Check Out Two Beautiful “Let It Snow” Holiday Crafts

Are you making last minute Holiday cards? Check out these two handmade papercrafts by Tenia and Martha. Martha uses a shadowing technique to create a dynamic look and Tenia shows off lettering talent and creates a bright and glittery card using Memento markers.

Let It Snow Handmade Card by Martha Lucia Gomez

Hello everyone! If you don’t know I live in Florida and snow for us is only on cards, photos or when we travel during the winter. Today, I used my entire imagination to create a Snow card and you will be surprised when you find out what I used to make my card.


Step 1

I stamped the branch using VersaFine Onyx Black. Then using the Misti, I stamped again the image in VersaMark slightly above of the black image. I combined two different images to create the scenery because I don’t have a single image in all my stuff that offered me that I wanted…can you believe it!


Step 2

I embossed each image with clear embossing powder and after I finished the process, I was able to sponge the sky behind using Memento Teal Zeal and expose the snow-laden branch using a masking technique. When I completed the snow and sky I decided to add a little contrast and at that moment I discovered that I don’t have Angel Pink Memento Ink but…


Step 3

I have imagination and I applied some ink with a Memento marker Angel Pink over an acrylic block and applied the ink with a sponge dauber around the sky to create the perfect contrast. To finalize the card I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set Bright All Night using VersaFine Onyx Black and pasted the stamped layer over a Whisper White card base using Tear It Tape.

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
  • Misti Stamping Tool
  • Close to My Heart – Bright All Night Stamp
  • So Suzy Stamps – Tree Wide Bare Stamp

Let It Snow Lettering by Tenia Nelson

Tenia here from Jazzy Paper Designs with a very cool hand lettering project made with Tsukineko Memento Markers. Dip marker into shimmer spray(to create an ombre effect) and hand letter “Let” and “Snow” in large letters on a piece of cardstock. Add Fireworks in Bahama Blue splatter to paper. Add the word “it” from sticker letters. Add the rest of the snow themed embellishments and washi tape.

This simple and easy project could be mounted onto a cardbase or can be used as party decor.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Crate Paper – Snowflakes Stickers
  • Cardstock
  • Queen and Co – Washi, Enamel Dots
  • Glitter letter stickers
  • SRM – Sticker Stitches

Create a Beautiful Holiday Card with Clear Elements

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Create a Beautiful Holiday Card with Clear Elements by Martha Lucia Gomez

Hello everyone! It’s a week of Holiday Cards at Imagine and today I am sharing a beautiful Christmas Wreath window card. Adding a clear panel or window is easier than you may think and the results can be amazing. Take a look!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Start the window by making 2 pieces. For my wreath, I used the Wondrous Wreath stamp set, this is a layering set is meant to show off many colors. I was careful to stamp with my Misti stamp tool so that later the two separate pieces will line up perfectly on the card front. I heat embossed the first layer of the wreath with VersaMark ink and embossed with Candy Green Embossing Powder. I repeated with Verdigris Embossing Powder for the second layer.


Step 2

I repeated Step 1 on the clear Window Sheet or embossable acetate piece of the same size. I cut the white cardstock into three pieces. After cutting out the center portion of the embossed wreath on cardstock, I added the acetate piece in between using Tear It Tape. This forms the structure for the clear panel. Be careful to line up the leaves between the cardstock and the clear pieces for a seamless look.


Step 3

The sentiment “Jolly” is from the Christmas Greetings Thinlits. I die cut multiple pieces of “Jolly” and pasted over a fun foam layer using On Point Glue to give more dimension. I then stamped “Christmas” using Emerald Green Delicata Ink.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampin’ Up – Window Sheet or Acetate, Wondrous Wreath stamp set, Christmas Greetings Thinlits
  • Card Stock – Old Olive, Whisper White
  • Fun Foam
  • Misti Stamp tool

Color of the Month for December is Evergreen

Color of the Month for December is Evergreen. Delicata new color Emerald Green, Memento has Cottage Ivy and Kaleidacolor Fresh Greens 5 color palette

To celebrate the month of December we decided to challenge our Artists with the color Evergreen! We love seeing the fresh greenery in Holiday decor, Christmas tree stamp collections, and a variety of green imagery. Some of our favorite Tsukineko brands feature fabulous green ink colors to satisfy the Evergreen challenge. Delicata has a new color called Emerald Green, Memento has Cottage Ivy and if you are looking for something outside the norm you can try the Kaleidacolor Fresh Greens 5 color palette. In today’s post, Martha creates a sweet mason jar die cut window in a holiday card, Kyriakos gets crafty with ornaments and Mischelle creates a greenery frame on stationery.

Winter Wonderland Holiday Card by Martha Lucia Gomez Kaleidacolor diecut window mason jar shape deer

Winter Wonderland Holiday Card by Martha Lucia Gomez

Our color challenge this month is Evergreen and I decided to use it in conjuntion with a die cut and one of my favorite versatile inks. Creating winter scenes is so much fun, you can stamp several images or use a complete stamp. On this card, I am using the Bright all Night image from Close to My Heart. I stamped it over the whisper white card base using Fresh Greens Kaleidacolor Ink. It looks simple and gorgeous with different tones of green. I love the look of the sentiment stamped outside the window in the matching ink!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Close to My Heart – “Bright all Night” stamp set
  • So Suzy Stamps – Doe Small
  • Stampin Up – Everyday Jars framelits
  • Die cut machine
  • Cardstock

Christmas Tree Ornament by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Christmas Tree Ornament by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Handmade Christmas ornaments are always special to make and share. They represent your style of home decoration during this festive season and they go far away from the commercial ones. With green color being one of the top choices every year, I chose to make ornaments in tree shape that fit well on Christmas tree, gift boxes, and any other decorations and projects.

The wooden tree shapes are covered with All-Purpose Ink and Delicata Emerald Green. The designs on top follow the same color choice, but with a little of sparkle, using Imagine’s Verdigris embossing powder. The process shows two ways to color the trees using the inks used in a reverse way.

Stamp with VersaMark and Viva clear stamps and heat set Imagine’s embossing powder Verdigris with your heat gun

Heavily cover the tree shape with Delicata Emerald Green. Let it dry. Use a soft flat paint brush and make repetitive strokes with the White All-Purpose Ink following the shape of the tree branches. The two inks will start to blend creating soft lines. Repeat on the other side. For the second ornament try the opposite. Paint the tree shape with the All-Purpose Ink, and then make strokes with the Delicata following again the shape of three and the way branches should look. After your ink is dry, emboss with Imagine’s Verdigris embossing powder. Add rhinestones to further embellish the trees.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Wooden tree shapes
  • Rhinestones
  • Heat gun
  • Ribbon
  • Viva Decor – “Peacock Feathers” stamp set

Custom Christmas Letter Stationery by Mischelle Smith - wise men still seek him. nativity. Close to My Heart – Perfectly Pine, Reason for the Season stamps

Custom Christmas Letter Stationery by Mischelle Smith

It’s Christmas! It is a time of year that makes me think of stationery. I have always loved stationery and love that I can easily create my own for any season and in any color palette. Imagine’s color of the month is Evergreen and that makes me think of pine trees. I combined some of my favorite greens and blues to create this fabulous stationery ready for this year’s Christmas letter.

With Nautical Blue ink – stamp nativity, saying “Wise Men still Seek Him” and several pine tree branches. Stamp the remaining pine tree branches with Memento Northern Pine and Bamboo Leaves. Since dye ink dries so quickly you can start writing on the stationery soon after creating the frame. Enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine
  • Memento – Nautical Blue, Northern Pine, Bamboo Leaves
Other
  • Close to My Heart – Perfectly Pine, Reason for the Season stamps
  • White paper

What if you could only have one ink pad?

by Martha Lucia Gomez

If I had to choose only one ink, which would I choose? It would be VersaMark!

VersaMark is a versatile ink for all types of stamping projects. You can create a watermark, emboss with powders, create shadows, resist effects or develop your own techniques. In this blog post, I will review this incredible ink and talk about why I enjoy it so much.

Tone-on-Tone Effects


Stamping VersaMark on light or dark colored cardstock creates awesome results. The paper color is darkened a step or to wherever you stamp the ink. If you use light cardstock the ink effect is a little shiny, but if you use it on dark cardstock the effect is very vivid. This is also known as tone-on-tone technique and will create subtle and beautiful results. In the sample above, you can see how VersaMark shows on a true red cardstock which I use in card making all the time. This image is not embossed, it is just VersaMark ink stamped onto the cardstock.

Embossing Powerhouse

If you want to enhance the tone-on-tone effect, you can always sprinkle clear embossing powder before the ink dries and heat set. VersaMark’s tacky thickness makes it the number one ink for use with embossing powders. This is commonly done with white cardstock. Stamp the image with VersaMark (it will be harder to see on white paper), and then pour colored embossing powder over and it will stick perfectly to the VersaMark ink. If you chose a metallic embossing powder color, like gold, it will really pop off the page once heat set. I recommend investing in a few different embossing powders—clear, gold, silver and black at minimum.

Layer and Emboss with any Dye Ink

If you only have clear embossing powder, you can still use VersaMark to create colored embossed areas! By pairing VersaMark and clear embossing powder with any dye ink, you can obtain unique colored embossed images. The method I used for the first Christmas Snowflake tag above could be done with any stamp. I simply inked the stamp with VersaMark first and, without stamping, inked again with the blue dye ink, and then stamped on the cardstock, added the clear embossing powder, and heat set. For the method in the second photo, you would need a stamp positioning tool like a Misti. I stamped with the blue dye ink then cleaned the stamp and stamped again with VersaMark, added clear embossing powder and heat set it. Playing with embossing powder and layered stamping with color dye inks is fun and produces a variety of results as you can see in the tone difference in these two Christmas tags that were created with the same two inks.

Ghosting or Shadow Effects

When you emboss VersaMark it is perfect for resist techniques. The process for emboss resist is very simple, just stamp your image with VersaMark, cover it with clear embossing powder and set the powder with the heat tool. Then apply the colored inks with a sponge dauber or brayer and when you are satisfied with the color, use a paper towel to remove the ink that is lying atop the embossed areas to see the resist effect.

Another thing I love to create with VersaMark is shadows. In the sample above, I stamped the “go” image with VersaMark and embossed with gold Embossing powder. Then I used VersaMarker to draw a shadow of the word “go”. The tone-on-tone effect creates a perfect shadow look! You can also do this on white cardstock and with any color ink. Simply stamp your image with the color ink pad, and then stamp it a second time with VersaMark only a little bit offset, then add embossing powder to obtain the desired effect.

A variation of this technique is by using the VersaMark on glossy cardstock. Stamp your image with VersaMark and let dry, then apply the colored ink of choice. In this sample, I used only glossy cardstock, VersaMark and Memento Lilac Posies. You will obtain a soft resist, or as I like to call it ghost effect without using any embossing powders.

Thank you for visiting the Imagine blog today. If you enjoyed this quick review of VersaMark then please comment below or share on Facebook.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other

 

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

Make a Creative Background with Walnut Ink

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Halloween is around the corner and to be honest I don’t celebrate this holiday with scary parties or costumes, but I love to make Halloween cards with different colors and non-traditional images and this is one of those. To create this card I used some sprays from Imagine that you will love!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

The process of this was very simple. I took a piece of whisper white cardstock and a background stencil. I selected Paisley Swirl Petite from Rebecca Baer Collection and sprayed the free areas of the stencil with three different sprays from Imagine. First I used Cherry Blossom Walnut Ink, then I applied Lilac Walnut Ink and the last one layer was with Fireworks Grape Jelly to accent the color and give it a little shimmer. I removed the stencil and washed with warm water while the paper totally dried. It doesn’t take long.


Step 2

Next, I die cut a spider several times using Tangerine Tango cardstock and stacked them together using On Point Glue. I sprayed the spider die cut with GooseBumps Shimmer – an acrylic texture spray with fine shimmer. It helped to create a special effect of texture and at the same time, it is shimmery.


Step 3

To finalize the card, I cut the borders of the stenciled piece using an MFT Die-Namics Stitched Scallop Basic Edges. Then I cut the word “laugh” from the center of this layer using a die cut from the Little Yellow Bicycle. I used a very fun inlay technique with a twist. Die cut the same sentiment one time on fun foam and one time on elegant eggplant cardstock and adhere together. Now adhere into the negative on the card. Having the inlay that actually pops forward is visually appealing. As a final touch, I stamped a complement sentiment “do not be afraid” using Memento Tangelo Ink and sprayed with Fireworks New Sprout. I cut it with a circle die and then with the same scallop stitched border that I used on the stenciled layer.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  Please like, share on Facebook or leave a comment below.

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Rebecca Baer Stencil – Paisley Swirl Petite
  • Joy Clair – Little Monsters stamp set
  • Cardstock – Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White
  • Fun Foam
  • MFT Die-Namics Stitched Scallop Basic Edges, Spider Die Cut
  • Little Yellow Bicycle – Laugh Word Die Cut

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