How to Make a Spooky Card

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By Alison Heikkila –

Halloween is a great time to experiment with deeper shades, interesting textures, and unique combinations. Things don’t need to be pretty or perfect…in fact, the weirder and more off-kilter they are, the better! Let’s use a variety of Imagine products to make a spooky card for Halloween.

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Time: 30 Minutes, including drying time

Directions:

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Step 1:

Apply Silvery Shimmer Delicata Ink Refill to a 6×6 gel printing plate and roll out with a brayer.

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Step 2:

Lay your stencil on to the gel plate. Using a piece of scrap paper, rub the negative space areas to pick up the ink. Pull the print. You won’t be using this print for this project, but you can save it for another time.

Step 3:

Lift the stencil off of the plate.

Step 4:

Lay a piece of 4″ x 5 1/4″ black cardstock on top of the plate, where the stenciled image is. rub the paper on to the plate firmly, making sure to rub all areas to ensure a clean pull.

 

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Step 5:

Pull the print.

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Step 6:

Splatter irRESISTibles Spray in Love Letter on to the gel print. I open the bottle and tap the straw to get nice, big splatters. Let dry.

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Step 7:

On a piece of gray cardstock, stamp a solid or silhouette image with VersaMark ink. I used a crow.

 

Step 8:

Sprinkle Shimmering Night Sky Mboss powder on to the inked image, tap off the excess, and heat set. Then, you can fussy cut the image out.

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Step 9:

Die cut your sentiment out of a deep orange cardstock.

Step 10:

Using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, press the front side of the letters into the pad gently. Memento ink pads have a wonderful texture, which will work perfectly with our creepy card.

Step 11:

On a black A2-sized card base, ink the edges with Black Shimmer Delicata Ink.


Step 12:

Adhere all of your elements on to the card base.

 

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Art Supplies:

Imagine:

• Delicata Ink in Black Shimmer
• Delicata Reinker in Silvery Shimmer
• irRESISTible Spray in Love Letter
• VersaMark Ink
• Mboss in Shimmering Night Sky
• Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black

Other:

Black, Orange and Gray cardstock
Tim Holtz: Crossbones Stencil, Crow Stamp
6×6 Gel Printing Plate
Alphabet Dies

How to Make a Simple Fall Tag

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By Alison Heikkila –

As we approach Autumn, I thought it would be fun to share a way to make a simple tag that can be used for gifts, as a place card, or even attached to a card base. By using a few simple techniques, you can make a bunch of these tags quickly, and save them for when you need them.

Skill Level: Beginner
Time: 15-20 Minutes

Directions:

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Step 1:

Die cut a tag out of Kraft cardstock. Cut a piece of Bristol Smooth Cardstock that is a little larger than your leaf stamp.

Step 2:

Stamp your leaf with VersaFine Clair Ink in Pinecone.

Step 3:

Apply Clear Mboss Embossing Powder to the leaf, shake off the excess, and heat set.

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Step 4:

Using Memento Inks in Pear Tart, Dandelion, Tangelo, and Morocco, apply using a blending brush. The colors should fade into each other and cover the entire leaf. The photo above shows the leaf not completely inked.

Step 5:

Die cut the leaf using the coordinating die, or fussy cut it.

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Step 6:

Place the leaf on the tag to help determine where you will add Tear It! Tape. The Tear It! Tape will be used to add stripes of embossing powder. I applied 2 strips.

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Step 7:

Sprinkle on Shimmering Night Sky Mboss powder on to the Tear It! Tape, shake off the excess, and heat set.

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Step 8:

Ink the edges of the tag with Rich Cocoa Memento ink and a blending brush. You could also do this step before you add the Tear It! Tape.

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Step 9:

Splatter on Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Gold all over the tag. Let dry

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Step 10:

Ink a small sentiment with VersaFine Clair Pinecone ink and stamp it on the tag.

Step 11:

Apply foam squares to the back of your leaf to raise it off of the surface of the tag and adhere it.

Step 12:

Add some ribbon or twine to the hole in the tag.

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I think this tag is so pretty and festive. You can easily use different colors of Memento inks or different embossing powder colors to completely change up the look.

Art Supplies:

Imagine:

• VersaFine Clair: Pinecone Ink
• Memento Ink: Pear Tart, Dandelion, Tangelo, Morocco, Rich Cocoa
• Tear It! Tape
• Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Gold
• Mboss Powder in Clear and Shimmering Night Sky

Other:

• Sizzix/Tim Holtz: Framelets Tag Die Set
• Kraft Cardstock
• Strathmore: Smooth Bristol Cardstock
• Stampendous: Jumbo Leaves
• Simon Says Stamp: Tiny Words
• May Arts: Organza Ribbon
• Blending Brushes
• Foam Squares

Learn the Technique in Creating an Eye-Catching Faux Scratchboarding Card

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By Alison Heikkila

Do you remember Scratch Art? There’s a black piece of heavy cardstock and you use pointy tools to scratch the black away, to reveal colors underneath? Some folks made really incredible art with this technique…I know my kids always enjoyed doing it too. How would you like to recreate that look of scratch art, but in a lot less time? It’s fun, and it gives you another way to use your reinkers.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Time: 20-30 Minutes

Directions:

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Step 1

Gather your supplies. You’ll need a gel printing plate (mine is a 6″x6″), reinkers ( I used 5 Radiant Neon colors), a brayer, and some copy paper. You can use heavy weight cardstock if you prefer.

 

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Step 2

Squirt a small amount of reinkers in lines on your gel printing plate. You don’t need too much. I have a little more than I needed on mine.

 

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Step 3:

Using a brayer, roll over the ink to get the colors to begin to blend. Try to keep from moving the brayer too much from side to side, as that will have the colors blend, and you’ll lose the distinction of each color.

 

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Step 4

Apply your piece of copy paper to the gel plate, and rub the back of the paper with your hands. Be sure to have contact with the entire surface. Once you think the ink has transferred, slowly peel back the paper. If you see you need to transfer the ink better, place the paper back down and rub the back of it again.

 

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Step 5

Choose your stencil and grab VersaFine ink in Onyx Black. Once the gel print is completely dry, tape down the stencil on top of the print.

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Step 6

Using an ink dauber, apply a heavy coat of Onyx Black VersaFine all over the gel print. Make sure you don’t move your stencil, and that you get a deep, even coat of ink across the entire area.

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Step 7

When the stenciled area is thoroughly covered with ink, remove the stencil.

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Step 8

Optional- You may choose to leave the background as-is, or to enhance it further with embossing powder. I opted to use black embossing powder to give it some shine. You may also use clear over the black ink. ***Take this a step further and use a different contrasting color altogether!

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Step 9

Pour the embossing powder all over the print and shake off the excess. If you see stray bits of powder where you don’t want it, use a small, dry brush to swipe it away. Heat the powder with an embossing tool, but please keep in mind that if you used copy paper, the paper heats up quickly.

Step 10

Trim down your background to 3 3/4″ x 5.” This will leave you a nice big strip that yuo can use on a different card another time.

Step 11

Cut a piece of black cardstock to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2.” Adhere your stenciled piece to the black with the adhesive of your choice.

 

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Step 12

Ink up your sentiment with VersaMark Ink. The sentiment I chose had many other sentiments with it, but I only wanted to ink up one. I put tape on the sentiment above and below the one I wanted to use, then I used the VersaMarker to ink up the one I wanted. You can use the VersaMark Pad for this too, but the pen is nice and small.

Step 13

Remove the tape and stamp the sentiment on to a strip of black cardstock.

Step 14

Sprinkle white embossing powder on to the sentiment, shake off excess, and heat set.

Step 15

Apply Radiant Neon Ink in Electric Pink to the edges of your (white) card base.

Step 16

Adhere the top layers (including the sentiment) to the card base.

Step 17

Using On Point Glue, adhere flat-backed rhinestones around the sentiment strip.

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The end result is a fun, eye-catching card that can be used for many occasions. You can experiment with different combinations of reinkers and stencils to get completely different looks.

Art Supplies

Imagine

Radiant Neon Reinkers in Electric Pink, Electric Yellow, Electric Green, Electric Blue, and Electric Purple
Radiant Neon Ink Pad in Electric Pink
Embossing Powder in Black and White
On Point Glue
Sponge Dauber

Other

Sassy & Crafty: Stained Glass Hearts Stencil
Doodles Paper Playground: Neon Flat-backed Rhinestones
Taylored Expressions & Brutus Monroe: Simple Strips- Crafty
Black Cardstock
White A2 Card Base

 

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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Step 7a

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