Mona Lisa is IrRESISTible in Green

by Renee Zarate

Layers of green ink, shimmer, stencils geometric shapes, stamped distressed imagery, flowers and glitter come together to frame a leading lady in the art world --Mona Lisa! Renee Zarate shows us how she put together this card with VersaFine, embossing powder and On Point Glue. #diy #steampunk #cardmaking

Spring makes me think of greenery which is a refreshing welcome after the unrelenting brown of winter. For this project, I brought out all of my green inks, glitter, embellishments and sprays. I chose to create my own background paper to make a masterboard for continuity among several cards or ATCs. Hope you enjoy this project as much as I did!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Layers of green ink, shimmer, stencils geometric shapes, stamped distressed imagery, flowers and glitter come together to frame a leading lady in the art world --Mona Lisa! Renee Zarate shows us how she put together this card with VersaFine, embossing powder and On Point Glue. #diy #steampunk #cardmaking

Step 1

Create a master board using different types of green ink. Start by spraying New Sprout Fireworks through a stencil onto a piece of gessoed 140# watercolor paper randomly around the page. Be sure to leave lots of white space. Dry with a heat tool. Using a large Sponge Dauber, apply layers of inks using different stencils, moving the stencils around the page until the desired effect is achieved. Keep drying each ink along the way with a heat tool.

Layers of green ink, shimmer, stencils geometric shapes, stamped distressed imagery, flowers and glitter come together to frame a leading lady in the art world --Mona Lisa! Renee Zarate shows us how she put together this card with VersaFine, embossing powder and On Point Glue. #diy #steampunk #cardmaking

Step 2

When the paper is dry, use rubber stamps to add more texture to the page. Using Olympia Green VersaFine ink is lovely on top of all the shades of green.

Layers of green ink, shimmer, stencils geometric shapes, stamped distressed imagery, flowers and glitter come together to frame a leading lady in the art world --Mona Lisa! Renee Zarate shows us how she put together this card with VersaFine, embossing powder and On Point Glue. #diy #steampunk #cardmaking

Step 3

Cut the master board into 4” x 6” postcard size.

Layers of green ink, shimmer, stencils geometric shapes, stamped distressed imagery, flowers and glitter come together to frame a leading lady in the art world --Mona Lisa! Renee Zarate shows us how she put together this card with VersaFine, embossing powder and On Point Glue. #diy #steampunk #cardmaking

Step 4

Create the focal point panel. Stamp using the Mona Lisa stamp and Olympia Green VersaFine ink on white cardstock and emboss with Clear Embossing Powder. Mount on a piece of black cardstock and use Memento markers or a water brush containing a small amount of Green Sprout Fireworks to lightly color in her features and hair.

Step 5

Mount the green panel on a blank white card measuring 5” x 7”, and adhere the Mona panel onto the green paper. Stamp the word at the bottom of the card using Olympia Green VersaFine ink. Heat emboss. Color the flowers with Fireworks Spray. Attach the flowers. Apply small amounts of On Point Glue on the petals of the flowers and sprinkle with glitter. Adhere sequins randomly on the card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stamps – Dina Wakley, Stampers Anonymous, Stampington & Co.
  • Stencils – Stencil Girl, Prima
  • Flowers
  • Glitter
  • Sequins
  • Heat Tool
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Watercolor paper
  • Gesso
  • Strong adhesive
  • Cardstock – black and white
  • Water brushes

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Bright and Vivid Hearts of Gold

Imagine’s theme for the month of February is “Heart of Gold.” Our artist have met the challenge with  bright and vivid colors as well as the narrative element the theme evokes. Alison Heikkia went for a super bright alternative card blending neon pink, yellow and coral with gold shimmer. While Tenia Nelson utilized white space to focus the eye on a gorgeous geometric embossed heart and using the direct sentiment “You have a Heart of Gold”.

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Alison started off by dotting 3 Radiant Neon reinker colors onto a palette. She then brayered to blend them, and then rolled the brayer across the cardstock. Using a combination of Fireworks, Lightning Black Brilliance and Delicata, Alison went all in to add shimmer. Notice the gold edging is simply her fingerprints. Gush! Alison’s card base was sprayed with Sweet Plum Fireworks! then edged with Golden Glitz ink and Sweet Plum Memento marker.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Palette
  • Andy Skinner Stamp Set – Handle with Care
  • Mixed media paper
  • Brayer
  • Sweet Stamp Shop – Thankful

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Tenia made this super fun card and here is her quick summary of how to do it yourself!

I started by stamping and adding embossing on heart image. Then stamped the sentiment on a piece of white cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento ink. On white cardstock, I added splatter using Gold All-Purpose Ink and Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz. Then added washi tape and sticker stitches to the image panel.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Neat and Tangled – Stamps
  • Paper
  • Sequins
  • Paintbrush (or other tool to splatter with)
  • Washi
  • Stickers
  • Heat tool
  • Scissors
  • Foam tape
  • Adhesive

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Upcycle Mason Jars into Charming Gifts

by Jowilna Nolte

Imagine artist Jowilna Nolte uses Tsukineko ink mediums to create interesting and unique effects on home decor products. Brilliance Pearlescent Jade.

As crafters, we have so many amazing products available in our arsenal that can be used for crafts, scrapbooking, card making and art journaling. Included in that long list is home decor and I simply love using my ink mediums to create interesting and unique effects on home decor products.

Directions

Imagine artist Jowilna Nolte uses Tsukineko ink mediums to create interesting and unique effects on home decor products. Brilliance Pearlescent Jade.
Step 1

Paint a metal jar lid using mint green chalk-based paint. Paint two layers and let dry.
TIP: Change direction and let the paintbrush create texture for a gorgeous look.

Imagine artist Jowilna Nolte uses Tsukineko ink mediums to create interesting and unique effects on home decor products. Brilliance Pearlescent Jade.

Step 2

Use a sponge dauber and Brilliance ink pad and apply ink over the painted lid.

Imagine artist Jowilna Nolte uses Tsukineko ink mediums to create interesting and unique effects on home decor products. Brilliance Pearlescent Jade.

Step 3

Add Brilliance inker onto the inked lid and use the sponge dauber or your finger to spread the ink over the lid. Leave to dry.

Imagine artist Jowilna Nolte uses Tsukineko ink mediums to create interesting and unique effects on home decor products. Brilliance Pearlescent Jade.

Step 4

Drill a small hole in the center of the lid and add a decorative handle. Use the jar for storage in your craft room or as a beautiful shimmering gift jar filled with decadent chocolates. The Brilliance ink leaves a beautiful shimmer on the painted lid. TIP: Because Brilliance ink is suitable for glossy surfaces it dries perfectly on the painted metal lid without heat setting.

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Glass Jar
  • Decorative Handle
  • Hand drill
  • Chalk Paint – mint
  • Paint brush

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How Delightful Fairy Themes Can Be!

We love happy accidents! These two projects by Mischelle Smith and Renee Zarate have three things in common: “Delight”, fairies and a touch of wintergreen. While our artists were challenged to use or color of the month, wintergreen, the rest is kismet. We couldn’t help but share them together!

by Mischelle Smith

Mischelle Smith creates a wintergreen Delight card with Delicata – White Shimmer, Silver Shimmer, Golden Glitz Memento - Morocco VersaMark VersaFine – Onyx Black Sponge Daubers

This month Imagine challenged all Artists in Residence with the theme “new beginnings.” Our color of the month is Wintergreen. Each of the challenges sparkled (yes, sparkled) my interest and I immediately knew that I wanted to incorporate sparkly Delicata inks into my project. White Shimmer, with a kiss of Silver Shimmer, is the perfect companion to every shade of wintergreen mint. And it’s not a party until Golden Glitz arrives! I could hardly wait to incorporate it into my project! I have never had a metallic gold pigment inkpad that is as stunning as Golden Glitz – I love this ink!

So, here is to new beginnings!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Vera Lane Studio – Ladies Who Lunch Digi Stamp Set
  • Close To My Heart – Stamps – Greatest Love, Good Thymes!, Bronze Shimmer Trim, Gold Sequins, white notecards
  • Stampin’ Up! – Wonderful Wings
  • We R Memory Keepers – Chalkboard 6×6 Paper Pad
  • Metallic Thread – Gold
  • Foam tape
  • Adhesive
  • Cutting Tool
  • Scissors
  • Waterbrush
  • Acrylic Block
  • White sheer ribbon
  • Pearl gemstones

by Renee Zarate

What is not to delight in with these two fantastic cards by Mischelle Smith and Renee Zarate. Each share something in common Wintergreen fairies! #crafting #crafts #handmadecard #greetingcard #fairy #wintergreen

Part of the fun of mixed media projects is combining different colors to come up with new signature palettes. When making small art projects, it doesn’t take a lot of product, and it is an opportunity to try different techniques for a powerful statement. In this case, I was playing with two different Iridescent Creative Medium pastes to achieve a wintergreen color. Applying the paste to a piece of black cardstock really makes it pop.

What is not to delight in with these two fantastic cards by Mischelle Smith and Renee Zarate. Each share something in common Wintergreen fairies! #crafting #crafts #handmadecard #greetingcard #fairy #wintergreen

Using a different Fantastix tool for each color, I colored around the image with Memento New Sprout, Desert Sand, Summer Sky and Angel Pink ink. Spritz with Sheer Shimmer Frost spray and then blend with a paint brush. Edge the ATC with Brilliance Pearlescent Rust ink using a Sponge Dauber.

What is not to delight in with these two fantastic cards by Mischelle Smith and Renee Zarate. Each share something in common Wintergreen fairies! #crafting #crafts #handmadecard #greetingcard #fairy #wintergreen

I then matted the ATC panel onto black card stock cut ½” larger than the stamped panel, then cut a piece of patterned paper ½” larger and adhere the stamped, matted panel. After applying GlazOn gloss finish to the bubbles in the stamped image, I allowed it to dry thoroughly.

Creative Medium used with dot stencil

Using a Scotty palette knife, I combine 2 Iridescent Creative Medium pastes together to achieve a wintergreen color. Blue and Chartreuse Green are good colors to combine in equal amounts, mixed with a palette knife on a paper plate or a piece of deli paper to get a lovely greenish blue hue.

What is not to delight in with these two fantastic cards by Mischelle Smith and Renee Zarate. Each share something in common Wintergreen fairies! #crafting #crafts #handmadecard #greetingcard #fairy #wintergreen

I cut the stenciled, black dotted paper and tore the bottom of the paper to leave an enough space at the bottom of the card to stamp “delight” using Black Shimmer Delicata ink. The rest of the stenciled black card stock can be used to make additional cards in a series by coloring different images on the ATC and stamping different words at the bottom of the card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white, black
  • TCW stencil
  • Paint Brush
  • Cutting tool
  • Adhesive
  • Hero Arts Stamps – “Blessing Word”
  • Prima Finnabair’s – “Don’t Forget to Fly”
  • Watermarked photo

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Creating A Shimmery Marbleized Effect

by Nadine Carlier

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Whether you are trying to create a marbleized background or some fun embellishments, using Creative Medium and some Brilliance Inks makes a perfect combo to create an amazing marble effect with the perfect amount of shimmer.

In the video below Nadine Carlier shows exactly how she did it.

Skill: Easy
Time: 30 min + drying time

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Spellbinders Feathers Plumes Dies
  • Stamps – The Scrapbook Diaries
  • Twine
  • Cardstock – Kraft, Teal, White

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Triad of Planner Awesomeness

We are always amazed at the unique and creative ideas our Artists In Residence create every month. January is all about planners as we expect January to be the season for resolutions, goal-setting and planning. Jessica Litman, Martha Lucia Gomez, and Jennifer Vanderbeek show us a powerhouse variety of planner crafts including DIY washi tape, and designing your own planner stickers. We love these resourceful ideas. Share them with anyone you know who is a planner geek!

Martha Lucia Gomez shows you how to make your own washi tape for planners and journals. #planner #journal

Jessica Litman

Washi tape could be one of my favorite embellishments for planners. It easily breaks up pages into different sections, adds color to all white pages and is just fun! This project came out of my need for a variety of washi tape colors without spending a lot of money!

Jessica’s Directions

Jessica Litman show you how to make your own washi tape for planners and journals. #planner #journal

Step 1

Lay tissue paper flat on craft mat. Create small polka dots on tissue paper using irRESISTible Pico Embellishers.

Jessica Litman show you how to make your own washi tape for planners and journals. #planner #journal

Step 2

Let sit until dots are not quite dry, but just damp. Cover tissue paper with shipping tape. Push over dots to create a tie dye effect. Set aside to fully dry. Cut into long strips.

Jessica Litman show you how to make your own washi tape for planners and journals. #planner #journal

Step 3

Run the strips through Xyron sticker maker. (Make sure the shipping tape side is facing up.) Peel off tissue paper from sticker backing.

Martha Lucia Gomez shows you how to make your own washi tape for planners and journals. #planner #journal

Step 4

Adhere to your planner, cards, or roll up over an old tape dispenser!

Jessica’s Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • White Tissue Paper
  • Packing Tape
  • Xyron – 3” Disposable Sticker Maker
  • Scissors

Martha Lucia Gomez

I made my own “washi tape” with traditional mailing labels and different inks and texture. I’ll share how I did it so you can do it yourself.

Martha’s Directions

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Step 1

Take a label sheet and place a stencil over it. Secure the stencil with masking tape. Apply Creative Medium Iridescent Turquoise to the stencil.

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Step 2

If you want to intensify the color, mix the Creative Medium with Memento Ink first. I added a few sweeps of Paris Dusk and Memento Desert Sand on the craft mat and mixed them with the palette knife to darken the color. You don’t need to remove the stencil to change the colors, just keep it in place and apply your different combinations. Let dry.

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Step 3

To change the design and texture take a different stencil and place over the same label sheet. Secure it with masking tape. Apply VersaMark directly with the pad over the free areas of the stencil. Remove the stencil and apply Gold Embossing Powder. Melt with the heat tool. Finally, take a border stamp and stamp it directly over the sheet. I used several different border stamps with Brilliance Ink – Pearlescent Jade.

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Step 4

Remove the labels from the adhesive sheet and resize them according to the size of your planner.

Martha’s Supplies

Imagine

Creative Medium – Iridescent Turquoise
Memento – Paris Dusk and Desert Sand
VersaMark
Embossing Powder – Gold
Brilliance – Pearlescent Jade
Craft Mat

Other

Label sheet
Stencils
Heat Tool
Joy Clair – Aztec Background Builder Stamp


Jennifer Vanderbeek

I love my planner, and I like being able to add quick decorative accents to it. Stamps are a fabulous way to do that, but I plan as I go and frequently update my planner away from home. This makes planner stamps less than optimal because of all the gear I’d need to carry with me. To solve that problem, I sat down with my stamps, ink pads, and a whole lot of label sheets to create my own stamped planner stickers! Here’s my 2017 planner decked out in DIY stamped stickers!

Jennifer Vanderbeek makes stickers with Memento, Brilliance, Walnut ink, and Memento markers.

Create small beverage stickers using either StazOn or VersaFine and color them in with Memento Markers. Small stickers work great for small planner stamps to mark regular events on a planner page.

Jennifer Vanderbeek makes stickers with Memento, Brilliance, Walnut ink, and Memento markers.

Another pitfall of stamping directly into a planner is the inevitable mistake or mis-stamp. Stamp calendar layouts onto small, 2” square stamps in order to avoid mistakes in stamping.

Jennifer Vanderbeek makes stickers with Memento, Brilliance, Walnut ink, and Memento markers.

List-making is a big part of planning. Using 2” x 4” address labels are perfect for long to-do lists.

Jennifer Vanderbeek makes stickers with Memento, Brilliance, Walnut ink, and Memento markers.

Create pearlized stickers by blending Memento and Brilliance inks with an InkBlusher. The resulting blends can be used as-is or layered with white stamps to create a layered look. I halved the layered stickers to get double the stickers for my efforts!

Jennifer Vanderbeek makes stickers with Memento, Brilliance, Walnut ink, and Memento markers.

These arched stickers are great for displaying larger images like the Julie Nutting planner girls. Stamp the image with black ink and color with Memento markers.

Jennifer Vanderbeek makes stickers with Memento, Brilliance, Walnut ink, and Memento markers.

Spray glossy labels with different shades of Walnut Ink on 2” round labels and let dry. Spraying ink creates randomness on the page which looks like planets once the excess label paper is removed (the spare bits could be cut into interesting shapes with scissors or punches to maximize the supplies).

Jennifer Vanderbeek makes stickers with Memento, Brilliance, Walnut ink, and Memento markers.

Once stamped and trimmed down this collection is a lot more manageable to carry for planning on the go compared to the supplies that went into making them!

Jennifer’s Supplies

Imagine
  • VersaFine – Olympia Green, Vintage Sepia, Crimson Red
  • StazOn – Spiced Chai, Ivory Black
  • Memento Marker – Rhubarb Stalk, Rose Bud, Tangelo, London Fog, Desert Sand, New Sprout, Cottage Ivy, Dandelion, Lulu Lavender, Bamboo Leaves, Rich Cocoa, Bahama Blue,
  • VersaMagic – Sage
  • Memento – Lulu Lavender, Rhubarb Stalk, Summer Sky, Angel Pink, Rose Bud, New Sprout, Potters Clay, Desert Sand
  • Brilliance – Coffee Bean
  • Walnut Ink – Willow, Walnut, Lilac, Terra Cotta, Cherry Blossom, Java
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InkBlushers
Other
  • Avery – 22805 1.5” Square, 48363 2” x 4” Rectangle, 18660 1” x2 5/8” Clear Rectangle, 41568 ¾” Round, 80508 2.5” Pearlized Scallop, 22809 3” x 2.25” Textured Arch, 22807 2” Glossy Round
  • Waffle Flower – Currently, Currently Drinking, Calendar, Planner Dates stamps
  • Studio Calico – Story Builder stamps
  • 
Hero Arts – Clearly Kelly Work Planner, Food Planner stamps
  • Julie Nutting – Craft Day stamps
  • Acrylic blocks
  • Interim Photos and Captions

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