See How to Make Your Own Unicorn Coloring Book

by Roni Johnson

See How to Make Your Own Unicorn Coloring Book

Happy Coloring Book Day! I was so excited when I read August 2nd was National Coloring Book Day. I knew I wanted to make my very own stamped Unicorn coloring book. I’ve been caught up in the adult coloring book wave of goodness and making one of my own has been on my mind for a while. What could be more fun than coloring pages you designed yourself?! Once you get into a good stamping and inking rhythm, it turns out to be an easy project.

inked pages in a tutorial on See How to Make Your Own Unicorn Coloring Book
Step 1

Design a set of covers using chipboard and cardstock. Flick a bit of irRESISTible Texture Medium on a piece of cardstock. Mist with 2 or more coordinating colors of Fireworks Spray and mix the two mediums and let dry. Secure newly inked cardstock to the chipboard and cover the adhesive with a clean cut of cardstock.

Pages inside a Unicorn Coloring Book
Step 2

Stamp the inside pages with a variety of unicorn stamps with using VersaFine Onyx Black. This is a perfect ink for watercoloring or water-based markers. For the lovely unicorns, I used all sorts of stamp sets and styles from different stamp companies such as Hero Arts and Lawn Fawn. Use a die-cut mask to apply color using Memento and VersaMagic inks to the edge of each coloring book page.

See How to Make Your Own Unicorn Coloring Book

See How to Make Your Own Unicorn Coloring Book

Step 3

Depending on what craft supplies you have handy, bind the pages together in a book form. Since this is not a bookbinding lesson, I encourage you to find a supplementary lesson on simple book binding. Here‘s one binding idea from Neva Cole. I happen to have the Zutter equipment so it is what I used. Once you bind all the pages together you are ready to start coloring! Enjoy!

See How to Make Your Own Unicorn Coloring Book

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock
  • Avery Elle – Be a Unicorn stamp set
  • CC Designs – Unicorn Dreams stamp set
  • Lawn Fawn – Winter Unicorn
  • Hero Arts – Unicorn DC208; Unicorn F6231
  • Joy Claire – Doodle Flowers
  • Just For Fun Rubber Stamps – Cupcake, Water Globe
  • Pinkfresh Studio – Unicorn Dreams
  • Technique Tuesday – Say It Happy
  • Unity – Butterfly
  • Spellbinders – Label Die
  • Zutter – Binder, Owire (or any book binding kit available)
  • Chipboard
  • Masking Paper

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These 2 Different Embossed Pineapples are Super Fun

This week we have been on a bit of a pineapple binge! We challenged our artists with “pineapple” as a color for the month of July. But because pineapples have been such a cute trend, our artists have used the pineapple itself as the object of affection. In today’s blog, we have two projects that focus on embossing pineapples as a way to create adorable crafty goodness!

These 2 Different Embossed Pineapples are Super Fun

Embossing Bright Yellow Pineapples by Jowilna Nolte

The month of July celebrates all things bright, yellow and happy. Those words come to mind when you think about the prickly fruit with its gorgeous golden hues and funky outer facade. What a fun fruit and color to transform into a summers card perfect to cheer up someone’s day.

This card was quick and easy to make, yet I used a different embossing technique. Start by creating the base of your folded card. Use a circle stencil and Memento Cantaloupe to blend some circles using an ink sweeper. Keep the stencil in position and use Delicata Golden Glitz to blend over the same circles using the gold to add shimmer. I love the way metallic inks and dye inks work together.

Now it’s time to use embossing paste! Color embossing paste with Delicata Golden Glitz inker and apply the paste through a pineapple stencil with a palette knife on a separate piece of watercolor paper. Leave the stenciling to dry. Once the stenciling is dry, use a combination of All-Purpose Ink and stamp pad inkers to color the background. Using the inkers creates a more saturated look which is very effective for a light color like yellow. Mist the background with water and then drop All-Purpose Ink, and inkers onto the wet surface and let blend. When the background colors are dry, carefully cut out your pineapples and arrange them onto a card. Adhere them using foam dots for dimension. Finish off your card with washi tape, diamanté, and a large ribbon bow.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Jowilna Nolte – Circle stencil
  • Cardstock – white
  • Watercolor paper
  • Penelopee Dee – Pineapple Stencil:
  • Ribbon
  • Washi tape
  • Diamante
  • Embossing paste

 


Embossed Pineapple Greeting Card by Jessica Litman

Pineapples are all the rage! So, why not add some tropical spunk to your craft project?! One of the coolest things about heat embossing is that it turns something simple like cardstock or scrapbook paper into a more elegant project that looks as if it visited a letterpress shop. So with a pineapple stamp and an embossing technique, it is simple to enhance scrapbook pages to a new level.

If you are familiar with heat embossing then you are already halfway there! Simply, stamp pineapple stamp using VersaMagic Cloud White onto Teresa Collins scrapbook paper. VersaMagic is a chalk pigment ink and works perfectly for embossing. Next, heat emboss with Silver Embossing Powder or color of choice. Attach pineapple paper with Tear It Tape to a black card base. If you have more time, then keep going with different color embossing powders and different scrapbook papers until you have a cute pineapple theme collection.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Pineapple Stamp
  • Black Card
  • Heat Gun
  • Teresa Collins – paper

Got the Blues? Check Out 2 Uplifting Handmade Cards

Sometimes doing something special for someone during a rough period is the best medicine. In today’s papercraft projects, we share two different themes for encouragement cards. Tenia creates a cute and simple sympathy card for a broken heart while Elina creates reminds us to dance.

Got the Blues? Check Out 2 Uplifting Handmade Cards

Broken Heart Mini Card by Tenia Nelson

Hey Y’all! Tenia here from Jazzy Paper Designs with a sympathy or broken heart mini card measuring 3 x 3 inches and made with Imagine and Tsukineko ink products. Sometimes sending someone a sweet message when they are feeling blue is a nice way to show them you are thinking of them.

Broken Heart Mini Card by Tenia Nelson

Using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, stamp the heart image onto 3 x 3 inch card. Next, spray a Bahama Blue Fireworks onto card to give the splatter effect in the background. Ink the same heart stamp with VersaMark, stamp and heat emboss onto red cardstock. Cut out embossed image and adhere to card using the first stamp as a guide and attach with foam adhesive.

Since green is a natural complement to red, ink the sentiment with Cottage Ivy Memento Ink and stamp sentiment onto a piece of white cardstock and cut around the sentiment. Adhere this text block onto card using foam adhesive. Also add washi, patterned paper and sticker stitches. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white, red
  • Patterned paper
  • Unity Stamp Company – heart stamp
  • Washi tape
  • Sticker Stitches
  • Foam dot adhesive

Just Dance Watercolor Card by Elina Stromberg

Just Dance Watercolor Card by Elina Stromberg

Watercolors are an easy way to create beautiful backgrounds for your card projects. However, there are differences between watercolors; many cheap watercolor palettes may be rich in pigment, but once dry the colors becomes chalky and less vibrant. Liquid colors are a good choice, and the water-based Fireworks Craft Spray have become my favorite. In addition to the lively rich colors Fireworks also adds a bit of shimmer to your projects.

When making simple one-layer cards with watercolor background, I often use liquid masking fluid for protecting the main image. I start with stamping the image, and then cover it with a thin layer of masking fluid. Once the rubber layer is dry, I can simply paint over the image to create my background. On this card, I wanted to add more texture on top of the watercolors. So I used irRESISTibles and embossing powder to create this effect. The bottom part (earthy ground) of the image is decorated with gold irRESISTible Pico Embellisher creates a raised look. While the white and copper dust textures are embossing powder are super fine with a raised look as well. The red dress and hat are painted with a water brush, using red VersaMagic ink. And I left an open space in the sky to stamp the sentiment.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampin’Up – ‘Beautiful You’ stamp
  • Watercolor paper
  • Card base – white
  • Cardstock– dark blue
  • Winsor and Newton – masking fluid
  • Water brush
  • Double-sided tape
  • Heat gun

See How to Use Metal and Pigment Ink to Make Jewelry

by Mischelle Smith

Imagine’s Sheet Metal, VersaMagic and StazOn all products perfect for jewelry

I love wearing jewelry and wanted to make something colorful, light and airy for hot summer days. In today’s quick post, I am using Imagine’s Sheet Metal, VersaMagic and StazOn ink — all products perfect for jewelry. Jewelry making is super fun because of the creating and imagination process. It is fun to watch something transform from raw material to something beautiful and wearable.

I started out with plain metal pieces of Sheet Metal which is a sturdy but thin crafting metal. I choose four square pieces and one circle to contrast the others. Sheet metal is thin enough to use with embossing folders so I embossed with a couple different embossing folders to get different shapes and textures.

Then I colored the pieces using a combination of VersaMagic Chalk inks with the ‘direct to paper’ technique. This technique is using your inkpad directly on the metal blank to add color. After adding each color, heat emboss the newly inked sheet metal with Imagine’s Clear Embossing Powder. This will help you develop a layered ink look. Since this is metal, use extra precaution by holding your sheet metal with tweezers to avoid burning yourself. Now that your heat emboss is finished, add sentiments or your favorite small stamps using StazOn ink. When finished, seal your work with a clear sealant and attach the jewelry components.

Imagine’s Sheet Metal, VersaMagic and StazOn all products perfect for jewelry

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Close To My Heart – Chevron embossing folder, Arrows Embossing Folder
  • Heat tool
  • Necklace
  • Earring/Jewelry Findings
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Tweezers
  • Sealant
  • Die cutting machine

Make Your Ink Blending Easy with VersaMagic

by Jowilna Nolte


Blending colors can be tricky but when you use amazing inks like Tsukineko’s VersaMagic chalk inks, then blending and creating a seamless look is magical. For this blog post, I show you how to color a chipboard piece blended with four colors of pigment ink for a gorgeous earth toned ombre look. This chipboard can be used in a scrapbook, card or any craft project you choose. Let’s get started!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 15-20 minutes

Direction


Step 1

Select a piece of chipboard you want to color as well as four colors of VersaMagic Dew Drop inks. I chose Gingerbread, Thatched Straw, Malted Mauve, Perfect Plumeria in VersaMagic and a tall, card-sized chipboard from Celebr8.


Step 2

Think about each color roughly taking up a quarter of the chipboard. In other words, if you have a 4-inch tall chipboard then each color will ink a 1-inch section. Start by tapping the lightest color (Thatched Straw) onto the top section of your chipboard piece. Repeatedly tap the ink over each other until the color is the nice and solid in coverage. VersaMagic is a juicy ink and will saturate rather quickly.


Step 3

Repeat the process with your second color (Malted Mauve). This time slightly overlap onto your first color when inking to blend colors.


Step 4

Repeat the process using your third color (Perfect Plumeria) again overlapping onto the second color a bit.


Step 5

Repeat with your last and fourth color (Gingerbread) overlapping onto the third color a bit.


Step 6

Use your finger tip or a sponge dauber to lightly rub over the overlapping areas. Because the pigment inks will stay wet for a little while longer than dye ink, the colors will blend more easily and beautifully. Set aside and allow to dry thoroughly before using on a card or other paper projects.


In the image above you can see how this blending technique can be used on any chipboard design.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Celebr8 – “You Were Born to Stand Out” chipboard
  • Cardstock

Chalk It Up With A Teacher’s Card

by Nadine Carlier

Teacher Card by Nadine Carlier (ic)

I can’t believe it is almost the end of the school year! My daughter always likes to give her teachers a thank you/goodbye card the last day of school. She specifically asked for a chalkboard look.  Right away I knew I wanted to use Imagines VersaMagic which is a chalk like ink.
Below I put together a tutorial video showing I created the chalkboard effect on my card….

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 min

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – Green, Kraft
  • White Pencil
  • Washi Tape
  • Embellishments

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