Simply Beautiful Collage-Style Card

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By Alison Heikkila –

Hello! Many crafters love the look of collage-style cards, but they may be intimidated to try making them. If you throw away the idea of perfection and just enjoy the process, you can achieve this look without too much trouble. Be sure to have some text stamps on hand, as they really help achieve this look. 

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Time to Complete: 45 minutes- 1 Hour

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Directions

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Step 1:

On a textured cardstock, gently ink the rough surface with Desert Sand Memento Ink. Don’t push too hard…we only want to enhance the texture. 

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Step 2:

With Espresso Truffle Memento Ink, apply a text background stamp to the cardstock. I didn’t use a block or stamping tool to apply this, because I wanted imperfections and blurring. 

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Step 3:

Die cut a leaf out of white cardstock. Apply Northern Pine, Morocco, and Love Letter Memento Ink right next to each other on your craft mat and spritz the colors with water. Lay the leaf into the ink and let it sit for a bit to soak up the color. Lift the leaf out, and let it dry. Then, ink the edges with Warm Cocoa Memento Ink. 

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Step 4:

Begin trying to decide where your pieces will go. I liked the placement of the leaf here. Now I need to choose the rest of my elements. 

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Step 5:

Ink up an insect you like…I went with a cicada and used Nocturne VersaFine Clair Ink. To give the bug metallic shine, I applied New Sprout and Cottage Ivy Fireworks! Spray to the body and Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Sparkle to the wings with a brush. Let dry, then cut out. 

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Step 6:

Collages always look better with imperfections, texture, and aging. To achieve all of that on this card, I first tore the right side off of my text panel. Then, I applied Eucalyptus Walnut Ink with a brush on the tear. On my Kraft colored card base, I inked the edges with Dark Brown Shimmer Delicata Ink, directly from the pad. 

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Step 7:

Using the same rough cardstock I used for the focal panel, I die cut the word “beautiful.” Then I rubbed Rich Cocoa Memento Ink across in, allowing some of he white to still show through. 

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Step 8:

I die cut a little tag out of cream colored cardstock, and flicked on more of the Eucalyptus Walnut Ink. Then I aged the tag with Dark Brown Shimmer Delicata Ink and added a sticker. I finished the tag off with twine. Adding many elements, especially those with texture, really add to the collage style vibe. 

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Step 9:

Attach all of your elements. Use flat glue as well as dimensional adhesives, like foam squares to add more interest to the card. My cicada and tag are both popped up for dimension. The twine was left long and can move freely. 

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Art Supplies:

Imagine:

Memento Ink: Desert Sand, Espresso Truffle, Rich Cocoa, Love Letter, Morocco, Northern Pine

Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray: New Sprout, Cottage Ivy

Sheer Shimmer Spritz: Sparkle

Delicata Ink: Dark Brown Shimmer

VersaFine Clair: Nocturne

Walnut Ink: Eucalyptus

Craft Mat

 

Other:

Sizzix & Tim Holtz: Leaf Fragments, Tag Collection

Stampers Anonymous & Tim Holtz: Entomology

Pinkfresh Studio: Classic Word Dies

Canson: Mixed Media Paper XL

Brushes

Kraft & Cream Colored Cardstock

Adhesive (flat and dimensional)

 

Create a Shimmery Background with Fireworks!

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By Alison Heikkila –

Hello! Fireworks! Spray from Imagine is a collection that coordinates with the Memento line of colors, but in a shimmery spray format. I love using the in ways that go well beyond just spritzing them, and today’s technique uses a brayer. The finished look has a glistening background that looks amazing when it catches the light. 

Skill Level: Intermediate
Time to Complete: 1 Hour

Directions:

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***Let me start my saying this background took a turn in the way I was planning on making it. I adore using my Gel Press Plates, but I was getting a better result with just using a brayer, so the photo above shows how I began the process, but I wound up changing my method as I went on.

Step 1:

I spritzed my 3×5 Gel Press Plate with Lady Bug, Tangelo, and Dandelion Fireworks Spray, keeping the colors separated so I would have distinct rows. I rolled the color out with my brayer. 

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Step 2:

I laid my cardstock on top of the Plate and pulled my print. It was pretty splotchy, which normally I like, but I wanted it to be more solid for this card. 

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Step 3:

I decided at this point to just spray the color directly on my Imagine Craft Mat, roll the color on to my brayer, and then take it to my cardstock. After a few layers of color, I achieved the look I was going for. Solid, shimmery color with a gradation. 

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Here is what the panel looked like after I trimmed it down. I really love the shine. 

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Step 4:

I laid my stencil on top of the dry panel and began to apply Morocco Memento ink on top. I spread the color with my sponge dauber. 

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I found it to be easier to spread the color on to the stencil itself, and then use the dauber to apply it to the cardstock. 

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Here is the completed stenciled panel. 

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Step 5:

Time to color the lion using Memento Markers. The list of colors I used is in the supply list below. Then the colored image was die cut. 

Step 6:

I inked the edges of the white card base with Sunflower Yellow Brilliance Ink. 

Step 7:

I assembled the card and stamped my sentiment with Fallen Leaves VersaFine Clair Ink. 

 

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Art Supplies:

Imagine:

Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray in Lady Bug, Tangelo, and Dandelion

Memento Ink in Morocco

Memento Markers in Rich Cocoa, Toffee Crunch, Desert Sand, Love Letter, Rhubarb Stalk, Lady Bug, Morocco, Tangelo, Potter’s Clay, Peanut Brittle, Cantaloupe, Dandelion

VersaFine Clair in Fallen Leaves

Brilliance Ink in Sunflower Yellow

Sponge Dauber

Craft Mat

On Point Glue

 

Other:

Gel Press: 3×5 Plate

Brayer

A Colorful Life Designs: Bitty Rays Stencil

Erin Lee Creative: Brave Fierce Kind Stamps

Doodles Paper Playground: Gold (and Silver) Starburst Rhinestones

Orange Ribbon

White Cardstock

 

Let’s Make an Adorable Summertime Card 

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By LeeAnn McKinney

– Nothing says Summertime to me like a nice juicy chunk of watermelon… and making this card made me get up and grab a watermelon popsicle when I was done…

Skill level: Beginner

Time: 30 minutes

 

Art Supplies

Imagine:

• VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne – 

• Fireworks Summer Sky – 

• Tear It! Tape – 

• Angel Pink Memento Marker – 

• Lady Bug Memento Marker – 

• Desert Sand Memento Marker – 

• Summer Sky Dew Drop – 

• Bamboo Leaves Dew Drop – 

• Pear Tart Memento Marker – 

• Toffee Crunch Memento Marker – 

Other supplies:

• MFT Through The Clouds Stencil

• MFT Summertime Pure Innocence Girl

• Accent Opaque 120lb White Cardstock

• Gina K Designs 80 lb Layering Weight Cardstock

How To Create The Perfect Plaid Background Using Kaleidacolor Inks 

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By Katy Ingram –

Hello Friends! Katy here and I am excited to share my project with you today. I am using the Kaleidacolor Ink Pad in Caribbean Sea to create my two plaid panels. Have you ever wondered or struggled with what colors to use to create a plaid background? Well my friends wonder and struggle no more because the Kaleidacolor Ink Pads solve it all. These ink pads coordinate so well that it takes the guesswork out. In the video I show just how easy it is, with a stencil of course, but the best part is, you don’t have to use all the colors or all the layers of the stencil I am using to get some really cool backgrounds. I will definitely be bringing the pads out more often to take the guesswork out of what colors go well with each other. Thanks so much for stopping by. 

I will catch you next time!   

Katy

Skill: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Time: 20 minutes

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine

• Kaleidacolor Ink Pad – Caribbean Sea 

• Ink Refills

– 40 Chartreuse

– 38 Pale Aqua

– 37 Celeste Blue

– 10 Teal

– 39 Nile Green

• VersaFine Clair – Twilight

• Tear it! Tape 

 

Other Products Used:

• Stardream Metallic Lapiz Lazuli

• Accent Opaque 120 lb Cardstock

• Kat Scrappiness Postage Stamp Die

• Kat Scrappiness Happy Fathers Day Die

• Hero Arts Dapper Dad Stamp Set

• Pinkfresh Studio Lowercase Heather and Lea’s Ornate Lowercase dies

• Blender Brushes

• The Greetery Tartan Builder Diagonal Stencil

Follow Katy Here:

Youtube: https://youtube.com/c/eastwickspaperandink 

facebook: fb.me/eastwickspaper 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eastwickspaperandink/ 

Blog: https://www.eastwickspaperandink.com/

Hang In There… An Inspirational Project 

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By LeeAnn McKinney

– Hi there friends and fellow crafters, LeeAnn here with a project that I knew I was going to make the minute I saw the photo. See a friend of mine posted this amazing photo on her Facebook page last month, and I started thinking right then about how I was going to replicate it. How about leaving a comment below and let me know how I did. 

Skill level: Beginner

Time: 30 minutes

 

Art Supplies

Imagine:

• Fireworks! Angel Pink

• Fireworks! Summer Sky

• Fireworks! Lulu Lavander

• Imagine Craft Mat

• On Point Glue

• Imagine Tear It! Tape

• VersaFine Clair Nocturne

Other products:

Make a Thank You Card for your Teacher

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By Alison Heikkila –

Hello! It’s getting close to the end of the school, so I thought it was time to make cards for teachers that have worked so hard this year (and every year!). If you have a stamp set with coordinating dies, I’ve got some fun techniques that you can recreate. We’ll be using 2 types of masks and several colors of Memento inks. 

Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Time to Complete: Approx. 20-30 minutes

Directions:

 

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Step 1:

 

Let’s grab all of our supplies. Be sure to have focal images, a sentiment, the dies, and plenty of ink. We’ll be using Memento Inks because they blend so nicely.

 

Step 2: On a piece of white cardstock, cut to 4” x 5 1/4,” stamp the apple with Nocturne Ink. This is the apple that will be in the front.

Step 3: Stamp an additional apple on some scrap paper and fussy cut it out. You could use the die for this, but I wanted to get right up to the edge of my apple. This will be our first type of mask.

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Step 4:

Place the fussy cut apple on to the one you stamped on your card front (you can use some low tack glue to hold it in place if you like). Then stamp your second apple, as shown above. When you remove the mask from the first apple, it will look like the second apple is behind the original. 

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Here’s what the apples look like after they’re stamped. 

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Step 5: Die cut an apple out of scrap paper. Make sure you have plenty of negative space around the die cut. This will be our second type of mask and will be used to protect the card front except for the apple you’re ink blending. 

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Step 6: Let’s start ink blending! I love coloring apples because there is often so much variation in colors on them. I started with Lady Bug ink, then moved into Cantaloupe, and finished with Pear Tart. The mask we made with the die cut allows us to get a perfect edge around the apple. 

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Again, these dies cut slightly larger than the stamped image, but I don’t mind that clean, extra rim of color around the apple. 

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Step 7: Place the fussy cut apple on to the inked apple, then line up your other mask around the uninked apple. Repeat the ink blending on this apple, but try to make it look a little different from the first one. 

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Step 8: Grab one of your brown Memento markers (I used Espresso Truffle) and color in the stems. 

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Step 9: Stamp a leaf on a separate piece of cardstock with Nocturne Ink. Ink blend Pear Tart ink on top and die cut it. 

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Step 10:

Use the same 3 colors you used on the apples to ink blend the edges of your card base. 

Step 11:

Stamp the sentiment with Shady Lane ink. 

Step 12:

Adhere the card front with your favorite adhesive. Attach the leaf using foam tape. 

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Finished!

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine:

Memento Inks in Lady Bug, Cantaloupe, and Pear Tart

VersaFine Clair Inks in Nocturne and Shady Lane

Memento Marker in Espresso Truffle

Other:

Mama Elephant: Fresh Fruits Stamps and Dies (discontinued…but there are many other fruit sets out there)

Stamping Bella: Planty Dandy

Blending Brushes

White Cardstock

Adhesive

Foam Tape