Papercrafting with Texture

Texture is an important aspect of crafting. Color, layout, and the concept are essential to creating a finished piece, but texture is the extra element that can add complexity. Texture also satisfies that part of our brain that gets curious to touch and experience how something feels. We love the touch and feel aspect about cardmaking. The tactile experience of a card is what makes it go from pretty to OMG! In today’s blog post, we are sharing two texture rich projects by Elina Stromberg and Tenia Nelson. Enjoy!

Texture is an important aspect of crafting. Tenia Nelson and Elina Stromberg share their projects that feature texture with ink, paper, corrugated cardboard, shimmer and with Creative Medium. #papercrafting #shimmer #texture

Layers Of Life by Elina Stromberg

Embossing powders and texture pastes are an easy way to create texture and add dimension to your papercrafting projects. There’s no need to choose just one technique. The texture can be layered for creating eye-catching effects. On the background of this card, I first applied VersaMark through a stencil and heat-embossed using Vintage Plum Embossing Powder. Then I misted the background with Cherry Blossom Walnut Ink and dried with heat-gun. Re-heating the paper gently broke the embossing powder’s glossy coat letting the ink attach on the surface. The end-result was an amazing ceramic look! For the second layer of texture, I used another stencil with Metallic Copper Creative Medium. The butterflies and the quote text paper are water colored with the same Walnut Ink color used for the background bringing the overall design together.

Texture is an important aspect of crafting. Tenia Nelson and Elina Stromberg share their projects that feature texture with ink, paper, corrugated cardboard, shimmer and with Creative Medium. #papercrafting #shimmer #texture

Supplies

Imagine
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  • White mixed media paper
  • Stencils
  • Visible Image – stamps
  • Cardbase – cream
  • Cardstock – red
  • Pink embroidery yarn
  • Scissors

Texture is an important aspect of crafting. Tenia Nelson and Elina Stromberg share their projects that feature texture with ink, paper, corrugated cardboard, shimmer and with Creative Medium. #papercrafting #shimmer #texture

Love You Card by Tenia Nelson

Hey, Y’all! Tenia here from Jazzy Paper Designs with a super fun handmade card. Imagine artists were challenged with texture for the month of March and I thought it would be fun to use corrugated cardboard for the challenge. I started with a stamped image that appears to have a lot of texture already in Rich Cocoa Memento ink and added splatter using Rich Cocoa Fireworks Shimmery Craft spray. Then I die cut the heart from a cardboard box and stamped a sentiment onto image panel using Tuxedo Black Memento ink. I also added twine, washi, and sticker stitches. Once the front design comes together finish by matching the cardboard color of the heart to Kraft cardstock and add tiny heart stickers.

Supplies

Imagine

 

Other
  • Concord & 9th – stamps
  • Cardstock – kraft, white
  • Embellishments – hearts
  • Washi tape
  • Sticker stitches
  • Twine
  • Heart die

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Follow Your Heart in Blue Shimmer

by Elina Stromberg

Elina Stromberg creates a lovely Follow Your Heart artwork using Fireworks and On Point Glue.

The new On Point Glue has quickly become my must-have crafting adhesive. The super fine tip allows me to have nice control of the glue, making it the perfect choice for attaching detailed die-cuts, beads, seeds or sequins on my projects. However, On Point Glue can be used in many other creative ways too. This time I made an art piece using On Point Glue for color-resisting on my project.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour + drying time

Directions

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Step 1

Print the text on watercolor or mixed media paper using a light font color. Cover the letters with On Point Glue and let dry. Note that the font color you choose will be visible on your finished project as the glue will dry clear.

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Step 
2

Spray the text with one or several Fireworks! colors. Let dry or dry with a heat gun. 
Once dry splash water on the paper. Water will re-activate the sprayed ink creating lighter splash marks within the color.

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Step 3

Use a baby wipe to gently remove the excess color from the glue-covered words. 
Shadow the letters by tracing them on one side with a black marker (optional). Cut to size and frame. This technique is a fun way to post your favorite quote or inspiring sentiment.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • White mixed media or watercolor paper
  • Black marker (permanent)
  • Black picture frame
  • Heat gun

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Mixed Media Masking Techniques with Fireworks!

by Elina Stromberg

Elina Stromberg creates a great mixed media background. StazOn is used to create a true black ink stamp with cute doll figures.
Fireworks! spray provides an easy way to turn simple white papers into vibrant, colorful backgrounds for card projects. When working on one-layer projects, the stamped image needs to be protected with a mask to avoid the wet ink getting on the main image. For this technique, no special supplies are needed as the masks are created using cheap masking tape and baking paper or wax paper. This technique can be used for various projects; ATC’s, standard sized cards, scrapbook layouts, and art journal pages.

Skill: Beginner/Intermediate
Time: 1 hour + drying time

Directions

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Step 1

Cut a piece of baking paper, and cover it with strips of wide masking tape. Cover the page twice, first with horizontal and then with vertical tape strips. Let the tape strips overlap on the edges.

StazOn is used on masking tape to create the template for cut out.

Step 2

Stamp the images on the tape with StāzOn ink. Any image that doesn’t have too many details will work for this technique.

Fun stamped images are cut out to create masking templates.

Step 3

Cut out the images, leaving a thin border around them.

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Step 4

Remove the baking paper backing and attach the masking tape sticker on white watercolor or mixed media paper.

Use Imagine's Creative Medium to create texture on cardstock.

Step 5

Spray paper with one or several Fireworks! colors. Let dry or dry with a heat gun. Add texture with Creative Mediums (Iridescent or Metallic). Let dry.

Use StazOn on top of Creative Medium texture.

Step 6

Decorate by stamping random patterns with a background stamp and StāzOn ink.

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Step 7

Remove masking tape. Stamp the main image on the white masked area with StāzOn, color image with Memento inks (optional).

Step 8

Cut to size. Adhere to card base.

Here are a the other cards I made with the technique!

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Supplies

Imagine
  • Fireworks! – Lilac Posies, Desert Sand, Bahama Blue, Danube Blue, Tangelo, Dandelion
  • StāzOn – Jet Black, Black Cherry, Saddle Brown
  • Creative Medium – Iridescent Blue, Metallic Gold, Metallic Copper
  • Palette Knife
  • Memento (optional) – Desert Sand, Cantaloupe, Angel Pink, Bahama Blue
Other
  • Baking paper or wax paper
  • Wide masking tape
  • White mixed media or watercolor paper
  • White card base
  • Solid color cardstock
  • Stamps – Hero Arts, Carabelle Studio, Studio Calico, Wycinanka
  • Acrylic block
  • Stencils – 13 Arts
  • Waterbrush (optional)
  • Adhesive
  • Scissors

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Pages and Pages of Love

Nothing says LOVE like a bit of shimmering and bling! Jowilna Nolte and Elina Stromberg each created page layouts using gorgeous shimmering effects with Fireworks sprays and Embossing Powder. Jowilna’s page can be pasted into an art journal or used as a gift while Elina’s page shows a bit of scrapbook super talent with her own personal photography skills.

Jowilna Nolte creates a journal page with embossed diecut geometric heart and cover the page in Fireworks shimmer.

Jowilna mixed two different colors of Fireworks sprays onto a craft mat then dipped a sheet of graph or patterned paper into the mix. It is cool how the shimmer from the two different colors blend. She then assembled the journal page by adding an embossed die-cut heart, ribbon and a decorative hat element using a brad. Bind into your art journal or use it for a gift.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Heart silhouette
  • Ribbon
  • Brad
  • Hat embellishment
  • Gold thread
  • Patterned paper

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Elina Stromberg’s reflection:

In addition to paper crafting, I love to take pictures. I have thousands of photos of my precious family, and the best shots often end up on my scrapbooking layouts. If I print pictures in advance without a special layout design in mind, I prefer converting the photos to black and white before printing. With B&W photos I have more freedom to choose whatever colors or patterned papers for my layout, without having to match the papers, colors nor embellishments to the color palette on the photo. So handy!

For the background of layout, I chose a sheet of heavy watercolor paper. Watercolor and mixed media papers tolerate wet media well, leaving the paper nicely flat after drying. If I had chosen a simple uncoated scrapbooking paper I would have had to prepare the paper with clear or white gesso before misting the pink Fireworks! on the page. To make the shimmery, rich Fireworks! color run on the paper I sprayed the color gently with water. Once dry I decorated the colored area with a few die-cut elements and stamping. For coloring the flowers I used pink and white All-Purpose inks. Those are my true favorites! All-Purpose inks are as simple to use as watercolors, but they are opaque and let you have more control of the color.

The title was die-cut from purple cardstock, and before gluing down on the page I heat-embossed the bottom parts of each letter with gold embossing powder. That’s an easy way to make your title pop!

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • 12 x 12” watercolor paper
  • Solid color papers – purple, white, light pink
  • Patterned papers
  • Altenew – stamp, diecut
  • Wycinanka – stamp
  • Acrylic stamping block
  • Sizzix – diecut
  • Die cut machine
  • Heat tool
  • Adhesive
  • Scissors

 

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February Brings the Love

imagine's color of the month for February 2017 is Rose

Now that we are settling back into our normal work week after all the fun and excitement of Creativation, we are actually very excited to get back to work with our artists and planning out the year.

To kick off February right we are announcing our color of the month—rose. (In our heads we hear a lot of  oooos from the audience!) We loosely define rose as soft pink. Some soft pinks are so pale they are almost like a flesh-colored beige. Some soft pink tints are brighter like a light magenta. We feel Memento Angel Pink is a nice example of a brighter pink. However you interpret ‘rose’, we hope you find it pleasing and find a new product to try out in this soft, beautiful hue!

Our Artists in Residence at Imagine jumped on board with rose and have produced beautiful work honoring this timeless color. We wanted to share just a few of the great rose projects to kick of a month in pink!

Elina Stromberg creates this beautiful card using Memento Angel Pink.

Elina Stromberg colors the light pink background of this card using Angel Pink Memento ink, applying the ink on the textured watercolor paper directly from the ink pad. The circle embellishment is made from a die-cut ring covered by embroidery yarn; making the embellishment will require some patience but the end result is worth the effort. Stamped flowers are colored with Poppy Red All-Purpose Ink. Lighter tints were made with mixing the ink with water. Sentiment text was stamped and heat-embossed on a piece of vellum.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • White textured watercolor paper
  • Solid color paper – light pink, white
  • White vellum
  • Altenew – stamp & die
  • Sizzix – die
  • Adhesives
  • Scissors

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Jowilna Nolte is also a fan of Angel Pink in this ATC Valentine’s Card. Jowilna mixed Fireworks! Angel Pink with Goosebumps Shimmer before it dried to create a shimmer pink resist effect. Goosebumps is perfect for resist effects once it is dry but if you mix ink before it is dry it will receive color well. The ATC cards are perfect to show your loved ones how much you love them.

Supplies 

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor paper
  • ATC card bases
  • Die cut love
  • Dina Wakeley – stamp

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Roni Johnson started her card with Rose Bud Fireworks! spray then added Iridescent Pink Creative Medium spread through a stencil over the base panel. Angel Pink and Rose Bud Memento Inks were used for the long flowers on the die-cut panel and dots of White and Electric Pink Radiant Neon irRESISTible Pico Embellisher were added for a touch of dimension and interest.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Unity Stamp Co – Flower & Sentiment Stamps
  • Prima – Scroll Work Stencil Cardstock in White
  • Ribbon
  • Adhesive

And last but certainly not least, we have a video by Mischelle Smith. She shows us how to create a striped background using Memento Luxe and Versamark.

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Close To My Heart – White Glitter Paper, XOXO Thin Cuts, Bitty Sparkles,
  • Acrylic Blocks
  • Mini Stapler
  • Cardstock – pink, white
  • Silver metallic thread
  • Ribbon – pink, black, white
  • Adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Heat tool
  • Brayer
  • Tweezers

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Tangram Chinese Puzzle On a Tote Bag

by Elina Stromberg

Elina Stromberg creates a tote bag with Chinese puzzle using Memento Luxe.

Are you familiar with ’Tangram’? It’s a Chinese puzzle consisting of seven flat shapes, called tans, which are put together to form specific shapes. I got my Tangram book from my mother when I was a little kid, and yet today those black geometric puzzle pieces keep inspiring me. This time I did not play with the puzzle itself but instead used a Tangram stamp set to decorate a plain canvas tote bag. Stamping on fabric is as easy as it is on paper; just remember to iron the fabric first, and to use stamping inks suitable for fabric. Memento Luxe pigment inks are the perfect choice for all fabric projects.

For keeping the fabric flat, I suggest placing a piece of cardboard underneath the fabric. Especially when using thin fabrics, a sheet of cardboard inside the tote (or a T-shirt) will block the stamping ink from blotting and messing the fabric layers underneath.
Once the ink is dry the stamped image is heat set with ironing. Then the colors will remain vibrant even if repeatedly washed.

Elina Stromberg creates a tote bag with Chinese puzzle using Memento Luxe. Geometric shapes create the art. Elina Stromberg creates a tote bag with Chinese puzzle using Memento Luxe.

Supplies

Imagine

Memento Luxe – Tuxedo Black, Danube Blue, Lilac Posies, Rose Bud, Pistachio, Pear Tart

Other
  • Canvas tote bag
  • Altenew – Simple Shapes Stamp Set
  • Acrylic block
  • Piece of cardboard

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