315 posts categorized "Winter"

09/10/2019

Tue 10

Spotlight Christmas Cards
by Trina Pham

Hello there.  I was doing a little re-organizing of my craft space and found some color cardstock I didn’t think I had any more.  I almost grabbed the blue color one (my favorite color), but decided to go “outside the box” and go for colors I rarely use.  I did some spotlight ink blending and made these Christmas cards with the fabulous new products from the Holiday release.

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This blending technique gives a glow effect.  With most ombré ink blending, I like to use three gradient colors (light, medium, dark).  But by using a light color cardstock, it served as the light color and only the medium and dark ink colors were needed.

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Started by die cutting the Gilded Wide Candle from white cardstock and adhering it to the panel.  

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Using a blending brush, laid down the medium color around the candle, leaving the middle area untouched.  Doesn’t matter if ink gets on the  die cut because it will be covered up later. 

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The darkest color was added around the medium color next.  

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To emphasize the glow effect, applied black ink around the edges.  I did work the panel a little more after the process photos were taken. 

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To complete the card, the candle was painted with white gouache paint.   The candle die cut was then stacked with another white and a gold foil die cut for dimension.  

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The sentiment from Merry and Bright Mistletoe was heat embossed with white embossing powder directly on the panel.  The panel must be completely dry for this step (don’t ask me how I know 😂).  Or I would suggest doing any heat embossing first and just do some emboss resist.  Finished off with some white gouache paint splatters.

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My second card was much easier.  There was no heat embossing directly on the panel involved, so no drying time was required.  I was also able to get a smoother blend for some reason.  

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This technique can be done with darker cardstock as long as the ink colors are darker.  It would have a more dramatic look.  If I make them, Halloween cards would be perfect for this technique.  And that is it for today.  Thank you for hanging with me.  Enjoy your day.

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09/04/2019

Wed 04

The Chandele Snowflake and Shining Star Set by Jean Okimoto

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Create holiday magic with the beautiful new Chandele Snowflake and layers of the Shining Star Set.  Two stars - one brushed with glitter - adhere and accent the delicate snowflake.  It's a happy day when glittering and attaching a detailed die can be accomplished in one easy step!

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another quick-glittered design that would be great for mass-production.  Chose your favorite colors - winter pastels, jewel tones or tradtionals - or make personalized cards in the recipients' favorite holiday shades.  

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Cut the largest Shining Star from white cardstock.  

Attach Diecut 'n Bond  tape to white cardstock and cut the second-largest Shining Star.

Scrunch some waxed paper and rub it briskly over the Chandele Snowflake die - this helps release the little bits and pieces from the die.  Cut the snowflake from white cardstock.  Save the offcut for another beautiful project.

Attach the snowflake to the adhesive-covered star - save the tape liner.  Use the tape liner as a presscloth to secure the detailed design.  Brush ultrafine iridescent glitter over the exposed adhesive.  Press it again with the liner.

Cut ¾" x 3-½" and 4" strips of Flintstone and Easter Grass cardstock.  Cut textured pink cardstock with the 2-⅛" x 3-⅝" Pinpoint Rectangle Layers die.

Prep a scrap of white cardstock with the embossing powder tool.  Stamp the greeting - from the new Holiday Greenery Clear Stamps Set - with VersaMark.  Emboss it with detail silver powder.  Trim it with the 1" x 2" Pinpoint Rectangles Layers die.

Attach everything to a white A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card.  Add pink gem stickers.

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Special thanks to everyone from Monday's SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress!  I appreciate how you braved the holiday traffic on ferries and freeways to join us.  Thanks too - Ann and Shari - for helping everyone fill those shopping baskets again.  

Thanks for visiting - see you tomorrow...

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08/26/2019

Mon 26

New Release Blog Blitz!
by Jean Okimoto

 

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Have you noticed this week that we have been posting from the new release?  You can find a link to the entire release here. There are stamps as well as dies and items for Fall as well as Christmas.  Hopefully you will be inspired for the upcoming seasons!  

Would you like to flip for through the new look books?  There is the one for Halloween as well as Christmas.  

We will be celebrating the new release on the blog this week from Monday, August 26th- Sunday, September 1st.  There will be a new sample each day as well as a chance to win a prize each day this week.  

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Hi - Jean Okimoto here with the first blog blitz project and a chance to win a great prize.

Cut watercolor paper with the 3-¼" Square Basics die.  Sponge it with Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry and Spun Sugar Distress Oxides.  Spritz it with a light mist of water, then heat-set it.  Splatter it lightly with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Set it aside to dry.

Cut Chandele Star from white cardstock.  It's a great new design that's not just perfect for Chrismas - use it throughout the year for celebrations and special events.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Merry and Bright Mistletoe Clear Stamps Set - on white cardstock with VersaMark.  Emboss it with detail clear powser.  Sponge it with Rocket Red Gold Brilliance.  Wipe the residual ink off with a tissue.  Cut it with the ¾" Square Basics die.

Pressure-emboss the dried watercolor paper with Chandele Star using the plates and embossing mat required for your machine.  

Cut a stencil from vellum using the Chandele Star.  Vellum is great for disposable stencils because it keeps a crisp edge and doesn't get saturated with ink.   Sponge Rocket Red Gold Brilliance through the stencil onto the pressure-embossed star.

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock.  Add ¼" circles punched from gold glitter cardstock.

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Want a chance to win the new Chandele Star ?  Leave a comment on this blog post anytime before Sunday, September 1st at 11:59pm EST.  One comment will be selected at random to win the prize.  All contest winners will be announced on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, September 2nd at 6:00pm EST.  Good luck!

Thanks for visiting.  Stop by again tomorrow for Donna's project and another chance to win a prize from our latest collection!

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08/25/2019

Sun 25

Celebrate with the Simple Poinsettia Frame from the 2019 Holiday Collection by Jean Okimoto

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Pearlescent inks highlight the beautiful details of the new Simple Poinsettia Frame and a holiday message from the Mistletoe Swag Clear Stamps Set.  Add gold gem stickers - and that's it!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here...hope you're enjoying your weekend. We're excited about our 2019 Holiday Collection and can't wait to share more designs and ideas with you!

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Cut Simple Poinsettia Frame from watercolor paper - it makes the beautiful details stand out.  Cut the four additional petals.  Cut an extra petal from the framed poinsettia - it's the one on the right.  

Brilliance inks are great for coloring diecuts - they're easy to blend, then dry quickly.  I've used Rocket Red Gold and a bit of Sunflower Yellow for the petals.  Pearlescent Thyme colors the leaves and stem.  Use a Post-it to mask the edges where the leaves and stem are attached to the frame.  

Attach the large extra petal from the frame die first, then add the other petals.  Use a small amount of glue at the bottom of the petals and crease them gently before assembling the poinsettia.  

Stamp the greeting with Rocket Red Gold.

Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of smooth white cardstock.

Add yellow gem stickers.

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Add texture and dimension to your projects with the detailed designs from our 2019 Holiday Collection.  Find your new favorites there - and be inspired by the holiday idea books filled with Dave Brethauer's beautiful cards.  

Thanks for visiting...see you again tomorrow!

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08/23/2019

Fri 23

Winter Tree Frame from the 2019 Holiday Collection by Jean Okimoto

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Combine a snowy Winter Tree Frame - from the 2019 Holiday Collection - and bright Resting Birds for a classic Christmas scene.  Add a greeting from the new Merry and Bright Mistletoe Clear Stamps Set.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a simple holiday design from our latest collection.

Prep the frame dies by rubbing them briskly with a wad of scrunched waxed paper.  This helps the dies release the diecuts.  Cut the tree frame and outer frame from smooth white cardstock.  

Here's a tip - keep the outer frame in the die.  Attach narrow strips of tape.  Press the diecut (still in the die) firmly onto a textured white A-6 (6-¼" x 4-½") card.  Carefully remove the die, leaving the diecut attached to the card.  

Pressure emboss Patina cardstock with the tree die.  Trim it to 3" square.  It adds dimension and texture to the design.

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Squeeze a bit of Zinc White Gouache onto an acrylic stamp block.  Blend it with a small amount of water.  Splatter a few drops of it onto the embossed square.  Set it aside to dry.  Attach it behind the white tree frame.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Merry and Bright Mistletoe Clear Stamps Set - on smooth white cardstock with Turquoise Gem VersaMagic.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim it with the Rectangle Basics die.

Attach Couture Creations double-stick tape behind glittered red craft foam.  Cut Resting Birds.

Assemble the card - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add light gold gem stickers.

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Hope your favorite retailer has ordered the 2019 Holiday Collections of Memory Box and Poppystamps.  The dies and clear stamp sets reflect a wide range of styles and themes.  We're busy creating and sharing fall and winter cards for everyone on your list.  

Thanks for visiting - see you again this weekend!

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08/20/2019

Tue 20

Sparkling Snowflake Trio from the 2019 Holiday Collection by Jean Okimoto

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The 2019 Holiday Collection of dies and stamps has arrived!  It's a wonderful fall and winter mix of frames, snowflakes, botanicals, holiday icons and greetings.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with the first of many cards featuring our latest release.  

View the collection and holiday idea books here.

Prep the delicate dies by rubbing them briskly with waxed paper scrunched into a loose wad.  This makes it easier to remove the diecuts.  It also makes it easier to release pinpoint and stitched dies - and detailed frames.  

Cut the Sparkling Snowflake Trio from white cardstock.  Cut Joy Airy Script from silver metallic cardstock - save the little piece over the "j."

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Here's an easy way to attach delicate diecuts to a background.  Attach Diecut 'n Bond doublestick tape   to pink cardstock.  Cut it with the 4" Square Basics die.  Carefully attach the snowflakes and greeting to the adhesive background - save the tape liner.  Use the liner to firmly press the diecuts to the background.  Brush ultra-fine iridescent glitter onto the remaining exposed adhesive.  

Cut three ¾" cardstock accent strips - 4-½" of Rock Candy, 3-¾" of pink and 3-¼" of Easter Grass.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Merry and Bright Mistletoe Clear Stamp Set - on smooth white cardstock using a clean VersaMark inkpad.   Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Sponge Starlite Black Brilliance over the greeting so it resembles a label-maker tape.  

Attach everything to a side-folded 5-½" square card.

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Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's COLORS OF CHRISTMAS class at Impress!  Hope you enjoyed creating cards with the new Memory Box and Poppystamps releases.  Special thanks to Jenny too - for the great ginger cookies and chocolate mints!   Thanks to Ann, Erin and Lynne - for helping everyone shop and find those great new designs.

See you again on Friday!  

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05/23/2019

Thu 23

Light and Layered Sketch Flower Spray by Jean Okimoto

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The new Sketch Flower Spray is light, airy and great for any occasion.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a simple design that works for grads, birthdays, weddings, new jobs, a promotion.  Add a greeting - this is from the Rose Bouquet Clear Stamp Set - and you're all set!

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Use a soft rubber brayer to ink a quick background by repeatedly rolling  it over a Melon Melody Kaleidacolor inkpad. Spritz it lightly with water, then roll the inks onto watercolor paper.  Air-dry the inks for a few minutes, then spritz it lightly with water to add  some splotchy interest to the background.  Cut it with the 2" x 3-¼"Rectangle Basics die.

Cut Sketch Flower Spray from Lime Crush Cardstock.  Cut three sets of the flowers from white cardstock.  Ink the center of one flower set with Cheerful VersaFine Clair.  Cotton swabs are great for little jobs like this!

Attach two uninked flowers behind the inked flower - slightly offset.   Attach the diecuts to an A-6 (4-½" x 6") white card.  Add yellow gem stickers.

Stamp the greeting - from the Rose Bouquet Clear Stamps Set - on white cardstock with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then trim it with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.  Attach it with foam dots.

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Thanks for visiting - hope you love flowers too!

 

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04/08/2019

Mon 08

Clean and Simple Cards with Blooming Floral Circle Frame
by Anne Thompson

Maybe you'll recognize this first card from the introduction to this month's challenge.

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I chose to feature one die on a series of clean and simple cards for each season: BLOOMING FLORAL CIRCLE FRAME 94218.  

For this spring card, I used an aqua notecard, white cardstock cut with the Blooming Floral Circle Frame, cloud paper cut with one of the Wrapped Circle dies just a tad bigger than the floral circle as an underlay, and a scrap of pool distressed dot paper cut with a small circle die the same diameter as the inner circle of the frame.  I stamped "springtime wishes" from
SPRINGTIME TYPEWRITER SENTIMENTS CL5239 using Hero Arts Tide Pool ink on a scrap of white cardstock.  I layered everything up using a glue pen, tucking the sentiment under one of the branches and adding the small cut-outs on the end of that tag.

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Want an even cleaner and simpler version?

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Here I covered the front of a pink notecard with plaid paper, added the white cardstock Blooming Floral Circle Frame, and glued on a bow and a few small pearls.  Summer card!

Here I've added fall and winter cards with the summer one.

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For the oranges fall card (which I made as a birthday card with a sentiment from Bold Friendly Greetings CL5236), I used a gold cardstock and a darker orange one for the circle frames and layered them just a bit offset before adding the ribbon bow.  The winter dark chocolate card has a white cardstock circle frame over a kraft circle die cut to the same size and finished with a brown ribbon bow. 

I'm now thinking of other color combinations and celebrations appropriate for this design.  So many possibilities!

I also added coordinating papers to the inside panels of each card and also on the back--trying to use up some of the pretty papers from my 6X6 collections and scraps from previous projects.  

Happy Crafting!

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12/22/2018

Sat 22

Winter Scene
by Melissa Rusk

The winter skies have been mostly gray around my house so I decided I needed a card to brighten up winter just a bit. I pulled out my alcohol inks and gave them a try. I am just starting to use them but they are already so much fun. 

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For the background I took three colors in blues and teals and played around with the alcohol inks on Yupo paper. Once it was dry I took the alcohol resist ink pad and stamped the Typewriter Holiday Elements background stamp on the alcohol ink background I created. I love how it turned out! I will be using this technique in the future for sure.
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To finish the card I die cut the Delicate Pine Frame in white and then colored it with the Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush pen to make it sparkle. I also added some glitter to the tree to add to the winter sparkle.
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Thanks for stopping by the blog and I hope you have a wonderful holiday week!
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12/21/2018

Fri 21

Memory Box Triangle Clear Stamp Sets, Typewriter Holiday Elements and Wintry Snowflakes by Jean Okimoto

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Holiday treats are sweeter when they're prettily packaged - and the Memory Box triangle clear stamp  sets make it quick and easy.  Hello, Jean Okimoto sharing my last Christmas 2018 design today.  Valentine projects are coming soon!

Score 8-½" x 11" sheet of smooth white cardstock lengthwise at 4" and 4-½".  Cut it into four 2-½" wide strips. Crease them on the score lines.  Cut or punch two angled corners.

Stamp the triangles from the Looking For Mr. Right Triangle, That's Acute Triangle,  Equal Triangle Clear Stamp Sets. Here's a list of the VersaFine Clair colors I've used - Verdant, Charming Pink, Tulip Red, and Green Oasis.  Use some Brilliance inks too - Pearlescent Orchid, Gamma Green and Starlite Black (for the "noel").

The greetings and 25-circles are from the very popular Typewriter Holiday Elements Clear Stamps Set.  

If you're making several of each design - clean the stamps with a damp washcloth after you've used each stamp two or three times.  This eliminates a build-up of dried ink and helps keep the lines and edges sharp and crisp.  

Diecut two silver glittered cardstock snowflakes with the Wintry Snowflakes Deep Edge Dies.

Punch ¼" circles of gold glittered cardstock.  

Attach the candy or treat with a bit of doublestick tape or glue dots.  I've filled these with Ghiradelli chocolate squares.  Punch holes and add gold cord ties.

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I love that there aren't any rules about "Christmas colors" anymore - especially with the wide range of pinks and greens available.  They're just waiting to be mixed, matched and layered. These simple treat wrappers would make great tags too.  

Here are the red and greens for a traditional look -

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Are  you loving the Memory Box triangles too?  It's hard not to use them!

Thanks for visiting...keep warm and have a great weekend.

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