Create A Beautiful Peacock Feather Handmade Card

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Create A Beautiful Peacock Feather Handmade Card

I am happy to share this Peacock Feather theme card. I was aiming to create watercolor-like stamping on the paper and I used Ink Potion No. 9, as it causes no damage to the paper when dries instead of spraying with water. The result was to create a background that had depth and full blur coverage while it helped the embossed designs to show up, making it the centerpiece of the card. The Sheer Shimmer Stix added the shine of gold color like the one you find on peacock feathers and it turned out perfect! See how I made this handmade card.

Skill: Beginner/Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Heavily spray a 4 x 6 inch watercolor paper with Ink Potion No 9. Use the VersaColor Celadon, Turquoise and Pacific ink pads to stamp peacock feathers while the paper is still wet.


Step 2

When the watercolor paper dries, stamp with the VersaMark Watermark inkpad and cover with Imagine’s embossing powder Lucky Stars. Heat set with a heat tool.


Step 3

Use a BrushStix to add color detail at the corners of the paper and the in the center of the peacock feathers with the VersaColor Royal Blue inkpad.


Step 4

Add sparkle with the Sheer Shimmer Stix in Gold.


Step 5

Cut a paper doily and stamp with the quote “Perfect Just the Way You Are” with the VersaFine Clair in Rain Forest.


Step 6

Use the Tear It! Tape to set the watercolor paper and the doily on the card base.


Step 7

Buy a pre-made frame or cast a frame with lightweight clay and when dries add sparkle with the Sheer Shimmer Stix Gold.


Step 8

Place the peacock ribbon first. Cut it in half to give the illusion it is under the frame. Attach the frame to the card face then place the sentiment inside the frame.


Step 9

Continue decorating with the paper flowers and metallic details. And you are done!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor paper
  • Viva Decor – Peacock feathers stamps
  • My Mind Eye – Honey happiness stamp
  • Paper doilies
  • Lightweight clay and frame mold
  • Paper and metallic flowers
  • Peacock themed ribbon
  • Hot glue gun
  • Heat tool
  • Option – Prima Marketing – pre-made frame

Learn To Make This “Happiness Is..” Cats Handmade Card

by Iris Rodriguez

Learn To Make This "Happiness Is.." Cats Handmade Card

This card was inspired by my cat. An awesome, adorable orange tabby named O’Malley. If you first looked at the picture of this card and noticed the sentiment “happiness is…” and your answer was orange tabbies; that is the right answer, of course, lol! I made this card in a monochromatic style by inking spots of yellow and orange Memento inks, then added a layer of Orange Zest StazOn Studio Glaze. The glaze covers the paper with a nice vibrant, translucent color. I find that it unifies the background nicely. Perfect for my unified looking orange cats card.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Ink random spots of the Dandelion then the Cantaloupe Memento inks with the Inkblusher.


Step 2

Ink random spots of Tangelo then Lady Bug Memento inks with the Inkblusher.


Step 3

Squeeze a line of the Orange Zest StazOn Studio Glaze. Using a plastic scraper or an old credit scrape the glaze across the paper.


Step 4

After painting and inking the background, stamp the sentiment; cut to the desired size and assemble card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock paper
  • Laurel Burch Rubber Stamp – Whiskers
  • Crackerbox and Suzy Stamps – Happiness Is

Color of the Month is Peacock Feathers

Color of the Month for March is Peacock Feathers! We love this bright teal color and feel it is the perfect color to kick off the spring season. Not quite green, not quite blue, we really feel teal is in its own color category. Along with this beautiful color hitting your eyes all month long, we are featuring a whole new ink line to be announced this Tuesday, March 5th, 2019. So stay tuned for that super fun announcement!

In the meantime, we have a couple of inkpad brands to recommend to add to your teal collection. Try VersaFine Clair in Warm Breeze. It is a beautiful solid stamping ink and will look great for block printing or large surface coverage. If you need a beautiful ink for blending try VersaMagic in Turquoise Gem. The heavy pigment load and long open time are perfect for blending across a background. If you enjoy working with fabric projects then try the Fabrico Marker in Tropical Lagoon.

We hope you try some of these inks, in the meantime here are some sneak peeks for March

Mermaid Tin by Roni Johnson 

sneak-peak-mar 2019-iris

Bird Stencilled Card by Iris Rodriguez

Stay tuned for the New Product Announcement on Tuesday!

Announcing Sheer Shimmer Stix

We are so excited to tell you about a new product that will be hitting the market soon—not only is Sheer Shimmer going to be available in Rose Gold, but also in an all-new easy applicator! Sheer Shimmer Stix can be held like a pen to swipe the dauber top applicator over a project surface to effortlessly and cleanly apply the elegant sheer shimmer you already love.

Sheer Shimmer Stix Color Swatches:

Quick Facts about Shimmer Stix

  • Same elegant Sheer Shimmer effect as the sprays
  • Swipe-on application for controlled results
  • Stix dauber top allows for quick, uniform, large surface area application

Keep your eye on the blog all month where our artists are going to show you some awesome technique ideas for this new product and the announcement they are ready to order!

How To Create A Beautiful Embossed And Watercolor Thank You Card

by Elina Stromberg

create a thank you card using memento inks and versamagic

Our lovely color of the month is ‘Passion Red’. What a perfect choice for a bright blooming flower card! I wanted to create a soft water-color painted look on my card, and all I needed was my water-soluble Memento and VersaMagic stamping inks and my Craft Mat as my palette.

Tsukineko ink pads come in several beautiful red colors, so I chose a few of my favorite reds and used them both for coloring the card background and for painting the beautiful Penny Black flower image. The trick was to stamp the main image twice and to layer the fuzzy-cut image on top of the stamped background; by using this technique the main image on the finished card has a beautiful, crispy edge, and while painting you don’t need to worry about the wet color running over the stamped lines!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1.5 hours

Directions


Step 1

Stamp flower image with VersaFine ink on white watercolor or mixed media paper. Apply ‘Red Magic’ VersaMagic ink on the Craft Mat. Using a hint of water pick up the rich, creamy color with a brush and color the background. Apply more red pigment on the bottom, and mix the color with water to create a lighter color for the top of the card. Do not mind painting over the stamped image; it will be covered with a second image layer later. Let air dry or dry with a heat gun.


Step 2

Add texture to the painted background. Stamp random patterns here and there using red ‘Lady Bug’ Memento color. Keep the stamp in your hand (do not attach to an acrylic stamping block) and bend it while stamping.


Step 3

Re-stamp the main flower image on another sheet of white mixed media paper. Color the image using a water brush and a few hues of red ink. I used Memento ‘Lady Bug’, bit darker red ‘Rhubarb Stalk’, dark purple ‘Sweet Plum’, and VersaMagic ‘Red Magic’ for coloring the background. Use the Craft Mat as your palette and apply more ink if needed. Once dry, cut out the image.


Step 4

Glue the fussy cut image on the background. Trim the background to size.


Step 5 

Color the letters for the sentiment word. Press each chipboard letter on clear VersaMark ink. Pick up the letter with a tweezer, dab into copper embossing powder, and heat-set the powder by heating the chipboard on the Craft Mat. Glue letters on a strip of vellum. Fold ends of the vellum strips on the card background and secure them with double-sided tape. This will keep the strip in place; there’s no need to glue it on the card front.


Step 6

Mat card front on striped patterned paper and attach on the card base. Done!

Supplies
Imagine

VersaMagic DewDrop in Red Magic

Imagine Craft Mat

Memento DewDrop in Lady Bug

Memento DewDrop in Rhubarb Stalk

Memento DewDrop in Sweet Plum

VersaMark

VersaFine Clair in Nocturne

Embossing Powder in Copper

Other
  • White mixed media paper
  • Brush
  • Water brush
  • Penny Black Stamps – Awaken
  • Background pattern stamp
  • White vellum
  • Chipboard letters
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Heat gun
  • Glue
  • Striped patterned paper
  • White card base

Make an Easy Fabric Necklace with All-Purpose Ink

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Make an Easy Fabric Necklace with All-Purpose Ink

Make your own fabric cords necklace colored with All-Purpose Ink. The fabric creates a distressed look while the square metal piece creates a modern look. The added shine will catch the eye with a piece of Sheet Metal that works a buckle to hold the fabric stripes and connects them with the wax cord of the rest of the necklace. This is a super fun craft project but also will make a beautiful gift or fashion statement!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

On a 14 inch-long piece of fabric mark triangles with a base of 1 ½ in. Cut 3 of them.


Step 2

Color the stripes with the All-Purpose Ink and a medium paintbrush making large strokes. No need to fully cover the fabric. Let the paint dries or use a heat tool. Iron the fabric to set the paint.


Step 3

Use a sponge dauber and the Memento Luxe in Rhubarb stalk to make a deeper red shade, fading the lightness of the red paint. Iron the fabric to set the ink.


Step 4

Using a thin stick start wrapping the fabric stripe, beginning of the base. Use fabric glue on the edge to set it and move further. Continue with all three.


Step 5

Cut in half a Sheet Metal ATC card and punch the corners with a round corner punch.


Step 6

Use a metallic ruler or something steady and thin to nicely fold in half the Sheet Metal piece.


Step 7

Glue the wider edges of the fabric cords between the Sheet Metal piece, making sure that they don’t reach the deep end of it.


Step 8

Loosely braid the fabric cords at the beginning of them. Attach a flat jewelry end cap on the other side (at this point you can trim to the desired length).


Step 9

Pass through the Sheet Metal piece 4 pieces of a waxed black cord 4 inches in length. Add a cap and lobster lock and you are finished.

For more tips on jewelry making please see Kyriakos’ tutorial.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Lightweight cotton fabric
  • Fabric glue
  • Round corner punch
  • Metallic ruler
  • Jewelry supplies – end caps, lobster locks
  • 1mm black waxed cord