Embellish Your Handmade Card with Polymer Clay

by Steph Ackerman

Embellish Your Handmade Card with Polymer Clay

This month’s color theme is Sea Breeze. This color theme reminds me of water, vacations, cruises, and time at the beach. With this ocean theme in mind, I created a fun card that could be given to someone heading on vacation, or perhaps someone heading towards retirement. By mixing and matching embellishments you can create a wide assortment of cards.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Ink embossing folder with Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze
Step 1

Ink embossing folder with Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze. Place white cardstock in the inked folder and emboss.

Mat embossed panel with kraft cardstock
Step 2

Mat embossed panel with kraft cardstock. Adhere panel to a blue card with foam adhesives.

Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze ink
Step 3

Ink canvas tag with Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze ink by dabbing different colors on the tag. Also, ink the twine.

Stamp the phrase on white cardstock with VersaFine Nocturne ink
Step 4

Stamp the phrase on white cardstock with VersaFine Nocturne ink. Die cut with an oval die and mat with a larger blue die.

Create a ship's wheel from Makin's tan clay with a pirate mold
Step 5

Create a ship’s wheel from Makin’s tan clay with a pirate mold. Ink with Brilliance in Pearlescent Chocolate Ink. Alternatively, you can create the ship’s wheel with brown clay.

Add elements to the card with On Point Glue
Step 6

Add elements to the card with On Point Glue, letting the tag twine flow freely across the card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – White, Blue, Kraft
  • Spellbinders – Circle dies
  • Sizzix Embossing Folder
  • Sizzix Embossing Machine
  • Makin’s Clay
  • Creative Vision Stamps
  • Burlap
  • Pirate mold

How to Bring Doodle Flower Background Stamp to the Foreground

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

How to Bring Doodle Flower Background Stamp to the Foreground with embossing powder and VersaMark ink

By definition and design, background stamps are usually the foundation of a piece, not the focus. In this project, I show a way to highlight an amazingly detailed Mandala style background stamp from Joy Clair with embossing and ink blending to create a simply beautiful card with the look of a rich textile. Choosing a pattern stamp with fine details and plenty of open spaces is key to this particular technique, but experiment and see what works for you.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – White, Teal, Grey
  • Joy Clair – Doodle Flower Background Stamp
  • Darice – Heat Tool
  • Paper Tape
  • Water Spritzer
  • Acrylic Blocks
  • Button
  • Brad
  • Wire Cutters
  • American Crafts – Paper Trimmer
  • Helmar – Liquid Scrap Dots

Make a Splash With this Beautiful Textured Background

by Arjita Sepaha Singh

See how I created a super quick yet magical underwater effect using Kaleidacolour Caribean Sea, Delicata Golden Glitz, and a simple spray bottle. Waterbased inks are great for moving and mixing to create texture and visual effects. Since this is an underwater mermaid theme, I wanted to create the effect of water splashing and feel this technique was perfect!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Stitched Die
  • Heat gun
  • Water spray bottle
  • Cardstock – white
  • Mermaid Stamp set

Create an Awesome Watercolored Background with Kaleidacolor Ink

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Create an Awesome Watercolored Background with Kaleidacolor Ink. This handmade card also has a beautiful vellum sentiment embossing in Gold.

Remind someone that they are awesome with this Sea Breeze easy watercolored background with gold embossing vellum sentiment. The color challenge this month is sea tones. I decided to place my design on decorated paper and not over regular cardstock. I am using one of the sea colors included on the Serenade collection from Quick Quotes Scrapbook and the Kaleidacolor Inkpad in Caribbean Sea. It’s a perfect match to get all kinds of lovely tropical sea colors!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Cut the layer of decorated paper to 4-1/4” x 5-1/2”. Stamp the image background using VersaMark. Sprinkle on white embossing powder and shake off excess. Melt the powder with a heat tool.


Step 2

Ink your mat with Kaleidacolor Ink in Caribbean Sea. Mix and extend the inks by spraying some Ink Potion No.9 on your ink.


Step 3

Rub your stamped layer over the mix of inks. Let variation in color occur, and even allow some areas to have the base paper show through. That’s why we didn’t use white cardstock! Let the paper dry naturally or speed the process with the heat tool.


Step 4

With Memento Markers in Pear Tart and New Sprout enhance the sea colors on the leafy parts of your stamped image. Resize your layer and paste it over a whisper white card base.


Step 5

Stamp your message or sentiment on vellum using VersaMark. Coat with Gold Embossing Powder and shake off excess. Melt the powder with a heat tool. Paste the sentiment over the card with glue dots.

Supplies

Imagine

• VersaMark
Kaleidacolor Inkpad – Caribbean Sea
Ink Potion No. 9
Embossing Powder – White, Gold
Memento Markers – Pear Tear, New Sprout
Tear It! Tape
Craft Mat

Other

• Hero Arts – Big Flower Background
• Decorated paper
• Cardstock – Whisper White
• Vellum
• MISTI Stamping Tool
• Heat tool

Project Swap: Inspire with Herringbone Art

Project Swap: Inspire with Herringbone Art

Welcome to another set for our Artist Project Swap with Nadine and Roni. For the Month of May, we challenged our artists to exchange tutorials and create each other’s designs in order to see how each of our artists interprets style and choices. The receiving artist did not know who designed the project, nor did they receive any images! In today’s post, Roni gives the directions and recommended supplies list and Nadine created the project.

Inked Herringbone Background by Nadine Carlier

Herringbone Background by Nadine Carlier

I absolutely loved swapping projects with Roni Johnson! This project was not something I would have ever thought of making on my own but I really enjoyed making it. I didn’t have all the exact same products that she used but was able to improvise with no problem. Besides, I prefer not to copy something exactly and put my own twist on it.

I made a video showing how I created my project. Watch it below!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Supplies

Imagine
Other

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Original Design by Roni Johnson

Project Swap: Create a Summertime Hello Card

Welcome to another set for our Artist Project Swap with Nadine and Roni. For the Month of May, we challenged our artists to exchange tutorials and create each other’s designs in order to see how each of our artists interprets style and choices. The receiving artist did not know who designed the project, nor did they receive any images! In today’s post, Nadine gives the directions and recommended supplies list and Roni created the project.

Summertime Hello Card by Roni Johnson

We had a little fun here recently at Imagine by challenging ourselves to an art swap. Each of us created a project, wrote up instructions and then Imagine swapped out all of the projects with a fellow Artist in Residence. I had the pleasure of working with Nadine Carlier’s project, as you can see it turned out amazing. It’s funny when we compared finished projects we even chose to use the exact same “hello” stamp!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 Minutes + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Cut a strip of white cardstock so it fits the width of a card and about 3 inches wide.


Step 2

On the strip, stamp a leaf image and a hello sentiment using VersaMark and then emboss and heat set it with white embossing powder.


Step 3

Kaleidacolor Fresh Greens and a brayer work best for this step. Use sponge daubers and individual green ink colors in varying tones as long as they are a water-based ink, for example, Memento inks.


Step 4

Slide the Kaleidacolor inks together and roll a brayer over the ink pad. Make sure to keep rolling in the same spot to not mix the colors up on the brayer.


Step 5

Using the cardstock strip roll the brayer lengthwise so the lightest ink color is in the center of the cardstock strip. At this point, only half of the cardstock strip should have color on it. Don’t worry about getting full coverage on the strip, this is normal especially around the embossed areas. You actually want some white areas showing.


Step 6

Flip the cardstock 90 degrees and repeat the steps from 4 and 5. Once cardstock piece is completely rolled, you should have an ombre effect with the lightest ink color in the middle and with it getting darker towards the top and bottom of the strip. Because my brayer width was wider than my cardstock strip I had the darker ink colors rolled on my craft mat. Spray the ink left on the craft mat with water and use the mix as an ink or lift technique. This will create a texture effect. Repeat until you have the look you desire. Using a dry paper towel rub over the embossed areas to remove extra ink. Let your cardstock strip dry.


Step 7

Finish the design by adhering the cardstock strip to the front of a card base with Tear It! Tape. Add sequins, dew drops or tiny dots of irRESISTible Pico Embellisher in Clear or Wedding Dress. Enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Joy Clair – “Hello” stamp
  • Just For Fun Rubber Stamps – Stamptangle Leaf
  • Brayer
  • Sequins
  • Cardstock – white
  • Heat Tool

Original Design by Nadine

What do you think of Roni’s interpretation of Nadine’s tutorial?

Comment below!