Project Swap: Create a “Dear Friend” Greeting Card

Welcome back for another Artist Project Swap with Martha and Steph.

Welcome back for another Artist Project Swap with Martha and Steph. For the Month of May, we challenged our artists to exchange tutorials and create each other’s designs in order to see how each of our artists interprets style and choices. The receiving artist did not know who designed the project, nor did they receive any images! In today’s post, Steph writes the directions and recommended supplies list and Martha created the project.

Create a “Dear Friend” Greeting Card by Martha Lucia Gomez

This month the Artist in Residence team made a wonderful exercise or swap project challenge. Each designer created a project and send the instructions and photo to our coordinator. Then we received another project to follow the instructions, without a photo or who exactly created it. This is the swap project I received and can you believe that after made the card I discovered who was the author of the instructions…I recognize the style!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Create the base of the card using olive card stock. The size of my card is a regular size 4-1/4″ x 11″ with a score at 5-1/2″ for the centerfold. Cut a white cardstock of 4″x 5-1/4″. Place a background pattern stencil on the white panel and ink with Brilliance in Pearlescent Lime.


Step 2

Ink sheer ribbon with lime ink. When dry, wrap around the matted panel. Knot with twine on the right side of the panel. Added the panel to the card with foam adhesives.


Step 3

Using a stamp positioning tool and a flower stamp, ink the steam and leaves with the Brilliance in Pearlescent Lime. Ink the flower with the Memento Marker in Angel Pink. Stamp image onto white cardstock. Re-stamp the flower using the Memento Marker in Rose Bud around the edges. Fussy cut the flower.


Step 4

Die cut brown and white cardstock shapes with graduating sized dies. Adhere together with Tear It Tape. Place on left side of the card with foam adhesives, overlapping the ribbon. Trim shapes as needed to align with a patterned piece on the left edge. Adhere the stamped flower on top. I used square cross stitched die cuts from Gina Marie Designs. Stamp “Just For You” sentiment. Ink edges and mat with brown cardstock. Add near the top of the card with foam adhesives. Reading through Steph’s instructions I realized I didn’t have a “Just For You” sentiment so I replaced with “Dear Friend” which is just as nice.

Definitely, it was a very good experience to swap projects and the best part that was I could replace materials and give to the project my personal touch.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – Whisper White, Old Olive, Early Espresso
  • Hero Arts – Honeycomb Stencil
  • Stampin Up – Birthday Blossom Stamp set
  • Gina Marie Designs – Square Cross Stitched dies
  • Big Shot die cut machine
  • Sheer ribbon
  • MISTI or Stamparatus stamping tool
  • Double sided foam tape or Dimensionals

Original Design by Steph

What did you think of Martha’s interpretation of Steph’s design?

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Project Swap: Beautiful Floral Congrats Card

Welcome back for another Artist Project Swap with Kassy and Melissa. For the Month of May, we challenged our artists to exchange tutorials and create each other’s designs in order to see how each of our artists interprets style and choices. The receiving artist did not know who designed the project, nor did they receive any images! In today’s post, Melissa writes the directions and recommended supplies list and Kassy created the project.

Create a Congrats Card with a Floral Element by Kassy Tousignant

This papercrafting swap project was so FUN! I wasn’t sure how it was going to go in the beginning. After seeing my project interpreted by someone else, I couldn’t wait to create the project given to me. It is exciting to see how different people interpret and work with similar materials to create different craft projects. You can really see each person’s personality come out in their artwork. It just goes to show you that you don’t have to have all the same craft supplies to make something equally beautiful. Just use what you have! I would really love to do this again.

Memento and Brilliance inks are perfect for achieving watercolor effects. The inks stay vibrant and layer beautifully. It’s fun to play on watercolor paper and then cut out shapes with dies to accentuate your favorite parts of the background.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Unity Stamp – Congrats stamp
  • Cardstock – White
  • Watercolor paper
  • Sequins
  • Simon Says Stamp – flower die, circle die
  • Glue dots

Original Design by Melissa

What do you think of Kassy’s interpretation of Melissa’s tutorial?

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Did you miss some of the other swaps? Take a peak at how Arjita and Elina handled each others tutorials, as well as swapped projects by Nadine and Roni.

Did You Miss The Date? Make a Belated Birthday Card

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Did You Miss The Date? Make a Belated Birthday Card

Have you ever missed someone’s birthday by mistake? Today’s project has a theme that will help with this little problem just in case you get in a jam with a missed date. This project also uses fun techniques with a button quilted looking background on kraft cardstock. Take a look to see how to made this card!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Cut a piece of crumb cake (kraft) cardstock of 4.25″ x 5.5″. Take the large “Tufted Button” background stamp from Joy Clair and stamp it using VersaMagic in Cloud White. If you do not have this stamp then select one with a lot of free space inside or any good image for coloring and cover the stamped image with white embossing powder. Melt the powder with the heat tool.


Step 2

Dab VersaMagic Cloud White Ink on your craft mat and spray it with water. “Paint” your stamped image with the mix created using a paintbrush or aqua painter. Let the paper dry well.


Step 3

Dab VersaFine Ink Clair in Warm Breeze on the mat and paint one side of the borders of the stamped background following the pattern. This will create a shadow effect on the background.


Step 4

Dab Memento Ink in Tangelo on the mat. Repeat the painting process with Tangelo over the whole background using an aqua painter or paint brush. Let the paper dry. Layering the different colors is a beautiful effect on this kraft cardstock. Resize the stamped layer and paste it over a white card base using double sided foam tape or dimensionals.


Step 5

Die cut a leaf or floral element and heat emboss with Sparkle Embossing Powder. Add the “belated birthday wishes” sentiment stamped with VersaFine Clair in Warm Breeze over a piece of white cardstock. Paste the stamped image with a mat created with vellum with the die cut fitting in between.

This design is super fun to make and can be reworked or imagined with any number of themes, background stamps or sentiments. Enjoy and have a nice day!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – Whisper White, Crumb Cake
  • Vellum
  • Joy Clair – Tufted Button Background, Everyday Sentiments
  • Circle Punch
  • MISTI or Stamparatus
  • Heat Tool
  • Aquapainter or paintbrush
  • Double sided foam tape or Dimensionals

Project Swap: Glamorous Mixed Media Butterfly Card

Project Swap: Glamorous Mixed Media Butterfly Card

Welcome to the first set for our Artist Project Swap with Arjita and Elina. For the Month of May, we challenged our artists to exchange tutorials and create each other’s designs in order to see how each of our artists interprets style and choices. The receiving artist did not know who designed the project, nor did they receive any images! In today’s post, Elina Stromberg wrote the directions and recommended supplies list and Arjita created the project.

Glamorous Mixed Media Butterfly Card 
by Arjita Sepaha Singh

For the month of May, Imagine challenged the Artists in Residence with a project swap. We were matched up with another team member and exchanged tutorials. I am working with Elina’s Stromberg’s instructions and product recommendations. I loved the swap and it was such a great way to try different creative styles. The original supplies list used VersaMark and Vintage Plum Embossing Powder. Since I did not have was the plum embossing powder, I used a plumy color of ink with clear powder.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Heat Gun
  • Butterfly Stamp
  • Background Stencil
  • Cardstock – White
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic Paint – White
  • Yellow Thread
  • Zig Markers

Original Design by Elina Stromberg

What do you think of Arjita’s interpretation of Elina’s tutorial?

Comment below!

See How to Create a Relaxing Sunset with VersaFine Clair

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

See How to Create a Relaxing Sunset with VersaFine Clair

Do you know someone who is overdue for a vacation? Perhaps they are not sure whether they deserve a break? Today’s project is a perfect encouragement card for such a person. This card brings a desire for summer vacations and relaxation that makes you want to be inside the scene with the warm colors and the sense of calmness it gives. It allows you to dream of the place of a tropical island or somewhere in Africa. The deep colors of VersaFine Clair ink pads make them ideal for vibrant shades on paper and Imagine’s Sheet Metal pieces. See how I made this card.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions

 VersaFine Clair in Summertime. Sprinkle Imagine’s Embossing Powder in Clear
Step 1

Use a jumbo sponge dauber to color the Sheet metal circle with the VersaFine Clair in Summertime. Sprinkle Imagine’s Embossing Powder in Clear and heat set. Repeat the process a couple more times.

VersaFine Clair in Summertime and Golden Meadow inks
Step 2

Cover a 4 x 6 cardstock by laying and blending VersaFine Clair in Summertime and Golden Meadow inks with a jumbo sponge dauber. Use the VersaFine Clair in Pinecone for the lower part of the card.

VersaFine Clair in Pinecone
Step 3

Emboss the cardstock with the branches embossing folders only at the bottom of it and enhance with more VersaFine Clair in Pinecone.


Step 4

Die cut the beach hut and color with the VersaFine Clair in Pinecone and Summertime.


Step 5

Use the rest of the die cut paper as a stencil and with the help of a sponge dauber make huts on the cardstock.


Step 6

Press the palm plywood shape on the VersaFine Clair Pinecone and use it to stamp on the cardstock.


Step 7

Color the plywood shapes and the Icelandic moss with the VersaFine Clair in Pinecone.


Step 8

Cut small pieces of the Tear It Tape and set the Sheet metal circle.


Step 9

Glue the plywood shapes with the On Point Glue and use foam tape to keep the beach hut raised from the background. Place the cardstock on the front of a 5 x 7 card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • 5 x 7 cardbase
  • Cardstock – White
  • Plywood embellishments – palm tree
  • Marianne Design – Beach hut die
  • Icelandic moss
  • Foam tape
  • Heat tool
  • Hot glue gun
  • Embossing machine and folder

Using VersaMagic On Vellum

by Nadine Carlier

 

Mother's Day Card by Nadine Carlier 2 ic

Did you know that VersaMagic works great on vellum? Many inks will smear even after they dry on vellum paper but not with VersaMagic. Because of its chalk-like finish, it is more opaque than other inks so you will always get nice bright colors on vellum.

Watch my video tutorial below to see how I created my Mother’s Day card using VersaMagic and vellum.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 min.

Supplies

Imagine
Other

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