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.


  • 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! 


  • 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

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!


  • 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.


  • Watercolor paper
  • Cardstock
  • Cardbase
  • Stamping block
  • Altenew – Vintage Roses 

Share Some Love With Cardmaking

Love is the topic of the day! Renee and Tenia have two great projects that respond to our challenge in November – Heart Felt.

Heartfelt Card Love Rocks by Renee Zarate

Life isn’t always rainbows and unicorns, there are times when we can send a friend or loved one a little reassurance that we’re thinking of them. By using Memento inks and a few drops of water we can create a one of a kind heartfelt card.

Using small daubers apply different contrasting colors of ink to a gesso primed piece of scrap paper. Apply droplets of water to the paper and blot with a kitchen towel.

Measure the panel to desired size, this panel was cut to 4 ½” to 6 ½”, use a cutting tool to trim to size. Cut a piece of black card cardstock ½” larger than the panel, this will be the mat. Ink the edges of the panel with Paris Dusk Memento ink. Stamp hearts on pieces of scrap paper and cut out. Stamp phrase at the bottom of panel. Adhere the hearts to the panel using pop dots on the smaller heart to elevate it adding dimension. Add additional mark making stamping for interest. Use Tear It! Tape to adhere the panel to the black mat and then onto the blank card.


  • Strathmore 140 # Mixed Media Paper
  • White Gesso
  • Dina Wakley – Collaged Hearts stamp
  • Snapping Monsters – Wonder Girl stamp
  • Paper trimmer
  • Heat tool
  • Cardstock – Black
  • White blank card
  • Kitchen paper towels
  • Water spray bottle
  • Scissors

‘Love You’ Watercolored Rose Card by Tenia Nelson

Tenia here from Jazzy Paper Designs with a watercolor card using Imagine and Tsukineko products. I love this large rose as the center image and the contrasting “love u” sentiment that compliments it. Here are some tips on how I created this lovely card.

Stamp and heat emboss the large rose onto watercolor paper.  Create mask and stamp and heat emboss stem of the rose onto watercolor paper. The black embossing powder is a perfect compliment to the watercoloring technique. Watercolor image using red and green Memento markers. Lay down some of the ink onto an acrylic block and lift with a waterbrush.

While you are finishing up the watercoloring, add splatter onto image panel with the remaining ink in the waterbrush. Stamp the “love u” sentiment onto Kraft cardstock and cut out with scissors. Adhere sentiment onto card along with washi, sequins and sticker stitches. Adhere image panel onto cardbase with another other finishing touches you prefer.


  • Altenew – Sketchy Rose Stamp Set
  • Cardstock
  • Canson Watercolor Paper
  • SRM Press – Sticker Stitches
  • Washi Tape
  • Sequins
  • Aquabrush
  • Acrylic Block (for watercoloring)
  • Adhesive

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Make Your Fall Leaves Projects with Vertigo and Embossing Powder

Make Your Fall Leaves Projects with Vertigo and Embossing Powder

Vertigo Sun Catchers by Neva Cole

What a fun challenge this month, a children’s craft project. Vertigo Leaf Sun Catchers are a fun way to spend some quality time with the child in your life. Simply place a leaf under a Vertigo Sheet and trace with a complementary color Fabrico pen. Younger children can make simpler leaf shapes which are easy to cut out with scissors and older children who are more competent with scissors can complete the more complex maple leaf shapes. After the leaves are cut out, StazOn inks can be added with ink blushers. I would recommend gloves to keep fingers from becoming too inky! Additional veins can be traces with Fabrico Pens. Apply a few glue dots and adhere to your window for eye catching fall décor!


  • Leaf
  • Scissors
  • Glue dots


Gold Gilded Greenery by Mischelle Smith

Gold Gilded Greenery by Mischelle Smith

The theme at Imagine this month is ‘Heartfelt’. Heartfelt is the perfect word to sum up the Thanksgiving table that is lovingly prepared every November. No matter which family member hosts Thanksgiving – we all love the opportunity to thoughtfully welcome our guests. Our kid filled families mean that our décor often reflects kid friendly projects created by and with our kids. This is one of those projects. Send the kids out to gather leaves and let the fun begin!

Collect enough leaves to work into a decor piece. Apply VersaMark to leaves by using inkpad directly on leaves. Add Embossing powder in Gold. Heat gently with heat tool. As soon as the polymers melt then they will secure to the leaf. Add to any home decor piece such as name tags, garlands or wreaths.


  • Leaves

Watch a Video on How to Make a Creative Paper Chain

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Watch a Video on how to make a creative paper chain. Kids Crafts.

For both kids and kids-at-heart, waiting for a trip, holiday, or other event can be frustrating when it’s so very far away. In my version, the classic paper chain gets an upgrade with color-coded links, embossed event markers, and multiple points along the way to celebrate leading up to my big trip a few months from now. Whether you choose to get the family involved in making it or surprise someone with it, the big fun comes from taking it apart until you’re just down to a single link!


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  • DCWV cardstock
  • Fiskars – Paper trimmer
  • Studio Calico – “By the Numbers”, “A to Z” stamp sets
  • Acrylic blocks
  • Darice – Heat tool
  • Calendar

You Must See These Sweet Heart Felt Cards

We have two great heart ‘Felt’ projects today to celebrate the mood of thankfulness in the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. We feel the a heartfelt thanks is the best kind of thanks! Kyriakos breaks down his process in a tutorial form and Jennifer Vanderbeek has created a full video tutorial on our Youtube channel! Check it out!

You Must See These Sweet Heart Felt Cards

‘Heart of Felt’ Handmade Card by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

A card with a heart, made of felt that is decorated with black dots using the Memento Luxe Tuxedo black and enhanced further with the same color irRESISTible Pico embellisher. The canvas fabric, used as background, is stamped with the Delicata Ruby Red with a crackled design stamp imitating heart veins. The felt heart is stitched to the canvas fabric with a black waxed cord to one side. Both fabrics come in combination to emphasize the warm, soft and open emotions of a heartfelt person.


Step 1

Cut a heart shape of the felt and stamped it with Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black. Memento Luxe is a great ink for stamping on fabric because it will not spread so quickly into the fibers like a dye ink. So you maintain the crisp lines of your stamp.

Step 2

Cut a piece of canvas fabric to 4 x 6 inches. Pull the threads to fridge all edges and stamp it with the crackle clear stamp and the Delicata Ruby Red. Stamp a sentiment “so grateful” ticket with the same color.

Step 3

Cross stitch the felt heart on the fabric using the waxed cord at one side.

Step 4

Glue the fabric on the card and use the irRESISTible Pico embellisher to enhance the stamped designs. When it is dry, place the ticket and embellish further.


  • 5 x 7 cardbase
  • White felt sheet
  • Black waxed cord
  • Ticket stamp
  • Stamperia Crackle stamp
  • Canvas fabric
  • Ribbon


Create a Heartfelt Card by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Whoever is lucky enough to receive a card like this will definitely feel the love and effort you put into it—they just might not realize how quickly it came together. When you’re combining a lot of different techniques (we’ve got die cutting, embroidery, hand-lettering, and stamping going on, not to mention paper, felt, and metal elements) it’s important to keep the design fairly clean in order to avoid input overload when looking at the final product. The limited color palette and unfussy arrangement really allow the workmanship to stand out. And who can resist petting the felt heart?


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  • Cardstock – Purple, White
  • Fiskars – Paper trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Scoring tool
  • Bone folder
  • Sizzix – Scalloped heart die
  • Die Cut Machine
  • Felt – red
  • Temporary adhesive tape
  • Pencil
  • Acrylic block
  • Stampabilities – Everyday Expressions
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Flat-backed pearl sticker