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Sat 06

Sheer Circle Trimming and Fish Tales from the May Release
by Jean Okimoto


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A junior fish from the new Fish Tales Clear Stamp Set is the awesome alpha fish here, leading the Family of Fish across a watercolored backdrop.  The new Sheer Circle Trimming border - also from the May Release - accents this beachy scene.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a design for a Dad, grad, or anyone special.


Paint deckled watercolor paper from Shizen Design with Peerless Watercolors and dry it.  Add a light layer of diluted Peerless Transparent Gold for a soft shimmer.  


Specialty papers can be challenging - especially when you need straight edges and sharp corners.  Memory Box dies are the perfect solution. They're great for cutting artpapers - including this watercolor paper made from recycled garment industry fabric scraps and the metallic marbled paper for the stamped fish.  

Place the deckled edge inside the cutting edges of the Rectangle Basics die and trim the watercolor paper.  I love the way the edge complements the Sheer Circle Trimming.

Cut white cardstock with the 3-3/4" x 5" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut it again with the Sheer Circle Trimming.  Determine the placement of the watercolor paper.  Cut the watercolor paper with the matching section of the Sheer Circle Trimming die.

Cut Family of Fish from Turquoise Cardstock. Remove the fish on the right side.  

Stamp the fish on metallic marbled paper from Shizen Design with VersaFine Onyx Black.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the matching die from the new Fish Tales Die Set.  Cut an extra fish from cardboard and layer it for dimension.

Stamp  and emboss the greeting - from the new Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set - on orange cardstock.

Attach everything to a white A-2 card - use foam dots to attach the greeting.  Add gold gem stickers.


Do you have a stash of special artpapers that are a bit challenging to cut because of their texture, fibers and metallic inks?  Trimmers, paper punches and scissors tend to slip and/or tear the paper.  Cut them with Memory Box and Poppystamps dies instead!

Please be sure to join us for our May Collection Blog Blitz next week.  We can't wait to introduce you to our newest dies and stamps - and share our ideas with you.   New products, design inspiration and prizes!

Thanks for stopping by...have a great weekend.










Wow. Jean love the colors on this card. I really like the background art paper and the sheer circle trimming die.

Thanks Thalia! Maybe we should do a class card like that...Surf and Turf on June 3rd?

love the background and the circle trimming is definitely one for my wish list a fab fun card.

Thanks julye - Sheer Circle Trimming will quickly become one of your favorites too!

Love the colors and textures of your card, it is awesome! Thank you for sharing the fact that Memory Box dies will handle the watercolor paper...that will make things easier.

I love, love, love your card. And the little fishes are fab. All the pieces you used to create this little work of art are wonderful - so beautifully balanced in texture and color. Thank you for sharing with us.

I love the school of fish and the colors are just perfect. Thanks so much for sharing.

Another "makes me smile" card!!!! Hope you'll do something similar for the surf and turf class!!! Like the card says "YOU are awesome"!!!!!

Thanks Linda - watercolor paper is great for dry-embossing too - just use the plates, embossing mat and procedure recommended for your machine.

Thanks Pat - these little fishes will have a very busy summer on Outside the Box!

Thanks Talitha - those little guys are reversible too - they can swim in both directions!

Thanks Jan - no needle and thread for Surf and Turf! We'll be making an origami fish that takes less than a minute - totally awesome! See you...

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