1364 posts categorized "Dies"

11/06/2017

Mon 06

Polar Bears Play in the Snow
by Anne Thompson

Polar bears play in the snow on two cards today!  Winter's on the way!

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  • I used the new POWDER Notecards as the base for each card and white cardstock for everything else.  
  • The next layer (the snowflakes) was created using the stencil WINTER SNOWFLAKES 88609 with the embossing plates stack to create a textured snowy sky for each scene.  
  • I added a hill to each card with the larger die from CURVED STITCH HILLTOPS 99871.  
  • I stamped the polar bears from the PLAYTIME ELVES CLEAR STAMP SET CL5216 using Archival Jet Black Ink and cut them out with the PLAYTIME ELVES DIE SET 32216.  I layered three bears on top of each other to make bears that were more dimensional, and I used a Prismacolor Cloud Blue pencil to add some shading to the bears' outlines.

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  • For the card with the three bears, I used dimensional foam dots to raise the hill.  I placed one bear flat against the sky tucked behind the hill, one flat at the bottom of the hill on the right, and popped up the third bear.  
  • I glued on one of the PICCOLO SNOWFLAKES 99850, added some Clear Wink of Stella to it and to the dots on the background and the top of the hill. 

I thought I should have a polar bear on a sled for the second card.

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  • Using the Playtime Elves stamps I stamped the elf riding on the sled twice and cut it out using the coordinating die.  I glued the two layers together and then snipped off the elf.  (Sorry, Elf.)  I colored the sled with Dark Brown and Sienna Prismacolor pencils.
  • I took one of the three-layered polar bears and glued its feet to the sled.  I then put dimensional foam dots behind the bear and positioned him sliding downhill.
  • I used Clear Wink of Stella on all of the snowflakes and dots on the sky background and on the hill.
  • To finish this card I stamped "warm WISHES" from the Playtime Elves clear stamp set using Archival Jet Black ink.

 Two more cards done for my holiday stash!  How are you coming with your cards for the upcoming holiday season???

Happy Crafting!

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11/02/2017

Thu 02

Tisdale Snowflake Collage, Rectangle Basics and Merry Christmas Sentiments by Jean Okimoto

 

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The clean, crisp details of the Tisdale Snowflake Collage create a quick, contemporary card that's easy to mass-produce.  A quick Silvery Shimmer-stamped greeting and some sparkly sequins from Birch Press Design are all you need to finish it off.

Hello, Jean Okimoto here - and yes it's just 52 days until Christmas.  Let's create a simple card that works for anyone on your list.  Try it in pale aqua, bright teal or chartreuse too!

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Cut bright red cardstock with the  3.5"  x 4.75" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut it with the beautiful Tisdale Snowflake Collage - it's a perfect fit!  Save the delicate snowflake from the top left corner.

Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Merry Christmas Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - with Silvery Shimmer Delicata.  Dry the ink, then diecut the greeting with the 1" x 2.25" Rectangle Basics die.  

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded 5.5" square card of Ultra-Smooth White Cardstock from Impress.  It's a beautiful winter-white that's perfect for stamping.

Add a trio of pretty sequins from the Birch Press Design Fairy Sparkle set.  View - and fall in love with - the entire collection of Birch Press Design Sequins.

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If you're in the Seattle area, join us for this Saturday's ASIAN HOLIDAY GREETINGS class at Impress.  Dies, silkscreened imported artpapers, origami and cool techniques create 6 contemporary cards reflecting the simple elegance of Japanese design.  See you!

Thanks for visiting...

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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11/01/2017

Wed 01

Winter Wonder Cards Video
by Dave Brethauer

Greetings everyone!

I was working on some sample cards in the studio over the last couple of weeks and came up with a couple of ideas that I'd like to share.

I was trying to make some projects with a very soft look to them - pastel and blurry, like what you might imagine a scene to look like on a crisp winter morning with a little fog in the air.

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Both of these projects use deer - my favorite animal! - but I have scaled them differently.

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My first project is a sample I featured in our Holiday 2017 video - I had a lot of requests to do a step by step video on how it is made, and so I did!

(Watch this video in HD by clicking here)

To create the soft look that I was going for, I used my Distress Oxide inks in Cracked Pistachio,  Broken China and Faded Jeans. I was careful with the amount of ink that I sponged onto the paper - adding just enough to create some soft bands of color.

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The key is to overlap the ink - I apply the color in a circular motion, over and over, a little at a time. It actually helps if your inkpad is a little dried out! That way, you don't get as much color on your sponge.

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For the sentiment I used 99794 Sentimental Merry Christmas cut out of glittery white cardstock. I was trying to keep most of the card white, but I noticed that when I cut out the Merry Christmas in plain white cardstock it was a little, well, plain.

So I decided to use something glittery (it always works!) and now the sentiment floats on top of the scene and really stands out!

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To create the composition, I used the 99823 Gentle Valley Oval and 99811 Gentle Horizon Oval - layered together to create a dimensional look. These two dies were designed to go with each other - of course you could use them individually, but when I created them, I made it so that one set of hills is slightly lower than the other. That way you can create some depth when layering.

There is a natural shadow that happens when you stack these together, so there is a little shading between the foreground and the background.

In the video you can see how easy it is to create the background and then fit it like a puzzle piece into place - the aqua and blue sky just slips right into place around the trees - it is so easy!

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To embellish the base of the card I used pieces of the Poppystamps 1872 Snowflake Screen to make the corners a little more interesting. Just cut the Snowflake Screen out of white cardstock and snip off a few areas to use on the card.

The base card is a Memory Box Powder notecard - it is so very pale blue, nearly white. In fact, you will probably think it is white unless you put some actual white cardstock on it! The effect is very subtle when you use a Powder notecard - but it really enhances the soft aesthetic of this handmade card.

Finally, I decided to use the Poppystamps 1886 Tiny Fawns at the bottom of the oval. They are just the right size and look like they are greeting each other on the hill!

I cut the Tiny Fawns out of white cardstock and colored them in with a Copic Marker (Brick Beige Cream copic marker) and then embellished them with a few tiny white dots on their back by using a White Opaque Pen.

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I had some extra materials lying on my desk so I decided to try the card in a different color scheme. I was trying to create a more "rosy" color scheme, so I sponged the background with Distress Oxide ink in Fired Brick and Worn Lipstick.

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Since the colors were a lot warmer, I changed out the glittery white cardstock for some metallic gold - and I love how the Merry Christmas shines in the sky!

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A quick spritz of water added some texture to the sky - and I decided to try just a solo deer. The Memory Box Cranberry notecard makes a basic background for the project - and you are done! The layer dies make this look like more work than it really is - and you could mass produce these in a flash! 

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For my second project, I wanted to really focus on minimal color and create a faded spatter effect behind the trees. I knew that I wanted to use the 99829 Alpine Trees and the 99167 Valley Deer Trio, so all I had to to do was figure out how to make the dark ink fade perfectly to white in the background.

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Iced Spruce turned out to be the perfect Oxide Ink for this effect - the gray is a little bit blue and green, and when I spritzed it with a little bleach solution (2 cups water to 1 tablespoon bleach), I could achieve the effect I was going for. You can see in the video that you want to start the sponging low on the card, behind the trees, and then fade the color out toward the top.

When I applied it to the paper, I tried to create sort of a pointed "blob" area that would mimic the outline of the trees. My goal was for that color to fade around the trees, so that the color appears to be only positioned behind the treeline. The edges of the ink were good, but not perfect. 

But a spritz of the bleach solution, centered towards the top of the sponged area, faded the edges of the ink beautifully!

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I tried the inked area in a couple of different positions on the card- and it turned out that it still looked great even if you didn't keep the ink directly behind the trees. 

It really is a mesmerizing effect - it reminds me of looking at the forest when the snow is falling really hard. All you can see is some shadow - and the rest of the sky is filled with white. 

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I realized that a little color would help the composition, so I cut the Valley Deer trio out of an off white cardstock and sponged them ever so gently with Distress Oxide ink in Vintage Photo.

I sponged them so that most of the color was at the top of their bodies - which naturally kept their stomach and legs a little lighter. Simply add a few white dots from a white opaque pen and they are ready to be used on the project! 

I hope you'll try creating your own soft and subtle projects - the soft pastel color is the star here! I hope you are inspired to make your own winter pastel project!

10/31/2017

Tue 31

Poinsettia Blooms, Holly Collage and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto

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Poinsettia Blooms, Holly Collage and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles create a classic holiday design here today.  Red velvet - the paper, not the cake (!) - adds texture and dimension to this traditional scene. I almost want to apologize for a traditional design in red and greens because it's so unusual for me!   Hello - Jean Okimoto here today - Happy Halloween to everyone celebrating this spooky holiday.

Cut several layers of Poinsettia Blooms from red velvet paper - the dies cut crisply and emboss them at the same time.  Cut the centers from yellow glittered cardstock.

Cut the 2" x 3.25" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from textured pale green cardstock.

Cut the Holly Collage and the Poinsettia Blooms pods from green cardstock.

Stamp "CHRISTMAS WISHES" - from the Blessed to Know You clear stamp set - on an pale green A-2 card with Peeled Paint Distress Oxides.  

Assemble the card and add clear gem stickers.

Quick and easy!

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Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's COOL WINTER WISHES from SEATTLE class at Impress!  Hope you enjoyed the class and all of the techniques - and were inspired to create more cards featuring Memory Box, Poppystamps, Open Studio and the great Seattle companies we're fortunate to call our own.  Thanks too - Ann, Shari and Lauren - for keeping us well-stocked and filling those baskets with everything we need for our holiday cards!

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Looking forward to this weekend's ASIAN HOLIDAY GREETINGS class at Impress too. We're making six Asian-inspired designs - including a simple origami bird and Christmas tree -  with great dies, accents and artpapers.  Here's a picture of a few of the beautiful silkscreened and printed papers we'll be using.  Do you have a stash of artpapers but hesitate to cut them with trimmers, punches or scissors because they tear and shred?  Memory Box and Poppystamps dies are the solution!  They cut these textured handmade papers as easily as they cut through cardstock - and create perfect squares for all of your origami projects.  

Thanks for stopping by...

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10/30/2017

Mon 30

Halloween Greetings
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone!

Today I have my final Halloween card for the 2017 season. 

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I was playing with alcohol ink backgrounds, and thought this one looked like a great Halloween background.  

To create this background I took Butterscotch, Terra Cotta, Lettuce, Purple Twillight and Gold Metallic Mixative alcohol inks and added drops of each ink onto Yupo paper.  Then I brushed across the paper with rubbing alcohol and dried it with my heat tool. To add a little more interest to the background I spattered it with rubbing alcohol and dried it once again with the heat tool.  

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I die cut the spider web in the top right hand corner of the card and mounted this to a white cardstock layer.  The word "Greetings" was die cut and embossed with gold embossing powder and then glued to a strip of vellum paper.  I adhered this to the card front and then stamped and embossed the word "Halloween" to the card front. 

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To finish the card, I glued a spider to the web and mounted my card front to a Licorice cardstock layer, which I then adhered to a white card base.

I hope you enjoyed todays card and have a Happy Halloween!

Donnasignature

 

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10/25/2017

Wed 25

Leaf Collage, Wrapped Stitch Rectangles and Garden Sketches by Jean Okimoto

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Layer a pile of watercolored leaves  from the Leaf Collage die onto a Wrapped Stitch Rectangle for a simple fall card.  Add a greeting - and some sequins from Birch Press - and you're ready for any occasion.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a splashy, glittery card for you today.

Raid your stash for some watercolored papers in shades of orange, coral and pink.   (I'm not quite ready to completely switch over to fall colors.)  Highlight some of the papers with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz and set them aside to dry..  

Cut bright coral glittered cardstock and the watercolored papers with Leaf Collage. 

Brayer Rocket Red Gold Brilliance onto smooth white cardstock.  Dry the ink.  Cut it with the 2" x 3.25" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.  Layer the leaves onto the rectangle

Cut an accent strip of flamingo-colored cardstock with one of the larger Wrapped Stitch Rectangle dies.  Trim it to .75" x 4.5".    

Stamp the greeting - from the Garden Sketches Clear Stamp Set - onto a scrap of the watercolored paper with Peeled Paint Distress Oxide.  Heat-set the ink.  Trim the greeting with the coordinating Garden Sketches die.

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded 5.5" square sage notecard - use foam dots for the greeting.

Add the dark coppery-bronze sequins from Birch Press' Not So Heavy Metal sequin set.  View the entire Birch Press collection of sequins and accents - they're perfect for fall and holiday cards - and so pretty you'll want them all!

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Looking for more holiday card ideas?  If you're in the Seattle area, join us for the COOL WINTER WISHES FROM SEATTLE class at Impress onOctober 28th.  We're making 6 cards featuring our favorite Seattle companies.  There'll be lots of diecuts, great papers and a bunch of techniques.

Thanks for stopping by - join us tomorrow for Isha's great project!

Jeansignature-3
 

 

 

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10/24/2017

Tue 24

Snowy Christmas
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello and welcome!

   Today's card is a combination of embossing, ink blending, die cutting and paint spritzing using the new dies for the holidays.  It was fun to get out my supplies (ok, they were already out--I'm a messy crafter at times) and charge into this layered card...check it out.

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The trees and the cabin are two different dies that align perfectly to create this wintery scene.  I cut both from white paper and pieced the trees and cabin with solid colored card stock.  A little bit of diluted white acrylic paint spritzed on the trees created the snow pattern and a touch of white pen filled in "naked" areas.  

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For the beautiful night sky I blended Broken China and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide inks on a white paper panel, then spritzed with water to create a speckled effect.  This panel was positioned and adhered behind the circular opening giving the trees and cabin a starry backdrop.   

Using the Circle Basics die set, I selected the die closest in size to the tree and cabin circle sets for the front panel opening.  Next, a quick run through of this panel with a dotted Swiss embossing folder and then adhered all four layers together.  Starting from the back, that's Sky panel, tree layer, cabin layer then embossed white panel.

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For a touch more red, I added the smallest size of Poinsettia Blooms and the Brushed Merry Christmas sentiment....all sitting pretty on a green note card.  How's that for traditional Christmas colors!  Now to make a few more (per week) in time for the holiday mailings.  How many cards do you send out?  Each year my list grows longer since everyone loves a handmade card.

Thanks for stopping by today and taking a look at this snowy Christmas card! Jennysig

 

10/23/2017

Mon 23

An October Birthday Card
by Anne Thompson

I needed just one more birthday card for October, so I combined some of my favorite stamps and dies on this one.

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I used a Sweet Corn notecard as the base and began by embossing LEAF COLLAGE die 99800 onto the left front of the top-folded notecard.  (Clicking on the titles in blue will take you to the Memory Box catalog website.)  Then I went to work assembling the other pieces I needed.

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  • I die cut the STITCHED FARM PUMPKINS 99882 twice from Mango Distressed Dots paper and layered them together.
  • I die cut PERKY HAPPY BIRTHDAY 99761 twice from white cardstock and layered them together.
  • I die cut the PINPOINT DOUBLE FRAME 99765 twice, once from Squash Distressed Dots paper and once from white cardstock and trimmed the white frame down a bit.  I placed the white frame in the lower righthand corner of the notecard and glued the squash dot piece in the center opening.
  • I stamped some of the leaves and flowers from the GARDEN SKETCHES CLEAR STAMPS SET CL5204 on white cardstock using Archival Jet Black ink.  I colored the leaves with a Prismacolor bright green pencil.  I overstamped the flowers using stamps from the Garden Sketches set, one flower in Hero Arts Butter Bar ink and the other in Spiced Marmalade Distress ink.  I then die cut the images using the coordinating GARDEN SKETCHES DIE SET 32204.
  • Next I added "Happy Birthday" onto the dot rectangle inside the Pinpoint Double Frame.
  • Then I adhered the Stitched Farm Pumpkins to the left of the rectangle using foam dots.
  • I used a glue pen to secure the leaves to the card in the top center of the frame.  I used more foam dots to place the flowers clustered in the upper right and overlapping the frame a bit.   
  • As I finished typing this up I looked back at the first picture in the post and the card again, and I added a tiny white pearl to dot the "i" and some yellowy ones in the flower centers.  Now it is really done.

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Even with what looks like a lot of work, this card came together quickly.  I really love the dimension that is added by embossing the die onto the card front and the use of foam dots to raise images.

With November approaching and two craft fairs to participate in I have really got to get to work on more Christmas cards, tags, packaging ideas, and ornaments.  I'll be sharing some of those with you next month.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

 

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10/21/2017

Sat 21

Curved Picket Fence, Playful Boo, Tall Fern Left Corner, Swirling Ghosts and Seaweed Stalks by Jean Okimoto

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Swirling Ghosts are working overtime this fall - here they are again with the new Curved Picket Fence and Playful Boo.  Tall Fern Left Corner and Seaweed Stalks add a bright touch to a spooky card - it's OK to be orange today.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here - I was inspired by Donna's great card and couldn't resist making just one more Halloween card for you.  

Cut Swirling Ghosts from watercolor paper.  Give the two larger ghosts some eyes with scraps of black cardstock.  

Cut Tall Fern Left Corner with dark orange cardstock.  

Cut two of the dotty Seaweed Stalks from orange cardstock.  Trim one of them so it's a bit shorter, and has just two branches.  This is such a versatile die set - it doesn't have to be seaweed!  

Cut Curved Picket Fence from dark kraft cardstock.

Cut Playful Boo from green cardstock.

Attach everything to a Licorice Notecard - use foam dots for the tops of the two larger ghosts.

The tiny Not So Heavy Metal Sequins from Birch Press are attached upside-down here.  I thought they looked sparkly-er on the Licorice Notecard that way.  Have you seen this new collection of beautiful sequins and shimmery accents?  

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Thanks for stopping by!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

10/20/2017

Fri 20

Trick or Treat
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone!

Today I have a great Halloween card for you, which mixes new with old.  The Halloween Sideshow stamp set is one of my favorite Halloween sets.

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To create this card use the smallest rectangle from the Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die set to cut three rectangles from white cardstock, save the cardstock for a card layer. Ink the cut rectangles using Twisted Citron distress ink. Mist them with water and let dry.  Using the Circle Web Collage die, cut two webs from Licorice cardstock, cut them apart and glue onto the sponged rectangle pieces.  

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Using foam tape I adhered the saved white die cut card layer to a Licorice cardstock layer, which is glued to a white card base.  I spattered the card with black ink.  

I inserted the rectangles back into place on the card front.  Because the white cardstock layer is popped up and the rectangles are glued flat to the Licorice cardstock layer, they create a window.  In the window I placed the stamped and colored Halloween images and the sentiments,  which were stamped on Licorice cardstock strips and embossed using white embossing powder. 

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To finish the card I added some orange Nuvo Dots, and that's it!

I hope you enjoyed todays card, and have a great day!

Donnasignature

 

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