Quick and Easy Projects: Kissing Stamp Technique

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Kissing Technique is an easy way to combine your stamps and create unique designs for your stamping projects. Just select one solid design and combine it with another pattern and create different layouts.

Memento Lulu Lavender


Memento DewDrop – Grape Jelly

Craft Mat

Card and Envelope Set

Full Heart Stamp 

Stripepddle Stamp by RG Avenue.

Directions

Select the stamps that you want to use and the colors of the ink. Use a light color for the solid image and dark color for the textured or detailed image. Place the stamps over different acrylic blocks and ink well with the corresponding ink. Here I selected a heart stamp and inked it with Memento in Lulu Lavender. Then I choose a stripe stamp and inked it with Memento in Grape Jelly.

Place one stamp over the other, touching the inked sides. You will notice how the stripe image is transferred into the solid heart image. When you are using a waterbased ink like Memento this transfer will happen very smoothly.

If you decide to use a dark color for the solid image, don’t apply ink to the detailed image, just kiss them and you will see how it take off the color from the solid stamp. Stamp the image over your card stock layer and finalize your card stamping a coordinating sentiment.

 

We are Excited to Announce our Design Team for 2020

We are Excited to Announce our Design Team for 2020

This year we hope to change things up a bit and offer two segments in our crafting tutorials. Beginner Tutorials will focus on quick and easy crafting projects that do not require extra crafting supplies and Intermediate and Advanced tutorials for those who have a little of an obsession.

Meet Our Designers!!

Beginner Designers

Jowilna Nolte 

I started my paper journey officially in about 2000 as a shop assistant in a specialty paper store in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa. Whilst I have been playing with paper and creating my own masterpieces at home for friends and family since the age of 10, the shop environment added the vast knowledge of handmade and imported paper as well as the common commercial types of paper. I also started teaching card making, stamping and altered art in-store at the time.

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Annie Collins 

Hello  Friends, my name is Annie Collins and I have been crafting all my life. I started at 4 years old sewing with my mother. My passion for crafting and sharing continued to grow over the years. I love paper crafting the most all forms of it. I live in sunny Florida with my fantastic family, my husband, our 3 children and pets. I can’t wait to share some projects and be inspired by all of you. 

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LeeAnn McKinney 

Hi there friends and fellow crafters, my name is LeeAnn McKinney and I am so excited to bring my clean and simple projects and tutorials to you throughout 2020. Let’s Get Crafty!!!

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Intermediate + Advanced Designers

Lori Warren 

I am an explorer of all things mixed media, designer, and instructor who fell in love with rubber stamping about 20 years ago. I love the versatility of rubber stamps and feature their use in mixed media art, card making, art journaling as well as other papercrafts. I love to try new techniques and mediums and am always keeping an eye out for something different.

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Lisa Mensing

I live in the Fayettevile/Ft. Bragg area in NC with my husband, Aaron, of nearly 20 years. We are a retired Army family who has settled into a simple life together. I started making handmade cards back in 2010, and I’ve recently started creating YouTube tutorials; regularly, I love that I get to combine two things I’m passionate about, technology and crafting. I’m so excited to be joining the Imagine Crafts Design Team. I look forward to, hopefully, getting to know you all and building more crafty friendships.

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Nicole Watt

Hello! I’m Nicole Watt (aka: The Pixel Maven) By day, I’m a website and graphic designer/business owner with my husband, and every other moment, I’m a papercraft blogger/vlogger. Though I love lots of different arts and crafts, stamps, paper, and ink have been my go-to for over 10 years. I love inspiring and sharing with you and helping you gain confidence in the art of paper crafting. YOU are an artist – So, what are you waiting for? Grab your favorite supplies, and create with me!

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Beginner Guide: Make a Snow Globe Holiday Card

Beginner Guide: Make a Snow Globe Holiday Card

Learn how to make a quick and easy Holiday card with a simple woodblock Snowglobe stamp. We love this clean and simple card design using a variety of stamping inks.


VersaFine Clair in Nocturne

Memento DewDrop – Bahama Blue

VersaColor in Cyan

Sponge Dauber

Snowglobe Stamp


Reindeer Stamp

Card and Envelope Set

Directions

Start this lovely card design by taping down the card base with a piece of masking tape. Ink up a sponge dauber with Memento Ink in Bahama Blue. The sponge dauber is a dense foam and will absorb the ink slowly. This causes the ink to stay on the surface of the sponge and will transfer to the paper evenly. Rub the ink onto the card in a circular motion. Ink another dauber with VersaColor in Cyan and layer on top of the dye ink. Mixing the pigment of VersaColor and the dye of Memento ink creates a lush look.

Stamp the Snobglobe image using VersaFine Clair in Nocturne. Since VersaFine Clair is a hybrid oil-based ink, it will stamp well on top of the Memento and Versacolor inks.

Continue with stamping the Reindeer stamp inside the Snowglobe. Here this is a fun part of this card design. As long as you can find an image that will fit inside the snowglobe you can vary the card design as much as you want. Finish the card design with the holiday sentiment of your choice below the snowglobe image!

Beginner Guide: Embossing and Watercoloring Technique

by Elina Stromberg

Heat embossing is an easy but versatile technique that will bring your stamped projects to a new level. You will be amazed how easily this technique will transform your stamped images into shiny, non-fading, water-resisting decoration elements! Most crafters use heat embossing together with stamps, but this technique can also be used in various ways to create cool effects on your project backgrounds.

For heat embossing you don’t need too many supplies; embossing powder, a sticky stamping ink, and a heating tool will take you a long way. A heating tool (or a heat gun) is a dryer that blows very hot air. The temperature is much higher than of a hairdryer, so be careful not to touch the nozzle as it may burn your fingers! The magic of heat embossing is in the melt, and the embossing powder will need heat to start melting. Therefore, a hairdryer cannot be used for this purpose as the air is simply not hot enough. The results of heat embossing are gorgeous; it’s almost like magic on paper! Even if you don’t have too much experience of paper crafting, I recommend you give this technique a try; it’s so easy that you will master it in no time at all!


VersaMark

Mboss in Black

Watercolor Set

Waterbrush

Acrylic Block by Stampin’ Up


Stampin Up – Beautiful Day

Stampin Up Cardstock

Heat Tool

For heat embossing, you need an ink that is sticky. The ink acts as a glue and the fine embossing powder sticks to the ink until it’s melted. My personal preference for this technique is VersaMark as it dries slowly allowing me to work at my own pace without any rush. I can also stamp several images on one go without worrying for the ink to dry too quickly.
Stamp the image on white paper. I used a smooth watercolor paper, as I wanted to color the embossed image with watercolors.

Place your stamped paper on a piece of scrap paper (a sheet of printing paper will do great). Sprinkle a generous amount of embossing powder over the stamped image. Lift the stamped cardstock and pour the leftover embossing powder onto the scrap paper. The powder sticks to the sticky ink. Tap the stamped cardstock a couple of times to get rid of more excess powder. Set the stamped paper aside and funnel the leftover powder back into the container. The leftover powder can be used over and over again! If for some reason the powder would stick on unwanted areas, you can brush off the excess powder with a small paintbrush before heat setting the powder.

Keeping the heating gun nozzle a few inches away from the cardstock, heat the embossing powder until it’s completely melted. Be careful not to overheat it. You will notice when the powder starts melting as it turns from matt grainy to smooth and shiny.

Paint the embossed image with watercolors. The heat embossed image resists watercolors, allowing you to block colors from mixing.
 I decided to use the butterflies for decorating cards, so I cut them out with scissors. I glued two panels of patterned papers on a simple white card base. For making my beautiful butterflies pop I added simple heat embossed texture on the background: 
I started with dabbing clear VersaMark in on the center of my background. On my first card, I used white embossing powder for the background, and for the second one gold. Heat embossing is an easy way to add a hint of metallic shimmer to your card! Once the powder had cooled, I glued the butterfly on the card front. Done!

Beginner Guide: Make a Thanksgiving Card

Beginner Guide: Make a Thanksgiving Card

What are you thankful for? Family? Friends? Everything?! We created a quick and easy beginner lesson for those who want to express gratitude. See how we used the same stamp to create a repeating pattern for this a simple Thanksgiving card.


VersaFine Clair in Pinecone

VersaFine Clair in Nocturne

VersaFine Clair in Shady Lane

VersaFine Clair in Summertime

Acrylic Block by Stampin’ Up


Waffle Flower Stamp Set

Stampin Up Cardstock

Tear It Tape

Directions

Select an array of ink colors that represent fall. Here I choose VersaFine Clair in Nocturne, Summertime, Shady Lane, and Pinecone. Next, select a stamp set with a phrase or word that has a nice boxy horizontal shape. I enjoyed using the word “Thankful” with an underline from Waffle Flower’s stamp set called Give Thanks. This particular set is a great investment because of all the other projects that you can create with it such as place holders at a dinner table.

Adhere your stamp to the acrylic block and begin stamping in each color being sure to thoroughly clean the stamp before moving on to the next color. The great thing about using clear acrylic stamps is that you can see exactly where you are stamping. If you have a hard time stamping in a straight line then you can lightly mark the card with a pencil as a guide.

Once all your colors are stamped, finish the card by unscrewing the spray nozzle of Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in New Sprout and lightly tap the nozzle over the card panel. This should decorate the area with shimmery blots of light green and gold ink. Fireworks is a spray ink. If you use the spray nozzle it will coat the entire panel. Since I only wanted a light touch I decided not to use the spray feature. Hand tear the top and bottom of the white card stock and use Tear It Tape to mount the card panel onto a matching card base. I choose a black card base (brown or green would work great too).

Call for Imagine Design Team for 2020

Imagine is proud to announce its call for Imagine’s Design Team for 2020! We are looking to change things up this year and are looking for artists and designers who can inspire the next generation of beginning crafters with amazing projects using Imagine and Tsukineko products.

We are looking for 5 energetic video artists to fill two different roles for 2020:

3 Beginner Crafters Project/Tutorial Artists who will submit 2 edited videos per month featuring a quick and easy project and/or technique intended for the beginning level crafter. We intend these projects to look simple, clean and easy to complete in 3-4 steps. See our Blog for an example.

2 Intermediate to Advanced Technique Artists who will submit 2 edited videos per month featuring a crafting technique or how-to project intended for all crafters. We intend these projects to look simple, clean and able to complete in 5-8 steps.

Basic requirements:

  • Commitment of one year — January 1st, 2020 – December 31st, 2020.
  • Ability to professionally photograph, film, edit and submit high-res JPG images and video.
  • Submit clearly written and detailed descriptions in English for each project, including a list of supplies.
  • Socially active online with an established blog and Facebook or Instagram presence.
  • Not currently employed and/or affiliated with competing manufacturers including as a design team member, guest designer, etc.

Perks:

  • Exposure of your work 
  • Generous supply of Imagine and Tsukineko products
  • Opportunities to grow your stash with the product from Imagine’s preferred partners.
  • Links back to your blog or website

Show Us Your Artwork!

Show us just how creative you are! Make a project using Imagine or Tsukineko products. We are looking for clean and simple papercrafting or art projects that reflect a modern aesthetic.

Submission Process for Round 1

Send your submission to marketing@imaginecrafts.com with the subject line of “DesignTeam Round 1 <your name>”. Your email must include: which role you are applying, name, mailing address, phone number, email address, your personal blog and/or website address, and two links to video content of your work, a 700px wide jpg of your original artwork. Please name your photograph “DesignTeam_<your name>_2020.JPG” 

Round 1 submissions are due by 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time on Thursday, November 7th. Those artists who will be continuing on to the next round will be contacted by Wednesday, November 13th with further instructions.