Let’s Make a Shaker Ornament

By Martha Lucia Gomez

Hello there! Today’s tutorial is a shaker ornament created with embossing powders and using different colors in a single piece. To make this, I used the MBoss in Blue Icicle, Sapphire and White. To create this type of embellishments or ornaments for your cards, gifts or Christmas Trees, you can also use our traditional Embossing Powders in any color.  

Skill Level: Medium

Time to Complete: 45 minutes

Directions:

Step 1:

Apply a layer of ink to your Shaker Base or Chipboard piece directly with the ink pad of VersaMark. You can also use the small size or cube of VersaMark Ink if you are using a small piece of shaker card or chipboard. Make the emphasis on the center if it has the designed part. 

Step 2:

Cover the center of your ornament with the light color of MBoss or embossing powder. In my sample, I am using the Blue Icicle.

Step 3:

Melt the MBoss or Embossing Powder with the heat tool. Don’t worry if the powder covered some parts of the border.

Step 4:

Repeat steps 2 and 3 if you want a thick effect or want better coverage.

Step 5:

Ink the border or the chipboard ornament or shaker piece with the VersaMark Ink Pad, taking care not to cover the center of the piece. 

Step 6:

Cover the inked area with the dark color of MBoss. I am using the Sapphire.

Step 7:

Melt the powder with the heat tool. Then, add some touches of MBoss White to create more dimension over it. Melt the MBoss White or White Embossing Powder with the heat tool. 

Step 8:

Assemble your shaker card or finish the ornament by adding some sprinkles or small sequins and adding a piece of ribbon to tie it.

Voila! Our ornament is finished and can be used to decorate a card, a gift or to be handled on a Christmas Tree.

Remember that you can use this idea for any type of chipboard piece or for any occasion, not only for Christmas. 

Art Supplies:

Imagine:

• Mboss Sapphire, Blue Icicle and White

• Tear it! Tape

• Craft Mat

• VersaMark

Other:

• Shaker Dimension Set or Chipboard Piece. 

• Heat Tool

• Sequins

Learn to Make a Welcome Home Wood Sign

By Neva Cole –

In today’s tutorial you will learn to create a super easy wood sign using the ever versatile VersaFine Clair inks.  The VersaFine Clair worked beautifully for this project that took just under and hour from design concept to completion!  The ink pads are nice and juicy, so the first stamp image was perfect every time, which is helpful when free hand stamping with out a stamp platform.

Skill:  Beginner

Time:  1 Hour

Directions:

Step 1:

Remove twine from the sign so it will lay flat on your work surface.  With lines on the sign already in place it was easy to line up the sentiment and acrylic stamp block.  Once the stamps are aligned, place a large acrylic block over the stamps lining up the edges to allow perfect positioning.

Step 2:

Stamp the sentiment in VersaFine Clair Pinecone and heat emboss with clear Embossing Powder.  Gives the sentiment a bit of shine and keeps it from smearing!

Step 3:

Using and ink blusher ink the edges of the sign with VersaFine Clair Cheerful.  Start from the outside edge and blend toward the center to create a slight ombre look.

Step 4:

Using and ink blusher ink the edges of the sign with VersaFine Clair Summertime.  Start from the outside edge and blend toward the center but not as far as the Cheerful layer.

Step 5:

The leaf images are stamped using a very old stamp that features Fall leaves. The Oak leaf is stamped in VersaFine Clair Acorn, the Aspen leaf in Summertime, and the Maple leaf in Tulip Red.  The sign can be heated with a heat gun, or set aside until the ink dries.

Step 6:

Replace twine through holes in the sign and display! 

Art Supplies

Imagine:

Versa Fine Clair–Pinecone, Acorn, Cheerful, Summertime, Tulip Red

Embossing Powder–Clear

Ink Blusher

Other Products:

Square 7” x 7” Wood Sign

Recollections Clear stamps sentiments from 2020

Judi-kins Fall Leaves Cube 

Neva Cole

http://snippetscrafter.blogspot.com/

n.cole@windward-performance.com

Learn to Make a “Thinking of You” Sunflower Card

By Neva Cole –

Versa Clair Fine is now my favorite pigment ink!  So versatile and allowed me to create a beautifully colored card in just a few steps.  This is one of the few cards that my husband has asked me to specifically make for a friend, it was easy to do with just a few inks, stamps, and dies!

Skill:  Intermediate

Time:  2 hours

Directions:

Step 1:

Stamp sunflower images on yellow cardstock with Versa Fine Clair Cheerful and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.  Stamp leaf images on light green paper in Versa Fine Clair Green Oasis and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.  Die cut with matching dies.

Step 2:

Place flowers and leaves face down in matching shaping mold and mist lightly with water.  As the images are heat embossed, they will stay sharp and crisp.  Close mold and pressure emboss.

Step 3:

Remove flowers and leaves from mold and set aside to dry.  Once dry assemble flowers with On Point Glue, adding black glitter to centers.  (Not shown)  Set aside to dry.

Step 4:

Ink the edges of an A7 size card with and ink dauber and Versa Fine Clair Green Oasis.  Set aside to dry, as the ink is very juicy.

Step 5:

Sunflowers are a rustic flower, so corrugated cardstock seemed to be a good choice for a background.  Versa Fine Clair in Cheerful and Summertime are inked randomly on the corrugated cardstock with ink daubers.

Step 6:

Ink the sentiment with Versa Fine Clair in Green Oasis and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.  Die cut with die from the Eyelet Frame Gateway set.  I trimmed off a portion of the sentiment, then edged the sentiment with Versa Fine Clair in Summertime.

Step 7:

Die cut a Border from the Regal Boarder set using light orange paper.  Gently shade the edges with Versa Fine Clair Summertime and an ink dauber.   

Step 8:

Adhere corrugated cardstock to base card with Tear It Tape!  Adhere border with On Point Glue  Adhere flowers with Tear It Tape!

Art Supplies

Imagine:

• Versa Fine Clair–Cheerful, Green Oasis, Summertime

• Embossing Powder–Clear

• On Point Glue

• Tear It! Tape

• Ink Dauber

Other Supplies Used:

• Light yellow, light orange and light green cardstock

• Corrugated kraft cardstock   

• Heartfelt Creations–Rustic Sunflower Stamp/Die/Shaping Mold, Regal Borders and Pockets Die, Eyelet Frame Gateway Die, Heartfelt Expressions stamp

• Black Glitter

• Die Cut machine

• Stamp Platform

Neva Cole

http://snippetscrafter.blogspot.com/

n.cole@windward-performance.com

Create a Watercolor Sunflower Card using Stencils and Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray

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By Neva Cole 

In today’s tutorial, I will share how I used layering sunflower stencils to create a water color look to my image.  Notice there is no stamp outline, that helps achieve a more organic look to the project.  I learned a few things along the way, and almost want to include a few blooper photos!  Instead I share the way that will give you the cleanest look avoiding the pit falls!

Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 Hours

Directions:

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Step 1:

Trim white watercolor cardstock to 4 1/4” x 9 1/4”,  or about 1/4” on each side larger than your stencil.  this will allow you to handle your project more cleanly.  Use reposition able painters tape or washi tape to secure stencil along left side with edges matching along the upper and left hand side.  Spritz with Fireworks! in New Sprout until color depth desired is achieved.  In this close up photo freezer paper is used underneath the stencil and paper with the plasticized side up.  This allows collection of the over spray for background papers.  Carefully lift stencil to keep excess Fireworks from leaking under the stencil and adding unwanted color.

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Step 2:

Secure next layer of layering stencil in place and spritz with Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray in Bamboo Leaves.  This photo shows a spray box that protects your work area from over spray.  It also shows the best distance of 12” to 18” to spray the stencil to avoid large droplets of Fireworks!. 

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Step 3:

Clean stencils with sections of watercolor paper after each layer.  Move the watercolor paper around on the freezer wrap to pick up excess spray.  Keep color families together, as both colors of green are used on this background paper.  Clean up excess with paper towels or baby wipes. 

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Step 4:

Continue with additional layering stencils.
Here Dandelion is used for Stencil 3, and Tangelo for Stencil 4. 

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Step 5:

Sometimes as a designer you discover easier methods in the process of designing a project.  I was not satisfied with the color through the stencil by just spraying with the stencils that were smaller openings.  It is recommended to use this method for the rest of the layers.  Fireworks! in Tangelo is shown here sprayed on a plastic sheet.  Using a cotton swab the color is carefully dabbed through the stencil to give better color depth.  A cotton swab also prevents leakage underneath the stencil of excess color.  A lot less of the spray was used with this method!  Stencils 5 and 6 used this method to complete the look.  Stencil 5 used Fireworks! in Lilac Posies, and Stencil 6 a mixture of Fireworks! Rich Cocoa (for shimmer) and Walnut Ink in Java for a darker color. 

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Step 6:

Here are the images from the entire stencil set.

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Step 7:

One “blooper” photo, all the backgrounds made with the over spray and Fireworks! left on the stencils.  To be used in future projects?  The green sheet is trimmed to 4 1/4? to 5 1/2” to cover the front of the card.

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Step 8:

Tap drop of Fireworks! in Dandelion on white watercolor paper trimmed to 3 3/4” x 5”.
Use quilted card front die to add texture to front panel.

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Step 9:

Part of the remaining background section is stamped with Memento Luxe in Lilac Posies using a sentiment from the Sunflowers stamp set.  It is die cut with a Spellbinder die.

Step 10:

The Sunflower is die cut with the coordinating die.  The layers are adhered together with Tear It! Tape with dimension foam tape behind the card front.  

Art Supplies

 Imagine
Other:
  • White Watercolor Cardstock
  • Pink Fresh Studio Sunflowers Stencils, Coordinating Die, and Clear Stamp
  • Concord & 9th Quilted Card Front Die
  • Spellbinders Fancy Tabs
  • Dimension Foam adhesive
  • Cotton swabs
  • Die Cut machine
  • Stamp Platform

Hello Summer Mermaid Infinite Shaker Card

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By Annie Collins

– Hello Crafty Friends – Annie here with a fun infinite shaker card featuring a variety of Imagine Crafts Products.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Time to Complete: 30 Minutes + Drying Time

Art Supplies:

Imagine:

• Creative Medium: Metallic Gold

• VersaMagic Inks: Sea Breeze, Ocean Depth, Sage, Pink Grapefruit, Aspen Mist, Pretty Petunia, Mango, Turquoise Gem, Wheat & Thatched Straw

• Memento Markers: Angel Pink, Rose Bud, and Desert Sand

•Imagine Crafts Embossing Powder : Iridescent

Imagine Crafts Sheer Shimmer Spray: Frost

Imagine Crafts: Tear It! Tape

Imagine Crafts: On Point Glue

Imagine Crafts: Craft Mat

Other products:

• Recollections Brand Stamp & Stencil: Enchanted Collection- Mermaid & Friends Set

• Recollections Brand 110# Cardstock: White

• Recollections Brand 65# Cardstock: Dark Blue

• Accent Brand 80# Ultra Smooth Cardstock: Opaque White

• Tree House Studio Sequins: Mermaids & Tails

• Picket Fence Studios Sequins: Spike Ocean

• Packaging 

 

Ink Colors on images:

Background: Sea Breeze

Sentiment: Ocean Depth

Dolphin: Aspen Mist

Fish: Mongo

Mermaid: Turquoise Gem & Pretty Petunia

Sand Dollar: Wheat

Seahorse: Thatched Straw

Starfish: Pink Grapefruit

Seashells: Sage, Pretty Petunia, & Sea Breeze

Create a Dramatic Anniversary Card with Multi Layers of Metallic Shimmer

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By Neva Cole –

Today’s tutorial will demonstrate how to create multi layers of texture for a dramatic Anniversary Card.  StazOn, Delicata, and Mboss will add amazing levels of metallic shimmer.

Skill:  Beginner

Time:  1 Hour

Directions:

Step 1
Trim white piece of sturdy cardstock to 4 1/8” x 5 3/8”.  I used the backing of a paper pack, that had one shiny white side.  First, I pressure embossed with Sizzix 3-D Textured Impressions Doodle Triangles.  A makeup sponge was used to spread StazOn Metallic inks from re-inkers in Platinum, Silver and Gold randomly around the surface of the card front.  StazOn dries on the sponge and makes it a one-time use tool. StazOn Jet Black ink is gently tapped over the raised portions of the card panel.  Set aside to dry or heat with a heat gun.
Step 2
Using a stamp from my stash (manufacturer unknown) small hearts were stamped randomly in VersaMark ink and heat embossed in Mboss in Valentine.
Step 3
Memento Luxe in Tuxedo Black is used to stamp Taylored Expressions Simple Strips Background sentiments followed by heat embossing with black embossing powder.  The matching die is used to die cut the entire set and five sentiments are selected for the front of the card.
Step 4
Each sentiment strip is inked with Delicata in Silvery Shimmer, Golden Glitz or Ruby Red with an Ink Dauber.  Since the sentiment is embossed, the ink will not change the color.
Step 5
The sentiment strips are backed with white cardstock with the matching backer die.  The edges are inked with Memento Tuxedo Black and an ink blusher to add definition.
Step 6
A Scribble Heart die by Impression Obsession is die cut from white cardstock.  The die is then inked with Versa Mark ink and heat embossed with Mboss in Valentine.
Step 7
A white card base is trimmed to 5 ½” x 8 ½”.  The edges are inked with Memento Tuxedo Black and an ink blusher.
Step 8
The card base is adhered to textured front with TearIt! Tape.  The Heart is adhered with On Point Glue.  The sentiment strips are adhered with dimension foam tape.  A striking masculine anniversary card goal achieved!

Art Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Sizzix 3-D Textured Impressions Doodle Triangles
  • Make up sponge
  • Background heart stamp (manufacturer unknown)
  • Taylored Expressions Simple Strips Background Sentiments, Die, and Backer Die
  • Impression Obsession Scribble Heart die
  • Dimensional foam adhesive
  • Black and White cardstock
Neva Cole http://snippetscrafter.blogspot.com/ n.cole@windward-performance.com