See How to Use Inkers for a Mixed Media Tag

by Jowilna Nolte

See How to Use Inkers for a Mixed Media Tag

This month’s color, Coral offers so many possibilities. I pulled out all my products in those shades and created a bright and beautiful gift tag perfect for tying around a gift. I love making tags instead of cards – so quick and easy and just the right size to experiments and create some fun effects.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Add a few drops of dye ink refill ink onto watercolor paper and mist with water. Keep adding drops of ink and mist with water until you are happy with the look.


Step 2

Use a tag template and cut your colored paper into a tag shape.


Step 3

Stamp birds and sentiment onto smooth white cardstock using VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink.


Step 4

Add a few drops of re-inker ink onto your craft mat. Mist water next to the ink. Pick up a small amount of water and mix with the ink and then paint your bird images.


Step 5

Mist your tag and painted birds using Shimmer Spray in Frost. It gives the end product a beautiful shimmer.


Step 6

Trim your sentiment strip and adhere it to the bottom of your tag. Adhere to the painted birdie above the sentiment. Add additional stamped detail to the left of the tag and the background. Use inks to add splatters over the tag for some interest.

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Watercolor paper
  • Cardstock – white
  • Stampers Anonymous – stamp
  • Paint brush
  • Watercolor paint

Use a Beautiful Coral Color on These Cute Panda Birthday Cards

by Elina Stromberg

Use a Beautiful Coral Color on These Cute Panda Birthday Cards

Since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute declares a particular color “Color of the Year”. It is chosen in a secret meeting of representatives from various nations’ color standards groups, and the result of the meeting is communicated in Pantone View, which fashion designers and other consumer-oriented companies purchase and use as guidance for their future product designs.

This year the Pantone Color of the Year is “Living Coral”. It is described as “an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge”. Lovely! To celebrate this newly released Color of the Year “Living Coral” is also the color of the month for Imagine AIR’s. I must admit that coral is very rarely seen on my crafting projects, but I was quite surprised how yummy this rich red color looked on my card creation. Especially when contrasted with simple light grey hues!

Skill: Beginner/Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Layer two stencils on the card background: Place the patterned stencil on the background paper and a circle stencil on top. Secure on your crafting mat with masking tape. Apply ‘Electric Coral’ Radiant Neon ink through the stencil with a sponge dauber. Remove both stencils.


Step 2

Place the inked background paper on a sheet of printing paper. Pour clear embossing powder over the stenciled and inked area. Pour any extra embossing powder onto the printing paper and funnel the extra powder back into its container. Heat the embossing powder with a heating tool until completely melted. Trim the decorated paper to size and mat on a piece of coral colored cardstock.


Step 3

Stamp the panda image and sentiment text with black ink on white paper. Cut out and glue on the card front. Attach card on white card base using double-sided tape. When the card was finished the stencil still had still coral ink on it, so I decided to use it for another fun card background: I misted the inked part of the stencil gently with water, placed it upside down on a piece of grey patterned paper, and transferred the ink on the paper by rolling the stencil background with a brayer.


Step 4

Then I removed the stencil, let the ink dry, and dabbed a thin layer of coral ink on the pattern. Then I repeated the mounting on coral cardstock and used a different panda image for this card. I think this reverse version of the stencil pattern looks very nice, too!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Light grey patterned paper
  • Coral cardstock
  • White paper
  • White card base
  • Heat gun
  • Brayer
  • Water mister
  • Stamps: Stampin’Up: Party Pandas
  • Stencils: Circle stencil
  • TCW: Botanical Garden (6”x6”)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Double-sided tape

Learn How To Make Your Own Beads Using Light Weight Clay

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Make bead pearls out of lightweight clay to use in jewelry pieces. The pearls have a marble-like effect that was made using the Radiant Neon Electric Coral ink pad and the help of Imagine Craft Mat. The intense of the coral color can lighter or darker by allowing the clay to absorb the relative amount of ink when it is rolled on the Craft Mat.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 45 minutes + drying time

Directions


Step 1

Heavily stamp with the Radiant Neon in Electric Coral ink pad on Imagine’s Craft Mat.


Step 2

Roll on the inked surface a piece of lightweight clay formed into cord-like shape. Form a ball/large pearl in your palms. Continue making more large pearls.


Step 3

When you finish forming the pearls, and before the clay dries, use a piercing tool to open holes through the pearls. Make sure that they are well opened to allow easy access to the cord.


Step 4

When the clay dries, pass the pearls and the metallic beads in alternate order on the waxed cord. Add end clasps and lobster hook at the ends of the cord.


Step 5

For the earrings pass a bead and a pearl in flat head jewelry pin and using the round nose pliers attached on the earring hook.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Lightweight clay
  • Jump rings, lobster hook
  • Earring hooks
  • Metallic beads
  • Waxed cord
  • Piercing tool
  • Pliers

Color of the Month for February is Coral

The Color of the Month for February is Coral. We see coral as a beautiful pink-orange that can have a hue range from vibrant colors found in Radiant Neon product line with the full-size Electric Coral inkpad, Amplify Texture in Electric Coral to softer colors like Fabrico markers such as Apricot, Brilliance Pearlescent Coral, and VersaColor Seashell. These colors are a great addition to your crafting ink collection.

Here is a sneak peek of the projects for February

Coral Beads by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Matching Coral Cards by Kassy Tousignant

Coral Stenciled Card by Elina Stromberg

Learn How to Make Wood Slice Holiday Ornaments

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Learn How to Make Wood Slice Holiday Ornaments

Make Christmas tree ornaments using bark slices painted with All-Purpose Ink in White and stamped with Christmas theme stamps. The surface of the wood slices are covered with Creative Medium for an iridescent result and then stamped with Memento Luxe Bahama Blue ink and sealed with clear embossing powder from Imagine. For once more the Radiant Neon Amplify in White makes the perfect snow result and works as a glue medium to add the ice crystals.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 45 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Dilute some All-Purpose Ink with water and paint the wooden slices.


Step 2

When the paint dries use a palette knife to cover with Creative Medium Iridescent Blue.


Step 3

Stamp with Memento Luxe Bahama Blue ink pad.


Step 4

Cover with Imagine’s clear embossing powder and heat set.


Step 5

Add Radiant Neon Amplify! White paint on the top side of the wooden slices.


Step 6

Press the still wet paint in the ice crystals and heat with a heat gun to make the paint puffy.


Step 7

Use the On Point Glue to add rhinestones and tie a bow with the satin ribbon.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Wooden bark slices
  • Crackerbox and Suzy Stamps – Blowing snowflakes tree, Snowflake Trio
  • CraftSmart – Toy soldier stamp
  • Heat tool
  • Viva Decor – Eiskristall
  • Rhinestones
  • Satin ribbon

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

Imagine
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