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.

 

See What our Artists Carved Up in December

The Carve December art challenge on Instagram hosted by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer is winding down and Imagine staff and artists are delighted to have had the opportunity to participate. If you are not familiar with this then head over to Instagram and check out the following hashtags– #carvedecember and #carvedecember2017 

Here are some of our submissions

My Dog Graber by Roni Johnson @inkstanedroni

Owl on a Branch by Roni Johnson @inkstanedroni

Party Banner by Renee Zarate @rzee2015

“Art” stamp by Renee Zarate @rzee2015

Stamping on Fabric by Amanda Harryman @imaginecrafts_

Swallow Bird Stamp by Amanda Harryman @imaginecrafts_

Leaf Stamp on Fabric by Marcie McCabe @marciemccabe

Game of Thrones Dragon, House of Baratheon, and Little Finger Sparrow stamps by Taylor Poole @imaginecrafts_

Use Foamiran and Delicata to Make Beautiful Poinsettias

by Roni Johnson

Use Foamiran Foam and Delicata to Make Beautiful Poinsettias

The poinsettia is arguably the most iconic flower of the holiday season. They bring light and joy wherever they are found. Create your own joy and spread the light of the Christmas season by making your own realistic sparkly foam poinsettias with the help of Delicata Inks.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Die-cut or hand cut several flower petals and a few extra for leaves.


Step 2

Color both sides of the petals using a sponge dauber and Ruby Red Delicata Ink; ink the leaves using Emerald Green Delicata ink.


Step 3

Place a petal in the veining mold; heat with a heat tool for 2-3 seconds.


Step 4

Immediately place the upper portion of the veining mold over the bottom; gently press and hold for 1-2 seconds.


Step 5

Remove the petal from the mold. Repeat steps 3 – 5 as needed.


Step 6

Once all petals and leaves have been molded, cut a flower base from cardstock and ink with Ruby Red Delicata ink.


Step 7

Use a hot glue gun to adhere the leaves and petals to the cardstock base; overlap each petal just a bit.


Step 8

Adhere the mid-size petals over the large petals.


Step 9

Glue the smallest petals nearest the center of the flower.


Step 10

Apply a bit of Electric Yellow Radiant Neon Amplify! to a plastic stamen; heat to activate Amplify! medium.


Step 11

Insert stamen in the center hole of the cardstock base and secure with a bit of hot glue.

Try making a couple yourself or make with a group of friends! Enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Foamiran Silk Foam
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Plastic Flower Stamen
  • Spellbinders – Poinsettia Die
  • Sugar or Fondant Leaf Veining Mold

Make a Cute Farm Animal Themed Christmas Card

by Roni Johnson

Make a Cute Farm Animal Themed Christmas Card using Delicata Emerald Green

Living in a rural community all my life it has amazed me that nobody has come out with a line of farm (or farmer) cards for the holidays. Well this year I decided to fix that and make a country Christmas tree using the iconic stacked farm animals and shimmery Delicata ink. Using a 4.5 x 6.5 piece of kraft cardstock, I stamped a cow using Emerald Green Delicata ink as the “base” of the tree. Now the rest is a matter of masking. Stamp the second cow image on scrap paper, trim and place it over the first. Stamp the sheep centered over the cow’s back and slightly overlapping using the same ink. Repeat this process of stamping and masking with the pig and rooster images.

I embellished the livestock images with holiday motifs such as reindeer antlers and a shining red nose. There is no right or wrong answer to this part! Get creative! I used a die-cut a star, ink with Delicata Golden Glitz and mount on top of my farm animal tree. I also used a sponge dauber to rub Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer to ground the tree shape. Using a 4.75” x 6.75” piece of cream cardstock, I alternately stamped the sentiment and poinsettias around the edge using Delicata in Emerald Green and Ruby Red. Center and mount the livestock Christmas tree panel over the cream cardstock panel. Affix the stamped panels to a 5 x 7 green card blank. And you are ready to delight someone with this fun farm inspired Christmas card design!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampers Anonymous – Livestock
  • JoyClair Stamps – Antlers, Hat
  • My Favorite Things – “Merry Christmas” Sentiment
  • Rubber Stamp Tapestry – Poinsettia, Holly Leaf
  • Red Glitter
  • Cardstock – Cream, Kraft
  • Card base – Dark Green

Learn How to Create a 3-D Holiday Card

by Roni Johnson

Learn How to Create a Dynamic Holiday Card

I was so excited when I found out one of our challenges this month was focused on Winter Windows. Immediately,  I knew I wanted to make a shadow box card looking out over the wintery countryside. I didn’t want a tiny little card though so I remembered a lucky find at a garage sale earlier in the year. I found a stack of #10 side-load envelopes. These are the standard business size envelopes but with a side flap instead of on top. This envelope allowed me to make a nice large scene that when opened and standing up measures 4” x 7” x 2.5” giving me enough room to add 4 layers of snow and holiday imagery.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions


Step 1

I began my cutting 2 strips of 4 x 9.75” white cardstock; cutting a 3 x 6” window in the center of one panel. Glue the two panels together. Stamp a snowflake image to the outside portion of the card panels using Sapphire Blue Delicata ink.


Step 2

Free-hand cut three “hills” for the layers in the card. Apply Radiant Neon Amplify! in White to the “hills”; sprinkle with extra fine clear glitter; heat to activate the medium.


Step 3

Stamp several evergreens using Northern Pine Memento. Dauber on Bamboo Leaves and New Sprout colors to the evergreens that will be on the second and third layers to create shadow and depth.


Step 4

Stamp countryside scene on white cardstock and watercolor with a water brush and Memento Dew Drops.


Step 5

Add highlights to the snow drifts, pond and houses using On Point Glue and the extra fine glitter. I used the Amplify and glitter method for the trees on the front layer too. Affix the countryside scene to the back portion of the box. Attach each of the 3 hill layers and trees to the sides of the center portion of the card spaced evenly. Finish assembling the card.

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
  • Just For Fun Stamps – “Evergreens”, “Countryside Scene”
  • Chapel Road Artstamps – Snowflakes Everywhere
  • Extra Fine Clear Glitter
  • Waterbrush
  • Heat tool

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
Other
  • 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