79 posts categorized "Open Studio Watercolor Paper"


Wed 23

Miss You Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone!  I am back with another pretty floral card today using the Fresh Cut Stems die set.  The flowers in this set remind me of my mom and I do miss her.  She loved smaller blue flowers.  This is a quick card beautiful card to recreate for someone you miss.  You can change up the colors to the recipient favorite.  



Die cut the Tall Frilly Leaf Stems from a dark green paper from the Lush Green Pad to get 3 stems.  Die cut the Fresh Cut Stems dies, the ones without the flowers attached, from a lighter shade of green from the Lush Green paper pad.  (I love these paper pads with the different shade for die cutting.  It makes layering so much easier). Die due the flowers from the lightest aqua from the Fresh Aqua Pad.  Shade the bottom of the flowers with Distress Salvage Patina Ink.  Add a little yellow/bronw to the center of the flower with a water color marker, dabbing lightly. Glue the flowers on the stems. Arrange the Tall Frilly Stems in the background gluing them towards the bottom where the overlap.  Then adhere the Fresh Cut Stems on top.  Cut bakers twine and tie a simple not around the area that was glues. Trim off excess.



Cut a sheet of Open Studio Watercolor Paper to A2 size.  in the center wet with water and do a quick water color wash with Distress Salvage Patina ink spray. I spay a little on the table and pick up with a soaked brush.  Jut added a light color to the center of the paper.  Then dry off the brush and plater the background with the Salvage Patina.  Blot off with a paper towel to mute the splatters into the background.  Heat dry.  Die cut the Hex Half Pinpoint from Open Studio Watercolor Paper, twice.  Adhere to the background.



Adhere the background panel to a A2 cream colored card.  Adhere the Miss You Posh Script sentiment, die cut from the matching paper as the flowers, to the bottom right hand corner of the card.  Glue the bouquet in the center of the card.







Wed 09

Floral Watercolor Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I am using the new Gentle Blossom Watercolor Bloom die set with a subtle mixed media background.


Mixed Background:

Use a gel pad and brayer to add a water based ink pad in light blue and roll on the ink across the full gel pad.  Then add light turquoise just to the bottom half of the gel pad, blending the inks together.  I used retired Colorbox ink pad but Wendy Vecchi or Distress Oxides inks work well for the gel press as well.  Add small splatter all over with water down Brush ink in blue.  Take a print using a white mixed media paper. Let dry.  Add leaves using the Leafy Rows stencil and clear glimmer embossing paste to the lower part of the paper.  I used Dreamworks paste.  The paste smeared in 1 area so I smeared it over the top to even it out.  One of those accidents you can turn into part of the design.  The best reason to do mixed media is for this reason.  Let dry and trim down to 4"x5 1/4".

Flowers and Leaves:

Die cut out all the Gentle Blossom Watercolor Bloom dies out of Open Studio Watercolor paper.  I used a wet on wet technique to watercolor the first lightest layer of pink for the flower and green for the leaves.  Dry to just damp and then add more thicker paint in the center and let the paint flow out to create depth.  The top layers I used a wet on dry so the color is more bold.  Drying and adding ink on top for a more intense color.  Let dry.  Adhere the die cuts together using the back the envelope as a guide.



White emboss the "Time to Celebrate" sentiment from the Joyful Moments clear stamp set on a light pink from the Berry Reds paper pack.  Trim to a rectangle around the sentiment and cut a larger rectangle out of black to layer behind.  Add the pink paper to the black with foam squares.


Adhere the background to a A2 size black card base.  Add a white piece of thin paper to the  inside of the card to write a personal message.  Take a piece of tulle and wrap a piece of 1/4" double sided tape.  add to the top of the background right above the embossed leaves.  Add the flower to the center and adhere the leaves around the flower.  Add the sentiment to the bottom half of the card.





Sat 29

Masculine Valentine's Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a masculine Valentine's card that is ocean themed featuring the Wave 3D embossing folder and Whale Family die.



Spray Distress Oxide Inks Gathered Twigs, Speckled Egg, and Tumbled Glass on Open Studio Watercolor paper. Lightly spritz with water to slightly blend and activate the Oxide ink.  Heat dry.  Add  gold glitter ink to one side of the Waves 3D embossing folder and emboss the background.  Trim to 4" x 51/4".   The picture does not capture the glitter gold as in real life.  it is spectacular.



Die cut hearts from the Neighborhood Heart Frame out of the dark gold Polished Foil paper pad.



Die cut the large whale from Whale Family die set from white card stock.  Color using the same Distress Oxide ink as the spray ink.  I added from Hickory Smoke to the bottom of the whale and white Pan Pastels.  With a fine tip black marker fill in the eye and blow hole. 



Stamp "Sending You Oceans of Love" from the Deep Blue Ocean stamp set with Versa Fine Clair Fallen Leaves on a light blue from Fresh Aqua paper pad.  Trim down and add to a dark brown paper from Earth Neutrals pad.



Cut the same brown paper used in the sentiment to A2 panel.  Adhere the background to the center.  Adhere the panels to a A2 card, any color.  I used Kraft color card.   Adhere the whale to the lower center and the sentiment to the upper left.  Adhere 5 hearts coming out of the blow hole up to the top of the sentiment.


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Fri 28

Slim Pinpoint Heart Balloons by Jean Okimoto


Send special hugs with glittered pinpoint heart balloons on a Kraft Woodgrain slimline card.  It can be a Valentine - or a friendship card just to say hello.  Hi, Jean Okimoto  here with a basic design that could work for birthdays too.  Or Mother's Day.P1012525

Cut the textured side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper with the top portion of the 
Slim Pinpoint Heart Plate.  Use a sponge or blending brush to color it with picked raspberry, abandoned coral and kitsch flamingo Distress Oxides.  Spritz it with a light mist of water to create some shadowy areas.  Heat-set the inks.  

Spritz it lightly with Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Air-dry it for a few minutes then heat-set it.  

Diecut it with Balloon Bunch - place the die so there's a complete heart in the center balloon.  Leave the pieces in the die and tape them together on the backside.  It'll be a lot easier* to remove and attach the balloons and delicate outlines if they're intact.

Use dies from the Have a Heart set to cut a medium and 2 small hearts from a pink 6x6 in Graceful Garden Glitter Pad.

Tape white crochet thread or twine behind the balloon - cut the strands longer than necessary - it'll be easier* to trim them later.

Cut the BIG Hugs background from Kraft Woodgrain Paper (cardstock).  Pressure-emboss it with the delicate greeting to add dimension and make it easier* to attach the top layer.  Ink a scrap of watercolor paper with inks used for the balloons and diecut the top layer.

(*always looking for easier ways to do things!)


Attach the diecuts to a Kraft Woodgrain slimline card (3-½" x 8-½") - use doublestick tape to attach the greeting (not glue) and balloon strings.  Add the orange/copper Treasure Chest Fairy Gemstones.  Trim the ends of the crochet thread.  Cut a slimline-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front if it'll be mailed.

Thanks for visiting  our blog - hope you'll have time to create a few cards this weekend!






Fri 14

DIY Cottage Flower Stem Stencil by Jean Okimoto



Looking for versatile dies? The new Cottage Flower Stem set cuts a freeform layered blossom - and it's great for cutting a stencil too!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a slimline design for a new floral die from our latest collection.



Cut Cottage Flower Stem from a plastic stencil sheet for a durable, long-lasting stencils- or from printer paper or vellum for disposable stencils.

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Stencil the design onto the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Distress Oxide colors used (in sequence) here are kitsch flamingo, worn lipstick and mowed lawn.  Mask the top of the stem and stencil the flower.  Mask the bottom of the flower and stencil the stem and leaves.  Heat-set the stenciled areas then stencil the darker pink overlay.  Dry the inks.

Sponge or brush wild honey Distress Oxide onto a scrap of the watercolor paper and cut the small dotted center section.  

Trim the watercolor paper with the 7.2" long Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die, then trim the short edge.  

Cut the pale pink/coral/green Madras Plaid Coral and Green 6x6 with the 5.9" long Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.

Stamp the greeting - from the Big and Little Reverse Words Clear Stamp Set - on natural cardstock with Brilliance Pearlescent Thyme.  Dry the ink, then cut the greeting with the set's matching die.  Trim the short ends.


Attach everything to a Cream Woodgrain Paper (cardstock) slimline card (8-½" x 3-⅝").  Use foamtape for the greeting.

Attach yellow Treasure Chest Fairy Gemstones. It's easy to see the actual colors of the Fairy Gemstones from the reverse side.

Cut a slimline-sized layer of cardstock to cover and protect the card front for mailing.

Make the most of your Memory Box dies - use them to cut stencils and pressure-emboss too.  There are so many great designs to chose from - and so many ways to use them.

Thanks for visiting - enjoy your weekend!








Sun 05

Watercolor Holly Clusters
by Michelle Bala


Hello, Michelle here, sharing some water colored holly clusters. I used the Holly Bundle Die and Open Studio Water Color Paper and die cut the holly pieces. I used Karin Brushmarkers  to add color. For the leaves, I used blue sapphire, lush green, and ocean teal. For the berries I used lipstick red and burgundy. Set aside to dry.

Next, I trimmed a piece of Wood Grain Paper in white to fit an A2 card base. I used the Merry Christmas Posh Script Die  and a piece of dark gray paper from the Earth 6x6 Paper Pack. I die cut the sentiment 3 times and adhered them together.

I adhered the holly clusters with foam tape, than added the berries. I added a layer of Dew Drop Glitter glue to the berries, than adhered the sentiment. 

Hope you give this a try!

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Sat 04

Snow Day by Jean Okimoto

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Glittered pink trees and a snowy background set the scene for a design from our 2021 Holiday Collection.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here - hope you're having a great weekend!

Snowmen usually wear a black tophat - but this snowgal has a poufy red hat instead. Her trees are pink,  not their usual green, and it appears to be snowing indoors.  


Attach Flurries Wide Washi Tape to black cardstock.  Cover it with a sheet of printer paper and run it through the diecut machine between the usual plates to eliminate tiny wrinkles and airpockets.  Cut it with the Snowman House Frame - we're using just the interior section here.

Cut the frame from white cardstock and again from gray cardstock.  Attach the snowflake section to the white frame leave a small gap to insert the snowgal. Attach the gray frame behind it to add dimension and a little contrast on the top and right edges.


Cut the trees from 2 shades of pink in the Berry Red 6x6 Collection.  Assemble the trees .  Shake the Open Studio Orange Sherbet Glitter Glue vigorously - then squirt ¼" dots of it on each tree section.  Apply the glitter glue with your finger - use a light tapping motion.  Set the trees aside to dry.

Cut the snowman from the smoother side of Memory Box Watercolor Paper.  Color the twiggy arms with a marker.  Tuck a bit of scrap paper under the carrot nose and carefully color the nose with a marker.  Cut the scarf from the dark red 6x6 in the Glitzy Glitter Pad.  Cut another snowgal from black cardstock, remove the arms.  Attach the black diecut behind the white diecut for dimension.

The hat is a DIY project - it's a little fidgety, but it works! Cut the red glitter sheet with the tips of the 2 tree sections that have rounded tops instead of pointy tops.  Trim them to fit behind the head - attach the larger piece first, then add the smaller piece.  Tuck the snowgal behind the inner edge of the frame.  Attach the trees - use foamtape for the big tree.


Tie the frame with silver cord.  Curl the cord with the side of a bonefolder or the plastic flower burnishing tool.

Cut the greeting background from white cardstock.  Pressure-emboss it with the delicate greeting - use the rubber mat and plate(s) required for your machine.  Cut the greeting from a pink 6x6 in the Berry Red Collection.  Assemble the greeting.  Embossing the background makes it easier to attach the delicate diecut and adds dimension.

Attach the diecuts to a white A6 card (4-½" x 6-¼").

Thanks for visiting our blog.  Hope you'll enjoy some crafting time this weekend...keep warm!






Mon 22

A Circle, An Oval, A Poinsettia, Joy...Festive Holiday Greetings!
by AnneThompson

This month's challenge on the Outside the Box blog is to use circles and ovals in one's card designs.  For the two cards today I used die-cut circles, the oval with holly stamp from FESTIVE HOLIDAY GREETINGS and its coordinating die, JOY POSH SCRIPT, LAYERED POINSETTIA, and Memory Box cardstocks as well as more of the WOODSY PLAID papers.

Card One

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materials and process

  • white notecard; cover with one of the papers from the LUSH GREEN COLLECTION SP1003
  • die cut a circle from one of the green plaids from PP1018 WOODSY PLAID and add it to the front of the card
  • stamp the oval with holly leaves from FESTIVE HOLIDAY GREETING CL5273D on Memory Box WATERCOLOR PAPER WP101 using VersaMark ink; sprinkle with Detail Gold Embossing Powder and heat set
  • watercolor the image using a fine point brush; I used my set of Kuretake paints
  • die cut the image once the paint is dry using the coordinating die and attach it to the plaid circle
  • die cut the LAYERED POINSETTIA 94605 and the background JOY POSH SCRIPT 94591 from red cardstock (I used a Holly notecard)
  • die cut the detailed lettering JOY POSH SCRIPT from a scrap of the background green cardstock
  • assemble the poinsettia using Glue Dots; add three yellow Fairy Jewels to the center; use foam dimensional dots to secure it to the painted oval
  • use a glue pen to attach the lettering to the background and to add it to the notecard



Card Two


This one ended up as a top-fold card with the plaid paper covering the notecard and a dark blue cardstock circle (OCEAN BLUE COLLECTION SP1005) under the detailed center design.

Two more cards to add to my growing collection of holiday cards I will mail this year...I even bought lots of holiday postage stamps this week so I can start addressing and stamping envelopes while watching Christmas movies this weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you who are celebrating this Thursday!

Happy Crafting!

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Thu 18

Sparkling Nativity Scene by Jean Okimoto


A strip of Madras Plaid updates a traditional holiday scene in shades of blue. Specks of gold and Winter Fantasy Fairy Gemstones balance the frosty colors and add some warmth.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with more holiday ideas from our newest release.  


Cut and assemble the new Nativity House Frame and truss from the blue 6x6 in the Frosted Glitter Pad. Cut the nativity figures from the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper.

I diecut an ink-blended scrap from my stash for the background and added specks of Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Dry the ink, then attach the background behind the frame.  Tie a gold cord at the top and curl the ends with the side of a bonefolder or the plastic flower burnishing tool.  For best results follow the natural curl of the cord.

Diecut a pale blue 6x6 from the Ocean Blue Collection with the smallest Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangle.  Cut a a ¾" x 5" strip of the Madras Plaid Blue and Violet sheet.

Cut the smallest Banner Sentiment Trio strip from a slightly darker blue 6x6.  Stamp the greeting -  from the Festive Christmas Greetings Clear Stamp and Die Set - with Paradise VersaFine Clair.  


Attach everything to an off-white A6 card (4-½" x 6-¼") - use foam tape for the greeting.  Add Winter Fantasy Fairy Gemstones.  Cut an A6-sized sheet of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Hope you like this mix of a plaid and a nativity scene - it's the first time I've ever designed a card with a nativity scene.    Thanks for visiting -see you next week.







Fri 29

Boo Card
by Donna Sledzik

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Happy Friday everyone!  I had to make one more card for Halloween, since we're celebrating it this weekend!

To make the card, I applied Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn Distress inks onto my craft mat, misted it with plain water, and dragged watercolor paper through the ink.  I used a heat tool to dry it and repeated the process until I was happy with the background.  When it was dry I spattered it with black ink.

I cut a 1" strip off of the long side of the paper and glued both pieces to a black cardstock mat.  Next, I glued the background to a white card base.


I die cut the word "boo" and the bats from black cardstock and white heat embossed "to you" on a strip of black cardstock.

The pumpkin was cut once from orange cardstock and once from white cardstock.  The handle was cut from black cardstock.  

I sponged the edges of the pumpkin with Vintage Photo Distress ink and glued it to the white die cut pumpkin, slightly shifting it to create a shadow.  I adhered a scrap of black cardstock behind the pumpkin.


I glued the word "boo" to the left side of the card and used foam tape to adhere the pumpkin and word strip to the card.  I applied glue only to the bats body and adhered them to the card.

To finish, I added some Fairy Gemstones to the card.  That's it for today!

Have a Happy Halloween!