40 posts categorized "Collage"

05/18/2017

Thu 18

Spring Lilacs and Birthday Sentiments
by Jean Okimoto

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Celebrate a birthday with the new Spring Lilacs Clear Stamps Set and Spring Lilacs Die Set - it's sure to be a special day!  Add a trellis-y  background with a die from the Distressed Baptisia Collage Set and a classic greeting from the new Birthday Sentiments Clear Stamp Set.  

Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with an easy way to eliminate some of the stress of watercoloring.  It's a challenge to stay inside the lines - literally and figuratively - when I'm coloring.  The watercolors just have a way of escaping out onto the background, especially a white background.  Eliminate that issue by tinting the background with a light wash of your dominant color and air-dry it.  I've used a tiny, very diluted amount of the Pansy Dye Ink Refill for Kaleidacolors.  Iron it with a dry iron on the cotton setting to smooth the paper out again.  Stamp the lilacs with Imagine Crafts Espresso Truffle Memento Luxe and emboss it with detail clear powder.   MemoryBoxSpringLilacsClearStampSet-MemoryBoxSpringLilacsDieSet-MemoryBoxOpenStudioRectangleBasics-MemoryBoxOpenStudioDistressedBaptisiaCollageSet-MemoryBoxOpenStudioBirthdaySentimentsClearStampSet-JeanOkimotoWatercoloredCards-ImagineCrafts-WatercoloredFlowerCards

Watercolor the image with diluted Pansy, Spring Green and Spruce refill inks.  Let it dry.  Cut it with the coordinating Spring Lilacs die.  Diecutting the lilacs is quick and easy if you align the die with the stem and lower edges of the leaves first - then with the blossom at the top.  A bit of painter's tape at those 4 spots will secure the die and produce great results!

Stamp and emboss the greeting from the new Open Studio Birthday Sentiments Clear Stamp Set on white cardstock.  Cut it with the 3-1/4" x 4-1/2" Rectangle Basics Die.  

Cut white cardstock with the grid pattern from the Distressed Baptisia Collage set.  Trim it with the 2" x 3-1/4" Rectangle Basics Die.  It's a must-have set of 16 dies perfectly proportioned cutting layers for A-2 cards - and it's great for A-6 and A-7 cards too.  I can't design a rectangle card without it!

Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock - use foam dots behind the lilacs at the top.   Add pale violet gem stickers.

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Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's SUMMER HEARTS class at Impress!  We discovered a few new ways to use our favorite  heart dies, stamps and papers.  They're classic, versatile and perfect for summer celebrations and events - or just to say "I'm thinking of you."  Thanks too - Becca and Erin - for helping us find everything we needed for our summer cards!

There's a second SUMMER HEARTS class on May 29th.  It's Memorial Day, and classes on a holiday seem to be more relaxing - and it's always a great time to meet new friends and catch up with those you haven't seen in a while.  

Thanks for stopping by - hope you enjoyed last week's May Release Blog Blitz.  I appreciate all of your thoughtful comments!

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04/22/2017

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!

Jeansignature-3

 

04/20/2017

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

 

04/06/2017

Thu 06

Goldfish Collage and Rectangle Basics
by Jean Okimoto

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A trio from the new Goldfish Collage shimmers on a  Mini Perfect Patches square for a quick and easy card.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with  a simple watercolored design in shades of pink, peach and gold.

I've re-discovered the Mini Perfect Patches die - 16 neatly-stitched 1" squares - perfect for backgrounds, collages, gameboards and layering.  It's great with the Goldfish Collage - and perfect for contemporary Asian designs too.

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Paint watercolor paper in dark peachy-pink shades of Peerless Watercolors, air-dry it, then spray it with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Heat-set it and cut Goldfish Collage.  Punch ¼" dots from scraps of the watercolored paper.

Paint another piece of watercolor paper in soft, watery layers of pink and peach.  Dry it, then cut it with Mini Perfect Patches.  

Diecut a piece of  The Crafter's Workshop Stencil Sheet with the dotted design from the Modern Border Trim set.  Stencil the dots onto three of the patches with Delicata Gold Shimmer.

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Use a sanding block to lightly "scruff" gold mirror cardstock for a soft matte finish to complement the fish and stenciled dots.  Punch two ¼" circles.

Cut textured natural cardstock with the 4" x 5-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach it to a side-folded A-2 card of smooth natural cardstock.  Layering adds a subtle textural contrast and frames the design.  

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Assemble the card, add a quick note and send it on its way to someone special!

Thanks for stopping by...hope you'll try these techniques when you're mass-producing card sets for gifts and giveaways.  Twenty goldfish and sixteen mini patches make it quick and easy - and each card will be unique!

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03/27/2017

Mon 27

Narwhals with Glitter and Distress Oxide Ink Video
by Dave Brethauer

Hello everyone and welcome!

I am excited to share a video today that features two projects with some of my favorite techniques. The first card shows how you can create a completely different look with your craft dies by doing an easy masking technique with your glitter. The second card uses some of the new Distress Oxide inks from Tim Holtz to create amazing spattered backgrounds - and they turn out perfect for ocean themed cards!

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See those soft wave patterns - embedded in the glitter? It is so easy to achieve this look - and it definitely opens up your craft dies to new possibilities! 

(Watch this video in HD by clicking here)

Once you get the hang of how to create those patterns in the glitter area then you can really let your creativity take off. I did a simple wave pattern, but you could get really focused and create some intricate designs. And adding different color combinations of glitter is so fun! I chose a tone on tone look, but anything goes if you are going to use glitter.

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This glitter technique is definitely an attention getter - I used the Underwater Collage die with double stick adhesive sheets to create the background and notice the bubbles on the side are glittered too. No matter what you put on top of the glittered area, people are going to say wow!

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I based both of the projects on this cute little guy - the Neighborly Narwhal. Some simple paper piecing is required to put him together and here I have cut him out in varying shades of cardstock to show off his light and dark areas.

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I wanted to give the idea that he was sort of floating on the waves and I think it worked. Cutting him out of matte cardstock and then placing him over the glitter background gives him a halo of sparkle and shine.

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I varied the glitter a little bit here - adding a green color to make the two shades stand out a bit more. It is a lot more noticeable and I had some fun experimenting to see which combinations I liked best.

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The Cheerful Crab die is a bright addition to the card - I added some Glossy Accents to make his shell look a little bit wet. And the sentiment is from a Poppy Stamps Clear Stamp set called Flower Patch - I just stamped the Thank You in black ink near the bottom, tucked into one of the rounded edges of the die shape.

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The Underwater Collage works with two other dies - the Coral Collage and the Seaweed Collage - to create some really interesting 3D papercraft projects. You can see above that when they are layered together you can create a dimensional scene - fish can be poking their heads out from behind the edges and you can tuck in little bits of coral and seaweed. 

For the cards in the video though, I just kept it simple and used one layer at a time. The nice thing is that they can still be used individually!

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I had a blast putting this simple slider card together - when it is "closed" you see the Neighborly Narwhal swimming in the window I created with the Seaweed Collage. And when the card is "open" the Narwhal slides out of the way, revealing the sentiment underneath.

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The Narwhal is proportioned just right to float in the middle of the opening - I used the same cardstock color scheme again to create him because I wanted it to go nicely with the "bubbly" background.

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Creating the background was a breeze - I used Distress Oxide inks in three colors (Broken China, Wilted Violet and Faded Jeans) to make a beautiful marine inspired background. After blending the three colors, I spritzed lightly with water and watched the drops create glowing spots on the ink. It looks just like bubbles coming up from the sea.

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I kept the design pretty simple - I loved the background so much that I didn't want to put a lot on it! But you could mix things up and stamp the sentiment on the open area, and add more fish and ocean things into the hole. We have an entire section of nautical themed dies that are ready for a scene just like this!

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I had some extra Cheerful Crabs from the first project, so I glued one onto the tip of the slider. That way the card recipient gets their attention drawn to the side and will know to pull!

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A little bit of color from the Seaweed Stalks may be a nice addition - we have lots of ocean inspired designs for you to choose from. Careful though, you may get carried away!

Enjoy the show! 

 

Mon 27

Grassland Collage and Sketch Bunny Background
by Jean Okimoto

 

 

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The new Grassland Collage creates an Asian-inspired spring setting for Sketch Bunny Background, cut from silkscreened paper.  Easter eggs are optional!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a simply styled card to get your workweek off to a quick start.

Do you have a secret stash (hoard?) of beautiful imported artpapers that you're saving for the perfect design opportunity?  Here's your chance to use treasured bits of them on bright spring cards.  The layered inks, metallic highlights and fiber content of these papers can be challenging to hand-cut or punch - but Memory Box dies cut through them like a dream.  

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Cut Sketch Bunny Background from the reverse side of paper -  so he'll face the Grassland Collage.  This pretty print is from Hanko Designs.  Cut two additional bunnies of lightweight cardboard and layer the pieces for extra dimension.


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Here's a tip that makes it easy to attach Grassland Collage to cardstock for diecutting. Place pieces of  folded painter's tape (sticky-side-out) in the circle and near the bottom right corner of the design.  This lets you avoid  the edges near the intricate circle outline and the grasses - and the outer area that frames the collage.  Press the die firmly onto the cardstock - use extra pressure on the two taped areas.  The two taped areas will be cut away and disposed of.  This is easier done than explained - give it a try!

Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of natural cardstock.  The bunny die includes the tail - but I attached a little white pompom for a bit of extra pouf.  The card will probably require extra postage with the pompom, but I think the recipient will appreciate it.  

I found the pretty Sequin Flower Kit at Impress - the little blossoms are the perfect size for the collage, and all of your spring and summer projects.  

Special thanks to everyone from Saturday's ASIAN DESIGN...SIMPLY STATED class at Impress!  The  Square Basics dies cut perfect pieces for our origami projects,  making it easy to fold crisp points and and sharp angles for our bunnies and butterflies.  Other dies from Memory Box and Poppystamps did a great job of cutting design elements and accents for our cards.  Thanks to Ann, Shari and Erin too - for helping us find just what we needed!

Thanks for stopping by - have a great day!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

03/11/2017

Sat 11

Sapling Collage on the Spring Blog Blitz
by Jean Okimoto

 

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The new Sapling Collage is one of five fresh woodland scenes that are quickly becoming favorites in the Spring 2017 Collection.  It's easy to see why - they're versatile, great for layering and perfect for every season.  Imagine them later with tiny blossoms in the summer, ghosts and bats in the fall and bright red birds in snowy winter scenes.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here, welcome back to our blog blitz.   Here's a super-quick Easter card that takes just a few minutes.  The hardest part of it is deciding where to place those glittery eggs!

Cut chartreuse cardstock with the 2-¾" x 4" Rectangle Basics die. Cut the Sapling Collage.  

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to white felt and cut Springtime Bunnies.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps glue from soaking thru.  

Cut glittered cardstock with Clutch of Eggs.

Attach everything to a top-folded green A-2 card.  That's it!

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Want a chance to win the Sapling Collage?  Just add a comment to this post to enter our random-selection drawing for this great die.  Add your comments to all of the Design Team posts during the blitz - from March 6th through March 12th - for even more chances to win.  The entry deadline is 11:59 PM EST on Sunday March 12th.   

No classes this weekend - but I'll see everyone again on March 18th for the SPRINGTIME IN SEATTLE class at Impress.  

Thanks for stopping by...have a great weekend!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

02/02/2017

Thu 02

Frame the Adler Star Collage with a Cherub Heart
by Jean Okimoto

 

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Create a simple Valentine with the Adler Star Collage in a Cherub Heart Frame - then add a greeting, some sequins - and your card is ready!  Hello - Jean Okimoto here - with a bit of inspiration for our February Challenge.  It's all about clean and simple "love" cards - and with the big day just 12 days away clean and simple is the way to go!  

The Adler Star Collage adds a edgy, faceted look to the classic Cherub Heart.  It's sandwiched between layers of black and red cardstock.  The Rectangle Basics make it easy to cut the perfect layers without any tedious measuring.

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Cut a 2.3" x 1.9" Cherub Heart from black cardstock - leave a generous margin of cardstock to create a frame.  Save the negative.  Cut Adler Star Collage from another piece of black cardstock.  

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Place the Cherub Heart negative over the collage and temporarily tape the layers of cardstock together.  Attach the back of the negative to the sides of the collage.    Cut through both layers with the 2-¼" x 3-½" Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut a red cardstock rectangle to fit behind the heart.

Stamp LOVE - from the Smile Clear Stamps Set - on red cardstock with Imagine Crafts Tuxedo Black Memento Luxe.  Emboss it with detail black powder to add a bit of shine and dimension.  Cut it with the 1/3/4" x ¾" Rectangle Basics die. 

Attach everything to a 3-¾" x 7-78" card of textured white cardstock - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add light gold sequins.

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Keep it simple - and easily-assembled!  You'll discover that many of the Memory Box dies create the perfect cutouts to frame our delicate collages and add dimension.   Bold colors and shiny accents add the finishing touch.

Big Thanks to everyone from last week's LOVE...Simply Stated class at Impress.  Thanks Ann, Karen and Erin - for helping us find the products we need for great Valentines.  

See you at this weekend's SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress.  We're making six Asian-inspired cards - one of them features a simple origami bird I created for the class.   

Thanks for stopping by...see you again next week!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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Wed 23

Mini Snowman Collage and Delicate Stitched Snowflakes
by Jean Okimoto

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Like father, like son...here's the Mini Snowman Collage on another quick holiday card!  Junior's the little guy here - in a role-reversal of big snowflakes, small snowboy.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a variation of the previous Snowman Collage card.

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Cut Pool Distressed Dots with the Mini Snowman Collage.  Cut textured white cardstock with the smallest Stitched Rectangle Layers die.  Layer the pieces to create the snowman.  Trim the short ends of the white cardstock evenly with the Pool Distressed Dots.

Diecut a 1.6" x 2.6" Stitched Rectangle of red cardstock.  Cut Delicate Stitched Snowflakes from textured white cardstock.

Attach a scrap of adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) behind black felt and cut the hat.  Cut the hatband from black glittered craft foam.  Cut the scarf from red velvet paper.  Cut the nose from orange cardstock.  Cut the heart from red glittered craft foam.

Punch tiny dots for the eyes and buttons and back them with black cardstock.  

Attach the pieces to a Pool Notecard.  Add tiny clear iridescent sequins.

 

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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating tomorrow - we're thankful for your support, inspiration and friendship!  Enjoy the time you spend with family and friends.

See you at Impress for the MERRY & QUICK cards class on Saturday the 26th. We're making 7 (yes, I've added an extra card) deceptively quick cards designed to impress everyone on your list.

Thanks for visiting - join us again for  Jenny's great project tomorrow!

Jeansignature-3

 

Wed 23

Build a Snowman Collage
by Jean Okimoto

 

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Want to build a quick Snowman Collage for a quick holiday card?  Here’s an easy way to do just that!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here today, with a Christmas design in some unexpectedly cool holiday colors.  I’ve been seeing – and loving – great combinations of black, white, bright and blingy holiday inspiration in stores, catalogs and magazines.

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Cut a reverse-snowman from Licorice Distressed Dots.  The die surprised me by cutting the background portion on the right - that makes it so easy to assemble the design.  Cut the 2-3/4” x 4” Stitched Rectangle Trimming from textured white cardstock.  It's the perfect size and shape for him!

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Attach a piece of adhesive label paper or sticker sheet to black felt and orange felt and cut the hat and carrot-nose. The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps delicate pieces intact.   Cut the hatband from black glittered craft foam and trim it so it’s a bit narrower.

Cut the scarf from red velvet paper.  Cut the heart from red glittered craft foam.  Punch holes for his eyes and buttons. Back the holes with scraps of black cardstock.  The Snowman Collage die set includes little dots for eyes and buttons - just looking for a shortcut here. 

 Cut Snow Burst from gold mirror cardstock.  Attach everything to a Licorice Notecard.  There's your card!

Thanks for stopping by - see you again this evening...

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