Thursday, September 18, 2014

Blog Hop - Imagine Crafts & Magenta: In Love With This Day


 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.    

I'm back with my third entry for the Blog Hop!  When I saw this gorgeous new stamp from Magenta, with the cute, fat cuddly birds, I knew right away I would have some fun with it.  I have made several great cards with this stamp, and today, I elected to do a faux watercolor technique that, if you are a regular follower of my blog, you will know is one of my favorites to lay down background color.  Usually, I use dye based inks, but this time, I tried it with pigment ink, and I think the results are great.  Here's my card:

I applied Encore Ultimate Metallic Ink, Enchanted Evening directly to an acrylic block, and spritzed lightly with water.  The Metallic Ink has a lovely sheen in real life, and I love the color combination on the Enchanted Evening pad.  I also really like the watercolor effect this technique gives.

The birds and sentiment were stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I wanted just a little spot of color on the birds, so I put a little Memento Grape Jelly ink onto an acrylic block, added some water and this time picked up the ink with a paintbrush.  I brushed the color onto the bird's scarf.

For a little extra shimmer, I sprayed the whole card with Psst! Sheer Shimmer Frost.  At the end, some pearls and gems were sprinkled across the card.

I hope this will inspire you to try this technique for laying down some background color.  Please leave a comment to be eligible for a great prize from IMAGINE Crafts and Magenta, and click on the links below to visit the other blogs in the hop.

Magenta Stamps used:
42.217.N  Cuddly Winter Birds
07.730.H  I am in love with this day!

IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko products used:
Encore Ultimate Metallic Enchanted Evening pad UM4-1
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Memento Grape Jelly Ink
Psst! Sheer Shimmer Frost

Hero Arts Mixed Accents
Purple & Blue So Silk paper


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:


Darsie Bruno


Savannah O’Gwynn


Nancy Hawes


Jolande van Oosterhout


Edith Racine

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.


  1. A lovely card
    i love the colors of your background along with the bold black outline of your stamp , just lovely .)

  2. Very nice card Dianne... I love the colors...

  3. LOVE the birds and your background is beautiful! LOVE the shimmer also!!! TFS!

  4. This is very pretty! Love the colours!

  5. So lovely and love
    the shimmer and
    bling on it.
    Carla from Utah

  6. You've created a windswept look with this gorgeous background effect, love those cuddly birds

  7. Cute card, love the bird stamp and the background. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Love your new watercolor technique; I'll definitely have to give it a try. A nice way to use these sweet birds in something that is not for the holidays!

  9. Love that sweet bird stamp! Pretty, soft colors!

  10. BEAUTIFUL card Dianne!!!
    Your birds look SUPER CUTE against the MAGICAL background - LOVE IT!!!

  11. The background is breathtaking! I bet the shimmer is just beautiful.

  12. I love the bird stamp. They look so sweet.

  13. Gorgeous Dianne! LOVE the birdies...

  14. Birds make me happy, your's are so cute.

  15. I love the delicate background you created . The stamped outlines look great against it.

  16. Such a cute stamp! Love your background too. Great job! Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  17. Lovely card. These birds are so sweet and I love your colours.


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