Hey y’all. We are going to make two very different fun, bright Spring plaid backgrounds. One is very controlled, precise, and clean, stamped in VersaFine Clair inks with a fun color gradient; the other is much looser and more organic, hand painted with VersaColor inks for a more painterly look.
Hello friends! This is Linh (or LV Handcrafted on all the socials). I’ve made this St. Patrick’s Day card featuring some messy embossing techniques. Embossing powders aren’t just for stamped images. They are fun for creating a distressed, mixed media effect as well!
Here I’ve swiped clear VersaMark ink on the border of black cardstock and embossed with gold. In my video, you’ll also see me use gum arabic and water to create a splatter effect and emboss with gold as well. (There’s some beautiful gold splatter beneath the leprechaun).
Keep the gift boxes you receive and decorate them to hold special gifts.
The recipient will treasure the gift and the stunning box. Great for Valentines or any occasion!
Skill Level: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour plus drying time
Using an Ink Sweeper, stamp the lid using Pink VersaColor covering the top and all sides. You don’t need to ink the entire top of the box because you will be covering it. Heat set thoroughly. Set aside.
TIP: I use a heat tool to speed up the drying process.
Trim a sheet of Mixed Media Strathmore piece of cardstock to about 3″x3″
Ink with Pink VersaColor. Heat Set.
Secure the inked cardstock to the base of a stamping platform. Position your Elegant Script Background stamp and cover surface with VersaMark. It is important to use a stamp platform for this technique to ensure that the image lines up properly.
Ink the Elegant Script stamp with Rich Cocoa Memento ink.
Heat emboss with MBoss powder. (Photo not shown)
Die-cut heart using the Nestabilities Plain Heart Die Set by Spellbinders.
Pro Tip: You can use Rich Cocoa Memento Ink to edge the heart.
Trim a small piece of Mixed Media cardstock (about 3″x3″) and using the Scalloped Heart Die Set from Spellbinders, die-cut another heart. Ink using Rich Cocoa Memento. Heat set. Using a Sponge Dauber, apply Rose Gold Delicata ink to add a touch of rosy shimmer.
Use a square die (that’s a bit smaller than your box) to cut Mixed Media cardstock. Stamp with Pink VersaColor.
Tape the inked square to the back of the Slimline Baroque Stencil and ink with Cardinal VersaColor.
Tape each element using Tear-It! Tape. Set Aside.
To create the rose embellishment, take a small piece of cardstock and die cut the flower pieces. The Quickutz Doublekutz Rose bud die set was used here. Using embossing styluses can add dimension to the petals. Press the flower petals into the Cardinal VersaColor ink pad. Let them dry. Sponge with Rose Gold Delicata ink to give them some shimmer. Heat set.
Ink the stem and rose-hip with VersaMagic Hint of Pesto. Heat step. Then add a little Delicata Golden Glitz.
Tape rose to the top of the lid using Tear It! Tape. Now your lid is complete.
Directions – Box Bottom
Ink box bottom with VersaColor Cardinal. Heat set.
Cut a piece of Mixed Media Strathmore piece of cardstock no smaller than 4″x4″.
(This piece will be used to decorate the inside of the box)
Ink with Cardinal VersaColor. Heat set.
Secure the inked cardstock to the base of a stamping platform. Position your Elegant Script Background stamp and ink with VersaFine Clair – Acorn.
Trim the stamped red panel slightly smaller than the box. Edge with Acorn VersaFine ink and heat set. Adhere to the interior of the box with Tear It! Tape. Now your bottom box is done.
Hello! Kathy here, creating art for Imagine Crafts! Today’s project is a treat/gift card holder for Valentine’s Day but it is also about ADHESIVES! Adhesives aren’t the focus on most tutorials so let’s change that today.
.Skill Level: Easy
Time to complete: 1 Hour
Cut 3 pieces of a layering weight, white card stock to 4” x 11”. This will be enough for three holders. You don’t need a heavy weight card stock as we will be scoring, folding and adding a layer of patterned paper.
Cut 3 panels of patterned paper to 3.5” x 10.5”. I had this fabulous patterned paper from Kat Scrappiness in my stash which is perfect for Valentine’s Day!
Here is where the adhesive comes in! You will attach the patterned paper panels to the white card stock. The Tear It! Tape from Imagine Crafts is SO easy to use. It is a strong double-sided adhesive AND you don’t need to reach for your scissors every time you want a piece. Just tear it! It tears so easy! We will also be using the On Point Glue and I will give you a tip in a second. The On Point Glue comes in a small bottle with a micro tip. The cap of the bottle has a built in pin that fits in the micro tip when you close the cap so it never gets clogged! No more losing those pins!
Add your Tear It! Tape to the back of all four panels on all sides. Here’s a tip, pull up only a bit of each back and a bit of On Point Glue to the exposed area. Then flip the panel over and align to your white card panel. This allows some wiggle room for you to align the panels perfectly! Once the patterned panel is aligned press down the areas of exposed adhesive and then gently pull the backing paper off from each side.
Now it’s time to score and fold. You will score as indicated above and fold in the manner shown.
Now it’s time to add a little decoration! I used a heart die and coordinating stamps. I stamped using VersaColor Cardinal ink. For the sentiment I used VersaFine Clair Nocturne Ink. Foam tape was added to the lower half of the heart. The reason for this is so the flap of the holder can tuck under the heart. I also added foam tape to the sentiment, adding a bit more dimension to the design. These were SO easy to create and you could change up the design for ANY occasion. I haven’t put anything inside yet. A gift card fit perfectly inside, just add some temporary adhesive to the back of the gift card. You can also adhere a small cellophane bag filled with small treats and adhere it or add a bit of temporary adhesive to the back of a fun-size candy bar! Perfect for Valentine’s Day and Halloween!
I hope you enjoy this card and the tutorial. Thanks for stopping by I appreciate all of you! Please head over to the Imagine Crafts website to see all the beautiful products. Here is the link IMAGINE CRAFTS.
creating art for Imagine Crafts! Today I have a new tutorial for you. This is an OLD technique it is still fun, but messy! What do you need? A fabulous VersaColor Ink and some painter’s tape or any masking tape!
Skill Level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 1 hour
You will need a top-folding card base measuring 4 1/4 x 5 1/2“. You will also need another white panel measuring 3.75” x 5”. Grab your masking tape and a VersaColor ink. I used Cardinal. At this point you can put on some gloves if you want but I didn’t. I swiped the ink across a 5”piece of tap. I then laid the tape across the white card stock panel, put a piece of copy paper over it and pressed. I repeated this stripe 4 times. I like the texture of the stripe.
Next I smushed some of the Cardinal ink on my glass mat, added water and with a paint brush I splattered the panel. I did the same with some gold water color paint. Finally, I spritzed the Sheer Shimmer Craft Spray in Sparkle all over the panel. Can you see the shimmer? It is pretty!
Next, I cut the panel with a die and added a piece of red stock to the back. The red card stock is 1/4’’ larger than the striped panel. Adhere with some On Point liquid glue.
Now cut a hole from the panel and the red card stock you used for the frame.
Cut a panel of white card stock slightly smaller than your main panel. Add liquid glue to the back of the red circle. Use your main panel as a guide, place over the white panel and press your circle into place.
Cut a slightly larger circle from acetate or old packing and glue to the back of the main panel. Add foam tape all around and add flat embellishments to the center. I used gold confetti from Kat Scrappiness.
Die-cut a few of the medium sized snowflakes from the Kat Scrappiness Snowflake Trio and glue together. Then I used the Sheer Shimmer Craft Spray and spritzed the snowflake. I also splattered it with gold water color paint. It was still a bit too white so I pressed the snowflake into my Delicata Golden Glitz ink pad.
Cut a circle frame using the die you used for the front panel and a slightly smaller one. Glue this inside the cut out on top of the acetate. Adhere the snowflake on top of the acetate and allow to dry. Add a sentiment, I used the Christmas Stack Sentiment from LDRS Creative with the Sentiment Stack Shadow. I glued these together and then popped it up with foam tape. I also added a few of the gold confetti around the outside of the card and some dots to the frame with a gold gel pen. I added foam tape to the back of the panel and adhered to an A2 top-folding, white card base.
I hope you enjoy this card and the tutorial. Thanks for stopping by.