Dreams are Made of Magical Things

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Sometimes it is very difficult to think of creating something using a single color hue, but monochromatic is fun and easy to make magic! If you have the cardmaking inspiration and a few elements you have been itching to use then try out a monochromatic style. I made this card using the magic of Teal Zeal Memento Ink.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

 

Directions


Step 1

With a pencil, mark the area you will use to stamp the fairy image. For this, you can use a circle diecut frame. Cut the same circle die on paper to use as a mask. Stamp the image with Teal Zeal Memento Ink, leaving part of the image out of the masking area to give the sensation of movement.


Step 2

Stamp the “Dreams are made of Magical Things” sentiment. If you want you can use the same tone of Memento Ink or you can create little shine with Versamark and Silver Embossing Powder.


Step 3

Erase the marks created with the pencils and paste the mask in place to prepare for inking the card panel. Take a jumbo sponge dauber and with circular movements apply the Teal Zeal Memento Ink from the bottom part to up. Continue the ink layering process with a brush to make the color have a soft appearance.  Since the Memento is a dye ink, the more you use it the more intense the color. It is simply dying the paper fibers more and more. In this project, the stamped fairy and leaves create a shadow effect.


Step 4

Stamp additional images over the sponged area using the Teal Zeal Memento Ink. Spray the card with shimmer mist and remove the masking paper. Resize the layer and paste over the matching teal card base.


What do you think of this teal monochromatic fairy card? Please let me know in the comments below. Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Peak a Boo Designs – Magical Fairies Stamp Set
  • Stampin Up – Best Friends Forever Stamp Set
  • Card Stock – teal, white
  • Masking paper
  • Circle dies
  • Heat tool

Make Creative Moves in Papercrafting

Happy Monday! Here are two motivating projects that.. should move you! Whether you like to shake or slide we got you covered with two handmade cards by Alison and Roni.

Bright and Botanical Hello Shaker Card by Alison Heikkila

Hello! A Botanic Hello that is! Today, I have a card to share for Imagine’s current challenge, which is “Movement,” made with Mama Elephant’s Botanic Hello stamp. This theme had all sorts of ideas swirling in my head, but I decided to make a shaker card, filled not just with sequins, but seed beads as well.

I started by coloring this beautiful image, which I stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black. This stamp may seem daunting at first, but if you break it down into chunks, coloring it can go pretty fast. I started with the leaves on the outside, then the blue flowers, and last the group of purple flowers. I fussy cut the image, then added glitter to the “hello.” On the top third of the letters, I applied On Point Glue, sprinkled on glitter, and shook off the excess. I repeated this step twice more for the entire word. On Point Glue dries quickly, but I let it sit aside while I chose my cardstock colors.

My card base is made out of Grasshopper cardstock and was cut to 6 1/2″ x 10.” I created my layers with my Sizzix dies and paper trimmer. I assembled the shaker box in the standard way, by applying a piece of acetate to a cardstock frame, adhering foam tape to the back, and applying it to the card base. As I mentioned earlier, I added not only sequins, but seed beads as well, which I thought added great texture, movement and sound to the card. On the frame of my shaker window, I sprayed Sheer Shimmer Spritz Frost for that extra special finishing touch.

The card has such a big shaker window…my kids and I have a hard time not playing with it! Thank you so much for visiting. Have an inspiring day!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Mama Elephant – Botanic Hello Stamp
  • Stampendous – Ultra Fine Glitter in Melon, Moss Green, and Royal
  • My Colors Cardstock – Grape Vine, Grasshopper
  • DCWV – Blue Cardstock
  • Sizzix – A2 Mating Basics A Dies
  • Sakura – White Gelly Pen
  • Craft Medley – Rhythm ‘N Blues Sequins
  • Canson– Mixed Media Paper
  • Blue and Silver seed beads
  • Foam Tape
  • Acetate

Waterfall Technique Happy Birthday Card by Roni Johnson

Motion…the action or process of being moved. In the sea of interactive mechanisms in cardmaking, papercrafting and scrapbook pages, I had a hard time deciding which one to use. I stumbled upon this tutorial by Kay Williamson called the Waterfall Technique and knew I could take this basic concept with a few modifications and turn it into a fun, interactive motion card. I choose a “Make a Wish” birthday theme card with bambo and teal imagery. I am super happy how it turned out and for those who have a little bit more time this technique is worth it.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • ClubScrap.com – Cardstock, Bamboo Stamps
  • Hardware
  • Brad
  • Twine

Be Inspired by Trifold and Vellum in these 2 Mermaid Cards

Today is full of mermaids! We have two creatively designed cards by Martha and Mischelle which show off the these mysterious mythical creatures. Enjoy!

Be Inspired by Trifold and Vellum in these 2 Mermaid Cards

Be Careful What You Wish For Mermaid Card by Martha Lucia Gomez

I adore mermaids and today I have a Z-Fold card with a lot of dimensions and a very special mermaid to share with you. I made my card with Kaleidacolor inks and Fireworks Spray — two magic products to make extraordinary things!

I will start with the simplest part, the folding of the card. This model is called Z-Fold and you need a piece of card stock of 4 1/4 x 11 inches. Make a score at 2 3/4 inches, 5 1/2 inches and create and mount and valley and voila! Your Z-Fold is created.

Caribbean Sea Kaleidacolor Ink

Now the most interesting part is how you can use the Kaleidacolor inks in different ways. In this sample, I used a piece of whisper white card stock, shaving cream and acrylic blocks of different sizes. I used Caribbean Sea Kaleidacolor Ink. Put a little amount of shaving cream on your mat. Ink the block with the Kaleidacolor ink using at the same time different colors. Apply the shaving cream over the ink using a pallet. Pass the acrylic block over the card stock. Repeat the process until you have the design that you want. When the paper is dry, cut it with a die cut to create the waves. Also, cut waves using the same color of the card base.

Cut a rectangle of the height that you want for the card. In my sample, I covered it partially. Paste over this rectangle the waves using On Point Glue. Paste the rectangle over the folding part of the Z-Fold. Create the inside panel of the card with a digital stamp of a mermaid and a rubber stamp for the sentiment. I printed the mermaid and stamped the sentiment with Teal Zeal Memento Ink. I colored the mermaid with Fireworks Spray and a paint brush. From here you can finish the card with your own personal touches.

What do you think? Please let me know in the comments below. Thank you for stopping by!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • So Suzy Stamps – Careful What You Wish Mermaid Stamp
  • Nikki Burnette – Vienna Digital Stamp
  • Card Stock – teal, white
  • Lawn Fawn – Weaves die cut

The Mermaid Memento Marker and Vellum Card by Mischelle Smith

The Mermaid Memento Marker and Vellum Card by Mischelle Smith

Our theme at Imagine this month is Mystical. I wanted to combine this fun theme with our color of the month Teal. The background of this artsy Mermaid card was created using the technique I shared earlier this month – Faux Gelli Printing with VersaMagic and Ink Potion #9. I typically print in batches and use these prints as card fronts when I need a card on the fly – it’s a huge time saver!

This darling mermaid is printed onto vellum and colored with Memento Markers which complement the background beautifully. This simple card comes together quickly and begs for summer to linger just a little longer.

The Mermaid Memento Marker and Vellum Card by Mischelle Smith

Print or stamp mermaid image and the “a mermaid heart cannot be tamed” saying onto vellum paper. Heat set if necessary. Turn the paper over (so stamped/printed images face down) and color the images. Allow coloring to dry. Cut out images and attach to card with tiny glue dots or your favorite adhesive. Outline edge of card with black Memento Marker. Embellish the card with sequins, washi tape or any other of your favorites. Finish the overall design by spritzing with Sheer Shimmer Spritz.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Vera Lane Studio – The Mermaid
  • Vellum
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive
  • Burlap
  • Old book paper
  • Starfish charm
  • Rhinestones
  • Printer

Make this Stand-out Card for Newlyweds

by Tenia Nelson

Jazzy Paper Designs with a super fun Wedding theme card made with Imagine and Tsukineko products

Tenia here from Jazzy Paper Designs with a super fun wedding theme card made with Imagine and Tsukineko products. Weddings are always a special time in someone’s life and what better way to show your friends you care than to create a hand crafted card. Here are the directions on how to create this hip and stylish project!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Stamp the wood grain style stamp on to paper using VersaFine Onyx Black
Step 1

Stamp the wood grain stamp on to paper using VersaFine Onyx Black and heat emboss with Clear Embossing powder onto white cardstock.

Dymo Label Maker
Step 2

Die cut “wishes” and create “wedding” sentiment using the label maker.

Add shimmer onto image panel using Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz
Step 3

Add shimmer onto image panel using Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.

sentiments, sequins, washi and sticker stitches
Step 4

Add the sentiments, sequins to the card front using On Point Glue. Add washi and sticker stitches.


Step 5

Adhere twine and adhere image panel onto card using foam adhesive.

 

Thank you for checking out my project and have a wonderful day!

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Michaels – Winnie and Walter wood grain stamp, “wishes” die
  • Sticker Stitches
  • Washi tape
  • Sequins
  • Twine
  • Foam adhesive
  • Dymo label maker

 

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Rule the Day with Big Bright Orange Flowers

Today’s burst of tangerine is a refreshing view of orange that is showing itself in a natural flower form. Neva creates a beautiful handmade card with daisy aster flowers as the focal point and Jennifer created a delightful tutorial video with steps on how to create a mum flower theme card. We are always amazed with what our artists create with blank cardstock and ink!

Tangerine Aster Bday Card

Have a Wonderful Birthday by Neva Cole

There are so many wonderful tangerine colored flowers, the daisy asters being one example. I created this card with the hope of making these flowers burst forward and to isolate the sentiment and draw attention back to the card. Super fun to create!

I started by die cutting multiple layers to create very realistic flowers with a bit of shaping. Yes, these are actually die cut and not pre-made. I selected a matching stamp set from Heartfelt Creations to decorate the card layers to fashion a cohesive look with the coordinating dies. And just like a good crafter would, I finished by adding Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz to the front panel along with the Tangerine All-Purpose Ink with the same Gold Shimmer to create a very striking look!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Heartfelt Creations – Delicate Asters stamp and die set, Bold Delicate Asters stamp set, Inspire Me sentiment
  • Cardstock – white
  • Ball stylus
  • Corner rounder

Thinking of You Greeting Card

Tangerine Mums Single Layer Card by Jennifer Vanderbeek

When it doubt, go back to basics. In this card, I managed to find my crafting nirvana with a single-layer card because I followed three basic design principles: Repetition, Rule of Three and Balance of Positive and Negative Space.  Of course, basics don’t have to be static or boring. By switching up techniques and combinations of the three values of color, the image is interesting instead of static. By repeating the shape through a stencil with Creative Medium, there is the added element of texture. And by adding doodles and other handwritten embellishments, there is the added personality. If this is right up your alley then check out my quick tutorial video on how to do it.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Card Stock – white
  • Practical Publishing Intl – Floral Blooms stencil and stamp set
  • 
Post It! – Repositionable Tape
  • Acrylic block

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Easy and Edgy Mixed Media Tag

by Renee Zarate


Shipping tags are a wonderful substrate for mixed media art. They are small, the paper is durable and when completed they fit nicely into an art journal or can be used in place of a card. This tag showcases not only texture and color but also techniques such as embossing, masking, stamping, mixing inks, using foils, and coloring ribbon. A mixed media tag is a great way to use many of your craft supplies in one simple and easy project!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 40 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Mask off the head portion of the girl image. Ink up the stamp with StazOn Jet Black and stamp image onto the shipping tag. Stamp again on masking paper, cut out the top portion and place over image on tag.


Step 2

Stamp swirls with Paris Dusk Memento ink, then stamp again in the same area using Rose Bud Memento ink. Remove mask. Fill a water pen with Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in the New Sprout color which is a nice soft yellow-green. Color the dress & hands with the water pen. Stamp the word “Fly” with Delicata Black Shimmer ink. Cover with Clear Embossing Powder and melt with a heat tool. Add highlights on the heart, arms and legs of stamped image and dots on the swirls with a Memento Marker in Rose Bud. Use the fine tip of the Tuxedo Black Memento Marker to color in a ground line near the feet of our girl. I also did a few random swipes with a glue stick and burnished silver foil onto portions of the tag.

 


Step 3

Spray two pieces of ribbon with Fireworks Craft Spray. Use Lilac Posies color which is a magenta and the other with New Sprout to match the colored area of the tag. Additional water can be sprayed onto the ribbons to achieve the desired color. Blot with a paper towel, coil up the ribbons separately and allow them to dry. When dry, trim to desired size. Hand tear faces off of the washi tape and place on tag, including one at the top of the body image. Lay lines of the other washi tapes in the pack on a scrap piece of card stock. Die cut into a butterfly shape. Adhere silver foil to the butterflies as done on the tag in step 2.


Step 4

Ink edges of tag with any ink color used on the interior of the tag. Tie the colored ribbons on the top and staple the butterflies into place.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Manila shipping tag
  • Stampotique – Mela stamp,  “Fly” stamp
  • Joy Clair –  Hugs & Smiles
  • Washi tape – Jane Davenport
  • Prima Foil – silver
  • Glue stick
  • Water pen
  • White ribbon
  • Sizzix – Butterfly die
  • Cardstock
  • Masking paper
  • Heat tool
  • Die cutting machine
  • Paper towels

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