We are Excited to be Hopping with Crackerbox + Suzy Stamps Day 2

We are Excited to be Hopping with Crackerbox + Suzy Stamps Day 2

It’s day 2 of blog hopping with Crackerbox + Suzy Stamps! 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!

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 a $25 Crackerbox + Suzy Stamps Gift Certificate or one $25 Gift Certificate from Imagine!!! Winners will be announced on the Crackerbox + Suzy Stamps and Imagine Blogs on Friday, October 26th, 2018.

Lindsay Andreon

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Teresa DeWitt

Nadine Carlier

Tracy McLennon

Roni Johnson

Giada Rigamonti

Steph Ackerman

Martha Lucia Gomez

Melissa Andrew

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Create a Beautiful Mandala Thank You Card

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Create a Beautiful Mandala Thank You Card

Exploring is part of this creative world, but not all of our readers are experts or have been following us for a long time so today I’ll welcome you back to the basics. A few months ago, I told you that if I had to choose one ink pad (in a hypothetical world), I would choose the VersaMark Ink. Today I am sharing with you one of the multiple reasons why I consider it my must-have product. We have inks in almost all colors but with the VersaMark Ink you create a watermark effect that enhances the color of the paper. I love this effect and love the subtle appearance it creates. In my project, I am using Sahara Sand cardstock and if you notice on the above photo the ink is the same as the paper, just a little darker to create more emphasis over the stamped image.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Select your color of cardstock and ink your stamp with VersaMark.


Step 2

Stamp your image once, twice or as many times that you need it to obtain all the details and a darker color. In my sample, I stamped twice. Let the ink dry for a few minutes. And this multiple stamping is easier with a stamping tool such as the Misti Stamping Tool.


Step 3

Repeat the process to stamp the “Thanks” sentiment. But this time you can create a totally different effect using the VersaMark with Embossing Powder. You only need to ink your stamp with the VersaMark and then cover the stamped image with Silver Embossing Powder in my case or with any other color of embossing powder and melt it with the heat tool. VersaMark is an excellent embossing ink.


Step 4

To make my card more special, I cut the stamped sentiment with the corresponding die cut and stamped the complement sentiment making the same process. If you want to obtain a major texture you can repeat the stamping process all the time that you wanted…just don’t burn your paper!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Sahara Sand Card Stock
  • “Thanks” Stamps & Die cuts
  • Mandala stamp
  • Misti Stamping tool
  • Embossing powder anti-static bag
  • Die & embossing machine

October Color of the Month is Pebble Grey

The Color of the Month is Pebble Grey. We choose this color of cool grey to express the moody change of the warm Summer colors to the cool Autumn breeze. Some of the ink colors from the Tsukineko brand that perfectly express this cool grey is Memento in London Fog, VersaFine Clair in Morning Mist and StazOn Midi in Cloudy Sky.

Another fabulous art event for October is Inktober! This is an illustration and ink based challenge started by Jake Parker. Each day in October has a word that illustrators and artist respond to with a drawing! We are excited to have some of our own artists participate!

To start us out Roni Johnson has #poisonous posted today!

And as usual, we will have some great card making and crafting inspiration! Here is a sneak peak of what is coming for the month of October.

Martha Lucia Gomez creates a beautiful “Believe” card. 

 

Bring in the Fall Season with a “Blessings” Card

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Bring in the Fall Season with a "Blessings" Card with Memento in Rhubarb Stalk

The Fall Season has officially arrived and what better way to celebrate this change than to switch inks colors to rich tones and hues. In today’s card making tutorial, I am sharing a fall card created with an embossing folder, Memento ink and die cuts.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Select your favorite design of the embossing folder and ink the debossing part using Memento Ink. I am using the Leaf Swirl from Darice and Memento Ink in Desert Sand. Insert a piece of cardstock in your inked folder and pass the complete piece through your big shot or die cut machine. Open the folder and take out the inked, embossed layer. If you want to intensify the color, just re-ink the embossing folder and use the texture created on the cardstock to align the piece.


Step 2

Now take the embossed layer and rub softly with Memento Rhubarb Stalk – a fantastic color that matches perfectly. Let the ink dry.


Step 3

Resize your inked embossed piece using a die cut. I used the Stitched Rectangle Frame Die Cut from Cottage Cutz. The idea is to have a central embossed panel to decorate the top of your card.


Step 4

Using the same die cut, cut several layers of Very Vanilla cardstock. In my project, I used four layers. Paste one of the frames created over the card base. Then paste the rectangle inked panel inside of the frame and paste all the additional frames. For this step, the On Point Glue works wonderfully. Select a die-cut word (here I used “blessings” from Gina Marie Designs) and cut out as many words as you have frames. Stack the word die-cuts to match the frame height. See photo above for an example. This effect makes the card look like a box frame.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Big Shot or any die cut machine
  • Darice – Embossing Folder Leaves Swirl
  • Cottage Cutz – Stitched Rectangle Frame Dies
  • Gina Marie Designs – Blessings Die
  • Stampin Up – Very Vanilla cardstock

Use a Creative Watercolor Technique to Stamp

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Use a Creative Watercolor Technique to Stamp

Watercoloring is a very special technique that most artists use with a brush and watercolor set. In today’s tutorial, I show you how to use a watercolor technique and the Misti stamping tool to stamp a watercolor image instead of using a brush. Creating this effect is very simple if you combine Ink Potion No. 9, Memento Inks and Kaleidacolor Inks. Let me show you just how easy it is:

Directions


Step 1

Ink your mat with the colors of ink that you want to use. Be sure to not intentionally mix the colors, just ink the mat and spray it with Ink Potion No. 9.


Step 2

I am using a double step stamp set. One stamp is the border and the other is the inside layer. Stamp the border images with Peanut Brittle Memento Ink.


Step 3

Ink the solid image directly over the ink that you have on the mat and stamp it over your cardstock. If you want you can re-ink the image with the mat colors and re-stamp to create different tones.


Step 4

To finalize the card I stamped the sentiment with VersaFine Clair in Shady Lane and clear embossing powder. Then I resized the layer with a stitched die cut and pasted it over a card base. Easy and beautiful don’t you think? Comment below!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Big Shot Die cut machine
  • Altenew – Leaf Canopy Stamp Set
  • Cottage Cutz – Stitched Rectangle Frame die cuts
  • Stampin Up – Very Vanilla cardstock

Create a Beautiful Lavender Butterfly Card

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Create a Beautiful Lavender Butterfly Card

Hello everyone! If you know or follow me, maybe you know that I always say that stencils are my endless love. Today, I am sharing with you a greeting card created with a dimensional stencil. When I say dimensional, I am referring to stencils that you can move or rotate to create special effects. On this card, I am using the Weave Builder Stencil from Altenew with two different colors of Memento Ink: Lulu Lavender, and Grape Jelly.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

Directions

 
Step 1

Take a piece of whisper white cardstock and secure your stencil with masking tape. Select two colors of Memento Ink that are light and dark. I suggest using similar colors if you want to create a “progressive effect” for example two purples or two greens. Start applying the dark color (Memento Grape Jelly) with a jumbo dauber. Rotate your stencil 180 degrees and line up the pattern. Now ink with the lighter color of ink (Memento Lulu Lavender).


Step 2

Resize the stenciled layer and paste directly over the mat and card base. Using Vellum cardstock, cut the butterfly design. In my model, I used two different layers, the A and D, from the Sparkler Butterfly Stackable Dies. Create loops using linen thread and paste over the card using glue dots. Paste the vellum butterfly over the thread and decorate on the center with an irRESISTible drop in Grape Jelly. Finish the card by adding a stamped sentiment. In my model, I used one sentiment included on the stamp set Life’s Breeze from Joy Clair Stamps.

Supplies

Imagine

Other:

  • Altenew – Weave Builder Stencil
  • Birch Press – Sparkler Butterfly Layers A & D
  • Joy Clair Stamps – Life’s Breeze stamp set
  • Color Thread
  • Glue Dots
  • Cardstock – Elegant Eggplant, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
  • Vellum cardstock
  • Die Cut Machine
  • Masking Tape