Design a “Live Wild & Free” Themed Bicycle Card

by Jowilna Nolte

Design a "Live Wild & Free" Themed Bicycle Card

Summer can be busy with a hype of activities outside! But just in case there are days when you feel like staying inside you can beat the heat with a cardmaking session. In this tutorial, I go over some basic techniques that you can use on a variety of designs. This beautiful bicycle theme card in shades of gold that is perfect for those summer crafting days reminding us to be young and wild and free. Enjoy!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Cover a piece of smooth white cardstock using VersaFine Clair in Golden Meadow by tapping the ink repeatedly onto the cardstock.


Step 2

Once the inked piece is dry stencil a pattern using Creative Medium Iridescent Pink over the yellow and let dry.


Step 3

Paint a layer of All-Purpose Ink in Vegas Gold over the entire background. I used a small amount of water with the gold.


Step 4

Mist the background with Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Cantaloupe to add a touch of orange to the gold and yellow on your background.


Step 5

Trim the background smaller to fit onto a square 4 x 4” card. Add summer decorative elements for a fun card inspiring activity and fun this summer break. Once the inks are all dry they give you a lovely golden glow shimmer with a surprise pink from the Creative Medium showing.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – White
  • Jowilna Nolte – dot pattern stencil
  • Short Cuts Craft
  • Kaisercraft – Bicycle image, “Young, Wild & Free” embellishments
  • Diamanté

Color of Month for July is Golden Glow

Color of Month for July is Golden Glow

The Color of the Month for July is Golden Glow. We love gold and with summer in full gear, the golden glow of the summer sun shines down on all of us! We are reminded of golden fields of wheat, fun in the sun, vacations and wedding parties. With cardmaking and scrapbooking gold is an essential element to any crafter’s toolkit. Imagine and Tsukineko offers several products to help achieve the metallic shimmery shine such as Delicata in Golden Glitz, All-Purpose Ink in Vegas Gold, and don’t forget a Brilliance DewDrop in Galaxy Gold! In the meantime, we have a couple of sneak peeks of this months beautiful golden glow tutorials for you!

 

Here is a sneak peek of what we have in store for July!

Keep your eye out for this fun cardmaking tutorial by Jowilna Nolte

Such fun techniques to learn from this upcoming tutorial by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

 

Product Recommendations for Gold

Delicata Inkpad – Golden Glitz

All-Purpose Ink – Vegas Gold

StazOn Studio Glaze – Gold

Brilliance DewDrop – Galaxy Gold

 

Create a “Shades of Sea Breeze” Thank You Card

by Jowilna Nolte

Create a Shades of Sea Breeze Thank You Card with VersaMagic DewDrop and VersaFine Clair

Shades of blue make me extremely happy! When I designed this card, I wanted to combine all the amazing inks available from Imagine and as I hoped something magical then happened. See how I create this beautifully blended background using shades of VersaMagic inks and then top it off with stamped sentiments in VersaFine Clair – a truly winning combination.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Start by stenciling a pattern onto a piece of smooth white cardstock using texture paste and leave to dry.

VersaMagic in Ocean Depth, Aegean Blue, Oasis Green
Step 2

Once the paste is dry, start blending 3 colors of VersaMagic in Ocean Depth, Aegean Blue, Oasis Green over the design.


Step 3

Always start with your darkest color first and then add the lighter colors.


Step 4

Once you are happy with the look, add a final layer of shading over the entire piece with a light shade to blend the colors together.


Step 6

Use small stamp from your stash and stamp the words inside the pattern using VersaFine Clair Twilight.

Stamp the "That's All!" sentiment in VersaFine Twilight
Step 5

Stamp the “That’s All!” sentiment in VersaFine Twilight onto a piece of white scrap cardstock.


Step 7

Stamp “Thanks” on top of “That’s All” using VersaFine Warm Breeze and trim to size.


Step 8

Color two or three wooden hearts using your VersaMagic ink and leave to dry. Adhere sentiment panel and hearts to your card to finish it off.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – White
  • Joy Clair Stamps
  • Anna Griffin – Texture Paste
  • Wooden Hearts
  • Jowilna Nolte Stencil
  • Short Cuts Craft
  • Acrylic Block

Create a Coffee Themed Father’s Day Card

by Jowilna Nolte

Create a Coffee-Themed Father's Day Card

You are a Special Blend! This two-toned coffee theme card with its fun sentiment could make for a nice Father’s day card for the special dad that loves his coffee. I know in our house that sure is true. This card boasts shades of blue ocean with a hint of dramatic black all using one of my favorite inks—VersaFine Clair. Continue reading to see how I made this card!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour

Directions

using your VersaMagic DewDrops. Start with your lightest color first moving to the darkest color
Step 1

Use the direct to the paper method to ink a piece of cardstock from top to bottom in sections using your VersaMagic DewDrops. Start with your lightest color first moving to the darkest color. And let dry completely.

Misti Stamping Tool and stamp the background image in Versamark ink and then sprinkle with clear embossing powder
Step 2

Position your stamp and cardstock piece in the MISTI Stamping Tool and stamp the background image in VersaMark ink and then sprinkle with clear embossing powder. Remove excess and heat set image.

Nocturne VersaFine Clair ink and ink over the entire embossed piece
Step 3

Use Nocturne VersaFine Clair ink to ink over a portion of entire embossed piece. Use a soft damp cloth to gently wipe the embossed areas clean from the black ink and reveal the colored image underneath. Ink the card only one-third of the way. I am using a band to mask the area area where it is ink over and where it is not. But you could mask off a line with washi tape if you wanted a strong edge.

Stamp "You're A Special Blend" sentiment from your Coffee Lovers set repeatedly in VersaFine Clair Warm Breeze across the paper band.
Step 4

Trim a piece of specialty paper to 2 inches tall and 5 – 6 inches—long enough to wrap around your card. Stamp “You’re A Special Blend” sentiment from your Coffee Lovers set repeatedly in VersaFine Clair Warm Breeze across the paper band.

VersaFine Clair Fallen Leaves onto white cardstock
Step 5

Stamp the coffee cup twice in VersaFine Clair Fallen Leaves onto white cardstock. Then stamp the heart inside it using VersaFine Clair Warm Breeze.

Cut out the coffee cup and ink the edges using VersaMagic
Step 6

Cut out the coffee cup and ink the edges using VersaMagic. On your second cup, cut out a band and layer it on top of the colored cup using foam tape.


Step 7

Trim the embossed panel to fit onto a plain inked matt and add sewing detail. Adhere the panel to the front of a card using foam tape. Wrap the stamped band around the card and adhere the colored cup in place. Finish off the card with pearl and diamanté in the same shades as the inks used.

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Cardstock – white, kraft
  • Joy Clair Stamps – Coffee Lovers Clear Stamps
  • Sewing machine
  • Heat tool
  • MISTI Stamping Tool
  • Foam tape
  • Embellishments of choice

Project Swap: Create a Hello Greeting Card from Book Pages

Project Swap: Create a Hello Greeting Card from Book Pages

Welcome to another set for our Artist Project Swap with Iris and Jowilna. For the Month of May, we challenged our artists to exchange tutorials and create each other’s designs in order to see how each of our artists interprets style and choices. The receiving artist did not know who designed the project, nor did they receive any images! In today’s post, Iris gives the directions and recommended supplies list and Jowilna created the project.

Create a Hello Greeting Card from Book Pages by Jowilna Nolte

Being creative can literally happen anywhere and using whatever products you have, but under the pressure of a challenge the creativity can be ramped up a little. With my project swap challenge card, I did not have the same colors of VersaFine Clair inks Iris suggested and opted to use my Memento Luxe ink pads in similar shades. I love the chalky look the inks gave my card and the outcome is just as amazing. See how I made it!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Brush on watered down Gesso onto the book (printed text) paper, ensuring that the text is still visible. Dry paper.


Step 2

Stamp a flower with VersaFine Clair in Nocturne off center; about a third of the way from the left-hand side. Emboss the flower with black embossing powder and set with a heat tool.


Step 3

Cut two rectangle pieces of card stock paper; ensure that the length will cover the desired size the gesso book paper and a minimum of an inch in width. These pieces will be used to the block ink, so using scrap card stock paper is okay for this step.


Step 4

Tape down the corners of book paper with the masking tape. You will be inking part of the book paper. The rectangles cut in the step above will be used to block the ink. Select a rectangle area over the embossed flower to ink (leave unmasked). For added interest, do not ink the flower completely, make sure some of the flower images is masked to allow parts of the flower to go outside the inked area.


Step 5

Using the book paper that was cut in the step above as a guide, cut three rectangular pieces of white cardstock paper. Cut so that two of the three rectangles set side by side will create a mask below your book paper piece.


Step 6

Ink each matting cardstock piece with the same ink used in steps above. In essence, you are color coordinating with inked area of the book paper.


Step 7

Layer and adhere the inked cardstock pieces behind the book paper, overlap and vary their angles for added interest.


Step 8

Stamp a “hello” or “dropping you a note” sentiment onto card stock paper, fussy cut and adhere to the card front.

Supplies 

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white
  • Carabelle – “Hello” stamp
  • Book Paper
  • Heat gun
  • Gesso

Original Design by Iris

What do you think of Jowilna’s interpretation of Iris’s design?

Comment below!

Project Swap: Create a “You Are a Superstar” Lime-ade Card

Welcome to another set for our Artist Project Swap with Iris and Jowilna. For the Month of May, we challenged our artists to exchange tutorials and create each other’s designs in order to see how each of our artists interprets style and choices. The receiving artist did not know who designed the project, nor did they receive any images! In today’s post, Jowilna gives the directions and recommended supplies list and Iris created the project.

Create a “You Are a Super Star” Lime-ade Card by Iris Rodriguez

I had the pleasure of creating Jowilna Nolte’s project. It’s a lime and black colored star card, which I found unique and fun to make. I learned new ways of using StazOn Studio Glaze on paper. Jowilna’s project calls for real or faux stitching. I always found stitching on mixed media and cards to look awesome but I can’t sew. I found that hand-drawn stitching created a fun whimsical look in its place. I can’t believe I never tried it before, but will from now on!

I like the “You’re a Superstar” sentiment for this card. I think it can be suitable for a graduate. It also makes for a great mother’s or father’s day card as well. Many of us think one or both parents are superstars; for raising us, being supportive and cheerleaders in our lives. I hope you consider making this card for the superstars in your life.

Directions


Step 1

Use smooth white cardstock and attach an alphabet stencil to the cardstock piece using washi tape or masking tape.


Step 2

Ink with Memento Dye Ink in Pear Tart and Inkblushers.


Step 3

Carefully remove the stencil and leave the ink to dry thoroughly.


Step 4

Add a few drops of StazOn Studio Glaze in Cactus Green onto the stenciled sheet. Let Dry.


Step 5

Use StazOn black ink and stamp a star image onto the background as a focal point. Did not have the star stencil, so I cut out my stencil with using a precision knife and card stock paper.


Step 6

Add sewing machine stitched detail around the star or add fake stitches using a permanent marker. Here I used a gel pen in white.


Step 8

Use Memento in Cottage Ivy and Pear Tart and an ink blusher and add ink around the outside edge of the star to highlight it.


Step 9

Once the ink is dry add graphite pencil scribbles over those highlights.


Step 10

Use a gold glitter star (or die cut one from glitter paper) and add a layer of StazOn Studio Glaze to add a green tint to the glitter. Add a glitter star to the center of your stamped star. Stamp a happy sentiment onto a scrap of cardstock and place below concentric stars. I hand cut a cardstock star, used gold glitter and glue. The glaze seals the glitter nicely.


Step 11

Trim the background to fit onto a folded card and adhere to the front of the card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white
  • Alphabet Stencil
  • Dina Wakely – Star Stamp
  • Sizzix – Star die-cut
  • Glitter cardstock or pre-cut glitter star
  • “You Are A Superstar” sentiment stamp
  • Graphite pencil
  • Sewing machine or permanent marker

Original Design by Jowilna Nolte

What did you think of Iris’s interpretation of Jowilna’s design?

Comment below!