Fourth of July Layout Made Easy with Memento inks and Fireworks!

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By Neva Cole –

Today I will share how easy it is to create a very cohesive layout using just two ink colors and the matching Fireworks! colors for an amazing Fourth of July scrapbook layout.  With just white cardstock, an embossing folder, a large die cut, and stamps this layout is perfect for Independence Day

Skill:  Beginner

Time:  30 Minutes

Directions:

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Step 1

Trim white cardstock to 1” on each edge larger than the photos.  Pressure emboss with Star Blanket.  Ink raised portion of embossed areas and edges with Memento Danube Blue or Lady Bug.  For my layout I trimmed two sections 5” x 7”, three sections 4” x 5”, and one section by 4” x 4” to back my photos.

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Step 2

Die cut two sets from Spellbinders Cascading Stars die and remove the stars.  Trim one outline die cut into a section of five stars, with the other being four stars.  Use Jumbo Dauber to tap Memento Danube Blue over one die cut and the smaller portion of the trimmed die cut.  Tapping the ink onto the paper keeps from damaging the die cut, which can occur if a rubbing motion is used.  The larger portion of the trimmed die cut is inked in Memento Lady Bug.  Continue to add ink until it is the desired hue. 

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Step 3

The splatter method is used with Fireworks! to add some interest to the white background.  Shake the bottle to distribute glimmer and then remove spritzer nozzle and gently tap the top to splatter ink from the outside of the spray tube.  Continue to tap until the desired amount of ink is on the paper.  I choose sections where the die cuts would be eventually placed.  I alternated the color choices from the die cut color.  This is the lower right corner of the right page.  

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Step 4

The left side of the layout shown completed with splattered Fireworks! in Memento Lady Bug and Danube Blue.

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Step 5

Determine placement placement of elements to add stamped sentiments.  Place on layout and remove other elements.  Use a stamp platform to stamp sentiments in proper position.

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Step 6

On the right page the stamped elements are determined, then half are removed before stamping to allow for clean stamping of correct colors.  The remaining elements are added and stamped.  It was easier to stamp all the images Memento Lady Bug at one time, then follow with images in Memento Danube Blue.

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Step 7

Spritz Fireworks! into a plastic tray or surface.  Place die cut stars from step 2 face down on the Fireworks! ink to add color.  Use tweezers to move around in the ink and add more ink to tray as needed.  About a third of the stars were inked with Fireworks! in Lady Bug the remaining in Fireworks! Danube Blue.

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Step 8:

Determine correct placement of Fireworks! stars in the die cut.  I rotated the star until it fit properly into the die cut area.  Not all the stars are identical, so taking the time to find the right one was worth the effort for a seamless look.  

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Step 9:

Adhere elements to layout.  Tear It! tape was used to adhere the photos to the textured mats.  The die cuts are adhered with On Point Glue.  The small dots around the star frames keep the layout clean and smudge free.  

Art Supplies

Imagine

Memento–Lady Bug and Danube Blue

Fireworks!–Lady Bug and Danube Blue

Jumbo Dauber

Tear It! Tape

On Point Glue

Other

White Cardstock

Cuttlebug Star Blanket embossing folder

Spellbinders Cascading Stars

Technique Tuesday Spectacular Memories

Hero Arts CL493 Holiday Sentiments

Tweezers

Die Cut machine

Stamp Platform

Make a Hibiscus Sympathy Card with Creative Medium

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By Neva Cole 

I am always searching for new ways to use supplies and tools.  Creative Medium comes in many colors, but the Iridescent Green creates stunning results on black paper.  The use of an Embossing Folder helps the layers of the iridescent effect really shine.  A few layered stamped images and I have a beautiful sympathy card to send to a dear friend.  

Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 Hour plus dry time

Directions:

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Step 1

Cover a section of black paper (with or without texture) with a thin layer of Creative Medium in Iridescent Green.  I used Imagine’s Squeegee to spread the layer across the paper.  The rubber edge was very helpful to get a thin even layer.  Set aside to dry, possibly overnight.  After it is dry it will still have a slightly rubbery texture.

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Step 2:

Trim a section of the paper to 4” x 5 1/4” and pressure emboss with Sizzix Tropical Paisley Embossing Folder.  You can really see the detail in this photo.

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Step 3:

Layer stamp the Hero Arts Hibiscus and leaves images.  Start with the lightest ink first.  For the Hibiscus–Radiant Neon Electric Yellow, Memento Cantaloupe, Memento Tangelo, and VersaFine Habanero.  The leaves are stamped in Memento Bamboo Leaves and Northern Pine.  The images are die cut twice more from white and layered under matching die cuts with OnPoint glue.

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Step 4:

The sentiment from Unity Stamp Company is stamped in Versa Fine Habanero then heat embossed with Iridescent Embossing powder.  (Not shown) The image is die cut with Lawn Cuts Everyday Sentiments die.  One end is trimmed off square.  The banner is inked with an ink dauber and Radiant Neon Electric Yellow.  The edges are inked with Memento Cantaloupe.  

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Step 5:

Ink the edges of a 4 1/4” x 5 1/2” card with Radiant Neon Electric Yellow ink with an ink dauber.

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Step 6:

The layers are adhered together with Tear It! Tape.  It adheres well with the textured layers of the card.  The two Hibiscus flower are lifted a bit with dimensional foam adhesive.

Art Supplies

 Imagine

• Creative Medium Iridescent Green

• Imagine Squeegee

• Radiant Neon Electric Yellow

• Memento–Cantaloupe, Tangelo, Bamboo Leaves, Northern Pines

• VersaFine Habanero

• Tear It! Tape

• Ink Dauber

Other

• Black and white cardstock

• Sizzix Tropical Paisley Embossing Folder

• Stamp Platform

• Heat Embossing Gun

• Hero Arts Hibiscus C1868

• Unity Stamp Company “beautiful life, blessed memories”

• Lawn Cuts Die Everyday Sentiments

• Dimensional Foam Adhesive

Colorful Peonies Created with Ink and Stencils Birthday Card

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By Neva Cole 

See how to use a variety of inks to create a stunning card using layering stencils and Fireworks! as an embellishment.  Layering stamps have been around for a few years, but recently a few companies have come out with layering stencils that match stamp sets.  It takes a bit more time, but the results are phenomenal and I find that the placement is just a tiny bit easier.  For a finishing touch, The Essential Glue Pad produces the look of foil without the need for heated plates or a laminating machine, a win in my book! 

Skill: Intermediate

Time: 1 Hour

Directions:

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Step 1

Stamp Pink Fresh Painted Peony Mix in Delicata Golden Glitz and heat emboss with Iridescent Embossing Powder.  I placed the stamp at a 45 degree angle on my stamp platform, as the stamped image is longer than most platforms.  This technique creates enough images for at least three cards!

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Step 2:

Most Peonies are white or light pink.  I choose Memento Angel Pink and used a heavy hand with the ink dauber to ink the first stencil.  Using an ink dauber allows for a bit of shading in the process as well.  Each stencil has registration marks to allow precise placement.  

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Step 3:

The next stencil in the series colors the complementary flowers in the design.  Memento Dandelion Yellow is inked with an ink dauber, again with a heavy hand.  

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Step 4:

The next layer creates the leafy background.  It is inked with Memento New Sprout.  

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Step 5:

To shade in the fourth layer of color I used VersaColor Orchid.  As you can see the images are coming together.

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Step 6:

Each successive layer adds more dimension, so pretty!  Memento Rose Bud is added in this layer.

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Step 7:

Small pieces of removable tape are placed on the flowers that I preferred to accent with something other than the Memento Cottage Ivy used on the leaves.

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Step 8

To finish the flowers, Memento Sweet Plum was inked through the previously covered sections of the stencil.

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Step 9

Die cut with the matching die.  All nine pieces cut at the same time!

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Trim a section of white linen textured cardstock to 4” x 5.25”.  Shake each Fireworks! and Shimmer spray until the fine shimmer particles are dispersed in the bottle.  Remove sprayer nozzle and tap gently to add color sprays around the white cardstock.  This method produces larger droplets that are not as closely placed together as compared to using the direct spray technique.  

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Step 11

Stamp the sentiment on a piece of black cardstock with The Essential Glue Pad and gently place Metallic Flakes over the glue.  Use a brush to remove larger pieces of Metallic Flakes and return to the jar.  A paper towel will clean up the rest of the image.  Trim to desired shape, in this case a fishtail banner.  

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Step 12

Trim black cardstock to 5 3/8” x 4 1/8”.  Adhere layers together on a A-2 size card base with Tear It! tape.  The flower bouquet is adhere with dimensional foam adhesive. 

 

Art Supplies

 Imagine

• Delicate Golden Glitz

• Iridescent Embossing Powder

• Memento–Angel Pink, Dandelion, New Sprout, Rose Bud, Cottage Ivy 

• VersaColor:  Orchid 

• Fireworks!–Rose Bud, New Sprout

• Sheer Shimmer Spray Gold

• Tear It! Tape 

• Sponge Daubers 

Other

• Pink Fresh–Painted Peony Mix Stamp, Stencil Set, Die

• Black and white cardstock

• Stamp Platform

• Heat Embossing Gun 

• Paper Studio Fish Tail punch

• Painter’s tape

• Prima Art Ingredients Metallic Flakes Vintage

• Small paint brush

• Dimensional Foam Adhesive

• The Essential Glue Pad

Pastel Easter Card Made Easy with Kaleidacolor

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By Neva Cole 

See how to use the Kaleidacolor ink pad to create a pastel Easter Card with subtle style that can be completed in a short amount of time.  Layering with contrasting cardstock and texture added with embossing folders gives this card great dimension.

Skill:  Beginner

Time:  30 Minutes.

Directions:

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Step 1

Trim white cardstock to 8.5″ x 5.5″ to make card base.  Fold in half and use a rubber brayer to ink the front of the card with Kaleidacolor in Baby Powder.  Move the brayer to fully cover the card and re-ink brayer as needed to create a well inked surface.  Pay attention to direction of ink pad and brayer to avoid mixing the ink colors beyond the ombre look.

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Step 2

Trace the outside of a cross die on craft cardstock to create a matching layering piece.  Fussy cut the layer three time or use a electronic die cut machine to cut three layers.  Glue the layers together with OnPoint Glue.  Using a wet glue allows a little time to wiggle the layers into perfect position.

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Step 3

Place die on white cardstock and die cut and pressure emboss with rubber mat.  Use a make-up sponge rolled to pick up ink in the same ombre of the Kaleidacolor ink pad and ink through the die onto the raised embossed areas.  Die cut two more layers and glue the colored die cut to the top of the first two white layers.

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Step 4

Ink the raised portion of the embossing folder with Kaleidacolor Baby Powder in the same color direction as the card base.  Pressure emboss a 3.75″ x 5″ section of white cardstock.  The ink will transfer to the indentations of the design.

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Step 5

Trim a section of Kraft cardstock to 4″ x 5.25″.  Layer the assembled parts of the card without adhering them together to determine the placement of the sentiment.  I choose the appropriate size circle die to die cut the corner of the pressure embossed white cardstock.

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Step 6

Using the next size smaller circle die and pressure embossed white cardstock to determine placement of the smaller circle die on the Kraft cardstock and die cut.

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Step 7

Determine placement of sentiment and remove the layers.

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Step 8

Stamp the sentiment in Delicata Sapphire Blue.

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Step 9

Adhere the layers of the card together.  The Kraft cardstock layer is adhered with dimensional foam adhesive.  All the other layers used Tear It! Tape for best adhesion.

Art Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Brayer
  • Spellbinders Crosses Two, Standard Circles Large and Small
  • Darice Crosses Embossing Folder
  • Scan n Cut
  • Taylored Expressions Inside Scoop Easter Blessings
  • Dimensional Foam Adhesive
  • Make-up sponge

Triple-Step Stamped Card Made Simple with Memento Ink

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By Neva Cole 

See how to use the Memento ink line to created a cohesive matching layered card in just a few steps.  The beauty of this particular method is you may make a number of cards depending on your needs in more than one color scheme as shown in the bonus step.  Finishing touches use irRESISTible Pico Embellisher, VersaMark Clear ink, and Embossing Powder.

Skill:  Beginner

Time:  30 Minutes plus drying time.

Directions:

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Step 1

Trim white cardstock to 4.25″ x 5.5″, this will allow a quicker placement in step 2 on the stamp platform.  Center Image “A” from the Concord & 9th Triple-Step Floral Frame Stamp on the white cardstock and then adhere to the stamp platform.  Ink Image “A” with Memento Bamboo Leaves.  Double or triple stamp the image to create even darker images.  (If doing multiple cards, continue stamping Image “A” until you have your desired quantity.)

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Step 2

Place Image “B” from the Concord & 9th Triple-Step Floral Frame Stamp on the white cardstock so the small tulip shaped flowers line up with the stems.  Look directly down through the stamp to judge the placement of the stamp.  In this version Memento Cantaloupe is stamped first.  Turn the image 180 degrees and double check image placement, then stamp in Memento Tangelo.  (If doing multiple cards, continue stamping Image “B” until you have your desired quantity.)

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Step 3

The stamp set has two stamps that will add the center of the roses and an additional layer to the small tulip shaped flowers.  Use the same method as Step 2 for placement.  If the center of the rose is slightly off, stamp again until the white area is inked.

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Step 4–Bonus

Shown are the additional card fronts stamped during my session of triple-stamping.  Once the layering stamps were in place I like to make multiple stampings for future use.

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Step 5

Stamp “So Kind of You” in Memento Tangelo using a stamp platform.  Stamp over the image with VersaMark Clear ink and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.  Use an ink blusher with a light hand to color around the image, the embossed sentiment will resist the ink.  This sentiment has a matching die to allow you to die cut before adhering to your card front.

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Step 6

Trim white cardstock to 5.5″ x 8.5″ and fold in half to create an A2 card base.  Ink the edges using an ink dauber with Memento Cantaloupe.  The card front die also creates a very narrow border, this one is inked with Memento Dandelion using an ink dauber.

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Step 7

Place the card front face down and align the Dandelion border to the card front.  Carefully place Tear It! tape around all four edges of the card front.  Take time to “catch” the border without having the Tear It! tape show on the front.

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Step 8

Adhere card front to card base and add the die cut sentiment with dimensional foam adhesive.

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Step 9

Learn from my mistake!  Add the irRESISTible Pico Embellisher in Dandelion AFTER the card is assembled to the center of the flowers besides the roses.  The irRESISTible Pico Embellisher will retain the rounded shape after drying.  When I die cut the card front after adding the irRESISTible Pico Embellisher the dots were flattened.  However it was an easy rescue as another layer of the irRESISTible Pico Embellisher added the rounded dimension back to the flower centers!

Art Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Concord & 9th Triple-Step Floral Frame stamp and die
  • White cardstock
  • Dimensional foam adhesive
  • Stamp platform

Create a Dramatic Anniversary Card with Multi Layers of Metallic Shimmer

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By Neva Cole –

Today’s tutorial will demonstrate how to create multi layers of texture for a dramatic Anniversary Card.  StazOn, Delicata, and Mboss will add amazing levels of metallic shimmer.

Skill:  Beginner

Time:  1 Hour

Directions:

Step 1
Trim white piece of sturdy cardstock to 4 1/8” x 5 3/8”.  I used the backing of a paper pack, that had one shiny white side.  First, I pressure embossed with Sizzix 3-D Textured Impressions Doodle Triangles.  A makeup sponge was used to spread StazOn Metallic inks from re-inkers in Platinum, Silver and Gold randomly around the surface of the card front.  StazOn dries on the sponge and makes it a one-time use tool. StazOn Jet Black ink is gently tapped over the raised portions of the card panel.  Set aside to dry or heat with a heat gun.
Step 2
Using a stamp from my stash (manufacturer unknown) small hearts were stamped randomly in VersaMark ink and heat embossed in Mboss in Valentine.
Step 3
Memento Luxe in Tuxedo Black is used to stamp Taylored Expressions Simple Strips Background sentiments followed by heat embossing with black embossing powder.  The matching die is used to die cut the entire set and five sentiments are selected for the front of the card.
Step 4
Each sentiment strip is inked with Delicata in Silvery Shimmer, Golden Glitz or Ruby Red with an Ink Dauber.  Since the sentiment is embossed, the ink will not change the color.
Step 5
The sentiment strips are backed with white cardstock with the matching backer die.  The edges are inked with Memento Tuxedo Black and an ink blusher to add definition.
Step 6
A Scribble Heart die by Impression Obsession is die cut from white cardstock.  The die is then inked with Versa Mark ink and heat embossed with Mboss in Valentine.
Step 7
A white card base is trimmed to 5 ½” x 8 ½”.  The edges are inked with Memento Tuxedo Black and an ink blusher.
Step 8
The card base is adhered to textured front with TearIt! Tape.  The Heart is adhered with On Point Glue.  The sentiment strips are adhered with dimension foam tape.  A striking masculine anniversary card goal achieved!

Art Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Sizzix 3-D Textured Impressions Doodle Triangles
  • Make up sponge
  • Background heart stamp (manufacturer unknown)
  • Taylored Expressions Simple Strips Background Sentiments, Die, and Backer Die
  • Impression Obsession Scribble Heart die
  • Dimensional foam adhesive
  • Black and White cardstock
Neva Cole http://snippetscrafter.blogspot.com/ n.cole@windward-performance.com