Learn to Make a Colorful Hummingbird Birthday Card

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By Neva Cole 

In today’s card making tutorial, I will show you how to make a multi-colored layered birthday cards using a plethora of great Imagine inks.  Hummingbirds can be iridescent, so Encore! Ultimate Metallic, Delicata, and Brilliance inks are used to create a beautiful hummer.  Ombre-hued Kaleidacolor inks are used to create the frame and background.

Skill:  Intermediate

Time:  2 hours

Directions:

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Step 1

Stamp Hummingbird outline image and flower outline image in Encore! Ultimate Metallic Green.  Using a stamp positioner will allow more precise placement while stamping layers.

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Step 2

Stamp next layer of Hummingbird in Encore! Ultimate Metallic Honeydew and the stem of the flower in Delicata Emerald Green.

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Step 3

Stamp next layer of Hummingbird and flower stem in Encore! Ultimate Metallic Green.

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Step 4

Stamp throat of Hummingbird in Brilliance Pearlescent Purple.

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Step 5

Use a Memento Dual Tip Marker in Tuxedo Black to color eye.  Die cut with matching Frame Cut.

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Step 6

Stamp the layers of the flower with Versa Color Heliotrope, Violet, and Orange.  Die-cut with matching Frame Cut.

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Step 7

Trim cardstock to 3 1/2″ x 8 1/2″.  Use a foam brayer to ink the cardstock with Kaleidacolor in Fresh Greens.

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Step 8

Die-cut Foliage Frame.

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Step 9

Trim cardstock to 7 1/8” x 8 ½” and fold in half.  Use a foam brayer to ink the cardstock with Kaleidacolor in Blue Breeze.

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Step 10

Place Foliage frame over blue background to determine position for sentiment.

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Step 11

Stamp sentiment in the darkest color from the Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze ink pad.  It is easiest to do this with the pad expanded to get just the end inked section of the Kaleidacolor pad.

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Step 12

Adhere layers of card together.  The Foliage frame is adhered with thin dimensional foam adhesive. The upper and lower flowers are adhered with On Point Glue, and the middle flower to thin dimension foam adhesive.  The hummingbird is adhered with thicker dimensional foam adhesive.

Art Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Hero Arts Color Layering Hummingbird & Frame Cuts
  • Kat Scrappiness Slimline Card Foliage Frame
  • Sponge brayer
  • Dimensional Foam Adhesive
  • Stamp positioner

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

Create Beautiful Appreciation Card for Your Teacher

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By Alison Heikkila

Hello! It’s getting close to the end of the school year, and between last year and this year, teachers have been champions, in my opinion. They’ve done so much for our students, learned so many new things themselves over the past year, that honoring them with a handmade card is a simple way to thank them for all of their dedication. I decided to combine Memento Markers with the Calypso Kaleidacolor Ink Pad and the March 2021 My Monthly Hero Kit to create a special card that’s perfect for any teacher.

Skill Level: Beginner

Time: 45 Minutes, plus drying time

Directions:

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Step 1

Stamp the tree from the My Monthly Hero March 2021 kit on to Memento-friendly paper with VersaFine Ink. I used Smooth Bristol Cardstock.

 

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Step 2

Color the tree using Memento Markers. My list of colors is below.

Step 3

Die cut the tree.

 

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Step 4:

Cut an additional piece of Smooth Bristol cardstock, cut to 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4.”

Step 5

Push the Calypso Kaleidacolor Ink pad directly into your Imagine Craft Mat and spray with water. *Please note, I opted to use a larger brush than the one pictured here. Please see the supplies list for details.

 

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Step 6

Begin painting the Calypso inks on to the Bristol cardstock. Use waters to help blend colors, and hold the tree up to the cardstock occasionally to see if you like your placement of colors. I worked diagonally, in the order the colors are in the ink pad.

 

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Step 7

Continue working your way down the cardstock, blending colors as you go. I left a bit of a border around the edge of (most) of the Bristol.

 

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Step 8

Once the panel is fully painted, let dry. Or, you can speed up the process with a heat tool. You can see how beautiful and vibrant the colors are, even after they’ve been watered down.

 

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Step 9

Stamp your sentiment with VersaFine Clair Ink in Twilight. I assembled my sentiment with words from a Recollections stamp set.

 

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Step 10

Create your card base out of black cardstock, cut to 10″ x 7.”

Step 11

Adhere the painted panel to the card base.

Step 12

Apply foam tape or pop dots to the back of the tree and adhere it to the card.

 

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Step 13

Adhere Sparkle Blends to the card using On Point Glue.

 

Art Supplies

Imagine

VersaFine Ink in Onyx Black

Memento Markers in Rick Cocoa, Toffee Crunch, Bamboo Leaves, Pear Tart, Ladybug, Potter’s Clay, Dandelion, Summer Sky, Desert Sand, Angel Pink, Rose Bud, Lulu Lavender, Tangelo, Elderberry, Grape Jelly, Cantaloupe, Bahama Blue. 

Kalediacolor Ink in Calypso

VersaFine Clair Ink in Twilight

On Point Glue

 

Other

Hero Arts: My Monthly Hero March 2021 Kit

Doodles Paper Playground: Clearly in Love

Canson: Smooth Bristol Cardstock

Princeton: Snap! Size 10 Round Watercolor Brush

Recollections: Sentiment stamps and Black 110 lb cardstock

 

Learn How to Make a Kaleidacolor Mother’s Day Card

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By Alison Heikkila

Hello! I don’t know about your mom, but my mom is not really into your typical Mother’s Day card. She’s not really into super flowery, extra sentimental cards. She prefers bolder, more graphic things. So I decided to think “outside of the box” and use triangles! This is a fun and simple way to get a unique looking card with dye based inks from Imagine.

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Time: Approx. 20 minutes.

Directions:

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Step 1

Let’s gather our supplies! Grab a Gel Press Petite (I went with a triangle so that I could rotate them 180 degrees each time to get a cool pattern), your favorite Kaleidacolor inkpad, an additional Memento ink pad, and a stencil. For tools, you’ll want an acrylic block or handle, plus a brayer.

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Step 2

Apply the Gel Press Petite to your block. Click together the Kaleidacolor inkpad. Roll the color on to your brayer. It will not look like there is much color on the surface of the Gel Plate, but don’t worry, it’s there.

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Step 3

Pick up the inked Petite (while it’s on the block) and apply it facedown to your cardstock. I left a 1/4″ border below the triangle. Press the triangle into your paper as you would a clear stamp, then peel it away from the cardstock.

Step 4

Apply Teal Zeal to the Triangle Gel Press and roll the color out with your brayer.

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Step 5

Place a stencil on top of the inked triangle and gently press it into the Plate. The Plate will hold the stencil in place.

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Step 6

Flip the Plate (with the stencil still attached) on to a piece of scrap paper. I use copy paper. Press into the scrap to remove the ink from the negative areas. You can see in my photo above how it will look.

Step 7

Peel the paper away from the Plate, then remove the Stencil.

Step 8

Place the Plate directly on top of the first Kaleidacolor inked triangle you created. The left over Teal Zeal ink on the Plate that was trapped under the stencil will transfer to the paper.

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Step 9

Repeat applying the Kalediacolor Ink to the Triangle, flip it around and place onto your cardstock, making sure it’s going in the opposite direction of your first triangle.

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Step 10

To make things go faster, I opted to ink and stamp all of my Kaleidacolor triangles before I finished my stenciled layers. I worked my way across the entire piece of cardstock, from end to end.

Step 11

Repeat the process of applying the Teal Zeal to the triangle, applying the stencil, taking off the excess ink, and then applying to the Kaleidacolor layers. Do this until all of the triangles have a stenciled image on them. Then trim the piece, leaving a 1/4″ at the top.

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Step 12

For my “mom” sentiment, I applied more Teal Zeal to my triangle (you can use any Gel Press Plate for this, but since the triangle was already out, I just used that). I placed a strip of paper on it to pull the color off. I repeated this step until I had enough of the strip covered for my dies to fit the “mom.” I could have just inked the paper. But I wanted the paper to have the same look as the rest of the card. Gel Press printing looks very different than applying ink directly to paper, or using some sort of applicator. This kept everything cohesive.

Step 13

I wanted a shadow layer to my “mom” so I repeated the last step, but I reapplied ink to my strip 3 times to get a darker tone. It’s still Teal Zeal, but at a richer strength because I layered the color several times. I adhered these layers together with On Point Glue.

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Step 14

I created my card base from white cardstock, cut to 8 1/2″ x 7.” I applied my Kaleidacolor ink directly to my brayer, sprayed it with Ink Potion No. 9 to help it flow, and rolled it on to the top and bottom of my card base.

Step 15

Adhere the mono-printed layer and the sentiment to the card.

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This was a really fun card to make, and since you can get a huge range of Kaleidacolor inkpads (including a dry one so that you can create your own combination!), you can change up the look of this card easily. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Art Supplies

Imagine

Kaleidacolor Inkpad in Bouquet
Memento Ink in Teal Zeal
On Point Glue

Other

• Gel Press: Petites Set A- Triangle
• AALL & Create: Lotza Trianglez
• Simon Says Stamp: CZ Design- Everett Alphabet Die Cuts
• Brayer
• Acrylic Block/Handle
• Dry Adhesive

Beginner Guide: Kaleidacolor Ink Variety of Colors for Any Time of the Year


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by LeeAnn McKinney

Greetings crafty friends! In this quick ink swatching video, I used the Waffle Flower Swatch Stamp and Die set for Kaleidacolor Ink Pads to show how these multicolor inks can be used throughout the year. These dye, water-based inkpads are a favorite of mine for fun quick backgrounds, easy stamp pad storage, keeping colors organized and the 5 colors in one ink pad make it even better.

Kaleidacolor in Baby Powder has a light pastel variety — perfect for baby shower invitations with light pinks, blues, and yellows. Kaleidacolor in Autumn Leaves and Vineyard – perfect for Fall themed cards – Halloween + Thanksgiving. My favorite for Winter Christmas Cards or Holiday Cards is Blue Breeze which is an all-blue palette giving that icy winter wonderland mood.

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