Watch a Video on How to Create a Marbling Look with a Feather Quill

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Watch a Video on How to Create a Marbling Look with a Feather Quill

Sometimes when I sit down at the craft table I have a very definite idea in mind, other times it’s more of a general concept. Even when I have that definite idea in mind, though, it’s no guarantee that’s where I’m going to end up! Case in point: these backgrounds began in the direction of marble but ended up so very far afield. The fact that one has a definite camo look and the other a more delicate spring meadow is cool in and of itself, but when you consider I used the exact same shades of VersaMagic and techniques to get both, well, it’s easy to see how you can maximize your craft time by going with the flow!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Canson – Hot Press Watercolor Paper
  • Feather
  • Darice – Heat Tool
  • Cardbase

 

 

Make a Purple “Good Vibes” Shimmery Greeting Card

by Jowilna Nolte

Make a Purple "Good Vibes" Shimmery Greeting Card

Creating subtle interest on cards and other projects is easy with the amazing products from Imagine and Tsukineko. I have been experimenting and creating purple background ombre effects using VersaFine Clair and Memento Luxe ink pads as well as some older favorites like Creative Medium and All-Purpose Inks. Take a look at how to make this card.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Use a jumbo dauber and blend a pattern through a stencil using Memento Luxe Sweet Plum.


Step 2

Continue the same pattern using a darker shade of ink like Memento Luxe Elderberry.


Step 3

The blending creates a perfect ombre effect going from light to dark. Did you know that Memento Luxe has superior blending qualities? It makes for the most amazing blended effects with its creamy effortless application.


Step 4

Add a slight shimmer to the blended effect by adding Creative Medium in Shimmer over the blended pattern.


Step 5

To create a shade of purple, mix a couple of drops of All-Purpose Ink in Orchid Odyssey into the Creative Medium.


Step 6

Paint the colored Creative Medium over the pattern and leave to dry. The end result is a subtle shade of purple removing the bright white background, but also adding a beautiful shimmer to the card.


Step 7

Use VersaFine Clair Monarch and stamp the “Good Vibes” sentiment onto white cardstock and cut it out.


Step 8

Stamp the sentiment again but directly onto the stenciled background and sprinkle with glitter embossing powder. Heat set the embossing powder to give a beautiful shimmering sentiment on the shimmering background.


Step 9

Layer the stamped sentiment slightly off-set from the embossed sentiment onto the card using foam tape for added dimension. The embossed sentiment below makes the stamped sentiment really stand out and creates loads of interest. Add irRESISTible Neon Purple splats to finish off your card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – White
  • Kaisercraft – Good Vibes stamp
  • Sewing machine
  • Jowilna Nolte – stencil
  • Embossing Powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Paintbrushes
  • Palette
  • Pipette

Create a Lovely Wedding Gift Out of Polymer Clay

by Iris Rodriguez

Create Lovely Wedding Gift Out of Polymer Clay Ultraviolet color

The weather is getting nicer and the wedding season will be upon us soon. Of course, weddings happen all year round, but June is a popular month. June wedding tradition goes back to Roman times when they celebrated the festival of the deity Juno and his wife Jupiter, who was the goddess of marriage and childbirth, on the first day of June. The Victorians celebrated June weddings because the flowers were in full bloom, which was used as wedding decor. Speaking of decor, I had the idea to celebrate weddings this season with a DIY ring bowl. It is easy to make and it’s not time-consuming. The results are beautiful and heartfelt. The ring dish can used during the ceremony to transport the ring down the aisle, and the newlyweds will always have a keepsake from the wedding.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Direction


Step 1

Condition the FIMO clay on the pasta machine or use a roller. If using the pasta machine roll a sheet of clay to the thickest setting (about 5 mm).


Step 2

Lay down the sheet of clay, place the bowl upside down on top of the sheet. Using the bowl as a guide, cut the clay from around the bowl with clay pick or precision knife. Smooth out the bowl’s rim by running your fingers along the surface and smoothing out bumps and jagged areas. (I used a cutting mat as the  Imagine Craft Mat as it is not a cutting mat.)


Step 3

Press stamps into clay to add texture or a sentiment.


Step 4

Place the clay in the bowl and bake together, according to the manufacturer’s instructions on the clay package. The clay will take on the shape of the bowl.


Step 5

Rub the Purple Hydrangea VersaMagic DewDrop ink on the bowl in random areas. Use the pointy end of ink pads to get into the crevices.


Step 6

Spray a little water on the ink—it will turn liquidy right away. Swish ink around the bowl, ensuring that it gets into the stamped areas.


Step 7

Dump out liquid ink and dry excess liquid in the bowl with a dry paper towel.


Step 8

Continue to color the bowl by rubbing more ink with your fingers or Sponge Dauber. Do not add more water. Leave areas uncolored, so that you can add another color. Heat Set. In the uncolored areas rub, with your fingers or a Sponge Dauber, Wedding Dress Memento Luxe. I did not blend the colors much, but you can. Slightly rub on Delicata White Shimmer all over the bowl, avoiding the crevices. It helps to bring everything together and gives a nice light shimmer.

 
Step 9

Add dimension with Grape Jelly and Lulu Lavender IrRESISTible. Using the fine-tipped applicator to fill in recessed areas. Here I have filled in the birds, birdcage, and text with the Grape Jelly color. Add Lulu Lavender in the rest of the recessed area to vary the colors. Allow everything to dry completely. Seal the clay with clay sealer or indoor polyurethane.

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • FIMO polymer clay – White
  • Clay pick or precision knife
  • Rubber Stamps
  • Sculpey Clay Sealer or Varathane Polyurethane Sealer
  • Pasta Machine or roller
  • Bowl (4-inch diameter, heat resistant)

Make a Friendly “Need a Hug” Card

by Steph Ackerman

Make a Friendly "Need a Hug" Card with VersaFine Clair

Have you ever made a mistake with coloring a stamped image and thought it was ruined?  That you would have to start again from scratch? Well, this is what happened with this “Need A Hug?” handmade card.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Stamp image and sentiment using VersaFine in Nocturne.
Step 1

Stamp image and sentiment using VersaFine in Nocturne.


Step 2

Using Fantastix, add color to the mushroom top using VersaFine Clair in Tulip Red. Add color to the rest of the image using VersaFine in Pinecone, Green Oasis, Blue Belle, Cheerful colors.


Step 3

Color the small mouse with Memento Markers in London Fog and Angel Pink. I used Fantastix to color the large mouse with VersaFine Clair Pinecone ink. It’s here that I noticed the image to be problematic. To me, the large mouse was just too dark, and yet the mushroom was perfect just the way it was.


Step 4

To salvage the mushroom image, I decided to re-stamp the large mouse on a scrap of cardstock. I colored the “new” mouse with Memento Markers in Desert Sand and Angel Pink.


Step 5

Then I fussy cut the mouse and placed on top of the main image using On Point Glue. The focal image is now salvaged. No one will know a mistake was made! This can apply to any cardmaking or stamping project you take on. Now let’s move on to the rest of the card design. Use a medium size circle die to die cut the perfected image.


Step 6

Using Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Lady Bug, spritz through a stencil creating a unique background.


Step 7

Cut the stenciled panel to fit the card base. Ink edges with Memento Luxe in Love Letter. Wrap with similar color ribbon and twine. Adhere stenciled panel to card.


Step 8

Die cut a slightly larger circle to act as a base to mount the stamped mushroom image. Ink edges of mushroom image and “need a hug?” phrase with Delicata in Rose Gold. Mat each with the larger circle cardstock mats. First, add the mushroom image to card with foam adhesives. Add the sentiment to the top of the card slightly overlapping stamped image. Finish with any additional personal styling to make it your own.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white, brown
  • Stamping Bella – Gilbert and Maisy Under the Toadstool stamp
  • Spellbinders – Nesting circle dies
  • The Crafter’s Workshop – Tattered Lace stencil
  • Whisker Graphics Twine
  • Ribbon – Red
  • Die Cut Machine
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive

Send a Little Encouragement to a Friend

Gelli Printing with Tsukineko Inks by Iris Rodriguez

At night, when our world is quiet and peaceful is when I tend to think about things a little more. Whether it’s how our day went or our loved ones far away. The other night I was doing as such. I was remembering my childhood; my brothers and sisters and our fun but noisy house, riding our bicycles to the park. A few days later I ran across this cute little stencil at the store of a little bird sitting on a tree. Playing so well into my memories, I decided to buy the stencil to make a card. I used Memento dye inks with water on a Gelli plate to get a nice, bright and quick background. Then I gave the card a slight nighttime hazy moody look by blending in pigment  inks, and lastly added the stenciled image and sentiment.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Rub Memento Bahama Blue ink on the Gelli plate and spray with water.


Step 2

Smoosh the watercolor paper on the plate. Partially clean the plate with paper towel.


Step 3

Rub Memento Danube Blue ink on the Gelli plate, spray water and smoosh the watercolor paper on the plate. Partially clean the plate with paper towel.


Step 4

Rub Memento Grape Jelly ink on the Gelli plate, spray water and smoosh the watercolor paper on the plate. Partially clean the plate with paper towel.


Step 5

Rub Memento Tuxedo Black ink on the Gelli plate, spray water and smoosh the watercolor paper on the plate. Partially clean the plate with paper towel. Dry paper.


Step 6

Next blend in the pigment inks to give that nighttime mood. Blend ink with InkBlushers and Sponge Daubers going from lightest to darkest. Blend in the Memento Luxe Bahama Blue, VersaMagic Night Sky, Purple Hydrangea and White Cloud, Delicata Sapphire Blue and on the edges blend Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black.


Step 7

Stencil a moon with a Sponge Dauber and VersaMagic White Cloud. Lightly add a ring around the moon to give it a little reflective glow.


Step 8

Stencil the tree image with Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black, emboss with black embossing powder and finally stamp a sentiment.

Supplies

Imagine
Other


Floral Theme Encouragement Card by Steph Ackerman

Memento Luxe is a juicy ink that provides great results when stamping. It’s an amazing ink line that is perfect for embossing. I wanted a rich outline for my flowers and found this stamp line to be amazing.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Stamp image with Memento Luxe in Tuxedo Black and emboss with Clear embossing powder.


Step 2

Color flowers with yellow and orange markers, then color leaves with green marker. Using a sponge dauber, add brown ink to the flower centers.


Step 3

Cut panel to fit card. Ink edges of panel with Brilliance Sunflower Yellow, mat with black cardstock.


Step 4

Stamp phrase with Tuxedo Black and emboss with Clear embossing powder. Ink edges with Sunflower Yellow; mat with black cardstock. Using On Point Glue, add embellishments.


Step 5

Create card from yellow cardstock. Add panel to card. Add phrase to card with foam adhesives for dimension.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – White, Black, Yellow
  • Scor-Pal
  • Unity Stamp Co. – Abundant Blessings Sentiment Set
  • The Robin’s Nest – Dew Drops

Create Colorful Backgrounds with Embossing and Memento Ink

by Steph Ackerman

Memento Dye Inks are fast drying inks that work perfectly with embossing folders. The acrylic folder allows enough time to add assorted colors of inks on the surface of the embossing folder and also cleans up well. You can create wonderful and unique backgrounds using assorted dye inks and the embossing technique acts similarly to a printing press. This is a wonderful way to create personalized and unique cardmaking projects.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 45 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Ink embossing folder with Memento Dye Ink in Morocco, Peanut Brittle, and Olive Grove colors. This color combination works beautifully together.


Step 2

Cut white cardstock to fit the embossing folder. Place cardstock in an inked embossing folder and run through the embossing machine.


Step 3

Ink edges of embossed panel with Memento Ink in Pistachio.


Step 4

Use a sponge dauber to ink white ribbon with Memento Ink in Peanut Brittle.


Step 5

Stamp the “Thank You” sentiment on white cardstock with Memento Luxe pigment ink – Tuxedo Black (Memento Luxe is pigment ink compliment to the dye ink line). Emboss with Imagine Embossing powder in Clear. Die cut the sentiment and mat with larger die cut.


Step 6

Wrap embossed panel with ribbon. Mat with brown cardstock and adhere to card. Add die cut sentiment to center of card with foam adhesives for dimension.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Unity Stamp Co. – Abundant Blessings
  • Cardstock – white, brown
  • Cuttlebug Embossing Folder – Anna Griffin
  • Spellbinders Oval dies
  • Ribbon
  • Die cut and Embossing Machine
  • Heat Tool