Stamping Techniques with Lavender Blooms + Memento Markers

by Arjita Sepaha Singh

Stamping Techniques with Lavender Blooms + Memento Markers

Getting a beautiful water coloring effect without actually watercoloring is super easy with Memento markers and selective coloring. I used a smooth paper, which allows the Memento inks to create a blended single layer with ease. Once I stamped the flowers and leaves the only place I used a water brush was to spread some color on the leaves for quite a lovely effect. Watch the video for full details and share with us if you try the technique yourself!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Altenew – Stamp set
  • X-Press It Blending Cardstock
  • Card base – lavender
  • Misti Stamping Tool
  • Water Brush
  • Rectangle stitch die
  • Die cut machine
  • Double sided foam adhesive

Design a Watercolor Portrait with Walnut Inks

by Elina Stromberg

Design a Watercolor Portrait with Walnut Inks from Imagine Crafts and Tsukineko.

Whenever I come across an inspiring technique tutorial or a project idea, I save it to one of my Pinterest boards. Those pins become handy when there’s a need for getting the creative juices flowing, but even if the creative mojo is not lost I love to browse through the idea boards for getting fresh innovative ideas.

Some of the pinned projects have been on my to-do list for a while already, waiting for the right time slot to be explored. Like a watercolor portrait tutorial by Elise Engh in her Grow Creative blog that I pinned years ago: I loved the project idea and I had planned to make these cool monotone portraits of my kids, but I was not sure if I had the patience for following all the tutorial steps of editing, printing, tracing, and painting. So, when I finally decided to give it a try, I altered the steps, cut some corners, and finished in no time at all! I used a photo editing program for creating my painting template, and instead of making the painting completely monotonous I used two matching Walnut ink colors for painting. And I loved how the portrait turned out!

Creating the painting template requires some photo editing skills, but you don’t need to be an expert for making the template. You can use whichever software you wish, but as photo editing software vary, I did not include detailed instructions of the photo editing steps. However, please do leave a comment if more guidance is needed.

Walnut inks come in several natural earth tones, and they give a beautiful antique finish to photos, papers, and wooden embellishments. They come in handy spray bottles, but the strong pigment inks can also be used as liquid watercolors; they were the perfect choice for this portrait project!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1.5 hours

Directions

Step 1

Choose a well-lit portrait photo and open it in a photo editing program (e.g. Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Gimp, PicMonkey). Adjust colors and lightning, and if needed, add contrast. Convert the photo to black and white, and remove the background. Edit the photo using ‘Posterize’ adjustment tool. Set levels to 2, i.e. use only two colors on the posterized photo. Once done, lighten the black to a light grey so that when you print it is just a light shadow.


Pour a small amount of Walnut Ink in Brown and EucalyptusStep 2

Pour a small amount of Walnut Ink in Brown and Eucalyptus (an earthy green) on a watercolor palette. Taping the paper on the surface is not needed as the Walnut ink will not curl the paper.


Step 3

Paint the portrait using a small brush, covering all printed light grey areas. Let the colors mix, and add water for gaining lighter tints. Work rather quickly, using a rich amount of ink. Walnut Ink will dry quite fast on a porous watercolor paper. When finished, trim the portrait to the desired size and frame.

Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog and if you enjoyed this tutorial then please comment below or share on social media! 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Photo in digital format
  • Computer + Photo editing software
  • Printer
  • Watercolor paper
  • Palette
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Photo frame

See How to Detail with Watercolor on a Cute Sock Monkey Card

 by Mischelle Smith

See How to Detail with Watercolor on a Cute Sock Monkey Card. Kaleidacolor ink by Tsukineko.

Candy is the theme this month at Imagine, and while looking through my supplies I came across my Bouquet Kaleidacolor pad.  Candy and Kaleidacolor?! Yes! I see the tropical package of Skittles when I look at the Bouquet color palette … if only my inks tasted like Skittles … right?!

This easy card comes together nicely, and quickly, thanks to the coordinating palette of the Kaleidacolor pad.  For my card, I chose to use each color individually, without any blend.  I can easily expand my palette by clicking the colors together and stamping a ‘blend’ onto my block.  Instantly, I double my color options. Since Kaleidacolor is a water-based dye, it makes the perfect ink for watercoloring. In the tutorial below I break down how to detail a stamped image using a watercoloring technique.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 45 minutes + dry time

Directions


Stamp Kaleidacolor onto acrylic block to use as a palette for your watercoloringStep 1

Stamp the sock monkey image on watercolor paper with StazOn Jet Black.  Stamp Kaleidacolor onto acrylic block to use as a palette for your watercoloring.


Step 2

With a paintbrush, gently prepare image with water. Pick up desired color from acrylic block with a paintbrush, and paint the area prepped with water. The first layer of color is a light, gentle wash. Use a light hand when applying.


Step 3

Use a pencil to sketch guidelines on Sock Monkey. If needed, do an image search for a real photo of a sock monkey to better understand the patterns and lines. The pencil lines will be erased when the monkey is finished and dry. Begin adding ‘heart’ shaped patterns to the pencil lines and work to fill in the entire monkey. Cut out the image and set aside.


Step 4

To finish the card, prep watercolor base and add tangerine color. Loosely lay down color and let dry. With scissors, distress the edges of the tangerine panel and attach to card base with foam tape. Attach the Sock Monkey and washi tape him to sit on. With a Tuxedo Black Memento Marker, draw lines and squiggles around the panel.  Stamp “just for you” sentiment, brushed with a swipe of color, and add to card. Attach lime twine and add any additional details as you see fit.

Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog! If you liked this tutorial then please comment below or share on Facebook!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampin’ Up! – Sock Monkey stamp
  • Lime twine
  • Foam Tape
  • Fan Brush
  • Scissors
  • Brushes – Black Velvet Round Size 2; Black Velvet Oval Wash Size ¾”
  • Washi Tape

 

Keep Crafting Fresh on the Mind with 2 Handmade Cards

Happy Friday! We hope you have some crafting projects lined up this weekend. To provide a little inspiration, we have two handmade cards by Imagine artists that each have their own unique custom touch. Elina created a whimsical heart balloon card using embossing powder and watercoloring and Neva made a dynamic pop-up birthday card that is out of this world!

Fly Away embossing and watercoloring

Fly Away Watercoloring and Embossing by Elina Stromberg

Watercolors and heat-embossed stamped images are a perfect match. Today, I create this sweet card with a young girl releasing a heart balloon. The girl and the balloon figures are embossed, while the blue sky background is created with a watercolor style. The goal was to use heat-set embossing powder to resist watercolors, so when creating watercolored backgrounds you can just simply paint over the stamped images. Preserving white unpainted areas is easy, too, as the embossing powder raises a bit from the surface, and helps you in painting around the image.

Mists and spray inks are perfect liquid watercolors. For this card, I only used Walnut ink and Fireworks Shimmer ink, but applied the colors in several layers on the background. The first light layers I painted using a rich amount of water, and for the next layers I always used less and less water creating darker shades of the same color. Before applying the next layer I dried the previous one with my heat gun.

For heat-embossing this beautiful stamped image, I used both black and red embossing powders. First, I poured the black powder on the stamped image, protecting the heart shaped balloon with a piece of paper. I put the extra powder back into its container, and repeated the step with the red powder. Heat-setting the powder between colors was not necessary, as the second color will stick only on areas that are not yet covered with powder.

Enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Viva Las Vega Stamps – Girl, heart balloon stamp
  • Mixed media paper
  • Card base – white
  • Cardstock – blue
  • Watercolor brush
  • Heat gun
  • Double-sided tape

pop up birthday card Teal Stair Bday Card

Custom Pop Up Birthday Card by Neva Cole

What pre-teen boy doesn’t like blues, greens, and teals? For our teal challenge this month I wanted to try mixing two different Kaleidacolor ink pads to see if shades of teal could be created. I think this card illustrates success!

Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze and Fresh Green are alternately brayered onto glossy 8 ½ “ x 11” cardstock taking care to have the lighter hues line up in the fade. A light spritz of Ink Point No. 9 helps the inks blend neatly on the glossy cardstock. Half of the sheet is die cut with the Sizzix Framelits Step Up Card die. The remainder of the sheet is used to die cut the coordinating elements. The gifts were cut twice each so the bows could be trimmed for contrasting colors then adhered with On Point Glue.

A few days ago, I accidentally spilled part of a bottle of Fireworks! Dandelion on my craft mat. Not wanting to waste this pretty ink, I pressed Bristol Board cardstock into the inky mess and set it aside for later use. This little incident provided the perfect contrasting color for the candle flames and my son’s name. Each candle die cut is cut twice, once in Fireworks! Dandelion and once in the Kaleidacolor mix. After trimming off the top (flames) of the Kaleidacolor layer, they are adhered together with On Point Glue. The sentiment and cupcake layers adhered together with On Point Glue. Some elements are popped up with dimensional foam adhesive. The banner is held together with paper cord before it is adhered to the card front. I am pleased with the results of my little experiment and think my soon to be twelve-year-old son will be too!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Glossy cardstock
  • Sizzix – Framelits Step Ups 660142 by Stephanie Barnard
  • Judikens – Decorative Paper Cord
  • Brayer
  • Lifestyle Crafts – Stiletto Alphabet
  • Dimensional Foam Adhesive

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