Subtle Elegance with Creative Medium

Peace on Earth

by Alison Heikkila

Subtle yet elegant white on white holiday card handmade by Alison Heikkila featuring the sentiment "Peace on Earth" made with Creative Medium through a stencil.

Season’s Greetings! Today, I am sharing a new card tutorial featuring some of the wonderful products from Imagine. The subtle elegance is created by keeping the color to a minimum, but the sparkle and shine to the maximum!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 15 minute + dry time

Directions

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Step 1

Tape the stencil to smooth white cardstock. Scoop out some Chartreuse Creative Medium and glob it at the top of the stencil. Be sure to have the Creative Medium spanning the entire width of the stencil.

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Step 2

Holding the palette knife at a 45 degree angle, spread the Creative Medium in a single, smooth sweep across the entire stencil. If any spots are missed, you can touch them up, but try not to overwork the Creative Medium. Remove the stencil and wash off any excess Creative Medium. Let dry.

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Step 3

Trim the dried piece and use a corner rounder punch on each corner.

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Step 4

Create the card base with a textured white cardstock cut to 8″ x 5 1/2″. Spray the card base with Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Frost. Spritz your card front with Sparkle. You can see the shine in the above photo. (It is much more visible in real life.)

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Step 5

Adhere your card front to the base with 4 large pieces of foam dimensional tape for stability.

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The card is finished! It’s subtle, but elegant and full of shimmer ans sparkle. I hope you’ll give this white on white look a try!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampendous – Peace on Earth Stencil, Palette Knife
  • EK Success – Corner Rounder
  • Foam Tape
  • Cardstock – smooth white, textured white

 

 

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Coloring on SHEET Metal

Joys of the Season

by Mary Prasad

Handmade holiday card with a colored house, sentiment and colored metal charm attached with a bow by Mary Prasad.

Learn how to color SHEET Metal using StazOn inks and GlazOn protective coating.

 

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Sizzix – Fairy Twilight by Vintaj DecoEtch Die
  • Jump rings
  • Colored glass beads (optional)
  • Die cut machine

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Vintage Holidays

Holly Jolly

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Handmae Christmas card featuring a vintage stamped image and a candy red embossed mat with the sentiment "holly jolly" by Martha Lucia Gomez.

Christmas is a fun and happy time and I love to use traditional colors on my cards. I also love embossing powder! I created this striking image border using Candy Red Embossing Powder, which compliments the water-colored vintage image nicely.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 45 minutes

Directions

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Step 1

Stamp the image using Black Shimmer Delicata Ink on a piece of very vanilla card stock. It’s perfect for this season! Cover the stamped image with Clear Embossing Powder and melt with the heat tool.

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Step 2

Color the details of your image using Kaleidacolor inks and Fantastix. Mix the inks with Ink Potion No. 9, and spritz your image to encourage more blending. Crop to the image borders of the paper.

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Step 3

Using another piece of very vanilla card stock, create a mat for the painted image. Using VersaMark, ink the four borders of this piece and cover it with Candy Red Embossing Powder. Melt the powder with the heat tool.

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Step 4

Adhere the image to the mat with Tear It! Tape, and the mat to the front of your card base. Paste several layers of die cuts in very vanilla together and paste to card base below the image.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – very vanilla
  • Cuddly Buddly Crafts – Holly Collage
  •  Stampin’ Up – Jolly die cut
  • Acrylic block or stamp tool
  • Die cut machine
  • Scissors or paper trimmer
  • Heat tool
  • Adhesive

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Holiday Shaker 3-in-1

Snowfall Shaker Card + Two Bonus Projects

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

3-in-1 project featuring a shaker card, an ornament and a gift tag featuring navy cardstock embossed with Iridescent Purple Creative Medium by Jennifer Vanderbeek.

Waste not, want not is a fabulous mantra in the craft room but it can lead to keeping all sorts of bits and pieces that could be used but seldom are. I’m sure you’ve been there, I know I have, so with today’s project I took a moment to plan for the scraps generated and got three projects out of one!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 20 minutes + drying time

Directions

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Step 1

Die cut a 3½-inch circle from a 6-inch piece of navy cardstock and two 6-inch pieces of coordinating self-adhesive foam. Position the circle ½ inch from the top edge of the card, and centered horizontally. Do not toss out any of the pieces from the die cuts.

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Step 2

Secure the cardstock to your craft mat and place the die cut pieces into place. (For more security, tape them temporaraily back together on the backside. Top with stencil and spread iridescent purple Creative Medium through the stencil with a palette knife. Allow to dry completely.

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Step 3

Layer the two pieces of foam, one on top of the other, and top with a piece of clear acetate. Glue on two narrow strips of navy cardstock over the acetate to act as muntins for our window. Add some beads, sequins, and other bling to the cavity of the shaker window and seal with another piece of navy cardstock. Adhere the stenciled card front once dry.

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Step 4

Stamp a sentiment onto a strip of metallic silver cardstock with ivory black StazOn ink and notch the tail. Attach the sentiment flag to the front of the card with foam adhesive. Wrap a bit of purple eyelash yarn around the lower portion of a 6 ½-inch piece of silver cardstock and center the shaker on the cardstock base.

Step 5

Attach a single layer of self-adhesive foam to each of the stenciled “leftover” pieces of navy cardstock for stability.

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Step 6

String two eye pins with coordinating beads and add a metallic tassel to one. Attach the tasseled piece to the frame die cut with a loop of thin wire to make an ornament.

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Step 7

Stamp a to/from sentiment to a piece of vellum and layer it, the center of the die cut, and the second beaded element and combine with a piece of the eyelash yarn to make a gift tag.

And there you have it, a shaker card, an ornament and a gift tag from one die cut!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – navy, metallic silver
  • Clear acetate
  • Vellum
  • Self-adhesive foam sheets
  • Waffle Flower – Flower Circles Inverted die
  • Hot Off the Pres – Snowfall stencil
  • Removable tape
  • Beads, sequins, findings
  • Acrylic Block
  • BoBunny – Sentiments stamp
  • Beading tools (wire snips, round nose pliers)
  • 2 eye pins
  • Thin wire
  • Close to My Heart – acrylic letter stamps
  • Eyelash yarn
  • Die cut machine

 

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Flourishes L.C Blog Hop!

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We are celebrating Cyber Monday with a blog hop with Flourishes L.C! (Don’t forget you can still get free shipping on all orders from our Shop today.) This is a large hop- so I hope you enjoy all the projects put together by our teams. Don’t forget to comment on all the blogs for a chance to win prizes from both companies! (Please only one comment per blog.)

Imagine Blog
Barbara Thompson
Toni Storie
Alison Heikkila

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Beverly Cole
Kren Kurts
Neva Cole

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Roni Johnson

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Linda Lucas
Davi Long
Jennifer Vanderbeek

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Naomi Gong
Vickie Yeakley
Nadine Carlier

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Rebecca Ednie
Gloria Hayoung Lee
Mark Melnick
Shirley Qu
Martha Lucia Gomez
Terre Fry
Mary Prasad
Trisha Traxler
Monica Edwards
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We will announce the winners on Wednesday morning!

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Embossing with Stencils

’tis the Season

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Handmade greeting card featuring a cardinal on an embossed branch with the sentiment "tis the Season" by Martha Lucia Gomez

Stencils are my passion and today I want to share a fun technique with you: embossing with stencils! It is easy, fun and beautiful, perfect for impressing our friends with beautiful cards or presents during Christmas time. Take a look at my card and let me show you how you can make one just like it.

Directions

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Step 1

Secure the stencil over cardstock using masking tape. Ink through the stencil directly with the VersaMark pad.

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Step 2

Remove the stencil and wash with soap and warm water. Cover the inked areas with Verdigris Embossing Powder. Shake of excess. Melt with heat tool.

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Step 3

Stamp the branch image several times over the embossed image using Memento Desert Sand Ink. This step will add dimension to your card.

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Step 4

Stamp cardinal image on a separate piece of cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

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Step 5

Color in the cardinal using the Tomato Vine Kaleidacolor ink palette with Fantastix. Fussy or die cut the image.

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Step 6

Stamp the sentiment above your branch using Delicata Black Shimmer and heat emboss with Clear Embossing Powder. Adhere this piece to your card base. Attach the cardinal using dimensional adhesive.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Hero Arts – Kelly’s Happiest Season of All stamp set
  • Cardstock – cream, green
  • Stencil Girl – Pressed Leaves stencil

 

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