26 posts categorized "Video"

04/18/2017

Tue 18

Watercolor Dip Technique Video
by Dave Brethauer

Hello everyone and welcome!

If you have ever struggled with creating a smooth watercolor blend then you should check out today's video. I am sharing a tried and true technique for making sure that you have enough water on your watercolor paper to create beautiful blending.

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There are many factors that go into creating a beautiful watercolor look - in addition to the amount of water that you use, you also need to pay attention to how quickly you are painting to avoid hard lines of color. You also want to keep in mind the importance of layering colors.

In the video I show you how to make things easy on yourself with this method - and when you are done you will have four different cards that showcase your watercolor skills!

(Watch this video in HD by clicking here)

The Happy Birthday Upright Script is an especially good shape for this technique - you can use each letter to designate a color on the rainbow. The letters are small so you don't have to worry about rushing to get all of your areas covered with paint - you can take your time and focus on dabbing color where it needs to go. I cut out all of the shapes today from watercolor paper (this is important) because this technique saturates the paper - it doesn't matter if you use hot press or cold press watercolor paper, but plain old cardstock won't work. I used Peerless Watercolors for the video, I love how convenient they are to use! 

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The color scheme that you choose is up to you - I suggest keeping things in rainbow order in the beginning. Colors next to each other on the rainbow are obviously easier to blend - but as you get more comfortable, try blending colors that are further apart.

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The Stitched Butterfly Trio from Poppystamps is so popular - and it really shines with this technique. The stitching detail has this great feature where the paint collects a little in the cut lines - and notice the texture of the watercolor paper (this is cold press). All of those little dimples give the die cut a rich appearance - note that the process of die cutting the paper may flatten this out a bit, but the watercolor paper still looks thick and terrific once things have dried.

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I used the Stitched Oval Layers to create a base to put everything on and kept the background simple. The colors on the Happy Birthday greeting were so vivid that I decided a plain background was probably best.

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I moved onto a more complicated design for the second project using the Large Antilles Floral Right Corner die. I created lots of corner dies this year for layering and creating nature scenes - the right corners match with left corners for example, and you can layer these corners with other corners and borders. To check out an example, take a look at Sherry's post using the Antilles Border along with the Lavender Bunch. For this project I wanted the watercolor to be the star of the show so I just used one die cut.

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I let the edges of the flowers be my guide when applying the color - I made the color more intense at the tips of the petals and then softer as I approached the center. And really, the water did most of the work, as you can see in the video.

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On the red blossom card I used Distress Ink in Ground Espresso to stamp the Happy Birthday sentiment (this sentiment is from the Memory Box Clear Stamp set CL5153 Party Time) and added Distress Oxide Ink in Fossilized Amber and Peeled Paint around the edges of the card.

I couldn't resist trying the same composition in a different color scheme - so I created the same card with blue petals and then edged the card with Distress Oxide Ink Iced Spruce. I loved how that subtle gray color went with the blue - so I stamped the Happy Birthday in the Iced Spruce as well.

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I might even like this color scheme better!

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The blue on the petals and the yellow in the centers marry so beautifully to create subtle areas of green. The wonderful thing about watercolor is that you get unexpected results - areas of light and dark, subtle new color variations and the process happens before your eyes as you add paint here and there.

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Another important factor with watercolor is layering. When you want to achieve intense color, it is critical to think of your painting in terms of layers. I chose a small die (this is the Paintbrush Happy die) so that we could do multiple layers of color quickly.

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You can see here how vivid the color can get with multiple layers of watercolor - and this layering can also help the blending process. After two or three layers you lose the distinction between different areas of color so it is hard to see where one color stops and the next one starts. The "birthday" stamp image is from the Party Time stamp set again (stamped in Distress Oxide Fired Brick) - I just left some space above it on the Poppystamps Stitched Tunnel Tag.

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And look what a difference a new color scheme makes!

It is the same composition but now on a teal card and shifted in the color palette to more blues and greens. I stamped "birthday" with Distress Oxide Ink in Broken China
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One major advantage of using the dip technique is that you save on the amount of paint that you use. You are only painting the die cut - rather than painting the watercolor paper and then running it through your machine. That way you can spot paint any little areas that you want to accentuate - for example, I wanted the "y" in happy to still have a little bit of yellow left at the tips so I was careful when I brought the green onto the "y" not to completely cover the yellow.

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Once you've master the dip technique and how quickly you need to move around the die cut piece, then you should try a large area! I used the Hovering Butterfly Frame because it has a lot of area to paint and also because the shapes are interconnected (perfect for blending!).

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I guarantee that no two will look alike when you work on this card! Just keep a palette of your watercolors out and as you apply paint you will be inspired to try all sorts of color combinations! Again on this card, I wanted the watercolor blending to be the focus, so I just added the Poppystamps Scribble Thank You in the center for a basic greeting.

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The die has some embossing areas that create some pattern in the butterfly wings - it adds another level of interest on the card when those raised areas catch the light. You will need to use an embossing pad to create the raised areas (die cut first, leave the paper in the die cut, then run it back through your machine with an embossing pad). 

I hope you enjoy the video - watercolor is really one of the best ways I have found to relax. I become so absorbed in the process that I forget everything else!

So now's the time! Go grab your brushes and paints and start blending!

 


 

03/27/2017

Mon 27

Narwhals with Glitter and Distress Oxide Ink Video
by Dave Brethauer

Hello everyone and welcome!

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!

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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! 

(Watch this video in HD by clicking here)

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

Enjoy the show! 

 

03/04/2017

Sat 04

Glitter Inlay Technique Video
by Dave Brethauer

Welcome everybody! I don't know about you, but sometimes I can't get enough glitter. I've gone through several gallons of Diamond Glitter glue over the years, so it is no surprise that I tend to keep a good supply of glitter in my craft bins. I was inspired when I saw my pack of Martha Stewart glitter (I think I purchased these years ago, they last a long time!) and decided it was time to make a video.
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In the video I start with a super easy inlay technique using Scor Tape double sided adhesive sheets. You get consistently excellent results with this tape so it is on my list of basic must haves - in addition to being useful in a number of special techniques, it really is terrific for glitter application.

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The adhesive sheets are applied behind an open die cut, like the Blooming Peony Stem (recently released and one of our best sellers). Once the glitter is rubbed into the open areas of the die cut, the magic begins! The glitter lays down flat - catching glints of light and reflection each time the card is moved. The effect is mesmerizing! I added a sentiment from the Open Studio Watching the World Bloom clear stamp set (it has several sentiments that would work well on this card) and I decided to do a small pack of cards for a friend. I created the same card over and over, but I changed out the base card so that there were Key Lime, Sunflower, Mango, Violet and Pool notecards in the set. It was a really cheery looking gift!

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Here is an up close look at what it looks like after you have completed the inlay glitter process. Every speck of glitter catches the light - and because you are applying the glitter by hand, the result is a smooth and flat layer of glitter.

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The look you end up with depends on the kind of glitter that you use - the peony above was done with clear glitter, so the color of the paper underneath comes through, but with a frosted look.

Of course you can't stop with just one shade of glitter though - with so many colors available, it is just natural to add some more!

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I combined an ink blended background with a layer of clear and colored glitter inside the Deer Grove Oval - check out the video for some general tips on creating an ombre effect. If you are new to working with glitter, then start with a two color project before progressing - it's easy to get a little messy! I offer some suggestions for how to conserve your glitter and how to work with two colors at a time. I used Distress Ink for the background, in Squeezed Lemonade and Tumbled Glass, and created a bright springtime background for the glitter to layer over. In the video, you will see there was just enough room to add in the Scribble Hello from Poppystamps - in basic black cardstock at the corner for a crisp, clean look.

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Since a lot of the dies I design are intended to work together, I also added a short tutorial on combining the Deer Grove Oval and the Grand Stag Oval - when these are layered together the deer face each other. You could use these in combination for so many different kinds of greetings - my goal is to always create dies that work with each other to inspire lots of different creative opportunities! And I really love the color combination - Distress Ink in Wilted Violet and Evergreen Bough is such a striking combination.

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Once you've gotten the hang of blending glitter, then adding lots of shades to one project is a breeze! I used the Open Studio Butterfly Ensemble and Morning Garden Butterflies to create the shimmering butterflies here. I think if I had the time I would devote a day to creating butterflies - the play of the white against the brilliant color, the possibilities of blending from one area of the wing towards the center - it is easy, fun and inspiring and you can't really go wrong!

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Careful - like all of this papercrafting stuff, it is addictive! Fortunately, the glitter seems to last forever (those bottles never seem to get empty - even after all these years!) so you can play and play.

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The cloud background was super easy - just a few quick cuts using the Poppystamps Stitched Cloudline and some simple sponging makes for a quick background and the perfect spot to add a sentiment. I stamped greetings from the Poppystamp Ornamental Butterflies clear stamp set in plain black ink. The butterflies provided all the color necessary!

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I finished up making the projects and editing the video and took a look around the office - glitter on the keyboard, glitter on my shirt, glitter on the dog...well, don't say I didn't warn you! 

So what inspired the video? This week was the release of our new collections at Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press - yes, all three companies released some amazing new stuff to play with! I had my Deer Grove Oval in hand when I thought, "This would work great with a glittery background..." and next thing you know I had a glitter video. Hope you enjoy it!

 

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02/24/2017

Fri 24

Pastel Easter Cards
by Dave Brethauer

Welcome! I am excited to share a video with you today featuring some delightful pastel Easter cards. Adding color to a background with a sponging technique is one of my favorite papercrafting techniques and so it was easy to come up with a variety of projects to share.

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In the video I show you two different ways to use the Easter Eggstravaganza Frame by simply changing the areas where color is applied. I spent a lot of time designing this particular frame - making sure that there were plenty of intricate details for cutting and embossing. The easy sponging technique takes it to a new level and the projects turn out stunning!

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The frame embosses nicely - simply send the frame through the machine with cardstock, then put your embossing pad on the die (leave the die cut in the die) and run it through again. All of those little flowers and details emboss and create a terrific effect. I even added a few Nuvo Jewel Drops in a soft shade of pink called Rosewater to complete the pastel look!

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I switched things up with the alternative card in the video - this time covering the sponged areas with the frame, but the color peeks through, revealing a rainbow of gorgeous pastel shades. It was fun to discover that even if my sponging wasn't perfect, the frame hid the imperfections because you were only seeing bits of the color popping through. You will love the result!

The Happy Easter die is the same on both - but you will notice that on one of the cards I stacked and glued the words, so that they really stand out (and included a few tips in the video for doing this).

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The Pristine Egg from Memory Box is designed to be used with the Half a Dozen Eggs set from our Open Studio line and I created a project that made it look as if the egg was dipped and decorated for Easter. Any pastel colors will work so I have chosen inks in soft blue, pink, violet and yellow for my palette. And those tiny clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh are the perfect addition!

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Speaking of tags - why not use the eggs as a tag? I got carried away making my pastel paper eggs and before I knew it I had created more than I needed. So I got out one of our Clear Stamp Sets - CL425 Cupcake Party from poppystamps - and embellished them with a bunny from the set. These are super quick and you'll have a nice stash of gift tags on hand for spring!

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And just when I thought I was finished, I decided to play with the Happy Easter Egg and Stitched Egg Medley from poppystamps - the combination of shimmer from a clear Wink of Stella pen along with the pastel inks led me to this card. I stacked up the Happy Easter egg die cuts to create a thick focal point on the card and then had fun "decorating" with my little eggs! For the background I combined two Fresh Ink colors, Chamomile and Celery, with Distress Ink Spun Sugar (a great combination for springtime!) - just add these colors to a background piece (I used the Pinpoint Rectangle set for the layer - and the pinpoints create fun detail along the edge). Isn't that shimmer on the egg wonderful? As a bonus, the Happy Easter Egg coordinates with the Half a Dozen Eggs set from Open Studio! Check out the video for all of the details.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I did! Please check your favorite local craft stores for Memory Box and Poppystamps products - some items are linked in the description of the video!

10/11/2016

Tue 11

Mighty Oak
by Shelby

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Good morning Memory Box fans.  I love the rich colors of Autumn and decided to incorporate the richness of the season into a perfectly masculine card.  Even guys enjoy receiving cards (even if they don't admit it)!

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I used the wonderful die called Mighty Oak Frame and put the die Small Deer behind the tree.  2 perfectly paired dies = a fast easy card and perfectly masculine card.  Remember this video from a few months back using deli paper and distress crayons?

Distress Crayons and Deli Paper from Shelby Thomas on Vimeo.

Well instead of using distress crayons to create the color on the deli paper, I used DecoArts Metallic Lustre in Copper Kettle and Black Shimmer.  I applied the medium in several different ways.  For a thin coat, I used a paintbrush loaded with a lot of water and then lessened the amount of water to increase the opacity.  For the heaviest coverage, I applied the medium directly to the deli paper with my finger.

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The sentiment is from an exclusive Memory Box set available from Simple Pleasures Stamps and Scrapbooking which was stamped in Versafine and then embossed with Copper embossing powder.

Thanks for popping in for a visit today!  See you next week:)!!

Shelbysig

 

 

08/16/2016

Tue 16

We Wish You
by Shelby

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Good morning Memory Box fans!  It's the best day of the year (besides Christmas morning)...the first day of school.  The summer was great, but now it is on to Autumn and the Christmas season

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For today's card I used the gorgeous new We Wish You Elegant Script.  The background is more simple than it appears using just some distress paints, stains and embossing folder. The below video is step by step and organized by card section...so speed up or slow down to get to the part which strikes your fancy.

 

 

Distress and Embossing from Shelby Thomas on Vimeo.

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Thanks for stopping by for a visit today!  See y'all next time

Shelbysig

 

 

06/21/2016

Tue 21

Dizzy Butterflies
by Shelby Thomas

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Welcome to the 2nd day of summer!  I had a fun play with some deli paper and the Ranger Distress Crayons to create a unique effect for today's cards.

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The Dizzy Butterflies die was cut from deli paper which had been colored up with the distress crayons and then die cut.  The background paper was created with Distress Inks (peacock feathers and Squeezed lemonade) with a water technique and the edging was done with the same DI colors sponged onto the cardstock.

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Same technique and design elements for this card.  I just changed up the colors to Seedless Preserve and Festive Berries for the Distress Ink Colors.

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Popped on some flat back clear glass embellishments to finish the card off.  If you've not played with deli paper, it's fun and relatively easy and the look is different every time!

Here is a tutorial showing how I created the design of the card using the Peacock Feathers and Squeezed Lemonade color palette.

 

Distress Crayons and Deli Paper from Shelby Thomas on Vimeo.

Thanks for stopping by today for a visit!!

Shelbysig

 

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11/10/2015

Tue 10

Drifting Oak Leaves
by Shelby Thomas

Good morning everyone!  I hope this week is treating you well and you're finding inspiration with all of the wonderful creations from the Memory Box DT. 

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Isn't Fall just a wonderful time for amazing colors?  I've used the Drifting Oak Leaves cling stamp and Clean Color II markers direct to the stamp to create a simple and easy watercolored panel.  There is a short video tutorial at the end of this post to show you how to easily replicated this card/technique.

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I stamped the sentiment and a few leaves from the Autumn Birdie clear stamp set in Versamark on vellum and then embossed with Gold Pearl embossing powder.  A bit of wrapped gold thread was placed behind the panel and then some gold/yellow sequins give a little bling bling.

 

Thanks for stopping by for a visit today!

Shelbysig

 

 

09/22/2015

Tue 22

Flurry Snowflake Frame + Video
by Shelby Thomas

Hello Memory Box fans!  I hope you were able to check out the new DT gal Lindsay's post yesterday and the gorgeous fall colors.

I'm moving into the next season of Winter and/or the Christmas season!! This card was fast and easy and would make for the perfect "mass" produced holiday card.  Change the background colors to your preference (or keep them), one die, one sentiment and some bling bling and you're good to go!  And I did a quick video showing how to create the background using Distress Ink Daubers.

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Distress Ink Dauber Background from Shelby Thomas on Vimeo.

See I told you it was easy and fast!!

 

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 Thanks for popping in for a visit today, and I hope the rest of your day is awesome!

Shelbysig

 

09/02/2015

Wed 02

Stencil, Color Burst and Video

Good morning Memory Box fans!  I hope your day is going well and you're getting your creative on.

There is a video tutorial at the end of this post showing how to create the front panels for today's cards so don't forget to scroll all the way down

Today's post is showing how to make 2 different card fronts using one gorgeous stencil and some Color Burst.  Fast, easy and awesome.  I love me some stencils.  I think they are one of the most versatile crafting tools I have, and I use them constantly and in lots of different ways.  Today I'm using the Leafy Stems stencil from the Garden Collection.

This card is using the positive portion of the stencil.  In my little head, the positive part of the stencil refers to the openings whereas the negative part of the stencil is the plastic portion.

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And the second card uses the both the positive and the negative parts of the stencil.

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The background colors using the Color Bursts was created by using the negative part of the stencil and the leaves were colored with Distress Inks using the positive part of the stencil.

Here is a quick video showing how to use the stencil in multiple ways and how to use the Color Burst in a simple yet effective way.  Enjoy

 

Stencils and Color Burst from Shelby Thomas on Vimeo.

Thanks for stopping by to visit!!

Shelby