Make a Father’s Day Card with Gorgeous Textures and Dimension

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By Jowilna Nolte 

For Father’s day I a pulling out some of my favourite products from Imagine and creating gorgeous textures and dimension. Shades of blue gives card a fun but masculine feel and the shimmer adds just that bit of elegance – perfect for even the hardiest of men.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Time: 45minutes including drying time

Directions:

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Step 1

Use a variety of Memento Luxe inks in shades of blue and blend a background.
Tape your stencil to your smooth white cardstock to hold it in place.
Blend the darkest shade of blue Nautical Blue and then Teal Zeal.

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Step 2
Blend some Bahama Blue – remember to overlap onto the previous colour to get a nice blended effect.

TIP: For seamless blending I vary the pressure I apply. When blending over the previous colour I have a very light hand ensuring I only blend the colour instead of replacing it.

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Step 3

Lastly, I blend some Grey Flannel right at the bottom of my card.

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Step 4

While my stencil is still in place I apply a thin layer of Creative Medium over the entire panel.
You can also get creative and tape off some shaped areas like I did here.
While the Creative Medium is still wet, lightly sprinkle with clear frosted glitter before removing the stencil carefully. Leave the paste to dry – as the medium dries it keeps the glitter in place.

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Step 5

Punch a large vellum circle. Use Memento Markers to add a stamped element onto smooth white cardstock and punch into a circle.

Stamp a sentiment using VersaFine Clair and trim to size. Assemble your elements to the stencilled background once dry and adhere the panel to a folded card. Finish off with diamante and enamel dots.

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The embossing powder adds some glamour and shine to this simple yet fun card. Just like the couple – fun colours combined together with a touch of glam and pizazz.
Mboss embossing powder really takes any project t the next level. Available in a  huge variety of colours they truly are amazing.

So many fun products used for a simple but striking card.

Art Supplies

Imagine

VersaFine Clair Nocturne

Memento Luxe Nautical Blue

Memento Luxe Teal Zeal

Memento Luxe Bahama Blue

Memento Luxe Grey Flannel

Jumbo Dauber

Creative Medium

Palette Knife 

Craft Mat

Other

Smooth white cardstock
Vellum
Stamps: Joy Clair, PSX
Clear frosted glitter: American Crafts
Foam Tape: Kaisercraft

Learn How to Make a Faux Blue Delft Bunny Rabbit

By Roni Johnson

Welcome in Spring with this lovely Faux Blue Delft Bunny Rabbit to brighten up your home. Originating in the city of Delft in the Netherlands in the 1600s, this pottery which consists of blue decoration over a white background is a breath of fresh air and the perfect start of this season of renewal. This technique looks daunting but once you break it down into easy-to-follow steps it’s fun and rewarding. The finished project looks stunning and will delight everyone who comes in contact with it.

This technique combines wide-open geometric stamped patterns with areas of saturation to give the piece defined areas to enhance and highlight certain areas of the animal. For this example, I used the more concentrated stamping on the face, ears and a medallion of sorts on its back. You will come to see how this turns a plain paper mache rabbit into a beautiful Blue Delft Bunny sure to please.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 2 hours + dry time

 

Directions:

Step 1

Gather up your supplies, you will need a paper mache animal – I choose a rabbit for Spring, tissue paper, Medieval Blue VersaFine Clair ink and Creative Medium (Clear or Shimmer).

 

Step 2

You will also need to gather a few small stamps. For this project I am using roses, leaves and vine peg stamps from Rubber Stamp Tapestry.

 

Step 3

Prepare the paper mache animal by painting it with white acrylic paint. Set it aside to dry.

 

Step 4

To create the concentrated stamped sections place a sheet of tissue paper over the desired area, in this case the back and trace the shape you wish to create. For this example I wanted a nice sized oval medallion over the back. You can see the faint pencil marking on the tissue paper in the photo.

 

Step 5

Create the medallion by stamping the border along the pencil line from the previous step.

 

Step 6 – Stamp additional images to fill in the medallion.

 

Step 7 – Once the medallion has been completed let the ink dry completely.

 

Step 8 – Use a ruler to stamp a small rose at 1” intervals in a diagonal line.

 

Step 9 – Continue stamping at 1” intervals until the entire piece of tissue paper has been covered.

 

Step 10 – Repeat steps 4-9 for any additional areas you wish to cover with a concentrated stamping. For this example I made pieces for the back sides of the rabbit ears and one for the top of the nose and forehead.

 

Step 11 – Stamp extra pieces of tissue paper with the diagonal 1” pattern to cover any areas which are not going to be covered with the concentrated pieces.

 

Step 12 – Stamp more tissue paper than you think you’ll need just in case. You don’t want to run out in the middle of covering the project and have to stop gluing to stamp more.

 

Step 13 – Apply a layer of Creative Medium over the section of the paper mache you want to begin with and carefully place the piece of tissue paper over the glue.

 

Step 14 – Pick up more Creative Medium on the paintbrush and gently dab the tissue paper and press it onto the paper mache form. Once in place cover the entire piece of tissue paper with a generous layer of Creative Medium.

 

Step 15 – Continue covering the areas where you want the concentrated stamping, next the ears, one at a time.

 

Step 16 – Again gently layer the tissue paper over the Creative Medium base coat then cover with a top coat of Creative Medium. Gently pull away the excess tissue paper and smooth the edges with the paintbrush. Let these areas dry before continuing.

 

Step 17 – Once all of the concentrated areas have been applied (back medallion, ears, and forehead), use the diagonal stamped tissue paper to fill in any additional areas that need covering in the same fashion. Apply a foundation layer of Creative Medium; add the diagonal tissue paper and gently press into the glue then apply a top coat of Creative Medium.

 

Step 18 – Let the Creative Medium dry completely, I left this example dry overnight.

 

Step 19 – Use a sponge dauber to apply a bit of color around the edge and inside of the ear.

 

Step 20 – (Optional) – Glue a bit of marabou feather boa to the tail area.

 

Step 21 – Dye rayon seam binding with Fireworks! Spray ink to create a bow around the bunny’s neck.

 

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine
Other
  • Paper Mache Rabbit
  • Tissue Paper
  • Rubber Stamp Tapestry – Roses, Leaves, Vine peg stamps
  • Ruler
  • Paint Brush
  • Rayon Seam Binding
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint – Titanium White
  • (optional) Marabou Feather Boa

Easy to Make Lightweight Sparkling Earrings

By Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

These lightweight earrings in wings shapes that are covered with sparkling Mboss embossing powder are easy to make with few steps using Creative MEDIUM. Match them to your favorite outfit or give them as a gift.

 

Skill: Beginner

Time: 30 minutes plus drying time

 

Directions:

Step 1

Place a thick layer of Creative MEDIUM in the wings molds, covering the area well.

Let it dry.

 

Step 2

Remove the wings and lightly color them with StazOn Teal Blue. Repeat process on wings backs side.

 

Step 3

Use your VersaMarker to mark around the wings and in the middle. Cover with Mboss embossing powder and heat set. The Creative MEDIUM will get soft with the heat at this point, but it will not affect the end result.

 

Step 4

Pinch a small hole to the top of the wings, add a jump ring with some beads and finish with the earring hook.

Art Supplies:

Imagine
Other
  • Prima – wings silicone mold
  • Heat tool
  • Earring hooks and jump rings
  • Beads

 

 

How to Create a Purple Be My Valentine Hearts Card

by Annie Collins

Hello Crafty Friends! Annie here with a fun textured Be My Valentine greeting card. This fun pink and purple card is perfect for your special someone.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Art Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cheery Lane Designs Die: Be My Valentine B531
  • Rinea: Oma’s Postcard Stamp
  • Stampin Up: Falling Heart Stencil
  • I used the stencil above – here’s one that is available
  • MFT: Lots of Heart Stencil
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Die
  • Strathmore Cold Press Watercolor Cardstock
  • Recollections Brand 110# Cardstock: White
  • Recollections Brand 65# Cardstock: Lavender
  • Recollections Brand Foam Dots

A Gift for Someone Special – Create a Chipboard Pendant with StazOn

by Lori Warren

A Gift for Someone Special –  Create a Chipboard Pendant with StazOn. A beautiful teal and blue jewelry piece that features a paintbrush image and reads "create".

This mixed media project is a great example of how you can use different inks and mediums to create a piece full of texture and color. It’s a step by step layering technique to add depth and interest to mixed media artwork.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Written Instructions:

  1. Cut chipboard into a pendant shape and punch a hole at the top. Place a piece of paper under the book cover to protect the pages below.
  2. Cover the front and back of the chipboard piece with white gesso.
  3. Cover the front and back of chipboard piece with white gesso.
  4. Stamp chipboard pendant with VersaFine CLAIR.
  5. Cover pendant with a stencil and apply Creative Artist Medium – Clear.
  6. Stamp brush onto watercolor paper with StazOn Pigment Ink – Piano Black.
  7. Add color to the tip of a brush with StazOn Pigment –Peacock Feathers.
  8. Sponge StazOn Pigment onto Pendant to highlight stencil pattern.  Adhere stamp brush image.
  9. Highlight elements of the pendant with ALL PURPOSE INK – Frost White (using a Doodlestix)
  10. Apply splatters in ALL PURPOSE INK – Tropical Lagoon.
  11. Cover element with GlazOn – Slight Gloss Finish.
  12. Add MBOSS Powder to pendant while GlazOn is still wet.  Heat set.  Round corners of the pendant.
  13. Edge pendant with StazOn Pigment Ink – Piano Black.
  14. Adhere sticker saying.
  15. Use the Waffle Flower – Clear Dies and Combo Swatch Tag Die to record color scheme for this project.

Supplies

Imagine

All-Purpose Ink – Vegas Gold, Tropical Lagoon, Frost White

Creative Medium

Mboss Embossing Powder

Sheer Shimmer Spray – Sparkle

Art Journaling with Inks & Creative Medium

by Lori Warren

There is something so relaxing about spending time creating and experimenting in an art journal. Art Journaling is about creating something just for you and is a great way to try out new products and techniques.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine

Creative Medium – Clear
irRESISTible Pico Embellisher – Gold, Bamboo Leaves
StazOn Pigment – Snowflake, Piano Black
Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray – Angel Pink
Sheer Shimmer Stix – Rose Gold
IrRESISTible Texture Spray – Gold, Wedding Gown
Sheer SHIMMER Craft Spray – Gold
Fabrico Dual Markers – Lemon Yellow, Lipstick Pink, Spring Green
Neon Amplify! – White
On Point Glue

Other

• TCW Stencil – Spring Medallion
• Faber Castell PITT artist pens – Warm Grey, Cold Grey I, Cold Grey VI
• DecoArt DuraClear Varnish – Matte
• Tim Holtz Idea-ology – Small Talk stickers
• Tissue paper
• Decorative Napkin