4 posts categorized "2018 January Collection"

01/17/2018

Wed 17

Shrink Plastic Wireworks Heart with Colored Pencils
by Dave Brethauer

Hello everyone!

I am playing with some shrink plastic today and wanted to share a few tips for using this fun medium. I've been itching to color something with pencils lately and remembered how much fun it is to see colored pencil get really intense when it shrinks down.

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It really is magical when you see how small a shrink plastic piece becomes after it has been heated - the stamped lines become crisp (and tiny!) and all of that color becomes really solid and vibrant.

 

(To view this video in HD click here)

If you haven't used shrink plastic before that's ok - it is easy to work with. The only hiccup that I have ever had is when shrinking it, occasionally it will stick to itself (watch the video for a tip on how to correct this). Otherwise, it is easy to do and the results are fun. 

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After scratching up the shrink plastic with sandpaper (you need to roughen the shiny surface of the shrink plastic in order for the colored pencil to stick) you will stamp the plastic with a permanent ink (I used Brilliance Graphite Black and made sure to let it dry before coloring). I used the heart from the Wireworks Heart Clear Stamp set - it is FULL of lots of little areas for adding color.

Once your ink is dry, you can color away! I used Prismacolor pencils - but any soft, wax based pencil will work. The best part? Shrink plastic is very forgiving! You do want to stay inside the lines - but if you miss covering an area completely, chances are that it won't matter because once the piece has shrunk down, the color tends to fill itself in a bit! 

You can see on the heart above that there are some areas of color that are a little uneven - but don't worry, that will all go away.

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Here's a closeup of the heart after shrinking it down - the color gets really dense! Any imperfections become so tiny that they aren't noticeable.

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You can use these shrink art pieces a number of ways - as charms, buttons, or embellishments - I used them as art pieces on my greeting cards today. I stamped the sentiment from the Wireworks Heart Set and die cut the edge with the Poppystamps 1847 Dotted Border.

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All of the little dots from the border add some activity to this simple card - I didn't want to have too much going on, there is plenty happening on the heart as it is!

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I colored another heart - this time with shades that were a little closer to one another. I chose reds, pinks and oranges for a tighter color scheme, to see how that would look.

Here I took a picture of it before I started the shrinking process - and I stamped the "just because" on there so you could see how large the heart was to begin with.

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And here it is after shrinking! I added Glossy Accents to the heart after shrinking - it makes it look like enamel! Again, those colors get really intense and seem to be bursting with vibrancy.

The 1997 Double Stitch Circle Frame makes a simple frame around the heart - my aim was to keep the focus on the heart piece.

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I added a thick layer of Glossy Accents over the piece and the cool thing is that it levels itself and then naturally bevels at the sides. It is important to make sure that your piece is really flat after shrinking - I have tips in the video for making sure this happens!

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It was now time to switch things up. I had been using white shrink plastic in the beginning - but decided that I wanted to try out the same project on black shrink plastic.

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The prep is the same - but you will get a much different look with the black shrink plastic. The color intensifies once you have completed the shrinking process - but without the white base, the colors do not get quite as bright. This is just a different look - still quite beautiful as you will see.

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Probably the biggest challenge here is coloring inside the lines! It is a little difficult to find the boundaries of the stamped image on the black shrink plastic - so you can see where some areas touch other areas when the heart is smaller.

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I added the heart as an embellishment to the 30116 Wrapped Stitch Hearts and glued the Poppystamps 1825 Big Luxe Love to the side for a simple collage.

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I was really intrigued with the black shrink plastic after that first project. The black shrink plastic yielded a more distressed look - the colored pencil strokes showed up a bit more and because I was coloring outside the lines a bit, the areas of color were pressing against each other after shrinking.

I decided to try a different color scheme - this time with blues and purples - and also to try and stay inside the lines!

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And I got another fun result! I wanted to make a little "scene" with this piece so I used the Poppystamps 2011 Little Hummingbirds on either side and framed the heart with the Poppystamps 2000 Double Stitch Square.

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These are truly art pieces - your card recipient may wonder how in the world you got all of that tiny coloring into those little spaces!

Thanks for checking things out today - now, go make something amazing!

 

01/16/2018

Tue 16

Snow Bunny, Sentimental Happy Valentine’s Day and Dibble Heart Border by Jean Okimoto

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Snow Bunny - from the Deep Edge Dies Collection - gets ready for February 14th with the new Sentimental Valentine's Day greeting and some hearts from the new Dibble Heart Border.  Together they create a sweet greeting for a special child or grandchild - or anyone who likes to smile.

 Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with another design featuring Valentine dies from our latest release.  Here's the same bunny that appeared as a puppy a few weeks ago - and he'll definitely be back for Easter!  

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Diecut Snow Bunny from natural cardstock.  Cut the accent pieces from printed paper, felt (rosy cheeks and tail) and cardstock (eyes and nose).  Add a sparkly red glittered cardstock heart cut with the Dibble Heart Border.  Assemble and trim the bunny so it fits on a 5-½" square card of kraft cardstock.

Attach Scor-tape behind red cardstock and cut Sentimental Happy Valentine's Day - save the apostrophe for "valentine's."  There's also a tiny dot over the "i" - but I used a glittered dot from the Dibble Dot Border for extra sparkle.  OK - confessing -it's because I lost the greeting's original dot somewhere between my Platinum machine and the card.

Gently flex the words into wonky curves and attach them to the card.  Add tiny glittered hearts from the Dibble Dot Border.

Square cards take extra postage - but this bunny is sure to make someone smile!

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Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's SO MANY HEARTS class at Impress!  Hope you liked the cards and candy tote - and were inspired to try color and paper combinations of your own too.  Extra thanks to Ann, Erin and Laura for finding all of the supplies we needed and filling those shopping baskets!

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for the NEW FROM MEMORY BOX class on January 20th.  Create 6 cards featuring the latest release - and some classic favorites from my stash.  You know how much I  love combining products and finding new ways to use "old" dies.  I think you'll love the pretty papers, glittery accents and designs I've selected to take advantage of all of the great products Dave's designed for us.  

We've added a second LOVE IS SWEET class.  It's on the last weekend in January - details are coming soon.  Hope you can join us then if you missed the first class a few weeks ago.  We're making 6 cards, including a candy card.  Lots of glitter, pretty papers and techniques!

Thanks for stopping by - and for all of your sweet and thoughtful comments during last week's Blog Blitz.  See you again next week!

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01/10/2018

Wed 10

Rainbow Valentine Video
by Dave Brethauer

With Valentine's just about a month away, there is a lot of love in the air here in the studio. So I thought I'd create some super easy rainbow colored Valentine's cards that come together in a snap.

Valentine's Day is such a great excuse to make some handmade cards - as you know, there is a lot of creative care that goes into making something handmade and it always seems like such a genuine way to express love and friendship.

For these projects, I decided to skip the classic red and pink and instead used the whole spectrum of colors - and I love how they turned out!

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For the first project in the video I did a really simple watercolor background. I used my Gansai Tambi watercolors, but really any watercolor set will work, because the technique is really basic. I just swirled some paint onto a piece of cardstock, instead of watercolor paper, to create some spots of color. Normally I would be tensing up at the thought of spreading watercolor around on cardstock, since paint doesn't really want to move correctly on this type of paper. But the idea here is that there will be some uneven color and brush strokes - adding some texture to the background will help make this card come alive.

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I started the process by making a whole bunch of backgrounds - here are a few to show you some of the results that I got. I played around with the shapes of the areas I was painting and also how much water I was using. This is the part of the creative process that I live for - watching colors run together and overlap to create new colors - the unexpected surprises that come with making art.

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You'll need to work quickly and decisively on cardstock - it won't allow you to go back and fix areas like watercolor paper does. But that's OK, because you'll get a different, possibly more beautiful look out of cardstock! Cardstock is inexpensive compared to watercolor paper - so experimentation is allowed! Expect that some things won't work - you may have to toss out a few pieces.

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Once I created a few backgrounds that I was happy with I began making the card. I used the 99938 Classic Double Stitched Heart Rings to cut holes in the watercolor background and then added the 30117 Wrapped Stitch Frames to create a frame around the center.

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Since I really wanted the watercolor rainbow to be the important factor on the card, I wanted to keep everything else simple. I chose white for the border frame, to match the white cardstock in the center, and for the sentiment I chose a plain black ink. The sentiment is from the CL5218 Wirework Hearts clear stamp set and looks clean and crisp in the lower right corner.

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Now here's the same composition using a different watercolor background. I used lots of paint and water to create this background and love how the colors all swirled together. Note that the cardstock curls and buckles when you put this much water on it - but you'll be running this cardstock through your die cut machine to cut out the hearts and again when you cut out the frames, so it gets flattened back out. Just make sure it is dry before you cut it!

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Up close, you can really see all the little rivers of colors! I added some Fairy Sparkles sequins to glitz things up a bit and they look terrific over the watercolor - they take on the color that is below each of them.

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I continued experimenting with different backgrounds and die cut combinations (I made a lot of backgrounds!) and really like how each card had its own personality.

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I used less paint on this particular card - which gave me a more pastel effect - and I used the same size heart die over and over for the cut outs. The effect is more subtle - the color is softer - and with more die cuts there is more white overall.

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At this point I started noticing all the "leftovers" that I had from my cards. I'll use all of these heart rings by repurposing them for a new batch of handmade cards in the future. They are all ready to go and look amazing in varying watercolor shades.

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The sentiment that I used is from the Wireworks Heart clear stamp set again - and this card is easily mass produced. You could send this card for Valentine's Day - but really it could be used for almost any time of the year.

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 A sprinkle of the Fairy Sparkles sequins adds a little more dimension to this version - and makes the pastel colors shine.

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I switched things up a bit and came up with a similar card using a slightly different composition. This time I used the Poppystamps 1938 Pointed Rectangle Frames to create the border and the Poppystamps 1986 Splendid Stitch Hearts to create the row of heart shapes across the center. I reserved the die cut hearts for another project - the watercolor shows through the heart shaped openings and creates a rainbow across the card.

I used a strip of vellum over the rainbow and stamped it with a sentiment from the Poppystamps CL462 Valentine Fairies clear stamp set - a little white embossing powder really worked on the vellum to make the sentiment stand out.

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I really liked how the strip of vellum added a frosted look to the card so I set about making a stack of these cards - until I ran out of watercolor backgrounds!

But not to worry, I had some rainbow colored background papers on my desk! I think what I loved most about the vellum cards was how the colors softened behind the vellum - so using some background printed papers worked just as well. 

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I continued using the Poppystamps 1938 Pointed Rectangle Frames and Poppystamps 1986 Splendid Stitch Hearts to create the base - and just slipped the rainbow papers in back.

(The papers are from our friends at Lawn Fawn - this is the Really Rainbow 6x6 Paper Pack available in February - thanks Kelly, these backgrounds are so brilliant).

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I wanted to see how the card would turn out with a mix of the techniques I was using - the 30117 Wrapped Stitch Frames for the borders and stamping the sentiment directly on the paper.

This time I inserted all of the rainbow hearts directly into the holes - this showed the stitching detail of the hearts, and the rainbow paper added gorgeous color.

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Whether you make your own rainbow background or not - these cards are really going to brighten someone's day. I am a big fan of these types of cards -where color is the star and the rest of the card is easy to put together.

Now go grab your paints and brushes - and make some cards!

 

Wed 10

Blog Blitz – New Sweet Seal, Heart Rays and Wirework Hearts Clear Stamp Set by Jean Okimoto

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The new Heart Rays and Sweet Seal get ready to celebrate Valentine's Day - and the midpoint of our Blog Blitz.  A versatile greeting from the new Wirework Hearts Clear Stamp Set becomes a Valentine message with the addition of a diecut heart.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here - hope this card makes you smile today!

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Cut a 4-¼" x 5-½" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from white cardstock.  Cut it with Heart Rays.  

Cut Sweet Seal from speckled gray cardstock or a scrap of cardboard.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind the eye and nose cutouts.  Cut another seal from black cardstock and layer it for dimension and a bit of a shadow.  Lightly sponge the edges with Lightning Black Brilliance.

Stamp the greeting on white cardstock with Lightning Black.  Trim it with the 1" x 2-¼" Rectangle Basics die.

Cut the large heart from Heart Rays (hidden behind the seal in the photos) from bubblegum pink cardstock.  Stamp it - at an angle to match Heart Rays -  with the "day" portion of the greeting.

Attach the diecuts to an A-6 (6-¼" x 4-⅝") bubblegum pink card - use foam dots to attach the greeting.  Add gold gem stickers

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Hope you're enjoying our Blog Blitz and are inspired to start creating your Valentine cards, treat wrappers and tags with the great dies and stamps from our January Release.  

Want a chance to win the Heart Rays die?  Leave a comment on this post by 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, January 14th.   Be sure to stop by and comment each day through Friday, January 12th.   Designers are sharing new ideas and offering a prize each day.  Winners will be posted here on the blog on the afternoon of Monday, January 15th.  

Big thanks to everyone who took last weekend's LOVE IS SWEET class at Impress!  You were the first to see - and use - our latest release of Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps designs.  Chocolate, lots of glitter, conversation and laughs made it a great day.  Special thanks to Ann, Erin and Laura for filling our shopping baskets with the latest products! 

Hope to see you again on Saturday January 13th for our second Valentine class -  SO MANY HEARTS.  An origami heart, diecuts, artpapers, more glitter, Distress Oxides - and chocolate, of course.  We're making 5 cards and a little treat wrapper this weekend.

Thanks for stopping by - don't forget to comment here, and on everyone's post from January 8th through the 12th.  Join us for Melissa's great design tomorrow.

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