Bring in the Spring with Greenery

Greenery March Color of the Month

March brings excitement to the year with the first hints of Spring. The budding fresh green leaves are a unique color inspiring new thoughts and ideas! It is only natural (pun intended) to declare Greenery color of the month.

We are sharing four projects in today’s blog which feature an array of Tsukineko and Imagine products in green, texture, and shimmer. Roni Johnson delights us with a succulent themed card using Kaleidacolor which shows off an ombré color blend. Jennifer Vanderbeek creates a visual effect with Vertigo and Neva Cole creates a dimensional effect with foam tape and die cut star pattern. Last and not least, Alison Heikkila takes cuteness to a new level with a wee green dragon. Enjoy!

Love Grows Here by Roni Johnson. Imagine + Tsukineko products. Memento ink. Green, succulents, spring, greeting card.

Love Grows Here by Roni Johnson

When you hear the word greenery, what comes to mind? The smell of freshly mown grass, the refreshing rain storm and an oasis filled with plants, flowers, and succulents? This was my inspiration for March and how I imagined my greenery card. The succulents were both stamped using the Fresh Greens Kaleidacolor which was misted with Sheer Shimmer Spritz prior to stamping on white cardstock and trimmed. The background was made by stamping the succulent using New Sprout Memento Dye Ink. The panel was then spritzed with New Sprout Fireworks! Spray.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • ClubScrap.com – succulent, sentiment stamps
  • Cardstock – white, green
  • Sequins
  • Adhesive

Jennifer Vanderbeek Spring Card.

Welcome Spring Card by Jennifer Vanderbeek

When starting a card, I sometimes struggle with the materials and embellishments to create a balance. With a stamped Vertigo background, adding too much to the card would take away from the dreamy movement quality of the specialty sheet. To that end, I opted to let the background command pride of place on the card and add only a bit of patterned paper in a strip along the base of the card and a simple, hand-written sentiment. Balance achieved!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Close to My Heart – Leaves stamps
  • Acrylic block
  • DCWV patterned paper
  • Cardstock
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive

You are so kind by Neva Cole. black cardstock, green, stars, spring, sparkle.

You Are So Kind in Green by Neva Cole

Green is a wonderful color to celebrate the coming of spring!  To jump start the spring feeling, Kaleidacolor ink is used to create this quick thank you card. The brushed look is created using a soft sponge brayer on white cardstock. Die cutting stars from the frame and through the black backing to show off the multi-hued nature of the Kaleidacolor ink pad.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white, black
  • Soft rubber brayer
  • Sizzix – Framelits Drop-Ins Stephanie Barnard 661563
  • Dimensional foam adhesive

I Believe in You by Alison Heikkila. Dragon stamp by Lawn Fawn. Blue, green, brick, stars, pink, galaxy.

I Believe in You by Alison Heikkila

I’ve always found dragons to be very special. When I found out that the Imagine’s Color of the Month for March was Greenery, I was excited! First, it’s a beautiful color. Second, I knew I would use this adorable dragon from Lawn Fawn’s Critters Ever After set. Dragons certainly don’t have to be green, but I thought this guy would look fabulous in this shade.

I colored the dragon with Memento Markers. I wanted to have a starry background, but I didn’t want him to float in mid-air so I made a wall using the Stone Background Stencil from Stampendous. The sky was created with watercolor paper and Fireworks! Sprays. To add a few stars, I used Wedding Dress Pico Embellisher. My sentiment (from the Believe in Yourself set) was stamped with VersaMark, and then heat embossed with White Embossing Powder.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Lawn Fawn – Critters Ever After stamp and die sets, Believe in Yourself Stamp set
  • Stampendous – Stone Background Stencil
  • Spellbinders – Lacey Ovals S4-314

 

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The Play’s The Thing: A Mini Puppet Set

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

A paper puppet set made from a recycled box and decorative papers, Creative Medium and Tsukineko Memento inks by Jennifer Vanderbeek.
I’m a sucker for creative packaging and tend to save the boxes that catch my fancy for later repurposing. In this case, the box my tea advent calendar came in had a built-in lid and a divider with a cool frame and I knew I was going to save the box for a project. The more I thought about it, the more it seemed perfect for a miniature puppet theater. This was not a quick project (several episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation played out while I put this together) but it was fun to completely lose track of time hunched over my work table, and I regret nothing!

 

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First, I removed the extraneous bits from the inside of the box (including cutting a doorway into the center divider), covering the rest of the walls, floors, and inside of the lid with patterned paper. Next, I decorated the chipboard furniture shapes with a coat of white acrylic, a layer of Creative Medium to seal it, and then colored over the Creative Medium with Memento markers. The Creative Medium gives a nice, smooth surface to color on that will not damage or dry out the marker tips the way coloring directly on acrylic paint sometimes does.

Once the furniture was dry, I glued them to the interior walls of the box except for the table. That I glued to a piece of cardstock, placing the feet along the fold, and covered the new base with a matching piece of patterned paper so that it would blend in better with the floor.

I stamped the “puppets” and a bunch of flowers with Memento Elderberry ink and colored them in with Memento markers before fussy cutting. The flowers are glued along the bottom lip of the box and the figures are glued to the bamboo skewers to make play easier. To get the girls into their environment, flaps were cut and folded up from the top of the playset on either side of the dividing wall. Finally, to bring the idea of a puppet theater home a bit more (or maybe they just have really big picture windows), I used the curtains and swags from the stage die to decorate the lip or frame around the box and used the same paper to line the access hatches along the top.

Supplies

Imagine
  • Creative Medium – Clear
  • Memento Markers – Elderberry, New Sprout, Lulu Lavender, Cottage Ivy, Angel Pink, Dandelion, Gray Flannel, Lipstick Pink, London Fog, Rich Cocoa, Desert Sand
  • Memento Inkpad – Elderberry
Other
  • Box
  • White acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Julie Nutting for Prima – Blush Patterned Paper Pad, Chipboard Pieces, Holiday Bliss stamp set, Make Kindness Happen stamp set
  • My Favorite Things – DieNamics Take the Stage die
  • Acrylic blocks
  • Adhesive
  • Sizzix – Big Shot Plus
  • Scissors
  • Skewers

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Heart of (Rose) Gold Paper Pendant

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Jennifer Vanderbeek merges papercrafting and jewelry making by using Tsukineko ink and Imagine embossing powder.

If there could be a paper dresses trend in the 1960s, it’s possible to start a paper jewelry trend in the 2010s. Embossing is my favorite technique to bring paper jewelry to life and this project uses multiple layers of embossing to create a super smooth finish and high shine factor.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 45 minutes + drying time

Directions

Jennifer Vanderbeek merges papercrafting and jewelry making by using Tsukineko ink and Imagine embossing powder.

Step 1

Stamp layered flower image onto white cardstock with Memento inks.

Jennifer Vanderbeek merges papercrafting and jewelry making by using Tsukineko ink and Imagine embossing powder.

Step 2

Emboss small gold hearts at the base of each flower with VersaMark and Gold Embossing Powder.

Jennifer Vanderbeek merges papercrafting and jewelry making by using Tsukineko ink and Imagine embossing powder.

Step 3

Swipe the edge of the VersaMark pad across the stamped edge. Emboss with Clear Embossing Powder. Repeat for a second layer.

Jennifer Vanderbeek merges papercrafting and jewelry making by using Tsukineko ink and Imagine embossing powder.

Step 4

Fussy cut floral shapes leaving a ½ inch wide handle coming from the base of the image. The base will become the top when we’re finished.

Jennifer Vanderbeek merges papercrafting and jewelry making by using Tsukineko ink and Imagine embossing powder.

Step 6

Ink the edges of the fussy-cut image with the VersaMark pad.

Jennifer Vanderbeek merges papercrafting and jewelry making by using Tsukineko ink and Imagine embossing powder.

Step 7

Dip the inked edge into gold embossing powder and heat emboss. Trim handle from the image. Glue bail to the back of the image. Allow to dry.

Step 8

Wire a metal tube bead between the ends of the chain, threading the completed pendant onto the tube bead.

Step 9

Create a tassel from embroidery thread and attach to the bottom of the pendant with a jump ring.

Step 10

Wire three tube beads into a triangle, threading a smaller image (I sandwiched the bail between two smaller flower images) and attach to earring hooks to finish the set.

Jennifer Vanderbeek merges papercrafting and jewelry making by using Tsukineko ink and Imagine embossing powder.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • White cardstock
  • Acrylic block
  • Studio Calico – Build a Bouquet stamp set
  • Waffle Flower – Mermaids stamp set
  • Darice – 36-inch rose gold chain
  • 1-inch curved metal tube beads
  • Earring hooks
  • Wire
  • Jump rings
  • Bails
  • Heat tool
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive
  • Embroidery floss
  • Wire tools

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Fireworks Extravaganza!

Pop and sparkle are two things that real fireworks do when we light them. We watch them burst and expanding and there is really nothing else like it. This is why we named this craft spray Fireworks! It gives life to a project with a color and a shimmer burst that delights the eye. The following post is an extravaganza of projects from five Imagine artists. Tenia Nelson uses Fireworks! as a splatter compliment to her simple style. Roni Johnson gets creative by experimenting with Fireworks! on different surfaces. Neva Cole creates an ocean scene with die cuts and highlights how shimmer expresses the sparkle of the underwater world. Mischelle Smith brings the volume back down and uses Fireworks! as a subtle compliment.

Tenia Nelson uses Fireworks Craft Spray to add sass to this cute and simply greeting card.

Abstract Flowers by Tenia Nelson

Tenia stamped images with Memento Lilac Posies, Pear Tart, and Cottage Ivy onto white cardstock. She then stamped a sentiment with VersaMark, heat embossed and cut into a thin strip. To give the card a little pop, Tenia sprayed Fireworks! Lilac Posies, and Rose Bud onto the card as larger ink dots. Then she finished by adding the sentiment onto the card using foam dots, added washi tapes, sticker stitches and finally adhered the whole art panel onto a folded card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Altenew Stamps
  • Cardstock
  • Washi Tape
  • Heating tool

Roni Johnson uses Fireworks to color a Vertigo surface.

Wonderful Fireworks! Canvas by Roni Johnson

Fireworks! can be applied to a project using a variety of methods. This canvas project shares 3 surfaces to create entirely different looks with each. The first technique was on the canvas base where a piece of corrugated cardstock was dipped into a pool of ink and stood up to allow the inks to gently flow down the channels of the corrugated paper. The second technique used to apply Fireworks! Spray is a sheet of Vertigo Film. The ink is sponged on the surface using an Ink Blusher. Additional colors were immediately added to the film, sponged, and blended with previous layers. The third method was used to color paper die cut foliage. Fireworks! Craft Spray can be applied to nearly any surface. Jennifer Vanderbeek uses Fireworks! to expand the visual appearance of a stamp.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Club Scrap – Sentiment Stamp
  • MyFavoriteThings – Foliage Dies
  • Oval Die X-Cut – Heart Dies
  • Prima – Large Flower Canvas
  • Twine
  • Gemstones
  • Flowers
  • Adhesive

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Seascapes by Neva Cole

Last summer, Neva purchased a set of dies she just had to have, without really knowing when she would use them in the future. Every crafter has those shopping moments! When the Fireworks! challenge was announced, she had the perfect way to showcase both the dies and the wonderful color palette of the Fireworks! sprays with this under the sea diorama. Fireworks! can be used as watercolors with watercolor paper and a little water spray. It was so much fun to create a multilayered scene with just die cuts, Fireworks!, and a Pico Embellisher. The Fireworks! adds just the right amount of shimmer to make the fantasy come alive!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor paper
  • Spray bottle
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs—Shells Small, Shells Large, Turtle, Seaweed, Stitched Rectangles

Mischelle Smith creates a cute card using Memento Luxe and Fireworks Craft Spray.

Whooo’s Your Valentine? by Mischelle Smith

Mischelle started by spraying the card front with Angel Pink Fireworks! She then cut a heart pattern paper to 3” x 3” placed on card skewed and trimmed off the remainder. She then arranged the top elements — white shimmer ribbon, white twine, a strip of pink pattern paper with polka dots and the cute little owls.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Close To My Heart – Whooo’s Your Valentine
  • Cardstock
  • Pattern paper
  • Acrylic blocks
  • White shimmer ribbon
  • White twine
  • Embellishments
  • Adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Paper Trimmer

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Flower Burst by Jennifer Vanderbeek

One of the downsides to stamps is their size is fixed. For instance, the main image Jennifer used in this card is a little on the small side for what she had in mind. Her solution was to spray Fireworks! close to the page, creating bursts of shimmery color, and stamping over them, visually enlarging the image. How clever?! A few swipes of Memento markers to add some details and it created a fun background for a card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white, green
  • My Favorite Things – Whimsical Wishes stamp set
  • DieNamics Pierced Oval STAX dies
  • Acrylic block
  • Ribbon
  • Sticky back rhinestones
  • Scissors

Make Your Own Mint Candy Treat Bag

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Minty Fresh Treat Topper by Imagine artist Jennifer Vanderbeek using Tsukineko All-Purpose ink, Versamark and Imagine Embossing Powder.

It may be the thought that counts, but a pretty presentation certainly doesn’t hurt. This candy gift bag is inspired by the color of the month wintergreen mint as well as the flavor it brings to mind. Add a touch of chocolate and how could you go wrong?

Skill: Beginner
Time: 20 minutes + drying time

Directions

Minty Fresh Treat Topper by Imagine artist Jennifer Vanderbeek using Tsukineko All-Purpose ink, Versamark and Imagine Embossing Powder.

Step 1

Combine White, Ultramarine, and Spring Green All-Purpose inks onto a palette until the desired shade is reached.

Minty Fresh Treat Topper by Imagine artist Jennifer Vanderbeek using Tsukineko All-Purpose ink, Versamark and Imagine Embossing Powder.

Step 2

Write “mint” on white cardstock with a VersaMarker and emboss with white embossing powder.

Minty Fresh Treat Topper by Imagine artist Jennifer Vanderbeek using Tsukineko All-Purpose ink, Versamark and Imagine Embossing Powder.

Step 3

Dilute mixed ink with Ink Potion No. 9 and brush the ink across the embossed writing. The embossed areas will act as a resist.

Minty Fresh Treat Topper by Imagine artist Jennifer Vanderbeek using Tsukineko All-Purpose ink, Versamark and Imagine Embossing Powder.

Step 4

Add sentiment and outline embossed text with Bamboo Leaves Memento Marker.

Minty Fresh Treat Topper by Imagine artist Jennifer Vanderbeek using Tsukineko All-Purpose ink, Versamark and Imagine Embossing Powder.

Step 5

Trim and mat the decorated panel with chocolate cardstock.

Minty Fresh Treat Topper by Imagine artist Jennifer Vanderbeek using Tsukineko All-Purpose ink, Versamark and Imagine Embossing Powder.

Step 6

Attach matted panel to the fold-over card on the candy bag. Secure the filled treat bag inside the card with several strips of Tear It! Tape.

This simple and easy gift of chocolate mints and a hand lettered note on the top is a quick and easy way to brighten someone’s day! Happy crafting!

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Plastic tray
  • Paint stirrer
  • Cardstock – white, chocolate
  • Heat tool
  • Paint brushes
  • Cellophane bag
  • Candy mints

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Triad of Planner Awesomeness

We are always amazed at the unique and creative ideas our Artists In Residence create every month. January is all about planners as we expect January to be the season for resolutions, goal-setting and planning. Jessica Litman, Martha Lucia Gomez, and Jennifer Vanderbeek show us a powerhouse variety of planner crafts including DIY washi tape, and designing your own planner stickers. We love these resourceful ideas. Share them with anyone you know who is a planner geek!

Martha Lucia Gomez shows you how to make your own washi tape for planners and journals. #planner #journal

Jessica Litman

Washi tape could be one of my favorite embellishments for planners. It easily breaks up pages into different sections, adds color to all white pages and is just fun! This project came out of my need for a variety of washi tape colors without spending a lot of money!

Jessica’s Directions

Jessica Litman show you how to make your own washi tape for planners and journals. #planner #journal

Step 1

Lay tissue paper flat on craft mat. Create small polka dots on tissue paper using irRESISTible Pico Embellishers.

Jessica Litman show you how to make your own washi tape for planners and journals. #planner #journal

Step 2

Let sit until dots are not quite dry, but just damp. Cover tissue paper with shipping tape. Push over dots to create a tie dye effect. Set aside to fully dry. Cut into long strips.

Jessica Litman show you how to make your own washi tape for planners and journals. #planner #journal

Step 3

Run the strips through Xyron sticker maker. (Make sure the shipping tape side is facing up.) Peel off tissue paper from sticker backing.

Martha Lucia Gomez shows you how to make your own washi tape for planners and journals. #planner #journal

Step 4

Adhere to your planner, cards, or roll up over an old tape dispenser!

Jessica’s Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • White Tissue Paper
  • Packing Tape
  • Xyron – 3” Disposable Sticker Maker
  • Scissors

Martha Lucia Gomez

I made my own “washi tape” with traditional mailing labels and different inks and texture. I’ll share how I did it so you can do it yourself.

Martha’s Directions

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Step 1

Take a label sheet and place a stencil over it. Secure the stencil with masking tape. Apply Creative Medium Iridescent Turquoise to the stencil.

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Step 2

If you want to intensify the color, mix the Creative Medium with Memento Ink first. I added a few sweeps of Paris Dusk and Memento Desert Sand on the craft mat and mixed them with the palette knife to darken the color. You don’t need to remove the stencil to change the colors, just keep it in place and apply your different combinations. Let dry.

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Step 3

To change the design and texture take a different stencil and place over the same label sheet. Secure it with masking tape. Apply VersaMark directly with the pad over the free areas of the stencil. Remove the stencil and apply Gold Embossing Powder. Melt with the heat tool. Finally, take a border stamp and stamp it directly over the sheet. I used several different border stamps with Brilliance Ink – Pearlescent Jade.

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Step 4

Remove the labels from the adhesive sheet and resize them according to the size of your planner.

Martha’s Supplies

Imagine

Creative Medium – Iridescent Turquoise
Memento – Paris Dusk and Desert Sand
VersaMark
Embossing Powder – Gold
Brilliance – Pearlescent Jade
Craft Mat

Other

Label sheet
Stencils
Heat Tool
Joy Clair – Aztec Background Builder Stamp


Jennifer Vanderbeek

I love my planner, and I like being able to add quick decorative accents to it. Stamps are a fabulous way to do that, but I plan as I go and frequently update my planner away from home. This makes planner stamps less than optimal because of all the gear I’d need to carry with me. To solve that problem, I sat down with my stamps, ink pads, and a whole lot of label sheets to create my own stamped planner stickers! Here’s my 2017 planner decked out in DIY stamped stickers!

Jennifer Vanderbeek makes stickers with Memento, Brilliance, Walnut ink, and Memento markers.

Create small beverage stickers using either StazOn or VersaFine and color them in with Memento Markers. Small stickers work great for small planner stamps to mark regular events on a planner page.

Jennifer Vanderbeek makes stickers with Memento, Brilliance, Walnut ink, and Memento markers.

Another pitfall of stamping directly into a planner is the inevitable mistake or mis-stamp. Stamp calendar layouts onto small, 2” square stamps in order to avoid mistakes in stamping.

Jennifer Vanderbeek makes stickers with Memento, Brilliance, Walnut ink, and Memento markers.

List-making is a big part of planning. Using 2” x 4” address labels are perfect for long to-do lists.

Jennifer Vanderbeek makes stickers with Memento, Brilliance, Walnut ink, and Memento markers.

Create pearlized stickers by blending Memento and Brilliance inks with an InkBlusher. The resulting blends can be used as-is or layered with white stamps to create a layered look. I halved the layered stickers to get double the stickers for my efforts!

Jennifer Vanderbeek makes stickers with Memento, Brilliance, Walnut ink, and Memento markers.

These arched stickers are great for displaying larger images like the Julie Nutting planner girls. Stamp the image with black ink and color with Memento markers.

Jennifer Vanderbeek makes stickers with Memento, Brilliance, Walnut ink, and Memento markers.

Spray glossy labels with different shades of Walnut Ink on 2” round labels and let dry. Spraying ink creates randomness on the page which looks like planets once the excess label paper is removed (the spare bits could be cut into interesting shapes with scissors or punches to maximize the supplies).

Jennifer Vanderbeek makes stickers with Memento, Brilliance, Walnut ink, and Memento markers.

Once stamped and trimmed down this collection is a lot more manageable to carry for planning on the go compared to the supplies that went into making them!

Jennifer’s Supplies

Imagine
  • VersaFine – Olympia Green, Vintage Sepia, Crimson Red
  • StazOn – Spiced Chai, Ivory Black
  • Memento Marker – Rhubarb Stalk, Rose Bud, Tangelo, London Fog, Desert Sand, New Sprout, Cottage Ivy, Dandelion, Lulu Lavender, Bamboo Leaves, Rich Cocoa, Bahama Blue,
  • VersaMagic – Sage
  • Memento – Lulu Lavender, Rhubarb Stalk, Summer Sky, Angel Pink, Rose Bud, New Sprout, Potters Clay, Desert Sand
  • Brilliance – Coffee Bean
  • Walnut Ink – Willow, Walnut, Lilac, Terra Cotta, Cherry Blossom, Java
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Other
  • Avery – 22805 1.5” Square, 48363 2” x 4” Rectangle, 18660 1” x2 5/8” Clear Rectangle, 41568 ¾” Round, 80508 2.5” Pearlized Scallop, 22809 3” x 2.25” Textured Arch, 22807 2” Glossy Round
  • Waffle Flower – Currently, Currently Drinking, Calendar, Planner Dates stamps
  • Studio Calico – Story Builder stamps
  • 
Hero Arts – Clearly Kelly Work Planner, Food Planner stamps
  • Julie Nutting – Craft Day stamps
  • Acrylic blocks
  • Interim Photos and Captions

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