445 posts categorized "Techniques"

11/07/2017

Tue 07

Snowy Pine, Slider Grooves, Snowdrift Breeze and Rectangle Basics by Jean Okimoto

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Snowy Pine, Snowdrift Breeze snowflakes, Rectangle Basics and Slider Grooves team up to create a shimmery Christmas design that's also a giftcard holder.  Hello - Jean Okimoto here - sharing another card designed to get the most use from your Memory Box dies.  

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Giftcards are always appreciated - but slipping them into a card just doesn't seem special enough.  Slider Grooves will diecut a cool, curvey custom tuck-in slot for the perfect presentation.  Now isn't that better?

Cut pearlescent graphite cardstock to 6-1/4" x 11".  Score it at 4-5/8"  and 9-1/4" to create an inside pocket.  Diecut a Slider Groove slot near the left edge of the narrow bottom panel.  Fold it up and attach the sides to the card.  Attach a gluedot on a blank area on the back of  the giftcard to secure it.  

Cut Snowy Pine from silver glitter cardstock.  

Cut pear cardstock with the 2-1/4 x 3-1/2" Rectangle Basics die.

Cut a strip of red cardstock.

Cut Snowdrift Breeze from watercolor paper and remove the snowflakes.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Merry Christmas Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - on pear cardstock with Candied Apple Distress Oxides.  Dry the ink.  Trim it with the 1" x 2-1/4"Rectangle Basics die.

Assemble the card and add red gem stickers.

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Everyone loves a giftcard  from their favorite store - receiving it in your special card makes it even better.  Of course you can use Slider Grooves to make slider cards too!

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's ASIAN HOLIDAY GREETINGS  class at Impress! Hope you liked the simplicity of the designs and the beautiful silkscreened papers cut with Memory Box and Poppystamps dies.  Thanks too - Ann, Erin and Lauren - for filling our shopping baskets with the latest/greatest supplies.  I've added a second class to the schedule - it's on Sunday November 19th if you weren't able to attend the previous class.  

If  Veterans Day is a holiday for you (or even if it isn't!) - join us for the MERRY AND QUICK class at Impress.  We're making 7 deceptively-simple cards that don't look quick and easy - but they will be!  No origami, I promise.  

Thanks for stopping by...why not spend a few minutes making some giftcards for the holidays?  They'll  be ready when you need them in December.

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11/02/2017

Thu 02

Tisdale Snowflake Collage, Rectangle Basics and Merry Christmas Sentiments by Jean Okimoto

 

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The clean, crisp details of the Tisdale Snowflake Collage create a quick, contemporary card that's easy to mass-produce.  A quick Silvery Shimmer-stamped greeting and some sparkly sequins from Birch Press Design are all you need to finish it off.

Hello, Jean Okimoto here - and yes it's just 52 days until Christmas.  Let's create a simple card that works for anyone on your list.  Try it in pale aqua, bright teal or chartreuse too!

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Cut bright red cardstock with the  3.5"  x 4.75" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut it with the beautiful Tisdale Snowflake Collage - it's a perfect fit!  Save the delicate snowflake from the top left corner.

Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Merry Christmas Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - with Silvery Shimmer Delicata.  Dry the ink, then diecut the greeting with the 1" x 2.25" Rectangle Basics die.  

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded 5.5" square card of Ultra-Smooth White Cardstock from Impress.  It's a beautiful winter-white that's perfect for stamping.

Add a trio of pretty sequins from the Birch Press Design Fairy Sparkle set.  View - and fall in love with - the entire collection of Birch Press Design Sequins.

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If you're in the Seattle area, join us for this Saturday's ASIAN HOLIDAY GREETINGS class at Impress.  Dies, silkscreened imported artpapers, origami and cool techniques create 6 contemporary cards reflecting the simple elegance of Japanese design.  See you!

Thanks for visiting...

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11/01/2017

Wed 01

Winter Wonder Cards Video
by Dave Brethauer

Greetings everyone!

I was working on some sample cards in the studio over the last couple of weeks and came up with a couple of ideas that I'd like to share.

I was trying to make some projects with a very soft look to them - pastel and blurry, like what you might imagine a scene to look like on a crisp winter morning with a little fog in the air.

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Both of these projects use deer - my favorite animal! - but I have scaled them differently.

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My first project is a sample I featured in our Holiday 2017 video - I had a lot of requests to do a step by step video on how it is made, and so I did!

(Watch this video in HD by clicking here)

To create the soft look that I was going for, I used my Distress Oxide inks in Cracked Pistachio,  Broken China and Faded Jeans. I was careful with the amount of ink that I sponged onto the paper - adding just enough to create some soft bands of color.

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The key is to overlap the ink - I apply the color in a circular motion, over and over, a little at a time. It actually helps if your inkpad is a little dried out! That way, you don't get as much color on your sponge.

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For the sentiment I used 99794 Sentimental Merry Christmas cut out of glittery white cardstock. I was trying to keep most of the card white, but I noticed that when I cut out the Merry Christmas in plain white cardstock it was a little, well, plain.

So I decided to use something glittery (it always works!) and now the sentiment floats on top of the scene and really stands out!

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To create the composition, I used the 99823 Gentle Valley Oval and 99811 Gentle Horizon Oval - layered together to create a dimensional look. These two dies were designed to go with each other - of course you could use them individually, but when I created them, I made it so that one set of hills is slightly lower than the other. That way you can create some depth when layering.

There is a natural shadow that happens when you stack these together, so there is a little shading between the foreground and the background.

In the video you can see how easy it is to create the background and then fit it like a puzzle piece into place - the aqua and blue sky just slips right into place around the trees - it is so easy!

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To embellish the base of the card I used pieces of the Poppystamps 1872 Snowflake Screen to make the corners a little more interesting. Just cut the Snowflake Screen out of white cardstock and snip off a few areas to use on the card.

The base card is a Memory Box Powder notecard - it is so very pale blue, nearly white. In fact, you will probably think it is white unless you put some actual white cardstock on it! The effect is very subtle when you use a Powder notecard - but it really enhances the soft aesthetic of this handmade card.

Finally, I decided to use the Poppystamps 1886 Tiny Fawns at the bottom of the oval. They are just the right size and look like they are greeting each other on the hill!

I cut the Tiny Fawns out of white cardstock and colored them in with a Copic Marker (Brick Beige Cream copic marker) and then embellished them with a few tiny white dots on their back by using a White Opaque Pen.

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I had some extra materials lying on my desk so I decided to try the card in a different color scheme. I was trying to create a more "rosy" color scheme, so I sponged the background with Distress Oxide ink in Fired Brick and Worn Lipstick.

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Since the colors were a lot warmer, I changed out the glittery white cardstock for some metallic gold - and I love how the Merry Christmas shines in the sky!

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A quick spritz of water added some texture to the sky - and I decided to try just a solo deer. The Memory Box Cranberry notecard makes a basic background for the project - and you are done! The layer dies make this look like more work than it really is - and you could mass produce these in a flash! 

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For my second project, I wanted to really focus on minimal color and create a faded spatter effect behind the trees. I knew that I wanted to use the 99829 Alpine Trees and the 99167 Valley Deer Trio, so all I had to to do was figure out how to make the dark ink fade perfectly to white in the background.

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Iced Spruce turned out to be the perfect Oxide Ink for this effect - the gray is a little bit blue and green, and when I spritzed it with a little bleach solution (2 cups water to 1 tablespoon bleach), I could achieve the effect I was going for. You can see in the video that you want to start the sponging low on the card, behind the trees, and then fade the color out toward the top.

When I applied it to the paper, I tried to create sort of a pointed "blob" area that would mimic the outline of the trees. My goal was for that color to fade around the trees, so that the color appears to be only positioned behind the treeline. The edges of the ink were good, but not perfect. 

But a spritz of the bleach solution, centered towards the top of the sponged area, faded the edges of the ink beautifully!

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I tried the inked area in a couple of different positions on the card- and it turned out that it still looked great even if you didn't keep the ink directly behind the trees. 

It really is a mesmerizing effect - it reminds me of looking at the forest when the snow is falling really hard. All you can see is some shadow - and the rest of the sky is filled with white. 

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I realized that a little color would help the composition, so I cut the Valley Deer trio out of an off white cardstock and sponged them ever so gently with Distress Oxide ink in Vintage Photo.

I sponged them so that most of the color was at the top of their bodies - which naturally kept their stomach and legs a little lighter. Simply add a few white dots from a white opaque pen and they are ready to be used on the project! 

I hope you'll try creating your own soft and subtle projects - the soft pastel color is the star here! I hope you are inspired to make your own winter pastel project!

10/31/2017

Tue 31

Poinsettia Blooms, Holly Collage and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto

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Poinsettia Blooms, Holly Collage and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles create a classic holiday design here today.  Red velvet - the paper, not the cake (!) - adds texture and dimension to this traditional scene. I almost want to apologize for a traditional design in red and greens because it's so unusual for me!   Hello - Jean Okimoto here today - Happy Halloween to everyone celebrating this spooky holiday.

Cut several layers of Poinsettia Blooms from red velvet paper - the dies cut crisply and emboss them at the same time.  Cut the centers from yellow glittered cardstock.

Cut the 2" x 3.25" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from textured pale green cardstock.

Cut the Holly Collage and the Poinsettia Blooms pods from green cardstock.

Stamp "CHRISTMAS WISHES" - from the Blessed to Know You clear stamp set - on an pale green A-2 card with Peeled Paint Distress Oxides.  

Assemble the card and add clear gem stickers.

Quick and easy!

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Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's COOL WINTER WISHES from SEATTLE class at Impress!  Hope you enjoyed the class and all of the techniques - and were inspired to create more cards featuring Memory Box, Poppystamps, Open Studio and the great Seattle companies we're fortunate to call our own.  Thanks too - Ann, Shari and Lauren - for keeping us well-stocked and filling those baskets with everything we need for our holiday cards!

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Looking forward to this weekend's ASIAN HOLIDAY GREETINGS class at Impress too. We're making six Asian-inspired designs - including a simple origami bird and Christmas tree -  with great dies, accents and artpapers.  Here's a picture of a few of the beautiful silkscreened and printed papers we'll be using.  Do you have a stash of artpapers but hesitate to cut them with trimmers, punches or scissors because they tear and shred?  Memory Box and Poppystamps dies are the solution!  They cut these textured handmade papers as easily as they cut through cardstock - and create perfect squares for all of your origami projects.  

Thanks for stopping by...

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10/25/2017

Wed 25

Leaf Collage, Wrapped Stitch Rectangles and Garden Sketches by Jean Okimoto

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Layer a pile of watercolored leaves  from the Leaf Collage die onto a Wrapped Stitch Rectangle for a simple fall card.  Add a greeting - and some sequins from Birch Press - and you're ready for any occasion.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a splashy, glittery card for you today.

Raid your stash for some watercolored papers in shades of orange, coral and pink.   (I'm not quite ready to completely switch over to fall colors.)  Highlight some of the papers with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz and set them aside to dry..  

Cut bright coral glittered cardstock and the watercolored papers with Leaf Collage. 

Brayer Rocket Red Gold Brilliance onto smooth white cardstock.  Dry the ink.  Cut it with the 2" x 3.25" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.  Layer the leaves onto the rectangle

Cut an accent strip of flamingo-colored cardstock with one of the larger Wrapped Stitch Rectangle dies.  Trim it to .75" x 4.5".    

Stamp the greeting - from the Garden Sketches Clear Stamp Set - onto a scrap of the watercolored paper with Peeled Paint Distress Oxide.  Heat-set the ink.  Trim the greeting with the coordinating Garden Sketches die.

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded 5.5" square sage notecard - use foam dots for the greeting.

Add the dark coppery-bronze sequins from Birch Press' Not So Heavy Metal sequin set.  View the entire Birch Press collection of sequins and accents - they're perfect for fall and holiday cards - and so pretty you'll want them all!

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Looking for more holiday card ideas?  If you're in the Seattle area, join us for the COOL WINTER WISHES FROM SEATTLE class at Impress onOctober 28th.  We're making 6 cards featuring our favorite Seattle companies.  There'll be lots of diecuts, great papers and a bunch of techniques.

Thanks for stopping by - join us tomorrow for Isha's great project!

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10/21/2017

Sat 21

Curved Picket Fence, Playful Boo, Tall Fern Left Corner, Swirling Ghosts and Seaweed Stalks by Jean Okimoto

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Swirling Ghosts are working overtime this fall - here they are again with the new Curved Picket Fence and Playful Boo.  Tall Fern Left Corner and Seaweed Stalks add a bright touch to a spooky card - it's OK to be orange today.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here - I was inspired by Donna's great card and couldn't resist making just one more Halloween card for you.  

Cut Swirling Ghosts from watercolor paper.  Give the two larger ghosts some eyes with scraps of black cardstock.  

Cut Tall Fern Left Corner with dark orange cardstock.  

Cut two of the dotty Seaweed Stalks from orange cardstock.  Trim one of them so it's a bit shorter, and has just two branches.  This is such a versatile die set - it doesn't have to be seaweed!  

Cut Curved Picket Fence from dark kraft cardstock.

Cut Playful Boo from green cardstock.

Attach everything to a Licorice Notecard - use foam dots for the tops of the two larger ghosts.

The tiny Not So Heavy Metal Sequins from Birch Press are attached upside-down here.  I thought they looked sparkly-er on the Licorice Notecard that way.  Have you seen this new collection of beautiful sequins and shimmery accents?  

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Thanks for stopping by!

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10/19/2017

Thu 19

Deco Trees, Rectangle Basics and Merry Christmas Sentiments by Jean Okimoto

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The Deco Trees die is a favorite for mass-producing cards that are easy, colorful and uniquely-yours.   Cut the watercolored background and the handmade deckle edge paper with Rectangle Basics for a perfect fit.  No measuring, guessing or thinking required!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a quick design for your holiday cards.

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Cut three edges of the watercolor paper with the 4" x 2.75" Rectangle Basics Die.  Cut the rectangle with the Deco Trees die.  

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Sponge Shizen Design cold press rough-surface watercolor paper with Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxides. Coloring it diagonally results in a nice distribution of these beautiful shades.  Don't try to blend the different colors - color contrasts create great impact.  Use a waterbrush to blend each color within its own area - the paper's texture creates interesting patterns and shading.  Impress just received another shipment of this watercolor paper - it's great!

Heat-set the inks.  Spritz it with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz, then heat-set it again.

Trim the watercolored paper with the 2.25" x 3.5" Rectangle Basics die.  

Stamp the greeting from the Open Studio Merry Christmas Sentiments Clear Stamp Set with Peacock Feathers  on a top-folded 5.5" square card. 

Cut strips of green and turquoise cardstock.  

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Assemble the card and add shimmery turquoise sequins from the Birch Press Mermaid Tale Premium Set. View the entire collection of beautiful sequins and accents here.

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If you're in the Seattle area, save Saturday October 21st for the Impress Holiday Open House.  Both stores are celebrating with special displays, samples and a great selection of holiday items.  Be among the first 25 to arrive and receive a great goodie bag too!  Tukwila opens at 10:00 and University Village at 9:30.  Be there!

Thanks for visiting...see you here again on Saturday.

 

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10/13/2017

Fri 13

Snowy Spectrum, Blessed to Know You Clear Stamps and Rectangle Basics by Jean Okimoto

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Let the new Snowy Spectrum, Birch Press Retro Holiday Sequins  - and Impress Sparkle Glitter -  create a sparkly winter pastel scene for your Christmas cards.  Try it in frosty turquoises or minty greens - or even warm shades of rose gold and peach too.    There are so many great products and so many ways to create unique holiday greetings for everyone on your list.

Hello and Happy Friday - Jean Okimoto here, with a quick card for you today.  It seems like we went from summer right into winter here in Seattle - so let's celebrate with a  snowflake card.

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Cut white cardstock with the 2.75" x 4" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut the rectangle with the beautiful Snowy Spectrum.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Blessed To Know You Clear Stamp Set - with Picked Raspberry Distress Oxides.  Dry the ink.

Cut a rectangle of self-adhesive laminating sheet using the 2.5" x 3.75" Rectangle Basics die. Attach it behind the diecut - save the liner from the laminating sheet.  Use the liner to press the diecut firmly onto the adhesive.  

Lightly sprinkle flakes of dark pink and gold chunky glitter onto the adhesive - like sprinkling a few  crystals of  sea salt over a chocolate-dipped caramel.  Use the liner to press the glitter flakes securely onto the adhesive.  Brush ultra-fine iridescent glitter over everything, tap off the excess, then use the liner to give it all a final "pressing."

Cut a piece of pink cardstock with the same 2.5" x 3.75" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach it behind the laminating sheet to create a soft pink background for the snowflakes and glitters.  

Rectangle Basics dies save so much time - eliminating the measuring, guessing and hoping it'll fill in all of the cutouts.  The rectangles are perfectly proportioned for layering on A-2 cards - and they're great for A-6 cards too.  You'll be spoiled by their accuracy and versatility - and wonder how you ever made cards without them!

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded white A-2 notecard.  Add the pink sequins from the new Retro Holiday Birch Press Sequins - a pretty collection of green, pink and red accents.  See the entire collection here - you'll want all of them!

Add silver gem stickers.

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I love the new ultra-smooth bright white cardstock from Impress.  It's perfect for stamping, stenciling and diecutting - and folds crisply both with and against the grain.  It's everything you could ever want from white cardstock!

Looking forward to seeing everyone at this Saturday's BOO! class at Impress.  I've added an extra card - using the negative from another class card (bonus!) - so we're making 6 cards and a treat wrapper for the tricksters.  

Thanks for stopping by today...

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10/11/2017

Wed 11

Whimsy Cat, Circle Web Collage, and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto


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Concord Grape, Twisted Citron and Wilted Violet don't sound very Halloween-ish - but combine them with Whimsy Cats and the Circle Web Collage and they will be!   Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a few more Halloween tricks and techniques.

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Cut the 3.5" x 4.75" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from white cardstock.  Cut the rectangle with the new Circle Web Collage.  Press a piece of blue painters tape lightly against the backside of the collage to remove any wispy little cardstock remnants that would show up against the dark purple Concord Grape Notecard.  

Stamp the triangles from the Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamps Set with Distress Oxide Wilted Violet.  Stamp the dots (from the same stamp set) with Twisted Citron.  I love the bonus circles, triangles and diamond shapes that are included in this great stamp set.  

Cut Whimsy Cat twice from orange and black cardstock.  Layer them - a bit offset - for a shadowy effect and to add even more personality to their friendly faces.

Stamp the spiders from the Halloween Sideshow Clear Stamps Set with VersaFine Onyx Black.  Color the centers with a black marker.  Matching black inks can be challenging - a black Sharpie is a perfect match for Onyx Black

Attach the diecuts to the card - use foam dots for the black cat.  Add green gem stickers.

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There's a lot happening on this card - but I hope the repetition of circles, ovals and triangles  makes it look cohesive.  What do you think?

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for the BOO! class at Impress on October 14th.  We're making 5 cards and a little treat wrapper for your favorite kids (or adults!).  We'll combine great dies from the stash with some of the latest designs from the Fall 2017 Collection.  See the Impress collection of Memory Box and Poppystamps dies and stamps here.

Thanks for stopping by...

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10/07/2017

Sat 07

Stitched Farm Pumpkins, Grassland Collage and Swirling Ghosts by Jean Okimoto

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A snowman-style stack of the new Stitched Farm Pumpkins meets the Swirling Ghosts here today.  Have you noticed a lot of triple-stacked pumpkin displays lately?  I have - and although the laws of gravity (and cardmaking) would have them layered in front of the pumpkins below, I wanted the stems to show.  So here they are!

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another matchup of old and new design elements from several releases.  A googly-eyed pumpkin cut from a portion of a Persimmon Notecard adds a bright dash of color that every Halloween card needs.  

Cut Grassland Collage from orange cardstock and trim around it with the largest Rectangle Basics die.  Trim the right edge.  The Rectangle Basics and Square Basics sets are great trimmers when your design requires straight edges and uniform borders.  Using a rectangle or square die guarantees at least three straight, accurate edges - then just cut one remaining edge for a perfect frame!

Cut Mango Distressed Dots with the 1-1/4" Circle Basics Die.

Cut Swirling Ghosts from watercolor paper.  

Cut Stitched Farm Pumpkins from a portion of a  Persimmon notecard,  green cardstock and Licorice Distressed Dots.  

Attach the diecuts to a black A-6 (4-5/8" x 6-1/4") card - use foamdots for the two ghosts in the collage.   Add green gem stickers.

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Halloween just seems to say it's OK to switch colors around a bit, add a big dotty moon  - and a cross-eyed Jack o' Lantern. Have fun with your cards - and surprise the lucky recipients this fall!

Thanks a bunch for stopping by...

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