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

Learn How to Create an Easy Luxurious Gemstone on Paper

It amazes us at times what crafters can do to replicate ideas with raw materials. This is especially impressive when what is replicated is difficult such as complex patterns, metallics, glass or stone. In today’s post, Jennifer Vanderbeek recreates the Lapis Lazuli piece of jewelry in her personal collection and Renee Zarate creates a beautiful silver metallic pattern on Lapis paper.

Shades of Blue Jewelry Inspired Card by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Lapis lazuli is my favorite among the semi-precious stones. It comes in various shades of blue but my favorite are the strains that are deep blue with a scattering of pyrite, or Fool’s Gold, running through it. I’ve collected many pieces of Lapis jewelry and decided to use a particular bracelet I picked up in Mexico as the inspiration for this card.


I started by applying Metallic Silver Creative Medium onto white cardstock in the shape of a circle with a palette knife. I then carved out the center of the oval to make room for the faux stone. I filled the center of the space with Blue Hawaii StazOn Studio Glaze and added a few drops of Cotton White StazOn Studio Glaze then swirl it in with a toothpick before adding a few flakes of gold leaf. This creates the marbled effect that most stones have.

To make the bracelet look, I simply extended the designs with long, thin dashes of StazOn Studio Glaze and allowed to dry completely before fussy cutting the bracelet. To pull it together as a card design, I stamped the “enjoy today” sentiment in the lower right corner of the card front with Mediterranean Blue Brilliance ink pad. Then tied the whole layout together with a layer of StazOn element with two pieces of blue cardstock (one solid, one patterned) with deckled edges. And finished by adding pen detailing around design and on sentiment.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white, navy
  • DCWV – patterned paper
  • Oval template
  • Sticky notes
  • 
Tweezers
  • Gold leaf flakes
  • 
Acrylic blocks
  • Studio Calico – Story Builder stamps
  • 
Stampabilities – word stamps
  • Adhesive
  • 
Gelly Roll pen – white, silver

Blessings in Blue An All Occasion Card by Renee Zarate

Lapis Blue is such a beautiful and rich color, it looks so royal! I made a quick but luxurious colored card using scrap paper, DCWV paper, and enhanced glue dots. It’s a quick, simple design with some unexpected touches of bling, a great way to use up your craft supply stash.

I started by spraying Fireworks Craft Spray in several colors on a scrap piece of watercolor paper. After it is dry, I then cut a square panel from sprayed paper and a piece of black cardstock. On the Fireworks panel, I stamped circular stamp with text nine times with Paris Dusk StazOn ink, a nice complimentary color. To create the background, I stamped the words a few times on the panel with Jet Black StazOn. Then I adhered silver foil in between the circles and placed glue dots around each circle and laid foil on top of dots.

To bring the whole design together, I cut Lapis blue colored panel, stamped “blessing” at the bottom with VersaMark and heat embossed and matched the sentiment by distressing the edge with VersaMark and embossing the edge!  Finally, I mounted all the layers together and the design is complete!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Dyan Reaveley -Stamps – texted circles
  • Hero Arts – Blessing stamp
  • Dina Wakley – All the Gals stamp set
  • Invoke Arts – swirl stamp
  • DCWV paper – Brights Textured, Lapis blue paper
  • Blank card
  • Watercolor paper
  • Cardstock – black
  • Paper trimmer
  • Adhesive
  • Pop dots
  • Prima Silver Foil
  • Glue stick

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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