How to Make a Simple Fall Tag

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By Alison Heikkila –

As we approach Autumn, I thought it would be fun to share a way to make a simple tag that can be used for gifts, as a place card, or even attached to a card base. By using a few simple techniques, you can make a bunch of these tags quickly, and save them for when you need them.

Skill Level: Beginner
Time: 15-20 Minutes

Directions:

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Step 1:

Die cut a tag out of Kraft cardstock. Cut a piece of Bristol Smooth Cardstock that is a little larger than your leaf stamp.

Step 2:

Stamp your leaf with VersaFine Clair Ink in Pinecone.

Step 3:

Apply Clear Mboss Embossing Powder to the leaf, shake off the excess, and heat set.

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Step 4:

Using Memento Inks in Pear Tart, Dandelion, Tangelo, and Morocco, apply using a blending brush. The colors should fade into each other and cover the entire leaf. The photo above shows the leaf not completely inked.

Step 5:

Die cut the leaf using the coordinating die, or fussy cut it.

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Step 6:

Place the leaf on the tag to help determine where you will add Tear It! Tape. The Tear It! Tape will be used to add stripes of embossing powder. I applied 2 strips.

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Step 7:

Sprinkle on Shimmering Night Sky Mboss powder on to the Tear It! Tape, shake off the excess, and heat set.

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Step 8:

Ink the edges of the tag with Rich Cocoa Memento ink and a blending brush. You could also do this step before you add the Tear It! Tape.

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Step 9:

Splatter on Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Gold all over the tag. Let dry

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Step 10:

Ink a small sentiment with VersaFine Clair Pinecone ink and stamp it on the tag.

Step 11:

Apply foam squares to the back of your leaf to raise it off of the surface of the tag and adhere it.

Step 12:

Add some ribbon or twine to the hole in the tag.

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I think this tag is so pretty and festive. You can easily use different colors of Memento inks or different embossing powder colors to completely change up the look.

Art Supplies:

Imagine:

• VersaFine Clair: Pinecone Ink
• Memento Ink: Pear Tart, Dandelion, Tangelo, Morocco, Rich Cocoa
• Tear It! Tape
• Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Gold
• Mboss Powder in Clear and Shimmering Night Sky

Other:

• Sizzix/Tim Holtz: Framelets Tag Die Set
• Kraft Cardstock
• Strathmore: Smooth Bristol Cardstock
• Stampendous: Jumbo Leaves
• Simon Says Stamp: Tiny Words
• May Arts: Organza Ribbon
• Blending Brushes
• Foam Squares

Make a Sparkling Summer Birthday Card

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By Jowilna Nolte 

Summer means outdoor celebrations and color – and that means loads of fun right?
Make every celebration special by adding loads of fun and bright colors to birthday cards.
Take a look at this easy and fun way I use color and shimmer on this card.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Time: 30 minutes

Directions:

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Step 1

On smooth white cardstock add some stenciled details. I used Creative Medium and mixed some Red Brilliance Inker into the medium before applying it through a stencil using my palette knife.
Leave the stenciling to dry.

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Step 2

Once the stenciled detail is dry, add some color using Memento and VersaMagic Dew Drop ink pads.
Apply the ink, once color at a time to a plastic packet and mist with water. Then stamp the color onto your background by flipping the packet over and pressing lightly.
Add more colors and then leave to dry.

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Step 3

Stamp your image using VersaFine Clair Nocturne onto smooth white cardstock.

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Step 4

Use your Memento Markers to add color to your stamped image. I used colors to match my background.

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Step 5

After coloring the image, add a layer of embossing in Sparkle Mboss powder. Ink the image with VersaMark and sprinkle with powder.
Shake off the excess and then use a heat gun to melt the powder. This gives the image a bright and fun shimmering finish.

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Step 6

Use your Tear-It! tape to adhere the background strip to your folded card. Stamp a birthday sentiment below the strip using VersaFine Clair Nocturne.
Adhere the embossed image using foam tape for some dimension and  finish off by adhering diamante using On Point Glue.

Art Supplies

Imagine

Craft Mat
Tear It! Tape
On Point Glue
Palette Knife 
VersaFine Clair Nocturne
VersaMark Ink Pad
Mboss Embossing Powder – Sparkle
VersaMagic Turquoise Gem Dew Drop
Memento Rose Bud Dew Drop
Memento Tangelo Dew Drop
Memento Markers Assorted Colors

Other

Smooth White Cardstock: Technic
Stamps: Art by Marlene, Joy Clair
Diamante
Stencil: Jowilna Nolte
Foam Tape

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

Ink Blending with Memento Inks to Create a Rose Wedding Card

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By Jessica Lin

Hi everyone! It’s Jessica here and I have a fun stenciled card to share with you. I first stenciled the roses with Memento Dye inks, then I stepped it up and stenciled a second layer with shimmery embossing powder. The concept is really simple, and you don’t need a lot of supplies either, but the final effect is just so pretty! I hope you’ll enjoy this tutorial! 

Skill: Beginner

Directions:

Art Supplies

Imagine:

VersaFine Clair – Nocturne, Glamorous

Memento Dew Drop Inks – Angel Pink, Rose Bud

Other products:

Blending Brushes STAMPlorations Stencils –

Faces: Pensive, Old Rose

Neenah Solar White Cardstock

Gold Glitter Cardstock

All About You!!! An Emboss Resist How To

By LeeAnn McKinney

LeeAnn here with a fun project I made for a friend’s birthday. While looking at my stamps and thinking about what I wanted to do for this project it popped into my mind, and then a happy accident happened while making this mini slimline card that just “Sealed it” for me.

 

Skill: Beginner

Time: 30 Minutes

 

Art Supplies

Imagine:

• Imagine Craft Mat

• Clear MBoss

• Memento Rose Bud Dye Ink

• Memento Tangelo Dye Ink

• Memento Dandelion Dye Ink

• Memento Grape Jelly Dye Ink

• Imagine Tear It Tape

• VersaMark

• Memento Dew Drop Bahama Blue

• Memento Dew Drop Bamboo Leaves

• StaZon Stamp Cleaner

• Memento Dew Drop Love Letter

Other Products Used:

• Scrapbook Adhesives Foam Squares

• Recollections 110 lb Cardstock

• Recollections 65 lb Cardstock

• Darice Heat Tool

• Picket Fence Studios- Spotlight On You Stamp

Learn How to Make a Pastel Floral “Hello” Card

By Annie Collins

Hello Crafty Friends – Annie here with a lovely Pastel Spring Floral Card.
Today, I am using Memento Inks to watercolor an embossed image.

 

 

Art Supplies

Imagine

• Memento Inks: Lulu Lavender, Lilac Posies, Pear Tart, & New Sprout

• VersaMark Ink

• Irresistible Craft Spray – Gold

• Mboss Embossing Powder: Gold

• Tear It! Tape

• On Point Glue

 

Other Supplies

• Altenew Stamps: Rosie Posy

• Recollections Brand 110# Cardstock: White

• Recollections Brand 80# Cardstock: Cream, White and Lavender

• EK Success Powder Tool

• Heat Tool

• Watercolor Brush 0

• Water