235 posts categorized "Watercolors"

07/21/2018

Sat 21

Holiday 2018 Collection…All Heart Snowman, Crystal Snowflakes and Typewriter Holiday Sentiments by Jean Okimoto

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The Holiday 2018 Collection has arrived - meet the lovable All Heart Snowman and delicate Crystal Snowflakes!  I love their contrasting sizes and the cool set of Typewriter Holiday Sentiments with every greeting you'll need for Christmas.  Hello everyone, Jean Okimoto here with the first of many, many holiday designs for 2018.

View the new collection here.  You'll love the great mix of traditional and contemporary, bold and delicate - everything for everyone on your list.  Shipments began on the 20th - they'll be at your favorite retailers soon!

Paint watercolor paper with a light wash of diluted Powder Pink Kaleidacolor dye ink refill.  Dry the ink with a heat-tool by alternately heating both sides of the paper to prevent curling.

Cut a 3-¼" Stitched Square from white cardstock.  Stamp "make merry"  - from the Typewriter Holiday Sentiments Clear Stamps Set - with VersaFine Clair Glamorous and quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  

Here are two All Heart Snowman tips to accelerate your holiday cardmaking...

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Instead of taping the die to the square - where it might tear the cardstock - attach the die to the cardstock with pieces of rolled tape in two of the large hearts that will be removed.  They'll be tossed out anyway.  

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Mark the two tiny "push-out" circles at the top with a Sharpie.  Draw a line between them.  Position the line parallel with the top of the square and it'll be perfectly aligned for diecutting.  No wonky snowman - thanks for such a great feature Dave..I appreciate it!

Cut the snowman from the square.  Attach a scrap of orange cardstock behind the carrot nose.  Attach a scrap of red glittered cardstock behind the heart.

Diecut Crystal Snowflakes from white glittered cardstock.  Save the center of the smaller snowflake.

Attach the diecuts to an A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card of light gray cardstock.  It would be pretty on an A-6 of textured white cardstock too.

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Hope you liked our first Holiday 2018 inspiration design.  Our Design Team can't wait to share more ideas and techniques with you in the coming weeks.  

If you're in the Seattle area - join us for the MEMORY BOX HOLIDAYS 2018 class at Impress on July 29th.  Be among the first to work with the great new release - and a few classic favorites - from Memory Box and Poppystamps.  Make 6 cards with great techniques, a bit of watercoloring, beautiful artpapers, glitter and special accents.  

Impress is celebrating their 31st Birthday today - enjoy a 25% shopping discount on all purchases.  It's time to stock up Memory Box and Poppystamps designs!  The discount code for online shopping is 31st birthday.

Thanks for visiting...join us  for Penny's great design tomorrow!

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07/20/2018

Fri 20

Floating Swan
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Friday everyone! Today I have a fun card using the Floating Swan die to share.

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or they background I had some fun with liquid watercolors. I used a sheet of photo paper and placed a few drops of two different blue liquid water colors. Then I sprayed the paper with water and watched the colors move on the paper. I added a gold shimmer spray on top to make it sparkle. Once everything was dry I die cut the Floating Swan in order to get the ripples on the water I created.

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Then I die cut the swan in a white paper and used some Copic markers to color it in. I glued it all to a dark blue card and then added some sequins to finish it all off. 

If you have some liquid watercolors give them a try on photo paper, super fun way to use them!
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07/19/2018

Thu 19

Summer Meadow Collage, Cascadia Butterfly Trio and Leavenworth Butterfly Trio by Jean Okimoto

 

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Watercolors create a soft background for the Summer Meadow Collage and a trio of vellum butterflies.  Add a greeting from the Sentimental Iris Clear Stamps Set, gold-glittered accents and turquoise gem stickers.  Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with a thrifty design using the remainder of yesterday's watercolored background.  

Kaleidacolor dye ink refills are great as liquid watercolors and come in a wide range of beautiful colors.  

Cut Summer Meadow Collage from white cardstock - leave a generous  border of cardstock.  

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Place the watercolored background behind it and tape everything securely so it doesn't shift.  Diecut through both layers at once.  The resulting background wasn't a complete rectangle because portions of it were used on another card - but it won't show.  Optional - trim a tiny amount from the edges of the background so the colors won't be visible from the side.  

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Cut Cascadia Butterfly Trio from lime, purple and turquoise vellum.  I cut all three sizes of each so I could try different color and size combinations.  If you don't have colored vellum,  diecut the butterflies from white vellum,  then sponge them with Brilliance Pearlescent Purple, Lime and Jade inks. Yes, Brilliance metallic inks dry on vellum!   Air-dry the butterflies - heat-setting them may cause curling.

Cut gold glitter cardstock or heavy paper with the antennae/centers from the Leavenworth Butterfly Trio.  

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded 5-½" square card of textured white cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the Sentimental Iris Clear Stamp Set - on white cardstock with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then cut then cut it with the ¾" x 2" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach the greeting - use a foam dot on the right edge.

Add turquoise gem stickers.

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Enjoy a 25% shopping discount at the Impress 31st Birthday Celebration this Saturday, July 21.  Yes, 31 years of creativity, inspiration and one-stop shopping for the latest papercrafting supplies.  Bring your Memory Box and Poppystamps wishlists and add some great designs to your personal collection!  The birthday discount code for your online shopping on July 21 is 31st birthday.  

Thanks for visiting - see you again on Saturday!

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07/18/2018

Wed 18

Flitter Side Butterfly and Wonderful Jotted Script by Jean Okimoto

 

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Wonderful Jotted Script and a trio of Flitter Side Butterflies create a colorful summer design today.  Paint a vivid background of diluted Kaleidacolor dye ink refills, diecut the butterflies, add a layered greeting and gem stickers - and you're ready for any occasion.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a watercolored design in some of my favorite colors.  It's a versatile design that would be beautiful in your favorite colors too!

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Paint the rough side of watercolor paper with loose, watery layers of Kaleidacolor dye ink refills.  Outline and define some areas with a waterbrush.

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Add color variations, spots and splotches by lightly spritzing a large clean stamp block with water and pressing it firmly onto the watercolor paper.  Lift it - it'll have a few inky bubbles - press it onto a section with a contrasting color.  Let those little bubbles create some very cool spots and splotches.  Dry the inks with a heat-tool by alternately heating both sides of the paper to prevent curling.  

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Cut the detailed Flitter Side Butterfly from green, purple and turquoise cardstock.  Cut the background butterflies from the watercolored paper.

Cut the background Wonderful Jotted Script from natural cardstock.  Cut the detailed "wonderful" from a slightly bluer shade of cardstock.

Attach the diecuts to an A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card of natural cardstock.

Print "you are" with a label maker.  Attach them to the card with double-stick tape - the label adhesives aren't always secure on cardstock.

Add pale lavender gem stickers - I've colored clear stickers with a Sharpie.  

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Create a stash of watercolored backgrounds and they'll be ready - and dry (!) - when you need a quick card.  Butterflies are always a great design element for watercoloring.  Colors can be bright and splashy or soft and dreamy.  View the collection of Memory Box Butterflies and pick your favorites!

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's BUTTERFLIES + BLOSSOMS class at Impress.  Hope you liked the colorful summer designs and techniques.  Special thanks too - Ann, Cindi, Shari and Erin - for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets.  

Be sure to stop by both Impress stores on Saturday July 21st.  It's Impress' 31st Birthday and they're celebrating with a 25% shopping discount for everyone!  Bring your Memory Box and Poppystamps wishlist - it's time to fill your collection with the stamps and dies you've been admiring!

Thanks for visiting...hope you like butterflies and watercolors as much as I do!

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07/16/2018

Mon 16

Watercolor and Partial Die Cutting Techniques for Cards with Interior Pockets and Tags
by Anne Thompson

The cards I made for this post use a watercolor technique on the front panel and a partial die cutting technique on the inside pocket tag.  Here's the front of the first card with lots of flat stacked layers topped with the TREE BLOSSOM STITCHED CIRCLE FRAME 99914 on a Key Lime notecard.

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Watercolor Technique

  • Cut a piece of watercolor paper to whatever size you want to use.  Mine is 3" X 5".  
  • Get out your watercolor paints--you can use any kind you have on hand--and you will need a brush and a small cup of water.
  • Choose an acrylic block, one of the ones you use for stamping with clear or cling stamps.  Make sure it's clean.
  • Dip your brush in water, get the paint good and wet, pick up some of the paint with the brush, and dab it onto the acrylic block.  You don't need to cover the whole block, just splot some on there.
  • Turn the acrylic block over and "stamp" the paint onto the watercolor paper.
  • Keep repeating this process--dip the brush in water, get the paint really wet, pick up some paint with the brush and dab it onto the acrylic block, and then "stamp" the paint onto the watercolor paper.
  • I used one yellow and one green in my panel, adding really wet paint and sometimes extra water to the block and "stamping" multiple times until I was satisfied with the look.  
  • I let my panel air dry but you could use a heat tool to speed up the process, drying from the back of the panel as well as the front to minimize curling.

To finish the front of the card, I rounded the corners on all of my papers and the notecard before assembling it.  I added white and key lime layers under the watercolor panel using Scor-tape.  I adhered this to a key lime notecard that I had layered with a piece of Key Lime Gingham paper.  I used 1/8" narrow Scor-tape to position a lime green ribbon wrapped around the card to the front which I tied in a bow.

Now for the inside.  I knew I wanted to try a partial die cut technique using the same TREE BLOSSOM STITCHED CIRCLE FRAME die 99914.  To refresh my memory on how to do this I watched Jennifer McGuire's tutorial on YouTube for Partial Die Cut Borders at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Vvf67ug_vs.  Here's the finished tag, just the right size at 2 3/4" X 4" to add a gift card on the back.

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By positioning the die with the edges of the metal plate/clear plate lined up about halfway down the die on top of the section I wanted to cut out, only the part I wanted to cut out did indeed cut out, the half circle with the flowering branch.  After I removed the die from the Key Lime Gingham paper, I flipped the panel over and drew a straight line in pencil from one edge of the frame to the other and cut it with detail scissors to remove the extra paper below the branch.  Then I adhered this to a piece of white cardstock, punched a hole and threaded a ribbon through, and added a green gem in the flower center.  

I made a pocket for the inside of the card to hold the tag from more of the Key Lime Gingham paper, topped with a piece of ribbon and secured with Scor-tape on three sides to a piece of Key Lime cardstock.

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And because I was fascinated by this process and loved the results from this first card, I made more!  For this next one I used four shades of red paint, red and white cardstocks,  and handmade paper on the front. 
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And inside, more handmade paper, Cranberry Dot paper, red and white cardstocks, and red ribbon.

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For this next card I used metallic gold paints, gold twine, purple handmade paper, and white cardstock.

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And inside...

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I hope you'll try one or both of these techniques.  I can't wait for the Christmas-themed dies and stamp sets which will be coming out soon so I can do more partial die cutting on my holiday cards and tags.  

Happy Crafting!

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07/12/2018

Thu 12

Big Butterfly Wing, Wrapped Stitch Rectangles and Kaleidacolors by Jean Okimoto

 

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Big Butterfly Wing and Kaleidacolor inkpads make it easy to design simple summer cards for any occasion.  Wrapped Stitch Rectangles create the perfect frame to balance the bold butterfly without competing for attention.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a quick and easy card for you.

Cut white cardstock with the 4-¼" x 5-½" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle.  Cut it with Big Butterfly Wing.

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Keep the inks separated and roll a 4" soft rubber brayer over the Melon Melody Kaleidacolor.  Lift and roll the brayer towards you 10 to 15 times to ink the entire roller. Brayer the inks onto the rougher side of  watercolor paper - roll the brayer back and forth several times to transfer all of the ink to the watercolor paper.

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Use a waterbrush to move the colors around and blend them a bit.  Extend the top and bottom colors to fit the height of the butterfly diecut.  Add a light spritz of water to create a few random light and dark areas.  Dry the inks with a heat-tool.  Alternately heating both sides of the watercolor paper reduces curling.  

Trim the watercolor paper using the 4" x 5-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut the body/antennae section from gold glittered cardstock or heavy paper.  

Attach the diecuts to an A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card of yellow cardstock.    Add green gem stickers.

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Butterflies are great with watercolors - the Big Butterfly Wing takes full advantage of them.    Kaleidacolor dye inks range from soft pastels to vibrant jewel tones.  They work like liquid watercolors and their great color combinations eliminate the guesswork of picking colors.   Brayer them directly onto the paper as we did here - or press them onto a large stamp block for a palette of five perfectly coordinated inks.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at another BUTTERFLIES AND BLOSSOMS class at Impress on the 14th.  Mix, match and layer great artpapers, felt, sequins and industrial tape on bright summer cards for birthdays, thank-yous and just to say "hello."  We'll use Big Butterfly Wing and Flitter Side Butterfly -  and the best-selling Poppystamps Plumed Peacock, with matching flowers.

Thanks for visiting - we're just one day away from the weekend!

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06/22/2018

Fri 22

New Flitter Side Butterfly and Thanks Jotted Script by Jean Okimoto

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The new Flitter Side Butterfly and Thanks Jotted Script add a breezy touch to any card - here's a bright summer design for you.   Hello, Jean Okimoto here with more designs from the Summer 2018 Collection.  

Paint watercolor paper with diluted Kaleidacolor Dye Ink Refills - leave a few white areas for contrast.  Spritz it lightly with water, then heat-set it.  Cut it with the 1-¾" x 3" Rectangle Basics die.  

Attach Scor-Tape to the top of coral creme cardstock and cut the solid Flitter Side Butterfly.  Cut the detailed Flitter Side Butterfly from gray cardstock.

Remove the tape liner and attach the detailed butterfly - slightly offset.  Brush clear iridescent glitter onto the remaining adhesive to create a very sparkly butterfly.  

Diecut Thanks Jotted Script from coral creme and gray cardstock.  Layer the pieces - adhere the first and last letters, then adhere the remaining letters.

Cut a 1-¾" x 3-¾" strip of coral creme cardstock.  

Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of gray cardstock - use foamdots for the right edge of the butterfly.  Add peachy-pink gemstickers

 

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The loose, elegant typestyle of the four Jotted Script dies makes it easy to add a fresh, contemporary look to cards.planners and layouts.  A few tiny dots of glue adheres the layers.  You'll see a lot of Jotted Script cards here on our blog!

Thanks very much for stopping by again...enjoy the weather and have a great weekend!

 

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06/21/2018

Thu 21

New Summer Meadow Collage and Awesome Jotted Script by Jean Okimoto

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Butterflies and blossoms from the just-released Summer Meadow Collage create the perfect backdrop for the new Awesome Jotted Script set.  Add a watercolored background and pale turquoise gem stickers and you'll have a sweet card for a very special person.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with more inspiration from our Summer 2018 Collection.

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Cut white cardstock with the 3-¾" x 4-¾" Pinpoint Rectangle Layer.  Cut Summer Meadow Collage - save the center offcut.  This die is designed to  cut a delicate frame with an open center.  We'll recyle the offcut to create a solid background for the greeting here.

Paint watercolor paper with pale, diluted layers of Kaleidacolor ink refills.  They're perfect as liquid watercolors - and come in over 50 great shades ranging from soft pastels to bright jewel tones.  Airdry it for a few minutes, give it light spritz of water to soften the colors,  then heat-set it.  Cut it with the same Pinpoint Rectangle Layer die. 

Stamp the greeting - from the Spring Lilacs Clear Stamps - on the collage offcut with Starlite Black Brilliance.  

Cut the delicate Awesome Jotted Script from dark gray cardstock.  Cut the background from pink cardstock.  Here's a tip to make layering quick and easy...attach both ends of the delicate script to the matching background first, then secure the remaining portion.  You'll never run out of background - or have too much background.  

Attach the diecuts to a 5-½" square white card.  Add pale turquoise gem stickers.

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There are three other Jotted Script die sets - birthday, thanks and wonderful - and we love all of them too!  They may look fragile - but they're easy to diecut.  Trust me - I cut twelve "awesome" sets and twelve "thanks"  for last week's Summer Hearts class in just a few minutes.  

Special thanks to everyone from the BEYOND THE BOX and SUMMER HEARTS classes at Impress last weekend.  I appreciate how so many of you took both classes - and drove or ferried to Tukwila for the entire day!  Thanks too - Shari and Laura - for helping everyone fill their baskets. 

Thanks for visiting - see you again tomorrow...

 

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06/07/2018

Thu 07

Everglade Collage and Elegant Shorebirds by Jean Okimoto

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Everglade Collage looks like the perfect background for a trio of flamingo-colored Elegant Shorebirds.  Tuck one behind the leafy edge and layer the others over the collage for a bit of dimension.  Add a quick greeting - and your card is ready to go!

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with another quick and easy design today.  Cut white cardstock and watercolor paper with the 4.4" Stitched Oval Layer die.  Cut the cardstock oval with the Everglade Collage.

Press the orange, yellow and pink inks from the Kaleidacolor Luau inkpad onto an acrylic stamp block.  Paint diluted, blended layers of the inks onto the watercolor paper oval. Air-dry it for a few minutes.  Spritz it lightly with water -  daub the darker areas with paper towel to lighten some areas if necessary.  Heat-set the inks. 

Cut Elegant Shorebirds from flamingo cardstock.  Mask the adjacent areas and daub VersaFine Clair Nocturne onto the legs and beaks.  Trim the legs and beaks from the black birds and layer it  - slightly offset - behind the others for dimension.

Score, cut and fold a white A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card.  Stamp the greeting - from the Sentimental Iris Clear Stamps Set - with VersaFine Clair Glamorous.

Attach the diecuts to the card.  Add black gem stickers.

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Summer has finally arrived - even in Seattle!  It's time for simple cards, splashy colors and outdoor scenes.  Take a few minutes to make some quick cards for your stash,  then enjoy the sunshine!

Thanks for visiting - hope you'll stop by tomorrow for Donna's great card...

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05/31/2018

Thu 31

Reverse Butterfly Collage, Wrapped Stitch Rectangles and Honeycomb Square by Jean Okimoto

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A summer favorite - the classic Reverse Butterfly Collage - is great for a watercolored card.   Add a trio of glittered hexagons from the Honeycomb Square for  sparkly accents and it's ready for any occasion.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a simple summer design for you.

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Cut smooth white cardstock and watercolor paper with the 4-¼" x 5-½" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.  Cut the white cardstock with the Reverse Butterfly Collage.

Paint the watercolor paper with diluted,  overlapping layers of Kaleidacolor Dye Ink Refills - they're great as  liquid watercolors.  Air-dry it for a few minutes, then lightly spritz it with water.  Heat-set it.  Trim the edges just a tiny bit so they don't unexpectedly peek out along the sides of the card

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded A-2 card of smooth white cardstock.

Cut three of the butterfly center/antennae from the Morning Garden Butterflies set from gold mirror cardstock.

Cut purple glitter cardstock with the Honeycomb Square die to create a stash of sparkly little hexagon accents.

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Paint some extra watercolor papers while your supplies are still out and you'll have a stash of pretty backgrounds for future projects.

Big Thanks to everyone from Monday's BEYOND THE BOX Memory Box class at Impress.  Hope you liked the cards - and the different ways we used our Memory Box and Poppystamps dies and stamps.  Special thanks too - Shari, Becca and Erin - for all of your help!  We'll  have a second BEYOND THE BOX class on June 16th, followed by the SUMMER HEARTS class.

Thanks very much for stopping by - see you again this weekend...

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