Art Journaling with Inks & Creative Medium

by Lori Warren

There is something so relaxing about spending time creating and experimenting in an art journal. Art Journaling is about creating something just for you and is a great way to try out new products and techniques.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine

Creative Medium – Clear
irRESISTible Pico Embellisher – Gold, Bamboo Leaves
StazOn Pigment – Snowflake, Piano Black
Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray – Angel Pink
Sheer Shimmer Stix – Rose Gold
IrRESISTible Texture Spray – Gold, Wedding Gown
Sheer SHIMMER Craft Spray – Gold
Fabrico Dual Markers – Lemon Yellow, Lipstick Pink, Spring Green
Neon Amplify! – White
On Point Glue

Other

• TCW Stencil – Spring Medallion
• Faber Castell PITT artist pens – Warm Grey, Cold Grey I, Cold Grey VI
• DecoArt DuraClear Varnish – Matte
• Tim Holtz Idea-ology – Small Talk stickers
• Tissue paper
• Decorative Napkin

Ink Blended Love Card using VersaColor Pigment Inks

by Nicole Watt

versacolor inkblending video pink and purple inks for valentines day

Did you know that VersaColor Pigment Inks are blendable? You can create unbelievable blends with any combination of inks. To take it up a notch, do your blending over a stencil and watch the magic happen! Nicole shows you how to create the perfect pink & purple blend for a love-focused card. It’s perfect for Valentine’s Day or any day you want to share some love.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 20 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Neenah Solar White 80lb Cardstock 
  • Altenew Flowing Drops stencil 
  • Scrapbook.com XOXO stamp set

Create Easy Heat Embossed Ink Blended Backgrounds for Stunning Notecards

by Lisa Mensing

In this video, I’m heat embossing and doing a little ink blending today to create this fun take on a notecard, pun intended. I always like to keep note cards around especially this time of the year when a lot of people experience the after-holiday “blahs”.I think it’s nice to send them a little note reminding them that their not alone and I’m thinking about them. I’m going to get started by sharing a few of the products I’m using and a reference guide before I jump into making this card.

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Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30-45 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine 
Other 
  • MFT Musical Notes Background
  • White Cardstock
  • Gold Confetti Sequins
  • Gold Glitter Paper
  • Casual Fridays Heart Note Fri-Dies
  • Strathmore Laser Transculent Vellum
  • Gina K Tranquil Teal Cardstock

Inking & Masking Technique To Create A Wintery Scene

by Nadine Carlier

winter-theme-penguin-card-by-nadine-carlier-ic-web

Watch my video tutorial below to see how I used Memento Inks and a mask to create a wintery Christmas scene. Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Supplies

Imagine
Other

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See How to Make a Fall Themed Birthday Shaker Card with VersaColor Ink

by Melissa Andrew

See How to Make a Fall Themed Birthday Shaker Card with VersaColor Ink

Today, I am showing you a wonderful property of the VersaColor pigment ink! This creamy pigment ink blends so beautifully with sponge daubers. The fall colors I used today created a smooth blend that made a perfect background for a fall card. In addition, I used Fireworks spray to help tone down the background for a gorgeous shimmer frame for a shaker card.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other

Quick & Easy: 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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