240 posts categorized "Watercolors"

09/26/2018

Wed 26

Hutton Wreath and Whimsy Cat on a Speckled Background by Jean Okimoto

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The Hutton Wreath can be elegant and pretty...or dark and spooky, like when it frames the popular Whimsy Cat.  Add a Speckled Background of black dots and Playful Boo for a fun Halloween design of classic favorites.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here after some crazy - and senior moment - hours!

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Press a Kaleidacolor Desert Heat multicolored inkpad onto a large acrylic block to create a palette of bright yellow, oranges and red.  Paint watercolor paper with random splotchy layers of ink and heat-set it.  

Cut it with Speckled Background.  Rotate the die 180 degrees and cut it again to create a second, different pattern of dots.  Speckled Background is great for adding the look of random paint or ink specks without the stress and uncertainty of wondering where they'll land!  

Cut the paper with the 3-¼" Square Basics die. 

Cut Hutton Wreath and Playful Boo from black cardstock.

Cut Whimsy Cat from black velvet paper and white cardstock.  Layer the diecuts, slightly offset.

Place Whimsy (that's what we call him at Impress) over the background and mark the spots for his eyes.  Punch the eyes out (sorry, Whimsy)  with a screwpunch.  

Cut black cardstock with the 3-½" Square Basics die.

Attach the diecuts to a vibrant Persimmon Notecard.  Add silver gemstickers.

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I love Persimmon Notecards - they're perfect for transforming dark, spooky Halloween designs into something bright and fun.  

Special thanks to everyone who took the first COLORS OF CHRISTMAS class at Impress!  Hope you liked the cards - and the versatility of the Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Design products we mixed and matched on our greetings.  Thanks too - Ann and LaVonne - for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets!

Thanks for visiting...have a great evening!

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09/11/2018

Tue 11

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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09/10/2018

Mon 10

A New Watercolor Background Technique for the Countryside Fence Frame
by Anne Thompson

I made two cards for today using a new-to-me watercolor background technique called Sgraffito.  Sgraffito is a a form of decoration made by scratching through a surface to reveal a lower layer of a contrasting color, typically done in plaster or stucco on walls, or in slip on ceramics before firing.  For the two cards below I used a common sewing pin to scratch the surface of watercolor paper before applying one color of paint to get a similar effect.

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For the card on the right I used a pin to scratch random lines into the watercolor paper before adding paint.

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In this close-up  you can see the detail of the scratches once watercolor has been added.  That one layer of paint pools in the scratches to make darker lines against the background color.

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For the card on the left, I used a ruler to help me scratch straight parallel lines at an angle to represent rain before adding the blue watercolor paint.

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Now let's look at how I finished each card.  Since the rain is right above this, let's look at that one first.  

  • I cut the piece of rain paper into a square that would fit behind the frame I wanted to use.
  • I chose the COUNTRYSIDE FENCE FRAME 94034 and cut it from some lime green cardstock.
  • While the paper was still in the die I applied double-sided Scor-Tape to the frames to keep them together.
  • I removed the tape backing and applied the frame to the rain paper.
  • I cut the Countryside Fence Frame again, this time from white cardstock.  I snipped off the fence and used a glue pen to adhere it on top of the green fence.
  • I cut the VINTAGE WATERING CAN 99956 from silver cardstock and popped it onto the frame at an angle to look like the rain was coming from it.
  • I then added some tiny flowers with glue dots to fill the bottom of the frame and spill over onto the card front.

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For the second card, I used most of the same procedures.  The green scratched paper had me thinking about the deep woods, so I die cut the DELICATE PINE FRAME 94031 from dark green cardstock and snipped off the tree.  I adhered the tree to the left of the Countryside Fence Frame.

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This is another fun and easy technique for backgrounds as it also adds texture as well as color.  These two cards will go into my all-occasion box with appropriate sentiments to be added as needed.  

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Happy Crafting!

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09/04/2018

Tue 04

Watercolor Backgrounds for the Delicate Pine Frame
by Anne Thompson

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Crafting!

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08/18/2018

Sat 18

Watercolor Tips with Markers Video
by Dave Brethauer

Hello everyone!

I had the chance to play with one of the new Christmas stamp sets and wanted to show a couple of tips for creating watercolor looks with markers. You can adjust the brightness of the color by using a few simple techniques to get the look you want!



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I used two different techniques in the video - the first technique is to apply the marker directly to the paper and then work the color with a wet brush. The second technique is to apply the marker to a separate palette, pick up the color with a wet brush, and then apply it to the paper.

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For all of the projects today I used 140 lb. cold press (textured) watercolor paper, Zig Clean Color Markers and a plain old paintbrush (waterbrushes will work great too!). I stamped the CL5226 Be Jolly Clear Stamp set with a waterproof black ink so that my stamp lines wouldn't run when applying the water.

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I first used the technique of applying the marker directly to the watercolor paper and then blending it out with a wet brush. As you will see in the video, it takes a few layers to make it look smooth! The first layer will likely have a marker line that doesn't quite blend out - but after a few layers this will look a lot better.

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The great thing about this technique is that you can get really intense color! The brown areas, for example, get a a really deep shade and create some nice dimension. Now take a look at the difference with the other technique...

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...it is so much more pastel! For this card, I scribbled some marker onto a piece of plastic, dipped my brush into it and then started painting on the paper. The color is naturally more diluted - it blends easier and lays down less color. This is a great look too - it would just depend on whether you wanted a soft look or a more intense look!

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Once I had made a few of these layouts I had some time to paint and die cut a few of the pieces (using the matching 32226 die)- and use them on some alternate cards. I did some easy ink blending with Distress Oxide Broken China and Wilted Violet to create a halo around the center.

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I embossed the words "peace and joy" from the stamp set with white embossing powder and then set the skating bunny in the middle. I love how it turned out!

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I repeated the same composition again - this time creating a "window" with the bunny die and adhering the bunny to the inside of the card. A little bit of sponged Fossilized Amber ink adds a glow around the opening!

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I went ahead and colored in the sled and gift images too - and made a little scene showing the bunny pulling things along. A thin golden thread became a rope for the sled and fit just right with the card. The watercolor kept everything looking soft and gentle - 

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As I got towards the end, I realized I hadn't used the "for you" words yet from the set - and I immediately thought of the Poppystamps 1857 Taglet and Bow die. There was just enough room on there for the words and the heart and I thought it would make an interesting collage element with the bunny. I used the tips of the markers to create stripes on the bow - trying to mimic a bit of baker's twine.

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Of course, the card wouldn't be complete without a bit of glitter so I spread some Diamond Glitter Glue over the heart to give it some sparkle!

I hope you learned a few things with today's video - watercolor is so much fun and markers provide a few options for getting things to look just like you want them to.

Thanks for stopping by today!





 

 

 

 

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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