Use The Magic of Color with a Whimsical Theme

by Jowilna Nolte

Use The Magic of pink and teal Colors with a Whimsical Theme

Mystical and Whimsical…the magic of color! This month we are delving into some fun themes and one of them is Mystical or Whimsical in my case. When you realize you own no Mystical stamps you opt for something just as interesting and fun. For me a fun combination of Radiant Neon ink colors did the trick for this fun and magical theme.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions


Step 1

On a sheet of white watercolour paper add some simple folds. Fold the paper in horizontal and vertical strips to form a grid effect.


Step 2

Use Radiant Neon Green ink pad and apply color to the surface by using light circular movements. This will ink the fold lines and create a texture.


Step 3

Use your Brilliance Pearlescent Jade ink pad and in circular movements add color over the Radiant Neon Green.


Step 4

Add white texture paste through a stencil in selected areas only. Leave the paste to dry completely before adding more color.


Step 5

Use Radiant Neon inkers in Pink and Orange to add more color to your texture paste areas. Continue working this folded paper until the design is where you want it. I choose to ink the corners with pink, stamp other areas with script lettering, old postage style imagery and added a contrasting ink splatter in dark brown to tie it all together. Oh,  and of course, I added sequins.


Step 6

Stamp a large central figure. Here I choose a girl in rainboots with an umbrella for a head. Use Memento markers to add color to the large image.


Step 7

Add GlazOn details to certain areas of your image and leave to dry. Cut out the image and adhere to your colored background.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Jowilna Nolte – Stencil
  • Cardstock
  • Anna Griffin – Texture Paste
  • Sewing machine
  • Bonefolder
  • Index Card
  • Stamps

Make a Fairytale Layout in Your Journal with VersaMagic

by Elina Stromberg

Fairytale Layout in Moleskine Journal Sketchbook
When working with layers you normally start with the background and continue with adding elements on top of it. However, when layering stamped images, you need to work in reverse order. First, you place the foreground elements on your project and then continue building layers in the direction towards the back. This all may sound bit tricky but when you start working you’ll soon realize that the masking stamping technique is not hard at all. You will love the depth and dimension it gives to your project, and in addition, it gives you many new possibilities to use your stamps and extend your stash!

Masking stamping technique can be used for several types of projects. It’s perfect for cards, but can easily be used also for larger projects like art journal pages. Your imagination will be the only limit!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour +

Directions


Step 1

Stamp the foreground image i.e. the element that you want to appear on the top. Repeat the step by stamping the image on a post-it note. Cut out.


Step 2

Place the post-it note image on the stamped foreground image. This self-made mask will protect the top layer image. Stamp the element you want to appear on the next layer, (partly) behind the first element. If you want other elements to appear behind the second layer image, stamp it on a post-it note and cut out.


Step 3

Continue building stamped layers until the scenery is ready. Post-it masks can be used several times, so if one image is used several times, probably only one mask per image is needed.


Step 4

Color the images using VersaMagic and Brilliance inks. Press the ink pad against the craft mat to create a paint palette. Pick up the color with a water brush and color the images.


Step 5

Color the entire scenery. Stamp blades of grass, branches, and flower stems on the page. Before stamping protect the colored images with the self-made post-it masks.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Moleskine Sketchbook
  • Art Journey – ‘Fungus Fairy Tales’ stamp, ‘Crows’ stamp, ‘Fairy Tale People’ stamp
  • IndigoBlu -‘Wild Meadow’ stamp
  • Water brush
  • Post-It notes
  • Scissors

Enhance Your Card Design with VersaMarker

by Renee Zarate

Enhance Your Card Design with VersaMarker

When you look at a pineapple what do you see? A ripe pineapple has shades of not only yellow but also touches of orange, green and brown. This card is made from a master board that incorporates all of these colors by using Fireworks Craft Sprays and water. The fun begins when the Stencil Girl stencils are used extensively with white gesso. Since this was a color challenge, the colors may say pineapple but the theme is summer rain.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 – 2 hours + dry time

Directions

 140lb watercolor paper sprayed with Fireworks Craft Spray
Step 1

To prepare the master board, spray a piece of 140lb watercolor paper with water. While still wet, spray Fireworks Craft Spray in different colors onto the paper. Lift the paper and allow the colors to run. Mop up any excess with a paper towel. Blend the colors with more water and blot again to soften the mix.


Step 2

Choose an area for the background and cut a piece of the paper to measure 4 ½” x 6 ¾”. On this panel, place a stencil and apply gesso through the stencil. Tape off any areas on the stencils that are not needed on the card. Lift the stencil straight up so it doesn’t smear, wash the stencil off immediately and allow the design to dry completely. Clean stencil.


Step 3

When the gesso is dry, reapply the stencil. If the image needs to be stronger just repeat the application of gesso and dry. Reapply the clean stencil and highlight the phrase with Brilliance Pearlescent Rust ink using a small dauber. Apply Clear Embossing Powder to the phrase and melt with a heat tool. Dilute a small amount of White All-Purpose Ink, use a paint brush and tap it to apply small spatters of white onto the panel. Use a Micron 05 black pen to outline the images and ink the edges of the panel. Use On Point Glue to attach a few light blue sequins randomly.


Step 4

Color the umbrella with a Dandelion Memento Marker then color over the yellow with a VersaMarker and heat emboss with clear powder. Touch some of the rain drops, the top of the girl’s hair and the tips of the boots with VersaMarker then sprinkle Imagine’s Iridescent Embossing Powder and melt with the heat tool. The embossing powder in the right spots create a shiny surface and give a life-like appearance to the design. Adhere the panel to a card blank with Tear It Tape and you are finished!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Strathmore 140 lb. Watercolor Paper
  • Stencil Girl – Rain by Jessica Sporn
  • Washi tape
  • Spray bottle of water
  • Micron 05 mm Pen – black
  • Sequins
  • Heat tool
  • Paper towel
  • Paper trimmer

Watch a Video on How to Make a Pineapple Wine Bottle Wrap 

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Watch a Video on How to Make a Pineapple Wine Bottle Wrap 

Pineapples are a symbol of hospitality, which is why you find them so often on newel posts, door knockers, and other entryway accoutrements. Since it’s always good to show up with a gift for the host or hostess, why not have a little fun with the standby bottle of wine by dressing it up a bit! This wrap is easy to put together and equally easy for the recipient to remove when they’re ready to drink it. It could also be a fun way to dress up the décor at your next summer party with empty or full bottles.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white, green
  • Spellbinders – Edgeabilities Classic Petal die
  • Die cutting machine
  • 
Scissors
  • Paper trimmer
  • 
Scoring board
  • Bone folder

Rule the Day with Big Bright Orange Flowers

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!

Tangerine Aster Bday Card

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!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Heartfelt Creations – Delicate Asters stamp and die set, Bold Delicate Asters stamp set, Inspire Me sentiment
  • Cardstock – white
  • Ball stylus
  • Corner rounder

Thinking of You Greeting Card

Tangerine Mums Single Layer Card by Jennifer Vanderbeek

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.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Card Stock – white
  • Practical Publishing Intl – Floral Blooms stencil and stamp set
  • 
Post It! – Repositionable Tape
  • Acrylic block

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Make a Summer Lovin’ Mixed Media Calendar

by Renee Zarate

Make a Summer Lovin' Mixed Media Calendar

Today is National Best Friends Day! I thought these two dolls could look like a pair of best friends. This mixed media calendar project can be placed on a bulletin board or made in art journal as a two page spread. While project incorporates techniques and textures, it also has the added fun of writing each day’s activities in the small woven calendar boxes. Create one for each month of the year and then bind them together in a diary to look back on later.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 2-3 hours

Directions

Make a Summer Lovin' Mixed Media Calendar
Step 1

Prepare the background paper. This particular calendar is an 11 x 14 piece of Strathmore 140# Mixed Media paper that had been used to blot off ink from a previous project. I love reusing paper in this way to add to the chaos of mixed media projects. If you are start fresh then use texture paste to create dimension on random parts of the paper. After you have let that dry, now it is time to add color. At the top of the paper, apply Memento Luxe Teal Zeal ink, Bahama Blue Fireworks Spray, and spritz water to allow the colors to blend together. Apply more water and let the inks run down the paper. Use a heat tool to set the color. Next, apply Memento Luxe Morocco ink to the bottom of the paper with a large dauber. Deepen the color by applying Radiant Neon Electric Orange on top of the Morocco ink. Spritz with water, allow the inks to mingle. Blot slightly with a paper towel, and dry with a heat tool. For the last layer, apply Memento Luxe Dandelion to the center of the page, spray with water, allow the color to blend then dry.


Step 2

Use alphabet and number stencils for the date and season. Use Art Ventures Graphite texture paste to make the letters pop forward. Very carefully lift the stenciling pieces straight up and wash them thoroughly to remove all of the paste. Allow to dry thoroughly so as to avoid smearing it.

Prima – Julie Nutting Doll Stamp
Step 3

Die cut the butterflies from coordinating patterned paper and set aside. Stamp dolls with StazOn Jet Black ink, color them with Memento Markers and cut them out.


Step 4

Make the woven mat for the calendar days by cutting 5 strips of paper measuring 1 inch x 7 ¼ inches. These strips will be woven across. Then cut 7 strips of the same paper to measure 1 inch x 5 ¾ inches for the downward strips. Secure the weaving with tape on the backside. Use a number stamp set to stamp the calendar numbers in each weave square. Ink the entire piece with Memento Luxe Morocco.


Step 5

Using a strong adhesive, adhere the woven calendar to the background page. Add Washi tape for extra decor. Attach the butterflies across the top on with On Point Glue. Add some butterflies to the skirt and shoes of the doll on the right. Attach the stamped dolls to each side of the calendar. Ink the edges of the mixed media paper with Brilliance Pearlescent Rust ink. Finish with any additional detailing as you feel is right for the design. Have fun!

Supplies

Imagine
Other