Make Plans for the Perfect Christmas Card

by Elina Stromberg

Snowflakes are always a safe choice for Christmas cards Shapphire Blue.

Busy Christmas card season is soon here! I envy those efficient crafters who start making their Christmas cards early enough, so that they can create beautiful, diverse card designs for each receiver. I usually start too late, and in order to complete the task on time I must choose only one or two designs that are easy and quick to do even in larger quantities. However, simple does not mean that the cards need be boring, quite the contrary! A wow-factor must be included, and even if time may be running short, I still take time to carefully plan the card design.

Each year I make a few extra cards that I keep to myself. I want to keep record of the card designs I have used, as my cards must never be replicates of the previous years’ designs. Making a couple of test rounds before starting the actual card making project has proven to be a wise choice, too. Whenever I want to come up with a new and fresh design idea, I like to start with making several samples. For me that’s the only way to see what works and what doesn’t. This is especially true when including new media, new color combinations, new supplies or new techniques. A few pieces of scrap paper keep this endeavor an inexpensive choice for testing! I’ll switch to higher quality card bases when I’m ready to go into production.

This year my Christmas cards will most probably have a snowflake background; snowflakes are always a safe choice for Christmas cards. For my sample pieces, I sprayed two sheets of white mixed media cardstock with blue Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray. Those shimmering cold blue colors gave just the icy look and feel I needed! I mixed the colors with water, dried with my heat gun, and cut the sheets into smaller sample pieces. I even punched one sheet with a tag punch and a set of gift tags was made on the same go.

For sample #1, I applied Metallic Silver Creative Medium through a snowflake stencil. On sample #2, I stamped different small snowflakes with Sapphire Blue Delicata ink and for sample #3, I used the same snowflake stencil with the Sapphire Delicata ink and a Stipple Brush.

I continued testing on punched gift tags: #4 is heat embossed with white embossing powder, and #5 with silver.

For tags #6 and #7,  I used the previous techniques once again, as I wanted to see how they work on small backgrounds.

For tags #8 and #9,  I die-cut snowflakes from glitter paper and glued them down with On Point Glue. #8 is misted with Original GooseBumps Texture Spray, and #9 outlined with ‘Wedding Dress’ white irRESISTible texture spray.

Now the only tricky part is to choose which pattern or texture to use for my Christmas cards. As much I liked the stamped and die-cut images, I think I will go for the stenciled Metallic Silver Creative Medium. The shimmering silver just looks so cool on the shimmering, icy blue background!

From here building a card design that could be both time-friendly and very personalized will be easy and fun! Enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Mixed media paper
  • Water mister
  • 13Arts Studio – Snowflake stencil
  • Snowflake stamps
  • Scissors
  • Tag punch

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Make Super Easy DIY Christmas Gift Tags with Delicata

Christmas is a crafter’s time to shine! Between cardmaking, gift wrapping, and other crafting awesomeness, creative folks have a lot to do and to plan for. Today we remind you to get a jump start on gift tags with two projects by Jennifer Vanderbeek and Roni Johnson. Enjoy!

Wrapping gifts for friends and loved ones can be a bit of a chore. To keep it simple, pick a couple solid colors of paper or tissue to use on all gifts

Stamped Gift Tags by Jennifer Vanderbeek

It’s never too early to get ready for gift-giving! Wrapping gifts for friends and loved ones can be a bit of a chore. To keep it simple, pick a couple solid colors of paper or tissue to use on all gifts and use ribbon and tags to add a personal touch. It’s quick and easy to make a batch of tags ahead of time, then you can pop the tag into the bag with the gift until it’s time to wrap them up!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock
  • Acrylic Blocks
  • 
Studio Calico – Wanderer stamp set
  • 
Simon Says Stamp – Swell Christmas, Merry and Bright stamp sets
  • Stampabilities – Everyday Expressions stamp set
  • Hot Off the Press – Snowflake Stencil
  • 
Repositionable tape
  • 
Fiskars – Hole punch, scissors

create a gradient metallic background using Delicata Inks and a sponge dauber

Metallic Holiday Gift Tags by Roni Johnson

In the past, our holiday celebration for our immediate family has been a small affair with my husband, myself and our 2 boys. Our family has grown by leaps and bounds so I need to rethink my holiday plans this year. I used to just buy 2 rolls of wrapping paper – one for each of the boys. If I continue with that plan I’d end up with a whole raft of wrapping papers and I’d have to try to match it to each individual’s personalities. This year I decided to do away with the stress and expense of the whole gift wrapping process by purchasing a roll of white butcher paper to wrap the gifts and make the tags the eye candy instead.

Gift tags blended with colorful Delicata inks in red, green, blue and rose gold overstamped with a musical sheet stamp in Delicata Gold.

Buy or cut tags from cream colored cardstock. Create a gradient metallic background using Delicata Inks and a sponge dauber. Stamp sheet music on the tag using Golden Glitz Delicata ink. Stamp holly or other seasonal design on each tag. Finally stamp the recipient’s name. You’ll be left with a beautiful set of metallic tags that shimmer and shine in all the right places and still have the personalized vibe. Sure to be a crowd pleaser on Christmas morning!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – cream
  • Just For Fun Rubber Stamps – Vintage Sheet Music
  • StampTangle – Holly Stamps
  • CTMH – The Works Alphabet Stamps
  • MFT – Tag Die

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And Now More Momentous Mother’s Day Magic

Mother’s Day is certainly a special time of year! It is a holiday that doesn’t require a whole lot of planning, just a whole lot of love! We reflect on what we like and appreciate about our moms and with today’s handmade selections it is obvious the feelings are special. Elina Stromberg creates a beautiful nature themed card and Martha lays down creative techniques that give a Mother’s Day card a textured look.

Beautiful Bird Mother’s Day Card

Beautiful Bird Mother’s Day Card by Elina Stromberg

Here in Finland, like in most countries, Mother’s Day is celebrated the second Sunday in May. Since childhood, my mother has received a handmade card from me and this year will not be an exception. Mum, this card is made with love just for you!

I wanted to make the card cute and feminine and thought that the soft pastel colors of DCWV cardstock pieces were just the right choice for this project. Their beautiful color palette work so well together! I started by stamping the bird image on pink cardstock and added some color and shading with Memento inks and a water brush. I stamped the branch, leaves, and flowers, cut the pieces out, and glued the pieces together before placing them on the card front. White color on the background panel is Moonlight White Brilliance ink that I applied on the pink cardstock right from the pad. The textured panel underneath is made by stamping doily images on pink cardstock. I hope she will like my card!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • DCWV – Pastels Textured cardstock
  • White card base
  • Stampin’Up – Best Birds stamp, Delicate Doilies stamp
  • Altenew – Floral Frame stamp
  • Craft cardstock
  • Water brush
  • Double-sided tape
  • Scissors

Mother of Pearl Technique by Martha Lucia Gomez

Mother of Pearl Technique by Martha Lucia Gomez

On today’s Mother’s Day project,  I am creating the Mother of Pearl technique on magenta cardstock with Frost White All-Purpose Ink. I love the texture and shimmer this technique creates and feel it adds the extra special touch to this handmade card.  Here is how to do it.

Take a piece of regular card stock and sponge it with two or three colors of Memento Ink. I selected Lulu Lavender and Lilac Posies. I started with the Lulu Lavendar and then enhanced the tone with the Lilac Posies. This helps add a sense of color depth to the background. For the pearl effect, put a few drops of All-Purpose Ink Frost White over your mat and apply with a ball of plastic wrap. The unruly nature of the plastic wrap will create chaotic texture and the shimmer of the pearl color ink will pop forward. This papercrafting hack is simple, yet requires some thinking outside of the box!

While the background dries, I sprayed a piece of white cardstock with four different colors of Fireworks Shimmery Craft Sprays. Then I stamped flowers using VersaMark and heat embossed with White Embossing Powder. I fussy cut the flowers and detailed the inside of the flowers using a tiny paint brush and Firework Lilac Posies. I added a decorated tag border to frame my sentiment, pasted with Tear It! Tape and stamped the sentiment with VersaFine Imperial Purple. Finally, I added the flowers using dimensional dots and added dark green leaves behind the flowers and transparent sequins using On Point Glue. All of these techniques are so easy, and lots of fun, don’t you think?!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Card stock – white, green
  • Suzy Stamps – Button Flower Left Stamp
  • Joy Clair – Happy Mother’s Day Stamp
  • Paint brush
  • Misti Stamping tool
  • Dimensional dots or Foam tape
  • Sequins

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Complete a Scrapbook for your Earth Day Adventures

by Neva Cole

Scrapbook Layout using DCWV paper and Tsukineko ink.

What fun times we had when we stayed a tiny campground along the McKenzie River last fall. When I received the DCWV Adventurer paper collection I knew exactly what event I planned to scrap, it was just a matter of selecting the photos to get started. I tend to scrap family events in two-page layouts, so I started with olive green cardstock with the Yellow Bright Textured cardstock to back the photos.

Working from the photo colors, I choose the plaid blue and green design and two journal cards from the collection. One of the papers had fun adventurer circles that worked perfectly to die cut and use as additional embellishments. Once all of my selections were made and the design was decided, I marked off the area for the title and removed all the papers. The “Campout” was stamped in Memento Northern Pine. “McKenzie River” was stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed with Copper Embossing Powder, which matched perfectly with the pre-embossed journal card and the circle embellishments. An ink blusher was used to ink the edges of all the papers with Memento Northern Pine before I arranged the rest.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • DCWV – Adventurer Collection, Bright Textured cardstock
  • Making Memories – Foam Stamps Philadelphia
  • Technique Tuesday – Farmhouse Large
  • Spellbinders – Small Circles

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Color of the Month is Black

We thought we would take our enthusiasm down a notch and really re-think this whole color idea. So we are announcing our color of the month which is black, which is okay…I guess. Color is overrated so we would like to honor the truest of true—Black. The ultimate saturated shade.

Black Heart by Tenia Nelson

Tenia does well with this black heart as a focal point. “My heart belongs to no one!”… Agreed. She uses Black Memento (Mori) ink for the stamped image and all the other images and ink splatter. She colors blue sequins with Jet Black StazOn. The techniques here are simple. If bright beautiful colors exist, then shade them in black. The question is who would you send this card to? Ex-boyfriend? Totally.

Supplies

Black Ink, Grey Paper, Blue Sequins.


Black Hole by Alison Heikkila

Black Holes are mysteries to the human mind. They terrify even the bravest explorers, which is awesome. Alison evokes the chances of being able to tackle a black hole in this non-encouraging layout, “Aim, miss and land somewhere crazy in the stars”…or in a tesseract maybe. Her techniques mirrored Tenia in the use of black, though we are not sure why there are shimmery light sections on the page. I guess it emphasizes the awesome blackness in the center.

Supplies

Black hole, The void of space

 

 

A collage of Tsukineko and Imagine product with the test "April Fools" appearing several times over color splotches as well.

Happy April Fool’s Day!!!

Now it is time to recover from our dark humor and say the real color of the month with the stunning color Lapis! This saturated blue is the color of a semi-precious stone called Lapis Lazuli which is gorgeous in jewelry and pretty much everywhere, including your projects! We feel very inspired by the vividness of Lapis blue and how well it looks with gold and shimmery accents. The color of the month is an overall Imagine challenge. Check out the true beauty of Alison and Tenia’s projects below, which take us back to our usual perky and overzealous selves. Last but not least, Jennifer Vanderbeek dreams big with a wonderfully shimmery art journal page. Of course, we challenge our artists but we also challenge our readers too! If you have an inspiring project with Lapis during the month of April then please connect with us on Facebook or Instagram and tag your project #colorofthemonth & Imagine! Have a super April Fool’s Day!

Lunar Eclipse by Alison Heikkila

Hello! The Imagine team was given paper from DCWV collections. I was given Zodiac, which is really an outer space lunar set—gorgeous blues, purples, and holographic papers with wonderful starry patterns. Needless to say, this collection was right up my alley. I took a photo of the lunar eclipse that occurred in September of 2015. I absolutely love this photo, and I knew these papers would highlight it perfectly.

I cut out a few circles sizes from DCWV’s Brights Collection. I sprayed Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray on my craft mat, mixed lightly and tapped the circles into the color. Then, I sprayed Sheer Sparkle Shimmer to the background paper and to the cut out circles for extra sparkle. This pretty ribbon from Creative Impressions has a glimmer, so I thought it was perfect for grounding all the pieces. I attached it with On Point Glue and used my PITT pen to write my title and date the photo was taken.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • DCWV Papers – Zodiac Collection and the Brights Collection
  • Ribbon
  • Faber-Castell – Black PITT Pen
  • Small
Coluzzle – Circle Cutter (No longer available, use substitute)

Lapis Blue My Heart Belongs to You Card by Tenia Nelson

I started with stamping the image onto light blue cardstock. Then I sprayed Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray onto image panel. I continued to stamp and heat emboss the heart onto dark blue cardstock and cut out when finished. I attached heart onto the main panel and adhered image panel onto card. It’s always nice to go over the card with glitter and add sequins, washi and sticker stitches to add those fabulous finishing touches.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Unity Stamp Company – stamp
  • Paper
  • DCWV
  • Glitter Pen
  • Embellishments
  • Washi tape
  • Sticker stitches
  • Sequins
  • Heating tool
  • Scissors

Dream Big Brayered Art Journal Page by Jennifer Vanderbeek

In my art journal, I can try out techniques or noodle about with ideas. Often I don’t have a clue about how it’s going to end up when I start. With layering, something interesting always come out and this page is no exception. I started with a brayered background, hand lettered, sprayed, and splattered, but it didn’t come together until I added the stenciled script. Don’t give up on a page that seems to be going nowhere, just keeping adding bits and you’ll eventually arrive at something beautiful!

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Art journal
  • 
Acrylic block
  • 
Brayer
  • 
Gel pens – silver, white
  • 
Stencil Girl – Rembrandt’s Words

*This does not preclude the fact that black may indeed be a color of the month some day.

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Embossed Celtic Knot Card

by Roni Johnson


Happy St Patrick’s Day! On this day, many are wearing green, eating corned beef and (if you are of drinking age) having a green beer! I decided to make a card featuring a Celtic knot, texture, 4-leaf clovers and a gold ribbon. It is so much fun to experiment with the supplies I had on hand which is exactly what I did to create this highly textured card. I had never heated the Creative Medium but I thought it would be worth a shot to see how it performed under high heat. As you can see from the photo it looks amazing and bubbles through the embossing powders to create a lovely hammered texture look. Perfect for Gold Embossing!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1.5 hours + cool-down time

Directions

Step 1

Tape black cardstock panel to work surface. Position stencil and tape in place. Use a spatula to spread Gold Creative Medium over the entire card panel.

Step 2

Carefully peel off the stencil. Wash the excess Creative Medium off immediately (very important).

Step 3

Sprinkle Verdigris and Gold Embossing Powders over the Creative Medium. Shake off excess.

Step 4

Heat the embossing powder and Creative Medium until the embossing powders melt and the Creative Medium begins to bubble up. You may continue to heat until satisfied with the texture. Set aside to cool. Do not touch until cool!  The Embossing Powder and Creative Medium will be extremely hot at this point.

Step 5

Die-cut pieces to be added to the card.

Step 6

Use Sponge Dauber to color the clover with Pear Tart, Bamboo Stalk, and Ivy Cottage Memento Ink. Sponge Delicata Golden Glitz on the leafy branches. Bend the small hearts in half and affix to the darker clover pieces using On Point Glue.

 

Step 7

Bend the small hearts in half and affix to the darker clover pieces using On Point Glue.  Mount bubble embossed panel on a plain black card. To finish the overall design, affix the ribbon to the card using Tear It Tape and glue on die-cuts on the embossed panel using On Point Glue.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • ClubScrap.com – Stencil
  • Ribbon
  • Die cuts
  • Cardstock – black, copper

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