311 posts categorized "Anne"


Mon 19

Sketch Flower Spray on a Stripey Alcohol Ink Background
by Anne Thompson

I've been experimenting again with alcohol inks to create different backgrounds for die cut images.  Today's technique is a lot of fun to do and sort of looks like finger painting though it is done with a brush.  


I started with Alcohol Ink Cardstock and Ranger Alcohol Pearl inks in Sublime (lime green) and Tranquil (blue), just dropping blots of ink onto the coated paper.


I then added drops of blending solution using a brush to spatter it onto the paper.  I do have a cheap paintbrush that I dedicate to using only with blending solution and alcohol inks and keep it in the box with those bottles.


This started the ink moving around and blending the blue and green together.  I wet the brush with more of the blending solution and started drawing lines on the paper.  And look what happened!


Next I auditioned some die cuts to see what I might like against this  stripey background.  I chose the SKETCH FLOWER SPRAY 94248.  I cut it from a linen-textured white cardstock and tried it against the bright green inky background.


I liked this orientation so I chose a white top-folded notecard, cut the inked paper to 4 X 5.25, and adhered it to the notecard using Scor-Tape.  I decided that I wanted color on the blossoms so I popped the flowers out of the spray and inked them with Dandelion and Lady Bug Memento inks.  I glued the leafy spray outline to the background and used Glue Dots to secure the flowers in place.  I then added some white pearls to the flower centers.


Because alcohol inks dry so quickly, this card came together in no time.


Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Mon 12

Perched Bird on a Painterly Alcohol Ink Background
by Anne Thompson

I used a painterly alcohol ink technique to create a background for the PERCHED BIRD 94244 on today's card.

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how I created the background

  • I started with a piece of Alcohol Ink Cardstock (Tim Holtz for Ranger).
  • I added some drops of Alcohol Blending Solution (Tim Holtz for Ranger) on the top third or so of the paper.
  • Then I added drops of alcohol ink on top of the blending solution (Tim Holtz for Ranger).  I started with Aquamarine.
  • I used a paintbrush to move the ink around into horizontal lines of color.  (I have one dedicated for use with alcohol inks only.)  I had to work really quickly and still had some blotchy spots which I kind of liked.  Alcohol inks dry really fast!  

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  • Continuing to work down the paper, I added more blending solution and Stream ink, overlapping the Aquamarine. 
  • For the next section, I added more blending solution and Pesto ink, blending it into the blue layer.
  • For the bottom I used Sepia ink blended into the green.
  • I added a few more drops of ink where I thought more color was needed and blended it in with the paintbrush.

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  • Alcohol inks dry very quickly, in just seconds.  And this technique is not as messy as some...only one blue blotch on my thumb!
  • I chose a light blue notecard and used Scor-tape to adhere the trimmed 4 X 5.25 panel to it.

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For the Perched Bird, I chose another notecard in the same color to die cut it.  I chose not to use the dotted rayed background because I wanted more of the inky colors to show.  I used some white glue to attach it to the alcohol ink background.

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All in all, this was a pretty quick card to put together.  Another day when I have a bit more time and more alcohol ink cardstock I plan to make a pile of these backgrounds in a variety of colors to have on hand.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature




Mon 05

Some Like It Hot Rose Bouquet
by Anne Thompson

Some Like It Hot is the name of this month's Memory Box Challenge with a focus on red, orange, and yellow.  You can find the information so you can participate here.  I decided to play along, using the Rose Bouquet stamp and die and some Distress Inks.


I started with a piece of watercolor paper and Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, and Ripe Persimmon.  I used the smoosh technique-- I just smooshed some of each color onto the watercolor paper and spritzed with water.  I reused a gold shimmer mist bottle so there is some sheen to the dried inks.


I stamped the Rose Bouquet on the inked paper using VersaFine Clair Pinecone Ink.


I took the outline die and placed it over the image and ran it through my die cutting machine.


 I placed the die cut on top of a yellow notecard and aligned the cut edges with the top folded edge and the right edge.


I snipped off the pieces that hung over the edges of the notecard.  Then I used a waterbrush and Ripe Persimmon and Mustard Seed Distress Inks to fill in the unpainted leaves.

To finish the card I added a crisp orange satin ribbon tied in a simple bow.


Join the Challenge!  I look forward to seeing what you will create!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature






Mon 29

Christmas in July Rose Bouquet
by Anne Thompson

Usually I spend a good part of July getting a head start on my Christmas cards.  Not so this year!  I have one, and here it is featuring the Rose Bouquet from the ROSE BOUQUET CLEAR STAMP SET CL5241.


I began this card by stamping the large Rose Bouquet image on a piece of off-white cardstock using VersaFine Clair Nocturne Ink (black).   I then got out all of my red and green PrismaColor pencils and began coloring the images, layering on a variety of shades and using different pressures and a small circular motion to color both the flowers and the leaves until I was pleased with the look.  I used just a bit of yellow for the many-petaled star-shaped flower center.  

To add some snow-like shine, I used a very water-wet brush and silver Finetec metallic watercolor paint available from Birch Press Design to spatter the image.


I trimmed the Rose Bouquet to a bit smaller than a standard A2 card, added a green mat under it which left a very narrow border, and adhered this to a dark red notecard.

I die cut the PEACE CHESHIRE SCRIPT 94017 twice from silver cardstock, glued the two together for more dimension and then glued it to the lower right of the card.




This has made me think about other floral stamps and dies I have that might be treated to a red and green makeover for Christmas cards.  Hmm...

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature





Mon 22

Simple Striped Cards with Scribble Leafy Branch Background and Scribble Frond Background
by Anne Thompson

Need a really simple quick card?  Let the background paper do most of the work for you!  


I started with striped papers, cut them to 4 X 5.25, and adhered them to brightly colored notecards.


I then die cut the SCRIBBLE LEAFY BRANCH BACKGROUND 94275 and the SCRIBBLE FROND BACKGROUND 94573  from solid colored cardstocks in orange, yellow, and blue/green.  I used a glue pen to attach them to the three card fronts.


The leaves looked kind of plain so I added fabric flowers to the orange and yellow ones and a bow to the blue-green leaves, securing them with GlueDots.  There's still plenty of room on the front of each card to add an appropriate sentiment when I'm ready to send them off.


Look through your printed papers and match them up with pretty colored notecards.  Then add your favorite die cut images cut from coordinating cardstocks.  Maybe you'll add bows, flowers, pearls or sequins for a little extra bling.  Have fun!!!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Sat 13

Yipes! Stripes! Watercolor Crayons Technique with Daisy Silhouette, Scribble Leafy Branch Outline and its Background
by Anne Thompson

Here's another fun summer card with a striped background and a watercolor crayons technique.


Let's look at how I created the striped background.  

  • I started with watercolor paper and the Texture Line Up Memory Box stencil 88551--an old one no longer available, but you might try the SIMPLE CHEVRON STENCIL 88572 for a zig-zag stripe if you don't have this one stashed away.  
  • I used washi tape to secure the stencil to scrap paper and got out my watercolor crayons.


  • Using the stencil as a guide, I scribbled blues and greens onto the paper. 


  • I chose a wide flat waterbrush and painted over the scribbles, leaving the stencil in place.  
  • I then carefully removed the stencil to see the stripes I'd made.


  • Once this was dry I trimmed it to 4.5X3.25.
  • I used a corner rounder to round the edges which I then inked direct-to-paper with Archival Leaf Green ink.
  • I chose a light green notecard for the card base.


  • I added a layer of Bluebird Distressed Dots paper to the front of the notecard after rounding the corners.
  • I rounded all of the corners of the notecard as well.
  • I used Scor-Tape to attach the watercolor panel to the top-folded card.  I like to use Scor-Tape with watercolor paper because it holds it really flat.




  • I used a glue pen to make the bouquet on the notecard, adding a foam dot behind the center of the larger flower and putting pearl gems in the flower centers.


So there's another idea and a technique you might try for this month's stripes challenge.  I'd forgotten how much fun it is to scribble with crayons, and I love the look of these watercolor crayons once the water is added.

And don't forget that Memory Box has some great stencils!  Check them out here.

Happy Crafting!  And Happy Summer!

Anne Signature



Mon 08

Daisy Silhouette Card with Starflower Flower Frame Envelope Address Box
by Anne Thompson

Here's a simple card that uses the DAISY SILHOUETTE 94249 and some coordinating pretty papers.  A perfect summer card!


Start by die cutting the Daisy Silhouette from watercolor paper.  Leave the flowers in the background and paint them.  I used a waterbrush and a variety of Distress inks.


Next choose some coordinating papers and a notecard to go with the colors of the flowers you painted.


Whichever paper you choose for the larger background, cut it 4 x 5.25 and adhere it to the card front.  Cut a narrower strip from a second paper 2 x 5.25 and adhere that on top of the first paper.  Once the flowers are dry, remove them from the background and glue them to the narrow paper piece.


That's it!  Easy peasy!  I had a group of five of us make this card last week.  They all chose different colors for their flowers, so matching papers and notecard colors was a lot of fun.  Similar but different!  I thought then that a set of four or more would make a lovely gift along with decorated envelopes, stamps, and a pen.  

So, thinking about envelopes led me to this:


The box made by the STARFLOWER FLOWER FRAME 94246 is perfect for a name and address!  I found that my glue pen secured this nicely to the envelope.

In my challenge to use more of the paper I have collected and stashed over many years, I also papered the inside of the card using a bold plaid on the left and a pale print on the right so I can add a stamped sentiment and a written message.  I also made a liner for the envelope.

I hope you are enjoying your summer and still finding some time to make summer cards with these great new products from Memory Box.  Happy crafting!

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Mon 24

Rose Bouquet
by Anne Thompson

I have wanted to try the technique I used for today's card for the longest time, but I've been waiting for a really big floral stamp from Memory Box.  And Rose Bouquet is it!  It's about 5"x7"!


I started by stamping the Rose Bouquet on two pieces of 5"x7" off-white cardstock using VersaClair Nocturne (black) ink.  Here's a photo of the stamp from the ROSE BOUQUET CLEAR STAMP SET CL5241.

(It's in the center of an old Fiskars Stamp Press, one that's missing it's orange spongey feet.  That's the biggest acrylic "block" I have.)


I cut a 3.25" square from the center of one of the stamped images, then got out a bunch of Distress Inks and a waterbrush and started painting it.  I just picked up color from the inkpad directly onto the brush and then applied it to the paper being careful to not use too much water.  (I cleaned the brush between colors by painting the rest of the ink on the bristles onto scrap paper.)


I then attached this square to a piece of black cardstock and trimmed that to a narrow border around the image.  IMG_1282

I placed this on top of the other uncolored image and lined it up as best I could.

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I trimmed this larger piece to 5"X3.75" and added it to black cardstock that was 5.25"X4".  I then adhered that to a turquoise notecard.  This card could be oriented as a top-fold card as in the first photo or as a side-fold card as in this photo below.


 And because I couldn't do just one, I made another!  This time I left the first stamped image whole and painted most of it.

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I then trimmed it down to a smaller square, touched up any areas that needed more paint, mounted it on black cardstock, and added that to another uncolored image.  I then trimmed the larger assembled piece down, mounted it on black cardstock, and added that to a green notecard.

side-fold orientation


top-fold orientation


And just one more...

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I'm sure there are other techniques to achieve the same look.  It was really fun looking through blank notecards with the painted pieces in hand to find coordinating notecards.  I've also raided my scrap boxes and 6"x6" paper pads for pretty papers in coordinating colors for the inside panels.  

One could also stamp and paint other images from this stamp set on the inside of the notecard and the envelope and/or add one of the sweet sentiments!


I'm going to get a lot of use from this stamp set!  And it has coordinating dies, too!!!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Mon 17

A Simple Summer Card
by Anne Thompson

Do you ever go to make a card with one idea in mind and the card becomes something else?  That's what happened to me on this  simple summer card.  This isn't at all where I thought I was headed, but I like where I ended up.


I started with the piece of decorative paper.  This has been in my 12x12 stack for years--a Memory Box paper from many years ago.  The next step was to search through blank notecards for ones in coordinating colors.  I found some Juniper ones in my December box that I thought went well with the trees.  I cut the printed paper into three pieces each 4 x 5.25, one for the front of the notecard and two for the inside panels, and attached the pieces using a tape runner. 

The next step was to audition die cut images for the front of the card.  I tried several different birds and butterflies.  I felt like whatever I chose needed to be anchored with something more.  The dies I finally chose were SOARING SWALLOW 99995, GRASS STITCHED CIRCLE FRAME 99924, and one of the smaller circles from WRAPPED CIRCLES 30114.  


I sacrificed another Juniper notecard and die cut the Grass Stitched Circle Frame and the Soaring Swallow from it.  I used a scrap off off-white for the Wrapped Circle which I glued under the grass.


For more dimension I added a foam dot behind the bird.  When I set the finished image on the card I thought that ought to be raised as well so I added more foam dots behind the circle.


When I am ready to send out this card to celebrate the summer solstice later this month I plan to stamp a sentiment directly on the printed paper or glue on some die cut words from more of the Juniper cardstock. 

A suggestion:  Choose a pretty paper and a coordinating card and see where you end up!

Happy summer!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Mon 10

A Set of Three Button Cards Using Various Circle Dies
by Anne Thompson

Button, button, who's got the button?  I've got lots of them and chose several for today's set of three cards!


I used circle-shaped dies from my collection to make "flowers" for these cards with button centers.

I chose Jack O' Lantern notecards, a leaf-print paper from my 12x12 stash, and Mango Distressed Dots paper which I backed with Scor-Tape sheets before die-cutting.


For this first card, I carefully peeled each of the sections from the die and placed them onto the leafy paper.  I threaded the stems from two leaves through the holes in the button and curled those stems.  I used Glue Dots to secure the silk leaves and the pottery button to the circle, covering the hole in the middle and a gap between two of the Bright Rays sections.


I really wanted to used the leafy branch for a card, so I chose two of the Scalloped Circles to fit with it for this card.  Here I photographed it as a top-fold card but actually made it as a side-fold card (see the first photo above).  Guess it could be either! I used sticky-backed buttons that were already threaded for the circle centers.


Three Wrapped Circles hold velvet leaves and vintage buttons on this card.  I used paper stamens through the button holes to add a pop of color to the centers.  

These were quick and easy cards.  Using the various circular die cut shapes helped to showcase the round buttons.  Another idea for this month's challenge!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature