Did You Know You Could Stamp with Amplify!

Colorful leaf pattern stamped with Amplify! in Radiant Neon in yellow, green and blue with a raised texture using a heat tool by Kazuko Kocho.

We have a beautiful technique to share with you today which comes courtesy of  Kazuko Kocho who demonstrated the technique at our Creativation booth this year. Amplify! in Radiant Neon is a super fun way to add texture to your paper craft projects. (Did you know you can use it on decorative* fabric projects too?!) With Kazuko’s stamping technique, the possibilities are endless!

*Fabric projects that do not need to be laundered.





More fun with RubberMoon Stamps


IMAGINE Crafts and RubberMoon Art Stamps are excited to share with you the amazing projects that our design teams have created to kick off the Holiday Season! Over the next few days, we’ll be sharing with you inspiration and techniques using IMAGINE Crafts’ line of ink products featuring rubber stamps from RubberMoon.

Be sure to visit the IMAGINE Crafts and RubberMoon blogs daily for more projects and ideas!


Birthdays Are For Wishing

by Penny

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I have had so much fun playing with the stamps from Rubber Moon. When I selected the Paisleys, I was thinking they would be adorable with small cut outs in the center. Really like the fun pattern paper showing through. I also like to choose unusual fonts when adding sentiments to my stash, and this Birthday Wish was just too cute to pass up. It may be cold outside, but in Florida where I live, we are still making Spring like cards. 🙂


  • Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko:  Fireworks: Dandelion, Lilac Posies; irRESISTible Radiant Neon Pico Embellishers: Electric Pink, Electric Yellow; Memento Luxe Lilac Posies, Versafine Deep Lagoon, Craft Mat
  • RubberMoon Stamps: Paisleys, Birthday Wishes stamps
  • May Arts:  turquoise cord
  • Authentique:  “Radiant” paper collection 6 x 6 pad
  • Miscellaneous:  white cardstock, stamp positioner, foam adhesive, craft knife.


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1. Cut a card base measuring 4.25 x 11 inches, fold in half. Ink opposite corners with Memento Luxe Lilac Posies. Cut white card stock 4 x 5.25 inches, stamp Paisleys with Versafine Deep Lagoon ink, cut out centers with craft knife. Spritz with Dandelion and Lilac Posies Fireworks. Run edges of this panel along the Versafine Deep Lagoon ink pad.

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2.  Stamp greeting with Versafine Deep Lagoon ink, tie cord around Paisley opening and edge of card. Apply foam adhesive strategically to back of card front, adhere small scraps of pattern paper at Paisley openings.

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3.  Mount to base card, apply Neon Yellow and Neon Pink irRESISTible Pico dots as desired.


 My Time Out for Fun:

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The folks at Rubber Moon were super kind to send me a Mixed Media Clock to play with. As you may know, I am not a Mixed Media kind of gal, but I must say…I love how this turned out. Stamping (all stamps by Rubber Moon), coloring, heat embossing…it has it all. Not only was decorating this clock too much fun, but it is practical also….I am thinking personalized clocks for gift giving!

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I Am My Art

by Kazuko


When I was told about this RubberMoon project, I looked on their website if any of RubberMoon stamps that I have had for many years were still available. Amazingly, they are and just as popular as before! Even the stamp saying “please send me your catalog” which I used a lot before internet era. (For young readers, in those days we had to send a snail mail request to stamp manufactures to ask for their printed catalogs). Back then, coming home to find a stamp catalog in the mailbox was soooooo exciting!


  • IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko: Memento Luxe: Toffee Crunch, Peanut Brittle, Danube Blue, Rich Cocoa; Memento Markers, StazOn: Jet Black, Timber Brown; GooseBumps Texture Spray, Shimmer Spritz Frost, Creative Medium, Walnut Crystals, Jumbo Daubers
  • RubberMoon Stamps: “I Am My Art”, “Zen Garden”, “Little Home”, “Toad Girl”; Clock Kit
  • Miscellaneous: white cardstock, watercolor paper, adhesive, scissors, watercolor brush, textured and printed papers (scrap)



1. Trace the clock face circle onto white cardstock.
2. With a Jumbo Dauber, sponge Memento Luxe Peanut Brittle randomly inside of the circle, then add/blend Memento Luxe Toffee Crunch followed by Memento Luxe Danube Blue.


3. Begin stamping around the edge of circle using the “Zen Garden” stamp inked with Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa. Repeat with Memento Luxe Peanut Brittle.
4. Once the stamp ink has dried, cut out the circle.
5. Adhere the stamped circle onto the coordinating chipboard circle piece from the clock kit. Spray with GooseBumps and let air dry while working on the next steps.


6. Color the clock numbers piece with Memento Luxe Danube Blue with a Jumbo Dauber; allow to dry completely.
7. Sprinkle Walnut Crystals onto the piece, then mist with Sheer Shimmer Spritz Frost. There is enough liquid in the Shimmer Spritz to allow the crystals to turn liquid and antique the chipboard piece. Allow to air dry.


8. Adhere the numbers onto the circle clock face.
9. Punch a circle in the middle for the clock mechanics; set aside.


10. Hand tear strips/pieces of handmade and/or printed papers for creating the clock base.
11. Use Memento Luxe Peanut Brittle and StazOn Timber Brown to antique the paper as needed.
12. Collage paper strips onto the clock base with Creative Medium, using it as both and adhesive and a sealant.
13. Cover any uninked areas with Memento Luxe Danube Blue and add Creative Medium if necessary.


14. Stamp the houses onto watercolor paper with StazOn Jet Black.
15. Mix desired colors of Memento Markers with Shimmer Spritz Frost to create a shimmery watercolor palette for coloring the houses.
16. Repeat for the “Frog Girl” stamp.


17. Assemble the mechanics of the clock.
18. Add stamped images to the base of the clock.
19. Stamp sentiment and add to the clock base.

IMAGINE Crafts’ Product Feature with Memory Box

Welcome to a week of fabulous projects featuring the great products from Memory Box!  Our Artists In Residence were beyond excited to work with stamps and dies from our neighbor here in the Seattle area.  Today we share with you two more creations from our AIRs using IMAGINE Crafts products along with some of the newest offerings from Memory Box.

Merry and Bright

By Maureen



  • IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko: Memento Luxe: Northern Pine, Pistachio, Olive Green; Delicata Silvery Shimmer, Fireworks! Summer Sky, Sheer Shimmer Spritz Frost, Clear Embossing Powder
  • Memory Box Stamps: ‘Forest Pine’ and ‘Merry & Bright’, ‘Merry’ Die
  • White and red cardstock



1. Cut red cardstock to a 5″ x 7″ card and a piece of white cardstock just a bit smaller.

2. Stamp Forest Pine with Memento Luxe Northern Pine, then heat emboss with clear embossing powder.


3. Stamp additional trees with Memento Luxe Pistachio and Olive Green overlapping the design.


4. Die cut ‘Merry’ in the trees and make sure to keep the small pieces from the ‘e’ and ‘y’ to fill in the letters.

5. Spritz top edges of trees with Fireworks! Summer Sky and spritz the whole card with Sheer Shimmer Spritz Frost.


6. Adhere trees to red cardstock and remember to add in the extra pieces to the ‘e’ and ‘y’.

7. Stamp ‘Merry and Bright’ with Memento Luxe Northern Pine and add a few stars to the trees with Delicata Silvery Shimmer.


Happy Halloween

By Kazuko



  • IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko: irRESISTible Bronze Texture Spray, Memento Luxe: Pistachio, Teal Zeal, Nautical Blue, Gray Flannel, Morocco; Brilliance Graphite Black, Jumbo Dauber, Craft Mat
  • Memory Box: Gears, Spiders and Bats dies; Spider Web stencil
  • Miscellaneous: cardstock (black, white), paint brush, bristle brush



1. Die cut gears from black cardstock.

2. Randomly apply Memento Luxe Morocco with a Jumbo Dauber onto the gears and allow to dry.


3. Remove spray head from the bottle of irRESISTible Bronze Texture Spray and apply with a paintbrush to cover the gears. The combination of the Morocco ink and the Bronze finish will give the gears a rustic look.


4. Secure the spider web stencil into place on white cardstock.

5. With a bristle brush, apply Memento Luxe Pistachio, Teal Zeal, Nautical Blue and Gray Flannel to color the background.

6. Remove stencil and trim to size.

7. Edge this piece with Morocco.

8. Stamp sentiment onto a small piece of white cardstock with Brilliance Graphite Black.

9. Lay the spider web stencil onto the sentiment piece and color as the same process as before.

10. Die cut spiders and bats from black cardstock and add to the card.



Kazuko’s helpful hint for working with die cuts….

To remove the little pieces of paper from your dies, use a lint roller (with the sticky paper) to roll across the dies to catch the paper pieces and remove them from the die. It also helps to have the die setting on the IMAGINE Crafts Craft Mat – the static electricity will help hold things in place while rolling.

Absolute genius Kazuko!





Ink, Paper and Ribbon Blog Hop Week


Welcome to a crafting extravaganza all week here on the IMAGINE Crafts Blog, where we’re excited to share with you amazing projects everyday created by our own Artists In Residence along with the Design Team Members of Authentique Paper and May Arts Ribbon.

Here are today’s featured projects from our Artists In Residence:


Kazuko Kocho



Isha Gupta


There’s more inspiration to be found on the Authentique Paper and May Arts blogs!  Simply visit these blogs to view the projects created by those company’s design teams and to view the other prizes available.


Prizes galore for participating in the Blog Hop this week!

All three participating companies in this week’s Blog Hop will all be giving away 3 prize packages for leaving comments on the featured blog posts.  Each day will we feature projects created by the artists from IMAGINE Crafts, Authentique Paper and May Arts. Simply visit their blogs and leave a comment on each post by midnight PST September 27th.  We ‘ll randomly select three different blogs from the seven days, then randomly draw one commenter from each blog as the winner.  


Blog Hop Hint – if you click on a link that takes you to a page saying something like, “Sorry this page cannot be found,” just click on the header at the top of the blog (usually a picture, or the blog’s name), and it will take you to that blog’s most recent post. That post *should* be our hop. If not, you can probably scroll down a short way to find the hop post.

IMAGINE Crafts and Magenta Blog Hop Day 1


Welcome to a week of fantastic collaboration between IMAGINE Crafts and Magenta Rubber Stamps! Both companies are excited to share with you their products, from the latest inks from IMAGINE Crafts to the newest Fall and Holiday stamp releases from Magenta.  And of course our artists are here to inspire and share their techniques with you!

Prizes galore for participating in the Blog Hop this week!

We’ll be giving three prize packages which will include IMAGINE Crafts irRESISTible Texture Spray, irRESISTible Pico Embellisher, Delicata Shimmery Silver and Golden Glitz AND some of the newest releases from Magenta. Each day will we feature projects created by both company’s design teams – simply visit their blogs and leave a comment on each post by midnight PST September 21st.  We ‘ll randomly select three different blogs from the seven days, then randomly draw one commenter from each blog as the winner.

Here’s today’s featured projects from IMAGINE Crafts:


Kazuko Kocho



Sylvia Blum


And more inspiration from the Magenta Design Team:


Agnieszka Bellaidea



Dianne Johnson



Josée Gingras



Bianca van Noort


Blog Hop Hint – if you click on a link that takes you to a page saying something like, “Sorry this page cannot be found,” just click on the header at the top of the blog (usually a picture, or the blog’s name), and it will take you to that blog’s most recent post. That post *should* be our hop. If not, you can probably scroll down a short way to find the hop post.

Upcycled Picture Frame

By Kazuko



  • IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko: StazOn Jet Black,  All Purpose Ink Black Pearl, Creative Medium, Ink Blushers, Photo Elements: Paris and London Dog Tag size
  • May Arts: ribbon
  • Miscellaneous: wood picture frame, paint brush, adhesive/tape, chip board, foam core, fabric, cabinet knobs



1. Sponge StazOn Jet Black onto the frame with an InkBlusher.  It’s alright for the ink to be applied unevenly.


2. Paint All Purpose Ink Black Pearl onto the frame to add sparkle and to antique the frame.  Allow to dry completely.


3. Select images to use from the Paris and London Dog Tag sized Photo Elements and cut to size.

4. Apply Creative Medium to the backside of each image and adhere to the frame.


5. Once all of the Photo Elements have been adhered to the frame, apply at least two coats of Creative Medium (as a sealant) onto the entire frame and allow to dry completely.


6. Cut chipboard and foam core to the size allowing them to fit inside of the back of the frame.

7. Adhere these two pieces together.


8. Wrap the chipboard/foam core with fabric of choice and adhere to the backside.


9. Mount the fabric covered backing into the frame.


10. Add knobs and any other decorative elements like ribbon to complete your new frame.