Make a Bright Birthday Card with Ink Blending

Do you know someone with a birthday coming up? Are you loving what you are seeing in ink blending trends? Well, today’s blog post is just for you! Mischelle Smith uses Kaleidacolor and a brayer to blend dye inks on black and white decorative paper to create a beautiful birthday card. Neva Cole uses circle dies of different sizes and Memento inks to create an attractive floral-themed card.

 Colorful Blends on Black & White

Colorful Blends on Black & White by Mischelle Smith

Looking for the perfect way to show off the gorgeous palette of your Kaleidacolor inkpads? I was! So, I went directly to my black and white pattern papers. I used my brayer to add a portion of beautifully blended color to my black and white paper and the results were stunning. For an extra bit of visual interest, I also brayered some of my color onto white scraps of cardstock and then die cut. The contrast of black and white with beautiful bursts of Kaleidacolor makes a winning combination every time.

I did a couple easy techniques to create this card. The split from black and white to color is a simple masking technique. Mask the top section, ink up the brayer with Bouquet Kaleidacolor Pad and brayer the bottom portion of the pattern paper. Then, I repeated the brayer technique onto scraps of white cardstock and used a branch die cut to make the top layer pieces. I used a black shimmer trim to hide any masking marks and to add a nice contrast in the middle. Next, I created the Happy Birthday tag and prepared for the layering of all the elements. I layered one set of branches, the Happy Birthday sentiment, the silver thread and finished with another top layer of branch die cut. While this is a option, I can’t resist spritzing with several sprays of Frost Sheer Shimmer Spritz to add the finishing touch. I found this design to be so fun that I created a matching tag in the same style. So you can really expand these ideas as much as you like!


  • CTMH – Black Shimmer Trim, Happy Birthday stamp, Mother’s Day Workshop
  • Decorative paper
  • Silver metallic thread
  • Foam tape
  • White cardstock
  • Paper trimmer
  • Score board
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon

Blending with Memento Inks. purple flowers, splatter ink, happy birthday card

Blending with Memento Inks by Neva Cole

The challenge for the month was to incorporate ink blending into a project. I love how Memento Inks can be blended with water or Ink Potion No. 9. I also think it is really cool that the Fireworks Sprays are in the same colors, so it was quick and easy to put together this fun color coordinated card using Joy Clair stamps. Using a stamp positioner, I stamped the card front and two additional layers with StazOn Jet Black ink. The top two layers are die cut in circles. The top layer is water colored with a small paint brush and Memento in Danube Blue and Grape Jelly. The next layer is inked with an Ink Blusher and Grape Jelly. The bottom layer is splatted with the Fireworks in you guess it, Danube Blue and Grape Jelly. A little secret here, I accidently marked the top layer with a splotch of ink, but was able to cover the splotch with the strategically placed happy portion of the sentiment. Once dry, the card is assembled with dimensional foam adhesive and ready to be paired with a birthday present.


  • Joy Clair – Spring Time Flowers, Happy Birthday stamp
  • Spellbinders –  small circle die, large circle die
  • Foam adhesive
  • Paint brush
  • Stamp positioner



Complete a Scrapbook for your Earth Day Adventures

by Neva Cole

Scrapbook Layout using DCWV paper and Tsukineko ink.

What fun times we had when we stayed a tiny campground along the McKenzie River last fall. When I received the DCWV Adventurer paper collection I knew exactly what event I planned to scrap, it was just a matter of selecting the photos to get started. I tend to scrap family events in two-page layouts, so I started with olive green cardstock with the Yellow Bright Textured cardstock to back the photos.

Working from the photo colors, I choose the plaid blue and green design and two journal cards from the collection. One of the papers had fun adventurer circles that worked perfectly to die cut and use as additional embellishments. Once all of my selections were made and the design was decided, I marked off the area for the title and removed all the papers. The “Campout” was stamped in Memento Northern Pine. “McKenzie River” was stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed with Copper Embossing Powder, which matched perfectly with the pre-embossed journal card and the circle embellishments. An ink blusher was used to ink the edges of all the papers with Memento Northern Pine before I arranged the rest.


  • DCWV – Adventurer Collection, Bright Textured cardstock
  • Making Memories – Foam Stamps Philadelphia
  • Technique Tuesday – Farmhouse Large
  • Spellbinders – Small Circles




No Restraints with this Handmade Card

Come FLY With Me

by Terre Fry


When you think of the words “Come Fly With Me” you think of Sinatra. But when you think of the word FLY, you think freedom, no restraints, skies the limit, and/or soaring above. I feel the same is true when you dabble in mixing different types of media. Mixed Media gives you the freedom to FLY and try new things!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes



Step 1

Use a tooth brush and Tropical Lagoon All-Purpose ink to splatter drops on the card front. Repeat this process with the Metallic Black Pearl All-Purpose Ink. (Splattering ink should definitely start to give you that feeling of freedom!)


Step 2

Die cut several copies of thick chipboard.


Step 3

Glue all the similar pieces together to create dimension. You can see the thickness by the shadow it creates.


Step 4

Use an InkBlusher to apply the All-Purpose Ink to the outer chipboard die cuts.


Step 5

Dab the Emboss Pad randomly over the inked piece (not covering it entirely), then apply Black Embossing Powder, heat to set.


Step 6

Assemble the pieces where you are going to want to place them on your card. I decided to color a piece of scrap cardstock with the All-Purpose Ink and place it behind the FLY piece.


Step 7

Adhere everything together. Add your finishing touches—I opted to draw stitch lines around my FLY piece with a irRESISTible Pico Embellisher in White Wedding and drew around the open letters with a black pen.


  • Spellbinders – Seth Apter Take Flight etched dies, Grand Calibur Machine
  • Cardstock – white
  • Chipboard
  • Toothbrush
  • Black pen

Isn’t FLY the perfect sentiment for a graduate? Tomorrow we’ll see the same die cuts with a whole different look from Martha Lucia Gomez.




Discover New Paths with Stamping SOS!

We All Make Mistakes

by Roni Johnson


Sometimes when stamping larger images it’s easy to miss a spot, either when inking your stamp or pressing it on the paper. Rather than throwing that image away I have a couple ideas on how to save it. The first technique uses die-cut pieces to hide a replaced portion of the stamped image. But why stop there? Instead of hiding the mistake why not highlight it? We’ll do just that very thing with my Image Fix #2.

Directions for Image Fix #1


Stamp desired image….darn, I missed a spot – the face of the large elephant didn’t stamp properly.


Re-stamp your image on a scrap piece of cardstock. Use a die cut to cut the image out.


Cut a second frame in a coordinating cardstock to hide the seam.


Finish the card as desired. I implemented more die-cut pieces and frames to make the needed one seem like I totally planned it the whole time!

Supplies for Irrelephant Card

  • Memento Dye Ink –Tuxedo Black, Bahama Blue
  • Memento Dual Tip Markers – Bahama Blue, Dandelion, Love Letter, Toffee Crunch, London Fog, Desert Sand
  • Spellbinders – Seth Apter Robo Star Die; Seth Apter Laser Beam Embossing Folder
  • – Cardstock, Rubber Stamp

Directions for Image Fix #2


Stamp desired image on cardstock, in this example Black Shimmer Delicata Pigment Ink was used….darn, I missed a spot and I didn’t let the ink dry before touching and smudged an area in the moon.


Pull out a desired die(s) and position it over the messed up area(s). Use a bit of washi tape to secure the die in place; run the image through die-cut machine and removed the stamping mistake(s).


Here is where this technique goes from hiding a mistake to highlighting the mistake. Instead of stamping the replacement image on green cardstock, stamp the image on black cardstock using White Shimmer and Celestial Copper Delicata Inks. Run the new portion of the image through the die cut machine.


Mount the image panel onto a black mat which was stamped with Celestial Copper and a script stamp.


Afix your new pieces into the image panel. Finish the card as desired.


Supplies for Birthday Moon Card

  • Delicata Pigment Ink – Celestial Copper, White Shimmer, Black Shimmer
  • Spellbinders – Square Dies
  • – Cardstock, Rubber Stamp

See How to Make a Grunge with Bling Mixed Media Binder

Grunge with Bling & Lots of Texture 3 Ring Binder

by Nadine Carlier

binder main pic wm

See how 2016 Artist in Residence Nadine Carlier decorated a 3 ring binder from Spellbinders Seth Apter collection using several of the Imagine Crafts mixed media products, including the awesome new Delicata ink colors in this inspirational video.

Skill: Intermediate – Advanced
Time: 2 hours +drying time


  • Spellbinders – Seth Apter Robo Ring Etched Dies, Seth Apter 3 Ring Binder, Platinum Die Cut Machine
  • Black Paint
  • Drywall Joint Tape
  • Chipboard
  • Twine
  • Button
  • Key
  • Bling

Make A Quick Fifteen Minute Card

Memento Ink + Wafer Thin Die = Fifteen Minute Card

by Neva Cole


Sometimes we just need a really quick hand-made card, and this technique is perfect for just that purpose. Key pointers for this technique include selecting a die set that is symmetrical with an outline and inner section and to use one Memento Ink that is lighter than a second Memento Ink. Have fun with this easy beginner technique that creates charming rustic results in just minutes! I have made a stack of cards to use for the end of the school year to give to my son’s teachers. Happy crafting!

Skill: Beginner

Time: 15 minutes



Step 1

Trim white cardstock to 4” x 5 ¼” and brayer both sides with lighter colored Memento ink. This example used Pear Tart. Brayer and additional section of cardstock to be used for the sentiment.


Step 2

Center both parts of a two-part symmetrical die and sentiment on one side of the card stock with cutting blades facing away from the cardstock. Add sentiment below with cutting blades facing away from the cardstock. Spellbinders Medallion Four and “Thanks” from Phrase Set One are used for this card. Pressure emboss with embossing mat and appropriate sandwich for your die cut machine.


Step 3

Die cut the outline of the medallion and the sentiment.


Step 4

Brayer the medallion and sentiment with a darker color Memento ink, for this card Lilac Posies is used. When using a medallion like Spellbinders Four, masking the larger center debossed area will keep the area clear of ink.


Step 5

Use an InkBlusher to ink the exterior edges of the cardstock and interior edges of where the die cut was removed. More control of the ink and inking in tight areas is achieved when using the soft InkBlusher.

Step 6

Adhere panel to A2 size Kraft card, adhere medallion at a slight angle with dimensional foam adhesive, and adhere sentiment with Zig Two-Way Glue.




  • Spellbinders – Medallion Four, Phrase Set One
  • Zig Two-Way Glue
  • White and Kraft cardstock
  • Rubber brayer
  • Die cut machine
  • Embossing mat
  • Dimensional and standard adhesives