Learn How To Make A Raindrop Theme Shaker Card

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Learn How To Make A Raindrop Theme Shaker Card

I love a versatile tool and the Dewlet die is just that. The perfect little (but not too little) teardrop for petals, leaves, raindrops, balloons, and whatever else you think of. In this card, I’ve used the die as a stencil to draw out a pattern as well as a die to cut out shapes in that pattern. And that simple repeating pattern gets jazzed up with pen detailing, glitter, and a couple of shaker windows, too.

If you get the blues being away from friends and family, this is a sweet card to say how much you miss them. Change up the color scheme or sentiment, though, and it could easily be a baby or wedding shower card. Add some flowers and you’ve got an April Showers card. All from a simple repeating background and a few well-chosen embellishments.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour +

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – White, Navy
  • Clear Acetate Sheet
  • Pencil
  • Paper Studio Iridescent Glitter – White, Powder, Robin’s Egg
  • Small Beads
  • Helmar – ZapDots ¼” Square
  • Uniball – Signo White Gel Pen
  • Fiskars – Paper Trimmer, Scissors
  • Die Cut Machine

Mythbuster: Creative Medium is Only Good for Mixed Media Projects

by Steph Ackerman

Mythbuster: Creative Medium is Only Good for Mixed Media Projects

When people think of heavy acrylic pastes like Creative Medium, they tend to assume it can only be used on mixed media projects. I would like to bust that myth by showing you that Creative Medium is also an excellent product to use in card making. Placing a light layer of Creative Medium on your paper can transform the look and feel of your cards. 

Skill: Beginner or Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Creative Medium can be used to transform any paper. Here I used Creative Medium in Gold Metallic to add a gold shimmer to patterned paper.  


Step 2

Use a palette knife to spread a light layer of Creative Medium on paper then place the paper aside to dry. Creative Medium will not wrinkle your paper and will dry flat.


Step 3

I used 3 different colors of Creative Medium in Gold, Iridescent Blue and Silver on assorted papers which consisted of stripes, small prints, and large prints, light and dark papers. Again, a light layer is all that is needed for your papers to achieve amazing results. Let the papers dry thoroughly before continuing. 


Step 4

On the Silver Creative Medium backgrounds, I used an assortment of techniques. I used a brick stencil and spritzed over it with Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Lilac Posies. On another, I used a large script stamp with VersaFine Clair ink in Nocturne. On another, I used the Scor-Pal to create the grid effect. As you can see Creative Medium works with dye ink sprays, stamping and scoring and it doesn’t affect the initial application. 


Step 5

On the Gold Creative Medium backgrounds, I used a large brick background stamp with VersaFine Clair ink in Fallen Leaves, embossed snowflakes and lightly inked with Bahama Blue ink and, I used a star stencil with Silver Creative Medium. Each of these show again how you can completely transform your cardstock. 


Step 6

Finally, I experimented with the Creative Medium in Iridescent Blue backgrounds. I used a Thank You embossing folder, then lightly inked with Memento Potter’s Clay. And the second one, I used Rose Bud with a floral stencil. So if you have cardstock or scrapbook paper you don’t particularly like or has an out-dated look, consider using Creative Medium to change it up and add some new life to them! Enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine 
Other 
  • Embossing Folders – Cuttlebug, Sizzix
  • Scoring Tool – Scor-Pal
  • Stamps – Just For Fun Rubber Stamps (script); Joy Clair (Brick)
  • Stencils – The Crafter’s Workshop

See How to Create a Snowflake Spinner Card

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

See How to Create a Snowflake Spinner Card

I adore blue and silver as a holiday color scheme (or any time of year, for that matter), so for the Frosted Blue color challenge, I created this card with a frosted-looking inside scene (courtesy of Creative Medium mixed with VersaColor) and a fun spinner element in the front-panel frame. The Rinea foiled paper is sturdy enough to hold its shape, even when cut so delicately, making this card a real display piece for the holidays.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Supplies

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Other
  • Navy Linen Cardstock
  • Rinea Foil Paper – Silver Starstruck
  • Stampers Anonymous – Tree stencil
  • Paint Brush
  • Electronic Die Cut Machine
  • Craftables – Snowflake SVG Cut File
  • Bo Bunny – Sentiments Stamps
  • Darice – Heat Tool
  • Acrylic Block
  • Fiskars – Paper Trimmer, Scissors
  • Straight Pin
  • Foam Square
  • Needle & Thread

Create Paper Poinsettias with Memento Ink and Dewlets

by Steph Ackerman

Create Paper Poinsettias with Memento Ink and Dewlets

Dewlet Etched Metal Dies are perfect to use with Dew Drop Inkpads. Simply stamp the droplet shapes then align and cut the dies using any die cut machine. There are many options with the shape to play and experiment. Once I started playing with the dies, I found myself creating two very different cards. Simply by flipping the droplet shapes allows you to create poinsettias, leaves, and even dragonflies.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Stamp each stamp pad onto white cardstock. Punch out the petals by using the Dewlet dies and a die cut machine.


Step 2

Ink around each petal for dimension, then use a stylus to give the petals dimension.


Step 3

Create the background by inking a large background stamp with white ink then emboss with clear embossing powder to create a tone-on-tone effect. Using a jumbo dauber, ink around the panel with Memento in Love Letter, then edge with Brilliance in Thyme.


Step 4

Adhere the stamped panel to a kraft card. Create the poinsettia by assembling the petals on the card. Place two leaves behind the poinsettia. Use irRESISTible Pico Embellisher in Lady Bug to add dimension to the poinsettia petals. Stamp a sentiment with VersaFine Clair in Pinecone, edge with Memento in Love Letter and mat with cardstock. Add to the card with foam adhesives.


Step 5

Add drops of irRESISTIble Pico Embellisher in Lady Bug on opposite corners of the card.


Step 6

For the dragonfly card, create a kraft card and add a panel of striped paper. Using Brilliance in Sky Blue ink, stamp onto white cardstock. Emboss with Embossing Powder in Clear and heat set. Die cut each and emboss with an embossing folder. Use On Point Glue to adhere the tips of 4 petals to the card creating a dragonfly. Use On Point Glue to adhere a row of dew drops for the body. Add drops of Shimmer irRESISTIble to the corners. Stamp phrase with Pinecone Ink. Cut into a pennant shape, made with cardstock. Add to card with foam adhesives.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – White, Kraft
  • Authentique – pattern paper
  • Joy Clair – Christmas sentiment stamp
  • Just For Fun Rubber Stamps background
  • Unity Stamp Co. phrase
  • Cuttlebug
  • The Robin’s Nest – Dew Drop embellishments
  • Die cut machine

Learn How to Decorate Your Own Holiday Ornaments

by Steph Ackerman

Learn How to Decorate Your Own Holiday Ornaments

As we get closer to the holidays, it’s always fun to do handmade projects or get the kids involved with decorating the Christmas tree. This year, why not create Christmas ornaments for friends and family members. All you need are a set of glass ornaments and a selection of amazing colors of StazOn Studio Glaze to complete this project.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour + drying time

Directions


Step 1

Remove the hanger from each ornament and put aside. Holding the ornament with 2 fingers, start by creating a zig-zag pattern using StazOn Studio Glaze in Gold.


Step 2

Add dots of color using StazOn Studio Glaze in St. Valentine, Silver, and Orange Zest. Continue adding dots of color around the ornament.


Step 3

Place another ornament on a dowel or craft stick and add StazOn Studio Glaze in St. Valentine, Emerald City, and Orange Zest in random patterns. Use a finger to mix the colors together creating a swirly pattern.


Step 4

Add rings of color on another ornament and mix them together creating another swirly pattern.


Step 5

Continue painting the ornaments with Studio Glaze until you have decorated all the ornaments you need.


Step 6

Using the RInea 3D Hyacinth die set, die cut assorted colors of Rinea Foils. Add Tear It Tape to the bottom edge of the die.


Step 7

Put the hanger back in each ornament. Remove the backing from the Tear It Tape, then wrap the foil around the ornament top.


Step 8

Use a craft pick to curl the foil strips and continue decorating as you wish.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other

How to Make a Gingerbread House Garland

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

How to Make a Gingerbread House Garland

Die cuts and a few choice supplies combine to create this darling little gingerbread house garland. Not only is it perfect for the holidays, it’s an ideal craft to let kids help decorate (after the embossing is done!) and it would also look super sweet at a fairy tale themed event—think Hansel and Gretel and the witch’s house in the woods. A fun technique used in this project is layering the StazOn Studio Glaze while still wet. Drawing the tip of the Claret StazOn Studio Glaze bottle over the Cotton White made for near-seamless candy cane stripes once dried. Also, I’ve found it helps to be very generous with the Cotton White, especially on darker papers or backgrounds, if you want it to retain some opacity.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 15 minutes per house

Directions

Supplies

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Other
  • Cardstock – Craft
  • Die-Versions – Tall Victorian Home die
  • Sizzix – Big Shot Plus
  • 1/8” Hole Punch
  • Darice – Heat Tool
  • Baker’s Twine
  • Clear Tape