Complete Mystical Magic and Unicorn Awesomeness Today

Unicorns are pure magic! They are not constrained by the normal colors. They can embody pink, purple, iridescent sparkly colors and even gold! In today’s blog post, Imagine artists Tenia and Alison create two delightful mystical unicorn themed cards using ink blending, embossing and ink sprays. See what they have to say about these magical beasts!

Magic and Unicorn Awesomeness Concord & 9th Unicorn Bundle

Die Cut Unicorn Awesomeness by Tenia Nelson

Hey, Y’all! Tenia here from Jazzy Paper Designs with a magical and shiny Mystic Unicorn card made with Imagine and Tsukineko products. I really enjoyed making this card so here are some pointers on how I did it!

Create card from white cardstock and spray and splatter various Fireworks craft sprays to create an ink splatter texture. I choose Dandelion, Bahama Blue, Lady Bug for a nice primary colors theme. Stamp the unicorn image with Delicata Golden Glitz and heat emboss onto watercolor paper. Die cut unicorn with the matching die. There are several unicorn and matching die sets to choose from, but I personally like the Unicorn Bundle from Concord & 9th. Feel free to go with your own personal favorite stamp set!

Next, I added detail to the unicorn’s mane and tail with a watercolor technique using Fabrico marker in Lemon Yellow and an aqua brush.
Stamp the sentiment “Your Awesomeness Rivals that of a Unicorn” included in the Unicorn Bundle onto the card front with Tuxedo Black Ink. The sentiment perfectly frames around the unicorn. To add all the finishing touches, adhere die cut unicorn onto the card, add sequins, add washi and sticker stitches and you have completed mystical awesomeness! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Aquabrush
  • Concord and 9th – Stamps and Flower Die
  • Big Shot Die Cut Machine
  • Sequins
  • Washi tape
  • SRM – Sticker Stitches

magic rainbow unicorn believe handmade card alison heikkila

Mystical Unicorn Ink Blended Card by Alison Heikkila

Greetings! This month, the theme given to the Artists in Residence from Imagine is “Mystical.” This is right up my alley and I could have done an entire series of Mystical things. But I decided to reign myself in and work with a beautiful unicorn from Stampendous.

I stamped the unicorn on to Mixed Media Paper because it really helps the Memento Markers move and blend. I die cut the image with a die larger than I would typically use because I wanted to create an inked border with the die size that fits the image. I die cut a mask with the smaller die and temporarily taped it on. Using a sponge dauber, I applied Summer Sky ink, and then Nautical Blue.

My background was created on Smooth Bristol paper. I swiped my Vineyard Kalediacolor across my Craft Mat. I only swiped it once to avoid mixing the colors on the ink pad itself. Then, I sprayed the ink with a combination of Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Sparkle and Ink Potion No. 9. Next, I dragged the Bristol paper through the wet ink. I dried it with my heat tool and tapped it into the ink again. This process was repeated a couple of times until I was satisfied with the background. Using the powder tool, I rubbed it across the bottom of my background so that I could emboss my sentiment better.

I used a Deep Indigo cardstock for my card base, applied a line of Tear It Tape along the right side and sprinkled Multi Crystal Glitter Mix. I applied my layers and added a few deep blue sequins with On Point Glue. Seriously, if you haven’t tried this adhesive, you are missing out.

That’s my card for today. Have an inspiring day!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampendous – Unicorn Rose Stamp
  • Multi Crystal Glitter Mix
  • Believe Scrolls Stamp
  • Fitted Frames Set A
  • Cardstock – Deep Indigo
  • Canson – Mixed Media Paper
  • Strathmore – Smooth Bristol Paper
  • EK Success Powder Tool
  • Craft Medley – Rhythm ‘N Blues Sequins

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Keep Crafting Fresh on the Mind with 2 Handmade Cards

Happy Friday! We hope you have some crafting projects lined up this weekend. To provide a little inspiration, we have two handmade cards by Imagine artists that each have their own unique custom touch. Elina created a whimsical heart balloon card using embossing powder and watercoloring and Neva made a dynamic pop-up birthday card that is out of this world!

Fly Away embossing and watercoloring

Fly Away Watercoloring and Embossing by Elina Stromberg

Watercolors and heat-embossed stamped images are a perfect match. Today, I create this sweet card with a young girl releasing a heart balloon. The girl and the balloon figures are embossed, while the blue sky background is created with a watercolor style. The goal was to use heat-set embossing powder to resist watercolors, so when creating watercolored backgrounds you can just simply paint over the stamped images. Preserving white unpainted areas is easy, too, as the embossing powder raises a bit from the surface, and helps you in painting around the image.

Mists and spray inks are perfect liquid watercolors. For this card, I only used Walnut ink and Fireworks Shimmer ink, but applied the colors in several layers on the background. The first light layers I painted using a rich amount of water, and for the next layers I always used less and less water creating darker shades of the same color. Before applying the next layer I dried the previous one with my heat gun.

For heat-embossing this beautiful stamped image, I used both black and red embossing powders. First, I poured the black powder on the stamped image, protecting the heart shaped balloon with a piece of paper. I put the extra powder back into its container, and repeated the step with the red powder. Heat-setting the powder between colors was not necessary, as the second color will stick only on areas that are not yet covered with powder.

Enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Viva Las Vega Stamps – Girl, heart balloon stamp
  • Mixed media paper
  • Card base – white
  • Cardstock – blue
  • Watercolor brush
  • Heat gun
  • Double-sided tape

pop up birthday card Teal Stair Bday Card

Custom Pop Up Birthday Card by Neva Cole

What pre-teen boy doesn’t like blues, greens, and teals? For our teal challenge this month I wanted to try mixing two different Kaleidacolor ink pads to see if shades of teal could be created. I think this card illustrates success!

Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze and Fresh Green are alternately brayered onto glossy 8 ½ “ x 11” cardstock taking care to have the lighter hues line up in the fade. A light spritz of Ink Point No. 9 helps the inks blend neatly on the glossy cardstock. Half of the sheet is die cut with the Sizzix Framelits Step Up Card die. The remainder of the sheet is used to die cut the coordinating elements. The gifts were cut twice each so the bows could be trimmed for contrasting colors then adhered with On Point Glue.

A few days ago, I accidentally spilled part of a bottle of Fireworks! Dandelion on my craft mat. Not wanting to waste this pretty ink, I pressed Bristol Board cardstock into the inky mess and set it aside for later use. This little incident provided the perfect contrasting color for the candle flames and my son’s name. Each candle die cut is cut twice, once in Fireworks! Dandelion and once in the Kaleidacolor mix. After trimming off the top (flames) of the Kaleidacolor layer, they are adhered together with On Point Glue. The sentiment and cupcake layers adhered together with On Point Glue. Some elements are popped up with dimensional foam adhesive. The banner is held together with paper cord before it is adhered to the card front. I am pleased with the results of my little experiment and think my soon to be twelve-year-old son will be too!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Glossy cardstock
  • Sizzix – Framelits Step Ups 660142 by Stephanie Barnard
  • Judikens – Decorative Paper Cord
  • Brayer
  • Lifestyle Crafts – Stiletto Alphabet
  • Dimensional Foam Adhesive

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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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How to Make a Spinning Pinwheel Card

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

What better way to evoke the spirit of summer than with hand crafted pinwheels! In this tutorial, I will break down how to make an oversized 7 x 7-inch card with spinning wind mills made of Vertigo sheets (my must-have craft item). The chevron shapes and the spiral stencil used to create an imaginary air movement of the wind on the card’s background helps create the mood. And the best part of this card is the windmills actually spin!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour

Directions

 Vertigo sheet in 2 x 2-inch squares
Step 1

Cut the Vertigo sheet in 2 x 2-inch squares. Mark the center and leaving about a ¼ inch cut from it, cut towards all corners.

Color the Vertigo squares with the StazOn inkpads in Azure and Teal Blue
Step 2

Color the Vertigo squares with the StazOn inkpads in Azure and Teal Blue.

sew the corners to form wind mills
Step 3

Fold and sew the corners to form wind mills. Open a hole in the center to set a brad.

Memento Bahama Blue and Teal Zeal inkpads with the swirl pattern stencil
Step 4

Cut a 6 x 6-inch white cardstock and color using Memento Bahama Blue and Teal Zeal inkpads with the swirl pattern stencil. Use a large sponge dauber to ink the places where the wind mills will be placed.


Step 5

Open two holes and set eyelets.

thin long border embellishment with VersaMark and heat set the black embossing powder
Step 6

To create the stem of the pinwheel, stamp with a thin long border embellishment with VersaMark and heat set the black embossing powder. I used the stitch design from Viva Decor Tailoring Backgrounds, but you can use any stamp that is similar.

Marianne Design Embossing Folder & Cutting Die - Tyre Tracks Chevrons DF3407
Step 7

Die cut the chevron design and distress with the Memento Bahama Blue.

stamping celebrate everyday
Step 8

Stamp the words “Celebrate” and “everyday” on pieces cardstock and hand tear around the words to create a distressed look. Color die cuts of the chevron with the Memento Tangelo.


Step 9

Glue all the elements using the On Point Glue. Cut a 14 x 7-inch long piece of cardstock. Score the middle of the long side and fold. Glue on the front of it the 6 x 6-inch embellished cardstock.

Supplies

Imagine
  • StazOn -Teal blue, Azure
  • Memento – Bahama blue, Teal zeal, Tangelo
  • VersaMark
  • Imagine embossing powder black
  • Vertigo sheets – Prism
  • On Point Glue
  • Sponge daubers
Other
  • White cardstock
  • Marianne Design Embossing Folder & Cutting Die – Tyre Tracks Chevrons DF3407
  • Dutch Doobadoo Mask Art Stencil – 6×6 Spiral #715600
  • Viva Decor A5 Clear Silicone Stamps Set – Tailoring Backgrounds #84
  • Brads and eyelets
  • Hole puncher
  • Heat gun
  • Thread and needle