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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Watch a Video Tutorial for a Marvelous Magenta Card

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Watch a Video for a Marvelous Magenta Card

Inspiration comes from the oddest places. I took the color magenta, combined it with an 80s catchphrase, a couple different techniques and paired those up with a stamp set and it turned into this card for our color of the month challenge for May. This fun design would make a great pick-me-up for a friend, and since it measures a mere 8 ½ x 3 5/8 inches, it fits into any unassuming letter envelope and would be a nice surprise amidst all the junk mail and bills! Check out my quick and easy video that dives into how I created this card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white
  • Card base – black
  • 
Alphabet dies (vintage)
  • Die cut machine
  • 
My Favorite Things – Geek Chic stamps
  • Acrylic block
  • Heat gun
  • Glitter
  • 
Tweezers
  • Sequins

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Video: How to Make a Magenta Monogram Shaker Keychain

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

magenta monogram key chain for new home owners

M is for Monogram! In today’s post, I am sharing how to make a Monogrammed Shaker Key Chain. In April, we celebrated our third year as homeowners—our housiversary if you will—and I have a few other friends dipping their toes (and bank accounts) into the real estate market right now. All of this had me thinking about the prime symbol of home ownership: the key. I had a lot of fun putting together this DIY crafting shaker element usually meant for handmade cards and turning it into a handmade keychain. It could a perfect housewarming gift for a new homeowner but could also be a fabulous luggage tag if traveling is more your style.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • DCWV – Brights Textured Card Stock
  • Clear acetate sheet
  • Self-adhesive foam
  • Lawn Fawn – Stitched Circle Frames
  • Alphabet dies (vintage)
  • Die cut machine
  • Xyron – Create-a-Sticker
  • Beads
  • Jewelry findings
  • Pliers
  • Paint brush

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Three Creative Hacks that Create Cuteness Overload

Happy Monday! We have three great projects to kick start your week and provide a healthy dose of Monday motivation. Renee and Jennifer both show wonderful modifications on existing crafting standards. Renee expands an ATC to a double sided display and Jennifer adapts quilting to papercrafting. While Mischelle brings a bright and vibrant art journal to make a normal day not so normal.

Mermaid steam punk

ATC Conversion The Bigger the Better by Renee Zarate

ATCs, Artist Trading Cards, have been around for a few years now. They traditionally measure 2 ½” by 3 ½”, they can be collaged, stamped, matted, left plain, attached to greeting cards or put into albums. They’re quick and fun to make but you might wonder what other uses are there for this tiny work of art or are they only to trade with fellow artists? There are times when you love an ATC so much you can’t bear to trade it, you just want to look at it yourself and not share it with others. We don’t have to hide them away in an album, we can keep them on display by making them bigger and better! I turned this one into a free standing chunky ATC.

Buy or cut a wooden block that measures 2 ½” x 3 ½” x 1 ½”. Decide the placement of the handle on top and the clock key on the side, make a hole to insert these items. Paint the wooden block any color desired. Next, apply a thin coat of white gesso. Make two ATCs using stamps, ink, washi tape, whatever scraps are on hand. Make the ATCs on the gessoed watercolor paper cut to measure 2 ½” by 3 ½”. Adhere to the wooden block. The faces on these ATCs are made from Washi Tape. Ink the edges of the ATCs using a Jumbo Dauber. Glue feet onto the bottom of the block, these feet can be beads or small wooden embellishments. Apply On Point Glue to the feet and then dip each one in glitter or micro beads. Attach the knob on the top of the block, keys to the sides; decorate the ATC images with sequins and glitter. Tie twine and baker’s twine to the top.  It’s very satisfying to create an ATC with whatever subject matter you choose. Now you can look at your favorite design on a shelf or turn it around to change the view with a second ATC.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Graphic 45 Stamps – Diamond Pattern, Clam Shell design, Phrase and Mermaid tail
  • Gold Foil
  • Glitter
  • Microbeads
  • Glue Stick
  • Metal Ephemera
  • Baker’s twine
  • Brown twine
  • Sequins
  • White gesso
  • Watercolor paper
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Adhesive
  • Jane Davenport – Mermaid Washi Tape
  • Graphic 45 – Voyage beneath the Sea Collection paper
  • Wooden block measuring 3 ½” x 2 ½” x 1 ½”
  • Americana acrylic paint – Dark blue
  • Paint brush

paper quilt llama

Patchwork Llama Paper Quilting by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Sometimes you just need to make something to make it, no matter what it could be used for (or not). When I saw the DCWV No Prob Llama papers, I remembered I’d picked up the Lloyd & Lola quilt pattern, purely on a whim, and though for sure I could do something to combine the two. Using the instructions for the pillow cover, I used a 1 inch = 1 cm rule and made a smaller version of the patchwork pillow from the different patterned papers with a background of the Brights Textured pack.

Cutting out all the pieces takes the most time. Make sure to label them for later! Because sewing using seam allowances and paper piecing doesn’t, not everything will line up perfectly as is. I had to play around with the sections to make them fit, but the seam allowance extras gave me a handy way to attach the pieces to each other, at least in sections. Tweezers definitely come in handy! Once the main pieces are assembled, using the pattern as a guide, lay everything out on a large sheet of paper to figure out what will ultimately fit before gluing anything down. The irRESISTible Pico Embellisher is perfect for adding some textural stitching along each paper-pieced edge. This adaption was so fun! I hope you try it yourself.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • DCWV – No Prob Llama, Brights Textured paper
  • Elizabeth Hartman – Lloyd & Lola Quilt and Pillow Pattern
  • Centimeter-marked ruler
  • Pencil
  • 
Fiskars – Paper trimmer, Scissors
, Tweezers

Shimmery Journal Page with little houses

Bright Fireworks Journal Pages by Mischelle Smith

I love Fireworks Shimmery Craft spray! I find that I use them mostly like watercolor paints. I pour them onto my palette and use my paintbrush to bring color to my paper or canvas. These inks are incredibly vibrant and colorful. They breathe life into my work. I also love the shimmer the mica powders leave – it adds another layer of interest. These inks blend beautifully together just like watercolors would.

fireworks shimmery craft spray is used to color art journal pages.

In this project, I applied Iridescent Purple Creative Medium to pages using stencil and palette knife. Let dry. Then, I pour Fireworks into palette saucers. Paint pages with Fireworks using a paintbrush. Let dry. Then continued to layer art with stencils and stamps using Memento Luxe Inks Danube Blue, Tuxedo Black and Pear Tart with a jumbo dauber. I cut out the stamped images and attach to pages with Tear It Tape. Once I layered enough, I added more detail with charcoal, a white gel pen, and Tuxedo Black Memento Marker. Then I used the spray stick to spatter page with irRESISTible Texture Spray Wedding Dress and Liquid Glass. Let dry. Finish with several sprays of Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz which is the perfect final touch.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stencil Girl – stencil
  • Vera Lane Studio – Straight Street and Woodland Accessories
  • Paint Brush
  • Paint Palette
  • White cardstock
  • Charcoal
  • Stump
  • Washi Tape
  • White Gel Pen
  • CTMH – Liquid Glass

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Learn How to Create an Easy Luxurious Gemstone on Paper

It amazes us at times what crafters can do to replicate ideas with raw materials. This is especially impressive when what is replicated is difficult such as complex patterns, metallics, glass or stone. In today’s post, Jennifer Vanderbeek recreates the Lapis Lazuli piece of jewelry in her personal collection and Renee Zarate creates a beautiful silver metallic pattern on Lapis paper.

Shades of Blue Jewelry Inspired Card by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Lapis lazuli is my favorite among the semi-precious stones. It comes in various shades of blue but my favorite are the strains that are deep blue with a scattering of pyrite, or Fool’s Gold, running through it. I’ve collected many pieces of Lapis jewelry and decided to use a particular bracelet I picked up in Mexico as the inspiration for this card.


I started by applying Metallic Silver Creative Medium onto white cardstock in the shape of a circle with a palette knife. I then carved out the center of the oval to make room for the faux stone. I filled the center of the space with Blue Hawaii StazOn Studio Glaze and added a few drops of Cotton White StazOn Studio Glaze then swirl it in with a toothpick before adding a few flakes of gold leaf. This creates the marbled effect that most stones have.

To make the bracelet look, I simply extended the designs with long, thin dashes of StazOn Studio Glaze and allowed to dry completely before fussy cutting the bracelet. To pull it together as a card design, I stamped the “enjoy today” sentiment in the lower right corner of the card front with Mediterranean Blue Brilliance ink pad. Then tied the whole layout together with a layer of StazOn element with two pieces of blue cardstock (one solid, one patterned) with deckled edges. And finished by adding pen detailing around design and on sentiment.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white, navy
  • DCWV – patterned paper
  • Oval template
  • Sticky notes
  • 
Tweezers
  • Gold leaf flakes
  • 
Acrylic blocks
  • Studio Calico – Story Builder stamps
  • 
Stampabilities – word stamps
  • Adhesive
  • 
Gelly Roll pen – white, silver

Blessings in Blue An All Occasion Card by Renee Zarate

Lapis Blue is such a beautiful and rich color, it looks so royal! I made a quick but luxurious colored card using scrap paper, DCWV paper, and enhanced glue dots. It’s a quick, simple design with some unexpected touches of bling, a great way to use up your craft supply stash.

I started by spraying Fireworks Craft Spray in several colors on a scrap piece of watercolor paper. After it is dry, I then cut a square panel from sprayed paper and a piece of black cardstock. On the Fireworks panel, I stamped circular stamp with text nine times with Paris Dusk StazOn ink, a nice complimentary color. To create the background, I stamped the words a few times on the panel with Jet Black StazOn. Then I adhered silver foil in between the circles and placed glue dots around each circle and laid foil on top of dots.

To bring the whole design together, I cut Lapis blue colored panel, stamped “blessing” at the bottom with VersaMark and heat embossed and matched the sentiment by distressing the edge with VersaMark and embossing the edge!  Finally, I mounted all the layers together and the design is complete!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Dyan Reaveley -Stamps – texted circles
  • Hero Arts – Blessing stamp
  • Dina Wakley – All the Gals stamp set
  • Invoke Arts – swirl stamp
  • DCWV paper – Brights Textured, Lapis blue paper
  • Blank card
  • Watercolor paper
  • Cardstock – black
  • Paper trimmer
  • Adhesive
  • Pop dots
  • Prima Silver Foil
  • Glue stick

Color of the Month is Black

We thought we would take our enthusiasm down a notch and really re-think this whole color idea. So we are announcing our color of the month which is black, which is okay…I guess. Color is overrated so we would like to honor the truest of true—Black. The ultimate saturated shade.

Black Heart by Tenia Nelson

Tenia does well with this black heart as a focal point. “My heart belongs to no one!”… Agreed. She uses Black Memento (Mori) ink for the stamped image and all the other images and ink splatter. She colors blue sequins with Jet Black StazOn. The techniques here are simple. If bright beautiful colors exist, then shade them in black. The question is who would you send this card to? Ex-boyfriend? Totally.

Supplies

Black Ink, Grey Paper, Blue Sequins.


Black Hole by Alison Heikkila

Black Holes are mysteries to the human mind. They terrify even the bravest explorers, which is awesome. Alison evokes the chances of being able to tackle a black hole in this non-encouraging layout, “Aim, miss and land somewhere crazy in the stars”…or in a tesseract maybe. Her techniques mirrored Tenia in the use of black, though we are not sure why there are shimmery light sections on the page. I guess it emphasizes the awesome blackness in the center.

Supplies

Black hole, The void of space

 

 

A collage of Tsukineko and Imagine product with the test "April Fools" appearing several times over color splotches as well.

Happy April Fool’s Day!!!

Now it is time to recover from our dark humor and say the real color of the month with the stunning color Lapis! This saturated blue is the color of a semi-precious stone called Lapis Lazuli which is gorgeous in jewelry and pretty much everywhere, including your projects! We feel very inspired by the vividness of Lapis blue and how well it looks with gold and shimmery accents. The color of the month is an overall Imagine challenge. Check out the true beauty of Alison and Tenia’s projects below, which take us back to our usual perky and overzealous selves. Last but not least, Jennifer Vanderbeek dreams big with a wonderfully shimmery art journal page. Of course, we challenge our artists but we also challenge our readers too! If you have an inspiring project with Lapis during the month of April then please connect with us on Facebook or Instagram and tag your project #colorofthemonth & Imagine! Have a super April Fool’s Day!

Lunar Eclipse by Alison Heikkila

Hello! The Imagine team was given paper from DCWV collections. I was given Zodiac, which is really an outer space lunar set—gorgeous blues, purples, and holographic papers with wonderful starry patterns. Needless to say, this collection was right up my alley. I took a photo of the lunar eclipse that occurred in September of 2015. I absolutely love this photo, and I knew these papers would highlight it perfectly.

I cut out a few circles sizes from DCWV’s Brights Collection. I sprayed Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray on my craft mat, mixed lightly and tapped the circles into the color. Then, I sprayed Sheer Sparkle Shimmer to the background paper and to the cut out circles for extra sparkle. This pretty ribbon from Creative Impressions has a glimmer, so I thought it was perfect for grounding all the pieces. I attached it with On Point Glue and used my PITT pen to write my title and date the photo was taken.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • DCWV Papers – Zodiac Collection and the Brights Collection
  • Ribbon
  • Faber-Castell – Black PITT Pen
  • Small
Coluzzle – Circle Cutter (No longer available, use substitute)

Lapis Blue My Heart Belongs to You Card by Tenia Nelson

I started with stamping the image onto light blue cardstock. Then I sprayed Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray onto image panel. I continued to stamp and heat emboss the heart onto dark blue cardstock and cut out when finished. I attached heart onto the main panel and adhered image panel onto card. It’s always nice to go over the card with glitter and add sequins, washi and sticker stitches to add those fabulous finishing touches.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Unity Stamp Company – stamp
  • Paper
  • DCWV
  • Glitter Pen
  • Embellishments
  • Washi tape
  • Sticker stitches
  • Sequins
  • Heating tool
  • Scissors

Dream Big Brayered Art Journal Page by Jennifer Vanderbeek

In my art journal, I can try out techniques or noodle about with ideas. Often I don’t have a clue about how it’s going to end up when I start. With layering, something interesting always come out and this page is no exception. I started with a brayered background, hand lettered, sprayed, and splattered, but it didn’t come together until I added the stenciled script. Don’t give up on a page that seems to be going nowhere, just keeping adding bits and you’ll eventually arrive at something beautiful!

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Art journal
  • 
Acrylic block
  • 
Brayer
  • 
Gel pens – silver, white
  • 
Stencil Girl – Rembrandt’s Words

*This does not preclude the fact that black may indeed be a color of the month some day.

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