Create Your Own Holographic Vertigo Film for Cardmaking Crafts

by Roni Johnson

Create Your Own Holographic Vertigo Film for Cardmaking Crafts

Holographic … as a color? Yep, that’s what May’s color of the month is at Imagine. I must admit at first I was thrilled. I LOVE the wide spectrum of color, the swirly design, and the amazing depth it gives a project. After the jubilation wore off I was stumped! Short of going out and buying some holographic paper, how do I create this look on my own? Well, I took this as a challenge and I set to experimenting.

Let me tell you experimentation is not a pretty process…lots and LOTS of trial and error but it is very fun! As luck would have it I found the perfect recipe for making my very own holographic colored technique and I’d like to share it with you.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Cut a piece of Vertigo film to the desired size. I am using a 4.25 x 5.5” for my examples.


Step 2

Begin applying ribbons of color using a variety of StazOn inks and a sponge dauber. I must warn you that the Vertigo film has a texture to it that may or may not tear up your sponge daubers. If you are a bit heavy handed as I am the film does tend to chew on the dauber. It’s o.k. though, I keep a set of the daubers set aside just for this purpose.


Step 3

Continue to add color until the entire piece of Vertigo film has been covered. You will be left with a very colorful sheet of Vertigo film.


Step 4

Freshen up or apply a brand new coat of the ink/glue your Essential Glue Pad.


Step 5

Pounce the Glue Pad over a background stamp.


Step 6

Position the inked piece of Vertigo film over the inked stamp. Lightly rub the back of the Vertigo to ensure complete coverage.


Step 7

Carefully place silver leafing flakes over the inked film. I find that a soft bristle brush helps to push the leafing flakes around where needed. Let the glue dry completely. I usually leave it undisturbed for 2-4 hours.


Step 8

After the glue has dried use a soft bristle brush to remove the excess leafing flakes. Save the excess leafing flakes for future use. And here’s how this example looks after removing the excess leafing flakes.


Step 9

Time to apply a layer of StazOn Pigment ink over the panel. Choose a color that will compliment the overall design and apply it over both the exposed Vertigo film and the leafing flakes.


Step 10

You will be left with an amazing design that has all of the wonderful aspects of holographic colors.


Step 11

The same panel from another angle reveals the beauty of the StazOn ink colors hidden beneath the leafing flakes. It will shine and shimmer from every angle.


Step 12

What can you do with the holographic design? Virtually anything! You are only limited by your imagination. The card above is assembled with a unicorn stamp and the “you are magical” sentiment.

This is another example made using the same technique with a different selection of colors. The card above is assembled with a mermaid stamp and the “The hardest part of moving forward is not looking back” sentiment.

Supplies

Unicorn Example

Imagine
Other
  • Hero Arts – Unicorn Stamp and Cut
  • Black Widow Colored Pencils
  • White Cardstock

Mermaid Example

Imagine
Other
  • Unity Stamp Co – She Mermaid (mermaid), Mystical Mermaid (sentiment)
  • Black Widow Colored Pencils
  • White Cardstock

Learn how to Make a Tri-fold Wedding Anniversary Invitation

by Roni Johnson

Learn how to Make a Tri-fold Wedding Anniversary Invitation

It’s approaching the traditional wedding season so I thought I would create a quick and simple wedding invitation that could also be used for weddings and for anniversary celebrations. I was inspired to switch it up a bit because my husband and I will be celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary in a couple of years. Quite the milestone these days. I love sparkle so I knew the Sheer Shimmer line was the way to go with this design.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Cut a 4.25 x 6” white cardstock panel. Use tape to mask off one-third of the panel. Use Frost Sheer Shimmer Stix to apply one or two layers of sparkle to the panel. When you remove the mask the frosty shimmer will become more apparent. Let this layer dry completely.


Step 2

Stamp a large pattern design over the frosted area using VersaMark ink. I used a zentangle-looking swirl pattern.


Step 3

Sprinkle the pattern image with White Embossing Powder, shake off excess and return it to the jar. Heat the embossing powder to melt. You now have a lovely, shimmery white underneath the textured embossed area.


Step 4

Affix grey sparkly ribbon to the bottom of the embossed design using Tear It! Tape.


Step 5

Color two hearts with Sheer Shimmer Spritz. In keeping with the simple, elegant design I used Pewter and Frost.


Step 6

Cut a dark grey cardstock panel 6.25 x 12”; score at 4.5” and 9”. This creates the tri-fold panels.


Step 7

Use Tear It! Tape to adhere the panel to the front of the card.


Step 8

Affix the hearts to the card front using double stick foam tape.


Step 9

Prepare cardstock panels for the inside of the card using Frost and Pewter Sheer Shimmer Spritz.


Step 10

Print and die-cut information about the upcoming nuptials or other celebration as is the case in the example.


Step 11

Apply Morning Mist VersaFine Clair to the edge of each die-cut using a sponge dauber. This will give the edge some contrast. Affix the die cut information to the inside of the card.


Step 12

The outside of the card has the two hearts and the ribbon.


Step 13

Add more sparkly ribbon to the inside panels as the final touch.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white, grey
  • Deep Red Stamps – Festive Grunge
  • May Arts – Metallic Pewter Sparkle Ribbon
  • Double-Stick Foam Tape
  • Computer Generated Text
  • Spellbinders – Die-cut Labels

Create An Awesome Accordion Fathers Day Card

by Roni Johnson

Tunnel cards just got that much cooler because of StazOn Pigment Inkpads! You can now stamp on acetate and really build up those layers without all of the cutting and snipping like traditional tunnel cards. With the help of StazOn Pigment Inks simply stamp on acetate panels, use Tear It! Tape to affix the panels to the accordion sides and you’re good to go! It takes a matter of minutes instead of hours!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 20 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Stamp beginning layer on a card to use as a stamping guide. Originally I thought I would use this as the back panel of the card but the green was too dark so I stamped a second panel on white cardstock to use as the final layer of the tunnel.


Step 2

Cut acetate (transparencies) to the desired size. I cut 4 layers for this card.


Step 3

Position one of the acetate panels over the stamping guide. Stamp the panels from back to front stamping panel #4 first.

inks yield crisp clean opaque images on the acetate
Step 4

Continue stamping each consecutive layer as desired. As you can see here the inks yield crisp clean opaque images on the acetate. The best part is they dry in a matter of seconds allowing you to stack the next layer on top of the last for ease of alignment and stamping.

Create the accordion side panels by creasing a 4” x 4 ¼” card panel at ¼” increments.
Step 5

Create the accordion side panels by creasing a 4” x 4 ¼” card panel at ¼” increments.


Step 6

Use On Point Glue to create 3 flats between the mountains as shown in the photo. These flat pieces will be what you affix the acetate panels to creating the tunnel effect.

 Use Tear It Tape to affix the front acetate panel to the card frame.
Step 7

Cut a frame for the front of the card. Use Tear It Tape to affix the front acetate panel to the card frame.


Step 8

Adhere the accordion pieces to the back sides of the frame. Use Tear It Tape to adhere to each consecutive panel to the accordion sides as shown in the photo.

Your tunnel card is ready to go!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Acetate
  • Cardstock
  • My Favorites Things – Stitched Frame
  • Just For Fun Stamps – Trees, deer, pine bough
  • Rubber Stamp Tapestry – Mom & Dad Clear Stamp Set
  • Die Machine
  • Acrylic Block

Learn How To Blend VersaFine Clair Inks

by Roni Johnson

Learn How To Blend VersaFine Clair Inks

Sometimes colors speak volumes and Imagine’s Color of the Month for March does so for me…Peacock Feathers. I love the rich jewel tones found in peacock feathers from the brilliant greens, lush blues to the royal purple not to mention the amazing metallic glimmer thrown in for good measure. Mother Nature is amazing, isn’t she? I tried to keep all of this in mind when creating a project to share with you. I decided to use one of my favorite techniques, color blending paired with the lovely VersaFine Clair inks, I think I came pretty darn close. I hope you enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 45 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Mask off the area that you would like to color. I have used JudiKins Eclipse Masking Tape but you could just as easily use scrap paper secured with washi tape or something similar. I wanted the colors to be bold like a peacock so I chose to work with a 2” wide area to ink.


Step 2

Begin applying the ink to the paper using a Sponge Dauber. I like to work from lightest to darkest but that’s up to your personal preference. In this instance, I began with VersaFine Clair in Verdant (bright spring green).


Step 3

VersaFine Clair in Shady Lane (darker green) is the next color in the lineup. Apply the ink beside the previous color, save the overlapping and blending till the end.


Step 4

VersaFine Clair in Paradise (cyan blue) is applied next.


Step 5

VersaFine Clair in Blue Belle (darker blue) is the 4th color added.


Step 6

VersaFine Clair in Fantasia (darker purple) is the 5th and final color added to the peacock feather stripe.


Step 7

It is time to go back and blend the colors together. To do so, look at your colors in pairs; use the lighter of the two colors to blend them both together. In this case, I am using the Blue Belle Sponge Dauber to blend Fantasia and Blue Belle together.


Step 8

Once you are satisfied with the blending, remove the masking tape (scrap paper).


Step 9

Spray the card panel with Sheer Shimmer Spray in Sparkle and let it dry completely.


Step 10

Sprinkle a few drops of All-Purpose Ink in Vegas Gold on the Craft Mat; add a couple drops of Ink Potion No. 9 (or water) to the ink and mix. Use a paintbrush, toothbrush or another tool to flick the ink over the card panel.


Step 11

Stamp a sentiment such as “hello” and a peacock feather image using VersaFine Clair Nocturne inkpad. Mat the Peacock Feather panel with Violet and Sapphire Starstruck Rinea Foiled Paper; affix to a white card base.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • JudiKins Eclipse Masking Tape
  • Just For Fun Rubber Stamps – Peacock Feather
  • Paper Smooches – “Hello” sentiment
  • Rinea Foiled Paper – Violet Starstruck, Sapphire Starstruck
  • Silicone Baster
  • White Card Base

See How To Upcycle A Tin With Stazon Pigment Ink

by Roni Johnson

See How To Upcycle A Tin With Stazon Pigment Ink

Did you hear about the new StazOn Pigment Ink? A quick drying opaque ink that you can use on all of the surfaces that you use the original StazOn ink. This will take your mixed media game to a whole new level of fun. Today am sharing a mermaid themed gift tin that I made for my daughter in law. It’s got layer after layer of StazOn Pigment Ink as well as a few other fun products from Imagine like Goosebumps spray, irRESISTible Pico Embellisher, On Point Glue.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Prepare the tin you will be working with by sanding off any artwork. 180 or 220 grit sandpaper works well for this process. Wash and dry the tin to remove dust, debris, and oils from your skin.


Step 2

Use sponge daubers and StazOn inks to build layers of color beginning with the darkest layer on the bottom. Mariner Blue was applied to the very bottom rim of the lid to create the deepest and darkest part of the ocean. Let dry. Shamrock Green was the next layer which overlapped the Mariner Blue a bit and was applied approximately half way up the tin. Peacock Feathers was used for the third layer of ink, it was pounced darkest above the green but was also pounced over both the Shamrock Green and Mariner Blue to help blend the colors together. Snowflake was applied on the upper quarter of the lid, it was then lightly pounced into the Peacock Feathers to bring a look of natural gradation.


Step 3

The mermaid stamp was inked with Piano Black StazOn Pigment ink and immediately stamped on the lid. Due to the fact that the lid has a slightly curved surface, I have found that it works best if you hold the lid in one hand and the stamp in the other and bring them together. This allows you to see that the stamp is making contact as you press the stamp around the contour of the lid. Let the ink dry completely.


Step 4

Spritz the lid with Clear Goosebumps Texture Spray to create an illusion of water. Let this medium dry before moving on. Use Wedding Dress irRESISTible Pico Embellisher to create bubbles in the water.


Step 5

Use a sponge dauber to color the side of the lid with StazOn Pigment in Mariner Blue and to frame the stamped image on top of the lid.


Step 6

Selectively apply On Point Glue to the lid and lightly sprinkle glitter over the wet adhesive. Let the glue dry completely, shake off excess glitter and replace it for future use.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Upcycled Tin Container
  • Sandpaper
  • Unity Stamp Co – Mystical Mermaid
  • Fine Glitter

Color of the Month is Peacock Feathers

Color of the Month for March is Peacock Feathers! We love this bright teal color and feel it is the perfect color to kick off the spring season. Not quite green, not quite blue, we really feel teal is in its own color category. Along with this beautiful color hitting your eyes all month long, we are featuring a whole new ink line to be announced this Tuesday, March 5th, 2019. So stay tuned for that super fun announcement!

In the meantime, we have a couple of inkpad brands to recommend to add to your teal collection. Try VersaFine Clair in Warm Breeze. It is a beautiful solid stamping ink and will look great for block printing or large surface coverage. If you need a beautiful ink for blending try VersaMagic in Turquoise Gem. The heavy pigment load and long open time are perfect for blending across a background. If you enjoy working with fabric projects then try the Fabrico Marker in Tropical Lagoon.

We hope you try some of these inks, in the meantime here are some sneak peeks for March

Mermaid Tin by Roni Johnson 

sneak-peak-mar 2019-iris

Bird Stencilled Card by Iris Rodriguez

Stay tuned for the New Product Announcement on Tuesday!