Create an Bright Floral Set of Thank You Cards

by Steph Ackerman

Create an Bright Floral Set of Thank You Cards with Fireworks Shimmery Craft Sprays

I love large floral stamps, but because of their size, they don’t always lend themselves to be the center point of a card design. Instead of thinking of stamped images always being in the center today I am doing a split off-set design. Not only do you create an interesting look it is a quick and easy way to create two cards in one crafting session.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Cut 2 panels of white cardstock, each 4″ x 5″. Place them side by side on the craft mat. Ink stamp with VersaFine Clair in Nocturne and stamp on both panel simultaneously.


Step 2

Place a stencil in the open/white space to the right of the image. Use molding paste through the stencil to add dimension. Let dry.


Step 3

Using a paintbrush, paint Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Dandelion on the smaller flower. Paint a light layer of Fireworks in Tangelo on the larger flower then use Fireworks in Dandelion to blend the colors. Paint Fireworks in Rich Cocoa in the center of the flowers. Ink the edges of each panel with Brilliance in Sunflower Yellow. Stamp “Thank you” with VersaFine Clair in Nocturne on white cardstock. Use an art dauber to add yellow ink to the sentiments.


Step 4

Mat the panels with yellow cardstock. Create cards from orange cardstock and add the stamped panels to each.


Step 5

Mat the sentiments with yellow cardstock. Add the sentiments to the cards with foam adhesives.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Molding Paste
  • The Crafter’s Workshop – stencil
  • Cardstock – white, yellow, orange
  • Foam Adhesives
  • Paint Brush

A Little Goes a Long Way

by Steph Ackerman

A Little Goes a Long Way by Steph Ackerman. Learn how to prepare several cards in one crafting session.

During the summer months, crafting often takes a back seat to outdoor activities and it can often be hard to find some creative time. Rather than stress about it, doing a little advance prep work with making multiple cards will give you more freedom to create. In this tutorial, I set up several designs in one session by using Fireworks Craft Spray to prepare background images.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Spritz assorted colors of Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray on a Craft Mat. Use white cardstock on the mat to pick up the colors.


Step 2

Continue spritzing assorted colors of Fireworks on Craft Mat, pulling up a variety of prints. Put each print aside to dry or use a heat gun to speed up the drying process.


Step 3

Cut the spritzed cardstock into 4″ x 5″ panels for card fronts. When you do this work ahead of time you can save the card panels for later use. Fireworks holds color for a long time so consider cutting the spritzed cardstock into tag shapes. Use this prepared shimmery paper when out when you have a few minutes to get creative.


Step 4

Now you can take each panel and prepare them with different techniques. With this card, I use molding paste through a stencil on one panel and allow to dry.


Step 5

With this panel, I ran it through the die machine with an embossing plate.


Step 6

Complete the stenciled card by inking the edges with VersaMagic in Purple Hydrangea. Mat with purple cardstock and wrap with ribbon. Add to a green card. Add a spray of flowers to the card and add a simple sentiment. Here I added the sentiment “Hello.”


Step 7

Use an ink dauber to add color to the center of the flowers on the embossed panel. Ink the panel with green ink and mat with kraft cardstock and add to a green card. Add the sentiment “Enjoy your Day” to the front and you have finished two cards and have several other panels prepared!

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Joy Clair Stamps
  • Craft Too – Embossing Folder
  • May Arts – Ribbon
  • Cardstock – White, Green, Kraft, Purple
  • Expressions Craft – stencil
  • Flowers
  • Molding Paste

See How to Emboss on Vellum

by Steph Ackerman

See How to Emboss on Vellum with Brilliance and color the flower stamps with Memento dye ink markers

Vellum is a great way to add a little class to a project. It is a translucent product resembling parchment and it can add dimension and visual interest to paper crafts. Since it is less porous than paper, it will take ink longer to dry so heat embossing vellum is definitely an option. See how I created this beautiful card.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Ink floral stamps with Brilliance Moonlight White Ink. Stamp onto the yellow vellum. Pour Imagine Embossing Powder in White on images and heat set.


Step 2

Ink leaves with Brilliance in Moonlight White Ink. Stamp on green Vellum. Pour Embossing Powder in White on images and heat set. While vellum embosses beautifully, be careful not to overheat because it can buckle or wrinkle under the heat. Try heat setting vellum from underneath for perfect results every time.


Step 3

Die cut flower images. Using Memento Markers in Cottage Ivy, Pear Tart, and Dandelion to add color to the stamped images. To avoid coloring over the embossing powder color the reverse side of the images.


Step 4

Stamp the “My Wish for You” or similar sentiment in the upper corner of card with VersaMagic in Midnight Black. Emboss the sentiment with Imagine Embossing Powder in Clear and heat set.


Step 5

Assemble card by placing the daisy layers together with a brad. Glue the leaves to the card and place the daisy on top.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Heartfelt Creations –  Large Sweet Peony Stamp and Die
  • Sentiment stamp
  • Vellum
  • Heat tool
  • Brad
  • Cardbase

Embellish Your Handmade Card with Polymer Clay

by Steph Ackerman

Embellish Your Handmade Card with Polymer Clay

This month’s color theme is Sea Breeze. This color theme reminds me of water, vacations, cruises, and time at the beach. With this ocean theme in mind, I created a fun card that could be given to someone heading on vacation, or perhaps someone heading towards retirement. By mixing and matching embellishments you can create a wide assortment of cards.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Ink embossing folder with Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze
Step 1

Ink embossing folder with Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze. Place white cardstock in the inked folder and emboss.

Mat embossed panel with kraft cardstock
Step 2

Mat embossed panel with kraft cardstock. Adhere panel to a blue card with foam adhesives.

Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze ink
Step 3

Ink canvas tag with Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze ink by dabbing different colors on the tag. Also, ink the twine.

Stamp the phrase on white cardstock with VersaFine Nocturne ink
Step 4

Stamp the phrase on white cardstock with VersaFine Nocturne ink. Die cut with an oval die and mat with a larger blue die.

Create a ship's wheel from Makin's tan clay with a pirate mold
Step 5

Create a ship’s wheel from Makin’s tan clay with a pirate mold. Ink with Brilliance in Pearlescent Chocolate Ink. Alternatively, you can create the ship’s wheel with brown clay.

Add elements to the card with On Point Glue
Step 6

Add elements to the card with On Point Glue, letting the tag twine flow freely across the card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – White, Blue, Kraft
  • Spellbinders – Circle dies
  • Sizzix Embossing Folder
  • Sizzix Embossing Machine
  • Makin’s Clay
  • Creative Vision Stamps
  • Burlap
  • Pirate mold

Make a Cute “Gnome is Where the Heart is” Card

by Steph Ackerman

Make a Cute "Gnome is Where the Heart is" Card. Joy Clair Stamps.

In today’s project, I created two cards with a fun garden gnome themes with Tsukineko inks. This month we had the opportunity of creating with Joy Clair stamps and I chose a woodgrain background and a whimsical stamp set. Who doesn’t love mushroom houses and gnomes?

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Stamp houses with VersaFine Clair in Nocturne on white cardstock.


Step 2

Color images with Memento Markers.


Step 3

To achieve color variations, ink the woodgrain stamp with Brilliance in Pearlescent Beige and Coffee Bean Inks and stamp onto white cardstock.


Step 4

Ink the woodgrain stamp with VersaFine Clair in Pinecone and stamp onto brown cardstock.


Step 5

Die cut house with circle dies. Ink around edges with Brilliance in Pearlescent Beige. Stamp fences with VersaFine Clair in Pinecone Ink.


Step 6

Mat die cut house with yellow cardstock and add to the background. Stamp “Hello” with VersaFine Clair in Nocturne. Mat with cardstock and add to the card. Stamp mushroom images along the bottom edge of an envelope.


Step 7

Die cut trellis from brown cardstock. Ink with VersaFine Clair Pinecone and spritz with Ink Potion No. 9.


Step 8

Mat woodgrain panel with brown cardstock. Fussy cut house and mat with brown cardstock. Add to card. Stamp “Gnome is where the heart is” phrase with Brilliance in Coffee Bean. Die cut and mat with larger die. Add trellis to the card, adhering sentiment on top. Add leaves, tiny flowers, and dew drops.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Joy Clair Stamps – Gnome is Where the Heart Is
  • Heartfelt Creations – Leaves die
  • Cheery Lynn – Trellis die
  • Spellbinders – Circles, Ovals die
  • Prima Marketing – Flowers
  • The Robin’s Nest – Gold Dew Drops
  • Cardstock – white, brown, yellow, green

Project Swap: Create a “Dear Friend” Greeting Card

Welcome back for another Artist Project Swap with Martha and Steph.

Welcome back for another Artist Project Swap with Martha and Steph. For the Month of May, we challenged our artists to exchange tutorials and create each other’s designs in order to see how each of our artists interprets style and choices. The receiving artist did not know who designed the project, nor did they receive any images! In today’s post, Steph writes the directions and recommended supplies list and Martha created the project.

Create a “Dear Friend” Greeting Card by Martha Lucia Gomez

This month the Artist in Residence team made a wonderful exercise or swap project challenge. Each designer created a project and send the instructions and photo to our coordinator. Then we received another project to follow the instructions, without a photo or who exactly created it. This is the swap project I received and can you believe that after made the card I discovered who was the author of the instructions…I recognize the style!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Create the base of the card using olive card stock. The size of my card is a regular size 4-1/4″ x 11″ with a score at 5-1/2″ for the centerfold. Cut a white cardstock of 4″x 5-1/4″. Place a background pattern stencil on the white panel and ink with Brilliance in Pearlescent Lime.


Step 2

Ink sheer ribbon with lime ink. When dry, wrap around the matted panel. Knot with twine on the right side of the panel. Added the panel to the card with foam adhesives.


Step 3

Using a stamp positioning tool and a flower stamp, ink the steam and leaves with the Brilliance in Pearlescent Lime. Ink the flower with the Memento Marker in Angel Pink. Stamp image onto white cardstock. Re-stamp the flower using the Memento Marker in Rose Bud around the edges. Fussy cut the flower.


Step 4

Die cut brown and white cardstock shapes with graduating sized dies. Adhere together with Tear It Tape. Place on left side of the card with foam adhesives, overlapping the ribbon. Trim shapes as needed to align with a patterned piece on the left edge. Adhere the stamped flower on top. I used square cross stitched die cuts from Gina Marie Designs. Stamp “Just For You” sentiment. Ink edges and mat with brown cardstock. Add near the top of the card with foam adhesives. Reading through Steph’s instructions I realized I didn’t have a “Just For You” sentiment so I replaced with “Dear Friend” which is just as nice.

Definitely, it was a very good experience to swap projects and the best part that was I could replace materials and give to the project my personal touch.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – Whisper White, Old Olive, Early Espresso
  • Hero Arts – Honeycomb Stencil
  • Stampin Up – Birthday Blossom Stamp set
  • Gina Marie Designs – Square Cross Stitched dies
  • Big Shot die cut machine
  • Sheer ribbon
  • MISTI or Stamparatus stamping tool
  • Double sided foam tape or Dimensionals

Original Design by Steph

What did you think of Martha’s interpretation of Steph’s design?

Comment below!