263 posts categorized "Butterflies"

01/23/2021

Sat 23

Embossed Toilet Paper Butterflies
by Trina Pham

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Happy weekend everyone.  So in contrast to my last post with bright cheery rainbow colors, I am sharing a soft color palette card today featuring a super easy technique called embossed toilet paper.  A year ago when the pandemic first started, I would have never dared to waste this hot commodity. 😂 

To start, layers of toilet paper were spritz with water on each side and stacked on top of each other.  Even though the toilet paper is 2-ply, it’s not very thick, so I ended up with 10 layers.  The Gloriosa Butterfly Duo Background die was then used to die cut two butterflies from it.

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Next, placed the butterflies into the Chrysanthemum Field 3D embossing folder and ran it through my die cutting machine according to the machine’s recommendations.  Set them aside to dry completely, resulting in something similar to handmade paper.

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I’ve only seen this technique used as  backgrounds, but I modified it to create card elements.  Here’s a large background piece that shows the handmade characteristics better. 

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To complete my card, the Twiggy Hugs was die cut from black cardstock and three times from Bristol paper.  Ink blended the top layer with Wilted Violet and Milled Lavender distress inks (DI), then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder for some shine.  Stacked them for dimension.

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The Pinpoint Leaf Plate was then die cut from Bristol paper.  Ink smooshed Wilted Violet DI and added black splatters in the bottom right corner before assembling the card to finish.  I wished I didn’t add Milled Lavender DI to the top butterfly.

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And that does it for me.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful weekend. 

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01/09/2021

Sat 09

Double Emboss Gracious Woodgrain
by Trina Pham

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Happy new year everyone!  Did you enjoy the Valentine blog blitz this past week?  You still have until tomorrow, January 10 at 11:59 pm EST, to leave a comment on any of the posts for your chance to win the corresponding giveaway.  Today I’m using the Woodgrain Heart die again, which you can win from Michelle’s post yesterday, to create a masculine love card.  Because this die is solid, it was perfect for one of my favourite double embossing techniques using a die and an embossing folder (EF).

Started by opening the Gracious Leaves 3D EF.  Adhered the Woodgrain Heart die with cutting edge facing up onto the flat side of the EF. 

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Secured a piece of mixed media paper over top with temporary adhesive.  This is the die/EF setup for the technique. 

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Placed an embossing mat then cutting plate on top and ran it through my die cutting machine according to its recommendation.  For a good impression, I ended up adding a couple of shims. Having secured the paper with temporary adhesive in the previous step allows for multiple run throughs.  This is what resulted.

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As you can see, the patterns of both die and EF are now dry embossed onto one piece.  Important things to note about this technique: 1. die must be solid 2. heavy thick paper or cardstock works best 3. do not close the EF.

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To complete the card, the heart was die cut from masking paper and the negative cut piece was used as a stencil.  Blended two shades of brown dye inks to colour the woodgrain heart.  The sentiment was die cut twice from white cardstock and once from dark brown and stacked for dimension.  The butterfly was die cut from white Polished Foil paper and popped up with mounting tape.  Crystal glaze was added to the sentiment for more shine to finish.

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

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07/23/2020

Thu 23

Build a Birthday Cake with Snowglobe Bases by Jean Okimoto

 

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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

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

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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...

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07/16/2020

Thu 16

Concentric-Cutting with Square Basics by Jean Okimoto

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Multi-colored diecut frames are everywhere right now and the 16-piece Square Basics set is a great way to create that look.  View Jennifer McGuire's video for her great techniques and examples.  

You won't need a special set of dies to cut frames - thick or thin.  This link to our #300-series of dies displays our nesting sets of squares, rectangles, hexagons, ovals, octagons and circles that are perfect for frame-cutting. 

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a design that began as a trial and became a card.  Tape the 2", 1-½", 1" and ½" dies together.  Brush the remaining exposed tape with the embossing powder tool to reduce the tackiness so the tape won't damage the diecuts.  

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Instead of patiently piecing strips of the Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad and diecutting them into nesting frames I diecut the glossy cover of the 6x6 pad "for practice" and decided to use it for today's card.  

Remove the frames from the die and rotate them to arrange contrasting colors.  Cut the ½" square again from another section for better color contrast. Re-assemble the pieces and tape them together on the reverse side.  Pale peach sections keep the card from looking too sweet or like a pink and blue baby card.  

Cut the butterfly print - from the Springtime Bouquet 6x6 set - with the 3" square die.  Stamp the greeting - from the Cherry Blossom Wreath Clear Stamp and Die Set - with Lilac Posies Memento Luxe and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the 1-½" square die.

Cut the 2 small Poppystamps Intricate Cut Butterflies from the pink Delicate Pastel 6x6 sheet.  It's a set of 4 detailed butterflies...beautiful details without the little pieces!  

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Attach the diecuts to a side-folded 5-¼" square white card - use foam tape for the butterflies.  Square cards require extra postage.

Revisit your stash of prints, glitter and metallic cardstock and up-cycle them into great frames.  I'll  use the blue and green frame squares for a weekend project.

Thanks for visiting!

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07/09/2020

Thu 09

Watercolor, Spotlight and Distress the Chrysanthemum Field by Jean Okimoto

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07/05/2020

Sun 05

Distressed Watercolored Embossing by Jean Okimoto

 

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Here are some techniques to add color and sparkle to 3-D embossed images. Let's add some distressed watercolors - and a lot of glitter - to the Butterfly Gathering design for a summer birthday card.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a card that evolved during the process.

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Spritz a light mist of water onto the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Sponge it with overlapping layers of shaded lilac, peacock feathers and cracked pistachio Distress Oxides.  Air-dry it. Cut it with the largest die from the Geodesic Oval Trio.

Spritz the reverse side lightly and pressure-emboss it using the plate(s) required for your machine.  Here's the sequence I used on my Spellbinders Platinum - base platform, embossing folder, two layers of cardstock.  No embossing plate or rubber mat.  Machines differ - please don't force the materials through your machine.

Carefully distress the three butterflies with sandpaper or the tip of a medium-grade sanding block. Use light, short sanding strokes instead of heavy pressure or a circular motion.  Brush the residue off.  Attach the diecut to a white A6 card (4-½" x 6-¼").  Attach the delicate geodesic frame.  Use a skewer to spread Open Studio Dragonfly Glitter Glue within the distressed outlines.  

We usually add accents to the diecut before attaching it to the card - but we all know what happens to the damp glitter glue when we flip the diecut over to add the adhesive, then press it onto the card.  

Cut the turquoise glitter sheet from the 6x6 Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pack with Honeycomb Square to create pretty little glitter hexagons.

Stamp the birthday wishes - from the Poppystamps Greeting Basics Clear Stamp Set - with Warm Breeze VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.

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Trim the greeting with a die from the Rectangle Basics set for nice finished edges.  If the dies don't match the shape of the greeting - cut it with a larger die, then just trim the bottom edge.  Attach it with foam tape.

Hope you know someone celebrating a summer birthday - and try these techniques with our other 3D Embossing Folders too.   

Thanks for visiting...see you again on Thursday -

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05/14/2020

Thu 14

Dreamy Butterfly and the Butterfly Heart Frame by Jean Okimoto

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Blend a bright Open Studio Watercolor Paper background for the Butterfly Heart Frame - then top it with a glittery Dreamy Butterfly. Add a greeting from the Wild Rose Stem Clear Stamp Set.  Butterfly season is approaching - Memory Box has a great collection of butterfly dies, 6x6 prints and glittered cardstock for every occasion.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a simple design to create in your favorite colors.

Spritz the textured side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper with a light mist of water.  Sponge it with loose, overlapping layers of Distress Oxides.  I used shaded lilac, cracked pistachio, twisted citron, peacock feathers and squeezed lemonade.  The water helps helps blend the inks and eliminates dark starting points.  Dry the inks.  Cut it with the 3-¾" x 5" Rectangle Basics die. Splatter it with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.

Scrunch waxed paper and rub it briskly over the Butterfly Heart Frame to help release the delicate diecut. Cut the frame from smooth  white cardstock.  Cut purple and turquoise butterflies with the coordinating die.  

Cut Dreamy Butterfly from the violet glittered cardstock in the Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad.  The cardstock is actually brighter and redder than it appears here.  Cut the butterfly body and antennae with the die from the Gloriosa Butterfly Duo Outlines set.

Stamp the greeting - from the Wild Rose Stem clear stamps set - on white cardstock with VersaFine Clair Purple Delight.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the smallest die from Rectangle Basics.

Attach everything to a side-folded 5-½" square white card - use foam tape for the right half of the greeting strip.  Add ¼" punched circles of the green glittered cardstock from the Twinkling Jewel 6x6 pack.

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Big thanks to everyone who ordered my TOGETHER Class Kit from Impress!  Thank you for your support - personally - and for supporting Memory Box/Poppystamps/Birch Press Design and Impress.  Although the store is closed, Ann and Shari have been busy with online orders and doorside deliveries and pickups. 

Thanks for visiting!

 

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04/28/2020

Tue 28

Happy Birthday Wishes
by Michelle Bala

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Hello there! Michelle here. Hope you are all safe and well and hopefully enjoying down time and craft time! I've been playing around with the new Twinkling Jewel and Delicate Pastel glitter paper pads. The colors are so vibrant it makes we yearn for spring and summer flowers!

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I used the Double Stitch Rectangle Dies to cut a frame from the glitter paper.  I chose the first and fourth die cut frame ( starting from the largest as shown above) and secured them to the glitter paper. 
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The glitter paper pads pair perfectly ( say that 10 times fast!) with Cottage Stripes and Dots paper pads!!! I used the sentiment from the stamp set  Friendship and Kindness, Poppy Stamps. I trimmed the pattern paper to fit just behind the frame. Than I adhered them together and to the card base.
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I die cut some butterflies using the Gloriosa Butterfly Duo Background Dies and glitter paper. For a finishing touch I scattered some sequins.

Thanks for taking a peek! Hope you give this a try!

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04/18/2020

Sat 18

Pocket Shaker
by Trina Pham

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Hello there.  I have another fun spring scene card to share today.  This time it’s a pocket shaker card.  I apologize for the glare in my photos, but the plastic made it unavoidable.

So I started off by die cutting an A2 size panel from Bristol paper using the largest die from Rectangle Basics.  Adhered a few die-cut puffy cloud masks then ink blended Cracked Pistachio, Tumbled Glass and Shaded Lilac distress inks (di’s) with blender brushes to create the background.  Die cut the center with a rectangle die that is the same size as the frame in the Cherry Blossom Frame.  Wanted the shaker portion to stand out more, ink blended Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch di’s to it.  Mounted the remaining frame to a white card base.

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A plastic stamp storage pocket was then cut open and trimmed to slightly larger than the cut out rectangle.  Added strong double-sided tape to the edges on the back and positioned it over the plastic to use as a guide to cut away the corners of the plastic.  The corners will be mitred when folded over, which will reduce bulk.

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Removed the adhesive liners from three sides and folded the plastic onto them.  Added the shaker mix through the opening then sealed it off to complete the shaker pouch.  Inlaid the pouch onto the card.

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To complete the scene, die cut the frame, branch and grass from Bristol paper and butterflies from glitter paper.  Colored with Copics then adhered them directly onto the plastic with either strong double-sided tape or liquid glue.

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Thought it didn’t need a sentiment.  Or I could always add it later, so left it blank to finish.

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I love not needing foam tape.  This makes it very mail-friendly.  And that’s it for me.  Thank you for dropping by.  Stay home and craft on!

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03/27/2020

Fri 27

Using Old Favorites In New Ways by Vicki Finger

Hello everyone!  Vicki here with you today.  I have a new project using some of my "old" favorites from Memory Box and a stamp set from Poppy Stamps as well.  I love being able to use supplies in my "collection" to pull a completely different style of card together.  

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You might remember this card from last fall that I created using the Grateful Autumn Stamp Set from Memory Box.  I used Metallic Watercolors on Stonehenge Black Watercolor Paper from Legion (who also makes Yupo Paper).  

Just because it has Autumn in the name doesn't mean it can't be used for any of the other seasons that have leaves on the trees.  Lots of folks north of Texas live in states where it is still snowing this week and they don't even have the first little buds of leaves out on their trees.  Here in North Texas, Our Redbuds are just budding out this week and in a week or so, we'll have lots of small green leaves popping out everywhere.  The Bradford Pears have also begun blooming.  In Texas, we have Live Oak Trees, and they stay green year-round.  There are many such trees in Texas and I remember being fascinated by them when we first moved to Texas in the late 1990's.  Being a midwestern girl, the only kind of evergreen trees I had ever seen were the Cedar and Evergreen varieties that remind you of Christmas Trees.  There is a huge, ancient, Live Oak Tree on the grounds of the Alamo.  Its limbs have grown so heavy that many are now supported by giant cables and many are literally laying on the ground, but still growing.  

Today I wanted to use this same stamp set to create a pretty Wet-On-Wet Watercolor Background with a lot of visual interest.   Using the large image from the set, I heat embossed it onto a 5 x 7 panel of Watercolor Paper.  Next, I wet the entire panel using a #10 Escoda Versatil Paint Brush. These brushes are hand made in Barcelona Spain and have a Triple Crimp Ferrule and they don't shed!

Next, I added Diopside Genuine in a pretty concentrated mix of paint and water.  I sort of dabbed at the area of the leaves but didn't stay within the lines.  I let that dry and then repeated the process with Ultramarine Turquoise, making sure to extend the paint and water to the entire panel, letting it move freely as I turned the paper.  When it was not quite dry, I went in with a watery layer of Iridescent Gold Watercolor on the top and turning the paper, again let it move around the entire panel of watercolor paper.  As this dries, the gold settles into the texture of the paper making it very visible.  

I die cut the panel with a Rectangle Basics Die and then used the leftover piece to heat emboss my sentiment onto. The sentiment is from Poppy Stamps Butterfly Greetings Stamp Set and I love this font!  Using a smaller Rectangle Basics Die I die cut the sentiment out and then used the next size up to cut a mat from Gold Foiled Cardstock. I popped the sentiment up on some foam tape.  I also had an already cut piece of cardstock sitting there that I had previously cut for another project and then didn't use, so it was perfect for this.  

I die cut the Drifting Side Butterfly from the center of that panel, which is a very economical way to use your gold cardstock and although I don't often do it that way, I should!  I don't sit and plan out a card from beginning to end with what I'm going to do.  I'm definitely a "fly by the seat of your pants" cardmaker.  I get an idea of what stamp set I want to use and what technique, but that's as far as the planning goes until I actually sit down to put the card together.  So usually, I'm too far into the process when I think about using the gold foiled cardstock that way. 

I love all the shimmer and shine on this card and that perfect final touch was the sequins and gems I added.  These particular sequins are iridescent teal and they matched so well.  I've had them for years and I don't know where they came from.  I will be really sad when I run out as they are so pretty.  Then as I often do, I added a little gem in the center of the sequin which really makes everything sparkle and shine.  

I did play around with adding colored cardstock or shimmer cardstock for the butterfly's body behind the gold frame, but I didn't care for any of the colors I tried over just using the gold outline, which allowed the watercolor to be seen through the wings. 

I hope you enjoyed seeing my project today and that you might be inspired to see what you can do with a stamp set you may already have.  I have an extended post over on my blog today as I go into some detail about my watercolor palettes that I've made recently.  I'll hope you'll pop over there if your interested in that sort of thing. 

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