Encourage the Bright Side of Life with 2 Inspiration Cards

It’s hard to follow up a blog hop. Thank you again to everyone at Joy Clair Stamps for teaming up with our artists, using our inks and creating fabulous work! Thank you to our own artists for all your hard work. In today’s blog, we are highlighting two cards from Alison Heikkila and Martha Lucia Gomez. Enjoy!

fun creative hack by embossing layered stamps

Seeing Your Smile Greeting Card by Martha Lucia Gomez

One of my favorite techniques is embossing, but since I can´t use this technique in all my projects I decided to use a fun creative hack by embossing parts of the project. Today, I want to share with you a partial embossing technique using color layering stamps, dye ink, pigment ink and embossing powder. It’s very simple and fun and you can get beautiful results on your projects.

Let me tell you how I made my card! First, stamp the first layer of the stamps using Memento Dye Ink. For my flowers, I used Lulu Lavender Memento and for the leafs Pear Tart Memento. Stamp the second layer of the flower using Memento Luxe Lilac Posies. Memento Luxe is the pigment version of this ink line. This is rare that an ink has both pigment and dye versions of the same color swatches. This is perfect for layered stamp projects and getting super creative with the flexibility in ink choices. If you want you can stamp right away the third layer using Memento Luxe Elderberry (darker purple). Cover the entire image with Clear Embossing Powder, remove the excess of the powder and melt with the heat tool. You will see that the embossing powder sticks to the Memento Luxe and falls away from Memento Dye inks leaving parts embossed and other parts not embossed. Stamp the details of the leaves with Memento Luxe Pistachio, the sentiment with Memento Luxe Lilac Posies and repeat the heat embossing. Paste the card panel over the card base using Tear It Tape.

What you have with a little creative planning is a beautiful layered card that is easy to create and recreate. Enjoy!


  • Cardstock – white, dark purple
  • Kaisecraft Watercolor Friends Stamp Set
  • Heat Tool
  • Misti

Magenta Congratulations Greeting Card by Alison Heikkila

Hello! This month, Imagine chose Magenta (or MAY-genta) for the color of the month. I decided to keep my card clean, simple and monochromatic with just a few touches of gold. I started off with bristol paper and stamped beautiful border with Magenta VersaColor ink, and heat embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder. Next, I inked up my sentiment with Raspberry VersaColor to vary the shades a little, and heat embossed that with Clear Embossing as well. I rubbed Angel Pink Memento ink across the entire piece, and this highlighted the paper’s texture. Next, I took a plain white card base and brushed on Lilac Posies Fireworks, let it dry, and applied Rose Bud Fireworks. I didn’t love the way the color of the Fireworks looked next to the magenta ink, so to break it up, I edged the top layer of my card with Golden Glitz Delicata ink. For just a little more visual interest, I added sequins with On Point Glue. This card would be pretty in any color, but I really love how girly it is in the magenta and other shades of pink. The shimmer and sparkle from the Fireworks, Delicata, and sequins are all lovely.

I hope you enjoyed my project. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!


  • Stampendous – Elegant Borders Perfectly Clear Set
  • Painted Wishes – Perfectly Clear Set

Join Us for the Joy Clair Blog Hop Day 2


Thanks so much for stopping and be sure to leave comments (one per blog) for the second day hopping so you can be entered to win a one of two $25 Joy Clair Stamps Gift Cards or one of two $25 Gift Cards from Imagine!!! Winners will be announced on the Joy Clair and Imagine Blogs at the end of the month.

Joy Clair Blog

Imagine Blog

Martha Lucia Gomez

Donna Idlet

Alison Heikkila

Lindsay Andreon

Roni Johnson

Steph Ackerman

Jessica Litman

Lori Kobular

Renee Zarate


We are Excited to be Hopping with Joy Clair Today!

Today we are blog hopping with Joy Clair! We love blog hops because they are a super fun way for you to learn more about the individual blogs of design team members and it is also a great way to win some new products!

In today’s blog hop, pairing our inks with Joy Clair’s stamps makes for a perfect match! Joy Clair has gorgeous stamps sets for all sorts of occasions and as you know—we have all sorts of inks for all sorts of projects. Our Artists in Residence have been excited to share their projects with you, and we can hardly wait to see what the Joy Clair Team came up with too!

Thanks so much for stopping and be sure to leave comments (one per blog) during these two days of hopping so you can be entered to win one of two $25 Joy Clair Stamps Gift Cards or one of two $25 Gift Cards from Imagine!!! Winners will be announced on the Joy Clair and Imagine Blogs at the end of the month. Here’s today’s Blog Hop order—enjoy:


Imagine Blog

Joy Clair Blog

Martha Lucia Gomez

Jennifer Vanderbeek

Kerry Urbatch

Mischelle Smith

Helen Gullett

Neva Cole

Jessica Pascarella

Nadine Carlier

Tenia Nelson




It’s Almost Mother’s Day… Are you ready?

It’s Saturday! The day before Mother’s Day and we are helping you prepare with two ideas that could serve as last minute inspiration. For a bright style, see what Tenia has to offer with splashes of magenta, cyan, and shimmer! For a more toned down earthy approach, see how Alison creates a card perfect for a steampunk mama! Both of these crafty, cardmaking styles are very different yet offer up so much love!

With Love From Me to You Handmade Card by Tenia Nelson

Tenia here from Jazzy Paper Designs with a super fun handmade card project that I made with Imagine and Tsukineko inks. This card can be a fun Mother’s Day card or can be given any time of the year to a special person in your life. It has cheerful colors that would brighten anyone’s day. Stamp and heat emboss heart image on a piece of white cardstock.

To make this fun card, start by stamping and heat embossing the heart on a piece of white cardstock. Ink blend heart using Pear Tart and Bamboo Leaves Memento dye inks. Once you begin to blend and ink the paper with the sponge dauber, the ink will soak into the paper and the rest will wipe clean from the embossed coat letting the original cardstock color to pop forward. Die cut the heart from the paper and set aside. Next, create the background blue glow by ink blending Summer Sky and Bahama Blue Memento inks onto white cardstock. I kept the blue hues centered in the middle. Next, add Rose Bud Fireworks Craft Spray onto cardstock allowing a little to spray on the blue and the rest to off the edge. Since Fireworks is a spray the results will be different each time. You can practice on a different sheet of paper to get a sense of how this will turn out. Once all the inks are dry stamp the sentiment on the newly inked panel and heat emboss. Adhere heart on top of this inked panel, add sequins, washi and sticker stitches. And finish the design by attaching the image panel onto a cardbase.


  • Verve Stamps – heart stamp, heart die
  • Cardstock
  • Sequins
  • Washi tape
  • Die cut machine


Steampunk Mother’s Day Card by Alison Heikkila

M is for Mom greetings! This month, the Artists in Residence are working with the theme, “M is for…” so I decided to go with M is for Mom. Mother’s Day is almost here and my mom (thankfully) loves to get my homemade cards, so I figured I’d make a card that was very well suited to her. My mom loves all things steampunked. She is so cool. She loves the texture, neutral colors, and gears… and well, all the stuff I put on this card!

I started off with the Gears Stencil and the Vintage Creative Medium and stenciled a smaller panel. Then I stenciled ink directly onto the cream color cardbase to provide a dynamic background and used assorted shades of brown ink, ultra fine glitter, and Fireworks Spray for random bits of extra shimmer. To give the card base a bit more of a style, I distressed the edges with more brown ink to give it the classic old-timey look. I knew the Vertigo would be a fun way to spell out Mom and inking it up with Spiced Chai StazOn helped it to stand out more. I didn’t ink the Vertigo completely but varied the amount of ink I used on the letters to give some more visual interest. Finish the design by mounting the stenciled Creative Medium layer on the cardbase and attach the Vertigo letters with On Point Glue. This is a style that you can surely get lost in by continuing to build, layer and blend the inks until you get it to look perfectly the way you wish.


  • Stampendous – Gears stencil
  • Quickutz – Diesel letter dies
  • Ultra fine glitter
  • Steampunk gear embellishments
  • Cardstock – white
  • Cardbase – cream

Show a Good Friend You Really Care

by Alison Heikkila

Using VersaMagic inkpad for blending ink on a handmade Friend Greeting Card

Ink blending is a beautiful and fun technique for paper crafting and cardmaking. When you have the perfect die cut, stamp or paper sometimes all it takes is a blend of ink colors to make the card extra special. In this project, I wanted to show off the chalky, lovely colors of VersaMagic, but also I wanted to highlight it’s amazing blending ability.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes


Ornate Heart Metal Stencil- FMS4060
Step 1

I started by taping my metal heart stencil down only on the left side so that the tape created a hinge. This way I can check my work as I go.

Ornate Heart Metal Stencil- FMS4060
Step 2

I chose the colors I wanted and I started with the lightest shade–VersaMagic Key Lime on the outer rim and worked darker colors toward the center. I chose light to dark because as I begin to blend the colors I won’t ink the lighter ink pads with the darker colors. I used a sponge dauber to ink up the outer edge of the heart. Sponge Daubers are great for pushing into the stencil and can provide relative precision.

Ornate Heart Metal Stencil- FMS4060
Step 3

A quick check to make sure I like how it looks and then I blended another layer on top of VersaMagic Key Lime with VersaMagic Thatched Straw.

Ornate Heart Metal Stencil- FMS4060
Step 4

Since VersaMagic is a pigment ink it does not dry as rapidly as a dye which makes it perfect for blending. I take each shade out a little further than I want it to show so that I have room to overlap the colors.

Ornate Heart Metal Stencil- FMS4060
Step 5

Next, I used VersaMagic Pink Grapefruit followed by VersaMagic Red Brick. Even though these colors seem unusual to blend together, the VersaMagic makes it so easy. Tip: Use one sponge dauber per color to keep inks from getting mixed up.

Step 6

I trimmed out the heart. I didn’t like the white border so I colored the edge with New Sprout Memento Marker. I diecut a simple “friend” sentiment from CAS-ual Fridays using Mint Julep cardstock. I thought this was another great opportunity to do more blending but this time with a water-based dye ink. I used a Bamboo Leaves Memento Marker for the top portion of the letters, then I blended it with Pear Tart.

CAS-ual Fridays: Friends Die- CFD16103

Tip: When you blend with markers the blend comes from dying the paper with the two different colors. This will not be as soft looking as a pigment ink because the dyes are mixing on their own inside the paper fibers. A good technique here would be to continue layering very lightly to get a more seemless blend or with very similar color tones. In the photo above, you can see how nicely the 2 colors are blended on the “f.” On the rest of the word, only the Bamboo Leaves has been used.

Dare Devil cardstock
Step 7

I made my card base out of Dare Devil cardstock, cut to 5 1/2″ x 8.” I spritzed it with Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Sparkle which is a beautiful shimmery spray. I cut out a strip of Banana Pepper (1 1/4″ x 4″) and Sweet Potato (3/4″ x 4), glued them together and sprayed them with Sheer Shimmer Sparkle Frost. Then I assembled my card.

I thought the card needed something else. A little more white. My son was playing Pac-Man next to me while I was working, and then it came to me. Dots! Just like the dots Pac-Man has to eat! So I used my Wedding White irRESISTables Pico Embellisher to make dots around the perimeter. Ha! I felt this extra touch completed the design by matching the white inside the heart. I love friend-themed cards to show those important people in our lives and that we love them.


  • Ornate Heart Metal Stencil – FMS4060
  • CAS-ual Fridays: Friends Die – CFD16103
  • Cardstock – Dare Devil, Banana Pepper, Sweet Potato, Mint Julep
  • Xyron – X 1.5 Sticker Maker


Share the Best Love with Lapis Lazuli Color Inspiration

For the month of April, we are celebrating the beautiful blue Lapis as color of the month. We love what we have seen so far from our Artist in Residence who took on this color with enthusiasm. For Elina’s project, she creates a monochromatic palette with a blue bird centerpiece and fabric for texture. Gorgeous! For Alison’s project, she took it a step further using the gemstone Lapis Lazuli directly incorporating the stone’s veins of black and gold running through it as inspiration. Both projects create a luster to drool over.

bluebird with illustrated feathers, cheesecloth texture and acyrlic paste. circle stencil. sentiment says adopt the pace of nature her secret is patience.

Blue Feathers by Elina Stromberg

I love working with Fireworks Shimmery Craft Sprays. The colors contain not just a beautiful shimmer but lots of pigment, giving a beautiful, vivid finish even when mixed with water. When spraying entire project backgrounds, I like to use a heavy watercolor paper that tolerates wet media well. I often start with misting the paper with plain water before spraying one or several Fireworks colors on the paper. For mixing the colors even further, I add more water, dry the paper with my heat gun and push the wet colors around the paper. This creates beautiful patterns in a watercolor style.

On this project, I added even more metallic shimmer by applying Metallic Silver Creative Medium through a stencil. Creative Mediums are easy to work with and the stenciled patterns air-dry quickly. When using Fireworks Craft Sprays, I often use a large piece of paper and cut the background to size. The leftover pieces can be used for embellishing the inside of the card, or for creating a panel for the stamped sentiment.


  • Watercolor paper
  • Carabelle Studio – Concentric Circles stencil
  • Spellbinders – Sparrow stamp and die cut
  • Simon Says Stamp– One With Nature stamp
  • Water spray bottle
  • White card base
  • 3D foam stickers
  • Cheese cloth
  • Glue
  • Scissors

gold poppy flowers embossed. watercolor splatter effect with Fireworks shimmer spray ink.

Lapis Lazuli Color Inspiration by Alison Heikkila

I start with spritzing Paris Dusk Fireworks spray across watercolor paper at an angle. This created that outward spray effect I wanted. Then I spritzed Desert Sand Fireworks directly above. Next, I stamped the Pretty Poppies set by Stampendous with VersaMark in the lower left corner and heat embossed with Gold embossing powder. While my heat tool was still on, I carefully sprinkled black embossing powder in a few areas. Using Wedding White irRESISTables Pico Embellisher, I colored in a few areas of the poppy to highlight them. After it dried, I applied a second coat to give it more opacity.

My card base was cut out of a deep blue cardstock, and I edged all 4 sides with Golden Glitz Delicata ink for extra gold shimmer. Gold is a perfect compliment to this rich blue and ties this design together very nicely.


  • Stampendous – Cling Pretty Poppies Stamp Set
  • Cardstock
  • Watercolor paper