This is Day 3 of the StencilGirl Blog Hop

In this week’s blog hop, we are pairing our ink with StencilGirl stencils to make a perfect match! StencilGirl works with a variety of designers to create all sorts of themes and as you know—we have all sorts of inks for all sorts of projects. Thank you for everyone who has participated and enjoy Day 3!

Thanks so much for stopping and be sure to leave comments (one per blog) during these 3 days so you can be entered to win a $30 StencilGirl Gift Cards or a $30 Imagine Gift Cards!!! Winners will be announced on the StencilGirl and Imagine Blogs at the end of the month.

 Day 3 Blog Hop Artists

Belen Sotelo

Torrie Gass

Debi Adams

Martha Lucia Gomez

Jessica Litman

Alison Heikkila

Make a Match from Today’s Papercraft Inspiration

When we challenge our artists, we are always pleasantly surprised at the outcome. Sometimes there are similar ideas that pop up in the creative process between two talented people and today’s projects share this common trait — matching! Kyriakos matches colors to create color harmony and Alison matches a scrapbook page to a 2-D style. Check it out!

Make a Match from Today's handmade card

Yellow Flowers Inspiration Card by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

I love the Pineapple color challenge this month and decided to create a blooming flowers card on yellow shades in contrast with the kraft card and the black details used. Using the kraft paper with white, yellow and black all match to create a warm color harmony that turned out rather nice.

First, I used White Embossing powder on the kraft card base to give texture and add detail on the frame. Then I colored the paper flowers with Memento Desert Sand and Dandelion and filled their centers with Radiant Neon Amplify to add volume. For the top panel background, I inked a large stamp in a distressed style with Memento Dandelion and Tangelo ink and pressed on white cardstock. The leaves are pressed in the VersaMark ink and then covered with the Imagine’s Silver Embossing Powder and heat set. To finish the card, I arranged all these elements together and used a piece of black corrugated cardboard to give the design contrast and ground the overall look.


  • Paper flowers
  • 5 x 7 card base
  • Sizzix – Mixed flowers set stamp
  • Metallic leaves and charms
  • Jute cord
  • Black corrugated paper

We Match Scrapbook Page by Alison Heikkila

Hello! The Artists in Residence for Imagine and Waffle Flower Crafts did a collaboration in May. As a result, I was sent the adorable Enveloper Little Birdie Stamp Set and I love using it. Looking at their other sets, and I now have a nice wish list I would love to add to my collection. I decided to make a scrapbook layout with the Little Birdie set because it reminded me of the matching Marimekko dresses my daughter and I have.

The flowers on the dresses are 2-D flat design style and only use one color. I wanted to match the dress design. So, I stamped my images onto white cardstock with VersaFine ink in Majestic Blue and used Memento Markers to match colors on the dresses. I love to shade and blend when I color, but I really wanted to stay true to the fabric and keep the colors flat.

I created a mat around the white cardstock with Banana Pepper cardstock from My Colors cardstock, and I stamped my sentiment down the side with Habanero VersaFine ink. Then, I wrote the date of the photos with a Danube Blue Memento Marker. My blue base cardstock was looking a little plain, so I sprayed it with New Sprout Fireworks! Spray and used On Point Glue to add white sequins.

I’m really happy with how well the stamped images from Waffle Flower went with our dresses. I think the stamps showcased the photos perfectly! Have an inspiring day!


  • Waffle Flower – Enveloper Little Birdie Stamp Set
  • Inkadinkado – Alphabet Stamps (Discontinued)
  • My Colors Cardstock – Banana Pepper
  • Cardstock – white, blue
  • Sequins

Create a Background with the Extras in Your Stamp Set

by Alison Heikkila

Create a Background with the Extras in Your Stamp Set. Super Cute Cupcake Card colored with Memento markers.

Hello! I have a “sweet” card to share with you today. This month, the Artists in Residence for Imagine were challenged with the theme “Itsy Bitsy.” So, I decided to use the teeny stamps found in my Lawn Fawn’s Baked with Love and Love ‘N Breakfast. For those of you who are familiar with Lawn Fawn’s set, you know they are fantastic at adding extra hearts, faces and other expressive features to their sets. Why not use those little pieces?!

To create the background, I added several of the hearts, candlesticks, XOXO and smiley face stamps to an acrylic block in an arrangement and I inked them up with VersaFine Onyx Black. I stamped an entire background piece of Bristol paper with these stamps, slightly turning the block as I went along and heat embossed the entire background. Next, I stamped four cupcakes on to Mixed Media Paper, colored them with Memento Markers and die cut with coordinating dies. I decided to make the cupcakes stand out more, so I used two different sized circle punches and layered them underneath the cupcakes. The smaller circles were spritzed with Bamboo Leaves Fireworks spray, and I mounted them with a foam square.

cupcake stamps Lawn Fawn

To add color and sparkle to my background, I sprayed a Fireworks sprays on to a piece of acetate. I laid my background on top, flipped it over and smooshed the colors around. You can see in the photo above the fabulous shimmer and how beautifully the colors blended together. Then, I stamped my sentiment on to a white piece of bristol scrap paper and mounted with foam tape. To finish, I mounted the entire panel to a card base.

I loved this challenge! So please don’t forget to use those cute teeny stamps that come in your sets! You can make quick and fun backgrounds with them. Have an inspiring day!


  • Lawn Fawn – Baked with Love Stamps, Baked with Love Dies, Love ‘N Breakfast
  • My Colors Cardstock– Mint Julep, Lime Pop
  • Scrapbook Adhesives – Foam Squares
  • Canson – Mixed Media Paper
Strathmore – Smooth Bristol Paper
  • Punch – small circle, medium circle

3 Very Different Ways to Use StazOn Ink

3 Very Different Ways to Use StazOn Ink.

by Alison Heikkila

StazOn is a solvent ink that allows you to stamp on surfaces such as metal, wood, shrink plastic, leather, and more. It is a permanent ink in a wide range of colors that allows you to create vivid and exciting projects easily. In today’s post, it is my privilege to give you three wonderful ways to use StazOn ink.

3 Very Different Ways to Use StazOn Ink

Making Shrinky Dinks! Use StazOn to Stamp on Shrink Plastic

One of my favorite ways to use StazOn ink is with shrink plastic. This little Pin-Up pendant (from Bombshell Stamps) was stamped on the frosted side of the shrink plastic, then colored with colored pencils. Because StazOn is a solvent ink, it will dry immediately on plastic and will not smear. It is perfect for fully decorating stamped images before they will be shrunk.  I added holes to either side of the hammock and used my heat tool to shrink down. The stamp and color remained perfectly intact during the shrinking. Think about all of your larger stamps that you can shrink down into fun pieces of jewelry using StazOn and shrink plastic!

3 Very Different Ways to Use StazOn Ink.

Creating Masterboards! Use StazOn to Blend Ink Colors.

The next example of fun things you can do with StazOn is to ink blend with solvents such as rubbing alcohol or the compliment product StazOn Stamp Cleaner. With a 4″ x 6″ photo sheet, I rubbed Claret, Cactus Green, and Spiced Chai StazOn randomly on the surface. I used a direct-to-paper swirling motion to apply the color. I dripped StazOn Stamp cleaner on to the paper and swirled it around. The solvent in StazOn cleaner suspends the color, allows it to migrate and blend. I let the cleaner sit then dabbed off the excess with a paper towel.

3 Very Different Ways to Use StazOn Ink. the perfect pear card

I die cut a portion of the dried StazOn blended photo paper with a set of pear dies from Stampendous. Love the results!

3 Very Different Ways to Use StazOn Ink. home decor star

Homemaking! Use StazOn with Decoupage

StazOn is great for home decorating projects. Tissue paper decoupaged on wood is a perfect example. I stamped an image onto white tissue paper using Jet Black StazOn and then colored in the details with Fabrico markers. I used decoupage medium to seal the art on the tissue paper. StazOn does not react to water-based inks or products such as Mod Podge. So you can begin the next steps of a multi-step project because the ink will dry quickly cutting the dry time in half. Once the decoupage was dried, I used a sponge dauber to ink the edges of the star in Royal Purple StazOn. Again, a double benefit is StazOn will attach to the top of any surface without beading or smearing.

As you can see, StazOn ink can be used for a multitude of techniques and on lots of different surfaces. It is important to remember that experimentation is always the best way to find what works best for your projects. For product information, please check out the Imagine website. Have an inspiring day!

Do You Have Dreams of Tangerine?

Tangerine is Imagine’s Color of the Month for June. Throughout this month, we will be featuring projects that incorporate this warm and festive color as well as the theme Summer Lovin’. To start this party right, we have a fruit-themed greeting card by Alison Heikkila who uses super cute stamps as a center piece and splashes of Fireworks Shimmer in the background. Roni Johnson brings a different mood to the deep orange color with a summer sunset shaker card. Oh my! Both these projects show off Tangerine perfectly!

fruit themed greeting card with orange shimmer

Tangerine Dreams by Alison Heikkila

Greetings! This month, the Imagine Artists in Residence are sharing projects with Tangerine…..a yummy, uplifting color that makes me think of Summer. I started off by inking up these adorable little fruits by Studio G. Fruit stamps are everywhere right now. So if you don’t have this little set, I’m sure there are plenty of other fruit images that work for this card. I colored them using Memento Ink pads as well as the markers. Both work fantastically. I stamped them on to Mixed Media Paper, die cut them using Fitted Frames, and created a matching dark orange frame to go around it. I used the Large and Small “V” Frames for the centerpiece.

My card base was spritzed with Tangelo Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray from the center toward the edge. I spritzed it sideways to get the outward spray I was going for. After the spray was dry, I inked the edges of the card base with Tangelo Memento Ink. I glued my die cut layers on to the card base, and then using On Point Glue (my favorite liquid glue!!!), I attached a few sequins for added sparkle. Thank you for checking out my card today. I hope you are inspired by the sweetness of Tangerine!


  • Studio G – Fruit Stamps
  • Stampendous – Fitted Frame Set A dies
  • Mixed media paper – white
  • Sequins
  • Cardstock – orange
  • Acrylic block

Summer Lovin’ Sunset Card by Roni Johnson

Summer lovin’…brings to mind lazy days at the beach, lounging by the water, drinking an ice cold beverage while reading my favorite book. I decided that’s what I would translate into a card. The sunset image was stamped on Vertigo with StazOn ink. Once it dried, I used Memento Dual Tip Markers and StazOn Inks to color the image. Please note the water-based Memento markers took a long time to dry on the film as it took time to evaporate. I left mine to dry 3 days. If you do not have 3 days to wait, you can use Fantastix with StazOn ink instead and the dry time will be immediate. Next, I used VersaMagic inks to create a lovely monoprint background design, let dry, stamped seashells and embossed with gold embossing powder. I mounted the Vertigo centerpiece, attached a decorative string inked with Tangelo Memento Markers and pulled the design together on a card base. With the visual dynamic of Vertigo, I can’t stop looking at this card! Hope you enjoy my crafty version of Summer Lovin’.





Encourage the Bright Side of Life with 2 Inspiration Cards

It’s hard to follow up a blog hop. Thank you again to everyone at Joy Clair Stamps for teaming up with our artists, using our inks and creating fabulous work! Thank you to our own artists for all your hard work. In today’s blog, we are highlighting two cards from Alison Heikkila and Martha Lucia Gomez. Enjoy!

fun creative hack by embossing layered stamps

Seeing Your Smile Greeting Card by Martha Lucia Gomez

One of my favorite techniques is embossing, but since I can´t use this technique in all my projects I decided to use a fun creative hack by embossing parts of the project. Today, I want to share with you a partial embossing technique using color layering stamps, dye ink, pigment ink and embossing powder. It’s very simple and fun and you can get beautiful results on your projects.

Let me tell you how I made my card! First, stamp the first layer of the stamps using Memento Dye Ink. For my flowers, I used Lulu Lavender Memento and for the leafs Pear Tart Memento. Stamp the second layer of the flower using Memento Luxe Lilac Posies. Memento Luxe is the pigment version of this ink line. This is rare that an ink has both pigment and dye versions of the same color swatches. This is perfect for layered stamp projects and getting super creative with the flexibility in ink choices. If you want you can stamp right away the third layer using Memento Luxe Elderberry (darker purple). Cover the entire image with Clear Embossing Powder, remove the excess of the powder and melt with the heat tool. You will see that the embossing powder sticks to the Memento Luxe and falls away from Memento Dye inks leaving parts embossed and other parts not embossed. Stamp the details of the leaves with Memento Luxe Pistachio, the sentiment with Memento Luxe Lilac Posies and repeat the heat embossing. Paste the card panel over the card base using Tear It Tape.

What you have with a little creative planning is a beautiful layered card that is easy to create and recreate. Enjoy!


  • Cardstock – white, dark purple
  • Kaisecraft Watercolor Friends Stamp Set
  • Heat Tool
  • Misti

Magenta Congratulations Greeting Card by Alison Heikkila

Hello! This month, Imagine chose Magenta (or MAY-genta) for the color of the month. I decided to keep my card clean, simple and monochromatic with just a few touches of gold. I started off with bristol paper and stamped beautiful border with Magenta VersaColor ink, and heat embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder. Next, I inked up my sentiment with Raspberry VersaColor to vary the shades a little, and heat embossed that with Clear Embossing as well. I rubbed Angel Pink Memento ink across the entire piece, and this highlighted the paper’s texture. Next, I took a plain white card base and brushed on Lilac Posies Fireworks, let it dry, and applied Rose Bud Fireworks. I didn’t love the way the color of the Fireworks looked next to the magenta ink, so to break it up, I edged the top layer of my card with Golden Glitz Delicata ink. For just a little more visual interest, I added sequins with On Point Glue. This card would be pretty in any color, but I really love how girly it is in the magenta and other shades of pink. The shimmer and sparkle from the Fireworks, Delicata, and sequins are all lovely.

I hope you enjoyed my project. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!


  • Stampendous – Elegant Borders Perfectly Clear Set
  • Painted Wishes – Perfectly Clear Set