For today's card I felt like coloring,so I broke out the veggie stamps and created a fun card.
To make this card I stamped the veggie images onto watercolor paper using black ink. To create the oval in the center of the stamped paper I used two Oval die layers. I wanted to spotlight the center oval so I only painted those images, and the outside frame images I painted with watered down gray paint.
To finish the card I glued the frame to a licorice cardstock layer and adhered that to a white card base. Using foam tape I adhered the painted oval in the center of the frame. The sentiments I stamped on licorice cardstock and embossed them with white embossing powder. The orange dots are Nuvo dimentional paint.
Be inspired by Dave Brethauer's latest watercoloring video and create a Butterfly Wing Medley card in your favorite colors. Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a great technique from Dave's latest video. Follow Dave's water-dipping process to create vivid, saturated watercolored diecuts for cards, layouts, planners and collages.
Dave diecuts the watercolor paper before saturating and painting it because he always designs with a plan in mind. I had no idea what my card would be like so I started off by soaking a 6" square of watercolor paper in water for about 3 hours. His video is a must-see for all of the details and techniques.
Paint the saturated paper with Peerless Watercolors and set it aside to dry. Spritz it Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz and heat-set it.
Diecut it with Butterfly Wing Medley - the die is designed to cut the wing outlines but keep the center intact. Crease each butterfly lightly where it's still attached to the background then carefully cut or pull it away. Use a waterbrush to blend some color onto the white edges that were revealed when the butterflies were released.
Cut textured white cardstock with the 4" x 5-¼" Rectangle Basics die. Run the die through the machine lengthwise and cut Tall Grassy Stems Border. It's easier to run dies through lengthwise - especially long designs like borders, greetings and ribbons. (The Spellbinders label appears twice here because I'm using a new, clear cutting plate above the die, cardstock and bottom cutting plate.)
Cut another 4" x 5-¼" rectangle for the background. Attach the border to the background. Stamp the greeting - from the So Many Things to Love clear stamps set - with Brilliance Pearlescent Lavender and dry the ink. Attach the butterflies - use foam dots for a few of them.
Attach it to a top-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock. Add green gem stickers.
Special thanks to everyone from last weekend's GOING GREEN class at Impress! Thanks too - Ann, Shari and Erin - for helping us gather everything we needed to create our cards.
If you're in the Seattle area (or can get here this weekend!) - be sure to stop by both Impress stores for their annual Spring Sale! It starts today and runs through Sunday April 23rd. Enjoy a 20% discount, find the best selection of the newest products and have a chance to win great prizes. It's the best time to stock up on the Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps designs on your wishlist - and the papers and felt you'll want for diecutting and stamping.
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.
Today I have another card for you featuring the Oceanside Lighthouse and Waves die. I told you this would be one of my favorite dies!
To make this card I started by painting a watercolor a piece of paper that is die cut using the Rectangle Basics Set. I die cut the lighthouse twice, once from a red stripe piece of patterned paper and once from licorice cardstock. I saved the windows from the licorice die cut and cut the top of the lighthouse. Glue the top to the striped lighthouse and adhere it to the painted background. Insert the licorice cardstock windows into the lighthouse. Punch a circle from a yellow scrap piece of paper and glue this to the card front. I used the Seaweed Stalks die and watercolor paper to cut the elements on the side of the lighthouse. They were painted with watercolors.
Glue the seaweed stalks and the wave to the prepared card layer. I added some details to the lighthouse with paint and a black ink pen. Spatter the scene with white acrylic paint. I added texture paste to the bottom of the scene and sprinkled it with sand.
To finish the card, adhere the prepared card layer to a larger rectangle using foam tape and adhere this to a white card base. Stamp your sentiment below the scene.
Create a colorful thank you with the new Montpellier Butterfly on a watercolored card - it's sure to be noticed, and appreciated! Hello - Jean Okimoto here - sharing a quick design that's also perfect for birthdays, congrats and thinking-of-you cards too.
Paint watercolor paper with diluted Kaleidacolor dye ink refills and heat-set it. Flick a few water droplets onto the dried paper. Let it air-dry, then cut it with the 3-¼" Square Basics die.
Cut Montpellier Butterfly from watercolor paper. Remove the bottom flower and leaflet to create a new look. It's such a versatile die - great as designed, or using just the top three or bottom three flowers with the beautiful butterfly.
Cut a coordinating turquoise vellum butterfly from the Butterfly Ensemble set. Cut the center portion from gold mirror cardstock using the Morning Garden Butterflies die.
Stamp the greeting - from the Watching the World Bloom stamp set - on a scrap of watercolored paper with VersaMagic Turquoise Gem. Dry the ink, then trim it with the 2" x ¾" Rectangle Basics die.
Attach everything to a top-folded smooth white 5-½" square card. Add gold gem stickers.
Watercolors and butterflies are meant for each other. Our collection includes butterflies in all shapes and sizes, perfect for any occasion. Paint a dreamy, colorful background then layer it with your favorite Memory Box butterfly or butterflies for a card that's sure to be appreciated and admired.
I have a masculine card to share with you today using a few of the Spring release! Masculine cards are sometimes challenging, but with a few choice colors, and specific dies, you can make something any man would love to receive.
To begin, I die cut a panel of lime green card stock using the Sapling Collage die. I also die cut the front of a top folding white note card with the same die. I trimmed the green panel down, and die cut it using the Scallop Stitch Fancy Frames die set, adhering it to my white card using foam tape.
I stamped a sentiment from the So Many Things To Love set, using gray ink. I then die cut a few deer from an older set, called Valley Deer Trio, and inked them using brown ink. I adhered them to the card front, as well as the inside using liquid glue, as well as foam tape.
To finish it, and give it more interest, I sponged on a couple of blue shades on the inside panel of the card.
Wondering what the other designs from the Morning Garden Butterflies look like? Here they are - with their matching Butterfly Ensemble backgrounds. Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with more butterflies from my stash of Kaleidacolor-ed watercolor papers.
I like being able to really, really use my all of my supplies and help you do the same. Let's see what we can do with the three other butterflies (six in total) from these two great die sets.
Cut the three Butterfly Ensemble backgrounds from watercolored paper. Cut the detailed matching Morning Garden Butterflies overlays from white cardstock. Cut the antennae from the Morning Garden set from aqua glittered cardstock. Assemble the butterflies - attach the overlay just along the center so they'll lift and flutter upwards.
Cut a 2-½" square of watercolored paper with the Square Basics die.
If your cardstock is heavily-textured, place a side-folded 5-½" x 4-⅛" card between two sheets of printer paper and run it through your diecut machine with the cutting plates to smooth it out a bit for stamping. The card is a bit shorter than the usual 4-¼" to let the butterfly's wing extend beyond the edge - but have the card fit into a standard A-2 envelope. Details, details!
Stamp the greeting - from the Watching the World Bloom set with Imagine Crafts Lilac Posies Memento Luxe. Emboss it with detail clear powder.
Assemble the card and add medium and small clear iridescent sequins.
Love butterflies - but just can't decide which Memory Box butterflies to buy? The Morning Garden Butterflies and Butterfly Ensemble sets are the perfect choice. Mix, match and layer these great designs for beautiful cards for any occasion!
Save the date - Saturday, February 25th is Memory Box Catalog Day at Impress! New catalogs are arriving and will be free with your Memory Box purchase while supplies last. Enjoy 10% off all Memory Box and Poppystamps dies too!
Thanks for visiting. See you again next week - or at the HEY THANKS class at Impress on Saturday March 4th.
As I write this post, it is snowing outside; and for the second time in as many days we're expecting 6-10" of snow. With only a few weeks left until the official start of spring, I just had to make a floral card to lift my spirits! This card features the LARGE ANTILLES FLORAL LEFT CORNER 99610, ANTILLES FLORAL BOUQUET 99665, SPROUTING VINE 99643, STUDIO RECTANGLE LAYERS 30086, and a sentiment from the SO MANY THINGS TO LOVE CLEAR STAMP SET CL5196.
I began by cutting a rectangle layer from an olive-y green cardstock and adhered it to a Squash Notecard using double-sided tape. I then cut two of the Sprouting Vine from Key Lime Dot Paper.
Next I cut the Large Antilles Floral Left Corner from a dark green cardstock and again from Squash Dot Paper. I also cut the Antilles Floral Bouquet twice from those same papers.
To assemble the card, I placed the dark green Large Antilles Floral Left Corner in the lower left corner of the olive-y green paper, using a glue pen for the narrow parts and Glue Dots behind the larger blossoms. I snipped off the large Squash blooms and used Glue Dots to secure them on top of the green ones. I added a small pearl in the center of each flower. I also snipped off the small tulip-shaped blossom, adhered it over the green one, and added a tiny pearl at its base.
I put together the Antilles Floral Bouquet in the same way, adding one of the Sprouting Vines behind it. I snipped off the bottom of the bouquet and used Glue Dots to secure it on top of the other flowers. I added another Sprouting Vine near the top of the card, securing it with a Glue Dot behind one of the larger flowers.
To finish the card, I cut a small rectangle from the Squash paper and stamped "thinking of you" (in Memento Tuxedo Black ink) from the So Many Things to Love clear stamp set. I tucked that rectangle under a couple of the tiniest blossoms and secured it with double-sided tape. The last thing I added was a small yellow gingham bow at the base of the floral bouquet.
Now that Valentines Day has passed, it's time for me to start on spring and Easter cards. One done!
The new Morning Garden Butterflies Set is just what I needed to complement the Butterfly Ensemble. It's a set of 6 delicately detailed butterflies - and antennae - designed to coordinate with the solid shapes of the Butterfly Ensemble.
Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a decidedly un-seasonal design for you. Just couldn't wait till "butterfly weather" to pair these beauties up with some paper from my stash. It's also been a while since we last followed our bliss - let's combine everything here!
Cut scraps of watercolored paper - painted in soft watery layers of Imagine Crafts Kaleidacolors and Peerless Watercolors - with 3 Butterfly Ensemble designs. Cut the coordinating Morning Garden Butterflies overlays from white cardstock. Cut the antennae from the Morning Garden set from gold mirror cardstock.
Cut a pale blue rectangle of watercolored paper with the 1-¾" x 3" Rectangle Basics die.
Stamp the greeting with Brilliance Pearlescent Jade and dry the ink Cut a rectangle with the 3" x 4-¼" Rectangle Basics die. Having 16 perfectly-sized rectangles to chose from makes it so easy to get everything straight, even and just the right proportion. Thanks Dave!
Attach everything to a Pool Notecard - use foam dots for the top corners of the wings. Add small clear iridescent sequins.
Thanks for stopping by - hope you enjoyed a brief moment of warm weather bliss here today! If you're in the Seattle area - join us for another BIRTHDAY WISHES class at Impress on Presidents Day, February 20th. Make 6 cards - 3 for gals and 3 for the guys - with an array of great dies, stamps, inks and papers.
It's a very Proper Umbrella kind of day here in Seattle...let's pretty it up with flowers from So Many Things to Love! Hi there, Jean Okimoto here, with a bit of rainy day inspiration.
Our newest umbrella die is quickly becoming another favorite - it's classic, versatile and great for watercoloring. Imagine Crafts Blue Breeze Kaleidacolor's turquoise, blues and purples were perfect for a winter rainstorm card.
Kaleidacolor Inkpads have a special locking mechanism to keep the colors separated while in storage. You'd normally slide the colors together for stamping - but keep them apart for today's card. Just press a large acrylic block across the inkpad to transfer the inks. Paint the smoother side of watercolor paper with Blue Breeze. Heat-set the inks with a dry iron on the cotton setting.
Stamp the flowered hearts from So Many Things to Love onto the watercolor paper with VersaFine Onyx Black and heat-set it. Diecut three umbrella - just the tops. Paint a few of the flowers with colors from the Blue Breeze inkpad.
Diecut three whole umbrellas from gray cardstock. Attach the stamped umbrella tops over the gray umbrellas.
Stamp the greeting - from Watching the World Bloom - with the 4th color on the Blue Breeze inkpad.
Cut white cardstock with the 2-¼" x 3-½" Stitched Rectangle Trimmings die - leave both pieces in the die. Attach narrow strips of Scor-Tape along the edges. Flip the diecuts (still in the die) over onto a Violet Notecard and press them firmly onto the notecard.
Diecut the greeting with the smallest die and attach it using the same process.
Attach the umbrellas - use foam dots for the top and bottom umbrellas. Add purple and tiny clear sequins.
Venture outside the box when you're designing cards. There are so many ways to use the great dies and stamps from the Memory Box collection. Hope I can inspire you to look at your supplies in new and different ways!
Thanks for stopping by...see you again on Saturday.