How To Create A Shimmery Winter Background

by Nadine Carlier

Winter Wishes Card by Nadine Carlier IC

The metallic shimmer in Delicata inks is perfect to create a shimmery winter background. Watch my video below to see exactly how I did it.  Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Supplies

Imagine
Other

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Mythbuster: Creative Medium is Only Good for Mixed Media Projects

by Steph Ackerman

Mythbuster: Creative Medium is Only Good for Mixed Media Projects

When people think of heavy acrylic pastes like Creative Medium, they tend to assume it can only be used on mixed media projects. I would like to bust that myth by showing you that Creative Medium is also an excellent product to use in card making. Placing a light layer of Creative Medium on your paper can transform the look and feel of your cards. 

Skill: Beginner or Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Creative Medium can be used to transform any paper. Here I used Creative Medium in Gold Metallic to add a gold shimmer to patterned paper.  


Step 2

Use a palette knife to spread a light layer of Creative Medium on paper then place the paper aside to dry. Creative Medium will not wrinkle your paper and will dry flat.


Step 3

I used 3 different colors of Creative Medium in Gold, Iridescent Blue and Silver on assorted papers which consisted of stripes, small prints, and large prints, light and dark papers. Again, a light layer is all that is needed for your papers to achieve amazing results. Let the papers dry thoroughly before continuing. 


Step 4

On the Silver Creative Medium backgrounds, I used an assortment of techniques. I used a brick stencil and spritzed over it with Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Lilac Posies. On another, I used a large script stamp with VersaFine Clair ink in Nocturne. On another, I used the Scor-Pal to create the grid effect. As you can see Creative Medium works with dye ink sprays, stamping and scoring and it doesn’t affect the initial application. 


Step 5

On the Gold Creative Medium backgrounds, I used a large brick background stamp with VersaFine Clair ink in Fallen Leaves, embossed snowflakes and lightly inked with Bahama Blue ink and, I used a star stencil with Silver Creative Medium. Each of these show again how you can completely transform your cardstock. 


Step 6

Finally, I experimented with the Creative Medium in Iridescent Blue backgrounds. I used a Thank You embossing folder, then lightly inked with Memento Potter’s Clay. And the second one, I used Rose Bud with a floral stencil. So if you have cardstock or scrapbook paper you don’t particularly like or has an out-dated look, consider using Creative Medium to change it up and add some new life to them! Enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine 
Other 
  • Embossing Folders – Cuttlebug, Sizzix
  • Scoring Tool – Scor-Pal
  • Stamps – Just For Fun Rubber Stamps (script); Joy Clair (Brick)
  • Stencils – The Crafter’s Workshop

Learn How to Make a Card with Dewlets and Vellum

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Learn How to Make a Card with Dewlets and Vellum

Hello everyone! Today I am going to show you how to turn the Dewlet shape into a flower using vellum. Vellum is one of the most delicate and versatile papers. Not all inks work well on vellum and today I will share with you a complete card that I made using it with Memento Luxe ink.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Ink the vellum using two different colors of Memento Luxe ink in Danube Blue and Teal Zeal to create the background. Take a piece of vellum cardstock and apply the Memento Luxe ink directly with the ink pad. Do not mix the colors of the ink to avoid contaminating it with a mixture of colors. With an ink blusher distribute the ink over the vellum surface and fix the color with the heat tool or leave dry the piece very well. In my sample, I let the paper dry naturally.


Step 2

Take a different piece of vellum cardstock and cut eight petals or pieces from it using Dewlets. They are fantastic because you can use them to create different flowers or forms just like I made on my card.


Step 3

Ink all Dewlets with one single color directly with the Memento Luxe ink pad or with the ink blusher or sponge. When the ink is totally dry fold in a half each Dewlet as you can see on the above photo.


Step 4

To finalize the card resize the colored vellum layer with a die cut and stamp your sentiment using the same Memento Luxe Ink or Delicata Ink. This ink works great on vellum and you only need to set the ink with the heat tool. I stamped my message using the Delicata Ink Sapphire Blue and covered with Sparkle Embossing Powder. A tip that works well for me to heat emboss on vellum is head the paper for the back side and keeping a good distance.


Step 5

To create the base of the card I used whisper white cardstock and dry embossed the top of the card with the Softly Falling embossing folder. Then I arranged all the Dewlets and pasted it with glue dots. You can use any color of Memento Luxe to create this technique but for my experience with vellum is a good idea to mix clear and dark colors to keep the soft sensation of vellum.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Simon Says Stamps – Believe Stamp Set
  • Big Shot or any die cut machine
  • Vellum
  • Stampin Up – Whisper White cardstock, Softly Falling embossing folder
  • Glue Dots

Learn How to Use Vertigo Surfaces to Create Ornaments

by Roni Johnson

Learn How to Use Vertigo Surfaces to Create Ornaments

It’s almost time to start decorating the Christmas tree and in preparation for this fun family event, I have started making new ornaments. Inspired by the color of the month – Frosted Blue – I thought it would be fun to create an ornament or two using Imagine’s Vertigo film paired with Imagine’s various mediums in lovely shades of blue.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Die-cut 3 hearts in 3 different sizes of any given shape. I am using Xcut hearts both in scallop and plain. I used 3 different styles of Vertigo film – (large to small) – Prism, Taffeta and Tilted.


Step 2

Rub a thin layer of Blue Hawaii StazOn Studio Glaze over the medium size shape and let dry.


Step 3

Once the glaze has dried, spread a second layer of Cotton White Studio Glaze over Blue Hawaii. Sprinkle a generous layer of Iridescent White Flitter Flakes over the glaze. Let the glaze dry then shake off the loose flitter.


Step 4

Affix the medium size heart to the large heart.


Step 5

Rub Blue Hawaii StazOn Ink to the outer edges of the small heart.


Step 6

Sponge Paradise, Blue Belle and Medieval Blue VersaFine Clair ink on a piece of white cardstock.


Step 7

Die-cut several small snowflakes from the inked cardstock.


Step 8

Use a brad to attach desired snowflakes to the center of the ornament.


Step 9

Attach jump-rings and any additional embellishments as desired. Make a hanger for the ornament from blue wire using jewelry tools.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Meyers Imports – Iridescent White Flitter Flakes
  • White Cardstock
  • Jewelry tools – wire, jump rings, pliers
  • Mini Bell
  • Decorative brad
  • Die-cut Machine

See How To Make A Snowman Card

by Elina Stromberg

See How To Make A Snowman Card

Our color of the month is ‘Frosted Blue’. Imagine provides several product options for playing with this cool color. I decided to use ‘Summer Sky’ Fireworks Spray for creating a light blue background for my winter-themed card. In addition to the beautiful soft blue color, Fireworks adds a lovely shimmer to your project that is just perfect for a frosty, icy blue winter themed card!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Stamp and color the snowman image on white paper. When coloring with alcohol markers (like Promarkers, Copics), use water-based ink for stamping. Memento Tuxedo Black is my No. #1 choice for the task!


Step 2

Pour a small drop of Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray on the Craft Mat. Dab the color on the card front panel with a Jumbo Dauber. Don’t cover the entire card front with the color but leave some areas blank. Let dry.


Step 3

Create a hill scenery on the card background. Cut wavy strips of light blue paper and glue them on card front panel. Mat card front on light blue paper, and attach card front to card base.


Step 4

Stamp the sentiment and paste the snowman figure to the front of the card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Card base
  • Light blue paper
  • Snowman stamp
  • Sentiment stamp
  • Promarkers (for coloring the main image)
  • Glue or double-sided tape
  • Scissors

Create Paper Poinsettias with Memento Ink and Dewlets

by Steph Ackerman

Create Paper Poinsettias with Memento Ink and Dewlets

Dewlet Etched Metal Dies are perfect to use with Dew Drop Inkpads. Simply stamp the droplet shapes then align and cut the dies using any die cut machine. There are many options with the shape to play and experiment. Once I started playing with the dies, I found myself creating two very different cards. Simply by flipping the droplet shapes allows you to create poinsettias, leaves, and even dragonflies.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Stamp each stamp pad onto white cardstock. Punch out the petals by using the Dewlet dies and a die cut machine.


Step 2

Ink around each petal for dimension, then use a stylus to give the petals dimension.


Step 3

Create the background by inking a large background stamp with white ink then emboss with clear embossing powder to create a tone-on-tone effect. Using a jumbo dauber, ink around the panel with Memento in Love Letter, then edge with Brilliance in Thyme.


Step 4

Adhere the stamped panel to a kraft card. Create the poinsettia by assembling the petals on the card. Place two leaves behind the poinsettia. Use irRESISTible Pico Embellisher in Lady Bug to add dimension to the poinsettia petals. Stamp a sentiment with VersaFine Clair in Pinecone, edge with Memento in Love Letter and mat with cardstock. Add to the card with foam adhesives.


Step 5

Add drops of irRESISTIble Pico Embellisher in Lady Bug on opposite corners of the card.


Step 6

For the dragonfly card, create a kraft card and add a panel of striped paper. Using Brilliance in Sky Blue ink, stamp onto white cardstock. Emboss with Embossing Powder in Clear and heat set. Die cut each and emboss with an embossing folder. Use On Point Glue to adhere the tips of 4 petals to the card creating a dragonfly. Use On Point Glue to adhere a row of dew drops for the body. Add drops of Shimmer irRESISTIble to the corners. Stamp phrase with Pinecone Ink. Cut into a pennant shape, made with cardstock. Add to card with foam adhesives.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – White, Kraft
  • Authentique – pattern paper
  • Joy Clair – Christmas sentiment stamp
  • Just For Fun Rubber Stamps background
  • Unity Stamp Co. phrase
  • Cuttlebug
  • The Robin’s Nest – Dew Drop embellishments
  • Die cut machine