Hope & Strength Call for Art

Call for Hope & Strength Art

In tough times we all need to focus on being strong and supporting each other. Submit a photo of an Inspiration-themed project. Some of the themes can include: Hope, Love, Faith, Prayers, Be Strong, Hang in There, Stay Strong, Brighter Days are Ahead, Journal pages, At-home crafts, etc.

Submit an attractive 600 x 600 pixel square or 900 x 900 pixel square photo of your project, a short description and a link to your Instagram profile or blog to marketing@imaginecrafts.com. Submissions are due by Monday, March 30th, 2020

We will review all submissions and post a collection in one blog post and will share it on our social media platforms. Potential reach = 10,000 followers.

Call for Spring Time Art

Call for Spring Time Art

Be published on the Imagine Blog! Submit a photo of a Spring related project using (mostly) Imagine or Tsukineko products. Some of the spring themes can include: Spring is Coming, Happy Spring, Happy Birthday, Baby Shower, St Patricks’s Day, Easter, Spring Cleaning, Organize the Home, Mason Jar Crafts, Wedding Preparation, Earth Theme crafts, Floral Wreaths on cards or large Paper flower wreaths.

Submit an attractive 600 x 600-pixel square or 900 x 900-pixel square photo of your project, a short description and a link to your Instagram profile or blog to marketing@imaginecrafts.com.

We will review all submissions and post a collection in one blog post and share it on our social media platforms. Potential reach = 10,000 followers.

Submission Deadline is Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

 

Inspirational Unicorn Journal Cover for 2020 with Memento Markers

by Jowilna Nolte

Inspirational Unicorn Journal Cover for 2020 with Memento Markers

Today, I am sharing a quick and colorful inspirational unicorn journal cover that reads “Your only limit is your mind.. nothing else!” I have several notebooks and journals each year for different purposes. One of the things that they all have in common: color and inspiration. This colorful cover adheres to a notebook perfect for quick scribbles and ideas as they pop into your head using bright colors and a fun unicorn stamp image.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 10 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Notebook: Woolworths
  • Stamps: Art by Marlene
  • Paintbrush
  • Ribbon
  • Gold Paper: DoCrafts

Creating a Colorful 2020 Planner Page with Memento Markers

by Jowilna Nolte

Today I am sharing how I am planning out my year month by month using stamps and various inks. Using my wooden number stamps to add the dates to each month and I am also showing you how I am creating inspirational words for each month as a reminder of my goals for the year. I incorporate Gold as an accent to add some shine to my planner pages too.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Planner Stamps: Heidi Swapp
  • Stamps: Art by Marlene
  • Planner: Kaisercraft
  • White Cardstock: Technique
  • Faith Sticker: Silhouette

Quick & Easy Projects: Ink for Planners

by Marcie McCabe

In today’s post, I will do a quick review of our ink brands and discuss the best inks for the thinner pages of journals and planners. If you are a planner addict or simply would like to craft some fun “goals” pages for the New Year then check out what we have to say about the best planner inks for 2020!

VersaFine + StazOn

One of the unique qualities of planners is the thin pages on the inside. These thin pages are designed to be flexible and lightweight so journals remain easy to use and at a low cost. If you like stamping inside your planner then getting a great inkpad is crucial. Let’s start with VersaFine Clair in Nocturne! VersaFine is a solid ink for making cards, but on thin pages, it is going to show through on the following page. StazOn Jet Black is an excellent mixed media ink and will stamp on nearly anything, yet again it shows through on thin paper. So these two inks I would save for cardmaking.

VersaMagic + Memento

VersaMagic is a highly pigmented chalk ink. The Midnight Black stamps well and does not bleed through the paper as heavily as other black inks. I vote YES for this ink on thin pages. Memento Tuxedo Black is a water-based dye ink that is an excellent ink for cardmaking and using with other inks such as alcohol markers but has a heavy bleed through on the thin pages. In my observation, it bleeds through the most.

What about grey?

If you really like a certain inkpad brand and feel you still want to use it on your planner or journal pages then you can try a lighter shade. Although Memento Tuxedo Black is too heavy for thin pages an alternative is London Fog. The grey tone is light enough for the journal page. I was inspired to try VersaFine Clair in Morning Mist, but again the tone of grey is too dark and the VersaFine showed through again. It is not an issue of the ink formula but rather the color hue of this particular grey.

Final Thoughts

When looking at different inks for journal pages consider different colors within a brand or brands with unique pigment qualities. The winners of this stamping-on-thin-pages test are Memento in London Fog and VersaMagic in Midnight Black!! Thank you and Happy Planning!

Call for Imagine Design Team for 2020

Imagine is proud to announce its call for Imagine’s Design Team for 2020! We are looking to change things up this year and are looking for artists and designers who can inspire the next generation of beginning crafters with amazing projects using Imagine and Tsukineko products.

We are looking for 5 energetic video artists to fill two different roles for 2020:

3 Beginner Crafters Project/Tutorial Artists who will submit 2 edited videos per month featuring a quick and easy project and/or technique intended for the beginning level crafter. We intend these projects to look simple, clean and easy to complete in 3-4 steps. See our Blog for an example.

2 Intermediate to Advanced Technique Artists who will submit 2 edited videos per month featuring a crafting technique or how-to project intended for all crafters. We intend these projects to look simple, clean and able to complete in 5-8 steps.

Basic requirements:

  • Commitment of one year — January 1st, 2020 – December 31st, 2020.
  • Ability to professionally photograph, film, edit and submit high-res JPG images and video.
  • Submit clearly written and detailed descriptions in English for each project, including a list of supplies.
  • Socially active online with an established blog and Facebook or Instagram presence.
  • Not currently employed and/or affiliated with competing manufacturers including as a design team member, guest designer, etc.

Perks:

  • Exposure of your work 
  • Generous supply of Imagine and Tsukineko products
  • Opportunities to grow your stash with the product from Imagine’s preferred partners.
  • Links back to your blog or website

Show Us Your Artwork!

Show us just how creative you are! Make a project using Imagine or Tsukineko products. We are looking for clean and simple papercrafting or art projects that reflect a modern aesthetic.

Submission Process for Round 1

Send your submission to marketing@imaginecrafts.com with the subject line of “DesignTeam Round 1 <your name>”. Your email must include: which role you are applying, name, mailing address, phone number, email address, your personal blog and/or website address, and two links to video content of your work, a 700px wide jpg of your original artwork. Please name your photograph “DesignTeam_<your name>_2020.JPG” 

Round 1 submissions are due by 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time on Thursday, November 7th. Those artists who will be continuing on to the next round will be contacted by Wednesday, November 13th with further instructions.