Create Your Own Shimmer Cardstock and Turn It Into a Mother’s Day Card

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By Katy Ingram –

Hello Friends! Katy here with another quick project for you. Today’s card works up super quick, but has several techniques used to create it. I have a video for you below, but a quick recap: I used the Sheer Shimmer Spray in Sparkle on a piece of watercolor paper to start and then once that was dry I blended some Angel Pink Memento Ink and then stamped the center sentiment in Gray Flannel Memento Ink. Lastly, I stamped a floral image in each corner with Sweet Plum Memento Ink. I hope you enjoy the video, thanks so much for watching.

Skill: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Time: 20 minutes

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine

• Memento Inks:

Angel Pink

Gray Flannel

Sweet Plum

Sheer Shimmer Spray-Sparkle

On Point Glue

 

Other Products Used:

• Simon Says Stamp Incredible Women Stamp and Die Set

• Pink Fresh Studio Blooming Bouquet Stamp

• Fabriano Traditional White Hot Pressed Watercolor Paper

• Accent Opaque 120 lb Cardstock

• Slate Gray Cardstock

• Gina K Designs White Layering Card Stock

• Blender Brushes

Follow Katy Here:

Youtube: https://youtube.com/c/eastwickspaperandink 

facebook: fb.me/eastwickspaper 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eastwickspaperandink/ 

Blog: https://www.eastwickspaperandink.com/

How to Make a Happy Easter Card

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By LeeAnn McKinney

– Howdy friends and fellow crafters, LeeAnn with a fun Easter card made using a wood blog stamp and some peg stamps from Stamps by Judith. Also used a grass/cloud stencil and had a whole lot of fun. The sentiment stamp is from Lawn Fawn’s Happy Add On Collection.

 

Art Supplies

Imagine:

• VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne

• Tear It! Tape 

• On Point Glue

• Imagine Craft Mat

• Angel Pink Memento Marker

• Cottage Ivy Memento Marker

• Bamboo Leaves Memento Marker

• Lulu Lavender Memento Marker

• New Sprout Memento Marker

• Tangelo Memento Marker

• Lady Bug Memento Marker

• Wild Dandelion Memento Marker

• Desert Sand Memento Marker

• Summer Sky Dew Drop

• Bamboo Leaves Dew Drop

• Cottage Ivy Dew Drop 

 

Other Products Used:

Stamps by Judith and Lawn Fawn Happy Add On

 

Soft Inking Scrapbook Page with VersaMagic

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By Alison Heikkila –

Hello! I love scrapbooking, but truthfully it’s been ages since I’ve made any layouts. I came across this fantastic picture of my husband when we were in Woodstock, NY a couple of years ago, and the inspiration hit. Let me show you how beautifully VersaMagic Ink blends with stencils and die cuts to make a fun page.

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

Directions:

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Step 1:

On white 12×12 cardstock, tape down the first layering stencil. I masked off some areas with washi tape, because I didn’t want the foliage to come to a harsh end where the stencil is cut. I only used leaves that were complete or went off the edge of my page.

Step 2:

Ink the leaves with a blending brush and Aquatic Splash VersaMagic Ink.

Step 3:

Add the top layering stencil and mask off any leaves that you don’t need.

Step 4:

Ink Teal Zeal Memento Ink with a blending brush.

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Step 5:

Repeat the steps above to create a wide column of the foliage going down the left side of the page. Hint: I used that circle die to give the one leaf a rounded edge, instead of looking like it’s cut off by the edge of the stencil

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Step 6:

Die cut the flamingo out of white cardstock. Ink blend the body with Pink Grapefruit and a touch of Pixie Dust VersaMagic Inks. Keep the inking soft….don’t overdo the color.

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Step 7:

Die cut the legs out of white cardstock. Ink blend with Pink Grapefruit and Pumpkin Spice VersaMagic Inks. The Pumpkin Spice dulls the Pink Grapefruit just enough to make the legs look like the color of actual flamingo legs.

Step 8:

Die cut the front area of the beak with black cardstock.

Step 9:

Glue the flamingo pieces together with On Point Glue.

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Step 10:

On your craft mat, swipe the Bouquet Kaleidacolor ink. You’ll be using the peachy tone in the middle.

 
Step 11

Wet a brush with water and pick up the peach color from your craft mat. Splatter the color all over the background of your scrapbook page.

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Step 12:

Swipe Aquatic Splash on a piece of white cardstock. Die cut your title from that piece.

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Step 13:

Using a small blending brush, apply Teal Zeal to the centers of the letters. Again, don’t go too heavy with the color.

Step 14:

Cut out a piece of coordinating patterned paper for a mat around your photo.

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Step 15:

Adhere all layers with On Point Glue.

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A close-up of the inking.

Art Supplies:

Imagine:

VersaMagic in Pixie Dust
VersaMagic in Aquatic Splash
VersaMagic in Pink Grapefruit
VersaMagic in Pumpkin Spice

Memento in Teal Zeal
Kaleidacolor in Bouquet
On Point Glue
Craft Mat

Other:

Erin Lee Creative: Monstera Layering Set
Erin Lee Creative: Flamingo Builder Die Set
Princeton Snap! Brush Size 10
Alphabet Die Set (the one I used is discontinued)
Blending Brushes
Patterned Paper
12×12 White Cardstock

Make a Fun Puffed Hearts Card with Radiant Neon Amplify

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By Alison Heikkila –

Hello! My latest tutorial for Imagine uses one of the most unique products they make…Radiant Neon Amplify. This stuff is so fun! It’s kind of a runny paint, that when you apply heat to it, it puffs up. I love using Amplify with stencils. Let me show you how.

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Time: Approx. 20 Minutes, plus drying time

Directions:

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Step 1:

Tape a piece of cardstock to your work surface. Lay your stencil on top and tape it down. You may want to use something like Pixie Spray to hold the stencil even more, depending on how detailed it is.



Step 2:

Squirt the Radiant Neon Amplify all over the stencil. I went pretty sparingly at first because I didn’t want to waste the product, but I did need to add more than what’s pictured above.

 

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Step 3:

Using a paste spreader or palette knife, spread the Amplify across the surface of the stencil. Don’t press too hard, because you may lift up the Amplify. The thicker you apply the Amplify, the bigger the puffs will be, so keep that in mind.

 

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Step 4:

Fill in any gaps you may have with more Amplify. Don’t over mix the colors…you want a marbleized look. It should look sort of like mine above.


Step 5:

Carefully remove your stencil from the cardstock and immediately wash it and any other tools you may have used. You don’t want the Amplify to dry on anything except your cardstock.

 

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Step 6:

Heat the wet Amplify with a Heat Tool. You will see the shine disappear and it will start to puff up. Again, the thicker areas will have bigger puffs.

 

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Step 7:

Trim the panel down to 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4.”

 

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Step 8:

Cut a piece of Smooth Bristol Cardstock to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2.” Tape down to work surface.

Step 9:

Tape down your second stencil. I also used Pixie Spray for this one, because the rays can move easily.

Step 10:

Apply Memento Ink in Rose Bud using a blending brush. Remove the stencil.

 

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Step 11:

Apply Memento Ink in Grape Jelly to your work surface and spritz a little water on to the ink. Using a brush, flick the color on to your stenciled panel.

 

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Step 12:

Add a sentiment to the puffed panel with VersaFine Clair Ink in Monarch.


Step 13:

Adhere all layers to your card base.

 

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I love the texture you get from the Radiant Neon Amplify. It’s so unique and fun! I hope you’ll give them a try. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Art Supplies:

Imagine:

• Radiant Neon Amplify: Electric Purple & Electric Pink
• Memento Ink: Rose Bud & Grape Jelly 
• VersaFine Clair Ink: Monarch 

Other:

• A Colorful Life Designs: Love Strands Stencil & Bitty Rays Stencil
• Mama Elephant: Creativity is Contagious Stamps
• Palette Knife and/or Paste Spreader
• Smooth Bristol Cardstock
• Blending Brushes
• White Card Base
• Heat Tool
• Paint Brush

New Ink Blending Technique Using Eyeshadow Brushes With Memento and Delicata Inks

 

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By Katy Ingram –

Hello Friends! I am so excited to be back with you for another year of card making and crafting here at Imagine Crafts. I know for many, Valentine’s Day cards are in full swing, but I thought it would be fun to start the year off with something a bit different. However; this card can also be turned into a Valentine or a Mother’s Day card which gives you some versatility. In todays video I show you how to use eyeshadow brushes to color your images using Memento and Delicata Inks. I hope you enjoy the video. Thanks so much for watching.

Skill: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Time: 25 minutes

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine

• Memento Ink Pad – Angel Pink 

• Memento Ink Pad – Rose Bud

• Memento Ink Pad – Gray Flannel 

• Memento Ink Pad – Bamboo Leaves 

• Memento Ink Pad – Espresso Truffle 

• Memento Ink Pad – Rich Cocoa 

• Delicata Ink Pad  – Pink Shimmer 

• VersaMark Ink Pad 

• Mboss Embossing Powder – White 

• On Point Glue 

• Brushstix Chisel Tip 

Other Products Used:

• Ellen Hutson – Mondo Sakura Stamp Set

• Waffle Flower – New Beginnings Stamp Set

• Ellen Hutson – Essentials Rectangles Die Set

• Waffle Flower – A2 Layering Rectangle Die Set

• Stathmore 500 Series – Hot Pressed Watercolor Paper

• Stardream Metallic Silver

• Accent Opaque 110 lb Card Stock

• Misti Stamping Tool

• Couture Creations Precision Stamp Press

• Kaolin Clay Powder Tool

 

Learn How to Make an Astrological Card

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By Alison Heikkila –

Hello! It’s time for my newest post for Imagine, as an official part of the 2022 Design Team. After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, many of us are wiped out, or even burnt out from making cards and gifts all season. Because of that, I decided to come up with a fast card that doesn’t take a ton of effort, but looks like it did because of the layering.

Skill Level: Beginner
Time: 15 to 20 Minutes

Directions:

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Step 1:

Adhere your 3″ x 5″ Gel Press to an acrylic block. While you can adhere it to your work surface, but if it’s attached to a block, you can control where it goes on your printing plate.

 

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Step 2:

Apply Versa Fine Clair Ink in Twilight to the Gel Press Plate. I applied it in rows, but you can do it however you like.

Step 3:

Squeeze on a bit of Silvery Shimmer Delicata reinker. You don’t need too much.

 

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Step 4:

Using a brayer, roll the colors together. Try not to overmix them.

 

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Step 5:

While the inks are still wet, flip the Gel Press Plate on to the printing plate. Since it’s on an acrylic block, you can place the Gel Plate wherever you want easily. Press the Gel Press into the printing plate firmly.

Step 6:

Flip the Gel Press back over, and lay a piece of copy paper on top. This will create your print. Press the paper firmly and evenly all over the plate to get a good transfer.

 

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Step 7:

Carefully peel back the paper to reveal your print. You can place the paper back down before you peel up the entire thing if you feel that you need to transfer the ink more.

 

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Step 8:

After I made 3 more prints, I chose the one I wanted to use on my card. I went with my first print, which is the upper right. I tore the edges around the print instead of trimming it smoothly.

 

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Step 9:

Using an edger die, trim a piece of navy colored cardstock to create a mat around your print.

Step 10:

Using Silvery Shimmer Delicata Ink, ink up the edges of the die cut mat.

 

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Step 11:

On a gray card base, ink the right side with VersaMark ink. Try to not make it even, so that it has a more organic feel.

Step 12:

Sprinkle Mboss in Shimmering Night Sky on to the wet ink. Shake off excess, and heat set with a heat tool.

 

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Step 13:

Adhere your layers. I added a stamped and die cut sentiment, as well as some jewels. For the jewels, I used On Point Glue.

 

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The finished card has lots of shine and cool texture. Using your inks and reinkers on a Gel Press Plate gives you the ability to mix colors from different lines and get beautiful, soft effects.

 

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Again, using all of these layers may make it seem that this card took a lot of time, but it really didn’t because making the print is such a fast process. And you can choose to use a larger Gel Press Plate to cut down on some of the layers.

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine:

• VersaFine Clair Ink in Twilight
• Delicata Ink Pad & Reinker in Silvery Shimmer
• VersaMark Ink Pad
• MBoss in Shimmering Night Sky
• On Point Glue
• Craft Mat

Other:

• Gel Press: 3″ x 5″ Plate
• Carabelle Studio: Zodiac Printing Plate
• Speedball: Brayer
• Stampendous: Deckle Die Set, Slim Acrylic Handle
• Pinkfresh Studios: Perfect Sentiments stamp & die set
• Doodles Paper Playground: Silver Starburst Rhinestones
• Gray card base, white copy paper, navy cardstock
• Heat Tool