Encourage the Bright Side of Life with 2 Inspiration Cards

It’s hard to follow up a blog hop. Thank you again to everyone at Joy Clair Stamps for teaming up with our artists, using our inks and creating fabulous work! Thank you to our own artists for all your hard work. In today’s blog, we are highlighting two cards from Alison Heikkila and Martha Lucia Gomez. Enjoy!

fun creative hack by embossing layered stamps

Seeing Your Smile Greeting Card by Martha Lucia Gomez

One of my favorite techniques is embossing, but since I can´t use this technique in all my projects I decided to use a fun creative hack by embossing parts of the project. Today, I want to share with you a partial embossing technique using color layering stamps, dye ink, pigment ink and embossing powder. It’s very simple and fun and you can get beautiful results on your projects.

Let me tell you how I made my card! First, stamp the first layer of the stamps using Memento Dye Ink. For my flowers, I used Lulu Lavender Memento and for the leafs Pear Tart Memento. Stamp the second layer of the flower using Memento Luxe Lilac Posies. Memento Luxe is the pigment version of this ink line. This is rare that an ink has both pigment and dye versions of the same color swatches. This is perfect for layered stamp projects and getting super creative with the flexibility in ink choices. If you want you can stamp right away the third layer using Memento Luxe Elderberry (darker purple). Cover the entire image with Clear Embossing Powder, remove the excess of the powder and melt with the heat tool. You will see that the embossing powder sticks to the Memento Luxe and falls away from Memento Dye inks leaving parts embossed and other parts not embossed. Stamp the details of the leaves with Memento Luxe Pistachio, the sentiment with Memento Luxe Lilac Posies and repeat the heat embossing. Paste the card panel over the card base using Tear It Tape.

What you have with a little creative planning is a beautiful layered card that is easy to create and recreate. Enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white, dark purple
  • Kaisecraft Watercolor Friends Stamp Set
  • Heat Tool
  • Misti

Magenta Congratulations Greeting Card by Alison Heikkila

Hello! This month, Imagine chose Magenta (or MAY-genta) for the color of the month. I decided to keep my card clean, simple and monochromatic with just a few touches of gold. I started off with bristol paper and stamped beautiful border with Magenta VersaColor ink, and heat embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder. Next, I inked up my sentiment with Raspberry VersaColor to vary the shades a little, and heat embossed that with Clear Embossing as well. I rubbed Angel Pink Memento ink across the entire piece, and this highlighted the paper’s texture. Next, I took a plain white card base and brushed on Lilac Posies Fireworks, let it dry, and applied Rose Bud Fireworks. I didn’t love the way the color of the Fireworks looked next to the magenta ink, so to break it up, I edged the top layer of my card with Golden Glitz Delicata ink. For just a little more visual interest, I added sequins with On Point Glue. This card would be pretty in any color, but I really love how girly it is in the magenta and other shades of pink. The shimmer and sparkle from the Fireworks, Delicata, and sequins are all lovely.

I hope you enjoyed my project. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampendous – Elegant Borders Perfectly Clear Set
  • Painted Wishes – Perfectly Clear Set

Watch a Video Tutorial for a Marvelous Magenta Card

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Watch a Video for a Marvelous Magenta Card

Inspiration comes from the oddest places. I took the color magenta, combined it with an 80s catchphrase, a couple different techniques and paired those up with a stamp set and it turned into this card for our color of the month challenge for May. This fun design would make a great pick-me-up for a friend, and since it measures a mere 8 ½ x 3 5/8 inches, it fits into any unassuming letter envelope and would be a nice surprise amidst all the junk mail and bills! Check out my quick and easy video that dives into how I created this card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white
  • Card base – black
  • 
Alphabet dies (vintage)
  • Die cut machine
  • 
My Favorite Things – Geek Chic stamps
  • Acrylic block
  • Heat gun
  • Glitter
  • 
Tweezers
  • Sequins

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It’s Almost Mother’s Day… Are you ready?

It’s Saturday! The day before Mother’s Day and we are helping you prepare with two ideas that could serve as last minute inspiration. For a bright style, see what Tenia has to offer with splashes of magenta, cyan, and shimmer! For a more toned down earthy approach, see how Alison creates a card perfect for a steampunk mama! Both of these crafty, cardmaking styles are very different yet offer up so much love!

With Love From Me to You Handmade Card by Tenia Nelson

Tenia here from Jazzy Paper Designs with a super fun handmade card project that I made with Imagine and Tsukineko inks. This card can be a fun Mother’s Day card or can be given any time of the year to a special person in your life. It has cheerful colors that would brighten anyone’s day. Stamp and heat emboss heart image on a piece of white cardstock.

To make this fun card, start by stamping and heat embossing the heart on a piece of white cardstock. Ink blend heart using Pear Tart and Bamboo Leaves Memento dye inks. Once you begin to blend and ink the paper with the sponge dauber, the ink will soak into the paper and the rest will wipe clean from the embossed coat letting the original cardstock color to pop forward. Die cut the heart from the paper and set aside. Next, create the background blue glow by ink blending Summer Sky and Bahama Blue Memento inks onto white cardstock. I kept the blue hues centered in the middle. Next, add Rose Bud Fireworks Craft Spray onto cardstock allowing a little to spray on the blue and the rest to off the edge. Since Fireworks is a spray the results will be different each time. You can practice on a different sheet of paper to get a sense of how this will turn out. Once all the inks are dry stamp the sentiment on the newly inked panel and heat emboss. Adhere heart on top of this inked panel, add sequins, washi and sticker stitches. And finish the design by attaching the image panel onto a cardbase.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Verve Stamps – heart stamp, heart die
  • Cardstock
  • Sequins
  • Washi tape
  • Die cut machine

 

Steampunk Mother’s Day Card by Alison Heikkila

M is for Mom greetings! This month, the Artists in Residence are working with the theme, “M is for…” so I decided to go with M is for Mom. Mother’s Day is almost here and my mom (thankfully) loves to get my homemade cards, so I figured I’d make a card that was very well suited to her. My mom loves all things steampunked. She is so cool. She loves the texture, neutral colors, and gears… and well, all the stuff I put on this card!

I started off with the Gears Stencil and the Vintage Creative Medium and stenciled a smaller panel. Then I stenciled ink directly onto the cream color cardbase to provide a dynamic background and used assorted shades of brown ink, ultra fine glitter, and Fireworks Spray for random bits of extra shimmer. To give the card base a bit more of a style, I distressed the edges with more brown ink to give it the classic old-timey look. I knew the Vertigo would be a fun way to spell out Mom and inking it up with Spiced Chai StazOn helped it to stand out more. I didn’t ink the Vertigo completely but varied the amount of ink I used on the letters to give some more visual interest. Finish the design by mounting the stenciled Creative Medium layer on the cardbase and attach the Vertigo letters with On Point Glue. This is a style that you can surely get lost in by continuing to build, layer and blend the inks until you get it to look perfectly the way you wish.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampendous – Gears stencil
  • Quickutz – Diesel letter dies
  • Ultra fine glitter
  • Steampunk gear embellishments
  • Cardstock – white
  • Cardbase – cream

And Now More Momentous Mother’s Day Magic

Mother’s Day is certainly a special time of year! It is a holiday that doesn’t require a whole lot of planning, just a whole lot of love! We reflect on what we like and appreciate about our moms and with today’s handmade selections it is obvious the feelings are special. Elina Stromberg creates a beautiful nature themed card and Martha lays down creative techniques that give a Mother’s Day card a textured look.

Beautiful Bird Mother’s Day Card

Beautiful Bird Mother’s Day Card by Elina Stromberg

Here in Finland, like in most countries, Mother’s Day is celebrated the second Sunday in May. Since childhood, my mother has received a handmade card from me and this year will not be an exception. Mum, this card is made with love just for you!

I wanted to make the card cute and feminine and thought that the soft pastel colors of DCWV cardstock pieces were just the right choice for this project. Their beautiful color palette work so well together! I started by stamping the bird image on pink cardstock and added some color and shading with Memento inks and a water brush. I stamped the branch, leaves, and flowers, cut the pieces out, and glued the pieces together before placing them on the card front. White color on the background panel is Moonlight White Brilliance ink that I applied on the pink cardstock right from the pad. The textured panel underneath is made by stamping doily images on pink cardstock. I hope she will like my card!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • DCWV – Pastels Textured cardstock
  • White card base
  • Stampin’Up – Best Birds stamp, Delicate Doilies stamp
  • Altenew – Floral Frame stamp
  • Craft cardstock
  • Water brush
  • Double-sided tape
  • Scissors

Mother of Pearl Technique by Martha Lucia Gomez

Mother of Pearl Technique by Martha Lucia Gomez

On today’s Mother’s Day project,  I am creating the Mother of Pearl technique on magenta cardstock with Frost White All-Purpose Ink. I love the texture and shimmer this technique creates and feel it adds the extra special touch to this handmade card.  Here is how to do it.

Take a piece of regular card stock and sponge it with two or three colors of Memento Ink. I selected Lulu Lavender and Lilac Posies. I started with the Lulu Lavendar and then enhanced the tone with the Lilac Posies. This helps add a sense of color depth to the background. For the pearl effect, put a few drops of All-Purpose Ink Frost White over your mat and apply with a ball of plastic wrap. The unruly nature of the plastic wrap will create chaotic texture and the shimmer of the pearl color ink will pop forward. This papercrafting hack is simple, yet requires some thinking outside of the box!

While the background dries, I sprayed a piece of white cardstock with four different colors of Fireworks Shimmery Craft Sprays. Then I stamped flowers using VersaMark and heat embossed with White Embossing Powder. I fussy cut the flowers and detailed the inside of the flowers using a tiny paint brush and Firework Lilac Posies. I added a decorated tag border to frame my sentiment, pasted with Tear It! Tape and stamped the sentiment with VersaFine Imperial Purple. Finally, I added the flowers using dimensional dots and added dark green leaves behind the flowers and transparent sequins using On Point Glue. All of these techniques are so easy, and lots of fun, don’t you think?!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Card stock – white, green
  • Suzy Stamps – Button Flower Left Stamp
  • Joy Clair – Happy Mother’s Day Stamp
  • Paint brush
  • Misti Stamping tool
  • Dimensional dots or Foam tape
  • Sequins

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It’s Monday but The Letter M is for Mother

color layering stamp and die sets Mother's Day Cards

M is for Mother.  I am loving the color layering stamp and die sets and thought I would share how I created multiple cards in one sitting for occasions where I need more than one card. I have two mothers in my life to send a Mother’s Day cards to and decided to make another card while I was at it. This technique can also be extended to create more cards in one sitting in many different color combinations. With careful planning, one layer can be stamped for all your cards before stamping the next color layer. This technique also works well for images that require more than one stamp for the die cut, such as the stem of orchid flowers shown here.

Level: Beginner
Time: 1 hour for three cards

Directions

Step 1

Trim three sections of cardstock to accommodate dies to be die cut. Arrange on cardstock in a way that will allow inking of the separate images. Carefully line up the corners you plan to place in the corner of a stamp positioner. In this example, the bottom left corner is lined up before die cutting. (Four are shown here, but I found that the fourth does not cut well in the stack.) Die cut with a sandwich that applies the most pressure allowed for your machine.

hero arts die cut flower set

Step 2

If you would like to make more than three cards, take the outside portion and create a new layer with two more sections of cardstock. It is easy to line up the dies in the same position inside the holes from the top layer. Die cut the stack.

Step 3

From the wrong side of the cardstock section, place the die cuts back into the surrounding cardstock section and secure with removable tape such as painter’s tape. Do this for each set. This will allow easy handling and a production-line-style of stamping.

Step 4

Carefully line up stamp images over the die cut. Looking straight down through the image will help to correctly line up the image.

Step 5

Stamp image with VersaMark ink. If needed, adjust the image before moving to the next step.

stamp positioner used for layering stamps

Step 6

Stamp each layer of the image in the colors of your choosing. Here the stem is stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa.

Step 7

Continue stamping successive sections of cardstock for the number of cards you plan on creating.

Step 8

Stamp next layers of the color layering stamps as shown on the manufacturer’s example. With this set, the stem is stamped first followed by the larger flower image down to the inner portion of the flower. Since the top stem connects the last flower in the sequence this technique works well to stamp a perfect image every time. In this example, the final third layer is stamped on the flower stem and the leaves. If changing colors for each set, remember to clean the stamp before inking with the new color. If the image does not stamp to your satisfaction it is easy to ink the image again and re-stamp, that is the beauty of using a stamp positioner!

Step 9

Die cut the backing panel and ink with a coordinating color and a Jumbo Sponge Dauber. Ink blushers work equally well, it just happened that I had previously used this Jumbo Sponge Dauber with green ink. Ink the card base with a second coordinating color with an Ink Blusher or Ink Dauber.

Step 10

Assemble die cuts on the card with On Point Glue. The small tip will allow very small drops of glue on the tiny sections of the die cut. Adhere the panel to the card base. Stamp sentiment on card front in a coordinating color.

This project takes a bit of thinking but the results of three identical layouts is so satisfying. Hope you enjoyed as much as I did! Happy Mother’s Day!!

Supplies

Imagine
  • Memento – Dandelion, Cantaloupe, Morocco, Rose But, Angel Pink, Grape Jelly, Lilac Posies, Lulu Lavender, Elderberry, Pear Tart, New Sprout, Bamboo Leaves, Olive Grove, Peanut Brittle, Toffee Crunch, Rich Cocoa
  • VersaMark
  • On Point Glue
  • Ink Blusher
  • Sponge Dauber
Other
  • Hero Arts – Color Layering Orchid in a Pot Stamp and Dies
  • Hero Arts – Celebrate Everyday
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles
  • Stamp Positioner

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Do you Believe in Ghost(ing Technique)s?

Using VersaMark to Create Ghosting Techniques by Martha Lucia Gomez

Using VersaMark to Create Ghosting Techniques by Martha Lucia Gomez

Versamark is one of the most versatile inks for crafting. I use it for embossing, stamping tone to tone, watermark, chalking and for ghosting. Today, I am focusing on the Ghosting technique.

For the best results, I use glossy cardstock which has a different absorbent surface than a matte cardstock. Start by stamping the background with a set called Delicate Details from Stampin Up with VersaMark onto the glossy paper. Let the ink dry for a few seconds. Next, ink the brayer with Lilac Posies Memento Ink and apply over the stamped piece several times. Remove the excess of the ink with a dry paper towel and you will start to see the ghosting effect. Repeat this step with Memento color for darker results. Next, I die cut a dragonfly and “with love” sentiment with plain cardstock and attached with On Point Glue which works perfectly for small and delicate details. To finish, attach the decorated layers to a card base. Super easy!

Tip: You can use different images to create this technique, not only border stamps. You can also mix colors of inks and let your design ideas go wild!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white glossy, white matte
  • Stampin Up – Delicate Details stamp set
  • Gina Marie Designs – Detailed Dragonfly die, “With Love” die
  • Misti
  • Foam tape

Blending Delicata Ink Technique by Renee Zarate

I love coffee more than any other drink! So creating a “coffee” themed card is right up my alley. Joy Clair has these adorable stamps with coffee phrases that have been put to good use here. I have a few favorite, simple ink blending techniques that can be used to give a card personalized, water colored look. The technique demonstrated today is using Fireworks Craft spray and a spray bottle filled with water. It packs a lot of punch for unique colorization.

Start by cutting different mat papers to stack like a nest. Set all the mats aside and then stamp the girl image on water color paper using Jet Black StazOn ink. Spray water on the paper, then spray Bahama Blue Fireworks Craft Spray allowing the color to run on the paper. Lightly mist with Fireworks Lilac Posies and allow droplets to form and mix with the Bahama Blue. Fireworks spray inks blend really well when wet! At any point, additional water can be added or a paper towel can be used to blot up excess color and water.

To achieve the skin tone, apply a small mix of Pink Grapefruit and Persimmon VersaMagic ink. Add a small amount of Delicata White Shimmer to the mix. It is easiest to blend and apply these inks with a water pen. An additional drop of Brilliance Pearlescent Poppy ink was used the same way to color the lips and the cheeks. Stamp the coffee phrases with StazOn Royal Purple ink. Add extra detail with a Pico Embellisher in Bronze, clear art pebbles can also be added for interest using On Point Glue as an adhesive. This mixed media style is fun because there are no set rules. Work with these techniques until you have made what is perfect for you!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Joy Clair– “Coffee Love” stamps
  • Pam Carriker “Beatrice” by Stampington
  • DCWV cardstock
  • Prima – Art Ingredient Mélange Art Pebbles
  • Water pen
  • Blank card – white
  • Uniball Signo broad pen
  • white pen
  • Micron 05 black pen
  • Acrylic block
  • Water spray bottle
  • Paper towels
  • Heat tool
  • Paper cutter

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