Scrapbooking with Stenciled Shades of Green

by Jowlina Nolte

Reverse stencil technique or using a stencil like a stamp by Jowlina Nolte. Green, gold, shimmer, scrapbook page, family, photos, memories.
Stenciling is a great crafting technique that can be used in endless ways. In this tutorial, I chose to use the stencil almost like a stamp by painting it with Tsukineko’s All-Purpose Ink. In my family, we have a camouflage fan and greenery is also Imagine’s color of the month. What better way to celebrate a special Camo Birthday party (and present a tutorial) than by capturing beautiful memories and scrapbooking them with green camo-like texture afterward. Shades of green and gold compliment the photos perfectly and make the special memories come to life.

Directions

Reverse stencil technique or using a stencil like a stamp by Jowlina Nolte. Green, gold, shimmer, scrapbook page, family, photos, memories.

Step 1

Select green All Purpose inks, Gold Delicata inker, a pipette and a Brushstix for this layout.

Reverse stencil technique or using a stencil like a stamp by Jowlina Nolte. Green, gold, shimmer, scrapbook page, family, photos, memories.

Step 2

Use a pipette and add drops of green All-Purpose Inks onto the stencil. Start with the lightest green moving to the darkest.

Reverse stencil technique or using a stencil like a stamp by Jowlina Nolte. Green, gold, shimmer, scrapbook page, family, photos, memories.

Step 3

Mist the inks with water until they blend nicely into a liquid ink covering the stencil pattern.

Reverse stencil technique or using a stencil like a stamp by Jowlina Nolte. Green, gold, shimmer, scrapbook page, family, photos, memories.

Step 4

Carefully turn over the stencil and stamp the image onto your background cardstock with the inked stencil.

Reverse stencil technique or using a stencil like a stamp by Jowlina Nolte. Green, gold, shimmer, scrapbook page, family, photos, memories.

Step 5

Remove the stencil from the background and leave the ink to dry. You can lightly mist the ink with more water to make the colors blend into each other.

Reverse stencil technique or using a stencil like a stamp by Jowlina Nolte. Green, gold, shimmer, scrapbook page, family, photos, memories.

Step 6

Place a small drop of Golden Glitz Delicata from the inker onto your craft mat.

Reverse stencil technique or using a stencil like a stamp by Jowlina Nolte. Green, gold, shimmer, scrapbook page, family, photos, memories.

Step 7

Lift the Delicata ink with your Brushstix and then draw patterns or scribble onto your background using the gold ink. Leave the ink to dry or heat set using a heat gun. Complete your scrapbook layout using personal photos, green embellishments such as buttons or sequins, and patterned papers such as maps, geometric patterns etc.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stencil
  • Cardstock
  • Photos
  • Embellishments
  • Patterned paper
  • Kaisercraft – diecut
  • Chipboard
  • Pipette
  • Water spray bottle

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Cutting Class

If you have been paper crafting for a while you have probably made quite an investment in cutting tools. When starting out one might assume that a nice pair of scissors will do. But there are many different tools that have an array of features that make paper crafting easier, and often more fun! Some devices are made out of sturdy materials so they will last a long time but also makes them expensive. We hope to provide some insight on what to buy and when in order to avoid overspending on equipment you may not need…yet.

Beginner

At the beginning stage, there is a lot to learn about paper, ink, stamping techniques and adhesives used in projects. It is great to learn the basics of composition and design when starting out. Whether making a card, a banner or a paper flower arrangement, most of the learning curve is with the basic layout, color theory, and form. No matter the layout or project, you are probably going to need to cut the paper.

Drawing representing a basic paper trimmer.

Get a perfect edge of the perfect size (almost) each and every time! (User error does cause some heartaches.)

Besides a good pair of scissors, a basic paper trimmer and a few fun punches will be a great start. A trimmer allows accuracy in cutting measurements and straight clean lines. Once a few projects are made using a paper trimmer,  it is hard to go back. Many come with a slide style blade, but there also are guillotine styles. Another beginner essential is a paper punch. These heavy little devices offer basic shapes such as a circle, heart, star or a hexagon and can keep anyone busy for a long time. With a basic punch, the beginner can go crazy on creating paper garlands, adding dimension to a card design or making labels for other projects. 

They are kinda like the ole’ office supply hole punches on steroids.

$ – Paper trimmer $10-20. Do some research and go ahead and get a nice one. This device will be one of your most used tools no matter how long you’ve been playing with paper. Be sure to get one that offers replacement blades. Punches vary from $5-20 each. Beginning investment can range from $35 -$75.

Intermediate

Once the beginner has developed a strong foundation in layout and a working knowledge of materials then it is time to kick it up a notch with more complex designs. One way to do this is with a die cut machine. Die cuts come in basic shapes, basic words and alphabets, as well as more complex designs like flower sets, animal shapes, box templates, edge treatments, etc. The die and paper run through a die cut machine which may be manually cranked or electronic. It acts much like a punch creating perfect shapes. Die cuts can be much more delicate than punch shapes and you can find die cuts that do some really amazing tricks! Using die cuts can be quite joyful, but the price is significant. Once you are ready, invest in the machine and build your die cuts over time. As with punches, think about the variety of uses you will get out of each die when deciding on which ones to purchase.

Hand drawn image of a hand crank die cut machine.

You can get a workout while you create!

$$ – Die Cut Machine $50-$150. Again, do some research and get a nice one. One machine should last you for years. Wait for a sale or a coupon and pick one up. $15-30 for each die set. Your investment could easily reach $100-$200 quickly.

Advanced

Plotting and crafting meet at last! What takes someone from an intermediate to an advanced crafter is debatable. Since the digital machines are the most expensive, we reserve the price point for the advanced level with the confidence that anyone can make millions of great projects without spending at this level. While digital cutting machines are designed for easy use, we feel the advanced crafter will have the background and experience to get the most out of the flexibility and precision the plotter style machines offer.

Hand drawn image of a digital cutting machine.

It’s like having your very own crafty robot.

$$$ – Digital Die Cut Machine $200-400.

Whether you are just starting in paper crafting or have been crafting for years, we hope this review has helped provide guidance on purchasing tools that will match your needs. Of course, buy whatever devices you wish especially if you are on a Treat Yo Self mission! We recommend the above “levels” for the amount of use one can get before moving on to the next purchase!

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Pages and Pages of Love

Nothing says LOVE like a bit of shimmering and bling! Jowilna Nolte and Elina Stromberg each created page layouts using gorgeous shimmering effects with Fireworks sprays and Embossing Powder. Jowilna’s page can be pasted into an art journal or used as a gift while Elina’s page shows a bit of scrapbook super talent with her own personal photography skills.

Jowilna Nolte creates a journal page with embossed diecut geometric heart and cover the page in Fireworks shimmer.

Jowilna mixed two different colors of Fireworks sprays onto a craft mat then dipped a sheet of graph or patterned paper into the mix. It is cool how the shimmer from the two different colors blend. She then assembled the journal page by adding an embossed die-cut heart, ribbon and a decorative hat element using a brad. Bind into your art journal or use it for a gift.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Heart silhouette
  • Ribbon
  • Brad
  • Hat embellishment
  • Gold thread
  • Patterned paper

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Elina Stromberg’s reflection:

In addition to paper crafting, I love to take pictures. I have thousands of photos of my precious family, and the best shots often end up on my scrapbooking layouts. If I print pictures in advance without a special layout design in mind, I prefer converting the photos to black and white before printing. With B&W photos I have more freedom to choose whatever colors or patterned papers for my layout, without having to match the papers, colors nor embellishments to the color palette on the photo. So handy!

For the background of layout, I chose a sheet of heavy watercolor paper. Watercolor and mixed media papers tolerate wet media well, leaving the paper nicely flat after drying. If I had chosen a simple uncoated scrapbooking paper I would have had to prepare the paper with clear or white gesso before misting the pink Fireworks! on the page. To make the shimmery, rich Fireworks! color run on the paper I sprayed the color gently with water. Once dry I decorated the colored area with a few die-cut elements and stamping. For coloring the flowers I used pink and white All-Purpose inks. Those are my true favorites! All-Purpose inks are as simple to use as watercolors, but they are opaque and let you have more control of the color.

The title was die-cut from purple cardstock, and before gluing down on the page I heat-embossed the bottom parts of each letter with gold embossing powder. That’s an easy way to make your title pop!

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • 12 x 12” watercolor paper
  • Solid color papers – purple, white, light pink
  • Patterned papers
  • Altenew – stamp, diecut
  • Wycinanka – stamp
  • Acrylic stamping block
  • Sizzix – diecut
  • Die cut machine
  • Heat tool
  • Adhesive
  • Scissors

 

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Gorgeous Wintergreen Art Journal

by Jowilna Nolte

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New Year, New Beginnings and a New You bring with it so many possibilities. This year is a great year for new color combinations and new adventures. To celebrate, I created a fun art journaling page in Wintermint Green. It’s a fresh color with a myriad of opportunities to be creative and several reasons to be inspired.

 

Directions

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Step 1

Paint art journal pages with wintermint green chalk based paint. Leave paint to dry and then stencil images on the background using Pearlescent Jade Brilliance ink and a sponge dauber.

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Step 2

Add Mint Green All-Purpose ink drops onto the stenciled background. Lightly mist with water and let the ink run. Heat set with a heat gun.

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Step 3

Mix a small amount of Pearlescent Jade Brilliance inker into embossing paste. Mix the paste until it has a consistent color and no more white is visible. Apply the colored paste through your stencil using a palette knife. TIP: Work in a single direction when applying paste to avoid the paste running underneath your stencil and causing smudges. Leave the stenciled images to dry completely. The Brilliance gives the paste a nice shimmer.

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Step 4

Spray scrap white cardstock with Electric Green irRESISTible Texture Spray and leave to dry. Punch 5mm circles out of the cardstock.

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Step 5

Adhere the textured dots to the center of your stenciled firework sprays. Unscrew the nozzle from the bottle and splatter small drops of irRESISTible onto the background. Leave to dry. Add definition to the stenciled fireworks images using a graphite pencil and White All-Purpose Ink applied with a small paintbrush.

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Step 6

Splatter Copper irRESISTible onto the background. Unscrew the lids for the irRESISTible Texture Sprays and use the applicator tubes from the bottles to color in chipboard numbers and leave to dry. Adhere the numbers and patterned paper strips to the journal page.

wintergreen art journal page by Imagine Artist Jowilna Nolte

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Art Journal
  • Echo Park – Fireworks Stencil
  • Hole Punch
  • Paintbrush
  • Simple Stories – Patterned Paper
  • Anna Griffin – Embossing Paste
  • Chiswick – POP Paint
  • Hole Punch
  • Chipboard Letters
  • Adhesive
  • Heat tool

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Twelve Page Photo Journal

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Ever wonder what to do with those special concert ticket stubs without dedicating an entire page in a scrapbook? Or how to capture an entire month filled with outings, adventures, and family events? Imagine artist Kyriakos has designed a clever 12-month photo journal to help solve the problem of collecting keepsakes without the clutter.

Choose a special moment of each month of 2017, preferably with a photo and save them in a 12-page handmade journal. The pages are empty envelopes that easily set together, creating pockets that allow one to store a ticket, a note and/or a photo of an occasion, a party or a moment in the month, while the opposite side can be used to write down a date, feelings or anything else that make that day special and need to remember. Use stamps, markers and stickers to alter it further during the year.

Directions

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 1

Stamp 12 envelopes on the front top to mark a header for a date or title. Keep the flap on the left side.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 2

Take a clear envelope and keep it open. Place some glue on the back of the flap of a stamped one and insert it in the first envelope up to the flaps’ crease, press to set. Fold the envelope to the first one and continue with the rest as above. When finished with all envelopes, place some glue on the book spine and secure with the bookbinders until it dries.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 3

Glue the book at the center of the light blue cardstock.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 4

Cut 2 pieces of the 12×12 paper, 1 inch larger than the book boards. Glue them on the book boards as covers.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 5

Distress the covers with the Celadon VersaColor and Pinecone VersaColor inkpads.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 6

Press the Pinecone VersaColor inkpad on the working surface and lightly mix with the heavy structure paste with the palette knife. Cover the cover with large strokes.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 7

Stamp words with the clear letter stamps and the Pinecone VersaColor inkpad.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 8

Using the Pinecone VersaColor inkpad, stamp the months on the side of the canvas piece of fabric and distress the rest of it on both sides.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 9

Color the heart shape with the Silver Encore! inkpad and the letters with the Pinecone VersaColor inkpad.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 10

Turn the bronze metallic leaves into silver by embossing them with the Imagine Silver Embossing Powder and the help of the VersaMark inkpad.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 11

Glue the canvas with the stamped months on the bark piece, fold the fabric under and glue on the cover.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Finish with setting the rest of the embellishments on the cover.

Now you have a photo journal that is waiting to be filled with all the fun event mementos planned for the year. At the end of the year, 12 moments will make a keepsake journey in 2017. Best of all, the same technique can be used with any size of envelopes and more pages can be added for regular journals or planners.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • 4 ½ x 6 ¼ photo envelopes in two colors
  • 2pc of 4 ¾ x 6 ½ book board
  • Light blue cardstock 4 ¾ x 6 ½
  • Kaisercraft – Alpha Cursive script stamps
  • 7gypsies – Par Avios clear stamps
  • Silver round studs
  • Metallic flowers
  • Heavy structure paste
  • Efco – 12×12 stripes paper
  • Craft wire – silver
  • Wooden shapes – numbers, heart
  • Binder twine
  • 8 x 3 piece of canvas
  • 4 ½ x 2 ½ piece of bark
  • Heat tool
  • PVA glue

 

 

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Customize Your Planner with Vertigo and Craft Sprays

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Imagine Artist Martha Lucia Gomez personalizes planner pages with Fireworks! Craft Spray, Walnut Ink and Imagine’s Vertigo mixed media sheets.

When I created my planner, I decided to include white pages and create my own art page. Today, I am sharing with you how I made one of these pages using Fireworks! Craft Spray, Walnut Ink Spray, and VersaFine. I will also share how to make die cut embellishments using Vertigo, Brilliance and StazOn inks for extra planner inspiration.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions

 Imagine Artist Martha Lucia Gomez personalizes planner pages with Fireworks! Craft Spray, Walnut Ink and Imagine’s Vertigo mixed media sheets.

Step 1

Spray Walnut and Fireworks! inks on the blank page  about 10 inches away.  The Walnut Ink takes a few moments to dry and the Fireworks dries immediately. Spray until desired color is achieved. TIP: Working with spray ink is a real pleasure because the results are unpredictable. Theoretically, spraying near to the paper will obtain a darker or concentrated color, and spraying very far will have the opposite effect.

Imagine Artist Martha Lucia Gomez personalizes planner pages with Fireworks! Craft Spray, Walnut Ink and Imagine’s Vertigo mixed media sheets.

Step 2

Prepare the stamps of your choice to decorate the newly inked page. Stamp large image (guitar in the photo) with VersaFine – Onyx Black and additional images (music notes) with VersaFine – Vintage Sepia. Be sure to leave free space on this page for journaling.

Imagine Artist Martha Lucia Gomez personalizes planner pages with Fireworks! Craft Spray, Walnut Ink and Imagine’s Vertigo mixed media sheets.

Now that we have a free-flowing journal page in our more structured planner, let’s talk embellishments. Planners become more unique and personal when you add more elements. Take a look of the die cuts created using Vertigo colored with two different types of ink–Brilliance and StazOn.

Directions for Vertigo Embellishment

Imagine Artist Martha Lucia Gomez personalizes planner pages with Fireworks! Craft Spray, Walnut Ink and Imagine’s Vertigo mixed media sheets.

Step 1

Use two die cuts shapes–one medium oval and a smaller heart. Color of the vertigo pieces by applying Brilliance–Pearlescent Jade, Pearlescent Coral and Pearlescent Lime directly with the ink pad.

Imagine Artist Martha Lucia Gomez personalizes planner pages with Fireworks! Craft Spray, Walnut Ink and Imagine’s Vertigo mixed media sheets.

Step 2 (Optional)

Emboss with a dot embossing folder.

Imagine Artist Martha Lucia Gomez personalizes planner pages with Fireworks! Craft Spray, Walnut Ink and Imagine’s Vertigo mixed media sheets.

Step 4

Attach finished Vertigo pieces to the planner pages as needed. You can use adhesive or staples.

Personalizing your planner is a fun way to express yourself while putting your craft collection to good use. Craft sprays, die cuts and mixed media surfaces like Vertigo are sure to give extra flare needed to set a planner apart from the rest.

Supplies

Imagine
  • Walnut Ink – Willow
  • Fireworks! – Bahama Blue, London Fog
  • VersaFine – Onyx Black, Vintage Sepia
  • Vertigo – Taffeta
  • Brilliance – Pearlescent Jade, Pearlescent Coral and Pearlescent Lime
  • StazOn – Cactus Green, Emerald City, Orange Zest, St Valentine and Blue Hawaii
Other
  • Joy Clair – Joyful Noise Stamp Set
  • Acrylic block or stamp positioning tool
  • Die cuts of choice

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