Project Swap: Create a “Dear Friend” Greeting Card

Welcome back for another Artist Project Swap with Martha and Steph.

Welcome back for another Artist Project Swap with Martha and Steph. For the Month of May, we challenged our artists to exchange tutorials and create each other’s designs in order to see how each of our artists interprets style and choices. The receiving artist did not know who designed the project, nor did they receive any images! In today’s post, Steph writes the directions and recommended supplies list and Martha created the project.

Create a “Dear Friend” Greeting Card by Martha Lucia Gomez

This month the Artist in Residence team made a wonderful exercise or swap project challenge. Each designer created a project and send the instructions and photo to our coordinator. Then we received another project to follow the instructions, without a photo or who exactly created it. This is the swap project I received and can you believe that after made the card I discovered who was the author of the instructions…I recognize the style!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Create the base of the card using olive card stock. The size of my card is a regular size 4-1/4″ x 11″ with a score at 5-1/2″ for the centerfold. Cut a white cardstock of 4″x 5-1/4″. Place a background pattern stencil on the white panel and ink with Brilliance in Pearlescent Lime.


Step 2

Ink sheer ribbon with lime ink. When dry, wrap around the matted panel. Knot with twine on the right side of the panel. Added the panel to the card with foam adhesives.


Step 3

Using a stamp positioning tool and a flower stamp, ink the steam and leaves with the Brilliance in Pearlescent Lime. Ink the flower with the Memento Marker in Angel Pink. Stamp image onto white cardstock. Re-stamp the flower using the Memento Marker in Rose Bud around the edges. Fussy cut the flower.


Step 4

Die cut brown and white cardstock shapes with graduating sized dies. Adhere together with Tear It Tape. Place on left side of the card with foam adhesives, overlapping the ribbon. Trim shapes as needed to align with a patterned piece on the left edge. Adhere the stamped flower on top. I used square cross stitched die cuts from Gina Marie Designs. Stamp “Just For You” sentiment. Ink edges and mat with brown cardstock. Add near the top of the card with foam adhesives. Reading through Steph’s instructions I realized I didn’t have a “Just For You” sentiment so I replaced with “Dear Friend” which is just as nice.

Definitely, it was a very good experience to swap projects and the best part that was I could replace materials and give to the project my personal touch.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – Whisper White, Old Olive, Early Espresso
  • Hero Arts – Honeycomb Stencil
  • Stampin Up – Birthday Blossom Stamp set
  • Gina Marie Designs – Square Cross Stitched dies
  • Big Shot die cut machine
  • Sheer ribbon
  • MISTI or Stamparatus stamping tool
  • Double sided foam tape or Dimensionals

Original Design by Steph

What did you think of Martha’s interpretation of Steph’s design?

Comment below!

Project Swap: Let Your Dreams Fly Greeting Card

Welcome back for another Artist Project Swap with Martha and Steph. For the Month of May, we challenged our artists to exchange tutorials and create each other’s designs in order to see how each of our artists interprets style and choices. The receiving artist did not know who designed the project, nor did they receive any images! In today’s post, Martha writes the directions and recommended supplies list and Steph created the project.

Let Your Dreams Fly by Steph Ackerman

This month we were given another team member’s project to re-create. What a great way to see how someone else approaches cardmaking! I love creating backgrounds using stamps and inks, but don’t generally have a lot of “white space” on my cards. I’ve always felt the need to cover white spaces. This project challenge taught me that you can use white spaces to create amazing projects. See how I did it!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Ink background stamps with VersaMagic in Cloud White on white paper and let dry.


Step 2

Using daubers, ink panel with Memento in Morocco, Rhubarb Stalk and Peanut Brittle which should create a warm hue.


Step 3

Cut the panel to fit the card. Save the scraps. Die cut a circle from the center of the panel and set it aside to use for a second card design later.


Step 4

Ink a paisley stamp with VersaMagic in Cloud White. Stamp it several times in the circle. Re-ink paisley stamp with Memento ink in Rhubarb Stalk and Morocco. Stamp each color several times around the circle, stamping off the circle. Stamp phrase in center of the circle with VersaMark and emboss with White Embossing Powder.


Step 5

Add the circle to a card placing it slightly off the card. Cut off the excess. Using the scraps, cut two different sized strips. Ink the edges of the scrap pieces with Memento Rhubarb Ink and add to the card. Add drops of IrRESISTible in Wedding Dress around the card.


Step 6

Using the punched panel create a second card. Ink the die cut panel with Memento in Rhubarb. Add the panel to a white card base. Stamp the Mary Elizabeth Frye paragraph from Whimsy Stamps with Memento in Rhubarb on a smaller die cut circle. Mat with medium sized kraft die cut. Add to center of the card. The two additional dies can be size from the Spellbinders stackable sets. Stamp “With Sympathy” in Rhubarb Ink on a leftover scrap and mount with foam adhesives, slightly overlapping the circles.

These two card designs come together quickly if you plan to coordinate the original circle punch.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • JustForFun – Rubber Stamp background
  • Joy Clair Stamps – “With Sympathy” sentiment stamp
  • Whimsy Stamps – Mary Elizabeth Frye paragraph stamp
  • Spellbinders – Circle stackable dies
  • Die cut machine
  • Cardstock – white, kraft

Original Design by Martha

What did you think of Steph’s interpretation of Martha’s instructions?

Comment below!

Blog Hop with Precious Remembrance Shop Day 2

Welcome to Day Two! We are pairing our ink with Precious Remembrance Shop stamps to make a perfect match! Precious Remembrance is a maker of photopolymer clear stamps that offers a super cute style with a variety of options for cardmaking and scrapbooking. Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to leave comments (one per blog, per day) during these 2 days so you can be entered to win a School Days & Totally Stamp Set from Precious Remembrance Shop or a $30 Imagine Gift Card!!! Winners will be announced on the Precious Remembrance and Imagine Blogs at the end of the month.

Let’s get started!

 

Precious Remembrance Shop Blog

Lisa Elton 

Kelly Lunceford

Greta Hess 

Helen Gullett

Rosemary Dennis

Steph Ackerman

Melissa Andrew

Nadine Carlier

Martha Lucia Gomez 

Roni Johnson

Jowilna Nolte 

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Iris Rodriquez

Elina Stromberg 

Kassy Tousignant

Jennifer Vanderbeek

 

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1 Winner: School Days & Totally stamp sets from Precious Remembrance Shop
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Blog Hop with Precious Remembrance Shop Day 1

In this week’s blog hop, we are pairing our ink with Precious Remembrance Shop stamps to make a perfect match! Precious Remembrance is a maker of photopolymer clear stamps that offers a super cute style with a variety of options for cardmaking and scrapbooking.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to leave comments (one per blog, per day) during these 2 days so you can be entered to win a School Days & Totally Stamp Set from Precious Remembrance Shop or a $30 Imagine Gift Card!!! Winners will be announced on the Precious Remembrance and Imagine Blogs at the end of the month.

Let’s get started!

 

Lisa Elton 

Kelly Lunceford

Greta Hess 

Helen Gullett

Rosemary Dennis

Steph Ackerman

Melissa Andrew 

Nadine Carlier 

Martha Lucia Gomez 

Roni Johnson

Jowilna Nolte 

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Iris Rodriquez

Elina Stromberg 

Kassy Tousignant

Jennifer Vanderbeek

Precious Remembrance Shop Blog

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Did You Miss The Date? Make a Belated Birthday Card

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Did You Miss The Date? Make a Belated Birthday Card

Have you ever missed someone’s birthday by mistake? Today’s project has a theme that will help with this little problem just in case you get in a jam with a missed date. This project also uses fun techniques with a button quilted looking background on kraft cardstock. Take a look to see how to made this card!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Cut a piece of crumb cake (kraft) cardstock of 4.25″ x 5.5″. Take the large “Tufted Button” background stamp from Joy Clair and stamp it using VersaMagic in Cloud White. If you do not have this stamp then select one with a lot of free space inside or any good image for coloring and cover the stamped image with white embossing powder. Melt the powder with the heat tool.


Step 2

Dab VersaMagic Cloud White Ink on your craft mat and spray it with water. “Paint” your stamped image with the mix created using a paintbrush or aqua painter. Let the paper dry well.


Step 3

Dab VersaFine Ink Clair in Warm Breeze on the mat and paint one side of the borders of the stamped background following the pattern. This will create a shadow effect on the background.


Step 4

Dab Memento Ink in Tangelo on the mat. Repeat the painting process with Tangelo over the whole background using an aqua painter or paint brush. Let the paper dry. Layering the different colors is a beautiful effect on this kraft cardstock. Resize the stamped layer and paste it over a white card base using double sided foam tape or dimensionals.


Step 5

Die cut a leaf or floral element and heat emboss with Sparkle Embossing Powder. Add the “belated birthday wishes” sentiment stamped with VersaFine Clair in Warm Breeze over a piece of white cardstock. Paste the stamped image with a mat created with vellum with the die cut fitting in between.

This design is super fun to make and can be reworked or imagined with any number of themes, background stamps or sentiments. Enjoy and have a nice day!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – Whisper White, Crumb Cake
  • Vellum
  • Joy Clair – Tufted Button Background, Everyday Sentiments
  • Circle Punch
  • MISTI or Stamparatus
  • Heat Tool
  • Aquapainter or paintbrush
  • Double sided foam tape or Dimensionals

Helpful Tips and Tricks: How to Take Amazing Photos of Craft Projects

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Helpful Tips and Tricks: How to Take Amazing Photos of Craft Projects

With the ever-growing popularity of social media platforms, particularly Instagram, crafters have been talking about how to take better photos of our projects. Since not all of us are professional photographers, and we don’t all have “the perfect tools”, I would like to talk about how to take great photos of your work without having to be a pro-photographer.

Style your photos creatively

These are important elements to focus on when taking a photo of a project:

  • the backdrop or background
  • main focus – which is always your project
  • props or supporting elements to make the focus shine
  • the camera

Backgrounds

With clear and simple photos you need to have a neutral base or background, like white, grey, ecru, cream or even brown tones like wood. Since most of us don’t have professional lighting, set your background up where it is in natural light, and make sure it is a large enough base to place your card or project. Try using dark colors in the background to help the project colors pop.

You can set up your background so that your project can be laid flat or standing up. I find that I can capture more details by taking photos of my cards flat on a surface with the camera located directly above it. Also, if you have a small space to take your photos, this option is perfect because it requires less space and can make it easier to incorporate other elements.

With flat photos, remember your backdrop is the most important part. If you are creative you don’t need to buy expensive elements, you can use everyday household items and surfaces as the background. The most important thing is to keep in mind the colors and textures. A brightly colored element next to your project can round out the scene and support the focal point, but being able to use it as the background will be trickier, tho can work on occasion.

You can use wood surfaces, floor boards, ceramic tiles or designer textured papers, as well as other supplies to add some depth to the photos. You can also use elements like designed plates, which can be easily found in home decor stores. My favorite is HomeGoods because I can buy just one plate, placemat or napkin. Neutral colored fat quarters found at the fabric store is another cheap option.

Supplies or Photo Props

With staging photos, it is nice to add a few elements alongside your card or project—but these cannot compete with the main focus object i.e. your crafting project. You can use many items as photo props. I use a lot of flowers and greenery, my favorites are made of silicone because the fabric flowers don’t look real to me. But definitely, my favorites photo props are the craft supplies. Supplies like inks, stamps, stencils, color pencils or markers, and die cuts are perfect elements to support your project. Extra embellishments like buttons, sequins, washi tape and twines are also great, but always be careful with the color combinations. My suggestion is to start with the neutral items first that won’t compete with your project. If you still aren’t finding what you like, just look around your home and you might find gorgeous elements that you can borrow for a few minutes as part of your photo.

Camera

With today’s technology, you really don’t need to have a professional camera. Cell phones like the iPhone or Samsung make it possible to take amazing photos. To make them work best, use natural light source and keep an eye out for any shadows across your photo. Also, think about a good angle to take the photo. Always start by making your lens parallel to the project front, and then play with the angle from there. My last helpful hint is very simple but important: always clean the lens of your camera or phone before taking the photos. Because we touch our phones so often it is easy for the lens to become dirty.

I hope you found these tips useful. Just remember to stay open to learning new ideas and most importantly have fun! Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog and don’t forget to share!