Make a Birthday Card Using Multiple Stencils

By Alison Heikkila –

Hello! Since birthdays happen all year, it’s good to have a big stash of birthday cards at the ready for whenever you need one. Since I love to use stencils, I thought I would use a bunch of them together with many colors of Memento Inks from Imagine.

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I chose a light color and a dark color Memento Ink for each candle of the Big Candle stencil. 

Step 1:

Step 1: Use washi or low tack tape to stick down your cardstock and stencil. Mask off any areas that you don’t want your first color of ink on. I masked off the second candle and the flames. 

Step 2:

Ink the candles with the lighter color from the pairs you chose. Be sure to mask off the areas that you don’t want your ink to go.

Step 3:

Mask off the candles so that you can ink the flames. I used Dandelion on the entire flame, and then Tangelo on the lower area of the flame.

Step 4:

Choose the stencils you want to decorate each candle with and ink with the darker shades you chose. You must keep the original candle stencil in place so that you only ink the candle. Slip the patterned stencil under the candle stencil to make inking easy. Be sure to mask off the other areas again! 

This is what the completed candles look like. You can stop here, if you want, but I kept going to make it even more festive!

Step 5:

Ink a stencil that looks like confetti or sprinkles on top of the entire panel.

Step 6:

Die cut your sentiment. First, I was only going to die cut my “happy birthday” out of purple, but I decided to cut one sentiment out of each main candle color so that I can have a stacked, 3D embellishment. You can glue these together with On Point Glue. 

Step 7:

Ink your card base using the lighter colors of Memento Ink, directly from the pad. I worked my way around my palette of colors two times. 

Step 8:

Glue the card front and sentiment on to the card base. Optional: Add sequins or rhinestones to the card front with On Point Glue. 

Here is the finished card! I love how happy it is, and it can easily work for anyone. It’s fun to work with so many colors and so many patterns of stencils, all on one project. I hope that you break out some of your stencils and try this technique! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Supplies Used:

Imagine:

Memento Ink: Angel Pink, Rhubarb Stalk, Cantaloupe, Peanut Brittle, Summer Sky, Paris Dusk, New Sprout, Northern Pine, Sweet Plum, Elderberry, Dandelion, Tangelo, Teal Zeal

On Point Glue

Other:

A Colorful Life Designs: Big Candles, Milky Way, Cozy Knit, Primative Batik, Crocodile, Teeny Honeycomb, Layered Party 1

Simon Says Stamp: Happy Birthday Die

The Rabbit Hole Designs: Cotton Tail Blending Brushes

Sequins

Washi/Low Tack Tape

White Cardstock

Learn to Make An Abstract Hanukkah Card

By Alison Heikkila –

Hello! Sometimes you need a card for a special event, holiday or occasion and you may not have the right stamps for it. That’s one reason why I love having abstract stamps and solid image stamps. You can easily make a very cool card for any occasion and just add an appropriate sentiment to it to make it work for you. Let me show you how to make a Hanukkah card using abstract shapes and lots of blue inks from Imagine. 

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Here are some of the supplies we will be using today. The top stamp set is specifically abstract shapes. The one underneath is actually fruits. but if you just look at the solid images of the set, they just look like funky blobs that are perfect for this technique. 

Directions:

Step 1:

Start stamping the shapes across the middle of the card. Use different shades of blue and be sure to overlap the images. You can see my first image started off of the card front also.

*Pro Tip: Using some type of stamp positioning tool or platform is key for this technique, as you will probably want to re-stamp and image a couple of times to get a solid, crisp image. You can do it using a stamping block, but it is much easier with a positioning tool. 

Step 2:

Continue to stamp the abstract shapes, varying the direction, size, shape, and color. You can absolutely repeat your shapes, but try turning them so that they appear different. I wound up repeating a couple of shapes and colors, but I kept them apart from each other.

Step 3:

Add some small elements. You can easily add interest to your abstract design by adding in some small embossed designs. Here, I repeated this dot pattern a few times by stamping it with VersaMark and then heat embossing it with gold. You can see that I also stamped my sentiment with VersaMark, and I am about to emboss it. 

*Pro Tip: Be sure that all of your stamped images are completely dry before using embossing powder. Some inks, like VersaFine Clair take a long time to dry because they are pigment inks. Heat set your inks, add some anti-static powder, and sprinkle on embossing powder over your complete design to see if it’s dry. If the powder sticks, brush it off and repeat the process. Once the inks are dry, you can start stamping with VersaMark. 

This is my finished card front. You can see that I added an additional cluster of dots and a couple of shapes to fill in the lower portion of the design. The panel is 4” x 5 1/4.” 

Step 4:

Shake up some Fireworks! Spray and brush it on to your card base around the perimeter. Let dry. 

Step 5:

Adhere your card front to the base. 

The concept of this card isn’t difficult, nor is the technique, but sometimes we need to be reminded that we don’t have to have a specific stamp for every occasion. Having a couple of abstract sets, or sets with solid stamp like these make perfect cards for any occasion. You can even stamp out a bunch of these panels at once, and omit a sentiment until you need a card. Then you can add something that works for the situation. I hope this gave you some good ideas. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Supplies Used

Imagine:

VersaFine Clair: Medieval Blue

VersaFine Clair: Twilight

Memento Ink: Nautical Blue

Memento Ink: Summer Sky

Memento Ink: Danube Blue

Memento Ink: Bahama Blue

VersaMagic Ink: Night Sky

Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray: Paris Dusk

Mboss Embossing Powder: Gold

Other:

Ellen Hutson: Abstract Nature Stamps

Simon Says Stamp: Organic Fruits (discontinued) 

Rubber Soul: Happy Hanukkah Stamp

Stamp Platform or Positioning Tool 

White Cardstock

Adhesive

Paint Brush

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Making Your Own Ephemera

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By Alison Heikkila –

Hello! Today I’ve got a fun tutorial that’s all about making your own ephemera. Ephemera can be ticket stubs, advertisements, postage stamps, handwritten letters, etc. It’s fun to use “found” ephemera, but it’s also a blast to make your own. You can feel free to follow each of the “steps” below, or just choose the ones you like. There’s no real order or correct way to make these elements, and you can use them on any of your paper-crafting projects. I just decided to go with a tag today. This particular project is great if you need to loosen up, break out of a creative block, or you just feel like adding to your stash. Just have fun with it!

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Directions:

 
 

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Step 1: 

Grab some cardstock and a stencil, and start spraying them with Fireworks! Spray. 

 

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Step 2: 

There’s a lot of spray left on that stencil, so don’t waste it! Grab another scrap of paper and flip the stencil (wet side down) on to it to get the reverse design. You can use a brayer or your hands to push the stencil into the paper to transfer the color better. 

 

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Step 3: 

Still more on the stencil? Spray it with a little water to get the color moving and press it into a third piece of paper. 

 

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Step 4: 

Grab some rubber stamps that have fun designs (especially solid images like this one), spray your craft mat with another color of Fireworks! Spray, and ink up the stamp in the puddle. Stamp some scrap paper with the wet stamp. 

 

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Step 5: 

Apply Kaleidacolor inks to cardstock using your favorite method. I used the Fruitcake palette on my Gel Press with a brayer. Then, take a stencil and apply VersaFine Clair ink on top using a sponge dauber or cosmetic sponge. 

 

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Step 6: 

Run a piece of cardstock through an embossing folder. Then ink the raised areas with Delicata Ink for shine.

 

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Step 7: 

Stamp out a sentiment with VersaMark Ink and use your favorite Mboss embossing powder on it. For texture, tear the edges and ink them with Rich Cocoa Memento Ink. 

Step 8: 

Take some old book paper and flick Fireworks! Spray on it to get different sized droplets. 

Step 9: 

Stamp some small geometric shapes and die cut/fussy cut them. 

Look at all the ephemera we’ve created by just using scraps!

 

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Step 10: 

Die cut a large tag out of cardstock. Start laying your ephemera on to the tag to see where you want your pieces to be. 

 

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Step 11: 

Let pieces hang off the edges of your piece. You can cut them off later, if you wish. Don’t be afraid to move your elements around, cut them, tear them, etc. 

 

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Step 12: 

Use different types of adhesive. I like using Tear It! Tape for the embossed layers, wet glue for flat layers, and foam tape or squares for elements that I want raised. I also love to use On Point Glue for sequins and rhinestones, which I added after I had all of my paper elements adhered. 

 

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Here’s the finished tag. Again, make this however you like. It doesn’t need to be for the holidays, it doesn’t need to be a tag. Just grab a bunch of supplies and play. Whatever ephemera you have leftover can be used at another time. 

Art Supplies:

Imagine:

• Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray in Cottage Ivy, Lady Bug, and New Sprout

• Memento Ink in Rich Cocoa

• Kalediacolor Inks in Fruitcake

• VersaMark Ink

• Mboss Embossing Powder in Rose Gold

• VersaFine Clair Ink in Rain Forest

• Delicata Ink in Golden Gliz

• Tear It! Tape

• On Point Glue

Other:

• Stampers Anonymous: Bold Tidings Mini and Mod Cactus

• Sizzix: Tag Collection #658784, Kaleidoscope 3D Embossing Folder 

• A Colorful Life Designs: Sweater Knit stencil, Make Some Plaid stencil

• Doodles Paper Playground: Bold Rhinestones (I only used the red) 

• Simon Says Stamp/CZ Design: Hex Yeah (discontinued)

• Scraps of cardstock, old book paper, etc. 

Make a Beautiful Pumpkin Thank You Card

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By Alison Heikkila –

Greetings! Alison here and today my latest tutorial for Imagine is a textured, fall-themed thank you card. I can see making a bunch of these to put as place setting on your Thanksgiving table, as a thank you to your guests for celebrating the holidays with you. I used several simple techniques on this card that when combined, look really fancy and festive. 

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Time: 45 minutes- 1 Hour

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Directions:

 

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Step 1: 

Using a piece of metallic cardstock, run it through your die cutting machine with an embossing folder. 

 

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Step 2: 

Using a sanding block, a piece of sandpaper, or even a nail file, sand the raised areas of the embossed cardstock. This will give it an aged or distressed look. 

Step 3: 

Gently rub Spiced Chai StazOn ink across the surface to add more interest to the piece of cardstock. 

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Step 4: 

On a Gel Press Plate, gently tap the Cappuccino Delight Kaleidacolor Inks across the surface. You can use a brayer to blend the colors, as well as a few spritzes of water or Ink Potion No. 9. 

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Step 5: 

Lay white cardstock on to the Gel Press Plate and rub to get the ink to transfer. Pull the print and let it dry. I pulled a couple of prints and then chose my favorite to use for this card. 

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Step 6: 

Die cut a pumpkin out of the monoprint.

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Step 7: 

Die cut a bigger pumpkin out of brown cardstock and ink the edges with Golden Glitz Delicata Ink. 

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Step 8: 

Die cut the sentiment out of cream colored cardstock and ink the edges with Desert Sand Memento Ink. 

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Step 9: 

Add Tear It Tape to the back of the embossed panel. I like to use this adhesive when I am working with a piece that has a lot of texture. It holds everything in place really well, and you don’t need to worry about liquid adhesive getting “stuck” in the wells. 

Step 10: 

Assemble the rest of the card. I used On Point Glue to attach the rhinestones. 

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Isn’t it pretty? 

 I love all of the shine from the embossed panel. I also really like seeing all the colors on the pumpkin through the die cut. I hope you’ll give some of these techniques a try!

Art Supplies:

Imagine:

• StazOn Ink: Spiced Chai 

• Delicata Ink: Golden Glitz

• Kaleidacolor Ink: Cappuccino Delight 

• Memento Ink: Desert Sand

• Tear It! Tape

• On Point Glue

Other:

• Darice: Embossing Folder

• Gel Press: 3×5 Plate

• Recollections: Pumpkin Die Cuts

• Simon Says Stamp: Thankful Die

• Doodles Paper Playground: Gold Starburst Rhinestones

• Brown, Cream, and White cardstock

A Few Ways to Get Creative with Memento Markers

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By Alison Heikkila –

Greetings! My latest project for Imagine started off as a Halloween card, but truthfully, it became a card that I could mail out at any time of year, depending on the recipient. I’ll leave it up to you to decide if you think it’s just for Halloween or not. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you a few ways to use your Memento Markers, along with a couple of other great products from Imagine. My supplies are listed at the bottom of the post. 

 Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Time to Complete: 1 Hour

Directions:

 

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Step 1:

Stamp the skeleton hand on to Smooth Bristol Cardstock with VersaFine Clair Ink in Nocturne. 

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Step 2: 

Color the image with London Fog, Rhubarb Stalk, Love Letter, Northern Pine, and Olive Grove. Be sure to leave some white space to mimic a shine. 

Step 3: 

Cut the image out. I used an X-Acto knife for the interior areas, and then my precision scissors for the rest. I left a thin border around the piece so that I didn’t have to be perfect. 

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Step 4: 

Die cut the 4th largest Hexagon die in the Waffle Flower set out of white cardstock, and the 5th largest out of black. 

Step 5: 

Use the Rhubarb Stalk Memento Marker to color the outer edge of the white hexagon, so that it will perfectly match the rose. 

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Step 6: 

Using Fireworks! Spray in Tuxedo Black, flick the ink on to your card base. 

Step 7: 

Scribble some Rhubarb Stalk Memento Marker on to an acrylic block. Add some water to a brush, and then flick the color off the side of the block to get splatter. 

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Step 8: 

Glue the hexagons together and the skeleton hand on top using On Point Glue. I usually glue everything at the end, but i knew I would be moving this piece around a bit, so gluing it early is helpful.

Step 9: 

Die cut a bunch of foliage from black cardstock and arrange them around the edge of the card. Have them going off the edge and in different directions to keep things interesting. Adhere with On Point Glue. 

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Step 10: 

After the foliage is glued, cut off the pieces that overhang. 

Step 11: 

On the black cardstock, stamp a sentiment with VersaMark Ink. If you have one, use an anti-static powder bag first. Then, sprinkle on white embossing powder, shake off the excess, and heat set it. 

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Step 12: 

Run the Rhubarb Stalk Marker around the edge of the card base to create a thin border of color.

Step 13: 

 

Adhere the hexagons to the card base. 

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Supplies Used

*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.

 

Imagine:

• VersaFine Clair Ink: Nocturne 

• Memento Markers: London Fog, Rhubarb Stalk, Love Letter, Northern Pine, Olive Grove

• Fireworks! Spray: Tuxedo Black

• VersaMark Ink 

• White Embossing Powder

• Sponge Dauber

• Craft Mat

• On Point Glue

Other:

• Erin Lee Creative: Stay Weird Stamp Set

• Erin Lee Creative: Tropical Leaves Die Set

• Waffle Flower: Hexagon Dies

• Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous: Noteworthy Stamp Set

• Black and White Cardstock

• Acrylic Block

• Paintbrush