Texture and Color Duo Cards

Texture is often thought of in its own class. The moment a card, journal, or framed work has texture then it gets classified as mixed media and a whole new language is brought into the fold. In today’s post, we would like to pair texture and color on the same plane as compliments to each other. In these two projects below, each has texture and color working simultaneously to create the desired effect. Martha brings a gorgeous pop of iridescent green forward with a stencil and yet we feel the image would not be as interesting without the contrast and color saturation. Roni Johnson also creates a texture and color dynamic with embellishments that cascade in a color fade. These two great projects show how these elements work together.

Martha Lucia Gomez uses Creative Medium - an acrylic paste - to stencil a geometric image on black cardstock. StazOn ink is used to color Vertigo plastic. black, green, red, white, embossing powder, just a note.

Stenciled Card with Green Iridescent by Martha Lucia Gomez

Stencils are my passion and the effect created with the Creative Medium Iridescent is simply gorgeous. In one simple design, texture, color and sparkly shimmer work in unison. I decided to use the Iridescent Green over black card stock to catch your eyes!

I took a stencil and secured it to my craft mat then applied the creative medium over the free areas of the stencil using a palette knife. If you want you can cover the entire area or just cover it partially like I did. Then I removed the stencil carefully and let the paper dry. Next, I cut a flower design using Taffeta Vertigo sheets. Remember that Vertigo has a shiny and a matte side and if you want to stamp over it is better to use the matte side but if you want to color, like I did, it is better to use the shiny side. StazOn is the best ink for plastic surfaces. I used the colors Cactus Green and Emerald City StazOn for the leaf and Orange Zest StazOn for the rose. I finished the overall design by pasting the die cuts using On Point Glue, stamping a sentiment with Versamark and White Embossing Powder.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Card Stock – white, black
  • Stencil
  • Gina Marie Designs– Rose Die Cut

Happy Birthday splatter card by Roni Johnson. Purple, magenta, pink, sequins, ink, stamp, black. cardstock.

Splatter Birthday Card by Roni Johnson

It is hard to find a glue that is easy to use with the tiny bits and pieces we use on our crafts. Imagine now has a great option – On Point Glue. I love the micro steel point – it is easy to add the tiniest of drops exactly where it is needed which is perfect for the sequins in this birthday card. Grape Jelly, Lilac Posies, Rose Bud and Angel Pink Memento inks were stamped to create a color fade on white cardstock. The sentiment was stamped using Onyx Black VersaFine. The panel was then trimmed and mounted on a pink card base. On Point Glue was used to affix all of the sequins both large and small and colored to match the color fade in the design.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • ClubScrap.com – Succulent & Sentiment Stamps
  • Cardstock – white, green
  • Sequins
  • Adhesive

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Embossed Celtic Knot Card

by Roni Johnson


Happy St Patrick’s Day! On this day, many are wearing green, eating corned beef and (if you are of drinking age) having a green beer! I decided to make a card featuring a Celtic knot, texture, 4-leaf clovers and a gold ribbon. It is so much fun to experiment with the supplies I had on hand which is exactly what I did to create this highly textured card. I had never heated the Creative Medium but I thought it would be worth a shot to see how it performed under high heat. As you can see from the photo it looks amazing and bubbles through the embossing powders to create a lovely hammered texture look. Perfect for Gold Embossing!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1.5 hours + cool-down time

Directions

Step 1

Tape black cardstock panel to work surface. Position stencil and tape in place. Use a spatula to spread Gold Creative Medium over the entire card panel.

Step 2

Carefully peel off the stencil. Wash the excess Creative Medium off immediately (very important).

Step 3

Sprinkle Verdigris and Gold Embossing Powders over the Creative Medium. Shake off excess.

Step 4

Heat the embossing powder and Creative Medium until the embossing powders melt and the Creative Medium begins to bubble up. You may continue to heat until satisfied with the texture. Set aside to cool. Do not touch until cool!  The Embossing Powder and Creative Medium will be extremely hot at this point.

Step 5

Die-cut pieces to be added to the card.

Step 6

Use Sponge Dauber to color the clover with Pear Tart, Bamboo Stalk, and Ivy Cottage Memento Ink. Sponge Delicata Golden Glitz on the leafy branches. Bend the small hearts in half and affix to the darker clover pieces using On Point Glue.

 

Step 7

Bend the small hearts in half and affix to the darker clover pieces using On Point Glue.  Mount bubble embossed panel on a plain black card. To finish the overall design, affix the ribbon to the card using Tear It Tape and glue on die-cuts on the embossed panel using On Point Glue.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • ClubScrap.com – Stencil
  • Ribbon
  • Die cuts
  • Cardstock – black, copper

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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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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

Vibrant Granny Square Valentine’s Card

by Roni Johnson

Ron Johnson uses hand carved stamps from Hoffee and a Nuffin to make a handmade Valentine’s Card using Kaleidacolor and VersaFine inks.

As a card maker stamps often influence and inspire my designs. Recently, I purchased a hand-carved granny square stamp from Hoffin and a Nuffin that not only inspired me but also brought to mind fond memories from my childhood. My grandma was an original “maker”. She was a seamstress, painter, gardener, artist and loved to knit and crochet as well. I have several granny-square afghans she made for me so I thought it would be fun to make her a Valentine’s Day card incorporating the handcarved craft theme stamp design.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 45 minutes

Directions

Ron Johnson uses hand carved stamps from Hoffee and a Nuffin to make a handmade Valentine’s Card using Kaleidacolor and VersaFine inks.

Step 1

Brayer the first 3 of the 5 colors in Berry Blaze Kaleidacolor ink pad onto cardstock. Use a piece of scrap paper to mask off the remaining two ink colors.

Ron Johnson uses hand carved stamps from Hoffee and a Nuffin to make a handmade Valentine’s Card using Kaleidacolor and VersaFine inks.

Step 2

Use Tack n Peel adhesive material mounted on an acrylic block to stamp using hand-carved images. Stamp the granny square over the inked panel using VersaMark ink. Emboss with clear embossing powder.

Ron Johnson uses hand carved stamps from Hoffee and a Nuffin to make a handmade Valentine’s Card using Kaleidacolor and VersaFine inks.

Step 3

Use a sponge dauber to spread Onyx Black VersaFine ink over the card panel. The emboss area will act as a resist.

Ron Johnson uses hand carved stamps from Hoffee and a Nuffin to make a handmade Valentine’s Card using Kaleidacolor and VersaFine inks.

Step 4

Wipe away excess black ink using a soft cloth.

Ron Johnson uses hand carved stamps from Hoffee and a Nuffin to make a handmade Valentine’s Card using Kaleidacolor and VersaFine inks.

Step 5

Sponge Golden Glitz Delicata ink on a manila tag using a sponge daube. Use a heat tool to set the ink.

Ron Johnson uses hand carved stamps from Hoffee and a Nuffin to make a handmade Valentine’s Card using Kaleidacolor and VersaFine inks.

Step 6

Stamp lock and key designs on the inked cardstock using VersaMark ink. Emboss with black embossing powder. Fussy cut the lock and key stamp. Add Gold irRESISTible Pico Embellisher accents to both the lock and key.

Step 7

Stamp sentiment on vellum paper. Die-cut sentiment and two additional strips of cardstock. Ink one of the banner strips with Golden Glitz Delicata Ink and the second using Silvery Shimmer Delicata Ink.

Step 8

Mount the granny square panel on a black card base; adhere the sentiment, lock, and key to the card.  When you are finished you will have a dynamic looking card that is sure to please!

Ron Johnson uses hand carved stamps from Hoffee and a Nuffin to make a handmade Valentine’s Card using Kaleidacolor and VersaFine inks.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Hoffee and Nuffin – Hand Carved Granny Square
  • Just for Fun Rubber Stamps – Heart & Key; Sentiment
  • Cardstock – Black, White
  • Adhesive
  • Brayer
  • Heat Tool
  • Soft Cloth

February Brings the Love

imagine's color of the month for February 2017 is Rose

Now that we are settling back into our normal work week after all the fun and excitement of Creativation, we are actually very excited to get back to work with our artists and planning out the year.

To kick off February right we are announcing our color of the month—rose. (In our heads we hear a lot of  oooos from the audience!) We loosely define rose as soft pink. Some soft pinks are so pale they are almost like a flesh-colored beige. Some soft pink tints are brighter like a light magenta. We feel Memento Angel Pink is a nice example of a brighter pink. However you interpret ‘rose’, we hope you find it pleasing and find a new product to try out in this soft, beautiful hue!

Our Artists in Residence at Imagine jumped on board with rose and have produced beautiful work honoring this timeless color. We wanted to share just a few of the great rose projects to kick of a month in pink!

Elina Stromberg creates this beautiful card using Memento Angel Pink.

Elina Stromberg colors the light pink background of this card using Angel Pink Memento ink, applying the ink on the textured watercolor paper directly from the ink pad. The circle embellishment is made from a die-cut ring covered by embroidery yarn; making the embellishment will require some patience but the end result is worth the effort. Stamped flowers are colored with Poppy Red All-Purpose Ink. Lighter tints were made with mixing the ink with water. Sentiment text was stamped and heat-embossed on a piece of vellum.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • White textured watercolor paper
  • Solid color paper – light pink, white
  • White vellum
  • Altenew – stamp & die
  • Sizzix – die
  • Adhesives
  • Scissors

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Jowilna Nolte is also a fan of Angel Pink in this ATC Valentine’s Card. Jowilna mixed Fireworks! Angel Pink with Goosebumps Shimmer before it dried to create a shimmer pink resist effect. Goosebumps is perfect for resist effects once it is dry but if you mix ink before it is dry it will receive color well. The ATC cards are perfect to show your loved ones how much you love them.

Supplies 

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor paper
  • ATC card bases
  • Die cut love
  • Dina Wakeley – stamp

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Roni Johnson started her card with Rose Bud Fireworks! spray then added Iridescent Pink Creative Medium spread through a stencil over the base panel. Angel Pink and Rose Bud Memento Inks were used for the long flowers on the die-cut panel and dots of White and Electric Pink Radiant Neon irRESISTible Pico Embellisher were added for a touch of dimension and interest.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Unity Stamp Co – Flower & Sentiment Stamps
  • Prima – Scroll Work Stencil Cardstock in White
  • Ribbon
  • Adhesive

And last but certainly not least, we have a video by Mischelle Smith. She shows us how to create a striped background using Memento Luxe and Versamark.

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Close To My Heart – White Glitter Paper, XOXO Thin Cuts, Bitty Sparkles,
  • Acrylic Blocks
  • Mini Stapler
  • Cardstock – pink, white
  • Silver metallic thread
  • Ribbon – pink, black, white
  • Adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Heat tool
  • Brayer
  • Tweezers

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