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 am excited to share a video today that features two projects with some of my favorite techniques. The first card shows how you can create a completely different look with your craft dies by doing an easy masking technique with your glitter. The second card uses some of the new Distress Oxide inks from Tim Holtz to create amazing spattered backgrounds - and they turn out perfect for ocean themed cards!
See those soft wave patterns - embedded in the glitter? It is so easy to achieve this look - and it definitely opens up your craft dies to new possibilities!
Once you get the hang of how to create those patterns in the glitter area then you can really let your creativity take off. I did a simple wave pattern, but you could get really focused and create some intricate designs. And adding different color combinations of glitter is so fun! I chose a tone on tone look, but anything goes if you are going to use glitter.
This glitter technique is definitely an attention getter - I used the Underwater Collage die with double stick adhesive sheets to create the background and notice the bubbles on the side are glittered too. No matter what you put on top of the glittered area, people are going to say wow!
I based both of the projects on this cute little guy - the Neighborly Narwhal. Some simple paper piecing is required to put him together and here I have cut him out in varying shades of cardstock to show off his light and dark areas.
I wanted to give the idea that he was sort of floating on the waves and I think it worked. Cutting him out of matte cardstock and then placing him over the glitter background gives him a halo of sparkle and shine.
I varied the glitter a little bit here - adding a green color to make the two shades stand out a bit more. It is a lot more noticeable and I had some fun experimenting to see which combinations I liked best.
The Cheerful Crab die is a bright addition to the card - I added some Glossy Accents to make his shell look a little bit wet. And the sentiment is from a Poppy Stamps Clear Stamp set called Flower Patch - I just stamped the Thank You in black ink near the bottom, tucked into one of the rounded edges of the die shape.
The Underwater Collage works with two other dies - the Coral Collage and the Seaweed Collage - to create some really interesting 3D papercraft projects. You can see above that when they are layered together you can create a dimensional scene - fish can be poking their heads out from behind the edges and you can tuck in little bits of coral and seaweed.
For the cards in the video though, I just kept it simple and used one layer at a time. The nice thing is that they can still be used individually!
I had a blast putting this simple slider card together - when it is "closed" you see the Neighborly Narwhal swimming in the window I created with the Seaweed Collage. And when the card is "open" the Narwhal slides out of the way, revealing the sentiment underneath.
The Narwhal is proportioned just right to float in the middle of the opening - I used the same cardstock color scheme again to create him because I wanted it to go nicely with the "bubbly" background.
Creating the background was a breeze - I used Distress Oxide inks in three colors (Broken China, Wilted Violet and Faded Jeans) to make a beautiful marine inspired background. After blending the three colors, I spritzed lightly with water and watched the drops create glowing spots on the ink. It looks just like bubbles coming up from the sea.
I kept the design pretty simple - I loved the background so much that I didn't want to put a lot on it! But you could mix things up and stamp the sentiment on the open area, and add more fish and ocean things into the hole. We have an entire section of nautical themed dies that are ready for a scene just like this!
I had some extra Cheerful Crabs from the first project, so I glued one onto the tip of the slider. That way the card recipient gets their attention drawn to the side and will know to pull!
A little bit of color from the Seaweed Stalks may be a nice addition - we have lots of ocean inspired designs for you to choose from. Careful though, you may get carried away!
The new Grassland Collage creates an Asian-inspired spring setting for Sketch Bunny Background, cut from silkscreened paper. Easter eggs are optional! Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a simply styled card to get your workweek off to a quick start.
Do you have a secret stash (hoard?) of beautiful imported artpapers that you're saving for the perfect design opportunity? Here's your chance to use treasured bits of them on bright spring cards. The layered inks, metallic highlights and fiber content of these papers can be challenging to hand-cut or punch - but Memory Box dies cut through them like a dream.
Cut Sketch Bunny Background from the reverse side of paper - so he'll face the Grassland Collage. This pretty print is from Hanko Designs. Cut two additional bunnies of lightweight cardboard and layer the pieces for extra dimension.
Here's a tip that makes it easy to attach Grassland Collage to cardstock for diecutting. Place pieces of folded painter's tape (sticky-side-out) in the circle and near the bottom right corner of the design. This lets you avoid the edges near the intricate circle outline and the grasses - and the outer area that frames the collage. Press the die firmly onto the cardstock - use extra pressure on the two taped areas. The two taped areas will be cut away and disposed of. This is easier done than explained - give it a try!
Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of natural cardstock. The bunny die includes the tail - but I attached a little white pompom for a bit of extra pouf. The card will probably require extra postage with the pompom, but I think the recipient will appreciate it.
I found the pretty Sequin Flower Kit at Impress - the little blossoms are the perfect size for the collage, and all of your spring and summer projects.
Special thanks to everyone from Saturday's ASIAN DESIGN...SIMPLY STATED class at Impress! The Square Basics dies cut perfect pieces for our origami projects, making it easy to fold crisp points and and sharp angles for our bunnies and butterflies. Other dies from Memory Box and Poppystamps did a great job of cutting design elements and accents for our cards. Thanks to Ann, Shari and Erin too - for helping us find just what we needed!
The new Butterfly Spectacle is just too great to save for a warm, sunny summer day! A cold, sunny Seattle spring day will suffice. There are so many ways to use Butterfly Spectacle - with watercolors, vellum, powdered pigments, or layered over printed papers. Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a quick watercolored backdrop for this beautiful addition to the Memory Box collection of butterfly dies.
Paint a square of watercolor paper with diluted Kaleidacolor dye ink refills. Air-dry it for a few minutes, then spritz it lightly with water and heat-set it with a dry iron on the cotton setting.
Cut it with the 3-1/2" square die from the Square Basics set. Cut Butterfly Spectacle from white cardstock. Trim around it with the 3-¾" Square Basics die.
Attach Scor-Tape behind gold mirror cardstock and cut the antennae from the Morning Garden Butterflies die set.
Score, cut and fold a 5-½" square card of white cardstock. Assemble the card. Add lavender gem stickers.
Wasn't that quick and easy? Paint a supply of watercolor paper and have it ready for your next project. I like painting squares of watercolor paper - about 6"x6" - so I can select the ideal section of colors for my projects. Having a square also means you'll be able to rotate the waterolored background up to 4 times to find that perfect blend of pretty colors!
If you're in the Seattle area this weekend - join us for my last class of the quarter at Impress. It's ASIAN DESIGNS...SIMPLY STATED - a great way to use your stash of Asian artpapers and dies from Memory Box and Poppystamps. See you there!
Next quarter's classes have some quirky titles - but I promise they'll be colorful, fun and filled with techniques and great ways to use your supplies. Enjoy and splurge with your 10% shopping discount too. Here's what's coming up:
- RAINING CATS & DOGS on April 8
- GOING GREEN on April 15
- SUMMER HEARTS on May 13 and Memorial Day, May 29
- SURF & TURF on June 3
- SUMMER BLISS on June 17 and July 4
Thanks for stopping by - join us for Donna's great project tomorrow!
The new Wildwood Collage fits perfectly onto one of the Half a Dozen Eggs to create a sweet little Easter scene. Don't you just love it when everything fits together like they were made for each other...and they were! Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a fresh spring design for you today.
Are you old enough to remember those precious hollow "window" eggs with the little Easter scenes inside? That's my inspiration today - let's make a snailmail-able version of those vintage pieces. Yes, objects from my childhood are now officially "vintage."
Cut the big egg from the Half a Dozen Eggs set from chartreuse cardstock. Cut the Wildwood Collage.
Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to white felt and cut Springtime Bunnies. The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through the felt.
Cut glittered cardstock eggs using the small Clutch of Eggs dies.
Attach everything to a side-folded A-2 card of lime green cardstock.
Easter's my favorite holiday. I love the colors, flowers, bunnies and dark chocolate eggs (not necessarily in that order) that always make it so special, and pretty. What's your favorite holiday?
Big thanks to everyone who took last weekend's SPRINGTIME IN SEATTLE class at Impress! It was a chocolate-powered session - and we certainly flew through the cards and treat tote, and even ended ahead of schedule. Thanks too - Ann and Karen - for helping us fill our baskets with all of the pretty, glittery supplies we need for Easter.
I've added a new special class from 1:00-3:00 this Saturday - it's ASIAN DESIGN...SIMPLY STATED. We're making 7 cards, including a simple origami butterfly and a bunny with silkscreened artpapers. It's time to stop saving those beautiful prints and start cutting them into accents, backgrounds and perfect squares for origami with our Memory Box and Poppystamps dies.
The new Sapling Collage is one of five fresh woodland scenes that are quickly becoming favorites in the Spring 2017 Collection. It's easy to see why - they're versatile, great for layering and perfect for every season. Imagine them later with tiny blossoms in the summer, ghosts and bats in the fall and bright red birds in snowy winter scenes.
Hello, Jean Okimoto here, welcome back to our blog blitz. Here's a super-quick Easter card that takes just a few minutes. The hardest part of it is deciding where to place those glittery eggs!
Cut chartreuse cardstock with the 2-¾" x 4" Rectangle Basics die. Cut the Sapling Collage.
Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to white felt and cut Springtime Bunnies. The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps glue from soaking thru.
Cut glittered cardstock with Clutch of Eggs.
Attach everything to a top-folded green A-2 card. That's it!
Want a chance to win the Sapling Collage? Just add a comment to this post to enter our random-selection drawing for this great die. Add your comments to all of the Design Team posts during the blitz - from March 6th through March 12th - for even more chances to win. The entry deadline is 11:59 PM EST on Sunday March 12th.
No classes this weekend - but I'll see everyone again on March 18th for the SPRINGTIME IN SEATTLE class at Impress.
The new Butterfly Swell joins our Spring Blog Blitz today! Hello - hope you're enjoying our blitz and loving the great new dies as much as we enjoy sharing our designs with you. Jean Okimoto here, with a watercolored butterfly design for you.
Be sure to add your comments to each designer's post throughout the blitz for a chance to win a new die from our latest collection of spring and nautical designs. Our blitz began on March 6th and continues through March 12th.
Here are the directions for this simple card. Paint a background on watercolor paper. Splotchy and bright stands out more than soft and dreamy for this design - trust me!
Cut Butterfly Swell from white cardstock and layer it over the background. Slip the top and bottom center "tabs" behind the background to create the illusion of floating butterflies. The die is actually designed to cut through the top and bottom portions so the butterflies are suspended between two sections of cardstock. I decided to give it a different look here.
Trim the Butterfly Swell panel to fit onto a textured white A-6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card. Round the right corners of the panel and the card.
Cut the antennae - from the new Morning Garden Butterflies Set - from pink glittered cardstock. The Morning Garden Butterflies are designed to match the solid butterflies of the Butterfly Ensemble set too.
Add tiny clear iridescent sequins.
Hope you like this colorful and easy design. Paint a stash of watercolored backgrounds in your favorite spring and summer shades - they'll be ready when you need them for a quick card for any occasion.
Big thanks to everyone from last week's HEY THANKS class at Impress. Hope you enjoyed the techniques - and being among the first to create cards with the Spring Release. Everyone got to meet Steve and Quincy too! Thanks to Ann, Shari and Erin for helping us fill those shopping baskets with the latest must-haves.
Want a chance to win the Butterfly Swell? Just leave a comment here - and you'll be entered to win this versatile, classic design that would make a great addition to your stash of Memory Box dies. Add your comments to all of the Design Team posts throughout the blitz for more chances to win great dies from our new collection. The entry deadline is 11:59 PM EST on Sunday March 12th. Good Luck!
Here's a simple March Challenge inspiration card with my current favorites - Morning Garden Butterflies, Butterfly Ensemble and watercolors. It's a Ribbons Challenge - and our Grosgrain Ribbons set is perfect for the occasion too. Hello, Jean Okimoto here, sharing a quick card for anyone, anytime.
Cut scraps of watercolored paper with the three Grosgrain Ribbon dies - run the dies through the machine lengthwise for best results. Leave the paper in the dies and dry-emboss them for added texture using the plates and embossing mat required for your machine.
Weave four horizontal and three vertical strips. Flip everything over to the backside and tape the strips together so they're easier to work with. Attach it to a white A-6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card.
Cut the solid Butterfly Ensemble butterfly from turquoise vellum. Cut the detailed Morning Garden Butterfly from white cardstock. Cut the center portion - from the Morning Garden set - from Rose Gold mirror cardstock.
Here's an easy, invisible way to attach the vellum butterfly - just place a narrow strip of doublestick tape on one of the horizontal strips where it will be covered by the butterflies. It'll blend right in with the background.
Attach Scor-Tape behind blue glittered cardstock and diecut it with the Honeycomb Background die. Instant self-adhesive glittered hexagons...a whole sheet of them for spring and summer projects!
Gather your favorite ribbons and Memory Box dies and join our March Challenge - we'd love to see your design!
Be sure to visit Impress Tukwila, University Village or online for our latest release of wonderful spring and summer dies from Memory Box and Poppystamps. We'll be using some of them in our HEY THANKS class in Tukwila on Saturday March 4th - see you there!
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.
A watercolored Blooming Peony Stem adds a bit of sunshine to any day...especially a winter day! Hi, Jean Okimoto here, determined to create something to brighten things up a bit. Any greeting would work here - here's my favorite combination of typestyles, from the Watching the World Bloom clear stamp set.
I have a big stash of watercolored sheets painted with Kaleidacolors and Peerless Watercolors. I hope this soft combination of yellows and greens promises spring will be here soon.
Cut Blooming Peony Stem from white and green cardstock. We're using just the white negative and the green diecut today - say the other pieces for another project. Trim the white cardstock with the 3" x 4-¼" Rectangle Basics die. Attach watercolored paper behind the flower cutout.
Attach a piece of doublestick tape behind the tiny dots in the center of the peony. Set the peony into the white cardstock background. Brush gold glitter onto the adhesive in the tiny dots.
Stamp the greeting onto a scrap of watercolored paper with Olympia Green VersaFine. Dry the ink and trim the paper.
Attach everything to a top-folded 5-½" square card of pale yellow-green cardstock - use foam dots for the greeting. Add tiny pale green sequins.
Special thanks to everyone who braved Monday's cold windy rain to take the BIRTHDAY WISHES class at Impress! I appreciate your rainy drive to Tukwila - and it was great to see those who've been taking my classes since I taught at Rubber Soul 18 years ago. 18 years! Thanks too, Ann, Shari and Becca - for helping us fill our baskets with everything we needed to make those birthday cards - and get a headstart on spring cards.