Create An Awesome Accordion Fathers Day Card

by Roni Johnson

Tunnel cards just got that much cooler because of StazOn Pigment Inkpads! You can now stamp on acetate and really build up those layers without all of the cutting and snipping like traditional tunnel cards. With the help of StazOn Pigment Inks simply stamp on acetate panels, use Tear It! Tape to affix the panels to the accordion sides and you’re good to go! It takes a matter of minutes instead of hours!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 20 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Stamp beginning layer on a card to use as a stamping guide. Originally I thought I would use this as the back panel of the card but the green was too dark so I stamped a second panel on white cardstock to use as the final layer of the tunnel.


Step 2

Cut acetate (transparencies) to the desired size. I cut 4 layers for this card.


Step 3

Position one of the acetate panels over the stamping guide. Stamp the panels from back to front stamping panel #4 first.

inks yield crisp clean opaque images on the acetate
Step 4

Continue stamping each consecutive layer as desired. As you can see here the inks yield crisp clean opaque images on the acetate. The best part is they dry in a matter of seconds allowing you to stack the next layer on top of the last for ease of alignment and stamping.

Create the accordion side panels by creasing a 4” x 4 ¼” card panel at ¼” increments.
Step 5

Create the accordion side panels by creasing a 4” x 4 ¼” card panel at ¼” increments.


Step 6

Use On Point Glue to create 3 flats between the mountains as shown in the photo. These flat pieces will be what you affix the acetate panels to creating the tunnel effect.

 Use Tear It Tape to affix the front acetate panel to the card frame.
Step 7

Cut a frame for the front of the card. Use Tear It Tape to affix the front acetate panel to the card frame.


Step 8

Adhere the accordion pieces to the back sides of the frame. Use Tear It Tape to adhere to each consecutive panel to the accordion sides as shown in the photo.

Your tunnel card is ready to go!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Acetate
  • Cardstock
  • My Favorites Things – Stitched Frame
  • Just For Fun Stamps – Trees, deer, pine bough
  • Rubber Stamp Tapestry – Mom & Dad Clear Stamp Set
  • Die Machine
  • Acrylic Block

Learn A New Creative Hack with Layered Stamps

by Martha Lucia Gomez

 

blue gold thank you card tsukineko Layered Dahlias Stamp Set

Layering stamps is a very popular in the crafting world. A lot of stamp companies are designing stamp sets that have complimentary details such as a flower with the inner stigma and leaves with the inner veins. Instead of focusing so much on getting all the ink layers to line up, I thought it would be cool to deviate from the norm and use the layers as shadows. With this simple technique, you can create a fresh look with your layered stamp set that will spark imagination in your DIY project.

I started this project by using Tsukineko’s Azure StazOn to stamp one of the corresponding layers onto blue cardstock. StazOn is like an alcohol ink and will dry rather quickly but be sure it is completely dry before moving on. Next, I stamped VersaMark ink with the outline image over the StazOn layers, and heat embossed with Imagine’s Gold Embossing Powder. Since StazOn dries so quickly (even faster than a dye ink) the embossing powder does not stick to the base stamp. This is exactly what I wanted because the effect will be the shadow image. The gold pops forward while the blue recedes into the background. To finish, I cut the word “Thanks” using gold foil paper and fun foam. I attached “Thanks” using On Point Glue and adhered everything together on a white card base using double-sided Tear It Tape.

DIY crafting embossing

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white, dark blue
  • Peek-a-boo Stamps – Layered Dahlias Stamp Set
  • Lawn Fawn –  Thanks Die Cut
  • Fun Foam
  • Gold Foil Card Stock

Think Different with Texture in Papercrafting

Texture is an important aspect of crafting. Color, layout, and the concept are essential to creating a finished piece, but texture is the extra element that can add complexity. Texture also satisfies that part of our brain that gets curious to touch and experience how something feels. We love the touch and feel aspect about cardmaking. The tactile experience of a card is what makes it go from pretty to OMG! In today’s blog post, we are sharing two texture rich projects by Elina Stromberg and Tenia Nelson. Enjoy!

Texture is an important aspect of crafting. Tenia Nelson and Elina Stromberg share their projects that feature texture with ink, paper, corrugated cardboard, shimmer and with Creative Medium. #papercrafting #shimmer #texture

Layers Of Life by Elina Stromberg

Embossing powders and texture pastes are an easy way to create texture and add dimension to your papercrafting projects. There’s no need to choose just one technique. The texture can be layered for creating eye-catching effects. On the background of this card, I first applied VersaMark through a stencil and heat-embossed using Vintage Plum Embossing Powder. Then I misted the background with Cherry Blossom Walnut Ink and dried with heat-gun. Re-heating the paper gently broke the embossing powder’s glossy coat letting the ink attach on the surface. The end-result was an amazing ceramic look! For the second layer of texture, I used another stencil with Metallic Copper Creative Medium. The butterflies and the quote text paper are water colored with the same Walnut Ink color used for the background bringing the overall design together.

Texture is an important aspect of crafting. Tenia Nelson and Elina Stromberg share their projects that feature texture with ink, paper, corrugated cardboard, shimmer and with Creative Medium. #papercrafting #shimmer #texture

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • White mixed media paper
  • Stencils
  • Visible Image – stamps
  • Cardbase – cream
  • Cardstock – red
  • Pink embroidery yarn
  • Scissors

Texture is an important aspect of crafting. Tenia Nelson and Elina Stromberg share their projects that feature texture with ink, paper, corrugated cardboard, shimmer and with Creative Medium. #papercrafting #shimmer #texture

Love You Card by Tenia Nelson

Hey, Y’all! Tenia here from Jazzy Paper Designs with a super fun handmade card. Imagine artists were challenged with texture for the month of March and I thought it would be fun to use corrugated cardboard for the challenge. I started with a stamped image that appears to have a lot of texture already in Rich Cocoa Memento ink and added splatter using Rich Cocoa Fireworks Shimmery Craft spray. Then I die cut the heart from a cardboard box and stamped a sentiment onto image panel using Tuxedo Black Memento ink. I also added twine, washi, and sticker stitches. Once the front design comes together finish by matching the cardboard color of the heart to Kraft cardstock and add tiny heart stickers.

Supplies

Imagine

 

Other
  • Concord & 9th – stamps
  • Cardstock – kraft, white
  • Embellishments – hearts
  • Washi tape
  • Sticker stitches
  • Twine
  • Heart die

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