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 VersaFine Ink Can Be Used with Copic Markers and Stenciling

by Melissa Andrew

Today, I share how to use VersaFine Clair in multiple ways! This fabulous ink allows for crisp clean stamping. However, it also can be used over many mediums including Alcohol Markers, like Copics. It works wonderfully for embossing sentiments even on vellum and can be used under many mediums such as Perfect Medium. Today, I share a few of my favorite techniques using VersaFine Clair.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Whimsy Stamps – Hugs Bunny Clear stamp set
  • Copic markers
  • Cardstock – white, blue
  • Bristol Smooth cardstock
  • Vellum
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Heat Tool
  • Stencil

See How to Create a Journal Cover with Walnut Crystals

by Iris Rodriguez

“Bloom where you are planted” is a phrase that means to make the best of our situation…a theme for my art journal page this month. For this journal page, I used Imagine’s Walnut Ink Crystals, which I find to be absolutely fabulous. Use them to create mottled, scumbled, drippy, sprinkly, watercolored painterly effects. Use this effect as a background or paint images with these effects. It plays well with other inks.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1.5 Hours

Directions


Step 1

Begin by stamping and embossing with Imagine’s white embossing powder. I was going for a theme of rulers and flowers, denoting growing and blooming.


Step 2

Spray the paper with a little water in random areas. Sprinkle the Walnut Ink Crystals, they look like coffee grinds. Spray more water in random areas, to allow the crystals to dissolve more than others. To color in sections, use a paintbrush to color.


Step 3

Techniques for varying the look of the Walnut Ink Crystals. Leave crystals as is, spray more water on some areas, for a watercolored look-paint with a brush, hold the paper up and spray water on the top of the paper and allow the ink to drip down. Allow the paper to completely dry.


Step 4

Add a different, but contrasting color. Place a few drops of Tropical Lagoon All-Purpose Ink on your surface, spray a little water into the ink. Brush the ink in random areas. Spray water and allow the ink to drip. Allow the paper to completely dry.


Step 5

Touch up areas with the walnut ink with a brush. Dissolve a few crystals completely in water to make a solid ink solution. I like to scumble ink in areas, making it look, a little like soil. Allow the paper to completely dry.

Step 6

Using white acrylic paint and Imagine’s Jumbo Dauber, stencil in flowers in random sections. Wash the dauber right away. Allow the paint to dry completely.


Step 7

Place the stencils over the same flowers that were just stenciled with the acrylic paint and color in the flowers by inking with pad directly or using InkBlushers.


Step 8

Vary the look by blending several color inks. Color the flower’s outline with a white Posca pen. Add a sentiment and you’re done.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor paper 9 x 12 inches
  • Carabelle Studio – Steampunk Metre stamp
  • Flower stencils
  • White acrylic paint
  • Posca pen-white (fine)