Beginner Guide: Quick & Easy Stenciling Technique

by Melissa Andrew

Today, I am sharing a very simple Tuscan Sky using Memento inks and a cloud stencil. Adding different colors of ink, in a repeating pattern gives a lot of interest to your card. The technique is simple, yet the final product looks professional and gorgeous. This is also a popular trend with card makers and having a few simple tools, will allow you to join the fun as a beginning paper crafter.

Memento Inkpad Paris Dusk

Memento Inkpad Morocco

Memento Inkpad Dandelion

Memento Inkpad Danube Blue


Rainy Day – 6×6 Stencil

Cardstock

Imagine Craft Mat

Case base – white or black


Tear It Tape

Sponge Daubers

 

We will be working on a piece of cardstock cut to 4.25 x 5.5 inches, and we will call this our panel. Choose a stencil with a cloud edge. If you do not have a stencil, this is not a problem, simply cut out a piece of thick card stock with bumps like a cloud. Make sure your cut piece is several inches wider than your panel. Next, choose the Dandelion (yellow) Memento Ink and pick up a bit of color with a sponge dauber. Dab a little off onto your craft mat or a scrap piece of paper before inking your panel. Place the stencil edge near the bottom of your panel. Gently add color over the top of the stencil/or cloud cut-out onto the panel. Using a light touch, move the dauber in a circular motion over the edges of the tops of the clouds.

Repeat step one with all four colors of ink. For each layer, move or flip your stencil to get different patterns for each layer. I did two layers each of Dandelion, Morocco, and Danube Blue, and one layer of Paris Dusk at the end to represent the sky behind the clouds. Next, choose a sentiment from any clear stamp set and stamp a sentiment using the Danube Blue Memento Ink on the cloud scene panel.

Add Tear It Tape to the backside of the cloud panel and adhere to an A2 sized card base. Make sure you press the tape down firmly so it will be easier to peel the backing off the tape. It is best to use the tape on the edges of the card so the paper does not curl on the card base. Once you peel off the backing, adhere to the front of your card base. Don’t forget to check that the fold of the card base is on the left side.

At this point, the card is finished and is ready to gift! You can continue to embellish with extra details such as glitter, decorative dots, or hand-drawn elements, but it is pretty just as it is too.

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Learn 1 Minute 1 Inkpad EASY Blending with Kaleidacolor

by Jessica Lin

Learn 1 Minute 1 Inkpad EASY Blending with Kaleidacolor

Today I have a super cool technique to share with you – and the best part is, it only takes one minute and an ink pad to create! Talk about minimal supplies crafting. This easy ink blending technique uses Kaleidacolor ink pads, glossy paper, and a brayer. Try it once and you’ll see how quick and easy it is compared to traditional ink blending. If you are a stamping beginner with a small stash of ink pads or a crafter who likes quick and easy cards, this video tutorial is for you.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 minute for ink blending, 15 minutes for card assembly

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampin’ Up Rooted in Nature Clear-Mount Stamp
  • Glossy Paper
  • Brayer
  • Neenah White Cardstock
  • Stamping Tool or Acrylic Block

Learn How To Blend VersaFine Clair Inks

by Roni Johnson

Learn How To Blend VersaFine Clair Inks

Sometimes colors speak volumes and Imagine’s Color of the Month for March does so for me…Peacock Feathers. I love the rich jewel tones found in peacock feathers from the brilliant greens, lush blues to the royal purple not to mention the amazing metallic glimmer thrown in for good measure. Mother Nature is amazing, isn’t she? I tried to keep all of this in mind when creating a project to share with you. I decided to use one of my favorite techniques, color blending paired with the lovely VersaFine Clair inks, I think I came pretty darn close. I hope you enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 45 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Mask off the area that you would like to color. I have used JudiKins Eclipse Masking Tape but you could just as easily use scrap paper secured with washi tape or something similar. I wanted the colors to be bold like a peacock so I chose to work with a 2” wide area to ink.


Step 2

Begin applying the ink to the paper using a Sponge Dauber. I like to work from lightest to darkest but that’s up to your personal preference. In this instance, I began with VersaFine Clair in Verdant (bright spring green).


Step 3

VersaFine Clair in Shady Lane (darker green) is the next color in the lineup. Apply the ink beside the previous color, save the overlapping and blending till the end.


Step 4

VersaFine Clair in Paradise (cyan blue) is applied next.


Step 5

VersaFine Clair in Blue Belle (darker blue) is the 4th color added.


Step 6

VersaFine Clair in Fantasia (darker purple) is the 5th and final color added to the peacock feather stripe.


Step 7

It is time to go back and blend the colors together. To do so, look at your colors in pairs; use the lighter of the two colors to blend them both together. In this case, I am using the Blue Belle Sponge Dauber to blend Fantasia and Blue Belle together.


Step 8

Once you are satisfied with the blending, remove the masking tape (scrap paper).


Step 9

Spray the card panel with Sheer Shimmer Spray in Sparkle and let it dry completely.


Step 10

Sprinkle a few drops of All-Purpose Ink in Vegas Gold on the Craft Mat; add a couple drops of Ink Potion No. 9 (or water) to the ink and mix. Use a paintbrush, toothbrush or another tool to flick the ink over the card panel.


Step 11

Stamp a sentiment such as “hello” and a peacock feather image using VersaFine Clair Nocturne inkpad. Mat the Peacock Feather panel with Violet and Sapphire Starstruck Rinea Foiled Paper; affix to a white card base.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • JudiKins Eclipse Masking Tape
  • Just For Fun Rubber Stamps – Peacock Feather
  • Paper Smooches – “Hello” sentiment
  • Rinea Foiled Paper – Violet Starstruck, Sapphire Starstruck
  • Silicone Baster
  • White Card Base

Make a Peacock Feather Design with All-Purpose Inks

by Jowilna Nolte

Make a Peacock Feather Design with All-Purpose Inks

The month of March celebrates the beautiful color in Peacock Feathers and with so many ink choices in just the perfect colors, it was hard to choose what to create. But in the end, my love for watercolors and the stunning effects won and I created this art journal page using All-Purpose Inks.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Color a sheet of watercolor paper. Paint a layer of water on top and then drop All-Purpose Ink onto the paper to let it mix and flow. Mist with more water to activate and promote flow. Leave to dry.


Step 2

Die-cut a peacock feather using a Silhouette machine. Paint with a layer of gesso and then add color using peacock color shades of All-Purpose Inks and a paint brush.


Step 3

Once the feather is dry, use On Point Glue to adhere the feather to the watercolor paper piece.


Step 4

To add shading and interest, add some grey and brown ink to your craft mat and mist with water, then paint in shadows. Use a graphite pencil for shading even more and adding details.


Step 5

Add some additional stamping and a quote as desired. Then adhere the page into your art journal or frame it as a home decor piece.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Silhouette die machine
  • Peacock Feather metal die
  • Smooth white cardstock
  • Graphite pencil
  • Watercolor paper

See How Memento Dye Inks Create a Beautiful Blended Background

by Arjita Sepaha Singh

See How Memento Dye Inks Create a Beautiful Blended Background

For my card today I wanted to create a dreamy background and for that, I used a few Memento Inks and a Jumbo Dauber to add a well-blended background. Next, I added a few spatters of Sheer Shimmer on the card to add the beautiful shine. I stamped the critters using Nocturne VersaFine Clair ink and quickly colored them with few Memento Markers and water. I fussy cut the images and adhered it on the inked card panel. I finished the card with a sentiment in black.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30-40 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Acrylic Stamp
  • Card Stock – White
  • Scissors
  • Waterbrush

Learn How to Blend Ink using Shimmer Stix

by Roni Johnson

Learn How to Blend Ink using Shimmer Stix

New products are always fun but they are even MORE fun when it sparkles which is exactly what Shimmer Stix has in spades. It’s the same beautiful Shimmer Spritz Spray in a fun new package. AND this card is doing double duty by picking up on the Color of the Month – Living Coral but with a twist, it is a combination of 2 Radiant Neon colors blended together to make one with the help of Shimmer Stix.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Cut a piece of white cardstock to 3.75 x 5 inches. Rub Radiant Neon Electric Coral on the upper portion of the card panel. Rub Electric Orange Radiant Neon Ink directly over the Electric Coral. Rub Electric Orange Radiant Neon Ink directly over the Electric Coral.


Step 2

Use the Shimmer Stix to blend and drag the inks together down the length of the panel.


Step 3

This blends the ink and colors the panel with shimmer at the same time. It’s hard to show the truly beautiful shimmer you get from the Shimmer Stix but this photo captures a bit of that shimmer and sparkle.


Step 4

Cut a cover-up using the Gina Marie Flower Burst Trio Cover Plate on white cardstock. Mount the cover up onto the Shimmer Blended card panel and affix to a black card base.


Step 5

Cut three “Sparkle” sentiments, one from blue cardstock and two from black cardstock.


Step 6

Use On Point Glue to glue the layers together with the blue on top. Apply a layer of Shimmer irRESISTible Pico Embellisher to the sentiment and let dry. Add a dot of Electric Blue irRESISTible Pico Embellisher to the center of each flower. Adhere the sentiment to the card using On Point Glue. Just look at that beautifully blended shimmer!!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Gina Marie – Flower Burst Trio Cover Plate
  • Queen and Co – Sparkle Sentiment Die-cut
  • Cardstock – White, Black, Blue