138 posts categorized "Ink Blending"

07/29/2021

Thu 29

Quick-Stick Glitter Trick by Jean Okimoto

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Adding glitter to a watercolored background and attaching detailed diecuts can take a few minutes. Here's an easy way to do both - at one time!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a simple thank you from our Summer Daydreams release.

Cut watercolor paper with the 3rd-largest Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  Brush or sponge it with loose, overlapping layers of ink.  Blend some areas with splotchy, watery brushstrokes.  Distresss Oxide colors used here are squeezed lemonade, peacock feathers, twisted citron and cracked pistachio.  Set it aside to dry.

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Score white cardstock at 3-¼" and 6-¾".  Trim the cardstock to 8-½" x 7-½" - it's ¾" beyond the 6-¾" scoreline.  The 3-¼" panel folds inside to conceal the ink-blended cardstock.  The ¾" tab will be attached behind the back panel

Prep the Twiggy Thank You and Eucalyptus Collage dies by rubbing them briskly with scrunched waxed paper to help release the delicate pieces.  Cut the 3-½" center panel with both dies - keep them fairly close together to leave space on the short ends.  Save the skinny inside triangle for the "A" - and the oval inside the "0."

Attach Scor-Tape to the inked side of the watercolor paper - save the tape liner.  Attach the saved triangle for the A and and the oval for the O.  Place the cardstock - sticky-side down - on a nonstick surface.  Carefully attach the adhesive-covered piece behind the diecuts.  Attach the centers for the letters A and O.  Press it with the saved liner to secure the diecuts.  Brush ultrafine iridescent glitter over the remaining exposed adhesive.  Impress' Sparkle Glitter is perfect for this.

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Fold and attach the 3-¼" panel to the inside. Cut a 3-½" x 8-½" piece of white cardstock and attach it to the ¾" tab for the back of the card. Attach turquoise jewels from the Bright Jewels set.  Sounds complicated, but it's really easy and it's a process that works with all of collage dies.

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

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07/25/2021

Sun 25

Slimline Trio of Castle Collages by Jean Okimoto

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Send birthday wishes with a layered slimline tri-fold of castle collages from the Summer Daydreams Collection.  The collages are usually layered from small-to-large for a 3-D effect - they're stacked out of sequence here for a different look.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here -  hope you're enjoying your weekend!

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Score 8-½" x 10-½" light gray cardstock at 3-½" and 7".  Diecut Fantasy Castle Collage from the front of the first panel.  Diecut Stone Keep Castle Collage from the backside of the second panel.

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Cut three of the moat border from the Fantasy Castle Collage.  Attach one to the front of the Fantasy Castle Collage - and another one behind the Fantasy Castle Collage for added support.  The backside of the Fantasy Castle Collage panel is shown above.  Trim the 3rd moat border and attach it to the front of the Stone Keep Castle Collage for added interest.  

Cut the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper with the 4-⅛" tall Nested Globes die.  Brush or sponge it with overlapping layers of Distress Oxides.  Colors used here are squeezed lemonade, abandoned coral, kitsch flamingo and peacock feathers.  Spray it with a light layer of Imagine's Frost Sheer Shimmer Spritz. Air-dry it for a few minutes, then heat-set it. 

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Cut Imperial Castle Collage from light gray cardstock and trim the bottom and sides.  Attach it to the globe diecut.  

Stamp the greetings from the Majestic Achievements Clear Stamp and Die Set - on the pink 6x6 sheet from the Berry Red Pack with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair.  Cut them with the coordinating dies.  Attach the birthday banner with foamtape.  

Color 5 Clear Jewels with pink and orange Sharpie or Copic Markers and attach them to the card.

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We're celebrating a very special birthday here in Seattle this weekend...Impress is 34 years young!  The celebration includes a great 20% discount on regular-priced items (excluding class kits and gift certificates).  The sales ends tonight - July 25th - the promo code for online shopping is "happy34."  It's a great time to get the Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs items on your wishlist!

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

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07/15/2021

Thu 15

Create an Ink-Blended Grand Galaxy Birthday Card by Jean Okimoto

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Dreamy blended colors and turquoise jewels transform a galaxy design from a guy-card to a special greeting for a birthday gal. Highlight the details of the new Grand Galaxy 3D Embossing Folder with soft layers of color, accent strips from the 6x6 cardstock collections and the sparkle of custom-colored Clear Jewels.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a quick, double-inked, embossed technique creates a different look each time you use it.  It's a variation of a technique Anne shared earlier - and a process we used for one of my spring card kits.

Cut smooth, heavy white cardstock to 4-¼" x 5-½".  Cover it with soft, blended overlapping layers of Distress Oxides.  A little white showing thru the colors is OK.  Colors used here are kitsch flamingo, cracked pistachio, wild honey, wilted violet and peacock feathers.  Use a brayer to apply peacock feathers to the top section of the Grand Galaxy 3D Embossing Folder.

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Quickly spray 4 spritzes of water in the air - then catch the mist with the uninked backside of the cardstock.  Place the damp cardstock in the folder with the  inked side facing the inked half of the folder.  Run it through the diecut machine following your machine's embossing instructions.

Remove the cardstock and heat-set the inks.  Trim it to 3-¾" x 5" with a Rectangle Basics die.  Cut 4-½", 4" and 3" accent strips from the Fresh Aqua, Vibrant Violet and Sunny Orange collections.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Signature Greetings Clear Stamp and Die Set - on white cardstock with Warm Breeze VersaFine Clair.  Heat-set the ink, then cut the greeting with the matching die.  Don't cut the individual greetings apart - it's easier to tape the dies to stamped cardstock for cutting when everything is together.  And they're easier to find (and identify!) when they're together. 

Cut an extra layer from a teal 6x6 sheet - use it to add dimension and a shadow to accent the greeting.

Color Clear Jewels with a turquoise Sharpie or Copic Marker.  Attach everything to a 5-½" square white card - use foamtape for the greeting.

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Try this double-inking technique with some of our other 3D Embossing Folders too.  Thanks for visiting - hope you're liking our Summer Daydreams Collection!

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07/13/2021

Tue 13

Ahoy Matey
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.   Have you played along in this month’s Ahoy There Nautical challenge yet?   As you can see, that was the inspiration for my mini slimline card today.

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I find mini slimline cards can range in size anywhere from 3”x6” to 3.5”x6.5”, depending on who you ask. 😂  I have mini slimline envelopes that measure 3.5”x6.5”, so to ensure my card fits, my mini slimline cards are either 3”x6” for bulky cards or 3.25”x6.25” for flat cards.  For here, I trimmed a piece of mixed media paper to 3.25”x6.25”.  Using blender brushes, ink blended Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean distress inks (DI) for the water and a gradient of brown dye inks for the sand.  Spritz with water and blot off with a paper towel to give it some texture.  For even more texture on the sand, splattered with diluted Black Soot DI.  Used a sponge dauber and dabbed white gouache paint along the shoreline where the water and sand meet.  Set aside to dry.

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The castle from the new Majestic Achievements stamp set was then stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa dye ink onto the lightest color paper from the Earth Neutral paper pack.  Colored it with Copic markers to transform it into a sandcastle, then fussy cut it out.  Used a brown marker to color the edges to cover the white and give it a finished look.  The sailboat was die cut twice from Bristol paper and once from the Springtime Bouquet pattern paper and stacked for dimension.  Black heat embossed the sentiment from the new Deep Blue Ocean stamp set onto Bristol paper then die cut out with the new Banner Sentiment die.

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Trimmed off the left fishtail and drew in the “flag pole” with a black marker before assembling the card onto a white 3.25”x6.25” card base.  Added waves with a white gel pen to finish.

You have till July 30, 11:59 pm EST, to enter the challenge.  Thank you for joining me today.  Enjoy your day.

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07/11/2021

Sun 11

Rainbow Floral Chain
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today featuring two brand new dies from the new release: "Floral Chain" & "Hello Streamlined Script" dies.  As soon as I saw these two dies, I just knew they would go together perfectly!

Here's a close up look at my rainbow floral slimline card:

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I cut the "Floral Chain" die 2 times from black card and once from white. With finger daubers I added rainbow colors using: Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, a combo of Cracked Pistachio and Evergreen bough, then a flower each with Peacock Feathers, and Seedless Preserves Distress Inks.  That gave me all the colors of the rainbow that I wanted to use.


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I inked them a little heavier toward the center of each flower, then stacked the dies offset and added Fairy Gems in coordinating colors to the flower centers. I cut the 2nd largest Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangle die for a mat, then adhered the floral cluster and the hello die. The hello die was cut 3 times from black card and stacked for dimension. Here's a look at the card from the top down so you can see the pretty colors of gems in the flower centers.

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And here's one last look at my whole card:

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I hope you like my card for today - I had a lot of fun making it for a dear friend of mine!

I will link my supplies below if you are interested and thanks so much for stopping by!

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07/10/2021

Sat 10

Say HI with the New Balloon Bunch and Twiggy Alphabet by Jean Okimoto

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Balloons aren't just for celebrations and special occasions.  Why not send a balloon card to say hello and let someone know you're thinking about them?  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with two new designs from our Summer Daydreams Collection - the fun Ballloon Bunch and slender Twiggy Alphabet.

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Spray colorful ink-blended cardstock with Imagine's Frost Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Air-dry it for a few minutes, then heat-set it.  

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Here's a tip.  It's easy to find the right blend of colors for the balloons without the distraction of the surrounding areas if you cut a template from contrasting cardstock and use it to select the area to diecut. Place the die in the template and cut the balloons.

The "strings" are cut with the Graceful Jellyfish die, then trimmed and attached to the balloons.  

Cut the Twiggy Alphabet greeting background from a light green 6x6 in the Lush Green Collection.  Cut the contrasting letters from the turquoise Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad 6x6 sheet.

Cut the largest Stylish Rectangle from a dark blue 6x6 in the Ocean Blue Collection.

Attach the diecuts to a white A-6 card (4-½" x 6-¼") - use foamtape at the top of each balloon.

Add a small gold cord bow and sparkly Clear Jewels.

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Why not make a bunch of balloon cards in different colors and have them ready for any occasion...or just to say hello?  As an alternative - cut the balloons from different colors of Memory Box 6x6 Glitter or Polished Foil Pads and use coordinating colors of our 6x6 paper collections for the greetings.

Thanks for visiting...have a great weekend!

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07/09/2021

Fri 09

Happy Birthday
by Donna Sledzik

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Hello everyone!  Today's card features products from the new Memory Box Summer Daydreams Collection.  I saw a fun technique that Gina K demonstrated on her Youtube channel called Emerging Watercolor.

I taped a piece of watercolor paper to my surface and colored the background using two colors of Tombow Markers.  You can use any water based markers, watercolor or inks for this technique. 

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Once my background was colored, I used a paintbrush and plain water to blend the color.  I dried the background completely, then used embossing ink to stamp the fish on the background.  I used clear embossing powder to heat emboss the stamped fish.

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Next, I sprayed the background with water and used a dry paper towel to pick up the color. I did this several times to remove as much color as I could.  The embossing powder acts as a resist and the end result is almost a batik look to your background.

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Once the background was dry I used the Wrapped Stitch Rectangles to die cut my paper.  I glued two strips of orange cardstock to the background and used foam tape to adhere the die cut anchor to the card. 

I die cut the banner from white cardstock, stamped "Happy Birthday" in orange ink and used foam tape to glue it to my card.

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I used foam tape to adhere the card front to a white card base and glued some Fairy Drops to finish off the card.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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06/18/2021

Fri 18

Thinking of You
by Donna Sledzik

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Hello everyone!  Today I have a bright and colorful card for you!

I started by die cutting all my elements from watercolor cardstock and figuring out my card layout. 

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Next I used Distress Inks to add color to the die cuts.  

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I spritzed the circle die cut with plain water to add interest to the background.  I think I liked it better before I added the water. Lol

Next, I die cut the boat from black cardstock and glued it to the circle.  

I adhered the circle to the Pinpoint Burst background and then adhered this to a black cardstock mat.

Next, I glued the flowers and the leaves to the card front and stamped my sentiment on a vellum strip of paper which I adhered to the card. I added some yellow Nuvo Drops to the flower centers.

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To finish the card, I used foam tape an adhered it to a white card base.

That's it for today! Have a great weekend!

Donnasignature

 

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06/13/2021

Sun 13

Sea Creatures Collage Trifold by Jean Okimoto

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Layered collage diecuts create an Under the Sea scene for three Sea Creatures on a short slimline trifold card.  There's just enough space for the beachy trio - and some glittery background accents.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with an any-occasion summer design - or even a Father's Day card for the Dad who loves the sea.

Cut aqua cardstock to 6-¼ x 10-½".  Score it at at 3-½" and 7" - but don't fold it yet.  Cut Kelp Collage from the first panel on the left.  Cut Bubble Coral Collage from the backside of the center panel. Fold and crease the card to create a trifold.

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Blend Distress Oxides on smooth white cardstock - peacock feathers, cracked pistachio, wilted Violet and shaded lilac were used here.  Dry the inks.  Spritz the cardstock with Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Air-dry it for a few minutes, then heat-set all of the inks.  Cut an assortment of Sea Creatures - we're just using three here.  Save the others for future projects - you never know when you'll need a purple dolphin or teal stingray!

Cut an extra set of Sea Creatures from the cardstock used for the card.  Attach the inky turtle to the first panel, then align and attach the uninked turtle to the backside of the collage for extra support  and a neater look.  Attach the inky shark to the backside of the center panel (the front of the collage) and attach the uninked piece to the backside of the collage.  The "thinking" part (back, front, etc.) of the card is done...the rest is easy!

Attach the uninked fish to the remaining inked diecut for dimension, then attach it to the third panel.  

Cut the kelp from the Kelp Collage from the chartreuse Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad sheet.  Cut the short coral from the Coral and Kelp Ribbon from the violet glitter pad sheet.  Attach them to the third panel.  Add a greeting or note to the backside of the third panel so it doesn't appear in the collage.

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Thanks for visiting...have a great weekend!

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06/09/2021

Wed 09

Dendritic Paint Printing
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  I have a clean and simple underwater scene card to share today featuring the Dendritic Paint Printing technique.  In a nutshell, the technique involves smooshing acrylic paint between two hard surfaces, pulling them apart and lifting the resulting branchlike pattern onto a piece of paper.

I only have white acrylic paint, so I wanted to create a water background.  Started by masking the perimeter of an A2 size Bristol panel with 1” painter’s tape.  Ink blended Salvaged Patina and Blueprint Sketch distress inks (DI) using blender brushes.  Lightly spritz with water and dabbed off with a paper towel for some texture.

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Now for the technique.  Took one of my new acrylic cutting plates used for die cutting in my die cutting machine and added acrylic paint to it.  Spread it out with a flat brush, then pressed another acrylic cutting plate on top.  Pulled the plates apart, revealing this.

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Placed the ink blended water background on top and gently pressed to transfer the image.  Doesn't it look like coral? 

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The rays in the top left corner was an after thought and was created by blending more Salvaged Patina DI off the edge of a piece of acetate.

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The turtle was die cut from alcohol marker friendly cardstock and coloured in with Copic markers, while the fish were die cut from Bristol paper and coloured with a small detail blender and Spiced Marmalade DI.  Added eyes with a black pen and stamped the sentiment in black to finish,

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And that wraps it up for today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful day.

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