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

Craft a Beautiful Ipad Holder from an Old Cutting Board

by Roni Johnson

DIY craft hack transform cutting board into an ipad holder

Technology has crept into most aspects of our lives and the kitchen is no exception. The internet is a wealth of information especially when it comes to recipes and cooking suggestions. It’s like having all of the cookbooks in the world at your fingertips. While technology grants us the ability to look up any recipe we could think of there is still one little tech problem in the kitchen. I need both hands free to cook and I also need to prop up my Ipad to read my recipes. So, I thought it would be fun to make an IPad “cookbook” Holder to solve this problem. After crafting the design, I simply set it up on my counter using the hinged prop on the back, and I was ready to go!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions

VersaMark
Step 1

Paint a wood cutting board with white acrylic paint. Position stencil over the cutting board and ink with VersaMark Ink over the entire board.


Step 2

Sprinkle Imagine’s Clear Embossing Powder over the ink. Shake off excess powder and return it to the jar for future use. Melt powder with a heat tool.

VersaMagic Dew Drops – Aspen Mist, Sea Breeze, Aegean Blue, Ocean Depth, Night Sky
Step 3

Ink with VersaMagic Dew Drop inks over the embossed design. VersaMagic is a chalk pigment which leaves a beautiful matte finish and has a little bit of a longer dry time to allow for blending. Use an InkBlusher to blend the inks together working from light to darker colors.


Step 4

Use a tissue or soft dry cloth to wipe excess ink from the embossed areas. The embossed design will really pop once the excess ink has been removed.


Step 5

Color a Scrabble Letter Rack (or a similar wood mount) using an InkBlusher sponge and desired color of VersaMagic. Glue inked holder to the front of the cutting board.


Step 6

Affix a prop to the back of the cutting board. You can create any support you feel will work for your cutting board. I simply glued chipboard (actually an old game board) to the wood holder to create a support, attached the ribbon (to keep the board from opening all the way and covered the board with matching ink. 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cutting Board (preferably an old one with some character & large enough for your tablet)
  • Acrylic Paint – White (I used DecoArt)
  • Stencil
  • Scrabble Letter Rack
  • Heat tool

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Do you Believe in Ghost(ing Technique)s?

Using VersaMark to Create Ghosting Techniques by Martha Lucia Gomez

Using VersaMark to Create Ghosting Techniques by Martha Lucia Gomez

Versamark is one of the most versatile inks for crafting. I use it for embossing, stamping tone to tone, watermark, chalking and for ghosting. Today, I am focusing on the Ghosting technique.

For the best results, I use glossy cardstock which has a different absorbent surface than a matte cardstock. Start by stamping the background with a set called Delicate Details from Stampin Up with VersaMark onto the glossy paper. Let the ink dry for a few seconds. Next, ink the brayer with Lilac Posies Memento Ink and apply over the stamped piece several times. Remove the excess of the ink with a dry paper towel and you will start to see the ghosting effect. Repeat this step with Memento color for darker results. Next, I die cut a dragonfly and “with love” sentiment with plain cardstock and attached with On Point Glue which works perfectly for small and delicate details. To finish, attach the decorated layers to a card base. Super easy!

Tip: You can use different images to create this technique, not only border stamps. You can also mix colors of inks and let your design ideas go wild!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white glossy, white matte
  • Stampin Up – Delicate Details stamp set
  • Gina Marie Designs – Detailed Dragonfly die, “With Love” die
  • Misti
  • Foam tape

Blending Delicata Ink Technique by Renee Zarate

I love coffee more than any other drink! So creating a “coffee” themed card is right up my alley. Joy Clair has these adorable stamps with coffee phrases that have been put to good use here. I have a few favorite, simple ink blending techniques that can be used to give a card personalized, water colored look. The technique demonstrated today is using Fireworks Craft spray and a spray bottle filled with water. It packs a lot of punch for unique colorization.

Start by cutting different mat papers to stack like a nest. Set all the mats aside and then stamp the girl image on water color paper using Jet Black StazOn ink. Spray water on the paper, then spray Bahama Blue Fireworks Craft Spray allowing the color to run on the paper. Lightly mist with Fireworks Lilac Posies and allow droplets to form and mix with the Bahama Blue. Fireworks spray inks blend really well when wet! At any point, additional water can be added or a paper towel can be used to blot up excess color and water.

To achieve the skin tone, apply a small mix of Pink Grapefruit and Persimmon VersaMagic ink. Add a small amount of Delicata White Shimmer to the mix. It is easiest to blend and apply these inks with a water pen. An additional drop of Brilliance Pearlescent Poppy ink was used the same way to color the lips and the cheeks. Stamp the coffee phrases with StazOn Royal Purple ink. Add extra detail with a Pico Embellisher in Bronze, clear art pebbles can also be added for interest using On Point Glue as an adhesive. This mixed media style is fun because there are no set rules. Work with these techniques until you have made what is perfect for you!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Joy Clair– “Coffee Love” stamps
  • Pam Carriker “Beatrice” by Stampington
  • DCWV cardstock
  • Prima – Art Ingredient Mélange Art Pebbles
  • Water pen
  • Blank card – white
  • Uniball Signo broad pen
  • white pen
  • Micron 05 black pen
  • Acrylic block
  • Water spray bottle
  • Paper towels
  • Heat tool
  • Paper cutter

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Show a Good Friend You Really Care

by Alison Heikkila

Using VersaMagic inkpad for blending ink on a handmade Friend Greeting Card

Ink blending is a beautiful and fun technique for paper crafting and cardmaking. When you have the perfect die cut, stamp or paper sometimes all it takes is a blend of ink colors to make the card extra special. In this project, I wanted to show off the chalky, lovely colors of VersaMagic, but also I wanted to highlight it’s amazing blending ability.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Ornate Heart Metal Stencil- FMS4060
Step 1

I started by taping my metal heart stencil down only on the left side so that the tape created a hinge. This way I can check my work as I go.

Ornate Heart Metal Stencil- FMS4060
Step 2

I chose the colors I wanted and I started with the lightest shade–VersaMagic Key Lime on the outer rim and worked darker colors toward the center. I chose light to dark because as I begin to blend the colors I won’t ink the lighter ink pads with the darker colors. I used a sponge dauber to ink up the outer edge of the heart. Sponge Daubers are great for pushing into the stencil and can provide relative precision.

Ornate Heart Metal Stencil- FMS4060
Step 3

A quick check to make sure I like how it looks and then I blended another layer on top of VersaMagic Key Lime with VersaMagic Thatched Straw.

Ornate Heart Metal Stencil- FMS4060
Step 4

Since VersaMagic is a pigment ink it does not dry as rapidly as a dye which makes it perfect for blending. I take each shade out a little further than I want it to show so that I have room to overlap the colors.

Ornate Heart Metal Stencil- FMS4060
Step 5

Next, I used VersaMagic Pink Grapefruit followed by VersaMagic Red Brick. Even though these colors seem unusual to blend together, the VersaMagic makes it so easy. Tip: Use one sponge dauber per color to keep inks from getting mixed up.


Step 6

I trimmed out the heart. I didn’t like the white border so I colored the edge with New Sprout Memento Marker. I diecut a simple “friend” sentiment from CAS-ual Fridays using Mint Julep cardstock. I thought this was another great opportunity to do more blending but this time with a water-based dye ink. I used a Bamboo Leaves Memento Marker for the top portion of the letters, then I blended it with Pear Tart.

CAS-ual Fridays: Friends Die- CFD16103

Tip: When you blend with markers the blend comes from dying the paper with the two different colors. This will not be as soft looking as a pigment ink because the dyes are mixing on their own inside the paper fibers. A good technique here would be to continue layering very lightly to get a more seemless blend or with very similar color tones. In the photo above, you can see how nicely the 2 colors are blended on the “f.” On the rest of the word, only the Bamboo Leaves has been used.

Dare Devil cardstock
Step 7

I made my card base out of Dare Devil cardstock, cut to 5 1/2″ x 8.” I spritzed it with Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Sparkle which is a beautiful shimmery spray. I cut out a strip of Banana Pepper (1 1/4″ x 4″) and Sweet Potato (3/4″ x 4), glued them together and sprayed them with Sheer Shimmer Sparkle Frost. Then I assembled my card.


I thought the card needed something else. A little more white. My son was playing Pac-Man next to me while I was working, and then it came to me. Dots! Just like the dots Pac-Man has to eat! So I used my Wedding White irRESISTables Pico Embellisher to make dots around the perimeter. Ha! I felt this extra touch completed the design by matching the white inside the heart. I love friend-themed cards to show those important people in our lives and that we love them.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Ornate Heart Metal Stencil – FMS4060
  • CAS-ual Fridays: Friends Die – CFD16103
  • Cardstock – Dare Devil, Banana Pepper, Sweet Potato, Mint Julep
  • Xyron – X 1.5 Sticker Maker

 

Using BIG Words in Your Art, Literally

Making something bigger can sometimes enhance a seemingly ordinary project into something unique. A word or name is plain when written on a piece of paper but if those letters were suddenly enlarged 100x then it creates a whole new character. Today, we have two projects by Neva Cole and Roni Johnson that do just that.

 

Art paper mache project. handmade using chipboard, gesso and tsukineko inks.

Papier Mache Art by Roni Johnson

The bigger the better! What comes to mind is larger than the norm, but it also conjures up the idea of something a bit over the top! A project a bit larger, brighter, with more techniques, more products, and more goodness piled on. That is what inspired my “Art” that I’d like to share with you today. This is a hand constructed papier mache project that is not only larger than the norm but it is also styled in my own handwriting. I’ve not seen a project like this done before which just adds to my “more” theory of the bigger the better. Here’s a quick look at how it was made…

art lettering handwritten

I started with drawing the word “art” then transferred the text onto a large piece of chipboard. I trimmed away the excess chipboard and made a second copy by using the first piece as a template.

crafting a paper mache project

Next, I decided to make the depth 2.5” and trim several strips of chipboard to the same size. I simply taped these sides to one piece and taped the second piece to create the backside. I used tape here with these materials. I am certain a glue gun or adhesive of choice can be used instead.

inking a paper mache project with tsukineko ink

To create a proper ground for this 3-D project, I used strips of newspaper and cover the entire piece with a thinned down glue (of your choice) and let dry. I found that mine was sturdy enough after the first layer to proceed and painted the entire piece with white acrylic paint (or gesso). Since I work hard to set up a solid foundation it was not time to go crazy! And I finished the overall look with stamped images over the front of the piece, Onyx Black VersaFine ink, various colors of Creative Medium over several different stencils, and several colors of Fireworks Spray. Once my colors and texture were laid down I finished with adding vintage-looking items such as old paint brushes, pencils, and calligraphy nibs. Yes, it is easier to just buy individually manufactured papier mache letters, but this was worth it to have a one of a kind piece in your very own handwriting. Enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Chipboard
  • Newspaper
  • Collage Glue
  • Rayon Seam Binding
  • Microbeads
  • Glass glitter
  • Scissors
  • Old paint brushes
  • Old pen nibs
  • Old pencils

Bigger is Better Family Wall Décor by Neva Cole

This project is a perfect example of buying something with the full intent of completing a project but never actually getting around to working on it . . . I’ve had these letters for about 2 years, maybe even more. Insert a blush here! When the challenge to create something Bigger and Better came along it was finally time to decorate these 9.5″ letters that spell our family name–Cole. The Sierra Pacific Crafts Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) letters were painted with a mixture of Creative Medium mixed with VersaMagic Jumbo Java ink. This gives a nice glossy color in one coat that dries quickly. Several stencils and Creative Medium Metallic in Gold mixed with a small amount of Copper finish the look. The stenciling was completed in several steps with drying time in between to avoid smearing. This fun wall décor was easy to create in an afternoon and was ready to hang on the wall with small Velcro hangers. Our name is now proudly hanging above the coat rack my husband built in the entry way of our home.

Supplies

Imagine

Other

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Bring in the Spring with Greenery

Greenery March Color of the Month

March brings excitement to the year with the first hints of Spring. The budding fresh green leaves are a unique color inspiring new thoughts and ideas! It is only natural (pun intended) to declare Greenery color of the month.

We are sharing four projects in today’s blog which feature an array of Tsukineko and Imagine products in green, texture, and shimmer. Roni Johnson delights us with a succulent themed card using Kaleidacolor which shows off an ombré color blend. Jennifer Vanderbeek creates a visual effect with Vertigo and Neva Cole creates a dimensional effect with foam tape and die cut star pattern. Last and not least, Alison Heikkila takes cuteness to a new level with a wee green dragon. Enjoy!

Love Grows Here by Roni Johnson. Imagine + Tsukineko products. Memento ink. Green, succulents, spring, greeting card.

Love Grows Here by Roni Johnson

When you hear the word greenery, what comes to mind? The smell of freshly mown grass, the refreshing rain storm and an oasis filled with plants, flowers, and succulents? This was my inspiration for March and how I imagined my greenery card. The succulents were both stamped using the Fresh Greens Kaleidacolor which was misted with Sheer Shimmer Spritz prior to stamping on white cardstock and trimmed. The background was made by stamping the succulent using New Sprout Memento Dye Ink. The panel was then spritzed with New Sprout Fireworks! Spray.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • ClubScrap.com – succulent, sentiment stamps
  • Cardstock – white, green
  • Sequins
  • Adhesive

Jennifer Vanderbeek Spring Card.

Welcome Spring Card by Jennifer Vanderbeek

When starting a card, I sometimes struggle with the materials and embellishments to create a balance. With a stamped Vertigo background, adding too much to the card would take away from the dreamy movement quality of the specialty sheet. To that end, I opted to let the background command pride of place on the card and add only a bit of patterned paper in a strip along the base of the card and a simple, hand-written sentiment. Balance achieved!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Close to My Heart – Leaves stamps
  • Acrylic block
  • DCWV patterned paper
  • Cardstock
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive

You are so kind by Neva Cole. black cardstock, green, stars, spring, sparkle.

You Are So Kind in Green by Neva Cole

Green is a wonderful color to celebrate the coming of spring!  To jump start the spring feeling, Kaleidacolor ink is used to create this quick thank you card. The brushed look is created using a soft sponge brayer on white cardstock. Die cutting stars from the frame and through the black backing to show off the multi-hued nature of the Kaleidacolor ink pad.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white, black
  • Soft rubber brayer
  • Sizzix – Framelits Drop-Ins Stephanie Barnard 661563
  • Dimensional foam adhesive

I Believe in You by Alison Heikkila. Dragon stamp by Lawn Fawn. Blue, green, brick, stars, pink, galaxy.

I Believe in You by Alison Heikkila

I’ve always found dragons to be very special. When I found out that the Imagine’s Color of the Month for March was Greenery, I was excited! First, it’s a beautiful color. Second, I knew I would use this adorable dragon from Lawn Fawn’s Critters Ever After set. Dragons certainly don’t have to be green, but I thought this guy would look fabulous in this shade.

I colored the dragon with Memento Markers. I wanted to have a starry background, but I didn’t want him to float in mid-air so I made a wall using the Stone Background Stencil from Stampendous. The sky was created with watercolor paper and Fireworks! Sprays. To add a few stars, I used Wedding Dress Pico Embellisher. My sentiment (from the Believe in Yourself set) was stamped with VersaMark, and then heat embossed with White Embossing Powder.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Lawn Fawn – Critters Ever After stamp and die sets, Believe in Yourself Stamp set
  • Stampendous – Stone Background Stencil
  • Spellbinders – Lacey Ovals S4-314

 

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