We thought we would take our enthusiasm down a notch and really re-think this whole color idea. So we are announcing our color of the month which is black, which is okay…I guess. Color is overrated so we would like to honor the truest of true—Black. The ultimate saturated shade.
Black Heart by Tenia Nelson
Tenia does well with this black heart as a focal point. “My heart belongs to no one!”… Agreed. She uses Black Memento (Mori) ink for the stamped image and all the other images and ink splatter. She colors blue sequins with Jet Black StazOn. The techniques here are simple. If bright beautiful colors exist, then shade them in black. The question is who would you send this card to? Ex-boyfriend? Totally.
Black Ink, Grey Paper, Blue Sequins.
Black Hole by Alison Heikkila
Black Holes are mysteries to the human mind. They terrify even the bravest explorers, which is awesome. Alison evokes the chances of being able to tackle a black hole in this non-encouraging layout, “Aim, miss and land somewhere crazy in the stars”…or in a tesseract maybe. Her techniques mirrored Tenia in the use of black, though we are not sure why there are shimmery light sections on the page. I guess it emphasizes the awesome blackness in the center.
Black hole, The void of space
Now it is time to recover from our dark humor and say the real color of the month with the stunning color Lapis! This saturated blue is the color of a semi-precious stone called Lapis Lazuli which is gorgeous in jewelry and pretty much everywhere, including your projects! We feel very inspired by the vividness of Lapis blue and how well it looks with gold and shimmery accents. The color of the month is an overall Imagine challenge. Check out the true beauty of Alison and Tenia’s projects below, which take us back to our usual perky and overzealous selves. Last but not least, Jennifer Vanderbeek dreams big with a wonderfully shimmery art journal page. Of course, we challenge our artists but we also challenge our readers too! If you have an inspiring project with Lapis during the month of April then please connect with us on Facebook or Instagram and tag your project #colorofthemonth & Imagine! Have a super April Fool’s Day!
Lunar Eclipse by Alison Heikkila
Hello! The Imagine team was given paper from DCWV collections. I was given Zodiac, which is really an outer space lunar set—gorgeous blues, purples, and holographic papers with wonderful starry patterns. Needless to say, this collection was right up my alley. I took a photo of the lunar eclipse that occurred in September of 2015. I absolutely love this photo, and I knew these papers would highlight it perfectly.
I cut out a few circles sizes from DCWV’s Brights Collection. I sprayed Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray on my craft mat, mixed lightly and tapped the circles into the color. Then, I sprayed Sheer Sparkle Shimmer to the background paper and to the cut out circles for extra sparkle. This pretty ribbon from Creative Impressions has a glimmer, so I thought it was perfect for grounding all the pieces. I attached it with On Point Glue and used my PITT pen to write my title and date the photo was taken.
- Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray – Paris Dusk, Tuxedo Black
- Sheer Shimmer Spritz – Sparkle, Frost
- On Point Glue
- Craft Mat
- DCWV Papers – Zodiac Collection and the Brights Collection
- Faber-Castell – Black PITT Pen
- Small Coluzzle – Circle Cutter (No longer available, use substitute)
Lapis Blue My Heart Belongs to You Card by Tenia Nelson
I started with stamping the image onto light blue cardstock. Then I sprayed Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray onto image panel. I continued to stamp and heat emboss the heart onto dark blue cardstock and cut out when finished. I attached heart onto the main panel and adhered image panel onto card. It’s always nice to go over the card with glitter and add sequins, washi and sticker stitches to add those fabulous finishing touches.
- Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray – Danube Blue
- Memento Dew Drop – Danube Blue
- Embossing Powder – Clear
- Unity Stamp Company – stamp
- Glitter Pen
- Washi tape
- Sticker stitches
- Heating tool
Dream Big Brayered Art Journal Page by Jennifer Vanderbeek
In my art journal, I can try out techniques or noodle about with ideas. Often I don’t have a clue about how it’s going to end up when I start. With layering, something interesting always come out and this page is no exception. I started with a brayered background, hand lettered, sprayed, and splattered, but it didn’t come together until I added the stenciled script. Don’t give up on a page that seems to be going nowhere, just keeping adding bits and you’ll eventually arrive at something beautiful!
- Memento Luxe – Bahama Blue, Nautical Blue
- Brilliance – Mediterranean Blue
- Delicata – Black Shimmer
- All Purpose Ink – White
- Memento Marker – Nautical Blue
- Sponge Dauber
- Ink Potion No. 9
- GooseBumps Texture Spray – Shimmer
- Art journal
- Acrylic block
- Gel pens – silver, white
- Stencil Girl – Rembrandt’s Words
*This does not preclude the fact that black may indeed be a color of the month some day.