79 posts categorized "Ink Blending"

07/05/2020

Sun 05

Distressed Watercolored Embossing by Jean Okimoto

 

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Here are some techniques to add color and sparkle to 3-D embossed images. Let's add some distressed watercolors - and a lot of glitter - to the Butterfly Gathering design for a summer birthday card.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a card that evolved during the process.

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Spritz a light mist of water onto the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Sponge it with overlapping layers of shaded lilac, peacock feathers and cracked pistachio Distress Oxides.  Air-dry it. Cut it with the largest die from the Geodesic Oval Trio.

Spritz the reverse side lightly and pressure-emboss it using the plate(s) required for your machine.  Here's the sequence I used on my Spellbinders Platinum - base platform, embossing folder, two layers of cardstock.  No embossing plate or rubber mat.  Machines differ - please don't force the materials through your machine.

Carefully distress the three butterflies with sandpaper or the tip of a medium-grade sanding block. Use light, short sanding strokes instead of heavy pressure or a circular motion.  Brush the residue off.  Attach the diecut to a white A6 card (4-½" x 6-¼").  Attach the delicate geodesic frame.  Use a skewer to spread Open Studio Dragonfly Glitter Glue within the distressed outlines.  

We usually add accents to the diecut before attaching it to the card - but we all know what happens to the damp glitter glue when we flip the diecut over to add the adhesive, then press it onto the card.  

Cut the turquoise glitter sheet from the 6x6 Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pack with Honeycomb Square to create pretty little glitter hexagons.

Stamp the birthday wishes - from the Poppystamps Greeting Basics Clear Stamp Set - with Warm Breeze VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.

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Trim the greeting with a die from the Rectangle Basics set for nice finished edges.  If the dies don't match the shape of the greeting - cut it with a larger die, then just trim the bottom edge.  Attach it with foam tape.

Hope you know someone celebrating a summer birthday - and try these techniques with our other 3D Embossing Folders too.   

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

Jeansignature-3

 

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06/21/2020

Sun 21

You’re the Best
by Trina Pham

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Happy Sunday.  And happy Father’s Day to all the fathers and father figures out there.  I have a clean and simple (CAS) card that I made for my dad to share today.  Unfortunately, he’s going to receive it late. 🙈  

Anywho, a very easy card today.  Started by ink blending Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed distress inks (di) with sponge daubers through a DIY circle stencil on a Bristol panel to create the sun.  Spritz with water and blot with a paper towel to give it texture.

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The lighthouse, waves and letters were all die cut from Bristol paper three times and stacked for dimension.  Blended Black Soot di on the top letters for an ombré look.  White heat embossed the sentiment on black cardstock then trimmed into a strip.  Assembled the card and mounted the panel on two pieces of black cardstock to finish.

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And that was all there was to it.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

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06/14/2020

Sun 14

Rose Blossoms – Embossed, Layered and Glittered by Jean Okimoto

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Create long-stemmed roses with the new Rose Blossom Die Set and Gilia Stems from a earlier release - then add them to a simple all-occasion card.  Just another way to mix, match and alter your Memory Box diecuts and discover new designs.  Hello and happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with a bright summer card for you.

We're using another Leafy Jumble Stencil background from a variation of a Jennifer McGuire technique.  Details are on my previous post.  One sheet of ink-blended Open Studio Watercolor Paper and spritzed water produces two ink-lifted backgrounds and one heat-embossed background.

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Sponge worn lipstick, carved pumpkin and squeezed lemonade Distress Oxides on smooth white cardstock for the blossoms.  Heat-set the inks.  Cut two each of the Rose Blossom and Background.  Pressure-emboss the backgrounds using the detailed die, rubber embossing mat and embossing plate(s) required for your machine.  

Spread a large drop of Goldfinch Open Studio Glitter Glue in the center of the pressure-embossed background - cover an area about ¾" in diameter.  Attach the detailed diecut. Pressure-embossing the background adds an extra layer of dimension.

Cut the stems of the Gilia Stems set.  Remove the small lower leaf of the longer stem - it'll be re-attached higher later.  

Trim the Leafy Jumble background with the 3-½" x 4-¾" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut accent strips from Sour Apple (1-⅜" x 4") and Juicy Pear (⅞" x 4-½") cardstock. Trim the stems to fit on the accent strip.  Attach everything to a side-folded A2 card of Sour Apple cardstock.  

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Social-distanced crafting won't replace the great friendships and experiences shared in classes but it keeps us connected right now.  Thank you for purchasing my card kits through Impress Cards and Crafts here in Washington - and Stamps and Memories in Hawaii.  Thanks also for selecting and supporting these great independent retailers - and Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs - during these challenging times.

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06/11/2020

Thu 11

Emboss the Leafy Jumble Background by Jean Okimoto

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Let's make another card using one of the three Leafy Jumble Stencil backgrounds we created in my previous post.  It's the original Distress Oxide-inked sheet of Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with the second of three cards we're making using a variation of a great Jennifer McGuire technique.  

Use the Leafy Jumble Stencil and a water-spritzed sheet of Open Studio Watercolor Paper to lift the inks from a heavily-inked sheet of watercolor paper. Repeat the lifting  with a second sheet of watercolor paper for another background.

Stencil VersaMark onto the original inked paper and heat-emboss it with detail clear powder to create the background for today's card. Cut it with the 3" x 4-¼" Rectangle Basics die.

Cut white cardstock with the large Poppystamps Flora Blooms die.  Attach a scrap of the yellow glittered cardstock from the 6"x6" Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pack behind the flower.

Cut Birthday Cursive Script Circle from yellow cardstock - leave the teeny dot over the "i" in the die until you're ready to attach it to the background.  

Stamp "greetings" - from the Cherry Blossom Wreath Clear Stamps and Die Set - on yellow cardstock with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then trim the cardstock with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.  Cut the excess off the short end with the side of a larger rectangle die for a nice trimmed edge.

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Attach everything to a top-folded white A-2 card - position the Birthday Cursive Script Circle so the dot over the "i" can be securely attached to an area that's not embossed and glossy.  Add ¼" punched circles of the yellow Twinkling Jewel glittered cardstock.

Looking for more fresh floral designs?  Both Impress Cards and Crafts - and Stamps and Memories-Hawaii are now selling my GARDEN PARTY GREETINGS card kits.   Here's a link to the Impress online store to place your order.  Call or text Stamps and Memories  at 808 484.9107.  Thank you!

We'll use the third background from this process on another card this weekend.  Thanks for visiting - see you again on Sunday.

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05/31/2020

Sun 31

Garden Party Birthday
by Trina Pham

 

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Hello there.  Today is not just the last day in May, it‘s also my birthday.  And with that, I have an easy monochromatic birthday card to share using products from the newest Garden Party release.

The Birthday Cursive Script Circle was die cut three times from scraps of Bristol paper and stacked for dimension.  Used scissors to snip away the circle.  The solid candles from Tall Birthday Candles were then die cut from regular white cardstock and various aqua/teal pattern papers in the Garden Folly paper pack.  Trimmed off the flame on the pattern paper candles and pieced on top of the white candles.

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Next, ombre blended Peacock Feathers and Faded Jeans distress inks with blender brushes onto a Bristol rectangle panel.  Splattered with water and lifted with a paper towel to give it texture.  Dried the panel completely with my heat tool then heat embossed “wishes” from Poppy Stamps Birthday Blowout stamp set with white embossing powder.

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Mounted the panel onto a white card base with fun foam and and assembled the card.  Spritz the entire card with a sparkle spray for some shimmer to finish.   Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day and week.

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05/26/2020

Tue 26

Celebrate with Embossed Flowers
by Michelle Bala

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Hello there! Michelle here. Today I wanted to make a slim line card using the newest stamp set, Peony Garden Corner clear stamp. I trimmed a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock slightly smaller than 3 1/2 x 8 1/2. I inked it up with tattered rose, worn lipstick and picked raspberry distress oxide inks.  Allow to inks to set/dry. I dusted the inked panel with some anti static powder than embossed the flowers with gold embossing powder.
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These are the supplies I used, Peony Garden Corner Border stamp set and Celebrate Cursive Script Word Die and strawberry ice glitter glue. 
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Adhere the panel to the card base measuring 3 1/2 by 8 1/2. I added some white and gold paint splatters to the panel.  All to dry. 
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Using a piece of the same cardstock, I inked it up with worn lipstick and picked raspberry inks. Die cut the sentiment Celebrate. Die cut the word a few more from white cardstock and adhere them stacked together. Adhere the sentiment to the embossed panel and add a layer of  strawberry ice glitter glue. I embossed the sentiment onto gray cardstock than adhered that under the die cut word with foam tape. Lastly, I added some scattered sequins.

Thanks for stopping by for a peek!!!

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05/23/2020

Sat 23

Blended Inks, Diagonal Stripe Collage and Rose Blossoms by Jean Okimoto

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Layer a trio of Rose Blossoms on a Diagonal Strip Collage background of blended inks.  Add a thoughtful greeting from the Peony Garden Corner Clear Stamps and Dies set to remind someone how wonderful they are.  Hello and happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with a flowery Garden Party Collection card for you.

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An ink-blended strip of cardstock from my stash peeks through the new Diagonal Stripe Collage.  It's a great die for backgrounds throughout the year - beachy blues for the summer, warm earthtones for fall and icy winter pastels for the holidays.  Use it for pressure-embossing - or to diecut a cool stencil too.  

Cut white cardstock with the 4-¼" x 5-½" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut it with the Diagonal Stripe Collage.  Stamp the greeting - from the Peony Garden Corner Clear Stamps and Dies set - with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  Quickly heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.

Attach the inked strip behind the cutout.  Attach the rectangle to a top-folded white A2 card.  

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Spritz the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper with a very light mist of water.  Ink it with blended, overlapping layers of worn lipstick and picked raspberry Distress Oxides.  Dry the inks, then cut three 3 each of the Rose Blossom backgrounds and detailed overlay.  Assemble the blossoms and highlight the centers with squeezed lemonade Distress Oxide.  

Cut two Scribble Leafy Branch Backgrounds from green cardstock.  Assemble the card and accent the blossoms with Orange Sherbert Open Studio Glitter Glue.  Add ¼" punched circles of the light pink glitter cardstock from the Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad. 

 

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Working on another class cards kit - GARDEN PARTY GREETINGS.  Flowery, pretty, layered designs in fresh pastels and bright summer hues featuring my new favorite designs from the Garden Party 2020 Collection of Memory Box and Poppystamps.

Thanks for stopping by...have a safe and happy weekend!

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05/21/2020

Thu 21

Create a Wide Washi Tape Background Border by Jean Okimoto

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Layer the Cascadia Background Strip over the Cornelia Aqua Wide Washi Tape to create a bold border for the Splendid Poppy Stems.  The washi tape has so many pretty colors  it's easy to find matching inks for the poppies.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with more designs from our Garden Party Collection.  

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Cut Splendid Poppy Stems from the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Give it a light spritz of water to help blend the inks, then sponge it with Distress Oxides. The colors used here are carved pumpkin, worn lipstick, squeezed lemonade and mowed lawn.

Cut a 3-¾" x 5-⅝" rectangle of smooth white cardstock.  Cut it with the new Cascadia Background Strip.  Attach a strip of Cornelia Aqua Wide Washi Tape to printer paper -  it's lighter than cardstock and the edges won't show under the rectangle.  Attach it behind the rectangle.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Peony Garden Corner Clear Stamps and Die Set - with VersaFine Clair Shady Lane.  

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Attach everything to a white A-6 card.  Add ¼" punched circles of yellow glitter cardstock from the Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad.  Accent the flowers with Open Studio Sour Apple Glitter Glue.

I love the pretty mix of blue and orange flowers on the Cornelia Aqua Wide Washi Tape. It's fresh and different - and looks like it'll be a great match for the new speckled egg Distress Oxide inkpad.  

Thanks for visiting - see you again this weekend!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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05/14/2020

Thu 14

Dreamy Butterfly and the Butterfly Heart Frame by Jean Okimoto

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Blend a bright Open Studio Watercolor Paper background for the Butterfly Heart Frame - then top it with a glittery Dreamy Butterfly. Add a greeting from the Wild Rose Stem Clear Stamp Set.  Butterfly season is approaching - Memory Box has a great collection of butterfly dies, 6x6 prints and glittered cardstock for every occasion.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a simple design to create in your favorite colors.

Spritz the textured side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper with a light mist of water.  Sponge it with loose, overlapping layers of Distress Oxides.  I used shaded lilac, cracked pistachio, twisted citron, peacock feathers and squeezed lemonade.  The water helps helps blend the inks and eliminates dark starting points.  Dry the inks.  Cut it with the 3-¾" x 5" Rectangle Basics die. Splatter it with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.

Scrunch waxed paper and rub it briskly over the Butterfly Heart Frame to help release the delicate diecut. Cut the frame from smooth  white cardstock.  Cut purple and turquoise butterflies with the coordinating die.  

Cut Dreamy Butterfly from the violet glittered cardstock in the Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad.  The cardstock is actually brighter and redder than it appears here.  Cut the butterfly body and antennae with the die from the Gloriosa Butterfly Duo Outlines set.

Stamp the greeting - from the Wild Rose Stem clear stamps set - on white cardstock with VersaFine Clair Purple Delight.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the smallest die from Rectangle Basics.

Attach everything to a side-folded 5-½" square white card - use foam tape for the right half of the greeting strip.  Add ¼" punched circles of the green glittered cardstock from the Twinkling Jewel 6x6 pack.

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Big thanks to everyone who ordered my TOGETHER Class Kit from Impress!  Thank you for your support - personally - and for supporting Memory Box/Poppystamps/Birch Press Design and Impress.  Although the store is closed, Ann and Shari have been busy with online orders and doorside deliveries and pickups. 

Thanks for visiting!

 

Jeansignature-3

 

05/05/2020

Tue 05

Celebrate Friendship with Splendid Poppy Stems and Gilia Stems by Jean Okimoto

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Friends and flowers can make any day better...celebrate a lasting friendship with a special card for someone who's always there for you.   Hi, Jean Okimoto here with flowers, glitter and bright colors today.

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Diecut the Gilia Stems from rainbow-inked cardstock.  The diecut section includes blended layers of Distress Oxides - worn lipstick, picked raspberry, abandoned coral, squeezed lemonade, mowed lawn and peeled paint.  Cut the flower, add more squeezed lemonade, then color the stem with more mowed lawn and peeled paint.  

Cut Splendid Poppy Stems from another rainbow-inked piece and add more of the same three colors.  

Cut the green print from the Springtime Bouquet 6x6 Set with the medium-sized Stylish Rectangle Trio die.  Stamp a scrap of the same print with the greeting from the Poppystamps Greeting Basics Clear Stamps Set and Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder. 

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Here's a tip...trim greeting blocks with dies from the Rectangle Basics or Square Basics sets.   Some dies are already perfectly-sized for our greeting stamps.  If not, just use a die that's slightly larger and trim the excess cardstock.  You'll have perfectly-cut greeting blocks or strips - without those wonky lopsided edges that aren't really noticeable...until it's attached to the card.

Lightly ink the edges of the background and greeting block.  It's been years since I've inked the edges of my diecuts!  

Cut green glitter cardstock from the Twinkling Jewel 6x6 Glitter Pad with the new Poppystamps Grosgrain Bow.  

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Trim the lower leaf from the Gilia flower (it would have been covered by the bow) and attach it just below the blossom.   Attach the diecuts to an A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") natural white notecard.  Accent the flowers with Goldfinch Open Studio Glitter Glue.  

Hope you'll have some time to create a card for special people in your life - where would we be without them?

Thanks for visiting - see you again on Thursday... Jeansignature-3

 

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