How to Create a Pressed Flower Art Journal Page

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

How to Create a Pressed Flower Art Journal Page

Wisteria is one of my favorite flowers but its season is all too brief. This year I’ve preserved a cluster in my art journal on a rich bed of pigment made up of layers of Fireworks Sprays and Creative Medium, taking my color inspiration from the blooms themselves. Creative Medium both protects the layers I’ve built up and gives a perfect surface to build upon—it’s invaluable!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Art Journal
  • White Cardstock
  • Gesso
  • Pressed Flowers
  • Darice – Heat Tool
  • Uniball – White Signo Pen
  • Faber Castel – Pitt Brush Pen
  • Tweezers
  • Wax Paper

Celebrate National Scrapbook Day with this Stunning Layout!

by Jowilna Nolte

Celebrate National Scrapbook Day with Stunning Layout!

Happy National Scrapbook Day! I love scrapbooking because it gives you a chance to capture memories with those you love. Another feature is you get to collage together beautiful images and colors to encapsulate those memories. In today’s project, I choose lime and purple as the perfect color combination for a young at heart! This layout is filled with interesting floral details combining some of my favorite ink products in a vibrant color combination. Enjoy!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1.5 hours

Directions


Step 1

Stencil a circle background onto smooth white cardstock using texture paste. Leave the paste to dry. Create color by misting the texture with Fireworks sprays and leave to dry.


Step 2

On the second sheet of white cardstock create a background using Radiant Neon in Electric Green and Delicata in Emerald Green. Use the direct to paper technique to add the color. You can also add color with inkers for even more intensity.


Step 3

Once the background is dry. Use Delicata ink and stencil a pattern onto the background in selected areas. Punch  2½” circles from your background as well as some 1” circles.


Step 4

Mist the background with the same colors of Fireworks that you used on the background. Spray in selected areas to create a beautiful shimmer.


Step 5

Assemble the punched out circles, a photo matted on a black background, and cut out flowers from the patterned paper on the background to create your layout. Add a title like “drive” and additional embellishments like the stars and hearts to finish off the layout. Add additional Walnut Ink splats as well as colors ink splats using the Fireworks sprays.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white
  • Jowilna Nolte – numbers stencil, circle stencil
  • Short Cust Craft – wooden letters
  • Kaisercraft – Patterned paper
  • Texture paste
  • Cirle punch or die – 1″ and 2″

Create a Copper and Teal Father’s Day Steampunk Card

by Iris Rodriguez

Create a Copper and Teal Father's Day Steampunk Card

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, but I thought I’d get a head start on a steampunk/industrial Father’s Day card. Depending on the mom – it could be for either! These projects are always fun because you get to make things look grungy and metallic with inks, embossing powders and embellishments. By altering corrugated cardboard with different craft inks, you can transform scraps into a cool background. See how I made it!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1.5 hours

Directions


Step 1

Select a piece of corrugated cardboard.


Step 2

Spray Ink Potion No. 9 onto the corrugated cardboard. This helps the ink spread evenly and reduces harsh spray splotches. Spray Walnut Ink on the corrugated cardboard randomly. The ink will seep into the crevices. This imitates a timeworn metal look. To remove ink from the crevices use a dry brush to lift up the ink, then dry onto a paper towel. Dry paper.


Step 3

Rip the top and bottom edges.


Step 4

Ink the corrugated cardboard with Champagne Delicata and Turquoise Gem VersaMagic inks on the raised surface. The Turquoise Gem ink imitates a patina look while the Champagne ink imitates bits of metal shining through. Dry paper.


Step 5

Ink the edges with the Rich Cocoa Memento Luxe ink. Dry paper


Step 6

Ink gears with VersaMark ink, add Imagine’s Embossing Powder in Gold and heat set. Repeat this step using the Celestial Copper and Silver embossing powders.


Step 7

To vary the look of the gears, create a patina and copper gear. Ink the gear with Turquoise Gem VersaMagic ink.


Step 8

Add Imagine’s Embossing Powder in Copper on random areas.


Step 9

Add Imagine’s Embossing powder in Clear to the rest of gear and heat set


Step 10

Ink the card’s edges with Turquoise Gem VersaMagic Ink. Dry paper. Ink small areas randomly with the Celestial Copper Delicata ink.


Step 11

Adhere corrugated cardboard front to the card.


Step 12

Adhere nailheads, studs, and gears. Stamp a “Happy Father’s Day” sentiment and cut out into a rectangle shape. Add small metal studs on the four corners of the sentiment card and mount to the front of the card. Essentially the card is finished at this point but you can continue to add little details to make it your own! Happy grungy cardmaking!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Creative Embellishments – Chipboard Gears (1, 1.25. 1.5 inches); ‘Loose Parts’ set
  • Nailhead and stud metal embellishments
  • Happy Father’s Day sentiment stamp

Watch A Video On Creating A Beautiful Mixed Media Tag

by Kassy Tousignant

Watch A Video On Creating A Beautiful Mixed Media Tag.

This handmade tag project uses VersaMagic DewDrop and Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray with a mixed media style. I wanted to compare VersaMagic ink and Fireworks sprays on tags using black and white gesso surfaces. I used all of the same colors of ink to show how they turn out so differently.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Prima – Plaster paste, St. Tropez paper, embellishments
  • DecoArt Media – Matte Medium
  • Twine
  • Brutus Monroe – Tangled Waves stencil
  • Black gesso
  • White gesso

Create a Beautiful ‘Under the Sea’ Theme Tag

by Kassy Tousignant

Create a Beautiful 'Under the Sea' Theme Tag

I would love to show you a fun, new way to use Radiant Neon Amplify Texture to create an interesting Snakeskin texture on your next tag or cardmaking project. In this project, I used it with a background stencil and colored with Fireworks sprays to achieve a dynamic, textured pattern on my tag.  I am always looking for new, innovative ways to create texture and add visual interest to my work and Amplify really took it up a notch! The light foam that pops as a result of heat-activation is unlike anything else. I also love that it can be sprayed or painted over to achieve your desired look.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • E6000 glue
  • Prima – Sculpture Medium clear, Acrylic paint
  • Liquitex soft body paint – Muted Grey, Muted Turquoise
  • Graphic 45 stamp
  • Echo Park – Snakeskin stencil
  • Woodcut Octopus
  • Cloth netting

 

Create a Leather Effect on a Gift Tag using GooseBumps Texture Spray

by Arjita Sepaha Singh

I wanted to create leather texture effect which can be used on gift tags. I sprayed Imagine’s Walnut inks on paper tags and allowed them to dry completely. Next, I added Goosebumps Texture Spray to create the randomness and variety in texture and color. Then I added more intense color sprays and crumbled the tags. This gave a cool leather-like texture and I finished the tags by adding a gold heat embossed flower and sentiment.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Heat gun
  • Altenew – Stamp set
  • Somerset cardstock
  • Misti Stamp Tool
  • Double-sided foam adhesive