Complete Mystical Magic and Unicorn Awesomeness Today

Unicorns are pure magic! They are not constrained by the normal colors. They can embody pink, purple, iridescent sparkly colors and even gold! In today’s blog post, Imagine artists Tenia and Alison create two delightful mystical unicorn themed cards using ink blending, embossing and ink sprays. See what they have to say about these magical beasts!

Magic and Unicorn Awesomeness Concord & 9th Unicorn Bundle

Die Cut Unicorn Awesomeness by Tenia Nelson

Hey, Y’all! Tenia here from Jazzy Paper Designs with a magical and shiny Mystic Unicorn card made with Imagine and Tsukineko products. I really enjoyed making this card so here are some pointers on how I did it!

Create card from white cardstock and spray and splatter various Fireworks craft sprays to create an ink splatter texture. I choose Dandelion, Bahama Blue, Lady Bug for a nice primary colors theme. Stamp the unicorn image with Delicata Golden Glitz and heat emboss onto watercolor paper. Die cut unicorn with the matching die. There are several unicorn and matching die sets to choose from, but I personally like the Unicorn Bundle from Concord & 9th. Feel free to go with your own personal favorite stamp set!

Next, I added detail to the unicorn’s mane and tail with a watercolor technique using Fabrico marker in Lemon Yellow and an aqua brush.
Stamp the sentiment “Your Awesomeness Rivals that of a Unicorn” included in the Unicorn Bundle onto the card front with Tuxedo Black Ink. The sentiment perfectly frames around the unicorn. To add all the finishing touches, adhere die cut unicorn onto the card, add sequins, add washi and sticker stitches and you have completed mystical awesomeness! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Aquabrush
  • Concord and 9th – Stamps and Flower Die
  • Big Shot Die Cut Machine
  • Sequins
  • Washi tape
  • SRM – Sticker Stitches

magic rainbow unicorn believe handmade card alison heikkila

Mystical Unicorn Ink Blended Card by Alison Heikkila

Greetings! This month, the theme given to the Artists in Residence from Imagine is “Mystical.” This is right up my alley and I could have done an entire series of Mystical things. But I decided to reign myself in and work with a beautiful unicorn from Stampendous.

I stamped the unicorn on to Mixed Media Paper because it really helps the Memento Markers move and blend. I die cut the image with a die larger than I would typically use because I wanted to create an inked border with the die size that fits the image. I die cut a mask with the smaller die and temporarily taped it on. Using a sponge dauber, I applied Summer Sky ink, and then Nautical Blue.

My background was created on Smooth Bristol paper. I swiped my Vineyard Kalediacolor across my Craft Mat. I only swiped it once to avoid mixing the colors on the ink pad itself. Then, I sprayed the ink with a combination of Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Sparkle and Ink Potion No. 9. Next, I dragged the Bristol paper through the wet ink. I dried it with my heat tool and tapped it into the ink again. This process was repeated a couple of times until I was satisfied with the background. Using the powder tool, I rubbed it across the bottom of my background so that I could emboss my sentiment better.

I used a Deep Indigo cardstock for my card base, applied a line of Tear It Tape along the right side and sprinkled Multi Crystal Glitter Mix. I applied my layers and added a few deep blue sequins with On Point Glue. Seriously, if you haven’t tried this adhesive, you are missing out.

That’s my card for today. Have an inspiring day!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampendous – Unicorn Rose Stamp
  • Multi Crystal Glitter Mix
  • Believe Scrolls Stamp
  • Fitted Frames Set A
  • Cardstock – Deep Indigo
  • Canson – Mixed Media Paper
  • Strathmore – Smooth Bristol Paper
  • EK Success Powder Tool
  • Craft Medley – Rhythm ‘N Blues Sequins

Keep Crafting Fresh on the Mind with 2 Handmade Cards

Happy Friday! We hope you have some crafting projects lined up this weekend. To provide a little inspiration, we have two handmade cards by Imagine artists that each have their own unique custom touch. Elina created a whimsical heart balloon card using embossing powder and watercoloring and Neva made a dynamic pop-up birthday card that is out of this world!

Fly Away embossing and watercoloring

Fly Away Watercoloring and Embossing by Elina Stromberg

Watercolors and heat-embossed stamped images are a perfect match. Today, I create this sweet card with a young girl releasing a heart balloon. The girl and the balloon figures are embossed, while the blue sky background is created with a watercolor style. The goal was to use heat-set embossing powder to resist watercolors, so when creating watercolored backgrounds you can just simply paint over the stamped images. Preserving white unpainted areas is easy, too, as the embossing powder raises a bit from the surface, and helps you in painting around the image.

Mists and spray inks are perfect liquid watercolors. For this card, I only used Walnut ink and Fireworks Shimmer ink, but applied the colors in several layers on the background. The first light layers I painted using a rich amount of water, and for the next layers I always used less and less water creating darker shades of the same color. Before applying the next layer I dried the previous one with my heat gun.

For heat-embossing this beautiful stamped image, I used both black and red embossing powders. First, I poured the black powder on the stamped image, protecting the heart shaped balloon with a piece of paper. I put the extra powder back into its container, and repeated the step with the red powder. Heat-setting the powder between colors was not necessary, as the second color will stick only on areas that are not yet covered with powder.

Enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Viva Las Vega Stamps – Girl, heart balloon stamp
  • Mixed media paper
  • Card base – white
  • Cardstock – blue
  • Watercolor brush
  • Heat gun
  • Double-sided tape

pop up birthday card Teal Stair Bday Card

Custom Pop Up Birthday Card by Neva Cole

What pre-teen boy doesn’t like blues, greens, and teals? For our teal challenge this month I wanted to try mixing two different Kaleidacolor ink pads to see if shades of teal could be created. I think this card illustrates success!

Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze and Fresh Green are alternately brayered onto glossy 8 ½ “ x 11” cardstock taking care to have the lighter hues line up in the fade. A light spritz of Ink Point No. 9 helps the inks blend neatly on the glossy cardstock. Half of the sheet is die cut with the Sizzix Framelits Step Up Card die. The remainder of the sheet is used to die cut the coordinating elements. The gifts were cut twice each so the bows could be trimmed for contrasting colors then adhered with On Point Glue.

A few days ago, I accidentally spilled part of a bottle of Fireworks! Dandelion on my craft mat. Not wanting to waste this pretty ink, I pressed Bristol Board cardstock into the inky mess and set it aside for later use. This little incident provided the perfect contrasting color for the candle flames and my son’s name. Each candle die cut is cut twice, once in Fireworks! Dandelion and once in the Kaleidacolor mix. After trimming off the top (flames) of the Kaleidacolor layer, they are adhered together with On Point Glue. The sentiment and cupcake layers adhered together with On Point Glue. Some elements are popped up with dimensional foam adhesive. The banner is held together with paper cord before it is adhered to the card front. I am pleased with the results of my little experiment and think my soon to be twelve-year-old son will be too!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Glossy cardstock
  • Sizzix – Framelits Step Ups 660142 by Stephanie Barnard
  • Judikens – Decorative Paper Cord
  • Brayer
  • Lifestyle Crafts – Stiletto Alphabet
  • Dimensional Foam Adhesive

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Create A Beachy Altered Frame with Video

by Nadine Carlier

Altered Frame for Imagine by Nadine Carlier (IC)

I love mixed media and altering ordinary things! All you need is Imagines irRESISTible Spray, Creative Medium, Delicata Ink, Encore Ink and a plain wood frame and you too can have fun creating an ocean-theme frame.

Below I have a tutorial video showing how I altered a plain wood frame into this beachy fun frame. Enjoy!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hr

Supplies

Imagine
Other

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How to Make a Spinning Pinwheel Card

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

What better way to evoke the spirit of summer than with hand crafted pinwheels! In this tutorial, I will break down how to make an oversized 7 x 7-inch card with spinning wind mills made of Vertigo sheets (my must-have craft item). The chevron shapes and the spiral stencil used to create an imaginary air movement of the wind on the card’s background helps create the mood. And the best part of this card is the windmills actually spin!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour

Directions

 Vertigo sheet in 2 x 2-inch squares
Step 1

Cut the Vertigo sheet in 2 x 2-inch squares. Mark the center and leaving about a ¼ inch cut from it, cut towards all corners.

Color the Vertigo squares with the StazOn inkpads in Azure and Teal Blue
Step 2

Color the Vertigo squares with the StazOn inkpads in Azure and Teal Blue.

sew the corners to form wind mills
Step 3

Fold and sew the corners to form wind mills. Open a hole in the center to set a brad.

Memento Bahama Blue and Teal Zeal inkpads with the swirl pattern stencil
Step 4

Cut a 6 x 6-inch white cardstock and color using Memento Bahama Blue and Teal Zeal inkpads with the swirl pattern stencil. Use a large sponge dauber to ink the places where the wind mills will be placed.


Step 5

Open two holes and set eyelets.

thin long border embellishment with VersaMark and heat set the black embossing powder
Step 6

To create the stem of the pinwheel, stamp with a thin long border embellishment with VersaMark and heat set the black embossing powder. I used the stitch design from Viva Decor Tailoring Backgrounds, but you can use any stamp that is similar.

Marianne Design Embossing Folder & Cutting Die - Tyre Tracks Chevrons DF3407
Step 7

Die cut the chevron design and distress with the Memento Bahama Blue.

stamping celebrate everyday
Step 8

Stamp the words “Celebrate” and “everyday” on pieces cardstock and hand tear around the words to create a distressed look. Color die cuts of the chevron with the Memento Tangelo.


Step 9

Glue all the elements using the On Point Glue. Cut a 14 x 7-inch long piece of cardstock. Score the middle of the long side and fold. Glue on the front of it the 6 x 6-inch embellished cardstock.

Supplies

Imagine
  • StazOn -Teal blue, Azure
  • Memento – Bahama blue, Teal zeal, Tangelo
  • VersaMark
  • Imagine embossing powder black
  • Vertigo sheets – Prism
  • On Point Glue
  • Sponge daubers
Other
  • White cardstock
  • Marianne Design Embossing Folder & Cutting Die – Tyre Tracks Chevrons DF3407
  • Dutch Doobadoo Mask Art Stencil – 6×6 Spiral #715600
  • Viva Decor A5 Clear Silicone Stamps Set – Tailoring Backgrounds #84
  • Brads and eyelets
  • Hole puncher
  • Heat gun
  • Thread and needle

The Color of the Month for August is Teal

 

August has arrived and we have a beautiful color for this month—Teal. We felt that after the bright summer colors of Tangerine and Pineapple we offered in June and July that we would cool it down a bit for any August heat waves you might experience! Teal reminds us of peacock feathers, the ocean, turquoise stones, glacial lakes, and other natural wonders. To be a bit more technical, teal is a tertiary color that is created by mixing blue and green. With this wide open interpretation of teal, we are excited to see what our artist have cooked up!

quiet people have the loudest minds memento ink b

 Hand Lettering Hawking Quote by Tenia Nelson

“Quiet people have the loudest minds.” I love this quote by Stephen Hawking! And I wanted to use it in a hand lettered art, so I busted out my ink options and got to work. I wanted to single out two words in one color and write the rest of the words in black. For “quiet” and “loudest”, I used All-Purpose ink Tropical Lagoon and a Fantastix. This thick juicy ink that works great on paper, and when you apply it with a Fantastix, it acts very much like a marker. For the rest of the lettering and outlining, I used the Black Fabrico marker in different styles. Since the Fabrico has two different tips to work with, I was able to get the thick and thin line results you see in the photo above. I then used an aqua brush to splatter some Memento Teal Zeal ink to give the page a bit of a dynamic look.

Try this technique on your own favorite quote and have an inspiring day!!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Paper
  • Aquabrush

Summer Reading Ocean Theme Bookmark by Renee Zarate

The Dog Days of August make me want to head down to the beach with a good, old fashioned paperback novel for which I need a bookmark. This bookmark is made with images cut from Graphic 45 paper called “Voyage Beneath the Sea,”dies from Sizzix, a masterboard made from a variety of Imagine and Tsukineko products and Bristol paper. The bulk of the time to make this bookmark was spent on the background master board which I will reuse for other projects. Then I assembled all the elements from the Voyage set and add my own embellishments. Enjoy your summer reading!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Bristol water color paper
  • Gesso
  • Graphic 45 “Voyage to Beneath the Sea” paper collection and
    stickers
  • Finnabair Glass Beads – White Gold, Copper, Platinum
  • Prima – Glass Glitter
  • Sequins
  • Sizzix – Die Cut-Sand and Sea (seahorse)
  • Spray bottle of water
  • Paper cutter

Kyriakos TeaL Tea lights StazOn teal

Teal Tea Candle Holders by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Having a BBQ or outdoor summer party? Decorate an outdoor table with tea light candle holders using Teal Blue StazOn ink. Choose an empty glass and using your hot glue gun write a word directly on the side of the candle holder. You can also use masking tape to cover parts of the glass, creating a striped effect. When you finish with the tape and the glue, cover the whole surface with your favorite StazOn color using a sponge dauber. Let it dry well and then coat with irRESISTible wedding dress color on the inside of the glass for an opaque look. Alternatively, leave only the StazOn color for a more transparent result. The tape and the glue gun writing serve as a resist for the StazOn ink, so when all the ink is dry simply remove the tape and the hot glue.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Hot glue gun
  • Masking tape
  • Small Glass candle holders

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See How to Use Die Cuts to make a Dynamic Card

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

See How to Use Die Cuts to Make a Dynamic Card

Some cards we make just for fun and there is no special occasion needed. If you happen to need a card for a synchronized swimmer who also loves monkeys, then I got you covered! Or if you maybe know someone in a local production of The Little Mermaid (who, again, likes monkeys) and needs some emotional support on opening night. Or you are throwing a pool party with an underwater jungle theme? Okay, maybe there are more occasions for a card like this, after all. Regardless, a monochromatic color scheme and liberal use of glossy mediums really sell the underwater look.

Check out more videos by Jennifer on our Youtube channel.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Card Stock – white, blue, teal
  • Waffle Flower – Little Mermaid stamps and dies, Flower Circles Inverted dies
  • Sizzix/Tim Holtz Alterations – Inside Out alphabet die
  • Die cutting machine
  • Fiskars – Scissors, Paper Trimmer
  • Xyron – Create a Sticker 500
  • Repositionable tape
  • Acrylic blocks
  • White gel pen
  • Water brush
  • Helmar – ZapDots foam adhesive