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Blog Blitz - New Happy Octopus and Oceanside Typewriter Sentiments by Jean Okimoto



Welcome to our Spring Collection Blog Blitz!  Watercolors are the backdrop for the new Happy Octopus, Underwater Scene fishes and Oceanside Typewriter Sentiments on today's card.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a nautical design  - and a few techniques.  I'm hoping it looks like the octopus is emerging from the water and greeting the fishes.  


Create a quick ombre look with Blue Breeze Kaleidacolor.  Follow the instrucions on the container to move the individual inkpads together for brayering, but separated for storage.  Spritz the smoother side of watercolor with water.  Ink a 4" soft rubber brayer by rolling  it repeatedly (about 25 times) over the inks.  Cover the entire inkpad by rolling it in one direction instead of  back and forth.  

Hold the inked brayer horizontally (to prevent drips) and spritz it with water - two spritzes are better than one.  Roll the inks onto the damp watercolor paper.  Air-dry it for a few minutes.  

Spritz it lightly with water, wait a few seconds, then heat-set  both sides to minimize curling. Cut it with the waves and frame section of the Happy Octopus set - run it through your machine with the waves running horizontally instead of vertically.

Here's an easy way to select a specific section of the paper to diecut the fishes - 


Cut the fishes from a Post-It - use the offcut to select the area you want to cut.


Place the die back into the cutout and cut the fishes, exactly where you want them!

Cut the octopus head twice from watercolor paper.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind the eyes of one head.  Layer the second head behind it for dimension.  Cut the tentacles.  Attach the head and two tentacles behind the waves.  Slip two tentacles between the wave slots and tape them behind the waves.  

Stamp the greeting from the Oceanside Typewriter Sentiments set on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Electric Purple Radiant Neon.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it into a strip with the scalloped edge of the wave section.

Attach the diecuts to a Violet Notecard - use foam dots for the fishes, greeting and octopus head.  Color clear gem stickers with a Sharpie or Copic Marker that matches the greeting.  The ink is much pinker that it appears on the inkpad.


Want a chance to win the whimsical Happy Octopus die set?  Add a comment on  this post by Sunday, March 3rd at 11:59pm EST.  One comment will be selected at random to win the set.  There will be a chance to win one of the new release items each day this week through Sunday.  Winners will be announced on the blog on Monday, March 4th at 6pm EST.  Good luck!

Big thanks to everyone from Sunday's GREETINGS FROM BIRCH PRESS class at Impress!  Hope you like the cards - and all of the techniques we used with those great dies and stamps.  Thanks also to  Ann, Erin and Lynne for your help in finding the supplies we needed for our cards.

Be sure to comment on all of the Design Team's blitz posts.  Hope you're a winner!





Such a pretty palette and sweet design on this ocean themed card. Thanks for sharing this inspiration with these fun products.

What a cute octopus and love the colors.

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the Happy Octopus and Underwater Scene craft dies!! In fact, this whole release (and the inspiration) is AMAZING!! Thank you!!

Awesome card! I love the colors in the inkpad you used! Perfect for your background circle and scene!

Very cute card! Love the colours.

Am enjoying the ocean themes and happy to see hand-painted backgrounds being used for these cards.

Love your color combo! What a fun set! Thanks for a chance to win.

Lovely card!

FAbulous--love how the octopus looks like he is emerging from the water.

Super card. Great tip for cutting the fishes.

Fabulous card and love your technique and the fun octopus This new release is wonderful!

Very cute card!! Love the happy octopus die!!!

I haven’t used my brayed in ages. Seeing this project, I’m going to have to find it. Thanks for sharing.

Such a fun card! Love the way the octopus' arms come up through slits in the die. Thanks for sharing!

So adorable - I love underwater scenes - fabulous works!

VERY CUTE, Jean! Those two die sets work SO WELL together! ;) LOVE how the octopus' arms are coming up out of the water! ;)

These two dies really appeal to me. I love the card.

Oh Jean!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE this card!!!!

These are such fun dies! Love your cute scene. Thanks for the idea for creating a beautiful ombre look with the brayer and ink pad. Love to try these different techniques and learn how to expand the use of my products on hand!

I really love the ombré effect! Such a fun octopus and beautiful catd

There is that octopus again!! Your watercolor is beautiful and the technique is terrific. Thank you Jean!

What a cute card. I love the fish.

The colors are just fabulous!

This is lovely! I would love to win the octopus die as I have already purchased the Oceanside Typewriter sentiments and they go so well together!

Super cute! Drooling over these new cuties, love the ocean babe with your amazing background technique!

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