39 posts categorized "2018 January Collection"

07/16/2018

Mon 16

Watercolor and Partial Die Cutting Techniques for Cards with Interior Pockets and Tags
by Anne Thompson

The cards I made for this post use a watercolor technique on the front panel and a partial die cutting technique on the inside pocket tag.  Here's the front of the first card with lots of flat stacked layers topped with the TREE BLOSSOM STITCHED CIRCLE FRAME 99914 on a Key Lime notecard.

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Watercolor Technique

  • Cut a piece of watercolor paper to whatever size you want to use.  Mine is 3" X 5".  
  • Get out your watercolor paints--you can use any kind you have on hand--and you will need a brush and a small cup of water.
  • Choose an acrylic block, one of the ones you use for stamping with clear or cling stamps.  Make sure it's clean.
  • Dip your brush in water, get the paint good and wet, pick up some of the paint with the brush, and dab it onto the acrylic block.  You don't need to cover the whole block, just splot some on there.
  • Turn the acrylic block over and "stamp" the paint onto the watercolor paper.
  • Keep repeating this process--dip the brush in water, get the paint really wet, pick up some paint with the brush and dab it onto the acrylic block, and then "stamp" the paint onto the watercolor paper.
  • I used one yellow and one green in my panel, adding really wet paint and sometimes extra water to the block and "stamping" multiple times until I was satisfied with the look.  
  • I let my panel air dry but you could use a heat tool to speed up the process, drying from the back of the panel as well as the front to minimize curling.

To finish the front of the card, I rounded the corners on all of my papers and the notecard before assembling it.  I added white and key lime layers under the watercolor panel using Scor-tape.  I adhered this to a key lime notecard that I had layered with a piece of Key Lime Gingham paper.  I used 1/8" narrow Scor-tape to position a lime green ribbon wrapped around the card to the front which I tied in a bow.

Now for the inside.  I knew I wanted to try a partial die cut technique using the same TREE BLOSSOM STITCHED CIRCLE FRAME die 99914.  To refresh my memory on how to do this I watched Jennifer McGuire's tutorial on YouTube for Partial Die Cut Borders at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Vvf67ug_vs.  Here's the finished tag, just the right size at 2 3/4" X 4" to add a gift card on the back.

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By positioning the die with the edges of the metal plate/clear plate lined up about halfway down the die on top of the section I wanted to cut out, only the part I wanted to cut out did indeed cut out, the half circle with the flowering branch.  After I removed the die from the Key Lime Gingham paper, I flipped the panel over and drew a straight line in pencil from one edge of the frame to the other and cut it with detail scissors to remove the extra paper below the branch.  Then I adhered this to a piece of white cardstock, punched a hole and threaded a ribbon through, and added a green gem in the flower center.  

I made a pocket for the inside of the card to hold the tag from more of the Key Lime Gingham paper, topped with a piece of ribbon and secured with Scor-tape on three sides to a piece of Key Lime cardstock.

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And because I was fascinated by this process and loved the results from this first card, I made more!  For this next one I used four shades of red paint, red and white cardstocks,  and handmade paper on the front. 
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And inside, more handmade paper, Cranberry Dot paper, red and white cardstocks, and red ribbon.

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For this next card I used metallic gold paints, gold twine, purple handmade paper, and white cardstock.

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And inside...

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I hope you'll try one or both of these techniques.  I can't wait for the Christmas-themed dies and stamp sets which will be coming out soon so I can do more partial die cutting on my holiday cards and tags.  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

 

 

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07/09/2018

Mon 09

Wave Ribbon Collage as Not Waves
by Anne Thompson

Since my cards on June 18th,  I've been experimenting with ways to use the WAVE RIBBON COLLAGE die 94005 as not waves.  Here's what I came up with first.

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 I started with Lemongrass notecards, Violet Dot paper, and black cardstock.  

These are the dies I used.

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  • I cut the WAVE RIBBON COLLAGE 94005 in the front of each Lemongrass notecard, one card horizontally and the other vertically.
  • I glued down a piece of Violet Dot paper 4 X 5 1/4 to the inside right panel of each notecard.
  • I die cut the FORGET ME NOT BLOOMS 99997 multiple times--the stems from black cardstock and the blossoms from the Violet Dot paper.
  • I die cut the FLITTER SIDE BUTTERFLY 94002--the solid body twice from Violet Dot paper and the more detailed butterfly outline twice from black cardstock.
  • For the card on the left, I used the horizontal wave cut and added two Forget Me Not stems and Violet Dot blossoms, popping up one of the blossoms and adding white pearls to the blossom centers.  I used a glue pen to put the butterfly together and popped it up on the card near one cluster of blossoms.
  • For the second card with the vertical wave ribbon, I added one stem to the right edge of the cut-out and blossoms with pearl centers at the top and popped on the second butterfly.

The second card got me thinking that I could use the vertical Wave Ribbon Collage cut-out as stems which resulted in this card.

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This time I used a Key Lime notecard and Key Lime Gingham paper, using the waves as stems for the Forget Me Not blooms.

And then I couldn't stop coming up with ideas!  Here are two more.

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The one on the left incorporates the BIRD BRANCH CIRCLE FRAME 99993 cut from black cardstock and placed over the vertical Wave Ribbon Collage.  I perched just one of the birds on the branch.  The card on the right showcases the TREE BLOSSOM STITCHED CIRCLE FRAME 99914 cut from black cardstock and placed on top of the horizontal Wave Ribbon Collage with another Flitter Side Butterfly added.

And these are the dies I used.

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So...wave ribbons don't have to be waves.  They can be stems or just an interesting detail on a card front to showcase another die or to highlight an interesting paper inside or placed directly behind the Wave Ribbon Collage cut-out.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

 


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06/07/2018

Thu 07

Everglade Collage and Elegant Shorebirds by Jean Okimoto

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Everglade Collage looks like the perfect background for a trio of flamingo-colored Elegant Shorebirds.  Tuck one behind the leafy edge and layer the others over the collage for a bit of dimension.  Add a quick greeting - and your card is ready to go!

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with another quick and easy design today.  Cut white cardstock and watercolor paper with the 4.4" Stitched Oval Layer die.  Cut the cardstock oval with the Everglade Collage.

Press the orange, yellow and pink inks from the Kaleidacolor Luau inkpad onto an acrylic stamp block.  Paint diluted, blended layers of the inks onto the watercolor paper oval. Air-dry it for a few minutes.  Spritz it lightly with water -  daub the darker areas with paper towel to lighten some areas if necessary.  Heat-set the inks. 

Cut Elegant Shorebirds from flamingo cardstock.  Mask the adjacent areas and daub VersaFine Clair Nocturne onto the legs and beaks.  Trim the legs and beaks from the black birds and layer it  - slightly offset - behind the others for dimension.

Score, cut and fold a white A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card.  Stamp the greeting - from the Sentimental Iris Clear Stamps Set - with VersaFine Clair Glamorous.

Attach the diecuts to the card.  Add black gem stickers.

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Summer has finally arrived - even in Seattle!  It's time for simple cards, splashy colors and outdoor scenes.  Take a few minutes to make some quick cards for your stash,  then enjoy the sunshine!

Thanks for visiting - hope you'll stop by tomorrow for Donna's great card...

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06/04/2018

Mon 04

Six Dies and a Flip-Flop Card
by Anne Thompson

I'm calling today's card a Flip-Flop Card because it combines two cards of different sizes to open in a flip-flop kind of way.  You'll see what I mean as I go through the steps I used in creating this card.

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I found it easiest to precut all of the papers first before assembling the card.

White Cardstock Base

  • Cut one A strip 4 1/4" wide by 9" long.  Score at 5 1/2" from the left edge.  Fold and crease with a bone folder.
  • Cut one B strip 3 1/2" wide by 7" long.  Score at 3 1/2".  Fold and crease with a bone folder.

Black Cardstock Layers

  • To go with the A strip, cut one piece 5 1/4" by 4", and cut two pieces each 3 1/4" by 4".
  • To go with the B strip, cut three pieces each 3 1/4" by 3 1/4".

Squash Dot Paper Layers

  • To go onto the black layers on the A strip, cut one piece 5" by 3 3/4" and two pieces 3" by 3 3/4".
  • To go onto the black layers on the B strip, cut three pieces each 3" by 3".

Cut these Memory Box Dies from Black Cardstock:

Now to assemble everything.  I used a tape runner and adhered all of the dot paper pieces to their corresponding black base layers.  I then used the tape runner to attach those pieces to the white cardstock base layers.  On the A strip, the large layer goes on the inside with the smaller piece on the righthand side of the fold and the other one that is the same size on the back of that fold.

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On the white cardstock B strip, I added the layers to the front and to the two inside panels.

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The next step was to put the two cards together to create the flip-flop.  I opened up the larger base card and placed the smaller card on top of the large lefthand page about 1/2" in from the edge of the black base layer, securing it with the tape runner.  

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The fun part next was deciding which of the die cut images would go where.  

I started by opening the smaller square card.  Inside on the left I added a shortened Forget me Not Blooms and one of the Sweet Honeybees.  Inside on the right I added the Honeycomb Stitched Circle Frame and the other of the Sweet Honeybees.

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I kept this smaller card open while finishing inside the larger base card.  On the righthand panel I used the snipped flowers from the Cheery Flower Collage and the intricate Drifting Side Butterfly.  I also added some rub-on words.  

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Keeping the smaller card open, I flipped the butterfly page closed on top of the Honeycomb page.  On the newly exposed panel I added the Cheery Flower Collage square.  Then I flipped the Sweet Honeybee/Forget Me Not page over it to close the card.  I used a foam pop-dot to add the Intricate Bee to the front of the card to finish it off.

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Because of the dimensions I chose, this card fits into a standard A2 envelope.

I do love cards that open in interesting ways.  Happy Crafting!

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05/31/2018

Thu 31

Reverse Butterfly Collage, Wrapped Stitch Rectangles and Honeycomb Square by Jean Okimoto

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A summer favorite - the classic Reverse Butterfly Collage - is great for a watercolored card.   Add a trio of glittered hexagons from the Honeycomb Square for  sparkly accents and it's ready for any occasion.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a simple summer design for you.

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Cut smooth white cardstock and watercolor paper with the 4-¼" x 5-½" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.  Cut the white cardstock with the Reverse Butterfly Collage.

Paint the watercolor paper with diluted,  overlapping layers of Kaleidacolor Dye Ink Refills - they're great as  liquid watercolors.  Air-dry it for a few minutes, then lightly spritz it with water.  Heat-set it.  Trim the edges just a tiny bit so they don't unexpectedly peek out along the sides of the card

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded A-2 card of smooth white cardstock.

Cut three of the butterfly center/antennae from the Morning Garden Butterflies set from gold mirror cardstock.

Cut purple glitter cardstock with the Honeycomb Square die to create a stash of sparkly little hexagon accents.

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Paint some extra watercolor papers while your supplies are still out and you'll have a stash of pretty backgrounds for future projects.

Big Thanks to everyone from Monday's BEYOND THE BOX Memory Box class at Impress.  Hope you liked the cards - and the different ways we used our Memory Box and Poppystamps dies and stamps.  Special thanks too - Shari, Becca and Erin - for all of your help!  We'll  have a second BEYOND THE BOX class on June 16th, followed by the SUMMER HEARTS class.

Thanks very much for stopping by - see you again this weekend...

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05/22/2018

Tue 22

Grassland Collage with Little Dragonflies and Forget Me Not Blooms by Jean Okimoto

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Grassland Collage, Little Dragonflies and Forget Me Not Blooms create an Asian-themed bit of May Challenge inspiration here today.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a simple design for a quick card.  

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Cut black cardstock with the 4" x 5-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut it with the Grassland Collage.

Cut a silvery printed moon with the 1-¼" Circle Basics die.  It's one of our most popular designs at Impress!

Brayer Glamorous VersaFine Clair onto smooth white cardstock and quickly emboss it with clear embossing powder.  Sprinkle it with another layer of embossing powder while it's still warm and heat it again.  Let it cool - then cut it with the flowers from the Forget Me Not Blooms die.  Cut two of the smallest flower.  It's a versatile 2-piece set.

Create other bright, glossy diecuts using the vibrant VersaFine Clair pigment inks and clear embossing powder.  The Clairs dry quickly - have your embossing powder and heat tool ready.

Here's a tip...if the embossed flowers look a little scruffy after they've been diecut it's easy to refresh the embossing so they'll look like glossy enamel flowers again.  Just attach Magic tape behind the flowers' offcut  (negative) section, press the flowers lightly into their spaces and reheat them for a few seconds.  The tape holds them in place temporarily and keeps your fingers safe. Remove the flowers while tape is still a bit warm...and they'll be a bright glossy red again!

Punch ¼" circles of black cardstock and attach them behind the bottom and right-side flowers.  Attach the diecuts to a top-folded A-2 Kraft card.

Attach Scor-Tape behind silver mirror cardstock and cut two of the Little Dragonflies.

The Memory Box and Poppystamps Collections include many dies that are perfect for cards with a simple, understated Japanese theme.  Bamboo, dragonflies, circles, frames, squares, koi, peonies, mums, branches and leaves are just a few of the designs we've used in our popular Asian classes at Impress.

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Thanks for visiting...see you again on Thursday...

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05/12/2018

Sat 12

Happy Birthday
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone!

Today I have a fun birthday card for you, featuring the Rolling Wave Collage die and some playful seals.

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To create this card, I die cut the Rolling Wave from a piece of white cardstock, and then glued it onto a background layer which I painted with watercolors.

I stamped, colored and die cut the seals and the ball, then adhered them to the card front using foam adhesive. 

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I then stamped the sentiment on the bottom of the card and glued the card front to a white notecard.

I hope I inspired you to create a few cards!

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!

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04/20/2018

Fri 20

Watercolored Butterfly Parade 2 Ways
by Sharon Harnist

Happy Friday and weekend, crafty friends ... Sharon Harnist here with you again!  Today I have two styles of watercolored cards to share, because I couldn't make up my mind which I preferred!  I would love to hear which is your favorite, below in the comments!

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My first card boasts a new technique I haven't seen anyone else share, and it was a fun experiment ... I hope you like it!  I call this one "Textured Watercolor".  To begin, I painted gesso onto heavyweight white cardstock using a regular paint brush and let it dry. You will naturally get some paint strokes in the gesso and this is what you want ... it creates some great texture in the final project!  After the gesso was dry, I used Avery Elle Liquid Watercolors on top of the gesso.  My original intent was to apply the watercolor directly from the bottle to the top of the tilted cardstock panel and just let them run down the panel, creating whatever pattern occured. While this could create a really great background, it just wasn't what I was looking for the background for this card.

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Instead, I took a watercolor brush and smoothed the watercolor over the background panel and let it dry.  (Note: The watercolor takes a little longer to dry on top of the gesso vs. standard watercolor paper and since it can't soak into the paper, the resulting colors are a bit softer).  I love how the watercolor settled into the paintbrush texture, creating subtle shade variations!  For the background, I used a combination of Avery Elle's Mint To Be and Aquamarine liquid watercolors.  Next, I die cut Butterfly Parade from another gesso-treated panel and then started watercoloring each of the different elements in this pretty die cut.  I used Cherry (pink-red), Fizz (orange), Lemon Grass (yellow-green), Sapphire (blue), and Sugar Plum (violet), dabbing the color on with a paint brush so I would get some variations in the depth of color.  After the watercolor was dry I flicked some plaint water onto the background which dried and lifted some of the watercolor, creating a water droplet effect. It's not showing up in these photos very well, but more apparent in the top photo.

To finish the card, I added a white Wrapped Stitch Frame and gold embossed Thank You Sentiments.  Both the Butterfly Parade and the sentiment banner were added to the card with foam tape.

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My next card is a little simpler.  For this one, I cut the Butterfly Parade from plain white textured watercolor paper and also watercolored it with the same Avery Elle liquid watercolors.  I also die cut a Wrapped Stitched Circle Frame from watercolor paper and watercolored it with the Cherry Avery Elle Liquid Watercolor.  The watercolors here appear more vivid.  Both elements were glued flat to a white panel die cut with a Stitched Rectangle Layers:

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To finish the card, I gold heat embossed the Birthday Sentiments onto the white panel.

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So which card do you prefer?  Let me know in the comments below!  Thanks so much for joining me today!Sharon-Signature

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04/04/2018

Wed 04

Forget Me Not Blooms, Grass Stitched Circle Frame and Garden Sketches by Jean Okimoto

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Let's scatter some Forget Me Not Blooms flowertops across the Grass Stitched Circle Frame for a fresh spring greeting.  A Garden Sketches greeting banner, glittery Wink of Stella highlights and gem stickers add pretty accents.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with the details behind my April Floral Challenge inspiration card.  It's great to go through my stash of watercolored papers and find just the right colors for a background.  Imagine Crafts Kaleidacolor dye ink refills were used here.  Add a few dotty accents in Brilliance Pearlescent Jade with a design from the Open Studio Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamp Set.  Cut it with the 2-¾" Square Basics die.

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Cut a bunch of flowers from the Forget Me Not Blooms set from scraps of the watercolored paper.  The little blossoms aren't attached to the stems - it's quick and easy to cut them separately, without the delicate stems.

Stamp the greeting from the Garden Sketches Clear Stamp Set on the ultra-smooth Bright White Cardstock from Impress with Memento Grape Jelly.  Dry the ink, then cut it with the matching Garden Sketches die.  We love this smooth white cardstock for stamping, diecutting and crisp white cards!

Cut Grass Stitched Circle Frame from the same Bright White Cardstock.  

Attach two strips of Pastel Purple washi tape - one of the many pretty colors and patterns from Birch Press Designs - to a side-folded A-2 card of...yes, Bright White Cardstock.  Attach the diecuts - use foam dots for the greeting.

Highlight the flower centers with clear glittered Wink of Stella.  Add light purple gem stickers.

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Impress recently published their spring class schedule - hope you can join us if you live in the Seattle area, or if you're planning to visit soon.  If you like cards, colors, techniques, laughs and creativity - give Impress a call to reserve a seat - it's 206 901.9101.  Here's what we're doing...

    -Thoughts and Thanks - April 14, 10:30-12:30

    -Green Greetings - Earth Day - April 22, 11:30-1:30 - the Impress Annual Sale

                           is April 19-22 

    -Asia Now - May 5, 10:30-12:30

    -Beyond the Box - May 28, 11:00-1:00 -  and June 16, 10:30-12:30   

    -Summer Hearts - June 16, 1:30-3:30

    -Surf and Turf - June 30, 10:30-12:30

    -Blossoms and Butterflies - July 4, 11:00-1:00 - and July 14, 10:30-12:30

Thanks for stopping by...see you again tomorrow!

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04/03/2018

Tue 03

Bamboo Grove
by Olga

Hi fellow die cutting lovers! The card I am showcasing today is just for people like us because it is built up entirely of die cuts without any stamping or inking or much of other techniques.  Everything here is die cut - a background, bamboo circle and stems as well as a frame and a sentiment.

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I have combined a bamboo circle with bamboo poles to create one continuous image although it changes color as it goes. I demonstrate exactly how it's done in a video tutorial below. 

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Placing a sheet of vellum behind the die cut background allows to add some backlighting for a bit more dramatic effect. It is also going to help hiding the written message inside. 

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 I guess this neutral shade card will do great for both men and women. Watch the video for the step by step guide on how to make it:

Thanks for joining me today! Hope to see you again really soon on Memory Box blog!

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