This week we have been on a bit of a pineapple binge! We challenged our artists with “pineapple” as a color for the month of July. But because pineapples have been such a cute trend, our artists have used the pineapple itself as the object of affection. In today’s blog, we have two projects that focus on embossing pineapples as a way to create adorable crafty goodness!
The month of July celebrates all things bright, yellow and happy. Those words come to mind when you think about the prickly fruit with its gorgeous golden hues and funky outer facade. What a fun fruit and color to transform into a summers card perfect to cheer up someone’s day.
This card was quick and easy to make, yet I used a different embossing technique. Start by creating the base of your folded card. Use a circle stencil and Memento Cantaloupe to blend some circles using an ink sweeper. Keep the stencil in position and use Delicata Golden Glitz to blend over the same circles using the gold to add shimmer. I love the way metallic inks and dye inks work together.
Now it’s time to use embossing paste! Color embossing paste with Delicata Golden Glitz inker and apply the paste through a pineapple stencil with a palette knife on a separate piece of watercolor paper. Leave the stenciling to dry. Once the stenciling is dry, use a combination of All-Purpose Ink and stamp pad inkers to color the background. Using the inkers creates a more saturated look which is very effective for a light color like yellow. Mist the background with water and then drop All-Purpose Ink, and inkers onto the wet surface and let blend. When the background colors are dry, carefully cut out your pineapples and arrange them onto a card. Adhere them using foam dots for dimension. Finish off your card with washi tape, diamanté, and a large ribbon bow.
Pineapples are all the rage! So, why not add some tropical spunk to your craft project?! One of the coolest things about heat embossing is that it turns something simple like cardstock or scrapbook paper into a more elegant project that looks as if it visited a letterpress shop. So with a pineapple stamp and an embossing technique, it is simple to enhance scrapbook pages to a new level.
If you are familiar with heat embossing then you are already halfway there! Simply, stamp pineapple stamp using VersaMagic Cloud White onto Teresa Collins scrapbook paper. VersaMagic is a chalk pigment ink and works perfectly for embossing. Next, heat emboss with Silver Embossing Powder or color of choice. Attach pineapple paper with Tear It Tape to a black card base. If you have more time, then keep going with different color embossing powders and different scrapbook papers until you have a cute pineapple theme collection.
Who doesn’t love the beach during the summer? Here’s a project that is easy, fun and inexpensive to make perfect to take along on your trips to the beach. It starts off with a t-shirt which will be upcycled to a roomy, no-sew tote bag.
Begin by trimming off the arms and neck of the t-shirt. Wad it up and saturate it with water. Spread out the shirt on a protected (or glass) work surface. Use a Doodlestix to flick yellow, gold, and green All-Purpose Inks onto the wet t-shirt. Since Imagine’s color of the month is Pineapple, I decided to go with green on top third and yellow and gold on the bottom two thirds of the shirt. Gather the shirt up and squeeze the ink through the wet t-shirt. It will create a tie-dyed effect. Add additional ink until you’re satisfied with the color or pattern. Let the shirt dry naturally, then be sure to iron both sides of the t-shirt to set the inks permanently (very important). Finish off the tote by cutting the bottom of the t-shirt into strips then knot. Your brand upcycled new tote bag is ready to use!
Nothing says summer to me like a tall, frosty glass of lemonade. Unless it’s a tall, frosty pitcher of lemonade as a die cut on a handmade card! The liquid effect inside the pitcher was inspired by toys we had as kids; namely the baby bottles that looked like the liquid was disappearing as the toy tipped over. By sandwiching the mixture of Memento Luxe and Ink Potion No. 9 between two pieces of clear plastic, the liquid is contained but still moveable—light finger pressure changes the position of any air bubbles, etc. making it perfect for liquid effect layers on active cards and an alternative motion element to shakers. To learn more about how I created this, hop over to Imagine’s Youtube Channel and watch the video tutorial!
Today’s burst of tangerine is a refreshing view of orange that is showing itself in a natural flower form. Neva creates a beautiful handmade card with daisy aster flowers as the focal point and Jennifer created a delightful tutorial video with steps on how to create a mum flower theme card. We are always amazed with what our artists create with blank cardstock and ink!
There are so many wonderful tangerine colored flowers, the daisy asters being one example. I created this card with the hope of making these flowers burst forward and to isolate the sentiment and draw attention back to the card. Super fun to create!
I started by die cutting multiple layers to create very realistic flowers with a bit of shaping. Yes, these are actually die cut and not pre-made. I selected a matching stamp set from Heartfelt Creations to decorate the card layers to fashion a cohesive look with the coordinating dies. And just like a good crafter would, I finished by adding Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz to the front panel along with the Tangerine All-Purpose Ink with the same Gold Shimmer to create a very striking look!
When it doubt, go back to basics. In this card, I managed to find my crafting nirvana with a single-layer card because I followed three basic design principles: Repetition, Rule of Three and Balance of Positive and Negative Space. Of course, basics don’t have to be static or boring. By switching up techniques and combinations of the three values of color, the image is interesting instead of static. By repeating the shape through a stencil with Creative Medium, there is the added element of texture. And by adding doodles and other handwritten embellishments, there is the added personality. If this is right up your alley then check out my quick tutorial video on how to do it.
This little purse was inspired by the charming stamp set called “Faye” by Waffle Flower. The cute, crisp image was a great choice for stamping on fabric, and the size was just right for decorating a mini metal frame purse. Metal framed purses are not difficult to make, and there are lots of tutorials available on the web. The project always starts with drawing the cutting pattern; the sizes and shapes of the frames vary, and the pattern needs to be adjusted to the frame used. There are many tutorials for that step too! Try googling with search words “metal frame purse pattern”. Once you find a pattern and design you like then you can sync with this tutorial. The size of my purse is approximately 4 x 4 inches with plenty of space for the stamped image. It is also perfect for coins or your favorite cosmetics!
Skill: Intermediate Time: 1.5 hours + drying time
Trace the purse pattern on the fabric. Stamp images using Memento Luxe ink. Heat set with iron.
Color the image and part of the background using All-Purpose Inks and Fantastix. You can dip the Fantastix directly into the ink barrel for coloring. The thickness of the All-Purpose ink is great for fine detailing on fabric. Use short dabbing stokes to make sure the ink soaks into the fabric fibers. Heat set with iron.
Place the fabric in an embroidery hoop. Using two strings of embroidery yarn decorate the colored image with straight stitches.
Cut the back-exterior piece and two identical lining pieces. Cut two pieces of fusible interfacing (without seam allowance), and iron them on the back sides of the exterior pieces.
Stack all four pieces with right sides together. Sew around the edge. Turn the purse around.
Using a zig zag stitch, attach a thin cord around the top edge of the purse.
Open the frame and practice putting one side of the purse in it (without the glue). Once you feel comfortable place glue inside one side of the frame. Wait a minute (or follow the instructions of the glue manufacturer) and work the fabric into the channel. Use a knitting needle to make sure all fabric is tucked tight into the frame. Remove glue stains immediately with a wet paper towel. Let dry for 30 minutes before repeating the steps on the other side. Once everything has dried, your craft project is complete! You can gift this to a friend and personalize any way you wish. Enjoy!
We are excited to announce the Color of the Month — Tangerine! Everyone month Imagine highlights a different color to show off our catalog of inks. The Tsukineko brand offers this rich orange color in All-Purpose Ink, VersaColor, Memento, Radiant Neon, Radiant Neon Amplify and StazOn. And Imagine’s offers two in house products — the recent release of the 2oz bottle of Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Tangelo as well as IrRESISTibles Pico Embellisher Tangelo.
Tangerine is a deep orange color that evokes a festive vibe, the warmth of summer, and tangy flavors of fruit! Some of the trends we see with this color are….
Bohemian theme home decor or stamps…
and Camp Fire or Outdoors themes.
We offer this color challenge to our Artist in Residence to bring forward in their June project submissions, so be on the lookout for how our team uses this vibrant color. We also offer this challenge to you. If you feel inspired by Tangerine and use Imagine or Tsukineko inks then please tag us in your Instagram or Facebook posts. We would love to see what you create!