294 posts categorized "Watercolors"

10/14/2019

Mon 14

Autumn Thanks and New Blog Blitz!
by Laura Fulcher

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Guess what?!  Memory Box has new dies to add to your holiday collection as well as brand new papers!  There are two new 6" x 6" packs that coordinate with each other.  The first is called Dashing Holiday:

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The second is called Dashing Stripes and Dots:

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I used papers from both packs for my card....the dots for the thanks and some striped paper from the Dashing Holiday for the background paper.

This time of year makes me think of creating cards giving thanks.  Therefore, I really wanted to make a thank you card.  I know I will be needing some to have on hand.

To create the card, I started with some Strathmore Bristol paper and cut out the Scribble Leaf Bundle Background (solid leaves).  Next, I added some yellow, orange, red and brown Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers to the solid leaves and softened the color with a waterbrush:

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Next, I cut out the coordinating Scribble Leaf Bundle Outline dies from dark brown paper and glued them on top of the solid leaves.

The Thank You sentiment are letters that are cut to piece together like a puzzle.  I love the design!  I especially like that they aren't meant to be lined up straight...  a skill that I don't really have.

To finish the card, I outlined the cream cardstock with some Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink and layered all the pieces:

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Want to win your own Thank You Puzzle Letters craft die?  Leave a comment to this post by Sunday, October 20th at 11:59pm EST.  One winner will be selected at random from the comments to win the die.  Visit the blog from Monday, Oct 14th- Sunday, October 20th to see more of the new release and for a chance to win a prize each day.  Winners from the blitz will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, October 21st at 6:00pm EST.  Good luck!

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10/13/2019

Sun 13

Autumn Thanks
by Trina Pham

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Hello and happy Sunday. Thanksgiving is tomorrow here in Canada, so that was the inspiration for this simple watercolor thank you card.  I don’t make autumn themed cards very often, but the beautiful Grateful Autumn stamp set from the holiday release sure makes it easy when the need arises.

Started by diecutting a rectangle panel from mixed media paper using the second largest die from Recrangle Basics die set. Ink smooshed Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey and Gathered Twigs distress oxide inks in the top right corner, ensuring to dry with a heat tool in between each color.  Stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed the Grateful Autumn image with Liquid Platinum embosding powder. 

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I love rich vivid autumn colors, so watercolored with red and orange Zig markers without adding too much extra water.  For some texture, spritz with water and splattered with white gouache paint.  I thought gold splatters would have gotten lost in all that yellow.

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The Thanks Jotted script sentiment was die cut from gold foil paper and its shadow from black.  Assembled the panel onto a split black/white card base to finish.  Very simple.  Before I go I want to wish my fellow Canadians a happy thanksgiving, and everyone a wonderful week.  Thank you for stopping by.

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10/10/2019

Thu 10

Color-Lift Distress Oxides with the Grateful Autumn Clear Stamp by Jean Okimoto

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Create a watercolored background with the large, leafy Grateful Autumn clear stamp and Distress Oxides - then add the dimensional Thankful Jotted Script for a quick card.  Our new fall and winter clear stamp sets are great for color-lifting, watercoloring and layering.

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Hello, Jean Okimoto here with another fall design featuring one of our newest clear stamp sets.  We'll begin with the watercolored background today.

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Brush - or sponge - Distress Oxides onto the smoother side of a 6" square of watercolor paper.  Set it aside to air-dry.  The colors I used here are Carved Pumpkin, Fired Brick, Mowed Lawn and Abandoned Coral.

Have two sheets of facial tissue and an extra acrylic block nearby.

Spritz the large leafy branch stamp with water - it should be very moist, but not drippy.  Press the moist stamp firmly onto the watercolor paper for about a minute.  Carefully remove the stamp and lay the two tissues  over the wet paper.  Press the tissues onto the watercolor paper using the extra acrylic block.  Remove the tissues and heat-set the inks.

Diecut the design with the 3-¾" x 4-¾" Pinpoint Rectangle Layer die.  

Cut the delicate Thankful Jotted Script from metallic bronze cardstock.  Cut the background script from green cardstock. Attach the bronze script to the green background.  

Stamp "for this day" - from the Grateful Autumn stamp set - on green cardstock with Pinecone VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink and trim the strip. Attach everything to a side-folded 5-½" square natural card.  Add orange gem stickers.

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Special thanks to Roxy, Anne and everyone at Stamps and Memories Hawaii for a great HOLIDAY GREETINGS - SIMPLY ASIAN class!  Thanks also to Norine, for the great cookies and to Roxy for the beautiful orchid lei and more cookies!  Hope you liked the cards - and the Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press designs we introduced to Hawaii.

We're having another HOLIDAY GREETINGS - SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress on October 12th.  Join us if you're in the Seattle area - the class techniques include origami, a bit of stamping and a lot of layering. 

Thanks for visiting...see you again next week!

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10/09/2019

Wed 09

Mistletoe Swag
by Trina Pham

Hello there.  Today is going to be a quick post since the Christmas card I’m sharing is super easy.

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Started by watercoloring the stripe background on watercolor paper alternating between Shaded Lilac and Salty Ocean distress inks.  Used a heat tool to speed up the drying process.  Spritz with a Sparkle spray for some shimmer, then splattered with white gouache paint.  Set aside to dry.

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In the meantime, the mistletoe from Mistletoe Swag was white heat embossed on vellum then fussy cut out.  The Christmas sentiment from the same set was white heat embossed on black. The Wishes Jotted script sentiment was die cut from black foil paper and its shadow from white.  Assembled the card onto a white card base, and added clear glitter drops on the berries to finish.  

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Attaching the vellum mistletoe without the adhesive showing was a bit tricky, but a matte liquid glue applied behind the embossed lines worked just fine.  I think vellum is so pretty and makes it so easy to create beautiful cards. Instead of creating your own background you could use pattern paper.  And that's it from me.  Thank you for visiting.  Enjoy the rest of your week.

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10/04/2019

Fri 04

Watercolored Metallic Background
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  Today I created a quick background with blue watercolor paints and splattered with an assortment of gold and silver watercolor paint.

To make the background, I started with 140lb cold press watercolor paper and spritzed it with water.  I then dabbed multiple colors of blue paint until the colors all bled together.  I let the paint almost dry completely and then splattered the piece with an old toothbrush and some metallic paint.  Here is a close up:

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Once my paint was completely dry, I added my snowflakes and sentiment.  I also added a piece of gold metallic paper behind my blue background and behind my white piece sentiment to really bring out the silver metallic paint on the card.  As a final touch, I added a few rhinestones for sparkle:

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Peace

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

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09/25/2019

Wed 25

Winter Tree Oval Frame and a Cool Cat by Jean Okimoto

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Diecut - and emboss - the new Winter Tree Oval Frame for fall. The diecut creates a bright backdrop for the Cool Cat and the embossed swirlies add a creepy, mysterious look.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a Halloween design featuring a frame set that's quickly becoming a new favorite.

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Cut the tree oval from dark brown cardstock.  Cut the outer frame from dark kraft cardstock that matches the top-folded A-2 card.

Cut a watercolor paper moon with the ¾" Circle Basics die.  Cut Cool Cat from black glittered craft foam.

Paint watercolor paper with watery, overlapping layers of Kaleidacolor dye ink refills.  Dry the inks.  Diecut it with the outer frame - we're using just the inner oval here.  

Pressure-emboss it with the tree oval.

Cut accent strips of black cardstock (¾" x 5") and crushed bronze paper (¾" x 3-¾").

Assemble the card and add gold gem stickers.

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Enjoy the versatility of the Winter Tree Oval Frame - and think of all the ways you can use the tree oval and outer frame for fall and winter cards.  Scatter a few maple leaves below it  - and have some swirling around in the background too.  When winter arrives - diecut it from frosty white glittered cardstock and replace the leaves with swirling snowflakes.  

Big thanks to everyone from last week's HALLOWEEN STASH CARDS class at Impress!  We enjoyed special snacks too - thanks to Jenny for the pretzel chips and to Jacky for the Bailey's Chocolate Chip Cookies.  We ate, laughed, ate again - and even made 5 cards and a treat wrapper between the snacks and laughter.  Thanks to Ann, Shari and Lynne for helping us fill our shopping baskets...again!

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for the PAPERSTYLE 2020 - CALENDAR or CARDS class at Impress.  Make a special calendar - or 12 cards -  featuring seasonal and holiday icons.  Make one for yourself - and some extras for gift exchanges and last-minute gifts.

Thanks for visiting!

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09/14/2019

Sat 14

Simon Says Stamp’s Exclusive Stamptember Fresh Cut Bouquet by Jean Okimoto

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The Memory Box Exclusive Fresh Cut Bouquet Set for Simon Says Stamp is great for the ink-lifting technique.  Pair it with warm Distress Oxide colors and crisp white diecuts from the Petite Leaf Frame Set.   The 10th Anniversary Stamptember Limited Edition stamp set is only available while supplies last - order your set soon and enjoy it for late summer and fall projects.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here, using a popular technique that's been around for several years -  but creates unique results each time.  Sponge or brush the smoother side of watercolor paper with overlapping layers of  Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry Distress Oxides.  Set it aside to air-dry.  Have a Kleenex tissue and another stamp block ready for the next step.  

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Spritz the clean Fresh Cut Bouquet stamp with water and press it firmly onto the inked watercolor paper for about a minute. Carefully remove the stamp and lay the tissue flat on the watercolor paper.  Press it with the stamp block to absorb the excess water.

Dry the watercolor paper then trim it with the 3-½" x 4-¾" Rectangle Basics die.

Stamp the greeting - also from the set - on a scrap of watercolored paper with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair.  Trim it with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.

Cut the leaves and pods from the Petite Leaf Frame set from white cardstock.

Attach everything to an A-6 card of textured white cardstock - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add yellow gem stickers.

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Hope you'll try this technique with different designs from our 2019 Holiday Collection.  It would be great with the evergreens, leaves and wreaths.

Thanks for visiting...see you tomorrow!

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09/11/2019

Wed 11

Add a Speckled Background to a Holiday Greenery Card by Jean Okimoto

 

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Give a classic Christmas design a unique autumn look with the new Holiday Greenery Clear Stamps.  Invert the poinsettia and berries then watercolor them in warm colors on a caring card for someone special.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a fall card - and an easy way to add controlled splatters to any design.  

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Color the smoother side of watercolor paper with a watery wash of Bundled Sage Distress Oxide.  Dry it with a heat-tool - alternately heating the back and front of the paper to minimize curling.

Stamp it with Pinecone VersaFine Clair and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Press the inks from Tomato Vine Kaleidacolor onto a large acrylic block.  Use it as a palette to paint the design.

Stamp the greetings on scraps of the tinted watercolor paper with VersaMark.  Emboss them with detail clear powder.  When they're cooled, brush them with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.  Remove any residual ink on the embossing with a tissue.

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Cut  Speckled Background from stencil plastic - the 12" square sheets from The Crafters Workshop are great for this.  Remove the diecut, rotate it 180 degrees and cut it again.  This adds a second set of holes in different areas. The diecut stencil in the background was cut once.  The stencil taped to the paper was cut, rotated and cut again.  

Brush or sponge Spanish Moss VersaFine through the stencil onto the stamped paper.  Move the stencil around to fill in any areas that need more spots.

Ink-splattering is cool - but my splats don't always land where I want them to.  Stenciling lets you control the location and intensity of those little dots.  You can even multi-color the dots with different sections of the stencil.

Trim the paper with the 3-¼" Square Basics die.  Cut a 1-½" x 3-¾" strip of dark green cardstock.  Cut a ¾" x 3-¾" strip of the new crushed copper paper from Shizen Design, sold at Impress.

Attach everything to an A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card of Candy Corn cardstock - use foam tape for the greetings. Punch and attach ¼" circles of the crushed copper paper.

Big thanks to everyone from last week's SIMPLY ASIAN and AWESOME BLOSSOM(s) classes at Impress!  I appreciate your driving - and flying - to join us.  Thanks Jenny - for those flowery bowls of great chocolates - all 6 varieties of them!  And thanks to Erin and Lynne for answering all of our questions and finding everything we needed.

No classes this weekend -  I'll see everyone again at the HALLOWEEN STASH CARDS class at the Impress Halloween Event on September 21st.  We're using great dies, inks and stamps - and mystery items from my stash.  Everyone gets some stash extras to make more cards at home.  We'll make 5 cards and a treat wrapper.

Thanks for visiting...

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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!

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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!

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

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Thankful Corner Branch Card

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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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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

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


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

 

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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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The crinkled look on leaf shapes makes them look real!

09/07/2019

Sat 07

Fall Gratitude
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  The latest stamps from Memory Box have really inspired me to break out my watercolor paints.  For my card today, I used a mix of Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and some Peerless Watercolor paints.

I love to use Zig markers to outline images and then soften them with a waterbrush to fade to white.  Let me show you what I am talking about:

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Step one was to stamp my image onto 140lb coldpress watercolor paper with a black Versafine pad.  Allow the ink to dry completely.  Versafine will take quite a while to dry on watercolor paper.  Next, trace around your image with a light brown Zig marker.  Notice that I worked in small sections.  I outlined a small part of my image and then softened it with my waterbrush:

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I work in small sections because if you let your marker dry too much, it makes it more difficult to blend.  I continued the process of outlining and softening with the waterbrush until the whole image was outlined:

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It is important to allow your paint to dry completely before painting the leaves.  If the background is still wet, then the paint in the leaves will bleed out into the background.

I colored all of my leaves with red, orange and yellow Peerless watercolor paint.  You could use absolutely any watercolor paint you like.  I simply picked up my colors with a waterbrush and colored within the lines.

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Here is a closeup of the card to show you how I finished it.  I stamped a strip of paper and colored it exactly like my leaves in the circle.  To add a bit more depth to both card pieces, I edged the watercolor paper with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink and a sponge.  As a final touch, I took some watered down dark brown paint and splattered it onto my card to give it a splotchy look that I think matches well with a fall theme.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you have a great weekend!

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