Project Swap: Create a “Dear Friend” Greeting Card

Welcome back for another Artist Project Swap with Martha and Steph.

Welcome back for another Artist Project Swap with Martha and Steph. For the Month of May, we challenged our artists to exchange tutorials and create each other’s designs in order to see how each of our artists interprets style and choices. The receiving artist did not know who designed the project, nor did they receive any images! In today’s post, Steph writes the directions and recommended supplies list and Martha created the project.

Create a “Dear Friend” Greeting Card by Martha Lucia Gomez

This month the Artist in Residence team made a wonderful exercise or swap project challenge. Each designer created a project and send the instructions and photo to our coordinator. Then we received another project to follow the instructions, without a photo or who exactly created it. This is the swap project I received and can you believe that after made the card I discovered who was the author of the instructions…I recognize the style!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Create the base of the card using olive card stock. The size of my card is a regular size 4-1/4″ x 11″ with a score at 5-1/2″ for the centerfold. Cut a white cardstock of 4″x 5-1/4″. Place a background pattern stencil on the white panel and ink with Brilliance in Pearlescent Lime.


Step 2

Ink sheer ribbon with lime ink. When dry, wrap around the matted panel. Knot with twine on the right side of the panel. Added the panel to the card with foam adhesives.


Step 3

Using a stamp positioning tool and a flower stamp, ink the steam and leaves with the Brilliance in Pearlescent Lime. Ink the flower with the Memento Marker in Angel Pink. Stamp image onto white cardstock. Re-stamp the flower using the Memento Marker in Rose Bud around the edges. Fussy cut the flower.


Step 4

Die cut brown and white cardstock shapes with graduating sized dies. Adhere together with Tear It Tape. Place on left side of the card with foam adhesives, overlapping the ribbon. Trim shapes as needed to align with a patterned piece on the left edge. Adhere the stamped flower on top. I used square cross stitched die cuts from Gina Marie Designs. Stamp “Just For You” sentiment. Ink edges and mat with brown cardstock. Add near the top of the card with foam adhesives. Reading through Steph’s instructions I realized I didn’t have a “Just For You” sentiment so I replaced with “Dear Friend” which is just as nice.

Definitely, it was a very good experience to swap projects and the best part that was I could replace materials and give to the project my personal touch.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – Whisper White, Old Olive, Early Espresso
  • Hero Arts – Honeycomb Stencil
  • Stampin Up – Birthday Blossom Stamp set
  • Gina Marie Designs – Square Cross Stitched dies
  • Big Shot die cut machine
  • Sheer ribbon
  • MISTI or Stamparatus stamping tool
  • Double sided foam tape or Dimensionals

Original Design by Steph

What did you think of Martha’s interpretation of Steph’s design?

Comment below!

Project Swap: Create a Summertime Hello Card

Welcome to another set for our Artist Project Swap with Nadine and Roni. For the Month of May, we challenged our artists to exchange tutorials and create each other’s designs in order to see how each of our artists interprets style and choices. The receiving artist did not know who designed the project, nor did they receive any images! In today’s post, Nadine gives the directions and recommended supplies list and Roni created the project.

Summertime Hello Card by Roni Johnson

We had a little fun here recently at Imagine by challenging ourselves to an art swap. Each of us created a project, wrote up instructions and then Imagine swapped out all of the projects with a fellow Artist in Residence. I had the pleasure of working with Nadine Carlier’s project, as you can see it turned out amazing. It’s funny when we compared finished projects we even chose to use the exact same “hello” stamp!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 Minutes + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Cut a strip of white cardstock so it fits the width of a card and about 3 inches wide.


Step 2

On the strip, stamp a leaf image and a hello sentiment using VersaMark and then emboss and heat set it with white embossing powder.


Step 3

Kaleidacolor Fresh Greens and a brayer work best for this step. Use sponge daubers and individual green ink colors in varying tones as long as they are a water-based ink, for example, Memento inks.


Step 4

Slide the Kaleidacolor inks together and roll a brayer over the ink pad. Make sure to keep rolling in the same spot to not mix the colors up on the brayer.


Step 5

Using the cardstock strip roll the brayer lengthwise so the lightest ink color is in the center of the cardstock strip. At this point, only half of the cardstock strip should have color on it. Don’t worry about getting full coverage on the strip, this is normal especially around the embossed areas. You actually want some white areas showing.


Step 6

Flip the cardstock 90 degrees and repeat the steps from 4 and 5. Once cardstock piece is completely rolled, you should have an ombre effect with the lightest ink color in the middle and with it getting darker towards the top and bottom of the strip. Because my brayer width was wider than my cardstock strip I had the darker ink colors rolled on my craft mat. Spray the ink left on the craft mat with water and use the mix as an ink or lift technique. This will create a texture effect. Repeat until you have the look you desire. Using a dry paper towel rub over the embossed areas to remove extra ink. Let your cardstock strip dry.


Step 7

Finish the design by adhering the cardstock strip to the front of a card base with Tear It! Tape. Add sequins, dew drops or tiny dots of irRESISTible Pico Embellisher in Clear or Wedding Dress. Enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Joy Clair – “Hello” stamp
  • Just For Fun Rubber Stamps – Stamptangle Leaf
  • Brayer
  • Sequins
  • Cardstock – white
  • Heat Tool

Original Design by Nadine

What do you think of Roni’s interpretation of Nadine’s tutorial?

Comment below!

Make a Card with VersaMagic Mango Madness

by Iris Rodriguez

Make a Card with VersaMagic Mango Madness. cardmaking tutorial. Spring time blooming flowers theme.

This month’s color at Imagine is Mango. Do you like mangoes? They are delicious. I like plain mangoes, mango juice, even mango in my summer salads. After creating today’s project, I can add to my list of mango appreciation VersaMagic Ink in Mango Madness. As I started using this beautiful color, I soon realized I could not stop at just coloring my tree; I also colored white paper flowers and a butterfly with this ink as well. You could say I had a Madness for this Mango Ink.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1.5 hours

Directions


Step 1

Spray the paper with water. Spray with Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Summer Sky. Dry paper.


Step 2

Ink the paper with VersaMagic in Aegean Blue, Thatched Straw and Memento Luxe in Wedding Dress using the Sponge Dauber, Inkblusher, and Smudgee.


Step 3

Using a Sponge Dauber ink through the flowering tree stencil with the VersaMagic in Mango Madness. Emboss using Clear Embossing Powder. Place the stencil over the image again and ink through the stencil with the VersaMagic in Mango Madness. Emboss the image with the Sparkle Embossing Powder.


Step 4

Ink a scrap piece of watercolor paper on one side ink with VersaMagic in Thatched Straw and the other half ink the VersaMagic in Mango Madness. Emboss both colors using the Clear Embossing Powder. Punch out the butterfly with each ink color.


Step 5

Layer one butterfly over the other, adhere together with On Point Glue. Stamp the word “hello” on a piece of paper, cut a tag shape around the sentiment. Punch a hole in the center. Tie a piece of embroidery thread on the butterfly and tag.


Step 6

Ink VersaMagic in Thatched Straw on the Craft Mat, spray water and dip paper flowers in it, ensuring to completely color the flowers. Dry the flowers.


Step 7

Ink VersaMagic in Mango Madness on the flowers. Glue the flowers, butterfly, and tag onto the tree background using On Point Glue. For the yellow background paper, cut a piece of paper a little bigger than the main card, and ink the out edges with VersaMagic in Thatched Straw. Assemble the card by mounting the flowering tree stencil card panel to the yellow background card base.

I hope you are mad about this month’s color the way I was and give this project a try.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor paper – 12 x 9 inches Cold Press, 300 GSM – 140 lbs
  • Deco Arts – Flowered Tree stencil
  • Paper flowers
  • Martha Stewart – Butterfly paper punch
  • Paper hole punch – 1/16 inch

Make a “Celebrate This Day” Card

by Jowilna Nolte

Every day is a gift! As a way to celebrate this notion, I created a handmade card with the theme “this day celebrate this life” to share this powerful message. See how to use layered ink to create a soft delicate effect with Tsukineko inkers. Create a beautiful effect on quick and easy cards using layered inks with a single stamp design. This effect is so easy but looks amazing against the yellow inked background, fitting right in with our color of the month–Mango. Take a look how I created this easy and effective stamped look.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Create a watercolored style background using Tsukineko Dye Inkers in Golden Brown and Mustard. Add a few drops of both of the inkers onto your craft mat, mist or dilute with water and dip a piece of white cardstock into the ink. This ink is very dense and will coat the entire piece of cardstock. Leave to dry.


Step 2

Position the flower stamp and cardstock piece with the Misti Stamping Tool and stamp using VersaFine Clair in Pinecone.


Step 3

Clean the stamp and while keeping it in the same position, ink the image with VersaMagic Mango Madness. Stamp over the same image with the yellow to soften the brown ink color and create an additional layer.


Step 4

Stamp the sentiment “this day celebrate this life” overlapping the flower images using VersaFine Clair in Nocturne to make it stand out against the brown and yellow tones.


Step 5

Above is another version of this design. You can play with these ideas to create several cards. From here detail the design in your own style with brads, sequins, diamanté, and mount to the card base to finish the card.

Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog and if you enjoyed this tutorial then please comment below or share on social media! 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • White cardstock
  • Flower stamp
  • Altenew – “celebrate this life” stamp
  • Brad
  • Misti Stamping Tool
  • Sequins

Watch a Video on How to Create a Marbling Look with a Feather Quill

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Watch a Video on How to Create a Marbling Look with a Feather Quill

Sometimes when I sit down at the craft table I have a very definite idea in mind, other times it’s more of a general concept. Even when I have that definite idea in mind, though, it’s no guarantee that’s where I’m going to end up! Case in point: these backgrounds began in the direction of marble but ended up so very far afield. The fact that one has a definite camo look and the other a more delicate spring meadow is cool in and of itself, but when you consider I used the exact same shades of VersaMagic and techniques to get both, well, it’s easy to see how you can maximize your craft time by going with the flow!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Canson – Hot Press Watercolor Paper
  • Feather
  • Darice – Heat Tool
  • Cardbase

 

 

See How to Make a Paper Rainbow Pinwheel Wreath

by Roni Johnson

See How to Make a Paper Rainbow Pinwheel Wreath with VersaMagic Ink.

It’s April! Can you believe it? I wanted to make something fun for summer to hang on our front door and I think this rainbow pinwheel wreath is just the ticket. It’s bright, cheerful and welcoming to all who grace our doorstep. I decided to use 21 different colors of VersaMagic ink to grace my rainbow but of course, any color theme would be perfect for this project. The complete color list can be found in the supply list below.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 4 hours

Directions


Step 1

Cut eight 5-inch squares, seven 4-inch squares, and six 3-inch squares from white cardstock.


Step 2

Pencil in lines from corner to corner. Draw a 1-inch circle in the center of each square.


Step 3

Punch a hole in each triangle near the corner as shown.


Step 4

Sponge ink on the lined side of the cardstock. Only a portion of each triangle needs to be colored.


Step 5

Flip the square over and stamp the desired pattern on each of the triangles. Repeat steps 4 & 5 until all of the squares have been inked.


Step 6

Cut along the penciled lines from the tip to the edge of the circle. Fold each triangle over to the center, line up the holes and secure with a brad.


Step 7

Repeat steps 7 & 8 until all squares have been turned into a pinwheel.


Step 8

Cut out a wreath shape from chipboard.


Step 9

Hot glue largest pinwheels to the wreath first, fill in blank areas with the medium and small pinwheels. A stack of foam board was used to elevate the smaller pinwheels above the larger ones.

Supplies

Imagine
  • VersaMagic DewDrop – Aegean Blue, Aquatic Splash, Key Lime, Malted Mauve, Mango Madness, Night Sky, Oasis Green, Ocean Depth, Perfect Plumeria, Persimmon, Pink Grapefruit, Pink Petunia, Pixie Dust, Pretty Petunia, Purple Hydrangea, Red Magic, Sea Breeze, Spring Pansy, Tea Leaves, Thatched Straw, Turquois Green
  • Sponge Dauber
  • Craft Mat
Other
  • Rubber Stamp Tapestry – Posy Flower; Dot Flowers
  • Cardstock
  • Crop-A-Dile Hole Punch
  • Brads
  • Chipboard
  • Foam Board
  • Hot Glue Gun