See How to Make a Cute Japanese Mountain Scene Greeting Card

by Arjita Sepaha Singh

See How to Make a Cute Japanese Mountain Scene Greeting Card

For today’s card, I used an adorable Konnichiwa Stamp Set by Waffle Flower Stamps and Memento markers to create a mountain scene. I stamped the images on watercolor paper with VersaFine in Onyx Black and then cut out each one individually. VersaFine is a great ink for watercoloring because it does not react with water-based inks. For the sentiment “how are you,” which is in English and Japanese, I used VersaMark ink and white embossing powder. To add some finishing touches, I added Pico Embellisher at few areas which creates a nice dimensional effect. The card is super cute easy to make.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 45 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine

VersaFine Inkpad – Onyx Black
• Memento Markers – Grape Jelly, Pear Tart, Angel Pink, Rose Bud, Summer Sky, Rich Cocoa, Espresso Truffle, Lady Bug, Desert Sand
• VersaMark Inkpad
• Mboss Embossing Powder – White

Other

• Waffle Flower – Konnichiwa Stamp Set – http://bit.ly/2kakJ8m
• Cardstock – Arches Cold Press, Violet cardstock
• Misti Stamping Tool
• Paint Brush
• Heat Tool
• Paint Brush
• Scissors

Beginner Guide: Easy Watercolor Technique

by Jowilna Nolte

I love cool watercolor effects achieved by artists in making cards and stamping. With a few stamps and a good water brush, it is easy to make a beautiful card. But the real magic happened when I figured out I can use something as simple as a plastic packet or an acrylic block with inks I owned to create those looks I so love. Take a look at how easy it is…


Memento DewDrop in Grape Jelly

VersaFine Clair in Nocturne

Acrylic Block by Stampin’ Up


Waffle Flower Stamp Set

Stampin Up Cardstock

 

 

Directions

Dab Memento Dew Drop inkpad onto a piece of plastic. I used Grape Jelly (purple). Mist the ink with water until the color starts to pool. Lift the packet carefully, flip it over and stamp the ink onto the cardstock.

Stamp the ink onto the front of the folded card and leave to dry naturally. Do not put the packet down flat, but rather keep it curled up with both hands and manipulate and stamp the ink where you want to.

Leave the ink to dry on the background and then add your stamped flower and the “Happy Birthday” sentiment. VersaFine Clair is a great stamping ink and layers nicely over the Memento. This quick and easy card design is complete!

 Learn How to Mix Mediums to Create a Home Décor Birdhouse

by Lori Warren

 Learn how to mix mediums to create a home décor bird house

A great aspect of Imagine products is that they pair very nicely with other mixed media mediums.  This project features the use of StazOn Pigment ink, Creative Medium and Fireworks! sprays along with acrylic paint and varnish to complete a mixed media home decor project.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 2 hours

Directions


Step 1

Adhere pieces of corrugated paper to a pre-made wood birdhouse with Creative Medium.


Step 2

Spray birdhouse with Fireworks sprays. Allow drying.


Step 3

Mix Rich Cocoa Fireworks! spray with matte varnish, apply to the birdhouse. Allow drying.


Step 4

Sponge on Chocolate Brown StazOn Pigment to portions of the birdhouse.


Step 5

Coat with another layer of matte varnish. Allow drying.


Step 6

Dry brush texture with white gesso.


Step 7

Stamp flower images onto tissue paper with StazOn Pigment, Snow White.


Step 8

Tear stamped tissue into pieces and arrange onto birdhouse.


Step 9

Adhere stamped tissue with matte varnish.


Step 10

Stamp smaller flower images (with StazOn Pigment, Piano Black) directly onto birdhouse.


Step 11

Add white paint splatters.


Step 12

Use the same techniques on wooden bird element.


Step 13

Adhere bird element to the birdhouse and tie fibers to top.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Waffle Flower Stamps – In Every Way Stamp Set, Pretty Foliage Stamp Set
  • Bark Wood – Birds
  • Wood Bird House
  • Fibers
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • DecoArt Americana – White Gesso
  • DecoArt Americana – DuraClear Matte Varnish
  • Tissue Paper

Create Soft and Simple Backgrounds for Your Cards with Fireworks Shimmer Spray

by Melissa Andrew

Create Soft and Simple Backgrounds for Your Cards with Fireworks Shimmer Spray

Today I share a very simple technique using the soft Fireworks Shimmer Spray colors to create a gorgeous simple background. Using the softest of colors allows an image that’s colored on white to really pop. The additional shimmer really makes this simple card shine! I paired this technique with the adorable Waffle Flower Stamp set called Always for a gorgeous soft creation.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other

See How to Make a Beautiful Beaded Bowl

by Iris Rodriguez

See How to Make a Beautiful Beaded Bowl

They say it’s the little things that matter. So one day, I was at my local craft store and noticed the beads were on clearance. How can I pass up this aisle, right? I saw these two large turquoise beads. I got inspired to wire wrap them into a small bowl. I made the bowl using Activa Self Hardening clay, a nice porous clay that takes pigment inks nicely. I decided to use inks that would complement the beads. I used Turquoise Gem, VersaMagic, a stunning turquoise that contrasts nicely with the Crimson Copper and Rocket Red Gold Brilliance inks.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 Hour to make the bowl, 2 days total for bowls to air dry

Directions


Step 1

For this project, I used Activa Plus clay. In case you’re not familiar with this clay, I will describe its properties. It is an air-dry clay. It is fine, moist, malleable, firm, but not hard. Keep the clay moist by spraying a little water, which also makes it softer. When the clay is wet, it is a beige like color, and when dry it turns off white color. The rate that it dries will depend on the thickness of the project and room temperature. The drier the room, the faster it dries. It is highly porous, which is nice, because it takes just about any kind of medium for coloring onto the clay, such as Imagine’s dye/pigment inks and craft sprays. For this project, I used pigment inks. Use a wooden board or another non-porous surface to work with this clay.


Step 2

Condition the clay by wedging the clay or just rolling it around. Roll out a sheet of clay. You can use a pin roller used or use a clay roller. The clay is usually very smooth when it’s rolled out. If it is not, then smooth out the clay with your fingers, rib tool or another smooth-edged tool.


Step 3

Create a template for the bowl. Make the template out of scratch paper. The template will guide you when cutting out the clay.


Step 4

Place the stencil over the clay and in a pouncing motion ink the clay with Turquoise Gem VersaMagic ink. Then ink on the Crimson Copper Brilliance ink. Add the Rocket Red Gold Brilliance ink over the Crimson Copper. If you do not have a stencil, you can cut shapes out of paper and place over the clay. The moisture of the clay keeps the paper in place.


Step 5

Place the template over the clay and cut out the shape. Ensure that you work on the wooden board when cutting out the clay. DO NOT use the craft mat to cut.


Step 6

Place the bead on the end. Place the circle stencil over the bead and find a circle that fits the bead.


Step 7

Using the stencil as a guide, cut out the shapes. Repeat steps 7 and 8 for the other side. Ensure that you work on the wooden board when cutting out the clay. DO NOT use the craft mat to cut.


Step 8

Place the clay bowl into a real bowl or other object and allow it dry for one day. It will take on the shape of the object.


Step 9

At the start of day 2. The clay will be slightly moist. Perfect time for drilling the holes. If the clay is completely dry, and you try drilling, you risk the clay breaking. Use a small drill bit and manually drill the holes. Ensure that the wire will fit through the holes. Do not use a power drill; it’s overkill and the clay is too delicate. Wipe off the clay burrs with a brush. Let the clay dry for another day. No need to put it back in the real bowl. At this point, the shape will stay in place. To determine if it’s dry, take a look at the natural clay color; it will turn an off-white when dry. Also, if the clay feels cold then it’s still wet. It is very important to seal the bowls. The clay is porous, therefore liquids can weaken or activate the clay. The sealer makes it look purposely finished. You can use a spray sealers like 3M/Krylon or brush on a water-based varnish or polyurethane.


Step 10

Now that the bowl is completely dry. Time to embellish it. You will need beads, plyers and 20 gauge copper wire.


Step 11

Cut out about 15 inches worth of wire. Add the bead to the wire, take it to the center of the wire.


Step 12

Wrap the wire over and under the edge of the bowl.


Step 13

Wrap the wire three times to secure the ends. Cut the wire.


Step 14

Now you have you finished your decorative bowl.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Activa Plus Self Hardening Clay – White
  • Modeling clay tools – rib tool, knife or needle tool
  • Rolling pin
  • Wooden board
  • Large Beads
  • 20 Gauge copper wire
  • Stencils
  • Sealer (spray, polyurethane)

Stamping and Watercoloring Techniques Using Waffle Flower Stamps

by Nadine Carlier

Are you enjoying all the inspiration so far this month with the Waffle Flower and Imagine collaboration? The Waffle Flower Iris You stamp set I thought went perfectly with this months color of the month, Amethyst.
Watch my video below to see how I created the amazing marbled background and colored the gorgeous iris’. Don’t forget to subscribe to the Waffle Flower and Imagine YouTube channels and comment (one comment per video per person) on all the videos on their channels this month using products from both companies for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate. There will be 2 winners picked, one from Imagine and one from Waffle Flower!
Video link below…. Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Supplies

Imagine
Other

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