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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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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It’s Monday but The Letter M is for Mother

color layering stamp and die sets Mother's Day Cards

M is for Mother.  I am loving the color layering stamp and die sets and thought I would share how I created multiple cards in one sitting for occasions where I need more than one card. I have two mothers in my life to send a Mother’s Day cards to and decided to make another card while I was at it. This technique can also be extended to create more cards in one sitting in many different color combinations. With careful planning, one layer can be stamped for all your cards before stamping the next color layer. This technique also works well for images that require more than one stamp for the die cut, such as the stem of orchid flowers shown here.

Level: Beginner
Time: 1 hour for three cards

Directions

Step 1

Trim three sections of cardstock to accommodate dies to be die cut. Arrange on cardstock in a way that will allow inking of the separate images. Carefully line up the corners you plan to place in the corner of a stamp positioner. In this example, the bottom left corner is lined up before die cutting. (Four are shown here, but I found that the fourth does not cut well in the stack.) Die cut with a sandwich that applies the most pressure allowed for your machine.

hero arts die cut flower set

Step 2

If you would like to make more than three cards, take the outside portion and create a new layer with two more sections of cardstock. It is easy to line up the dies in the same position inside the holes from the top layer. Die cut the stack.

Step 3

From the wrong side of the cardstock section, place the die cuts back into the surrounding cardstock section and secure with removable tape such as painter’s tape. Do this for each set. This will allow easy handling and a production-line-style of stamping.

Step 4

Carefully line up stamp images over the die cut. Looking straight down through the image will help to correctly line up the image.

Step 5

Stamp image with VersaMark ink. If needed, adjust the image before moving to the next step.

stamp positioner used for layering stamps

Step 6

Stamp each layer of the image in the colors of your choosing. Here the stem is stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa.

Step 7

Continue stamping successive sections of cardstock for the number of cards you plan on creating.

Step 8

Stamp next layers of the color layering stamps as shown on the manufacturer’s example. With this set, the stem is stamped first followed by the larger flower image down to the inner portion of the flower. Since the top stem connects the last flower in the sequence this technique works well to stamp a perfect image every time. In this example, the final third layer is stamped on the flower stem and the leaves. If changing colors for each set, remember to clean the stamp before inking with the new color. If the image does not stamp to your satisfaction it is easy to ink the image again and re-stamp, that is the beauty of using a stamp positioner!

Step 9

Die cut the backing panel and ink with a coordinating color and a Jumbo Sponge Dauber. Ink blushers work equally well, it just happened that I had previously used this Jumbo Sponge Dauber with green ink. Ink the card base with a second coordinating color with an Ink Blusher or Ink Dauber.

Step 10

Assemble die cuts on the card with On Point Glue. The small tip will allow very small drops of glue on the tiny sections of the die cut. Adhere the panel to the card base. Stamp sentiment on card front in a coordinating color.

This project takes a bit of thinking but the results of three identical layouts is so satisfying. Hope you enjoyed as much as I did! Happy Mother’s Day!!

Supplies

Imagine
  • Memento – Dandelion, Cantaloupe, Morocco, Rose But, Angel Pink, Grape Jelly, Lilac Posies, Lulu Lavender, Elderberry, Pear Tart, New Sprout, Bamboo Leaves, Olive Grove, Peanut Brittle, Toffee Crunch, Rich Cocoa
  • VersaMark
  • On Point Glue
  • Ink Blusher
  • Sponge Dauber
Other
  • Hero Arts – Color Layering Orchid in a Pot Stamp and Dies
  • Hero Arts – Celebrate Everyday
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles
  • Stamp Positioner

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Color of the Month for May is…

magenta is may's inkpad color of the month

It is Monday! It is May and it’s time for May-genta! Every month we choose a color from our variety of ink lines to challenge our customer base and our artists. For the month of May, we choose this pure pink hue and felt that it was a great transition color from Spring to Summer. Magenta is also the M in the printing acronym CMYK – Cyan Magenta Yellow Black. So whether you like this color because it is pretty or because you are a nerd you can be satisfied either way! And this is exactly where we drew our inspiration.

In today’s post, we are featuring 3 crafting DIY projects. Magenta is a great color in fashion and Kyriako’s illustrates this perfectly in a dress sketch using Versacolor. Magenta can also be dramatic, and Roni does a perfect job of showing a scrapbook page that uses a dramatic layout. And Neva brings it back home with a handmade card that shows how well Magenta is used to direct the eye. See what these artists have to say about their projects…

dress colored with versacolor

Haute Couture with VersaColor by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Haute couture, daily fashion or coloring to design a stunning piece of cloth is fun way to get into this color Magenta! In the piece above I wanted to use blending techniques with VersaColor in a different way. These pigment inks are great for coloring in and blending because of the open dry time and how they do not readily soak into the paper especially heavy paper like I am using. Blending from red to purple in this dress shows how great these inks are and I was especially looking for a lush look for this dress figure. Using a Brushstix or sponge dauber will pick the ink off the stamp pad and is easy to use like a drawing tool.

I started with a true purple in VersaColor which is the Grape and blended with Peony, Camilla and Petal Pink (lightest) moving up. Using all the shades of ink was enjoyable and created great results on this project. From an easy idea like this one you can continue to draw more dresses, use other color combinations and add color on a young girl’s room.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Dress sketch stamp or hand drawing
  • Pencil
  • A4 heavy weight paper

magenta ink scrapbook

Every Heart Needs Magenta by Roni Johnson

Magenta is my daughter-in-love’s favorite color and as it happens she had some lovely pink and white roses she carried for the wedding. I had a lovely photo with her holding them and by tweaking the color a bit I ended up with this amazing picture. I wanted a bold background to really make the colors in the picture pop so I started off with a layer of vibrant Lilac Posies Fireworks Spray. I love how the finished layout turned out…just as I envisioned it. You can see in the close up how the Creative Medium pulled some of the Fireworks Spray into the stenciled design as it dried making for an even bigger pop of color. The steel needle nose tip on the On Point Glue makes it easy to add just a drop of adhesive even for tiny embellishments like the sequins. It dries clear which is great for the clear iridescent sequins!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • ClubScrap.com – Stencil
  • Cardstock
  • Sentiment Stamp (Cherry Blossom Kit) Just For Fun Rubber Stamps
  • 2 Sided Doodle Background Frame
  • Large; 2 Sided Doodle Background/Frame – Small (large and small scribbled circles)
  • Foam adhesive
  • Sequins

happy birthday card with dragonflies

Magenta Dragonflies Birthday Card by Neva Cole

When doing research for Imagines’ color of the month I discovered that the Dragonflies come in Magenta, who knew? This Magenta-bodied Dragonfly is created using multiple layers of ink and the assistance of a stamp positioner. The body is colored directly on the stamp with Memento Dual-Tip Markers in Love Letter (one layer) and Lilac Posies (two layers) and the eyes are in in Tuxedo Black. After cleaning the stamp, the entire dragonfly is then inked with VersaMark Dazzle Champagne and heat embossed with Embossing Powder in Iridescent. A spritz of Fireworks in New Sprout finishes the front panel. The die cut sentiment and backing layer are inked with Ink Blushers and Memento Luxe using the same formula of Love Letter and Lilac Posies. The wings didn’t stand out enough so a StazOn Blue Hawaii is dabbed on with a Bullet Tip Fantastix that was first moistened with StazOn All Purpose Stamp Cleaner. On Point Glue was perfect to add very small drops of glue to the sentiment to securing adhere it to the card front. Dragonflies are iridescent in real life and I believe I captured their essence with Imagine products quite nicely!

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Sizzix–Thinlits Happy Birthday to You
  • Imagiart Stamps—Dragonfly (Vintage and is no longer available)

 

We hope you enjoy these projects from our Artist in Residence and see their supplies list for links to purchase. Read more on Magenta Wikipedia page. The stamp used in the main image is from Waffle Flower.

 

 

Complete a Scrapbook for your Earth Day Adventures

by Neva Cole

Scrapbook Layout using DCWV paper and Tsukineko ink.

What fun times we had when we stayed a tiny campground along the McKenzie River last fall. When I received the DCWV Adventurer paper collection I knew exactly what event I planned to scrap, it was just a matter of selecting the photos to get started. I tend to scrap family events in two-page layouts, so I started with olive green cardstock with the Yellow Bright Textured cardstock to back the photos.

Working from the photo colors, I choose the plaid blue and green design and two journal cards from the collection. One of the papers had fun adventurer circles that worked perfectly to die cut and use as additional embellishments. Once all of my selections were made and the design was decided, I marked off the area for the title and removed all the papers. The “Campout” was stamped in Memento Northern Pine. “McKenzie River” was stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed with Copper Embossing Powder, which matched perfectly with the pre-embossed journal card and the circle embellishments. An ink blusher was used to ink the edges of all the papers with Memento Northern Pine before I arranged the rest.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • DCWV – Adventurer Collection, Bright Textured cardstock
  • Making Memories – Foam Stamps Philadelphia
  • Technique Tuesday – Farmhouse Large
  • Spellbinders – Small Circles

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Using BIG Words in Your Art, Literally

Making something bigger can sometimes enhance a seemingly ordinary project into something unique. A word or name is plain when written on a piece of paper but if those letters were suddenly enlarged 100x then it creates a whole new character. Today, we have two projects by Neva Cole and Roni Johnson that do just that.

 

Art paper mache project. handmade using chipboard, gesso and tsukineko inks.

Papier Mache Art by Roni Johnson

The bigger the better! What comes to mind is larger than the norm, but it also conjures up the idea of something a bit over the top! A project a bit larger, brighter, with more techniques, more products, and more goodness piled on. That is what inspired my “Art” that I’d like to share with you today. This is a hand constructed papier mache project that is not only larger than the norm but it is also styled in my own handwriting. I’ve not seen a project like this done before which just adds to my “more” theory of the bigger the better. Here’s a quick look at how it was made…

art lettering handwritten

I started with drawing the word “art” then transferred the text onto a large piece of chipboard. I trimmed away the excess chipboard and made a second copy by using the first piece as a template.

crafting a paper mache project

Next, I decided to make the depth 2.5” and trim several strips of chipboard to the same size. I simply taped these sides to one piece and taped the second piece to create the backside. I used tape here with these materials. I am certain a glue gun or adhesive of choice can be used instead.

inking a paper mache project with tsukineko ink

To create a proper ground for this 3-D project, I used strips of newspaper and cover the entire piece with a thinned down glue (of your choice) and let dry. I found that mine was sturdy enough after the first layer to proceed and painted the entire piece with white acrylic paint (or gesso). Since I work hard to set up a solid foundation it was not time to go crazy! And I finished the overall look with stamped images over the front of the piece, Onyx Black VersaFine ink, various colors of Creative Medium over several different stencils, and several colors of Fireworks Spray. Once my colors and texture were laid down I finished with adding vintage-looking items such as old paint brushes, pencils, and calligraphy nibs. Yes, it is easier to just buy individually manufactured papier mache letters, but this was worth it to have a one of a kind piece in your very own handwriting. Enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Chipboard
  • Newspaper
  • Collage Glue
  • Rayon Seam Binding
  • Microbeads
  • Glass glitter
  • Scissors
  • Old paint brushes
  • Old pen nibs
  • Old pencils

Bigger is Better Family Wall Décor by Neva Cole

This project is a perfect example of buying something with the full intent of completing a project but never actually getting around to working on it . . . I’ve had these letters for about 2 years, maybe even more. Insert a blush here! When the challenge to create something Bigger and Better came along it was finally time to decorate these 9.5″ letters that spell our family name–Cole. The Sierra Pacific Crafts Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) letters were painted with a mixture of Creative Medium mixed with VersaMagic Jumbo Java ink. This gives a nice glossy color in one coat that dries quickly. Several stencils and Creative Medium Metallic in Gold mixed with a small amount of Copper finish the look. The stenciling was completed in several steps with drying time in between to avoid smearing. This fun wall décor was easy to create in an afternoon and was ready to hang on the wall with small Velcro hangers. Our name is now proudly hanging above the coat rack my husband built in the entry way of our home.

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Imagine

Other

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