Making Your Own Ephemera

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By Alison Heikkila –

Hello! Today I’ve got a fun tutorial that’s all about making your own ephemera. Ephemera can be ticket stubs, advertisements, postage stamps, handwritten letters, etc. It’s fun to use “found” ephemera, but it’s also a blast to make your own. You can feel free to follow each of the “steps” below, or just choose the ones you like. There’s no real order or correct way to make these elements, and you can use them on any of your paper-crafting projects. I just decided to go with a tag today. This particular project is great if you need to loosen up, break out of a creative block, or you just feel like adding to your stash. Just have fun with it!

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Directions:

 
 

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Step 1: 

Grab some cardstock and a stencil, and start spraying them with Fireworks! Spray. 

 

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Step 2: 

There’s a lot of spray left on that stencil, so don’t waste it! Grab another scrap of paper and flip the stencil (wet side down) on to it to get the reverse design. You can use a brayer or your hands to push the stencil into the paper to transfer the color better. 

 

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Step 3: 

Still more on the stencil? Spray it with a little water to get the color moving and press it into a third piece of paper. 

 

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Step 4: 

Grab some rubber stamps that have fun designs (especially solid images like this one), spray your craft mat with another color of Fireworks! Spray, and ink up the stamp in the puddle. Stamp some scrap paper with the wet stamp. 

 

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Step 5: 

Apply Kaleidacolor inks to cardstock using your favorite method. I used the Fruitcake palette on my Gel Press with a brayer. Then, take a stencil and apply VersaFine Clair ink on top using a sponge dauber or cosmetic sponge. 

 

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Step 6: 

Run a piece of cardstock through an embossing folder. Then ink the raised areas with Delicata Ink for shine.

 

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Step 7: 

Stamp out a sentiment with VersaMark Ink and use your favorite Mboss embossing powder on it. For texture, tear the edges and ink them with Rich Cocoa Memento Ink. 

Step 8: 

Take some old book paper and flick Fireworks! Spray on it to get different sized droplets. 

Step 9: 

Stamp some small geometric shapes and die cut/fussy cut them. 

Look at all the ephemera we’ve created by just using scraps!

 

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Step 10: 

Die cut a large tag out of cardstock. Start laying your ephemera on to the tag to see where you want your pieces to be. 

 

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Step 11: 

Let pieces hang off the edges of your piece. You can cut them off later, if you wish. Don’t be afraid to move your elements around, cut them, tear them, etc. 

 

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Step 12: 

Use different types of adhesive. I like using Tear It! Tape for the embossed layers, wet glue for flat layers, and foam tape or squares for elements that I want raised. I also love to use On Point Glue for sequins and rhinestones, which I added after I had all of my paper elements adhered. 

 

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Here’s the finished tag. Again, make this however you like. It doesn’t need to be for the holidays, it doesn’t need to be a tag. Just grab a bunch of supplies and play. Whatever ephemera you have leftover can be used at another time. 

Art Supplies:

Imagine:

• Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray in Cottage Ivy, Lady Bug, and New Sprout

• Memento Ink in Rich Cocoa

• Kalediacolor Inks in Fruitcake

• VersaMark Ink

• Mboss Embossing Powder in Rose Gold

• VersaFine Clair Ink in Rain Forest

• Delicata Ink in Golden Gliz

• Tear It! Tape

• On Point Glue

Other:

• Stampers Anonymous: Bold Tidings Mini and Mod Cactus

• Sizzix: Tag Collection #658784, Kaleidoscope 3D Embossing Folder 

• A Colorful Life Designs: Sweater Knit stencil, Make Some Plaid stencil

• Doodles Paper Playground: Bold Rhinestones (I only used the red) 

• Simon Says Stamp/CZ Design: Hex Yeah (discontinued)

• Scraps of cardstock, old book paper, etc. 

Make a Faux Watercolor Poinsettia Gift Tag

Poinsettia Tag 1

By Alison Heikkila –

Hello! This is the time of year that people get really into making tags. Tags for gifts, tag books, etc. Today I’ve got a fun way to use Memento Inks to make them look like you’ve watercolored, but you didn’t need to work as hard. We will be using a layering stamp set to create the focal point of the tag. I used Poinsettia Parts from Stampendous.

Skill Level: Beginner
Time: 10 Minutes, plus drying time between layers

Directions:

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Step 1:

Using an acrylic block or stamp positioner, adhere your most solid layer.

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Step 2:

Ink up the stamp with at least 2 colors of Memento Ink. I used Sweet Plum and Lady Bug.

Step 3:

Spritz the inked stamp with water. Let the colors start to run together, but don’t spritz the stamp so much that the colors become totally washed out.

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Step 4:

Carefully flip your stamp over on to a piece of watercolor paper. Gently press the stamp into the paper and leave it there for a few minutes. You can even add something heavy on top if you want more consistent pressure.

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Step 5:

Repeat Step 4 with any additional parts of your image. I needed to add a leaf and another petal. I used Pear Tart and Cottage Ivy for the leaf. Let all of the “watercolor” layers dry thoroughly before moving on.

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Step 6:

Stamp the top or detail layer with VersaFine Clair ink in Nocturne.

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Step 7:

To add additional detail, you can apply some ink to your Craft Mat and spritz with water, then apply with a paintbrush. Here, I used Dandelion and Morocco to color in the center of the poinsettia. Fussy cut the stamped image.

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Step 8:

Apply Rich Cocoa Memento Ink to a background stamp. I used an older Stampendous stamp with sheet music on it. I like to flip my stamp up and apply my substrate (in this case, a tag made with Kraft cardstock) on top of the stamp. I press the tag into the stamp with my fingers. This allows me to place the tag where I want, and I don’t need to fuss with a large, sometimes unwieldy large stamp. You may also do this step while allowing your poinsettia to dry.

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Step 9:

Ink up a blending brush with more Rich Cocoa ink and gently buff the edges. You may smear some of your stamped image if it hasn’t dried completely, but I don’t mind that look. It helps to make the tag look old.

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Step 10:

Add a sentiment strip to your tag, adhere the poinsettia, and tie on some ribbon.

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Now you’ve got a completed tag that you can add to gifts, use it as a place card at the dinner table, or even to decorate a card base. Experiment with different color palettes to get a wide range of looks. And remember, these techniques don’t have to be used only at holiday time! Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Art Supplies:

Imagine:

Memento Inks in Lady Bug, Sweet Plum, Dandelion, Morocco, Cottage Ivy, Pear Tart, and Rich Cocoa
VersaFine Clair Ink in Nocturne
Tear It! Tape
Craft Mat

Other:

Stampendous: Poinsettia Parts and sheet music Cling Stamp
Kraft Colored Tag
Ribbon
Blending Brush

Make Magic With This Merry Christmas Gift Tag

by Jowilna Nolte

Make Magic With This Merry Christmas Gift Tag

Every year I make loads of Christmas cards, but this year I am creating tags for friends and family. A handmade tag is a quick and crafty alternative to attach to a gift and even packets of freshly baked biscuits. The tag is often underestimated but this will become my go-to way of adding a quick thank you to gifts – quick and easy to make with loads of impact.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Use a Jumbo dauber and ink the background of a tag using Rhubarb Stalk Memento ink.


Step 2

On the right edge of your tag use Memento Luxe ink in Rhubarb Stalk and add some darker shaded edges on your tag.


Step 3

On a sheet of smooth white cardstock mist Summer Sky Fireworks Spray. Use a soft paint brush and brush the ink across the cardstock.


Step 4

While the Summer Sky ink is still wet, use Lilac Posies and splatter ink over the base. Concentrate on certain areas more to get lots of ink in certain areas. Leave to dry.


Step 5

Once dry use VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink and stamp Christmas Bauble. Cut out and ink the edges.


Step 6

Use VersaFine Clair ink and stamp a Christmas sentiment repeatedly onto the colored tag.


Step 7

Use at least 3 colors of Fireworks Spray to add splats to the background and leave to dry or heat set using a heat gun.


Step 8

Adhere the stamped bauble, flowers and themed embellishments to finish off your tag. As an alternative layer two stamped baubles on top of each other using foam tape.

 

Supplies

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Other
  • Cardstock – White
  • Tag
  • Kaisercraft – stamp set
  • Little Birdie – Flowers
  • Charms
  • Bakers twine

How To Make A Mixed Media Gift Bag

by Nadine Carlier

Mixed Media Gift Bag by Nadine Carlier ic

Ever get bored of store bought gift bags? Then all you need is a plain brown bag and some Imagines mixed media products to create a beautiful piece of art to wrap your presents in. I used Creative Mediums, Fireworks, irRESISTibles and StazOn Ink on my gift bag.

Watch my video tutorial below to see how I made my gift bag. Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 min. plus drying time

Supplies

Imagine
Other

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