By Jowilna Nolte
Today I am showing you how to create a gorgeous shimmering background for your Valentine cards using a few tricks. First I used a piece of shimmering faux leather paper, added some Brilliance Rocket Red inker to it, and then used a unique rich metallic raspberry MBoss powder for added texture. For the focal point, I embossed a heart and then added some finishing touches for a quick and shiny card – perfect for friends. In just a few steps I created this card with loads of elegance, shine, and personality.
Time: 25 minutes
• Brilliance Rocket Red Inker
• MBoss Metallic Berry Embossing Powder
• VersaMark Dazzle Champagne
• VersaFine Clair Nocturne
• Imagine Craft Mat
• Tear It Tape
• StazOn Stamp Cleaner
• Heat Gun
• Couture Creations Stamp Press
• Couture Creations Mini Guillotine
• Stamps – Joy Clair, Carabelle
• Cardstock – American Crafts
Layering your ink with different applications and techniques is a great way to create and interesting and beautiful card. This card features ink application through a stencil, repeat stamping with color, single stamping in black, as well as a bit of water coloring.
Time: 15 minutes
- Easter theme stamp set
Hello There Friend Greeting Card by Tenia Nelson
Tenia here from Jazzy Paper Designs with a super fun card made with Imagine and Tsukineko products. Magenta is such a beautiful color and makes a great color theme for a craft project or handmade card. I made this easy CAS card for today’s post — Check it!
I started by adding Rose Bud Fireworks Craft Spray onto white cardstock to add some shimmer and color to the background. Then I stamped the Hello Friend sentiment onto journal cardstock using Lilac Posies Memento Ink. This color is a bit darker and richer than Rose Bud and thought it worked well. Next, I added more Rose Bud Fireworks spray onto scrap white cardstock, and die cut with a heart die after it was dry. Fireworks can do a lot as a craft spray. I went heavy on the die cut cardstock in order to get a good saturation for the little hearts. Next, I attached the hearts onto the journal card panel and attached the entire journal card onto the splatter panel. My favorite finishing touch is to add washi and sticker stitches. And finally, adhere the image panel onto a blank card base and it is ready to gift!
- Reverse Confetti – Stamp
- Washi Tape
- Sticker Stitches
- Spellbinders – Heart Die
- Die cut machine
- Ink blending tool
Watercolor patterns continue to be popular among paper crafters. Take off the cap from Fireworks and Cherry Blossom Walnut Ink spray bottles and drop a few ink droplets on the craft mat or a paint palette. Using plenty of water, paint the background with light pink Walnut Ink. Before the paper is dry, add highlights with vivid pink Fireworks and let the colors mix. Dry with a heat gun or let air dry. Apply Memento ink of the desired color on the flower stamp. Mist gently with water. Stamp the flower images on the watercolor background. Let dry or dry with a heat gun. When using layered images stamp the lighter background color first before using a darker one for the upper layer. Dry each layer before stamping the next. Dip a small paint brush in the Fireworks ink. Tap the brush to create a splatter effect on the background. Let dry. Stamp the “hello my friend” sentiment, trim the card front to size, mat on magenta paper, and adhere to the card base and you are ready to go!
- Mixed media cardstock or watercolor paper – white
- Cardstock – magenta
- Stampin Up– ‘Too Kind’ Stamp
- Sizzix – ‘Hello’ Stamp
- Watercolor brushes
- Water in a spritzer
- Double-sided tape
- Paper trimmer
Easy Polka Dot Magenta Butterfly Card by Mischelle Smith
We were challenged this May to use the color magenta in our craft projects. I wanted to create an easy, sophisticated card with pops of magenta. Adding magenta to my card in just three places really focuses on and highlights the pops of color. This easy card can be replicated in any color palette and for any occasion – making it a great go-to design when you need a quick and easy card!
Cut cardstock 4 ¼” x 11”. Score at 5 ½” to create card base. Ink largest image (background stamp image) with Gray Flannel Memento ink. Stamp onto card base. Ink leaf stamp with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and stamp. Repeat two more times or as desired. On scrap paper stamp the” journal box” images and “You More” saying, as shown, with Gray Flannel. On scrap paper stamp, with Lilac Posies Memento ink, butterfly and heart. Cut out butterfly and heart. Gently ‘roll’ the wings of the butterfly around a pencil to form their shape. Attach metallic silver thread to back of the butterfly and attach butterfly and heart to the card as shown. With a small butterfly paper punch – punch a butterfly on a scrap of vellum paper. Attach to butterfly as shown. Add two bitty sparkles to vellum butterfly. Stamp ‘love’ inside journal block with Lilac Posies Memento ink. Use foam tape to attach to card. Spritz card with several sprays of Frost Sheer Shimmer Spritz to finish.
- CTMH – Stamps – Documenting Moments, Brushed Workshop
- Prima – Jamie Dougherty Florals
- Silver Metallic Thread
- Foam Tape
- White Cardstock
- Paper Trimmer
- Score Board
Hexagons are so hot right now! They are a classic shape that is found in nature with honey combs, used in art and design to create interesting patterns and the iconic 5-side shape is also used in signage and information design. I share how to use a basic die cut to create a stamp, blend inks to create dimension and repeat patterns for a lovely finished home decor piece.
Time: 5 minutes
Diecut corkboard with hexagon die to create the stamp shape. Attach to stamp block using the Tack ‘N Peel cling sheet. Tack ‘N Peel is reusable and this project could be repeated with any desired shape or die.
Ink the new hexagon stamp with Kaleidacolor inkpad. The blues and greens will blend and create an ombre effect. You can use this inkpad is several ways. It has a sliding feature so you can push the individual ink colors closer together. Stamp onto white cardstock and continue until you have created a nice pattern. To create a cool effect, use a different part of the inkpad while creating the pattern. Repeat until paper is covered with hexagons.
Die cut another hexagon from card stock, adhere to the stamp to create a pop-out element and place onto the pattern using adhesive tape. Frame and enjoy.
- Stamp block
- Hexagon nesting dies