44 posts categorized "Collage"

10/11/2017

Wed 11

Whimsy Cat, Circle Web Collage, and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto


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Concord Grape, Twisted Citron and Wilted Violet don't sound very Halloween-ish - but combine them with Whimsy Cats and the Circle Web Collage and they will be!   Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a few more Halloween tricks and techniques.

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Cut the 3.5" x 4.75" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from white cardstock.  Cut the rectangle with the new Circle Web Collage.  Press a piece of blue painters tape lightly against the backside of the collage to remove any wispy little cardstock remnants that would show up against the dark purple Concord Grape Notecard.  

Stamp the triangles from the Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamps Set with Distress Oxide Wilted Violet.  Stamp the dots (from the same stamp set) with Twisted Citron.  I love the bonus circles, triangles and diamond shapes that are included in this great stamp set.  

Cut Whimsy Cat twice from orange and black cardstock.  Layer them - a bit offset - for a shadowy effect and to add even more personality to their friendly faces.

Stamp the spiders from the Halloween Sideshow Clear Stamps Set with VersaFine Onyx Black.  Color the centers with a black marker.  Matching black inks can be challenging - a black Sharpie is a perfect match for Onyx Black

Attach the diecuts to the card - use foam dots for the black cat.  Add green gem stickers.

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There's a lot happening on this card - but I hope the repetition of circles, ovals and triangles  makes it look cohesive.  What do you think?

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for the BOO! class at Impress on October 14th.  We're making 5 cards and a little treat wrapper for your favorite kids (or adults!).  We'll combine great dies from the stash with some of the latest designs from the Fall 2017 Collection.  See the Impress collection of Memory Box and Poppystamps dies and stamps here.

Thanks for stopping by...

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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10/07/2017

Sat 07

Stitched Farm Pumpkins, Grassland Collage and Swirling Ghosts by Jean Okimoto

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A snowman-style stack of the new Stitched Farm Pumpkins meets the Swirling Ghosts here today.  Have you noticed a lot of triple-stacked pumpkin displays lately?  I have - and although the laws of gravity (and cardmaking) would have them layered in front of the pumpkins below, I wanted the stems to show.  So here they are!

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another matchup of old and new design elements from several releases.  A googly-eyed pumpkin cut from a portion of a Persimmon Notecard adds a bright dash of color that every Halloween card needs.  

Cut Grassland Collage from orange cardstock and trim around it with the largest Rectangle Basics die.  Trim the right edge.  The Rectangle Basics and Square Basics sets are great trimmers when your design requires straight edges and uniform borders.  Using a rectangle or square die guarantees at least three straight, accurate edges - then just cut one remaining edge for a perfect frame!

Cut Mango Distressed Dots with the 1-1/4" Circle Basics Die.

Cut Swirling Ghosts from watercolor paper.  

Cut Stitched Farm Pumpkins from a portion of a  Persimmon notecard,  green cardstock and Licorice Distressed Dots.  

Attach the diecuts to a black A-6 (4-5/8" x 6-1/4") card - use foamdots for the two ghosts in the collage.   Add green gem stickers.

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Halloween just seems to say it's OK to switch colors around a bit, add a big dotty moon  - and a cross-eyed Jack o' Lantern. Have fun with your cards - and surprise the lucky recipients this fall!

Thanks a bunch for stopping by...

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09/29/2017

Fri 29

Playful Boo, Hallloween Sideshow and Seaweed Collage by Jean Okimoto

 

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Turn the Seaweed Collage upside-down - and create a creepy vine background for some fun characters from the Halloween Sideshow Clear Stamp Set and Die Set.  Add a bright Playful Boo and a Seaweed Stalks diecut - and there's your card!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a nautical scene that transformed itself into a Halloween background.

Cut black cardstock with the  2.25" x 3.5" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut it again with the Seaweed Collage.  Cut the long wavy piece from the Seaweed Stalks set.  Attach the bottom of it behind the Seaweed Collage.

Stamp two ghosts, the caterpillar and the Jack o' Lantern from the Halloween Sideshow Clear Stamps Set with Onyx Black VersaFine.  Cut them with  the coordinating Halloween Sideshow Die Set.  Color the ghosts' mouths with a pink marker.

Rough-cut a wedge from the right side of the pumpkin - and pretend the caterpillar did it.

Attach the rectangle to a top-folded dark kraft A-2 card.  Attach the ghosts with foam dots - trim the right side of the lower ghost and slide him up to the inner edge of the collage.  

Attach the pumpkin.  Attach the caterpillar with foam dots.

Diecut Playful Boo from orange cardstock.

Add silver gem stickers for a bit of bling.

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Who would have guessed we'd find another way to use the Seaweed Collage?  See what great backgrounds you can create with other Memory Box Collage dies - then add your favorite Halloween icons and surprise someone with a fun fall card.  Find some great combinations from the Memory Box Collection at Impress.

Thanks for stopping by - join us later today for Donna's great card!

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09/25/2017

Mon 25

Playful Boo, Swirling Ghosts and Grove Collage by Jean Okimoto

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Swirling Ghosts are back again - floating through the Grove Collage this time.  Two Playful Boos create a drop-shadow effect - and snack-size Kit Kats make it officially Halloween.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here today, with another combo of iconic designs from several collections.  I love how everything works together, and gives a whole new look to something "old."  This fast-paced papercrafts industry considers something old after a year, or even just a few months.

Cut the 2.75" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from dark kraft cardstock.  Cut it again with the Grove Collage.  Cut a portion of a Persimmon Notecard with the 2.5" x 3.75" Rectangle Basics die.  These three dies are a perfect fit, there's no need to measure or trim anything - thanks Dave!  

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Cut Swirling Ghosts from watercolor paper.  Save the big guy for another project. Wondering why the Clutch of Eggs set was included in the picture?  It's the easiest way to cut black cardstock to fit behind the ghosts for their eyes!  That's an extreme example of getting the most from your supplies - but it works perfectly.  

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Cut Playful Boo from a scrap of Persimmon, and again from dark kraft cardstock.  Layer them for a cool effect.

Attach the diecuts  to a Licorice Notecard - use foam dots at the top of the ghosts so they'll look like they're floating out of the trees.  Add the tiny sequins from the Birch Press Not So Heavy Metal sequins set.  Birch Press Design is an online shop - owned by Memory Box owners Dave and Monica Brethauer - featuring upscale, trendy home products, gifts, stationary and craft products.  View their entire new Sequins Collection too!

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Sad news...couldn't find any snack-size Heath Bars for my Halloween posts this year.  Found these triple-chocolate Kit Kats instead.   Would you believe that I bought them only because they matched this card and looked pretty?  Oh, sure.  I'll also be using them for my treats wrapper in the BOO! class at Impress on October 14th.

Thanks for stopping by - see you again later this week!

 

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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!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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!

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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! 

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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!

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