All You Need Is A Little Vitamin Sea

We have 3 projects today that focus on the ocean for the crafting motion! Martha creates a stunning visual effect using die cuts and Memento ink. Kyriakos wields his glue gun again for a surprisingly awesome project using silicone molds. And Jessica brings it back home with a simple hand lettering project using Memento markers. Check it out!

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Smile Starfish Die Cut Greeting Card by Martha Lucia Gomez

Summer is here! Tangerine is not only a perfect color, it is the perfect for representing the mysterious starfish. Today, I am sharing a quick way to mix Memento inks to create an unique background and die cuts to create a negative foreground. I was happy with the design concept and feel this style can be applied to any theme.

Start by taking Memento Ink Dandelion (bright yellow), Tangelo (orange) and Lady Bug (classic red) and apply the ink randomly and directly to Imagine’s silicone craft mat. Spray with Ink Potion No. 9 to dilute the heavy concentration of ink, and allow the different colors to blend. Lay the card stock on the mix to absorb into the paper fibers. This is most of the work of inkblending and it creates the coolest effects. Let the paper dry and paste the inked layer over a card base.

inkpad die cut crafts

Take another piece of white card stock and cut out several star fish shapes using the Gina Marie Starfish die. Once you are happy with the amount of cut-outs, paste the negative layer over the ink layer using dimensional dots or foam tape. The lifted negative foreground creates a dramatic effect which is immediately noticed by the eye. Finalize the card using your own custom details. I choose a “smile” die cut and gold sequins which I applied with On Point Glue. This handmade card is simple in terms of crafting time and produces impressive results!

Supplies

Imagine
Other

 

Starfish necklace crafts

Creating a Starfish Necklace by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Do you have a cool silicone mold laying around that you want to do something with? Why not make jewelry with it? For me, I had a starfish mold and thought it would make a fun fashion project. Jewelry with an ocean theme is an easy way to create a complimenting summer look to the wardrobe. The starfish is made of hot glue shaped into the silicone mold and colored with StazOn inks to give an impression of a real dried starfish. Surprisingly, the dry time is only one hour or less. Simply let your glue heat to it perfect temperature and fill the mold completely.

Since most of the work is about the starfish itself, feel free to download a tutorial on jewelry making to help finish the details of the entire piece if you are not familar with jewelry making. There are dozens of jewelry tutorial online. The rest of the embellishments are little pearls and metallic fishes that are pre-made and can be purchased at any bead store or craft store. I was careful to space the craft wire and attach all the pieces on scattered places to create a mesh that holds the starfish in place. The length of the wires varies from 16 to 18 inches, while it can easily altered to your preference.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Silicone mold – starfish
  • Hot glue gun
  • Craft wire
  • Fish charms
  • Pearls End caps
  • Jump rings
  • Lobster clasp

 

handlettering using Memento Markers

All You Need Is A Little Vitamin Sea by Jessica Litman

Who doesn’t love a good summer quote? Better yet, who doesn’t like practicing their hand lettering with a solid quote that inspires. I submitted the art in the photo above using Memento water-based markers in a variety of colors. I love simple and clear lettering and like to create all sorts of fun projects with quotes. But this one is perfect for the summer, as I hope to spend a lot of time at the beach! If you feel inspired by this, then try your hand and write the phrase “All You Need Is A Little Vitamin Sea” and hang it in a spot you will see (sea) it often. You can also transform this quote into a full paper crafting project by adding sea-theme stamps or embellishments.

Supplies

Imagine
  • Memento Dual Tip Markers – Lady Bug, Tangelo, Dandelion, Cottage Ivy, Danube Blue, Grape Jelly, Lilac Poises, London Fog
Other
  • Paper

Make a Summer Lovin’ Mixed Media Calendar

by Renee Zarate

Make a Summer Lovin' Mixed Media Calendar

Today is National Best Friends Day! I thought these two dolls could look like a pair of best friends. This mixed media calendar project can be placed on a bulletin board or made in art journal as a two page spread. While project incorporates techniques and textures, it also has the added fun of writing each day’s activities in the small woven calendar boxes. Create one for each month of the year and then bind them together in a diary to look back on later.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 2-3 hours

Directions

Make a Summer Lovin' Mixed Media Calendar
Step 1

Prepare the background paper. This particular calendar is an 11 x 14 piece of Strathmore 140# Mixed Media paper that had been used to blot off ink from a previous project. I love reusing paper in this way to add to the chaos of mixed media projects. If you are start fresh then use texture paste to create dimension on random parts of the paper. After you have let that dry, now it is time to add color. At the top of the paper, apply Memento Luxe Teal Zeal ink, Bahama Blue Fireworks Spray, and spritz water to allow the colors to blend together. Apply more water and let the inks run down the paper. Use a heat tool to set the color. Next, apply Memento Luxe Morocco ink to the bottom of the paper with a large dauber. Deepen the color by applying Radiant Neon Electric Orange on top of the Morocco ink. Spritz with water, allow the inks to mingle. Blot slightly with a paper towel, and dry with a heat tool. For the last layer, apply Memento Luxe Dandelion to the center of the page, spray with water, allow the color to blend then dry.


Step 2

Use alphabet and number stencils for the date and season. Use Art Ventures Graphite texture paste to make the letters pop forward. Very carefully lift the stenciling pieces straight up and wash them thoroughly to remove all of the paste. Allow to dry thoroughly so as to avoid smearing it.

Prima – Julie Nutting Doll Stamp
Step 3

Die cut the butterflies from coordinating patterned paper and set aside. Stamp dolls with StazOn Jet Black ink, color them with Memento Markers and cut them out.


Step 4

Make the woven mat for the calendar days by cutting 5 strips of paper measuring 1 inch x 7 ¼ inches. These strips will be woven across. Then cut 7 strips of the same paper to measure 1 inch x 5 ¾ inches for the downward strips. Secure the weaving with tape on the backside. Use a number stamp set to stamp the calendar numbers in each weave square. Ink the entire piece with Memento Luxe Morocco.


Step 5

Using a strong adhesive, adhere the woven calendar to the background page. Add Washi tape for extra decor. Attach the butterflies across the top on with On Point Glue. Add some butterflies to the skirt and shoes of the doll on the right. Attach the stamped dolls to each side of the calendar. Ink the edges of the mixed media paper with Brilliance Pearlescent Rust ink. Finish with any additional detailing as you feel is right for the design. Have fun!

Supplies

Imagine
Other

Make Fun Kids Crafts to Celebrate Summer

School is out! Summer is here! We are excited to share two kid’s crafting projects that help celebrate the wrap up of the school year. Jessica creates an awesome farmstead theme with an egg carton and Mischelle uses square Monterey Pine to create spider magnets. Enjoy!

Piggy Farm Crafts for Kids

Piggy In The Puddle Kid’s Craft by Jessica Litman

With summer quickly approaching, I am always trying to find fun and different crafts to do with my kids. Since we have a lot of empty egg cartons lying around for painting, I thought why not turn it into barn animals?!?!  Here are some quick tips on how to start!

So first let me say that you can choose any farm animal and go crazy with this project, but for time sake I am choosing a little piggy. Start by cutting out a single egg carton. Spray Rosebud Fireworks Spray on egg carton making sure to cover entirely. Set aside to dry. Cut out two small ears, curly tail, and round snout for pig. Add two dots on the snout using the Memento marker’s fine side. Once egg carton is dry, glue the ears, tail, snout, and googly eyes using On Point Glue. Cut out a mud puddle using the brown paper. Create a pig pen using the white card stock. This fence can be a download template or a die cut. Again, you can go crazy on ideas and also let your kids creativity direct this project.

Piggy Farm Crafts for Kids

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Empty Egg Carton
  • Scissors
  • Paper – pink, brown, white
  • Googly Eyes
  • template for fence or die cut

Kids Crafts Spiders

Monterey Pine Spider Magnets by Mischelle Smith

Looking for a quick and easy project that the kids can do this summer?  Look no further!  These cute magnets can be enjoyed year ‘round and make great gifts for grandparents and loved ones. I choose orange spiders to tap into Imagine’s Tangerine color of the month. But you can choose any little animal or image that makes your kid’s day! It will probably be best to set up everything first and help your little ones with putting all the pieces together. Monterey Pine is hand cut wood measuring about 1 to 1.5 inches and have a .08 inch depth. Start by finding or printing 1 inches images. Cut images from paper or use the square pine piece to trace around the image you’ve printed. Apply a heavy amount of On Point Glue to rectangle pine piece, adhere the image and press down to push out any wrinkles or bubbles. Remember to replace the cap on On Point Glue and let the paper dry. Wrap Tear It Tape around edge of pine square (if fits perfectly around the edge) and dip in matching color of glitter. Attach magnet to the back and you are ready to give as a gift or place on your refrigerator.

kids crafts orange and black spiders

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Paper
  • Napkin
  • Pattern Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glitter
  • Magnets
  • Adhesive

Color of the Month for June

June Color of the Month is Tangerine

We are excited to announce the Color of the Month — Tangerine! Everyone month Imagine highlights a different color to show off our catalog of inks. The Tsukineko brand offers this rich orange color in All-Purpose Ink, VersaColor, Memento, Radiant Neon, Radiant Neon Amplify and StazOn. And Imagine’s offers two in house products — the recent release of the 2oz bottle of Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Tangelo as well as IrRESISTibles Pico Embellisher Tangelo.

Tangerine is a deep orange color that evokes a festive vibe, the warmth of summer, and tangy flavors of fruit! Some of the trends we see with this color are….

tangerine tiles

Moroccan tiles…

Tangerine Tiles Stamp StazOn Tsukineko ink Orange Zest

Bohemian theme home decor or stamps…

camp vibes DCWV scrapbook paper

and Camp Fire or Outdoors themes.

We offer this color challenge to our Artist in Residence to bring forward in their June project submissions, so be on the lookout for how our team uses this vibrant color. We also offer this challenge to you. If you feel inspired by Tangerine and use Imagine or Tsukineko inks then please tag us in your Instagram or Facebook posts. We would love to see what you create!

Learn How to Make A Master Board

by Mischelle Smith

designing with a Master Board

I love designing with a master board so when I heard the May theme was ‘M’ ~ I knew immediately what I wanted to create! A master board is a self-made, mixed media patterned paper that the artist creates herself. After creating the master board you use the pieces to make ATC’s, cards, journal pages, mini albums … whatever you imagine. A master board is a great way to utilize your products in an unconventional way like I did with Imagine’s irRESISTibles. These transparent potions create dreamy backgrounds while layering beautifully with other colors and mediums. Master boards are fun and easy to make and design so give one a try and see what you create!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1-2 hours + dry time

Directions

Rose Bud irRESISTible
Step 1

Start by adding Rose Bud irRESISTible to white cardstock. Use a palette knife, brush or your fingers to distribute the color as you like. Let dry.

 Lilac Posies irRESISTible
Step 2

Add Lilac Posies irRESISTible. Use a palette knife, brush or fingers to distribute.


Step 3

Gently pour Lilac Posies onto paper. Stand paper up and let irRESISTible create drips.


Step 4

Gently pour Rose Bud irRESISTible on paper allowing it to run and create drips. Let dry.

Bahama Blue Fireworks
Step 5

Pour a small amount of Bahama Blue Fireworks into a palette. Mix with the same amount of water as poured. Apply to paper with a brush. Let the mixture create drips in some areas. Let dry completely.

White VersaColor, stamp the starburst
Step 6

Seal the paper with Mod Podge or clear gesso. Let dry. With White VersaColor, stamp the starburst image randomly around the paper.

Bahama Blue Memento Luxe – stamp the branch image
Step 7

With Bahama Blue Memento Luxe – stamp the branch image randomly around the paper. Heat set stamped images with a heat tool.

Pale Aqua and Burgundy Fabrico Marker
Step 8

With Pale Aqua and Burgundy Fabrico Marker – make doodle designs on paper. Heat set Fabrico Marker doodles.


Step 9

Spatter Wedding Dress irRESISTible onto the page using the thin plastic tube inside the bottle. Let dry. Seal the paper with Mod Podge or clear gesso. Let dry.


Step 11

Doodle on pages with Tuxedo Black Memento Marker. Let sit for a few moments. The longer you let this set – the darker the color will be. Use a baby wipe to remove black marker from the page. A ‘shadow’ of the doodles will remain on the page.


Step 12

Create masks to paint around with hand cut cardstock shapes.

Paint around masks with acrylic paint
Step 13

Paint around masks with acrylic paint. Use a paint brush or your fingers (I used my fingers).


Step 14

Apply paint as shown. Let the paper dry completely.


Step 15

Use Pitt pens, Sharpie markers and/or Memento markers to complete images by doodling on them.

Doodle zentangle
Step 16

Now you can cut your master board into any size and shape you need! I used my white master board as four card fronts.

After you make your own master board, you will certainly find your mind spinning with all the different ways to use these coordinating pieces.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • CTMH – One of A Kind Stamp Set
  • Baby wipes
  • Lawn Fawn – Hello Die Cut
  • Pitt Pen – white, black, black bold and medium
  • Acrylic paint – white, apple green
  • Cardstock – white, black
  • Paint brush
  • Palette
  • Old rags
  • Die cut machine
  • Paper trimmer
  • Heat tool
  • Chalk marker
  • Adhesive
  • Card bases
  • Journal
  • Washi tape
  • Foam tape

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Join Us for the Joy Clair Blog Hop Day 2

 

Thanks so much for stopping and be sure to leave comments (one per blog) for the second day hopping so you can be entered to win a one of two $25 Joy Clair Stamps Gift Cards or one of two $25 Gift Cards from Imagine!!! Winners will be announced on the Joy Clair and Imagine Blogs at the end of the month.

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Martha Lucia Gomez

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Alison Heikkila

Lindsay Andreon

Roni Johnson

Steph Ackerman

Jessica Litman

Lori Kobular

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