739 posts categorized "Techniques"

10/15/2020

Thu 15

Build the New Charming Snowman by Jean Okimoto

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Diecut a Pinpoint Snowflake Plate and construct the new Charming Snowman Collage, complete with paper-pieced glittery accents.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with two of our newest holiday designs.  It feels like we skipped fall and went directly from summer to winter...so let's build a snowman today.

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Cut Pinpoint Snowflake Plate and the mid-sized Stylish Rectangle from smooth white cardstock.  Cut Charming Snowman Collage from the rectangle offcut.  

Attach black and orange cardstock scraps for the head, eyes, nose and buttons.  The buttons are actually partially-cut, but I used a skewer to push the cardstock back and form squarish circles, like lumps of coal.

Cut the scarf from the green 6x6 Holiday Glitter Pad sheet. A tip - turn the glittered cardstock over and trim the scarf from the white side if the glitter and shiny blade make it hard to see what you're trimming. Cut the twiggy arms from dark kraft cardstock - including the sections that extend from the arm over to the edge of the snowman.  Place pieces of tape across backside of the collage where the scarf and arms will be inserted and press the diecuts onto the exposed adhesive.

Attach the Poppystamps Flurries Wide Washi Tape to black cardstock.  Another tip - run the tape-covered cardstock through your diecut machine with the cutting plate(s) to firmly compress the tape. Attach the tape-covered cardstock behind the snowman to fill the outlines. 

Cut Resting Birds from the red Holiday Glitter Pad sheet.

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded textured dark gray A-2 card.

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Cut smooth white cardstock with the smallest Stylish Rectangle die.  Stamp the greeting - from the Christmas Tiles Clear Stamp Set - with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Add a Resting Bird.

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Here's a link to view our latest release - including some beautiful designs from Birch Press Designs too.  It's a very contemporary collection of favorite holiday icons.  Enjoy!

Thanks for visiting...see you next week!

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10/11/2020

Sun 11

Stitch a Giant Candy Corn by Jean Okimoto

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10/08/2020

Thu 08

Turn Stitched Burst into a Spiderweb by Jean Okimoto

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Ready for Halloween?  Stitch a spiderweb using the Stitched Burst die, add a pair of bats, some pumpkins and glittery ghosts too!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here - subbing glittery bats for spiders because I don't have a spider die.  Big bats swooping down over little ghosts...why not?

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Spritz the textured side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper with a light mist of water.  Sponge or brush the damp paper with ripe persimmon, mowed lawn and black soot Distress Oxides.  Spritz it again, then heat-set it.  Cut it with the 3-½" x 4-¾" Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die and the Stitched Burst.  Punch a ⅛" hole near the center of the burst.  

Stitch it with Aunt Lydia's White Pearl Metallic Crochet Thread - tape the thread ends on the reverse side with Scotch Transparent Tape (Magic Tape might tear).  The thread makes the web sparkle - like spiderwebs on a rainy day.

Cut the Cave Bat and the 3 bats from the Haunted Entrance Dome Layer set from the black Frosted Glitter Pad 6x6 sheet.  Cut the ghosts from a white Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad 6x6 sheet.  Cut the pumpkins from a scrap of watercolor paper sponged with ripe persimmon Distress Oxide.

Attach the diecuts to a white A-2 card - use foam dots for the Cave Bat and the second pumpkin from the left.

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Blend mowed lawn and ripe persimmon onto the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor paper - my sponges had some of the black soot ink on them. Stamp the greeting - from the Halloween Pumpkin Clear Stamp and Die Set - with Onyx Black Versafine.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the 3-¼" x 2" Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die.  Attach the remaining two bats.

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I love the stitching dies - for what they actually are, and for what they can be with a little imagination.  Like using the Stitched Tree die to create a giant candy corn.  That's another project...wish me luck with that!

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

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10/03/2020

Sat 03

Fall Greetings…Thankful by Jean Okimoto

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Gold embossing and ink-shading give a vintage look to the bold Halloween Pumpkin Clear Stamp and Die Set.  Add contemporary colors like chartreuse and dark teal to update it for a simple fall thank you or Thanksgiving card.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a big, bright pumpkin card.

Stamp the bold pumpkin on dark orange cardstock with VersaMark and emboss it with detail gold powder.  Stamp and emboss the extra leaves on chartreuse cardstock.  Cut the pumpkin and leaves with the coordinating dies. Shade and edge the pumpkin diecut with Morocco Memento Luxe and the leaves with Spanish Moss VersaFine.

Stamp the greeting - from the Harvest Love and Kindness Clear Stamp and Die Set - on kraft cardstock with Deep Lagoon VersaFine.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.

Attach dark orange (½" x 4"), chartreuse ( ¾" x 4-½") and dark teal (1" x 5") accent strips to a 5-½" square card of kraft cardstock.  Attach the greeting with foam dots.  

Add ¼" punched circles of the gold sheet from the 6x6 Holiday Glitter Pad.

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Square cards require extra postage and handling  - but this bold pumpkin deserves the attention!

Thanks for visiting...have a great weekend!

 

 

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10/02/2020

Fri 02

Combine Haunted Dome Layers and the Adriana Easel Set by Jean Okimoto

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Halloween somehow makes it OK to layer everything onto a single card - here's my example.  Layers upon layers and stacked, overlapped diecuts create a spooky scene for you today.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with the upright, intended version of an Adriana Easel card.  

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Cut the card front and easel sections of the Poppystamps Adriana Easel Set from red-orange cardstock.  

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Fold the narrow top tab of the easel backwards on the scoreline.  Fold the easel forward on the 2nd scoreline.  Press both folds with a bonefolder.  Pressure-emboss the card front with the leafy oval die from the Adriana set using the plates and embossing mat required for your machine.

Align and attach the card front to the folded easel - the tab supports the card front.  Cut the leafy oval from black cardstock and attach it to the pressure-embossed card front.  Embossing adds extra dimension and makes it easy to attach the delicate diecut as an inset layer.

Cut Haunted House Dome Layer from dark kraft cardstock.  Cut a ½" circle of the pale yellow-white sheet in the 6x6 Dedlicate Pastel Glitter Pad.  Cut the Haunted Dome Entrance Layer from the red-orange cardstock.  Trim both dome layers along the bottom scoreline, removing about ¼" of cardstock  Cut three ghosts - from the Haunted Dome Entrance set - from heavy white cardstock. Define the eyes using a piercing tool.  Attach a black cardstock scrap behind one of the small ghosts for the mouth.  The other two will be layered over the black background.

Cut the bat from theblack Frosted Glitter Pad 6x6 sheet.  Assemble the spooky scene by layering everything over the black background.

Stamp the greeting, frame and leaves from the Halloween Pumpkin Clear Stamp and Die set on orange-red cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine.  Dry the ink then diecut the leaves and frame.  Shade the edges with Onyx Black ink.

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Cut the long, narrow easel "stopper" from the black glittered 6x6 sheet.  Cut another one from a cardboard scrap and layer them for dimension.

Hope you like the detailed, layered look of this card - definitely not CAS - but it's OK, it's Halloween!

Big thanks to everyone who ordered my SPOOKY, CREEPY + COOL Halloween class kits from Impress and Stamps + Memories.  Lots of diecuts, little pieces and techniques!

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

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09/30/2020

Wed 30

Bats in the Jack o Lantern Bucket by Jean Okimoto

 

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Glittery bats flying out of a candy bucket, a repurposed easel card and lacy fall foliage...are you ready for Halloween?  The Poppystamps Adriana Pop Up Easel Set - turned sideways - creates a leafy background for this fall scene.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a fun fall design.

Cut the Jack o Lantern Bucket face and handle from light orange cardstock.  Cut the plain semi-circle from dark gray cardstock.  Cut the bats - from the Haunted Entrance Dome Layer set - from the black sheet in the 6x6 Frosted Glitter Pack.  

Prep the leafy background die from the Poppystamps Adriana Pop Up Easel Set by rubbing it briskly with a sheet of scrunched waxed paper.  It'll help release the delicate diecut and little offcuts.  Cut it from dark orange cardstock.

Cut the card front and easel sections from dark gray cardstock.  Crease the easel's tab backwards to support the card front and leafy diecut.  Attach the card front, bucket and bats.  

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Stamp the greeting - from the Halloween Pumpkin Clear Stamps and Dies Set - on light gray cardstock with Habanero VersaFine.  Dry the the ink and cut the greeting with the coordinating die.

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Add simple designs - like the Jack o Lantern Bucket and bats - to a detailed background to balance the design elements.  The shaped card is actually designed to stand vertically, with a diecut piece serving as a "stopper" to keep the card upright.  Try that deisgn with the Jack o Lantern Bucket and these bats too!

Thanks for visiting!

 

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09/24/2020

Thu 24

Share the Spirit of Christmas by Jean Okimoto

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The Garland 6x6 prints are uniquely pretty - and perfect with the new Spirit of Christmas Clear Stamps and Dies too.  Add a diecut greeting and frosty white Poppystamps berries too.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a holiday design for you.

Stamp the poinsettia on orangey-pink cardstock with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair, emboss it with detail clear powder.  Stamp and emboss the leaves on matching green cardstock.  Cut both images with the coordinating dies from the Spirit of Christmas Clear Stamps and Die Set.  The stamps are bold and perfect for watercoloring...but I'll leave that for Dave and the coloring experts on our Design Team!

Stamp the greeting - also from the set - on white with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink and cut it with the oval die from the set.  

Cut two berry sprigs from the Poppystamps Garden Leaves and Berries set from the white sheet in the 6x6 Frosted Glitter Pad.

Cut the corner floral print from the beautiful (and new favorite!) Garland 6x6 set with the 3-¾" x 5" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut white vellum with the 3-¾" x 2-½" die.

Attach the poinsettia, leaves and berries to the vellum with doublestick tape - liquid adhesives may curl some types of vellum.  Adhere doublestick tape behind the vellum where it'll be concealed by the diecuts.  Attach the vellum to the Garland print.  Attach the greeting with foam dots.

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Attach everything to a white A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card.  Shake the new Open Studio Sunlight Gold Glitter Glue to blend the contents then squirt some onto scrap paper.  Use a skewer or toothpick to glitter the poinsettia and set it aside to dry.

The Garland 6x6 coordinates beautifully with many of the Memory Box and Poppystamps dies.  Mix and match them and create unique holiday cards for everyone on your list!

Thanks for visiting...

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09/20/2020

Sun 20

Ghosts in the Garden by Jean Okimoto

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Create an interactive Halloween card with a triple-layered fall scene - the dies from our latest release do all of the work for you!  The top two Dome Layers are just tied at the top and swing back and forth just for fun.  Hello - happy weekend, Jean Okimoto here with a card that acquired a life of its own.  It started as 2 layers and 2 ghosts, but grew to 4 layers, 4 ghosts and 2 pumpkins.

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Cut a solid orange background with the inner edge of the Snowglobe Backer die.  

Cut Haunted Entrance Dome Layer from dark brown cardstock.  Cut Haunted House Dome Layer from dark taupe cardstock.  Cut Winter Wood Dome Layer from dark brown cardstock.  Attach the orange inner dome to the Winter Wood Dome Layer - tape the pieces together across the back.

Cut 4 ghosts from Memory Box Watercolor Paper.  Cut the pumpkins from dark orange cardstock.  

Attach the pumpkins to the Haunted Entrance Dome Layer - use a foam dot for the smaller pumpkin.  Attach a small ghost to the dark taupe dome layer.  Attach a big ghost to the orange background.

Cut the olive green floral print from the Garland 6x6 pack with the largest Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die. Attach it to a top-folded white A2 card.  Tie a gold cord through the holes at the top of the 3 Dome Layers then attach everything to the floral print.  Add 2 more ghosts.

Shake the bottle of Goldfinch Glitter Glue and squirt a big drop of it onto scrap paper.  Use a toothpick or skewer to dot some of the flowers with the glue.

 

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Winter Wood and Haunted Entrance Dome Layers aren't just for Halloween - use them for winter scenes over a snowy background too.  Add bunnies and eggs to the Dome Layers for spring cards in April. Thanks for visiting...have fun creating with the great coordinating designs!

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09/17/2020

Thu 17

3-D Embossed Chrysanthemum Field Slimline Card by Jean Okimoto

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Creating a colorful card is easy with our 3-D Embossing Folders - here's the Chrysanthemum Field on a simple fall card.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with an easy way to add color and texture to any project.  It's also a nice way to use that stash of watercolored paper - like I did for today's card. Brighter colors are great for this process.

Trim watercolored cardstock (or watercolor paper) to fit into the Chrysanthemum Field folder.  Spray it with a light mist of water to soften the paper a bit, then pressure-emboss it using the plates recommended by the manufacturer.  Trim it with the 3-¾" x 2-½" Rectangle Basics die.  

Place it on a smooth, hard surface and scruff it with sandpaper or a sanding block to remove the color of the raised patterns.  Use short, upward strokes.  Remove the residue with a tissue.

Cut the delicate white frame with the medium-sized Stylish Rectangle Trio die.  

Stamp the greeting - from the new Berry Wreath Clear Stamps and Dies Set - with coral ink.  I used Impress' Melon Fresh Ink.

Cut a ¾" strip of the pink glitter paper from the Delicate Pastel Glitter Pack.

Attach everything to a white slimline card - I trimmed mine to 3-⅝" x 8-¾".

Cut gold metallic accent dots from the new 6x6 Polished Foil Pad.  The Poppystamps Big Dot Border die is perfect for this!

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Add color to your projects with simple techniques like these.  Use your stash of watercolored papers - or create a bunch of them while hunkering-down at home.  Pressure-emboss them with a 3-D folder and make the design the central point of your card.  

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09/15/2020

Tue 15

Fall Greetings, Simply Stated by Jean Okimoto

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Get ready for fall with versatile floral "corner prints" from the Garland 6x6 pack.  Beautiful botanical prints are just waiting to be turned into cards to greet the new season.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with another mix of classic favorite flower dies and papers and stamps from our latest release.  

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Cut the floral print with the second-largest Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die.  

Cut two Sketch Blooms from yellow cardstock and the offcuts of the floral print.  Cut the smallest Scribble Roses Outline and Scribble Roses Background from yellow cardstock and the floral print offcut.  

Stamp the greeting - from the new Harvest Love and Kindness Clear Stamp and Die Set - with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.

Attach everything to a yellow A2 card.  Highlight the printed and diecut flowers with Sour Apple Sparkle Open Studio Glitter Glue.  Set the card aside to dry the glitter glue.

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The Garland 6x6 set is filled with 2 each of 12 beautiful floral prints perfect for fall and holiday projects.  Transform them into quick cards, tags or diecut them into ornaments and giftbag toppers.  Fold them in half - and you'll have 24 colorful small slimline cards ready for quick notes and stamped greetings.

 

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