1532 posts categorized "Dies"

11/15/2018

Thu 15

Bold Christmas Greetings and Holly Collage by Jean Okimoto

P1070773 2

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.

P1070738

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.

P1070765 2

 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...

Jeansignature-3

 

 

Supplies

 

11/13/2018

Tue 13

Typewriter Holiday Elements, Bold Christmas Greetings and Delicate Pine Frame by Jean Okimoto

MemoryBoxDelicatePineFrame-MemoryBoxTypewriterHolidayElements-MemoryBoxBoldChristmasGreetingsClearStamps-MemoryBoxBoldChristmasGreetingsDies-RectangleBasics-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCrafts-VersaFineClair-ImpressCardsAndCrafts-DistressOxides

Stamp the Typewriter Holiday Elements text block and trim it to create the perfect background for the Delicate Pine Frame.  Add a trio of glittered birds - also from the Delicate Pine Frame set - and a greeting from the Bold Christmas Greetings set for a classic  holiday greeting.

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a simple design that's easy to mass-produce for everyone on your card list.  The "'twas the night before Christmas" text block is about 5-½" square and generously-sized for backgrounds.  It's easy to diecut two 2-½" x 3-¾" rectangles for this design.

Stamp the text block on white cardstock with Iced Spruce Distress Oxides.  Dry  the ink and cut it with a Rectangle Basics die.  Sponge the text very lightly with Delicata Shimmer Silver.  

Cut the Delicate Pine Frame from green cardstock.  Cut the birds from red glittered carstock.  

 Stamp the greeting - from the Bold Christmas Greetings set - with VersaFine Clair Tulip Red.  Cut it with the coordinating dies of the Bold  Christmas Greetings set. Cut an extra set of the words and layer it for dimension.

Attach the diecuts to side-folded A-2 card of white textured cardstock.  Add gold gem stickers.

MemoryBoxDelicatePineFrame-MemoryBoxRectangleBasics-MemoryBoxBoldChristmasGreetingsClearStamps-MemoryBoxBoldChristmasGreetingsDies-MemoryBoxTypewriterHolidayElementsClearStamps-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCrafts-VersaFineClair-DelicataInkpads-DistressOxides

Special thanks to everyone from Monday's MERRY + QUICK cards class t Impress.  It was fun meeting new students and catching up with my loyal Memory Box/Poppystamps/Birch Press fans too.  We used the just-released Birch Press Design triangle die sets and loved them.  Thanks Ann and Shari for helping everyone find the great products and supplies on their wishlists - and ordering more of the best-sellers!

Thanks for visiting...

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

Supplies

 

11/12/2018

Mon 12

Elegant Holly Double Frame Peace Card
by Anne Thompson

About a year ago I packed up all of my alcohol inks because I felt I'd run out of interesting things to do with them.  Since discovering Ranger's Alcohol Ink Paper and Yupo paper, I've unpacked them again and I'm getting inky all the time.  They're like this brand-new thing again!  I've been dropping ink spots on the alcohol ink papers and have been fascinated with the results.  And I love the way the images shine after die cutting.  

today's card

IMG_0948

materials used

  • ELEGANT HOLLY DOUBLE FRAME 94018
  • PEACE CHESHIRE SCRIPT 94017
  • bright yellow notecard 
  • glue pen, glue dots, plaid ribbon bow with gold pipe cleaner accent
  • Adirondack Alcohol Inks in a variety of colors--reds, greens, yellows, orange--dropped in puddles on alcohol ink paper

This time when cutting the inked paper I let it dry for a really long time and then ran it through my Big Kick using the metal plate.  Everything popped out of the die easily.  I love that the Elegant Holly Double Frame has so many pieces to play with.  And "peace" just fit in the scrap I had leftover.

IMG_0949

I arranged and rearranged the three squares until I found a composition that I really liked.  Just tilting the middle plain square frame (which separates the double frames)  added so much more interest to the card.  I tried it first as a side-fold card before adding the branches, bow, and "peace"; but I liked the top-fold orientation better.

IMG_0948

A Christmas card with an unconventional color scheme--that works for me!  I had thought this would be a fall card even though it's holly, but by adding "peace" and the red plaid bow it now works for Christmas.

Off to the craft store to buy more alcohol ink paper and more Red Pepper alcohol ink.  There are so many more  on-line tutorials to watch and techniques to try!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

11/08/2018

Thu 08

Thankful Jotted Script and Leaf Collage by Jean Okimoto

MemoryBoxLeafCollage-MemoryBoxThankfulJottedScript-MemoryBoxWrappedStitchRectangles-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCrafts-Kaleidacolor-FallCards-LeafDiecuts-ImpressCardsAndCrafts

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.  

MemoryBoxLeafCollage-MemoryBoxWrappedStitchRectangles-MemoryBoxThankfulJottedScript-JeanOkimoto-Kaleidacolor-WatercoloredFallCards-LeafCards-LeafDiecuts

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.

MemoryBoxLeafCollage-MemoryBoxWrappedStitchRectangles-MemoryBoxThankfulJottedScript-JeanOkimoto-Kaleidacolor-LeafCards-LeafDiecuts-WatercoloredLeaves-FallDiecuts

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...

Jeansignature-3
 

 

 

 

Supplies

 

11/06/2018

Tue 06

Bold Greetings Die Set, Bold Greetings Clear Stamps, That’s Acute Triangle Die Set, and That’s Acute Clear Stamps by Jean Okimoto

MemoryBoxThat'sAcuteTriangleClearStamps-MemoryBoxThat'sAcuteTriangleDies-MemoryBoxBoldChristmasGreetingsClearStamps-MemoryBoxBoldChristnmasGreetingsDies-WrappedStitchRectangles-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCrafts-RadiantNeons-ImpressCardsAndCrafts-FeltDiecuts-FeltTrees-FeltChristmasCards

Combine That's Acute Triangle Dies and That's Acute Triangle Clear Stamps and create a forest of colorful trees for the holidays.  Stamp and diecut a Bold Christmas Greetings  message for a pop of bright purple.   Add sparkly gem stickers - and that's it!

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a plush felt design to warm a frosty winter day.  Or a rainy fall day!

  MemoryBoxThat'sAcuteTriangleClearStamps-MemoryBoxThat'sAcuteTriangleDies-MemoryBoxBoldChristmasGreetingsClearStamps-MemoryBoxBoldChristmasGreetingsDies-MemoryBoxWrappedStitchRectangles-JeanOkimoto-RadiantNeons-ImagineCrafts-FeltDiecuts-FeltTrees-FeltChristmasCards

Attach adhesive label paper - or a sticker sheet -  to wool-blend felt and cut triangles with  the dies from the That's Acute Triangle set.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through.

Stamp the striped triangle from the That's Acute Triangle Clear Stamps with Imagine Crafts Radiant Neon Electric Purple.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  The color of  the stamped image doesn't look like the inkpad - but it really is Electric Purple.  It's very electric, and very purple!

Cut it with the coordinating That's Acute Triangle die.

Cut a white cardstock background with the 3-½" x  4-¾" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.

Attach the diecuts to a white 4-½" x 6-¼" card.  Use foam dots for the tip of the stamped triangle.  Use foam dots for the top and bottom of the "y" and the bottom of the "j."

Attach silver gem stickers.

MemoryBoxThat'sAcuteTriangleDies-MemoryBoxThat'sAcuteTriangleClearStamps-MemoryBoxWrappedStitchRectangles-MemoryBoxBoldChristmasGreetingsClearStamps-MemoryBoxBoldChristmasGreetingsDies-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCrafts-RadiantNeons-FeltTrees-FeltDiecuts-FeltChristmasCards

Have fun creating this card in your favorite colors too.  Mix  different shades of green with a bright red stamped triangle on a Kraft card.  Or try gold, copper and silver glittered cardstock with a teal striped triangle.  

I could spend hours mixing and matching colors & textures, matte & metallic, prints & solids.  There are so many options for these versatile dies and stamps!  They're all designed for you by Dave Brethauer and proudly made in the USA.  

If you're in the Seattle area and need a few fresh ideas for quick holiday cards - join us for the MERRY AND QUICK class at Impress on Veterans Day, November 12.  We're making 7 deceptively simple cards that don't look quick-and-easy - and they're great for mass-production too.  

Thanks for visiting -

Jeansignature-3

 

Supplies

 

11/05/2018

Mon 05

Grand Maple Frame, Snowberry Sprigs, and Holiday Twigs in Fall Colors
by Anne Thompson

Yesterday I got out my box of alcohol inks, some Ranger Alcohol Ink Cardstock, and got busy.  The card I came up with is the result of some experimentation between inking the cardstock first and then die cutting it and die cutting the cardstock first and then inking it up.  This was the first time in ages that I'd used my alcohol inks.  And I LOVE the results!!!

IMG_0932

The first thing I did was to drop a bunch of fall colors of alcohol inks onto a sheet of the alcohol ink cardstock.  I then ran it through my die cutting machine with the GRAND MAPLE FRAME 94079.  I thought I'd better use the metal plate but the result was that the outside frame popped out of the die just fine but the maple leaf part stuck to the die and came out in pieces.  Lesson learned--I don't need to use the metal plate when die cutting this cardstock.  I used a glue pen to attach the frame to a bright yellow notecard.  I love the way that the alcohol inks on this paper make the die cut look like it's enameled.

I decided to use the SNOWBERRY SPRIGS 94021 and the HOLIDAY TWIGS 94016 as fall foliage for the center of the circle.  This time I die cut the paper first and left the die cuts in place, carefully removing the dies.

IMG_0924

I then went to work with the alcohol inks, dropping on lots of fall colors.

IMG_0925

These inks dried really quickly!  I popped the images out and adhered the stem ends with the glue pen to the top left corner of the Grand Maple Frame.

  IMG_0927

I added a brown satin ribbon bow in that corner to cover the stem ends.  I then used my paper cutter to trim the card down into  a square.

IMG_0932

I do love the way this turned out.  And I can use this for any fall occasion, either adding a sentiment in the frame or tucking it inside the card.  

What are your fall cards looking like?  Have you tried alcohol inks on YUPO or alcohol ink cardstock?  Have you got a project to enter here in our "Falling for You" monthly challenge?

 

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

11/03/2018

Sat 03

Equal Triangle Dies, Equal Triangle Clear Stamps, Leaf Collage and Hello Jotted Script by Jean Okimoto

MemoryBoxEqualTriangleClearStamps-MemoryBoxEqualTriangleDies-MemoryBoxLeafCollage-MemoryBoxHelloJottedScript-MemoryBoxRectangleBasics-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCrafts-Kaleidacolor-VersaFineClair-ImpressCardsAndCrafts

Add details to Leaf Collage diecuts with the new Equal Triangle Clear Stamps, then layer them over stamped triangles cut with the coordinating Equal Triangle Dies.  It's just one of many ways to use the new triangle dies and clear stamps from the Holiday Happenings release.

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with another beyond-the-box way to accent your Memory Box diecuts.  Begin by pressing the Kaleidacolor Tomato Vine inks onto a large acrylic block.  Keep the colors separated, as though it's in storage.  Use a tissue to remove most of the strip of brown ink.    

Kaleidacolor-WatercolorWithKaleidacolor-JeanOkimoto-MemoryBoxCo

Spray the inks with two or three spritzes of water then place watercolor paper (smoother-side-down) onto the diluted inks.  Press the paper down to absorb some ink, then rotate it about 90 degrees to pick up and blend more colors.  Carefully remove the paper and set it aside to dry.  Diecut the dried watercolor paper with Leaf Collage.  Save the scraps for the greeting background.

MemoryBoxLeafCollage-MemoryBoxEqualTriangleClearStamps-JeanOkimoto-Kaleidacolor-VersaFineClair

Cover slightly more than half a leaf with a Post-it Note.  Stamp it with the large "horizontal" lined triangle and VersaFine Clair Pinecone.  Stamp extras for future projects.

Remove the mask and dry the ink.  Cover the stamped half of the leaf with a new Post-It Note.  Shake Gold  Sheer Shimmer Spritz vigorously, then dribble some ink onto an acrylic block.  Use a paintbrush to splatter ink droplets over the unstamped half of the leaves.  

Stamp the two sizes of triangles from the Equal Triangle Clear Stamps on ivory cardstock with VersaFine Clair Verdant.  Dry the ink, then cut them with the coordinating Equal Triangle Dies.  

Cut ivory cardstock with the 2-¼" x 3-½" Rectangle Basics die.

Cut the Hello Jotted Script from green cardstock.  Cut the greeting background from the watercolored paper.

MemoryBoxEqualTriangleClearStamps-MemoryBoxEqualTriangleDies-MemoryBoxLeafCollage-MemoryBoxHelloJottedScript-MemoryBoxRectangleBasics-JeanOkimoto-Kaleidacolor-VersaFineClair-ImagineCrafts

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded A-2 card of textured green cardstock.

Add light orange gem stickers.

Why not reate a stash of fall cards for birthdays, Thanksgiving and special thank-yous while your supplies are out?    Use the same technique to stamp circles, stars and ovals as ornaments for holiday cards too!  Try stamping the lines in opposite directions for a cool grid effect.  

Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

Supplies

 

11/02/2018

Fri 02

Thankful Jotted Script, Looking for Mr. Right Triangle and Snowberry Sprigs by Jean Okimoto

 

MemoryBoxThankfulJottedScript-MemoryBoxSnowberrySprigs-MemoryBoxLookingForMrRightTriangleClearStamps-MemoryBoxWrappedStitchRectangles-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCrafts-ImpressCardsAndCrafts-ThanksgivingCards-FallDiecuts-DiecutThanksgivingCards

Create a simple fall card with the new Thankful Jotted Script set and Looking for Mr. Right Triangle stamps.  The delicate Snowberry Sprig - like autumn seedpods - adds a woodsy botanical look perfect for Thanksgiving.  Wouldn't it be nice to send (and receive!) Thanksgiving cards before the big  holiday rush?

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a November Challenge inspiration card today.  This month's theme is "Falling for You" - and we can't wait to see your great designs.  View the Challenge details here

Diecut the 2-¾" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from smooth white cardstock. Stamp three triangles from the new Looking For Mr. Right Triangle clear stamps set with VersaFine Habanero and VersaMagic Turquoise Gem.  

Diecut Thankful Jotted Script from dark brown and dark orange cardstock.  

Here's a timesaving tip to create a dimensional Snowberry Sprig diecut...spread a thin layer of glue between two pieces of brown cardstock (80# or less).  Press the layers together.  Diecut the Snowberry Sprig - you may need to use a metal shim and/or run it through the machine two or three times.  

Gently pull the offcut sections away from the sprig instead of trying to pull the sprig out of the surrounding cardstock.  These simple steps are a lot easier than cutting the sprigs separately and gluing the delicate bits together.  As a bonus, the machine's pressure on the double layers seems to add a subtle sheen to the pods.  

Attach the diecuts to a 4-½"x 6-¼" Kraft card.  Add ¼" punched circles of orange glittered cardstock for a seasonal accent.

MemoryBoxThanksJottedScript-MemroyBoxWrappedStitchRectangles-MemoryBoxLookingForMrRightTriangle-MemoryBoxThankfulJottedScript-JeanOkimoto-ThanksgivingCards-FallCards-FallDiecuts

 Thanks for visiting...see you again tomorrow!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

Supplies

 

10/26/2018

Fri 26

Merry Christmas
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone!

Today I have a Christmas card showcasing some of the new products from the 2018 Holiday Happenings release.

Donna1

To make this card I began by stamping the Typewriter Holiday Elements background with Versa Mark ink on a white cardstock and heat embossed it using clear embossing ink.

Next I sponged over the embossed image with Candied Apple Distress ink.

Donna2

 I cut my card front to size and die cut the Snowy Circle in the center of the paper.  I die cut another Snowy Circle from white cardstock to use behind the trees. 

I glued a piece of silver metallic cardstock behind the prepared card front, then glued the white snowy circle in place.

I inked several of the solid triangle stamps with green distress inks, misted them with water and stamped them on white cardstock.  Once they were dry I stamped the triangle line images on top of the corresponding trees and die cut them.  I spattered the trees with white ink before adhering then to bottom edge of the snowy circle.

Donna3

I used foam tape to adhere some of the trees to add some dimension to the card.

I stamped the sentiment on a strip of black cardstock and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  Using foam tape I glued it across the bottom of the trees.

Donna4

To finish the card I added a black mat behind the card front and glued it to a white cardbase.  I also a glued a star to the top of the middle tree.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Donnasignature

 

Supplies

 

10/25/2018

Thu 25

Cool Cat and Looking For Mr. Right Triangles by Jean Okimoto

P1070503

Cool Cat poses among a trio of Looking For Mr. Right Triangles on an any-occasion card today.  The Kaleidacolor-ed background anchors the stamped triangle diecuts and gem stickers add a bright touch.    Hi there - Jean Okimoto here with another triangle card - I  love these new stamps and coordinating dies from the 2018 Holiday Happenings Collection...hope you do too!

Here's an easy way to create a background in about a minute -

P1070496

Press Dessert Heat Kaleidacolor onto an acrylic block - keep the colors separated as though the inkpad is in storage.  Quickly paint watercolor paper with wide streaks of each color.  Let the colors blend randomly where they overlap - don't try to paint beautiful bands of color.  Set it aside to dry.

Cut it with the 2-¾" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.

Stamp the smoother side of watercolor paper with the big solid triangle from the Looking for Mr. Right Triangle set three times.   I've used VersaFine Clair Glamorous and Charming Pink and VersaFine Habanero.  Don't forget to clean - and dry - the stamp when switching colors.  Dry the inks.

Stamp them with the small lined triangles and VersaFine Clair Nocturne.  Dry the ink.  Cut them with the 1-¾" die from the coordinating set.

Cut Cool Cat from charcoal glittered paper.  

Attach the diecuts to a dark gray A-2 card.  Add pale orange gem stickers.

P1070505

Know someone who loves cats - and is looking for Mr. Right?  Send her a card - in her favorite colors - and brighten her day!  There are so many ways to use the new triangle dies and stamps with all of the great inks and papers available right now.  Enjoy!

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

Jeansignature-3

 

Supplies