89 posts categorized "Open Studio Watercolor Paper"

01/25/2023

Wed 25

Hugs and Kisses
by Donna Sledzik

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Hello everyone!  I have another Valentine's Day card for you featuring products from the 2023 Valentine's Day release.

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I did a faux letterpress technique using the Blissful Heart Hot Foil die.  This is a good example of using dies other than what they were intended for.

To do this technique I used a brayer to apply Red Archival ink to the die and placed a piece of watercolor paper on top of the die.  Next, I ran this through my die cutting machine following the instructions for embossing.

 

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I used one of the hearts from the Double Stitch Loving Heart die set to die cut the letterpress heart.  

I die cut the Pinpoint Leaf Plate on a white cardstock panel and adhered it to a red cardstock mat.  This was glued to a white note card.

To create the strip behind the heart, I applied double stick to a white cardstock strip of paper and glued strips of cardstock to it.  This is a great way to use scraps of cardstock.  I glued this to the center of the card and used foam tape to adhere the letterpress heart to the card.

Next, I white heat embossed the words Hugs and Kisses to a strip of black cardstock and used foam tape to adhere it to the center of the heart.

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

Thanks for stopping by today!

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01/13/2023

Fri 13

Foil Plate Embossing with the Blissful Heart by Jean Okimoto

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Add a glossy pressure-and heat-embossed Blissful Heart to your Valentines with the new hot foil plate.  It's a quick and easy way to highlight the beautiful details of this versatile die - without foil, for a different look.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a fresh pink greeting for a coffee-lover.

Spray 2 light spritzes of water onto each side of textured pink cardstock.  It softens the cardstock and preps it for pressure embossing.  Place the Blissful Heart Hot Foil Plate face-down onto the textured side of the moist cardstock.  Pressure-emboss it using the rubber embossing mat and plates required for your machine.

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Briefly heat-set the cardstock if it's still damp, then let it cool.  Place it on a hard, flat surface and brayer it with VersaMark - use a clean, juicy inkpad.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  

Let it cool, then trim it asymmetrically with the second-largest Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out die.

Prep the detailed Cuppa Love die by rubbing it briskly with scrunched waxed paper to help release the little pieces.  Cut it from the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Cut the side of the cup from the textured pink cardstock.  Cut the coffee oval from dark brown cardstock.  Cut the interior of the heart from a pink sheet in the Graceful Garden Glitter Pad.  

Prep the Sending Love Posh Script die with waxed paper and diecut it from a white glittered sheet in the Delicate Pastels Glitter Pad - leave the tiny dot for the "i" in the die until you need it.

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Attach the diecuts to a side-folded recycled Kraft A2 card.

Memory Box Hot Foil Plates create beautifully foiled detailed images.  They're also great with just basic pressure embossing for a subtle monochromatic look.  Or follow this technique for glossy, highlighted designs.  

Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend!

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01/06/2023

Fri 06

Bear Hugs for You by Jean Okimoto

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The Layered Polar Bear - from our Christmas release - makes a great addition to Valentine cards too.  Cut this very popular guy from soft white felt and

Open Studio Watercolor Paper for plush texture and contrasting shades of white.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with my favorite design from our holiday release.  Pair the friendly bear with the Woodgrain Tree Trunk and imagine "xoxo" carved into the trunk with Poppystamps' Poetic Lowercase Alphabet.

Prep white wool-blend felt by attaching it to adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to stabilize it and prevent adhesives from saturating it.  Cut the large bear background.  Color the eartips with a pink marker.  Let it dry for a few minutes - then blot it to be sure it's really dry.

Cut the other bear sections from Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Attach a scrap of Black Glossy Cardstock behind his face.  The glossy finish makes a big difference  - his eyes look brighter.  Assemble the bear - use foamtape behind the top layers of the paws and leave a section on the left unattached to insert the hugs heart

 

Cut a bright red 6x6 from the Berry Red Collection with the smallest

Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out.  

Cut "xoxo" and "hugs"  - from the Poppystamps Poetic Lowercase Alphabet - from dark brown cardstock.  Attach the letters to the heart.

Cut Woodgrain Tree Trunk from medium-brown cardstock.

Prep bright red felt with adhesive label paper or a stick sheet and cut 3 of the Layered Birds.  Cut the coordinating smaller top layers from the Berry Red 6x6.

 

 

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Attach the diecuts to a light kraft slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-½").  Add the amber-colored Autumn Fairy Crystals.  

Cut a slimline-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

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Add a greeting - the new For You Posh Script - cut from light kraft cardstock and the bright red Rainbow Reflections 6x6.  Cut 2 background layers from the kraft cardstock and pressure-emboss 1 using the rubber mat and plate(s) required for your machine.  Pressure-embossing creates a debossed area to easily attach the detailed top layer.  Attach the other kraft background behind the greeting for extra dimension.

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Construct a brown bear with brown felt and cardstock if they're more common in your neighborhood - like they are here.   He's also great for baby and kid cards too - and birthdays, holding a balloon or cupcake!    Add a scarf for extra color on winter cards.

Thanks for visiting - keep warm, be safe and have a great weekend!

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12/23/2022

Fri 23

Double-Emboss the Blissful Heart by Jean Okimoto

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The new Blissful Heart Hot Foil Plate is a hardworking multi-tasker that's also perfect for embossing the beautiful botanical design.  It's double-embossed here - pressure-embossed, then heat-embossed to highlight the delicate details.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a slimline Valentine design for you.

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Cut the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper with the largest Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out.  Lightly spritz both sides of the heart 4 times - from about 12" away.  Let the paper absorb the water for about 30 seconds then place the smoother side of the heart onto the Blissful Heart Foil Plate and pressure-emboss it. Use the rubber embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  

Place the embossed heart on a smooth, hard surface and use a brayer or the direct-to-paper technique to ink the entire design with picked raspberry Distress Oxides.  Quickly heat-emboss it with Imagine's Iridescent Embossing Powder for a sparkly, glittery, glossy look.

Use a blending brush or sponge dauber to ink the edges of the heart with picked raspberry.  Sprinkle the embossing powder along the edges and heat-emboss it.

Cut the "love" portion of the Sending Love Daily Script from dark gray and bright pink cardstock - save the little pieces in the "ove."  Attach the greeting to the Blissful Heart with a liquid adhesive - I used the original Tacky Glue.

Cut bright pink cardstock with the 1-⅛" x 6-¼" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die. Cut two strips of the silver 6x6 in the Delicate Pastel Mirror Pad with the smallest slim rectangle die.

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Attach the diecuts to a card of Creme Woodgrain cardstock (3-⅝" x 8-½") - use foamdots for the heart.  Add the lightest Winter Fantasy Fairy Gemstones.  Cut a slimline-sized rectangle of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

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

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12/21/2022

Wed 21

Luxe Peony Friendship Card by Jean Okimoto

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Let's combine the new Luxe Peony with a matching Garland Paper Pad 6x6 print on a floral friendship card for someone who loves flowers.  Hi, Jean Okimoto  here with a detailed design that's deceptively simple.

Cut the Garland 6x6 print with the largest Wrapped Stitched Rectangle die.  Attach it to a side-folded white A2 card.  Your background is done!

Blend Distress Oxides on the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Colors used here are abandoned coral, picked raspberry and worn lipstick.  Spritz the paper with a light mist of water.  Air-dry it.  Spray it lightly with Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz -  from about 12" away.  Air-dry it for a few minutes, then heat-set it.

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Cut it with the Luxe Peony set.  You can cut two peony sets from a sheet of Open Studio Watercolor Paper - save the extra pieces for another project.

We're borrowing the round dotted center from the Layered Fresh Flowers set.  It's cut from a yellow 6x6 in the Sunny Orange Collection.

Assemble the Luxe Peony - layering it over the picture on the die's envelope makes it quick and easy.  Or design a your own unique blossom!  Add the yellow center from the Layered Fresh Flowers set.

The Luxe Peony is self-layering - you don't need foam tape to add dimension. The layers  build their own natural dimension as they're adhered...no thinking required!

Cut the leaves - from the Luxe Peony set - from a Fresh Greens Collection 6x6.

Cut the new For You Post Script from a lighter Fresh Greens 6x6 - and from a scrap of the Garland 6x6 for a perfect match.

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Attach the diecuts to the background.  Add light gold Treasure Chest Fairy Gemstones.  Cut an A2-sized rectangle of cardtock to protect the card front for mailing.

Special thanks to everyone who ordered my Winter Whites Class Kit from Impress here in Seattle and from Roxanne in Hawaii!  

Thanks for visiting our blog - see you again on Friday.  Be safe and keep warm if you're in snow country - keep cool if you're in sunny Hawaii!

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11/29/2022

Tue 29

Create a Pinpoint Snowflake Ornament by Jean Okimoto

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Create unique ornaments with basic diecut shapes, pinpoint plates, and shimmery metallic 6x6 Mirror Pads.  The designs add texture and luster to simple shapes for cards and holiday decor.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with an easy way to add special details to your diecuts.

Cut the basic Frilling Snowflake Ornament from the pale blue Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad 6x6.  Here's a tip for selecting and cutting the perfect section of a large die...

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Cut a contrasting paper template with the basic background die.  Use the offcut to select a section of the Snowflake Plate to be transferred to the ornament.  (It'll be reveresed on the card.)  Place the ornament diecut face-down into the template and diecut the details onto the ornament.

Punch a hole and tie the ornament with gold cord.  Use the side of a bonefolder - or the plastic burnishing tool - to curl the cord.  Follow the curve of the cord for best results.

Diecut Joy Posh Script from a light lavender sheet in the Twilight Purple Collection - and from the violet Glitzy Glitter sheet.

Cut the turquoise Rainbow Reflections 6x6 and a darker lavender Twilight Purple 6x6 with the second-smallest  Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.

I used scrap of ink-blended Open Studio Watercolor Paper from my stash for the background.  It's sprayed with Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz, air-dried for a few minutes, then heat-set. Trim it to 1-⅞" x 3-¾".

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Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-½").  Add lavender Autumn Fairy Crystals.  Cut a slimline-sized rectangle of cardtock to protect the card front for mailing.

Thanks for visiting our blog - hope you'll try these techniques on your holiday cards!

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11/27/2022

Sun 27

Little Bundled Snowman
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  Continuing with my Christmas cards I have a sweet Christmas card to share today featuring a few products from the 2022 Christmas release.  

Started with the background and did layered masking.  Using the single snowflake die from the Frilling Snowflake Ornament die set, a bunch of snowflakes were die cut from waterproof masking paper.  Placed a few onto the smooth side of Memory Box watercolor paper and did an ombré watercolor wash using a flat brush and Uncharted Mariner and Salvaged Patina distress inks (DI).

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Dried the panel with the heat tool then repeated the process two more times, adding more snowflake masks each time.  This was the result after the third time with masks still in place.

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Removed the masks and you can see the color variation in the snowflakes from the different layers of masking.  You will also notice watercolors seeped underneath some of them.  

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To fix the three initial ones that should have been the color of the watercolor paper, die cut three snowflakes from white and cover them up.  Or you could skip the first step and start the masking after the first watercolor wash and die cut the white snowflakes at the end.

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For snow, splattered with diluted white gouache paint.  Allow to dry then trimmed the panel to 1/8” smaller than a regular A2 size card.

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The Little Bundled Snowman was die cut from alcohol marker friendly cardstock and the layers were colored with Copic Sketch markers.  Die cut the sentiment from black cardstock and hand cut a snowbank from Bristol paper.  Assembled the card onto a white card base, then spritz with a shimmer spray for some sparkle to finish.

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

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10/09/2022

Sun 09

Snowflake Shaker
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  I have a simple snowflake shaker card to share today using the Gloriette Snowflake Collage die from the current 2022 Christmas release.

Started by doing an ombré watercolor wash background on watercolor paper using Spun Sugar, Kitsch Flamingo and Picked Raspberry distress inks. Once it was dry, used the outline snowflake die to die cut an opening.  Backed the opening with acetate, then die cut the detailed snowflake from white glitter paper.  Adhered the glitter snowflake on the acetate within the snowflake outline opening.  

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Flipped over to the backside and added foam tape around the snowflake to create a “reservoir” for the shaker bits.  To help prevent the shaker bits from sticking, applied an anti static powder along the foam tape.  Removed the foam adhesive lining and filled the reservoir with a combination of clear drops and sequins.  Covered the back with a piece of Bristol paper.  White heat embossed the sentiment on black cardstock, then assembled the card onto a white card base to finish.  

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Before I go, I want to wish my fellow Canadians a happy Thanksgiving today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful day.

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09/17/2022

Sat 17

The Christmas 2022 Collection by Jean Okimoto

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Celebrate the arrival of our latest release...the Christmas 2022 Collection is here!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with the first of many ideas for the holidays.  There's something for everyone in our holiday collection - sweet, simple, classic and elegant.  We love the versatility of our new items and we're ready to greet the season!

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08/19/2022

Fri 19

Distressed, Glossy and Ghosty by Jean Okimoto

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Add distressed spookyness to the trees from the new Ghosts in the Forest set.  The friendly ghosts and a glossy black Rickety House create a fun Halloween scene.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a fall design that's easy - and fun!

Pressure emboss the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper with the Ghosts in the Forest trees.  Place the diecut on a smooth, hard surface and brayer Onyx Black VersaFine over the raised sections - including some of the surrounding areas.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  Once it's cooled, diecut it.  This techique lets you keep a little bit of the original cardstock color along the edges of each section.

Trim it with the 3-½" wide Nested Globes die.  Cut a dark orange 6x6 from the Sunny Orange Collection with the same die.  Attach the orange diecut behind the trees.

Cut the ghosts from heavy white cardstock.  Attach black cardstock scraps behind them for the facial features.

Cut Rickety House from Glossy Black Paper.  Attach scraps of yellow cardstock - from the Sunny Orange Collection - behind the windows.

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Attach the diecuts to a top-folded black A2 card - use foamdots for the ghosts.  Add dark amber Fairy Crystals.

Hope you're liking the fall and Halloween ideas from our Fall 2022 Collection.  They're perfect for mixing and matching and combining with seasonal designs from last year's Halloween release.

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Thanks for visiting our blog...have a great weekend!

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