Create Soft and Simple Backgrounds for Your Cards with Fireworks Shimmer Spray

by Melissa Andrew

Create Soft and Simple Backgrounds for Your Cards with Fireworks Shimmer Spray

Today I share a very simple technique using the soft Fireworks Shimmer Spray colors to create a gorgeous simple background. Using the softest of colors allows an image that’s colored on white to really pop. The additional shimmer really makes this simple card shine! I paired this technique with the adorable Waffle Flower Stamp set called Always for a gorgeous soft creation.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other

Learn No Marker Coloring Techniques

by Melissa Andrew

Adorable handmade birthday card featuring a piglet image with rainbows balloons and silver lined clouds.

Today we are sharing how to create a fun birthday card with a cute piglet image using Memento inks and Fireworks Shimmery Craft Sprays. Did you know you don’t have to have a rainbow of expensive markers or watercolors to create a gorgeous colored scene? Using common craft supplies, I color this entire card without the help of a marker. I do use some beautiful silver Rinea paper along with my favorite Imagine and Tsukineko products to make this adorable birthday card that has a lot of dimension and shine!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30-45 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Rinea Foil Paper – Metallics
  • Hello BlueBird – Pig Day stamp set, After the Rain die
  • Die-cutting machine
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Heat tool
  • Spray Bottle
  • Paper towels
  • Watercolor brush

Learn to Create Shine with Silver Mboss and Rinea Foil Paper for a Shaker Card

by Melissa Andrew

Learn to Create Shine with Silver MBoss and Rinea Foil Paper for a Shaker Card

Today, I am making a fun shaker card using a number of fabulous Imagine products including the new Mboss Embossing Powder in my new favorite color Silver! In addition, I’m adding some beautiful shiny Rinea paper. These two products really add a special touch to this handmade shaker greeting card. Join me in today’s fun paper crafting tutorial.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 45 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other 

Beginner Guide: Quick & Easy Stenciling Technique

by Melissa Andrew

Today, I am sharing a very simple Tuscan Sky using Memento inks and a cloud stencil. Adding different colors of ink, in a repeating pattern gives a lot of interest to your card. The technique is simple, yet the final product looks professional and gorgeous. This is also a popular trend with card makers and having a few simple tools, will allow you to join the fun as a beginning paper crafter.

Memento Inkpad Paris Dusk

Memento Inkpad Morocco

Memento Inkpad Dandelion

Memento Inkpad Danube Blue


Rainy Day – 6×6 Stencil

Cardstock

Imagine Craft Mat

Case base – white or black


Tear It Tape

Sponge Daubers

 

We will be working on a piece of cardstock cut to 4.25 x 5.5 inches, and we will call this our panel. Choose a stencil with a cloud edge. If you do not have a stencil, this is not a problem, simply cut out a piece of thick card stock with bumps like a cloud. Make sure your cut piece is several inches wider than your panel. Next, choose the Dandelion (yellow) Memento Ink and pick up a bit of color with a sponge dauber. Dab a little off onto your craft mat or a scrap piece of paper before inking your panel. Place the stencil edge near the bottom of your panel. Gently add color over the top of the stencil/or cloud cut-out onto the panel. Using a light touch, move the dauber in a circular motion over the edges of the tops of the clouds.

Repeat step one with all four colors of ink. For each layer, move or flip your stencil to get different patterns for each layer. I did two layers each of Dandelion, Morocco, and Danube Blue, and one layer of Paris Dusk at the end to represent the sky behind the clouds. Next, choose a sentiment from any clear stamp set and stamp a sentiment using the Danube Blue Memento Ink on the cloud scene panel.

Add Tear It Tape to the backside of the cloud panel and adhere to an A2 sized card base. Make sure you press the tape down firmly so it will be easier to peel the backing off the tape. It is best to use the tape on the edges of the card so the paper does not curl on the card base. Once you peel off the backing, adhere to the front of your card base. Don’t forget to check that the fold of the card base is on the left side.

At this point, the card is finished and is ready to gift! You can continue to embellish with extra details such as glitter, decorative dots, or hand-drawn elements, but it is pretty just as it is too.

See More Beginner Guide Lessons

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Creating an irRESISTible Background with StazOn Pigment ink for Lavinia Stamps

by Melissa Andrew

Creating an irRESISTible Background with StazOn Pigment ink for Lavinia Stamps

Today, I share a very simple and fun technique using the irRESISTible Pico Embellisher in a new way. Importantly, I show you how to use StazOn Pigment ink over the Pico since StazOn is perfect on slick surfaces. Finally, I use a beautiful fairy stamp as a silhouette to finish our card project.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 20 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Lavinia stamp – Flower Fairy
  • White Card Stock
  • Misti Stamping Platform
  • Masking Tape
  • Canson – Watercolor Paper

Learn a Simple Smoosh Technique Using Memento Inkpad

by Melissa Andrew

Learn a Simple Smoosh Technique Using Memento Inkpad

Today, I show you a simple technique using your Memento DewDrops. You don’t need stamps when you have fabulous inks! I choose colors of Memento that work well together for an interesting background.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Catherine Pooler Stamp – Feathered Friends
  • Catherine Pooler Chevron Divide Coverplate
  • White Cardstock
  • Bristol Smooth Paper
  • Copic Alcohol Markers