221 posts categorized "Stencils"

06/10/2017

Sat 10

Dragonfly Stems Left Corner and Pinpoint Circle Frame
by Jean Okimoto

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Let's celebrate summer with a  Dragonfly Stems Left Corner on a color-washed center from the Pinpoint Circle Frame.    Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a splashy-bright background for the delicate golden dragonflies.  They'd be beautiful anywhere - but I think these four Distress Oxide inks created the perfect summer backdrop for them.  Hope you agree!

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Press Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Fossilized Amber and Worn Lipstick onto separate areas of a large acrylic block.  Spritz the block with water and allow the colors to start blending for a few seconds.  Press watercolor paper onto the diluted inks.  Drag and lift the paper off the block and set it aside to airdry for a few minutes.  Dry it completely with a heat-tool. 

Cut it with Pinpoint Circle Frame.  

Cut Dragonfly Stems Left Corner from gold mirror cardstock.

Cut a stencil from The Crafter's Workshop stencil plastic using the dot die from the Modern Border Trim set.  Score, cut and fold an A-6 (4-5/8" x 6-1/4")  card of smooth white cardstock. Mask a few rows at the bottom of the stencil.  Sponge Imagine Crafts Delicata Gold Shimmer through the stencil.  Dry the ink.

Assemble the card and add light green gem stickers.

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Thanks for stopping by on your busy weekend.  No classes for me this weekend - I'll post another card tonight.  See you then?

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04/11/2017

Tue 11

Sprouting Vines & Butterfly Wings
by Sherry Hester

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I have a super simple Thank You card to share today.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Have a wonderful week, and thanks for taking the time to visit!

Sherrysig

 

04/06/2017

Thu 06

Goldfish Collage and Rectangle Basics
by Jean Okimoto

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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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!

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03/07/2017

Tue 07

Dancing in the Deep Blue Sea
by Sherry Hester

Hi everyone. The blog blitz for the new release is in full swing, and I hope you’re enjoying all of the inspiration coming your way!

I’ve never made an “ocean-themed” card before, and I have to say I had a blast creating this one. I started with a white top-fold A2 card base, and sponged Faded Jeans Distress Ink through the Mini Dots stencil to cover the background.

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I cut three of the fourth largest Scallop Stitch Fancy Frames from white card stock, stacked them and glued them together, as I wanted to the scene to be slightly recessed. I used one of the inner pieces for the base of the scene, which I covered by sponging Faded Jeans over the entire surface. I sprayed some water into my hand and shook some drops onto the surface … just love how the ink reacts with water for a perfect underwater backdrop.

I cut two of the Wandering Jellyfish, and two of the Delicate Sea Fan from white card stock. I sponged a variation of Spiced Marmalade and Scattered Straw on each of the jellyfish, concentrating more of the color on the tops, and less on the tendrils. I sponged just a little Aged Mahogany on one of them. I then added some dots with a white pen, and glittered the bottom edges with a pumpkin-colored glitter. Looks a little like they're doing a dance, right?

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I sponged Scattered Straw on both sea fans, and added Aged Mahogany on the tips, shading it inward just a bit. I used the same pumpkin-colored glitter on the tips. I adhered one of the sea fans at the bottom left corner, arranging it so that there was room for the jellyfish, and then snipped off the excess. I glued one jellyfish directly to the piece, and popped the other one with foam tape. I adhered the other sea fan to the top left corner, and then adhered the assembled piece as shown before adding the white frame over that.

I decided it needed a little something-something more, so I die cut the curved seaweed ribbon from the Seaweed Ribbons set, and sponged it heavily with Faded Jeans. I cut it in half and added the two pieces under the sea fan as shown. And of course it wasn’t complete without a little bling in the form of tiny sequins.

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If you’d like a chance to win the Delicate Sea Fan, please be sure to leave a comment on this post. Comments on all of the posts need to be in by Sunday, March 12th, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the blitz!!

Sherrysig

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02/27/2017

Mon 27

Imagine
by Sherry Hester

Good morning all! Spring is on its way, and today's card is just that, Springy, using one of the latest dies from the Floral Harmony collection. I've been itching to play with this one, and play I did! I won't lie ... this one was a little more labor intensive than a lot of my cards, and because it's so 3-D, it's one that I would recommend handing to a recipient rather than mailing it. 

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I created a top folding green A2 card base. I cut a piece of white card stock to 5" x 3.75", sponged Peeled Paint Distress Ink through the Distressed Grid stencil, and then splattered on some Black Soot Distress Ink. You might notice on the picture below that it looks like two pieces of card stock were used ... and you'd be right, but it wasn't my original plan. I had first mounted this piece to a white card base, but it looked too plain, so since it was already glued down ... and I didn't want to start over on this piece ... I had to cut off the borders to size it down before adhering it with foam tape to the green card base.

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I next cut another piece of white card stock to 2.5" x 3.5", and sponged on Peeled Paint, keeping it lighter on the right side and intensifying it on the left. I cut two of the full Antilles Floral Bouquet die, and snipped off the flowers and leaves from one of them. I then made two more cuts of only the flowers, which is easily done by sandwiching just the flowers between the cutting plates instead of the entire die.  I used a Forest Moss marker to color the stems, and water colored Peeled Paint onto the leaves of the full bouquet cut, as well as the three leaves snipped from the other full bouquet. I then adhered thee leaves over the corresponding leaves of the first full die cut for dimension. 

I inked an acrylic block with Dried Marigold and Squeezed Lemonade, spritzed with water, and used a paint brush to pick up the color and apply it to all of the flowers. I kind of "plopped" on the color rather than painting it on solidly. I used only a little of the Squeezed Lemonade, and added more of the Dried Marigold.  I next sprayed some water onto the backs of the loose flowers, and used the narrow end of a stylus on a foam pad to distress each petal. Using a wider end of a stylus, I depressed the centers, then turned each one over and depressed again, this time more firmly, to cause the flowers to cup up nicely. While still damp, I squeezed the petals of the flowers for added shape, then let them all dry.

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I then layered two of the loose flowers to each of the base flowers, offsetting each layer. I also colored the little "star" and circle buds on the stem with Dried Marigold. Once this was done, I added some black gems to the flower centers, and then adhered the entire assembled bouquet to the right side of the sponged piece. I die cut the Sketchbook Imagine from black card stock and adhered it along the left side of this piece, as shown. This was then adhered to the card front with foam tape. I decided to add another two-layered flower to the bottom o f the piece as shown.

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I honestly had so  much fun making these little flowers. If you  haven't done this before, you'll see what I mean when you give it a try. It's not easy to stop! As always, thanks for stopping by, and have a great week!!!

Sherrysig

 

02/18/2017

Sat 18

Dazzling Dragonfly and the Modern Border Trim
by Jean Okimoto

 

 

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The new Dazzling Dragonfly pauses on a shimmery gold-stenciled background from the Modern Border Trim set - clean, simple and very easy!  Hi -  Jean Okimoto here - with a quick design for your busy holiday weekend.

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Cut watercolor paper with the the 1-¾" x 3"  Rectangle Basics Set die.  Press the inks from  an Imagine Crafts Caribbean Sea Kaleidacolor inkpad onto a large acrylic stamp block to create a palette.  Paint the inks onto the watercolor paper with a flat paintbrush.  Dry the inks.

Diecut a stencil of  the Modern Border Trim's dotted pattern from The Crafter's Workshop stencil sheet.  Create a shimmery background by stenciling Delicata Golden Glitz onto the watercolor paper. 

Diecut Dazzling Dragonfly from gold mirror cardstock.  

Attach the pieces to a top-folded A-2 card of turquoise cardstock.  Add small gold sequins.

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Wasn't that easy?  If you have a few minutes - diecut and watercolor a bunch of backgrounds for your favorite Memory Box dies.  They'll be ready when you need them - and would create the perfect backdrop for butterflies and birds too.

Thanks for stopping by...see you again this evening!

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01/28/2017

Sat 28

Thinking of You
by Sherry Hester

Good morning! The sun is shining again in Southern California! Our prayers for rain were answered, and then some! Today I'm sharing a monochromatic card that might be used as a "just because" card, a get well card or even a sympathy card.

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I used two dies from the Rectangle Basics set to create the frame and the solid piece. I sponged Hickory Smoke Distress Ink through the Cressida stencil for the background on the solid piece and adhered it to the black card base. The sentiment from the So Many Things to Love clear set was inked in Versafine Onyx Black and stamped at the bottom. I then adhered the frame as shown.

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I die cut two sets of the Stitched Aster Blooms from white card stock, shaped them and glued them together, offsetting each layer. Two of the Windswept Stems were cut from white and dark gray card stock. Before adhering them to the frame, I bowed them slightly, adding glue to the bottom of the stems and a bit at the top and positioning them so that the slightly bowed shape remained. I adhered the assembled aster blooms to the bottom left corner. Of course there is always room for a little bling, and I was happy to find some gray-ish gem stones in my stash. I added a large one to the flower center, and scattered the others as shown.

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If any of you are like me, as in rushing to make a card as I'm going out the door, this is a pretty quick and easy card to put together.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and here's to a lovely weekend!

Sherrysig

 

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!

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12/23/2016

Fri 23

Snowflakes, Scribble Christmas and Making Spirits Bright
by Jean Okimoto

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A set of easy Snowflakes Stencil candle wraps will add a frosty touch to any holiday scene - and it takes just minutes to make!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a few more Christmas ideas for those last-minute bursts of creativity.

Dry-emboss medium-weight vellum with the Snowflakes Stencil using the embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  I also used the metal adapter plate for extra definition.  The edge of the stencil created the border on the large candle.  

Trim the embossed vellum to fit around battery-operated candles - with about ½" overlap in the back.  Tape the overlapping ends together.  That's it!

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The tags are created from a combination of stamps and dies from the Scribble Christmas and Making Spirits Bright sets.  They're stamped with Imagine Crafts Onyx Black VersaFine and heat-set.  Mix, match and layer the designs to create a set of quick and easy tags for everyone on your giftlist.  

If you have a few extra minutes (!!) - make some additional tags to use for Christmas 2017  before cleaning your stamps and tucking them away for the year.  That sounds silly now, but they'll be ready when you need them next year.

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Thanks very much for stopping by throughout the year.  Hope our Design Team's projects, techniques and ideas have inspired you to create something uniquely yours...with a little help from Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps!

If you're in the Seattle area - join us for two added classes at Impress on December 27th.  It's CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR from 11:00 to 1:00.  We're making a New Year's card - and a calendar featuring silkscreened Asian artpapers and an array of our favorite dies.  An extra WINTER BLISS class has been added from 2:00 to 4:00 - with 6 colorful, artsy un-holiday cards designed for any occasion.  Easy parking, a great selection of papercrafting products -  and the perfect way to enjoy your holiday giftcards - and shop the Valentine 2017 Collection.  It started shipping today!

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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!

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