Learn How to Make a Background Pattern with Sponge Daubers

by Lori Warren

Need a quick and simple background technique for a greeting card? See how I create a patterned background with large sponge daubers and Memento Ink. Sponge daubers are dense foam and can behave like a soft textured circle stamp when inked up heavily. This technique is a perfect start for a card, art journal or even a scrapbook page. The color scheme and options are really endless.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 45 Minutes

Directions


Step 1

Use a large dauber to apply Memento Inks to the card panel.


Step 2

Stamp floral images onto card panel with Memento in Tuxedo Black.


Step 3

Stamp a single flower and leaf image onto a separate piece of cardstock (with same dauber background) and cut out.


Step 4

Enhance single flower/leaf images with Memento Dual Tip Markers.


Step 5

Apply London Fog Memento to Craft Mat and add water; add ink splatters to the card panel.


Step 6

Edge card panel with Memento in London Fog.


Step 7

Use cutting die to die cut decorative strip from Rinea Foil paper.


Step 8

Adhere Rinea foil paper element to the card base.


Step 9

Adhere Single flower/leaf to the card panel with double-sided mounting tape. Highlight with a glitter pen.


Step 10

Double stamp sentiment. First stamp in Angel Pink then again, slightly offset, with Tuxedo Black.


Step 11

Edge card base with Memento in London Fog and Angel Pink.


Step 12

Adhere panel to the card base.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Rinea – Double-sided foiled paper
  • Spellbinders Thin Die
  • Hot off the Press – Botanical Blooms
  • Double-sided mounting foam

Color of the Month is Tuscan Sun

Color of the Month is Tuscan Sun

Color of the Month is Tuscan Sun. We were thinking of blended burnt orange and yellow sunset when we choose this hot summer color. Some of the inks that easily reflect this color choice are Memento Luxe in Morocco, Memento in Tangelo and VersaMagic in Pumpkin Spice.

For the Month of July August, we are also doing a special feature of Rinea Foil Paper. This beautiful paper foil comes in a variety of colors and patterns and we challenged our artists to use them in their tutorials and projects, so be on the lookout for awesomeness!!!  ******Correction: the exchange with Rinea is in August! 

Mixed Media by Roni Johnson

Best Wishes Card by Lori Warren

Paper Craft by Martha Lucia Gomez

See How to Make a Handmade Creative Art Journal

by Lori Warren

See How to Make a Handmade Creative Art Journal

Interested is slowing down and being more mindful? A Daily Journal to document artsy ideas and creative thoughts might be just what is needed. This journal includes “My Creative Day” journal templates (with prompts for daily journaling), blank art pages (for art journaling, sketching and jotting down ideas) and a special hand decorated cover to house it all.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour

 

Directions


Step 1

Select ready to make a cover or create a cover of your own (size 5 ½” x 7 ½”)


Step 2

Apply a trio of Fireworks! Sprays to add color, allow to dry. As you can see the color of the waterbased inks brings out the chevron design that was preprinted.


Step 3

Use the same Fireworks! colors on a ½” sheet of white card stock, allow drying.


Step 4

Stamp swirls and script randomly onto the card stock panel with StazOn Pigment ink.


Step 5

Add some shine to sections of the card stock panel with Delicata ink and a large Sponge Dauber.


Step 6

Use diecuts to cut out floral images from the card stock panel.


Step 7

Add additional color to the flower heads with Shimmer Stix in Rose Gold.


Step 8

Apply shading to the flower by using a Fantastix tool with StazOn Pigment ink.


Step 9

Stamp a floral pattern and script onto journal cover with StazOn Pigment ink.


Step 10

Directly apply VersaMark ink to cover, sprinkle with MBoss powder(s) and heat set for added texture.


Step 11

Adhere to a layer of tulle.


Step 12

Highlight floral cutouts with white ink.


Step 13

Assemble floral die cuts, adhere sequence, and apply StazOn ink directly to edges of cover for shading.


Step 14

Assemble Journal and embellish with fibers.


Step 15

Complete first daily journal entry.

Supplies

Imagine

StazOn Pigment Inkpad – Peacock Feathers, Shamrock Green, Piano Black, Koala Gray
• Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray – Cottage Ivy, New Sprout, Bahama Blue
Delicata Inkpad – Golden Glitz
Fantastix – Bullet Tip
Sheer Shimmer STIX Dauber Top – Rose Gold
VersaMark Watermark Stamp pad
Mboss Powder – Shimmering Night Sky, Lucky Stars
On Point Glue
Large Sponge Dauber

Other

• Prima – Mixed Media Covers
• Uniball Signo – White
• Inkadinkado Clear Stamps
• Lori’s Cards & Creations Stamps – Art Script
• Sizzix Thinlits – Wildflower Stems
• Hero Arts Sequence
• My Creative Day template
• Fibers
• Tulle

Learn How to Make a Travel Journal

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Learn How to Make a Travel Journal

Keeping travel memories in real time while they are taking place and having them all gathered in a journal is the best way to have to keep every moment of your trip. Include blank pages, make pockets and keep tickets, notes, and photos in this handmade travel journal. To make the cover, I used Kraft-tex paper, which a fabric-like paper, which I sprayed with Ink Potion No.9 instead of water to keep it soft and allow better performance of inks. Stamping with the StazOn Pigment inkpads gave great coverage and sharp design on the wrinkled surface, while the ink dried fast to allow moving to the next step. Make this journal before your trip and have it handy during your travels.

Time: 2 hours
Skill: Advanced

Directions


Step 1

Cut a 16 ½ x 8 ½ inch piece of the Kraft-tex paper and spray it with the Ink Potion No.9


Step 2

Twist and crinkle the paper and while spraying a bit more of the Ink Potion No.9. Let it dry or use a heat tool.


Step 3

Cut a 5 ½ x 3-inch canvas piece and place it on the cover, leaving 2 ½ inch from the long side on the right, as it will be used an inner flap making a side pocket. Stamp with the map and the travel journal stamp with the VersaMark, cover with Mboss Embossing Powder in Black and heat set.


Step 4

Remove the canvas piece, press lightly on the surface with the StazOn Pigment Snowflake inkpad and distress the surface.


Step 5

Continue stamping with the StazOn Pigment in Passion Red, Mariner Blue, Piano Black ink pads with travel stamps on the surface. Distress around the compass image and maps with the same colors ink pads.


Step 6

Add Tear It Tape to the top side of the canvas piece and a Sheet Metal dog tag, gluing only half of it. Allow space as it will be used a hook to secure the burlap cord wrapped around the journal.


Step 7

Cut a 2 ½ x 2-inch piece of canvas fabric, fold in half and glue just the edge of the long side with the On Point Glue, creating a pen pocket.


Step 8

Place the canvas pieces on the Kraft-tex cover and using a piercing tool open holes to allow hand sewing of the red twine. Apart from decorative purpose, this also helps to secure it further the pen pocket to the cover.


Step 9

Continue decoration with stamps and the StazOn Pigment in Passion Red, Mariner Blue, Piano Black inkpads.


Step 10

Turn at the back and glue the previously left sides on top and bottom only making side pockets.


Step 11

Open two holes at the middle (spine-like) leaving about 1 ½ inches from top and bottom and pass three times the elastic black cord.


Step 11

Cut blank pages in stacks of 5 creating signatures in 10 x 7 inch (5×7 when folded) and secure with the red twine by opening 3 holes and passing the twine through them. Repeat the process and just pass between the elastic cord to secure them.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Kraft-tex paper fabric – natural
  • Canvas
  • Viva decor – Travel and Paris, Rome, Berlin stamps
  • Black elastic cord
  • Red twine
  • Burlap cord
  • Blank pages
  • Heat tool
  • Piercing tool

Color of the Month for June is Fern Green

Color of the Month for June is Fern Green. We love this soft green color because it reminds us of the beautiful plants that come bursting forward into the lushness of Summer. Some of the inks we recommend for this color are StazOn Cactus Green, VersaColor Fresh Green, VersaFine Clair in Green Oasis and Verdant.

Here is a sneak peek for what we have coming up this month…

Green Eyes Art Canvas by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Mixed Media by Roni Johnson

Resist Embossing by Martha Lucia Gomez

See How to Stamp in an Embossed Surface with StazOn

by Kassy Tousignant

See How to Stamp in an Embossed Surface with StazOn

To create this cool Rebel Canvas I used the new MBoss Hologram embossing powder with a fun, classic technique to create a stamped impression in the embossing powder. The new Hologram embossing powder is soooo gorgeous and fun to use. I love that the new MBoss packaging allows for precision application and easy cleanup!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 45 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Carabelle Studios – stencil
  • Visible Images – stamp
  • Arteza – canvas panel
  • DecoArt Media – White gesso
  • Black twine
  • Heat Tool