Create an Elegant Black on Black Design

by Jowilna Nolte

Create an Elegant Nocturne Black on Black Design by Jowilna Nolte

I love the look of black on black. It creates a beautiful subtle saturation that attracts the eye to the subject. If you go the extra mile and add heat embossing into the mix you have a classic and elegant effect. For this card, I used black embossing on a black background with some beautiful contrasting white elements on top. On the background, I added a little element of surprise in the form of texture and pattern. Take a look at how I created the effect.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions


Step 1

For this project you will need the Memento inker. If you cannot find the inker at your local craft store then search for it online. It is a great investment to your craft stash. Add a few drops of Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black directly onto a piece of white cardstock. The drops are very dense so it will darken the paper rather quickly. While the ink is wet turn over the cardstock piece and smudges the ink on your craft mat.


Step 2

Add a few more drops of ink onto the background and then mist with water to make it spread out. You will have darker and lighter patches on your background.


Step 3

Once the background is completely dry, stamp the flower stamp with VersaMark and heat emboss using Imagine’s Embossing Powder in Black.


Step 4

Emboss a couple of extra flowers using the same embossing powder onto white cardstock. Cut out the flowers and set aside. Use a burnishing tool and emboss a pattern onto the background around the embossed flowers. As you can see in the photo above, I lightly embossed a grid like pattern on the paper. Avoid the grid-like embossing over the flowers otherwise, you will damage the surface of the embossing.


Step 5

Use Irresistible Tuxedo Black to add a few black dots where the embossed gridlines meet. This creates an interesting effect and tone on tone look. The shiny texture of the Irresistibles liquid easily matches the embossing powders shiny surface.


Step 6

Finish the design by attaching a sentiment that expresses what you would like. I choose the sentiment “Memorable”. Adhere the extra embossed flowers and an extra embellishments.

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • White cardstock
  • Carabelle Studio – Azoline Flowers Cling Stamp A6
  • Sentiment Stamp
  • Diamante
  • Stylus or Burnishing Tool
  • Scissors
  • Dimensional Adhesive

Double Emboss a Snowflake for a Holiday Card to Impress

by Jowilna Nolte

Learn How to Emboss a Snowflake for a Holiday Card by Jowilna Nolte

Every year I long for a white Christmas because I love the imagery of the snowflake! I created this little snowy holiday card using a beautiful snowflake die cut image and my new favorite blue shimmery ink – Delicata Sapphire Blue. Take a look how I created these gorgeous effects using inks and embossing powders for a snowy winter wonderland effect.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Die cut two snowflake images out of smooth white cardstock using your die cutting machine.


Step 2

Ink the snowflakes using the direct-to-paper technique with your Sapphire Blue Delicata inkpad.


Step 3

While the Delicata ink is still wet, sprinkle the edges of the snowflake with light blue color embossing powder and the remainder of the die-cut with clear embossing powder. Heat set the embossing powder using your heat gun until fully melted.


Step 4

Leave the image to cool down, then ink again with VersaMark in Champagne. Sprinkle the inked surface with Sparkle embossing powder and heat set until fully melted.


Step 5

The layers of embossing powder create a beautiful effect, but the glitter powder on top makes it sparkle and shimmer. The light blue embossing powders seem to float inside the clear embossing powder creating a stunning effect.


Step 6

Layer the two snowflakes on top of each other over a stamped and inked background. Adhere three buttons on top of each other using GlazOn. Add a layer of GlazOn over all the buttons and sprinkle with clear tinsel. Add diamanté and beads and leave to dry.

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
  • Cardstock – White
  • Decorative paper – Seasons Greetings
  • Couture Creations – Snowflake Die
  • Embossing powder – light blue
  • Die cut machine
  • Buttons
  • Diamante
  • Clear Tinsel

Star Light Star Bright Holiday Card

by Jowilna Nolte

Star Bright Celebrate This Life Holiday Card by Jowilna Nolte. This beautiful Christmas Card celebrates with a bright gold star and a green background.

Working out of my comfort zone this month with the color green! But boy did I enjoy myself using all these amazing rich colors in this papercrafting project. Look at the effects you can achieve by combining different shades of greens together for a striking background.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minute

Directions


On smooth white cardstock add at least four shades of Tsukineko's dye inkers in green.Step 1

On smooth white cardstock add at least four shades of Tsukineko’s dye inkers in green.


Mist the ink drops with water to make the different colors bleed and run into each other. Make sure to cover the entire sheet of cardstock.Step 2

Mist the ink drops with water to make the different colors bleed and run into each other. Make sure to cover the entire sheet of cardstock.


Step 3

Use a heat gun to dry the inked background. Add more colors and repeat the process as need be. The ink will lighten slightly when dry.


 Embossing Folder by Anna Griffin
Step 4

Use a decorative embossing folder to add texture to your colored cardstock. Here I used an embossing folder by Anna Griffin.


Use Brilliance DewDrops in Pearlescent Ivy to lightly ink over the embossed areasStep 5

Use Brilliance DewDrops in Pearlescent Ivy and Pearlescent Thyme to lightly ink over the embossed areas. The shimmering inks will add a slight shine to the raised areas giving it a beautiful effect.


add gold shaded areas using Delicata Golden Glitz using your finger
Step 6

Stamp circles and texture using the Dina Wakely stamps (or stamps of choice) and VersaFine Onyx Black onto white cardstock. Dina Wakely stamps offer textured designs which you can see in the script in the photo above. Cut the circles out and brush with shades of green acrylic paint. Leave the stamped circles to dry for a while and then add gold shaded areas using Delicata Golden Glitz using your finger. Remember to use only a small amount of inker at a time on your finger – less is more in this case.


Step 7

Stamp sentiment with VersaFine Onyx Black and decorate to match the mixed media style. Finish the design by arranging the embossed card panel as the base, then circle stamps, and top with the stamped sentiment and embellishments in the style you wish.

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white
  • Anna Griffin – Embossing Folder
  • Carabelle Studio – stamp
  • Dina Wakley – stamp
  • Diamanté – stars, mini clip, etc
  • Spray bottle

Sparkly Winter Window Greetings

by Jowilna Nolte

Handmade Christmas shaker card featuring a wood grain embossed panel, silver snowflake confetti and Delicata Sapphire Blue and Dark Brown Shimmer.

I long for a white Christmas again, but in the meantime I am creating some beautiful snow themed projects using the exquisite new Delicata Sapphire Blue ink. I love how the blue and silver compliment the soft snowflake theme inside the window. It has certainly become one of my most favorite new ink colors—perfect for all my blue needs.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 45 minutes

Directions

Window shaped thin metal die and cardstock.

Step 1

Use a die-cut and cut a window out of smooth white cardstock. I use washi tape to secure the parts in place and make sure they cut where I want the window to be.

Partially inked cardstock with Delicata Sapphire Blue ink pad.

Step 2

Use Delicata Sapphire Blue with direct to paper technique to ink all around the window. Remember to only apply slight pressure or repeatedly tap the ink onto the cardstock to add color. TIP: Dragging the ink pad may damage your inkpad on sharp corners and edges.

Wood grain embossed card panel using Delicata Blue Sapphire and Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer ink pads.

Step 3

Ink the top edge of an embossing folder with Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer and emboss the wood grain onto your inked panel. Blend some Delicata White shimmer around the edges of the panel for some added shine.

Close up of a handmade Christmas shaker card featuring a wood grain embossed panel, silver snowflake confetti and Delicata Sapphire Blue and Dark Brown Shimmer.

Step 4

Build a shaker box with acetate and foam tape and fill with sparkly snowflakes. Adhere card base, shaker and window together.

Details of a handmade Christmas shaker card featuring a wood grain embossed panel, silver snowflake confetti and Delicata Sapphire Blue and Dark Brown Shimmer.

Step 5

Punch some leaves and adhere it to the front bottom edge of the window. Add a paper strips with a stamped sentiment over the punched leaves to form a plant box look. Finish off card with diamanté and snowflake elements.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white, scrap (for punched leaves)
  • Window die
  • Embossing folder – Anna Griffin
  • Stamps – Carabelle
  • Leaf punch
  • Snowflake Confetti
  • Diamanté
  • Dimensional adhesive
  • Acetate

 

Instead of Cyber Shopping this Monday, we say Cyber Craft Instead!

by Jowilna Nolte

upcycle computers into art with walnut ink and texture paste

Create a fun heartfelt mixed media panel using recycled materials and some pretty pink shimmering effects. In a few easy steps, you can create some stunning effects using a few lovely products from the Imagine stable. Take a look at how a few elements can be transformed using some of my favorite products in pink and red.


Step 1

On a piece of recycled cardboard add some pattern using a colored texture paste. Once the texture paste is dry sprinkle some Walnut Ink Crystals on top and mist with water. Leave to dry.

 Fireworks Sprays
Step 2

Color some light pink flowers using 3 colors of Fireworks Sprays. Mist some flowers with all the colors and some flowers with single colors. Leave to dry. See how beautiful the flowers shimmer.


Step 3

Paint a recycled computer fan with black gesso. Leave the gesso to dry and then mist the fan with Fireworks sprays and leave to dry for a beautiful shimmering effect.


Step 4

Assemble all your parts on the background. Adhere the colored fan, flowers, beads and a “Be Mine” heartfelt tag.

 

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
  • Recycled cardboard
  • Computer fan
  • Black gesso
  • Paintbrush
  • Paper flowers
  • Texture paste
  • Kaisercraft stencil
  • Pearls
  • Beads

Make a ‘Thanks a Latte’ Hand Painted Card

by Jowilna Nolte 

Make a 'Thanks a Latte' Hand Painted Card

Create a beautiful shimmering coffee colored background for cards using a few essential inks from the Imagine and Tsukineko stable. Work on a piece of recycled cardstock and create a fun checkered effect.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Use a medium-sized paintbrush and paint a criss-cross pattern onto a piece of cardstock using Truffle All-Purpose Ink. Leave the painted background to dry naturally.


Step 2

Once the All-Purpose Ink is dry, use a larger paint brush and paint a layer of Creative Medium in Shimmer over the background. Leave to dry to reveal a gorgeous shimmer effect.


Step 3

Stamp your “Thanks a Latte” sentiment and coffee cup onto smooth white cardstock using Memento Rich Cocoa ink. Trim into tag sized strips.


Step 4

Attach the stamped sentiment onto the background card using a heart-themed brad. Finish off the look by adding another smaller brad and small diamanté.

Thank you for stopping by the blog today! If you liked this cute and quick tutorial then please comment below or share!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Paintbrush
  • Cardstock – White, Recycled from photo packaging
  • Brads
  • Diamanté

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