58 posts categorized "Ink Blending"

11/20/2019

Wed 20

Nativity Scene
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  I made my very first nativity theme Christmas card to share today!  I actually set out to create a clean and simple (CAS) card, but as you can see, I failed miserably and the card just took on a life of its own. 😂

Started by die cutting a rectangle from light blue cardstock using Basics Rectangle. Dry embossed the Drop Nativity die to use the impression as a guide to die cut the Starry Burst background around it.

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Ink blended Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch distress inks (di) in circles around the stars.  Made sure to leave the stars/center area untouched to get that glow effect.  I should have stopped here to keep it CAS, but then decided to ink blend Chipped Sapphire di over a cloud edge stencil on the bottom.  For some texture and interest, added white gouache paint splatters.  Set aside to dry.

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The Drop Nativity was then die cut from Bristol paper.  Keeping all the parts of the die-cut together, ink blended Squeezed Lemonade and Scattered Straw di to color the inside stitched ray area.  Didn’t matter that the image outline was inked too because it was going to be colored with a black Copic marker.  For some sparkle, inked the inside yellow portion with VersaMark and heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder.  

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To make the holy star at the top of the drop stand out, it was die cut from silver foil paper and added over top.  The custom sentiment was created with the Mini Vintage Varsity Alphabet.  It was die cut from Bristol paper and each letter was doubled up for some dimension.  Didn’t want them to compete with or get lost in the white splatters, so adhered the letters on a torn strip of vellum to finish.

That is all for today.  Thank you for stopping by.

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11/16/2019

Sat 16

Gilded Candle with Distress Oxide Sprays Video
by Dave Brethauer

Hello fellow papercrafters!

Recently I have been obsessed with Distress Oxide Sprays and found time to make a video using them! 

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I can't get enough color and texture on my backgrounds as of late and these sprays create such an eye catching look. I am using some favorites from the Holiday 2019 Collection to make a collage style card - and the sprays helped pull things together in a flash.

(Watch this video in HD by clicking here)

The key is to experiment and add LOTS of layer s of sponged ink, oxide sprays and some metallic splatter. Have fun!

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Memory Box Dies
94336 Bauble Snowflake Corner 
94338 Mini Vintage Varsity Peace 
94288 Gilded Taper Candle
94340 Antique Greenery Label 

Distress Oxide Sprays
Broken China 
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Peacock Feathers 
Twisted Citron 

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Distress Oxide Ink
Peacock Feathers
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Vintage Photo

Embellishments
Gansai Tambi Watercolors 
Starry Color paints 

 

11/13/2019

Wed 13

Sparkling Snowflake Christmas
by Trina Pham

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Hello there.  I have a clean and simple Christmas card to share today.  I’m a big fan of alphabet dies and as I mentioned in my last post, I love the Vintage Varsity Alphabet die.  They are a good size with beautiful stitching details.  I especially love pairing it with the Merry Christmas Noted Script die as I’ve done here.

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Started by die cutting a light gray piece of cardstock with the second largest die from Rectangle Basics.  Took the necessary letter dies to spell “merry” and lined them up on a piece of painter’s tape sticky side up.  For the second “r”, used the letter “p” to help with the spacing... but removed it before die cutting from the gray panel.  Repeated the die cutting for the second “r”.

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Adhered the panel to a white top folding card base then die cut all letters again from Bristol paper.  Applied Blueprint Sketch distress ink with a blender brush to the tops of the letters, then covered them with VersaMark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Inlaid the letters into the gray panel.  Oh, forgot to mention to keep the gray centers of the “r’s” for this step.  

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The Christmas script sentiment was die cut three times.  Twice from Bristol paper, once from blue foil cardstock, and then all were stacked for dimension.  Added the three snowflakes die cut from Bristol paper to finish.

I love blue and non-traditional colour Christmas cards so I think this would look great in other fun colours.  That’s it for today.  Thank you for dropping by.  Have a wonderful week.

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11/11/2019

Mon 11

Wish For This Day
by Michelle Bala

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Hello there! Michelle Bala here with my first blog post for Memory Box! 

I created a slim line shaker card. These cards measure 3 1/2 by 8 1/2. 

Create your card base at 31/2 by 8 1/2. Trim your top layer with the same measurement.

Ink up this panel using shaded lilac, wilted violet and chipped sapphire distress oxide inks. 

Splatter with some water than white paint.  Allow to dry.  I stamped the branches from Winter Greenery

Stamp Set with forest moss and evergreen bough distress oxide inks. Die cut the branches than set aside.  

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After the top panel has dried use the smallest star from Shining Star Die Set and cut four 

windows.  Trim acetate and adhere behind the star windows.  Ink up a piece of cardstock with

evergreen bough and die cut with Wish Airy Script word die. Emboss and trim the sentiment from the 

stamp set Grateful Autumn.

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Using foam tape, adhere the top panel to the card base. Be sure to add shaker sequins before. 

Adhere the die cut branches and trim off  edges. Adhere die cut sentiment and embossed sentiment. 

For a finishing touch I added some rhinestones and glitter glue. 

Hope you give it a try!

Thanks for stopping by!

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11/05/2019

Tue 05

The Chandele Star on a Blended, Spritzed Background by Jean Okimoto

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The delicately simple Chandele Star would look great anywhere.  Layer it over metallic artpapers, felt, wood, glittered or glossy cardstock - or a watercolored background.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with an easy ink-blending technique that's great for creating quick colored backgrounds for your holiday diecuts.

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Cut a 4-½" x 3" strip of watercolor paper.  Ink a 4" soft rubber brayer with Fresh Greens Kaleidacolor - lift and roll the brayer repeatedly (about 20 times) so it's fully-inked.  Spritz it lightly with water.  Roll the spritzed inks onto the smoother side of the watercolor paper.  Let the colors blend for about a minute, then dry the inks with a heat-tool.  

Spray it with Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Airdry it for a few minutes, then heat-set.  Cut it with the 2-¼" x 3-½" Stitched Rectangle Trimmings die.  We're using just the inner rectangle here.  

Cut Chandele Star and the biggest Shining Star from smooth white cardstock.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Merry and Bright Mistletoe Clear Stamps Set - on a white A-2 card with the turquoise ink from the Fresh Greens inkpad.

Assemble the card.  Add ¼" punched circles of gold glittered paper.

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Hope you're enjoying the fall and winter holiday ideas from our Design Team.  We love sharing our designs and techniques with you and hope they'll inspire you to create unique handmade holiday cards this year.

Thanks for visiting!

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09/18/2019

Wed 18

Thinking of You
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Wednesday friends! Today I used one of the new stamp sets with some inks to create a blended and stamped card. 

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I started with three colors of the Distress Oxide inks in browns to create my ombre background. Starting with the lightest color first, I inked over the whole paper with a blending brush. Then I took the medium color and went a little more than half way down the paper. I finished with some of the darkest brown along the top third of the paper.
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Then using the set of leaves from the Graceful Fern stamp set I stamped them three times using the darkest brown Oxide ink color. I added in my sentiment from the same stamp set to finish it off. 

Ink blending is so fun and it works great with these stamps! Have a great day!
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09/17/2019

Tue 17

Merry Mistletoe
by Trina Pham

Hello there.  Today I am sharing another simple Christmas card.  It used a technique I was intimidated by, but I finally tried it at a retreat back in May thanks to Susan.  The smell was what put me off, but then Susan recommended the splashless type.  Problem solved!  I barely even notice the smell.

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Started by ink blending with blending brushes on hot press watercolor paper to create an ombré monochromatic background.  Stamped the mistletoe from Merry and Bright Mistletoe with Archival black ink.

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Next, applied bleach to the image with a small brush.  The bleach will lift the color.

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It’s a good idea to use a stamping tool, so the image can be re-stamped, if needed.  The image can be left as is or colored in.  

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As you can see, I did both.  Left the leaves and only colored the berries with a red water-based marker.  For some shine and dimension, added Crystal Glaze to the berries.  And lately, I love my splatters, so added some to the upper part using white gouache paint. The sentiment from Mistletoe Swag was white heat embossed on a black strip to finish.

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 You can save yourself a step by using color cardstock instead of coloring your own.  Keep in mind, the bleaching will not be immediate and will be noticeable only after some drying time.  And that does it for me.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful week.

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09/14/2019

Sat 14

Simon Says Stamp’s Exclusive Stamptember Fresh Cut Bouquet by Jean Okimoto

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The Memory Box Exclusive Fresh Cut Bouquet Set for Simon Says Stamp is great for the ink-lifting technique.  Pair it with warm Distress Oxide colors and crisp white diecuts from the Petite Leaf Frame Set.   The 10th Anniversary Stamptember Limited Edition stamp set is only available while supplies last - order your set soon and enjoy it for late summer and fall projects.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here, using a popular technique that's been around for several years -  but creates unique results each time.  Sponge or brush the smoother side of watercolor paper with overlapping layers of  Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry Distress Oxides.  Set it aside to air-dry.  Have a Kleenex tissue and another stamp block ready for the next step.  

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Spritz the clean Fresh Cut Bouquet stamp with water and press it firmly onto the inked watercolor paper for about a minute. Carefully remove the stamp and lay the tissue flat on the watercolor paper.  Press it with the stamp block to absorb the excess water.

Dry the watercolor paper then trim it with the 3-½" x 4-¾" Rectangle Basics die.

Stamp the greeting - also from the set - on a scrap of watercolored paper with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair.  Trim it with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.

Cut the leaves and pods from the Petite Leaf Frame set from white cardstock.

Attach everything to an A-6 card of textured white cardstock - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add yellow gem stickers.

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Hope you'll try this technique with different designs from our 2019 Holiday Collection.  It would be great with the evergreens, leaves and wreaths.

Thanks for visiting...see you tomorrow!

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08/31/2019

Sat 31

Spider Web Oval Frame
by Melissa Rusk

Welcome to another day of our Holiday Release Blog Blitz! Today I have a fun Halloween card to share with you all.

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I used the Spider Web Oval Frame die set for this card. For the background oval I used three purple colors of Distress Oxide ink and blending them together with a blending brush. Then I added some black Distress Oxide ink around the outside before I sprayed the oval with water to get the fun oxide ink reaction. I also added some clear shimmer spray to the background too.
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I used some clear Wink of Stella glitter brush pen over the spider and the web on the die cut. I glued the whole card together and then finished it off with some clear sequins and some clear stars.

Now for the fun part! If you want to win the Spider Web Oval Frame, leave a comment on this blog post by 11:59 pm EST Sunday, September 1. The winner will be randomly selected and announced right here on this blog the next day on Monday, September 2. Good luck!
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08/28/2019

Wed 28

Holiday Blog Blitz Day 3 Winter Tree Oval Frame
by Trina Pham

Hello everyone and welcome to day three of the Holiday Blog Blitz!  Christmas is my favorite holiday so I’m so excited for this release!  And no surprise, I have a very clean and simple Christmas card to share today.  It features the Winter Tree Oval Frame die.

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Started by die cutting the oval frame twice from mixed media paper.  This resulted in two frames and two oval pieces.  Took one of the oval pieces and die cut the tree from it.

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On the other oval, Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch distress oxide inks were blended on with blending brushes.  Didn’t end up using the frames, so saved those for a future project.  

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Next, spritz with water then dabbed off with a paper towel.   To create the falling snow, splattered with white gouache paint.  For some shimmer, spritz it with a Sparkle spray (sorry, couldn’t capture it in the photo).  White heat embossed the sentiment from the new Merry and Bright Mistletoe stamp set on black cardstock, then assembled the card onto a white top folding card base to finish. 

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Giveaway time!  This die is so versatile and can be used for both fall and winter projects.  For your chance to win it, leave a comment on this blog post by 11:59 pm EST Sunday, September 1.  The winner will be randomly selected and announced right here on this blog the next day on Monday, September 2.  Good luck and thank you for stopping by.

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