Simply Beautiful Collage-Style Card

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By Alison Heikkila –

Hello! Many crafters love the look of collage-style cards, but they may be intimidated to try making them. If you throw away the idea of perfection and just enjoy the process, you can achieve this look without too much trouble. Be sure to have some text stamps on hand, as they really help achieve this look. 

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Time to Complete: 45 minutes- 1 Hour

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Step 1:

On a textured cardstock, gently ink the rough surface with Desert Sand Memento Ink. Don’t push too hard…we only want to enhance the texture. 

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Step 2:

With Espresso Truffle Memento Ink, apply a text background stamp to the cardstock. I didn’t use a block or stamping tool to apply this, because I wanted imperfections and blurring. 

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Step 3:

Die cut a leaf out of white cardstock. Apply Northern Pine, Morocco, and Love Letter Memento Ink right next to each other on your craft mat and spritz the colors with water. Lay the leaf into the ink and let it sit for a bit to soak up the color. Lift the leaf out, and let it dry. Then, ink the edges with Warm Cocoa Memento Ink. 

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Step 4:

Begin trying to decide where your pieces will go. I liked the placement of the leaf here. Now I need to choose the rest of my elements. 

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Step 5:

Ink up an insect you like…I went with a cicada and used Nocturne VersaFine Clair Ink. To give the bug metallic shine, I applied New Sprout and Cottage Ivy Fireworks! Spray to the body and Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Sparkle to the wings with a brush. Let dry, then cut out. 

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Step 6:

Collages always look better with imperfections, texture, and aging. To achieve all of that on this card, I first tore the right side off of my text panel. Then, I applied Eucalyptus Walnut Ink with a brush on the tear. On my Kraft colored card base, I inked the edges with Dark Brown Shimmer Delicata Ink, directly from the pad. 

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Step 7:

Using the same rough cardstock I used for the focal panel, I die cut the word “beautiful.” Then I rubbed Rich Cocoa Memento Ink across in, allowing some of he white to still show through. 

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Step 8:

I die cut a little tag out of cream colored cardstock, and flicked on more of the Eucalyptus Walnut Ink. Then I aged the tag with Dark Brown Shimmer Delicata Ink and added a sticker. I finished the tag off with twine. Adding many elements, especially those with texture, really add to the collage style vibe. 

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Step 9:

Attach all of your elements. Use flat glue as well as dimensional adhesives, like foam squares to add more interest to the card. My cicada and tag are both popped up for dimension. The twine was left long and can move freely. 

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Art Supplies:


Memento Ink: Desert Sand, Espresso Truffle, Rich Cocoa, Love Letter, Morocco, Northern Pine

Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray: New Sprout, Cottage Ivy

Sheer Shimmer Spritz: Sparkle

Delicata Ink: Dark Brown Shimmer

VersaFine Clair: Nocturne

Walnut Ink: Eucalyptus

Craft Mat



Sizzix & Tim Holtz: Leaf Fragments, Tag Collection

Stampers Anonymous & Tim Holtz: Entomology

Pinkfresh Studio: Classic Word Dies

Canson: Mixed Media Paper XL


Kraft & Cream Colored Cardstock

Adhesive (flat and dimensional)


Create a Stamped Collage Using StazOn Pigment Inkpad

by Lori Warren

I love the new StazOn Pigment ink about as much as I love stamping!  Finding ways to maximize the use of this mixed media ink would be a big win in my book! How to go about achieving this goal? A stamped collage, of course!  Multiple stamps + multiple StazOn Pigment inks = Happy Stamper!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour


Step 1

Use stamps and a selection of StazOn Pigment ink to stamp a collage style background on a 6” x 4 ¼” panel of cardstock.  Remember to overlap and group images for the best effect.

Step 2

Apply Memento ink (Cottage Ivy & Teal Zeal) directly to craft matte, add water and then use fan brush to apply ink splatters to panel.

Step 3

With Piano Black StazOn Pigment ink, stamp the small image of lightbulb onto white cardstock.

Step 4

Using watercolor method (wet ink on matte), use Memento ink to lightly color lightbulb. Fussy cut image out.

Step 5

Stamp large lightbulb image onto white cardstock (with Piano Black, StazOn Pigment Ink) and then fussy cut the image out.

Step 6

Apply StazOn Peacock Feathers ink directly from ink pad to large lightbulb image. Cut image in half, lengthwise.

Step 7

Stamp the “Shine Bright” sentiment with Piano Black StazOn Pigment Ink.

Step 8

Make a close trim around the saying (rectangle in shape). Color lightly with Memento (watercolor method).

Step 9

Apply washi tape to lower portion of the card.

Step 10

Prep small lightbulb and saying with 3M double sided dimensional tape.

Step 11

Adhere left half of the large lightbulb image to the top portion of the card, slightly off center. Mount small lightbulb over this image (see card for placement).  Adhere saying over the washi tape.

Step 12

Mount panel to A6 sized card base of white cardstock. Apply black dots to the background with the Tuxedo Black irresistible Pico Embellisher.


  • Lori’s Cards & Creations – Grungy Circles stamp
  • Tim Holtz Collection – Stampers Anonymous, The Journal stamp set
  • Visual Image, Shining Bright stamp set
  • Washi Tape
  • Lost Coast Designs, Chickenwire Background stamp
  • 3M Double Sided Mounting tape
  • Cardstock
  • Watercolor brush

Make a Fun Mixed Media Steampunk Inspired Gothic Collage

by Roni Johnson

Make a Fun Mixed Media Steampunk Inspired Gothic Collage

Happy Birthday, Thomas Edison! Described as America’s Greatest Inventor, he was born February 11th, 1847 in Milan, Ohio. In his honor, his birthday is now known as National Inventors Day. Best known for his invention of the incandescent light bulb but he was so much more. He accumulated a record 1,093 patents in his lifetime. I thought it only fitting to honor this man who so greatly changed our lives with a fun mixed media Steampunk inspired Gothic Arch collage complete with Creative Medium Metallic gears and photos of the man and his work.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour + dry time


Step 1

Cut a large and small Gothic arch from chipboard. These will eventually nest inside one another.

Step 2

Ink a 1-inch border around the entire outside edge of the large Gothic arch using a sponge dauber and Tulip Red VersaFine Clair ink.

Step 3

Sprinkle desired color(s) of embossing powder over the inked areas. Clear, gold and patina embossing powders were used for this example. VersaFine Clair has amazing properties which allow embossing powders to stick to it even after it is dry to the touch so there is no need to rush or waste embossing powders by mixing them all together. Each color may be applied individually enabling you to collect and save the excess powder.

Step 4

Use a heat tool to melt the powders. Set the large arch aside to cool.

Step 5

Tear vintage ledger pages, mathematical charts, dictionary pages, etc into small pieces.

Step 6

Adhere the pieces of ephemera to the small Gothic arch using Vintage Creative Medium and a palette knife. Overlap pieces until most of the chipboard have been covered. Set aside to dry.

Step 7

Spread a thin layer of Gold, Silver, Bronze and Copper Metallic Creative Medium over 4.25” x 5.5” pieces of cardstock and let dry. Die-cut various gear shapes from the Creative Medium papers.

Step 8

Adhere the gears to the arch using more Vintage Creative Medium.

Step 9

Trim off the excess paper from the arch.

Step 11

Stamp sentiment on a strip of white cardstock. Create an aged look by rubbing a small amount of Vintage Creative Medium over the strip. Ink edges with VersaFine Onyx Black.

Step 12

Adhere the sentiment and images to the arch as desired. The lightbulb image was inked using Memento Dandelion ink. A couple drops of On Point Glue was applied to the colored area and sprinkled with micro-fine glitter. Affix the smaller Gothic Arch to the larger embossed arch using Tear It Tape.

And if you have extra supplies left….

Make a Fun Mixed Media Steampunk Inspired Gothic Collage Tag

Take the remaining pieces and create a gift tag.


  • Memory Box Dies – Steampunk Gears
  • Artistic Outpost – Steampunk (sentiment)
  • Vintage Ephemera
  • Micro Fine Glitter
  • Cardstock – white
  • Chipboard
  • Scissors