Mini or Marbled? We Heart Both!

In today’s blog, Tenia Nelson hand lettered a mini heart and decorated it with Fireworks! While Martha Lucia Gomez experiments with using Fireworks! as the ink in a marbled effect with shaving cream. These projects both use Fireworks! in a subtle way but still with that extra something to their projects.

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Tenia Nelson made this super fun tiny Valentine using Angel Pink Memento Marker onto Watercolor paper. She cut using a simple heart die then hand lettered the “Love You” sentiment onto heart using Tuxedo Black Memento Marker. She finished this quick project with a splatter effect using Angel Pink Fireworks! to add some texture and shimmer.

Supplies

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Other
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Crafter’s Companion – Heart Die

Martha creates a marbled paper with Fireworks spray

Martha Lucia Gomez loves experimenting with new techniques. In this project, she decided to try the marbled look using shaving cream and ink to create a marbled effect on paper. In this case, the ink is Fireworks! Craft Spray which is water-based and produces a shimmer effect. Martha reports:

“This is really easy to do yourself. Simply take a sizable amount of shaving cream and add some drops or sprays of Fireworks. In my project, I used three different colors of Fireworks: Lilac Posies, Dandelion, and Cantaloupe. Lightly mix the colors with a stick. Pass your paper over the foam and let the mix touch the paper. Remove the excess foam with a clean scrap of paper. Let dry very well before continuing to work on the project. Stamp with any type of ink over the marbled paper.”

Martha creates a marbled paper with Fireworks spray

Martha creates a marbled paper with Fireworks spray

Supplies

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Other
  • Shaving Cream
  • Altenew – Super Script 2 Stamp Set

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Make the Best Breakfast Eggs with Amplify!

by Alison Heikkila

Creating texture in your craft project or greeting card with Amplify! Alison Heikkila shows us how to make eggs using Amplify! White and Radiant Neon Yellow!

Hello! For the month of January, the Imagine team has been working with the theme “New Beginnings.” For me, a new beginning happens each and every day, and I like to start the day off with breakfast. I’m going to sound like a public service announcement, but breakfast is the most important meal of the day…so why not start it off with a smile? I was inspired by Lawn Fawn’s Love ‘N Breakfast stamps, and I thought Radiant Neon Amplify! would make fun egg accents, or ‘eggcents’, on a card.

Directions

Creating texture in your craft project or greeting card with Amplify! Alison Heikkila shows us how to make eggs using Amplify! White and Radiant Neon Yellow!

Step 1

Cut a 3″ x 3″ square of Canson Mixed Media Paper. Stamp the tray and eggs & bacon on to the square using Onyx Black VersaFine. You’ll see in the photo above that my sentiment is too long for my square. So I decided to stamp it out in sections. Of course, I don’t want to cut my sentiment, so I masked parts of it off with washi tape.

Creating texture in your craft project or greeting card with Amplify! Alison Heikkila shows us how to make eggs using Amplify! White and Radiant Neon Yellow!

Step 2

I worked from the end of the sentence backwards, as I found it was easier to stamp out the words where they needed to be. I left the “with a smile” exposed and covered the rest with the washi tape. Ink up the words, remove the washi tape, and stamp below the tray, in between the legs.

Creating texture in your craft project or greeting card with Amplify! Alison Heikkila shows us how to make eggs using Amplify! White and Radiant Neon Yellow! masking a stamp techniqueCreating texture in your craft project or greeting card with Amplify! Alison Heikkila shows us how to make eggs using Amplify! White and Radiant Neon Yellow! Lawn Fawn breakfast tray

Step 3

Next, I covered everything but “morning” and stamped that right above the tray. I also added the same small heart that I put on the vase to the left side of the sentiment.

Creating texture in your craft project or greeting card with Amplify! Alison Heikkila shows us how to make eggs using Amplify! White and Radiant Neon Yellow!

Step 4

Color in the image using Memento Dual Tip Markers. I highly recommend Rhubarb Stalk and Desert Sand for the bacon.

Creating texture in your craft project or greeting card with Amplify! Alison Heikkila shows us how to make eggs using Amplify! White and Radiant Neon Yellow! Creating texture in your craft project or greeting card with Amplify! Alison Heikkila shows us how to make eggs using Amplify! White and Radiant Neon Yellow!

Creating texture in your craft project or greeting card with Amplify! Alison Heikkila shows us how to make eggs using Amplify! White and Radiant Neon Yellow!

Step 5

To meg the eggs, I tried a few different ways, and used various products. I liked the Amplify! versions the best. Apply a large dot of Yellow Radiant Neon Amplify! below the colored in images. Take the white Amplify! and apply an uneven oval. Don’t make a circle, or it will look like a flower in the end. I made 2 at a time, then heated them together with my heat tool.Repeat this process across the bottom of the square. Word of caution: Be sure to thoroughly heat and dry the Amplify! or you could wind up with runny yolks. And that’s just no fun on your project.

Creating texture in your craft project or greeting card with Amplify! Alison Heikkila shows us how to make eggs using Amplify! White and Radiant Neon Yellow!

Step 6

Create a mat for the stamped image with Wedgewood blue colored cardstock, cut to 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4.”

Creating texture in your craft project or greeting card with Amplify! Alison Heikkila shows us how to make eggs using Amplify! White and Radiant Neon Yellow! Creating texture in your craft project or greeting card with Amplify! Alison Heikkila shows us how to make eggs using Amplify! White and Radiant Neon Yellow!

Step 7

Create another mat using a powder blue cardstock, cut to 5 1/4″ x 3 3/4.” Using Onyx Black VersaFine and more washi tape, stamp one of the toast pieces repeatedly onto the powder blue mat. The washi tape will stay sticky but won’t muck up your stamp as you repeat the process all over the background.

Step 8

After the toast has been stamped, edge the powder blue cardstock with Encore Ultimate Metallic ink in Blue.

Creating texture in your craft project or greeting card with Amplify! Alison Heikkila shows us how to make eggs using Amplify! White and Radiant Neon Yellow!

Step 9

Glue all of your layers together.

I am pretty happy with my little puffy eggs. I think they are just the right amount of dimension and silliness for the card. I hope you learned a couple of tricks. Have an inspiring day!

Supplies

Imagine

VersaFine – Onyx Black
Memento Markers– Dandelion, Rhubarb Stalk, Desert Sand, Summer Sky, New Sprout, Pear Tart, Angel Pink, Rose Bud, Lulu Lavender, Sweet Plum, Tangelo, Love Bug
Radiant Neon Amplify! – Electric Yellow, White
Encore! Ultimate Metallic Ink – Blue

Other

Lawn Fawn – Love ‘N Breakfast stamp set
Canson – Mixed Media Paper
Cardstock – wedgewoodblue,powder blue, white
Adhesive
Heat Tool

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Creative Journals for Creative People

Imagine artist Jennifer Vanderbeek and Kyriakos Pachadiroglou share their mixed media creative journals which we hope will jump start your adventures today! StazOn Studio Glaze

One of the cool features of an art journal or planner is it allows for a regular creative practice. This can improve the quality of life and allows more connection to one’s craft. A part of being creative and journaling is to modify your journal cover and pages to further express your aspirations. Today we are sharing two different styles of creative journals by Imagine artists Jennifer Vanderbeek and Kyriakos Pachadiroglou.

Jennifer’s Journal Cover

Imagine artist Jennifer Vanderbeek and Kyriakos Pachadiroglou share their mixed media creative journals which we hope will jump start your adventures today! Fireworks Craft Spray

The cover’s base is a collage with torn pieces of map pages as well as craft paper pasted down with Creative Medium. Then shimmer is added with some sprays of Fireworks!. The earthy tones of Desert Sand, Potter’s Clay, and Rich Cocoa complement the craft paper and helped blend the edges of the maps into the background. The title of the journal is hand drawn with Memento markers and accented with white StazOn Studio Glaze.

Jennifer’s Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Blank journal
  • Maps
  • Craft paper
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Interim Photos and Captions

Kyriakos’ Directions

Imagine artist Jennifer Vanderbeek and Kyriakos Pachadiroglou share their mixed media creative journals which we hope will jump start your adventures today!

This interior journal page is partially covered with white heavy structure paste with a light mix of the Brilliance Mediterranean Blue ink and then distressed with the same color using a wet tissue and few ink drops. To give a winter color mix, use the Sage VersaColor inkpad in random spots of the page. Use Silver Encore! inkpad to blend with blue ink giving a Silver Gray and a bit of a reflective effect on the white structure paste.

Kyriakos’ Supplies

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Other
  • Doodlebug Design – stamp set
  • Kaisercraft – Clear stamp set
  • Scrapberry – Everyday stamp
  • 7 Gypsies wooden stamp – Dreams, Dare
  • Studio G – Love Yourself stamp
  • Heavy structure paste

To encourage a daily or weekly practice, keep your art journal somewhere visible. Use images and colors that inspire you to create!

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Hand Craft a Twelve Page Photo Journal for the Year

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Ever wonder what to do with those special concert ticket stubs without dedicating an entire page in a scrapbook? Or how to capture an entire month filled with outings, adventures, and family events? Imagine artist Kyriakos has designed a clever 12-month photo journal to help solve the problem of collecting keepsakes without the clutter.

Choose a special moment of each month of 2017, preferably with a photo and save them in a 12-page handmade journal. The pages are empty envelopes that easily set together, creating pockets that allow one to store a ticket, a note and/or a photo of an occasion, a party or a moment in the month, while the opposite side can be used to write down a date, feelings or anything else that make that day special and need to remember. Use stamps, markers and stickers to alter it further during the year.

Directions

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 1

Stamp 12 envelopes on the front top to mark a header for a date or title. Keep the flap on the left side.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 2

Take a clear envelope and keep it open. Place some glue on the back of the flap of a stamped one and insert it in the first envelope up to the flaps’ crease, press to set. Fold the envelope to the first one and continue with the rest as above. When finished with all envelopes, place some glue on the book spine and secure with the bookbinders until it dries.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 3

Glue the book at the center of the light blue cardstock.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 4

Cut 2 pieces of the 12×12 paper, 1 inch larger than the book boards. Glue them on the book boards as covers.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 5

Distress the covers with the Celadon VersaColor and Pinecone VersaColor inkpads.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 6

Press the Pinecone VersaColor inkpad on the working surface and lightly mix with the heavy structure paste with the palette knife. Cover the cover with large strokes.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 7

Stamp words with the clear letter stamps and the Pinecone VersaColor inkpad.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 8

Using the Pinecone VersaColor inkpad, stamp the months on the side of the canvas piece of fabric and distress the rest of it on both sides.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 9

Color the heart shape with the Silver Encore! inkpad and the letters with the Pinecone VersaColor inkpad.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 10

Turn the bronze metallic leaves into silver by embossing them with the Imagine Silver Embossing Powder and the help of the VersaMark inkpad.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 11

Glue the canvas with the stamped months on the bark piece, fold the fabric under and glue on the cover.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Finish with setting the rest of the embellishments on the cover.

Now you have a photo journal that is waiting to be filled with all the fun event mementos planned for the year. At the end of the year, 12 moments will make a keepsake journey in 2017. Best of all, the same technique can be used with any size of envelopes and more pages can be added for regular journals or planners.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • 4 ½ x 6 ¼ photo envelopes in two colors
  • 2pc of 4 ¾ x 6 ½ book board
  • Light blue cardstock 4 ¾ x 6 ½
  • Kaisercraft – Alpha Cursive script stamps
  • 7gypsies – Par Avios clear stamps
  • Silver round studs
  • Metallic flowers
  • Heavy structure paste
  • Efco – 12×12 stripes paper
  • Craft wire – silver
  • Wooden shapes – numbers, heart
  • Binder twine
  • 8 x 3 piece of canvas
  • 4 ½ x 2 ½ piece of bark
  • Heat tool
  • PVA glue

 

 

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Monochromatic Card with Encore

Blue Butterfly Card

by Nadine Carlier

 

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See how to create a monochromatic card using one Encore Ultimate Metallic Ink color in this video by Nadine Carlier.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • IndigoBlu Stamp
  • CAS-ual Fridays Stamp
  • Sequins
  • Cardstock – White, Blue

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Inking on Burlap Canvas

Furry Family

by Monica Edwards

A handmade custom home decor art piece made by inking a stretched burlap canvas with StazOn and Encore Ulitmate Metallic inks with photo of the family dog and the world Family in Silver chipboard.

For those of us who own pets generally they are just as much as part of our family as our own kids. My daughter would often pick up every stray humanly possible off the street and bring them home. I remember coming home to a dog with one tooth, shaggy fur that looked like it had not had a bath in years, just laying and relaxing on my expensive couch! But they can worm their way into your heart, and become another member of the Family!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 2 hours

Directions

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Step 1

Take some washi tape and create a pattern across the stretched burlap canvas. Dab some StazOn Opaque ink in Cotton White onto a Jumbo Dauber and blot across the areas your masked off with the washi tape. Then apply some Encore Ultimate Metallic in Pink to add some extra color and shine.

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Step 2

Leaving the tape on the canvas, lay the stencil on top of the canvas. Using StazOn ink in Jet Black and a dauber, ink over the stencil design pieces you want to show. Once done remove the washi tape to reveal perfect stripes!

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Step 3

Fussy cut your furry friend photo and adhere to canvas. Add a sentiment with any embellishments you would like for a complete finished look. A perfect wall hanging for my daughter who loves dogs any size, any color!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Burlap stretched canvas
  • StencilGirl – Decorative Curly Ornament
  • Chipboard Sentiment – Family
  • Adhesive
  • Other Embellishments (optional)

 

 

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