304 posts categorized "Open Studio"

10/15/2020

Thu 15

Build the New Charming Snowman by Jean Okimoto

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Diecut a Pinpoint Snowflake Plate and construct the new Charming Snowman Collage, complete with paper-pieced glittery accents.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with two of our newest holiday designs.  It feels like we skipped fall and went directly from summer to winter...so let's build a snowman today.

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Cut Pinpoint Snowflake Plate and the mid-sized Stylish Rectangle from smooth white cardstock.  Cut Charming Snowman Collage from the rectangle offcut.  

Attach black and orange cardstock scraps for the head, eyes, nose and buttons.  The buttons are actually partially-cut, but I used a skewer to push the cardstock back and form squarish circles, like lumps of coal.

Cut the scarf from the green 6x6 Holiday Glitter Pad sheet. A tip - turn the glittered cardstock over and trim the scarf from the white side if the glitter and shiny blade make it hard to see what you're trimming. Cut the twiggy arms from dark kraft cardstock - including the sections that extend from the arm over to the edge of the snowman.  Place pieces of tape across backside of the collage where the scarf and arms will be inserted and press the diecuts onto the exposed adhesive.

Attach the Poppystamps Flurries Wide Washi Tape to black cardstock.  Another tip - run the tape-covered cardstock through your diecut machine with the cutting plate(s) to firmly compress the tape. Attach the tape-covered cardstock behind the snowman to fill the outlines. 

Cut Resting Birds from the red Holiday Glitter Pad sheet.

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded textured dark gray A-2 card.

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Cut smooth white cardstock with the smallest Stylish Rectangle die.  Stamp the greeting - from the Christmas Tiles Clear Stamp Set - with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Add a Resting Bird.

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Here's a link to view our latest release - including some beautiful designs from Birch Press Designs too.  It's a very contemporary collection of favorite holiday icons.  Enjoy!

Thanks for visiting...see you next week!

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09/24/2020

Thu 24

Spooky Cute Haunted House
by Michelle Bala

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Hello there! Michelle here, sharing a hauntingly cute card! I used two of the newest layer dies, Haunted Entrance Dome Layer Die and Haunted House Dome Layer Die.  I die cut the dome layers with Copic friendly paper and colored the scene with Copic Markers. 

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When assembling the dome layers, fold the scored edges so the flap of the top scene folds back and the flap of the back scene folds forward.  Adhere together at the bottom flaps and at the top of the dome.  Set aside to dry.  When dry, I tied a bow with bakers twine through the top slot.

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I trimmed a piece of gray cardstock and adhered to a card base than inked up the edges with chipped sapphire distress oxide ink. Than I added a few splatters of black paint. Allow to dry. Trim a piece of vellum paper and stamp the sentiment. I used the stamp set Halloween Pumpkin. 

Copic shades: E25, E27, E29; V15, V17, V09, BV08; C1, C4, C6; YG17, YG95; YR04, YR07, R08

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I assembled the card and finished it off with a few scattered sequins.

Thanks for peeking!!

Hope you have a great weekend!

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09/02/2020

Wed 02

Have a Spooky Halloween
by Michelle Bala

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Hello there! Michelle here...sharing a fun Halloween card using some of the newest dies and stamps from Memory Box. The large bat die is called Cave Bat. I die cut the bat twice and used Copic Markers in shades C3, C4, C5, C7 and C9 to color. The large jack-o-lantern is called Jack-o-lantern Bucket. I used shades YR04, YR07, and E08 
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The smaller dies, pumpkins, ghosts and bats are from the one of the newest layer dies called Haunted Entrance Dome Layer. I used Copic Markers to color in shades 100, W1, W00, G94, YR04, YR07, E08.  For the background, I inked up a piece of Open Studio Watercolor Paper with broken china, seedless preserves, and black soot distress oxide inks. 
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The sentiment is from one of the newest stamp sets, Halloween Pumpkin. I embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder. For a finishing touch I added some gems.

Thanks for stopping by for a peek!! 

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07/20/2020

Mon 20

Peace and the Pretty Blossom Stem Holiday Card
by Anne Thompson

I'm still working on my July personal challenge to make holiday cards from Memory Box Spring 2020 and Garden Party products I have on hand with sentiments from previous holiday releases.  Today's card features the Peace Jotted Script, the Pretty Blossom Stem, and Wrapped Stitched Rectangles on a pretty piece of Garden Party paper.

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In the photos above you can see how I cut everything from red glitter paper and white cardstock.  I trimmed a piece of pretty floral paper 4 X 5 1/4 and adhered that to the front of a white notecard.  I used foam tape to place the red glitter Wrapped Rectangle at an angle.  I used large Glue Dots under the flowers to attach the Pretty Blossom Stem to the white Wrapped Rectangle and then used Scor-Tape to secure that to the glitter rectangle.  The next step was to use a glue pen to layer the Peace Jotted Script, red glitter paper on top of white cardstock.  After trying a number of various placements, I used just one large Glue Dot under the "a" to attach "peace" to the panel.

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To finish the card I added white pearls to the flower centers.  And on the inside I added a narrow strip of the same Garden Party paper I used on the card front.

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Happy Crafting!

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06/09/2020

Tue 09

Trio of Inked Backgrounds – Part 1 by Jean Okimoto

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Ink it once, spritz twice and create a trio of watercolored backgrounds for greetings from  the Garden Party Collection.  The Leafy Jumble Stencil is perfect for this process inspired by Jennifer McGuire's great technique.  

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a variation that takes advantage of the great stencils in our collection.  We're using Open Studio Watercolor Paper to lift the colors from the open areas of the stencil.  The resulting backgrounds have a shadowy, lightly-embossed look.

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Spritz the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper with a light mist of water and sponge the paper with Distress Oxides. Colors used here -  peeled paint, twisted citron, mowed lawn and cracked pistachio.  Heat-set the inks.

Have your embossing mat and plate ready. Start stacking the layers - paper towel, inked Open Studio Watercolor Paper, stencil.  

Spritz the smoother side of plain Open Studio Watercolor Paper with a "medium" coat of water (not too light, not too drippy). Place the spritzed side of the watercolor paper over the stencil.  Add the embossing mat and plate(s) required for your machine.  Run it through the machine 2 or 3 times.  A leafy layer of ink will be transferred to the uninked watercolor paper.

Spritz another sheet of Open Studio Watercolor Paper and run it through the machine for a second, lighter transfer of ink through the stencil.

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Here are the backgrounds we've created.  Heat-set the three sheets of watercolor paper.  Clean the stencil, then align it over the original inky background and sponge the design with VersaMark.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  We'll use the other two backgrounds on another post.

Cut the darker leafy background with the 3-¾" x 5" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut the Graceful Rose and Background from yellow cardstock  Pressure-emboss the background with the coordinating detailed die. Attach the detailed diecut to the embossed background.

Cut Leafy Frond from green cardstock.  Cut white cardstock with the 2" x 3-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Stamp "hello" - from the

Peony Garden Corner Clear Stamps and Dies Set - with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded 5-½" square white card.  (Square cards require extra postage.)  Add ¼" punched dots of the green glittered cardstock from the 6x6 Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad.

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Looking for more Garden Party Collection card ideas?  The Garden Party Greetings Cards Kit from Impress Cards and Crafts features three technique-y, layered floral designs for your summer cards.  The pieces are precut, instructions and envelopes are included.

Thanks for visiting - see you on Thursday!

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05/14/2020

Thu 14

Dreamy Butterfly and the Butterfly Heart Frame by Jean Okimoto

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Blend a bright Open Studio Watercolor Paper background for the Butterfly Heart Frame - then top it with a glittery Dreamy Butterfly. Add a greeting from the Wild Rose Stem Clear Stamp Set.  Butterfly season is approaching - Memory Box has a great collection of butterfly dies, 6x6 prints and glittered cardstock for every occasion.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a simple design to create in your favorite colors.

Spritz the textured side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper with a light mist of water.  Sponge it with loose, overlapping layers of Distress Oxides.  I used shaded lilac, cracked pistachio, twisted citron, peacock feathers and squeezed lemonade.  The water helps helps blend the inks and eliminates dark starting points.  Dry the inks.  Cut it with the 3-¾" x 5" Rectangle Basics die. Splatter it with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.

Scrunch waxed paper and rub it briskly over the Butterfly Heart Frame to help release the delicate diecut. Cut the frame from smooth  white cardstock.  Cut purple and turquoise butterflies with the coordinating die.  

Cut Dreamy Butterfly from the violet glittered cardstock in the Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad.  The cardstock is actually brighter and redder than it appears here.  Cut the butterfly body and antennae with the die from the Gloriosa Butterfly Duo Outlines set.

Stamp the greeting - from the Wild Rose Stem clear stamps set - on white cardstock with VersaFine Clair Purple Delight.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the smallest die from Rectangle Basics.

Attach everything to a side-folded 5-½" square white card - use foam tape for the right half of the greeting strip.  Add ¼" punched circles of the green glittered cardstock from the Twinkling Jewel 6x6 pack.

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Big thanks to everyone who ordered my TOGETHER Class Kit from Impress!  Thank you for your support - personally - and for supporting Memory Box/Poppystamps/Birch Press Design and Impress.  Although the store is closed, Ann and Shari have been busy with online orders and doorside deliveries and pickups. 

Thanks for visiting!

 

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05/07/2020

Thu 07

Send Bright and Happy Thoughts with the Serene Mandala by Jean Okimoto

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Softly-blended colors and shimmery ink highlight the dimension and texture of the Serene Mandala 3D Embossing Folder.  There are so many ways to use this great folder.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a quick, inky technique to highlight the beautiful details of this folder.

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Cut Memory Box Open Studio Watercolor Paper with the 3-¾" x 5" Rectangle Basics die.  Trim the corners with a corner rounder.  Blend overlapping layers of Distress Oxides on the smoother side of the paper.  
Colors used here are twisted citron, wilted violet, cracked pistachio, peacock feathers, and shaded lilac.  Give it a very light spritz of water and blend any splotchy areas with the inky sponges or brushes.  Place it in the Serene Mandala 3D Embossing Folder with the inked side facing the highly-textured half.  Emboss the watercolor paper using the plates or mats required for your machine.

Highlight the folder's details with a brayer and Pearlescent Jade Brilliance.  Ink the entire brayer, place the embossed cardstock on a hard, flat surface and roll it over the embossed watercolor paper.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Big and Little Words Clear Stamp Set - with Warm Breeze VersaFine Clair on lavender cardstock.  Stamp the frame over the stamped greeting.  Dry the inks.

Trim the watercolor paper, greeting block and card with a corner rounder. Round the corners of a light gray A-2 card too.  Lightly ink the edges of the watercolor paper with wilted violet.  Assemble the card and add ¼" punched circles of the turquoise glitter cardstock from the Twinkling Jewel 6x6 Glitter Pad.

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Add inky dimension and shimmery highlights to embossed watercolor paper and make those details the star of your card.  Thanks for visiting...see you again on Saturday!

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05/05/2020

Tue 05

Celebrate Friendship with Splendid Poppy Stems and Gilia Stems by Jean Okimoto

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Friends and flowers can make any day better...celebrate a lasting friendship with a special card for someone who's always there for you.   Hi, Jean Okimoto here with flowers, glitter and bright colors today.

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Diecut the Gilia Stems from rainbow-inked cardstock.  The diecut section includes blended layers of Distress Oxides - worn lipstick, picked raspberry, abandoned coral, squeezed lemonade, mowed lawn and peeled paint.  Cut the flower, add more squeezed lemonade, then color the stem with more mowed lawn and peeled paint.  

Cut Splendid Poppy Stems from another rainbow-inked piece and add more of the same three colors.  

Cut the green print from the Springtime Bouquet 6x6 Set with the medium-sized Stylish Rectangle Trio die.  Stamp a scrap of the same print with the greeting from the Poppystamps Greeting Basics Clear Stamps Set and Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder. 

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Here's a tip...trim greeting blocks with dies from the Rectangle Basics or Square Basics sets.   Some dies are already perfectly-sized for our greeting stamps.  If not, just use a die that's slightly larger and trim the excess cardstock.  You'll have perfectly-cut greeting blocks or strips - without those wonky lopsided edges that aren't really noticeable...until it's attached to the card.

Lightly ink the edges of the background and greeting block.  It's been years since I've inked the edges of my diecuts!  

Cut green glitter cardstock from the Twinkling Jewel 6x6 Glitter Pad with the new Poppystamps Grosgrain Bow.  

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Trim the lower leaf from the Gilia flower (it would have been covered by the bow) and attach it just below the blossom.   Attach the diecuts to an A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") natural white notecard.  Accent the flowers with Goldfinch Open Studio Glitter Glue.  

Hope you'll have some time to create a card for special people in your life - where would we be without them?

Thanks for visiting - see you again on Thursday... Jeansignature-3

 

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05/02/2020

Sat 02

Stenciled Leafy Rows and the Wild Rose Stem by Jean Okimoto

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Pair the Wild Rose Stem blossoms with the Leafy Rows Art Stencil for a different look.  It’s easy – and another way to get more from the great designs in our Spring 2020 release.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here after extended blog-posting problems - let's pretend it's still Thursday and get started...

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Mask the top row – and the second row of leaves on the right.  Mask the bottom leaves too.  The leaves on both sides will be trimmed later -  they don’t need masking.

Stencil the leaves on light green cardstock with mowed lawn and bundled sage Distress Oxide.  Dry the inks and trim the cardstock to 3” x 4-¼”.  Attach strips of dark green cardstock for the stems.  No matching dark green cardstock?  Just sponge more ink onto a scrap of light green cardstock and cut it into strips.  

Stamp the flower tops from the Wild Stem Rose Clear Stamps and Dies Set on the smoother side of Coral Creme cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the coordinating die and trim any bits of the stem below the flowers.  Shade it with worn lipstick Distress Oxide and Cheerful VersaFine Clair.

Prep black cardstock with the embossing powder tool.  Stamp the greeting – also from the stamp set – with VersaMark and emboss it with detail white powder.

Attach everything to an A-6 (4-1/2” x 6-1/4”)  Coral Crème card – use foam tape for the greeting.  Add Sour Apple Sparkle Glitter Glue to the flower centers. 

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Here’s an easy way to organize coordinating dies – attach them to curtain rings.  Tape the product info from the package onto a cardstock tab and attach it to the ring for quick reference.  Everything stays together and they’re easy to identify too - some of the shapes can be hard to identify if they go astray!

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This card began as a "what if...?" idea and evolved from there.  Discover unique ways to use your supplies and tools while we social distance and craft alone.   Hope we're keeping you inspired – and crafting – while staying safe at home.  Thanks for visiting!

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04/23/2020

Thu 23

Color the Wild Rose Stem with Stenciled Distress Oxides by Jean Okimoto

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The bold, beautiful Wild Rose Stem is easy to watercolor - and even easier to stencil for a watercolored look.  Chose your favorite Distress Oxides and stencil them onto the stamped and embossed image for a super-quick and easy design.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a simple technique card for spring.

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Stamp the flowers - from the Wild Rose Stem Clear Stamps and Dies Set - on the smoother side of Memory Box Open Studio Watercolor Paper with Onyx Black VersaFine.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut medium or heavyweight vellum with the matching die.  Vellum retains a crisp edge and doesn't absorb the stenciled inks.

Stencil the image with Distress Oxides - worn lipstick, mowed lawn, bundled sage and squeezed lemonade.  Blend the inks with a damp paintbrush or waterbrush - make it look less stenciled, more watercolored!  Heat-set it, then diecut it. 

Cut a 5-3/4" x 2-¾"  strip of the pale green Springtime Bouquet Stripes and Dots 6x6 paper.  Score, cut and fold a 6-¼" x 3-½" card of Berry Blush cardstock.  

Paint the smoother side of Memory Box watercolor paper with a light layer of worn lipstick Distress Oxide. Dry the ink. Stamp the greeting - also from the Wild Rose Stem set - with Onyx Black.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim it.

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Trim the top and bottom right corners of the card and green striped piece and  greeting strip wih a corner rounder  Assemble the card - use foam dots for the greeting.  Accent the flowers with dots of Open Studio Buttercup Glitter Glue.

Thanks for visiting - see you again this weekend!

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