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 Rainbow Blended Disney Theme Keepsake with VersaFine Clair

by Jessica Lin

Create a Rainbow Blended Disney Theme Keepsake with VersaFine Clair

Hi everyone! It’s Jessica and I’m so excited to share this Disney-inspired Twist and Pop 3D Card with you. As you can see, there are 4 panels dedicated to The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Up and Cinderella. And I’ve used 14 VersaFine Clair ink pads to ink blend all of the backgrounds. I’ve used several sets of Mama Elephant stamps as well; the images are stamped with Memento ink in Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics. I hope you enjoy this magical creation as much as I do!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 15-20 minutes for each panel, 2-3 hours total

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Mama Elephant Stamp set – Mermaid Kisses, Carnival Cupcakes, Christmas Scene, Up and Away, Meowlloween Extras, Unicorn and Rainbows, Pix’s Favorites
  • Copic Sketch Markers
  • Cardstock – Neenah Solar White, Stampin’ Up Blueberry Bushel

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

Learn How to Emboss Drawings with All-Purpose Ink

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Learn How to Emboss Drawings with All-Purpose Ink

We were challenged with the color Fern Green this month so I decided to create a mixed media canvas with a green eye focal point. Using Memento Luxe ink pads, All-Purpose Ink and Fabrico markers, I added color to a canvas. To practice a new technique, I covered my wet All-Purpose Ink with Mboss Embossing Powder to enhance parts of the drawing. I also used Creative Medium to add texture to the canvas. Using Fabrico markers can help achieve details on your drawings easily and more accurate than a brush.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 2 hours


Step 1

Draw an eye on the canvas with the All-Purpose Ink in Real Black color.


Step 2

Cover with Mboss Clear embossing powder and heat set. All-Purpose Ink is a dense ink that will stay tacky enough on a canvas for embossing, which is a great alternative to get the awesome shine and texture from embossing powder with the densely pigmented ink and no stamping.


Step 3

Use the flower stencil and sponge daubers with the VersaColor Orchid and Memento Angel Pink ink pads to decorate under and top of the eye on the canvas.


Step 4

Blend Memento Luxe Pistachio and Pear Tart inks with a Brushstix to color the iris and VersaColor Cement ink pad to color around the iris.


Step 5

Add details to the iris using Memento London Fog and Fabrico Pine markers.


Step 6

Cover the iris with the VersaMarker pen and the with the Mboss Clear embossing powder and heat set. This will give the eye a glossy look.


Step 7

Use a palette knife to spread Creative Medium, paste over the tropical leaf stencil at the bottom of the canvas.


Step 8

With the help of a Sponge dauber cover parts and among previously stenciled designs with the Memento Luxe – Pistachio ink. Stencil more leaves with VersaColor Turquoise ink.


Step 9

Enhance the leaves and add detail with markers.


Step 10

Cut a piece of paper at the shape of eye, place it on top and sprinkle or flick All-Purpose Ink Real black on the canvas.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • 10 x 12 inch blank canvas
  • Sanna Lippert Designs – Dream Flower stencil
  • DecoArt – Tropical leaf stencil
  • Heat tool

 

Learn An Elegant Embossing Resist And Blending Technique

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Learn An Elegant Embossing Resist And Blending Technique

Hello crafty friends! Today, I want to share a “Hello” greeting card using the technique of color blending and emboss resist. I have always enjoyed mixing different techniques together and emboss resist is one of the most versatile. What I show in this card making tutorial is with this option you can create a rich color background before embossing and then apply extra layers of color to enhance the effect. See how I created this elegant card below.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

To make this card, I used three different green colors of Memento Ink. I started with the lightest New Sprout, continue with Bamboo Leaves and finalized with Cottage Ivy.


Step 2

Over a whisper white piece of card stock, I applied the ink directly with the ink pad, just rub it softly and blend the colors. When I was totally satisfied with the colors, I let the paper dry very well before to continue with the next step. I used my heat tool to speed up the process.


Step 3

I stamped a background stamp over the inked layer using the embossing buddy or anti-static pad, VersaMark Ink and Clear Embossing Powder.


Step 4

After heat embossing and using an InkBlusher, I applied Delicata Pigment Ink in White Shimmer directly over the heat embossed background. At this stage, you will notice how the embossed butterflies fine lines did not absorb the pigment ink and the background color looks softer.


Step 5

To finalize the card, I resized the layer, pasted it over the mat and card base and stamped one sentiment using VersaFine Clair Green Oasis and embossed it with clear embossing powder.


Step 6

You can use this technique using a single color of ink for the background or mixing different colors. The most important is that you use white pigment ink to make the color tones soft and enhance the embossing.

Thank you for stopping by!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – Whisper White, Dark Brown
  • Stamp Sets – Blossom & Butterflies, Friendship Greetings
  • Stamparatus or Misti Stamping Tool
  • Embossing Buddy
  • Heat Tool

Create a Beautiful Mixed Media Layout in Shades of Green

by Jowilna Nolte

Are you green with envy of the new trendy mixed media scrapbooking style or are you on the fence? I love the 3-D style so much, but it is a bit unrealistic if you can’t put these creations in an album, but have to frame them or store them in a box. Today, I am sharing my version of mixed media, just enough to add interest but still clean and simple enough to go into my album.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Ink a large floral stamp using Memento Dew Drops in 3 shades of green. See product list below.


Step 2

Mist the inked stamp with water and stamp it onto a sheet of white cardstock.


Step 3

Mix a small amount of pearl texture paste with Memento Luxe re-inker. Mix the color into the paste until fully colored.


Step 4

Stencil over your stamped background using your colored paste and leave to dry.


Step 5

Once the paste is dry, add some more color to your background. Add 2 colors of Memento ink to a plastic packet and mist with water. Then lift the plastic packet and stamp the ink onto the background and leave to dry.


Step 6

Add color to white flowers using Memento and Fireworks Spray. Assemble your layout. Add colored splats using Fireworks spray.


Step 7

Once your layout is assembled drop some ink onto the art stones to add color to them. Use the nozzle from the bottle and drop the ink onto the stones. Leave to dry. Add background stamping and rhinestones to finish off the layout.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – White
  • Stampers Anonymous – stamp
  • Little Birdie – Paper Flowers
  • Jowilna Nolte – stencil
  • Vellum hearts
  • Brads
  • Diamanté
  • Art Stones Cadence