Creating Ink Swatches for Easy Color Matching

by Nicole Watt

Do you ever get stuck in the middle of a project looking for coordinating colors? Having color swatches on hand will make that process a whole lot easier! Nicole shares how easy this is to do. All you need is your favorite white cardstock, Versafine Clair a stamp set from Waffle Flower and your inks for swatching!

Skill: All Levels
Time: 5-10 minutes per ink color

Directions

Supplies 

Imagine
Other
  • Neenah Solar White 80lb Cardstock
  • Strathmore 140lb Watercolor Cardstock 
  • Waffle Flower Color Swatches stamp set 
  • Waffle Flower Color Swatches for Inkpads 
  • Water
  • Paint brush
  • Acrylic Block
  • Stamping Positioner Tool
  • Pen or pencil

Create a Watercolored Thanks Card with Memento Markers

by Lindsay Adreon

Create a Watercolored Thanks Card with Memento Markers

Sometimes you just need a quick card or even set of cards to give as a gift. This background is the perfect way to create those at this time of year! And all you need is cardstock, painter’s tape, and an ink pad!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Waffle Flower Nesting Oval Die Set
  • Heffy Doodle Thanks Die

Call for Art – Planner’s Unite for 2020

We are launching a new Call for Art program for 2020

Be published on the Imagine Blog! Submit a photo of a Planner Project for the New Year. Some of the themes can include:

Planning out the year, Life Goals, Inspiration, Planners, Journals, Papercrafts for the Home Office, Calendars, Shopping Lists, Budgeting, Exercise Plans, Inspirational Quotes as Art. #lifegoals #success

Submit a 600 x 600 pixel square or 900 x 900 pixel square photo of a planner project, a short description and a link to your Instagram profile to marketing@imaginecrafts.com.

Submissions due on December 30th

Double Emboss a set of Ornaments for a Unique Holiday Craft

by Roni Johnson

It’s that time of the year to kick making into full gear. It is easier to create when you narrow your focus and choose a color scheme to work with. This year I have chosen Berry, Blue and Silver. I knew I wanted to make some “Mail-able Ornaments” for my far away friends. MBoss embossing powders are just the ticket!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 15 minutes per ornament

Directions


Step 1

Die-cut or hand cut desired ornament shapes from a medium weight chipboard. I used the ornament die from Sizzix.


Step 2

Pounce the ornament on a VersaMark pad until the entire ornament has been covered with the ink.


Step 3

Pour desired color of Mboss embossing powder over the ornament, shake off and reserve excess powder for future use.


Step 4

Use a heat tool to melt the embossing powder and let cool.


Step 5

Repeat steps 2 – 4 one or two more times creating a thick molten layer of embossing powder over the ornament.


Step 6

Immediately after the final melting cycle press a stamp into the molten embossing powder and let the embossing powder cool. Note: the molten embossing powder will not damage the stamp.


Step 7

After the embossing powder has cooled, peel the ornament from the stamp.


Step 8

Embellish the ornaments as desired.


Step 9

Add a length of stretch cord for a hanger.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Chipboard
  • Sizzix Ornament Die
  • Unity Stamp Co – Burst of Snowflakes, Trees
  • Silver Stretch Cord

Happy Holidays! Get Ready with some classic projects!

Happy Holidays everyone! We hope the Holiday and Christmas season is treating you all well. We are excited about what the holidays bring and all the crafting inspiration that comes with it. Be on the lookout for our tutorials featuring holiday cards, ornaments and wrapping paper as well as the announcement for our 2020 Design Team.

Some of the Must-Haves inks for the holidays include VersaFine Clair in Nocturne, Sheer Shimmer in Sparkle and Frost, and the color of your choice in VersaColor or Memento inks. Be sure to head over to these shop pages and check out our selection.

Since we cannot post all the cards for December right away and fast forward through the month to all the good stuff, we thought we would do a recap of some of our favorite cards and holiday crafts. See these projects on the Make section of our website. Click on Season and then on the Christmas link to browse through more!

warm winter wishes

This simple Mason Jar Holiday Card by Arjita Singh shows a lovely rustic winter effect. See more on the Make section >

Create light-up holiday houses with Jennifer Vanderbeek. See the full tutorial on Make Section >

Dress up a kraft cookie bag with a star stamp and embossing powder. See the full tutorial on the Make section >

And if you do not know where to begin then try a very easy Christmas card featuring VersaFine Clair. Beginner Guide on Make section >

Create a Snowy Winter Scene Creative Medium and StazOn Pigment

by Lori Warren

Create a Snowy Winter Scene Creative Medium and StazOn Pigment

Create a Winter Wonderland background using Clear Artist Creative Medium, StazOn Pigment ink, and clear glitter. I love how the sparkly background shows off the Joy Clair Christmoose.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 75 minute

Directions


Step 1

Stamp tree image (from the Joy Clair – Merry Christmoose set) onto a 4 ¾” x 4 ¾” card panel using StazOn ink. Stamp Koala Grey in the back and Shamrock Green in front.


Step 2

Once the ink dries, apply a coat of Clear Artist Creative Medium over card panel.


Step 3

Apply clear glitter over wet medium. Allow medium to dry.


Step 4

Spray panel with Sheer SHIMMER Craft Spray – Sparkle.


Step 5

Stamp Christmoose and Merry Christmoose saying onto a separate piece of white card stock.


Step 6

Trim saying to 2 ½” x 1 ¼” in size. Edge panel with StazOn Pigment – Piano Black.


Step 7

Apply VersaMagic ink directly to craft matte, add water and use wet ink as watercolors to paint the Christmoose image.


Step 8

Add Creative Medium to the fluff of the Christmoose’s hat, apply clear glitter.


Step 9

Fussy cut Christmoose.


Step 10

Apply more Creative Medium to bottom of the Christmoose’s feet, add glitter.


Step 11

Adhere panel to the card front. Cut a ½” by 4 ½” piece of decorative paper and adhere to top of the card.


Step 12

Adhere saying over a decorative strip of paper and embellish both sides with jewels.

Supplies

Imagine

Creative Artist Medium – Clear
StazOn Pigment Ink – Piano Black, Shamrock Green, Koala Grey
Sheer SHIMMER Craft Spray – Sparkle
VersaMagic Inkpad – Jumbo Java, Pumpkin Spice, Red Magic, Piano Black
Memento Ink – London Fog

Other

• Joy Clair Stamps– Merry Christmoose
• Cardstock – White
• Recollections – Fireside Paper pad
• Bo Bunny – Double Dot Jewels
• Paintbrush