Easy and Edgy Mixed Media Tag

by Renee Zarate


Shipping tags are a wonderful substrate for mixed media art. They are small, the paper is durable and when completed they fit nicely into an art journal or can be used in place of a card. This tag showcases not only texture and color but also techniques such as embossing, masking, stamping, mixing inks, using foils, and coloring ribbon. A mixed media tag is a great way to use many of your craft supplies in one simple and easy project!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 40 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Mask off the head portion of the girl image. Ink up the stamp with StazOn Jet Black and stamp image onto the shipping tag. Stamp again on masking paper, cut out the top portion and place over image on tag.


Step 2

Stamp swirls with Paris Dusk Memento ink, then stamp again in the same area using Rose Bud Memento ink. Remove mask. Fill a water pen with Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in the New Sprout color which is a nice soft yellow-green. Color the dress & hands with the water pen. Stamp the word “Fly” with Delicata Black Shimmer ink. Cover with Clear Embossing Powder and melt with a heat tool. Add highlights on the heart, arms and legs of stamped image and dots on the swirls with a Memento Marker in Rose Bud. Use the fine tip of the Tuxedo Black Memento Marker to color in a ground line near the feet of our girl. I also did a few random swipes with a glue stick and burnished silver foil onto portions of the tag.

 


Step 3

Spray two pieces of ribbon with Fireworks Craft Spray. Use Lilac Posies color which is a magenta and the other with New Sprout to match the colored area of the tag. Additional water can be sprayed onto the ribbons to achieve the desired color. Blot with a paper towel, coil up the ribbons separately and allow them to dry. When dry, trim to desired size. Hand tear faces off of the washi tape and place on tag, including one at the top of the body image. Lay lines of the other washi tapes in the pack on a scrap piece of card stock. Die cut into a butterfly shape. Adhere silver foil to the butterflies as done on the tag in step 2.


Step 4

Ink edges of tag with any ink color used on the interior of the tag. Tie the colored ribbons on the top and staple the butterflies into place.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Manila shipping tag
  • Stampotique – Mela stamp,  “Fly” stamp
  • Joy Clair –  Hugs & Smiles
  • Washi tape – Jane Davenport
  • Prima Foil – silver
  • Glue stick
  • Water pen
  • White ribbon
  • Sizzix – Butterfly die
  • Cardstock
  • Masking paper
  • Heat tool
  • Die cutting machine
  • Paper towels

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Color of the Month for May is…

magenta is may's inkpad color of the month

It is Monday! It is May and it’s time for May-genta! Every month we choose a color from our variety of ink lines to challenge our customer base and our artists. For the month of May, we choose this pure pink hue and felt that it was a great transition color from Spring to Summer. Magenta is also the M in the printing acronym CMYK – Cyan Magenta Yellow Black. So whether you like this color because it is pretty or because you are a nerd you can be satisfied either way! And this is exactly where we drew our inspiration.

In today’s post, we are featuring 3 crafting DIY projects. Magenta is a great color in fashion and Kyriako’s illustrates this perfectly in a dress sketch using Versacolor. Magenta can also be dramatic, and Roni does a perfect job of showing a scrapbook page that uses a dramatic layout. And Neva brings it back home with a handmade card that shows how well Magenta is used to direct the eye. See what these artists have to say about their projects…

dress colored with versacolor

Haute Couture with VersaColor by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Haute couture, daily fashion or coloring to design a stunning piece of cloth is fun way to get into this color Magenta! In the piece above I wanted to use blending techniques with VersaColor in a different way. These pigment inks are great for coloring in and blending because of the open dry time and how they do not readily soak into the paper especially heavy paper like I am using. Blending from red to purple in this dress shows how great these inks are and I was especially looking for a lush look for this dress figure. Using a Brushstix or sponge dauber will pick the ink off the stamp pad and is easy to use like a drawing tool.

I started with a true purple in VersaColor which is the Grape and blended with Peony, Camilla and Petal Pink (lightest) moving up. Using all the shades of ink was enjoyable and created great results on this project. From an easy idea like this one you can continue to draw more dresses, use other color combinations and add color on a young girl’s room.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Dress sketch stamp or hand drawing
  • Pencil
  • A4 heavy weight paper

magenta ink scrapbook

Every Heart Needs Magenta by Roni Johnson

Magenta is my daughter-in-love’s favorite color and as it happens she had some lovely pink and white roses she carried for the wedding. I had a lovely photo with her holding them and by tweaking the color a bit I ended up with this amazing picture. I wanted a bold background to really make the colors in the picture pop so I started off with a layer of vibrant Lilac Posies Fireworks Spray. I love how the finished layout turned out…just as I envisioned it. You can see in the close up how the Creative Medium pulled some of the Fireworks Spray into the stenciled design as it dried making for an even bigger pop of color. The steel needle nose tip on the On Point Glue makes it easy to add just a drop of adhesive even for tiny embellishments like the sequins. It dries clear which is great for the clear iridescent sequins!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • ClubScrap.com – Stencil
  • Cardstock
  • Sentiment Stamp (Cherry Blossom Kit) Just For Fun Rubber Stamps
  • 2 Sided Doodle Background Frame
  • Large; 2 Sided Doodle Background/Frame – Small (large and small scribbled circles)
  • Foam adhesive
  • Sequins

happy birthday card with dragonflies

Magenta Dragonflies Birthday Card by Neva Cole

When doing research for Imagines’ color of the month I discovered that the Dragonflies come in Magenta, who knew? This Magenta-bodied Dragonfly is created using multiple layers of ink and the assistance of a stamp positioner. The body is colored directly on the stamp with Memento Dual-Tip Markers in Love Letter (one layer) and Lilac Posies (two layers) and the eyes are in in Tuxedo Black. After cleaning the stamp, the entire dragonfly is then inked with VersaMark Dazzle Champagne and heat embossed with Embossing Powder in Iridescent. A spritz of Fireworks in New Sprout finishes the front panel. The die cut sentiment and backing layer are inked with Ink Blushers and Memento Luxe using the same formula of Love Letter and Lilac Posies. The wings didn’t stand out enough so a StazOn Blue Hawaii is dabbed on with a Bullet Tip Fantastix that was first moistened with StazOn All Purpose Stamp Cleaner. On Point Glue was perfect to add very small drops of glue to the sentiment to securing adhere it to the card front. Dragonflies are iridescent in real life and I believe I captured their essence with Imagine products quite nicely!

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Sizzix–Thinlits Happy Birthday to You
  • Imagiart Stamps—Dragonfly (Vintage and is no longer available)

 

We hope you enjoy these projects from our Artist in Residence and see their supplies list for links to purchase. Read more on Magenta Wikipedia page. The stamp used in the main image is from Waffle Flower.

 

 

Learn A New Creative Hack with Layered Stamps

by Martha Lucia Gomez

 

blue gold thank you card tsukineko Layered Dahlias Stamp Set

Layering stamps is a very popular in the crafting world. A lot of stamp companies are designing stamp sets that have complimentary details such as a flower with the inner stigma and leaves with the inner veins. Instead of focusing so much on getting all the ink layers to line up, I thought it would be cool to deviate from the norm and use the layers as shadows. With this simple technique, you can create a fresh look with your layered stamp set that will spark imagination in your DIY project.

I started this project by using Tsukineko’s Azure StazOn to stamp one of the corresponding layers onto blue cardstock. StazOn is like an alcohol ink and will dry rather quickly but be sure it is completely dry before moving on. Next, I stamped VersaMark ink with the outline image over the StazOn layers, and heat embossed with Imagine’s Gold Embossing Powder. Since StazOn dries so quickly (even faster than a dye ink) the embossing powder does not stick to the base stamp. This is exactly what I wanted because the effect will be the shadow image. The gold pops forward while the blue recedes into the background. To finish, I cut the word “Thanks” using gold foil paper and fun foam. I attached “Thanks” using On Point Glue and adhered everything together on a white card base using double-sided Tear It Tape.

DIY crafting embossing

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white, dark blue
  • Peek-a-boo Stamps – Layered Dahlias Stamp Set
  • Lawn Fawn –  Thanks Die Cut
  • Fun Foam
  • Gold Foil Card Stock

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

Imagine
Other
  •  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

Imagine

Other

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

 

 

 

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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