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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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

Stamp with Ancient Dynasty Coins

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By Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Turn the Ancient Dynasty Coins into stamps using Tack ‘n Peel reusable cling sheet and decorate the background using VersaFine CLAIR ink pads.

Skill: Intermediate

Time: 1 Hour

Directions:

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Step 1

Sprinkle drops of the Walnut Ink Willow on a 4x6in piece of card stock. Spray with Ink Potion No. 9 to dilute further and dry it.

 

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Step 2

Stamp with the bamboo branch using VersaFine CLAIR Shady Lane and Verdant covering the left half of the card.

 

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Step 3

Place a small piece of the Tack ‘N Peel sheet on an acrylic block and then place the Ancient Dynasty Coin.

 

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Step 4

Stamp with the coin and the VersaFine CLAIR Rain Forest on the card stock.

 

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Step 5

Stamp the letters stamp using VersaFine CLAIR Tulip red ink pad on the right side of the card piece.

 

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Step 6

Cut a 4in long piece of the cotton ribbon and hand sew vertically some natural straws cut in various lengths covering only a small part of the ribbon.

 

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Step 7

Pass red cord pieces through the coin and Tear It! Tape.

 

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Step 8

Add Tear It! Tape to the back for the cotton ribbon and set on card.

 

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Step 9

Set the coin on the cotton ribbon next to the straws and wave the left red cod through the straws. Tie the right cord behind the cotton ribbon and fold the ribbon to half.

 

Art Supplies

Imagine

Ancient Dynasty Coins – Prosperity

VersaFine CLAIR – Shady Lane, Verdant, Rain Forest, Tulip Red

Ink Potion No. 9

Walnut Ink – Willow

Tack ‘N Peel

Tear It! Tape

 
Other materials

Card stock – white

Red cord

Natural straw sticks

Cotton ribbon

Needle and green thread

Artemio stamp set – Life energy

Kaisercraft stamp set – Lush

 

How to Create a Fun and Colorful Birthday Card

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By Jowilna Nolte 

When I think of all my favorite inks I think of how well they can work together. There’s no better way to create interest than combining different types of inks together for some stunning effects and making easy striking cards.

For this card I simply used a single ink splat stamp and combined it with my favorite inks for a stunning end result.

Skill Level: Beginner

Time: 20 minutes

Directions:

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Step 1

Combine VersaFine Clair and Memento Luxe inks in the same color to stamp layers. For my first color I combined the yellow inks – first stamping Golden Meadow VersaFine Clair and then on top I stamped Dandelion Memento Luxe.

All my stamping was done in a bit of a diagonal line.

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Step 2

Repeat the process using Verdant VersaFine Clair and Pistachio Memento Luxe.

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Step 3

Repeat the stamping using Warm Breeze VersaFine Clair and Teal Zeal Memento Luxe.

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Step 4

Lastly combine the red by first stamping Glamorous VersaFine Clair and then finish off with Love Letter Memento Luxe ink.

Step 5

Trim your stamped panel to fit into a folded card base. Cut a vinyl holographic sentiment and adhere to your card. I off-set mine with a white die-cut piece for a shadow effect and dimension. Finish off with some diamante.

Art Supplies

Imagine

VersaFine Clair Full-size Inkpad Warm Breeze
VersaFine Clair Full-size Inkpad Golden Meadow
VersaFine Clair Full-size Inkpad Verdant
VersaFine Clair Full-size Inkpad Glamorous
VersaFine Clair Nocturne
Memento Luxe full-size inkpad Pistachio
Memento Luxe full-size inkpad Dandelion
Memento Luxe full-size inkpad Teal Zeal
Memento Luxe full-size inkpad Love Letter
Tear it! Tape
On Point glue

Other

White cardstock
Diamante
Die-cut: Cricut Maker
Holographic vinyl: Cricut

Make an Inspiration Card Using Kaleidacolor

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By Alison Heikkila

Sometimes we need a card- fast! Here’s an easy way to make an inspirational card with only 2 stamps and one Kaleidacolor ink pad. You can change up the stamps to suit your needs. Make sure you read to the bottom of the post to see this card done with different colors.

Skill Level: Beginner

Time: 5 Minutes

Directions:

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Step 1

Using the Kaleidacolor Ink Pad of your choice, ink up your sentiment stamp. It’s a good idea to use a stamp positioner in case you need to ink it up more than once. Be sure to close the tab on the pad so that the colors “click” together. I chose Royal Satin Kaleidacolor. I recommend using using a palette that has deeper tones, as it may be harder to read a sentiment done in pastels.

Step 2

Stamp the image to make a solid impression. If there are any areas that need more ink, reink the stamp and restamp the image.

Step 3

Trim your sentiment.

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Step 4

Using a background stamp, click together the colors again and ink the stamp. I have the tabbed area hanging off the edge of the stamp. You’ll only be able to ink up a little more than half the stamp this way, so flip the pad around to ink up the other side.

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Step 5

Place a piece of 4″ x 5 1/4″ cardstock on top of the inked background stamp.

Step 6

Apply pressure with your hands on to the cardstock to make an impression. If you don’t want inky fingers, grab a piece of scrap paper, lay it on top of the entire background stamp, and rub to get an impression.

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Step 7a

Now you need to decide if you want your background colors to match the order of colors on your sentiment. Above, you can see the colors aligned.

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Step 7b

Here, you can see I reversed the colors, which I personally prefer. This is how I decided to make my card, but you can choose either option.

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Step 8

Glue your layers to a standard white A2 card base.

That’s it! You’re done, and you’ve made a card in about 5 minutes. If you make a pack of these, they would be a wonderful gift. Here are some other color versions.

Art Supplies

Imagine

Kaleidacolor Ink Pad (I used Royal Satin, Cappuccino Delight, and Berry Blaze)

Other

Brutus Monroe: There is Always Something to be Grateful For stamp
Erin Lee Creative: Houndstooth 6×6 Stamp
White Cardstock
Stamping Platform

How to Make Stunning Bookmarks Using Ancient Dynasty Coins

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By Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Make oriental theme bookmarks by distressing paper with Walnut Inks, stamping and embossing with Gold Mboss Embossing Powder and adding a Ancient Dynasty Coins that holds a tassel.

Skill: Intermediate

Time: 1 Hour

Directions:

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Step 1

Place a few Walnut Ink Crystals on a piece of natural color card stock and spray with some water. Dilute the crystals and dry well.

 

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Step 2

Cut 8×1.5″ pieces of the card stock.

 

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Step 3

Score 1″ from the top.

 

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Step 4

Stamp with the leaves stamp and the VersaMark ink pad, cover with Mboss Gold Embossing Powder and heat set.

 

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Step 5

Stamp with letters stamp and the VersaFine CLAIR ink pads.

 

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Step 6

Distress the edges of the paper with VersaColor Black ink.

 

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Step 7

Place an Ancient Dynasty Coin to the score, leaving the hole of the coin above it, and mark around the coin to the long side. Cut around the marked half circle and the scoring line (only to the part of the long side of the bookmark).

 

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Step 8

Cover with Creative MEDIUM clear to protect the paper.

 

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Step 9

Turn the bookmark backside and add Tear It! Tape on the short only part of it and glue on the long one.

 

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Step 10

Add the Ancient Dynasty Coin on the gap and tie a tassel.

 

Art Supplies

Imagine

• Ancient Dynasty Coins – Prosperity

• VersaFine CLAIR – Glamorous, Warm Breeze, Tulip Red

• VersaMark Ink Pad

• VersaColor Black

• Mboss – Gold

• Creative MEDIUM – Clear

• Walnut Ink Crystals

• Tear It! Tape

• Sponge Dauber

• Palette Knife

 
Other materials

Card stock natural

Moking travel stamp – Forest Whispers

Kaisercraft stamp set – Lush

Tassels

Water sprayer

Heat tool

 

Make a Sparkling Summer Birthday Card

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By Jowilna Nolte 

Summer means outdoor celebrations and color – and that means loads of fun right?
Make every celebration special by adding loads of fun and bright colors to birthday cards.
Take a look at this easy and fun way I use color and shimmer on this card.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Time: 30 minutes

Directions:

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Step 1

On smooth white cardstock add some stenciled details. I used Creative Medium and mixed some Red Brilliance Inker into the medium before applying it through a stencil using my palette knife.
Leave the stenciling to dry.

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Once the stenciled detail is dry, add some color using Memento and VersaMagic Dew Drop ink pads.
Apply the ink, once color at a time to a plastic packet and mist with water. Then stamp the color onto your background by flipping the packet over and pressing lightly.
Add more colors and then leave to dry.

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Step 3

Stamp your image using VersaFine Clair Nocturne onto smooth white cardstock.

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Step 4

Use your Memento Markers to add color to your stamped image. I used colors to match my background.

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Step 5

After coloring the image, add a layer of embossing in Sparkle Mboss powder. Ink the image with VersaMark and sprinkle with powder.
Shake off the excess and then use a heat gun to melt the powder. This gives the image a bright and fun shimmering finish.

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Step 6

Use your Tear-It! tape to adhere the background strip to your folded card. Stamp a birthday sentiment below the strip using VersaFine Clair Nocturne.
Adhere the embossed image using foam tape for some dimension and  finish off by adhering diamante using On Point Glue.

Art Supplies

Imagine

Craft Mat
Tear It! Tape
On Point Glue
Palette Knife 
VersaFine Clair Nocturne
VersaMark Ink Pad
Mboss Embossing Powder – Sparkle
VersaMagic Turquoise Gem Dew Drop
Memento Rose Bud Dew Drop
Memento Tangelo Dew Drop
Memento Markers Assorted Colors

Other

Smooth White Cardstock: Technic
Stamps: Art by Marlene, Joy Clair
Diamante
Stencil: Jowilna Nolte
Foam Tape