See How to Upcycle Packaging into a Mixed Media Statement Piece

by Kassy Tousignant

The inspiration for this piece was the quote I included on the canvas. I am forever on the lookout for inspiring and uplifting quotes. Things that make you think, or give you the push you need to move forward. I really also love working with upcycled materials. We don’t need more trash in the landfills, right?! I knew that my Imagine mixed media products would work wonders to make this piece come alive! When i’m working with resin pieces, I always reach for my Fireworks sprays and All-Purpose Ink. They both cover beautifully. This quote on the canvas is very near to my heart and all of the elements came together perfectly to give it a home.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1.5 hours plus dry time

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Recycled packaging
  • Ribbon, string, twine
  • Washi tape
  • Modeling paste
  • Stencil of choice
  • Vellum
  • Sequins
  • Matte medium
  • Resin pieces of choice

See How to Create a Journal Cover with Walnut Crystals

by Iris Rodriguez

“Bloom where you are planted” is a phrase that means to make the best of our situation…a theme for my art journal page this month. For this journal page, I used Imagine’s Walnut Ink Crystals, which I find to be absolutely fabulous. Use them to create mottled, scumbled, drippy, sprinkly, watercolored painterly effects. Use this effect as a background or paint images with these effects. It plays well with other inks.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1.5 Hours

Directions


Step 1

Begin by stamping and embossing with Imagine’s white embossing powder. I was going for a theme of rulers and flowers, denoting growing and blooming.


Step 2

Spray the paper with a little water in random areas. Sprinkle the Walnut Ink Crystals, they look like coffee grinds. Spray more water in random areas, to allow the crystals to dissolve more than others. To color in sections, use a paintbrush to color.


Step 3

Techniques for varying the look of the Walnut Ink Crystals. Leave crystals as is, spray more water on some areas, for a watercolored look-paint with a brush, hold the paper up and spray water on the top of the paper and allow the ink to drip down. Allow the paper to completely dry.


Step 4

Add a different, but contrasting color. Place a few drops of Tropical Lagoon All-Purpose Ink on your surface, spray a little water into the ink. Brush the ink in random areas. Spray water and allow the ink to drip. Allow the paper to completely dry.


Step 5

Touch up areas with the walnut ink with a brush. Dissolve a few crystals completely in water to make a solid ink solution. I like to scumble ink in areas, making it look, a little like soil. Allow the paper to completely dry.

Step 6

Using white acrylic paint and Imagine’s Jumbo Dauber, stencil in flowers in random sections. Wash the dauber right away. Allow the paint to dry completely.


Step 7

Place the stencils over the same flowers that were just stenciled with the acrylic paint and color in the flowers by inking with pad directly or using InkBlushers.


Step 8

Vary the look by blending several color inks. Color the flower’s outline with a white Posca pen. Add a sentiment and you’re done.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor paper 9 x 12 inches
  • Carabelle Studio – Steampunk Metre stamp
  • Flower stencils
  • White acrylic paint
  • Posca pen-white (fine)

Use Rose Gold Ink to Color a Beautiful Floral Pattern

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Hello dear friends! Today, I have a very special card that I made just using the new All-Purpose Ink in Rose Gold from Tsukineko. All-Purpose ink comes in a variety of colors including metallics which is perfect for this project. Rose Gold is a trending color and can easily use it in all my creations and thanks to Imagine we have many options to use. Take a look at my card:

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

To create my card, I used whisper white card stock, embossing powder and VersaMark ink. I stamped the flowers over whisper white card stock too using VersaMark and White Embossing Powder. I melted the powder with the heat tool and then started my painted or coloring process with All-Purpose Ink Rose Gold.


Step 2

To color the flowers I used a paintbrush but you can also use Fantastix to have the same result. I cut my card in regular size but after finish it, I changed my mind and decided to reduce the width of the card and show off some of the flowers that I used. After coloring the flowers and leaves, I cut all of them with my scissors and arranged them on the left side of the card. During this process, I changed my mind on how I used some parts of the flowers on the left side.


Step 3

To have the card on normal size, I just cut the right side border about 3/4″ of an inch. I pasted all the flowers with double-sided foam tape and added white sequins with On Point Glue. To finalize the card, I stamped with Memento Paris Dusk a Spanish sentiment from the stamp set Vive Ama Sueña from Latina Crafter. Simple, easy and beautiful!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Whisper White Card Stock
  • Sequins
  • Double Sided Foam Tape
  • Even More Spring Flowers Stamp Set from Simon Says
  • Misti Stamping Tool
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush

Color of the Month for February is Coral

The Color of the Month for February is Coral. We see coral as a beautiful pink-orange that can have a hue range from vibrant colors found in Radiant Neon product line with the full-size Electric Coral inkpad, Amplify Texture in Electric Coral to softer colors like Fabrico markers such as Apricot, Brilliance Pearlescent Coral, and VersaColor Seashell. These colors are a great addition to your crafting ink collection.

Here is a sneak peek of the projects for February

Coral Beads by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Matching Coral Cards by Kassy Tousignant

Coral Stenciled Card by Elina Stromberg

With Love Is The Sentiment Today

by Jowilna Nolte

Make your colors pop and become more vibrant by using layers of ink on top of each other and add a magical spray of Ink Potion to it. A quick resist effect and stenciling adds to this fun love inspired Valentine’s Day card in shades of red.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Adhere a stencil (brick design) to a piece of white cardstock. Use Sweet Plum and Love Letter Memento Luxe ink pads and blend color through the stencil.


Step 2

Leave the stencil in place for this step. Use an ink blusher and a small amount of gloss texture paste and swipe it over the stencil. Using a small amount at a time will prevent the paste from seeping underneath the stencil. Carefully remove the stencil and leave to dry. Wash your stencil immediately.


Step 3

Trim your stenciled panel smaller to fit onto the front of a card. Use a heart stencil and modeling paste to add a stenciled design to your background. Leave the paste to dry.


Step 4

Once the paste is dry, spray Lady Bug Fireworks over the right side of the panel to add color. Mist the entire panel with Ink Potion no.9 and see how all the colors pop. The resist from the glossy paste leaves the design clear only letting the ink sit inside the open spaces adding more color in selected areas.


Step 5

Use VersaFine Clair Glamorous and stamp onto white cardstock using a background design. Die-cut small and large hearts out of the stamped piece.


Step 6

Ink the panel around the edges using Memento Rich Cocoa to highlight the color even more. Adhere the hearts using foam tape for dimension. Emboss a sentiment and adhere to the large heart. Add ink splats in red, white, brown and black. Finish off your card with diamante.

Supplies

Imagine 

Other

  • Modeling Paste
  • Heart Stencil
  • Brick stencil
  • Kaisercraft – Sentiment
  • Heart die-cuts
  • Carabelle Studio – background stamp
  • Watercolor paint
  • Palette knife
  • Heat gun
  • Anna Griffin – Glossy Paste
  • Foam tape

How To Create An Eclectic Valentine’s Day Card

by Nadine Carlier

I have always considered myself as an eclectic type crafter and this card is the perfect representation of my style. It has a little bit of modern, vintage and grunge mixed together using several different techniques and products. Watch my video below to see how I did it. Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 20 minutes

Supplies

Imagine
Other

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