Add This “Gnome Is Where The Heart Is” to Your Journal

by Elina Stromberg

Add This Gnome Is Where The Heart Is to Your Art Journal

When I first saw the cute gnome stamp set by Joy Clair, I immediately knew what I wanted to create with it–a collage with bright colors! The ‘Gnome Is Where the Heart Is’ stamp set was just perfect to be used in my new Moleskine journal. 
The art journal spread was fun to make, and now I’m creating a set of gnome cards and ATC’s with a similar layout and look. I’m pretty sure they will turn out nicely, too! Enjoy!

Skill: Beginner/Intermediate
Time: 1.5 hours

Directions

Memento in Bamboo Leaves with an InkBlusher.
Step 1

Take a piece of green cardstock and apply Memento in Bamboo Leaves with an InkBlusher.


Step 2

Ink the top of the page background with Memento ink in Danube Blue. Whitewash gently with white acrylic paint. Let dry. 
Stamp the sentiment text on the upper left corner of the page with StazOn inks, they work well on acrylic paints. Create a background hill scenery from leftover cardstock pieces using both solid colors and patterned papers. Glue the free-cut paper slips on the page. 
Cut oval shaped trees from inked green cardstock. Ink edges, and glue on the page.


Step 3

Stamp images using Memento in Tuxedo Black and color with alcohol markers. Fuzzy cut, and glue on the page.


Step 4

Continue to add details as you see fit! Since this is your art journal and you make up the rules, then continue decorating as you desire.

Supplies

Imagine
Other

Celebrate National Scrapbook Day with this Stunning Layout!

by Jowilna Nolte

Celebrate National Scrapbook Day with Stunning Layout!

Happy National Scrapbook Day! I love scrapbooking because it gives you a chance to capture memories with those you love. Another feature is you get to collage together beautiful images and colors to encapsulate those memories. In today’s project, I choose lime and purple as the perfect color combination for a young at heart! This layout is filled with interesting floral details combining some of my favorite ink products in a vibrant color combination. Enjoy!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1.5 hours

Directions


Step 1

Stencil a circle background onto smooth white cardstock using texture paste. Leave the paste to dry. Create color by misting the texture with Fireworks sprays and leave to dry.


Step 2

On the second sheet of white cardstock create a background using Radiant Neon in Electric Green and Delicata in Emerald Green. Use the direct to paper technique to add the color. You can also add color with inkers for even more intensity.


Step 3

Once the background is dry. Use Delicata ink and stencil a pattern onto the background in selected areas. Punch  2½” circles from your background as well as some 1” circles.


Step 4

Mist the background with the same colors of Fireworks that you used on the background. Spray in selected areas to create a beautiful shimmer.


Step 5

Assemble the punched out circles, a photo matted on a black background, and cut out flowers from the patterned paper on the background to create your layout. Add a title like “drive” and additional embellishments like the stars and hearts to finish off the layout. Add additional Walnut Ink splats as well as colors ink splats using the Fireworks sprays.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white
  • Jowilna Nolte – numbers stencil, circle stencil
  • Short Cust Craft – wooden letters
  • Kaisercraft – Patterned paper
  • Texture paste
  • Cirle punch or die – 1″ and 2″

Helpful Tips and Tricks: How to Take Amazing Photos of Craft Projects

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Helpful Tips and Tricks: How to Take Amazing Photos of Craft Projects

With the ever-growing popularity of social media platforms, particularly Instagram, crafters have been talking about how to take better photos of our projects. Since not all of us are professional photographers, and we don’t all have “the perfect tools”, I would like to talk about how to take great photos of your work without having to be a pro-photographer.

Style your photos creatively

These are important elements to focus on when taking a photo of a project:

  • the backdrop or background
  • main focus – which is always your project
  • props or supporting elements to make the focus shine
  • the camera

Backgrounds

With clear and simple photos you need to have a neutral base or background, like white, grey, ecru, cream or even brown tones like wood. Since most of us don’t have professional lighting, set your background up where it is in natural light, and make sure it is a large enough base to place your card or project. Try using dark colors in the background to help the project colors pop.

You can set up your background so that your project can be laid flat or standing up. I find that I can capture more details by taking photos of my cards flat on a surface with the camera located directly above it. Also, if you have a small space to take your photos, this option is perfect because it requires less space and can make it easier to incorporate other elements.

With flat photos, remember your backdrop is the most important part. If you are creative you don’t need to buy expensive elements, you can use everyday household items and surfaces as the background. The most important thing is to keep in mind the colors and textures. A brightly colored element next to your project can round out the scene and support the focal point, but being able to use it as the background will be trickier, tho can work on occasion.

You can use wood surfaces, floor boards, ceramic tiles or designer textured papers, as well as other supplies to add some depth to the photos. You can also use elements like designed plates, which can be easily found in home decor stores. My favorite is HomeGoods because I can buy just one plate, placemat or napkin. Neutral colored fat quarters found at the fabric store is another cheap option.

Supplies or Photo Props

With staging photos, it is nice to add a few elements alongside your card or project—but these cannot compete with the main focus object i.e. your crafting project. You can use many items as photo props. I use a lot of flowers and greenery, my favorites are made of silicone because the fabric flowers don’t look real to me. But definitely, my favorites photo props are the craft supplies. Supplies like inks, stamps, stencils, color pencils or markers, and die cuts are perfect elements to support your project. Extra embellishments like buttons, sequins, washi tape and twines are also great, but always be careful with the color combinations. My suggestion is to start with the neutral items first that won’t compete with your project. If you still aren’t finding what you like, just look around your home and you might find gorgeous elements that you can borrow for a few minutes as part of your photo.

Camera

With today’s technology, you really don’t need to have a professional camera. Cell phones like the iPhone or Samsung make it possible to take amazing photos. To make them work best, use natural light source and keep an eye out for any shadows across your photo. Also, think about a good angle to take the photo. Always start by making your lens parallel to the project front, and then play with the angle from there. My last helpful hint is very simple but important: always clean the lens of your camera or phone before taking the photos. Because we touch our phones so often it is easy for the lens to become dirty.

I hope you found these tips useful. Just remember to stay open to learning new ideas and most importantly have fun! Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog and don’t forget to share!

See What Craft Supplies Our Artists Recommend for Weddings

See What Craft Supplies Our Artists Recommend for Weddings

There are so many kinds of craft projects that would successfully create a DIY wedding. We see all sorts of fabulous ideas on Pinterest and highlights from crafter’s blogs that blow our minds. We decided to ask our Artists in Residence (and some members of the Imagine team) to recommend their favorite Tsukineko or Imagine products to use in wedding cardmaking and crafting. Here is what they had to say!

Product Recommendations

3 Votes for Delicata!

Steph Ackerman

I recommend Delicata in Celestial Copper and Imagine’s Embossing Powder in Clear. This metallic pigment ink creates a beautiful effect on vellum. For further detail add a touch of color with Memento Markers to coordinate with the colors of the bridal party. The full-size inkpad should be enough to create a large number of cards and this ink has an inker available. So if you are creating more than usual then purchase the inker with the large inkpad.

Nadine Carlier

Delicata in White Shimmer and Imagine’s Embossing Powder in Iridescent on black cardstock is a great combo. For a video tutorial, I created this gorgeous black and white themed wedding invitation card. If you need the extra shimmery wedding then spray some Sheer Shimmer Spritz Sparkle. Watch Nadine’s video.

Jowilna Nolte

I recommend using All-Purpose Ink Pale Mint Green and Delicata in White Shimmer on top, all on a pearly cardstock. One lovely stamping technique I recommend for making an invitation would be to use a layered stamp set like you would find in the Altenew collection.

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3 Votes for Embossing Powders!

Jennifer Vanderbeek

Gold and silver embossing powder is the best way to bring a touch of elegance. If you don’t have time to DIY it all, a touch of gold or silver embossing on your paper goods can elevate purchased items with a bit of pizazz.

Melissa Andrew

I really love Imagine’s Embossing Powders on vellum. I love a beautiful soft look for weddings and a gorgeous embossing powder on or under vellum is simple yet stunning. The beautiful colors, gold or silver, are the perfect colors to represent long-lasting love. They seem to compliment any colors a bride would choose. VersaMark ink is a great ink for embossing because of it’s tacky qualities. 

Arjita Sepaha Singh 

For an Indian wedding, perspective red is the color! Red is considered auspicious and adding Imagine’s Embossing Powder in Gold will be like a match made in heaven.

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2 Votes for Creative Medium!

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

I recommend Creative Medium in any of the Iridescent colors as a great way to create backgrounds that are not visible at first sight, giving an elegant and festive style with a distinctive glamour.

Martha Lucia Gomez

I enjoy Creative Medium in Clear and created a floral design using a watercolor technique with Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray and Memento dye inks. See the full tutorial for this card. 

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2 Votes for Sheer Shimmer Spritz!

Roni Johnson

For wedding projects, there’s nothing I like more than Sheer Shimmer Spray to add a touch of elegance, sparkle, and shine. It comes in 6 different colors, perfect to match any theme the bride and groom have chosen. Sheer Shimmer Spray can make plain white sparkle and they make colored backgrounds really pop! 

Marcie McCabe

My recommendation is Sheer Shimmer Spray in Sparkle and Fireworks Craft Spray in the colors of the wedding party. 

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1 Vote for Fireworks Sprays

Iris Rodriguez

I recommend Fireworks Shimmery Craft Sprays for crafting in wedding decor. It can be hard to match the right colors for wedding decor. Since Fireworks is available in 24 colors and is a dye-based ink, you can choose one of the colors or blend colors to make the desired color. For example, to make a simple cork place card holder (in photo above), add a paper flower embellishment and color it with Fireworks! It’s elegant, inexpensive and personal. To make a zero waste wedding, make a wreath by attaching all remaining cork place card holders and flowers to a frame.

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2 Votes for VersaFine Clair

Kassandra Tousignant

I recommend a delicate floral background stamp on paper with Sheer Shimmer Spray in Sparkle. In the photo above, I layered the paper with an acrylic sheet on top stamped with VersaFine Clair inked “It’s Your Special Day” sentiment. 

 Amanda Harryman

For those who don’t want to emboss, but want a touch of that elegant look, I would recommend Delicata in Golden Glitz or Silvery Shimmer depending on colors or preferences. I can also say that I would recommend VersaFine Clair in Nocturne, or other wedding colors, to use for the return address stamp on invitations since it will stamp the details clearly, and be smudge-proof quickly.

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Learn How to Design a “Dream Forever” Mixed Media Page

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Learn How to Design a "Dream Forever" Mixed Media Page

Owls are mysterious nocturnal birds and to honor their unique characters I decided to make a scrapbook or art layout using a combination of colors and techniques. Combining different kinds of inks, I colored a background in deep purple shades. Walnut Ink lowers the intense hue of Fireworks in Lilac Posies on the background.

The owl almost appears to glow as it is embossed on a piece of tracing paper that has Memento Grape Jelly colored on its back side. To further contrast the design, a piece of Sheet Metal is used to enhance the owl and adds shine and detail. I love this design and feel it can be used in so many different ways. Make a card, a scrapbook page or adjusted to make a cover on a book.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Spray the A4 watercolor page with Ink Potion No 9, Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Lilac Posies and Walnut Ink in Lilac, in this order, from about 8-inch distance. Two sprays of the color inks are enough. Let them dry or use a heat gun to speed up the process.


Step 2

On a 3 ¼ x 5 ½ inch tracing paper stamp with the owl design with the VersaMark, cover with Imagine’s White Embossing Powder and heat set.


Step 3

Turn the tracing paper at the back and using a sponge dauber cover the owl design with the Memento Grape Jelly ink pad. Let it dry and repeat for a deeper color.


Step 4

Use a sponge dauber to cover the SHEET Metal in a diamond shape with the StazOn Royal Purple. Let Dry.


Step 5

Press the SHEET metal diamond shape on the rubber owl stamp that is covered with VersaMark. Cover with the Imagine’s White Embossing Powder and heat set.


Step 6

Color the chipboard words with a sponge dauber and the Memento Grape Jelly ink pad.


Step 7

Stamp the A4 watercolor page with the Memento Grape Jelly ink pad and the numbers stamp.


Step 8

Cut a 6 x 1-inch tracing paper stripe and a 5-inch long chevron ribbon. Use the On Point Glue to set them in the center of the page and continue with the owl embossed design.


Step 9

Cut 5 – 6 inch long pieces of jewelry wire, twist together and curve them.


Step 10

Use the hot glue gun to set the feathers, the wires, and the SHEET Metal in a diamond shape on the owl design.


Step 11

Glue the chipboard words and add rhinestones.


Step 12

Make small dots to embellish further and add texture with the irRESISTIble Pico Embellisher in Sweet Plum. Trim to desired size.

Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog and if you enjoyed this tutorial then please comment below or share on social media! 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Feathers
  • Stamperia – Owl stamp
  • Studio Light – Instructional Numbers stamp
  • A4 watercolor page
  • Jewelry wire
  • Chevron ribbon
  • Tracing paper
  • Rhinestones
  • Decorative chipboard words
  • Heat gun
  • Hot glue gun

Create a Dazzling Raspberry Red Scrapbook Layout

by Jowilna Nolte

Create a Dazzling Raspberry Red Scrapbook Layout with VersaFine Clair

Don’t you just love red, and with the month of love we are celebrating raspberry red with loads of repetition. I created this shimmering layout using tons of red ink and then added a few splashes of other color for some fun contrast. Take a look at how I created the fun shimmering elements, stamped with the amazing new raspberry red shaded Glamorous VersaFine Clair and had fun with repeating elements in my design.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Creative Shimmer onto your Craft Mat. Add a few drops of dye inkers to the mediumStep 1

Add a small amount of Creative Shimmer onto your Craft Mat. Add a few drops of dye inkers to the medium. I added 2 colors of red.


Step 2

Mix the inker into the paste really well using your palette knife until the paste is fully colored.


Apply the colored paste through a stencil onto craft paper and leave to dryStep 3

Apply the colored paste through a stencil onto craft paper and leave to dry. The creative medium dries really fast and has a stunning shimmer.


Step 4

Use the same inkers to color a piece of smooth white cardstock. Drop a few drops onto the cardstock and mist with water.


Step 5

Apply some of the colored paste onto the colored cardstock using the same square stencil.


Once dry stamp some images onto the background using VersaFine Clair Glamorous.Step 6

Color a sheet of white cardstock with the same red inkers. Once dry stamp some images onto the background using VersaFine Clair Glamorous.


Step 7

Add random color splats using Fireworks sprays to add color to the background. Cut out flowers from patterned papers and adhere them. Then stamp some random text in the background using VersaFine Clair.


VersaFine Clair Pinecone and stencil some dots onto the backgroundStep 8

Use VersaFine Clair Pinecone and stencil some dots onto the background. Then adhere your photo. Cut stenciled squares with a beautiful shimmer from the papers and adhere to the layout. Add diamanté to finish off.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white
  • Jowilna Nolte – stencil, stamp
  • Kaisercraft – patterned paper