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

How to Create a Fun and Colorful Birthday Card

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By Jowilna Nolte 

When I think of all my favorite inks I think of how well they can work together. There’s no better way to create interest than combining different types of inks together for some stunning effects and making easy striking cards.

For this card I simply used a single ink splat stamp and combined it with my favorite inks for a stunning end result.

Skill Level: Beginner

Time: 20 minutes

Directions:

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Step 1

Combine VersaFine Clair and Memento Luxe inks in the same color to stamp layers. For my first color I combined the yellow inks – first stamping Golden Meadow VersaFine Clair and then on top I stamped Dandelion Memento Luxe.

All my stamping was done in a bit of a diagonal line.

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Step 2

Repeat the process using Verdant VersaFine Clair and Pistachio Memento Luxe.

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Step 3

Repeat the stamping using Warm Breeze VersaFine Clair and Teal Zeal Memento Luxe.

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Step 4

Lastly combine the red by first stamping Glamorous VersaFine Clair and then finish off with Love Letter Memento Luxe ink.

Step 5

Trim your stamped panel to fit into a folded card base. Cut a vinyl holographic sentiment and adhere to your card. I off-set mine with a white die-cut piece for a shadow effect and dimension. Finish off with some diamante.

Art Supplies

Imagine

VersaFine Clair Full-size Inkpad Warm Breeze
VersaFine Clair Full-size Inkpad Golden Meadow
VersaFine Clair Full-size Inkpad Verdant
VersaFine Clair Full-size Inkpad Glamorous
VersaFine Clair Nocturne
Memento Luxe full-size inkpad Pistachio
Memento Luxe full-size inkpad Dandelion
Memento Luxe full-size inkpad Teal Zeal
Memento Luxe full-size inkpad Love Letter
Tear it! Tape
On Point glue

Other

White cardstock
Diamante
Die-cut: Cricut Maker
Holographic vinyl: Cricut

Make a Sparkling Summer Birthday Card

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By Jowilna Nolte 

Summer means outdoor celebrations and color – and that means loads of fun right?
Make every celebration special by adding loads of fun and bright colors to birthday cards.
Take a look at this easy and fun way I use color and shimmer on this card.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Time: 30 minutes

Directions:

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Step 1

On smooth white cardstock add some stenciled details. I used Creative Medium and mixed some Red Brilliance Inker into the medium before applying it through a stencil using my palette knife.
Leave the stenciling to dry.

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Step 2

Once the stenciled detail is dry, add some color using Memento and VersaMagic Dew Drop ink pads.
Apply the ink, once color at a time to a plastic packet and mist with water. Then stamp the color onto your background by flipping the packet over and pressing lightly.
Add more colors and then leave to dry.

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Step 3

Stamp your image using VersaFine Clair Nocturne onto smooth white cardstock.

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Step 4

Use your Memento Markers to add color to your stamped image. I used colors to match my background.

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Step 5

After coloring the image, add a layer of embossing in Sparkle Mboss powder. Ink the image with VersaMark and sprinkle with powder.
Shake off the excess and then use a heat gun to melt the powder. This gives the image a bright and fun shimmering finish.

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Step 6

Use your Tear-It! tape to adhere the background strip to your folded card. Stamp a birthday sentiment below the strip using VersaFine Clair Nocturne.
Adhere the embossed image using foam tape for some dimension and  finish off by adhering diamante using On Point Glue.

Art Supplies

Imagine

Craft Mat
Tear It! Tape
On Point Glue
Palette Knife 
VersaFine Clair Nocturne
VersaMark Ink Pad
Mboss Embossing Powder – Sparkle
VersaMagic Turquoise Gem Dew Drop
Memento Rose Bud Dew Drop
Memento Tangelo Dew Drop
Memento Markers Assorted Colors

Other

Smooth White Cardstock: Technic
Stamps: Art by Marlene, Joy Clair
Diamante
Stencil: Jowilna Nolte
Foam Tape

Birthday Greetings, A Kaleidacolor Project

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By LeeAnn McKinney

HI there friends and fellow crafters, LeeAnn here with a fun inky project using Kaleidacolor Baby Powder Ink Pad, a Brayer and Gel Press. Sit back and relax as I make these 4 cards.

 

Art Supplies

Imagine:

• Kaleidacolor Ink Pad – Baby Blue 

• VersaFine Clair, Nocturne, Paradise

• Craft Mat

• Tear It! Tape

 

Other Products Used:

• Glossy Card Stock Paper – CSG : Zen Cart!, The Art of E-commerce

• Gel Press Gel Plate 5”X7” by Gel Press– Kat Scrappiness, Inc

• Gel Press Brayer by Gel Press– Kat Scrappiness, Inc

• STAMPS- Lace Flowers – Gina K Designs

• DIE- Birthday and Shadow – Gina K Designs

 

New Techniques for Embossing Stunning Springtime Cards

By Neva Cole 

In today’s crafting tutorial, I will show you how to use various Imagine products to create a sparkly stunning springtime birthday card, featuring both Mboss Valentine, VersaMark Ink, and Embossing Powders. The tutorial will also show you how you can use VersaMark over other inks to create a cohesive embossed look for a card, even if you do not have embossing powders in additional colors.

 

Skill:  Intermediate

Time:  45 minutes

Directions:

Step 1

Trim card front to 4.75” x 6.25” to fit a standard A-7 card base.  It is important to use a stamp positioner platform for this technique to ensure that the image lines up properly on the finished card front.

 

Step 2

Color stamen portion of Penny Black First Waltz Tulip with VersaMarker and heat emboss with Black Mboss powder.

Pro tip: Use a dry fine tip paintbrush to remove any embossing powder that ends up on the card you do not want to emboss before heating.

 

Step 3

Use the Versa Mark small cube which allows you more precision in where you place the VersaMark ink to ink the flower portion of the image. Cover with Mboss Valentine, and carefully remove powder from the stamen area with a dry fine tip paintbrush then heat emboss.

 

Step 4

Color directly on the stem portion of the image with Memento Dual Marker in Pear Tart and Bamboo leaves.  Mist stamp lightly with water before stamping as this reactivates the ink to create a crisp image.

 

Step 5

Clean leaf portion of the image and ink with VersaMark ink. Stamp over the previously colored and stamped image with VersaMark Ink and heat emboss with Iridescent embossing powder.

 

Step 6

Stamp the “Celebrate” sentiment in VersaMark Ink and heat emboss with Mboss in Valentine.  Die-cut the sentiment, I used my Brother Scan N Cut.

 

Step 7

I also stamped the inside of the card, as I intend to send it to a special friend for her birthday. Stamp the sentiment in VersaMark Ink and heat emboss with Mboss in Valentine.

 

 

Step 8

Lightly ink the card base and card front with the Memento Luxe Pear Tart ink pad to add just a hint of green around both layers.  I ran the ink pad around the edges of the cardstock to create the light tint.

 

Step 9

Apply Tear It! Tape to the back of the card front and adhere to the card base.

 

Step 10

Adhere the “Celebrate” sentiment to the card front using adhesive foam tape.

 

Art Supplies

Imagine

• VersaMark Ink

• VersaMarker

• Mboss – Valentine

• Memento Dual Tip Marker – Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves 

• Embossing Powder – Black, Iridescent

• Memento Luxe – Pear Tart

• Tear It! Tape

• 0.5 fl oz Spray Bottle

 

Other

• Penny Black – First Waltz

• Kelly Creates – Traceable Celebration Stamps

• Brother Scan N Cut

• Stamp positioner

• Fine tip paintbrush

 

Learn How to Water Color a Halloween Card with Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray

by Jowilna Nolte

Hi everyone, today I am sharing a gorgeous embossed Spider Web theme background using Fireworks sprays. One of my favorite techniques with Fireworks is to remove the lid and use the ink as a watercolor. First I stamp a grungy bird with VersaFine Clair. Since VersaFine is an oil-based ink, the stamped area will not lift when water-based inks are applied. This is an important feature to understand about VersaFine.

Hope you enjoyed this quick lesson. Create your own variation to make cards, Halloween decor, Fall, and other festive holiday crafts. Combining orange, purple, and black ink with a touch of gold creates a stunning end result.

Skill: Beginner-Intermediate
Time: 20 minutes

Directions

Art Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Sewing machine
  • Tombow Glue
  • Vellum
  • Smooth white cardstock
  • Embossing folder – Cricut
  • Cuttlebug – Cricut
  • Stamp – Stampers Anonymous
  • Paintbrush