Today is a Perfect Day to Start Living Your Dreams

by Elina Stromberg

pink art journal page

The inspiration for this art journal page was a StencilGirl stencil I’d been wanting to try out for some time. Instead of dabbing ink through the stencil or using gesso or texture paste, I decided to build the stencil face from black cardstock. Before creating the face image, I prepared the background. The first layer of color was misted, using the vivid ‘Lilac Posies’ color from Fireworks Craft Sprays. Once the color was dry I added texture. I mixed Fireworks with white texture paste and stenciled random patterns on the pages. Once the paste was dry I started stamping. First using magenta acrylic paint and a piece of bubble wrap as my stamp, and then continued with regular stamps. For the triangular images I used a Cocoa Daisy stamp set, and the black dots I stamped with the eraser end of a No. 2 pencil. As a finishing touch, I added white by stamping white acrylic paint with a plastic roll.

For the face, I wanted to try a fun collage technique. I placed the face image on black cardstock, traced the parts with a thin pen, and cut out. The larger pieces were cut with scissors, but for cutting the smaller parts I used a craft knife. The stencil was my guidance when placing the pieces on the page, and again, On Point Glue was the right choice for gluing down the tiny cut parts. I picked up the quote from Pinterest and cut the letters with Sizzix alpha dies.

 

I’m very happy with the final look of the page and hope try it out some of the techniques.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • StencilGirl – ‘Abigail’ stencil
  • Sizzix – Alpha dies
  • Bubble wrap
  • No. 2 pencil
  • Texture paste
  • Acrylic paint – white, magenta
  • Cardstock
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Cocoa Daisy – Triangle Texture stamp

Did You Know Fantastix Picks Up Shimmer?

Fantastix are awesome! Whether you enjoy cardmaking, illustration, mixed media or home decor projects, Fantastix are a great addition to your art supplies. Fantastix measures 4.25 x 0.25 inches and contains a highly absorbent foam that responds very quickly to liquid ink. And when we say liquid ink we mean pretty much any liquid ink whether it has metallic shimmer, dark pigment colors, light pigment colors, is a water-based or solvent ink.

The barrel size fits well in the hand, comes in bullet or brush tips and can be used on paper, metal, wood, and fabric. This lightweight tool from Tsukineko performs like an empty ink marker and in today’s blog, we created a video showing off a wide range of uses for this handy little tool.

Check it out!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock
  • Joy Clair Stamps – Be Joyful Bird
  • Ink palette
  • Pre-made zipper pouch
  • water

 

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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See How to Make a Mixed Media Birthday Card

by Jowilna Nolte

mixed media birthday card
Magenta is Color of the Month at Imagine and what better way to show off this wonderful color than by crafting a mixed media birthday card. In this project, I combined magenta, shimmery red, orange and black ink and paints for a really fun and vibrant color combination. To make it extra special, I added some gold for glamor and finished with sewing and sequins. This project is with a doubt more than magenta and shows the bright pink to its full potential!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions

crafting a mixed media birthday card
Step 1

For the top panel, create a color background on parchment paper using orange and magenta acrylic paint. Leave to dry.


Step 2

Use a jumbo dauber and Memento Luxe Rose Bud and blend over the entire piece of background paper filling in the open spaces in between the paint.


Step 3

Use a sponge dauber and Brilliance ink and blend a pattern through a stencil. The Pearlescent Poppy (red) creates a beautiful shimmery contrast to the pink.


Step 4

Use a large background stamp and VersaFine Onyx Black and stamp over the magenta, orange, and red background.


Step 5

Use a smaller background stamp (stars pattern) and add additional stamped images in VersaFine, Memento Luxe and Brilliance using all the different ink pads. Heat set all the inks with a heat gun.

crafting a mixed media birthday card
Step 6

Once the top panel is finished, you have the option to mount on a plain white cardbase or if you have extra time ink the cardbase with the same star stencil and ink colors. Mount top panel to the cardbase. You can often find really cool pieces like this Happy Birthday banner flag sentiment in with scrapbook paper or kits. There are endless options such as these at craft stores. Simply attach a die cut or fussy cut birthday sentiment with a basic stitch setting on your sewing machine. Finish the design with small flowers and sequins.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white
  • PaperArtsy Stamp
  • Carrabella Stamp
  • Acrylic paint – magenta, orange
  • Parchment paper
  • Printed happy birthday sentiment
  • Heat gun
  • Sewing machine
  • Flower punch
  • Sequins

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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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