382 posts categorized "Watercolors"

12/30/2022

Fri 30

Valentine For You with Heart Ring Stack
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with a clean and simple Valentine's Day card featuring two of the newly released dies:

"For You Posh Script" die 94709 and "Heart Ring Stack" die 94667

Here's a closer look at my card:

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To make my card I took a piece of watercolor paper that my art teacher, Cate Robbins, had used for testing watercolors. She gave me several panels that she didn't want to use so I plan to turn a lot of them into cards.  I cut the heart die from white twice, black once, and the watercolored panel once. I stacked the black and white outlines first, then added the watercolored pieced into the openings.

For the sentiment I cut it from white, black and the watercolor panel and stacked them. For the front of my card, I rounded the corners and then added score lines every 1/4" for some light texture. I added both die cut pieces to the front of the card, then added a few gold gems, also from Memory Box.

Here's one last look:

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I hope you like my card for today! I had so much fun creating it. Be sure to come back each day for more inspiration from the design team. Thanks for stopping by!

 

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11/27/2022

Sun 27

Little Bundled Snowman
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  Continuing with my Christmas cards I have a sweet Christmas card to share today featuring a few products from the 2022 Christmas release.  

Started with the background and did layered masking.  Using the single snowflake die from the Frilling Snowflake Ornament die set, a bunch of snowflakes were die cut from waterproof masking paper.  Placed a few onto the smooth side of Memory Box watercolor paper and did an ombré watercolor wash using a flat brush and Uncharted Mariner and Salvaged Patina distress inks (DI).

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Dried the panel with the heat tool then repeated the process two more times, adding more snowflake masks each time.  This was the result after the third time with masks still in place.

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Removed the masks and you can see the color variation in the snowflakes from the different layers of masking.  You will also notice watercolors seeped underneath some of them.  

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To fix the three initial ones that should have been the color of the watercolor paper, die cut three snowflakes from white and cover them up.  Or you could skip the first step and start the masking after the first watercolor wash and die cut the white snowflakes at the end.

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For snow, splattered with diluted white gouache paint.  Allow to dry then trimmed the panel to 1/8” smaller than a regular A2 size card.

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The Little Bundled Snowman was die cut from alcohol marker friendly cardstock and the layers were colored with Copic Sketch markers.  Die cut the sentiment from black cardstock and hand cut a snowbank from Bristol paper.  Assembled the card onto a white card base, then spritz with a shimmer spray for some sparkle to finish.

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

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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:

Starry Collage 94631
Wild Spiral 94629

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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