Love in the Air

Spring is a time for renewal. Flowers are blooming and the air is warming causing our senses and our hearts to warm as well! In today’s post, we have three handmade greeting cards from our Artists in Residence. Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates vibrant hearts and raindrops imagery on a “Drops of Love” card. Neva Cole also brings vivid colors forward with a hot air balloon theme and Alison Heikkila brings us more love with a cute punk rock girl greeting card.

Drops of Love by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Touch is one of the senses that allows people to understand things. A card sharing love with braille created with StazOn Studio Glaze, GooseBumps and Amplify can share the message. I took time here to create this card with braille to expand the idea of handmade cardmaking to those who may be visually impaired.

I started with cardstock and used GooseBumps and irRESISTibles to make rain drops as the first round of texture. I let them dry well then colored with Bahama Blue Memento and created more texture with Shimmer Creative Medium. I stamped and embossed the white circles to add another bit of dimension. Then I attached wooden hearts, drew clouds around the hearts with White Amplify! and heated to activate the puffy texture. The small braille section is a 2 ¾ x 1 ⅕ inch card. I colored the card with Lady Bug Memento and formed the dot message of braille code with Jet Black StazOn Studio Glaze. With another 2 ¾ x ½ inch card, I color distressed with Bahama Blue Memento and wrote the message with Morocco irRESISTible Pico embellisher which is perfect for lettering. To finish, I arranged all the pieces by gluing the cards on a larger main card and embellished with the little hearts.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • ScrapBerry’s – circles stamp
  • Buddly Crafts – wooden hearts 40mm
  • White cardstock
  • Embellishments

Glittery Sending Happy Wishes by Neva Cole

Love the look of glitter, but not the possible mess it might make for the recipient of a glittery card? The perfect answer is to use On Point Glue to apply the glitter on the reverse side of an acetate sheet. This fun card is created with StazOn ink stamped on one side of the acetate sheet and colored with StazOn Studio Glaze and glitter on the reverse. The fine tip of the On Point Glue allows great precision for applying in tiny spots.

Imagine
Other
  • Unity Stamp Company – Sending Up Something Beautiful
  • Acetate
  • Cardstock
  • Patterned paper
  • Glitter
  • Ultra fine glitter
  • Rectangles die

Hello Greeting Card by Alison Heikkila

I wanted to use a creepy-cool stamp from Stampotique called Minky Girl and was inspired by her polka-dot skirt and the heart on her shirt. I found a red sequin heart that fit over the one on her shirt perfectly and thought it would make a great card!  I wanted to show that On Point Glue can be used for different things, so I decided to write “hello” in pencil, then rewrote it with the glue. Next, I added glitter. Since I wanted her polka-dots to really stand out, I filled them in with the On Point Glue and shook on some more micro glitter. It takes a few minutes to dry (which is great in case you need to move things around with other techniques). After it dried thoroughly, I brushed off any remaining excess glitter, then added it to my black card base.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampotique – Minky Girl Stamp
  • Glitter
  • Cardstock
  • Sequins

 

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Neon Amplify! Texture Smile Card

by Neva Cole

This month our challenge was to create texture for the “Can You Feel Me?” concept. Neon Amplify is the ultimate texture product! I thought about ways I could use Amplify with mask sections of the card and came up with the following technique that uses painter’s tape and left-over sticker sheets. Never to waste product, the excess Neon Amplify! is brayered off on cardstock then used for the die cut sentiment. This technique is fun, messy and a great way to create a card that will brighten someone’s day with a colorful smile!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 45 minutes

Directions

Neva Cole creates a handmade card with Tsukineko’s Radiant Neon Amplify. yellow, pink, orange, texture, die cut, masking tape, heat tool, die cut, xyron.

Step 1

Apply low-tack painters tape to a section of sticker backing sheet. The backing from a Xyron X machine is used here. Run the layer through and die cut ric rac.

Neva Cole creates a handmade card with Tsukineko’s Radiant Neon Amplify. yellow, pink, orange, texture, die cut, masking tape, heat tool.

Step 2

Apply painter’s tape to the card front and press down for good adhesion. The tape may be pieced to maximize the use of the die cut pieces.  100-pound weight card stock is used for the card as it will hold up to more aggressive techniques and allows the painter’s tape to be removed without damaging the cardstock.

Step 3

Apply Neon Amplify! in various colors in the open sections between the ric rac shape painter’s tape mask. Electric Pink, Electric Orange, and Electric Yellow are used here.

Step 4

Use an acrylic brayer to spread the Neon Amplify! in the open areas. Notice the extra section of painter’s tape to protect the open section of the card.

Step 5

Brayer excess Neon Amplify! onto a section of cardstock. Quickly clean the brayer with a baby wipe or warm running water.

Step 6

Heat card front with a heat gun to activate puffy texture in Amplify. When the Neon Amplify! is fully cured and puffed up, remove painter’s tape.

Step 7

Using the cardstock with the extra Neon Amplify! die cut the sentiment. Adhere the sentiment with On Point Glue.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock
  • Low-tack painter’s tape
  • Xyron backing sheet
  • Sizzix – Loops & Ric Rac
  • Echo Park – Sentiment Word Die Set
  • Acrylic brayer
  • Heat Gun
  • Die Cut Machine with extended plates

Bring in the Spring with Greenery

Greenery March Color of the Month

March brings excitement to the year with the first hints of Spring. The budding fresh green leaves are a unique color inspiring new thoughts and ideas! It is only natural (pun intended) to declare Greenery color of the month.

We are sharing four projects in today’s blog which feature an array of Tsukineko and Imagine products in green, texture, and shimmer. Roni Johnson delights us with a succulent themed card using Kaleidacolor which shows off an ombré color blend. Jennifer Vanderbeek creates a visual effect with Vertigo and Neva Cole creates a dimensional effect with foam tape and die cut star pattern. Last and not least, Alison Heikkila takes cuteness to a new level with a wee green dragon. Enjoy!

Love Grows Here by Roni Johnson. Imagine + Tsukineko products. Memento ink. Green, succulents, spring, greeting card.

Love Grows Here by Roni Johnson

When you hear the word greenery, what comes to mind? The smell of freshly mown grass, the refreshing rain storm and an oasis filled with plants, flowers, and succulents? This was my inspiration for March and how I imagined my greenery card. The succulents were both stamped using the Fresh Greens Kaleidacolor which was misted with Sheer Shimmer Spritz prior to stamping on white cardstock and trimmed. The background was made by stamping the succulent using New Sprout Memento Dye Ink. The panel was then spritzed with New Sprout Fireworks! Spray.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • ClubScrap.com – succulent, sentiment stamps
  • Cardstock – white, green
  • Sequins
  • Adhesive

Jennifer Vanderbeek Spring Card.

Welcome Spring Card by Jennifer Vanderbeek

When starting a card, I sometimes struggle with the materials and embellishments to create a balance. With a stamped Vertigo background, adding too much to the card would take away from the dreamy movement quality of the specialty sheet. To that end, I opted to let the background command pride of place on the card and add only a bit of patterned paper in a strip along the base of the card and a simple, hand-written sentiment. Balance achieved!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Close to My Heart – Leaves stamps
  • Acrylic block
  • DCWV patterned paper
  • Cardstock
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive

You are so kind by Neva Cole. black cardstock, green, stars, spring, sparkle.

You Are So Kind in Green by Neva Cole

Green is a wonderful color to celebrate the coming of spring!  To jump start the spring feeling, Kaleidacolor ink is used to create this quick thank you card. The brushed look is created using a soft sponge brayer on white cardstock. Die cutting stars from the frame and through the black backing to show off the multi-hued nature of the Kaleidacolor ink pad.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white, black
  • Soft rubber brayer
  • Sizzix – Framelits Drop-Ins Stephanie Barnard 661563
  • Dimensional foam adhesive

I Believe in You by Alison Heikkila. Dragon stamp by Lawn Fawn. Blue, green, brick, stars, pink, galaxy.

I Believe in You by Alison Heikkila

I’ve always found dragons to be very special. When I found out that the Imagine’s Color of the Month for March was Greenery, I was excited! First, it’s a beautiful color. Second, I knew I would use this adorable dragon from Lawn Fawn’s Critters Ever After set. Dragons certainly don’t have to be green, but I thought this guy would look fabulous in this shade.

I colored the dragon with Memento Markers. I wanted to have a starry background, but I didn’t want him to float in mid-air so I made a wall using the Stone Background Stencil from Stampendous. The sky was created with watercolor paper and Fireworks! Sprays. To add a few stars, I used Wedding Dress Pico Embellisher. My sentiment (from the Believe in Yourself set) was stamped with VersaMark, and then heat embossed with White Embossing Powder.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Lawn Fawn – Critters Ever After stamp and die sets, Believe in Yourself Stamp set
  • Stampendous – Stone Background Stencil
  • Spellbinders – Lacey Ovals S4-314

 

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Family Love in Pink Shimmer

by Neva Cole

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One snowy afternoon in December we had an amazing family photo shoot, the lighting was perfect with just a hint of snow flashing through our photos. (A little patience and lots of shots with a tripod and delay shutter can get yield a Christmas card worthy image.) I was really pleased with this photo and wanted to highlight it for our color challenge this month at Imagine. Changing the image to black and white really makes the light pink accent color pop. The subtle color of Creative Medium in Iridescent Pink behind the photo helps tie the layout together as well as creating a shimmery color for black die cuts. A little texture complemented the design by pressure embossing and staining a strip of Vertigo. Memento Angel Pink glossy die cut accents add the finishing details.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 90 minutes plus dry time

Directions

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Step 1

Spread a thick layer of Creative Medium in Iridescent Pink with a palette knife or embossing paste spreader on a piece of black cardstock. This will be used for the sentiment die cuts. Set aside to dry, this may take several hours or overnight.

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Step 2

Using a stencil spread Creative Medium in Iridescent Pink on a 12” x 12” piece of white cardstock. Concentrate on the outer edges that will frame the photo as a focal point. Set aside to dry.

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Step 3

Trim a section of Vertigo (plastic-like surface) to 1 ¾” x 10 ¾” and pressure emboss with a heart embossing folder, Sizzix Hearts & Dots is used here. The design allows the Vertigo to be turned and embossed the full length.

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Step 4

Gently tap a small amount of StazOn Blazing Red on the raised side of the Vertigo. Spritz with All Purpose Stamp Cleaner and wipe with a paper towel. This will create a light pink color stain on the Vertigo. (A happy accidental discovery!) StazOn will adhere to Vertigo’s plastic surface while waterbased or pigment inks will not.

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Step 5

On the reverse side of the Vertigo color in selected hearts with Fabrico #134 Bubble Gum marker.

Step 6

Die cut accent hearts and label for the sentiment from glossy white cardstock.

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Step 7

Use an Ink Blusher to ink the edges and surface of the die cuts with Memento Angel Pink.

Step 8

Stamp sentiment in Delicata Black Shimmer and heat emboss with Iridescent Embossing Powder.

Step 9

Die cut word sentiments from black cardstock covered in Creative Medium in Iridescent Pink.

Step 10

Assemble layout as shown in the main photo. Adhere Vertigo and love die cut with glue dots. Adhere smaller die cuts with Xyron X permanent adhesive.

Step 11

Finally, stamp date in Memento Black Tuxedo ink and you are ready to frame!

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Again, the choices in shimmery products from Delicata to Vertigo will create an engaging effect. When you have guests over and they see this frame on the wall they may ask, “How did you do that?!”

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock
  • Sizzix Hearts and Dots A2 Embossing Folder
  • Teresa Collins Happy Stencil
  • Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Five
  • Technique Tuesday – Home Is Stamp Set
  • Lifestyle Crafts Heart Dies
  • Momenta Love Die
  • Taylored Expressions Gratitude Die
  • Becky Higgins Rolling Date Stamp
  • Heat Gun
  • Die cut machine

Fireworks Extravaganza!

Pop and sparkle are two things that real fireworks do when we light them. We watch them burst and expanding and there is really nothing else like it. This is why we named this craft spray Fireworks! It gives life to a project with a color and a shimmer burst that delights the eye. The following post is an extravaganza of projects from five Imagine artists. Tenia Nelson uses Fireworks! as a splatter compliment to her simple style. Roni Johnson gets creative by experimenting with Fireworks! on different surfaces. Neva Cole creates an ocean scene with die cuts and highlights how shimmer expresses the sparkle of the underwater world. Mischelle Smith brings the volume back down and uses Fireworks! as a subtle compliment.

Tenia Nelson uses Fireworks Craft Spray to add sass to this cute and simply greeting card.

Abstract Flowers by Tenia Nelson

Tenia stamped images with Memento Lilac Posies, Pear Tart, and Cottage Ivy onto white cardstock. She then stamped a sentiment with VersaMark, heat embossed and cut into a thin strip. To give the card a little pop, Tenia sprayed Fireworks! Lilac Posies, and Rose Bud onto the card as larger ink dots. Then she finished by adding the sentiment onto the card using foam dots, added washi tapes, sticker stitches and finally adhered the whole art panel onto a folded card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Altenew Stamps
  • Cardstock
  • Washi Tape
  • Heating tool

Roni Johnson uses Fireworks to color a Vertigo surface.

Wonderful Fireworks! Canvas by Roni Johnson

Fireworks! can be applied to a project using a variety of methods. This canvas project shares 3 surfaces to create entirely different looks with each. The first technique was on the canvas base where a piece of corrugated cardstock was dipped into a pool of ink and stood up to allow the inks to gently flow down the channels of the corrugated paper. The second technique used to apply Fireworks! Spray is a sheet of Vertigo Film. The ink is sponged on the surface using an Ink Blusher. Additional colors were immediately added to the film, sponged, and blended with previous layers. The third method was used to color paper die cut foliage. Fireworks! Craft Spray can be applied to nearly any surface. Jennifer Vanderbeek uses Fireworks! to expand the visual appearance of a stamp.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Club Scrap – Sentiment Stamp
  • MyFavoriteThings – Foliage Dies
  • Oval Die X-Cut – Heart Dies
  • Prima – Large Flower Canvas
  • Twine
  • Gemstones
  • Flowers
  • Adhesive

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Seascapes by Neva Cole

Last summer, Neva purchased a set of dies she just had to have, without really knowing when she would use them in the future. Every crafter has those shopping moments! When the Fireworks! challenge was announced, she had the perfect way to showcase both the dies and the wonderful color palette of the Fireworks! sprays with this under the sea diorama. Fireworks! can be used as watercolors with watercolor paper and a little water spray. It was so much fun to create a multilayered scene with just die cuts, Fireworks!, and a Pico Embellisher. The Fireworks! adds just the right amount of shimmer to make the fantasy come alive!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor paper
  • Spray bottle
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs—Shells Small, Shells Large, Turtle, Seaweed, Stitched Rectangles

Mischelle Smith creates a cute card using Memento Luxe and Fireworks Craft Spray.

Whooo’s Your Valentine? by Mischelle Smith

Mischelle started by spraying the card front with Angel Pink Fireworks! She then cut a heart pattern paper to 3” x 3” placed on card skewed and trimmed off the remainder. She then arranged the top elements — white shimmer ribbon, white twine, a strip of pink pattern paper with polka dots and the cute little owls.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Close To My Heart – Whooo’s Your Valentine
  • Cardstock
  • Pattern paper
  • Acrylic blocks
  • White shimmer ribbon
  • White twine
  • Embellishments
  • Adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Paper Trimmer

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Flower Burst by Jennifer Vanderbeek

One of the downsides to stamps is their size is fixed. For instance, the main image Jennifer used in this card is a little on the small side for what she had in mind. Her solution was to spray Fireworks! close to the page, creating bursts of shimmery color, and stamping over them, visually enlarging the image. How clever?! A few swipes of Memento markers to add some details and it created a fun background for a card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white, green
  • My Favorite Things – Whimsical Wishes stamp set
  • DieNamics Pierced Oval STAX dies
  • Acrylic block
  • Ribbon
  • Sticky back rhinestones
  • Scissors

Trifold and Deckled Edge Duo

This month the theme at Imagine is Heart of Gold and the color of the month is Rose … a beautiful duo! Imagine artists Mischelle Smith and Neva Cole present two lovely renditions of this theme with a surprising tri-fold card and a soft deckled-edge card. These two cards contrast each other visually with a sharp verses soft look but compliment each other in every other way sticking to the core of our theme.

mischelle smith tri fold rose valentine's card

 

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Mischelle decided to take this duo and create a heartwarming card made to be put on display. This tri-panel card comes together with a little detailing and is sure to spark curiosity with its easy-on-the-eyes design. Using a corner punch, bone folder, scoring board, Mischelle crafted the tri-fold shape. Then with embossing, watercoloring and diecutting, she created a diverse composition focusing the eye on the center panel. Beautiful!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Close To My Heart – Hello Lovely
  • All About the Gold Fundamentals overlays
  • Hello Lovely – Cardmaking Thin Cuts Bundle
  • Watercolor paper
  • Waterbrush
  • Adhesive-backed gems
  • Corner rounder
  • Acrylic block
  • White doily
  • Gold metallic thread
  • Foam tape
  • Adhesive
  • Die cut machine
  • Scissors
  • Score board
  • Bone folder
  • Heat tool

Falling for You greeting card Valentine Card.

Neva choose to use one of her favorite combinations for the “Heart of Gold” challenge—Delicata Golden Glitz embossed with Clear Embossing powder. Deckled edges add to the soft touch along with the whimsical hearts and sweet sentiment. A bit of Memento in Angel Pink adds just the blush of color to finish the card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Unity – Moon Beams and Heart Strings stamp
  • Deckle edged ruler
  • Dimensional foam adhesive
  • Heat tool