Color of Month for July is Golden Glow

Color of Month for July is Golden Glow

The Color of the Month for July is Golden Glow. We love gold and with summer in full gear, the golden glow of the summer sun shines down on all of us! We are reminded of golden fields of wheat, fun in the sun, vacations and wedding parties. With cardmaking and scrapbooking gold is an essential element to any crafter’s toolkit. Imagine and Tsukineko offers several products to help achieve the metallic shimmery shine such as Delicata in Golden Glitz, All-Purpose Ink in Vegas Gold, and don’t forget a Brilliance DewDrop in Galaxy Gold! In the meantime, we have a couple of sneak peeks of this months beautiful golden glow tutorials for you!


Here is a sneak peek of what we have in store for July!

Keep your eye out for this fun cardmaking tutorial by Jowilna Nolte

Such fun techniques to learn from this upcoming tutorial by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou


Product Recommendations for Gold

Delicata Inkpad – Golden Glitz

All-Purpose Ink – Vegas Gold

StazOn Studio Glaze – Gold

Brilliance DewDrop – Galaxy Gold


Use a Masking Technique to Make this Fabulous Card

by Elina Stromberg

Masking is one of my favorite stamping techniques for cardmaking. It’s a simple way to create a dimensional look and feel, without having to layer and collage fussy cut images. For this technique you don’t need any special supplies; a stamp set, stamping ink, a few sticky notes, and your scissors will be enough!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes – 1 hour


Step 1

Stamp the hot air balloon and clouds on sticky note pages. If the sticky part is only on a portion of the page, make sure to place your stamping close to the paper’s sticky border. Cut out the images.

Step 2

Stamp the images you want to appear in front on your cardstock and place the fussy cut mask on top, then stamp the second layer. Use Memento in Tuxedo Black for stamping hot air balloons, and Memento in Summer Sky for the clouds. Leave the masks in place.

Step 3

Color the background using two shades of Memento, Summer Sky and Danube Blue, and a jumbo dauber. Sponge on a hint of white acrylic paint on the inked surface. Remove masks.

Step 4

Color the front mages with alcohol markers. Stamp sentiment text and the flying birds with black StazOn.

Step 5

Die-cut a tree-line from dark blue cardstock. Glue it on the bottom of the card. Trim card to size, mat on a piece of dark blue cardstock. Attach to white card base using double-sided tape.


  • Joy Clair Stamp – ‘Fly With Me’ stamp set
  • Sticky Notes
  • Scissors
  • Sizzix – ‘Tree Line’ die
  • White acrylic paint
  • Alcohol markers
  • Double-sided Tape
  • Cardstock – dark blue, white
  • Card base – White

Create a Mixed Media Look with All Purpose Ink and Joy Clair Stamps

by Melissa Andrew

Create a Mixed Media Look with All Purpose Ink and Joy Clair Stamps

Today, I am creating a gorgeous card using an ink dripping technique with All-Purpose Ink. By simply dripping color onto watercolor paper with an eye dropper, you can create a gorgeous bold marble appearance. The colors are vibrant and maintain a separateness that gives a mixed media background. When this technique is paired with a gorgeous JoyClair Stamp background the outcome is divine.


  • Joy Clair Stamp Sets – Doodle Flower Background and Best Buds
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Cardstock – Blue
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Paper Towels
  • Heat Tool

Create a Rose Card with All-Purpose Ink and Fantastix

by Arjita Sepaha Singh

Create a Rose Card with All-Purpose Ink and Fantastix

I wanted to share a very easy and quick way to add color to flower or rose images using All-Purpose Ink. The application of the ink with the Fantastix is fast and smooth like butter. I could also build layers of ink to get the desired shadows in the flower. A tiny amount of ink goes a long way and the coverage is excellent.



  • Misti Stamping Tool
  • Powder tool
  • Heat gun
  • Cardstock – Black, Tan
  • Stamp set

Learn the Basics of Mixed Media

by Kassy Tousignant

Learn the Beginning Basics of Mixed Media

The world of mixed media has exploded over the last several years. I have to admit, I have caught the bug and there’s no turning back. Have you seen an altered 3-D object or canvas with many textural elements and just wondered how the artist created it? I am always trying to pick things apart and figure out how they are made. I love the challenge of reproducing a cool effect or technique and even more, I love when unexpected results lead to something better than I couldn’t have imagined.

There are many different tools and supplies to use in this area of artistic expression. It can get overwhelming especially if you are just starting out. I’m going to break it down for you and give you a list of supplies to get started and maybe a few tried and true techniques to help your imagination take off!

Let’s break down some basic elements of Mixed Media!


First, you need a substrate, which is the surface on which you are going to create. It can be paper, wood, fabric, metal or canvas. Here I have a paper tag and a canvas board. There are no limits on what type of substrate you can work on—the only limit is your imagination.


If you have a cool idea for a mixed media project, it is helpful to gesso your substrate. Gesso generally comes in clear, white or black and is used to prime the surface. It is not acrylic paint. Gesso prepares your surface so that when you spray, paint, or stamp on it later, all pigments will behave the same way every time. When you are working on different surfaces like paper, fabric, glass, chipboard, metal, resin, the best way to ensure your pigments are going to behave the way you expect is to cover everything with a layer of gesso first. It presents a neutral ground and you will have much better results.

Gesso applied to a canvas with a flat tipped brush.

Coat your surface with a nice layer of gesso to prepare it for texture and pigment. Don’t forget to let it dry before moving on.

Texture Paste

Copper metallic creative medium and shimmer creative medium with palette knives.

Texture is a wonderful aspect of creating mixed media art. Texture allows the viewer’s eye to wander to all the fine details of the project. To create texture, you will need a type of texture paste and a palette knife. To make structured texture elements, you’ll also need a stencil or two. For each of these 3 items, there is a considerable amount of variation of product to chose from. Let’s start with texture paste. I’ll break them up into two broader categories. There is a gel, which comes in different finishes (glossy, semi-gloss, matte) and thicknesses. Imagine makes a great gel paste called Creative Medium. It comes in different metallic colors, iridescent colors, and clear. Gels that have a gloss finish tend to resist pigments when dried on a surface. This can be useful when the shiny resist effect is desired. Then there is modeling paste. These tend to be good as a strong adhesive for heavier objects. It is opaque and less flexible than gel. To spread these pastes, you need some palette knives. They come in different shapes and they are usually either plastic or metal. Both types of palette knives work well and it mainly comes down to a preference of the artist and the type of stencil you are working with.

Scoop some of the texture paste, in this case Creative Medium, out of it’s container with a palette knife. Spread it over the stencil on to your surface ike you are icing a cake. You don’t need to cover your entire surface or use the entire stencil, just spread it where you want it. Lift off the stencil and let dry before moving forward.


Finally, you get to add color! You have prepped your substrate and now it is ready to receive the colors and inks to create a theme and mood. Whether it is paint or ink, the pigments and colorants come in all types of mediums such as water-based, solvent-based or oil-based. Tsukineko and Imagine offer a variety of inks that work wonderfully with mixed media art. Imagine has Fireworks and Walnut ink sprays, irRESISTible colored texture sprays, and Pico embellishers. Tsukineko’s All-Purpose Ink is a rich dense pigment ink that can be used as a wonderful colorant. Depending on what you are creating and what effect you are trying to achieve there are many colorants to get your desired effect.

Now that your surface is prepped and textured, you get to add color—my favorite part. Have fun!

Check out more of Kassy’s awesome mixed media projects on YouTube!


Create a Festive and Fun Fourth of July Banner

by Roni Johnson

Create a Festive and Fun Fourth of July Banner

Summer is the perfect time to be outdoors, throw a BBQ party or to show off your patriotism with the Fourth of July!  Luckily, Joy Clair has a perfect stamp set when it comes to American Flag themes. In this quick and easy crafting project, I used their 4 x 6-inch Grungy Flag background stamp paired with Memento Luxe ink to create this amazing looking banner.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 – 2 hours


Step 1

Tear cotton or linen material into 4” x 8” pieces. The number of pieces will depend on how long you would like your finished banner.

Step 2

Place a strip of fabric on a stamp positioner at the 1” mark. Put the stamp directly over the area to be stamped. Close the positioner to affix the stamp to the lid.

Step 3

Ink the star area with Memento Luxe in Danube Blue and the stripe area of the stamp with Memento Luxe in Love Letter.

Step 4

Close the positioner and press the inked stamp onto the material. I wanted a vintage feel to my banner so I stamped the image once. For brighter, solid colors, reposition the material, re-ink the image and stamp a second time. Stamp each additional panel in the same fashion.

Step 5

Iron each stamped piece of material to set the inks. Once you heat set Memento Luxe it is permanent on the fabric!

Step 6

Adhere each stamped flag to a length of string or ribbon. Hang it up outdoors and enjoy!


  • Joy Clair StampsGrunge Flag Background
  • Cotton or Linen fabric
  • Material May Arts – Jute Ribbon
  • Stamp Positioner
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Iron