Make a Thankful Card Using Multiple Stencils

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By Alison Heikkila –

I love to use stencils. They’re an inexpensive and simple tool that has a ton of options. For this Thankful card, I used stencils in a few different ways, along with a fun background stamp. You do not need to have the exact items I used to get this effect, so check through your stash to see what you have to recreate this look. Combining these tools along with some of your favorite inks from Imagine, will give you a visually interesting and unique card.

Skill Level: Intermediate
Time: 30-45 Minutes

Directions:

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Step 1:

Tape your background panel of Smooth Bristol Cardstock (4″ x 5 1/4″) to your craft mat. Adhere your stencil on top with washi tape.

Step 2:

Using a Blending Brush, apply Morocco, Tangelo, and Dandelion Memento Inks on to the panel, being sure to blend the colors where they meet.

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Step 3:

After checking the panel to make sure the stenciling is complete, transfer the panel and the stencil to a stamping platform. Adhere the 2 pieces in the middle of the platform temporarily.

Step 4:

Attach your stamp to the platform. We’ll be using this houndstooth background stamp with VersaFine Clair in Pinecone.

Step 5:

After inking up the stamp, press the stamp very firmly. You need to try to get the inked image past the stencil, which has some dimension. Depending on your stencil and the stamp, you may or may not get a complete image. This is fine, either way. It just depends on the look you’re going for. You can see on my example below, that the houndstooth pattern didn’t go from edge to edge on all the leaves, but I like this look.

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Step 6:

Using another stencil with a small design, apply Pear Tart around the foliage. We’re only inking the white spaces with this design. I chose a grid pattern that is easy to line up as I work my way across the card.

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Step 7:

Using the same grid pattern, I inked it up on to a deep pumpkin colored cardstock with Memento ink in Morocco.

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Step 8:

Arrange the sentiment die on top of the stenciled cardstock and die cut.

Step 9:

Repeat the process with brown cardstock

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Step 10:

Adhere the brown outer portion of the die cut to the card panel.

Step 11:

Adhere the stenciled letters into the negative spaces. Don’t forget to add the center of the “a” in brown!

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Step 12:

On an A2 sized card base, ink the edges with Pear Tart Memento ink.

Step 13:

Adhere your card panel to the card base.

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Art Supplies:

Imagine:

• Memento Ink in Morocco
• Memento Ink in Tangelo
• Memento Ink in Dandelion
• Memento Ink in Pear Tart
• VersaFine Clair Ink in Pinecone

Other:

• Brutus Monroe: Fall Foliage Stencil
• Simon Says Stamp: Game Day Patterns
• Simon Says Stamp: Bold Thankful Die
• Erin Lee Creative: Houndstooth 6×6 Stamp
• Strathmore Smooth Bristol Cardstock
• Brown and Pumpkin Colored Cardstock
• White A2 Sized Card Base
• Blending Brushes
• Adhesive

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

Quick and Easy Projects: Create a Marble Effect on Paper

by LeeAnn McKinney

Greetings crafty friends! I was watching YouTube and came across this shaving cream ink marbling technique from GinaK and just had to try it. This is a quick, fun card style to make, you can use any re-inkers you have in your stash and mix/match with plain colors and beautiful metallic tones as I did here. As I say in the video, the Golden Glitz really makes this card for me. This technique can also be used on all sorts of paper crafting projects.

Since it is the fall season, I focus on a warm color palette for an Autumn leaves look and stamped the sentiment with a rich brown to compliment the yellow, orange, and gold colors. This card design is a perfect way to spend an afternoon crafting and coming up with multiple card designs with a marble look. The shaving cream can be used to make several card panels until you run out of the medium.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

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use memento inkers to create marble paper

Other Art Supplies
  • Bamboo Skewer
  • Joy Clair Fall Leaves Stamp Set
  • Paper Plate
  • Card Base
  • Brown Cardstock
  • Shaving Cream (Foam type)