Create a Fun Summer BBQ Invitation

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By Alison Heikkila

Summer is fast approaching and that means it’s almost barbecue season! After many of us spent last year at home, isolated, I know a lot of folks are looking forward to spending summer with friends and family again. Today, I have a simple tutorial to help you make sweet invitations (or just regular greeting cards) using some of my favorite products from Imagine, like Kaleidacolor inks and Fireworks! Spray.

Skill Level: Beginner

Time: Approx. 20 Minutes, plus drying time

Directions:

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Step 1

Stamp the ladybug from the Entomology stamp set 5 times on to Smooth Bristol cardstock with VersaMark Ink.

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Step 2

Sprinkle Black Embossing Powder on to the ladybugs, shake off the excess, and heat set.

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Step 3:

Using Lady Bug Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray and a brush, paint the ladybugs. Once the color is dry on the paper, you should wipe the embossed areas with a cloth, to remove any excess.

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Step 4

Die cut the ladybugs with the coordinating die.

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Step 5

Cut a piece of watercolor paper to 4″ x 5 1/4.”

Step 6

Swipe the Fresh Greens Kaleidacolor Inks across an acrylic block, and then spray with Ink Potion No. 9 a few times to get the colors to blend and move.

Step 7

Place the inked acrylic block in the center of the watercolor panel, put something heavy on top (I used a tape dispenser), and leave for a few minutes. The texture of the watercolor paper allows for imperfect color transfer, which I happen to love. If you prefer a smoother look, use paper with less tooth, or texture.

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Step 8

Once you removed the acrylic block, stamp a subtle pattern around the edges with New Sprout ink. I used a crackle stamp from Stampendous.

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Step 9

To add color to my white card base, I pressed my Fresh Greens Kaleidacolor inks into my Craft Mat, wet my brush, and applied the 3 center colors to the edges. I kept the colors soft and slightly blended. Using the same inks for the border as we did in the center of the card allows us to have perfectly matched elements, but since they’re applied differently, you create interest on your card.

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Step 10

Stamp a sentiment on the card with VersaFine Ink in Onyx Black. I combined a stamp from Erin Lee Creative with a stamp from Recollections to get the sentiment I wanted.

Step 11

Adhere your ladybugs to the card front, and your card front to the base when it’s dry.

Art Supplies

Imagine

VersaMark Ink
Black Embossing Powder
VersaFine Ink in Onyx Black
Fireworks! Spray in Lady Bug
Kaleidacolor Inks in Fresh Greens
Memento Ink in New Sprout
Ink Potion No. 9

Other

Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz: Entomology Stamp Set and Entomology Die Set
Erin Lee Creative: Winter Magic Stamp Set
Recollections: Sentiment set
Acrylic Blocks
Small paint brushes
Strathmore Smooth Bristol Cardstock
Canson Watercolor Paper
White A2 card base

Create a Fun and Fabulous Summertime Flamingo Card

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Create a Fun and Fabulous Summertime Flamingo Card with VersaMagic inkpads

It is almost Summer! It is time to start looking ahead for calming moments in warm weather, summer colors and holiday memories. In today’s cardmaking project, evoke the spirit of summer with this flamingo theme “chill” card. Keeping the whiteness of the paper as the basic background color, I emphasize the pastel colors and give a bright outcome on the card. The VersaMagic inkpads allow the metallic wire and beads to show even more by giving a chalk effect on all surfaces.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions

VersaMagic DewDrop in Thatched Straw and Key Lime
Step 1

Emboss a 4 x 6-inch piece of white cardstock with the stripes embossing folder and lightly color with the VersaMagic DewDrop in Thatched Straw and Key Lime.


Step 2

Use a BrushStix to mix and color the flamingo plywood shape with the VersaMagic DewDrop in Red Magic and Thatched Straw.


Step 3

Continue by coloring the paper flowers with VersaMagic in Red Magic and Thatched Straw.

VersaMagic DewDrop Key Lime and the Fabrico Marker. Use a stylus to shape the leaves into a more realistic look.
Step 4

Die cut leaves from white and kraft cardstocks and decorate them with the VersaMagic DewDrop Key Lime and the Fabrico Marker. Use a stylus to shape the leaves into a more realistic look.

Color the "chill" wooden element with VersaMagic Red Magic.
Step 5

Color the “chill” wooden element with VersaMagic Red Magic.


Step 6

Make circles with the jewelry wire and glue them in the 4 x 6-inch card with a glue gun.


Step 7

Continue with the rest of the embellishments and using either the glue gun or Tear It Tape. Lightly ink the edge of the card panel with VersaMagic in Red Magic to match the flowers. Mount the 4 x 6-inch piece on the front of a 5 x 7 card base.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • 5 x 7 white card
  • Cardstock – white, kraft
  • Plywood embellishments
  • Paper flowers
  • Jewelry beads
  • Jewelry wire
  • Glue gun
  • Embossing folder – stripes
  • Sizzix – Leaves, Garden dies
  • Embossing machine

Summer BBQ’s Galore!

2015_June_RZ_BBQ_main1BBQ Fit for A King! By Renee Zarate

Summer is here and with the sun shining and temperatures rising, that can only mean one thin g- BBQ TIME! So here are some of our latests projects perfect for your next outdoor get together.

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BBQ Settings by Maureen Cronin            Juicy Watermelon Tank  by Roni Johnson

Share your summertime projects with us on Facebook or comment below!

I’m Meeeelting

As summer continues it’s only going to get hotter. I’m freaking out. I am not well acclimated to heat, I have my thick curly hair to thank for that. Every summer I’m torn between how beautiful it is and my natural inclination to avoid sweating at pretty much any cost –  there’s only so much I can do to cool down before it gets awkward for all of us 😱

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So how do I stay cool in an apartment without air conditioning? One word – P O P S I C L E S!
Frozen tasty treats are my life-force in the summer months, if I can freeze it I will likely try to make it in to a popsicle.

  • Veggies – check
  • Yogurt – check
  • Giant chunks of fruit – you bet
  • Anything in juice form – YAS!

That’s why when I discovered an awesome Mixed Berry Summersicle  recipe from Thug Kitchen, I did a happy dance. I’m a big fan of Thug Kitchen, they have blunt and hilarious approach to cooking that provides me with delicious results. Yes, their recipes are vegan and vegetarian friendly, but as I am the kind of girl who’s favorite food group includes steak tacos it’s really easy for me to adapt the recipes to my meat loving ways. Below are some picture’s of what your own mixed berry summersicles may look like. I would show you what mine looked like, but I’ve already eaten them all – sorry y’all.

        

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Any sort of fruit can be used with this recipe, making it super versatile and über delicious. Heck, you can make them for adults-only! As you can see from the photos, a special popsicle tray isn’t necessary to make your frozen treats. I used a cupcake sheet and chopsticks I cut in half. *Now here’s a quick head’s up: Thug Kitchen is blunt, this means they’re a little colorful with their language. So if cursing + cooking isn’t your thing, it can be off putting. However, I loved this recipe so much the language wasn’t bothersome to me and provided a few laughs along the way.

 

How do you stay cool in the summer? Share your summer recipes and other ideas with us on Facebook or comment below!

#LinksWeLike Wednesday

Heatin’ it up with this week’s #LinksWeLike – it’s pretty hot at Imagine Crafts HQ so don’t surprised if we whip out ice cold summer treats soon.

Kristen Magee’s has us chasing rainbows on the Craftsy blog this week!

It’s going to be a hot one this, if you’re heading to the beach here’s a perfect packing list for your sunny adventures!

K Werner’s use of VersaFine & watercolor is UH-MAY-ZING

This on trend Kaleidacolor technique is just what you need for a warm summer greeting

Crafting. . . I N  S P A C E !

Some of the craftiest dad’s on the internet, courtesy of Brit + Co.