Today is a Great Day for Rich Cocoa

Hello Greeting Card in Cocoa Colors by Elina Stromberg

Our November theme color is Chocolate Brown. Some paper crafters may think that a deep brown color is a boring choice, but when mixing several brown tones together you can easily create warm and beautiful project for every occasion. Stamping platforms and other stamping alignment tools let you re-stamp the image exactly on the same spot several times, so with this card design I decided to take advantage of this awesome tool. I mixed three brown colors and applied ink only partly on the stamp, allowing colors to mix and layer. When creating a multi-colored stamped image I suggest you start with the lighter colors and continue building layers with the darker shades. Adding a darker ink color on top of a light one is easy, but when stamping a light color on top of a dark ink may not change the dark base color at all.

For this cocoa colored card, I used a light kraft cardstock as my background and layered several brown inks on my stamped image. The lovely image did not need too much additional decoration, but for continuing the idea of several brown tones I created a stitched border using two brown embroidery yarns. For making the beautiful browns pop, I added a hint of white with a gel pen. Then of course I mounted the kraft paper on the deep brown then altogether on a cream card base. Done!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Misti Stamp Tool
  • Cardbase – Cream
  • Cardstock – Kraft, Deep brown
  • Waffle Flower – ‘Enveloper Hello’ stamp set
  • Brown embroidery yarn
  • Needle
  • White gel pen
  • Two-sided tape

 

You are the Hero in Your Own Story by Renee Zarate

This is a monochromatic card that takes us back to a different time and place. All of us know someone we regard as a “hero”. How delightful to send a card and tell them how much we admire them and why. It might just make their day.

Here is a quick run-down of how I made this card. Stamp images on a panel measured to fit the card. Use Rich Cocoa Memento for the city stamp and Celestial Copper Delicata for the hero sentiment. Stamp the crackle background with Champagne Delicata and heat set. Cut out the boy image and sentiment. Apply VersaMark to the stamped phrase panel and emboss with clear embossing powder. Distress the edge of this small panel with Memento pen in Espresso Truffle.

Distress edges of entire large panel with Delicata Champagne and a small sponge dauber. Color in the boy image with Memento Markers. Create a ground for the boy with stamping additional marks and washi tape. Adhere the the phrase panel and boy image with pop dots. Use Tear It Tape to mount the finished panel onto black cardstock then to patterned paper and then a piece of cardboard. If desired, tie a ribbon or twine around the left side of the card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock
  • Card base
  • Twine
  • Artistic Outpost – Paper Boy stamp
  • Snapping Monsters –  Wonder Girl stamp
  • Pop dots

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!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • 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.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Leaves

Upcycle Scraps to Make a Fresh Mixed Media Card

by Mischelle Smith

Reuse Scraps to Make a Fresh Mixed Media Card

I love to use kraft cardstock in my projects. I went through my scrap box and found a white card I had previously gold embossed hearts on. This was the start of a fun mixed media project that used kraft paper for the base.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30-45 minutes

Directions


leftover scrap from embossing, so the hearts were already there. Drizzle Lilac Posies irRESISTible onto the card
Step 1

Find a scrap project to play with. Here I had a leftover scrap from embossing, so the hearts were already there. Drizzle Lilac Posies irRESISTible onto the card. Let sit a moment and wipe off with a damp towel.


Add texture with stamping using Memento Rich Cocoa
Step 2

Using direct-to-paper method, add pigment inks in colors of choice to the card front until covered. Add texture by stamping a pattern using Memento Rich Cocoa.


Attach paper scraps with On Point Glue
Step 3

Attach newspaper scraps with On Point Glue.


Spatter with irRESISTible Wedding Dress and Tuxedo Black.
Step 4

Splatter with irRESISTible Wedding Dress and Tuxedo Black. Let dry.


Mix white paint with a small amount of water. mixed media card.
Step 5

Mix white paint with a small amount of water. Use a paintbrush to add random circles. Let dry.


VersaMagic in Tea Leaves with water and uses a paintbrush to add scribbles on top of white circles
Step 6

Mix VersaMagic in Tea Leaves with water and uses a paintbrush to add scribbles on top of white circles.


StazOn Jet Black add stamping. Use scissors to cut circles and leaves from mixed media card front. Adhere circles and leaves to kraft card front using On Point Glue. Use Tuxedo Black Memento Marker to add doodles. Stamp ‘Thanks’ with StazOn ink
Step 7

With StazOn Jet Black add random stamping. Use scissors to cut circles and leaves from the mixed media piece.


Step 8

Adhere circles and leaves to kraft card front using On Point Glue. Use Tuxedo Black Memento Marker to add doodles. Stamp ‘Thanks’ with StazOn ink.

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Scissors
  • Kraft cardstock
  • Scrap cardstock
  • Carabelle Studio – texture stamp
  • Hampton Arts – alphabet
  • White paint
  • Paintbrush

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See How to Highlight a Wood Grain Paper for Maximum Effect

by Elina Stromberg

Woodgrain pattern is a perfect match for all nature themed paper crafting projects and especially for these super cute woodland creatures images. You can add this pattern by stamping, heat embossing, or by dry embossing.  There are several pattern variations and options to choose from stamp makers. I used a piece of embossed paper, on which the woodgrain pattern was barely visible. However, a woodgrain (like any other dry embossed pattern) can be easily highlighted with inking.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: I hour

Directions


Step 1

Stamp the animal images on heavy white paper using VersaFine Onyx Black. Stamp trees on a dark green paper. VersaFine is a great stamping ink to resist migration from coloring with water-based inks.


Step 2

Color the images with Memento, VersaMagic and Brilliance inks and a water brush, using your craft mat as a palette. Let dry.


Step 3

Add some nice texture to the green trees by adding green inks. Although it seems that green ink on green paper would not have any effect, I believe it does. Particularly Brilliance in Pearlescent Ivy will add a nice shimmer which is great for making a difference in color tones.


Step 4

Ink the embossed woodgrain paper with brown ink. Add several thin layers of color, sliding the ink pad gently on the paper. Cut panel to desired size.


Step 5

Fussy cut the colored images. Layer and adhere the elements on the card font.


Step 6

If there are leftover paper strips or stamped images, use them for embellishing the inside of the card.

Thank you for reading through this tutorial! If you enjoyed this then please share on social media or leave a comment below!

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – White
  • Cardbase – White
  • Stampin’ Up – Life in the Forest stamp set
  • Studio Calico – Woodgrain Paper
  • Water brush
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive

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Do you Dream of Cotton Candy Themes?

by Elina Stromberg

Do you Dream of Cotton Candy? Make a cotton candy theme unicorn card

“Roll me in fairy dust, and call me a unicorn!” To lift my mood and to make a rainy day sparkle I took out my unicorn die set and started crafting with soft pastel colors and candy color papers. Die-cut collages are the perfect way to utilize little scrap paper pieces; I have one small box in which I store leftover pieces of solid color papers; in many cases, you only need a little piece of a specific color, and having a scrap paper box has proven to be handy.

These unicorn cards gave me the opportunity to play with my favorite Fireworks Shimmery Craft Sprays. Watching the colors mix is on a piece of white paper is true crafting bliss! My cards have two kinds of backgrounds; the soft solid tones are created with brushing Fireworks on a wet paper, and the more textured ones I made using a plastic freezer bag. I placed my hand inside the bag, sprayed some ink on the plastic, and pressed the ink on the paper. While the color was still wet, I repeated the steps with new colors, letting the colors mix on the paper. The soft tone background is sparkling. To maximize the sparkle, I sprinkled iridescent embossing powder on the ink while it was still wet. When drying the paper with my heat gun, I also adhered the embossing powder on the card. Pink clouds also have a shimmering texture finish. Using a palette knife, I added Iridescent Purple Creative Medium on the die-cut clouds.

Some backgrounds became a bit too busy, so I whitewashed the center using a Stipple Brush, white gesso, and a circle stencil. A thin layer of gesso is translucent and lets the background pattern show through. For adding opaque white details, I used white embossing powder. I sprinkled the powder on the dry background, and heat-set it by heating it from underneath. It’s a simple technique that can be used on most paper surfaces!

If you enjoyed this project then let us know! Please comment below or share on social media!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Sizzix – Unicorn die set
  • White gel pen
  • Pattern stencil
  • Circle stencil
  • The Crafters Workshop – Mini Corn Cob Etching stencil
  • White gesso
  • Water mister
  • Cardstock – various colors
  • Cardbase – white
  • Glue

See How to Transform a Paintbrush into a Work of Art

by Renee Zarate

See How to Transform the Paintbrush into a Work of Art

It’s fun to alter things like mirrors and cigar boxes but have you ever tried to alter a paintbrush? It’s quite possible to do with just a few supplies from Imagine and metal ephemera from a craft store. This paintbrush started out as just a plain inexpensive 2” wooden brush that cost about a dollar. The metal piece in the center is actually a bird mask like the ones doctors wore during the Black Plague many centuries ago. When completed it makes a unique wall hanging or paperweight to lay on a desk or a stack of books. It’s quite a conversation piece!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 3 hours + dry time

Directions


 plain inexpensive 2” wooden brush
Step 1

Have all materials ready for placement along with gesso, gel mediums, inks, spray bottles and tiny paint brushes. Begin by applying a base coat of gesso and then a coat of Creative Medium Bronze Metallic paste. The depth of color can be adjusted with a baby wipe. When dry the metal ephemera can be attached using a clear gel, like Creative Medium, or even one of the Iridescent Creative Mediums. Dry with a heat tool to speed up the process or allow it to dry overnight. Add as much ephemera as desired while Creative Medium is wet.


paint brush decorated with gesso, gel mediums, inks, spray bottles and ink
Step 2

Apply a thin coat of gesso over the entire project, including the metal pieces. Apply small amounts of Delicata ink onto a craft mat. For this project Emerald Green, Sapphire Blue and Golden Glitz Delicata inks were watered down and applied to the brush with a small Sponge Dauber. Spritz the project with water and allow the inks to run together and blend. Allow ink to run off of the project onto the craft mat. Keep applying ink until the desired look is established.

djust the colors using Delicata inks in Golden Glitz, Dark Brown Shimmer, Rose Gold, Black Shimmer and Bronze Burst.
Step 3

Continue to adjust the colors using Delicata inks in Golden Glitz, Dark Brown Shimmer, Rose Gold, Black Shimmer and Bronze Burst. To add to the rusted patina effect, drops of StazOn Emerald City from an inker bottle can be dropped behind the bird mask area and blotted off. To achieve lots of texture a small amount of Finnabair’s Rust Effect Paste can be applied with a tiny paintbrush randomly to background areas and on the wings. A strip of rhinestones can line the bottle edge of the brush and an itty-bitty rhinestone crown can be placed on the bird’s head. Apply both of those items with a strong adhesive. This was not sealed but a spray sealant could be applied. The back of the brush can also be finished and made to look beautiful if desired.

If you enjoyed this tutorial then please share or leave a comment below!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Heat tool
  • 2” Wooden paint brush
  • Baby wipes
  • Testors adhesive
  • Prima – Finnabair Mechanicals, Metal Wings, rhinestone chain, rhinestone crown
  • Finnabair Rust Effect Paste – Red Rust
  • Island Beads – Bird head
  • White heavy gesso
  • Water spray bottle
  • Paper towels
  • Q-tip swabs
  • Paint brushes

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