How To Create A Shimmery Winter Background

by Nadine Carlier

Winter Wishes Card by Nadine Carlier IC

The metallic shimmer in Delicata inks is perfect to create a shimmery winter background. Watch my video below to see exactly how I did it.  Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

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Learn How to Create a Beautiful Galaxy Background on a Card

by Arjita Sepaha Singh

Galaxy backgrounds are very popular nowadays and it’s no wonder because it is very beautiful and also fun to create. Today, I will be sharing a super quick and easy way to create it using Goosebumps spray and Fireworks Sprays in Rosebud, Danube Blue & Sweet Plum. See how I created this card with the sentiment that reads, “I love you more than the stars” which is a wonderful message to share with someone you love.

 

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See How to Make a Loved By God Mixed Media Canvas

by Mischelle Smith

Mischelle Smith creates this wonderful mixed media project with two lovely ladies.

Mixed media projects have the potential to go into any direction. One can build up layers with texture and create a design that looks 3-D, mix different mediums to create a luster or build layers that draw the eye inward to a 2-D surface. In today’s tutorial, Mischelle Smith goes through a process of coloring, blending, and layering to achieve a dense and soft texture layer over text and images. This dreamy canvas would work great with any sentiment theme and for many occasions.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 15 minutes

Directions

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Step 1

Paint canvas with gesso. Let dry.

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Step 2

Use tape to begin removing the copy from an old page. Be sure to remove enough copy for an image to stand out on a page. Stamp image of two ladies onto the page. Color the faces and skin using Memento Markers (colors of your choice).

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Step 3

Cut out a portion of the image and color dress using Brushstix, Pink Grapefruit VersaMagic and Turquoise Gem VersaMagic. Color hats with Desert Sand Memento and Toffee Crunch Memento markers.

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Step 4

With Mod Podge, cover a canvas with paper scraps, washi tape, old book pages, etc. Add the ladies as a focal image to the canvas. Cover again with Mod Podge and let the canvas dry. Spritz canvas with Goosebumps to add texture.

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Step 5

Spritz saying and old papers with Goosebumps. Let dry.  Soften edges of the canvas with Cloud White VersaMagic ink.

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Step 6

Stamp Turquoise Gem VersaMagic onto Imagine Craft Mat and blend color with palette knife into Creative Medium. Apply the Creative Medium to your canvas using a stencil and palette knife.

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Step 7

Continue to layer pieces of  paper scraps, spritz the canvas with Angel Pink Fireworks! Let dry. Seal Fireworks! with Mod Podge and let dry. Ink the edges of words using a Jumbo Dauber, Turquoise Gem VersaMagic, and Pink Grapefruit VersaMagic.

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Step 8

Layer various Imagine sprays such as Sheer Shimmer Spritz, Walnut Ink Cornflower, and Walnut Ink Cherry Blossom and seal each layer with Goosebumps and allow to dry.

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Step 9

Finish any detailing with top layers of texture with White Wedding Dress IrRESISTibles which will block anything underneath and act as top paint splatter look. This tutorial helps show how to build a dense beautiful shimmery effect that will cause the eye to wander around the canvas. The theme and text are subject to change which opens one up to explore these layering and coloring techniques over and over again.

Supplies

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  • 6” x 6” canvas
  • Foam Brush
  • Gesso
  • Craft Knife
  • Printer
  • Vintage Clip Art
  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • Waterbrush
  • Acrylic Block
  • CTMH – washi tape, pattern paper, white cardstock
  • Old books/hymnal pages
  • Stencil
  • Black fine writing pen

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See How February Brings the Best Love

imagine's color of the month for February 2017 is Rose

Now that we are settling back into our normal work week after all the fun and excitement of Creativation, we are actually very excited to get back to work with our artists and planning out the year.

To kick off February right we are announcing our color of the month—rose. (In our heads we hear a lot of  oooos from the audience!) We loosely define rose as soft pink. Some soft pinks are so pale they are almost like a flesh-colored beige. Some soft pink tints are brighter like a light magenta. We feel Memento Angel Pink is a nice example of a brighter pink. However you interpret ‘rose’, we hope you find it pleasing and find a new product to try out in this soft, beautiful hue!

Our Artists in Residence at Imagine jumped on board with rose and have produced beautiful work honoring this timeless color. We wanted to share just a few of the great rose projects to kick of a month in pink!

Elina Stromberg creates this beautiful card using Memento Angel Pink.

Elina Stromberg colors the light pink background of this card using Angel Pink Memento ink, applying the ink on the textured watercolor paper directly from the ink pad. The circle embellishment is made from a die-cut ring covered by embroidery yarn; making the embellishment will require some patience but the end result is worth the effort. Stamped flowers are colored with Poppy Red All-Purpose Ink. Lighter tints were made with mixing the ink with water. Sentiment text was stamped and heat-embossed on a piece of vellum.

Supplies

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  • White textured watercolor paper
  • Solid color paper – light pink, white
  • White vellum
  • Altenew – stamp & die
  • Sizzix – die
  • Adhesives
  • Scissors

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Jowilna Nolte is also a fan of Angel Pink in this ATC Valentine’s Card. Jowilna mixed Fireworks! Angel Pink with Goosebumps Shimmer before it dried to create a shimmer pink resist effect. Goosebumps is perfect for resist effects once it is dry but if you mix ink before it is dry it will receive color well. The ATC cards are perfect to show your loved ones how much you love them.

Supplies 

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  • Watercolor paper
  • ATC card bases
  • Die cut love
  • Dina Wakeley – stamp

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Roni Johnson started her card with Rose Bud Fireworks! spray then added Iridescent Pink Creative Medium spread through a stencil over the base panel. Angel Pink and Rose Bud Memento Inks were used for the long flowers on the die-cut panel and dots of White and Electric Pink Radiant Neon irRESISTible Pico Embellisher were added for a touch of dimension and interest.

Supplies

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  • Unity Stamp Co – Flower & Sentiment Stamps
  • Prima – Scroll Work Stencil Cardstock in White
  • Ribbon
  • Adhesive

And last but certainly not least, we have a video by Mischelle Smith. She shows us how to create a striped background using Memento Luxe and Versamark.

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Supplies

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  • Close To My Heart – White Glitter Paper, XOXO Thin Cuts, Bitty Sparkles,
  • Acrylic Blocks
  • Mini Stapler
  • Cardstock – pink, white
  • Silver metallic thread
  • Ribbon – pink, black, white
  • Adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Heat tool
  • Brayer
  • Tweezers

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Giving You Goosebumps

Envelope with GooseBumps and Embellishments

by Mark Melnick

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With Mother’s Day and Graduation coming soon, here’s a creation both beautifully unique and practical for any occasion. Using Goosebumps Matte Texture Spray, and an interesting embellishment closure, this envelope is perfect for gift cards, money or a handmade card.

Difficulty: Intermediate
Time Required: 45 minutes + drying time

Directions

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Step 1

Cut a piece of butcher’s paper cut to 4 ½” x 6

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Step 2

Take a stencil and cover the paper completely. Spray with GooseBumps Matte Texture Spray over stencil. Remove stencil immediately and with care.

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Step 3

Create fold lines at middle and at top for flap.

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Step 4

Take needle and thread and make numerous loops for closure. Use wire rod and coin width for sizing of loops.

Step 5

With a sewing machine, sew sides and bottom of envelope with a decorative stitch and metallic thread.

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Step 6

Adhere Dynasty Coin to flap and cut hole for loop. Place a wire rod through loop creating the finished closure for envelope.

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Other:
  • Butcher paper
  • Metallic thread
  • Adhesive
  • Stencil
  • Wire rod