How to Create a Fun and Colorful Birthday Card

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By Jowilna Nolte 

When I think of all my favorite inks I think of how well they can work together. There’s no better way to create interest than combining different types of inks together for some stunning effects and making easy striking cards.

For this card I simply used a single ink splat stamp and combined it with my favorite inks for a stunning end result.

Skill Level: Beginner

Time: 20 minutes

Directions:

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Step 1

Combine VersaFine Clair and Memento Luxe inks in the same color to stamp layers. For my first color I combined the yellow inks – first stamping Golden Meadow VersaFine Clair and then on top I stamped Dandelion Memento Luxe.

All my stamping was done in a bit of a diagonal line.

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Step 2

Repeat the process using Verdant VersaFine Clair and Pistachio Memento Luxe.

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Step 3

Repeat the stamping using Warm Breeze VersaFine Clair and Teal Zeal Memento Luxe.

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Step 4

Lastly combine the red by first stamping Glamorous VersaFine Clair and then finish off with Love Letter Memento Luxe ink.

Step 5

Trim your stamped panel to fit into a folded card base. Cut a vinyl holographic sentiment and adhere to your card. I off-set mine with a white die-cut piece for a shadow effect and dimension. Finish off with some diamante.

Art Supplies

Imagine

VersaFine Clair Full-size Inkpad Warm Breeze
VersaFine Clair Full-size Inkpad Golden Meadow
VersaFine Clair Full-size Inkpad Verdant
VersaFine Clair Full-size Inkpad Glamorous
VersaFine Clair Nocturne
Memento Luxe full-size inkpad Pistachio
Memento Luxe full-size inkpad Dandelion
Memento Luxe full-size inkpad Teal Zeal
Memento Luxe full-size inkpad Love Letter
Tear it! Tape
On Point glue

Other

White cardstock
Diamante
Die-cut: Cricut Maker
Holographic vinyl: Cricut

Make a Sparkling Summer Birthday Card

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By Jowilna Nolte 

Summer means outdoor celebrations and color – and that means loads of fun right?
Make every celebration special by adding loads of fun and bright colors to birthday cards.
Take a look at this easy and fun way I use color and shimmer on this card.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Time: 30 minutes

Directions:

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Step 1

On smooth white cardstock add some stenciled details. I used Creative Medium and mixed some Red Brilliance Inker into the medium before applying it through a stencil using my palette knife.
Leave the stenciling to dry.

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Step 2

Once the stenciled detail is dry, add some color using Memento and VersaMagic Dew Drop ink pads.
Apply the ink, once color at a time to a plastic packet and mist with water. Then stamp the color onto your background by flipping the packet over and pressing lightly.
Add more colors and then leave to dry.

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Step 3

Stamp your image using VersaFine Clair Nocturne onto smooth white cardstock.

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Step 4

Use your Memento Markers to add color to your stamped image. I used colors to match my background.

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Step 5

After coloring the image, add a layer of embossing in Sparkle Mboss powder. Ink the image with VersaMark and sprinkle with powder.
Shake off the excess and then use a heat gun to melt the powder. This gives the image a bright and fun shimmering finish.

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Step 6

Use your Tear-It! tape to adhere the background strip to your folded card. Stamp a birthday sentiment below the strip using VersaFine Clair Nocturne.
Adhere the embossed image using foam tape for some dimension and  finish off by adhering diamante using On Point Glue.

Art Supplies

Imagine

Craft Mat
Tear It! Tape
On Point Glue
Palette Knife 
VersaFine Clair Nocturne
VersaMark Ink Pad
Mboss Embossing Powder – Sparkle
VersaMagic Turquoise Gem Dew Drop
Memento Rose Bud Dew Drop
Memento Tangelo Dew Drop
Memento Markers Assorted Colors

Other

Smooth White Cardstock: Technic
Stamps: Art by Marlene, Joy Clair
Diamante
Stencil: Jowilna Nolte
Foam Tape

Make a Father’s Day Card with Gorgeous Textures and Dimension

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By Jowilna Nolte 

For Father’s day I a pulling out some of my favourite products from Imagine and creating gorgeous textures and dimension. Shades of blue gives card a fun but masculine feel and the shimmer adds just that bit of elegance – perfect for even the hardiest of men.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Time: 45minutes including drying time

Directions:

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Step 1

Use a variety of Memento Luxe inks in shades of blue and blend a background.
Tape your stencil to your smooth white cardstock to hold it in place.
Blend the darkest shade of blue Nautical Blue and then Teal Zeal.

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Step 2
Blend some Bahama Blue – remember to overlap onto the previous colour to get a nice blended effect.

TIP: For seamless blending I vary the pressure I apply. When blending over the previous colour I have a very light hand ensuring I only blend the colour instead of replacing it.

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Step 3

Lastly, I blend some Grey Flannel right at the bottom of my card.

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Step 4

While my stencil is still in place I apply a thin layer of Creative Medium over the entire panel.
You can also get creative and tape off some shaped areas like I did here.
While the Creative Medium is still wet, lightly sprinkle with clear frosted glitter before removing the stencil carefully. Leave the paste to dry – as the medium dries it keeps the glitter in place.

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Step 5

Punch a large vellum circle. Use Memento Markers to add a stamped element onto smooth white cardstock and punch into a circle.

Stamp a sentiment using VersaFine Clair and trim to size. Assemble your elements to the stencilled background once dry and adhere the panel to a folded card. Finish off with diamante and enamel dots.

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The embossing powder adds some glamour and shine to this simple yet fun card. Just like the couple – fun colours combined together with a touch of glam and pizazz.
Mboss embossing powder really takes any project t the next level. Available in a  huge variety of colours they truly are amazing.

So many fun products used for a simple but striking card.

Art Supplies

Imagine

VersaFine Clair Nocturne

Memento Luxe Nautical Blue

Memento Luxe Teal Zeal

Memento Luxe Bahama Blue

Memento Luxe Grey Flannel

Jumbo Dauber

Creative Medium

Palette Knife 

Craft Mat

Other

Smooth white cardstock
Vellum
Stamps: Joy Clair, PSX
Clear frosted glitter: American Crafts
Foam Tape: Kaisercraft

Make a Modern Wedding Card for a Fun and Vibrant Couple

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By Jowilna Nolte 

Recently I had to make a quick wedding card for a fun and vibrant couple. Instead of going the traditional route I opted for just having fun – mimicking their personalities.

Skill Level: Beginner

Time: 20 minutes

Directions:

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Step 1

On a smooth white background panel used your StazOn ink Cherry Blossom and swipe the ink pad across the panel.

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Step 2
Repeat the process this time using Versamagic ink to swipe across the background.

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Step 3

Stamp a sentiment across the bottom of the panel using VersaFine Clair Nocturne.

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Step 4

Emboss a scrap cardstock strip using Indigo Pealr Mboss embossing powder and VersaMark Frost. Then cut the strip with a scallop edge. Emboss a chipboard heart using the same Indigo Pearl Mboss embossing powder.

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Step 5

Assemble the card by adhering the panel to a folded card. Then adhere the embossed heart using On Point glue as well as the embossed strip and embellishments to finish off your card.

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The embossing powder adds some glamour and shine to this simple yet fun card. Just like the couple – fun colours combined together with a touch of glam and pizazz.
Mboss embossing powder really takes any project t the next level. Available in a  huge variety of colours they truly are amazing.

Art Supplies

Imagine

VersaFine Clair Nocturne
Mboss Indigo Pearl
VersaMark Frost
On Point Glue
Tear it! Tape
StazOn Cherry Blossom
VersaMagic Mango Madness

Other

White cardstock
Chipboard: Celebr8
Stamps: Visible Images
Embellishments

How to Make a Mother’s Day Card

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By Jowilna Nolte 

I am not one for a traditional Mother’s Day Card – although the message inside may be one of gratitude, on the outside it can reflect something personal as well.

Instead of doing the usual thing I combined some fun stamping and inking with a vinyl heart and a little stamped sentiment that will mean the world to my mom.

“FRESH START” is my prayer for her this Mother’s Day – the beginning of so much more than just being a mother.

Skill Level: Beginner

Time: 30 minutes

Directions:

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Step 1
Combine VersaMagic Mango Madness with  Delicata Champagne to ink some chipboard hearts.

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Step 2
On a white smooth cardstock background, use the VersaMagic and ink the background. Combine the “direct to paper” method carefully blending the ink and then use a sponge dauber for achieve an ombre effect towards the top.

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Step 3

Stamp onto the background several times overlapping different stamp designs and VersaMagic ink. Then finishing off the top layer using Delicate White Shimmer to stamp the last layer. Look at that gorgeous shimmer.

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Step 4

Apply a layered vinyl heart, stamped sentiment and chipboard heart, as well as some embellishments.
Matt onto white cardstock layer and then onto a kraft card.

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And just like that I created a heartfelt and meaningful Mother’s Day Card with lots of sparkle and shimmer – wishing my mom a bright future ahead.

Art Supplies

Imagine

VersaMagic Mango Madness
Delicata Whte Shimmer
Delicata Champagne
On Point Glue
Tear It! Tape

Other

• Smooth White Cardstock
• Stamps: Hero Arts, Carabelle, Altenew
• Vinyl: Cricut
• Embellishments

Learn How to Make a Spring Color Blocking Card

By Jowilna Nolte 

Celebrating Spring with an easy to create color blocker card using stamps and inks only – such a quick way of creating a fun effect without a lot of effort. Anyone can create this with only a few supplies.

 

Skill Level: Beginner

Time: 20 minutes

 

Directions:

Step 1

Ink a large floral background stamp using 3 ink colors. I am using ink pads from Imagine’s latest StazOn On Trend Collection in Cherry Blossom, Plum and Caribbean Green. Swipe the lightest color across your stamp in a straight line. Then use your second color and your third color and swipe over your stamp as well.

 

Step 2

Immediately stamp the image onto smooth white cardstock. Trim your image to fit into the front of a card panel. Keep a small piece of the edge that you cut off.

 

Step 3

Use Tear It! Tape and adhere the thin strip to the bottom edge of the stamped panel and adhere to your card base.

 

Step 4

Stamp your sentiment onto your card panel using VersaFine Clair and finish off with diamante and embellishments.

 

Art Supplies

Imagine

StazOn full-size inkpad Cherry Blossom
StazOn full-size inkpad Caribbean Green
StazOn full-size inkpad Plum
VersaFine Clair Full-size Inkpad Nocturne (black)
Tear It! Tape

Other

Stamp: Stampers Anonymous, Joy Clair
Smooth white cardstock
Enamel dot and diamante