More GREEN Ideas to Celebrate Earth Day

With tomorrow being Earth Day, our Artists In Residence have created these fun, upcycled projects to show you how easy it is to use a variety of different items to transform into works of art.

Bringing New Life To An Old Keepsake

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by Penny Ward

I have never painted and stenciled furniture before. With that said, this project was so easy, I can’t wait to find something else to tackle. This little table was my mothers, so of course it means the world to me. However, it was beyond ugly (sorry mom), but this table needed a little something something. I am beyond thrilled with how it turned out using a few inks, stencil and a Sponge Dauber. Learn how to transform furniture here.

 

Retro Picture Frame

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by Heike Linnek

A few days after we were asked to do an upcycling project I got hold of an old and ugly plastic picture frame. There were two choices: chuck it away or pimp it up. Of course I did the last one, and now it is the perfect frame to present a photo showing my beloved Dad in the 1960s. This technique using Creative Medium and Embossing Powder is very easy to do and gives a true metallic retro effect. Make your own picture frame.

 

Earth Day Treasure Box

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by Renee Zarate

It is never to early to start training children to respect our home, Mother Earth, by recycling whenever we can. What might seem to be trash, like this old shoebox, can be turned into a lovely treasure box easily using scraps from other projects. Transform your own show box.

 

Like to see more creative ideas for your next project? Be sure to visit IMAGINE Crafts’ extensive online collection of project tutorials and resources including product information and surface compatibility

Get Ready For Earth Day

Did you know that Earth Day is this Wednesday, April 22nd? Earth Day is the largest civic event in the world, celebrated simultaneously around the globe by people of all backgrounds, faiths and nationalities. More than a billion people participate in our campaigns every year.

To do our part, IMAGINE Crafts’ Artists In Residence are here to share some great upcycled video tutorial projects.

Upcycled Art Journal

Baerbel Born uses her amazing mixed media talents to repurpose an old booklet not an eye catching art journal.

Upcycled Pillow Boxes

Tina McDonald is here to show you how easy it is to upcycle empty toilet paper rolls into fabulous pillow gift boxes that can be customized for any occasion or recipient.

Upcycled Owl

Gini Cagle Williams is here with a fun upcycling project for the entire family!

More Monoprinted Adventures with The Craft Mat

Want to get those creative juices flowing this weekend? Then break out your IMAGINE Crafts Craft Mat and pigment ink inkers for some mixed media fun with these fabulous cards all featuring mrnoprinted backgrounds.

HELLO to Monoprinting

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by Isha Gupta

Working with the Gelli Plate is one of the hottest trends right now, and I have to admit that I don’t own one. I’ve really wanted to experiment with the monoprinting technique, and I soon discovered the the IMAGINE Crafts Craft Mat is perfect for achieving the same results! See how easy it is to create your own cards in a few simple steps.

 

‘Oh Happy Day’ Monoprinted Card

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by Penny Ward

New trends in papercrafting and mixed media are using a Gelli Plate. I have found that the Craft Mat by Imagine Crafts works like a charm without the added expense. Let me show you how easy it is to incorporate this technique into your next card project.

 

Monoprinted Watercolor Backgrounds

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by Maureen Cronin

This is fun way to take your favorite colors and create your own watercolor backgrounds using the IMAGINE Crafts Craft Mat as your working surface. Here are a couple of versions using similar color combinations.

 

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Monoprint Crackle Cards

Mix your favorite IMAGINE Crafts inks on our Craft Mat to produce spectacular backgrounds for card making. Today we’re sharing with you how to incorporate All-Purpose Inks with acrylic paints for creating crackle backgrounds.

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Project created by Jowilna Nolte

I love creating backgrounds for my cards and scrapbook layouts. Gelli Printing is a firm favorite of mine because it offers the ability to just play and experiment – and with the wonderful inks and mediums available it is such a joy creating textures. A great alternative to the Gelli Plate is to use the awesome Craft Mat from IMAGINE Crafts to create some faux Gelli prints for some quick cards using All Purpose ink combined with acrylic paint. Make your own crackle background card.

 
Like to see more creative ideas for your next project? Be sure to visit IMAGINE Crafts’ extensive online collection of project tutorials and resources including product information and surface compatibility

Simple Monoprinting with The Craft Mat

You see it everywhere, the hottest trend online and in all the magazines is using the Gelli Plate for creating backgrounds, textures and patterns for incorporating into almost any paper project. For those who are more along the CAS (Clean And Simple) aesthetic and mainly card makers, this entire idea of mixed media is intimidating and many consider too difficult to make. Or just the idea of having to purchase more tools just to try yet another new technique makes them reconsider approaching this form of art.

Today we’re here to hold your hand, take away your hesitation, and show you that monoprinting is easy, fun, and affordable!

You can easily incorporate your designs into any CAS card or scrapbook layout. And more importantly, you can use the supplies you already have at home – your favorite IMAGINE Crafts inkpads and inkers and your Craft Mat!

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Our Artist In Residence Savannah O’Gwynn is definitely a CAS kind of girl, and she was VERY apprehensive about trying monoprining. She would be the first one to admit that this entire style of creating backgrounds scared her but she was willing to take the leap and give this a go.

And the result of her experimenting? Savannah has created this fabulous introductory video to simple monoprinting for the non mixed media artist! In this video, Savannah presents three simple projects that show, in her words, “that anyone can do this!”

 

Like to see more creative ideas for your next project? Be sure to visit IMAGINE Crafts’ extensive online collection of project tutorials and resources including product information and surface compatibility

More April Showers

The IMAGINE Crafts’ Artists In Residence continue the theme of “April Showers” today with more amazing cards. With so many choices, we’re sure that there will be one that you’ll like to create while waiting for that next April shower to pass!

 

Showers In The Garden

by Heike Linnek

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In Germany we say “April, April, der macht was er will“ which means the weather in April is capricious. It could be rainy or sunny almost like summer time. “April showers bring May flowers” is the American adage. And this card suits to both Countries! This card is very simple to make and has a surprising illusion effect.

 

Baby Showers

by Penny Ward

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I was asked to make an April Showers card, but misread the April part of the email so I decided that it would be an April BABY Shower card! I mean really – how adorable are those baby animals with their Pico embellished umbrellas?!? I just don’t know what I did before the Pico was invented. Now I use it on almost every card! See how easy it is to get hooked on the Pico Embellisher making your own card.

 

Make A Splash

by Linda Lucas

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“April Showers” in the Southern Hemisphere are slightly different than those in the Northern hemisphere – we are heading from summer to Autumn/Fall and April Showers are more than welcome but bring with them a reminder that we are heading to cooler tempertures and…rain! Make a splash and create your own card!

 

Sending You Sunshine

by Renee Zarate

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After a long, cold winter here in New England the thought of Spring flowers is a little ray of hope and sunshine in all of our lives! This card shows how brilliant yet simple a Spring card can be created using a stencil and Creative Medium Metallics. Send a little sunshine by making this card for someone special.

 

 

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April Showers Bring…

… May flowers. That is, unless you live in Seattle where it tends to bring umbrellas more often than flowers!

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We’re starting off Spring with projects that are inspired by the changing season, where rain showers bring all those beautiful flowers in the coming months.

 

 

 

 

Today Artist In Residence Maureen Cronin presents this fun, mixed media card that takes a truly North West perspective on Spring. Escape the showers and make your own version of Maureen’s card.
Like to see more creative ideas for your next project? Be sure to visit IMAGINE Crafts’ extensive online collection of project tutorials and resources including product information and surface compatibility