Use Fresh Rainbow Colors in Today’s Projects

Rainbow Colors can evoke such fun and thoughtful emotions. In today’s blog post, two of our artists use an array of colors to bring forward cheerful rainbow-themed projects. Kyriakos inks flower embellishments with StazOn solvent inks and Jessica uses irRESISTibles to write encourage words on rainbow color flags.

mirror card Love yourself diy handmade card

Love Yourself by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Look at a mirror and love what you see! Flower shaped mirrors decorate the face of this card in order for someone special like you to reflect on your specialness. Each flower is covered with a different StazOn color for a fun result. The plain white background lightly distressed with black ink brightens the card and contrasts nicely with the colored mirrors. This card would serve as a happy reminder to a friend or family member who may be going through a tough time and needs a little help remembering to care for themselves.

stazon mirror card step

In the photo above, I show how I used StazOn ink to color the mirror embellishments. Simply cover the mirror pieces with an ink dauber directly from the inkpad. One coat should do the trick. It is quick and simple and transform an ordinary group of embellishments that one would find in a set or 6-pack into a festive new bundle.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Card base – white
  • Cardstock – white
  • Sizzix – Stripes embossing folder
  • Studio G – Love Yourself stamp
  • Knorr Prandell – flower mirrors

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Rainbow Pennant Banner by Jessica Litman

I just love adding my own special touch to pretty much anything in our home. So when it came time to create décor for my kids’ play space, I knew I needed to give it a personal touch. These rainbow pennant banners add a color with our “rules” for the play space!

Cut the felt into matching triangle pieces and arrange them in the order you wish. Using the Pico Embellisher, write one word on each pennant -“Create, Smile, Laugh, Share, Encourage, Memories, Play, Giggle, Imagine”. Allow irRESISTibles to dry. With a sewing machine, sew the pennants to the ruler-style ribbon using the spacing you desire. I chose to make the spacing roughly 2.5 inches between each individual flag piece. At this point the creating of your project is complete and your are ready to decorate. One of the nice things about a project like this is it can be as big or small as you want or as the space requires. The number of flags, the length of your ribbon and the spacing between will effect how large or small the finished project.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Rainbow Colored Felt
  • Ribbon
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors

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See How to Make a Mixed Media Birthday Card

by Jowilna Nolte

mixed media birthday card
Magenta is Color of the Month at Imagine and what better way to show off this wonderful color than by crafting a mixed media birthday card. In this project, I combined magenta, shimmery red, orange and black ink and paints for a really fun and vibrant color combination. To make it extra special, I added some gold for glamor and finished with sewing and sequins. This project is with a doubt more than magenta and shows the bright pink to its full potential!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions

crafting a mixed media birthday card
Step 1

For the top panel, create a color background on parchment paper using orange and magenta acrylic paint. Leave to dry.


Step 2

Use a jumbo dauber and Memento Luxe Rose Bud and blend over the entire piece of background paper filling in the open spaces in between the paint.


Step 3

Use a sponge dauber and Brilliance ink and blend a pattern through a stencil. The Pearlescent Poppy (red) creates a beautiful shimmery contrast to the pink.


Step 4

Use a large background stamp and VersaFine Onyx Black and stamp over the magenta, orange, and red background.


Step 5

Use a smaller background stamp (stars pattern) and add additional stamped images in VersaFine, Memento Luxe and Brilliance using all the different ink pads. Heat set all the inks with a heat gun.

crafting a mixed media birthday card
Step 6

Once the top panel is finished, you have the option to mount on a plain white cardbase or if you have extra time ink the cardbase with the same star stencil and ink colors. Mount top panel to the cardbase. You can often find really cool pieces like this Happy Birthday banner flag sentiment in with scrapbook paper or kits. There are endless options such as these at craft stores. Simply attach a die cut or fussy cut birthday sentiment with a basic stitch setting on your sewing machine. Finish the design with small flowers and sequins.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white
  • PaperArtsy Stamp
  • Carrabella Stamp
  • Acrylic paint – magenta, orange
  • Parchment paper
  • Printed happy birthday sentiment
  • Heat gun
  • Sewing machine
  • Flower punch
  • Sequins

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And Now More Momentous Mother’s Day Magic

Mother’s Day is certainly a special time of year! It is a holiday that doesn’t require a whole lot of planning, just a whole lot of love! We reflect on what we like and appreciate about our moms and with today’s handmade selections it is obvious the feelings are special. Elina Stromberg creates a beautiful nature themed card and Martha lays down creative techniques that give a Mother’s Day card a textured look.

Beautiful Bird Mother’s Day Card

Beautiful Bird Mother’s Day Card by Elina Stromberg

Here in Finland, like in most countries, Mother’s Day is celebrated the second Sunday in May. Since childhood, my mother has received a handmade card from me and this year will not be an exception. Mum, this card is made with love just for you!

I wanted to make the card cute and feminine and thought that the soft pastel colors of DCWV cardstock pieces were just the right choice for this project. Their beautiful color palette work so well together! I started by stamping the bird image on pink cardstock and added some color and shading with Memento inks and a water brush. I stamped the branch, leaves, and flowers, cut the pieces out, and glued the pieces together before placing them on the card front. White color on the background panel is Moonlight White Brilliance ink that I applied on the pink cardstock right from the pad. The textured panel underneath is made by stamping doily images on pink cardstock. I hope she will like my card!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • DCWV – Pastels Textured cardstock
  • White card base
  • Stampin’Up – Best Birds stamp, Delicate Doilies stamp
  • Altenew – Floral Frame stamp
  • Craft cardstock
  • Water brush
  • Double-sided tape
  • Scissors

Mother of Pearl Technique by Martha Lucia Gomez

Mother of Pearl Technique by Martha Lucia Gomez

On today’s Mother’s Day project,  I am creating the Mother of Pearl technique on magenta cardstock with Frost White All-Purpose Ink. I love the texture and shimmer this technique creates and feel it adds the extra special touch to this handmade card.  Here is how to do it.

Take a piece of regular card stock and sponge it with two or three colors of Memento Ink. I selected Lulu Lavender and Lilac Posies. I started with the Lulu Lavendar and then enhanced the tone with the Lilac Posies. This helps add a sense of color depth to the background. For the pearl effect, put a few drops of All-Purpose Ink Frost White over your mat and apply with a ball of plastic wrap. The unruly nature of the plastic wrap will create chaotic texture and the shimmer of the pearl color ink will pop forward. This papercrafting hack is simple, yet requires some thinking outside of the box!

While the background dries, I sprayed a piece of white cardstock with four different colors of Fireworks Shimmery Craft Sprays. Then I stamped flowers using VersaMark and heat embossed with White Embossing Powder. I fussy cut the flowers and detailed the inside of the flowers using a tiny paint brush and Firework Lilac Posies. I added a decorated tag border to frame my sentiment, pasted with Tear It! Tape and stamped the sentiment with VersaFine Imperial Purple. Finally, I added the flowers using dimensional dots and added dark green leaves behind the flowers and transparent sequins using On Point Glue. All of these techniques are so easy, and lots of fun, don’t you think?!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Card stock – white, green
  • Suzy Stamps – Button Flower Left Stamp
  • Joy Clair – Happy Mother’s Day Stamp
  • Paint brush
  • Misti Stamping tool
  • Dimensional dots or Foam tape
  • Sequins

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It’s Monday but The Letter M is for Mother

color layering stamp and die sets Mother's Day Cards

M is for Mother.  I am loving the color layering stamp and die sets and thought I would share how I created multiple cards in one sitting for occasions where I need more than one card. I have two mothers in my life to send a Mother’s Day cards to and decided to make another card while I was at it. This technique can also be extended to create more cards in one sitting in many different color combinations. With careful planning, one layer can be stamped for all your cards before stamping the next color layer. This technique also works well for images that require more than one stamp for the die cut, such as the stem of orchid flowers shown here.

Level: Beginner
Time: 1 hour for three cards

Directions

Step 1

Trim three sections of cardstock to accommodate dies to be die cut. Arrange on cardstock in a way that will allow inking of the separate images. Carefully line up the corners you plan to place in the corner of a stamp positioner. In this example, the bottom left corner is lined up before die cutting. (Four are shown here, but I found that the fourth does not cut well in the stack.) Die cut with a sandwich that applies the most pressure allowed for your machine.

hero arts die cut flower set

Step 2

If you would like to make more than three cards, take the outside portion and create a new layer with two more sections of cardstock. It is easy to line up the dies in the same position inside the holes from the top layer. Die cut the stack.

Step 3

From the wrong side of the cardstock section, place the die cuts back into the surrounding cardstock section and secure with removable tape such as painter’s tape. Do this for each set. This will allow easy handling and a production-line-style of stamping.

Step 4

Carefully line up stamp images over the die cut. Looking straight down through the image will help to correctly line up the image.

Step 5

Stamp image with VersaMark ink. If needed, adjust the image before moving to the next step.

stamp positioner used for layering stamps

Step 6

Stamp each layer of the image in the colors of your choosing. Here the stem is stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa.

Step 7

Continue stamping successive sections of cardstock for the number of cards you plan on creating.

Step 8

Stamp next layers of the color layering stamps as shown on the manufacturer’s example. With this set, the stem is stamped first followed by the larger flower image down to the inner portion of the flower. Since the top stem connects the last flower in the sequence this technique works well to stamp a perfect image every time. In this example, the final third layer is stamped on the flower stem and the leaves. If changing colors for each set, remember to clean the stamp before inking with the new color. If the image does not stamp to your satisfaction it is easy to ink the image again and re-stamp, that is the beauty of using a stamp positioner!

Step 9

Die cut the backing panel and ink with a coordinating color and a Jumbo Sponge Dauber. Ink blushers work equally well, it just happened that I had previously used this Jumbo Sponge Dauber with green ink. Ink the card base with a second coordinating color with an Ink Blusher or Ink Dauber.

Step 10

Assemble die cuts on the card with On Point Glue. The small tip will allow very small drops of glue on the tiny sections of the die cut. Adhere the panel to the card base. Stamp sentiment on card front in a coordinating color.

This project takes a bit of thinking but the results of three identical layouts is so satisfying. Hope you enjoyed as much as I did! Happy Mother’s Day!!

Supplies

Imagine
  • Memento – Dandelion, Cantaloupe, Morocco, Rose But, Angel Pink, Grape Jelly, Lilac Posies, Lulu Lavender, Elderberry, Pear Tart, New Sprout, Bamboo Leaves, Olive Grove, Peanut Brittle, Toffee Crunch, Rich Cocoa
  • VersaMark
  • On Point Glue
  • Ink Blusher
  • Sponge Dauber
Other
  • Hero Arts – Color Layering Orchid in a Pot Stamp and Dies
  • Hero Arts – Celebrate Everyday
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles
  • Stamp Positioner

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Show a Good Friend You Really Care

by Alison Heikkila

Using VersaMagic inkpad for blending ink on a handmade Friend Greeting Card

Ink blending is a beautiful and fun technique for paper crafting and cardmaking. When you have the perfect die cut, stamp or paper sometimes all it takes is a blend of ink colors to make the card extra special. In this project, I wanted to show off the chalky, lovely colors of VersaMagic, but also I wanted to highlight it’s amazing blending ability.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Ornate Heart Metal Stencil- FMS4060
Step 1

I started by taping my metal heart stencil down only on the left side so that the tape created a hinge. This way I can check my work as I go.

Ornate Heart Metal Stencil- FMS4060
Step 2

I chose the colors I wanted and I started with the lightest shade–VersaMagic Key Lime on the outer rim and worked darker colors toward the center. I chose light to dark because as I begin to blend the colors I won’t ink the lighter ink pads with the darker colors. I used a sponge dauber to ink up the outer edge of the heart. Sponge Daubers are great for pushing into the stencil and can provide relative precision.

Ornate Heart Metal Stencil- FMS4060
Step 3

A quick check to make sure I like how it looks and then I blended another layer on top of VersaMagic Key Lime with VersaMagic Thatched Straw.

Ornate Heart Metal Stencil- FMS4060
Step 4

Since VersaMagic is a pigment ink it does not dry as rapidly as a dye which makes it perfect for blending. I take each shade out a little further than I want it to show so that I have room to overlap the colors.

Ornate Heart Metal Stencil- FMS4060
Step 5

Next, I used VersaMagic Pink Grapefruit followed by VersaMagic Red Brick. Even though these colors seem unusual to blend together, the VersaMagic makes it so easy. Tip: Use one sponge dauber per color to keep inks from getting mixed up.


Step 6

I trimmed out the heart. I didn’t like the white border so I colored the edge with New Sprout Memento Marker. I diecut a simple “friend” sentiment from CAS-ual Fridays using Mint Julep cardstock. I thought this was another great opportunity to do more blending but this time with a water-based dye ink. I used a Bamboo Leaves Memento Marker for the top portion of the letters, then I blended it with Pear Tart.

CAS-ual Fridays: Friends Die- CFD16103

Tip: When you blend with markers the blend comes from dying the paper with the two different colors. This will not be as soft looking as a pigment ink because the dyes are mixing on their own inside the paper fibers. A good technique here would be to continue layering very lightly to get a more seemless blend or with very similar color tones. In the photo above, you can see how nicely the 2 colors are blended on the “f.” On the rest of the word, only the Bamboo Leaves has been used.

Dare Devil cardstock
Step 7

I made my card base out of Dare Devil cardstock, cut to 5 1/2″ x 8.” I spritzed it with Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Sparkle which is a beautiful shimmery spray. I cut out a strip of Banana Pepper (1 1/4″ x 4″) and Sweet Potato (3/4″ x 4), glued them together and sprayed them with Sheer Shimmer Sparkle Frost. Then I assembled my card.


I thought the card needed something else. A little more white. My son was playing Pac-Man next to me while I was working, and then it came to me. Dots! Just like the dots Pac-Man has to eat! So I used my Wedding White irRESISTables Pico Embellisher to make dots around the perimeter. Ha! I felt this extra touch completed the design by matching the white inside the heart. I love friend-themed cards to show those important people in our lives and that we love them.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Ornate Heart Metal Stencil – FMS4060
  • CAS-ual Fridays: Friends Die – CFD16103
  • Cardstock – Dare Devil, Banana Pepper, Sweet Potato, Mint Julep
  • Xyron – X 1.5 Sticker Maker

 

Big Bright Things Come in Small Packages

gift tags made from dcwv paper. wish big. flower stamps from hero arts.

Wish Big Envelope Packages by Martha Lucia Gomez

I love to create packages and could not resist this opportunity to use the Beach House collection from the DCWV papers! These are envelopes to store gift cards or money, perfect for the season, don’t you think? To create these gift tags you need a 6″x 6″ piece of decorated paper. I started by scoring 1-5/8″ from the sides, 1/2″ from the bottom and 1″ from the top and cut away the four corners creating a small wedge from the sides of the flags to make it easier to assemble. I then pasted the edge of one side flag and the bottom flag using Tear It Tape. Place your gift card or money inside and secure the envelope package with a few loops of bakers twine.

To finish the overall design, decorate the front of the envelope package with flower stamp set of your choice and color using Fireworks! I attached the flowers using dimensional stickers and On Point Glue and stamped the Wish Big sentiment with Memento Paris Dusk. A gift wrapped in a handmade package will certainly show your loved one you really care!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • DCWV – Beach House Collection
  • Joy Clair – Doodle Flowers Stamp Set
  • Stampin Up – Wish Big Stamp
  • Baker’s twine
  • Scissors
  • Dimensional stickers

Handmade card with gift tag. DCWV paper. floral theme. lace.



Country Floral Gift Card Tag by Roni Johnson

With Spring popping up everywhere I thought it would be fun to make a dainty little floral gift card tag holder and card all in one. The card features a bouquet of flowers pieced on one of the front flaps which opens to reveal a silvery lace pocket which holds an oversized tag. Continue opening to see nestled inside you find a gift card! This crafty card and tag combination creates a nice surprise gift effect for the person receiving the present. The possibilities of themes and ideas for this duo set are endless, so let your imagination fly!

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • DCWV – Country Floral, Textured Brights
  • Cardstock
  • ClubScrap.com – Stamps
  • Foam Adhesive Strips
  • 
Twine
  • Lace
  • Ribbon
  • Eyelets

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