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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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Embossed, stencilled and diecut butterflies highlight a special moment. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a combo of butterfiles ready to celebrate in shimmery shades of turquoise, green and purple. Cut the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper with the 3" x 4-¼" Basic Rectangles die. Pressure-emboss it with Butterfly Coterie Collage. Stencil the embossed butterflies with the Butterfly Coterie Stencil and Distress Oxides - skip the two that will be hidden by the Ava Butterflies. Ink colors used here - wilted violet, cracked pistachio and salvaged patina. Blend the same inks - plus twisted citron - on a strip... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at Outside The Box
Hi everyone. I have a card featuring the Butterfly Coterie Collage die using an easy watercolor technique. Perfect to send a note to a friend. Butterfly: Watercolor Open Studios Watercolor paper using a green, blue, yellow and silver paint. Use a larger sized paint brush for this technique. Spritz both sides of the paper with water then lightly wipe off the any excess water. Add the paint, starting with the darker colors, by just dabbing on the paper randomly. Make sure it does not create a pattern and just slightly overlapping the colors as you go. The colors with slightly... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Outside The Box
Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with this fun slimline "oceans of love" card! Here's another look at my card: Here's how I created my card: 1) Dry emboss the "Ocean Fish 3D embossing folder/die set" on white card stock. I lightly spray both sides of the card stock so I get a deep impression and no cracking on the paper. 2) Using the coordinating dies, cut out each of the fish. 3) With rainbow colored inks and an ink blender, add color to the top portion of each fish. 4) Ink blend some extra turquoise card stock so... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Outside The Box
Celebrate a special friendship with a seashell slimline. The Grand Tulip Shell - ink-blended and spritzed with gold - is a great design for slimlines. Add textured Wood Grain Planks, a quick greeting and Fairy Gemstones. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a beachy summer design. I started with a stash scrap of ink-blended cardstock, then spritzed and splattered it with Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz. Dry the ink, then diecut the cardstock with the Grand Tulip Shell background. Cut the detailed white overlay from heavy white cardstock. Cut Wood Grain Planks from heavy white cardstock - roll it through the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Outside The Box
And now for something completely different. I visited Cumston Library in the neighboring town of Monmouth, Maine on Wednesday afternoon and the librarians there showed me the paper bag junk journals they had made with children the week before. I thought this would make a great project for me, too, as well as one I could easily do with my grandchildren. I changed mine a bit from what they had done by adding envelopes and used it to document this past weekend as I played tourist in the Midcoast Maine area not far from my home. to construct the junk... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Outside The Box
Aloha everyone. Today I’m sharing a simple summer card with a tropical vibe made with the Tropical Leaves 3D embossing folder (EF) and matching dies from the June Island Vacation release. Bristol paper was used for all the white die cuts. After die cutting the leaves, spritz them with water then embossed them using the EF. Had planned on playing with alcohol inks (AI) on yup paper to create the background, but couldn’t find my yupo paper, so ended up doing the AI on acetate technique instead (you may have noticed the reflection from the acetate 😉). Drops of Pool... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Outside The Box
Greetings friends. Today I wanted to share a background I made using some of the white woodgrain paper by Memory Box. The paper has a subtle print to it and holds inks and sprays really well. I sprayed this piece with a lot of Dylusions sprays and water. The woodgrain paper hardly warped at all. Here is a close up so that you can see the woodgrain a bit better: I cut out my sprayed woodgrain paper using a rectangle die. I cut the die out a second time so that I would have a white frame that would fit... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Outside The Box
Fish cards - logically - are usually guy-cards in bold greens, teals and blues. Maybe it's time for a fish card in soft, pretty peachy-pinks - with a lot of shimmery sparkle, of course! Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a sweet girlie fish card for you today. I found an ink-blended piece of cardstock in just the right mix of pink and peach, then spritzed and splattered it with Imagine's Gold Shimmer Spritz. Heat-set it, then cut it with the 2.5" wide Nested Globes die. Cut three fish from the Ocean Fish 3D Embossing Folder and Cutting Dies Set from... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Outside The Box
Hello everyone! Today I have another summer themed card for you. I started by stamping the tiny fish on a white cardstock panel. Next, I stamped the sentiment with black ink under the blue fish. I used foam tape to adhere the panel to a white card base. I used white cardstock and dry embossed the fish using the new Ocean Fish 3D embossing folder and coordinating die to cut the fish. I colored the fish using the coordinating stencil and Distress Inks. The ink colors I used were Carved Pumpkin and Mustard Seed. I used a black marker for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2022 at Outside The Box
Hi everyone. I have a card combining the foil plates with the nautical dies to create an ocean themed thank you card. I am using some older dies with the newer dies. Use one of the 3 color combos from the Ocean Blue paper pad. The lightest color is used as the foreground waves and the darkest color is the background waves. Die cut with the Big Splash Board die, making the darker color blue longer to show behind the lighter waves. Trim down to 4'x51/4" in length. For the hight I just eyeballed it. Marking the back and trimming... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2022 at Outside The Box
Sunny yellows, soft greens and crisp white create a simple summer design. Add Fairy Jewels and and it's ready to go! Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a floral slimline - and some August Yellow Card Challenge inspiration. Blend twisted citron, fossilized amber and squeezed lemonade Distress Oxides on a strip of Open Studio Watercolor paper. Dry the inks, then lightly splatter it with Imagine's Gold Shimmer Spritz. Set it aside to air-dry. Cut Floral Chain from heavy white cardstock. Stencil the centers with squeezed lemonade and fossilized amber - I punched a ⅜" circle from a scrap of vellum. DIY... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2022 at Outside The Box
Greetings friends. Thank you to everyone who participated in the challenge last month. We loved seeing all of your water-themed cards. The winner of the blog badge as well as the random draw winner from July's challenge was Cathy R from Cathy's Card Spot. We loved the elegance of her under the sea card: Please contact me at with your full name and US address to claim your prize. Want to play along in this month's challenge? The rules are simple - just create a project following the theme, use at least one Memory Box stamp or die on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2022 at Outside The Box
Hola Amigas mías: Espero esten bien en estos meses de verano... Hoy les traigo esta tarjeta marina, con unos barcos navegando en el mar azul. Qué tema más veraniego! El papel del fondo en azul marino está repujado con uno de los nuevos folderes de repuje en 3D con unas... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2022 at A Crear Se Dijo!
Salut tout le Monde: Ça va bien? J'espère que oui! Par ici tout plus ou moins bien malgré les incendies qui ravagent la Californie et autres "désastres" météologiques tout autour du pays et de la planète. Et bien aujourd'hui pour nous changer les idées, je vous présente cette carte marine... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2022 at Un Brin De Creativite
Here's a quick and easy way to add gloss+glitter - and attach - delicate diecuts. We'll even create extra greetings for another card because we're using just the Twiggy Thank You offcuts here. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with simple summer slimline for you. Cut Twiggy Thank You on white cardstock. Save the tall triangle in the A and the oval in the O. Trim the greeting with the second-largest Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangles die. Cut a 5-½ " x 3" piece of smooth white cardstock. Ink it with loose, overlapping layers of distress oxides. Picked raspberry and abandoned coral were... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2022 at Outside The Box
Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with Hello card made with the new "Sweet Poppy Stem" dies released this past May. Here's a closer look at my card: Here's how I made my card: 1) I die cut the Sweet Poppy Stem dies and colored them with Zig Clean Color markers 2) I took a piece of plaid paper from the Spring Slim paper pad and cut it to mini slimline size 3" by 6". 3) I added flower after putting it together and added a few "Lavender Bouquet" dies cut from black in the bottom left corner. 4)... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2022 at Outside The Box
Bonjour mes amies: J'espére vous trouver en pleine forme et toujours loin des incendies... Aujourd'hui je vous présente cette carte marine, pour vous rafraîchir, tout au fond des profondeurs marines avec ces petits bonhommes qui jouent dans l'océan Pour les vagues j'ai utilisé la découpe des vagues avec le dossier... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2022 at Un Brin De Creativite
Greetings friends. Today I wanted to share a card that really highlights the new Tropical Leaves embossing folder with coordinating dies. I absolutely love the detail and texture you get with these items! To create my leaves, I first cut out my leaves using a die cutting machine and green cardstock. Next, I lightly spritzed my leaves with water and placed them into my embossing folder and ran it through the die cut machine once again to add detail to the leaves. The light misting of water will give you better results. Here is a closeup of the leaf when... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2022 at Outside The Box
Hola Mis Queridas Amigas: Ojalá que se encuentren bien en estos meses de calor... Hoy les traigo esta tarjeta en tonos azules con este simpático pulpito. Usé tres diferentes fondos de papel repujado en blanco usando tres diferentes folderes de repuje para dar más interés y profundidad a la tarjeta... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2022 at A Crear Se Dijo!
Greetings friends. Monochromatic cards are one of my favorite looks. They often lend themselves to a clean and simple look. To make the card, I first started by creating my soft blue background. For the background, I used my favorite Distress Ink color, which is Tumbled Glass. I like how it is a lighter blue that you can also easily build up the color. I find that if you start lightly applying the ink in the center and then slowly working your way out from the center in larger and larger circles, you are less likely to get lines from... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2022 at Outside The Box
Hi everyone! I have a quick mixed media background card today using the new Curling Waves stencil. 3D embossing folder, and matching dies. Background: Clear heat emboss the bubble stamp from the Deep Blue Ocean stamp set on Memory Box watercolor paper. Smoosh some Distress Ink Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers on a glass mat. Spritz with water and dap the watercolor paper into each color, covering most of the paper. Take a wet, square paint brush and apply more ink in waving motion randomly across the paper. Heat set dry. Use a water brush and add water inside the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2022 at Outside The Box
Create a seagrass background for some Ocean Fish with the Waves 3D Embossing Folder. Just rotate the embossed cardstock for a swirly, grassy underwater scene, then highlight the details with heat embossing. Freestyle Hello from Poppystamps is perfect for a quick greeting. It looks like the small fish is the spokesperson leading the group today. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a summer slimline design for you. Cut a 5-½" x 2-¾" strip of a teal 6x6 in the Fresh Aqua Collection. Spritz both sides lightly with water, then emboss it with the Waves 3D Embossing Folder. Place it on a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2022 at Outside The Box
Bonjour mes chères amies: Aujourd'hui je vous apporte cette carte Avec ce magnifique papillon entouré de ces jolies fleurs... J'ai placé des couleurs fortes en roses, orange, bleus, et verts dans toutes les fleurs ... pour laisser dans un ton trés pale le papillon... Le fond est en noir pour... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2022 at Un Brin De Creativite
I got caught up in the idea of fish swimming in and out of the windows in an underwater castle. Is this Atlantis? Or is this in an aquarium? I started with a piece of cardstock from the OCEAN BLUE COLLECTION SP1005, the CURLING WAVES STENCIL 88624, VersaFine Clair Warm Breeze ink, and a fingertip dauber to make some waves for a background which I then splattered with watered down white watercolor paint. I chose a light brown cardstock from the EARTH NEUTRALS COLLECTION SP1009 to die cut the STONE KEEP CASTLE COLLAGE 94512 which I then inked with VersaFine... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2022 at Outside The Box
Hello everyone. I have a CAS (clean and simple) mini slimline birthday card to share today featuring the Lavender Bouquet dies from the 2022 May release. Started by die cutting the lavender flowers from scraps of Bristol paper. Using a foam blending tool, added Shaded Lilac distress oxide ink (DOx) to the flower sections. Used the direct-to-paper method to add Shabby Shutters distress ink (DI) to the stems. A dark purple Tombow alcohol marker was then used to give it some texture and dimension. Created the vase by die cutting from alcohol marker friendly paper using a Nested Globes die... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2022 at Outside The Box