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Using the Heidi Swapp Reactive Screen Inks

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Hello everyone! Welcome back for another Tutorial Tuesday here on Scrapbook Nerd. I’m so happy to be back on the blog sharing this tutorial with you.

I’m sharing another foiling tutorial with you today. This time, it is with the Heidi Swapp Reactive Screen Inks. I’ve been anxiously awaiting for this ink to come into the store and it was well worth the wait!

If you’re not familiar with the art screens and inks, you really need to check them out. Art screens are exactly want they sound like – small screens. They are like a stencil, but because they are screens you can get much finer detail than you can with a stencil. The inks are designed to work specifically with the screens and once applied it leaves a beautiful image behind. You can find more information here.

Now, Heidi Swapp has come out with the Reactive Ink. What this is, is an ink that you use with the art screens and then put through your laminator/minc machine, along with the foil, and the result is gorgeous!!!! I am so happy with the result that now I think I have a new obsession.

The tutorial this week is a video tutorial on how I used the Reactive ink followed by a process video for the layout below.

Nerd Academy – Heidi Swapp Reactive Ink from Scrapbook Nerd on Vimeo.

Here’s a look at the finished layout and a close-up of the art screen ink: instalovecloseup


You can find art screens, the regular screen inks, and the Reactive Screen Ink in the Scrapbook Nerd store, along with all the other foiling products.


Thanks for checking out my tutorial today.  I hope you feel inspired to add some foil to your next project through this beautiful medium.

Sunday card share #43

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Hi All! Joy here today with anther card share.
I’m really enjoying working with the Distress Crayons right now and this card was fun to make.
My brother’s birthday is today and I made this card with him in mind ( Happy Birthday Kyle!! ).

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I simply coloured the Distress Crayons on to watercolour paper and used a baby wipe to blend out the colours. I started at the bottom and swiped across the colours horizontally.  I then used an alphabet layering stencil and a baby wipe to remove some of the colour.
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I wanted to add one more layer to kind of lighten things up. I grabbed a chevron style stencil and some white acrylic paint. I really like how bright & fun this card is.
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I die cut some white cardstock with the Kaisercraft bricks die, used watered down acrylic paint for some splatters and black pen to draw some circle shapes on the card base.
I’d love to see what your’e making with Distress Crayons, share your creations with us on our Facebook Friends page.

Thank you for visiting the SN blog, I hope you found some inspiration.
Joy @ Canadian online paper craft supply store

Friday Share


Hello everyone and Hello Friday!

Another week has passed quickly, and it has been my pleasure to share a few of my layouts with you. I realize looking back at them that I seem to have shared layouts with a certain theme of family legacy and gifts from the heart, remembering loved ones and creating memories with parents. A bit of a departure from my usual focus on my children and one that I have really enjoyed.

Let’s take a look at the projects:

  1. Happiness is a Gift from the Heart
    Gratitude for the gift to my son started by my Mom and finished by my sister!

    by Paige Stirling Fox for Scrapbook Nerd Design Team

    by Paige Stirling Fox for Scrapbook Nerd Design Team

    2. Perfect Love

    For my son’s album so that he knows how much his Nanny loved him.

    by Paige Stirling Fox for Scrapbook Nerd design team

    by Paige Stirling Fox for Scrapbook Nerd design team

    3. Collect Beautiful Moments

    Capturing a moment of my husband with his Mom.
    Collect Beautiful Moments

    4. Always in my Heart

    Reflecting on the gifts my Dad gave to his family.

    by Paige Stirling Fox for Scrapbook Nerd Design Team

    by Paige Stirling Fox for Scrapbook Nerd Design Team

    Thanks for looking and I’ll see you back here in July!

    Paige @ Canadian online paper craft supply store

Tags as a Foundation Tutorial


Hello All!

I love tags! I really, really love tags – all shapes, sizes and colours. And therefore, I have more tags than I need, and wanted to focus on using some on my layout (I typically use them on cards, or sometimes stuck behind papers on a layout).

I am using Maggie Holmes “Bloom” collection on this layout, which perfectly complements this photo of my husband and his Mom on Mother’s Day.

Collect Beautiful Moments

I started the layout by cutting a 1/2″ off two sides of the pink PP and adhering it on the black cardstock for framing. I then took a 4″ wide piece of gold star vellum and attached it with my tiny attacher to the bottom of the pink paper. I backed the photo on a lovely sheet of green and black floral and rounded the top corners.

Then I worked on creating the tags using lovely papers and embellishments from the collection, varying them for colour, shape and placement on the tags.

Tags 1

Next, I worked on the title, using three different products.


Lastly, I added ribbon to the tops of the tags, and used my Heidi Swapp roller date stamp to get the date on to the bottom of one of the tags.

Tags 2

I invite you to watch my (first-ever) process video about this layout here:

New Video image for SN_edited-1Thanks for watching!

Paige @ Canadian online paper craft supply store

Sunday card share #42

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Welcome everyone,
It’s Father’s Day here in Canada today so that’s my theme to my card share this week.
I recently bought a the Circles & Dots stamp by Carabelle Studios and I have to say I am really enjoying it 🙂 . You can see the supplies I used at the bottom of this post.

Sunday Card share Father's day card
I used some watercolour paper as my base this time so I could blend out the Distress Crayons and create some dripage from some of the coloured circles. I die-cut the card front after stamping and colouring the circle images, I love using the stitched dies to add a nice finished detail around the edge of the card.
Sunday Card share Father's day card

The sentiment was created on my typewriter and I simply drew a line around the edge and mounted in on some back cardstock. The stamp did all the work for me this week and this card was a quick one to create.

Happy Father’s day to all the Dad’s out there 😀

Joy @ Canadian online paper craft supply store

Friday Share

Creative Team @ scrapbooknerd.comHello Nerds!!

It has been a lovely week sharing all the projects created this month.   I got to play with beautiful and very colorful papers from Amy Tangerine’s Better Together collection and Jillibean Soup’s Healthy Hello collection,  and play with my foiling machine and embroidery thread.  Here is a review of my   projects:

  • Just Smile

An ode to my nephew’s not so quiet tantrums…



  • Crazy Love -tutorial-

The dimensional title and layers on mixed media are perfect to highlight the picture.



  • Mug Shot

I love my mug, and this new paper collection.



  • Hello Awesome You

This is a favorite of mine as it documents the start of my daughter’s orthodontic journey, and many techniques on one page..



If you have any questions, you can always contact me.

See you back in July!

Nathalie @ Canadian online paper craft supply store

Crazy Love – Dimensional Title tutorial

Hello Nerds!

I hope you all are enjoying the beautiful weather, and getting lots of crafting done.

This month, I was inspired to create using lots of white space, and focusing on the picture.  Since I wanted the titles to stand out on my white layouts (since most of them were made on white cardstock),  i used dimension and a hint of color to make them pop on the layout.   Here is how i went about creating my titles.

  • I used a cut file (Ashley Horton’s design) to create my title.  I cut 4 titles (with the same dimensions) on white cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo.   Note:   you can create this look using regular letters or alphas, as long as they are not thick -since they will be layered-.


CRAZY LOVE -title tutorial-

this is the original cut-out

  • Using the new Heidi Swapp MInc reactive mist, i covered one of  the cut-outs and set it aside to fully dry.  This step applies also to thickers or cut-out alphas.
  • While the mist dried, I attached two of the cut-outs together,  making sure that they sat flush together.  I tried to keep them as clean as possible as this piece will be the upper part of the title.  I set it aside to  ensure the glue dried completely.

CRAZY LOVE -title tutorial--2


  • I used the Heidi Swapp’s Foil on top of the reactive ink misted cut-out, and proceeded to put it through the laminator to completely set the foil onto the piece.  If you are using the MInc  machine, set the temperature to 3,  for any other laminator please check your manual for the right heat setting.  This step also applies if you are using alphas or thickers.


CRAZY LOVE -title tutorial--4

I chose this distressed look for the foil as it works with the layout; however if you want full coverage of the piece, i would suggest you use the Ink toner marker to color the piece before foiling


  • I glued the last cut-out to the newly foiled piece,  making sure that the  foiled side was facing up, and the two cut-outs sit flushed on top of each other.  I set it aside to make sure they dried completely.

CRAZY LOVE -title tutorial--5


  • The final step is to attach the white cut-out pieces to the foiled pieces making sure that there is an overlap on the pieces. In my case,  a small portion of the foiled cut-outs show under the white cut-outs -it looks like a shadow, or 3D piece-.  You can do the same if you are using alphas or thickers.   Make sure that you use strong glue, and leave it to dry completely before attaching it to your project.

CRAZY LOVE -title tutorial--6


  • If you don’t own a laminator,  the same look can be achieved by using the same cut-out but in different colours or textures.
  • I would suggest you used strong adhesive or a hot glue gun to attach the title to your project, as the layers do add weight -that could rip the layout’s mat-.  Here is how this title looks once attached to the layout.


Crazy love -tutorial-

The small overlap of the white pieces on top of the foiled ones, give this title the look of graffiti on a wall, and helps to make it stand out on the layout.


I hope you try this idea on your titles or cut-out pieces on your projects.  It is not necessary to use foil pieces (I happen to love my MInc machine), just to create contrast and the overlap.  Here is  the final layout:



The title stands out on the busy background.


As always let me know if you have any questions about this tutorial.

Till next time,

Happy Crafting!!!


Nathalie @ Canadian online paper craft supply store

Sunday card share #41

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This weeks Sunday card share comes to you from our friend Theresa Sweet.
Theresa is an avid card maker and is starting to get into art journaling & mixed media.
Father’s Day is Sunday June 19th, these manly cards are a great way to tell Dad how special he is or to wish that guy in your life a happy birthday.
Sunday card share
You can find a list of supplies at the bottom of this post.

Sunday card share
She made these cards with some simple supplies; pattern paper, cardstock, stamps and a few dies she borrowed from a friend. Gotta love crafters who don’t mind sharing their supplies 🙂

Sunday card share
You can find more from Theresa at  The Inking Tree Facebook page
Thank you Theresa for sharing your cards with us and for joining us for our Sunday card share . Canadian online paper craft supply store

Friday Share


Hello folks!!

What a week—it was such fun for me sharing my projects with you!

Let us recap:

1-My Boys

I used Echo Park ‘Petticoats & Pinstripes’ collections, along with their ‘Jack & Jill’ line.

my boys

2-P.S. I love You

Using the Illustrated Faith ‘She Blooms’ and ‘Whatever is Lovely’ lines:

PS I Love

3-Dad- A mini album

Used a variety of papers from Echo Park and PhotoPlay mini DAD album

4- Hello

Using the PinkFresh ‘LifeNoted’ Collection:

5- My sweet girl

Using again both Illustrated Faith ‘She Blooms’ and ‘Whatever is Lovely’ collections-my sweet girl

6- Cards (Bonus addition!)

PF Thank you@scrapbooknerd.comshine everday@scrapbooknerd.comhappy


These cards were super easy to make–the journal cards helped it greatly!

And there you have it, friends!

Thank you for letting me share!

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