181 posts categorized "Ink Blending"


Thu 12

by Donna Sledzik

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Hello everyone!  I was so excited when I saw the foil plates and dies in the 2022 May release!

To make the card, I used the Sunburst Hot Foil Plate to add gold foil to white cardstock using a foiling machine.  Next, I used a blender brush to apply Distress Oxide inks to my foiled cardstock.  Because the foil is like a letterpress design that is debossed into the paper, the ink doesn't cover the foil. 


I trimmed the cardstock and adhered it to a black cardstock mat, which I then glued to a white card base.

Using black cardstock, I die cut the Graceful Poppy Stems and the Sweet Poppy Stem and glued those to the card front. 

Next, I die cut the shadow from the Hello Daily Script die from white cardstock, and the word hello from black cardstock.  I glued the black hello word die to the shadow and adhered it to the card.

On a strip of black cardstock I white heat embossed the sentiment and adhered it to the card.


To finish the card, I added some yellow sequins for some dimension.  

And that's it for today! Have a great day!



Fri 06

A New Release – Butterfly Birthday Wishes from the May 2022 Collection by Jean Okimoto


Meet our newest release - the May 2022 Collection of beautiful butterflies, gorgeous flowers - and the introduction of our new hot foil plates for your cards, layouts, and mixed media projects. We're creating spring and summer projects to inspire you - and can't wait to share them with you!

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with the first of many new designs we'll be creating in the coming weeks.  The new hot foil products are designed with the same precision and attention to detail that Dave Brethauer devotes to the dies - so you know they'll be a great addition to your Memory Box Collection.

Let's start with the new Sunburst Hot Foil Plate - it's bold, detailed and perfect for any celebration.  It'll be great for the holidays too!  Prepare your foiling equipment and supplies as recommended by the manufacturers.  Foil the delicate sunburst on black paper or cardstock. Trim it to a 4" square.

Hot-foil the new Posh Birthday Wishes on white cardstock.  

Color the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper with watery, overlapping layers of the inks from the Melon Melody Kaleidacolor multicolor inkpad or any of your favorite inks.   Dry the inks, then spritz it with a light mist of Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Dry the spritz.  Cut the paper with the new Intricate Mini Butterflies - a collection of very cool detailed designs. 

Cut white cardstock to 11" x 4-½".  Score it at 6" to create a 5" indented card front.  

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Attach the foiled sunburst and greeting to the card - foam tape the left ⅔'s of the greeting and let the remainder of the greeting extend over the edge of the card front.

Attach 6 butterflies to the card front - and 1 butterfly on the opposite edge.

Hope you like butterflies and flowers - they're great for any occasion and in any combination of colors, textures and sizes.  

Thanks for visiting our blog - see you again on Wednesday with more designs from our newest release.  Have a great weekend...and Happy Mother's Day to everyone celebrating!









Tue 03

Flowers for Mom by Jean Okimoto

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Gather an assortment of spring blossoms for a Mother's Day card and mix, match and layer them for dimension.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a slimline design for a stylish Mom - with casual upside-down Wooden Alpha W's instead of the proper M's.  We're using the new Birch Press Design Wispy Bloom Contour Layers for their pointy, contrasting look.

Blend salvaged patina and shaded lilac Distress Oxides on smooth white cardstock.  Add a light spritz of water and let the colors blend as they dry.  Cut it with the 2-¼" x 7-¼" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.

Cut Ruffled Blooms from different shades of Lush Green and Fresh Aqua 6x6 sheets.  Cut some extra centers from Lush Green sheets.  

Cut Layered Periwinkle from Vibrant Violet and Twilight Purple 6x6 sheets.

Cut the Birch Press Design Wispy Blooms Contour Layers from Twilight Purple sheets.  Cut the stems from a Lush Green sheet.  

Cut the wide leaves from the Exquisite Leaf Set from a Lush Green sheet.  Trim the larger branch - we're using the 2 lower leaves here.

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Attach the ink-blended rectangle - at a wonky angle - to a white slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-⅝"). Attach the leaves and the assembled flowers.

Diecut the letters from the turquoise Rainbow Reflections Mirror Pad 6x6.  Use the upside-down W's instead of the M's from the Wooden Alpha set for a casual look. Or use the more formal M.  Either way, the Wooden Alpha dies add great texture to the mirror cardstock.

Attach the yellow-gold Christmas Fairy Jewels.

This design works in a rainbow of color combos...try your favorites!  It would be nice with mirrored floral diecuts and/or leaves too.  

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If your Mom's card is already done - rotate the M's right-side-up to say "WOW". It would be great for a grad, a new hire or to celebrate a recent promotion or achievement.   Even a new flower garden!

Thanks for visiting - see you on Friday...






Thu 28

Hello Friend
by Donna Sledzik


Good morning everyone!  Today I have another spring themed card for you which features some bright colored flowers and foliage.


I die cut the flowers and leaves from white cardstock, and used Distress Oxide Inks to add color to them.  I used Gold and Black Nuvo Drops for the centers of the flowers.

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Next, I used a blending brush to lightly apply Squeezed Lemonade Ink to a watercolor panel.  I spattered it with gold and black inks.  Once the paper was dry, I used foam tape to adhere my flowers to the card and then glued the leaves in place.

I die cut the words "Hello Friend" from Glossy Black cardstock and the shadow from vellum.  Then I adhered my card front to a white card base.


That's it for today!  Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!



Sun 24

Blooms for Mom
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  Mother’s Day is celebrated at different times of the year all over the world.  With my Mother’s Day in two weeks, I have a Mother’s Day card I created for my mother-in-law to share today.  It features the Riverbank Large Layered Blooms and Exquisite Leaf Set dies from the recent Spring release.  

Because I wanted these large blooms to all fit on the card without crowding or hanging off-the-edge, this card is A6 size.  The card base and a layering piece are 4.5”x6.25” cut from heavy-weight white paper.  Using the partial die cutting technique with a long and narrow extended cutting pad, ran the layering piece through the die cutting machine twice with the Slim Pinpoint Heart Plate resulting in this.



Down the middle was a mess, but it didn’t matter as most of it will be covered up anyway.  For some texture, splattered it with diluted black gouache paint, then set aside to dry.



The flower layers and leaves were die cut next from white cardstock.  The leaves and flower centers were colored with Copic Sketch markers.

greens - YG61, YG63, YG67
white centers - C00, C1, C3

Ink blending with distress inks (DI) was used to color the flower layers.  Shaded Lilac DI was applied to the middle circumference area of each layer using a blender brush, while Villainous Potion DI was applied to the centers with a finger brush before putting them together. 


“Mom” was die cut from white glitter paper using the shadow dies of the Bennett Alphabet die set for a chunkier greeting.  Glued the letters onto a 1” Twilight Purple paper strip, then added the drop shadow with a C3 Copic Sketch marker.  Assembled the card, popping the bottom right flower up with foam adhesives for additional dimension.  Applied clear shimmer on the flowers for more sparkle to finish.

And that does it for my card.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.






Thu 21

Happy Birthday
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone!  Today I have a fun Birthday card for you using more new products from the 2022 Spring release.

I began by die cutting one of the Nested Globes from white cardstock and stenciling on top of it with Saltwater Taffy Distress Oxide ink.  Next, I lightly inked around the edge of the die cut with Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide ink.  I also used Hickory Smoke ink and a blending brush to add ink to a White Woodgrain cardstock panel.  This brings out the texture in the cardstock.  I glued my globe die cut to the paper and used foam tape to adhere it to a white card base.

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 I die cut the large leaves from the Exquisite Leaf Set using white cardstock and inked them with Distress Oxide Inks.  I glued the leaves in place over the globe die cut and spattered the card with white and gray inks.

Next, I die cut the shadow from the Happy Birthday Posh Script die from Vellum and the words from gray cardstock.  I glued the words to the vellum, which I adhered to the card.

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To finish the card, I added some Clear Fairy Drops and that's it!

Thanks for stopping by today!






Sat 16

Sending Oceans of Love
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome! Today I have a card in blue and yellow using some awesome collage dies.

Here's a closer look at my card:

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The fish were diecut from watercolor paper that was "smooshed" with yellow, orange and blue Distress inks. I also cut them from black to layer each fish so they appear to have a little shadow.

The water background was made with lots of dark blues and a little purple watercolor. While it was drying, I cut the following dies from white card stock and layered them one on top of each other.

Bubble Coral Collage Die
Deepwater Collage Die
Kelp Collage Die

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These dies are so amazing because each opening is a different size making them easy to layer to get a really realistic and fun look. They are magical and ingenious designs, and help us crafters and card makers look like masterful creators, just by combining these collage dies together!

Once the watercolor panel dried, I added the fish, some with glue and some popped up on foam tape. The sentiment, from the "Deep Blue Ocean" stamp set, was heat embossed in white on black card stock. To finish my card I added lots of clear and "Winter Fairy Jewels" and "Clear Fairy Jewels" inside the die cut bubbles and scattered around the card front.

Here's one last look:


I hope you like my card and thanks so much for stopping by!







Thu 14

Happy Easter
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  For those who are celebrating, Easter weekend begins tomorrow and the Easter bunny is busy hiding… hiding those eggs for the Easter egg hunt that is! 😂*lol*   This was the fun idea behind the hiding bunny on my card today.

Started by die cutting the flowers, foliage and bunny ears (dies are listed at the end) from alcohol marker-friendly cardstock, then colored in with Copic Sketch markers.

purples - BV0000, BV000, BV01, BV04
yellows - Y000, Y13, Y17
pinks - RV000, RV00, 0
greens - G20, YG03, YG07, YG17, YG67
blues - BG70, BG72
The Knotted Circle Wreath was die cut twice next from Kraft woodgrain paper.  Gathered Twigs distress ink (DI) was then applied to them randomly with a foam blending tool to give variation and a rustic look.  To aid in shaping, a circle was die cut from Bristol paper using a Circle Basics die.   Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass and Mowed Lawn DIs were blended onto it with blender brushes to create the background.   The sentiment from Springtime Typewriter was then white heat embossed onto black cardstock before assembling the card on a white woodgrain panel that was scored every 1”.  
If the butterfly seems a bit out of place, that is because it was needed to cover up a marking. 😆   Kept it subtle by die cutting it from blue Vintage Pastel Mirror paper.   Pastel Jewels were added to the flower centers to finish.  
Wishing all those who are celebrating a happy Easter.  Thank you for joining me today.   Have a wonderful day. 




Sun 10

"Love You" featuring Daisy Blossom Stem Dies
by Angie Cimbalo


Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with this beautiful floral and woodgrain mini slimline card made with the newly released "Daisy Blossom Stem" die and the "Love You Posh Script" die.

Here's a closer look at my card:


Here's how I made this card:

1) Cut a piece of Memory Box "White Woodgrain" card stock to 3" by 6" and applied Distress inks direct to paper. I started with "Tea Dye" then added "Brushed Corduroy" and finished with "Rusty Hinge" making the outside edges the darkest.

2) I die cut both dies from the "Daisy Blossom Stem" die set 3 times from white card stock.

3) Next I colored them with alcohol markers and colored pencils to give them depth and a realistic look.

4) I cut the colored diecuts into pieces of stems and flower and leaves and arranged them on my woodgrain panel.

5) Once I was happy with the arrangement I started gluing them down with liquid glue and popping some up on foam tape.

6) I cut the "Love You Posh Script" word die outline twice from white card stock and glued them together.

7) I cut the thinner word die in the set three times, two from white card stock and once from thick watercolor paper.

8) I colored one of the white thin word dies with the same green markers and colored pencils that I used on the leaf dies then stacked all 3 together then added them to the outline with glue.

9) I cut a card base 6.25" by 6.5" and scored it on the 6.5" side at 3.25 so my card base is slightly larger than my woodgrain panel.

10) I added the woodgrain panel to the card base with double sided adhesive foam and then added some tiny yellow Memory Box jewels to finish the card.

Here's one last look:


I hope you like my card for today. I had a lot of fun creating it and really love how it turned out. Memory Box dies are so versatile and beautiful - I really enjoy working with them to create one of a kind cards.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

See you next time,





Sat 09

Hello Little Red Wagon
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  I’m popping in today to share a cute spring all-occasion card.  I think it could have easily been an Easter card simply by swapping out the sentiment.


The wagon was created first.  A piece of red Berry Red paper was trimmed to 0.5”x2.75”.   A corner rounder punch was used to round the bottom two corners.  The top crate part is made from Kraft woodgrain paper.  The two horizontal pieces were trimmed to 0.25”x2.75”.   The three vertical pieces were die cut with the Vertical Line Collage die and cut into 1” sections.   You could trim by hand to 1/8”x2.75” as well then cut into 1” sections.  Added shading to them using Gathered Twigs distress ink (DI) and a detailed blender tool to give them dimension.  The two smallest dies from Circle Basics were then used to create the wheels from black cardstock and silver mirror paper.  The handle is black glossy paper die cut also with the Vertical Line Collage die, then cut apart and pieced together to form the necessary angles.


The tulips were die cut from yellow Sunny Orange paper and the leaves from Lush Green.   Used a darker shade of yellow and green dye inks to add shading and dimension to them, respectively.   Took a Bristol panel from my stash next' and lightly ink blended Shaded Lilac DI and splattered with diluted Black Soot DI for the background.  Die cut the Hello Banner Script sentiment from black glossy paper, then assembled the card onto a white card base.  To ground it, added shading beneath the wagon with grey Copic Sketch markers.  Drew in nails and tire rim centers with a black permanent pen to finish.   


That does it for my card today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful day.