you also need to pay attention to how quickly you are painting to avoid hard lines of color. You also want to keep in mind the importance of layering colors.

In the video I show you how to make things easy on yourself with this method - and when you are done you will have four different cards that showcase your watercolor skills!

(Watch this video in HD by clicking here)

The Happy Birthday Upright Script is an especially good shape for this technique - you can use each letter to designate a color on the rainbow. The letters are small so you don't have to worry about rushing to get all of your areas covered with paint - you can take your time and focus on dabbing color where it needs to go. I cut out all of the shapes today from watercolor paper (this is important) because this technique saturates the paper - it doesn't matter if you use hot press or cold press watercolor paper, but plain old cardstock won't work. I used Peerless Watercolors for the video, I love how convenient they are to use! 

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The color scheme that you choose is up to you - I suggest keeping things in rainbow order in the beginning. Colors next to each other on the rainbow are obviously easier to blend - but as you get more comfortable, try blending colors that are further apart.

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The Stitched Butterfly Trio from Poppystamps is so popular - and it really shines with this technique. The stitching detail has this great feature where the paint collects a little in the cut lines - and notice the texture of the watercolor paper (this is cold press). All of those little dimples give the die cut a rich appearance - note that the process of die cutting the paper may flatten this out a bit, but the watercolor paper still looks thick and terrific once things have dried.

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I used the Stitched Oval Layers to create a base to put everything on and kept the background simple. The colors on the Happy Birthday greeting were so vivid that I decided a plain background was probably best.

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I moved onto a more complicated design for the second project using the Large Antilles Floral Right Corner die. I created lots of corner dies this year for layering and creating nature scenes - the right corners match with left corners for example, and you can layer these corners with other corners and borders. To check out an example, take a look at Sherry's post using the Antilles Border along with the Lavender Bunch. For this project I wanted the watercolor to be the star of the show so I just used one die cut.

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I let the edges of the flowers be my guide when applying the color - I made the color more intense at the tips of the petals and then softer as I approached the center. And really, the water did most of the work, as you can see in the video.

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On the red blossom card I used Distress Ink in Ground Espresso to stamp the Happy Birthday sentiment (this sentiment is from the Memory Box Clear Stamp set CL5153 Party Time) and added Distress Oxide Ink in Fossilized Amber and Peeled Paint around the edges of the card.

I couldn't resist trying the same composition in a different color scheme - so I created the same card with blue petals and then edged the card with Distress Oxide Ink Iced Spruce. I loved how that subtle gray color went with the blue - so I stamped the Happy Birthday in the Iced Spruce as well.

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I might even like this color scheme better!

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The blue on the petals and the yellow in the centers marry so beautifully to create subtle areas of green. The wonderful thing about watercolor is that you get unexpected results - areas of light and dark, subtle new color variations and the process happens before your eyes as you add paint here and there.

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Another important factor with watercolor is layering. When you want to achieve intense color, it is critical to think of your painting in terms of layers. I chose a small die (this is the Paintbrush Happy die) so that we could do multiple layers of color quickly.

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You can see here how vivid the color can get with multiple layers of watercolor - and this layering can also help the blending process. After two or three layers you lose the distinction between different areas of color so it is hard to see where one color stops and the next one starts. The "birthday" stamp image is from the Party Time stamp set again (stamped in Distress Oxide Fired Brick) - I just left some space above it on the Poppystamps Stitched Tunnel Tag.

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And look what a difference a new color scheme makes!

It is the same composition but now on a teal card and shifted in the color palette to more blues and greens. I stamped "birthday" with Distress Oxide Ink in Broken China
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One major advantage of using the dip technique is that you save on the amount of paint that you use. You are only painting the die cut - rather than painting the watercolor paper and then running it through your machine. That way you can spot paint any little areas that you want to accentuate - for example, I wanted the "y" in happy to still have a little bit of yellow left at the tips so I was careful when I brought the green onto the "y" not to completely cover the yellow.

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Once you've master the dip technique and how quickly you need to move around the die cut piece, then you should try a large area! I used the Hovering Butterfly Frame because it has a lot of area to paint and also because the shapes are interconnected (perfect for blending!).

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I guarantee that no two will look alike when you work on this card! Just keep a palette of your watercolors out and as you apply paint you will be inspired to try all sorts of color combinations! Again on this card, I wanted the watercolor blending to be the focus, so I just added the Poppystamps Scribble Thank You in the center for a basic greeting.

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The die has some embossing areas that create some pattern in the butterfly wings - it adds another level of interest on the card when those raised areas catch the light. You will need to use an embossing pad to create the raised areas (die cut first, leave the paper in the die cut, then run it back through your machine with an embossing pad). 

I hope you enjoy the video - watercolor is really one of the best ways I have found to relax. I become so absorbed in the process that I forget everything else!

So now's the time! Go grab your brushes and paints and start blending!

 


 

Tue 18

Blooming Poppy
by Jenny Griffiths

Good Tuesday Everyone!

I'm happy you stopped by today as I share a pretty poppy and butterfly card.  If you have been in one of my classes in Southern California lately you made this card already but it seemed to be a favorite so here goes...

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Starting off...use Peeled Paint, Moss green, Squeezed Lemon and Orange Marmalade distress inks to water color the appropriate areas on the poppies.  Just swipe the inks directly onto a craft mat or other waterproof surface and add small amounts of water to get the desired color intensity and paint onto the Poppy die cut.  Leave the butterfly blank for now.  Let the watercoloring dry throughly and snip the flowers apart at the base allowing 3 blooms on each portion.  

Adhere the scalloped ring, created by die cutting a scalloped circle die with a smaller basic circle die inside, to the card front.  Be sure to save the blue circle die cut from the opening to use inside the card. 

Using Salty Ocean distress ink, stamp the sentiment on the card front.

From the inside, position the painted poppies in the circle opening, allowing a bud on either side to overlap the scalloped ring. Secure the lower portion of the poppies inside the card using adhesive (I used scotch tape).  

To hide the taped poppies on the inside adhere the pale yellow panel and gives the front of the card a pretty yellow backgrond behind the poppies.  

For the blue glitter butterfly overlay, position a small piece of glitter paper over the butterfly, glitter side down on the cut side of the die and run through your die cut machine.   Adhere into position using small dabs of wet glue in several areas.  

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 For the inside, adhere the retained blue circle to the card then add the remaining poppies (cut the stems shorter if needed to fit the area).  

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Hope you enjoyed today's card!  Have a great week!
Jennysig

Mon 17

Studio Hexagon Layers Tags with Large Antilles Floral Left Corners
by Anne Thompson

I continued my experimenting this last week using the STUDIO HEXAGON LAYERS 30073 and the LARGE ANTILLES FLORAL LEFT CORNER 99610.  I decided to make some tags that also work for this month's blog challenge #23 Celebrating Mom.  

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I began with a stack of notecards in a variety of colors and the largest die in the Studio Hexagon Layers set.  I placed one edge of the die just a tiny bit above the fold line on the A2 notecard and ran it through my die cutting machine.

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I then took the hexagon that was just a little bit smaller and cut it from a variety of plain cardstocks and printed papers.  I cut a few more hexagons using the next sized die from the set.  Then I layered up the hexagon papers onto the hexagon cards, some with just one layer and some with two.

I cut a bunch of the Large Antilles Floral Left Corner from various greens, blues, purples, and yellows.  I placed the green ones in the center of each card and cut the blooms from the others to add on top of the green blossoms.  I then added pearls or gems to the flower centers and as accents on the card front before tying on a ribbon.  Here's another look at the finished cards.  I really like how the tallest flower pops above the fold and the ribbon gives it a bit more stability.

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I think this card is my favorite because I lined up the layers in kind of a wonky way.

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Now I have tags or gift box enclosure cards for Mother's Day presents all done!  Just need to add a little note inside.

Happy Crafting!

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Sun 16

Happy Easter
by Penny Ward

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Hello, hello and Happy Easter. This time of year calls for Spring colors and pastels, wearing your Sunday best and pretty baskets filled with chocolate bunnies and peeps.

I do hope the Easter Bunny remembers I love chocolate!!!!

 

For my card today I wanted to bring the Spring season to paper. A fun stencil and some pretty flower die cuts make this card easy to recreate whether it is Easter, Mother's Day or just something special you are sending to a friend.

 

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On a white card base, stencil the Postage Set with an eBrush and Spectrum Noir marker BP2.

Die cut Climbing Vine from Mint cardstock and Sketch Floral from Magenta cardstock. As you can see a die cut a second Sketch Floral, adhering all the pieces with glue on the backside giving yet a different look.

 

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I die cut the Happy Easter Perky Script two times from different color cardstocks, layered them slightly off center and adhered to card front.

Use Grape Burlap String, tie into a triple bow and attach to flower stem.

 

Hope you have a wonderful day and many crafty blessings,

Pennysignature

Fri 14

Silhouette Scene
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! Today, I have this silhouette scene for you using the adorable  Deer Grove Oval die. I really like the delicate feel of the leaves hanging from above.


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I simply am enjoying the fresh colors of spring, so I decided to play with my twinkling H2O as it gives a lovely shimmer to the background, which I feel is perfect for this adorable image. 

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I started with cutting a oval and applying 2 colors of twinkling H2O using a waterbrush. Then I let the background dry. I then cut the image using black cardstock and adhered it to the oval die-cut piece. I then adhered this panel to that black mat layer. 

To finish, I adhered the mat layer to a aqua cardbase.

Hope you enjoyed today's simple creation. Thanks for stopping by!!

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Fri 14

Happy Easter
by Donna

Good morning everyone!

It is hard to believe Easter is this weekend!  Last weekend our yard was covered in snow, and now Easter Sunday is supposed to be 80 degrees. Welcome to New England!  Let's make an Easter card in honor of this crazy season. 

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To make this card die cut the egg in the middle of a white cardstock layer and removed the Happy Easter Egg die cut. Using Wilted Violet distress ink, sponge a watercolor card layer that is cut slightly bigger than the egg layer. Spatter with gold ink and plain water.  Using a Krylon Gold pen, ink the outside edges of the watercolor paper. Glue the white die cut egg layer to the watercolor paper, spatter with gold ink, and adhere the Happy Easter die cut into the egg cut out.  For the flowers, die cut the Antilles Floral Border and the Climbing Vine several times from watercolor paper.  Color the flowers and the vines using distress inks. Cut the flowers off their stems and layer two flowers on top of each other to create each bloom, and cut the vines into pieces to fit around the egg shape.

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To assemble the card, tie a green ribbon around the card front and glue the vines, bow and flowers to the card. Glue this to a white card base using foam tape. The centers of the flowers are made with gold nuvo crystal drops.  

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you all have a Happy Easter!

P.S. I am sorry that I didn't realize the Happy Easter Egg die that I used was discontinued, but you can create the same look using the the Half a Dozen Egg die set and the Happy Easter Journal Script die.  

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