Make a Thank You Card for your Teacher

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By Alison Heikkila –

Hello! It’s getting close to the end of the school, so I thought it was time to make cards for teachers that have worked so hard this year (and every year!). If you have a stamp set with coordinating dies, I’ve got some fun techniques that you can recreate. We’ll be using 2 types of masks and several colors of Memento inks. 

Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Time to Complete: Approx. 20-30 minutes

Directions:

 

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Step 1:

 

Let’s grab all of our supplies. Be sure to have focal images, a sentiment, the dies, and plenty of ink. We’ll be using Memento Inks because they blend so nicely.

 

Step 2: On a piece of white cardstock, cut to 4” x 5 1/4,” stamp the apple with Nocturne Ink. This is the apple that will be in the front.

Step 3: Stamp an additional apple on some scrap paper and fussy cut it out. You could use the die for this, but I wanted to get right up to the edge of my apple. This will be our first type of mask.

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Step 4:

Place the fussy cut apple on to the one you stamped on your card front (you can use some low tack glue to hold it in place if you like). Then stamp your second apple, as shown above. When you remove the mask from the first apple, it will look like the second apple is behind the original. 

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Here’s what the apples look like after they’re stamped. 

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Step 5: Die cut an apple out of scrap paper. Make sure you have plenty of negative space around the die cut. This will be our second type of mask and will be used to protect the card front except for the apple you’re ink blending. 

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Step 6: Let’s start ink blending! I love coloring apples because there is often so much variation in colors on them. I started with Lady Bug ink, then moved into Cantaloupe, and finished with Pear Tart. The mask we made with the die cut allows us to get a perfect edge around the apple. 

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Again, these dies cut slightly larger than the stamped image, but I don’t mind that clean, extra rim of color around the apple. 

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Step 7: Place the fussy cut apple on to the inked apple, then line up your other mask around the uninked apple. Repeat the ink blending on this apple, but try to make it look a little different from the first one. 

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Step 8: Grab one of your brown Memento markers (I used Espresso Truffle) and color in the stems. 

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Step 9: Stamp a leaf on a separate piece of cardstock with Nocturne Ink. Ink blend Pear Tart ink on top and die cut it. 

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Step 10:

Use the same 3 colors you used on the apples to ink blend the edges of your card base. 

Step 11:

Stamp the sentiment with Shady Lane ink. 

Step 12:

Adhere the card front with your favorite adhesive. Attach the leaf using foam tape. 

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Finished!

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine:

Memento Inks in Lady Bug, Cantaloupe, and Pear Tart

VersaFine Clair Inks in Nocturne and Shady Lane

Memento Marker in Espresso Truffle

Other:

Mama Elephant: Fresh Fruits Stamps and Dies (discontinued…but there are many other fruit sets out there)

Stamping Bella: Planty Dandy

Blending Brushes

White Cardstock

Adhesive

Foam Tape

 

 

Create a Beautiful Wedding Scrapbook Page

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By Alison Heikkila –

Hello! It’s time for my latest tutorial for Imagine, and I decided to make another scrapbook page. This time, I went way back and pulled out some wedding photos. I never did finish our wedding album, so this was a great opportunity to get one more page completed.

Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Time to Complete: 1-2 Hours (I’m a slow scrapbooker)

Directions:

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Step 1:

Gather your supplies. This may seem obvious, but it helps quite a bit to grab a bunch of things that you may wind up using on your page. Inks, ephemera, dies, stencils, etc. are all things that you could use. I grabbed a bunch of items for the photo above, but I didn’t use all of them, and some things i used aren’t shown here. I don’t often have a plan when I am scrapbooking, but I like to grab things to help get me started.

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Step 2:

Based on the colors in the photo, I wanted to use the Vineyard Kaleidacolor Ink Pad. I took a piece of Mixed Media Paper and rolled the ink on to it using my brayer and Ink Potion No. 9. The Ink Potion No. 9 helps the color to move and transfer better. It took a number of passes to get the paper covered, but I love how it looks painted and uneven. This piece will go behind the photos to “ground” them. Let dry.

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Step 3:

Paint or enhance your ephemera. I found some feathers that have foil on them in my stash, and the negative space was white. So I applied some of the Kaleidacolor Ink to my Craft Mat and painted it on with a brush and water. The look is subtle, but it helped it to coordinate with the rest of my page better. I also added some color to the stopwatch.

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Step 4:

Add die cuts. I die cut a few lavender stems from white cardstock. I used Elderberry Memento ink and the greens from the Vineyard Ink to paint them. These pieces are delicate, so don’t oversaturate them. I also die cut some foliage from white cardstock and lightly spritzed them with Desert Sand Fireworks! Spray. Using white die cuts allows you to completely customize them.

Step 5:

Add die cuts with colored cardstock. I die cut the wreath out of green cardstock. It needed to be enhanced a bit, so I lightly applied Pistachio and Olive Grove. It’s subtle, but adds a lot of interest.

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Step 6:

Enhance textured die cuts. I used an Impresslits border under both of my photos. I cut it out of white cardstock, and used Pretty Petunia VersaMagic Ink to enhance the design. I just rubbed the ink pad across the piece. I also sprayed it unevenly with Desert Sand fireworks! Spray for shine and to dull down the white a bit.

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Step 7:

Begin to place your elements. Play with torn edges, overlapping items, and creating a sense of movement. Move things around to make sure you have good, even placement, and feel free to add or remove pieces as necessary.

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Step 8:

Add some splatter. I used some more Elderberry ink that I squished on to my Craft Mat to apply splatter to the entire white background. It’s just a bit more color, but it adds a lot to the finished page.

Step 9:

Add your title. I found some ridiculously old rub-ons and letters to help me create the perfect title.

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Step 10:

Start gluing down your elements. It helps to take a photo of your layout before you start gluing, so that you can place your pieces back exactly where you had them. On Point Glue is perfect for the teeny die cuts I used.

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Step 11

Finishing touches. Do you need an additional sprig of foliage? Do you need a touch more ink somewhere? This is the point where the page is just about finished, and you just need to add a tiny detail here and there.

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Finished!

We’ve got a very pretty wedding page that works beautifully with the photos and feel of our wedding. Don’t forget…even if your embellishments and/or color scheme are completely different from mine, you can still use these techniques when creating your own layout. Playing with your inks to help enhance items you have in your stash can really tie everything together. Play with your papers and dies to see how you can alter them with inks and sprays to get exactly the look you want. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Art Supplies:

Imagine:

Kaleidacolor Inks in Vineyard
Memento Inks in Olive Grove, Pistachio, and Elderberry
Ink Potion No. 9
On Point Glue
Desert Sand Fireworks! Spray
VersaMagic Ink in Pretty Petunia

Other:

Canson Mixed Media XL Paper
Brayer
Princeton Snap Brush: Size 4
Sizzix/Tim Holtz: Wildflowers Dies
Sizzix/Tim Holtz: Impresslits Embossing folder- Mini Provincial
Sizzix/Tim Holtz: Funky Wreath
Rub-Ons
Ephemera
Die Cut Letters
Additional Adhesive (for bigger items)

 

Soft Inking Scrapbook Page with VersaMagic

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By Alison Heikkila –

Hello! I love scrapbooking, but truthfully it’s been ages since I’ve made any layouts. I came across this fantastic picture of my husband when we were in Woodstock, NY a couple of years ago, and the inspiration hit. Let me show you how beautifully VersaMagic Ink blends with stencils and die cuts to make a fun page.

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Time: 45 minutes- 1 hour

Directions:

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Step 1:

On white 12×12 cardstock, tape down the first layering stencil. I masked off some areas with washi tape, because I didn’t want the foliage to come to a harsh end where the stencil is cut. I only used leaves that were complete or went off the edge of my page.

Step 2:

Ink the leaves with a blending brush and Aquatic Splash VersaMagic Ink.

Step 3:

Add the top layering stencil and mask off any leaves that you don’t need.

Step 4:

Ink Teal Zeal Memento Ink with a blending brush.

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Step 5:

Repeat the steps above to create a wide column of the foliage going down the left side of the page. Hint: I used that circle die to give the one leaf a rounded edge, instead of looking like it’s cut off by the edge of the stencil

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Step 6:

Die cut the flamingo out of white cardstock. Ink blend the body with Pink Grapefruit and a touch of Pixie Dust VersaMagic Inks. Keep the inking soft….don’t overdo the color.

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Step 7:

Die cut the legs out of white cardstock. Ink blend with Pink Grapefruit and Pumpkin Spice VersaMagic Inks. The Pumpkin Spice dulls the Pink Grapefruit just enough to make the legs look like the color of actual flamingo legs.

Step 8:

Die cut the front area of the beak with black cardstock.

Step 9:

Glue the flamingo pieces together with On Point Glue.

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Step 10:

On your craft mat, swipe the Bouquet Kaleidacolor ink. You’ll be using the peachy tone in the middle.

 
Step 11

Wet a brush with water and pick up the peach color from your craft mat. Splatter the color all over the background of your scrapbook page.

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Step 12:

Swipe Aquatic Splash on a piece of white cardstock. Die cut your title from that piece.

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Step 13:

Using a small blending brush, apply Teal Zeal to the centers of the letters. Again, don’t go too heavy with the color.

Step 14:

Cut out a piece of coordinating patterned paper for a mat around your photo.

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Step 15:

Adhere all layers with On Point Glue.

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A close-up of the inking.

Art Supplies:

Imagine:

VersaMagic in Pixie Dust
VersaMagic in Aquatic Splash
VersaMagic in Pink Grapefruit
VersaMagic in Pumpkin Spice

Memento in Teal Zeal
Kaleidacolor in Bouquet
On Point Glue
Craft Mat

Other:

Erin Lee Creative: Monstera Layering Set
Erin Lee Creative: Flamingo Builder Die Set
Princeton Snap! Brush Size 10
Alphabet Die Set (the one I used is discontinued)
Blending Brushes
Patterned Paper
12×12 White Cardstock

Make a Fun Puffed Hearts Card with Radiant Neon Amplify

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By Alison Heikkila –

Hello! My latest tutorial for Imagine uses one of the most unique products they make…Radiant Neon Amplify. This stuff is so fun! It’s kind of a runny paint, that when you apply heat to it, it puffs up. I love using Amplify with stencils. Let me show you how.

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Time: Approx. 20 Minutes, plus drying time

Directions:

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Step 1:

Tape a piece of cardstock to your work surface. Lay your stencil on top and tape it down. You may want to use something like Pixie Spray to hold the stencil even more, depending on how detailed it is.



Step 2:

Squirt the Radiant Neon Amplify all over the stencil. I went pretty sparingly at first because I didn’t want to waste the product, but I did need to add more than what’s pictured above.

 

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Step 3:

Using a paste spreader or palette knife, spread the Amplify across the surface of the stencil. Don’t press too hard, because you may lift up the Amplify. The thicker you apply the Amplify, the bigger the puffs will be, so keep that in mind.

 

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Step 4:

Fill in any gaps you may have with more Amplify. Don’t over mix the colors…you want a marbleized look. It should look sort of like mine above.


Step 5:

Carefully remove your stencil from the cardstock and immediately wash it and any other tools you may have used. You don’t want the Amplify to dry on anything except your cardstock.

 

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Step 6:

Heat the wet Amplify with a Heat Tool. You will see the shine disappear and it will start to puff up. Again, the thicker areas will have bigger puffs.

 

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Step 7:

Trim the panel down to 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4.”

 

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Step 8:

Cut a piece of Smooth Bristol Cardstock to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2.” Tape down to work surface.

Step 9:

Tape down your second stencil. I also used Pixie Spray for this one, because the rays can move easily.

Step 10:

Apply Memento Ink in Rose Bud using a blending brush. Remove the stencil.

 

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Step 11:

Apply Memento Ink in Grape Jelly to your work surface and spritz a little water on to the ink. Using a brush, flick the color on to your stenciled panel.

 

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Step 12:

Add a sentiment to the puffed panel with VersaFine Clair Ink in Monarch.


Step 13:

Adhere all layers to your card base.

 

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I love the texture you get from the Radiant Neon Amplify. It’s so unique and fun! I hope you’ll give them a try. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Art Supplies:

Imagine:

• Radiant Neon Amplify: Electric Purple & Electric Pink
• Memento Ink: Rose Bud & Grape Jelly 
• VersaFine Clair Ink: Monarch 

Other:

• A Colorful Life Designs: Love Strands Stencil & Bitty Rays Stencil
• Mama Elephant: Creativity is Contagious Stamps
• Palette Knife and/or Paste Spreader
• Smooth Bristol Cardstock
• Blending Brushes
• White Card Base
• Heat Tool
• Paint Brush

Learn How to Make an Astrological Card

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By Alison Heikkila –

Hello! It’s time for my newest post for Imagine, as an official part of the 2022 Design Team. After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, many of us are wiped out, or even burnt out from making cards and gifts all season. Because of that, I decided to come up with a fast card that doesn’t take a ton of effort, but looks like it did because of the layering.

Skill Level: Beginner
Time: 15 to 20 Minutes

Directions:

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Step 1:

Adhere your 3″ x 5″ Gel Press to an acrylic block. While you can adhere it to your work surface, but if it’s attached to a block, you can control where it goes on your printing plate.

 

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Step 2:

Apply Versa Fine Clair Ink in Twilight to the Gel Press Plate. I applied it in rows, but you can do it however you like.

Step 3:

Squeeze on a bit of Silvery Shimmer Delicata reinker. You don’t need too much.

 

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Step 4:

Using a brayer, roll the colors together. Try not to overmix them.

 

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Step 5:

While the inks are still wet, flip the Gel Press Plate on to the printing plate. Since it’s on an acrylic block, you can place the Gel Plate wherever you want easily. Press the Gel Press into the printing plate firmly.

Step 6:

Flip the Gel Press back over, and lay a piece of copy paper on top. This will create your print. Press the paper firmly and evenly all over the plate to get a good transfer.

 

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Step 7:

Carefully peel back the paper to reveal your print. You can place the paper back down before you peel up the entire thing if you feel that you need to transfer the ink more.

 

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Step 8:

After I made 3 more prints, I chose the one I wanted to use on my card. I went with my first print, which is the upper right. I tore the edges around the print instead of trimming it smoothly.

 

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Step 9:

Using an edger die, trim a piece of navy colored cardstock to create a mat around your print.

Step 10:

Using Silvery Shimmer Delicata Ink, ink up the edges of the die cut mat.

 

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Step 11:

On a gray card base, ink the right side with VersaMark ink. Try to not make it even, so that it has a more organic feel.

Step 12:

Sprinkle Mboss in Shimmering Night Sky on to the wet ink. Shake off excess, and heat set with a heat tool.

 

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Step 13:

Adhere your layers. I added a stamped and die cut sentiment, as well as some jewels. For the jewels, I used On Point Glue.

 

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The finished card has lots of shine and cool texture. Using your inks and reinkers on a Gel Press Plate gives you the ability to mix colors from different lines and get beautiful, soft effects.

 

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Again, using all of these layers may make it seem that this card took a lot of time, but it really didn’t because making the print is such a fast process. And you can choose to use a larger Gel Press Plate to cut down on some of the layers.

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine:

• VersaFine Clair Ink in Twilight
• Delicata Ink Pad & Reinker in Silvery Shimmer
• VersaMark Ink Pad
• MBoss in Shimmering Night Sky
• On Point Glue
• Craft Mat

Other:

• Gel Press: 3″ x 5″ Plate
• Carabelle Studio: Zodiac Printing Plate
• Speedball: Brayer
• Stampendous: Deckle Die Set, Slim Acrylic Handle
• Pinkfresh Studios: Perfect Sentiments stamp & die set
• Doodles Paper Playground: Silver Starburst Rhinestones
• Gray card base, white copy paper, navy cardstock
• Heat Tool

Easy to Make Christmas Napkin Holders

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By Kyriakos Pachadiroglou –

Stamp on Vertigo sheets to make sparkling napkin rings using Mboss Valentine embossing powder. Repeat stamping on white card stock to make little tags to decorate your festive table.

 

Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 Hour

 

Directions:

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Step 1

Cut 2 ½ x 5 in pieces of the Vertigo sheets and stamp with VersaMark watermark ink.

Cover with Mboss Valentine embossing powder and heat set.

 

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Step 2

Use an ink blusher to color around the stamped image with the StazOn Studio Glaze gold.

 

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Step 3

Stamp stars with the StazOn Black Cherry ink pad.

 

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Step 4

Punch one hold at the middle left and right long side edges and place satin ribbon.

 

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Step 5

Stamp the nutcracker stamp on white card stock with VersaMark watermark ink pad. Cover with Mboss Valentine embossing powder and heat set. Cut around. Repeat with the Mboss Sparkling Champagne Embossing Powder. 

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine

StazOn – Black Cherry

VersaMark – Original

StazOn Studio Glaze – Gold

Mboss – Valentine, Sparkling Champagne

Vertigo Sheet – Pebbles

Ink Blushers

Other

• Nutcracker Stamp

• Heat Tool

• Gold Satin Ribbon

• White Card Stock

• Hole Punch