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

Color of the Month for September is Amethyst

Imagine Crafts's color of the month for September 2019 is the deep purple color Amethyst.

Imagine’s Color of the Month for September is Amethyst. This deep, luscious purple is perfect for fall inspiration. Not only is this color great for Halloween crafting, but is a great hue for all your fall time cards including back-to-school projects. Some of our favorite Amethyst hued ink finds include the aptly named Amethyst VersaColor inkpad, VersaFine Clair in Monarch and Memento’s Grape Jelly in the marker, full-size and DewDrop inkpads.

September also brings an exciting collaboration with Waffle Flower! Keep a watch on both our and Waffle Flower’s blogs and YouTube channels all month long to see some inspiring projects using both of our products! We used their Pretty Wings stamp set in our Color of the Month image. Isn’t it a beauty? The most exciting part about the collaboration with Waffle Flower? You can WIN prizes! To enter all you need to do is subscribe to both Imagine and Waffle Flower’s YouTube channels and comment on the videos published this month using both of our products! (One comment per video per person.) Two lucky winners will win $50 gift certificates – one from each sponsor.

Here’s a sneak peek on what fun stuff we have coming your way this month.

An amethyst inspired rainbow of purple by Martha Lucia Gomez.

A timely card from Lori Warren.

And a beautiful reminder from Kassy Tousignant!

 

Learn How to Add just a Pop of Color to an Elegant Card

by Lori Warren

Adding just a pop of color added to a black and white project can be very dramatic. When you use Rinea Foil Paper as that pop of color, it not only adds drama, it adds a level of elegance as well.  Black cardstock, Snowflake StazOn Pigment ink and Rinea Foiled paper are the perfect combination for drama and elegance!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 45 minutes

Directions

Step 1

Accordion fold a color piece of Rinea foil paper – I chose this bright pink color.

Step 2

Emboss that piece of foil paper using an embossing folder.

Step 3

Die cut gold foil paper medallions using 3D Impresslits Embossing Folder.

Step 4

Stamp floral images and saying onto black card front with StazOn Pigment in Snowflake.

Step 5

Stamp floral images onto smaller strip of black cardstock.

Step 6

Layer strip of stamped cardstock over piece of embossed foil paper and adhere to card front; adhere foil medallion.

Step 7

Background options 2; randomly stamp floral images onto black card front.

Step 8

Stamp floral images onto smaller strip of black cardstock

Step 9

Mount a square piece embossed foil paper to black foil paper; adhere to card.  Adhere stamped strip of cardstock and foil medallion over the squares.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Rinea – Double sided foiled paper
  • Sizzix 3D Impresslits Embossing Folder – Medallion
  • Cuttlebug Embossing Folder – Spots n Dots
  • Hot off the Press – Botanical Blooms stamps
  • Black Cardstock
  • Scissors or paper trimmer

Learn How to Make a Background Pattern with Sponge Daubers

by Lori Warren

Need a quick and simple background technique for a greeting card? See how I create a patterned background with large sponge daubers and Memento Ink. Sponge daubers are dense foam and can behave like a soft textured circle stamp when inked up heavily. This technique is a perfect start for a card, art journal or even a scrapbook page. The color scheme and options are really endless.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 45 Minutes

Directions


Step 1

Use a large dauber to apply Memento Inks to the card panel.


Step 2

Stamp floral images onto card panel with Memento in Tuxedo Black.


Step 3

Stamp a single flower and leaf image onto a separate piece of cardstock (with same dauber background) and cut out.


Step 4

Enhance single flower/leaf images with Memento Dual Tip Markers.


Step 5

Apply London Fog Memento to Craft Mat and add water; add ink splatters to the card panel.


Step 6

Edge card panel with Memento in London Fog.


Step 7

Use cutting die to die cut decorative strip from Rinea Foil paper.


Step 8

Adhere Rinea foil paper element to the card base.


Step 9

Adhere Single flower/leaf to the card panel with double-sided mounting tape. Highlight with a glitter pen.


Step 10

Double stamp sentiment. First stamp in Angel Pink then again, slightly offset, with Tuxedo Black.


Step 11

Edge card base with Memento in London Fog and Angel Pink.


Step 12

Adhere panel to the card base.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Rinea – Double-sided foiled paper
  • Spellbinders Thin Die
  • Hot off the Press – Botanical Blooms
  • Double-sided mounting foam

Create a Wonderful Mixed Media Best Wishes Card with Lace Texture

by Lori Warren

Create a wonderful mixed media “Best Wishes” card that is full of texture, layers, and dimension. Start with a stenciled layer using Creative Medium, add a lace focal point and finish it up with a saying strip mounted with dimensional tape.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Apply VersaMagic inks to the Craft Mat, spray with water, and lay cardstock into the wet ink. Trim to size.


Step 2

Mix White Neon Amplify with Iridescent Creative Medium and apply over the stencil using a palette knife. Allow to fully dry.


Step 3

Cut out a rose from a panel of lace and then apply various VersaMagic ink colors to the rose with a Brushstix.


Step 4

Spray lace rose with Shimmer Sheer Craft Spray and allow to dry.


Step 5

Once dry, apply VersaMagic ink in Cloud White to lace rose with Brushstix if you want to soften any of the tones.


Step 6

On a scrap strip of paper trimmed from panel in Step 1, stamp with a script stamp.


Step 7

On the same strip of paper, stamp flower image. Here I used VersaMagic in Mango Madness.


Step 8

Add ink splatters from VersaMagic Ink in Pink Grapefruit by rubbing ink directly to the craft mat and spraying with water. Pick up with a brush and flick onto the card.


Step 9

Edge all elements with VersaMagic in Pink Grapefruit.


Step 10

Stamp script pattern randomly onto the panel.


Step 11

Adhere lace rose to stenciled panel with On Point Glue.


Step 12

Adhere paper strip saying onto the card panel and then highlight rose with irRESISTible Pico Embellisher.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • White Cardstock
  • Mixed Media Paper
  • Lace
  • TCW Stencil – Damask
  • Hot off the Press Stamps

Create a Sunflower Mixed Media Art Panel

by Lori Warren

Create a 3D piece of Mixed Media Art with a metal flower and a variety of inks. To add a nice 3D effect to your project, just use metal!  Metal is a great way to add dimension and can even be colored to match with StazOn Pigment ink.  The results can really be spectacular!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Add color to a metal flower with StazOn Pigment Inkpad.


Step 2

On an art panel, create a watercolor background with Memento DewDrops.


Step 3

Spray panel with Sheer Shimmer Spray in Sparkle.


Step 4

Stamp script stamp onto the panel with StazOn Pigment.


Step 5

Apply Memento ink in Teal Zeal and Pistachio onto the Craft Mat, add water, then use to stamp dots onto the panel.


Step 6

Stamp stem image with StazOn Pigment in Piano Black.


Step 7

Add water to a smear of Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black and splatter onto the background with a brush.


Step 8

Stamp saying with VersaFine CLAIR in Nocturne.


Step 9

Adhere metal flower onto the panel at top of the stem.


Step 10

Tie ribbon around the bottom portion of the panel.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Art Minds Metal Embellishment
  • Lori’s Cards & Creations Stamps
  • Art Panel
  • Celebrate 360 Sheer Ribbon