Sunday, December 22, 2013

AIRs Themed Project~My last DT project for Tsukineko

I'd like to begin this post by saying thank you to IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko and John Peterson.  This past year of being on their Design Team has been amazing and such a learning experience for me.  I appreciate the patience that John and YOU have shown me during this year.  I also appreciate the EXTREME generosity of Tsukineko, sharing so many of their wonderful products with me so that I could in turn share them with you.  At the end of the year I love their products even more than ever and will continue to use them and share my results with all of you.

The project that I chose to be my favorite "holiday" project may not seem like a holiday project at all but it is something that I dedicate one day a year to.  That day is January 1st and it is my favorite day of the year.  Every year I feel like the beginning of a new year is a time to reflect back on what I'm happy with from the previous year and things that weren't productive.  It is a wonderful "Goal Setting" day for me.

When my daughter was still at home this was a day that we reconnected with old friends with a phone call or a card.  It is also a list making day still for me.  I make a list of 101 things that I would like to make happen during the next year, that task takes longer than you might think!  But for this new year of 2014 I'd like to send a card like this one to let people know that I'm thinking of them.  Here is a short tutorial on how to make it if you're interested.

IMAGINE Crafts and Tsukineko
Inks:  Memento Luxe Bahama Blue, StazOn Jet Black, Brilliance Gamma Green & Brilliance Lightning Black
Imagine Crafts Clear Embossing Powder
Fireworks! Spray Ink in Bamboo Leaves color
Other supplies
Ruby Rocket Red Embellishments, paper frame and rhinestones
Seam binding
Sizzix embossing folder
Big Kick machine (for dry embossing)
Watercolor paper
Heat gun
Strong adhesive

White card stock cut to make a card measuring approx. 6” by 5”

Cut a piece of water color paper to measure 5 ½” by 4 ½”.

Rub Gamma Green ink and Bahama Blue ink onto the inside pattern of an embossing folder.  Spray Fireworks! Spray ink onto inked inside of the folder.

Place a piece of watercolor paper into the inked folder and pass it through the Big Kick machine (or embossing machine of your choice).  Remove and dry with a heat gun.  You can get a couple of imprints by simply spraying the Fireworks! Spray into the folder and imprinting another piece of paper.  Distress the 
edges of the watercolor panel with the Green and Blue inks.

Color the seam binding ribbon with the Gamma Green ink and Bahama Blue ink, spray with Bamboo Leaves spray ink, crumple and allow to dry.  When dry tie it into a bow.

Using the Ruby Rocket It frames in the embellishment kit, turn the colored frame over to the white side.  Remove the center white portion of the frame.  Apply Gamma Green ink and Bahama Blue ink to the external part of the frame, dip into the embossing powder and melt with a heat gun.  This gives the frame an enameled look.

Take the center portion of the frame embellishment and stamp a sentiment onto it.  Fit the two pieces back together and apply tape on the reverse side to hold it together.

Staple the bow to the water color panel.  Using strong adhesive glue the framed sentiment to the center of the panel.  Adhere rhinestones to the frame.  Attach the watercolor panel to the blank card using a strong adhesive.

Distress the edges of the white card with Lightning Black Brilliance ink pad.

Thanks for stopping by today, I always enjoy your visits and comments.  Take care~Renee


  1. That sounds like a great way to start the new year. Such a pretty card too.

  2. I am impressed not only with your art here, Renee, but also with your so seriously considering the New Year to be a new beginning. I really appreciate your not calling your plan "resolutions," but goals! You have me considering it! I will also try spraying one of my embossing folders and embossing water color paper! I love the look you have attained here. OK, I also have to comment on that perfectly-tied bow!! That for your inspirationS today! Merry Christmas, Renee!

  3. You've had such a great year and I know you will continue to bloom. You're fantastic!

  4. Just a quick note to say thank you to you Renee. You are always such a fresh inspiration every day. I cherish your friendship and all your beautiful art. May next year be your most creative and satisfying.

  5. You did them justice! Fab post and fab card! Love the rays and green! Merry Christmas!

  6. YOU have done a wonderful job! So much spirit n' fun in your art~ I look forward to seeing what you come up with next year! Happy Holidays to you n' yours!!

  7. Such a wonderful way to start a brand New Year calling friends or sending a card, that I find to be inspirational.
    Anyone would be thrilled to receive such a card any day of the year.
    Festive Wishes for you.
    P.S. It has been lovely to connect with you those past few months.

  8. Fab card Renee, love the work and the colors on this! Wishing you also a Merry Christmas with your family!!! Hugs Coco x

  9. Thinking of you, too, Renee. Hugs!!!