Use a Plaid Stencil for a Mixed Media Christmas Card

by Kassy Tousignant 

Use a Plaid Stencil for a Mixed Media Christmas Card

It’s never too early to start making Christmas cards! How about making them mixed media style?! Imagine makes so many wondering mixed media products that work great on canvas layouts and cards alike. In this project, I use Fireworks Craft Spray and a plaid stencil to create multiple Holiday backgrounds at once.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Liquitex – Flexible modeling paste
  • Prima – Heavy body gel, flower
  • Cardstock – white
  • Gold thread
  • 49 & Market – flower
  • My Minds Eye – brads and embellishments
  • Christmas patterned paper
  • Echo Park – plaid stencil
  • Stampin Up – dimensionals

Create and Color a Beautiful Trumpet Flower Card

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Create and Color a Beautiful Trumpet Flower Card

After spending several hours carving the stamp for this card (because I had an idea but not the right stamp available—DIY to the rescue), I wanted to make sure that the flower and banner image got the best possible color treatment I could give it. At first glance it’s a simple card, but the layers of color that went into creating it and the attention to detail (like coloring the cut edges of the fussy-cut image to blend with the stamped outlines) in finishing it, hopefully, show how an otherwise simple card can stand on its own without a lot of embellishments.

Skill: Advanced
Time: varies due to hand-carving element

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – White, Black, Green embossed
  • Fiskars – Scissors, Craft Knife
  • Xyron – Create-a-Sticker 500, Adhesive Pick-Up
  • Acrylic Block
  • Studio Calico – A to Z stamp set
  • Speedball – Speedy Carve Blocks, Linoleum Cutter

Learn Vintage Monotone Watercoloring with Walnut Ink

by Arjita Sepaha Singh

I stamped a beautiful flower bunch from Simon Says Stamp with Brilliance Ink on a watercolor paper. I added some water on a small scoop of Walnut Crystals and painted the entire bunch with it. This is a monotonic theme card and I have used only one pigment to create all the highlights and shadows. I stamped a simple sentiment with Pinecone Versafine Clair ink and the painted panel is ready.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions

 

Supplies

Imagine

Other

Enjoy Every Moment with this 3-D Flower Cardmaking Tutorial

by Steph Ackerman

Enjoy Every Moment with this Cardmaking Tutorial

Sometimes the daily grind in life can cause us to forget a simple truth–Enjoy Life! Today’s cardmaking project spreads the message of “Enjoy Every Moment” and would make a great encouragement card for a friend or family member. Kaleidacolor Ink pads are multicolor dye inkpads that allow you to create vibrant projects using one inkpad. Instead of searching for several colors of coordinating inks, select a Kaleidacolor is designed to make it easy. Using 3 colors from the Royal Satin Kaleidacolor ink pad plus VersaFine Onyx Black, I created a 3-dimensional card. See how I did it!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Stamp a floral image with VersaFine Onyx Black ink on a white panel which measures  4″ x 5 1/4″. Stamp 2 additional images on a scrap of white cardstock.


Step 2

Starting with the main image, add color to the flowers using a sponge dauber and Kaleidacolor ink using the Garnet color. Add color to the leaves with a Fantastix using Autumn Leaf and Bottle Green inks.  You have more control adding color with a Fantastix because it allows you to get into smaller areas. Color the flowers from the other 2 stamped images with Garnet ink, then fussy cut them.


Step 3

To shape the flowers for a more 3-D look, use a stylus and a foam pad to form the flowers. Once you achieve the shape you like then layer the additional flowers and use On Point Glue to adhere the flower centers to the card.


Step 4

Stamp the words “Enjoy Every Moment” with VersaFine Onyx Black ink on white cardstock and cut them out separately. Use a sponge dauber to ink the edges of both the floral panel and the words with Garnet ink. Mat each with black cardstock.


Step 5

Use a black card base and add a layer of white cardstock, another black panel, then add the floral panel. Stamp several leaf sprays around the flowers using Bottle Green ink. Add dots of Shimmer irRESISTible around the sprays. This adds some additional dimension to your card. Place the words around the panel with foam adhesives. Add a rhinestone to the flower center or any additional embellishments.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • 49th and Market stamp
  • Bazzill cardstock
  • Heartfelt Creations Flower Making Kit
  • Cardbase – black
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic block
  • Embellishments

Create a Beautiful Marbled Effect with Waffle Flower Stamps

by Roni Johnson

Create a Beautiful Marbled Effect with Waffle Flower Stamps

Red Sangria…brings to mind a deep rich red with swirls of light and dark from the various fruits floating in its depths. When I found out that’s what the color of the month was for August I instantly knew I wanted to try to re-create that luscious color kaleidoscope. I think that this faux marble technique is just the ticket. In this project, I have created Artist Trading Coins and a holiday or Christmas card. This inky marbled paper background can be used in multiple papercraft projects.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30-60 minutes + Dry Time

Directions


Step 1

For this technique to work you must use bristol cardstock. Regular cardstock will soak up the ink too fast and won’t create the depth and texture needed for this technique to be a success. Add a few drops of Rose Pink All Purpose Ink into a mini squeeze bottle with a microtip. Add one drop of Ink Potion No.9 solution to the bottle. Give it a quick shake to mix it up.


Step 2

Apply several drops of the mixture onto a piece of bristol cardstock; smoosh the ink around with an acrylic stamping block and let dry.


Step 3

Add one or two drops of Thistle All-Purpose Ink to the existing mix and give it a shake to integrate the new color.


Step 4

Sprinkle several dots of the current mixture over the cardstock and smoosh it with the block; allow inks to dry.


Step 5

Next, add 2 drops of Red Delicious All-Purpose Ink to the mix and shake.


Step 6

Sprinkle dots of the mix over the cardstock; smoosh and let dry.


Step 7

Continue to add 2 drops of Poppy Red All-Purpose Ink; mix, sprinkle & smoosh. Then add 2 drops of Wisteria All-Purpose Ink, mix, sprinkle & smoosh. Each layer of ink you add will create more and more depth of color and “texture”. Finally, add one drop of Real Black All-Purpose Ink to the remaining ink mixture and sprinkle just a few drops over the piece; smoosh with the acrylic block and let dry.


Step 8

Arrange marble stamps on a stamping press and ink with Golden Glitz Delicata Ink. Close the press and stamp the inked panel. Repeat as necessary to get a good image.


Step 9

Reposition the inked panel and stamp until the entire panel has been stamped with the marble texture stamps. You will be left with a beautiful deep rich red sangria marbled cardstock ready to spice up any project.

Once you have created this beautiful inky backdrop then get creative on collage themes like this in the photo above. I cut out the image of a woman and the word “queen” to make this piece.

For this holiday card, I have used the inky paper to create two panels that open in a double door style card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Bristol Cardstock
  • Acrylic Block
  • Waffle Flower – Layering Marble Stamp Set
  • Joy Clair – Rustic Christmas, Rustic Sentiments
  • Cardstock – Black, White
  • Southern Blackberry Design – collage images
  • Queen’s Dresser Drawers – Collage images
  • Dymo Label Maker
  • Mica
  • Vintage Ephemera
  • Misti Stamping Tool

Use Different Stamps to Create a Cute Scarecrow Scene

by Steph Ackerman

I love mixing and matching stamps to build scenes on cards and for this time of year I decided to create a Harvest Blessings theme. Using a few (or several) colors of inks and different cardstock, you can create a wide variety of cardmaking or scrapbook projects. As we head into fall, I decided to combine a scarecrow stamp with pumpkin stamps and a faux brick background to create a fall scene.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Stamp the scarecrow with VersaFine Clair in Nocturne on a white panel. As I needed a mask for the next step, I stamped a second scarecrow and fussy cut it.


Step 2

Place the scarecrow mask on the main image. Stamp two different sized pumpkins by the scarecrow’s stake. Stamp the pumpkins again and fussy cut them to be used as masks in the next step.


Step 3

Place the masks on the main images. Stamp the brick wall with VersaFine Clair in Pinecone over the masked images.


Step 4

Cut the stamped panel to 4″ x 5 1/4″. Using a water brush, add color to the images with assorted colors of Memento. Quickly wash Delicata in Celestial Copper on the brick background.


Step 5

Use Memento Markers to add additional color to the grass and straw stamped images. Mat the panel with brown cardstock. Create a card from brown cardstock and add a checked background. Adhere the stamped panel to the card with foam adhesives, slightly off-center. Stamp the sentiment with VersaFine Clair in Nocturne. Die cut and ink edges with VersaFine Clair in Pinecone. Mat with a larger die and add to the card.


Step 6

To finish, add Shimmer irRESISTible to the pocket and along the pumpkin veins for dimension and shimmer.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Joy Clair Stamps – Broken Brick Background Stamp
  • Authentique pattern paper
  • Bazzill Cardstock
  • Spellbinders – Oval dies
  • Die-cut Machine
  • Waterbrush
  • Acrylic Block