32 posts categorized "Ink Blending"

12/25/2016

Sun 25

Peace

Hello! 

I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas, and are able to relax and enjoy time with your loved ones. I have a very clean and simple card to share with you today, using two dies, and some ink, I created a monochromatic winter card.

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Using the Arpeggio Snowflake, I cut it from typing paper. I then placed it onto a white card, and tapped on a light blue ink. I moved the stencil around the card, until I was happy with the amount. I then took a thin glue pen, and traced the inner portion of the snowflake, sprinkling on some glitter, and allowing it to dry.

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White that dried, I die cut several of the Brush Stroke Peace, and layered them together. For the top layer, I sponged on more of the same blue ink, and then adhered the piece to the card front. 

If you get a chance to create this week, keep this simple design in mind! Thank you so much for stopping by!

Lindsaysignature

  

11/19/2016

Sat 19

Stencil a Falling Maple on a Sketch Journal Background
by Jean Okimoto

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Here's another design featuring the Sketch Journal Cling Stamp - with the Falling Maple Garden Stencil.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here tonight. We have so many great dies and stamp sets in our Holiday Collections - I almost forgot about the great stencils we have too!

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Stamp Sketch Journal on natural cardstock with Imagine Crafts Vintage Sepia VersaFine.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Mask the adjacent areas and stencil Falling Maple diagonally across the stamped background with Brilliance Rocket Red, Pearlescent Orange, Pearlescent Thyme and Pearlescent Olive.  Heat-set the inks.

Cut it with the 3-¼" x 4-½" Stitched Rectangle Trimming.  Cut dark orange cardstock with the same die.  Attach the rectangle and orange frame to a top-folded 5-½" square card of dark kraft cardstock.  

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Cut the greeting portion of the Stitched Celebrate Circle Frame from dark orange cardstock - don't remove the diecut.  Flip it over and attach strips of ¼" wide Scor-Tape along the bottom and near the tops of the "l," "b," and "t."  Run the tape-covered diecut through the machine again to cut the tape.  Seeing the cutting lines lets you attach the tape just where you really need it - and the self-adhesive greeting is  easier to work with when the entire piece isn't sticky.  Another tip!

Cut the smallest Stitched Rectangle Layer from green cardstock and attach the greeting.

Attach the greeting strip to the card with foam dots.  Add green sequins.

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Thanks for stopping by again - hope this inspires you to re-discover stenciling and include it in your repertoire of cardmaking techniques.  See you again on Wednesday.  Penny's sharing a great project with you tomorrow!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

Sat 19

Lovely Oak, Sketch Journal, Grosgrain Ribbons and Stitched Rectangle Layers,
by Jean Okimoto

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Sketch Journal - rotated 90 degrees - creates a backdrop for the Lovely Oak garden stencil on a fall card I'd like to share today.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with an inky, spritzed, stenciled card for any autumn occasion.

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Spritz watercolor paper with water and paint a light background with fall shades of Peerless Watercolors.  Heat-set it.  Stamp Sketch Journal with Imagine Crafts Olympia Green VersaFine.  The dark green ink blends with the orangey background and creates a soft image that's more subtle than it it was stamped in black.  

Place the leaves over the branches and mask the adjacent areas with Post-It notes - I love the super sticky full-adhesive version that my friend Donna Mikasa shared with me.  It makes life so much easier...thanks Donna!  Sponge the leaves over the stamped branches with Brilliance Rocket Red Gold, Pearlescent Olive and Rocket Red.  Dry the inks.

Cut it with the 2-¾" x 4" Stitched Rectangle Layer.  Not exactly rocket-science, but here's a tip...if you're not sure which die size to use when trimming something, start with the larger size first.  You can always re-cut it with a smaller die if it doesn't look right.  That's what I did here.

Spritz it with Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz and dry the ink.

Cut two of the widest Grosgrain Ribbons from green cardstock.  Another tip  - run the die through the machine lengthwise for best results.   For extra texture, leave each diecut in the die and dry-emboss it using the plates and embossing mat required for your machine. Trim the ribbons to 4-⅝" and 5".

Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of dark orange cardstock.  Add copper sequins.

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Very special thanks to everyone from my classes at Impress last weekend!  It was a busy day - especially for those who took both classes - and for Ann, Shari and Becca who helped us fill our shopping baskets.  See you again in the Merry and Quick speedy Christmas cards class next weekend - on November 26th!

Thanks for stopping by on this busy fall weekend...

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

11/17/2016

Thu 17

Snowy Pines
by Lindsay

Hello!

I am so happy you've stopped by today! I have a winter themed card to share with you, using the lovely Fresh Pine Landscape die. As the temperature drops here in Northeastern Ohio, I am mentally preparing myself for the snow, even if it is cardmaking with a snow theme! 

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I began with a white card base, and sponged on blue ink, using a foam blending tool. Using white acrylic paint, I added some water to it, and flicked a little bit onto the card front. I then allowed that to dry, and white it did, I worked on my snowy tree hill.

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I die cut the piece from water color card stock, and applied the paint using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. Working in layers, I added more color on the left side of the trees, and some gray shadows underneath them. Once I was happy with the color and saturation, I allowed it to dry, and die cut three more from regular card stock. I stacked them together using liquid glue, and adhered the piece to my card base. 

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I stamped a sentiment from the Snowglobe Wishes stamp set, and adhered a few sequins to finish the card. Do you have this die, and how have you used it? I would love to know! 

Thanks so much for visiting today! 

Lindsaysignature

11/09/2016

Wed 09

Festive Joy
by Lindsay

Hello!

I am so glad you could join me today! I have another Christmas card to share with you, and it involves two of my favorite things. Dies, and ink blending. 

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I used the amazing Adler Star Collage to create a panel from white card stock. I then masked off the front of a white card base, and added several varying shades of green ink using a sponge dauber. To adhere it to my card base, I added generous amounts of foam tape, and also adhered strips of gold card stock to the top and bottom of the panel.

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I then worked on the Joy from the Wintertime Joy die. I die cut it three times from black card, and once from a piece of card stock that had multiple layers of gold heat embossing. I then adhered them all together, and added it to the front panel. To finish it, I adhered pops of bright pink, in the form of enamel dots. 

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How are you Holiday cards coming? Hopefully you have found one more idea for your card making. Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Lindsaysignature

 

11/04/2016

Fri 04

Stitched Rectangle Trimmings, Grape Vine, Stitched Celebrate Circle, Wine Glasses and Bottle
by Jean Okimoto

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Frame a fall greeting with the Stitched Rectangle Trimmings to celebrate the season with the Grape Vine and Wine Glasses and Bottle dies.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a simple design composed of layered diecuts and inks.

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My Stitched Rectangle Trimmings die set - from the September Release - isn't getting any rest right now.  It's become one of my go-tos for Design Team and class cards.  Each of the 8 dies will cut a rectangle and a delicate stitched frame that are perfectly proportioned for layering onto A-2, A-6 and A-7 cards.  Use the frame with its matching rectangle - as shown here - or mix and match the frames and rectangles for an artsy, collage-y look.

Cut Grape Vine from watercolor paper.  Ink the diecut with Imagine Crafts Celestial Copper Delicata, VersaFine Habanero, and Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate, Olive and Thyme.  Gently heat-set the layered inks.

Cut Stitched Celebrate Circle from beige cardstock.  

Attach gold glitter tape to a scrap of white cardstock and cut Wine Glasses and Bottle.

Cut the 4-½" x 3-¼" Stitched Rectangle Trimming from natural cardstock.  

Attach everything to an A-6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card of textured natural cardstock - use foam dots for the wine bottle.  Add copper and small green sequins. MemoryBoxStitchedRectangleTrimmings-MemoryBoxGrapeVine-MemoryBoxStitchedCelebrateCircle-MemoryBoxWineGlassesAndBottle-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCrafts

Coordinated layers and delicate frames create a subtle backdrop for any composition.   They don't compete against key design elements - and it's OK if they're wonky and offset!  Try a Stitched Rectangle Trimming on your next card - I think you'll love how it enhances your design.

If you're in the Seattle area - join us for the Asian Holiday Cards class at Impress on Saturday. We're using several items from Memory Box and Poppystamps on simple, festive cards sure to be appreciated by everyone on your list.  

Thanks for stopping by...

Jeansignature-3
 

 

 

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

10/12/2016

Wed 12

Peace
by Lindsay

Hello!

Today I have a colorful snowy card to share with you using some fabulous dies from the 2016 Holiday release! My mind doesn't want to embrace the snow right now, but on a card? I think I might be able to handle it. Let's see what I did, shall we?

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I first die cut the Frostyville Snowburst die twice, with white card stock. I set that aside, and worked on inking my card base with shades of yellow, orange, and pink. 

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I then did a bit of trimming, and adhered both die cuts to the top, and bottom portion of the card. I then took a bit of sparkle embossing powder, and some Versamark ink (a clear sticky ink) and made my own sparkly paper. From that, I die cut snowflakes from the Snowdrift Breeze die, as well as the word Peace from the Peace Love and Joy Tiles die. 

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I also ran the Peace die through with foam, and adhered the glittered letters to them. I then popped them out, and adhered the words to the card front.

 

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Running the die through fun foam is a really easy way to get dimension without having to stack individual tiny letters with liquid glue! I hope you give it a try on your next project. 

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Thanks so much for sticking with me today! I hope you were inspired, and get a chance to create something you love!

Lindsaysignature

 

09/20/2016

Tue 20

Love and Laughter
by Lindsay

Hello!

I have a frosty, fun card to share with you today, that features an adorable stamp set designed by Memory Box for Simon Says Stamp's STAMPtember celebration! The set is called Love and Laughter, and the images are absolutely adorable. The possibilities are endless with what you can create using it! I made a snowy scene for this card, let's take a closer look.

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I began with a white card stock panel, and masked off the top area while I brought in blue ink for the ice. I then removed the mask, stamped the adorable rabbit, and his sled, and inked the top portion of the panel, creating a sunset sky. 

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I allowed the inked panel to completely dry, before stamping, and embossing the snowflakes. On a separate piece of card stock, I stamped, and masked a stack of gifts, and colored them with Copic Markers, and a Wink of Stella Gold Glitter pen. I trimmed them out, and adhered them to the colored wagon with foam adhesive. Once the rabbit was colored, I stamped the sentiment, which continues to the inside, and popped the panel up onto a white card base. 

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I also added a stack of envelopes in the rabbit's hands, and sprinkled "snow" around the sky with a white gel pen. 

I hope you were inspired, and grab a set for yourself! Thank you so much for joining me today!

6a00d83454a17469e201b7c89339e3970b-640wiThe stamp set is only available through Simon Says Stamp, but if you leave a comment to this post saying what you like about this stamp set, you will have a chance to win the brand new Memory Box Quiet Cabin Landscape die.   You have until Sunday, September 25 at 11:00pm EST to leave your comment.  The winner be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, September 26.  Good luck!

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09/09/2016

Fri 09

Last Dream of Summer
by Lindsay

Hello Memory Box fans!

I know, I know..summer is on its way out, but I am desperate to hold on to it! With Autumn, and Christmas looming, I am about to shock you with a blast of color! So, as a last ode to the loveliness that is this season, I reached back to last release, and picked out this amazing silhouette image. With a bit of ink blending, and a simple die cut, I tried to capture my love for summer.

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I started with a white card base, and blended in hues of blue, teal, and green. I spritzed some water onto the front, and daubed it up with a paper towel, achieving a splatter effect. Using the Spring released Wildflower Landscape die, I cut it from white card stock, and adhered it to the bottom of the card front.

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Using a sentiment from the May released, Veggie Good set, I white heat embossed it onto black card stock. I trimmed it out, and adhered the block to the front of my card. To finish the card, I adhered a few butterflies, and a dragon fly from the Blooming Chrysanthemum die set. 

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I added a bit of shimmer to the butterflies, and called it done. Thank you for humoring me and my summer themed card! I think I "might" have gotten it out of my system! Until then, happy crafting!

Lindsaysignature