See How to Make a Mixed Media Birthday Card

by Jowilna Nolte

mixed media birthday card
Magenta is Color of the Month at Imagine and what better way to show off this wonderful color than by crafting a mixed media birthday card. In this project, I combined magenta, shimmery red, orange and black ink and paints for a really fun and vibrant color combination. To make it extra special, I added some gold for glamor and finished with sewing and sequins. This project is with a doubt more than magenta and shows the bright pink to its full potential!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions

crafting a mixed media birthday card
Step 1

For the top panel, create a color background on parchment paper using orange and magenta acrylic paint. Leave to dry.


Step 2

Use a jumbo dauber and Memento Luxe Rose Bud and blend over the entire piece of background paper filling in the open spaces in between the paint.


Step 3

Use a sponge dauber and Brilliance ink and blend a pattern through a stencil. The Pearlescent Poppy (red) creates a beautiful shimmery contrast to the pink.


Step 4

Use a large background stamp and VersaFine Onyx Black and stamp over the magenta, orange, and red background.


Step 5

Use a smaller background stamp (stars pattern) and add additional stamped images in VersaFine, Memento Luxe and Brilliance using all the different ink pads. Heat set all the inks with a heat gun.

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Step 6

Once the top panel is finished, you have the option to mount on a plain white cardbase or if you have extra time ink the cardbase with the same star stencil and ink colors. Mount top panel to the cardbase. You can often find really cool pieces like this Happy Birthday banner flag sentiment in with scrapbook paper or kits. There are endless options such as these at craft stores. Simply attach a die cut or fussy cut birthday sentiment with a basic stitch setting on your sewing machine. Finish the design with small flowers and sequins.

Supplies

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  • Cardstock – white
  • PaperArtsy Stamp
  • Carrabella Stamp
  • Acrylic paint – magenta, orange
  • Parchment paper
  • Printed happy birthday sentiment
  • Heat gun
  • Sewing machine
  • Flower punch
  • Sequins

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Shake It Up with this Mother’s Day Card

by Nadine Carlier

Shake it up a little this Mother’s Day and give mom a shaker card. Nadine Carlier put together a great video tutorial sharing how she created this fun Mother’s Day shaker card. Check out the video below…..

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 min

Supplies

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  • Spellbinders – Mum Die Cut
  • Acetate
  • Glitter Cardstock
  • Sequins and beads
  • White Cardstock
  • Foam Tape

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Do you Believe in Ghost(ing Technique)s?

Using VersaMark to Create Ghosting Techniques by Martha Lucia Gomez

Using VersaMark to Create Ghosting Techniques by Martha Lucia Gomez

Versamark is one of the most versatile inks for crafting. I use it for embossing, stamping tone to tone, watermark, chalking and for ghosting. Today, I am focusing on the Ghosting technique.

For the best results, I use glossy cardstock which has a different absorbent surface than a matte cardstock. Start by stamping the background with a set called Delicate Details from Stampin Up with VersaMark onto the glossy paper. Let the ink dry for a few seconds. Next, ink the brayer with Lilac Posies Memento Ink and apply over the stamped piece several times. Remove the excess of the ink with a dry paper towel and you will start to see the ghosting effect. Repeat this step with Memento color for darker results. Next, I die cut a dragonfly and “with love” sentiment with plain cardstock and attached with On Point Glue which works perfectly for small and delicate details. To finish, attach the decorated layers to a card base. Super easy!

Tip: You can use different images to create this technique, not only border stamps. You can also mix colors of inks and let your design ideas go wild!

Supplies

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Other
  • Cardstock – white glossy, white matte
  • Stampin Up – Delicate Details stamp set
  • Gina Marie Designs – Detailed Dragonfly die, “With Love” die
  • Misti
  • Foam tape

Blending Delicata Ink Technique by Renee Zarate

I love coffee more than any other drink! So creating a “coffee” themed card is right up my alley. Joy Clair has these adorable stamps with coffee phrases that have been put to good use here. I have a few favorite, simple ink blending techniques that can be used to give a card personalized, water colored look. The technique demonstrated today is using Fireworks Craft spray and a spray bottle filled with water. It packs a lot of punch for unique colorization.

Start by cutting different mat papers to stack like a nest. Set all the mats aside and then stamp the girl image on water color paper using Jet Black StazOn ink. Spray water on the paper, then spray Bahama Blue Fireworks Craft Spray allowing the color to run on the paper. Lightly mist with Fireworks Lilac Posies and allow droplets to form and mix with the Bahama Blue. Fireworks spray inks blend really well when wet! At any point, additional water can be added or a paper towel can be used to blot up excess color and water.

To achieve the skin tone, apply a small mix of Pink Grapefruit and Persimmon VersaMagic ink. Add a small amount of Delicata White Shimmer to the mix. It is easiest to blend and apply these inks with a water pen. An additional drop of Brilliance Pearlescent Poppy ink was used the same way to color the lips and the cheeks. Stamp the coffee phrases with StazOn Royal Purple ink. Add extra detail with a Pico Embellisher in Bronze, clear art pebbles can also be added for interest using On Point Glue as an adhesive. This mixed media style is fun because there are no set rules. Work with these techniques until you have made what is perfect for you!

Supplies

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Other
  • Joy Clair– “Coffee Love” stamps
  • Pam Carriker “Beatrice” by Stampington
  • DCWV cardstock
  • Prima – Art Ingredient Mélange Art Pebbles
  • Water pen
  • Blank card – white
  • Uniball Signo broad pen
  • white pen
  • Micron 05 black pen
  • Acrylic block
  • Water spray bottle
  • Paper towels
  • Heat tool
  • Paper cutter

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Video: How to Make a Magenta Monogram Shaker Keychain

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

magenta monogram key chain for new home owners

M is for Monogram! In today’s post, I am sharing how to make a Monogrammed Shaker Key Chain. In April, we celebrated our third year as homeowners—our housiversary if you will—and I have a few other friends dipping their toes (and bank accounts) into the real estate market right now. All of this had me thinking about the prime symbol of home ownership: the key. I had a lot of fun putting together this DIY crafting shaker element usually meant for handmade cards and turning it into a handmade keychain. It could a perfect housewarming gift for a new homeowner but could also be a fabulous luggage tag if traveling is more your style.

Supplies

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Other
  • DCWV – Brights Textured Card Stock
  • Clear acetate sheet
  • Self-adhesive foam
  • Lawn Fawn – Stitched Circle Frames
  • Alphabet dies (vintage)
  • Die cut machine
  • Xyron – Create-a-Sticker
  • Beads
  • Jewelry findings
  • Pliers
  • Paint brush

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Be Encouraged with 2 Easy Lapis Blue Designs

Blue Vertigo Gracias Handmade Card by Martha Lucia Gomez

In today’s project, I colored Vertigo surfaces to create a unique textured look. You don’t need a lot of materials to make this, only StazOn inkpad, GlazOn and the Vertigo sheet. I started with a piece of Vertigo. These sheets come in different designs that reflects and refracts light creating optical illusions such as swirls, snakeskin, etc. For my project, I used the Taffeta design which looks like tumbling water. Next, I applied the Blue Hawaii StazOn using an Ink Blusher sponge directly to the Vertigo sheet.

Since StazOn will ink plastic it is a perfect choice for this project. One funny detail about StazOn is that the solvent ink will dissolve the ink on the plastic surface if you want to do several applications. In order to prevent this, I applied a thin layer of GlazOn to fix the color and let it dry. I put the colored piece of Vertigo inside of a textured design embossing folder and pass it through the Big Shot machine. Pass the inkpad of Stone Grey StazOn over the embossed texture to create a contrast. Next, I pasted the Vertigo layer over a piece of cardstock and enhance some details of the design using Wedding Dress irRESISTible Pico Embellisher. Let the irRESISTible dry before finalizing your card. Paste the decorated layer over a white card base with double-sided Tear it Tape and add a diecut sentiment using On Point Glue.

In the end, you will have a card that reflects and refracts shade of blue ink that will dazzle anyone who receives it!

Supplies

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  •  Card Stock – Whisper White and Pacific Point
  •  Darice – Henna Embossing Folder
  •  Memory Box – Gracias diecut

Trust in Him Journal by Tenia Nelson

Journaling is a great way to express your innermost needs and emotions. With that, I thought it would be a little boost to craft my own journal that I made using ink blending, embossing, and splatter techniques. I wanted to create an eye-popping look that would inspire me to write and reflect. I started with adding Bahama Blue Memento ink onto the cover page using an ink dauber. Next, I stamped and heat embossed feathers and tropical flowers with Gold Embossing Powder. I then took Bahama Blue Fireworks Shimmer Spray and added a splatter-effect. But I didn’t want just all one color so I created some contrast with a wood circle panel with VersaFine Onyx Black and embossed with a Clear Embossing Powder to lock it in place. To complete the design with an extra little magic, I stamped “IN” with VersaFine Majestic Blue onto a piece of light blue cardstock, embossed and punched out using a 3/4″ circle punch. Adhere “IN” onto the wood panel and adhere wood panel onto the cover page.

So fun and beautiful to make! I feel this is a great to for yourself or would make a happy gift for a friend.

Supplies

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Other

  • Concord & 9th – Stamps
  • Cardstock
  • Washi tape
  • Sticker stitches
  • Wood circle
  • Heating Tool
  • Circle Punch
  • Blank book or journal.

 

 

 

See How to Make Illustrious Lapis Blue Napkin Rings

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Imagine Crafts Tsukineko artist create napkin wings with StazOn ink.

Spring has arrived and flowers are at their peak! Bring a stylish touch of spring to the table with handmade napkin rings that are full of blooming flowers. This Lapis blue arrangement will perfectly contrast any set of white napkins or compliment a blue dish set. Learn how to craft this super cute table decor for any special occasion.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour + drying time

Directions

Step 1

Cover a 1 ¾ inch tube with a non-stick surface (or wax paper). Wrap around it the cotton cord in a width of 1 ½ inch and cover it with acrylic texture paste (alternatively a PVC glue will work well). Repeat to the number of napkin rings required and let them dry well before removing them.

Step 2

Die cut aluminum flowers using the medium and small flower dies. 1 medium and 4 small for each ring.

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Step 3

Cover the medium and half of the small flowers with the StazOn Ultramarine ink pad with the help of a sponge dauber.

Step 4

Create lines on the petals of the flowers with the Wedding Dress irRESISTible Pico embellisher and the Danube Blue irRESISTibles on the aluminium-colored flowers.

Step 5

Place dots in the center of the flowers with Amplify! White and heat activate for the puffing effect. Amplify is a unique texture paint that will change shape with heat activation.

Step 6

Arrange the position of flowers to be used on the ring and attach them on petals sides with On Point Glue.

Step 7

Cut a 25-inch cotton cord and make a couple of loops. Glue on the cotton ring and then place the flowers. I decided to end the project here, but if you have any other embellishments, sentiments or decoration in mind you can allow your creativity to flow! Creating the structure for the rings is one of the most important to get right and from there you can experiment and play. With a little further planning, Nadine’s Best Wishes card could be used as an invitation to a spring dinner party. Enjoy!

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