175 posts categorized "Summer"

07/26/2020

Sun 26

Emboss and Distress the Garden Party Floral Corner by Jean Okimoto

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Blend the warm colors of a summer sunset onto Open Studio Watercolor Paper and add 3D embossing to create a floral card for any occasion.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with another Garden Party Collection design before we introduce you to our 2020 Holiday Collection.

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Cut the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper with the 4" Square Basics die.  Spritz it with a light mist of water and sponge it with overlapping layers of Distress Oxides.  I've used spun sugar, squeezed lemonade and dried marigold here - but any combination of your favorite soft pastels would work for this design.

Air-dry the inks.  Moisten the reverse side of the paper with another quick spritz of water to prep it for embossing.  Emboss it with the Floral Corner 3D Embossing Folder using the plate(s) required for your machine.  Here's what I used for my Platinum - thick base platform, folder with the watercolor paper (inked side up) and two layers of 80# cardstock.  No embossing mats or plates.

Place the embossed paper on a smooth, hard surface and distress it with sandpaper or a sanding block.  I used #180 sandpaper and short, light upward strokes. Remove the residue with a tissue.  Attach it to a side-folded 5-½" square white card.

Stamp the greeting - from the Peony Garden Corner Clear Stamp and Die Set - on white cardstock with Melon Fresh Ink.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut the top and two sides with the 2-½" Square Basics die, then trim the bottom edge.  Attach it with foam tape.

Color the white glitter sheet from the Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad with a Copic, Sharpie or Zebra Mildliner pen.  Punch ¼" accent dots.

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Our Design Team can't wait to start sharing our newest release and holiday designs with you...great dies, embossing folders, new glitter glues, artpapers and 6x6's.   There's something for everyone!

Thanks for visiting...see you on Thursday - 

Jeansignature-3

 

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07/23/2020

Thu 23

Build a Birthday Cake with Snowglobe Bases by Jean Okimoto

 

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One of my favorite classes to teach at Impress is BEYOND THE BOX.  We take ideas from my blog posts then tweak them, using Memory Box products in unexpected and unintended ways.  For example, build a 4-layer birthday cake with the popular Snowglobe Bases and Sunset Blush Wide Washi Tape.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a card that could have two reactions -  #1-OK, maybe it's a birthday cake - or #2-what was she thinking?    It all begins with Snowglobe Bases

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Attach Sunset Blush Wide Washi Tape to pink cardstock and cut various sections of it with Snowglobe Bases.

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Stack the layers and tape them together.  Cut three of the Tall Birthday Candles from the pink Delicate Pastels 6x6 glitter cardstock.  Color the flame sections with a Sharpie, Zebra Mildliner or Copic Marker.  Attach the candles behind the top layer.  Trim the left edge of the two bottom layers.

Attach peachy-pink cardstock to adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet and cut Birthday Cursive Script Circle.  Leave the tiny dot over the "i" in the die until you're ready to attach it.  Attach the diecut to a side-folded white A2 card.  Add the tiny dot.

Stamp "wishes" - from the Cherry Blossom Wreath Clear Stamp and Die Set - on the same cardstock with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim it and attach it to the card with foam tape.

Cut three butterflies from the Birch Press Design Butterfly Cluster set from the pale pink Delicate Pastel glitter cardstock.  Color them with a peach marker, dry the ink, and attach them to the card.

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Enjoy experimenting and creating different looks with dies, stamps and papers from your Memory Box stash.  I think you'll be surprised and happy to discover so many ways to use Dave's great designs!

Thanks for visiting - see you again this weekend...

Jeansignature-3

 

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07/16/2020

Thu 16

Concentric-Cutting with Square Basics by Jean Okimoto

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Multi-colored diecut frames are everywhere right now and the 16-piece Square Basics set is a great way to create that look.  View Jennifer McGuire's video for her great techniques and examples.  

You won't need a special set of dies to cut frames - thick or thin.  This link to our #300-series of dies displays our nesting sets of squares, rectangles, hexagons, ovals, octagons and circles that are perfect for frame-cutting. 

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a design that began as a trial and became a card.  Tape the 2", 1-½", 1" and ½" dies together.  Brush the remaining exposed tape with the embossing powder tool to reduce the tackiness so the tape won't damage the diecuts.  

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Instead of patiently piecing strips of the Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad and diecutting them into nesting frames I diecut the glossy cover of the 6x6 pad "for practice" and decided to use it for today's card.  

Remove the frames from the die and rotate them to arrange contrasting colors.  Cut the ½" square again from another section for better color contrast. Re-assemble the pieces and tape them together on the reverse side.  Pale peach sections keep the card from looking too sweet or like a pink and blue baby card.  

Cut the butterfly print - from the Springtime Bouquet 6x6 set - with the 3" square die.  Stamp the greeting - from the Cherry Blossom Wreath Clear Stamp and Die Set - with Lilac Posies Memento Luxe and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the 1-½" square die.

Cut the 2 small Poppystamps Intricate Cut Butterflies from the pink Delicate Pastel 6x6 sheet.  It's a set of 4 detailed butterflies...beautiful details without the little pieces!  

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Attach the diecuts to a side-folded 5-¼" square white card - use foam tape for the butterflies.  Square cards require extra postage.

Revisit your stash of prints, glitter and metallic cardstock and up-cycle them into great frames.  I'll  use the blue and green frame squares for a weekend project.

Thanks for visiting!

Jeansignature-3

 

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07/12/2020

Sun 12

Giulia Border and a Concentric-Cut Set of Echo Blossoms by Jean Okimoto

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The new Giulia Border is a delicate backdrop for the bold concentric-cut Poppystamps Echo Blossoms.  It's esy to create the look of stacked floral layers - without the bulk - by cutting a single layer of Memory Box Open Studio Watercolor Paper with 6 of the Echo Blossoms dies. Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here sharing a summer design today.

Arrange the dies - cut-side down - and tape them together.

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Flip them over and brush the remaining exposed tape with the embossing powder prep tool to keep the tape from sticking to the whatever you're diecutting.  The tape holds the dies securely - while the powder coats and deactivates the rest of the adhesive.  

I diecut some pink/coral/orange-sponged Memory Box Open Studio Watercolor Paper from the stash. Leave the diecuts in the die and tape them together across the back to handle them as one piece.

Stamp the greeting - from the Poppystamps Greeting Basics Clear Stamp Set - on a scrap of the inked paper with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then cut it with the second-smallest Echo Blossom Die.

Cut the gray Dashing Stripes and Dots 6x6 cardstock with the medium Stylish Rectangle Trio die.  

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to white cardstock and cut Giulia Border.  The extra layer adds dimension to the diecut without having to glue two diecuts together. 

Attach the diecuts to a light gray A6 card (4-½" x 6-¼").  Cut yellow glitter cardstock - from the Twinkling Jewel 6x6 Glitter Pack - with the smallest Echo Blossom die.  Punch matching ¼" circles for little accents too.

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Special thanks to everyone who ordered my VERY SIMPLY ASIAN class kits from the Impress OnLine Store and from Stamps and Memories in Hawaii (808 484.9107)  I appreciate your support personally - and for independent businesses like Memory Box, Impress OnLine and Stamps and Memories.  It's time to prep another kit - BUTTERFLIES, BLOSSOMS & BLING - 5 colorful cards with glossy diecuts and accents, glitter and favorite summer icons.  

Thanks for visiting - see you again on Thursday!

Jeansignature-3

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07/09/2020

Thu 09

Watercolor, Spotlight and Distress the Chrysanthemum Field by Jean Okimoto

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07/05/2020

Sun 05

Distressed Watercolored Embossing by Jean Okimoto

 

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Here are some techniques to add color and sparkle to 3-D embossed images. Let's add some distressed watercolors - and a lot of glitter - to the Butterfly Gathering design for a summer birthday card.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a card that evolved during the process.

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Spritz a light mist of water onto the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Sponge it with overlapping layers of shaded lilac, peacock feathers and cracked pistachio Distress Oxides.  Air-dry it. Cut it with the largest die from the Geodesic Oval Trio.

Spritz the reverse side lightly and pressure-emboss it using the plate(s) required for your machine.  Here's the sequence I used on my Spellbinders Platinum - base platform, embossing folder, two layers of cardstock.  No embossing plate or rubber mat.  Machines differ - please don't force the materials through your machine.

Carefully distress the three butterflies with sandpaper or the tip of a medium-grade sanding block. Use light, short sanding strokes instead of heavy pressure or a circular motion.  Brush the residue off.  Attach the diecut to a white A6 card (4-½" x 6-¼").  Attach the delicate geodesic frame.  Use a skewer to spread Open Studio Dragonfly Glitter Glue within the distressed outlines.  

We usually add accents to the diecut before attaching it to the card - but we all know what happens to the damp glitter glue when we flip the diecut over to add the adhesive, then press it onto the card.  

Cut the turquoise glitter sheet from the 6x6 Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pack with Honeycomb Square to create pretty little glitter hexagons.

Stamp the birthday wishes - from the Poppystamps Greeting Basics Clear Stamp Set - with Warm Breeze VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.

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Trim the greeting with a die from the Rectangle Basics set for nice finished edges.  If the dies don't match the shape of the greeting - cut it with a larger die, then just trim the bottom edge.  Attach it with foam tape.

Hope you know someone celebrating a summer birthday - and try these techniques with our other 3D Embossing Folders too.   

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

Jeansignature-3

 

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07/02/2020

Thu 02

Scribble Rose Trio in the Circle Fold Frame by Jean Okimoto

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The Scribble Rose Trio and Background fit perfectly into the new Poppystamps Circle Fold Frame.  Add details and texture with the Poppystamps Scallop Small Curve Border and a few glittered dots  - and your card is ready to go.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a mix of Memory Box and Poppystamps designs on a simple summer card.

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The Poppystamps Circle Fold Frame cuts and scores the left and right panels for a square card.  Cut two frames from pale yellow-green cardstock.  Crease them on the "circle fold."  Pressure-emboss the folded panels with the Poppystamps Scallop Small Curve Border. Adhere the vertical inside edges of the panels.

Cut the  pale yellow-green cardstock with the 4-¼" Square Basics die.  Attach the tabs of the folded panels to the right and left sides of the square.  

The Circle Fold Frame set includes a die to cut a smaller inside circle.  Use it to cut the pale green Garden Folly 6x6 print.  Attach it in the center of the card.

Cut the detailed Scribble Rose Trio from Easter Grass cardstock.  Cut the solid background from Juicy Pear cardstock.  Layer the diecuts and attach them to the Garden Folly print circle.

Punch ¼" dots of the green glittered cardstock from the 6x6 Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pack.

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Hope you'll be inspired to enter July's FRAMED! Challenge...for a chance to win some great dies for all of your papercrafting projects.

Big thanks to everyone who purchased my Garden Party Greetings card kits from the Impress online store and from Stamps and Memories in Hawaii - I appreciate it!  My new kit - Very Simply Asian - is ready now.  Make  5 cards reflecting the simple beauty of Japanese design - using a bunch of Memory Box and Poppystamps dies - and no origami!

Thanks for visiting...have a safe and happy long weekend if you're celebrating on the 4th!

Jeansignature-3

 

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06/27/2020

Sat 27

Gloriosa Butterflies, Geodesic Ovals and Glitter by Jean Okimoto

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There are so many ways to combine the great dies, papers and stamps in our 2020 collections.  Take advantage of the coordinating colors and themes to create quick cards for any occasion.  

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Hi, Jean Okimoto here with two cards using the same papers, dies, stamps and colors to streamline the process and save time.  The tools and supplies are ready - make some cards for your stash, or for gifts.  

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Cut the Gloriosa Butterfly Duo Backgrounds from Juicy Pear cardstock.  Cut the Gloriosa Butterfly Duo Outlines  and center/antennae sections from the lime green glitter cardstock in the Twinkling Jewel 6x6 Glitter Pack.  Cut the tiny butterflies - from the Butterfly Meadow die set - from the green glittered cardstock too.

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Cut the leafy green Garden Folly 6x6 print with the big little Geodesic Oval dies

Score, cut and fold an A6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card and a top-folded A2 card of Easter Grass cardstock.  

Stamp the greetings - from the Poppystamps Greeting Basics Clear Stamp Set - on light green cardstock with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.  Quickly heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim the greetings with the Rectangle Basics dies.

Assemble the cards - use foam dots for the greetings and butterfly wings.

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Take a few extra minutes to make duplicate or similar cards with the tools and supplies you're working with.  Save some time now, have handcrafted cards ready when you need them... and have a great weekend!

 

Thanks for visiting...

Jeansignature-3

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06/24/2020

Wed 24

Diecut Wide Washi Tape Stickers by Jean Okimoto

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Memory Box and Poppystamps dies create unique washi tape stickers for any project  Add them to cards, giftbags, tags, party favors or decor for color-coordinated accents with a very strong adhesive.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with 2 easy summer cards.  I use a lot of labels, sticker sheets and laminates - I'll have a stash of of the liner sheets if I save them.

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Attach Cornelia Aqua Wide Washi Tape to a recycled liner sheet from address labels.  Cut it with the Poppystamps Thank You Stitched Tag. Cut the Poppystamps Grosgrain Bow and the tag's "thank you"  from pale peach cardstock.  Attach everything to a side-folded blue 5 x 3 ½" notecard.  

Cut the middle-sized Geodesic Oval from the washi tape too.  Cut the Geodesic Oval again from natural white cardstock - we're using the frame. Place the smallest Poppystamps Flora Bloom in the 2 ¼" Flora Blooms Solids die.  Cut natural cardstock with the double-die. Color a light-colored Delicate Pastel glitter cardstock sheet with a marker.  Let the ink dry, then punch ¼" circles.  Cut a scrap of it to fit behind the circles in the diecut flower.

Stamp the greeting from the Peony Garden Corner Clear Stamps on natural cardstock with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair.  Attach the Geodesic Oval, Flora Blooms and greeting to a top-folded A2 card of Coral Cream cardstock.  Add the glitter dots.

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Thanks for visiting!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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06/18/2020

Thu 18

Peony Garden Corner Greetings by Jean Okimoto

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Framed blossoms from the Peony Garden Corner Clear Stamps and Dies say hello in  shades of green and chartreuse.  Add the Poppystamps Adriana Small Curve Border and Greeting Basics message - and sparkly glitter dots.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a mix of detailed Memory Box and Poppystamps designs and  and the bold new Poppystamps Circle Fold Frame.  The frame cuts the centered circle and scores the front panel.  It adds the impact of a square card to a basic A2 format. You won't need to measure, hand-score or center the cutout.  There's a bonus smaller circle die included in the set to add contrasting backgrounds too.

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Stamp the large peony and buds from the Peony Garden Corner set on chartreuse cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine.  Dry the ink, then diecut the flowers with the coordinating dies.

Stamp the greeting from the Poppystamps Greeting Basics Clear Stamps Set.  Dry the ink, then cut it with the 1-¼" Circle Basics die.

Briskly rub the Adriana Small Curve Border with scrunched waxed paper to prep the die and make it easy to remove the diecut.  Cut the border from light green cardstock.

Cut Poppystamps Circle Fold Frame from Easter Grass cardstock.  Fold it backwards along the scoreline and press it with a bonefolder.  Cut Easter Grass cardstock with the 4-¼" x 5-½" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach the folded frame  tab behind the rectangle.

Attach the diecuts to the card - use foam tape near the top and sides of the flowers.  Add ¼" punched dots of the green glitter cardstock from the 6x6 Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad.

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I love square cards, flowers and all shades of green.  This card has it all for me - hope you'll like it too.  Thanks for visiting...see you again next week!

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