Wed 09

Dendritic Paint Printing
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  I have a clean and simple underwater scene card to share today featuring the Dendritic Paint Printing technique.  In a nutshell, the technique involves smooshing acrylic paint between two hard surfaces, pulling them apart and lifting the resulting branchlike pattern onto a piece of paper.

I only have white acrylic paint, so I wanted to create a water background.  Started by masking the perimeter of an A2 size Bristol panel with 1” painter’s tape.  Ink blended Salvaged Patina and Blueprint Sketch distress inks (DI) using blender brushes.  Lightly spritz with water and dabbed off with a paper towel for some texture.

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Now for the technique.  Took one of my new acrylic cutting plates used for die cutting in my die cutting machine and added acrylic paint to it.  Spread it out with a flat brush, then pressed another acrylic cutting plate on top.  Pulled the plates apart, revealing this.

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Placed the ink blended water background on top and gently pressed to transfer the image.  Doesn't it look like coral? 

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The rays in the top left corner was an after thought and was created by blending more Salvaged Patina DI off the edge of a piece of acetate.

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The turtle was die cut from alcohol marker friendly cardstock and coloured in with Copic markers, while the fish were die cut from Bristol paper and coloured with a small detail blender and Spiced Marmalade DI.  Added eyes with a black pen and stamped the sentiment in black to finish,

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

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Tue 08

Mixed Media Birthday Card
by Sara Cook

Hello! I am trying something outside the box this week:)  I have been doing more and more mixed media projects and the new Gear 3D embossing folder got me inspired to mixed style steampunk with under the sea theme .  Hope this inspires you to rethink the different style in your collection to create something unique.

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Water Background:

I used a wet on wet watercolor technique on Memory Box watercolor paper with the blues, greens and gold from Kuretake.  I used a medium size brush and randomly added each color to the paper and then used a larger flat wide brush and made a wave motion to blend the colors together.

Gear layer:

Use the gold from the Polished foil paper and embossed with the 3D Gear folder.  I then lightly sanded the top of the paper to remove some of the foil.  I then painted using the new Lunar Paste from Simon Hurley.  I used all the new colors and randomly added them.  I cut out around the gears so the water background will be seen.

Fish:

I die cut the School of Fish out of watercolor paper and painted different colors with the Lunar Paint. I die cut the Graceful Jellyfish base and the top with dots out of blue and pink paper.  The top with the top I embossed with Speckled Egg  and Kitsch Flamino glazing.  I then die cut the other top out of acetate.  I painted one with Bee Sting and the other with Clear Skies out of Lunar Paste.  I adhere the painted acetate to the jellyfish body with foam and the embossed top with tape.  

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Rope:

I die cut the the looped die from the End of My Rope die set from watercolor paper 4 times.  Colored with Distressed Oxide Vintage Photo then Walnut Stain. I put the die back over the cut and then colored with Antique Linen.

Sentiment:

I embossed the Birthday from Bid and Little Reverse Word stamp set with Speckled Egg Glaze. I stamped Fishes from the Oceanside Typewriter stamp set and stamped with Versafine Clair Paradise ink on white card stock and cut to size. I used the matching sentiments and then distressed the edges with the side of  scissors. 

Assembly:

I created a card out of dark brown card stock that measured 4 3/4" x  6".  I adhered the water layer in the center.  Then adhere the Gear 3D layer making sure the water can be seen.  then I added the rope around the gears on the outside.  Then I added the jellyfish with foam tape as the focal point.  then added the sentiments Birthday with foam tape and Fishes with just tape.  Then added a few fish around the scene.  

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Mon 07

The Blooming Sweet Pea Blues
by Anne Thompson

I spent some time on this hot steamy day playing with the Blooming Sweet Pea Embossing Folder EF 1020, using watercolors, using colored pencils, and using patterned papers.  This is one of the watercolor cards:

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For this card I embossed the image on some of the Memory Box White Woodgrain Paper SH44001 and painted it with the lightest blue in my Kuretake watercolor paints.  Starting with a white notecard and Scor-Tape, I layered on a panel of light blue cardstock from the Stormy Blue Collection SP1006, then added a smaller panel of light blue plaid paper before securing the floral panel on top.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this embossing folder!

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So then I went a little crazy experimenting with more embossed images, first with a more diluted overall watercolor on watercolor paper:

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Then I used Prismacolor pencils:

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and I tried the embossing folder on several printed papers:

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I haven't decided which of the Memory Box floral dies I might use on top of the embossed flowers or whether I will use them as they are or which stamped sentiments I might add to the front or inside of each card.  I love that this embossed image can be used for so many different occasions and I am happy to have these on hand for whatever comes up.

Happy Crafting!

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Sun 06

Deep Sea Octopus Greetings by Jean Okimoto

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Turn the embossed Waves 3D design sideways and build a wavy seagrass background for the Deep Sea Octopus.  The irregular offcut from the End of My Rope die set creates a watery background for another Under the Sea design.  Freeform shapes, a peachy octopus and blue seagrass can add a summery look to everyday greetings.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another way to use the popular Waves 3D Embossing Folder - horizontally and embossed with iridescent glitter.

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Cut a turquoise 6x6 sheet from the Fresh Aqua Collection with the large End of My Rope die.  Save the rope frame for another project - we're using the offcut here.  Brayer VersaMark onto the top section of the Waves 3D Embossing Folder. Pressure-emboss the offcut with the VersaMark-ed embossing folder using the plate(s) required for your machine.

Heat-emboss the offcut with Imagine's Iridescent powder for clear, sparkly highlights.

Splatter specks of Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz on the right edge of a natural A6 card (4-½" x 6-¼").  Set it aside to dry.

Cut Deep Sea Octopus from a dark pink/coral 6x6 sheet in the Berry Red Collection.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind the eye cutout.

Stamp the greeting - from the Big and Little Reverse Words Clear Stamp and Die Set - on natural cardstock with Warm Breeze VersaFine Clair.  Trim it with the coordinating die. 

Assemble the card and add some adhesive jewels to the areas of the background that weren't Versa-Marked.  Add a jewel to the greeting too.

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Thanks for visiting...have a great weekend!

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Fri 04

Interactive Sailing Card
by Trina Pham

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Happy Fri-YAY everyone.  I have a summer interactive double slider card to share today.  I have not made one of these in years and after seeing Ali’s card on IG, I thought the Marina Sailboats would be fun to use for my card.  She even has a video, so it may be easier to understand after watching it.

I started by die cutting three rectangle panels from Bristol paper using the second largest Rectangle Basics die.  Trimmed two of them so they all can be layered in the end to create one scene.  Ink blended with blender brushes and distress inks (DI) Squeezed Lemonade, Spun Sugar, Peacock Feathers, Salvaged Patina, Brushed Corduroy and Antique Linen to create the sky, water and sandy beach.  Splattered with water and blot with a paper towel to give them texture.  Additional splatters was done with Vintage Photo DI for the sand.

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Next, I created the double slider mechanism from thick white cardstock measuring approximately 2”x3.5”.  Used one of the rectangle dies to die cut the notch on each end where the plastic will fit in.  Attached a pull tab at one end on the plastic next.

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I forgot to take a picture, but I used medium weight acetate strips to attach the sailboats to the plastic slider.  To make them move in opposite direction, the left one was adhered on the left front and the other one on the back right side.  The sliding mechanism was adhered onto the largest panel like so.  

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To not impede the sliding action, glue was added only to the four outer prongs.  Furthermore, foam tape was used to pop the second panel up.  A channel was cut from it to pop the left sailboat through and allow it to move across.

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Stamped the sentiment from Poppy Stamps Birthday Blowout with Brushed Corduroy DI to the third sandy panel before adding it directly onto the second panel.   While the ink was still wet, smudged it to give it a sandy look... it looked better in my head. 😂

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Mounted the whole piece to a white card base, then added waves to the water with a white gel pen and a few birds with a black marker to finish.  

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I have a video showing it in action, but had trouble uploading it here.  Once I post it on IG, I will update this post with a link to it.  In the meantime, here’s a collage of it in different positions.

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Update: as promised, you can view the card in action HERE.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful weekend.

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Thu 03

Offcut Backgrounds for the Whale Family by Jean Okimoto

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Create an underwater scene for the Whale Family with two offcuts from dies in the Under the Sea Collection.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with an easy way to build a wonky, abstract background from offcuts.  The Word Balloon and greeting are from the new Poppystamps Whittle Wonders Collection.  I buy Poppystamps designs to make card kits for Impress here in Seattle  and Stamps and Memories in Hawaii.  Memory Box and Poppystamps products are a great combination!

Cut the large frame from  the End of My Rose Set from dark purple sheet in the 6x6 Twilight Purple Collection. Save the rope-textured frame for another project - we'll use the big curve-y offcut here.

Blend turquoise, green, blue and purple inks on heavy white cardstock. Spritz it lightly with water and heat-set the inks.  Cut it with Deepwater Collage.  Save the outer collage diecut for another project - we're using the curve-y interior offcut again.  

Score and fold a side-folded lavender A2 card.  Use a corner rounder to trim the top left and bottom right corners to match the shape of the purple offcut - two rounded corners and two pointy corners.

Cut Whale Family from the blue-gray 6x6 sheet in the Stormy Collection.  Use scrap paper to mask the top portions of the whales and ink the textured bottom sections and the tail edges with Memento Luxe Wedding Dress.  Heat-set the ink.

Cut the Word Balloon from a scrap of the card's cardstock.  Stamp the greeting with Teal Zeal Memento.

Assemble the card - use foamtape for the whales.  Add jewel stickers from the multi-colored Bright Jewels and clear Fairy Drops.  If you're mailing the card, protect the card front with a layer of scrap cardstock.  Special handling and additional postage may be required for this card.   

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Enjoy and appreciate the versatility of your dies - there are so many ways to use them!  

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

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Wed 02

School of Fish Friends by Jean Okimoto

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A mixed fish collection probably isn't part of a typical friendship card - I hope their diversity (and a bit of social-distancing) is a reflection of everyday life.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here after a long morning of glitches...age-, files-, battery- and camera-related issues that all kicked in at once.

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Cut white cardstock with the largest Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  Cut it with Ring Stack. Attach strips of doublestick tape across the back of the rectangle.  Attach the rectangle to a white slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-⅝").  Set the delicate Ring Stack diecut into the adhesive-backed offcut.

Blend blue, teal, lavender and purple inks on smooth white cardstock.  Splatter it with specks of blue ink and Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Dry the inks, then cut the cardstock with Ring Stack.  Insert the oval offcuts - the adhesive is already there, just press them into place!  This creates a smooth inlaid card front vs. a piece of inked cardstock between the top layer and the card front.

Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to portions of the light gold, blue and turquoise Polished Foil Pad sheets.  The extra layer adds dimension and defines the details on the fish.  You'll have a lot of beautiful, detailed metallic fish for future projects! 

Attach the fishes - use foamtape for the 3 gold fishes.

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Prep white cardstock with the embossing powder tool to eliminate stray flecks of gold.  Stamp the greeting - from the Joyful Moments Clear Stamp Set - with VersaMark and emboss it with detail gold powder.  Cut it with the 2-¼" Circle Basics die.  Cut a scrap of the ink-blended paper to add some color to the right edge of the circle.

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Thanks for stopping by - see you again tomorrow!

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Tue 01

Memory Box Challenge #73- Feeling Blue

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Greetings friends. June has arrived, and it is time for a another challenge! We hope you will join us in the fun. Thank you so much to everyone participated in last month's water challenge. We always love seeing your incredible creations

The winner of the blog badge as well as the random drawing winner was Jenny Martin of the My paper Epiphany blog. We loved her underwater design:

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Please contact me at stampjournal@gmail.com to claim your prize.

Want to play along in this month's challenge?  The rules are simple - just create a project following the theme, use at least one Memory Box stamp or die on your project and link your entry to this blog post.  You can make a card, a scrapbook page, a home decor item, etc..  To encourage participants with various levels of stamping experience, one entry will be selected at random to win a prize. Enter as many times as you want, but your name will only be entered once into the random prize drawing.   In addition, the design team will select their favorite entry to  be highlighted on the Outside the Box blog and that designer will receive our winner badge to proudly display on their blog. 

You don't have to have a blog in order to participate.   You can upload your project to any online gallery and link it to this post.   In fairness to other players, we reserve the right to remove entries that do not use at least one Memory Box product.  You are also welcome to link your design to other challenges.  Feel free to grab our badge to post on your blog post or side bar.

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It is time for another color challenge.  This month the theme is "blue." Does that make you think of summer skies? Blue waters? It is really up to you!  We would love to see your take on this theme.  All we ask is that you incorporate the color blue somehow on your card and use at least one Memory Box product in your entry.

Need a bit of inspiration? Check out these samples to get you started:

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There are several ways for you to enter the contest:

1.)  Link your finished work below

2.)  Enter on Instagram by tagging your sketch project with the #mbchallenge73 hashtag

You have until the end of the day (EST) on Tuesday, June 29.   Don't forget, you have to use at least one Memory Box item on your entry.  One project will be chosen at random to win the following prize:

 

 

 

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Mon 31

Simlple and Elegant Wedding Card
by Sara Cook

Hello everyone!  I know there is an explosions of weddings this summer.  I will show how to make a quick and elegant wedding card using the new Blooming Sweet Pea 3D embossing folder.

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Emboss a white 80 lb white card with the Blooming Sweet Pea 3D embossing folder. Trim down to 4 1/4" tall by 2 1/4" wide.  Trim a black card to 4 / 1/4" tall by 2 1/2" wide and adhere to the back of the embossed card.

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For the flower I choose the Dreamy Freesia die for the focal point. You can choose any flower to match the wedding.  There are so many elegant flowers from the spring release to choose from. I watercolored the flower but die cutting from a matching color  paper would also be stunning.  There are so many colors to chose from. I die cut the flower from Memory Box Watercolor Paper. I used Kuretake watercolors to water color the flower using a dry technique with a wet brush.  Concentrating the darker color in the center and lighter at the end of the petals.  For the puds I used very little water to get a darker color.  Let dry.  watercolor the stem.  Let dry.  I used a Posh white paint pen to add a white center and outline the petals.

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Create an A2 card out of white card stock.  Adhere the matted embossed panel to the left of the card.  Stamp the "wishing you all the happiness in the world" on the right hand side with black ink from the All the Happiness stamp set.  Adhere some Fairy Drop embellishments around the sentiment.  Adhere the flower onto the 3D embossed panel.  

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Sun 30

Put It In Gear Birthday Slimline by Jean Okimoto

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Switch gears from flowers and prettiness to a slimline design for your special guy's birthday.  Slimlines provide plenty of space for bold designs, strong colors and a bit of sparkle.  Hi, happy weekend, Jean Okimoto here with a birthday design featuring the new Put It In Gear 3D Embossing Folder.

Trim the brown 6x6 from the Earth Neutral Collection to about 4-½ x 6".  Spritz both sides lightly with water, then emboss it with the Put It In Gear folder.  Cut it using part of the 3-⅛ x 8-⅛" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers Die.  Trim it to 5-½" wide.

Cut the dark orange 6x6x from the Sunny Orange Collection with the 6-¾ x 1-¾" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  Trim the cardstock to 3-¾" wide.  Spritz it with a generous amount of Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Let it airdry for a few minutes, then heat-set.  Add rich highlights to any of the 6x6 Collection sheets with Imagine's spritzes for customized metallic cardstock to match your designs.

Cut Birthday Mail Posh Script from the green 6x6 Lush Green Collection sheet and the dark brown Earth Neutral sheet.  It's a perfectly-sized mix of two great fonts that are easy to diecut and attach.  An added bonus - the tiny dot over the "i" is diecut from the background instead of the delicate script.  Just glue a scrap of brown cardstock behind the dot instead of saving and attaching that tiny dot.

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Cut three of Tall Birthday Candles overlay from the dark teal 6x6 in the Fresh Aqua Collection.  Cut three solid backgrounds from the light orange Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad.  Assemble the candles starting at the flame and working towards the bottom.  Attach the candle flame with foamtape.

Attach everything to a white slimline card (3-½ x 8-½").  Slim Basic Rectangle Layers create perfectly proportioned layering pieces for slimline cards.  The die set also eliminates measuring and cutting (and re-cutting!) layers that might otherwise be noticeably wonky on such slim  cards.

Add turquoise jewels from the Bright Jewels set.  

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Thanks for visiting...have a great weekend!

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