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Wed 11

Chrysanthemum Collage and Stitched Rectangle Layers
by Jean Okimoto


The Chrysanthemum Collage and Stitched Rectangle Layers could easily become my go-to dies for quick cards.  Sometimes I pretend to be an artist and leisurely create a painterly (is that a word?) watercolored background.  Today was not one of those days...I just covered a soft rubber brayer with Kaleidacolor and rolled out a quick background.   Let the pretty colors do their own thing!

Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with a super-fast background technique that's perfect for the beautiful Chrysanthemum Collage.  Cut a rectangle of watercolor paper much larger than the die.   This gives you a larger area to ink up and lets you select the perfect section to layer behind the collage.  Spritz the paper with water.


Completely ink a 4" wide soft rubber brayer with Melon Melody Kaleidacolor.  Hold the brayer over a trash can and spritz it with water.  Carefully roll the diluted inks onto the moist watercolor paper.  Let the inks airdry for a few minutes, then heat-set it with a dry iron on the cotton setting.


Cut Chrysanthemum Collage from textured white cardstock.  Place the collage over the inked background and diecut both layers with the 3-¾" x 4-¾" Stitched Rectangle Layer.  Attach the watercolored layer behind the collage using a tape runner or doublestick tape - liquid adhesives could re-activate the inks and make the colors run.  

Attach it to a side-folded A-2 card of chartreuse cardstock.  Print a greeting with a labelmaker.  Attach green sequins.


While your supplies are out...create a stash of these bright watercolored backgrounds for more cards.  These colors would also be great with the Butterfly Collage that everyone loves!  View our collection of dies, stamps, stencils and papers here.  

Thanks very much for stopping by...see you next week, or at Impress for the Butterflies and Blossoms class on May 14.





I really love how you colored this card. It's so pretty and fresh. Wonderful job!

So beautiful - like that technique!

love this, I have the butterfly die like this and just love the effect they give and the chrysanthemums are just as pretty thanks for sharing.

You may have invented a new term. Love how you let the brayer do all the work with gorgeous results!

Thanks Sara - it's even easier than it sounds!

Thanks Gail - time to get those Kaleidacolors out and put them to work. I think you'll like the results!

Thanks Julye - this would be great with the Butterfly Collage - so many pretty colors!

Thanks Donna - love it with I can get something to do the work for me!

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