36 posts categorized "Collage"

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!

Narwhal-waves

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.

Glitter-narwhal

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.

Crab

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.

Bubbles

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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11/23/2016

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!

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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...

Jeansignature-3

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10/25/2016

Tue 25

Thanksgiving Deer
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Crafty Friends,

 Today I am happy to share a "thankful" card featuring the beautiful Enchanted Deer Collage die and an old favorite technique--shaving cream marbling.  Enchanted Deer Thanks

 I think I played with this technique back in the days of planning classes as a stamp store owner...Ok, maybe it was when I was a Girl Scout...anyway, it's always fun since everyone's project turns out differently and it's inexpensive with great results---sometimes surprisingly so.

 On today's card I am die cutting into the marbled paper instead of using it as a background panel as it's commonly used.  

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Here's a step-by-step of my marbling experience---and don't think it wasn't fun keeping the shaving cream off my camera while shooting the steps!  No phone calls please during this process.

  • Shake then squirt aerosol shave cream (unscented and not gel) into a shallow container.
  • Drop dye inks (reinkers) onto shave cream. (I used 3 colors, slate, mushroom and espresso dye inks)
  • Blend ink drops, as little or as much as you like.  The more you blend the inks, the smaller and more muted the marbling patterns.  I used a plastic pickle fork for my blending tool (because I always have pickle forks handy). 

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  • Place card stock face down onto inky shave cream, press to make contact in all areas of paper.
  • Lift off or slide paper off cream, set face up on washable surface, then remove all cream.  I used a window squeegy and it all came off in one swipe.

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  • Now, repeat with another sheet of card stock--make lots!
  • You can add more inks and blend again--experiment!  Remember your color combinations.
  • Air dry or use a heat tool to dry throughly before die cutting.
  • Easy clean up in the sink with plain water.  
  • Buy more shaving cream and keep playing.  My can of shaving cream cost only $1.39 (that's a lot of fun for the money) Start over and use different color palettes.

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  To finish the card, I die cut the Enchanted Deer Collage into the center area, rounded the corners, then mounted it onto a top-fold brown notecard and added the sentiment strip.  Because the marbling can give a very busy look, I kept the rest of the card simple.  I can make about 10 more cards with the marbled papers I now have on hand after playing with different colors and blending techniques---it's addicting and so fun! 

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 Happy Tuesday!Jennysig

09/14/2016

Wed 14

September Release – Poinsettia Collage and Stitched Rectangle Trimmings
by Jean Okimoto

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Our September Release debuts today and I can't wait to share two new designs  with you - Poinsettia Collage and Stitched Rectangle Trimmings!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with the first of two new release holidays cards today.  I loved Dave's original watercolored design so much that I tried to copy it, using Brilliance inks as an alternative.   This isn't the actual blog blitz - that begins next week -  it's just a  little preview of the beautiful collection that Dave's created for Christmas 2016.

The classic Poinsettia Collage joins our collection of  versatile designs for watercoloring, color-blending, stenciling and dry-embossing.  Today's card combines two of my favorite techniques - dry embossing and color-blending with Imagine Crafts Brilliance inks.

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Cut watercolor paper or white cardstock with the largest Stitched Rectangle Trimming die.  The 8 dies in the set are perfectly proportioned  for A-2 cards.  Each die cuts a delicate stitched "frame" - and a plain inner rectangle.  I saved the frame for another card.

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Dry-emboss the rectangle with Poinsettia Collage using the embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  Here's what I used with my Grand Calibur - base plate, die, cardstock, rubber embossing mat, embossing plate.   Sponge Pearlescent Yellow onto the centers.  Blend Rocket Red out towards the leaves.  Blend Pearlescent Thyme onto the leaves.  

Air-dry the inks while you diecut another large Stitched Rectangle Trimming from watercolor paper.  Diecut the rectangle with Poinsettia Collage and layer it over the inked design.  

Attach the collage to an A-2 card of watercolor paper.  Add tiny clear sequins.  Hope you like this very first card from the latest collection!

 

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Special thanks to everyone from last week's Watercolor Calendar class at Impress - and to Shaby and Erin for helping us find all of the dies, stamps and inks you'll be using for your calendars.  

Thanks for stopping by - see you again  this evening with another September Release card...

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08/05/2016

Fri 05

A Reverse Butterfly Collage Celebration
by Jean Okimoto

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A colorful Reverse Butterfly Collage is great for any summer celebration - and watercoloring it is almost as enjoyable as the event itself.  Yes, it's Friday!  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here - with a design featuring one of my favorite dies.

Paint a rectangle of watercolor paper with Peerless Watercolors  in a random pattern of greens, blues, teals, violets and purples.  Air-dry it for a few minutes, the press it with a dry iron on the cotton setting.  Cut Reverse Butterfly Collage from white cardstock.

Place the watercolor paper behind the collage and lightly tape the layers together with removable tape.  Trim the layers into a rectangle.  Remove the watercolor paper and cut it slightly smaller than the collage so any colored edges won't peek out along the sides.  Attach the watercolor paper behind the collage.  Attach it to an A-6 card of textured turquoise cardstock.

Attach Scor-Tape behind gold mirror cardstock and cut two sets of the antennae from the Leavenworth Butterfly Trio die set.  Attach the antennae to the collage.  

Stamp "celebrate" - from the Open Studio Party Time Clear Stamps - on white cardstock with Radiant Neons Electric Purple.  Emboss it with detail clear powder. Cut it with the smallest Pinpoint Rectangle Layer.   Attach it to the card - use foam dots on the right side to compensate for the thickness of the collage and watercolor paper on the left.   Add gold sequins.

I think summer birthdays, graduations and weddings would be the perfect occasions for this card...hope you agree!

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See you at the STAMPS AND A DIE - OH MY! class at Impress tomorrow.  We'll be using some of our favorite/classic/go-to stamps and dies on bright summer cards.  There'll be a few soon-to-be favorites too!

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

Jeansignature-3

 

06/01/2016

Wed 01

Sweet Bumblebee Daydreams
by Jean Okimoto

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Bumblebee Daydreams, Peerless Watercolors and giveaways from our Blog Blitz...it's a great day!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, welcoming you to the midpoint of our summer blitz.  View our latest collection - and be sure to leave a comment on each designer's blog blitz post this week for a chance to win a great new stamp set.

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There's a lot happening today - Laura announced the winners of our May Challenge and the details of our June Challenge.  Sherry posted another beautiful card...and I got a bit carried away with the cool, contemporary Bumblebee Daydreams Die and Stamp Sets.  I think I stamped and diecut enough flowers for another card later this month.

Paint the smoother side of watercolor paper with pink, peach, orange and yellow Peerless Watercolors and dry it with a heat-tool.  Stamp the flowers with VersaFine Onyx Black and emboss them with detail clear powder.  Stamp and emboss the little bee on yellow cardstock too. Stamp and emboss the honeycomb on white cardstock.  Diecut the pieces. 

Color the interior of the bee's wings with a white pencil.  Use a glue pen to fill the area and cover it with pearlescent white glitter.  Don't tap the excess glitter off yet - leave the whole pile of it there and let the glue dry. My glued glitter theory?   Some of the glitter sinks into the glue, then some of the excess fills the gap.

Attach Scor-Tape to green vellum.  Stamp the leaves with Brilliance Graphite Black - dry it, then diecut them.  I wanted the flowers to take center-stage, and pop against the subtle vellum leaves.

Stamp the greeting onto a side-folded A-2 card of lightly-textured white cardstock.  Attach the honeycomb, leaves and flowers - the bottom pink flower is attached with foam dots.  Wondering why I didn't just stamp the honeycomb onto the card?  Not sure where I'd place it, so I wanted it to be on a separate piece so I could move it around until it found a home.  I also wanted the smooth cardstock to contrast the texture of the card.  

Attach the bee with foamdots.  Add green, pink and orange sequins.

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Big THANKS to everyone who took Monday's Butterflies and Blossoms class at Impress.  Special thanks to Shari and Erin too - for prepping the classroom and finding everything we needed for our projects...and more!  See you again at the THANKS A LOT class on Sunday June 5th.  We'll be using great new products, and I'll share a few more tips, tricks and extras from my stash so you can make more class cards when you're back in your studio.

Want to win one of the new release stamp sets? Leave a comment on any of the designer posts this week for your chance to win. The more designer posts you comment on during the week, the more chances you will have to win! On Saturday, June 4th, we will draw five random winners from the comments to win the new stamp set of their choice. Good luck to you!

Thanks for stopping by - hope you're enjoying our blitz as much as we love sharing our ideas with you.  Be sure to visit again tomorrow morning for Jenny Griffiths' great card - and another chance to win a new stamp set!

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