How to Make Faux Gelli Printing with Radiant Neon Amplify!

by Mischelle Smith

How to Make Faux Gelli Printing with Radiant Neon Amplify!

I love Gelli printing and coming up with all sorts of magical designs I can use in my journaling and card making. However, sometimes I don’t have enough time to drag everything out that I need to stay true to the Gelli print techniques. So, I go for ‘faux Gelli prints’ using Tsukineko’s Radiant Neon Amplify which creates a thick texture when activated with a heat gun. This thick texture replicates the layers of paint often used in Gelli prints and the faux technique is done directly on the paper skipping the use of the Gelli plate.

For quick focal points in projects, I keep a box of already colored images on my desk for times when I need something ASAP. For this project, I pulled out a spaceship image and matched it to the Amplify colors – super easy! Amplify! appears to be wet after brayered – leave it this way or add several more layers and heat with a heat tool to change the texture.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Step 1

Apply one color of Radiant Neon Amplify to paper and brayer.

Step 2

Apply a second color of Amplify and brayer.

Step 3

Working quickly – use a sponge dauber, stencils, scrapers or other items, to create marks in the brayered Amplify medium. Amplify dries quickly, so do not wait too long to add extra marks. Once you are satisfied with the texture and details you have created, use a heat tool to activate the Amplify. The Amplify with expand in a foamy texture and will be immediately ready for additional inking and stenciling.

Step 4

Cut faux gelli paper to the size needed and stencil on another color with Memento Paris Dusk Ink (dark purplish blue) to add detail and depth. Attach spaceship image, “Happy Birthday Earthling” quote and decorative twine to the front of the card. Stamp date at the bottom with StazOn ink and any additional embellishments.

Supplies

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  • Vera Lane Studio – Lost in Space
  • Stencil Girl – Entangling Threads Stencil
  • Date Stamp
  • Brayer
  • Cardstock
  • Twine – Lime
  • Close To My Heart – Gems & Sparkles
  • Foam tape
  • Copic Markers
  • Scissors

Watch a Video on How to Make a Pineapple Wine Bottle Wrap 

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Watch a Video on How to Make a Pineapple Wine Bottle Wrap 

Pineapples are a symbol of hospitality, which is why you find them so often on newel posts, door knockers, and other entryway accoutrements. Since it’s always good to show up with a gift for the host or hostess, why not have a little fun with the standby bottle of wine by dressing it up a bit! This wrap is easy to put together and equally easy for the recipient to remove when they’re ready to drink it. It could also be a fun way to dress up the décor at your next summer party with empty or full bottles.

 

Supplies

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  • Cardstock – white, green
  • Spellbinders – Edgeabilities Classic Petal die
  • Die cutting machine
  • 
Scissors
  • Paper trimmer
  • 
Scoring board
  • Bone folder

Make a Handmade Bookmark for Your Summer Reading List

Summer is such a great time to catch up on reading. Sitting in the sun, ice-cold lemonade and your favorite fiction. Today, we have two bookmark projects made with Vertigo craft surfaces that are decorated to be the perfect style match to a summer vacation.

Summer bookmarks ocean theme

Seaside Themed Bookmarks by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Grab your favorite book and plan a seaside get-a-way! With these seaside themed bookmarks, it is the perfect craft project for summer readers. The Vertigo Rattlesnake sheet in combination with blue colors of StazOn give an excellent impression of the reflections of the sea waves. The Vertigo sheets are cut in 2 x 6 inch pieces (one sheet makes 3 bookmarks) and colored with Stazon inkpads using a sponge dauber. When the ink dries, stamp with the seaside stamps and the Imagine’s white embossing powder. Punch a hole and add an eyelet. Place some ribbon and marine charms and the bookmarks are ready.

Supplies

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  • Scrapberry’s Seaside stamps
  • Eyelets
  • Ribbons
  • Metallic marine charms

Vertigo plastic Bookmarks set of 3

StazOn & VersaMagic Vertigo Bookmarks by Mischelle Smith

Summertime at our house always includes crafty projects like these incredibly cool Vertigo Bookmarks. Vertigo is a strong, plastic material that has a 3D effect and is contagious. Yes, contagious. Once you start playing with this funky material, you just can’t stop! It comes in 6 x 6 inch sheets which are the perfect size for 3 bookmarks.

Cut Vertigo into 2 x 6 inch pieces. Round all four corners with a corner rounder. Stamp images using StazOn ink. StazOn is a solvent ink and should dry easily on its own. Color images using ‘direct to paper’ technique with VersaMagic and use stamp pads to color images. VersaMagic is a pigment chalk ink and will not dry as quickly so be sure to heat set colors as you work. To help with drying, layer one color at a time, dry in between each color and continue to add color until satisfied. Gently heat set color to set. Punch a hole, add eyelet and ribbon.

Supplies

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  • Joy Clair Stamps – Hugs & Smiles
  • Stampin’ Up Stamps – Fishy Friends, Lighthearted Leaves
  • Crop-a-dile
  • Heat tool
  • Corner rounder
  • White sheer ribbon

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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

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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

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

rainbow banner

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

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  • 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

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  • 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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