174 posts categorized "Watercolors"

03/23/2017

Thu 23

Butterfly Spectacle and Watercolors
by Jean Okimoto

 

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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.  

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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.

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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!

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03/21/2017

Tue 21

Fish Wishes
by Jenny Griffiths

Fishy Greetings!

I hope you are as big a fan of the new sea life dies as I am...today's card has a large school of fish carrying special wishes.  The Family of Fish die is a charming design and reminds me of goldfish crackers.  With a bit of watercoloring and glitter paper I created this fun and colorful card...

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To color the fish, I smeared Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade and Barn Door inks onto my craft mat and dipped my wet paintbrush into each color separately, then onto a piece of water color paper.  By letting each color dry before introducing the next color, I was able to get distinct colored areas without a big blend of all the colors.  A little blending is Ok but not too much.  I die cut the fish several times and adhered them to a wide strip of glitter paper which was placed behind the curved die cut papers.

 I used the slim curved die from the Pasture Grass die set and cut into the blue panel twice.  I only used the top and bottom pieces because I was using the glitter paper for the middle section.   Simply adhere all 3 pieces to a white note card, then trim off the overage from the bottom blue panel to keep it an A2 card size.

The coral pieces were also die cut from watercolored paper--this time I used Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet and Shaded Violet inks.  They were adhered randomly along the lower edge and overhanging pieces were trimmed off.  

The fun part was adding the sentiment along the curve.  From the clear stamp set, So Many Things To Love, I selected the sentiment from two different phrases and joined them together to read, "wishing you a special day".  I laid out the uninked words onto the card to make sure the sentiment would fit, repeating it twice.  Using an acrylic block, I positioned the clear stamps in a curved shape to match the paper curve (trial and error), then inked and stamped the sentiment in place.  For the repeating sentiment I repositioned the clear stamps on the block to match the right side of the curve.  Easier than it sounds.  You could also use a stamp positioning tool to accomplish this too. 

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I hope you like these colorful fish swimming in sparkling blue waters bringing special wishes today.  

Thanks for stopping by, until next time!
Jennysig

03/10/2017

Fri 10

Oceanside Lighthouse Card
by Donna

Good morning everyone!

I hope you're enjoying all the new dies featured in our blog blitz this week, as well as all the creative projects!  I love lighthouses, so the new Oceanside Lighthouse and Waves will quickly become a favorite die of mine!

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To make this card I cut two pieces of watercolor paper the same size and ran one through the die cut machine using the Cool Cloud Collage die.  I watercolored the plain paper layer.  The die cut paper was inked lightly with vintage photo ink and misted with water (do not ink the clouds). Cover the clouds with a scrap piece of paper and spatter the paper with black ink.  Die cut the lighthouse and waves from watercolor paper.  The solid wave and lighthouse were painted with watercolors. 

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Glue two strips of washi tape to the top left corner of the cloud die cut panel and use foam tape to adhere this to the watercolored panel.  Once again using foam tape adhere the lighthouse to the card front.  Glue the waves in place and add some pieces of cheesecloth to the card front. Tie a piece of jute around the card front and embellish with a button. Glue the card front to a Crimson cardstock layer and adhere this to a White card base. To finish the card, add Black epoxy dots to the top right corner.

I hope you enjoyed todays card and don't forget to leave a comment on this post for a chance to win the new Oceanside Lighthouse and Waves die.  You have until Sunday, March 12th at 11:59 p.m. EST to leave your comments.

Good Luck and thanks for stopping by today!

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03/09/2017

Thu 09

Butterfly Swell on the Spring Blog Blitz
by Jean Okimoto

 

 

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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!   

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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.

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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!

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03/07/2017

Tue 07

Under the Sea
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Memory Box fans!

Let's carry on with yesterdays ocean theme using dies from the newly released Spring collection blended with the Under the Sea Collage from the previous release.  Isn't it great that the two collections coordinate and you can build on a theme?--it makes your dies even more versatile!  Today I am taking you on an underwater adventure with beautiful coral, seaweed ribbons, even a crab and some fish.  This theme will delight all ages!

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Start off by cie cutting the Under the Sea oval collage and delicately watercolor the sea grass, coral, fish and water bubbles with distress inks: salty ocean, spiced marmalade, squeezed lemonade and shabby shutters.  Smear the inks onto a craft sheet and add enough water to paint the desired intensity of colors onto your card.  Air dry or heat dry throughly before mounting onto blue background panel with dimensional foam tape.  

Now to add the extras from the brand new release...seaweed ribbons (genius!), coral and the cheerful crab.  The coral was watercolored with spiced marmalade and squeezed lemonade inks and the seaweed just had to be die cut from light and dark glitter paper. The seaweed ribbons are 3 separate pieces so you can arrange them anyway you like.  

The cheerful crab comes in a set of two but I used only the baby one and added some sparkle to his shell (wink of stella).  The orange fish also got a sparkly treatment.  

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This card was so fun to create and find places to add all the new dies to my already favorite Under the Sea Collage.  It reminds me of my scuba diving days off Catalina Island when I saw fish and sea plants of every color--even the sand crabs.

Thanks for stopping by our blog today to see what's 'under the sea' and be sure to leave comments on the various designer posts.  Each designer post will have one comment chosen at random to win a Memory Box die. From my post the winner will receive the Under the Sea Collage and you have until Sunday, March 12th at 11:59pm EST to leave your comments.  

 Jennysig

03/06/2017

Mon 06

Blog Blitz Week for the New Release
by Laura Fulcher

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Memory Box has a new release of dies that we think you are going to love.  There are ocean-themed dies as well as Spring related  dies that coordinate really well with the items that were released in January.  I hope you will stop by each day this week through Sunday to be inspired by the new goodies.  There will even be chances to win prizes.

To make my card, I sprinkled some Cerulean Blue and Ultramarine Colorburst powders onto a non-stick craft sheet and spritzed them with water.  I then dragged some 140lb watercolor paper through the puddles of color and spritzed my piece with water to give it a splattered look.  Here is a close up of my background:

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Next, I  used the Ocean Swell die to cut out the little sea collage in the center.  The fun thing about this die is that even though you might cut through the center of you piece of paper (as I did with my white cardstock), the left side and right side are still connected to each by the jellyfish and one of the smaller fish at the bottom.

After I cut out the collage of sea creatures, I glued my white cardstock piece onto the background I had made with the Colorburst powders.  To embellish the card, I cut out various sizes of coral and added a few sequins that matched the colors on the card.  Hint...  My delicate fan coral die was too big for the card because it covered up some of the wonderful fish and shells.  I simply cut off the parts of the coral that were blocking the fish and made it a size that fit the card much better.  It would be very easy to cut this die to make coral in any shape or size you wanted.

Here is another closeup:

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My card is just the first that highlights the new release.  Be sure to stop by frequently and leave comments on the various designer posts.  Each designer post will have one comment chosen at random to win a Memory Box die.  You have until Sunday, March 12th at 11:59pm EST to leave your comments.  Good luck!

For the chance to win the new Ocean Swell die, leave a comment on my post letting me know what you like most about making ocean or beach themed projects.

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03/05/2017

Sun 05

Golden Fern
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  Today I wanted to share another card that I created using some metallic paints paired with a metallic die cut and metallic layers.  Using the gold paper really makes the metallic paint "pop" a bit more.

Here is a close-up under the light so that you can see the metallic sheen a bit better:

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To make the card, I started with a piece of kraft cardstock and painted the stripes on the left freehand using the Fine Tec metallic paints.  The paints are really shiny, and the colors range from a silvery white, to a champagne gold to more intense dark golds.  On the right side of the card, I added more water to the paints and flicked the colors onto the cardstock to get a splattered effect.

To finish the card, I added a birthday sentiment from the So Many Things to Love clear stamp set and the Tall Fern Left Corner die cut from gold metallic paper.

Here is a final close up:

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I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend.  Look for samples of the latest release this week on the blog as well as chances to win prizes.

Laurasignature

03/02/2017

Thu 02

Butterflies and Watercolored Grosgrain Ribbons
by Jean Okimoto

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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!

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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!

Thanks for visiting...

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02/23/2017

Thu 23

Watching the World Bloom with the Morning Garden Butterflies
by Jean Okimoto

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 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.  

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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!

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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.

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Thu 23

Watching the World Bloom
by Jean Okimoto

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

Thanks for stopping by today - see you next time!

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