1642 posts categorized "Dies"

07/13/2019

Sat 13

Yipes! Stripes! Watercolor Crayons Technique with Daisy Silhouette, Scribble Leafy Branch Outline and its Background
by Anne Thompson

Here's another fun summer card with a striped background and a watercolor crayons technique.

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Let's look at how I created the striped background.  

  • I started with watercolor paper and the Texture Line Up Memory Box stencil 88551--an old one no longer available, but you might try the SIMPLE CHEVRON STENCIL 88572 for a zig-zag stripe if you don't have this one stashed away.  
  • I used washi tape to secure the stencil to scrap paper and got out my watercolor crayons.

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  • Using the stencil as a guide, I scribbled blues and greens onto the paper. 

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  • I chose a wide flat waterbrush and painted over the scribbles, leaving the stencil in place.  
  • I then carefully removed the stencil to see the stripes I'd made.

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  • Once this was dry I trimmed it to 4.5X3.25.
  • I used a corner rounder to round the edges which I then inked direct-to-paper with Archival Leaf Green ink.
  • I chose a light green notecard for the card base.

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  • I added a layer of Bluebird Distressed Dots paper to the front of the notecard after rounding the corners.
  • I rounded all of the corners of the notecard as well.
  • I used Scor-Tape to attach the watercolor panel to the top-folded card.  I like to use Scor-Tape with watercolor paper because it holds it really flat.

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  • I used a glue pen to make the bouquet on the notecard, adding a foam dot behind the center of the larger flower and putting pearl gems in the flower centers.

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So there's another idea and a technique you might try for this month's stripes challenge.  I'd forgotten how much fun it is to scribble with crayons, and I love the look of these watercolor crayons once the water is added.

And don't forget that Memory Box has some great stencils!  Check them out here.

Happy Crafting!  And Happy Summer!

Anne Signature

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07/12/2019

Fri 12

Long Time No Sea
by Donna Sledzik

Hi everyone!

Today I have a fun and simple summer card for you featuring both new and old products.  

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To make this card, I started with a white cardbase and spattered it with blue ink.  

Then, I  cut the seal using the Sweet Seal die and the Wave Ribbon Collage background die from white cardstock.  I used the negative part of the wave background and glued those to a piece of white cardstock.  I ended up cutting another wave background because I needed a few more waves for my piece.

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Once the pieces where glued to my paper, I trimmed it to a 2 3/4 " square.  

Next I sponged the background with Distress Oxide Inks and spattered it with white ink.

I sponged the seal with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.  I glued a piece of black cardstock on the back side of the seal so that the eyes and nose would stand out.

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I also sponged a 3" square of white cardstock with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink and adhered it at an angle to my card front. 

Next I glued my wave panel to the card front and adhered the seal using foam tape.  

I white heat embossed the sentiment on a strip of black cardstock, then glued it to the card front.

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To finish the card, I used some glass baubles for embellishment.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Donnasignature

07/11/2019

Thu 11

Layered Scribble Posies and Fine Cut Leaves by Jean Okimoto

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Bold, bright Scribble Posies Outline and Scribble Posies Background stack nicely above delicate Fine Cut Leaves on a simple summer thank you card.  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with a quick and easy design today.  I love the look of stacked flowers and discovered that the Scribble Posies sets are great for improvising.

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Cut Scribble Posies Outline and Scribble Posies Background from bright pink textured cardstock.  Cut the Outline centers again from dark gray cardstock.  Cut a scrap of chartreuse cardstock to fill the center circle.  Stack and attach the posie layers.

Cut Wave Ribbon Collage from dark gray cardstock.  Snip off one of the  long lines - you'll be using it as a flower stem.  Use the other "stems" for more Scribble Posies cards.

Cut two of the smallest leaf from the Fine Cut Leaves set from dark gray cardstock.

Cut natural cardstock with the 3-½" x 4-¾" Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die.  Stamp the greetings - from the Bold Friendly Greetings Clear Stamp Set - with Verdant VersaFine Clair.

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded A-2 card of textured natural cardstock.  Add green gem stickers.

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Looking forward to seeing everyone at Impress on Saturday.    Two classes this weekend - BUTTERFLY WISHES in the morning and  SUMMER COLLECTION FROM BIRCH PRESS AND POPPYSTAMPS in the afternoon.  We're using some of the latest Birch Press and Poppystamps dies and stamps - you'll love them!

Thanks for visiting...

Jeansignature-3

 

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07/08/2019

Mon 08

Daisy Silhouette Card with Starflower Flower Frame Envelope Address Box
by Anne Thompson

Here's a simple card that uses the DAISY SILHOUETTE 94249 and some coordinating pretty papers.  A perfect summer card!

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Start by die cutting the Daisy Silhouette from watercolor paper.  Leave the flowers in the background and paint them.  I used a waterbrush and a variety of Distress inks.

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Next choose some coordinating papers and a notecard to go with the colors of the flowers you painted.

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Whichever paper you choose for the larger background, cut it 4 x 5.25 and adhere it to the card front.  Cut a narrower strip from a second paper 2 x 5.25 and adhere that on top of the first paper.  Once the flowers are dry, remove them from the background and glue them to the narrow paper piece.

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That's it!  Easy peasy!  I had a group of five of us make this card last week.  They all chose different colors for their flowers, so matching papers and notecard colors was a lot of fun.  Similar but different!  I thought then that a set of four or more would make a lovely gift along with decorated envelopes, stamps, and a pen.  

So, thinking about envelopes led me to this:

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The box made by the STARFLOWER FLOWER FRAME 94246 is perfect for a name and address!  I found that my glue pen secured this nicely to the envelope.

In my challenge to use more of the paper I have collected and stashed over many years, I also papered the inside of the card using a bold plaid on the left and a pale print on the right so I can add a stamped sentiment and a written message.  I also made a liner for the envelope.

I hope you are enjoying your summer and still finding some time to make summer cards with these great new products from Memory Box.  Happy crafting!

Anne Signature

 

07/07/2019

Sun 07

Big Butterfly Wing and the Rose Bouquet Clear Stamps and Die Set by Jean Okimoto

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Sunny days bring butterflies and flowers - combine them on a watercolored card and you're ready for any occasion!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a card featuring two of my favorite designs  - Big Butterfly Wing and the Rose Bouquet Clear Stamps and Die Set.  We're using just the stamps here, but you'll want the matching dies to extend the versatility of this great floral design.

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Brush diluted Kaleidacolor Dye Inks onto the smoother side of watercolor paper.  I like to use a 6" square of watercolor paper to pick a pretty mix of colors for the stamped area.  Dry the inks, then give it a light spritz of water to add some little specks of color variation.  Air-dry it.  Cover it with a scrap of paper and press it with a dry iron on the cotton setting to smooth it out and prep it for stamping.

Stamp Rose Bouquet with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Add some additional color to the top flower, little round seedpods or berries and the flower centers.

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Cut smooth white cardstock with the 5-¼" x 4" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut the rectangle with Big Butterfly Wing.  Save the diecut for another project, we're using the offcut here. Cut the antennae and center section from dark gray cardstock.

Cut the stamped watercolor paper with the 5" x 3-¾" Rectangle Basics die.  No measuring needed - and it'll fit neatly behind the cutout without any watercolored edges peeking out along the sides.

Stamp "wishing"  - also from the stamp set - on a scrap of watercolored paper with Morning Mist.  Dry the ink, then trim it with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded 5-½" square card of textured white cardstock - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add turquoise gem stickers.

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Stamp the remainder of the greeting on smooth white cardstock with Morning Mist and attach it inside the card with foam dots.

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Hope you'll experiment with different techniques - and supplies - and create your unique version of this bold summer design.  Have fun with it!

Big thanks to everyone from the BUTTERFLY WISHES class on July 4th!  I appreciate how you spent a few hours of your holiday creating cards with me at Impress.  Special thanks to Elaine for your cute and sweet patriotic candy treats!  And thanks Ann and LaVonne for working on a holiday and helping us fill those shopping baskets.  We're having a second BUTTERFLY WISHES class - along with the new SUMMER COLLECTIONS FROM BIRCH PRESS & POPPYSTAMPS class - on July 13th.  Looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend!

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

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

 

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07/05/2019

Fri 05

Sparkle
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a great 4th! My card for today has a 4th of July theme since the festivities will carry over into the weekend.

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To make this card I used a Gelli Plate to create my background.  I die cut the Starry Circle from white cardstock and used it as a stencil.  I placed it on my Gelli Plate and used a white Uni Posca paint pen to fill in the stars.  

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I moved my stencil around the plate and also hand drew some stars to fill in the background.  I let those dry and then spattered the background with gold ink and let that dry.

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I then brayed a thin coat of blue acrylic paint over the top of the plate and placed a piece of white cardstock on top of it.  I pressed the paper down with my fingers to make the print.

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I trimmed the paper and adhered it to a white cardbase with foam tape.

Next, I sponged white cardstock with Candied Apple Distress ind and die cut the Scribble Flower Background.  From white cardstock I die cut the Scribble Flower Outline and glued those to the flower backgrounds.  I hand cut the flower stems from white cardstock and glued them to the back of the flowers.  

I glued the largest flower to the card front and adhered the other 2 flowers with foam tape.

The work sparkle was cut from white cardstock and glued to a strip of black cardstock.  Then I used foam tape to adhere it to the card.

I stamped best wishes and glued that to the card under the word sparkle, and that's it!

I hope you have a great weekend!

Donnasignature

07/02/2019

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.

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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!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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06/30/2019

Sun 30

Say Hello with the Rose Bouquet Clear Stamps and the Matching Die Set by Jean Okimoto

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Diecut a trio of flowers from the Rose Bouquet Clear Stamps and add a glittered greeting for a quick summer card.  Create a minimal, downsized version of the Rose Bouquet with the individual flower and leaf stamps. They're all included in this popular clear stamp and die set from this spring's  Garden Bouquet Collection.

Hi, happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with another idea to take advantage of this great combo of stamps and dies.

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 Stamp the flowers and two of the leaves on peach and green cardstock with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.  Cut them with the matching dies.

Paint watercolor paper with Peerless Watercolors.  Heat-set it, then cut it with the 1-¾" x 3" Rectangle Basics die.

Attach ScorTape to light aqua cardstock and cut the "hello" background.  Cut the delicate "hello" from white cardstock - leave the diecut in the die.  Use a piercing tool to remove the little pieces in each of the letters.  Place the die over the adhesive-covered background and press it firmly to attach the white diecut to the background.  Brush the remaining adhesive with iridescent glitter - like Impress' Sparkle Glitter.

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded white A-2 card - use foam dots for the smallest flower.  Add orange gem stickers.

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We're already into the second week of summer - and there are still so many more ways to use the great Garden Bouquet Collection.  Combine it with some beautiful butterflies from our January release for very special summer cards!

We'll be doing some of that  in the BUTTERFLY WISHES class at Impress on the 4th of July.  Dies, stamps,  origami, embossing, glitter, and the new Imagine Sheer Shimmer Stix create great greetings for any occasion. Join us if you're in the Seattle area! 

Thanks for visiting...

Jeansignature-3

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06/28/2019

Fri 28

Large Double Peony, Thanks Jotted Script, Vellum and Felt by Jean Okimoto

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A vellum Large Double Peony, felt Thanks Jotted Script and a Peerless colored background somehow work together in bright shades of pink and coral.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with more techniques for you.   I usually love to create and share quick and easy cards - today's card features many techniques and little steps.  Hope you'll like it!

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Cut watercolor paper with the 3-½" Wrapped Circles die.  Paint it with pink, orange and coral shades of Peerless Watercolors.  Heat-set it.

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Pressure-emboss the circle with Large Double Peony using the embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  Spray it with Imagine Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Heat-set it.

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Attach lightweight double-stick tape (with a liner) to white vellum.  Cut Large Double Peony from the other side of the vellum to create a self-adhesive peony.  Leave the outline and little pieces in the die.

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Attach the self-adhesive little pieces to the embossed pattern on the watercolor paper.  Keep the delicate self-adhesive outline in the die.  Flip the die and outline over onto the watercolor paper and press it firmly to attach the outline to the watercolor paper.  Carefully remove the die.  

Cut the peony again from smooth white cardstock.  Attach it - slightly offset - over the vellum peony.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to light pink felt.  Cut the bold Thanks Jotted Script background.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through.  

Attach lightweight doublestick tape (with a liner) to smooth white cardstock.  Cut the delicate Thanks Jotted Script from other side of the cardstock to create a self-adhesive "thanks."  Leave it in the die, press it onto the felt background

Trim the left edge of the circle.  Attach the diecuts to a side-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock.  Add orange gem stickers.

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There are a  lot of techniques here - try a few (or all!) of them and create some colorful cards with the great dies in our Garden Bouquet Collection.

Thanks for visiting...see you on Sunday!

Jeansignature-3

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06/27/2019

Thu 27

Sending Happy Thoughts with the Rose Bouquet and Have a Heart by Jean Okimoto

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Brighten someone's day with a heart-shaped diecut of the beautiful Rose Bouquet - and  send some hugs and happy thoughts.  There are so many ways to use this great clear stamp set!   Hi -  Jean Okimoto here with an easy design that doesn't even require coloring - let bright cardstock add the color.

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Stamp the bouquet on the smoother side of Coral Creme cardstock with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair.  Emboss it with the new Imagine Iridescent Mboss to add a glossy finish and shimmery, glittery sparkle.  Cut it with the 3" tall (approximately) Have a Heart die.  

Cut Juicy Pear cardstock with the 3" X 4-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Pressure-emboss the Sending Jotted Script background near the bottom edge.  It adds dimension - without the glue!

Cut the delicate "sending" from dark gray cardstock.  Attach it to the pressure-embossed greeting background.  Here's a timesaver - leave the tiny dot of the "i" in the die till you need it.  Then just place a bit of glue on the background, position the dot (still in the die) over the glue and push it out with a pokey tool.

Stamp "happy thoughts" - from the Rose Bouquet stamp set - on Juicy Pear cardstock with Morning Mist.  Dry the ink, then trim it into a narrow strip.

Cut a ¾" x 5-¼" strip of Navajo cardstock.  Cut a 4" x ¾" strip of Coral Creme cardstock.

Attach everything to a Kraft A-6 card.  - use foam dots for the greeting and the top portion of the heart.  Add clear gem stickers.

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Hope the Rose Bouquet stamp set is becoming a favorite of yours too.    There are so many ways to use this great design - maybe some tags next time?

Big thanks to everyone  from my SEATTLE STYLE and OUTSIDE THE BOX classes last weekend!  Special thanks to Jenny for her popcorn snacks  - you're spoiling us!  I appreciate how everyone drove - or ferried - to join our classes.  Thanks too - Erin and Lynne - for helping us shop!

Thanks for visiting...see you again tomorrow!

Jeansignature-3

 

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