195 posts categorized "Summer"

06/24/2021

Thu 24

Summer Hearts, Layered Daisies, Spritz and Sparkle by Jean Okimoto

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Celebrate a summer engagement, wedding or anniversary with layers of hearts and flowers.  The Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out set is perfect for any occasion.  Add soft, shimmery highlights to Memory Box Cream Woodgrain cardstock and a Berry Red Collection 6x6 for a custom, color-coordinated look.  

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a summer card using favorite designs from recent releases. Matching metallic papers and solid cardstock can be challenging among different brands, textures and colors.  Our 108 colors of 110# 6x6 papers - 9 collections of 12 colors each - make it so easy!  Just spritz, brayer, sponge or brush it with metallic inks for the perfect match or coordinating color.  

The Woodgrain 8.5x11" cardstock sheets are great on their own - or add shimmery highlights with metallic inks.  The 3 colors - white, cream and kraft - add subtle texture and dimension to any design.

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Cut Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out from Berry Red's dark coral 6x6 sheet.  Cut a coral plaid strip from the Madras Plaid Coral and Green pack using the 1.1 x 6.1" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  

Cut a horizontal grain Cream Woodgrain strip with the .9 x 5.9" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers Die - trim it to 5". Splatter it with just a few specks of Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz and heat-set the ink.  Brayer (or sponge) it with Pink Shimmer Delicata and heat-set it again.

Cut the Layered Daisies set twice from Berry Red'd light coral 6x6 sheet.  Spritz one set with Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz and set it aside to dry.  Layer the diecuts - alternating gold-spritzed and un-spritzed petals.  Add the center section.

Attach the diecuts to an A-6 Cream Woodgrain card (6-¼ x 4-½").

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Color 5 of the clear Fairy Jewels with orange and dark pink markers.  I use Sharpies because I have a lot of them - Copic Markers work well too.  Custom-colored jewels are quick and easy with clear Fairy Jewels - 300 jewels per sheet!

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Thanks for visiting - keep cool, safe and hydrated this weekend!

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06/22/2021

Tue 22

Backlit Under the Sea Birthday Card
by Sara Cook

Hello.  I have a card using the Pinpoint Burst Plate die cut over a acetate card so it shows the light through the back to create rays of light showing in the water scene. Such a easy way to create this effect.   

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Background:

Die cut the Pinpoint Burst Plate from 110 card stock. Ink blend from the center of the Burts with Distress Oxide Squeezed Lemonade and then Salty Ocean. Randomly add Peacock Feathers and Evergreen Bough with Salty Ocean and lightly blend together.  Then add Chipped Sapphire to the bottom and half way up the side of the panel.  Spray with water and let sit then damped off with a towel.  In the center add white Pan-pastel to mute out the yellow a little. Try to keep the backside of the card clean as it will show.

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Plants:

For the coral ink bland Distress Oxide Abandon Coral than Squeezed Lemonade on white card stock.  Die cut the coral from the Coral and Kelp Ribbon and Bubble Coral Collage.  For the kelp ink bland Distress Oxide Forest Moss √. Die cut the kelp from the Coral and Kelp Ribbon and Kelp Collage. For other plants ink bland Distress Oxide Cracked Pistachio than Evergreen Bough on white card stock.  Die cut the plants from from the Deepwater Collage.  Glue them in plant round the bottom and halfway up the side with the plants pointing  towards the center point.

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Mermaid:

Die cut the mermaid from Mermaid Wonder Frame from dark brown card stock and then just the tail from a aqua paper from Polished Foil pack.  Fussy cut the tail and glue over the body.  Color the hair with a red alcohol marker and color the cuts in the hair with a black alcohol marker. Glue a shell sequin for the top to the mermaid.  Glue the mermaid to the center of the card.

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Sentiment

Ink bland Distress Oxide Forest Moss on white card stock and die cut the base die from the Birthday Mail Posh Script die.  Die cut the top die out of the same aqua Polished Foil paper.  Glue the top die cut on the bottom die cut. Add mounting tape to the back of the sentiment die cut.

Assembly:

Create an A2 size card out of heavy acetate.  Add a thin line of glue on the  around the edge on the backside of the card base and adhere to the front of the acetate card.  Hold firm in place until dry.  For the inside die cut the larger die from Stitched Rectangle Trimmings set from white card stock. Add glue and adhere on the inside of the card to cover up the glue from the front panel.  To create to write a personal message, cut 2 small pieces of white, light weight ,card stock.  Adhere 1 to the inside of the card and the other to the back side to cover the adhesive that shows.  Adhere the sentiment to the front panel, center top.

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06/14/2021

Mon 14

Sailing on the Ocean Blues
by Anne Thompson

For today's cards I started with the OCEAN BLUE COLLECTION SP1005 6X6 cardstock papers, the PUT-IT-IN-GEAR EMBOSSING FOLDER EF1018, a curly rope from the END OF MY ROPE SET 94546, and the MARINA SAILBOATS 94575.

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I imagined that each of the large gears was actually a compass rose and would thus make a perfect background for the sailboats.  After embossing the Ocean Blue cardstocks I used a sanding block to remove some of the color on the gears/compass roses before attaching each panel to a white notecard.  I backed white cardstock with Scor-Tape before cutting the sailboats which made placing them easy-peasy. The piece of nautical rope also cut from white cardstock added that important third element for the design.
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In the photo below are the three cards I made using different blues for the background design.
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And because Monday June 14th is Flag Day I was inspired to make a sort-of-nautical-flaglike fourth card: background red cardstock from the BERRY RED COLLECTION SP1001 die cut with the VERTICAL LINE COLLAGE 94553 and applied to a white notecard with the two MARINA SAILBOATS 94575 added on top of the stripes along with a piece of rope from the END OF MY ROPE SET 94546.
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Fun cards for summer!  And great cards to send to guys!

Happy Crafting!

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06/13/2021

Sun 13

Sea Creatures Collage Trifold by Jean Okimoto

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Layered collage diecuts create an Under the Sea scene for three Sea Creatures on a short slimline trifold card.  There's just enough space for the beachy trio - and some glittery background accents.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with an any-occasion summer design - or even a Father's Day card for the Dad who loves the sea.

Cut aqua cardstock to 6-¼ x 10-½".  Score it at at 3-½" and 7" - but don't fold it yet.  Cut Kelp Collage from the first panel on the left.  Cut Bubble Coral Collage from the backside of the center panel. Fold and crease the card to create a trifold.

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Blend Distress Oxides on smooth white cardstock - peacock feathers, cracked pistachio, wilted Violet and shaded lilac were used here.  Dry the inks.  Spritz the cardstock with Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Air-dry it for a few minutes, then heat-set all of the inks.  Cut an assortment of Sea Creatures - we're just using three here.  Save the others for future projects - you never know when you'll need a purple dolphin or teal stingray!

Cut an extra set of Sea Creatures from the cardstock used for the card.  Attach the inky turtle to the first panel, then align and attach the uninked turtle to the backside of the collage for extra support  and a neater look.  Attach the inky shark to the backside of the center panel (the front of the collage) and attach the uninked piece to the backside of the collage.  The "thinking" part (back, front, etc.) of the card is done...the rest is easy!

Attach the uninked fish to the remaining inked diecut for dimension, then attach it to the third panel.  

Cut the kelp from the Kelp Collage from the chartreuse Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad sheet.  Cut the short coral from the Coral and Kelp Ribbon from the violet glitter pad sheet.  Attach them to the third panel.  Add a greeting or note to the backside of the third panel so it doesn't appear in the collage.

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Thanks for visiting...have a great weekend!

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06/10/2021

Thu 10

Summer Scene – Grand Tulip Shell and Marina Sailboats by Jean Okimoto

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Looking for some inspiration for June's Feeling Blue Challenge?  Set a watercolored Grand Tulip Shell and plaid-sailed Marina Sailboat afloat on a soft blue background for a summer-y all-occasion card.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with an Under the Sea Collection idea for you. 

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Cut the solid Grand Tulip Shell background from watercolored paper speckled with drops of Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz. Pressure-emboss it with the detailed Grand Tulip Shell die using the rubber embossing mat and plate(s) required for your machine. Cut the detailed overlay from the light gold 6x6 Polished Foil Pack sheet.

Cut the large Marina Sailboat from the light beige 6x6 sheet in the Earth Neutral Collection.  Cut the sails from the 6x6 Spring Plaid sheet.

Cut Ocean Porthole with the pale blue 6x6 sheet in the Stormy Blue Collection.

Cut a medium blue 6x6 Stormy Blue Collection sheet in half.  Cut the halves with the 2nd-largest Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangles die.  Trim and tape them together to form a 7-½" long rectangle  - have the pieces meet about 2-½" from the left edge where the seam will be hidden by the shell.

Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-⅝ x 8-⅝") - place the sailboat so it appears to be floating on the stitched line.  Add the pale orange/yellow jewels.

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Combine soft colors and bold diecuts on generously-sized slimline cards to balance the design elements.  Chose a rainbow of  pastels for the shell and pick a matching Spring Plaid sheet for the sails.  Enjoy creating your version of nautical designs in your favorite colors!

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

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06/09/2021

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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06/04/2021

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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06/03/2021

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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05/28/2021

Fri 28

Celebrate
by Donna Sledzik

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Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone! Today's card celebrates the unofficial start of the Summer season, so I went with a patriotic color scheme.

I started by applying Antique Linen Distress Ink to my craft mat and misting it with water. Next, I took a piece of watercolor paper and dragged it through the ink. I wanted a very subtle application of ink, so one swipe was enough, and then I dried the ink with my heat tool.

Next, I glued red and blue strips of cardstock to the left side of the inked paper and spattered it with white and black ink.

I die cut the Spiral Shell from watercolor paper. I lightly sponged Antique Linen Distress Ink on the shell outline and used Chipped Sapphire, Barn Door and Antique Lined for the shell background. I spattered the shell background with plain water and dried it with a heat tool. 

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I glued the shell outline to the shell background and used foam tape to adhere it to the card front.

Next, I white heat embossed the word celebrate and glued it to the shell.

I used foam tape to adhere the card front to a white card base.

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Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!

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05/24/2021

Mon 24

Waves-tossed Grand Tulip Shell
by Anne Thompson

Continuing with this month's water theme I made a card that features a Waves-tossed Grand Tulip shell.

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To make this card I began with a Pool notecard and a sheet of aqua cardstock from the FRESH AQUA COLLECTION SP1004 which I embossed using the WAVES EMBOSSING FOLDER EF1013.  I used Scor-Tape to attach the waves to the card front after trimming it to 4 X 5 1/4.

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Next I used two pieces of the Open Studio WATERCOLOR PAPER WP101 and my small set of Kuretake watercolors to create the papers I needed for the shell.  I did refer to the GRAND TULIP SHELL outline die as I painted one of the papers so that I would have a darker area in the shell opening which is at the bottom right.  I used the GRAND TULIP SHELL dies 94566 to cut the outline from one of the papers and the solid shell from the other.

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I used a glue pen to attach the outline to the solid shell layer and Scor-Tape to secure the shell to the waves paper.  I then added three small blue Fairy Jewels to complete the card.

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Happy Crafting!

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