How to Make Faux Gelli Printing with Radiant Neon Amplify!

by Mischelle Smith

How to Make Faux Gelli Printing with Radiant Neon Amplify!

I love Gelli printing and coming up with all sorts of magical designs I can use in my journaling and card making. However, sometimes I don’t have enough time to drag everything out that I need to stay true to the Gelli print techniques. So, I go for ‘faux Gelli prints’ using Tsukineko’s Radiant Neon Amplify which creates a thick texture when activated with a heat gun. This thick texture replicates the layers of paint often used in Gelli prints and the faux technique is done directly on the paper skipping the use of the Gelli plate.

For quick focal points in projects, I keep a box of already colored images on my desk for times when I need something ASAP. For this project, I pulled out a spaceship image and matched it to the Amplify colors – super easy! Amplify! appears to be wet after brayered – leave it this way or add several more layers and heat with a heat tool to change the texture.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Step 1

Apply one color of Radiant Neon Amplify to paper and brayer.

Step 2

Apply a second color of Amplify and brayer.

Step 3

Working quickly – use a sponge dauber, stencils, scrapers or other items, to create marks in the brayered Amplify medium. Amplify dries quickly, so do not wait too long to add extra marks. Once you are satisfied with the texture and details you have created, use a heat tool to activate the Amplify. The Amplify with expand in a foamy texture and will be immediately ready for additional inking and stenciling.

Step 4

Cut faux gelli paper to the size needed and stencil on another color with Memento Paris Dusk Ink (dark purplish blue) to add detail and depth. Attach spaceship image, “Happy Birthday Earthling” quote and decorative twine to the front of the card. Stamp date at the bottom with StazOn ink and any additional embellishments.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Vera Lane Studio – Lost in Space
  • Stencil Girl – Entangling Threads Stencil
  • Date Stamp
  • Brayer
  • Cardstock
  • Twine – Lime
  • Close To My Heart – Gems & Sparkles
  • Foam tape
  • Copic Markers
  • Scissors

We have a Color Challenge for You!

Imagine Color Challenge July 2017 Pineapple

Color of the Month for July is Pineapple! We love the bright yellow color and have seen it trending this year in all sorts of ways. Pineapple is a delicious fruit eaten fresh, cooked, made into a juice or used in a number of ways in the culinary world. We hope to evoke the same creativity in the crafting world!

Imagine Color Challenge with a $30 Give-A-Way!!

We are also announcing the Imagine Color Challenge for all for the month of July! Use bright yellow colors from any Imagine or Tsukineko product in any crafty project. The project can be a card, scrapbook page, mixed media focus, home décor, etc of any size or shape. Post a finished project with mention of our product by July 31st on your social media. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and tag the photo of your project with the hashtag #imaginecolorchallenge. At the end of the month, our team will select a random winner from all those who have participated! We will be re-posting or sharing some entries all month long!

How is the winner judged?

At random lottery selection of those that met the requirements. We will comb through all the social media posts and enter you name into a random lottery.

Prize

$30 dollars of products from the Imagine Shop (imaginecrafts.com) shipped anywhere in the US.

Rules

  • Tag us on either Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with our handle and the hashtag #imaginecolorchallenge
  • Post a high quality photo of the project. Blurry or low resolution photos will not qualify
  • Must use Tsukineko or Imagine products and name them. Example: Fireworks Craft Spray, Memento Luxe, VersaFine, VersaMark, etc.
  • Must use the Pineapple color
  • Must be a newly created project
  • Project is posted between July 1 and July 31, 2017 (at midnight PST) to be considered.

Do you need some inspiration to get going on this Color Challenge? Well, we have a few lovely projects just for you!

bright yellow handmade card

Happy Summer Wishes by Elina Stromberg

Our beautiful color of the month is Pineapple, or bright and bold yellow. For me, yellow is the color of a happy summer day filled with sunshine, so I decided to create a summery flower card (those you can never have too many of in your stash!). For coloring the background, I used Dandelion and Tangelo Fireworks inks which work really well for watercoloring. Before painting the background, I covered the stamped flowers with masking fluid. Once the Fireworks inks were dry, I added some pattern with yellow irRESISTible Pico Embellisher, and finished decorating the background by stamping random patterns with a darker yellow Memento ink – Cantaloupe. The yellow flower blooms have two layers. I stamped the flowers on a piece of white cardstock, colored with Promarkers, fussy cut, and glued on the background. For decorating the flowers, I used On Point Glue and gold-colored microbeads to give a nice finishing touch to the project. Enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampin’ Up – ‘Helping Me Grow’ stamp
  • Kaisercraft – texture stamp
  • Sizzix – Sentiment stamp + die set
  • Winsor & Newton – masking fluid, ProMarkers (yellows, orange, light brown, green)
  • Watercolor paper
  • Card base
  • Cardstock – orange
  • Double-sided tape
  • Detail scissors

Layered Peony Memento Ink Tag by Mischelle Smith

When I think of pineapple and yellows – my mind always goes to flowers. I love the flowers of summer. In the small town I live in there are lots of gorgeous flowers during the summer and I’m always so thankful I get to enjoy them. For this project, I wanted to capture those warm, sunny memories in my work while also utilizing the piles of scraps I have growing.

This simple project utilizes scrap pieces of paper. To create the large yellow layered peony, ink each layer of the stamp set with Memento Dandelion for the base, Cantaloupe for the middle stamp and Tangelo for the outline or top layer stamp. To create the layered leaf, two base stamps with Teal Zeal and the final outline stamp with Nautical Blue to give the definition. For the ‘thanks’ die, I simply inked a jumbo dauber with Dandelion ink and shaded until I had achieved desired color and shading. To finish this tag design, embellish with white marker, arrange all the paper elements as desired, attach the gold thread to tag base, mount the stamped pieces on top of gold thread, punch the top with an Crop-a-dile, install eyelet and attach string.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Altenew – Beautiful Day Stamp & Die Set, thanks die
  • Die cutting machine
  • Circle punch
  • Gold thread
  • Foam tape
  • Twine
  • Black eyelet
  • Crop-a-dile
  • White Posca Marker
  • Scrap papers

Ray Of Sunshine Handmade Card by Roni Johnson

Pineapple is the color of the month here at Imagine and it was so easy to create this card because they offer up so many fun products in yellow! I decided to create a giant sunburst! But, don’t worry  because you will not need a fancy die-cut or stencil to make this sunburst pattern, just a pencil, ruler and some masking paper.

I started off by cutting a circle from masking paper, removed the backing paper and placed it on a card base. I then drew a dot marking close to the center of the circle and drew lines radiating out from that point. I like to keep the spacing between the lines a bit random for a more free-form look at the end. Here is the fun part! Fill in each segment with whatever your heart desires. I used stamps, stencils, a variety of inks, irRESISTible Texture Spray, Radiant Neon Amplify, sponge daubers, markers and more. The possibilities are endless. Once I was finished with the rays, I removed the circle mask and colored it in using a Fantastix and All-Purpose Inks.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white
  • Stencils
  • ClubScrap.com – Stamps
  • Masking Paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler or straight edge

 

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See How to Use Metal and Pigment Ink to Make Jewelry

by Mischelle Smith

Imagine’s Sheet Metal, VersaMagic and StazOn all products perfect for jewelry

I love wearing jewelry and wanted to make something colorful, light and airy for hot summer days. In today’s quick post, I am using Imagine’s Sheet Metal, VersaMagic and StazOn ink — all products perfect for jewelry. Jewelry making is super fun because of the creating and imagination process. It is fun to watch something transform from raw material to something beautiful and wearable.

I started out with plain metal pieces of Sheet Metal which is a sturdy but thin crafting metal. I choose four square pieces and one circle to contrast the others. Sheet metal is thin enough to use with embossing folders so I embossed with a couple different embossing folders to get different shapes and textures.

Then I colored the pieces using a combination of VersaMagic Chalk inks with the ‘direct to paper’ technique. This technique is using your inkpad directly on the metal blank to add color. After adding each color, heat emboss the newly inked sheet metal with Imagine’s Clear Embossing Powder. This will help you develop a layered ink look. Since this is metal, use extra precaution by holding your sheet metal with tweezers to avoid burning yourself. Now that your heat emboss is finished, add sentiments or your favorite small stamps using StazOn ink. When finished, seal your work with a clear sealant and attach the jewelry components.

Imagine’s Sheet Metal, VersaMagic and StazOn all products perfect for jewelry

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Close To My Heart – Chevron embossing folder, Arrows Embossing Folder
  • Heat tool
  • Necklace
  • Earring/Jewelry Findings
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Tweezers
  • Sealant
  • Die cutting machine

Make a Handmade Bookmark for Your Summer Reading List

Summer is such a great time to catch up on reading. Sitting in the sun, ice-cold lemonade and your favorite fiction. Today, we have two bookmark projects made with Vertigo craft surfaces that are decorated to be the perfect style match to a summer vacation.

Summer bookmarks ocean theme

Seaside Themed Bookmarks by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Grab your favorite book and plan a seaside get-a-way! With these seaside themed bookmarks, it is the perfect craft project for summer readers. The Vertigo Rattlesnake sheet in combination with blue colors of StazOn give an excellent impression of the reflections of the sea waves. The Vertigo sheets are cut in 2 x 6 inch pieces (one sheet makes 3 bookmarks) and colored with Stazon inkpads using a sponge dauber. When the ink dries, stamp with the seaside stamps and the Imagine’s white embossing powder. Punch a hole and add an eyelet. Place some ribbon and marine charms and the bookmarks are ready.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Scrapberry’s Seaside stamps
  • Eyelets
  • Ribbons
  • Metallic marine charms

Vertigo plastic Bookmarks set of 3

StazOn & VersaMagic Vertigo Bookmarks by Mischelle Smith

Summertime at our house always includes crafty projects like these incredibly cool Vertigo Bookmarks. Vertigo is a strong, plastic material that has a 3D effect and is contagious. Yes, contagious. Once you start playing with this funky material, you just can’t stop! It comes in 6 x 6 inch sheets which are the perfect size for 3 bookmarks.

Cut Vertigo into 2 x 6 inch pieces. Round all four corners with a corner rounder. Stamp images using StazOn ink. StazOn is a solvent ink and should dry easily on its own. Color images using ‘direct to paper’ technique with VersaMagic and use stamp pads to color images. VersaMagic is a pigment chalk ink and will not dry as quickly so be sure to heat set colors as you work. To help with drying, layer one color at a time, dry in between each color and continue to add color until satisfied. Gently heat set color to set. Punch a hole, add eyelet and ribbon.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Joy Clair Stamps – Hugs & Smiles
  • Stampin’ Up Stamps – Fishy Friends, Lighthearted Leaves
  • Crop-a-dile
  • Heat tool
  • Corner rounder
  • White sheer ribbon

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Make a Happy Girl Card Watercolored with Memento

by Mischelle Smith

Make a Happy Girl Card Watercolored with Mementos

The color of the month at Imagine is Tangerine – a color I love. For this project, I wanted to use my tangerine inks to evoke a warm, sunshiny summer day. Another favorite of mine is watercoloring. I wanted to show watercoloring and how to create more with your favorite inkpads.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 45 minutes

Directions

Prima – Bloom Girl Joy by Jamie Daugherty
Step 1

Ink image with Memento Dew Drop Tuxedo Black and London Fog. Use Tuxedo Black first and then use London Fog to soften the lines of the Tuxedo Black. Be mindful of what images you want black.

Prima – Bloom Girl Joy by Jamie Daugherty
Step 2

Continue stamping images using the same inks and technique in previous step. This will create dreamy, soft lines and crisp, hard lines which will create a fade effect.

VersaMark ink and emboss with Imagine's Clear Embossing Powder
Step 3

Ink a stamp with VersaMark ink and emboss with Imagine’s Clear Embossing Powder. Repeat this step in several areas to create texture.

Finnabair Butterfly 3 Stamp
Step 4

Dab with a yellow-orange color range of Memento inkpads onto clear acrylic block. I choose Dandelion, Cantaloupe, Tangerine, and Morocco (dark orange). Fill area(s) you want to color on your paper with water. Pick up the desired Memento ink color with your brush and add to selected area you filled with water. Since the paper is wet, the dye ink will disperse at random which is the funnest part of watercoloring. I love to see what naturally happens in this process. Continue watercoloring until you are satisfied. Stamp words using alphabet stamps with StazOn ink. Embellish with matching orange color jewels, sequins, etc.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Prima – Bloom Girl Joy by Jamie Daugherty, Finnabair Butterfly 3
  • Stampin’ Up – Oh, So Lovely
  • Close To My Heart – Flower Market Background Stamps
  • Hampton Arts – Alphabet Stamps
  • Watercolor paper
  • Notecard
  • Gemstones
  • Copic Marker – YR18 (Sanguine)
  • Paintbrush
  • Acrylic block
  • Heat tool
  • Date stamp

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Make Fun Kids Crafts to Celebrate Summer

School is out! Summer is here! We are excited to share two kid’s crafting projects that help celebrate the wrap up of the school year. Jessica creates an awesome farmstead theme with an egg carton and Mischelle uses square Monterey Pine to create spider magnets. Enjoy!

Piggy Farm Crafts for Kids

Piggy In The Puddle Kid’s Craft by Jessica Litman

With summer quickly approaching, I am always trying to find fun and different crafts to do with my kids. Since we have a lot of empty egg cartons lying around for painting, I thought why not turn it into barn animals?!?!  Here are some quick tips on how to start!

So first let me say that you can choose any farm animal and go crazy with this project, but for time sake I am choosing a little piggy. Start by cutting out a single egg carton. Spray Rosebud Fireworks Spray on egg carton making sure to cover entirely. Set aside to dry. Cut out two small ears, curly tail, and round snout for pig. Add two dots on the snout using the Memento marker’s fine side. Once egg carton is dry, glue the ears, tail, snout, and googly eyes using On Point Glue. Cut out a mud puddle using the brown paper. Create a pig pen using the white card stock. This fence can be a download template or a die cut. Again, you can go crazy on ideas and also let your kids creativity direct this project.

Piggy Farm Crafts for Kids

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Empty Egg Carton
  • Scissors
  • Paper – pink, brown, white
  • Googly Eyes
  • template for fence or die cut

Kids Crafts Spiders

Monterey Pine Spider Magnets by Mischelle Smith

Looking for a quick and easy project that the kids can do this summer?  Look no further!  These cute magnets can be enjoyed year ‘round and make great gifts for grandparents and loved ones. I choose orange spiders to tap into Imagine’s Tangerine color of the month. But you can choose any little animal or image that makes your kid’s day! It will probably be best to set up everything first and help your little ones with putting all the pieces together. Monterey Pine is hand cut wood measuring about 1 to 1.5 inches and have a .08 inch depth. Start by finding or printing 1 inches images. Cut images from paper or use the square pine piece to trace around the image you’ve printed. Apply a heavy amount of On Point Glue to rectangle pine piece, adhere the image and press down to push out any wrinkles or bubbles. Remember to replace the cap on On Point Glue and let the paper dry. Wrap Tear It Tape around edge of pine square (if fits perfectly around the edge) and dip in matching color of glitter. Attach magnet to the back and you are ready to give as a gift or place on your refrigerator.

kids crafts orange and black spiders

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Paper
  • Napkin
  • Pattern Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glitter
  • Magnets
  • Adhesive