Let’s Get Inky! Mother’s Day Card Featuring Different Inking Techniques

By LV Handcrafted

Skill: Advance

Time: 25 minutes

Hello friends! This is Linh (or LV Handcrafted on all the socials). Do you feel like doing something a little abstract?  Try these techniques out for creating some fun backgrounds you can use as panels or die cut out of like I’ve done here.  In my video, I’ll show you 3 techniques for using Imagine inks to turn plain ol’ white cardstock into beautiful, abstract papers. All the techniques are super easy but I’ll list them below in order of what I think is simplest to the most elaborate.

Technique #1 – Swipe your Memento Dew Drop ink pad directly onto your white cardstock. you can create a solid block of color or use a lighter touch to create a more stripy, imperfect effect. Instantly, you’ll have a panel of color cardstock! The benefit to making your own cardstock this way is if you use that ink pad to stamp with, you now have paper that perfectly coordinates with it. 

[Note: I used this technique for the flowers — stems and flower blooms]

Technique #2 – Smear some ink onto a piece of acetate or clear plastic packaging. Spritz with water — more water will dilute the color more, less water will keep the colors strong and vibrant. Smoosh the watered down ink onto a white cardstock panel. Repeat with a single or multiple colors until you have the desired effect.  Tip – if you are using plain cardstock and not watercolor paper, the more water you use, the more your paper will warp.  Try less water or put your panel under a stack of books to flatten it out. 

[Note: I used this technique for the inner heart die cut behind the bouquet of flowers.]

Technique #3 – Start with Technique #1 to lay down a solid block of color. Then, using a Brilliance Dew Drop in Pearlescent finish, make random swipes, swirls, streaks, etc. across your panel.  Brilliance ink is a pigment ink, so it will take a little bit of time to dry, but you can also take a heat gun to the panel or cover with clear Mboss powder and melt it for a lovely shine.  The result is a panel that has some lovely streaks of pearlescent shine.

[Note: I used this technique on the flower blooms to give them an abstract look. I also die cut the word “Mom” and the heart from this panel too.]

Supplies Used


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Let’s Make a Quick and Easy Love Card

By Kathi Rerek

Greetings! Its Kathi here to show you how to create an elegant CAS Love card using two colors of Delicata Shimmer ink, a stencil, and two stamps!

Skill: Beginner

Time: 30 minutes

Step 1:

Cut a piece of Mixed Media paper to 5.75” square. Use an Ink Sweeper to apply Pink Delicata Ink to the entire paper panel. I heat set to expedite drying process but you can let it dry naturally.

Step 2:

Tape the inked paper panel to the back of the Floral Wreath stencil. Use a Sponge Dauber to apply Golden Glitz Delicata Ink over the stencil onto the ink panel. 

Remove the stencil and heat set to dry.

Step 3:

Use Golden Glitz Delicata Ink and a stamping platform to stamp the heart and love within the stenciled Floral Wreath on the image panel. Heat set to dry.

Step 4:

Use a Sponge Dauber to roughly edge the image panel with Golden Glitz Delicata Ink. . Heat set to dry.

Step 5:

Cut a piece of 12” x 12” white cardstock in half. Score at 6” to form a 6” square card.

Place a piece of scrap paper inside the card. 

Use a Sponge Dauber to apply Golden Glitz Delicata to the periphery of the front.

Heat Set to dry.

Step 6: 

Use Tear It! Tape to adhere to the golden sponged 6” square card.

Art Supplies: 



  • Mixed Media Paper by Strathmore
  • Avalanche Cardstock by Bazzill Basics
  • Floral Wreath Stencil by Joggles
  • Dreams Come True Cling Stamp Set by Stamperia
  • Heat Gun
  • Stamping Platform by Tonic 

Gold-Embossed Ombre Effect Congrats Card

By LVHandcrafted

Hello friends! This is Linh (or LV Handcrafted on all the socials). This is a fun way to create your own heat embossed ombre effect. I used Delicata ink, which is a pigment ink and remains sticky for period of time to swipe across a white cardstock panel. I made a very solid swatch of ink. Before the ink dried, I covered one end (the bottom) with Mboss powder in gold. I aimed for about 25% of the way up with solid coverage. Then I tipped the panel so the letter “C” is at the bottom and the letter “S” is at the top. Then spooned more Mboss powder from one and and further tipped the panel so it runs down the panel to create that graduated, ombre effect. 

When I make panels like this, I really want the panel and the effect to shine, so I like to keep the rest of the card really simple. These word dies are wonderful because they are so big, they nearly take up the entire card. And with a panel this beautiful, I save everything and made a second card using the negative effect of the word die. 

NOTE: In the video, you will actually see me create a smaller panel that I decided against using. I used a Sakura glue pen to draw a design over the Delicata-inked panel and then poured Mboss powder over it. The glue pen lets you draw or write anything you want and have that lovely embossed effect.

Skill: Intermediate

Time: 15 minutes

Supplies Used


• Mboss Powder in Gold

• Delicata Ink in Pink Shimmer

• On Point Glue

Other Products Used

• Spellbinders Congrats Die

• Hammermill 100lb white card stock (card base)

Monoprinting with VersaFine Clair

By Alison Heikkila

Hello!  @AlisonHeikkila  here and today and we’ll be focusing on a couple of fun ways to use VersaFine Clair Inks. I love experimenting with different ways to use inks, so I decided to play on my Gel Press Plate and use a detailed 3D Embossing Folder. VersaFine Clair Inks are also great with layering stamps because you can get such crisp images. 

Skill: Beginner-Intermediate

Time to Complete: 30 minutes

Supplies Used:


• VersaFine Clair Ink: Charming Pink

• VersaFine Clair Ink: Warm Breeze 

• VersaFine Clair Ink: Fantasia 

• VersaFine Clair Ink: Medieval Blue

• Memento Ink: Summer Sky

• On Point Glue


• Gel Press: 6×6 Plate

• Speedball: 6″ Brayer

• Sizzix/Tim Holtz: Kaleidoscope 3D Embossing Folder

• Altenew: Fancy Star Builder Stamps

• MISTI Stamping Tool

• Recollections: Holographic and White Cardstock

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Learn to Make a Textured Spring Card

By Martha Lucia Gomez

Hello there! Today’s tutorial is about texture with Fireworks and Embossing Powder! Do you know that you can create a splattered effect with the embossing powder? Let me share the project with you.  

Skill: Beginning

Time: 60 minutes


Step 1:

Take a selection of Fireworks! colors of your preference to create the first part of the splatter effect. First, spray a single color over your craft mat. Grab a piece of white smooth cardstock or any type of cardstock and press softly over the mat. Let the paper dry naturally or speed the process with the heat tool if you don’t want to wait a few minutes.

Repeat the above process with all the colors that you wanted to use on your background. In my sample, I used Potter’s Clay, Paris Dusk and Bamboo Leaves.

Step 2:

While the background is in drying process, you can work on the card base. Select a color of VersaFine Clair that coordinates with your background. Stamp lineal images over it. If you want, you can emboss it with clear embossing powder. In my sample, I used VersaFine Clair Shady Lane and don’t emboss de leaves.

Step 3:

In a separate piece of White Smooth Cardstock, I stamped a floral image with VersaFine Clair Glamorous and then covered it with Clear Embossing Powder. Additionally, with a tiny spoon or spatula, I sprinkle Gold Embossing Powder over the flowers and leaves, trying to keep the powder inside of the lines.

Step 4:

With a paint brush, I removed the excess of the powder around the borders of the flower and then, melted the powder with the heat tool.

As you may have noticed, to create the splattered effect, I didn’t use ink, just the powder.

Step 5:

To continue with the process, I resized the background layer in angle. Then, I die cut the floral image with a coordinated die. Additionally, I pasted all the pieces over the card base using crafty foam tape to add more

dimension to the card.   

Step 6:

As final touch, stamp a sentiment in a different color and paste over the decorated card with crafty foam.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget that you can use different types of ink and embossing powders to create your own look!

Art Supplies:



  • Stamping Tool
  • Crafty Foam Tape.

Happy Easter, a Turnabout Stamping Project

By LeeAnn McKinney

Hi there friends and fellow crafters. LeeAnn here with a fun Turnabout Stamping Project anyone can do. This is for all levels. With this stamp set you will start with a single piece of cardstock cut to 6″ x 6″ set up your stamp, ink up the full stamp in one color, turn your paper 1 turn to the right or left, and then ink in 2nd color, turn 1 turn again same direction as before and ink in next color, then one final turn in same direction, ink up again. Once dry cut panel to 4″ x 5.25″, apply to a card base that is 4.25 x 5.5″, I prefer top folding for this. Add your sentiment, some jewels and your project is complete. 

Skill level: Beginner, Intermediate

Time: 30 minutes

Supplies Used:


• On Point Glue

• Tear It! Tape

• VersaFine Clair Ink Pad Charming Pink

• VersaFine Clair Ink Pad Cheerful

• VersaFine Clair Ink Pad Warm Breeze

• VersaFine Clair Ink Pad Purple Delight

• StazOn Stamp Cleaner

Other Supplies Used

• Accent Opaque 120lb Cardstock 

• Concord and 9th  Flower Garden Turnabout Stamp  Set

• Happy Easter With Shadow