Make an Inspiration Card Using Kaleidacolor

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By Alison Heikkila

Sometimes we need a card- fast! Here’s an easy way to make an inspirational card with only 2 stamps and one Kaleidacolor ink pad. You can change up the stamps to suit your needs. Make sure you read to the bottom of the post to see this card done with different colors.

Skill Level: Beginner

Time: 5 Minutes

Directions:

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Step 1

Using the Kaleidacolor Ink Pad of your choice, ink up your sentiment stamp. It’s a good idea to use a stamp positioner in case you need to ink it up more than once. Be sure to close the tab on the pad so that the colors “click” together. I chose Royal Satin Kaleidacolor. I recommend using using a palette that has deeper tones, as it may be harder to read a sentiment done in pastels.

Step 2

Stamp the image to make a solid impression. If there are any areas that need more ink, reink the stamp and restamp the image.

Step 3

Trim your sentiment.

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Step 4

Using a background stamp, click together the colors again and ink the stamp. I have the tabbed area hanging off the edge of the stamp. You’ll only be able to ink up a little more than half the stamp this way, so flip the pad around to ink up the other side.

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Step 5

Place a piece of 4″ x 5 1/4″ cardstock on top of the inked background stamp.

Step 6

Apply pressure with your hands on to the cardstock to make an impression. If you don’t want inky fingers, grab a piece of scrap paper, lay it on top of the entire background stamp, and rub to get an impression.

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Now you need to decide if you want your background colors to match the order of colors on your sentiment. Above, you can see the colors aligned.

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Step 7b

Here, you can see I reversed the colors, which I personally prefer. This is how I decided to make my card, but you can choose either option.

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Step 8

Glue your layers to a standard white A2 card base.

That’s it! You’re done, and you’ve made a card in about 5 minutes. If you make a pack of these, they would be a wonderful gift. Here are some other color versions.

Art Supplies

Imagine

Kaleidacolor Ink Pad (I used Royal Satin, Cappuccino Delight, and Berry Blaze)

Other

Brutus Monroe: There is Always Something to be Grateful For stamp
Erin Lee Creative: Houndstooth 6×6 Stamp
White Cardstock
Stamping Platform

Create a Fun Summer BBQ Invitation

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By Alison Heikkila

Summer is fast approaching and that means it’s almost barbecue season! After many of us spent last year at home, isolated, I know a lot of folks are looking forward to spending summer with friends and family again. Today, I have a simple tutorial to help you make sweet invitations (or just regular greeting cards) using some of my favorite products from Imagine, like Kaleidacolor inks and Fireworks! Spray.

Skill Level: Beginner

Time: Approx. 20 Minutes, plus drying time

Directions:

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Step 1

Stamp the ladybug from the Entomology stamp set 5 times on to Smooth Bristol cardstock with VersaMark Ink.

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Step 2

Sprinkle Black Embossing Powder on to the ladybugs, shake off the excess, and heat set.

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Step 3:

Using Lady Bug Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray and a brush, paint the ladybugs. Once the color is dry on the paper, you should wipe the embossed areas with a cloth, to remove any excess.

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Step 4

Die cut the ladybugs with the coordinating die.

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Step 5

Cut a piece of watercolor paper to 4″ x 5 1/4.”

Step 6

Swipe the Fresh Greens Kaleidacolor Inks across an acrylic block, and then spray with Ink Potion No. 9 a few times to get the colors to blend and move.

Step 7

Place the inked acrylic block in the center of the watercolor panel, put something heavy on top (I used a tape dispenser), and leave for a few minutes. The texture of the watercolor paper allows for imperfect color transfer, which I happen to love. If you prefer a smoother look, use paper with less tooth, or texture.

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Step 8

Once you removed the acrylic block, stamp a subtle pattern around the edges with New Sprout ink. I used a crackle stamp from Stampendous.

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Step 9

To add color to my white card base, I pressed my Fresh Greens Kaleidacolor inks into my Craft Mat, wet my brush, and applied the 3 center colors to the edges. I kept the colors soft and slightly blended. Using the same inks for the border as we did in the center of the card allows us to have perfectly matched elements, but since they’re applied differently, you create interest on your card.

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Step 10

Stamp a sentiment on the card with VersaFine Ink in Onyx Black. I combined a stamp from Erin Lee Creative with a stamp from Recollections to get the sentiment I wanted.

Step 11

Adhere your ladybugs to the card front, and your card front to the base when it’s dry.

Art Supplies

Imagine

VersaMark Ink
Black Embossing Powder
VersaFine Ink in Onyx Black
Fireworks! Spray in Lady Bug
Kaleidacolor Inks in Fresh Greens
Memento Ink in New Sprout
Ink Potion No. 9

Other

Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz: Entomology Stamp Set and Entomology Die Set
Erin Lee Creative: Winter Magic Stamp Set
Recollections: Sentiment set
Acrylic Blocks
Small paint brushes
Strathmore Smooth Bristol Cardstock
Canson Watercolor Paper
White A2 card base

Create Beautiful Appreciation Card for Your Teacher

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By Alison Heikkila

Hello! It’s getting close to the end of the school year, and between last year and this year, teachers have been champions, in my opinion. They’ve done so much for our students, learned so many new things themselves over the past year, that honoring them with a handmade card is a simple way to thank them for all of their dedication. I decided to combine Memento Markers with the Calypso Kaleidacolor Ink Pad and the March 2021 My Monthly Hero Kit to create a special card that’s perfect for any teacher.

Skill Level: Beginner

Time: 45 Minutes, plus drying time

Directions:

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Step 1

Stamp the tree from the My Monthly Hero March 2021 kit on to Memento-friendly paper with VersaFine Ink. I used Smooth Bristol Cardstock.

 

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Step 2

Color the tree using Memento Markers. My list of colors is below.

Step 3

Die cut the tree.

 

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Step 4:

Cut an additional piece of Smooth Bristol cardstock, cut to 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4.”

Step 5

Push the Calypso Kaleidacolor Ink pad directly into your Imagine Craft Mat and spray with water. *Please note, I opted to use a larger brush than the one pictured here. Please see the supplies list for details.

 

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Step 6

Begin painting the Calypso inks on to the Bristol cardstock. Use waters to help blend colors, and hold the tree up to the cardstock occasionally to see if you like your placement of colors. I worked diagonally, in the order the colors are in the ink pad.

 

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Step 7

Continue working your way down the cardstock, blending colors as you go. I left a bit of a border around the edge of (most) of the Bristol.

 

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Step 8

Once the panel is fully painted, let dry. Or, you can speed up the process with a heat tool. You can see how beautiful and vibrant the colors are, even after they’ve been watered down.

 

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Step 9

Stamp your sentiment with VersaFine Clair Ink in Twilight. I assembled my sentiment with words from a Recollections stamp set.

 

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Step 10

Create your card base out of black cardstock, cut to 10″ x 7.”

Step 11

Adhere the painted panel to the card base.

Step 12

Apply foam tape or pop dots to the back of the tree and adhere it to the card.

 

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Step 13

Adhere Sparkle Blends to the card using On Point Glue.

 

Art Supplies

Imagine

VersaFine Ink in Onyx Black

Memento Markers in Rick Cocoa, Toffee Crunch, Bamboo Leaves, Pear Tart, Ladybug, Potter’s Clay, Dandelion, Summer Sky, Desert Sand, Angel Pink, Rose Bud, Lulu Lavender, Tangelo, Elderberry, Grape Jelly, Cantaloupe, Bahama Blue. 

Kalediacolor Ink in Calypso

VersaFine Clair Ink in Twilight

On Point Glue

 

Other

Hero Arts: My Monthly Hero March 2021 Kit

Doodles Paper Playground: Clearly in Love

Canson: Smooth Bristol Cardstock

Princeton: Snap! Size 10 Round Watercolor Brush

Recollections: Sentiment stamps and Black 110 lb cardstock

 

Learn How to Make a Kaleidacolor Mother’s Day Card

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By Alison Heikkila

Hello! I don’t know about your mom, but my mom is not really into your typical Mother’s Day card. She’s not really into super flowery, extra sentimental cards. She prefers bolder, more graphic things. So I decided to think “outside of the box” and use triangles! This is a fun and simple way to get a unique looking card with dye based inks from Imagine.

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Time: Approx. 20 minutes.

Directions:

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Step 1

Let’s gather our supplies! Grab a Gel Press Petite (I went with a triangle so that I could rotate them 180 degrees each time to get a cool pattern), your favorite Kaleidacolor inkpad, an additional Memento ink pad, and a stencil. For tools, you’ll want an acrylic block or handle, plus a brayer.

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Step 2

Apply the Gel Press Petite to your block. Click together the Kaleidacolor inkpad. Roll the color on to your brayer. It will not look like there is much color on the surface of the Gel Plate, but don’t worry, it’s there.

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Step 3

Pick up the inked Petite (while it’s on the block) and apply it facedown to your cardstock. I left a 1/4″ border below the triangle. Press the triangle into your paper as you would a clear stamp, then peel it away from the cardstock.

Step 4

Apply Teal Zeal to the Triangle Gel Press and roll the color out with your brayer.

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Step 5

Place a stencil on top of the inked triangle and gently press it into the Plate. The Plate will hold the stencil in place.

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Step 6

Flip the Plate (with the stencil still attached) on to a piece of scrap paper. I use copy paper. Press into the scrap to remove the ink from the negative areas. You can see in my photo above how it will look.

Step 7

Peel the paper away from the Plate, then remove the Stencil.

Step 8

Place the Plate directly on top of the first Kaleidacolor inked triangle you created. The left over Teal Zeal ink on the Plate that was trapped under the stencil will transfer to the paper.

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Step 9

Repeat applying the Kalediacolor Ink to the Triangle, flip it around and place onto your cardstock, making sure it’s going in the opposite direction of your first triangle.

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Step 10

To make things go faster, I opted to ink and stamp all of my Kaleidacolor triangles before I finished my stenciled layers. I worked my way across the entire piece of cardstock, from end to end.

Step 11

Repeat the process of applying the Teal Zeal to the triangle, applying the stencil, taking off the excess ink, and then applying to the Kaleidacolor layers. Do this until all of the triangles have a stenciled image on them. Then trim the piece, leaving a 1/4″ at the top.

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Step 12

For my “mom” sentiment, I applied more Teal Zeal to my triangle (you can use any Gel Press Plate for this, but since the triangle was already out, I just used that). I placed a strip of paper on it to pull the color off. I repeated this step until I had enough of the strip covered for my dies to fit the “mom.” I could have just inked the paper. But I wanted the paper to have the same look as the rest of the card. Gel Press printing looks very different than applying ink directly to paper, or using some sort of applicator. This kept everything cohesive.

Step 13

I wanted a shadow layer to my “mom” so I repeated the last step, but I reapplied ink to my strip 3 times to get a darker tone. It’s still Teal Zeal, but at a richer strength because I layered the color several times. I adhered these layers together with On Point Glue.

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Step 14

I created my card base from white cardstock, cut to 8 1/2″ x 7.” I applied my Kaleidacolor ink directly to my brayer, sprayed it with Ink Potion No. 9 to help it flow, and rolled it on to the top and bottom of my card base.

Step 15

Adhere the mono-printed layer and the sentiment to the card.

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This was a really fun card to make, and since you can get a huge range of Kaleidacolor inkpads (including a dry one so that you can create your own combination!), you can change up the look of this card easily. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Art Supplies

Imagine

Kaleidacolor Inkpad in Bouquet
Memento Ink in Teal Zeal
On Point Glue

Other

• Gel Press: Petites Set A- Triangle
• AALL & Create: Lotza Trianglez
• Simon Says Stamp: CZ Design- Everett Alphabet Die Cuts
• Brayer
• Acrylic Block/Handle
• Dry Adhesive

Create Beautiful Florals with Memento Markers

By Alison Heikkila

Hello! Today I’m going to show you how you can use Memento Markers to create beautiful florals. They look like they’ve been watercolored but you really just have used silhouette stamps.

 

Skill Level: Basic to Intermediate

Time: 30-45 Minutes

 

Directions:

Step 1

Apply your first silhouette stamp to an acrylic block or stamping tool. For all of these images, I thought using a block was easier.

 

Step 2

Color in the silhouette stamp using Memento Markers. I went with 2 shades of green for the foliage, and two colors on each flower. I recommend applying the lighter color first, and then the darker one. Be sure to overlap the colors to blend them together.

 

Step 3

Stamp the colored image onto white cardstock. If you take a while coloring in your image, you may want to “huff” or breathe on to the stamp before applying it. This helps to remoisten the inks.

 

Step 4

Try to change up the strokes you use when coloring the images, especially if you have florals with different textures like I do. Some I kept super streaky to resemble petals, some have a much smoother blend. Don’t be afraid to add extra detail with the Memento Markers after you’ve stamped the images. I did this, for example, on the mason jar.

 

Step 5

Stamp all of your images out, keeping them spaced apart a bit for die-cutting.

 

Step 6

Die-cut all of your elements. I adhered multiple images to my cutting plate at once to save time. I taped them down with a low-tack tape to make sure they wouldn’t move.

 

Step 7

When all of your images are cut out, arrange them in different ways until you like how they look. Snap a photo of the arrangement so that when you go to glue them, you can put them back where you like them. If you have Press ‘N Seal, you can apply that to the top of the images to temporarily hold them in place while you apply On Point Glue to the parts that are “in” the mason jar.

 

Step 8

Take a piece of 4″ x 5 1/4″ white cardstock and run it through your die-cut machine with an embossing folder.

 

Step 9

Lightly apply Pixie Dust VersaMagic to the raised design of the cardstock.

 

Step 10

Adhere foam dots or foam tape to the back of the mason jar and flowers.

 

Step 11

Stamp the sentiment near the mason jar.

 

Step 12

Adhere the panel to a white card base.

 

I love the completed card. Using Memento Markers directly on stamps gives a very different look than when using ink pads. What kind of silhouette stamps do you have in your stash? Flowers like these? Animals? Geometric shapes? You can use any of them with this technique! Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

 

Art Supplies

Imagine

• Memento Markers: Angel Pink, Tangelo, Sweet Plum, Summer Sky, Pistachio, Bamboo Leaves, Danube Blue, New Sprout, Teal Zeal, Cantaloupe, Olive Grove, Northern Pine.

• VersaMagic: Pixie Dust

• On Point Glue

Other

• Altenew: Garden Silhouette Stamps and Dies
• Spellbinders: Set Apter Texture Plate- Laser Beams
• Foam Dots
• White Cardstock
• Adhesive

Create a Beautiful Spring Card Using VersaMagic Ink

By Alison Heikkila

Hello! Today I am sharing how to create a beautiful card with layering stamps and VersaMagic Inks. I love this line of inks because of their soft, chalky finish. They blend beautifully, and the color range is just lovely. My card today uses the Birthday Blooms stamp set from The Greetery, which is a pretty layering stamp set that is easy to work with.

Skill Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Time: 30-45 Minutes

Directions:

Step 1:

On a piece of 4″ x 5 1/4″ white cardstock, begin stamping the D1 and C1 images with Key Lime VersaMagic Ink. Work from one side to the other, or from top to bottom.

Step 2:

As you add foliage, also stamp D2, which is one of the blooms, in Pink Grapefruit VersaMagic ink, so that you ensure room for the blossoms.

 

Step 3:

Continue working across the entire panel with those three stamps until it is filled.

 

Step 4:

Apply stamps D4 and C2 to the foliage to create the veins and shadows with Tea Leaves VersaMagic ink.

Step 5:

Apply the D3 stamp to the blooms with Eggplant VersaMagic Ink.

 

Step 6:

Stamp the Celebrate sentiment in the middle of the panel with Pink Grapefruit VersaMagic Ink.

Step 7:

Place the smaller “Let’s Celebrate” sentiment on top of the larger sentiment. We do not need the small “Celebrate,” so only apply Eggplant VersaMagic ink to the “Let’s.” Stamp the small sentiment on to the panel.

 

Step 8:

Shake up Bamboo Leaves Fireworks! Spray, and unscrew the sprayer. Tap the straw over the panel to get larger droplets on the card. Let dry.

 

Step 9:

On your card base, ink the edges with Pink Grapefruit VersaMagic Ink.

Step 10:

Adhere the stamped panel to the card base.

 

I love the soft tones of the VersaMagic Inks. They look so beautiful when layered on top of each other or blended. I hope you’ll give this technique a try! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine:

Key Lime VersaMagic Ink

Tea Leaves VersaMagic Ink

Pink Grapefruit VersaMagic Ink

Eggplant VersaMagic Ink

Bamboo Leaves Fireworks! Spray

Other:

The Greetery: Birthday Blooms Stamp Set

White Cardstock

Acrylic Blocks

Adhesive