Show Me the Way Monochromatic Journal Layout

by Mischelle Smith

I absolutely LOVE the Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray by Imagine! These inks have a beautiful shimmer that kisses your paper with a soft, subtle sparkle. It was this kiss of color that I wanted to capture for my Inspirational Journal. I wanted to create a layout that I can add to effortlessly when the time allows. We all know that feeling! {smiles}

This layout features the Faux Gelli Printing technique I’ve shared in my other projects this month. This time, however, I utilized my Fireworks sprays to create a monochromatic background and I’ll also show you how to use Fantastix with Fireworks for doodling and detailing.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 60 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Generously ink the craft mat with Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Rose Bud. Add Fireworks in Lilac Posies and allow the colors to blend. Both these colors are an intense pink with slightly different hues. Lilac Posies is a bit darker. Lift one side of the craft mat and allow ink to run and create new patterns.


Step 2

Spritz ink with Ink Potion No. 9 which will dilute the mix and create a cool effect.


Step 3

Lay watercolor paper on ink and lift off. Repeat with more paper. Heat set. The paper on the right, in photo above, shows the first pull of color. The paper on the left shows the 2nd pull of color. Both create cool textures to work with.


Step 4

Spritz craft mat with Lilac Posies and Ink Potion #9. Lay stencil on top of spritzed ink. Place watercolor paper on top of stencil and press gently with your fingers around the stencil.


Step 5

Remove paper and heat set. As the paper continues to dry more variations of color and shimmer will appear – adding depth to the pink tones. Repeat steps 1-5 with any additional colors or stencils you wish to add to the faux gelli print. Splatter Fireworks onto paper using a fan brush mixed with Grape Jelly and Ink Potion #9.


Step 6

To use Fireworks with a Fantastix is super easy. Since Fantastix has such an absorbent fiber barrel, it readily soaks up both the dye color and the shimmer into the barrel. So, remove the lid from Fireworks and dip a bullet tipped Fantastix into the ink for 5-10 seconds. The Fantastix should have enough ink to work with the project and more. Continue with detailing by making dots using the tip of the Fantastix.


Step 7

Use a brush tipped Fantastix to draw lines in a brick pattern or a pattern of your choosing. Add lines and let dry, or heat set. Reapply color for more depth.


Step 8

Stamp flower images in the corners, as desired, using Grape Jelly Memento ink. Use white pen to dot the centers of stamped flowers. Use Grape Jelly Memento Marker to continue doodling on the layout. Add random ‘doodle text’ with white marker.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampin’ Up! – Peaceful Petals
  • Watercolor paper
  • White Posca Marker
  • Prima – Circle Stencil

 

Learn How to Use Inkers to Create Texture in a DIY Card

by Jowilna Nolte

Learn How to Use Tsukineko teal Inkers to Create Texture in a DIY Card

This month Imagine is celebrating terrific shades of teal and there are quite a few beautiful inks to bring to this party. I love teal and some of my favorite inks include a bit of shimmery goodness in them too. Let’s take a look at how to use these amazing colors with some unique techniques that include plastic wrap, texture paste and sewing to create a fun floral themed card.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Tsukineko Teal ink to be used on your project. I choose Encore, Brilliance and Memento Inks.
Step 1

Select three colors of Tsukineko Teal ink to be used on your project. I choose Encore, Brilliance and Kaleidacolor Inks. (You could also  use StazOn, VersaMagic, Memento or Memento Luxe.) Note that my choices meant we will be blending dye and pigment inks together.

 Teal Memento dye ink inker
Step 2

On a plastic sheet add a few drops of Teal dye ink. Mist the ink with water and then pick up some ink with wadded up cling wrap plastic.


Step 3

Use the inked cling wrap and stamp onto your background. The plastic gives a beautifully textured effect while transferring the ink onto the paper.


Step 4

Add metallic Teal ink directly onto the paper. Mist the ink with water and use your fingers to spread the ink over the paper.


Step 5

Add Brilliance Pearlescent Jade onto the paper, mist with water and spread the ink around.


Step 6

Keep on spreading out the ink and applying color to your paper until you are happy with the look.


Step 7

Mix Brilliance inker into some texture paste and then apply through a flower stencil. Leave to dry and then add machine sewing, stamping, and embellishments. I stamped the sentiment “#wonderful” as a fun message that can be for a social media maven.

We hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Don’t forget to share if you found it helpful and have an inspiring day!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Jowilna Nolte – stencil
  • Cardstock – white
  • Anna Griffin – texture paste
  • Sewing machine
  • Sentiment stamp
  • Cling wrap plastic

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Here Are 2 Fabulous “You are My Anchor” Handmade Cards

In Life’s Storms Handmade Card by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

There is always someone to rely on who is like an anchor in the sea! For today’s crafting reflection, I choose to make a handmade card with an ocean theme.

Lately, I have been obsessed with Vertigo plastic surfaces and have made bookmarks with an ocean theme. Again, Vertigo sheets work so nice to give the impression of water and I used them for the background of this card. I lightly colored a Vertigo Taffeta sheet using just two StazOn colors that blend to give a beautiful turquoise effect of the sea.

Then I decorated with the wooden fish shapes with Iridescent Creative medium to resemble the fish scales. The irRESISTible Pico Clear was used to give volume both on the anchor and the clear bubbles on the card. Although this card uses a variety of products, the design is still clean and simple and creates a lovely theme for you to share with that special someone in your life.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Card Base – 5 x 7
  • Waffle Flower – Life anchor stamp set
  • Cardstock
  • Knorr Prandell – wooden fish
  • Waxed Cord– white

 


You are My Anchor in Life’s Storms by Jowilna Nolte

The color blue and ocean themes makes me happy! Throw in this amazing little stamp set from Waffle Flower and my heart skipped a beat. I used some out-of-the-box techniques for this card, so let me share with you some of the details.

On a sheet of Vertigo apply a thin layer of Creative Medium using a palette knife. Leave the medium to dry thoroughly. Once the creative medium is dry, color the Vertigo covered sheet using Memento Luxe ink. Lightly sweep the ink pad across the Vertigo and leave to dry. Out of blue cardstock die-cut with the Waffle Flower Life Anchor. Cover the die-cut anchor with a layer of GlazOn. While the GlazOn is still wet, lightly sprinkle with a layer of glitter and leave to dry.

While you are letting the anchor dry, use a circle stencil to add color to your card background. Apply different inks to the stencil, mist with water and stamp with the stencil onto the cardstock. Leave to dry. Mix a small amount of texture paste and color it using blue acrylic paint and a small amount of Memento Luxe inker. Use your palette knife to mix the color into the paste really well. Apply the colored paste through a stencil using smooth strokes in one direction. Leave the paste to dry. Use your matching Waffle Flower Life Anchor stamp set and stamp words and waves onto the card in between the stenciling. Cut the strips of Vertigo into smaller strips and use GlazOn to adhere the strips to your card front. Use your sewing machine to sew around the edges and finish off your card with the anchor attached with a brad and some blue ink splats.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Jowilna Nolte – Stencil
  • Cardstock – white
  • Penelope Dee – Alpha Stencil
  • Waffle Flower – Life Anchor stamps and die
  • Glitter
  • Sewing Machine

Enhance Your Card Design with VersaMarker

by Renee Zarate

Enhance Your Card Design with VersaMarker

When you look at a pineapple what do you see? A ripe pineapple has shades of not only yellow but also touches of orange, green and brown. This card is made from a master board that incorporates all of these colors by using Fireworks Craft Sprays and water. The fun begins when the Stencil Girl stencils are used extensively with white gesso. Since this was a color challenge, the colors may say pineapple but the theme is summer rain.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 – 2 hours + dry time

Directions

 140lb watercolor paper sprayed with Fireworks Craft Spray
Step 1

To prepare the master board, spray a piece of 140lb watercolor paper with water. While still wet, spray Fireworks Craft Spray in different colors onto the paper. Lift the paper and allow the colors to run. Mop up any excess with a paper towel. Blend the colors with more water and blot again to soften the mix.


Step 2

Choose an area for the background and cut a piece of the paper to measure 4 ½” x 6 ¾”. On this panel, place a stencil and apply gesso through the stencil. Tape off any areas on the stencils that are not needed on the card. Lift the stencil straight up so it doesn’t smear, wash the stencil off immediately and allow the design to dry completely. Clean stencil.


Step 3

When the gesso is dry, reapply the stencil. If the image needs to be stronger just repeat the application of gesso and dry. Reapply the clean stencil and highlight the phrase with Brilliance Pearlescent Rust ink using a small dauber. Apply Clear Embossing Powder to the phrase and melt with a heat tool. Dilute a small amount of White All-Purpose Ink, use a paint brush and tap it to apply small spatters of white onto the panel. Use a Micron 05 black pen to outline the images and ink the edges of the panel. Use On Point Glue to attach a few light blue sequins randomly.


Step 4

Color the umbrella with a Dandelion Memento Marker then color over the yellow with a VersaMarker and heat emboss with clear powder. Touch some of the rain drops, the top of the girl’s hair and the tips of the boots with VersaMarker then sprinkle Imagine’s Iridescent Embossing Powder and melt with the heat tool. The embossing powder in the right spots create a shiny surface and give a life-like appearance to the design. Adhere the panel to a card blank with Tear It Tape and you are finished!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Strathmore 140 lb. Watercolor Paper
  • Stencil Girl – Rain by Jessica Sporn
  • Washi tape
  • Spray bottle of water
  • Micron 05 mm Pen – black
  • Sequins
  • Heat tool
  • Paper towel
  • Paper trimmer

Learn How to Create a Delightful Pineapple Card

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Learn How to Create a Delightful Pineapple Card

 

Hello friends, today I have a very fun inky technique to share with you on how to create your backgrounds using plastic and Fireworks Craft Spray. You will love how easy it is and how versatile it can be. Simple and delightful!!!

Directions

Step 1

Cut the pineapple die cut using whisper white card stock, but don’t discard the negative parts. Apply Electric Yellow Radiant Neon Ink directly over the body of the pineapple.

Step 2

Cover the pineapple with Clear Embossing Powder. Remove the excess and melt the powder with the heat tool.

Step 3

Repeat the process with the leaves of the pineapple applying Radiant Neon Electric Green but this time cover with Verdigris Embossing Powder to obtain a mixed color. Set aside. Take a big piece of plastic or wrapping paper, the same one you use in your kitchen and spray it with two colors of Fireworks–Dandelion and New Sprout. Smash the paper and apply the color over a piece of whisper white card stock. You will have a great texture on your paper and the intensity of the color depends directly on your style and colors that you used.

Step 4

Assemble your card using coordinating colors of layers. In my model, I used Basic Gray for the base, Crushed Curry for the second layer and then I pasted the decorated layer with Fireworks. I removed some of the negative parts of the pineapple to have a dramatic effect and pasted it with dimensionals. Finally, I stamped the sentiment using Versafine Onyx.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Card Stock – grey, white, curry
  • Heat tool
  • Die cut – Pineapple
  • My Sentiments Exactly – Handwritten Sentiments
  • Dimensionals or Foam tape

Get Your Crafting on This Independence Day!

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Happy Independence Day! Create a sweet card with Waffle Flower mini envelope dies. Red, White and Blue inkpad from Tsukineko.

Happy Independence Day! I love to celebrate this fantastic day, and made a card combining stamps and die cuts that help me do just that. I love these mini envelopes by Waffle Flower originally designed for planners, but today I used them on a card.  I used the patriotic colors red, white and blue and a new stamp set from Joy Clair called Stars and Stripes, perfect for the 4th of July.

To begin, stamp the fireworks images using Memento Dandelion ink on white card panel cut down to 4 x 5 1/4 inches. Stamp the sentiment “Happy Fourth of July” using VersaFine Deep Lagoon and Satin Red. This sentiment is not in line, so I decided to mask it with a Post-It to have different colors and a linear message. Using decorated paper and a Big Shot die machine, I cut the mini envelope from Waffle Flower three times using coordinating patriotic colors. Paste the envelopes on the center of the card and add any surprise details on the inside as you wish. Finish the design by mounting the stamped panel onto a slightly larger piece of red card stock, then onto a navy blue base. You can continue to embellish the card, but I considered this design to be complete and think it looks great!

Isn’t it the cutest?! Tell us what you think or if you have similar ideas for cute and fun die cuts.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Joy Clair – Stamps Stars and Stripes
  • Waffle Flower – Mini Notes Envelope Die
  • Cardstock – Night of Navy, Real Red, Whisper White