Share Some Love With Cardmaking

Love is the topic of the day! Renee and Tenia have two great projects that respond to our challenge in November – Heart Felt.

Heartfelt Card Love Rocks by Renee Zarate

Life isn’t always rainbows and unicorns, there are times when we can send a friend or loved one a little reassurance that we’re thinking of them. By using Memento inks and a few drops of water we can create a one of a kind heartfelt card.

Using small daubers apply different contrasting colors of ink to a gesso primed piece of scrap paper. Apply droplets of water to the paper and blot with a kitchen towel.

Measure the panel to desired size, this panel was cut to 4 ½” to 6 ½”, use a cutting tool to trim to size. Cut a piece of black card cardstock ½” larger than the panel, this will be the mat. Ink the edges of the panel with Paris Dusk Memento ink. Stamp hearts on pieces of scrap paper and cut out. Stamp phrase at the bottom of panel. Adhere the hearts to the panel using pop dots on the smaller heart to elevate it adding dimension. Add additional mark making stamping for interest. Use Tear It! Tape to adhere the panel to the black mat and then onto the blank card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Strathmore 140 # Mixed Media Paper
  • White Gesso
  • Dina Wakley – Collaged Hearts stamp
  • Snapping Monsters – Wonder Girl stamp
  • Paper trimmer
  • Heat tool
  • Cardstock – Black
  • White blank card
  • Kitchen paper towels
  • Water spray bottle
  • Scissors

‘Love You’ Watercolored Rose Card by Tenia Nelson

Tenia here from Jazzy Paper Designs with a watercolor card using Imagine and Tsukineko products. I love this large rose as the center image and the contrasting “love u” sentiment that compliments it. Here are some tips on how I created this lovely card.

Stamp and heat emboss the large rose onto watercolor paper.  Create mask and stamp and heat emboss stem of the rose onto watercolor paper. The black embossing powder is a perfect compliment to the watercoloring technique. Watercolor image using red and green Memento markers. Lay down some of the ink onto an acrylic block and lift with a waterbrush.


While you are finishing up the watercoloring, add splatter onto image panel with the remaining ink in the waterbrush. Stamp the “love u” sentiment onto Kraft cardstock and cut out with scissors. Adhere sentiment onto card along with washi, sequins and sticker stitches. Adhere image panel onto cardbase with another other finishing touches you prefer.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Altenew – Sketchy Rose Stamp Set
  • Cardstock
  • Canson Watercolor Paper
  • SRM Press – Sticker Stitches
  • Washi Tape
  • Sequins
  • Aquabrush
  • Acrylic Block (for watercoloring)
  • Adhesive

Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog and if you enjoyed this tutorial then please comment below or share on social media! 

Today is a Great Day for Rich Cocoa

Hello Greeting Card in Cocoa Colors by Elina Stromberg

Our November theme color is Chocolate Brown. Some paper crafters may think that a deep brown color is a boring choice, but when mixing several brown tones together you can easily create warm and beautiful project for every occasion. Stamping platforms and other stamping alignment tools let you re-stamp the image exactly on the same spot several times, so with this card design I decided to take advantage of this awesome tool. I mixed three brown colors and applied ink only partly on the stamp, allowing colors to mix and layer. When creating a multi-colored stamped image I suggest you start with the lighter colors and continue building layers with the darker shades. Adding a darker ink color on top of a light one is easy, but when stamping a light color on top of a dark ink may not change the dark base color at all.

For this cocoa colored card, I used a light kraft cardstock as my background and layered several brown inks on my stamped image. The lovely image did not need too much additional decoration, but for continuing the idea of several brown tones I created a stitched border using two brown embroidery yarns. For making the beautiful browns pop, I added a hint of white with a gel pen. Then of course I mounted the kraft paper on the deep brown then altogether on a cream card base. Done!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Misti Stamp Tool
  • Cardbase – Cream
  • Cardstock – Kraft, Deep brown
  • Waffle Flower – ‘Enveloper Hello’ stamp set
  • Brown embroidery yarn
  • Needle
  • White gel pen
  • Two-sided tape

 

You are the Hero in Your Own Story by Renee Zarate

This is a monochromatic card that takes us back to a different time and place. All of us know someone we regard as a “hero”. How delightful to send a card and tell them how much we admire them and why. It might just make their day.

Here is a quick run-down of how I made this card. Stamp images on a panel measured to fit the card. Use Rich Cocoa Memento for the city stamp and Celestial Copper Delicata for the hero sentiment. Stamp the crackle background with Champagne Delicata and heat set. Cut out the boy image and sentiment. Apply VersaMark to the stamped phrase panel and emboss with clear embossing powder. Distress the edge of this small panel with Memento pen in Espresso Truffle.

Distress edges of entire large panel with Delicata Champagne and a small sponge dauber. Color in the boy image with Memento Markers. Create a ground for the boy with stamping additional marks and washi tape. Adhere the the phrase panel and boy image with pop dots. Use Tear It Tape to mount the finished panel onto black cardstock then to patterned paper and then a piece of cardboard. If desired, tie a ribbon or twine around the left side of the card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock
  • Card base
  • Twine
  • Artistic Outpost – Paper Boy stamp
  • Snapping Monsters –  Wonder Girl stamp
  • Pop dots

See How to Transform a Paintbrush into a Work of Art

by Renee Zarate

See How to Transform the Paintbrush into a Work of Art

It’s fun to alter things like mirrors and cigar boxes but have you ever tried to alter a paintbrush? It’s quite possible to do with just a few supplies from Imagine and metal ephemera from a craft store. This paintbrush started out as just a plain inexpensive 2” wooden brush that cost about a dollar. The metal piece in the center is actually a bird mask like the ones doctors wore during the Black Plague many centuries ago. When completed it makes a unique wall hanging or paperweight to lay on a desk or a stack of books. It’s quite a conversation piece!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 3 hours + dry time

Directions


 plain inexpensive 2” wooden brush
Step 1

Have all materials ready for placement along with gesso, gel mediums, inks, spray bottles and tiny paint brushes. Begin by applying a base coat of gesso and then a coat of Creative Medium Bronze Metallic paste. The depth of color can be adjusted with a baby wipe. When dry the metal ephemera can be attached using a clear gel, like Creative Medium, or even one of the Iridescent Creative Mediums. Dry with a heat tool to speed up the process or allow it to dry overnight. Add as much ephemera as desired while Creative Medium is wet.


paint brush decorated with gesso, gel mediums, inks, spray bottles and ink
Step 2

Apply a thin coat of gesso over the entire project, including the metal pieces. Apply small amounts of Delicata ink onto a craft mat. For this project Emerald Green, Sapphire Blue and Golden Glitz Delicata inks were watered down and applied to the brush with a small Sponge Dauber. Spritz the project with water and allow the inks to run together and blend. Allow ink to run off of the project onto the craft mat. Keep applying ink until the desired look is established.

djust the colors using Delicata inks in Golden Glitz, Dark Brown Shimmer, Rose Gold, Black Shimmer and Bronze Burst.
Step 3

Continue to adjust the colors using Delicata inks in Golden Glitz, Dark Brown Shimmer, Rose Gold, Black Shimmer and Bronze Burst. To add to the rusted patina effect, drops of StazOn Emerald City from an inker bottle can be dropped behind the bird mask area and blotted off. To achieve lots of texture a small amount of Finnabair’s Rust Effect Paste can be applied with a tiny paintbrush randomly to background areas and on the wings. A strip of rhinestones can line the bottle edge of the brush and an itty-bitty rhinestone crown can be placed on the bird’s head. Apply both of those items with a strong adhesive. This was not sealed but a spray sealant could be applied. The back of the brush can also be finished and made to look beautiful if desired.

If you enjoyed this tutorial then please share or leave a comment below!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Heat tool
  • 2” Wooden paint brush
  • Baby wipes
  • Testors adhesive
  • Prima – Finnabair Mechanicals, Metal Wings, rhinestone chain, rhinestone crown
  • Finnabair Rust Effect Paste – Red Rust
  • Island Beads – Bird head
  • White heavy gesso
  • Water spray bottle
  • Paper towels
  • Q-tip swabs
  • Paint brushes

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Create Papercraft Projects with Beautiful Purple Hues

Today we have two fantastic papercrafting projects that show off our Color of the Month Aubergine! Elina has crafted an encouragement card using a layered stencil technique and Renee lays down mixed media mayhem with a princess theme tag.

Create an Encouragement Card with Beautiful Purple Hues by Elina Stromberg

Create an Encouragement Card with Beautiful Purple Hues by Elina Stromberg

Our October theme color is the beautiful Aubergine. It’s rich, dark purple tones took my mind to the dark autumn nights, candlelight, coziness, and relaxation. Those warm thoughts were the inspiration for this card project.

 

I started the card with decorating the background. I layered two stencils on the background; leaf pattern against the purple cardstock, and circle stencil on top. I dabbed VersaMark ink through the stencil and heat-embossed the pattern with Vintage Plum embossing powder. Layering stencils is a simple technique for creating beautiful background elements.

SPARROW STAMP AND DIE SET FROM THE EARTH AIR WATER COLLECTION BY STEPHANIE LOW

Bird and feathers are stamped and colored with alcohol markers, and cut out with a die-cutting machine, using the matching dies. Cheesecloth is a nice decoration element to use on cards: It does not increase the dimension too much and it’s lightweight, so your cheesecloth decorated project will easily fit into a standard mailing envelope. White cheesecloth can easily be dyed to match the color palette of your project; this time I used Lilac Walnut Ink for tinting the fabric.

Supplies

Imagine
Other

Aubergine Mixed Media Princess Tag by Renee Zarate

Create an unusual gift tag using a variety of purple inks to create an Eggplant or Aubergine color saturation. This tag design uses embossing powder for texture, cardboard doll figures as a centerpiece, stamps, sequins and a huge list of mixed media products too long to mention.

Sizzix - Tag die Use a die cutting machine to cut a tag out of the inked paper. This tag measured 3” by 6 ¼”.

I started by inking a small amount Memento Elderberry ink and three times as much Memento Sweet Plum ink on my craft mat and then sprayed a small amount of water on the inks and dragged a piece of Mixed Media paper over the inks. Since Memento is water based the inks blend quickly.  The inks marbleize as the tag is repeatedly dipped into the mixture. To speed up the drying, I set colors with a heat tool then die cut with a tag die.

Then I prepared the doll figure with gesso or white ink, stamp interesting images on the dress portion and used a washi tape face on the doll. If you have drawing skills you can also simply draw a face on the doll piece or stamp. Using Memento Luxe Sweet Plum, I stamped a texture stamp on the left side of the tag. Then I used StazOn Royal Purple to stamp script on top of the texture stamping. Since StazOn is a solvent ink, it should not interact with Memento and will provide distinct layering. Apply Clear embossing powder and melt with a heat tool. To contrast the purple hues, I stamped Delicata Golden Glitz (pigment ink) with different texture stamps randomly on the tag. Then continued to distress the edges with Sweet Plum and Royal Purple inks. Finally, I added doll and the stamped phrase, “It’s not easy being a princess,” with sequins, twine, and staples to the tag.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • White gesso
  • Black gesso
  • Sizzix – Tag die
  • Diecutting machine
  • Cardboard dolls
  • Jane Davenport – washi tape
  • Twine
  • Dina Wakley – texture stamps, script stamp
  • Sequins
  • Staples
  • Heat tool
  • Spray bottle (water)
  • Strathmore Mixed Media paper

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‘I Like Chocolate’ Whimsical Style Halloween Tag

 by Renee Zarate

I Like Chocolate Whimsical Style Halloween Tag

Who doesn’t love chocolate? It is often the perfect gift! There are so many different types of chocolate: white, milk, bittersweet…the list goes on and on. There’s a little something for everyone and every taste. Next time you give someone the gift of chocolate think about making a tag to go with it. If the chocolate is super tasty then it is sure that the tag will last longer than the gift.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions

This tag was diecut from Strathmore Mixed Media paper and a Sizzix tag die.
Step 1

Select or diecut a tag. You can purchase blank tags at most craft stores or even office supply stores. This tag was diecut from Strathmore Mixed Media paper and a Sizzix tag die. Stamp images with Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa, emboss with clear powder and melt with a heat tool. Use a Dauber to color in the background with Delicata Champagne.

 Using a small Dauber ink the edges with Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer, then follow with a different Dauber tool add Delicata Golden Glitz ink
Step 2

Before the ink dries, place a stencil on top and remove some of the background ink with a baby wipe. Using a small Dauber ink the edges with Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer, then follow with a different Dauber tool and add Delicata Golden Glitz ink.

Apply Post-It notes to serve as a mask covering the stamped images, apply white gesso with a texture type stencil randomly.
Step 3

Apply Post-It notes to serve as a mask covering the stamped images, apply white gesso with a texture type stencil randomly.


Step 4

Add additional interest with a script stamp using Celestial Copper ink. Take a bottle cap and use as a stamp with Dark Brown Shimmer ink. Color at random with Memento Markers. Add a baker’s twine bow, some staples, a tiny metal heart and a quick spray of Gold Shimmer Spritz.

Once everything is dry then you are ready to pair with a chocolate gift! If you enjoyed this quick and easy tutorial then share on Facebook or leave a comment below!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Sizzix – tag die measuring 6 ¼” x 3”
  • Die cutting machine
  • Strathmore – Mixed Media paper
  • Stencil Girl – Textures stencil
  • Bottle cap
  • Post It Notes
  • Dina Wakley – Texture stamps
  • Rubbermoon – I like chocolate
  • Baby wipes
  • Prima Crafts – Mechanical Heart
  • White gesso
  • Baker’s twine
  • Heat tool

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Delicata is a Fabulous Ink for Watercoloring

Watercoloring A Floral Pattern with Delicata by Martha Lucia Gomez

Watercoloring A Floral Pattern with Delicata by Martha Lucia Gomez

Watercoloring is one of my favorite techniques because each piece you create is unique. Today, I want to share with you how easy it is to watercolor using the new colors of Delicata ink. To create this card, take a piece of watercolor paper and stamp your favorite image using Delicata Ink Rose Gold. Cover the stamped images with clear embossing powder. Remove the excess powder and melt with the heat tool. Since I used flowers in this card, I combined the Emerald Green and Ruby Red Delicata Ink. Apply ink over your craft mat. Using an aqua painter or paintbrush, add a few touches of water over the stamped images and apply the ink from the mat.

When the paper is totally dry cut the layer using a decorated die cut. Paste the decorated layer over a very vanilla card base. Stamp a sentiment of your choice on a separate piece of watercolor paper using Delicata Ruby Red.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor paper
  • Cardstock – Very Vanilla
  • Heat tool
  • Aqua painter
  • The Ton – Always Cherry Blossom Stamp Set
  • Stampin Up – Botanicals For You
  • Gina Marie Designs – Rectangle Stitch die cut

Delicata Watercolored Tags Technique by Renee Zarate

Delicata Watercolored Tags Technique by Renee Zarate

I think I can speak for most crafters and mixed media artists when I say that many of us are limited by space and the financial means to have every new product we see on the market. The luscious Delicata inkpads that were recently released in jewel-toned colors are one of those multi-use products that produce some pretty amazing results. Not only do the new ink colors stamp beautifully but today I’m sharing a technique showing how they can be used in a different way to produce a watercolor result. This is definitely a stamp pad collection that deserves a special spot in any studio.

Purchase or die cut white shipping tags. These were cut from a Sizzix die from Mixed Media paper. The tags can be left plain, texturized with an embossing folder or primed with a light coat of gesso. Apply inks on a craft mat then spray with water until the ink colors start to move and blend with each other. The Delicata inks used here are Sapphire Blue, Emerald Green, and Champagne.

Drag each tag through the watery ink. If more color is desired simply ink up a background stamp and press the still wet tag into the stamp. More water can be sprayed on the tag or if pleased with the look of the tag, use a heat tool to dry it completely. Now the tags can be stamped on or otherwise embellished.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Plastic block
  • Sizzix – Tag die, Butterfly die
  • Alterations – Texture Fades Embossing Folders
  • Big Kick Embossing Machine
  • Strathmore Mixed Media paper 140#
  • Heat tool
  • Ribbon
  • Stamps – Sandra Evertson