Let’s Make a Fun Inspirational Card

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By LeeAnn McKinney –

Hey there friends and fellow crafters, LeeAnn here with a fun Inspirational Card I made using my absolute favorite technique, and those of you that have been here for a while know I love Kaleidacolors.

Skill level: Beginner

Time: 30 minutes

 

Art Supplies

Imagine:

• Imagine Craft Mat

• On Point Glue

• Tear It! Tape

• StazOn Stamp Cleaner

Desert Heat Kaleidacolor Dye Ink

• VersaFine Clair Nocturne

Other Products:

• Accent Opaque 120lb Cardstock 

• Kromecote Paper Marco’s Paper

• Stampers Anonymous Motivational 2 Stamps

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 Sunshine” Wooden Photo Frame

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By LeeAnn McKinney

– Hi there friends and fellow crafters, today I am sharing a fun project with you that I have made for my oldest granddaughter. I saw this photo frame and it made think of her immediately. 

Skill level: Beginner

Time: 30 minutes

 

Art Supplies

Imagine:

• Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray – Dandelion

• Radiant Neon Electric Yellow

• Radiant Neon Electric Orange

• VersaMark

• Mboss Embossing Powder – Clear

• Imagine Craft Mat

Other Products

• Sun Frame

• Blender Brushes 

• Heat Tool

Fourth of July Layout Made Easy with Memento inks and Fireworks!

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By Neva Cole –

Today I will share how easy it is to create a very cohesive layout using just two ink colors and the matching Fireworks! colors for an amazing Fourth of July scrapbook layout.  With just white cardstock, an embossing folder, a large die cut, and stamps this layout is perfect for Independence Day

Skill:  Beginner

Time:  30 Minutes

Directions:

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Step 1

Trim white cardstock to 1” on each edge larger than the photos.  Pressure emboss with Star Blanket.  Ink raised portion of embossed areas and edges with Memento Danube Blue or Lady Bug.  For my layout I trimmed two sections 5” x 7”, three sections 4” x 5”, and one section by 4” x 4” to back my photos.

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Step 2

Die cut two sets from Spellbinders Cascading Stars die and remove the stars.  Trim one outline die cut into a section of five stars, with the other being four stars.  Use Jumbo Dauber to tap Memento Danube Blue over one die cut and the smaller portion of the trimmed die cut.  Tapping the ink onto the paper keeps from damaging the die cut, which can occur if a rubbing motion is used.  The larger portion of the trimmed die cut is inked in Memento Lady Bug.  Continue to add ink until it is the desired hue. 

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Step 3

The splatter method is used with Fireworks! to add some interest to the white background.  Shake the bottle to distribute glimmer and then remove spritzer nozzle and gently tap the top to splatter ink from the outside of the spray tube.  Continue to tap until the desired amount of ink is on the paper.  I choose sections where the die cuts would be eventually placed.  I alternated the color choices from the die cut color.  This is the lower right corner of the right page.  

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Step 4

The left side of the layout shown completed with splattered Fireworks! in Memento Lady Bug and Danube Blue.

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Step 5

Determine placement placement of elements to add stamped sentiments.  Place on layout and remove other elements.  Use a stamp platform to stamp sentiments in proper position.

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Step 6

On the right page the stamped elements are determined, then half are removed before stamping to allow for clean stamping of correct colors.  The remaining elements are added and stamped.  It was easier to stamp all the images Memento Lady Bug at one time, then follow with images in Memento Danube Blue.

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Step 7

Spritz Fireworks! into a plastic tray or surface.  Place die cut stars from step 2 face down on the Fireworks! ink to add color.  Use tweezers to move around in the ink and add more ink to tray as needed.  About a third of the stars were inked with Fireworks! in Lady Bug the remaining in Fireworks! Danube Blue.

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Step 8:

Determine correct placement of Fireworks! stars in the die cut.  I rotated the star until it fit properly into the die cut area.  Not all the stars are identical, so taking the time to find the right one was worth the effort for a seamless look.  

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Step 9:

Adhere elements to layout.  Tear It! tape was used to adhere the photos to the textured mats.  The die cuts are adhered with On Point Glue.  The small dots around the star frames keep the layout clean and smudge free.  

Art Supplies

Imagine

Memento–Lady Bug and Danube Blue

Fireworks!–Lady Bug and Danube Blue

Jumbo Dauber

Tear It! Tape

On Point Glue

Other

White Cardstock

Cuttlebug Star Blanket embossing folder

Spellbinders Cascading Stars

Technique Tuesday Spectacular Memories

Hero Arts CL493 Holiday Sentiments

Tweezers

Die Cut machine

Stamp Platform

Let’s Make an Adorable Summertime Card 

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By LeeAnn McKinney

– Nothing says Summertime to me like a nice juicy chunk of watermelon… and making this card made me get up and grab a watermelon popsicle when I was done…

Skill level: Beginner

Time: 30 minutes

 

Art Supplies

Imagine:

• VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne – 

• Fireworks Summer Sky – 

• Tear It! Tape – 

• Angel Pink Memento Marker – 

• Lady Bug Memento Marker – 

• Desert Sand Memento Marker – 

• Summer Sky Dew Drop – 

• Bamboo Leaves Dew Drop – 

• Pear Tart Memento Marker – 

• Toffee Crunch Memento Marker – 

Other supplies:

• MFT Through The Clouds Stencil

• MFT Summertime Pure Innocence Girl

• Accent Opaque 120lb White Cardstock

• Gina K Designs 80 lb Layering Weight Cardstock

Hang In There… An Inspirational Project 

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By LeeAnn McKinney

– Hi there friends and fellow crafters, LeeAnn here with a project that I knew I was going to make the minute I saw the photo. See a friend of mine posted this amazing photo on her Facebook page last month, and I started thinking right then about how I was going to replicate it. How about leaving a comment below and let me know how I did. 

Skill level: Beginner

Time: 30 minutes

 

Art Supplies

Imagine:

• Fireworks! Angel Pink

• Fireworks! Summer Sky

• Fireworks! Lulu Lavander

• Imagine Craft Mat

• On Point Glue

• Imagine Tear It! Tape

• VersaFine Clair Nocturne

Other products: