Using Radiant Neon Inks on Black & White Cardstock

By Alison Heikkila

Hello!  @AlisonHeikkila  here. Let’s play with some Radiant Neon Inks on black and white cardstock. I use 3 of the 7 colors in a few different ways on this card. These techniques are fun and not complicated. I hope you’ll try them with your favorite stencil soon. 

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Time to Complete: 20-30 minutes



Radiant Neon Ink in Electric Yellow

Radiant Neon in Electric Coral

Radiant Neon in Electric Pink 

VersaMagic in Cloud White

Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Copper

Sponge Daubers

Craft Mat


A Colorful Life Designs: Astral Swirl Stencil

Stamp Anniething: Believe Word Die

Black & White Cardstock, Adhesive

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Best Wishes Wedding Card

By Martha Lucia Gomez

Hello crafty friends! Today, I have a fun tutorial to make a unique congratulations wedding card.
Let me share the project with you.  

Skill Level: Beginning
Time: 60 minutes


To make this card is important that you use one side metallic cardstock with an embossing folder. This cardstock can be glossy or matte.

Step 1:

Take a piece of one side glossy silver cardstock and dry emboss it with the embossing folder of your preference.

Step 2:

Remove the metallic color over the embossing with a sanding block. Make it soft so that it doesn’t break the cardstock. Clean with a dry cloth.

Step 3:

Select the colors of ink that you want to give to the embossing design. In my sample, I am using Memento Ink in colors Dandelion, Tangelo and Bamboo Leaves. Then, apply the colors directly over the sanded areas or use a sponge dauber.

When you are satisfied with the colors, pass a dry cloth over the embossed area to remove the excess ink. Resize the layer and paste it over the card base.

Step 4:

To finalize the card, you can use a die cut sentiment with more dimensions. In my sample, I die cut four times the Best Wishes sentiment using the same color of cardstock and then I paste all of them with OnPoint Glue.

Step 5:

Adhere the sentiment over the card base using the same adhesive.   

Thanks for stopping by and remember, you don’t need to create complicated projects. Just use the best inks and let your creativity shine!

Art Supplies:



  • One Side Silver Metallic Cardstock.
  • Embossing Folder and embossing Machine
  • Die Cut Sentiment.

Monoprinting with VersaFine Clair

By Alison Heikkila

Hello!  @AlisonHeikkila  here and today and we’ll be focusing on a couple of fun ways to use VersaFine Clair Inks. I love experimenting with different ways to use inks, so I decided to play on my Gel Press Plate and use a detailed 3D Embossing Folder. VersaFine Clair Inks are also great with layering stamps because you can get such crisp images. 

Skill: Beginner-Intermediate

Time to Complete: 30 minutes

Supplies Used:


• VersaFine Clair Ink: Charming Pink

• VersaFine Clair Ink: Warm Breeze 

• VersaFine Clair Ink: Fantasia 

• VersaFine Clair Ink: Medieval Blue

• Memento Ink: Summer Sky

• On Point Glue


• Gel Press: 6×6 Plate

• Speedball: 6″ Brayer

• Sizzix/Tim Holtz: Kaleidoscope 3D Embossing Folder

• Altenew: Fancy Star Builder Stamps

• MISTI Stamping Tool

• Recollections: Holographic and White Cardstock

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Learn to Make a Textured Spring Card

By Martha Lucia Gomez

Hello there! Today’s tutorial is about texture with Fireworks and Embossing Powder! Do you know that you can create a splattered effect with the embossing powder? Let me share the project with you.  

Skill: Beginning

Time: 60 minutes


Step 1:

Take a selection of Fireworks! colors of your preference to create the first part of the splatter effect. First, spray a single color over your craft mat. Grab a piece of white smooth cardstock or any type of cardstock and press softly over the mat. Let the paper dry naturally or speed the process with the heat tool if you don’t want to wait a few minutes.

Repeat the above process with all the colors that you wanted to use on your background. In my sample, I used Potter’s Clay, Paris Dusk and Bamboo Leaves.

Step 2:

While the background is in drying process, you can work on the card base. Select a color of VersaFine Clair that coordinates with your background. Stamp lineal images over it. If you want, you can emboss it with clear embossing powder. In my sample, I used VersaFine Clair Shady Lane and don’t emboss de leaves.

Step 3:

In a separate piece of White Smooth Cardstock, I stamped a floral image with VersaFine Clair Glamorous and then covered it with Clear Embossing Powder. Additionally, with a tiny spoon or spatula, I sprinkle Gold Embossing Powder over the flowers and leaves, trying to keep the powder inside of the lines.

Step 4:

With a paint brush, I removed the excess of the powder around the borders of the flower and then, melted the powder with the heat tool.

As you may have noticed, to create the splattered effect, I didn’t use ink, just the powder.

Step 5:

To continue with the process, I resized the background layer in angle. Then, I die cut the floral image with a coordinated die. Additionally, I pasted all the pieces over the card base using crafty foam tape to add more

dimension to the card.   

Step 6:

As final touch, stamp a sentiment in a different color and paste over the decorated card with crafty foam.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget that you can use different types of ink and embossing powders to create your own look!

Art Supplies:



  • Stamping Tool
  • Crafty Foam Tape.

Trapped Rainbow Stamping

By Alison Heikkila

Hello! I have a new tutorial for Imagine today and it uses some of my favorite types of inks: Kaleidacolor and VersaFine Clair. I’m going to show you how to use bold silhouette stamps, along with a detail stamp to get a unique “trapped rainbow” effect.

*Some affiliate links are used in this post. That means that if you shop through these links, I may receive a small compensation, at no cost to you. For more information, please see my Affiliates page, where I also have some coupon codes.

Difficulty: Intermediate
Time to Complete: Approx. 45-60 Minutes

Step 1:

Apply Tahiti Kaleidacolor Ink to a 6×6 Gel Press Plate. Gently tap the color. You don’t need much.

Pro Tip: The Kaleidacolor Inks do not need to be clicked together. The pad does not reach across the entire surface, and the little area for your finger to click the colors together can get in the way of inking the Plate. I have mine hang over the edge, as seen above, then I flip the pad around to the other side of the Plate to finish inking it.

Your Gel Press Plate will look like this when you are done inking.

Step 2:

Spray the Plate lightly with water.

Step 3:

Lay a piece of cardstock on to the Plate. Gently rub your hand across the back of the cardstock. If you are worried about getting ink on your hands, cover the whole plate with a piece of copy paper and rub.

This is what the monoprint, or “pull” will look like. I love the bits of white showing…it makes it look grungy.

Step 4:

Let’s add some more interest by stamping a large text stamp on to our background. I inked this stamp up with Warm Breeze. Don’t worry about what the stamp says, you won’t be able to read much of it when we’re finished.

Step 5:

Dry the panel completely with a heat tool or embossing gun. VersaFine Clair ink stays wet for a long time, and we don’t want embossing powder to stick anywhere just yet.

Step 6:

Apply your silhouette stamp to an acrylic block. Stamp it all over the panel, without overlapping the images. It will be hard to see, so if you are having trouble, go back and forth between this step and the next.

Step 7:

Sprinkle Clear Embossing Powder on to the stamped images and heat set.

You can see some of the shine from the embossed florals above. Don’t worry, with the next step, they will be much easier to see.

Step 8:

Using a cosmetic sponge (which gives a nice heavy application), apply Twilight Ink across the entire panel. You will see that the areas that have been embossed will resist the ink.

Step 9:

When you are done inking the panel, buff off the excess with a dry cloth or paper towel. Trim the panel down to 4″ x 5 1/4.”

Step 10:

Apply New Sprout ink to your white card base, just around the perimeter.

Step 11:

Die cut your sentiment. To grunge it up a bit, lightly apply Cantaloupe Ink to the top layer, which will bring out the texture in the cardstock.

Step 12: Adhere all elements to the card base.

Kaleidacolor: Tahiti
Clear Embossing Powder
VersaFine Clair Ink in Warm Breeze
VersaFine Clair Ink in Twilight
VersaMark Ink
Memento Ink in New Sprout
Memento Ink in Cantaloupe

Gel Press: 6×6 Plate
Speedball: 6″ Brayer
Hero Arts: Floral Imprints
Trinity Stamps: Encouragement Text
Birch Press: Big Hugs Sugar Script Die
Other: White card base, light teal cardstock, pale orange cardstock, spray bottle of water, embossing gun, cosmetic sponge

You can of course change up the colors however you like! Kaleidacolor Inks come in a wide range of palettes. I hope you will try this technique for yourself. Thanks so much f stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Make Your Own Plaid with Tear It! Tape

By Alison Heikkila

Greetings! One of my favorite products from Imagine is Tear It Tape. That may be surprising, considering all of the fantastic inks and colors they offer. But, Tear It! Tape is an exceptional adhesive that has some cool properties you may not be aware of, namely the fact that it is heat safe. That means you can emboss right on top of it, so I decided to make a plaid, embossed background using it. This doesn’t take too long, but you do need to be precise, which is something I don’t normally try to be when I’m crafting.

*Some affiliate links are used in this post. That means that if you shop through these links, I may receive a small compensation, at no cost to you. For more information, please see my Affiliates page, where I also have some coupon codes.

Time to Complete: Approx. 30-45 Minutes
Skill Level: Intermediate to Difficult

Step 1: Lay your Craft Mat with the grid side up. It’s going to be necessary to use it to not only make sure our lines are straight, but also evenly spaced.

Step 2: Lay your cardstock at an angle on the grid. The angle doesn’t really matter.

Step 3: Apply a strip of Tear It! Tape at every horizontal grid line. I placed mine above the line consistently.

The panel will look like this when you’re done.

Step 4: Cut off the excess ends to make the tape flush with the edge of the panel.

Step 5: Begin to partially remove the release paper from the Tear It! Tape. I found it to be easier to only pull it off part of the way, so that I could still move the card around without getting my fingers on the sticky tape. When you finish lifting a bit of each strip, finish pulling off the release paper.

Step 6: Pour Copper MBoss embossing powder on to the panel. I put a piece of copy paper underneath so that I can pour the excess back into the bag. I recommend rubbing your finger across the panel to ensure good coverage of the powder.

Step 7: Shake off the excess powder on to the copy paper, and heat set the powder that’s on the panel.

Step 8: Begin applying Summer Sky Memento Ink in the middle of the card panel using the applicator of your choice. Admittedly, my brush wasn’t thoroughly clean, so my inking doesn’t look exactly like the ink color.

Step 9: Apply Nautical Blue Memento around the Summer Sky Ink, in a “U” shape.

Step 10: Lay the inked panel back on to the grid at a different angle from before and begin laying down more Tear It! Tape. This time, I only applied the tape where the lines were bold, so every inch.

When done applying the tape, this is what the panel should look like.

Step 11: Remove the release paper, sprinkle on Shimmering Night Sky MBoss, shake off the excess, and heat set.

Pro Tip: You may be wondering why we didn’t ink the panel after the second layer of MBoss was applied, instead of before. The Shimmering Night Sky powder has glitter in it, which could cause some drag or pulling on your ink applicators when you blend the ink. To avoid that, inking before applying a sparkly powder is advised. The Copper powder is metallic, so there’s no drag, and excess ink can be buffed away with a cloth or paper towel.

Step 12: To make perfectly coordinated cardstock for your sentiment, ink up a piece of white with Nautical Blue. Die cut the sentiment. Cut the shadow layer from vellum.

Step 13: Shake up the Summer Sky Fireworks Spray, unscrew the bottle and flick the straw on your card base to create splatters. Let dry.

Step 14: Assemble your card with Tear It Tape for the panel, and On Point Glue for the die cut sentiment.

I love how this card came out! It’s got lots of shine, but with a masculine vibe. You can change the powders and ink colors however you like to suit your needs. I love the indigo tones we’ve got going here. I hope that you’ll try making your own plaid. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Tear It!Tape
Craft Mat
On Point Glue
MBoss Embossing Powder in Copper
MBoss Embossing Powder in Shimmering Night Sky

Memento Ink in Summer Sky
Memento Ink in Nautical Blue
Fireworks Spray in Summer Sky

Pinkfresh Studio: Classic Words Die Set
Blending Brush (or other ink applicator)
Strathmore Smooth Bristol Cardstock (for focal panel)
White Cardstock for card base