Create a Valentines Card with a Paper Airplane Theme

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Create a Valentines Card with a Paper Airplane Theme

Hello everyone! Today, I have a fun and creative stamping technique that you can use with all your clear stamps with symmetric form. This month we have prepared Valentine’s projects and of course, we are using the red color to enhance our passion for the inks.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

To create this project, I am using the Pink Shimmer Delicata inkpad and Glamorous VersaFine Clair in combination with both sides of one single stamp from the stamp set Life’s a Breeze from Joy Clair. Yes, you read well – to create my card I used both sides of the stamp. Let me share it with you.


Step 2

First, I positioned the paper airplane stamp over the acrylic block. I adhered the stamping side over the block and let the backside be inked with the Delicata ink in Pink Shimmer. Then I stamped randomly the image over a piece of whisper white card stock, cleaned the stamp thoroughly and let the ink dry naturally. I love to use the Pink Shimmer Delicata Ink – the color is soft and shiny at the same time.


Step 3

When the ink was totally dry I turned the same paper airplane stamp in the normal way and inked it with VersaFine Clair Glamorous Ink. Like I used a symmetric image, stamp the image in the normal way was easy.


Step 4

After stamping all the comets, I covered the entire layer with Clear Embossing Powder and melted with the heat tool. Then I resized the layer and pasted over the red card base using dimensional or double-sided foam tape. To resize the image, I used a stitched rectangle die cut from Gina Marie Designs. Set the entire piece aside for a while.


Step 5

To decorate the background, take a piece of cardstock in any color and ink it directly with VersaFine Clair Glamorous inkpad. Cover the entire piece with Clear Embossing Powder and activate the powder with the heat tool.


Step 6

Take the embossed piece and cut with the dies that you want to use. On this card, I am using the new I Love You Shadow dies from Kat Scrappiness. These dies come with a mat and I cut them from a pink piece of card stock, pasted the layer with On Point Glue and then paste the letters over the decorated card base using dimensional or double-sided foam tape. This is a creative technique that you can explore with different types of stamps. The result is always different and if you mix and match the colors of ink you will love the effect.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock: Real Red, Whisper White, Powder Pink
  • Acrylic Block
  • Die Cuts – Gina Marie Designs & Kat Scrappiness
  • Stamps – Life’s a Breeze by Joy Clair Stamps
  • Dimensionals or Double-sided foam tape

Be Inspired With A Creative Design For Valentines Day

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Be Inspired With A Creative Design For Valentines Day

Hello friends! It’s a New Year and our next big cardmaking holiday is right around the corner. Today, I want to share a special Valentine’s card with a sentiment that expresses “You make my Heart Happy!” On this project you will see a few advantages of the new Craft Mat of Imagine.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

I am falling in love with the new craft mat, the grey color and the grid are perfect to work on any side and use it with your different mediums or inks. To create this card, I used Ruby Red Delicata Ink for the background texture and VersaFine Crimson Red to stamp the images. I took a piece of watercolor paper and over the mat I applied some touches of Delicata Ruby Red Ink and sprayed with Ink Potion No. 9, then I put the watercolor paper over the sprayed ink and created the texture. Maybe you don’t notice on the photos but the Delicata Ink give shiny touches to the paper and it looks very beautiful in person. I let the paper dry naturally but if you want to speed the process you can use the heat tool.


Step 2

I stamped an image using the background stamp Center Cut Heart Background from Simon Says Stamps with VersaFine Crimson Red. This is one of my favorites colors on this ink because it is a dark red and show up beautifully with the watercolor look. Also, I covered the freshly stamped background with Clear Embossing Powder and melted with the heat tool.


Step 3

I resized the stamped layer to have it 3-3/4″x 5″ and made a diagonal die cuts over the layer to make the design more interesting. I pasted the layer over a very vanilla card base using white foam behind every piece and to finalize the process I added a sentiment from the stamp set Happy Heart of Altenew in between of the cut lines. As final touch, I added a die cut word “hello” that I cut several times to create a stacked die and pasted with On Point Glue. I love to have these kind of details to make my cards more interesting.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stamparatus or Misti Stamping Tool
  • Stamps – Center Cut Heart Background by Simon Says Stamps and Happy Heart from Altenew
  • Paper Trimmer
  • White Foam
  • “hello” die cut
  • Die cut machine

 

Learn How to Make a Card with Dewlets and Vellum

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Learn How to Make a Card with Dewlets and Vellum

Hello everyone! Today I am going to show you how to turn the Dewlet shape into a flower using vellum. Vellum is one of the most delicate and versatile papers. Not all inks work well on vellum and today I will share with you a complete card that I made using it with Memento Luxe ink.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Ink the vellum using two different colors of Memento Luxe ink in Danube Blue and Teal Zeal to create the background. Take a piece of vellum cardstock and apply the Memento Luxe ink directly with the ink pad. Do not mix the colors of the ink to avoid contaminating it with a mixture of colors. With an ink blusher distribute the ink over the vellum surface and fix the color with the heat tool or leave dry the piece very well. In my sample, I let the paper dry naturally.


Step 2

Take a different piece of vellum cardstock and cut eight petals or pieces from it using Dewlets. They are fantastic because you can use them to create different flowers or forms just like I made on my card.


Step 3

Ink all Dewlets with one single color directly with the Memento Luxe ink pad or with the ink blusher or sponge. When the ink is totally dry fold in a half each Dewlet as you can see on the above photo.


Step 4

To finalize the card resize the colored vellum layer with a die cut and stamp your sentiment using the same Memento Luxe Ink or Delicata Ink. This ink works great on vellum and you only need to set the ink with the heat tool. I stamped my message using the Delicata Ink Sapphire Blue and covered with Sparkle Embossing Powder. A tip that works well for me to heat emboss on vellum is head the paper for the back side and keeping a good distance.


Step 5

To create the base of the card I used whisper white cardstock and dry embossed the top of the card with the Softly Falling embossing folder. Then I arranged all the Dewlets and pasted it with glue dots. You can use any color of Memento Luxe to create this technique but for my experience with vellum is a good idea to mix clear and dark colors to keep the soft sensation of vellum.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Simon Says Stamps – Believe Stamp Set
  • Big Shot or any die cut machine
  • Vellum
  • Stampin Up – Whisper White cardstock, Softly Falling embossing folder
  • Glue Dots

Create a Frosted Blue Season’s Greetings Card

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Create a Frosted Blue Season's Greetings Card

Today I have something “cool” to make! I use an ice technique and “frosted blue” color challenge to create a Season’s Greetings holiday card. To make this technique you only need StazOn Ink, metallic paper, VersaMark and embossing powder to obtain a good shine in your project.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

I started with a piece of Silver Foil Sheet from Stamping Up. I decided in advance which stamps I wanted to use and I cut the paper a little bigger of the stamps to create the ice look. Then I applied the ink directly with the StazOn Inkpad Blue Hawaii from left to right and then repeated the process but from right to left.


Step 2

The idea is to create intermittent horizontal lines and have the borders a little darker. Depending on the brand of the foil paper that you are using, you will need to use a stamping tool to stamp the images with the same StazOn Ink Blue Hawaii. Sometimes the first attempt is not the best definition of the image but it depends on the paper. After stamping your images, you need to dry the ink with the heat tool. Don’t put you heat tool too close to the surface to avoid burning your paper. You can use rubber stamps or clear stamps with StazOn Ink, don’t think that it will damage your clear stamps, it is a false assumption with this brand (see Nadine’s Myth Buster video). Just use StazOn stamp cleaner after to keep your stamps in good condition.


Step 3

When the StazOn ink is totally dry, take the VersaMark and apply the ink directly over the stamped images. Cover the entire surface with Clear Embossing Powder and activate the powder with the heat tool. You will have a glossy and shiny look that will create the icy look over the blue. You can mat this piece using cardstock to notice the difference of materials.


Step 4

To finalize my card, I created a card base using Blueberry Bushel Cardstock for the card base and Coastal Cabana for the second layer. I embossed the second layer with an embossing folder and created a belt using the same color of the card base and aligned a piece with the same embossing folder.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Tree Stylish Stamp by Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps
  • Big Shot or any die cut machine
  • Embossing Folder
  • Stampin Up – Silver Foil Sheet, Blueberry Bushel cardstock, Coastal Cabana cardstock
  • Dimensionals or double-sided foam tape

Use a Ghosting Technique to Create a Unique Christmas Card

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Use a Ghosting Technique to Create a Unique Christmas Card

Hello everyone! Ghosting technique was one of the first techniques that I learned in cardmaking crafts and today I am sharing with you a lovely way to incorporate this ghosting technique in a Christmas Gingerbread Card. To realize this technique you only need glossy card stock and VersaMark ink to stamp the ghost image. In my project, I am using a Chevron Background from Recollections, but let me show you the process!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Take a piece of white glossy card stock and ink your stamp or stamps with VersaMark Ink and stamp directly over the glossy side and set this piece aside for a few minutes so the ink can dry.


Step 2

On a regular piece of cardstock, stamp the holiday-themed images that you want to use to decorate your card. I used a gingerbread image from a Stampin Up Set. I stamped the images with Memento Luxe Peanut Brittle and Clear Embossing Powder that I activated with the heat tool. Then I cut the gingerbread with the corresponding die cut.


Step 3

When the glossy card stock was totally dry, I sponged several times in circular motion with Desert Sand Memento Ink. If you want you can also use a brayer to create the resist effect.


Step 4

To finalize the card, I resized the glossy layer and created a gold mat using Gold Starstruck Rinea Foiled Paper and pasted this layer directly over the Cherry Cobbler card base. Then I cut the sentiment Merry Christmas using the same Gold Starstruck Rinea Foiled Paper with a Gina Marie Design Die Cut and pasted it over the chevron background and pasted the gingerbread using dimensional dots or tape. You can use any type the stamps to create this technique, not necessarily background stamps, all depends on the theme that you wanted to use in your card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampin Up – Scentsacional Season Stamp Set & die cut (retired)
  • Recollections – Chevron Background
  • Stampin Up – Cherry Cobbler Card Stock, White Glossy Card Stock
  • Rinea Foiled Paper – Gold Starstruck
  • Gina Marie Designs – Merry Christmas die cut
  • Dimensional tape or dots

 

Learn How To Stamp On Rinea Foil Paper With Stazon

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Learn How To Stamp On Rinea Foil Paper With Stazon

Hello crafty friends, today I have a quick and easy way to create special effects on your cards with a stamped foil background. During this month we have two challenges, to use Rinea Foiled Paper and to use the gingerbread color. To be honest, it as a little difficult for me to define the gingerbread color because in Imagine we have many options of colors of inks, so I used StazOn Gothic Purple, which is not a gingerbread tone, with papers on the line of gingerbread.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes


Step 1

I stamped several times the Lineal Floral Background from Pinkfresh Studios over a piece of Glossy Marigold/Gold Rinea Foil Paper using the StazOn Gothic Purple and let the ink dry for a few minutes. Misti or Stamparatus are fantastic tools in this process because you don’t need to move or re-position your paper or stamp to re-stamp your image in the same place.


Step 2

I cut the background with a postage die cut to resize the layer and make it more attractive.


Step 3

On the above photo, you can notice the fabulous texture created over the Rinea Foil Paper with this ink.


Step 4

To finalize my card, I created a Cajun Craze card base and the second layer in Very Vanilla cardstock that I used as the mat for the Stamped Foil Background. I pasted the stamped piece directly over the cardstock using Tear Tape It! Then, using a Simon Say Stamp Wafer Dies Good Vibes, I cut the word friend using the same colors of cardstock and complemented with the “thanks” word that I stamped over an oval die cut with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.

Supplies

Imagine 

Other 

  • Pinkfresh Studio – Lineal Floral Background
  • Simon Say Stamp – Wafer Dies Good Vibes
  • Hero Arts – Oval Nesting Die Cuts, Postage Die Cuts
  • Cardstock – Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla
  • Rinea Foiled Paper – Glossy Marigold, Gold
  • Stamparatus or Misti Stamping Tool
  • Big Shot Die Machine