284 posts categorized "Winter"

08/14/2018

Tue 14

Be Jolly Shaker Card
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! It's Isha with you today. Are you enjoying the new Holiday release products? They are AWESOME isn't it? I just started playing with them and it's so difficult to stop.  Have you started creating your Christmas cards already? We have a wide range of dies and not to forget the adorable stamps too :)

So, for today's card I used the All Heart Snowman as my main focal image and created a shaker card with it. FUN!!!

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I started by making a square top fold card. I then sponged it using distress oxide inks for an Ombrè effect. Once I was happy with the background, I flicked some gold color shine onto it and let it dry. Meanwhile, I die-cut the dainty circle frame using the Wrapped Holly Circle Frame die and applied Tsukineko Delicata gold ink to it to match it with the gold splatters.

Now I die-cut the All Heart Snowman, I colored the nose and the heart using copic markers and kept them aside. I then die-cut this piece in a circle to fit in behind the circle frame.

Now I adhered the acetate piece onto the back side of this focal piece. I adhered 3D foam tape onto the acetate and made sure not to leave any gaps in between so the shaker materiel stays inside the 3d foam well. Now I filled the shaker area using chunky glitter and some iridescent stars. I closed this using another piece of acetate.

Now I adhered this piece to the cardbase and added the circle frame to it. Finally, I stamped the sentiment using the black ink and adhered the colored heart and the nose.

 

Here is a close up.

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Hope you got inspired from today's card. Have a wonderful crafty day!

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08/11/2018

Sat 11

The BLOG BLITZ continues! featuring the Holiday Collection 2018 and my "Peace in the Country" cards
by Anne Thompson

Have you been enjoying this Blog Blitz as much as I have?!!!  There are so many great new dies and stamp sets in this collection!  And so many great ideas from the Design Team!  Here's  the link to the Holiday 2018 Collection catalog.  Check it out!!! 

Remember that you have a chance each day to win a prize by commenting on each blog post.  I look forward to reading your comments for this post.  You might be the lucky winner of the COUNRYSIDE FENCE FRAME!  Just leave me a comment before 11:59 PM on Sunday, August 12th.  One person at random will be chosen and all of the winners for all of the posts will be announced on the Outside the Box blog on Monday evening, 6 PM, August 12th.  Winners will be notified directly by email to get their shipping info.  Good luck!!!

I'm loving this newest bunch of dies and stamp sets and getting a head start on making my holiday cards.  Today I'm featuring the COUNTRYSIDE FENCE FRAME 94034 and the PEACE CHESHIRE SCRIPT 94017 on cards I'm calling "Peace in the Country".

Here are the dies:

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And here is the first card:  white on white on white...

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This is a top-folded notecard, 4 1/4" square.  After I die cut the Countryside Fence Frame from white cardstock, I used wide Scor-Tape on the back of the three frames to keep them together.  I used an embossing folder and a scrap of white cardstock to make the snowy panel that I trimmed to fit inside the window behind the fence.  I die cut the Peace Cheshire Script three times and layered them together with a glue pen before gluing it to the snowy hill.  I used wide foam tape on the back to pop this panel onto the notecard.  Simple, elegant, and my first ever all-white card!

Now for the same thing but different:

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This time I cut everything from white cardstock and from a warm medium brown cardstock.  

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I kept the middle brown frame (the one without dots) and snipped off the brown fence and the hill from the larger die cut.  I kept the white frame with the hill and fence and the outermost white frame.  I cut "peace" twice from white cardstock and once from brown and layered them with brown on the bottom and showing just a bit for a shadow.

I added the brown fence behind the white one, offset a bit to look like a snow on a wooden fence.  Then I added the brown frame and then the largest white frame.  I used Scor-Tape on the back of the frames to hold them in place.

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The next step was to add the embossed snowy panel behind the fence in the center frame. IMG_0600

I selected a white A2 notecard and added a panel of brown dot paper cut 4" X 5 1/4".   I adhered the framed piece to the bottom of the panel using dimensional foam tape.  I then added "peace" above that using a glue pen.

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And because I got carried away and couldn't stop playing with these dies, how about two more square cards with red accents.

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And here's one where the sky area is a blue watercolor panel that I'd sprinkled with salt while it was very wet.

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Five cards done for this coming holiday season!  These cards will work for Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Christmas, or the New Year, and the design will also make a great guy card to send anytime this winter.  And because I live out in the country, this may be the card design I send the most this December.

Remember to leave me a comment and you could be the lucky winner of the COUNTRYSIDE FENCE FRAME!  Happy Crafting!

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08/09/2018

Thu 09

Blog Blitz…New Snowy Circle and Crystal Snowflakes by Jean Okimoto

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It's Day 4 of our 2018 Holiday Blog Blitz - keep cool with the new Crystal Snowflakes and Snowy Circle!  Hope you're enjoying our blitz - and commenting on each designer's post for a chance to win a great prize from our latest collection.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here mixing some old favorites with some soon-to-be new favorites.  Love how the old and new work together so well!

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Cut Snowy Circle from light aqua cardstock.  Attach Scor-Tape to white cardstock and cut it with the 3" Circle Basics die.  Attach the 3" circle behind the Snowy Circle.  Brush iridescent glitter onto the adhesive exposed in the Snowy Circle, and the little area below it.

Attach more Scor-Tape to white cardstock and cut Crystal Snowflakes.  Remove the tape liner and brush the exposed adhesive with glitter.  Remove the inner portion of the smaller snowflake.

Cut Happy Penguin from white cardstock - and again from black cardstock.  Attach a scrap of orange cardstock behind his beak.  Attach the black penguin behind the white penguin to create a narrow layer of black to outline the bottom of the white penguin.

Cut the top/side section from black cardstock.

Cut the ribbon end - from the Curled Ribbons die - from red velvet paper, or red velvet ribbon attached to a scrap of a sticker sheet of label paper.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Typewriter Holiday Sentiments set - on white cardstock with VersaFine Clair Tulip Red.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut the cooled cardstock with the smallest Rectangle Basics Die.  Cut another rectangle and layer it behind the greeting for dimension and to make it look a bit like a raised label.

Attach the diecuts to  a Bayou Notecard - use foam dots for the penguin.

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Want a chance to win the new Snowy Circle die?  Just add your comment to this post - it's that easy to enter our random-selection drawing for this great new die!

Comment on each designer's post throughout the blitz for a chance to win great prizes from our latest collection. The entry deadline is 11:59 pm EST on Sunday August 12th.  The winner will be announced on August 13th.  

Special thanks to everyone from the PARTY ANIMALS and MEMORY BOX 2018 HOLIDAYS class at Impress last weekend!  Lots of layering, laughter, diecuts and glitter!  Thanks to Jan for the sweet holiday chocolate treats - and to Jenny for those crispy lemon cookies.  Thanks too - Shari and Erin - for once again helping everyone fill their shopping baskets to the brim.

We're having our first BIRCH PRESS DESIGN class and trunk show at Impress on August 18th.  Make 3 holiday cards and 3 any-occasion cards with the latest and greatest dies and stamps from Birch Press, a Memory Box company owned by Dave and Monica Brethauer.

Thanks for joining our Blog Blitz - good luck in the drawings!

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08/06/2018

Mon 06

Blog Blitz Begins
by Laura Fulcher

Greetings friends.  We have already started highlighting the latest items from Memory Box on the Outside the Box blog, but this week is all about celebrating the new release with projects for inspiration as well as a chance to win prize each day.  We hope you will join us from Monday, August 6th- Sunday, August 12 for the blitz.  Each blog post during the week will have a chance to win a prize.  All you have to do for a chance to win is leave a comment on the daily post.  That's it!  Enter each day for more chances each day.  One person will be chosen at random from each post to win a prize.  You have until Sunday, August 12th at 11:59 pm leave comments and to enter.  Good luck!

Winners will be announced on the Outside the Box Blog at 6pm EST on Monday, August 12th and winners will all be contacted directly by email to get their shipping information.  The blog post of winners will also be tagged under the category of "winners" for easy reference.

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The first card of the blitz features the new Elegant Snowflake Double Frame as well as the Penguin Cheer stamps and dies.  When you die cut the Snowflake Frame, these are the pieces you get:

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You can use as many of the various layers as you wish.  I decided to use everything except the individual snowflake for the card.  The dies came nested within each other, but I was able to easily die cut all of the pieces without cutting the dies apart.  I always like to keep the dies attached if possible so I am less likely to lose them.  I did use a metal shim when diecutting to since the die is so intricate and detailed.

Next, I die cut the penguin using the coordinating die:

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Lets talk a bit about the coloring.  First, I put down a base layer of C7 and Y38 Copic markers.  Whenever a want to color something black, whether it is hair, a cauldron, or in this instance a penguin, I tend to color it with dark grey markers or paint. Black tends to be too dark.

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Next, I added a bit of shading.  The YR16 was added to the base of the penguin's foot, and the C10 marker was added to the base of the penguin arms and body.  I didn't want to leave the belly so stark white, so I added some C1 and C3 to the outside of the tummy and around the face.

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To finish the card, I added some R11 marker to the cheeks and added a little bow tie that was colored with R35 and R46 markers.  I glued a piece of blue glitter paper behind the snowflake frame and then layered everything on top of the glitter paper.  The blue cardstock behind the penguin is a piece of 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" paper I cut to fit in the frame and the snowbank I hand cut to provide a little base for my penguin. 

I decided to leave the inside of the card blank for now.  I don't know if I am going to use the card as a Season's Greetings card or if I will use it for a winter birthday card.  I like having a card in my stash with options!

Want a chance to win the new Elegant Snowflake Double Frame die to make your own Winter scene?  Leave a comment to this post by Sunday, August 12th.  Once comment will be chosen at random to win the die.  The winner will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, August 13th at 6pm EST.

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08/02/2018

Thu 02

2018 Holiday Collection…Pinpoint Snowflake Circle Frame and Snow Much Fun Clear Stamps by Jean Okimoto

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The Pinpoint Snowflake Circle Frame from the 2018 Holiday Collection is quickly becoming a new favorite...and it's easy to see why.   It makes me think of a frosted snowflake doughnut or sugar cookie - perfect with a cup of hot chocolate topped with poufy mini-marshmallows. OK,  they're actually snowballs from the Snow Much Fun Clear Stamps.  

Hello again, Jean Okimoto here with a bit of August's  Keep Cool and Carry On Challenge inspiration.  

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Cut the large snowflake from the Pinpoint Snowflake Circle Frame from silver glittered cardstock.  Place it on pink cardstock - then diecut the medium Cozy Mug and trim the snowflake at the same time.  

Scrunch a piece of waxed paper and rub it briskly over the snowflake frame to help release the tiny pieces. Cut it from white cardstock.

Stamp the snowballs - from the Snow Much Fun Clear Stamps Set - with VersaFine Claire Nocturne.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the matching die from Snow Much Fun set.  Stamp the greeting, also from the set,  with VersaFine Clair Charming Pink and quickly emboss it.

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Here's a way to use two dies from Pinpoint Rectangle Layers  to cut a custom-sized greeting strip.  Cut the greeting with the 1-⅜" x 2-⅜" die.  Trim the excess with a long edge of the 1-¾" x 2-¾" die - place the left edge of the die along the outer edge of the smaller rectangle to keep the die straight.  It sounds very complicated, but it's really easy. Trust me.

Another tip - create a masking tape hinge along the left edge of the printed stamp sheet and the clear backing sheet.  The backing sheet won't blend in with the background and "disappear" on your work surface.  Having the stamps stored between the printed and clear sheets keeps them clean.

Attach the diecuts to a 5.25" square white card - use foam dots for the cup. Punch silver glittered cardstock with a ¼" circle punch and attach the dots.

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If you're in the Seattle area - join us for two classes at Impress on August 4th.  It's PARTY ANIMALS at 10:30 and MEMORY BOX HOLIDAYS 2018 AT 1:30.  We're making 6 animal-themed celebration cards  in the morning - and 6 holiday cards featuring the latest Memory Box and Poppystamps designs in the afternoon.  Lots of techniques, great artpapers - and a few surprising ways to use our great stash of supplies!  Please call Impress to reserve a seat if you can join us -  206 901.9101.

Thanks for visiting - hope you're enjoying our 2018 Holiday Collection preview.  It's a great combination of dies and stamps  - personally designed by Dave Brethauer - and proudly made in the USA.  

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07/31/2018

Tue 31

2018 Holiday Collection…Wrapped Holly Circle Frame and Joy Circle by Jean Okimoto

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The new Wrapped Holly Circle Frame and Joy Circle create a quick card that's great for a headstart on the holidays.  It's perfect for a simple, contemporary wreath and red Resting Birds add the finishing touch.  Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with a simple design that's easy to mass-produce too.

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It's time to use some of that giant roll of "red velvet" ribbon we bought years ago because it was so pretty - and such a bargain.  It's perfect for diecutting and works well with the Resting Birds die.  Attach label paper - or a sticker sheet - behind the ribbon to make it a little stiffer.  The paper backing also covers the slippery backside of the ribbon and makes it easier to attach to the card.

The Wrapped Holly Circle Frame set includes three dies - the delicate pinpoint outer frame, the leafy holly frame, and a curved holly sprig.  We're using the outer frame and leafy holly frame here.

Scrunch a piece of waxed paper and rub it briskly over the leafy Wrapped Holy Circle Frame  to help release the diecut.  Cut it from green cardstock.

Cut Joy Circle from gold glittered cardstock.  Leave the little dot over the "j" in the die until you're ready to attach it.

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Cut the circle and dotted frame from white cardstock - leave both pieces in the die.  Attach ⅛" Scor-Tape - be sure the tape is attached to both the narrow outer frame and the circle.  Keep the delicate frame and the inner circle in the die.

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Flip the die and diecuts over and press it onto a side-folded A-2 card of white cardstock.  Use a skewer to help push the diecuts out of the die.  Quick, easy and perfectly aligned.

Attach the bright red birds...and your card is done!

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Big thanks to everyone from the July 29th MEMORY BOX HOLIDAY 2018 class at Impress -  I appreciate your driving and/or ferrying over to Tukwila during the summer traffic.  We laughed and chatted a lot - and somehow made 6 cards with the latest and greatest from Memory Box and Poppystamps.  The AC definitely helped!  Thanks too, Shari and Becca - for helping us find the perfect dies, stamps, inks and papers for our holiday cards.  

There's a second MEMORY BOX HOLIDAY 2018 class on August 4th - after the morning's PARTY ANIMAL class.  Join us this weekend if you weren't able to take last week's class.

Thanks for visiting...be sure to stop by again tomorrow when Laura announces the winner of the July Challenge and details of the August Challenge.

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07/28/2018

Sat 28

Woodland Bridge Frame
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Friday friends! Today I have a card using another fabulous die from the new Holiday release, let's make a card!

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This Woodland Bridge Frame die is so fun, you could use it for any season and that deer is just the sweetest. For my card today I started by die cutting everything in white cardstock, then I got to work on my inky background.
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I picked 4 colors of Distress Oxide ink, a teal for the water and then two purples and a yellow for a wintery sunset. I started with the water and my blending tool and then worked my way to the top. If you get a harsh line when adding a new color, go back over it with the previous color ink you used to soften it. I had to do that with the teal and the purples to create a softer change between the colors. Then I made some Oxide ink magic by spraying some water and adding some drops of a glitter mist to create that fun reaction.
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I glued all of the layers to a white card and then added some glitter on the trees and the ground to make it look snowy. Thanks for stopping by the blog today, have a wonderful weekend!
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07/26/2018

Thu 26

Holiday 2018 Collection…Delicate Pine Frame and Typewriter Holiday Sentiments by Jean Okimoto

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Create a classic winter scene with the just-released Delicate Pine Frame and one of many great greetings from the Typewriter Holiday Sentiments Clear Stamps Set.  I'd like to think it's a simple card with a big impact...hope you agree!

Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with one of many 2018 Holiday Collection designs I'll be sharing in the coming weeks.

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Stamp the greeting - from the Typewriter Holiday Sentiments Clear Stamps Set - on a white A-2 card with VersaFine Clair Tulip Red.  I try to stamp the greeting before attaching anything to the card - just in case there's a stamping mishap.  Like dropping the inked stamp onto the center of the card, smudging the ink with my wrist, even stamping the image upside-down.  Yes, life happens!

Delicate Pine Frame is the ideal all-in-one set...and a great choice for creating cards throughout the year.  Both frames are perfectly proportioned for A-2 cards, and they look good on A-6 cards too.  The outer frame can be used separately and we can always use another set of birds to diecut with felt, glittered craft foam, mirror cardstock, velvet paper or glittered cardstock.  These new birds are like the baby bird version of the popular Resting Birds set we've used many, many times.  Now we can mix and match them and build bird families.  

Cut the tree frame from white cardstock that's a shade darker than the card for a bit of contrast and dimension.

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Cut it again from green cardstock and remove the frame.  Attach the green tree behind the white tree - slightly offset - to create the illusion of snow-covered branches.  It also props the white tree up a bit when adhered.  

Cut the birds from red glittered cardstock - save the extras for another project, or attach them inside the card.  

Attach everything to the card and add clear gem stickers.

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Try this design with natural, pale green or Kraft cardstock too.  Or create a horizontal card, with the greeting off to the side.  The new holiday collection is filled with options for simple cards, collage-y designs - and the bonus outer frames from many of the sets are perfect for photo cards too.  I'll try to share a photo card - if I can get both pups to sit together long enough for a picture.

We sincerely appreciate your support of genuine Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Design dies and stamps - all personally designed by Dave Brethauer, and proudly made in the USA.  

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the July 29th MEMORY BOX HOLIDAYS 2018 class at Impress!

Thanks for visiting - please join us again  tomorrow for more holiday inspiration...

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07/23/2018

Mon 23

More from the Holiday 2018 Collection...Mountains, Bunnies, Snowballs, and an Interesting Watercolor Technique
by Anne Thompson

I'm soooo excited that the Holiday 2018 Collection has started shipping, and you can see all of it here!  You are going to love the new dies and stamp sets. 

It was a difficult decision for me to choose what to use for this post.  Because of an interesting watercolor technique I wanted to use for the card background, I decided on mountains as a starting point. 

  • Using watercolor paper, I cut out the SNOWCAPPED MOUNTAIN CIRCLE 94047 and set the little snow-capped peaks aside.   
  • I got out my watercolors, a jar of water, a wide brush and a medium-width brush.  I began by thoroughly wetting the watercolor paper with the wide brush. 
  • I then added watercolors using the smaller brush--blues, pinks, and purples, keeping them really wet and letting them bleed into each other a bit.  (The ugly green in the center is the mat I used under the paper.)

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Then I took a large piece of  clear plastic wrap from the roll in the kitchen and crumpled it up.  I unfolded it a bit and scrunched it on top of the watercolored panel. 

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Letting it dry was the hard part!  Look what the plastic wrap did with the paint!  I LOVE it!!!

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I trimmed this using one of the larger rectangle dies from the RECTANGLE BASICS SET of 16 dies No. 30086.

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I really love rabbits so opting for the CL5224 SNOW MUCH FUN Clear Stamp Set and the coordinating dies 32224 SNOW MUCH FUN Die Set was a no-brainer.  I chose the two bunnies holding snowballs and the stack of three snowballs, stamped them with VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink on white cardstock, die cut them, and colored them with PrismaColor pencils.  I added some clear Wink-of-Stella to the snowballs and put dimensional foam dots on the backs of the three images.  I also dabbed some clear Wink-of-Stella on an extra set of the mountain peaks-- I somehow misplaced the ones I had set aside.

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I gathered all of the various card parts I'd prepped and a white notecard. I added a piece of dot paper cut 3 3/4" X 5" to the back of the mountain scene using Scor-Tape and then I used more Scor-Tape to add that completed panel to the front of the notecard.  I stamped a sentiment and a tiny snowflake from the Snow Much Fun stamp set on the dot paper "window" using VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink. Then I added the bunnies and the stack of snowballs.  Voila!

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I know this is a watercolor technique I will use again and again.  The results are so unpredictable and different every time and I love a surprise.

Happy Crafting!

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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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