Flowers in Her Hair Card Set

by Renee Zarate

Renee Zarate created two girl-themed cards with a positive sentiment and a focal point of flowers in each of the girl's hair. Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray, On Point Glue, Memento ink, blue, pink, black shimmer, paper flowers, glitter, glass beads, red hair.

It’s great to have handmade cards on hand just in the case an unexpected event pops up. I created two girl-themed cards with a positive sentiment and a focal point of flowers in each of the girl’s hair. Each has a unique and artsy style and I wanted to share some of the features that made them come together. First, I used Fireworks Shimmery Spray with a paint brush to color the image of the girl. Fireworks is a spray but works great as a watercolor. Next, I used On Point Glue to add the flowers and embellishments. This precision adhesive is perfect for reaching intricate spots on this card with no visible residue. Finally, I choose a matching base color to bring the design together.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Renee Zarate created two girl-themed cards with a positive sentiment and a focal point of flowers in each of the girl's hair. Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray, On Point Glue, Memento ink, blue, pink, black shimmer, paper flowers, glitter, glass beads, red hair.

Step 1

Gesso watercolor paper. Trim to 4 ½ x 6 ¼ inches. When dry, stamp an image on gessoed paper.

Renee Zarate created two girl-themed cards with a positive sentiment and a focal point of flowers in each of the girl's hair. Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray, On Point Glue, Memento ink, blue, pink, black shimmer, paper flowers, glitter, glass beads, red hair.

Step 2

Color in the image with color pencils and Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray. Fireworks is a spray but can also be applied with a paint brush or a water pen (just unscrew the spray applicator and pour ink into a palette). Applying Fireworks with a brush offers a more controlled use of the product which creates beautiful results. Ink edges of the panel with Paris Dusk Memento.

Renee Zarate created two girl-themed cards with a positive sentiment and a focal point of flowers in each of the girl's hair. Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray, On Point Glue, Memento ink, blue, pink, black shimmer, paper flowers, glitter, glass beads, red hair.

Step 3

Cut a piece of matching decorative paper the size of the card to 5 x 6 ¾ inches. Distress edges with Memento Paris Dusk inkpad. Let dry. Apply VersaMark and heat emboss with Clear Embossing Powder.

Step 4

Stamp phrase on panel and heat emboss with Clear Embossing Powder. Use On Point Glue to attach embellishments like small paper flowers, glass beads, and glitter. Apply Gold foil with glue stick and a stencil. Rub on with fingers.

Step 5

Cut black mat for the main panel. Cut to ¼” larger in order to create a border.

Step 6

Mount panel on black cardstock. Then mount to decorative paper. Adhere entire panel to blank card. Ink edges of the card with Delicata Black Shimmer ink. For the second card, the image was cut out of Jane Davenport paper instead of stamped. Repeat the steps above for a lovely matching set.

Supplies

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Other
  • Prima Marketing – stamp, stencil
  • Paper flowers
  • Glitter
  • Glass beads
  • Gold foil
  • Glue stick
  • Craft mat
  • Heating tool
  • Paper trimmer
  • Gesso
  • Cardstock – black
  • Water pen
  • Color pencils
  • Jane Davenport – patterned paper

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Love in the Air

Spring is a time for renewal. Flowers are blooming and the air is warming causing our senses and our hearts to warm as well! In today’s post, we have three handmade greeting cards from our Artists in Residence. Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates vibrant hearts and raindrops imagery on a “Drops of Love” card. Neva Cole also brings vivid colors forward with a hot air balloon theme and Alison Heikkila brings us more love with a cute punk rock girl greeting card.

Drops of Love by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Touch is one of the senses that allows people to understand things. A card sharing love with braille created with StazOn Studio Glaze, GooseBumps and Amplify can share the message. I took time here to create this card with braille to expand the idea of handmade cardmaking to those who may be visually impaired.

I started with cardstock and used GooseBumps and irRESISTibles to make rain drops as the first round of texture. I let them dry well then colored with Bahama Blue Memento and created more texture with Shimmer Creative Medium. I stamped and embossed the white circles to add another bit of dimension. Then I attached wooden hearts, drew clouds around the hearts with White Amplify! and heated to activate the puffy texture. The small braille section is a 2 ¾ x 1 ⅕ inch card. I colored the card with Lady Bug Memento and formed the dot message of braille code with Jet Black StazOn Studio Glaze. With another 2 ¾ x ½ inch card, I color distressed with Bahama Blue Memento and wrote the message with Morocco irRESISTible Pico embellisher which is perfect for lettering. To finish, I arranged all the pieces by gluing the cards on a larger main card and embellished with the little hearts.

Supplies

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Other
  • ScrapBerry’s – circles stamp
  • Buddly Crafts – wooden hearts 40mm
  • White cardstock
  • Embellishments

Glittery Sending Happy Wishes by Neva Cole

Love the look of glitter, but not the possible mess it might make for the recipient of a glittery card? The perfect answer is to use On Point Glue to apply the glitter on the reverse side of an acetate sheet. This fun card is created with StazOn ink stamped on one side of the acetate sheet and colored with StazOn Studio Glaze and glitter on the reverse. The fine tip of the On Point Glue allows great precision for applying in tiny spots.

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  • Unity Stamp Company – Sending Up Something Beautiful
  • Acetate
  • Cardstock
  • Patterned paper
  • Glitter
  • Ultra fine glitter
  • Rectangles die

Hello Greeting Card by Alison Heikkila

I wanted to use a creepy-cool stamp from Stampotique called Minky Girl and was inspired by her polka-dot skirt and the heart on her shirt. I found a red sequin heart that fit over the one on her shirt perfectly and thought it would make a great card!  I wanted to show that On Point Glue can be used for different things, so I decided to write “hello” in pencil, then rewrote it with the glue. Next, I added glitter. Since I wanted her polka-dots to really stand out, I filled them in with the On Point Glue and shook on some more micro glitter. It takes a few minutes to dry (which is great in case you need to move things around with other techniques). After it dried thoroughly, I brushed off any remaining excess glitter, then added it to my black card base.

Supplies

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Other
  • Stampotique – Minky Girl Stamp
  • Glitter
  • Cardstock
  • Sequins

 

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Follow Your Heart in Blue Shimmer

by Elina Stromberg

Elina Stromberg creates a lovely Follow Your Heart artwork using Fireworks and On Point Glue.

The new On Point Glue has quickly become my must-have crafting adhesive. The super fine tip allows me to have nice control of the glue, making it the perfect choice for attaching detailed die-cuts, beads, seeds or sequins on my projects. However, On Point Glue can be used in many other creative ways too. This time I made an art piece using On Point Glue for color-resisting on my project.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour + drying time

Directions

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Step 1

Print the text on watercolor or mixed media paper using a light font color. Cover the letters with On Point Glue and let dry. Note that the font color you choose will be visible on your finished project as the glue will dry clear.

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Step 
2

Spray the text with one or several Fireworks! colors. Let dry or dry with a heat gun. 
Once dry splash water on the paper. Water will re-activate the sprayed ink creating lighter splash marks within the color.

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Step 3

Use a baby wipe to gently remove the excess color from the glue-covered words. 
Shadow the letters by tracing them on one side with a black marker (optional). Cut to size and frame. This technique is a fun way to post your favorite quote or inspiring sentiment.

Supplies

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Other
  • White mixed media or watercolor paper
  • Black marker (permanent)
  • Black picture frame
  • Heat gun

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Decor with a Golden Touch

Perhaps Valentine’s Day also needs a touch of home decor to set the right mood for your loved one! Jessica Litman created this shimmery heart banner to add a little pizzazz to the room. We imagine this banner would look great in combination with flowers and a card. Kyriakos Pachadiroglou took a more earthy route and created a wood block piece that expresses sentiments associated with our Heart of Gold theme.

jessica litman creates this beautiful banner for Valentine's Day using Delicata White Shimmer and Imagine Embossing Clear.

With Valentine’s Day coming up, Jessica Litman felt that creating a banner to decorate would be the perfect fit for the holiday! This project allows a ton of flexibility because the banner can be as long or small as space allows! Jessica started by embossing heart stamps using Delicata White Shimmer and Clear Embossing Powder creating the background on black paper. Delicata is a metallic pigment ink and works great with embossing powders. She then cut the banner shapes and attached the gold heart to the center and finished the banner with a sewing machine. If you do not have a sewing machine then attaching a string to the back with adhesives should also work.

jessica litman creates this beautiful banner for Valentine's Day using Delicata White Shimmer and Imagine Embossing Clear.

Supplies

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Other
  • Heat tool
  • Adhesive
  • Black cardstock 12 x 12”
  • Gold cardstock
  • Heart punch
  • Heart stamp
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Paper cutter

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou uses Goosebumps and walnut ink on wood for this lovely piece of home decor.

Describe a person with a heart of gold and you will get words likes “believe”, “respect”, “patience”, “care”, “love” and much more. Kyriakos choose these words to convey a person with such qualities. He marked these sentiments on a slice of wood and enhanced it by a golden heart and embossing powder. Words are hand lettered with a paintbrush with the magic of GooseBumps and then covered with Walnut Ink to create a resist effect which almost looks hand carved.

Supplies

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Other
  • Slice of wood
  • Buddly Crafts – 40mm wooden heart
  • Gold metallic embellishments
  • Crafty Individuals – CI258 stamp
  • Binder twine
  • Rhinestones
  • Paint brush
  • Hot glue gun

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Pages and Pages of Love

Nothing says LOVE like a bit of shimmering and bling! Jowilna Nolte and Elina Stromberg each created page layouts using gorgeous shimmering effects with Fireworks sprays and Embossing Powder. Jowilna’s page can be pasted into an art journal or used as a gift while Elina’s page shows a bit of scrapbook super talent with her own personal photography skills.

Jowilna Nolte creates a journal page with embossed diecut geometric heart and cover the page in Fireworks shimmer.

Jowilna mixed two different colors of Fireworks sprays onto a craft mat then dipped a sheet of graph or patterned paper into the mix. It is cool how the shimmer from the two different colors blend. She then assembled the journal page by adding an embossed die-cut heart, ribbon and a decorative hat element using a brad. Bind into your art journal or use it for a gift.

Supplies

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Other
  • Heart silhouette
  • Ribbon
  • Brad
  • Hat embellishment
  • Gold thread
  • Patterned paper

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Elina Stromberg’s reflection:

In addition to paper crafting, I love to take pictures. I have thousands of photos of my precious family, and the best shots often end up on my scrapbooking layouts. If I print pictures in advance without a special layout design in mind, I prefer converting the photos to black and white before printing. With B&W photos I have more freedom to choose whatever colors or patterned papers for my layout, without having to match the papers, colors nor embellishments to the color palette on the photo. So handy!

For the background of layout, I chose a sheet of heavy watercolor paper. Watercolor and mixed media papers tolerate wet media well, leaving the paper nicely flat after drying. If I had chosen a simple uncoated scrapbooking paper I would have had to prepare the paper with clear or white gesso before misting the pink Fireworks! on the page. To make the shimmery, rich Fireworks! color run on the paper I sprayed the color gently with water. Once dry I decorated the colored area with a few die-cut elements and stamping. For coloring the flowers I used pink and white All-Purpose inks. Those are my true favorites! All-Purpose inks are as simple to use as watercolors, but they are opaque and let you have more control of the color.

The title was die-cut from purple cardstock, and before gluing down on the page I heat-embossed the bottom parts of each letter with gold embossing powder. That’s an easy way to make your title pop!

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Supplies

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Other
  • 12 x 12” watercolor paper
  • Solid color papers – purple, white, light pink
  • Patterned papers
  • Altenew – stamp, diecut
  • Wycinanka – stamp
  • Acrylic stamping block
  • Sizzix – diecut
  • Die cut machine
  • Heat tool
  • Adhesive
  • Scissors

 

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February Brings the Love

imagine's color of the month for February 2017 is Rose

Now that we are settling back into our normal work week after all the fun and excitement of Creativation, we are actually very excited to get back to work with our artists and planning out the year.

To kick off February right we are announcing our color of the month—rose. (In our heads we hear a lot of  oooos from the audience!) We loosely define rose as soft pink. Some soft pinks are so pale they are almost like a flesh-colored beige. Some soft pink tints are brighter like a light magenta. We feel Memento Angel Pink is a nice example of a brighter pink. However you interpret ‘rose’, we hope you find it pleasing and find a new product to try out in this soft, beautiful hue!

Our Artists in Residence at Imagine jumped on board with rose and have produced beautiful work honoring this timeless color. We wanted to share just a few of the great rose projects to kick of a month in pink!

Elina Stromberg creates this beautiful card using Memento Angel Pink.

Elina Stromberg colors the light pink background of this card using Angel Pink Memento ink, applying the ink on the textured watercolor paper directly from the ink pad. The circle embellishment is made from a die-cut ring covered by embroidery yarn; making the embellishment will require some patience but the end result is worth the effort. Stamped flowers are colored with Poppy Red All-Purpose Ink. Lighter tints were made with mixing the ink with water. Sentiment text was stamped and heat-embossed on a piece of vellum.

Supplies

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Other
  • White textured watercolor paper
  • Solid color paper – light pink, white
  • White vellum
  • Altenew – stamp & die
  • Sizzix – die
  • Adhesives
  • Scissors

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Jowilna Nolte is also a fan of Angel Pink in this ATC Valentine’s Card. Jowilna mixed Fireworks! Angel Pink with Goosebumps Shimmer before it dried to create a shimmer pink resist effect. Goosebumps is perfect for resist effects once it is dry but if you mix ink before it is dry it will receive color well. The ATC cards are perfect to show your loved ones how much you love them.

Supplies 

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Other
  • Watercolor paper
  • ATC card bases
  • Die cut love
  • Dina Wakeley – stamp

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Roni Johnson started her card with Rose Bud Fireworks! spray then added Iridescent Pink Creative Medium spread through a stencil over the base panel. Angel Pink and Rose Bud Memento Inks were used for the long flowers on the die-cut panel and dots of White and Electric Pink Radiant Neon irRESISTible Pico Embellisher were added for a touch of dimension and interest.

Supplies

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Other
  • Unity Stamp Co – Flower & Sentiment Stamps
  • Prima – Scroll Work Stencil Cardstock in White
  • Ribbon
  • Adhesive

And last but certainly not least, we have a video by Mischelle Smith. She shows us how to create a striped background using Memento Luxe and Versamark.

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Supplies

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Other
  • Close To My Heart – White Glitter Paper, XOXO Thin Cuts, Bitty Sparkles,
  • Acrylic Blocks
  • Mini Stapler
  • Cardstock – pink, white
  • Silver metallic thread
  • Ribbon – pink, black, white
  • Adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Heat tool
  • Brayer
  • Tweezers

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