See How To Make 3D Flowers For A Scrapbook Layout

by Elina Stromberg

See How To Make 3d Flowers For A Scrapbook Layout

Lots and lots of flowers make a girly scrapbook layout bloom! There are many ready-made flower embellishments in the market, but I prefer making the embellishments myself. That way I can easily make sure that the flowers have just the right shape, size, and color to match my project. In addition to punched and die-cut flowers, I like to use my flower stamps to embellish my card creations and scrapbook pages. Coloring and fuzzy-cutting flowers are pure crafting mindfulness!

Stamped flowers don’t have to be dull flat decorations. Once the flowers are cut out, I press them gently on the palm of my hand. This lifts up the petals, and when glued on is applied only to the center of the flower the finished look is lovely dimensional.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 2 hours

Directions


Step 1

Stamp flowers and leaves on heavy white cardstock. When coloring with alcohol markers, use (black) Memento ink for stamping. When coloring with watercolors or watercolor pencils, use (black) VersaFine Clair or VersaFine ink.


Step 2

Color the flowers and leaves with alcohol markers, watercolors or color pencils. Use both lighter and darker tones of the colors of your choice. Add white highlights with a white pastel pen/charcoal pencil. Cut out.


Step 3

Trim two strips of patterned/colored papers, either horizontal or slightly slanted. Place a narrow strip on top of the page and a bit wider strip on the bottom. Adhere with double-sided tape and secure by sewing a wide zig zag over the edge. Using small pieces of tape fasten off the ends of the sewing yarn on the back of the page.


Step 4

Stencil light pink patterns on the background paper. Dab the ink through the stencil with a sponge dauber. 


Step 5

Stamp hints of texture on the stenciled pattern: Keep the stamp in your hand and bend it when inking and stamping. This way you can create small partial stamped patterns on the paper; you don’t want the stamped pattern to stand out too much!


Step 6

Stamp small embellishments on white or light patterned paper using the same VersaFine Clair color as was used on decorating the background. Cut out.


Step 7

Layer photo on pieces of patterned papers. Decorate photo with stamped and fuzzy cut images.


Step 8

Use a long ruler to align the title text letters. Grid lines of the craft mat will help in aligning. Plan the sticker placement carefully, as you will not be able to reposition them; they stick firmly on the photo! Press flowers on the palm of your hand to gently bend the petals. Glue on the page building clusters of flowers. Fold the leaves in half, put a drop of glue on the back and tuck under the flowers. Add small stamped and fuzzy-cut embellishments around the flowers.


Step 9

Write journaling on the page with a white gel pen.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Patterned paper in size 12” x 12” for layout background (Studio Calico May ’13)
  • Strips of solid color and patterned paper
  • Pieces of patterned papers to mat the photo
  • Stencil – 13 Arts ‘Stained Glass’
  • Stamps – Honey Bee: ‘Spring Blossom,’ Wycinanka: ‘Lorem ipsum,’ Carabelle Studio: ‘Mini Textures’
  • Letter stickers: American Crafts
  • White gel pen
  • Sewing machine
  • White sewing yarn
  • Glue
  • Double-sided tape
  • Scissors

Create a Watercolor Effect for a Thank You Card

by Elina Stromberg

Create a Watercolor Effect for a Thank You Card

This easy background technique can be used for creating beautiful soft backgrounds for various paper crafting projects. I used it for decorating a simple one-layer card, embracing our lovely color of the month ‘Fern Green’. The technique is quick and easy, and it requires only a very limited amount of supplies. Just take out your favorite Memento ink pad, any pattern stencil, a sponge dauber, and you’re good to go!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Place card base flat on your Craft Mat, inside facing down. Wipe the Craft Mat with the ‘Bamboo Leaves’ green ink pad, mist the ink gently with water. Using a Jumbo dauber apply a soft layer of ink on the card base, both on the card front and on the backside. Do not ink the entire card but leave some areas blank. Let dry for a few minutes.


Step 2

Stencil random text patterns on the inked areas. Use the same green Memento ink and a small Sponge dauber.


Step 3

Die-cut the ‘Thank You’ sentiment twice, once from white cardstock and once from dark green. Layer the die-cut words letting the white layer partly show underneath. Glue on the card front. Die cut a branch from dark green cardstock and glue on the card front. If you don’t have a die-cutting machine decorate the card with letter stickers and hand-cut leaves, branches, or flowers.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Card base
  • Cardstock – White, Dark Green
  • The Crafter’s Workshop – Art Is Stencil
  • Sizzix – Skeleton Leaves
  • Die-Versions – Everyday
  • Water Mister
  • Glue

Learn How To Arrange A Scrapbook Page With The Imagine Craft Mat

by Elina Stromberg

Learn How To Arrange A Scrapbook Page With The Imagine Craft Mat

Scrapbooking is my favorite way to unwind. I love patterned papers, simple layouts, and combining ready-made embellishments with decoration elements I’ve made myself. For this scrapbook layout, you only need two sheets of patterned paper, scrap pieces of solid color papers, a few stamps, and your favorite inks, letter stickers, leftover pieces of chipboards and a mix of any ready-made embellishments you have available at arm’s reach. The center of your layout is your favorite photo, a memory you want to cherish and keep for the years to come!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Attach a strip of washi tape or a strip of patterned paper on the left side of your background paper. The grid side of Imagine’s Craft Mat will help you in aligning the long strip. 
Glue a panel of patterned paper on the left side of the strip, partly covering it.


Step 2

Stamp patterns on the background around the area where you want to place your photo. Use the lightest color for the largest patterns and add smaller highlights with darker colors on top.
 On this layout, I continued the triangle pattern on the stamped areas; I often get inspired by the patterns on the paper I decide to use and like to replicate similar images elsewhere on the project. You may spot the triangle shape also in larger sizes on this layout; I had a couple of triangle-shaped transparencies I included on the page.


Step 3

Stamp and fussy-cut embellishments. Combine your DIY decorations with ready-made stickers, die-cuts, and chipboards. Feel free to mix and match embellishments of various types and styles!
 Layer embellishments and use them in clusters. Don’t try to cover the entire page but leave some areas undecorated.


Step 4

Highlight your photo: Mat the photo on a piece of white cardstock. Layer pieces of solid color or patterned papers underneath it or use ready-made chipboard frames for lifting the photo from the layout background.
 On this layout, the background color was quite light, and for making the photo really pop I backed the chipboard frames with a darker grey color paper. For attaching the photo on the layout, I used foam stickers.


Step 5

Adding a hint of white and/or black will brighten all the other colors. I added black by stamping small black arrows on the background and white by highlighting the stamped embellishments and parts of the stamped background patterns with a white gel pen.


Step 6

Sometimes it may be tricky to align the letter stickers on the layout. A long ruler and the grid pattern on the Craft Mat will be of great help!
 If you want the title word to end close to your main photo, start writing it from the end. This way you will manage the positioning of the complete word more easily!

Here are some additional close-ups from the finished page:

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Patterned papers in size 12”x12”
  • Photo
  • Washi tape with honeycomb pattern
  • Cardstock – green, yellow, white and dark grey
  • American Crafts – Letter stickers
  • Stamps: Carabelle Studio: Mixed Media Flowers #1. 
Studio Calico: Arrows, triangles, stars.
Wycinanka: Lorem Ipsum
  • Embellishments:
 Wooden hearts – Pinkfresh Studio, Felicity – 
Chipboard frames, Heidi Swapp -
Triangle-shaped transparencies
, White sentiment stickers
, Leftover pieces of honeycomb chipboards
  • White gel pen
  • Foam stickers
  • Glue

Create An Interesting Background With Mboss Embossing Powder

by Elina Stromberg

Mboss embossing powders are the latest addition to the Imagine product range. I hope you’ll get a chance to play with these new powders soon; there are so many amazing colors to choose from! In addition, Mboss powders come in several gorgeous shimmering glitter versions that are perfect for creating self-made paper embellishments and beautiful card backgrounds!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

I wanted to try the Mboss powders on a stamped background. Use a circle punch to ink the paper with VersaMark, sprinkle Mboss in Valentine, and heat set. I think it looks cool! Love that golden sparkle together with the bright red!


Step 2

On kraft cardstock, stamp the main Kitten image with VersaFine Clair in Acorn. Detail with color pencils and fussy cut the kitten.


Step 3

Stamp “Hello Sunshine” on a scrap piece and mount on a flag. Assemble all the pieces together on the embossed paper, mount on dark red paper. Apply washi tape and adhere kitten stamped image. A cute card made in just 30 minutes!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • White card base
  • Cardstock – dark red paper, kraft
  • Patterned papers – Red
  • Suzy Stamps – Kitten stamp
  • Color pencils
  • Scissors
  • Washi tape

Color a Journal Page in the Style of a Cute Nature Scene

by Elina Stromberg

Stamped collages provide an easy way to create beautiful and colorful pages into your art journal book. For this technique, you can mix and match stamps from various sets and take those small pieces of leftover papers and put them into use. Main images on stamped collages are like paper dolls; first, you stamp and cut out the body, then hair, clothes, and accessories. Finished pieces contain several layers; just like dressed paper dolls!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 2 hours

Directions


Step 1

Stamp the main image on cream cardstock and again on brown, orange and patterned floral paper.


Step 2

Color the image face, hands, and legs. Add shadows and highlights to the brown hair and the flower-patterned skirt. Cut out. On the non-visible areas trim body image slightly smaller on the edges; this will ease the positioning of the colored and cut details.


Step 3

Using green papers hand-cut waves to build a landscape scenery. If you wish, decorate with stamped patterns.


Step 4

Ink the page background: Dab green ink on the bottom part of the page, and both lighter and darker blues on the top. The area in the middle may be left white as it will be covered with the green scenery papers. 
Create clouds on the inked sky by adding a hint of white gesso on top of the blue ink.


Step 5

Stamp trees on green patterned paper. Highlight the stamped lines with a color pencil. 
Cut out.


Step 6

Stamp flowers and stems on patterned or solid color paper. Color with color pencils and cut out.


Step 
7

Stamp small flower patterns on the layered landscape. Glue flowers on the background. Place the main image on the page. Stamp sentiment text on the bottom of the page. Done!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Art Journal book
  • Colorful pieces of leftover papers
  • Carabelle Studio – “The girl smiling” stamp
  • 
Simon Says Stamp – One With Nature
  • 
Studio Calico – Set 17179
  • Gesso – white
  • Color pencils
  • Scissors

See How To Make 2 Different Wedding Invitations

by Elina Stromberg

See How To Make 2 Different Wedding Invitations

The wonderful high season of summer weddings is soon here! Whether you are invited for a wedding reception and would like to attach a handmade card to the wedding gift, or are planning your own wedding crafts, I hope that these easy-to-make card designs will give you ideas for your own wedding themed projects.

My paper crafting hobby started 16 years ago when I decided to create my own wedding invitation cards and wedding reception decorations. In this process, I took my first steps in stamping and heat embossing and was so amazed how easy it was to mass create professional looking projects in just a few simple steps. I could even say that for me those wedding invitations were not just the start of a beautiful marriage but also the beginning for a lifelong love for paper crafting!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions for the Wedding Card


Step 1

Stamp the main image on a piece of white cardstock. Choose the stamping ink depending on the type of colors you want to use for coloring the image:
– If you’re using color pencils, any type of ink will work perfectly.
– If you’re using alcohol markers for coloring, choose a water base ink (e.g. Memento) for stamping.
– If you’re using watercolors, choose a pigment stamping ink (e.g. VersaFine, VersaFine Clair, StazOn Pigment).


Step 2

Cut out the image using scissors. A craft knife will help in cutting out smaller details.


Step 3

Decorate the card background with a swirl stamp. Stamp the pattern on a piece of cream color cardstock using clear VersaMark ink. Place the stamped card on a sheet of printing paper and cover the image with Embossing Powder in White. Lift the card; the fine embossing powder will stick to the clear ink. Using the sheet of printing paper pour the powder back to the container.


Step 4

Heat set the powder with a heating tool. When heated the powder will turn glossy and clean white.


Step 5

Stamp the sentiment text using black ink. Trim the card front to the desired size and shape. Mat the card front on darker solid color cardstock. Tip: Attach the card front to the base paper first, and only then cut the underlying layer to size. No exact measuring will be needed!


Step 6

Attach the layered card front to the card base. Trim to size if needed. Glue the main image on the card front. Embossing powders come in various colors, and especially the metallic colors work perfectly on all wedding themed projects. I created a second version of the same card design, but instead of a white swirl I used a silver ornament pattern for the background decoration: A great wedding invitation design looks elegant and beautiful but is quick and easy to make even in greater quantities. Stamping is a simple way to decorate the invitation card, and the choice of patterns and stamping colors can be used to give a hint of the wedding theme or the theme colors you’ve chosen for the reception.

If you master brush script lettering or modern calligraphy you can make the invitations even more personal with hand-written invitation texts. However, a printer and downloaded brush script fonts can make the task easier for you; on these invitation cards, I first printed the text on a heavy white office paper and then continued with decorating the front with stamping.

Directions for Embossed Wedding Invitations


Step 1

Hand-write or print the invitation text on the card front. Cover the text with Post-It notes. Stamp a pattern on the card front using clear VersaMark ink. Remove Post-It notes.


Step 2

Cover the stamped pattern with Embossing Powder in Silver. Pour off excess back in the powder container.


Step 3

If the powder is sticking to the invitation text remove the powder with a clean brush. Heat set the powder with a heating tool.


Step 4

Cut the card front to size, mat on a piece of solid color cardstock and attach to the card base. For the second invitation card, I used the same masking technique, but instead of heat embossing, I decorated the card front with stamped leaf patterns. The invitation text was printed with green color to match the stamped decorations.

Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog for this wedding crafting tutorial! Please share this post on social or give it a like!

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Cardstock – White, Cream, Grey, Green, Burgundy
  • White card bases
  • Heat tool
  • Alcohol markers for coloring
  • Paper trimmer
  • Glue
  • Post-it notes
  • Brush
  • Simon Says Stamp-‘Rose Lattice Background’ stamp
  • Stampin’Up! – ‘Best Birds,’ ‘Falling Flowers’ stamp
  • Wedding couple stamp
  • Ornament stamp