Make Magic With This Merry Christmas Gift Tag

by Jowilna Nolte

Make Magic With This Merry Christmas Gift Tag

Every year I make loads of Christmas cards, but this year I am creating tags for friends and family. A handmade tag is a quick and crafty alternative to attach to a gift and even packets of freshly baked biscuits. The tag is often underestimated but this will become my go-to way of adding a quick thank you to gifts – quick and easy to make with loads of impact.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Use a Jumbo dauber and ink the background of a tag using Rhubarb Stalk Memento ink.


Step 2

On the right edge of your tag use Memento Luxe ink in Rhubarb Stalk and add some darker shaded edges on your tag.


Step 3

On a sheet of smooth white cardstock mist Summer Sky Fireworks Spray. Use a soft paint brush and brush the ink across the cardstock.


Step 4

While the Summer Sky ink is still wet, use Lilac Posies and splatter ink over the base. Concentrate on certain areas more to get lots of ink in certain areas. Leave to dry.


Step 5

Once dry use VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink and stamp Christmas Bauble. Cut out and ink the edges.


Step 6

Use VersaFine Clair ink and stamp a Christmas sentiment repeatedly onto the colored tag.


Step 7

Use at least 3 colors of Fireworks Spray to add splats to the background and leave to dry or heat set using a heat gun.


Step 8

Adhere the stamped bauble, flowers and themed embellishments to finish off your tag. As an alternative layer two stamped baubles on top of each other using foam tape.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – White
  • Tag
  • Kaisercraft – stamp set
  • Little Birdie – Flowers
  • Charms
  • Bakers twine

Create a Butterfly Card using Dura-lar Film

by Iris Rodriguez

Create a Butterfly Card using Dura-lar Film.

This month we have the pleasure of working with Joy Clair stamps. I was smitten with the Butterfly Kisses stamp set. There are so many ideas that come to my mind with this set but I settled to create a sense of depth with a layer of vellum. The sentiment “let your dreams fly” conjured the imagery of butterfly flying into the blue yonder, some very visible and some in the distance. I hope you feel inspired to make this layered and visual butterfly card.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1.5 hours

Directions


Step 1

Spray the watercolor paper with water. Then brush on the All-Purpose Ink in Tropical Lagoon. Dry the paper. This will become the sky background.

Memento Luxe inkpad in Dandelion
Step 2

Stencil the sun using circle shape stencil and Memento Luxe inkpad in Dandelion.

Stamp the butterflies and sentiment onto the Dura-lar film with VersaFine Clair in Nocturne
Step 3

Stamp the butterflies and sentiment onto the Dura-lar film with VersaFine Clair in Nocturne. Stamp the butterflies in the middle. The butterflies underneath will be centered around the butterflies and sentiment on the film. Dura-lar is a mylar film, it has the strength of acetate and the look and feel of vellum paper. It’s matte, translucent and when used over an image, it makes it look encaustic. You can use any kind of acrylic paints, graphite, and permanent inks. You can also remove the contents from the film with rubbing alcohol.


Step 4

Add Imagine’s Embossing Powder in Black and heat set.


Step 5

Stamp the butterflies onto the watercolor paper. Place the stamped film over the watercolor paper to determine desired placement.


Step 6

Spray Aleene’s Tacky Spray onto the watercolor paper part of the card. Do this quickly and do not move the Dura-lar film once it is laid down.


Step 7

Place the stamped Dura-lar film over the watercolor paper and burnish with your fingers, ensuring that the film has completely adhered to the paper. Do not use tools to burnish, it will scratch the film.


Step 8

Take the StazOn inker in Teal Blue and a Fantastix and color the butterfly wings. Assemble the card by adhering onto a black cardstock paper.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Joy Clair Stamps – Butterfly Kisses Clear Stamp
  • Grafix-Dura – Lar Matte Film
  • Aleen’s Original – Tacky Spray
  • Circle Stencil
  • Cardstock
  • Acrylic Block

Create a Festive and Fun Fourth of July Banner

by Roni Johnson

Create a Festive and Fun Fourth of July Banner

Summer is the perfect time to be outdoors, throw a BBQ party or to show off your patriotism with the Fourth of July!  Luckily, Joy Clair has a perfect stamp set when it comes to American Flag themes. In this quick and easy crafting project, I used their 4 x 6-inch Grungy Flag background stamp paired with Memento Luxe ink to create this amazing looking banner.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 – 2 hours

Directions


Step 1

Tear cotton or linen material into 4” x 8” pieces. The number of pieces will depend on how long you would like your finished banner.


Step 2

Place a strip of fabric on a stamp positioner at the 1” mark. Put the stamp directly over the area to be stamped. Close the positioner to affix the stamp to the lid.


Step 3

Ink the star area with Memento Luxe in Danube Blue and the stripe area of the stamp with Memento Luxe in Love Letter.


Step 4

Close the positioner and press the inked stamp onto the material. I wanted a vintage feel to my banner so I stamped the image once. For brighter, solid colors, reposition the material, re-ink the image and stamp a second time. Stamp each additional panel in the same fashion.


Step 5

Iron each stamped piece of material to set the inks. Once you heat set Memento Luxe it is permanent on the fabric!


Step 6

Adhere each stamped flag to a length of string or ribbon. Hang it up outdoors and enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Joy Clair StampsGrunge Flag Background
  • Cotton or Linen fabric
  • Material May Arts – Jute Ribbon
  • Stamp Positioner
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Iron

Project Swap: Create a Hello Greeting Card from Book Pages

Project Swap: Create a Hello Greeting Card from Book Pages

Welcome to another set for our Artist Project Swap with Iris and Jowilna. For the Month of May, we challenged our artists to exchange tutorials and create each other’s designs in order to see how each of our artists interprets style and choices. The receiving artist did not know who designed the project, nor did they receive any images! In today’s post, Iris gives the directions and recommended supplies list and Jowilna created the project.

Create a Hello Greeting Card from Book Pages by Jowilna Nolte

Being creative can literally happen anywhere and using whatever products you have, but under the pressure of a challenge the creativity can be ramped up a little. With my project swap challenge card, I did not have the same colors of VersaFine Clair inks Iris suggested and opted to use my Memento Luxe ink pads in similar shades. I love the chalky look the inks gave my card and the outcome is just as amazing. See how I made it!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Brush on watered down Gesso onto the book (printed text) paper, ensuring that the text is still visible. Dry paper.


Step 2

Stamp a flower with VersaFine Clair in Nocturne off center; about a third of the way from the left-hand side. Emboss the flower with black embossing powder and set with a heat tool.


Step 3

Cut two rectangle pieces of card stock paper; ensure that the length will cover the desired size the gesso book paper and a minimum of an inch in width. These pieces will be used to the block ink, so using scrap card stock paper is okay for this step.


Step 4

Tape down the corners of book paper with the masking tape. You will be inking part of the book paper. The rectangles cut in the step above will be used to block the ink. Select a rectangle area over the embossed flower to ink (leave unmasked). For added interest, do not ink the flower completely, make sure some of the flower images is masked to allow parts of the flower to go outside the inked area.


Step 5

Using the book paper that was cut in the step above as a guide, cut three rectangular pieces of white cardstock paper. Cut so that two of the three rectangles set side by side will create a mask below your book paper piece.


Step 6

Ink each matting cardstock piece with the same ink used in steps above. In essence, you are color coordinating with inked area of the book paper.


Step 7

Layer and adhere the inked cardstock pieces behind the book paper, overlap and vary their angles for added interest.


Step 8

Stamp a “hello” or “dropping you a note” sentiment onto card stock paper, fussy cut and adhere to the card front.

Supplies 

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white
  • Carabelle – “Hello” stamp
  • Book Paper
  • Heat gun
  • Gesso

Original Design by Iris

What do you think of Jowilna’s interpretation of Iris’s design?

Comment below!

Project Swap: Learn How to Make a Friend Celebration Card

Project Swap: Learn How to Make a Friend Celebration Card

Welcome back for another Artist Project Swap with Jennifer and Kyriakos. For the Month of May, we challenged our artists to exchange tutorials and create each other’s designs in order to see how each of our artists interprets style and choices. The receiving artist did not know who designed the project, nor did they receive any images! In today’s post, Jennifer writes the directions and recommended supplies list and Kyriakos created the project.

Learn How to Make a Friend Celebration Card by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Project Swap: Learn How to Make a Friend Celebration Card

Sometimes we need to tell our friends how much we love and appreciate them! In this cardmaking tutorial, I go through several steps of stenciling and stamping to create a cute card using Creative Medium, Fireworks Spray, and VersaFine Clair. The combination of shimmer with complimenting colors creates a fun and bright look. See how I did it!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Mix Creative Medium in Clear and Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray in New Sprout on the Craft Mat with a palette knife and press through a circle stencil positioned on the center-right side of a 3 ¾” x 5 ¾” piece of white cardstock. Allow to dry or set with heat tool.


Step 2

Stamp sets of stems and centers of flowers with VersaFine Clair ink in Verdant, focusing more to the left of the Creative Medium.


Step 3

Stamp details with VersaColor ink in Orchid over flower centers.


Step 4

Stamp filler details around the top and sides of the card front and add leaves to the stems with Memento Luxe ink pads in Pistachio and Pear Tart.


Step 5

Stamp a butterfly next to one of the flowers with VersaColor in Orchid.


Step 6

Stamp a sentiment in VersaFine Clair in Nocturne in the lower right card front.


Step 7

Mat the completed card front to a 4”x 6” piece of pink cardstock and attached to a card base.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Artemio Fleur clear stamps
  • KaiserCraft – Tigerlilly clear stamps
  • The Crafters Workshop – Mini Mod Spirals stencil
  • Cardstock – pink, white
  • Heat tool
  • 5 x 7 card base

Original Design by Jennifer

What do you think of Kyriakos’ interpretation of Jennifer’s tutorial?

Comment below!

Create a Copper and Teal Father’s Day Steampunk Card

by Iris Rodriguez

Create a Copper and Teal Father's Day Steampunk Card

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, but I thought I’d get a head start on a steampunk/industrial Father’s Day card. Depending on the mom – it could be for either! These projects are always fun because you get to make things look grungy and metallic with inks, embossing powders and embellishments. By altering corrugated cardboard with different craft inks, you can transform scraps into a cool background. See how I made it!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1.5 hours

Directions


Step 1

Select a piece of corrugated cardboard.


Step 2

Spray Ink Potion No. 9 onto the corrugated cardboard. This helps the ink spread evenly and reduces harsh spray splotches. Spray Walnut Ink on the corrugated cardboard randomly. The ink will seep into the crevices. This imitates a timeworn metal look. To remove ink from the crevices use a dry brush to lift up the ink, then dry onto a paper towel. Dry paper.


Step 3

Rip the top and bottom edges.


Step 4

Ink the corrugated cardboard with Champagne Delicata and Turquoise Gem VersaMagic inks on the raised surface. The Turquoise Gem ink imitates a patina look while the Champagne ink imitates bits of metal shining through. Dry paper.


Step 5

Ink the edges with the Rich Cocoa Memento Luxe ink. Dry paper


Step 6

Ink gears with VersaMark ink, add Imagine’s Embossing Powder in Gold and heat set. Repeat this step using the Celestial Copper and Silver embossing powders.


Step 7

To vary the look of the gears, create a patina and copper gear. Ink the gear with Turquoise Gem VersaMagic ink.


Step 8

Add Imagine’s Embossing Powder in Copper on random areas.


Step 9

Add Imagine’s Embossing powder in Clear to the rest of gear and heat set


Step 10

Ink the card’s edges with Turquoise Gem VersaMagic Ink. Dry paper. Ink small areas randomly with the Celestial Copper Delicata ink.


Step 11

Adhere corrugated cardboard front to the card.


Step 12

Adhere nailheads, studs, and gears. Stamp a “Happy Father’s Day” sentiment and cut out into a rectangle shape. Add small metal studs on the four corners of the sentiment card and mount to the front of the card. Essentially the card is finished at this point but you can continue to add little details to make it your own! Happy grungy cardmaking!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Creative Embellishments – Chipboard Gears (1, 1.25. 1.5 inches); ‘Loose Parts’ set
  • Nailhead and stud metal embellishments
  • Happy Father’s Day sentiment stamp