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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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Hi everyone. I have two cards to share today using the Rose Bouquet stamp set from the April release. At the retreat I attended in May, Linda showed us how combining two basic techniques can give gorgeous results. All it involves is ink blending and heat embossing! How simple is that?! I started by ink blending Distress Oxide (DOx) inks on Bristol paper. Used Faded Jeans, Stormy Sky and Iced Spruce on one and Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry and Spun Sugar on the other. Let the panels dry completely. This is very important before proceeding to the next step. To... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at Outside The Box
Happy Monday! Today I have a bright and fun birthday card to get the week started. For this card I started with the Little Hibiscus Blossom die and cut it in white. Then I used my Zig Clean Color Brush pens to color the flower. I love the bright color that came from mixing pink and purple pens. On my card background I first stamped my sentiment from my favorite stamp set right now, Big and Little Words. I masked over the stamped area with some washi tape. Then I added four more strips of washi tape in two other... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
Salut les Filles: Un petit bonjour et surtout beaucoup de remerciements pour tous vos commentaires; que je lis avec tant de plaisir... Un petit ange en rose qui vous remercie... J'ai utilisé plusieurs découpes en mélangeant les collections et compagnies (Memory Box Et Poppystamps) Rien de particulier à signaler sauf... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Un Brin De Creativite
Greetings friends. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. One of the nice things about a large stamped image is that you have a lot of versatility. You can color the whole stamp for a colorful background or you can spotlight one part of the image with color for a dramatic effect. The advantage of the spotlight is that it is also a lot quicker! For today's card, I started by embossing the entire Rose Bouquet image as a background using white embossing powder on white cardstock. It is a subtle effect, but it adds a shiny and elegant... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Outside The Box
Here's another fun summer card with a striped background and a watercolor crayons technique. Let's look at how I created the striped background. I started with watercolor paper and the Texture Line Up Memory Box stencil 88551--an old one no longer available, but you might try the SIMPLE CHEVRON STENCIL 88572 for a zig-zag stripe if you don't have this one stashed away. I used washi tape to secure the stencil to scrap paper and got out my watercolor crayons. Using the stencil as a guide, I scribbled blues and greens onto the paper. I chose a wide flat waterbrush... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Outside The Box
Hi everyone! Today I have a fun and simple summer card for you featuring both new and old products. To make this card, I started with a white cardbase and spattered it with blue ink. Then, I cut the seal using the Sweet Seal die and the Wave Ribbon Collage background die from white cardstock. I used the negative part of the wave background and glued those to a piece of white cardstock. I ended up cutting another wave background because I needed a few more waves for my piece. Once the pieces where glued to my paper, I trimmed... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
Bold, bright Scribble Posies Outline and Scribble Posies Background stack nicely above delicate Fine Cut Leaves on a simple summer thank you card. Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with a quick and easy design today. I love the look of stacked flowers and discovered that the Scribble Posies sets are great for improvising. Cut Scribble Posies Outline and Scribble Posies Background from bright pink textured cardstock. Cut the Outline centers again from dark gray cardstock. Cut a scrap of chartreuse cardstock to fill the center circle. Stack and attach the posie layers. Cut Wave Ribbon Collage from dark gray cardstock.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Outside The Box
Hello there. I am sharing a clean and simple (CAS) thank you card inspired by this month’s Stripes challenge, the beautiful Rose Flower Frame die and a lovely aqua smooshed background piece I had in my stash. Started by die cutting the Rose Flower Frame from a rectangle piece of Bristol paper. Taped the smaller pieces that form the rectangle frame area from behind and removed the other pieces. Placed a stripe stencil on top and blended Smoky Slate dye ink through the stencil with a blending brush. I didn’t worry about blending ink on the frame or flower outline... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Outside The Box
Happy Tuesday friends! Today I have a bright and cheery card to share using some washi tape in a fun way. Let's get started! I created my watercolor background with some thin washi tape and some watercolor paper. I placed the tape all over to create different size shapes until I liked how it was looking. Then I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush pen in a teal color and placed some color in one part of each shape. I used my water brush to fill in the rest of each section with color. Once it was dry I... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Outside The Box
Here's a simple card that uses the DAISY SILHOUETTE 94249 and some coordinating pretty papers. A perfect summer card! Start by die cutting the Daisy Silhouette from watercolor paper. Leave the flowers in the background and paint them. I used a waterbrush and a variety of Distress inks. Next choose some coordinating papers and a notecard to go with the colors of the flowers you painted. Whichever paper you choose for the larger background, cut it 4 x 5.25 and adhere it to the card front. Cut a narrower strip from a second paper 2 x 5.25 and adhere that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2019 at Outside The Box
Sunny days bring butterflies and flowers - combine them on a watercolored card and you're ready for any occasion! Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a card featuring two of my favorite designs - Big Butterfly Wing and the Rose Bouquet Clear Stamps and Die Set. We're using just the stamps here, but you'll want the matching dies to extend the versatility of this great floral design. Brush diluted Kaleidacolor Dye Inks onto the smoother side of watercolor paper. I like to use a 6" square of watercolor paper to pick a pretty mix of colors for the stamped area. Dry... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2019 at Outside The Box
Greetings friends. I have been using the Rose Bouquet stamp image a lot lately and trying it with different coloring methods. Today I want to explore coloring with watercolor pencils and a blender pen. You could use a wet paintbrush with watercolor pencils, but you have a bit more control if you use a Dove Blender pen. The pen is filled with glycerin, so your paper doesn't get as wet as it does when you use a paintbrush. I also tend to use regular cardsock when I use a blender pen rather than more expensive watercolor paper. First, I stamped... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2019 at Outside The Box
Hello everyone! I hope you all had a great 4th! My card for today has a 4th of July theme since the festivities will carry over into the weekend. To make this card I used a Gelli Plate to create my background. I die cut the Starry Circle from white cardstock and used it as a stencil. I placed it on my Gelli Plate and used a white Uni Posca paint pen to fill in the stars. I moved my stencil around the plate and also hand drew some stars to fill in the background. I let those dry and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2019 at Outside The Box
Greetings friends. If you are in the United States, happy 4th! I wanted to make a card today that used some red, white and blue for the holiday, and I also wanted to include some stripes since that is this month's challenge theme. One of the nice things about big, bold graphic flowers is that they are so easy to change colors or patterns to fit the occasion or recipient. To make my stripes, I took a kraft notecard and some Eclipse Masking tape to tape off a rectangle for my stripes. Whenever I do this method, I usually start... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2019 at Outside The Box
Happy Wednesday! Today I want to share how I made my card for this months challenge. It is all about stripes and I created a fun watercolor card for you today. I started with my striped background. Using watercolor paper and a larger paint brush I painted the black stripes all the way down, leaving some space in between. If the color didn't come out as dark as I wanted then I just painted over it again. Super fun and super easy! Then I started to paint the colors for my flower and leaves. I put down some water in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2019 at Outside The Box
Wonky offcuts of the Wave Ribbon Collage create a bold background for Scribble Roses on an inspiration card for July's Challenge. Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with my interpretation of stripes for a quick card in shades of girly pink. Cut Wave Ribbon Collage from black cardstock - leave everything in the die for easy assembly later. Cut Scribble Roses Background from three shades of pink cardstock. Pressure-emboss them with Scribble Roses Outline using the plates and embossing mat required for your machine. Embossing takes a few extra minutes but adds a layer of dimension and very cool shadows. If... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2019 at Outside The Box
Greetings friends. It is a new month and time to introduce another Memory Box challenge. We hope you will play along with the theme through the end of the month. You will even have the chance to win prizes! Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who played along with us for our last challenge. We are always inspired by your submissions! The winner of the blog badge and the random winner were both Jo Jo's Spot from the Jo-Jo's Spot blog. She created a lovely and elegant butterfly card: Please contact me at to claim your prize. Want to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2019 at Outside The Box
Hola Mis Queridas Amigas: Hoy le toca el turno a esta tarjeta con unas lindas flores...y fondo negro brillante El papel del fondo es papel de regalo, así reciclo un poco... ¿Les gusta? Gracias por su compañía y nos vemos muy pronto con Otro proyecto hecho con los sellos y... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2019 at A Crear Se Dijo!
Bonjour Mes Amies: Une petite carte toute en vert Le tampon est une fleur assez grande qui couvre tout le premier plan d'une carte A2 (4 1/4 x 5 1/2 ) Dernière vue Merci de votre compagnie Et je vous donne rendez-vous pour un autre poste... Découpes 94258 Antique Leaf... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2019 at Un Brin De Creativite
Diecut a trio of flowers from the Rose Bouquet Clear Stamps and add a glittered greeting for a quick summer card. Create a minimal, downsized version of the Rose Bouquet with the individual flower and leaf stamps. They're all included in this popular clear stamp and die set from this spring's Garden Bouquet Collection. Hi, happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with another idea to take advantage of this great combo of stamps and dies. Stamp the flowers and two of the leaves on peach and green cardstock with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair. Cut them with the matching dies. Paint... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2019 at Outside The Box
Greetings friends. Today I am sharing some watercolor poppies that are accented with a little washi tape. I started by making some watercolored paper using some matte and metallic paints: The paper is 140lb watercolor paper that I wet with water, added some red, pink, and white paint and then finished it with a splattering of gold metallic watercolor paint. When you cut out the poppies, you get an outline as well as solid pieces to layer behind the outline. The solid parts are particularly nice because you don't have to paper-piece the petals. Here is the die along with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2019 at Outside The Box
Hola Mis Queridas Amigas: Hoy les traigo otra tarjeta con el marco de rosas que usé la última vez... Esta vez corté las rosas, el marco en azul... Y corté dos veces el marco de las hojas en verde que puse, detrás. Por último añadí punticos azules con "Stickles" Última... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2019 at A Crear Se Dijo!
A vellum Large Double Peony, felt Thanks Jotted Script and a Peerless colored background somehow work together in bright shades of pink and coral. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with more techniques for you. I usually love to create and share quick and easy cards - today's card features many techniques and little steps. Hope you'll like it! Cut watercolor paper with the 3-½" Wrapped Circles die. Paint it with pink, orange and coral shades of Peerless Watercolors. Heat-set it. Pressure-emboss the circle with Large Double Peony using the embossing mat and plates required for your machine. Spray it with Imagine... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2019 at Outside The Box
Bonjour Mes Amies: Une petite carte "Hawaienne" Avec ces 2 belles fleurs "Hibiscus" Le tout avec des "Stickles" Merci de vos commentaires et bien sûre de votre compagnie comme d'habitude. Je vous donne rendez-vous pour un autre poste... Découpes 94262 Hibiscus Collage craft die 94275 Scribble Leafy Branch Background craft... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2019 at Un Brin De Creativite
Brighten someone's day with a heart-shaped diecut of the beautiful Rose Bouquet - and send some hugs and happy thoughts. There are so many ways to use this great clear stamp set! Hi - Jean Okimoto here with an easy design that doesn't even require coloring - let bright cardstock add the color. Stamp the bouquet on the smoother side of Coral Creme cardstock with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair. Emboss it with the new Imagine Iridescent Mboss to add a glossy finish and shimmery, glittery sparkle. Cut it with the 3" tall (approximately) Have a Heart die. Cut Juicy Pear... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2019 at Outside The Box