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11/05/2019

Tue 05

The Chandele Star on a Blended, Spritzed Background by Jean Okimoto

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The delicately simple Chandele Star would look great anywhere.  Layer it over metallic artpapers, felt, wood, glittered or glossy cardstock - or a watercolored background.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with an easy ink-blending technique that's great for creating quick colored backgrounds for your holiday diecuts.

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Cut a 4-½" x 3" strip of watercolor paper.  Ink a 4" soft rubber brayer with Fresh Greens Kaleidacolor - lift and roll the brayer repeatedly (about 20 times) so it's fully-inked.  Spritz it lightly with water.  Roll the spritzed inks onto the smoother side of the watercolor paper.  Let the colors blend for about a minute, then dry the inks with a heat-tool.  

Spray it with Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Airdry it for a few minutes, then heat-set.  Cut it with the 2-¼" x 3-½" Stitched Rectangle Trimmings die.  We're using just the inner rectangle here.  

Cut Chandele Star and the biggest Shining Star from smooth white cardstock.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Merry and Bright Mistletoe Clear Stamps Set - on a white A-2 card with the turquoise ink from the Fresh Greens inkpad.

Assemble the card.  Add ¼" punched circles of gold glittered paper.

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Hope you're enjoying the fall and winter holiday ideas from our Design Team.  We love sharing our designs and techniques with you and hope they'll inspire you to create unique handmade holiday cards this year.

Thanks for visiting!

Jeansignature-3

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11/03/2019

Sun 03

Memory Box Washi Tape on Colored Cardstock
by Vicki Finger

Pam Sparks Peace Airy Script Washi 10.24.2019

Hi everyone, Vicki here today!  Did you see this gorgeous card from Pam Sparks' IG or Blog on Friday, October 25th?  Since I had just finished a post using this Watercolor Woodland Washi Tape from Memory Box, I was wondering what it would look like on something other than white cardstock.  As soon as I saw Pam's card in my IG feed, I knew I had to try it out for myself.

Here's a rundown of the colors I put this washi tape on:

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I tried the Winter Woodland Washi Tape on a variety of colored cardstock for you after seeing Pam's card.  Then I put several cards together for my stash.

If you are new to my blog, I make a ton of cards each year and I put little goody bags together for my Sisters-In-Law each year at our Family Christmas celebration.  So between what I use and what I give to them, I need a lot of cards!

I tried to keep things pretty simple for the most part and did a lot with my usual thing, which is Gold Cardstock with whatever.  These cards are no exception.

This card uses Gina K Designs Gold Metallic Cardstock because it was the only shade of cardstock I had on hand for the depth of color I wanted.  I used several varieties of brown cardstock I had a half sheet in my scrap bin, so it worked out alright and I was able to get two card fronts from each 4.25 x 11-inch piece of cardstock.  I also used the Corner Holly Swirl on nearly all of these cards.  I still have a few panels for other projects.  It's pretty handy to make several card panels in the same style for later use.  I keep these extras in a Stamp Pocket on my desk for when I need a card in a hurry!  This color would be awesome for the guys in your life.

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This card uses Hawaiian Shores Cardstock and I truly love the non-traditional color scheme and this ended up being one of my favorites.  As you can see, I stamped and heat embossed the additional little sentiment in Pinefeather Cardstock.  The deep green of this cardstock was the perfect finishing touch for these cards.

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This particular card also uses a green shimmer cardstock call Fairway from PaperPapers.com for the Corner Holly Swirl.  All of the red glitter berries were made with Christmas Red Stickles.  I have some Christmas Red Nuvo Glitter Drops, but they need to be warm to use.  It's been cold this week in Texas, so rather than fool around with the Nuvo Drops, I went right to the Stickles.

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This card panel was done on SU Taupe Cardstock and I also really like the color of this washi tape on it.  Pam's card was done on Hobby Lobby's Kraft Cardstock which she said was pretty much the color of a brown paper bag.

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This card panel was done on Vintage Jadeite cardstock and I also really love the color of this!  Heck, let's face it - I like all the colors!  But the Hawaiian Shores and the Vintage Jadeite happen to be my two favorites!

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This is Watercolor Woodland on grey cardstock.  I used the "on Earth" from the Tidings Wreath Stamp Set and the "& Bright" from the Merry & Bright Mistletoe Stamp Set. I cut the "Merry" apart from the rest of the sentiment so I could use it with the larger Merry word die.

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This card is done on dark blue cardstock with Silver Accents.  I really love how this turned out. For some reason, dark blue with Silver just seems more "right" in my mind and my personal color sense than Gold in most cases. The details in all Memory Box Dies are just beautiful!  

Memory Box's most recent release had several of these large word dies in "Merry", "Peace", "Wish", and "Joy".  I love them all, but my focus this time of year is Christmas!

I guess the point of this post is to literally think "outside the box", beyond just white cardstock under washi tape.  If I hadn't seen Pam's card, I wouldn't have explored the colored cardstock option nearly as soon as I did.

I hope I've inspired you to try some of your colored cardstock scraps with your Washi Tape to achieve a new look! 

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11/02/2019

Sat 02

Greet the Season with a Dashing Holiday Rosette by Jean Okimoto

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A candycane rosette - folded from a Dashing Holiday 6x6 print - creates a unique Christmas greeting.  Add coordinating prints, bright red glitter accents and a Joy Airy Script diecut for a very special card.  Happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with a contemporary design today.

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Cut a 3" x 6" horizontal strip of the Dashing Holiday candycane print.  Cutting it horizontally makes it easy to fold along the grainline.

Here's a tip - scrunch a piece of waxed paper and rub it briskly over both sides of the paper to reduce friction and make it easier to score. MemoryBoxJoyAiryScript, MemoryBoxWrapped StitchRectangles, MemoryBoxCircleBasics, MemoryBoxDashingHoliday6x6Pack, MemoryBoxDashingStripesAndDots6x6Pack, RosetteCards, JeanOkimoto, HandmadeHolidayCards, DiecutHolidayCards, ImpressCardsAndCrafts

Score it in ½" increments on one side of the paper.  Turn the paper over and score it in ½" increments beginning at ¼" - at ¼", ¾", 1-¼", 1-¾" - up to 5-¾". Cut the paper into three 1" x 6" strips.  Pleat the paper along the scored lines.  Trim ¼" from one short end of each strip to adhere (and conceal) the cut edge in the fold.  Use strips of ScoreTape to join the short ends to form a pleated ring.

Cut 1-½" and  ¾" cardboard circles  with the Circle Basics dies.  Spread one side of each circle with a strong craft glue (like Tacky Glue) - leave a ¼" unglued border around the edge so any excess glue won't squish out.

Lay the pleated ring on a flat surface and press it down so it lies flat - with the reverse side of the paper on the top. The inner cut edges should meet in a small circle in the center.   Press the 1-½" glue circle onto the center and hold it until the glue begins to set up.

Turn it over, adjust the pleats, then press the ¾" glue circle onto the center.  Press it until the glue sets up. Cut a ¾" circle of red glittered cardstock and cover the ¾" cardboard circle.  

Cut a 3" circle of red cardstock.  Pressure-emboss it (offset to the left) with the 2-¾", 2-½ and 2-¼" Circle Basics dies.  Cut a 3-½" circle of the gray and white text pattern. Cut the dark gray Dashing Strips and Dots paper with the 4-¾" x 3-½" Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die.  Cut a 1" x 4 strip of the gray and white dottted paper.

Cut Joy Airy Script from chartreuse cardstock.  Leave the dot over the "j" in the die until you need it.

Attach everything to a white A-6 card.  Add three ¼" circles of red glittered cardstock. MemoryBoxJoyAiryScript, MemoryBoxWrapped StitchRectangles, MemoryBoxCircleBasics, MemoryBoxDashingHoliday6x6Pack, MemoryBoxDashingStripesAndDots6x6Pack, RosetteCards, JeanOkimoto, HandmadeHolidayCards, DiecutHolidayCards, ImpressCardsAndCrafts

Unique cards like this require extra time, postage and post office handling - but I think they'll be enjoyed and appreciated by the special people in your life.

Thanks for visiting...have a great weekend!

Jeansignature-3

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10/31/2019

Thu 31

Snow Bunny Can Be a Polar Bear Too! by Jean Okimoto

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The Snow Bunny Deep Edge Die Set is great for other winter friends too...like this furry felt polar bear cub.  Add a Starry Burst background and "cheers" from the Merry and Bright Mistletoe Clear Stamps Set and you've just created another Christmas card!  Hi and Happy Halloween to everyone celebrating - Jean Okimoto here with more reasons to add the Snow Bunny set to your Memory Box collection.

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Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to white wool-blend felt and diecut some Snow Bunny pieces for the bear.  The paper layer stabilizes the felt and keeps liquid adhesives from soaking through.  Cut the eyes and nose from black cardstock.  Cut the ears with the 1" Circle Basics die.

Cut all of the the accent pieces - except the small ear circles - from the Dashing Holiday 6x6 prints.  Cut the small ear circles from the Dashing Stripes and Dots print.  

Assemble the polar bear - use foam dots near the ends of the scarf.  

Cut turquoise cardstock with the 4-¼" Square Basics die.  Cut it with Starry Burst - save the 2 bigger stars.  Attach little pieces of silver glitter paper behind the star cutouts.

Stamp the greeting from the Merry and Bright Mistletoe Clear Stamps on white cardstock with Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.

Attach everything to a top-folded 5-½"square white card. Add the 2 saved stars.   Square cards require extra postage - but I hope you'll agree that this one's worth every penny of it!

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The new Dashing Holiday and Dashing Stripes and Dots 6x6 prints are the perfect mix of holiday designs, plaids, stripes and dots.  They've even been designed so the very holiday-ish designs have non-holiday prints on the reverse side so you can use them for other occasions.  The versatile reds and charcoals will be perfect for Valentine's Day.  The Deep Edge dies collection is designed for mixing and layering prints - view them here, then imagine all of the ways you can use them

Thanks for visiting...see you again on Saturday!

Jeansignature-3

 

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10/29/2019

Tue 29

Build a Snow Bunny with Dashing Stripes and Dots and Dashing Holiday by Jean Okimoto

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The new Dashing Holiday and Dashing Stripes and Dots 6x6 prints make it easy to build a lovable Snow Bunny.  Add a greeting from the new Mistletoe Swag Clear Stamps - and you're ready for Christmas!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here - combining a favorite Deep Edge Die Set with our great holiday prints.  

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Attach adhesive label paper - or a sticker sheet - to wool-blend white felt.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps liquid adhesives from soaking through.  Cut the Snow Bunny pieces from the felt.  Cut eyes from black cardstock.  Cut the decorative pieces from the Dashing Holiday and Dashing Stripes and Dots 6x6 packs.  Although it's hard to see in the photo,  the scarf is cut from the red striped pattern.  

The Rectangle Basics set is temporarily out of stock at Memory Box - it may be available from your favorite Retailer.  Cut the background rectangles from the holly print (4-½" x 3-¼"), red cardstock (1-¾" x 3") and the green dots (2-½" x 1-¼").  

Stamp the greeting - from the new Mistletoe Swag Clear Stamps Set - on red cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine.  Emboss it with detail clear powder. Cut it with the smallest Rectangle Basics die. 

Here's a tip I've shared in classes...start the heat-embossing on the reverse side of the cardstock or paper, then finish it off from the right side.  Pre-heating it from the back starts the process - and finishing it on the front creates a great glossy image and minimizes scorching. 

Score, fold and cut an A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card of white cardstock.  Assemble the card - use foam dots for the greeting.  

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This design works for any occasion - change the papers and colors and eliminate the scarf for a baby or birthday card,  It's a great for thank-yous and birthdays too - or just to say hello.  I like combining  the Memory Box products from different releases, using products in unexpected ways...and sharing these ideas with you!  

Thanks for supporting Memory Box - and for your thoughtful comments.  I appreciate it!

Thanks for stopping by...see you on Thursday!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

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10/24/2019

Thu 24

CELEBRATE with the Antique Greenery Label, Twas the Night Wide Washi Tape and Dashing Stripes and Dots by Jean Okimoto

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Celebrate the season with the new Antique Greenery Label and Mini Vintage Varsity Alphabet Set - layered over the Twas the Night Wide Washi Tape.  Hello - Jean Okimoto here - thanks for joining last week's Holiday Blog Blitz.  We appreciate your comments  -  and special congrats to my posts' winners Lin Brandyberry and Chandhini - enjoy your prizes! 

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Cut green cardstock with the frame from the Winter Tree Oval Frame set.  Pressure-emboss the inner oval offcut with the Antique Greenery Label using the plates and embossing mat required for your machine.  

Here's an easy way to create the glittered greeting label. Attach a strip of Couture Creations doublestick tape to a scrap of the green cardstock and cut the narrow label section again. Cut the letters for "CELEBRATE" from red cardstock with the Mini Vintage Varsity Alphabet.  Press the letters onto the sticky label, then brush iridescent glitter around the letters, covering the rest of the adhesive.

Attach Twas the Night Wide Washi Tape to green cardstock for a frosty, translucent coordinating background.  Cut it with the 4-¼" Square Basics die.  Diecutting seals the edges with a crisp, clean finish.

Cut a 1" x 4-½" accent strip of red cardstock.

Cut ¾" x 5" accent strips of the brown dots and stripes from the new Dashing Dots and Stripes 6x6 Set.  

Attach everything to a side-folded 5-½" square white card - offset the oval frame so the red peeks through on the left side.

Add red gem stickers.

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It's time to prep for the holidays at the Impress holiday event on Saturday October 26th!  There'll be a swag bag for the first 25 people at the 10:00 AM store opening, demos from 10:00-Noon, special displays - and a 10% shopping discount!  Bring your Memory Box, Poppystamps, and Birch Press Designs wishlists and take advantage of the savings and holiday inspiration.

Thanks for visiting...see you again on Saturday!

Jeansignature-3

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10/16/2019

Wed 16

Blog Blitz Day 3 - Watercolor Woodland Wide Washi Tape, Dashing Stripes and Dots, Mini Vintage Varsity Peace by Jean Okimoto

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Welcome to our Holiday Blog Blitz - and a chance to win one of the great new items on today's card!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, introducing our new Watercolor Woodland Wide Washi Tape.  It's a beautiful holiday print with a hand-colored look  - and it's 4-½" wide x 11 yards.  That's a lot of tape for your holiday cards, tags, layouts and collages!  

Although the red stripes are hard to see here - the 24-sheet Dashing Stripes and Dots 6x6" set complements the Dashing Holiday 6x6" prints.  You can quickly create 16 beautiful 3-sheet combinations of the prints/stripes/dots for your holiday projects.

The Dashing Holiday set is also designed to work well after the holidays.  The reverse sides of the "very holiday" prints are versatile stripes, plaids and diagonals you can use throughout the year.  

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Attach a strip of Watercolor Woodland Wide Washi Tape to white cardstock.  Cut a section with the 2.6" x 3.6" Pinpoint Rectangle Layer die.  

Cut accent strips of the red (¾" x 3-½") and green (1" x 4") stripes.  Cut a ¾" x 5-½" green dotted accent strip from the reverse of the green stripes.

Attach a strip of lined doublestick tape behind red cardstock and diecut "JOY" using the Mini Vintage Peace Varsity set.  Leave the letters in the die - just remove the tape liners and the center of the "0."  Cut a circle using the 1" Circle Basics die.  Press the letters (still in the die) firmly onto the circle and use a pokey tool to transfer them to the circle.

Attach everything to a green A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card.  Add ¼" punched red glitter dots.

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Want to win a wide roll of the Watercolor Woodland Washi Tape?   Leave a comment on this post by Sunday, October 20th at 11:59pm EST.  One winner will be selected at random from the comments to win the washi tape.  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!

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's HOLIDAY GREETINGS - SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress.  Special thanks to Jenny and Ann for your great snacks - we certainly appreciated them after that origami bird!  Thanks to Erin and Lynne for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets too.

Thanks for visiting...don't forget to add your comment to today's post - and all of the design team posts throughout our holiday blitz!

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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!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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10/02/2019

Wed 02

Diecut Winter Greenery for a Cool Cat Halloween Scene by Jean Okimoto

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The Winter Greenery Clear Stamps and Die Set creates a spooky Halloween setting for Cool Cat as we enter October with a Challenge inspiration card.  Add a bright Playful Boo and gem stickers - that's it!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a simple fall design to delight someone before Christmas greetings fill their mailbox.

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Stamp two separate Winter Greenery leafy branch images on white cardstock with Brilliance Starlite Black.  Dry the ink, then diecut them with the coordinating die.

Cut Cool Cat from black glittered craft foam.  Attach a scrap of bright orange cardstock behind it for creepy glowing eyes.  Attach the diecuts to a side-folded white A-2 card.

Here's a quick way to attach little letters...attach Couture Creations tape behind orange cardstock.  Diecut Playful Boo - leave it in the die.  Remove the centers of the letters with a piercing tool, then remove the liners from the remaining portions.  Firmly press the letters - still in the die - onto the cardstock.  Easy!

Add turquoise gem stickers.  Why turquioise?  I tried bright scary green first, but it looked like a big intersection of synchronized green traffic lights. Not very safe, not attractive.

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Big thanks to everyone from Sunday's PAPERSTYLE 2020 calendar or notecards class at Impress!  So many diecuts, stamps, inks and little bits and pieces -  we're ready to welcome the new year.  Thanks for your fresh garden grapes Robin...a healthy snack to balance our salt and pepper potato chips!  Thanks also to Ann and Lynn for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets and prep for 2020.  No classes for me here this weekend - see you all again at the HOLIDAY GREETINGS - SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress on October 12th.

Thanks for visiting our blog - hope you're enjoying our fall designs!

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09/26/2019

Thu 26

Glittered Gilded Angel in a Stylish Frame by Jean Okimoto

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The delicate new Gilded Angel and Gilded Angel Background create a glittery focal point for the Stylish Frame Trio.  Add a greeting and a background from the Typewriter Holiday Elements Clear Stamps to finish it off.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a Christmas card in frosty winter pastels.

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Attach Couture Creations double-stick tape to the smoother side of Romance cardstock.  Cut it with the Gilded Angel Background.  

Scrunch waxed paper into a loose wad and rub it briskly over the Gilded Angel die to help release the little pieces and delicate outline after cutting.   Cut Gilded Angel from watercolor paper.

Attach the detailed angel to the adhesive-covered background angel.  Brush ultrafine iridescent glitter onto the exposed adhesive.

Cut the small circle frame from the Stylish Frame Trio from silver glittered cardstock.

Stamp the large text background from the Typewriter Holiday Elements on smooth white cardstock with Starlite Black Brilliance.  Dry the ink, then cut the text with the largest Stylish Frame Trio die. Save both the inner circle and the delicate rings.  

Stamp "noel" - from the Typewriter Holiday Elements -  on the smoother side of Romance cardstock.

Cut accent strips from Limeade (¾" x 5"), Patina (¾" x 4 ½") and Romance (¾" x 4").

Attach everything to a top-folded 5-½" square card - use foam dots for the greeting.  

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Square cards require extra handling and postage...but I hope you'll try this design for the special people on your list!

Thanks for visiting...see you at Impress on Sunday, or here on the blog next week.

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