Today is a Perfect Day to Start Living Your Dreams

by Elina Stromberg

pink art journal page

The inspiration for this art journal page was a StencilGirl stencil I’d been wanting to try out for some time. Instead of dabbing ink through the stencil or using gesso or texture paste, I decided to build the stencil face from black cardstock. Before creating the face image, I prepared the background. The first layer of color was misted, using the vivid ‘Lilac Posies’ color from Fireworks Craft Sprays. Once the color was dry I added texture. I mixed Fireworks with white texture paste and stenciled random patterns on the pages. Once the paste was dry I started stamping. First using magenta acrylic paint and a piece of bubble wrap as my stamp, and then continued with regular stamps. For the triangular images I used a Cocoa Daisy stamp set, and the black dots I stamped with the eraser end of a No. 2 pencil. As a finishing touch, I added white by stamping white acrylic paint with a plastic roll.

For the face, I wanted to try a fun collage technique. I placed the face image on black cardstock, traced the parts with a thin pen, and cut out. The larger pieces were cut with scissors, but for cutting the smaller parts I used a craft knife. The stencil was my guidance when placing the pieces on the page, and again, On Point Glue was the right choice for gluing down the tiny cut parts. I picked up the quote from Pinterest and cut the letters with Sizzix alpha dies.

 

I’m very happy with the final look of the page and hope try it out some of the techniques.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • StencilGirl – ‘Abigail’ stencil
  • Sizzix – Alpha dies
  • Bubble wrap
  • No. 2 pencil
  • Texture paste
  • Acrylic paint – white, magenta
  • Cardstock
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Cocoa Daisy – Triangle Texture stamp

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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Watch a Video Tutorial for a Marvelous Magenta Card

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Watch a Video for a Marvelous Magenta Card

Inspiration comes from the oddest places. I took the color magenta, combined it with an 80s catchphrase, a couple different techniques and paired those up with a stamp set and it turned into this card for our color of the month challenge for May. This fun design would make a great pick-me-up for a friend, and since it measures a mere 8 ½ x 3 5/8 inches, it fits into any unassuming letter envelope and would be a nice surprise amidst all the junk mail and bills! Check out my quick and easy video that dives into how I created this card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white
  • Card base – black
  • 
Alphabet dies (vintage)
  • Die cut machine
  • 
My Favorite Things – Geek Chic stamps
  • Acrylic block
  • Heat gun
  • Glitter
  • 
Tweezers
  • Sequins

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And Now More Momentous Mother’s Day Magic

Mother’s Day is certainly a special time of year! It is a holiday that doesn’t require a whole lot of planning, just a whole lot of love! We reflect on what we like and appreciate about our moms and with today’s handmade selections it is obvious the feelings are special. Elina Stromberg creates a beautiful nature themed card and Martha lays down creative techniques that give a Mother’s Day card a textured look.

Beautiful Bird Mother’s Day Card

Beautiful Bird Mother’s Day Card by Elina Stromberg

Here in Finland, like in most countries, Mother’s Day is celebrated the second Sunday in May. Since childhood, my mother has received a handmade card from me and this year will not be an exception. Mum, this card is made with love just for you!

I wanted to make the card cute and feminine and thought that the soft pastel colors of DCWV cardstock pieces were just the right choice for this project. Their beautiful color palette work so well together! I started by stamping the bird image on pink cardstock and added some color and shading with Memento inks and a water brush. I stamped the branch, leaves, and flowers, cut the pieces out, and glued the pieces together before placing them on the card front. White color on the background panel is Moonlight White Brilliance ink that I applied on the pink cardstock right from the pad. The textured panel underneath is made by stamping doily images on pink cardstock. I hope she will like my card!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • DCWV – Pastels Textured cardstock
  • White card base
  • Stampin’Up – Best Birds stamp, Delicate Doilies stamp
  • Altenew – Floral Frame stamp
  • Craft cardstock
  • Water brush
  • Double-sided tape
  • Scissors

Mother of Pearl Technique by Martha Lucia Gomez

Mother of Pearl Technique by Martha Lucia Gomez

On today’s Mother’s Day project,  I am creating the Mother of Pearl technique on magenta cardstock with Frost White All-Purpose Ink. I love the texture and shimmer this technique creates and feel it adds the extra special touch to this handmade card.  Here is how to do it.

Take a piece of regular card stock and sponge it with two or three colors of Memento Ink. I selected Lulu Lavender and Lilac Posies. I started with the Lulu Lavendar and then enhanced the tone with the Lilac Posies. This helps add a sense of color depth to the background. For the pearl effect, put a few drops of All-Purpose Ink Frost White over your mat and apply with a ball of plastic wrap. The unruly nature of the plastic wrap will create chaotic texture and the shimmer of the pearl color ink will pop forward. This papercrafting hack is simple, yet requires some thinking outside of the box!

While the background dries, I sprayed a piece of white cardstock with four different colors of Fireworks Shimmery Craft Sprays. Then I stamped flowers using VersaMark and heat embossed with White Embossing Powder. I fussy cut the flowers and detailed the inside of the flowers using a tiny paint brush and Firework Lilac Posies. I added a decorated tag border to frame my sentiment, pasted with Tear It! Tape and stamped the sentiment with VersaFine Imperial Purple. Finally, I added the flowers using dimensional dots and added dark green leaves behind the flowers and transparent sequins using On Point Glue. All of these techniques are so easy, and lots of fun, don’t you think?!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Card stock – white, green
  • Suzy Stamps – Button Flower Left Stamp
  • Joy Clair – Happy Mother’s Day Stamp
  • Paint brush
  • Misti Stamping tool
  • Dimensional dots or Foam tape
  • Sequins

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It’s Monday but The Letter M is for Mother

color layering stamp and die sets Mother's Day Cards

M is for Mother.  I am loving the color layering stamp and die sets and thought I would share how I created multiple cards in one sitting for occasions where I need more than one card. I have two mothers in my life to send a Mother’s Day cards to and decided to make another card while I was at it. This technique can also be extended to create more cards in one sitting in many different color combinations. With careful planning, one layer can be stamped for all your cards before stamping the next color layer. This technique also works well for images that require more than one stamp for the die cut, such as the stem of orchid flowers shown here.

Level: Beginner
Time: 1 hour for three cards

Directions

Step 1

Trim three sections of cardstock to accommodate dies to be die cut. Arrange on cardstock in a way that will allow inking of the separate images. Carefully line up the corners you plan to place in the corner of a stamp positioner. In this example, the bottom left corner is lined up before die cutting. (Four are shown here, but I found that the fourth does not cut well in the stack.) Die cut with a sandwich that applies the most pressure allowed for your machine.

hero arts die cut flower set

Step 2

If you would like to make more than three cards, take the outside portion and create a new layer with two more sections of cardstock. It is easy to line up the dies in the same position inside the holes from the top layer. Die cut the stack.

Step 3

From the wrong side of the cardstock section, place the die cuts back into the surrounding cardstock section and secure with removable tape such as painter’s tape. Do this for each set. This will allow easy handling and a production-line-style of stamping.

Step 4

Carefully line up stamp images over the die cut. Looking straight down through the image will help to correctly line up the image.

Step 5

Stamp image with VersaMark ink. If needed, adjust the image before moving to the next step.

stamp positioner used for layering stamps

Step 6

Stamp each layer of the image in the colors of your choosing. Here the stem is stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa.

Step 7

Continue stamping successive sections of cardstock for the number of cards you plan on creating.

Step 8

Stamp next layers of the color layering stamps as shown on the manufacturer’s example. With this set, the stem is stamped first followed by the larger flower image down to the inner portion of the flower. Since the top stem connects the last flower in the sequence this technique works well to stamp a perfect image every time. In this example, the final third layer is stamped on the flower stem and the leaves. If changing colors for each set, remember to clean the stamp before inking with the new color. If the image does not stamp to your satisfaction it is easy to ink the image again and re-stamp, that is the beauty of using a stamp positioner!

Step 9

Die cut the backing panel and ink with a coordinating color and a Jumbo Sponge Dauber. Ink blushers work equally well, it just happened that I had previously used this Jumbo Sponge Dauber with green ink. Ink the card base with a second coordinating color with an Ink Blusher or Ink Dauber.

Step 10

Assemble die cuts on the card with On Point Glue. The small tip will allow very small drops of glue on the tiny sections of the die cut. Adhere the panel to the card base. Stamp sentiment on card front in a coordinating color.

This project takes a bit of thinking but the results of three identical layouts is so satisfying. Hope you enjoyed as much as I did! Happy Mother’s Day!!

Supplies

Imagine
  • Memento – Dandelion, Cantaloupe, Morocco, Rose But, Angel Pink, Grape Jelly, Lilac Posies, Lulu Lavender, Elderberry, Pear Tart, New Sprout, Bamboo Leaves, Olive Grove, Peanut Brittle, Toffee Crunch, Rich Cocoa
  • VersaMark
  • On Point Glue
  • Ink Blusher
  • Sponge Dauber
Other
  • Hero Arts – Color Layering Orchid in a Pot Stamp and Dies
  • Hero Arts – Celebrate Everyday
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles
  • Stamp Positioner

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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

Imagine
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

Imagine
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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