This is my first time using Tsukineko Radiant Neon Amplify paints. When heat is applied, they puff up giving wonderful texture and dimension, creating very exciting possibilities! In this post, you will learn how to add Radiant Neon Amplify to die cuts to give them extra oomph. The matching Radiant Neon inks, stamped in a plaid pattern, provide the perfect coordinating background.
Difficulty level: 2 out of 5
Time to create: about 45 minutes
Making the Card(s)
1. Cut black cardstock 4 1/4 x 11 inches; i.e. cut an 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheet in half down the long side - I used one sheet to make two cards. Fold in half to create 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card base(s).
2. Cut light yellow cardstock 5 x 6 inches (I also cut a white piece this size). You will cut this down later but need some extra while stamping. Tape it to grid paper using removable tape (I used Post-It tape) on the top and bottom. You may want to make guid marks on each side where you will stamp. When I didn't do so, things went a little wonky (luckily it's not too noticeable, with all that's going on on the card).
3. Stamp stripes across the card following the guides. I used a stamp press to make it easier to line up each row. Change colors and type/size to stamp between each stripe. Un-tape paper, re-tape for the other direction, then repeat the process. Cut down to 4 x 5 1/4 inches. Adhere to card base.
4. Die cut several leaf triplets from neon green cardstock. Spray with Sheer Shimmer Spritz, Sparkle. I did this on a craft sheet. I wanted them really saturated and sparkly so I dipped them in the excess spray on the sheet. Set aside to dry.
5. Die cut a bunch of different flowers from white cardstock. Mostly I chose the smallest in the sets, plus a few a bit larger. Decide which ones to layer together. Ink bottom layers well on front sides (Radiant Neon 4 Ink, Warm) but also add some on backs so white won't show when shaped. Ink top layers in another color, mostly around the edges so they won't show once the puff paint has been applied. Once dry, shape bottom layer by rubbing with back of die pick or large ball stylus.
6. Apply Radiant Neon Amplify to all top layers (matching the color you used in step 5). Apply a good even coat (you shouldn't see any cardstock through the paint). Use heat tool to puff up paint. I applied it to half the flower at a time so I could hold it with my tweezers as I heated. Add some in the center in another color then heat again. Glue top and bottom layers together, offset to show each layer best.
7. Die cut 5 copies of each sentiment you plan to use from black cardstock - I cut both "hello" and "hugs" for my two cards. Glue a for matching layers together one at a time, lining them up, to make a thick stack. The last copy is for a shadow. Apply Radiant Neon Amplify to top layer of stack and heat (again I did half at a time). Adhere the last (single) copy of word to card as shown; adhere puffy version on top but slightly offset so it looks like it has a shadow.
8. Shape leaves by running die pick or small stylus down center of each leaf. Adhere flowers and leaves as shown.
- Radiant Neon Amplify! - Electric Coral, Electric Pink, Electric Orange, Electric Yellow
- Radiant Neon 4 Ink - Warm
- Sheer Shimmer Spritz - Sparkle
- Cardstock: Black, White, Light Yellow, Neon Green
- Stamps: My Favorite Things - DC Plaid Background Builder
- Elizabeth Craft Designs - 703 Triple Leaf Set, 701 Flower Set 1, 725 Flower Set 3, 728 Bunch of Flowers, 729 Bunch of Flowers 2
- Lawn Fawn: Lawn Cuts Scripty Hugs, Lawn Cuts Scripty Hello
- Die Pick
- Molding Pad
- Optional: Stamp Press