868 posts categorized "Techniques"

11/03/2021

Wed 03

Sleigh Ride Winter Scene Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a winter card today featuring the Horse and Sleigh die set.  I love making winter scenes and this die set is perfect for the wintery feel.

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Horse and Sleigh:

Die cut the horse from heavy white card stock.  Ink blend from the outside in first time Distress Tea Dye, Gathered Twigs, and then just a little Walnut stain around the outside only.  Take a fine tip black marker and add an eye and color in the hooves.  Take a light charcoal pencil and add additional shading to define the horse features.  Die but the sleigh out of black card stock.  Die cut out the bottom blade from silver paper from the Polished Foil pad and trim off any excess to leave just the blade.  Die cut the top of the sleigh from heavy white card stock and trim off the bottom.  Ink blanket the sleigh from the outside in Distress Oxide ink first with Festive Berry and then Age Mahogany around the outside.  Glue the blade and top of the sleigh on the black sleigh.

Presents:

Die cut the 2 pcs of the smallest and 1 pc of 2nd smallest Square Basics set die out of heavy white card stock.  Ink blend from the outside in with Distress Oxides, Blue Print Sketch, Mustard Seed, and Rustic Forrest.  Die cut the bows from the Crisp Bows from red, yellows and green paper from the Glitzy Glitter pad.  Glue the bows on the square die cuts.  Trim off the end of the ribbon and use it to make a horizontal ribbon.  Glue the presents into the Sleigh.

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Trees:

Die cut the Pine Needle Trio from the darkest green in the Lush Green paper pad. I used the full sheet only cutting the largest pine needle die 3 times.  Add dries white glue to the tips off the pine needles and cover with white and silver mixed embossing power.  Heat set.  Repeat for all pine needles "trees"

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Background:  

Ink blend a 4" x 5 1/4" white card panel with Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass ink lengthwise.  Don't over blend and leaving the ink blotchy.  Add Snowspeckle Wide Washi tape over the top to create the perfect snow fall sky.  

Snow Banks:

Cut a 5 1/4"x2.5" strip of white heavy card stock.  Trim off the top to create a snow bank.  Add dries white glue to the top and cover with the embossing powder used no the pine needles.  Heat set.  Add foam tape to the bottom of the snow bank.  Cut a 51/4" x 3/4" strip of white heavy card stock.  Trim off the top leaving a little wavy look.  Stamp Spread and Cheer from the Festive Christmas Greeting stamp set.  Add the same embossing power to the top of the paper strip and heat set.  Glue 2 smaller strips to the bottom portion of the snow bank.  

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Assembly:

Use a A2 card base and adhere an A2 size card panel out of silver Polished Foil paper.  Adhere the snowy sky panel to the center.  Adhere the larger snow bank to the bottom and then the smaller snow bank on top.  Add a piece of foam tape to the top of the sleigh and glue to the bottom of the blade and adhere to the top snow bank.  For the horse add 2 pieces of card stock to the back of the body and glue to the hooves and adhere to the top snow bank.  Add the. Pine Needle die cuts to the background around the sleigh and horse.

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11/02/2021

Tue 02

Glad Tidings
by Donna Sledzik

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Hello everyone!  Today's card features a technique that I saw on Gina K Designs, Youtube channel called Carved Wood Technique.

I cut a piece of white cardstock to 4" x 5 1/4". On the 4" side I scored my paper every 1/2".  

Next, I took 3 brown ink pads and starting with the lightest, I dragged the inkpad down the front of the paper (my scored lines are recessed).  I repeated this step with all 3 colors. This gives the paper a wood grained look.

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Next, I placed the inked paper into the Stunning Mandala 3D embossing folder.  I made sure to place it in the folder so the embossing would be raised on the inked side of the cardstock.

Once it was embossed, I rubbed a white pigment ink pad over the embossed areas to make them stand out.

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Next, I die cut the sleigh and horse from black cardstock.

The trees where die cut from green cardstock, glued together and a white gel pen was used to add snow to them.

The word Joy was die cut from red foil cardstock and the shadow from vellum.  I glued the foil word on top of the vellum shadow.

I stamped the sentiment on a white strip of cardstock, inked the edges lightly with brown ink and mounted it on a strip of black cardstock.

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I used foam tape to adhere the sentiment strip to the card.  Next, I used foam tape to glue the sleigh and horse on top of the sentiment strip.

The trees were glued in place behind the sleigh, and the word Joy was adhered to the top right corner of the card.

To finish the card I added some fairy crystals and gemstones to the top of the trees.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Donnasignature

 

 

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10/28/2021

Thu 28

Emboss and Double-Ink the Stunning Mandala by Jean Okimoto

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Define and highlight the intricate design of the Stunning Mandala with layers of contemporary fall colors.  3D-embossing creates the details and Distress Oxides add soft, blended colors. Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a design to celebrate, congratulate or brighten a rainy fall day.

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Cut a 4-½" x 6" rectangle of smooth white cardstock.  Brush or sponge circular overlapping layers of Distress Oxides onto the cardstock.  Refer to the pattern on the smoother side of the Stunning Mandala 3D Embossing Folder. Start with a center circle of kitsch flamingo, surround it with dried marigold, finish it off with abandoned coral.  The ink names aren't capitalized on the labels, so I just follow their lead.

Apply bundled sage distress oxide to the smoother pattern of the embossing folder - skim the inkpad over the design to ink it thoroughly without inking the recessed areas.  Spritz the reverse side of the inked rectangle - 4 quick sprays, about 12" away.

Place the rectangle in the folder -inked cardstock facing the inked side of the folder.  Run it thru the diecut machine using the plate(s) required for your machine.  I use the thin embossing plate and 2 layers of heavy cardstock as a shim on my Spellbinders machine.

Heat-set the inks.  Trim it to about 2-¾" x 5"

Cut a ¾" x 3" strip of the pale orange sheet from the Sunny Orange Collection.  Cut a ¾" x 3-¼" strip of the light copper  Majestic Hues 6x6 sheet.  Cut a ¾" x 3-½" strip of the pink Berry Red Collection sheet.  Attach the strips to a cream slimline card (3-½" x 8-½").

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Stamp the greeting - from the Signature Greetings Clear Stamp and Die Set - on cream cardstock with Melon Impress Fresh Ink.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim the cooled cardstock with the matching die from the set.  Cut a blank greeting background from a darker pink Berry Red sheet and layer the diecuts (offset) for dimension.  Attach the greeting with foamtape.

Cut accent dots from the glittered sheet using the Slim Confetti Plate.  It's a great plate for slimline backgrounds and card fronts - and it's even better for cutting glittered cardstock, felt and specialty papers for design elements.

3D Embossing Folders create great backgrounds and focal points - use the embossed design as is for subtle, textured backgrounds - or add multicolored layers of ink for a brighter look.

Sending Happy Retirement wishes to Roxanne, owner of Stamps and Memories in Hawaii for 21 years!  She and Anne shared their creativity and inspiration on great cards, layouts, mixed media designs, invitations and party favors.  Thanks for featuring Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Design in your store!

Thanks for visiting...have a safe and Happy Hallloween if you're celebrating this weekend!

Jeansignature-3

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10/24/2021

Sun 24

Sweet Treats and Textured Backgrounds by Jean Okimoto

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10/23/2021

Sat 23

Build a Layered Poinsettia by Jean Okimoto


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Add glitter, dimension and a wide washi tape backdrop to the new Layered Poinsettia on a crisp white slimline card.  Sections of the beautiful Watercolor Forest Greenery 4-½" wide washi tape create a natural setting for a great new holiday item.  Happy weekend, Jean Okimoto here with a simple way to highlight our newest release.

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Cut Layered Poinsettia from a bright red 6x6 in the Berry Red Collection.  Vigorously shake the bottle of Ruby Crystal Glitter Glue.  Squirt a blob of glitter glue onto each section and spread the glue with your finger to add a sparkly, glossy layer and highlight the texture.  Set the pieces aside to dry.

Punch or cut a 1" circle of the red cardstock to use as a base.  Crease the petals along the center.  Attach them to the circle base. Cut the center portion from a yellow 6x6 in the Sunny Orange Collection. Attach the tiny yellow center pieces.

Cut the Merry Christmas Posh Script background twice from white cardstock.  Pressure-emboss one white diecut with the delicate Merry Christmas die and the plate(s) and rubber embossing mat required for your machine.  Cut the delicate section from a dark green 6x6 in the Lush Green Collection. Attach the pressure embossed white diecut over the un-embossed diecut.  Attach the green diecut. Pressure embossing the background adds dimension and simplifies attaching the delicate green layer. MemoryBoxLayeredPoinsettia, MemoryBoxMerryChristmasPoshScript, MemoryBoxChristmasFairyCrystals, MemoryBoxLushGreen6x6, MemoryBoxSunnyOrange6x6, MemoryBoxBerryRed6x6, MemoryBoxStylishRectangleTrio, MemoryBoxRubyCrystalGlitterGlue, MemoryBoxWatercolorForestGreeneryWideWashiYTape, MemoryBoxCo, JeanOkimoto, HolidayDiecuts, HandmadeHolidayCards, PoinsettiaCards, WideWashiTape, WashiTapeCards, DiecutWashiTape, DIYHolidayCards, Papercrafts, ImpressCardsAndCrafts, SlimlineCards

Attach Watercolor Forest Greenery Wide Washi Tape to white cardstock. Cut it with the medium-sized die from the Stylish Rectangle Trio.  Remove the narrow triangle offcuts - leave everything else in the die.  Attach narrow strips of lined double-stick tape to the diecuts.  Remove the tape liners and press the diecuts firmly onto a white slimline card (8-½" x 3-½").  Use a paper piercing tool to help release it.

Attach the poinsettia and greeting.  Add red Christmas Fairy Crystals.

Cover the card front with a slimline-sized layer of cardstock to protect the card for mailing.

Hope you'll have a chance to create some holiday cards this weekend...see you again tomorrow!  Thanks for visiting...

Jeansignature-3

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10/21/2021

Thu 21

Glittered Festive Christmas Greetings by Jean Okimoto

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Glitzy Glitter Pad diecuts and bright red Christmas Fairy Crystals sparkle on a holiday slimline card from our latest release.  Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with a gouache and watercolored design from the new Festive Christmas Greetings Set. MemoryBoxFestiveChristmasGreetingsClearStampsAndDies, MemoryBoxJoyPostScript, MemoryBoxGlitzyGlitterPad, MemoryBoxWrappedStitchedSlimRectangles, MemoryBoxChristmasFairyJewels, SlimlineCards, DiecutCards, HandmadeChristmasCards, DistressOxidesWatercoloring, GlitteredDiecuts, DIYCards, Cardmaking, Papercrafts, ChristmasPapercrafts, ImpressCardsAndCrafts

Prep smooth kraft cardstock with an embossing powder tool.  Stamp the oval foliage image from the new Festive Christmas Greetings Clear Stamp and Die Set with VersaMark.  Heat-emboss it with detail white powder.  

Color it with a blend of Zinc White Gouache and Distress Oxides refill inks - twisted citron, cracked pistachio and lucky clover were used here. Dry the inks and diecut the imaage.

Diecut Joy Posh Script from natural cardstock and the bright red Glitzy Glitter Pad sheet.  Pressure-emboss the natural background diecut with the delicate Joy die.  Embossing adds dimension  - and makes it easy to attach the delicate die by letting it settle into the embossed outline.

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A tip...if you're not sure which die size to use for a background strip cut the larger size.  If it looks too big, then recycle it by cutting it again with the smaller die.  You've saved some cardstock  - and might even be able to use the offcut "frame" for another project.

Cut the background strip wih the 1.5" x 6.5" Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangle die.  Cut the green sheet from the Glitzy Glitter Pad with the .8" x 5.8" die.

Attach the diecuts to a kraft slimline card (3-½" x 8-½") - use foamdots for the greeting.  Add red Christmas Fairy Crystals for holly berries.  

To protect the card for mailing - cover the front with a slimline-sized layer of cardstock.  The thickness of the card may require special postal handling.

Thanks for visiting - see you again this weekend...Jeansignature-3

 

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10/16/2021

Sat 16

Florentina Wreath Halloween Scene by Jean Okimoto

 

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The new Florentina Wreath sets the scene for a fall design of Halloween icons and bright orange glittered diecuts from the new Festive Glitter Pad.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a mix of favorites and the latest additions to my Memory Box stash.

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Prep the Florentina Wreath die by rubbing it briskly with scrunched waxed paper to help release the delicate sprigs and little pieces.  Cut it from a light gray sheet in the Earth Neutrals Collection.  

Cut the house from the Haunted House Dome Layer from Kraft Woodgrain paper. Trim the bottom edge. Cut the house again from the bright orange Festive Glitter Pad sheet.  Leave the orange glittered diecut in the die and pull the outer offcuts away - leave the little pieces in the windows and doors.   Attach bits of tape behind the windows and doors to keep them intact.  Remove the glittered diecut and attach it - offset - behind the Kraft Woodgrain diecut.  

Cut the ghosts - from the Haunted Entrance Dome Layer - from White Woodgrain paper. Cut the pumpkins from an orange sheet in the Sunny Orange Collection.

Diecut a strip of the same orange sheet with the Slim Confetti Plate.  Trim it to 4" x ⅝".

Score and fold a side-folded A2 card of black cardstock.  Trim ½" from the right edge of the card front.  Attach the confetti strip.  

Cut Slim Confetti Plate dots from a scrap of the orange glittered cardstock.

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Assemble the card - use a foam dot for the small pumpkin.

Hope you're almost ready for Halloween...it's just 2 weeks away.  Taste-test and enjoy a few pieces of the candy stash and make some cards this weekend!  

Thanks for visiting - see you on Thursday.

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

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10/14/2021

Thu 14

New House Frames and the Serene Bird by Jean Okimoto

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Black felt and Majestic Hues black glittered cardstock transform the new Serene Bird and Branch from sweet to spooky.  Build a Madras Plaid birdhouse and add some ghostly visitors and colorful Halloween candies. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a few more ways to use the great new designs from our 2021 Holiday Collection.

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Cut the solid House Frame Background from a Madras Plaid Coral and Green sheet, then cut the circle out.  Cut the circle frame from a brown sheet in the Earth Neutrals 6x6.

Cut it with the Gingerbread House Frame.  Assemble the house and tie the frame with gold cord.  Curl the cord using the side of a bonefolder or the plastic flower burnishing tool.

Attach adhesive lable paper or a sticker sheet to black felt and cut the Serene Bird.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking thru the fabric.  Cut the wings from the black 6x6 in the Majestic Hues Glitter Pad.  Cut the beak from orange cardstock in the Sunny Orange 6x6.

Cut 2 branches from Serene Bird set from the brown Earth Neutrals sheet.  

Cut the ghosts - from the Haunted Entrance Dome Layer set - from White Woodgrain Paper.  Define and eyes with a paper piercing tool. Attach scraps of black cardstock behind the faces.

Cut the candies - from the Gingerbread House Frame set - from pink and orange cardstock in the Berry Red and Sunny Orange 6x6's.  Cut the candies again from the black glittered cardstock. Assemble the candies.

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded A2 card of Kraft Woodgrain paper.  

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Big thanks to everyone who ordered the BOO! Halloween cards + treat wrapper kit from Impress!  Kits are also on their way to Stamps and Memories!

Thanks for visiting - see you this weekend...

Jeansignature-3

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10/09/2021

Sat 09

DIY Wonky Frame Bat Attack by Jean Okimoto

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Attach an intentionally-wonky frame around homemade ghosts for a very DIY Halloween design.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here after many hours of fidgeting with a camera glitch (online manuals*?#!!) - hope you're enjoying your weekend!

Here's a fall scene that started off with a delicate, straight big Stylish Rectangle Trio frame cut from a sheet in the Sunny Orange 6x6 Collection.  Dropped in on the table (w/adhesive!) and distorted it when I tried to retrieve it.  Liked the new weirdly-wonky shape and decided it would be scary and great for Halloween.  Things improved after that...

Cut the inner rectangle offcut with a smaller Stylish Rectangle Trio die. Cut it with the new Pinpoint Daisy Background.  Cut some black Majestic Glitter Pad dots with the new Slim Confetti Plate for accents.  The new Slim Confetti Plate is great, as intended, for backgrounds - and it's even better for diecutting a bunch of perfect dotty accents from all of the Memory Box Glitter Pads.

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Cut bats - from the Haunted Entrance Dome Layer set - from the black Majestic Glitter sheet too.

Cut White Woodgrain Paper with the two smallest Nested Globe dies and use a screwpunch to add eyes and mouths.  Attach black globe diecuts behind them.

Cut "boo" from the gold Majestic Glitter sheet and black cardstock with letters from the new Bennet Alphabet dies.

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Attach everything to a top-folded black A-2 card. Isn't it great that Halloween cards are very forgiving...wonky frames and lopsided letters are OK!

Thanks for visiting...

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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10/08/2021

Fri 08

Bird House Holiday Greetings Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a holiday card using the House Frame dies to create a bird house for the Serene Bird.  I use the branch die to hang the bird house in this snowy scene.

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Bird House:

Die cut the House Frame from Memory Box Kraft Woodgrain card stock and the fence from the Cream Woodgrain card stock.  Die cut the House Frame Background from cream card stock and the heart from both the same cream card stock and then from the Kraft Woodgrain card stock.  Trim the House Frame die at the first score line to create a frame.  Take the Distress Oxide Antique Line ink pad and run it at an angle with the grain of the paper. Use your finger or small blending tool to blend the ink and add extra ink as needed.  Make sure to ink the edges to create depth.  Take the Kraft Woodgrain heart frame and do the same but with Distress Oxide ink in Crackling Campfire and then Barn Door.  Ink blend the inside of the cream card stock die cut heart with Distress Oxide Antique Line ink and then use Ground Espresso making the outside darker then the center.  Make sure the ink the edges.  This helps to create depth. Take the Distress Oxide Weathered Wood ink pad and run it at an angle on the fence and the House Frame background die cuts. Center the Heart frame die in the center of the House Frame Background die cut and run through the die cut machine.  Keep the heart frame die and glue it behind the red woodgrain die cut.  Ink the edges with Distress Oxide Ground Espresso.  Glue the inked wood House Frame on tope of the background.  Tie some cream colored twine to the top of the house.  Keep the end long to tie to the branch.

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Serene Bird and Branch:

Die cut the bird dies from heavy weight cream card stock.  Die cut the wings twice.  Die cut the branch from the same cream card stock.  Take a small bending tool, like a eyeshadow brush, and ink blend Distress Oxide Iced Spruce on the leaves.  Then ink blend the branch with Distress Oxide Vintage Photo.  Make sure to ink the edges of the die cuts.  Ink blend the bird body in Distress Oxide Abandon Coral, stay light towards the bottom center of the bird and heavier on the tail and top of the head.  Ink blend with Crackling Campfire.  Ink blend the wing first with Crackling Campfire and then around the edges with Barn Door.  Take the second wing die cut and trim just the top portion, following the cut lines.  Heavily ink blend with Barn Door.  Ink blend the beak with Mustard Seed.  Add a dot with a fine tip black marker to the eye.  Glue the beak and wings on the bird.  Glue just the main branches, just a few drops, on top of each other, off setting the die cuts to make a longer branch.  Tie the twine from the bird house in the center of the branch, only hanging about 1/4".

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Background:

Take cream card stock and trim to 4" x 5 1/4".  Ink blend with Distress Oxide inks from the center out staring with Stormy Sky and then Weathered Wood.  Heavily spray with water and bleach solutions.  I have a spray bottle that I keep with just about 1/10 of the bottle of bleach and the rest with water.  Let the water set for a minute and take a towel and bot off the excess.  Heat dry.  I repeated the process a few times until I had the effect I wanted.  I thought I had to start over but it turned out perfect.

Sentiment:

Die cut the middle sized die from the Banner Sentiment Trio set from cream card stock.  Stamp Holiday Greetings from the Festive Christmas Greetings stamp set with Distress Oxide Barn Door ink in the center.  Take a small blending tool and ink the edges up to the stitching with Distress Oxide Vintage Photo. 

Assembly:

Adhere the bird house to the bottom center of the background panel.  Glue the heart frame in the cut out.  Glue the fence along the bottom center of the house.  Glue the branch over the bird house, adding glue only to the main branch.  Arrange and glue down some of the branches leading to the leaves to make the branch look more full.  Add some white ink platers with thinned out gesso or a white spray ink. Let dry. Adhere the bird on top of the branch with foam tape, tucking it behind some of the leaves.  Adhere the hear die cut in the bird house, tucking it behind the fence.  Add the sentiment banner with foam tape to the bird house.  Adhere to background to an A2 size brown panel and then to a A2 size cream side folded card.  Add some Clear Fairy Drops around the card. 

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