391 posts categorized "Clean and Simple"

01/20/2021

Wed 20

Rainbow Big Hugs
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  Things have been tough lately and I needed something happy and cheerful, so I made a clean and simple (CAS) rainbow card to share today. 

I started by trimming white cardstock into 3/8” strips and colored them with Copic markers in rainbow colors.  You could avoid this extra step if you have color cardstock.  The strips were then glued onto white cardstock and a heart was die cut from it using the Double Stitch Loving Heart die.

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Next, a Wrapped Stitch Rectangle was die cut from Bristol paper and the same heart was die cut in the center of it.  Adhered the panel to a white card base then inlaid the rainbow heart.  The Big Hugs sentiment was die cut from Bristol paper (3x), black cardstock and white Holiday Glitter paper.  Stacked them for dimension and offset with the black one for a shadow to finish.  There is a shadow die in the set, but it was a tad too big for the space.

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I was having fun and while supplies were out, I made another CAS rainbow card.

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And that does it for me.  Thank you for joining me today.  Enjoy your day.

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01/15/2021

Fri 15

Big Hugs
by Donna Sledzik

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Happy Friday everyone! Today I have a clean and simple card featuring new products from the new 2021 Valentines release.

I die cut the Sweet Bay Collage from white cardstock and spattered it with gold ink. Next I glued it to a kraft cardstock layer which I then adhered to a white card base. 

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I die cut the background of the words "Big Hugs" from navy blue cardstock and the words from gold foil paper. I glued the words on top of the background and adhered it to the card front. That's it for today!

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I hope you all have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by today!

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12/19/2020

Sat 19

Clean & Simple Slimline Christmas Card
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello, it's Angie here today with a clean and simple slimline card using Memory Box's "Berry Wreath" and "Christmas Tiles" stamps and dies.  I love stamping a large stamp image and cutting it into smaller pieces to use on my cards.  This time I did this with the large "Berry Wreath" stamp and die set.  Here's a closer look:

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I stamped the wreath in black and heat embossed it in clear, then colored it with alcohol markers and colored pencils.  After die cutting the image, I cut it into two piece to use on a slimline card base.  After I adhered both piece to the card front, I took the "peace, love & joy" sentiment from the "Christmas Tiles" stamp set and cut it to fit into the white spaces between the wreath branches.  I stamped the words in black and heat embossed them in clear to match the wreath.

Here's one last look at my card:

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I really love clean and simple designs!  I think its my favorite style of card making because I just love bright white space!  I hope I've inspired you to look at some of your larger stamps to see if you can use them in smaller pieces.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

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12/17/2020

Thu 17

Scatter Snowspeckles on a Watercolored Background by Jean Okimoto

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'Twas the week before Christmas...time to make some simple cards for holiday thank you notes.   Hi, Jean Okimoto combining Memory Box Wide Washi Tape and Open Studio Watercolor Paper on quick cards.

Paint the smoother side of the watercolor paper with watery, overlapping layers of green, blue and yellow dye ink refills or Distress Oxides.  Let the colors blend and air-dry for a few minutes, then heat-set it.  

Attach Watercolor Forest Greenery Wide Washi Tape to the painted watercolor paper.  For a softer, frosty look, add a layer of Poppystamps Snowspeckle Wide Washi Tape.  Cut it with the 2" x 3-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  

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Cut ¾" x 4" and ¾" x 4-½" accent strips of green cardstock for the vertical cards. P1001836

 Cut ¾" x 3-¾" and ¾" x3-¼" strips for the horizontal card.

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Punch ¼" circles of the gold and bright green Holiday 6x6 glittered cardstock.  Attach the diecuts to a white A-2 cards. 

Thanks for visiting - see you again this weekend!

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11/24/2020

Tue 24

Watercolor Texture Technique
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  I wanted to share a watercolor technique that I learned from the Peerless Watercolor Instagram page.  I love working with watercolors and am always interested in new techniques.  All you are going to need for this technique is some watercolor paint (I used Peerless, but you could use any brand), watercolor paper (I used Memory Box) and some bubble wrap.  Who doesn't have bubble wrap this time of year?

Step one- tape down your watercolor paper so that the paper won't warp too much with all the paint and water.  I used washi tape since it is low tac and then taped it onto some heavy weight chip board:

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Step two- spritz your watercolor paper with water so that the paint you add will blend easier.  Next, add a bunch of paint with a wet brush.  You can tell from my picture that my paper got quite wet:

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Final step, place a piece of bubble wrap on top, place a book on top, and allow it to dry naturally.  I let it sit for about two hours.  You could also just leave it till the next day.  I made a bunch of these backgrounds at the same time so that I would have ready to use decorative papers for future cards.  Here is the background I ended up using for this card:

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You can see that the bubbles left different looking imprints depending on how inflated the bubbles were.  To finish the card, I cut out my snowman and added some teal cardstock behind it. 

Tip for the backgrounds- if your paper ends up warped, you can press it under a heavy book or just use a lot of tape to hold it down.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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11/16/2020

Mon 16

Mistletoe Christmas
by Michelle Bala

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I colored the mistletoe with Copic Markers in shades G40, G43, G46, YG67; R39, RV99. I added some white accents with a gel pen.  I adhered the knotted circle wreaths  to the card base than layered the mistletoe with foam tape. 

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The sentiment is from the stamp set Spirit of Christmas. I embossed them with gold embossing powder. For a finishing touch I scattered some gems.        Michellesignature (1)

 

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10/25/2020

Sun 25

Clean & Simple Mistletoe Card
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome!

I have a clean and simple Christmas card made with some of the brand new mini release from Memory Box! I used a brand new backgound pinpoint die and a new beautiful mistletoe die set.

Here's how I made my card:

1) Die cut bright white 5.5" by 4.25" piece of card stock with "Snowflake Pinpoint Plate" die  
2) Using green & red glitter paper from "Twinkling Jewel Glitter" paper pack cut the "Mistletoe Bundle" die
3) Added the "Snowflake Pinpoint" panel to a piece of black card stock so you can see the design clearly
4) Adhered the "Mistletoe Bundle" die pieces to the front of the card
5) Heat embossed the sentiment from the "Berry Wreath " stamp set with white embossing powder on black card stock
6) Adhere top panel to card base

Here's one last look at my card. It's hard to capture just how shiny and glittery the Memory Box glitter paper is - it's really gorgeous in person!

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I hope I've inspired you to create some clean and simple cards using these amazing new dies from Memory Box. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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09/22/2020

Tue 22

Boo Card
by Donna Sledzik

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Hello everyone! Today I have a clean and simple Halloween card for you. I took several elements from the new dome dies to create this simple card.

To begin, I used gray cardstock and die cut only the haunted house from the Haunted House Dome Layer Die. Next I die cut the Winter Wood Dome from black cardstock and glued the haunted house behind it.  After I glued the die cut to white cardstock, I adhered the card front to a gray cardstock mat.  The matted card front was then mounted to a white card base. 

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To finish the card I die cut the pumpkin from orange cardstock and glued that to my card. Next I used black cardstock and white embossed the word Boo. I used a 1" circle punch to cut out the word and glued it to the top of the dome.

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That's it for today!  Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!

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09/19/2020

Sat 19

Forest Pinecone Branch Through Two Seasons
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  As I’ve mentioned in the past, Christmas is my favorite time of year.  So much so I usually skip over fall. 😂   Well, as you can see, not today!  Using the same process, the same layout and the same dies from this year’s Christmas collection, I made a fall version, too.

For both clean and simple (CAS) cards, the Forest Pine Branch was die cut from Memory Box’s watercolor paper and watercolored with Zig markers and a waterbrush.  The Pinecone Stackers were die cut from brown cardstock and the bottom edges sponged with white pigment ink.  It didn’t have enough contrast, so went in with a white gel pen to make them stand out more. The A2 sized panels were die cut from Bristol paper using the Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.  Masked off the bottom half of the panel with masking paper... and this was where the process diverged.

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For the fall card, a circle mask was die cut from masking paper using Circle Basics.  Made a couple of rips in it, then adhered it to the panel.  Applied Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed distress inks (DI) with blender brushes and a detailed blending tool.  Removed the circle mask and blended whatever ink was remaining on the Mustard Seed blender brush to fill in the setting sun.  

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Stamped the sentiment from Winter Greenery with Fired Brick distress oxide (DOx) ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Assembled the card to finish.

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For the Christmas card, Wilted Violet, Shaded Lilac, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch DI’s were used to create the wintry sky.  Splattered it with white gouache paint for snow.  A white gel pen was used to add snow to the pine branch and pinecone.

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Stamped the sentiment from Mistletoe Swag with Wilted Violet DOx ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Spritz the panel with a sparkle spray for some shimmer.  Assembled the card to finish.

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I think if snow was added to the fall card, it would make for a fun non-traditional color Christmas card.  Well, that’s it for me today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful weekend.


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07/26/2020

Sun 26

Emboss and Distress the Garden Party Floral Corner by Jean Okimoto

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Blend the warm colors of a summer sunset onto Open Studio Watercolor Paper and add 3D embossing to create a floral card for any occasion.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with another Garden Party Collection design before we introduce you to our 2020 Holiday Collection.

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Cut the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper with the 4" Square Basics die.  Spritz it with a light mist of water and sponge it with overlapping layers of Distress Oxides.  I've used spun sugar, squeezed lemonade and dried marigold here - but any combination of your favorite soft pastels would work for this design.

Air-dry the inks.  Moisten the reverse side of the paper with another quick spritz of water to prep it for embossing.  Emboss it with the Floral Corner 3D Embossing Folder using the plate(s) required for your machine.  Here's what I used for my Platinum - thick base platform, folder with the watercolor paper (inked side up) and two layers of 80# cardstock.  No embossing mats or plates.

Place the embossed paper on a smooth, hard surface and distress it with sandpaper or a sanding block.  I used #180 sandpaper and short, light upward strokes. Remove the residue with a tissue.  Attach it to a side-folded 5-½" square white card.

Stamp the greeting - from the Peony Garden Corner Clear Stamp and Die Set - on white cardstock with Melon Fresh Ink.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut the top and two sides with the 2-½" Square Basics die, then trim the bottom edge.  Attach it with foam tape.

Color the white glitter sheet from the Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad with a Copic, Sharpie or Zebra Mildliner pen.  Punch ¼" accent dots.

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Our Design Team can't wait to start sharing our newest release and holiday designs with you...great dies, embossing folders, new glitter glues, artpapers and 6x6's.   There's something for everyone!

Thanks for visiting...see you on Thursday - 

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