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

Watch a Video Tutorial for a Marvelous Magenta Card

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Watch a Video for a Marvelous Magenta Card

Inspiration comes from the oddest places. I took the color magenta, combined it with an 80s catchphrase, a couple different techniques and paired those up with a stamp set and it turned into this card for our color of the month challenge for May. This fun design would make a great pick-me-up for a friend, and since it measures a mere 8 ½ x 3 5/8 inches, it fits into any unassuming letter envelope and would be a nice surprise amidst all the junk mail and bills! Check out my quick and easy video that dives into how I created this card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white
  • Card base – black
  • 
Alphabet dies (vintage)
  • Die cut machine
  • 
My Favorite Things – Geek Chic stamps
  • Acrylic block
  • Heat gun
  • Glitter
  • 
Tweezers
  • Sequins

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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

Craft a Beautiful Ipad Holder from an Old Cutting Board

by Roni Johnson

DIY craft hack transform cutting board into an ipad holder

Technology has crept into most aspects of our lives and the kitchen is no exception. The internet is a wealth of information especially when it comes to recipes and cooking suggestions. It’s like having all of the cookbooks in the world at your fingertips. While technology grants us the ability to look up any recipe we could think of there is still one little tech problem in the kitchen. I need both hands free to cook and I also need to prop up my Ipad to read my recipes. So, I thought it would be fun to make an IPad “cookbook” Holder to solve this problem. After crafting the design, I simply set it up on my counter using the hinged prop on the back, and I was ready to go!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions

VersaMark
Step 1

Paint a wood cutting board with white acrylic paint. Position stencil over the cutting board and ink with VersaMark Ink over the entire board.


Step 2

Sprinkle Imagine’s Clear Embossing Powder over the ink. Shake off excess powder and return it to the jar for future use. Melt powder with a heat tool.

VersaMagic Dew Drops – Aspen Mist, Sea Breeze, Aegean Blue, Ocean Depth, Night Sky
Step 3

Ink with VersaMagic Dew Drop inks over the embossed design. VersaMagic is a chalk pigment which leaves a beautiful matte finish and has a little bit of a longer dry time to allow for blending. Use an InkBlusher to blend the inks together working from light to darker colors.


Step 4

Use a tissue or soft dry cloth to wipe excess ink from the embossed areas. The embossed design will really pop once the excess ink has been removed.


Step 5

Color a Scrabble Letter Rack (or a similar wood mount) using an InkBlusher sponge and desired color of VersaMagic. Glue inked holder to the front of the cutting board.


Step 6

Affix a prop to the back of the cutting board. You can create any support you feel will work for your cutting board. I simply glued chipboard (actually an old game board) to the wood holder to create a support, attached the ribbon (to keep the board from opening all the way and covered the board with matching ink. 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cutting Board (preferably an old one with some character & large enough for your tablet)
  • Acrylic Paint – White (I used DecoArt)
  • Stencil
  • Scrabble Letter Rack
  • Heat tool

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And Now More Momentous Mother’s Day Magic

Mother’s Day is certainly a special time of year! It is a holiday that doesn’t require a whole lot of planning, just a whole lot of love! We reflect on what we like and appreciate about our moms and with today’s handmade selections it is obvious the feelings are special. Elina Stromberg creates a beautiful nature themed card and Martha lays down creative techniques that give a Mother’s Day card a textured look.

Beautiful Bird Mother’s Day Card

Beautiful Bird Mother’s Day Card by Elina Stromberg

Here in Finland, like in most countries, Mother’s Day is celebrated the second Sunday in May. Since childhood, my mother has received a handmade card from me and this year will not be an exception. Mum, this card is made with love just for you!

I wanted to make the card cute and feminine and thought that the soft pastel colors of DCWV cardstock pieces were just the right choice for this project. Their beautiful color palette work so well together! I started by stamping the bird image on pink cardstock and added some color and shading with Memento inks and a water brush. I stamped the branch, leaves, and flowers, cut the pieces out, and glued the pieces together before placing them on the card front. White color on the background panel is Moonlight White Brilliance ink that I applied on the pink cardstock right from the pad. The textured panel underneath is made by stamping doily images on pink cardstock. I hope she will like my card!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • DCWV – Pastels Textured cardstock
  • White card base
  • Stampin’Up – Best Birds stamp, Delicate Doilies stamp
  • Altenew – Floral Frame stamp
  • Craft cardstock
  • Water brush
  • Double-sided tape
  • Scissors

Mother of Pearl Technique by Martha Lucia Gomez

Mother of Pearl Technique by Martha Lucia Gomez

On today’s Mother’s Day project,  I am creating the Mother of Pearl technique on magenta cardstock with Frost White All-Purpose Ink. I love the texture and shimmer this technique creates and feel it adds the extra special touch to this handmade card.  Here is how to do it.

Take a piece of regular card stock and sponge it with two or three colors of Memento Ink. I selected Lulu Lavender and Lilac Posies. I started with the Lulu Lavendar and then enhanced the tone with the Lilac Posies. This helps add a sense of color depth to the background. For the pearl effect, put a few drops of All-Purpose Ink Frost White over your mat and apply with a ball of plastic wrap. The unruly nature of the plastic wrap will create chaotic texture and the shimmer of the pearl color ink will pop forward. This papercrafting hack is simple, yet requires some thinking outside of the box!

While the background dries, I sprayed a piece of white cardstock with four different colors of Fireworks Shimmery Craft Sprays. Then I stamped flowers using VersaMark and heat embossed with White Embossing Powder. I fussy cut the flowers and detailed the inside of the flowers using a tiny paint brush and Firework Lilac Posies. I added a decorated tag border to frame my sentiment, pasted with Tear It! Tape and stamped the sentiment with VersaFine Imperial Purple. Finally, I added the flowers using dimensional dots and added dark green leaves behind the flowers and transparent sequins using On Point Glue. All of these techniques are so easy, and lots of fun, don’t you think?!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Card stock – white, green
  • Suzy Stamps – Button Flower Left Stamp
  • Joy Clair – Happy Mother’s Day Stamp
  • Paint brush
  • Misti Stamping tool
  • Dimensional dots or Foam tape
  • Sequins

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Color of the Month for May is…

magenta is may's inkpad color of the month

It is Monday! It is May and it’s time for May-genta! Every month we choose a color from our variety of ink lines to challenge our customer base and our artists. For the month of May, we choose this pure pink hue and felt that it was a great transition color from Spring to Summer. Magenta is also the M in the printing acronym CMYK – Cyan Magenta Yellow Black. So whether you like this color because it is pretty or because you are a nerd you can be satisfied either way! And this is exactly where we drew our inspiration.

In today’s post, we are featuring 3 crafting DIY projects. Magenta is a great color in fashion and Kyriako’s illustrates this perfectly in a dress sketch using Versacolor. Magenta can also be dramatic, and Roni does a perfect job of showing a scrapbook page that uses a dramatic layout. And Neva brings it back home with a handmade card that shows how well Magenta is used to direct the eye. See what these artists have to say about their projects…

dress colored with versacolor

Haute Couture with VersaColor by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Haute couture, daily fashion or coloring to design a stunning piece of cloth is fun way to get into this color Magenta! In the piece above I wanted to use blending techniques with VersaColor in a different way. These pigment inks are great for coloring in and blending because of the open dry time and how they do not readily soak into the paper especially heavy paper like I am using. Blending from red to purple in this dress shows how great these inks are and I was especially looking for a lush look for this dress figure. Using a Brushstix or sponge dauber will pick the ink off the stamp pad and is easy to use like a drawing tool.

I started with a true purple in VersaColor which is the Grape and blended with Peony, Camilla and Petal Pink (lightest) moving up. Using all the shades of ink was enjoyable and created great results on this project. From an easy idea like this one you can continue to draw more dresses, use other color combinations and add color on a young girl’s room.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Dress sketch stamp or hand drawing
  • Pencil
  • A4 heavy weight paper

magenta ink scrapbook

Every Heart Needs Magenta by Roni Johnson

Magenta is my daughter-in-love’s favorite color and as it happens she had some lovely pink and white roses she carried for the wedding. I had a lovely photo with her holding them and by tweaking the color a bit I ended up with this amazing picture. I wanted a bold background to really make the colors in the picture pop so I started off with a layer of vibrant Lilac Posies Fireworks Spray. I love how the finished layout turned out…just as I envisioned it. You can see in the close up how the Creative Medium pulled some of the Fireworks Spray into the stenciled design as it dried making for an even bigger pop of color. The steel needle nose tip on the On Point Glue makes it easy to add just a drop of adhesive even for tiny embellishments like the sequins. It dries clear which is great for the clear iridescent sequins!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • ClubScrap.com – Stencil
  • Cardstock
  • Sentiment Stamp (Cherry Blossom Kit) Just For Fun Rubber Stamps
  • 2 Sided Doodle Background Frame
  • Large; 2 Sided Doodle Background/Frame – Small (large and small scribbled circles)
  • Foam adhesive
  • Sequins

happy birthday card with dragonflies

Magenta Dragonflies Birthday Card by Neva Cole

When doing research for Imagines’ color of the month I discovered that the Dragonflies come in Magenta, who knew? This Magenta-bodied Dragonfly is created using multiple layers of ink and the assistance of a stamp positioner. The body is colored directly on the stamp with Memento Dual-Tip Markers in Love Letter (one layer) and Lilac Posies (two layers) and the eyes are in in Tuxedo Black. After cleaning the stamp, the entire dragonfly is then inked with VersaMark Dazzle Champagne and heat embossed with Embossing Powder in Iridescent. A spritz of Fireworks in New Sprout finishes the front panel. The die cut sentiment and backing layer are inked with Ink Blushers and Memento Luxe using the same formula of Love Letter and Lilac Posies. The wings didn’t stand out enough so a StazOn Blue Hawaii is dabbed on with a Bullet Tip Fantastix that was first moistened with StazOn All Purpose Stamp Cleaner. On Point Glue was perfect to add very small drops of glue to the sentiment to securing adhere it to the card front. Dragonflies are iridescent in real life and I believe I captured their essence with Imagine products quite nicely!

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Sizzix–Thinlits Happy Birthday to You
  • Imagiart Stamps—Dragonfly (Vintage and is no longer available)

 

We hope you enjoy these projects from our Artist in Residence and see their supplies list for links to purchase. Read more on Magenta Wikipedia page. The stamp used in the main image is from Waffle Flower.