Make a Set of Shimmery Fashion ATC Cards

by Elina Stromberg

Whenever I just want to play with my stamps and don’t have enough time to make an entire art journal page, I create artist trading cards. Usually, I make several on one go, as I want to have enough cards for swapping, but it’s nice to keep at least one piece in my own card collection.

This time I wanted to use a beautiful stamp set by StampinUp! with two stylish hand-drawn feminine images. They were perfect for water coloring, so I took out my new VersaFine Clair which is a perfect choice for various watercolor projects. With this waterproof pigment ink, you can simply paint over the stamped lines and the image will not bleed nor smear. I suggest you use Fireworks! spray mists as liquid watercolors; in addition to the amazing and vibrant colors, you get a beautiful shimmery finish, too!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes to 1 hour (depending on the number of cards)

Directions


Step 1

Cut white background paper to ATC cards of size 2.5” x 3.5”. Stamp one image per card using VersaFine Clair in Nocturne.


Step 2

Pour a few drops of Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Danube Blue, Lilac Posies, and Dandelion and a small amount of Walnut Ink in Willow and Cherry Blossom on a palette or on the Craft Mat. Paint the images and part of the background with a watercolor brush. Create two stamping masks by stamping the images on a piece of scrap paper, and fussy cut the bottom parts of the images.


Step 3

Place the mask over the stamped and colored images. Stamp text patterns with the mask in place on the background with VersaFine Clair in Oasis (green) and Cheerful (bright yellow). The mask will protect the main images so the dresses of the fashion models are kept clean. Remove mask.


Step 4

Trim ATC’s removing 1/8” from each edge, and mat card fronts on green ATC base cards. Add any additional details to make it your own! Enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Mixed Media Paper
  • Cardstock – Green
  • Stampin Up – ‘Beautiful You’ stamp set
  • Wycinanka – Texture stamp
  • Watercolor brush
  • Paper trimmer
  • Double-sided tape

Color of the Month for February is Raspberry Red

Color of the Month for February is Raspberry Red

The Color of the Month for February is Raspberry Red! This is a beautiful color that can be found in fashion, crafts, and home decor. We love raspberry red because it has an electric look that occurs from the slight tint of purple in the deep red color. It is not purple, not magenta, not pink and it is not quite red either. We choose this color because of Tsukineko’s exciting and latest release of VersaFine Clair and the gorgeous raspberry-like color called Glamorous. Some other great raspberry colors in the Tsukineko inks are Memento Love Letter, VersaColor Raspberry, and StazOn in Fuchsia Pink so if you have any of these colors on and you are creating projects this month then you may qualify for…

Imagine Color Challenge with a $30 Give-A-Way!!

We are announcing the Imagine Color Challenge for the month of February! Use rich raspberry colors from any Imagine or Tsukineko product in any crafty project. The project can be a card, scrapbook page, mixed media focus, home décor, etc of any size or shape. Post a finished project with mention of our product by February 28th on your social media. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and tag the photo of your project with the hashtag #imaginecolorchallenge. At the end of the month, our team will select a random winner from all who have participated! We will be re-posting or sharing some entries all month long!

How is the winner judged?

At random lottery selection of those that met the requirements. We will comb through all the social media posts and enter your name into a random lottery.

Prize

$30 dollars of products from the Imagine Shop shipped anywhere in the US.

Rules

  • Tag us on either Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with our handle and the hashtag #imaginecolorchallenge
  • Post a high-quality photo of the project. Blurry or low-resolution photos will not qualify
  • Must use Tsukineko or Imagine products and name them. Example: Fireworks Craft Spray, Memento Luxe, VersaFine, VersaMark, etc.
  • Must use the Raspberry Red color
  • Must be a newly created project
  • Projects posted between February 1 and February 28, 2018 (at midnight PST) are to be considered.

For inspiration stay tuned to our blog this month

Elina Stromberg has created a Congrats card using VersaFine Clair.

Elina Stromberg has created a Congrats card using VersaFine Clair.

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou created a lovely Mardi Gras mask using StazOn Studio Glaze.

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou created a lovely Mardi Gras mask using StazOn Studio Glaze.

Jowilna Nolte has created this lovely scrapbook layout using VersaFine Clair and Fireworks Shimmery Craft Sprays.

Jowilna Nolte has created this lovely scrapbook layout using VersaFine Clair and Fireworks Shimmery Craft Sprays.

 

 

Thank you visiting the Imagine blog and stayed tuned for more on these and other lovely projects!

 

Learn How to Create Interesting Backgrounds with Monoprinting

by Elina Stromberg


If I had to pick just one must-have product, it would be the Tuxedo Black Memento ink. It’s a fast drying, water-based dye ink, and it is my No. #1 choice when coloring stamped images with alcohol markers. Another advantage is the easy cleaning of the stamps. No scrubbing is needed as the water-based inks can simply be wiped away with a wet wipe. Because they clean so easily, Memento is a great ink for inking your embossing folders because they will not damage or stain your embossing folders. I used my Tuxedo Black for monoprinting a variety of cool black and white background textures that are perfect for cards, ATC’s and art journal pages. See how I did it..

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Gather all needed supplies: One or several embossing folders (any texture or pattern will do), Memento inkpad, brayer, and several sheets of white cardstock or watercolor paper.


Step 2

Using a brayer, ink one side of the embossing folder with Memento ink. If the folder image contains numbers or letters, make sure to ink the side with the mirrored numbers or letters. The folder can be also be inked only partially, allowing for two or several patterns to be printed on one page.


Step 3

Mist the inked surface gently with water. Place paper on the inked folder, press gently with your hand and pull the print. Set aside to dry, and rinse the embossing folder with warm water.

 

Step 4 (Optional)

If the printed panel is used as background for a stamped image dab white gesso or acrylic paint on the B&W pattern to calm down the busy background. Let dry.


Step 5 (Optional)

Add color to the black & white pattern by stamping textures with StāzOn in Blazing Red.

To use the backgrounds add a focal image and paste onto a card base.

Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog and if you enjoyed this tutorial then please comment below or share on social media! 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Sizzix – Embossing folders
  • Watercolor paper
  • Water mister
  • Brayer
  • White gesso or acrylic paint
  • Carabelle Studio – ‘Simple Elegance’,  ‘I Have a Dream’ stamps
  • Wycinanka – text pattern
  • White card base
  • Red cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive of choice

Design a Watercolor Portrait with Walnut Inks

by Elina Stromberg

Design a Watercolor Portrait with Walnut Inks from Imagine Crafts and Tsukineko.

Whenever I come across an inspiring technique tutorial or a project idea, I save it to one of my Pinterest boards. Those pins become handy when there’s a need for getting the creative juices flowing, but even if the creative mojo is not lost I love to browse through the idea boards for getting fresh innovative ideas.

Some of the pinned projects have been on my to-do list for a while already, waiting for the right time slot to be explored. Like a watercolor portrait tutorial by Elise Engh in her Grow Creative blog that I pinned years ago: I loved the project idea and I had planned to make these cool monotone portraits of my kids, but I was not sure if I had the patience for following all the tutorial steps of editing, printing, tracing, and painting. So, when I finally decided to give it a try, I altered the steps, cut some corners, and finished in no time at all! I used a photo editing program for creating my painting template, and instead of making the painting completely monotonous I used two matching Walnut ink colors for painting. And I loved how the portrait turned out!

Creating the painting template requires some photo editing skills, but you don’t need to be an expert for making the template. You can use whichever software you wish, but as photo editing software vary, I did not include detailed instructions of the photo editing steps. However, please do leave a comment if more guidance is needed.

Walnut inks come in several natural earth tones, and they give a beautiful antique finish to photos, papers, and wooden embellishments. They come in handy spray bottles, but the strong pigment inks can also be used as liquid watercolors; they were the perfect choice for this portrait project!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1.5 hours

Directions

Step 1

Choose a well-lit portrait photo and open it in a photo editing program (e.g. Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Gimp, PicMonkey). Adjust colors and lightning, and if needed, add contrast. Convert the photo to black and white, and remove the background. Edit the photo using ‘Posterize’ adjustment tool. Set levels to 2, i.e. use only two colors on the posterized photo. Once done, lighten the black to a light grey so that when you print it is just a light shadow.


Pour a small amount of Walnut Ink in Brown and EucalyptusStep 2

Pour a small amount of Walnut Ink in Brown and Eucalyptus (an earthy green) on a watercolor palette. Taping the paper on the surface is not needed as the Walnut ink will not curl the paper.


Step 3

Paint the portrait using a small brush, covering all printed light grey areas. Let the colors mix, and add water for gaining lighter tints. Work rather quickly, using a rich amount of ink. Walnut Ink will dry quite fast on a porous watercolor paper. When finished, trim the portrait to the desired size and frame.

Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog and if you enjoyed this tutorial then please comment below or share on social media! 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Photo in digital format
  • Computer + Photo editing software
  • Printer
  • Watercolor paper
  • Palette
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Photo frame

Create Cute and Simple Window Decor for Christmas

by Elina Stromberg

Create Cute and Simple Window Decor for Christmas

If snow is not yet covering the ground, and you’re only hoping for white Christmas, it’s just the right time to hang snowflake decorations in the window. This fun upcycling project will take you into the Christmas mood and the best thing is that you’ll probably have all the needed supplies already in your stash. These snowflakes are quick and simple to make, and they’re also the perfect DIY project for children impatiently waiting for Christmas!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes + drying time

Directions


Step 1

Die-cut or punch circles from clear plastic packaging.

trace snowflake lines with a silver irRESISTible Pico Embellisher
Step 2

Print or hand-draw snowflake images on paper. Place plastic circle on the printed image, and trace snowflake lines with a silver irRESISTible Pico Embellisher.


Step 3

Set aside to dry.


Step 4

Create chains of circles by connecting 3 or 4 snowflakes with white sewing yarn.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Clear plastic packaging
  • Circle dies (Sizzix) or a strong circle punch (Fiskars)
  • White sewing yarn
  • Scissors

Stamp an Easy and Creative Seasons Greetings Card

by Elina Stromberg

Stamp an Easy and Creative Seasons Greetings Card

A few years back a card making blog challenged us design team members to create Christmas projects using standard, non-Christmas themed supplies. After some desperate moments, I started taking new perspectives to the stamps I already had in my stash, and soon realized how rewarding it was to discover new and unconventional ways for using them.

This Christmas card is a continuation of that challenge idea: Instead of using a holiday wreath stamp, I draw a circle on craft cardstock, stamped leaves around it using a simple flower leaf stamp, and decorated the card with a hint of liquid red ink and a punched paper bow. The end-result looks yet quite Christmassy, doesn’t it!

I also punched two gift tags and used the same technique on those. So simple and easy to make! The metallic shimmer of the Emerald Green Delicata ink made my card look even more festive; it’s all in the details!

Stamp an Easy and Creative Seasons Greetings Card

Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog and if you enjoyed this tutorial then please comment below or share on social media! 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampin’Up – Bow Punch
  • Fiskars – Tag Punch
  • Visible Image – ‘Go-To Christmas Words’ stamp set
  • Simon Says Stamp – ‘Scribble Flowers’ stamp set
  • Cardbase
  • Cardstock – Kraft, Green
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue