Share A Little Heartfelt Sympathy

Share A Little Heartfelt Sympathy with two handmade cards using tsukineko ink

Textured Heartfelt Sympathy Card by Neva Cole

Sympathy cards are a gift given to comfort the bereaved, in this instance, it is for a family member who now lives overseas. I wanted to create something soft and beautiful to deliver a message of condolences and love. The textured background is created with Amplify! and the shimmer of Brilliance Graphite Black sets of the Radiant Neon Electric Pink.

I started by applying the Radiant Neon Electric Pink Amplify around card base. I added drops of Amplify in white and smaller drops of Amplify in black. I used a rubber brayer to move the Amplify around on the card base, and used a heat gun until the texture puffed up. I used the scraps to die cut mini hearts with Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Journaling Card set.

I applied Brilliance Graphite Black ink with an InkBlusher to my die cut Decorative Elements. I die cut the center from the Amplify! textured card base to use between the inner and outer decorative pieces. I stamped the sentiment in Radiant Neon Electric Pink to match the Amplify medium. I had forgotten to clean the stamp before this step so the “mistake” became a creative choice instead and matched the distressed card base! I also gently inked the sentiment with Brilliance Graphite Black to add a bit more black low-lights to the image.

I finished the card with the DeNami Design white ribbon around the Decorative Element outer frame, and added the mini hearts. You could add other embellishments as desired.

And you are finished and ready to add your own personal message!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – White
  • Spellbinders – Labels 54 Decorative Elements
  • Unity Stamp Company – Heartfelt Sympathy
  • Lawn Fawn – Stitched Journaling Card die
  • DeNami Design – white ribbon
  • Rubber Brayer
  • Heat Gun

Blue Roses Sympathy Card by Roni Johnson

Blue Roses Sympathy Card by Roni Johnson

It’s not a fun part of life but with beginnings comes endings. It’s always hard to create a card when that time comes so why not make a bit of beauty to help us all through those rough moments. I created this card with those tough times in mind. I also wanted to share a technique I discovered when I was making this card that can be used to create an amazing background for not only this card but so many.

Trim a piece of watercolor paper to the desired size. Choose 2-3 colors of VersaMagic Ink you would like to use for the background. Apply the inks to a stamping block in any pattern you desire. Mist the ink with a bit of water. Place the inked block on the watercolor paper and let it set. As the block sits on the paper you will notice how the paper begins to absorb the water moving the ink around creating a lovely pattern and texture. When you can’t take the wait any longer, remove the stamp block to reveal the design created by the ink, water, and paper interaction. Once the ink has dried you will be left with a beautiful matte design perfect for any project.

Here you can see just how lovely that design is. I did try this technique on regular cardstock and compared the two side by side. The regular cardstock didn’t create the depth and design of the watercolor paper. While it is pretty and very usable, it just doesn’t yield the same effects.

The remainder of the card was finished by stamping the layered flowers with the same VersaMagic blue inks; leaves were stamped using a combination of VersaColor and Memento Dye inks and all images were then die-cut. The sentiment was stamped over the VersaMagic background using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and the stamped die-cuts were then affixed to the card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor paper
  • Cardstock
  • Cardbase
  • Stamping block
  • Altenew – Vintage Roses 

Make Your Fall Leaves Projects with Vertigo and Embossing Powder

Make Your Fall Leaves Projects with Vertigo and Embossing Powder

Vertigo Sun Catchers by Neva Cole

What a fun challenge this month, a children’s craft project. Vertigo Leaf Sun Catchers are a fun way to spend some quality time with the child in your life. Simply place a leaf under a Vertigo Sheet and trace with a complementary color Fabrico pen. Younger children can make simpler leaf shapes which are easy to cut out with scissors and older children who are more competent with scissors can complete the more complex maple leaf shapes. After the leaves are cut out, StazOn inks can be added with ink blushers. I would recommend gloves to keep fingers from becoming too inky! Additional veins can be traces with Fabrico Pens. Apply a few glue dots and adhere to your window for eye catching fall décor!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Leaf
  • Scissors
  • Glue dots

 


Gold Gilded Greenery by Mischelle Smith

Gold Gilded Greenery by Mischelle Smith

The theme at Imagine this month is ‘Heartfelt’. Heartfelt is the perfect word to sum up the Thanksgiving table that is lovingly prepared every November. No matter which family member hosts Thanksgiving – we all love the opportunity to thoughtfully welcome our guests. Our kid filled families mean that our décor often reflects kid friendly projects created by and with our kids. This is one of those projects. Send the kids out to gather leaves and let the fun begin!

Collect enough leaves to work into a decor piece. Apply VersaMark to leaves by using inkpad directly on leaves. Add Embossing powder in Gold. Heat gently with heat tool. As soon as the polymers melt then they will secure to the leaf. Add to any home decor piece such as name tags, garlands or wreaths.

Supplies

Imagine
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  • Leaves

Get a Free Download for Halloween Treat Box

Sweet Treats for You by Neva Cole

Time for a few candy treats, Halloween candy that is! This sweet little-handled box was easy to create with dies and stamps and is ready to give to a special someone! The box was die cut then stamped to create a balanced use of the images. One side of the box is die cut to create an opening for a window that is finished with a bit of recycled packaging. The die cut itself is used to make a matching tag. To outline the sentiment in coordinating colors the image was stamped several times just out of alignment to create the shadow effect. Add a few bakers twine to tie the tag to the box and a few mini candy bars finish off the little gift.

Supplies

Imagine
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  • The Stamps of Life – Handle Box die, Candy2Share stamp set, Wrapped Candy die set
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs – Stitched Rectangles die set
  • Eyelet
  • Bakers twine
  • Dimensional Foam Adhesive

 


Halloween Tombstone Treat Box Template by Roni Johnson

Halloween is quickly approaching and this year I’m lucky enough to have 3 little ones to spoil this year. I thought it would be fun to make a Tombstone Treat Box to hold their “loot”.

To create the initial layer of color on the tombstone background start by pouncing Niagra Mist, Aloe Vera and Sahara Sand VersaMagic inks on the Craft Mat. Mist the inks with water and pounce the cardstock into the ink mixture until you are satisfied with the color. Let the cardstock dry completely. Since VersaMagic is such a dense ink this step will not take long.

Next, pounce Green and Purple Encore’ ink onto the craft mat, mist with water and dip the cardstock in the ink one or more times. Once again, let the cardstock dry. Crumble the paper to create the spooky wrinkle texture. Sponge London Fog Memento Dye ink over the creases in the paper with a Jumbo Dauber to highlight the wrinkles and give it a distressed, worn look. Print the tombstone treat box pattern and use as a guide to cut out the treat box. You can also ink directly onto the template but I choose not to because I did not want the cut lines and folds to show. Assemble the tombstone using Tear It Tape. Ink the edges of the tombstone with Black Memento Dye Ink. Add desired stamped images and sentiments.

And the best part, fill with lots of chocolates and candies then… Enjoy!

Supplies

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See How to Create a Wood Sign for Autumn

Happy Fall Y’all Wooden Sign by Tenia Nelson

Tenia here from Jazzy Paper Designs with a colorful fall leaves project using wood, die cuts and of course made with Imagine products.

I started by adding ink to the edges of a wood hanging sign using a Memento Peanut Brittle DewDrop. This color is a beautiful wood grain complement. Next, I hand-lettered the word “fall” onto wood sign using three different Fabrico Markers in a rich color scheme. I like the dense quality of the Fabrico markers for using with wood. To give this sign a little shimmer and color, I added Fireworks Craft Spray in Desert Sand and Rich Cocoa. From here, you can create a sentiment or just leave the word “Fall” as is. I choose to create the sentiment, “Happy Fall Y’all” to make it fun and light. Choose a leaf die cut with an autumn feel. Cut out the fall leaf and decorate as you see fit. Adhere leaf to sign and add any additional embellishments.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock
  • Dymo Label Maker
  • Letter Stickers
  • Wood Sign
  • Enamel Dots
  • Adhesive

 


 

Decorating Wood with All-Purpose Ink by Neva Cole

I chose to create a new wooden sign to celebrate the coming of autumn. In the process, I discovered that All-Purpose Ink is a great stain for a porous wood surface! A leaf stencil supplies the design, a fun tall and skinny alphabet stamp and StazOn ink makes quick work of a darling home décor sign. For what it is worth, remember that two-sided signs allow you to have a practice run at color choices and placement of images; when it is hanging by your door no one will be the wiser! With a few supplies, you can try your hand at creating a something new for your home.

Place stencil over wood sign and ink with All-Purpose ink. Place InkBlusher over the opening of the bottle and gently tip to add ink. Apply the API through the stencil. I always start with the lightest color first, in this case, Lemon Yellow.

Apply different colors like Tangerine through the stencil. The API will still be slightly wet and will blend nicely. The project can be set aside to dry or the process can be sped up with a heat tool. Move stencil and add additional colors to the scheme like Red Delicious. You can also use a palette or Craft Mat and API to create new blends of fall colors. Determine placement and stamp sentiment with StazOn ink, I used Blazing Red. Set aside to dry. Not being satisfied, I decided a bit of color around the edges would finish off the rustic look of the sign, Autumn Leaf API was a perfect choice. Now, I have a new sign to hang at my front door for the autumn season!

Supplies

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Other
  • Plaid — Leaf Stencil
  • Art Warehouse — Tall and Skinny Alphabet
  • Sierra Pacific Crafts wood sign

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Color of the Month for October

October Color of the Month Aubergine

We are excited for the turn in the weather and to announce October’s Color of the Month Aubergine! This deep rich purple is inspired by the deeper colors of fall and the fun purple colors associated with witch costumes during Halloween. Stay tuned for another Color of the Month Challenge and in the mean time check out these gorgeous projects by Imagine Artists.

 

Aubergine Tile by Alison Heikkila

Hello! The color of the month from Imagine is officially Aubergine, which is a beautiful, soft, muted purple. I decided to pair this color with shades of teal, which is one of my favorite color combinations.

I stamped the Sunny Tile Stamp from Stampendous with VersaFine Ink and colored it with Memento Markers. The color palette of the Memento Markers are so lovely, it’s easy to color in images and know that everything will work together harmoniously. Then I trimmed it out and and found some aubergine colored cardstock. I sprayed the lighter colored cardstock with Sweet Plum Fireworks! and the deeper color with Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Frost. I also added a lovely sentiment from Hero Arts with Eggplant VersaMagic.

This card came together very quickly once my image was colored. And I just love these colors together. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampendous: Sunny Tile Stamp
  • Hero Arts: You Are Loved Messages
  • Aubergine colored cardstock

Sending Happy Thoughts by Neva Cole

Sending Happy Thoughts Aubergine is such a rich fall color, and many things in nature sport this amazing hue. Lotus flowers come in many versions, and one is the lovely color of aubergine. Using a layered stamp made quick work of creating a few charming flowers to decorate a pretty card. A bit of Electric Yellow Amplify! adds the stamen texture to the lotus flower. The basket weave background matches the leaves perfectly as the same Memento ink was applied to the embossing folder as was used to stamp the leaf images. Blending two colors Versa Magic ink creates a realistic color for the water of the pond, which reminded me of the photo that inspired this classic card. To carry the color theme throughout the card, a backing layer is inked with an ink blusher and matching Elderberry Memento ink. The sentiment is also stamped in the vivid Aubergine color to complete the look.

Supplies

Imagine
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  • Altenew – Lotus stamp set and matching die set
  • Joy Clair – Hello Sentimental stamp set
  • Cuttlebug – Basket weave embossing folder

Hello Beautiful Greeting Card by Roni Johnson

Aubergine Aubergine, beautiful aubergine…this card was inspired by a lovely silk memo board I saw while I was out shopping one day. It was done up in blues which is why it caught my eye but I thought it could easily be used for Imagine’s color of the month – Aubergine.

Sponge Neptune VersaColor over a 6×6 piece of white cardstock. No need to be tidy, this is only the base layer of color. Position the cardstock as shown on the ScorePal ; score every ½”. Rotate the piece of cardstock and score the cross lines. The cardstock should now look like this (back side shown). Crease all of the score marks to really make the lines stand out. Use the sponge dauber and apply more Neptune ink to every score line. The piece of cardstock will now look like this. Stamp images using several shades of Memento Dye ink and die-cut. Die-cut 3 frames; sponge Silver Delicata ink on one of the frames and on a 5.5” x 5.5” piece of white cardstock. Assemble the layers on a 6×6” aubergine card base. Double sided foam tape was used to adhere the largest flower to the card. The three frame layers were glued together with the silver frame on top. Silver irRESISTible Pico Embellisher was dotted where the lines crossed paths.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Altenew – Peony Bouquet stamps & dies
  • Club Scrap – Sentiment
  • Cardstock MFT – Scallop Stitched Die

Christmas Planning with a Fun Blackboard Menu

by Neva Cole

Blackboard Menus are popular at many eating establishments, so I decided to make one of my own for Christmas parties that I hold in my home during the holiday season

Blackboard menus are popular at many eating establishments, so I decided to make one of my own for Christmas parties that I hold in my home during the holiday season. I host at least one party every year, and may even get in on the neighborhood progressive dinner this year! Creative Medium, a little glitter and two stencils quickly made this menu board very festive! The Creative Medium will hold fine particle embellishments like glitter or beads. The Iridescent Green Creative Medium shows up fabulously on the black background, and the Gold Creative Medium adds a touch of metallic elegance. The menu is written in colored Crayola chalk that was sharpened with a child’s large pencil sharpener.

This fun and easy project is a great way to enhance any party! Enjoy and thank you for stopping by!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Sierra Pacific Crafts – 12” x 12” Chalkboard Tile
  • Stencil Girl –Three Trees stencil
  • C-Thru Stencils – 3/4” Swash Bold Italic alpha stencil
  • Art Institute Ultra Fine Glitter – Christmas Red
  • Crayola Chalk
  • Pencil sharpener for large pencils

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