328 posts categorized "Open Studio"


Tue 20

Twiggy Alphabet
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  I don’t know about you, but I have a thing for alphabet dies. 😂  No seriously, I  do!  I love how I can customize my cards with them.  And no surprise I loved the Twiggy Alphabet dies from the Sumner Daydreams release as soon as I saw it.  I used it here to create a very simple card today.

Started by picking out the papers from the different paper packs to get a rainbow.  Die cut the letters from them in rainbow order and their shadows from Bristol paper, then adhered them together.  “sending” from Deep Blue Ocean stamp set was white heat embossed on black cardstock.


The background is Bristol paper die cut with the Double Stitch Loving Heart die, then backed with Dura-Lar.  Dura-Lar is a synthetic film and its heat resistant properties make them ideal for heat embossing, which I was planing to do but changed my mind.  Assembled the card onto a split black/white card base to finish.


So I couldn’t let July pass by without creating a Christmas-in-July card. 😉  I made it rainbow color as well, but only used the shadow for the sentiment.


Shading was added to each letter shadow with a grey Copic marker.  


The holly from Antique Holly Label was die cut from Bristol paper.  Left it uncolored because I didn’t want it to compete with the colourful sentiment.  Assembled the card onto white woodgrain paper, then added a few clear jewels as holly berries and clear shimmer on the letters for some sparkle to finish.


And that concludes this post for today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful day.






Tue 13

Ahoy Matey
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.   Have you played along in this month’s Ahoy There Nautical challenge yet?   As you can see, that was the inspiration for my mini slimline card today.


I find mini slimline cards can range in size anywhere from 3”x6” to 3.5”x6.5”, depending on who you ask. 😂  I have mini slimline envelopes that measure 3.5”x6.5”, so to ensure my card fits, my mini slimline cards are either 3”x6” for bulky cards or 3.25”x6.25” for flat cards.  For here, I trimmed a piece of mixed media paper to 3.25”x6.25”.  Using blender brushes, ink blended Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean distress inks (DI) for the water and a gradient of brown dye inks for the sand.  Spritz with water and blot off with a paper towel to give it some texture.  For even more texture on the sand, splattered with diluted Black Soot DI.  Used a sponge dauber and dabbed white gouache paint along the shoreline where the water and sand meet.  Set aside to dry.


The castle from the new Majestic Achievements stamp set was then stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa dye ink onto the lightest color paper from the Earth Neutral paper pack.  Colored it with Copic markers to transform it into a sandcastle, then fussy cut it out.  Used a brown marker to color the edges to cover the white and give it a finished look.  The sailboat was die cut twice from Bristol paper and once from the Springtime Bouquet pattern paper and stacked for dimension.  Black heat embossed the sentiment from the new Deep Blue Ocean stamp set onto Bristol paper then die cut out with the new Banner Sentiment die.


Trimmed off the left fishtail and drew in the “flag pole” with a black marker before assembling the card onto a white 3.25”x6.25” card base.  Added waves with a white gel pen to finish.

You have till July 30, 11:59 pm EST, to enter the challenge.  Thank you for joining me today.  Enjoy your day.






Fri 09

Happy Birthday
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone!  Today's card features products from the new Memory Box Summer Daydreams Collection.  I saw a fun technique that Gina K demonstrated on her Youtube channel called Emerging Watercolor.

I taped a piece of watercolor paper to my surface and colored the background using two colors of Tombow Markers.  You can use any water based markers, watercolor or inks for this technique. 


Once my background was colored, I used a paintbrush and plain water to blend the color.  I dried the background completely, then used embossing ink to stamp the fish on the background.  I used clear embossing powder to heat emboss the stamped fish.


Next, I sprayed the background with water and used a dry paper towel to pick up the color. I did this several times to remove as much color as I could.  The embossing powder acts as a resist and the end result is almost a batik look to your background.


Once the background was dry I used the Wrapped Stitch Rectangles to die cut my paper.  I glued two strips of orange cardstock to the background and used foam tape to adhere the die cut anchor to the card. 

I die cut the banner from white cardstock, stamped "Happy Birthday" in orange ink and used foam tape to glue it to my card.


I used foam tape to adhere the card front to a white card base and glued some Fairy Drops to finish off the card.

Thanks for stopping by today!







Tue 06

Hello Succulents
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  The new Summer Daydreams collection is officially live today and it’s another fabulous release.  I used the new Elegant Succulent Sentiments stamp set to do some light watercoloring on color paper and create a simple card.

Started by trimming a piece of aqua paper from the Fresh Aqua paper pack to A2 size (4.25”x5.5”).  Stamped the succulent image with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Used Zig markers to color and only a tiny bit of water with a watercolor brush to help blend the colors.  This paper may be nice and thick, but it is not watercolor paper.


Next, die cut the new Hello Streamlined Script sentiment from silver Polished Foil paper and from black cardstock to offset them for a drop shadow.  Die cut the Stylish Rectangle frame from Bristol paper, then assembled the card onto a white card base.  Clear shimmer on the image and a few clear jewels finished it off.


And that does it for today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful day.






Sat 19

Color Paper Striping
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  Today is my niece’s 16th birthday… I can’t believe she’s driving age already!  Anyway, this started out as her card, but I ended up sending her something else so it would hopefully arrive in time.  My intention was to take advantage of the 6x6 color paper packs that contain four each of 12 different colors of the same color family to create a clean and simple (CAS) ombré stripe background.

I started by picking out four gradient color sheets from the Vibrant Violet paper pack.  Used the Vertical Line Collage die to die cut from each color resulting in 1/8” strips.  Took a square die from Square Basics next and die cut an opening in an A2 sized Bristol panel.  Traced the opening onto the front of a white card base to use as a guide for adhering the strips over.


Next, the Stained Glass Butterfly was die cut three times from Bristol paper and stacked for dimension.  The sentiment from Big and Little Reverse Words was stamped with Archival Black ink and partial die cutting was then used to die cut it out.  Assembled the card to finish… but as an after thought and for something fun, I decided to turn it into a faux shaker card and added a whole bunch of clear jewels. 😂


Now I wasn’t planning to share this next card because I was making it for my dad for Father’s Day.  I didn’t get a chance to complete it before he passed away.  He was always excited to receive my cards and would proudly display them.  This was the reason I decided to finish it for him and changed my mind about sharing it.  He loved the ocean so…


Used my paper trimmer to cut strips from the Sunny Orange and Ocean Blue paper packs.  Adhered the strips to Bristol paper before die cutting it out with a circle die.


The rest is pretty straight forward.  As always all supplies are listed below.  


Before I go, I wanted to address Jan’s question regarding the Dendritic Paint Printing technique featured in my last post.  You can use any color acrylic paint.  I used white because it is all I have.  I don’t think it will work with ink pads or re-inkers because it needs to be a certain thickness and opacity.  I’ve only seen acrylic paints used, but if you tried other mediums and it worked, please share.

And that does it for me.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful weekend.






Thu 13

Grand Scallop Shell and Graceful Ocean Birds by Jean Okimoto


Opposites attract in a pastel beach scene here. The bold Grand Scallop Shell, delicate Graceful Ocean Birds, matte cardstock from our 6x6 Collections, and sparkly Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad accent strips, soft colors and  bright birds create a medley of contrasts.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another Under the Sea Collection design for you.  Not sure if a scallop shell and these flamingo-wannabe birds belong together - but here they are!


Cut pastel-painted watercolor paper with the solid Grand Scallop Shell.  I've used a stash scrap colored with diluted Kaleidacolor ink refills. Pressure-emboss the shell with the detailed Grand Scallop Shell die - use the rubber embossing mat and other plate(s) required for your machine.  Leave the shell in the die.  Use the die as a stencil and sponge VersaMark onto the open areas of the shell.  Remove the die and heat-emboss the shell with Imagine's Iridescent Mboss Powder.  Clean the die with a damp washcloth.

Cut the blue sheet - from the 6x6 Fresh Aqua Collection - with the detailed scallop die.  Attach the diecut to the embossed shell.  

Cut white cardstock with the 3" x 8" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.

Cut the pale aqua 6x6 Delicate Pastels Glitter Pad sheet with Vertical Line Collage.  Attach the 5 offcut strips to the rectangle.

Cut Graceful Ocean Birds from the pink-coral 6x6 Berry Red Collection sheet.  Mask the adjacent areas with a Post-It Note and color the beaks and legs with a marker.  The pale gray Zebra Mildliner over the pink-coral cardstock created a dark taupe/brown.

Attach the diecuts to the rectangle - use foamtape for the top of the shell.  Attach the rectangle - at an angle -  to a white slimline card (3-⅝ x 8-⅝").  Add jewels from the Open Studio Pastel Jewels - I used the color in the first column.



Thanks for visiting...see you again next week!





Tue 20

Porthole Sunset Birthday
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  Have you had a chance to check out the new Under the Sea collection released yesterday?  Like the Spring collection, it’s amazing!  And it looks like I’m ready for summer with this sunset scene birthday card I’m sharing today.

Started by die cutting the porthole twice from thick white cardstock and once from silver Polished Foil paper with the new Ocean Porthole die and stacked them for dimension.  Next, a circle panel from mixed media paper and a sun mask from masking paper were die cut out using dies from Circle Basics.  Masked then ink blended Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade and Black Soot distress ink (DI) on the circle panel to create the sunset background.  I did the sky first.  Added water ripples with a white gel pen to complete it.


The pelican from the new Graceful Ocean Birds and the log from the new Wood Grain Planks (couldn’t capture the woodgrain detail in the photo but it’s there) were die cut from black cardstock.  Assembled the card onto a Mixed Media panel that had been dry embossed with the new gorgeous Waves 3D embossing folder (EF).  Love this EF btw! 


To finish, white heat embossed the sentiment from Birthday Blowout by Poppy Stamps on a strip of Bristol paper, then ombré colored it with the same DI as the sunset.  And that was it.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful day.






Fri 09

Hello Card
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everybody! Today I have a clean and simple card for you.

  • I started by creating a distress ink background to go behind the butterfly die cut. I blended Citron Distress Oxide and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide on watercolor paper. I inked a piece of corrugated cardboard with Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide ink and stamped into the blended background. 
  • Next, I die cut the Stained Glass Butterfly in the center of a piece of white cardstock.


  • I I trimmed and glued my inked background to a white card base. 
  • Next, I stamped the word Hello under the die cut window and used foam tape to adhere it to my card base.
  • I die cut a frame from the Square Basic die set, that is slightly smaller than the Butterfly die cut.
  • Next, I glued the butterfly die cut to the back of the frame and then adhered it to the die cut window on the front of the card.


That's it for today! Have a great weekend!






Sun 28

Stained Glass Floral Card - Video
by Angie Cimbalo


Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today today with a stained glass effect card made with lots of die cutting, layering and die stacking. Here's a quick video showing how I made this card

I used
1) Memory Box Stained Glass Floral Die 
2) Memory Box Madras Plaid Coral & Green paper pad 
3) Memory Box Pinpoint Burst plate die
4) Memory Box Wooden Alpha die
4) Cosmic Shimmer Colorful Crystal Tints in Yellow Citrine, Pink Topaz & Lime Peridot
5) Clear Acetate

Here's a closer look at the details:



And one last look at my card and Memory Box supplies used:


Be sure to stop by the Memory Box blog each day to see the amazing inspiration from our design team!

Thanks so much for stopping by!






Sat 27

Glitter Easter Egg Card with Video
by Sara Cook

I have an easy Easter card that has layers for a stunning effect.  Check out the video tutorial, link below.


I used the Rustic Tree and Bramble Collage dies and cut out a medium and light green paper from the Lush Green paper pack.  Die cut the Rustic Tree Collage die out of the darker of the green paper and the Bramble Collage die from the lighter green.  Trim the papers to 4 1/4"x5 1/2".

For the background I ink blended  Squeezed Lemon Aid, Spun Sugar, and Tumbled Glass Distresss Oxide Iinks in a rainbow effect.

Add double sided adhesive foam tape to the back of the darker green paper and adhere to the lighter green paper.  Adhere the 2 stacked papers over the ink blended background and then adhere to a A2 size card.


I die cut eggs using Half Dozen Eggs die set and Delicate Pastel Glitter pack.  I glued the egg die cuts on the front of the card.


I used the Happy Easter Posh Scrip die and ut it out of pink Delicate Pastel Glitter paper an adhere to the top center of the card.