Be a Star with New Embossing Techniques

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By Martha Lucia Gomez –

Hello there! In today’s crafting tutorial, I will be sharing two easy ways to upgrade the basic embossing techniques using a Brilliant Ink and embossing power or MBoss.  This is a great idea for any occasion, however like summer is around the corner, I created a Patriotic Card honoring 4th of July.

Skill Level: Intermediate
Time to Complete: 1 hour

Directions:

 

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Step 1:

Select a piece of card stock and embossing folder. Use a piece of cardstock larger than the folder. Dry emboss it in the normal way using your die cut machine. 

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Step 2:

Pick a brayer or any type of roller to add ink to the emboss design. Noticed that you can use any face of the embossed piece to develop this technique. I am using Brilliance Pearlescent Sly Blue and Shimmer White Cardstock.

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Step 3:

Ink your brayer completely and apply the Brilliance Ink over the surface with a soft movement. You don’t want to transfer the ink to the debossed part.

 

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Step 4:

Repeat the step 3, until you are satisfied with the color of the layer. In my sample, I made this step three times to have a great covering.

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Step 5:

Create the card base and layers that you wanted to use. In this model I am using white card base, and blue die cut layer to create a contrast. Resize your inked embossed piece to use it as top layer over the die cut piece. Select a shadow die set with a sentiment or any other type of image to create a window over your inked layer. Don’t paste your layers yet.

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Step 6:

With the shadow or die base of your die cut, create a window over the inked layer. If you want you can save the die cut layer to use in another project.

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Step 7:

Paste the inked embossed layer over the die cut layer using your favorite adhesive. If you want to have more dimension, you can use foam tape. Paste the decorative piece over the card base. 

Cut the word or image according with the die cut that you selected.

 

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Step 8:

With masking tape, cover the half of the die cut word and made a partial hot embossing using VersaMark Ink and your favorite color of embossing powder or MBoss. In my model, I am using the Metallic Berry. 

Don’t remove the masking tape if you want to repeat the above step and obtain shinier and dimension with the hot embossing. I repeated this step twice.

 

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Step 9:

Paste the embossed word and decorate with a complement sentiment and/or embellishments. I used a tiny sentiment stamped with Memento Paris Dusk and a few die cut stars in white cardstock.

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine:

• Brilliance – Pearlescent Sky Blue

• VersaMark – Clear

• MBoss – Metallic Berry

 

Other:

• Whimsy Stamps – Slimline Embossing Folder Wave Length

• Joy Clair Designs – White Smooth Cardstock and Loopy Rectangle Slimline Dies.

• Birch Press Design – Big Sending Sugar Scrip

• Scrapbook Adhesives – Crafty Foam Tape

• Die Cut Machine

• Heat Tool

• Brayer

 

• Heat Tool

• Brayer

 

Make a Cheery Birthday Card Using Fireworks! Shimmery Sprays

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By Neva Cole –

In today’s card making tutorial, I will show you how to use your Fireworks! Shimmery Spray inks in different ways rather than just spraying them!  All of the blooming sunflowers during my travels were the inspiration for this late summer birthday card.  It is very cool that sunflower heads follow the sun throughout the day, and they are always bright and cheery!

Skill:  Intermediate

Time:  1.5 hours

Directions:

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Step 1

Stamp sunflower image in Delicata Golden Glitz and heat emboss with Iridescent Embossing Powder.  The Delicata Golden Glitz is one of the brightest gold inks, and works best for a sunflower.  Die cut with an electronic die cut machine, or fussy cut with scissors.

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Step 2

Use a brush tip Fantastix to color in the center of the sunflower with Delicata Black Shimmer.

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Step 3

Shake the Fireworks! spray until all of the shimmer is mixed in.  When the spray sits for awhile, the shimmer settles to the bottom and can be seen as a thin layer through the bottle.  Remove the spray lid and tap a bit of Fireworks! on your work mat from the end of the plastic tube.  Use a fine tip paint brush to paint the sunflowers a beautiful iridescent Dandelion Yellow.  Yellow ink is one of the more difficult inks to use, and this method solves that dilemma!

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Step 4

Stamp the leaf image in Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy and heat emboss with Iridescent Embossing Powder.  Using embossing powder helps maintain the original ink color of the image while painting over with Fireworks! spray.  It also allows you to color inside the lines much more easily! Use a fine point paint brush to add Fireworks! in Bamboo Leaves.  Die cut or fussy cut the leaves.

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Step 5

To get a finer sprinkling of more carefully located drops of Fireworks!, use the same paint brush and gently tap over the card stock to create a fine splatter pattern.  When using the spray nozzle, the color is denser on the cardstock.  Finish the edges by inking with an ink blusher and Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy.

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Step 6

Edge the base card with an ink blusher and Delicata Golden Glitz.  Using inks throughout the card allows for perfect coordination.

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Step 7

Position the leaves and sunflowers on the card front to determine the location for the sentiment.  Stamp the sentiment in Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy and heat emboss with Iridescent embossing powder.  Adhere the layers of the card together.  The card front and leaves are adhered with Tear-It! Tape, and the sunflowers are adhered with thin dimensional foam adhesive.

Art Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Auntie Amy Sunflower image
  • Heartfelt Creations Bold Leaf stamp
  • Technique Tuesday Large Birthday sentiment stamp
  • Fine point paint brush

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 4th of July Card Using Fireworks Sprays

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By Katy Ingram

Hello my friends! Katy here and today I am going to show you how to create this super simple fourth of July card using Fireworks sprays in Danube Blue and Lady Bug, Memento Luxe ink in Wedding Dress and the Brushstix from Imagine. This card came together with several supplies, but when broken down into small steps anyone can create. Check out the video below to see how it all came together. I hope you enjoy. Thanks for watching.

Skill level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Time: About 40 minutes

Art Supplies:

Imagine

• Memento Luxe – Wedding Dress

• Memento – Paris Dusk

• Versafine Clair – Twilight

• Brilliance Ink Platinum Planet

• Delicata Ink – Black Shimmer

• Fireworks Sprays – Danube Blue

• Fireworks Spray – Lady Bug

• Imagine Brushstix

• On Point Glue

Other Products Used:

• 48 lb Vellum

• GMUND 100% Cotton Shiny Cream Cardstock

• Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Solar White Cardstock

• Concord & 9th Notable Numbers Stamp and Die set

• Concord and 9th Season Turnabout Stamp set

• Honey Bee Stamps Happiness Stamp set

• Simon Says Stamp – Basic Stripes Stamp set

• Kat Scrappiness – Distressed Edge Rectangle Die set

• Mama Elephant – Happy Die

• Hero Arts – Rsvp Cling Tiny Star Background Stamp

• Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper

Learn How to Make a Cupid Valentine’s Card with Brilliance Shimmery Inks

By Jessica Lin

Hi everyone, it’s Jessica here. Did you know that you could watercolor with your shimmery ink pads? I tried watercolor with some Brilliance Dew Drop ink pads today and I was so amazed at the result! The shimmer and sparkle definitely add that extra detail to a simple card. Let me know if you have tried this before!

Skill Level: Intermediate

Time: 35 Minutes

 

Art Supplies

Imagine

VersaMagic Ink Pad- Thatched Straw, Wheat

• Brilliance Ink Pad –  Rocket Red, Rocket Red Gold, Pearlescent Chocolate, Galaxy Gold, Moonlight White

VersaFine Clair – Nocturne

 

Other Products

• Water brush

• Tim Holtz Watercolor Cardstock

• Stampin’ Up Flight of Fancy stamp set

• Stampin’ Up Well Said bundle

• Spellbinders Die Set – Shoot

• Red cardstock

Create a Shimmery Valentine’s Card Using Brilliance Inker

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.

 

Skill: Intermediate

Time: 25 minutes

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine

• Brilliance Rocket Red Inker

• MBoss Metallic Berry Embossing Powder

• VersaMark Dazzle Champagne

• VersaFine Clair Nocturne

• Imagine Craft Mat

• Tear It Tape

• Inkblushers

• StazOn Stamp Cleaner

Other:

• Heat Gun

• Couture Creations Stamp Press

• Couture Creations Mini Guillotine

• Stamps – Joy Clair, Carabelle

• Cardstock – American Crafts

• Embellishments