Make a Happy Birthday Card with Layered Stamping

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Make a Happy Birthday Card with Layered Stamping in VersaMagic DewDrop

One of the advantages of using chalk inks like VersaMagic is the soft texture created for your cardmaking projects. Creating texture and mixing colors is easy when you use the DewDrops because of the control and use of the tip of the inkpad. On this project, I used a single flower image to create a beautiful pattern and a stamping tool to create this eye-catching birthday card.

Directions


Step 1

Using a stamping tool, stamp the first flower with VersaMagic Mango Madness as a base color.


Step 2

Since Mango Madness is a relatively light color, I had to stamp the image over the Very Vanilla cardstock twice to make all the flowers and leaves details evident.


Step 3

Keeping the stamp and the paper in the same place, apply and combine the colors of the VersaMagic directly over the stamp. Make sure not to contaminate the ink pad with different colors. But if this happens to you, don’t worry, you can clean your ink pad with a paper towel.


Step 4

Repeat the stamping process until creating the background that you want. Keep the pattern of colors or change it to others with each image. On this card, I used VersaMagic Mango Madness, Red Magic, and Ocean Depth. To complement the background you can splatter some tiny spots of Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Tuxedo Black. I also used a few splatters of All-Purpose Ink in Champagne Mist to give to my background a shimmery touch. Stamp your sentiment using VersaMark, sprinkle with Imagine’s Embossing Powder in White and melt the powder with the heat tool.


Step 5

To finalize the card, resize the stamped background, sponge the borders with VersaMagic Wheat and tie a few loops of natural hemp twine around. Paste directly over the Crushed Curry card base using Tear It Tape and paste your sentiment with dimensionals or double-sided foam tape. If you consider necessary, you can repeat the splatter process to enhance some parts of the card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Crushed Curry
  • Stampin Up – Heartfeld Blooms
  • MISTI or Stamparatus
  • Heat tool
  • Natural hemp twine
  • Double sided foam tape or dimensionals

How to Make Fun Shapes with Radiant Neon Amplify

by Arjita Sepaha Singh

I wanted to try the Radiant Neon Amplify Texture to create fun shapes for kids and decided to use stamps as well as some free hand skills. I stamped an egg, a strawberry, the moon and others with a light colored ink and then covered the stamp with a layer of various Amplify colors. Always preheat the heat tool before applying heat to the Amplify. This puffs the pigments quickly. Always clean the nozzle and cap the bottle after use.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour +

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Heat gun
  • White Card Tags
  • Acrylic Block

Learn How to Upcycle Cork Coasters

by Elina Stromberg

Learn How to Upcycle Cork Coasters

A while ago, I found a pile of old cork coasters in my kitchen cabinet. I had not used them in years and was just about to throw them away, but then I realized they were perfect for small home décor items. Maybe the beautiful material made me change my mind. Nowadays cork is truly a trendy material in craft projects, so I thought I should try to turn the old coasters into something nice and new. And I’m so glad I did!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Remove dust and stains from the coasters.


Step 2

Stamp the images using Onyx Black VersaFine. When stamping, press the stamp firmly on the cork surface. VersaFine is a great ink for solid image stamping and since it is a dense ink it should stamp on the cork well.


Step 3

Color images with All-Purpose Ink. Use irRESISTible Pico Embellisher in Wedding Dress (white) for decorating the stamped and colored images with dimensional paint dots. Let dry.


Step 4

Using a new Fantastix, color in the leaves with All-Purpose Ink in Spring Green.


Step 5

To finish this project, continue stamping and coloring the remaining coasters in your set. You have the option of making all 4 or 6 of your coasters different or repeating the same image for all. If you want to hang the decorated coaster on the wall, attach a loop on the back of the coaster with a strong adhesive.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cork Coasters
  • Stampendous – Nesting Bird Stamp
  • Acrylic block for stamping

Create an “Irish for a Day” Card for St Patrick’s Day

by Jowilna Nolte

Create an "Irish for a Day" Card for St Patrick's Day using Tsukineko's VersaMagic and Brilliance DewDrops.

Are you feeling lucky? At least for a day you can be Irish and take your inspiration from the many shades of greens available in the Tsukineko and Imagine stable. Today’s card features some of my favorite greens for an interesting and less grass green version of this famous holiday. Take a look at how I created this fun effect.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

On a large background stamp using VersaMagic in Aloe Vera, apply the ink in a tapping motion across certain sections over the stamp only.


Step 2

Add a second green ink over the remainder of the ink surface. I used Brilliance in Pearlescent Thyme to add some sparkle and shimmer.


Step 3

Carefully lay the cardstock piece onto the surface of the stamp and apply pressure by rubbing your palm over the surface. This is a lot easier to transfer the image onto the cardstock due to the nature of this stamp size and design. Remove to reveal the image.


Step 4

Use a small soft paint brush and All-Purpose Ink in Spring Green to add green paint splats. Add additional Walnut Ink splats onto the background as well.


Step 5

Cut out flowers and a cloverleaf from patterned paper and adhere to the stamped panel. Add a typed sentiment over the stem of the cloverleaf. Ad diamanté to finish off the card. Sew around the edges for texture and detail.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – White
  • Carabelle Studio – stamps
  • Sewing machine
  • Kaisercraft Paper
  • Simple Stories –  Washi Tape

Use Polymer Clay to Create a Valentine’s Heart

by Iris Rodriguez

Use Polymer Clay to Create a Valentine's Heart. Stazon, Versafine, and walnut ink.

It’s the Valentine season; that means it’s time address matters of the heart. I suppose you can do that anytime, but this is when we show it with cards, flowers, and chocolates. So when we think of love; we think of it as everlasting and the bond that keeps us together. I wanted to tie the sentiment of everlasting love with a vintage looking card so I chose Imagine’s Walnut Inks which embody all things vintage. Walnut ink is a perfect choice for an antique look. For this project, I used Eucalyptus Walnut and Original Walnut inks for the background. I have also embossed white wildflowers and accented the card with a polymer clay heart that I colored with a StazOn inker.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1.5 hours

Directions


Step 1

Brush on the Eucalyptus Walnut ink using the Sumi-e brush. This brush contains natural bristles. It’s very soft and soaks up a lot of ink and glides on smoothly. Dry paper.


Step 2

Brush on the walnut color ink. Dry the paper. Cut paper to the desired size. Ink and emboss the flowers with the Cloud White VersaMagic ink and White Embossing Powder. Add Vintage Sepia VersaFine ink to the edges.


Step 3

Condition the FIMO clay on the pasta machine or use a roller. If using the pasta machine, roll a sheet of clay to the 4th thickest setting. Create a heart template by drawing a heart on a printer paper. Cut out heart. Use this heart to trace over the sheet of clay. Using a clay pick or precision knife, cut out the heart and smooth out the edge.


Step 4

Stamp texture and/or a sentiment into the clay heart. Bake the clay, according to the manufacturer’s instructions on the package.


Step 5

Using a small brush, add Real Black All-Purpose Ink in the recessed areas. Wipe off the ink from the raised areas with rubbing alcohol and paper towel.


Step 6

Mix 2 drops of the St. Valentine StazOn inker with 2 drops of rubbing alcohol in a non-porous container. A little of ink and rubbing alcohol goes a long way. With your finger rub it onto the clay, or you can use a Sponge Dauber. Heat set. Ink the edges of the heart with tip Brushstix and Jet Black StazOn ink.

Tips for working the StazOn Ink and rubbing alcohol.

  • To get a darker color, continue to add additional layers and heat set in between layers.
  • To add blending effects or to lighten the color, rub on a clean Sponge Dauber containing a little bit of rubbing alcohol on the tip.
  • The more rubbing alcohol is added, the lighter the ink.
  • To remove the color, clean with rubbing alcohol and paper towel. The ink will not be completely removed; it will look lightly stained.
  • If ink and rubbing alcohol in the container dries, activate by adding a small drop of alcohol.

Step 7

Smoosh on Vintage Sepia VersaFine on the hemp string. This makes it look rustic. Shape the hemp string into a circle, ensuring that it fits around the heart. Pick three areas and glue all individual strings together with On Point Glue. This will help make the surface area to adhere to the card. Assemble the card. Glue the hemp string and heart with the On Point Glue. Adhere to the card with Tear It! Tape.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor paper – 12 x 9 inches Cold Press, 300 GSM – 140 lbs
  • Wildflowers stencil
  • FIMO Polymer Clay – White
  • Clay pick or precision knife
  • Hemp string
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Sumi-e brush
  • Small brush
  • Printer paper

Make a ‘Thanks a Latte’ Hand Painted Card

by Jowilna Nolte 

Make a 'Thanks a Latte' Hand Painted Card

Create a beautiful shimmering coffee colored background for cards using a few essential inks from the Imagine and Tsukineko stable. Work on a piece of recycled cardstock and create a fun checkered effect.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Use a medium-sized paintbrush and paint a criss-cross pattern onto a piece of cardstock using Truffle All-Purpose Ink. Leave the painted background to dry naturally.


Step 2

Once the All-Purpose Ink is dry, use a larger paint brush and paint a layer of Creative Medium in Shimmer over the background. Leave to dry to reveal a gorgeous shimmer effect.


Step 3

Stamp your “Thanks a Latte” sentiment and coffee cup onto smooth white cardstock using Memento Rich Cocoa ink. Trim into tag sized strips.


Step 4

Attach the stamped sentiment onto the background card using a heart-themed brad. Finish off the look by adding another smaller brad and small diamanté.

Thank you for stopping by the blog today! If you liked this cute and quick tutorial then please comment below or share!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Paintbrush
  • Cardstock – White, Recycled from photo packaging
  • Brads
  • Diamanté

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