Make a Thankful Card Using Multiple Stencils

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By Alison Heikkila –

I love to use stencils. They’re an inexpensive and simple tool that has a ton of options. For this Thankful card, I used stencils in a few different ways, along with a fun background stamp. You do not need to have the exact items I used to get this effect, so check through your stash to see what you have to recreate this look. Combining these tools along with some of your favorite inks from Imagine, will give you a visually interesting and unique card.

Skill Level: Intermediate
Time: 30-45 Minutes

Directions:

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Step 1:

Tape your background panel of Smooth Bristol Cardstock (4″ x 5 1/4″) to your craft mat. Adhere your stencil on top with washi tape.

Step 2:

Using a Blending Brush, apply Morocco, Tangelo, and Dandelion Memento Inks on to the panel, being sure to blend the colors where they meet.

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Step 3:

After checking the panel to make sure the stenciling is complete, transfer the panel and the stencil to a stamping platform. Adhere the 2 pieces in the middle of the platform temporarily.

Step 4:

Attach your stamp to the platform. We’ll be using this houndstooth background stamp with VersaFine Clair in Pinecone.

Step 5:

After inking up the stamp, press the stamp very firmly. You need to try to get the inked image past the stencil, which has some dimension. Depending on your stencil and the stamp, you may or may not get a complete image. This is fine, either way. It just depends on the look you’re going for. You can see on my example below, that the houndstooth pattern didn’t go from edge to edge on all the leaves, but I like this look.

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Step 6:

Using another stencil with a small design, apply Pear Tart around the foliage. We’re only inking the white spaces with this design. I chose a grid pattern that is easy to line up as I work my way across the card.

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Step 7:

Using the same grid pattern, I inked it up on to a deep pumpkin colored cardstock with Memento ink in Morocco.

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Step 8:

Arrange the sentiment die on top of the stenciled cardstock and die cut.

Step 9:

Repeat the process with brown cardstock

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Step 10:

Adhere the brown outer portion of the die cut to the card panel.

Step 11:

Adhere the stenciled letters into the negative spaces. Don’t forget to add the center of the “a” in brown!

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Step 12:

On an A2 sized card base, ink the edges with Pear Tart Memento ink.

Step 13:

Adhere your card panel to the card base.

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Art Supplies:

Imagine:

• Memento Ink in Morocco
• Memento Ink in Tangelo
• Memento Ink in Dandelion
• Memento Ink in Pear Tart
• VersaFine Clair Ink in Pinecone

Other:

• Brutus Monroe: Fall Foliage Stencil
• Simon Says Stamp: Game Day Patterns
• Simon Says Stamp: Bold Thankful Die
• Erin Lee Creative: Houndstooth 6×6 Stamp
• Strathmore Smooth Bristol Cardstock
• Brown and Pumpkin Colored Cardstock
• White A2 Sized Card Base
• Blending Brushes
• Adhesive

How to Make a Lunar Cat Greeting Card

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By Kyriakos Pachadiroglou –

Create a dark sky background by blending MEMENTO inks on white card stock and adding details with sprinkles of All-Purpose ink White and Wisteria colors. Use the On Point glue to set little rhinestones and the Tear It! Tape to attach the background to a card base.

Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 Hour

Directions:

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Step 1

Cut a 4x6in piece of heavy card stock and using a jumbo Sponge Dauber heavily distress it with the MEMENTO Paris Dusk ink pad.

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Step 2

Repeat with the MEMENTO Grape Jelly ink pad.

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Step 3

Use a small Sponge Dauber to add more detail with VersaColor Indigo ink pad.

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Step 4

Sprinkle All-Purpose White and Wisteria inks on the card piece and let it dry.

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Step 5

Cut a 3 /14″ circle and color with VersaFine CLAIR Golden Meadow, while pressing the Sponge Dauber a bit on some place creating spots imitating the moon surface.

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Step 6

Stamp the face of the cat with the VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne.

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Step 7

Glue the moon on the background card using the On Point Glue and add small dots of it to set the rhinestones around.

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Step 8

Add some ribbon and the quote chip.

Art Supplies:

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• VersaColor – Indigo

• VersaFine CLAIR – Golden Meadow, Nocturne

• MEMENTO – Grape Jelly, Paris Dusk

• All-Purpose Ink – White, Wisteria

• Tear It! Tape

• Sponge Daubers

• On Point Glue

Other

• White Card Stock

• Cat Themed Stamps

• Orange Color Mesh Ribbon

• Orange Color Rhinestones

• Tim Holtz Ideology Quote Chips

• Hot Glue

How to Make Purr-fectly Fun Cat Fairy Lights

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By Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

-Decorate your home with a cat themed fairy light string with stamped designs on tracing paper using StazOn inks and creating paper lamp shades. Attach the paper lamp shades on a battery powered led string and place them in any corner for the house.

Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 Hour

Directions:

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Step 1

Cut 2×5 ½ ” pieces of cad stock. Score on 2 ½ ” from each edge to the short side.

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Step 2

Make an X cutting to the center of the card stock cuttings (this will be the opening that will the lights)

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Step 3

Use the circle punch to create openings to one side of the card stock cuttings.

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Step 4

Color with the VersaFine CLAIR Summertime ink pad and a Sponge Dauber.

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Step 5

Distress with the MEMENTO Grape Jelly ink pad.

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Step 6

Stamp the cat design on the tracing paper using StazOn Jet black.

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Step 7

Cut along the designs, (about 2″ squares), turn to the back the tracing paper and color with StazOn Iris ink pad.

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Step 8

Place Tear It! Tape in the blank side (inner side to be) of the card stock cuttings, above and below the circular opening.

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Step 9

Set the tracing paper cuttings, stamped with the cat designs, to cover the circular opening and fold to attach the short edges.

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Step 10

Place led lights on the X opening made earlier.

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Art Supplies:

Imagine

• StazOn – Jet Black, Iris

• VersaFine CLAIR – Summertime

• MEMENTO – Grape Jelly

• Tear It! Tape

• Sponge Daubers

Other

• White Card Stock

• Tracing Paper

• Cat Themed Stamps

• 1.5in Circle Punch

• Battery Operated Lights String

• Kraft Knife

How to Make a Spooky Card

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By Alison Heikkila –

Halloween is a great time to experiment with deeper shades, interesting textures, and unique combinations. Things don’t need to be pretty or perfect…in fact, the weirder and more off-kilter they are, the better! Let’s use a variety of Imagine products to make a spooky card for Halloween.

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Time: 30 Minutes, including drying time

Directions:

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Step 1:

Apply Silvery Shimmer Delicata Ink Refill to a 6×6 gel printing plate and roll out with a brayer.

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Step 2:

Lay your stencil on to the gel plate. Using a piece of scrap paper, rub the negative space areas to pick up the ink. Pull the print. You won’t be using this print for this project, but you can save it for another time.

Step 3:

Lift the stencil off of the plate.

Step 4:

Lay a piece of 4″ x 5 1/4″ black cardstock on top of the plate, where the stenciled image is. rub the paper on to the plate firmly, making sure to rub all areas to ensure a clean pull.

 

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Step 5:

Pull the print.

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Step 6:

Splatter irRESISTibles Spray in Love Letter on to the gel print. I open the bottle and tap the straw to get nice, big splatters. Let dry.

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Step 7:

On a piece of gray cardstock, stamp a solid or silhouette image with VersaMark ink. I used a crow.

 

Step 8:

Sprinkle Shimmering Night Sky Mboss powder on to the inked image, tap off the excess, and heat set. Then, you can fussy cut the image out.

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Step 9:

Die cut your sentiment out of a deep orange cardstock.

Step 10:

Using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, press the front side of the letters into the pad gently. Memento ink pads have a wonderful texture, which will work perfectly with our creepy card.

Step 11:

On a black A2-sized card base, ink the edges with Black Shimmer Delicata Ink.


Step 12:

Adhere all of your elements on to the card base.

 

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Art Supplies:

Imagine:

• Delicata Ink in Black Shimmer
• Delicata Reinker in Silvery Shimmer
• irRESISTible Spray in Love Letter
• VersaMark Ink
• Mboss in Shimmering Night Sky
• Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black

Other:

Black, Orange and Gray cardstock
Tim Holtz: Crossbones Stencil, Crow Stamp
6×6 Gel Printing Plate
Alphabet Dies

Learn How to Make An Autumn Shadow Box

 

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By Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

– Combine natural wood pieces, paper and a house shape cut from SHEET metal to capture the colors of the shadow and create a shadow box to decorate your home. Color a piece of fabric with MEMENTO inks and Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Sprays to create a background in earth color shades and place natural wood and paper leaves colored with MEMENTO Markers.

 

Skill: Advanced

Time: 1 Hour

 

Directions:

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Step 1

Place Tear It! Tape on the back base of the shadow box and cover it with the cotton fabric.

 

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Step 2

Spray with the Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray and let them dry.

 

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Step 3

Distress the fabric with MEMENTO Tangelo, Lady Bug and Desert Sand ink pads using Sponge Daubers. Sprinkle some drops of irRESISTible Bamboo Leaves color.

 

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Step 4

Stamp with the Blowing Leaves stamp and the StazOn Timber Brown.

 

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Step 5

Color the leaves with MEMENTO Markers.

 

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Step 6

Stamp leaves and color them with the MEMENTO Markers adding details with darker ones. Cut around the leaves to separate.

 

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Step 7

Stamp the Autumn sentiment with StazOn Timber Brown and cut around.

 

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Step 8

Cut a house shape using the full length of a SHEET metal postcard.

 

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Step 9

Color the SHEET metal house with StazOn Timber brown and Black Cherry ink pads and cover with the GlazOn matte.

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Step 10

Glue the slices of the wood on the fabric background and add the paper leaves.

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Step 11

Finally place the SHEET metal house, the sentiment and any further embellishments.

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Art Supplies:

Imagine

Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Sprays- Desert Sand, Rich Cocoa, New Sprout

MEMENTO Ink Pads – Tangelo, Lady bug, Desert Sand, Dandelion

irRESISTible – Bamboo Leaves

StazOn – Timber Brown, Black Cherry

MEMENTO Dual Tip Markers – Love Letter, Dandelion, Cottage Ivy, Pear Tart

SHEET Metal – Postcard

GlazOn – Matte

Tear It! Tape

Sponge Daubers

 

Other

Shadow Box Framed

Card Stock White

Cotton Fabric

Slices of Wood

Crackerbox & Suzy stamps – Autumn Shows, Blowing Leaves

Glass Beads

 

 

How to Make a Simple Fall Tag

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By Alison Heikkila –

As we approach Autumn, I thought it would be fun to share a way to make a simple tag that can be used for gifts, as a place card, or even attached to a card base. By using a few simple techniques, you can make a bunch of these tags quickly, and save them for when you need them.

Skill Level: Beginner
Time: 15-20 Minutes

Directions:

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Step 1:

Die cut a tag out of Kraft cardstock. Cut a piece of Bristol Smooth Cardstock that is a little larger than your leaf stamp.

Step 2:

Stamp your leaf with VersaFine Clair Ink in Pinecone.

Step 3:

Apply Clear Mboss Embossing Powder to the leaf, shake off the excess, and heat set.

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Step 4:

Using Memento Inks in Pear Tart, Dandelion, Tangelo, and Morocco, apply using a blending brush. The colors should fade into each other and cover the entire leaf. The photo above shows the leaf not completely inked.

Step 5:

Die cut the leaf using the coordinating die, or fussy cut it.

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Step 6:

Place the leaf on the tag to help determine where you will add Tear It! Tape. The Tear It! Tape will be used to add stripes of embossing powder. I applied 2 strips.

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Step 7:

Sprinkle on Shimmering Night Sky Mboss powder on to the Tear It! Tape, shake off the excess, and heat set.

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Step 8:

Ink the edges of the tag with Rich Cocoa Memento ink and a blending brush. You could also do this step before you add the Tear It! Tape.

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Step 9:

Splatter on Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Gold all over the tag. Let dry

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Step 10:

Ink a small sentiment with VersaFine Clair Pinecone ink and stamp it on the tag.

Step 11:

Apply foam squares to the back of your leaf to raise it off of the surface of the tag and adhere it.

Step 12:

Add some ribbon or twine to the hole in the tag.

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I think this tag is so pretty and festive. You can easily use different colors of Memento inks or different embossing powder colors to completely change up the look.

Art Supplies:

Imagine:

• VersaFine Clair: Pinecone Ink
• Memento Ink: Pear Tart, Dandelion, Tangelo, Morocco, Rich Cocoa
• Tear It! Tape
• Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Gold
• Mboss Powder in Clear and Shimmering Night Sky

Other:

• Sizzix/Tim Holtz: Framelets Tag Die Set
• Kraft Cardstock
• Strathmore: Smooth Bristol Cardstock
• Stampendous: Jumbo Leaves
• Simon Says Stamp: Tiny Words
• May Arts: Organza Ribbon
• Blending Brushes
• Foam Squares