Prepare for Thanksgiving with a Cardmaking Tutorial

by Steph Ackerman

Prepare for Thanksgiving with a Cardmaking Tutorial

It’s October but before you know it you will be packing away the costumes and preparing for Thanksgiving. Why not be ready by delving into the colors, signs, and beauty of the season. Selecting 4 – 5 colors of Fireworks Shimmery Craft Sprays you can easily achieve amazing color combinations that set the stage for your projects. See how quickly and easily these Fall cards go together using backgrounds created with Fireworks Sprays.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Spritz assorted colors of Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray on the craft mat. Be sure not to mix the colors – spritz them about the mat.


Step 2

Drag white cardstock across the craft mat. Spritz additional Fireworks on craft mat if necessary until the cardstock is covered.


Step 3

Allow the cardstock to dry, then spritz with Dandelion Fireworks adding color to the white spaces.


Step 4

Cut cardstock into 2 panels, each 4″ x 5″. Stamp leaf flourishes on both panels with VersaFine Clair in Pinecone. Add clear embossing powder and heat set.


Step 5

Ink the edges of the panels with Brilliance Pearl Beige Ink, then mat with brown cardstock. Add the panels to the cards. Add color to some of the leaves using Memento Markers.


Step 6

Stamp Happy Thanksgiving on leftover strips of the cardstock with VersaFine Pinecone Ink. Add Clear Embossing Powder and heat set. Mat with cardstock.


Step 7

Adhere Happy Thanksgiving to the vertical card with foam adhesives. Cut apart Happy Thanksgiving for the horizontal card and adhere with foam adhesives.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stamps – So Suzy/Crackerbox Stamps
  • Cardstock – brown, white
  • Foam adhesives

Enjoy Every Moment with this 3-D Flower Cardmaking Tutorial

by Steph Ackerman

Enjoy Every Moment with this Cardmaking Tutorial

Sometimes the daily grind in life can cause us to forget a simple truth–Enjoy Life! Today’s cardmaking project spreads the message of “Enjoy Every Moment” and would make a great encouragement card for a friend or family member. Kaleidacolor Ink pads are multicolor dye inkpads that allow you to create vibrant projects using one inkpad. Instead of searching for several colors of coordinating inks, select a Kaleidacolor is designed to make it easy. Using 3 colors from the Royal Satin Kaleidacolor ink pad plus VersaFine Onyx Black, I created a 3-dimensional card. See how I did it!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Stamp a floral image with VersaFine Onyx Black ink on a white panel which measures  4″ x 5 1/4″. Stamp 2 additional images on a scrap of white cardstock.


Step 2

Starting with the main image, add color to the flowers using a sponge dauber and Kaleidacolor ink using the Garnet color. Add color to the leaves with a Fantastix using Autumn Leaf and Bottle Green inks.  You have more control adding color with a Fantastix because it allows you to get into smaller areas. Color the flowers from the other 2 stamped images with Garnet ink, then fussy cut them.


Step 3

To shape the flowers for a more 3-D look, use a stylus and a foam pad to form the flowers. Once you achieve the shape you like then layer the additional flowers and use On Point Glue to adhere the flower centers to the card.


Step 4

Stamp the words “Enjoy Every Moment” with VersaFine Onyx Black ink on white cardstock and cut them out separately. Use a sponge dauber to ink the edges of both the floral panel and the words with Garnet ink. Mat each with black cardstock.


Step 5

Use a black card base and add a layer of white cardstock, another black panel, then add the floral panel. Stamp several leaf sprays around the flowers using Bottle Green ink. Add dots of Shimmer irRESISTible around the sprays. This adds some additional dimension to your card. Place the words around the panel with foam adhesives. Add a rhinestone to the flower center or any additional embellishments.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • 49th and Market stamp
  • Bazzill cardstock
  • Heartfelt Creations Flower Making Kit
  • Cardbase – black
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic block
  • Embellishments

Use Different Stamps to Create a Cute Scarecrow Scene

by Steph Ackerman

I love mixing and matching stamps to build scenes on cards and for this time of year I decided to create a Harvest Blessings theme. Using a few (or several) colors of inks and different cardstock, you can create a wide variety of cardmaking or scrapbook projects. As we head into fall, I decided to combine a scarecrow stamp with pumpkin stamps and a faux brick background to create a fall scene.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Stamp the scarecrow with VersaFine Clair in Nocturne on a white panel. As I needed a mask for the next step, I stamped a second scarecrow and fussy cut it.


Step 2

Place the scarecrow mask on the main image. Stamp two different sized pumpkins by the scarecrow’s stake. Stamp the pumpkins again and fussy cut them to be used as masks in the next step.


Step 3

Place the masks on the main images. Stamp the brick wall with VersaFine Clair in Pinecone over the masked images.


Step 4

Cut the stamped panel to 4″ x 5 1/4″. Using a water brush, add color to the images with assorted colors of Memento. Quickly wash Delicata in Celestial Copper on the brick background.


Step 5

Use Memento Markers to add additional color to the grass and straw stamped images. Mat the panel with brown cardstock. Create a card from brown cardstock and add a checked background. Adhere the stamped panel to the card with foam adhesives, slightly off-center. Stamp the sentiment with VersaFine Clair in Nocturne. Die cut and ink edges with VersaFine Clair in Pinecone. Mat with a larger die and add to the card.


Step 6

To finish, add Shimmer irRESISTible to the pocket and along the pumpkin veins for dimension and shimmer.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Joy Clair Stamps – Broken Brick Background Stamp
  • Authentique pattern paper
  • Bazzill Cardstock
  • Spellbinders – Oval dies
  • Die-cut Machine
  • Waterbrush
  • Acrylic Block

Check Out This Fun Mixed Media Door Hanger Project

by Steph Ackerman

Mixed media projects consist of a variety of projects in all shapes and sizes. Mixed media means you can mix an assortment of products to create a one of a kind piece of artwork. So decide on your base, grab some items from your stash, several colors of ink, a stencil and let your imagination flow. Create with no expectations and see what happens. In today’s tutorial, I put together a beautiful door hanger in a lavender and dandelion color scheme.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour + drying time

Directions


Step 1

Paint door hanger with black gesso; alternatively use a black door hanger. Place stencil on top. Use Creative Medium with a palette knife randomly about the door hanger. Allow to dry thoroughly.


Step 2

Ink assorted chipboard elements with VersaMagic in Purple Hydrangea and Brilliance in Sunflower Yellow, or choose the ink colors that speak to you.


Step 3

Add shimmer by spritzing several chipboard elements with Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Dandelion.


Step 4

Stamp a phrase using VersaFine Clair in Nocturne on a wood sign. Ink a portion of the image stamp with VersaFine Clair in Nocturne and stamp around the oval chipboard element.


Step 5

Using the doily as the base, determine the position of each element. Use On Point Glue to adhere the elements. Glue doily to door hanger. Wrap twine around the heart and adhere. Add twine to the stamped tag and adhere.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Door Hanger
  • The Crafter’s Workshop – Stencil
  • Unity Stamp Co. – Stamp
  • Paper Doily
  • Metal, chipboard elements
  • Black Gesso
  • Twine

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