Learn How to Create a Cute Woodland Creatures Card with Masking and Watercoloring

by Arjita Singh

See how I use a simple masking technique and water coloring to create a cute and simple woodland creatures card. This stamping and coloring tutorial is a perfect activity for a Sunday afternoon of paper crafting and art-making. Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate/Advanced
Time: 30-45 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – brown
  • Watercolor paper
  • Watercolor brush
  • MISTI Stamping tool (or acrylic block)
  • White Gel Pen
  • Post-It Note
  • Waffle Flower – Be Her Stamp Set

Creating an irRESISTible Background with StazOn Pigment ink for Lavinia Stamps

by Melissa Andrew

Creating an irRESISTible Background with StazOn Pigment ink for Lavinia Stamps

Today, I share a very simple and fun technique using the irRESISTible Pico Embellisher in a new way. Importantly, I show you how to use StazOn Pigment ink over the Pico since StazOn is perfect on slick surfaces. Finally, I use a beautiful fairy stamp as a silhouette to finish our card project.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 20 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Lavinia stamp – Flower Fairy
  • White Card Stock
  • Misti Stamping Platform
  • Masking Tape
  • Canson – Watercolor Paper

Learn How To Create A Color Wash Effect On A Card

by Jowilna Nolte

Learn How To Create A Color Wash Effect On A Card with memento luxe inkers

Following in the footsteps of fashions trends we explore the warm yellow that has the world looking all happy and sunshiny. I too have fallen in love with this Tuscan Sun color and who wouldn’t? I show you how easy it is to achieve this warm dark yellow effect by mixing colors, pastes, and watercolor techniques. Take a look at how I created this watercolor wash effect.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

I used Creative Medium, Memento Luxe inkers, and clear texture pastes to create my colored base.


Step 2

Mix Creative Medium, 2 drops of Dandelion inker, 2 drops of Peanut Brittle inker and a small drop of the clear glossy texture paste. Smooth the mixture out onto a piece of cardstock and leave to dry.


Step 3

Once dry the surface creates a plastic looking smooth effect. Use a Loopy Rings die-cut and cut out the basic shape to use on your card. The die-cut elements have this amazing plastic looking effect that is super strong because of all the product mixed together on its surface.


Step 4

Use On Point Glue to adhere the Loopy Rings die-cut to the front of your card base. Add drops from your inkers into an inkwell and add water. Using a large soft watercolor paintbrush, paint inside the circles to give a watercolor wash effect. By mixing the two colors of inker you can achieve the perfect warm mustard yellow.


Step 5

Finish off your card by using the left-over watercolor ink to splat drops of color onto your card. Add a stamped sentiment using VersaFine Clair Nocturne and a stamped shark image. Add pearls and diamanté.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – White
  • Joy Clair Stamps
  • Memory Box – Loopy Rings metal die
  • Die-cut machine
  • Anna Griffin – Texture Paste
  • Pearls
  • Diamanté

Learn How to Make a Birthday Card with Ink Blending

by Lindsay Adreon

Learn How to Make a Birthday Card with Ink Blending Fireworks Ink Sprays in Blue and Pink

Fireworks! Is there a better product to use during the month of July? These shimmery craft ink sprays are gorgeous, full of pigment, shine and sparkle and make some gorgeous backgrounds that require little to no effort! If you’re looking for a sparkly and quick background that makes a big impact on your projects, this is the technique for you!

Skill: Beginner/Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Waffle Flower – Celebrate Die
  • Kat Scrappiness – Happy New Year Die
  • Foam Tape

Learn How to Upcycle an Old Jar into a Mystical Fairy Lantern

by Roni Johnson

I don’t know any little girl that didn’t want to be a fairy when they were little…some of us have never forgotten that dream and love fairy’s to this very day. Here’s a way to sprinkle a little fairy dust in your home with this upcycled Fairy lantern craft!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 Hour

Directions


Step 1

Wash and dry a glass jar that you will use to create the lantern. Cut a fairy silhouette from black cardstock. Apply a layer of On Point Glue to the die-cut. Apply a layer of On Point Glue to the die-cut.


Step 2

Press the fairy to the inside of the jar front. Note: If you have a fairy stamp you can exchange that for the fairy die cut and stamp it on the outside of the jar with StazOn Pigment Ink.


Step 3

Glue a bit of moss to the bottom of the jar so that when the lantern is lit it will look like she is standing in a bit of foliage.


Step 4

Stamp flowers images on the other 3 sides of the jar using StazOn Pigment Ink. Silhouette flowers work best but use what you have.


Step 5

Sponge Blue Hawaii StazOn Studio Glaze to the corners, top and bottom areas of each side with an Ink Blusher sponge and let dry.


Step 6

Sponge on a coat of Wedding Dress (white – dries frosty) StazOn Studio Glaze over the entire jar and let it dry.


Step 7

Sponge on a second coat of the Wedding Dress Studio Glaze on one side of the jar and immediately sprinkle with Mboss Sparkle embossing powder. Shake off the excess and reserve for the next side.


Step 8

Set the jar on the craft mat and heat the embossing powder to melt. Let it cool! Note: the jar will become very hot during this process. Do not try to pick it up as you will burn your fingers.


Step 9

Repeat steps 9 and 10 on the rest of the jar. When the jar is fully covered it is now time to move on to the lid. Sponge Piano Black StazOn Pigment ink over the writing on the lid.


Step 10

Add desired embellishments to the lid and top of the jar. Wrap wire around an LED flicker light so you can insert it into the jar with ease.


You now have an amazing little fairy lantern to light your way!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Jar
  • Posh Paper Supplies – Fairy
  • Hobby Lobby – Pearl Trim, Garland
  • Prima – Flowers

Beginner Guide: Acrylic Block Inking Technique

Beginner Guide Lesson: acrylic block ink technique for card making, paper crafting, new crafter

Beginner Guide: Acrylic Block Inking Technique

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Using this acrylic block technique is an easy way to create a colorful background with a watercolor effect on your paper projects like cards and scrapbook layouts. You can do this technique using any water-based pigment or dye inks, and acrylic blocks of different sizes and shapes. You do not need a lot of different supplies to make beautiful backgrounds! You can do this with a single color of ink, but I used two colors of Memento water-based dye inks because the colors in the line blend together so nicely.

shopping list for Imagine

 

Memento Inkpad Tuxedo Black

Memento Inkpad Tangelo

Memento Inkpad Dandelion

Imagine Craft Mat

 Joy Clair Stamps

Stampin Up Cardstock

Acrylic Block by Stampin’ Up

Case base – white or black

2 oz Water Bottle

Tear It Tape

Select the size and shape of the acrylic block that you want to use to create the background. Here I used a block large enough to cover most of a standard size card but small enough to also leave a white border. Apply the ink directly on the acrylic block by swiping the ink pad on the surface.. Dye inks appearance on the block will look clear, but once you press the block onto paper the color will pop! I used two different colors, Memento Dandelion and Tangelo. I love the way the two similar colors fade into one another.

Spray your inked block with water. The intensity of color depends on the amount of water that you apply. Less water  will result in more color, and more water less color. Since the dye inks are waterbased the water will allow the orange and yellow to blend even more. Turn your block around and stamp the color directly over your cardstock or watercolor paper. Press the block into the paper with your hands to transfer the color. Lift the block off of the paper and let the cardstock dry naturally or speed the process with a heat tool. This technique can be used on most types of cardstock.

Arrange your clear stamps on the acrylic block. If you are not sure how you would like the design to look you can practice placement before you ink the stamp. This gives you a sense of the final look and feel. It can be eye-pleasing to have the stamped image use the full panel frame, meaning it covers both the colored and white areas. Here I decided to place the large floral image in the top corner and the sentiment “Thanks” in the opposite corner. Ink your main image using Memento Tuxedo Black to create a contrast. Adhere your inked and stamped panel to the black card base using double-sided tape. The black in the flower print and sentiment will pop even more because it matches the paper of the card base.