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!

Learn How to Blend Ink using Shimmer Stix

by Roni Johnson

Learn How to Blend Ink using Shimmer Stix

New products are always fun but they are even MORE fun when it sparkles which is exactly what Shimmer Stix has in spades. It’s the same beautiful Shimmer Spritz Spray in a fun new package. AND this card is doing double duty by picking up on the Color of the Month – Living Coral but with a twist, it is a combination of 2 Radiant Neon colors blended together to make one with the help of Shimmer Stix.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Cut a piece of white cardstock to 3.75 x 5 inches. Rub Radiant Neon Electric Coral on the upper portion of the card panel. Rub Electric Orange Radiant Neon Ink directly over the Electric Coral. Rub Electric Orange Radiant Neon Ink directly over the Electric Coral.


Step 2

Use the Shimmer Stix to blend and drag the inks together down the length of the panel.


Step 3

This blends the ink and colors the panel with shimmer at the same time. It’s hard to show the truly beautiful shimmer you get from the Shimmer Stix but this photo captures a bit of that shimmer and sparkle.


Step 4

Cut a cover-up using the Gina Marie Flower Burst Trio Cover Plate on white cardstock. Mount the cover up onto the Shimmer Blended card panel and affix to a black card base.


Step 5

Cut three “Sparkle” sentiments, one from blue cardstock and two from black cardstock.


Step 6

Use On Point Glue to glue the layers together with the blue on top. Apply a layer of Shimmer irRESISTible Pico Embellisher to the sentiment and let dry. Add a dot of Electric Blue irRESISTible Pico Embellisher to the center of each flower. Adhere the sentiment to the card using On Point Glue. Just look at that beautifully blended shimmer!!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Gina Marie – Flower Burst Trio Cover Plate
  • Queen and Co – Sparkle Sentiment Die-cut
  • Cardstock – White, Black, Blue

See How to Create Beautiful Coral Themed Jewelry Charms

by Roni Johnson

See How to Create Beautiful Coral Themed Jewelry Charms

I was so excited when I found out the color of the month was Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2019 – Living Coral. Why? Well, this color brings to mind summer, the beach and warm temps, something that I’m all for at the moment. I used the Coral Ultimate Pigment Refill on SHEET Metal circle charms as my jumping off point. I decided it would be fun to add a bit of blue sky using the Versa Magic Ink Sea Breeze and the sparkle of the water with irRESISTible Pico Embellisher – Shimmer to these Charming Coral pieces as well.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Pounce VersaMagic pigment ink in SeaBreeze and VersaColor inker in Coral (see link below) onto the circle pieces. Sprinkle the charm with clear embossing powder; shake off excess and return it to the jar. Heat the embossing powder to melt.


Step 2

Use a Sponge Dauber to apply Jet Black StazOn ink around the edge of the charm.


Step 3

Stamp desired texture onto the charms using Jet Black StazOn ink.


Step 4

Glue shell charm to small circle using On Point Glue. Cover each charm with a layer of Shimmer irRESISTible Pico Embellisher and let dry.


Step 5

Use jewelry tools to secure both charms to the other; add additional charms or beads as desired. Thread charms onto a ball chain necklace.

BONUS!!

I had so much fun making the first set of charms I just kept going. This time I decided to ink up a few fender washers. These charms were made using the same technique as above using steps 1-3. Antiqued copper charms and findings to finish off the washers.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Just For Fun Rubber Stamps – Crackle Stamp
  • Jewelry Findings
  • Jewelry Tools
  • Aleene’s Platinum Bond – Glass & Bead