Tuesday, September 16, 2014

IMAGINE Crafts & Magenta Blog Hop . . . So Exciting!

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Welcome to a week of fantastic collaboration between IMAGINE Crafts and Magenta Rubber Stamps! Both companies are excited to share with you their products, from the latest inks from IMAGINE Crafts to the newest Fall and Holiday stamp releases from Magenta.


Magenta has always been one of my absolute favorite stamp lines. Our store, Art 'n Soul in Lacey, Washington, has been honored as Magenta's Retailer of the Year for the last 4 years! That's because we have a very devoted customer base who look for artistic stamp designs and consider Magenta their preferred stamp line. I love working with Magenta stamps, and I couldn't stop at just one card. So I've added two additional cards to share with you as well.

For the first card, I enjoyed working with wood veneer as my 'canvas'. The inks and sprays from IMAGINE Crafts worked beautifully! I wanted to try the wood finish since I was working with images of birds on branches.

by Debbie Gaetz
Artist-in-Residence for IMAGINE Crafts
  • Magenta Bird & Branch Silhouette Stamp (0685.O)
  • Magenta Chickadee on Branch/Bird on Branch Stamp (42.216.P)
  • Magenta Delicate Branch (0693.L)
  • Magenta Sending you warm thoughts . . . (07.806.K)
  • Magenta peel-off sticker dots
  • IMAGINE Crafts' Fireworks! craft ink spray (Lulu Lavender; Grape Jelly; Summer Sky)
  • IMAGINE Crafts' Brushstix
  • IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko Encore! metallic pigment ink (Honeydew; Copper)
  • IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko StazOn Midi solvent ink (Orange Zest; Claret; Blue Hawaii; Cloudy Sky; Emerald City; Granache; Spiced Chai) -- and StazOn solvent ink in Jet Black
  • Spectrum Noir alcohol markers (PL1; LV1; GB5; Blender)
  • small watercolor brush
  • Spellbinders' Large Label Die
  • Wood Veneer paper from Splash of Color
  • Heavy Vellum paper scrap
  • KaiserCraft designer paper (frame) from In the Attic collection
  • Cream colored card stock for card (5" x 6-1/2" finished size)

Spray all 3 colors of the IMAGINE Crafts' Fireworks! sprays onto the wood veneer paper. Allow to dry completely.






To be used as background shadow images, stamp the Bird & Branch Silhouette image with the StazOn Cloudy Sky; and stamp the Delicate Branch image twice -- once with Honeydew Encore! and once again with Copper Encore! Allow to completely dry.

With the GB5 Spectrum Noir marker, softly color a small moon circle around the bird.

Stamp the Chickadee on Branch image with StazOn in Jet Black. Allow to completely dry. Apply the StazOn Midi colors with the Brushstix and small watercolor brush to color the bird and branch. Color the beak with the Spectrum Noir GB5 marker.



Die cut the decorated paper (4-5/8" x 6-1/8") with the large label die and use the outside frame piece. Trim the wood veneer piece to fit underneath the frame and attach.

Stamp the sentiment with StazOn Midi in Spiced Chai on heavy vellum that is no less than 6-3/4" wide. Hand tear above and below the sentiment. Distress the edges lightly with the StazOn Midi in Orange Zest. Position at an angle across the front of the card top and secure in the back on both sides; the heavy vellum will make a nice crisp fold.

Adhere the card top to the card base. Apply the peel-off dots to each corner of the frame.


For my second card, I loved how the clear transparency sheet worked with the StazOn Midi's and the Goosebumps! It looked like a sheet of candy.

by Debbie Gaetz
Artist-in-Residence for IMAGINE Crafts
  • Magenta Papyrus - Flowers Stamp (0682.N)
  • Magenta Be You-tiful Stamp (07.639.G)
  • IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko's StazOn Midi Solvent Inks in Cherry Pink; St. Valentine; Gothic Purple; Cloudy Sky
  • IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko's Memento Luxe Mixed Media pigment ink in Wedding White
  • IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko's Delicata Metallic Ink in Silvery Shimmer
  • IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko's GlazeOn Clear StazOn Layer Protectant
  • IMAGINE Crafts Goosebumps Texture Spray in Clear
  • IMAGINE Crafts irRESISTible Pico Embellisher in White
  • IMAGINE Crafts Inkblushers 
  • Base Card in cream color (5" x 6-1/2" finished size)
  • So Silk Card Stock in Beauty Pink (4-7/8" x 6-3/8")
  • Strathmore 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper (4-5/8" x 5-7/8")
  • Clear Transparency Sheet (4-1/4" x 5-1/2")


On one side of the transparency sheet that is cut to 4-1/2" x 5-1/2",  dab the StazOn Midi colors in the following order:  Cherry Pink; St. Valentine; Gothic Purple; Cloudy Sky. With each succeeding layer, apply less than the layer before. Between color applications and after each layer has dried, apply a thin coating of GlazeOn with an Inkblusher and allow to completely dry before continuing to the next layer of color.

After all of the colors and GlazeOn have been applied and the transparency sheet is completely dry, turn the sheet over. Ink the Magenta stamps with the Wedding White (Papyrus once and the sentiment stamp) and the Delicata Silvery Shimmer (Papyrus a second time). Once that ink has dried, apply a dot of the white irRESISTible Pico Embellisher on the dot between Be and You-tiful (sentiment stamp). Allow to dry. Finish with a spray of the Clear Goosebumps Texture Spray over the entire sheet.

Layer and adhere in the following order:  So Silk card stock onto the base card; watercolor paper onto the So Silk card stock; acetate transparency sheet onto the watercolor paper.


For the second extra card, I enjoyed using a watercolor technique using IMAGINE Crafts' Ink Potion No. 9 for my 'water'.


by Debbie Gaetz
Artist-in-Residence for IMAGINE Crafts
  • Magenta Stamp:  Leaf Branch (0683.P)
  • Magenta Stamp:  Happy Birthday (07.430.I)
  • IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko:  Memento dye ink (Pistachio & Angel Pink); Memento Luxe Mixed Media ink (Olive Grove); Delicata Metallic ink in Golden Glitz
  • IMAGINE Crafts Ink Potion No. 9 Ink Blending Solution
  • Copic Multi Liner .03 in black
  • U.S. Art Quest Jewel Watercolor Palette Duo & Interference Colors (Interference Gold)
  • Small watercolor brush
  • Plastic acrylic bock
  • Strathmore 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper (base card)
  • Tsumugi Japanese linen card stock from Hanko (black)
  • Gold Live Flower embossed paper from DCWV (base panel)

Ink acrylic block with Memento Pistachio; spray the inked block and the watercolor paper with Ink Potion No. 9. With a small watercolor brush, swirl the ink on the acrylic block and then brush on the sprayed watercolor paper in long strokes from left to right. Leave some blank spaces.

Clean the acrylic block. Ink the block with Memento Angel Pink. Spray the inked block and the watercolor paper again with Ink Potion No. 9. With the watercolor brush, apply the ink mixture to the watercolor paper in areas that are blank in long strokes from left to right. If you don't completely cover the paper, that's okay.

Allow to completely dry. The paper may appear to have curled a little. When completely dry, the Ink Potion No. 9 allows the paper to naturally return to its original flat position. That's why I prefer to use Ink Potion No. 9 as my "water" for a lot of watercolor techniques.

Stamp the leaf design onto the watercolor paper with Delicata in Golden Glitz. Allow to completely dry. With the Copic Multi Liner in .03, roughly trace around the stamped image; refer to the rubber stamp image if it will help you.

Apply sprinkles of the Interference Gold watercolor with the small brush and allow to completely dry.

Ink the sentiment stamp with Memento Luxe in Olive Grove. Allow to completely dry.

Layer the card panels onto the base card.


Thank you for stopping by. I hope you've enjoyed today's 'fun' with Magenta stamps and IMAGINE Crafts' products. They are a winning combination and I am so lucky to have been included in the blog hop. Be sure to leave a comment to be entered into the fabulous drawing for Magenta and IMAGINE Crafts products! And then click on the links for the other bloggers today to see their beautiful projects, and more chances for you to enter the drawing for the Blog Hop prizes.



Prizes galore for participating in the Blog Hop this week!

IMAGINE Crafts and Magenta are offering a total of three different prizes this week as part of this Blog Hop. These prizes include IMAGINE Crafts' irRESISTible Texture Spray, irRESISTible Pico Embellisher, Delicata Shimmery Silver and Golden Glitz AND some of the newest releases from Magenta. Take a moment to visit the other featured artists' blogs listed below and leave a comment on their posts by midnight PST September 21st. Three winners will be randomly selected from three different blogs from the seven days of the Hop, with one commenter from each blog draw as the winner.

Presenting the other featured projects for today:


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Linda Lucas


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Isha Gupta


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Helène Métivier


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Cassandra DeGrace


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Edith Racine


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Ellie Knol


Blog Hop Hint – if you click on a link that takes you to a page saying something like, “Sorry this page cannot be found,” just click on the header at the top of the blog (usually a picture, or the blog’s name), and it will take you to that blog’s most recent post. That post *should* be our hop. If not, you can probably scroll down a short way to find the hop post.



56 comments:

  1. Love how the stamping and coloring looks on the wood!! Awesome projects!!

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    1. Thank you , Karen. I hope you'll give it a try; the wood veneer has a lot of possibilities and there are endless possibilities with the IMAGINE Crafts products.

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  2. WOW, those are just exquisite, you've been busy, I love the use of the goosebumps, I have never used them before. They look fun.

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    1. Thank you, Heather. Goosebumps has been one of my very favorite go-to goodies since it was first introduced. It works well with cards, mixed media, etc. It does wonders to make paper feel like a vinyl with strength. You'll love it when you start to use it.

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  3. On dirait une carte vintage. J'aime le traitement de cette carte.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and your nice comments. I appreciate it.

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  4. Gorgeous cards and stunning techniques! Love your colors!

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    1. Thank you, Dianne! They were fun to do. I actually had to force myself to stop at 3 cards!

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  5. Wow! These are gorgeous and I love the techniques you used. The second card is amazing!

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    1. Thank you, Kitty, for your nice comment. I love the second card too; it really surprised me how much I liked it after it was finished. The StazOn Midi's, Goosebumps and acetate are a winning combination.

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  6. Debbie, your cards are all beatiful and so unique. I should try StazOn for coloring. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Kazuko; I really value your comments. I've been using StazOn for coloring for quite a while and now with the new colors, it's soooo much fun.

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  7. Beautiful cards and stunning techniques!

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    1. Thank you, Manon. I've admired your work over time as well!

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  8. So wonderfully made
    and pretty! Love the
    pink card.
    Carla from Utah

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    1. Thank you, Carla. I love using Magenta stamps and using IMAGINE Crafts products makes it so much fun!

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  9. All three of these cards are beautiful but the last one is my favorite~ I love how wispy the gold looks!! GORGEOUS! TFS!

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    1. Thank you, Barbara. Using the Delicata in Golden Glitz has been one of my very favorite inks to use.

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  10. Beautiful cards! I love that sweet bird stamp, and the design called Papyrus is so elegant!

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    1. Thank you Denise. The new Magenta bird stamp is very sweet. And the Papyrus stamp is so versatile to use for almost any occasion. The IMAGINE Crafts products make you think you're making magic, especially with Magenta stamps!

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    1. Thank you! I love those new StazOn Midi colors too!

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  12. Wow thanks for the extra cards. My fave is the one on the transparency. A sheet of candy! Love it!

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    1. I totally agree! It reminded me of candy-making time at Christmas. It's going to become one of my favorite techniques now. Thanks so much for your kind comments and stopping by.

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  13. Your second card is my favourite, love the technique. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. It's mine, too , Jan. I tried it totally 'on the fly' and loved it. Can't wait to use the irRESISTible Pico Embellisher in Wedding White with this technique. Thanks for stopping by and your kind comments.

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  14. The cards are fabulous. Love how you showed us how to use those cool products and I love the different surfaces and techniques you used. Really well done.

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    1. Thank you, Jean. I always try to use different surfaces, textures, etc., because it's so easy when I use products from IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko, and I always love to incorporate Magenta stamps into my projects.

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  15. What amazing cards! I love all of the wonderful techniques you used to create the distressed backgrounds!

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    1. Thank you, Celeste. All of the techniques were fun to do. I hope you give them a try. Thanks, also, for stopping by.

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  16. Debbie, I love all these cards - you really out did yourself -

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  17. I have never used any of these products...you make it look easy. Thanks

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    1. I hope you'll find these products and have fun trying them out. They are easy to work with and there is no end to what you might create! Thanks for stopping by.

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  18. Love the way you use the 2 birds on one card...

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  19. Great cards! Thanks for all you've shown us today.

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  20. Beautiful cards, Debbie and great tutorial!!! You are always such a great inspiration :)
    Sylvia xx

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    1. Thank you Sylvia. I am humbled by your compliment because I am in awe of your work and the work of all of the other AIRs. I feel like such a novice.

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  21. Yes, all 3 cards are lovely...but my favorite is the bird card! Love the soft background made with the spray inks on the wood veneer. I've never tried that...looks amazing! TFS

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    1. Thank you, Sandie. The bird stamps from Magenta are always so nice to work with. I hope you try working with the wood veneer and all of the IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko products to color it with. You'll be amazed!

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  22. I agree completely - Magenta stamps are some of my very favourites. So versatile and interesting. I am in love with that leaf branch stamp! I am going to have to ask my local store to get it. It's gorgeous. Your cards are lovely here - so many interesting techniques to try! Thank you for the chance to win.

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    1. Thank you, Karen. The new Magenta branch stamp is one of my absolute favorite stamps. It reminds me of the annual my mother grew in her grade, pennies from heaven.

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  23. I could just reach into my screen and eat that candy card lol love it

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    1. Don't reach into the screen . . . do your own! lol! seriously, all you need is acetate, StazOn Midi inks, GlazeOn so the layered colors do not muddy and to give you a top finish. That's it! Thanks for stopping by with your kind comments.

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  24. BEAUTIFUL trio of cards Debbie!!!
    LOVE the cute bird, shimmery background and sweet sentiment on the torn vellum of your get well card, LOVE the GORGEOUS cheery cherry pink & texture of your "be-you-tiful" card, WOW - the acetate panel is AWESOME!!! LOVE the fonts, leaves & delicate shades of your "happy birthday" card, the sprinkles of gold finish it off PERFECTLY!!!
    THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION and FABULOUS tutorials too - so many things for me to try :)

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    1. Thank you, Tracy. I'm happy that you like the cards so well; I enjoyed making each one. I hope you have as much fun trying out the various techniques and materials. I appreciate your stopping by and leaving your kind comments.

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  25. Wow Debbie you have been busy creating. I love all the techniques you have used. You have definitely given these mediums a workout. Love the results, especially that fantastic idea of working on the veneer.

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    1. Thank you for your very nice comments; I always try to look for new surfaces and materials to stamp onto. The wood veneer is very fun!

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  26. Wow, three beautiful cards!! I especially like how you colored and stamped on the wood veneer for such a neat look! Also love the last stamp that you used. And thank you for explaining the techniques and showing the products you used! :) Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

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    1. Thank you, Katie, for stopping by and leaving your kind comments. All of it was very fun to do. I do love that last stamp, too; there are so many possibilities with it.

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