Saturday, September 16, 2023

Catnapped by Aliens -- An Imagine Crafts Tutorial

It's almost fall, the most mysterious season. What can be more mysterious than Unidentified Flying Objects? And what's the most popular subject on the internet? Cats! I've combined both questions to create this scene with inks, stencils, and cutting dies but no stamping! The biggest mystery is whether this project will become a wall hanging or a journal page. 

Here's a photo with the Imagine Products used!

Here's a photo without the products!

Imagine Crafts Supplies:

Platinum Planet Brilliance Ink Pad

Moonlight White Brilliance Re-inker

Silver Shimmer Delicata Ink

Nocturne VersaFine Clair Ink *

Dandelion Memento Dew Drop Ink 

Danube Blue Memento Dew Drop Ink 

Paris Dusk Dew Memento Drop Ink 

Bamboo Leaves Memento Dew Drop Ink 

Cottage Ivy Memento Dew Drop Ink 

Sponge Daubers

Brush Tip Fantastix

Tear It! Tape

On Point Glue

Craft Mat

Other Supplies:

Solar White Classic Crest Cardstock by Neenah Papers

Bristol Paper by Strathmore

Raven Cardstock by Bazzill Basics

140 lb. Black Mixed Media Paper by Strathmore

Vellum: Source Unknown

UFO Stencil by Funky Fossil

Time Tunnel Stencil by Visible Image *

Grey Stone Zig Photo Twin Marker by Kuretake

YG 45 Copic Marker

Grassy Hills Die-namics Set by My Favorite Things

Ovals Shadows Die-namics Die Set by My Favorite Things

Mini Cats Die Cut Set by Impression Obsession

Small Talk Idea-ology Stickers by Tim Holtz for Adventus

Foam Adhesive

91% Isopropyl Alcohol

Heat Gun by EK Success

Mini Guillotine Trimmer by Tim Holtz for Tonic

Big Shot by Sizzix

Items with asterisks are available at available at Topflight Stamps.


Step 1. 

Secure the UFO stencil to a piece of mixed media paper with removable tape on both sides of the paper, creating a hinge. Apply Platinum Planet Brilliance over the stencil onto the cardstock. Open the hinged stencil and heat set the image panel keeping the heat gun away from the stencil.

Step 2:

Put the UFO stencil back in place. Use a sponge dauber to apply Silver Shimmer Delicata over the stencil onto the image panel. Open the hinged stencil and heat set the image panel.

Step 3:

Use a brush-tipped Fantastix to apply Dandelion Memento ink through the UFO’s windows onto the image panel. Remove and clean the stencil.

Step 4:

Touch up the windows with the Fantastix. Use a grey watercolor marker to color the window frames and the bottom aperture of the UFO. 

Step 5:

Fussy-cut the UFO, edge with a dark marker, and set aside.

Step 6:

Use a sponge dauber to apply Danube Blue onto a 4.75” x 6.75” piece of Bristol Paper. Use a sponge dauber to blend Paris Dusk onto the Bristol Paper to create a mottled background.

Step 7:

Tape the Time Tunnel Stencil over the inked background panel. Use a sponge dauber to apply Paris Dusk Memento ink over the stencil onto the paper.

Step 8: 

Squeeze a few drops of Moonlight White Brilliance re-inker onto a craft mat. Spray with 91% Isopropyl Alcohol. Use a paintbrush to mix the ink. Load the paintbrush with the diluted Moonlight Brilliance ink and splatter the background panel. Heat set. Put aside.

Step 9:

Use the Mini Cats die twice to cut Raven cardstock. Set the cat die-cuts aside.

Step 10:

Use a sponge dauber to apply Bamboo Leaves Memento ink onto a white cardstock panel. Repeat this step with Cottage Ivy Memento ink until the panel is covered and the ink is blended to your liking.

Step 11:

Use the Grassy Hills Die set to cut the inked panels. Use a green Copic marker to edge the grass and to add details. Using Memento Ink to create backgrounds allows you to use Copic markers overtop!

Step 12:

Cut a piece of vellum to 6” square. Score on the diagonal from one point to the opposite point. Fold. 

Repeat with both sides until it looks like the photo. 

Step 13:

Place one edge of the scored, folded square along the cutting edge of a guillotine trimmer. Cut.

Step 14: 

Use On Point Glue to adhere the die-cut cats to the interior of the folded vellum triangle. Sorry that I forgot to take a photo. 

Step 15:

Back a piece of vellum with two-sided tape. Use the Oval Shadows Die-namics to cut the vellum.

Step 16:

Use Tear It! Tape to adhere the three layers of grass to the background panel as shown. Edge the panel with Nocturne VersaFine Clair.

Adhere the vellum cone and the vellum oval as shown. Hide the adhesive behind the black cats. 

Use On Point Glue to adhere escaping and/or partially beamed-up cats atop the vellum oval and cone. 

Use dimensional foam adhesive to adhere the UFO as shown.

Step 17:

Adhere the image panel to a 5” x 7” piece of Black Mixed Media paper. Add the sentiment sticker to finish the piece. 

Thanks for visiting today!

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