Create a Rainbow Background with Memento Markers and Shimmer Stix

by Lindsay Adreon

I LOVE anything and everything rainbow in cardmaking, and if it sparkles, that’s even better! Making a rainbow watercolor background is pretty simple, but adding a good amount of sparkle without making mud can be more tricky. The Shimmer Stix are the PERFECT applicator to make a fun background that keeps its bright and vibrant colors without sacrificing any of the sparkle! I was so excited that the Shimmer Stix worked for this technique and can’t wait to try them with an ombre background, next!! I made two cards today, a birthday and hello card, plus check out the inside, too!!

Skill: Beginner/Intermediate
Time: 20 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Joy Clair Stamps Hello Sentiments
  • Tonic Mixed Rectangle Die Set
  • Die Cutting Machine
  • MISTI Stamping Tool

See How to Stencil with Sheer Shimmer Stix

by Martha Lucia Gomez

See How to Stencil with Sheer Shimmer Stix Rose Gold and Silver

Hello crafty friends! Today, I am showing you how to use the new Sheer Shimmer Stix with a stencil. It is a fabulous dauber applicator that you can apply and control at the same time. Take a look at my card:

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

I used Calypso Coral card stock to create the card base and the second layer is whisper white card stock. First, I took a stencil and secured it over the layer with masking tape. Next, I used Silver and Rose Gold Sheer Shimmer Stix added the shimmery color over the free areas of the stencil. The direct-to-paper application with the dauber top is super easy. The paper dries immediately and the shimmer touch is amazing!


Step 2

In a separate piece of whisper white card stock, I stamped flowers and leaves from the stamp set Wild Rose from Pretty Pink Posh with VersaFine Clair Nocturne and embossed with clear embossing powder. Next, I colored the center of the flowers with a dauber using two different colors of Memento Ink, Desert Sand and Peanut Brittle. For the leaves, I used two different greens of Memento Markers, Pear Tart and New Sprout. Next, I splattered the entire stamped piece with Sheer Shimmer Spritz Rose Gold using the spray tube to splatter the drops.


Step 3

Finally, I fussy cut my flowers and leaves with my scissors, resized the stenciled layer and pasted it directly over the card base. Then, I arranged and pasted the flowers on the lower part of the card. I completed this look adding a shimmering touch to the petals of the flowers with the Dauber Top of Frost Sheer Shimmer Stix and stamped the sentiment over a banner calypso coral with VersaFine Clair Nocturne. I used a Spanish Sentiment included on the new stamp set Sueña Alto from RG Studio 360. I am fascinated with the performance of the new Sheer Shimmer Stix Dauber Tops, you can keep the control of the color, you can mix tones and you can add just in the place that you want!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stencil
  • Wild Rose Stamp Set from Pretty in Pink Posh
  • Sueña Alto Stamp Set from RG Studio 360
  • Card stock – Calypso Coral, Whisper White from Stampin Up
  • Double-Sided Foam Tape

Learn to Make a Set of Matching Thank You Cards

by Kassy Tousignant

Learn to Make a Set of Matching Thank You Cards

Coral is Imagine’s Color of the month for February 2019. I couldn’t resist using this gorgeous Radiant Neon ink in Neon Coral!! It is really stunning. I wanted a bold contrasting color to pair with it so I chose the VersaFine Clair in Fantasia. They are a match made in heaven! I absolutely love the way the colors play off of each other. They are both strong, bold colors on their own and yet they work fabulously together!

I made both of these Thank You cards at the same time and they were completed quickly. Sometimes it’s nice to have a simple, yet beautiful thank you card ready to give at a moments notice.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Vellum
  • Cardstock – Silver glitter, white
  • Concord & 9th – flower/background stamp
  • Acrylic Block
  • Heat tool

See How to Use Inkers for a Mixed Media Tag

by Jowilna Nolte

See How to Use Inkers for a Mixed Media Tag

This month’s color, Coral offers so many possibilities. I pulled out all my products in those shades and created a bright and beautiful gift tag perfect for tying around a gift. I love making tags instead of cards – so quick and easy and just the right size to experiments and create some fun effects.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Add a few drops of dye ink refill ink onto watercolor paper and mist with water. Keep adding drops of ink and mist with water until you are happy with the look.


Step 2

Use a tag template and cut your colored paper into a tag shape.


Step 3

Stamp birds and sentiment onto smooth white cardstock using VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink.


Step 4

Add a few drops of re-inker ink onto your craft mat. Mist water next to the ink. Pick up a small amount of water and mix with the ink and then paint your bird images.


Step 5

Mist your tag and painted birds using Shimmer Spray in Frost. It gives the end product a beautiful shimmer.


Step 6

Trim your sentiment strip and adhere it to the bottom of your tag. Adhere to the painted birdie above the sentiment. Add additional stamped detail to the left of the tag and the background. Use inks to add splatters over the tag for some interest.

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Watercolor paper
  • Cardstock – white
  • Stampers Anonymous – stamp
  • Paint brush
  • Watercolor paint

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

Use a Beautiful Coral Color on These Cute Panda Birthday Cards

by Elina Stromberg

Use a Beautiful Coral Color on These Cute Panda Birthday Cards

Since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute declares a particular color “Color of the Year”. It is chosen in a secret meeting of representatives from various nations’ color standards groups, and the result of the meeting is communicated in Pantone View, which fashion designers and other consumer-oriented companies purchase and use as guidance for their future product designs.

This year the Pantone Color of the Year is “Living Coral”. It is described as “an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge”. Lovely! To celebrate this newly released Color of the Year “Living Coral” is also the color of the month for Imagine AIR’s. I must admit that coral is very rarely seen on my crafting projects, but I was quite surprised how yummy this rich red color looked on my card creation. Especially when contrasted with simple light grey hues!

Skill: Beginner/Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Layer two stencils on the card background: Place the patterned stencil on the background paper and a circle stencil on top. Secure on your crafting mat with masking tape. Apply ‘Electric Coral’ Radiant Neon ink through the stencil with a sponge dauber. Remove both stencils.


Step 2

Place the inked background paper on a sheet of printing paper. Pour clear embossing powder over the stenciled and inked area. Pour any extra embossing powder onto the printing paper and funnel the extra powder back into its container. Heat the embossing powder with a heating tool until completely melted. Trim the decorated paper to size and mat on a piece of coral colored cardstock.


Step 3

Stamp the panda image and sentiment text with black ink on white paper. Cut out and glue on the card front. Attach card on white card base using double-sided tape. When the card was finished the stencil still had still coral ink on it, so I decided to use it for another fun card background: I misted the inked part of the stencil gently with water, placed it upside down on a piece of grey patterned paper, and transferred the ink on the paper by rolling the stencil background with a brayer.


Step 4

Then I removed the stencil, let the ink dry, and dabbed a thin layer of coral ink on the pattern. Then I repeated the mounting on coral cardstock and used a different panda image for this card. I think this reverse version of the stencil pattern looks very nice, too!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Light grey patterned paper
  • Coral cardstock
  • White paper
  • White card base
  • Heat gun
  • Brayer
  • Water mister
  • Stamps: Stampin’Up: Party Pandas
  • Stencils: Circle stencil
  • TCW: Botanical Garden (6”x6”)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Double-sided tape