Mermaid Mixed Media Card Tutorial

by Nadine Carlier

Today in my video tutorial I am sharing how I created this mixed media mythical mermaid card using StazOn Studio Glaze and other mixed media products from Imagine.
Video link below…. Enjoy!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

Supplies

Imagine
Other

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Repurpose Old Tea Bags into a Beautiful Garden Theme Card

by Iris Rodriguez

Repurpose Old Tea Bags into a Beautiful Garden Theme Card

Got tea? I do and I like to make and create with them in new ways such as these collaged garden-themed cards. I find teabags versatile, translucent and luminous. When colored with All-Purpose Inks, the color on the tea bags are intense, yet they maintain their delicate vintage look. I enjoyed making this crafting project—not only are you making cool cards, but you are upcycling your teabags too!

Skill Beginner
Time: 45 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Begin by cleaning out your teabags. Take them apart by removing the tiny staple or string. Rip open the seams. Take out the dried leaves by sloughing it off. Brush on watered-down All-Purpose inks. Allow the bag to dry naturally or use a heat tool to dry.


Step 2

Continue to paint more teabags using the various colors of All-Purpose Ink. Allow the bags to dry naturally or use a heat tool.


Step 3

Now that all the teabags are dry, make your collage pieces onto the main card.


Step 4

Tear pieces of the bags; ensuring to fit the card. Brush on Creative Medium on the backside


Step 5

Adhere teabag pieces onto to the main card continuing to paste with Creative Medium on the top. Use various colors to vary the look. In the above example, I used Rose Gold and Thyme (green).


Step 6

Stamp on the images using the Piano Black StazOn Pigment Ink. StazOn will stamp on top of the dried Creative Medium. Other water-based inks might take a long time to dry and would not stamp well on the Creative Medium (non-porous).


Step 7

Draw in the border with a pencil. Get creative with the border; add asemic writing, squiggly line, circles, or other doodles.


Close up of each card and the All-Purpose inks used with each one.

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Used tea bags
  • Cardstock – white
  • Stamps
  • Pencil
  • Paintbrush
  • Palette

Beginner Guide: Stamp & Drawing Technique


by Roni Johnson

Sometimes when you’re just starting out stamping you don’t want to have to purchase a bunch of supplies when you’re not sure if you’ll like it or not. Well today I have a really fun and easy technique that will add some spice to your cards and all you need besides stamps, ink, and paper is a pen and a ruler and you don’t even really need a ruler – it can be any straight edge.

What are we going to be doing with the pen…making doodles! It’s really easy and I’ll bet you’ve been practicing this for years without even realizing it. Let’s go!

Memento Marker in Tuxedo Black


VersaFine Clair in Nocturne

Acrylic Block by Stampin’ Up

Imagine Craft Mat

Unity – Naturally Beautiful

Stampin Up Cardstock

Directions

Place the “orange blossum” stamp onto an acrylic block (you can skip this if you have wood mounted stamp). Pounce VersaFine Clair in Nocturne over the stamp. Press the inked stamp onto the paper.

Now for the doodles…we’re going to start out with a really basic line doodle frame. First determine where you want your border. I went with ¼” for this example. So line up your ruler (I find that clear rulers are easier to work with) and make a dot at the ¼” mark in all 4 corners with a pencil.

Now you’re going to take a marker, in this case, I’m using the Tuxedo Black Memento Dual Tip Marker to doodle with. It has 2 tips – a brush type marker tip and the other end is like a pen so you can write with it too.

Align the ruler with your pencil dots, using the pen tip; draw a line from dot to dot. Easy Peasy right?

You can choose to stop right there or you can go back and add a few more doodles like these zig-zag lines.

From here you can mount the card on a card base or leave it as a postcard style, color in the oranges, leaves and add a sentiment for whatever occasion fits. As you can see in the first photo — you can apply this technique to several card designs!

Learn How to Stamp Layered Tropical Themes with Memento Ink

by Arjita Sepaha Singh

Learn How to Stamp Layered Tropical Themes with Memento Ink

For today’s card, I used a few Memento Inks to stamp the different shades of foliage and the flamingos from a Hampton Art Tropical stamp set. For the sentiment “With Love, and Prayers”, I used Versafine Clair ink. I took a stamp set which had few layers and created the perfect Tropical theme using first and second generation stamping.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 – 45 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – Neenah Solar white
  • Misti Stamping Tool
  • Paint Brush
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic Block
  • Hampton Art – Tropical (SC0753) Layering Clear Stamps

Learn to Weave Rinea Foil Paper to Create a Card Background

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Learn to Weave Rinea Foil Paper to Create a Card Background

Use the shiny Rinea papers to create a weaving background that mixes bright red and chocolate brown with the white cardstock. Distress the base card with Memento Desert Sand inkpad to create a frame that comes in contrast with the white cardstock. The same Memento color is also used to color the edges of the “Espresso Yourself” stamp with Mboss embossing powder in Black that creates a high contrast on the design.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

On a 4 ½ x 6 ½ inch piece of watercolor paper, mark horizontal lines in various heights. Continue with vertical one that always comes in pairs, marking one entry and one exit point where the Rinea paper stripes will go through.


Step 2

Cut the vertical marks to make openings.


Step 3

Cut stripes of the Rinea double-sided foil paper, Ruby starstruck and Mocka glossy, and pass them through the previously made openings.


Step 4

Color the front of the base card around it with Memento Desert Sand inkpad to make a frame.


Step 5

Turn the back of the decorated with Rinea papers watercolor paper and ut stripes of the Tear It! Tape to secure both the Rinea papers and then the whole of it on the card base.


Step 6

Stamp the “Espresso Yourself” stamp or alternative coffee-theme stamp with VersaMark, cover with Mboss Embossing Powder in Black and heat set.


Step 7

Distress around the stamped image with Memento Desert Sand color and a sponge dauber. Add the ribbon, the spoon, and the coffee beans.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Rinea – Variety Autumn foiled paper
  • 5×7 Card base
  • Watercolor paper
  • Creative Expressions – “Espresso Yourself” stamp
  • Brown grosgrain ribbon
  • Coffee beans
  • Small spoon charm
  • Hot glue gun
  • Heat tool

See How to Make a Happy Birthday Panda Card with Rinea Foil

by Elina Stromberg

See How to Make a Happy Birthday Panda Card with Rinea Foil

This panda stamp set is one of my favorites, and I’ve used it on many card projects. Embossed Rinea foil took these cute images on a completely new level; the shimmering patterned background is truly eye-catching and made the adorable party pandas pop! This card design is simple to make, and the Rinea foil is easy to emboss. If you don’t have a die-cutting machine and embossing folders you can easily emboss and pattern the foil with a stylus.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1.5 hours

Directions


Step 1

Stamp the pandas on white cardstock using clear VersaMark ink. Heat emboss the images using black Mboss embossing powder.


Step 2

Using the craft mat as palette color the embossed pandas with black, grey and red Memento inks. Wipe the ink pads on the craft mat and pick up the colors with a water brush. Once dry add highlights with a white color pencil. Cut out the images.


Step 4

Place a sheet of red Rinea foil in an embossing folder. Run through the die-cutting machine to create an embossed pattern. Doesn’t the embossed sheet look amazing! Trim the foil to a size slightly smaller than your card front.


Step 5

Trim a white panel to a size that is ¼” smaller than your card base on all edges. Die-cut two circles on the card front. Layer the card front panel on the embossed foil and mat onto a piece of dark red cardstock. Attach the layered card front to the card base using double-sided tape. Stamp the sentiment on the card front. Glue pandas on the die-cut circles.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Rinea Foil Paper – Autumn
  • Cardstock – Red, White
  • Cardbase
  • Stampin’Up – ‘Party Pandas’ Stamp set
  • Water brush
  • White color pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Double-sided tape