Make Super Easy DIY Christmas Gift Tags with Delicata

Christmas is a crafter’s time to shine! Between cardmaking, gift wrapping, and other crafting awesomeness, creative folks have a lot to do and to plan for. Today we remind you to get a jump start on gift tags with two projects by Jennifer Vanderbeek and Roni Johnson. Enjoy!

Wrapping gifts for friends and loved ones can be a bit of a chore. To keep it simple, pick a couple solid colors of paper or tissue to use on all gifts

Stamped Gift Tags by Jennifer Vanderbeek

It’s never too early to get ready for gift-giving! Wrapping gifts for friends and loved ones can be a bit of a chore. To keep it simple, pick a couple solid colors of paper or tissue to use on all gifts and use ribbon and tags to add a personal touch. It’s quick and easy to make a batch of tags ahead of time, then you can pop the tag into the bag with the gift until it’s time to wrap them up!


  • Cardstock
  • Acrylic Blocks
Studio Calico – Wanderer stamp set
Simon Says Stamp – Swell Christmas, Merry and Bright stamp sets
  • Stampabilities – Everyday Expressions stamp set
  • Hot Off the Press – Snowflake Stencil
Repositionable tape
Fiskars – Hole punch, scissors

create a gradient metallic background using Delicata Inks and a sponge dauber

Metallic Holiday Gift Tags by Roni Johnson

In the past, our holiday celebration for our immediate family has been a small affair with my husband, myself and our 2 boys. Our family has grown by leaps and bounds so I need to rethink my holiday plans this year. I used to just buy 2 rolls of wrapping paper – one for each of the boys. If I continue with that plan I’d end up with a whole raft of wrapping papers and I’d have to try to match it to each individual’s personalities. This year I decided to do away with the stress and expense of the whole gift wrapping process by purchasing a roll of white butcher paper to wrap the gifts and make the tags the eye candy instead.

Gift tags blended with colorful Delicata inks in red, green, blue and rose gold overstamped with a musical sheet stamp in Delicata Gold.

Buy or cut tags from cream colored cardstock. Create a gradient metallic background using Delicata Inks and a sponge dauber. Stamp sheet music on the tag using Golden Glitz Delicata ink. Stamp holly or other seasonal design on each tag. Finally stamp the recipient’s name. You’ll be left with a beautiful set of metallic tags that shimmer and shine in all the right places and still have the personalized vibe. Sure to be a crowd pleaser on Christmas morning!


  • Cardstock – cream
  • Just For Fun Rubber Stamps – Vintage Sheet Music
  • StampTangle – Holly Stamps
  • CTMH – The Works Alphabet Stamps
  • MFT – Tag Die





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!


  • 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.


  • Cardstock
  • Just For Fun Rubber Stamps
  • Masking Paper

Make Creative Moves in Papercrafting

Happy Monday! Here are two motivating projects that.. should move you! Whether you like to shake or slide we got you covered with two handmade cards by Alison and Roni.

Bright and Botanical Hello Shaker Card by Alison Heikkila

Hello! A Botanic Hello that is! Today, I have a card to share for Imagine’s current challenge, which is “Movement,” made with Mama Elephant’s Botanic Hello stamp. This theme had all sorts of ideas swirling in my head, but I decided to make a shaker card, filled not just with sequins, but seed beads as well.

I started by coloring this beautiful image, which I stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black. This stamp may seem daunting at first, but if you break it down into chunks, coloring it can go pretty fast. I started with the leaves on the outside, then the blue flowers, and last the group of purple flowers. I fussy cut the image, then added glitter to the “hello.” On the top third of the letters, I applied On Point Glue, sprinkled on glitter, and shook off the excess. I repeated this step twice more for the entire word. On Point Glue dries quickly, but I let it sit aside while I chose my cardstock colors.

My card base is made out of Grasshopper cardstock and was cut to 6 1/2″ x 10.” I created my layers with my Sizzix dies and paper trimmer. I assembled the shaker box in the standard way, by applying a piece of acetate to a cardstock frame, adhering foam tape to the back, and applying it to the card base. As I mentioned earlier, I added not only sequins, but seed beads as well, which I thought added great texture, movement and sound to the card. On the frame of my shaker window, I sprayed Sheer Shimmer Spritz Frost for that extra special finishing touch.

The card has such a big shaker window…my kids and I have a hard time not playing with it! Thank you so much for visiting. Have an inspiring day!


  • Mama Elephant – Botanic Hello Stamp
  • Stampendous – Ultra Fine Glitter in Melon, Moss Green, and Royal
  • My Colors Cardstock – Grape Vine, Grasshopper
  • DCWV – Blue Cardstock
  • Sizzix – A2 Mating Basics A Dies
  • Sakura – White Gelly Pen
  • Craft Medley – Rhythm ‘N Blues Sequins
  • Canson– Mixed Media Paper
  • Blue and Silver seed beads
  • Foam Tape
  • Acetate

Waterfall Technique Happy Birthday Card by Roni Johnson

Motion…the action or process of being moved. In the sea of interactive mechanisms in cardmaking, papercrafting and scrapbook pages, I had a hard time deciding which one to use. I stumbled upon this tutorial by Kay Williamson called the Waterfall Technique and knew I could take this basic concept with a few modifications and turn it into a fun, interactive motion card. I choose a “Make a Wish” birthday theme card with bambo and teal imagery. I am super happy how it turned out and for those who have a little bit more time this technique is worth it.


  • – Cardstock, Bamboo Stamps
  • Hardware
  • Brad
  • Twine

See How to Make Your Own Unicorn Coloring Book

by Roni Johnson

See How to Make Your Own Unicorn Coloring Book

Happy Coloring Book Day! I was so excited when I read August 2nd was National Coloring Book Day. I knew I wanted to make my very own stamped Unicorn coloring book. I’ve been caught up in the adult coloring book wave of goodness and making one of my own has been on my mind for a while. What could be more fun than coloring pages you designed yourself?! Once you get into a good stamping and inking rhythm, it turns out to be an easy project.

inked pages in a tutorial on See How to Make Your Own Unicorn Coloring Book
Step 1

Design a set of covers using chipboard and cardstock. Flick a bit of irRESISTible Texture Medium on a piece of cardstock. Mist with 2 or more coordinating colors of Fireworks Spray and mix the two mediums and let dry. Secure newly inked cardstock to the chipboard and cover the adhesive with a clean cut of cardstock.

Pages inside a Unicorn Coloring Book
Step 2

Stamp the inside pages with a variety of unicorn stamps with using VersaFine Onyx Black. This is a perfect ink for watercoloring or water-based markers. For the lovely unicorns, I used all sorts of stamp sets and styles from different stamp companies such as Hero Arts and Lawn Fawn. Use a die-cut mask to apply color using Memento and VersaMagic inks to the edge of each coloring book page.

See How to Make Your Own Unicorn Coloring Book

See How to Make Your Own Unicorn Coloring Book

Step 3

Depending on what craft supplies you have handy, bind the pages together in a book form. Since this is not a bookbinding lesson, I encourage you to find a supplementary lesson on simple book binding. Here‘s one binding idea from Neva Cole. I happen to have the Zutter equipment so it is what I used. Once you bind all the pages together you are ready to start coloring! Enjoy!

See How to Make Your Own Unicorn Coloring Book


  • Cardstock
  • Avery Elle – Be a Unicorn stamp set
  • CC Designs – Unicorn Dreams stamp set
  • Lawn Fawn – Winter Unicorn
  • Hero Arts – Unicorn DC208; Unicorn F6231
  • Joy Claire – Doodle Flowers
  • Just For Fun Rubber Stamps – Cupcake, Water Globe
  • Pinkfresh Studio – Unicorn Dreams
  • Technique Tuesday – Say It Happy
  • Unity – Butterfly
  • Spellbinders – Label Die
  • Zutter – Binder, Owire (or any book binding kit available)
  • Chipboard
  • Masking Paper



Join Us for Day 1 of the StencilGirl Blog Hop

In this week’s blog hop, we are pairing our ink with StencilGirl stencils to make a perfect match! StencilGirl works with a variety of designers to create all sorts of themes and as you know—we have all sorts of inks for all sorts of projects. Our Artists in Residence have been excited to share their projects with you and we can hardly wait to see what the StencilGirl Team came up with too!

Thanks so much for stopping and be sure to leave comments (one per blog) during these 3 days so you can be entered to win a $30 StencilGirl Gift Cards or a $30 Imagine Gift Cards!!! Winners will be announced on the StencilGirl and Imagine Blogs at the end of the month.

Here is Today’s Blog Hop Artists

Mary C. Nasser

Janet Joehlin

Gwen Lafleur

Carol Baxter

Jennifer Vanderbeek

Nadine Carlier

Roni Johnson

Mischelle Smith

Get Creative with Tsukineko and Waffle Flower Stamps

We are delighted to feature two cards using Waffle Flower stamps. Waffle Flower makes super cute high-quality photopolymer stamp sets and craft dies with a wide variety of themes. Waffle Flower style has certainly set them apart and we are always excited to see new designs rolling out! In today’s post, Neva and Roni create two handmade cards that show the flexibility of their themes.

Get Creative with Tsukineko and Waffle Flower Stamps

Shellabrate Your Birthday! by Neva Cole

Aren’t these turtles so cute? Waffle Flower joined Imagine for a cross-company promotional in May and as a result Imagine artist received new stamp sets. The images from the Shellabrate and Snail Mail stamp and die sets create a wonderfully whimsical underwater scene. The turtles and sign are stamped in Jet Black StazOn ink, and the greenery is stamped in StazOn Cactus Green and Forest Green. The images are then water colored with Memento Dual-Tip Markers in Cottage Ivy, New Sprout, Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves, Peanut Brittle, and Toffee Crunch. The background sand is stamped and water colored with Memento Toffee Crunch. The bubbles are added in Memento Bahama Blue. The die cut images are adhered with varying heights of adhesive to give some fun dimension. A perfect summer birthday card anyone would enjoy receiving!


  • Waffle Flower – Shellabrate stamp and die sets, Snail Mail stamp and die sets


Wild -N- Free Handmade Card by Roni Johnson

If someone says, “Itsy bitsy teeny weenie…” don’t you just instinctively finish it off in your head, “…yellow polka dot bikini”? Well, Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weenie was one of our challenges this month and I couldn’t get that song out of my head so I just went with it! I created this card with a little help from Waffle Flower stamps.

I have the “Wild N’ Free” set from Waffle Flowers and if you look closely you can see the 3 tiny dot stamp above the eagle. I used these dots to create the background for this card. I started off by stamping the “ground” using 3 different colors of green Memento dye ink, stamping them over and over again. I flipped the cardstock over and stamped the sky using 3 colors of blue Memento ink.

Finally, once I was satisfied with the background I went about stamping the rest of the card as you normally would. Yes, it was a bit time consuming but surprisingly it was lots of fun! It’s almost a Zen feeling going back and forth between the paper and the ink pad. The rest of the design is straight-forward with framing the edges with layered roses and bringing the eye to the center with the wolf and the sentiment. Since this set is so varied, you can choose your favorite animal for the center.


  • Memento Inkpad – New Sprout, Bamboo Leaves, Cottage Ivy, Olive Green, Summer Sky, Bahama Blue, Danube Blue, Love Letter
  • VersaFine – Onyx Black
  • Waffle Flower – Wild N Free stamp set
  • Cardstock – white
  • Cardbase – navy blue