How to Create a Fun and Colorful Birthday Card

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By Jowilna Nolte 

When I think of all my favorite inks I think of how well they can work together. There’s no better way to create interest than combining different types of inks together for some stunning effects and making easy striking cards.

For this card I simply used a single ink splat stamp and combined it with my favorite inks for a stunning end result.

Skill Level: Beginner

Time: 20 minutes

Directions:

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Step 1

Combine VersaFine Clair and Memento Luxe inks in the same color to stamp layers. For my first color I combined the yellow inks – first stamping Golden Meadow VersaFine Clair and then on top I stamped Dandelion Memento Luxe.

All my stamping was done in a bit of a diagonal line.

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Step 2

Repeat the process using Verdant VersaFine Clair and Pistachio Memento Luxe.

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Step 3

Repeat the stamping using Warm Breeze VersaFine Clair and Teal Zeal Memento Luxe.

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Step 4

Lastly combine the red by first stamping Glamorous VersaFine Clair and then finish off with Love Letter Memento Luxe ink.

Step 5

Trim your stamped panel to fit into a folded card base. Cut a vinyl holographic sentiment and adhere to your card. I off-set mine with a white die-cut piece for a shadow effect and dimension. Finish off with some diamante.

Art Supplies

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VersaFine Clair Full-size Inkpad Warm Breeze
VersaFine Clair Full-size Inkpad Golden Meadow
VersaFine Clair Full-size Inkpad Verdant
VersaFine Clair Full-size Inkpad Glamorous
VersaFine Clair Nocturne
Memento Luxe full-size inkpad Pistachio
Memento Luxe full-size inkpad Dandelion
Memento Luxe full-size inkpad Teal Zeal
Memento Luxe full-size inkpad Love Letter
Tear it! Tape
On Point glue

Other

White cardstock
Diamante
Die-cut: Cricut Maker
Holographic vinyl: Cricut

Make a Sparkling Summer Birthday Card

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By Jowilna Nolte 

Summer means outdoor celebrations and color – and that means loads of fun right?
Make every celebration special by adding loads of fun and bright colors to birthday cards.
Take a look at this easy and fun way I use color and shimmer on this card.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Time: 30 minutes

Directions:

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Step 1

On smooth white cardstock add some stenciled details. I used Creative Medium and mixed some Red Brilliance Inker into the medium before applying it through a stencil using my palette knife.
Leave the stenciling to dry.

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Step 2

Once the stenciled detail is dry, add some color using Memento and VersaMagic Dew Drop ink pads.
Apply the ink, once color at a time to a plastic packet and mist with water. Then stamp the color onto your background by flipping the packet over and pressing lightly.
Add more colors and then leave to dry.

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Step 3

Stamp your image using VersaFine Clair Nocturne onto smooth white cardstock.

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Step 4

Use your Memento Markers to add color to your stamped image. I used colors to match my background.

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Step 5

After coloring the image, add a layer of embossing in Sparkle Mboss powder. Ink the image with VersaMark and sprinkle with powder.
Shake off the excess and then use a heat gun to melt the powder. This gives the image a bright and fun shimmering finish.

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Step 6

Use your Tear-It! tape to adhere the background strip to your folded card. Stamp a birthday sentiment below the strip using VersaFine Clair Nocturne.
Adhere the embossed image using foam tape for some dimension and  finish off by adhering diamante using On Point Glue.

Art Supplies

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Craft Mat
Tear It! Tape
On Point Glue
Palette Knife 
VersaFine Clair Nocturne
VersaMark Ink Pad
Mboss Embossing Powder – Sparkle
VersaMagic Turquoise Gem Dew Drop
Memento Rose Bud Dew Drop
Memento Tangelo Dew Drop
Memento Markers Assorted Colors

Other

Smooth White Cardstock: Technic
Stamps: Art by Marlene, Joy Clair
Diamante
Stencil: Jowilna Nolte
Foam Tape

Make a Father’s Day Card with Gorgeous Textures and Dimension

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By Jowilna Nolte 

For Father’s day I a pulling out some of my favourite products from Imagine and creating gorgeous textures and dimension. Shades of blue gives card a fun but masculine feel and the shimmer adds just that bit of elegance – perfect for even the hardiest of men.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Time: 45minutes including drying time

Directions:

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Step 1

Use a variety of Memento Luxe inks in shades of blue and blend a background.
Tape your stencil to your smooth white cardstock to hold it in place.
Blend the darkest shade of blue Nautical Blue and then Teal Zeal.

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Step 2
Blend some Bahama Blue – remember to overlap onto the previous colour to get a nice blended effect.

TIP: For seamless blending I vary the pressure I apply. When blending over the previous colour I have a very light hand ensuring I only blend the colour instead of replacing it.

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Step 3

Lastly, I blend some Grey Flannel right at the bottom of my card.

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Step 4

While my stencil is still in place I apply a thin layer of Creative Medium over the entire panel.
You can also get creative and tape off some shaped areas like I did here.
While the Creative Medium is still wet, lightly sprinkle with clear frosted glitter before removing the stencil carefully. Leave the paste to dry – as the medium dries it keeps the glitter in place.

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Step 5

Punch a large vellum circle. Use Memento Markers to add a stamped element onto smooth white cardstock and punch into a circle.

Stamp a sentiment using VersaFine Clair and trim to size. Assemble your elements to the stencilled background once dry and adhere the panel to a folded card. Finish off with diamante and enamel dots.

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The embossing powder adds some glamour and shine to this simple yet fun card. Just like the couple – fun colours combined together with a touch of glam and pizazz.
Mboss embossing powder really takes any project t the next level. Available in a  huge variety of colours they truly are amazing.

So many fun products used for a simple but striking card.

Art Supplies

Imagine

VersaFine Clair Nocturne

Memento Luxe Nautical Blue

Memento Luxe Teal Zeal

Memento Luxe Bahama Blue

Memento Luxe Grey Flannel

Jumbo Dauber

Creative Medium

Palette Knife 

Craft Mat

Other

Smooth white cardstock
Vellum
Stamps: Joy Clair, PSX
Clear frosted glitter: American Crafts
Foam Tape: Kaisercraft

Make a Modern Wedding Card for a Fun and Vibrant Couple

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By Jowilna Nolte 

Recently I had to make a quick wedding card for a fun and vibrant couple. Instead of going the traditional route I opted for just having fun – mimicking their personalities.

Skill Level: Beginner

Time: 20 minutes

Directions:

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Step 1

On a smooth white background panel used your StazOn ink Cherry Blossom and swipe the ink pad across the panel.

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Step 2
Repeat the process this time using Versamagic ink to swipe across the background.

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Step 3

Stamp a sentiment across the bottom of the panel using VersaFine Clair Nocturne.

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Step 4

Emboss a scrap cardstock strip using Indigo Pealr Mboss embossing powder and VersaMark Frost. Then cut the strip with a scallop edge. Emboss a chipboard heart using the same Indigo Pearl Mboss embossing powder.

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Step 5

Assemble the card by adhering the panel to a folded card. Then adhere the embossed heart using On Point glue as well as the embossed strip and embellishments to finish off your card.

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The embossing powder adds some glamour and shine to this simple yet fun card. Just like the couple – fun colours combined together with a touch of glam and pizazz.
Mboss embossing powder really takes any project t the next level. Available in a  huge variety of colours they truly are amazing.

Art Supplies

Imagine

VersaFine Clair Nocturne
Mboss Indigo Pearl
VersaMark Frost
On Point Glue
Tear it! Tape
StazOn Cherry Blossom
VersaMagic Mango Madness

Other

White cardstock
Chipboard: Celebr8
Stamps: Visible Images
Embellishments

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

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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

 

Create an Inspiring Prayer Themed Card with an Ombre Background

by Lindsay Adreon

Create an Inspiring Prayer Themed Card with an Ombre Background

Watercolor is not my strong suit. Yet, I have found a way to watercolor that seems to work for me is with Memento Markers. Today, I want to share with you how to create watercolor ombre backgrounds easily to create a Prayer encouragement card. And I’m adding sparkle, because why not? I hope you all enjoy the tutorial!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour per card

Directions

Supplies

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