Mystical and Whimsical…the magic of color! This month we are delving into some fun themes and one of them is Mystical or Whimsical in my case. When you realize you own no Mystical stamps you opt for something just as interesting and fun. For me a fun combination of Radiant Neon ink colors did the trick for this fun and magical theme.
Skill: Intermediate Time: 1 hour + dry time
On a sheet of white watercolour paper add some simple folds. Fold the paper in horizontal and vertical strips to form a grid effect.
Use Radiant Neon Green ink pad and apply color to the surface by using light circular movements. This will ink the fold lines and create a texture.
Use your Brilliance Pearlescent Jade ink pad and in circular movements add color over the Radiant Neon Green.
Add white texture paste through a stencil in selected areas only. Leave the paste to dry completely before adding more color.
Use Radiant Neon inkers in Pink and Orange to add more color to your texture paste areas. Continue working this folded paper until the design is where you want it. I choose to ink the corners with pink, stamp other areas with script lettering, old postage style imagery and added a contrasting ink splatter in dark brown to tie it all together. Oh, and of course, I added sequins.
Stamp a large central figure. Here I choose a girl in rainboots with an umbrella for a head. Use Memento markers to add color to the large image.
Add GlazOn details to certain areas of your image and leave to dry. Cut out the image and adhere to your colored background.
This month Imagine is celebrating terrific shades of teal and there are quite a few beautiful inks to bring to this party. I love teal and some of my favorite inks include a bit of shimmery goodness in them too. Let’s take a look at how to use these amazing colors with some unique techniques that include plastic wrap, texture paste and sewing to create a fun floral themed card.
Skill: Intermediate Time: 1 hour
Select three colors of Tsukineko Teal ink to be used on your project. I choose Encore, Brilliance and Kaleidacolor Inks. (You could also use StazOn, VersaMagic, Memento or Memento Luxe.) Note that my choices meant we will be blending dye and pigment inks together.
On a plastic sheet add a few drops of Teal dye ink. Mist the ink with water and then pick up some ink with wadded up cling wrap plastic.
Use the inked cling wrap and stamp onto your background. The plastic gives a beautifully textured effect while transferring the ink onto the paper.
Add metallic Teal ink directly onto the paper. Mist the ink with water and use your fingers to spread the ink over the paper.
Add Brilliance Pearlescent Jade onto the paper, mist with water and spread the ink around.
Keep on spreading out the ink and applying color to your paper until you are happy with the look.
Mix Brilliance inker into some texture paste and then apply through a flower stencil. Leave to dry and then add machine sewing, stamping, and embellishments. I stamped the sentiment “#wonderful” as a fun message that can be for a social media maven.
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There is always someone to rely on who is like an anchor in the sea! For today’s crafting reflection, I choose to make a handmade card with an ocean theme.
Lately, I have been obsessed with Vertigo plastic surfaces and have made bookmarks with an ocean theme. Again, Vertigo sheets work so nice to give the impression of water and I used them for the background of this card. I lightly colored a Vertigo Taffeta sheet using just two StazOn colors that blend to give a beautiful turquoise effect of the sea.
Then I decorated with the wooden fish shapes with Iridescent Creative medium to resemble the fish scales. The irRESISTible Pico Clear was used to give volume both on the anchor and the clear bubbles on the card. Although this card uses a variety of products, the design is still clean and simple and creates a lovely theme for you to share with that special someone in your life.
The color blue and ocean themes makes me happy! Throw in this amazing little stamp set from Waffle Flower and my heart skipped a beat. I used some out-of-the-box techniques for this card, so let me share with you some of the details.
On a sheet of Vertigo apply a thin layer of Creative Medium using a palette knife. Leave the medium to dry thoroughly. Once the creative medium is dry, color the Vertigo covered sheet using Memento Luxe ink. Lightly sweep the ink pad across the Vertigo and leave to dry. Out of blue cardstock die-cut with the Waffle Flower Life Anchor. Cover the die-cut anchor with a layer of GlazOn. While the GlazOn is still wet, lightly sprinkle with a layer of glitter and leave to dry.
While you are letting the anchor dry, use a circle stencil to add color to your card background. Apply different inks to the stencil, mist with water and stamp with the stencil onto the cardstock. Leave to dry. Mix a small amount of texture paste and color it using blue acrylic paint and a small amount of Memento Luxe inker. Use your palette knife to mix the color into the paste really well. Apply the colored paste through a stencil using smooth strokes in one direction. Leave the paste to dry. Use your matching Waffle Flower Life Anchor stamp set and stamp words and waves onto the card in between the stenciling. Cut the strips of Vertigo into smaller strips and use GlazOn to adhere the strips to your card front. Use your sewing machine to sew around the edges and finish off your card with the anchor attached with a brad and some blue ink splats.
This week we have been on a bit of a pineapple binge! We challenged our artists with “pineapple” as a color for the month of July. But because pineapples have been such a cute trend, our artists have used the pineapple itself as the object of affection. In today’s blog, we have two projects that focus on embossing pineapples as a way to create adorable crafty goodness!
The month of July celebrates all things bright, yellow and happy. Those words come to mind when you think about the prickly fruit with its gorgeous golden hues and funky outer facade. What a fun fruit and color to transform into a summers card perfect to cheer up someone’s day.
This card was quick and easy to make, yet I used a different embossing technique. Start by creating the base of your folded card. Use a circle stencil and Memento Cantaloupe to blend some circles using an ink sweeper. Keep the stencil in position and use Delicata Golden Glitz to blend over the same circles using the gold to add shimmer. I love the way metallic inks and dye inks work together.
Now it’s time to use embossing paste! Color embossing paste with Delicata Golden Glitz inker and apply the paste through a pineapple stencil with a palette knife on a separate piece of watercolor paper. Leave the stenciling to dry. Once the stenciling is dry, use a combination of All-Purpose Ink and stamp pad inkers to color the background. Using the inkers creates a more saturated look which is very effective for a light color like yellow. Mist the background with water and then drop All-Purpose Ink, and inkers onto the wet surface and let blend. When the background colors are dry, carefully cut out your pineapples and arrange them onto a card. Adhere them using foam dots for dimension. Finish off your card with washi tape, diamanté, and a large ribbon bow.
Pineapples are all the rage! So, why not add some tropical spunk to your craft project?! One of the coolest things about heat embossing is that it turns something simple like cardstock or scrapbook paper into a more elegant project that looks as if it visited a letterpress shop. So with a pineapple stamp and an embossing technique, it is simple to enhance scrapbook pages to a new level.
If you are familiar with heat embossing then you are already halfway there! Simply, stamp pineapple stamp using VersaMagic Cloud White onto Teresa Collins scrapbook paper. VersaMagic is a chalk pigment ink and works perfectly for embossing. Next, heat emboss with Silver Embossing Powder or color of choice. Attach pineapple paper with Tear It Tape to a black card base. If you have more time, then keep going with different color embossing powders and different scrapbook papers until you have a cute pineapple theme collection.
Shades of Tangerine make for a really interesting and effective summertime vibe. Take a look at how blending 3 different shades of Tangerine can really make a resist embossed image come to life. I created this handmade card using my favorite ink pads in shades of orange.
Skill: Beginner Time: 20 minutes + dry time
Stamp a large background image onto white cardstock using Versamark ink pad. Sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat set until the powder is fully melted.
Use a jumbo dauber and ink it using StazOn ink. Blend the edges of your embossed image with the StazOn ink. Use a damp cloth to wipe clean the embossed areas to remove the ink. Because StazOn ink actually sticks to the embossed areas, you need to wipe it clean immediately or the embossed areas will also become orange. Unlike the Memento Luxe and Radiant Neon inks that can easily be wiped clean off of the embossed areas once you are done blending.
Next use another jumbo dauber and Radiant Neon ink and blend another section of your embossed image.
Use the same dauber and lift some Memento Luxe ink in Morocco onto the dauber. Blend over the rest of your embossed cardstock piece. You can clearly see how the different colors of orange blend really well with each other makes the resist effect stand out.
Open your irRESISTibles bottle and use the nozzle to splat some ink onto the embossed background. Leave to dry thoroughly. Add a chipboard flower, printed ticket and some embellishments to your Tangerine background. I love how the pink flower stands out against the orange background filled with texture.
Layered embossing creates a soft magical effect for this bright and beautiful summertime tag. Celebrate summer in gorgeous shades of Tangerine and Lime – perfect for drinks on the beach, party decor, or gift giving. Create the mood of long, endless lazy days with this style!
I wanted the final results to look lush and shiny, so I started with a manilla tag and inked in up with Memento Luxe Morocco and Radiant Neon Electric Orange. These color are great together. While the ink was still wet, I cover it immediately with a layer of embossing powder and heat set until fully melted. Next, I die cut feathers out of white cardstock embossed the tips using VersaMark ink and Imagine’s Gold Embossing Powder. Once the gold embossing powder has cooled down, I covered the embossed portion with another layer of VersaMark ink, repeated the embossing process. Embossing paper twice will remelt the dried embossed layer beneath. The results will be smoother and more intense than one application. For the rest of the project, I colored the feathers using Memento Luxe and Radiant Neon inks with Fantastix tool then brayered with KaleidaColor. Since this double emboss technique is so addictive, I repeated the process for the rest of the feathers too. Once you get a nice rhythm going, although seemingly time consuming, it is over in a flash and you may find the need to make more of these cute little tags!