How to Create a Fun and Colorful Birthday Card

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By Jowilna Nolte 

When I think of all my favorite inks I think of how well they can work together. There’s no better way to create interest than combining different types of inks together for some stunning effects and making easy striking cards.

For this card I simply used a single ink splat stamp and combined it with my favorite inks for a stunning end result.

Skill Level: Beginner

Time: 20 minutes

Directions:

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Step 1

Combine VersaFine Clair and Memento Luxe inks in the same color to stamp layers. For my first color I combined the yellow inks – first stamping Golden Meadow VersaFine Clair and then on top I stamped Dandelion Memento Luxe.

All my stamping was done in a bit of a diagonal line.

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Step 2

Repeat the process using Verdant VersaFine Clair and Pistachio Memento Luxe.

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Step 3

Repeat the stamping using Warm Breeze VersaFine Clair and Teal Zeal Memento Luxe.

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Step 4

Lastly combine the red by first stamping Glamorous VersaFine Clair and then finish off with Love Letter Memento Luxe ink.

Step 5

Trim your stamped panel to fit into a folded card base. Cut a vinyl holographic sentiment and adhere to your card. I off-set mine with a white die-cut piece for a shadow effect and dimension. Finish off with some diamante.

Art Supplies

Imagine

VersaFine Clair Full-size Inkpad Warm Breeze
VersaFine Clair Full-size Inkpad Golden Meadow
VersaFine Clair Full-size Inkpad Verdant
VersaFine Clair Full-size Inkpad Glamorous
VersaFine Clair Nocturne
Memento Luxe full-size inkpad Pistachio
Memento Luxe full-size inkpad Dandelion
Memento Luxe full-size inkpad Teal Zeal
Memento Luxe full-size inkpad Love Letter
Tear it! Tape
On Point glue

Other

White cardstock
Diamante
Die-cut: Cricut Maker
Holographic vinyl: Cricut

How to Make a Pastel Birthday Card Using VersaMagic Ink Pads

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By Jessica Lin

Hi everyone, it’s Jessica here and welcome back to another card tutorial. Today’s card is the kind that I create the most: birthday cards! I chose a soft color palette for this set of cards, and the VersaMagic inks are perfect for the pastel colors. I also watercolored with my ZIG Clean Color Real Brush pens and shared a technique about using ribbons to embellish your projects. I hope you’ll enjoy today’s tutorial! 

Skill: Intermediate

Directions:

Supplies Used

Imagine:
Other products:

• Stampin’ Up – Letters for You, Number of Years, Cake Soiree, Garden Trellis
• Embossing Folder, Ribbon, Designer Series Paper
• Kuretake ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens – No. 028, No. 220, No. 230, No. 071, No. 803, No. 083, No. 049, No. 042, No. 051, No. 041, No. 045
• Heat Tool
• Foam Sheet
• Cardstock – Neenah Solar White

 

 

Make a Sparkling Summer Birthday Card

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By Jowilna Nolte 

Summer means outdoor celebrations and color – and that means loads of fun right?
Make every celebration special by adding loads of fun and bright colors to birthday cards.
Take a look at this easy and fun way I use color and shimmer on this card.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Time: 30 minutes

Directions:

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Step 1

On smooth white cardstock add some stenciled details. I used Creative Medium and mixed some Red Brilliance Inker into the medium before applying it through a stencil using my palette knife.
Leave the stenciling to dry.

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Step 2

Once the stenciled detail is dry, add some color using Memento and VersaMagic Dew Drop ink pads.
Apply the ink, once color at a time to a plastic packet and mist with water. Then stamp the color onto your background by flipping the packet over and pressing lightly.
Add more colors and then leave to dry.

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Step 3

Stamp your image using VersaFine Clair Nocturne onto smooth white cardstock.

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Step 4

Use your Memento Markers to add color to your stamped image. I used colors to match my background.

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Step 5

After coloring the image, add a layer of embossing in Sparkle Mboss powder. Ink the image with VersaMark and sprinkle with powder.
Shake off the excess and then use a heat gun to melt the powder. This gives the image a bright and fun shimmering finish.

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Step 6

Use your Tear-It! tape to adhere the background strip to your folded card. Stamp a birthday sentiment below the strip using VersaFine Clair Nocturne.
Adhere the embossed image using foam tape for some dimension and  finish off by adhering diamante using On Point Glue.

Art Supplies

Imagine

Craft Mat
Tear It! Tape
On Point Glue
Palette Knife 
VersaFine Clair Nocturne
VersaMark Ink Pad
Mboss Embossing Powder – Sparkle
VersaMagic Turquoise Gem Dew Drop
Memento Rose Bud Dew Drop
Memento Tangelo Dew Drop
Memento Markers Assorted Colors

Other

Smooth White Cardstock: Technic
Stamps: Art by Marlene, Joy Clair
Diamante
Stencil: Jowilna Nolte
Foam Tape

Sparkle And Shine With This Jellyfish Theme Birthday Card

by Jowilna Nolte

Sparkle And Shine With This Jellyfish Theme Birthday Card

Thinking back when I did my first heat embossing, it was pure magic. That feeling of amazement and wonder hasn’t left but has been ignited once again with the amazing Mboss from Imagine. The new embossing colors are simply amazing and really are over the top beautiful! You have to get some for your stash to experience true magic! Take a look at how I used mine for a fun color-blocked effect.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Tape off areas using washi tape on a white cardstock panel.


Step 2

Use your VersaMark inkpad and ink the taped off sections only by tapping the ink pad onto the cardstock.


Step 3

Use the Mboss packet and sprinkle the powder over the inked areas. Peel off the washi tape and then heat set the Embossing Powder using a heat gun.


Step 4

Use StazOn Pigment Piano Black and stamp Happy Birthday sentiment onto a blank area of the embossed panel.


Step 5

Stamp elements onto white cardstock and cut out. Add a little color using Memento Markers.


Step 6

Adhere the stamped elements onto the embossed panel with On Point Glue. Add diamanté and finishing touches.

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • White cardstock
  • Washi tape
  • Joy Clair stamps
  • Diamanté and/or sequins

See How To Make A Birthday Card With A Dynamic Look

by Elina Stromberg

See How To Make A Birthday Card With A Dynamic Look

This card project is a playful combination of two very different design elements; a simple white graphical front and a rich bright colorful background. This design idea can be used for various card projects of different sizes and shapes; this background looks as great on a large square card as on a small ATC. For the background use your favorite colors and color combinations and add additional layers with stamps and stencils. The graphical white card front will calm down even the busiest color burst background making the result look elegant and beautiful.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 2 hours + drying time

Direction


Step 1

Trim a panel from white cardstock. The size should be slightly smaller than your card base (approx. 0.25 inch smaller on all edges). Place the panel on your craft mat, backside up. Using a pencil and a ruler trace a border around the edges. Trace a few straight lines across the panel, letting the lines cross. Decide on the placement of the solid front label that will be the base for the stamped sentiment. Mark the label area clearly so that it will be left uncut.

Step 2

Place the front panel on a cutting mat. Using a craft knife and a ruler cut out the areas inside the crossing lines. Leave a thin border on both sides of the lines. Do not cut into the solid label area.


Step 3

Mist a piece of white heavy watercolor paper with water. Use your craft mat as a palette: Remove the nozzle from the Fireworks mist, pour a drop of color on the craft mat and apply color on the paper using a brush. Add drops of another matching color either with a brush or with the nozzle. Mix colors using both water and a brush, let dry before adding more layers of color.

Step 4

When finished with painting splash the paper with clear water. Let water react with the colors for a few seconds and lift off excess by pressing the paper with a paper towel. Let dry completely and trim to size of your white card front.

Step  5

Using one or two ink colors stamp the sentiment text on the card front.

Step 6

Assemble the card by first gluing the white card front on the colorful background and then attaching the entire front panel on the card base.


Extra Tip:

When coloring a card background I often use a paper slightly larger than my finished project. After trimming the panel to the final size I keep the colorful leftover pieces and use them for decorating the inside of the card. This way I’m continuing the same color and/or pattern theme on the inside of the card!

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • White cardstock
  • White heavy watercolor paper
  • Solid color card base
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Watercolor brush
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Paper trimmer
  • Glue
  • Double-sided tape
  • Ali Edwards – ‘Hello Birthday’ Stamp

Use a Beautiful Coral Color on These Cute Panda Birthday Cards

by Elina Stromberg

Use a Beautiful Coral Color on These Cute Panda Birthday Cards

Since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute declares a particular color “Color of the Year”. It is chosen in a secret meeting of representatives from various nations’ color standards groups, and the result of the meeting is communicated in Pantone View, which fashion designers and other consumer-oriented companies purchase and use as guidance for their future product designs.

This year the Pantone Color of the Year is “Living Coral”. It is described as “an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge”. Lovely! To celebrate this newly released Color of the Year “Living Coral” is also the color of the month for Imagine AIR’s. I must admit that coral is very rarely seen on my crafting projects, but I was quite surprised how yummy this rich red color looked on my card creation. Especially when contrasted with simple light grey hues!

Skill: Beginner/Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Layer two stencils on the card background: Place the patterned stencil on the background paper and a circle stencil on top. Secure on your crafting mat with masking tape. Apply ‘Electric Coral’ Radiant Neon ink through the stencil with a sponge dauber. Remove both stencils.


Step 2

Place the inked background paper on a sheet of printing paper. Pour clear embossing powder over the stenciled and inked area. Pour any extra embossing powder onto the printing paper and funnel the extra powder back into its container. Heat the embossing powder with a heating tool until completely melted. Trim the decorated paper to size and mat on a piece of coral colored cardstock.


Step 3

Stamp the panda image and sentiment text with black ink on white paper. Cut out and glue on the card front. Attach card on white card base using double-sided tape. When the card was finished the stencil still had still coral ink on it, so I decided to use it for another fun card background: I misted the inked part of the stencil gently with water, placed it upside down on a piece of grey patterned paper, and transferred the ink on the paper by rolling the stencil background with a brayer.


Step 4

Then I removed the stencil, let the ink dry, and dabbed a thin layer of coral ink on the pattern. Then I repeated the mounting on coral cardstock and used a different panda image for this card. I think this reverse version of the stencil pattern looks very nice, too!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Light grey patterned paper
  • Coral cardstock
  • White paper
  • White card base
  • Heat gun
  • Brayer
  • Water mister
  • Stamps: Stampin’Up: Party Pandas
  • Stencils: Circle stencil
  • TCW: Botanical Garden (6”x6”)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Double-sided tape