Invite the New Year, and New Beginnings!

With the start of a new year, it can often be a time for new beginnings. That is true here at Imagine! We have been busy painting at HQ to do a nice refresh to start 2017 off on the right foot. We are prepping for the big trade show Creativation in Phoenix this month. And we are starting a new program here on our blog! Each month we are going to highlight a fun color. We’ll announce it here, and you can have fun looking for it all month long in the projects we share here and on Facebook, Instagram, etc.

Maybe because we have had a nice cool winter so far in Washington, or maybe just because it is such a beautiful color, we are starting off with light wintergreen for January’s color.


Tenia got right on board with this color and made this beautiful Happy New Year card.

2017_jan_tn_cheers_step2She found light wintergreen by blending together VersaMagic in Aquatic Splash and Turquoise Gem. She really got them to blend into a beautiful color, with a wonderful eye to let the color darken and lighten on different parts of the paper. She used Memento and Fireworks! inks in Tuxedo Black to decorate the rest of the panel. She splattered the Fireworks! ink using the internal tube rather than the spray head. Since Fireworks! is a liquid ink it is really versatile. Spraying is just one way to apply it.




Elina also used Fireworks! without spraying it. She mixed a little Bahama Blue with Cottage Ivy and did a unique watercolor application over some textured watercolor paper. She achieved the texture using Creative Medium Shimmer and a leaf stencil. Here’s how she explains the watercolor process:

When painting the textured background I first misted the paper with water, and then added drops of blue and green Fireworks! craft sprays. I did not spray the colors, but unscrewed the nozzle and tapped it with my finger to drop a few splashes of ink on the wet paper. When drying I let the colors mix for creating a beautiful mint color. Such a fun project to make!

Elina also found Turquoise Gem VersaMagic to make a lovely wintergreen color. She used it to watercolor her flower image. She found VersaMagic to make for a lovely, rich, opaque watercolor paint that was really easy to work with when mixed with water. Don’t forget that you can use any water based ink to use as a watercolor ‘paint’!

We wish you a very Happy New Year, and hope you enjoy a minty month!

Supplies used in Tenia Nelson’s Card:

  • Lawn Fawn – circle stamps
  • Cardstock – white
  • Queen and Co – washi tape
  • SRM stickers – sticker stitches
  • Sequins
  • Foam tape
  • Scissors

Supplies used in Elina Stromberg’s Card:

  • Heavy watercolor paper
  • Cardstock – white, blue
  • DWC – Stencil
  • Altenew – flower stamps
  • Water brush
  • Acrylic stamping block
  • Studio Calico – ’Hello’ die
  • Blue sewing yarn
  • White and blue seed beads
  • Glue
  • Scissors

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