370 posts categorized "Watercolors"

11/24/2022

Thu 24

Truly Grateful by Jean Okimoto

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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating today!  We are truly grateful and appreciate your support of Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Design throughout the years.  Hope we've inspired and encouraged you to share your creativity on your projects.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a fall slimline for you.

Paint watercolor paper with watery, layered inks in shades of pink, orange, yellow and green.  Spritz it with Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Set it aside to dry.

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Cut cream cardstock with the 2-¼" x 7-⅛" Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangles die.  

Cut kraft cardstock with the Birch Tree Trunks die set.  Save the other trees for another project. 

Cut the dried watercolored paper with the Exquisite Leaf Set.

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Attach the leaf and tree diecuts to the rectangle.  Attach the rectangle to the a slightly darker cream slimline card (3-⅝" x  8-½").

Stamp the greeting - from the Sweet Christmas Clear Stamps Set - with Lightning Black Brilliance. 

Add gold gemstones from the Autumn Fairy Crystals set.  Cut a slimline-sized rectangle of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

This basic design works for other seasons - and reasons - too.  Switch to shades of green for a leafy spring card.  Add butterfiles and/or tiny blossoms for a summer card.  Or snowflakes with a snowman or sled for the holidays!

Thanks for visiting the blog!  Keep warm - and have a great weekend too...

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11/19/2022

Sat 19

Merry Christmas Trio
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  Christmas is just a little over a month away!  With that said, I am sharing an easy way to create a set of CAS (clean and simple) Christmas cards using products from the 2022 Christmas collection.  

The process was the same for all three cards.  Started by ink smooshing a piece of mixed media paper with diluted Peacock Feathers and Wilted Violet distress inks.  Die cut all images from this piece then added clear shimmer to them for some sparkle.  Die cut the images twice from thick white paper to stack for dimension.  Die cut the sentiment from Vintage Pastel Mirror paper and stacked on top of two white ones for dimension.  Assembled so onto white woodgrain paper to finish.  

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On this first card and just like the large skates in my last post, the Classic Pair of Skates were laced with white baker’s twine.  The heels were die cut from silver metallic shimmer paper and the blades from silver mirror paper.

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The next card features the Alpine Snowflakes. 

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And last but not least, the third card features the Little Trees die.  These are adorable, don’t you think?

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And that’s it for my set of cards.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful weekend.

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11/09/2022

Wed 09

Wishing You
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  It’s so nice to have Typepad behaving and we can post with photos again!  Yay!  And for today I have a Christmas card featuring the Classic Large Ice Skate with the Layered Birds dies from the 2022 Christmas release.

Started by creating the ice skates.  The boots were die cut from Bristol paper and laced up with white baker’s twine.  The heels were die cut from black cardstock and the blades from silver Vintage Pastel Mirror paper.  The layered bird was die cut from alcohol marker friendly cardstock and colored with Copic Sketch markers.  And last but not least, the Forest Pine Branch was die cut from mixed media paper and watercolored with Zig brush markers.  

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The background is a Bristol panel ink blended with Salvaged Patina and Uncharted Mariner distress inks.  Spritz with water and blot with a paper towel, then splattered with diluted white gouache paint.  Heat embossed the sentiment on black cardstock with white embossing powder and assembled the card.  Wanted to add more falling snow and accumulated snow to the scene, so used a white gel pen to finish off the scene.

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That does it for my card.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful week.

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10/14/2022

Fri 14

Fall Colors and Falling Leaves by Jean Okimoto

 

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Create a familiar seasonal scene with the new Woodgrain Tree Trunk and a colorful pile of Fanciful Fall Leaves from Poppystamps.  It can celebrate Thanksgiving, friendship or a birthday, send encouraging thoughts - or just say Hello.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a simple slimline idea featuring  some of our favorite new designs. 

Using watercolored paper from my stash - spritzed with Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Let it dry, then cut two sets with the new Poppystamps Fanciful Fall Leaves.  Save the extra leaves for another project.

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Cut Woodgrain Tree Trunk from a medium-brown 6x6 in the Earth Neutral Collection.  

Cut natural cardstock with the 2-⅛" x 7-⅛" Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangles die.

Attach the diecuts to a Cream Woodgrain Paper slimline card (3-½" x 8-⅜").

Stamp the greeting - from the new Sweet Christmas Clear Stamp Set - on natural cardstock with Lightning Black Brilliance.  Attach the greeting with foamdots.

Add 3 copper/gold Autumn Fairy Crystals.  Cut a slimline-sized layer of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend!

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10/09/2022

Sun 09

Snowflake Shaker
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  I have a simple snowflake shaker card to share today using the Gloriette Snowflake Collage die from the current 2022 Christmas release.

Started by doing an ombré watercolor wash background on watercolor paper using Spun Sugar, Kitsch Flamingo and Picked Raspberry distress inks. Once it was dry, used the outline snowflake die to die cut an opening.  Backed the opening with acetate, then die cut the detailed snowflake from white glitter paper.  Adhered the glitter snowflake on the acetate within the snowflake outline opening.  

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Flipped over to the backside and added foam tape around the snowflake to create a “reservoir” for the shaker bits.  To help prevent the shaker bits from sticking, applied an anti static powder along the foam tape.  Removed the foam adhesive lining and filled the reservoir with a combination of clear drops and sequins.  Covered the back with a piece of Bristol paper.  White heat embossed the sentiment on black cardstock, then assembled the card onto a white card base to finish.  

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Before I go, I want to wish my fellow Canadians a happy Thanksgiving today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful day.

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09/13/2022

Tue 13

Two Cards with Starry Collage & Wild Spiral
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with two fun cards using goodies from the fall release. Here are the new dies I used for today's card:

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I also used the previously released Geometric Crystals embossing folder 1016EF and the Sylvan Butterfly 94577.

Here's another look at my card:

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I used watercolor card stock and smooshed lots of Distress oxide inks and after it dried I used it to die cut the stars, butterfly background and I also cut 2 spirals out of it.

I used the 2 swirls that I cut from the watercolor smooshed cards and backed them in white card that had been embossed with embossing folder. The sentiment is from the Big & Little Words stamp set, stamped in black in on white card. Here's another look:

The butterfly background was cut from the same watercolor card and the top of the butterfly was cut with black card. I added blue tiny gems from the Christmas Jewels set. The card base was made by taking a mini slimline card and cutting it to 3" by 5.5" and I added a diagonal black card piece to give it more interest. Here's one more look:

Here's one last look at card #1:

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Now on to card #2:

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I save one panel of watercolor smooshed card that I cut the swirl out of to be my card's background. I backed the opening of the swirl with black card and then added the whole panel to an A2 card base. Next I added layers stars, black and watercolor, randomly around the card. The sentiment is from Big and Little Words stamp set heat embossed in white on black card. I really like the way this turned out, it almost looks like a cartoon drawing!

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Here's one last look:

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I hope you like my card for today! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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07/19/2022

Tue 19

Poppies Please! by Jean Okimoto

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Say hello with the billowy, textured,  layered poppies from the Memory Box floral collection on a summer slimline.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a mix-and-match design in sunny yellows.

These watercolored blossoms are cut from inky sheets in my stash - they're colored with inks from the Melon Melody Kaleidacolor inkpad pressed onto an acrylic block.  Cut them with the Enchanting Poppy Stems, Graceful Poppy Stems and Sweet Poppy Stem dies.  Color the attached stems with a yellow-greenish marker.  

Cut the loose stems and leaves from the Enchanting Poppy Stems set from a light green 6x6 in the Lush Green Collection.  Color the narrow leaf overlays with the marker too.

Cut the centers from the black 6x6 in the Rainbow Reflections Mirror Pad.

Assemble the flowers.

I used a stash scrap of ink-blended cardstock for the background - it's diecut with the 6-½" x 1-½" Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangles die.

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Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-½") - use foamdots for the blossoms.

Stamp the greeting - from the Big and Little Reverse Words Clear Stamp Set - on a lime green 6x6 from the Lush Green Collection with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.  Quickly heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  Diecut it with the greeting strip die included in the stamp set.  Trim the short ends.  Attach it with foamdots.

Attach the largest Clear Fairy Drops.  Cut a slimline-sized rectangle of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Enjoy the versatility of Memory Box dies by mixing, matching and layering the floral diecuts.  Diecut scraps of ink-blended or watercolored paper for loose, random inky petals.  Try this design in your favorite colors too!

Thanks for visiting our blog - see you again on Friday...

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07/02/2022

Sat 02

Adventure on the Curling Waves by Jean Okimoto

 

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Celebrate the future and adventures awaiting someone moving up in life with a nautical slimline design.  The new Curling Waves 3D Embossing Folder and Cutting Dies create a backdrop for the Grand Spiral Shell.  Hi, Jean Okimoto sharing an idea for July's Waving Hello Challenge of water-themed cards.

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Diecut, VersaMark-ed and embossed cardstock creates swirly waves for summer designs.  Cut a sheet from the Stormy Blue Collection with the Curling Waves die - leave the diecuts in the die.  Use Full-Stick Post-It Notes on the reverse side to keep the diecuts intact.  Use the dies as stencils - daub or sponge VersaMark onto the diecuts. Heat-emboss them with detail clear powder.  (photo shows what's left after the diecuts are heat-embossed, cooled and removed)

Place the heat-embossed diecuts in the Curling Waves 3D Embossing Folder and pressure-emboss them to add dimension to your design.  

Cut white cardstock with the 2-½" x 7-½" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  

Stamp the greeting - from the You Anchor Clear Stamps and Die Set - on white cardstock with Paradise VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then trim the greeting with the 1.1" x 6.1" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.

Watercolor or blend blue inks on heavy white cardstock.  I used the inks from the Blue Breeze Kaleidacolor multi-color inkpad.  Cut it with the Grand Spiral Shell background.

Cut the detailed Grand Spiral Shell from the white 6x6 in the Polished Foil Pad.  Assemble the shell.

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Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-½").  For contrast - I attached one of the small wave diecuts showing the reverse side - it's layered over a larger die, below the center of the greeting. Add Fairy Drops.  Cut a slimline-size piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Thanks for visiting our blog...have a great long weekend if you're celebrating the Fourth of July!

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03/21/2022

Mon 21

Daisy Blossom Stem Happy Birthday
by Anne Thompson

I need a lot of birthday cards for the month of April.  This first one uses the Daisy Blossom Stem and the Happy Birthday Posh Script dies, watercolors, and Memory Box papers.

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to make this card

  • start with a red notecard
  • add the striped paper from GARDEN FOLLY PP1005, cut 5 1/4 X 4
  • add a lime-y green paper from the LUSH GREEN COLLECTION SP1003, cut 4 1/4 X 3

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  • cut the DAISY BLOSSOM STEM 94616 from watercolor paper; remove the dies but leave the images in place on the background
  • use whatever watercolors you like to paint the flowers and stems--I used a set of Staedtler watercolors
  • once the paint is dry, remove the pieces from the background and add three tiny orange gems from AUTUMN FAIRY JEWELS JWL004 to the large daisy blossom center


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  • add the flowers and stems to the right side of the green panel
  • die cut the background for the HAPPY BIRTHDAY POSH SCRIPT from the leftover piece of the striped paper and add it to the notecard panel
  • die cut the detailed Happy Birthday from the leftover piece of lime-y green cardstock; add it to the background piece
  • add five more of the orange Fairy Jewels along the right edge of the stems

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the dies used to make this card

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One down and several more to go!  And I've got to get going on Easter cards...I've started pulling dies and papers and thinking of ways to combine them.  Take another look at the Memory Box catalog here and keep checking back on our Outside the Box blog for more inspiration!

Happy Crafting!

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02/27/2022

Sun 27

You Deserve Happiness
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome! It's Angie here today with a mini slimline card made with new stamps and dies from the 2022 Memory Box Spring Release!

Here's another look at my card:

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To make my card I started with a piece of watercolor card stock and smooshed and splattered lots of Distress Inks in pinks, yellow and oranges with lots of water too. Once it dried, I cut the "Memory Box Riverbank Large Layered Blooms" die from it and layered the flower together adhering it with liquid glue.

I stamped the sentiment from the new "Memory Box Friends and Family" Open Studio stamp set in black ink then covered the sentiment with post it notes and splattered black Karin marker watercolor ink on it. Once that dried I added the flower to the top of the card.

The center of the flower was cut from the newly released black glossy card stock and really helps tie the splatters and black ink from the sentiment all together. Lastly I added some Fairy Crystals to the card in two sizes. Here's one last look:

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I hope you like my card for today! Please stop by the Memory Box blog each day to see more inspiration from the brand new 2022 Memory Box Spring Release!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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