Creating Beautiful Skies with VersaMagic Chalk Ink

by Melissa Andrew

In this cardmaking project, I use VersaMagic Chalk Ink and ink daubers to create a beautiful blended sky. This technique can be used for various background blending techniques as the VersaMagic Chalk Ink blends. The kitty cat images and “Thanks for being there!” sentiment is from the Best Buds stamp set from Joy Clair Stamps which as several additional cute animals such as bunnies and turtles.






Project Swap: Let Your Dreams Fly Greeting Card

Welcome back for another Artist Project Swap with Martha and Steph. For the Month of May, we challenged our artists to exchange tutorials and create each other’s designs in order to see how each of our artists interprets style and choices. The receiving artist did not know who designed the project, nor did they receive any images! In today’s post, Martha writes the directions and recommended supplies list and Steph created the project.

Let Your Dreams Fly by Steph Ackerman

This month we were given another team member’s project to re-create. What a great way to see how someone else approaches cardmaking! I love creating backgrounds using stamps and inks, but don’t generally have a lot of “white space” on my cards. I’ve always felt the need to cover white spaces. This project challenge taught me that you can use white spaces to create amazing projects. See how I did it!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes


Step 1

Ink background stamps with VersaMagic in Cloud White on white paper and let dry.

Step 2

Using daubers, ink panel with Memento in Morocco, Rhubarb Stalk and Peanut Brittle which should create a warm hue.

Step 3

Cut the panel to fit the card. Save the scraps. Die cut a circle from the center of the panel and set it aside to use for a second card design later.

Step 4

Ink a paisley stamp with VersaMagic in Cloud White. Stamp it several times in the circle. Re-ink paisley stamp with Memento ink in Rhubarb Stalk and Morocco. Stamp each color several times around the circle, stamping off the circle. Stamp phrase in center of the circle with VersaMark and emboss with White Embossing Powder.

Step 5

Add the circle to a card placing it slightly off the card. Cut off the excess. Using the scraps, cut two different sized strips. Ink the edges of the scrap pieces with Memento Rhubarb Ink and add to the card. Add drops of IrRESISTible in Wedding Dress around the card.

Step 6

Using the punched panel create a second card. Ink the die cut panel with Memento in Rhubarb. Add the panel to a white card base. Stamp the Mary Elizabeth Frye paragraph from Whimsy Stamps with Memento in Rhubarb on a smaller die cut circle. Mat with medium sized kraft die cut. Add to center of the card. The two additional dies can be size from the Spellbinders stackable sets. Stamp “With Sympathy” in Rhubarb Ink on a leftover scrap and mount with foam adhesives, slightly overlapping the circles.

These two card designs come together quickly if you plan to coordinate the original circle punch.


  • JustForFun – Rubber Stamp background
  • Joy Clair Stamps – “With Sympathy” sentiment stamp
  • Whimsy Stamps – Mary Elizabeth Frye paragraph stamp
  • Spellbinders – Circle stackable dies
  • Die cut machine
  • Cardstock – white, kraft

Original Design by Martha

What did you think of Steph’s interpretation of Martha’s instructions?

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Project Swap: Beautiful Floral Congrats Card

Welcome back for another Artist Project Swap with Kassy and Melissa. For the Month of May, we challenged our artists to exchange tutorials and create each other’s designs in order to see how each of our artists interprets style and choices. The receiving artist did not know who designed the project, nor did they receive any images! In today’s post, Melissa writes the directions and recommended supplies list and Kassy created the project.

Create a Congrats Card with a Floral Element by Kassy Tousignant

This papercrafting swap project was so FUN! I wasn’t sure how it was going to go in the beginning. After seeing my project interpreted by someone else, I couldn’t wait to create the project given to me. It is exciting to see how different people interpret and work with similar materials to create different craft projects. You can really see each person’s personality come out in their artwork. It just goes to show you that you don’t have to have all the same craft supplies to make something equally beautiful. Just use what you have! I would really love to do this again.

Memento and Brilliance inks are perfect for achieving watercolor effects. The inks stay vibrant and layer beautifully. It’s fun to play on watercolor paper and then cut out shapes with dies to accentuate your favorite parts of the background.


  • Unity Stamp – Congrats stamp
  • Cardstock – White
  • Watercolor paper
  • Sequins
  • Simon Says Stamp – flower die, circle die
  • Glue dots

Original Design by Melissa

What do you think of Kassy’s interpretation of Melissa’s tutorial?

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Did you miss some of the other swaps? Take a peak at how Arjita and Elina handled each others tutorials, as well as swapped projects by Nadine and Roni.

Project Swap: Lime Color Happy Birthday Card

Swap Project: Floral and Lime theme Happy Birthday Card

Welcome to the first set for our Artist Project Swap with Arjita and Elina. For the Month of May, we challenged our artists to exchange tutorials and create each other’s designs in order to see how each of our artists interprets style and choices. The receiving artist did not know who designed the project, nor did they receive any images! In today’s post, Arjita’s turn to give the directions and recommended supplies list and Elina created the project.

Lime Color Theme Happy Birthday Card by Elina Stromberg

I have to admit that I’m bit rebellious when it comes to detailed project instructions. Reading tutorials and watching instruction videos is always very inspirational, but the projects I make are very seldom precise replicates of the original projects. In case of Arjita’s tutorial, it includes techniques that I’m not familiar with, so I followed the instructions more carefully in order to learn. But once I think I’m mastering the key points, I tend to go my own way, using my own colors, patterns, and supplies.

On this project, I used two green Memento colors for the background in Bamboo Leaves and Pear Tart. For applying the inks on the background, I used a brayer and decorated the inked background with Shimmer Creative Medium. The stencil I used was not the same as on the original project; I used ‘Corncob Etching’ from TCW.

My card is not as monochromatic as the original project; for coloring the stamped flowers I did not use the background color, but yellow Memento in Cantaloupe and Dandelion. The result looks different, but I’m quite happy with the outcome! I did not want to use too much black on my card, so the die-cut circle background is not black but dark green. My nesting Sizzix dies cut quite a wide border, so I narrowed it to half with my scissors.


  • Altenew – ‘Adore You’ flower stamps
  • ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment stamp
  • Stampin’ Up – ‘Party Pandas’
  • TCW- ‘Corncob Etching” stencil
  • Sizzix – Nesting circle dies
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Cardbase – White
  • Cardstock – Green

Original Design by Arjita

What do you think of Elina’s interpretation of Arjita’s tutorial?

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Use Creative Medium Shimmer to Add Sparkle and Shine

by Melissa Andrew

Use Creative Medium Shimmer to Add Sparkle and Shine. create a simple and easy "You are the Best" greeting card using Creative Medium in Shimmer and VersaMagic in Mango Madness

In this cardmaking tutorial, I create an easy and most importantly quick “You are the Best” greeting card using Creative Medium in Shimmer and VersaMagic in Mango Madness. If you use Creative Medium over an inked element, it adds a gorgeous shimmer to compliment or even enhance color.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour


  • Cardstock
  • Thick Cardstock or heavy paper
  • SugarPea Designs – You sentiment, You stamp set, Whatever the Weather paper pad
  • Adhesive
  • Paper Trimmer

See How to Make Great Wedding Crafts for a Beautiful DIY Wedding

We are wrapping up a week of Wedding Craft inspiration and thought we would do a little recap. Please pin this page as a reference or share on facebook. We encourage you to pull from these design ideas and mix and match them to create what you need. For example, Kyriakos table decor almost matches Kassy’s banner perfect. With a little tweaking on each design, you could easily create a full array of decor for a wedding.


Create a Matching Wedding Set – the Invitation, Favor Box & Placecards by Roni Johnson.

As always, Roni outdid herself by creating three dynamic matching papercraft projects featuring a free download for a favor box. Using the Imagine’s Color of the Month (and Pantone’s color of the year) Ultraviolet as inspiration for the color scheme.

A Simple, Elegant and Inexpensive Wedding Table Setting by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Kyriakos has a knack for jewelry and table decor. He certainly shows off this knowledge in this post where he creates a pull tab card, napkin ring, cutlery placeholder and wine glass placeholder for a lovely DIY shabby chic style. One super fun element we love in this design is the doily stamp. Yes.. that is a stamp not as an actual paper doily.

How to Make Wedding Flowers from Coffee Filters by Jennifer Vanderbeek

We are so impressed with how these paper flowers turned out! Since Jennifer is one of our video artists, you will have the luxury of seeing for yourself how these are handcrafted. Take a minute to watch this YouTube video to see how she designed these bouquets.

Create An Elegant “Always & Forever” Wedding Sign by Steph Ackerman

We like the rich purple flowers that literally pop off this banner style sign. See how Steph used Creative Medium in Iridescent Purple to match flowers to “Always & Forever” text.

Use a Cute Lovebirds Theme in Wedding Decor by Elina Stromberg

We appreciate this lovebird design as a theme for a wedding. Elina goes through a couple different color schemes and design ideas to show off how to use one stamp in a variety of ways.

Learn How to Make a Shabby Chic Wedding Banner by Kassy Tousignant

And if you have not watched this video yet then please do! Kassy goes through all the steps of creating this Shabby Chic Mr. & Mrs. Banner.