Create Monochromatic Watercolor with Mboss Powder and VersaMagic

by Lori Warren

Create Monochromatic Watercolor with Mboss Powder and VersaMagic

A monochromatic color scheme can produce a lovely outcome; especially when framed with White MBoss Embossing powder.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 60 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Color a 5” x 5” white cardstock panel with Fireworks! Cottage Ivy spray.


Step 2

Edge panel with VersaFine Clair Rain Forest.


Step 3

With a VersaMark Watermark stamp pad, stamp the floral image onto corners of a 4 ¾” x 4 ¾” white cardstock panel.


Step 4

Cover VersaMark stamped Image with White MBoss Embossing Powder and heat to set.


Step 5

Apply VersaMagic in Hint of Pesto to a craft mat, add water and use wet ink to color floral image (using a paintbrush).


Step 6

Spray panel with Sheer Shimmer Craft Spray in Sparkle. Allow drying.


Step 7

Edge panels with Memento Ink in London Fog.


Step 8

Stamp center of the panel with the sentiment using VersaFine Clair in Nocturne, Rain Forest.


Step 9

Layer panels onto a 5 ¼” x 5 ¼” card base and embellish with adhesive pearl.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Joy Clair Stamps – Hugs and Smiles
  • Cardstock
  • Kaiser Craft – Adhesive Pearls in Ice Green
  • Acrylic Block
  • Paintbrush

Color of the Month for November is Hunter Green

Color of the Month for November is Hunter Green

Color of the Month for November is Hunter Green. We feel this color is a perfect segway between Thanksgiving and the Christmas holiday season. We love dark rich greens inks and Tsukineko certainly has a great number of inks to choose from in this color hue. For a solid stamping ink try VersaFine in Rain Forest, VersaColor in Evergreen makes a nice blending ink with a sponge dauber and if you need a green with a bit of shine then don’t forget Delicata in Emerald Green.

November is also exciting because we are collaborating with Joy Clair Stamps this month. See the Joy Clair website for more information on their stamp sets.

Here is a peek of what we have coming up this month in cardmaking tutorials and videos!

Lindsay Adreon creates matching Christmas Cards 

Lindsay Adreon creates matching Christmas Cards

Lori Warren uses a cute Moose Stamp for a Holiday card. 

Lori Warren uses a cute Moose Stamp for a Holiday card.

Melissa Andrew uses this super cute sloth as a theme for a card. 

Melissa Andrew uses this super cute sloth as a theme for a card.

Beginner Guide: Create a Simple and Beautiful Collage on a Wooden Leaf


by Lori Warren

New to collage and mixed media?  Then this project is for you! Create a simple and beautiful collage on a wood leaf that can be used in card making and home décor projects.


StazOn Pigment
in Piano Black

Sheer Shimmer Stix in Gold

Tissue Paper

Stamp Set

StazOn Cleaner

Creative Medium

Wooden Leaves

Flat Paint Brush

Directions

Separate the top layer of a patterned paper napkin and tear it into large sections. The thin tissue paper is perfect for this project.

Using a flat paint brush, adhere the torn napkin pieces to wood leaf with Creative Artist Medium in Clear. Creative Medium is a light acrylic paste and can perform a lot like Modge Podge paste for this collage. What makes Creative Medium different than Mod Podge is that it is thick enough to form a stiff structure as well. So if you are using Creative Medium with a stencil then the shapes of the stencil will maintain their shape. Paint the Creative Medium layer on the wood shape first. Then lay the tissue paper down and apply another layer on top of the paper. Allow drying.

Stamp a fall theme saying or sentiment onto the leaves with StazOn Pigment in Piano Black. Use the StazOn stamp cleaner to clean your stamps once you are finished. Since the surface has the Creative Medium layer StazOn is the best choice here. Other ink brands might rub off or smear.

Apply Gold Sheer Shimmer Stix to edges of the leaf. The Shimmer Stix is a dauber top applicator and needs to be shaken well before use. The liquid shimmer should apply much like a marker. Test on a separate piece of paper before applying.

Repeat the process with different leaf-shaped.

Create Soft Stamped Background with Secondary Stamping Technique

by Lori Warren

There is something so beautiful about a soft, watercolor background. Especially when paired with a bold stamped sentiment in black, it really creates a striking contrast. The Secondary stamping technique also used on this card was the perfect way to enhance the watercolor background with muted florals.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Directions


Step 1

Apply Memento ink in Sweet Plum and Elderberry directly to the craft mat, spray with water and then place cardstock panel directly into the wet ink.


Step 2

Repeat step one with additional Memento ink colors. Here I used Memento in London Fog which is a nice gray.


Step 3

Stamp flowers onto cardstock panel (ink up stamp, stamp off ink using scrap paper, then stamp onto cardstock panel). The second generation stamping is what is left on the stamp when you stamp off the card. When you use this, it gives the stamp a ghost-like look.


Step 4

Stamp the sentiments, “you’re amazing” and “it’s your day!” along with the calendar images with Memento in Tuxedo Black.


Step 5

Stamp small circle stamp around the “day” of the birthday. With this design, the circle is on the 7th.


Step 6

Edge panel with Memento in London Fog.


Step 7

Tie sheer ribbon between sentiment and calendar images.


Step 8

Adhere the card and ribbon to the card base with Tear It Tape.


Step 9

Stamp birthday month “October” and the word “birthday” to the right of calendar image, vertically.


Step 10

Embellish with adhesive gems.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Waffle Flower – Little Gifts, Calendar Stamp Set, In Every Way
  • Celebrate It – Sheer Gray Ribbon
  • Cardstock – purple, white
  • Adhesive Pearls

 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!