4 posts categorized "Holiday"


Sun 20

Blog Blitz Day 7: Let It Snow
by Trina Pham


Hello and welcome to the final day of the Holiday Blog Blitz week.  More fabulous products have been added to this year’s Holiday collection and I used a few of them on my card.

Started by negative die cutting the new Snowman Circle Collage off the edge of a white slightly textured panel. A circle frame was then die cut from Bristol paper using two dies from Circle Basics to frame the opening and give it a finished look.


Now being mostly a clean and simple cardmaker, I don’t use pattern papers very often, but the new Dashing Holiday papers in this release are so pretty and festive.  I thought the snowman’s scarf and hat would look cool in pattern.  The coordinating strip down the left side and the snowflakes were an afterthought to give the card a more cohesive look.  The gray snowy pattern, which Anne has already used on her cabin card (great minds think alike), is also from the same paper pack.


A piece of black cardstock was adhered behind the snowman for the buttons.  The custom sentiment was die cut from white cardstock using the new Mini Vintage Varsity Alphabet die.  It is one die and can cut four of each letter all at once.  They were colored with violet Copic markers then attached to the card following the shape of the slope.  Clear glitter on the snowman (couldn't capture the sparkle in the photo) and Crystal Glaze on the sentiment finished off the card.


Very straightforward.  Now it’s giveaway time!  For your chance to win the Snowman Circle Collage die, leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm EST tonight, October 20.  A winner will be randomly selected and all randomly selected winners from each blog blitz post will be announced right here on this blog tomorrow, October 21, at 6:00 pm EST.  Thank you and good luck!






Wed 16

Blog Blitz Day 3 - Watercolor Woodland Wide Washi Tape, Dashing Stripes and Dots, Mini Vintage Varsity Peace by Jean Okimoto

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Welcome to our Holiday Blog Blitz - and a chance to win one of the great new items on today's card!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, introducing our new Watercolor Woodland Wide Washi Tape.  It's a beautiful holiday print with a hand-colored look  - and it's 4-½" wide x 11 yards.  That's a lot of tape for your holiday cards, tags, layouts and collages!  

Although the red stripes are hard to see here - the 24-sheet Dashing Stripes and Dots 6x6" set complements the Dashing Holiday 6x6" prints.  You can quickly create 16 beautiful 3-sheet combinations of the prints/stripes/dots for your holiday projects.

The Dashing Holiday set is also designed to work well after the holidays.  The reverse sides of the "very holiday" prints are versatile stripes, plaids and diagonals you can use throughout the year.  

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Attach a strip of Watercolor Woodland Wide Washi Tape to white cardstock.  Cut a section with the 2.6" x 3.6" Pinpoint Rectangle Layer die.  

Cut accent strips of the red (¾" x 3-½") and green (1" x 4") stripes.  Cut a ¾" x 5-½" green dotted accent strip from the reverse of the green stripes.

Attach a strip of lined doublestick tape behind red cardstock and diecut "JOY" using the Mini Vintage Peace Varsity set.  Leave the letters in the die - just remove the tape liners and the center of the "0."  Cut a circle using the 1" Circle Basics die.  Press the letters (still in the die) firmly onto the circle and use a pokey tool to transfer them to the circle.

Attach everything to a green A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card.  Add ¼" punched red glitter dots.

MemoryBoxWatercolorWoodlandWideWashiTape, MemoryBoxDashingStripesAndDots6x6Prints, MemoryBoxMiniVintage VarsityPeaceDiesSet, MemoryBoxCircleBasics, MemoryBoxPinpointRectangleLayers, JeanOkimoto, ImpressCardsAndCrafts, HolidayDiecuts, HolidayWashiTape

Want to win a wide roll of the Watercolor Woodland Washi Tape?   Leave a comment on this post by Sunday, October 20th at 11:59pm EST.  One winner will be selected at random from the comments to win the washi tape.  Visit the blog from Monday, Oct 14th- Sunday, October 20th to see more of the new release and for a chance to win a prize each day.  Winners from the blitz will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, October 21st at 6:00pm EST.  Good luck!

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's HOLIDAY GREETINGS - SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress.  Special thanks to Jenny and Ann for your great snacks - we certainly appreciated them after that origami bird!  Thanks to Erin and Lynne for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets too.

Thanks for visiting...don't forget to add your comment to today's post - and all of the design team posts throughout our holiday blitz!





Fri 11

Holiday Greetings Stamp Set
by Vicki Finger


Hello!  Today I thought I would do something a bit different for you.  I used the new Holiday Greenery Stamp Set from Memory box for my Watercolor Card. Isn't this swag just beautiful?  I'd love to have something so fresh and Christmasy in my own home during the holidays.

This was really easy to create.  I started by heat embossing the image onto a piece of Canson Bristol Smooth Cardstock using Versamark and Antique Gold Embossing Powder.  I took a combination of May Green, Green, and Dark Green in my Zig Markers and just scribbled it into each of the leaves.  Using a brush with very little water, I moved the color into the edges and let everything just kind of blend together how it wanted to.  I used the Red Zig for the Berries.  Next, using light blue, I went all around the swag, working the color outward with more water this time.  Once I got in and around all the berries and greenery, I added more of the light blue and worked it outward, turning the paper rather than trying to turn my hand.

I set this aside to let it dry before continuing on to the next steps.  While I was waiting, I chose the colors I wanted to use for all of the background layers. I chose Navy, Teal, and Satin Red, and die cut them with Rectangle Basics Dies.  


I mounted those to a 4.25 x 5.5 Top Folding Navy Cardbase.  Using my Copic White medium, I mixed a little bit on the top of an acrylic block and using a Princeton Neptune #1 Script Brush, I put white splatter over the entire panel to make it look like snowfall.  Again, I set that aside to dry.  I've found that the longer bristles and smaller sized brush give me the type of splatter I was looking for in this case. 

Once that was completely dry, I added some Nuvo Drops in Ivory Seashell (white pearl) for the little berries and some White Blizzard for the highlight on the red berries.  I let that dry overnight and then hit it with some shimmer mist on the following morning.  Not too much as I didn't want the watercolor to run, but enough so that the recipient will notice when they receive the card.  Then I attached that panel to the card base with all the layers that I had prepared.  I also added a plain white panel on the interior for a note.  A simple gold sentiment to match the gold embossing, "Peace" in Cheshire Script finishes this card off.


This is a little bit different of a style for me, so I hope you like it or that it inspires you to try something new to you.   I'm not super comfortable with watercolor, but I keep practicing, which means I am improving. Thanks so very much for stopping by today.  







Sun 06

Shine Holly Jolly Corner Frame
by Vicki Finger

Hello everyone!  Vicki here today with a simple card using a technique I copied from our company's founder, Dave Brethauer. Recently, Dave did a short little video where he stacked some napkins together and die cut them.  After that, he painted them with some watercolor which gave them a ton of texture.  I knew I really want to try that technique out for myself.  Here's a link to Dave's video if you want to watch it.

I actually use real napkins at home because I sew.  That's one of the perks of that hobby.  Also, since we're empty nesters, there's rarely more than 4 of us sitting down to eat and most of the time it's just my hubby and I.  I do have one large set of 16 napkins for if we have a lot of company, but 4 napkins are normally how many I make for a set.  I'm great at finding the fabrics that have a little over 1 yard left on them and have been clearance priced.  However, I wanted to try this die-cut napkin technique, so I ran to my Dollar General Store up the road for a pack of their super cheap napkins.  They were literally $1.00.

I love the texture that you can get using this technique and I could incorporate another of my favorites techniques which is to add a bit of gold metallic watercolor to my plain watercolor (Reinkers) to get new colors.  For Example, I added red watercolor to this Ruffled Poinsettia but I didn't feel it was dark enough so I went back with Scarlet Jewel and added a bit of gold to that which gave me the effect I was looking for.  

For the Leaves, I used Mowed Lawn watered down a bit more, then went back and added another drop of color with a drop of the gold watercolor to get a nice variation of color for the leaves.

I used plain gold watercolor for the Holly Jolly interior Corner Frame die, just n the frame part, but it was bright yellow, so I added a drop of dark chocolate to it to tone the yellow down and add some warmth to the color. 

In the end, I ended up taking the gold foiled version of the frame and snipping away the branches because I like the more consistent way it looked to have two gold foiled frames.  The other decorative elements are made from a die-cut, watercolored napkin.  

After laying the gold foiled frame on top of the holly and berry branches, I let it dry and then added Garnet Liquid Pearls for the red berries and let it dry overnight in my window sill.  I added a little Eggshell Pearl from Little Things from Lucy's Cards.

I cut a 5.5 x 8.5 piece of cardstock to make a top folding horizontal card from the color Metallic Nude.  I like how it's a nice subtle color to let the dies be the star if the show.    

In the end, I decided that I wanted a vertical sentiment down the right-hand side, and so I used the Candlelit Shine Die to cut the sentiment from a piece of  Xyroned Gold Foil Cardstock.  Because each letter is separate, you can use it vertically or horizontally.  I was very careful to place each letter where I wanted them, without pressing down, until I was sure I had them lined up well.   

Putting a letter over the poinsettia petal wasn't optimal, but really, I'm probably the only one who will notice.  Any time I have things that need to dry, I set them aside and work on other things while those are drying.  

I have a more detailed list of all the supplies used over at my personal blog, Twinkling Paper Studio.



Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!  I really appreciate it when you leave a comment for me.