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

Create a Cool Houndstooth Heart Card Using Radiant Neon and Delicata Inkers

By Alison Heikkila

I love to stretch my craft supplies, so finding new ways to use things always makes me happy. Today, I will share a fun way to use your luscious Radiant Neon and Delicata Metallic Inkers. This particular card was made for Valentine’s Day, but you can easily change out the colors, shapes, and stencil for any occasion.

Skill Level: Beginner

Time: 30 Minutes

Directions:

Step 1

Start by placing a heart shape onto your work surface. I used Gel Press Petite but if you don’t have any but you do have a Gel Press, you can easily free-hand cut or die-cut a shape of your choosing after you’ve made your print. Apply a drop or two of the Electric Pink Radiant Neon Inker on to the right side of the heart, and the Electric Coral Radiant Neon Inker on the left.

 

Step 2

Smooth and blend the colors with a brayer.

 

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Lay the Houndstooth stencil on top of the heart and lay a piece of copy paper on top of that. Press the paper with your hand to lift the color from the open areas of the stencil. Pull the paper off, and you have the beginning of a print for a later date.

Step 4

Leave the stencil in place and apply a few drops of Delicata Silvery Shimmer Inker onto the heart. Roll out the color with your brayer.

 

This photo shows how the ink colors look on the plate, before lifting the stencil.

Step 5

Lift the stencil off of the heart and apply a new piece of copy paper to the heart. Smooth the paper onto the heart with your hands (or you can use your brayer), and pull the print. Now you have the positive and negative spaces filled with color, using only reinkers! once the paint is dry, you can cut the shape out. You may want to use a heat tool for this since this ink is a pigment ink and takes a long time to dry.

 

Step 6

For the stenciled panel, cut a piece of black cardstock to 4″ x 5 1/4.”

Step 7

Lay the Houndstooth stencil on top and apply Silvery Shimmer ink (I used the pad) to the center of the panel with a blending brush. I kept the color heavy in the middle and faded it as I worked my way out in circular motions.

Step 8

Stamp a sentiment in the lower right corner using the same ink.

 

Step 9

Apply a few drops of the Golden Glitz Inker to an acrylic block and flicked the color off the block with a paintbrush.

 

Step 10

Once the panel is dry, apply it to a gray card base and adhered the heart on top, at an angle.

Supplies:

Imagine:

• Radiant Neon Inker – Electric Pink

• Radiant Neon Inker – Electric Coral

• Delicata Inker – Silvery Shimmer

• Delicata Inker – Golden Glitz

• Delicata Ink Pad – Silvery Shimmer

 

Other:

• A Colorful Life Designs – Houndstooth Stencil

• Gel Press – Petites: Lovely Days

• Speedball – Brayer

• Stampendous – POP Hydrangea Stamp Set

• Recollections – Black and Gray Cardstock

• Acrylic Block

• Makeup Blending Brush

• Copy Paper

• Paint Brush

 

Imagine’s Valentines Day Guest Artists

Imagine's Valentines Day Guest Artists

Our Call for Art for Valentine’s Day was heard! We asked our community to submit any Valentine’s theme art using Imagine or Tsukineko products. We are happy to feature several Valentine’s Day cards for February!

Guest Artists

Fairuz Fabiha Valentine's Day Card You Make My Heart Sing

Fairuz Fabiha

“I’m 20 year old paper crafter. The card is actually the first valentine’s day card I’d ever created.” 

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kazuko kocho - Valentines day card to you from me

Kazuko Kocho

“[Valentine’s Day card design] It’s simple, just stamp and color. Stamp credit PennyBlack. Ink VersaFine Clair in Nocturne”

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Neva Cole

“For this Valentines Card design, I used Delicata Golden Glitz, Iridescent Embossing Powder, Fireworks in Angel Pink and Rose Bud, Ink Potion No. 9, Concord & 9th Geode Stamp Set, Geode Die Set.”

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whale you be my valentine

Angie Cimbalo

Whale You Be my Valentine? Super cute Narwhal Card Design.

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Alison Heikkila

I wanted to create a background with vibrant, blended color that was also super shimmery. Fireworks! Spray was the perfect product. The colors are so bold, and the shimmer is beautiful. Using a stencil and a few other simple products made this card come together very quickly.”

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Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog and if you enjoyed this tutorial then please like, comment below or share on social media! Stay tuned for our next Art Call – Spring is Coming. 

Tasha Davies

I created this Love You Floral Valentines card using embossing powder and VersaMark!

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Do you like Shimmery Holiday Wreaths?

by Alison Heikkila

the card with a simple "Christmas Wishes" sentiment from Lawn Fawn stamped in Delicata Emerald Green and by adding "ornaments" with Silver Irresistible Pico Embellisher

I sure do! Hello, this month the Imagine Artists in Residence are featuring the color Evergreen. I decided to create a shimmery evergreen wreath as a centerpiece to this “Christmas Wishes” holiday card and I am going to show you how.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

Directions


Step 1

I started off with a piece of Mixed Media White Paper and covered it with Emerald Green Delicata ink. You can see the pretty shimmer this ink has. Although this is a pigment ink, it does dry quickly. But if you’re a little impatient, you can use a heat tool to speed up the process.


Step 2

Using the “Build A Wreath” die set from Stampendous, I die cut several evergreen boughs from the inked paper. I also die cut the largest circle from the set with a colored piece of green cardstock.


Step 3

Using a deep shade of green colored cardstock, I tapped the surface with Golden Glitz Delicata ink to give it some sparkle and depth. I then die cut the evergreen boughs out of this color too.


Step 4

I was satisfied with how these two layers looked, but it definitely needed some embellishing. There is a trio of berries in the die set, so I colored another piece of Mixed Media White Paper with Ruby Red Delicata. Then I die cut the berries. The berries looked good, but I love bows on wreaths. So I repeated the ink to paper process again with Golden Glitz Delicata and cut the pretty bow.


Step 5

Now it’s time to move on to the card base. I used Neenah Desert Storm for my base, cut to 4 1/4″ x 11.” Then I sprayed it with Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Gold. This gold works perfectly with the Golden Glitz Delicata.


Step 6

Now it’s time to assemble the wreath. I glued down the wreath base first. I used On Point Glue for all of the assembly. This adhesive is perfect for these small, detailed pieces. I started with the darker, colored green cardstock pieces. As I glued each piece down, I placed a heavy acrylic block on top to weigh the pieces down as the glue dried.


Step 7

Next, I moved on to the Emerald Green colored pieces and repeated the same process with the glue and the block. Then I added the berries and the bow. I completed the card with a simple “Christmas Wishes” sentiment from Lawn Fawn stamped in Emerald Green and by adding “ornaments” with Silver Irresistible Pico Embellisher. I love the additional texture the ornaments added.

Here’s the completed card. It’s fun to create your own colored paper using inks. I hope you’ll give it a try! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampendous – Build a Wreath Die Set
  • Mixed Media White Paper
  • Cardstock
  • Lawn Fawn – “Sprinkled with Joy”