Warm Wishes are Easy with Hot Cocoa and Coffee

Make a Simple DIY Hot Chocolate Gift Bag by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Whether you’re looking for a teacher gift, something to stuff in stockings, or just something to brighten a friend’s day, a cup of cocoa completed with mini marshmallows (or the accompaniment of your choice) is a great choice that they can enjoy without accumulating a lot of clutter. Presentation is key for simple gifts, and these two-layer bag toppers are easy to create in batches for quick gifting during busy times.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – Craft, White
  • Fiskars – Paper trimmer
  • Scoring tool
  • Bone folder
  • Plastic bags
  • Cocoa packets
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Waffle Flower – Currently Drinking
  • My Favorite Things – Donuts & Sprinkles
  • Simon Says Stamp – Coffee and Tea
  • Acrylic blocks
  • Temporary adhesive tape
  • Stapler (and staples!)

Gift Card Holder with Delicata Ink by Martha Lucia Gomez

Delicata Ink is one of the most versatile products that you can find to create projects with during the holiday season, and honestly—for all seasons, because now we have a great collection of colors that we can use in our crafts. Today, I am sharing with you how to watercolor with Delicata. It is easy & quick but you will obtain the fantastic shimmer that only this ink can offer. Every year it becomes more common to give gift cards as presents. But if you are like me, I always want to make it very special and unforgettable.

I started working on this gift card holder by stamping over watercolor paper the cup image using Memento Desert Sand, this is a light color that can be easily covered with the Delicata Celestial Copper and a waterbrush. With Delicata Ruby Red, I stamped and colored some details to decorate the cup. The special detail on the cup is the whipped cream. I made this using White Amplify!

I fussy cut all the pieces and created the layers of the gift card holder. Even though I designed the gift card to be on the outside, I still used a card base so I could have space inside of the card to add my personal message. I used a punch to create the window to put the gift card inside. Using Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer I stamped the sentiment over the top layer and then I assembled all the layers over the card base with Tear It Tape and pasted the watercolor cup using double sided foam tape.

Look at the amazing shading you can get with using a waterbrush and the Delicata inks? Easy and fun to make don’t you think? Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog and if you enjoyed this tutorial then please comment below or share on social media! 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Joy Clair – Christmas Cocoa Stamp Set
  • Cardstock – Red, Brown, Natural White
  • Gina Marie Designs – Cross Stitched Rectangle Die Cuts
  • Stampin Up – Word Window Punch
  • Scissors
  • Heat Tool

Make a Creative Background with Walnut Ink

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Halloween is around the corner and to be honest I don’t celebrate this holiday with scary parties or costumes, but I love to make Halloween cards with different colors and non-traditional images and this is one of those. To create this card I used some sprays from Imagine that you will love!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

The process of this was very simple. I took a piece of whisper white cardstock and a background stencil. I selected Paisley Swirl Petite from Rebecca Baer Collection and sprayed the free areas of the stencil with three different sprays from Imagine. First I used Cherry Blossom Walnut Ink, then I applied Lilac Walnut Ink and the last one layer was with Fireworks Grape Jelly to accent the color and give it a little shimmer. I removed the stencil and washed with warm water while the paper totally dried. It doesn’t take long.


Step 2

Next, I die cut a spider several times using Tangerine Tango cardstock and stacked them together using On Point Glue. I sprayed the spider die cut with GooseBumps Shimmer – an acrylic texture spray with fine shimmer. It helped to create a special effect of texture and at the same time, it is shimmery.


Step 3

To finalize the card, I cut the borders of the stenciled piece using an MFT Die-Namics Stitched Scallop Basic Edges. Then I cut the word “laugh” from the center of this layer using a die cut from the Little Yellow Bicycle. I used a very fun inlay technique with a twist. Die cut the same sentiment one time on fun foam and one time on elegant eggplant cardstock and adhere together. Now adhere into the negative on the card. Having the inlay that actually pops forward is visually appealing. As a final touch, I stamped a complement sentiment “do not be afraid” using Memento Tangelo Ink and sprayed with Fireworks New Sprout. I cut it with a circle die and then with the same scallop stitched border that I used on the stenciled layer.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  Please like, share on Facebook or leave a comment below.

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Rebecca Baer Stencil – Paisley Swirl Petite
  • Joy Clair – Little Monsters stamp set
  • Cardstock – Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White
  • Fun Foam
  • MFT Die-Namics Stitched Scallop Basic Edges, Spider Die Cut
  • Little Yellow Bicycle – Laugh Word Die Cut

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Create Beautiful Texture on Handmade Cards with Wood Elements

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Create a Beautiful Handmade Card with Wood Elements

Adding textures to cards always produces amazing results, and when you create them with non-traditional materials like wood, the results can be fantastic! In this project, I am sharing how to color and emboss the wood pieces to make a big impact. I also used a fun frame die cut to place embellishments within and outside the lines for a fun graphic look.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

Directions


Step 1

It is actually very easy to find a wide variety beautiful designs in wood in craft stores these days. I have this large feather piece by Unique Laser Designs. First, I applied GooseBumps with the Dauber Top and covered the surface of the feather and let dry. With the dauber top, I can control the effect which is nice for embellishments.


Step 2

While Goosebumps is drying, I prepared the card base and the layers of my card. I used Elegant Eggplant cardstock for the base, a decorated woodgrain paper for the second layer and whisper white for the third die-cut window layer. I cut the whisper white using a die cut from the Blueprints 27 Collection from MFT Die-namics. I pasted this layer over the base using double sided fun foam. When the feather was totally dry, I applied Memento Luxe Sweet Plum on the center and Memento Luxe Elderberry on the borders, both directly with the inkpads.


Step 3

Then I covered the inked feather with Clear Embossing Powder and melted with the heat tool.


Step 4

Without using the GooseBumps, I repeat the ink and emboss process with a wood heart. You can see the difference in the texture by skipping the GooseBumps step.

Close up of a handmade card featuring a shiny embossed wooden feather and the sentiment "hello" inked in purples with Memento Luxe ink by Martha Lucia Gomez.
Step 5

I die cut a “hello” sentiment twice using two colors of cardstock. Offset them a little and glue using On Point Glue. To finish, adhere the two wood elements over the window frame on the card.

Thank you! If you enjoyed this embossing and texture tutorial then please share on Facebook or leave a comment below!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White
  • Woodgrain decorated paper
  • Technique Tuesday – Hello die
  • Unique Laser Designs – Feather, Heart
  • Gina Marie Designs – Circle Cross Stitch Die-cut

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Create Beautiful Cards with Embossing, Aubergine, and Blossoms

Create Beautiful Cards with Embossing, Aubergine, and Blossoms Thanks Martha Lucia Gomez

Aubergine Blossom Thanks Card by Martha Lucia Gomez

I love to use different inks to create textures with them and this month our color challenge gave me this opportunity. I made a blossom card using Memento Luxe Ink and coloring two elements—wood and tape. To make this card I used a double layered stamping set. I selected the Love Blooms stamp set from Close to My Heart that gives me the opportunity to have a lineal and a textured image at the same time. I stamped first the lineal flowers using the darker color of Memento Luxe. This is a pigment ink that you can emboss if you want and use with many surfaces like cardstock, fabric, shrink or plastic and wood.

After stamping the lineal images with Elderberry Memento Luxe, I stamped the textured detail of each flower using Sweet Plum Memento Luxe. I did not emboss these stamped images, but to speed up the drying process of the ink you can use the heat tool. To decorate one of the borders of this stamped panel, I pasted a strip of Tear It tape. I removed the film from the adhesive and covered the strip with Vintage Plum Embossing Powder and then melted the powder with the heat tool. I resized the layer and pasted directly over a card base created with Elegant Eggplant cardstock.

As a final touch, I took a natural wood sentiment to be added to the card but to make this more special I just sprayed with Lilac Walnut Ink and let dry for a few minutes before pasting it over my card with On Point Glue.

Supplies

Imagine
Other

Layered Embossing Happy Birthday Card Sizzix – Thinlits Die Set 4PK Mixed Media

Layered Embossing Happy Birthday Card by Mischelle Smith

The color of the month at Imagine is Aubergine…such a rich and beautiful color. I decided I’d pair this luscious color with gold and create layers of embossing. Layering complementary colors of embossing is quick and easy to create stunning results. For this card, I draw attention to the die-cut detail by adding gold embossing to the die-cut areas. This classy card comes together effortlessly and quickly.

First, create all the flower and butterfly images by stamping and embossing the main layer with the flower stamp using Sweet Plum Memento Luxe. Next, die-cut the main layer with a mixed media style die as desired. Apply VersaMark ink using direct-to-paper technique and emboss with gold embossing powder. This is the main attractive element of this card. It truly makes a difference.  Finish the card by cutting complimentary patterned paper to the size of the main layer and attach to card base with foam tape.  Stamp a “Happy Birthday” sentiment on a tag and emboss with gold powder. Add the butterfly and additional embellishments such as gold metallic thread, ribbon and sequins.

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Imagine
Other

 

 

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Delicata is a Fabulous Ink for Watercoloring

Watercoloring A Floral Pattern with Delicata by Martha Lucia Gomez

Watercoloring A Floral Pattern with Delicata by Martha Lucia Gomez

Watercoloring is one of my favorite techniques because each piece you create is unique. Today, I want to share with you how easy it is to watercolor using the new colors of Delicata ink. To create this card, take a piece of watercolor paper and stamp your favorite image using Delicata Ink Rose Gold. Cover the stamped images with clear embossing powder. Remove the excess powder and melt with the heat tool. Since I used flowers in this card, I combined the Emerald Green and Ruby Red Delicata Ink. Apply ink over your craft mat. Using an aqua painter or paintbrush, add a few touches of water over the stamped images and apply the ink from the mat.

When the paper is totally dry cut the layer using a decorated die cut. Paste the decorated layer over a very vanilla card base. Stamp a sentiment of your choice on a separate piece of watercolor paper using Delicata Ruby Red.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor paper
  • Cardstock – Very Vanilla
  • Heat tool
  • Aqua painter
  • The Ton – Always Cherry Blossom Stamp Set
  • Stampin Up – Botanicals For You
  • Gina Marie Designs – Rectangle Stitch die cut

Delicata Watercolored Tags Technique by Renee Zarate

Delicata Watercolored Tags Technique by Renee Zarate

I think I can speak for most crafters and mixed media artists when I say that many of us are limited by space and the financial means to have every new product we see on the market. The luscious Delicata inkpads that were recently released in jewel-toned colors are one of those multi-use products that produce some pretty amazing results. Not only do the new ink colors stamp beautifully but today I’m sharing a technique showing how they can be used in a different way to produce a watercolor result. This is definitely a stamp pad collection that deserves a special spot in any studio.

Purchase or die cut white shipping tags. These were cut from a Sizzix die from Mixed Media paper. The tags can be left plain, texturized with an embossing folder or primed with a light coat of gesso. Apply inks on a craft mat then spray with water until the ink colors start to move and blend with each other. The Delicata inks used here are Sapphire Blue, Emerald Green, and Champagne.

Drag each tag through the watery ink. If more color is desired simply ink up a background stamp and press the still wet tag into the stamp. More water can be sprayed on the tag or if pleased with the look of the tag, use a heat tool to dry it completely. Now the tags can be stamped on or otherwise embellished.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Plastic block
  • Sizzix – Tag die, Butterfly die
  • Alterations – Texture Fades Embossing Folders
  • Big Kick Embossing Machine
  • Strathmore Mixed Media paper 140#
  • Heat tool
  • Ribbon
  • Stamps – Sandra Evertson

Are You Ready for Christmas Cardmaking?

by Martha Lucia Gomez

On this project, I used Delicata and Memento Markers with two different stamping techniques. I divided the making of this card into two steps. It's a simple process and so fun to make!

Are you ready for Christmas? I started my holiday creations using different colors and this year the Rose Gold is trending so I used it to create the background of my card.  I thought it would be fun to color the wood grain texture created by the embossing folder. On this project, I used Delicata and Memento Markers with two different stamping techniques. I divided the making of this card into two steps. It’s a simple process and so fun to make!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1-hour + dry time

Directions

Ink the upper side of the folder directly with the Delicata ink pad. Pass the sandwich as usual through the die cut machine
Step 1

Put rose gold paper inside of the folder. Ink the upper side of the folder directly with the Dark Brown Shimmer Delicata inkpad. Pass the sandwich through the die cut machine. Remove the embossed cardstock and paste the embossed layer over a card base once dry. (You could get a similar look using brown paper and Rose Gold Delicata!)

 watercolor paper and Memento Markers in two different colors
Step 2

For this step, I used watercolor paper and Memento Markers in two different colors. Secure the stamp over a Misti stamping tool. Use Memento Marker to color the different parts of the image. Stamp over the watercolor paper. With a paint brush or aqua painter, create a distress around the leaves of the wreath and in the center of the berries. Cut the wreath using a cross stitch die cut circle. Add texture over the wreath using White Radiant Neon Amplify and activate with the heat tool to create the puffy effect. Stamp a sentiment on the center of the wreath using Delicata Ruby Red. Paste the wreath over the decorated base and finalize the decoration adding a tiny bow.

This project was very enjoyable to make and can be a great way to start off holiday cardmaking!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Misti stamping tool
  • Cardstock – rose gold, dark brown
  • Watercolor paper
  • Waterbrush
  • So Suzy Stamps – Wreath and Peace Stamps
  • Stampin’ Up – Wood Embossing Folder
  • Bakers Twine
  • Gina Marie Designs – Circle Cross Stitch die cut

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