618 posts categorized "Techniques"

08/19/2019

Mon 19

Sketch Flower Spray on a Stripey Alcohol Ink Background
by Anne Thompson

I've been experimenting again with alcohol inks to create different backgrounds for die cut images.  Today's technique is a lot of fun to do and sort of looks like finger painting though it is done with a brush.  

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I started with Alcohol Ink Cardstock and Ranger Alcohol Pearl inks in Sublime (lime green) and Tranquil (blue), just dropping blots of ink onto the coated paper.

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I then added drops of blending solution using a brush to spatter it onto the paper.  I do have a cheap paintbrush that I dedicate to using only with blending solution and alcohol inks and keep it in the box with those bottles.

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This started the ink moving around and blending the blue and green together.  I wet the brush with more of the blending solution and started drawing lines on the paper.  And look what happened!

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Next I auditioned some die cuts to see what I might like against this  stripey background.  I chose the SKETCH FLOWER SPRAY 94248.  I cut it from a linen-textured white cardstock and tried it against the bright green inky background.

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I liked this orientation so I chose a white top-folded notecard, cut the inked paper to 4 X 5.25, and adhered it to the notecard using Scor-Tape.  I decided that I wanted color on the blossoms so I popped the flowers out of the spray and inked them with Dandelion and Lady Bug Memento inks.  I glued the leafy spray outline to the background and used Glue Dots to secure the flowers in place.  I then added some white pearls to the flower centers.

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Because alcohol inks dry so quickly, this card came together in no time.

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Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

08/16/2019

Fri 16

Happy Birthday
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone!

Today I have a birthday card for for the guys. It's not very often I make a card that men would appreciate.

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To create this card I took a piece of glossy paper and used Archival Ink to stamp the dot border across my paper.  I used a heat tool to completely dry the ink.

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Once the ink was dry, I used blue distress inks to fill in the background.  The Archival Ink resists the dye based ink.  

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Once I was done inking the cardstock, I trimmed it and matted it on white and black cardstock.  Using foam tape I adhered this to a white card base.

I die cut the word happy from white cardstock and white heat embossed the word birthday on a black cardstock strip, then glued these to the card front.

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To finish the card I added some Red Nuvo drops. Pretty simple card, right?  Think of all the color combinations that you can create! 

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Have a great day!

 

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08/15/2019

Thu 15

Tape-Emboss the Large Double Peony by Jean Okimoto

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Attach the beautiful Large Double Peony and heat-Mboss it at the same time...it's quick and easy with Scor-Tape!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a simple multi-tasking technique that's great for delicate designs like Large Double Peony.  

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Paint watercolor paper with teal, purple, blue and violet.  Heat-set it.  Cut it with the 2-¼" x 3-½" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut it with Large Double Peony.  Attach a piece of Scor-tape - slightly larger than the peony, but smaller than the rectangle - to lightweight white cardstock.  This gives the embossing a consistent white background - including the area over the turquoise strip.  

Attach the tape-covered piece behind the cutout on the watercolor paper.  Cut the peony from the white cardstock you'll use for the card.  Place the delicate peony diecut into the cutout, attaching it to the Scor-Tape.  Sprinkle Metallic Orchid MBoss over the exposed adhesive, tap the excess off, then heat it.

Cut turqoise and violet textured cardstock strips of ⅞" x 3-¾" and ½" x 3".  

Stamp the greeting - from the Bold Friendly Greetings Clear Stamp Set - on a white A-2 card with Pearlescent Jade Brilliance.

Assemble the card and add green gem stickers.

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Special thanks to everyone from last Sunday's AWESOME BLOSSOM(s) Class at Impress!  Hope you liked the array of flowers we used - large, medium, tiny,  stamped, diecut, watercolored and layered - on our cards.   Thanks too - Ann and Lynne - for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets!  We're having another AWESOME BLOSSOMS class at 1:30 on September 7, following the morning  SIMPLY ASIAN class.

Join us for the COLORS OF CHRISTMAS class at Impress at 1:00 PM this Saturday, August 17th - six cards, two each in traditional colors, winter pastels and jewel tones.  Lots of diecuts, pretty colors, cool techniques and timesaving-tips.

August 17 is also Impress' Annual Holiday Kick-Off - doors open at 10:00 with goodie bags for the first 25 people.  There'll be great new holiday products, demos from 10-12, beautiful displays and festive ideas for all of your holiday projects.

Thanks for stopping by...see you at Impress on Saturday, or here on Outside the Box next week!

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08/12/2019

Mon 12

Perched Bird on a Painterly Alcohol Ink Background
by Anne Thompson

I used a painterly alcohol ink technique to create a background for the PERCHED BIRD 94244 on today's card.

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how I created the background

  • I started with a piece of Alcohol Ink Cardstock (Tim Holtz for Ranger).
  • I added some drops of Alcohol Blending Solution (Tim Holtz for Ranger) on the top third or so of the paper.
  • Then I added drops of alcohol ink on top of the blending solution (Tim Holtz for Ranger).  I started with Aquamarine.
  • I used a paintbrush to move the ink around into horizontal lines of color.  (I have one dedicated for use with alcohol inks only.)  I had to work really quickly and still had some blotchy spots which I kind of liked.  Alcohol inks dry really fast!  

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  • Continuing to work down the paper, I added more blending solution and Stream ink, overlapping the Aquamarine. 
  • For the next section, I added more blending solution and Pesto ink, blending it into the blue layer.
  • For the bottom I used Sepia ink blended into the green.
  • I added a few more drops of ink where I thought more color was needed and blended it in with the paintbrush.

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  • Alcohol inks dry very quickly, in just seconds.  And this technique is not as messy as some...only one blue blotch on my thumb!
  • I chose a light blue notecard and used Scor-tape to adhere the trimmed 4 X 5.25 panel to it.

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For the Perched Bird, I chose another notecard in the same color to die cut it.  I chose not to use the dotted rayed background because I wanted more of the inky colors to show.  I used some white glue to attach it to the alcohol ink background.

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All in all, this was a pretty quick card to put together.  Another day when I have a bit more time and more alcohol ink cardstock I plan to make a pile of these backgrounds in a variety of colors to have on hand.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

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08/09/2019

Fri 09

Happy Birthday
by Donna Sledzik

Happy Friday everyone!

Today I have a fun birthday card for you which features an easy stamped resist background.

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To make the background for this card I placed many rectangle stamps inside my Misti Stamping Tool.  I inked the stamps with Versa Ink and stamped onto white cardstock.  Then I covered the images with white embossing powder and heat set it.  

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I used Carved Pumpkin Distress ink and sponged over the embossed images. The embossing resists the ink and the images are revealed.  I misted the paper with plain water and dried it.  Once it was dry I spattered it with black ink.

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I trimmed the background and adhered it to a piece of patterned paper and used foam adhesive to glue it to a white card.  

Next I stamped, watercolored and die cut the whale.  Using foam tape I adhered it to my card front.

I stamped and white embossed my sentiment on a strip of black cardstock and glued that to my card under the whale.

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To finish the card I just added a few epoxy dots!

I hope you enjoyed today's post and have a great weekend!

Donnasignature

 

 

 

 

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08/03/2019

Sat 03

Hello Jotted Script With the Rose Bouquet by Jean Okimoto

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Watercolor the Rose Bouquet and diecut it for a bright, flowery summer card.  Add a simple greeting - from the Jotted collection - and finish it with gem stickers.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with another design featuring the popular Rose Bouquet Clear Stamps and Die set.  

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Stamp Rose Bouquet on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Memento Luxe Wedding Dress.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  

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Press the inks from the Desert Heat Kaleidacolor inkpad onto a large acrylic stamp block.  Spritz it lightly with a fine mist of water.  Colorwash the embossed image with diluted pink ink so the image is visible for detailed painting.  Paint it with diluted inks from the inkpad.  Dry it, then diecut it with the bouquet die from the coordinating set.  

Trim the diecut with the 4-¼" x 5-½"  Rectangle Basics die.

Diecut Hello Jotted Script from dark brown and coral creme cardstock.  Attach the diecuts to a side-folded A-2 textured natural notecard.  Add orange gem stickers.

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Hope you'll try this design in other colors too - yellow, red, lavender or lilac are just a few suggestions.  Assemble the cards and have them ready for any occasion.  The simple greeting is quick and easy to add later.

Thanks for visiting...have a great weekend, see you again next week!

 

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08/02/2019

Fri 02

Share Happy Thoughts with the Brilliant Sunflower by Jean Okimoto

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Sunflowers are happy flowers...and a glittered beautifully-detailed Brilliant Sunflower sparkles on a watercolored background. Add a color-matched greeting from the Rose Bouquet Clear Stamps Set - and brighten someone's day.  

Hello and Happy Friday - Jean Okimoto here with some August Challenge inspiration. The new Challenge theme is "Some Like It Hot" - featuring warm reds, oranges and/or yellows on your entry.  

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Spritz a 5" square of watercolor paper with a light mist of water.  Roll a 4" soft rubber brayer over a Melon Melody Kaleidacolor inkpad to ink it completely - lift and roll it about 15-20 times for good coverage.  Spritz the inked brayer with water, then roll the colors onto the moist watercolor paper.  Set it aside to air-dry for a few minutes.  

Spritz it again to create some ink variations.  Dry it with a heat-tool.  Cut it with the 3-¼" Circle Basics die.

Cut Brilliant Sunflower and two leaves from green cardstock.  Attach Scor-Tape to yellow cardstock. Cut it - with the tape on the top - with the solid sunflower die.

Attach the adhesive-topped yellow sunflower behind the detailed green sunflower.  Brush iridescent glitter over the exposed adhesive.  I like to use Impress Sparkle Glitter - it makes everything look pretty.

Cut three ¾" circles from scraps of the watercolored paper.

Stamp the greeting - from the Rose Bouquet Clear Stamp Set - on smooth white cardstock with VersaMark.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Here's a tip I've shared in classes - start the embossing process by heating the backside of the cardstock for a few seconds, then finish it from the front for a nice glossy finish.  Set it aside to cool.

Sponge it with the 2nd green ink of the Melon Melody inkpad.  Gently buff the excess ink from the embossing with a soft tissue.  Trim it to resemble a label-maker greeting.  

Attach everything to a side-folded white textured A-2 card - use foam dots for the greeting.  Attach yellow gem stickers.

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Enjoy the sun...but save some time to make a few summer-y cards with the flowers and butterflies from Memory Box.  They play well together...and the details are amazing!

Thanks for visiting...see you again on Saturday! Jeansignature-3

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07/31/2019

Wed 31

Large Double Peony and Little Dragonflies by Jean Okimoto

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A trio of Little Dragonflies and a Large Double Peony create a simple summer card today.  Soft peach tones, gold and gray highlight the pressure-embossed peony.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a quick card you can use for any occasion.

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Cut arroyo cardstock with the 2" x 3-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Round the top right and bottom left corners.  

Pressure-emboss Large Double Peony using the embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  Attach the diecut to the embossed background, slightly offset for dimenson and shadows.

Cut Little Dragonflies from gold mirror cardstock.

Cut accent strips - ¾" x 3" of arroyo cardstock, ¾" x 3-¾" of textured gold paper from Shizen Design and ¾" x 4-½" of flintstone cardstock.

Score and fold a side-folded A-2 card of coral creme cardstock.  Round the top right and bottom left corners.

Attach the diecuts and strips to the card.

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Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's HOLIDAY FAVORITES class at Impress - I appreciate that you drove, flew and ferried to join the group!   We discovered many new ways to use our Memory Box, Birch Press and Poppystamps dies and stamps.  Hope you'll find them in your stash too!  Special thanks too - Erin and Lynne - for always being there on Saturdays to help us fill those shopping baskets!

No classes this weekend - I'll be prepping for the August 11 AWESOME BLOSSOMS class.  We'll use the several of the just-released Birch Press and Poppystamps designs too...love the Sidekicks and Stacking Dies!  

Thanks for visiting - see you in August!

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07/25/2019

Thu 25

Say Hello with Scribble Roses and Scribble Fronds by Jean Okimoto

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Say hello with embossed, layered Scribble Roses and Scribble Fronds...it's quick and easy and perfect for a simple summer greeting.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with another design featuring the the versatile Scribble Roses Outline and Scribble Roses Background dies.  

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Cut Scribble Roses background from watercolor paper.  Pressure-emboss the diecuts with the detailed Scribble Roses Outline dies using the embossing mat and plates required for your machine.

Brush Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide over the embossed diecuts.  Stack and adhere the three Scribble Roses.

Cut Scribble Frond Background and Scribble Frond Outline from Flintstone cardstock.

Cut the 2" x 3-¼" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from white cardstock.

Cut ¾" x 4-¾" amd ¾" x 3-¾" strips of Coral Creme and Patina cardstock.

Stamp "hello" - from the Big and Little Words Clear Stamps Set - on white cardstock with VersaMark.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  Sponge the cooled cardstock with Morning Mist VersaFine Claire.  I think this is easier - and smoother - than white-embossing it on dark cardstock.  Trim the greeting.

Attach everything to a top-folded Kraft A-2 card - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add ¼" circles of silver glitter cardstock.

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I love finding different ways to use my Memory Box dies - hope you do too!  We'll start making holiday cards at Impress this Satureday - and discover more ways to use the great holiday (and un-holiday) dies and stamps on unique cards.  Hope you'll join us if you're in the Seattle area.

Thanks for stopping by...see you again next week!

Jeansignature-3

 

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07/21/2019

Sun 21

Send Happy Thoughts with the Rose Bouquet and Scribble Posies by Jean Okimoto

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It's a good day to send happy thoughts with the Rose Bouquet Clear Stamps and Die Set and felt Scribble Posies.  The diecut bouquet creates a bold - but delicate - backdrop for the posies and a sweet greeting from the stamp set will brighten someone's day.  Hello, hope it's a great weekend for you - Jean Okimoto here with a versatile design that works with just about any greeting from this uplifting stamp set.

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Stamp the bouquet on smooth white cardstock with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.  Diecut it with the coordinating die from the set.  Trim the left and bottom edges with the 4-¼" x 5-½" Rectangle Basics die.

Stamp two of the leaves and diecut them.

Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to peach and orange felt.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through.  Cut the big Scribble Posies Backgroud and  Scribble Posies Outline from peach felt.  Cut the center from orange felt.

Cut the Scribble Posies Outline again from peach cardstock - we're using just the delicate outline and center here.  Assemble the flower.

Stamp the greeting on smooth white cardstock with Shady Lane.  Diecut it with the ¾" x 2" Rectangle Basics die.

Attach everything to a side-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock.  Add green gem stickers.

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Felt comes in so many pretty colors - and adds texture and dimension to papercrafts.  Memory Box dies are perfect for cutting colorful felt accents and design elements.  High-quality wool-blend felt minimizes the fuzzies and frayed edges.

Thanks for stopping by - see you again next week!

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