85 posts categorized "Ink Blending"

09/19/2020

Sat 19

Forest Pinecone Branch Through Two Seasons
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  As I’ve mentioned in the past, Christmas is my favorite time of year.  So much so I usually skip over fall. 😂   Well, as you can see, not today!  Using the same process, the same layout and the same dies from this year’s Christmas collection, I made a fall version, too.

For both clean and simple (CAS) cards, the Forest Pine Branch was die cut from Memory Box’s watercolor paper and watercolored with Zig markers and a waterbrush.  The Pinecone Stackers were die cut from brown cardstock and the bottom edges sponged with white pigment ink.  It didn’t have enough contrast, so went in with a white gel pen to make them stand out more. The A2 sized panels were die cut from Bristol paper using the Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.  Masked off the bottom half of the panel with masking paper... and this was where the process diverged.

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For the fall card, a circle mask was die cut from masking paper using Circle Basics.  Made a couple of rips in it, then adhered it to the panel.  Applied Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed distress inks (DI) with blender brushes and a detailed blending tool.  Removed the circle mask and blended whatever ink was remaining on the Mustard Seed blender brush to fill in the setting sun.  

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Stamped the sentiment from Winter Greenery with Fired Brick distress oxide (DOx) ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Assembled the card to finish.

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For the Christmas card, Wilted Violet, Shaded Lilac, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch DI’s were used to create the wintry sky.  Splattered it with white gouache paint for snow.  A white gel pen was used to add snow to the pine branch and pinecone.

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Stamped the sentiment from Mistletoe Swag with Wilted Violet DOx ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Spritz the panel with a sparkle spray for some shimmer.  Assembled the card to finish.

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I think if snow was added to the fall card, it would make for a fun non-traditional color Christmas card.  Well, that’s it for me today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful weekend.


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09/04/2020

Fri 04

Trick or Treat
by Donna Sledzik

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Hello everyone! Today I have a Halloween card for you featuring new products from Memory Box. I started by sponging a piece of black cardstock with Mustard Seed and Carved Pumpkin Distress Oxide Inks. Once the ink was dry I spattered the paper with orange, white and black inks.

I die cut the Jack o Lantern Bucket from orange cardstock and the background of the pumpkin from black cardstock. Using Black Soot Distress Ink, I lightly sponged the edges of the pumpkin. I glued the black background behind the jack o Lantern and used foam tape to adhere it to my card front.  

Next I used white cardstock and die cut many ghosts. I used the ghost dies from the new Haunted House Dome Layer Die and an older die called Floating Ghosts. I lightly inked the edges of the ghosts with Black Soot Distress Ink and then glued them to my card as if they were coming out of the pumpkin.

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I white heat embossed the words Trick or Treat on my card and then glued the card front to a orange patterned paper mat. Next I used foam tape to adhere this to a white card base.

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That's it for today! Have a great Labor day Weekend!

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08/11/2020

Tue 11

A Winter Scene
by Michelle Bala

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Hello there! Michelle here! Today I am sharing an easy winter scene using two of the newest Collage Dies,  Lamplight Tree Collage Die and Tall Fir Collage Die.  Here are some easy tips when using the collage dies:

*Trim each panel the same size

*Secure the die directly to the center of the panel... this will ensure that the patterns will line up correctly

After I die cut each panel I chose some Copic Markers to add some color. For the trees I used G24, G28 and E25, E27.  For the lamp post I used C7, C10.For the drifting cloud and snow shadows I used BV20 and colorless blender.
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My background panel is piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock. I inked it up with some distress oxide inks in shades fossilized amber, tumbled glass and chipped sapphire. Than I splattered some white paint. 

I adhered the die cut panels with foam tape. I die cut the sentiment with Special  Merry Christmas Die.  For a finishing touch I added some Dew Drop Glitter Glue to the "snowy parts".

Thanks for stopping by!

 

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07/26/2020

Sun 26

Emboss and Distress the Garden Party Floral Corner by Jean Okimoto

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Blend the warm colors of a summer sunset onto Open Studio Watercolor Paper and add 3D embossing to create a floral card for any occasion.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with another Garden Party Collection design before we introduce you to our 2020 Holiday Collection.

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Cut the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper with the 4" Square Basics die.  Spritz it with a light mist of water and sponge it with overlapping layers of Distress Oxides.  I've used spun sugar, squeezed lemonade and dried marigold here - but any combination of your favorite soft pastels would work for this design.

Air-dry the inks.  Moisten the reverse side of the paper with another quick spritz of water to prep it for embossing.  Emboss it with the Floral Corner 3D Embossing Folder using the plate(s) required for your machine.  Here's what I used for my Platinum - thick base platform, folder with the watercolor paper (inked side up) and two layers of 80# cardstock.  No embossing mats or plates.

Place the embossed paper on a smooth, hard surface and distress it with sandpaper or a sanding block.  I used #180 sandpaper and short, light upward strokes. Remove the residue with a tissue.  Attach it to a side-folded 5-½" square white card.

Stamp the greeting - from the Peony Garden Corner Clear Stamp and Die Set - on white cardstock with Melon Fresh Ink.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut the top and two sides with the 2-½" Square Basics die, then trim the bottom edge.  Attach it with foam tape.

Color the white glitter sheet from the Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad with a Copic, Sharpie or Zebra Mildliner pen.  Punch ¼" accent dots.

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Our Design Team can't wait to start sharing our newest release and holiday designs with you...great dies, embossing folders, new glitter glues, artpapers and 6x6's.   There's something for everyone!

Thanks for visiting...see you on Thursday - 

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07/24/2020

Fri 24

Distress Oxide Inks on Black Card Stock
by Michelle Bala

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Hello there! Michelle here. This is my last card created with The Garden Party Release! I can't wait to start playing with the newest Christmas Release! I really love the stencil Leafy Jumble! I adhered it to a piece of black card stock and used distress oxide inks in shades picked raspberry, carved pumpkin, cracked pistachio and mermaid lagoon.  I splattered the stenciled background with white and gold paints.
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I inked up some black card stock with the same distress oxide inks and die cut the sentiment die, Best Wishes Banner Script, and Scribble Leaf Die Cut.
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I adhered all the die cuts to the stenciled panel and adhered the panel to a black card base. For a finishing touch I added some gems.

Thanks for stopping by for a peek!

Have a great weekend!

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07/09/2020

Thu 09

Watercolor, Spotlight and Distress the Chrysanthemum Field by Jean Okimoto

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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 -

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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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