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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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Add spooky special effects to the new Winter Tree Frame to create the perfect setting for some Friendly Ghosts. It begins as a beautiful, delicate tree - and we're adding some Black Soot ink to highlight the border and make it a bit scary. Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a quick Halloween design for you. Pressure-emboss Winter Tree Frame onto 140-lb Cold Press watercolor paper using the plates and embossing mat required for your machine. Ink the raised areas using an applicator and Black Soot Distress Oxides. These applicators look like freeze-dried marshmallows - and are great for inking the... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at Outside The Box
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Happy Wednesday friends! Today I used one of the new stamp sets with some inks to create a blended and stamped card. I started with three colors of the Distress Oxide inks in browns to create my ombre background. Starting with the lightest color first, I inked over the whole paper with a blending brush. Then I took the medium color and went a little more than half way down the paper. I finished with some of the darkest brown along the top third of the paper. Then using the set of leaves from the Graceful Fern stamp set I... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
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Hello there. Today I am sharing another simple Christmas card. It used a technique I was intimidated by, but I finally tried it at a retreat back in May thanks to Susan. The smell was what put me off, but then Susan recommended the splashless type. Problem solved! I barely even notice the smell. Started by ink blending with blending brushes on hot press watercolor paper to create an ombré monochromatic background. Stamped the mistletoe from Merry and Bright Mistletoe with Archival black ink. Next, applied bleach to the image with a small brush. The bleach will lift the color.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Outside The Box
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As soon as the 2019 Holiday images were released I knew that one of my first cards would incorporate the leaves and acorns from the GRATEFUL AUTUMN clear stamp set CL5243. I began by stamping the large leaves on a piece of off-white cardstock using VersaMark ink, added gold tinsel embossing powder, and heat set it. To color in the leaves I used a water brush and Distress Inks in Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, Spiced Marmalade, Crushed Olive, and Gathered Twigs. Because this image is stamped on cardstock, the water brush works fine because it doesn't saturate the paper. I... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Outside The Box
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Send a hug - and brighten someone's day - with a floral design from the Memory Box Stamptember Stamp Set for Simon Says Stamp. It's a limited edition set celebrating the 10th anniversary of Stamptember and it's available while supplies last. Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with a simple design that's perfect when you need a quick card. If you're busy or coloring-challenged like I am - this is your card! Stamp the bouquet on the smoother side of Coral Creme cardstock with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair. Dry the ink. Cut it with the large circle frame from the Stylish... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
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The Memory Box Exclusive Fresh Cut Bouquet Set for Simon Says Stamp is great for the ink-lifting technique. Pair it with warm Distress Oxide colors and crisp white diecuts from the Petite Leaf Frame Set. The 10th Anniversary Stamptember Limited Edition stamp set is only available while supplies last - order your set soon and enjoy it for late summer and fall projects. Hi, Jean Okimoto here, using a popular technique that's been around for several years - but creates unique results each time. Sponge or brush the smoother side of watercolor paper with overlapping layers of Worn Lipstick and... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Outside The Box
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Good morning everyone, Today's card uses an exclusive stamp set that is part of Simon Says Stamptember event. Please check out Laura's post yesterday for more information or hop over to Simon Says Stamp blog. I used a spotlight stamping technique for this card. On a white cardstock panel I stamped my image with Vintage Photo Distress ink. I stamped on another strip of white cardstock with black ink and colored that image with colored pencil. I lightly sponged Antique Linen Distress ink on both panels and spattered them with black and brown inks. Once the ink was dry I... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Outside The Box
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Salut les Filles: Et bien, ces temps-ci je suis avec la fièvre des timbres!!! Et voilá une petite carte qui s'accorde bien avec la passion des cartes et celui des timbres... Ce sont des petits timbres des USA qui représentent des pommes de pins J'adore cette fleur car el vient... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Un Brin De Creativite
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Greetings friends. We are so excited to announce that we are participating in the Simon Says Stamp Stamptember event. We have partnered with Simon to release an exclusive stamp and die set that will be available while supplies last. Today we will be sharing some of our designer samples, but we also encourage you to visit the Simon Says Stamp blog to see lots of ideas for using the stamp set. Hopefully you will be as excited about the new set as we are! By Donna Sledzik Why not highlight part of the stamp for a dramatic effect? by Donna... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2019 at Outside The Box
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Hola mis queridas amigas: Quería utilizar la técnica de como usar los troqueles con tintas... y así fue como me salió esta tarjeta... Primero corté los diferentes elementos en papeles de colores verde, azul y blanco. Para la flor: usé el troquel como plantilla para difuminar el color azul sobre... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2019 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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Give a classic Christmas design a unique autumn look with the new Holiday Greenery Clear Stamps. Invert the poinsettia and berries then watercolor them in warm colors on a caring card for someone special. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a fall card - and an easy way to add controlled splatters to any design. Color the smoother side of watercolor paper with a watery wash of Bundled Sage Distress Oxide. Dry it with a heat-tool - alternately heating the back and front of the paper to minimize curling. Stamp it with Pinecone VersaFine Clair and emboss it with detail clear... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2019 at Outside The Box
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Hello and welcome! Like everyone, I am always trying to think of new and different ways to stretch my supplies and I want to share with you a technique that is inexpensive and easy, and it is something that you will have so much fun doing! Check out the video for how to cut paper napkins with your dies so that they are still sturdy enough to craft with. I did a little experimenting before I recorded the video to see what works! (Watch this video in HD by clicking here) What you will notice with this technique is the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2019 at Outside The Box
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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. 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... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2019 at Outside The Box
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Because I make a few Halloween cards and a lot of fall ones, I made this card that features the WINTER TREE OVAL FRAME 94309 as a fall scene/Halloween card. To make this card, I began with a black notecard and adhered a piece of Halloween decorative paper cut 4 X 5.25. (Remember this Memory Box paper from years ago? I'm finally parting with more papers in my stash.) Next I die cut the WINTER TREE OVAL FRAME 94309 twice, once from black cardstock and once from gold. I used a glue pen to secure the large oval to the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2019 at Outside The Box
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Salut les Filles: Voilà une petite carte pour envoyer des doux câlins, ce qui se traduit le plus près possible à "Hugs" en anglais... Pour le fond sur un papier rectangulaire, j'ai utilisé un tampon "Mistletoe Swag" en encre verte et les bords ont étè épongés avec des encres en... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2019 at Un Brin De Creativite
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Greetings friends. Today I want to talk about partially cutting out a die rather than cutting out the whole thing. My card above partially cut out the solid star so that it remained attached to the left side of the card and opened up space on the right side so that you can see the white inside of the card. Here is a close up: The first step was to place my solid star onto the front of the card and tape it down with low-tac tape: You want the run the card through the machine open so that the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2019 at Outside The Box
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Greetings friends. The latest stamps from Memory Box have really inspired me to break out my watercolor paints. For my card today, I used a mix of Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and some Peerless Watercolor paints. I love to use Zig markers to outline images and then soften them with a waterbrush to fade to white. Let me show you what I am talking about: Step one was to stamp my image onto 140lb coldpress watercolor paper with a black Versafine pad. Allow the ink to dry completely. Versafine will take quite a while to dry on watercolor... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2019 at Outside The Box
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Hola mis queridas amigas: Hoy les traigo esta tarjeta especialmente diseñada para mandársela a alguien en esta temporada de otoño o para el "Día de Acción de Gracias / "Thanksgiving" que se aproxima a pasos agigantodos. Está perfecta para un pequeño saludo otoñal o para enviársela a alguien querido y... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2019 at A Crear Se Dijo!
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When I saw the STYLISH FRAME TRIO 94308 and the SILVERDALE BRANCH 94306 next to each other on my desk, I wondered if I could create a grapevine wreath using the middle-sized frame and add bittersweet to it using the Silverdale Branch. This was the end result. I actually started this card by working with the Silverdale Branch first. I cut it from watercolor paper and used a variety of Distress inks in fall colors to paint it with a waterbrush. I left it in the background to make it easier to paint. Once I removed it from the background... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2019 at Outside The Box
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The new Jovial Wreath is perfect for fall cards - it doesn't need to wait till Christmas. Diecut it from watercolored paper and add a trio of Sketch Blooms for a quick Thanksgiving card, birthday or thank-you card in fall colors. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a versatile design you can use throughout the year. A quick color change would transform this into a holiday card with layered poinsettias and sparkly snowflake or star gem stickers. Paint watercolor paper with diluted Kaleidacolor dye ink refills. Heat-set the inks. Cut it with Jovial Wreath and Sketch Blooms. Cut dark green cardstock... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2019 at Outside The Box
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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. Cut the largest Shining Star from white cardstock. Attach Diecut 'n Bond tape to white cardstock... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2019 at Outside The Box
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Greetings friends. Somehow summer passed in the blink of an eye and September arrived. Have you started thinking about a new season of cardmaking? In the new Holiday 2019 release, there are new dies as well as stamps to help inspire you. For this first card, the Lovely Oak stencil was placed onto white cardstock before sponging the open areas with Fall colors of Distress Oxide ink. Before removing the stencil, the leaves were splattered with some watered-down brown paint. Finally, a sentiment was added inside one of the dies from the Stylish Frame Trio set. We think you are... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2019 at Outside The Box
Hi everyone, Thank you to everyone who participated in our blog blitz last week. Here are a list of winners who were randomly selected from the comments to win prizes. Congratulations! From Jean's post, winner of the Chandele Star Die, Mary Lee From Donna's post, winner of the Tidings Wreath Clear Stamp set, Dotty A From Trina's post, winner of the Winter Tree Oval Frame, Lori Reding From Anne's post, winner of the Winter Tree Frame, Beth Canary-Lee From Laura's post, winner of the Ruffled Poinsettia die, Sharon Gullikson From Melissa's post, winner of the Spider Web Oval Frame die,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2019 at Outside The Box
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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 was Chrissie from the Simply One of a Kind blog. We loved how the "hot" colors showed off the butterflies: The random winner selected from all the entries to win the prize of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2019 at Outside The Box
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Welcome to another day of our Holiday Release Blog Blitz! Today I have a fun Halloween card to share with you all. I used the Spider Web Oval Frame die set for this card. For the background oval I used three purple colors of Distress Oxide ink and blending them together with a blending brush. Then I added some black Distress Oxide ink around the outside before I sprayed the oval with water to get the fun oxide ink reaction. I also added some clear shimmer spray to the background too. I used some clear Wink of Stella glitter brush... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2019 at Outside The Box
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