Create a Cozy Feeling Crafting for the Holidays

Today’s blog features a warm and cool dynamic between two creative projects by Elina Stromberg and Mischelle Smith. Elina creates this cute bear theme card with a felt scarf to respond to the challenge “heartfelt”. While Mischelle creates a cool wintery snowman crafting project the whole family can enjoy!

Create a Cozy Feeling Crafting for the Holidays

Cozy Heartfelt Greeting Card by Elina Stromberg

Our friends often get handmade cards from us for Christmas, but a simple card for no special reason will for sure brighten our friend’s grey November day. Making the card will not take too much time nor effort, and I’m sure the heartfelt message will be valued and cherished. “You’re important to me, and I’m thinking of you.”

For this card in a clean-and-simple style, I used a leftover piece of patterned brown paper and a cute bear stamp by Studio Calico. Utilizing patterned papers is a good option when you’re not into coloring or when you want to finish your project quickly. If you want the stamped image to look bit dimensional you can shadow the edges with markers, the same way that you would do on a colored image.

This little bear got a felt scarf around his neck; before gluing down the stamped image on the card front I folded the edges of the scarf on the back and secured them with a drop of glue. I mat the card on a piece of dotted paper and glued the card front on the card base. Ready in no time at all!

This little fellow is already on its way to my friend! I hope he will make her happy!

Supplies

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Other
  • Cardbase – White
  • Cardstock – Kraft, Red Polka Dot
  • Studio Calico – Bear stamp
  • Carabelle Studio – background circles stamp
  • Red felt
  • Glue
  • Two-sided tape

A Snowman Craft for Thanksgiving by Mischelle Smith

A Snowman Craft for Thanksgiving by Mischelle Smith

Our challenge at Imagine this month is ‘crafts for kids’. For this challenge, I wanted to create a project I could use for our family Thanksgiving. Each year the ‘kids of all ages’ participate in a craft suitable for ages 6 – 80 (our youngest to our oldest family members). Some years Grandma likes to give awards… such as …‘most creative’, ‘beautiful coloring’, ‘sparkliest sparkle’…whatever comes to her mind!

This snowman is a perfect project for family gatherings! It combines embossing, stencils, stamping, cutting, spritzing, sparkles … everything a kid loves! Cut three circles from white cardstock in varying sizes to build the 3 parts of the snowman’s body. Add circles texture to the edges with VersaColor in Celadon (nice soft blue-green color) and stencil. Stamp snowflakes with Versacolor ink. Emboss with Iridescent Embossing Powder. Stamp snowflakes with VersaMark ink and emboss with Iridescent Emboss Powder. Spritz with Sky Blue Fireworks Craft Spray (which has a shimmer). Spatter with Wedding Dress irRESISTible Spray and Tuxedo Black Fireworks Spray and let dry. Spritz with Sheer Shimmer Spritz which is another layer of shimmer. Adhere three pieces together and add black gemstone eyes and mouth. Cut the snowman’s nose out of orange scrap cardstock and attach. Outline with Tuxedo Black Memento Marker as shown.

Add circles texture to the edges with VersaColor in Celadon

Since this is a family time craft then you can continue crafting your snowman as you please!

Supplies

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Other
  • Scissors
  • Black Gems
  • Cardstock – White, Orange
  • Circle Stencil
  • Close to My Heart – Snowflakes stamp
  • Sequins

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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.

If you enjoyed this quick tutorial then please like or share on Facebook!

Supplies

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

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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

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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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Create Papercraft Projects with Beautiful Purple Hues

Today we have two fantastic papercrafting projects that show off our Color of the Month Aubergine! Elina has crafted an encouragement card using a layered stencil technique and Renee lays down mixed media mayhem with a princess theme tag.

Create an Encouragement Card with Beautiful Purple Hues by Elina Stromberg

Create an Encouragement Card with Beautiful Purple Hues by Elina Stromberg

Our October theme color is the beautiful Aubergine. It’s rich, dark purple tones took my mind to the dark autumn nights, candlelight, coziness, and relaxation. Those warm thoughts were the inspiration for this card project.

 

I started the card with decorating the background. I layered two stencils on the background; leaf pattern against the purple cardstock, and circle stencil on top. I dabbed VersaMark ink through the stencil and heat-embossed the pattern with Vintage Plum embossing powder. Layering stencils is a simple technique for creating beautiful background elements.

SPARROW STAMP AND DIE SET FROM THE EARTH AIR WATER COLLECTION BY STEPHANIE LOW

Bird and feathers are stamped and colored with alcohol markers, and cut out with a die-cutting machine, using the matching dies. Cheesecloth is a nice decoration element to use on cards: It does not increase the dimension too much and it’s lightweight, so your cheesecloth decorated project will easily fit into a standard mailing envelope. White cheesecloth can easily be dyed to match the color palette of your project; this time I used Lilac Walnut Ink for tinting the fabric.

Supplies

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Other

Aubergine Mixed Media Princess Tag by Renee Zarate

Create an unusual gift tag using a variety of purple inks to create an Eggplant or Aubergine color saturation. This tag design uses embossing powder for texture, cardboard doll figures as a centerpiece, stamps, sequins and a huge list of mixed media products too long to mention.

Sizzix - Tag die Use a die cutting machine to cut a tag out of the inked paper. This tag measured 3” by 6 ¼”.

I started by inking a small amount Memento Elderberry ink and three times as much Memento Sweet Plum ink on my craft mat and then sprayed a small amount of water on the inks and dragged a piece of Mixed Media paper over the inks. Since Memento is water based the inks blend quickly.  The inks marbleize as the tag is repeatedly dipped into the mixture. To speed up the drying, I set colors with a heat tool then die cut with a tag die.

Then I prepared the doll figure with gesso or white ink, stamp interesting images on the dress portion and used a washi tape face on the doll. If you have drawing skills you can also simply draw a face on the doll piece or stamp. Using Memento Luxe Sweet Plum, I stamped a texture stamp on the left side of the tag. Then I used StazOn Royal Purple to stamp script on top of the texture stamping. Since StazOn is a solvent ink, it should not interact with Memento and will provide distinct layering. Apply Clear embossing powder and melt with a heat tool. To contrast the purple hues, I stamped Delicata Golden Glitz (pigment ink) with different texture stamps randomly on the tag. Then continued to distress the edges with Sweet Plum and Royal Purple inks. Finally, I added doll and the stamped phrase, “It’s not easy being a princess,” with sequins, twine, and staples to the tag.

Supplies

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Other
  • White gesso
  • Black gesso
  • Sizzix – Tag die
  • Diecutting machine
  • Cardboard dolls
  • Jane Davenport – washi tape
  • Twine
  • Dina Wakley – texture stamps, script stamp
  • Sequins
  • Staples
  • Heat tool
  • Spray bottle (water)
  • Strathmore Mixed Media paper

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Learn How to Make Faux Wood Grain With Creative Medium

by Roni Johnson

Learn How to Make Faux Wood Grain With Creative Medium on cardstock by Roni Johnson

I’m always on the look-out for vintage rubber stamps or painting tools because you never know when you’ll find a gem just waiting to be used again. You can’t imagine how excited I was when I found a whole set of vintage faux wood graining tools! I knew right away that I had to have them. As luck “wood” have it, they came in handy for this month’s technique challenge…wood. You don’t have to go in search of vintage wood grain tools as there are many types available at home improvement stores in the paint or faux finish section.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 15 minutes + dry time

Directions

Use a palette knife to spread a thin layer of Vintage Creative Medium over the surface of the paper.
Step 1

Use a palette knife to spread a thin layer of Vintage Creative Medium over the surface of the paper. As you can see it doesn’t have to be perfect, just so most of the paper is covered. You’ll want to work fast as the Creative Medium tends to dry fairly quickly.


Step 2

Simply pull the graining tools across the wet Creative Medium to create the faux wood grain. Rocking graining tools should be pulled and rocked across the wet medium in a single fluid motion. The speed at which you drag and rock will give you an infinite variety of wood grains. Once you have created the pattern you desire then set aside to dry.

Step 3

Now that you have completed the wood grain, immediately wash the excess Creative Medium from the tools.

See this quick YouTube video below for visual guide on the rocking process.

Thank you for checking out this tutorial today! If you enjoyed this crafty awesomeness then please share on Facebook or leave a comment below!

Supplies

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Other
  • Faux Wood Grain Tools
  • Cardstock

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Watch a Video on How to Create a Little Gift Box

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Watch a Video on How to Create a Little Gift Box by Jennifer Vanderbeek.

Faux Bois means false wood and is commonly employed to make something that’s not wood (or something made of a lesser quality wood) look more high-class. I decided to see if I could achieve a similar effect by layering carefully placed stamps and mediums onto cardstock. The result was a pretty good imitation of a lacquered trinket box—perfect for gift giving or miniature applications!

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Supplies

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Other
  • Craft paper
  • Sizzix – Gift Box die
  • Die cut machine
  • Joy Clair – Wood Background stamp
  • Acrylic Block
  • Heat tool
  • Woodgrain stencil
  • Helmar – Quick Dry 450 adhesive
  • Purse findings