43 posts categorized "Foliage"


Sun 29

Quick Backgrounds for Holiday Cards
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome!  Today I have 2 quick cards using some fast background techniques, 1) wide washi tape and 2) scoring.  For both my Christmas cards I used the brand newly released "Large Vintage Sled" the previously released "Special Merry Christmas" die. Here's a look at some of my die cutting and card making prep:

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For the slimline card, I took "Watercolor Forest Greenery" wide washi tape and adhered it to a 3.5" by 8.5" piece of white card stock. Next on the washi tape background, I sponged Distress Ink in "Cracking Campfire" to the outside edges, added white paint pen to highlight some spots and to create some snow dots. After die cutting the sled dies and sentiment from white, kraft and red card stock, I stacked them slightly offset from each other for dimension. I added my washi tape background panel to a slimline card base which was 8.5" by 3.5". I adhered the sentiment directly to the washi tape and popped the sled up on foam tape at an angle. Lastly I used "Dragonfly Fairy Sugar Glitter Glue" to simulate sparkling snow on the background and the sled.  Here's a closer look at my slimline card where you can see the white highlights, inking and glitter glue.

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For my second card I took my scoreboard and scoring tool and scored lines down a white piece of card stock measuring 4" by 5.25" every 1/2" and then added "Tea Dye" Distress Ink direct to paper to create a faux woodgrain look. I adhered that panel to a piece of plaid paper from the "Christmas Plaid" paper pack and the to the card base. Next it was time to add the sled and sentiment dies. On the sled die cuts this time, I didn't offset the kraft on the red but put it directly on top. I think I like that look better because you can see more of the red showing through the bottom of the sled. Either way, it's a gorgeous die and I had so much fun playing with it to create these cards! Here's one more look at my A2 size sled card:

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And here is one last look at both cards side by side:

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I hope I have inspired you to create some quick background for cards today. Using wide washi tape and the faux wood look with scoring and ink direct to paper, you can come up with so many quick and easy background to showcase your dies and stamps!
Thanks so much for stopping by and see you next time!



I hope I have inspired you to create some quick background for cards today. Using wide washi tape and the faux wood look with scoring and ink direct to paper, you can come up with so many quick and easy background to show case your dies and stamps! Thanks so much for stopping by and see you next time!





Thu 26

A Day of Thanks by Jean Okimoto


Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating today!  A handcrafted card with stamped, embossed branches and a simple message would be appreciated during these challenging times.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a basic design that works in seasonal colors throughout the year.  Examples - soft green branches + lavender berries for spring, chartreuse branches + yellow berries for summer,  and dark green + bright red for the holidays.


Prep kraft and orange cardstock with the embossing powder tool to eliminate stray specks of powder.  I've added a bit of detail clear embossing powder to my Imagine Crafts Copper Mboss for a smoother image. Use a 1:5 ratio of clear powder to copper powder.  Mix the powders with a few shakes before each use.  Stamp the branches on kraft cardstock with VersaMark and emboss it with copper powder.  A tip...pre-heat the stamped, powdered cardstock from the backside for a few seconds first, then finish embossing from the right side.   That prevents over-heating and produces a smoother, glossy finish.

Stamp and emboss the 2 extra leaves on orange cardstock.

Cut the cooled branches and leaves with the matching dies from the set.  Diecut dark brown cardstock to mat the branches and leaves for added dimension.

Stamp the greeting on turquoise cardstock with Pinecone VersaFine Clair.

Cut the turquoise sheet from the Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad with the berries die from the Mistletoe Bundle set.

Attach everything to a kraft A-6 card (4-½" x 6-¼") - use foamtape for the greeting.


As always, thanks for visiting - and for selecting Memory Box designs and products for your handcrafted projects.  We appreciate your support and love sharing our ideas with you!





Sat 21

Fall Slimline with Halloween Pumpkin
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome!  Today I'm sharing a slimline fall "Thinking of You" card made with Memory Box "Halloween Pumpkins" stamp and die set.  I love this large pumpkin image along with the many awesome stamps in this set!

I stamped in black ink and heat embossed in clear, all the images I wanted to use on my card, then colored them with alcohol markers and colored pencils.  Here's look at my coloring up close before I die cut them with the matching dies.

Coloring the pumpkin card

After die cutting the images, I stamped the "Thinking of You" sentiment in the label die cut.  Next I laid all the images out on my slimline card base and arranged them some with glue and others with foam tape.  Lastly I added a couple of clear water droplets.  Here's one last look at my card:

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I hope I have inspired you today!  Thanks so much for stopping by!






Wed 18

Pinecone Christmas Tag
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  I have something a little different to share today.  This month is the 10th annual 25 Days of Christmas Tags event hosted by Tracey McNeely.  There are tons of tag inspirations each day for 25 days with chances to win prizes.  One way is to create a tag inspired by one of the tags.  When I saw one of Bobbi Lemanski’s beautiful tag on day 15, I couldn’t help myself to join in.

I didn’t use a specific tag die, and you don’t need one.  I started by die cutting a piece of Bristol paper and pattern paper from the Christmas Plaid pack using the 2.5”x3.75” Rectangle Basics die.  Glued them together then trimmed off one corner with my paper trimmer.


Flipped the cut-off corner piece to the opposite side and used it as a guide to trim off that corner.  Punched a hole with a hole punch and the tag is ready to decorate.  


The Pine Cone Stackers were die cut from suede cardstock and the edges sponged with white gouache paint using a sponge dauber.  The direct-to-paper method was then used to add color to Memory Box watercolor paper before die cutting the Forest Pine Branch and Mistletoe Swags from them.  For the pine branch, I used Lucky Clover and Evergreen Bough distress oxide inks, but it wasn’t dark enough, so Mowed Lawn and Pumice Stone distress inks were applied on top.  For the mistletoe, Candied Apple, Aged Mahogany and Seedless Preserves distress inks were used.  Copic markers BG99 and RV69 were used to color the edges of the die-cuts to cover up the white and give them a clean look.


The pine sprig from Antique Pine Label was die cut from Bristol paper and left uncolored.  Assembled the tag, then splattered with white gouache paint for a snowy look.  The Peace Cheshire Script sentiment was die cut three times from black cardstock and once from the gold Polished Foil paper.  Stacked them onto another piece of black cardstock and a black shadow was fussy cut from it.  Thread a black ribbon through the punched hole to finish.


One great thing about tags is it could easily be turned into a card if you don’t want to use it as a tag.  So with the leftover die-cuts, I made another tag for a matching card!  And that does it for me today.  Thank you for joining me.  Enjoy your day.  







Fri 02

Combine Haunted Dome Layers and the Adriana Easel Set by Jean Okimoto


Halloween somehow makes it OK to layer everything onto a single card - here's my example.  Layers upon layers and stacked, overlapped diecuts create a spooky scene for you today.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with the upright, intended version of an Adriana Easel card.  


Cut the card front and easel sections of the Poppystamps Adriana Easel Set from red-orange cardstock.  


Fold the narrow top tab of the easel backwards on the scoreline.  Fold the easel forward on the 2nd scoreline.  Press both folds with a bonefolder.  Pressure-emboss the card front with the leafy oval die from the Adriana set using the plates and embossing mat required for your machine.

Align and attach the card front to the folded easel - the tab supports the card front.  Cut the leafy oval from black cardstock and attach it to the pressure-embossed card front.  Embossing adds extra dimension and makes it easy to attach the delicate diecut as an inset layer.

Cut Haunted House Dome Layer from dark kraft cardstock.  Cut a ½" circle of the pale yellow-white sheet in the 6x6 Dedlicate Pastel Glitter Pad.  Cut the Haunted Dome Entrance Layer from the red-orange cardstock.  Trim both dome layers along the bottom scoreline, removing about ¼" of cardstock  Cut three ghosts - from the Haunted Dome Entrance set - from heavy white cardstock. Define the eyes using a piercing tool.  Attach a black cardstock scrap behind one of the small ghosts for the mouth.  The other two will be layered over the black background.

Cut the bat from theblack Frosted Glitter Pad 6x6 sheet.  Assemble the spooky scene by layering everything over the black background.

Stamp the greeting, frame and leaves from the Halloween Pumpkin Clear Stamp and Die set on orange-red cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine.  Dry the ink then diecut the leaves and frame.  Shade the edges with Onyx Black ink.


Cut the long, narrow easel "stopper" from the black glittered 6x6 sheet.  Cut another one from a cardboard scrap and layer them for dimension.

Hope you like the detailed, layered look of this card - definitely not CAS - but it's OK, it's Halloween!

Big thanks to everyone who ordered my SPOOKY, CREEPY + COOL Halloween class kits from Impress and Stamps + Memories.  Lots of diecuts, little pieces and techniques!

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




Wed 30

Bats in the Jack o Lantern Bucket by Jean Okimoto


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Glittery bats flying out of a candy bucket, a repurposed easel card and lacy fall foliage...are you ready for Halloween?  The Poppystamps Adriana Pop Up Easel Set - turned sideways - creates a leafy background for this fall scene.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a fun fall design.

Cut the Jack o Lantern Bucket face and handle from light orange cardstock.  Cut the plain semi-circle from dark gray cardstock.  Cut the bats - from the Haunted Entrance Dome Layer set - from the black sheet in the 6x6 Frosted Glitter Pack.  

Prep the leafy background die from the Poppystamps Adriana Pop Up Easel Set by rubbing it briskly with a sheet of scrunched waxed paper.  It'll help release the delicate diecut and little offcuts.  Cut it from dark orange cardstock.

Cut the card front and easel sections from dark gray cardstock.  Crease the easel's tab backwards to support the card front and leafy diecut.  Attach the card front, bucket and bats.  

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Stamp the greeting - from the Halloween Pumpkin Clear Stamps and Dies Set - on light gray cardstock with Habanero VersaFine.  Dry the the ink and cut the greeting with the coordinating die.

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Add simple designs - like the Jack o Lantern Bucket and bats - to a detailed background to balance the design elements.  The shaped card is actually designed to stand vertically, with a diecut piece serving as a "stopper" to keep the card upright.  Try that deisgn with the Jack o Lantern Bucket and these bats too!

Thanks for visiting!






Thu 10

I Love Fall Most of All
by Michelle Bala


Hey there, Michelle here! The newest Christmas Release has to be my  favorite! Especially this stamp set, Harvest Love and Kindness. There is something beautiful about warming fall tones. I used colored pencils to add color.

First I embossed the autumn cluster with white embossing powder than I shaded with colored pencils. I used the darker shades first, medium than lightest. After the coloring is complete I die cut the cluster. Next, I used Wrapped Stitch Rectangles Die and die cut the base panel. I embossed the sentiment with copper embossing powder.

I adhered the die cut kraft panel onto a card base. Than I layered the die cut leaf cluster. Lastly, I splattered some white and gold paint and added some gems.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Fri 24

Distress Oxide Inks on Black Card Stock
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here. This is my last card created with The Garden Party Release! I can't wait to start playing with the newest Christmas Release! I really love the stencil Leafy Jumble! I adhered it to a piece of black card stock and used distress oxide inks in shades picked raspberry, carved pumpkin, cracked pistachio and mermaid lagoon.  I splattered the stenciled background with white and gold paints.

I inked up some black card stock with the same distress oxide inks and die cut the sentiment die, Best Wishes Banner Script, and Scribble Leaf Die Cut.

I adhered all the die cuts to the stenciled panel and adhered the panel to a black card base. For a finishing touch I added some gems.

Thanks for stopping by for a peek!

Have a great weekend!

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Sun 12

Giulia Border and a Concentric-Cut Set of Echo Blossoms by Jean Okimoto


The new Giulia Border is a delicate backdrop for the bold concentric-cut Poppystamps Echo Blossoms.  It's esy to create the look of stacked floral layers - without the bulk - by cutting a single layer of Memory Box Open Studio Watercolor Paper with 6 of the Echo Blossoms dies. Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here sharing a summer design today.

Arrange the dies - cut-side down - and tape them together.

Flip them over and brush the remaining exposed tape with the embossing powder prep tool to keep the tape from sticking to the whatever you're diecutting.  The tape holds the dies securely - while the powder coats and deactivates the rest of the adhesive.  

I diecut some pink/coral/orange-sponged Memory Box Open Studio Watercolor Paper from the stash. Leave the diecuts in the die and tape them together across the back to handle them as one piece.

Stamp the greeting - from the Poppystamps Greeting Basics Clear Stamp Set - on a scrap of the inked paper with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then cut it with the second-smallest Echo Blossom Die.

Cut the gray Dashing Stripes and Dots 6x6 cardstock with the medium Stylish Rectangle Trio die.  

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to white cardstock and cut Giulia Border.  The extra layer adds dimension to the diecut without having to glue two diecuts together. 

Attach the diecuts to a light gray A6 card (4-½" x 6-¼").  Cut yellow glitter cardstock - from the Twinkling Jewel 6x6 Glitter Pack - with the smallest Echo Blossom die.  Punch matching ¼" circles for little accents too.


Special thanks to everyone who ordered my VERY SIMPLY ASIAN class kits from the Impress OnLine Store and from Stamps and Memories in Hawaii (808 484.9107)  I appreciate your support personally - and for independent businesses like Memory Box, Impress OnLine and Stamps and Memories.  It's time to prep another kit - BUTTERFLIES, BLOSSOMS & BLING - 5 colorful cards with glossy diecuts and accents, glitter and favorite summer icons.  

Thanks for visiting - see you again on Thursday!





Thu 02

Scribble Rose Trio in the Circle Fold Frame by Jean Okimoto

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The Scribble Rose Trio and Background fit perfectly into the new Poppystamps Circle Fold Frame.  Add details and texture with the Poppystamps Scallop Small Curve Border and a few glittered dots  - and your card is ready to go.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a mix of Memory Box and Poppystamps designs on a simple summer card.


The Poppystamps Circle Fold Frame cuts and scores the left and right panels for a square card.  Cut two frames from pale yellow-green cardstock.  Crease them on the "circle fold."  Pressure-emboss the folded panels with the Poppystamps Scallop Small Curve Border. Adhere the vertical inside edges of the panels.

Cut the  pale yellow-green cardstock with the 4-¼" Square Basics die.  Attach the tabs of the folded panels to the right and left sides of the square.  

The Circle Fold Frame set includes a die to cut a smaller inside circle.  Use it to cut the pale green Garden Folly 6x6 print.  Attach it in the center of the card.

Cut the detailed Scribble Rose Trio from Easter Grass cardstock.  Cut the solid background from Juicy Pear cardstock.  Layer the diecuts and attach them to the Garden Folly print circle.

Punch ¼" dots of the green glittered cardstock from the 6x6 Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pack.

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Hope you'll be inspired to enter July's FRAMED! Challenge...for a chance to win some great dies for all of your papercrafting projects.

Big thanks to everyone who purchased my Garden Party Greetings card kits from the Impress online store and from Stamps and Memories in Hawaii - I appreciate it!  My new kit - Very Simply Asian - is ready now.  Make  5 cards reflecting the simple beauty of Japanese design - using a bunch of Memory Box and Poppystamps dies - and no origami!

Thanks for visiting...have a safe and happy long weekend if you're celebrating on the 4th!