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!
“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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Hexagons are so hot right now! They are a classic shape that is found in nature with honey combs, used in art and design to create interesting patterns and the iconic 5-side shape is also used in signage and information design. I share how to use a basic die cut to create a stamp, blend inks to create dimension and repeat patterns for a lovely finished home decor piece.
Skill: Beginner Time: 5 minutes
Diecut corkboard with hexagon die to create the stamp shape. Attach to stamp block using the Tack ‘N Peel cling sheet. Tack ‘N Peel is reusable and this project could be repeated with any desired shape or die.
Ink the new hexagon stamp with Kaleidacolor inkpad. The blues and greens will blend and create an ombre effect. You can use this inkpad is several ways. It has a sliding feature so you can push the individual ink colors closer together. Stamp onto white cardstock and continue until you have created a nice pattern. To create a cool effect, use a different part of the inkpad while creating the pattern. Repeat until paper is covered with hexagons.
Die cut another hexagon from card stock, adhere to the stamp to create a pop-out element and place onto the pattern using adhesive tape. Frame and enjoy.
When making cards it can be so much fun to create an oversized card. I made this fun and colorful Hello card for a friend to brighten her day. The hello measures 7 inches in width making this a really big hello. To add the extra special flare, I created a marbleized effect with shaving cream and Tsukineko inkers. I added a bit of fun texture with microbeads. I include how to marbleize paper in this tutorial and hope you have fun creating your own unique pattern!
Select 3 colors of dye inkers from the Tsukineko line. Use bright and contrasting colors that will work well together.
Spray small amount shaving cream onto a plastic plate or your craft mat. Add a few drops of the first inker color around the shaving cream pile.
Then add your second and third colors as previously. One drop goes a long long way with the intense colors of the dye ink.
Use a craft stick or Brushtix and mix the colors in a swirling motion. Avoid mixing it too much.
Press a piece of cardstock into the foam to pick up the ink pattern. Lift the cardstock and wipe away the shaving cream using paper towels until the cream is gone and the pattern is left behind.
Finish your larger than life card with a hello sentiment. Add a layer of GlazOn to the word and dragonfly, sprinkle with microbeads and let dry. Make as many of these cards as you can with the remaining shaving cream and give them out to friends and family throughout the year!