Is It a Sign or A Star? It is Actually Both!

M is for… Moravian Star Lantern by Roni Johnson

M is for Moravian Star Lantern! Not long ago I saw a post on Facebook featuring all sorts of exotic Moravian Star Lanterns and I instantly knew I wanted to attempt to make one. As luck would have it this month one of our themes/challenges was “M is for….”. Well, I did it!

Moravian Star Lantern

The lantern is made entirely from cardstock and I mimicked other patterns that I have seen online. I wanted to make a flat one instead of a full star so I just made it up as I went. But if this seems too difficult then feel free to download a free pdf template to help guide you. I measured out the individual pieces, colored with Delicata and used Imagine’s Vertigo plastic film so it’s transparent, visually interesting and light weight. Each spike has 4 Vertigo windows colored using Fireworks Spray. The lantern lights up with help from a battery-powered LED tea light. The green spike on the side is attached using Velcro dots so it can be popped off for access to the tea light to turn it on and off. It can be easily hung anywhere and even a gentle breeze turns it round and round.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white
  • Battery-operated LED tea light
  • Exacto knife
  • Fishing line or twine

 


Personalized Decorative Door Sign by Jessica Litman

Personalized gifts are some of my favorite presents because they are unique and thoughtful. When they are handmade, they are an even more thoughtful gift which shows the recipient who much you love and care about them. In this quick lesson on how to craft a personalized sign, I will discuss the ease of this project. First, the most difficult part is gathering all your materials. Once you have finished collecting all the supplies then most of the work is finished and the fun begins.

Start by tracing plaque outline on paper and cutting out the shape. Then cover plaque edges using Tear It Tape and mount your newly cut outline (polka dots in the photo above).  Using two hand-cut Monterey Pine Flowers shapes, ink with Memento Dew Drop Rose Bud ink and ink two Monterey Pine leaves with Memento Dew Drop New Sprout ink. Set aside to dry. Select what name you’d like from wooden letters and ink with VersaMagic Chalk Ink in Purple Hydrangea. Set aside to dry. Staple ribbon to the backside of the plaque to use for hanging on a hook or door knob. Finish the front by gluing the wooden letters, flowers, and leaves to the plaque.  This all should dry fairly quickly and you are ready to gift!

Supplies

Imagine

Hand-Cut Monterey Pine – Leaf, Heart and Petal Pack
Memento Dew Drop – New Sprout, and Rose Bud
VersaMagic – Purple Hydrangea
Tear It! Tape

Other

• Hot glue gun
• Wooden plaque
• Decorative paper
• Wooden letters
• Ribbon
• Staple gun

Encourage the Bright Side of Life with 2 Inspiration Cards

It’s hard to follow up a blog hop. Thank you again to everyone at Joy Clair Stamps for teaming up with our artists, using our inks and creating fabulous work! Thank you to our own artists for all your hard work. In today’s blog, we are highlighting two cards from Alison Heikkila and Martha Lucia Gomez. Enjoy!

fun creative hack by embossing layered stamps

Seeing Your Smile Greeting Card by Martha Lucia Gomez

One of my favorite techniques is embossing, but since I can´t use this technique in all my projects I decided to use a fun creative hack by embossing parts of the project. Today, I want to share with you a partial embossing technique using color layering stamps, dye ink, pigment ink and embossing powder. It’s very simple and fun and you can get beautiful results on your projects.

Let me tell you how I made my card! First, stamp the first layer of the stamps using Memento Dye Ink. For my flowers, I used Lulu Lavender Memento and for the leafs Pear Tart Memento. Stamp the second layer of the flower using Memento Luxe Lilac Posies. Memento Luxe is the pigment version of this ink line. This is rare that an ink has both pigment and dye versions of the same color swatches. This is perfect for layered stamp projects and getting super creative with the flexibility in ink choices. If you want you can stamp right away the third layer using Memento Luxe Elderberry (darker purple). Cover the entire image with Clear Embossing Powder, remove the excess of the powder and melt with the heat tool. You will see that the embossing powder sticks to the Memento Luxe and falls away from Memento Dye inks leaving parts embossed and other parts not embossed. Stamp the details of the leaves with Memento Luxe Pistachio, the sentiment with Memento Luxe Lilac Posies and repeat the heat embossing. Paste the card panel over the card base using Tear It Tape.

What you have with a little creative planning is a beautiful layered card that is easy to create and recreate. Enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white, dark purple
  • Kaisecraft Watercolor Friends Stamp Set
  • Heat Tool
  • Misti

Magenta Congratulations Greeting Card by Alison Heikkila

Hello! This month, Imagine chose Magenta (or MAY-genta) for the color of the month. I decided to keep my card clean, simple and monochromatic with just a few touches of gold. I started off with bristol paper and stamped beautiful border with Magenta VersaColor ink, and heat embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder. Next, I inked up my sentiment with Raspberry VersaColor to vary the shades a little, and heat embossed that with Clear Embossing as well. I rubbed Angel Pink Memento ink across the entire piece, and this highlighted the paper’s texture. Next, I took a plain white card base and brushed on Lilac Posies Fireworks, let it dry, and applied Rose Bud Fireworks. I didn’t love the way the color of the Fireworks looked next to the magenta ink, so to break it up, I edged the top layer of my card with Golden Glitz Delicata ink. For just a little more visual interest, I added sequins with On Point Glue. This card would be pretty in any color, but I really love how girly it is in the magenta and other shades of pink. The shimmer and sparkle from the Fireworks, Delicata, and sequins are all lovely.

I hope you enjoyed my project. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampendous – Elegant Borders Perfectly Clear Set
  • Painted Wishes – Perfectly Clear Set

This is Surely a Different Way to Use a Glue Gun

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Different Way to Use a Glue Gun and StazOn

What else can make a heart melt other than love? How about handmade hearts, stitching, texture, and shimmer?! That is the substance of today’s project. The vivid, bright color of pink (magenta) on the heart stands out while the metallic and white background creates a texture pattern, stitched in place on this handmade “Love” card. Feeling the need to do something different, I decided to make the heart with my hot glue gun. This trusty beast of a hot glue gun makes it easy to follow a pattern or create something free hand. Since StazOn ink will literally stay on any surface it was the perfect crafting choice for this melted silicone embellishment. Continue reading to see the other elements that brought this design together.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Use the hot glue gun to make a heart shape and write the word “love” on Imagine’s Craft Mat. The silicone mat will allow for easy lifting once the glue as cooled.

StazOn inkpad Blazing Red
Step 2

Color the shapes with the StazOn Blazing Red and the help of sponge dauber. Repeat adding one more ink layer.


Step 3

Cut a 4 x 6 inch piece of white cardstock. Make a zigzag design on it with the On Point Glue.


Step 4

Place the silver foil and press well to remove the metallic part from it. Let to dry and rub to remove the excess foil.


Step 5

Hand cut a piece of the corrugated paper to 3 x 2 inches. Glue it on the face of the card. With a piercing tool open holes on one side of the corrugated cardstock and on the card in ¼ inch gaps and wide enough to sew the thread next.


Step 6

Distress the plain cardbase with the StazOn Blazing Red.

StazOn midi Jet Black
Step 7

Distress the top decorated cardstock edges with the StazOn Jet Black.

double sided tape
Step 8

Add a folded piece of black sheer ribbon to the back of the decorated cardstock and mount the entire decorated piece on the card with the Tear It! Tape.


Step 9

Use On Point Glue to attach the heart shape, the word “Love” and finish by adding the rest of the embellishments.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Hot glue gun
  • Black waxed thread
  • Star shape stud rivets
  • Silver foil
  • White corrugated paper
  • White card base (5 x 7 inches)
  • Cardstock – white
  • Rhinestones
  • Piercing tool
  • Ribbon – sheer black

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Cute and Simple Magenta Greeting Card Inspiration

Cute and Simple Magenta Greeting Card Inspiration

Hello There Friend Greeting Card by Tenia Nelson

Tenia here from Jazzy Paper Designs with a super fun card made with Imagine and Tsukineko products. Magenta is such a beautiful color and makes a great color theme for a craft project or handmade card. I made this easy CAS card for today’s post — Check it!

I started by adding Rose Bud Fireworks Craft Spray onto white cardstock to add some shimmer and color to the background. Then I stamped the Hello Friend sentiment onto journal cardstock using Lilac Posies Memento Ink. This color is a bit darker and richer than Rose Bud and thought it worked well. Next, I added more Rose Bud Fireworks spray onto scrap white cardstock, and die cut with a heart die after it was dry. Fireworks can do a lot as a craft spray. I went heavy on the die cut cardstock in order to get a good saturation for the little hearts. Next, I attached the hearts onto the journal card panel and attached the entire journal card onto the splatter panel. My favorite finishing touch is to add washi and sticker stitches. And finally, adhere the image panel onto a blank card base and it is ready to gift!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Reverse Confetti – Stamp
  • Cardstock
  • Washi Tape
  • Sticker Stitches
  • Spellbinders – Heart Die
  • Die cut machine
  • Ink blending tool

Watercoloring with Fireworks! by Elina Stromberg

Watercolor patterns continue to be popular among paper crafters. Take off the cap from Fireworks and Cherry Blossom Walnut Ink spray bottles and drop a few ink droplets on the craft mat or a paint palette. Using plenty of water, paint the background with light pink Walnut Ink. Before the paper is dry, add highlights with vivid pink Fireworks and let the colors mix. Dry with a heat gun or let air dry. Apply Memento ink of the desired color on the flower stamp. Mist gently with water. Stamp the flower images on the watercolor background. Let dry or dry with a heat gun. When using layered images stamp the lighter background color first before using a darker one for the upper layer. Dry each layer before stamping the next. Dip a small paint brush in the Fireworks ink. Tap the brush to create a splatter effect on the background. Let dry. Stamp the “hello my friend” sentiment, trim the card front to size, mat on magenta paper, and adhere to the card base and you are ready to go!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Mixed media cardstock or watercolor paper – white
  • Cardstock – magenta
  • Stampin Up– ‘Too Kind’ Stamp
  • Sizzix – ‘Hello’ Stamp
  • Watercolor brushes
  • Water in a spritzer
  • Double-sided tape
  • Paper trimmer

Memento Inkpad – Gray Flannel, Tuxedo Black, Lilac Posies

Easy Polka Dot Magenta Butterfly Card by Mischelle Smith

We were challenged this May to use the color magenta in our craft projects. I wanted to create an easy, sophisticated card with pops of magenta. Adding magenta to my card in just three places really focuses on and highlights the pops of color.  This easy card can be replicated in any color palette and for any occasion – making it a great go-to design when you need a quick and easy card!

Cut cardstock 4 ¼” x 11”. Score at 5 ½” to create card base. Ink largest image (background stamp image) with Gray Flannel Memento ink. Stamp onto card base. Ink leaf stamp with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and stamp. Repeat two more times or as desired. On scrap paper stamp the” journal box” images and “You More” saying, as shown, with Gray Flannel. On scrap paper stamp, with Lilac Posies Memento ink, butterfly and heart. Cut out butterfly and heart. Gently ‘roll’ the wings of the butterfly around a pencil to form their shape. Attach metallic silver thread to back of the butterfly and attach butterfly and heart to the card as shown. With a small butterfly paper punch – punch a butterfly on a scrap of vellum paper. Attach to butterfly as shown. Add two bitty sparkles to vellum butterfly. Stamp ‘love’ inside journal block with Lilac Posies Memento ink. Use foam tape to attach to card. Spritz card with several sprays of Frost Sheer Shimmer Spritz to finish.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • CTMH – Stamps – Documenting Moments, Brushed Workshop
  • Prima – Jamie Dougherty Florals
  • Silver Metallic Thread
  • Foam Tape
  • White Cardstock
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Score Board
  • Scissors

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Why Not Do It Yourself with a Bright Hexagon Print

by Jessica Litman

Why Not Do It Yourself with a Bright Hexagon Print

Hexagons are so hot right now! They are a classic shape that is found in nature with honey combs, used in art and design to create interesting patterns and the iconic 5-side shape is also used in signage and information design. I share how to use a basic die cut to create a stamp, blend inks to create dimension and repeat patterns for a lovely finished home decor piece.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 5 minutes

Directions

Die Cut Hexagon Shape
Step 1

Diecut corkboard with hexagon die to create the stamp shape. Attach to stamp block using the Tack ‘N Peel cling sheet. Tack ‘N Peel is reusable and this project could be repeated with any desired shape or die.

Kaleidacolor Inkpad - Caribbean Sea
Step 2

Ink the new hexagon stamp with Kaleidacolor inkpad. The blues and greens will blend and create an ombre effect. You can use this inkpad is several ways. It has a sliding feature so you can push the individual ink colors closer together. Stamp onto white cardstock and continue until you have created a nice pattern. To create a cool effect, use a different part of the inkpad while creating the pattern. Repeat until paper is covered with hexagons.


Step 3

Die cut another hexagon from card stock, adhere to the stamp to create a pop-out element and place onto the pattern using adhesive tape. Frame and enjoy.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock
  • Stamp block
  • Corkboard
  • Hexagon nesting dies

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Learn A New Creative Hack with Layered Stamps

by Martha Lucia Gomez

 

blue gold thank you card tsukineko Layered Dahlias Stamp Set

Layering stamps is a very popular in the crafting world. A lot of stamp companies are designing stamp sets that have complimentary details such as a flower with the inner stigma and leaves with the inner veins. Instead of focusing so much on getting all the ink layers to line up, I thought it would be cool to deviate from the norm and use the layers as shadows. With this simple technique, you can create a fresh look with your layered stamp set that will spark imagination in your DIY project.

I started this project by using Tsukineko’s Azure StazOn to stamp one of the corresponding layers onto blue cardstock. StazOn is like an alcohol ink and will dry rather quickly but be sure it is completely dry before moving on. Next, I stamped VersaMark ink with the outline image over the StazOn layers, and heat embossed with Imagine’s Gold Embossing Powder. Since StazOn dries so quickly (even faster than a dye ink) the embossing powder does not stick to the base stamp. This is exactly what I wanted because the effect will be the shadow image. The gold pops forward while the blue recedes into the background. To finish, I cut the word “Thanks” using gold foil paper and fun foam. I attached “Thanks” using On Point Glue and adhered everything together on a white card base using double-sided Tear It Tape.

DIY crafting embossing

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white, dark blue
  • Peek-a-boo Stamps – Layered Dahlias Stamp Set
  • Lawn Fawn –  Thanks Die Cut
  • Fun Foam
  • Gold Foil Card Stock