Warm Wishes with Lawn Fawn

by Penny

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I love making non-traditional Christmas cards…my friends have come to expect it. Besides the pink and red colors, I wanted something on this card besides just a stamped greeting…love the partial cutout surrounding it. Expect to see this same layout from me somewhere down the road. :)

Supplies:

  • Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko:  Memento Lady Bug, irRESISTible Texture Spray Lady Bug, irRESISTible Pico Wedding Dress, White Embossing Powder, VersaMark, Craft Mat
  • Lawn Fawn:  ‘Love you a Latte’ stamp set, ‘Stitched Party Banners’ die
  • The Twinery:  Maraschino Stripe twine
  • Craftwell:  eBosser
  • Marvy:  White Liquid Applique
  • Miscellaneous:  white & red card stocks, foam adhesive, heat gun, water bottle with sprayer.

Directions:

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1. Cut White card stock 4.25 x 11 inches, fold in half. Die cut with largest banner leaving the fold UNCUT to form card base.

2. Smear Memento Lady Bug ink on craft mat, spritz with water.

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3. Cut white card stock 4.25 x 5.5 inches. Swirl card stock in watered down ink. Let dry.

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4. Spritz panel with irRESISTible Texture Spray Lady Bug. Let dry. Die cut this panel with largest banner die and adhere to card base. Cut a small banner die from Red card stock. Die cut a partial circle from this panel.

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5. Stamp and heat emboss sentiment as shown on the card front using VersaMark ink and white embossing powder.

6. Stamp and heat emboss steaming mug image on the red card stock panel.

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7. Wrap twine and tie into bow on the smaller banner, adhere this panel to the larger banner.

8. Add Pico Wedding Dress dots as desired.

9. Add Marvy Liquid Applique to marshmallows, let dry and heat to puff.

New 2015 Products, Part II

We’re sharing information about our 2015 products early this year so you can get in on the excitement.  (If you missed it, read last week’s post on new releases here.)  Ready for more products you’ll wonder how you ever did without? Read on!

First up: StazOn Studio Glaze

IMG_0886StazOn Studio Glaze creates a wonderful stained glass effect on transparent glass surfaces.  Easy to apply, it also sets permanently on glass without baking.  It’s available in colors matching StazOn Midi Solvent Inks, along with Cotton White, Silver and Gold. In the coaster above, Cactus Green Studio Glaze corresponds perfectly to the Cactus Green StazOn Ink also used. Pull a DoodleStix through different colors to create a marbled effect.

Next, make your projects scream with Amplify!

IMG_0885Use Amplify! directly from the bottle, then use a heat gun to puff the ink.  It works on paper, wood and more. Amplify! colors coordinate with Radiant Neon inks, creating a 3-D effect. Amplify! is also available in black and white; once heated, White Amplify! can be colored with other inks for custom hues.

You asked for them, and now they’re here: Delicata inks in Bronze and Copper.

IMG_0891Our exquisite metallic Delicata ink is now available in a quartet that includes Golden Glitz, Silvery Shimmer, and new Celestial Copper and Bronze Burst. It’s the same quality you expect from Delicata, now in an expanded palette.

And finally, our luscious Radiant Neon pigment inks are now available as quartets for easy portability and storage.

IMG_0890Our set of Warm Colors includes Electric Pink, Coral, Yellow and Orange; Cool Colors include Electric Blue, Green, Purple and Pink. Pigment-based Radiant Neons inks give great results on light and dark papers, and they’re easily blendable.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this preview. It’s only fair we give you a chance to win these new products too, so leave a comment on this post letting us know what you think of them.  Comment by Wednesday, Dec. 24 to be eligible to win.

Neon Flowers

by Taylor

As soon as I saw this sentiment from So Suzy Stamps, I knew I had to have it. Isn’t it perfect? I adore how uplifting an encouraging it is an thought some bright colors and flowers were the perfect thing to dress it up!

Supplies:

  • IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko: Radiant Neon ink (Electric Orange); StazOn Midi ink (Cactus Green); irRESISTable Colored Texture Spray (Dandelion); Fireworks! Spray (Dandelion); irRESISTable Pico Embellisher (Tuxedo Black); Vertigo (two patterns); Sponge Daubers
  • Crafter’s Companion: A New Leaf, Bloomin’ Beautiful (rubber stamps); Die’sire Elegance Frame (metal die); Embossalicious Lattice (embossing folder); Collall All-purpose adhesive
  • So Suzy Stamps: What If You Fly (rubber stamp)
  • Spectrum Noir: Ultra Sooth White cardstock
  • Craftwell: eBosser die cutting machine
  • May Arts: ribbon
  • Miscellaneous: Foam Adhesive (Darice); Recollections cardstock (Michael’s); Jeweled Brads (Eyelet Outlet); Craft Knife (Stampin’ Up); Bazzill cardstock (for base)

Directions:

1. Stamp leaves on Vertigo using StazOn Cactus Green ink and fussy cut.

2. Stamp flowers on a different piece of Vertigo cardstock using Radiant Neon Electric Orange ink and fussy cut.

3. Using the Pico Embellisher Tuxedo Black, draw center lines on petals.

4. Die cut frame using white cardstock. Do not remove cardstock from the die.

5. Using a craft knife, cut out the large square center.

6. Using Sponge Daubers, add Radiant Neon Electric Orange ink to embossed portions of frame.

7. Remove cardstock from frame.

8. Spray frame with irRESISTable Colored Texture Spray in Dandelion.

9. Die cut frame again. Do not remove cardstock from frame.

10. Stamp sentiment using Radiant Neon Electric Orange ink.

11. Spray cardstock with Fireworks! Spray Dandelion.

12. Spay cardstock with irRESISTable Colored Texture Spray Dandelion.

13. Adhere both frame images together using foam adhesive for dimension.

14. Emboss background as desired and add ribbon.

15. Attach all elements to card base.

Vertigo Snowflakes

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‘Tis the Season for letting your crafty side shine, and we’re here to share with you today how to create snowflakes using your IMAGINE Crafts’ supplies. These snowflakes are so easy to make that the entire family can join in the fun!

Die cutting Vertigo through your die cutting machine is very simple, just think of it as heavier weight cardstock. The key to getting nice, clean edges that pop out of the dies with no problems is to use the manufacturer’s metal shim plate.

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Adding color to Vertigo is so simple! For our snowflakes, we applied StazOn colors using an InkBlusher. You can also use any pigment ink like Brilliance, Delicata, Memento Luxe, VersaFine or VersaColor for coloring Vertigo. For more dramatic effects, try using embossing powder with stamped images since the Vertigo will hold up to heat!

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Another way to add texture and color to Vertigo is to use one of IMAGINE Crafts’ texture sprays like GooseBumps or irRESISTible. When sprayed in light coats, these texture sprays will dry quickly on the Vertigo and are permanent once dry.

Here’s some ideas to get you inspired for creating your own snowflakes to use as ornaments, card embellishments and more for the Holidays. We’re using Spellbinders’  dies for creating our snowflakes.

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The larger snowflake (base) was colored with a base coat of StazOn Azure, then highlighted with StazOn Midnight Blue on the backside. On the front side, GooseBumps Shimmer was sprayed on thick to give a “icy” texture to the snowflake. The small white dot embellishments were made with the irRESISTible Pico Embellisher in Wedding Dress. The smaller snowflake in the middle shows the Vertigo Tilted pattern, held down with a glue dot.

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Vertigo Taffeta was used for this layered snowflake. The base was quickly inked with StazOn Teal Blue. The top snowflake was lightly sprayed with irRESISTible Bahama Blue texture spray.

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This dramatic snowflake has a “plain” Vertigo Prism backing. The front snowflake was inked with StazOn Midnight Blue on the back side of the Vertigo, then sprayed with irRESISTible Wedding Dress on the front.

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We hop that we’ve given you some inspiration to create your own ornaments – and we’d love for you to share your ornaments that you’ve created using IMAGINE Crafts supplies. Share your link in the comment section below for everyone to see!

Gingerbread Holiday Card

By Sharon

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Supplies:

  • ImagineCrafts/Tsukineko: irRESISTible Pico Embellisher: Tuxedo Black, Wedding Dress, Neon Electric Yellow, Neon Electric Pink, Neon Electric Blue; Goosebumps Shimmer, Memento Luxe: Espresso Truffle, Peanut Brittle, Toffee Crunch; Jumbo Dauber, VersaMark, White Embossing Powder
  • Stampendous: Snowflake Stamp, German Glass Glitter
  • Spellbinders: Rectangle Die
  • Sizzix: Gingerbread Man Die
  • Miscellaneous: white cardstock, glue, heat tool

Directions:

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1. Die cut two rectangles from white cardstock. Take one rectangle, center it over your Gingerbread Man die and cut out. Keep the rectangle with the Gingerbread Man.

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2. Ink the rectangle (with the Gingerbread Man cut out) using a Jumbo Dauber first with Memento Luxe Toffee Crunch and then highlighted with Memento Luxe Espresso Truffle inks to darken. Allow to dry or heat set with a heat tool.

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3. Stamp the snowflakes with VersaMark, then heat emboss with white embossing powder.

4. Adhere the inked rectangle die-cut to a white cardstock base cut to the same size.

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5. Ink up the Gingerbread Man using a Jumbo Dauber loaded with Memento Luxe Peanut Brittle ink.

6. Generously spray with Goosebumps Shimmer and sprinkle lightly with German Glass Glitter; allow to dry completely.

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7. Assemble your card by gluing the Gingerbread Man into the matching die cut in the assembled card base.

8. Decorate the Gingerbread Man with a faux icing of different colors of irRESISTible Pico Embellishers.

 

Raise a Glass to Pantone’s Color of the Year

If you follow design news, you’ve probably heard about Pantone’s 2015 “Color of the Year” selection: Marsala.  The company describes Marsala as, “A naturally robust and earthly red wine” that “make[s] for an elegant statement color…or as a compelling accent when paired with many other colors.”

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If you like the color of the year, there’s good news: you can expect to see it pop up in fashion, beauty, fabrics, product packaging, and more.  Some businesses find unique ways to capitalize on the trend; for example, Theo Chocolate has launched limited edition fair trade bars in Marsala-colored packaging.

theo-chocolate-seattle-201412041305-2.449fbc8b-80e4-49b6-95eb-4ec4beb55157Bring some Marsala into your crafting with our All-Purpose Ink in Sedona Clay.  We stamped a Mark Richards wine bag (of course!) with All-Purpose Ink in Sedona Clay using a foam stamp.  Heat set the bag, and the ink will remain permanent.

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Or get your Marsala on with StazOn Solvent Ink in Claret.  Among other ideas, it makes a great alternative to the ubiquitous pink or red on Valentine’s Day. (Stencil: The Crafter’s Workshop.)

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What do you think of Marsala as Pantone’s Color of the Year?  Let us know in the comments.