61 posts categorized "Birch Press Design"


Tue 15

Vibrant Violet Wildflowers Slimline by Jean Okimoto


Send big thanks with Vibrant Violet wildflowers on a white-on-white Twiggy Thank You background.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a slimline design with Memory Box garden greens and the Star Flowers Contour Layers from Birch Press Design.  

The greeting creates a monochromatic background for the flowers - and the bright flowers balance the bold Twiggy Thank You.


Cut white cardstock with the largest Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangle die.  Cut the rectangle with Twiggy Thank You.  Very intentionally angled, not just slightly wonky.  Don't remove the diecut or the offcuts yet.  Tape the letters into the rectangle on the reverse side,  them remove the die.  

Attach the rectangle to a white slimline card - 3-⅝" x 8-⅝".  

Cut the Birch Press Design Star Flowers Contour Layers from different shades of the Vibrant Violet 6x6 Collection.  Cut the overlays and dotted center again from the violet/red Glitzy Glitter Pad sheet.  Assemble the flowers.  The base flowers are lightly embossed with guidelines for attaching the accent layers.  Great idea, thanks Dave!


Cut Tall Frilly Leaf Stems and the larger Fresh Cut Stems from different shades of green in the Lush Green Collection.  Trim the bottoms of the Tall Frilly Stems.  Attach the greenery and blossoms to the background.  Add green Bright Jewels.  

Cut a slimline-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.  I like using A-9 envelopes - instead of the standard A-10 business envelopes for slimline cards.  A-9's are slightly smaller -  about 3-⅞" x 8-⅞" - and great for slimline cards.

Thanks for visiting the blog - see you again on Friday!





Sun 27

Heart Birthday Card
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with this multiple heart die birthday card.  It's a clean and simple card using lots of dies and just a little stamping and heat embossing.
Here's another look:
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The biggest heart was made with the Memory Box Woodgrain Heart cut from Memory Box pink card stock. It's a wonderful heart die unlike your other heart dies.  But here's a tip, if you don't have this die you can get white or kraft woodgrain card stock from Memory Box and use it to cut any shape die you have and then ink it or color it with markers to make it any color you like!  The woodgrain papers from Memory Box come in white, ivory and kraft colors.
The next layer in my heart die stack is the inside of the Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out die, cut from pastel glitter card stock, also from Memory Box.  On top of that I added the Crystal Heart die also cut from pastel pink glitter paper.  On top of that I added a white cut out I made using the two smallest dies from the Scallop Pinpoint Loving Heart Cut Out die set cut from white card stock.
The sentiment is from Birch Press Design's Crystal Lingo stamp set, heat embossed in white on black card stock then cut with coordinating dies.  Here's one last look:
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I finished the card by adding clear Fairy Gems around the outside of the pink heart.
Hope you like my card inspiration for today!  Thanks so much for stopping by!





Sat 20

Floral Slimline Birthday Card with Video
by Angie Cimbalo


Hello and welcome, it's Angie here with a fun floral slimline birthday card.  I've used dies from Memory Box along with a new stamp and die set from Birch Press Designs called "Crystal Lingo."  All of these are from the 2021 Spring Release.

Here's a short quick video showing how I made this card:


Here's a couple of closer looks at the card:

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I love the variety of flowers and leafs all the new dies from Memory Box's Spring 2021 release have.  Adding those together with the bold look of stamping words from the "Crystal Lingo" set from Birchtree Press on black card stock makes for a very striking design!  Here's one last look at my card for today:


Hope you like my card!  Be sure to check out all the newest release items here and don't forget to stop by this blog each day for more inspiration from the team!  Thanks so much for stopping by!








Wed 10

Spring Birthday Slimline
by Trina Pham


Happy Wednesday everyone.  I have a spring floral slimline birthday card to share today using products from the Spring release.  

Started by stamping the flower image from All the Happiness stamp set in Fade Out ink on hot press watercolor paper.  Did no-line watercoloring using Karin markers.  Finished with Polychromous color pencils to add fine details.   Die cut it out with the coordinating die, then splattered with white gouache paint and Worn Lipstick distress ink (DI) for some texture.


The background and sentiments are from Birch Press Crystal Lingo stamp set.  The crystal background was white heat embossed three times on Bristol paper then die cut out with the second largest Slim Basic Rectangle die.   Added Worn Lipstick DI with a blender brush, then wiped off excess ink with a paper towel (emboss resist).  Happy was black heat embossed on Bristol paper, ombré watercolored in grey and die cut out with the matching die.   The other part of the sentiment was white heat embossed on a black cardstock strip.  Assembled the card onto a 3.5”x8.5” white card base to finish.


Once again, I was inspired by this month’s Beautiful  Backgrounds challenge?  Anyway, that’s it from me for today.  Thank you for joining me. 




Tue 09

Thinking of You Often Card
by Sara Cook

If you are missing someone and want to sending them a card to brighten their day, this is an easy, stunning card.  This is building of the techniques of my last Blooming 3D embossing folder post.  Half of the coloring is built into the paper making this an easy card to create realistic flowers in no time.


Emboss the darkest shade of paper from Fresh Aqua paper pack with the Blomming 3D embossing folder.  Remember to light spritz water on the paper so it will not crack.  Trim down the paper to 4" x 5 1/4".  Take a sandpaper block, I use Tim Holtz's brand, and lightly sand away the top of the paper, exposing the white on the tip of the flowers and leaves..  Then take Picket Fence Distress Ink and rub all over the surface.  Blend in the white ink into the flowers and leaves with your finger or a finger dauber.  Let the ink dry.  Next add more depth by using Arteza color pencil A106 to add shading to the flowers in the lowest points. Blend out using gambol or other blending solution.  Do the same technique for the leaves using the Arteza color pencil A092.  Then take a black color pencil and color the background around the flower and leaves and blend with Gamsol.


Take another sheet of the darkest shade of the Fresh Aqua paper pad and trim to A4 size.  Adhere the embossed paper to the A2 base and then adhere to a A2 card.  


Use the Thinking of you often sentiment from Birchpress Crystal Lingo clear stamp set to white emboss the sentiment on black card stock.  I used the smallest die from the Slim Basic Rectangle Layer dies to die cut the sentiment from the black card stock.  Die cut the 2nd smallest die from the same set out of the matching darkest shade of Fresh Aqua paper.  These dies are the perfect size to cut out sentiments and layer paper behind them.  These dies are very versatile.  Glue the sentiment on top of the die cut paper and then add to the front of the card.  

Just need to add a note to the person you are missing on the inside and you are all set to brighten someone's day.  








Thu 10

Trio of Sparkly Stitched Trees by Jean Okimoto


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Create the look of frosty bottlebrush trees with the Stitched Tree die.  This sparkly trio - in soft pastels - could brighten a cold winter day for someone special.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a bit of hunker-down stitch therapy. 

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Cut Open Studio Watercolor Paper, Smoky and Berry Blush cardstock with the largest die from the Birch Press Design Tall Triangle Set.  You'll need the entire tree of watercolor paper, the top three sections from Berry Blush and top two sections from Smoky.  Punch a small hole about ¼" below the bottom row of the watercolor paper tree, then trim about ⅛" below the hole.

Trim the Berry Blush tree below the 3rd section and the Smoky tree below the 2nd section

As always, prep the Stitched Tree die by rubbing it briskly with scrunched waxed paper top help release the tiny dots.  Tape one end of the sparkly yarn behind the diecuts and stitch horizontally from the bottom to the top of each tree.  

Sew a long vertical stitch from the top to the punched hole on the watercolor paper tree.  Sew long vertical stitches from the top to the bottoms of the smaller trees.  Tape the thread ends on the reverse side.

Diecut the stars from the Starlit Breeze die from the pale gold sheet of the Holiday Glitter Pad. Cut the largest Stylish Rectangle from white cardstock.

Attach the diecuts to a white A-6 card (4-½" x 6-¼") - use foam tape along the center and bottom of the watercolor tree.  Use doublestick tape for the smaller trees.  The post office may require special handling or additional postage for thicker cards. 

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Try stitch therapy for a creative break from daily routines.  It's satisfying and productive - and adding a stitched design to your projects makes it uniquely yours.

Thanks for visiting!







Sun 15

Charming Snowman Collage and the Pinpoint Snowflake Plate by Jean Okimoto


The Charming (and popular!) Snowman Collage fits perfectly into the Poppystamps Oval Fold Frame.  Add frosty texture with the Pinpoint Snowflake Plate -   and a layered Birch Press Mod Alphabet greeting.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here on a frosty fall weekend.  I love Memory Box collage dies for their versatility and surprising results.


Cut dark gray cardstock with the Poppystamps Oval Fold Frame.  Crease the left edge backwards on the scored line, forming a hinge to attach the front panel to the back panel.  Cut white cardstock with the Oval Fold Frame.  Remove the large oval offcut and cut it with the smaller oval die included in the Oval Fold Frame set.

Cut the white panel with the Pinpoint Snowflake Frame.  Attach the pinpoint layer to the dark gray layer.  Cut a dark gray cardstock back panel with the 4-¼" x 5-½" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach the card front to the back panel using the hinged tab. 


Cut Charming Snowman Collage from the smaller oval offcut.  The bottom left edge will split apart - re-assemble it later.  Color the nose offcut with an orange marker.  Color the twiggy arms of the delicate offcut with a tan marker - color it all the way, up to the inside of the circle.   Trim the arms.   Define the eyes with a skewer or piercing tool.  Attach the collage to the inside of the card.  

Cut the scarf section from the turquoise sheet in the 6x6 Twinkling Jewel Glitter pad.  Attach the nose, arms and scarf. 

Cut a red glittered Twinkling Jewel bird using the Resting Birds die.

Attach the arms, nose, scarf and bird to the collage.


The Birch Press Design Mod Alphabet Clear Stamps and Die Set includes both narrow and wide alphabet dies.  Cut JOY from white cardstock with the wider alphabet.  Cut the thinner JOY from red cardstock.  Layer the letters and attach them to the frame.


It all sounds very complicated - but it's really easy.  These unique dies create a collage-y - but flat - card for easy mailing.  There's just enough space for your signature on the inside.

Thanks for visiting...have fun designing and creating your holiday cards!





Sun 11

Stitch a Giant Candy Corn by Jean Okimoto






Thu 23

Build a Birthday Cake with Snowglobe Bases by Jean Okimoto




One of my favorite classes to teach at Impress is BEYOND THE BOX.  We take ideas from my blog posts then tweak them, using Memory Box products in unexpected and unintended ways.  For example, build a 4-layer birthday cake with the popular Snowglobe Bases and Sunset Blush Wide Washi Tape.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a card that could have two reactions -  #1-OK, maybe it's a birthday cake - or #2-what was she thinking?    It all begins with Snowglobe Bases


Attach Sunset Blush Wide Washi Tape to pink cardstock and cut various sections of it with Snowglobe Bases.


Stack the layers and tape them together.  Cut three of the Tall Birthday Candles from the pink Delicate Pastels 6x6 glitter cardstock.  Color the flame sections with a Sharpie, Zebra Mildliner or Copic Marker.  Attach the candles behind the top layer.  Trim the left edge of the two bottom layers.

Attach peachy-pink cardstock to adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet and cut Birthday Cursive Script Circle.  Leave the tiny dot over the "i" in the die until you're ready to attach it.  Attach the diecut to a side-folded white A2 card.  Add the tiny dot.

Stamp "wishes" - from the Cherry Blossom Wreath Clear Stamp and Die Set - on the same cardstock with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim it and attach it to the card with foam tape.

Cut three butterflies from the Birch Press Design Butterfly Cluster set from the pale pink Delicate Pastel glitter cardstock.  Color them with a peach marker, dry the ink, and attach them to the card.

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Enjoy experimenting and creating different looks with dies, stamps and papers from your Memory Box stash.  I think you'll be surprised and happy to discover so many ways to use Dave's great designs!

Thanks for visiting - see you again this weekend...






Fri 17

Foiled Ornament Christmas
by Trina Pham

Happy Fri-YAY everyone.  Continuing with the Christmas in July theme, I have another Christmas card to share today featuring foiling with stencils.  I love the look of foiling on cards, but am not a fan of having to use a laminator.  So when the Deco Foil Transfer Gel Duo came out earlier this year giving the option of foiling without heat, I was all for it. 

Using a circle die from Circle Basics, a circle stencil was created from Cornelia Variegated Wide washi tape and adhered to a Bristol panel.


Placed the Ring Tile stencil from Birch Press Designs on top and applied the transfer gel duo with a palette knife over it.  Set it aside to dry and become tacky to the touch.  Once ready, removed the washi tape and added the foil with shiny side facing up.


Slipped it into a folded piece of copy paper (to protect the foil from my scratched up plates), and ran it through my Big Shot resulting in this.


To complete the card, the Vintage Varsity letters were die cut from silver foil and black cardstock and offset for a shadow. 


Created the attachment piece (between the ribbon and bauble) by die cutting a square from silver foil cardstock with the smallest die from Square Basics, then die cutting with the same circle die used in creating the stencil.  The pine branches were die cut from Bristol paper twice and stacked for dimension.  Assembled the card then matte it on silver foil cardstock before mounting to a white card base to finish.


I really like the no-heat option for foiling so while all supplies were out, I made a second card following the same process and design... just changed up the foil.


And that’s it for today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful weekend.