Add Dimension to a Single Stamp with Layers

by Roni Johnson

Amethyst is a lovely stone found in nature that’s color ranges from a deep rich purple to a smokey gray with all the sparkle and shimmer of diamonds. That is our color of the month and it is also the color scheme I used to create this triple layer card using Waffle Flower’s lovely Bouquet Builder 3 and a MISTI stamp positioner.


Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes


Directions


Step 1

Cut 3 cardstock panels from white cardstock using the following dimensions: 4 ¾” X 6.25”, 2.5” x 4.5”, 1.5” x 3.5”. Place the largest panel in the stamp positioner and center the large flower bouquet stamp in the center of the paper. Close the lid to pick up the stamp. Ink the stamp with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair ink; press the image onto the cardstock. Remove this panel from the stamping tool, leaving the stamp in place.

Step 2

Insert the 2nd panel into the positioning tool using the grid as a guide for proper placement. Ink the stamp with Electric Purple Radiant Neon ink and close the lid to stamp the image onto the second panel. Remove this panel from the positioning tool.

Step 3

Position the smallest panel into the positioning tool again using the grid as a guide for placement. Ink the stamp with Fantasia VersaFine Clair ink and stamp the image onto the third and last panel.

Step 4


Sprinkle Sparkle Mboss embossing powder over all three images; shake off excess and return the excess to the pouch. Heat each panel to melt the embossing powder.

Step 5


Mat each panel on a piece of coordinating cardstock with an 1/8” margin on each side.

Step 6


Stamp the sentiment onto a piece of scrap cardstock using VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink. Trim the excess cardstock and mat on a piece of black cardstock.

Step 7


Mount the largest panel onto a black card base. Adhere the other two panels over the first panel, aligning the image properly each time. Add a few Waffle Flower Stardust Enamel Dots to the card.

Step 8


Affix the sentiment to the card using double stick foam tape.

Just look at that sparkle and shine created by the Sparkle Mboss embossing powder. Simply lovely and it captures the essence of a real amethyst.

We hope you enjoyed our kick-off project in our collaboration with Waffle Flower. The most exciting part? 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.


Supplies


Imagine
Other
  • Waffle Flower – Bouquet Builder 3, Stardust Enamel Dots
  • Cardstock – white, 2 shades of purple, black
  • My Sweet Petunia – MISTI Stamp Positioning Tool
  • Double Stick Foam Tape

Beginner Guide: Stamp & Drawing Technique


by Roni Johnson

Sometimes when you’re just starting out stamping you don’t want to have to purchase a bunch of supplies when you’re not sure if you’ll like it or not. Well today I have a really fun and easy technique that will add some spice to your cards and all you need besides stamps, ink, and paper is a pen and a ruler and you don’t even really need a ruler – it can be any straight edge.

What are we going to be doing with the pen…making doodles! It’s really easy and I’ll bet you’ve been practicing this for years without even realizing it. Let’s go!

Memento Marker in Tuxedo Black


VersaFine Clair in Nocturne

Acrylic Block by Stampin’ Up

Imagine Craft Mat

Unity – Naturally Beautiful

Stampin Up Cardstock

Directions

Place the “orange blossum” stamp onto an acrylic block (you can skip this if you have wood mounted stamp). Pounce VersaFine Clair in Nocturne over the stamp. Press the inked stamp onto the paper.

Now for the doodles…we’re going to start out with a really basic line doodle frame. First determine where you want your border. I went with ¼” for this example. So line up your ruler (I find that clear rulers are easier to work with) and make a dot at the ¼” mark in all 4 corners with a pencil.

Now you’re going to take a marker, in this case, I’m using the Tuxedo Black Memento Dual Tip Marker to doodle with. It has 2 tips – a brush type marker tip and the other end is like a pen so you can write with it too.

Align the ruler with your pencil dots, using the pen tip; draw a line from dot to dot. Easy Peasy right?

You can choose to stop right there or you can go back and add a few more doodles like these zig-zag lines.

From here you can mount the card on a card base or leave it as a postcard style, color in the oranges, leaves and add a sentiment for whatever occasion fits. As you can see in the first photo — you can apply this technique to several card designs!

Create a Fun Mermaid Scale Friendship Card

by Roni Johnson

Create a Fun Mermaid Scale Friendship Card

This month Imagine and Rinea Foil are teaming up to bring you some amazing projects for the month of August and today I have a fun mermaid scales card for your most Mer-Mazing friend!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Place a piece of white cardstock in a stamping aid and place the stamp over the cardstock in the desired position. Close the lid of the stamping aid to affix the stamp to the lid. Pounce VersaFine Nocturne ink over the stamp; close the lid to stamp the image onto the cardstock. Repeat this step if necessary to get a good impression. Leave the stamp affixed to the stamping aid.


Step 2

Use an Exacto knife to cut away several scales from the image.


Step 3

Use sponge daubers to apply Verdant, Paradise and Fantasia inks to the cardstock. Blend the inks where they meet.


Step 4

Use a white gel pen to color in the dots on the scales.


Step 5

Swipe the piece of cardstock with a Stamping Buddy or other anti-static tool. Place the piece of cardstock back into the stamping aid; apply VersaMark ink to the rubber stamp and close the lid to stamp the image over the first.


Step 6

Sprinkle the image with Mboss Sparkle Embossing Powder, shake off excess and return to the pouch. Use a heat tool to melt the embossing powder.


Step 7

Trim several colors of Rinea Foiled Paper to fit the openings in the scale pattern.


Step 8

Affix these pieces to the backside of the card panel. Stamp sentiment onto a piece of vellum using Piano Black StazOn Pigment Ink. Tear away excess paper and affix this to the card using On Point Glue. Affix the card panel to a blue card base using Tear It! Tape.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Joy Clair – Mermaid Tail
  • Unity – Mer-mazing (sentiment)
  • White & Blue Cardstock
  • Exacto Knife
  • Rinea Foiled Paper – Jade/Gold Glossy, Emerald/Gold Glossy, Turquoise/Gold Glossy, Sapphire/Gold Glossy, Lavender/Gold Glossy, Violet/Gold Glossy
  • Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pen

Color of the Month for August is Desert Sand

Color of the Month for August is Desert Sand. This light cream color is a beautiful way to express warm soft earthy tones. Not only is it a great compliment to chocolate browns but it looks great with a shimmery element. If you are looking for a soft shimmery gold that is not bright yellow then we highly recommend inks such as Delicata Champagne or Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Desert Sand. If you are looking for a dye ink to blend with brown colors then Memento Desert Sand is also a great choice.

August also brings a collaboration with Rinea Foil Paper. Look out for how unique and versatile these foil papers are in paper crafting and jewelry making projects.

Here is a Sneak Peek of what we have to offer.

Watercolored Card by Iris Rodriguez

Espresso Card by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Beginner Technique by Roni Johnson

See How to Create a Mixed Media Master Board with Mboss

by Roni Johnson

See How to Create a Mixed Media Master Board with Mboss

Master Boards are a quick and easy way to create a large supply of beautiful backgrounds in a single session. There are no rules, no limits and they are so much fun to make! Today, I’ll show you how to create a mixed media master board using inks, embossing powders and more.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 2+ hour

Directions


Step 1

Select a piece of paper for the foundation of the master board. It could be mixed media paper, watercolor, cardstock or something else. I have chosen a sheet from a vintage atlas for this project.


Step 2

Scrape the smooth side of the Squeegee across the Cheerful VersaFine Clair inkpad. Drag the inked Squeegee across the paper. Repeat 2-3 more times.


Step 3

Continue to pick up ink on the Squeegee using Golden Meadow and Morning Mist VersaFine Clair inks.


Step 4

Apply Verdant VersaFine Clair ink through a harlequin stencil and Green Oasis VersaFine Clair ink over a square stencil using a stipple brush.


Step 5

Pounce VersaMark ink over a leaf stencil in several places over the page.


Step 6

Sprinkle Mboss Lucky Stars embossing powder over the ink; shake off the excess and return it to the handy space-saving pouch. Heat the embossing powder to melt.


Step 7

Stamp flower several times over the paper using VersaMark ink; cover with Yellow embossing powder, shake off excess and return it to the pouch. Heat the embossing powder to melt.


Step 8

Stamp various collage images over the paper using VersaFine Clair inks.


Step 9

Spritz Dandelion irRESISTible Texture Spray over the entire sheet and let dry. You now have a lovely master board ready to use for all sorts of projects. Below are just a few examples made using this single master board.

Card #1 When Life Gives You Lemons – Squeeze the Day!

Card #2 Have a Bee-utiful Day!

Card #3 Perfection is Overrated

Card #4 Mason Jar

Card #5 How’s It Hanging?

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Vintage Atlas Page
  • Deco Art – Harlequin Stencil
  • Dylusions – Squares Stencil (retired)
  • Stamplorations – Leaf Stencil
  • Unity Stamp Co – Flower, Collage Images
  • Heat Tool
  • Craft Consortium – Fresh Cut Stamp
  • Sunny Studio – Slice of Summer Stamp, Silly Sloths Stamp
  • Rubber Stamp Tapestry – Sentiment; Vintage Milk Bottle/Lemonade Cap, Bee-utiful Day stamp
  • Finnabair – Sentiment Sticker, Sentiment & Vintage Photobooth Stickers

Learn How to Upcycle an Old Jar into a Mystical Fairy Lantern

by Roni Johnson

I don’t know any little girl that didn’t want to be a fairy when they were little…some of us have never forgotten that dream and love fairy’s to this very day. Here’s a way to sprinkle a little fairy dust in your home with this upcycled Fairy lantern craft!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 Hour

Directions


Step 1

Wash and dry a glass jar that you will use to create the lantern. Cut a fairy silhouette from black cardstock. Apply a layer of On Point Glue to the die-cut. Apply a layer of On Point Glue to the die-cut.


Step 2

Press the fairy to the inside of the jar front. Note: If you have a fairy stamp you can exchange that for the fairy die cut and stamp it on the outside of the jar with StazOn Pigment Ink.


Step 3

Glue a bit of moss to the bottom of the jar so that when the lantern is lit it will look like she is standing in a bit of foliage.


Step 4

Stamp flowers images on the other 3 sides of the jar using StazOn Pigment Ink. Silhouette flowers work best but use what you have.


Step 5

Sponge Blue Hawaii StazOn Studio Glaze to the corners, top and bottom areas of each side with an Ink Blusher sponge and let dry.


Step 6

Sponge on a coat of Wedding Dress (white – dries frosty) StazOn Studio Glaze over the entire jar and let it dry.


Step 7

Sponge on a second coat of the Wedding Dress Studio Glaze on one side of the jar and immediately sprinkle with Mboss Sparkle embossing powder. Shake off the excess and reserve for the next side.


Step 8

Set the jar on the craft mat and heat the embossing powder to melt. Let it cool! Note: the jar will become very hot during this process. Do not try to pick it up as you will burn your fingers.


Step 9

Repeat steps 9 and 10 on the rest of the jar. When the jar is fully covered it is now time to move on to the lid. Sponge Piano Black StazOn Pigment ink over the writing on the lid.


Step 10

Add desired embellishments to the lid and top of the jar. Wrap wire around an LED flicker light so you can insert it into the jar with ease.


You now have an amazing little fairy lantern to light your way!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Jar
  • Posh Paper Supplies – Fairy
  • Hobby Lobby – Pearl Trim, Garland
  • Prima – Flowers