21 posts categorized "Sara Cook"


Tue 15

Weaved Paper Technique
by Sara Cook

Hello everyone.  I have not been too motivated to create and looking towards different inspirations.  I have a been experimenting with different styles and techniques lately. My inspiration today came from my sister, who sent me a "get well" card for my lack of creativity.  I hope this help inspired your designs and will try the weaved paper technique with the Vertical Line Collage die. 


Weaved Panel:

Die cut the Vertical Line Collage die from the Earth Neutral, mid-tone warm brown (trim to size 6" x 1 1/2"), and Garden Folly red paper with the ferns.  Keep the red paper strips for weaving.  Save the die cut for a later card.  The die's envelope makes it easy to save die cuts for use in other projects.  Cut a 1/8" strip out of dark gold from the Polished Foil pack.  Weaving the red paper strips through the Vertical Line Collage die cut 5 time each side.  Weave the gold strip once on both ends.  Then adhere the strip on top of the ends around 1/8" from the first weave on both ends.  Adhere the weaved die cut to a strip of rice paper and trim around the outside.  Then adhere the weaved die cut to a strip of gold foil paper that is 6"x 1 3/4". Adhere mounting tape to the back. 


Focal Point:

Die cut Dreamy Freesia out of dark gold from the Polished Foil pack and red card stock from Berry Red, matching the Garden Folly paper.  Having the solid, 110lb, paper makes it super simple to match paper to your project.  Fussy cut just the flower from the red card stock and use Distress Oxide Cracking Campfire to the outer edges of the flower. Quickly shape the flower with your fingers and adhere to over the gold foil flower. Add a Clear Jewels to the center of the flower and color with a yellow alcohol markers.  *Color clear jewels to match your project with any alcohol markers.*


Card base:

The card base is 6" x 4 3/4" from the Earth Neutral, dark tone warm brown. Then adhere the Garden Folly red paper with the ferns that is cut to 5 3/4" xc 4 1/2".  Cut a 4 3/4' x 3" strip from Kraft Woodgrain paper and ink blend Distress Oxide Brushed Corduroy and Walnut Stain. Adhere, centering it to the left side, 1/4" from the border. 


Adhere the weaved panel to the center of the panel.  Adhere to a top fold card the same size as the card base.


Sara Signature




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.


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.


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.  



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.


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. 


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.  






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.


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.


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.


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.  






Tue 25

Pop Up Sea Scape Card
by Sara Cook

Wondering what your friend is up to?  How about creating a pop up card with a sea scape view to get back in touch with an old friend.


Card Layout:

Take heavy card stock, at least 110lb, and cut 2 panels to 5 1/2" x 6 1/4".  Score on the long side at 1/2" and 1" on both ends of the panels.  For all scores, fold the outer 1/2" score up and over and the inside 1" score inside.  

Front Window:

Cut the blue/green stripped paper from the Garden Folly pack to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". Use the 4th largest die from the Nested Globes die set and die cut a winder in the middle of the paper.  Take 1 of the card panels and secure, with removable tape, the patterned paper to the middle of the card and align the Nested Glade die in the cut out.  Run through the die cutting machine.  Take the 3rd largest die from the Nested Globes die set and the 4th largest and tape together to create a window frame.  Die cut the frame from the white Woodgrain Paper.  Color the paper with Distress Ink Antique Linen and then lightly with Vintage phot.  Adhere the pattern paper to the panel and then the frame.


Sea Scape:

Embossing a light mid tone blue paper rom the Ocean Blue paper pack with Waves 3D embossing folder.  Take sand paper and lightly sand the top of the waves.  Lightly add Distress Picket Fence ink over the waves.  Blend lightly with foam pad.  Let dry.  Fussy cut around the waves about half way down.  Die cut the smallest post from Marina Sailboat dies.  The sails are from Fresh Aqua.  The base of the boat is from Kraft Woodgrain Paper (lightly add Distress Vintage Photo to enhance the wood grain).  the Pole is cut from silver card stock.   Die cut the Oceanside Lighthouse from white and dark blue from Ocean Blue paper.  Cut off the top of the Lighthouse under the railing and glue on the white die cut.  Die cut the Waves from white and same blue of the embossed waves and glue together.


Ink plend a white 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" panel with Distress Squeezed Lemonade from the bottom and Broken China from the top and lightly blend in the middle.  


Stamp "water you up to?" from the Oceanside Typewriter Sentiment stamp set with a light blue ink on white card stock.  Trim down to the  1/4" tall.  Adhere under the window frame.

Flying birds:

Die cut the Flying Gulls birds out of white card stock.  Cut 2 strip of acetate to 4 1/2" x 1/4".  Adhere 1 bird to end of each strip.  Save 1 bird to adhere to the back panel.


Take the back scored and folder panel and adhere the sky panel in the center.  Adhere the 3D embossing waves at the bottom of the panel.  Adhere the lighthouse and wave to the right hand side, tucking it behind the waives.  Make sure you can see the lighthouse through the window.  Adhere the sails boat on top of the waves slightly off center to the left. Ahdere 1 bird in the sky.  Take the 2 bird acetate strips and adhere them with tap on the 1/2" score section of the back panel.  Add strong glue to the outer 1/2" score on both end and add the front panel on top creating a tab. 

Pop Up:

Push the tab into the card and slide into an envelope.  When you pull the card out it will pop up.






Sat 22

Shell by the Sea Shore Card
by Sara Cook

Hello everyone. I have a sea shore inspired card using the new Under the Sea release dies. Perfect card to send to someone you have not talked to for awhile. 



Emboss the Grand Tulip Shell outline die on cream card stock then use the base die to cut it out.  This will help in the coloring of the shell.  Die cut the out line out of the same cream card stock. Ink blend the shell and out line all over with Distress Oxide Antique Linen. Then ink blend Distress Oxide Tattered Rose all over the outline die cut and on the shell around the areas that were embossed with the outline. Add more ink in the smaller sections of the shell.  For the opening of the shell ink blend Distress Oxide Picked Raspberry at the top of the opening and blend down.  Glue the outline to the base shell.  To set the color and add a gloss to the shell apply a layer of Distress College Medium Matte and let dry.


Standing Birds

Use the Graceful Ocean Birds to die cut 2 birds out of 110lb card stock.  Color the feet and shade the underneath of the birds with Distress Oxide Antique Linen ink. Ccolor in the beaks with a yellow/orange watercolor marker.  For the eye use a fine tip black marker and add a dot.


Need 2 wood planks.  Check out my blog post on how to make wood planks (insert link).  Trim 2 pcs of mounting tape to 1/8' think and 1" tall and 1/4" think and 1/2" tall.  Peal off the backing and center the wood plank on the tape vertically.  Wrap the edges of the wood plank around to the back side.  Secure with glue, if needed.  Color any white showing with a alcohol based dark brown or black marker.  Color the bottom with the marker and blend in the color.


Die cut the smaller Cheerful Crab out of heavy red card stock.  Add 2 layers of Glossy Accents to the crab, drying in between each layer. 

Rope Boarder:

Die cut and emboss the boarder die from the End of My Rope die set twice, 1 form cream card stock and 1 from dark brown card stock.  Glue cream card stock on top of the brown.  Ink blend Distress Antique Linen all over die cut.  Use the die as a stencil and putting it over the die cut and ink blend Distress Brushed Corduroy on the cut out areas.  Take the Brushed Corduroy and add a little to the sides of the boarder die cut.



Sandy Beach:

Use a tan colored card stock to make a 4 1/4'x5/12' panel.  Use a small fan brush to splattered ink on the bottom portion of the panel.  Use the following inks, IN THE FOLLOING ORDER, to create the beach, Distress Ink: Brushed Corduroy and Vintage Photo, Oxide Ink: Tattered Rose, Antique Linen and Picket Fence.


On 110lb white card stock, ink blend from one end to the other, wide wise, with Distress Oxide Ink Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers and Mermaid Lagoon.  Use a narrow blending brush to add waives out of Tumbled Glass and Picket Fence.  Let dry.  Stamp the Long Time No Sea with dark blue pigment ink from the Oceanside Typewriter Sentiments.  Tare from the front side of the paper 1/2" ~ 3/4" off the bottom to show the white card stock to make the look of water crashing on the beach.


Adhere the ocean/sky panel to the beach panel.  Adhere the pilings, cutting off any excess, and then set the feet of the standing birder into the pilings. Adhere all the other elements to the card.  I also added a Flying Gulls cut from white card stock in the upper sky area.  Adhere to a A2 size card.






Tue 11

Coral Reef Scene with Video
by Sara Cook

Greetings.  I have a beautiful coral reef scene card using the new release dies from Under the Sea.  The dies and glitter paper makes it easy to recreate a coral reef scene.  There are a lot of steps but they go fast.  Check out the video tutorial, link below.



Select 3 colors from the Fresh Aqua paper pack. Trim down to A2, 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  Die cut the Kelp Collage die from the lightest color paper and then Bubble Coral Collage die from the medium color and the Deepwater Collage die from the darkest color.  Center the dies with the first die cut to align the scene. Trim off all the kelp, coral and seaweed pcs from the die cuts.  


Die cut coral dies from Coral and Kelp Ribbon and Bubble Coral Collage out of pinke paper from the Delicate Pastel Glitter pad and orange from the Frosted Glitter pad.  I die cut all dies from each paper.  Then choose 2 of the die cuts one from pink and one from orange paper and color with R32 Copic marker to create 2 coral colored glitter.


Die cut the kelp dies from the Coral and Kelp Ribbon and Kelp Collage out of aqua Polished Foil Pad pack twice.

Start gluing the coral and kelp die cuts on the collage die cuts.  Change up colors and styles as you go.  Always stock the collage die cuts together to make sure the coral and kelp is where you want it.  Keep a spot open in the upper portion of the scene for the turtle.  Add double sided foam tape to the back of the collage die cuts.

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Die cut the turtle from the Sea Creatures out of 110lb white card stock.  Color the turtle shell with Copic marker E23 and E27. Cover each square in the shell with E23 and then go back with E27, flicking the ink from top to bottom, not covering up the full area.  Go back over the area with E23.  Cover the area around the squares with YG03 and then YG63.  Go around the outside of the shell with YG63.  Brush Ranger Collage Medium Matte on the shell and let dry.  Color the turtle with YG03 and then add YG63 on the under side of the body and color in the fee.  Color the edge of the feet and eye with E37 and go over with YG63.


Cut glossy, white, paper into 6, 2 inch squares.  Appy Distress Oxide ink onto each square, Fossilized Amber, Peacock Feather, Cracked Pistachio and Ketch Flamingo. To secure the ink on the glossy paper, blend Distress Glaze on top of each paper and then wipe  excess with a cloth.  Die cut each color paper from the smaller School of Fish die.  

Start to adhere in the fish in and around the coral and kelp collage die cuts, arranging the fish until you like it.  Cut a thin piece of acetate to 1/2" x 5 1/2 ".  Adhere the acetate strop on the backside of the Kelp Collage die cut centering it.  Adhere the turtle to the top portion of the acetate strip, looking like the turtle is swimming up towards the surface.  Remove the backing from the foam tape and adhere the largest to smallest collage die cuts on top of each other.  Adhere the 3 layered collage dies to a A2 card base.  The card base should be a dark color then the 3 layers.








Sat 24

Ocean themed masculine birthday card
by Sara Cook

If you love nautical themed cards Memory Box has the dies and embossing folder to create like crazy.  I love recreating ocean themed scenes and this release is so amazing to easily add depth and texture to your cards.  I did go a little crazy on this card.  It will be a longer project but sooo worth it in the end.


Wood paneling:

Die cut the Wood Grain Planks twice from 80lb cream color card stock.  Next ink blend each plank with the following ink in order, Distress Oxide Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs, and Walnut Stun.  Do NOT over blend, letting some of the colors to show.  Then lightly ink blend with regular Distress Vintage Photo ink.  Let dry.  With a wide paint brush, brush on Distress Collage Medium Matte to all the wooden planks.  Let dry. Just imagine all the things you can create with this die and technique!



Die cut the Porthole die out of 110lb black card stock 2 times.  Glue the 2 pcs together.  Rubber the gold color from eh CRAF-T Metallic Rub-On paint with your finger over the die cut unevenly.   


Front Assembly Panel:

Cut a 5 1/2"x 4 1/4" panel out of 80lb card stock.  Die cut the Porthole die from center.  Discard the inter circle die cut and keep the porthole die cut. Start at the bottom of the panel with 1 plank adhering it halfway on the paper.  Line up the next plank. start to fill up the panel off setting the planks like a wood floor.  Use smaller planks around the inner circle. Trim around the planks around the panel.  Adhere the 1 layer, uncolored porthole die cut from the back of the panel.  Cut a piece of acetate larger than the porthole and glue to the back of the 2 layered, colored, porthole and trim off the excess.  Adhere the porthole over the front panel.  Add double sided foam tape to  back of the panel.


Die cut the Deep Sea Octopus from the lightest pink paper from Berry Red paper pack.  Glue a small piece of blank card stock behind the eye.  Choose a heavy vellum paper and emboss using the Wave 3D embossing folder.  The vellum will rip but we will use those rips to add the octopus in front of the panel.   if needed take a exacto blade to cut areas to stick the head and arms through the vellum. Use the front panel to make sure the octopus is visible through the port hole.  Glue the octopus in place. 



Trim down the lights blue paper from the Ocean Blue paper pack to A2 size. Adhere the embossed waves to the light blue paper and then to a A2 card base.  I would recommend a 110lb card stock for the card base.  Remove the backing from the front panel card.  Use the Big and Little Words stamp set to stamp Deepest Birthday Wishes on the lightest blue paper from the Ocean Blue paper pack in dark brown ink, Distress Oxide Walnut Stain.  Trim and adhere to front of the card.




Tue 13

Stained Glass Butterfly
by Sara Cook

Spring is finally here in the Northwest and inspiring me to create.  I have used the Stained Glass Butterfly die to create a see through card with a stained glass effect with alcohol inks


Front Panel:

Select a diagonal based pattern paper from the Madras Plaid Blue and Violet pad.  Die cut the Stained Glass Butterfly die from upper center of the paper making a diamond shape cut out.  Trim paper down to 4" x 5 1/4" keeping the cut out to the upper center of the paper.  

Card Base:

Make a A2 top fold card base from white 110 lb paper.  Line up the the front panel on the outside of the card base, leaving a 1/8" boarder, and secure in place with low tack tape.  Line up the Stained Glass Butterfly die in the cut out and secure in place.  Run the card base with the back panel open through the die cutting machine.  Remove the front panel and keep the Stained Glass Butterfly die cut for later.


Stained Glass Butterfly:

Take a 3" square piece of acetate and add alcohol ink to the acetate.  Blow the alcohol around to slightly mix the colors together.  I choose 3 colors to match the Madras Plaid Blue and Violet paper, Ranger Villainous in Pearl, Pink Sherbet and Stream.  Die cut the Stained Glass Butterfly from the darkest gold in the Polished Foil Pad pack.



Die cut the Thank You Posh Script bottom die out of white 110lb card stock and out of a matching green from the Fresh Aqua paper pad. Glue the Fresh Aqua on top of the white die cut off setting it to create a highlight.


Adhere the alcohol acetate behind the diamond cut out in the front panel. Trim off any excess acetate the hangs out.  Adhere the Stained Glass Butterfly in the front window. Take the front panel and adhere to the card base, aligning the cut out.  Take the white Stained Glass Butterfly cut out and adhere it to the inside of the card.  Be sure to but the glue on the front of the die cut because you need to see the backside of the cut out.  







Tue 06

Hello Daisy
by Sara Cook

Hope everyone is having a good spring so far.  I have lively spring card that is quick and colorful using Memory Box watercolor paper and Daisy Stem die.  



Die cut the Memory Box watercolor paper with the 2nd largest die from Wrapped Stitched Rectangles set.  Stamped the paper with the Typewriter Holiday Element word background stamp and white heat embossed.  Wet both sides of the paper with water.  I picked out 4 colors to watercolor with from my paints, bright yellow, a light green, a turquoise, and a blue.  Randomly dap the color starting with the lightest to the darkest until the paper is mostly colored.  Let the water blend the colors and only lightly touch the color together with your paintbrush. The background does not need to be fully painted.  Let dry.


Die cut the Daisy Stem flower die from the lightest yellow paper from the Sunny Orange paper pack and both stem and leaves die from a green paper from the Lush Green paper back.  I lightly added watercolored the die cuts with the matching paint used in the background.  I did add a light brown paint to the base of the daisy.  Let dry.



I stamped the hello sentiment from the Big and Little Reverse Words set with a matching aqua pigment ink, I used Fresh Ink Spruce ink pad.  Die cut the sentiment with the matching die.


Adhere the background watercolor to a matching color paper.  I chose the  darkest paper from the Fresh Aqua paper pack and trim down to 5"x3 3/4" to create a boarder.  Then adhere it to a A2 card base.  Glue the flowers together and then on the stem. Adhere the leave setem and then the flower to the center of the card.  Adhere the sentiment over the lower portion of the flower with foam tape.  







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.