Is It a Sign or A Star? It is Actually Both!

M is for… Moravian Star Lantern by Roni Johnson

M is for Moravian Star Lantern! Not long ago I saw a post on Facebook featuring all sorts of exotic Moravian Star Lanterns and I instantly knew I wanted to attempt to make one. As luck would have it this month one of our themes/challenges was “M is for….”. Well, I did it!

Moravian Star Lantern

The lantern is made entirely from cardstock and I mimicked other patterns that I have seen online. I wanted to make a flat one instead of a full star so I just made it up as I went. But if this seems too difficult then feel free to download a free pdf template to help guide you. I measured out the individual pieces, colored with Delicata and used Imagine’s Vertigo plastic film so it’s transparent, visually interesting and light weight. Each spike has 4 Vertigo windows colored using Fireworks Spray. The lantern lights up with help from a battery-powered LED tea light. The green spike on the side is attached using Velcro dots so it can be popped off for access to the tea light to turn it on and off. It can be easily hung anywhere and even a gentle breeze turns it round and round.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white
  • Battery-operated LED tea light
  • Exacto knife
  • Fishing line or twine

 


Personalized Decorative Door Sign by Jessica Litman

Personalized gifts are some of my favorite presents because they are unique and thoughtful. When they are handmade, they are an even more thoughtful gift which shows the recipient who much you love and care about them. In this quick lesson on how to craft a personalized sign, I will discuss the ease of this project. First, the most difficult part is gathering all your materials. Once you have finished collecting all the supplies then most of the work is finished and the fun begins.

Start by tracing plaque outline on paper and cutting out the shape. Then cover plaque edges using Tear It Tape and mount your newly cut outline (polka dots in the photo above).  Using two hand-cut Monterey Pine Flowers shapes, ink with Memento Dew Drop Rose Bud ink and ink two Monterey Pine leaves with Memento Dew Drop New Sprout ink. Set aside to dry. Select what name you’d like from wooden letters and ink with VersaMagic Chalk Ink in Purple Hydrangea. Set aside to dry. Staple ribbon to the backside of the plaque to use for hanging on a hook or door knob. Finish the front by gluing the wooden letters, flowers, and leaves to the plaque.  This all should dry fairly quickly and you are ready to gift!

Supplies

Imagine

Hand-Cut Monterey Pine – Leaf, Heart and Petal Pack
Memento Dew Drop – New Sprout, and Rose Bud
VersaMagic – Purple Hydrangea
Tear It! Tape

Other

• Hot glue gun
• Wooden plaque
• Decorative paper
• Wooden letters
• Ribbon
• Staple gun

Learn How to Make A Master Board

by Mischelle Smith

designing with a Master Board

I love designing with a master board so when I heard the May theme was ‘M’ ~ I knew immediately what I wanted to create! A master board is a self-made, mixed media patterned paper that the artist creates herself. After creating the master board you use the pieces to make ATC’s, cards, journal pages, mini albums … whatever you imagine. A master board is a great way to utilize your products in an unconventional way like I did with Imagine’s irRESISTibles. These transparent potions create dreamy backgrounds while layering beautifully with other colors and mediums. Master boards are fun and easy to make and design so give one a try and see what you create!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1-2 hours + dry time

Directions

Rose Bud irRESISTible
Step 1

Start by adding Rose Bud irRESISTible to white cardstock. Use a palette knife, brush or your fingers to distribute the color as you like. Let dry.

 Lilac Posies irRESISTible
Step 2

Add Lilac Posies irRESISTible. Use a palette knife, brush or fingers to distribute.


Step 3

Gently pour Lilac Posies onto paper. Stand paper up and let irRESISTible create drips.


Step 4

Gently pour Rose Bud irRESISTible on paper allowing it to run and create drips. Let dry.

Bahama Blue Fireworks
Step 5

Pour a small amount of Bahama Blue Fireworks into a palette. Mix with the same amount of water as poured. Apply to paper with a brush. Let the mixture create drips in some areas. Let dry completely.

White VersaColor, stamp the starburst
Step 6

Seal the paper with Mod Podge or clear gesso. Let dry. With White VersaColor, stamp the starburst image randomly around the paper.

Bahama Blue Memento Luxe – stamp the branch image
Step 7

With Bahama Blue Memento Luxe – stamp the branch image randomly around the paper. Heat set stamped images with a heat tool.

Pale Aqua and Burgundy Fabrico Marker
Step 8

With Pale Aqua and Burgundy Fabrico Marker – make doodle designs on paper. Heat set Fabrico Marker doodles.


Step 9

Spatter Wedding Dress irRESISTible onto the page using the thin plastic tube inside the bottle. Let dry. Seal the paper with Mod Podge or clear gesso. Let dry.


Step 11

Doodle on pages with Tuxedo Black Memento Marker. Let sit for a few moments. The longer you let this set – the darker the color will be. Use a baby wipe to remove black marker from the page. A ‘shadow’ of the doodles will remain on the page.


Step 12

Create masks to paint around with hand cut cardstock shapes.

Paint around masks with acrylic paint
Step 13

Paint around masks with acrylic paint. Use a paint brush or your fingers (I used my fingers).


Step 14

Apply paint as shown. Let the paper dry completely.


Step 15

Use Pitt pens, Sharpie markers and/or Memento markers to complete images by doodling on them.

Doodle zentangle
Step 16

Now you can cut your master board into any size and shape you need! I used my white master board as four card fronts.

After you make your own master board, you will certainly find your mind spinning with all the different ways to use these coordinating pieces.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • CTMH – One of A Kind Stamp Set
  • Baby wipes
  • Lawn Fawn – Hello Die Cut
  • Pitt Pen – white, black, black bold and medium
  • Acrylic paint – white, apple green
  • Cardstock – white, black
  • Paint brush
  • Palette
  • Old rags
  • Die cut machine
  • Paper trimmer
  • Heat tool
  • Chalk marker
  • Adhesive
  • Card bases
  • Journal
  • Washi tape
  • Foam tape

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It’s Monday but The Letter M is for Mother

color layering stamp and die sets Mother's Day Cards

M is for Mother.  I am loving the color layering stamp and die sets and thought I would share how I created multiple cards in one sitting for occasions where I need more than one card. I have two mothers in my life to send a Mother’s Day cards to and decided to make another card while I was at it. This technique can also be extended to create more cards in one sitting in many different color combinations. With careful planning, one layer can be stamped for all your cards before stamping the next color layer. This technique also works well for images that require more than one stamp for the die cut, such as the stem of orchid flowers shown here.

Level: Beginner
Time: 1 hour for three cards

Directions

Step 1

Trim three sections of cardstock to accommodate dies to be die cut. Arrange on cardstock in a way that will allow inking of the separate images. Carefully line up the corners you plan to place in the corner of a stamp positioner. In this example, the bottom left corner is lined up before die cutting. (Four are shown here, but I found that the fourth does not cut well in the stack.) Die cut with a sandwich that applies the most pressure allowed for your machine.

hero arts die cut flower set

Step 2

If you would like to make more than three cards, take the outside portion and create a new layer with two more sections of cardstock. It is easy to line up the dies in the same position inside the holes from the top layer. Die cut the stack.

Step 3

From the wrong side of the cardstock section, place the die cuts back into the surrounding cardstock section and secure with removable tape such as painter’s tape. Do this for each set. This will allow easy handling and a production-line-style of stamping.

Step 4

Carefully line up stamp images over the die cut. Looking straight down through the image will help to correctly line up the image.

Step 5

Stamp image with VersaMark ink. If needed, adjust the image before moving to the next step.

stamp positioner used for layering stamps

Step 6

Stamp each layer of the image in the colors of your choosing. Here the stem is stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa.

Step 7

Continue stamping successive sections of cardstock for the number of cards you plan on creating.

Step 8

Stamp next layers of the color layering stamps as shown on the manufacturer’s example. With this set, the stem is stamped first followed by the larger flower image down to the inner portion of the flower. Since the top stem connects the last flower in the sequence this technique works well to stamp a perfect image every time. In this example, the final third layer is stamped on the flower stem and the leaves. If changing colors for each set, remember to clean the stamp before inking with the new color. If the image does not stamp to your satisfaction it is easy to ink the image again and re-stamp, that is the beauty of using a stamp positioner!

Step 9

Die cut the backing panel and ink with a coordinating color and a Jumbo Sponge Dauber. Ink blushers work equally well, it just happened that I had previously used this Jumbo Sponge Dauber with green ink. Ink the card base with a second coordinating color with an Ink Blusher or Ink Dauber.

Step 10

Assemble die cuts on the card with On Point Glue. The small tip will allow very small drops of glue on the tiny sections of the die cut. Adhere the panel to the card base. Stamp sentiment on card front in a coordinating color.

This project takes a bit of thinking but the results of three identical layouts is so satisfying. Hope you enjoyed as much as I did! Happy Mother’s Day!!

Supplies

Imagine
  • Memento – Dandelion, Cantaloupe, Morocco, Rose But, Angel Pink, Grape Jelly, Lilac Posies, Lulu Lavender, Elderberry, Pear Tart, New Sprout, Bamboo Leaves, Olive Grove, Peanut Brittle, Toffee Crunch, Rich Cocoa
  • VersaMark
  • On Point Glue
  • Ink Blusher
  • Sponge Dauber
Other
  • Hero Arts – Color Layering Orchid in a Pot Stamp and Dies
  • Hero Arts – Celebrate Everyday
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles
  • Stamp Positioner

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Turn Heads with this Amazing Agate Project

by Roni Johnson

faux agate with blue lapis rings and gold edge

Blue is my favorite color so when I found out that the Imagine color of the month was Lapis I was thrilled. Not just because I like blue but because I had been experimenting with how to make my own Faux Blue Agate Slices. I had tried all sorts of combinations using various materials for the base and mediums to color it. Recently, I found an excellent combination with mica slices, Imagine IrRESISTibles and Tsukineko products. These gems are perfect to use as accents on scrapbook layouts, journal pages, cards, and even as a necklace. This project takes 2 full days to complete, so without further delay let’s get started!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 30 minutes + extended 2-day dry time

Directions

Gold embossing powder used to decorate mica slices.

Step 1

Select a piece of natural mica and split it into multiple pieces. Mica comes in all shapes and sizes. You will need two pieces for each agate slice. Keep in mind that the slices you select should be fairly thin and translucent. Select a thicker piece for the base and a thinner secondary piece for the final cover. Once you have selected these pieces, ink the edges with the VersaMark inkpad, dip into Gold Embossing Powder and heat emboss.

tsukineko blue hawaii stazon studio glaze

Step 2

Apply IrRESISTibles and StazOn Studio Glaze to create the rings inside the faux stone. Starting with one color and one ring at a time, apply Danube Blue, Electric Blue and Wedding Dress irRESISTible Pico Embellishers as well as Blue Hawaii, Midnight Blue, Cotton White and Jet Black StazOn Studio Glaze. Work quickly to prevent the mediums spreading.

moving ink with a pick on agate piece

Step 3

Continue until all the rings are filled toward the center. When you reach the center of the piece, fill it in with Clear irRESISTible Pico Embellisher and silver glass glitter. This will give the illusion of crystals in the center of a geode type agate.  If desired, you may choose to swirl the mediums around a bit to imitate more intricate blue agate designs. Let the mediums dry overnight.

StazOn ink on mica slice

Step 4

Trim the second piece of mica so it fits inside of the gold embossed ring.

on point glue used to seal backside of Faux Agate stone

Step 5

Apply a layer of On Point Glue over the various mediums and place the second piece of mica over the top. Let this dry 24 additional hours. 

Finished Faux Agate piece. Blue Hawaii, Midnight Blue, Black and gold Tsukineko inks.

Once the piece has dried the resemblance to a real piece of blue agate will be amazing. Since mica was used as the base material you also have the option of choosing which side to call the front as you can see from the photos of a single Faux Blue Agate Slice above. These pieces can be used for necklaces but due to the fragile layers of the mica, the back of the slice will need to be stabilized. I applied a layer of Clear irRESISTible Pico Embellisher to the entire back of the slice and let it dry for 48 hours. I have found that the thinner consistency of the Pico Embellisher finds its way between the layers and binds them together. Other mediums will work for this process as well. Creating these faux agates was a time-consuming project with 2 full days of dry time, but the finished result was well worth the wait!

Supplies

Imagine
Other

 

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Using BIG Words in Your Art, Literally

Making something bigger can sometimes enhance a seemingly ordinary project into something unique. A word or name is plain when written on a piece of paper but if those letters were suddenly enlarged 100x then it creates a whole new character. Today, we have two projects by Neva Cole and Roni Johnson that do just that.

 

Art paper mache project. handmade using chipboard, gesso and tsukineko inks.

Papier Mache Art by Roni Johnson

The bigger the better! What comes to mind is larger than the norm, but it also conjures up the idea of something a bit over the top! A project a bit larger, brighter, with more techniques, more products, and more goodness piled on. That is what inspired my “Art” that I’d like to share with you today. This is a hand constructed papier mache project that is not only larger than the norm but it is also styled in my own handwriting. I’ve not seen a project like this done before which just adds to my “more” theory of the bigger the better. Here’s a quick look at how it was made…

art lettering handwritten

I started with drawing the word “art” then transferred the text onto a large piece of chipboard. I trimmed away the excess chipboard and made a second copy by using the first piece as a template.

crafting a paper mache project

Next, I decided to make the depth 2.5” and trim several strips of chipboard to the same size. I simply taped these sides to one piece and taped the second piece to create the backside. I used tape here with these materials. I am certain a glue gun or adhesive of choice can be used instead.

inking a paper mache project with tsukineko ink

To create a proper ground for this 3-D project, I used strips of newspaper and cover the entire piece with a thinned down glue (of your choice) and let dry. I found that mine was sturdy enough after the first layer to proceed and painted the entire piece with white acrylic paint (or gesso). Since I work hard to set up a solid foundation it was not time to go crazy! And I finished the overall look with stamped images over the front of the piece, Onyx Black VersaFine ink, various colors of Creative Medium over several different stencils, and several colors of Fireworks Spray. Once my colors and texture were laid down I finished with adding vintage-looking items such as old paint brushes, pencils, and calligraphy nibs. Yes, it is easier to just buy individually manufactured papier mache letters, but this was worth it to have a one of a kind piece in your very own handwriting. Enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Chipboard
  • Newspaper
  • Collage Glue
  • Rayon Seam Binding
  • Microbeads
  • Glass glitter
  • Scissors
  • Old paint brushes
  • Old pen nibs
  • Old pencils

Bigger is Better Family Wall Décor by Neva Cole

This project is a perfect example of buying something with the full intent of completing a project but never actually getting around to working on it . . . I’ve had these letters for about 2 years, maybe even more. Insert a blush here! When the challenge to create something Bigger and Better came along it was finally time to decorate these 9.5″ letters that spell our family name–Cole. The Sierra Pacific Crafts Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) letters were painted with a mixture of Creative Medium mixed with VersaMagic Jumbo Java ink. This gives a nice glossy color in one coat that dries quickly. Several stencils and Creative Medium Metallic in Gold mixed with a small amount of Copper finish the look. The stenciling was completed in several steps with drying time in between to avoid smearing. This fun wall décor was easy to create in an afternoon and was ready to hang on the wall with small Velcro hangers. Our name is now proudly hanging above the coat rack my husband built in the entry way of our home.

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Watch a Video on Easy Basics of Embossing

3 Easy Concepts with Embossing for Papercrafting

Embossing techniques

Today we are focusing on basics of embossing to help you understand a bit more why and how to use this eye-popping and useful technique in your next papercraft project.

First, let us ask the obvious…what the heck does emboss mean? Webster tells us it simply means “to ornament with raised work”. We like to emboss because it creates a dynamic look! Embossing literally takes your project from one level to another by providing shine, texture and a 3-D effect. If your project has a nice focal point with a stamped image then embossing and texture lures the eye and the hand for a tactical experience. We want to show you three ways to emboss using embossing powder, embossing paste and embossing folders.

 

VersaMark

Powder

Embossing Powder is still trending as one of the coolest things to hit the crafting world. The fine particulate powder is great for intricate details and is often used to highlight a sentiment or focal point in a design. Using embossing powder involves a heat tool to melt the fine powder and a tacky ink. VersaMark is heralded as many pro crafter’s favorite embossing ink. It is important to understand embossing powder also works on any pigment ink with a slower dry time. Other Tsukineko pigment inks are Brilliance, Delicata, VersaColor, VersaMagic and Memento Luxe. This technique creates a lower raised surface, but the techniques you can do with it are endless.

Heat Embossed Easter Bunny

The bunny in the photo above is stamped with VersaMark, embossed with Gold Embossing Powder and detailed with Angel Pink Memento Markers. The melted powders will act as a resist to most inks you lay over. Crafters have developed a variety of techniques with embossing powders. Artist in Resident Martha Lucia Gomez shares a great technique with this double embossed Believe Greeting Card in a vibrant green. We encourage experimenting!

 

Grid embossed with acrylic paste

Paste

Creative Medium is our premier crafting acrylic medium for mixed media. The density of Creative Medium makes it great for embossing with stencils. The use of Creative Medium is fairly straight forward, though can take some practice to master. Simply tape down the stencil and apply paste over the stencil, remove and immediately clean extra paste from the stencil. The benefit of using a paste is expanding the use of a stencil, to get a more dramatic 3-D effect, and the option to add other embellishments into the emboss. Elina Stromberg uses this embossing technique on her Bluebird handmade card and her Fireworks Mixed Media Doll. Particularly when you use a metal stencil, creating an embossed surface with paste can create quite a great depth and appeal.

 

Embossing folder from Kaiser Craft

Folder

Using an embossing folder allows you to use paper itself as the embossed surface. This stays in the classic tradition of embossing which is from the printing press era. Since cardstock is a heavier weight, the fibers of the paper can handle being pressed into different shapes. With the embossing powder and Creative Medium, the results will shine with the plastic-like material. With an embossing folder, the paper will maintain the original finish if you are going for a matte look. A more intermediate or advanced technique is to ink the embossing folder and use the pressure of the embossing machine like a letterpress. Jowilna Nolte used this inked emboss technique in a Butterfly handmade Card.

We hope you enjoyed this quick and easy review of embossing techniques. Watch our video below and subscribe to our YouTube channel for more inspiration.

 

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