Learn How to Make an Astrological Card

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By Alison Heikkila –

Hello! It’s time for my newest post for Imagine, as an official part of the 2022 Design Team. After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, many of us are wiped out, or even burnt out from making cards and gifts all season. Because of that, I decided to come up with a fast card that doesn’t take a ton of effort, but looks like it did because of the layering.

Skill Level: Beginner
Time: 15 to 20 Minutes

Directions:

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Step 1:

Adhere your 3″ x 5″ Gel Press to an acrylic block. While you can adhere it to your work surface, but if it’s attached to a block, you can control where it goes on your printing plate.

 

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Step 2:

Apply Versa Fine Clair Ink in Twilight to the Gel Press Plate. I applied it in rows, but you can do it however you like.

Step 3:

Squeeze on a bit of Silvery Shimmer Delicata reinker. You don’t need too much.

 

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Step 4:

Using a brayer, roll the colors together. Try not to overmix them.

 

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Step 5:

While the inks are still wet, flip the Gel Press Plate on to the printing plate. Since it’s on an acrylic block, you can place the Gel Plate wherever you want easily. Press the Gel Press into the printing plate firmly.

Step 6:

Flip the Gel Press back over, and lay a piece of copy paper on top. This will create your print. Press the paper firmly and evenly all over the plate to get a good transfer.

 

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Step 7:

Carefully peel back the paper to reveal your print. You can place the paper back down before you peel up the entire thing if you feel that you need to transfer the ink more.

 

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Step 8:

After I made 3 more prints, I chose the one I wanted to use on my card. I went with my first print, which is the upper right. I tore the edges around the print instead of trimming it smoothly.

 

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Step 9:

Using an edger die, trim a piece of navy colored cardstock to create a mat around your print.

Step 10:

Using Silvery Shimmer Delicata Ink, ink up the edges of the die cut mat.

 

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Step 11:

On a gray card base, ink the right side with VersaMark ink. Try to not make it even, so that it has a more organic feel.

Step 12:

Sprinkle Mboss in Shimmering Night Sky on to the wet ink. Shake off excess, and heat set with a heat tool.

 

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Step 13:

Adhere your layers. I added a stamped and die cut sentiment, as well as some jewels. For the jewels, I used On Point Glue.

 

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The finished card has lots of shine and cool texture. Using your inks and reinkers on a Gel Press Plate gives you the ability to mix colors from different lines and get beautiful, soft effects.

 

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Again, using all of these layers may make it seem that this card took a lot of time, but it really didn’t because making the print is such a fast process. And you can choose to use a larger Gel Press Plate to cut down on some of the layers.

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine:

• VersaFine Clair Ink in Twilight
• Delicata Ink Pad & Reinker in Silvery Shimmer
• VersaMark Ink Pad
• MBoss in Shimmering Night Sky
• On Point Glue
• Craft Mat

Other:

• Gel Press: 3″ x 5″ Plate
• Carabelle Studio: Zodiac Printing Plate
• Speedball: Brayer
• Stampendous: Deckle Die Set, Slim Acrylic Handle
• Pinkfresh Studios: Perfect Sentiments stamp & die set
• Doodles Paper Playground: Silver Starburst Rhinestones
• Gray card base, white copy paper, navy cardstock
• Heat Tool

Create a Beautiful Holy Night Card

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By Neva Cole –

Today’s tutorial will feature several Imagine products, Delicata, StazOn, and Vertigo.  Using silhouette style die cut creates a stunning yet quick and easy Christmas Card.

Skill:  Beginner

Time:  30 Minutes

Directions:

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Step 1

Trim black cardstock to 6 ½” x 9” and fold in half.  Center die on the front panel of the card base and die cut.

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Step 2

Leave the die in place and stamp the starry background with Delicata Golden Glitz.

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Step 3

Use a Fantastix Brush Tip to brush in details left open in the die.  Photo shows the die removed after this step.

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Step 4

Trim a section of Taffeta Vertigo to 2” x 6 3/8”.  Use an Ink Blusher to build layers of color in StazOn Blazing Red and Midnight Blue.  As the color layers blend, the red, purple, and blue along with the Taffeta Vertigo creates a stunning night sky.

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Step 5

Adhere Vertigo behind the opening in the die with small dots of On Point Glue.  I glued around the edge and behind each small portion of the die scene.  Trim white cardstock to 6 3/8” x 8 ¾” and fold in half.  Adhere to the inside back of the card with Tear It! Tape.

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Step 6

Apply Tear It! Tape to the front inside of the card and fold card closed.  This allows the card to compensate for the two layers of cardstock.

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Step 7

Stamp Oh Holy Night sentiment in Delicata Golden Glitz and heat emboss with Gold Embossing Powder.

Art Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Gemini Follow the Star Die
  • Neto Stuff Star stamp
  • Recollections Christmas Sentiments
  • Black and White cardstock

Make a Quick Batch of Halloween Cards with a Few Fun Techniques

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By Neva Cole –

In today’s tutorial I will show you how to put together a quick set of Halloween cards ready to send out.  Ink resist and coloring with Fantastix and Kaleidacolor pads makes for quick images to place on a card.  The background is another Kaleidacolor brayered onto glossy cardstock.

Skill:  Intermediate

Time:  1.5 hours

Directions:

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Step 1

Stamp pumpkin images in VersaFine Clair three times each on white cardstock. VersaFine Clair is a perfect ink for this technique as there is no smear when coloring over with other dye based inks.

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Step 2

Stamp pumpkin carving in Radiant Neon Electric Yellow and heat emboss with Iridescent Embossing Powder.

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Step 3

Fussy cut or die cut pumpkins.  Use a Fantastix brush tip to color pumpkins using ink from Kaleidacolor Desert Heat and Cappuccino Delight.  The spectrum of colors allows a quick selection to shade different areas of the pumpkins.  Use a paper towel or soft cloth and remove ink from the embossed area so the images pop.

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Step 4

Stamp sentiment on glossy cardstock in Radiant Neon Electric Yellow and heat emboss with Iridescent Embossing Powder.

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Step 5

Use a soft rubber brayer to ink cardstock with Kaleidacolor in Vineyard.  Remove ink from the embossed area with a paper towel or soft cloth.

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Step 6

Die cut 4 bats from black cardstock. Use Radiant Neon Amplify! in white to add big white eyes. The Amplify! was not heated.

Step 6

Die cut four fence die cuts from black cardstock.  (Not shown.)

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Step 8

Adhere background to A2 grey card base with Tear It! Tape. Adhere the fence and bat die cuts with On Point Glue.  Adhere center pumpkin with Tear It! Tape.  Adhere side pumpkins with dimensional foam adhesive.

Art Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Joy Clair Trick or Treat Stamps
  • Heidi Grace Designs Halloween Stamps
  • Echo Park Going Batty Die
  • Heartfelt Creations Lattice Flourish Gateway Die
  • Rubber Brayer
  • Dimensional Foam Adhesive
  • Brother Scan-N-Cut

Make a Cheery Birthday Card Using Fireworks! Shimmery Sprays

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By Neva Cole –

In today’s card making tutorial, I will show you how to use your Fireworks! Shimmery Spray inks in different ways rather than just spraying them!  All of the blooming sunflowers during my travels were the inspiration for this late summer birthday card.  It is very cool that sunflower heads follow the sun throughout the day, and they are always bright and cheery!

Skill:  Intermediate

Time:  1.5 hours

Directions:

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Step 1

Stamp sunflower image in Delicata Golden Glitz and heat emboss with Iridescent Embossing Powder.  The Delicata Golden Glitz is one of the brightest gold inks, and works best for a sunflower.  Die cut with an electronic die cut machine, or fussy cut with scissors.

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Step 2

Use a brush tip Fantastix to color in the center of the sunflower with Delicata Black Shimmer.

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Step 3

Shake the Fireworks! spray until all of the shimmer is mixed in.  When the spray sits for awhile, the shimmer settles to the bottom and can be seen as a thin layer through the bottle.  Remove the spray lid and tap a bit of Fireworks! on your work mat from the end of the plastic tube.  Use a fine tip paint brush to paint the sunflowers a beautiful iridescent Dandelion Yellow.  Yellow ink is one of the more difficult inks to use, and this method solves that dilemma!

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Step 4

Stamp the leaf image in Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy and heat emboss with Iridescent Embossing Powder.  Using embossing powder helps maintain the original ink color of the image while painting over with Fireworks! spray.  It also allows you to color inside the lines much more easily! Use a fine point paint brush to add Fireworks! in Bamboo Leaves.  Die cut or fussy cut the leaves.

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Step 5

To get a finer sprinkling of more carefully located drops of Fireworks!, use the same paint brush and gently tap over the card stock to create a fine splatter pattern.  When using the spray nozzle, the color is denser on the cardstock.  Finish the edges by inking with an ink blusher and Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy.

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Step 6

Edge the base card with an ink blusher and Delicata Golden Glitz.  Using inks throughout the card allows for perfect coordination.

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Step 7

Position the leaves and sunflowers on the card front to determine the location for the sentiment.  Stamp the sentiment in Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy and heat emboss with Iridescent embossing powder.  Adhere the layers of the card together.  The card front and leaves are adhered with Tear-It! Tape, and the sunflowers are adhered with thin dimensional foam adhesive.

Art Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Auntie Amy Sunflower image
  • Heartfelt Creations Bold Leaf stamp
  • Technique Tuesday Large Birthday sentiment stamp
  • Fine point paint brush

Make a Beautiful Pink Embossed Card

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By Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

– Stamp with Radiant Neon ink and partially cover with Mboss embossing powder to make a flourish background on a denim color paper. Add layers with the same design, stamped with VersaFine CLAIR inks on white card stock.

 

Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 Hour

 

Directions:

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Step 1

On a 4.5×6 inch piece of the denim color paper stamp the poppy pattern with the Radiant Neon ink. Ink the stamp well and press it firmly on the paper holding it for a few seconds on the paper pressed.

 

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Step 2

Sprinkle Mboss Metallic Berry embossing powder (don’t fully cover the pattern), remove the excess and heat set.

 

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Step 3

On a 3×4 ¼ inch piece of white card stock, stamp with the VersaFine CLAIR Purple delight positioning the design to the middle left on the paper. Stamp with VersaFine Charming Pink on a second piece of paper and cut along the poppy flower.

 

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Step 4

Stamp a wish sentiment with VersaFine Nocturne and tear the paper on all sides.

 

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Step 5

Set the stamped card stocks on a card base with Tear It! Tape and add a layer of it vertically on the left side to set the white satin ribbon. Repeat horizontally for the pink one.

 

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Step 6

Add foam tape to the back of the flower and set it on the card.

 

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine

VersaFine CLAIR – Charming Pink, Purple Delight, Nocturne

Radiant Neon – Electric Coral

Mboss – Metallic Berry

Tear It! Tape

 

Other

Card stock – white and denim color

Card base

Foam tape

Penny Black – Poppy pattern stamp

White and pink ribbons

Heat tool

 

 

Learn the Technique in Creating an Eye-Catching Faux Scratchboarding Card

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By Alison Heikkila

Do you remember Scratch Art? There’s a black piece of heavy cardstock and you use pointy tools to scratch the black away, to reveal colors underneath? Some folks made really incredible art with this technique…I know my kids always enjoyed doing it too. How would you like to recreate that look of scratch art, but in a lot less time? It’s fun, and it gives you another way to use your reinkers.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Time: 20-30 Minutes

Directions:

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Step 1

Gather your supplies. You’ll need a gel printing plate (mine is a 6″x6″), reinkers ( I used 5 Radiant Neon colors), a brayer, and some copy paper. You can use heavy weight cardstock if you prefer.

 

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Step 2

Squirt a small amount of reinkers in lines on your gel printing plate. You don’t need too much. I have a little more than I needed on mine.

 

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Step 3:

Using a brayer, roll over the ink to get the colors to begin to blend. Try to keep from moving the brayer too much from side to side, as that will have the colors blend, and you’ll lose the distinction of each color.

 

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Step 4

Apply your piece of copy paper to the gel plate, and rub the back of the paper with your hands. Be sure to have contact with the entire surface. Once you think the ink has transferred, slowly peel back the paper. If you see you need to transfer the ink better, place the paper back down and rub the back of it again.

 

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Step 5

Choose your stencil and grab VersaFine ink in Onyx Black. Once the gel print is completely dry, tape down the stencil on top of the print.

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Step 6

Using an ink dauber, apply a heavy coat of Onyx Black VersaFine all over the gel print. Make sure you don’t move your stencil, and that you get a deep, even coat of ink across the entire area.

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Step 7

When the stenciled area is thoroughly covered with ink, remove the stencil.

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Step 8

Optional- You may choose to leave the background as-is, or to enhance it further with embossing powder. I opted to use black embossing powder to give it some shine. You may also use clear over the black ink. ***Take this a step further and use a different contrasting color altogether!

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Step 9

Pour the embossing powder all over the print and shake off the excess. If you see stray bits of powder where you don’t want it, use a small, dry brush to swipe it away. Heat the powder with an embossing tool, but please keep in mind that if you used copy paper, the paper heats up quickly.

Step 10

Trim down your background to 3 3/4″ x 5.” This will leave you a nice big strip that yuo can use on a different card another time.

Step 11

Cut a piece of black cardstock to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2.” Adhere your stenciled piece to the black with the adhesive of your choice.

 

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Step 12

Ink up your sentiment with VersaMark Ink. The sentiment I chose had many other sentiments with it, but I only wanted to ink up one. I put tape on the sentiment above and below the one I wanted to use, then I used the VersaMarker to ink up the one I wanted. You can use the VersaMark Pad for this too, but the pen is nice and small.

Step 13

Remove the tape and stamp the sentiment on to a strip of black cardstock.

Step 14

Sprinkle white embossing powder on to the sentiment, shake off excess, and heat set.

Step 15

Apply Radiant Neon Ink in Electric Pink to the edges of your (white) card base.

Step 16

Adhere the top layers (including the sentiment) to the card base.

Step 17

Using On Point Glue, adhere flat-backed rhinestones around the sentiment strip.

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The end result is a fun, eye-catching card that can be used for many occasions. You can experiment with different combinations of reinkers and stencils to get completely different looks.

Art Supplies

Imagine

Radiant Neon Reinkers in Electric Pink, Electric Yellow, Electric Green, Electric Blue, and Electric Purple
Radiant Neon Ink Pad in Electric Pink
Embossing Powder in Black and White
On Point Glue
Sponge Dauber

Other

Sassy & Crafty: Stained Glass Hearts Stencil
Doodles Paper Playground: Neon Flat-backed Rhinestones
Taylored Expressions & Brutus Monroe: Simple Strips- Crafty
Black Cardstock
White A2 Card Base