See How to Make Your Own Shimmery Eclipse Scrapbook Layout

by Neva Cole

the Great American Eclipse Scrapbook Layout with Delicata ink

I will admit, the Great American Eclipse truly lived up to all the hype and expectations. We are fortunate to live very close to the zone of totality and were able to enjoy an experience of a lifetime! There were many amazing photos taken on this date, and I was able to take a few myself. I am surprised that my totality photo of the corona resembles the others taken across the United States. Knowing I would create a scrapbook layout to commemorate the event, I planned ahead and had everyone sign on a section of white cardstock. Totality was so stunning I wanted to create the same look and feel of nature and the new Delicata Ink colors were absolutely perfect! This is a super easy background to create for your own eclipse photos, or the technique could be used for any layout that needs an ethereal sky backdrop!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

Directions

Goose Bumps bottle and gently take the clear texture medium over the top half of the Bristol Board
Step 1

Trim Strathmore 100lb Bristol Board to 12” x 12”. Bristol Board is absolutely the best for this technique as it will stand up to a heavy application of Ink Potion No. 9 and ink blending with Jumbo Daubers. Remove the spray applicator from the GooseBumps bottle and gently tap the clear texture medium over the top half of the Bristol Board. Set aside to dry.

Apply Delicata in Champagne with a Jumbo Dauber
Step 2

Mist the bottom section of the paper with Ink Point No. 9. Apply Delicata in Champagne with a Jumbo Dauber.


Step 3

Repeat with Ink Potion No. 9 and Delicata in Pink Shimmer. It is starting to look like a sunrise!

Delicata in Sapphire Blue
Step 4

Mist the top portion of the paper and ink with Delicata in Sapphire Blue. If one area is a bit darker than desired, add a bit of Ink Potion No. 9 to the craft mat and pick up with the Jumbo Dauber. The smooth surface of the Bristol Board is very forgiving and allows the inks to blend beautifully. Notice the GooseBumps will now resemble the stars that were visible during totality!

Delicata in Black Shimmer
Step 5

Determine placement of journal block and blend Delicata inks accordingly on the section of Bristol Board that was trimmed off the original size. Print journaling directly on the Bristol Board. For my layout with the signatures, I gently blended the inks over the signatures. We used a permanent pen so the ink did not bleed. Ink the edges with Delicata in Black Shimmer. Ink a section of black cardstock with Delicata Black Shimmer, this will give just a hint of shimmer to match the rest of the layout. Die cut the title and adhere. Adhere your selected eclipse photos and sit back and admire and remember this event of a lifetime!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Strathmore Bristol Board 100 lb
  • NASA Eclipse glasses
  • Quicktuz—Indigo alphabet (retired)

 

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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

 

See How to Make a Summer Card with Cool Lemonade

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

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Nothing says summer to me like a tall, frosty glass of lemonade. Unless it’s a tall, frosty pitcher of lemonade as a die cut on a handmade card! The liquid effect inside the pitcher was inspired by toys we had as kids; namely the baby bottles that looked like the liquid was disappearing as the toy tipped over. By sandwiching the mixture of Memento Luxe and Ink Potion No. 9 between two pieces of clear plastic, the liquid is contained but still moveable—light finger pressure changes the position of any air bubbles, etc. making it perfect for liquid effect layers on active cards and an alternative motion element to shakers. To learn more about how I created this, hop over to Imagine’s Youtube Channel and watch the video tutorial!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Card Stock – white, yellow,
  • DCWV– terra cotta, green
  • Clear acetate
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities – Homespun dies
  • Darice – Multi-Sized Dots embossing folder
  • Heat tool
  • Die cut machine
  • Woodburning tool with stencil tip
  • Ribbon
  • Everyday Expressions – Stampabilities
  • Studio Calico – Pick a Plaid
  • Acrylic block
  • Scissors
  • Scotch tape

Do You Have Dreams of Tangerine?

Tangerine is Imagine’s Color of the Month for June. Throughout this month, we will be featuring projects that incorporate this warm and festive color as well as the theme Summer Lovin’. To start this party right, we have a fruit-themed greeting card by Alison Heikkila who uses super cute stamps as a center piece and splashes of Fireworks Shimmer in the background. Roni Johnson brings a different mood to the deep orange color with a summer sunset shaker card. Oh my! Both these projects show off Tangerine perfectly!

fruit themed greeting card with orange shimmer

Tangerine Dreams by Alison Heikkila

Greetings! This month, the Imagine Artists in Residence are sharing projects with Tangerine…..a yummy, uplifting color that makes me think of Summer. I started off by inking up these adorable little fruits by Studio G. Fruit stamps are everywhere right now. So if you don’t have this little set, I’m sure there are plenty of other fruit images that work for this card. I colored them using Memento Ink pads as well as the markers. Both work fantastically. I stamped them on to Mixed Media Paper, die cut them using Fitted Frames, and created a matching dark orange frame to go around it. I used the Large and Small “V” Frames for the centerpiece.

My card base was spritzed with Tangelo Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray from the center toward the edge. I spritzed it sideways to get the outward spray I was going for. After the spray was dry, I inked the edges of the card base with Tangelo Memento Ink. I glued my die cut layers on to the card base, and then using On Point Glue (my favorite liquid glue!!!), I attached a few sequins for added sparkle. Thank you for checking out my card today. I hope you are inspired by the sweetness of Tangerine!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Studio G – Fruit Stamps
  • Stampendous – Fitted Frame Set A dies
  • Mixed media paper – white
  • Sequins
  • Cardstock – orange
  • Acrylic block

Summer Lovin’ Sunset Card by Roni Johnson

Summer lovin’…brings to mind lazy days at the beach, lounging by the water, drinking an ice cold beverage while reading my favorite book. I decided that’s what I would translate into a card. The sunset image was stamped on Vertigo with StazOn ink. Once it dried, I used Memento Dual Tip Markers and StazOn Inks to color the image. Please note the water-based Memento markers took a long time to dry on the film as it took time to evaporate. I left mine to dry 3 days. If you do not have 3 days to wait, you can use Fantastix with StazOn ink instead and the dry time will be immediate. Next, I used VersaMagic inks to create a lovely monoprint background design, let dry, stamped seashells and embossed with gold embossing powder. I mounted the Vertigo centerpiece, attached a decorative string inked with Tangelo Memento Markers and pulled the design together on a card base. With the visual dynamic of Vertigo, I can’t stop looking at this card! Hope you enjoy my crafty version of Summer Lovin’.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other

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Make Your Own Mint Candy Treat Bag

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Minty Fresh Treat Topper by Imagine artist Jennifer Vanderbeek using Tsukineko All-Purpose ink, Versamark and Imagine Embossing Powder.

It may be the thought that counts, but a pretty presentation certainly doesn’t hurt. This candy gift bag is inspired by the color of the month wintergreen mint as well as the flavor it brings to mind. Add a touch of chocolate and how could you go wrong?

Skill: Beginner
Time: 20 minutes + drying time

Directions

Minty Fresh Treat Topper by Imagine artist Jennifer Vanderbeek using Tsukineko All-Purpose ink, Versamark and Imagine Embossing Powder.

Step 1

Combine White, Ultramarine, and Spring Green All-Purpose inks onto a palette until the desired shade is reached.

Minty Fresh Treat Topper by Imagine artist Jennifer Vanderbeek using Tsukineko All-Purpose ink, Versamark and Imagine Embossing Powder.

Step 2

Write “mint” on white cardstock with a VersaMarker and emboss with white embossing powder.

Minty Fresh Treat Topper by Imagine artist Jennifer Vanderbeek using Tsukineko All-Purpose ink, Versamark and Imagine Embossing Powder.

Step 3

Dilute mixed ink with Ink Potion No. 9 and brush the ink across the embossed writing. The embossed areas will act as a resist.

Minty Fresh Treat Topper by Imagine artist Jennifer Vanderbeek using Tsukineko All-Purpose ink, Versamark and Imagine Embossing Powder.

Step 4

Add sentiment and outline embossed text with Bamboo Leaves Memento Marker.

Minty Fresh Treat Topper by Imagine artist Jennifer Vanderbeek using Tsukineko All-Purpose ink, Versamark and Imagine Embossing Powder.

Step 5

Trim and mat the decorated panel with chocolate cardstock.

Minty Fresh Treat Topper by Imagine artist Jennifer Vanderbeek using Tsukineko All-Purpose ink, Versamark and Imagine Embossing Powder.

Step 6

Attach matted panel to the fold-over card on the candy bag. Secure the filled treat bag inside the card with several strips of Tear It! Tape.

This simple and easy gift of chocolate mints and a hand lettered note on the top is a quick and easy way to brighten someone’s day! Happy crafting!

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Plastic tray
  • Paint stirrer
  • Cardstock – white, chocolate
  • Heat tool
  • Paint brushes
  • Cellophane bag
  • Candy mints

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AIR Roni Johnson Published in RubberStampMadness

Home Again & Cold Enough For Ya?

by Roni Johnson

Two of Roni’s cards were published in the 2016 Winter issue of RubberStampMadness. We thought to share them and let her tell you a little more about them!

Handmade card featuring layered pieces featuring a gnome in an aspen grove with the sentiment "Cold Enough For Ya?" by Roni Johnson.

Winter is quickly approaching and this little fellow is just checkin’ in with you to see how you’re fairing with the cooler weather setting in. Layer multiple stamped images to add depth, dimension and a bit of fun.

 

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Roni Stamped her tree image using VersaFine Onyx Black on two pieces of cardstock: one blue, one white. She cut around the frame of the blue, and fussy cut out each trunk of the white.

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Then she used Memento Dual Tip Markers and Ink Potion No. 9 to watercolor in her gnome. She fussy cut him out and added some white highlights with a gel pen.

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She adhered the gnome between the blue tree layer and the white trunks over. We love how she layered one side of his mustache over the tree and one under, really giving this piece some dimension! After trimming the “excess gnome” off, she adhered it to her prepared card base and used the perfect sentiment “Cold Enough For Ya?”. All her stamps were from clubscrap.com

Handmade card featuring a watercolored image of red boots on the stoop of a home decorated with holiday lights, snow all around and a sled left next to the door by Roni Johnson.

As a child I couldn’t wait for the first big snow. My brother and I would bundle up, climb the hill behind our house and sled for hours until we were exhausted. We’d trudge home, shed our gear and find a warm mug of hot chocolate in hopes of returning to the hill once we were warm. This card reminds me of those days… It was created by combining Memento Inks, Ink Potion No. 9 and a water brush.

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To create the scene Roni combined two different stamps. For the main stamp she stamped it twice, using one for a mask as she added the tree to the left.

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To color in most of the image she used Memento Dye Inks pounced on her Craft Mat and painted on with a water brush. To keep the ink wet she spritzed it down with some Ink Potion No. 9.

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To really make the image pop she colored in some fine details directly with with Memento Dual Tip Markers. Both of the stamps were from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps.

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