66 posts categorized "Collage"


Thu 02

All My Love Forever
by Michelle Bala

Hello !!! Michelle here!  Funny how we go from Christmas and holiday cards, right to Valentine's Day cards!  I made this card for my husband. I love the teal shades paired with black and silver. I used Leafy Heart Craft Die and die cut it two times, once on copic friendly paper the second on black cardstock.  I laid down a layer of  Copic BG11 than added some darker shades of BG15, BG34 and BG18.  I adhered the colored leaf to the black leaf cluster a bit off set. Add some silver stickles glitter glue and set aside to dry.


I inked up my background panel with tumbled glass, evergreen bough, mermaid lagoon and black soot. I splattered some white and black paint. Set aside to dry. Die cut Love Airy Script Craft Die two times, silver and black cardstock. Adhere off set.  I embossed the sentiment from Big and Little Valentine's Clear Stamp Set using silver embossing powder. 


I assembled all the elements using foam tape. To finish off I added some silver gems. I love it!!!

Thanks for stopping by today!!! What do you think?

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Thu 08

Just a Little Note with the Rose Bouquet by Jean Okimoto

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Combine leaves and blossoms from the Rose Bouquet Clear Stamps and Die Set with improvised "stems" from the Wave Ribbon Collage.  It's another design featuring the versatile Rose Bouquet stamps and die.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here - with a simple design that works for any occasion.

Cut Wave Ribbon Collage from black cardstock.  Trim the edges to about ⅛" wide.      

Stamp the individual blossoms and leaves from the Rose Bouquet Clear Stamps with Nocturne.   Dry the ink, then diecut the pieces.  Add highlights to the center of the blossoms with Imagine Crafts Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Stix.  Shake it (cap on, top down!) vigorously about 20 times - then press it onto the centers to add a sparkly shimmer.

Stamp the greeting - also from the Rose Bouquet Clear Stamp set - with Nocturne and emboss it with detail clear powder.

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Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of pale gray cardstock - use foam dots for the greeting and top center flower.  Attach green gem stickers. 

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the August 11 AWESOME BLOSSOM(s) class at Impress!  We're making colorful floral cards with our favorite dies, stamps and papers - and several of the newest designs from Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs.  See you!

Thanks for visiting...see  you again next week!





Tue 02

Challenge Inspiration - Scribble Roses and the Wave Ribbon Collage by Jean Okimoto

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Wonky offcuts of the Wave Ribbon Collage create a bold background for Scribble Roses on an inspiration card for July's Challenge.  Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with my interpretation of stripes for a quick card in shades of girly pink.

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Cut Wave Ribbon Collage from black cardstock - leave everything in the die for easy assembly later.

Cut Scribble Roses Background from three shades of pink cardstock.  Pressure-emboss them with Scribble Roses Outline using the plates and embossing mat required for your machine.  Embossing takes a few extra minutes but adds a layer of dimension and very cool shadows.

If pink isn't your style - shades of yellow, peach, lavender or violet would look great.

Cut Scribble Roses Outline from black cardstock.

Prep white cardstock with the powder tool to eliminate unwanted flecks of embossing powder.  Stamp the strip - from the Bold Christmas Greetings Clear Stamp Set - on white cardstock with VersaMark.  Heat-emboss it with Imagine's Hologram Mboss.  It's a silvery powder with glittery highlights.  Trim it and tear the ends, like washi tape.

Stamp "hugs" from the Big and Little Words Clear Stamp Set on white cardstock with Charming Pink VersaFine Clair.  

Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add clear gem stickers.

MemoryBoxWaveRibbonCollage, MemoryBoxScribbleRosesOutline, MemoryBoxScribbleRosesBackground, MemoryBoxBigandLittleWordsClearStamps, MemoryBoxBoldChristmasGreetingsClearStamps, ImagineCrafts, Mboss, ImpressCardsAndCrafts

Summer classes at Impress are set - and they begin with BUTTERFLY WISHES on the 4th of July.  Here's a list - looking forward to seeing everyone!

    -    Butterfly Wishes - July 4 and 13

    -    Summer Designs from Birch Press and Poppystamps - July 13

    -    Holiday Preview - July 27

    -    Awesome Blossom(s) - August 11 and September 7

    -    Colors of Christmas - August 17

    -    Simply Asian - September 2 (Labor Day) and 7

    -    Halloween Stash Cards - September 21

    -    Paperstyle 2020:  Calendar or 12 Notecards - September 29

    -    Holiday Greetings:  Simply Asian - October 12

Big thanks to everyone for taking my classes throughout the years - and especially to those who have taken just about every class I've taught in the past 20 (!) years!  Colors, trends and techniques have come and gone - but Dave's style and Memory Box have always inspired me to design and share cards that are unique, technique-y  and special.

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







Thu 15

Bold Christmas Greetings and Holly Collage by Jean Okimoto



Watercolor a background for the Holly Collage and add a bright message from the Bold Christmas Greeting Clear Stamp Set.  Add the look of washi tape with a stamped strip from the greeting set too!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a quick card for your busy schedule.

Create a palette of inks by pressing the Fresh Greens Kaleidacolor  inkpad onto a large acrylic block.  Paint a square of watercolor paper with random, overlapping shades of green.  Let the inks mix and mingle for a few minutes - then heat-set them.  

Cut white cardstock with the 3" x 4-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut it with the Leaf Collage.  Cut a 2-¾"  x 4" piece of the watercolored paper and attach it behind the collage.

Stamp the striped strip with VersaFine Smokey Gray and quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim it using the long edge of one of big Rectangle Basics dies.  It'll have nice edges - and it's easier than cutting a skinny strip w/ a paper trimmer.


Stamp the greeting from the Bold Christmas Greetings Die Set with VersaFine Clair Charming Pink and quickly emboss it.  Cut the words with the coordinating dies from the Bold Christmas Greetings Clear Stamps. Cut an extra set of the greetings and layer it behind the stamped pieces for extra dimension.  I keep many of my die sets on shower curtain hooks for easy access and organization.

Attach the diecuts to an A-6  (4-½" x 6-¼") textured white card.  Add dark pink gem stickers.


 If you're in the Seattle and like the clean, simple look of Asian designs - join us for another SIMPLY ASIAN - HOLIDAY CARDS class at Impress on November 17th.  Make an easy origami starburst and  tree for your cards - and use the latest Birch Press Design dies and stamps too.  We're loving the new triangles and stamp patterns!

Thanks for visiting - see you again next Wednesday...







Thu 08

Thankful Jotted Script and Leaf Collage by Jean Okimoto


Leaf Collage and Kaleidacolor create a fall backdrop for the new Thankful Jotted Script die set.  It can  be a Thanksgiving card - or a thank you card for a special gift or act of kindness.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with another November Challenge inspiration design.  


Press the inks from the Tomato Vine Kaleidacolor onto a large acrylic block - keep the colors separated as though the inkpad is in storage.  Use a tissue to remove the strip of brown ink. Spray the inks with two or three light spritzes of water.  

Press watercolor paper onto the diluted inks, then rotate it 90 degrees to pick up more color.  Set it aside to airdry.  I like to use large pieces of watercolor paper so I can rotate it to find the perfect blend of colors for the collage.

Splatter a few drops of water onto the dried watercolor paper.  Let it set for a few seconds, then press it with a double layer of folded papertowel to blot some of the color for a speckled look.  Dry it.  

Clean the acrylic block and press the inks onto it again.  Use a damp paintbrush to splatter some of the Olive Green ink (between the brown and the yellow). 

Cut white cardstock with the 3-½" x 4-¾" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.  Cut the rectangle with Leaf Collage.  

Trim the watercolor paper slightly smaller than the rectangle.  

Diecut Thankful Jotted Script from white and bronze metallic cardstock.

Attach the diecuts to a white 4-½" x 6-¼" card.  

Add ¼" circles of orange glittered cardstock.


Memory Box dies and Kaleidacolors are the perfect combination.  Create great backgrounds or blend  colors to create paint custom-colored diecuts.  Color extra pieces of watercolor paper and have them ready for future projects.

Enjoy the long weekend if you have a holiday on Monday.  If you're in Seattle, join us for the MERRY AND QUICK holiday cards class at Impress on Veterans Day.  

Thanks for visiting...








Wed 07

Merry Christmas Card
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! It's Isha and today, I want to share a Christmas card using the new release products. There are so many fun stamps and a gorgeous dies in this release.


To start, I cut a white mat layer and stamped the background using a teal ink. I then sponged the edges a bit using the same ink.

I stamped the stripe using black ink to use as a side stripe on my card. Now, I die cut two of the triangles and sponged some inks to them. I die cut the twig and colored using gold watercolor. I then die cut the poinsettia twice, colored them using copic markers and stacked them together.

Finally, I stamped the sentiment and die cut it.

Now, I flicked some gold and black splatters to everything and assembled the cluster.

Here is a close up


Hope you got inspired by this card. Have a wonderful crafty day!







Tue 09

New Celebrate Jotted Script and Friendly Ghosts by Jean Okimoto


Let the lovable Friendly Ghosts peek through the branches of the Sapling Collage on a Halloween card that I hope is more delightful than frightful.  It's hard to imagine these simple white shapes can have so much personality!  One of them even multi-tasks as part of an exclamation mark inside the card.

Cut Sapling Collage from dark orange cardstock - be sure to leave some space around it to cut the outer frame from the Delicate Pine Frame set.  Cut the frame  - leave the diecuts in the die.  Attach ¼" Scor-Tape along the edges of the frame and inner rectangle.  Flip everything over onto a top-folded black A-2 card.  Press the die firmly onto the card to transfer the diecuts, then carefully remove the die.  Nice and easy and perfectly aligned!

Tuck the ghosts under the collage and add green gem stickers.


Attach Scor-Tape to dark orange cardstock and cut the Celebrate Jotted Script background.  Cut the delicate "celebrate" from black cardstock.  Attach the black diecut to the adhesive-covered background.  Brush iridescent glitter onto the remaining adhesive around the black diecut.  


Attach the glittered greeting and the littlest Friendly Ghost to the inside of the card.  Create a ghosty exclamation point with the help of the cool Whimsy Cat die - cut the cat  from white cardstock and use one eye offcut for the dot below the little ghost.  (Did I just hear someone say I need to get out more and get a life?)


Hope you enjoyed this friendly Halloween design and have fun creating with the great new dies and stamps from our Holiday Happenings release!  

Be sure to enter the October Tricks + Tricksters Challenge - share your Halloween or candy-themed projects for big and little kids for a chance to win some great prizes!

Thanks for visiting...Laura has a great project for you tomorrow.  I'll see you again on Thursday, or at Impress on Saturday.  We have two classes coming up - STASH CARDS - FRIGHTFUL AND DELIGHTFUL at 10:30 and COLORS OF CHRISTMAS at 1:30.








Thu 19

Summer Meadow Collage, Cascadia Butterfly Trio and Leavenworth Butterfly Trio by Jean Okimoto



Watercolors create a soft background for the Summer Meadow Collage and a trio of vellum butterflies.  Add a greeting from the Sentimental Iris Clear Stamps Set, gold-glittered accents and turquoise gem stickers.  Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with a thrifty design using the remainder of yesterday's watercolored background.  

Kaleidacolor dye ink refills are great as liquid watercolors and come in a wide range of beautiful colors.  

Cut Summer Meadow Collage from white cardstock - leave a generous  border of cardstock.  


Place the watercolored background behind it and tape everything securely so it doesn't shift.  Diecut through both layers at once.  The resulting background wasn't a complete rectangle because portions of it were used on another card - but it won't show.  Optional - trim a tiny amount from the edges of the background so the colors won't be visible from the side.  


Cut Cascadia Butterfly Trio from lime, purple and turquoise vellum.  I cut all three sizes of each so I could try different color and size combinations.  If you don't have colored vellum,  diecut the butterflies from white vellum,  then sponge them with Brilliance Pearlescent Purple, Lime and Jade inks. Yes, Brilliance metallic inks dry on vellum!   Air-dry the butterflies - heat-setting them may cause curling.

Cut gold glitter cardstock or heavy paper with the antennae/centers from the Leavenworth Butterfly Trio.  

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded 5-½" square card of textured white cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the Sentimental Iris Clear Stamp Set - on white cardstock with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then cut then cut it with the ¾" x 2" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach the greeting - use a foam dot on the right edge.

Add turquoise gem stickers.


Enjoy a 25% shopping discount at the Impress 31st Birthday Celebration this Saturday, July 21.  Yes, 31 years of creativity, inspiration and one-stop shopping for the latest papercrafting supplies.  Bring your Memory Box and Poppystamps wishlists and add some great designs to your personal collection!  The birthday discount code for your online shopping on July 21 is 31st birthday.  

Thanks for visiting - see you again on Saturday!










Sat 07

Birthday Jotted Script, Rolling Wave Collage and Family of Fish by Jean Okimoto



The new Birthday Jotted Script joins the Family of Fish and Rolling Wave Collage for a summer celebration today.  Hello everyone, Jean Okimoto here with a bit of inspiration for the July Surf and Turf Challenge.  


Cut turquoise cardstock with the 3-¼" Square Basics die.  

Here's a tip...attach the Rolling Wave Collage to the square with a piece of rolled painter's tape placed  in the off-cut section that won't be used on the card.  It's OK if the tape damages the cardstock there.  

Cut Family of Fish from a portion of a Persimmon Notecard.  Remove two of the fish near the bottom left.  Keep the single fish - he'll be attached near the top of the group.

Cut the Birthday Jotted Script background from dark gray and light gray cardstock.


Another tip...scrunch a piece of waxed paper and rub it briskly over the delicate Birthday Jotted Script die before cutting.  This makes it quick and easy to remove intricate diecuts.  Cut it from turquoise cardstock.  Be sure to save the tiny dot for the "i" - and attach it to the dark gray birthday background die.

Attach the turquoise birthday diecut to the dark gray background, then attach them to the light gray background.  A triple layer adds dimension and color contrast.

Stamp the greeting - from the Fish Tales Clear Stamp Set - on natural cardstock with Habanero VersaFine.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  

Attach the diecuts and the greeting to a side-folded 5-½" square card of dark gray cardstock.  Add dark orange sequins.


Square cards require extra postage - but I think this bright combo of circles and squares will make it an extra-special birthday for your favorite guy.

Big thanks to everyone who joined us for the first BUTTERFLIES + BLOSSOMS class at Impress on July 4th!  Hope you liked those splashy colors, techniques, screenprinted papers - and new Memory Box and Poppystamps dies.  Thanks too - Karen and Becca - for arranging the classroom and helping us find the perfect supplies for our summer projects.  Big thanks to Jan too - for those special 4th of July treats!

Have a wonderful weekend - hope you'll join us again tomorrow for Penny's great card...







Sat 30

Birthday Jotted Script, Grassland Collage and Goldfish Collage by Jean Okimoto



Celebrate a summer birthday with the new Birthday Jotted Script - and some favorites from the Memory Box Collection of dies and stamps.  The new layered Jotted Script die sets - Birthday, Wonderful, Thanks and Awesome - are more than just the greetings.  The fresh typestyle and bold background become design elements themselves.

Hello, happy weekend, Jean Okimoto here.  After a week of separate internet, phone and email outages it's nice to create something handmade, with no chance of failure.   Just place the Memory Box die on the cardstock and roll it through  the machine for great results, every time!  Without resets, passwords or error messages.

Cut black cardstock with the 4" x 5-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut Grassland Collage.  Trim the rectangle with one edge of the 4-¼" x 5-½" Rectangle Basics die.  No measuring or guessing required.

Attach red duct tape to a scrap of cardstock and cut Goldfish Collage.  You'll have a pile of textured, glossy red fish ready for summer and fall projects.

Cut a silver and black screenprint moon with the 1-¼" Circle Basics die.

Cut Birthday Jotted Script from red and black cardstock.  Quickly - before it gets lost - attach the little red dot for the "i" onto the black background.  

Stamp the HAPPY portion of the greeting from the Spring Lilacs Clear Stamps Set on red cardstock with VersaFine Claire Nocturne.

Attach everything to an A-2 card of recycled Kraft cardstock.  


Hope you're enjoying - and being inspired by - the Summer 2018 Collection cards from our Design Team.  We love sharing our ideas with you!

Thanks for visiting...see you again on Sunday for Laura's announcement of the June Challenge winners, and details about the July Challenge.  Looking forward to seeing everyone at the SURF + TURF class at Impress today - and at BLOSSOMS + BUTTERFLIES on July 4th!