Make a Match from Today’s Papercraft Inspiration

When we challenge our artists, we are always pleasantly surprised at the outcome. Sometimes there are similar ideas that pop up in the creative process between two talented people and today’s projects share this common trait — matching! Kyriakos matches colors to create color harmony and Alison matches a scrapbook page to a 2-D style. Check it out!

Make a Match from Today's handmade card

Yellow Flowers Inspiration Card by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

I love the Pineapple color challenge this month and decided to create a blooming flowers card on yellow shades in contrast with the kraft card and the black details used. Using the kraft paper with white, yellow and black all match to create a warm color harmony that turned out rather nice.

First, I used White Embossing powder on the kraft card base to give texture and add detail on the frame. Then I colored the paper flowers with Memento Desert Sand and Dandelion and filled their centers with Radiant Neon Amplify to add volume. For the top panel background, I inked a large stamp in a distressed style with Memento Dandelion and Tangelo ink and pressed on white cardstock. The leaves are pressed in the VersaMark ink and then covered with the Imagine’s Silver Embossing Powder and heat set. To finish the card, I arranged all these elements together and used a piece of black corrugated cardboard to give the design contrast and ground the overall look.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Paper flowers
  • 5 x 7 card base
  • Sizzix – Mixed flowers set stamp
  • Metallic leaves and charms
  • Jute cord
  • Black corrugated paper

We Match Scrapbook Page by Alison Heikkila

Hello! The Artists in Residence for Imagine and Waffle Flower Crafts did a collaboration in May. As a result, I was sent the adorable Enveloper Little Birdie Stamp Set and I love using it. Looking at their other sets, and I now have a nice wish list I would love to add to my collection. I decided to make a scrapbook layout with the Little Birdie set because it reminded me of the matching Marimekko dresses my daughter and I have.

The flowers on the dresses are 2-D flat design style and only use one color. I wanted to match the dress design. So, I stamped my images onto white cardstock with VersaFine ink in Majestic Blue and used Memento Markers to match colors on the dresses. I love to shade and blend when I color, but I really wanted to stay true to the fabric and keep the colors flat.

I created a mat around the white cardstock with Banana Pepper cardstock from My Colors cardstock, and I stamped my sentiment down the side with Habanero VersaFine ink. Then, I wrote the date of the photos with a Danube Blue Memento Marker. My blue base cardstock was looking a little plain, so I sprayed it with New Sprout Fireworks! Spray and used On Point Glue to add white sequins.

I’m really happy with how well the stamped images from Waffle Flower went with our dresses. I think the stamps showcased the photos perfectly! Have an inspiring day!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Waffle Flower – Enveloper Little Birdie Stamp Set
  • Inkadinkado – Alphabet Stamps (Discontinued)
  • My Colors Cardstock – Banana Pepper
  • Cardstock – white, blue
  • Sequins

Create a Background with the Extras in Your Stamp Set

by Alison Heikkila

Create a Background with the Extras in Your Stamp Set. Super Cute Cupcake Card colored with Memento markers.

Hello! I have a “sweet” card to share with you today. This month, the Artists in Residence for Imagine were challenged with the theme “Itsy Bitsy.” So, I decided to use the teeny stamps found in my Lawn Fawn’s Baked with Love and Love ‘N Breakfast. For those of you who are familiar with Lawn Fawn’s set, you know they are fantastic at adding extra hearts, faces and other expressive features to their sets. Why not use those little pieces?!

To create the background, I added several of the hearts, candlesticks, XOXO and smiley face stamps to an acrylic block in an arrangement and I inked them up with VersaFine Onyx Black. I stamped an entire background piece of Bristol paper with these stamps, slightly turning the block as I went along and heat embossed the entire background. Next, I stamped four cupcakes on to Mixed Media Paper, colored them with Memento Markers and die cut with coordinating dies. I decided to make the cupcakes stand out more, so I used two different sized circle punches and layered them underneath the cupcakes. The smaller circles were spritzed with Bamboo Leaves Fireworks spray, and I mounted them with a foam square.

cupcake stamps Lawn Fawn

To add color and sparkle to my background, I sprayed a Fireworks sprays on to a piece of acetate. I laid my background on top, flipped it over and smooshed the colors around. You can see in the photo above the fabulous shimmer and how beautifully the colors blended together. Then, I stamped my sentiment on to a white piece of bristol scrap paper and mounted with foam tape. To finish, I mounted the entire panel to a card base.

I loved this challenge! So please don’t forget to use those cute teeny stamps that come in your sets! You can make quick and fun backgrounds with them. Have an inspiring day!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Lawn Fawn – Baked with Love Stamps, Baked with Love Dies, Love ‘N Breakfast
  • My Colors Cardstock– Mint Julep, Lime Pop
  • Scrapbook Adhesives – Foam Squares
  • Canson – Mixed Media Paper
  • 
Strathmore – Smooth Bristol Paper
  • Punch – small circle, medium circle

Design Your Own Colorful Art Journal Page

Often if a holiday or event is coming up then there is plenty of inspiration for crafters to be busy! But as creative people, we have to create, craft and get our hands inky on a regular basis. Art Journals are a perfect way for artists and papercrafters to get their creative energy out when there is no specific project with a deadline. In today’s post, we have two art journal pages from Elina Stromberg and Jennifer Vanderbeek. Check it out!

summer lovin art journal page

Art Journal Page: Summer Lovin’ by Elina Stromberg

The long wait is finally over: Summer is here! This blooming time of the year inspires me with its rich and vivid colors, and the lovely warm weather transfers on my projects in glowing hues of yellow and orange. With this art journal page, I express my love for this warm season.

When choosing the stamping ink for a coloring project the basic rule of thumb is: water-based ink for alcohol markers, and pigment ink for watercoloring. When this rule is followed, the stamped images stay crisp and don’t dissolve. But when you want to color with both alcohol markers and water-based colors (like Fireworks! inks) the answer is masking fluid. Stamp the image with water-based ink (Memento Tuxedo Black is always my no. 1 choice), cover the edges of the image with masking fluid, and paint the background with water-based color. Once dry, remove the masking fluid and color the image with alcohol markers. Works very well!

Example of how the masking fluid works to protect the areas you are not ready to color.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampendous stamp
  • Wycinanka stamp
  • Winsor & Newton – Masking fluid
  • White mixed media paper,
  • Cardstock – black
  • Watercolor brush
  • Alcohol markers: ProMarker
  • Silhouette Cameo

Recycled Art Journal Seascape by Jennifer Vanderbeek

I’m a bit of a hoarder when it comes to potential craft supplies. Since pretty much anything goes in mixed media work, almost everything is a potential craft supply. Take, for instance, what would normally be trash: the wipes we use to clean our stamps, our craft tables, and our fingertips. Once dry they’re just fabric. That’s what comprises the majority of this art journal layout, along with a healthy dose of clear Creative Medium. It creates masses of texture and paints a beautiful background that only needed a few details added to complete the scene.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Art Journal
  • Used Wipes stained with inks and sprays
  • Darice – Heat tool

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All You Need Is A Little Vitamin Sea

We have 3 projects today that focus on the ocean for the crafting motion! Martha creates a stunning visual effect using die cuts and Memento ink. Kyriakos wields his glue gun again for a surprisingly awesome project using silicone molds. And Jessica brings it back home with a simple hand lettering project using Memento markers. Check it out!

cardmaking ideas and tips inkpad crafts

Smile Starfish Die Cut Greeting Card by Martha Lucia Gomez

Summer is here! Tangerine is not only a perfect color, it is the perfect for representing the mysterious starfish. Today, I am sharing a quick way to mix Memento inks to create an unique background and die cuts to create a negative foreground. I was happy with the design concept and feel this style can be applied to any theme.

Start by taking Memento Ink Dandelion (bright yellow), Tangelo (orange) and Lady Bug (classic red) and apply the ink randomly and directly to Imagine’s silicone craft mat. Spray with Ink Potion No. 9 to dilute the heavy concentration of ink, and allow the different colors to blend. Lay the card stock on the mix to absorb into the paper fibers. This is most of the work of inkblending and it creates the coolest effects. Let the paper dry and paste the inked layer over a card base.

inkpad die cut crafts

Take another piece of white card stock and cut out several star fish shapes using the Gina Marie Starfish die. Once you are happy with the amount of cut-outs, paste the negative layer over the ink layer using dimensional dots or foam tape. The lifted negative foreground creates a dramatic effect which is immediately noticed by the eye. Finalize the card using your own custom details. I choose a “smile” die cut and gold sequins which I applied with On Point Glue. This handmade card is simple in terms of crafting time and produces impressive results!

Supplies

Imagine
Other

 

Starfish necklace crafts

Creating a Starfish Necklace by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Do you have a cool silicone mold laying around that you want to do something with? Why not make jewelry with it? For me, I had a starfish mold and thought it would make a fun fashion project. Jewelry with an ocean theme is an easy way to create a complimenting summer look to the wardrobe. The starfish is made of hot glue shaped into the silicone mold and colored with StazOn inks to give an impression of a real dried starfish. Surprisingly, the dry time is only one hour or less. Simply let your glue heat to it perfect temperature and fill the mold completely.

Since most of the work is about the starfish itself, feel free to download a tutorial on jewelry making to help finish the details of the entire piece if you are not familar with jewelry making. There are dozens of jewelry tutorial online. The rest of the embellishments are little pearls and metallic fishes that are pre-made and can be purchased at any bead store or craft store. I was careful to space the craft wire and attach all the pieces on scattered places to create a mesh that holds the starfish in place. The length of the wires varies from 16 to 18 inches, while it can easily altered to your preference.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Silicone mold – starfish
  • Hot glue gun
  • Craft wire
  • Fish charms
  • Pearls End caps
  • Jump rings
  • Lobster clasp

 

handlettering using Memento Markers

All You Need Is A Little Vitamin Sea by Jessica Litman

Who doesn’t love a good summer quote? Better yet, who doesn’t like practicing their hand lettering with a solid quote that inspires. I submitted the art in the photo above using Memento water-based markers in a variety of colors. I love simple and clear lettering and like to create all sorts of fun projects with quotes. But this one is perfect for the summer, as I hope to spend a lot of time at the beach! If you feel inspired by this, then try your hand and write the phrase “All You Need Is A Little Vitamin Sea” and hang it in a spot you will see (sea) it often. You can also transform this quote into a full paper crafting project by adding sea-theme stamps or embellishments.

Supplies

Imagine
  • Memento Dual Tip Markers – Lady Bug, Tangelo, Dandelion, Cottage Ivy, Danube Blue, Grape Jelly, Lilac Poises, London Fog
Other
  • Paper

Be Extra Creative Today with Sentiments of Love

We have two projects today that share something in common– they both use sentiments of love! Tenia uses handlettering to get across a loving message in a journal page that can serve as a reminder to practice love in all things. While Renee creates a “miss you” greeting card that can be given out any time. Both are great projects to fill your day with a positive vibe!

Hand lettering with memento markers

Hand lettering with Memento Markers by Tenia Nelson

Tenia here from Jazzy Paper Designs with a super fun project made with Tsukineko and Imagine products. Learning to hand letter your craft projects is a life-long study. You can spend hours each day and thousands of sheets of paper practicing loops of an “l” or the descender shapes of a “g”. I am guilty of such an obsessive study. In the above photo, I share the fruits of my labor!! I untwisted the nozzle of my Fireworks bottle and tapped some splashes out on the page, then wrote the sentiment “do it with love” in orange, then followed through with outlining in fine point with black ink. I kept this simple, and of course you can add more details, words, and photos if you wish to turn this into a more art journal project. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Art Journal

 


miss you greeting card handmade by renee zarate

Miss You Handmade Card by Renee Zarate

Like most crafters, I have a stash of cards that can be used at a moment’s notice. When I make master boards, I generally make a few cards or ATCs with the remains of the main project and into my emergency reserve they go. Our color challenge this month was “Tangerine”, a cheerful color of summer, so I decided to make a master board combining all different shades of orange that I have on hand. Objects in nature are never a single flat color but generally an eye pleasing combination of multiple shades of one color, including tangerines.

Tangerine Masterboard for handmade cards

First, I created a monochromatic master board using different shades of orange. I sprayed water on a piece of Mixed Media paper, laid a stencil on top of the wet paper and with a large dauber began pouncing different colors of orange inks. I wiped off the stencil with a baby wipe and dried the paper with a heat tool. Next, I cut a piece of the master board measuring 2 ½” x 3 ½” (standard ATC size). Then, I decorated the masterboard piece with a bird stamp and die cut, washi tape and stamp a sentiment “miss you”, and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.

From here it is smooth sailing. I finished the card by mounting the masterboard piece on mat panel of black, gray and orange cardstock, again on black cardstock, then onto patterned paper and finally mount to a blank white card base. For one last polishing touch, I colored a few paper flowers with ink, let dry and attached them to the upper corner of the card with a strong adhesive.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Sizzix – Bird Talk stamp & die set
  • Big Kick machine
  • Washi tape
  • Sketchbook 11” x 14”
  • Strathmore 140 lb. Mixed Media paper
  • Cardstock – black, gray, orange
  • Blank card
  • Heat tool
  • Baby wipes
  • Paper towels

Rule the Day with Big Bright Orange Flowers

Today’s burst of tangerine is a refreshing view of orange that is showing itself in a natural flower form. Neva creates a beautiful handmade card with daisy aster flowers as the focal point and Jennifer created a delightful tutorial video with steps on how to create a mum flower theme card. We are always amazed with what our artists create with blank cardstock and ink!

Tangerine Aster Bday Card

Have a Wonderful Birthday by Neva Cole

There are so many wonderful tangerine colored flowers, the daisy asters being one example. I created this card with the hope of making these flowers burst forward and to isolate the sentiment and draw attention back to the card. Super fun to create!

I started by die cutting multiple layers to create very realistic flowers with a bit of shaping. Yes, these are actually die cut and not pre-made. I selected a matching stamp set from Heartfelt Creations to decorate the card layers to fashion a cohesive look with the coordinating dies. And just like a good crafter would, I finished by adding Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz to the front panel along with the Tangerine All-Purpose Ink with the same Gold Shimmer to create a very striking look!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Heartfelt Creations – Delicate Asters stamp and die set, Bold Delicate Asters stamp set, Inspire Me sentiment
  • Cardstock – white
  • Ball stylus
  • Corner rounder

Thinking of You Greeting Card

Tangerine Mums Single Layer Card by Jennifer Vanderbeek

When it doubt, go back to basics. In this card, I managed to find my crafting nirvana with a single-layer card because I followed three basic design principles: Repetition, Rule of Three and Balance of Positive and Negative Space.  Of course, basics don’t have to be static or boring. By switching up techniques and combinations of the three values of color, the image is interesting instead of static. By repeating the shape through a stencil with Creative Medium, there is the added element of texture. And by adding doodles and other handwritten embellishments, there is the added personality. If this is right up your alley then check out my quick tutorial video on how to do it.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Card Stock – white
  • Practical Publishing Intl – Floral Blooms stencil and stamp set
  • 
Post It! – Repositionable Tape
  • Acrylic block

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