Create the Perfect Background with Kaleidacolor & Creative Medium

by Lori Warren

Create the Perfect Background with Kaleidacolor & Creative Medium

Create the perfect background with Kaleidacolor and Creative Medium.2) Description: A perfect background can really do wonders to showcase a simply stamped focal point. It’s easy to accomplish with layers of Kaleidacolor Ink and Shimmer Creative Medium.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Thinking of You stamp
  • Stencil
  • Cardstock

 

Spring Guest Artists

In late February we announced a Call for Spring Art. We asked for any papercraft or mixed media project that represents spring. Here are some of the art submissions from the Spring Call.

Terre Fry

Terre used Memento Tuxedo Black, StazOn Metallic Copper, All-Purpose Ink in Mint Green and Fireworks Craft Sprays to create a set of Shamrock themed mixed media cards.

Follow Terre on Instagram  @stampnterre

Jessica Lin

Jessica says, “Spring calls for rainbow colors!” Jessica uses VersaFine Clair inks to create a vibrant, Thinking of You card.

Follow Jessica on Instagram – @jessica.v.lin 

Alison Heikkila

Alison writes: VersaMagic Inks are some of my absolute favorites because of the soft chalky finish they have, plus their blend-ability. I knew they would be perfect for this lovely hydrangea, and by using blending brushes, I colored it up very quickly. For shine, I added some sequins with On Point Glue, which is the number one liquid adhesive I reach for.

My blog address: alisonheikkila.com
My Instagram: @alisonheikkila

VersaMagic and VersaFile Clair Create a Polar Bear Card

by Lori Warren

Learn how to layer colors and different inks to create this lovely Polar Bear Holiday Card.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Step 1

Spray Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray in Summer Sky onto card panel.

Step 2

Stamp snowflakes with VersaMagic in Turquoise Gem.

Step 3

Stamp a second snowflake pattern in VersaMagic in Aegean Blue.

Step 4

Use a Large Dauber to sponge VersaMagic in Aegean Blue onto edge of card panel.

Step 5

Stamp ice pattern onto bottom of card panel with VersaMagic – Turquoise.

Step 6

Stamp Polar bear images with VersaFine Clair – Nocturne and cut out with coordinating dies.

Step 7

Add color to bears with Memento Dual Markers – Summer Sky, London Fog, Gray Flannel.

Step 8

Add color to scarfs with Memento Dual Makers – Rhubarb Stalk, Teal Zeal.

Step 9

Spray Sheer SHIMMER Spray – Sparkle onto craft matte then use paint brush to apply to scarfs.

Step 10

Stamp saying onto card panel with VersaFine Clair – Nocturne.

Step 11

Adhere card panel to card base.

Step 12

Adhere die cut Polar Bears to card front.

Imagine

Supplies
Other
  • Recollections Clear Stamps – Christmas stamp & die set
  • Sizzix Big Shot
  • White Card Stock

Create a Watercolored Thanks Card with Memento Markers

by Lindsay Adreon

Create a Watercolored Thanks Card with Memento Markers

Sometimes you just need a quick card or even set of cards to give as a gift. This background is the perfect way to create those at this time of year! And all you need is cardstock, painter’s tape, and an ink pad!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Waffle Flower Nesting Oval Die Set
  • Heffy Doodle Thanks Die

We are Excited to Announce our Design Team for 2020

We are Excited to Announce our Design Team for 2020

This year we hope to change things up a bit and offer two segments in our crafting tutorials. Beginner Tutorials will focus on quick and easy crafting projects that do not require extra crafting supplies and Intermediate and Advanced tutorials for those who have a little of an obsession.

Meet Our Designers!!

Beginner Designers

Jowilna Nolte 

I started my paper journey officially in about 2000 as a shop assistant in a specialty paper store in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa. Whilst I have been playing with paper and creating my own masterpieces at home for friends and family since the age of 10, the shop environment added the vast knowledge of handmade and imported paper as well as the common commercial types of paper. I also started teaching card making, stamping and altered art in-store at the time.

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Annie Collins 

Hello  Friends, my name is Annie Collins and I have been crafting all my life. I started at 4 years old sewing with my mother. My passion for crafting and sharing continued to grow over the years. I love paper crafting the most all forms of it. I live in sunny Florida with my fantastic family, my husband, our 3 children and pets. I can’t wait to share some projects and be inspired by all of you. 

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LeeAnn McKinney 

Hi there friends and fellow crafters, my name is LeeAnn McKinney and I am so excited to bring my clean and simple projects and tutorials to you throughout 2020. Let’s Get Crafty!!!

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Intermediate + Advanced Designers

Lori Warren 

I am an explorer of all things mixed media, designer, and instructor who fell in love with rubber stamping about 20 years ago. I love the versatility of rubber stamps and feature their use in mixed media art, card making, art journaling as well as other papercrafts. I love to try new techniques and mediums and am always keeping an eye out for something different.

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Lisa Mensing

I live in the Fayettevile/Ft. Bragg area in NC with my husband, Aaron, of nearly 20 years. We are a retired Army family who has settled into a simple life together. I started making handmade cards back in 2010, and I’ve recently started creating YouTube tutorials; regularly, I love that I get to combine two things I’m passionate about, technology and crafting. I’m so excited to be joining the Imagine Crafts Design Team. I look forward to, hopefully, getting to know you all and building more crafty friendships.

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Nicole Watt

Hello! I’m Nicole Watt (aka: The Pixel Maven) By day, I’m a website and graphic designer/business owner with my husband, and every other moment, I’m a papercraft blogger/vlogger. Though I love lots of different arts and crafts, stamps, paper, and ink have been my go-to for over 10 years. I love inspiring and sharing with you and helping you gain confidence in the art of paper crafting. YOU are an artist – So, what are you waiting for? Grab your favorite supplies, and create with me!

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Quick & Easy: Embossing and Watercoloring Technique

by Elina Stromberg

Heat embossing is an easy but versatile technique that will bring your stamped projects to a new level. You will be amazed how easily this technique will transform your stamped images into shiny, non-fading, water-resisting decoration elements! Most crafters use heat embossing together with stamps, but this technique can also be used in various ways to create cool effects on your project backgrounds.

For heat embossing you don’t need too many supplies; embossing powder, a sticky stamping ink, and a heating tool will take you a long way. A heating tool (or a heat gun) is a dryer that blows very hot air. The temperature is much higher than of a hairdryer, so be careful not to touch the nozzle as it may burn your fingers! The magic of heat embossing is in the melt, and the embossing powder will need heat to start melting. Therefore, a hairdryer cannot be used for this purpose as the air is simply not hot enough. The results of heat embossing are gorgeous; it’s almost like magic on paper! Even if you don’t have too much experience of paper crafting, I recommend you give this technique a try; it’s so easy that you will master it in no time at all!


VersaMark

Mboss in Black

Watercolor Set

Waterbrush

Acrylic Block by Stampin’ Up


Stampin Up – Beautiful Day

Stampin Up Cardstock

Heat Tool

For heat embossing, you need an ink that is sticky. The ink acts as a glue and the fine embossing powder sticks to the ink until it’s melted. My personal preference for this technique is VersaMark as it dries slowly allowing me to work at my own pace without any rush. I can also stamp several images on one go without worrying for the ink to dry too quickly.
Stamp the image on white paper. I used a smooth watercolor paper, as I wanted to color the embossed image with watercolors.

Place your stamped paper on a piece of scrap paper (a sheet of printing paper will do great). Sprinkle a generous amount of embossing powder over the stamped image. Lift the stamped cardstock and pour the leftover embossing powder onto the scrap paper. The powder sticks to the sticky ink. Tap the stamped cardstock a couple of times to get rid of more excess powder. Set the stamped paper aside and funnel the leftover powder back into the container. The leftover powder can be used over and over again! If for some reason the powder would stick on unwanted areas, you can brush off the excess powder with a small paintbrush before heat setting the powder.

Keeping the heating gun nozzle a few inches away from the cardstock, heat the embossing powder until it’s completely melted. Be careful not to overheat it. You will notice when the powder starts melting as it turns from matt grainy to smooth and shiny.

Paint the embossed image with watercolors. The heat embossed image resists watercolors, allowing you to block colors from mixing.
 I decided to use the butterflies for decorating cards, so I cut them out with scissors. I glued two panels of patterned papers on a simple white card base. For making my beautiful butterflies pop I added simple heat embossed texture on the background: 
I started with dabbing clear VersaMark in on the center of my background. On my first card, I used white embossing powder for the background, and for the second one gold. Heat embossing is an easy way to add a hint of metallic shimmer to your card! Once the powder had cooled, I glued the butterfly on the card front. Done!