Watch a Video on How to Create a Stunning Mixed Media Layout

by Mischelle Smith

This month is all about gorgeous Delicata inks. These shimmery, delicious inks gave me an opportunity to work with soft palette … something very difficult for me (I LOVE vibrant and bold color). I challenged myself to try and create a journal layout that whispered to me… instead of slapping me in the face with the energetic colors I adore. This truly was a challenge and made me so happy for stepping outside my box.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 60 minutes + dry time

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampin’ Up! – Lighthearted Leaves
  • Stampers Anonymous – Dina Wakley Media Cling Mount Stamps: Scribbly Small Birdies
  • Gold sequins
  • Natural binding ribbon
  • Carabelle Studio – Cutting and 1/58 stencil
  • The Crafters Workshop – Halftone Circles, Tile Texture stencil
  • Metallic gold thread
  • Recycled tea bag
  • Alphabet stamps
  • Date stamp

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Make a Cute Halloween Bookmark Trio with Memento Ink

by Mischelle Smith

When I saw our Artists challenge for this month was Holiday Planning, I panicked! I’m not sure how I feel about the holiday planning … as I’m SOOO not ready for the holidays. {smiles} So, I decided to ease into the holidays gently with a trio of bookmarks featuring some ‘batty’ characters from Stampin’ Up. For this frightful trio, I used a variety of Memento colors with a water brush and I LOVE the results! They will be such a fun Halloween treat for the book-loving ghouls I know.

I started by stamping the witch, Dracula and Frankenstein images on watercolor paper with Tuxedo Black Memento ink. I began to color all three images with Memento inks and a water brush. Since Memento inks are waterbased, it is a perfect ink to use for blending. As you can see in the photo above, I was able to pull some of the black into the grey and dilute the middle area of the purple dress. You can also use Copic markers as needed if you want to a non-reactive ink. I attached my images to scrap pieces of paper that matched the Halloween theme, punched holes, and added eyelets and ribbon. Continue to stamp and embellish as you see fit. I added little Halloween phrases to the bookmark base, but you can do a number of things such as add shimmer, texture or whatever you like! These could be great to give out as treats with our without some candy attached.

Thank you for stopping by and leave a comment below!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampin’ Up! – Best Fiends
  • Waterbrush
  • Watercolor paper
  • Heat tool
  • Copic Markers
  • Crop-a-dile
  • Eyelets
  • Ribbon
  • Adhesive
  • Liquid Glass
  • Pattern paper – CTMH

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Color of the Month is Rose Gold

Color of the Month for September is Rose Gold

We are happy to announce 6 new Delicata colors in September. While we were tempted to have all 6 colors be our color challenge this month, we decided to focus specifically on Rose Gold. This beautiful metallic hue wavers between Copper and Pink and is a wonderful addition to the Delicata ink line. We hope everyone is as excited about Rose Gold as we are and will stay tuned for the month of September to be filled with gorgeous projects.

 

Delicata Rose Gold Gratitude Card by Mischelle Smith

This month, Rose Gold is the Imagine Color of the Month. This luscious, feminine color is the perfect companion to these beautiful blooms. This simple “Thanks” card is an easy project and is a wonderful option for so many occasions.

I created this distressed look on the card panel with an old book page. I wanted a vintage look so I used tape to remove book text to create a worn look. Then I stamped the floral images in Delicata Rose Gold and used a Jumbo Dauber to ink around the edges of the card and flowers. To create a bit of contrast I cut out the “Thanks” sentiment, attached it to Rose Gold glitter paper and attached to the card. Super easy and enjoyable to make!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampin’ Up! – Helping Me Grow
  • Old book page
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive
  • Tape

You Make My Heart Smile in Rose Gold by Alison Heikkila

I have always loved rose gold. In fact, my wedding rings are rose gold and I have other rose gold jewelry. For a woman that’s not a huge fan of pink, I find rose gold warm, comforting and beautiful.

I started off by stenciling with the Pop Rectangles stencil to a piece of Mixed Media paper with Delicata Rose Gold ink. I went a little heavy with ink and used my heat tool to quickly dry the ink. Then, I placed my sentiment on to the paper. Then I picked up only the “You Make My Heart” with an acrylic block, and inked up those words with Dark Brown Shimmer. After stamping and heat setting them, I picked up the “smile” and inked it up with VersaMark ink, as I knew I wanted to emboss it. I embossed it with Gold powder and then decided to also ink and emboss the edges of this layer.

I cut my card base out of brown cardstock. I pressed the Rose Gold Delicata ink into the edges to get a sponged, glimmery look. Delicata stands out beautifully on dark paper, which is one reason why I went with the brown cardstock. I glued my stenciled layer to my card base and added a few dots Irresistibles Pico Embellisher in Shimmer. Look at all of that shimmer! I love working with the new Delicata inks. They are so rich and beautiful. Thank you for stopping by and have an inspiring day!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampendous – Pop Rectangles Stencil, 3/8″ Stencil Brush
  • Honey Bee Stamps – Smile
  • Mixed Media Paper
  • Cardstock – Brown
  • Heat Tool

Happy Birthday in Rose Gold by Elina Stromberg

Creating beautiful cards does not necessarily require having lots of different special tools. Of course, crafting tools are handy and make many project steps easier. But sometimes, even if you are surrounded with all the latest crafting gadgets, it’s nice to go back to the basics and create something beautiful using just the simplest supplies. This card design is super easy to make, and the result looks beautiful. Kids will learn the decoration technique in a flash, so maybe these cards will be the theme for your next creative family afternoon together?

Fold a piece of paper in half and draw half of the heart on one side, making sure that the inside of the heart is in the fold. With the paper folded, cut the half heart shape. Place the heart in the middle of the card front. Using the eraser end of the pencil and Delicata Rose Gold ink, stamp tiny circles around the heart mask. Decorate the card with stitches: Place the heart shaped stencil on the card front, punch stitch marks around the heart. Sew with straight stitches, using pink embroidery yarn. Once you have finished the stitching, then you can place your own personalized sentiment in the center of the heart. I choose a simple Happy Birthday die, but other positive sentiments would be a nice compliment to this beautiful color scheme.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Pencil
  • White paper
  • White card base
  • Scissors
  • Two-sided tape
  • Heat Gun

See How to Make this Gorgeous Fluttering Butterfly Card

by Mischelle Smith

Fluttering Butterfly featuring Faux Gelli Printing with VersaMagic and Ink Potion #9 by Mischelle Smith

Our challenge at Imagine this month is motion effects which I translate into ‘cards that move’. I knew a fluttering butterfly was just what I was looking for so I combined it with my ‘faux’ printing obsession to create something with unique, beautiful, one-of-a-kind results. Combining VersaMagic Inks with Ink Potion #9 allowed me to use products I had on hand to create the artsy look I wanted to achieve.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 60 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Generously ink craft mat with VersaMagic Ink. Spritz ink with Ink Potion No. 9.


Step 2

Lay stencil on top of spritzed ink. Place the watercolor paper on top of stencil and press gently with your fingers around the stencil. Remove paper and heat set. Repeat steps 1-5 with any additional colors or stencils you wish to add to the print. Stamp print as desired.  Spatter ink onto print using a fan brush and the mixture of ink and Ink Potion #9.  Heat set. Trim paper to size(s) desired.

Once you have the background panel looking as good as you want it to then start working on the butterfly. I choose a beautiful stamp from Stampin Up called Stippled Butterfly. I stamped, fussy cut and inked this butterfly to match the gelli print. Next is the fun/hard part. Create the spring for the butterfly, wrap a thin wire around a pen to create a ‘spring’. Attach a small, punched circle to each end of the wire with adhesive or Tear It Tape. Attach one end of ‘spring’ to the butterfly and the other to the card. Finish the card by embellishing with sequins or glitter as desired.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampin’ Up! – Stippled Butterfly
  • Close to My Heart – Brushed
  • Hampton Arts – Alphabet
  • Copic Markers
  • Watercolor paper
  • Prima– circle stencil
  • Washi tape
  • Old book page
  • Gems
  • Fan brush
  • Scissors
  • Glitter
  • Wire

Be Inspired by Trifold and Vellum in these 2 Mermaid Cards

Today is full of mermaids! We have two creatively designed cards by Martha and Mischelle which show off the these mysterious mythical creatures. Enjoy!

Be Inspired by Trifold and Vellum in these 2 Mermaid Cards

Be Careful What You Wish For Mermaid Card by Martha Lucia Gomez

I adore mermaids and today I have a Z-Fold card with a lot of dimensions and a very special mermaid to share with you. I made my card with Kaleidacolor inks and Fireworks Spray — two magic products to make extraordinary things!

I will start with the simplest part, the folding of the card. This model is called Z-Fold and you need a piece of card stock of 4 1/4 x 11 inches. Make a score at 2 3/4 inches, 5 1/2 inches and create and mount and valley and voila! Your Z-Fold is created.

Caribbean Sea Kaleidacolor Ink

Now the most interesting part is how you can use the Kaleidacolor inks in different ways. In this sample, I used a piece of whisper white card stock, shaving cream and acrylic blocks of different sizes. I used Caribbean Sea Kaleidacolor Ink. Put a little amount of shaving cream on your mat. Ink the block with the Kaleidacolor ink using at the same time different colors. Apply the shaving cream over the ink using a pallet. Pass the acrylic block over the card stock. Repeat the process until you have the design that you want. When the paper is dry, cut it with a die cut to create the waves. Also, cut waves using the same color of the card base.

Cut a rectangle of the height that you want for the card. In my sample, I covered it partially. Paste over this rectangle the waves using On Point Glue. Paste the rectangle over the folding part of the Z-Fold. Create the inside panel of the card with a digital stamp of a mermaid and a rubber stamp for the sentiment. I printed the mermaid and stamped the sentiment with Teal Zeal Memento Ink. I colored the mermaid with Fireworks Spray and a paint brush. From here you can finish the card with your own personal touches.

What do you think? Please let me know in the comments below. Thank you for stopping by!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • So Suzy Stamps – Careful What You Wish Mermaid Stamp
  • Nikki Burnette – Vienna Digital Stamp
  • Card Stock – teal, white
  • Lawn Fawn – Weaves die cut

The Mermaid Memento Marker and Vellum Card by Mischelle Smith

The Mermaid Memento Marker and Vellum Card by Mischelle Smith

Our theme at Imagine this month is Mystical. I wanted to combine this fun theme with our color of the month Teal. The background of this artsy Mermaid card was created using the technique I shared earlier this month – Faux Gelli Printing with VersaMagic and Ink Potion #9. I typically print in batches and use these prints as card fronts when I need a card on the fly – it’s a huge time saver!

This darling mermaid is printed onto vellum and colored with Memento Markers which complement the background beautifully. This simple card comes together quickly and begs for summer to linger just a little longer.

The Mermaid Memento Marker and Vellum Card by Mischelle Smith

Print or stamp mermaid image and the “a mermaid heart cannot be tamed” saying onto vellum paper. Heat set if necessary. Turn the paper over (so stamped/printed images face down) and color the images. Allow coloring to dry. Cut out images and attach to card with tiny glue dots or your favorite adhesive. Outline edge of card with black Memento Marker. Embellish the card with sequins, washi tape or any other of your favorites. Finish the overall design by spritzing with Sheer Shimmer Spritz.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Vera Lane Studio – The Mermaid
  • Vellum
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive
  • Burlap
  • Old book paper
  • Starfish charm
  • Rhinestones
  • Printer

Show Me the Way Monochromatic Journal Layout

by Mischelle Smith

I absolutely LOVE the Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray by Imagine! These inks have a beautiful shimmer that kisses your paper with a soft, subtle sparkle. It was this kiss of color that I wanted to capture for my Inspirational Journal. I wanted to create a layout that I can add to effortlessly when the time allows. We all know that feeling! {smiles}

This layout features the Faux Gelli Printing technique I’ve shared in my other projects this month. This time, however, I utilized my Fireworks sprays to create a monochromatic background and I’ll also show you how to use Fantastix with Fireworks for doodling and detailing.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 60 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Generously ink the craft mat with Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Rose Bud. Add Fireworks in Lilac Posies and allow the colors to blend. Both these colors are an intense pink with slightly different hues. Lilac Posies is a bit darker. Lift one side of the craft mat and allow ink to run and create new patterns.


Step 2

Spritz ink with Ink Potion No. 9 which will dilute the mix and create a cool effect.


Step 3

Lay watercolor paper on ink and lift off. Repeat with more paper. Heat set. The paper on the right, in photo above, shows the first pull of color. The paper on the left shows the 2nd pull of color. Both create cool textures to work with.


Step 4

Spritz craft mat with Lilac Posies and Ink Potion #9. Lay stencil on top of spritzed ink. Place watercolor paper on top of stencil and press gently with your fingers around the stencil.


Step 5

Remove paper and heat set. As the paper continues to dry more variations of color and shimmer will appear – adding depth to the pink tones. Repeat steps 1-5 with any additional colors or stencils you wish to add to the faux gelli print. Splatter Fireworks onto paper using a fan brush mixed with Grape Jelly and Ink Potion #9.


Step 6

To use Fireworks with a Fantastix is super easy. Since Fantastix has such an absorbent fiber barrel, it readily soaks up both the dye color and the shimmer into the barrel. So, remove the lid from Fireworks and dip a bullet tipped Fantastix into the ink for 5-10 seconds. The Fantastix should have enough ink to work with the project and more. Continue with detailing by making dots using the tip of the Fantastix.


Step 7

Use a brush tipped Fantastix to draw lines in a brick pattern or a pattern of your choosing. Add lines and let dry, or heat set. Reapply color for more depth.


Step 8

Stamp flower images in the corners, as desired, using Grape Jelly Memento ink. Use white pen to dot the centers of stamped flowers. Use Grape Jelly Memento Marker to continue doodling on the layout. Add random ‘doodle text’ with white marker.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampin’ Up! – Peaceful Petals
  • Watercolor paper
  • White Posca Marker
  • Prima – Circle Stencil