386 posts categorized "Techniques"

04/22/2017

Sat 22

Seaweed Collage and a Buddy of the Neighborly Narwhal
by Jean Okimoto

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The Neighborly Narwhal - without his tusk - becomes a friendly whale relaxing in the center of the Seawood Collage.  Add some Swirling Stitches and a few gemstones just for fun.  Hi - Jean Okimoto here - with a quick card designed to brighten someone's day.

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I didn't even know what a Narwhal was until the April Release - I thought it was a Memory Box exclusive.  Several of my friends at Impress - highly intelligent people - were also surprised that narwhals really do exist in nature.  The real ones aren't nearly as cute as Memory Box's, they don't multi-task as whales either.  Ours is quite special!

Paint watercolor paper with pale layers of aqua and green Peerless Watercolors.  Cut them with a Stitched Oval Layer.  Cut the green oval with Seawood Collage - it's a close fit, but I know you can do it.

Cut Neighborly Narwhal from black and dark gray cardstock.  Attach the black piece behind the gray for dimension and a sliver of a shadow.  Cut the lower section from white cardstock.  Tape a scrap of black cardstock behind his eye.  Attach him to the background.

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Diecut a folded Pool Notecard with the Swirling Stitches - the swirls also appear inside the card for added texture.  

Attach everything to a Pool Notecard and add turquoise gem stickers.  Stamp your favorite Memory Box greeting, sign your name and send it off in a matching Pool Envelope.  It's sure to elicit a smile!

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If you haven't already been there this weekend - or even if you have - stop by both Impress stores during their annual Spring Sale.  Enjoy a 20% discount on everything and take advantage of your chance to buy the Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps items on your wishlist.

Thanks for stopping by - come back again tomorrow for Penny's great design!

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Sat 22

Butterfly Wing Medley on the Heart Wire
by Jean Okimoto

 

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Celebrate Earth Day by up-cycling some favorite dies and creating a whole new look with the Butterfly Wing Medley and Heart Wire.  Hi - Jean Okimoto here - with a design featuring some of my favorite dies.  

Full disclosure...I spent several minutes looking for my "Butterfly Wire" die in my stash and online before realizing that it didn't exist, except in my little mind.  Ever have days like that?  

I could visualize the card, so I just decided to work backwards from that mental image and create it for you anyway.

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Paint watercolor paper in shades of pink, yellow and coral Peerless Watercolors.  Dry it, then spritz it with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Dry it again.  Cut it with Butterfly Wing Medley - the edges are cut out and the center remains intact.  Lightly crease the centers and cut or gently pull the butterflies until they're released from the background.

Use a waterbrush to blend some color onto the white edges that were revealed when the butterflies were released.

Cut Heart Wire from pink cardstock.  Trim portions of the hearts above and below the "wire" - just enough so they won't be visible when the butterflies are overlaid.  

Cut a 3-¾" x 5" rectangle of smooth white cardstock with the Rectangle Basics die.  Stamp New Beginnings with Rocket Red Gold.  Attach the rectangle to a side-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock.  

Place Heart Wire on the background and attach the butterflies over it - use foam dots for the two largest and left corner butterflies.  

Attach Scor-Tape behind gold mirror cardstock and cut the butterfly centers from the Butterfly Wreath Set.  Trim four centers to fit the smaller butterflies.  Attach the centers and add gold gem stickers.

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Challenge yourself to devise new ways of using your favorite Memory Box designs - you'll be surprised and happy with the great results!  Then - if you're in the Seattle area - reward yourself for being so creative by shopping at the Impress Spring Sale  this weekend.  Enjoy the 20% discount off everything on your wishlist.  Here are some links to get you started - 

http://www.impresscardsandcrafts.com/shop/dies/memory-box.html

http://www.impresscardsandcrafts.com/shop/clear-sets/memory-box.html

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Thanks for stopping by - see you again this evening!

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04/20/2017

Thu 20

Watercolored Dazzling Dragonfly on a Distressed Baptisia Collage
by Jean Okimoto

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A trio of watercolored Dazzling Dragonflies on a gold-stenciled Baptisia Collage background...quick, easy and ready for any occasion!  Hi - Jean Okimoto here - let's play with more watercolors tonight.

Cut three Dazzling Dragonflies from brightly-watercolored paper.  Cut the 2" x 3-¼" Basic Rectangle from watercolored paper lightly tinted in soft shades of Peerless Watercolors.  

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Cut the square pattern from the Baptisia Collage set from The Crafters Workshop stencil plastic.  Stencil the pattern onto the left side of the rectangle with Delicata Golden Glitz.  

Attach everything to a top-folded white A-2 card.  Add turquoise gem stickers.   

Thanks for stopping by - hope you'll have a chance to create some watercolored cards for spring greetings  It's the fastest, easiest way to create splashy backgrounds and vivid accents for any papercrafting project.  

If you're in the Seattle area - this the THE weekend to stop by the Tukwila and University Village Impress stores for the annual not-to-be-missed Spring Sale.  Enjoy the 20% discount on everything - including brand new items that arrived just in time for the sale.

Join us again tomorrow...Donna has another great design to share!

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Thu 20

Watercolor the Butterfly Wing Medley
by Jean Okimoto

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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.

Thanks for stopping by... Jeansignature-3

 

 

04/12/2017

Wed 12

New Possibilities with the Butterfly Spectacle
by Jean Okimoto

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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:

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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 -

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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

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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!

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Wed 12

New Beginnings with the Butterfly Swell
by Jean Okimoto

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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.

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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.

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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.

Thanks for stopping by...

Jeansignature-3

 

 

04/07/2017

Fri 07

Dragonfly Stems Left Corner and Little Dragonflies
by Jean Okimoto

 

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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.

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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.  

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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.

Thanks for stopping by...have a great weekend!

Jeansignature-3
 

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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03/30/2017

Thu 30

Tall Fern Left Corner and Scalloped Stitch Fancy Frames
by Jean Okimoto

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The new Tall Fern Left Corner creates a great background for the Springtime Bunnies.  Bunnies don't usually wear flower garlands, but this is a special trio.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a quick card to welcome spring - and hope it's really arrived this time!

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You're probably wondering why the Wintertime Joy die is shown here - I would!  I needed a bunch of tiny flower shapes and decided the littlest snowflakes would work.  Diecut them from scraps of painted watercolor paper, then snip them apart with a pair of detail or manicure scissors.

The Tickle Flower Landscape die would be a smarter alternative for the tiny flowers - 

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Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to brown felt and diecut Springtime Bunnies.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps glues from soaking through the felt.

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Dry-embossing the Scallopped Stitch Fancy Frame is an easy way to add a subtle background accent.  Here's how I layered everything for my Platinum - I bought the extra magnetic platform too.  (Caution, the magnetic field can be harmful to anyone with a pacemaker.)  Place the die - cutting-edge-up - on the platform first.  Add the front of the card, rubber embossing mat and the purple embossing plate.  

Attach the diecuts and add sparkly green gem stickers.

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Thanks for visiting - have a great evening.  Join us again tomorrow for another great design from Donna!

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Thu 30

Watching the World Bloom with the Montpellier Butterfly
by Jean Okimoto

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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.

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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.

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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.

Thanks very much for visiting!

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