Imagination Card

By  Lisa Somerville 

size: 4-1/4"x5-1/2"

  • Imagination Card
  • Photo 3
  • Photo 4


  • Stampin' Up! Cardstock: Basic Black, Old Olive
  • White watercolor paper


  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Nature's Discovery Stamp Set
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Grid Acrylic Blocks
  • Gelli Arts Gelli Plate
  • Ranger Melt Art Woodgrain Texture Treads
  • The Crafter's Workshop Dyan Reavely Dotted Flowers Stencil
  • Ranger Inkssentials Tools: Brayer, Ink Blending Tool, Distress Tool
  • Ranger Ink Pads: Archival Jet Black; Tim Holtz Distress Peeled Paint, Gathered Twigs
  • Acrylic Paints: Ranger Jenni Bowlin Paint Dabbers Spice Tin, Chicken Feed, Stick Candy; Liquitex Titanium White
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, foam dots

Basic Supplies

  • paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, sponge dauber, stamp cleaner
  • 1. Make 4-1/4"x5-1/2" olive top-fold card; set aside.
  • 2. To create background, randomly place small puddles of paint onto gelatin plate; see Photo 1. Less is more, so remove excess paint before proceeding to Step 3.

    Photo 1
  • 3. Gently brayer over paint puddles, completely covering surface of plate; see Photo 2.

    Photo 2
  • 4. Place woodgrain texture plate over paint; lightly brayer over plate to imprint texture. Clean texture plate. Repeat process with stencil; see Photo 3. Clean stencil.

    Photo 3
  • 5. Press watercolor paper onto paint-covered gelatin plate; see Photo 4.

    Photo 4
  • 6. Carefully remove paper from plate, lifting one corner and peeling straight up; see Photo 5. Let dry completely.

    Photo 5
  • 7. Add a bit more white paint to design left on gelatin plate. Brayer paint over surface, and repeat Steps 4 and 5 using clean sheet of watercolor paper to create lighter "ghosting" effect; see Photo 6. Let dry completely.

    Photo 6
  • 8. Cut 3-1/2"x4-3/4" panel from darker background sheet. Randomly stencil Peeled Paint ink dots over panel; let dry. Use ink blending tool to lightly brush surface with Gathered Twigs ink; let dry.
  • 9. Stamp black images onto background panel as shown; distress paper edges. Mat panel on black cardstock, distress edges, and adhere panel to card.
  • 10. Repeat Step 8 with lighter background sheet. Stamp black sentiment, trim to size, and distress edges. Mat on black cardstock, distress edges, and adhere to card with foam dots.
  • Tip
  • 1. Each sheet of watercolor paper created using this technique is called a monoprint. That means that you can't print the exact same design twice; every sheet will be unique.