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by Arjita Singh

See how I use a simple masking technique and water coloring to create a cute and simple woodland creatures card. This stamping and coloring tutorial is a perfect activity for a Sunday afternoon of paper crafting and art-making. Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate/Advanced
Time: 30-45 minutes

Directions

Learn How to Create a Cute Woodland Creatures Card with Masking and Watercoloring - YouTube

Supplies Imagine Other
  • Cardstock – brown
  • Watercolor paper
  • Watercolor brush
  • MISTI Stamping tool (or acrylic block)
  • White Gel Pen
  • Post-It Note
  • Waffle Flower – Be Her Stamp Set
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by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

“In geometry, a cube is a three-dimensional solid object”, according to Wikipedia, and that’s exactly what I was aiming for in creating a unique jewelry piece. The perfectly flat and square Sheet metal pieces were the best option to build a cube that would make a modern, out of the ordinary, piece of jewelry. The shiny surface of the Sheet metal was slightly moderated by pressing the metal pieces on the StazOn Pigment ink pad surface that gave a patterned result. Adding stamped designs using VersaMark and black Mboss embossing powder to the sides of the cube created a lovely contrast between the silver, white and black colors in the piece.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1.5 hours

Directions
Step 1

Press the Sheet Metal shapes on the StazOn Pigment Inkpad in Snowflake and remove carefully to avoid sliding on the surface. Let them dry (it really doesn’t take long).


Step 2

Align the Sheet Metal shapes on a stamping platform with the butterfly stamp. Make sure the corners with holes meet. Cover with the VersaMark Watermark inkpad and press.


Step 3

Cover with the Mboss Embossing Powder in Black and heat set. Let cool before touching.


Step 4

Align the metal pieces with the stamped side downwards and apply hot glue on the joint edges. Quickly fold to create an L shape.


Step 5

Continue adding metal pieces by gluing on the un-decorated side of them. There should be corners with 3 holes lined up together on opposing corners of the cube.


Step 6

Cut 16 inches long pieces of the cord and pass them through the holes.


Step 7

Add beads on both sides.


Step 8

Set jewelry clasps and align length.

Supplies Imagine Other
  • Waxed cord
  • Jewelry beads
  • Jewelry peices – clasps, jump rings, caps
  • Jewelry Pliers
  • Heat tool
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Stamping platform (optional)
  • Kaiserkraft – Tigerlily stamps
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by Melissa Andrew

Today, I share a very simple and fun technique using the irRESISTible Pico Embellisher in a new way. Importantly, I show you how to use StazOn Pigment ink over the Pico since StazOn is perfect on slick surfaces. Finally, I use a beautiful fairy stamp as a silhouette to finish our card project.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 20 minutes

Directions

Creating an irRESISTible Background with StazOn Pigment ink for Lavinia Stamps - YouTube

Supplies Imagine Other
  • Lavinia stamp – Flower Fairy
  • White Card Stock
  • Misti Stamping Platform
  • Masking Tape
  • Canson – Watercolor Paper
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by Jowilna Nolte

Following in the footsteps of fashions trends we explore the warm yellow that has the world looking all happy and sunshiny. I too have fallen in love with this Tuscan Sun color and who wouldn’t? I show you how easy it is to achieve this warm dark yellow effect by mixing colors, pastes, and watercolor techniques. Take a look at how I created this watercolor wash effect.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions
Step 1

I used Creative Medium, Memento Luxe inkers, and clear texture pastes to create my colored base.


Step 2

Mix Creative Medium, 2 drops of Dandelion inker, 2 drops of Peanut Brittle inker and a small drop of the clear glossy texture paste. Smooth the mixture out onto a piece of cardstock and leave to dry.


Step 3

Once dry the surface creates a plastic looking smooth effect. Use a Loopy Rings die-cut and cut out the basic shape to use on your card. The die-cut elements have this amazing plastic looking effect that is super strong because of all the product mixed together on its surface.


Step 4

Use On Point Glue to adhere the Loopy Rings die-cut to the front of your card base. Add drops from your inkers into an inkwell and add water. Using a large soft watercolor paintbrush, paint inside the circles to give a watercolor wash effect. By mixing the two colors of inker you can achieve the perfect warm mustard yellow.


Step 5

Finish off your card by using the left-over watercolor ink to splat drops of color onto your card. Add a stamped sentiment using VersaFine Clair Nocturne and a stamped shark image. Add pearls and diamanté.

Supplies Imagine Other
  • Cardstock – White
  • Joy Clair Stamps
  • Memory Box – Loopy Rings metal die
  • Die-cut machine
  • Anna Griffin – Texture Paste
  • Pearls
  • Diamanté
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by Nadine Carlier

Imagine has so much more than just inks! They have lots of mixed media products too. I used several of them to create my mixed media canvas.
Watch my video below to see how I did it. Enjoy!

How To Create A Mixed Media Canvas - YouTube

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Supplies Imagine Other

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by Elina Stromberg

Lots and lots of flowers make a girly scrapbook layout bloom! There are many ready-made flower embellishments in the market, but I prefer making the embellishments myself. That way I can easily make sure that the flowers have just the right shape, size, and color to match my project. In addition to punched and die-cut flowers, I like to use my flower stamps to embellish my card creations and scrapbook pages. Coloring and fuzzy-cutting flowers are pure crafting mindfulness!

Stamped flowers don’t have to be dull flat decorations. Once the flowers are cut out, I press them gently on the palm of my hand. This lifts up the petals, and when glued on is applied only to the center of the flower the finished look is lovely dimensional.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 2 hours

Directions
Step 1

Stamp flowers and leaves on heavy white cardstock. When coloring with alcohol markers, use (black) Memento ink for stamping. When coloring with watercolors or watercolor pencils, use (black) VersaFine Clair or VersaFine ink.


Step 2

Color the flowers and leaves with alcohol markers, watercolors or color pencils. Use both lighter and darker tones of the colors of your choice. Add white highlights with a white pastel pen/charcoal pencil. Cut out.


Step 3

Trim two strips of patterned/colored papers, either horizontal or slightly slanted. Place a narrow strip on top of the page and a bit wider strip on the bottom. Adhere with double-sided tape and secure by sewing a wide zig zag over the edge. Using small pieces of tape fasten off the ends of the sewing yarn on the back of the page.


Step 4

Stencil light pink patterns on the background paper. Dab the ink through the stencil with a sponge dauber. 


Step 5

Stamp hints of texture on the stenciled pattern: Keep the stamp in your hand and bend it when inking and stamping. This way you can create small partial stamped patterns on the paper; you don’t want the stamped pattern to stand out too much!


Step 6

Stamp small embellishments on white or light patterned paper using the same VersaFine Clair color as was used on decorating the background. Cut out.


Step 7

Layer photo on pieces of patterned papers. Decorate photo with stamped and fuzzy cut images.


Step 8

Use a long ruler to align the title text letters. Grid lines of the craft mat will help in aligning. Plan the sticker placement carefully, as you will not be able to reposition them; they stick firmly on the photo! Press flowers on the palm of your hand to gently bend the petals. Glue on the page building clusters of flowers. Fold the leaves in half, put a drop of glue on the back and tuck under the flowers. Add small stamped and fuzzy-cut embellishments around the flowers.


Step 9

Write journaling on the page with a white gel pen.

Supplies Imagine Other
  • Patterned paper in size 12” x 12” for layout background (Studio Calico May ’13)
  • Strips of solid color and patterned paper
  • Pieces of patterned papers to mat the photo
  • Stencil – 13 Arts ‘Stained Glass’
  • Stamps – Honey Bee: ‘Spring Blossom,’ Wycinanka: ‘Lorem ipsum,’ Carabelle Studio: ‘Mini Textures’
  • Letter stickers: American Crafts
  • White gel pen
  • Sewing machine
  • White sewing yarn
  • Glue
  • Double-sided tape
  • Scissors
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by Lindsay Adreon

Fireworks! Is there a better product to use during the month of July? These shimmery craft ink sprays are gorgeous, full of pigment, shine and sparkle and make some gorgeous backgrounds that require little to no effort! If you’re looking for a sparkly and quick background that makes a big impact on your projects, this is the technique for you!

Skill: Beginner/Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Learn How to Make a Birthday Card with Ink Blending - YouTube

Supplies Imagine Other
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Waffle Flower – Celebrate Die
  • Kat Scrappiness – Happy New Year Die
  • Foam Tape
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by Martha Lucia Gomez

Using this acrylic block technique is an easy way to create a colorful background with a watercolor effect on your paper projects like cards and scrapbook layouts. You can do this technique using any water-based pigment or dye inks, and acrylic blocks of different sizes and shapes. You do not need a lot of different supplies to make beautiful backgrounds! You can do this with a single color of ink, but I used two colors of Memento water-based dye inks because the colors in the line blend together so nicely.

Memento Inkpad Tuxedo Black

Memento Inkpad Tangelo

Memento Inkpad Dandelion

Imagine Craft Mat

 Joy Clair Stamps

Stampin Up Cardstock

Acrylic Block by Stampin’ Up

Case base – white or black

2 oz Water Bottle

Tear It Tape

Select the size and shape of the acrylic block that you want to use to create the background. Here I used a block large enough to cover most of a standard size card but small enough to also leave a white border. Apply the ink directly on the acrylic block by swiping the ink pad on the surface.. Dye inks appearance on the block will look clear, but once you press the block onto paper the color will pop! I used two different colors, Memento Dandelion and Tangelo. I love the way the two similar colors fade into one another.

Spray your inked block with..

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by Kassy Tousignant

Here is another upcycled project from me! I really love giving old, tired objects new life. I can always count on my All-Purpose Ink to help freshen things up!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions

See How to Upcycle a Thrift Store Vase - YouTube

Supplies Imagine

•  On Point Glue
•  All-Purpose Ink – Sky Mist, Blue Bayou, Lemon Yellow
•  Creative Medium – Clear

Other

• Gesso – White
• Glass Vase
• Paintbrush
• Resin flowers
• Prima ephemera
• Paper napkin
• String

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