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

Imagine
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.

Imagine
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

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

 

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Decor with a Golden Touch

Perhaps Valentine’s Day also needs a touch of home decor to set the right mood for your loved one! Jessica Litman created this shimmery heart banner to add a little pizzazz to the room. We imagine this banner would look great in combination with flowers and a card. Kyriakos Pachadiroglou took a more earthy route and created a wood block piece that expresses sentiments associated with our Heart of Gold theme.

jessica litman creates this beautiful banner for Valentine's Day using Delicata White Shimmer and Imagine Embossing Clear.

With Valentine’s Day coming up, Jessica Litman felt that creating a banner to decorate would be the perfect fit for the holiday! This project allows a ton of flexibility because the banner can be as long or small as space allows! Jessica started by embossing heart stamps using Delicata White Shimmer and Clear Embossing Powder creating the background on black paper. Delicata is a metallic pigment ink and works great with embossing powders. She then cut the banner shapes and attached the gold heart to the center and finished the banner with a sewing machine. If you do not have a sewing machine then attaching a string to the back with adhesives should also work.

jessica litman creates this beautiful banner for Valentine's Day using Delicata White Shimmer and Imagine Embossing Clear.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Heat tool
  • Adhesive
  • Black cardstock 12 x 12”
  • Gold cardstock
  • Heart punch
  • Heart stamp
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Paper cutter

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou uses Goosebumps and walnut ink on wood for this lovely piece of home decor.

Describe a person with a heart of gold and you will get words likes “believe”, “respect”, “patience”, “care”, “love” and much more. Kyriakos choose these words to convey a person with such qualities. He marked these sentiments on a slice of wood and enhanced it by a golden heart and embossing powder. Words are hand lettered with a paintbrush with the magic of GooseBumps and then covered with Walnut Ink to create a resist effect which almost looks hand carved.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Slice of wood
  • Buddly Crafts – 40mm wooden heart
  • Gold metallic embellishments
  • Crafty Individuals – CI258 stamp
  • Binder twine
  • Rhinestones
  • Paint brush
  • Hot glue gun

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Dynamic Valentine’s Shaker Card

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou shaker card using Memento Lady Bug, Tuxedo Black, VersaMark, and black embossing powder.

February is the month love is celebrated and what a better way to celebrate than with a Valentine’s Day shaker card. This dynamic card shows a dandelion spreading its seeds with downy tufts that are captured in a window with a heart and red flitters. Resist effects are used to create a light around the black dandelion to give it more of a pop and work as a watermark for additional dandelion images.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou shaker card using Memento Lady Bug, Tuxedo Black, VersaMark, and black embossing powder.

Step 1

Stamp the front of the card with Lady Bug Memento ink and script stamp.

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou shaker card using Memento Lady Bug, Tuxedo Black, VersaMark, and black embossing powder.

Step 2

Cut a 4 x 6-inch piece of cardstock and cut or punch open a circle of 2 ¾ in diameter on the right side. Emboss the dandelion stamp with VersaMark and Imagine Embossing Powder in Black.

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou shaker card using Memento Lady Bug, Tuxedo Black, VersaMark, and black embossing powder.

Step 3

Using the GooseBumps Dauber, stamp around the top of the black embossed flower. Also daub on the dandelion stamp and stamp clear GooseBumps onto your paper in various places.

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou shaker card using Memento Lady Bug, Tuxedo Black, VersaMark, and black embossing powder.

Step 4

Use a  Jumbo Dauber to spread Lady Bug Memento and distress the edges with Tuxedo Black Memento.

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou shaker card using Memento Lady Bug, Tuxedo Black, VersaMark, and black embossing powder.

Step 5

Color the wood heart with Lady Bug Memento ink.

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Step 6

Mix some metallic beads and red flitters into the shake piece. Place the heart on the card, the mix of beads and cover with the shaker card front. Secure with the dandelion cardstock. Add the finishing touch — the ribbon and “love” sentiment.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Viva Decor – Dandelion clear stamp
  • Buddly Crafts – wooden heart 40mm, silver round studs
  • Metallic beads
  • Glitters
  • White satin ribbon
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Shaker card front

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How to Resist

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We don’t mean resisting temptations, but ink! Using resist techniques in our projects can be fun because it can give the viewer or recipient of our work a sense of awe and wonder. Isn’t “How did you do that?” one of your favorite responses to one of your creations? So, what is resist anyway?

A resist, used in many areas of manufacturing and art, is something that is added to parts of an object to create a pattern by protecting these parts from being affected by a subsequent stage in the process.

—Wikipedia

The concept with resist is to lay down one layer that acts as oil to another layer’s water.

Resist with VersaMark

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One of the most common ways to get a resist effect is to stamp with VersaMark ink to use with embossing powder. The polymer in embossing powder will create the resist effect once melted and locked onto the surface of the paper. Simply stamp with VersaMark, add embossing powder, and melt with a heat tool as usual. Once embossing is set then go over with a waterbased ink to create resist effect. Tip: do not use too much ink or the ink will start to soak under the embossed area.

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Did you know that you can use VersaMark to resist without embossing powder? One of the coolest features of VersaMark ink is it acts as a resist on glossy or coated paper. Stamp or write with VersaMarker on the glossy paper. Then go over with any color of Memento dye ink. The dye ink will quickly soak into the paper around the VersaMark creating the resist effect. Lightly rub a paper towel over the page to see crisper results.

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Resist with GooseBumps

You can create resist chaos with GooseBumps Texture Spray! Often resist is used just to show the white paper underneath, but here’s an idea to keep an image showing clear by stamping on your paper first.

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Spray GooseBumps Shimmer on the top of the image. Let dry. Blend inks around your page until a nice soft color forms. Wipe off excess ink from the GooseBumps’ surface to reveal the snowflake underneath. Not only did it reveal the snowflake, but gave an interesting texture pattern as well.

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Our favorite resist product is so good, we put it right in the name! With the irRESISTible texture spray you can create similar results to the GooseBumps example above, but with color. With a Pico Embellisher you can have a bit more control and create fine lines.

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Pico Embellisher can be used as a writing or drawing tool. The fine tip steel applicator allows for precision touches and detailing. Here it was used to draw out snowflakes and dots before daubing Delicata Golden Glitz over the dry irRESISTible patterns.

With resist the thinking is a little different. One must think of how the overall design will look before starting the project. It is almost like designing backward. Think about what design is going to pop through rather than the usual composition. As always, we encourage testing and practice to perfect these techniques!

 

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Ink Blending a Background

Wee Ghosties Halloween Card

by Mary Prasad

Handmade halloween card featuring stamped and colored ghosts, haunted house and tree as well as a blended ink background with resist Stars and a full moon created by blending Memento inks over GooseBumps spray by Mary Prasad.

Learn how to create this blended background using Memento Inks and InkBlushers. The stars are created easily by splattering a little GooseBumps before inking up the background.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour + drying time

Supplies

Imagine
  • Memento Inkpads – Cantaloupe, Dandelion, Elderberry, Paris Dusk, Tangelo, Tuxedo Black
  • Memento Dual Tip Marker – Tuxedo Black
  • StazOn Inkpad – Jet Black
  • GooseBumps Texture Spray – Original
  • InkBlushers
  • BrushStix
  • Tear It! Tape
Other
  • Lawn Fawn – Happy Haunting stemp set
  • Hillside Die – Outdoor Edges die set
  • Cardstock – white, dark green, purple
  • Colored pencils
  • Dimensional adhesive
  • Paint brush
  • Stamp positioner or acrylic block
  • Detail cutting knife
  • Detail scissors
  • Cutting Mat
  • Paper towel
  • Water

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Halloween in May? Why Not!

Delicata Goes Spooky

by Alison Heikkila

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When I first heard that Imagine was going to have a new black Delicata ink, I couldn’t have been more excited. I love anything that shimmers—and I love black. What can I say? Goth girl right here! My style tends to go toward the creepy end of things, so I decided to showcase the new Black Shimmer in that way.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 45 minutes + drying time

Directions

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Step 1

Tape the stencil to cream colored cardstock. Using the Picasso Shield, block off part of the ball, where the claws would be. Ink up a stencil brush by rotating it gently on Black Shimmer Delicata. Use the same circular motion to apply the ink to the stencil.

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Step 2

Once you finish inking the crow (I gave it 2 coats), use Dark Brown Shimmer Delicata ink in the same way to ink up the weather vane and the ball that the raven is standing on. I used a smaller stencil brush for this part. Flip your Picasso Shield so that you don’t ink on to it’s claws. Wipe down your stencil brush again and apply just a little Celestial Copper Delictata ink to some areas of the weather vane.

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Step 3

After the ink dried (which happens pretty quickly), I tore the edges around my raven and inked them with Desert Sand Memento Ink. Next, I sprayed the piece with Original GooseBumps and left this piece off to the side to dry while I worked on my other pieces.

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Step 4

Cut a piece of black cardstock to fit the card base. Rub the cardstock with Black Shimmer, and then with Celestial Copper. I didn’t go too heavy with either color, and I kept it very random.

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Step 5

Run this piece thru a machine in the Gridiron embossing folder. Rub Delicata Silvery Shimmer onto the raised areas.

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Step 6

Spritz the embossed piece with Tuxedo Black irRESISTables spray and Original GooseBumps. Let dry.

Step 7

On the card base, rub Emboss ink on one side, then sprinkle Aged Black Embossing Enamel on. Do not shake off. The Emboss ink won’t hold the chunkier pieces of the mix. The ink is applied just to give some “stick” to the smaller bits. Heat from underneath. Continue to the next side, and repeat until all 4 sides have been embossed.

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Step 8

Attach all of your layers together. I added a sentiment from a scrap piece of Halloween cardstock that I had. I love all of the texture and shine from the various inks, sprays, and enamel that are used. Once everything was glued down, I drew some “stitches” with Tuxedo Black irRESISTables Pico Embellisher.

Alison Heikkila's spooky Delicata card photographed with miniature collectables from The Crow.

Since my favorite movie is The Crow, I decided to photograph it by some (just some!) of my memorabilia.

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Stampendous! – Raven Dreamweaver Stencil, Picasso Shield, Aged Black Embossing Enamel, Stencil Brushes
  • Spellbinders – Seth Apter Gridiron Em-bossing Fold’er
  • Sentiment – DCWV
  • Card base
  • Cream cardstock
  • Adhesive