Share A Little Heartfelt Sympathy

Share A Little Heartfelt Sympathy with two handmade cards using tsukineko ink

Textured Heartfelt Sympathy Card by Neva Cole

Sympathy cards are a gift given to comfort the bereaved, in this instance, it is for a family member who now lives overseas. I wanted to create something soft and beautiful to deliver a message of condolences and love. The textured background is created with Amplify! and the shimmer of Brilliance Graphite Black sets of the Radiant Neon Electric Pink.

I started by applying the Radiant Neon Electric Pink Amplify around card base. I added drops of Amplify in white and smaller drops of Amplify in black. I used a rubber brayer to move the Amplify around on the card base, and used a heat gun until the texture puffed up. I used the scraps to die cut mini hearts with Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Journaling Card set.

I applied Brilliance Graphite Black ink with an InkBlusher to my die cut Decorative Elements. I die cut the center from the Amplify! textured card base to use between the inner and outer decorative pieces. I stamped the sentiment in Radiant Neon Electric Pink to match the Amplify medium. I had forgotten to clean the stamp before this step so the “mistake” became a creative choice instead and matched the distressed card base! I also gently inked the sentiment with Brilliance Graphite Black to add a bit more black low-lights to the image.

I finished the card with the DeNami Design white ribbon around the Decorative Element outer frame, and added the mini hearts. You could add other embellishments as desired.

And you are finished and ready to add your own personal message!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – White
  • Spellbinders – Labels 54 Decorative Elements
  • Unity Stamp Company – Heartfelt Sympathy
  • Lawn Fawn – Stitched Journaling Card die
  • DeNami Design – white ribbon
  • Rubber Brayer
  • Heat Gun

Blue Roses Sympathy Card by Roni Johnson

Blue Roses Sympathy Card by Roni Johnson

It’s not a fun part of life but with beginnings comes endings. It’s always hard to create a card when that time comes so why not make a bit of beauty to help us all through those rough moments. I created this card with those tough times in mind. I also wanted to share a technique I discovered when I was making this card that can be used to create an amazing background for not only this card but so many.

Trim a piece of watercolor paper to the desired size. Choose 2-3 colors of VersaMagic Ink you would like to use for the background. Apply the inks to a stamping block in any pattern you desire. Mist the ink with a bit of water. Place the inked block on the watercolor paper and let it set. As the block sits on the paper you will notice how the paper begins to absorb the water moving the ink around creating a lovely pattern and texture. When you can’t take the wait any longer, remove the stamp block to reveal the design created by the ink, water, and paper interaction. Once the ink has dried you will be left with a beautiful matte design perfect for any project.

Here you can see just how lovely that design is. I did try this technique on regular cardstock and compared the two side by side. The regular cardstock didn’t create the depth and design of the watercolor paper. While it is pretty and very usable, it just doesn’t yield the same effects.

The remainder of the card was finished by stamping the layered flowers with the same VersaMagic blue inks; leaves were stamped using a combination of VersaColor and Memento Dye inks and all images were then die-cut. The sentiment was stamped over the VersaMagic background using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and the stamped die-cuts were then affixed to the card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor paper
  • Cardstock
  • Cardbase
  • Stamping block
  • Altenew – Vintage Roses 

Use The Magic of Color with a Whimsical Theme

by Jowilna Nolte

Use The Magic of pink and teal Colors with a Whimsical Theme

Mystical and Whimsical…the magic of color! This month we are delving into some fun themes and one of them is Mystical or Whimsical in my case. When you realize you own no Mystical stamps you opt for something just as interesting and fun. For me a fun combination of Radiant Neon ink colors did the trick for this fun and magical theme.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions


Step 1

On a sheet of white watercolour paper add some simple folds. Fold the paper in horizontal and vertical strips to form a grid effect.


Step 2

Use Radiant Neon Green ink pad and apply color to the surface by using light circular movements. This will ink the fold lines and create a texture.


Step 3

Use your Brilliance Pearlescent Jade ink pad and in circular movements add color over the Radiant Neon Green.


Step 4

Add white texture paste through a stencil in selected areas only. Leave the paste to dry completely before adding more color.


Step 5

Use Radiant Neon inkers in Pink and Orange to add more color to your texture paste areas. Continue working this folded paper until the design is where you want it. I choose to ink the corners with pink, stamp other areas with script lettering, old postage style imagery and added a contrasting ink splatter in dark brown to tie it all together. Oh,  and of course, I added sequins.


Step 6

Stamp a large central figure. Here I choose a girl in rainboots with an umbrella for a head. Use Memento markers to add color to the large image.


Step 7

Add GlazOn details to certain areas of your image and leave to dry. Cut out the image and adhere to your colored background.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Jowilna Nolte – Stencil
  • Cardstock
  • Anna Griffin – Texture Paste
  • Sewing machine
  • Bonefolder
  • Index Card
  • Stamps

Watch a Video on how to Upcycle a Glass Bottle

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Watch a Video on how to Upcycle a Glass Bottle

I have a habit of saving interesting boxes, bottles, bags, packing materials, etc. that I think look cool. I keep them in a box (or three) labeled “Alterables” for when I want to create something but the idea of a card or canvas doesn’t scratch the creative itch. This glass jar is the sort that comes full of candy or nuts around the holidays and was overdue for a spruce-up.

Fireworks! Sprays will dry on glass or plastic, they just need a good long while to do so. You can carefully use a heat gun to help speed it up, but make sure it’s fully dry before spraying with a sealant to protect it for the long haul.

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Empty glass bottle
  • Stencil Girl – Brick and Mortar stencil
  • Buttons Galore & More – Button, bead, and sequin mix
  • Darice – Heat tool
  • Helmar – Liquid Scrap Dots adhesive
  • Crystal Kote Gloss Varnish
  • Matching ribbon
  • Toothpicks

Learn How to Create a Delightful Pineapple Card

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Learn How to Create a Delightful Pineapple Card

 

Hello friends, today I have a very fun inky technique to share with you on how to create your backgrounds using plastic and Fireworks Craft Spray. You will love how easy it is and how versatile it can be. Simple and delightful!!!

Directions

Step 1

Cut the pineapple die cut using whisper white card stock, but don’t discard the negative parts. Apply Electric Yellow Radiant Neon Ink directly over the body of the pineapple.

Step 2

Cover the pineapple with Clear Embossing Powder. Remove the excess and melt the powder with the heat tool.

Step 3

Repeat the process with the leaves of the pineapple applying Radiant Neon Electric Green but this time cover with Verdigris Embossing Powder to obtain a mixed color. Set aside. Take a big piece of plastic or wrapping paper, the same one you use in your kitchen and spray it with two colors of Fireworks–Dandelion and New Sprout. Smash the paper and apply the color over a piece of whisper white card stock. You will have a great texture on your paper and the intensity of the color depends directly on your style and colors that you used.

Step 4

Assemble your card using coordinating colors of layers. In my model, I used Basic Gray for the base, Crushed Curry for the second layer and then I pasted the decorated layer with Fireworks. I removed some of the negative parts of the pineapple to have a dramatic effect and pasted it with dimensionals. Finally, I stamped the sentiment using Versafine Onyx.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Card Stock – grey, white, curry
  • Heat tool
  • Die cut – Pineapple
  • My Sentiments Exactly – Handwritten Sentiments
  • Dimensionals or Foam tape

Dazzle Your Friends with Tantalizing Tangerine Card

by Jowilna Nolte

Handmade card with red rose on orange background Hero Arts crafts xoxo

Shades of Tangerine make for a really interesting and effective summertime vibe. Take a look at how blending 3 different shades of Tangerine can really make a resist embossed image come to life. I created this handmade card using my favorite ink pads in shades of orange.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 20 minutes + dry time

Directions

VersaMark inkpad

Step 1

Stamp a large background image onto white cardstock using Versamark ink pad. Sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat set until the powder is fully melted.


Step 2

Use a jumbo dauber and ink it using StazOn ink. Blend the edges of your embossed image with the StazOn ink. Use a damp cloth to wipe clean the embossed areas to remove the ink. Because StazOn ink actually sticks to the embossed areas, you need to wipe it clean immediately or the embossed areas will also become orange. Unlike the Memento Luxe and Radiant Neon inks that can easily be wiped clean off of the embossed areas once you are done blending.


Step 3

Next use another jumbo dauber and Radiant Neon ink and blend another section of your embossed image.


Step 4

Use the same dauber and lift some Memento Luxe ink in Morocco onto the dauber. Blend over the rest of your embossed cardstock piece. You can clearly see how the different colors of orange blend really well with each other makes the resist effect stand out.

Step 5

Open your irRESISTibles bottle and use the nozzle to splat some ink onto the embossed background. Leave to dry thoroughly. Add a chipboard flower, printed ticket and some embellishments to your Tangerine background. I love how the pink flower stands out against the orange background filled with texture.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Chipboard
  • Ticket
  • Sequins
  • Diamante
  • Foam tape
  • Heat gun
  • Hero Arts – stamp

 

See How to Make a Summer Card with Cool Lemonade

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

hello summer card lemonade

 

Nothing says summer to me like a tall, frosty glass of lemonade. Unless it’s a tall, frosty pitcher of lemonade as a die cut on a handmade card! The liquid effect inside the pitcher was inspired by toys we had as kids; namely the baby bottles that looked like the liquid was disappearing as the toy tipped over. By sandwiching the mixture of Memento Luxe and Ink Potion No. 9 between two pieces of clear plastic, the liquid is contained but still moveable—light finger pressure changes the position of any air bubbles, etc. making it perfect for liquid effect layers on active cards and an alternative motion element to shakers. To learn more about how I created this, hop over to Imagine’s Youtube Channel and watch the video tutorial!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Card Stock – white, yellow,
  • DCWV– terra cotta, green
  • Clear acetate
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities – Homespun dies
  • Darice – Multi-Sized Dots embossing folder
  • Heat tool
  • Die cut machine
  • Woodburning tool with stencil tip
  • Ribbon
  • Everyday Expressions – Stampabilities
  • Studio Calico – Pick a Plaid
  • Acrylic block
  • Scissors
  • Scotch tape