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

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

Make a Super Fun Birthday Party Banner

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By Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Cut some V-shape fabric pieces and decorate with large dots using MEMENTO inks and Imagine’s Jumbo Daubers. Use the Tear It! Tape to set everything in place and small round pieces of SHEET metal to add some shine and embellish this party banner.

 

Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 Hour

 

Directions:

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Step 1

Lay the piece of fabric and mark two lines with 8″ apart of them. Mark the top every 6″. Leave 3″ from the same start point to the bottom line and mark again every 6″ and this will be the pointed edge of your flag. Mark the side lines in V shape and cut the flags.

 

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Step 2

Use the Jumbo Daubers and the MEMENTO ink pads, Pear Tart, Summer Sky and Lilac Posies to make large spots just by long pressing the Jumbo Daubers on the fabric.

 

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Step 3

Use stamps and the VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne ink pad to randomly place sentiments on the fabric.

 

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Step 4

Cut 3×1.5in pieces of the card stock to create tags, stamp with the happy birthday stamp and the VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne ink pad and distress the edges with the MEMENTO ink pads.

 

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Step 5

Place Tear It! Tape on the back of the tags and place them on the flags.

 

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Step 6

Add Tear It! Tape to the top edge of the back side of the flag and fold to the size of it.

 

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Step 7

Open holes to the flags, tie a 7″ long piece of jute cord to connect the flags and add ribbons and round SHEET metal pieces in the middle of each cord.

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine

SHEET metal – 1 inch

MEMENTO ink pads – Pear Tart, Summer Sky and Lilac Posies

VersaFine CLAIR – Nocturne

Jumbo Daubers

Tear It! Tape

 

Other

Card stock in natural color

Cotton fabric / canvas

Ribbons

Jute cord

Celebrations stamps

Ruler

Scissors

Round hole punch (optional)

Corner punch (optional)

 

Learn How to Make a Textured Metallic Wedding Card

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By Neva Cole 

In today’s card making tutorial, I will show you how to make a Textured Metallic Wedding Card using VersaMark, Delicata, and Embossing Powder.  This is a stunning card to make for a bride and groom as they celebrate their wedding day.

Skill:  Intermediate

Time:  2 hours

Directions:

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Step 1

This technique involves inking the FLAT side of an embossing folder for either 2-D or 3-D folder.  This folder is 3-D with both indentations and slight protrusions.  Ink the folder well using a brayer and VersaMark ink.  Place white cardstock in folder and pressure emboss.

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Step 2

Sprinkle liberally with Black Embossing Powder and heat the card from below with a heat embossing gun.  Allow cardstock to cool.

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Step 3

Lightly rub Delicata Golden Glitz over the surface of the cardstock.  The high areas will pick up the ink.  This creates a great three dimension look of black, white, and gold.  Trim the finished panel to 4” x 5 ½”.

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Step 4

Stamp “Mr.” & “Mrs.” in Delicata Golden Glitz and heat emboss with Iridescent Embossing Powder.  Fussy cut the banners with scissors

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Step 5

Die cut four “Congratulations” die cuts from white cardstock with Spellbinders Phrase Set One.  Use an ink dauber to color the top die cut then heat emboss with Iridescent Embossing Powder.  Use very small dots of On Point glue around the letters of the die cut to glue the layers together.

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Step 6

Trim a strip of black cardstock to 7/8″ x 4″.  Stamp with a background stars stamp in Delicata Silvery Shimmer and heat emboss with Silver Embossing Powder.  Once cool add shine with Sheer Shimmer Stix in Sparkle.

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Step 7

Trim cardstock to 4 1/2″ x 11″ and fold in half for a top fold card.  Using and ink dauber add Delicata Golden Glitz ink around the outer 1/4″ of the card base.

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Step 8

Stamp the sentiment inside the card with Delicata Black Shimmer and heat emboss with Iridescent Embossing Powder.

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Step 9

Adhere card layers together with TearIt Tape, and adhere die cut with On Point Glue.  The small little dot (tittle) of the letter “i” is replaced with a small gold adhesive rhinestone.  The original tittle was too small to layer together.

Art Supplies

Imagine

• VersaMark

• Embossing Powder – Black, Iridescent, Silver

• Delicata – Golden Glitz, Silvery Shimmer, Black Shimmer

• Sheer Shimmer Stix -Sparkle

• On Point Glue

• Sponge Daubers

• Tear-It! Tape

Other

• Sizzix- 3-D Textured Impressions by Georgia Evans Star Fall

• Hampton Art-Bride and Groom Stamp Set

• Spellbinders-Phrase Set One-Congratulations

• Neato Stuff-Background cube stamp stars

• Brayer

• Scissors

• Gold adhesive rhinestone

Make a Star-Spangled Independence Day Card

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By Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Celebrate Independence Day with an easy to make Kraft paper card, using Walnut Inks and adding some shimmer with Delicata inks.

 

Skill: Beginner

Time: 30 Minutes

 

Directions:

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Step 1

Damp the Jumbo Daubers with the Walnut Inks and press them to the edges of a 4×6 inch white card stock to create a thick line.

 

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Step 2

Use a large Stipple Brush to add strike shimmering color from the Delicata ink pads, Sapphire Blue and Ruby Red on the above lines.

 

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Step 3

Cut a star from a piece of Kraft card stock and stamp stars with the VersaColor White ink pad.

 

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Step 4

Cut 5 inch long pieces of the gingham ribbons and add Tear It! Tape.

 

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Step 5

Place the ribbons to form an X shape and stamp upon them with the VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne ink pad and the Sunshine stamp.

 

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Step 6

Stamp the “CELEBRATE” sentiment with the VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne, cut around and place it on a bit larger Kraft color paper cutting.

 

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Step 7

Set the sentiment with Tear It! Tape and then on a card base.

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine

Walnut Ink – Cherry Blossom, Cornflower

VersaColor – White

VersaFine CLAIR – Nocturne

Delicata – Sapphire Blue, Ruby Red

Stipple Brush

Jumbo Daubers

Tear It! Tape

 

Other

Card stock

Gingham ribbon – blue, red

Darkroom door stamp – Sunshine

Star stamp

Celebrate stamp

Make a Key Holder with Metal Dog Tags

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By Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Use two SHEETmetal dog tags to easily make a key holder that is colored with StazOn inks. Attach metallic gears and charms on the tags using Goosebumps texture spray that works as a glazing medium too.

 

Skill: Beginner

Time: 30 Minutes plus drying time

 

Directions:

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Step 1

Place Tear It! Tape on one of the two SHEET Metal tags and glue together.

 

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Step 2

Remove the protective film and with the help of the sponge daubers color the surface using the StazOn Ultramarine, Timber brown and Black cherry ink pads.

 

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Step 3

Let it dry for a few seconds and secure the colors with a layer of GlazOn using an InkBlusher.

 

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Step 4

Deep a wooden stick in the bottle of the GooseBumps and place a thick layer of the medium on the tag. Place the charms and let it dry.

 

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Step 5

Color further the metallic charms with the StazOn ink pads and again secure with the GlazOn.

 

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Step 6

Add a chain or a key holder lobster and a ring.

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine

SHEET Metal – Dog Tags

StazOn – Ultramarine, Timber brown, Black cherry

GooseBumps Dauber Top Bottle – Original

GlazOn – Clear

InkBlushers

Sponge Daubers

Tear It! Tape

 

Other

Metallic gears and charms

Ring and lobster lock for key holder