Color of the Month for May is…

magenta is may's inkpad color of the month

It is Monday! It is May and it’s time for May-genta! Every month we choose a color from our variety of ink lines to challenge our customer base and our artists. For the month of May, we choose this pure pink hue and felt that it was a great transition color from Spring to Summer. Magenta is also the M in the printing acronym CMYK – Cyan Magenta Yellow Black. So whether you like this color because it is pretty or because you are a nerd you can be satisfied either way! And this is exactly where we drew our inspiration.

In today’s post, we are featuring 3 crafting DIY projects. Magenta is a great color in fashion and Kyriako’s illustrates this perfectly in a dress sketch using Versacolor. Magenta can also be dramatic, and Roni does a perfect job of showing a scrapbook page that uses a dramatic layout. And Neva brings it back home with a handmade card that shows how well Magenta is used to direct the eye. See what these artists have to say about their projects…

dress colored with versacolor

Haute Couture with VersaColor by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Haute couture, daily fashion or coloring to design a stunning piece of cloth is fun way to get into this color Magenta! In the piece above I wanted to use blending techniques with VersaColor in a different way. These pigment inks are great for coloring in and blending because of the open dry time and how they do not readily soak into the paper especially heavy paper like I am using. Blending from red to purple in this dress shows how great these inks are and I was especially looking for a lush look for this dress figure. Using a Brushstix or sponge dauber will pick the ink off the stamp pad and is easy to use like a drawing tool.

I started with a true purple in VersaColor which is the Grape and blended with Peony, Camilla and Petal Pink (lightest) moving up. Using all the shades of ink was enjoyable and created great results on this project. From an easy idea like this one you can continue to draw more dresses, use other color combinations and add color on a young girl’s room.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Dress sketch stamp or hand drawing
  • Pencil
  • A4 heavy weight paper

magenta ink scrapbook

Every Heart Needs Magenta by Roni Johnson

Magenta is my daughter-in-love’s favorite color and as it happens she had some lovely pink and white roses she carried for the wedding. I had a lovely photo with her holding them and by tweaking the color a bit I ended up with this amazing picture. I wanted a bold background to really make the colors in the picture pop so I started off with a layer of vibrant Lilac Posies Fireworks Spray. I love how the finished layout turned out…just as I envisioned it. You can see in the close up how the Creative Medium pulled some of the Fireworks Spray into the stenciled design as it dried making for an even bigger pop of color. The steel needle nose tip on the On Point Glue makes it easy to add just a drop of adhesive even for tiny embellishments like the sequins. It dries clear which is great for the clear iridescent sequins!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • ClubScrap.com – Stencil
  • Cardstock
  • Sentiment Stamp (Cherry Blossom Kit) Just For Fun Rubber Stamps
  • 2 Sided Doodle Background Frame
  • Large; 2 Sided Doodle Background/Frame – Small (large and small scribbled circles)
  • Foam adhesive
  • Sequins

happy birthday card with dragonflies

Magenta Dragonflies Birthday Card by Neva Cole

When doing research for Imagines’ color of the month I discovered that the Dragonflies come in Magenta, who knew? This Magenta-bodied Dragonfly is created using multiple layers of ink and the assistance of a stamp positioner. The body is colored directly on the stamp with Memento Dual-Tip Markers in Love Letter (one layer) and Lilac Posies (two layers) and the eyes are in in Tuxedo Black. After cleaning the stamp, the entire dragonfly is then inked with VersaMark Dazzle Champagne and heat embossed with Embossing Powder in Iridescent. A spritz of Fireworks in New Sprout finishes the front panel. The die cut sentiment and backing layer are inked with Ink Blushers and Memento Luxe using the same formula of Love Letter and Lilac Posies. The wings didn’t stand out enough so a StazOn Blue Hawaii is dabbed on with a Bullet Tip Fantastix that was first moistened with StazOn All Purpose Stamp Cleaner. On Point Glue was perfect to add very small drops of glue to the sentiment to securing adhere it to the card front. Dragonflies are iridescent in real life and I believe I captured their essence with Imagine products quite nicely!

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Sizzix–Thinlits Happy Birthday to You
  • Imagiart Stamps—Dragonfly (Vintage and is no longer available)

 

We hope you enjoy these projects from our Artist in Residence and see their supplies list for links to purchase. Read more on Magenta Wikipedia page. The stamp used in the main image is from Waffle Flower.

 

 

Complete a Scrapbook for your Earth Day Adventures

by Neva Cole

Scrapbook Layout using DCWV paper and Tsukineko ink.

What fun times we had when we stayed a tiny campground along the McKenzie River last fall. When I received the DCWV Adventurer paper collection I knew exactly what event I planned to scrap, it was just a matter of selecting the photos to get started. I tend to scrap family events in two-page layouts, so I started with olive green cardstock with the Yellow Bright Textured cardstock to back the photos.

Working from the photo colors, I choose the plaid blue and green design and two journal cards from the collection. One of the papers had fun adventurer circles that worked perfectly to die cut and use as additional embellishments. Once all of my selections were made and the design was decided, I marked off the area for the title and removed all the papers. The “Campout” was stamped in Memento Northern Pine. “McKenzie River” was stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed with Copper Embossing Powder, which matched perfectly with the pre-embossed journal card and the circle embellishments. An ink blusher was used to ink the edges of all the papers with Memento Northern Pine before I arranged the rest.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • DCWV – Adventurer Collection, Bright Textured cardstock
  • Making Memories – Foam Stamps Philadelphia
  • Technique Tuesday – Farmhouse Large
  • Spellbinders – Small Circles

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Make a Glamorous Look with the Big Scrapple

Today’s projects on the Imagine Blog merge two ideas – scrapbooking travels to a beautiful city and looking beautiful while you are traveling to that beautiful city. Wherever you are on the journey either headed to or returning from, we gotcha covered. Elina Stromberg layers watercolor paper with Fireworks Craft Spray, black card stock and photos for a gorgeous scrapbook layout. And Kyriakos creates custom jewelry from SHEET Metal and DCWV decorative paper!

The Big Apple Scrapbook page

Big Apple Scrapbook Page by Elina Stromberg

Imagine’s theme this month is ‘The Bigger the Better’ which reminded me of a lovely vacation I took two years ago in New York City. I have lots of pictures from New York, but this time I decided to create a single photo layout in a different style. The top of the page is a heavy watercolor paper on which I played with blue and pink Fireworks Craft Sprays and white acrylic paint, creating a feeling of the NYC evening sky. The bottom part of the page is black cardstock and I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the city skyline. For gluing down the detailed skyscraper silhouettes, I used Imagine’s On Point Glue which was perfect for gluing down detailed paper cuts.

I had large chipboard letters in my stash and I decided to use them for creating a layered page title. I first printed the photo on a strip of white vellum, then re-printed the identical image on glossy photo paper. I painted the edges of the letters with black acrylic paint, and once dry I attached the chipboard letters on the back of the photo with double-sided tape, and cut out. The letters are placed down on identical spots on the vellum print and glued with On Point Glue. This layout can be repeated for any city or favorite vacation spot!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor paper
  • Cardstock – black
  • Acrylic paint – white and black
  • Studio Calico – Large chipboard letters
  • Vellum
  • Photos
  • White gel pen
  • Double-sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Silhouette Machine

Faux Gold Handcrafted Necklace

Creating Gold Jewelry with DCWV paper by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Golden jewelry is now less expensive than ever with Golds Special Materials papers from DCWV! Turn simple shapes of SHEET metal from Imagine into impressive pieces of golden jewelry that can trick your eyes to believe it is real gold. The paper is glued on the diamond shapes and covered at the back with Imagine embossing powder to turn the silver color into gold. GlazOn protects the surface of the papers while keeping their golden shine. This design was quick and easy, but you can continue to play with different shapes and ideas to make the design your own especially if you are designing for a specific occasion or event.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • DCWV – Golds Special Materials papers
  • Jump rings
  • Leather cord
  • Earring hooks

Color of the Month is Black

We thought we would take our enthusiasm down a notch and really re-think this whole color idea. So we are announcing our color of the month which is black, which is okay…I guess. Color is overrated so we would like to honor the truest of true—Black. The ultimate saturated shade.

Black Heart by Tenia Nelson

Tenia does well with this black heart as a focal point. “My heart belongs to no one!”… Agreed. She uses Black Memento (Mori) ink for the stamped image and all the other images and ink splatter. She colors blue sequins with Jet Black StazOn. The techniques here are simple. If bright beautiful colors exist, then shade them in black. The question is who would you send this card to? Ex-boyfriend? Totally.

Supplies

Black Ink, Grey Paper, Blue Sequins.


Black Hole by Alison Heikkila

Black Holes are mysteries to the human mind. They terrify even the bravest explorers, which is awesome. Alison evokes the chances of being able to tackle a black hole in this non-encouraging layout, “Aim, miss and land somewhere crazy in the stars”…or in a tesseract maybe. Her techniques mirrored Tenia in the use of black, though we are not sure why there are shimmery light sections on the page. I guess it emphasizes the awesome blackness in the center.

Supplies

Black hole, The void of space

 

 

A collage of Tsukineko and Imagine product with the test "April Fools" appearing several times over color splotches as well.

Happy April Fool’s Day!!!

Now it is time to recover from our dark humor and say the real color of the month with the stunning color Lapis! This saturated blue is the color of a semi-precious stone called Lapis Lazuli which is gorgeous in jewelry and pretty much everywhere, including your projects! We feel very inspired by the vividness of Lapis blue and how well it looks with gold and shimmery accents. The color of the month is an overall Imagine challenge. Check out the true beauty of Alison and Tenia’s projects below, which take us back to our usual perky and overzealous selves. Last but not least, Jennifer Vanderbeek dreams big with a wonderfully shimmery art journal page. Of course, we challenge our artists but we also challenge our readers too! If you have an inspiring project with Lapis during the month of April then please connect with us on Facebook or Instagram and tag your project #colorofthemonth & Imagine! Have a super April Fool’s Day!

Lunar Eclipse by Alison Heikkila

Hello! The Imagine team was given paper from DCWV collections. I was given Zodiac, which is really an outer space lunar set—gorgeous blues, purples, and holographic papers with wonderful starry patterns. Needless to say, this collection was right up my alley. I took a photo of the lunar eclipse that occurred in September of 2015. I absolutely love this photo, and I knew these papers would highlight it perfectly.

I cut out a few circles sizes from DCWV’s Brights Collection. I sprayed Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray on my craft mat, mixed lightly and tapped the circles into the color. Then, I sprayed Sheer Sparkle Shimmer to the background paper and to the cut out circles for extra sparkle. This pretty ribbon from Creative Impressions has a glimmer, so I thought it was perfect for grounding all the pieces. I attached it with On Point Glue and used my PITT pen to write my title and date the photo was taken.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • DCWV Papers – Zodiac Collection and the Brights Collection
  • Ribbon
  • Faber-Castell – Black PITT Pen
  • Small
Coluzzle – Circle Cutter (No longer available, use substitute)

Lapis Blue My Heart Belongs to You Card by Tenia Nelson

I started with stamping the image onto light blue cardstock. Then I sprayed Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray onto image panel. I continued to stamp and heat emboss the heart onto dark blue cardstock and cut out when finished. I attached heart onto the main panel and adhered image panel onto card. It’s always nice to go over the card with glitter and add sequins, washi and sticker stitches to add those fabulous finishing touches.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Unity Stamp Company – stamp
  • Paper
  • DCWV
  • Glitter Pen
  • Embellishments
  • Washi tape
  • Sticker stitches
  • Sequins
  • Heating tool
  • Scissors

Dream Big Brayered Art Journal Page by Jennifer Vanderbeek

In my art journal, I can try out techniques or noodle about with ideas. Often I don’t have a clue about how it’s going to end up when I start. With layering, something interesting always come out and this page is no exception. I started with a brayered background, hand lettered, sprayed, and splattered, but it didn’t come together until I added the stenciled script. Don’t give up on a page that seems to be going nowhere, just keeping adding bits and you’ll eventually arrive at something beautiful!

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Art journal
  • 
Acrylic block
  • 
Brayer
  • 
Gel pens – silver, white
  • 
Stencil Girl – Rembrandt’s Words

*This does not preclude the fact that black may indeed be a color of the month some day.

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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

Learn some basic on cutting tools for crafters.

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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