17 posts categorized "2017 Winter Collection"

12/09/2017

Sat 09

Jolly Old Santa
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Weekend! Today I have a fun way to brighten up your gift bags this holiday season using on of the new deep cut dies. Let's get started!

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I used the super cute Jolly Old Santa die and used some fun papers to put him together. To give him a little bit of a vintage look I ran some brown chalk ink around all of the die cut pieces. Then I glued all of the pieces and put them on a brown gift bag. With the deep edge dies you could cut out a bunch at one time and then decorate all of your gift bags for the holiday season. Just be sure to use a metal shim if you are cutting more than one layer of paper.

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The die made this gift bag so quick and easy and you know that no one else will have the same bag under the tree this year!

Have a wonderful and crafty weekend!
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12/08/2017

Fri 08

Watercolor Ornaments Video
by Dave Brethauer

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Hello everyone!

I will apologize in advance for going overboard here - what started out as a simple ornament video led to a whole bunch of projects and watercolor techniques. These are so fun! Once you get started, you won't want to stop.

What I love best about these ornaments is that you are creating your own little scene. All it takes is a background and some cleverly positioned die cut pieces and you are all set! And you'll realize quickly that you can put together a bunch of ornaments pretty quickly -which make terrific gifts for the papercrafting lovers in your life. Enjoy the video for step by steps on how to make the different kinds of watercolor backgrounds - and for all the details on each ornament.

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I began the session with a very simple one color watercolor wash. I love these washes - all of the "action" is in the details of how the paper reacts with the water and paint. The little textures of the brush strokes, and the little curls of color as the paint moves when it is wet, contribute to a unique pattern.

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The first ornament used just one color from the Gansai Tambi set from Kuretake - I just used a wet on wet technique to pull the blue paint across the watercolor paper. Don't worry if it isn't completely even - this is what makes the hand painted look so compelling!

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The Memory Box 99572 Whispering Pine Landscape makes a terrific horizon line against the sky and I used the Poppystamps 1782 Young Fox Pair for a white on white addition to the scene. All that it needed was a little embellishment in the sky, so I added some dots of white ink with a gel pen - this could be stars or little snowflakes.

When you add some foam mounting tape between the pieces, it really makes the scenes come alive with dimension. The light catches on all of the outlines and casts shadows, to make everything take on a more 3D look.

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While I was completely satisfied with my white on white look, I couldn't resist the idea of adding a bit of color to the ensemble. The white hills of the Memory Box 99853 Stitched Tree Landscape against the blue watercolor background provided a cool backdrop... to a bright red cabin! The cabin is cut out using the Memory Box 99894 Little Townhomes (keep the roof white so that it looks like there is a little bit of snow on top).

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Now, to make the ornament look more polished, I added the Poppystamps 1940 Pointed Circle Frames to all of my creations. This not only gives the scenes a nice boundary, but the dot detail on the frame looks clean and crisp. I used craft foam to add dimension to the frame - which creates a little shadow around the edges and makes it look as if you are peering through a tiny window into a fantasy world.

To make it easy, I used the Open Studio 30087 Circle Basics Set to cut out all of my watercolor backgrounds - this way they are the perfect size to work with the Pointed Circle Frames. There are circle sizes that match all of the sizes of Pointed Circle Frames, so no matter which frame you use, you will get a match.

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And I love how the colors look against the greenery - wouldn't a bunch of these look amazing on a tree?

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There is another little house you can make using the Little Townhomes die, so I tried that one out too in the same position. I think either would work - or you could create a little village on the hill with lots of little homes!

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I went on to create a two color wash - using paints again from the Gansai Tambi set. I love this set for the color intensity - it took a few layers to build this up - and the color is brilliant.

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I designed a bunch of faeries for our Poppystamps line this year and so I decided to create a faerie ornament. Couldn't you imagine a woodland Christmas tree decorated with faeries?

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The Poppystamps 1829 Large River Faerie is a great silhouette for this handmade ornament and is stunning against the pink and purple background. It was at this point that I started to get a little carried away - as the wheels turned in my head I thought, "How could I create a shaker ornament out of these projects?".

So I added some Fairy Sparkles sequins for shaking, and a few snowflakes using the Poppystamps 1931 Simple Snowflakes die!

I wanted the faerie to work with the background so I chose some bold colors of ink and sponged the faerie with Oxide inks in Wilted Violet, Broken China and Faded Jeans. The sponging is a nice contrast with the watercolor. Sponged ink creates such a smooth blend, especially with the oxides, and really stands out against the texture of the watercolor paint.

If you look closely here, you can see the brush strokes and rivers of color on the paper - there is nothing like the look of watercolor. You will love the results on these!

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I switched things up a bit on the next two ornaments - using a technique to create a crackly background in the watercolor. It is difficult to explain, so take a look at the video to see the process. Laying a piece of plastic wrap on the wet paint and allowing it to dry creates this amazing texture, and I used it for the sky on the ornament above.

To create the scene I die cut the Memory Box 99805 Snowflake Drift, so that there would be a few background trees, and then added the Poppystamps 1882 Cute Fawn. Since I die cut the trees and hill in glitter cardstock, I decided to cut the fawn in plain white cardstock, and realized that it showed up better. While you probably can never have too much glitter, it was just too hard to see the glitter fawn in front of the glitter cardstock!

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I repeated the same painting technique for this cute polar bear ornament. Look closely and you will see the overlapping lines of lavender and blue from the plastic wrap technique. For some reason, the Peerless watercolors seem to work better for the plastic wrap technique, so I used Peerless for these backgrounds.

I wanted to convey the idea of a snowy breeze in the background, so I used the Poppystamps 1736 Magnifico Flourish behind the Poppystamps 1874 Mighty Polar Bear. See what you have in your stash - sometimes a die that isn't necessarily "winter" can help convey a winter-y theme.

But this flourish die was perfect - it adds just a little swirl behind the bear - and the delicate white line of the die looks terrific on the crackly painted background.

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At this point, I was very excited about making these into shaker ornaments. So I simply added some clear plastic, which I cut out with my circle dies, and then I threw in a dash of sequins. These Mermaid Tale sequins are beautiful - you will use these on so many things! The blues and aquas in the pack go with everything!

And do you see the red and cream scarf on the bear? Check out the video to see how I transformed a tiny bit of silk ribbon into a shabby chic scarf!

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I started playing around with larger dies that would fill the ornament space as I became more excited about the process. I realized that adding a symmetrical design could look really uniform and classic inside the circular space.

The Memory Box 99802 Chancery Snowflake Outline (in gold glitter) and 99806 Chancery Snowflake (in white) are layered together over a gold and red background. The snowflake images fill the space - and since the snowflake outline die is slightly larger than the snowflake die, there is some instant dimension in the project.

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I repeated the idea again, this time in soft shades of purple and blue, but only with the Chancery Snowflake Outline. Now you are able to see that there is stitching on this die - adding some interest even if used on its own. At this point, I was beginning to assemble the ornaments and adding little loops of ribbon at the top for hanging, and so I started using our shimmer ribbon. It is a soft cotton ribbon with metallic thread woven in - sturdy and very sparkly. I used some of the Lavender Metallic ribbon for this one and it picked up all the lavender glints of color in the paint.

We are so happy with this ribbon - we sourced it from Italy and had some exclusive colors produced just for us. I am especially fond of the pale colors - the soft blues, pink, lavender and neutrals are so versatile and work on all sorts of projects. My favorites are the Ice Metallic and the Silver Metallic and I have been using them a lot - and wrapping a few special gifts with them.

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But back to the ornaments!

Now once I started painting with my metallic watercolors, things took another direction!

The Metallic Paints from Finetec really catch the light. I realized I need to add a few coats of the paint to get it on really thick - and then combined it with the Gansai Tambi paints for a slightly ombre effect. There is a trade off here - the more water you add to the paper and paint, the easier things overlap and blend together, however the color gets softer and more diluted.

I ended up using less water - in fact, I was painting dry paper - to create a really solid metallic look. Don't worry if you see little brush strokes - embrace them! Once things are die cut, they sort of fade away!

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One of our most popular dies, the Memory Box 99787 Evergreen Reindeer, is ideal for these round ornaments. I added some Scor Tape (double sided adhesive) sheets to some white cardstock and die cut it with the reindeer. The space around the reindeer falls out, so you can see the gold and green background behind.

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I covered the white cardstock with clear glitter - so the branches and deer sparkle and shine. The perfect glitter for this is from Elizabeth Crafts - it is so incredibly fine and feels like silk when you are applying it to the adhesive sheet. I used my finger to spread the glitter and make sure that all of the evergreen boughs were covered. Just add a loop of ribbon and you are all set!

Again - white on white, with a little shimmer of color is so striking.

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I switched to red and gold to warm things up - and I loved how rich and intense this color scheme became. This is a combination of the Gansai Tambi (red) and the Finetek paints (gold).

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I saved the cut out portion of the first reindeer ornament and placed it onto the red and gold background (see the video for a trick on placement). A simple dusting of white glitter adds some raised dimension to the cut out portion and you are finished. I love getting two for one projects!

The Silver Metallic ribbon is dazzling with the metallic paints - the base cotton thread is an off white color and the silver thread that runs through the weave shines.

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Here you can see that the glitter is slightly raised above the watercolor background - which adds subtle shadows to the ornament. I used Impress Sparkle Glitter for this - I wanted a glitter that was a little chunkier than the ultra fine, so that it would give a raised appearance on the ornament. I added some window plastic on the outside, so that I could have added some glitter or sequins to make this into a shaker ornament - but I didn't want to cover up any of the beautiful paint!

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And at a slightly different angle you can see the transition from metallic to plain watercolor on the background piece.

You will love the shine you get from these metallics. One thing I noticed was that the metallics did not create a new color when mixing with the red - so I tried to dilute the metallic as much as possible in the overlapping area. This way the red peeked through, with just a haze of metallic gold floating over it.

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Finally - I added one more faerie ornament to the mix! Poppystamps has a popular collection of faerie dies and putting them into winter snow scenes was easy. I cut the Poppystamps 1930 Sugarplum Faerie out of glittery white cardstock (her wings too!) and placed her onto the Memory Box 99843 Stitched Circle Trees

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I had already done a purple and pink background with the Gansai Tambi watercolors - but decided to flick the paper with some metallic paint on my brush and was delighted to see bright gold dots show up nicely on the painted background. It is as if the faerie is surrounded by twinkling lights!

A pinch of Fairy Sparkle sequins is all you need before closing the ornament up - and creating a memorable ornament with a tiny winter fairy dancing on a snowy field.

Now run to your craft area and start making these! They are a blast and so easy to put together! Before you know it, you'll have more ornaments than you know what to do with!

12/06/2017

Wed 06

Let It Snow
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! It's Isha with you today. Last week we had our first snow of the season and the new "Batavia Snowbreeze" die, totally set me in the mood for this glittery, yet soft kind of card. Just like snow :)

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To create this card, I cut a mat layer using white cardstock and the die-cut the "Batavia Snowbreeze" Die. I then sponged some distress inks to the edges and added tiny rounds. To add these tiny round snow, I die-cut the same die onto a piece of another cardstock and used the tiny circles as my stencil.

I then took a scrap piece of cardstock, applied versamark ink to it and added 3 colors of glitter embossing powders. I used this piece behind the mat layer. I then die-cut the words "Let It Snow" using the same DIY glitter paper. Here is a close-up to see all the glitter.

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Hope you enjoyed this card. Have a wonderful crafty day!

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12/05/2017

Tue 05

Snowy Mountain Christmas
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Tuesday! Today I wanted to share a fun Christmas card with you all that is just a little bit snowy. Let's get started!

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For this card I started with the new Wrapped Circles to build my scene. I cut one out in white paper and another in blue. Then I used the Stitched Mountains die as the focus of my winter scene. I cut the mountains out in gray and then used a white glitter paper to give them snowy caps.

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I used the glitter paper again to cut the Stitched Tree Horizon to finish off my snowy mountain forest. It looks a little bit like the place where my family spends Christmas each year.

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To complete the card I used a blue glitter paper for the Brushed Merry Christmas and then I added some small snowflake sequins to complete the winter scene. It is all placed on a piece of dark wood gain paper and glued to a card.

I hope you get a chance to create your own winter scene this week!
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12/03/2017

Sun 03

Hillside Slope
by Penny Ward

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Hello, hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with a layered tree line against a gorgeous night sky. My hubby and I ski in Colorado each year and this really is what it looks like outside. When you are from Florida and you have only one season...HOT, we really appreciate what Mother Nature throws our way for the couple weeks we are out there.

 

Let me guide you through this card:

 

As always, start with a White cardstock base measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches. 

 


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On a panel of White cardstock, ink a bit of Distress Oxide Fossilized Amber near the upper right corner. Use a circle mask (I punched a circle from stamping mask paper), cover the inked area and now start inking the rest of the panel with Distress Oxide Broken China, Faded Jeans and Seedless Preserves.

 


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Die cut Evergreen Hillside Slope two times from White cardstock. Trim to match your card front and layer by staggering the tree lines.

Stamp sentiment from the Blessed To Know You set using VersaFine Majestic Blue ink. Adhere all to card base using foam adhesive for the last line of trees.

Wrap card with  Periwinkle Ribbon by BirchPress and tie knot.

 

Hope you are well on your way to finishing your holiday cards!

Happy Crafting,

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12/02/2017

Sat 02

Feathered Friends Deep Edge Dies, Snowflake Ring and Circle Basics by Jean Okimoto

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Let a festive member of the new Feathered Friends Deep Edge Dies trio brighten your holiday cards.  This cheery bird would be happy in any color combo - like pinks and reds for your favorite gal-friends.  Or "he"  would be great in greens and blues for the guys, especially those Seahawks fans.  Keep the gray background and white Snowflake Ring - just change the accent strips, circle and gem stickers.

Hello, Jean Okimoto here today, with the details behind my December Challenge inspiration card.  The Feathered Friends Deep Edge dies are great with felt, heavy handmade artpapers, cork, fabric and wood veneer strips.  I've chosen some of my favorite papers  from Shizen Design - the pretty pink/red print and embossed red floral pattern.  Bits of felt create the eye, beak and rosy cheek. 

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Diecut the shapes from artpapers.  Cut the background from neutral cardstock.  Cut the facial features from black, orange and pale peach wool-blend felt backed with a layer of adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet.  The backing stabilizes the little pieces and keep adhesives from soaking through.

Cut the white Snowflake Ring and a light pink Circle Basics background to fit behind the ring.  Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Merry Christmas Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - with Iced Spruce Distress Oxides.  Cut a ¾" x 5-⅝" strip of red cardstock.

Attach Scor-Tape to bright pink cardstock and cut a 4-¾" x ¾" strip.  Brush ultra-fine iridescent glitter over the adhesive.  Impress Sparkle Glitter makes anything look great - even those scary shades of cardstock and strange printed papers hiding in your stash!  It's just $4.95 for a generous supply of this wonderful stuff. 

Attach everything to a gray A-6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card - use foamdots for the bird.  Add red gem stickers.

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Thanks for stopping by - hope you'll be inspired to create unique and special cards for everyone on your Christmas list.  See you again this evening...I'll be switching from today's  big bird to tiny ornaments for tonight's card!

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11/30/2017

Thu 30

Classic Ice Skates, Dancing Snowflake Oval and Delicate Stitched Snowflakes by Jean Okimoto

 

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Rose Gold, Classic Ice Skates and glitter...a simple combination for a frosty Christmas design.  It's sweet, sparkly and shimmery - like icing on a special winter dessert.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, sharing a card in my favorite new pastels - hope you like them too!

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Cut Dancing Snowflake Oval from white cardstock and leave it in the die.  Replace the cutting plate with the rubber embossing mat and plates required for dry embossing on your diecut machine.  Dry-emboss the diecut to add extra dimension to the delicate design.

Cut pale gray and pale peach cardstock with the second-largest Stitched Snowflake Oval.

Cut three snowflakes from iridescent rose gold cardstock with the Delicate Stitched Snowflake dies.

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Classic Ice Skates is a beautiful - and delicate - design.  I cut 26 of them for class kits last weekend using this simple technique.  Place a layer of mid-weight plastic - like a piece from an Impress shopping bag - between the die and the cardstock before running it through the machine.  The smooth plastic helps release the diecut - just peel the plastic from it - then carefully wiggle and pull the negative sections away from the diecut instead of pulling on the diecut.  

It's also great being able to tape the die to the plastic and not ruin any of the surrounding glitter cardstock when you remove it.

Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Blessed to Know You Clear Stamp Set - on pale gray cardstock with Starlite Black Brilliance.  It's a shimmery blend of Starlight Silver and Graphite Black Inks.  Dry the ink, then diecut the greeting with a die from the Rectangle Basics set.

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded 5-½" square card of pale peach cardstock - use foam dots for the skates.

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Thanks for stopping by.  I'll be sharing more ideas on Saturday - hope to see you then!  (Also hope you won't get tired of seeing me so often this week.)

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Thu 30

Merry Christmas
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!  Now we are officially in Christmas mode, so I have a fairly easy Christmas card for you to make in honor of the season.

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  • Die cut the "Snowy Tree Circle" in the middle of a white cardstock card layer.
  • Die cut a second tree circle from white cardstock and cut off the tree to use on the card.
  • Glue the die cut card layer to a cranberry card base and spatter the center of the circle with white acrylic paint.
  • Add green glitter to the trees and used foam tape to adhere the extra tree. 
  • Die cut and colored the elf and then used foam tape to adhere him to the card front. 
  • To finish the card, stamp the sentiment and add a few snowflakes.

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Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you were inspired to create a few holiday cards for yourself!

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11/29/2017

Wed 29

Penguin Collage, Wrapped Stitch Rectangles and Snowflake Wire by Jean Okimoto

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The new Penguin Collage makes it quick and easy to add a crisp layered look to your holiday cards.  Frame him with a Wrapped Stitch Rectangle and add a glittery red scarf and silver Snowflake Wire.  He's sure to brighten a wintery day as he delivers your holiday greeting.

Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a "less is more + glitter" design for you today.  The Penguin Collage is a great basic design that works with many backgrounds - like Licorice Distressed Dots.  A collage of snowflakes or a bright holiday print would be good backdrops too.

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Here's a tip - briskly rub the die with a piece of scrunched wax paper to make it easy to remove the diecut.  This technique also helps with detailed dies, other stitched dies and pinpoint dies.  Cut the 2-¾" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from white cardstock.  Cut it with the Penguin Collage and remove the center portion. 

Cut the Penguin Collage again from Licorice Dots - this cuts the center background portion.  

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to black felt and cut the head and side portion of the penguin.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and prevents adhesives from soaking through.  

Another tip...cut the eyes and beak (on the same die) from light orange cardstock that's attached to Scor-Tape.  Then just color over the orange eyes with a black marker!  That's faster than cutting them all from white cardstock and then coloring those tiny pieces with orange and black markers.  Or cutting them from both black and orange cardstock.

Cut the long, wavey "tail" of the Curled Ribbons from the backside of red glittered cardstock.   This portion of the Curled Ribbons would normally be on the right side, we want it on the left side.  Trust me, it works.

Cut Snowflake Wire from silver glittered cardstock.

Attach the diecuts to a white A-6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card.  Add red gem stickers.

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Big Thanks to everyone from my MERRY AND QUICK and GIFT TAG PORTFOLIO classes at Impress last Saturday.  It was great seeing my loyal students and friends again - and welcoming new Memory Box fans too!  Thanks to Ann, Shari and Lauren too - you certainly helped us fill those shopping baskets!

No classes for me this weekend - but I'm prepping for the December 9th ASIAN INSPIRATION calendar class.  We'll make a mini calendar using dies, stamps and artpapers - and a New Year card too.  

Thanks for stopping by!

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11/28/2017

Tue 28

Winter Skates
by Jenny Griffiths

 Welcome Memory Box Friends,

  Here's a look at the Classic Ice Skates--a new die from Memory Box's Winter 2017 release.  I have paired it with the Holly Collage from the Holiday release and the Snowflakes stencil from a while back.  I like to mix the new with the well loved "experienced" products.  

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These snowflakes are raised and glittered giving them dimension and sparkle.  I taped the snowflake stencil directly onto the blue card stock and spread Opaque Matte texture paste onto the stencil as though I was applying "frosting" using an offset palette knife.  Once all the open areas were filled and smoothed with texture paste I removed the stencil and doused the wet snowflakes with ultra fine irridescent glitter.  (note: make sure you immediately rinse the paste off the stencil as it sets up quickly and is difficult to remove when dry.)  

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 After the background dried I added the cluster of green holly leaves and the skates which were paper pieced with silver mirror paper on the skate blades.   I also changed out the ribbon with red card stock.

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 This would be a good card to create in a production line if you are making several of the same design.  

These snowflakes and skates have me thinking about winter and the holidays.  Several shopping centers here open up ice rinks during December and January for the young and the young-at-heart who like to get out there on the ice.   I'll be there cheering them on!

Hope you give this quick and easy card a go...remember to mix your new and "experienced" dies or stencils on your cards too.

Thank you for stopping by today!

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