Quilled Birthday Cake Gift Bag

by Jessica Litman

Jessica Litman uses VersaColor and On Point Glue in a paper quilling project. Happy Birthday gift bag. blue, orange, yellow, green.

I always love to wrap and decorate birthday presents, but there are times when I don’t have the time to actually wrap a gift. I need to throw the present in a gift bag and go. That is the inspiration behind today’s blog post. For this topic, I choose to decorate gift bags with quilled birthday cakes! I used On Point Glue throughout this project because it has the fine tip applicator and allows enough open time to move the quilled paper exactly where I want it.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 min. + dry time

Directions

Step 1

Cut pieces of paper into thin strips from blue, yellow and orange paper using a paper trimmer.

Jessica Litman uses VersaColor and On Point Glue in a paper quilling project. Happy Birthday gift bag. blue, orange, yellow, green.

Step 2

Create the top of the cake by taking a piece of blue quilling paper and creating a large oval. Glue ends together using On Point Glue. Begin to create the bottom of the cake by taking another piece of blue quilling paper and adhere one end to the oval.

Step 3

Finish the bottom of the cake by wrapping blue quilling paper to the other side of the oval and adhere. Round the bottom of the paper to create the bottom of the cake. Adhere the outline of the cake to the gift bag. Attach rolled quilling to the inside of the bottom portion of the cake outline. Repeat until bottom portion is filled.

Step 4

Create a large rolled paper and attach that to the inside of the top portion of the cake outline. Using orange paper, roll an oval. Push the top and bottom to create a rectangle. Attach to itself. Repeat to make enough candles as desired. Adhere candle bases above the cake. Roll yellow quilling paper in a circle. Pinch one side of the circle to create the candle flames. Adhere to itself. Repeat until all candles have flames. Adhere above candles.

Step 5

Once dry, stamp Happy Birthday with multicolor Feista VersaColor inkpad and let dry. Tissue paper and gift are ready to go inside this newly decorated bag!

Tip: Clean off stamp using StazOn stamp cleaner. Spray directly onto the stamp. Wipe clean.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Scissors
  • Quilling Paper– blue, orange and yellow
  • Gift Bag
  • Happy Birthday Stamp

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Mona Lisa is IrRESISTible in Green

by Renee Zarate

Layers of green ink, shimmer, stencils geometric shapes, stamped distressed imagery, flowers and glitter come together to frame a leading lady in the art world --Mona Lisa! Renee Zarate shows us how she put together this card with VersaFine, embossing powder and On Point Glue. #diy #steampunk #cardmaking

Spring makes me think of greenery which is a refreshing welcome after the unrelenting brown of winter. For this project, I brought out all of my green inks, glitter, embellishments and sprays. I chose to create my own background paper to make a masterboard for continuity among several cards or ATCs. Hope you enjoy this project as much as I did!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Layers of green ink, shimmer, stencils geometric shapes, stamped distressed imagery, flowers and glitter come together to frame a leading lady in the art world --Mona Lisa! Renee Zarate shows us how she put together this card with VersaFine, embossing powder and On Point Glue. #diy #steampunk #cardmaking

Step 1

Create a master board using different types of green ink. Start by spraying New Sprout Fireworks through a stencil onto a piece of gessoed 140# watercolor paper randomly around the page. Be sure to leave lots of white space. Dry with a heat tool. Using a large Sponge Dauber, apply layers of inks using different stencils, moving the stencils around the page until the desired effect is achieved. Keep drying each ink along the way with a heat tool.

Layers of green ink, shimmer, stencils geometric shapes, stamped distressed imagery, flowers and glitter come together to frame a leading lady in the art world --Mona Lisa! Renee Zarate shows us how she put together this card with VersaFine, embossing powder and On Point Glue. #diy #steampunk #cardmaking

Step 2

When the paper is dry, use rubber stamps to add more texture to the page. Using Olympia Green VersaFine ink is lovely on top of all the shades of green.

Layers of green ink, shimmer, stencils geometric shapes, stamped distressed imagery, flowers and glitter come together to frame a leading lady in the art world --Mona Lisa! Renee Zarate shows us how she put together this card with VersaFine, embossing powder and On Point Glue. #diy #steampunk #cardmaking

Step 3

Cut the master board into 4” x 6” postcard size.

Layers of green ink, shimmer, stencils geometric shapes, stamped distressed imagery, flowers and glitter come together to frame a leading lady in the art world --Mona Lisa! Renee Zarate shows us how she put together this card with VersaFine, embossing powder and On Point Glue. #diy #steampunk #cardmaking

Step 4

Create the focal point panel. Stamp using the Mona Lisa stamp and Olympia Green VersaFine ink on white cardstock and emboss with Clear Embossing Powder. Mount on a piece of black cardstock and use Memento markers or a water brush containing a small amount of Green Sprout Fireworks to lightly color in her features and hair.

Step 5

Mount the green panel on a blank white card measuring 5” x 7”, and adhere the Mona panel onto the green paper. Stamp the word at the bottom of the card using Olympia Green VersaFine ink. Heat emboss. Color the flowers with Fireworks Spray. Attach the flowers. Apply small amounts of On Point Glue on the petals of the flowers and sprinkle with glitter. Adhere sequins randomly on the card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stamps – Dina Wakley, Stampers Anonymous, Stampington & Co.
  • Stencils – Stencil Girl, Prima
  • Flowers
  • Glitter
  • Sequins
  • Heat Tool
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Watercolor paper
  • Gesso
  • Strong adhesive
  • Cardstock – black and white
  • Water brushes

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Commemorating Life Events with Love

This January our theme is Wintergreen and New Beginnings. We have been impressed by all the great work in our blog this month and are over the moon with the results of our challenge. In this post, Imagine artists Allison Heikkila and Neva Cole create two brightly hued cards using Wintergreen and express themes other than New Beginnings.

by Allison Heikkila

 

Allison Heikkila creates a Wintergreen sympathy card using Versacolor and Delicata.

Card makers love to make joyous cards, commemorating wonderful life events such as birthdays, weddings, graduations, etc. Unfortunately, we also need to make cards for sad things such as the passing of a loved one. It’s always good to have a few of these on hand because I know that for me when I lose someone, I do not want to make a card. So, it’s best to have these done ahead of time. Below is a simple card that can be done in any color range you like. I went with this month’s color choice from Imagine — Wintergreen.

For this card, I started off with cardstock and cut it to 5 1/4″ x 3 3/4.” I rubbed the Seafoam Versacolor across the top and covered about 1/3 of the paper. Next, I used the Mint Versacolor and covered another third of the paper. I finished it up with the Celadon All-Purpose ink on the bottom third. I heated the paper with a heat tool so that it would dry. I stamped my sympathy image with Evergreen Versacolor and heat embossed it with Imagine’s clear embossing powder. I roughed up the edges a bit with the blade of my scissor. I inked up my card base with Shimmery Silver Delicata ink to add some shine. This card came together very quickly, and again, it’s always good to have a few of these on hand. You can try it in any combination of colors, though I like to keep this style of card soft in color.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampendous stamp – Those We Love
  • Mixed media paper
  • Heat tool

by Neva Cole

Neva Cole uses Kaleidacolor to color vellum for a Happy Anniversary card.

I am very blessed to be married to my husband and found the perfect sentiments to create a wonderful anniversary card. A few months back Imagine and CAS-ual Fridays Stamps conducted a blog hop and it was an opportunity to get to know this fun stamp line. There were so many sentiments in the Big Treble and Love Notes sets that I couldn’t resist creating a background with Kaleidacolor ink on glossy cardstock. To continue the color theme of wintergreen the vellum is brayered on the back with Kaleidacolor. To top it off, the Heartbeats and Happy Anniversary images were stamped in VersaFine Majestic Blue and heat embossed with Iridescent Embossing Powder to give it just a bit of glimmer and shine. I think it makes for a masculine looking card with just the right sentiment!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • CAS-ual Fridays Stamps–Heartbeats, Love Notes
  • Glossy white cardstock
  • Vellum
  • Brayer
  • Heat tool
  • Fiber or ribbon
  • Hole punch

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Creative Journals for Creative People

Imagine artist Jennifer Vanderbeek and Kyriakos Pachadiroglou share their mixed media creative journals which we hope will jump start your adventures today! StazOn Studio Glaze

One of the cool features of an art journal or planner is it allows for a regular creative practice. This can improve the quality of life and allows more connection to one’s craft. A part of being creative and journaling is to modify your journal cover and pages to further express your aspirations. Today we are sharing two different styles of creative journals by Imagine artists Jennifer Vanderbeek and Kyriakos Pachadiroglou.

Jennifer’s Journal Cover

Imagine artist Jennifer Vanderbeek and Kyriakos Pachadiroglou share their mixed media creative journals which we hope will jump start your adventures today! Fireworks Craft Spray

The cover’s base is a collage with torn pieces of map pages as well as craft paper pasted down with Creative Medium. Then shimmer is added with some sprays of Fireworks!. The earthy tones of Desert Sand, Potter’s Clay, and Rich Cocoa complement the craft paper and helped blend the edges of the maps into the background. The title of the journal is hand drawn with Memento markers and accented with white StazOn Studio Glaze.

Jennifer’s Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Blank journal
  • Maps
  • Craft paper
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Interim Photos and Captions

Kyriakos’ Directions

Imagine artist Jennifer Vanderbeek and Kyriakos Pachadiroglou share their mixed media creative journals which we hope will jump start your adventures today!

This interior journal page is partially covered with white heavy structure paste with a light mix of the Brilliance Mediterranean Blue ink and then distressed with the same color using a wet tissue and few ink drops. To give a winter color mix, use the Sage VersaColor inkpad in random spots of the page. Use Silver Encore! inkpad to blend with blue ink giving a Silver Gray and a bit of a reflective effect on the white structure paste.

Kyriakos’ Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Doodlebug Design – stamp set
  • Kaisercraft – Clear stamp set
  • Scrapberry – Everyday stamp
  • 7 Gypsies wooden stamp – Dreams, Dare
  • Studio G – Love Yourself stamp
  • Heavy structure paste

To encourage a daily or weekly practice, keep your art journal somewhere visible. Use images and colors that inspire you to create!

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Twelve Page Photo Journal

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Ever wonder what to do with those special concert ticket stubs without dedicating an entire page in a scrapbook? Or how to capture an entire month filled with outings, adventures, and family events? Imagine artist Kyriakos has designed a clever 12-month photo journal to help solve the problem of collecting keepsakes without the clutter.

Choose a special moment of each month of 2017, preferably with a photo and save them in a 12-page handmade journal. The pages are empty envelopes that easily set together, creating pockets that allow one to store a ticket, a note and/or a photo of an occasion, a party or a moment in the month, while the opposite side can be used to write down a date, feelings or anything else that make that day special and need to remember. Use stamps, markers and stickers to alter it further during the year.

Directions

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 1

Stamp 12 envelopes on the front top to mark a header for a date or title. Keep the flap on the left side.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 2

Take a clear envelope and keep it open. Place some glue on the back of the flap of a stamped one and insert it in the first envelope up to the flaps’ crease, press to set. Fold the envelope to the first one and continue with the rest as above. When finished with all envelopes, place some glue on the book spine and secure with the bookbinders until it dries.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 3

Glue the book at the center of the light blue cardstock.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 4

Cut 2 pieces of the 12×12 paper, 1 inch larger than the book boards. Glue them on the book boards as covers.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 5

Distress the covers with the Celadon VersaColor and Pinecone VersaColor inkpads.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 6

Press the Pinecone VersaColor inkpad on the working surface and lightly mix with the heavy structure paste with the palette knife. Cover the cover with large strokes.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 7

Stamp words with the clear letter stamps and the Pinecone VersaColor inkpad.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 8

Using the Pinecone VersaColor inkpad, stamp the months on the side of the canvas piece of fabric and distress the rest of it on both sides.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 9

Color the heart shape with the Silver Encore! inkpad and the letters with the Pinecone VersaColor inkpad.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 10

Turn the bronze metallic leaves into silver by embossing them with the Imagine Silver Embossing Powder and the help of the VersaMark inkpad.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 11

Glue the canvas with the stamped months on the bark piece, fold the fabric under and glue on the cover.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Finish with setting the rest of the embellishments on the cover.

Now you have a photo journal that is waiting to be filled with all the fun event mementos planned for the year. At the end of the year, 12 moments will make a keepsake journey in 2017. Best of all, the same technique can be used with any size of envelopes and more pages can be added for regular journals or planners.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • 4 ½ x 6 ¼ photo envelopes in two colors
  • 2pc of 4 ¾ x 6 ½ book board
  • Light blue cardstock 4 ¾ x 6 ½
  • Kaisercraft – Alpha Cursive script stamps
  • 7gypsies – Par Avios clear stamps
  • Silver round studs
  • Metallic flowers
  • Heavy structure paste
  • Efco – 12×12 stripes paper
  • Craft wire – silver
  • Wooden shapes – numbers, heart
  • Binder twine
  • 8 x 3 piece of canvas
  • 4 ½ x 2 ½ piece of bark
  • Heat tool
  • PVA glue

 

 

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Back 2 School

Is it Really Time Already?

by Neva Cole

A Back To School themed scrapbook page featuring photos from school, BoBunny patterned papers, Embossed chipboard numbers and a hand lettered statement with apples made with irRESISTible Pico Embellishers.

Different parts of the country are already thinking about “Back to School” in early August so Imagine is sharing a few ideas for the season. Our schedule here in Oregon runs a little later, so we still have a bit of time before thinking school supplies and fun fall activities. With my layout I wanted to have a color cohesiveness with the embellishments, because the patterned paper by BoBunny and my photos are bright and multicolored. It is easy with a bit of VersaColor ink and Imagine Embossing powder.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 90 minutes

Directions

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Step 1

Select the journal card for the layout and hand journal with the fine tip end of a Memento Dual Tip Marker in Bamboo Leaves. Ink the edges in Scarlet and add irRESISTible in Lady Bug, Pear Tart, and Shimmer to the apples on the card to add a little dimension and shine. Set aside to dry.

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Step 2

Stamp each of the embellishments on the yellow striped patterned paper. You can see my practice on the scrap paper in the background. A variety of school themed and alphabet stamp sets were used to create the various title strips. VersaColor ink in Scarlet is heat embossed with Candy Red Embossing Powder. The eyeball is stamped in VersaColor Black and heat embossed with Black Embossing Powder. It was the perfect choice for an embellishment on a photo of the dissection of a cow eye! For the strips that were not already labels, the edges are inked in succession and heat embossed. After each edge cooled the next edge was completed.

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Step 3

To make the chipboard letters match the color scheme exactly they are enameled with the Candy Red embossing powder. The surface was sanded so the first layer of VersaColor Scarlet would adhere more readily. Use tweezers to keep the numbers from moving too far as it is heat embossed. Immediately add another layer of embossing powder while the layer on the chip board number is still hot. Continue the process until a smooth enameled look is achieved. I did three layers of embossing powder. With the iterations, there will be excess embossing powder that will not adhere and blow around on your craft table so you can also do this in a small box, and some will stick to the metal tweezers requiring a bit of clean up.

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Step 4

Select patterned papers. I chose BoBunny’s Toy Box line using ABC, Storytime, and Cheerful. All the photos are backed with the yellow striped side and the edges are inked with direct to paper technique using VersaColor Scarlet. ABC paper is cut with a circle cutter and the edges are inked with VersaColor Scarlet. All pieces are set aside to dry before adhering together as the inked edges can mark up your project if you get in too much of a hurry.

Step 5

Adhere everything together and enjoy the memories of a fun fall!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • BoBunny − Toy Box, ABC, Storytime, and Cheerful
  • Unity Stamp − Smarty Pants
  • Inkadinkado − Test Tubes
  • The Paper Company − Grade School
  • Hero Arts − Tiny Carnival Letters alphabet
  • Tweezers
  • Acrylic blocks
  • Heat tool

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