794 posts categorized "Techniques"

04/18/2021

Sun 18

Bold and Bright by Jean Okimoto

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Need a quick card?  Greet someone with crisp white blossoms and a bold Wooden Alpha greeting on a  sponged, gold-spritzed background.  The All the Happiness Clear Stamp and Die Set pairs bold blooms with coordinating dies for simple layered designs.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a flowery spring slimline idea.

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Stamp the flowers on smooth white cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine Clair and quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the coordinating die from the set.

Diecut the Wooden Alpha greeting from a pink sheet in the Berry Red 6x6 Collection.  

Sponge flamingo kitsch Distress Oxide onto white cardstock.  Cut it with the 7-¼ X 2-¼" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  Spray it with Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Airi-dry it for a few minutes, then heat-set it.

Attach the diecuts to a kraft slimline card (3-12 x 8-½").  Punch ¼" dots from the gold 6x6 Holiday Glitter Pad sheet.

Let bright colors and a spritz of gold upgrade quick cards for any occasion.  A bold greeting becomes part of the design -  the 108 colors in our 6x6 cardstock collection make it easy to find the perfect shade for your design.  

Hope you'll have a chance to take advantage of Impress' annual sale this weekend - the sales ends on April 18th.  Save 20% off the price of the Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Design stamps, dies andpapers on your wishlist.  View sale  details here.  

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04/15/2021

Thu 15

Watercolor and Double-Emboss the Stained Glass Butterfly by Jean Okimoto

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Celebrate a sunny spring week with the popular - and versatile - Stained Glass Butterfly.  It's pressure- and gold-embossed for extra dimension.  Add a wonky DIY embossed slimline background and a greeting from Poppystamps too.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with more ways to use this great addition to the Memory Box butterfly collection.

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Cut a 3" square of Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Paint the smoother side with overlapping diagonal layers of ink.  I used diluted shades of Imagine's dye ink refills - Vermillion, Lemon, Teal and Chartreuse.  Heat-set it, then pressure-emboss it with Stained Glass Butterfly using the rubber embossing mat and plate(s) required for your machine.

Trim it with the 2-½" Square Basics die.  Add a few specks of the Teal ink, air-dry it for a few minutes, then heat-set it.  

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04/13/2021

Tue 13

Stained Glass Butterfly
by Sara Cook

Spring is finally here in the Northwest and inspiring me to create.  I have used the Stained Glass Butterfly die to create a see through card with a stained glass effect with alcohol inks

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Front Panel:

Select a diagonal based pattern paper from the Madras Plaid Blue and Violet pad.  Die cut the Stained Glass Butterfly die from upper center of the paper making a diamond shape cut out.  Trim paper down to 4" x 5 1/4" keeping the cut out to the upper center of the paper.  

Card Base:

Make a A2 top fold card base from white 110 lb paper.  Line up the the front panel on the outside of the card base, leaving a 1/8" boarder, and secure in place with low tack tape.  Line up the Stained Glass Butterfly die in the cut out and secure in place.  Run the card base with the back panel open through the die cutting machine.  Remove the front panel and keep the Stained Glass Butterfly die cut for later.

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Stained Glass Butterfly:

Take a 3" square piece of acetate and add alcohol ink to the acetate.  Blow the alcohol around to slightly mix the colors together.  I choose 3 colors to match the Madras Plaid Blue and Violet paper, Ranger Villainous in Pearl, Pink Sherbet and Stream.  Die cut the Stained Glass Butterfly from the darkest gold in the Polished Foil Pad pack.

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Sentiment:

Die cut the Thank You Posh Script bottom die out of white 110lb card stock and out of a matching green from the Fresh Aqua paper pad. Glue the Fresh Aqua on top of the white die cut off setting it to create a highlight.

Assembly:

Adhere the alcohol acetate behind the diamond cut out in the front panel. Trim off any excess acetate the hangs out.  Adhere the Stained Glass Butterfly in the front window. Take the front panel and adhere to the card base, aligning the cut out.  Take the white Stained Glass Butterfly cut out and adhere it to the inside of the card.  Be sure to but the glue on the front of the die cut because you need to see the backside of the cut out.  

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04/11/2021

Sun 11

Spritz, Sponge and Speckle a Slimline Birthday Card by Jean Okimoto

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Need a birthday card idea?  Here's a spring birthday greeting in pinks and greens.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with techniques for weekend crafting.

Spritz both sides of Open Studio Watercolor Paper lightly with water.  Attach the Stained Glass Floral die to the smoother side of the paper.  Pressure-emboss it with the rubber embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  

Cut Stained Glass Floral again from printer paper - we're using the 3 large offcuts to mask the uninked sections of the watercolor paper.  (You can also mask the very small triangle at the bottom...I didn't!)  Lightly tape the offcuts to mask areas around the embossed design.  Have a double layer of paper towel nearby.

Hold the offcuts down with a stylus or skewer and sponge the embossed sections with flamingo kitsch and twisted citron Distress Oxides.  Carefully remove the offcuts and spritz the inked design with just enough water so the inks start moving and filling the embossed sections.  Blot the excess ink with the paper towel.  Heat-set the inks.  Diecut it with the 2-½" Square Basics die.  

Flick specks of diluted flamingo kitsch ink around the embossed design.

Cut the pink and green Spring Plaid Slim sheet with the 2-¼ x 7-¼" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  Cut a ¾" x 3-½" strip of the lime green Frosted Glitter Pad sheet.  Attach both pieces to a pale sage slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-½").  Attach the embossed square.

Diecut Stained Glass Floral from a sheet in the 6x6 Lush Green Collection - leave it in the die.  Attach narrow strips of lined doublestick tape - like Diecut'nBond or Scor-Tape - along the outer edges and run it through the machine again to cut the tape.  Leave it in the die and remove the offcuts and tape liner pieces.  Flip the diecut (still in the die) over onto the watercolor paper.  Press it firmly to transfer and adhere the diecut onto the watercolor paper.   Carefully remove the die.

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Cut the Birthday Mail background from another 6x6 Lush Green Collection sheet. Cut the delicate Birthday Mail overlay from the pink Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad sheet.  You can either save and attach the very, very tiny piece that dots the "i" - or punch a ¼" dot of the pink glittered sheet and attach it behind the tiny hole on the green diecut. Option #2 is much easier!  Punch 3 more dots and attach them on the left side.

Thanks for following this long, detailed process - it's a lot easier than it sounds!  Hope you'll try this idea with similar Memory Box dies and your favorite colors.

Have a great Sunday - see you again on Thursday...

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04/08/2021

Thu 08

Nested Globes Become Berry Red Blossoms by Jean Okimoto

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Diecut contemporary flowers for spring cards with the versatile Nested Globes and the Berry Red 6x6 Collection.  A bit of upcycled diecutting and the great colors of the Berry Red set add a fresh look to a slimline design for any occasion.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here sharing a self-challenge design.  I wanted to create these simple flowers from supplies in my stash, including the Poppystamps products I buy to make card kits for Impress here in Seattle and Stamps and Memories in Hawaii.   

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Cut partial pieces from the 6x6 Berry Red Collection with the 2nd- and 3rd-smallest Nested Globes dies.  Cut smaller sections of contrasting shades to create a layered, dimensional look.  Trim the edges with 2 of the Poppystamps Wave Trio dies.  

Cut Seed Stems from the lime green sheet in the Frosted Glitter 6x6 pad.  Assemble the flowers - trim the Seed Stem for the small flower.  

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Cut two partial pieces of the dark brown Earth Neutral 6x6 sheet with the 7-¼ x 2-¼" Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangle. Overlap and attach them where it'll be covered by the flowers, about 3" from the top edge.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Big and Little Reverse Words Clear Stamp and Die Set - on white cardstock with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink and diecut the greeting with the die that's included in the set.

Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-½ x 8-½") - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add ¼" dots punched from the gold sheet in the Holiday Glitter Pad.

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Hope you like these bright blossoms and their simple contemporary style.  The pandemic has taught me to be more resourceful - even when designing and papercrafting. Think of all the ways you can repurpose your Memory Box and Poppystamps products! 

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

Jeansignature-3

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04/03/2021

Sat 03

Daisy Stems in a Crystal Frame by Jean Okimoto

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03/31/2021

Wed 31

Hugs Bunny by Jean Okimoto

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Celebrate friendship with a felt Bunny Face and big hugs spelled out in bold Wooden Alpha letters.  Madras Plaid Coral and Green prints are great throughout the year - and are a perfect match for the new Berry Red and Lush Green 6x6 Collections.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a spring-ish design that would work throughout the year.

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Here's a tip for selecting and diecutting the perfect section of printed papers for your design.  Diecut scrap paper in a contrasting color - then use the offcut as a template to find the right area to cut.  Attach the template to the printed paper, place the die into the cutout and diecut exactly what you need.  No guessing required!

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Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to gray felt and diecut the main Bunny Face section.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps glues from soaking through.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind the eyes.  

Cut the outer ears from one of the coral Madras Plaid sheets.  Cut the layered face section from the gray dotted Dashing Stripes and Dots 6x6.  Punch a ¼" dot of pink cardstock from the Berry Red Collection and attach it behind the notched area on the face section.  (A fidgety little detail...but it makes a big difference.)

Cut the Wooden Alpha H, G and S from the pink cardstock too.  I think Bunny Face looks (vaguely) like the letter U - hope you agree!

Cut white cardstock with the 7-¼ x 2-¼"  Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangle die.  Trim (or mask) the bottom of the "sending love" clear stamp from Poppystamps Diamond Sentiments Clear Stamp and Die set. Stamp it with Starlite Black Brilliance.  Stamp "to a wonderful friend" too.

Cut two detached hearts - from the Heart Streamer Globe set - from the pink 6x6 Delicate Pastels Glitter sheet.

Attach everything to a white slimline card (3-½ x 8-½").

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Have fun with variations of this basic design.  Use your favorite colors, little prints and felt scraps.  Thanks for visiting!

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03/26/2021

Fri 26

Hello Card
by Donna Sledzik

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Good morning everyone! Today I have a fun background technique using a Gelli Plate.  This is a gelatin like surface that you can apply paint or ink to and create a print. 

To create the background, I stamped the flower images with Black Archival ink onto the Gelli Plate.

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The ink needs a few minutes to dry before paint is applied to the plate. 

I squeezed 3 colors of acrylic paint onto the Gelli Plate and used a brayer to spread the paint. You only need a small amount of paint for this step. Once the paint is on the plate, I used a few household items to add some texture.

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In the photo above you can see how thin the layer of paint is. I waited a few minutes for the paint to dry, then added a layer of white acrylic paint over the whole plate. I used a brayer to spread the paint onto the plate.

I placed a piece of white cardstock onto the plate and rubbed it with my fingers to transfer the paint to the paper.

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I love all the texture that shows up on the print.

Next, I stamped the flowers on watercolor paper, then painted and die cut them.

I trimmed my printed paper and glued it to a black cardstock layer. Next, I used foam tape to adhere my flowers to the background. I spattered the piece with white paint. When the paint was dry, I adhered it to a green cardstock mat. I glued this to a white card base.

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To finish the card, I stamped the word "hello" and used foam tape to adhere it to the  card front.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!

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03/25/2021

Thu 25

Easy Nested Globe Treat Totes by Jean Okimoto

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Need 24 treat totes in a hurry?  The new Spring Plaid Slim set - 2 each of 12 double-sided 3.5" x 8.5" plaids -  makes it quick and easy to fold and diecut these pastel totes for spring and Easter treats.   MemoryBoxNestedGlobes, MemoryBoxCircleBasics, MemoryBoxSpringPlaidSlim, MemoryBoxLayeredDaisies, MemoryBoxLayeredFreshFlowers, MemoryBoxCottageStripesAndDots, MemoryBoxTwilightPurple6x6, MemoryBoxVibrantViolet6x6, MemoryBoxBerryRed6x6, MemoryBoxDelicatePastelGlitter6x6, JeanOkimoto, SlimlinePapers, TreatWrappers, TreatTotes, DiecutFlowers, FlowerDiecuts, ImpressCardsAndCrafts, StampsAndMemoriesHawaii

Hi, Jean Okimoto with a project inspired by Sara's sweet Spring Plaid Slim set baskets. These hold the foil-wrapped Ghiradelli egg and bunny chocolates - and the Ghiradelli squares. MemoryBoxNestedGlobes, MemoryBoxDiecuts, TreatWrappers, TreatTotes

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03/23/2021

Tue 23

Handmade Easter Baskets with Video
by Sara Cook

Hello everyone. I have an Easter basket project today using the Spring Plaid Slim line paper pack.  This is an easy and fun project you can your kids can do together.  Check out the YouTube tutorial, link below.

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Basket:

Cut 2 pieces of matching slim line papers to 8 1/4" in length, removing the hole. Choose what side is inside of the basket and what is the outside.  Score 1/4" along the top of the inside of the paper and score at 4 1/4".  Turn paper and score 1/4" from edge of paper down the longest side at 3 1/4"..  Score the 2nd paper the same way. Fold along the score lines.  This will create 1/4" flaps along top and along 1 side of the paper.  Cut the corners of the each flap.  Then cut the long flap at the 4 1/4" score only up to the flap.  Cut the corners on each flap.  Glue the short flaps and adhere to the other side of the  paper to form a box.  Cut a base out of matching paper to 4"x4".  Add glue to the flaps from inside of the box and put the 4"x4" paper over the glued flaps.  To make the handle cut a strip of paper 11"x1".  Shape to form a curve.  Add glue to bottom 1/2" end of the strip and adhere to inside of the box.  Add glue to the other end and adhere to the other side of the box.

Now for the fun part, decorating!  This is where you use your creativity to embellish the basket how you want. Below are some ideas to get you started.

I used Wild Glass Boarder die to make a a grassy board around a basket.  Added eggs die cute out of Delicate Pastel Glitter paper using the Half Dozen Eggs die and and bunny die cut out of white paper using the Gentle Bunny Die.  

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I die cut the smaller flower of the Layered Cosmos craft die out of white paper and colored it with Pan Pastels.  Each flower used 3 layers of flowers.  Added a matching butterfly using the Glade Butterfly die.  Colored the base using Copic markers.  Cut out the top layer out of gold paper from the Polished Foil pad and glued it on top.   Arrange the elements on the basket.

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Now fill with your favorite Easter candy.  My basket will be filled with chocolate.  

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