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Sat 17

Left Gate Background, Left Hutton Gate, Poppy Stitched Circle Frame and Honeycomb Square by Jean Okimoto


Watercolors and the new Left Gate Background create a vibrant background for the Left Hutton Gate on today's spring card.  The Poppy Stitched Circle Frame, stamps from the Birch Press Time to Celebrate set and Honeycomb Square's glittered hexagons add the finishing touches.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a colorful design for any occasion.  The Left Gate Background and Hutton Gate create a semi-circle that's perfect for many of our Circle Frames.  Pair them with the right-sided designs for a more formal symmetrical design.  They're also great with the circular designs from the Birch Press Time to Celebrate stamp and die sets.


Cut a 6" square of watercolor paper - it's more than you'll need here, but you'll be able to chose the prettiest sections for the card.  Lightly spritz a large acrylic block with water.  Dribble Imagine Crafts Dye Ink Refills onto separate areas of the spritzed block.  Tilt the block and let the colors begin to mix.  

Spritz the rougher side of the watercolor paper with water.  Lightly spritz the acrylic block again.  Press the paper onto the diluted inks.  Pull it away from the block.  Air-dry it if it looks great.  Or, spritz the residual inks on the block again and press the paper onto to add more color.  Air-dry it for a few minutes.  These ink refills come in a wide array of great colors and can be used as liquid watercolors or to re-ink Kaleidacolor inkpads

Spritz it lightly with water, then dry it with a heat-tool. Diecut it with the Left Gate Background and the 2-½" Circle Basics die.  

Diecut the Poppy Stitched Circle Frame (and the bonus flower layer) from white cardstock.

Diecut the Left Hutton Gate from white cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the Birch Press Time to Celebrate Clear Stamps - onto a white A-6 card with Pearlescent Jade Brilliance.  Birch Press is an online shop featuring an upscale collection of  papercrafting products, gifts and items for your home.

Stamp the tiny scattered hexagons onto the circle with Pearlescent Lavender Brilliance.

Assemble the card.  Diecut purple glittered cardstock with the Honeycomb Square to create sparkly little hexagons to match the stamped design.


The detailed Left and Right Hutton Gates - and solid Left and Right Gate Backgrounds can be used in so many ways.  Dry-emboss the Huttons too - for an elegant textured look.  Use the Backgrounds horizontally as a giftcard pocket.  I'll be using them often here and in classes too.

Thanks for visiting this weekend!







Jean, I love the depth of color in your watercolored background and how when paired with white die cuts it just pops! Thank you for all the tips in your post especially how the Hutton gates match up to most of Memory Box's circle frame dies! I love it when past and present dies coordinate!

Your cards are always ones I look forward to seeing. They are simple and so elegant.

Stunning card! xxx

This is a fabulous card!! I LOVE the colors and design. Jean, all I can say is "No, YOU got this"! TFS the beauty of the day.

Jean, this is stunning! The watercolored background looks amazing!

SOOOOOOOO pretty! I love the simple elegance and the beautiful colors.

Muy linda la tarjeta gracias por compartir.

Jean another stunning card the colours are so beautiful and love the dies such an unusual design but love it.

Thanks Arlene! Everything somehow worked together...just love when that happens!

Thanks Marilyn - I like simple designs based on cool techniques!

Thanks Christine - my watercolored paper stash + Dave's designs made it all possible!

Thanks Juanita - YOU made my day!

Thanks Kathy - it really was simple, and the colors somehow found each other. See you at Impress!

Thank you jasmin!

Thanks julye - it's an unusual die with so many possibilities!

Thanks Marybeth - it all started with that background, Dave's dies topped it off! Love your designs at Poppystamps!

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