Is It a Sign or A Star? It is Actually Both!

M is for… Moravian Star Lantern by Roni Johnson

M is for Moravian Star Lantern! Not long ago I saw a post on Facebook featuring all sorts of exotic Moravian Star Lanterns and I instantly knew I wanted to attempt to make one. As luck would have it this month one of our themes/challenges was “M is for….”. Well, I did it!

Moravian Star Lantern

The lantern is made entirely from cardstock and I mimicked other patterns that I have seen online. I wanted to make a flat one instead of a full star so I just made it up as I went. But if this seems too difficult then feel free to download a free pdf template to help guide you. I measured out the individual pieces, colored with Delicata and used Imagine’s Vertigo plastic film so it’s transparent, visually interesting and light weight. Each spike has 4 Vertigo windows colored using Fireworks Spray. The lantern lights up with help from a battery-powered LED tea light. The green spike on the side is attached using Velcro dots so it can be popped off for access to the tea light to turn it on and off. It can be easily hung anywhere and even a gentle breeze turns it round and round.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white
  • Battery-operated LED tea light
  • Exacto knife
  • Fishing line or twine

 


Personalized Decorative Door Sign by Jessica Litman

Personalized gifts are some of my favorite presents because they are unique and thoughtful. When they are handmade, they are an even more thoughtful gift which shows the recipient who much you love and care about them. In this quick lesson on how to craft a personalized sign, I will discuss the ease of this project. First, the most difficult part is gathering all your materials. Once you have finished collecting all the supplies then most of the work is finished and the fun begins.

Start by tracing plaque outline on paper and cutting out the shape. Then cover plaque edges using Tear It Tape and mount your newly cut outline (polka dots in the photo above).  Using two hand-cut Monterey Pine Flowers shapes, ink with Memento Dew Drop Rose Bud ink and ink two Monterey Pine leaves with Memento Dew Drop New Sprout ink. Set aside to dry. Select what name you’d like from wooden letters and ink with VersaMagic Chalk Ink in Purple Hydrangea. Set aside to dry. Staple ribbon to the backside of the plaque to use for hanging on a hook or door knob. Finish the front by gluing the wooden letters, flowers, and leaves to the plaque.  This all should dry fairly quickly and you are ready to gift!

Supplies

Imagine

Hand-Cut Monterey Pine – Leaf, Heart and Petal Pack
Memento Dew Drop – New Sprout, and Rose Bud
VersaMagic – Purple Hydrangea
Tear It! Tape

Other

• Hot glue gun
• Wooden plaque
• Decorative paper
• Wooden letters
• Ribbon
• Staple gun

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

It’s Almost Mother’s Day… Are you ready?

It’s Saturday! The day before Mother’s Day and we are helping you prepare with two ideas that could serve as last minute inspiration. For a bright style, see what Tenia has to offer with splashes of magenta, cyan, and shimmer! For a more toned down earthy approach, see how Alison creates a card perfect for a steampunk mama! Both of these crafty, cardmaking styles are very different yet offer up so much love!

With Love From Me to You Handmade Card by Tenia Nelson

Tenia here from Jazzy Paper Designs with a super fun handmade card project that I made with Imagine and Tsukineko inks. This card can be a fun Mother’s Day card or can be given any time of the year to a special person in your life. It has cheerful colors that would brighten anyone’s day. Stamp and heat emboss heart image on a piece of white cardstock.

To make this fun card, start by stamping and heat embossing the heart on a piece of white cardstock. Ink blend heart using Pear Tart and Bamboo Leaves Memento dye inks. Once you begin to blend and ink the paper with the sponge dauber, the ink will soak into the paper and the rest will wipe clean from the embossed coat letting the original cardstock color to pop forward. Die cut the heart from the paper and set aside. Next, create the background blue glow by ink blending Summer Sky and Bahama Blue Memento inks onto white cardstock. I kept the blue hues centered in the middle. Next, add Rose Bud Fireworks Craft Spray onto cardstock allowing a little to spray on the blue and the rest to off the edge. Since Fireworks is a spray the results will be different each time. You can practice on a different sheet of paper to get a sense of how this will turn out. Once all the inks are dry stamp the sentiment on the newly inked panel and heat emboss. Adhere heart on top of this inked panel, add sequins, washi and sticker stitches. And finish the design by attaching the image panel onto a cardbase.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Verve Stamps – heart stamp, heart die
  • Cardstock
  • Sequins
  • Washi tape
  • Die cut machine

 

Steampunk Mother’s Day Card by Alison Heikkila

M is for Mom greetings! This month, the Artists in Residence are working with the theme, “M is for…” so I decided to go with M is for Mom. Mother’s Day is almost here and my mom (thankfully) loves to get my homemade cards, so I figured I’d make a card that was very well suited to her. My mom loves all things steampunked. She is so cool. She loves the texture, neutral colors, and gears… and well, all the stuff I put on this card!

I started off with the Gears Stencil and the Vintage Creative Medium and stenciled a smaller panel. Then I stenciled ink directly onto the cream color cardbase to provide a dynamic background and used assorted shades of brown ink, ultra fine glitter, and Fireworks Spray for random bits of extra shimmer. To give the card base a bit more of a style, I distressed the edges with more brown ink to give it the classic old-timey look. I knew the Vertigo would be a fun way to spell out Mom and inking it up with Spiced Chai StazOn helped it to stand out more. I didn’t ink the Vertigo completely but varied the amount of ink I used on the letters to give some more visual interest. Finish the design by mounting the stenciled Creative Medium layer on the cardbase and attach the Vertigo letters with On Point Glue. This is a style that you can surely get lost in by continuing to build, layer and blend the inks until you get it to look perfectly the way you wish.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampendous – Gears stencil
  • Quickutz – Diesel letter dies
  • Ultra fine glitter
  • Steampunk gear embellishments
  • Cardstock – white
  • Cardbase – cream

Do you Believe in Ghost(ing Technique)s?

Using VersaMark to Create Ghosting Techniques by Martha Lucia Gomez

Using VersaMark to Create Ghosting Techniques by Martha Lucia Gomez

Versamark is one of the most versatile inks for crafting. I use it for embossing, stamping tone to tone, watermark, chalking and for ghosting. Today, I am focusing on the Ghosting technique.

For the best results, I use glossy cardstock which has a different absorbent surface than a matte cardstock. Start by stamping the background with a set called Delicate Details from Stampin Up with VersaMark onto the glossy paper. Let the ink dry for a few seconds. Next, ink the brayer with Lilac Posies Memento Ink and apply over the stamped piece several times. Remove the excess of the ink with a dry paper towel and you will start to see the ghosting effect. Repeat this step with Memento color for darker results. Next, I die cut a dragonfly and “with love” sentiment with plain cardstock and attached with On Point Glue which works perfectly for small and delicate details. To finish, attach the decorated layers to a card base. Super easy!

Tip: You can use different images to create this technique, not only border stamps. You can also mix colors of inks and let your design ideas go wild!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white glossy, white matte
  • Stampin Up – Delicate Details stamp set
  • Gina Marie Designs – Detailed Dragonfly die, “With Love” die
  • Misti
  • Foam tape

Blending Delicata Ink Technique by Renee Zarate

I love coffee more than any other drink! So creating a “coffee” themed card is right up my alley. Joy Clair has these adorable stamps with coffee phrases that have been put to good use here. I have a few favorite, simple ink blending techniques that can be used to give a card personalized, water colored look. The technique demonstrated today is using Fireworks Craft spray and a spray bottle filled with water. It packs a lot of punch for unique colorization.

Start by cutting different mat papers to stack like a nest. Set all the mats aside and then stamp the girl image on water color paper using Jet Black StazOn ink. Spray water on the paper, then spray Bahama Blue Fireworks Craft Spray allowing the color to run on the paper. Lightly mist with Fireworks Lilac Posies and allow droplets to form and mix with the Bahama Blue. Fireworks spray inks blend really well when wet! At any point, additional water can be added or a paper towel can be used to blot up excess color and water.

To achieve the skin tone, apply a small mix of Pink Grapefruit and Persimmon VersaMagic ink. Add a small amount of Delicata White Shimmer to the mix. It is easiest to blend and apply these inks with a water pen. An additional drop of Brilliance Pearlescent Poppy ink was used the same way to color the lips and the cheeks. Stamp the coffee phrases with StazOn Royal Purple ink. Add extra detail with a Pico Embellisher in Bronze, clear art pebbles can also be added for interest using On Point Glue as an adhesive. This mixed media style is fun because there are no set rules. Work with these techniques until you have made what is perfect for you!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Joy Clair– “Coffee Love” stamps
  • Pam Carriker “Beatrice” by Stampington
  • DCWV cardstock
  • Prima – Art Ingredient Mélange Art Pebbles
  • Water pen
  • Blank card – white
  • Uniball Signo broad pen
  • white pen
  • Micron 05 black pen
  • Acrylic block
  • Water spray bottle
  • Paper towels
  • Heat tool
  • Paper cutter

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Share the Best Love with Lapis Lazuli Color Inspiration

For the month of April, we are celebrating the beautiful blue Lapis as color of the month. We love what we have seen so far from our Artist in Residence who took on this color with enthusiasm. For Elina’s project, she creates a monochromatic palette with a blue bird centerpiece and fabric for texture. Gorgeous! For Alison’s project, she took it a step further using the gemstone Lapis Lazuli directly incorporating the stone’s veins of black and gold running through it as inspiration. Both projects create a luster to drool over.

bluebird with illustrated feathers, cheesecloth texture and acyrlic paste. circle stencil. sentiment says adopt the pace of nature her secret is patience.

Blue Feathers by Elina Stromberg

I love working with Fireworks Shimmery Craft Sprays. The colors contain not just a beautiful shimmer but lots of pigment, giving a beautiful, vivid finish even when mixed with water. When spraying entire project backgrounds, I like to use a heavy watercolor paper that tolerates wet media well. I often start with misting the paper with plain water before spraying one or several Fireworks colors on the paper. For mixing the colors even further, I add more water, dry the paper with my heat gun and push the wet colors around the paper. This creates beautiful patterns in a watercolor style.

On this project, I added even more metallic shimmer by applying Metallic Silver Creative Medium through a stencil. Creative Mediums are easy to work with and the stenciled patterns air-dry quickly. When using Fireworks Craft Sprays, I often use a large piece of paper and cut the background to size. The leftover pieces can be used for embellishing the inside of the card, or for creating a panel for the stamped sentiment.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor paper
  • Carabelle Studio – Concentric Circles stencil
  • Spellbinders – Sparrow stamp and die cut
  • Simon Says Stamp– One With Nature stamp
  • Water spray bottle
  • White card base
  • 3D foam stickers
  • Cheese cloth
  • Glue
  • Scissors

gold poppy flowers embossed. watercolor splatter effect with Fireworks shimmer spray ink.

Lapis Lazuli Color Inspiration by Alison Heikkila

I start with spritzing Paris Dusk Fireworks spray across watercolor paper at an angle. This created that outward spray effect I wanted. Then I spritzed Desert Sand Fireworks directly above. Next, I stamped the Pretty Poppies set by Stampendous with VersaMark in the lower left corner and heat embossed with Gold embossing powder. While my heat tool was still on, I carefully sprinkled black embossing powder in a few areas. Using Wedding White irRESISTables Pico Embellisher, I colored in a few areas of the poppy to highlight them. After it dried, I applied a second coat to give it more opacity.

My card base was cut out of a deep blue cardstock, and I edged all 4 sides with Golden Glitz Delicata ink for extra gold shimmer. Gold is a perfect compliment to this rich blue and ties this design together very nicely.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampendous – Cling Pretty Poppies Stamp Set
  • Cardstock
  • Watercolor paper

Breathtaking Results on a Paper Mache Seahorse

by Nadine Carlier

Breathtaking Results on a Blue Paper Mache Seahorse with Fireworks Craft Spray.

Doesn’t this seahorse make you want to be at the beach? It does for me!
Check out the video below that Nadine Carlier created showing how she used Fireworks! and Delicata to turn this paper mache seahorse into a gorgeous shimmery blue home decor piece.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 min

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Bare Naked Paper Mache Seahorse
  • Clear Gesso

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