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

Create a Grey Plaid Poinsettia Handmade Christmas Card

by Martha Lucia Gomez

In this world, we want to buy everything we like and see, but sometimes experimenting and recreating is part of the fun. Today, I am sharing with you a card that I made using beautiful single pieces that I combined with “necessity” because I don’t have a plaid stamp! I am crazy with the fabulous plaid designer papers that I saw during this season but I decided to create my own pattern just using two colors of VersaFine Clair Ink and without embossing to make it more rustic.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

I took a stamp set from Peek-a-Boo Designs that includes a lot of different stripes and selected just two or three to be used on my card. I positioned the stripes in my Stamparatus and stamped stripe by stripe using for the wide strip VersaFine Clair Morning Mist and for the thin VersaFine Clair Nocturne.


Step 2

When I was satisfied with the vertical pattern I decided to add a horizontal different design to make the plaid more interesting. To stamp these lines I only used VersaFine Clair Nocturne. Since the top of the Stamparatus has grids, was very easy to follow the pattern just moving the paper and not the stamps. I left this stamped piece side for a few minutes.


Step 3

In a separate piece of whisper white cardstock, I stamped with VersaMark Ink one festive poinsettia included on the stamp set Poinsettia Tangle from Dare2B Artzy and covered it with Silver Embossing Powder that I melted with the heat tool. I fussy cut poinsettia with my scissors.


Step 4

With the leftover cardstock, I used three colors of Fireworks to create a soft green tone that at the same time show me a little shimmer. I used Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Cottage Ivy, New Sprout, and Bamboo Leaves. After the piece of cardstock was totally dried and cut some leaves using a die cuts from Prima.


Step 5

To finalize my card, I resized the background and arranged all the pieces over Real Red cardstock and as a final touch, I die cut the word believe in Real Red cardstock and black foam. I pasted both die cuts using On Point Glue and sprayed with Sheer Shimmer Frost. With a Memento Marker, I colored the center of the poinsettia. Sometimes, by exploring and practicing, you can discover amazing things that you can do using only your inks and this card is a perfect example.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – Whisper White, Real Red
  • Peek a Boo Designs – It’s Plaid Time Stamp set
  • Dare2B Artzy – Poinsettia Tangle
  • Simon Says Stamps – Believe Die Cut
  • Foam Black

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