•When I lose my mojo it helps to just play and experiment with no particular direction or intent; simply allowing the process to guide me. That is where I am at today, so lets play with a bunch of different inks, sprays, embossing folders and a gel plate. Again, our focus is on exploration and discovery versus a completed project. Come back next time to see how some of the backgrounds become finished projects.
Hello! @AlisonHeikkila here. Let’s play with some Radiant Neon Inks on black and white cardstock. I use 3 of the 7 colors in a few different ways on this card. These techniques are fun and not complicated. I hope you’ll try them with your favorite stencil soon.
Greetings! It’s Kathi here to show you how to create a wedding card using trending wedding colors of dusky rose, pink, rose gold, and gold.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Time: 1.5 hours
Use Tuxedo Black Memento ink to stamp the wedding cake from the Dreams Come True Cling Stamp Set onto a 4” x 5.25” panel of white cardstock and onto repositionable label paper.
Use small scissors to fussy-cut the label paper version and place it atop its counterpart on the image panel as a mask.
Place a ruler horizontally over the base of the image.
With an ink sweeper, sponge Pixie Dust VersaMagic ink over the ruler and the masked image.
Use a pouncy tool or a stiff paint brush to pounce Rose Gold Delicata Ink.
Move the ruler to cover the top of the image and secure with magnets.
Use an ink sweeper to sponge Pink Petunia VersaMagic ink.
Remove the ruler and let it dry. I heat set to expedite the drying process.
Use a piece of scrap paper to cover the top part of the image panel. Place the Mandala stencil over the base and secure with magnets.
Sponge image with Pink Petunia VersaMagic to create a tone on tone pattern.
Repeat process with Sponge Rose Gold Delicata Ink to add a rosy golden shimmer to the stenciled pattern.
Use Copic markers to color the wedding cake. Add shading and fine details with colored pencils. Use chalk pencil to add shading below the wedding cake.
Position one of the plain rectangle dies from the Passe Partout Rectangles Die Set cutting side down on the image panel. Use repositionable Scotch Tape to secure it in place, then die cut the panel.
Cut a piece of white cardstock to 6.5”. Position the scalloped rectangle and the plain rectangle dies from the Passe-Partout Die Set on the panel, secure with repositionable Scotch Tape, and run the panel through the die-cut machine.
Use a sponge dauber to sponge Gold Dazzle Delicata Ink around the edges of the scalloped panel. Heat set.
Use a sponge dauber to sponge Rose Gold Delicata Ink around the edges of the plain panel. Heat set.
Position the stitched rectangle die from the Passe Partout Die Set onto the gold-sponged scalloped rectangle panel, secure it in place with repositionable Scotch Tape, and run the panel through the die-cut machine. The die will cut a rectangle from the center of the gold-sponged scalloped panel, leaving a stitched border framing the aperture.
Use a sponge dauber to add Rose Gold Delicata to the periphery of the die-cut. Heat set.
Use Tear It! Tape to adhere the gold scalloped die-cut onto the rose gold plain rectangle panel.
Use the tape to adhere rose gold die-cut to the aperture of the gold scalloped die-cut then adhere the matted image panel as the top layer.
Cut a piece of white cardstock to 8.75” x 6.125”. Score at 4.375” and fold to form an A6 card.
Place a piece of scrap paper into the center of the card. Use a sponge dauber to apply Pixie Dust VersaMagic ink to the periphery of the white card. Heat set.
Adhere the matted image panel to the front of the card.
Greetings! It’s Kathi here today to share with you a tutorial about how to create an inspirational wall hanging using a favorite quote and your craft supplies. I used Golden Glitz Delicata, Nocturne, VersaFine Clair, and VersaMagic Chalk inks.
Time: 2 hours
Use a Stitched Slimline Die and a Big Tags cutting dies to cut black cardstock for the panels.
Position the moon and sun from the Alchemy Mixed Media Stencil on the top of the large rectangular die-cut. Use removable Scotch Tape to secure the stencil to the back of stencil. Cover the openings around the sun and moon with Post-It Notes. Use a Sponge Dauber to apply Golden Glitz Delicata Ink over the stencil onto the die-cut. Heat set.
Use a magnet to secure the image panel horizontally along the base of a stamping platform. Position the clock from the ATC Coins Clear Stamp Set 6 facedown on the the panel, so that 12:00 is centered and facing the top of the panel.
Ink the clock with Golden Glitz Delicata ink and stamp the clock along the bottom of the tag. Heat set to bring out the lustre.
Position the compass from the Small Elements Stamp Set 2 facedown inside the circular opening of the clock with the “N” of North at 12:00.
Use Nocturne VersaFine Clair ink to stamp the small compass into the center of the clock image. Cover the stamped image with Clear MBoss Clear and melt the powder with a heat tool.
Use Turquoise Gem VersaMagic ink to stamp the swirls and stars from the Harvest Moon Clear Stamp Set and the stars from the Mini Stars Clear Stamp Set around the perimeter of the die-cut. Repeat using Sea Breeze VersaMagic ink. Heat set.
Edge the panel with Golden Glitz Delicata ink. I slide each edge of the piece along the side of the ink pad to create a strong golden edge. Heat set.
Use repositionable adhesive to secure the black tag die-cut to a piece of scrap paper, then use magnets to secure them to the base of the stamping platform.
Position the Celestial Navigation Clear Stamp 398 and stamp with Nocturne VersaFine Clair.
Cover the stamped image with MBoss. Melt the powder with the heat tool. (MBoss image application not shown)
Use Golden Glitz Delicata Ink to edge the tag.
Using an Ink Sweeper, apply Sea Breeze VersaMagic to a piece of mixed media paper.
Use a Sponge Dauber to apply Turquoise Gem VersaMagic around the edges of the paper, then blend using the Ink Sweeper and Sea Breeze VersaMagic. Heat set.
Secure the inked panel to the base of the stamping platform. Position the Ink and the Dog Mini Cling Stamp 109 stamp and stamp with with Nocturne VersaFine Clair. Heat set.
Use the shaped die from the Small Stitched Envelope die set to cut the sentiment panel.
Cut a piece of black chipboard to 3.5″ x 9″. Punch holes in the top, insert eyelets, and thread ribbon.
Use Tear It! Tape to adhere the rectangular panel to the chipboard.
Then tape the stamped and embossed tag.
Lastly, adhere the quote die-cut.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope this project will inspire you as much as it inspired me!
In today’s crafting tutorial, we are going to take a quick look at the faux dip dying technique we have been seeing everywhere. We will use VersaMagic Dew Drop ink pads in three analogous colors to obtain that lovely ombre. I love this project for Valentine’s Day but really you can use it for any day, theme, and you can use the technique for a variety of projects.
Hello! Sometimes you need a card for a special event, holiday or occasion and you may not have the right stamps for it. That’s one reason why I love having abstract stamps and solid image stamps. You can easily make a very cool card for any occasion and just add an appropriate sentiment to it to make it work for you. Let me show you how to make a Hanukkah card using abstract shapes and lots of blue inks from Imagine.
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Here are some of the supplies we will be using today. The top stamp set is specifically abstract shapes. The one underneath is actually fruits. but if you just look at the solid images of the set, they just look like funky blobs that are perfect for this technique.
Start stamping the shapes across the middle of the card. Use different shades of blue and be sure to overlap the images. You can see my first image started off of the card front also.
*Pro Tip: Using some type of stamp positioning tool or platform is key for this technique, as you will probably want to re-stamp and image a couple of times to get a solid, crisp image. You can do it using a stamping block, but it is much easier with a positioning tool.
Continue to stamp the abstract shapes, varying the direction, size, shape, and color. You can absolutely repeat your shapes, but try turning them so that they appear different. I wound up repeating a couple of shapes and colors, but I kept them apart from each other.
Add some small elements. You can easily add interest to your abstract design by adding in some small embossed designs. Here, I repeated this dot pattern a few times by stamping it with VersaMark and then heat embossing it with gold. You can see that I also stamped my sentiment with VersaMark, and I am about to emboss it.
*Pro Tip: Be sure that all of your stamped images are completely dry before using embossing powder. Some inks, like VersaFine Clair take a long time to dry because they are pigment inks. Heat set your inks, add some anti-static powder, and sprinkle on embossing powder over your complete design to see if it’s dry. If the powder sticks, brush it off and repeat the process. Once the inks are dry, you can start stamping with VersaMark.
This is my finished card front. You can see that I added an additional cluster of dots and a couple of shapes to fill in the lower portion of the design. The panel is 4” x 5 1/4.”
Shake up some Fireworks! Spray and brush it on to your card base around the perimeter. Let dry.
Adhere your card front to the base.
The concept of this card isn’t difficult, nor is the technique, but sometimes we need to be reminded that we don’t have to have a specific stamp for every occasion. Having a couple of abstract sets, or sets with solid stamp like these make perfect cards for any occasion. You can even stamp out a bunch of these panels at once, and omit a sentiment until you need a card. Then you can add something that works for the situation. I hope this gave you some good ideas. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!