Love in the Air

Spring is a time for renewal. Flowers are blooming and the air is warming causing our senses and our hearts to warm as well! In today’s post, we have three handmade greeting cards from our Artists in Residence. Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates vibrant hearts and raindrops imagery on a “Drops of Love” card. Neva Cole also brings vivid colors forward with a hot air balloon theme and Alison Heikkila brings us more love with a cute punk rock girl greeting card.

Drops of Love by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Touch is one of the senses that allows people to understand things. A card sharing love with braille created with StazOn Studio Glaze, GooseBumps and Amplify can share the message. I took time here to create this card with braille to expand the idea of handmade cardmaking to those who may be visually impaired.

I started with cardstock and used GooseBumps and irRESISTibles to make rain drops as the first round of texture. I let them dry well then colored with Bahama Blue Memento and created more texture with Shimmer Creative Medium. I stamped and embossed the white circles to add another bit of dimension. Then I attached wooden hearts, drew clouds around the hearts with White Amplify! and heated to activate the puffy texture. The small braille section is a 2 ¾ x 1 ⅕ inch card. I colored the card with Lady Bug Memento and formed the dot message of braille code with Jet Black StazOn Studio Glaze. With another 2 ¾ x ½ inch card, I color distressed with Bahama Blue Memento and wrote the message with Morocco irRESISTible Pico embellisher which is perfect for lettering. To finish, I arranged all the pieces by gluing the cards on a larger main card and embellished with the little hearts.

Supplies

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Other
  • ScrapBerry’s – circles stamp
  • Buddly Crafts – wooden hearts 40mm
  • White cardstock
  • Embellishments

Glittery Sending Happy Wishes by Neva Cole

Love the look of glitter, but not the possible mess it might make for the recipient of a glittery card? The perfect answer is to use On Point Glue to apply the glitter on the reverse side of an acetate sheet. This fun card is created with StazOn ink stamped on one side of the acetate sheet and colored with StazOn Studio Glaze and glitter on the reverse. The fine tip of the On Point Glue allows great precision for applying in tiny spots.

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Other
  • Unity Stamp Company – Sending Up Something Beautiful
  • Acetate
  • Cardstock
  • Patterned paper
  • Glitter
  • Ultra fine glitter
  • Rectangles die

Hello Greeting Card by Alison Heikkila

I wanted to use a creepy-cool stamp from Stampotique called Minky Girl and was inspired by her polka-dot skirt and the heart on her shirt. I found a red sequin heart that fit over the one on her shirt perfectly and thought it would make a great card!  I wanted to show that On Point Glue can be used for different things, so I decided to write “hello” in pencil, then rewrote it with the glue. Next, I added glitter. Since I wanted her polka-dots to really stand out, I filled them in with the On Point Glue and shook on some more micro glitter. It takes a few minutes to dry (which is great in case you need to move things around with other techniques). After it dried thoroughly, I brushed off any remaining excess glitter, then added it to my black card base.

Supplies

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Other
  • Stampotique – Minky Girl Stamp
  • Glitter
  • Cardstock
  • Sequins

 

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Pages and Pages of Love

Nothing says LOVE like a bit of shimmering and bling! Jowilna Nolte and Elina Stromberg each created page layouts using gorgeous shimmering effects with Fireworks sprays and Embossing Powder. Jowilna’s page can be pasted into an art journal or used as a gift while Elina’s page shows a bit of scrapbook super talent with her own personal photography skills.

Jowilna Nolte creates a journal page with embossed diecut geometric heart and cover the page in Fireworks shimmer.

Jowilna mixed two different colors of Fireworks sprays onto a craft mat then dipped a sheet of graph or patterned paper into the mix. It is cool how the shimmer from the two different colors blend. She then assembled the journal page by adding an embossed die-cut heart, ribbon and a decorative hat element using a brad. Bind into your art journal or use it for a gift.

Supplies

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Other
  • Heart silhouette
  • Ribbon
  • Brad
  • Hat embellishment
  • Gold thread
  • Patterned paper

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Elina Stromberg’s reflection:

In addition to paper crafting, I love to take pictures. I have thousands of photos of my precious family, and the best shots often end up on my scrapbooking layouts. If I print pictures in advance without a special layout design in mind, I prefer converting the photos to black and white before printing. With B&W photos I have more freedom to choose whatever colors or patterned papers for my layout, without having to match the papers, colors nor embellishments to the color palette on the photo. So handy!

For the background of layout, I chose a sheet of heavy watercolor paper. Watercolor and mixed media papers tolerate wet media well, leaving the paper nicely flat after drying. If I had chosen a simple uncoated scrapbooking paper I would have had to prepare the paper with clear or white gesso before misting the pink Fireworks! on the page. To make the shimmery, rich Fireworks! color run on the paper I sprayed the color gently with water. Once dry I decorated the colored area with a few die-cut elements and stamping. For coloring the flowers I used pink and white All-Purpose inks. Those are my true favorites! All-Purpose inks are as simple to use as watercolors, but they are opaque and let you have more control of the color.

The title was die-cut from purple cardstock, and before gluing down on the page I heat-embossed the bottom parts of each letter with gold embossing powder. That’s an easy way to make your title pop!

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • 12 x 12” watercolor paper
  • Solid color papers – purple, white, light pink
  • Patterned papers
  • Altenew – stamp, diecut
  • Wycinanka – stamp
  • Acrylic stamping block
  • Sizzix – diecut
  • Die cut machine
  • Heat tool
  • Adhesive
  • Scissors

 

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How Delightful Fairy Themes Can Be!

We love happy accidents! These two projects by Mischelle Smith and Renee Zarate have three things in common: “Delight”, fairies and a touch of wintergreen. While our artists were challenged to use or color of the month, wintergreen, the rest is kismet. We couldn’t help but share them together!

by Mischelle Smith

Mischelle Smith creates a wintergreen Delight card with Delicata – White Shimmer, Silver Shimmer, Golden Glitz Memento - Morocco VersaMark VersaFine – Onyx Black Sponge Daubers

This month Imagine challenged all Artists in Residence with the theme “new beginnings.” Our color of the month is Wintergreen. Each of the challenges sparkled (yes, sparkled) my interest and I immediately knew that I wanted to incorporate sparkly Delicata inks into my project. White Shimmer, with a kiss of Silver Shimmer, is the perfect companion to every shade of wintergreen mint. And it’s not a party until Golden Glitz arrives! I could hardly wait to incorporate it into my project! I have never had a metallic gold pigment inkpad that is as stunning as Golden Glitz – I love this ink!

So, here is to new beginnings!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Vera Lane Studio – Ladies Who Lunch Digi Stamp Set
  • Close To My Heart – Stamps – Greatest Love, Good Thymes!, Bronze Shimmer Trim, Gold Sequins, white notecards
  • Stampin’ Up! – Wonderful Wings
  • We R Memory Keepers – Chalkboard 6×6 Paper Pad
  • Metallic Thread – Gold
  • Foam tape
  • Adhesive
  • Cutting Tool
  • Scissors
  • Waterbrush
  • Acrylic Block
  • White sheer ribbon
  • Pearl gemstones

by Renee Zarate

What is not to delight in with these two fantastic cards by Mischelle Smith and Renee Zarate. Each share something in common Wintergreen fairies! #crafting #crafts #handmadecard #greetingcard #fairy #wintergreen

Part of the fun of mixed media projects is combining different colors to come up with new signature palettes. When making small art projects, it doesn’t take a lot of product, and it is an opportunity to try different techniques for a powerful statement. In this case, I was playing with two different Iridescent Creative Medium pastes to achieve a wintergreen color. Applying the paste to a piece of black cardstock really makes it pop.

What is not to delight in with these two fantastic cards by Mischelle Smith and Renee Zarate. Each share something in common Wintergreen fairies! #crafting #crafts #handmadecard #greetingcard #fairy #wintergreen

Using a different Fantastix tool for each color, I colored around the image with Memento New Sprout, Desert Sand, Summer Sky and Angel Pink ink. Spritz with Sheer Shimmer Frost spray and then blend with a paint brush. Edge the ATC with Brilliance Pearlescent Rust ink using a Sponge Dauber.

What is not to delight in with these two fantastic cards by Mischelle Smith and Renee Zarate. Each share something in common Wintergreen fairies! #crafting #crafts #handmadecard #greetingcard #fairy #wintergreen

I then matted the ATC panel onto black card stock cut ½” larger than the stamped panel, then cut a piece of patterned paper ½” larger and adhere the stamped, matted panel. After applying GlazOn gloss finish to the bubbles in the stamped image, I allowed it to dry thoroughly.

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Using a Scotty palette knife, I combine 2 Iridescent Creative Medium pastes together to achieve a wintergreen color. Blue and Chartreuse Green are good colors to combine in equal amounts, mixed with a palette knife on a paper plate or a piece of deli paper to get a lovely greenish blue hue.

What is not to delight in with these two fantastic cards by Mischelle Smith and Renee Zarate. Each share something in common Wintergreen fairies! #crafting #crafts #handmadecard #greetingcard #fairy #wintergreen

I cut the stenciled, black dotted paper and tore the bottom of the paper to leave an enough space at the bottom of the card to stamp “delight” using Black Shimmer Delicata ink. The rest of the stenciled black card stock can be used to make additional cards in a series by coloring different images on the ATC and stamping different words at the bottom of the card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white, black
  • TCW stencil
  • Paint Brush
  • Cutting tool
  • Adhesive
  • Hero Arts Stamps – “Blessing Word”
  • Prima Finnabair’s – “Don’t Forget to Fly”
  • Watermarked photo

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Bright Beginnings with All-Purpose Ink

by Elina Stromberg

Imagine Artist Elina Stromberg focuses on bright beginnings in 2017 with a candle set made with Tsukineko’s All Purpose ink and Fantastix.

A new year has started. Let it be filled with love, joy, happiness and sweet memories. To celebrate, I decorated two candles with flowers and a golden 2017 then lit the candles on the New Years Eve to give 2017 a beautiful bright beginning. Candles can easily be decorated with tissue paper. The images are either stamped or hand drawn on thin tissue paper and then attached on the candle with a heat tool. Now I can light them whenever a sweet memory is created this year!

Directions

Imagine Artist Elina Stromberg focuses on bright beginnings in 2017 with a candle set made with Tsukineko’s All Purpose ink and Fantastix. She creates a mask with post-its in this photo.

Step 1

Cut a strip of tissue paper with the length equaling the candle circumference. and the width enough to fit the images.

Step 2

Stamp flower images on post-it notes and cut out to create a stamping mask.

Step 3

Stamp a flower garland onto white tissue paper using Onyx Black VersaFine ink and your masks created in step 2. Place a post-it note mask on the stamped flower to layer the images; images stamped over the mask appear on the background of the protected image. Stamp year on a separate piece of tissue paper using Golden Glitz Delicata ink.

Imagine Artist Elina Stromberg focuses on bright beginnings in 2017 with a candle set made with Tsukineko’s All Purpose ink and Fantastix. Color the flowers with All Purpose ink.
Step 4

Paint flowers and leaves with All-Purpose Inks, using Fantastix brushes.

Imagine Artist Elina Stromberg focuses on bright beginnings in 2017 with a candle set made with Tsukineko’s All Purpose ink and Fantastix.

Step 5

Fussy cut around the layered flower image, leaving a thin border around the flowers. Closed areas between flowers can be left uncut.

Imagine Artist Elina Stromberg focuses on bright beginnings in 2017 with a candle set made with Tsukineko’s All Purpose ink and Fantastix. Use a heat tool to set the image.

Step 6

Place stamped tissue paper on the candle. Heat gently with the heat gun until the candle starts to melt. Melted paraffin wax adheres the tissue paper on the candle, and white tissue paper areas become invisible. Start with the stamped flowers and finish the project with attaching gold colored 2017.

Imagine Artist Elina Stromberg focuses on bright beginnings in 2017 with a candle set made with Tsukineko’s All Purpose ink and Fantastix.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • White tissue paper
  • Candle(s)
  • Post-it notes
  • Altenew – Flower stamps
  • Acrylic stamping block
  • Stampers Anonymous – Number stamps
  • Heat gun
  • Scissors

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Vintage Holidays

Holly Jolly

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Handmae Christmas card featuring a vintage stamped image and a candy red embossed mat with the sentiment "holly jolly" by Martha Lucia Gomez.

Christmas is a fun and happy time, and I love to use traditional colors on my cards. I also love embossing powder! I created this striking image border using Candy Red Embossing Powder, which compliments the water-colored vintage image nicely.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 45 minutes

Directions

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Step 1

Stamp the image using Black Shimmer Delicata Ink on a piece of very vanilla card stock. It’s perfect for this season! Cover the stamped image with Clear Embossing Powder and melt with the heat tool.

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Step 2

Color the details of your image using Kaleidacolor inks and Fantastix. Mix the inks with Ink Potion No. 9, and spritz your image to encourage more blending. Crop to the image borders of the paper.

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Step 3

Using another piece of very vanilla card stock, create a mat for the painted image. Using VersaMark, ink the four borders of this piece and cover it with Candy Red Embossing Powder. Melt the powder with the heat tool.

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Step 4

Adhere the image to the mat with Tear It! Tape, and the mat to the front of your card base. Paste several layers of die cuts in very vanilla together and paste to card base below the image.

Supplies

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Other
  • Cardstock – very vanilla
  • Cuddly Buddly Crafts – Holly Collage
  •  Stampin’ Up – Jolly die cut
  • Acrylic block or stamp tool
  • Die cut machine
  • Scissors or paper trimmer
  • Heat tool
  • Adhesive

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Coloring with Fantastix

Bird on a Branch

by Alison Heikkila

Handmade and painted bird image card by Alison Heikkila using Fantastix and Kaleidacolor ink palettes.

I wanted to show you how I used Fantastix to color in this sweet little bird card. The cool thing about Fantastix is that it turns any inkpad into a marker! I love the Kaleidacolor palettes, and used the Cappuccino Delight’s rich and warm range for this cute little brown bird. I love the soft, painterly look the Fantastix create. Thank you for checking out my project!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions

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Step 1

Stamp the bird with VersaFine ink. Using the lightest shade in the Cappuccino Delight Kaleidacolor palette, ink a brush tipped Fantastix and begin to apply it to the chest of the bird. I wanted to give the bird a soft, brushy look, so I didn’t apply my colors to heavily or evenly on purpose.

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Step 2

Move through the color palette to achieve the desired look on the bird. The brush tip Fantastix is perfect for fine detail work. You can see that I also kept out my simple color chart of the Kalediacolor set, so that I can see exactly how the shades will look when they are dry.

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Step 3

After you have colored the bird to your liking, die or fussy cut the image out.

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Step 4

Tape the tree stencil to create the background paper. Using the bullet tipped Fantastix and the Vineyard Kaleidacolor, apply the taupe color to the stencil. Again, I did not go heavy with the color. Instead, I shadowed the tree branches, and pulled the color upward lightly. Next, use the gray tone in the palette to add some dimension and weathering. You can apply some Ink Potion No. 9 with a brush to the branches for extra blending.

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Step 5

Apply the green shade to the leaves. Then use the lightest shade in the Cappuccino Delight palette to give the branches more of a fall look. Apply the middle shade of the Cappuccino Delight palette to the berries. Remove the stencil.

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Step 6

Apply VersaMagic in Wheat to the border. Spray Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Sparkle from high above the stenciled image. Don’t spray it too close, or you could wet the stenciled ink too much.

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Step 7

Apply Potter’s Clay Memento to the card base. Glue the stenciled image to the card base, and the bird to one of the branches

Supplies

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Other
  • Stampendous – Winter Tweets Stamp and Die set
  • Canson – Mixed Media Paper
  • Card base
  • Adhesive

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