Chalkboard Thanks Card!

by Isha

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! Today, I have a Thank You card for you, we all need these especially at this time of the year. As you all know the chalkboard effect is very trendy these days, so I decided to combine the chalkboard effect with a multi-inking technique.

Supplies:

  • Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Memento Luxe: Angel Pink, Rose Bud, Morocco, Love Letter; Brilliance Moonlight White, VersaMark, Brushstix, Fantastix, Craft Mat, Sponge Dauber
  • Avery Elle: “Petals and Stems” and ” Sending You” stamp sets
  • WOW!: Mandarin embossing powder
  • Miscellaneous: black cardstock, white cardstock,  white gel pen, glue dots

Directions:

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1. Cut Black card stock 4.25 x 11 inches, fold in half. Stamp flowers onto scrap paper and cut out to use as mask.

2. Stamp leaves and berries onto the white panel, using the flower masks to guide the position. Let dry.

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3. Using a Brushstix, color the berries with Memento Luxe Rose Bud by “dotting” over the berries. Let dry.

4. Once the berries are dry, use a white gel pen to create highlights.

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5. Apply Brilliance Moonlight White using a Fantastix to create the line all around the card. Smear with your fingers to create a chalkboard smudgy effect.

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6. Ink the flower stamp using a light color light color. Use a Sponge Dauber to ink the center part with the darker color ink to create a multi-inked flower.

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7. Stamp onto white cardstock and fussy cut.

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Here is a variation of this technique using contrasting colors of Memento Luxe inks.

8. Adhere the flowers using glue dots.

9. Stamp and emboss the sentiment.

 

 

Simply Blue

by Penny

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Have you ever found yourself cleaning your craft room and run across a stamp set that has NEVER been inked? How sad is that?!? I quickly gathered my supplies for a simple card ( I was in the middle of cleaning after all), and gave that stamp set some love. So no, this is not the newest stamp out there, but it worked perfectly fine.

Supplies:

  • Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko:  Memento: Summer Sky, Bahama Blue, Danube Blue, Nautical Blue; StazOn Midnight Blue, Sponge Daubers, Craft Mat.
  • Spellbinders:  Deckled Rectangles Large
  • Impression Obsession:  Spiral Flowers die
  • Stampers Anonymous:  Nature’s Elements stamp set
  • McGill:  Pine Branch punch
  • Craftwell:  eBosser
  • Miscellaneous:  White card stock, Foam Adhesive, Favorite Glue

Directions:

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1.  Cut White card stock 4.25 x 11 inches, fold in half. Die cut a mask using Deckled Rectangles Large, center over card front and ink center area with four Memento blue inks (Summer Sky, Bahama Blue, Danube Blue, Nautical Blue) using Sponge Daubers.

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2. Stamp foliage with StazOn Midnight Blue, then stamp again without reinking.

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3. Die cut white card stock with smallest Deckled Rectangle, lightly ink edges while die is still in place with Summer Sky ink. Stamp sentiment with Summer Sky as well. Adhere to lower portion of card front with foam adhesive.

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4. Die cut Spiral flowers (the largest Rose was used on this card x4), make into tiny buds. Punch out one Pine Branch from white card stock, trim into four pieces and adhere to bottom of flowers.

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5.  Adhere flowers to card front.

 

 

 

 

EyeConnect Totem Poppets and Lace-ups Offer Crafters a New Kind of Embellishment

by Naghma

Totem Poppet Products from EyeConnectThe idea for moveable totem poppets — puppet animal shapes — first came to artist Erin Sparler in 2001. “At that time they were more fine art and conceptual,” says Erin. “I always knew they were meant to move, though.”  It was years later, in 2012, that she came up with the idea to create chipboard shapes of her designs for use in crafting and art projects.  Her business EyeConnect now sells these moveable embellishments that can be painted, stenciled, stamped, and otherwise decorated — including with IMAGINE Crafts products, as you’ll see — for unique accents to any crafting project.

Eyeconnect’s line of Totem Poppets features a wide range of animal shapes, from the snail to the whale. They are made to be assembled with eyelets for pose-ability.

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EyeConnect also sells Lace-ups, shapes that are designed to be assembled with ribbon, lace, leather or strin.  This playful line includes a hot-air balloon, a stocking & garter belt set and a corset.

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The emphasis on totems make these embellishments unique as crafting items.  A totem,  says Erin, “is an animal you feel a connection or affinity too. It may be an animal that you see often in your day-to-day life, or an animal that has traits that reflects your personality or just speaks to you.”  On EyeConnect’s website, each item includes a description of the animal and what the totem means; the crab, for instance, “is a symbol of the cycles of renewal and regeneration…If you have a crab as a totem, consider approaching your goals from a different direction.”  But if totems aren’t your thing, you’ll still find the animal shapes versatile enough to be used as creative elements in your projects.

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The shapes’ kinetic elements also make them distinctive.  They can be posed in a particular way:

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or used in a project where they are meant to be moved around — like this owl, held up by little Elon, Erin’s son.

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Here are a few ideas for using the shapes: add them to scrapbooks, art journals, and greeting cards; hang them from a mobile, a wreath, or a chandelier; affix them to a canvas; put them on a chopstick and play with them as shadow puppets.  “The ‘pose-abilities’ are really endless,” says Erin. Fresh ideas can be found on EyeConnect’s blog, which is frequently updated with new projects by both EyeConnect designers and other bloggers and artists.

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Keep an eye out for new EyeConnect releases in the spring, which — sneak peek! — will include mythological creatures and fantasy animals.

Erin used irRESISTibles for all the fab projects you see here. To inspire you to make your own creations, she provided us with a tutorial for this gorgeous horse:

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Totem Poppet Unicorn with irRESISTibles by Erin Sparler

 

Supplies List:
Totem Poppet Horse
irRESISTible Neon Texture Spray in Electric Purple, Electric Blue and Electric Pink
irRESISTible Pico Embellishers in Wedding Dress and Tuxedo Black
1/16″ brass Eyelets
Skewer
Glue

1. Coloring: Pop the pieces out of the chipboard backing before spraying them. I sprayed the pieces with irRESISTible Texture Spray in Purple, Blue and Pink. I did not coat the pieces completely; I decided to let a little of the chipboard show through for interest.  Tip: Lay out your pieces and decide which direction you want your animal to face before painting.

2. Trick: Attach the legs and wings that you want to be in the back first. The joint holes are covered by the front legs and if you place them on first, it will be very difficult to get the back one on.

3. Assembly: You can use 1/16″ eyelets to attach your pieces, as I did here. Or you can also use mini-brads, twine, a rubber band or even a dab of glue (although then the piece won’t be move-able.)

4. Detailing: I normally like to add the detailing to my pieces before assembling them. This way the detailing goes all the way behind the pieces, which I just think looks cool. However, since this one had just a little detailing on the wings and the tail, I decided to add it after assembly. I used the irRESISTible Pico Embellisher in Wedding Dress on his tail and wings, and the black on his hooves and for an eye.

At some point I think I may come back and add a mane and more detailing as well. I like to live — and play — with my designs for a little while. As I look at them I often see things I want to add. So, I find its best to err on the side of less is more at first and then I can add more detailing as I think of it.

Once my Totem Pegasus was complete, I used a dab of Gorilla glue to attach him to a skewer so that I could play with him. Finished size is between 5-7”. You could also place him in a scrapbook, on a greeting card, or in an art journal with a bit of double sided foam tape. The “Pose-abilities” are endless!

 Giveaway!  How would you use EyeConnect products?  Comment on this post by Monday, November 24, for the chance to win a totem, eyelets and a bottle of irRESISTible!

Inking with Elegance

by Linda

 

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Supplies:

  • IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko:  Memento Espresso Truffle, Desert Sand and Rhubarb Stalk; Delicata Golden Glitz, Craft Mat, Sponge Daubers
  • Spellbinders: S4-475 Fleur de Elegance Decorative Nestabilities®
  • Authentique Paper: Seasons: Autumn – Autumn One 12×12 paper
  • Penny Black Inc: Sweet Sentiments
  • Prima: small white roses
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L: 3D Foam Squares, E-Z Adhesive Runner
  • Cardstock: white
  • Miscellaneous: liquid glue, Want2Scrap Swirls Finesse – LeCreme – Self Adhesive; Vintage Lace

Directions:

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1. Cut/emboss one (1) Fleur de Elegance #3 #2 #1 using Authentique Paper

     NOTE:  Spellbinders number their Dies from the smallest to the largest – the smallest being number one.

2. Using the Die as a stencil, sponge the inside edges using Desert Sand, followed by Rhubarb Stalk and Sponge Dauber

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3. Cut/emboss two (2) Fleur de Elegance #3 using white card

4. Score one die at 1.5cm and fold forward

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5. Attach using E-Z Runner to form card base.

6. Stamp sentiment onto Fleur de Elegance #1, using Espresso Truffle

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7. Use to Sponge Dauber to colour lace, allow to dry

8. Adhere to centre of the card base as shown in the photo using double sided tape

9. Lightly apply colour to the very edges of the larger rose using a sponge dauber and Rhubarb Stalk.

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10. Finish off by gluing on flowers and adding pearls as desired.

Color Outside the Lines!

by Darsie

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Supplies:

  • IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko: Memento Tuxedo Black, Radiant Neon irRESISTIBLE Sprays: Electric Pink, Electric Blue, Electric Green and Electric Purple
  • JustRite Papercraft Colorful Brushstrokes
  • Spellbinders Paper Arts: Oval Bliss
  • Cardstock: white, hot pink, teal
  • Miscellaneous: teal string, 3D foam dots, adhesive, fork

Directions:

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1. Cut a white panel 4¼ x 5½ inches and spray with Radiant Neon irRESISTible Spray Electric Pink.

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2. Spray panel with Radiant Neon irRESISTible Spray Electric Blue.

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3. Spray panel with Radiant Neon irRESISTible Spray Electric Purple.

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4. Spray panel with Radiant Neon irRESISTible Spray Electric Green.

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5. With a fork, drag the tines through the still wet sprays until you are happy with the results.

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6. Cut an oval from Spellbinders Oval Bliss die set and stamp with a sentiment from JustRite Papercraft’s Colorful Brushstrokes stamp set using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Add 3D foam squares to the back.

7. Cut a panel 4⅜˝ x 5⅝˝ inches from hot pink cardstock. Adhere the Neon panel to it, and then wrap with teal string.

8. Add the sentiment to the panel and glue panel to a teal card, sized 5 x 6¼˝ inches.

Swim the Sea

by Taylor

I’m forgetful these days! One of the things I’ve been especially bad about since we moved earlier this year is birthdays… they just sneak up on me! Imagine my panic when I realized my mom’s birthday was fast approaching, and I needed to get a card in the mail immediately (as in, the same day I remembered) or it would arrive late! She lives on the beach and loves all things related to the ocean, so I knew exactly what to make for her.

Supplies:

  • Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Memento Tuxedo Black, Fireworks! Summer Sky
  • Spectrum Noir: Floral, Marine, Essentials sets of colored pencils
  • Crafter’s Companion: Maid of the Sea by Sheena Douglass (rubber stamp set)
  • Neenah: Desert Storm cardstock
  • Hemptique: Twine (Natural)
  • Misc: Darice foam adhesive, Collall All Purpose glue, Stamp-a-ma-jig, CutterBee scissors

Directions:

1. Stamp the mermaid image on to a piece of cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

2. Without re-inking the stamp, stamp the image again, directly onto the card base. (Note: this is for a placement guide for the next step)

3. Using a Stamp-a-ma-jig, stamp wave images directly on to card base with Tuxedo Black ink. Use the lightly stamped mermaid image as a guide for where to place these images.

4. Stamp the waves again on additional cardstock using Tuxedo Black ink. (Note: for this tutorial, four additional wave images were stamped)

5. Color all images as desired. For this card, Spectrum Noir blendable colored pencils were used as follows:

Waves: 55, 70, 75, 64, 69, 75, 117, 01
Mermaid Tail: 36, 37, 39, 42, 09 (fin: 83, 38, 40)
Skin: 03, 04, 05, 09, 85, 89
Hair: 117, 119, 120
Rocks: 109, 110, 114, 102

6. Fussy cut mermaid and additional waves.

7. Spray card base and additional waves with Fireworks! Summer Sky.

8: Using Stamp-a-ma-jig, stamp sentiment on card base with Tuxedo Black ink.

9: Using foam adhesive for dimension, adhere mermaid and waves to card base as desired. Use wet glue to attach some as well.

10: Tie twine around the top of the card.

Merry and Bright

By Sylvia

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Imagine Crafts recently featured the adorable stamps from Lawn Fawn here on the blog. And since I fell in love with the given stamp set (Snow Day by Lawn Fawn), I just had to create another card with it!

Supplies:

  • Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Delicata Silvery Shimmer, Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Markers: Angel Pink, Rich Cocoa; irRESISTible Pico Embellisher Wedding Dress, Craft Mat
  • Lawn Fawn: “Snow Day” stamp set, “Snow Day” paper collection
  • Miscellaneous: white cardstock, red pearls, paper piercing tool,ruler, dimensional foam tape

Directions:

1. Create 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ top folded card base from white cardstock

2. Cut 3 3/4″ x 5″ panel from white cardstock and cover with patterned paper, leaving a 3/4″ gap in the lower third.

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3. Stamp bunnies with Versafine Onyx Black onto white cardstock, color with Memento Markers in Angel Pink and Rich Cocoa and cut them out, trimming closely.

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4 Stamp “Merry & Bright” with Delicata Silvery Shimmer in the white gap of the front panel.

5. Using a ruler and a paper piercing tool, create a stitched border all around the panel.

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6. Draw lines between the holes using the irRESISTible Pico Embellisher in Wedding Dress to create a faux sewing line. Let dry.

7. Embellish panel with red pearls.

Note: I found that it’s easiest to create the faux stitching *first* and embellish afterwards. Makes life so much easier ;-)

8. Mount panel to card front using dimensional foam tape.

9. Adhere bunnies to left and right side of the sentiment using foam tape.

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