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 to Make Easy DIY Goldfish Earrings

by Nadine Carlier

Goldfish Earrings by Nadine Carlier (ic)

My daughter has been playing with this shrink plastic that I got her awhile ago, and while watching her, I came up with this idea to stamp onto the plastic sheets with some layered stamps and make some earring with them. Jewelry isn’t something I normally make, but these were so easy to make I want to more.  For the goldfish stamps, I wanted to create metallic sparkly scales, and the Brilliance Ink worked even better than expected.
Below, I put together a tutorial video showing how I created these cute little shrinky dink goldfish earrings…..

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 min

Supplies

Imagine
Other

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Make Your Ink Blending Easy with VersaMagic

by Jowilna Nolte


Blending colors can be tricky but when you use amazing inks like Tsukineko’s VersaMagic chalk inks, then blending and creating a seamless look is magical. For this blog post, I show you how to color a chipboard piece blended with four colors of pigment ink for a gorgeous earth toned ombre look. This chipboard can be used in a scrapbook, card or any craft project you choose. Let’s get started!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 15-20 minutes

Direction


Step 1

Select a piece of chipboard you want to color as well as four colors of VersaMagic Dew Drop inks. I chose Gingerbread, Thatched Straw, Malted Mauve, Perfect Plumeria in VersaMagic and a tall, card-sized chipboard from Celebr8.


Step 2

Think about each color roughly taking up a quarter of the chipboard. In other words, if you have a 4-inch tall chipboard then each color will ink a 1-inch section. Start by tapping the lightest color (Thatched Straw) onto the top section of your chipboard piece. Repeatedly tap the ink over each other until the color is the nice and solid in coverage. VersaMagic is a juicy ink and will saturate rather quickly.


Step 3

Repeat the process with your second color (Malted Mauve). This time slightly overlap onto your first color when inking to blend colors.


Step 4

Repeat the process using your third color (Perfect Plumeria) again overlapping onto the second color a bit.


Step 5

Repeat with your last and fourth color (Gingerbread) overlapping onto the third color a bit.


Step 6

Use your finger tip or a sponge dauber to lightly rub over the overlapping areas. Because the pigment inks will stay wet for a little while longer than dye ink, the colors will blend more easily and beautifully. Set aside and allow to dry thoroughly before using on a card or other paper projects.


In the image above you can see how this blending technique can be used on any chipboard design.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Celebr8 – “You Were Born to Stand Out” chipboard
  • Cardstock

Use Fresh Rainbow Colors in Today’s Projects

Rainbow Colors can evoke such fun and thoughtful emotions. In today’s blog post, two of our artists use an array of colors to bring forward cheerful rainbow-themed projects. Kyriakos inks flower embellishments with StazOn solvent inks and Jessica uses irRESISTibles to write encourage words on rainbow color flags.

mirror card Love yourself diy handmade card

Love Yourself by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Look at a mirror and love what you see! Flower shaped mirrors decorate the face of this card in order for someone special like you to reflect on your specialness. Each flower is covered with a different StazOn color for a fun result. The plain white background lightly distressed with black ink brightens the card and contrasts nicely with the colored mirrors. This card would serve as a happy reminder to a friend or family member who may be going through a tough time and needs a little help remembering to care for themselves.

stazon mirror card step

In the photo above, I show how I used StazOn ink to color the mirror embellishments. Simply cover the mirror pieces with an ink dauber directly from the inkpad. One coat should do the trick. It is quick and simple and transform an ordinary group of embellishments that one would find in a set or 6-pack into a festive new bundle.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Card base – white
  • Cardstock – white
  • Sizzix – Stripes embossing folder
  • Studio G – Love Yourself stamp
  • Knorr Prandell – flower mirrors

rainbow banner

Rainbow Pennant Banner by Jessica Litman

I just love adding my own special touch to pretty much anything in our home. So when it came time to create décor for my kids’ play space, I knew I needed to give it a personal touch. These rainbow pennant banners add a color with our “rules” for the play space!

Cut the felt into matching triangle pieces and arrange them in the order you wish. Using the Pico Embellisher, write one word on each pennant -“Create, Smile, Laugh, Share, Encourage, Memories, Play, Giggle, Imagine”. Allow irRESISTibles to dry. With a sewing machine, sew the pennants to the ruler-style ribbon using the spacing you desire. I chose to make the spacing roughly 2.5 inches between each individual flag piece. At this point the creating of your project is complete and your are ready to decorate. One of the nice things about a project like this is it can be as big or small as you want or as the space requires. The number of flags, the length of your ribbon and the spacing between will effect how large or small the finished project.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Rainbow Colored Felt
  • Ribbon
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors

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Encourage the Bright Side of Life with 2 Inspiration Cards

It’s hard to follow up a blog hop. Thank you again to everyone at Joy Clair Stamps for teaming up with our artists, using our inks and creating fabulous work! Thank you to our own artists for all your hard work. In today’s blog, we are highlighting two cards from Alison Heikkila and Martha Lucia Gomez. Enjoy!

fun creative hack by embossing layered stamps

Seeing Your Smile Greeting Card by Martha Lucia Gomez

One of my favorite techniques is embossing, but since I can´t use this technique in all my projects I decided to use a fun creative hack by embossing parts of the project. Today, I want to share with you a partial embossing technique using color layering stamps, dye ink, pigment ink and embossing powder. It’s very simple and fun and you can get beautiful results on your projects.

Let me tell you how I made my card! First, stamp the first layer of the stamps using Memento Dye Ink. For my flowers, I used Lulu Lavender Memento and for the leafs Pear Tart Memento. Stamp the second layer of the flower using Memento Luxe Lilac Posies. Memento Luxe is the pigment version of this ink line. This is rare that an ink has both pigment and dye versions of the same color swatches. This is perfect for layered stamp projects and getting super creative with the flexibility in ink choices. If you want you can stamp right away the third layer using Memento Luxe Elderberry (darker purple). Cover the entire image with Clear Embossing Powder, remove the excess of the powder and melt with the heat tool. You will see that the embossing powder sticks to the Memento Luxe and falls away from Memento Dye inks leaving parts embossed and other parts not embossed. Stamp the details of the leaves with Memento Luxe Pistachio, the sentiment with Memento Luxe Lilac Posies and repeat the heat embossing. Paste the card panel over the card base using Tear It Tape.

What you have with a little creative planning is a beautiful layered card that is easy to create and recreate. Enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white, dark purple
  • Kaisecraft Watercolor Friends Stamp Set
  • Heat Tool
  • Misti

Magenta Congratulations Greeting Card by Alison Heikkila

Hello! This month, Imagine chose Magenta (or MAY-genta) for the color of the month. I decided to keep my card clean, simple and monochromatic with just a few touches of gold. I started off with bristol paper and stamped beautiful border with Magenta VersaColor ink, and heat embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder. Next, I inked up my sentiment with Raspberry VersaColor to vary the shades a little, and heat embossed that with Clear Embossing as well. I rubbed Angel Pink Memento ink across the entire piece, and this highlighted the paper’s texture. Next, I took a plain white card base and brushed on Lilac Posies Fireworks, let it dry, and applied Rose Bud Fireworks. I didn’t love the way the color of the Fireworks looked next to the magenta ink, so to break it up, I edged the top layer of my card with Golden Glitz Delicata ink. For just a little more visual interest, I added sequins with On Point Glue. This card would be pretty in any color, but I really love how girly it is in the magenta and other shades of pink. The shimmer and sparkle from the Fireworks, Delicata, and sequins are all lovely.

I hope you enjoyed my project. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampendous – Elegant Borders Perfectly Clear Set
  • Painted Wishes – Perfectly Clear Set

See How to Make a Mixed Media Birthday Card

by Jowilna Nolte

mixed media birthday card
Magenta is Color of the Month at Imagine and what better way to show off this wonderful color than by crafting a mixed media birthday card. In this project, I combined magenta, shimmery red, orange and black ink and paints for a really fun and vibrant color combination. To make it extra special, I added some gold for glamor and finished with sewing and sequins. This project is with a doubt more than magenta and shows the bright pink to its full potential!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions

crafting a mixed media birthday card
Step 1

For the top panel, create a color background on parchment paper using orange and magenta acrylic paint. Leave to dry.


Step 2

Use a jumbo dauber and Memento Luxe Rose Bud and blend over the entire piece of background paper filling in the open spaces in between the paint.


Step 3

Use a sponge dauber and Brilliance ink and blend a pattern through a stencil. The Pearlescent Poppy (red) creates a beautiful shimmery contrast to the pink.


Step 4

Use a large background stamp and VersaFine Onyx Black and stamp over the magenta, orange, and red background.


Step 5

Use a smaller background stamp (stars pattern) and add additional stamped images in VersaFine, Memento Luxe and Brilliance using all the different ink pads. Heat set all the inks with a heat gun.

crafting a mixed media birthday card
Step 6

Once the top panel is finished, you have the option to mount on a plain white cardbase or if you have extra time ink the cardbase with the same star stencil and ink colors. Mount top panel to the cardbase. You can often find really cool pieces like this Happy Birthday banner flag sentiment in with scrapbook paper or kits. There are endless options such as these at craft stores. Simply attach a die cut or fussy cut birthday sentiment with a basic stitch setting on your sewing machine. Finish the design with small flowers and sequins.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white
  • PaperArtsy Stamp
  • Carrabella Stamp
  • Acrylic paint – magenta, orange
  • Parchment paper
  • Printed happy birthday sentiment
  • Heat gun
  • Sewing machine
  • Flower punch
  • Sequins

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