Color of the Month for January is Nocturne!

Nocturne is Imagine's color of the month for January 2018.

Everyone has their favorite black ink, which is often a crafter’s most used inkpad. We wanted to inspire our artists (and you) to use that black as a bit more than just an outline and make a statement with it! It inspires images of the night sky, little black dresses, and the timeless look of black and white photography!

We wanted to give a preview to some of the projects that took on this challenge. You will see tutorials or videos for all of these projects by the end of the month.

Jennifer Vanderbeek also thought of a little black dress when she created this adorable girls-night-out themed card:

A handmade card featuring a little black dress and the sentiment "Shine Bright" by Jennifer Vanderbeek.

Arjita Sepaha Singh left these outline images un-colored for a really lovely affect that highlights the beautiful background she will show you how to create:

A handmade card featuring a raw silk background and un-colored floral images with the sentiment "sending love & hugs" by Arjita Sepaha Singh.

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates more beautiful jewelry – showing how easily you can make your own paper beads:

Handmade necklace and earrings featuring handmade black and white paper beads by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou of The Crafters World.

And Roni Johnson will remind you that Nocturne can be used to great affect in Valentines too!

Handmade Valentine featuring masked layered stamping in Nocturne and Tulip Red by Roni Johnson.

 

Watch a Video on Quick and Simple Handmade Thank You Cards

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Writing a thank-you card is becoming a lost art. This year, show those who chose to gift you with their time, attention, or gifts a sweet and simple thank-you by penning a quick note inside an even quicker-to-make card. They’re so quick to make, in fact, that it’s best to go ahead and make a bunch at the same time and then you’ll be set for whenever you need them! And if you’re thank-you writing skills or a bit rusty, I’ve got three things to include in a good thank-you card right inside the video!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white
  • Card bases
  • Hampton Arts – SCO683 stamp set
  • Acrylic block
  • Craft Smith – Soho Boutique Paper Pad
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive runner
  • Dimensional adhesive

Watch a Video on How to Create a Beautiful Paper Clay Bowl

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Watch a Video on How to Create a Beautiful Paper Clay Bowl

Have you tried paper clay, yet? I love that it’s so simple, so forgiving and so very versatile. After seeing project after project on Pinterest about how easy it is to make clay bowls embossed with doilies and other items, I thought it would be fun to make a paper clay bowl and decorate it with stamps and ink. The gilding is a nod to the Japanese technique of Kintsugi—which means golden joinery—as I had the idea to maybe fill some of the uneven rim with the Creative Medium but ultimately used it to blend the different shades of green in the dried clay and add a bit of sheen and shimmer to the finished bowl.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Prima – Paper clay
  • Water
  • Plastic Wrap
  • 6” Cookie cutter or knife and circle pattern
  • Simon Says Stamp – “Kind Flowers” stamp set
  • Acrylic block
  • Wet wipes
  • 1200 grit sandpaper
  • Face mask
  • Heat tool
  • Bowl or Form

Tips on How to Create a DIY Glass Block Winter Scene

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Even if you live in an area that’s not known for snow, it doesn’t mean you can’t bring a little snowy wonderland to your view. A very little one, in this case, as I’ve transformed a decorative glass block into a winter window scene that can be set up anywhere you need an extra dose of winter!

Supplies

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Other
  • Glass Block
  • 
Magazine Images or Clip Art
  • Paint Brush
  • Heat Tool
  • Paper Towels or Wipes
  • 
Water
Acrylic Paint – Cobalt Blue, Burnt Umber
  • Washi Tape
  • Craft Knife
  • 
Battery-operated LED Lights (optional)

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

Watch a Video on How to Make a Creative Paper Chain

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Watch a Video on how to make a creative paper chain. Kids Crafts.

For both kids and kids-at-heart, waiting for a trip, holiday, or other event can be frustrating when it’s so very far away. In my version, the classic paper chain gets an upgrade with color-coded links, embossed event markers, and multiple points along the way to celebrate leading up to my big trip a few months from now. Whether you choose to get the family involved in making it or surprise someone with it, the big fun comes from taking it apart until you’re just down to a single link!

 

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • DCWV cardstock
  • Fiskars – Paper trimmer
  • Studio Calico – “By the Numbers”, “A to Z” stamp sets
  • Acrylic blocks
  • Darice – Heat tool
  • Calendar