National Park Centennial

The US National Park system turns 100 today! Many people have fond memories of traveling to different parks in the system in their childhood and/or as adults. Some of the Imagine staff has those fond memories, and we thought we would share some of our scrapbook pages about our favorites with you!

Marketing Designer Marcie loves Mount Rainier because as a Seattle resident we experience the grandeur of this giant on a near daily basis. “I love Mount Rainier and feel a special connection to it. Often times it reminds me of purple because I often see when the sun is setting and the purple hues are cast on the side. It’s a strange experience to go to Mt. Rainier National Park because close up the mountain appears as a series of peaks and you feel like you are in a mini mountain range. The air is thinner, colder and snow is everywhere even in the middle of summer. It is quiet an experience!” Marcie used All-Purpose Inks with Fantastix to make her page.

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Another very popular and wonderful park in Washington is Olympic National Park. On the peninsula which makes up the western most regions of our state is a living and breathing (and dripping) rainforest. It is a temerate rainforest, not tropical like some might picture. Katie, one of our Customer Service Specialists, tries to make a trip the Olympic National Park every summer. She says “It’s the place that makes me feel the most alive. It’s beautiful, and fun to explore.” Katie used Memento Luxe, StazOn Studio Glaze, and a Monterey Pine piece in her layout.

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Director of Marketing Amanda did not choose a park in the great state of Washington. She took a trip to Utah last year and found out why they call it “God’s Country”. She says of Zion National Park “It is completely awesome to be down at the bottom of a canyon with these giant red cliffs surrounding you. I was there in the spring and all the colors of the park were just gorgeous!” She used Kaleidacolor, irRESISTible Pico Embellishers and Fireworks! in her layout.

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What’s your favorite National Park? Have you made a scrapbook page about it? The National Park system is using this landmark birthday to kick off a second century of stewardship of America’s national parks and engaging communities through recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs. Whether you already have a favorite, or you’ve never visited a National Park before, entrance fees are waved this weekend in celebration. Hope you get to visit one soon!

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A Water Color Card With Some Sass!

Creating Water Colors with Imagine Inks

by Nadine Carlier

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Artist in Residence Nadine Carlier shares how she colored this funny card with nothing but inks and Ink Potion no. 9. Watch her video below to see how she did it…and for the punch line of this funny card!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • My Favorite Things Stamps
  • Skipping Stone Design Stamps
  • Twine
  • Cardstock – Navy, White
  • Heat tool

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Handsome Plaid Stripes

Creating Plaid using Line Stamps

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Handsome plaid card in reds, greens and purples made by Martha Lucia Gomez using line stamps and Kaleidacolor ink. A puppy stamp completes the design with the sentiment "Have a dogsome Birthday!".

Creating my own patterns is one of my passions and plaid technique can look very different with just changing the colors and designs of single stripe stamps. I made this with Kaleidacolor Ink and lineal stamps. Take a look at how to make this easily and quickly!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions

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Step 1

Cut a layer of card stock in a neutral color and mark with pencil a distance from the up and down borders. The size of my layer is 4-1/4 x 5-1/2″. I marked both sides at 3/4″ left and right.

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Step 2

Take one of the lineal stamps from your stamp set and align this with the border of the ruler and press onto the acrylic block to guarantee that your lines will be always straight. Ink the stamp with any Kaleidacolor ink touching the pad with the stamp, don’t rub the stamp, but dab with the pad.

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Step 3

Stamp your first line starting just up where you mark the point on the left side to cross to down of the point of the right side.

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Step 4

Continue stamping the other designs included on the stamp set. You could also use the same image over and over for a different look. Repeat this process starting with the points marked on the opposite ends of your card to get the plaid look.

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Step 5

Stamp the image of the dog on a piece of scrap cardstock. I stamped with VersaFine in Onyx Black and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

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Step 6

Color in the dog using the same colors of the Kaleidacolor Ink that were used for the background plaid design. Apply the color with Fantastix brushes. Then fussy cut the image with scissors.

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Step 7

Stamp Sentiment in VersaFine Onyx Black on another piece of scrap cardstock. Make a rectangular frame using die cut. Trim and adhere all the pieces together onto a card base.

Creating this unique plaid design was easy and beautiful, don’t you think?

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Peek-a-boo Designs – It’s Plaid Time
  • Joy Clair Stamps – Puppy Love
  • Gina Marie – Stitched Rectangular Die Cuts
  • Cardstock – vanilla
  • Die cut machine
  • Ruler
  • Acrylic block
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Easy Stripes

Ribbit!

by Terre Fry

Handmade card with green stripes inked using Memento Cottage Ivy and a frog floating on a lily pad with the sentiment "good times with you" made by Terre Fry.

Sometimes you need to think outside the box and create a simple yet unique project that doesn’t take hours to create. That’s the lesson in crafting I taught my 8 year old Leahandra today. We made two cards creating stripes using two simple methods, and then used images from printed cardstock to complete the cards.

Create Stripes with Homemade Stencils

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I like to create my own stencils and patterns with just a few products. I created my own stripes by just using some cardstock strips that I secured onto my card base with removable tape and inking some Memento Cottage Ivy between the strips with a sponge dauber. Repeat these steps until you have the number of stripes you want.

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Create Stripes with Embossed Colored Cardstock

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For these stripes I took colored cardstock cut into the size stripes I wanted, and simply embossed them with Clear Embossing Powder before adhering them to my card base!

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Since I only used 4 intersecting stripes in these cards, it was pretty easy to know where to place my focal points. These ideas could be used to create many stripes with varying widths or colors for some very cool effects!

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Heartfelt Creations Winking Frog Paper Collection
  • Adhesive – traditional, dimensional
  • Cardstock – white, green
  • Scissors

 

 

 

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Coloring with Ink Potion No. 9

They Call it Puppy Love

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Cute puppy card hand painted with Kaleidacolor inks with the sentiment "What would I do without you?" created by Martha Lucia Gomez.

I am sharing a cute Puppy Love card that I colored with a paint brush using Ink Potion No. 9 and Kaleidacolor inks. This is one of the most versatile inks that you will find and use in your projects to obtain great results!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 40 minutes + dry time

Directions

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Step 1

Cut the base of the card using vanilla cardstock. The size is 4-1/4 x 11″ with score in 5-1/2″. Take a pattern line stamp and ink it with VersaFine Onyx to create a border. Cover with Clear Embossing Powder and melt with the heat tool.

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Step 2

Using Kaleidacolor Fresh Greens ink a stamp set with background or ink splatter design. Don’t rub your stamp over the ink, just touch the stamp over the ink pad and mix the colors. Stamp the image directly on the card base.

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Step 3

Take another piece of vanilla cardstock and stamp your favorite dog image using Memento Tuxedo Black. Also stamp your sentiment on a different section of the cardstock.

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Step 4

Paint the dog image applying the color form the Kaleidacolor Tomato Vine with a paint brush and a few drops of Ink Potion 9. Mix the colors and create your own coloring effects. I sprayed a bit of potion directly onto an acrylic block and used that as my pallette. Cut the image and sentiment out. I fussy cut the dog, and used a die cut for my sentiment.

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Step 5

Stamp paw prints on the card base using VersaFine Onyx. Optionally, you can heat emboss the paws with clear embossing powder.

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Step 6

Paste your colored image and sentiment over the decorated card base using dimensional adhesive.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Joy Clair Stamps – Puppy Love
  • Stampin’ Up – Gorgeous Grunge
  • Word Bubble Die Cut (optional)
  • Die cut machine (optional)
  • Vanilla cardstock
  • Paint brush
  • Detail scissors
  • Acrylic block

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XOXO

Today marks the last day of our Xyron hop. Hope you have enjoyed seeing the creative projects the two teams came up with! Today is no exception with a whole gift package and tic-tac-toe with a twist!

Detail image of a gift package created by Martha Lucia Gomez using products from Imagine and Xyron.

Martha Lucia Gomez created a card and package and gave us this sneak peek. Can’t wait to see the rest on her blog today!

Homemade tic-tac-toe board with mustachioed tacos and baby unicorns instead of Xs and Os, created by Alison Heikkila using products from Imagine and Xyron.

Alison Heikkila made this adorable tic-tac-toe board for her kids, but instead of Xs and Os, her kids picked mustachioed tacos and baby unicorns!

We’ve had a lot of fun sharing with the Xyron Design Team this week! They have been posting projects all week on their Facebook page- hope you’ve been able to check out their creative ideas too!

XOXO,

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