713 posts categorized "Techniques"

06/02/2020

Tue 02

Big Birthday Celebration by Jean Okimoto

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Celebrate a special birthday with Tall Birthday Candles and Poppystamps' Flora Blooms Solid Set.  Balance the bold diecuts with the delicate Celebrate Cursive Script and a pretty floral print from the Garden Folly 6x6 prints.

Hello, Jean Okimoto here sharing a design idea for the June Birthdays Challenge.  Everyone deserves a special birthday card and now - more than ever - your handcrafted card will brighten their day.  

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The 5-piece Poppystamps Flora Bloom Solids Set nests together and cuts bold blossoms for spring and summer greetings.  It's a great set for stenciling, pressure-embossing and cutting inlaid designs too.  Tape the dies (excluding the largest die) together and cut Flamingo cardstock.  Leave the pieces in the die and tape the nesting diecuts in two or three spots to keep them intact.  Attach foam tape to four of the five outer petals.

Cut two Scribble Leafy Branch Backgrounds from green cardstock.  Cut a 1-½" x 3-½" strip of the striped floral print from the new 6x6 Garden Folly Paper Pack.  Cut Celebrate Cursive Script from Flamingo cardstock. 

 

Cut three of the Tall Birthday Candles from one of the white glittered cardstock from the Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad.  They're actually 2-¾" tall and but trimmed to various heights here.  Color them with Zebra MildLiner, Copic or Sharpie Markers and set them aside to dry.

Attach everything to a 3-½" x 8-½" white slimline card - place the petal without foam tape where it'll be under the tip of the "C."  Slimline cards fit into #9 and #10 business envelopes.  The Garden Folly print strip extends beyond the top of the card to add a point of interest.

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The Tall Birthday Candles and Celebrate Cursive Script are classic designs for anyone and everyone.  Add design elements from Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Design and create unique cards for everyone on your list.

Thanks for visiting - see you again on Thursday!

Jeansignature-3

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05/30/2020

Sat 30

Because Kindness Means So Much by Jean Okimoto

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Happy Saturday - here's a sharing-kindness card for weekend crafting. Combine the lacy new Clementine Border and bold Poppystamps Rounded Blooms Flowers for a fresh look.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a delayed post caused by a (senior moment) glitch today.

I've always loved tall, skinny cards - even before "slimline" became trendy. The tall/skinny idea is just wishful thinking!  They fit #9 or #10 business envelopes -   surprise someone with a boring business envelope that contains a special card you've created for them. 

Enjoy Michelle's pretty slimline card here.

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Scrunch waxed paper and rub it briskly over the Clementine Border and Kindness Cursive Script dies to prep them for an easy release.  Cut 2 Clementines from white cardstock.  Cut kindness from Navaho cardstock.  (leave the little dot over the "i" in the die to attach later)

Cut Poppystamps Rounded Bloom Flowers from Patina and Coral Cream cardstock.  Cut 1" circles of the white glittered cardstock from the Delicate Pastels 6x6 glitter pack and color them with markers.  Attach them behind the flowers.

Stamp and trim the greeting - from the new Peony Garden Corner Clear Stamps and Die Set - with Melon Fresh Ink.  Heat emboss it with detail clear powder.  It's my first Fresh Ink card - I love their pretty colors!  It looks darker in the group photo above, but it's a soft summer-y coral that complements turquoise, gray, kraft, charcoal and lime.  And the container is pretty classy too!

Score and fold a 3 ½" x 8 ½" white card.  Make it easy on yourself...attach the flowers to the Clementine Border first, add adhesive behind the flowers and some of the ovals along the edges - then attach it to the card.  Attach the greetings - use foam dots for the stamped words.

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Thanks for visiting - see you again next week!

Jeansignature-3

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05/28/2020

Thu 28

Bubble Circles, Garden Folly and Flora Blooms by Jean Okimoto

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Add a happy note to cards with the new Bubble Circles - a trio of circles within circles surrounded by dots.  Add the large Flora Blooms from Poppystamps for a big pop of brightness.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a card designed to acknowledge special acts of kindness.

It's a very simple card - and it can be a template for similar combos of Bubble Circles, Garden Folly and the new floral dies at Poppystamps, a division of Memory Box. 

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Scrunch a sheet of waxed paper and rub it briskly over the largest Bubble Circle die to prep the detailed die and help release delicate diecuts.  Cut the green and white floral print from the Garden Folly 6x6 print.  We're using both the diecut and the solid circle offcut.

Cut the large Flora Bloom from Marshmallow Chick cardstock.  Cut a  circle of green Twinkling Jewel glitter cardstock using the just the center section of the Flora Blooms die.  Cut a scrap of black cardstock to fit behind the circles in the center of the diecut.  

Stamp the greeting - from the new Peony Garden Corner Clear Stamps and Dies Set - on white cardstock with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  

Attach everything to a side-folded A2 card of Intense Kiwi cardstock - attach the flower with foam dots.  

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Bright, upbeat greetings are sure to be appreciated - more than ever -  right now.  Mix and match the great 6x6 prints and glitter cardstock with the new dies and stamps from the Garden Party Collection.  They're perfect for thank-yous, hellos and thoughtful thinking-of-you cards.

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

Jeansignature-3

 

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05/23/2020

Sat 23

Blended Inks, Diagonal Stripe Collage and Rose Blossoms by Jean Okimoto

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Layer a trio of Rose Blossoms on a Diagonal Strip Collage background of blended inks.  Add a thoughtful greeting from the Peony Garden Corner Clear Stamps and Dies set to remind someone how wonderful they are.  Hello and happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with a flowery Garden Party Collection card for you.

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An ink-blended strip of cardstock from my stash peeks through the new Diagonal Stripe Collage.  It's a great die for backgrounds throughout the year - beachy blues for the summer, warm earthtones for fall and icy winter pastels for the holidays.  Use it for pressure-embossing - or to diecut a cool stencil too.  

Cut white cardstock with the 4-¼" x 5-½" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut it with the Diagonal Stripe Collage.  Stamp the greeting - from the Peony Garden Corner Clear Stamps and Dies set - with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  Quickly heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.

Attach the inked strip behind the cutout.  Attach the rectangle to a top-folded white A2 card.  

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Spritz the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper with a very light mist of water.  Ink it with blended, overlapping layers of worn lipstick and picked raspberry Distress Oxides.  Dry the inks, then cut three 3 each of the Rose Blossom backgrounds and detailed overlay.  Assemble the blossoms and highlight the centers with squeezed lemonade Distress Oxide.  

Cut two Scribble Leafy Branch Backgrounds from green cardstock.  Assemble the card and accent the blossoms with Orange Sherbert Open Studio Glitter Glue.  Add ¼" punched circles of the light pink glitter cardstock from the Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad. 

 

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Working on another class cards kit - GARDEN PARTY GREETINGS.  Flowery, pretty, layered designs in fresh pastels and bright summer hues featuring my new favorite designs from the Garden Party 2020 Collection of Memory Box and Poppystamps.

Thanks for stopping by...have a safe and happy weekend!

Jeansignature-3

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05/21/2020

Thu 21

Create a Wide Washi Tape Background Border by Jean Okimoto

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Layer the Cascadia Background Strip over the Cornelia Aqua Wide Washi Tape to create a bold border for the Splendid Poppy Stems.  The washi tape has so many pretty colors  it's easy to find matching inks for the poppies.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with more designs from our Garden Party Collection.  

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Cut Splendid Poppy Stems from the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Give it a light spritz of water to help blend the inks, then sponge it with Distress Oxides. The colors used here are carved pumpkin, worn lipstick, squeezed lemonade and mowed lawn.

Cut a 3-¾" x 5-⅝" rectangle of smooth white cardstock.  Cut it with the new Cascadia Background Strip.  Attach a strip of Cornelia Aqua Wide Washi Tape to printer paper -  it's lighter than cardstock and the edges won't show under the rectangle.  Attach it behind the rectangle.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Peony Garden Corner Clear Stamps and Die Set - with VersaFine Clair Shady Lane.  

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Attach everything to a white A-6 card.  Add ¼" punched circles of yellow glitter cardstock from the Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad.  Accent the flowers with Open Studio Sour Apple Glitter Glue.

I love the pretty mix of blue and orange flowers on the Cornelia Aqua Wide Washi Tape. It's fresh and different - and looks like it'll be a great match for the new speckled egg Distress Oxide inkpad.  

Thanks for visiting - see you again this weekend!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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05/20/2020

Wed 20

Layered Stencilling
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  I don’t have my new Garden Party products yet, so I’m sharing another simple card made with more products from the Spring release.

My card was prompted by the Layered Stencilling theme over at CAS Stencil card challenge.  Started by die cutting a circle stencil from masking paper using Circle Basics die.  Adhered it to a Bristol panel and ink blended on Scattered Straw, Picked Raspberry and Seedless Preserves distress inks (di) using blending brushes.

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The Midnight Mandala stencil from Birch Press Designs was then layered over top and more of the same inks were applied over that stencil.  Removed the stencils and this is what resulted.

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For some shimmer, the panel was spritz with a sparkle spray (couldn’t capture it in the photo, but it’s really pretty IRL).

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Next, the Pretty Blossom Stem was die cut three times from Bristol paper and stacked for dimension.  The sentiment from Wild Rose Stem stamp set was black heat embossed directly on the panel.  Assembled the card onto a slightly textured A2 piece to finish.

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 That does it for me.  Thank you for dropping by.  Have a wonderful day!

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05/15/2020

Fri 15

Scribble Rose Trio from the New Garden Party Collection by Jean Okimoto

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The Garden Party release has arrived!  It's an amazing collection of great new dies, clear stamp sets, papers, embossing folders and washi tapes. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with the first of many Garden Party cards we'll share with you in the next few weeks.

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Attach Scor-Tape to the top of yellow cardstock and diecut the solid Scribble Rose Trio Background.  Cut the detailed Scribble Rose Trio from green cardstock.  Attach the background securely behind the detailed diecut.  Heat-emboss the remaining exposed adhesive with Imagine Crafts YellowMboss.  The tape adheres the background to the detailed diecut - and holds the embossing powder in place for heating.

Cut the largest Bubble Circle from the leafy green Garden Folly 6x6 print.  

Stamp the greeting - from  the Peony Garden Corner Clear Stamp and Die set - on the pale green Garden Folly 6x6 print with VersaFine Clair Shady Lane.  Attach everything to a white A-6 card - use foam tape for the greeting.  Add ¼" punched circles of the green glitter cardstock in the Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad. 

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Celebrate the arrival of the Garden Party Collection  - view Dave's beautiful designs in an amazing, inspiring LOOK BOOK.  

 Thanks for stopping by...have a safe, creative and happy weekend!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

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05/09/2020

Sat 09

Stylish Rectangle Trio and 11” of Sunset Blush Wide Washi Tape by Jean Okimoto

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Make three friendship cards with the Stylish Rectangle Trio and just 11" of Sunset Blush Wide Washi Tape.  Eleven wasn't a magic number - it's just the cardstock length.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here - hope it's the start of a creative weekend for you.

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Here's a tip - that bright blue piece stuck to the tape is a strip of a thin kitchen cutting board.  It keeps the tape from wrinkling and sticking to itself.  It's also a great edge to tear the tape.  And the flat area keeps the tape from rolling away, off the desk and onto the floor!

Attach Sunset Rose Wide Washi Tape to pink cardstock and cut the Stylish Rectangle Trio.  

Stamp the greetings - from the Wild Rose Stem Clear Stamps and Die Set - on natural white cardstock with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then cut the cardstock with dies from the Rectangle Basics set. Cut the "THANKS for always being there" strip with a larger die, then trim the excess from the bottom edge.

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Washi tapes often have a waxy surface that won't work with some adhesives.  Here's a tip ...before attaching the washi tape diecut to the card, cut and remove some of the washi tape with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.  Attach the foam tape to the card itself.  Attach the greeting strip to the foam tape.

Cut coordinating accent strips from the brown and dark green Dashing Stripes and Dots 6x6 prints.  Cut strips from the pink and dark teal Cottage and Stripes and Dots 6x6 prints.  

Attach the pieces to A-6 and A-2 cards of natural white cardstock.  Cut hexagon accents with the Honeycomb Square and green glitter cardstock from the Twinkling Jewel 6x6 Glitter Pad.

There are many ways to use the new Sunset Blush Wide Washi Tape - it's great on peach or yellow cardstock too.  Try different cardstock colors and other sections of the washi tape.  The print repeats about every 14 inches - lots of tape for all of your projects!

Thanks for visiting...hope you're enjoying the cards we've created to keep you inspired during these challenging times...

Jeansignature-3
 

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05/08/2020

Fri 08

Hugs Card
by Donna Sledzik

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Hello everyone!  Today's card fits into this month's challenge, "May Flowers".

I used a resist technique to create this card. It's an old technique that I forgot about and thought it would be fun to revisit it.

I sponged Distress Oxide Inks to white cardstock and blended the colors.

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I used a heat tool to completely dry the ink on my background. It's very important to do this step so that the embossing powder in the next step doesn't stick to your whole background. I used an embossing buddy and rubbed over my whole background so the the embossing powder only sticks to my stamped image. If you don't have an embossing buddy you could brush over the background with baby powder or cornstarch.  

I inked my stamp with Versa Mark ink, stamped the background and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.

Next I sponged Faded Jeans Distress Ink over the whole background. The embossed image resists the ink and reveals the lighter colors under the embossed image. I used a tissue to wipe any excess ink from the embossed image. I spattered the background with plain water to add some interest to the background.

I stamped and white heat embossed the sentiment on a strip of vellum and adhered it to my card front.  Next I die cut the word Hugs from glitter cardstock and glued that to the card. I adhered my card front to a white cardbase and added some glass baubbles to finish the card.

That's it for today!  Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Donnasignature

 

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05/07/2020

Thu 07

Send Bright and Happy Thoughts with the Serene Mandala by Jean Okimoto

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Softly-blended colors and shimmery ink highlight the dimension and texture of the Serene Mandala 3D Embossing Folder.  There are so many ways to use this great folder.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a quick, inky technique to highlight the beautiful details of this folder.

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Cut Memory Box Open Studio Watercolor Paper with the 3-¾" x 5" Rectangle Basics die.  Trim the corners with a corner rounder.  Blend overlapping layers of Distress Oxides on the smoother side of the paper.  
Colors used here are twisted citron, wilted violet, cracked pistachio, peacock feathers, and shaded lilac.  Give it a very light spritz of water and blend any splotchy areas with the inky sponges or brushes.  Place it in the Serene Mandala 3D Embossing Folder with the inked side facing the highly-textured half.  Emboss the watercolor paper using the plates or mats required for your machine.

Highlight the folder's details with a brayer and Pearlescent Jade Brilliance.  Ink the entire brayer, place the embossed cardstock on a hard, flat surface and roll it over the embossed watercolor paper.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Big and Little Words Clear Stamp Set - with Warm Breeze VersaFine Clair on lavender cardstock.  Stamp the frame over the stamped greeting.  Dry the inks.

Trim the watercolor paper, greeting block and card with a corner rounder. Round the corners of a light gray A-2 card too.  Lightly ink the edges of the watercolor paper with wilted violet.  Assemble the card and add ¼" punched circles of the turquoise glitter cardstock from the Twinkling Jewel 6x6 Glitter Pad.

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Add inky dimension and shimmery highlights to embossed watercolor paper and make those details the star of your card.  Thanks for visiting...see you again on Saturday!

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