Beach Bag

Let’s Hit the Beach

by Roni Johnson

Hand painted with a beach scene including sand, starfish, palm tree with coconuts, the ocean and some flying birds using All-Purpose Inks, a canvas tote is full of supplies ready to head to the beach.

Time for fun in the sun and what could be more fun than hitting the beach on hot afternoons. This cute summery beach bag is just the ticket to hold all the essentials you’ll need on your trip to the beach.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour or more

Directions

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Step 1

Iron the canvas bag to remove wrinkles. Insert a piece of cardboard or several layers of news print to protect the back of the bag just in case a bit of ink soaks through the canvas.

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Step 2

Choose where you would like the palm tree to reside; using Desert Sand All-Purpose Ink (API) and a Fantastix draw two parenthesis marks where you would like the top of your palm tree; join the next set directly below the first loosely joining them. Continue making sets of parenthesis a bit larger with each set until you reach the height you would like the palm tree to be. At the bottom of the tree flair out the last set of parenthesis and add a couple of feet pointing left and right.

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Step 3

Color in the palm tree trunk using the Desert Sand ink. Draw a line across the bag using the Desert Sand somewhere near the bottom quarter of the bag. If you would like a shell, starfish or other item lying on the beach, pencil them out below the line. Coloring around the items, fill in the “beach” with this ink as well.

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Step 4

Outline and refine the trunk of your palm tree with Chocolate API and a Fantastix. Iron to set the inks applied thus far.

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Step 5

If desired, add a few coconuts to your palm tree with Autumn Leaf API. I also added a couple coconuts lying on the beach beneath the tree as well.

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Step 6

Add palm fronds to the palm tree by feathering Spring Green API outwards from the top of the trunk. Add as many or as few fronds as desired. Add one or two additional layers of color to add mid-tones and shadows to the palm fronds. Green Apple and Emerald were used on the example. Once satisfied with the palm fronds, iron to set the ink.

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Step 7

Approximately half way up the bag draw a line across the bag using Sky Blue API. This will become the sea. Begin loosely filling in the area between the blue line and the beach line with the Sky Blue API. While the first layer of ink is still wet, go back in and add high-lights and low lights using Cerulean Blue, Tropical Lagoon and White Frost API’s blending as you go along. I used more of the White Frost at the beach line where I imagined the waves coming ashore creating foam. Once you are satisfied with the colors in your ocean, iron to set the inks.

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Step 8

Add any additional images you wish at this point. A pair of birds and a starfish were added to the example. Iron to set these inks.

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Step 9

If desired, go back over certain areas to define the images even more using Fabrico Dual Tip Markers.

Supplies

Imagine
  • All-Purpose Ink – 10 Green Apple, 19 Cerulean Blue, 20 Tropical Lagoon, 21 Emerald, 22 Spring Green, 33 Rose Pink, 38 Sky Blue, 52 Sand, 53 Autumn Leaf, 54 Chocolate, 72 Frost White, 74 Champaign Mist, 80 White
  • Fabrico Marker – Chocolate
  • Fantastix
Other
  • Canvas Bag – I happened to make mine, but you can buy pre-made ones too, like the one Neva Cole found for her project.

 

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Aloha from the Beach!

Tropical Sunset Card

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

A handmade card using Imagine and Tsukineko inks featuring a Kaleidacolor sunset and hand tinted Turtles, shells and palm tree with the sentiment Aloha! on top.

Dreaming of a vacation—somewhere on a tropical beach under swaying palm trees? Whether you’re going there or it is only wishful thinking, you can make your own beautiful sunset with a Kaleidacolor inkpad and a brayer.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 45 minutes

Directions

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Step 1

Ink a brayer with the Kaleidacolor Tahiti pad and apply the ink to one side of the gelli plate. Re-ink the brayer (being careful to keep the colors straight) and ink the rest of the gelli plate, turning the plate to have colors meet up to create a seamless pattern. Place your paper on the gelli plate, rub and lift it (and the ink) back off.

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Step 2

Stamp images using Coffee Bean Brilliance ink onto white cardstock, stamping doubles in case of errors and at least two palm trees for layering.

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Step 3

Tap the corners of Memento, Memento Luxe, and Brilliance ink pads onto an acrylic block to create a palette and use a water brush to paint in the stamped images. Fussy cut the images. To make a beach, apply Desert Sand Memento Ink directly onto white cardstock that is cut to the width of your card. Cut the top freehand.

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Step 4

Trim and attach the striped background to the card base. Use foam adhesive to layer the palm trees as well as pop up the beach section.

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Step 5

Stamp the sentiment with Mediterranean Blue Brilliance Ink and attach the rest of the stamped images.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock
  • Gelli Arts – Gelli Plate
  • Speedball – Brayer
  • Bombshell Stamps – Hawaiian Girl stamp set
  • Niji – Watercolor brush
  • Acrylic blocks
  • Helmar – Quick Fix Permanent Adhesive Runner, ZapDots Foam Adhesive

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Summer Escape to Paradise

Vibrant Neon Summer Card

by Jowilna Nolte

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Get into the mood for summer with a gorgeous and vibrant Neon card by using inkers to create beautiful backgrounds. They are not only for re-inking your ink pads. They are incredibly versatile and handy in many situations!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes + drying time

Directions

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Step 1

Add a small amount of Radiant Neon Electric Pink inker to your craft mat. Use an ink blusher and ink a bicycle chipboard element. Leave to dry.

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Step 2

Use 3 colors of Radiant Neon inkers and a mini squeegee to apply color to your background. Let the colors dry in between layers before adding the next color. Leave to dry.

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Step 3

Mist the entire background using Copper Sheer Shimmer mist. Leave to dry completely. Use a script stamp and Black VersaFine inkpad to stamp the background.

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Step 4

Add a sentiment cut from scrapbooking paper and adhere to the background. Adhere the inked bicycle. Add a layer of GlazOn and then lightly sprinkle with pink glitter. Leave to dry.

Step 5

Add a few washi tape flags and diamanté to finish off the card. And now you are ready to celebrate summer in style!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • White cardstock
  • Chipboard bicycle
  • Sentiment
  • HeroArts − script stamp
  • Glitter
  • Washi tape
  • Diamanté

We hope you enjoyed this escape to paradise—we will be escaping there with you all week! We hope you enjoy all the beach fun. See you in surf! #beachweek

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Christmas in July Blog Hop with StencilGirl – Last Day!

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Today is the last of three Saturdays we are doing a Christmas in July Hop with StencilGirl! We hope you enjoy the inspiration to plan out your projects this year—because it is never too early to start planning.

 

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Today’s hop list:

StencilGirl Talk
Gwen Lafleur
Carolyn Dube
Carol Baxter
Mark Melnick
Jowilna Nolte
Terre Fry

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OF COURSE, there will be a GIVEAWAY!

We’ll be picking one lucky winner to receive $100 in Gift Certificates – a $50 Gift Certificate for StencilGirl Products and a $50 Gift Certificate for Imagine!

Take your time and visit each blog showcased July 9, 16, & 23 and leave your comments. The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN! One comment per blog, please.

You will have until Saturday, July 30th at 11:59 PM Central Time to leave your comments. The winner will be notified by email and announced on StencilGirl’s & Imagine’s Facebook page on Sunday, July 31st.

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New Sheer Shimmer Spritz Applications

Our friend Charlotte Carpentier, a Certified Zentangle Teacher and store owner in Southern California, shared with us this great way to use Sheer Shimmer Spritz with Zenstone. We thought it was so cool, we asked if we could share it with you all. Without further ado…

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by Charlotte Carpentier

Art sample by Charlotte Carpentier of Zenstone on black paper fixed with Sheer Shimmer Spritz.

Who knew this product was so versatile? We all know it adds a bit of sparkle and shine to your paper crafting projects, but did you know it works as a fixative too? My name is Charlotte Carpentier, and I am a Certified Zentangle Teacher. One of the things I love to do is experiment with products to find applications for them in my Zentangle practice, and Sheer Shimmer Spritz is a total keeper in this realm.

My dilemma: how to fix ZenstoneTM in powdered form to black paper. Zenstone is a lovely version of a piece of carved soapstone. It can be used to shade on black or dark colored papers, and when ground into powdered form, can be used to make some interesting backgrounds for tangling (or stamping) on. The problem lies with making it permanent…it will rub off somewhat if handled too much, making the pieces fragile. Regular fixatives are simply too damp and completely obliterate it…so the finished pieces in the past have been destined to live in a plastic bubble (or page protector) for their own good.

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And one day, I said…I wonder what this Sheer Shimmer Spritz will do? I figured that it had to be light spritz’s from some distance, so I gave it a quick, light misting…and wouldn’t you know it…it worked!

I use the Gold a lot, but I also like the Sparkle and Frost. The coolest part seems that it sticks more where the ink is, and makes the lines really stand out. Unfortunately, they don’t photograph as sparkly as they are in person, but I was stunned at how awesome they looked. Additionally, you can use this same effect (powdering) with chalk pastels and colored pencils. And who does not love sparkles? (And my FitBit always has some Shimmer to it as well!)

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If you want to see more of Charlotte’s cool work, or check out her schedule of classes in Southern California, check out www.charkatscreativeinsanity.com or www.facebook.com/charkatscreativeinsanity. You can also stalk her on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest at CharKatTangles!

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Amazing Moments

Amazing Moments Mixed Media Layout

by Nadine Carlier

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Artist in Residence Nadine Carlier shares a bright and creative technique to save those amazing summer moments for your scrapbook layouts. See how in the video below.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour +

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • The Creative Workshop Stencils
  • BoBunny – Believe Paper Collection
  • American Crafts Thickers
  • Prima Flowers
  • Shells
  • Cheese Cloth
  • Gesso
  • Heat Tool

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