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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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

 

See How to Make a Summer Card with Cool Lemonade

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

hello summer card lemonade

 

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

Get Wild with Two Wonderful Handmade Cards

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are lucky to have two beautiful nature themed cards that show off our color of the month Tangerine. These two designs are insanely awesome craft inspiration for the nature lover in your life. Elina Stromberg uses a Spellbinders stamp and die set to show an owl in mid flight. Neva Cole uses Local King’s Wolves rubber stamps and die set to create a majestic looking Father’s Day card.

Tangerine Love: Living In The Sunshine by Elina Stromberg

Our color of the month is the beautiful, blazing Tangerine. For a tangerine mixed media project, there were several wonderful and inspiring Imagine products to choose from; this time I decided to go with irRESISTible and Fireworks! And loved to see how well they worked together.

I started with scribbling with a Dandelion irRESISTible Pico Embellisher and while it was still wet I sprayed a layer of Tangelo Fireworks color. I dried the paper with my heat gun, pushing the color around the page. Once dry I applied more texture with Tangelo irRESISTible texture spray; that combination of shimmering color and tangerine textures looks just so cool!

Matching all the different pieces was an enjoyable part of this project. For coloring the piece of lace in the background, I used Fireworks again. The light and soft finish was achieved by misting the paper with plain water before applying a thin layer of Tangelo Fireworks. Since Fireworks is a dye ink, it works well with watercoloring theories. Images were stamped with Memento ink and colored with alcohol-based ProMarkers. The Spellbinders stamp set comes with matching dies, so cutting the images did not take any time at all. I thought that the quote text matched the project theme so well: ‘Live in the sunshine. Drink the wild air’ by Emerson. I love this quote! It expresses my warm summer thoughts exactly!

Supplies

Imagine
Other

 


 

Wolves Father Day Card orange background

Wolves & Nature Themed Father’s Day Card by Neva Cole

Summer time brings a few holidays to celebrate with Father’s Day starting off the fun! I am so pleased with how this card came together with the lovely colors of the Kaleidacolor Cappuccino Delight ink pad. The focal image is stamped on glossy cardstock in StazOn Timber Brown and die cut with the matching die. Using the same Kaleidacolor pad, I inked up a Fantastix and detailed around the main wolf image starting on the lightest color of the 5-color pad and worked to the darkest. To lighten and move the ink around, I used a bit of Ink Potion No. 9 sprayed on the craft mat and picked up with the Fantastix. The background is brayered on glossy cardstock and stamped in colors from the Cappuccino Delight palette. The wolves in the background are stamped in StazOn Jet black.

This card is a perfect theme for Dad’s out there who like getting outdoors and enjoying what nature has to offer.

Supplies

Imagine
Other

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Make a Bright Birthday Card with Ink Blending

Do you know someone with a birthday coming up? Are you loving what you are seeing in ink blending trends? Well, today’s blog post is just for you! Mischelle Smith uses Kaleidacolor and a brayer to blend dye inks on black and white decorative paper to create a beautiful birthday card. Neva Cole uses circle dies of different sizes and Memento inks to create an attractive floral-themed card.

 Colorful Blends on Black & White

Colorful Blends on Black & White by Mischelle Smith

Looking for the perfect way to show off the gorgeous palette of your Kaleidacolor inkpads? I was! So, I went directly to my black and white pattern papers. I used my brayer to add a portion of beautifully blended color to my black and white paper and the results were stunning. For an extra bit of visual interest, I also brayered some of my color onto white scraps of cardstock and then die cut. The contrast of black and white with beautiful bursts of Kaleidacolor makes a winning combination every time.

I did a couple easy techniques to create this card. The split from black and white to color is a simple masking technique. Mask the top section, ink up the brayer with Bouquet Kaleidacolor Pad and brayer the bottom portion of the pattern paper. Then, I repeated the brayer technique onto scraps of white cardstock and used a branch die cut to make the top layer pieces. I used a black shimmer trim to hide any masking marks and to add a nice contrast in the middle. Next, I created the Happy Birthday tag and prepared for the layering of all the elements. I layered one set of branches, the Happy Birthday sentiment, the silver thread and finished with another top layer of branch die cut. While this is a option, I can’t resist spritzing with several sprays of Frost Sheer Shimmer Spritz to add the finishing touch. I found this design to be so fun that I created a matching tag in the same style. So you can really expand these ideas as much as you like!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • CTMH – Black Shimmer Trim, Happy Birthday stamp, Mother’s Day Workshop
  • Decorative paper
  • Silver metallic thread
  • Foam tape
  • White cardstock
  • Paper trimmer
  • Score board
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon

Blending with Memento Inks. purple flowers, splatter ink, happy birthday card

Blending with Memento Inks by Neva Cole

The challenge for the month was to incorporate ink blending into a project. I love how Memento Inks can be blended with water or Ink Potion No. 9. I also think it is really cool that the Fireworks Sprays are in the same colors, so it was quick and easy to put together this fun color coordinated card using Joy Clair stamps. Using a stamp positioner, I stamped the card front and two additional layers with StazOn Jet Black ink. The top two layers are die cut in circles. The top layer is water colored with a small paint brush and Memento in Danube Blue and Grape Jelly. The next layer is inked with an Ink Blusher and Grape Jelly. The bottom layer is splatted with the Fireworks in you guess it, Danube Blue and Grape Jelly. A little secret here, I accidently marked the top layer with a splotch of ink, but was able to cover the splotch with the strategically placed happy portion of the sentiment. Once dry, the card is assembled with dimensional foam adhesive and ready to be paired with a birthday present.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Joy Clair – Spring Time Flowers, Happy Birthday stamp
  • Spellbinders –  small circle die, large circle die
  • Foam adhesive
  • Paint brush
  • Stamp positioner

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It’s Almost Mother’s Day… Are you ready?

It’s Saturday! The day before Mother’s Day and we are helping you prepare with two ideas that could serve as last minute inspiration. For a bright style, see what Tenia has to offer with splashes of magenta, cyan, and shimmer! For a more toned down earthy approach, see how Alison creates a card perfect for a steampunk mama! Both of these crafty, cardmaking styles are very different yet offer up so much love!

With Love From Me to You Handmade Card by Tenia Nelson

Tenia here from Jazzy Paper Designs with a super fun handmade card project that I made with Imagine and Tsukineko inks. This card can be a fun Mother’s Day card or can be given any time of the year to a special person in your life. It has cheerful colors that would brighten anyone’s day. Stamp and heat emboss heart image on a piece of white cardstock.

To make this fun card, start by stamping and heat embossing the heart on a piece of white cardstock. Ink blend heart using Pear Tart and Bamboo Leaves Memento dye inks. Once you begin to blend and ink the paper with the sponge dauber, the ink will soak into the paper and the rest will wipe clean from the embossed coat letting the original cardstock color to pop forward. Die cut the heart from the paper and set aside. Next, create the background blue glow by ink blending Summer Sky and Bahama Blue Memento inks onto white cardstock. I kept the blue hues centered in the middle. Next, add Rose Bud Fireworks Craft Spray onto cardstock allowing a little to spray on the blue and the rest to off the edge. Since Fireworks is a spray the results will be different each time. You can practice on a different sheet of paper to get a sense of how this will turn out. Once all the inks are dry stamp the sentiment on the newly inked panel and heat emboss. Adhere heart on top of this inked panel, add sequins, washi and sticker stitches. And finish the design by attaching the image panel onto a cardbase.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Verve Stamps – heart stamp, heart die
  • Cardstock
  • Sequins
  • Washi tape
  • Die cut machine

 

Steampunk Mother’s Day Card by Alison Heikkila

M is for Mom greetings! This month, the Artists in Residence are working with the theme, “M is for…” so I decided to go with M is for Mom. Mother’s Day is almost here and my mom (thankfully) loves to get my homemade cards, so I figured I’d make a card that was very well suited to her. My mom loves all things steampunked. She is so cool. She loves the texture, neutral colors, and gears… and well, all the stuff I put on this card!

I started off with the Gears Stencil and the Vintage Creative Medium and stenciled a smaller panel. Then I stenciled ink directly onto the cream color cardbase to provide a dynamic background and used assorted shades of brown ink, ultra fine glitter, and Fireworks Spray for random bits of extra shimmer. To give the card base a bit more of a style, I distressed the edges with more brown ink to give it the classic old-timey look. I knew the Vertigo would be a fun way to spell out Mom and inking it up with Spiced Chai StazOn helped it to stand out more. I didn’t ink the Vertigo completely but varied the amount of ink I used on the letters to give some more visual interest. Finish the design by mounting the stenciled Creative Medium layer on the cardbase and attach the Vertigo letters with On Point Glue. This is a style that you can surely get lost in by continuing to build, layer and blend the inks until you get it to look perfectly the way you wish.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampendous – Gears stencil
  • Quickutz – Diesel letter dies
  • Ultra fine glitter
  • Steampunk gear embellishments
  • Cardstock – white
  • Cardbase – cream