Flowers in Her Hair Card Set

by Renee Zarate

Renee Zarate created two girl-themed cards with a positive sentiment and a focal point of flowers in each of the girl's hair. Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray, On Point Glue, Memento ink, blue, pink, black shimmer, paper flowers, glitter, glass beads, red hair.

It’s great to have handmade cards on hand just in the case an unexpected event pops up. I created two girl-themed cards with a positive sentiment and a focal point of flowers in each of the girl’s hair. Each has a unique and artsy style and I wanted to share some of the features that made them come together. First, I used Fireworks Shimmery Spray with a paint brush to color the image of the girl. Fireworks is a spray but works great as a watercolor. Next, I used On Point Glue to add the flowers and embellishments. This precision adhesive is perfect for reaching intricate spots on this card with no visible residue. Finally, I choose a matching base color to bring the design together.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Renee Zarate created two girl-themed cards with a positive sentiment and a focal point of flowers in each of the girl's hair. Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray, On Point Glue, Memento ink, blue, pink, black shimmer, paper flowers, glitter, glass beads, red hair.

Step 1

Gesso watercolor paper. Trim to 4 ½ x 6 ¼ inches. When dry, stamp an image on gessoed paper.

Renee Zarate created two girl-themed cards with a positive sentiment and a focal point of flowers in each of the girl's hair. Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray, On Point Glue, Memento ink, blue, pink, black shimmer, paper flowers, glitter, glass beads, red hair.

Step 2

Color in the image with color pencils and Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray. Fireworks is a spray but can also be applied with a paint brush or a water pen (just unscrew the spray applicator and pour ink into a palette). Applying Fireworks with a brush offers a more controlled use of the product which creates beautiful results. Ink edges of the panel with Paris Dusk Memento.

Renee Zarate created two girl-themed cards with a positive sentiment and a focal point of flowers in each of the girl's hair. Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray, On Point Glue, Memento ink, blue, pink, black shimmer, paper flowers, glitter, glass beads, red hair.

Step 3

Cut a piece of matching decorative paper the size of the card to 5 x 6 ¾ inches. Distress edges with Memento Paris Dusk inkpad. Let dry. Apply VersaMark and heat emboss with Clear Embossing Powder.

Step 4

Stamp phrase on panel and heat emboss with Clear Embossing Powder. Use On Point Glue to attach embellishments like small paper flowers, glass beads, and glitter. Apply Gold foil with glue stick and a stencil. Rub on with fingers.

Step 5

Cut black mat for the main panel. Cut to ¼” larger in order to create a border.

Step 6

Mount panel on black cardstock. Then mount to decorative paper. Adhere entire panel to blank card. Ink edges of the card with Delicata Black Shimmer ink. For the second card, the image was cut out of Jane Davenport paper instead of stamped. Repeat the steps above for a lovely matching set.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Prima Marketing – stamp, stencil
  • Paper flowers
  • Glitter
  • Glass beads
  • Gold foil
  • Glue stick
  • Craft mat
  • Heating tool
  • Paper trimmer
  • Gesso
  • Cardstock – black
  • Water pen
  • Color pencils
  • Jane Davenport – patterned paper

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Mona Lisa is IrRESISTible in Green

by Renee Zarate

Layers of green ink, shimmer, stencils geometric shapes, stamped distressed imagery, flowers and glitter come together to frame a leading lady in the art world --Mona Lisa! Renee Zarate shows us how she put together this card with VersaFine, embossing powder and On Point Glue. #diy #steampunk #cardmaking

Spring makes me think of greenery which is a refreshing welcome after the unrelenting brown of winter. For this project, I brought out all of my green inks, glitter, embellishments and sprays. I chose to create my own background paper to make a masterboard for continuity among several cards or ATCs. Hope you enjoy this project as much as I did!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Layers of green ink, shimmer, stencils geometric shapes, stamped distressed imagery, flowers and glitter come together to frame a leading lady in the art world --Mona Lisa! Renee Zarate shows us how she put together this card with VersaFine, embossing powder and On Point Glue. #diy #steampunk #cardmaking

Step 1

Create a master board using different types of green ink. Start by spraying New Sprout Fireworks through a stencil onto a piece of gessoed 140# watercolor paper randomly around the page. Be sure to leave lots of white space. Dry with a heat tool. Using a large Sponge Dauber, apply layers of inks using different stencils, moving the stencils around the page until the desired effect is achieved. Keep drying each ink along the way with a heat tool.

Layers of green ink, shimmer, stencils geometric shapes, stamped distressed imagery, flowers and glitter come together to frame a leading lady in the art world --Mona Lisa! Renee Zarate shows us how she put together this card with VersaFine, embossing powder and On Point Glue. #diy #steampunk #cardmaking

Step 2

When the paper is dry, use rubber stamps to add more texture to the page. Using Olympia Green VersaFine ink is lovely on top of all the shades of green.

Layers of green ink, shimmer, stencils geometric shapes, stamped distressed imagery, flowers and glitter come together to frame a leading lady in the art world --Mona Lisa! Renee Zarate shows us how she put together this card with VersaFine, embossing powder and On Point Glue. #diy #steampunk #cardmaking

Step 3

Cut the master board into 4” x 6” postcard size.

Layers of green ink, shimmer, stencils geometric shapes, stamped distressed imagery, flowers and glitter come together to frame a leading lady in the art world --Mona Lisa! Renee Zarate shows us how she put together this card with VersaFine, embossing powder and On Point Glue. #diy #steampunk #cardmaking

Step 4

Create the focal point panel. Stamp using the Mona Lisa stamp and Olympia Green VersaFine ink on white cardstock and emboss with Clear Embossing Powder. Mount on a piece of black cardstock and use Memento markers or a water brush containing a small amount of Green Sprout Fireworks to lightly color in her features and hair.

Step 5

Mount the green panel on a blank white card measuring 5” x 7”, and adhere the Mona panel onto the green paper. Stamp the word at the bottom of the card using Olympia Green VersaFine ink. Heat emboss. Color the flowers with Fireworks Spray. Attach the flowers. Apply small amounts of On Point Glue on the petals of the flowers and sprinkle with glitter. Adhere sequins randomly on the card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stamps – Dina Wakley, Stampers Anonymous, Stampington & Co.
  • Stencils – Stencil Girl, Prima
  • Flowers
  • Glitter
  • Sequins
  • Heat Tool
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Watercolor paper
  • Gesso
  • Strong adhesive
  • Cardstock – black and white
  • Water brushes

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Thinking of You Mixed Media Tag

by Renee Zarate

Thinking of You Tag by Renee Zarate using On Point Glue, Fireworks Craft Spray and Memento ink. pink, stencil, flowers, embellishments.
This project starts out as a simple manila tag and morphs into an ultra-feminine style textured tag that can be attached to a gift or be used as a card on its own. By layering one technique on top of another and using all kinds of product, this tag has a unique and highly textured appearance. Living a beautiful life can sometimes start with simply making tags and cards that we share with others.

Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

Directions

Thinking of You Tag by Renee Zarate using On Point Glue, Fireworks Craft Spray and Memento ink. pink, stencil, flowers, embellishments.

Step 1

Take a manila shipping tag (6 ¼” by 3 ¼”) lay it on a craft mat. Place a stencil on top and lightly mist it with Lilac Posies Fireworks! Craft Spray. Set the tag aside and mist the same color onto your choice of paper or fabric flowers and a piece of ribbon. Dry with a heat tool.

Thinking of You Tag by Renee Zarate using On Point Glue, Fireworks Craft Spray and Memento ink. pink, stencil, flowers, embellishments.

Step 2

Stamp the “Thinking of You” phrase on a piece of deli or tissue paper using StazOn Jet Black ink. Cut or tear around the phrase to fit on the tag. Cut a small strip of paper matching the project colors and glue across the middle of the tag. Use a palette knife to adhere the phrase on tissue paper above the decorative paper using Creative Medium Original.

Thinking of You Tag by Renee Zarate using On Point Glue, Fireworks Craft Spray and Memento ink. pink, stencil, flowers, embellishments.

Step 3

Creative Medium can be used to secure the colored flowers on the left-hand side of the tag. The chain at the bottom can be attached to the gel medium by tucking the ends of the chain under the flowers. Tuck the leaves around the flowers in the same fashion. Use the gel medium to attach a metal butterfly onto one of the flowers.

Thinking of You Tag by Renee Zarate using On Point Glue, Fireworks Craft Spray and Memento ink. pink, stencil, flowers, embellishments.

Step 4

Use a glue stick to apply small amounts of glue randomly around the tag, apply gold foil. Use On Point Glue to add additional texture and interest to the flowers. Apply a small amount of On Point Glue to the tips of the flowers and leaves. Sprinkle glitter and glass beads onto the flowers and the butterfly. Tap off the excess.

Thinking of You Tag by Renee Zarate using On Point Glue, Fireworks Craft Spray and Memento ink. pink, stencil, flowers, embellishments.

Step 5

Attach a bow that has been inked to match the project to the top of the tag. Add crystal chain to the bow and adhere three self-adhesive crystal dots to the right side. Finish the highly textured effect with a thin line of Bronze irRESISTible Pico Embellisher to the top and the bottom of the decorative paper panel. Allow to dry.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Inkadinkado – sentiment stamp
  • Prima – stencil, flowers, leaves, self-adhesive crystal dots
  • Gold foil
  • Crystal chain
  • Butterfly embellishment
  • Metal chain
  • Gold glitter
  • Glass beads
  • Paper
  • Heat tool
  • Paper trimmer
  • Glue stick
  • Manila shipping tag
  • Palette knife

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Masterboard for A Rose-Colored Anniversary Card and More

by Renee Zarate

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This is a romantic, shabby chic style card made from a mélange of Fireworks! colors. I used a gorgeous combination of Bahama Blue, Lilac Posies, and Desert Sand to make a master board for a series of cards. This one is to celebrate a dreamy February anniversary.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour + drying time

Directions

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Step 1

First make a master board. Apply a light coating of gesso to a sheet of 11” x 15” Bristol paper. Dry completely. Apply a second application of gesso but this time use a flower stencil. When this has dried, apply additional gesso through a honeycomb shaped stencil going between the flower stenciling. Allow to dry.

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Step 2

Spray Fireworks! in multiple colors onto the prepared panel. Allow the inks to pool for a few minutes and then begin to blend with a large Dauber. Lift off any unwanted color with a baby wipe. Lay a star stencil on top of the page and apply Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink through the stencil randomly. Remove stencil and dry with a heat tool.

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Step 3

Take an unmounted stamp, ink with Vintage Sepia Versafine and begin rolling the stamp a few times on the paper to add detail. Dry with a heat tool.

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Step 4

Cut the master board into 5″ x 7″ pieces for cards. Spray the top panel with Copper Sheer Shimmer Spritz. Draw highlights with a white Uni-ball Signo pen. Distress the edges of the panel with Vintage Sepia VersaFine.

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Step 5

Die cut a piece of the master board with a weathered clock die and flowers dies. Lay all the pieces on deli paper and spray with Frost Sheer Shimmer Spritz.

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Step 6

Sort through your craft stash to find pieces of ribbon, brads, film strip, etc. Any bits and bobs that be used are wonderful to give interest to the card. Glue the ephemera to the panel. Any corrections to the colors can now be made with a small amount of gesso.

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Step 7

Stamp the sentiment in the upper right corner with Black Shimmer Delicata. Add additional distress to the edges with Dark Brown Delicata Shimmer using a small dauber. Adhere the panel to a blank 5” by 7” card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Inkadinkado Stamp
  • Dyan Reaveley Stencil – flowers, stars, and honeycomb
  • Alterations – Weathered Clock die, Tattered Florals die
  • Watercolor paper
  • Heavy gesso
  • Deli paper
  • Heat tool
  • Paper trimmer
  • Adhesive
  • Cardstock
  • Ephemera of choice

Fireworks! Master Board Cards Infused with Textures by Renee Zarate

This project is a continuation of the Fireworks! master board. Once a master board has been created such as the one I used above, it can be divided up and used for a series of additional cards or a set of ATCs. This background paper technique saves so much time and gives continuity to a group of cards. I began with the same piece of master board using Fireworks! The paper has a sparkle, deep, and rich colors not to mention tons of texture. It makes a perfect texture infused background for shabby chic, romantic cards such as these.

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Step 1

This project is based on a master board previously created using Fireworks! Make stamped ATCs to match the Fireworks! paper using complimentary Memento markers and inks.

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Step 2

Cut the master board into card size panels to use as background paper. The two cards shown measure 5” x 7”. Distress the edges using Brown Shimmer Delicata Dark and a small Dauber blending tool. Stamp the desired word or phrase at the bottom of the panel using Black Shimmer Delicata. Use a heat tool to dry. Glue the panel onto the blank card, and then begin decorating it.

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Step 3

Ephemera can include pieces of metal, paper, die cuts, ribbon and in this case ATCs. Place chosen ephemera on a piece of paper and using Fireworks! and mist the same colors used on the master board. Allow the inks to run and mingle while they’re wet. Leave to dry.

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Step 4

Arrange the dry ephemera on the stamped panel using an ATC as the focal point and glue all the pieces onto the card with a strong adhesive. Add additional detail with dots of Bronze irRESISTible Pico Embellisher. Add shine to the circles on the cards using GlazOn.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stamps – Finnabair, Stampers Anonymous
  • Heat tool
  • Adhesive
  • Idea-ology – metal flowers, butterfly, jump rings
  • Miscellaneous – old watch faces, pen nibs, etc.
  • Watercolor paper

Gold Saturation

Gold is especially an eye-catching color or an element to be more accurate. Gold seems to capture two things at once– a hue (yellow, rose, white) and an effect (reflective, shimmer, metallic). Something inside of us is continually drawn to the lively tension gold creates. In this blog, Mischelle Smith saturates a card with gold and contrasts with black with a Valentine’s Day card that is certainly elegant. Renee Zarate uses gold with a deep red that causes a different kind of saturation. In her gift bag project, the eye is overwhelmed with color creating a rich effect that also demands your attention.

Gold on Gold Valentine's Day card with StazOn ink and Gold Embossing Powder

Mischelle started by diecutting a heart and frame for the sentiment. She then embossed over the surface of both pieces using a brayer with VersaMark ink and Imagine’s Gold Embossing Powder. Since the embossed surface is nonporous, Mischelle stamped the heart with Jet Black StazOn ink. StazOn is a solvent ink and is compatible with most nonporous surfaces (perfect for this technique).  Mischelle then finished composing the layout with the additional pieces of polka dot cardstock, glitter paper, black ribbon, and embellishments.  The end result is an elegant saturation of gold with contrasting black details — an eye-catching take on a Valentine’s Day card.

StazOn used to stamp on top of Gold embossed heart! Valentines Day

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor paper
  • The Paper Studio – Glitter Paper
  • Close To My Heart – Hello Wonderful, Heart Thin Cuts, Rhinestones
  • Acrylic Blocks
  • Stamp Cleaner Pad
  • Ribbon
  • Adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Heat Tool
  • Diecut machine
  • Paper trimmer

Imagine Gold Embossing Powder on a red gift bag for Valentine's Day.

Renee explains, “I am a big fan of gift bags. It only takes a few minutes to personalize a gift bag and several could be made up in advance and kept on hand for emergencies.” Taking time to make a matching bag to a gift surely puts the thought of giving to the next level. This project involves using Versamark ink and Gold Embossing Powder to emboss the bag and Delicata to detail the tissue paper. Create a centerpiece with a large heart and sentiment, then choose a medium size heart for the bag border and finish with a small heart for the tissue paper. The beauty of the Delicata Gold ink is that it does not have to be embossed to pop out on a project.

Gold Hearts on Tissue Paper

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Paper gift bag
  • White tissue paper
  • Heat tool
  • Craft mat
  • Dina Wakley Media Heart Stamp
  • Inkadinkado Stamp

New Beginnings Steampunk Wall Hanging

by Renee Zarate

New Beginnings Steampunk Wall hanging by Imagine artist Renee Zarate. Renee uses Delicata Metallic inks to create a distressed look.

I recently had a ‘new beginning’ when I moved. Being in a new home there are always adjustments to be made—especially crafty ones. My new studio needed a catchy sign on the door to let visitors know a little of what’s going on inside. In the moving process, I discovered supplies that have been hidden from my eyes for years and decided to put them to good use. My steampunk wall hanging could be used as a decoration or a practical place to hang keys, not just these antique ones.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour + drying time

Directions

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Step 1

Paint an 8” by 10” canvas black with Chalkboard paint.

New Beginnings Steampunk Wall hanging by Imagine artist Renee Zarate. Renee uses Delicata Metallic inks to create a distressed look.

Step 2

Use a couple of sheets of coordinated patterned papers and cut out coffee cup shape, border and background mats. Cut a small piece of manila cardstock to stamp phrase.

New Beginnings Steampunk Wall hanging by Imagine artist Renee Zarate. Renee uses Delicata Metallic inks to create a distressed look.

New Beginnings Steampunk Wall hanging by Imagine artist Renee Zarate. Renee uses Delicata Metallic inks to create a distressed look.

Step 3

Glue 6 ½” by 6 ½” square piece of blue paper on the top portion of the black canvas. Glue an additional panel measuring 6 ½” by 2” to the lower portion of the canvas. Glue the cardboard cardstock, the cup, and the 2” by 6” border paper onto the upper panel. Decorate panel with metal gears, numerals, and beads. On the lower panel attach light bulbs and glass vials filled with coffee beans using a strong adhesive. Adhere the clock key to the top of the canvas and the metal corners using a strong adhesive.

New Beginnings Steampunk Wall hanging by Imagine artist Renee Zarate. Renee uses Delicata Metallic inks to create a distressed look.

Step 4

Stamp phrase on 1 ¾” by 2 ½” manila panel with Memento LUXE Tuxedo Black ink, and emboss using Imagine’s Black Embossing Powder. Distress the edges of the panel with Memento Desert Sand and Memento LUXE Teal Zeal ink using a Sponge Dauber.

New Beginnings Steampunk Wall hanging by Imagine artist Renee Zarate. Renee uses Delicata Metallic inks to create a distressed look.

Step 5

Using a Sponge Dauber and Delicata metallic inks, distress the metal pieces on the canvas and distress the edges of the black canvas.

New Beginnings Steampunk Wall hanging by Imagine artist Renee Zarate. Renee uses Delicata Metallic inks to create a distressed look.

Step 6

Attach eye rings on the bottom of the canvas; attach fasteners with keys hanging from them, using new or old keys.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • 8” by 10” canvas
  • Americana – Chalkboard paint
  • Graphic 45 paper – Old Curiosity Shoppe
  • Prima Junkyard Findings – Ceiling Light Bulbs, Metal bead strand,
  • Idea-ology Findings – Fasteners, Corners, Sprocket Gears, Corked Vials, Numerals, Clock Key
  • Antique Keys
  • Eye hooks
  • Twine
  • E6000 Adhesive
  • Coffee beans

 

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