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

 

Watch a Video on how to Upcycle a Glass Bottle

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Watch a Video on how to Upcycle a Glass Bottle

I have a habit of saving interesting boxes, bottles, bags, packing materials, etc. that I think look cool. I keep them in a box (or three) labeled “Alterables” for when I want to create something but the idea of a card or canvas doesn’t scratch the creative itch. This glass jar is the sort that comes full of candy or nuts around the holidays and was overdue for a spruce-up.

Fireworks! Sprays will dry on glass or plastic, they just need a good long while to do so. You can carefully use a heat gun to help speed it up, but make sure it’s fully dry before spraying with a sealant to protect it for the long haul.

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Empty glass bottle
  • Stencil Girl – Brick and Mortar stencil
  • Buttons Galore & More – Button, bead, and sequin mix
  • Darice – Heat tool
  • Helmar – Liquid Scrap Dots adhesive
  • Crystal Kote Gloss Varnish
  • Matching ribbon
  • Toothpicks

See How to Make Your Own Unicorn Coloring Book

by Roni Johnson

See How to Make Your Own Unicorn Coloring Book

Happy Coloring Book Day! I was so excited when I read August 2nd was National Coloring Book Day. I knew I wanted to make my very own stamped Unicorn coloring book. I’ve been caught up in the adult coloring book wave of goodness and making one of my own has been on my mind for a while. What could be more fun than coloring pages you designed yourself?! Once you get into a good stamping and inking rhythm, it turns out to be an easy project.

inked pages in a tutorial on See How to Make Your Own Unicorn Coloring Book
Step 1

Design a set of covers using chipboard and cardstock. Flick a bit of irRESISTible Texture Medium on a piece of cardstock. Mist with 2 or more coordinating colors of Fireworks Spray and mix the two mediums and let dry. Secure newly inked cardstock to the chipboard and cover the adhesive with a clean cut of cardstock.

Pages inside a Unicorn Coloring Book
Step 2

Stamp the inside pages with a variety of unicorn stamps with using VersaFine Onyx Black. This is a perfect ink for watercoloring or water-based markers. For the lovely unicorns, I used all sorts of stamp sets and styles from different stamp companies such as Hero Arts and Lawn Fawn. Use a die-cut mask to apply color using Memento and VersaMagic inks to the edge of each coloring book page.

See How to Make Your Own Unicorn Coloring Book

See How to Make Your Own Unicorn Coloring Book

Step 3

Depending on what craft supplies you have handy, bind the pages together in a book form. Since this is not a bookbinding lesson, I encourage you to find a supplementary lesson on simple book binding. Here‘s one binding idea from Neva Cole. I happen to have the Zutter equipment so it is what I used. Once you bind all the pages together you are ready to start coloring! Enjoy!

See How to Make Your Own Unicorn Coloring Book

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock
  • Avery Elle – Be a Unicorn stamp set
  • CC Designs – Unicorn Dreams stamp set
  • Lawn Fawn – Winter Unicorn
  • Hero Arts – Unicorn DC208; Unicorn F6231
  • Joy Claire – Doodle Flowers
  • Just For Fun Rubber Stamps – Cupcake, Water Globe
  • Pinkfresh Studio – Unicorn Dreams
  • Technique Tuesday – Say It Happy
  • Unity – Butterfly
  • Spellbinders – Label Die
  • Zutter – Binder, Owire (or any book binding kit available)
  • Chipboard
  • Masking Paper

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Create Cuteness with a Die Inlay Technique

by Elina Stromberg

Create Cuteness with a Die Inlay Technique

Isn’t the ‘Faye’ stamp set by Waffle Flower just adorable! Last month, I used this cute little monkey image for decorating a mini purse (see link below) and now I wanted to add to that with a fun inlay technique using Waffle Flower’s Cross Stitches Heart die. These cross stitch stamp styles are unique to Waffle Flower. They are so cute and work really well with any theme. Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour + drying time

Directions


Step 1

Cover the patterned paper with a thin layer of clear gesso. Spread the gesso with a brush or palette knife.

Stamp the cute little monkey on watercolor paper with Onyx Black VersaFine ink.
Step 2

Stamp the cute little monkey on watercolor paper with Onyx Black VersaFine ink.

VersaColor Brown, VersaColor Raspberry, VersaMagic Thatched Straw, and VersaMagic Gingerbread
Step 3

Color the image with VersaColor Brown, VersaColor Raspberry, VersaMagic Thatched Straw, and VersaMagic Gingerbread. Use the craft mat as palette. Ink directly onto the craft mat, mix and apply the colors with a water brush. Dry with a heat gun, and fussy cut with scissors.


Step 4

Color the background with Fireworks Lilac Posies (this can also be applied to the craft mat first and used with a Fantastix or waterbrush). Dry with a heat gun, and die-cut with Waffle Flower’s Cross Stitched Heart die on the center of the card. Set aside the extra “x” Cross Stitch pieces from this cut. They will be used later for embellishments.


Step 5

Cut card to desired size. Mat on dark red cardstock using Tear It Tape.


Step 6

Die-cut the Cross Stitch Heart again from dark red cardstock. Remove paper gently from around the die, leaving little cross-stitches on the die. Place the die upside down on the die-cut heart, press cross-stitches through the die with a toothpick. Crosses will stick on the two-sided tape used for matting the card. This will essentially fill in the shapes with a new paper color creating a gorgeous effect.


Step 7

Glue light colored die-cut Cross Stitched “x” from the first cut in a previous step on the background. Make a few Fireworks ink splashes with a small brush. Decorate card with stamped texts and stamped flowers. Stamp the sentiment text on a piece of white cardstock, glue with the main image on the card front. When you have all the elements where you’d like them then mat card on white card base.

See the Faye themed Coin Purse by Elina. 

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Clear gesso
  • Patterned paper
  • Waffle Flower – Faye stamp set, Cross Stitched Heart die
  • Toothpick
  • Water brush
  • Cardstock – dark red, white
  • Card base – white

Enhance Your Card Design with VersaMarker

by Renee Zarate

Enhance Your Card Design with VersaMarker

When you look at a pineapple what do you see? A ripe pineapple has shades of not only yellow but also touches of orange, green and brown. This card is made from a master board that incorporates all of these colors by using Fireworks Craft Sprays and water. The fun begins when the Stencil Girl stencils are used extensively with white gesso. Since this was a color challenge, the colors may say pineapple but the theme is summer rain.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 – 2 hours + dry time

Directions

 140lb watercolor paper sprayed with Fireworks Craft Spray
Step 1

To prepare the master board, spray a piece of 140lb watercolor paper with water. While still wet, spray Fireworks Craft Spray in different colors onto the paper. Lift the paper and allow the colors to run. Mop up any excess with a paper towel. Blend the colors with more water and blot again to soften the mix.


Step 2

Choose an area for the background and cut a piece of the paper to measure 4 ½” x 6 ¾”. On this panel, place a stencil and apply gesso through the stencil. Tape off any areas on the stencils that are not needed on the card. Lift the stencil straight up so it doesn’t smear, wash the stencil off immediately and allow the design to dry completely. Clean stencil.


Step 3

When the gesso is dry, reapply the stencil. If the image needs to be stronger just repeat the application of gesso and dry. Reapply the clean stencil and highlight the phrase with Brilliance Pearlescent Rust ink using a small dauber. Apply Clear Embossing Powder to the phrase and melt with a heat tool. Dilute a small amount of White All-Purpose Ink, use a paint brush and tap it to apply small spatters of white onto the panel. Use a Micron 05 black pen to outline the images and ink the edges of the panel. Use On Point Glue to attach a few light blue sequins randomly.


Step 4

Color the umbrella with a Dandelion Memento Marker then color over the yellow with a VersaMarker and heat emboss with clear powder. Touch some of the rain drops, the top of the girl’s hair and the tips of the boots with VersaMarker then sprinkle Imagine’s Iridescent Embossing Powder and melt with the heat tool. The embossing powder in the right spots create a shiny surface and give a life-like appearance to the design. Adhere the panel to a card blank with Tear It Tape and you are finished!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Strathmore 140 lb. Watercolor Paper
  • Stencil Girl – Rain by Jessica Sporn
  • Washi tape
  • Spray bottle of water
  • Micron 05 mm Pen – black
  • Sequins
  • Heat tool
  • Paper towel
  • Paper trimmer