540 posts categorized "Techniques"

12/08/2018

Sat 08

That’s Acute Triangles, Happy Penguin and Wrapped Circles by Jean Okimoto

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Create a sparkly winter scene with the That's Acute Triangle Die Set and add a glossy Happy Penguin for an extra dash of holiday cheer.  Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with a very glittery holiday card - and some inspiration for December's Sparkle and Shine Challenge.

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Here's an easy way to stamp with a large clear stamp - and you don't even need to remove it from the sheet it's attached to.  Leave the stamp on the sheet and place it on a craft mat.  Attach a small piece of doublestick tape to an acrylic block.  Use the tape to attach green cardstock to the block.

Ink the Typewriter Holiday Elements text stamp with a dark, intense color like Nocturne VersaFineClair.  Press the cardstock firmly and evenly onto the inked stamp.  The tape keeps the cardstock from shifting and makes it easy to pull the stamped cardstock away from the stamp.  Dry the ink.

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Attach doublestick tape to the stamped text and brush the adhesive with clear iridescent glitter.  Cut the glittered text with the largest triangle die.

Cut additional triangles from different shades of green glittered cardstock.  Use half of the diamond-shaped die to cut the triangle behind the penguin.

Cut the 3-¾" Wrapped Circle from white cardstock.

Attach black duct tape to a scrap of cardstock to create a glossy little Happy Penguin.  Cut the white section from watercolor paper.  Cut an extra piece of the body section from black cardstock to add dimension and define the outline along the bottom edge.

Cut a piece of orange cardstock to fit behind his face and mark the position of his eyes.  Color the eyes with a black marker.  Cut a portion of Curled Ribbons from red glittered craft foam for a bright scarf.

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded red A-2 card.  Add clear gem stickers.

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I usually like the less-is-more style - but the holidays call for extra sparkle and shine.  Add glitter, glossy duct tape, glittered craft foam and gem stickers to your holiday designs - and be sure to enter our December Challenge!

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's GIFT TAG PORTFOLIO class at Impress!  Special thanks to Jan for her snowflake treat boxes filled with rich chocolates!  And more thanks to Erin and Lynne for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets with holiday supplies.  

Thanks too - Donna - for our fourth annual chatty catch-up lunch, and for your special goodies!  It was a great day that included a quick stop to visit Roxanne at Stamps and Memories too.  How time flies!

Hope your holiday to-do list is getting shorter - if not,  our Design Team has many more projects to share with you in the coming weeks.  Join us again tomorrow for Penny's cool project!

Thanks for visiting - see you again next week...

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11/29/2018

Thu 29

That’s Acute Triangle Clear Stamps and Dies, Deco Trees and Rectangle Basics by Jean Okimoto

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Stamp a group of holiday trees with the That's Acute Triangle Clear Stamps then add some trunks and branches from the Deco Trees.  Attach some gem stickers...Merry Christmas!  Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with a quick card for your busy schedule.  

I was inspired by Donna's great triangle trees card with her artsy hand-drawn details.  I'm not quite the artist that Donna is - so we're borrowing some details from the Deco Trees die.  

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Cut a 2-¾" x 4" piece of white cardstock with a die from Rectangle Basics.  Stamp the triangles with Brilliance - Pearlescent Jade, Pearlescent Olive, Pearlescent Thyme and Gamma Green.   MemoryBoxDecoTrees-TreeDiecuts-TreeCards-JeanOkimoto

Scrunch a sheet of waxed paper and rub it briskly over the Deco Trees die to help release the cardstock.  Cut Deco Trees from dark brown cardstock.  

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Trim the trunks and branches with dies from the That's Acute Triangle Die Set. Attach the diecuts to three of the trees.

Cut a ¾" x 3-¼" strip of green cardstock.  Cut a ¾" x 3-¾" strip of teal cardstock.  

Attach the pieces to a turquoise side-folded A-2 card.  Add green gem stickers.

That's Acute Triangles can be use in so many ways - trees, pennants, flower holders, directional signs, word bubbles and very cool shapes!  Overlap and layer vellum triangles for shadowy and color-blended effects.  Diecut paper or fabric strips for rolled beads too.  

Special thanks to everyone from last weekend's MERRY+QUICK and DREAMING OF A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS classes at Impress!  Hope you enjoyed both classes - and agree that merry and quick was very merry and very quick.  Thanks too - Ann, Erin and Lynne - for finding all of the tools and supplies  for our cards. 

If you're in the Seattle area join us at Impress on Saturday December 1 for my final Holiday 2018 class.  We'll make a bright red portfolio with simple origami pockets and fill it with 9 festive tags in a variety of styles and themes.  We're using the just-released Winter Greenery Clear Stamps Set that's perfect for layering with VersaFine Clair inks.  

Thanks for visiting - see you again next week!

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11/20/2018

Tue 20

Winter Journal Frame, Joy Journal Frame and Pinpoint Snowflake Circle by Jean Okimoto

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Combine spring Stitched Rain Boots and winter Journal Frame diecuts for a quick and easy holiday card.  Layer the Winter Journal Frame and Joy Journal Frame for a unique greeting. Hello everyone, Jean Okimoto here with another holiday design that's great for mass-production while watching TV or waiting for Thanksgiving dinner if you're not the chef or pastry chef of the day.

Cut the Winter Journal Frame and Joy Journal Frame from white cardstock.  Leave the tiny dots from  the "i" and the "j" safely in the dies until you're ready to attach them to the card.

Cut Pinpoint Snowflake Circle from bright red cardstock. Cut a 1-¾ inch circle of white cardstock and attach it behind the red circle.

Attach black duct tape to a scrap of black cardstock and cut Stitched Rain Boots.

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded A-2 notecard - use foam dots for the rain boot on the right.

Add silver gem stickers.

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Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress!  Hope you liked the cards - and the simple origami starburst and tree.   Special thanks too - to Jan for the sweet fall candy totes and to Jenny for great chocolates.

If you're in the Seattle area - we have two holidays classes at Impress on Saturday November 24th.  Start the day with MERRY AND QUICK - then stay for DREAMING OF  BRIGHT CHRISTMAS.  We're using several of the just-released Birch Press Design dies and stamps too - especially the great new triangle!

 Thanks for visiting...Happy Thanksgiving if you're celebrating on Thursday!

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11/15/2018

Thu 15

Bold Christmas Greetings and Holly Collage by Jean Okimoto

 

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Watercolor a background for the Holly Collage and add a bright message from the Bold Christmas Greeting Clear Stamp Set.  Add the look of washi tape with a stamped strip from the greeting set too!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a quick card for your busy schedule.

Create a palette of inks by pressing the Fresh Greens Kaleidacolor  inkpad onto a large acrylic block.  Paint a square of watercolor paper with random, overlapping shades of green.  Let the inks mix and mingle for a few minutes - then heat-set them.  

Cut white cardstock with the 3" x 4-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut it with the Leaf Collage.  Cut a 2-¾"  x 4" piece of the watercolored paper and attach it behind the collage.

Stamp the striped strip with VersaFine Smokey Gray and quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim it using the long edge of one of big Rectangle Basics dies.  It'll have nice edges - and it's easier than cutting a skinny strip w/ a paper trimmer.

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Stamp the greeting from the Bold Christmas Greetings Die Set with VersaFine Clair Charming Pink and quickly emboss it.  Cut the words with the coordinating dies from the Bold Christmas Greetings Clear Stamps. Cut an extra set of the greetings and layer it behind the stamped pieces for extra dimension.  I keep many of my die sets on shower curtain hooks for easy access and organization.

Attach the diecuts to an A-6  (4-½" x 6-¼") textured white card.  Add dark pink gem stickers.

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 If you're in the Seattle and like the clean, simple look of Asian designs - join us for another SIMPLY ASIAN - HOLIDAY CARDS class at Impress on November 17th.  Make an easy origami starburst and  tree for your cards - and use the latest Birch Press Design dies and stamps too.  We're loving the new triangles and stamp patterns!

Thanks for visiting - see you again next Wednesday...

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11/13/2018

Tue 13

Typewriter Holiday Elements, Bold Christmas Greetings and Delicate Pine Frame by Jean Okimoto

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Stamp the Typewriter Holiday Elements text block and trim it to create the perfect background for the Delicate Pine Frame.  Add a trio of glittered birds - also from the Delicate Pine Frame set - and a greeting from the Bold Christmas Greetings set for a classic  holiday greeting.

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a simple design that's easy to mass-produce for everyone on your card list.  The "'twas the night before Christmas" text block is about 5-½" square and generously-sized for backgrounds.  It's easy to diecut two 2-½" x 3-¾" rectangles for this design.

Stamp the text block on white cardstock with Iced Spruce Distress Oxides.  Dry  the ink and cut it with a Rectangle Basics die.  Sponge the text very lightly with Delicata Shimmer Silver.  

Cut the Delicate Pine Frame from green cardstock.  Cut the birds from red glittered carstock.  

 Stamp the greeting - from the Bold Christmas Greetings set - with VersaFine Clair Tulip Red.  Cut it with the coordinating dies of the Bold  Christmas Greetings set. Cut an extra set of the words and layer it for dimension.

Attach the diecuts to side-folded A-2 card of white textured cardstock.  Add gold gem stickers.

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Special thanks to everyone from Monday's MERRY + QUICK cards class t Impress.  It was fun meeting new students and catching up with my loyal Memory Box/Poppystamps/Birch Press fans too.  We used the just-released Birch Press Design triangle die sets and loved them.  Thanks Ann and Shari for helping everyone find the great products and supplies on their wishlists - and ordering more of the best-sellers!

Thanks for visiting...

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11/08/2018

Thu 08

Thankful Jotted Script and Leaf Collage by Jean Okimoto

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Leaf Collage and Kaleidacolor create a fall backdrop for the new Thankful Jotted Script die set.  It can  be a Thanksgiving card - or a thank you card for a special gift or act of kindness.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with another November Challenge inspiration design.  

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Press the inks from the Tomato Vine Kaleidacolor onto a large acrylic block - keep the colors separated as though the inkpad is in storage.  Use a tissue to remove the strip of brown ink. Spray the inks with two or three light spritzes of water.  

Press watercolor paper onto the diluted inks, then rotate it 90 degrees to pick up more color.  Set it aside to airdry.  I like to use large pieces of watercolor paper so I can rotate it to find the perfect blend of colors for the collage.

Splatter a few drops of water onto the dried watercolor paper.  Let it set for a few seconds, then press it with a double layer of folded papertowel to blot some of the color for a speckled look.  Dry it.  

Clean the acrylic block and press the inks onto it again.  Use a damp paintbrush to splatter some of the Olive Green ink (between the brown and the yellow). 

Cut white cardstock with the 3-½" x 4-¾" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.  Cut the rectangle with Leaf Collage.  

Trim the watercolor paper slightly smaller than the rectangle.  

Diecut Thankful Jotted Script from white and bronze metallic cardstock.

Attach the diecuts to a white 4-½" x 6-¼" card.  

Add ¼" circles of orange glittered cardstock.

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Memory Box dies and Kaleidacolors are the perfect combination.  Create great backgrounds or blend  colors to create paint custom-colored diecuts.  Color extra pieces of watercolor paper and have them ready for future projects.

Enjoy the long weekend if you have a holiday on Monday.  If you're in Seattle, join us for the MERRY AND QUICK holiday cards class at Impress on Veterans Day.  

Thanks for visiting...

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11/06/2018

Tue 06

Bold Greetings Die Set, Bold Greetings Clear Stamps, That’s Acute Triangle Die Set, and That’s Acute Clear Stamps by Jean Okimoto

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Combine That's Acute Triangle Dies and That's Acute Triangle Clear Stamps and create a forest of colorful trees for the holidays.  Stamp and diecut a Bold Christmas Greetings  message for a pop of bright purple.   Add sparkly gem stickers - and that's it!

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a plush felt design to warm a frosty winter day.  Or a rainy fall day!

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Attach adhesive label paper - or a sticker sheet -  to wool-blend felt and cut triangles with  the dies from the That's Acute Triangle set.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through.

Stamp the striped triangle from the That's Acute Triangle Clear Stamps with Imagine Crafts Radiant Neon Electric Purple.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  The color of  the stamped image doesn't look like the inkpad - but it really is Electric Purple.  It's very electric, and very purple!

Cut it with the coordinating That's Acute Triangle die.

Cut a white cardstock background with the 3-½" x  4-¾" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.

Attach the diecuts to a white 4-½" x 6-¼" card.  Use foam dots for the tip of the stamped triangle.  Use foam dots for the top and bottom of the "y" and the bottom of the "j."

Attach silver gem stickers.

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Have fun creating this card in your favorite colors too.  Mix  different shades of green with a bright red stamped triangle on a Kraft card.  Or try gold, copper and silver glittered cardstock with a teal striped triangle.  

I could spend hours mixing and matching colors & textures, matte & metallic, prints & solids.  There are so many options for these versatile dies and stamps!  They're all designed for you by Dave Brethauer and proudly made in the USA.  

If you're in the Seattle area and need a few fresh ideas for quick holiday cards - join us for the MERRY AND QUICK class at Impress on Veterans Day, November 12.  We're making 7 deceptively simple cards that don't look quick-and-easy - and they're great for mass-production too.  

Thanks for visiting -

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11/03/2018

Sat 03

Equal Triangle Dies, Equal Triangle Clear Stamps, Leaf Collage and Hello Jotted Script by Jean Okimoto

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Add details to Leaf Collage diecuts with the new Equal Triangle Clear Stamps, then layer them over stamped triangles cut with the coordinating Equal Triangle Dies.  It's just one of many ways to use the new triangle dies and clear stamps from the Holiday Happenings release.

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with another beyond-the-box way to accent your Memory Box diecuts.  Begin by pressing the Kaleidacolor Tomato Vine inks onto a large acrylic block.  Keep the colors separated, as though it's in storage.  Use a tissue to remove most of the strip of brown ink.    

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Spray the inks with two or three spritzes of water then place watercolor paper (smoother-side-down) onto the diluted inks.  Press the paper down to absorb some ink, then rotate it about 90 degrees to pick up and blend more colors.  Carefully remove the paper and set it aside to dry.  Diecut the dried watercolor paper with Leaf Collage.  Save the scraps for the greeting background.

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Cover slightly more than half a leaf with a Post-it Note.  Stamp it with the large "horizontal" lined triangle and VersaFine Clair Pinecone.  Stamp extras for future projects.

Remove the mask and dry the ink.  Cover the stamped half of the leaf with a new Post-It Note.  Shake Gold  Sheer Shimmer Spritz vigorously, then dribble some ink onto an acrylic block.  Use a paintbrush to splatter ink droplets over the unstamped half of the leaves.  

Stamp the two sizes of triangles from the Equal Triangle Clear Stamps on ivory cardstock with VersaFine Clair Verdant.  Dry the ink, then cut them with the coordinating Equal Triangle Dies.  

Cut ivory cardstock with the 2-¼" x 3-½" Rectangle Basics die.

Cut the Hello Jotted Script from green cardstock.  Cut the greeting background from the watercolored paper.

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Attach the diecuts to a side-folded A-2 card of textured green cardstock.

Add light orange gem stickers.

Why not reate a stash of fall cards for birthdays, Thanksgiving and special thank-yous while your supplies are out?    Use the same technique to stamp circles, stars and ovals as ornaments for holiday cards too!  Try stamping the lines in opposite directions for a cool grid effect.  

Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend!

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11/02/2018

Fri 02

Thankful Jotted Script, Looking for Mr. Right Triangle and Snowberry Sprigs by Jean Okimoto

 

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Create a simple fall card with the new Thankful Jotted Script set and Looking for Mr. Right Triangle stamps.  The delicate Snowberry Sprig - like autumn seedpods - adds a woodsy botanical look perfect for Thanksgiving.  Wouldn't it be nice to send (and receive!) Thanksgiving cards before the big  holiday rush?

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a November Challenge inspiration card today.  This month's theme is "Falling for You" - and we can't wait to see your great designs.  View the Challenge details here

Diecut the 2-¾" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from smooth white cardstock. Stamp three triangles from the new Looking For Mr. Right Triangle clear stamps set with VersaFine Habanero and VersaMagic Turquoise Gem.  

Diecut Thankful Jotted Script from dark brown and dark orange cardstock.  

Here's a timesaving tip to create a dimensional Snowberry Sprig diecut...spread a thin layer of glue between two pieces of brown cardstock (80# or less).  Press the layers together.  Diecut the Snowberry Sprig - you may need to use a metal shim and/or run it through the machine two or three times.  

Gently pull the offcut sections away from the sprig instead of trying to pull the sprig out of the surrounding cardstock.  These simple steps are a lot easier than cutting the sprigs separately and gluing the delicate bits together.  As a bonus, the machine's pressure on the double layers seems to add a subtle sheen to the pods.  

Attach the diecuts to a 4-½"x 6-¼" Kraft card.  Add ¼" punched circles of orange glittered cardstock for a seasonal accent.

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 Thanks for visiting...see you again tomorrow!

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10/25/2018

Thu 25

Cool Cat and Looking For Mr. Right Triangles by Jean Okimoto

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Cool Cat poses among a trio of Looking For Mr. Right Triangles on an any-occasion card today.  The Kaleidacolor-ed background anchors the stamped triangle diecuts and gem stickers add a bright touch.    Hi there - Jean Okimoto here with another triangle card - I  love these new stamps and coordinating dies from the 2018 Holiday Happenings Collection...hope you do too!

Here's an easy way to create a background in about a minute -

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Press Dessert Heat Kaleidacolor onto an acrylic block - keep the colors separated as though the inkpad is in storage.  Quickly paint watercolor paper with wide streaks of each color.  Let the colors blend randomly where they overlap - don't try to paint beautiful bands of color.  Set it aside to dry.

Cut it with the 2-¾" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.

Stamp the smoother side of watercolor paper with the big solid triangle from the Looking for Mr. Right Triangle set three times.   I've used VersaFine Clair Glamorous and Charming Pink and VersaFine Habanero.  Don't forget to clean - and dry - the stamp when switching colors.  Dry the inks.

Stamp them with the small lined triangles and VersaFine Clair Nocturne.  Dry the ink.  Cut them with the 1-¾" die from the coordinating set.

Cut Cool Cat from charcoal glittered paper.  

Attach the diecuts to a dark gray A-2 card.  Add pale orange gem stickers.

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Know someone who loves cats - and is looking for Mr. Right?  Send her a card - in her favorite colors - and brighten her day!  There are so many ways to use the new triangle dies and stamps with all of the great inks and papers available right now.  Enjoy!

Thanks for visiting - see you again next week...

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