Learn How to Blend Ink using Shimmer Stix

by Roni Johnson

Learn How to Blend Ink using Shimmer Stix

New products are always fun but they are even MORE fun when it sparkles which is exactly what Shimmer Stix has in spades. It’s the same beautiful Shimmer Spritz Spray in a fun new package. AND this card is doing double duty by picking up on the Color of the Month – Living Coral but with a twist, it is a combination of 2 Radiant Neon colors blended together to make one with the help of Shimmer Stix.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes


Step 1

Cut a piece of white cardstock to 3.75 x 5 inches. Rub Radiant Neon Electric Coral on the upper portion of the card panel. Rub Electric Orange Radiant Neon Ink directly over the Electric Coral. Rub Electric Orange Radiant Neon Ink directly over the Electric Coral.

Step 2

Use the Shimmer Stix to blend and drag the inks together down the length of the panel.

Step 3

This blends the ink and colors the panel with shimmer at the same time. It’s hard to show the truly beautiful shimmer you get from the Shimmer Stix but this photo captures a bit of that shimmer and sparkle.

Step 4

Cut a cover-up using the Gina Marie Flower Burst Trio Cover Plate on white cardstock. Mount the cover up onto the Shimmer Blended card panel and affix to a black card base.

Step 5

Cut three “Sparkle” sentiments, one from blue cardstock and two from black cardstock.

Step 6

Use On Point Glue to glue the layers together with the blue on top. Apply a layer of Shimmer irRESISTible Pico Embellisher to the sentiment and let dry. Add a dot of Electric Blue irRESISTible Pico Embellisher to the center of each flower. Adhere the sentiment to the card using On Point Glue. Just look at that beautifully blended shimmer!!


  • Gina Marie – Flower Burst Trio Cover Plate
  • Queen and Co – Sparkle Sentiment Die-cut
  • Cardstock – White, Black, Blue

Learn to Make a Set of Matching Thank You Cards

by Kassy Tousignant

Learn to Make a Set of Matching Thank You Cards

Coral is Imagine’s Color of the month for February 2019. I couldn’t resist using this gorgeous Radiant Neon ink in Neon Coral!! It is really stunning. I wanted a bold contrasting color to pair with it so I chose the VersaFine Clair in Fantasia. They are a match made in heaven! I absolutely love the way the colors play off of each other. They are both strong, bold colors on their own and yet they work fabulously together!

I made both of these Thank You cards at the same time and they were completed quickly. Sometimes it’s nice to have a simple, yet beautiful thank you card ready to give at a moments notice.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes



  • Vellum
  • Cardstock – Silver glitter, white
  • Concord & 9th – flower/background stamp
  • Acrylic Block
  • Heat tool

Complete Easy DCWV Papercrafting with Elegance

In the month of April, we challenged our artist with using DCWV paper in their projects. The challenge is specific to our Artists in Residence, whereas the color of the month is open to everyone. In today’s blog post we are sharing two projects from Tenia Nelson and Renee Zarate. Both artists use paper choice and metallic embossing powders to create elegant designs.

DCWV paper used to create an encouragement card design. Switch out You are Beautiful with Thank your or any other sentiment. gold rose embossed stamp with Versamark.

Gold Stripes and Roses Card by Tenia Nelson

I started this card with plain white cardstock then attached gold striped DCWV patterned paper onto the front. I choose an ornate and decorative rose stamp, inked with VersaMark and heat embossed onto dark wine or maroon color DCWV cardstock. I cut out the sentiment “You are beautiful and Wonderful” and splattered Fireworks Lulu Lavender onto sentiment panel. Then I adhered the rose embossed panel and sentiment panels onto the card base. As finishing detail, I add the polka dot washi tape and sticker stitches.

Gold Roses pattern stamped with VersaMark and embossed with Imagine's Embossing powder.


  • Winnie and Walter – stamps
  • DCWV paper
  • Washi tape
  • Sticker stitches
  • Spellbinders – rectangle die
  • Die cut machine
  • Heat Tool


Girl themed Thinking of You card with die cuts. Perfect for the fashionista in your life. DCWV paper.

Thinking of You Card by Renee Zarate

Do you have a Fashionista in your life? Why not make a fashion forward card for them? DCWV papers are beautifully coordinated in different pastel patterns along with the solid coordinating paper. This takes all the guess work out as to which papers go with others. This particular grouping of papers is called Peri & Peach with Brights Textured. It can be soft and feminine if you choose one side. Flip the paper over and there are other dramatic paper patterns to mix and match. Your choice!

spread of blue, lavender, striped, polka dots patterned paper from DCWV.

  • DCWV paper pack – Peri & Peach, Brights Textured
  • Inkadinkado – stamps
  • Dyan Reaveley – circles
  • Sizzix Alterations– Tattered Florals die
  • Memory Box – Flutter Vine die
  • Washi tape
  • Heat tool
  • Paper trimmer
  • Die cutting machine
  • Strong adhesive
  • Blank card
  • Envelope

Create a Beautiful Coral Woven Paper Birthday Card

by Elina Stromberg

Happy Birthday Card with weave background, flowers, black, pink, grey, coral colors.

DCWV cardstock stack of Textured Pastels contains a lovely collection of soft colors that are easy to match together. I took three sheets of 6” papers, one coral or peach, one light pink and one light gray, and created a birthday card with a woven background. The technique is easy and can be used for decorating various papercrafting projects.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour + dry time


Elina starts by measuring out paper with a rule and cutting with an exacto knife.

Step 1

Place the paper on self-healing craft mat. On the backside, measure and rule a border 1 inch from the top and bottom edges. Measure and mark ¼ inch increments along the drawn lines. Cut 16 lines using a craft knife and metal ruler. This will create the base for the weaving.

pink, blue, coral color paper cut into strips.

Step 2

Cut ¼ inch wide strips from light pink (6 pcs) and light gray (12 pcs) papers.

papercrafting weaving together paper.

Step 3

Weave the pink and gray strips along the vertical lines: Always starting from the back of the card, weave under 2 vertical strips and then over 3 repeated across the width of the base card. Push the colored strip right up to the top as far as it will go. Use tweezers to help pull the pink strip on the bottom row. Adhere strip ends on the back of the card using double-sided tape. Cut to size of the card base.

VersaFine and walnut ink used to create flowers and leaves for a papercraft project.
Step 4

Mix white acrylic paint with water and splash on the woven background to create texture. Let dry. 
Stamp flowers and leaves with Onyx Black Versafine on white cardstock. Unscrew nozzle from Java Walnut Ink bottle, and tap a few ink drops on the craft mat. Using a watercolor brush, lightly paint the flowers and leaves, leaving some areas white. Let dry and cut out. Fold the flower petals and leaves before gluing down on the card front. Stamp the “Happy Birthday” sentiment text on white cardstock, cut out and glue on card. Add any other finishing touches you prefer and you are ready to send a friend this wonderful design on their birthday!

beautiful birthday card using versafine ink and paper weaving technique. coral, pink color paper.


  • DCWV paper – pastels textured
  • Stampin’ Up! ‘Birthday Blossoms’ stamp set
  • White card base
  • Self-healing cutting mat
  • Craft knife
  • Tweezers
  • White acrylic paint
  • Brush
  • Scissors