Craft A Time To Celebrate Greeting Card

by Iris Rodriguez

Craft A Time To Celebrate Greeting Card with Walnut Ink and Metallic Gold Creative Medium

Time to get busy and celebrate with this clock themed card! I just love wordplay and puns, don’t you? I’m also fond of clocks. The background for this card was made using Java Walnut Ink. I find the dark matte finish of the Walnut ink to be a great contrast against the gold metallic clock images stenciled with Creative Medium. The rich wood colors in the background really make the gold colors stand out.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Spray the watercolor paper with water. Then spray on the Java Walnut Ink and use a brush to even out the color. Dry the paper.


Step 2

Stencil the smaller clock patterns with the Gold Metallic Creative Medium using a palette knife. Let the medium dry for about 20 mins. To test if it is dry, lightly touch a small area with your finger, if it’s soft to the touch, it’s still wet.


Step 3

Stencil a different, but larger clock pattern over the first stenciled clocks. Let the medium dry. For stencils with larger openings, use the Multi-Purpose Squeegee. Add the medium onto the Squeegee with the palette knife.


Step 4

Let the medium dry completely. For thicker or larger stenciled patterns, allow the card to dry for a longer time frame (no pun intended), approximately 45 minutes. Test to see if it’s dry before continuing.


Step 5

Stamp a sentiment onto cardstock paper and cut out. Darken the edges with VersaFine Vintage Sepia. Stamp the chipboard gear with Golden Glitz Delicata and emboss with the Clear Embossing Powder. Optional step, color in the outline of the larger clock with a fine black marker, this adds dimension. Assemble the card and add any finishing details you desire.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor paper
  • Cardstock paper
  • Crafter’s Workshop – Clocks stencil 6 x 6 inches
  • Deco Art-Clocks stencil 12 x 12 inches
  • Creative Embellishments – Chipboard Gear 1.5 inches

Use Shades of Lavender to Create a Mixed Media Card

by Jowilna Nolte

Use Shades of Lavender to Create a Mixed Media Card

Use shades of Lavender inks to create a vintage Mixed Media panel. Layer upon layer of inks and stenciled patterns make for an interesting mixed media project with a fun twist. Take a look at how I created this panel in a few easy steps.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Combine 2 different circle stencil designs with each other and blend the circles onto smooth white cardstock using a finger dauber.


Step 2

Layer a third stencil over the circles and stencil a darker pattern using VersaFine Clair Fantasia.


Step 3

Use a squeegee and apply a thin layer of Sweet Plum irRESISTible Pico Embellisher over the stenciled background. Add a few drops of the irRESISTible onto the cardstock and smooth it out using the squeegee.


Step 4

Adhere a cutout image onto the right-hand side of the mixed media panel. Use VersaFine Clair and add some texture patterns onto the background in the corners. Tap the ink onto the cardstock using a finger dauber.


Step 5

Use 3 more colors of VersaFine Clair inks and sponge in the corners to create texture and patterns. Add cut out elements and finishing touches to your mixed media panel.

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Cardstock – White
  • Jowilna Nolte – Stencil
  • Short Cuts Craft
  • Embellishments

Create Two Matching Cards with One Stencil Application

by Kassy Tousignant

Create Two Matching Cards with One Stencil Application

Stencils and Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray are a match made in heaven! Stencils can be used in so many different ways and here I show you a cool technique to get more use out of your stencils and maybe see them in a different way. I was able to make two cards rather quickly with one ink application.

Supplies

Imagine

Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray – Grape Jelly
GooseBumps – Sparkle
Creative Medium – Clear
Tear It! Tape
IrRESISTible Pico Embellisher -Tuxedo Black

Other

• Carabelle Studio – stencil
• Prima – Black gesso, Flowers
• Nuvo – Crystal drops
• Fine jute string
• Creative Embellishments – chipboard frames
• Glue Dots
• Cardbase

Color of the Month for August is Lavender

The Color of the Month for August is Lavender. We love this soft purple color and with summer in full gear, the lavender is blooming in full. We are reminded of how well this color compliments green leaves and also is the favorite of honey bees. With cardmaking and scrapbooking lavender is a must-have as if can work have to express sensitivity and delight! Imagine and Tsukineko offer several products to help achieve this beautiful color. Ink swatches such as Memento in Lulu Lavender, Brilliance in Pearlescent Purple, and All-Purpose Ink in Wisteria are great examples! In the meantime, we have a couple of sneak peeks of this months tutorials for you!

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates Lavender Feather Earrings 

Martha Lucia Gomez creates a beautiful Geometric Butterfly Card

Roni Johnson goes stencil crazy with this Mixed Media Stencil Art

Stay tuned to the Imagine Blog for more inspiration!

Make a Faux Batik Prints with GooseBumps Texture Spray

by Arjita Sepaha Singh

Make a Faux Batik Prints with GooseBumps Texture Spray + Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray

Batik is a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to whole cloth this technique originated in Indonesia. I tried to mimic the batik effect using Goose Bumps Dauber and used it to create a resist. I used a leaf stamp and dabbed it with GooseBumps and created an impression on white paper. Then I added firework sprays to get the beautiful green background. I also heat embossed some leaves on vellum and adhered them on to the card to finish it.

Supplies

Imagine
Other

Create a Bright and Fun High Contrast Card Design

by Elina Stromberg

Create a Bright and Fun High Contrast Card Design

Best summer craft projects are fun and easy to make. On a sunny summer day, you don’t want to spend time in collecting a large number of tools and materials, but rather create something beautiful quickly, using just a few basic supplies you’ll always have at hand.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes per card

Directions


Step 1

For these flower cards, you first create your own patterned paper using repeated floral images and your favorite ink colors. Then you decorate the front of your card with a panel cut from the self-made patterned paper, add a stamped sentiment on top, and your card is ready! Isn’t that just the perfect recipe for a summer day craft project!


Step 2

Using white cardstock, die-cut, punch, or free-cut with scissors a pile of flowers. Color the flowers with your favorite ink colors. For these sample cards, I used two blue Memento inks: Bahama Blue and Danube Blue. If you want to let the ink colors mix, mist the flowers with water and let dry.


Step 3

If your flowers have separate centerpieces, color them, too. Glue the inked flowers on a piece of white cardstock. Leave some white space between the flowers. Let dry.


Step 4

Using scissors or a paper trimmer cut a panel from the decorated flower paper. Mat the panel on a piece of matching color cardstock, and glue on the card front. Stamp “Thank You” or “Hello” with VersaMark and heat emboss sentiment on a piece of solid color cardstock. Glue panel on a card front.

 

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Scissors
  • Paper trimmer
  • Glue
  • StudioCalico – ‘Thank You’ stamp
  • Sizzix – ‘Hello my Friend’ stamp, Floral die
  • Cardstock – Dark Blue, White
  • Cardbase – White