44 posts categorized "Watercolor paper"


Sun 09

Valentine Flat Shaker Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone!  I have a valentine card using the plastic sleeve from the dies to create a flat shaker card.  I have been seeing them around and found out how to make them.  They are really easy to make and using the plastic packaging the dies come in. 


Background Panel:

Use the smooshing technique with Distress Oxide Shaded Lilac and Spun Sugar smooshed on a glass mat.  Spritz the ink.  Take Open Studio Watercolor paper, sprig with water, and dab in the ink randomly.  Re-ink and repeat until you have a light color.  Let dry.  Trim down paper just under 4" x 4".


Die Cuts:

Die cut both the Neighborhood Heart Frame and Sending Love Posh Scrip dies from a matching paper from the Twilight Purple pad.  Die cut the 2nd smallest Double Stitch Loving Heart die from the white Polished Foil paper pad.  Adhere the sentiment to the heart die cut.



Cut the plastic sleeve the dies come in to create 1 flat sheet that is around 5 1/4" x 5 1/4".  Add double sided tape around the back of the background panel.  Remove only 3 sides of the tape and lay front side down in the center of the plastic sheet.  Wrap the plastic sheet over 1 side than the opposites side, making sure the plastic is tight.  Trim down the corners so the plastic lays flat. Trim the other side too. Pour Distress Rock Candy Glitter and Mica Flakes into the front pouch.  Remove the backing from the adhesive and fold down the plastic tight.  


Create a 41/4" 4 1/4" card base from white card stock.  Add double sided tape or tape running to the back side of the shaker.  Adhere to the front center of the card base.  Add 1/8" double sided tape around the Neighborhood Heart Frame outside edge and heart.  Adhere to the top of the shaker.  Add double sided tape to the back of the heart with the sentiment and adhere to the center of the frame. Add a purple Fair Jewel for the top of the "I".  You cannot use liquid glue to adhere to the plastic and hence why the sentiment is added to the heart first then the shaker element.  






Sun 26

New Year’s Shaker
by Trina Pham


Hello and happy Boxing Day!  Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.   Now that Christmas is over, my card today focuses on the next big celebration.  And since the edge-to-edge or infinity or pocket or frameless or flat shaker card (yes, it is known by all these names!) is so popular right now, I thought they pair well together.

3 things come to mind when I think of new year’s - glitz, glam and gold! 😉  Started by creating a golden bokeh background on watercolor paper.  Using the wet-on-wet technique, applied clean water to the entire watercolor panel, then randomly dropped in various colours of yellow
from my Gansai Tambi" watercolor paints.  Once dried, used DIY circle stencils from my stash to add white pigment ink and white gouache paint with a sponge dauber through these stencils.   Trimmed the panel down to A2 size and spritz with a shimmer spray for some sparkle.


Next, a piece of clear plastic was trimmed to slightly larger than A2 size.   Added strong double-sided tape along the four sides on the back of the panel.   Remove the release paper from three sides and fold the plastic over and secure.  This will create a pocket with the opening on one end.  Add in the shaker bits , then close off the final side. 


Mounted the shaker panel to a white card base.   Die cut the letters from gold glitter paper, then adhered on top of the plastic to finish.


Thank you for joining me today.  Have a safe and happy new year!  See you next year!





Fri 10

Peaceful Pine Needles
by Angie Cimbalo

Hello and welcome!  I'm up on the Memory Box blog today with a quick and easy card using a 3D embossing folder, a pine needle die, fairy jewels, some glitter, and some heat embossing.

Here's a closer look:

Here's how I made my card:
1)  I started with the Blooming Sweet Pea 3D embossing folder and embossed a piece of Memory Box watercolor card stock and then ran Distress Oxide Speckled Egg ink over the top of the embossing.  
2)  Next I die cut the pine needles from some paper from the Fresh Aqua Collection paper pack.  I added Versamark ink on the needles and then added some sparkly glitter embossing powder to them.  
3)  I added them to the embossed panel and then added three groups of three Christmas Fairy Jewels to the needles.  
4)  The sentiment is from Festive Christmas Greetings stamp and die set, stamped on black card stock and heat embossed in white.  
5)  Then I die cut it out and added it to the card.  
6)  I added the completed embossed panel to the top of a  heavy weight card base and the card was complete!
Here's one last look:

I hope you like my card for today.  It's a quick and easy card, especially if you need a few more holiday card quickly.  Thanks so much for stopping by!







Sat 04

Snow Day by Jean Okimoto

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Glittered pink trees and a snowy background set the scene for a design from our 2021 Holiday Collection.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here - hope you're having a great weekend!

Snowmen usually wear a black tophat - but this snowgal has a poufy red hat instead. Her trees are pink,  not their usual green, and it appears to be snowing indoors.  


Attach Flurries Wide Washi Tape to black cardstock.  Cover it with a sheet of printer paper and run it through the diecut machine between the usual plates to eliminate tiny wrinkles and airpockets.  Cut it with the Snowman House Frame - we're using just the interior section here.

Cut the frame from white cardstock and again from gray cardstock.  Attach the snowflake section to the white frame leave a small gap to insert the snowgal. Attach the gray frame behind it to add dimension and a little contrast on the top and right edges.


Cut the trees from 2 shades of pink in the Berry Red 6x6 Collection.  Assemble the trees .  Shake the Open Studio Orange Sherbet Glitter Glue vigorously - then squirt ¼" dots of it on each tree section.  Apply the glitter glue with your finger - use a light tapping motion.  Set the trees aside to dry.

Cut the snowman from the smoother side of Memory Box Watercolor Paper.  Color the twiggy arms with a marker.  Tuck a bit of scrap paper under the carrot nose and carefully color the nose with a marker.  Cut the scarf from the dark red 6x6 in the Glitzy Glitter Pad.  Cut another snowgal from black cardstock, remove the arms.  Attach the black diecut behind the white diecut for dimension.

The hat is a DIY project - it's a little fidgety, but it works! Cut the red glitter sheet with the tips of the 2 tree sections that have rounded tops instead of pointy tops.  Trim them to fit behind the head - attach the larger piece first, then add the smaller piece.  Tuck the snowgal behind the inner edge of the frame.  Attach the trees - use foamtape for the big tree.


Tie the frame with silver cord.  Curl the cord with the side of a bonefolder or the plastic flower burnishing tool.

Cut the greeting background from white cardstock.  Pressure-emboss it with the delicate greeting - use the rubber mat and plate(s) required for your machine.  Cut the greeting from a pink 6x6 in the Berry Red Collection.  Assemble the greeting.  Embossing the background makes it easier to attach the delicate diecut and adds dimension.

Attach the diecuts to a white A6 card (4-½" x 6-¼").

Thanks for visiting our blog.  Hope you'll enjoy some crafting time this weekend...keep warm!






Tue 23

Pretty Poinsettias Christmas Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a another golden glitter card but this time using the Layered Poinsettia and Fairy Sugar glitter glue.  


Layered Poinsettia:

Die cut the Layered Poinsettia from Memory Box watercolor paper 3 times.  Ink blend the 2, 3 leaf die cut with Distress Festive Berry.  Start heavy on the outside edges and very light towards the center leaving the center of the leaf without ink.  Repeat the same process with the 3rd die cuts but use Distress Shabby Shutters.  Paint with edges of the leaves with Sunlit Gold Fairy Sugar glue and let dry.  Glue the larger leaves set on top of the smaller leaves set.  Shape with a pen.  Die cut the poinsettia centers from the medium gold glitter paper from the Festive Glitter pad and adhere to the center of the poinsettia.  Ink blend the 2 larger individual leaves first with Distressed Rustic Wilderness and then Crushed Olive, heavier on the edges and lighter ink in the center.  


Melted Candles:

Die cut the larger candle and melted wax from Memory Box watercolor paper 3 times.  Trim 2 candles about 1/3" shorter.  Ink blend the candle with Distress Antique Linen, heavier on the edges and lighter in the center.  Add Distress Antique Linen ink to the edges of the melted wax die cuts.  Paint on Distress Collage Matte Medium to give a wax look.  Ink blend watercolor paper with Distress Squeezed lemonade ink, let dry, and die cut just the flame of the candle.  Trim off the wick is needed.  Add Distress Mustard Seed to the edges of the die cut. Let dry.  Add clear glitter to the flame.  Let dry.  Adhere to the candles.



Die cut the larger die from the Merry Christmas Posh Script die from the same gold glitter paper from eh Festive Glitter pad.  Die cut the smaller die from cream card stock.  Ink blend the smaller die cut with Distress Festive Berry ink.  Glue the smaller die on the larger die.



Cut cream card stock to 5"x7".  Die cut the largest die from the Rectangle Basic set from the center of the paper to create a frame.  Adhere a same size vellum to the backsides.  Add foam tape to the backside of the frame.  



Create a 5"x7" card from cream card stock.  Set the frame over the card front and determine where to add the candles, putting the taller candle in the center and shorter to either side.  Then remove the frame and add Distress Squeezed Lemonade behind where the the candles will be to create glowing light.  Ink blend with Distress Antique linen from the outside edge up to the Squeezed Lemonade.  Adhere the frame to the card.  Adhere the candles with double sided tape to vellum, aligning the flame in the center of the yellow glow.  Adhere the poinsettia below the candles with the green in the center.  Tuck the leaves behind the poinsettia and adhere with glue.  Glue the sentiment. to the upper portion of the card.




Thu 18

Sparkling Nativity Scene by Jean Okimoto


A strip of Madras Plaid updates a traditional holiday scene in shades of blue. Specks of gold and Winter Fantasy Fairy Gemstones balance the frosty colors and add some warmth.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with more holiday ideas from our newest release.  


Cut and assemble the new Nativity House Frame and truss from the blue 6x6 in the Frosted Glitter Pad. Cut the nativity figures from the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper.

I diecut an ink-blended scrap from my stash for the background and added specks of Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Dry the ink, then attach the background behind the frame.  Tie a gold cord at the top and curl the ends with the side of a bonefolder or the plastic flower burnishing tool.  For best results follow the natural curl of the cord.

Diecut a pale blue 6x6 from the Ocean Blue Collection with the smallest Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangle.  Cut a a ¾" x 5" strip of the Madras Plaid Blue and Violet sheet.

Cut the smallest Banner Sentiment Trio strip from a slightly darker blue 6x6.  Stamp the greeting -  from the Festive Christmas Greetings Clear Stamp and Die Set - with Paradise VersaFine Clair.  


Attach everything to an off-white A6 card (4-½" x 6-¼") - use foam tape for the greeting.  Add Winter Fantasy Fairy Gemstones.  Cut an A6-sized sheet of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Hope you like this mix of a plaid and a nativity scene - it's the first time I've ever designed a card with a nativity scene.    Thanks for visiting -see you next week.







Fri 17

Just a Note
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone!  As we're heading into the fall season, I thought this card would be ideal for any occasion.

To begin, I sponged watercolor paper with Distress Ink and misted it with water.  


When it was dry, I spattered it with black ink and adhered it to a black cardstock mat.  I used foam tape to glue it to a white card base.

Next, I die cut the wreath 3 times from brown cardstock.  One of the die cuts I cut up to make the wreath fuller.


I glued one wreath die cut to my card and then adhered the cut pieces to fill in.  Next, I glued the other die cut to the top of the wreath.


I die cut the shadow from Just a Note from white cardstock and the words from black cardstock.  I glued the words to the shadow die cut and adhered it to the center of the wreath.


To finish the card, I added some orange and yellow bright jewels to the wreath.

That's it for today's card!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!







Sat 11

Royal Treatment
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. I hope all have crafty plans this weekend!

I wanted to play with the the new castle stamp. I have seen it used with so many color palettes and even used as a spooky Halloween castle. I wanted to go for a fairytale look for my card. I started by stamping my castle onto watercolor paper using Black Versafine ink. Once it dried (it takes a while), I colored it with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a waterbrush.

I stamped the clouds directly on the watercolor paper with the castle, but I diecut the crown and parchment piece to layer on the card. To make the crown pop a bit more, I painted it with gold metallic paint and added some jewels to give it some glitter.

Here is a close up:


Have a fantastic weekend!







Tue 17

Cactus Watercolor
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. Today I wanted to share a card I made using the Flowering Cactus stamp/dies. It actually ended up being a really quick card because I let my paints just blend into each other and let them do the coloring. You could finish the card by adding extra details with colored pencils, but I was pleased with the end result.

For my background, I spritzed some watercolor paper with water, added some paint to the top and then tilted the paper to let the paint run to the bottom. This is what it looked like:


Usually I do this technique when I want the bottom of the paper lighter so that I can stamp a sentiment. However, for this card, I covered most of it with my cactus.


To color the image, I first stamped it onto some 140lb Memory Box watercolor paper in black versafine ink. The Memory Box watercolor paper is nice because it is really smooth on one side, which makes stamping on it a lot easier.  Next, I painted my plants by adding a bit of watercolor paint at the base of each petal and then worked my way outward so that the paint would be lighter at the tips of the petals. I usually use a thicker paint at the base and then add more water to the paint as I reach the edges to give it a more translucent look.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!







Fri 13

Hello Card
by Donna Sledzik


Good morning everyone!  Today I have a quick and easy card for you using the new stamp set, Elegant Succulent Sentiments, and the Simon Hurley stamping foam. 

To make this card, I placed the foam stamping block on my work surface and heated it with my heat tool.  Once the block was hot I pressed it on my stamp.  


Next, I rubbed the stamping block with ink, misted it lightly with water and stamped it on watercolor paper.


Because there was still ink on the stamping block, I remisted it and stamped it again.  I was able to do this 4 times before I ran out on ink on my stamping block.  What a quick and easy way to make multiply backgrounds!


Simon Hurley has many videos on YouTube using the stamping block and I urge you to check them out. 

I used the first stamped image and die cut it with the largest Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.  Next I used foam tape, glued it to a blue cardstock mat and then adhered it to a white card base.

I die cut the word hello from white cardstock and glued it to a strip of green cardstock.  I inked the edges of the green cardstock with the Later Gator ink.


Finally, I added some white epoxy dots to finish the card.  

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!