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!

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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!

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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

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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

Make a Summer Lovin’ Mixed Media Calendar

by Renee Zarate

Make a Summer Lovin' Mixed Media Calendar

Today is National Best Friends Day! I thought these two dolls could look like a pair of best friends. This mixed media calendar project can be placed on a bulletin board or made in art journal as a two page spread. While project incorporates techniques and textures, it also has the added fun of writing each day’s activities in the small woven calendar boxes. Create one for each month of the year and then bind them together in a diary to look back on later.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 2-3 hours

Directions

Make a Summer Lovin' Mixed Media Calendar
Step 1

Prepare the background paper. This particular calendar is an 11 x 14 piece of Strathmore 140# Mixed Media paper that had been used to blot off ink from a previous project. I love reusing paper in this way to add to the chaos of mixed media projects. If you are start fresh then use texture paste to create dimension on random parts of the paper. After you have let that dry, now it is time to add color. At the top of the paper, apply Memento Luxe Teal Zeal ink, Bahama Blue Fireworks Spray, and spritz water to allow the colors to blend together. Apply more water and let the inks run down the paper. Use a heat tool to set the color. Next, apply Memento Luxe Morocco ink to the bottom of the paper with a large dauber. Deepen the color by applying Radiant Neon Electric Orange on top of the Morocco ink. Spritz with water, allow the inks to mingle. Blot slightly with a paper towel, and dry with a heat tool. For the last layer, apply Memento Luxe Dandelion to the center of the page, spray with water, allow the color to blend then dry.


Step 2

Use alphabet and number stencils for the date and season. Use Art Ventures Graphite texture paste to make the letters pop forward. Very carefully lift the stenciling pieces straight up and wash them thoroughly to remove all of the paste. Allow to dry thoroughly so as to avoid smearing it.

Prima – Julie Nutting Doll Stamp
Step 3

Die cut the butterflies from coordinating patterned paper and set aside. Stamp dolls with StazOn Jet Black ink, color them with Memento Markers and cut them out.


Step 4

Make the woven mat for the calendar days by cutting 5 strips of paper measuring 1 inch x 7 ¼ inches. These strips will be woven across. Then cut 7 strips of the same paper to measure 1 inch x 5 ¾ inches for the downward strips. Secure the weaving with tape on the backside. Use a number stamp set to stamp the calendar numbers in each weave square. Ink the entire piece with Memento Luxe Morocco.


Step 5

Using a strong adhesive, adhere the woven calendar to the background page. Add Washi tape for extra decor. Attach the butterflies across the top on with On Point Glue. Add some butterflies to the skirt and shoes of the doll on the right. Attach the stamped dolls to each side of the calendar. Ink the edges of the mixed media paper with Brilliance Pearlescent Rust ink. Finish with any additional detailing as you feel is right for the design. Have fun!

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Get Wild with Two Wonderful Handmade Cards

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are lucky to have two beautiful nature themed cards that show off our color of the month Tangerine. These two designs are insanely awesome craft inspiration for the nature lover in your life. Elina Stromberg uses a Spellbinders stamp and die set to show an owl in mid flight. Neva Cole uses Local King’s Wolves rubber stamps and die set to create a majestic looking Father’s Day card.

Tangerine Love: Living In The Sunshine by Elina Stromberg

Our color of the month is the beautiful, blazing Tangerine. For a tangerine mixed media project, there were several wonderful and inspiring Imagine products to choose from; this time I decided to go with irRESISTible and Fireworks! And loved to see how well they worked together.

I started with scribbling with a Dandelion irRESISTible Pico Embellisher and while it was still wet I sprayed a layer of Tangelo Fireworks color. I dried the paper with my heat gun, pushing the color around the page. Once dry I applied more texture with Tangelo irRESISTible texture spray; that combination of shimmering color and tangerine textures looks just so cool!

Matching all the different pieces was an enjoyable part of this project. For coloring the piece of lace in the background, I used Fireworks again. The light and soft finish was achieved by misting the paper with plain water before applying a thin layer of Tangelo Fireworks. Since Fireworks is a dye ink, it works well with watercoloring theories. Images were stamped with Memento ink and colored with alcohol-based ProMarkers. The Spellbinders stamp set comes with matching dies, so cutting the images did not take any time at all. I thought that the quote text matched the project theme so well: ‘Live in the sunshine. Drink the wild air’ by Emerson. I love this quote! It expresses my warm summer thoughts exactly!

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Wolves Father Day Card orange background

Wolves & Nature Themed Father’s Day Card by Neva Cole

Summer time brings a few holidays to celebrate with Father’s Day starting off the fun! I am so pleased with how this card came together with the lovely colors of the Kaleidacolor Cappuccino Delight ink pad. The focal image is stamped on glossy cardstock in StazOn Timber Brown and die cut with the matching die. Using the same Kaleidacolor pad, I inked up a Fantastix and detailed around the main wolf image starting on the lightest color of the 5-color pad and worked to the darkest. To lighten and move the ink around, I used a bit of Ink Potion No. 9 sprayed on the craft mat and picked up with the Fantastix. The background is brayered on glossy cardstock and stamped in colors from the Cappuccino Delight palette. The wolves in the background are stamped in StazOn Jet black.

This card is a perfect theme for Dad’s out there who like getting outdoors and enjoying what nature has to offer.

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Make a Happy Girl Card Watercolored with Memento

by Mischelle Smith

Make a Happy Girl Card Watercolored with Mementos

The color of the month at Imagine is Tangerine – a color I love. For this project, I wanted to use my tangerine inks to evoke a warm, sunshiny summer day. Another favorite of mine is watercoloring. I wanted to show watercoloring and how to create more with your favorite inkpads.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 45 minutes

Directions

Prima – Bloom Girl Joy by Jamie Daugherty
Step 1

Ink image with Memento Dew Drop Tuxedo Black and London Fog. Use Tuxedo Black first and then use London Fog to soften the lines of the Tuxedo Black. Be mindful of what images you want black.

Prima – Bloom Girl Joy by Jamie Daugherty
Step 2

Continue stamping images using the same inks and technique in previous step. This will create dreamy, soft lines and crisp, hard lines which will create a fade effect.

VersaMark ink and emboss with Imagine's Clear Embossing Powder
Step 3

Ink a stamp with VersaMark ink and emboss with Imagine’s Clear Embossing Powder. Repeat this step in several areas to create texture.

Finnabair Butterfly 3 Stamp
Step 4

Dab with a yellow-orange color range of Memento inkpads onto clear acrylic block. I choose Dandelion, Cantaloupe, Tangerine, and Morocco (dark orange). Fill area(s) you want to color on your paper with water. Pick up the desired Memento ink color with your brush and add to selected area you filled with water. Since the paper is wet, the dye ink will disperse at random which is the funnest part of watercoloring. I love to see what naturally happens in this process. Continue watercoloring until you are satisfied. Stamp words using alphabet stamps with StazOn ink. Embellish with matching orange color jewels, sequins, etc.

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  • Prima – Bloom Girl Joy by Jamie Daugherty, Finnabair Butterfly 3
  • Stampin’ Up – Oh, So Lovely
  • Close To My Heart – Flower Market Background Stamps
  • Hampton Arts – Alphabet Stamps
  • Watercolor paper
  • Notecard
  • Gemstones
  • Copic Marker – YR18 (Sanguine)
  • Paintbrush
  • Acrylic block
  • Heat tool
  • Date stamp

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Do You Have Dreams of Tangerine?

Tangerine is Imagine’s Color of the Month for June. Throughout this month, we will be featuring projects that incorporate this warm and festive color as well as the theme Summer Lovin’. To start this party right, we have a fruit-themed greeting card by Alison Heikkila who uses super cute stamps as a center piece and splashes of Fireworks Shimmer in the background. Roni Johnson brings a different mood to the deep orange color with a summer sunset shaker card. Oh my! Both these projects show off Tangerine perfectly!

fruit themed greeting card with orange shimmer

Tangerine Dreams by Alison Heikkila

Greetings! This month, the Imagine Artists in Residence are sharing projects with Tangerine…..a yummy, uplifting color that makes me think of Summer. I started off by inking up these adorable little fruits by Studio G. Fruit stamps are everywhere right now. So if you don’t have this little set, I’m sure there are plenty of other fruit images that work for this card. I colored them using Memento Ink pads as well as the markers. Both work fantastically. I stamped them on to Mixed Media Paper, die cut them using Fitted Frames, and created a matching dark orange frame to go around it. I used the Large and Small “V” Frames for the centerpiece.

My card base was spritzed with Tangelo Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray from the center toward the edge. I spritzed it sideways to get the outward spray I was going for. After the spray was dry, I inked the edges of the card base with Tangelo Memento Ink. I glued my die cut layers on to the card base, and then using On Point Glue (my favorite liquid glue!!!), I attached a few sequins for added sparkle. Thank you for checking out my card today. I hope you are inspired by the sweetness of Tangerine!

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  • Studio G – Fruit Stamps
  • Stampendous – Fitted Frame Set A dies
  • Mixed media paper – white
  • Sequins
  • Cardstock – orange
  • Acrylic block

Summer Lovin’ Sunset Card by Roni Johnson

Summer lovin’…brings to mind lazy days at the beach, lounging by the water, drinking an ice cold beverage while reading my favorite book. I decided that’s what I would translate into a card. The sunset image was stamped on Vertigo with StazOn ink. Once it dried, I used Memento Dual Tip Markers and StazOn Inks to color the image. Please note the water-based Memento markers took a long time to dry on the film as it took time to evaporate. I left mine to dry 3 days. If you do not have 3 days to wait, you can use Fantastix with StazOn ink instead and the dry time will be immediate. Next, I used VersaMagic inks to create a lovely monoprint background design, let dry, stamped seashells and embossed with gold embossing powder. I mounted the Vertigo centerpiece, attached a decorative string inked with Tangelo Memento Markers and pulled the design together on a card base. With the visual dynamic of Vertigo, I can’t stop looking at this card! Hope you enjoy my crafty version of Summer Lovin’.

 

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Color of the Month for June

June Color of the Month is Tangerine

We are excited to announce the Color of the Month — Tangerine! Everyone month Imagine highlights a different color to show off our catalog of inks. The Tsukineko brand offers this rich orange color in All-Purpose Ink, VersaColor, Memento, Radiant Neon, Radiant Neon Amplify and StazOn. And Imagine’s offers two in house products — the recent release of the 2oz bottle of Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Tangelo as well as IrRESISTibles Pico Embellisher Tangelo.

Tangerine is a deep orange color that evokes a festive vibe, the warmth of summer, and tangy flavors of fruit! Some of the trends we see with this color are….

tangerine tiles

Moroccan tiles…

Tangerine Tiles Stamp StazOn Tsukineko ink Orange Zest

Bohemian theme home decor or stamps…

camp vibes DCWV scrapbook paper

and Camp Fire or Outdoors themes.

We offer this color challenge to our Artist in Residence to bring forward in their June project submissions, so be on the lookout for how our team uses this vibrant color. We also offer this challenge to you. If you feel inspired by Tangerine and use Imagine or Tsukineko inks then please tag us in your Instagram or Facebook posts. We would love to see what you create!