521 posts categorized "Techniques"

09/22/2018

Sat 22

Pinpoint Snowflake Circle Frame and Classic Ice Skates by Jean Okimoto

 

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A very sparkly glittered Pinpoint Snowflake Circle Frame and silver Classic Ice Skates are a great pair for the holidays.  Add a greeting from the Be Jolly Clear Stamps set and pink gem stickers for a quick Christmas card.  Hi - hope you're enjoying a great weekend - Jean Okimoto here with another old+new design today.  

Detailed, delicate diecuts like these create their own sticky situation and adhering them can be challenging.  Here's a solution...

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Attach Scor-Tape to cardstock, then cut it with the narrow outer Pinpoint Snowflake  Circle Frame.  Save the narrow pinpointed frame for another project.  We're using the larger inner circle today.

Cut the snowflake frame and attach it (slightly offset) to the adhesive-covered background.  Cut the Classic Ice Skates from silver glitter cardstock.  Attach the skates to the background.

Here's the cool part....brush ultra-fine iridescent glitter over the diecuts and onto all of the remaining exposed adhesive.  This  process adheres the snowflake frame and the skates and adds a layer of glitter to the adhesive.  The delicate diecuts are attached and there's a layer of sparkly glitter surrounding them.

Stamp the greeting - from the Be Jolly Clear Stamps set - on white cardstock with VersaFine Smokey Gray.  Diecut it with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.  

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded 5-¼" square white card - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add pale pink gem stickers.

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Ready to save some time by adhering and glittering your delicate design elements in a single quick and easy step?  Try  this with your holiday cards and tags too!

Thanks very much for stopping by - see you next week!

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09/20/2018

Thu 20

Thanks Jotted Script with Wrapped Stitch Rectangles, Stitched Square Layers and Honeycomb Square by Jean Okimoto

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Let's diecut bright tapes with the Wrapped Stitch Rectangles and Stitched Square Layers for a quick and easy thank you card.  Add Thanks Jotted Script and top it off with glossy Honeycomb Square accents.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with the simple directions for my September Tape Too Challenge inspiration card.

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Cover a 6" square of white cardstock with washi tape and pink Scotch Expressions Magic Tape.  Cut it into triangles and random shapes using the edges of the Wrapped Stitch Rectangles and Stitched Square Layers dies. 

Cut Thanks Jotted Script from bright pink and dark gray cardstock.  

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Attach orange Scotch 3M duct tape to a scrap of lightweight cardstock and cut it with Honeycomb Square.  You may need to run it through the machine two or three times - it's serious,  heavy-duty tape!  

Attach the diecuts to a 5-¼" square white card.  

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Have fun making a few more cards with the extra pieces and hexagons.  Diecutting washi taped cardstock is a quick and easy way to create great design elements for cards and tags.  Geometric shapes, butterflies, simple flowers, leaves, houses, balloons - anything goes!

Big thanks to everyone who joined us for last weekend's second SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress.  Hope you liked the Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs diecuts we transformed into Asian-inspired icons and design elements.  Special thanks to Jenny for her trio of great popcorns and to Robin for her special Chai-spiced dessert bars.  Thanks too - Ann and Erin - for helping everyone find the stamps, dies and papers we needed for our cards.

There's a new holiday class on Sunday September 23rd.  It's COLORS OF CHRISTMAS - with holiday cards in traditional reds and greens, jewel tones and winter pastels.  Lots of techniques, beautiful artpapers and genuine Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs dies and stamps personally designed by Dave Brethauer and proudly made in the USA.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

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09/13/2018

Thu 13

Cheers to Sunburst Stripe Circle Tape Trees and Crystal Snowflakes by Jean Okimoto

 

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Five bright Sunburst Stripe Circle offcuts create a contemporary holiday scene - and some inspiration for September's Tape Too Challenge.  Crisp white Crystal Snowflakes and a Wrapped Stitch Rectangle balance the brightness and add the finishing touch.  

Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here - let's see what we can do with some very bright Scotch Expressions Tape offcuts.  I love triangles, unexpected color combos and making the most of my Memory Box stash.  

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Attach Scotch washi tape and colored Magic Tape to a scrap of waterolor paper.  (The green tape looks yellow-er attached to the paper.)   Cut the taped cardstock  crosswise into ⅞" strips.  Cut the strips with the Sunburst Stripe Circle.   The strips are much longer than the die's triangles so you can pick the perfect combination of colors for your "trees."

I made several sets of taped strips so I'd have extras for other projects.   

Cut the 4-¾" x 3-½" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from white cardstock.  Stamp the greeting - from the Penguin Cheer Clear Stamp Set - with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  

Cut the smaller Crystal Snowflake from white cardstock, and again from light gray cardstock.  Cut another snowflake center from white and gray cardstock.  Layer the snowflakes - slightly offset - for dimension.

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded white A-2 card.

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Looking for even more ways to use Sunburst Stripe Circle offcuts?  Party hats, ice cream cones, pennants, the top of witch hats, unicorns, tiny rolled paper beads are just a few ideas to start with.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at another SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress on September 15th.   We'll start with a simple origami butterfly card, then make more cards with many of our favorite dies from Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs.

Thanks for stopping by...

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

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09/11/2018

Tue 11

Snow Much Fun with the Elegant Holly Double Frame by Jean Okimoto

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Emboss the Elegant Holly Double Frame and add caroling bunnies from the Snow Much Fun Clear Stamps Set to a holiday card.  Detailed Memory Box dies - like the Elegant Holly Double Frame set - create great embossed backgrounds too.  Capture the details and textures of the dies by pressure-embossing them on watercolor paper as a quick alternative to dieutting.

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a review of some basic cardmaking techniques.  Let's begin with embossing...

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Cut watercolor paper with the 4-¼" Square Basics die.  Emboss it with the larger outer frame from the Elegant Holly Double Frame.    Here's how I layered everything on the platform of my Platinum machine - die with the cutting edge face-up, diecut watercolor paper, rubber embossing mat, purple embossing plate.  Please use the plates, mats and stacking sequence recommended by the manufacturer of your machine.  

Attach the embossed frame to a 4-½" x 6-¼" card of textured green cardstock.

Cut watercolor paper (smoother side up) with the 3" Stitched Square Layers die.  Stamp the bunnies from the Snow Much Fun set with Pinecone VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.

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Scribble watercolor pencils onto a scrap of cardstock and use it as a palette to color the stamped image.

Stamp the greeting - also from the Snow Much Fun Set - on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair. Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut the cooled greeting with the 1-½" Stitched Square Layers die.

Cut a holly sprig from the frame set from yellow-green cardstock.

Assemble the card - use foam dots for the left edge of the greeting square.  Add green gem stickers.

Embossing watercolor paper - or heavy cardstock - creates subtle backgrounds that won't compete with stamped images.  It's quick and easy too!

Thanks for visiting!

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09/08/2018

Sat 08

Pine Wreath and Tiny Ornament Triplets by Jean Okimoto

 

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A deconstructed Pine Wreath quickly becomes a holiday garland with the Tiny Ornament Triplet cut from shiny duct tape.  The theme of our September Tape Too Challenge reminded me about my stash of colored duct tape.  Diecutting duct tape creates bright accent pieces with a glossy, textured finish.  Happy weekend everyone - Jean Okimoto here with another mix of old and new.  

Here's how the Tiny Ornament Triplet is meant to be used - to create multi-colored layered designs.

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Today's card uses the cute little ornament offcuts in bright shades of red, dark pink and chartreuse duct tape.  Contractors probably wouldn't pick these colors for duct work and repairs -  but they are so pretty for papercrafts!  

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Attach duct tape to medium- or light-weight cardstock and cut Tiny Ornament Triplets.  I cut each of them from the three colors so I could mix and match them while deciding which pieces to use on my card.  That's easier - and faster - than guessing!

Cut Pine Wreath from green cardstock - cut at least two sets so you can mix and match them to form a garland for your card.

Attach them to a 6-¼" x 3-⅜" white card.  These cards fit into those envelopes we mailed checks in many years ago.

Stamp the greeting - from the Typewriter Holiday Sentiments Clear Stamps Set - on white cardstock with Glamorous VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the ¾" x 2" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut an extra rectangle to layer behind it for dimension.

Add dark pink gem stickers.

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We've used two classic die sets in unintended ways here...getting a little more from our stash of Memory Box dies.  Try adding a second layer of branches in a slightly different shade of green - or using mirror or glitter cardstock for the ornaments.  Or make a wreath!

Big thanks to everyone from Monday's SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress!  Who knew that so many Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs products would be perfect for our favorite "lightly-layered" Japanese-inpsired cards?  If you love origami - be sure to use the Square Basics dies to cut your paper into perfect squares for crisp edges and sharp folds. Thanks Ann, Jeannie and Becca - for helping everyone find everything we need for our projects.

Enjoy your weekend!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

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09/06/2018

Thu 06

Tape Too Challenge Inspiration with Studio Hexagon Layers and Awesome Jotted Script by Jean Okimoto

 

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Bright washi tape-covered Studio Hexagon Layers create a quick card for someone who's simply awesome.  A change of colors would make this a guy-card too.  Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with a Tape Too Challenge inspiration card today.

Unlike everyone with bins full of washi tape - my entire washi tape stash barely fills a little 8" square cakepan. That doesn't stop me from designing cards with them - I love their bright colors and convenience.  Mix, match and layer strips of tape over white cardstock.  The pink and orange patterns are Scotch Expressions tape.  The wide pink tape - also used for the greeting - is Scotch Expressions masking tape.

Cut three hexagons from the taped cardstock using the three smallest Studio Hexagon Layers.  Diecutting creates those smooth, crisp edges we love - and presses the tapes firmly onto the cardstock.  

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Attach a strip of pink masking tape to a scrap of white cardstock and diecut the delicate "awesome."  Cut the bold "awesome" background from light gray cardstock.

Stamp "you are simply"  - from the Birch Press Design Best Friend Clear Stamps Set - onto a side-folded white A-2 card with VersaFine Clair Nocturne.   Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.

Assemble the card.  Add pink gem stickers.

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Thanks for visiting - hope you're entering our September "Tape Too" challenge.  Details are listed here.  

We've added another GREETINGS FROM BIRCH PRESS class on Saturday September 8th - hope you can join us if you weren't able to attend the previous class.  We're making 3 holiday cards and 3 any-occasion cards featuring Birch Press Design dies and stamps, and artpapers from Shizen Design.  

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09/04/2018

Tue 04

Watercolor Backgrounds for the Delicate Pine Frame
by Anne Thompson

I have been making watercolor backgrounds lately and used two very simple techniques with the DELICATE PINE FRAME 94031.

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I started by using a wide brush to wet some watercolor paper with plain clean water.  Then I added wide horizontal strokes of blue watercolor with a wet brush on the paper.   To add some cloudlike texture to this sky, I removed some of the paint using a small wad of paper toweling, dabbing here and there while everything was still really wet.

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Here it is cut down and layered behind the Delicate Pine Frame.  You'll notice that I cut the frame twice, once in a dark green cardstock which is the bottom layer and then white cardstock which is positioned up a bit to expose some of the green to make the snow-covered tree.

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For the second background, I wet more watercolor paper and layered on wide vertical strokes of blue watercolor.  Then I sprinkled on some coarse-ground salt from a salt mill.  The salt moves the paint to create an interesting texture.  The hardest part is waiting for it to dry!

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Once the paper was dry I brushed off the salt crystals, trimmed the paper, and placed it behind the white-green layers of the Delicate Pine Frame.

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I've prepared quite a few large sheets of watercolor paper using these techniques so all I'll need to do is trim them to the right size when I need a sky background for one of the new frame dies.  Sooo quick and easy!  And two more cards for my holiday stash!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

08/30/2018

Thu 30

Holly Flourish and Resting Birds in a Delicate Pine Frame by Jean Okimoto

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Arrange some tiny gold Resting Birds on the Holly Flourish - then add bright red berry dots for a very traditional holiday greeting.  Husband says they're either very tiny birds or a very big holly branch - oh yes, they are!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a simple Christmas design for you.

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Cut the large outer frame from the Delicate Pine Frame set from white cardstock and leave both pieces in the die.  Attach ¼" Scor-Tape along the edges.  Remove the tape liners (!) and flip the die over and press it firmly onto a Key Lime Notecard.  Cut Holly Flourish from a slightly darker shade of green. 

Cut Resting Birds from gold glittered paper or cardstock.

Bubble Burst is the perfect source for assorted bright red "berries."  I've added a third berry to the bottom center branch.  

Stamp the greeting - from the versatile Typewriter Holiday Sentiments Clear Stamp Set with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim it with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.  It's a tight fit - but you can do it!  Cut another rectangle from green cardstock and layer it for dimension and definition.

Rectangle Basis is a set of 16 dies ranging from 4-¼" x 5-½" all the way down to ½" x 1-¾".  They're proportioned for A-2 cards and are great for greetings, accents and backgrounds with crisp, finished edges.  Eliminate tedious measuring, trimming and re-trimming with Rectangle Basics.  

Here's your card!

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If you're in the Seattle area and have a day off on Monday - join us for another SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress.  We're making 6 cards - including one with a very cool origami butterfly that's a lot easier than it looks.  Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Design have so many dies that are perfect for the understated, contemporary Asian style we love.  

Thanks for visiting!

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Thu 30

Snow Much Fun in the Elegant Snowflake Double Frame by Jean Okimoto

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The Snowflake Double Frame sets the scene for a friendly snowball fight between the Snow Much Fun bunnies.  Christmas cards are often male-dominated designs of Santas, elves and snowmen. Here are some gals sharing the holiday fun!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a few techniques to save some holiday prep time too.

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Save coloring time by stamping the bunnies - from the Snow Much Fun Clear Stamps Set - on light gray cardstock with Nocturne VersaFine.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut the stamped images with the coordinating designs from the Snow Much Fun Dies Set.  Scribble watercolor pencils onto a scrap of watercolor paper.  Use that as a palette to color the ears and scarves.  

Stamp and emboss the snowball sections again on white cardstock.  Cut them out and attach them over the gray snowballs.  No one wants gray snowballs!

Here's another timesaver... 

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A layer of a waxed deli or bakery sheet  between the die and the cardstock makes it quick and easy to remove all of the bits and pieces from these beautifully-detailed dies like Elegant Snowflake Double Frame.   The big die on the left shows the layering sequence.  The pieces cling to the waxed sheet and are easily released from the die.  Peel the waxed sheet from the cardstock and pop the diecuts out.  Those two snowflake pieces in the upper right corner are the diecuts from the waxed sheet.

If you're diecutting glossy or metallic cardstock and it's hard to remove the waxed sheet - press a piece of "Magic" tape lightly onto a corner or edge of the waxed sheet to pull it off.  

Attach the left bunny behind the frame.  Attach the diecuts to a 5-¼" square white card - use foam dots for the bunny on the right.  Add orange gem stickers.

I love playing with colors - pick your favorite colors for this card.  Or use the team, school or favorite colors of the recipient.  They'll appreciate it!

Thanks for stopping by - see you again with another project this evening!

Jeansignature-3

 

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08/25/2018

Sat 25

Holiday Twigs and Snowberry Sprigs by Jean Okimoto

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Tuck the Holiday Twigs and Snowberry Sprigs into Simple Garden Pots for an easy Christmas greeting.  Use the detailed outer frame - from the Delicate Pine Frame set - with its interior rectangle as the backdrop for a trio of pots.  Tiny birds from the frame set and gem stickers add holiday sparkle.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a layered, textured design that's simple - but very detailed.  Cut the frame from smooth white cardstock - leave both the frame and the inner rectangle in the die.  Attach ¼" wide Scor-Tape.  Flip the die over onto a 4-½" x 6-¼" white card and press it firmly to adhere both pieces.

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Cut three of the small Simple Garden Pots from silver textured paper.

Cut Snowberry Sprigs from two shades of red cardstock.  Cut the larger Holiday Twig from green cardstock.  Tuck the stems into the slotted pots and tape them to the back of the pots.  Trim the excess.

Cut the tiny birds from gold glittered paper.

Assemble the card.  Add clear gem stickers.

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Holiday greenery diecuts like these sprigs and twigs are perfect for gift tags too.  They quickly grow into potted plants when slipped into the slotted garden pots.  Use them as fillers for diecut bouquets.  Snip them into smaller pieces and use them to accent diecut wreaths.   Many possibilities!

We've added another GREETINGS FROM BIRCH PRESS class to the schedule at Impress.  It's on Saturday September 8th from 1:30-3:30- we're making 3 holiday cards and 3 everyday cards.  Hope you can join us that day if you weren't able to get into the previous Birch Press Design class.

Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend!

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