March 20, 2013

An Explosion of Fireworks and VersaMagic

Sharing a card today that I designed for a product challenge for Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko (2012 AIR Design Team) using VersaMagic and Fireworks.

Happy Birthday

  1. Create a 3 x 5 ½ inch white card with a top fold.  Stamp “happy birthday” three times across the bottom with Onyx Black VersaFine.  Re-ink the stamp after each impression.  Add small dots between the sentiments with a Tuxedo Black marker.  Set aside.
  2. Using a Jumbo Sponge Dauber, rub Magnolia Bud VersaMagic ink over a 2 x 5 ½ inch piece of white cardstock.  Spray the piece with Danube Blue and Potter’s Clay Fireworks.
  3. Lightly ink the edges using a Jumbo Sponge Dauber and Aegean Blue VersaMagic.  Mat with a 2 ¼ x 5 ½ inch piece of red cardstock and attach to the front of the prepared card with dimensional foam.
  4. On a separate piece of white cardstock, create three circles of color with the Jumbo Sponge Daubers and Aegean Blue and Turquoise Gem VersaMagic inks.  Pat the colored areas with an anti-static embossing pouch.
  5. Stamp the flower three times over the spots of color with VersaMark Watermark ink. Re-ink the stamp after each impression.  Sprinkle with white embossing powder, tap off excess powder and heat set.  Trim the flowers.
  6. Punch three ½” circles from the leftover shaded pieces of cardstock. 
  7. Add highlights to the flowers and circles with Brushstixs randomly alternating between Turquoise Gem, Aegean Blue and Purple Hydrangea VersaMagic inks.  Add decorative dots to the flower petals with a Teal Zeal Memento marker.
  8. Attach the circles to the centers of the flowers with dimensional foam.
  9. Unscrew the cap from the GooseBumps bottle and, using the wand as an applicator, apply a thin coat to the flower centers.  Let dry.    
  10. Adhere the flowers to the front of the prepared card with dimensional foam.

TIP/HINT:  Add a small pocket to the inside to create a space to tuck a gift of money or a certificate for the recipient.

Design Variation:  Without any alterations, this card can be turned and presented with the fold on the left.  This is helpful if design elements added to the inside are vertical.  


Penny Black Stamps: Trims (30-068), Wishes (30-103)
Penny Black Mix & Match Cardstock:  Storm 01-001, Rose Garden 14-003
Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko:  Turquoise Gem (VG-015), Magnolia Bud VersaMagic (VG-032), Purple Hydrangea (VG-055), Aegean Blue VersaMagic (VG-078), Onyx Black VersaFine (VF-082), VersaMark Watermark Ink (VM-001), Memento Markers: Teal Zeal (PM-602), Tuxedo Black (PM-900), Danube Blue Fireworks (FW-600), Potter’s Clay Fireworks (FW-801), GooseBumps Clear Texture Spray (Original) (TS-000-001), Brushstix (BX-100-002), Jumbo Sponge Daubers (ST-PKG-002), White Embossing Powder (EB-000-004)
Other:  ½” Circle Punch, Double-sided Adhesive, Dimensional Foam, Anti-static Embossing Pouch, Scissors, Heat Tool

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