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

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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Craft a Beautiful Ipad Holder from an Old Cutting Board

by Roni Johnson

DIY craft hack transform cutting board into an ipad holder

Technology has crept into most aspects of our lives and the kitchen is no exception. The internet is a wealth of information especially when it comes to recipes and cooking suggestions. It’s like having all of the cookbooks in the world at your fingertips. While technology grants us the ability to look up any recipe we could think of there is still one little tech problem in the kitchen. I need both hands free to cook and I also need to prop up my Ipad to read my recipes. So, I thought it would be fun to make an IPad “cookbook” Holder to solve this problem. After crafting the design, I simply set it up on my counter using the hinged prop on the back, and I was ready to go!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions

VersaMark
Step 1

Paint a wood cutting board with white acrylic paint. Position stencil over the cutting board and ink with VersaMark Ink over the entire board.


Step 2

Sprinkle Imagine’s Clear Embossing Powder over the ink. Shake off excess powder and return it to the jar for future use. Melt powder with a heat tool.

VersaMagic Dew Drops – Aspen Mist, Sea Breeze, Aegean Blue, Ocean Depth, Night Sky
Step 3

Ink with VersaMagic Dew Drop inks over the embossed design. VersaMagic is a chalk pigment which leaves a beautiful matte finish and has a little bit of a longer dry time to allow for blending. Use an InkBlusher to blend the inks together working from light to darker colors.


Step 4

Use a tissue or soft dry cloth to wipe excess ink from the embossed areas. The embossed design will really pop once the excess ink has been removed.


Step 5

Color a Scrabble Letter Rack (or a similar wood mount) using an InkBlusher sponge and desired color of VersaMagic. Glue inked holder to the front of the cutting board.


Step 6

Affix a prop to the back of the cutting board. You can create any support you feel will work for your cutting board. I simply glued chipboard (actually an old game board) to the wood holder to create a support, attached the ribbon (to keep the board from opening all the way and covered the board with matching ink. 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cutting Board (preferably an old one with some character & large enough for your tablet)
  • Acrylic Paint – White (I used DecoArt)
  • Stencil
  • Scrabble Letter Rack
  • Heat tool

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Video: How to Make a Magenta Monogram Shaker Keychain

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

magenta monogram key chain for new home owners

M is for Monogram! In today’s post, I am sharing how to make a Monogrammed Shaker Key Chain. In April, we celebrated our third year as homeowners—our housiversary if you will—and I have a few other friends dipping their toes (and bank accounts) into the real estate market right now. All of this had me thinking about the prime symbol of home ownership: the key. I had a lot of fun putting together this DIY crafting shaker element usually meant for handmade cards and turning it into a handmade keychain. It could a perfect housewarming gift for a new homeowner but could also be a fabulous luggage tag if traveling is more your style.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • DCWV – Brights Textured Card Stock
  • Clear acetate sheet
  • Self-adhesive foam
  • Lawn Fawn – Stitched Circle Frames
  • Alphabet dies (vintage)
  • Die cut machine
  • Xyron – Create-a-Sticker
  • Beads
  • Jewelry findings
  • Pliers
  • Paint brush

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Crafting with your Besties? Make Colorful and Inspirational Bracelets!

by Mischelle Smith

Mischelle Smith shows you how to make your own DIY popsicle bracelets

Wearing a bracelet with an inspiring quote can make a big difference in your daily productivity. Words like brave, blessed, courage, or strong are little reminders to encourage you to power through a tough day. Today, I am sharing a super fun project to help spark creativity and Monday Motivation! This is a great project to have at a craft party, teenage girl sleepover or any fun group activity where several pieces of a unique project can be handmade. Once you understand how to make a few of these adorable bracelets, then you can truly allow your creativity to flow and go crazy!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 13 hours of prep time + 30 minutes per bracelet craft time


Step 1

Boil Jumbo Craft Sticks in water for 15 minutes.


Step 2

While still hot, shape craft sticks in circles and place on the inside of a cup. Let set 12 hours. Some will crack and splinter. Make more than you need.


Step 3

Punch a hole on each end of the craft stick. Again, some may splinter and break.


Step 4

Go Crazy!! Color craft sticks with any number of products. Some suggestions are Tsukineko Fabrico Markers, Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray, Creative Medium and DCWV paper. Fabrico Markers are Tsukineko’s line of fabric markers. The thicker pigment formula of ink is also great on wood. Fireworks is a great product to add color and shimmer to porous surfaces. Creative Medium is an acrylic paste that will allow you to stencil, adhere printed sentiments, and layer embellishments onto the bracelets. And DCWV paper has an endless source of inspiring imagery in their paper sets!

The following photos show the variety of options with this project and a variety of craft supplies:

Stencil with Creative Medium.

Designed with Fabrico Markers.

Star embellishments with Creative Medium.

Add stamped or printed sentiments with Creative Medium.


Step 5

Once you have completed your crafting awesomeness then attach twine to the ends to finish, wear them to your next social event and let the compliments pour in!

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Jumbo Craft Sticks
  • DCWV – Fairytale Dreams Paper Collection
  • Webster’s Pages – Painted Passport Sticker Collection
  • MFT Die-namics – Blueprints #1
  • Foam brush
  • Crop-a-dile
  • Twine – natural, white
  • Black cord
  • Scissors
  • Old bible page
  • Star punch
  • Stencils

Learn how to make your own bracelets craft tutorial

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