How to Make Different Sparkle Backgrounds on Handmade Cards

by Lindsay Adreon

Glittery backgrounds are the best backgrounds! I love anything glittery and the Sparkle MBoss is quickly becoming one of my favorite new embossing powders. It is a clear embossing powder with holographic glitter mixed into it. It’s perfect to add over any backgrounds because it doesn’t add any color, just shine and sparkle! You can watch the video tutorial to see two different ways to make your backgrounds sparkle!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 – 2 hours

Directions

Supplies

Imagine

VersaFine Clair in Green Oasis

VersaFine Clair in Verdant

VersaFine Clair in Rain Forest

Memento DewDrop in Pistachio

Memento DewDrop in Olive Grove

VersaMark

On Point Glue

Mboss Embossing Powder in
Sparkle

Jumbo Dauber

Other
  • Heat Tool
  • Masking Paper (Label Paper)
  • Kat Scrappiness Dies – Fancy Floral Cover Plate
  • Condensed Uppercase Alphabet
  • Blending Brush Set
  • Peel N Stick Toner Sheets
  • Laminator
  • Deco Foil – Black
  • Die Cutting Machine
  • Lawn Fawn Dies – Scripty Hello
  • Banner Dies
  • The Crafter’s Workshop Floral Spectacle 6 x 6 Stencil
  • Foam Tape
  • White Cardstock
  • Olive Green Cardstock

Create a Watercolor Effect for a Thank You Card

by Elina Stromberg

Create a Watercolor Effect for a Thank You Card

This easy background technique can be used for creating beautiful soft backgrounds for various paper crafting projects. I used it for decorating a simple one-layer card, embracing our lovely color of the month ‘Fern Green’. The technique is quick and easy, and it requires only a very limited amount of supplies. Just take out your favorite Memento ink pad, any pattern stencil, a sponge dauber, and you’re good to go!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Place card base flat on your Craft Mat, inside facing down. Wipe the Craft Mat with the ‘Bamboo Leaves’ green ink pad, mist the ink gently with water. Using a Jumbo dauber apply a soft layer of ink on the card base, both on the card front and on the backside. Do not ink the entire card but leave some areas blank. Let dry for a few minutes.


Step 2

Stencil random text patterns on the inked areas. Use the same green Memento ink and a small Sponge dauber.


Step 3

Die-cut the ‘Thank You’ sentiment twice, once from white cardstock and once from dark green. Layer the die-cut words letting the white layer partly show underneath. Glue on the card front. Die cut a branch from dark green cardstock and glue on the card front. If you don’t have a die-cutting machine decorate the card with letter stickers and hand-cut leaves, branches, or flowers.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Card base
  • Cardstock – White, Dark Green
  • The Crafter’s Workshop – Art Is Stencil
  • Sizzix – Skeleton Leaves
  • Die-Versions – Everyday
  • Water Mister
  • Glue

Create A Beautiful Hologram Flower Outline With Mboss

by Melissa Andrew

Create A Beautiful Hologram Flower Outline With Mboss

Today I am sharing the fabulous new Hologram Mboss embossing powder from Imagine. This fabulous embossing powder is fine for detailed stamping but also sparkles with colors of the rainbow. In this video, I show you how to stamp, emboss and fill in with a watercolor technique. The Memento inks are perfect for creating the peachy blended look.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • LDRS Creative – If Friends Were Flowers stamp set
  • Whimsy Stamps – Card Builders Window die set
  • Antistatic tool
  • Paper Trimmer
  • White Card
  • Bristol Smooth cardstock
  • MISTI Stamping Platform
  • Gemini Jr. Die Cut machine
  • 6 round paintbrush
  • Spray bottle

Color a Journal Page in the Style of a Cute Nature Scene

by Elina Stromberg

Stamped collages provide an easy way to create beautiful and colorful pages into your art journal book. For this technique, you can mix and match stamps from various sets and take those small pieces of leftover papers and put them into use. Main images on stamped collages are like paper dolls; first, you stamp and cut out the body, then hair, clothes, and accessories. Finished pieces contain several layers; just like dressed paper dolls!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 2 hours

Directions


Step 1

Stamp the main image on cream cardstock and again on brown, orange and patterned floral paper.


Step 2

Color the image face, hands, and legs. Add shadows and highlights to the brown hair and the flower-patterned skirt. Cut out. On the non-visible areas trim body image slightly smaller on the edges; this will ease the positioning of the colored and cut details.


Step 3

Using green papers hand-cut waves to build a landscape scenery. If you wish, decorate with stamped patterns.


Step 4

Ink the page background: Dab green ink on the bottom part of the page, and both lighter and darker blues on the top. The area in the middle may be left white as it will be covered with the green scenery papers. 
Create clouds on the inked sky by adding a hint of white gesso on top of the blue ink.


Step 5

Stamp trees on green patterned paper. Highlight the stamped lines with a color pencil. 
Cut out.


Step 6

Stamp flowers and stems on patterned or solid color paper. Color with color pencils and cut out.


Step 
7

Stamp small flower patterns on the layered landscape. Glue flowers on the background. Place the main image on the page. Stamp sentiment text on the bottom of the page. Done!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Art Journal book
  • Colorful pieces of leftover papers
  • Carabelle Studio – “The girl smiling” stamp
  • 
Simon Says Stamp – One With Nature
  • 
Studio Calico – Set 17179
  • Gesso – white
  • Color pencils
  • Scissors

Create A “Not All Who Wander Are Lost” Greeting Card

by Iris Rodriguez

Create A Not All Who Wander Are Lost Greeting Card

I made a travel theme card with a porthole using the Vertigo film. This is a plastics film containing a 3D, hologram-like imprint. The porthole window view has a fantasy feel. It’s like looking into the abyss as you go onto your great adventure. Vertigo can be tinted with Imagine’s inks and cut with scissors or other cutting tools. Check out how this grungy, travel-themed card is made.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Step 1

Cut out or use a die cut tool to cut a circle containing an open center from the chipboard.

Step 2

Cut out four or more different size pieces of chipboard. This will be the steampunk looking wall. Rip the edges with your hands for added grungy-ness.


Step 3

Add a few Walnut Crystals to water and mix. Paint the chipboard with a brush. Dry the paper.


Step 4

Smoosh the Golden Glitz Delicata ink onto the craft mat. Spray with water and mix.


Step 5

Smoosh the card pieces onto the watered ink. Dry the paper. Ink the edges with VersaFine Vintage Sepia ink. Ink the porthole with Delicata Celestial Copper ink.


Step 6

Now we will create the porthole. It’s made using the Breeze Vertigo. This is a firm plastic film that has a cool effect imprint. Looks like a hologram.


Step 7

Tint the Vertigo with Cottage Ivy and Pear Tart Memento inks.


Step 8

Add tiny drops of the On Point Glue to the Vertigo circle and adhere the chipboard circle.


Step 9

Add tiny drops of the On Point Glue to the chipboard circle and adhere the metal studs.


Step 10

Ink an area onto one of the chipboard pieces with the White Shimmery Delicata ink and stamp the sentiment over it with the Piano Black StazOn Pigment ink. I did this so one can better see the sentiment. You may choose to stamp the sentiment over the chipboard piece as is.


Step 11

Adhere the map paper onto the card base first, then adhere the chipboard pieces. Next, adhere the porthole and finally add the rest of the studs onto the chipboard pieces.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Map scrapbooking paper or map stamp
  • Cardbase
  • Chipboard
  • Metal studs
  • Sentiment Stamp

Watercolor a Rose in 3 Minutes with Rose Gold Shimmer Stix

by Jessica Lin

Watercolor a Rose in 3 Minutes with Rose Gold Shimmer Stix

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to share the new Sheer Shimmer Stix with you! These handy, little guys come with dauber heads, so you can apply shimmer easily without the mess of a spray. We also have a new Rose Gold color and it’s *absolutely* gorgeous. Check out my video and see how you can use them to “watercolor” these images within 3 minutes!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 3 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine

• Sheer Shimmer Stix – Rose Gold, Sparkle – http://bit.ly/2lSt6SK
Memento Dew Drop Inkpad – New Sprout – http://bit.ly/2g8OWzf
• VersaFine Clair – Norturne – http://bit.ly/2ERrIYC
• Craft Mathttp://bit.ly/2ypJtwb
• On Point Gluehttp://bit.ly/2CY5TJt
• Tear It! Tapehttp://bit.ly/2y4RlFM

Other

• Stampin’ Up Petal Palette Clear-mount stamps
• Stampin’ Up Petals & More Thinlits Dies
• Big Shot Machine
• Cardbase
• Cardstock
• Paintbrush