346 posts categorized "Open Studio"

09/10/2021

Fri 10

Hello Friend
by Donna Sledzik

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Hello everyone!  Today's card features the new Simon Says and Memory Box STAMPtember exclusive stamp set.  I know that these stamp sets sell out quickly, so I thought I would give some inspiration for those who did order the limited edition set.

Let's make the card:

  • Die cut a slim line layer from White Bristol Smooth cardstock.
  • Stamp and Black heat emboss the flowers twice on the cardstock. 
  • Zig Clean Color Brush markers were used to color the image.
  • Using a blender brush, lightly add Bundled Sage Distress Ink to the background.
  • Lightly mist the background with plain water.
  • Once the background is dry, spatter it with black ink.

 

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  • Mat the card front to a black mat and adhere that to a white card base.
  • Die cut the Hello Cursive Script Circle from black cardstock and glue it to a vellum die cut circle.
  • Apply glue to the back of the circle and adhere it to the card front.
  • White heat emboss the word friend on a strip of black cardstock and use foam tape to adhere it to the card.

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

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09/08/2021

Wed 08

Spooky Night Halloween Slimline Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I don't know about you but I am ready for fall, Halloween card making time!  One of my favorite cards to create, spooky night scenes.  I have a Halloween card fueaturing the Castle Collage Dies.

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Sky Background:

Die cut the 3rd largest die from Slim Basic Rectangles set out of heavy white card stock.  Make a mask for the moon by die cutting the 2nd to the smallest die in the Circle Basics set from masking paper.  peel off the backing and adhere in the upper right hand corner of the panel.  Ink blend from the listed to darkest Distress Oxide inks, Mustard Seed, Crackling Campfire, Hickory Smoke, and Dusty Concord. Blend Black Shoot around the upper corners.  Peel off the mask.  Use the blending tool with the extra ink on it (do not add more) of the Hickory Smoke and Dusty Concord and lightly blend around the moon.  Then take a white gel pen and outline the moon.  Take our finger and blend out the ink to create a haze around the moon.  Add the white gel pen to just the center and blend with your finger outward.  Repeat until you get a lighter center to the moon to create dimension.

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Castle:

Die cut the Fantasy Castle from a medium shade form the Twilight Purple paper pack.  Die cut the Stone Keep Castle from the darker shade from the Twilight Purple paper pack.  Ink blend the Fantasy Castle with Dusty Concord then lightly with Black Soot.  Repeat the same thing with the Stone Keep but add a little more Black Soot.  Take a charcoal pencil and drawing in the cuts of each Castle and blend with your finger.  To create the windows use Distress Alcohol Pearl inks Alchemy and Deception on transplant Yupo paper.  Glue to the back of the castle and trim off extra with scissors.  Glue the Fantasy Castle from the Stone Keep Castle

Witch:

Die cut the Lantern Witch from the same medium shade form the Twilight Purple paper pack.  Ink blend with Dusty Concord and Black Soot.  Adding more Black Soot to the lantern and hate.  You can use sticky note or washi tape to make it easier to ink blend.  Leave the amid and face untouched as the white center of the paper makes it look like the latter is lighting up her face.  Glue some the the Yubo background from the castle behind the lantern and trim off the excess.

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Ghosts:

To create the ghost use Distress Alcohol purple and blu ink on transplant Yupo paper.  Let dry.  Then take a paper towel damp with straight rubbing alcohol and white off.  This gives a slight tint to the Yupo to blend slightly into the background.  Die cut the Yupo with the Floating Ghosts dies.

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Tombstones:

Die cut  several times the smallest die from the Nested Globes die set from the same medium shade form the Twilight Purple paper pack and a dark greys from the Earth Neutral paper pack.  With a fine point black marker write names with year ranges and RIP on the tombstones.  Ink blend with Black Soot around the edges and randomly pull some ink across the center.  

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Hills:

For the furthest away hill use the same medium shade form the Twilight Purple paper pack and mark where the top of the hill should be to expose of the Cracking Campfire and Mustard Seed sky.  Cut the hill with scissor.  Repeat this process to make 3 more hills from xark greys from the Earth Neutral paper pack. Ink blend with Dusty Concord and Black Soot making the further away more darker.  Adhere the hills on the background.  Leave the top of the hill without adhesive to be able to add the die cuts behind the hills.  

Sentiment:

Stamp and heat emboss Happy Halloween from Poppystamps Halloween Ingredients on black card stock.  I used a purple embossing powder that I had in my stash from several decades ago. Any purple embossing power will do.  Trim each work separately

Assembly:

Adhere the castle to the top of the hill in the center.  Add 3 of the smaller ghost around the castle.  Add a path from the castle entrance down to the next hill using a white pastel pencil and bland with your finger.  Add the witch to the first hill int he center.  Adhere the tombstones in the foreground tucking some behind the hills.  Trim some shorter and glue on the top of the hills.  Add the larger ghost behind one of the tombstones.  Adhere the sentiment on the last hill to the righthand side.  Create a card-base die cutting from heavy black and white card stock the largest die from the Slim Basic Rectangle. Score the white base at 1/4" inch and add adhesive to that section and adhere the black base on top.  Adhere the scene to the center of the card-base.

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09/06/2021

Mon 06

Spotlighting Sweet Peas
by Trina Pham

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Hello and happy Labor Day to those celebrating.  For my card today, I modified the spotlighting technique to use with the Blooming Sweet Pea 3D embossing folder to create a very simple floral card.

Started by die cutting a circle stencil from masking paper using Circle Basics die.  Adhered the stencil to a Bristol panel and applied Milled Lavender distress ink (DI) with a blender brush.

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Insert the panel into the embossing folder and ran it through my die cutting machine.

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Placed the circle stencil back and applied Shaded Lilac DI to the raised areas.

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Used a sanding block next to buff the raised areas and remove the colors.
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You could skip applying the darker ink color before sanding, but I wanted the contrast.  For some texture and a faux watercolor look, spritz it with water and blot with a paper towel.  

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A circle frame was then die cut from Twilight Purple color paper with the circle die used to create the stencil and the next circle size up.  The Signature Greeting sentiment was heat embossed with white embossing powder on black cardstock, then die cut out with the matching die.  Assembled the card onto a white card base and added some clear jewels to finish.

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Really simple… and that does it for me.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful week.

 

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08/22/2021

Sun 22

Floral Chain Wreath Birthday
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  I decided to deconstruct the Floral Chain from the Sumner Daydreams release to create a colourful rainbow wreath birthday card for a friend’s birthday next month.

The Floral Chain was die cut from Bristol paper then cut apart with scissors.   Kept a few of the fuller flowers then die cut out more individual flowers with one end of the die to complete the wreath.  Used finger brushes to apply distress inks (DI) to the centers and edges of the petals in rainbow colours.  Curled and shaped the petals with my fingers, then lightly spritz with water from behind since DI reacts with water.  Set aside to dry.

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The background panel is cream woodgrain paper trimmed to A2 size (4.25”x5.5”) and scored horizontally in 1” increments using a scoring tool.  The sentiment from Signature Greetings was heat embossed with white embossing powder on black cardstock then die cut out with the coordinating die.  Next, a circle frame was die cut from more of the cream woodgrain paper using dies from Circle Basics.  This frame is what the flowers were attached to and ensured the circular wreath shape.

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Assembled the card onto a white card base, popping the sentiment up with mounting tape.  Clear shimmer on the flowers and coordinating color jewels to the flower centers finished off the card.

And that’s it!  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful week.

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08/14/2021

Sat 14

Anchors Me
by Trina Pham

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Hello and happy Saturday.  I have a quick nautical card to share today featuring the You Anchor Me stamp and die set.

The anchor was die cut 6 times from scraps of regular white cardstock to be stacked for dimension.  A small circle punch was used to make the hole bigger.  The rope from End of My Rope was die cut from silver metallic paper and wrapped around the anchor. 
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Next, took a 5”x3.75” mixed media panel from my stash and ink smooshed Prize Ribbon distress ink using a piece of acetate.  I find this method gives me more control because I can wipe away some of the ink before pressing down onto the paper.  Black heat embossed the sentiment, then mounted the panel onto a white card base atop two layers of thick white cardstock for a bit of dimension.  Added some clear drops to finish.
 
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Quick and simple and that does it for me today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful weekend.
 
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08/13/2021

Fri 13

Hello Card
by Donna Sledzik

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Good morning everyone!  Today I have a quick and easy card for you using the new stamp set, Elegant Succulent Sentiments, and the Simon Hurley stamping foam. 

To make this card, I placed the foam stamping block on my work surface and heated it with my heat tool.  Once the block was hot I pressed it on my stamp.  

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Next, I rubbed the stamping block with ink, misted it lightly with water and stamped it on watercolor paper.

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Because there was still ink on the stamping block, I remisted it and stamped it again.  I was able to do this 4 times before I ran out on ink on my stamping block.  What a quick and easy way to make multiply backgrounds!

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Simon Hurley has many videos on YouTube using the stamping block and I urge you to check them out. 

I used the first stamped image and die cut it with the largest Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.  Next I used foam tape, glued it to a blue cardstock mat and then adhered it to a white card base.

I die cut the word hello from white cardstock and glued it to a strip of green cardstock.  I inked the edges of the green cardstock with the Later Gator ink.

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Finally, I added some white epoxy dots to finish the card.  

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!

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08/07/2021

Sat 07

White Focal Point Hello
by Trina Pham

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Happy Saturday everyone.  I have a fun and colorful graphic card to share today inspired by this month’s White Focal Point challenge. 

Started by die cutting the Hello Cursive Script Circle from Bristol paper.  A circle die from Circle Basics was then used to die cut a black circle from black cardstock.  Adhered them together forming the white focal point.

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After my last post featuring the Twiggy Alphabet dies, I was left with partial pieces of color paper, so I put them to use.  These pieces were die cut with the Circle Basic dies in increasing size.  It would have been easy to just stack them on top of each other, but that would have made the card very thick.  To resolve this, inlaid diecutting was used.  Took the die one size smaller than the respective circle and die cut from one edge, resulting in crescent moon shaped pieces.

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A piece of mixed media paper was embossed with the Waves 3D embossing folder next.  Assembled the card, then added a few clear jewels to finish.

The card is not only flat, I have another set of circles to make another card.  And that is it!  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful weekend.

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08/06/2021

Fri 06

Knowing You Are There Nautical Card
by Angie Cimbalo

 
Hello welcome, it's Angie here today with this nautical card using lots of products from Memory Box.  Some are from the brand new 2021 Summer Day Dreams release and others from the 2021 Under the Sea Spring release.  Here's another look at my card:
 
 
The sentiment and anchor I used are from the "You Anchor Me" stamp set.  The sentiment is stamped in Versafine Clair Pinecone ink and heat embossed in clear and the anchor was stamped in Hero Arts Navy Ink, then die cut with the coordinating die.  Here's a closer look at the Ocean Porthole die with torn paper to represent water and sand.  I also put metal brads on the circles in the porthole die and twine on the anchor.
 
 
For the sand and water papers along with the kraft woodgrain background, I used my scissors edge to rough up the edges for a tattered look.  The background wood planks were die cut with the Wood Grain Planks die and cut from ivory woodgrain paper, then inked with Distress ink as seen below:
 
 
Then I glued them to some white card stock and cut the excess white off.
 
 
I matted that on a piece of cream woodgrain paper then on kraft woodgrain paper.
The torn paper for the water is from the Fresh Aqua paper pack.  The porthole die was also cut from kraft woodgrain paper then adhered to a white one and inked several times with the Distress Ink.
 
 
Below you can see to make the sand layer, I used the back of the woodgrain paper and inked it lightly then added some light tan dots with an alcohol marker.
 

I stamped the sentiment and adhered it inside the porthole just at the top so I could slip in the water and sand papers.  Once they were situated, I cut off the extra.  The anchor was attached in one spot with glue, then with glue dots I adhered the twine on the porthole and the back of the circle.  The porthole was then popped up on fun foam circle for dimension.  

 
Lastly I added one of the "Graceful Ocean Birds" after coloring his beak, legs and adding an eye with a black marker.  Here's closer look at the bird:
 
 
And here's one last look at my card with all the Memory Box products:
 
 
I love making nautical cards and they are so easy to do when you have such amazing ocean dies and stamps from Memory Box.  Be sure to check out all the new releases for 2021 HERE.
 
Thanks so much for stopping by!
 
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07/20/2021

Tue 20

Twiggy Alphabet
by Trina Pham

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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07/13/2021

Tue 13

Ahoy Matey
by Trina Pham

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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