Share Some Love With Cardmaking

Love is the topic of the day! Renee and Tenia have two great projects that respond to our challenge in November – Heart Felt.

Heartfelt Card Love Rocks by Renee Zarate

Life isn’t always rainbows and unicorns, there are times when we can send a friend or loved one a little reassurance that we’re thinking of them. By using Memento inks and a few drops of water we can create a one of a kind heartfelt card.

Using small daubers apply different contrasting colors of ink to a gesso primed piece of scrap paper. Apply droplets of water to the paper and blot with a kitchen towel.

Measure the panel to desired size, this panel was cut to 4 ½” to 6 ½”, use a cutting tool to trim to size. Cut a piece of black card cardstock ½” larger than the panel, this will be the mat. Ink the edges of the panel with Paris Dusk Memento ink. Stamp hearts on pieces of scrap paper and cut out. Stamp phrase at the bottom of panel. Adhere the hearts to the panel using pop dots on the smaller heart to elevate it adding dimension. Add additional mark making stamping for interest. Use Tear It! Tape to adhere the panel to the black mat and then onto the blank card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Strathmore 140 # Mixed Media Paper
  • White Gesso
  • Dina Wakley – Collaged Hearts stamp
  • Snapping Monsters – Wonder Girl stamp
  • Paper trimmer
  • Heat tool
  • Cardstock – Black
  • White blank card
  • Kitchen paper towels
  • Water spray bottle
  • Scissors

‘Love You’ Watercolored Rose Card by Tenia Nelson

Tenia here from Jazzy Paper Designs with a watercolor card using Imagine and Tsukineko products. I love this large rose as the center image and the contrasting “love u” sentiment that compliments it. Here are some tips on how I created this lovely card.

Stamp and heat emboss the large rose onto watercolor paper.  Create mask and stamp and heat emboss stem of the rose onto watercolor paper. The black embossing powder is a perfect compliment to the watercoloring technique. Watercolor image using red and green Memento markers. Lay down some of the ink onto an acrylic block and lift with a waterbrush.


While you are finishing up the watercoloring, add splatter onto image panel with the remaining ink in the waterbrush. Stamp the “love u” sentiment onto Kraft cardstock and cut out with scissors. Adhere sentiment onto card along with washi, sequins and sticker stitches. Adhere image panel onto cardbase with another other finishing touches you prefer.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Altenew – Sketchy Rose Stamp Set
  • Cardstock
  • Canson Watercolor Paper
  • SRM Press – Sticker Stitches
  • Washi Tape
  • Sequins
  • Aquabrush
  • Acrylic Block (for watercoloring)
  • Adhesive

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Teach Your Little Ones How to Make a Glittery Reindeer Ornament

by Tenia Nelson

Tenia here from Jazzy Paper Designs with a kid-friendly Christmas Reindeer ornament project. My son Theo and I had so much fun with this project using Tsukineko Memento markers, die cuts and googly eyes. You can create a bunch of fun ornaments for your Christmas tree or to give out as little gifts as well!

Time: 30 minutes
Skill: Beginner

Directions


Step 1

Punch a hole through wood piece using a Crop-O-Dile.


Step 2

Color wood piece using Memento markers.


Step 3

Die cut a piece of glitter paper using Reindeer die and Big Shot die cutting machine.


Step 4

Adhere reindeer shape onto the wood piece, adhere eyes and add other embellishments onto the wood ornament. What is great about this easy project is that you can create multiple ornaments or just the one!

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Woodpiece
  • Die Cut machine
  • Reindeer die (Kaisercraft has a great option)
  • Glitter Paper
  • Twine
  • Enamel Dots and/or other embellishments
  • Googly Eyes
  • Crop-O-Dile

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Do Something Fun! Create Fingerprint Memory Tree

by Roni Johnson

Since my boys are older now I have missed crafting with them but with ages also brings grandchildren so I was ecstatic when we were asked to create a project that we could make crafting with kids. As a mom with adult boys I realize now how quickly those childhood years pass and you really should capture them while you can. With Christmas just around the corner I thought it would be nice if Cole and I could make something memorable for his parents to capture this fleeting moment in time…hence our fingerprint memory tree.

Directions


Step 1

Trim a piece of watercolor paper to the desired size.


Step 2

Rough in a pencil sketch of the tree trunk so you know what areas to fill in with fingerprints.


Step 3

Pull out desired colors of Memento DewDrops and let the fun begin!

I’m not going to kid you…taking pictures of this and corralling a 2 year old AND the ink pads was no easy task! So, I hope you’ll understand the sporadic photos of our crafting time. I simply opened up a bunch of DewDrops and let him go. At first ,Cole was unsure about getting inky but after our first color he was having lots of fun. It was so funny; he wanted to share the colors his fingers were turning with me and my camera. After we were done adding fingerprints, I filled in the trunk of the tree with additional ink and texture using the Doodle Stix. The ground was rubbed with a few colors of green and I added some “grass” using the tips of the DewDrops. I wrote his name and age for posterity’s sake. The print was then trimmed and framed. I did manage to get him slowed down enough after we were finished for probably my favorite photo of our craft time….aren’t these precious little inky hands adorable? Of course I may be a bit partial but it makes my heart swell with love.

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor Cardstock
  • Picture frame

 

*Memento is a water-based acid free dye ink that has not been tested for use by children. Memento Ink may temporarily stain skin.

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Upcycle Scraps to Make a Fresh Mixed Media Card

by Mischelle Smith

Reuse Scraps to Make a Fresh Mixed Media Card

I love to use kraft cardstock in my projects. I went through my scrap box and found a white card I had previously gold embossed hearts on. This was the start of a fun mixed media project that used kraft paper for the base.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30-45 minutes

Directions


leftover scrap from embossing, so the hearts were already there. Drizzle Lilac Posies irRESISTible onto the card
Step 1

Find a scrap project to play with. Here I had a leftover scrap from embossing, so the hearts were already there. Drizzle Lilac Posies irRESISTible onto the card. Let sit a moment and wipe off with a damp towel.


Add texture with stamping using Memento Rich Cocoa
Step 2

Using direct-to-paper method, add pigment inks in colors of choice to the card front until covered. Add texture by stamping a pattern using Memento Rich Cocoa.


Attach paper scraps with On Point Glue
Step 3

Attach newspaper scraps with On Point Glue.


Spatter with irRESISTible Wedding Dress and Tuxedo Black.
Step 4

Splatter with irRESISTible Wedding Dress and Tuxedo Black. Let dry.


Mix white paint with a small amount of water. mixed media card.
Step 5

Mix white paint with a small amount of water. Use a paintbrush to add random circles. Let dry.


VersaMagic in Tea Leaves with water and uses a paintbrush to add scribbles on top of white circles
Step 6

Mix VersaMagic in Tea Leaves with water and uses a paintbrush to add scribbles on top of white circles.


StazOn Jet Black add stamping. Use scissors to cut circles and leaves from mixed media card front. Adhere circles and leaves to kraft card front using On Point Glue. Use Tuxedo Black Memento Marker to add doodles. Stamp ‘Thanks’ with StazOn ink
Step 7

With StazOn Jet Black add random stamping. Use scissors to cut circles and leaves from the mixed media piece.


Step 8

Adhere circles and leaves to kraft card front using On Point Glue. Use Tuxedo Black Memento Marker to add doodles. Stamp ‘Thanks’ with StazOn ink.

If you enjoyed this quick tutorial then please like or share on Facebook!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Scissors
  • Kraft cardstock
  • Scrap cardstock
  • Carabelle Studio – texture stamp
  • Hampton Arts – alphabet
  • White paint
  • Paintbrush

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See How to Detail with Watercolor on a Cute Sock Monkey Card

 by Mischelle Smith

See How to Detail with Watercolor on a Cute Sock Monkey Card. Kaleidacolor ink by Tsukineko.

Candy is the theme this month at Imagine, and while looking through my supplies I came across my Bouquet Kaleidacolor pad.  Candy and Kaleidacolor?! Yes! I see the tropical package of Skittles when I look at the Bouquet color palette … if only my inks tasted like Skittles … right?!

This easy card comes together nicely, and quickly, thanks to the coordinating palette of the Kaleidacolor pad.  For my card, I chose to use each color individually, without any blend.  I can easily expand my palette by clicking the colors together and stamping a ‘blend’ onto my block.  Instantly, I double my color options. Since Kaleidacolor is a water-based dye, it makes the perfect ink for watercoloring. In the tutorial below I break down how to detail a stamped image using a watercoloring technique.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 45 minutes + dry time

Directions


Stamp Kaleidacolor onto acrylic block to use as a palette for your watercoloringStep 1

Stamp the sock monkey image on watercolor paper with StazOn Jet Black.  Stamp Kaleidacolor onto acrylic block to use as a palette for your watercoloring.


Step 2

With a paintbrush, gently prepare image with water. Pick up desired color from acrylic block with a paintbrush, and paint the area prepped with water. The first layer of color is a light, gentle wash. Use a light hand when applying.


Step 3

Use a pencil to sketch guidelines on Sock Monkey. If needed, do an image search for a real photo of a sock monkey to better understand the patterns and lines. The pencil lines will be erased when the monkey is finished and dry. Begin adding ‘heart’ shaped patterns to the pencil lines and work to fill in the entire monkey. Cut out the image and set aside.


Step 4

To finish the card, prep watercolor base and add tangerine color. Loosely lay down color and let dry. With scissors, distress the edges of the tangerine panel and attach to card base with foam tape. Attach the Sock Monkey and washi tape him to sit on. With a Tuxedo Black Memento Marker, draw lines and squiggles around the panel.  Stamp “just for you” sentiment, brushed with a swipe of color, and add to card. Attach lime twine and add any additional details as you see fit.

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampin’ Up! – Sock Monkey stamp
  • Lime twine
  • Foam Tape
  • Fan Brush
  • Scissors
  • Brushes – Black Velvet Round Size 2; Black Velvet Oval Wash Size ¾”
  • Washi Tape

 

Color of the Month for October

October Color of the Month Aubergine

We are excited for the turn in the weather and to announce October’s Color of the Month Aubergine! This deep rich purple is inspired by the deeper colors of fall and the fun purple colors associated with witch costumes during Halloween. Stay tuned for another Color of the Month Challenge and in the mean time check out these gorgeous projects by Imagine Artists.

 

Aubergine Tile by Alison Heikkila

Hello! The color of the month from Imagine is officially Aubergine, which is a beautiful, soft, muted purple. I decided to pair this color with shades of teal, which is one of my favorite color combinations.

I stamped the Sunny Tile Stamp from Stampendous with VersaFine Ink and colored it with Memento Markers. The color palette of the Memento Markers are so lovely, it’s easy to color in images and know that everything will work together harmoniously. Then I trimmed it out and and found some aubergine colored cardstock. I sprayed the lighter colored cardstock with Sweet Plum Fireworks! and the deeper color with Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Frost. I also added a lovely sentiment from Hero Arts with Eggplant VersaMagic.

This card came together very quickly once my image was colored. And I just love these colors together. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampendous: Sunny Tile Stamp
  • Hero Arts: You Are Loved Messages
  • Aubergine colored cardstock

Sending Happy Thoughts by Neva Cole

Sending Happy Thoughts Aubergine is such a rich fall color, and many things in nature sport this amazing hue. Lotus flowers come in many versions, and one is the lovely color of aubergine. Using a layered stamp made quick work of creating a few charming flowers to decorate a pretty card. A bit of Electric Yellow Amplify! adds the stamen texture to the lotus flower. The basket weave background matches the leaves perfectly as the same Memento ink was applied to the embossing folder as was used to stamp the leaf images. Blending two colors Versa Magic ink creates a realistic color for the water of the pond, which reminded me of the photo that inspired this classic card. To carry the color theme throughout the card, a backing layer is inked with an ink blusher and matching Elderberry Memento ink. The sentiment is also stamped in the vivid Aubergine color to complete the look.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Altenew – Lotus stamp set and matching die set
  • Joy Clair – Hello Sentimental stamp set
  • Cuttlebug – Basket weave embossing folder

Hello Beautiful Greeting Card by Roni Johnson

Aubergine Aubergine, beautiful aubergine…this card was inspired by a lovely silk memo board I saw while I was out shopping one day. It was done up in blues which is why it caught my eye but I thought it could easily be used for Imagine’s color of the month – Aubergine.

Sponge Neptune VersaColor over a 6×6 piece of white cardstock. No need to be tidy, this is only the base layer of color. Position the cardstock as shown on the ScorePal ; score every ½”. Rotate the piece of cardstock and score the cross lines. The cardstock should now look like this (back side shown). Crease all of the score marks to really make the lines stand out. Use the sponge dauber and apply more Neptune ink to every score line. The piece of cardstock will now look like this. Stamp images using several shades of Memento Dye ink and die-cut. Die-cut 3 frames; sponge Silver Delicata ink on one of the frames and on a 5.5” x 5.5” piece of white cardstock. Assemble the layers on a 6×6” aubergine card base. Double sided foam tape was used to adhere the largest flower to the card. The three frame layers were glued together with the silver frame on top. Silver irRESISTible Pico Embellisher was dotted where the lines crossed paths.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Altenew – Peony Bouquet stamps & dies
  • Club Scrap – Sentiment
  • Cardstock MFT – Scallop Stitched Die