Send Unconditional Love to Someone Special

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Send Unconditional to Someone Special. Use StazOn Studio Glaze in Gold and Radiant Neon Amplify in White.

With summer being a wedding season, making a special card to give is a great way to spread the meaning of love. A golden heart, precious and rare, on a puffy layer of blooming flowers, surrounded by the flow of gold and, of course, the definition of how love should be, give an elegant style. The corrugated paper used helps create the flow of gold with the irRESISTible Pico Embellisher Gold, which is also used to paint the plaster heart. The Radiant Neon Amplify in White fills the gaps around the heart with a soft texture and the paper flowers give more dimension and focus to the card. Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Cut a piece of corrugated paper to 5 x 5 inches. Keep the corrugated paper at an incline and pour irRESISTible Pico Embellisher Gold color and let the wet medium run down the length of the cardboard. The needle-like nozzle helps to set color among the flutes. Set aside and allow to fully dry.


Step 2

Cut the corrugated paper down to 4 x 4 inches. Remove a 2 x 2-inch square piece from the center of the board, set 3/4 inch from the top and 1 inch from the left and right sides, creating a frame.


Step 3

Use a small heart-shaped mold and plaster (or white clay) to create a heart embellishment. When it dries, color it with the irRESISTible Pico Embellisher in Gold.


Step 4

Punch small flowers and shape them with an embossing stylus (alternative use small die cut flowers or petals).


Step 5

Color the tips of the flowers with Delicata Golden Glitz inkpad.


Step 6

Place double-sided foam tape to the back of the corrugated paper frame and place it on a 5 x 5 card base. Do the same with the heart and place it in the center of the square window frame.


Step 7

Use the Radiant Neon Amplify in White and make dots around the heart.


Step 8

Use the On Point Glue to set the paper flowers among the Radiant Neon Amplify in White.


Step 9

Radiant Neon Amplify reacts to heat to create a puffy popcorn-like texture. Use the heat tool to activate the dots to create this puffy texture. Repeat with more dots if necessary to cover the surface. Use the StazOn Studio Glaze Gold color (or the Gold irRESISTible Pico Embellisher again) to decorate the center of the flowers.


Step 10

Stamp a 2 x 1-inch piece of white cardstock with the unconditional stamp and the VersaFine Clair Nocturne. Distress edges with Delicata Golden Glitz.


Step 11

Stamp a small piece of white cardstock with the love stamp and the VersaFine Clair Tulip Red inkpad. Distress edges with Delicata Golden Glitz.


Step 12

Use double-sided foam tape to mount the “unconditional” definition piece, add a small piece of black ribbon and glue. Add the stamped “love” piece, add flowers and any additional embellishments. If you are happy with the card as I was then you can stop here and the design is finished!

Supplies

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Other
  • Corrugated paper – white
  • Plaster
  • Heart-shaped mould
  • Flower punch
  • Cardstock – white
  • Double-sided foam tape
  • 5 x 5 cardbase
  • Heat tool
  • Kaisercraft – Furry friends stamp

Learn How to Craft Your Own Dominos Pieces

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Learn How to Craft Your Own Dominos Pieces

Today’s tutorial is a great summer fun project with a dominos game that can be played by everyone in the family. Having a lot of spare canvas wooden wedges, I decided it was time to alter them in domino pieces, a bit different from the usual ones, giving a distinct way when lining them while playing. Colored with bright Fireworks colors that give a fun summer mood and make them easy to spot when you are at the beach playing on the sand. The dots on domino pieces are made with Radiant Neon Amplify colors and heat set to add volume. A quick and easy fabric pouch colored with Fireworks keeps them safe and easy to take them with you.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour (40 min without sanding)

Directions


Step 1

Sand the canvas wooden wedges on a piece of sandpaper. This is an optional step as it will make the surface smoother.


Step 2

Color 10 wooden wedges with the Fireworks Bahama Blue color on all sides.


Step 3

Continue by coloring the rest of wooden wedges, split in half, with the Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray in Danube Blue and Lilac Posies colors. Let them dry well.


Step 4

Use the Radiant Neon Amplify in White and Electric Yellow colors to make the dots of the numbers on the wedges on half of the wedge. Every number from 0 (blank, no dot) to 6 needs to have a piece with these numbers placed on the other half. If it is a blank half with one dot on the other half, a blank half with two dots and so on. Make sure that you don’t repeat the same piece as you move on to numbers when you to start marking the 1 number (one dot) you will already have the piece with the blank or zero made. Please google “dominos pieces” for a visual guide if you need additional help.


Step 5

When finished, use your heat tool to make Radiant Neon Amplify puff.


Step 6

Cut a 12 x 14 inch piece of white cotton fabric and using an A4 page to cover a part of it, spray with Fireworks Bahama Blue. Move the page further, use the second one to cover the colored part and spray with the Fireworks in Lilac Posies. Finish with the Fireworks in Danube Blue covering the remaining fabric. Let it dry well.


Step 7

Hand sew sides to make the pouch. Use some satin ribbon to tie it.

Supplies

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Other
  • Canvas wooden wedges (28 pieces)
  • Sandpaper
  • Cotton fabric
  • Heat tool
  • A4 pages
  • Satin ribbon

Celebrate National Scrapbook Day with this Stunning Layout!

by Jowilna Nolte

Celebrate National Scrapbook Day with Stunning Layout!

Happy National Scrapbook Day! I love scrapbooking because it gives you a chance to capture memories with those you love. Another feature is you get to collage together beautiful images and colors to encapsulate those memories. In today’s project, I choose lime and purple as the perfect color combination for a young at heart! This layout is filled with interesting floral details combining some of my favorite ink products in a vibrant color combination. Enjoy!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1.5 hours

Directions


Step 1

Stencil a circle background onto smooth white cardstock using texture paste. Leave the paste to dry. Create color by misting the texture with Fireworks sprays and leave to dry.


Step 2

On the second sheet of white cardstock create a background using Radiant Neon in Electric Green and Delicata in Emerald Green. Use the direct to paper technique to add the color. You can also add color with inkers for even more intensity.


Step 3

Once the background is dry. Use Delicata ink and stencil a pattern onto the background in selected areas. Punch  2½” circles from your background as well as some 1” circles.


Step 4

Mist the background with the same colors of Fireworks that you used on the background. Spray in selected areas to create a beautiful shimmer.


Step 5

Assemble the punched out circles, a photo matted on a black background, and cut out flowers from the patterned paper on the background to create your layout. Add a title like “drive” and additional embellishments like the stars and hearts to finish off the layout. Add additional Walnut Ink splats as well as colors ink splats using the Fireworks sprays.

Supplies

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Other
  • Cardstock – white
  • Jowilna Nolte – numbers stencil, circle stencil
  • Short Cust Craft – wooden letters
  • Kaisercraft – Patterned paper
  • Texture paste
  • Cirle punch or die – 1″ and 2″

Create an Ultraviolet Mother’s Day Hugs Card

by Roni Johnson

Create an Ultraviolet Mother’s Day Hugs Card

When I found out the color of the month for March would be Ultraviolet I was so excited. I wanted to get a jump start on upcoming holiday cards and I KNEW this would be the perfect time to make a Mother’s Day card for my mom. She LOVES purple! So much so that she has purple highlights in her hair. Yes, you read that correctly! My mom who is in her 7th decade of life is a bit on the wild side so this card will fit her perfectly.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 25 Minutes

Directions

Stamp with Radiant Neon Electric Purple.
Step 1

Place a piece of white cardstock in a stamp positioning tool. Stamp the marble background with Radiant Neon Electric Purple.


the marble stamp with VersaColor Neptune Ink
Step 2

Apply ink to some areas of the marble stamp with VersaColor Neptune Ink using a sponge dauber to create depth in the marble pattern and stamp again.


Step 3

Sprinkle Imagine’s Embossing Powder in Sparkle over the image. Shake off excess and heat to melt the powder.


Step 4

Spread an even layer of Iridescent Purple Creative Medium over a 5 ½” x 8 ¼” piece of black cardstock using a palette knife. Set aside to dry.


Step 5

Die cut the “Hugs” sentiment from the center of the marbled panel, then die cut a frame from the edge of the panel.


Step 6

Adhere the black Creative Medium panel onto a purple card base; mount the frame to the card using Tear It Tape. Mount the sentiment panel to the card base using double stick foam tape.


Step 7

Die cut fishtail banner from white cardstock. Stamp sentiment on the banner using VersaColor Neptune ink. Adhere to the card. Die cut “big” from a scrap of the Creative Medium cardstock and adhere using On Point Glue.

Supplies

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Other
  • MFT Stamps – Bottle Cap Alphabet; Fishtail Banner; Stitched Frame, “HUGS”, Marble Background Stamp
  • Double Stick Tape
  • Cardstock
  • My Sweet Petunia – MISTI Stamping Tool
  • Heat tool

Create a Bright and Decorative Tea Gift

by Renee Zarate

Create a Bright and Decorative Tea Gift
When I was young my Grandmother’s favorite way to fix any problem in life was to have a cup of tea. As I’ve gotten older I still love tea time in the afternoon. This mini Tea Journal is for the tea lover in your life. There are spots to insert special bags of tea and small pages to journal about their must-have teas or maybe keep track of fun adventures with other tea lovers.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 3 hours

Directions


Step 1

Create a master board using Tsukineko’s Radiant Neon inks, your favorite stamps and a spray bottle of water, cut into 4” by 4” squares. Stamp a teacup image on the paper. Use a Micron pen to decorate with doodled designs, color in with Memento Markers and ink from Radiant Neon inkers. Apply Shimmer Goosebumps on top of the colors on the teacup and allow to dry. Attach the decorated panel to a 4 inch square canvas. Make another teacup image and affix to a matching canvas. One canvas is for the front cover of the journal and the second one is for the back cover. Make additional teacup squares but do not attach to a canvas, these will be glued down inside of the journal.


Step 2

Cut a piece of Bristol paper to measure 4” x 16”, fold accordion style to create 4 inch sections. Attach the twine to tie the book closed underneath the folded piece of paper to hide the ends of the twine. Adhere to the inside of the canvases on either side using Tear It Tape. Small charms can be attached to one or both ends of the twine. Create additional tea cups squares to include inside of the journal. These can all be made to look different by drawing designs on the stamped image or by using different colors, they can be matted or attached to a little hidden fold out book which becomes a journal within a journal.


Step 3

Adhere the extra teacup squares inside the journal. Teacup images can be on either side of the accordion fold, there is a front and a back that can be enhanced depending on how much ephemera there is to add in. Tea bags can include as a surprise. This can be considered a journal since there are blank pages within, these are waiting to include thoughts about favorite teas or favorite tea time adventures.


Step 4

When not in use fold the book up and tie the cord around it to keep it closed.

Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog and if you enjoyed this tutorial then please comment below or share on social media! 

Supplies

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Other
  • B Line Designs – Tea Cup stamp
  • Dyan Reaveley stamp
  • Too Much Fun stamp
  • Artistcellar – stencil
  • Twine
  • Charms
  • Bristol paper
  • Card stock
  • Paintbrushes
  • 4” x 4” canvas
  • Tags
  • Water spray bottle
  • Paper towels
  • Tea bags
  • Ephemera

Share A Little Heartfelt Sympathy

Share A Little Heartfelt Sympathy with two handmade cards using tsukineko ink

Textured Heartfelt Sympathy Card by Neva Cole

Sympathy cards are a gift given to comfort the bereaved, in this instance, it is for a family member who now lives overseas. I wanted to create something soft and beautiful to deliver a message of condolences and love. The textured background is created with Amplify! and the shimmer of Brilliance Graphite Black sets of the Radiant Neon Electric Pink.

I started by applying the Radiant Neon Electric Pink Amplify around card base. I added drops of Amplify in white and smaller drops of Amplify in black. I used a rubber brayer to move the Amplify around on the card base, and used a heat gun until the texture puffed up. I used the scraps to die cut mini hearts with Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Journaling Card set.

I applied Brilliance Graphite Black ink with an InkBlusher to my die cut Decorative Elements. I die cut the center from the Amplify! textured card base to use between the inner and outer decorative pieces. I stamped the sentiment in Radiant Neon Electric Pink to match the Amplify medium. I had forgotten to clean the stamp before this step so the “mistake” became a creative choice instead and matched the distressed card base! I also gently inked the sentiment with Brilliance Graphite Black to add a bit more black low-lights to the image.

I finished the card with the DeNami Design white ribbon around the Decorative Element outer frame, and added the mini hearts. You could add other embellishments as desired.

And you are finished and ready to add your own personal message!

Supplies

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Other
  • Cardstock – White
  • Spellbinders – Labels 54 Decorative Elements
  • Unity Stamp Company – Heartfelt Sympathy
  • Lawn Fawn – Stitched Journaling Card die
  • DeNami Design – white ribbon
  • Rubber Brayer
  • Heat Gun

Blue Roses Sympathy Card by Roni Johnson

Blue Roses Sympathy Card by Roni Johnson

It’s not a fun part of life but with beginnings comes endings. It’s always hard to create a card when that time comes so why not make a bit of beauty to help us all through those rough moments. I created this card with those tough times in mind. I also wanted to share a technique I discovered when I was making this card that can be used to create an amazing background for not only this card but so many.

Trim a piece of watercolor paper to the desired size. Choose 2-3 colors of VersaMagic Ink you would like to use for the background. Apply the inks to a stamping block in any pattern you desire. Mist the ink with a bit of water. Place the inked block on the watercolor paper and let it set. As the block sits on the paper you will notice how the paper begins to absorb the water moving the ink around creating a lovely pattern and texture. When you can’t take the wait any longer, remove the stamp block to reveal the design created by the ink, water, and paper interaction. Once the ink has dried you will be left with a beautiful matte design perfect for any project.

Here you can see just how lovely that design is. I did try this technique on regular cardstock and compared the two side by side. The regular cardstock didn’t create the depth and design of the watercolor paper. While it is pretty and very usable, it just doesn’t yield the same effects.

The remainder of the card was finished by stamping the layered flowers with the same VersaMagic blue inks; leaves were stamped using a combination of VersaColor and Memento Dye inks and all images were then die-cut. The sentiment was stamped over the VersaMagic background using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and the stamped die-cuts were then affixed to the card.

Supplies

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Other
  • Watercolor paper
  • Cardstock
  • Cardbase
  • Stamping block
  • Altenew – Vintage Roses