How to Create a Thanksgiving Silverware Holder

by Annie Collins

Hello Crafty Friends!  In today’s crafting tutorial, I will show you how to make fun and quick Thanksgiving papercrafts. This is a silverware holder made with kraft paper, stylish stamps, and chalk inks in a matte-finish look. I enjoy making crafts during the holidays and this is one that is perfect for the weeks leading up to the big Turkey day!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 10 minutes

Directions

Art Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampendous Stamps: Damask Fall Set
  • Simply Crafty SVGs: Silverware Holder
  • Recollections Brand 65# Cardstock: Kraft and Maroon
  • Bazzil Brand Cardstock: Golden Umber
  • Brother Scan N Cut Machine

How to Create Thanksgiving Card with Ink Blending

Hello Crafty Friends! Annie here with a Thanksgiving Card featuring VersaMagic Chalk Inks, Brilliance Pearlescent Pigment Inks, and StazOn Metallic Inks. This Thanksgiving papercraft can be used as a greeting card to give to your host or sent to a family member to let them know you are thinking about them during this holiday season.

This simple stamping and assembly can be finished in a crafting afternoon session. Additional supplies include scrapbooking paper and cardstock.

Skill: Intermediate to Advanced
Time: 20 minutes

Directions

Art Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampendous Stamps: Fall Season Set
  • Queen & Co. Jellies Gems: Copper Brown
  • Studio Calico: Wood Veneer Leaf
  • DCWV Pattern Paper: Fall & Halloween Stack
  • Recollections Brand 110# Cardstock: White
  • Recollections Brand 65# Cardstock: Brown
  • Jot Brand Foam Tape

Layering with Different Ink Applications & Techniques for an Easter Card

by Lori Warren

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. 

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 15 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock
  • Easter theme stamp set
  • Stencil
  • Ribbon

Spring Guest Artists

In late February we announced a Call for Spring Art. We asked for any papercraft or mixed media project that represents spring. Here are some of the art submissions from the Spring Call.

Terre Fry

Terre used Memento Tuxedo Black, StazOn Metallic Copper, All-Purpose Ink in Mint Green and Fireworks Craft Sprays to create a set of Shamrock themed mixed media cards.

Follow Terre on Instagram  @stampnterre

Jessica Lin

Jessica says, “Spring calls for rainbow colors!” Jessica uses VersaFine Clair inks to create a vibrant, Thinking of You card.

Follow Jessica on Instagram – @jessica.v.lin 

Alison Heikkila

Alison writes: VersaMagic Inks are some of my absolute favorites because of the soft chalky finish they have, plus their blend-ability. I knew they would be perfect for this lovely hydrangea, and by using blending brushes, I colored it up very quickly. For shine, I added some sequins with On Point Glue, which is the number one liquid adhesive I reach for.

My blog address: alisonheikkila.com
My Instagram: @alisonheikkila

Quick & Easy Projects: Ink for Planners

by Marcie McCabe

In today’s post, I will do a quick review of our ink brands and discuss the best inks for the thinner pages of journals and planners. If you are a planner addict or simply would like to craft some fun “goals” pages for the New Year then check out what we have to say about the best planner inks for 2020!

VersaFine + StazOn

One of the unique qualities of planners is the thin pages on the inside. These thin pages are designed to be flexible and lightweight so journals remain easy to use and at a low cost. If you like stamping inside your planner then getting a great inkpad is crucial. Let’s start with VersaFine Clair in Nocturne! VersaFine is a solid ink for making cards, but on thin pages, it is going to show through on the following page. StazOn Jet Black is an excellent mixed media ink and will stamp on nearly anything, yet again it shows through on thin paper. So these two inks I would save for cardmaking.

VersaMagic + Memento

VersaMagic is a highly pigmented chalk ink. The Midnight Black stamps well and does not bleed through the paper as heavily as other black inks. I vote YES for this ink on thin pages. Memento Tuxedo Black is a water-based dye ink that is an excellent ink for cardmaking and using with other inks such as alcohol markers but has a heavy bleed through on the thin pages. In my observation, it bleeds through the most.

What about grey?

If you really like a certain inkpad brand and feel you still want to use it on your planner or journal pages then you can try a lighter shade. Although Memento Tuxedo Black is too heavy for thin pages an alternative is London Fog. The grey tone is light enough for the journal page. I was inspired to try VersaFine Clair in Morning Mist, but again the tone of grey is too dark and the VersaFine showed through again. It is not an issue of the ink formula but rather the color hue of this particular grey.

Final Thoughts

When looking at different inks for journal pages consider different colors within a brand or brands with unique pigment qualities. The winners of this stamping-on-thin-pages test are Memento in London Fog and VersaMagic in Midnight Black!! Thank you and Happy Planning!

VersaMagic and VersaFile Clair Create a Polar Bear Card

by Lori Warren

Learn how to layer colors and different inks to create this lovely Polar Bear Holiday Card.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Step 1

Spray Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray in Summer Sky onto card panel.

Step 2

Stamp snowflakes with VersaMagic in Turquoise Gem.

Step 3

Stamp a second snowflake pattern in VersaMagic in Aegean Blue.

Step 4

Use a Large Dauber to sponge VersaMagic in Aegean Blue onto edge of card panel.

Step 5

Stamp ice pattern onto bottom of card panel with VersaMagic – Turquoise.

Step 6

Stamp Polar bear images with VersaFine Clair – Nocturne and cut out with coordinating dies.

Step 7

Add color to bears with Memento Dual Markers – Summer Sky, London Fog, Gray Flannel.

Step 8

Add color to scarfs with Memento Dual Makers – Rhubarb Stalk, Teal Zeal.

Step 9

Spray Sheer SHIMMER Spray – Sparkle onto craft matte then use paint brush to apply to scarfs.

Step 10

Stamp saying onto card panel with VersaFine Clair – Nocturne.

Step 11

Adhere card panel to card base.

Step 12

Adhere die cut Polar Bears to card front.

Imagine

Supplies
Other
  • Recollections Clear Stamps – Christmas stamp & die set
  • Sizzix Big Shot
  • White Card Stock