Today is a Perfect Day to Start Living Your Dreams

by Elina Stromberg

pink art journal page

The inspiration for this art journal page was a StencilGirl stencil I’d been wanting to try out for some time. Instead of dabbing ink through the stencil or using gesso or texture paste, I decided to build the stencil face from black cardstock. Before creating the face image, I prepared the background. The first layer of color was misted, using the vivid ‘Lilac Posies’ color from Fireworks Craft Sprays. Once the color was dry I added texture. I mixed Fireworks with white texture paste and stenciled random patterns on the pages. Once the paste was dry I started stamping. First using magenta acrylic paint and a piece of bubble wrap as my stamp, and then continued with regular stamps. For the triangular images I used a Cocoa Daisy stamp set, and the black dots I stamped with the eraser end of a No. 2 pencil. As a finishing touch, I added white by stamping white acrylic paint with a plastic roll.

For the face, I wanted to try a fun collage technique. I placed the face image on black cardstock, traced the parts with a thin pen, and cut out. The larger pieces were cut with scissors, but for cutting the smaller parts I used a craft knife. The stencil was my guidance when placing the pieces on the page, and again, On Point Glue was the right choice for gluing down the tiny cut parts. I picked up the quote from Pinterest and cut the letters with Sizzix alpha dies.

 

I’m very happy with the final look of the page and hope try it out some of the techniques.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • StencilGirl – ‘Abigail’ stencil
  • Sizzix – Alpha dies
  • Bubble wrap
  • No. 2 pencil
  • Texture paste
  • Acrylic paint – white, magenta
  • Cardstock
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Cocoa Daisy – Triangle Texture stamp

We are Excited to be Hopping with Joy Clair Today!

Today we are blog hopping with Joy Clair! We love blog hops because they are a super fun way for you to learn more about the individual blogs of design team members and it is also a great way to win some new products!

In today’s blog hop, pairing our inks with Joy Clair’s stamps makes for a perfect match! Joy Clair has gorgeous stamps sets for all sorts of occasions and as you know—we have all sorts of inks for all sorts of projects. Our Artists in Residence have been excited to share their projects with you, and we can hardly wait to see what the Joy Clair Team came up with too!

Thanks so much for stopping and be sure to leave comments (one per blog) during these two days of hopping so you can be entered to win one of two $25 Joy Clair Stamps Gift Cards or one of two $25 Gift Cards from Imagine!!! Winners will be announced on the Joy Clair and Imagine Blogs at the end of the month. Here’s today’s Blog Hop order—enjoy:

 

Imagine Blog

Joy Clair Blog

Martha Lucia Gomez

Jennifer Vanderbeek

Kerry Urbatch

Mischelle Smith

Helen Gullett

Neva Cole

Jessica Pascarella

Nadine Carlier

Tenia Nelson

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And Now More Momentous Mother’s Day Magic

Mother’s Day is certainly a special time of year! It is a holiday that doesn’t require a whole lot of planning, just a whole lot of love! We reflect on what we like and appreciate about our moms and with today’s handmade selections it is obvious the feelings are special. Elina Stromberg creates a beautiful nature themed card and Martha lays down creative techniques that give a Mother’s Day card a textured look.

Beautiful Bird Mother’s Day Card

Beautiful Bird Mother’s Day Card by Elina Stromberg

Here in Finland, like in most countries, Mother’s Day is celebrated the second Sunday in May. Since childhood, my mother has received a handmade card from me and this year will not be an exception. Mum, this card is made with love just for you!

I wanted to make the card cute and feminine and thought that the soft pastel colors of DCWV cardstock pieces were just the right choice for this project. Their beautiful color palette work so well together! I started by stamping the bird image on pink cardstock and added some color and shading with Memento inks and a water brush. I stamped the branch, leaves, and flowers, cut the pieces out, and glued the pieces together before placing them on the card front. White color on the background panel is Moonlight White Brilliance ink that I applied on the pink cardstock right from the pad. The textured panel underneath is made by stamping doily images on pink cardstock. I hope she will like my card!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • DCWV – Pastels Textured cardstock
  • White card base
  • Stampin’Up – Best Birds stamp, Delicate Doilies stamp
  • Altenew – Floral Frame stamp
  • Craft cardstock
  • Water brush
  • Double-sided tape
  • Scissors

Mother of Pearl Technique by Martha Lucia Gomez

Mother of Pearl Technique by Martha Lucia Gomez

On today’s Mother’s Day project,  I am creating the Mother of Pearl technique on magenta cardstock with Frost White All-Purpose Ink. I love the texture and shimmer this technique creates and feel it adds the extra special touch to this handmade card.  Here is how to do it.

Take a piece of regular card stock and sponge it with two or three colors of Memento Ink. I selected Lulu Lavender and Lilac Posies. I started with the Lulu Lavendar and then enhanced the tone with the Lilac Posies. This helps add a sense of color depth to the background. For the pearl effect, put a few drops of All-Purpose Ink Frost White over your mat and apply with a ball of plastic wrap. The unruly nature of the plastic wrap will create chaotic texture and the shimmer of the pearl color ink will pop forward. This papercrafting hack is simple, yet requires some thinking outside of the box!

While the background dries, I sprayed a piece of white cardstock with four different colors of Fireworks Shimmery Craft Sprays. Then I stamped flowers using VersaMark and heat embossed with White Embossing Powder. I fussy cut the flowers and detailed the inside of the flowers using a tiny paint brush and Firework Lilac Posies. I added a decorated tag border to frame my sentiment, pasted with Tear It! Tape and stamped the sentiment with VersaFine Imperial Purple. Finally, I added the flowers using dimensional dots and added dark green leaves behind the flowers and transparent sequins using On Point Glue. All of these techniques are so easy, and lots of fun, don’t you think?!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Card stock – white, green
  • Suzy Stamps – Button Flower Left Stamp
  • Joy Clair – Happy Mother’s Day Stamp
  • Paint brush
  • Misti Stamping tool
  • Dimensional dots or Foam tape
  • Sequins

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Cute and Simple Magenta Greeting Card Inspiration

Cute and Simple Magenta Greeting Card Inspiration

Hello There Friend Greeting Card by Tenia Nelson

Tenia here from Jazzy Paper Designs with a super fun card made with Imagine and Tsukineko products. Magenta is such a beautiful color and makes a great color theme for a craft project or handmade card. I made this easy CAS card for today’s post — Check it!

I started by adding Rose Bud Fireworks Craft Spray onto white cardstock to add some shimmer and color to the background. Then I stamped the Hello Friend sentiment onto journal cardstock using Lilac Posies Memento Ink. This color is a bit darker and richer than Rose Bud and thought it worked well. Next, I added more Rose Bud Fireworks spray onto scrap white cardstock, and die cut with a heart die after it was dry. Fireworks can do a lot as a craft spray. I went heavy on the die cut cardstock in order to get a good saturation for the little hearts. Next, I attached the hearts onto the journal card panel and attached the entire journal card onto the splatter panel. My favorite finishing touch is to add washi and sticker stitches. And finally, adhere the image panel onto a blank card base and it is ready to gift!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Reverse Confetti – Stamp
  • Cardstock
  • Washi Tape
  • Sticker Stitches
  • Spellbinders – Heart Die
  • Die cut machine
  • Ink blending tool

Watercoloring with Fireworks! by Elina Stromberg

Watercolor patterns continue to be popular among paper crafters. Take off the cap from Fireworks and Cherry Blossom Walnut Ink spray bottles and drop a few ink droplets on the craft mat or a paint palette. Using plenty of water, paint the background with light pink Walnut Ink. Before the paper is dry, add highlights with vivid pink Fireworks and let the colors mix. Dry with a heat gun or let air dry. Apply Memento ink of the desired color on the flower stamp. Mist gently with water. Stamp the flower images on the watercolor background. Let dry or dry with a heat gun. When using layered images stamp the lighter background color first before using a darker one for the upper layer. Dry each layer before stamping the next. Dip a small paint brush in the Fireworks ink. Tap the brush to create a splatter effect on the background. Let dry. Stamp the “hello my friend” sentiment, trim the card front to size, mat on magenta paper, and adhere to the card base and you are ready to go!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Mixed media cardstock or watercolor paper – white
  • Cardstock – magenta
  • Stampin Up– ‘Too Kind’ Stamp
  • Sizzix – ‘Hello’ Stamp
  • Watercolor brushes
  • Water in a spritzer
  • Double-sided tape
  • Paper trimmer

Memento Inkpad – Gray Flannel, Tuxedo Black, Lilac Posies

Easy Polka Dot Magenta Butterfly Card by Mischelle Smith

We were challenged this May to use the color magenta in our craft projects. I wanted to create an easy, sophisticated card with pops of magenta. Adding magenta to my card in just three places really focuses on and highlights the pops of color.  This easy card can be replicated in any color palette and for any occasion – making it a great go-to design when you need a quick and easy card!

Cut cardstock 4 ¼” x 11”. Score at 5 ½” to create card base. Ink largest image (background stamp image) with Gray Flannel Memento ink. Stamp onto card base. Ink leaf stamp with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and stamp. Repeat two more times or as desired. On scrap paper stamp the” journal box” images and “You More” saying, as shown, with Gray Flannel. On scrap paper stamp, with Lilac Posies Memento ink, butterfly and heart. Cut out butterfly and heart. Gently ‘roll’ the wings of the butterfly around a pencil to form their shape. Attach metallic silver thread to back of the butterfly and attach butterfly and heart to the card as shown. With a small butterfly paper punch – punch a butterfly on a scrap of vellum paper. Attach to butterfly as shown. Add two bitty sparkles to vellum butterfly. Stamp ‘love’ inside journal block with Lilac Posies Memento ink. Use foam tape to attach to card. Spritz card with several sprays of Frost Sheer Shimmer Spritz to finish.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • CTMH – Stamps – Documenting Moments, Brushed Workshop
  • Prima – Jamie Dougherty Florals
  • Silver Metallic Thread
  • Foam Tape
  • White Cardstock
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Score Board
  • Scissors

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Make a Glamorous Look with the Big Scrapple

Today’s projects on the Imagine Blog merge two ideas – scrapbooking travels to a beautiful city and looking beautiful while you are traveling to that beautiful city. Wherever you are on the journey either headed to or returning from, we gotcha covered. Elina Stromberg layers watercolor paper with Fireworks Craft Spray, black card stock and photos for a gorgeous scrapbook layout. And Kyriakos creates custom jewelry from SHEET Metal and DCWV decorative paper!

The Big Apple Scrapbook page

Big Apple Scrapbook Page by Elina Stromberg

Imagine’s theme this month is ‘The Bigger the Better’ which reminded me of a lovely vacation I took two years ago in New York City. I have lots of pictures from New York, but this time I decided to create a single photo layout in a different style. The top of the page is a heavy watercolor paper on which I played with blue and pink Fireworks Craft Sprays and white acrylic paint, creating a feeling of the NYC evening sky. The bottom part of the page is black cardstock and I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the city skyline. For gluing down the detailed skyscraper silhouettes, I used Imagine’s On Point Glue which was perfect for gluing down detailed paper cuts.

I had large chipboard letters in my stash and I decided to use them for creating a layered page title. I first printed the photo on a strip of white vellum, then re-printed the identical image on glossy photo paper. I painted the edges of the letters with black acrylic paint, and once dry I attached the chipboard letters on the back of the photo with double-sided tape, and cut out. The letters are placed down on identical spots on the vellum print and glued with On Point Glue. This layout can be repeated for any city or favorite vacation spot!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor paper
  • Cardstock – black
  • Acrylic paint – white and black
  • Studio Calico – Large chipboard letters
  • Vellum
  • Photos
  • White gel pen
  • Double-sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Silhouette Machine

Faux Gold Handcrafted Necklace

Creating Gold Jewelry with DCWV paper by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Golden jewelry is now less expensive than ever with Golds Special Materials papers from DCWV! Turn simple shapes of SHEET metal from Imagine into impressive pieces of golden jewelry that can trick your eyes to believe it is real gold. The paper is glued on the diamond shapes and covered at the back with Imagine embossing powder to turn the silver color into gold. GlazOn protects the surface of the papers while keeping their golden shine. This design was quick and easy, but you can continue to play with different shapes and ideas to make the design your own especially if you are designing for a specific occasion or event.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • DCWV – Golds Special Materials papers
  • Jump rings
  • Leather cord
  • Earring hooks

Share the Best Love with Lapis Lazuli Color Inspiration

For the month of April, we are celebrating the beautiful blue Lapis as color of the month. We love what we have seen so far from our Artist in Residence who took on this color with enthusiasm. For Elina’s project, she creates a monochromatic palette with a blue bird centerpiece and fabric for texture. Gorgeous! For Alison’s project, she took it a step further using the gemstone Lapis Lazuli directly incorporating the stone’s veins of black and gold running through it as inspiration. Both projects create a luster to drool over.

bluebird with illustrated feathers, cheesecloth texture and acyrlic paste. circle stencil. sentiment says adopt the pace of nature her secret is patience.

Blue Feathers by Elina Stromberg

I love working with Fireworks Shimmery Craft Sprays. The colors contain not just a beautiful shimmer but lots of pigment, giving a beautiful, vivid finish even when mixed with water. When spraying entire project backgrounds, I like to use a heavy watercolor paper that tolerates wet media well. I often start with misting the paper with plain water before spraying one or several Fireworks colors on the paper. For mixing the colors even further, I add more water, dry the paper with my heat gun and push the wet colors around the paper. This creates beautiful patterns in a watercolor style.

On this project, I added even more metallic shimmer by applying Metallic Silver Creative Medium through a stencil. Creative Mediums are easy to work with and the stenciled patterns air-dry quickly. When using Fireworks Craft Sprays, I often use a large piece of paper and cut the background to size. The leftover pieces can be used for embellishing the inside of the card, or for creating a panel for the stamped sentiment.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor paper
  • Carabelle Studio – Concentric Circles stencil
  • Spellbinders – Sparrow stamp and die cut
  • Simon Says Stamp– One With Nature stamp
  • Water spray bottle
  • White card base
  • 3D foam stickers
  • Cheese cloth
  • Glue
  • Scissors

gold poppy flowers embossed. watercolor splatter effect with Fireworks shimmer spray ink.

Lapis Lazuli Color Inspiration by Alison Heikkila

I start with spritzing Paris Dusk Fireworks spray across watercolor paper at an angle. This created that outward spray effect I wanted. Then I spritzed Desert Sand Fireworks directly above. Next, I stamped the Pretty Poppies set by Stampendous with VersaMark in the lower left corner and heat embossed with Gold embossing powder. While my heat tool was still on, I carefully sprinkled black embossing powder in a few areas. Using Wedding White irRESISTables Pico Embellisher, I colored in a few areas of the poppy to highlight them. After it dried, I applied a second coat to give it more opacity.

My card base was cut out of a deep blue cardstock, and I edged all 4 sides with Golden Glitz Delicata ink for extra gold shimmer. Gold is a perfect compliment to this rich blue and ties this design together very nicely.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampendous – Cling Pretty Poppies Stamp Set
  • Cardstock
  • Watercolor paper