Color of the Month for June is Fern Green

Color of the Month for June is Fern Green. We love this soft green color because it reminds us of the beautiful plants that come bursting forward into the lushness of Summer. Some of the inks we recommend for this color are StazOn Cactus Green, VersaColor Fresh Green, VersaFine Clair in Green Oasis and Verdant.

Here is a sneak peek for what we have coming up this month…

Green Eyes Art Canvas by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Mixed Media by Roni Johnson

Resist Embossing by Martha Lucia Gomez

Sparkle And Shine With This Jellyfish Theme Birthday Card

by Jowilna Nolte

Sparkle And Shine With This Jellyfish Theme Birthday Card

Thinking back when I did my first heat embossing, it was pure magic. That feeling of amazement and wonder hasn’t left but has been ignited once again with the amazing Mboss from Imagine. The new embossing colors are simply amazing and really are over the top beautiful! You have to get some for your stash to experience true magic! Take a look at how I used mine for a fun color-blocked effect.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Tape off areas using washi tape on a white cardstock panel.


Step 2

Use your VersaMark inkpad and ink the taped off sections only by tapping the ink pad onto the cardstock.


Step 3

Use the Mboss packet and sprinkle the powder over the inked areas. Peel off the washi tape and then heat set the Embossing Powder using a heat gun.


Step 4

Use StazOn Pigment Piano Black and stamp Happy Birthday sentiment onto a blank area of the embossed panel.


Step 5

Stamp elements onto white cardstock and cut out. Add a little color using Memento Markers.


Step 6

Adhere the stamped elements onto the embossed panel with On Point Glue. Add diamanté and finishing touches.

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • White cardstock
  • Washi tape
  • Joy Clair stamps
  • Diamanté and/or sequins

See How To Make These Artist Trading Cards With Vertigo Dragonflies

by Lori Warren

This cardmaking project is all about using layers of ink to create a collage background with stamps and stencils. It’s a great way to build a cool background in order to feature that perfect focal image, like a Vertigo, die cut dragonfly.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Apply VersaMagic DewDrops to a Craft Mat and add water.


Step 2

Lay 8.5” x 11” piece of cardstock down into the wet ink. Repeat as needed.


Step 3

Apply VersaMagic through the diamond shape stencil with a sponge dauber.


Step 4

Stamp script stamp with StazOn Pigment Ink.


Step 5

Apply water and blot with a paper towel, pulling some ink away.


Step 6

Spray panel with Walnut Ink, blot and dry. This gives the paper a vintage or antique look.


Step 7

With a different stencil apply a different color of VersaMagic. This creates a beautiful layered effect.


Step 8

Using the same stencil, apply White VersaMagic to make a bit of a frosty ghost effect.


Step 9

Cut cardstock panel to multiple 2.5” x 3.5” ATCs or Artist Trading Cards.


Step 10

Stamp a vintage postcard image with VersaFine Clair.


Step 11

Edge ATCs with brown and black inks to continue the antique look.


Step 12

Tie string around each card a couple times to give the ATCs to give extra flair.


Step 13

Die cut dragonfly image from Vertigo Prism, color with VersaMagic.


Step 14

Prepare dragonfly with double-sided dimensional tape. This will give each dragonfly the effect of flying.


Step 15

Adhere dragonfly die cut to ATCs.


Step 16

Enhance dragonfly with a white pen and embellish with tag and sticky gems.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Sizzix – Dragonfly
  • Jillibean Soup – Sticky Notes
  • Sticky gems
  • Lori’s Cards & Creations – Script Stamp
  • Clear Stamps – Postmarks
  • Uni-ball Signo -White
  • Black string
  • TCW Stencil – TCW202, TCW855

Create Your Own Holographic Vertigo Film for Cardmaking Crafts

by Roni Johnson

Create Your Own Holographic Vertigo Film for Cardmaking Crafts

Holographic … as a color? Yep, that’s what May’s color of the month is at Imagine. I must admit at first I was thrilled. I LOVE the wide spectrum of color, the swirly design, and the amazing depth it gives a project. After the jubilation wore off I was stumped! Short of going out and buying some holographic paper, how do I create this look on my own? Well, I took this as a challenge and I set to experimenting.

Let me tell you experimentation is not a pretty process…lots and LOTS of trial and error but it is very fun! As luck would have it I found the perfect recipe for making my very own holographic colored technique and I’d like to share it with you.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Cut a piece of Vertigo film to the desired size. I am using a 4.25 x 5.5” for my examples.


Step 2

Begin applying ribbons of color using a variety of StazOn inks and a sponge dauber. I must warn you that the Vertigo film has a texture to it that may or may not tear up your sponge daubers. If you are a bit heavy handed as I am the film does tend to chew on the dauber. It’s o.k. though, I keep a set of the daubers set aside just for this purpose.


Step 3

Continue to add color until the entire piece of Vertigo film has been covered. You will be left with a very colorful sheet of Vertigo film.


Step 4

Freshen up or apply a brand new coat of the ink/glue your Essential Glue Pad.


Step 5

Pounce the Glue Pad over a background stamp.


Step 6

Position the inked piece of Vertigo film over the inked stamp. Lightly rub the back of the Vertigo to ensure complete coverage.


Step 7

Carefully place silver leafing flakes over the inked film. I find that a soft bristle brush helps to push the leafing flakes around where needed. Let the glue dry completely. I usually leave it undisturbed for 2-4 hours.


Step 8

After the glue has dried use a soft bristle brush to remove the excess leafing flakes. Save the excess leafing flakes for future use. And here’s how this example looks after removing the excess leafing flakes.


Step 9

Time to apply a layer of StazOn Pigment ink over the panel. Choose a color that will compliment the overall design and apply it over both the exposed Vertigo film and the leafing flakes.


Step 10

You will be left with an amazing design that has all of the wonderful aspects of holographic colors.


Step 11

The same panel from another angle reveals the beauty of the StazOn ink colors hidden beneath the leafing flakes. It will shine and shimmer from every angle.


Step 12

What can you do with the holographic design? Virtually anything! You are only limited by your imagination. The card above is assembled with a unicorn stamp and the “you are magical” sentiment.

This is another example made using the same technique with a different selection of colors. The card above is assembled with a mermaid stamp and the “The hardest part of moving forward is not looking back” sentiment.

Supplies

Unicorn Example

Imagine
Other
  • Hero Arts – Unicorn Stamp and Cut
  • Black Widow Colored Pencils
  • White Cardstock

Mermaid Example

Imagine
Other
  • Unity Stamp Co – She Mermaid (mermaid), Mystical Mermaid (sentiment)
  • Black Widow Colored Pencils
  • White Cardstock

See How to Create a Layered Wedding Invitation

by Jowilna Nolte

See How to Create a Layered Wedding Invitation

The versatility of stamps and ink is the best part of my everyday. When it comes to making beautiful cards or wedding invitations the sky is the limit. I wanted to see how the new StazOn pigment would work on various handmade papers that I often use for invitations and there’s no surprise that this ink is made for so much more than the ordinary. Take a look at what I stamped on this invitation all using this amazing ink.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Print the details of the invitation on smooth foiled handmade paper and trim to the desired size. Mine measures 5 x 7”.


Step 2

Next, I stamped a small little flower randomly all over the printed invitation using StazOn in Snowflake. It’s there and looks amazing but hard to see on a photo.


Step 3

Trim a piece of acetate the same size as the invitation details and stamp a lace border at the bottom and the same small flower as previously on the top half of the acetate piece.


Step 4

Use the same small flower and stamp it onto your silk ribbon using the StazOn Pigment. This was my best discovery that it stamped perfectly, was dry instantly and looks amazing.


Step 5

Layer a handmade piece of textured paper at the bottom, then the invitation details portion, handmade silk paper with the stamped acetate on top of it all. Adhere the paper pieces together with On Point Glue using a small drop only.


Step 6

Punch 2 holes at the top of the layered stack and tie with the stamped ribbon into a bow.


Step 7

All the stamped layers look so amazing on top of each other and this ink worked on all the surfaces I tried and tested – and the end result is simply exquisite.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Kaisercraft – stamps
  • Handmade Paper
  • Japanese Paper Company
  • Ribbon
  • Midori Silk
  • Acetate

Learn How to Make a Clear Wedding Invitation

by Lindsay Adreon

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Wedding invitation styles are constantly changing and updating and recently on Pinterest I have seen some beautiful CLEAR invitations. I wanted to find a DIY to make clear invitations and still have them be very elegant. I used StazOn Pigment Ink and a stamp layering stamp set to get the look I was going for, and it was easier than I thought to create these see-through invitations!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 15 minutes for each

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Acetate
  • Deco Foil – Pewter
  • Laminator
  • Waffle Flower – Layering Marble Stamp Set
  • Mini MISTI
  • Free Printable