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

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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

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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

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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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Create Two Bright and Vivid Hearts of Gold Cards

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

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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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How to Upcycle Mason Jars into Charming Useful 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

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

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See 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

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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

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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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Watch a Video on Marbleized Effect in Papercrafting

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

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

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