Watch a Video on Creating an Eerie Night Sky

by Nadine Carlier

Spooky Night Sky by Nadine Carlier Imagine Crafts

 

I have always loved the purple and black color combo and especially for Halloween cards. This eerie night sky background was really easy to do, all you need is just a couple VersaColor inks, some Memento ink, and some sponge daubers. Doesn’t the white moon really pop next to the purple?

Watch my video tutorial below to see exactly how I created my card. Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 min.

Supplies

Imagine
Other

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Complete Mystical Magic and Unicorn Awesomeness Today

Unicorns are pure magic! They are not constrained by the normal colors. They can embody pink, purple, iridescent sparkly colors and even gold! In today’s blog post, Imagine artists Tenia and Alison create two delightful mystical unicorn themed cards using ink blending, embossing and ink sprays. See what they have to say about these magical beasts!

Magic and Unicorn Awesomeness Concord & 9th Unicorn Bundle

Die Cut Unicorn Awesomeness by Tenia Nelson

Hey, Y’all! Tenia here from Jazzy Paper Designs with a magical and shiny Mystic Unicorn card made with Imagine and Tsukineko products. I really enjoyed making this card so here are some pointers on how I did it!

Create card from white cardstock and spray and splatter various Fireworks craft sprays to create an ink splatter texture. I choose Dandelion, Bahama Blue, Lady Bug for a nice primary colors theme. Stamp the unicorn image with Delicata Golden Glitz and heat emboss onto watercolor paper. Die cut unicorn with the matching die. There are several unicorn and matching die sets to choose from, but I personally like the Unicorn Bundle from Concord & 9th. Feel free to go with your own personal favorite stamp set!

Next, I added detail to the unicorn’s mane and tail with a watercolor technique using Fabrico marker in Lemon Yellow and an aqua brush.
Stamp the sentiment “Your Awesomeness Rivals that of a Unicorn” included in the Unicorn Bundle onto the card front with Tuxedo Black Ink. The sentiment perfectly frames around the unicorn. To add all the finishing touches, adhere die cut unicorn onto the card, add sequins, add washi and sticker stitches and you have completed mystical awesomeness! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Aquabrush
  • Concord and 9th – Stamps and Flower Die
  • Big Shot Die Cut Machine
  • Sequins
  • Washi tape
  • SRM – Sticker Stitches

magic rainbow unicorn believe handmade card alison heikkila

Mystical Unicorn Ink Blended Card by Alison Heikkila

Greetings! This month, the theme given to the Artists in Residence from Imagine is “Mystical.” This is right up my alley and I could have done an entire series of Mystical things. But I decided to reign myself in and work with a beautiful unicorn from Stampendous.

I stamped the unicorn on to Mixed Media Paper because it really helps the Memento Markers move and blend. I die cut the image with a die larger than I would typically use because I wanted to create an inked border with the die size that fits the image. I die cut a mask with the smaller die and temporarily taped it on. Using a sponge dauber, I applied Summer Sky ink, and then Nautical Blue.

My background was created on Smooth Bristol paper. I swiped my Vineyard Kalediacolor across my Craft Mat. I only swiped it once to avoid mixing the colors on the ink pad itself. Then, I sprayed the ink with a combination of Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Sparkle and Ink Potion No. 9. Next, I dragged the Bristol paper through the wet ink. I dried it with my heat tool and tapped it into the ink again. This process was repeated a couple of times until I was satisfied with the background. Using the powder tool, I rubbed it across the bottom of my background so that I could emboss my sentiment better.

I used a Deep Indigo cardstock for my card base, applied a line of Tear It Tape along the right side and sprinkled Multi Crystal Glitter Mix. I applied my layers and added a few deep blue sequins with On Point Glue. Seriously, if you haven’t tried this adhesive, you are missing out.

That’s my card for today. Have an inspiring day!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampendous – Unicorn Rose Stamp
  • Multi Crystal Glitter Mix
  • Believe Scrolls Stamp
  • Fitted Frames Set A
  • Cardstock – Deep Indigo
  • Canson – Mixed Media Paper
  • Strathmore – Smooth Bristol Paper
  • EK Success Powder Tool
  • Craft Medley – Rhythm ‘N Blues Sequins

See How to Create Your Own Magical Fairy Card

by Martha Lucia Gomez

See How to Create Your Own MAGIC Fairy Card

Who said that you can’t create your own magic? I created my own magic by using a combination of Encore Ultimate Metallic Gold, Memento Luxe and Memento Dye inks in a fairy themed handmade card. It was very easy and fun and you can do the same just using your imagination. Take a look at how I created this glowing teal colored background.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

ink blending with Memento dye inks
Step 1

Take a piece of whisper white card stock and three different colors of Memento Ink. I used Desert Sand, Peanut Brittle, and Teal Zeal colors. Sponge the Desert Sand Memento ink as a base layer around the borders of the paper using a jumbo sponge dauber to create a frame. Use Memento Peanut Brittle to enhance the color saturation. Sponge the center of the layer with Teal Zeal Memento Ink. Spray the layer with water to create a texture effect and let the paper dry.

Stamp the image of the fairy using Memento Luxe Teal Zeal
Step 2

Stamp the image of the fairy using Memento Luxe Teal Zeal and heat emboss with Clear Embossing Powder.

spiral of stars and "Create Your Own Magic" sentiment
Step 3

Stamp the spiral of stars and “Create Your Own Magic” sentiment with Encore Metallic Gold and heat emboss with Gold Embossing Powder. Cut the layer with a rectangle stitched die cut. Paste the decorated layer over the card base a matching teal card base.

What do you think? Please let me know in the comments below.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • So Suzy Stamps – Moonlight Fairy stamp, Star Swirl stamp
  • Peak-A-Boo Designs – Magical Fairies stamp
  • Card Stock – white, teal
  • Fun Foam
  • Rectangle Stitched Die cut

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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Use StazOn Stamp Cleaner to Create a Cool Effect

by Alison Heikkila 

Hello! August’s Color of the Month is Teal. Although teal is my favorite color, truth be told, I don’t own a ton of teal ink. So my challenge caused me to think outside the box and use StazOn stamp cleaner, Teal Blue StazOn and Memento inks in a creative way.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 20 Minutes

Directions


Step 1

I applied StazOn ink to the photo paper by rubbing it across the surface. Then I applied drops of StazOn Cleaner to create the cool texture ink blot effect on the photo paper. I let that sit for a few minutes, then I dabbed it up with a paper towel and lightly buffed the paper to further remove the ink.


Step 2

I also have Teal Zeal from the Memento dye ink line. Since Memento is a dye ink and StazOn is a solvent ink, the two solutions do not interact with one another. I used Memento to stamp the gorgeous snowflakes and stamped them all over the photo paper.


Step 3

I wanted to be able to get two cards out of this one piece of photo paper, so I placed my card base under the paper, and drew a line where I wanted to cut the piece apart. I also chose to use BoBunny’s pretty Turquoise Double Dot paper.


Step 4

I trimmed down my assorted pieces and laid them out on the card. Then I chose the sentiment, “Just like a Snowflake, You are One of a Kind”, stamped it in Teal Zeal, die cut it with frame die and polished with Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Sparkle. You can see in the above photo the nice big piece of photo paper that I can use on another card.


Step 5

I glued down all of my cardstock layers and added some opalescent teal sequins with On Point Glue.

Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampendous – Winter White Cling and Die Set, Fitted Frames Set B
  • BoBunny – Turquoise Double Dot Cardstock- #12TD300
  • Cardstock – Light Teal
  • Craft Medley – Rhythm ‘N Blues Sequins
  • Paper trimmer
  • Kokuyo – Dot ‘N Roller Adhesive

See How to Use Die Cuts to make a Dynamic Card

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

See How to Use Die Cuts to Make a Dynamic Card

Some cards we make just for fun and there is no special occasion needed. If you happen to need a card for a synchronized swimmer who also loves monkeys, then I got you covered! Or if you maybe know someone in a local production of The Little Mermaid (who, again, likes monkeys) and needs some emotional support on opening night. Or you are throwing a pool party with an underwater jungle theme? Okay, maybe there are more occasions for a card like this, after all. Regardless, a monochromatic color scheme and liberal use of glossy mediums really sell the underwater look.

Check out more videos by Jennifer on our Youtube channel.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Card Stock – white, blue, teal
  • Waffle Flower – Little Mermaid stamps and dies, Flower Circles Inverted dies
  • Sizzix/Tim Holtz Alterations – Inside Out alphabet die
  • Die cutting machine
  • Fiskars – Scissors, Paper Trimmer
  • Xyron – Create a Sticker 500
  • Repositionable tape
  • Acrylic blocks
  • White gel pen
  • Water brush
  • Helmar – ZapDots foam adhesive