Create a Clean and Simple Fall Layered Card

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By Neva Cole –

In today’s tutorial, I will demonstrate how to use both VersaMark and Kaleidacolor ink to create a layered background for a clean and simple design fall card. VersaMark is a beautiful watermark ink especially on dark cardstock.

Skill:  Beginner

Time:  30 Minutes

Directions:

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Step 1

Trim a cream cardstock base to 8.5” x 5.5”, score and fold in half.  Trim a dark brown cardstock to 4.25” x 5.5”.

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Step 2

Use a stamp platform and stamp the leaf images in VersaMark Dazzle Champagneon the dark brown cardstock.  Any VersaMark ink will work, but there is a bit of Champagne shimmer with the Dazzle ink.  With the stamps in the same position on the stamp platform, stamp in Kaleidacolor Cappuccino Delight.  The Oak leaf is stamped on the darker brown end and the maple leaf is stamped on the lighter orange end of the Kaleidacolor Cappuccino Delight pad.

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Step 3

Continue stamping the base cardstock and dark brown cardstock.  Clean stamps between the Kaleidacolor ink and VersaMark ink.  It is not necessary to clean after the VersaMark ink as it will not affect the color of the Kaleidacolor ink.

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Step 4

Trim 0.5” from each edge of the brown cardstock.

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Step 5

Stamp the leaves in Kaleidacolor Cappuccino Delight.  The sentiment is stamped in the darkest color of the ink pad.  (I choose and another sentiment for the finished card.)  Die cut the leaves and the sentiment.  Edge the banner sentiment with a Brush Tip Fanstix using the orange from the Kaleidacolor Cappuccino Delight.

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Step 6

Line up the dark brown cardstock with the base layer.  Adhere with Tear It! Tape.  Adhere the oak leaves with Tear It! Tape and the maple leaf and sentiment with dimensional foam adhesive.

Art Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Technique Tuesday I Give Thanks Stamp and Die
  • Lawn Cuts Everyday Sentiments Banners

Make a Quick Batch of Halloween Cards with a Few Fun Techniques

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By Neva Cole –

In today’s tutorial I will show you how to put together a quick set of Halloween cards ready to send out.  Ink resist and coloring with Fantastix and Kaleidacolor pads makes for quick images to place on a card.  The background is another Kaleidacolor brayered onto glossy cardstock.

Skill:  Intermediate

Time:  1.5 hours

Directions:

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Step 1

Stamp pumpkin images in VersaFine Clair three times each on white cardstock. VersaFine Clair is a perfect ink for this technique as there is no smear when coloring over with other dye based inks.

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Step 2

Stamp pumpkin carving in Radiant Neon Electric Yellow and heat emboss with Iridescent Embossing Powder.

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Step 3

Fussy cut or die cut pumpkins.  Use a Fantastix brush tip to color pumpkins using ink from Kaleidacolor Desert Heat and Cappuccino Delight.  The spectrum of colors allows a quick selection to shade different areas of the pumpkins.  Use a paper towel or soft cloth and remove ink from the embossed area so the images pop.

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Step 4

Stamp sentiment on glossy cardstock in Radiant Neon Electric Yellow and heat emboss with Iridescent Embossing Powder.

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Step 5

Use a soft rubber brayer to ink cardstock with Kaleidacolor in Vineyard.  Remove ink from the embossed area with a paper towel or soft cloth.

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Step 6

Die cut 4 bats from black cardstock. Use Radiant Neon Amplify! in white to add big white eyes. The Amplify! was not heated.

Step 6

Die cut four fence die cuts from black cardstock.  (Not shown.)

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Step 8

Adhere background to A2 grey card base with Tear It! Tape. Adhere the fence and bat die cuts with On Point Glue.  Adhere center pumpkin with Tear It! Tape.  Adhere side pumpkins with dimensional foam adhesive.

Art Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Joy Clair Trick or Treat Stamps
  • Heidi Grace Designs Halloween Stamps
  • Echo Park Going Batty Die
  • Heartfelt Creations Lattice Flourish Gateway Die
  • Rubber Brayer
  • Dimensional Foam Adhesive
  • Brother Scan-N-Cut

Learn How to Make a Fall Thank You Card

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By Neva Cole –

In today’s card making tutorial, I will show you how to create a Fall themed “Thanks” card using three different inks. The Autumn colors are vibrant and blend well with kraft card stock and burlap ribbon.  I hope this card inspires you to think of all things pumpkin spice and apple cider as we head into fall!

Skill:  Intermediate

Time:  1.5 hours

Directions:

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Step 1

Spritz white cardstock with Fireworks! Lady Bug, Tangelo, and Dandelion.  I like to start with the darkest color first working to the lighter color to fill in the last areas of white.  Set aside to dry.

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Step 2

Use Memento Peanut Brittle and Rich Cocoa ink pads and press directly on the cardstock. This creates a splotchy look.

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Step 3

Die cut the Fireworks! colored cardstock with Skeleton Leaves dies.  Cut an outline to back the leaves either by hand or with an electronic die cutting machine.  Adhere the layers together with On Point Glue.  Small dots in the thicker areas of the leaves works best.

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Step 4

Die cut one “Thanks” sentiment from the Fireworks! colored cardstock and three from white cardstock.  Layer together with On Point Glue to create a dimensional sentiment.  To avoid glue from leaking out from between the layers, use small dots of glue on the outside edges.

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Step 5

Use a soft rubber brayer to ink cardstock trimmed to 4.74” x 5.75”.  Kaleidacolor in Autumn Leaves was used with the green portion in the middle and the light orange on either end of the cardstock.  Flip the cardstock to achieve this look.

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Step 6

Pressure emboss the cardstock with Basket Weave embossing folder.  Use a sanding block to remove color and allow the embossed design to pop.

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Step 7

Using Tear It! Tape, adhere your A7 kraft card base to background. Then tape the burlap ribbon. The Tear It! Tape, it’s translucent enough that it does not show through the burlap, and will hold the card together.  Adhere the “Thanks” sentiment and the leaves with On Point Glue.

Art Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Sizzix Thinlets Skeleton Leaves
  • Spellbinders Phrase Set One
  • Darice Basket Weave embossing folder A7 size
  • Recollections A7 card Base
  • Burlap Ribbon
  • Sanding Block
  • Dimensional Foam Adhesive
  • Brother Scan-N-Cut

Make a Cheery Birthday Card Using Fireworks! Shimmery Sprays

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By Neva Cole –

In today’s card making tutorial, I will show you how to use your Fireworks! Shimmery Spray inks in different ways rather than just spraying them!  All of the blooming sunflowers during my travels were the inspiration for this late summer birthday card.  It is very cool that sunflower heads follow the sun throughout the day, and they are always bright and cheery!

Skill:  Intermediate

Time:  1.5 hours

Directions:

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Step 1

Stamp sunflower image in Delicata Golden Glitz and heat emboss with Iridescent Embossing Powder.  The Delicata Golden Glitz is one of the brightest gold inks, and works best for a sunflower.  Die cut with an electronic die cut machine, or fussy cut with scissors.

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Step 2

Use a brush tip Fantastix to color in the center of the sunflower with Delicata Black Shimmer.

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Step 3

Shake the Fireworks! spray until all of the shimmer is mixed in.  When the spray sits for awhile, the shimmer settles to the bottom and can be seen as a thin layer through the bottle.  Remove the spray lid and tap a bit of Fireworks! on your work mat from the end of the plastic tube.  Use a fine tip paint brush to paint the sunflowers a beautiful iridescent Dandelion Yellow.  Yellow ink is one of the more difficult inks to use, and this method solves that dilemma!

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Step 4

Stamp the leaf image in Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy and heat emboss with Iridescent Embossing Powder.  Using embossing powder helps maintain the original ink color of the image while painting over with Fireworks! spray.  It also allows you to color inside the lines much more easily! Use a fine point paint brush to add Fireworks! in Bamboo Leaves.  Die cut or fussy cut the leaves.

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Step 5

To get a finer sprinkling of more carefully located drops of Fireworks!, use the same paint brush and gently tap over the card stock to create a fine splatter pattern.  When using the spray nozzle, the color is denser on the cardstock.  Finish the edges by inking with an ink blusher and Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy.

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Step 6

Edge the base card with an ink blusher and Delicata Golden Glitz.  Using inks throughout the card allows for perfect coordination.

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Step 7

Position the leaves and sunflowers on the card front to determine the location for the sentiment.  Stamp the sentiment in Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy and heat emboss with Iridescent embossing powder.  Adhere the layers of the card together.  The card front and leaves are adhered with Tear-It! Tape, and the sunflowers are adhered with thin dimensional foam adhesive.

Art Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Auntie Amy Sunflower image
  • Heartfelt Creations Bold Leaf stamp
  • Technique Tuesday Large Birthday sentiment stamp
  • Fine point paint brush

Make a Colorful Card Perfect for Advancing to the Next Grade

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By Jowilna Nolte 

– I dream in color literally. This was the case the other night when I dreamt about some alcohol ink that wasn’t alcohol ink. And so experimenting started. I used my VersaFine Clair ink pads on Yupo paper. Now technically this will never dry but here is the trick how to create that gorgeous look.

Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Time: 30 minutes

Directions:

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Step 1

gorgeous colorful card perfect for advancing to the next grade.

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I used 200gsm Yupo paper in white. Swipe the first color of ink across the paper once or twice depending on how wide you would like your strip.

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Step 3

Now continue with the second and third color of ink.

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Step 4

While the ink is still nice and wet use your blending solution and add quite a bit of it onto the ink. Let it sit for a while and then swirl the paper around to mix the colors a bit.

TIP: I also added some into a misting bottle and sprayed the inks to create small little drops of texture on it.

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Step 5

Leave to dry. I left mine to dry for a while and still had some thicker areas where the ink pooled that stayed tacky, so I simply used a clear sealant and sprayed that over the paper and left it again. It dried nicely and now all I have to do is use this gorgeous Faux alcohol ink piece of a project.

Trim your panel to fit onto the front of a folded card and adhere the panel using Tear It! Tape.

Add a vinyl decal and stamped sentiment, then finish off your card with a few scattered diamante. And in a few minutes you created this gorgeous colorful card perfect for advancing to the next grade.

Art Supplies

Imagine

VersaFine Clair Paradise
VersaFine Clair Charming Pink
VersaFine Clair Summertime
VersaFine Clair Nocturne
Tear It! Tape
On Point Glue

Other

Yupo paper
Alcohol blending solution
Die-cut: Cricut
Gold vinyl: Cricut
Die-cut machine: Cricut Maker
Embellishments
Stamps: Joy Clair

Learn to Make a Colorful Hummingbird Birthday Card

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By Neva Cole 

In today’s card making tutorial, I will show you how to make a multi-colored layered birthday cards using a plethora of great Imagine inks.  Hummingbirds can be iridescent, so Encore! Ultimate Metallic, Delicata, and Brilliance inks are used to create a beautiful hummer.  Ombre-hued Kaleidacolor inks are used to create the frame and background.

Skill:  Intermediate

Time:  2 hours

Directions:

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Step 1

Stamp Hummingbird outline image and flower outline image in Encore! Ultimate Metallic Green.  Using a stamp positioner will allow more precise placement while stamping layers.

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Step 2

Stamp next layer of Hummingbird in Encore! Ultimate Metallic Honeydew and the stem of the flower in Delicata Emerald Green.

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Step 3

Stamp next layer of Hummingbird and flower stem in Encore! Ultimate Metallic Green.

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Step 4

Stamp throat of Hummingbird in Brilliance Pearlescent Purple.

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Step 5

Use a Memento Dual Tip Marker in Tuxedo Black to color eye.  Die cut with matching Frame Cut.

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Step 6

Stamp the layers of the flower with Versa Color Heliotrope, Violet, and Orange.  Die-cut with matching Frame Cut.

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Step 7

Trim cardstock to 3 1/2″ x 8 1/2″.  Use a foam brayer to ink the cardstock with Kaleidacolor in Fresh Greens.

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Step 8

Die-cut Foliage Frame.

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Step 9

Trim cardstock to 7 1/8” x 8 ½” and fold in half.  Use a foam brayer to ink the cardstock with Kaleidacolor in Blue Breeze.

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Step 10

Place Foliage frame over blue background to determine position for sentiment.

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Step 11

Stamp sentiment in the darkest color from the Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze ink pad.  It is easiest to do this with the pad expanded to get just the end inked section of the Kaleidacolor pad.

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Step 12

Adhere layers of card together.  The Foliage frame is adhered with thin dimensional foam adhesive. The upper and lower flowers are adhered with On Point Glue, and the middle flower to thin dimension foam adhesive.  The hummingbird is adhered with thicker dimensional foam adhesive.

Art Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Hero Arts Color Layering Hummingbird & Frame Cuts
  • Kat Scrappiness Slimline Card Foliage Frame
  • Sponge brayer
  • Dimensional Foam Adhesive
  • Stamp positioner