Enhance Your Card Design with VersaMarker

by Renee Zarate

Enhance Your Card Design with VersaMarker

When you look at a pineapple what do you see? A ripe pineapple has shades of not only yellow but also touches of orange, green and brown. This card is made from a master board that incorporates all of these colors by using Fireworks Craft Sprays and water. The fun begins when the Stencil Girl stencils are used extensively with white gesso. Since this was a color challenge, the colors may say pineapple but the theme is summer rain.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 – 2 hours + dry time

Directions

 140lb watercolor paper sprayed with Fireworks Craft Spray
Step 1

To prepare the master board, spray a piece of 140lb watercolor paper with water. While still wet, spray Fireworks Craft Spray in different colors onto the paper. Lift the paper and allow the colors to run. Mop up any excess with a paper towel. Blend the colors with more water and blot again to soften the mix.


Step 2

Choose an area for the background and cut a piece of the paper to measure 4 ½” x 6 ¾”. On this panel, place a stencil and apply gesso through the stencil. Tape off any areas on the stencils that are not needed on the card. Lift the stencil straight up so it doesn’t smear, wash the stencil off immediately and allow the design to dry completely. Clean stencil.


Step 3

When the gesso is dry, reapply the stencil. If the image needs to be stronger just repeat the application of gesso and dry. Reapply the clean stencil and highlight the phrase with Brilliance Pearlescent Rust ink using a small dauber. Apply Clear Embossing Powder to the phrase and melt with a heat tool. Dilute a small amount of White All-Purpose Ink, use a paint brush and tap it to apply small spatters of white onto the panel. Use a Micron 05 black pen to outline the images and ink the edges of the panel. Use On Point Glue to attach a few light blue sequins randomly.


Step 4

Color the umbrella with a Dandelion Memento Marker then color over the yellow with a VersaMarker and heat emboss with clear powder. Touch some of the rain drops, the top of the girl’s hair and the tips of the boots with VersaMarker then sprinkle Imagine’s Iridescent Embossing Powder and melt with the heat tool. The embossing powder in the right spots create a shiny surface and give a life-like appearance to the design. Adhere the panel to a card blank with Tear It Tape and you are finished!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Strathmore 140 lb. Watercolor Paper
  • Stencil Girl – Rain by Jessica Sporn
  • Washi tape
  • Spray bottle of water
  • Micron 05 mm Pen – black
  • Sequins
  • Heat tool
  • Paper towel
  • Paper trimmer

Make a Beautiful Saranghaeyo Greeting Card

by Tenia Nelson

Make a Beautiful Saranghaeyo Greeting Card

Tenia here from Jazzy Paper Designs with an elegant Saranghaeyo greeting card made with Imagine and Tsukineko products. I combined the Pineapple color from patterned paper, embossing techniques, and foam dots to create this dynamic looking card.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Step 1

Die cut rectangle patterned paper. Stamp and emboss a large ornate image onto the patterned paper panel.

Step 2

Dry emboss with the flower die onto white cardstock. Die cut white cardstock and patterned cardstock with the rectangle die from Spellbinders.

Step 3

Adhere dry emboss image onto the patterned paper panel using foam adhesive.

Step 4

Stamp the Saranghaeyo sentiment and die cut.

Step 5

Adhere sentiment onto dry emboss panel, add washi tape, sequins, sticker stitches and adhere the whole panel onto card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white
  • Waffle Flower Crafts – Stamps, Flower Die
  • Scrapbook papers
  • Big Shot die cut machine
  • Spellbinders – Nesting Rectangle dies
  • Sequins
  • Queen and Co – washi tape
  • Sticker stitches

Got the Blues? Check Out 2 Uplifting Handmade Cards

Sometimes doing something special for someone during a rough period is the best medicine. In today’s papercraft projects, we share two different themes for encouragement cards. Tenia creates a cute and simple sympathy card for a broken heart while Elina creates reminds us to dance.

Got the Blues? Check Out 2 Uplifting Handmade Cards

Broken Heart Mini Card by Tenia Nelson

Hey Y’all! Tenia here from Jazzy Paper Designs with a sympathy or broken heart mini card measuring 3 x 3 inches and made with Imagine and Tsukineko ink products. Sometimes sending someone a sweet message when they are feeling blue is a nice way to show them you are thinking of them.

Broken Heart Mini Card by Tenia Nelson

Using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, stamp the heart image onto 3 x 3 inch card. Next, spray a Bahama Blue Fireworks onto card to give the splatter effect in the background. Ink the same heart stamp with VersaMark, stamp and heat emboss onto red cardstock. Cut out embossed image and adhere to card using the first stamp as a guide and attach with foam adhesive.

Since green is a natural complement to red, ink the sentiment with Cottage Ivy Memento Ink and stamp sentiment onto a piece of white cardstock and cut around the sentiment. Adhere this text block onto card using foam adhesive. Also add washi, patterned paper and sticker stitches. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white, red
  • Patterned paper
  • Unity Stamp Company – heart stamp
  • Washi tape
  • Sticker Stitches
  • Foam dot adhesive

Just Dance Watercolor Card by Elina Stromberg

Just Dance Watercolor Card by Elina Stromberg

Watercolors are an easy way to create beautiful backgrounds for your card projects. However, there are differences between watercolors; many cheap watercolor palettes may be rich in pigment, but once dry the colors becomes chalky and less vibrant. Liquid colors are a good choice, and the water-based Fireworks Craft Spray have become my favorite. In addition to the lively rich colors Fireworks also adds a bit of shimmer to your projects.

When making simple one-layer cards with watercolor background, I often use liquid masking fluid for protecting the main image. I start with stamping the image, and then cover it with a thin layer of masking fluid. Once the rubber layer is dry, I can simply paint over the image to create my background. On this card, I wanted to add more texture on top of the watercolors. So I used irRESISTibles and embossing powder to create this effect. The bottom part (earthy ground) of the image is decorated with gold irRESISTible Pico Embellisher creates a raised look. While the white and copper dust textures are embossing powder are super fine with a raised look as well. The red dress and hat are painted with a water brush, using red VersaMagic ink. And I left an open space in the sky to stamp the sentiment.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampin’Up – ‘Beautiful You’ stamp
  • Watercolor paper
  • Card base – white
  • Cardstock– dark blue
  • Winsor and Newton – masking fluid
  • Water brush
  • Double-sided tape
  • Heat gun

See How to Make a Summer Card with Cool Lemonade

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

hello summer card lemonade

 

Nothing says summer to me like a tall, frosty glass of lemonade. Unless it’s a tall, frosty pitcher of lemonade as a die cut on a handmade card! The liquid effect inside the pitcher was inspired by toys we had as kids; namely the baby bottles that looked like the liquid was disappearing as the toy tipped over. By sandwiching the mixture of Memento Luxe and Ink Potion No. 9 between two pieces of clear plastic, the liquid is contained but still moveable—light finger pressure changes the position of any air bubbles, etc. making it perfect for liquid effect layers on active cards and an alternative motion element to shakers. To learn more about how I created this, hop over to Imagine’s Youtube Channel and watch the video tutorial!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Card Stock – white, yellow,
  • DCWV– terra cotta, green
  • Clear acetate
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities – Homespun dies
  • Darice – Multi-Sized Dots embossing folder
  • Heat tool
  • Die cut machine
  • Woodburning tool with stencil tip
  • Ribbon
  • Everyday Expressions – Stampabilities
  • Studio Calico – Pick a Plaid
  • Acrylic block
  • Scissors
  • Scotch tape

All You Need Is A Little Vitamin Sea

We have 3 projects today that focus on the ocean for the crafting motion! Martha creates a stunning visual effect using die cuts and Memento ink. Kyriakos wields his glue gun again for a surprisingly awesome project using silicone molds. And Jessica brings it back home with a simple hand lettering project using Memento markers. Check it out!

cardmaking ideas and tips inkpad crafts

Smile Starfish Die Cut Greeting Card by Martha Lucia Gomez

Summer is here! Tangerine is not only a perfect color, it is the perfect for representing the mysterious starfish. Today, I am sharing a quick way to mix Memento inks to create an unique background and die cuts to create a negative foreground. I was happy with the design concept and feel this style can be applied to any theme.

Start by taking Memento Ink Dandelion (bright yellow), Tangelo (orange) and Lady Bug (classic red) and apply the ink randomly and directly to Imagine’s silicone craft mat. Spray with Ink Potion No. 9 to dilute the heavy concentration of ink, and allow the different colors to blend. Lay the card stock on the mix to absorb into the paper fibers. This is most of the work of inkblending and it creates the coolest effects. Let the paper dry and paste the inked layer over a card base.

inkpad die cut crafts

Take another piece of white card stock and cut out several star fish shapes using the Gina Marie Starfish die. Once you are happy with the amount of cut-outs, paste the negative layer over the ink layer using dimensional dots or foam tape. The lifted negative foreground creates a dramatic effect which is immediately noticed by the eye. Finalize the card using your own custom details. I choose a “smile” die cut and gold sequins which I applied with On Point Glue. This handmade card is simple in terms of crafting time and produces impressive results!

Supplies

Imagine
Other

 

Starfish necklace crafts

Creating a Starfish Necklace by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Do you have a cool silicone mold laying around that you want to do something with? Why not make jewelry with it? For me, I had a starfish mold and thought it would make a fun fashion project. Jewelry with an ocean theme is an easy way to create a complimenting summer look to the wardrobe. The starfish is made of hot glue shaped into the silicone mold and colored with StazOn inks to give an impression of a real dried starfish. Surprisingly, the dry time is only one hour or less. Simply let your glue heat to it perfect temperature and fill the mold completely.

Since most of the work is about the starfish itself, feel free to download a tutorial on jewelry making to help finish the details of the entire piece if you are not familar with jewelry making. There are dozens of jewelry tutorial online. The rest of the embellishments are little pearls and metallic fishes that are pre-made and can be purchased at any bead store or craft store. I was careful to space the craft wire and attach all the pieces on scattered places to create a mesh that holds the starfish in place. The length of the wires varies from 16 to 18 inches, while it can easily altered to your preference.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Silicone mold – starfish
  • Hot glue gun
  • Craft wire
  • Fish charms
  • Pearls End caps
  • Jump rings
  • Lobster clasp

 

handlettering using Memento Markers

All You Need Is A Little Vitamin Sea by Jessica Litman

Who doesn’t love a good summer quote? Better yet, who doesn’t like practicing their hand lettering with a solid quote that inspires. I submitted the art in the photo above using Memento water-based markers in a variety of colors. I love simple and clear lettering and like to create all sorts of fun projects with quotes. But this one is perfect for the summer, as I hope to spend a lot of time at the beach! If you feel inspired by this, then try your hand and write the phrase “All You Need Is A Little Vitamin Sea” and hang it in a spot you will see (sea) it often. You can also transform this quote into a full paper crafting project by adding sea-theme stamps or embellishments.

Supplies

Imagine
  • Memento Dual Tip Markers – Lady Bug, Tangelo, Dandelion, Cottage Ivy, Danube Blue, Grape Jelly, Lilac Poises, London Fog
Other
  • Paper

Rule the Day with Big Bright Orange Flowers

Today’s burst of tangerine is a refreshing view of orange that is showing itself in a natural flower form. Neva creates a beautiful handmade card with daisy aster flowers as the focal point and Jennifer created a delightful tutorial video with steps on how to create a mum flower theme card. We are always amazed with what our artists create with blank cardstock and ink!

Tangerine Aster Bday Card

Have a Wonderful Birthday by Neva Cole

There are so many wonderful tangerine colored flowers, the daisy asters being one example. I created this card with the hope of making these flowers burst forward and to isolate the sentiment and draw attention back to the card. Super fun to create!

I started by die cutting multiple layers to create very realistic flowers with a bit of shaping. Yes, these are actually die cut and not pre-made. I selected a matching stamp set from Heartfelt Creations to decorate the card layers to fashion a cohesive look with the coordinating dies. And just like a good crafter would, I finished by adding Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz to the front panel along with the Tangerine All-Purpose Ink with the same Gold Shimmer to create a very striking look!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Heartfelt Creations – Delicate Asters stamp and die set, Bold Delicate Asters stamp set, Inspire Me sentiment
  • Cardstock – white
  • Ball stylus
  • Corner rounder

Thinking of You Greeting Card

Tangerine Mums Single Layer Card by Jennifer Vanderbeek

When it doubt, go back to basics. In this card, I managed to find my crafting nirvana with a single-layer card because I followed three basic design principles: Repetition, Rule of Three and Balance of Positive and Negative Space.  Of course, basics don’t have to be static or boring. By switching up techniques and combinations of the three values of color, the image is interesting instead of static. By repeating the shape through a stencil with Creative Medium, there is the added element of texture. And by adding doodles and other handwritten embellishments, there is the added personality. If this is right up your alley then check out my quick tutorial video on how to do it.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Card Stock – white
  • Practical Publishing Intl – Floral Blooms stencil and stamp set
  • 
Post It! – Repositionable Tape
  • Acrylic block

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