93 posts categorized "Masculine"

09/27/2020

Sun 27

Halloween Box Card
by Trina Pham


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Hello there.  Halloween is not very big here in Canada, so I don’t make Halloween cards, but I made an exception today. 😂  With so many great Halloween products in the Christmas collection, I wanted to have some fun and make my very first box card!  This is a modified version without the flaps.  There are dies available, but with some simple cutting and scoring, you can save money and make a box card to whatever size you want.

I started by creating the box card base.  Two strips of black cardstock were trimmed to 1.5” x 6”.  Scored each strip along the long side at 1.5” and 5.5”.  Add strong adhesive to the 0.5” tab and attach them to form a 1.5”W x4”L rectangle.

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Adhere a 4.25”x4” black piece to the back of the rectangle box to complete the base.

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The strips inside the box to which elements attach to are 1”x 4-15/16” pieces and scored at 0.5” from both ends.  I initially had them straight, but switched them out to a Wild Grass border to give it some interest.

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Next, a piece of Bristol paper was trimmed to 4”x3.75”.  A circle mask for the moon was adhered to it and Willted Violet and Dusty Durango distress inks (DI) were blended on with blender brushes.  Removed the mask and blended Shaded Lilac DI to cover the moon.  Flicked on some water and dabbed off with a paper towel to give texture to this background.

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Another piece of Bristol paper was then trimmed to 1.25”x3.75”.  Applied Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn DIs to it with blender brushes.  Stamped the sentiment from Halloween Pumpkin in Archival Black ink. 

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The pumpkins were die cut from white card stock and colored with Copic Sketch markers. The rest of the die-cuts were die cut from black and/or dark gray cardstock.   Yellow cardstock backed the house to show light through the windows.  A strip of acetate was used to suspended the front large bat.  All supplies are listed below.  The finished box card size is 4” Wx1.5”Dx4.25H.  When collapsed, it fits easily into an A2 sized envelope.  When mailing it, I suggest placing a piece of cardstock on top to protect it.

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I think I’m going to send this to my 5-year old nephew and surprise him.  He seems to appreciate the cards I give him. *lol*😂   Anyway, that’s it for me today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful week.

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08/29/2020

Sat 29

Insets, Offsets and the Single Pine Landscape Frame by Jean Okimoto

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A snowy Single Pine Landscape sets the scene for the sweet little bear from the Snowglobe Backer set.  Emboss some snowy accents - and add a new greeting from the Poppystamps Christmas Fun Clear Stamps set.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here - it's plaid time!

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Cut Single Pine Landscape Frame from green cardstock, remove the offcut and leave the remainder in the die.  Daub VersaMark through the cutouts on the die and emboss it with white powder.  

Cut the frame again from white cardstock - save the frame for another project  Stamp the great greeting - from the new Poppystamps Christmas Fun set - with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Inset the white offcut into the frame and tape the pieces together on the reverse side. 

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Cut the 6x6 Christmas Plaid sheet with the largest Rectangle Basics die and attach it to a side-folded white A-2 card.  Attach the Single Pine Landscape Frame, offset at an angle.  

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to brown wool-blend felt to stabilize the fabric and keep adhesives from saturating it.  Cut the bear.  Use a toothpick to define the eyes.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind his head for the eyes and nose.  Cut the reverse side of the plaid sheet with the smallest Half a Dozen Eggs die.  The bear die has a debossed center section - but the felt obscures it - so it looks like he's gained some pandemic pounds.  Attach the egg diecut.  It complements the plaid background...and makes him look a little slimmer.

Attach ¼" punched circles of the red glitter sheet from the 6x6 Holiday Glitter Pad.

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Have fun with your holiday cards - see you again tomorrow!  Thanks for visiting...

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08/02/2020

Sun 02

Inlaid Single Pine Landscape Frame on a Christmas Plaid Background by Jean Okimoto

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Set the Single Pine Landscape Frame into a Christmas Plaid offcut and create a simple guy card for the men on your list.  The card is simple...not the guy!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another 2020 Christmas Collection design for you.

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Cut the new Single Pine Landscape from Open Studio Watercolor Paper and leave the diecut in the die.  Add more texture by pressure-embossing it using the embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  

Cut the green and white plaid background from the new Christmas Plaid 6x6 set - we're using the offcut here.  Place the offcut in the frame and tape the plaid and watercolor paper together on the reverse side.  Attach it to a green slimline card (3-½" x 8-⅜").  

Cut three of the Singing Birds from the red glitter cardstock in the new Holiday Glitter 6x6.  Attach them to the card - use foam tape for the center and right birds.  

Prep the Celebrate Cursive Script die by rubbing it briskly with a piece of scrunched waxed paper to help release the diecut. Cut Celebrate Cursive Script from the red sheet in the new Polished Foil Pad.  It's easy to cut delicate designs with this special foil and you won't have to remove those stringy threads.  Attach the shimmery greeting to the card...and that's it!

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I love slimline cards and how they can surprise someone who thinks the business-sized envelope they've received is just another bill or "special offer."  See the new dies, printed papers, foil, glitter cardstock, embossing folders and glitter glue here, write your wishlist, then visit or order your holiday designs.

Thanks for visiting!

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03/28/2020

Sat 28

Shadow Stencilling
by Trina Pham

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Happy weekend everyone.  I’m popping in quickly today with an all-occasion masculine card.  I used the Leafy Rows stencil from the 2020 Spring collection and the shadow stencilling technique for my card.

Using a mini blending tool, white pigment ink was applied to the leafy stencil over a piece of Kraft cardstock.  Because it is a pigment ink, I pounced on the ink rather than blending in circles to avoid having the ink seep underneath.  Used a heat tool to dry it.

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Next, placed the stencil back over the images, then shifted it slightly up and to the left before inking it with Walnut Stain distress oxide ink.. and voila!

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For some shine and still keep it masculine, the B-E-S-T Vintage Varsity letters were die cut from black foil paper while the Wishes Jotted Script sentiment was die cut from gold foil paper.  They were mounted onto a vellum circle.

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The gold got a bit lost against the Kraft, so a dark brown shadow was added behind to help it stand out better.

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And that’s it from me.  Thank you for visiting.  Stay home and craft on. 

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01/27/2020

Mon 27

Banded Heart Locket and Love Airy Script by Jean Okimoto

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Attach a pair of the new Banded Heart Lockets to the Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Outs on a Valentine for your special guy.  Cool, masculine grays and bright reds create a crisp contrast on today's card.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a simple design to start the workweek.  Change the colors and make it a shower, wedding or anniversary card too!

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Cut Banded Heart Locket from gray and white cardstock.  Cut two hearts with the Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out dies - 2.2" wide from red glittered cardstock and 3.1" wide from the Poppystamps Snowspeckle Wide Washi Tape attached to gray cardstock.  It's the perfect washi tape for snow,  confetti or white splattered dots - whatever you need!

Punch a ⅛" hole near the top of the large heart.  Attach the glittered heart to the large heart with doublestick tape.  Attach the white and gray Banded Heart Lockets with gold cord.  Curl the cord.

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Pressure-emboss a folded white A-6 card (4-½" x 6-¼") with the 3.1" Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out.  It creates an outline on the front of the card - and frames the greeting on the inside.  Stamp "xoxo" - from the Big and Little Valentines Clear Stamps - with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair in the embossed heart inside the card.

Cut accent strips - ¾" x 3-½" of the gray plaid from the Dashing Holiday 6x6 set, ¾" x 4" of gray cardstock and ¾" x 3-¼" of the dark gray stripes from the Dashing Stripes and Dots 6x6 set.  Attach the hearts and strips to a white A-6 (4-½" x6-¼") card.  

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Here's an easy way to prep a self-adhesive greeting.  Diecut Love Airy Script from red cardstock - don't remove the diecut or the offcut.  Place three strips of ⅛" ScorTape or Couture Creations tape horizontally across the back of the diecut.   Run it through the machine again to cut the tape - leave it in the die again.  Flip it over onto the card and use a pokey tool to push the self-adhesive greeting onto the card.  The double cutting process makes it easier to cut completely thru the tape and its liner.  Pressing the delicate greeting directly onto the card keeps it intact, without any distortion or wonkiness.

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It seems like 2020 just started - but January's almost gone!  Hope our Design Team's Valentine ideas have helped and inspired you to create special cards for your sweeties.  

Special thanks to everyone from last week's VALENTINE WISHES class at Impress - hope you like the cards and techniques!  Thanks to Ann - for the Dilettante chocolates and lemon gummies!  And thanks to Ann, Erin and Lynne of Impress for helping everyone find the perfect supplies for Valentine cards, treats and gifts.  

Thanks for visiting...see you soon!

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01/02/2020

Thu 02

All My Love Forever
by Michelle Bala

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Hello !!! Michelle here!  Funny how we go from Christmas and holiday cards, right to Valentine's Day cards!  I made this card for my husband. I love the teal shades paired with black and silver. I used Leafy Heart Craft Die and die cut it two times, once on copic friendly paper the second on black cardstock.  I laid down a layer of  Copic BG11 than added some darker shades of BG15, BG34 and BG18.  I adhered the colored leaf to the black leaf cluster a bit off set. Add some silver stickles glitter glue and set aside to dry.

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I inked up my background panel with tumbled glass, evergreen bough, mermaid lagoon and black soot. I splattered some white and black paint. Set aside to dry. Die cut Love Airy Script Craft Die two times, silver and black cardstock. Adhere off set.  I embossed the sentiment from Big and Little Valentine's Clear Stamp Set using silver embossing powder. 

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I assembled all the elements using foam tape. To finish off I added some silver gems. I love it!!!

Thanks for stopping by today!!! What do you think?

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12/04/2019

Wed 04

Masculine Christmas
by Trina Pham

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Hello there.  Inspired by this month’s Holiday Cards challenge and needing more masculine cards, I have a masculine Christmas card to share today.

Started by trimming three 1-1/4” wide strips of pattern paper from the Dashing Stripes and Dots paper pack.  Lined up the Vintage Varsity Alphabet letters on painter’s tape as shown in this post HERE, then die cut “merry” from each strip, staggering them from top left to bottom right. Adhered the negative die-cut strips to a black A2 sized panel.

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The camouflage/hidden sentiment technique was used here, so I made sure not to lose any of the die cut pieces.  In this particular case, the centers of the R’s.  Placed the R die-cut into the appropriate spots and used as a guide to position and adhere the inner pieces to the black panel.  Each letter was then die cut four times from black cardstock and stacked with the pattern letter for dimension.  Inlaid the stacked letters to complété the hidden sentiments.  Finished off with a trio of sparkling snowflakes and a Christmas script sentiment all die cut from Bristol paper.  

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The camouflage sentiment technique is one of my favourite die cutting techniques.  And before I go, I want to respond to a question left by Kathie on my last post.  She asked if I have a YouTube channel.  The answer is yes, but I’m not set up to make process videos {yet}, so I’m afraid my channel would be of no use at this time. 😂  Thank you to everyone who leaves encouraging comments.  I really appreciate it.  Thank you for joining me today.   Have a great day.  

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11/23/2019

Sat 23

Spritz, Emboss and Layer the Chandele Snowflake by Jean Okimoto

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Celeberate the season with the delicate Chandele Snowflake - layered over its embossed image for extra dimension.  Add a pair of greetings from the Mistletoe Swag Clear Stamps Set and glittery blue accents.  Hi there - Jean Okimoto here on a winter-y fall weekend.

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Have a water spritzer ready for this process.  Snap the Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze ink colors together with the lever on the side of the inkpad.  Lift and roll a 4" soft rubber brayer over the inks about 20 times for complete coverage.  Spritz it lightlty with two short bursts of water.  Spritz the inked brayer lightly too.  Roll the brayer over the damp watercolor paper to create a variegated blue background.  Let the inks airdry for a few minutes, then dry it completely with a heat-tool.  Spray with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Heat-set it.

Cut it with the 3" Circle Basics die.  The die set is temporarily unavailable from Memory Box but your Retailer may have some.  Pressure-emboss it with the Chandele Star die - slightly offset.  

Cut Chandele Snowflake from white cardstock.  Attach it to the circle.

Separate the inks using the lever.  Stamp the greeting - from the Mistletoe Swag Clear Stamp Set - with the ink in the center section.  Stamp the second portion of the greeting inside the card.

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Diecut the tiny ovals surrounding the starburst in the center of the die from a scrap of blue glittered cardstock.   Attach everything to a white A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card.  

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Why not brayer some extra backgrounds while your supplies are out - be sure to clean the roller before each re-inking.  Your backgrounds will be ready when you need them for future projects.

We'll use similar techniques in the November 30th OUTSIDE THE BOX holiday cards class at Impress.  We're making variations of cards inspired by my designs here on the blog.  Not identical to these cards - lots of tweaking and techniques - and we're using some Poppystamps and Birch Press Design products too.  Join us if you're in the Seattle area that weekend.  Skip the malls, enjoy lots of parking and support Memory Box and Impress on Small Business Saturday!

Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend...

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10/11/2019

Fri 11

Holiday Greetings Stamp Set
by Vicki Finger

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Hello!  Today I thought I would do something a bit different for you.  I used the new Holiday Greenery Stamp Set from Memory box for my Watercolor Card. Isn't this swag just beautiful?  I'd love to have something so fresh and Christmasy in my own home during the holidays.

This was really easy to create.  I started by heat embossing the image onto a piece of Canson Bristol Smooth Cardstock using Versamark and Antique Gold Embossing Powder.  I took a combination of May Green, Green, and Dark Green in my Zig Markers and just scribbled it into each of the leaves.  Using a brush with very little water, I moved the color into the edges and let everything just kind of blend together how it wanted to.  I used the Red Zig for the Berries.  Next, using light blue, I went all around the swag, working the color outward with more water this time.  Once I got in and around all the berries and greenery, I added more of the light blue and worked it outward, turning the paper rather than trying to turn my hand.

I set this aside to let it dry before continuing on to the next steps.  While I was waiting, I chose the colors I wanted to use for all of the background layers. I chose Navy, Teal, and Satin Red, and die cut them with Rectangle Basics Dies.  

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I mounted those to a 4.25 x 5.5 Top Folding Navy Cardbase.  Using my Copic White medium, I mixed a little bit on the top of an acrylic block and using a Princeton Neptune #1 Script Brush, I put white splatter over the entire panel to make it look like snowfall.  Again, I set that aside to dry.  I've found that the longer bristles and smaller sized brush give me the type of splatter I was looking for in this case. 

Once that was completely dry, I added some Nuvo Drops in Ivory Seashell (white pearl) for the little berries and some White Blizzard for the highlight on the red berries.  I let that dry overnight and then hit it with some shimmer mist on the following morning.  Not too much as I didn't want the watercolor to run, but enough so that the recipient will notice when they receive the card.  Then I attached that panel to the card base with all the layers that I had prepared.  I also added a plain white panel on the interior for a note.  A simple gold sentiment to match the gold embossing, "Peace" in Cheshire Script finishes this card off.

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This is a little bit different of a style for me, so I hope you like it or that it inspires you to try something new to you.   I'm not super comfortable with watercolor, but I keep practicing, which means I am improving. Thanks so very much for stopping by today.  

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09/23/2019

Mon 23

Snowy Pine Needle Oval Frame and Pine Tree Hill
by Anne Thompson

Living in Maine, the Pine Tree State, I was drawn to  both the PINE NEEDLE OVAL FRAME 94283 and the PINE TREE HILL 94295 for my winter and holiday cards.

I was trying to think of a way to put some snow on the die cut branches and its oval as well as on the pine trees.  Why not try VersaMark direct to the paper and heat set white embossing powder over it?  I tried it on the needles first.  And it worked! I got just what I was hoping for.  

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And then I added a little bit to the oval.

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Now to try the trees.  After die cutting the Pine Tree Hill, I left the die in place and pounced the VersaMark pad on top of the die to leave sticky stuff in the openings and around the base of the trees.  Those are the darker shiny spots you see in the photos below.

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After carefully removing the die (and washing it with warm water and dish soap), I sprinkled on opaque white embossing powder and heat set it.

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The next thing was to remove the die cut from the extra paper.  I used sharp scissors to cut from the edge to the slit by the trees on the left and right.  Then I trimmed the bottom edge straight using my paper trimmer.

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I used foam tape along the base and the bottoms of the three trees and adhered this strip to a piece of blue dotted paper cut 4 X 5.25.  I snipped off the edges that overhung the paper.  Using a tape runner, I attached this panel to the front of a top-folded A2 notecard.IMG_1780

I chose "enjoy the beauty of the season" for the sentiment from the MISTLETOE SWAG Clear Stamps Set CL5247.  I stamped it in VersaMark on a scrap of the same green paper and embossed it with opaque white embossing powder.  I trimmed it down and adhered it on the card using foam tape.
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Here's the finished card.

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Now I just have to go back to the Pine Needle Oval Frame and make a card with that!

Happy Crafting!

 

 

 

 

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Pine Needle Oval Frame die 94283

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Pine Needle Oval Frame die 94283

Pine Tree Hill die 94295


Pine Needle Oval Frame die 94283

Mistletoe Swag Clear Stamp Set CL5247