Teal Butterfly Card

Teal Butterfly CardFor this easy card, I let patterned paper do much of the work.

First, I die cut the intricate border shape out of teal paper.  Then, I cut an oval from the patterned paper to fit within the border shape.  I covered a manilla card with teal ink, then stamped the background image in brown ink, to pick up the brown tones in the patterned paper.  I adhered the layering pieces and added a piece of glittery ribbon.  Finally, I finished the card off with three jewels.

Thanks for looking!

Supplies:

  • Stamp: Crafter’s Companion
  • Ribbon: May Arts

Ice Cream Scoops

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There’s something about food stamps I just adore. For a card for my aunt’s birthday — she has a sweet tooth like me — I decided to use my new ice cream cone and scoop stamps, along with my new set of Spectrum Noir markers and colored pencils.

First, I stamped the cone and scoops in Memento ink. I colored the cone and two of the scoops in markers and the third scoop in pencil. I stamped the sentiment a few times in Memento Luxe and Radiant Neon inks, then cut them out.  I adhered the cone and ice cream pieces and the center sentiment with dimensional foam and used regular adhesive for the other pieces, including the ribbon. Easy and delicious-looking, with the additional benefit of being calorie-free.

Supplies:

  • Inks from IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko: Memento Dye Ink in Peanut Brittle; Memento Luxe Inks in Pistachio and Rich Cocoa; Radiant Neon Ink in Electric Pink
  • Markers and colored pencil: Spectrum Noir
  • Stamps: Viva Las Vegas! and Avery Elle (sentiment)
  • Paper: Amy Tangerine/American Crafts
  • Ribbon: May Arts

You turn me on

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I just bought Technique Tuesday’s “Bright Idea” stamp set and wanted to use them with Vertigo, which is perfect for creating a glasslike look on a card. To coordinate the colors with my lightbulb patterned paper, I used dark blue and orange inks (Memento Luxe in Teal Zeal and Fireworks! Craft Spray in Canteloupe).

First, I stamped the bulb on white cardstock, then stamped just the lower part of the stamp again on Vertigo colored with the Fireworks! I cut out the inner circle from the Vertigo and adhered it to the white cardstock.  I repeated the process to make a second hanging bulb.

I colored a strip of white cardstock in Fireworks!, then stamped the sentiment onto it and cut it out with pinking shears.  For the background of the card, I used both the patterned paper and a piece of Vertigo.  I adhered all pieces and finished the card off with a strip of ribbon.

Supplies:

  • Inks: Memento Luxe in Teal Zeal and Fireworks! Craft Spray in Canteloupe (IMAGINE Crafts)
  • Stamps: Technique Tuesday
  • Ribbon: May Arts
  • Paper: Doodlebug

Go to your happy place

ImageI love pinwheels. As a design element, pinwheels are whimsical enough for children but still appropriate for fun-loving adults. And, when you discover how easy they are to make, you find yourself using them in a lot of craft projects — at least, I did. For this card, I used colors that would give a summery feel. With the versatile sentiment, it’s appropriate for many occasions. People will marvel you made the card yourself; remember, there’s no need to tell them how simple it is.

Directions:

Cut out a pinwheel shape using a die cut machine. (If you don’t have a die cut machine, use this template to cut the shape out. Cut along the lines and punch holes with a needle or awl where indicated.) The pinwheel used here is 3.5” square.

Ink up a brayer with Kaleidacolor Dye Ink in Caribbean Sea.  Spray the brayer with Ink Potion No. 9 to blend the ink (optional), then roll onto the pinwheel shape. Add more ink and IP 9 as needed. Repeat to color the other side.

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Create the pinwheel by folding each hole into the center. Secure with a brad.

Cut a 6” piece of yellow ribbon and tie a knot in the center. Glue the ribbon in the center of the pinwheel, over the brad.

Cut a piece of manilla cardstock approximately 6” x 5.25”. Cover the cardstock with VersaMagic Chalk Ink in Key Lime, applying the ink directly from the pad. Let air dry for a few minutes or dry with a heat gun.

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Using Kaleidacolor in Caribbean Sea, stamp a swirl (Fancy Pants) several times onto manilla cardstock.

Apply clear embossing powder to a few of the stamped swirls, then emboss with a heat gun.

Adhere the pinwheel to the cardstock.

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Cut a piece of green polka dot ribbon (May Arts) about 4” long and adhere under the pinwheel to form the stick. Stamp sentiment “Go to your happy place” (Paper Smooches) with Memento Dye Ink in Cottage Ivy.

Adhere the layering piece to a 6.5×5” manilla card.

You’re done!

Supplies:

  • Ink and related: Kaleidacolor Dye Ink in Caribbean Sea, Ink Potion No. 9 Blending Solution, VersaMagic Chalk Ink in Key Lime, Memento Dye Ink in Cottage Ivy (all by IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); Clear Embossing Powder (IMAGINE Crafts)
  • Ribbon by May Arts
  • Stamps by Fancy Pants and Paper Smooches
  • White and manilla cardstock
  • Brad
  • Brayer
  • Heat gun
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive