Can you ever have too many notebooks? I think not! I love to add more to my collection (and even get around to using them sometimes) but sometimes the best quality notebooks fly under the decorative radar. This gives them all kinds of great potential on the outside, just like the blank pages are inside. For the Moleskine notebook, I’ve used Fabrico and All-Purpose inks to decorate it with some cute monkeys, designating this notebook for future cute and cheeky thoughts!
- Moleskine notebook
- My Favorite Things – Cheeky Monkey stamp set
- Acrylic block
- White gel pen
August has arrived and we have a beautiful color for this month—Teal. We felt that after the bright summer colors of Tangerine and Pineapple we offered in June and July that we would cool it down a bit for any August heat waves you might experience! Teal reminds us of peacock feathers, the ocean, turquoise stones, glacial lakes, and other natural wonders. To be a bit more technical, teal is a tertiary color that is created by mixing blue and green. With this wide open interpretation of teal, we are excited to see what our artist have cooked up!
“Quiet people have the loudest minds.” I love this quote by Stephen Hawking! And I wanted to use it in a hand lettered art, so I busted out my ink options and got to work. I wanted to single out two words in one color and write the rest of the words in black. For “quiet” and “loudest”, I used All-Purpose ink Tropical Lagoon and a Fantastix. This thick juicy ink that works great on paper, and when you apply it with a Fantastix, it acts very much like a marker. For the rest of the lettering and outlining, I used the Black Fabrico marker in different styles. Since the Fabrico has two different tips to work with, I was able to get the thick and thin line results you see in the photo above. I then used an aqua brush to splatter some Memento Teal Zeal ink to give the page a bit of a dynamic look.
Try this technique on your own favorite quote and have an inspiring day!!
Summer Reading Ocean Theme Bookmark by Renee Zarate
The Dog Days of August make me want to head down to the beach with a good, old fashioned paperback novel for which I need a bookmark. This bookmark is made with images cut from Graphic 45 paper called “Voyage Beneath the Sea,”dies from Sizzix, a masterboard made from a variety of Imagine and Tsukineko products and Bristol paper. The bulk of the time to make this bookmark was spent on the background master board which I will reuse for other projects. Then I assembled all the elements from the Voyage set and add my own embellishments. Enjoy your summer reading!
- Bristol water color paper
- Graphic 45 “Voyage to Beneath the Sea” paper collection and
- Finnabair Glass Beads – White Gold, Copper, Platinum
- Prima – Glass Glitter
- Sizzix – Die Cut-Sand and Sea (seahorse)
- Spray bottle of water
- Paper cutter
Having a BBQ or outdoor summer party? Decorate an outdoor table with tea light candle holders using Teal Blue StazOn ink. Choose an empty glass and using your hot glue gun write a word directly on the side of the candle holder. You can also use masking tape to cover parts of the glass, creating a striped effect. When you finish with the tape and the glue, cover the whole surface with your favorite StazOn color using a sponge dauber. Let it dry well and then coat with irRESISTible wedding dress color on the inside of the glass for an opaque look. Alternatively, leave only the StazOn color for a more transparent result. The tape and the glue gun writing serve as a resist for the StazOn ink, so when all the ink is dry simply remove the tape and the hot glue.
- Hot glue gun
- Masking tape
- Small Glass candle holders
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!
Embossing Bright Yellow Pineapples by Jowilna Nolte
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.
- Jowilna Nolte – Circle stencil
- Cardstock – white
- Watercolor paper
- Penelopee Dee – Pineapple Stencil:
- Washi tape
- Embossing paste
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.
- Pineapple Stamp
- Black Card
- Heat Gun
- Teresa Collins – paper
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!
- Card Stock – white, yellow,
- DCWV– terra cotta, green
- Clear acetate
- Spellbinders Shapeabilities – Homespun dies
- Darice – Multi-Sized Dots embossing folder
- Heat tool
- Die cut machine
- Woodburning tool with stencil tip
- Everyday Expressions – Stampabilities
- Studio Calico – Pick a Plaid
- Acrylic block
- Scotch tape
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!
Have a Wonderful Birthday by Neva Cole
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!
- Heartfelt Creations – Delicate Asters stamp and die set, Bold Delicate Asters stamp set, Inspire Me sentiment
- Cardstock – white
- Ball stylus
- Corner rounder
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.
- Card Stock – white
- Practical Publishing Intl – Floral Blooms stencil and stamp set
Post It! – Repositionable Tape
- Acrylic block