248 posts categorized "Open Studio"

10/19/2017

Thu 19

Deco Trees, Rectangle Basics and Merry Christmas Sentiments by Jean Okimoto

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The Deco Trees die is a favorite for mass-producing cards that are easy, colorful and uniquely-yours.   Cut the watercolored background and the handmade deckle edge paper with Rectangle Basics for a perfect fit.  No measuring, guessing or thinking required!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a quick design for your holiday cards.

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Cut three edges of the watercolor paper with the 4" x 2.75" Rectangle Basics Die.  Cut the rectangle with the Deco Trees die.  

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Sponge Shizen Design cold press rough-surface watercolor paper with Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxides. Coloring it diagonally results in a nice distribution of these beautiful shades.  Don't try to blend the different colors - color contrasts create great impact.  Use a waterbrush to blend each color within its own area - the paper's texture creates interesting patterns and shading.  Impress just received another shipment of this watercolor paper - it's great!

Heat-set the inks.  Spritz it with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz, then heat-set it again.

Trim the watercolored paper with the 2.25" x 3.5" Rectangle Basics die.  

Stamp the greeting from the Open Studio Merry Christmas Sentiments Clear Stamp Set with Peacock Feathers  on a top-folded 5.5" square card. 

Cut strips of green and turquoise cardstock.  

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Assemble the card and add shimmery turquoise sequins from the Birch Press Mermaid Tale Premium Set. View the entire collection of beautiful sequins and accents here.

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If you're in the Seattle area, save Saturday October 21st for the Impress Holiday Open House.  Both stores are celebrating with special displays, samples and a great selection of holiday items - including the latest Memory Box Winter Release!  Be among the first 25 to arrive and receive a great goodie bag too!  Tukwila opens at 10:00 and University Village at 9:30.  Be there!

Thanks for visiting...see you here again on Saturday.

 

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10/13/2017

Fri 13

Snowy Spectrum, Blessed to Know You Clear Stamps and Rectangle Basics by Jean Okimoto

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Let the new Snowy Spectrum, Birch Press Retro Holiday Sequins  - and Impress Sparkle Glitter -  create a sparkly winter pastel scene for your Christmas cards.  Try it in frosty turquoises or minty greens - or even warm shades of rose gold and peach too.    There are so many great products and so many ways to create unique holiday greetings for everyone on your list.

Hello and Happy Friday - Jean Okimoto here, with a quick card for you today.  It seems like we went from summer right into winter here in Seattle - so let's celebrate with a  snowflake card.

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Cut white cardstock with the 2.75" x 4" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut the rectangle with the beautiful Snowy Spectrum.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Blessed To Know You Clear Stamp Set - with Picked Raspberry Distress Oxides.  Dry the ink.

Cut a rectangle of self-adhesive laminating sheet using the 2.5" x 3.75" Rectangle Basics die. Attach it behind the diecut - save the liner from the laminating sheet.  Use the liner to press the diecut firmly onto the adhesive.  

Lightly sprinkle flakes of dark pink and gold chunky glitter onto the adhesive - like sprinkling a few  crystals of  sea salt over a chocolate-dipped caramel.  Use the liner to press the glitter flakes securely onto the adhesive.  Brush ultra-fine iridescent glitter over everything, tap off the excess, then use the liner to give it all a final "pressing."

Cut a piece of pink cardstock with the same 2.5" x 3.75" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach it behind the laminating sheet to create a soft pink background for the snowflakes and glitters.  

Rectangle Basics dies save so much time - eliminating the measuring, guessing and hoping it'll fill in all of the cutouts.  The rectangles are perfectly proportioned for layering on A-2 cards - and they're great for A-6 cards too.  You'll be spoiled by their accuracy and versatility - and wonder how you ever made cards without them!

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded white A-2 notecard.  Add the pink sequins from the new Retro Holiday Birch Press Sequins - a pretty collection of green, pink and red accents.  See the entire collection here - you'll want all of them!

Add silver gem stickers.

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I love the new ultra-smooth bright white cardstock from Impress.  It's perfect for stamping, stenciling and diecutting - and folds crisply both with and against the grain.  It's everything you could ever want from white cardstock!

Looking forward to seeing everyone at this Saturday's BOO! class at Impress.  I've added an extra card - using the negative from another class card (bonus!) - so we're making 6 cards and a treat wrapper for the tricksters.  

Thanks for stopping by today...

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09/23/2017

Sat 23

Stitched Farm Pumpkins, Playful Boo, Swirling Ghosts and Woodland Oval by Jean Okimoto

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A Playful Boo-faced Stitched Farm Pumpkin joins the Swirling Ghosts on tonight's card.  The Woodland Oval creates the perfect backdrop for these little guys - attached with foam dots at the top, so they appear to float out of the branches.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here, hope you're having a great weekend!  Whimsy Cat is taking a break (probably napping) - so I've pulled the great Swirling Ghosts die from my stash for this design.  

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Cut the second-largest Stitched Oval Layer from black cardstock.  Cut it again with Woodland Oval.  Here's a tip...use pieces of rolled painter's tape to attach the die to the cardstock for cutting.  That section will be tossed out, so it's OK if the tape damages the cardstock.  The cutout section is folded upwards to show the tape here.

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Cut Swirling Ghosts from watercolor paper - save the fourth ghost for another project.  Attach black cardstock scraps behind them for eyes.  

Cut Stitched Farm Pumpkins from orange cardstock, watercolor paper  and Licorice Dots.  Cut the orange pumpkin with Playful Boo - save that teeny little piece inside the "b."  Cut the big pumpkin again from black cardstock.  Attach it behind the orange pumpin and add the little piece you saved - and googly eyes.

Attach the diecuts to a Persimmon Notecard - use foam dots for the "boo" pumpkin and at the top of the ghosts.  Persimmon is quickly becoming my favorite new notecard color.  I love its almost-scary brightness - and how it works with so many colors including teal, lime, gray, gold, olive and violet.  Yes, violet!  Here's a link to an Asian-inspired card posted earlier. 

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Thanks for stopping by on your busy weekend - join us again tomorrow for Penny's great design!

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Sat 23

Circle Web Collage, House Trio and Whimsy Cat by Jean Okimoto

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Whimsy Cat joins the new Circle Web Collage and House Trio on another fun card today. Whimsy Cat's a big favorite among the great dies in our Halloween 2017 Collection - and it's easy to see why!  

Hi and happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with a bit of a change from my usual less-is-more theme.  Halloween is my annual "excuse"  to layer a whole of bunch of diecuts on a card - and add sequins too.  These pretty brushed gold beauties are from the new Birch Press collection of sequins.  These are from the Not So Heavy Metal set of brushed gold, bronzy-copper, tiny twinkly gold, star and heart sequins - and gold glitter.  It's a set for all seasons!

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Cut the largest Stitched Oval from dark kraft cardstock.  Cut it again with Woodland Oval.  

Cut Circle Web Collage from textured white cardstock.  Trim it to fit between the trees.

Cut Whimsy Cat from dark orange cardstock.  Attach Scor-Tape behind the eyes and nose and brush Martha Stewart Crafts Onyx Glitter onto the adhesive in the cutouts.

Attach adhesive label or sticker paper behind a scrap of newspaper.  I used the stocklists page of the Journal for the tiny print and neat columns.  Cut the houses and their trim details.  Assemble the houses - trim the roof section of the center house so it'll fit below the web.  I left the doors "open" - as though the spiders entered through the windows and everyone ran outside!

Attach the diecuts to a Licorice Notecard.  It's easier if you attach the oval first - just along the outer edges.  Tuck and attach the web and houses under the trees.  Attach Whimsy Cat with foam dots.  Add those pretty brushed gold sequins from Birch Press!

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Want a chance to win the Whimsy Cat die?  If you haven't already done so - comment on my  Blog Blitz post on September 20th before the deadline of 11:59 PM EST on September 24th for a chance to enter our random selection drawing.  Big thanks to everyone for all of their comments!

Comment on all of the Blog Blitz posts - from September 18th through the 22nd - for more chances to win a great prize from our Fall Collection.

Thanks for stopping by...

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09/14/2017

Thu 14

Neighborly Narwhal, Slider Grooves and Seaweed Stalks by Jean Okimoto

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The Neighborly Narwhal swims along with one of the new Slider Grooves on a birthday card today.  September is a popular month for birthdays - I think this slider would help celebrate that special day for anyone you know!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a versatile design that would also work on a thank you, hello or thinking-of-you card.

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Cut Neighborly Narwhal from dark gray and white cardstock.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind the eye hole.  Assemble the narwhal.

Cut the 3-1/2" x 4-3/4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from a Pool Notecard half.  Cut the Slider Groove.  Stamp the greeting - from the Watching the World Bloom Clear Stamp Set - with Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.   The words are actually straight - curve the flexible stamp to match the path of the groove.

Use two 5mm pompoms on a strip of cardstock to attach the slider  - like we did in  my previous slider card.  Push the pompoms through the groove and attach them to the back of the narwhal.  

Attach the rectangle to a Pool Notecard with narrow strips of foam tape.  

Cut Seaweed Stalks from green and coral cardstock.  Cut a second short green stalk and trim the bottom a bit before attaching it to the background.  Add blue gem stickers.

Sliders usually require extra postage and special handling...but your thoughtfulness and creativity will be appreciated!

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If you're in the Seattle area - join us for a calendar class at Impress on September 16th.  Dies, stamps and art papers will accent a sweet little desk or countertop calendar to inspire you throughout 2018.  Enjoy a 10% class discount on everything you buy that day - including our just-released Fall 2017 Collection!

Thanks for stopping by - enjoy making slider cards to brighten someone's day!

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09/06/2017

Wed 06

New Christmas Elves and Slider Grooves by Jean Okimoto

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The new Christmas Elves and Slider Grooves are made for each other - literally - and for your Christmas cards too!  Slider Grooves are also designed to coordinate with the new Stitched Curves to create frosty snowscapes, grassy hills, sandy beaches and fall landscapes - they're a pair for all seasons.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a holiday slider card for you. Our Design Team will be sharing slider cards thru Sunday and we hope you'll be inspired to create some too!

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Stamp the elves and gift on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Onyx Black VersaFine and emboss them with detail clear powder.  Cut them with the Christmas Elves die set.  Color them with watercolor pencils.  Cut the elf on the right side from watercolor paper again.  Attach it behind the watercolored elf to add dimension and extra momentum as he slides along the snowbank.  (Oops...the new Stitched Curves die set is missing from the photo.)

Cut Pool Distressed Dots with the largest Wrapped Stitch Rectangle.  Cut it with the shortest die from the Slider Grooves set.  Cut the top curve of the snowbank from watercolor paper.  Trim it with the Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die it to match  the  background and attach it to the background.

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There are many, many ways of adding the slider including pennies, foam tape and bits of cardboard.  Here's what I tried...pompoms!  The 5mm pompoms are perfect with the curved Memory Box Slider Grooves and the Straight Slider Grooves.   Pompoms add the height required for a slider without adding too much weight to the card.  Glue two of them to a scrap of watercolor paper that's smaller than the diecut.  

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Insert the pompoms (attached to the scrap of watercolor paper) from behind the panel.  Attach the double-layered diecut from the front of the panel.  Attach a scrap of Pool Distressed Dots to the front of a Pool Notecard to disguise the groove.  Attach the panel to the card.

Cut Snowy Pine from watercolor paper - leave it in the die.  Dry-emboss it for extra dimension using the rubber embossing mat and plates required for your machine.

Attach the left elf with foam dots.  Attach the gift.  Add silver gem stickers.  Extra postage will probably be required - but it's a design that's sure to make someone smile.  They'll probably be tempted to peek behind the elf and smile again when they spot the pompoms.  There's just something fun about pompoms and they're not just for bunny tails anymore.

Special thanks to everyone from last Saturday's HOLLY, JOLLY AND HAPPY class at Impress!  Hope you liked the new techniques - and the cards we made.  Thanks to Jacky too - for her perfectly rich but light Red Velvet Christmas Cupcakes served on Christmas napkins, in September.  Yum!    Thanks also to Ann, Shari and Erin for finding the products we needed and helping us fill those shopping baskets!  

No classes for me this weekend - I'm prepping for the CALENDAR EXPRESS...MORE PAPER PLEASE! class on September 16th.  We'll make an artsy desk calendar with dies, stamps and great artpapers.  It's a great way to get a bit more from your dies and stamps...and use some of the beautiful papers we've been stashing!

Thanks for stopping by...

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08/30/2017

Wed 30

Sentimental Iris and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto

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The beautiful butterflies from the Open Studio Sentimental Iris Clear Stamp Set just seemed right for a summer card today.  I love their cool, artsy details...they just look happy and carefree, and perfect for a simple color-splashed design.   Hello -  Jean Okimoto here tonight, with another almost-the-end-of-summer card for you.

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Press inks from the Kaleidacolor Melon Melody inkpad onto a large acrylic block.  Paint the pretty colors onto the smoother side of watercolor paper.  Heat-set the inks.  Cut it with the 2-3/4" x 4" Rectangle Basics die.  

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Arrange the butterflies and greeting from the Sentimental Iris set on the watercolored background.  Place the acrylic block over the arrangement and press firmly to attach the stamps to the block.  Not quite rocket-science, but it's a lot easier than trying to guess where to stamp and how to fit the images within the background.  Stamp it with VersaFine Onyx Black and emboss it with detail clear powder

Lightly watercolor the butterflies with the Melon Melody inks used for the background.

Cut strips of yellow and green cardstock with the long edges of the 4" tall and 4-3/4" tall Wrapped Stitch Rectangles dies.  The dies add the right amount of texture and interest without competing with the butterflies.  Just another reason to add the versatile Wrapped Stitch Rectangles to your stash!

Attach the diecuts to a Key Lime Notecard.  Add green gem stickers.

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Can't wait to see everyone at the HOLLY, JOLLY HOLIDAYS class at Impress this weekend!  We're adding  6 more Christmas designs to the holiday card stash - lots of diecuts, layering, techniques, glitter and pretty colors!  New fall and winter items keep arriving at Impress  -  everything you need/want/wish for!  View their great collection of Memory Box and Poppystamps here.

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

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Wed 30

Goldfish Collage, Wrapped Stitch Rectangles and Fish Tales
by Jean Okimoto

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The Goldfish Collage makes a great birthday card for your favorite guy - and he'll never guess how quick and easy it was!   Hi - Jean Okimoto here with a simple summer design.

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Cut the 2-3/4" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from dark blue cardstock. The wonky stitches are hard to see here - but they add a bit of a frame and some texture.    Cut it with Goldfish Collage.  Save the fish for another project - we're using the negative  portion on today's card.

Cut a piece of laminate using the 2-1/2" x 3-3/4" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach it behind the Goldfish Collage - save the liner.  Flip the diecut over to the front and use the slippery side of the liner to press the diecut firmly onto the laminate.  Brush extra-fine light gold glitter onto the exposed adhesive in the fish cutouts.  Tap off the excess glitter, then press the glittered fish with the liner to secure the glitter and smooth it out.

Cut a scrap of light gray cardstock with the 2-1/2" x 3-3/4" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach it the laminate to keep the printed paper and card front from showing through.  A backing layer of gray, white or black cardstock makes the glitter stand out and  keeps any background patterns or colors  from showing through.  

Diecut a 2-3/4" x 4"  piece of silkscreened paper.  This crisp, beachy print is from Shizen Design.

Stamp the greeting - from the Fish Tales Clear Stamp Set - on white cardstock with Majestic Blue VersaFine.  Dry the ink, then cut it with the 1-1/4" Circle Basics die.

Cut Dibble Dot Border from gold mirror cardstock - save the circles.

Attach the diecuts to dark kraft A-6 (4-5/8" x 6-1/4") card - use foam dots for the greeting.

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Glittered diecuts are a great way to dress a card up for any occasion or holiday.  It's quick - no drying required - and makes a great impression.  

Thanks for stopping by - see you again this evening!

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08/26/2017

Sat 26

Poinsettia Blooms, Pinpoint Single Frame and Merry Christmas Sentiments
by Jean Okimoto

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Details, details - the new Poinsettia Blooms set includes 3 deeply-embossed blossoms, 2 centers and 2 delicate tendrils - everything you need for a classic holiday card.  The Single Pinpoint Frame highlights these details and adds a bit of dimension.   Hi - Jean Okimoto here with another simple design that would work in many colors - try it in red, fuchsia or gold mirror cardstock too.

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Cut one large, two medium and three small flowers from light pink mirror cardstock.  Leave the diecuts in the die each time and dry-emboss them using the rubber embossing mat and other plates required for your machine.  Here's the sequence I used on my Platinum - platform, diecuts in the die (cutting-edge-up), rubber embossing mat, purple embossing plate.  

Attach Scor-Tape behind chartreuse cardstock and cut two sets of the centers.  Cut two sets of tendrils from green cardstock.

Cut white cardstock with the 3-1/2" x 2-1/4" Basic Rectangle die.  Cut the rectangle again with the Pinpoint Single Frame.  Cut Pinpoint Single Frame again from green cardstock - save the delicate frame for another project, we're using just the rectangle here.

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Stamp the outside greeting - from the new Open Studio Merry Christmas Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - on a top-folded white A-2 card with Imagine Crafts Golden Glitz Delicata. Stamp "FROM ALL OF US" inside the card.  Dry the ink.

I love how easy it is to mix and match portions of the greeting with a quick (but careful!) snip of detail scissors.  The Open Studio greetings stamp sets are great for creating the perfect message for your holiday cards.  Snip them apart, then combine, stack or stair-step them to greet the season.

Assemble the card and add gold gem stickers.

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Looking for more Memory Box and Poppystamps holiday card ideas? Visit Impress at Tukwila or University Village for some great inspiration! 

Thanks a bunch for stopping by this weekend.  Penny's sharing another of her great designs tomorrow!

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Sat 26

Snowflake Lens, Wrapped Stitch Rectangles and Blessed to Know You
by Jean Okimoto

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The new Snowflake Lens fits perfectly in the 3.5" x 4.75" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle, creating another simple watercolored holiday card today.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, on this last weekend of August.  2017 is moving so quickly...it's 120 days before Christmas!

Snowflake Lens is a bit wreath-y, very contemporary and plays well with Peerless Watercolors.  Spray the watercolored background lightly with Imagine Crafts Sheer Shimmer Spritz and set it aside to dry. 

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Cut the Wrapped Stitch Rectangle.  Stamp "CHRISTMAS WISHES"- from the new Open Studio Blessed to Know You clear stamp set - with Pearlescent Jade Brilliance.  Dry the ink.  

Cut Snowflake Lens - make it easy by placing two or three  small, sticky-side-out rolled pieces of painter's tape on the open areas between the snowflakes.  They'll attach the die to the cardstock for diecutting -  and those sections will be removed and tossed out when you're done.  

Trim the dry watercolored background to fit behind the Snowflake Lens.

Cut 5/8" strips of cardstock - 3-3/4" of teal, 4" of lavender and 4-1/4" of turquoise.  Cut one edge of the lavender strip with a Wrapped Stitch Rectangle for an accent.

Cut, score and fold a 5-1/2" square card of textured white cardstock.  Assemble the card and add lavender gem stickers.  Square cards require extra postage - I think they're extra-special and will stand out in a crowd.  

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Watercolor a stash of backgrounds in your favorite holiday shades.  They'll be ready when you're ready to create a collection of quick holiday cards.  

For an even simpler design - eliminate the colored accent strips and attach the rectangle to a A-2 card in a coordinating color.  Add gem stickers, enamel dots or sequins...and you're done! 

Thanks for stopping by - see you again this evening.  No classes for me this weekend - I'm prepping for the HOLLY, JOLLY HOLIDAY class at Impress on September 2nd.  See you!

Jeansignature

 

 


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