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

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.

 

 

 

Three Creative Hacks that Create Cuteness Overload

Happy Monday! We have three great projects to kick start your week and provide a healthy dose of Monday motivation. Renee and Jennifer both show wonderful modifications on existing crafting standards. Renee expands an ATC to a double sided display and Jennifer adapts quilting to papercrafting. While Mischelle brings a bright and vibrant art journal to make a normal day not so normal.

Mermaid steam punk

ATC Conversion The Bigger the Better by Renee Zarate

ATCs, Artist Trading Cards, have been around for a few years now. They traditionally measure 2 ½” by 3 ½”, they can be collaged, stamped, matted, left plain, attached to greeting cards or put into albums. They’re quick and fun to make but you might wonder what other uses are there for this tiny work of art or are they only to trade with fellow artists? There are times when you love an ATC so much you can’t bear to trade it, you just want to look at it yourself and not share it with others. We don’t have to hide them away in an album, we can keep them on display by making them bigger and better! I turned this one into a free standing chunky ATC.

Buy or cut a wooden block that measures 2 ½” x 3 ½” x 1 ½”. Decide the placement of the handle on top and the clock key on the side, make a hole to insert these items. Paint the wooden block any color desired. Next, apply a thin coat of white gesso. Make two ATCs using stamps, ink, washi tape, whatever scraps are on hand. Make the ATCs on the gessoed watercolor paper cut to measure 2 ½” by 3 ½”. Adhere to the wooden block. The faces on these ATCs are made from Washi Tape. Ink the edges of the ATCs using a Jumbo Dauber. Glue feet onto the bottom of the block, these feet can be beads or small wooden embellishments. Apply On Point Glue to the feet and then dip each one in glitter or micro beads. Attach the knob on the top of the block, keys to the sides; decorate the ATC images with sequins and glitter. Tie twine and baker’s twine to the top.  It’s very satisfying to create an ATC with whatever subject matter you choose. Now you can look at your favorite design on a shelf or turn it around to change the view with a second ATC.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Graphic 45 Stamps – Diamond Pattern, Clam Shell design, Phrase and Mermaid tail
  • Gold Foil
  • Glitter
  • Microbeads
  • Glue Stick
  • Metal Ephemera
  • Baker’s twine
  • Brown twine
  • Sequins
  • White gesso
  • Watercolor paper
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Adhesive
  • Jane Davenport – Mermaid Washi Tape
  • Graphic 45 – Voyage beneath the Sea Collection paper
  • Wooden block measuring 3 ½” x 2 ½” x 1 ½”
  • Americana acrylic paint – Dark blue
  • Paint brush

paper quilt llama

Patchwork Llama Paper Quilting by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Sometimes you just need to make something to make it, no matter what it could be used for (or not). When I saw the DCWV No Prob Llama papers, I remembered I’d picked up the Lloyd & Lola quilt pattern, purely on a whim, and though for sure I could do something to combine the two. Using the instructions for the pillow cover, I used a 1 inch = 1 cm rule and made a smaller version of the patchwork pillow from the different patterned papers with a background of the Brights Textured pack.

Cutting out all the pieces takes the most time. Make sure to label them for later! Because sewing using seam allowances and paper piecing doesn’t, not everything will line up perfectly as is. I had to play around with the sections to make them fit, but the seam allowance extras gave me a handy way to attach the pieces to each other, at least in sections. Tweezers definitely come in handy! Once the main pieces are assembled, using the pattern as a guide, lay everything out on a large sheet of paper to figure out what will ultimately fit before gluing anything down. The irRESISTible Pico Embellisher is perfect for adding some textural stitching along each paper-pieced edge. This adaption was so fun! I hope you try it yourself.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • DCWV – No Prob Llama, Brights Textured paper
  • Elizabeth Hartman – Lloyd & Lola Quilt and Pillow Pattern
  • Centimeter-marked ruler
  • Pencil
  • 
Fiskars – Paper trimmer, Scissors
, Tweezers

Shimmery Journal Page with little houses

Bright Fireworks Journal Pages by Mischelle Smith

I love Fireworks Shimmery Craft spray! I find that I use them mostly like watercolor paints. I pour them onto my palette and use my paintbrush to bring color to my paper or canvas. These inks are incredibly vibrant and colorful. They breathe life into my work. I also love the shimmer the mica powders leave – it adds another layer of interest. These inks blend beautifully together just like watercolors would.

fireworks shimmery craft spray is used to color art journal pages.

In this project, I applied Iridescent Purple Creative Medium to pages using stencil and palette knife. Let dry. Then, I pour Fireworks into palette saucers. Paint pages with Fireworks using a paintbrush. Let dry. Then continued to layer art with stencils and stamps using Memento Luxe Inks Danube Blue, Tuxedo Black and Pear Tart with a jumbo dauber. I cut out the stamped images and attach to pages with Tear It Tape. Once I layered enough, I added more detail with charcoal, a white gel pen, and Tuxedo Black Memento Marker. Then I used the spray stick to spatter page with irRESISTible Texture Spray Wedding Dress and Liquid Glass. Let dry. Finish with several sprays of Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz which is the perfect final touch.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stencil Girl – stencil
  • Vera Lane Studio – Straight Street and Woodland Accessories
  • Paint Brush
  • Paint Palette
  • White cardstock
  • Charcoal
  • Stump
  • Washi Tape
  • White Gel Pen
  • CTMH – Liquid Glass

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Make a Little Rich Fairytale Dreams Album

by Mischelle Smith

Cute tiny house mini album by Mischelle Smith using Tsukineko and Imagine products.

The Bigger the Better is one of our themes for Imagine’s April projects. I began working on this project wondered what would be better than a card? For me, that would be a mini album or a journal. Both are bigger and better in my world! So that’s where this journey took me. I’m not a shabby chic type designer so I welcomed the opportunity to work on my skills and play with products I love such as the Creative Medium Metallic Gold. When Creative Medium dried on my album I was over the moon with delight. I applied it thin the sheer qualities brought out multiple layers of dimension.  It was, without a doubt, my favorite part of this project.  Of course, having a mini album, or perhaps a journal is absolutely the best part of this project.  Just like the theme – this mini really is bigger and better!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 day + drying time

Directions

crumpled up paper used to create a textured look in a mini journal.

Step 1

Cut album pages to 6-inch x 6-inch squares. Spritz each page with water and crumple into balls. If adding bags or other pages do the same to these.

Scrapbooking paper.
Step 2

Flatten out pages and sand the front and back of each page to create a distressed look.

walnut ink
Step 3

Mix Walnut Ink Crystals with water and paint both sides of each page as desired. Have a rag handy to wipe away excess water.

paper texture
Step 4

After pages have dried splatter walnut ink mixture onto pages using a toothbrush.

 

Step 5

Stack pages together. Place them under a stack of books overnight.

Step 6

Order pages and attach wire binding.

VersaFine and a Stencil

Step 7

Stencil on pages as desired using VersaFine and Memento inks.

Step 8

Apply Creative Medium Metallic Gold using a palette knife. Apply to each page as desired.

Step 9

Spatter irRESISTible Wedding Dress Texture Spray on each page. Let each spread of pages dry before moving on to the next spread. TIP: Wipe Vaseline or Aquafor around the neck of the Texture Spray. This will keep the cap easy to screw on and off.

Step 10

While album is drying stain strips of muslin to use as ribbon. Let dry.

tiny house
Step 11

Cut a house, roof and welcome mat from an old book page. Glue to cover. Cut a door and two windows from stained muslin. Glue to the house. Outline house, door, and windows with Black Memento Marker. Write welcome on the mat. Apply Creative Medium Metallic Gold and Wedding Dress irRESiSTibles to house on the cover. Let dry. Draw shadows under the house roof with a charcoal stick. Tie on dyed muslin strips as desired. Finish with any additional embellishments you with this mini journal because… the Bigger the Better!

Supplies

Imagine

 

Other
  • DCWV – Fairytale Dreams Paper Collection and Brights Textured Cardstock
  • Stencils
  • Muslin
  • Paint Brush
  • Small bowls
  • Water
  • Scissors
  • Wine Bags
  • Sanding Block
  • Wire
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Water Spritzer Bottle
  • Rags or paper towels
  • Old book page
  • Toothbrush

Larger Than Life Technicolor Burlap Banner

by Jessica Litman

Spring fever has definitely sprung with crafting inspiration blogs going wild on the Internet. I have joined the craft craze with this burlap and die cut banner which is perfect to add bright inky colors and floral texture accents to any room in the home. Turn this tutorial into a wall hang, an Easter decoration or make multiple flag pieces for a giant banner.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Step 1

Cut out the floral template from the Silhouette paper cutter. Place the die on the Imagine craft mat. Using the Memento Dew Drop ink pads in Angel Pink, Rose Bud, and Dandelion, cover the floral template with the textured stamps.

Step 2

Lay down another round of stamping and color with Cottage Ivy Memento.

Step 3

Finish the ink layering with Danube Blue Memento which ties together with all the other colors nicely.

Step 4

Using Amplify, add dots to the center of the flowers and to the circle ends of the leafy looking parts (and of course wherever else you see fit). Activate Amplify’s foamy texture quality with a heat tool. Much like embossing powder, you will know visually when the heat is working with Amplify. It’s so fun watching it foam up!

Step 5

Cut a piece of white card stock into a rectangle. Rub the Danube Blue Dew Drop on the edges of the card stock. Write a message or sentiment on the card stock using Memento marker.

Step 6

Fold burlap in half. Cut out a triangle at the bottom to make the flag banner shape. Attach the floral template to the burlap using the decorative brads. Attach card stock to inside the floral template on the burlap using safety pins. Hang on the wall and enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stamps
  • Silhouette Cameo Paper Cutter with Floral template
  • DCWV Burlap Stack
  • Safety pins
  • brads
  • Card stock

Color of the Month is Black

We thought we would take our enthusiasm down a notch and really re-think this whole color idea. So we are announcing our color of the month which is black, which is okay…I guess. Color is overrated so we would like to honor the truest of true—Black. The ultimate saturated shade.

Black Heart by Tenia Nelson

Tenia does well with this black heart as a focal point. “My heart belongs to no one!”… Agreed. She uses Black Memento (Mori) ink for the stamped image and all the other images and ink splatter. She colors blue sequins with Jet Black StazOn. The techniques here are simple. If bright beautiful colors exist, then shade them in black. The question is who would you send this card to? Ex-boyfriend? Totally.

Supplies

Black Ink, Grey Paper, Blue Sequins.


Black Hole by Alison Heikkila

Black Holes are mysteries to the human mind. They terrify even the bravest explorers, which is awesome. Alison evokes the chances of being able to tackle a black hole in this non-encouraging layout, “Aim, miss and land somewhere crazy in the stars”…or in a tesseract maybe. Her techniques mirrored Tenia in the use of black, though we are not sure why there are shimmery light sections on the page. I guess it emphasizes the awesome blackness in the center.

Supplies

Black hole, The void of space

 

 

A collage of Tsukineko and Imagine product with the test "April Fools" appearing several times over color splotches as well.

Happy April Fool’s Day!!!

Now it is time to recover from our dark humor and say the real color of the month with the stunning color Lapis! This saturated blue is the color of a semi-precious stone called Lapis Lazuli which is gorgeous in jewelry and pretty much everywhere, including your projects! We feel very inspired by the vividness of Lapis blue and how well it looks with gold and shimmery accents. The color of the month is an overall Imagine challenge. Check out the true beauty of Alison and Tenia’s projects below, which take us back to our usual perky and overzealous selves. Last but not least, Jennifer Vanderbeek dreams big with a wonderfully shimmery art journal page. Of course, we challenge our artists but we also challenge our readers too! If you have an inspiring project with Lapis during the month of April then please connect with us on Facebook or Instagram and tag your project #colorofthemonth & Imagine! Have a super April Fool’s Day!

Lunar Eclipse by Alison Heikkila

Hello! The Imagine team was given paper from DCWV collections. I was given Zodiac, which is really an outer space lunar set—gorgeous blues, purples, and holographic papers with wonderful starry patterns. Needless to say, this collection was right up my alley. I took a photo of the lunar eclipse that occurred in September of 2015. I absolutely love this photo, and I knew these papers would highlight it perfectly.

I cut out a few circles sizes from DCWV’s Brights Collection. I sprayed Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray on my craft mat, mixed lightly and tapped the circles into the color. Then, I sprayed Sheer Sparkle Shimmer to the background paper and to the cut out circles for extra sparkle. This pretty ribbon from Creative Impressions has a glimmer, so I thought it was perfect for grounding all the pieces. I attached it with On Point Glue and used my PITT pen to write my title and date the photo was taken.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • DCWV Papers – Zodiac Collection and the Brights Collection
  • Ribbon
  • Faber-Castell – Black PITT Pen
  • Small
Coluzzle – Circle Cutter (No longer available, use substitute)

Lapis Blue My Heart Belongs to You Card by Tenia Nelson

I started with stamping the image onto light blue cardstock. Then I sprayed Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray onto image panel. I continued to stamp and heat emboss the heart onto dark blue cardstock and cut out when finished. I attached heart onto the main panel and adhered image panel onto card. It’s always nice to go over the card with glitter and add sequins, washi and sticker stitches to add those fabulous finishing touches.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Unity Stamp Company – stamp
  • Paper
  • DCWV
  • Glitter Pen
  • Embellishments
  • Washi tape
  • Sticker stitches
  • Sequins
  • Heating tool
  • Scissors

Dream Big Brayered Art Journal Page by Jennifer Vanderbeek

In my art journal, I can try out techniques or noodle about with ideas. Often I don’t have a clue about how it’s going to end up when I start. With layering, something interesting always come out and this page is no exception. I started with a brayered background, hand lettered, sprayed, and splattered, but it didn’t come together until I added the stenciled script. Don’t give up on a page that seems to be going nowhere, just keeping adding bits and you’ll eventually arrive at something beautiful!

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Art journal
  • 
Acrylic block
  • 
Brayer
  • 
Gel pens – silver, white
  • 
Stencil Girl – Rembrandt’s Words

*This does not preclude the fact that black may indeed be a color of the month some day.

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