Fourth of July Layout Made Easy with Memento inks and Fireworks!

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By Neva Cole –

Today I will share how easy it is to create a very cohesive layout using just two ink colors and the matching Fireworks! colors for an amazing Fourth of July scrapbook layout.  With just white cardstock, an embossing folder, a large die cut, and stamps this layout is perfect for Independence Day

Skill:  Beginner

Time:  30 Minutes

Directions:

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Step 1

Trim white cardstock to 1” on each edge larger than the photos.  Pressure emboss with Star Blanket.  Ink raised portion of embossed areas and edges with Memento Danube Blue or Lady Bug.  For my layout I trimmed two sections 5” x 7”, three sections 4” x 5”, and one section by 4” x 4” to back my photos.

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Step 2

Die cut two sets from Spellbinders Cascading Stars die and remove the stars.  Trim one outline die cut into a section of five stars, with the other being four stars.  Use Jumbo Dauber to tap Memento Danube Blue over one die cut and the smaller portion of the trimmed die cut.  Tapping the ink onto the paper keeps from damaging the die cut, which can occur if a rubbing motion is used.  The larger portion of the trimmed die cut is inked in Memento Lady Bug.  Continue to add ink until it is the desired hue. 

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Step 3

The splatter method is used with Fireworks! to add some interest to the white background.  Shake the bottle to distribute glimmer and then remove spritzer nozzle and gently tap the top to splatter ink from the outside of the spray tube.  Continue to tap until the desired amount of ink is on the paper.  I choose sections where the die cuts would be eventually placed.  I alternated the color choices from the die cut color.  This is the lower right corner of the right page.  

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Step 4

The left side of the layout shown completed with splattered Fireworks! in Memento Lady Bug and Danube Blue.

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Step 5

Determine placement placement of elements to add stamped sentiments.  Place on layout and remove other elements.  Use a stamp platform to stamp sentiments in proper position.

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Step 6

On the right page the stamped elements are determined, then half are removed before stamping to allow for clean stamping of correct colors.  The remaining elements are added and stamped.  It was easier to stamp all the images Memento Lady Bug at one time, then follow with images in Memento Danube Blue.

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Step 7

Spritz Fireworks! into a plastic tray or surface.  Place die cut stars from step 2 face down on the Fireworks! ink to add color.  Use tweezers to move around in the ink and add more ink to tray as needed.  About a third of the stars were inked with Fireworks! in Lady Bug the remaining in Fireworks! Danube Blue.

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Step 8:

Determine correct placement of Fireworks! stars in the die cut.  I rotated the star until it fit properly into the die cut area.  Not all the stars are identical, so taking the time to find the right one was worth the effort for a seamless look.  

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Step 9:

Adhere elements to layout.  Tear It! tape was used to adhere the photos to the textured mats.  The die cuts are adhered with On Point Glue.  The small dots around the star frames keep the layout clean and smudge free.  

Art Supplies

Imagine

Memento–Lady Bug and Danube Blue

Fireworks!–Lady Bug and Danube Blue

Jumbo Dauber

Tear It! Tape

On Point Glue

Other

White Cardstock

Cuttlebug Star Blanket embossing folder

Spellbinders Cascading Stars

Technique Tuesday Spectacular Memories

Hero Arts CL493 Holiday Sentiments

Tweezers

Die Cut machine

Stamp Platform

Learn How to Water Color a Halloween Card with Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray

by Jowilna Nolte

Hi everyone, today I am sharing a gorgeous embossed Spider Web theme background using Fireworks sprays. One of my favorite techniques with Fireworks is to remove the lid and use the ink as a watercolor. First I stamp a grungy bird with VersaFine Clair. Since VersaFine is an oil-based ink, the stamped area will not lift when water-based inks are applied. This is an important feature to understand about VersaFine.

Hope you enjoyed this quick lesson. Create your own variation to make cards, Halloween decor, Fall, and other festive holiday crafts. Combining orange, purple, and black ink with a touch of gold creates a stunning end result.

Skill: Beginner-Intermediate
Time: 20 minutes

Directions

Art Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Sewing machine
  • Tombow Glue
  • Vellum
  • Smooth white cardstock
  • Embossing folder – Cricut
  • Cuttlebug – Cricut
  • Stamp – Stampers Anonymous
  • Paintbrush

How to Make Easy Abstract Backgrounds For Cards

by Jowilna Nolte

Hi everyone, today I am showing you a quick and easy way of creating some fun abstract backgrounds for cards using memento Luxe inkers. I love using my inkers to create backgrounds and these colors together are just so amazing. All you need is a few supplies and you can create a whole new fun look for your cards and other projects.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 10 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • White Cardstock 
  • Black Cards 
  • Stamps – Precious Remembrance
  • Die-cuts
  • DIY Cuts machine 
  • Diamante, Star
  • Gesso 

Learn How to make a Fall Inspired Birthday Card

by Jowilna Nolte

Today, I am showing you how to create a gorgeous and rich Fall Inspired Birthday card with a stunning and interesting background in a few easy steps. Combining different products together for a vibrant and colorful background with a fun pattern. The focal point leaf is pure magic with an over-stamped effect using StazOn Pigment ink.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 20 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Altenew – Halftone Hello Stamps
  • Kaisercraft – Texture Stamp
  • White Cardstock

Quick and Easy Projects: How To Make An Ink Blended Emboss Resist Card


orange and pink ink blended Hello to a special friend card

by LeeAnn McKinney

Hi there friends, LeeAnn here with a beautiful quick and easy floral themed “Hello” card I made to send to a friend. Hope you enjoy this Emboss Resist with Ink Blending card.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 10-15 minutes

Directions

Other
  • MFT “Beautiful Bloom” Stamp
  • MFT “Hello” Die
  • Joy Clair “Friends and Flowers” Stamp Set
  • Recollections Card Stock
  • Double Side Wide Tape

Step By Step

1. Cut White panel to 4″ x 5.25″

2. Ink Up Beautiful Bloom stamp with Versamark and Stamp in various places around Card Panel

3. Sprinkle with MBoss Clear Embossing Powder and heat set.

4. Using Reinkers ink up sponges and blend over the card base to add fun with the flowers and background.

5. Allow drying while die-cutting the Hello sentiment

6. Attach layers to the card base using Tear It Tape

7. Attach Hello to the card panel

8. Layer stamped the sentiment on the black panel and attach to the base using Tear It tape

I had so much fun with this project and I hope you enjoyed this video.

Quick & Easy Projects: Creating Backgrounds using Fireworks Sprays on a Gel Plate

by Jowilna Nolte

Today, I want to show you a quick and easy way of creating backgrounds for cards using Fireworks Sprays on the Gelli Plate. Combined with gesso these sprays can be turned into pastel shades with some fun patterns and textures. I create multiple prints using some for backgrounds and the rest to die-cut elements or stamp on.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 20 minutes

Directions

Other
  • Stamps Visible Image
  • Diamante
  • Gel Plate
  • Brayer Couture Creations
  • Gesso 
  • Stencil Art By Marlene
  • Watercolor Art By Marlene