The new release has so many cute under the sea creatures! Today I made a card using the Neighborly Narwhal die that is great for any occasion.
For my underwater background I used some of the new Distress Oxide inks from Tim Holtz in Cracked Pistachio, Broken China and Faded Jeans. I blended the three colors on water color paper and then sprayed it with water. The result is so fun! I used the Studio Circle dies to cut out a circle from the inked background and cut a larger circle from a blue card stock.
I die cut the narwhal in a gray card stock and his horn from a glitter paper. Then I die cut a few of the small brain coral die in a light blue to add some embellishment. I finished the card with some sequins that look just like bubbles.
Looking for more Butterfly Spectacle inspiration? Create a window card that opens to reveal a watercolored Butterfly Ensemble trio and some sparkly lavender gems. Hi again, Jean Okimoto here with my 401st post on Outside the Box.
The actual post count is a bit higher - maybe around 550 - it all began about 9 years ago on the InKollage blog. It was a very steep learning curve for me - but Dave was very patient about it all. Thanks Dave! And to all of you, thanks for visiting, and for all of your comments and likes on our Facebook page too!
Back to today's card...here's the inside view:
Scrunch a piece of waxed paper and rub it briskly over the die to help release all of the little bits. Next, here's an easy way to diecut Butterfly Spectacle without ruining the card front -
Attach pieces of rolled painter's tape in the areas that will be cut away. No worries about tearing the front of the card when you remove the die! Diecut Butterfly Spectacle, then carefully peel the die away from the card.
Stamp New Possibilities with Brilliance Pearlescent Jade. PJ is my favorite color for butterfly cards. What's your favorite Brilliance inkpad color?
Cut three of the Butterfly Ensemble butterflies from watercolored paper. Attach them inside the card using foam dots near the centers
Cut the butterfly centers from turquoise glittered cardstock using the die from the Morning Garden Butterflies set. Add lavender gem stickers. Square cards require extra postage - but I think it'll be worth it. Hope you agree!
If you're in Seattle - I'll see you at Impress for Saturday's GOING GREEN class - and more butterfly cards.
Thanks for stopping by - please join us again tomorrow for Melissa's great design!
The beautiful Butterfly Swell is quickly becoming a new favorite - and it's easy to see why! Here is it, on a watercolored background diffused by pearlescent vellum. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another way to use this great new die.
My watercolored paper stash included this colorful piece of spritzed, splashed and spotted inkiness. It was just waiting for the right die to come along!
Cut Butterfly Swell from a 3-¾" x 5-¾" rectangle of white cardstock. I shimmed some of the detailed areas with painter's tape. Cut three Butterfly Ensemble butterflies from pearlescent vellum.
Stamp the greeting with Memento Luxe Olive Grove and heat-set it.
Tape the vellum butterflies - slightly offset - behind the Butterfly Swell. Slip the watercolored background behind the top and bottom Butterfly Swell tabs. Attach it to an A-6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card of light gray cardstock.
Attach three butterfly centers of gold mirror cardstock cut with the die from the Morning Garden Butterflies set. Add pale pink gem stickers.
Butterfly weather will be here soon...you'll find so many ways to use Butterfly Swell and the coordinating Butterfly Ensemble and Morning Garden Butterflies sets. They're like basic ingredients in a recipe - literally waiting for new beginnings.
Special thanks to everyone from last week's RAINING CATS + DOGS class at Impress! Rain, cats and dogs are such a big deal here - it was time we featured them on our cards. We tried to keep the noise down, but probably laughed out loud more than ever that day. Thanks too - Ann, Shari and Erin - for finding the supplies we needed to create cards, cards and more cards!
See you all again at the GOING GREEN class on April 15th. We're making 6 cards in a spectrum of greens, with green themes and accents from my stash. I'll share paper recycling ideas too - like upcycling leftover prints into cool "where did you get that paper?" designs. Everyone gets a pack of stash extras too.
Happy Tuesday, everyone! I have a super simple Thank You card to share today.
I started off with a top folding A2 white card base. I cut another piece of white card stock to 5" x 3.75" and sponged Peeled Paint Distress Ink through the Garden Peony Blossoms stencil. That stencil is one of my favorites.
I cut three of the fifth largest frames from the Scallop Stitch Fancy Frames Set and adhered them one on top of the other. By the way, I think this frame set is a must have! I cut two of the Sprouting Vines and adhered them to the top back of the frame, cutting off the excess at the top. I then adhered the adorned frame to the stenciled piece, offsetting it to the left just a bit.
I stamped the "Thank You" portion of the "Thank You Kindly" sentiment from the Watching the World Bloom clear stamp set. I always try to remember to stamp the sentiment before I add the mounting tape and adhere it. I don't know about you, but I've made the mistake of trying to stamp it afterwards, and it's not pretty!
I die cut the smallest butterfly from the Potenza Butterfly Trio using yellow card stock, and adhered it to the bottom right corner. To finish the card, I added some yellow pearls to the vines and here and there, and put one big one on the butterfly center. This was a very easy card to make. The sentiment could be changed to go with almost any occasion.
Have a wonderful week, and thanks for taking the time to visit!
Today's cards were the result of a happy accident when I was going through my shape dies for layering and I wondered if the LAVENDER STEMS LEFT CORNER 99688 would fit on any of the STUDIO HEXAGON LAYERS 30073. As you can see from this first card, I got just the result I was hoping for!
I die cut the Lavender Stem Left Corner and a larger hexagon from dark green cardstock. I cut a smaller hexagon from white cardstock. I used a glue pen to adhere the Lavender Stem Left Corner to that white hexagon, lining up the bottom of the lavender piece with one edge of the hexagon. That gave me a straight line then on the left from the lower to upper corners of the white hexagon. Perfect! For the next step I cut the Lavender Stem Left Corner again from a purple cardstock, snipped off the flowers, and used a glue pen to layer them on top of the green blossoms. I then adhered this to the front of a top-folded lighter purple notecard. I cut the DAZZLING DRAGONFLY 99688 twice, once from black cardstock and once from silver cardstock. Again I used the glue pen to attach the dragonfly pieces to the notecard. I added a few small sparkly purple gems to finish it up.
Here's a look at the dies I used. You'll see that I chose three of the Studio Hexagon Layers dies (from the set of nine) and I cut multiple papers and mixed and matched to get the result I wanted for each of the three cards I made.
For the second card, I chose to use my favorite Key Lime dot paper, a standard A2 Lettuce notecard, and some green dot stickers.
Then I got out my watercolors and some watercolor paper cut in hexagons and started playing with backgrounds for the Lavender Stems Left Corner. For the third card, I chose a green/yellow/blue background cut with the smallest hexagon I had selected, the lavender stems cut from a Meadow notecard, and the largest of the three hexagons cut from a scrap of blue distressed dots paper, all mounted on a white notecard. And I used leftover bits from the other dragonflies to make a silver one with black wings. Once I attached the lavender flowers, I added some large purple gems stones for more of that color on the card front.
My next task??? I want to see how the other Memory Box corner dies work with a variety of the Studio Hexagon Layers.
Hello Memory Box friends. I just can't get enough of this new Ocean themed release. I mean really....look at these birds! I live in Florida, I see these birds daily out my back door.
Truth be told the Sandhill Crane (lower right on card) are very noisy and I could do without those! :)
Let me show you how I put this together:
Start with White cardstock trimmed to 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Blend all around with Evergreen Bough Distress ink, flick water and let dry.
Die cut with Underwater Collage.
Adhere a small scrap of cardstock inked with Tumbled Glass to back of opening.
To make the top layer, trim white cardstock 4 x 5.25 inches, blend with Peacock Feathers Distress ink, flick water across panel and let dry.
Die cut this panel with Underwater Collage also, but give the die a 180 degree turn. Adhere to card front with foam adhesive.
Die cut Flying Gulls and Elegant Shorebirds from White cardstock and adhere as shown.
Finally, die cut Lavender Bunch, Seaweed Ribbons and Oceanside Lighthouse and Waves from White cardstock. Color as desired and adhere to card front. As you can tell, I had to get a little glitz on this card, so I added some glitter to the "wave".
Add Glossy Accents drops around the card and let dry.
Little Dragonflies and the Dragonfly Stems Left Corner create a shimmery garden scene in hopes of a warm, sunny day. Mat and frame them with two Rectangle Basics dies and you'll have a unique card ready for any occasion. Hi and Happy Friday - Jean Okimoto here with another design featuring the great dragonflies from our latest collection.
Paint watercolor paper with pastel shades of diluted Imagine Crafts Kaleidacolor Inkpad refills. Dry the ink. Cut it with the 2" x 3-¼" Rectangle Basics die.
Cut Dragonfly Stems Left Corner from onyx shimmer cardstock.
Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet behind pink glittered cardstock and cut Little Butterflies. The additional layer adds a bit of dimension to the diecuts.
Cut smooth white cardstock with the 3-¾" x 5" Rectangle Basics die. Press a Brilliance Starlight Black inkpad onto an acrylic block to transfer the shimmery black ink. Use a waterbrush to pick up and splatter Starlight Black onto the left side of the rectangle. Gently dry it with a heat-tool.
Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Raining Cats and Dogs class at Impress this Saturday. We're making 6 cards in rainy-day, dog and cat themes. Don't worry - they're not all on one card! They're a big part of our life here - so let's create cards with them.
A trio from the new Goldfish Collage shimmers on a Mini Perfect Patches square for a quick and easy card. Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a simple watercolored design in shades of pink, peach and gold.
I've re-discovered the Mini Perfect Patches die - 16 neatly-stitched 1" squares - perfect for backgrounds, collages, gameboards and layering. It's great with the Goldfish Collage - and perfect for contemporary Asian designs too.
Paint watercolor paper in dark peachy-pink shades of Peerless Watercolors, air-dry it, then spray it with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz. Heat-set it and cut Goldfish Collage. Punch ¼" dots from scraps of the watercolored paper.
Paint another piece of watercolor paper in soft, watery layers of pink and peach. Dry it, then cut it with Mini Perfect Patches.
Diecut a piece of The Crafter's Workshop Stencil Sheet with the dotted design from the Modern Border Trim set. Stencil the dots onto three of the patches with Delicata Gold Shimmer.
Use a sanding block to lightly "scruff" gold mirror cardstock for a soft matte finish to complement the fish and stenciled dots. Punch two ¼" circles.
Cut textured natural cardstock with the 4" x 5-¼" Rectangle Basics die. Attach it to a side-folded A-2 card of smooth natural cardstock. Layering adds a subtle textural contrast and frames the design.
Assemble the card, add a quick note and send it on its way to someone special!
Thanks for stopping by...hope you'll try these techniques when you're mass-producing card sets for gifts and giveaways. Twenty goldfish and sixteen mini patches make it quick and easy - and each card will be unique!
I can honestly say, I believe Spring has sprung here in Northeastern Ohio! There is a slight green fuzz on the shrubs, and it makes me happy! The Climbing Vine die also makes me happy, and I've used it on my card, today. Let me tell you how I created it.
I began by taking three different colors of green card stock and die cutting the Climbing Vine. I set those aside, and inked up a panel using various Distress inks.
I took a white card base, and adhered the leaves around the edges, and then die cut the front with the Scallop Stitch Fancy Frames, keeping the scallop edge still nestled in the rectangle. I also die cut the inked panel, and reinserted it into the card front, securing it front the back.
To finish it, I took the Happy Birthday Upright Script die, and stacked several together, and adhered it to the front of the card. Limited embellishments, and the color scheme makes this card perfect for the man in your life!
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you were inspired to create with the latest dies.
Hello and Welcome! Hope your week is off to a great start. It's "toes-in-the-sand" time so lets head down to the beach today...
I'm calling this card Sunset Beach but it could also be a sunrise, right? Either way I would love to be right there in this scene enjoying nature.
It's time for me to admit that I changed up the components of the main die a bit. You will see that these dies are very versatile and can take on several looks. On this card I snipped off the sun (moon?), and both dragonflies (see actual die photo below). Save them to use on the inside of the card.
I watercolored a separate card size panel with these distressed inks in a horizontal pattern: barn door, spiced marmalade, squeezed lemonade and tumbled glass. Half of the watercolored paper was adhered to the inside of the card to fit the long rectangle opening and the remaining half was used to die cut the shells, dragon flies and both circles for the sun (moon).
I really like the elegant shore birds so they "made the cover" and were tucked into the tall grass then the watercolored shells, setting sun and flying gulls were added to complete the relaxing scene.
A word about the kraft chipboard note cards...I love these new chipboard note cards! Seriously, you must give these a try. They are heavier than card stock (hence the term chipboard) and give the card weight and stability---by the way, the Memory Box dies cut the chipboard paper beautifully. Ahhh...
Now, since I snipped the dragonflies off the front of the card, they were available to add to the inside of the card. I added them along with a waterclored overlay, another moon and an inspiring sentiment--all adhered onto solid color card stock panel. A matching solid paper panel was added to the left side which "hides" the back of the watercolored panel facing the front cover.
These new sea life dies make me so happy---they feel like vacation time! Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed your "mini vacation" right here.