By Jowilna Nolte
Today I am showing you how to create a gorgeous shimmering background for your Valentine cards using a few tricks. First I used a piece of shimmering faux leather paper, added some Brilliance Rocket Red inker to it, and then used a unique rich metallic raspberry MBoss powder for added texture. For the focal point, I embossed a heart and then added some finishing touches for a quick and shiny card – perfect for friends. In just a few steps I created this card with loads of elegance, shine, and personality.
Time: 25 minutes
• Brilliance Rocket Red Inker
• MBoss Metallic Berry Embossing Powder
• VersaMark Dazzle Champagne
• VersaFine Clair Nocturne
• Imagine Craft Mat
• Tear It Tape
• StazOn Stamp Cleaner
• Heat Gun
• Couture Creations Stamp Press
• Couture Creations Mini Guillotine
• Stamps – Joy Clair, Carabelle
• Cardstock – American Crafts
I love the brillance shimmer that Brilliance Ink adds! I created this entire card using different colors of Brilliance Ink.
Watch my video tutorial below to see how I did it. Enjoy!
Time: 15 minutes
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When creative inspiration hits me, I am usually creating layers of mixed media designs on frames or cards. But today, I decided to go a different route. Here is my attempt at a clean and simple Thinking of You card. I love using a mix of Tsukineko inks to create a watercolor effect. They are pigment-rich and blend like a dream. See how I made this card!
Time: 20 minutes per card
- Simon Says Stamp – Sketched Flowers
- Clear Gesso
- Cardstock – White, Black
- Acrylic Block
Why buy a decorative frame when you can create your own! I love using Brilliance and VersaMagic ink with the watercolor technique to really stylize and customize my own frames and home decor pieces. I walk you through each step in creating this frame in the video below.
Time: 1 hour
- Gesso – White
- Confetti sequins
- Phrase stickers
- Trellis die
- Die-cutting machine
- Cardstock – White
- Prima – Flowers
I have limited space for craft supplies and am always looking for ways to get multiple uses out of a single supply. One way to accomplish this, for example, is to keep a stash of white paper flowers in different sizes and color them to match your project. This way, you don’t have to make room for multiple packages of pre-colored flowers. See how I create a Rose Gold Dragonfly theme gift tag using several of Imagine and Tsukineko inks.
Time: 1 hour
Apply Brilliance Ink to mat, add Shimmer Spray, use to color paper flower. Allow to dry.
Repeat step one for multiple flowers.
Add dots of clear IrRESISTible Pico Embellisher to flowers. Allow to dry.
Apply Brilliance Ink in Pearlescent Coral to the mat, add Shimmer Spray and lay tag down into wet ink. Allow to dry.
Stamp diamond pattern, with Brilliance, to sections of tag.
Stamp script onto tag with Delicata Golden Glitz.
Edge tag with Brilliance.
Stamp Dragonfly image and saying with VersaFine CLAIR in Nocturne.
Embellish with dots of Tuxedo Black IrRESISTible Pico Embellisher.
Apply Rose Gold Sheer Shimmer Stix to edge of flowers.
Embellish tag with ribbon and flowers.
- The Paper Studio – white tag
- Recollections – paper flowers
- Celebrate it – sheer ribbon
- Ashland Floral Essentials
- Lori’s Cards & Creations – Art Nouveau Dragonfly stamp set
- Viva Las Vegas script stamp
- Lost Coast Designs – Little Diamonds Background
Brillance Pearlescent Coral was the perfect ink for the delicate flowers on my CAS layered card. Watch my video below to see how easy it was to create. Enjoy!
Time: 15 minutes
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