How to Make a Simple Yet Beautiful “Thanks” Card

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By Annie Collins

– Hello Crafty Friends – Annie here with a simple thanks card perfect for the Thanksgiving holiday or for any occasion.

Directions:

Art Supplies:

Imagine

• Kaleidacolor Ink: Vineyard

• VersaMagic Inks:
Thatched Straw, Persimmon, Pretty Petunia, Perfect Plumeria, Aegean Blue & Hint of Pesto

• Tear It! Tape

• Sheer Shimmer Craft Spray: Gold

• On Point Glue

Other:

• Stampendous Stamp: Shapely Vase
• Maker’s Movement Thanks Die
• Gel Press 6×6
• Accent 80# Ultra Smooth Cardstock: Opaque White
• Recollections Brand Cardstock: 110# White, 65# Cream and 80# Dark Green
• Recollections Brand Rhinestones: Gold and Violet

Create a Clean and Simple Fall Layered Card

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By Neva Cole –

In today’s tutorial, I will demonstrate how to use both VersaMark and Kaleidacolor ink to create a layered background for a clean and simple design fall card. VersaMark is a beautiful watermark ink especially on dark cardstock.

Skill:  Beginner

Time:  30 Minutes

Directions:

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Step 1

Trim a cream cardstock base to 8.5” x 5.5”, score and fold in half.  Trim a dark brown cardstock to 4.25” x 5.5”.

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Step 2

Use a stamp platform and stamp the leaf images in VersaMark Dazzle Champagneon the dark brown cardstock.  Any VersaMark ink will work, but there is a bit of Champagne shimmer with the Dazzle ink.  With the stamps in the same position on the stamp platform, stamp in Kaleidacolor Cappuccino Delight.  The Oak leaf is stamped on the darker brown end and the maple leaf is stamped on the lighter orange end of the Kaleidacolor Cappuccino Delight pad.

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Step 3

Continue stamping the base cardstock and dark brown cardstock.  Clean stamps between the Kaleidacolor ink and VersaMark ink.  It is not necessary to clean after the VersaMark ink as it will not affect the color of the Kaleidacolor ink.

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Step 4

Trim 0.5” from each edge of the brown cardstock.

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Step 5

Stamp the leaves in Kaleidacolor Cappuccino Delight.  The sentiment is stamped in the darkest color of the ink pad.  (I choose and another sentiment for the finished card.)  Die cut the leaves and the sentiment.  Edge the banner sentiment with a Brush Tip Fanstix using the orange from the Kaleidacolor Cappuccino Delight.

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Step 6

Line up the dark brown cardstock with the base layer.  Adhere with Tear It! Tape.  Adhere the oak leaves with Tear It! Tape and the maple leaf and sentiment with dimensional foam adhesive.

Art Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Technique Tuesday I Give Thanks Stamp and Die
  • Lawn Cuts Everyday Sentiments Banners

Make a Quick Batch of Halloween Cards with a Few Fun Techniques

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By Neva Cole –

In today’s tutorial I will show you how to put together a quick set of Halloween cards ready to send out.  Ink resist and coloring with Fantastix and Kaleidacolor pads makes for quick images to place on a card.  The background is another Kaleidacolor brayered onto glossy cardstock.

Skill:  Intermediate

Time:  1.5 hours

Directions:

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Step 1

Stamp pumpkin images in VersaFine Clair three times each on white cardstock. VersaFine Clair is a perfect ink for this technique as there is no smear when coloring over with other dye based inks.

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Step 2

Stamp pumpkin carving in Radiant Neon Electric Yellow and heat emboss with Iridescent Embossing Powder.

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Step 3

Fussy cut or die cut pumpkins.  Use a Fantastix brush tip to color pumpkins using ink from Kaleidacolor Desert Heat and Cappuccino Delight.  The spectrum of colors allows a quick selection to shade different areas of the pumpkins.  Use a paper towel or soft cloth and remove ink from the embossed area so the images pop.

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Step 4

Stamp sentiment on glossy cardstock in Radiant Neon Electric Yellow and heat emboss with Iridescent Embossing Powder.

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Step 5

Use a soft rubber brayer to ink cardstock with Kaleidacolor in Vineyard.  Remove ink from the embossed area with a paper towel or soft cloth.

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Step 6

Die cut 4 bats from black cardstock. Use Radiant Neon Amplify! in white to add big white eyes. The Amplify! was not heated.

Step 6

Die cut four fence die cuts from black cardstock.  (Not shown.)

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Step 8

Adhere background to A2 grey card base with Tear It! Tape. Adhere the fence and bat die cuts with On Point Glue.  Adhere center pumpkin with Tear It! Tape.  Adhere side pumpkins with dimensional foam adhesive.

Art Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Joy Clair Trick or Treat Stamps
  • Heidi Grace Designs Halloween Stamps
  • Echo Park Going Batty Die
  • Heartfelt Creations Lattice Flourish Gateway Die
  • Rubber Brayer
  • Dimensional Foam Adhesive
  • Brother Scan-N-Cut

Learn How to Make a Fall Thank You Card

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By Neva Cole –

In today’s card making tutorial, I will show you how to create a Fall themed “Thanks” card using three different inks. The Autumn colors are vibrant and blend well with kraft card stock and burlap ribbon.  I hope this card inspires you to think of all things pumpkin spice and apple cider as we head into fall!

Skill:  Intermediate

Time:  1.5 hours

Directions:

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Step 1

Spritz white cardstock with Fireworks! Lady Bug, Tangelo, and Dandelion.  I like to start with the darkest color first working to the lighter color to fill in the last areas of white.  Set aside to dry.

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Step 2

Use Memento Peanut Brittle and Rich Cocoa ink pads and press directly on the cardstock. This creates a splotchy look.

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Step 3

Die cut the Fireworks! colored cardstock with Skeleton Leaves dies.  Cut an outline to back the leaves either by hand or with an electronic die cutting machine.  Adhere the layers together with On Point Glue.  Small dots in the thicker areas of the leaves works best.

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Step 4

Die cut one “Thanks” sentiment from the Fireworks! colored cardstock and three from white cardstock.  Layer together with On Point Glue to create a dimensional sentiment.  To avoid glue from leaking out from between the layers, use small dots of glue on the outside edges.

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Step 5

Use a soft rubber brayer to ink cardstock trimmed to 4.74” x 5.75”.  Kaleidacolor in Autumn Leaves was used with the green portion in the middle and the light orange on either end of the cardstock.  Flip the cardstock to achieve this look.

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Step 6

Pressure emboss the cardstock with Basket Weave embossing folder.  Use a sanding block to remove color and allow the embossed design to pop.

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Step 7

Using Tear It! Tape, adhere your A7 kraft card base to background. Then tape the burlap ribbon. The Tear It! Tape, it’s translucent enough that it does not show through the burlap, and will hold the card together.  Adhere the “Thanks” sentiment and the leaves with On Point Glue.

Art Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Sizzix Thinlets Skeleton Leaves
  • Spellbinders Phrase Set One
  • Darice Basket Weave embossing folder A7 size
  • Recollections A7 card Base
  • Burlap Ribbon
  • Sanding Block
  • Dimensional Foam Adhesive
  • Brother Scan-N-Cut

Make an Inspiration Card Using Kaleidacolor

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By Alison Heikkila

Sometimes we need a card- fast! Here’s an easy way to make an inspirational card with only 2 stamps and one Kaleidacolor ink pad. You can change up the stamps to suit your needs. Make sure you read to the bottom of the post to see this card done with different colors.

Skill Level: Beginner

Time: 5 Minutes

Directions:

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Step 1

Using the Kaleidacolor Ink Pad of your choice, ink up your sentiment stamp. It’s a good idea to use a stamp positioner in case you need to ink it up more than once. Be sure to close the tab on the pad so that the colors “click” together. I chose Royal Satin Kaleidacolor. I recommend using using a palette that has deeper tones, as it may be harder to read a sentiment done in pastels.

Step 2

Stamp the image to make a solid impression. If there are any areas that need more ink, reink the stamp and restamp the image.

Step 3

Trim your sentiment.

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Step 4

Using a background stamp, click together the colors again and ink the stamp. I have the tabbed area hanging off the edge of the stamp. You’ll only be able to ink up a little more than half the stamp this way, so flip the pad around to ink up the other side.

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Step 5

Place a piece of 4″ x 5 1/4″ cardstock on top of the inked background stamp.

Step 6

Apply pressure with your hands on to the cardstock to make an impression. If you don’t want inky fingers, grab a piece of scrap paper, lay it on top of the entire background stamp, and rub to get an impression.

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Step 7a

Now you need to decide if you want your background colors to match the order of colors on your sentiment. Above, you can see the colors aligned.

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Step 7b

Here, you can see I reversed the colors, which I personally prefer. This is how I decided to make my card, but you can choose either option.

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Step 8

Glue your layers to a standard white A2 card base.

That’s it! You’re done, and you’ve made a card in about 5 minutes. If you make a pack of these, they would be a wonderful gift. Here are some other color versions.

Art Supplies

Imagine

Kaleidacolor Ink Pad (I used Royal Satin, Cappuccino Delight, and Berry Blaze)

Other

Brutus Monroe: There is Always Something to be Grateful For stamp
Erin Lee Creative: Houndstooth 6×6 Stamp
White Cardstock
Stamping Platform

Create a Fun Summer BBQ Invitation

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By Alison Heikkila

Summer is fast approaching and that means it’s almost barbecue season! After many of us spent last year at home, isolated, I know a lot of folks are looking forward to spending summer with friends and family again. Today, I have a simple tutorial to help you make sweet invitations (or just regular greeting cards) using some of my favorite products from Imagine, like Kaleidacolor inks and Fireworks! Spray.

Skill Level: Beginner

Time: Approx. 20 Minutes, plus drying time

Directions:

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Step 1

Stamp the ladybug from the Entomology stamp set 5 times on to Smooth Bristol cardstock with VersaMark Ink.

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Step 2

Sprinkle Black Embossing Powder on to the ladybugs, shake off the excess, and heat set.

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Step 3:

Using Lady Bug Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray and a brush, paint the ladybugs. Once the color is dry on the paper, you should wipe the embossed areas with a cloth, to remove any excess.

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Step 4

Die cut the ladybugs with the coordinating die.

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Step 5

Cut a piece of watercolor paper to 4″ x 5 1/4.”

Step 6

Swipe the Fresh Greens Kaleidacolor Inks across an acrylic block, and then spray with Ink Potion No. 9 a few times to get the colors to blend and move.

Step 7

Place the inked acrylic block in the center of the watercolor panel, put something heavy on top (I used a tape dispenser), and leave for a few minutes. The texture of the watercolor paper allows for imperfect color transfer, which I happen to love. If you prefer a smoother look, use paper with less tooth, or texture.

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Step 8

Once you removed the acrylic block, stamp a subtle pattern around the edges with New Sprout ink. I used a crackle stamp from Stampendous.

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Step 9

To add color to my white card base, I pressed my Fresh Greens Kaleidacolor inks into my Craft Mat, wet my brush, and applied the 3 center colors to the edges. I kept the colors soft and slightly blended. Using the same inks for the border as we did in the center of the card allows us to have perfectly matched elements, but since they’re applied differently, you create interest on your card.

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Step 10

Stamp a sentiment on the card with VersaFine Ink in Onyx Black. I combined a stamp from Erin Lee Creative with a stamp from Recollections to get the sentiment I wanted.

Step 11

Adhere your ladybugs to the card front, and your card front to the base when it’s dry.

Art Supplies

Imagine

VersaMark Ink
Black Embossing Powder
VersaFine Ink in Onyx Black
Fireworks! Spray in Lady Bug
Kaleidacolor Inks in Fresh Greens
Memento Ink in New Sprout
Ink Potion No. 9

Other

Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz: Entomology Stamp Set and Entomology Die Set
Erin Lee Creative: Winter Magic Stamp Set
Recollections: Sentiment set
Acrylic Blocks
Small paint brushes
Strathmore Smooth Bristol Cardstock
Canson Watercolor Paper
White A2 card base