Create a Fun and Fabulous Summertime Flamingo Card

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Create a Fun and Fabulous Summertime Flamingo Card with VersaMagic inkpads

It is almost Summer! It is time to start looking ahead for calming moments in warm weather, summer colors and holiday memories. In today’s cardmaking project, evoke the spirit of summer with this flamingo theme “chill” card. Keeping the whiteness of the paper as the basic background color, I emphasize the pastel colors and give a bright outcome on the card. The VersaMagic inkpads allow the metallic wire and beads to show even more by giving a chalk effect on all surfaces.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions

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Step 1

Emboss a 4 x 6-inch piece of white cardstock with the stripes embossing folder and lightly color with the VersaMagic DewDrop in Thatched Straw and Key Lime.


Step 2

Use a BrushStix to mix and color the flamingo plywood shape with the VersaMagic DewDrop in Red Magic and Thatched Straw.


Step 3

Continue by coloring the paper flowers with VersaMagic in Red Magic and Thatched Straw.

VersaMagic DewDrop Key Lime and the Fabrico Marker. Use a stylus to shape the leaves into a more realistic look.
Step 4

Die cut leaves from white and kraft cardstocks and decorate them with the VersaMagic DewDrop Key Lime and the Fabrico Marker. Use a stylus to shape the leaves into a more realistic look.

Color the "chill" wooden element with VersaMagic Red Magic.
Step 5

Color the “chill” wooden element with VersaMagic Red Magic.


Step 6

Make circles with the jewelry wire and glue them in the 4 x 6-inch card with a glue gun.


Step 7

Continue with the rest of the embellishments and using either the glue gun or Tear It Tape. Lightly ink the edge of the card panel with VersaMagic in Red Magic to match the flowers. Mount the 4 x 6-inch piece on the front of a 5 x 7 card base.

Supplies

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  • 5 x 7 white card
  • Cardstock – white, kraft
  • Plywood embellishments
  • Paper flowers
  • Jewelry beads
  • Jewelry wire
  • Glue gun
  • Embossing folder – stripes
  • Sizzix – Leaves, Garden dies
  • Embossing machine

Creative Hack with Reusable Gift Wrap

For many people the source of joy for the holidays is giving! One of the coolest ways to express yourself in the holiday season is creative gift wrapping. Creating a reusable gift bag that could be used year round paired with a gift tag that creates a holiday mood is a thoughtful way to go!

We have several products that can be used on fabric. With all the product, after it is dry, simply heat set with an iron set to the correct temperature for the fabric. In our example we used VersaCraft Ink with matching Fabrico Markers.

A muslin bag masked with painters tape has been inked with VersaCraft ink in Ultramarine

We used pre-made muslin bags and simply masked off a big block section to ink up. In this photo we used Cerulean Blue VersaCraft with a Jumbo Dauber.

VersaCraft works into the fabric without migrating sideways like a fabric dye. This is the essential quality needed for creating clean edges. Many screen printing inks are quite tacky to avoid migration. With VersaCraft and Fabrico you get the best of both worlds—easy clean-up and crisp images. Before you start inking, make sure you place something like plastic or cardboard inside the bag to prevent the ink from bleeding through to the other side. In our second bag we used VersaCraft Poppy Red. We used a Fabrico Marker to draw a thin line above the thick block stripe. Since the block was inked up real well, we let it air dry for 24 hours before heat setting. Use a scrap piece of fabric between the ink and your iron.

Drawing on a muslin gift bag with a Fabrico Marker above a big red blog created by VersaCraft.

The gift tag is the mood setter in this project. Again, we are aiming for the bag to be reused for any season, but the gift tag is all Christmas!

A handmade gift bag inked in Poppy Red block and stripe with a handmade tag featuring Santa Clause.

We used Santa Claus from Flourishes l.c with VersaFine and embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. Next, use VersaCraft Poppy Red to color the area around Santa and use Fabrico Poppy Red to color in Santa’s hat. The tag will perfectly match the stripes on the bag and will also give the effect of Santa popping forward from the background. Any additional detailing on this tag is your creative liberty! We shined Santa’s beard with Delicata White Shimmer, embossed the sentiment “For You” and colored in Santa’s face with Memento Dual-tip Markers.

A muslin giftbag inked with Ultramarine VersaCraft in a block section with a handmade tag embossed with a snowflake pattern and inked in blue too.

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Need a New Beach Bag?

Let’s Hit the Beach

by Roni Johnson

Hand painted with a beach scene including sand, starfish, palm tree with coconuts, the ocean and some flying birds using All-Purpose Inks, a canvas tote is full of supplies ready to head to the beach.

Time for fun in the sun and what could be more fun than hitting the beach on hot afternoons. This cute summery beach bag is just the ticket to hold all the essentials you’ll need on your trip to the beach.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour or more

Directions

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Step 1

Iron the canvas bag to remove wrinkles. Insert a piece of cardboard or several layers of news print to protect the back of the bag just in case a bit of ink soaks through the canvas.

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Step 2

Choose where you would like the palm tree to reside; using Desert Sand All-Purpose Ink (API) and a Fantastix draw two parenthesis marks where you would like the top of your palm tree; join the next set directly below the first loosely joining them. Continue making sets of parenthesis a bit larger with each set until you reach the height you would like the palm tree to be. At the bottom of the tree flair out the last set of parenthesis and add a couple of feet pointing left and right.

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Step 3

Color in the palm tree trunk using the Desert Sand ink. Draw a line across the bag using the Desert Sand somewhere near the bottom quarter of the bag. If you would like a shell, starfish or other item lying on the beach, pencil them out below the line. Coloring around the items, fill in the “beach” with this ink as well.

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Step 4

Outline and refine the trunk of your palm tree with Chocolate API and a Fantastix. Iron to set the inks applied thus far.

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Step 5

If desired, add a few coconuts to your palm tree with Autumn Leaf API. I also added a couple coconuts lying on the beach beneath the tree as well.

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Step 6

Add palm fronds to the palm tree by feathering Spring Green API outwards from the top of the trunk. Add as many or as few fronds as desired. Add one or two additional layers of color to add mid-tones and shadows to the palm fronds. Green Apple and Emerald were used on the example. Once satisfied with the palm fronds, iron to set the ink.

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Step 7

Approximately half way up the bag draw a line across the bag using Sky Blue API. This will become the sea. Begin loosely filling in the area between the blue line and the beach line with the Sky Blue API. While the first layer of ink is still wet, go back in and add high-lights and low lights using Cerulean Blue, Tropical Lagoon and White Frost API’s blending as you go along. I used more of the White Frost at the beach line where I imagined the waves coming ashore creating foam. Once you are satisfied with the colors in your ocean, iron to set the inks.

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Step 8

Add any additional images you wish at this point. A pair of birds and a starfish were added to the example. Iron to set these inks.

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Step 9

If desired, go back over certain areas to define the images even more using Fabrico Dual Tip Markers.

Supplies

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  • All-Purpose Ink – 10 Green Apple, 19 Cerulean Blue, 20 Tropical Lagoon, 21 Emerald, 22 Spring Green, 33 Rose Pink, 38 Sky Blue, 52 Sand, 53 Autumn Leaf, 54 Chocolate, 72 Frost White, 74 Champaign Mist, 80 White
  • Fabrico Marker – Chocolate
  • Fantastix
Other
  • Canvas Bag – I happened to make mine, but you can buy pre-made ones too, like the one Neva Cole found for her project.

 

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Stars & Stripes

Creative Medium Stars & Stripes by Carisa Zglobicki

                             
Super Duper Stars ‘n’ Stripes by Clare Horner         Show Your Spirit by Penny Ward

             
Shimmering Stars & Stripes by Jowilna Nolte               Radiant Stars and Stripes by Isha Gupta

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