Show Me the Way Monochromatic Journal Layout

by Mischelle Smith

I absolutely LOVE the Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray by Imagine! These inks have a beautiful shimmer that kisses your paper with a soft, subtle sparkle. It was this kiss of color that I wanted to capture for my Inspirational Journal. I wanted to create a layout that I can add to effortlessly when the time allows. We all know that feeling! {smiles}

This layout features the Faux Gelli Printing technique I’ve shared in my other projects this month. This time, however, I utilized my Fireworks sprays to create a monochromatic background and I’ll also show you how to use Fantastix with Fireworks for doodling and detailing.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 60 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Generously ink the craft mat with Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Rose Bud. Add Fireworks in Lilac Posies and allow the colors to blend. Both these colors are an intense pink with slightly different hues. Lilac Posies is a bit darker. Lift one side of the craft mat and allow ink to run and create new patterns.


Step 2

Spritz ink with Ink Potion No. 9 which will dilute the mix and create a cool effect.


Step 3

Lay watercolor paper on ink and lift off. Repeat with more paper. Heat set. The paper on the right, in photo above, shows the first pull of color. The paper on the left shows the 2nd pull of color. Both create cool textures to work with.


Step 4

Spritz craft mat with Lilac Posies and Ink Potion #9. Lay stencil on top of spritzed ink. Place watercolor paper on top of stencil and press gently with your fingers around the stencil.


Step 5

Remove paper and heat set. As the paper continues to dry more variations of color and shimmer will appear – adding depth to the pink tones. Repeat steps 1-5 with any additional colors or stencils you wish to add to the faux gelli print. Splatter Fireworks onto paper using a fan brush mixed with Grape Jelly and Ink Potion #9.


Step 6

To use Fireworks with a Fantastix is super easy. Since Fantastix has such an absorbent fiber barrel, it readily soaks up both the dye color and the shimmer into the barrel. So, remove the lid from Fireworks and dip a bullet tipped Fantastix into the ink for 5-10 seconds. The Fantastix should have enough ink to work with the project and more. Continue with detailing by making dots using the tip of the Fantastix.


Step 7

Use a brush tipped Fantastix to draw lines in a brick pattern or a pattern of your choosing. Add lines and let dry, or heat set. Reapply color for more depth.


Step 8

Stamp flower images in the corners, as desired, using Grape Jelly Memento ink. Use white pen to dot the centers of stamped flowers. Use Grape Jelly Memento Marker to continue doodling on the layout. Add random ‘doodle text’ with white marker.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampin’ Up! – Peaceful Petals
  • Watercolor paper
  • White Posca Marker
  • Prima – Circle Stencil

 

Create a Beautiful Coral Woven Paper Birthday Card

by Elina Stromberg

Happy Birthday Card with weave background, flowers, black, pink, grey, coral colors.

DCWV cardstock stack of Textured Pastels contains a lovely collection of soft colors that are easy to match together. I took three sheets of 6” papers, one coral or peach, one light pink and one light gray, and created a birthday card with a woven background. The technique is easy and can be used for decorating various papercrafting projects.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions

Elina starts by measuring out paper with a rule and cutting with an exacto knife.

Step 1

Place the paper on self-healing craft mat. On the backside, measure and rule a border 1 inch from the top and bottom edges. Measure and mark ¼ inch increments along the drawn lines. Cut 16 lines using a craft knife and metal ruler. This will create the base for the weaving.

pink, blue, coral color paper cut into strips.

Step 2

Cut ¼ inch wide strips from light pink (6 pcs) and light gray (12 pcs) papers.

papercrafting weaving together paper.

Step 3

Weave the pink and gray strips along the vertical lines: Always starting from the back of the card, weave under 2 vertical strips and then over 3 repeated across the width of the base card. Push the colored strip right up to the top as far as it will go. Use tweezers to help pull the pink strip on the bottom row. Adhere strip ends on the back of the card using double-sided tape. Cut to size of the card base.

VersaFine and walnut ink used to create flowers and leaves for a papercraft project.
Step 4

Mix white acrylic paint with water and splash on the woven background to create texture. Let dry. 
Stamp flowers and leaves with Onyx Black Versafine on white cardstock. Unscrew nozzle from Java Walnut Ink bottle, and tap a few ink drops on the craft mat. Using a watercolor brush, lightly paint the flowers and leaves, leaving some areas white. Let dry and cut out. Fold the flower petals and leaves before gluing down on the card front. Stamp the “Happy Birthday” sentiment text on white cardstock, cut out and glue on card. Add any other finishing touches you prefer and you are ready to send a friend this wonderful design on their birthday!

beautiful birthday card using versafine ink and paper weaving technique. coral, pink color paper.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • DCWV paper – pastels textured
  • Stampin’ Up! ‘Birthday Blossoms’ stamp set
  • White card base
  • Self-healing cutting mat
  • Craft knife
  • Tweezers
  • White acrylic paint
  • Brush
  • Scissors

Learn How to Create Texture and Color Greeting Cards

Texture is often thought of in its own class. The moment a card, journal, or framed work has texture then it gets classified as mixed media and a whole new language is brought into the fold. In today’s post, we would like to pair texture and color on the same plane as compliments to each other. In these two projects below, each has texture and color working simultaneously to create the desired effect. Martha brings a gorgeous pop of iridescent green forward with a stencil and yet we feel the image would not be as interesting without the contrast and color saturation. Roni Johnson also creates a texture and color dynamic with embellishments that cascade in a color fade. These two great projects show how these elements work together.

Martha Lucia Gomez uses Creative Medium - an acrylic paste - to stencil a geometric image on black cardstock. StazOn ink is used to color Vertigo plastic. black, green, red, white, embossing powder, just a note.

Stenciled Card with Green Iridescent by Martha Lucia Gomez

Stencils are my passion and the effect created with the Creative Medium Iridescent is simply gorgeous. In one simple design, texture, color and sparkly shimmer work in unison. I decided to use the Iridescent Green over black card stock to catch your eyes!

I took a stencil and secured it to my craft mat then applied the creative medium over the free areas of the stencil using a palette knife. If you want you can cover the entire area or just cover it partially like I did. Then I removed the stencil carefully and let the paper dry. Next, I cut a flower design using Taffeta Vertigo sheets. Remember that Vertigo has a shiny and a matte side and if you want to stamp over it is better to use the matte side but if you want to color, like I did, it is better to use the shiny side. StazOn is the best ink for plastic surfaces. I used the colors Cactus Green and Emerald City StazOn for the leaf and Orange Zest StazOn for the rose. I finished the overall design by pasting the die cuts using On Point Glue, stamping a sentiment with Versamark and White Embossing Powder.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Card Stock – white, black
  • Stencil
  • Gina Marie Designs– Rose Die Cut

Happy Birthday splatter card by Roni Johnson. Purple, magenta, pink, sequins, ink, stamp, black. cardstock.

Splatter Birthday Card by Roni Johnson

It is hard to find a glue that is easy to use with the tiny bits and pieces we use on our crafts. Imagine now has a great option – On Point Glue. I love the micro steel point – it is easy to add the tiniest of drops exactly where it is needed which is perfect for the sequins in this birthday card. Grape Jelly, Lilac Posies, Rose Bud and Angel Pink Memento inks were stamped to create a color fade on white cardstock. The sentiment was stamped using Onyx Black VersaFine. The panel was then trimmed and mounted on a pink card base. On Point Glue was used to affix all of the sequins both large and small and colored to match the color fade in the design.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • ClubScrap.com – Succulent & Sentiment Stamps
  • Cardstock – white, green
  • Sequins
  • Adhesive

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Find Out How to Make a Shabby Chic Embossed Glitter Banner

by Mischelle Smith

Michelle Smith uses Fireworks, VersaMark and Gold Embossing Powder to make a beautiful glitter banner with pink flowers, feathers, and paper doily. stars, glitter, sparkle, ink, crafts.

I love touchy, feely things and wanted to create a project I could use both as a decoration and a gift. This little banner fits the bill. The gold Embossing Powder works so well combined with the texture of the corrugated cardboard. You can easily personalize this by adding a name or sentiment to the chipboard scrap.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 60 minutes

Directions

Michelle Smith uses Fireworks, VersaMark and Gold Embossing Powder to make a beautiful glitter banner with pink flowers, feathers, and paper doily. stars, glitter, sparkle, ink, crafts.

Step 1

Cut a banner shape from a cardboard box flap. Tear off top layers to reveal corrugated inside. Paint front and back of banner with gesso and let dry.

Michelle Smith uses Fireworks, VersaMark and Gold Embossing Powder to make a beautiful glitter banner with pink flowers, feathers, and paper doily. stars, glitter, sparkle, ink, crafts.
Step 2

Rub VersaMark pad across the front of the banner. Emboss with Gold Embossing Powder. Repeat as needed.

Michelle Smith uses Fireworks, VersaMark and Gold Embossing Powder to make a beautiful glitter banner with pink flowers, feathers, and paper doily. stars, glitter, sparkle, ink, crafts.
Step 3

Using a DoodleStix – apply Golden Glitz and Silvery Shimmer Delicata in the creases of the banner.

Michelle Smith uses Fireworks, VersaMark and Gold Embossing Powder to make a beautiful glitter banner with pink flowers, feathers, and paper doily. stars, glitter, sparkle, ink, crafts.
Step 4

Using a foam brush and Modpodge add glitter to the banner. Repeat as needed. Set aside to dry. Use a DoodleStix to apply Golden Glitz Delicata to pink tulle ribbon.

Michelle Smith uses Fireworks, VersaMark and Gold Embossing Powder to make a beautiful glitter banner with pink flowers, feathers, and paper doily. stars, glitter, sparkle, ink, crafts.
Step 5

Spray Angel Pink Fireworks! to white doily and gold and white ribbon.

Michelle Smith uses Fireworks, VersaMark and Gold Embossing Powder to make a beautiful glitter banner with pink flowers, feathers, and paper doily. stars, glitter, sparkle, ink, crafts.
Step 6

Rub Golden Glitz and Silvery Shimmer Delicata onto glitter tipped white feather and chipboard banner scrap.

Michelle Smith uses Fireworks, VersaMark and Gold Embossing Powder to make a beautiful glitter banner with pink flowers, feathers, and paper doily. stars, glitter, sparkle, ink, crafts.
Step 7

Rub VersaMark onto chipboard scrap. Emboss with Gold Embossing Powder.

Step 8

Now most of the inking is finished,  it’s time to assemble the whole design.  Layer the feather and small gold banner scrap. Add a loop of gold metallic thread, pink tulle ribbon, silver pipe cleaner,  gold and white tulle, pink floss, bells, metallic thread, bows, gold metallic thread, and flowers.  If needed, layer dried banner under a stack of books to flatten. This banner can be re-created in multiple sizes, and colors, to fit any occasion.

Michelle Smith uses Fireworks, VersaMark and Gold Embossing Powder to make a beautiful glitter banner with pink flowers, feathers, and paper doily. stars, glitter, sparkle, ink, crafts.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Close To My Heart – Gold & White Ribbon, Gold Polka Dot washi tape
  • Chipboard flag
  • Cardboard box
  • Scissors
  • Silver dipped white feather
  • Bells – gold, silver
  • Gold metallic thread
  • White doily
  • Page from old hymnal
  • Tulle ribbon – pink stretch, white, gold
  • Glitter –gold, silver, large stars
  • Modpodge
  • Foam brush
  • Paper flowers
  • Eyelet and snap punch
  • Pipe cleaner – silver metallic
  • Embroidery floss – pink
  • Gesso
  • Eyelets

Learn How to Use Radiant Neon Amplify! for Bright Results

by Neva Cole

This month our challenge was to create texture for the “Can You Feel Me?” concept. Neon Amplify is the ultimate texture product! I thought about ways I could use Amplify with mask sections of the card and came up with the following technique that uses painter’s tape and left-over sticker sheets. Never to waste product, the excess Neon Amplify! is brayered off on cardstock then used for the die cut sentiment. This technique is fun, messy and a great way to create a card that will brighten someone’s day with a colorful smile!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 45 minutes

Directions

Neva Cole creates a handmade card with Tsukineko’s Radiant Neon Amplify. yellow, pink, orange, texture, die cut, masking tape, heat tool, die cut, xyron.

Step 1

Apply low-tack painters tape to a section of sticker backing sheet. The backing from a Xyron X machine is used here. Run the layer through and die cut ric rac.

Neva Cole creates a handmade card with Tsukineko’s Radiant Neon Amplify. yellow, pink, orange, texture, die cut, masking tape, heat tool.

Step 2

Apply painter’s tape to the card front and press down for good adhesion. The tape may be pieced to maximize the use of the die cut pieces.  100-pound weight card stock is used for the card as it will hold up to more aggressive techniques and allows the painter’s tape to be removed without damaging the cardstock.

Step 3

Apply Neon Amplify! in various colors in the open sections between the ric rac shape painter’s tape mask. Electric Pink, Electric Orange, and Electric Yellow are used here.

Step 4

Use an acrylic brayer to spread the Neon Amplify! in the open areas. Notice the extra section of painter’s tape to protect the open section of the card.

Step 5

Brayer excess Neon Amplify! onto a section of cardstock. Quickly clean the brayer with a baby wipe or warm running water.

Step 6

Heat card front with a heat gun to activate puffy texture in Amplify. When the Neon Amplify! is fully cured and puffed up, remove painter’s tape.

Step 7

Using the cardstock with the extra Neon Amplify! die cut the sentiment. Adhere the sentiment with On Point Glue.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock
  • Low-tack painter’s tape
  • Xyron backing sheet
  • Sizzix – Loops & Ric Rac
  • Echo Park – Sentiment Word Die Set
  • Acrylic brayer
  • Heat Gun
  • Die Cut Machine with extended plates

See How February Brings the Best Love

imagine's color of the month for February 2017 is Rose

Now that we are settling back into our normal work week after all the fun and excitement of Creativation, we are actually very excited to get back to work with our artists and planning out the year.

To kick off February right we are announcing our color of the month—rose. (In our heads we hear a lot of  oooos from the audience!) We loosely define rose as soft pink. Some soft pinks are so pale they are almost like a flesh-colored beige. Some soft pink tints are brighter like a light magenta. We feel Memento Angel Pink is a nice example of a brighter pink. However you interpret ‘rose’, we hope you find it pleasing and find a new product to try out in this soft, beautiful hue!

Our Artists in Residence at Imagine jumped on board with rose and have produced beautiful work honoring this timeless color. We wanted to share just a few of the great rose projects to kick of a month in pink!

Elina Stromberg creates this beautiful card using Memento Angel Pink.

Elina Stromberg colors the light pink background of this card using Angel Pink Memento ink, applying the ink on the textured watercolor paper directly from the ink pad. The circle embellishment is made from a die-cut ring covered by embroidery yarn; making the embellishment will require some patience but the end result is worth the effort. Stamped flowers are colored with Poppy Red All-Purpose Ink. Lighter tints were made with mixing the ink with water. Sentiment text was stamped and heat-embossed on a piece of vellum.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • White textured watercolor paper
  • Solid color paper – light pink, white
  • White vellum
  • Altenew – stamp & die
  • Sizzix – die
  • Adhesives
  • Scissors

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Jowilna Nolte is also a fan of Angel Pink in this ATC Valentine’s Card. Jowilna mixed Fireworks! Angel Pink with Goosebumps Shimmer before it dried to create a shimmer pink resist effect. Goosebumps is perfect for resist effects once it is dry but if you mix ink before it is dry it will receive color well. The ATC cards are perfect to show your loved ones how much you love them.

Supplies 

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor paper
  • ATC card bases
  • Die cut love
  • Dina Wakeley – stamp

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Roni Johnson started her card with Rose Bud Fireworks! spray then added Iridescent Pink Creative Medium spread through a stencil over the base panel. Angel Pink and Rose Bud Memento Inks were used for the long flowers on the die-cut panel and dots of White and Electric Pink Radiant Neon irRESISTible Pico Embellisher were added for a touch of dimension and interest.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Unity Stamp Co – Flower & Sentiment Stamps
  • Prima – Scroll Work Stencil Cardstock in White
  • Ribbon
  • Adhesive

And last but certainly not least, we have a video by Mischelle Smith. She shows us how to create a striped background using Memento Luxe and Versamark.

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Close To My Heart – White Glitter Paper, XOXO Thin Cuts, Bitty Sparkles,
  • Acrylic Blocks
  • Mini Stapler
  • Cardstock – pink, white
  • Silver metallic thread
  • Ribbon – pink, black, white
  • Adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Heat tool
  • Brayer
  • Tweezers

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