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

May Color of the Month is Hologram

May Color of the Month is Hologram

We are excited to announce that our Color of the Month is Hologram. This intriguing color is actually several colors that refract from a 3-D object, but for the papercrafting world we love seeing it in embossing powders, ink blending techniques, foil papers, premade items, and shimmer inks. Some of the inks we suggest in our catalog include blending Delicata Silvery Shimmer, Delicata Pink Shimmer, and Sapphire Blue.

The month of May is also bringing a new product release that we are teasing you with today but will release very soon! So stay tuned for an announcement.

Otherwise here is a sneak peek of our projects for this month.

Holographic Unicorn by Arjita Sepaha Singh

You are a Lucky Star by Kassy Tousignant

Floral Card Design by Melissa Andrew

April Color of the Month is White Wedding

April Color of the Month is White Wedding

“Hey, little sister what have you done? Hey, little sister who is the only one?”…*continues Billy Idol song until the chorus* “It’s a nice day for a White Wedding”! We are happy to announce the Color of the Month for April is White Wedding. With wedding season just around the bend, we hope you are stocking up on the right inks for your special day.

We have been very pleased with our latest release of StazOn Pigment Ink in Snowflake. This ink will be great for multiple surfaces and especially great on dark or kraft cardstock. Another set of fantastic inks for wedding crafts is Delicata in White Shimmer (the name speaks for itself), Brilliance in Moonlight White (a bit of a heavier pigment ink), and VersaMagic in Cloud White (matte finish ink).

As always we challenge our artist with the color of the month and a technique or theme. This month expect to see white inks and wedding crafts!

Here is a Sneak Peak!

Project by Lindsay Adreon

Project by Martha Lucia Gomez

Project by Kassy Tousignant

Introducing OMG Ink!

Omg ink!

We have a new ink line—It’s the OMG Inkpad!

We are introducing a new ink line that is in-trend for 2019 with its very unusual color names! This incredible edible inkpad is resistant to heat, cats, food stains, cheesy sentiment stamps and to actual cheese. This ink stamps well on cards, metal, acetate, walls, shoe soles, souls, cars, and the couch—but not on cheese!

See the range of colors offered in this very #hashtagable ink!

BBQ Sauce is a fantastic ink choice for blending with inks like Pepper or Chicken Flavoring.

 

This Purple People Eater is long haired and long-eared, and is great for stamping on creatures with only one horn.

This Used Car ink also has a slightly mildewy fragrance for an added effect (which occurred naturally when we mixed the color)!

With the Dirty Windshield ink, you are sure to fog up any of your shaker windows with a very nice inconsistency.

 

 

Learn how to use StāzOn Pigment Ink with different substrates and mediums

by Lori Warren

Hello all, I am sharing with you some of the great benefits of using the new StāzOn Pigment ink. I really love this ink and love how it works with different surfaces. Before I get into demonstrating several options available, let me cover the basic information that Imagine has provided about this new product.

StāzOn Pigment:

  • Dries quickly on most surfaces
  • Works on all surfaces that original StāzOn does: paper, acetate, metal, glass and more
  • New felt pad produces crisp stamped images
  • Vibrant and opaque inks – these colors really pop!
  • Ergonomic, easy-to-open, air-tight case

StāzOn Pigment ink is available in 12 colors

With the basics out of the way, let’s move on to see how well StāzOn Pigment ink works with other Imagine products as well as with different substrates and mediums. To best explore the crafty possibilities of this ink, let’s embark on a variety of explorations using StāzOn Pigment ink with different substrates and mediums. The 6 explorations below outline the manner in which StāzOn Pigment was applied, the different substrate(s) and medium(s) used, as well as provide a photo capturing the result.

Exploration 1 – Paper

StāzOn Pigment: Stamped flower with Piano Black and saying stamped with Peacock Feathers.
Substrate: Strathmore Mixed Media Paper, vellum surface, 185 lb.
Medium(s): Watercolor with Memento Dual Tip Markers.
Additional Medium added, Sheer SHIMMER Craft Spray – Sparkle

Artist Observations: The StāzOn Pigment ink did not smear with the application of the wet watercolors, nice! Plus, the crisp stamped image really helped the image stand out.

Exploration 2 – Canvas

StāzOn Pigment: Stamped flower image with Piano Black.
Substrate: Flat panel canvas, pre-treated with gesso
Medium(s): DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics

Artist Observations: The StāzOn Pigment ink produced a vibrant stamped image that held up well against the acrylic paint. With the rough surface of the canvas, I found that a well-inked stamp and a little extra pressure was required to get a clean stamped image.

Exploration 3 – Wood

StāzOn Pigment: Stamped flower image with Piano Black.
Substrate: Untreated wood plaque
Medium(s): Fabrico Dual Makers with a DecoArt DuraClear Matte Varnish finish

Artist Observations: The StāzOn Pigment worked great on wood and didn’t smear with the application of the Fabrico markers.

Exploration 4 – Glass

StāzOn Pigment: Stamped flower image with Piano Black. Floral image colored with Snowflake, Chocolate Brown, Lemon Drop & Shamrock Green using Doodlestix Mixed Media Tools.
Substrate: Glass
Medium(s): irRESISTible Pico Embellisher

Artist Observations: I love the permanency of StāzOn Pigment on the glass and the application of the ink with a DoodleStix Mixed Media Tool was super easy and effective. The challenge came with working on a slick surface; I had to keep a steady hand when stamping to obtain a clean image.

Exploration 5 – Tumble Stone Tile

StāzOn Pigment: Stamped flower image with Piano Black.
Substrate: Tumble Stone Tile
Medium(s): Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pens w/DecoArt DuraClear Matte Varnish finish

Artist Observations: The StāzOn Pigment ink worked beautifully on the tumble stone tile. There was no smearing with the application of color with the Artist PITT pens or with the use of the varnish sealer.

Exploration 6 – Metal & Glass

StāzOn Pigment: Stamped images with Piano Black. Peacock Feathers, Shamrock Green & Snowflake ink sponged onto surfaces with InkBlushers.

Substrate: Metal & Glass

Artist Observations:  Sponging and stamping onto Metal with StāzOn Pigment ink worked like a dream. Vibrant color and crisp images resulted in a beautiful project!

As these explorations demonstrate, StāzOn Pigment ink works very well on a variety of substrates resulting in crisp stamped images that dry quickly. It also holds up to different mediums without running or smearing. Not only can it be used as a staple ink to stamp images on a variety of surfaces (to be treated with different mediums), it works well as a strong stand-alone ink that you can use to create entire projects with (see Exploration 6 – Metal & Glass).

For a paper project using StāzOn Pigement as a stand-alone ink, visit “Create a Stamped Collage Using StāzOn PIGMENT Inkpad”.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • DecoArt DuraClear Matte Varnish
  • DecoArt MEDIA Fluid Acrylics
  • Faber-Castell PITT artist pens
  • Lori’s Cards & Creations Stamps, Cone Flower & Sketchy Rose
  • Echo Park Paper Co. Eat, Sleep, Craft Stamp
  • Water brush
  • Hobby Lobby Galvanized metal sign
  • Glass
  • Tumbled stone tile
  • Flat Panel Canvas
  • Wood plaque
  • Strathmore Mixed Media paper

Tips and Tricks: Crafting on a Budget

by Roni Johnson

Tips and Tricks: Crafting on a Budget

Crafting can get pricey! If you are spending too much on crafting and it is taking some of the joy out of it then we are sharing some easy ways to scale back but still engage in a great crafting routine. There are lots of articles out there about crafting on a budget and most of them discuss the same list of common sense ideas…

  • Price shop
  • Clip Coupons (IRL or web)
  • Shop at Dollar Stores or Thrift Stores
  • Upcycle/Recycle various items
  • Search web for ideas/patterns

These general ideas are nice and they are a good start but I want to give you some specific ideas and tips to help you save not only money but something more valuable…your time.

Buy Unmounted Rubber Stamps

Unmounted stamps can cost as much as 50-80% less than traditional wood mounted stamps, take up less space and are easy to store and use. To use unmounted rubber stamps, apply Tack ‘N Peel to your acrylic blocks. This is a clear reusable cling sheet that has a protective liner sheet that can be used over and over. Once it has been affixed to the acrylic block it is very simple to use, remove the clear liner sheet; position the stamp on the block as desired, ink and stamp. When you are finished stamping simply peel the rubber stamp off the block and replace the liner. If the Tack ‘N Peel loses its “sticky” quality simply wash with water and let it dry. After it is dry it will once again be ready to use.

Make your own Texture Stamps and Stencils

This is a fun and easy task when you stop and look around your home. You’ll be surprised at how many items can be turned into a usable texture for all sorts of crafts. For example, lace, food netting, cheesecloth can all be used as a stamp or stencil. Foam food trays can be carved to create stamps, bubble wrap, rubber bands, fibers, leaves, coins can all be turned into stamps by sticking them to an acrylic block. Pencils tips are great for the bokeh technique, kitchen utensils, game pieces, tools, feathers, flowers, and more can also be put to use. You only have to take a moment and look around to see what you have on hand that will create fun and new stamps or stencils for your art.

Clearly Embossed

Let’s face it there are hundreds if not thousands of colors and brands of embossing powders on the market. You could easily spend a small fortune collecting the various embossing powders available today. A great option is clear embossing powder; the original ink color will shine through and match your project perfectly. No need to sort through jar after jar trying to find the right color to match your project and no more storing all of those little jars either! Tip: Did you know you can turn virtually any dye ink into an emboss-able image? Press your stamp onto a VersaMark ink pad then onto a dye ink pad and then stamp the image. The image can now be embossed because of the VersaMark ink. This works particularly well with a clean VersaMark ink pad for lighter colors and I keep an old grungy VersaMark for darker colors.

Make Pattern Papers

Let’s face it, most of us have more pattern paper to last us the rest of our lives so instead of buying yet another sheet, pack or collection, break out your stamps and make your own pattern! It’s easy; all you need is a sheet of plain cardstock, ink and complimenting stamps. All sorts of designs can be achieved quickly and easily. Give it a try, you’ll be surprised how quickly it is to make. Making a pattern doesn’t have to be perfect…if you make a stamping mistake, look at it as an opportunity to embellish!

Coloring Pages as Art

There are thousands of beautiful coloring sheets up for grabs on the internet free for your personal use. These coloring pages are great because they can be re-sized to fit your particular project and they can be used for backgrounds as well as the main focal point. You can choose to print the images on the appropriate paper to fit your particular use and mediums you would like to incorporate be it plain cardstock, bristol cardstock, watercolor paper, mixed media paper and more. The uses are limitless.

No More Waste

To eliminate wasting various mediums by keeping a supply of plain tags or A2 size blank cardstock panels handy when you are creating. Use these spare pieces to pick up excess medium from your work surface and tools. You may choose to pick up mediums once or several times depending on your preference. These tags and panels can then be used to create one of a kind artwork in a snap. All of the hard work has already been done. Simply pop on the main image and/or sentiment and your set to go. Instant card or tag for whatever your need.

Multiples

When you’re making a card or gift be sure to work in multiples! By doing so you will cut down on waste and left-over scraps. If you use a quarter sheet of cardstock rather than pitch the extra or place it in the never-ending scrap basket make two or three similar cards to help use up all of the extra bits. Rather than having a basket full of scraps that you might or might not use you’ll end up with a basket of finished cards, tags, ATC’s, etc. that can be used in a moment’s notice.

No matter how you structure you crafting habits and budget you will find there are several ways to keep costs at a minimum. Thank you for stopping by the Imagine Blog!

Supplies

Imagine