Do You Need More Texture in Your Handmade Cards?

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Neon Amplify Textured Summer Card flamingo

Summer has arrived and what better way to celebrate than with a striking tangerine orange project. What a beautiful color! When I saw the challenge, I thought of the neon colors in the Tsukineko’s Radiant Neon Amplify. I made this card using “hello,” cherry blossom and flamingo die cuts but, the best part of this card is the wild background created with Amplify. Amplify reacts to the heat tool and creates a soft look with a 3-D effect. The clean crisp die cuts provide a contrast to the texture craziness in the background. Read more to find out how I created this card.

Neon Amplify orange and yellow

Start by taking a piece of light colored card stock and the stencil and secure them both over the craft mat with masking tape. Add drops of Electric Yellow Neon Amplify and Electric Orange Neon Amplify over the free areas of the stencil and mix the colors with the roller. Amplify feels like a paint when it is wet, so a few drops will roll quickly and also may slip under your stencil a bit. Remove the stencil and use a heat tool to activate the foaming quality. Be careful not to over heat and burn the texture. Secure your decorated layer on a basic black card base with Tear It! Tape.

Using white card stock cut the cherry blossom and flamingo die cuts. Paste flamingo and cherry blossom over the Amplify background using On Point Glue and decorate the center of the flowers with irRESISTible Tuxedo Black. Cut a “hello” sentiment from black card stock and paste with OnPoint Glue and you have completed a quick and easy handmade card! Enjoy!

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  • Stampin’ Up Card Stock – Very Vanilla, Whisper White and Basic Black
  • Heat tool
  • Darice – Cherry Blossom Die Cut
  • CN Craft– Flamingo and Hello Die Cuts
  • Hero Arts – Tropical Background Stencil

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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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Make Fun Kids Crafts to Celebrate Summer

School is out! Summer is here! We are excited to share two kid’s crafting projects that help celebrate the wrap up of the school year. Jessica creates an awesome farmstead theme with an egg carton and Mischelle uses square Monterey Pine to create spider magnets. Enjoy!

Piggy Farm Crafts for Kids

Piggy In The Puddle Kid’s Craft by Jessica Litman

With summer quickly approaching, I am always trying to find fun and different crafts to do with my kids. Since we have a lot of empty egg cartons lying around for painting, I thought why not turn it into barn animals?!?!  Here are some quick tips on how to start!

So first let me say that you can choose any farm animal and go crazy with this project, but for time sake I am choosing a little piggy. Start by cutting out a single egg carton. Spray Rosebud Fireworks Spray on egg carton making sure to cover entirely. Set aside to dry. Cut out two small ears, curly tail, and round snout for pig. Add two dots on the snout using the Memento marker’s fine side. Once egg carton is dry, glue the ears, tail, snout, and googly eyes using On Point Glue. Cut out a mud puddle using the brown paper. Create a pig pen using the white card stock. This fence can be a download template or a die cut. Again, you can go crazy on ideas and also let your kids creativity direct this project.

Piggy Farm Crafts for Kids

Supplies

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Other
  • Empty Egg Carton
  • Scissors
  • Paper – pink, brown, white
  • Googly Eyes
  • template for fence or die cut

Kids Crafts Spiders

Monterey Pine Spider Magnets by Mischelle Smith

Looking for a quick and easy project that the kids can do this summer?  Look no further!  These cute magnets can be enjoyed year ‘round and make great gifts for grandparents and loved ones. I choose orange spiders to tap into Imagine’s Tangerine color of the month. But you can choose any little animal or image that makes your kid’s day! It will probably be best to set up everything first and help your little ones with putting all the pieces together. Monterey Pine is hand cut wood measuring about 1 to 1.5 inches and have a .08 inch depth. Start by finding or printing 1 inches images. Cut images from paper or use the square pine piece to trace around the image you’ve printed. Apply a heavy amount of On Point Glue to rectangle pine piece, adhere the image and press down to push out any wrinkles or bubbles. Remember to replace the cap on On Point Glue and let the paper dry. Wrap Tear It Tape around edge of pine square (if fits perfectly around the edge) and dip in matching color of glitter. Attach magnet to the back and you are ready to give as a gift or place on your refrigerator.

kids crafts orange and black spiders

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  • Paper
  • Napkin
  • Pattern Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glitter
  • Magnets
  • Adhesive

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!

Supplies

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Other
  • 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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Watch to Learn How to Create this On Point Stained-glass Card

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

My love affair with faux finishes continues. This time it is taking me to the realm of stained glass. The idea for this technique came from a doll-craft YouTuber I follow and I wanted to recreate it with my supplies on hand. After trying Creative Medium, Creative Medium thinned with Ink Potion No. 9, and a few other mixtures, I determined On Point Glue was the perfect match with Memento markers to achieve this pebbly, wavy goodness. See in the video below how I did it!

Supplies

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  • Card Stock – white, black, khaki
  • My Favorite Things – window die
  • Die cut machine
  • Clear acetate
  • Wax paper
  • Acrylic block
  • Scissors

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Make a Bright Birthday Card with Ink Blending

Do you know someone with a birthday coming up? Are you loving what you are seeing in ink blending trends? Well, today’s blog post is just for you! Mischelle Smith uses Kaleidacolor and a brayer to blend dye inks on black and white decorative paper to create a beautiful birthday card. Neva Cole uses circle dies of different sizes and Memento inks to create an attractive floral-themed card.

 Colorful Blends on Black & White

Colorful Blends on Black & White by Mischelle Smith

Looking for the perfect way to show off the gorgeous palette of your Kaleidacolor inkpads? I was! So, I went directly to my black and white pattern papers. I used my brayer to add a portion of beautifully blended color to my black and white paper and the results were stunning. For an extra bit of visual interest, I also brayered some of my color onto white scraps of cardstock and then die cut. The contrast of black and white with beautiful bursts of Kaleidacolor makes a winning combination every time.

I did a couple easy techniques to create this card. The split from black and white to color is a simple masking technique. Mask the top section, ink up the brayer with Bouquet Kaleidacolor Pad and brayer the bottom portion of the pattern paper. Then, I repeated the brayer technique onto scraps of white cardstock and used a branch die cut to make the top layer pieces. I used a black shimmer trim to hide any masking marks and to add a nice contrast in the middle. Next, I created the Happy Birthday tag and prepared for the layering of all the elements. I layered one set of branches, the Happy Birthday sentiment, the silver thread and finished with another top layer of branch die cut. While this is a option, I can’t resist spritzing with several sprays of Frost Sheer Shimmer Spritz to add the finishing touch. I found this design to be so fun that I created a matching tag in the same style. So you can really expand these ideas as much as you like!

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  • CTMH – Black Shimmer Trim, Happy Birthday stamp, Mother’s Day Workshop
  • Decorative paper
  • Silver metallic thread
  • Foam tape
  • White cardstock
  • Paper trimmer
  • Score board
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon

Blending with Memento Inks. purple flowers, splatter ink, happy birthday card

Blending with Memento Inks by Neva Cole

The challenge for the month was to incorporate ink blending into a project. I love how Memento Inks can be blended with water or Ink Potion No. 9. I also think it is really cool that the Fireworks Sprays are in the same colors, so it was quick and easy to put together this fun color coordinated card using Joy Clair stamps. Using a stamp positioner, I stamped the card front and two additional layers with StazOn Jet Black ink. The top two layers are die cut in circles. The top layer is water colored with a small paint brush and Memento in Danube Blue and Grape Jelly. The next layer is inked with an Ink Blusher and Grape Jelly. The bottom layer is splatted with the Fireworks in you guess it, Danube Blue and Grape Jelly. A little secret here, I accidently marked the top layer with a splotch of ink, but was able to cover the splotch with the strategically placed happy portion of the sentiment. Once dry, the card is assembled with dimensional foam adhesive and ready to be paired with a birthday present.

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Other
  • Joy Clair – Spring Time Flowers, Happy Birthday stamp
  • Spellbinders –  small circle die, large circle die
  • Foam adhesive
  • Paint brush
  • Stamp positioner

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