Make a ‘Thanks a Latte’ Hand Painted Card

by Jowilna Nolte 

Make a 'Thanks a Latte' Hand Painted Card

Create a beautiful shimmering coffee colored background for cards using a few essential inks from the Imagine and Tsukineko stable. Work on a piece of recycled cardstock and create a fun checkered effect.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Use a medium-sized paintbrush and paint a criss-cross pattern onto a piece of cardstock using Truffle All-Purpose Ink. Leave the painted background to dry naturally.


Step 2

Once the All-Purpose Ink is dry, use a larger paint brush and paint a layer of Creative Medium in Shimmer over the background. Leave to dry to reveal a gorgeous shimmer effect.


Step 3

Stamp your “Thanks a Latte” sentiment and coffee cup onto smooth white cardstock using Memento Rich Cocoa ink. Trim into tag sized strips.


Step 4

Attach the stamped sentiment onto the background card using a heart-themed brad. Finish off the look by adding another smaller brad and small diamanté.

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Paintbrush
  • Cardstock – White, Recycled from photo packaging
  • Brads
  • Diamanté

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Create a Cute Chocolate Bulldog Watercolored Card

by Jowilna Nolte

Who doesn’t love chocolate and dogs? How about a chocolate colored dog? Well, then you are in luck because today’s handmade card project has both. Imagine challenged the Artists in Residence with three topics to choose from –Aubergine Color of the Month, chocolate and ‘What “wood” you do?’.  When I saw a chocolate theme, I chose this fun bulldog stamped image and created layers of chocolate  watercolored goodness using some of my favorite ink products.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Stamp a background image in VersaMark ink and emboss using Clear embossing powder.


Step 2

Once the embossing has cooled down use a jumbo dauber and Brilliance inker to blend color over the embossed background. The background offers a beautiful resist effect and the Brilliance loads of shimmering goodness.


Step 3

Stamp the bulldog image in VersaFine Onyx Black onto smooth white cardstock. Add a drop of the same inker onto a palette and add some water, then paint the stamped image using the Brilliance ink in Coffee Bean and colored the little socks in a contrasting light blue. Once these steps are complete then assemble the card in your own style. I stamped “celebrate this life” on a separate piece of cardstock, added button embellishments to match the bulldog’s button eyes, and little stripe of washi tape.

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Jowilna Nolte – Sentiment Stamp
  • Dylusions – Bulldog Stamp
  • Cardstock
  • Button
  • Diamanté
  • Washi tape
  • Heat gun

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Create Texture and Color with Beautiful Aubergine Stars

by Jowilna Nolte

Create Texture and Color with Beautiful Aubergine Stars Thank you Card Tsukineko imagine crafts jowilna nolte

I love the richness of Aubergine – not quite purple but not quite blue either – perfectly located in between. This warm and rich color is so versatile and can be used in a number of ways. The great thing about ink is that on the color spectrum Imagine offers such a huge variety of inks that cover most every need. And when you want a hue that is just slightly unique, blending together ink from two or more inkers is just the ticket. Let’s take a look how this wonderful color can be mixed using our range of products.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

 

Directions

Memento Luxe Rhubarb Stalk and Mulberry dye ink and mix well into the texture paste
Step 1

I needed to mix my color to get just the tone I was looking for, so decided to mix two of my inkers to get the perfect shade of Aubergine texture paste for this card. On a palette add a small amount of texture paste. Add a few drops of Memento Luxe Rhubarb Stalk and Mulberry Tsukineko dye ink and mix well into the texture paste.


Step 2

Position your stencil on a piece of colored scrap cardstock. (My background was misted with dye inks in various colors from a previous crafting session. You could create a special background or use printed cardstock.)  Apply the colored paste through the stencil.


Carefully remove the stencil while the paste is still wet and leave to dry naturally for a flawless finish.
Step 3

Carefully remove the stencil while the paste is still wet and leave to dry naturally for a flawless finish.


Add a stamped sentiment, additional cut out stenciled stars and some scattered diamanté.
Step 4

Trim the stenciled panel down to fit onto the front of your folded card and adhere in place. Add a stamped sentiment, additional cut out stenciled stars and some scattered diamanté. For the extra special touch, use a sewing machine to stitch it all together, otherwise adhesive will do.

If you enjoyed this quick and easy technique then please share!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Jowilna Nolte – Star stencil, diamanté
  • Cardstock
  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • Stamp – “thank you” sentiment

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Do You Struggle with What Size Inkpads to Buy?

by Jowilna Nolte

With so many ink types, colors and sizes available today, do you struggle to decide what to buy and what you really need? Well then, you are not alone! The struggle is real and pretty personal. One of my favorite inkpads available is the DewDrop. So let’s take a look at some of the things that keep me infatuated with these cute and colorful little bundles of joy.

Storage & Cost

An important aspect, and the first thing many people will note, is that smaller inkpads can be stored a lot easier. I own a lot of the DewDrops and they fit perfectly into plastic containers that can be stacked on top of each other. I can separate and store each type of ink in its own container and even include a color chart so that I can keep track of which colors I have in the bin. If space is limited in your crafting area, then smaller inkpads may just be the answer to keeping enough ink handy to craft anything you wish. Secondly, DewDrop inkpads are generally a lot cheaper than their full-sized inkpad counterparts. One key element for me is that with the DewDrop inkpads, I will often commit to colors that I would use less often or maybe only need for a one-off project because they are cheaper. If I end up using a color more than I think I will, DewDrops can be re-inked if they become a littler dry—making them extremely economical and practical because I use inkers for a variety of other techniques and effects.

Stamping

Stamping with DewDrop inkpads is really easy! When you have smaller stamps that you might use in your planner or make a repeating pattern with, it’s easy to re-ink your stamps quickly, even if you don’t have a table surface to work on. But if you need to ink up a stamp that is larger than a DewDrop, it is easily done by laying your stamp face up and dabbing the DewDrop over the surface until it is all covered. Using the rounded end works well for this. I especially like using my Memento DewDrops for stamping smaller words in color. The pointy tip of the DewDrop gives you the ability to stamp several images in different colors all at once. Simply ink the different words positioned on an acrylic block in different colors of ink – it’s really easy to control where or what you ink!

Control

Even if you are inking a single stamp, these little inkpads offer you greater control to ink in selected areas only. You can combine different colors, or shades of a single color on a single stamp for a really interesting effect. On this stamp I started with green inked at the top, then added a light purple and then a darker shade of purple Memento ink. A light misting of water on the ink before stamping onto your cardstock piece gives a nice watercolor effect. You can even get into tight spaces with their pointy tips.

This is the area that DewDrops really beat out all other inkpads. Rather than battling to use larger inkpads, these smaller versions are really handy. Flipping them over and inking your stamps that way gives you control, adds an even layer of ink all over your stamp surface, and can produce more intricate results than a larger inkpad.

Dew drop ink pads are versatile and fun. What makes these inks so versatile is that they are available in a variety of types

Versatility

I love that I can get DewDrops in a variety of ink types—Memento (dye ink), VersaMagic (opaque matte pigment), and Brilliance (pearlescent and shimmery pigment) cover most of my needs when it comes to my creativity arsenal. I can use these inks for a lot of techniques and different effects no matter the project. When you need to cover a larger surface, the smaller inkpads work just as well as the larger inkpads to ink up an InkBlusher or Sponge Dauber. It’s the same ink, so you can get the same great results.

Techniques

The shape of a DewDrop is so pleasing, I sometimes use it in my project creation. Take advantage of the shape of the DewDrops by simply stamping the inkpad directly onto cardstock to create and make fun elements for your crafting projects. I especially love to cut out the petal shapes and adhere them together as flowers.

Combine DewDrop inkpads from different ink families together for some really interesting effects. I combined VersaMagic, with its softer opaque pigment look, with Memento dye inks and even a bit of Brilliance for shine together by blending them over each other through a stencil. Combining these inks together gives stunning results, with the ability to add shading and lots of creativity.

Remember that smaller doesn’t mean a lesser quality, only a lesser quantity. You can still blend, stamp, ink direct to paper, and stencil to your hearts delight. Sometimes you need a full-sized inkpad. But weigh your options and the purpose of the inkpad before taking the plunge! Take care when using your inkpads and respect them for what they are, and there will be no reason why they won’t last for years. Inkpads that are left open will dry out before all the ink can be used, so don’t forget to close your inkpads when not in use. One of the most common ways DewDrops get misused is by contaminating them with other colors. I have revived a Memento DewDrop before by lightly misting the offending spot with water and drawing out the invading ink. This may reduce the number of uses, so purchasing an inker for that color may be in order!

The only time I choose a full-sized inkpad is for colors like black, grey and brown. Basic stamping colors like those are generally used a lot more than colored inkpads. But, unless you can afford an entire range of large inkpads, why not opt for the smaller ones giving you the same creative freedom and opportunity as the bigger ones at a fraction of the price. Buy what suits your style of creativity! For me personally I love all my inks no matter what size they are, but I really love the versatility and fun of the DewDrops!

To purchase visit Imagine’s Shop: Memento DewDrops, VersaMagic DewDrops & Brilliance DewDrops.

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Use The Magic of Color with a Whimsical Theme

by Jowilna Nolte

Use The Magic of pink and teal Colors with a Whimsical Theme

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

Directions


Step 1

On a sheet of white watercolour paper add some simple folds. Fold the paper in horizontal and vertical strips to form a grid effect.


Step 2

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.


Step 3

Use your Brilliance Pearlescent Jade ink pad and in circular movements add color over the Radiant Neon Green.


Step 4

Add white texture paste through a stencil in selected areas only. Leave the paste to dry completely before adding more color.


Step 5

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.


Step 6

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.


Step 7

Add GlazOn details to certain areas of your image and leave to dry. Cut out the image and adhere to your colored background.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Jowilna Nolte – Stencil
  • Cardstock
  • Anna Griffin – Texture Paste
  • Sewing machine
  • Bonefolder
  • Index Card
  • Stamps

Learn How to Use Inkers to Create Texture in a DIY Card

by Jowilna Nolte

Learn How to Use Tsukineko teal Inkers to Create Texture in a DIY Card

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

Directions

Tsukineko Teal ink to be used on your project. I choose Encore, Brilliance and Memento Inks.
Step 1

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.

 Teal Memento dye ink inker
Step 2

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.


Step 3

Use the inked cling wrap and stamp onto your background. The plastic gives a beautifully textured effect while transferring the ink onto the paper.


Step 4

Add metallic Teal ink directly onto the paper. Mist the ink with water and use your fingers to spread the ink over the paper.


Step 5

Add Brilliance Pearlescent Jade onto the paper, mist with water and spread the ink around.


Step 6

Keep on spreading out the ink and applying color to your paper until you are happy with the look.


Step 7

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.

We hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Don’t forget to share if you found it helpful and have an inspiring day!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Jowilna Nolte – stencil
  • Cardstock – white
  • Anna Griffin – texture paste
  • Sewing machine
  • Sentiment stamp
  • Cling wrap plastic

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