Project Swap: Create a “Dear Friend” Greeting Card

Welcome back for another Artist Project Swap with Martha and Steph.

Welcome back for another Artist Project Swap with Martha and Steph. For the Month of May, we challenged our artists to exchange tutorials and create each other’s designs in order to see how each of our artists interprets style and choices. The receiving artist did not know who designed the project, nor did they receive any images! In today’s post, Steph writes the directions and recommended supplies list and Martha created the project.

Create a “Dear Friend” Greeting Card by Martha Lucia Gomez

This month the Artist in Residence team made a wonderful exercise or swap project challenge. Each designer created a project and send the instructions and photo to our coordinator. Then we received another project to follow the instructions, without a photo or who exactly created it. This is the swap project I received and can you believe that after made the card I discovered who was the author of the instructions…I recognize the style!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Create the base of the card using olive card stock. The size of my card is a regular size 4-1/4″ x 11″ with a score at 5-1/2″ for the centerfold. Cut a white cardstock of 4″x 5-1/4″. Place a background pattern stencil on the white panel and ink with Brilliance in Pearlescent Lime.


Step 2

Ink sheer ribbon with lime ink. When dry, wrap around the matted panel. Knot with twine on the right side of the panel. Added the panel to the card with foam adhesives.


Step 3

Using a stamp positioning tool and a flower stamp, ink the steam and leaves with the Brilliance in Pearlescent Lime. Ink the flower with the Memento Marker in Angel Pink. Stamp image onto white cardstock. Re-stamp the flower using the Memento Marker in Rose Bud around the edges. Fussy cut the flower.


Step 4

Die cut brown and white cardstock shapes with graduating sized dies. Adhere together with Tear It Tape. Place on left side of the card with foam adhesives, overlapping the ribbon. Trim shapes as needed to align with a patterned piece on the left edge. Adhere the stamped flower on top. I used square cross stitched die cuts from Gina Marie Designs. Stamp “Just For You” sentiment. Ink edges and mat with brown cardstock. Add near the top of the card with foam adhesives. Reading through Steph’s instructions I realized I didn’t have a “Just For You” sentiment so I replaced with “Dear Friend” which is just as nice.

Definitely, it was a very good experience to swap projects and the best part that was I could replace materials and give to the project my personal touch.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – Whisper White, Old Olive, Early Espresso
  • Hero Arts – Honeycomb Stencil
  • Stampin Up – Birthday Blossom Stamp set
  • Gina Marie Designs – Square Cross Stitched dies
  • Big Shot die cut machine
  • Sheer ribbon
  • MISTI or Stamparatus stamping tool
  • Double sided foam tape or Dimensionals

Original Design by Steph

What did you think of Martha’s interpretation of Steph’s design?

Comment below!

Make a Cute Rainboots Theme “Happy Spring” Card

by Steph Ackerman

Make a Cute Rainboots Theme "Happy Spring" Card with VersaMagic DewDrop inks.

VersaMagic inks have a longer drying time so they are perfect to use with stencils where you can use multiple colors, and even blend them if desired. I love to use stencils, but I really don’t like to waste the ink that is left on them. Rather than clean the stencil, I like to lightly spritz the inked side of the stencil, flip it over, and place it on the second piece of cardstock creating a watercolored panel. See how I created two cards with the same stencil!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour + dry time


VersaMagic in Aegean Blue, Niagara Mist, Purple Hydrangea, Perfect Plumeria, and Thatched Straw.
Step 1

Tape a stencil to white cardstock. Ink with VersaMagic in Aegean Blue, Niagara Mist, Purple Hydrangea, Perfect Plumeria, and Thatched Straw. Remove the stencil.


Step 2

Lightly spritz the inked side of the stencil. Place the stencil, inked side down, on the second panel of white cardstock and tape in place. Brayer over the stencil to release the ink.


Step 3

Remove the stencil and let both panels air dry.


Brilliance in Graphite Black, stamp two pairs of boots and two "Happy Spring" sentiments
Step 4

Using Brilliance in Graphite Black, stamp two pairs of boots and two “Happy Spring” sentiments. Emboss with Imagine’s Embossing Powder in Clear.


Fussy cut the boots and color with different colors of Memento Markers.
Step 5

Fussy cut the boots and color with different colors of Memento Markers.


Step 6

Mat one stenciled panel with yellow cardstock and one panel with blue cardstock. Adhere each panel to a kraft paper card base. Double mat the sentiments and add to the cards with foam adhesives. Adhere the boots to the cards with foam adhesives. Use On Point Glue to adhere the gems to the boots.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – White, Blue, Yellow
  • Cardbase – Kraft
  • MemoryBox – Stencil
  • Penny Black – April Showers Stamp
  • The Robin’s Nest – Gems
  • Brayer

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

A Simple, Elegant and Inexpensive Wedding Table Setting

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Planning to make wedding table decorations? I’ve planned out an idea for this that is based on easy-to-find supplies, not requiring crafting machines or things that would be difficult to use after this project is complete. I also was interested in it being easy to prepare but still elegant. By creating several easy-to-make matching pieces, the cost of the basic crafting supplies is still quite low per setting.

Using the kraft cardstock as the background, you have the option to play with more color choices on the embossing powder or the dyed flowers with the Fireworks! Simmery Craft Sprays.

Instead of using the Imagine white embossing powder, you could stamp the design with Brilliance Moonlight White that gives a good result on the kraft paper and reduces the process time. However, the result with the Imagine’s white embossing powder is brighter and the embossed texture on the surface is more impressive. I estimate of the cost for 100 place-settings is about $150. One A3 kraft page makes an entire setting.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 20 min

Directions


Step 1

Cut a 6 x 3 inch piece of kraft carstock (for the napkin ring) and a 6 x 8 inch piece (for under the cutlery). Stamp both pieces with the doily image with VersaMark, cover with the white Imagine Embossing Powder and heat set.


Step 2

Distress the edges of the above pieces with Brilliance Moonlight White inkpad. TIP: Step 1 could be completed using Brilliance Moonlight White under the embossing powder if you do not already own a VersaMark inkpad. VersaMark is the best ink to use for embossing, but the Brilliance pigment ink would work as well.


Step 3

Set a piece of the Tear It Tape on the edge of the napkin ring card piece and bend the card to make the ring.


Step 4

Cut a 12 x 4 inch piece from the kraft paper and score on 6 ½ inch mark. Stamp and heat emboss the doily design as previously done.


Step 5

Turn to backside and set Tear It! Tape on the left and right sides of the shorter part. Fold and secure. This makes a pocket to use for a thank you card or as a favor; glue a bit loose to allow more space if you place something thick.


Step 6

Spay some of the white paper flowers with the Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Desert Sand. Let them dry.


Step 7

Cut a 2 ¼ x 2 ¼ inch kraft paper piece. Stamp the sentiment stamp with Brilliance Graphite Black. Let dry before stacking, or use heat tool to speed up the drying time. For extra elegance, use a corner punch to round the corners. TIP: Later you will use StazOn Jet Black ink for another piece. You could use that ink for this step as well, but the Brilliance pigment ink will show up more solid or opaque on the kraft cardstock which is why I recommend it here.


Step 8

Wrap some burlap cord around the pocket card, add a piece of the foam tape and place the quote card piece. TIP: For a little less volume, you could secure the sentiment with Tear It Tape as well.


Step 9

Add paper flowers and rhinestones gluing with the On Point Glue. Fill this simple envelope with a small favor or the menu.


Step 10

Wrap burlap cord around the napkin ring, add a large a flower and a rhinestone in the center of it using On Point Glue.


Step 11

Glue paper flowers on a large cutting of burlap cord to create garlands for the table decoration.


Step 12

Stamp paper doilies with sentiment stamp and the StazOn Jet Black inkpad. The StazOn ink will stay put on the doilies when they are used as coasters and won’t bleed if they get wet. It also dries very quickly, so the stamping for these pieces can go very quickly.

The time to make all of these pieces can be reduced with preparation. Cut all the papers in advance (or even have them cut and scored to specification), estimate the flowers you will need to color and spray all at once so they are all dry before using them, and cut the cords you need in advance to reduce the time of pulling it all together at the end.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • A3 kraft card page (one per setting)
  • Paper flowers
  • Studio G – sentiment rubber stamp
  • Finnabair – doily stamp
  • Paper doilies
  • Rhinestones
  • Burlap cord
  • Corner punch
  • Paper trimmer or scissors & ruler
  • Scoring tool
  • Double-sided foam tape
  • Craft knife or scissors
  • Heat tool

Imagine Tips: How to Use All Your Crafting Ink

by Melissa Andrew

Instead of using bling, stickers or lots of extra products, simply use your favorite Tsukineko inks to create a beautiful scene with a fun stamp set. See how well pigment and dye inks work together in this quick stamping demonstration.

Supplies

Imagine 
Other 
  • SugarPea Designs – Let’s Flamingle Stamp Set
  • Cardstock

How to Make a Raw Silk Texture and a Simple Card

by Arjita Sepaha Singh

How to Make a Raw Silk Texture and a Simple Card

Raw Silk is a very popular and beautiful textile made in India and is considered very pure and sacred. I wanted to create a card with a raw silk effect with inks and for that a mix of Memento and Brilliance inks were perfect. The background is simple to create and can be made in any color. To finish the card, I simply stamped the florals with Versafine Onyx Black and the flowers and contrasting red sentiment reading “Sending Love & Hugs” stand out beautifully against the gorgeous silky background.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Altenew – Garden Treasure Clear Stamp Set ALT1603
  • Misti Stamping Tool
  • EK Success- Cutterbee Scissors
  • Cardstock – white, black
  • Black Velvet-Brush
  • White Embossing Powder
  • EK Success –Powder Tool
  • Heat Tool
  • Adhesive