635 posts categorized "Techniques"

09/11/2019

Wed 11

Die Cutting with Napkins Video by Dave Brethauer

Hello and welcome!

Like everyone, I am always trying to think of new and different ways to stretch my supplies and I want to share with you a technique that is inexpensive and easy, and it is something that you will have so much fun doing!

Check out the video for how to cut paper napkins with your dies so that they are still sturdy enough to craft with. I did a little experimenting before I recorded the video to see what works!

(Watch this video in HD by clicking here)

What you will notice with this technique is the terrific texture that appears when you color the die cuts with watercolor! The die cuts puff up and wrinkle a little bit when you add liquid to them, changing the smooth die cut surface into a slightly puckered shape. The color spreads quickly - sort of a faux watercolor technique - and because of the layers of napkin, the color is rich and deep when the paint soaks in. I accented the watercolors with a gentle coating of metallic watercolor to give them a little sparkle. For the projects in the video, I used some Gansai Tambi Watercolors and Starry Color paints - but try this with any regular and metallic watercolor!

You can experiment with how many layers of paper napkin you use, colored napkins,  - or maybe try tissue paper! The possibilities are endless!

Glad Tidings Berries Card

94306 Silverdale Branch

CL5245 Tidings Wreath Clear stamp set


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I really like how the texture catches the light and shadows!

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Thankful Corner Branch Card

94301 Harvest Branch Corner Frame 

CL5243 Grateful Autumn Clear Stamp set

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Once the piece is dry, it may not be completely flat - this is OK! It will add a cultural feel to your project.

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Night Before Christmas Card

94290 Corner Holly Swirl

CL5234 Typewriter Holiday Elements clear stamp set


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Dies that have cut lines really show off this technique - the napkins retain those deep cuts and puff up around them.

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Frosty Pine Card

94283 Pine Needle Oval Frame

CL5244 Holiday Greenery clear stamp set

Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers, Faded Jeans and Walnut Stain for the background


Nap (4 of 16)

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Here you can see how much the pine needle die cut is thicker and more raised than the background inlay.

 

Holiday Poinsettias

2229 Delicate Poinsettia

2235 Winter Berries

CL5246 Merry and Bright Mistletoe clear stamp set

 

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This technique really shines with leaf and floral shapes - the texture looks like real poinsettias!
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Autumn Leaves

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30117 Wrapped Stitch Frames

CL5243 Grateful Autumn clear stamp set

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The crinkled look on leaf shapes makes them look real!

09/05/2019

Thu 05

Add Sketch Blooms to the New Jovial Wreath by Jean Okimoto

 

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The new Jovial Wreath is perfect for fall cards - it doesn't need to wait till Christmas.  Diecut it from watercolored paper and add a trio of Sketch Blooms  for a quick Thanksgiving card, birthday or thank-you card in fall colors.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a versatile design you can use throughout the year.  A quick color change would transform this into a holiday card with layered poinsettias and sparkly snowflake or star gem stickers.  

 

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Paint watercolor paper with diluted Kaleidacolor dye ink refills.  Heat-set the inks.  Cut it with Jovial Wreath and Sketch Blooms.

 Cut dark green cardstock with Jovial Wreath and layer it behind the watercolored wreath for dimension.

Attach pieces of green glittered cardstock behind the flower centers.  

Stamp the greeting - from the new Fern and Berries Clear Stamps Set - on a scrap of white cardstock with Sunshine VersaFine Clair.  

Attach everything to a side-folded white A-2 card/  Add orange gem stickers.

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Thanks for visiting...hope you're enjoying the designs from our 2019 Holiday Collection as much as we enjoy sharing our ideas with you.  

If you're in the Seattle area - join us for two classes at Impress this Saturday.  It's Simply Asian at 10:30 and Awesome Blossoms at 1:30.  We're using the best of Memory Box, Birch Press Design and Poppystamps - and some beautiful new artpapers from Shizen Design.  See you!

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09/04/2019

Wed 04

The Chandele Snowflake and Shining Star Set by Jean Okimoto

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Create holiday magic with the beautiful new Chandele Snowflake and layers of the Shining Star Set.  Two stars - one brushed with glitter - adhere and accent the delicate snowflake.  It's a happy day when glittering and attaching a detailed die can be accomplished in one easy step!

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another quick-glittered design that would be great for mass-production.  Chose your favorite colors - winter pastels, jewel tones or tradtionals - or make personalized cards in the recipients' favorite holiday shades.  

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Cut the largest Shining Star from white cardstock.  

Attach Diecut 'n Bond  tape to white cardstock and cut the second-largest Shining Star.

Scrunch some waxed paper and rub it briskly over the Chandele Snowflake die - this helps release the little bits and pieces from the die.  Cut the snowflake from white cardstock.  Save the offcut for another beautiful project.

Attach the snowflake to the adhesive-covered star - save the tape liner.  Use the tape liner as a presscloth to secure the detailed design.  Brush ultrafine iridescent glitter over the exposed adhesive.  Press it again with the liner.

Cut ¾" x 3-½" and 4" strips of Flintstone and Easter Grass cardstock.  Cut textured pink cardstock with the 2-⅛" x 3-⅝" Pinpoint Rectangle Layers die.

Prep a scrap of white cardstock with the embossing powder tool.  Stamp the greeting - from the new Holiday Greenery Clear Stamps Set - with VersaMark.  Emboss it with detail silver powder.  Trim it with the 1" x 2" Pinpoint Rectangles Layers die.

Attach everything to a white A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card.  Add pink gem stickers.

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Special thanks to everyone from Monday's SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress!  I appreciate how you braved the holiday traffic on ferries and freeways to join us.  Thanks too - Ann and Shari - for helping everyone fill those shopping baskets again.  

Thanks for visiting - see you tomorrow...

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08/26/2019

Mon 26

New Release Blog Blitz!
by Jean Okimoto

 

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Have you noticed this week that we have been posting from the new release?  You can find a link to the entire release here. There are stamps as well as dies and items for Fall as well as Christmas.  Hopefully you will be inspired for the upcoming seasons!  

Would you like to flip for through the new look books?  There is the one for Halloween as well as Christmas.  

We will be celebrating the new release on the blog this week from Monday, August 26th- Sunday, September 1st.  There will be a new sample each day as well as a chance to win a prize each day this week.  

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Hi - Jean Okimoto here with the first blog blitz project and a chance to win a great prize.

Cut watercolor paper with the 3-¼" Square Basics die.  Sponge it with Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry and Spun Sugar Distress Oxides.  Spritz it with a light mist of water, then heat-set it.  Splatter it lightly with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Set it aside to dry.

Cut Chandele Star from white cardstock.  It's a great new design that's not just perfect for Chrismas - use it throughout the year for celebrations and special events.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Merry and Bright Mistletoe Clear Stamps Set - on white cardstock with VersaMark.  Emboss it with detail clear powser.  Sponge it with Rocket Red Gold Brilliance.  Wipe the residual ink off with a tissue.  Cut it with the ¾" Square Basics die.

Pressure-emboss the dried watercolor paper with Chandele Star using the plates and embossing mat required for your machine.  

Cut a stencil from vellum using the Chandele Star.  Vellum is great for disposable stencils because it keeps a crisp edge and doesn't get saturated with ink.   Sponge Rocket Red Gold Brilliance through the stencil onto the pressure-embossed star.

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock.  Add ¼" circles punched from gold glitter cardstock.

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Want a chance to win the new Chandele Star ?  Leave a comment on this blog post anytime before Sunday, September 1st at 11:59pm EST.  One comment will be selected at random to win the prize.  All contest winners will be announced on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, September 2nd at 6:00pm EST.  Good luck!

Thanks for visiting.  Stop by again tomorrow for Donna's project and another chance to win a prize from our latest collection!

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08/25/2019

Sun 25

Celebrate with the Simple Poinsettia Frame from the 2019 Holiday Collection by Jean Okimoto

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Pearlescent inks highlight the beautiful details of the new Simple Poinsettia Frame and a holiday message from the Mistletoe Swag Clear Stamps Set.  Add gold gem stickers - and that's it!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here...hope you're enjoying your weekend. We're excited about our 2019 Holiday Collection and can't wait to share more designs and ideas with you!

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Cut Simple Poinsettia Frame from watercolor paper - it makes the beautiful details stand out.  Cut the four additional petals.  Cut an extra petal from the framed poinsettia - it's the one on the right.  

Brilliance inks are great for coloring diecuts - they're easy to blend, then dry quickly.  I've used Rocket Red Gold and a bit of Sunflower Yellow for the petals.  Pearlescent Thyme colors the leaves and stem.  Use a Post-it to mask the edges where the leaves and stem are attached to the frame.  

Attach the large extra petal from the frame die first, then add the other petals.  Use a small amount of glue at the bottom of the petals and crease them gently before assembling the poinsettia.  

Stamp the greeting with Rocket Red Gold.

Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of smooth white cardstock.

Add yellow gem stickers.

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Add texture and dimension to your projects with the detailed designs from our 2019 Holiday Collection.  Find your new favorites there - and be inspired by the holiday idea books filled with Dave Brethauer's beautiful cards.  

Thanks for visiting...see you again tomorrow!

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08/23/2019

Fri 23

Winter Tree Frame from the 2019 Holiday Collection by Jean Okimoto

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Combine a snowy Winter Tree Frame - from the 2019 Holiday Collection - and bright Resting Birds for a classic Christmas scene.  Add a greeting from the new Merry and Bright Mistletoe Clear Stamps Set.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a simple holiday design from our latest collection.

Prep the frame dies by rubbing them briskly with a wad of scrunched waxed paper.  This helps the dies release the diecuts.  Cut the tree frame and outer frame from smooth white cardstock.  

Here's a tip - keep the outer frame in the die.  Attach narrow strips of tape.  Press the diecut (still in the die) firmly onto a textured white A-6 (6-¼" x 4-½") card.  Carefully remove the die, leaving the diecut attached to the card.  

Pressure emboss Patina cardstock with the tree die.  Trim it to 3" square.  It adds dimension and texture to the design.

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Squeeze a bit of Zinc White Gouache onto an acrylic stamp block.  Blend it with a small amount of water.  Splatter a few drops of it onto the embossed square.  Set it aside to dry.  Attach it behind the white tree frame.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Merry and Bright Mistletoe Clear Stamps Set - on smooth white cardstock with Turquoise Gem VersaMagic.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim it with the Rectangle Basics die.

Attach Couture Creations double-stick tape behind glittered red craft foam.  Cut Resting Birds.

Assemble the card - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add light gold gem stickers.

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Hope your favorite retailer has ordered the 2019 Holiday Collections of Memory Box and Poppystamps.  The dies and clear stamp sets reflect a wide range of styles and themes.  We're busy creating and sharing fall and winter cards for everyone on your list.  

Thanks for visiting - see you again this weekend!

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08/20/2019

Tue 20

Sparkling Snowflake Trio from the 2019 Holiday Collection by Jean Okimoto

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The 2019 Holiday Collection of dies and stamps has arrived!  It's a wonderful fall and winter mix of frames, snowflakes, botanicals, holiday icons and greetings.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with the first of many cards featuring our latest release.  

View the collection and holiday idea books here.

Prep the delicate dies by rubbing them briskly with waxed paper scrunched into a loose wad.  This makes it easier to remove the diecuts.  It also makes it easier to release pinpoint and stitched dies - and detailed frames.  

Cut the Sparkling Snowflake Trio from white cardstock.  Cut Joy Airy Script from silver metallic cardstock - save the little piece over the "j."

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Here's an easy way to attach delicate diecuts to a background.  Attach Diecut 'n Bond doublestick tape   to pink cardstock.  Cut it with the 4" Square Basics die.  Carefully attach the snowflakes and greeting to the adhesive background - save the tape liner.  Use the liner to firmly press the diecuts to the background.  Brush ultra-fine iridescent glitter onto the remaining exposed adhesive.  

Cut three ¾" cardstock accent strips - 4-½" of Rock Candy, 3-¾" of pink and 3-¼" of Easter Grass.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Merry and Bright Mistletoe Clear Stamp Set - on smooth white cardstock using a clean VersaMark inkpad.   Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Sponge Starlite Black Brilliance over the greeting so it resembles a label-maker tape.  

Attach everything to a side-folded 5-½" square card.

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Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's COLORS OF CHRISTMAS class at Impress!  Hope you enjoyed creating cards with the new Memory Box and Poppystamps releases.  Special thanks to Jenny too - for the great ginger cookies and chocolate mints!   Thanks to Ann, Erin and Lynne - for helping everyone shop and find those great new designs.

See you again on Friday!  

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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!

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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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