Clearsnap Color Challenge

Made with Love
Made with Love
I work with Clearsnap Ink and I am their new hostess for -the Out of the Colorbox Color Challenge. Twice a month we will post a color challenge hosted by me, Niki Meiners. It is easy to play along; simply create a create a project using the colors provided. What you create is up to you; it could be a card,
scrapbook page, mini-book, quilt or a mixed media piece. The sky is the limit! 

This month’s colors are:
Here’s how to enter the challenge: 

  1. Post your creation on your blog or online gallery using the linky service we’ve supplied below. Please provide a direct link to your project to make your creations easier to find.
  2. Each challenge will have one winner. The prize will vary each week . We’ll announce the winners when we post the next challenge.
  3. ALL entries will be collectively entered into a drawing at the end of the quarter for a large prize. So, the more you play along the more chances you will have to win the big prize.

Check out the creations below for inspiration using these colors. Our designers have achieved very different looks with the same color combination and we cannot wait to see what you create with this combo!

Made with Love by Niki Meiners

  • Sizzix Die Cut
  • The Crafters Workshop stencil
  • Best Creation Chipboard
  • Hero Arts – Stamp CL333
  • Misc Ribbon


  1. Die cut cardstock
  2. Stencil pattern on die cut piece.
  3. Adhere together.
  4. Ink chipboard and sand when dry.
  5. Stamp sentiment and adhere to center of flower.
  6. Adhere embellishments as shown.


Make a Card Week Day 4

Gina K Stamps
Gina K Stamps


Make a fall card with this easy ink technique.  Use Clearsnap Fluid Chalk Ink to stamp on/stamp off and create depth and dimension.  Only one color of ink was used for the wheat grass.  But with this technique it varies the color.   You can also use this technique with multiple colors.





This Thanksgiving sentiment could be give to almost anyone.  You can also see in this picture how the ink was also added along the edges to add softness and more depth.  Sometimes that little addition will make a huge pop.




Inside sentiment on card
Inside sentiment on card

Make the inside of the card as thoughtful as the outside with the addition of a stamped sentiment.  I don’t always stamp the inside.  When I find the right message to convey I do like to add it.







How to Make a Vintage Style Card

How to Make a Card in a Vintage Style

It’s no secret!  Anyone who knows my style is aware that I am in love with anything that is vintage.  I love antique stores and estate sales…not for furniture and things, but for old, odd bits and pieces, ancient yellowing letters and beat-up, crumbling books.  Those to me are treasures.

So, it isn’t a far stretch that the “vintage look” comes out in my creations.  There are several ways to achieve a vintage look in any piece of art!  You can use paint, inks, sand paper, found objects, old photos, lay paper out in the sun to fade, dye things with coffee or tea…and many more.

Today, I wanted to share with you a quick and easy vintage style card!  What makes this card to be considered “vintage”?   At first glace, one might say, “Well, duh, Theresa!  The photo!”  However, there is so much more that makes this a vintage style card.

Take a closer look.  Yes, the photo is definitely a vintage photo.  You can tell from the background of the photo and the subject.  The little girl, who is actually one of my ancestors, is wearing clothing from a different period and her hairstyle is also another indicator.  Do you see all the details?

The other elements that make this a vintage style card are:

  • the paper background choice.  Using browns and tans contribute to the feel.
  • the printed paper came from an old, crumbling book.  That paper is also torn, which adds to the feel that it’s older.
  • the face of the card is sprayed with Walnut Ink by Tsukineko.  Tsukineko Walnut Ink comes in granules that you can mix with water or in a liquid form.  It comes in colors, but by using the brown I can help make things look a little older.  You can also think out your walnut ink if you want a lighter color….but do that in a separate small spray bottle so that you don’t dilute your whole stash!
  • the alphabet ribbon has been rubbed with Vintage Photo  Ranger Distress Ink .
  • the buttons came from an old button box I found at an estate sale
  • the final little detail comes in the T-pin that is tucked in under the top right corner of the photo.  There is something about T-pins that just seem old fashioned to me.

I hope you are inspired to experiment with different ways to create a vintage piece of your own.  Share with us the techniques you use.  I know I’ll be waiting to hear!

Artfully yours….Theresa

Make a Card Week Day 3

Wedding Gift Card
Wedding Gift Card

This card was created for a Wedding but it could easily be a gift card for an anniversary or an engagement.  The card is made with Prima papers and flowers.  Francis Meyer rub-ons and a button from Buttons Galore and more.  The edges are inked with Clearsnap Fluid Chalk Ink in my most favorite color- Chestnut Roan.

Make a Card Week Day 2

Dry Embossing

Sizzix Embossing Folders
Sizzix Embossing Folders


Make a card with dry embossing.  This technique makes it simple.  Core’dinations cardstock is ideal for this technique.  Sizzix Embossing folders are a great companion to the paper.  Not only does the paper have great texture – when you sand the embossed parts it gives it a whole new look.

Make A Card Week

Guy  Card
Guy Card

Make a Masculine Card

This masculine card would be great for graduation, birthday or almost any other occasion.   It is pretty simple to make as well.

Materials to make:

Terra Cotta card stock, The Crafters Workshop  Brick Stencil, Clearsnap Smooch Spritz, Clearsnap Smooch ink, and Clearsnap Archival ink.

Place stencil on cardstock and spritz card.  Let dry

Rub on a black blotch of ink.  Use the Smooch accent ink to write your sentiment.  Yes, it is that simple to make a masculine card.  Stay tuned for a different card every day this week.

Make a Scrapbook Page

Stamped scrapbook with Hampton Art
Stamped scrapbook with Hampton Art


Scrapbook page ideas

You don’t have to have the latest and greatest pattern paper.  Making a scrapbook page can be fun and creative.  This page was created a few years ago – and I think it still looks great.  Hampton Art Stamps, Clearsnap Smooch ink, Smooch Spritz and The Crafters Workshop stencils were used.

Make an Embossed Card

Embossed card with Smooch Ink
Embossed card with Smooch Ink

Make a card with clay accents.  Highlight the texture of the clay with Smooch Ink accents.  Krafty Lady Molds from Australia work great with Makin’s Air Dry Clay.  When the clay is dry apply the Smooch.  Making cards is one of the activities I do most during the summer.  They are quick, easy and are great to have on hand for taking to a hostess at a summer get together.