136 posts categorized "Collage"

06/21/2022

Tue 21

Stenciled Butterfly Coterie Collage by Jean Okimoto

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The Butterfly Coterie Collage is great for quick cards - just layer it over an ink-blended background and add a greeting.  Or - if you have more time - here's another way to use this versatile die.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a colorful summer design.

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 Blend salvaged patina, twisted citron and shaded lilac Distress Oxides on the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Add a light spritz of water and let it airdry for a few minutes.  Heat-set it.  Pressure-emboss it with Butterfly Coterie Collage using a rubber embossing mat and the plate(s) required for your machine.  

Stencil it with VersaMark and the Butterfly Coterie Stencil using a clean, well-inked inkpad - don't stencil the largest butterfly.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.

Cut it with the medium-sized Stylish Rectangle Trio die (it's a close fit) - save the 4 larger narrow triangle offcuts.

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Place the delicate frame on a white A2 card.  Attach the inner offcut - overlapping the edges of the frame wherever they meet.  Attach the skinny triangle offcuts - layer them over the frame to help attach the frame and add a bit of color along the edges.  

Cut the smaller Ava Butterfly from the aqua sheet in the Polished Foil Pad.  Attach it with foam tape.  Add the purple-ish Treasure Chest Fairy Gemstones.  Cut an A2-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

A design alternative...diecut the small Ava Butterfly from a 6x6 sheet in our color collection - then heat-emboss the butterflies with Imagine's Iridescent Embossing Powder.  

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

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06/14/2022

Tue 14

Slimline Hugs and Flowers by Jean Okimoto

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Send special hugs with sunny yellow blossoms layered over a leafy slimline collage from Poppystamps. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a  spring-into-summer design for any occasion.

Cut white cardstock to 8-½" x 4-¼".  Cut it with the Poppystamps Slim Leafy Collage - about 1-¼" from the left edge.  Score and crease it the cardstock vertically at ¾" to create a hinge.  Attach it to an 8-½" x 3-½" piece of green cardstock - for a leafy green background.

Cut Layered Cosmos twice from a medium-yellow 6x6 in the Sunny Orange Collection. Cut Layered Fresh Flowers from pale yellow and mustard yellow 6x6's.  Assemble the flowers - mix and match the centers.

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Cut white cardstock with the 6-⅛" x 1-⅛" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  Attach the flowers to the rectangle.  Attach the rectangle to the card - don't use any adhesivebehind the flowers on the left side because it will be visible from inside the card.

Stamp the greeting - from the Big and Little Words Clear Stamp Set - on white cardstock with Verdant Versa Fine Clair.  Quickly heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim the cooled cardstock with the greeting strip die that's included ion the stamp set.

Attach the greeting to the background rectangle with foam tape.  Add the pale yellow Pastel Fairy Jewels.

Thanks for visiting our Design Team blog.  Hope we're inspiring you to create unique greeting cards for every occasion.

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05/17/2022

Tue 17

New Stella Butterfly and Background from the May Collection by Jean Okimoto

 

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The beautiful new Stella Butterfly and Background set is perfect with a leafy, flowery background. Try it with a Bubble Border too!  Add a diecut circle greeting and iridescent Winter Fantasy Fairy Gemstones to complete the look.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another new butterfly set from our May Collection.

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Cut the detailed Stella Butterfly from the shiny aqua Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad sheet.  Cut the solid Background from a Fresh Aqua 6x6 sheet.  Cut the antennae/body from a gold Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad sheet.  Assemble the butterfly.

Cut a pale lavender 6x6 from the Twilight Purple Collection with the 1-⅞" wide Slim Basics Rectangles die.  Cut it with Bubble Border.  Trim the excess from the short ends.

 

I used a sheet of ink-blended and gold-spritzed Open Studio Watercolor Paper for the background.  Cut it with the 2-⅛" wide Slim Basics Rectangles die.  Trimming layers with the Slim Basics Rectangles dies saves time and eliminates guessing -  and those wonky edges.

Stamp the greeting - from the Friends and Family Clear Stamp Set - on the pale lavender 6x6 with Purple Delight VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink and cut it with the 1-½" Circle Basics die.

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Attach the diecuts to a lavender slimline card (3-½" x 8-½") - attach foam tape to the center of the butterfly and let the wings appear to be floating over the background.  Attach the greeting circle with foam tape too.  Add the lightest Winter Fantasy Fairy Gemstones.  Cut a slimline-sized rectangle of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

 

Hope you're loving the May Collection as much as we enjoy sharing our newest designs with you!  Thanks for visiting - see you again this weekend.

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04/22/2022

Fri 22

Recycled Background Earth Day Greetings by Jean Okimoto

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Let's build a background of recycled scraps and create a card to celebrate Earth Day.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here using Lush Green Collection scraps from my stash to fill the Jumbled Line Collage.  It made just a teeny tiny dent in my big stack of scraps - but I feel so resourceful and earth-friendly.  

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Attach a strip of doublestick tape to printer paper.  Cut assorted 3/4" strips of the Lush Green Collection 6x6's.  Attach them to the paper - we're using paper so it won't be too bulky.

Cut white cardstock with the largest Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  Cut the rectangle with Jumbled Line Collage.  Lay the collage over the strips before adding any adhesive.  Trim the edges of the paper to fit behind the collage, then attach it behind the collage.  Attach the rectangle to a slimline card (3-5/8" x 8-1/2").

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Cut different shades of yellow 6x6's from the Sunny Orange Collection with the Gentle Blossom Watercolor Floral and Layered Fresh Flowers dies.  Assemble the flowers -  mix and match the blossoms and the centers. Use a center from the Layered Fresh Flowers set for the Gentle Blossom Watercolor Floral.

Cut the solid leaves - from the Gentle Blossom Watercolor Floral set - from a sheet Lush Green sheet.  Press a scrap of the same green onto a VersaMark inkpad.  Heat-emboss the inked area with detail clear powder.  Cut the detailed leaves from the embossed cardstock.  They'll be slightly darker and glossy to contrast with the solid background leaves.

Stamp the greeting from the Signature Greetings Clear Stamps and Dies Set on a yellow 6x6 with Onyx Black VersaFine.  Quickly heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim one end with the second-smallest Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die - then just cut the other end with a paper trimmer.

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Assemble the card - use foamdots for the greeting.  Add yellow Autumn Fairy Crystals.  Cut a slimline-sized piece of cardstock to protect the jewels and card front for mailing.

The coordinated colors of the Memory Box 6x6 Collections save time and simplify cardmaking with a 108 choices.  They match our 6x6 prints and plaids, glitter, foil and mirror cardstock too.  

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Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend!

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03/11/2022

Fri 11

Ruffles, Layers and Rainbow Colors by Jean Okimoto

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Create a spring-ish thank you card with ruffled, layered blossoms and rainbow colors peeking through the Slim Diagonal Collage.  Hi and Happy Friday - Jean Okimoto here with 3 of my favorite design elements - slimline cards, inky collage backgrounds and flowers.

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Cut smooth white cardstock with the largest Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  Cut the rectangle with Slim Diagonal Collage - run it through your machine lengthwise.

Blend wilted violet, salvaged patina and twisted citron Distress Oxides on a strip of smooth white cardstock.  Dry the inks, then spritz it with Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Airdry it for a few minutes, then heat-set it.  Trim it and tape it behind the diecut collage.  Attach it to a white slimline card (8-⅝" x 3-⅝").

Cut two of the (slim-petaled) Riverbank Large Layered Blooms from a 6x6 sheet in the Twilight Purple Collection.  Cut the round center section from a light yellow-green sheet in the Lush Green Collection.

Cut Ruffled Blooms from two shades of purple in the Twilight Purple Collection.  Assemble all of the flowers.

Cut 2 large and 1 small leafy stems from the Layered Star Flowers set from sheets in the Lush Green Collection.  

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Stamp the greeting - from the Big and Little Reverse Words Clear Stamps - on the light  yellow-green 6x6 with Warm Breeze VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink.  Cut it with the greeting strip die included in the stamp set.

Attach the diecuts to the card.  Attach the leafy stems with foamtape microdots on the top 3 leaves of each stem.

Thanks for visiting our blog - have a great weekend!

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03/02/2022

Wed 02

Enchanting Poppy Stems Slimline by Jean Okimoto

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Enchanting Poppy Stems add spring color to a slimline friendship card.  Layer them over an ink-blended backdrop and the Cascadia Background Strip.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another beautiful, versatile floral set from our February 2022 Collection.  

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Cut white cardtock with the 7-¼" x 2-¼" Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangles die.  Cut the rectangle with Cascadia Background Strip.  Blend blue, green, purple and teal inks on smooth white cardtock - use a piece large enough for the background strip and the greeting background.  

Dry the inks, then spritz it with a light mist of Imagine's Sparkle Shimmer Spritz.  Dry it,  then trim it to fit behind the Cascadia border.  Skip the measuring and/or guessing - just trim it with the 6-½" x 1-½" Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangle die.  It's one size smaller...and guaranteed to fit behind the border! 

Cut the Enchanting Poppy Stems blossoms from two shades of the Ocean Blue Collection 6x6's.  Cut pieces of the middle-sized layers from the darker 6x6.  Assemble the flowers.

Cut the leaves and stems from a Lush Green Collection 6x6.  Brush a light layer of Pearlescent Thyme Brilliance onto the narrow accent pieces.  Assemble the leaves.

Cut the extra ink-blended cardstock with the Miss You Posh Script background.  Cut the greeting from white cardstock.  The tiny dot over the "i" disappeared somewhere between my diecutting area and my desk. I used a screwpunch to punch a tiny hole in the background.  The background will be layered over white cardstock and will match the rest of the greeting.  

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Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-½" x 8-½").  Add the pale aqua Christmas Fairy Crystals.  Cut a slimline-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Hope you'll join our March Challenge - the theme is Miss You/Thinking of You.  Flowers always add a special touch to cards for any occasion - and would especially appreciated right now.  Here are the details.  

Thanks for visiting the blog...see you again this weekend!

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02/13/2022

Sun 13

Rainbow Magic Slider
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  No Valentine’s / heart card today.  Instead I’m sharing a fun and colorful magic slider card featuring the Arched Collage die.  Confused with the “colorful” description from the picture above? 🤔   Then see it in action in the video below! 😉

 

 

 

I’ve only made this type of card using stamps and wanted to try it with dies.  Started by trimming a white top folding card base and a piece of mixed media paper to 4.25”x5”.  The width was 0.5” shorter than a regular A2 size to accommodate for the slider pull tab handle.  Next, die cut the Arched Collage from the mixed media piece, which leaves a negative cut.  This will be the front.

 

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The cutout arches were coloured in rainbow order with Copic markers.  Adhered the negative cut front piece on top of the card base with temporary adhesive and used it as a guide to adhere the colored arches directly onto the card base like so.

 

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For the slider, it was cut to 3.5”x5.5” from white woodgrain paper.  Dies from Rectangle Basics were then used to partial die cut a t-shape on one end and a notch for the slider pull tab handle on the other end.  No measuring… just eyeballed it.

 

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Acetate was then adhered to the back of the front piece.  Still working on the back, strips of thick white cardstock (could use foam / mounting tape here instead) were adhered to three sides to create a channel for the slider to move back and forth.  To help guide the slider and provide a stopper, a stabilizer was created by wrapping a strip of 0.5” copy paper onto itself around the slider piece. 

 

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Note: Very important to add glue only on the outside of the stabilizer and the perimeter strips when assembling the card… otherwise, it will interfere with the sliding action.

 

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A circle was die cut from black cardstock and folded in half to create the slider pull tab handle.  The Hello Friend posh script was die cut from Bristol paper 3x and stacked for dimension before mounting onto its black shadow.   

 

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For a polished look, a frame was added to the front.  The clouds were die cut from white woodgrain paper as well and their edges inked with a finger brush and Tumbled Glass distress ink.  Assembled the card then hand printed “pull” with a white gel pen on the slider pull tab handle to finish.

 

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Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful week, especially if you are celebrating Valentine’s day.

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02/03/2022

Thu 03

Pretty Pink Valentine's Shaker Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have another flat shaker card using the Verdant Leaf Collage and Cottage Flower Stem.  This is an simple and quick card to recreate that is fun for the recipient.

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Frame:

Die cut the Verdant Leaf Collage die from a light pink/purple paper from Vibrant Violet pad.  Die cut the Sprinkle Heart Collage die from the darker shade of the same hue paper.  Adhere the hearts around the frame and sides one either side, leaving the bottom free of hearts.  Die cut Sending Love Posh Script die from a med tone matching glitter paper from the Graceful Garden Glitter pad.  Adhere to the bottom of the frame.  Add a matching gem from Autumn Fairy Jewels to the top of the Sending Love die. 

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Flower:

Die cut the Cottage Flower Stem from the same color as the frame and heart die cut, light pink/purple paper from Vibrant Violet pad.  Trim the stem off the Cottage Flower.  Shape the bottom and second layer. Glue the second layer to the bottom layer just in the center.  Add a yellow Autumn Fairy Crystal to the center.  Adhere the flower to the leaves from the Verdant Leaf Collage.

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Shaker background:

Cut a darker hue from the same pink/purple paper from Vibrant Violet pad slightly smaller then A2 size card panel.  Take a plastic package sleeve from a die and trim down around 6" x 7 1/4".  Add double sided adhesive to the back of the card panel.  Remove 3 sides adhesive backings and tightly wrap the plastic around the panel.  Trim down the corners diagonally on each corner.  Add matching glitter to the open side. Remove the backing and seal the last side.

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Assembly:

Adhere the frame to the shaker with double sided tape.  Adhere the shaker to the front of a A2 size card.

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01/04/2022

Tue 04

With Love and a Rose Bouquet Heart by Jean Okimoto

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Hello and Happy '22!  Jean Okimoto here with a quick card to start the year.  Diecut Rose Bouquet Wide Washi Tape and layer it over a leaf-green Jumbled Lines Collage.  Add a quick stamped and diecut greeting and sparkly Fairy Crystals - that's it!  The design is simple, versatile and matches several of the greetings in the Big and Little Reverse Words stamp set.

Cut white cardstock with the 3.1 x 8.1" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  Cut the rectangle with Jumbled Line Collage.  Cut a strip of soft green 6x6 from the Lush Green Collection and attach it behind the collage.  Attach  the rectangle to a white slimline card (3-½" x 8-½").

Attach Rose Bouquet Wide Washi Tape to pale pink cardstock and cut it with the second-largest Double Stitch Happy Heart die.  Attach it to the card with doublestick tape at the bottom and foamtape at the top for dimension.

Stamp the greeting - from the Big and Little Reverse Words Clear Stamp and Die Set - on white cardstock with Rocket Red Gold Brilliance.  Dry the ink, then cut it with the die that's included in the set.  Attach it with foamtape.

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Add the pale green Christmas Fairy Crystals.  Cut a slimline-sized sheet of cardstock to protect the card front if you're mailing the card.

The Rose Bouquet and Sunset Blush Wide Washi Tapes are perfect for Valentine cards - or any card you need in a hurry!  They have handcolored-look with a soft frosty shimmer.  Attach the tapes to backgrounds of different colors - or crisp white.  The adhesive is very secure - no flyaway edges or corners here!

Thanks for visiting - see you again on Friday!

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12/25/2021

Sat 25

Spread Cheer Snowman
by Michelle Bala

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Merry Christmas my crafty friends!!!! I hope you and family are safe and blessed this holiday season!!! 
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Today's card is a mix of new and older releases. I used two patterned papers from the 6x6 paper pad, Dashing Holiday, as the base. Attach the ribbon and create the bow. The bow is made from a separate piece of ribbon and adhered later. Die cut the snowman and use the mid sized Double Stitched Rectangle Die to cut a frame around the snowman. I used the largest Double Stitched Rectangle Die to create the frame. 
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After I assembled the card, I embossed the sentiments from the stamp set, Festive Christmas Greetings. I adhered the die cut elements and sentiment strips with foam adhesive. I added some clear fairy drops. I embellished the bow with some bakers twine and bells. Adhere the bow with a glue gun.

Thanks for stopping by!

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