Make a “Sending My Love” Card for your Valentine

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By LeeAnn McKinney

– Hey there friends, LeeAnn here with a fun project that the idea will work any time of year, but this one especially is for Valentine’s Day. I did direct ink to paper, and blending Rose Bud, Love Letter and Angel Pink Memento Dye Ink in dew drop form.

I then ran the panel through my Big Shot with a die that embossed stitching into the background and made the perfect a2 cut around the panel. I then did direct to paper with VersaMark which I the poured Gold Mboss and then took my heat tool to melt it. After using my Big Shot to cut out the sentiment with the embossed panel and 3 layers of white, I cut the shadow layer out of vellum.

Then I used On Point Glue to adhere the layers together, and attached to the card panel, I used Tear It Tape to attach the panel with my card base. I followed that up with a few drops of On Point Glue to adhere some flat backed Gold Pearls to my panel and spritzed it with Sparkle Simmer Spray. With that this 20 minute video was complete (actually 6 video’s spliced together) I sped it up and cut the messy parts and you now have more time to enjoy the rest of your day. Thank you for watching, and I would love to see what you make that perhaps this project inspired you with.

 

Art Supplies

Imagine:

• Memento Love Letter 

• Memento Angel Pink

• Memento Rose Bud 

• VersaMark Watermark Ink

• Mboss Gold 

• On Point Glue 

• Tear It! Tape 

• Sheer Shimmer Sparkle 

• Craft Mat 

• Miscellaneous  Stamp Cleaner  

Other Products:

• Kat Scrappiness Sending My Love Die with Shadow

• Kat Scrappiness Stitched Hearts Coverplate Die

 

Learn How to Make a Best Wishes Card

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By Annie Collins

– Hello Crafty Friends – Annie here with a fun card featuring a variety of Imagine Crafts products.

Directions:

Art Supplies:

Imagine

• Delicata Ink: Golden Glitz

• VersaColor Ink: Neptune

• VersaFine Clair Ink: Nocturne

• VersaMagic Ink: Spring Pansy, Pretty Petunia, Purple Hydrangea, & Night Sky 

• Mboss Embossing Powder: Gold

• Sheer Shimmer Craft Spray: Gold

• On Point Glue

• Tear It! Tape

Other:

Sunny Studios Die: Wishes

Fairy Hugs Stamp: Fantasy Flowers

Learn How to Make an Astrological Card

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By Alison Heikkila –

Hello! It’s time for my newest post for Imagine, as an official part of the 2022 Design Team. After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, many of us are wiped out, or even burnt out from making cards and gifts all season. Because of that, I decided to come up with a fast card that doesn’t take a ton of effort, but looks like it did because of the layering.

Skill Level: Beginner
Time: 15 to 20 Minutes

Directions:

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Step 1:

Adhere your 3″ x 5″ Gel Press to an acrylic block. While you can adhere it to your work surface, but if it’s attached to a block, you can control where it goes on your printing plate.

 

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Step 2:

Apply Versa Fine Clair Ink in Twilight to the Gel Press Plate. I applied it in rows, but you can do it however you like.

Step 3:

Squeeze on a bit of Silvery Shimmer Delicata reinker. You don’t need too much.

 

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Step 4:

Using a brayer, roll the colors together. Try not to overmix them.

 

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Step 5:

While the inks are still wet, flip the Gel Press Plate on to the printing plate. Since it’s on an acrylic block, you can place the Gel Plate wherever you want easily. Press the Gel Press into the printing plate firmly.

Step 6:

Flip the Gel Press back over, and lay a piece of copy paper on top. This will create your print. Press the paper firmly and evenly all over the plate to get a good transfer.

 

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Step 7:

Carefully peel back the paper to reveal your print. You can place the paper back down before you peel up the entire thing if you feel that you need to transfer the ink more.

 

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Step 8:

After I made 3 more prints, I chose the one I wanted to use on my card. I went with my first print, which is the upper right. I tore the edges around the print instead of trimming it smoothly.

 

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Step 9:

Using an edger die, trim a piece of navy colored cardstock to create a mat around your print.

Step 10:

Using Silvery Shimmer Delicata Ink, ink up the edges of the die cut mat.

 

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Step 11:

On a gray card base, ink the right side with VersaMark ink. Try to not make it even, so that it has a more organic feel.

Step 12:

Sprinkle Mboss in Shimmering Night Sky on to the wet ink. Shake off excess, and heat set with a heat tool.

 

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Step 13:

Adhere your layers. I added a stamped and die cut sentiment, as well as some jewels. For the jewels, I used On Point Glue.

 

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The finished card has lots of shine and cool texture. Using your inks and reinkers on a Gel Press Plate gives you the ability to mix colors from different lines and get beautiful, soft effects.

 

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Again, using all of these layers may make it seem that this card took a lot of time, but it really didn’t because making the print is such a fast process. And you can choose to use a larger Gel Press Plate to cut down on some of the layers.

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine:

• VersaFine Clair Ink in Twilight
• Delicata Ink Pad & Reinker in Silvery Shimmer
• VersaMark Ink Pad
• MBoss in Shimmering Night Sky
• On Point Glue
• Craft Mat

Other:

• Gel Press: 3″ x 5″ Plate
• Carabelle Studio: Zodiac Printing Plate
• Speedball: Brayer
• Stampendous: Deckle Die Set, Slim Acrylic Handle
• Pinkfresh Studios: Perfect Sentiments stamp & die set
• Doodles Paper Playground: Silver Starburst Rhinestones
• Gray card base, white copy paper, navy cardstock
• Heat Tool

Presenting Imagine’s Design Team for 2022

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Happy New Year!

We are happy to introduce our amazing and talented 2022 design team.


 

Alison Heikkila

Hello! My name is Alison Heikkila and I have been a crafter my entire life. My mom started me off with coloring and stringing beads from a very young age, and I never stopped. I have an art degree with a specialization in jewelry and sculpture, but I love working in many mediums and styles. Getting inky is absolutely one of my favorite things!  

I have an amazing husband who loves to see what I create each day (and even crafts along with me sometimes!) and two very creative kids. Sometimes the four of us craft together, which is so much fun. We’ve also got a cat and two dogs, and we reside on Long Island. 

I love to create, as I feel it truly feeds my soul. Getting a little “playtime” in my craft room each day is really important to me. I look forward to sharing projects with you. 

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Annie Collins

Hello Friends, my name is Annie Collins and I have been crafting all my life. I started at 4 years old sewing with my mother. My passion for crafting and sharing continued to grow over the years. I love paper crafting the most all forms of it. I live in sunny Florida with my fantastic family, my husband, our 3 children, son in law,  our first grandchild and pets. I can’t wait to share some projects and be inspired by all of you.

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Katy

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Hello Crafty Friends! My name is Katy Ingram. I am a wife and mama to 1 son and 4 kitties. I live in southeastern North Carolina off the coast of Topsail Island and I LOVE making handmade cards. I started my card making the journey back in 2016 and in 2019 I started my youtube channel and blog Eastwicks Paper and Ink. I wanted an outlet to share and hopefully inspire your creativity with my card making as well as some tips and tricks along the way. I am so excited to be joining Imagine’s 2022 Design Team. I look forward to meeting and crafting with you!

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Neva Cole

Hello fellow crafters, my name is Neva Cole and I live in the high desert of Central Oregon on a mini-farm with my husband, son, four German Shepherds, and one inside kitty.  A life-long crafter I gravitated towards mostly paper arts, stamping, card making, and scrapbooking about 25 years ago.  My style varies with my mood, sometimes clean and simple then I swing to shabby chic or layered elegance.  I have instructed classes in the paper arts, and come by teaching naturally—I am a retired High School Science teacher.  I look forward to creating with you in the Imagine Community!  

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LeeAnn McKinney

Hi there friends and fellow crafters, my name is LeeAnn McKinney and I am so excited to bring my clean and simple projects and tutorials to you throughout 2022. Let’s Get Crafty!!!

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Easy to Make Christmas Napkin Holders

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By Kyriakos Pachadiroglou –

Stamp on Vertigo sheets to make sparkling napkin rings using Mboss Valentine embossing powder. Repeat stamping on white card stock to make little tags to decorate your festive table.

 

Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 Hour

 

Directions:

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Step 1

Cut 2 ½ x 5 in pieces of the Vertigo sheets and stamp with VersaMark watermark ink.

Cover with Mboss Valentine embossing powder and heat set.

 

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Step 2

Use an ink blusher to color around the stamped image with the StazOn Studio Glaze gold.

 

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Step 3

Stamp stars with the StazOn Black Cherry ink pad.

 

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Step 4

Punch one hold at the middle left and right long side edges and place satin ribbon.

 

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Step 5

Stamp the nutcracker stamp on white card stock with VersaMark watermark ink pad. Cover with Mboss Valentine embossing powder and heat set. Cut around. Repeat with the Mboss Sparkling Champagne Embossing Powder. 

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine

StazOn – Black Cherry

VersaMark – Original

StazOn Studio Glaze – Gold

Mboss – Valentine, Sparkling Champagne

Vertigo Sheet – Pebbles

Ink Blushers

Other

• Nutcracker Stamp

• Heat Tool

• Gold Satin Ribbon

• White Card Stock

• Hole Punch

 

Make a Faux Watercolor Poinsettia Gift Tag

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By Alison Heikkila –

Hello! This is the time of year that people get really into making tags. Tags for gifts, tag books, etc. Today I’ve got a fun way to use Memento Inks to make them look like you’ve watercolored, but you didn’t need to work as hard. We will be using a layering stamp set to create the focal point of the tag. I used Poinsettia Parts from Stampendous.

Skill Level: Beginner
Time: 10 Minutes, plus drying time between layers

Directions:

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Step 1:

Using an acrylic block or stamp positioner, adhere your most solid layer.

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Step 2:

Ink up the stamp with at least 2 colors of Memento Ink. I used Sweet Plum and Lady Bug.

Step 3:

Spritz the inked stamp with water. Let the colors start to run together, but don’t spritz the stamp so much that the colors become totally washed out.

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Step 4:

Carefully flip your stamp over on to a piece of watercolor paper. Gently press the stamp into the paper and leave it there for a few minutes. You can even add something heavy on top if you want more consistent pressure.

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Step 5:

Repeat Step 4 with any additional parts of your image. I needed to add a leaf and another petal. I used Pear Tart and Cottage Ivy for the leaf. Let all of the “watercolor” layers dry thoroughly before moving on.

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Step 6:

Stamp the top or detail layer with VersaFine Clair ink in Nocturne.

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Step 7:

To add additional detail, you can apply some ink to your Craft Mat and spritz with water, then apply with a paintbrush. Here, I used Dandelion and Morocco to color in the center of the poinsettia. Fussy cut the stamped image.

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Step 8:

Apply Rich Cocoa Memento Ink to a background stamp. I used an older Stampendous stamp with sheet music on it. I like to flip my stamp up and apply my substrate (in this case, a tag made with Kraft cardstock) on top of the stamp. I press the tag into the stamp with my fingers. This allows me to place the tag where I want, and I don’t need to fuss with a large, sometimes unwieldy large stamp. You may also do this step while allowing your poinsettia to dry.

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Step 9:

Ink up a blending brush with more Rich Cocoa ink and gently buff the edges. You may smear some of your stamped image if it hasn’t dried completely, but I don’t mind that look. It helps to make the tag look old.

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Step 10:

Add a sentiment strip to your tag, adhere the poinsettia, and tie on some ribbon.

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Now you’ve got a completed tag that you can add to gifts, use it as a place card at the dinner table, or even to decorate a card base. Experiment with different color palettes to get a wide range of looks. And remember, these techniques don’t have to be used only at holiday time! Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Art Supplies:

Imagine:

Memento Inks in Lady Bug, Sweet Plum, Dandelion, Morocco, Cottage Ivy, Pear Tart, and Rich Cocoa
VersaFine Clair Ink in Nocturne
Tear It! Tape
Craft Mat

Other:

Stampendous: Poinsettia Parts and sheet music Cling Stamp
Kraft Colored Tag
Ribbon
Blending Brush