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.

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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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Scrapbooking Family Love in Pink Shimmer

by Neva Cole

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One snowy afternoon in December we had an amazing family photo shoot, the lighting was perfect with just a hint of snow flashing through our photos. (A little patience and lots of shots with a tripod and delay shutter can get yield a Christmas card worthy image.) I was really pleased with this photo and wanted to highlight it for our color challenge this month at Imagine. Changing the image to black and white really makes the light pink accent color pop. The subtle color of Creative Medium in Iridescent Pink behind the photo helps tie the layout together as well as creating a shimmery color for black die cuts. A little texture complemented the design by pressure embossing and staining a strip of Vertigo. Memento Angel Pink glossy die cut accents add the finishing details.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 90 minutes plus dry time

Directions

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Step 1

Spread a thick layer of Creative Medium in Iridescent Pink with a palette knife or embossing paste spreader on a piece of black cardstock. This will be used for the sentiment die cuts. Set aside to dry, this may take several hours or overnight.

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Step 2

Using a stencil spread Creative Medium in Iridescent Pink on a 12” x 12” piece of white cardstock. Concentrate on the outer edges that will frame the photo as a focal point. Set aside to dry.

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Step 3

Trim a section of Vertigo (plastic-like surface) to 1 ¾” x 10 ¾” and pressure emboss with a heart embossing folder, Sizzix Hearts & Dots is used here. The design allows the Vertigo to be turned and embossed the full length.

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Step 4

Gently tap a small amount of StazOn Blazing Red on the raised side of the Vertigo. Spritz with All Purpose Stamp Cleaner and wipe with a paper towel. This will create a light pink color stain on the Vertigo. (A happy accidental discovery!) StazOn will adhere to Vertigo’s plastic surface while waterbased or pigment inks will not.

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Step 5

On the reverse side of the Vertigo color in selected hearts with Fabrico #134 Bubble Gum marker.

Step 6

Die cut accent hearts and label for the sentiment from glossy white cardstock.

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Step 7

Use an Ink Blusher to ink the edges and surface of the die cuts with Memento Angel Pink.

Step 8

Stamp sentiment in Delicata Black Shimmer and heat emboss with Iridescent Embossing Powder.

Step 9

Die cut word sentiments from black cardstock covered in Creative Medium in Iridescent Pink.

Step 10

Assemble layout as shown in the main photo. Adhere Vertigo and love die cut with glue dots. Adhere smaller die cuts with Xyron X permanent adhesive.

Step 11

Finally, stamp date in Memento Black Tuxedo ink and you are ready to frame!

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Again, the choices in shimmery products from Delicata to Vertigo will create an engaging effect. When you have guests over and they see this frame on the wall they may ask, “How did you do that?!”

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock
  • Sizzix Hearts and Dots A2 Embossing Folder
  • Teresa Collins Happy Stencil
  • Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Five
  • Technique Tuesday – Home Is Stamp Set
  • Lifestyle Crafts Heart Dies
  • Momenta Love Die
  • Taylored Expressions Gratitude Die
  • Becky Higgins Rolling Date Stamp
  • Heat Gun
  • Die cut machine

How to Make a Heart of (Rose) Gold Paper Pendant

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Jennifer Vanderbeek merges papercrafting and jewelry making by using Tsukineko ink and Imagine embossing powder.

If there could be a paper dresses trend in the 1960s, it’s possible to start a paper jewelry trend in the 2010s. Embossing is my favorite technique to bring paper jewelry to life and this project uses multiple layers of embossing to create a super smooth finish and high shine factor.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 45 minutes + drying time

Directions

Jennifer Vanderbeek merges papercrafting and jewelry making by using Tsukineko ink and Imagine embossing powder.

Step 1

Stamp layered flower image onto white cardstock with Memento inks.

Jennifer Vanderbeek merges papercrafting and jewelry making by using Tsukineko ink and Imagine embossing powder.

Step 2

Emboss small gold hearts at the base of each flower with VersaMark and Gold Embossing Powder.

Jennifer Vanderbeek merges papercrafting and jewelry making by using Tsukineko ink and Imagine embossing powder.

Step 3

Swipe the edge of the VersaMark pad across the stamped edge. Emboss with Clear Embossing Powder. Repeat for a second layer.

Jennifer Vanderbeek merges papercrafting and jewelry making by using Tsukineko ink and Imagine embossing powder.

Step 4

Fussy cut floral shapes leaving a ½ inch wide handle coming from the base of the image. The base will become the top when we’re finished.

Jennifer Vanderbeek merges papercrafting and jewelry making by using Tsukineko ink and Imagine embossing powder.

Step 6

Ink the edges of the fussy-cut image with the VersaMark pad.

Jennifer Vanderbeek merges papercrafting and jewelry making by using Tsukineko ink and Imagine embossing powder.

Step 7

Dip the inked edge into gold embossing powder and heat emboss. Trim handle from the image. Glue bail to the back of the image. Allow to dry.

Step 8

Wire a metal tube bead between the ends of the chain, threading the completed pendant onto the tube bead.

Step 9

Create a tassel from embroidery thread and attach to the bottom of the pendant with a jump ring.

Step 10

Wire three tube beads into a triangle, threading a smaller image (I sandwiched the bail between two smaller flower images) and attach to earring hooks to finish the set.

Jennifer Vanderbeek merges papercrafting and jewelry making by using Tsukineko ink and Imagine embossing powder.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • White cardstock
  • Acrylic block
  • Studio Calico – Build a Bouquet stamp set
  • Waffle Flower – Mermaids stamp set
  • Darice – 36-inch rose gold chain
  • 1-inch curved metal tube beads
  • Earring hooks
  • Wire
  • Jump rings
  • Bails
  • Heat tool
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive
  • Embroidery floss
  • Wire tools

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Need a Shimmer Hack?

Can’t Resist Adding Shimmer

by Martha Lucia Gomez

A handmade Christmas Card featuring a textured pink and purple background with the sentiment Have a Holly Jolly Christmas appearing as a resist by Martha Lucia Gomez.

If you don’t mind getting a little ink on your hands, you can make a really fun background by using your fingers as an applicator for your inks! Combining this with a resist sentiment and of course, some shimmer makes for a fun and yet sophisticated card! Let me show you how.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

Directions

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Step 1

Stamp your image using VersaMark on a piece of watercolor paper.

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Step 2

Cover the stamped image with White Embossing Powder and melt the powder with a heat tool.

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Step 3

Select three colors of Memento Ink and apply it on the Imagine Craft Mat. Spray the ink with Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz.

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Step 4

Apply the ink with the best tool that we have, our fingers. Mixing the colors or simply applying color by color works well. Try to cover the whole surface. NOTE: Memento is a dye ink and will temporarily stain your fingers, possibly past the first washing.

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Step 5

If you did not get enough shimmer, spritz the piece after inking. Cut this piece with the stitched border die.

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Step 6

To finalize the card cut the card base out of white cardstock. Cut a mat for the watercolor paper out of an alternate stitched border die. Adhere together with Tear It! Tape

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white
  • Watercolor paper
  • Die cut machine
  • Lawn Fawn – stitched borders die set
  • Embossing mat
  • Joy Clair – Holly Jolly Santa Stamp Set
  • Heat tool

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Layered Stamping

Beautiful Multicolored Leaves

by Mary Prasad

Two fall colored handmade cards featuring many leaves made using Memento inkpads by Mary Prasad.

In this video I show how to do layered stamping using several Memento Dew Drop inks with layering a layering  leaf stamp set.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Hero Arts – Layering Grateful Leaves stamp set and frame cuts
  • Cardstock – cream, brown, red
  • Stamp Press or acrylic block
  • Heat tool
  • Die cut machine
  • Foam adhesive

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Elegant Gratitude

When Autumn Leaves Start to Fall

by Mark Melnick

An elegant handmade card featuring tea-stained handmade paper and a daubed center piece with Kaleidacolor inks by Mark Melnick.

What embodies autumn more than the colors of fall foliage? This gorgeous project uses handmade paper and masking techniques, with hand stamping to add the finishing touches to this beautiful fall design. Go ahead and personalize this tutorial to add your own unique touch to any Autumn occasion.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 45 minutes + drying time

Directions

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Step 1

Cut a piece of handmade paper to measure 10 x 10”, keeping at least one edge deckled. Prepare a tea bath for soaking the paper. Allow paper to soak overnight. TIP: If you want a darker color, add some VersaCraft or Walnut Ink colors to the tea solution. Air dry or speed up drying with a heat tool being careful not to burn the paper. The image shows the before and after. Once dry, fold in half and then quarters to create the final 5 x 5” size card.

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Step 2

Using a scrap of cardstock, create a mask in any size/shape to create the effect you imagine.  Tape your mask down over another scrap of cardstock. Choose a color from Kaleidacolor Autumn Leaves and apply to a brayer. Roll the brayer in all directions to eliminate leaving lines in the pattern. Apply some darker colors from the palette with a sponge dauber for added dimension.

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Step 3

Remove the mask and stamp leaf images on top of and just outside the mask edges in Memento Pistachio. To the eye, this will create a secondary border outside the defined mask outline. Stamp your sentiment in your masked shape color.

Step 4

With the deckled edge on the right side of the card, use a pen knife and cutting mat to create slits at the top and bottom of the top layer of the card. Slip finished masked piece into the slits leaving a similar amount of space at both the top and bottom of the card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Handmade paper
  • Scrap cardstock
  • Leaf and sentiment stamps
  • Brayer
  • Removable tape
  • Pen knife
  • Cutting mat

 

 

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