123 posts categorized "Frames"

09/15/2018

Sat 15

Spooky Fun!
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Saturday Friends! Today I have a fun and a little bit spooky Halloween card to share using one of the new dies from the Holiday release. Let's get started!

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For my spooky purple background I covered a white sheet of paper with a purple Distress Oxide ink with a foam blending tool. Once all of the paper was covered with ink I sprayed it with water to create the oxide magic. Then I added a spray of a shimmer mist to make it sparkle.

I die cut the Woodland Bridge Frame in black and then covered it with clear Wink of Stella to make it sparkle. I die cut a circle moon and added a little bit of ink before gluing it all to my card.
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My final touch was the eyes. I glued them to the scene in a few different places to look like a spooky creature peeking out at you. Thanks for visiting the blog today and have a fabulous and crafty weekend!
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09/11/2018

Tue 11

Snow Much Fun with the Elegant Holly Double Frame by Jean Okimoto

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Emboss the Elegant Holly Double Frame and add caroling bunnies from the Snow Much Fun Clear Stamps Set to a holiday card.  Detailed Memory Box dies - like the Elegant Holly Double Frame set - create great embossed backgrounds too.  Capture the details and textures of the dies by pressure-embossing them on watercolor paper as a quick alternative to dieutting.

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a review of some basic cardmaking techniques.  Let's begin with embossing...

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Cut watercolor paper with the 4-¼" Square Basics die.  Emboss it with the larger outer frame from the Elegant Holly Double Frame.    Here's how I layered everything on the platform of my Platinum machine - die with the cutting edge face-up, diecut watercolor paper, rubber embossing mat, purple embossing plate.  Please use the plates, mats and stacking sequence recommended by the manufacturer of your machine.  

Attach the embossed frame to a 4-½" x 6-¼" card of textured green cardstock.

Cut watercolor paper (smoother side up) with the 3" Stitched Square Layers die.  Stamp the bunnies from the Snow Much Fun set with Pinecone VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.

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Scribble watercolor pencils onto a scrap of cardstock and use it as a palette to color the stamped image.

Stamp the greeting - also from the Snow Much Fun Set - on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair. Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut the cooled greeting with the 1-½" Stitched Square Layers die.

Cut a holly sprig from the frame set from yellow-green cardstock.

Assemble the card - use foam dots for the left edge of the greeting square.  Add green gem stickers.

Embossing watercolor paper - or heavy cardstock - creates subtle backgrounds that won't compete with stamped images.  It's quick and easy too!

Thanks for visiting!

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09/04/2018

Tue 04

Watercolor Backgrounds for the Delicate Pine Frame
by Anne Thompson

I have been making watercolor backgrounds lately and used two very simple techniques with the DELICATE PINE FRAME 94031.

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I started by using a wide brush to wet some watercolor paper with plain clean water.  Then I added wide horizontal strokes of blue watercolor with a wet brush on the paper.   To add some cloudlike texture to this sky, I removed some of the paint using a small wad of paper toweling, dabbing here and there while everything was still really wet.

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Here it is cut down and layered behind the Delicate Pine Frame.  You'll notice that I cut the frame twice, once in a dark green cardstock which is the bottom layer and then white cardstock which is positioned up a bit to expose some of the green to make the snow-covered tree.

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For the second background, I wet more watercolor paper and layered on wide vertical strokes of blue watercolor.  Then I sprinkled on some coarse-ground salt from a salt mill.  The salt moves the paint to create an interesting texture.  The hardest part is waiting for it to dry!

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Once the paper was dry I brushed off the salt crystals, trimmed the paper, and placed it behind the white-green layers of the Delicate Pine Frame.

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I've prepared quite a few large sheets of watercolor paper using these techniques so all I'll need to do is trim them to the right size when I need a sky background for one of the new frame dies.  Sooo quick and easy!  And two more cards for my holiday stash!

Happy Crafting!

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08/30/2018

Thu 30

Holly Flourish and Resting Birds in a Delicate Pine Frame by Jean Okimoto

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Arrange some tiny gold Resting Birds on the Holly Flourish - then add bright red berry dots for a very traditional holiday greeting.  Husband says they're either very tiny birds or a very big holly branch - oh yes, they are!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a simple Christmas design for you.

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Cut the large outer frame from the Delicate Pine Frame set from white cardstock and leave both pieces in the die.  Attach ¼" Scor-Tape along the edges.  Remove the tape liners (!) and flip the die over and press it firmly onto a Key Lime Notecard.  Cut Holly Flourish from a slightly darker shade of green. 

Cut Resting Birds from gold glittered paper or cardstock.

Bubble Burst is the perfect source for assorted bright red "berries."  I've added a third berry to the bottom center branch.  

Stamp the greeting - from the versatile Typewriter Holiday Sentiments Clear Stamp Set with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim it with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.  It's a tight fit - but you can do it!  Cut another rectangle from green cardstock and layer it for dimension and definition.

Rectangle Basis is a set of 16 dies ranging from 4-¼" x 5-½" all the way down to ½" x 1-¾".  They're proportioned for A-2 cards and are great for greetings, accents and backgrounds with crisp, finished edges.  Eliminate tedious measuring, trimming and re-trimming with Rectangle Basics.  

Here's your card!

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If you're in the Seattle area and have a day off on Monday - join us for another SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress.  We're making 6 cards - including one with a very cool origami butterfly that's a lot easier than it looks.  Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Design have so many dies that are perfect for the understated, contemporary Asian style we love.  

Thanks for visiting!

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Thu 30

Snow Much Fun in the Elegant Snowflake Double Frame by Jean Okimoto

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The Snowflake Double Frame sets the scene for a friendly snowball fight between the Snow Much Fun bunnies.  Christmas cards are often male-dominated designs of Santas, elves and snowmen. Here are some gals sharing the holiday fun!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a few techniques to save some holiday prep time too.

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Save coloring time by stamping the bunnies - from the Snow Much Fun Clear Stamps Set - on light gray cardstock with Nocturne VersaFine.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut the stamped images with the coordinating designs from the Snow Much Fun Dies Set.  Scribble watercolor pencils onto a scrap of watercolor paper.  Use that as a palette to color the ears and scarves.  

Stamp and emboss the snowball sections again on white cardstock.  Cut them out and attach them over the gray snowballs.  No one wants gray snowballs!

Here's another timesaver... 

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A layer of a waxed deli or bakery sheet  between the die and the cardstock makes it quick and easy to remove all of the bits and pieces from these beautifully-detailed dies like Elegant Snowflake Double Frame.   The big die on the left shows the layering sequence.  The pieces cling to the waxed sheet and are easily released from the die.  Peel the waxed sheet from the cardstock and pop the diecuts out.  Those two snowflake pieces in the upper right corner are the diecuts from the waxed sheet.

If you're diecutting glossy or metallic cardstock and it's hard to remove the waxed sheet - press a piece of "Magic" tape lightly onto a corner or edge of the waxed sheet to pull it off.  

Attach the left bunny behind the frame.  Attach the diecuts to a 5-¼" square white card - use foam dots for the bunny on the right.  Add orange gem stickers.

I love playing with colors - pick your favorite colors for this card.  Or use the team, school or favorite colors of the recipient.  They'll appreciate it!

Thanks for stopping by - see you again with another project this evening!

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08/27/2018

Mon 27

Glad Tidings
by Melissa Rusk

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Happy Monday! Today I am sharing a fun technique and one of the beautiful dies from the new release. I die cut the Delicate Pine Frame in white for my card and used some glitter to create snow on the tree branches. For the background I took a piece of photo paper and some liquid water colors. I put a few drops of the different colors on the paper and then sprayed them with water to get the color to move around the paper. I took a paper towel at the sides to collect some of the extra water as it ran off. Then I just let it dry. So easy and fun!
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I used foam tape to glue down the frame and then I stamped and embossed the glad tidings sentiment from the Typewriter Holiday Sentiments stamp set to finish it off. Have a wonderful week!

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08/25/2018

Sat 25

Holiday Twigs and Snowberry Sprigs by Jean Okimoto

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Tuck the Holiday Twigs and Snowberry Sprigs into Simple Garden Pots for an easy Christmas greeting.  Use the detailed outer frame - from the Delicate Pine Frame set - with its interior rectangle as the backdrop for a trio of pots.  Tiny birds from the frame set and gem stickers add holiday sparkle.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a layered, textured design that's simple - but very detailed.  Cut the frame from smooth white cardstock - leave both the frame and the inner rectangle in the die.  Attach ¼" wide Scor-Tape.  Flip the die over onto a 4-½" x 6-¼" white card and press it firmly to adhere both pieces.

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Cut three of the small Simple Garden Pots from silver textured paper.

Cut Snowberry Sprigs from two shades of red cardstock.  Cut the larger Holiday Twig from green cardstock.  Tuck the stems into the slotted pots and tape them to the back of the pots.  Trim the excess.

Cut the tiny birds from gold glittered paper.

Assemble the card.  Add clear gem stickers.

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Holiday greenery diecuts like these sprigs and twigs are perfect for gift tags too.  They quickly grow into potted plants when slipped into the slotted garden pots.  Use them as fillers for diecut bouquets.  Snip them into smaller pieces and use them to accent diecut wreaths.   Many possibilities!

We've added another GREETINGS FROM BIRCH PRESS class to the schedule at Impress.  It's on Saturday September 8th from 1:30-3:30- we're making 3 holiday cards and 3 everyday cards.  Hope you can join us that day if you weren't able to get into the previous Birch Press Design class.

Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend!

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08/22/2018

Wed 22

Build A Snowman and the New Elegant Snowflake Double Frame by Jean Okimoto

 

 

 

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The new Elegant Snowflake Double Frame is the perfect backdrop for any holiday icon - like Build A Snowman! Add a coordinating snowflake - also from the new frame set - and a greeting from the new Typewrite Holiday Sentiments.  Very jolly!

Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with another frosty card for your holiday stash...

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Cut Elegant Snowflake Double Frame and the large single snowflake from white cardstock. Cut a background of pale blue cardstock with the 4" Square Basics Die.  Attach them to a top-folded 5-¼" square white card.

Cut - and assemble - the Build A Snowman from white cardstock.  Cut the hat and scarf from red velvet paper.  Cut the pouf, eyes, buttons, nose, and twiggy arms from white, black, orange and brown cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the Typewrite Holiday Sentiments - on white cardstock with Glamorous VersaFine Clair.  Emboss it with detail  clear powder.  Cut it with the ¾" x 2" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut another rectangle and layer it for dimension.

Assemble the snowman.  Attach the diecuts to the card - use foam dots for the snowman.  Add pale aqua gem stickers.

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BIG thanks to everyone from my first BIRCH PRESS DESIGN class and the trunk show at Impress last weekend!  Special thanks to Dave and Monica for all of their deliveries and treats.  Thanks to Jenny for the sweet/salty popcorn munchies, and Jacky for the special berry jam.  Many of you drove, flew, or ferried long distances to take the class...I appreciate that!   It was great to introduce everyone to Dave's wonderful dies and stamps and share ideas and techniques with you. I think we just added 20 new Birch Press Design followers.  Please leave a comment if you'd enjoy having more Birch Press Design classes and products at Impress.  

Hope our snowy, frosty winter cards are inspiring you - and cooling you off too!

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08/20/2018

Mon 20

Wrapped Holly Circle Frame and Holly Flourish Cards
by Anne Thompson

I've been getting into that holiday spirit and created more cards this week, this time using the WRAPPED HOLLY CIRCLE FRAME 94040, the HOLLY FLOURISH 94023, and some unexpected cardstock colors.

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These 5 1/2 inch square cards are quick and easy to put together.  I cut some 8 1/2 X 11" cardstock to 5 1/2" wide  by 11" , folded them in half, and creased each one with a bone folder.  (I plan to use them as top-fold cards but they could easily be side-fold ones.)  I used pieces of cardstock in the same colors to die cut the Wrapped Holly Circle Frame and the Holly Flourish which I adhered to crisp white paper doilies.  I added pieces of coordinating papers from my scrap bins to the inside of each card as spaces for stamping greetings and writing messages.

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On this bright purple one, I used all three layers of the Holly Circle for a wide edge against the white doily.  I added the little sprig (a part of the die that cuts separately) in the center and popped on a large pearl at that junction and then added the two smaller pearls.  

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For the other two cards, I used the center Holly Circle and the largest stitched circle.  I glued the two circles abutting each other in one spot and then let the larger circle swoop out from that point.  I decided not to use the sprig but to add the Holly Flourish for each center.  I glued it down only at the curled end before adding a glue-dotted bow and a few small pearls. 

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Love these dies!  And who wouldn't love to receive a lime green, kelly green, or bright purple holiday card!!!   I have lots more interesting colors to audition and a stack of paper doilies on my work table.   It'll be easy to mass produce a bunch of these.  

Have you started making your holiday cards yet?  There are soooo many great products in the Holiday 2018 Collection.  Check it out!

Happy Crafting!

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08/03/2018

Fri 03

All is Calm, All is Bright
by Melissa Rusk

Hello and happy Friday friends! Today I have another card using one of the fabulous new dies from the new release. They are all so beautiful and so much fun to work with!

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I started with the beautiful Holiday Lamp Post Frame die and cut it out in white. I cut a circle in white to fit inside the frame and used some of my Distress Oxide inks to make a background. I started with a yellow ink where the light in the lamp would be and then finished the rest of the circle in a teal color. When you spray these inks with water the magic happens, the oxide inks give a cool effect and it looks like a winter day.


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I glued everything to a white card and added some silver ribbon and a stamped sentiment from the Typewriter Holiday Sentiments set to finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

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