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

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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 a Pastel Birthday Card Using VersaMagic Ink Pads

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By Jessica Lin

Hi everyone, it’s Jessica here and welcome back to another card tutorial. Today’s card is the kind that I create the most: birthday cards! I chose a soft color palette for this set of cards, and the VersaMagic inks are perfect for the pastel colors. I also watercolored with my ZIG Clean Color Real Brush pens and shared a technique about using ribbons to embellish your projects. I hope you’ll enjoy today’s tutorial! 

Skill: Intermediate

Directions:

Supplies Used

Imagine:
Other products:

• Stampin’ Up – Letters for You, Number of Years, Cake Soiree, Garden Trellis
• Embossing Folder, Ribbon, Designer Series Paper
• Kuretake ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens – No. 028, No. 220, No. 230, No. 071, No. 803, No. 083, No. 049, No. 042, No. 051, No. 041, No. 045
• Heat Tool
• Foam Sheet
• Cardstock – Neenah Solar White

 

 

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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Step 2

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

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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

Learn How to Make a Textured Metallic Wedding Card

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By Neva Cole 

In today’s card making tutorial, I will show you how to make a Textured Metallic Wedding Card using VersaMark, Delicata, and Embossing Powder.  This is a stunning card to make for a bride and groom as they celebrate their wedding day.

Skill:  Intermediate

Time:  2 hours

Directions:

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Step 1

This technique involves inking the FLAT side of an embossing folder for either 2-D or 3-D folder.  This folder is 3-D with both indentations and slight protrusions.  Ink the folder well using a brayer and VersaMark ink.  Place white cardstock in folder and pressure emboss.

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Step 2

Sprinkle liberally with Black Embossing Powder and heat the card from below with a heat embossing gun.  Allow cardstock to cool.

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Step 3

Lightly rub Delicata Golden Glitz over the surface of the cardstock.  The high areas will pick up the ink.  This creates a great three dimension look of black, white, and gold.  Trim the finished panel to 4” x 5 ½”.

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Step 4

Stamp “Mr.” & “Mrs.” in Delicata Golden Glitz and heat emboss with Iridescent Embossing Powder.  Fussy cut the banners with scissors

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Step 5

Die cut four “Congratulations” die cuts from white cardstock with Spellbinders Phrase Set One.  Use an ink dauber to color the top die cut then heat emboss with Iridescent Embossing Powder.  Use very small dots of On Point glue around the letters of the die cut to glue the layers together.

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Step 6

Trim a strip of black cardstock to 7/8″ x 4″.  Stamp with a background stars stamp in Delicata Silvery Shimmer and heat emboss with Silver Embossing Powder.  Once cool add shine with Sheer Shimmer Stix in Sparkle.

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Step 7

Trim cardstock to 4 1/2″ x 11″ and fold in half for a top fold card.  Using and ink dauber add Delicata Golden Glitz ink around the outer 1/4″ of the card base.

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Step 8

Stamp the sentiment inside the card with Delicata Black Shimmer and heat emboss with Iridescent Embossing Powder.

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Step 9

Adhere card layers together with TearIt Tape, and adhere die cut with On Point Glue.  The small little dot (tittle) of the letter “i” is replaced with a small gold adhesive rhinestone.  The original tittle was too small to layer together.

Art Supplies

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• VersaMark

• Embossing Powder – Black, Iridescent, Silver

• Delicata – Golden Glitz, Silvery Shimmer, Black Shimmer

• Sheer Shimmer Stix -Sparkle

• On Point Glue

• Sponge Daubers

• Tear-It! Tape

Other

• Sizzix- 3-D Textured Impressions by Georgia Evans Star Fall

• Hampton Art-Bride and Groom Stamp Set

• Spellbinders-Phrase Set One-Congratulations

• Neato Stuff-Background cube stamp stars

• Brayer

• Scissors

• Gold adhesive rhinestone

Make a Thank You Card for Medical Workers with Heat Embossed Ombre Effect

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By Jessica Lin

Hi everyone, it’s Jessica here. Have you gotten your vaccine yet? I recently got my second dose to become fully vaccinated and I made a thank you card to go with it. I love heat embossing because it’s so quick and simple, but always provides such a big wow factor. And I added a twist this time by creating the ombre effect! Let me know if you have ever tried heat embossing with different colors.

Skill: Beginner

Directions:

Art Supplies

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Other products:
  • Honey Bee Stamps Bless Your Heart  
  • Heat Gun
  • Neenah Solar White cardstock 
  • Stamparatus 
  • Antistatic powder tool 

 

 

Create a Fun Summer BBQ Invitation

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By Alison Heikkila

Summer is fast approaching and that means it’s almost barbecue season! After many of us spent last year at home, isolated, I know a lot of folks are looking forward to spending summer with friends and family again. Today, I have a simple tutorial to help you make sweet invitations (or just regular greeting cards) using some of my favorite products from Imagine, like Kaleidacolor inks and Fireworks! Spray.

Skill Level: Beginner

Time: Approx. 20 Minutes, plus drying time

Directions:

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Step 1

Stamp the ladybug from the Entomology stamp set 5 times on to Smooth Bristol cardstock with VersaMark Ink.

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Step 2

Sprinkle Black Embossing Powder on to the ladybugs, shake off the excess, and heat set.

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Step 3:

Using Lady Bug Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray and a brush, paint the ladybugs. Once the color is dry on the paper, you should wipe the embossed areas with a cloth, to remove any excess.

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Step 4

Die cut the ladybugs with the coordinating die.

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Step 5

Cut a piece of watercolor paper to 4″ x 5 1/4.”

Step 6

Swipe the Fresh Greens Kaleidacolor Inks across an acrylic block, and then spray with Ink Potion No. 9 a few times to get the colors to blend and move.

Step 7

Place the inked acrylic block in the center of the watercolor panel, put something heavy on top (I used a tape dispenser), and leave for a few minutes. The texture of the watercolor paper allows for imperfect color transfer, which I happen to love. If you prefer a smoother look, use paper with less tooth, or texture.

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Step 8

Once you removed the acrylic block, stamp a subtle pattern around the edges with New Sprout ink. I used a crackle stamp from Stampendous.

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Step 9

To add color to my white card base, I pressed my Fresh Greens Kaleidacolor inks into my Craft Mat, wet my brush, and applied the 3 center colors to the edges. I kept the colors soft and slightly blended. Using the same inks for the border as we did in the center of the card allows us to have perfectly matched elements, but since they’re applied differently, you create interest on your card.

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Step 10

Stamp a sentiment on the card with VersaFine Ink in Onyx Black. I combined a stamp from Erin Lee Creative with a stamp from Recollections to get the sentiment I wanted.

Step 11

Adhere your ladybugs to the card front, and your card front to the base when it’s dry.

Art Supplies

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VersaMark Ink
Black Embossing Powder
VersaFine Ink in Onyx Black
Fireworks! Spray in Lady Bug
Kaleidacolor Inks in Fresh Greens
Memento Ink in New Sprout
Ink Potion No. 9

Other

Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz: Entomology Stamp Set and Entomology Die Set
Erin Lee Creative: Winter Magic Stamp Set
Recollections: Sentiment set
Acrylic Blocks
Small paint brushes
Strathmore Smooth Bristol Cardstock
Canson Watercolor Paper
White A2 card base