Make Plans for the Perfect Christmas Card

by Elina Stromberg

Snowflakes are always a safe choice for Christmas cards Shapphire Blue.

Busy Christmas card season is soon here! I envy those efficient crafters who start making their Christmas cards early enough, so that they can create beautiful, diverse card designs for each receiver. I usually start too late, and in order to complete the task on time I must choose only one or two designs that are easy and quick to do even in larger quantities. However, simple does not mean that the cards need be boring, quite the contrary! A wow-factor must be included, and even if time may be running short, I still take time to carefully plan the card design.

Each year I make a few extra cards that I keep to myself. I want to keep record of the card designs I have used, as my cards must never be replicates of the previous years’ designs. Making a couple of test rounds before starting the actual card making project has proven to be a wise choice, too. Whenever I want to come up with a new and fresh design idea, I like to start with making several samples. For me that’s the only way to see what works and what doesn’t. This is especially true when including new media, new color combinations, new supplies or new techniques. A few pieces of scrap paper keep this endeavor an inexpensive choice for testing! I’ll switch to higher quality card bases when I’m ready to go into production.

This year my Christmas cards will most probably have a snowflake background; snowflakes are always a safe choice for Christmas cards. For my sample pieces, I sprayed two sheets of white mixed media cardstock with blue Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray. Those shimmering cold blue colors gave just the icy look and feel I needed! I mixed the colors with water, dried with my heat gun, and cut the sheets into smaller sample pieces. I even punched one sheet with a tag punch and a set of gift tags was made on the same go.

For sample #1, I applied Metallic Silver Creative Medium through a snowflake stencil. On sample #2, I stamped different small snowflakes with Sapphire Blue Delicata ink and for sample #3, I used the same snowflake stencil with the Sapphire Delicata ink and a Stipple Brush.

I continued testing on punched gift tags: #4 is heat embossed with white embossing powder, and #5 with silver.

For tags #6 and #7,  I used the previous techniques once again, as I wanted to see how they work on small backgrounds.

For tags #8 and #9,  I die-cut snowflakes from glitter paper and glued them down with On Point Glue. #8 is misted with Original GooseBumps Texture Spray, and #9 outlined with ‘Wedding Dress’ white irRESISTible texture spray.

Now the only tricky part is to choose which pattern or texture to use for my Christmas cards. As much I liked the stamped and die-cut images, I think I will go for the stenciled Metallic Silver Creative Medium. The shimmering silver just looks so cool on the shimmering, icy blue background!

From here building a card design that could be both time-friendly and very personalized will be easy and fun! Enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Mixed media paper
  • Water mister
  • 13Arts Studio – Snowflake stencil
  • Snowflake stamps
  • Scissors
  • Tag punch

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Make a Beautiful Congrats Card with Delicata Rose Gold

by Elina Stromberg

Make a Beautiful Congrats Card with Delicata Rose Gold

Creating beautiful cards does not necessarily require having lots of different special tools. Of course, crafting tools are handy and make many project steps easier. But sometimes, even if you are surrounded with all the latest crafting gadgets, it’s nice to go back to the basics and create something beautiful using just the simplest supplies.

This card design is super easy to make, and the result looks beautiful. Kids will learn the decoration technique in a flash, so maybe these cards will be the theme for your next creative family afternoon together?

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Fold a piece of paper in half and draw half of the heart on one side
Step 1

Fold a piece of paper in half and draw half of the heart on one side, making sure that the inside of the heart is in the fold. With the paper folded, cut the half heart shape that you just drew.

Using the eraser end of the pencil and Delicata Rose Gold ink
Step 2

Place the heart in the middle of the card front. Using the eraser end of the pencil and Delicata Rose Gold ink, stamp tiny circles around the heart mask.


Step 3

Place the self-cut heart stencil over the previously masked heart. Mist the heart with clear GooseBumps texture spray. Remove stencil and let air dry.


Step 4

Die-cut the sentiment letters twice, using pink and dark blue cardstock. If you don’t have a die-cutting machine, stamp or hand-draw the text and cut out. Press the bottom half of each letter on clear VersaMark embossing ink. Dip the letter in gold embossing powder. Heat set the powder with a heat gun. Press the upper half of each letter on Rose Gold Delicata ink. Let dry. Glue the decorated pink letters on dark blue ones. The dark letter will appear as a shadow, creating a 3D impression. Glue the letters on the card front. Mat the card front on pink cardstock, attach to card base using double-sided tape.

Optional Version posted on September 1st. Decorate the card with stitches: Place the heart shaped stencil on the card front, punch stitch marks around the heart. Sew with straight stitches, using pink embroidery yarn.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Pencil
  • Copy paper
  • White card base
  • Scissors
  • Two-sided tape
  • Heat Gun

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Color of the Month is Rose Gold

Color of the Month for September is Rose Gold

We are happy to announce 6 new Delicata colors in September. While we were tempted to have all 6 colors be our color challenge this month, we decided to focus specifically on Rose Gold. This beautiful metallic hue wavers between Copper and Pink and is a wonderful addition to the Delicata ink line. We hope everyone is as excited about Rose Gold as we are and will stay tuned for the month of September to be filled with gorgeous projects.

 

Delicata Rose Gold Gratitude Card by Mischelle Smith

This month, Rose Gold is the Imagine Color of the Month. This luscious, feminine color is the perfect companion to these beautiful blooms. This simple “Thanks” card is an easy project and is a wonderful option for so many occasions.

I created this distressed look on the card panel with an old book page. I wanted a vintage look so I used tape to remove book text to create a worn look. Then I stamped the floral images in Delicata Rose Gold and used a Jumbo Dauber to ink around the edges of the card and flowers. To create a bit of contrast I cut out the “Thanks” sentiment, attached it to Rose Gold glitter paper and attached to the card. Super easy and enjoyable to make!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampin’ Up! – Helping Me Grow
  • Old book page
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive
  • Tape

You Make My Heart Smile in Rose Gold by Alison Heikkila

I have always loved rose gold. In fact, my wedding rings are rose gold and I have other rose gold jewelry. For a woman that’s not a huge fan of pink, I find rose gold warm, comforting and beautiful.

I started off by stenciling with the Pop Rectangles stencil to a piece of Mixed Media paper with Delicata Rose Gold ink. I went a little heavy with ink and used my heat tool to quickly dry the ink. Then, I placed my sentiment on to the paper. Then I picked up only the “You Make My Heart” with an acrylic block, and inked up those words with Dark Brown Shimmer. After stamping and heat setting them, I picked up the “smile” and inked it up with VersaMark ink, as I knew I wanted to emboss it. I embossed it with Gold powder and then decided to also ink and emboss the edges of this layer.

I cut my card base out of brown cardstock. I pressed the Rose Gold Delicata ink into the edges to get a sponged, glimmery look. Delicata stands out beautifully on dark paper, which is one reason why I went with the brown cardstock. I glued my stenciled layer to my card base and added a few dots Irresistibles Pico Embellisher in Shimmer. Look at all of that shimmer! I love working with the new Delicata inks. They are so rich and beautiful. Thank you for stopping by and have an inspiring day!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampendous – Pop Rectangles Stencil, 3/8″ Stencil Brush
  • Honey Bee Stamps – Smile
  • Mixed Media Paper
  • Cardstock – Brown
  • Heat Tool

Happy Birthday in Rose Gold by Elina Stromberg

Creating beautiful cards does not necessarily require having lots of different special tools. Of course, crafting tools are handy and make many project steps easier. But sometimes, even if you are surrounded with all the latest crafting gadgets, it’s nice to go back to the basics and create something beautiful using just the simplest supplies. This card design is super easy to make, and the result looks beautiful. Kids will learn the decoration technique in a flash, so maybe these cards will be the theme for your next creative family afternoon together?

Fold a piece of paper in half and draw half of the heart on one side, making sure that the inside of the heart is in the fold. With the paper folded, cut the half heart shape. Place the heart in the middle of the card front. Using the eraser end of the pencil and Delicata Rose Gold ink, stamp tiny circles around the heart mask. Decorate the card with stitches: Place the heart shaped stencil on the card front, punch stitch marks around the heart. Sew with straight stitches, using pink embroidery yarn. Once you have finished the stitching, then you can place your own personalized sentiment in the center of the heart. I choose a simple Happy Birthday die, but other positive sentiments would be a nice compliment to this beautiful color scheme.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Pencil
  • White paper
  • White card base
  • Scissors
  • Two-sided tape
  • Heat Gun

Brighten Someone’s Day with a Teal Greeting Card

Young At Heart by Elina Stromberg

Our August theme color is ‘Teal’. That blue-green, dark turquoise color is not often seen in my projects, but I wanted to challenge myself and gave it a go. That bold color proved to be a perfect choice for my grungy critter card project, and I loved the cool weather-worn look so much that I made a matching ATC, too. I stamped the large colored area two times, first with Turquoise Gem VersaMagic, and then adding a hint of Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy on top. I did not clean the stamp in between, allowing the colors to mix on the stamp. The rich, creamy VersaMagic inks go really a long way. So for getting the last remains of the color of the stamp, I misted the stamp gently with water before pressing it on the paper. The end result looks so cool!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • AALL & Create – Olga Heldwein, Fiona Paltridge, Autour de Mwa stamps
  • Mixed media paper – white
  • Cardbase – White
  • Cardstock – Teal
  • Watercolor brush
  • Heat gun
  • Double-sided tape

Teal Love Birds

Lovebirds in Teal Zeal by Roni Johnson

The color of the month is Teal here at Imagine which brings to mind the beautiful twilight moments right before the sun starts to set. The birds have settled in the trees and all of the hustle and bustle of the day has subsided. This imagery makes me yearn for a home near a lake.

The background for the card was created by spritzing Danube Blue and Bamboo Leaves Fireworks Spray over wet irRESISTible Texture Medium. The cardstock was tilted in various directions to coat the entire piece of cardstock. The second (lighter colored) piece of cardstock was used to pick up the excess medium from the spray box with a bit more Texture Medium flicked over top. The main image on the card was made using a die-cut masking paper circle and Memento Teal Zeal ink was then sponged over the entire piece. The mask was then removed and the main image was stamped over top again using Memento Teal Zeal. On Point Glue was spread over the exposed sun and extra fine clear glitter was sprinkled on top and finishing touches were added.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock
  • Just For Fun Rubber Stamps
  • Masking Paper

Make a Fairytale Layout in Your Journal with VersaMagic

by Elina Stromberg

Fairytale Layout in Moleskine Journal Sketchbook
When working with layers you normally start with the background and continue with adding elements on top of it. However, when layering stamped images, you need to work in reverse order. First, you place the foreground elements on your project and then continue building layers in the direction towards the back. This all may sound bit tricky but when you start working you’ll soon realize that the masking stamping technique is not hard at all. You will love the depth and dimension it gives to your project, and in addition, it gives you many new possibilities to use your stamps and extend your stash!

Masking stamping technique can be used for several types of projects. It’s perfect for cards, but can easily be used also for larger projects like art journal pages. Your imagination will be the only limit!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour +

Directions


Step 1

Stamp the foreground image i.e. the element that you want to appear on the top. Repeat the step by stamping the image on a post-it note. Cut out.


Step 2

Place the post-it note image on the stamped foreground image. This self-made mask will protect the top layer image. Stamp the element you want to appear on the next layer, (partly) behind the first element. If you want other elements to appear behind the second layer image, stamp it on a post-it note and cut out.


Step 3

Continue building stamped layers until the scenery is ready. Post-it masks can be used several times, so if one image is used several times, probably only one mask per image is needed.


Step 4

Color the images using VersaMagic and Brilliance inks. Press the ink pad against the craft mat to create a paint palette. Pick up the color with a water brush and color the images.


Step 5

Color the entire scenery. Stamp blades of grass, branches, and flower stems on the page. Before stamping protect the colored images with the self-made post-it masks.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Moleskine Sketchbook
  • Art Journey – ‘Fungus Fairy Tales’ stamp, ‘Crows’ stamp, ‘Fairy Tale People’ stamp
  • IndigoBlu -‘Wild Meadow’ stamp
  • Water brush
  • Post-It notes
  • Scissors

Keep Crafting Fresh on the Mind with 2 Handmade Cards

Happy Friday! We hope you have some crafting projects lined up this weekend. To provide a little inspiration, we have two handmade cards by Imagine artists that each have their own unique custom touch. Elina created a whimsical heart balloon card using embossing powder and watercoloring and Neva made a dynamic pop-up birthday card that is out of this world!

Fly Away embossing and watercoloring

Fly Away Watercoloring and Embossing by Elina Stromberg

Watercolors and heat-embossed stamped images are a perfect match. Today, I create this sweet card with a young girl releasing a heart balloon. The girl and the balloon figures are embossed, while the blue sky background is created with a watercolor style. The goal was to use heat-set embossing powder to resist watercolors, so when creating watercolored backgrounds you can just simply paint over the stamped images. Preserving white unpainted areas is easy, too, as the embossing powder raises a bit from the surface, and helps you in painting around the image.

Mists and spray inks are perfect liquid watercolors. For this card, I only used Walnut ink and Fireworks Shimmer ink, but applied the colors in several layers on the background. The first light layers I painted using a rich amount of water, and for the next layers I always used less and less water creating darker shades of the same color. Before applying the next layer I dried the previous one with my heat gun.

For heat-embossing this beautiful stamped image, I used both black and red embossing powders. First, I poured the black powder on the stamped image, protecting the heart shaped balloon with a piece of paper. I put the extra powder back into its container, and repeated the step with the red powder. Heat-setting the powder between colors was not necessary, as the second color will stick only on areas that are not yet covered with powder.

Enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Viva Las Vega Stamps – Girl, heart balloon stamp
  • Mixed media paper
  • Card base – white
  • Cardstock – blue
  • Watercolor brush
  • Heat gun
  • Double-sided tape

pop up birthday card Teal Stair Bday Card

Custom Pop Up Birthday Card by Neva Cole

What pre-teen boy doesn’t like blues, greens, and teals? For our teal challenge this month I wanted to try mixing two different Kaleidacolor ink pads to see if shades of teal could be created. I think this card illustrates success!

Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze and Fresh Green are alternately brayered onto glossy 8 ½ “ x 11” cardstock taking care to have the lighter hues line up in the fade. A light spritz of Ink Point No. 9 helps the inks blend neatly on the glossy cardstock. Half of the sheet is die cut with the Sizzix Framelits Step Up Card die. The remainder of the sheet is used to die cut the coordinating elements. The gifts were cut twice each so the bows could be trimmed for contrasting colors then adhered with On Point Glue.

A few days ago, I accidentally spilled part of a bottle of Fireworks! Dandelion on my craft mat. Not wanting to waste this pretty ink, I pressed Bristol Board cardstock into the inky mess and set it aside for later use. This little incident provided the perfect contrasting color for the candle flames and my son’s name. Each candle die cut is cut twice, once in Fireworks! Dandelion and once in the Kaleidacolor mix. After trimming off the top (flames) of the Kaleidacolor layer, they are adhered together with On Point Glue. The sentiment and cupcake layers adhered together with On Point Glue. Some elements are popped up with dimensional foam adhesive. The banner is held together with paper cord before it is adhered to the card front. I am pleased with the results of my little experiment and think my soon to be twelve-year-old son will be too!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Glossy cardstock
  • Sizzix – Framelits Step Ups 660142 by Stephanie Barnard
  • Judikens – Decorative Paper Cord
  • Brayer
  • Lifestyle Crafts – Stiletto Alphabet
  • Dimensional Foam Adhesive

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