Learn How to Make A Master Board

by Mischelle Smith

designing with a Master Board

I love designing with a master board so when I heard the May theme was ‘M’ ~ I knew immediately what I wanted to create! A master board is a self-made, mixed media patterned paper that the artist creates herself. After creating the master board you use the pieces to make ATC’s, cards, journal pages, mini albums … whatever you imagine. A master board is a great way to utilize your products in an unconventional way like I did with Imagine’s irRESISTibles. These transparent potions create dreamy backgrounds while layering beautifully with other colors and mediums. Master boards are fun and easy to make and design so give one a try and see what you create!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1-2 hours + dry time

Directions

Rose Bud irRESISTible
Step 1

Start by adding Rose Bud irRESISTible to white cardstock. Use a palette knife, brush or your fingers to distribute the color as you like. Let dry.

 Lilac Posies irRESISTible
Step 2

Add Lilac Posies irRESISTible. Use a palette knife, brush or fingers to distribute.


Step 3

Gently pour Lilac Posies onto paper. Stand paper up and let irRESISTible create drips.


Step 4

Gently pour Rose Bud irRESISTible on paper allowing it to run and create drips. Let dry.

Bahama Blue Fireworks
Step 5

Pour a small amount of Bahama Blue Fireworks into a palette. Mix with the same amount of water as poured. Apply to paper with a brush. Let the mixture create drips in some areas. Let dry completely.

White VersaColor, stamp the starburst
Step 6

Seal the paper with Mod Podge or clear gesso. Let dry. With White VersaColor, stamp the starburst image randomly around the paper.

Bahama Blue Memento Luxe – stamp the branch image
Step 7

With Bahama Blue Memento Luxe – stamp the branch image randomly around the paper. Heat set stamped images with a heat tool.

Pale Aqua and Burgundy Fabrico Marker
Step 8

With Pale Aqua and Burgundy Fabrico Marker – make doodle designs on paper. Heat set Fabrico Marker doodles.


Step 9

Spatter Wedding Dress irRESISTible onto the page using the thin plastic tube inside the bottle. Let dry. Seal the paper with Mod Podge or clear gesso. Let dry.


Step 11

Doodle on pages with Tuxedo Black Memento Marker. Let sit for a few moments. The longer you let this set – the darker the color will be. Use a baby wipe to remove black marker from the page. A ‘shadow’ of the doodles will remain on the page.


Step 12

Create masks to paint around with hand cut cardstock shapes.

Paint around masks with acrylic paint
Step 13

Paint around masks with acrylic paint. Use a paint brush or your fingers (I used my fingers).


Step 14

Apply paint as shown. Let the paper dry completely.


Step 15

Use Pitt pens, Sharpie markers and/or Memento markers to complete images by doodling on them.

Doodle zentangle
Step 16

Now you can cut your master board into any size and shape you need! I used my white master board as four card fronts.

After you make your own master board, you will certainly find your mind spinning with all the different ways to use these coordinating pieces.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • CTMH – One of A Kind Stamp Set
  • Baby wipes
  • Lawn Fawn – Hello Die Cut
  • Pitt Pen – white, black, black bold and medium
  • Acrylic paint – white, apple green
  • Cardstock – white, black
  • Paint brush
  • Palette
  • Old rags
  • Die cut machine
  • Paper trimmer
  • Heat tool
  • Chalk marker
  • Adhesive
  • Card bases
  • Journal
  • Washi tape
  • Foam tape

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Show a Good Friend You Really Care

by Alison Heikkila

Using VersaMagic inkpad for blending ink on a handmade Friend Greeting Card

Ink blending is a beautiful and fun technique for paper crafting and cardmaking. When you have the perfect die cut, stamp or paper sometimes all it takes is a blend of ink colors to make the card extra special. In this project, I wanted to show off the chalky, lovely colors of VersaMagic, but also I wanted to highlight it’s amazing blending ability.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Ornate Heart Metal Stencil- FMS4060
Step 1

I started by taping my metal heart stencil down only on the left side so that the tape created a hinge. This way I can check my work as I go.

Ornate Heart Metal Stencil- FMS4060
Step 2

I chose the colors I wanted and I started with the lightest shade–VersaMagic Key Lime on the outer rim and worked darker colors toward the center. I chose light to dark because as I begin to blend the colors I won’t ink the lighter ink pads with the darker colors. I used a sponge dauber to ink up the outer edge of the heart. Sponge Daubers are great for pushing into the stencil and can provide relative precision.

Ornate Heart Metal Stencil- FMS4060
Step 3

A quick check to make sure I like how it looks and then I blended another layer on top of VersaMagic Key Lime with VersaMagic Thatched Straw.

Ornate Heart Metal Stencil- FMS4060
Step 4

Since VersaMagic is a pigment ink it does not dry as rapidly as a dye which makes it perfect for blending. I take each shade out a little further than I want it to show so that I have room to overlap the colors.

Ornate Heart Metal Stencil- FMS4060
Step 5

Next, I used VersaMagic Pink Grapefruit followed by VersaMagic Red Brick. Even though these colors seem unusual to blend together, the VersaMagic makes it so easy. Tip: Use one sponge dauber per color to keep inks from getting mixed up.


Step 6

I trimmed out the heart. I didn’t like the white border so I colored the edge with New Sprout Memento Marker. I diecut a simple “friend” sentiment from CAS-ual Fridays using Mint Julep cardstock. I thought this was another great opportunity to do more blending but this time with a water-based dye ink. I used a Bamboo Leaves Memento Marker for the top portion of the letters, then I blended it with Pear Tart.

CAS-ual Fridays: Friends Die- CFD16103

Tip: When you blend with markers the blend comes from dying the paper with the two different colors. This will not be as soft looking as a pigment ink because the dyes are mixing on their own inside the paper fibers. A good technique here would be to continue layering very lightly to get a more seemless blend or with very similar color tones. In the photo above, you can see how nicely the 2 colors are blended on the “f.” On the rest of the word, only the Bamboo Leaves has been used.

Dare Devil cardstock
Step 7

I made my card base out of Dare Devil cardstock, cut to 5 1/2″ x 8.” I spritzed it with Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Sparkle which is a beautiful shimmery spray. I cut out a strip of Banana Pepper (1 1/4″ x 4″) and Sweet Potato (3/4″ x 4), glued them together and sprayed them with Sheer Shimmer Sparkle Frost. Then I assembled my card.


I thought the card needed something else. A little more white. My son was playing Pac-Man next to me while I was working, and then it came to me. Dots! Just like the dots Pac-Man has to eat! So I used my Wedding White irRESISTables Pico Embellisher to make dots around the perimeter. Ha! I felt this extra touch completed the design by matching the white inside the heart. I love friend-themed cards to show those important people in our lives and that we love them.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Ornate Heart Metal Stencil – FMS4060
  • CAS-ual Fridays: Friends Die – CFD16103
  • Cardstock – Dare Devil, Banana Pepper, Sweet Potato, Mint Julep
  • Xyron – X 1.5 Sticker Maker

 

Color of the Month for May is…

magenta is may's inkpad color of the month

It is Monday! It is May and it’s time for May-genta! Every month we choose a color from our variety of ink lines to challenge our customer base and our artists. For the month of May, we choose this pure pink hue and felt that it was a great transition color from Spring to Summer. Magenta is also the M in the printing acronym CMYK – Cyan Magenta Yellow Black. So whether you like this color because it is pretty or because you are a nerd you can be satisfied either way! And this is exactly where we drew our inspiration.

In today’s post, we are featuring 3 crafting DIY projects. Magenta is a great color in fashion and Kyriako’s illustrates this perfectly in a dress sketch using Versacolor. Magenta can also be dramatic, and Roni does a perfect job of showing a scrapbook page that uses a dramatic layout. And Neva brings it back home with a handmade card that shows how well Magenta is used to direct the eye. See what these artists have to say about their projects…

dress colored with versacolor

Haute Couture with VersaColor by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Haute couture, daily fashion or coloring to design a stunning piece of cloth is fun way to get into this color Magenta! In the piece above I wanted to use blending techniques with VersaColor in a different way. These pigment inks are great for coloring in and blending because of the open dry time and how they do not readily soak into the paper especially heavy paper like I am using. Blending from red to purple in this dress shows how great these inks are and I was especially looking for a lush look for this dress figure. Using a Brushstix or sponge dauber will pick the ink off the stamp pad and is easy to use like a drawing tool.

I started with a true purple in VersaColor which is the Grape and blended with Peony, Camilla and Petal Pink (lightest) moving up. Using all the shades of ink was enjoyable and created great results on this project. From an easy idea like this one you can continue to draw more dresses, use other color combinations and add color on a young girl’s room.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Dress sketch stamp or hand drawing
  • Pencil
  • A4 heavy weight paper

magenta ink scrapbook

Every Heart Needs Magenta by Roni Johnson

Magenta is my daughter-in-love’s favorite color and as it happens she had some lovely pink and white roses she carried for the wedding. I had a lovely photo with her holding them and by tweaking the color a bit I ended up with this amazing picture. I wanted a bold background to really make the colors in the picture pop so I started off with a layer of vibrant Lilac Posies Fireworks Spray. I love how the finished layout turned out…just as I envisioned it. You can see in the close up how the Creative Medium pulled some of the Fireworks Spray into the stenciled design as it dried making for an even bigger pop of color. The steel needle nose tip on the On Point Glue makes it easy to add just a drop of adhesive even for tiny embellishments like the sequins. It dries clear which is great for the clear iridescent sequins!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • ClubScrap.com – Stencil
  • Cardstock
  • Sentiment Stamp (Cherry Blossom Kit) Just For Fun Rubber Stamps
  • 2 Sided Doodle Background Frame
  • Large; 2 Sided Doodle Background/Frame – Small (large and small scribbled circles)
  • Foam adhesive
  • Sequins

happy birthday card with dragonflies

Magenta Dragonflies Birthday Card by Neva Cole

When doing research for Imagines’ color of the month I discovered that the Dragonflies come in Magenta, who knew? This Magenta-bodied Dragonfly is created using multiple layers of ink and the assistance of a stamp positioner. The body is colored directly on the stamp with Memento Dual-Tip Markers in Love Letter (one layer) and Lilac Posies (two layers) and the eyes are in in Tuxedo Black. After cleaning the stamp, the entire dragonfly is then inked with VersaMark Dazzle Champagne and heat embossed with Embossing Powder in Iridescent. A spritz of Fireworks in New Sprout finishes the front panel. The die cut sentiment and backing layer are inked with Ink Blushers and Memento Luxe using the same formula of Love Letter and Lilac Posies. The wings didn’t stand out enough so a StazOn Blue Hawaii is dabbed on with a Bullet Tip Fantastix that was first moistened with StazOn All Purpose Stamp Cleaner. On Point Glue was perfect to add very small drops of glue to the sentiment to securing adhere it to the card front. Dragonflies are iridescent in real life and I believe I captured their essence with Imagine products quite nicely!

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Sizzix–Thinlits Happy Birthday to You
  • Imagiart Stamps—Dragonfly (Vintage and is no longer available)

 

We hope you enjoy these projects from our Artist in Residence and see their supplies list for links to purchase. Read more on Magenta Wikipedia page. The stamp used in the main image is from Waffle Flower.

 

 

Three Creative Hacks that Create Cuteness Overload

Happy Monday! We have three great projects to kick start your week and provide a healthy dose of Monday motivation. Renee and Jennifer both show wonderful modifications on existing crafting standards. Renee expands an ATC to a double sided display and Jennifer adapts quilting to papercrafting. While Mischelle brings a bright and vibrant art journal to make a normal day not so normal.

Mermaid steam punk

ATC Conversion The Bigger the Better by Renee Zarate

ATCs, Artist Trading Cards, have been around for a few years now. They traditionally measure 2 ½” by 3 ½”, they can be collaged, stamped, matted, left plain, attached to greeting cards or put into albums. They’re quick and fun to make but you might wonder what other uses are there for this tiny work of art or are they only to trade with fellow artists? There are times when you love an ATC so much you can’t bear to trade it, you just want to look at it yourself and not share it with others. We don’t have to hide them away in an album, we can keep them on display by making them bigger and better! I turned this one into a free standing chunky ATC.

Buy or cut a wooden block that measures 2 ½” x 3 ½” x 1 ½”. Decide the placement of the handle on top and the clock key on the side, make a hole to insert these items. Paint the wooden block any color desired. Next, apply a thin coat of white gesso. Make two ATCs using stamps, ink, washi tape, whatever scraps are on hand. Make the ATCs on the gessoed watercolor paper cut to measure 2 ½” by 3 ½”. Adhere to the wooden block. The faces on these ATCs are made from Washi Tape. Ink the edges of the ATCs using a Jumbo Dauber. Glue feet onto the bottom of the block, these feet can be beads or small wooden embellishments. Apply On Point Glue to the feet and then dip each one in glitter or micro beads. Attach the knob on the top of the block, keys to the sides; decorate the ATC images with sequins and glitter. Tie twine and baker’s twine to the top.  It’s very satisfying to create an ATC with whatever subject matter you choose. Now you can look at your favorite design on a shelf or turn it around to change the view with a second ATC.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Graphic 45 Stamps – Diamond Pattern, Clam Shell design, Phrase and Mermaid tail
  • Gold Foil
  • Glitter
  • Microbeads
  • Glue Stick
  • Metal Ephemera
  • Baker’s twine
  • Brown twine
  • Sequins
  • White gesso
  • Watercolor paper
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Adhesive
  • Jane Davenport – Mermaid Washi Tape
  • Graphic 45 – Voyage beneath the Sea Collection paper
  • Wooden block measuring 3 ½” x 2 ½” x 1 ½”
  • Americana acrylic paint – Dark blue
  • Paint brush

paper quilt llama

Patchwork Llama Paper Quilting by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Sometimes you just need to make something to make it, no matter what it could be used for (or not). When I saw the DCWV No Prob Llama papers, I remembered I’d picked up the Lloyd & Lola quilt pattern, purely on a whim, and though for sure I could do something to combine the two. Using the instructions for the pillow cover, I used a 1 inch = 1 cm rule and made a smaller version of the patchwork pillow from the different patterned papers with a background of the Brights Textured pack.

Cutting out all the pieces takes the most time. Make sure to label them for later! Because sewing using seam allowances and paper piecing doesn’t, not everything will line up perfectly as is. I had to play around with the sections to make them fit, but the seam allowance extras gave me a handy way to attach the pieces to each other, at least in sections. Tweezers definitely come in handy! Once the main pieces are assembled, using the pattern as a guide, lay everything out on a large sheet of paper to figure out what will ultimately fit before gluing anything down. The irRESISTible Pico Embellisher is perfect for adding some textural stitching along each paper-pieced edge. This adaption was so fun! I hope you try it yourself.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • DCWV – No Prob Llama, Brights Textured paper
  • Elizabeth Hartman – Lloyd & Lola Quilt and Pillow Pattern
  • Centimeter-marked ruler
  • Pencil
  • 
Fiskars – Paper trimmer, Scissors
, Tweezers

Shimmery Journal Page with little houses

Bright Fireworks Journal Pages by Mischelle Smith

I love Fireworks Shimmery Craft spray! I find that I use them mostly like watercolor paints. I pour them onto my palette and use my paintbrush to bring color to my paper or canvas. These inks are incredibly vibrant and colorful. They breathe life into my work. I also love the shimmer the mica powders leave – it adds another layer of interest. These inks blend beautifully together just like watercolors would.

fireworks shimmery craft spray is used to color art journal pages.

In this project, I applied Iridescent Purple Creative Medium to pages using stencil and palette knife. Let dry. Then, I pour Fireworks into palette saucers. Paint pages with Fireworks using a paintbrush. Let dry. Then continued to layer art with stencils and stamps using Memento Luxe Inks Danube Blue, Tuxedo Black and Pear Tart with a jumbo dauber. I cut out the stamped images and attach to pages with Tear It Tape. Once I layered enough, I added more detail with charcoal, a white gel pen, and Tuxedo Black Memento Marker. Then I used the spray stick to spatter page with irRESISTible Texture Spray Wedding Dress and Liquid Glass. Let dry. Finish with several sprays of Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz which is the perfect final touch.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stencil Girl – stencil
  • Vera Lane Studio – Straight Street and Woodland Accessories
  • Paint Brush
  • Paint Palette
  • White cardstock
  • Charcoal
  • Stump
  • Washi Tape
  • White Gel Pen
  • CTMH – Liquid Glass

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Make a Little Rich Fairytale Dreams Album

by Mischelle Smith

Cute tiny house mini album by Mischelle Smith using Tsukineko and Imagine products.

The Bigger the Better is one of our themes for Imagine’s April projects. I began working on this project wondered what would be better than a card? For me, that would be a mini album or a journal. Both are bigger and better in my world! So that’s where this journey took me. I’m not a shabby chic type designer so I welcomed the opportunity to work on my skills and play with products I love such as the Creative Medium Metallic Gold. When Creative Medium dried on my album I was over the moon with delight. I applied it thin the sheer qualities brought out multiple layers of dimension.  It was, without a doubt, my favorite part of this project.  Of course, having a mini album, or perhaps a journal is absolutely the best part of this project.  Just like the theme – this mini really is bigger and better!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 day + drying time

Directions

crumpled up paper used to create a textured look in a mini journal.

Step 1

Cut album pages to 6-inch x 6-inch squares. Spritz each page with water and crumple into balls. If adding bags or other pages do the same to these.

Scrapbooking paper.
Step 2

Flatten out pages and sand the front and back of each page to create a distressed look.

walnut ink
Step 3

Mix Walnut Ink Crystals with water and paint both sides of each page as desired. Have a rag handy to wipe away excess water.

paper texture
Step 4

After pages have dried splatter walnut ink mixture onto pages using a toothbrush.

 

Step 5

Stack pages together. Place them under a stack of books overnight.

Step 6

Order pages and attach wire binding.

VersaFine and a Stencil

Step 7

Stencil on pages as desired using VersaFine and Memento inks.

Step 8

Apply Creative Medium Metallic Gold using a palette knife. Apply to each page as desired.

Step 9

Spatter irRESISTible Wedding Dress Texture Spray on each page. Let each spread of pages dry before moving on to the next spread. TIP: Wipe Vaseline or Aquafor around the neck of the Texture Spray. This will keep the cap easy to screw on and off.

Step 10

While album is drying stain strips of muslin to use as ribbon. Let dry.

tiny house
Step 11

Cut a house, roof and welcome mat from an old book page. Glue to cover. Cut a door and two windows from stained muslin. Glue to the house. Outline house, door, and windows with Black Memento Marker. Write welcome on the mat. Apply Creative Medium Metallic Gold and Wedding Dress irRESiSTibles to house on the cover. Let dry. Draw shadows under the house roof with a charcoal stick. Tie on dyed muslin strips as desired. Finish with any additional embellishments you with this mini journal because… the Bigger the Better!

Supplies

Imagine

 

Other
  • DCWV – Fairytale Dreams Paper Collection and Brights Textured Cardstock
  • Stencils
  • Muslin
  • Paint Brush
  • Small bowls
  • Water
  • Scissors
  • Wine Bags
  • Sanding Block
  • Wire
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Water Spritzer Bottle
  • Rags or paper towels
  • Old book page
  • Toothbrush

Learn How to Create Monday Motivation

by Jessica Litman

Happy Monday! As you plan your week, Check out Jessica Litman's quick tips on a week-long planner layout. blue ink Tsukineko Memento Dew Drops.

Planner spreads don’t have to be overly complicated. In this quick and easy tutorial, all you need are stamps, Xyron Sticker Maker, double-sided Tear It Tape and Memento Dew Drops! Adding your personal touch to your weekly planner never looked so good!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 5 minutes + plan time

Directions

Lilac Walnut ink spray used to color cardstock. cut into strips for planner decor.
Step 1

Start by spraying Lilac Walnut ink on paper and let dry

memento paris dusk dew drop tsukineko to ink a flag stamp on an acylric block.
Step 2

Decorate the bottom of the planner by using a diamond stamp (main image at the top of the page) with Paris Dusk Memento dew drop to create a border at the bottom of the page. This will give it a washi tape look. Create flag stickers using a flag or banner shape stamp ink pad on white card stock.

xyron sticker maker.
Step 3

Fussy cut the flags and run through Xyron sticker maker. Adhere flags to important events for the week.

double sided tape to use with planner papercrafting
Step 4

Cut the paper spritz with walnut ink paper into thin strips. Use the strips as event dividers. Line the backside with double-sided Tear It tape and adhering the strips to the planner. Add additional stamps to the planner using the Paris Dusk Memento Dew Drop.

memento markers for the planner
Step 5

Record or Plan weekly events using the Memento pens. Sit back and enjoy your well planned and beautifully crafted week!

planner tips for planning out a productive work week!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stamps – diamond
  • Teresa Collins – Love Today Clear Stamps
  • Crafter’s Companion – Clear Stamps
  • Xyron 1.5” Sticker Maker
  • White card stock
  • Stamp block
  • Scissors
  • Paper cutter
  • Planner