Masterboard for A Rose-Colored Anniversary Card and More

by Renee Zarate

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This is a romantic, shabby chic style card made from a mélange of Fireworks! colors. I used a gorgeous combination of Bahama Blue, Lilac Posies, and Desert Sand to make a master board for a series of cards. This one is to celebrate a dreamy February anniversary.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour + drying time

Directions

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Step 1

First make a master board. Apply a light coating of gesso to a sheet of 11” x 15” Bristol paper. Dry completely. Apply a second application of gesso but this time use a flower stencil. When this has dried, apply additional gesso through a honeycomb shaped stencil going between the flower stenciling. Allow to dry.

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Step 2

Spray Fireworks! in multiple colors onto the prepared panel. Allow the inks to pool for a few minutes and then begin to blend with a large Dauber. Lift off any unwanted color with a baby wipe. Lay a star stencil on top of the page and apply Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink through the stencil randomly. Remove stencil and dry with a heat tool.

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Step 3

Take an unmounted stamp, ink with Vintage Sepia Versafine and begin rolling the stamp a few times on the paper to add detail. Dry with a heat tool.

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Step 4

Cut the master board into 5″ x 7″ pieces for cards. Spray the top panel with Copper Sheer Shimmer Spritz. Draw highlights with a white Uni-ball Signo pen. Distress the edges of the panel with Vintage Sepia VersaFine.

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Step 5

Die cut a piece of the master board with a weathered clock die and flowers dies. Lay all the pieces on deli paper and spray with Frost Sheer Shimmer Spritz.

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Step 6

Sort through your craft stash to find pieces of ribbon, brads, film strip, etc. Any bits and bobs that be used are wonderful to give interest to the card. Glue the ephemera to the panel. Any corrections to the colors can now be made with a small amount of gesso.

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Step 7

Stamp the sentiment in the upper right corner with Black Shimmer Delicata. Add additional distress to the edges with Dark Brown Delicata Shimmer using a small dauber. Adhere the panel to a blank 5” by 7” card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Inkadinkado Stamp
  • Dyan Reaveley Stencil – flowers, stars, and honeycomb
  • Alterations – Weathered Clock die, Tattered Florals die
  • Watercolor paper
  • Heavy gesso
  • Deli paper
  • Heat tool
  • Paper trimmer
  • Adhesive
  • Cardstock
  • Ephemera of choice

Fireworks! Master Board Cards Infused with Textures by Renee Zarate

This project is a continuation of the Fireworks! master board. Once a master board has been created such as the one I used above, it can be divided up and used for a series of additional cards or a set of ATCs. This background paper technique saves so much time and gives continuity to a group of cards. I began with the same piece of master board using Fireworks! The paper has a sparkle, deep, and rich colors not to mention tons of texture. It makes a perfect texture infused background for shabby chic, romantic cards such as these.

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Step 1

This project is based on a master board previously created using Fireworks! Make stamped ATCs to match the Fireworks! paper using complimentary Memento markers and inks.

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Step 2

Cut the master board into card size panels to use as background paper. The two cards shown measure 5” x 7”. Distress the edges using Brown Shimmer Delicata Dark and a small Dauber blending tool. Stamp the desired word or phrase at the bottom of the panel using Black Shimmer Delicata. Use a heat tool to dry. Glue the panel onto the blank card, and then begin decorating it.

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Step 3

Ephemera can include pieces of metal, paper, die cuts, ribbon and in this case ATCs. Place chosen ephemera on a piece of paper and using Fireworks! and mist the same colors used on the master board. Allow the inks to run and mingle while they’re wet. Leave to dry.

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Step 4

Arrange the dry ephemera on the stamped panel using an ATC as the focal point and glue all the pieces onto the card with a strong adhesive. Add additional detail with dots of Bronze irRESISTible Pico Embellisher. Add shine to the circles on the cards using GlazOn.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stamps – Finnabair, Stampers Anonymous
  • Heat tool
  • Adhesive
  • Idea-ology – metal flowers, butterfly, jump rings
  • Miscellaneous – old watch faces, pen nibs, etc.
  • Watercolor paper

Mixed Media Canvas With Fireworks!

by Nadine Carlier

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One thing I really love to create is anything mixed media. I love adding different mediums with no real plan and to end up with something beautiful. Besides all the different textures of mixed projects I also love bright, bold colors and Fireworks! sprays give exactly that… bright, bold colors!

In my video below I share exactly how I created my mixed media canvas.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour + drying time

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Graphic 45 Paper
  • Gesso – White
  • Modge Podge
  • Twine
  • Cheese Cloth
  • Flowers
  • Bee Chipboard Piece
  • Hot Glue Gun

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Cupcake Shaker Birthday Card

by Alison Heikkila

Pink Shaker Birthday card with Lawn Fawn stamp set. cake mixer, cupcake, stars, sequins, have a sweet birthday.

Birthday cards are enjoyable craft projects because they can be made any time of the year when color trends are coming and going with holidays. February is the month of love and Imagine’s color of the month is Rose. So I decided to make a pink shimmery shaker birthday card for my project! I’ll show you how to make a shaker box, stencil with Iridescent Pink Creative Medium and emboss with VersaMark!

Directions

Pink Shaker Birthday card with Lawn Fawn stamp set. cake mixer, cupcake, stars, sequins, have a sweet birthday.

Step 1

Stamp the frosted cupcake, mixer and stand onto Bristol paper using VersaFine Onyx Black. Color with a blend of Memento Dual Tip Marker colros. Color blending is fun because effects are not always obvious. For the dough mixer, I used Angel Pink and Rose Bud, which is an obvious choice because they are both pinks. But, for the frosting, I used Angel Pink shaded with Lulu Lavender, and the cake stand is Angel Pink with Summer Sky. Blending can produce wonderful effects and more exciting coloration by thinking outside the box with what colors mix together.

Step 2

Die cut the mixer and cupcake images.

Step 3

Using the “Build A Wreath” die cut set, cut out the largest scallop in pink cardstock. Die cut the second largest circle in the middle of the cut scallop.

Step 4

Cut a piece of acetate in the largest scallop. TIP: I like to use the plastic sheets from my clear stamps, once I’ve transferred the stamps into a filing system.

Step 5

Cut the largest circle in a pink patterned cardstock.

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Step 6

Lay the Leopard Stencil on top of the largest scallop. Tape down. Apply Iridescent Pink Creative Medium with a palette knife by portioning a larger amount of the paste at the top of the stencil and then dragging the palette knife across the stencil at an angle. Remove the stencil and let the Creative Medium dry.

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Step 7

Tape down the Punchinella Stencil directly to the Craft Mat. Apply Creative Medium, peel off the stencil and let the Creative Medium dry on the mat.

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Step 8

Once the stars are dry, peel them off the Craft Mat with the palette knife. Set stars aside. They will be used in our Shaker Box.

Step 9

Using On Point Glue, apply to the back of the scallop with the leopard skin. Adhere to the acetate scallop.

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Step 10

Apply foam tape around the scallop layer. Be sure to not have spaces in between the tape so that your shaker filling won’t fall out.

Step 11

Fill with sequins and the stars you made from Creative Medium.

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Step 12

Apply the patterned paper (pink side down!) to the back of the Shaker Box. Ta-da! Shaker Box! Now for the rest of the card.

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Step 13

Tape down the Waves & Dots stencil to a piece of gray cardstock. Apply Creative Medium. Remove and wash stencil. Let dry. Creative Medium is thick so be sure to clean stencils right away.

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Step 14

Color white cardstock with Angel Pink Memento. Stamp your sentiment using VersaFine ink on top of the Angel Pink. Trim.

Step 15

Apply VersaMark ink to the bottom of the sentiment. Sprinkle Vintage Pink Embossing Tinsel and heat from underneath.

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Step 16

On your white card base, apply VersaMark to the tall sides of the card. Sprinkle with Vintage Pink Embossing Tinsel and heat from underneath.

Step 17

Adhere the gray mat to the card base. Adhere the Lawn Fawn elements to the Shaker Box with On Point Glue and add extra foam tape where the images overhang for added stability. Adhere Shaker Box to the card.

Shake, shake, shake!!!

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Lawn Fawn – Baked with Love Stamp and Die Sets
  • Stampendous – Waves and Dots Stencil, Leopard Skin Stencil, Vintage Pink Embossing Tinsel, Build a Wreath Die Set
  • The Crafter’s Workshop – Stencil Punchinella (stars only)
  • Foam Tape
  • Bristol Paper
  • Sequins
  • Cardstock – pink, grey, pink patterned

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Family Love in Pink Shimmer

by Neva Cole

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One snowy afternoon in December we had an amazing family photo shoot, the lighting was perfect with just a hint of snow flashing through our photos. (A little patience and lots of shots with a tripod and delay shutter can get yield a Christmas card worthy image.) I was really pleased with this photo and wanted to highlight it for our color challenge this month at Imagine. Changing the image to black and white really makes the light pink accent color pop. The subtle color of Creative Medium in Iridescent Pink behind the photo helps tie the layout together as well as creating a shimmery color for black die cuts. A little texture complemented the design by pressure embossing and staining a strip of Vertigo. Memento Angel Pink glossy die cut accents add the finishing details.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 90 minutes plus dry time

Directions

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Step 1

Spread a thick layer of Creative Medium in Iridescent Pink with a palette knife or embossing paste spreader on a piece of black cardstock. This will be used for the sentiment die cuts. Set aside to dry, this may take several hours or overnight.

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Step 2

Using a stencil spread Creative Medium in Iridescent Pink on a 12” x 12” piece of white cardstock. Concentrate on the outer edges that will frame the photo as a focal point. Set aside to dry.

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Step 3

Trim a section of Vertigo (plastic-like surface) to 1 ¾” x 10 ¾” and pressure emboss with a heart embossing folder, Sizzix Hearts & Dots is used here. The design allows the Vertigo to be turned and embossed the full length.

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Step 4

Gently tap a small amount of StazOn Blazing Red on the raised side of the Vertigo. Spritz with All Purpose Stamp Cleaner and wipe with a paper towel. This will create a light pink color stain on the Vertigo. (A happy accidental discovery!) StazOn will adhere to Vertigo’s plastic surface while waterbased or pigment inks will not.

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Step 5

On the reverse side of the Vertigo color in selected hearts with Fabrico #134 Bubble Gum marker.

Step 6

Die cut accent hearts and label for the sentiment from glossy white cardstock.

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Step 7

Use an Ink Blusher to ink the edges and surface of the die cuts with Memento Angel Pink.

Step 8

Stamp sentiment in Delicata Black Shimmer and heat emboss with Iridescent Embossing Powder.

Step 9

Die cut word sentiments from black cardstock covered in Creative Medium in Iridescent Pink.

Step 10

Assemble layout as shown in the main photo. Adhere Vertigo and love die cut with glue dots. Adhere smaller die cuts with Xyron X permanent adhesive.

Step 11

Finally, stamp date in Memento Black Tuxedo ink and you are ready to frame!

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Again, the choices in shimmery products from Delicata to Vertigo will create an engaging effect. When you have guests over and they see this frame on the wall they may ask, “How did you do that?!”

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock
  • Sizzix Hearts and Dots A2 Embossing Folder
  • Teresa Collins Happy Stencil
  • Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Five
  • Technique Tuesday – Home Is Stamp Set
  • Lifestyle Crafts Heart Dies
  • Momenta Love Die
  • Taylored Expressions Gratitude Die
  • Becky Higgins Rolling Date Stamp
  • Heat Gun
  • Die cut machine

Paper, What is it Good for? Absolutely Everything!

Paper is complicated. Just like ink, paper is formulated to a specific end use. Whether the end use is newspaper, magazine, copy paper, business card, greeting card or paper crafting, the paper manufacturer knows the intention for how the product will be used and creates formulas to accommodate the different market needs. In this brief review of paper, we will explore the history and production of paper and how the different characteristics effect crafting and art.

History

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Paper was invented in China around 200 BC to replace a cumbersome practice of writing on bamboo sticks and silk. Cai Lun, an official of the Han Dynasty, invented the technique of pulping by experimenting with turning fibers from hemp, fishnets, and rags into a paste, then pressing this goopy matter into a sheet form to dry. This highly praised innovation quickly became the standard in China and soon spread around the world.

In the 13th century, Spain created a leap in production with the introduction of the hydraulic paper mill which replaced traditional manual pulping. This change resulted in a significant price drop and quicker availability.

Moving on into the Industrial Revolution, paper making became even faster which enabled paper to be made in longer sheets (or rolls) with half the drying time. This is important because paper crafting would not work if paper costs remained sky high!

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Talk about Steampunk!

Character

Let’s get to the fun part and talk about characteristics and use. There are two essential characteristics to consider. First, the color of the paper is predetermined. Any bleaching or dying happens while it is still a soup. That means the color of the paper is deep in the fibers. (Unless of course you are using a patterned paper, then the colors are applied after. Papers may also be coated afterwards, to make it glossy, say.) Second, the density of the paper is also determined by the pulp type, density and thickness. Paper weight is commonly labeled in pounds. Paper weight is important because it paints a picture of how dense the paper is, and how the ink will absorb into that density. If a project requires a lot of color layering then it is best to go with a heavier paper. Fun Fact: the ‘weight’ referred to is the measurement of 500 20×26 inch sheets.

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A rainbow of colors! Each fiber dyed to its core when the paper was made.

The following descriptions break down the weights of some commonly used papers:

Copy Paper (20lbs.) – Used for general printing. Thin and inexpensive. Thin density causes it to wrinkle and warp easily with most wetter inks and paints. It will have a bit of a translucent quality if the paper if held up to light.

Cardstock (80lbs.) – Stronger and yet easily creased—crafters perfect paper! Many inks can soak into paper without wrinkling and warping.

Watercolor (140lbs.) – Can be gotten quite wet without falling apart or warping. It is literally built to absorb water and pigment. Unlike most copy and cardstock papers which are made with wood pulps, watercolor paper can be made entirely out of cotton or linen pulps.

This is certainly not an complete overview of all the different papers available! Head to your local art store and peruse the paper section. There’s a lot of variety—all of it made with a specific use in mind! It’s a lot of fun to try out new papers and discover new techniques to add to your repertoire.

Sources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis-Nicolas_Robert
http://germanistik.uni-graz.at/de/
http://users.stlcc.edu/nfuller/paper/
http://www.paperhall.org/louis-nicolasrobert/

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Loved By God Mixed Media Canvas

by Mischelle Smith

Mischelle Smith creates this wonderful mixed media project with two lovely ladies.

Mixed media projects have the potential to go into any direction. One can build up layers with texture and create a design that looks 3-D, mix different mediums to create a luster or build layers that draw the eye inward to a 2-D surface. In today’s tutorial, Mischelle Smith goes through a process of coloring, blending, and layering to achieve a dense and soft texture layer over text and images. This dreamy canvas would work great with any sentiment theme and for many occasions.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 15 minutes

Directions

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Step 1

Paint canvas with gesso. Let dry.

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Step 2

Use tape to begin removing the copy from an old page. Be sure to remove enough copy for an image to stand out on a page. Stamp image of two ladies onto the page. Color the faces and skin using Memento Markers (colors of your choice).

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Step 3

Cut out a portion of the image and color dress using Brushstix, Pink Grapefruit VersaMagic and Turquoise Gem VersaMagic. Color hats with Desert Sand Memento and Toffee Crunch Memento markers.

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Step 4

With Mod Podge, cover a canvas with paper scraps, washi tape, old book pages, etc. Add the ladies as a focal image to the canvas. Cover again with Mod Podge and let the canvas dry. Spritz canvas with Goosebumps to add texture.

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Step 5

Spritz saying and old papers with Goosebumps. Let dry.  Soften edges of the canvas with Cloud White VersaMagic ink.

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Step 6

Stamp Turquoise Gem VersaMagic onto Imagine Craft Mat and blend color with palette knife into Creative Medium. Apply the Creative Medium to your canvas using a stencil and palette knife.

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Step 7

Continue to layer pieces of  paper scraps, spritz the canvas with Angel Pink Fireworks! Let dry. Seal Fireworks! with Mod Podge and let dry. Ink the edges of words using a Jumbo Dauber, Turquoise Gem VersaMagic, and Pink Grapefruit VersaMagic.

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Step 8

Layer various Imagine sprays such as Sheer Shimmer Spritz, Walnut Ink Cornflower, and Walnut Ink Cherry Blossom and seal each layer with Goosebumps and allow to dry.

Mixed media project using Goosebumps and Creative Medium.
Step 9

Finish any detailing with top layers of texture with White Wedding Dress IrRESISTibles which will block anything underneath and act as top paint splatter look. This tutorial helps show how to build a dense beautiful shimmery effect that will cause the eye to wander around the canvas. The theme and text are subject to change which opens one up to explore these layering and coloring techniques over and over again.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • 6” x 6” canvas
  • Foam Brush
  • Gesso
  • Craft Knife
  • Printer
  • Vintage Clip Art
  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • Waterbrush
  • Acrylic Block
  • CTMH – washi tape, pattern paper, white cardstock
  • Old books/hymnal pages
  • Stencil
  • Black fine writing pen

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