1113 posts categorized "Techniques"

01/19/2024

Fri 19

Blooming Anemone Slimline by Jean Okimoto

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Send warm winter hugs with the graceful Blooming Anemone from the January Anemone Collection.  The latest release is like an indoor garden  - pick your favorite colors, buds or blossoms and add them to greetings for any occasion.  Hi, Jean here - hoping to add some warmth and color to a frosty gray 37-degree day.

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I've altered and repurposed several design elements here.  The stem is upside-down.  A petal diecut is also cut from green cardstock, trimmed, and rotated to become leaves.  The stamen is cut twice and layered.

Cut the Blooming Anemone blossom from a purple 6x6 in the Twilight Purple Collection. Sponge the stamen with black ink. 

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Cut the stamen, stem, sepal and the 4-section petal from green cardstock. green   Remove the narrow and extra-wide sections of the petal diecut - the remaining pieces will be rotated and attached as leaves.  Sponge the green stamen with black ink too.

Cut the new Hugs Debut Script background from a pale lavender 6x6 in the Twilight Purple  Collection.  Cut the detailed top layer from the purple 6x6.

Cut the pale lavender 6x6 with the 1.1" wide Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die - the cardstock is slightly shorter than the die.

Cut the beautiful lavender and gold Anemone Grove scallop print with the same die - remove the sheet from the paper pad and use part of the top section too.

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Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-½" x 8-½").   Add gold Autumn Fairy Crystals.  Cut a slimline-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Thanks for visiting our blog...hope the January Anemone Collection inspires you to create unique greetings in a rainbow of floral colors!

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01/16/2024

Tue 16

January Anemone Collection…from Bud to Blossom by Jean Okimoto

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Cut white cardstock with the die from the Vintage Tray 3D Embossing Folder Set.  Cut the buds and tall blossom from the White Anemone Rub Ons.  It's a set of two rub on transfer sheets with beautiful floral and foliage images.  Leave a generous border around the designs.  Carefully remove the paper liner and tap the designs onto the white Vintage Tray rectangles.

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The rub on set includes a wood craft burnishing stick to transfer the design. You'll also get perfect results using a diecut machine to press the design onto the cardstock - place the cardstock and rub on between two layers of printer paper and roll it through using the plates you'd use for diecutting.  Carefully remove the frosty plastic layer.

Cut a sheet from the Ocean Blue 6x6 Collection to 4-¼" x 5-½".  Spritz both sides with a light mist of water, then emboss it using the plate(s) required for your machine.  Air-dry it if it's still damp, then cut it with the Vintage Tray die. The Ocean Blue set includes several colors to complement the rub ons for custom-colored card fronts.

Attach the rub on rectangles to the blue rectangles.

Cut white cardstock with the Greetings Debut Script background die.  Cut the detailed top layer from the blue Glitzy Glitter Pad 6x6.  I love how the tiny dot for the "i" is attached as a drop-down section from the "t" - no tiny little dots here!

Cut a slightly darker Ocean Blue Collection 6x6 with the largest A2 Rectangle Frames die for a perfect fit and smooth edges.  Attach it to a top-folded white A2 card.

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Attach the diecuts to the card - use foam tape for the greeting.  Add clear Christmas Fairy Dewdrops.  Cut an A2-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

The White Anemone Rub Ons have a soft matte look to enhance your cards.  Use them in groups - or spotlight them individually.  Add one of the 8 new greetings from the collection...and your card is ready to go!

Thanks for visiting...join us again tomorrow for Donna's beautiful new Anemone Collection design. 

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01/13/2024

Sat 13

Winter Tree Arch Blues
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  With the weather going from unseasonably mild to unseasonably freezing cold in a day here, it inspired me to create this wintry card featuring never before used (NBUS) Winter Tree Arch die with some leftover pine tree die cut pieces from this post.

Partial die cutting was used with the Winter Tree Arch die to make the trees taller from its original design (see comparison photo below).  Subsequently, partial die cutting was also done with the Nested Globes dies to create the matching arch background and frame.

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Faded Jeans and Speckled Egg distress inks (DI) were then ink blended on the background piece before splattering it with diluted white gouache paint for snow.  Kept the pine trees white, but for some sparkle, die cut the top layers from white glitter paper. 

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The sentiment was also die cut from white glitter paper and mounted on its navy blue shadow.  Assembled the card onto a white woidgrain panel to finish.

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 And that does it for my card.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.

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01/12/2024

Fri 12

Heartfelt Hummingbird Greetings by Jean Okimoto

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A felt Layered Hummingbird delivers warm hugs on a cold winter day.  Hi, Jean here with a layered slimline design combining classic favorites and a favorite new bird set from our holiday release.  I've never seen a gray + silver hummingbird in our yard - but here he is!

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Cut Birch Tree Trunks from a white Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad 6x6.  We're just using 4 of the 5 trunks here.

Cut 2 Double Stitch Heart Cut Outs to create an inlaid design.  

Cut the 2-¼" wide Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangle from the smooth side of textured gray cardstock.

Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to medium- and light-gray wool-blend felt.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and prevents adhesives from saturating it.  Cut the Layered Hummingbird base from the medium-gray felt.  

Cut the head overlay from the light felt.  Cut the wings and lower part of the "face" from a silver Rainbow Reflections 6x6 sheet.  Attach the layers to the base.  Push a toothpick or skewer thru the layers to define the cutout for the eye.

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Cut the beak section from light orange cardstock.  Color the eye area with a black marker.  Attach the diecut behind the head.

Stamp the greeting - from the Big and Little Reverse Words Clear Stamp Set - on white cardstock with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then trim it with the tab die that's included in the stamp set.  The tab is designed to cut the largest greeting - use the short ends to trim the left and right sides.

Attach the diecuts to a textured gray slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-⅝").  Add red Christmas Fairy Dewdrops.  Cut a slimline-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

The Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangles and Wrapped Stitched Rectangles sets coordinate with Memory Box stitched designs.  They frame the design without competing with the stitched diecuts.  They're great with the lovable Poppystamps Whittles too!  

Try the versatile design in different colors - use kraft or aqua cardstock for the background and card.  Use pink for the greeting, hearts and jewels.  

Thanks for visiting...keep safe and warm and have a great weekend!

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01/09/2024

Tue 09

Bundled Bird and Embossed Birches by Jean Okimoto

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Send warm wishes with the Bundled Bird wrapped in a cozy felt scarf.  Glittered heart garlands add sparkle to a 3D-embossed birch forest.  Hi, Jean here with a design for Valentine's Day...or any winter day.

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We're adding the embossed image directly onto the card here.  Cut, score and fold a textured gray A2 card.  Spritz both sides of the card front with a light mist of water.  Emboss it with the Birch Tree Forest 3D Embossing Folder.  The background is done - and it's already "attached" to the card!

Cut the Heart Streamer Globe garlands and extra hearts from the bright pink Glitzy Glitter Pad 6x6.

Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to tan and bright pink wool-blend felt.  Cut Bundled Bird base and two layers of the scarf.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from saturating it.

Cut the wings and tail from the pale gold Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad 6x6.  Cut the head overlay from kraft cardstock.

Cut the beak and eye section from orange cardstock.  Color the area that will appear behind the eye cutout with a black marker.  Attach the diecut behind the head.  Assemble Bundled Bird.

Stamp the greeting - from the Big and Little Reverse Words Clear Stamp Set - on white cardstock with Charming Pink VersaFine Clair. Cut it the greeting tab die that's included in the set - position the short end of the die to trim the extra space.  Trim the other end too. 

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Attach the diecuts to the card - use foam tape for the greeting and behind Bundled Bird's tail.

Hope your New Year is off to a great start...thanks for visiting our blog today!

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01/05/2024

Fri 05

Love Grows by Jean Okimoto

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Love grows...on repurposed Lavender Bouquet stems in a winter garden.  A Woodgrain Heart background and bold plaid balance glittery red hearts and gold crystals.  Hi, Jean here with a Valentine design for your special guy.

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Cut light kraft cardstock with Woodgrain Heart.  Cut a 1-½" x 5-½" strip of the Christmas Jolly 6x6 plaid.

Cut Lavender Bouquet from black cardstock -  trim the blossoms and about ¼" from the tops of the 4-stem piece shown on the right side here.  Trim the blossoms of the other stems.

Cut the larger heart - with the Love You Gallery Script die - from the dark red  Festive Glitter Pad 6x6.  Cut two groups of the small hearts with the die from the Heart Streamer Globe set.

Cut just the background of the "love" portion of the Sending Love Daily Script set from red cardstock.  Cut the detailed top layer from black cardstock -  save the delicate oval from the "o" and the little piece in the top section of the "e."  Pressure-embossing the background makes it easy to adhere the delicate top layer - it'll fit right into the debossed background.

Pressure-emboss the red background with the detailed die using the rubber embossing mat and plate(s) required for your machine.  Assemble the greeting - add the saved black pieces.

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Attach everything to a recycled kraft A6 card (4-½" X 6-¼") - use foam tape for the greeting.  Add the slightly darker gold Autumn Fairy Crystals.  Cut an A6-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.  

Thanks for visiting...keep warm, and have a great weekend!

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01/02/2024

Tue 02

Brown Bear Hugs by Jean Okimoto

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Happy New Year!  We appreciate your support, creativity and inspiration throughout 2023. We're here to share more ideas, techniques and designs in 2024!

Send warm winter hugs with a friendly brown bear on a background of Vintage Tray diecuts.  Add a sparkly heart from Poppystamps.  Hi, Jean here with an early Valentine design - or a friendship card for someone who deserves a special hug.

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We're using extra Vintage Tray 3D Embossing Folder and Die Set offcuts from previous projects.  They're cut from the Poinsettia Plaid and Poinsettia Garland 6x6 packs.   

Cut pale pink cardstock with the large rectangle section of the Vintage Tray die.  Spritz both sides of the rectangle with a light mist of water.  Place it in the matching section of the 3D embossing folder and run it through your machine using the required plate(s) to add a woodgrain plank texture.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to brown wool-blend felt and cut the base of the Layered Polar Bear.  It stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from saturating it.  Cut the other pieces from kraft cardstock.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind the eye and nose cutouts.

Cut the heart - from the Poppystamps Heart Jumble - from the pink  Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad 6x6.  Attach it to the bear - use foam tape on the right edge. 

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Glue two layers of white cardstock together and cut the Hugs Daily Script background.  Pressure-emboss it with the detailed overlay die using the rubber embossing mat and plate(s) required.  Cut pink cardstock with the detailed die - leave the little ovals for the "g" in the die until you're ready to attach them (they tend to get lost).  You'll have an extra set of pink letters - save it for another project.

Attach the diecuts to a white A6 card (4-½" x 6-¼") - use foam tape for the bear.  Add gold Autumn Fairy Crystals.  Cut an A6-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Thanks for visiting our blog...wishing you a year of good health, happiness and creativity!

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12/26/2023

Tue 26

Embossed, Glossed Holiday Thank You Card by Jean Okimoto

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Need thank you cards for holiday gifts?  Create winter thank-yous with Memory Box holiday designs like the Perfect Poinsettias  3D Embossing Folder and Cutting Dies.

Hi, Jean here - moving from bright reds and greens to soft winter pastel pinks on a glossy double-embossed design. Snowflakes, poinsettias, birds, polar bears or snowmen would be great on holiday thank you cards!

Heat-embossing the pressure-embossed design darkens the background and details - adding gloss, contrast and dimension.  The remaining sections retain their original matte light pink color. Yellow ink highlights the centers.

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Cut a piece of textured pink cardstock to fit into the Perfect Poinsettia 3D Embossing Folder.  We'll emboss the smoother side of the cardstock to contrast the textured card.

Place the open folder on a hard, flat surface and use a soft rubber brayer to ink the top half of the folder with VersaMark (from a clean, juicy inkpad).  Brayer the ink horizontally, vertically and diagonally - be sure the leafy bottom half of the design is well-inked.  Heat-emboss the entire design with detail clear powder.  Switch the heat-tool off several times during the process so it doesn't overheat.

Cut completely cooled design with the approximately 3-¾" x 5" Rectangle Basics die.  Trim the corners with a corner-rounding punch.  

Punch a ¼" hole from scrap paper and stencil the centers with Pearlescent Yellow Brilliance ink.  Or Sunflower Yellow for a brighter look.  Move the stencil around a bit so they're not perfect circles.  Heat-set the yellow ink.  Run the heat-tool briefly over the edges of the embossed rectangle to eliminate any rough spots or corners.

Stamp the greeting - from the Big and Little Reverse Words Clear Stamp and Die Set - on the smoother side of the pink cardstock with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair.  Quickly heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim it with the die that's included in the set.

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Round the corners of a textured pink A6 card (4-½" x 6-¼").  Attach the diecuts to the card.  Add clear Christmas Fairy Crystals.  Cut an A6-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

We appreciate your support and enjoy the beautiful Memory Box designs you post on social media throughout the year - thank you!

Thanks for visiting our blog...see you next year!

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12/25/2023

Mon 25

Holiday Wishes from Memory Box by Jean Okimoto

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Holiday wishes of peace, love and joy from Memory Box to everyone celebrating today!  Hi, Jean here with a mix-and-match holiday greeting.  The ornament trio combines classic favorites, Christmas '23, and some extras from Poppystamps and Birch Press Design. 

The sweet Layered Hummingbird - with a few alterations and minimal layering - becomes a peace dove here.  He's perched on a Birch Press Design diecut that (I hope!) resembles a young olive branch.

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Cut the Frilling Snowflake Ornament background from three shades of green cardstock.  Punch holes at the top and attach gold cord.  Curl the cord with the side of the flower burnishing tool or a bonefolder - follow the curve of the cord for best results.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to white wool-blend felt and cut the main section of Layered Hummingbird.  Cut the top of the head/beak section from orange cardstock.  Color the eye area with a black marker.  Attach it behind the felt diecut, then trim the long hummingbird's beak to resemble a dove's beak.  Cut two of the big wings from a white Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad sheet.  Trim the little point from one wing. Attach the wings.

Cut the branch - from the Birch Press Design Jovial Blooms and Leaves Contour Layers set - from darker green cardstock.

Cut the Poppystamps Heart Jumble hearts from the red Glitzy Glitter Pad sheet.

Cut the largest Alpine Snowflake from the white Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad sheet.

Glue two pieces of white cardstock together and diecut them with the 2" x 7" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.

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Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-⅝"  8-½") - use foam tape for the bird.  Stamp the greeting - from the Shining Star Clear Stamp Set - on lime green cardstock with Green Oasis VersaFine Clair.  Quickly heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim it with one end of the 1.1" x 6.1" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die, then trim the excess with an edge of a larger die.

Attach the greeting with foam tape.  Add red Christmas Fairy Dewdrops.  Cut a slimline-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Thanks for visiting our blog - see you again tomorrow!

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12/23/2023

Sat 23

Carved Wood Poinsettias
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  Two more sleeps till Christmas and I have another Christmas card to share today. 😂  It’s a rustic masculine poinsettia card created with the Carved Wood technique using the Perfect Poinsettias 3D embossing folder (EF) from the current 2023 Christmas collection.  I saw this technique years ago, but this recent video HERE inspired me to finally give it a try. 

Started with a white panel from my stash and three gradient brown color dye ink pads.  Scored the panel vertically at 1/2-inch intervals, then dragged the lightest color ink pad direct-to-paper down the length of the panel several times until satisfied with the faux woodgrain look.  BTW, the ink pads should be the felt type (like the distress inks) and not the foam ones.
 
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Spritz the back of the panel with water, then placed it into the EF on the flat side with the faux wood pattern facing up and ran it through the die cutting machine.  The image will be debossed, resulting in the reverse image being pushed in.  It’s barely visible in the photo below.
 
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So to reveal the “carved” image, repeated the direct-to-paper ink pad dragging step with the medium and darkest color ink pads.  Oops, I went a bit heavier handed than I would like.  Doesn’t it looked carved?

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The panel was then trimmed down slightly smaller than A2 size and matted onto dark brown cardstock.  Added the Merry Christmas Foil Greetings Rose Tab for a pop of color.

 

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Used the Poinsettia Stem die to die cut the poinsettia centers from gold mirror paper.  Assembled and mounted the card onto a white card base to finish.

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That does it for me this year.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a happy holiday!  See you next year.
 
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