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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Loved By God Mixed Media Canvas

by Mischelle Smith

Mischelle Smith creates this wonderful mixed media project with two lovely ladies.

Mixed media projects have the potential to go into any direction. One can build up layers with texture and create a design that looks 3-D, mix different mediums to create a luster or build layers that draw the eye inward to a 2-D surface. In today’s tutorial, Mischelle Smith goes through a process of coloring, blending, and layering to achieve a dense and soft texture layer over text and images. This dreamy canvas would work great with any sentiment theme and for many occasions.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 15 minutes

Directions

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Step 1

Paint canvas with gesso. Let dry.

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Step 2

Use tape to begin removing the copy from an old page. Be sure to remove enough copy for an image to stand out on a page. Stamp image of two ladies onto the page. Color the faces and skin using Memento Markers (colors of your choice).

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Step 3

Cut out a portion of the image and color dress using Brushstix, Pink Grapefruit VersaMagic and Turquoise Gem VersaMagic. Color hats with Desert Sand Memento and Toffee Crunch Memento markers.

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Step 4

With Mod Podge, cover a canvas with paper scraps, washi tape, old book pages, etc. Add the ladies as a focal image to the canvas. Cover again with Mod Podge and let the canvas dry. Spritz canvas with Goosebumps to add texture.

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Step 5

Spritz saying and old papers with Goosebumps. Let dry.  Soften edges of the canvas with Cloud White VersaMagic ink.

Mix Creative Medium with VersaMagic
Step 6

Stamp Turquoise Gem VersaMagic onto Imagine Craft Mat and blend color with palette knife into Creative Medium. Apply the Creative Medium to your canvas using a stencil and palette knife.

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Step 7

Continue to layer pieces of  paper scraps, spritz the canvas with Angel Pink Fireworks! Let dry. Seal Fireworks! with Mod Podge and let dry. Ink the edges of words using a Jumbo Dauber, Turquoise Gem VersaMagic, and Pink Grapefruit VersaMagic.

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Step 8

Layer various Imagine sprays such as Sheer Shimmer Spritz, Walnut Ink Cornflower, and Walnut Ink Cherry Blossom and seal each layer with Goosebumps and allow to dry.

Mixed media project using Goosebumps and Creative Medium.
Step 9

Finish any detailing with top layers of texture with White Wedding Dress IrRESISTibles which will block anything underneath and act as top paint splatter look. This tutorial helps show how to build a dense beautiful shimmery effect that will cause the eye to wander around the canvas. The theme and text are subject to change which opens one up to explore these layering and coloring techniques over and over again.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • 6” x 6” canvas
  • Foam Brush
  • Gesso
  • Craft Knife
  • Printer
  • Vintage Clip Art
  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • Waterbrush
  • Acrylic Block
  • CTMH – washi tape, pattern paper, white cardstock
  • Old books/hymnal pages
  • Stencil
  • Black fine writing pen

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Tag! You’re It!

Happy Valentine’s Day! We have been throwing tons of inspiration your way on traditional Valentine’s Day cards this past week. Today we thought we’d change it up and focus on projects that you can use before, during and after today’s holiday! They also happen to all be tags! Jessica Litman makes a fun tag to attach to a bottle of wine. Alison Heikkila does some routine stamp organization—perfect habit for post holiday craft space organization. And Kyriakos Pachadiroglou goes all-in on our color of the month with a mixed media style tag.

Jessica Litman makes a wine bottle tag for Valentine's Day.

Heart of Gold Wine Bottle Hostess Gift Tag by Jessica Litman

I always love making homemade gifts. I feel it shows the person I thought about what I gave them and put effort into making it. So I always like to keep hostess gift thank you cards and labels on hand. For this project, I designed the label to fit on a bottle of wine. I used a cardstock, a stencil and several Fireworks! colors to create a layered background and adhered to the tag. Then I added two additional stamped images and adhered with glue dots. Finish by attaching a ribbon, tie on hostess gift and you are ready to party!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Tag
  • Deep Red Cling Stamps – Grunge Tags
  • Thank You Stamp
  • Wine Stamp
  • White cardstock
  • Adhesive
  • Ribbon
  • Scissor
  • Paper Cutter

Alison Heikkila creates organizing tags for her stamp collection. Fireworks craft spray. yellow, blue, purple.

Stufftainer Tags by Alison Heikkila

I have a lot of stamps. I use a few different ways to organize them depending on the brand, size, and how often I need to access them. It’s kind of tough to see which stamp is in each container without pulling several out. So, I decided to make tags to label them.

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampendous – Stufftainers
  • Assorted Stamps – Andy Skinner, Nathalie Kalback, Laurel Burch, and Fran.
  • Tag Die Cut
  • Watercolor paper
  • Calligraphy pens
  • Twine

Kyriakos creates pink Valentine's card tags that could go well with any gift! Rose Color of the Month.
Distressed Pink Mixed Media Tags by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Sharing some love with pink tags that sparkle with a nice mix of Fireworks and Creative Medium. Tags are distressed with VersaColor and then two mixtures cover parts of them. The first is Fireworks! and Creative Medium and the second using Imagine’s White Embossing Powder. All is heat set before placing embellishments. Enjoy for Valentine’s Day or any time of the year!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Paper flowers
  • Metallic charms
  • Leaves ribbon – pink
  • Paper tags
  • Crafty individuals – CI-258 stamp
  • Hot glue gun
  • Heat tool

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Wishing You the Best

by Tenia Nelson

Imagine Artist Tenia Nelson creates a New Years Card with Memento Tuxedo Black and Versamagic Turquoise Gem.

‘Hope for a great year’ is always a great sentiment in the month of January. Tenia Nelson from Jazzy Paper Designs creates this super fun card that can be sent to loved ones for encouragement and hope!

Directions

Imagine Artist Tenia Nelson creates a New Years Card with Memento Tuxedo Black and Versamagic Turquoise Gem.

 Step 1

Add Turquoise Gem VersaMagic onto white cardstock using a jumbo dauber.

Imagine Artist Tenia Nelson creates a New Years Card with Memento Tuxedo Black and Versamagic Turquoise Gem.

Step 2

Die cut inked panel.

Imagine Artist Tenia Nelson creates a New Years Card with Memento Tuxedo Black and Versamagic Turquoise Gem.

Step 3

Add Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz onto white cardstock. Get more of a splatter look by tapping the applicator tube on your finger over the paper.

Imagine Artist Tenia Nelson creates a New Years Card with Memento Tuxedo Black and Versamagic Turquoise Gem.

Step 4

Stamp sentiment onto the card using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.

Imagine Artist Tenia Nelson creates a New Years Card with Memento Tuxedo Black and Versamagic Turquoise Gem.

Step 5

Adhere star onto the card using foam adhesive. Add washi tape and sticker stitches.

Imagine Artist Tenia Nelson creates a New Years Card with Memento Tuxedo Black and Versamagic Turquoise Gem.

Step 6

Adhere sequins using glue dots and adhere image panel onto card using foam adhesive.

I hope y’all enjoyed this super fun card!!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stamps – Papertrey Ink
  • Cardstock – white
  • Embellishments – sequins, washi tape, sticker stitches
  • Star Die
  • Die cut machine

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Creating A Scrapbook Planner

by Jessica Litman

scrapbook planner page by Jessica Litman

To start 2017 off on an organized foot, I have been getting my planner set up. I love using a binder-style planner because I can use it as more of a scrapbook for the year. Because I don’t have the time to sit and scrapbook like I use to, I decided in 2016 to turn my planner into a scrapbook by adding pictures and fun mementos to the pages. It turned out beautifully, so I am keeping with this tradition and creating a scrapbook planner for 2017.

For this project, I share how to make a cover page, a decorative element, and a page divider.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions for the Cover Page

Delicata, Memento, VersaMagic ink used to make a cover.

• Cut 1 piece of cardstock to 8.5 inches long by 6 inches across.
• Using a piece of white cardstock, write planner information using Memento markers.
• Mount white cardstock to another colored piece of cardstock.
• Attach both pieces of paper together using the Xyron Creative Station Lite.
• Hole punch cardstock to fit into the binder.
• Place in the binder.

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Directions for the Decorative Element

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• Cut 1 piece of cardstock to 8.5 inches long by 6 inches across.
• Using a piece of white cardstock, stamp the Memento Dew Drop – Angel Pink to create a circle.
• On top of the angel pink, stamp Memento Dew Drop– Lulu Lavender to create a circle.
• Taking a Jumbo Dauber, stamp dauber into Delicata – Golden Glitz.
• PlaceJumbo Dauber in the middle of the circle that was created.
• Cover golden glitz ink in embossing powder.
• Emboss the center of the circle.
• Cut out a circle to create a flower.
• With remaining white cardstock, stamp Memento Dew Drop – New Sprout to create leaves for the flower.
• Embellish leaves using Jumbo Dauber and Delicata – Golden Glitz.
• Cut out leaves.
• Run flower and leaves through the Xyron Creative Station Lite.
• Attach flower sticker and leaves to one piece of 8.5” by 6” cardstock.
• Spray edges of the cardstock with Sheer Shimmer Spritz.

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Directions For Polka-Dot Page Divider

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• Cut 1 piece of cardstock to 8.5 inches long by 6 inches across.
• Using a Jumbo Dauber and the VersaMagic ink, cover the Jumbo Dauber with ink and daub all over the paper.
• Repeat with other two colors.
• Add embossing powder to two sets of polka-dots.
• Emboss dots.
• Cut out two tags that will be attached to the cardstock. It will measure 2” long by 1” across for each tag.
• Run both pieces of tag through the Xyron Creative Station Lite.
• Attach one tag to the top corner of the cardstock. Attach the second tag to the backside of the cardstock.
• Hole punch cardstock to fit into the binder.
• Place in a binder.

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Tips for setting up the planner

Now that all these creative elements are finished; find a monthly, weekly or daily calendar printable online and print as many pages as needed. As planning unfolds, add pages to the binder as well as stickers, embellishments, pictures and other elements to decorate. The scrapbook style planner is a perfect way to satisfy the need to stay organized as well as the need to document the fun adventures throughout the year.

Supplies

Imagine

Delicata – Golden Glitz
Memento Dew Drop – Angel Pink, Lulu Lavender, New Sprout
VersaMagic – Aegean Blue, Perfect Plumeria, Purple Hydrangea, Spanish Olive
Sheer Shimmer Spritz– Frost
Imagine Embossing Powder – Clear
Jumbo Daubers
Memento Markers 4-pack– Rainy Daze

Other

• DCWV – Cardstock
• Embossing gun
• Paper cutter
• Scissors
• Single hole puncher
• Xyron Creative Station Lite with Permanent Adhesive Refill
• Small binder

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Planner Pages

As a tribute to the New Year and homage to the more organized faction of the crafting community, we are celebrating Planners! What better way to express your creativity and to organize your daily, monthly or even yearly goals. With a custom design in planning goals, one has the opportunity to dream and shape the page in a way that makes sense to the individual. Today we share two distinct planner page themes by Tenia Nelson and Alison Heikkila.

Imagine Artist Tenia Nelson creates this lovely planner page with Memento Ink, VersaFine Ink and Sheer Shimmer Spritz Spray to show her plans to visit Knott's Berry Farm.

Tenia chose to go with a weekly style Planner page that lists the days of the week on the outer edges of the page. Here are Tenia’s directions to customize the page!

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Step 1

Add splatter to planner pages using Sheer Shimmer Spritz and Fireworks! Craft Spray in Tuxedo Black.

planner page with memento ink pad
Step 2

Stamp various stars onto planner pages using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.

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Step 3

Stamp image onto planner pages using VersaFine Smokey Gray Ink. Write in plans in planner using Memento Tuxedo Black and Memento London Fog Markers.


planner page with floral edge

Alison chose to use a monthly view with a floral edging. Alison likes to print out a calendar that has room to write about the design team projects and important dates/events to remember:

Print out a calendar page. There are so many printable calendars available online. Just do a quick Google or Pinterest search.

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Use VersaMagic inks to mimic the soft, painterly flowers and planner stamp set to embellish the calendar. Start by stamping images on important event days. Color in the stamped images using the VersaMagic inks and Fantastix. Just lightly rubbing the Fantastix against the ink pad will give you plenty of ink to work with. Color the images with contrasting colors to help them stand out nicely.

One of the coolest characteristics of planners is the flexibility in the calendar layout mixed with unique images to fully represent creativity. Planner pages are especially fun when customized to give them their own unique individual touch. We hope these two styles have offered up inspiration to start!

Supplies used in Tenia Nelson’s Page:

Imagine
Other
  • Concord & 9th – Stamp
  • Webster Pages/Fun Stampers Journey Planner

Supplies used in Alison Heikkila’s Page:

Imagine
  • Versa Magic Ink – Night Sky, Pink Petunia, Muted Mauve, Sage, Tea Leaves, Sahara Sand, Pink Grapefruit, Pretty Petunia, Thatched Straw
  • Fantastix – Brush Tip
Other
  • Stampendous – Journal Bullets
  • printablehaven.com – planner page

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