Stenciling is a great crafting technique that can be used in endless ways. In this tutorial, I chose to use the stencil almost like a stamp by painting it with Tsukineko’s All-Purpose Ink. In my family, we have a camouflage fan and greenery is also Imagine’s color of the month. What better way to celebrate a special Camo Birthday party (and present a tutorial) than by capturing beautiful memories and scrapbooking them with green camo-like texture afterward. Shades of green and gold compliment the photos perfectly and make the special memories come to life.
Select green All Purpose inks, Gold Delicata inker, a pipette and a Brushstix for this layout.
Use a pipette and add drops of green All-Purpose Inks onto the stencil. Start with the lightest green moving to the darkest.
Mist the inks with water until they blend nicely into a liquid ink covering the stencil pattern.
Carefully turn over the stencil and stamp the image onto your background cardstock with the inked stencil.
Remove the stencil from the background and leave the ink to dry. You can lightly mist the ink with more water to make the colors blend into each other.
Place a small drop of Golden Glitz Delicata from the inker onto your craft mat.
Lift the Delicata ink with your Brushstix and then draw patterns or scribble onto your background using the gold ink. Leave the ink to dry or heat set using a heat gun. Complete your scrapbook layout using personal photos, green embellishments such as buttons or sequins, and patterned papers such as maps, geometric patterns etc.
On Point Glue is the best adhesive I have used in a long time. It is perfect for adhering small elements and creating beautiful techniques on your projects. In today’s post, I use On Point Glue with glitter to embellish feather stamps, attach a sentiment, and embellishments thus creating a new dynamic in the look and feel of this card.
Skill: Intermediate Time: 30 Minutes + dry time
Use VersaFine Onyx Black and stamp an image onto your card front.
Color the stamped image one piece at a time using the On Point Glue. The small tip makes adding the adhesive to small and detailed areas easy.
While the glue is still wet, sprinkle it with glitter. Leave the glue to dry for a few minutes and shake off the excess glitter of the first color.
Add more glue to the other areas of the stamped image. Sprinkle with the second color of glitter and leave to dry. Once dry shake off the second color of glitter.
Finish the design by adding shades of green Memento ink, additional embellishments and the “Follow Your Heart” sentiment.
The best and most beautiful things are felt with the heart and cannot be seen – a favorite saying of mine and also the inspiration behind my themed tag this month. I used inks and paste to create a shimmering background for this beautiful tag.
Skill: Intermediate Time: 30 Minutes + dry time
Add some texture to a tag using a stencil and texture paste. Once the paste is dry, use a brayer and roll Delicata Golden Glitz onto the tag randomly and leave to dry.
Start by inking some Blue Hawaii StazOn ink onto the tag over the gold texture background. Add color in 2 or more areas using a jumbo dauber.
Use a clean jumbo dauber and ink your tag using Orange Zest StazOn ink in the open areas, overlap the ink onto the blue inked areas too, so the colors blend seamlessly into each other.
Now add some brown Ganache StazOn ink around the edges of the tag using another jumbo dauber.
Mist the inked tag using Gold Shimmer Spritz and leave to dry. The shimmer gives the StazOn inks a beautiful look. Finish by adding the sentiment and any additional embellishments with foam tape. I choose to staple the sentiment and add three hearts with gold thread in the back.
Tip: To clean the StazOn ink on my craft mat I use StazOn stamp cleaner and then wipe it clean, otherwise, the ink will permanently stain your mat.
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 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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
As crafters, we have so many amazing products available in our arsenal that can be used for crafts, scrapbooking, card making and art journaling. Included in that long list is home decor and I simply love using my ink mediums to create interesting and unique effects on home decor products.
Paint a metal jar lid using mint green chalk-based paint. Paint two layers and let dry.
TIP: Change direction and let the paintbrush create texture for a gorgeous look.
Use a sponge dauber and Brilliance ink pad and apply ink over the painted lid.
Add Brilliance inker onto the inked lid and use the sponge dauber or your finger to spread the ink over the lid. Leave to dry.
Drill a small hole in the center of the lid and add a decorative handle. Use the jar for storage in your craft room or as a beautiful shimmering gift jar filled with decadent chocolates. The Brilliance ink leaves a beautiful shimmer on the painted lid. TIP: Because Brilliance ink is suitable for glossy surfaces it dries perfectly on the painted metal lid without heat setting.