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 Almost Mother’s Day… Are you ready?

It’s Saturday! The day before Mother’s Day and we are helping you prepare with two ideas that could serve as last minute inspiration. For a bright style, see what Tenia has to offer with splashes of magenta, cyan, and shimmer! For a more toned down earthy approach, see how Alison creates a card perfect for a steampunk mama! Both of these crafty, cardmaking styles are very different yet offer up so much love!

With Love From Me to You Handmade Card by Tenia Nelson

Tenia here from Jazzy Paper Designs with a super fun handmade card project that I made with Imagine and Tsukineko inks. This card can be a fun Mother’s Day card or can be given any time of the year to a special person in your life. It has cheerful colors that would brighten anyone’s day. Stamp and heat emboss heart image on a piece of white cardstock.

To make this fun card, start by stamping and heat embossing the heart on a piece of white cardstock. Ink blend heart using Pear Tart and Bamboo Leaves Memento dye inks. Once you begin to blend and ink the paper with the sponge dauber, the ink will soak into the paper and the rest will wipe clean from the embossed coat letting the original cardstock color to pop forward. Die cut the heart from the paper and set aside. Next, create the background blue glow by ink blending Summer Sky and Bahama Blue Memento inks onto white cardstock. I kept the blue hues centered in the middle. Next, add Rose Bud Fireworks Craft Spray onto cardstock allowing a little to spray on the blue and the rest to off the edge. Since Fireworks is a spray the results will be different each time. You can practice on a different sheet of paper to get a sense of how this will turn out. Once all the inks are dry stamp the sentiment on the newly inked panel and heat emboss. Adhere heart on top of this inked panel, add sequins, washi and sticker stitches. And finish the design by attaching the image panel onto a cardbase.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Verve Stamps – heart stamp, heart die
  • Cardstock
  • Sequins
  • Washi tape
  • Die cut machine

 

Steampunk Mother’s Day Card by Alison Heikkila

M is for Mom greetings! This month, the Artists in Residence are working with the theme, “M is for…” so I decided to go with M is for Mom. Mother’s Day is almost here and my mom (thankfully) loves to get my homemade cards, so I figured I’d make a card that was very well suited to her. My mom loves all things steampunked. She is so cool. She loves the texture, neutral colors, and gears… and well, all the stuff I put on this card!

I started off with the Gears Stencil and the Vintage Creative Medium and stenciled a smaller panel. Then I stenciled ink directly onto the cream color cardbase to provide a dynamic background and used assorted shades of brown ink, ultra fine glitter, and Fireworks Spray for random bits of extra shimmer. To give the card base a bit more of a style, I distressed the edges with more brown ink to give it the classic old-timey look. I knew the Vertigo would be a fun way to spell out Mom and inking it up with Spiced Chai StazOn helped it to stand out more. I didn’t ink the Vertigo completely but varied the amount of ink I used on the letters to give some more visual interest. Finish the design by mounting the stenciled Creative Medium layer on the cardbase and attach the Vertigo letters with On Point Glue. This is a style that you can surely get lost in by continuing to build, layer and blend the inks until you get it to look perfectly the way you wish.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampendous – Gears stencil
  • Quickutz – Diesel letter dies
  • Ultra fine glitter
  • Steampunk gear embellishments
  • Cardstock – white
  • Cardbase – cream

Cute and Simple Magenta Greeting Card Inspiration

Cute and Simple Magenta Greeting Card Inspiration

Hello There Friend Greeting Card by Tenia Nelson

Tenia here from Jazzy Paper Designs with a super fun card made with Imagine and Tsukineko products. Magenta is such a beautiful color and makes a great color theme for a craft project or handmade card. I made this easy CAS card for today’s post — Check it!

I started by adding Rose Bud Fireworks Craft Spray onto white cardstock to add some shimmer and color to the background. Then I stamped the Hello Friend sentiment onto journal cardstock using Lilac Posies Memento Ink. This color is a bit darker and richer than Rose Bud and thought it worked well. Next, I added more Rose Bud Fireworks spray onto scrap white cardstock, and die cut with a heart die after it was dry. Fireworks can do a lot as a craft spray. I went heavy on the die cut cardstock in order to get a good saturation for the little hearts. Next, I attached the hearts onto the journal card panel and attached the entire journal card onto the splatter panel. My favorite finishing touch is to add washi and sticker stitches. And finally, adhere the image panel onto a blank card base and it is ready to gift!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Reverse Confetti – Stamp
  • Cardstock
  • Washi Tape
  • Sticker Stitches
  • Spellbinders – Heart Die
  • Die cut machine
  • Ink blending tool

Watercoloring with Fireworks! by Elina Stromberg

Watercolor patterns continue to be popular among paper crafters. Take off the cap from Fireworks and Cherry Blossom Walnut Ink spray bottles and drop a few ink droplets on the craft mat or a paint palette. Using plenty of water, paint the background with light pink Walnut Ink. Before the paper is dry, add highlights with vivid pink Fireworks and let the colors mix. Dry with a heat gun or let air dry. Apply Memento ink of the desired color on the flower stamp. Mist gently with water. Stamp the flower images on the watercolor background. Let dry or dry with a heat gun. When using layered images stamp the lighter background color first before using a darker one for the upper layer. Dry each layer before stamping the next. Dip a small paint brush in the Fireworks ink. Tap the brush to create a splatter effect on the background. Let dry. Stamp the “hello my friend” sentiment, trim the card front to size, mat on magenta paper, and adhere to the card base and you are ready to go!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Mixed media cardstock or watercolor paper – white
  • Cardstock – magenta
  • Stampin Up– ‘Too Kind’ Stamp
  • Sizzix – ‘Hello’ Stamp
  • Watercolor brushes
  • Water in a spritzer
  • Double-sided tape
  • Paper trimmer

Memento Inkpad – Gray Flannel, Tuxedo Black, Lilac Posies

Easy Polka Dot Magenta Butterfly Card by Mischelle Smith

We were challenged this May to use the color magenta in our craft projects. I wanted to create an easy, sophisticated card with pops of magenta. Adding magenta to my card in just three places really focuses on and highlights the pops of color.  This easy card can be replicated in any color palette and for any occasion – making it a great go-to design when you need a quick and easy card!

Cut cardstock 4 ¼” x 11”. Score at 5 ½” to create card base. Ink largest image (background stamp image) with Gray Flannel Memento ink. Stamp onto card base. Ink leaf stamp with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and stamp. Repeat two more times or as desired. On scrap paper stamp the” journal box” images and “You More” saying, as shown, with Gray Flannel. On scrap paper stamp, with Lilac Posies Memento ink, butterfly and heart. Cut out butterfly and heart. Gently ‘roll’ the wings of the butterfly around a pencil to form their shape. Attach metallic silver thread to back of the butterfly and attach butterfly and heart to the card as shown. With a small butterfly paper punch – punch a butterfly on a scrap of vellum paper. Attach to butterfly as shown. Add two bitty sparkles to vellum butterfly. Stamp ‘love’ inside journal block with Lilac Posies Memento ink. Use foam tape to attach to card. Spritz card with several sprays of Frost Sheer Shimmer Spritz to finish.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • CTMH – Stamps – Documenting Moments, Brushed Workshop
  • Prima – Jamie Dougherty Florals
  • Silver Metallic Thread
  • Foam Tape
  • White Cardstock
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Score Board
  • Scissors

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Be Encouraged with 2 Easy Lapis Blue Designs

Blue Vertigo Gracias Handmade Card by Martha Lucia Gomez

In today’s project, I colored Vertigo surfaces to create a unique textured look. You don’t need a lot of materials to make this, only StazOn inkpad, GlazOn and the Vertigo sheet. I started with a piece of Vertigo. These sheets come in different designs that reflects and refracts light creating optical illusions such as swirls, snakeskin, etc. For my project, I used the Taffeta design which looks like tumbling water. Next, I applied the Blue Hawaii StazOn using an Ink Blusher sponge directly to the Vertigo sheet.

Since StazOn will ink plastic it is a perfect choice for this project. One funny detail about StazOn is that the solvent ink will dissolve the ink on the plastic surface if you want to do several applications. In order to prevent this, I applied a thin layer of GlazOn to fix the color and let it dry. I put the colored piece of Vertigo inside of a textured design embossing folder and pass it through the Big Shot machine. Pass the inkpad of Stone Grey StazOn over the embossed texture to create a contrast. Next, I pasted the Vertigo layer over a piece of cardstock and enhance some details of the design using Wedding Dress irRESISTible Pico Embellisher. Let the irRESISTible dry before finalizing your card. Paste the decorated layer over a white card base with double-sided Tear it Tape and add a diecut sentiment using On Point Glue.

In the end, you will have a card that reflects and refracts shade of blue ink that will dazzle anyone who receives it!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  •  Card Stock – Whisper White and Pacific Point
  •  Darice – Henna Embossing Folder
  •  Memory Box – Gracias diecut

Trust in Him Journal by Tenia Nelson

Journaling is a great way to express your innermost needs and emotions. With that, I thought it would be a little boost to craft my own journal that I made using ink blending, embossing, and splatter techniques. I wanted to create an eye-popping look that would inspire me to write and reflect. I started with adding Bahama Blue Memento ink onto the cover page using an ink dauber. Next, I stamped and heat embossed feathers and tropical flowers with Gold Embossing Powder. I then took Bahama Blue Fireworks Shimmer Spray and added a splatter-effect. But I didn’t want just all one color so I created some contrast with a wood circle panel with VersaFine Onyx Black and embossed with a Clear Embossing Powder to lock it in place. To complete the design with an extra little magic, I stamped “IN” with VersaFine Majestic Blue onto a piece of light blue cardstock, embossed and punched out using a 3/4″ circle punch. Adhere “IN” onto the wood panel and adhere wood panel onto the cover page.

So fun and beautiful to make! I feel this is a great to for yourself or would make a happy gift for a friend.

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Concord & 9th – Stamps
  • Cardstock
  • Washi tape
  • Sticker stitches
  • Wood circle
  • Heating Tool
  • Circle Punch
  • Blank book or journal.

 

 

 

Complete Easy DCWV Papercrafting with Elegance

In the month of April, we challenged our artist with using DCWV paper in their projects. The challenge is specific to our Artists in Residence, whereas the color of the month is open to everyone. In today’s blog post we are sharing two projects from Tenia Nelson and Renee Zarate. Both artists use paper choice and metallic embossing powders to create elegant designs.

DCWV paper used to create an encouragement card design. Switch out You are Beautiful with Thank your or any other sentiment. gold rose embossed stamp with Versamark.

Gold Stripes and Roses Card by Tenia Nelson

I started this card with plain white cardstock then attached gold striped DCWV patterned paper onto the front. I choose an ornate and decorative rose stamp, inked with VersaMark and heat embossed onto dark wine or maroon color DCWV cardstock. I cut out the sentiment “You are beautiful and Wonderful” and splattered Fireworks Lulu Lavender onto sentiment panel. Then I adhered the rose embossed panel and sentiment panels onto the card base. As finishing detail, I add the polka dot washi tape and sticker stitches.

Gold Roses pattern stamped with VersaMark and embossed with Imagine's Embossing powder.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Winnie and Walter – stamps
  • DCWV paper
  • Washi tape
  • Sticker stitches
  • Spellbinders – rectangle die
  • Die cut machine
  • Heat Tool

 

Girl themed Thinking of You card with die cuts. Perfect for the fashionista in your life. DCWV paper.

Thinking of You Card by Renee Zarate

Do you have a Fashionista in your life? Why not make a fashion forward card for them? DCWV papers are beautifully coordinated in different pastel patterns along with the solid coordinating paper. This takes all the guess work out as to which papers go with others. This particular grouping of papers is called Peri & Peach with Brights Textured. It can be soft and feminine if you choose one side. Flip the paper over and there are other dramatic paper patterns to mix and match. Your choice!

spread of blue, lavender, striped, polka dots patterned paper from DCWV.

Supplies
Imagine
Other
  • DCWV paper pack – Peri & Peach, Brights Textured
  • Inkadinkado – stamps
  • Dyan Reaveley – circles
  • Sizzix Alterations– Tattered Florals die
  • Memory Box – Flutter Vine die
  • Washi tape
  • Heat tool
  • Paper trimmer
  • Die cutting machine
  • Strong adhesive
  • Blank card
  • Envelope

Color of the Month is Black

We thought we would take our enthusiasm down a notch and really re-think this whole color idea. So we are announcing our color of the month which is black, which is okay…I guess. Color is overrated so we would like to honor the truest of true—Black. The ultimate saturated shade.

Black Heart by Tenia Nelson

Tenia does well with this black heart as a focal point. “My heart belongs to no one!”… Agreed. She uses Black Memento (Mori) ink for the stamped image and all the other images and ink splatter. She colors blue sequins with Jet Black StazOn. The techniques here are simple. If bright beautiful colors exist, then shade them in black. The question is who would you send this card to? Ex-boyfriend? Totally.

Supplies

Black Ink, Grey Paper, Blue Sequins.


Black Hole by Alison Heikkila

Black Holes are mysteries to the human mind. They terrify even the bravest explorers, which is awesome. Alison evokes the chances of being able to tackle a black hole in this non-encouraging layout, “Aim, miss and land somewhere crazy in the stars”…or in a tesseract maybe. Her techniques mirrored Tenia in the use of black, though we are not sure why there are shimmery light sections on the page. I guess it emphasizes the awesome blackness in the center.

Supplies

Black hole, The void of space

 

 

A collage of Tsukineko and Imagine product with the test "April Fools" appearing several times over color splotches as well.

Happy April Fool’s Day!!!

Now it is time to recover from our dark humor and say the real color of the month with the stunning color Lapis! This saturated blue is the color of a semi-precious stone called Lapis Lazuli which is gorgeous in jewelry and pretty much everywhere, including your projects! We feel very inspired by the vividness of Lapis blue and how well it looks with gold and shimmery accents. The color of the month is an overall Imagine challenge. Check out the true beauty of Alison and Tenia’s projects below, which take us back to our usual perky and overzealous selves. Last but not least, Jennifer Vanderbeek dreams big with a wonderfully shimmery art journal page. Of course, we challenge our artists but we also challenge our readers too! If you have an inspiring project with Lapis during the month of April then please connect with us on Facebook or Instagram and tag your project #colorofthemonth & Imagine! Have a super April Fool’s Day!

Lunar Eclipse by Alison Heikkila

Hello! The Imagine team was given paper from DCWV collections. I was given Zodiac, which is really an outer space lunar set—gorgeous blues, purples, and holographic papers with wonderful starry patterns. Needless to say, this collection was right up my alley. I took a photo of the lunar eclipse that occurred in September of 2015. I absolutely love this photo, and I knew these papers would highlight it perfectly.

I cut out a few circles sizes from DCWV’s Brights Collection. I sprayed Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray on my craft mat, mixed lightly and tapped the circles into the color. Then, I sprayed Sheer Sparkle Shimmer to the background paper and to the cut out circles for extra sparkle. This pretty ribbon from Creative Impressions has a glimmer, so I thought it was perfect for grounding all the pieces. I attached it with On Point Glue and used my PITT pen to write my title and date the photo was taken.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • DCWV Papers – Zodiac Collection and the Brights Collection
  • Ribbon
  • Faber-Castell – Black PITT Pen
  • Small
Coluzzle – Circle Cutter (No longer available, use substitute)

Lapis Blue My Heart Belongs to You Card by Tenia Nelson

I started with stamping the image onto light blue cardstock. Then I sprayed Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray onto image panel. I continued to stamp and heat emboss the heart onto dark blue cardstock and cut out when finished. I attached heart onto the main panel and adhered image panel onto card. It’s always nice to go over the card with glitter and add sequins, washi and sticker stitches to add those fabulous finishing touches.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Unity Stamp Company – stamp
  • Paper
  • DCWV
  • Glitter Pen
  • Embellishments
  • Washi tape
  • Sticker stitches
  • Sequins
  • Heating tool
  • Scissors

Dream Big Brayered Art Journal Page by Jennifer Vanderbeek

In my art journal, I can try out techniques or noodle about with ideas. Often I don’t have a clue about how it’s going to end up when I start. With layering, something interesting always come out and this page is no exception. I started with a brayered background, hand lettered, sprayed, and splattered, but it didn’t come together until I added the stenciled script. Don’t give up on a page that seems to be going nowhere, just keeping adding bits and you’ll eventually arrive at something beautiful!

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Art journal
  • 
Acrylic block
  • 
Brayer
  • 
Gel pens – silver, white
  • 
Stencil Girl – Rembrandt’s Words

*This does not preclude the fact that black may indeed be a color of the month some day.

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