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Dave Brethauer
Creative thinking - inside and out
Interests: I am the designer for memorybox stamps and papers. I teach, write, paint, draw, travel + design.
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Hola amigas: Una tarjeta de cumpleaños para los caballeros... el fondo lo hice con tintas "Archival" de "Wendi Vecchi" mezcladas con alcohol y puestas sobre papel "stamping smooth paper" de "Ranger", una técnica que me encanta y que pueden ver con mas detalle en mi blog Aquí el marco con... Continue reading
Posted 3 minutes ago at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Hello there Memory Box friends. I hope this card qualifies as "manly" even though it has a butterfly on it. All of a sudden I needed a bunch of masculine cards. This one is REALLY simple to make, yet the impact from the layers looks like it took all day. Follow along with me: Using a whole sheet of watercolor paper, sprinkle on some Lindy's Magicals. I used Rusty Lantern Lime, Time Travel Teal, Shabby Turbine Teal and Tibetan Poppy Teal. Have you figured out yet that my favorite color is TEAL ?!? Sprintz the watercolor paper with water and... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at Outside The Box
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The Neighborly Narwhal - without his tusk - becomes a friendly whale relaxing in the center of the Seawood Collage. Add some Swirling Stitches and a few gemstones just for fun. Hi - Jean Okimoto here - with a quick card designed to brighten someone's day. I didn't even know what a Narwhal was until the April Release - I thought it was a Memory Box exclusive. Several of my friends at Impress - highly intelligent people - were also surprised that narwhals really do exist in nature. The real ones aren't nearly as cute as Memory Box's, they don't... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
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Celebrate Earth Day by up-cycling some favorite dies and creating a whole new look with the Butterfly Wing Medley and Heart Wire. Hi - Jean Okimoto here - with a design featuring some favorite dies. Full disclosure...I spent several minutes looking for my "Butterfly Wire" die in my stash and online before realizing that it didn't exist, except in my little mind. Ever have days like that? I could visualize the card, so I just decided to work backwards from that mental image and create it anyway. Paint watercolor paper in shades of pink, yellow and coral Peerless Watercolors. Dry... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
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Salut mes amies: J'éspère que Pâques se soit bien passé... Ici un peu au calme, cette fois ci on n'a pas pu trop célébrer due à la santé de ma mére, qui a subi une opération...mais tout semble suivre son bon cours !! Aujourd'hui, je vous montre deux tags à... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Un Brin De Creativite
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Happy Friday everyone! For today's card I felt like coloring,so I broke out the veggie stamps and created a fun card. To make this card I stamped the veggie images onto watercolor paper using black ink. To create the oval in the center of the stamped paper I used two Oval die layers. I wanted to spotlight the center oval so I only painted those images, and the outside frame images I painted with watered down gray paint. To finish the card I glued the frame to a licorice cardstock layer and adhered that to a white card base. Using... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Outside The Box
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A trio of watercolored Dazzling Dragonflies on a gold-stenciled Baptisia Collage background...quick, easy and ready for any occasion! Hi - Jean Okimoto here - let's play with more watercolors tonight. Cut three Dazzling Dragonflies from brightly-watercolored paper. Cut the 2" x 3-¼" Basic Rectangle from watercolored paper lightly tinted in soft shades of Peerless Watercolors. Cut the square pattern from the Baptisia Collage set from The Crafters Workshop stencil plastic. Stencil the pattern onto the left side of the rectangle with Delicata Golden Glitz. Attach everything to a top-folded white A-2 card. Add turquoise gem stickers. Thanks for stopping by... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Outside The Box
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e Be inspired by Dave Brethauer's latest watercoloring video and create a Butterfly Wing Medley card in your favorite colors. Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a great technique from Dave's latest video. Follow Dave's water-dipping process to create vivid, saturated watercolored diecuts for cards, layouts, planners and collages. Dave diecuts the watercolor paper before saturating and painting it because he always designs with a plan in mind. I had no idea what my card would be like so I started off by soaking a 6" square of watercolor paper in water for about 3 hours. His video is a must-see... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hola mis amigas: Unos crisantemos para alegrarnos la vida...en esta primavera! el lado tiene cinta adhesiva "washi tape"y el fondo de los crisantemos fueron esfumados con tres colores de tinta "distress" El "Feliz Cumpleaños" fue cortado en papel metálico dorado y las hojitas las saqué del troquel de un helecho... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Hello, and happy Spring! I hope you are able to get out and enjoy the weather, where ever you may be! I have a clean and simple floral card to share with you today, that uses several die sets, and is very simple to put together. I started with a white card base, cut to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. I then took two thin strips of masking tape, and adhered them to the left hand corner of the card front, before sponging in light yellow ink. Once that was done, I die cut the Magnificent Mum Bouquet out of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
Hi Marty - I used Peerless Watercolors. They come concentrated on a dry sheet - you add a little water to the sheet with a wet paintbrush and lift color to use on your project. Those little pieces that I show at the beginning of the video with the butterfly are pieces of the Peerless Watercolor sheets. Hope this helps! This technique will work with any watercolors you have - so go ahead and experiment!
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Hello everyone and welcome! If you have ever struggled with creating a smooth watercolor blend then you should check out today's video. I am sharing a tried and true technique for making sure that you have enough water on your watercolor paper to create beautiful blending. There are many factors that go into creating a beautiful watercolor look - in addition to the amount of water that you use, you also need to pay attention to how quickly you are painting to avoid hard lines of color. You also want to keep in mind the importance of layering colors. In... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Outside The Box
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Good Tuesday Everyone! I'm happy you stopped by today as I share a pretty poppy and butterfly card. If you have been in one of my classes in Southern California lately you made this card already but it seemed to be a favorite so here goes... Starting off...use Peeled Paint, Moss green, Squeezed Lemon and Orange Marmalade distress inks to water color the appropriate areas on the poppies. Just swipe the inks directly onto a craft mat or other waterproof surface and add small amounts of water to get the desired color intensity and paint onto the Poppy die cut.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Outside The Box
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I continued my experimenting this last week using the STUDIO HEXAGON LAYERS 30073 and the LARGE ANTILLES FLORAL LEFT CORNER 99610. I decided to make some tags that also work for this month's blog challenge #23 Celebrating Mom. I began with a stack of notecards in a variety of colors and the largest die in the Studio Hexagon Layers set. I placed one edge of the die just a tiny bit above the fold line on the A2 notecard and ran it through my die cutting machine. I then took the hexagon that was just a little bit smaller and... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hello, hello and Happy Easter. This time of year calls for Spring colors and pastels, wearing your Sunday best and pretty baskets filled with chocolate bunnies and peeps. I do hope the Easter Bunny remembers I love chocolate!!!! For my card today I wanted to bring the Spring season to paper. A fun stencil and some pretty flower die cuts make this card easy to recreate whether it is Easter, Mother's Day or just something special you are sending to a friend. On a white card base, stencil the Postage Set with an eBrush and Spectrum Noir marker BP2. Die... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Outside The Box
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Hello and Welcome! Today, I have this silhouette scene for you using the adorable Deer Grove Oval die. I really like the delicate feel of the leaves hanging from above. I simply am enjoying the fresh colors of spring, so I decided to play with my twinkling H2O as it gives a lovely shimmer to the background, which I feel is perfect for this adorable image. I started with cutting a oval and applying 2 colors of twinkling H2O using a waterbrush. Then I let the background dry. I then cut the image using black cardstock and adhered it to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Good morning everyone! It is hard to believe Easter is this weekend! Last weekend our yard was covered in snow, and now Easter Sunday is supposed to be 80 degrees. Welcome to New England! Let's make an Easter card in honor of this crazy season. To make this card die cut the egg in the middle of a white cardstock layer and removed the Happy Easter Egg die cut. Using Wilted Violet distress ink, sponge a watercolor card layer that is cut slightly bigger than the egg layer. Spatter with gold ink and plain water. Using a Krylon Gold pen,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at Outside The Box
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The new release has so many cute under the sea creatures! Today I made a card using the Neighborly Narwhal die that is great for any occasion. For my underwater background I used some of the new Distress Oxide inks from Tim Holtz in Cracked Pistachio, Broken China and Faded Jeans. I blended the three colors on water color paper and then sprayed it with water. The result is so fun! I used the Studio Circle dies to cut out a circle from the inked background and cut a larger circle from a blue card stock. I die cut the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Looking for more Butterfly Spectacle inspiration? Create a window card that opens to reveal a watercolored Butterfly Ensemble trio and some sparkly lavender gems. Hi again, Jean Okimoto here with my 401st post on Outside the Box. The actual post count is a bit higher - maybe around 550 - it all began about 9 years ago on the InKollage blog. It was a very steep learning curve for me - but Dave was very patient about it all. Thanks Dave! And to all of you, thanks for visiting, and for all of your comments and likes on our Facebook... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at Outside The Box
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The beautiful Butterfly Swell is quickly becoming a new favorite - and it's easy to see why! Here is it, on a watercolored background diffused by pearlescent vellum. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another way to use this great new die. My watercolored paper stash included this colorful piece of spritzed, splashed and spotted inkiness. It was just waiting for the right die to come along! Cut Butterfly Swell from a 3-¾" x 5-¾" rectangle of white cardstock. I shimmed some of the detailed areas with painter's tape. Cut three Butterfly Ensemble butterflies from pearlescent vellum. Stamp the greeting with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Happy Tuesday, everyone! I have a super simple Thank You card to share today. I started off with a top folding A2 white card base. I cut another piece of white card stock to 5" x 3.75" and sponged Peeled Paint Distress Ink through the Garden Peony Blossoms stencil. That stencil is one of my favorites. I cut three of the fifth largest frames from the Scallop Stitch Fancy Frames Set and adhered them one on top of the other. By the way, I think this frame set is a must have! I cut two of the Sprouting Vines and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Today's cards were the result of a happy accident when I was going through my shape dies for layering and I wondered if the LAVENDER STEMS LEFT CORNER 99688 would fit on any of the STUDIO HEXAGON LAYERS 30073. As you can see from this first card, I got just the result I was hoping for! I die cut the Lavender Stem Left Corner and a larger hexagon from dark green cardstock. I cut a smaller hexagon from white cardstock. I used a glue pen to adhere the Lavender Stem Left Corner to that white hexagon, lining up the bottom... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Salut Les Filles... Voilà un 3ème tag que j'ai fait en utilsant les découpes de la sortie des découpes de Memory Box du mois de mars... Ce tag avec le coucher du soleil est tout simple à réaliser... pour le soleil j'ai découpé un cercle et pour le rocher j'ai... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Hello Memory Box friends. I just can't get enough of this new Ocean themed release. I mean really....look at these birds! I live in Florida, I see these birds daily out my back door. Truth be told the Sandhill Crane (lower right on card) are very noisy and I could do without those! :) Let me show you how I put this together: Start with White cardstock trimmed to 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Blend all around with Evergreen Bough Distress ink, flick water and let dry. Die cut with Underwater Collage. Adhere a small scrap of cardstock inked with Tumbled... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2017 at Outside The Box
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Little Dragonflies and the Dragonfly Stems Left Corner create a shimmery garden scene in hopes of a warm, sunny day. Mat and frame them with two Rectangle Basics dies and you'll have a unique card ready for any occasion. Hi and Happy Friday - Jean Okimoto here with another design featuring the great dragonflies from our latest collection. Paint watercolor paper with pastel shades of diluted Imagine Crafts Kaleidacolor Inkpad refills. Dry the ink. Cut it with the 2" x 3-¼" Rectangle Basics die. Cut Dragonfly Stems Left Corner from onyx shimmer cardstock. Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2017 at Outside The Box