Techniques to Create Delicate Textures in a Valentine’s Card

By Martha Lucia Gomez

Hello there! Today’s tutorial is about texture without dimensions. Do you know that you can create a flat card with these two ingredients and just one type of ink? Well, the Delicata is the ink that can bring you these possibilities and more. I decided to make this card using two colors of Delicata, Ruby Red and Rose Gold.  

Skill: Beginning

Time: 45 minutes

Directions:

Step 1:

Take a piece of white smooth cardstock and solid stamps to create your design. In my sample, I am using hearts in different sizes and the Love Sentiment. First, ink the sentiment using the Ruby Red Delicata Ink. The Delicata is a pigment ink that dries within minutes on porous papers and never loses the luster. You can also obtain a Metallic touch with it if you don’t emboss the stamped images. 

Step 2:

If you want to obtain more texture and coverage, you can stamp the same image several times. In my sample, I stamped it three times.

Step 3:

To complete the sentiment, you can stamp a complement using the same ink or other ink. On this sample, I used VersaFine Clair Nocturne. On it, you can notice the different textures of both inks and the soft color of the Delicata. 

Step 4:

Now is the time to create more texture. This time, I used Rose Gold Delicata Ink to create it and hearts in different sizes. I stamped them randomly on the upper part of the card.  Using a stamping tool, you can create different tones with the same ink and color, depending of the times that you stamp your image.

 Step 5:

After finalizing the stamping process, I decided to embellish the card with a few loops of red twine. I used a dot of On Point Glue to secure just the knot.  

Step 6:

Due to the dimension created with the twine, I pasted the decorated layer over a red card base using crafty foam tape. And voila, my soft and textured Valentine’s Card is ready!

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget that you can explore more textures with other colors of Delicata Ink. 

Art Supplies:

Imagine:

• VersaFine Clair Nocturne

• Delicata Ink Ruby Red and Rose Gold

• On Point Glue

• Craft Mat

Other:

• I Love You Stamps by Diamond Press. 

• Stamping Tool

• Crafty Foam Tape.

Make a Birthday Card Using Multiple Stencils

By Alison Heikkila –

Hello! Since birthdays happen all year, it’s good to have a big stash of birthday cards at the ready for whenever you need one. Since I love to use stencils, I thought I would use a bunch of them together with many colors of Memento Inks from Imagine.

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I chose a light color and a dark color Memento Ink for each candle of the Big Candle stencil. 

Step 1:

Step 1: Use washi or low tack tape to stick down your cardstock and stencil. Mask off any areas that you don’t want your first color of ink on. I masked off the second candle and the flames. 

Step 2:

Ink the candles with the lighter color from the pairs you chose. Be sure to mask off the areas that you don’t want your ink to go.

Step 3:

Mask off the candles so that you can ink the flames. I used Dandelion on the entire flame, and then Tangelo on the lower area of the flame.

Step 4:

Choose the stencils you want to decorate each candle with and ink with the darker shades you chose. You must keep the original candle stencil in place so that you only ink the candle. Slip the patterned stencil under the candle stencil to make inking easy. Be sure to mask off the other areas again! 

This is what the completed candles look like. You can stop here, if you want, but I kept going to make it even more festive!

Step 5:

Ink a stencil that looks like confetti or sprinkles on top of the entire panel.

Step 6:

Die cut your sentiment. First, I was only going to die cut my “happy birthday” out of purple, but I decided to cut one sentiment out of each main candle color so that I can have a stacked, 3D embellishment. You can glue these together with On Point Glue. 

Step 7:

Ink your card base using the lighter colors of Memento Ink, directly from the pad. I worked my way around my palette of colors two times. 

Step 8:

Glue the card front and sentiment on to the card base. Optional: Add sequins or rhinestones to the card front with On Point Glue. 

Here is the finished card! I love how happy it is, and it can easily work for anyone. It’s fun to work with so many colors and so many patterns of stencils, all on one project. I hope that you break out some of your stencils and try this technique! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Supplies Used:

Imagine:

Memento Ink: Angel Pink, Rhubarb Stalk, Cantaloupe, Peanut Brittle, Summer Sky, Paris Dusk, New Sprout, Northern Pine, Sweet Plum, Elderberry, Dandelion, Tangelo, Teal Zeal

On Point Glue

Other:

A Colorful Life Designs: Big Candles, Milky Way, Cozy Knit, Primative Batik, Crocodile, Teeny Honeycomb, Layered Party 1

Simon Says Stamp: Happy Birthday Die

The Rabbit Hole Designs: Cotton Tail Blending Brushes

Sequins

Washi/Low Tack Tape

White Cardstock

Learn to Make a Valentine’s Day Treat Bag/Gift Card Holder

By Kathy Pisupati –

Hello!  Kathy here, creating art for Imagine Crafts!  Today’s project is a treat/gift card holder for Valentine’s Day but it is also about ADHESIVES!  Adhesives aren’t the focus on most tutorials so let’s change that today.

.Skill Level: Easy

Time to complete: 1 Hour

Directions:

Step 1

Cut 3 pieces of a layering weight, white card stock to 4” x 11”.  This will be enough for three holders. You don’t need a heavy weight card stock as we will be scoring, folding and adding a layer of patterned paper.

Step 2

Cut 3 panels of patterned paper to 3.5” x 10.5”.  I had this fabulous patterned  paper from Kat Scrappiness in my stash which is perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Step 3

Here is where the adhesive comes in!  You will attach the patterned paper panels to the white card stock.  The Tear It! Tape from Imagine Crafts is SO easy to use.  It is a strong double-sided adhesive AND you don’t need to reach for your scissors every time you want a piece.  Just tear it!  It tears so easy!  We will also be using the On Point Glue and I will give you a tip in a second.  The On Point Glue comes in a small bottle with a micro tip.  The cap of the bottle has a built in pin that fits in the micro tip when you close the cap so it never gets clogged!  No more losing those pins!

Step 4

Add your Tear It! Tape to the back of all four panels on all sides.  Here’s a tip, pull up only a bit of each back and a bit of On Point Glue to the exposed area.  Then flip the panel over and align to your white card panel.  This allows some wiggle room for you to align the panels perfectly!  Once the patterned panel is aligned press down the areas of exposed adhesive and then gently pull the backing paper off from each side.

Step 5

Now it’s time to score and fold.  You will score as indicated above and fold in the manner shown.

Step 6

Now it’s time to add a little decoration!  I used a heart die and coordinating stamps.  I stamped using VersaColor Cardinal ink.  For the sentiment I used VersaFine Clair Nocturne Ink.  Foam tape was added to the lower half of the heart.  The reason for this is so the flap of the holder can tuck under the heart.  I also added foam tape to the sentiment, adding a bit more dimension to the design.  These were SO easy to create and you could change up the design for ANY occasion.  I haven’t put anything inside yet.  A gift card fit perfectly inside, just add some temporary adhesive to the back of the gift card.  You can also adhere a small cellophane bag filled with small treats and adhere it or add a bit of temporary adhesive to the back of a fun-size candy bar!  Perfect for Valentine’s Day and Halloween!

I hope you enjoy this card and the tutorial. Thanks for stopping by I appreciate all of you! Please head over to the Imagine Crafts website to see all the beautiful products. Here is the link IMAGINE CRAFTS.

SUPPLIES

Imagine Crafts

• VersaColor Cardinal

• On Point Glue

• Tear It! Tape

• VersaFine Clair Nocturne

Other

• Kat Scrappiness Patterned Paper

• Heart Die

• Coordinating Heart Stamp/Stencil

• Scor-Pal scoring tool

• Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die-Cutting machine

• Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110lb

• Paper Trimmer

• Teflon bone folder

• Foam Tape

Learn to Make An Abstract Hanukkah Card

By Alison Heikkila –

Hello! Sometimes you need a card for a special event, holiday or occasion and you may not have the right stamps for it. That’s one reason why I love having abstract stamps and solid image stamps. You can easily make a very cool card for any occasion and just add an appropriate sentiment to it to make it work for you. Let me show you how to make a Hanukkah card using abstract shapes and lots of blue inks from Imagine. 

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Here are some of the supplies we will be using today. The top stamp set is specifically abstract shapes. The one underneath is actually fruits. but if you just look at the solid images of the set, they just look like funky blobs that are perfect for this technique. 

Directions:

Step 1:

Start stamping the shapes across the middle of the card. Use different shades of blue and be sure to overlap the images. You can see my first image started off of the card front also.

*Pro Tip: Using some type of stamp positioning tool or platform is key for this technique, as you will probably want to re-stamp and image a couple of times to get a solid, crisp image. You can do it using a stamping block, but it is much easier with a positioning tool. 

Step 2:

Continue to stamp the abstract shapes, varying the direction, size, shape, and color. You can absolutely repeat your shapes, but try turning them so that they appear different. I wound up repeating a couple of shapes and colors, but I kept them apart from each other.

Step 3:

Add some small elements. You can easily add interest to your abstract design by adding in some small embossed designs. Here, I repeated this dot pattern a few times by stamping it with VersaMark and then heat embossing it with gold. You can see that I also stamped my sentiment with VersaMark, and I am about to emboss it. 

*Pro Tip: Be sure that all of your stamped images are completely dry before using embossing powder. Some inks, like VersaFine Clair take a long time to dry because they are pigment inks. Heat set your inks, add some anti-static powder, and sprinkle on embossing powder over your complete design to see if it’s dry. If the powder sticks, brush it off and repeat the process. Once the inks are dry, you can start stamping with VersaMark. 

This is my finished card front. You can see that I added an additional cluster of dots and a couple of shapes to fill in the lower portion of the design. The panel is 4” x 5 1/4.” 

Step 4:

Shake up some Fireworks! Spray and brush it on to your card base around the perimeter. Let dry. 

Step 5:

Adhere your card front to the base. 

The concept of this card isn’t difficult, nor is the technique, but sometimes we need to be reminded that we don’t have to have a specific stamp for every occasion. Having a couple of abstract sets, or sets with solid stamp like these make perfect cards for any occasion. You can even stamp out a bunch of these panels at once, and omit a sentiment until you need a card. Then you can add something that works for the situation. I hope this gave you some good ideas. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Supplies Used

Imagine:

VersaFine Clair: Medieval Blue

VersaFine Clair: Twilight

Memento Ink: Nautical Blue

Memento Ink: Summer Sky

Memento Ink: Danube Blue

Memento Ink: Bahama Blue

VersaMagic Ink: Night Sky

Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray: Paris Dusk

Mboss Embossing Powder: Gold

Other:

Ellen Hutson: Abstract Nature Stamps

Simon Says Stamp: Organic Fruits (discontinued) 

Rubber Soul: Happy Hanukkah Stamp

Stamp Platform or Positioning Tool 

White Cardstock

Adhesive

Paint Brush

Learn to Make a “Season’s Greetings” Holiday Card 

By Annie Collins –

Hello Crafty Friends – 

Annie here with a Holiday card made using MBoss and VersaMagic Ink.

Supplies Used:

Imagine:

Mboss Embossing Powder: Shimmering Night Sky

VersaMark Ink

VersaMagic Ink: Sea Breeze, Aspen Mist, & Aegean Blue

Sponge Dauber

Tear It! Tape

On Point Glue

Craft Mat

Other Supplies:

Brutus Monroe: Let It Snow Stamp Set

Brutus Monroe: Mixed Media Stencil 6×6: Snowfall

Recollections brand 110lb Cardstock: White

Recollections Brand 65lb Cardstock: Light Blue

Sequins – Blues & Clear

Quick and Easy Place Cards For Your Holiday Table Setting

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By Katy Ingram –

Hello Friends! Katy here and today I am creating place cards for my Thanksgiving table. Now I know some people may not do this, but I have added a bit of a twist to mine. On the inside I have included some encouraging and uplifting sentiments to let my loved ones know I appreciate and love them and that I am thankful and grateful to have them at my table for the holidays. Just a little something to make them smile this holiday season. 

In today’s video tutorial you will see how easily these cards came together using some Memento Inks and I also share where my inspiration came from. I also mention these would be great tombstones for Halloween!

I cut a piece of heavyweight white card stock 2 3/4 inches wide by 8 inches long and scored at 4 inches and then used the number 8 arch die within the Spellbinders Essential Arches layering dies. 

To create the card simply fold the card at the score line and place the arch of the die a bit above that folded line so the die is off the top of the card stock and then run it through your die cutting machine. 

The video below has all the details. I hope you enjoy and are inspired to add some inspirational place cards at your table this holiday season. 

Skill: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Time: 10 minutes

 

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine:

• Memento Inks: 

– Northern Pine

– Peanut Brittle

– Rhubarb Stalk

– Angel Pink

– Sweet Plum

– Elderberry

– Cantaloupe

– New Sprout

• VersaFine Clair – Nocturne 

Other Products Used

• Spellbinders Essential Arches Die Set

• The Greenery Color Spots Stencil Set

• The Greenery Lovely Silhouettes Stamp Set

• Concord & 9th Perfectly Penned Stamp Set

• Blending Brushes

Other Products Used:

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