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
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  • 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 

Do Something Fun! Create Fingerprint Memory Tree

by Roni Johnson

Since my boys are older now I have missed crafting with them but with ages also brings grandchildren so I was ecstatic when we were asked to create a project that we could make crafting with kids. As a mom with adult boys I realize now how quickly those childhood years pass and you really should capture them while you can. With Christmas just around the corner I thought it would be nice if Cole and I could make something memorable for his parents to capture this fleeting moment in time…hence our fingerprint memory tree.

Directions


Step 1

Trim a piece of watercolor paper to the desired size.


Step 2

Rough in a pencil sketch of the tree trunk so you know what areas to fill in with fingerprints.


Step 3

Pull out desired colors of Memento DewDrops and let the fun begin!

I’m not going to kid you…taking pictures of this and corralling a 2 year old AND the ink pads was no easy task! So, I hope you’ll understand the sporadic photos of our crafting time. I simply opened up a bunch of DewDrops and let him go. At first ,Cole was unsure about getting inky but after our first color he was having lots of fun. It was so funny; he wanted to share the colors his fingers were turning with me and my camera. After we were done adding fingerprints, I filled in the trunk of the tree with additional ink and texture using the Doodle Stix. The ground was rubbed with a few colors of green and I added some “grass” using the tips of the DewDrops. I wrote his name and age for posterity’s sake. The print was then trimmed and framed. I did manage to get him slowed down enough after we were finished for probably my favorite photo of our craft time….aren’t these precious little inky hands adorable? Of course I may be a bit partial but it makes my heart swell with love.

If you liked this post then please share on Facebook, Pinterest or leave a comment below!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor Cardstock
  • Picture frame

 

*Memento is a water-based acid free dye ink that has not been tested for use by children. Memento Ink may temporarily stain skin.

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Color of the Month is Chocolate Brown

November Color of the Month

To celebrate the warm and cozy aspects of November our Color of the Month is Chocolate Brown! This color reminds us of Fall, Thanksgiving table decor, warm drinks such as coffee or hot cocoas and of course Chocolate! Next to black, brown is a very popular color in the Tsukineko and Imagine products so naturally we are excited to see what our Artist in Residence have cooked up this month in their crafting projects. Of course if you use brown in any of your craft projects for November then please tag your work with #imaginecolorchallenge on Instagram! We might just have to repost some of them!

 'I Love You S'More' Handmade Card by Alison Heikkila

‘I Love You S’More’ Handmade Card by Alison Heikkila

Hello! For November, the Imagine Color of the Month is Chocolate. Yum! The color is rich and smooth, and immediately I think of how delicious chocolate can be. So I decided to make a card with food imagery. More specifically, I picked S’mores.

I used Lawn Fawn’s Love You S’more stamps and Memento Ink in Rich Cocoa for almost all of my stamping. I like to use this color as a soft substitute for black. The S’mores were colored in with only a couple of Memento Markers. I used Lady Bug for the hearts and added a bit of White Gelly Roll for some faux shine. There’s a curved line in the Love You S’more set, and that’s what I used on the sides. They were stamped with Delicata Ink in Dark Brown Shimmer. I thought they made a fun border and helped draw the eye to the center of the card. I also inked my edges to ground the card a bit.

This card came together really quickly, which is great because sometimes you just need to put a fast card together. It’s also really nice to step away from black and use shades of brown for a softer, rich look. Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to like this post or share on facebook and have an inspiring day!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Lawn Fawn – Love You S’More stamp set
  • Sakura – White Gelly Roll Pen
  • Kraft Cardstock

Espresso Yourself! Greeting Card by Roni Johnson

National Espresso Day is November 23rd and what a better way to celebrate than a wonderful card for a friend…Espresso Yourself! I couldn’t have chosen a better pairing with this holiday and this month’s color of the month – Chocolate. Imagine’s luscious Dark Brown Shimmer Delicata Ink and Memento’s Rich Cocoa were the main ingredients for this eye-opening card!

Create the background by stamping the coffee cup circle motif with the Dark Brown Shimmer Ink. Stamp an extra image on scrap paper and trim to use as a mask. Mask off the first coffee cup motif and stamp the coffee text on the panel using Rich Cocoa ink; reposition the mask as necessary and continue to stamp the text until the entire panel has been covered. Stamp the large coffee mugs using Dark Brown Shimmer Delicata and die-cut the image as well as the scallop mat. Stamp the tiny coffee cups on a light brown panel using Desert Sand Memento Ink. Stamp the sentiment over top using Dark Brown Shimmer and die cut. Assemble the elements incorporating the 1.5” ribbon and finish off the card with a few dots of Bronze Pico Embellisher.

And there you have it! You are ready for a coffee date!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock
  • ClubScrap.com – Coffee cup, “Espresso Yourself” stamps

Learn New Tips and Tricks with Fabrico Markers

by Roni Johnson

Fabrico Markers are a great product to keep in your color and crafting toolbox. They are superb for coloring on fabrics and other dense surfaces like wood or canvas. Available in 35 colors which can be used separately or blended together to create amazing depth of color. This dual tip water-based pigment ink marker has a bullet tip that allows you to write, draw or trace text and images; and a brush tip that allows you to color larger portions of a project.

Today I am going to share a couple of unique ways I use Fabrico markers. Check it out!

Stamping

Line images are fun but sometimes you want something more than just a single color from an inkpad. This is where Fabrico markers can really help breathe life into an image.

Color your stamp with several marker colors. It’s easy to get into the details of the image and the markers won’t damage your red rubber or clear stamps. Simply apply color, press onto fabric, cardstock or wood. This technique gives you a lot of control in how the image will turn out. You could also go back in and fill in the outline to get a no-line coloring look too!

Resist

Stamp various images onto a piece of plain fabric using VersaMark ink, add embossing powder and heat to melt. Use the Fabrico Markers to color and highlight the designs. Fabrico is water-based pigment ink so it will not adhere to polymer surfaces. It does not spread or bleed into the fabric like a dye ink would. The areas where the embossed images will stay the color of the fabric and exposed areas will absorb the ink at a mild rate. You can repeat the emboss technique to lock a color down and continue to color with different Fabrico colors. In no time you’ll have a work of art on your hands. Because embossing powder will melt with heat – this technique is not recommended for fabric that is meant to be laundered. I adhered mine to a card base to look like a miniature canvas piece.

Watercolor Fun

Bet you didn’t know that you can watercolor on fabric with Fabrico! This seems like a tricky idea since you are working with fabrics that are potentially going to be laundered. It’s easy to assume that adding water to the ink will make it lose its permanence, but it won’t. Fabrico is water-based and yet permanent on fabric once dry. Once it dries, the color is set, so be sure to work somewhat faster than you would on watercolor paper. For this apple I simply started by coloring the image with the markers directly with a few different shades of red, apple green and yellow. Working quickly while the ink is still wet, take a water brush and pull the colors where you want them. Don’t forget that adding water makes the pigment a bit more mobile, so bleeding along with blending should be expected. Once you are happy with the design then let dry. Once dry, it is best to heat set if the fabric piece you are working on is meant to be laundered. Just use the iron settings recommended for the fabric.


The colors stay vibrant even after they have been watered down and create such a cool dye effect. Doesn’t it look like a watercolor background you would see on paper?

Hope you enjoyed this quick review of what you can do with Fabrico markers. If you enjoyed this post, then please share or comment below!

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cotton, Natural Muslin, Linen Fabrics
  • Fabric Editions – Fabric Elements – FE Specimens FQ
  • ClubScrap.com – Apple, Aster
  • Just For Fun Rubber Stamps – Mason Jar, Paint Brushes

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Learn How to Make Faux Wood Grain With Creative Medium

by Roni Johnson

Learn How to Make Faux Wood Grain With Creative Medium on cardstock by Roni Johnson

I’m always on the look-out for vintage rubber stamps or painting tools because you never know when you’ll find a gem just waiting to be used again. You can’t imagine how excited I was when I found a whole set of vintage faux wood graining tools! I knew right away that I had to have them. As luck “wood” have it, they came in handy for this month’s technique challenge…wood. You don’t have to go in search of vintage wood grain tools as there are many types available at home improvement stores in the paint or faux finish section.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 15 minutes + dry time

Directions

Use a palette knife to spread a thin layer of Vintage Creative Medium over the surface of the paper.
Step 1

Use a palette knife to spread a thin layer of Vintage Creative Medium over the surface of the paper. As you can see it doesn’t have to be perfect, just so most of the paper is covered. You’ll want to work fast as the Creative Medium tends to dry fairly quickly.


Step 2

Simply pull the graining tools across the wet Creative Medium to create the faux wood grain. Rocking graining tools should be pulled and rocked across the wet medium in a single fluid motion. The speed at which you drag and rock will give you an infinite variety of wood grains. Once you have created the pattern you desire then set aside to dry.

Step 3

Now that you have completed the wood grain, immediately wash the excess Creative Medium from the tools.

See this quick YouTube video below for visual guide on the rocking process.

Thank you for checking out this tutorial today! If you enjoyed this crafty awesomeness then please share on Facebook or leave a comment below!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Faux Wood Grain Tools
  • Cardstock

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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
Other
  • 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

Imagine

Other