Make a Bright Birthday Card with Ink Blending

Do you know someone with a birthday coming up? Are you loving what you are seeing in ink blending trends? Well, today’s blog post is just for you! Mischelle Smith uses Kaleidacolor and a brayer to blend dye inks on black and white decorative paper to create a beautiful birthday card. Neva Cole uses circle dies of different sizes and Memento inks to create an attractive floral-themed card.

 Colorful Blends on Black & White

Colorful Blends on Black & White by Mischelle Smith

Looking for the perfect way to show off the gorgeous palette of your Kaleidacolor inkpads? I was! So, I went directly to my black and white pattern papers. I used my brayer to add a portion of beautifully blended color to my black and white paper and the results were stunning. For an extra bit of visual interest, I also brayered some of my color onto white scraps of cardstock and then die cut. The contrast of black and white with beautiful bursts of Kaleidacolor makes a winning combination every time.

I did a couple easy techniques to create this card. The split from black and white to color is a simple masking technique. Mask the top section, ink up the brayer with Bouquet Kaleidacolor Pad and brayer the bottom portion of the pattern paper. Then, I repeated the brayer technique onto scraps of white cardstock and used a branch die cut to make the top layer pieces. I used a black shimmer trim to hide any masking marks and to add a nice contrast in the middle. Next, I created the Happy Birthday tag and prepared for the layering of all the elements. I layered one set of branches, the Happy Birthday sentiment, the silver thread and finished with another top layer of branch die cut. While this is a option, I can’t resist spritzing with several sprays of Frost Sheer Shimmer Spritz to add the finishing touch. I found this design to be so fun that I created a matching tag in the same style. So you can really expand these ideas as much as you like!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • CTMH – Black Shimmer Trim, Happy Birthday stamp, Mother’s Day Workshop
  • Decorative paper
  • Silver metallic thread
  • Foam tape
  • White cardstock
  • Paper trimmer
  • Score board
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon

Blending with Memento Inks. purple flowers, splatter ink, happy birthday card

Blending with Memento Inks by Neva Cole

The challenge for the month was to incorporate ink blending into a project. I love how Memento Inks can be blended with water or Ink Potion No. 9. I also think it is really cool that the Fireworks Sprays are in the same colors, so it was quick and easy to put together this fun color coordinated card using Joy Clair stamps. Using a stamp positioner, I stamped the card front and two additional layers with StazOn Jet Black ink. The top two layers are die cut in circles. The top layer is water colored with a small paint brush and Memento in Danube Blue and Grape Jelly. The next layer is inked with an Ink Blusher and Grape Jelly. The bottom layer is splatted with the Fireworks in you guess it, Danube Blue and Grape Jelly. A little secret here, I accidently marked the top layer with a splotch of ink, but was able to cover the splotch with the strategically placed happy portion of the sentiment. Once dry, the card is assembled with dimensional foam adhesive and ready to be paired with a birthday present.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Joy Clair – Spring Time Flowers, Happy Birthday stamp
  • Spellbinders –  small circle die, large circle die
  • Foam adhesive
  • Paint brush
  • Stamp positioner

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Learn How to Make A Master Board

by Mischelle Smith

designing with a Master Board

I love designing with a master board so when I heard the May theme was ‘M’ ~ I knew immediately what I wanted to create! A master board is a self-made, mixed media patterned paper that the artist creates herself. After creating the master board you use the pieces to make ATC’s, cards, journal pages, mini albums … whatever you imagine. A master board is a great way to utilize your products in an unconventional way like I did with Imagine’s irRESISTibles. These transparent potions create dreamy backgrounds while layering beautifully with other colors and mediums. Master boards are fun and easy to make and design so give one a try and see what you create!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1-2 hours + dry time

Directions

Rose Bud irRESISTible
Step 1

Start by adding Rose Bud irRESISTible to white cardstock. Use a palette knife, brush or your fingers to distribute the color as you like. Let dry.

 Lilac Posies irRESISTible
Step 2

Add Lilac Posies irRESISTible. Use a palette knife, brush or fingers to distribute.


Step 3

Gently pour Lilac Posies onto paper. Stand paper up and let irRESISTible create drips.


Step 4

Gently pour Rose Bud irRESISTible on paper allowing it to run and create drips. Let dry.

Bahama Blue Fireworks
Step 5

Pour a small amount of Bahama Blue Fireworks into a palette. Mix with the same amount of water as poured. Apply to paper with a brush. Let the mixture create drips in some areas. Let dry completely.

White VersaColor, stamp the starburst
Step 6

Seal the paper with Mod Podge or clear gesso. Let dry. With White VersaColor, stamp the starburst image randomly around the paper.

Bahama Blue Memento Luxe – stamp the branch image
Step 7

With Bahama Blue Memento Luxe – stamp the branch image randomly around the paper. Heat set stamped images with a heat tool.

Pale Aqua and Burgundy Fabrico Marker
Step 8

With Pale Aqua and Burgundy Fabrico Marker – make doodle designs on paper. Heat set Fabrico Marker doodles.


Step 9

Spatter Wedding Dress irRESISTible onto the page using the thin plastic tube inside the bottle. Let dry. Seal the paper with Mod Podge or clear gesso. Let dry.


Step 11

Doodle on pages with Tuxedo Black Memento Marker. Let sit for a few moments. The longer you let this set – the darker the color will be. Use a baby wipe to remove black marker from the page. A ‘shadow’ of the doodles will remain on the page.


Step 12

Create masks to paint around with hand cut cardstock shapes.

Paint around masks with acrylic paint
Step 13

Paint around masks with acrylic paint. Use a paint brush or your fingers (I used my fingers).


Step 14

Apply paint as shown. Let the paper dry completely.


Step 15

Use Pitt pens, Sharpie markers and/or Memento markers to complete images by doodling on them.

Doodle zentangle
Step 16

Now you can cut your master board into any size and shape you need! I used my white master board as four card fronts.

After you make your own master board, you will certainly find your mind spinning with all the different ways to use these coordinating pieces.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • CTMH – One of A Kind Stamp Set
  • Baby wipes
  • Lawn Fawn – Hello Die Cut
  • Pitt Pen – white, black, black bold and medium
  • Acrylic paint – white, apple green
  • Cardstock – white, black
  • Paint brush
  • Palette
  • Old rags
  • Die cut machine
  • Paper trimmer
  • Heat tool
  • Chalk marker
  • Adhesive
  • Card bases
  • Journal
  • Washi tape
  • Foam tape

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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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Cute and Simple Magenta Greeting Card Inspiration

Cute and Simple Magenta Greeting Card Inspiration

Hello There Friend Greeting Card by Tenia Nelson

Tenia here from Jazzy Paper Designs with a super fun card made with Imagine and Tsukineko products. Magenta is such a beautiful color and makes a great color theme for a craft project or handmade card. I made this easy CAS card for today’s post — Check it!

I started by adding Rose Bud Fireworks Craft Spray onto white cardstock to add some shimmer and color to the background. Then I stamped the Hello Friend sentiment onto journal cardstock using Lilac Posies Memento Ink. This color is a bit darker and richer than Rose Bud and thought it worked well. Next, I added more Rose Bud Fireworks spray onto scrap white cardstock, and die cut with a heart die after it was dry. Fireworks can do a lot as a craft spray. I went heavy on the die cut cardstock in order to get a good saturation for the little hearts. Next, I attached the hearts onto the journal card panel and attached the entire journal card onto the splatter panel. My favorite finishing touch is to add washi and sticker stitches. And finally, adhere the image panel onto a blank card base and it is ready to gift!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Reverse Confetti – Stamp
  • Cardstock
  • Washi Tape
  • Sticker Stitches
  • Spellbinders – Heart Die
  • Die cut machine
  • Ink blending tool

Watercoloring with Fireworks! by Elina Stromberg

Watercolor patterns continue to be popular among paper crafters. Take off the cap from Fireworks and Cherry Blossom Walnut Ink spray bottles and drop a few ink droplets on the craft mat or a paint palette. Using plenty of water, paint the background with light pink Walnut Ink. Before the paper is dry, add highlights with vivid pink Fireworks and let the colors mix. Dry with a heat gun or let air dry. Apply Memento ink of the desired color on the flower stamp. Mist gently with water. Stamp the flower images on the watercolor background. Let dry or dry with a heat gun. When using layered images stamp the lighter background color first before using a darker one for the upper layer. Dry each layer before stamping the next. Dip a small paint brush in the Fireworks ink. Tap the brush to create a splatter effect on the background. Let dry. Stamp the “hello my friend” sentiment, trim the card front to size, mat on magenta paper, and adhere to the card base and you are ready to go!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Mixed media cardstock or watercolor paper – white
  • Cardstock – magenta
  • Stampin Up– ‘Too Kind’ Stamp
  • Sizzix – ‘Hello’ Stamp
  • Watercolor brushes
  • Water in a spritzer
  • Double-sided tape
  • Paper trimmer

Memento Inkpad – Gray Flannel, Tuxedo Black, Lilac Posies

Easy Polka Dot Magenta Butterfly Card by Mischelle Smith

We were challenged this May to use the color magenta in our craft projects. I wanted to create an easy, sophisticated card with pops of magenta. Adding magenta to my card in just three places really focuses on and highlights the pops of color.  This easy card can be replicated in any color palette and for any occasion – making it a great go-to design when you need a quick and easy card!

Cut cardstock 4 ¼” x 11”. Score at 5 ½” to create card base. Ink largest image (background stamp image) with Gray Flannel Memento ink. Stamp onto card base. Ink leaf stamp with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and stamp. Repeat two more times or as desired. On scrap paper stamp the” journal box” images and “You More” saying, as shown, with Gray Flannel. On scrap paper stamp, with Lilac Posies Memento ink, butterfly and heart. Cut out butterfly and heart. Gently ‘roll’ the wings of the butterfly around a pencil to form their shape. Attach metallic silver thread to back of the butterfly and attach butterfly and heart to the card as shown. With a small butterfly paper punch – punch a butterfly on a scrap of vellum paper. Attach to butterfly as shown. Add two bitty sparkles to vellum butterfly. Stamp ‘love’ inside journal block with Lilac Posies Memento ink. Use foam tape to attach to card. Spritz card with several sprays of Frost Sheer Shimmer Spritz to finish.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • CTMH – Stamps – Documenting Moments, Brushed Workshop
  • Prima – Jamie Dougherty Florals
  • Silver Metallic Thread
  • Foam Tape
  • White Cardstock
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Score Board
  • Scissors

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Crafting with your Besties? Make Colorful and Inspirational Bracelets!

by Mischelle Smith

Mischelle Smith shows you how to make your own DIY popsicle bracelets

Wearing a bracelet with an inspiring quote can make a big difference in your daily productivity. Words like brave, blessed, courage, or strong are little reminders to encourage you to power through a tough day. Today, I am sharing a super fun project to help spark creativity and Monday Motivation! This is a great project to have at a craft party, teenage girl sleepover or any fun group activity where several pieces of a unique project can be handmade. Once you understand how to make a few of these adorable bracelets, then you can truly allow your creativity to flow and go crazy!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 13 hours of prep time + 30 minutes per bracelet craft time


Step 1

Boil Jumbo Craft Sticks in water for 15 minutes.


Step 2

While still hot, shape craft sticks in circles and place on the inside of a cup. Let set 12 hours. Some will crack and splinter. Make more than you need.


Step 3

Punch a hole on each end of the craft stick. Again, some may splinter and break.


Step 4

Go Crazy!! Color craft sticks with any number of products. Some suggestions are Tsukineko Fabrico Markers, Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray, Creative Medium and DCWV paper. Fabrico Markers are Tsukineko’s line of fabric markers. The thicker pigment formula of ink is also great on wood. Fireworks is a great product to add color and shimmer to porous surfaces. Creative Medium is an acrylic paste that will allow you to stencil, adhere printed sentiments, and layer embellishments onto the bracelets. And DCWV paper has an endless source of inspiring imagery in their paper sets!

The following photos show the variety of options with this project and a variety of craft supplies:

Stencil with Creative Medium.

Designed with Fabrico Markers.

Star embellishments with Creative Medium.

Add stamped or printed sentiments with Creative Medium.


Step 5

Once you have completed your crafting awesomeness then attach twine to the ends to finish, wear them to your next social event and let the compliments pour in!

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Jumbo Craft Sticks
  • DCWV – Fairytale Dreams Paper Collection
  • Webster’s Pages – Painted Passport Sticker Collection
  • MFT Die-namics – Blueprints #1
  • Foam brush
  • Crop-a-dile
  • Twine – natural, white
  • Black cord
  • Scissors
  • Old bible page
  • Star punch
  • Stencils

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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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