Use The Magic of Color with a Whimsical Theme

by Jowilna Nolte

Use The Magic of pink and teal Colors with a Whimsical Theme

Mystical and Whimsical…the magic of color! This month we are delving into some fun themes and one of them is Mystical or Whimsical in my case. When you realize you own no Mystical stamps you opt for something just as interesting and fun. For me a fun combination of Radiant Neon ink colors did the trick for this fun and magical theme.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions


Step 1

On a sheet of white watercolour paper add some simple folds. Fold the paper in horizontal and vertical strips to form a grid effect.


Step 2

Use Radiant Neon Green ink pad and apply color to the surface by using light circular movements. This will ink the fold lines and create a texture.


Step 3

Use your Brilliance Pearlescent Jade ink pad and in circular movements add color over the Radiant Neon Green.


Step 4

Add white texture paste through a stencil in selected areas only. Leave the paste to dry completely before adding more color.


Step 5

Use Radiant Neon inkers in Pink and Orange to add more color to your texture paste areas. Continue working this folded paper until the design is where you want it. I choose to ink the corners with pink, stamp other areas with script lettering, old postage style imagery and added a contrasting ink splatter in dark brown to tie it all together. Oh,  and of course, I added sequins.


Step 6

Stamp a large central figure. Here I choose a girl in rainboots with an umbrella for a head. Use Memento markers to add color to the large image.


Step 7

Add GlazOn details to certain areas of your image and leave to dry. Cut out the image and adhere to your colored background.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Jowilna Nolte – Stencil
  • Cardstock
  • Anna Griffin – Texture Paste
  • Sewing machine
  • Bonefolder
  • Index Card
  • Stamps

Watch a Video on how to Upcycle a Glass Bottle

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Watch a Video on how to Upcycle a Glass Bottle

I have a habit of saving interesting boxes, bottles, bags, packing materials, etc. that I think look cool. I keep them in a box (or three) labeled “Alterables” for when I want to create something but the idea of a card or canvas doesn’t scratch the creative itch. This glass jar is the sort that comes full of candy or nuts around the holidays and was overdue for a spruce-up.

Fireworks! Sprays will dry on glass or plastic, they just need a good long while to do so. You can carefully use a heat gun to help speed it up, but make sure it’s fully dry before spraying with a sealant to protect it for the long haul.

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Empty glass bottle
  • Stencil Girl – Brick and Mortar stencil
  • Buttons Galore & More – Button, bead, and sequin mix
  • Darice – Heat tool
  • Helmar – Liquid Scrap Dots adhesive
  • Crystal Kote Gloss Varnish
  • Matching ribbon
  • Toothpicks

Learn How to Create a Delightful Pineapple Card

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Learn How to Create a Delightful Pineapple Card

 

Hello friends, today I have a very fun inky technique to share with you on how to create your backgrounds using plastic and Fireworks Craft Spray. You will love how easy it is and how versatile it can be. Simple and delightful!!!

Directions

Step 1

Cut the pineapple die cut using whisper white card stock, but don’t discard the negative parts. Apply Electric Yellow Radiant Neon Ink directly over the body of the pineapple.

Step 2

Cover the pineapple with Clear Embossing Powder. Remove the excess and melt the powder with the heat tool.

Step 3

Repeat the process with the leaves of the pineapple applying Radiant Neon Electric Green but this time cover with Verdigris Embossing Powder to obtain a mixed color. Set aside. Take a big piece of plastic or wrapping paper, the same one you use in your kitchen and spray it with two colors of Fireworks–Dandelion and New Sprout. Smash the paper and apply the color over a piece of whisper white card stock. You will have a great texture on your paper and the intensity of the color depends directly on your style and colors that you used.

Step 4

Assemble your card using coordinating colors of layers. In my model, I used Basic Gray for the base, Crushed Curry for the second layer and then I pasted the decorated layer with Fireworks. I removed some of the negative parts of the pineapple to have a dramatic effect and pasted it with dimensionals. Finally, I stamped the sentiment using Versafine Onyx.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Card Stock – grey, white, curry
  • Heat tool
  • Die cut – Pineapple
  • My Sentiments Exactly – Handwritten Sentiments
  • Dimensionals or Foam tape

Dazzle Your Friends with Tantalizing Tangerine Card

by Jowilna Nolte

Handmade card with red rose on orange background Hero Arts crafts xoxo

Shades of Tangerine make for a really interesting and effective summertime vibe. Take a look at how blending 3 different shades of Tangerine can really make a resist embossed image come to life. I created this handmade card using my favorite ink pads in shades of orange.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 20 minutes + dry time

Directions

VersaMark inkpad

Step 1

Stamp a large background image onto white cardstock using Versamark ink pad. Sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat set until the powder is fully melted.


Step 2

Use a jumbo dauber and ink it using StazOn ink. Blend the edges of your embossed image with the StazOn ink. Use a damp cloth to wipe clean the embossed areas to remove the ink. Because StazOn ink actually sticks to the embossed areas, you need to wipe it clean immediately or the embossed areas will also become orange. Unlike the Memento Luxe and Radiant Neon inks that can easily be wiped clean off of the embossed areas once you are done blending.


Step 3

Next use another jumbo dauber and Radiant Neon ink and blend another section of your embossed image.


Step 4

Use the same dauber and lift some Memento Luxe ink in Morocco onto the dauber. Blend over the rest of your embossed cardstock piece. You can clearly see how the different colors of orange blend really well with each other makes the resist effect stand out.

Step 5

Open your irRESISTibles bottle and use the nozzle to splat some ink onto the embossed background. Leave to dry thoroughly. Add a chipboard flower, printed ticket and some embellishments to your Tangerine background. I love how the pink flower stands out against the orange background filled with texture.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Chipboard
  • Ticket
  • Sequins
  • Diamante
  • Foam tape
  • Heat gun
  • Hero Arts – stamp

 

See How to Make a Summer Card with Cool Lemonade

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

hello summer card lemonade

 

Nothing says summer to me like a tall, frosty glass of lemonade. Unless it’s a tall, frosty pitcher of lemonade as a die cut on a handmade card! The liquid effect inside the pitcher was inspired by toys we had as kids; namely the baby bottles that looked like the liquid was disappearing as the toy tipped over. By sandwiching the mixture of Memento Luxe and Ink Potion No. 9 between two pieces of clear plastic, the liquid is contained but still moveable—light finger pressure changes the position of any air bubbles, etc. making it perfect for liquid effect layers on active cards and an alternative motion element to shakers. To learn more about how I created this, hop over to Imagine’s Youtube Channel and watch the video tutorial!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Card Stock – white, yellow,
  • DCWV– terra cotta, green
  • Clear acetate
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities – Homespun dies
  • Darice – Multi-Sized Dots embossing folder
  • Heat tool
  • Die cut machine
  • Woodburning tool with stencil tip
  • Ribbon
  • Everyday Expressions – Stampabilities
  • Studio Calico – Pick a Plaid
  • Acrylic block
  • Scissors
  • Scotch tape

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!

Supplies

Imagine
Other