Create a Shimmery Background with Fireworks!

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By Alison Heikkila –

Hello! Fireworks! Spray from Imagine is a collection that coordinates with the Memento line of colors, but in a shimmery spray format. I love using the in ways that go well beyond just spritzing them, and today’s technique uses a brayer. The finished look has a glistening background that looks amazing when it catches the light. 

Skill Level: Intermediate
Time to Complete: 1 Hour

Directions:

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***Let me start my saying this background took a turn in the way I was planning on making it. I adore using my Gel Press Plates, but I was getting a better result with just using a brayer, so the photo above shows how I began the process, but I wound up changing my method as I went on.

Step 1:

I spritzed my 3×5 Gel Press Plate with Lady Bug, Tangelo, and Dandelion Fireworks Spray, keeping the colors separated so I would have distinct rows. I rolled the color out with my brayer. 

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Step 2:

I laid my cardstock on top of the Plate and pulled my print. It was pretty splotchy, which normally I like, but I wanted it to be more solid for this card. 

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Step 3:

I decided at this point to just spray the color directly on my Imagine Craft Mat, roll the color on to my brayer, and then take it to my cardstock. After a few layers of color, I achieved the look I was going for. Solid, shimmery color with a gradation. 

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Here is what the panel looked like after I trimmed it down. I really love the shine. 

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Step 4:

I laid my stencil on top of the dry panel and began to apply Morocco Memento ink on top. I spread the color with my sponge dauber. 

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I found it to be easier to spread the color on to the stencil itself, and then use the dauber to apply it to the cardstock. 

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Here is the completed stenciled panel. 

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Step 5:

Time to color the lion using Memento Markers. The list of colors I used is in the supply list below. Then the colored image was die cut. 

Step 6:

I inked the edges of the white card base with Sunflower Yellow Brilliance Ink. 

Step 7:

I assembled the card and stamped my sentiment with Fallen Leaves VersaFine Clair Ink. 

 

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Art Supplies:

Imagine:

Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray in Lady Bug, Tangelo, and Dandelion

Memento Ink in Morocco

Memento Markers in Rich Cocoa, Toffee Crunch, Desert Sand, Love Letter, Rhubarb Stalk, Lady Bug, Morocco, Tangelo, Potter’s Clay, Peanut Brittle, Cantaloupe, Dandelion

VersaFine Clair in Fallen Leaves

Brilliance Ink in Sunflower Yellow

Sponge Dauber

Craft Mat

On Point Glue

 

Other:

Gel Press: 3×5 Plate

Brayer

A Colorful Life Designs: Bitty Rays Stencil

Erin Lee Creative: Brave Fierce Kind Stamps

Doodles Paper Playground: Gold (and Silver) Starburst Rhinestones

Orange Ribbon

White Cardstock

 

Make a Congrats Card with Fireworks!

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By Alison Heikkila –

Hello! Alison Heikkila here. It’s getting close to fireworks season, and I am pretty stoked about it. My kids and I love watching fireworks, and I get so happy to see their faces light up, literally and figuratively. I decided to make a fireworks card for Imagine this month…not necessarily for a specific holiday, but as a congratulatory card instead. 

Skill Level: Beginner
Time to Complete: 30 minutes

Directions:

 

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Step 1:

Shake up your Fireworks Spray (I chose 3 colors). Choose your lightest color (Bahama Blue for me) and open the spray bottle. Dip a brush into the bottle and apply the color to watercolor paper. Cover around 1/3rd of the paper. 

*My paper was cut to 4” x 5 1/4.” 

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Step 2:

Repeat this with the other two colors. I used Danube Blue, then Paris Dusk. Try to blend the colors together where they meet. Let dry.

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Step 3:

With a Sponge Dauber, apply VersaMark Ink through the stencil. I opted to use the Dazzle version, but you can use the regular one. 

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Step 4:

After you apply each firework, sprinkle on some Mboss embossing powder and heat set. Fill the panel with embossed fireworks. 

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Step 5:

Shake up the Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Gold, open the cap, and tap on to the card panel. Let dry. 

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Here you can see how shimmery the panel is. It’s even prettier in person. 

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Step 6:

Apply VersaMark to a scrap of cardstock. Sprinkle on some Mboss embossing powder, shake off excess, and heat set.

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Step 7:

Die cut your sentiment from the embossed cardstock. I used vellum for my shadow layer. Glue together with On Point Glue. 

 

Step 8:

Adhere your sentiment and panel to a white card base. 

Step 9:

Optional: Add some sequins to the card front with On Point Glue. 

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Finished!

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine:

Fireworks! Spray in Bahama Blue, Danube Blue, and Paris Dusk

Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Gold

Mboss in Rose Gold, Silver, and Shimmering Night Sky

VersaMark Ink: Regular or Dazzle

On Point Glue

Sponge Dauber

 

Other:

Brutus Monroe: Fireworks Stencil

Doodles Paper Playground: Flags and Fireworks Sparkle Blend

White Cardstock

Watercolor Paper

Paintbrush

Vellum

 

Shaving Cream Fun with Imagine Crafts

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By LeeAnn McKinney

– Hey there friends and fellow crafters. It’s LeeAnn and today we are making 2 marbled look cards using shaving cream and reinkers. Sit back and relax for just a few short minutes to see how it is done.

 

 

Art Supplies

Imagine:

Craft Mat
Memento Inker Dandelion –
Memento Inker Lulu Lavender –
Delicata Golden Glitz Metallic Inks
Crafting Tools Squeegee
VersaFine Clair Nocturne
On Point Glue


Other Products:

Distress Heavy Weight Cardstock
Neat & Tangled Welcome Home Stamp Set
Stamp me Some Love Black Cardstock
Accent Opaque 120 LB Cardstock
Double Sided Tape 1/2″

 

Best of Wedding Cards and Crafts

Over the years our Design team members have created beautiful wedding invitations and other paper crafting projects. We thought we would do a quick “Best Of” collection of wedding-themed crafts and cards. Enjoy!

 

 

Best Wedding Invitations

Learn How to Make a Clear Wedding Invitation

Mr. and Mrs. Wedding Invitation

See How to Create a Layered Wedding Invitation

 

 

Best Wedding Decor

A Simple, Elegant and Inexpensive Wedding Table Setting

Bright Blue StazOn ink used to cover metal.

See How to Make Illustrious Lapis Blue Napkin Rings

Learn How to Create Wedding Ring Clay Bowls

Use Different Inks to Make a Congrats Graduation Card

by Iris Rodriguez

Use Different Inks to Make a Congrats Graduation Card

Graduation season is upon us. As much as it a joyous time in anyone’s life, you feel the pressure of the final exams, think about that next phase of your life and probably make a big move. Don’t forget the grad in your life, and make him/her a fun, grungy card. I will show you how you can create a simple, yet layered background with fun ruler embellishments and matching sentiment.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Smoosh the Turquoise Gem VersaMagic ink onto the Imagine Craft Mat.


Step 2

Spray water over the ink. Smoosh the watercolor paper and create a random background. Dry the paper.


Step 3

Stencil the gears with the Vintage Sepia VersaFine ink and Inkblusher.


Step 4

Using the palette knife and modeling paste, stencil another image.


Step 5

Spray some Walnut Ink, then brush the ink with a wet brush. Dry paper.


Step 6

Stamp the ruler stamps with the Piano Black StazOn Pigment ink.


Step 7

Cut out the rulers and ink the edges with the Piano Black StazOn Pigment ink.


Step 8

Assemble card. Glue on the rulers and add a sentiment.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor Paper
  • The Crafters Workshop – 6×6 Gears stencil
  • Carabelle Studio – Steampunk Metre stamp
  • Stampendous – Ruler stamp
  • Liquitex – Modeling Paste

Learn How To Craft A Beautiful Card With Feathers

by Elina Stromberg

Learn How To Craft A Beautiful Card With Feathers

I hope you will soon get the chance to try the new StazOn Pigment inks. They are amazing! Like the standard StazOn inks, StazOn Pigment inks work well on various surfaces, they dry quickly and are super easy to use. Beautiful and bright colors are opaque and ‘juicier’ than the standard StazOns, giving you a crisp image every time.

I was curious to test the new inks on a bit glossy, non-paper surface, but instead of going for an acetate sheet or a glass jar I remembered a pack of feathers I had purchased several years back. What if I decorated the feathers with stamped patterns to give them a fun and interesting look?

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Gently bend the feathers and separate the barbs by pulling them towards the quill until you have reached the look you want.


Step 2

Place the feather on a folded paper towel. This soft surface will ease the stamping over the hard shaft in the middle of the feather. Stamp patterns on the feather, using pattern stamps and ink colors of your choice.


Step 3

Add a hint of white with a gel pen. Let dry. StazOn Pigment ink will dry very quickly, but the gel pen color may need a few minutes for drying.


Step 4

Cut a diamond shape from black cardstock. Cutting lines drawn on the back of the cardstock will help in cutting a symmetrical shape.


Step 5

Tape the black diamond shape on a piece of grey/monotonous patterned paper. Glue the feathers on top. Using Tear It double sided tape mat the card front on a piece of matching color cardstock and adhere on a folded card base.


Step 6

Stamp the sentiment text “Congrats” on a paper strip and glue on the card. I used another stamped feather on a different card layout, and even if that design is even simpler, I think the card looks quite nice!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Craft feathers
  • Pattern stamp of your choice (I used a stamp from ‘Mini Textures’ set by Carabelle Studio)
  • Letter stamps by Studio Calico
  • White gel pen
  • Tacky glue
  • Cardstock – Black, white, red, patterned grey
  • White/green folded card base
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Paper Towels