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 How to Make a Fall Thank You Card

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By Neva Cole –

In today’s card making tutorial, I will show you how to create a Fall themed “Thanks” card using three different inks. The Autumn colors are vibrant and blend well with kraft card stock and burlap ribbon.  I hope this card inspires you to think of all things pumpkin spice and apple cider as we head into fall!

Skill:  Intermediate

Time:  1.5 hours

Directions:

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Step 1

Spritz white cardstock with Fireworks! Lady Bug, Tangelo, and Dandelion.  I like to start with the darkest color first working to the lighter color to fill in the last areas of white.  Set aside to dry.

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Step 2

Use Memento Peanut Brittle and Rich Cocoa ink pads and press directly on the cardstock. This creates a splotchy look.

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Step 3

Die cut the Fireworks! colored cardstock with Skeleton Leaves dies.  Cut an outline to back the leaves either by hand or with an electronic die cutting machine.  Adhere the layers together with On Point Glue.  Small dots in the thicker areas of the leaves works best.

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Step 4

Die cut one “Thanks” sentiment from the Fireworks! colored cardstock and three from white cardstock.  Layer together with On Point Glue to create a dimensional sentiment.  To avoid glue from leaking out from between the layers, use small dots of glue on the outside edges.

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Step 5

Use a soft rubber brayer to ink cardstock trimmed to 4.74” x 5.75”.  Kaleidacolor in Autumn Leaves was used with the green portion in the middle and the light orange on either end of the cardstock.  Flip the cardstock to achieve this look.

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Step 6

Pressure emboss the cardstock with Basket Weave embossing folder.  Use a sanding block to remove color and allow the embossed design to pop.

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Step 7

Using Tear It! Tape, adhere your A7 kraft card base to background. Then tape the burlap ribbon. The Tear It! Tape, it’s translucent enough that it does not show through the burlap, and will hold the card together.  Adhere the “Thanks” sentiment and the leaves with On Point Glue.

Art Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Sizzix Thinlets Skeleton Leaves
  • Spellbinders Phrase Set One
  • Darice Basket Weave embossing folder A7 size
  • Recollections A7 card Base
  • Burlap Ribbon
  • Sanding Block
  • Dimensional Foam Adhesive
  • Brother Scan-N-Cut

Make a Cheery Birthday Card Using Fireworks! Shimmery Sprays

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By Neva Cole –

In today’s card making tutorial, I will show you how to use your Fireworks! Shimmery Spray inks in different ways rather than just spraying them!  All of the blooming sunflowers during my travels were the inspiration for this late summer birthday card.  It is very cool that sunflower heads follow the sun throughout the day, and they are always bright and cheery!

Skill:  Intermediate

Time:  1.5 hours

Directions:

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Step 1

Stamp sunflower image in Delicata Golden Glitz and heat emboss with Iridescent Embossing Powder.  The Delicata Golden Glitz is one of the brightest gold inks, and works best for a sunflower.  Die cut with an electronic die cut machine, or fussy cut with scissors.

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Step 2

Use a brush tip Fantastix to color in the center of the sunflower with Delicata Black Shimmer.

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Step 3

Shake the Fireworks! spray until all of the shimmer is mixed in.  When the spray sits for awhile, the shimmer settles to the bottom and can be seen as a thin layer through the bottle.  Remove the spray lid and tap a bit of Fireworks! on your work mat from the end of the plastic tube.  Use a fine tip paint brush to paint the sunflowers a beautiful iridescent Dandelion Yellow.  Yellow ink is one of the more difficult inks to use, and this method solves that dilemma!

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Step 4

Stamp the leaf image in Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy and heat emboss with Iridescent Embossing Powder.  Using embossing powder helps maintain the original ink color of the image while painting over with Fireworks! spray.  It also allows you to color inside the lines much more easily! Use a fine point paint brush to add Fireworks! in Bamboo Leaves.  Die cut or fussy cut the leaves.

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Step 5

To get a finer sprinkling of more carefully located drops of Fireworks!, use the same paint brush and gently tap over the card stock to create a fine splatter pattern.  When using the spray nozzle, the color is denser on the cardstock.  Finish the edges by inking with an ink blusher and Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy.

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Step 6

Edge the base card with an ink blusher and Delicata Golden Glitz.  Using inks throughout the card allows for perfect coordination.

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Step 7

Position the leaves and sunflowers on the card front to determine the location for the sentiment.  Stamp the sentiment in Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy and heat emboss with Iridescent embossing powder.  Adhere the layers of the card together.  The card front and leaves are adhered with Tear-It! Tape, and the sunflowers are adhered with thin dimensional foam adhesive.

Art Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Auntie Amy Sunflower image
  • Heartfelt Creations Bold Leaf stamp
  • Technique Tuesday Large Birthday sentiment stamp
  • Fine point paint brush

Make a Colorful Card Perfect for Advancing to the Next Grade

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By Jowilna Nolte 

– I dream in color literally. This was the case the other night when I dreamt about some alcohol ink that wasn’t alcohol ink. And so experimenting started. I used my VersaFine Clair ink pads on Yupo paper. Now technically this will never dry but here is the trick how to create that gorgeous look.

Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Time: 30 minutes

Directions:

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Step 1

gorgeous colorful card perfect for advancing to the next grade.

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I used 200gsm Yupo paper in white. Swipe the first color of ink across the paper once or twice depending on how wide you would like your strip.

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Step 3

Now continue with the second and third color of ink.

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Step 4

While the ink is still nice and wet use your blending solution and add quite a bit of it onto the ink. Let it sit for a while and then swirl the paper around to mix the colors a bit.

TIP: I also added some into a misting bottle and sprayed the inks to create small little drops of texture on it.

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Step 5

Leave to dry. I left mine to dry for a while and still had some thicker areas where the ink pooled that stayed tacky, so I simply used a clear sealant and sprayed that over the paper and left it again. It dried nicely and now all I have to do is use this gorgeous Faux alcohol ink piece of a project.

Trim your panel to fit onto the front of a folded card and adhere the panel using Tear It! Tape.

Add a vinyl decal and stamped sentiment, then finish off your card with a few scattered diamante. And in a few minutes you created this gorgeous colorful card perfect for advancing to the next grade.

Art Supplies

Imagine

VersaFine Clair Paradise
VersaFine Clair Charming Pink
VersaFine Clair Summertime
VersaFine Clair Nocturne
Tear It! Tape
On Point Glue

Other

Yupo paper
Alcohol blending solution
Die-cut: Cricut
Gold vinyl: Cricut
Die-cut machine: Cricut Maker
Embellishments
Stamps: Joy Clair

Learn to Make a Colorful Hummingbird Birthday Card

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By Neva Cole 

In today’s card making tutorial, I will show you how to make a multi-colored layered birthday cards using a plethora of great Imagine inks.  Hummingbirds can be iridescent, so Encore! Ultimate Metallic, Delicata, and Brilliance inks are used to create a beautiful hummer.  Ombre-hued Kaleidacolor inks are used to create the frame and background.

Skill:  Intermediate

Time:  2 hours

Directions:

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Step 1

Stamp Hummingbird outline image and flower outline image in Encore! Ultimate Metallic Green.  Using a stamp positioner will allow more precise placement while stamping layers.

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Step 2

Stamp next layer of Hummingbird in Encore! Ultimate Metallic Honeydew and the stem of the flower in Delicata Emerald Green.

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Step 3

Stamp next layer of Hummingbird and flower stem in Encore! Ultimate Metallic Green.

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Step 4

Stamp throat of Hummingbird in Brilliance Pearlescent Purple.

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Step 5

Use a Memento Dual Tip Marker in Tuxedo Black to color eye.  Die cut with matching Frame Cut.

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Step 6

Stamp the layers of the flower with Versa Color Heliotrope, Violet, and Orange.  Die-cut with matching Frame Cut.

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Step 7

Trim cardstock to 3 1/2″ x 8 1/2″.  Use a foam brayer to ink the cardstock with Kaleidacolor in Fresh Greens.

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Step 8

Die-cut Foliage Frame.

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Step 9

Trim cardstock to 7 1/8” x 8 ½” and fold in half.  Use a foam brayer to ink the cardstock with Kaleidacolor in Blue Breeze.

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Step 10

Place Foliage frame over blue background to determine position for sentiment.

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Step 11

Stamp sentiment in the darkest color from the Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze ink pad.  It is easiest to do this with the pad expanded to get just the end inked section of the Kaleidacolor pad.

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Step 12

Adhere layers of card together.  The Foliage frame is adhered with thin dimensional foam adhesive. The upper and lower flowers are adhered with On Point Glue, and the middle flower to thin dimension foam adhesive.  The hummingbird is adhered with thicker dimensional foam adhesive.

Art Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Hero Arts Color Layering Hummingbird & Frame Cuts
  • Kat Scrappiness Slimline Card Foliage Frame
  • Sponge brayer
  • Dimensional Foam Adhesive
  • Stamp positioner

Stamp with Ancient Dynasty Coins

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By Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Turn the Ancient Dynasty Coins into stamps using Tack ‘n Peel reusable cling sheet and decorate the background using VersaFine CLAIR ink pads.

Skill: Intermediate

Time: 1 Hour

Directions:

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Step 1

Sprinkle drops of the Walnut Ink Willow on a 4x6in piece of card stock. Spray with Ink Potion No. 9 to dilute further and dry it.

 

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Step 2

Stamp with the bamboo branch using VersaFine CLAIR Shady Lane and Verdant covering the left half of the card.

 

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Step 3

Place a small piece of the Tack ‘N Peel sheet on an acrylic block and then place the Ancient Dynasty Coin.

 

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Step 4

Stamp with the coin and the VersaFine CLAIR Rain Forest on the card stock.

 

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Step 5

Stamp the letters stamp using VersaFine CLAIR Tulip red ink pad on the right side of the card piece.

 

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Step 6

Cut a 4in long piece of the cotton ribbon and hand sew vertically some natural straws cut in various lengths covering only a small part of the ribbon.

 

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Step 7

Pass red cord pieces through the coin and Tear It! Tape.

 

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Step 8

Add Tear It! Tape to the back for the cotton ribbon and set on card.

 

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Step 9

Set the coin on the cotton ribbon next to the straws and wave the left red cod through the straws. Tie the right cord behind the cotton ribbon and fold the ribbon to half.

 

Art Supplies

Imagine

Ancient Dynasty Coins – Prosperity

VersaFine CLAIR – Shady Lane, Verdant, Rain Forest, Tulip Red

Ink Potion No. 9

Walnut Ink – Willow

Tack ‘N Peel

Tear It! Tape

 
Other materials

Card stock – white

Red cord

Natural straw sticks

Cotton ribbon

Needle and green thread

Artemio stamp set – Life energy

Kaisercraft stamp set – Lush