Learn How to Make a Kaleidacolor Mother’s Day Card

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By Alison Heikkila

Hello! I don’t know about your mom, but my mom is not really into your typical Mother’s Day card. She’s not really into super flowery, extra sentimental cards. She prefers bolder, more graphic things. So I decided to think “outside of the box” and use triangles! This is a fun and simple way to get a unique looking card with dye based inks from Imagine.

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Time: Approx. 20 minutes.

Directions:

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Step 1

Let’s gather our supplies! Grab a Gel Press Petite (I went with a triangle so that I could rotate them 180 degrees each time to get a cool pattern), your favorite Kaleidacolor inkpad, an additional Memento ink pad, and a stencil. For tools, you’ll want an acrylic block or handle, plus a brayer.

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Step 2

Apply the Gel Press Petite to your block. Click together the Kaleidacolor inkpad. Roll the color on to your brayer. It will not look like there is much color on the surface of the Gel Plate, but don’t worry, it’s there.

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Step 3

Pick up the inked Petite (while it’s on the block) and apply it facedown to your cardstock. I left a 1/4″ border below the triangle. Press the triangle into your paper as you would a clear stamp, then peel it away from the cardstock.

Step 4

Apply Teal Zeal to the Triangle Gel Press and roll the color out with your brayer.

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Step 5

Place a stencil on top of the inked triangle and gently press it into the Plate. The Plate will hold the stencil in place.

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Step 6

Flip the Plate (with the stencil still attached) on to a piece of scrap paper. I use copy paper. Press into the scrap to remove the ink from the negative areas. You can see in my photo above how it will look.

Step 7

Peel the paper away from the Plate, then remove the Stencil.

Step 8

Place the Plate directly on top of the first Kaleidacolor inked triangle you created. The left over Teal Zeal ink on the Plate that was trapped under the stencil will transfer to the paper.

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Step 9

Repeat applying the Kalediacolor Ink to the Triangle, flip it around and place onto your cardstock, making sure it’s going in the opposite direction of your first triangle.

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Step 10

To make things go faster, I opted to ink and stamp all of my Kaleidacolor triangles before I finished my stenciled layers. I worked my way across the entire piece of cardstock, from end to end.

Step 11

Repeat the process of applying the Teal Zeal to the triangle, applying the stencil, taking off the excess ink, and then applying to the Kaleidacolor layers. Do this until all of the triangles have a stenciled image on them. Then trim the piece, leaving a 1/4″ at the top.

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Step 12

For my “mom” sentiment, I applied more Teal Zeal to my triangle (you can use any Gel Press Plate for this, but since the triangle was already out, I just used that). I placed a strip of paper on it to pull the color off. I repeated this step until I had enough of the strip covered for my dies to fit the “mom.” I could have just inked the paper. But I wanted the paper to have the same look as the rest of the card. Gel Press printing looks very different than applying ink directly to paper, or using some sort of applicator. This kept everything cohesive.

Step 13

I wanted a shadow layer to my “mom” so I repeated the last step, but I reapplied ink to my strip 3 times to get a darker tone. It’s still Teal Zeal, but at a richer strength because I layered the color several times. I adhered these layers together with On Point Glue.

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Step 14

I created my card base from white cardstock, cut to 8 1/2″ x 7.” I applied my Kaleidacolor ink directly to my brayer, sprayed it with Ink Potion No. 9 to help it flow, and rolled it on to the top and bottom of my card base.

Step 15

Adhere the mono-printed layer and the sentiment to the card.

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This was a really fun card to make, and since you can get a huge range of Kaleidacolor inkpads (including a dry one so that you can create your own combination!), you can change up the look of this card easily. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Art Supplies

Imagine

Kaleidacolor Inkpad in Bouquet
Memento Ink in Teal Zeal
On Point Glue

Other

• Gel Press: Petites Set A- Triangle
• AALL & Create: Lotza Trianglez
• Simon Says Stamp: CZ Design- Everett Alphabet Die Cuts
• Brayer
• Acrylic Block/Handle
• Dry Adhesive

How To Make A Quick and Easy Mother’s Day Card

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by Annie Collins

Hello Crafty Friends – Annie Collins here with a fun and easy Mother’s Day card featuring Stazon and VersaMagic Inks.

Directions

Art Supplies

Imagine
Other
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  • Recollections Brand 110# Cardstock: White
  • Accent Brand 80# Cardstock: Opaque White
  • Aspire Pellatics 80# Cardstock: Shimmer Gold
  • AcetateFoam Tape

Create Beautiful Florals with Memento Markers

By Alison Heikkila

Hello! Today I’m going to show you how you can use Memento Markers to create beautiful florals. They look like they’ve been watercolored but you really just have used silhouette stamps.

 

Skill Level: Basic to Intermediate

Time: 30-45 Minutes

 

Directions:

Step 1

Apply your first silhouette stamp to an acrylic block or stamping tool. For all of these images, I thought using a block was easier.

 

Step 2

Color in the silhouette stamp using Memento Markers. I went with 2 shades of green for the foliage, and two colors on each flower. I recommend applying the lighter color first, and then the darker one. Be sure to overlap the colors to blend them together.

 

Step 3

Stamp the colored image onto white cardstock. If you take a while coloring in your image, you may want to “huff” or breathe on to the stamp before applying it. This helps to remoisten the inks.

 

Step 4

Try to change up the strokes you use when coloring the images, especially if you have florals with different textures like I do. Some I kept super streaky to resemble petals, some have a much smoother blend. Don’t be afraid to add extra detail with the Memento Markers after you’ve stamped the images. I did this, for example, on the mason jar.

 

Step 5

Stamp all of your images out, keeping them spaced apart a bit for die-cutting.

 

Step 6

Die-cut all of your elements. I adhered multiple images to my cutting plate at once to save time. I taped them down with a low-tack tape to make sure they wouldn’t move.

 

Step 7

When all of your images are cut out, arrange them in different ways until you like how they look. Snap a photo of the arrangement so that when you go to glue them, you can put them back where you like them. If you have Press ‘N Seal, you can apply that to the top of the images to temporarily hold them in place while you apply On Point Glue to the parts that are “in” the mason jar.

 

Step 8

Take a piece of 4″ x 5 1/4″ white cardstock and run it through your die-cut machine with an embossing folder.

 

Step 9

Lightly apply Pixie Dust VersaMagic to the raised design of the cardstock.

 

Step 10

Adhere foam dots or foam tape to the back of the mason jar and flowers.

 

Step 11

Stamp the sentiment near the mason jar.

 

Step 12

Adhere the panel to a white card base.

 

I love the completed card. Using Memento Markers directly on stamps gives a very different look than when using ink pads. What kind of silhouette stamps do you have in your stash? Flowers like these? Animals? Geometric shapes? You can use any of them with this technique! Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

 

Art Supplies

Imagine

• Memento Markers: Angel Pink, Tangelo, Sweet Plum, Summer Sky, Pistachio, Bamboo Leaves, Danube Blue, New Sprout, Teal Zeal, Cantaloupe, Olive Grove, Northern Pine.

• VersaMagic: Pixie Dust

• On Point Glue

Other

• Altenew: Garden Silhouette Stamps and Dies
• Spellbinders: Set Apter Texture Plate- Laser Beams
• Foam Dots
• White Cardstock
• Adhesive

Learn How to Make a Multi-Colored Easter Card

 

By Neva Cole 

In today’s crafting tutorial, I will show you how to use a single stamp image and stamp each line with a different ink color. I will also share how to blend VersaMagic inks for a background and take it up a notch by dry embossing.  

 

Skill: Intermediate

Time: 1 hour

 

Directions:

Step 1

Place image on stamp positioner and use a post-it to cover the bottom three lines of the image.  I used a sentiment stamp from Unity Stamp Co. titled “Everything Easter” with four lines of text.  Use a paper piercer to tuck the post-it securely in place. Ink the top line with VersaMagic in Aloe Vera.  Remove post-it and stamp image on cardstock. Clean ink off of the post-it so you can use it for subsequent steps.  Clean image after stamping and moving to Step 2. Repeat this after each step through Step 4.

 

Step 2

Use two post-its to cover lines 1,3 and 4 and ink image with VersaMagic in Spring Pansy. 

 

Step 3

Use two post-its to cover lines 1,2, and 4 and ink image in VersaMagic Sea Breeze.

 

Step 4

Use a post-it to cover lines 1,2, and 3 and ink image in VersaMagic in Spring Pansy.

 

Step 5

Clean the entire image and ink in VersaMark and stamp image over the colored lines.  Heat emboss with Iridescent Embossing Powder.

 

Step 6

Using ink blushers ink a section of 4″ x 5.25″ cardstock in VersaMagic Aloe Vera, Spring Pansy, and Sea Breeze and blend into each color.  Use an ink blusher to ink over the heat embossed sentiment image with VersaMagic Pixie Dust.

 

Step 7

Pressure emboss 4″ x 5.25″ blended color cardstock with Lifestyle Crafts Tide embossing folder.

 

Step 8

Use a sanding block or sandpaper to gently remove the color from the raised areas of the embossed cardstock.  The white color of the cardstock will show through.

 

Step 9

Die-cut sentiment image and use and ink blusher to in the edges in VersaMagic Spring Pansy.

 

Step 10 

Ink the edges of an A-2 (4.25″ x 5.5″) card base in VersaMagic Spring Pansy.

 

Step 11

Adhere layers together with foam adhesive.  Adhere pearl embellishments in curly- ques of the embossed background.  Adhere pearl embellishments to the center of small flower sequins and adhere with On Point Glue.  Tie a triple looped bow from sheer ribbon and adhere with On Point Glue.

 

Art Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Unity Stamp Co.  Everything Easter
  • Post-it notes
  • Paper piercer
  • Lifestyle Crafts Tide embossing folder
  • Sanding block
  • SpiegelmomScraps 50’s Sock Hop sequins
  • Foam adhesive

Learn How To Make Easter Gift Tags

By Jowilna Nolte 

Today I am sharing a quick Easter Tag using some fun splats stamps and the gorgeous range of StazOn ink colors. Plain stamped images in bright and fun colors are a classic look and so versatile – making Easter decorations extra special with a touch of handmade.

 

Skill Level: Beginner

Time: 20 minutes

 

Directions:

 

 

Step 1

Use a splat stamp and stamp a sheet of white cardstock using different colors of StazOn ink. Stamp one color at a time and then clean your stamp using StazOn Stamp cleaner before inking your stamp with the second color. Repeat and stamp your third color.

 

Step 2

Once you have stamped all your StazOn colors, use a yellow VersaFine Clair ink and fill in any gaps on your cardstock.

 

Step 3

Cut your cardstock sheet into tag sizes measuring 3×6”. Then stamp your bunny and wording in VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink.

 

Step 4

Use Rose Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz to add some ink splats across the tag and leave to dry. Tie onto a gift bag using baker’s twine.

 

Art Supplies

Imagine

StazOn full-size inkpad Cherry Blossom

StazOn full-size inkpad Caribbean Green

StazOn full-size inkpad Plum

Sheer Shimmer 7ml Spritzer Rose Gold

VersaFine Clair Full-size Inkpad Nocturne (black)

Other

White cardstock

Stamps: Joy Clair, Stampers Anonymous

Enamel dots

 

Learn How to Make a Faux Blue Delft Bunny Rabbit

By Roni Johnson

Welcome in Spring with this lovely Faux Blue Delft Bunny Rabbit to brighten up your home. Originating in the city of Delft in the Netherlands in the 1600s, this pottery which consists of blue decoration over a white background is a breath of fresh air and the perfect start of this season of renewal. This technique looks daunting but once you break it down into easy-to-follow steps it’s fun and rewarding. The finished project looks stunning and will delight everyone who comes in contact with it.

This technique combines wide-open geometric stamped patterns with areas of saturation to give the piece defined areas to enhance and highlight certain areas of the animal. For this example, I used the more concentrated stamping on the face, ears and a medallion of sorts on its back. You will come to see how this turns a plain paper mache rabbit into a beautiful Blue Delft Bunny sure to please.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 2 hours + dry time

 

Directions:

Step 1

Gather up your supplies, you will need a paper mache animal – I choose a rabbit for Spring, tissue paper, Medieval Blue VersaFine Clair ink and Creative Medium (Clear or Shimmer).

 

Step 2

You will also need to gather a few small stamps. For this project I am using roses, leaves and vine peg stamps from Rubber Stamp Tapestry.

 

Step 3

Prepare the paper mache animal by painting it with white acrylic paint. Set it aside to dry.

 

Step 4

To create the concentrated stamped sections place a sheet of tissue paper over the desired area, in this case the back and trace the shape you wish to create. For this example I wanted a nice sized oval medallion over the back. You can see the faint pencil marking on the tissue paper in the photo.

 

Step 5

Create the medallion by stamping the border along the pencil line from the previous step.

 

Step 6 – Stamp additional images to fill in the medallion.

 

Step 7 – Once the medallion has been completed let the ink dry completely.

 

Step 8 – Use a ruler to stamp a small rose at 1” intervals in a diagonal line.

 

Step 9 – Continue stamping at 1” intervals until the entire piece of tissue paper has been covered.

 

Step 10 – Repeat steps 4-9 for any additional areas you wish to cover with a concentrated stamping. For this example I made pieces for the back sides of the rabbit ears and one for the top of the nose and forehead.

 

Step 11 – Stamp extra pieces of tissue paper with the diagonal 1” pattern to cover any areas which are not going to be covered with the concentrated pieces.

 

Step 12 – Stamp more tissue paper than you think you’ll need just in case. You don’t want to run out in the middle of covering the project and have to stop gluing to stamp more.

 

Step 13 – Apply a layer of Creative Medium over the section of the paper mache you want to begin with and carefully place the piece of tissue paper over the glue.

 

Step 14 – Pick up more Creative Medium on the paintbrush and gently dab the tissue paper and press it onto the paper mache form. Once in place cover the entire piece of tissue paper with a generous layer of Creative Medium.

 

Step 15 – Continue covering the areas where you want the concentrated stamping, next the ears, one at a time.

 

Step 16 – Again gently layer the tissue paper over the Creative Medium base coat then cover with a top coat of Creative Medium. Gently pull away the excess tissue paper and smooth the edges with the paintbrush. Let these areas dry before continuing.

 

Step 17 – Once all of the concentrated areas have been applied (back medallion, ears, and forehead), use the diagonal stamped tissue paper to fill in any additional areas that need covering in the same fashion. Apply a foundation layer of Creative Medium; add the diagonal tissue paper and gently press into the glue then apply a top coat of Creative Medium.

 

Step 18 – Let the Creative Medium dry completely, I left this example dry overnight.

 

Step 19 – Use a sponge dauber to apply a bit of color around the edge and inside of the ear.

 

Step 20 – (Optional) – Glue a bit of marabou feather boa to the tail area.

 

Step 21 – Dye rayon seam binding with Fireworks! Spray ink to create a bow around the bunny’s neck.

 

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine
Other
  • Paper Mache Rabbit
  • Tissue Paper
  • Rubber Stamp Tapestry – Roses, Leaves, Vine peg stamps
  • Ruler
  • Paint Brush
  • Rayon Seam Binding
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint – Titanium White
  • (optional) Marabou Feather Boa