Simply Beautiful Collage-Style Card

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By Alison Heikkila –

Hello! Many crafters love the look of collage-style cards, but they may be intimidated to try making them. If you throw away the idea of perfection and just enjoy the process, you can achieve this look without too much trouble. Be sure to have some text stamps on hand, as they really help achieve this look. 

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Time to Complete: 45 minutes- 1 Hour

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Directions

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Step 1:

On a textured cardstock, gently ink the rough surface with Desert Sand Memento Ink. Don’t push too hard…we only want to enhance the texture. 

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Step 2:

With Espresso Truffle Memento Ink, apply a text background stamp to the cardstock. I didn’t use a block or stamping tool to apply this, because I wanted imperfections and blurring. 

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Step 3:

Die cut a leaf out of white cardstock. Apply Northern Pine, Morocco, and Love Letter Memento Ink right next to each other on your craft mat and spritz the colors with water. Lay the leaf into the ink and let it sit for a bit to soak up the color. Lift the leaf out, and let it dry. Then, ink the edges with Warm Cocoa Memento Ink. 

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Step 4:

Begin trying to decide where your pieces will go. I liked the placement of the leaf here. Now I need to choose the rest of my elements. 

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Step 5:

Ink up an insect you like…I went with a cicada and used Nocturne VersaFine Clair Ink. To give the bug metallic shine, I applied New Sprout and Cottage Ivy Fireworks! Spray to the body and Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Sparkle to the wings with a brush. Let dry, then cut out. 

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Step 6:

Collages always look better with imperfections, texture, and aging. To achieve all of that on this card, I first tore the right side off of my text panel. Then, I applied Eucalyptus Walnut Ink with a brush on the tear. On my Kraft colored card base, I inked the edges with Dark Brown Shimmer Delicata Ink, directly from the pad. 

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Step 7:

Using the same rough cardstock I used for the focal panel, I die cut the word “beautiful.” Then I rubbed Rich Cocoa Memento Ink across in, allowing some of he white to still show through. 

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Step 8:

I die cut a little tag out of cream colored cardstock, and flicked on more of the Eucalyptus Walnut Ink. Then I aged the tag with Dark Brown Shimmer Delicata Ink and added a sticker. I finished the tag off with twine. Adding many elements, especially those with texture, really add to the collage style vibe. 

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Step 9:

Attach all of your elements. Use flat glue as well as dimensional adhesives, like foam squares to add more interest to the card. My cicada and tag are both popped up for dimension. The twine was left long and can move freely. 

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Art Supplies:

Imagine:

Memento Ink: Desert Sand, Espresso Truffle, Rich Cocoa, Love Letter, Morocco, Northern Pine

Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray: New Sprout, Cottage Ivy

Sheer Shimmer Spritz: Sparkle

Delicata Ink: Dark Brown Shimmer

VersaFine Clair: Nocturne

Walnut Ink: Eucalyptus

Craft Mat

 

Other:

Sizzix & Tim Holtz: Leaf Fragments, Tag Collection

Stampers Anonymous & Tim Holtz: Entomology

Pinkfresh Studio: Classic Word Dies

Canson: Mixed Media Paper XL

Brushes

Kraft & Cream Colored Cardstock

Adhesive (flat and dimensional)

 

“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

Create a Shimmery Background with Fireworks!

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By Alison Heikkila –

Hello! Fireworks! Spray from Imagine is a collection that coordinates with the Memento line of colors, but in a shimmery spray format. I love using the in ways that go well beyond just spritzing them, and today’s technique uses a brayer. The finished look has a glistening background that looks amazing when it catches the light. 

Skill Level: Intermediate
Time to Complete: 1 Hour

Directions:

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***Let me start my saying this background took a turn in the way I was planning on making it. I adore using my Gel Press Plates, but I was getting a better result with just using a brayer, so the photo above shows how I began the process, but I wound up changing my method as I went on.

Step 1:

I spritzed my 3×5 Gel Press Plate with Lady Bug, Tangelo, and Dandelion Fireworks Spray, keeping the colors separated so I would have distinct rows. I rolled the color out with my brayer. 

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Step 2:

I laid my cardstock on top of the Plate and pulled my print. It was pretty splotchy, which normally I like, but I wanted it to be more solid for this card. 

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Step 3:

I decided at this point to just spray the color directly on my Imagine Craft Mat, roll the color on to my brayer, and then take it to my cardstock. After a few layers of color, I achieved the look I was going for. Solid, shimmery color with a gradation. 

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Here is what the panel looked like after I trimmed it down. I really love the shine. 

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Step 4:

I laid my stencil on top of the dry panel and began to apply Morocco Memento ink on top. I spread the color with my sponge dauber. 

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I found it to be easier to spread the color on to the stencil itself, and then use the dauber to apply it to the cardstock. 

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Here is the completed stenciled panel. 

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Step 5:

Time to color the lion using Memento Markers. The list of colors I used is in the supply list below. Then the colored image was die cut. 

Step 6:

I inked the edges of the white card base with Sunflower Yellow Brilliance Ink. 

Step 7:

I assembled the card and stamped my sentiment with Fallen Leaves VersaFine Clair Ink. 

 

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Art Supplies:

Imagine:

Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray in Lady Bug, Tangelo, and Dandelion

Memento Ink in Morocco

Memento Markers in Rich Cocoa, Toffee Crunch, Desert Sand, Love Letter, Rhubarb Stalk, Lady Bug, Morocco, Tangelo, Potter’s Clay, Peanut Brittle, Cantaloupe, Dandelion

VersaFine Clair in Fallen Leaves

Brilliance Ink in Sunflower Yellow

Sponge Dauber

Craft Mat

On Point Glue

 

Other:

Gel Press: 3×5 Plate

Brayer

A Colorful Life Designs: Bitty Rays Stencil

Erin Lee Creative: Brave Fierce Kind Stamps

Doodles Paper Playground: Gold (and Silver) Starburst Rhinestones

Orange Ribbon

White Cardstock

 

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

Make a Congrats Card with Fireworks!

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By Alison Heikkila –

Hello! Alison Heikkila here. It’s getting close to fireworks season, and I am pretty stoked about it. My kids and I love watching fireworks, and I get so happy to see their faces light up, literally and figuratively. I decided to make a fireworks card for Imagine this month…not necessarily for a specific holiday, but as a congratulatory card instead. 

Skill Level: Beginner
Time to Complete: 30 minutes

Directions:

 

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Step 1:

Shake up your Fireworks Spray (I chose 3 colors). Choose your lightest color (Bahama Blue for me) and open the spray bottle. Dip a brush into the bottle and apply the color to watercolor paper. Cover around 1/3rd of the paper. 

*My paper was cut to 4” x 5 1/4.” 

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Step 2:

Repeat this with the other two colors. I used Danube Blue, then Paris Dusk. Try to blend the colors together where they meet. Let dry.

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Step 3:

With a Sponge Dauber, apply VersaMark Ink through the stencil. I opted to use the Dazzle version, but you can use the regular one. 

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Step 4:

After you apply each firework, sprinkle on some Mboss embossing powder and heat set. Fill the panel with embossed fireworks. 

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Step 5:

Shake up the Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Gold, open the cap, and tap on to the card panel. Let dry. 

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Here you can see how shimmery the panel is. It’s even prettier in person. 

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Step 6:

Apply VersaMark to a scrap of cardstock. Sprinkle on some Mboss embossing powder, shake off excess, and heat set.

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Step 7:

Die cut your sentiment from the embossed cardstock. I used vellum for my shadow layer. Glue together with On Point Glue. 

 

Step 8:

Adhere your sentiment and panel to a white card base. 

Step 9:

Optional: Add some sequins to the card front with On Point Glue. 

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Finished!

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine:

Fireworks! Spray in Bahama Blue, Danube Blue, and Paris Dusk

Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Gold

Mboss in Rose Gold, Silver, and Shimmering Night Sky

VersaMark Ink: Regular or Dazzle

On Point Glue

Sponge Dauber

 

Other:

Brutus Monroe: Fireworks Stencil

Doodles Paper Playground: Flags and Fireworks Sparkle Blend

White Cardstock

Watercolor Paper

Paintbrush

Vellum