Learn How to Create Beautiful Card Designs with an Ombre Blending Style

by Lindsay Adreon

Learn How to Create Beautiful Card Designs with an Ombre Blending Style

Ink blending is a technique I use on so many of my cards and creating ombre backgrounds is something I use quite often to create backgrounds, especially scenes. I’m sharing tips and tricks to create ombre ink blended backgrounds in today’s video! I hope you enjoy it!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 20 minutes per card

Directions

Supplies

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Other

Create a Wonderful Mixed Media Best Wishes Card with Lace Texture

by Lori Warren

Create a wonderful mixed media “Best Wishes” card that is full of texture, layers, and dimension. Start with a stenciled layer using Creative Medium, add a lace focal point and finish it up with a saying strip mounted with dimensional tape.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Apply VersaMagic inks to the Craft Mat, spray with water, and lay cardstock into the wet ink. Trim to size.


Step 2

Mix White Neon Amplify with Iridescent Creative Medium and apply over the stencil using a palette knife. Allow to fully dry.


Step 3

Cut out a rose from a panel of lace and then apply various VersaMagic ink colors to the rose with a Brushstix.


Step 4

Spray lace rose with Shimmer Sheer Craft Spray and allow to dry.


Step 5

Once dry, apply VersaMagic ink in Cloud White to lace rose with Brushstix if you want to soften any of the tones.


Step 6

On a scrap strip of paper trimmed from panel in Step 1, stamp with a script stamp.


Step 7

On the same strip of paper, stamp flower image. Here I used VersaMagic in Mango Madness.


Step 8

Add ink splatters from VersaMagic Ink in Pink Grapefruit by rubbing ink directly to the craft mat and spraying with water. Pick up with a brush and flick onto the card.


Step 9

Edge all elements with VersaMagic in Pink Grapefruit.


Step 10

Stamp script pattern randomly onto the panel.


Step 11

Adhere lace rose to stenciled panel with On Point Glue.


Step 12

Adhere paper strip saying onto the card panel and then highlight rose with irRESISTible Pico Embellisher.

Supplies

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Other
  • White Cardstock
  • Mixed Media Paper
  • Lace
  • TCW Stencil – Damask
  • Hot off the Press Stamps

Learn How to Make a Watercolor Thinking of You Card with Pigment Ink

by Kassy Tousignant

Learn How to Make a Watercolor Thinking of You Card with Pigment Ink

When creative inspiration hits me, I am usually creating layers of mixed media designs on frames or cards. But today, I decided to go a different route. Here is my attempt at a clean and simple Thinking of You card. I love using a mix of Tsukineko inks to create a watercolor effect. They are pigment-rich and blend like a dream. See how I made this card!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 20 minutes per card

Directions

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Simon Says Stamp – Sketched Flowers
  • Clear Gesso
  • Cardstock – White, Black
  • Paintbrush
  • Acrylic Block

Learn How to Create a Cute Woodland Creatures Card with Masking and Watercoloring

by Arjita Singh

See how I use a simple masking technique and water coloring to create a cute and simple woodland creatures card. This stamping and coloring tutorial is a perfect activity for a Sunday afternoon of paper crafting and art-making. Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate/Advanced
Time: 30-45 minutes

Directions

Supplies

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Other
  • Cardstock – brown
  • Watercolor paper
  • Watercolor brush
  • MISTI Stamping tool (or acrylic block)
  • White Gel Pen
  • Post-It Note
  • Waffle Flower – Be Her Stamp Set

Creating an irRESISTible Background with StazOn Pigment ink for Lavinia Stamps

by Melissa Andrew

Creating an irRESISTible Background with StazOn Pigment ink for Lavinia Stamps

Today, I share a very simple and fun technique using the irRESISTible Pico Embellisher in a new way. Importantly, I show you how to use StazOn Pigment ink over the Pico since StazOn is perfect on slick surfaces. Finally, I use a beautiful fairy stamp as a silhouette to finish our card project.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 20 minutes

Directions

Supplies

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Other
  • Lavinia stamp – Flower Fairy
  • White Card Stock
  • Misti Stamping Platform
  • Masking Tape
  • Canson – Watercolor Paper

See How To Make 3D Flowers For A Scrapbook Layout

by Elina Stromberg

See How To Make 3d Flowers For A Scrapbook Layout

Lots and lots of flowers make a girly scrapbook layout bloom! There are many ready-made flower embellishments in the market, but I prefer making the embellishments myself. That way I can easily make sure that the flowers have just the right shape, size, and color to match my project. In addition to punched and die-cut flowers, I like to use my flower stamps to embellish my card creations and scrapbook pages. Coloring and fuzzy-cutting flowers are pure crafting mindfulness!

Stamped flowers don’t have to be dull flat decorations. Once the flowers are cut out, I press them gently on the palm of my hand. This lifts up the petals, and when glued on is applied only to the center of the flower the finished look is lovely dimensional.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 2 hours

Directions


Step 1

Stamp flowers and leaves on heavy white cardstock. When coloring with alcohol markers, use (black) Memento ink for stamping. When coloring with watercolors or watercolor pencils, use (black) VersaFine Clair or VersaFine ink.


Step 2

Color the flowers and leaves with alcohol markers, watercolors or color pencils. Use both lighter and darker tones of the colors of your choice. Add white highlights with a white pastel pen/charcoal pencil. Cut out.


Step 3

Trim two strips of patterned/colored papers, either horizontal or slightly slanted. Place a narrow strip on top of the page and a bit wider strip on the bottom. Adhere with double-sided tape and secure by sewing a wide zig zag over the edge. Using small pieces of tape fasten off the ends of the sewing yarn on the back of the page.


Step 4

Stencil light pink patterns on the background paper. Dab the ink through the stencil with a sponge dauber. 


Step 5

Stamp hints of texture on the stenciled pattern: Keep the stamp in your hand and bend it when inking and stamping. This way you can create small partial stamped patterns on the paper; you don’t want the stamped pattern to stand out too much!


Step 6

Stamp small embellishments on white or light patterned paper using the same VersaFine Clair color as was used on decorating the background. Cut out.


Step 7

Layer photo on pieces of patterned papers. Decorate photo with stamped and fuzzy cut images.


Step 8

Use a long ruler to align the title text letters. Grid lines of the craft mat will help in aligning. Plan the sticker placement carefully, as you will not be able to reposition them; they stick firmly on the photo! Press flowers on the palm of your hand to gently bend the petals. Glue on the page building clusters of flowers. Fold the leaves in half, put a drop of glue on the back and tuck under the flowers. Add small stamped and fuzzy-cut embellishments around the flowers.


Step 9

Write journaling on the page with a white gel pen.

Supplies

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Other
  • Patterned paper in size 12” x 12” for layout background (Studio Calico May ’13)
  • Strips of solid color and patterned paper
  • Pieces of patterned papers to mat the photo
  • Stencil – 13 Arts ‘Stained Glass’
  • Stamps – Honey Bee: ‘Spring Blossom,’ Wycinanka: ‘Lorem ipsum,’ Carabelle Studio: ‘Mini Textures’
  • Letter stickers: American Crafts
  • White gel pen
  • Sewing machine
  • White sewing yarn
  • Glue
  • Double-sided tape
  • Scissors