Scrapbooking with Stenciled Shades of Green

by Jowlina Nolte

Reverse stencil technique or using a stencil like a stamp by Jowlina Nolte. Green, gold, shimmer, scrapbook page, family, photos, memories.
Stenciling is a great crafting technique that can be used in endless ways. In this tutorial, I chose to use the stencil almost like a stamp by painting it with Tsukineko’s All-Purpose Ink. In my family, we have a camouflage fan and greenery is also Imagine’s color of the month. What better way to celebrate a special Camo Birthday party (and present a tutorial) than by capturing beautiful memories and scrapbooking them with green camo-like texture afterward. Shades of green and gold compliment the photos perfectly and make the special memories come to life.

Directions

Reverse stencil technique or using a stencil like a stamp by Jowlina Nolte. Green, gold, shimmer, scrapbook page, family, photos, memories.

Step 1

Select green All Purpose inks, Gold Delicata inker, a pipette and a Brushstix for this layout.

Reverse stencil technique or using a stencil like a stamp by Jowlina Nolte. Green, gold, shimmer, scrapbook page, family, photos, memories.

Step 2

Use a pipette and add drops of green All-Purpose Inks onto the stencil. Start with the lightest green moving to the darkest.

Reverse stencil technique or using a stencil like a stamp by Jowlina Nolte. Green, gold, shimmer, scrapbook page, family, photos, memories.

Step 3

Mist the inks with water until they blend nicely into a liquid ink covering the stencil pattern.

Reverse stencil technique or using a stencil like a stamp by Jowlina Nolte. Green, gold, shimmer, scrapbook page, family, photos, memories.

Step 4

Carefully turn over the stencil and stamp the image onto your background cardstock with the inked stencil.

Reverse stencil technique or using a stencil like a stamp by Jowlina Nolte. Green, gold, shimmer, scrapbook page, family, photos, memories.

Step 5

Remove the stencil from the background and leave the ink to dry. You can lightly mist the ink with more water to make the colors blend into each other.

Reverse stencil technique or using a stencil like a stamp by Jowlina Nolte. Green, gold, shimmer, scrapbook page, family, photos, memories.

Step 6

Place a small drop of Golden Glitz Delicata from the inker onto your craft mat.

Reverse stencil technique or using a stencil like a stamp by Jowlina Nolte. Green, gold, shimmer, scrapbook page, family, photos, memories.

Step 7

Lift the Delicata ink with your Brushstix and then draw patterns or scribble onto your background using the gold ink. Leave the ink to dry or heat set using a heat gun. Complete your scrapbook layout using personal photos, green embellishments such as buttons or sequins, and patterned papers such as maps, geometric patterns etc.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stencil
  • Cardstock
  • Photos
  • Embellishments
  • Patterned paper
  • Kaisercraft – diecut
  • Chipboard
  • Pipette
  • Water spray bottle

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Blending with Memento Dual Tip Markers

See how to quickly and easily get a nice color blend using Tsukineko’s Memento Dual Tip Markers and Imagine’s Craft Mat. With 36 colors to choose from, this technique could be used for so many different looks!

Supplies
Several colors of Tsukineko's Memento Dual Tip Markers deisplayed with the caps making the shape of a heart.

I heart Memento Markers!

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Creating Texture With Kaleidacolor

by Martha Lucia Gomez

There are a number of ways to create texture with crafting products. One could use a paste with a stencil, layer multiple inks or use acrylics. But in today's blog, Martha Lucia Gomez creates a beautiful and lush visual texture using Fresh Greens Kaleidacolor palette, die cuts, and embossing powder. Check out her tutorial! #diy #cardmaking #handmade
Kaleidacolor inkpads are one of the most versatile inkpads I’ve owned. This month our challenge is texture and I decided to create an optic texture using a sweeping technique. It is fun, easy and the result varies because it depends on the weight of your hand. Using this technique will spark creativity and hopefully inspire more creative projects with Kaleidacolor palettes.

Directions

Step 1

Place a piece of white card stock on to the craft mat. If your paper is wider than the ink pad, keep the position of the colors in mind when applying them.

Step 2

Open the Kaleidacolor inkpad and slide the colors together (unique feature of this inkpad) before sweeping the edge of it softly over the paper so that there is a visible texture left. You can sweep more than once, but keep the color positions steady. Leave to dry.

Step 3

Using a collection of Botanical Flowers die cuts and white card stock, cut several flowers.

Step 4

With a sponge dauber, ink the centers of the flowers using one of the lighter colors of green from the Fresh Greens Kaleidacolor inkpad.


Step 5

Stamp sentiment using VersaMark, apply Gold Embossing Powder and heat emboss. Paste the inked and embossed decorated paper to a white blank card base with Tear It! Tape. Curve the petals of the flowers with a bone folder. Paste the flowers and leaves on the card using On Point Glue.

Step 6

Finish the overall look and feel by adding the pearl embellishment to the center of the flowers. This design can be used with different colors and sentiments to create a variety of cards for any holiday or event!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white
  • Altenew – Super Script 2 Stamp set
  • Stampin’ Up – Botanical Flowers die cuts
  • Pearl embellishment

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Cutting Class

If you have been paper crafting for a while you have probably made quite an investment in cutting tools. When starting out one might assume that a nice pair of scissors will do. But there are many different tools that have an array of features that make paper crafting easier, and often more fun! Some devices are made out of sturdy materials so they will last a long time but also makes them expensive. We hope to provide some insight on what to buy and when in order to avoid overspending on equipment you may not need…yet.

Beginner

At the beginning stage, there is a lot to learn about paper, ink, stamping techniques and adhesives used in projects. It is great to learn the basics of composition and design when starting out. Whether making a card, a banner or a paper flower arrangement, most of the learning curve is with the basic layout, color theory, and form. No matter the layout or project, you are probably going to need to cut the paper.

Drawing representing a basic paper trimmer.

Get a perfect edge of the perfect size (almost) each and every time! (User error does cause some heartaches.)

Besides a good pair of scissors, a basic paper trimmer and a few fun punches will be a great start. A trimmer allows accuracy in cutting measurements and straight clean lines. Once a few projects are made using a paper trimmer,  it is hard to go back. Many come with a slide style blade, but there also are guillotine styles. Another beginner essential is a paper punch. These heavy little devices offer basic shapes such as a circle, heart, star or a hexagon and can keep anyone busy for a long time. With a basic punch, the beginner can go crazy on creating paper garlands, adding dimension to a card design or making labels for other projects. 

They are kinda like the ole’ office supply hole punches on steroids.

$ – Paper trimmer $10-20. Do some research and go ahead and get a nice one. This device will be one of your most used tools no matter how long you’ve been playing with paper. Be sure to get one that offers replacement blades. Punches vary from $5-20 each. Beginning investment can range from $35 -$75.

Intermediate

Once the beginner has developed a strong foundation in layout and a working knowledge of materials then it is time to kick it up a notch with more complex designs. One way to do this is with a die cut machine. Die cuts come in basic shapes, basic words and alphabets, as well as more complex designs like flower sets, animal shapes, box templates, edge treatments, etc. The die and paper run through a die cut machine which may be manually cranked or electronic. It acts much like a punch creating perfect shapes. Die cuts can be much more delicate than punch shapes and you can find die cuts that do some really amazing tricks! Using die cuts can be quite joyful, but the price is significant. Once you are ready, invest in the machine and build your die cuts over time. As with punches, think about the variety of uses you will get out of each die when deciding on which ones to purchase.

Hand drawn image of a hand crank die cut machine.

You can get a workout while you create!

$$ – Die Cut Machine $50-$150. Again, do some research and get a nice one. One machine should last you for years. Wait for a sale or a coupon and pick one up. $15-30 for each die set. Your investment could easily reach $100-$200 quickly.

Advanced

Plotting and crafting meet at last! What takes someone from an intermediate to an advanced crafter is debatable. Since the digital machines are the most expensive, we reserve the price point for the advanced level with the confidence that anyone can make millions of great projects without spending at this level. While digital cutting machines are designed for easy use, we feel the advanced crafter will have the background and experience to get the most out of the flexibility and precision the plotter style machines offer.

Hand drawn image of a digital cutting machine.

It’s like having your very own crafty robot.

$$$ – Digital Die Cut Machine $200-400.

Whether you are just starting in paper crafting or have been crafting for years, we hope this review has helped provide guidance on purchasing tools that will match your needs. Of course, buy whatever devices you wish especially if you are on a Treat Yo Self mission! We recommend the above “levels” for the amount of use one can get before moving on to the next purchase!

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DIY Arrow Tea Towel

by Jessica Litman

Jessica Litman decorates a tea towel using Tsukineko's All Purpose Ink. green, blue, black, arrows, hipster, kitchen, food.

Changing out your kitchen décor can be as easy as swapping out tea towels! By using stencils, tea towels, and Tsukineko’s All-Purpose ink, you can create decorative and seasonal décor without spending a lot of time or money!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 10 minutes + dry time

Directions

Jessica Litman decorates a tea towel using Tsukineko's All Purpose Ink. green, blue, black, arrows, hipster, kitchen, food.

Step 1

Iron tea towels to remove wrinkles. Pour Blue Bayou, Celadon, and Cool Grey All-Purpose Ink into a paint palette.

Jessica Litman decorates a tea towel using Tsukineko's All Purpose Ink. green, blue, black, arrows, hipster, kitchen, food.

Step 2

Lay tea towel over craft mat. Set arrow stencil on top of the tea towel. Using Fantastix bullet tip pen, dip into paint palette and trace stencil.

Jessica Litman decorates a tea towel using Tsukineko's All Purpose Ink. green, blue, black, arrows, hipster, kitchen, food.

Step 3

Repeat until tea towel is covered with arrows. Let towel dry. Heat set with an iron to allow ink to bond permanently to the tea towel (very important).

Jessica Litman decorates a tea towel using Tsukineko's All Purpose Ink. green, blue, black, arrows, hipster, kitchen, food.
Step 4

Label the Fantastix used by wrapping Washi tape around the base. Write ink color used in permanent marker. Store Fantastix vertically.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • DecorArt – Arrows Stencil
  • White tea towels
  • Paint palette
  • Washi tape
  • Permanent marker
  • Scissors

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Thinking of You Mixed Media Tag

by Renee Zarate

Thinking of You Tag by Renee Zarate using On Point Glue, Fireworks Craft Spray and Memento ink. pink, stencil, flowers, embellishments.
This project starts out as a simple manila tag and morphs into an ultra-feminine style textured tag that can be attached to a gift or be used as a card on its own. By layering one technique on top of another and using all kinds of product, this tag has a unique and highly textured appearance. Living a beautiful life can sometimes start with simply making tags and cards that we share with others.

Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

Directions

Thinking of You Tag by Renee Zarate using On Point Glue, Fireworks Craft Spray and Memento ink. pink, stencil, flowers, embellishments.

Step 1

Take a manila shipping tag (6 ¼” by 3 ¼”) lay it on a craft mat. Place a stencil on top and lightly mist it with Lilac Posies Fireworks! Craft Spray. Set the tag aside and mist the same color onto your choice of paper or fabric flowers and a piece of ribbon. Dry with a heat tool.

Thinking of You Tag by Renee Zarate using On Point Glue, Fireworks Craft Spray and Memento ink. pink, stencil, flowers, embellishments.

Step 2

Stamp the “Thinking of You” phrase on a piece of deli or tissue paper using StazOn Jet Black ink. Cut or tear around the phrase to fit on the tag. Cut a small strip of paper matching the project colors and glue across the middle of the tag. Use a palette knife to adhere the phrase on tissue paper above the decorative paper using Creative Medium Original.

Thinking of You Tag by Renee Zarate using On Point Glue, Fireworks Craft Spray and Memento ink. pink, stencil, flowers, embellishments.

Step 3

Creative Medium can be used to secure the colored flowers on the left-hand side of the tag. The chain at the bottom can be attached to the gel medium by tucking the ends of the chain under the flowers. Tuck the leaves around the flowers in the same fashion. Use the gel medium to attach a metal butterfly onto one of the flowers.

Thinking of You Tag by Renee Zarate using On Point Glue, Fireworks Craft Spray and Memento ink. pink, stencil, flowers, embellishments.

Step 4

Use a glue stick to apply small amounts of glue randomly around the tag, apply gold foil. Use On Point Glue to add additional texture and interest to the flowers. Apply a small amount of On Point Glue to the tips of the flowers and leaves. Sprinkle glitter and glass beads onto the flowers and the butterfly. Tap off the excess.

Thinking of You Tag by Renee Zarate using On Point Glue, Fireworks Craft Spray and Memento ink. pink, stencil, flowers, embellishments.

Step 5

Attach a bow that has been inked to match the project to the top of the tag. Add crystal chain to the bow and adhere three self-adhesive crystal dots to the right side. Finish the highly textured effect with a thin line of Bronze irRESISTible Pico Embellisher to the top and the bottom of the decorative paper panel. Allow to dry.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Inkadinkado – sentiment stamp
  • Prima – stencil, flowers, leaves, self-adhesive crystal dots
  • Gold foil
  • Crystal chain
  • Butterfly embellishment
  • Metal chain
  • Gold glitter
  • Glass beads
  • Paper
  • Heat tool
  • Paper trimmer
  • Glue stick
  • Manila shipping tag
  • Palette knife

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