Create A Mixed Media Scrapbook Layout Background

by Nadine Carlier

Selfie Mixed Media Layout by Nadine Carlier IC

It has been such a long time since I have done a scrapbook layout. I really miss doing them!  I used several different Imagine products to create the background for my layout; Creative Medium, Fireworks, Delicata, Brilliance, VersaMagic, and StazOn Pigment Ink.
Watch my video below for details on how I created the background for my layout.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour


  • Chipboard by Creative Embellishments
  • Stencil by Creative Embellishments
  • Stamp by Creative Embellishments
  • Gesso – Clear, White
  • Prima Flowers
  • Paper by 13Arts

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Create Your Own Holographic Vertigo Film for Cardmaking Crafts

by Roni Johnson

Create Your Own Holographic Vertigo Film for Cardmaking Crafts

Holographic … as a color? Yep, that’s what May’s color of the month is at Imagine. I must admit at first I was thrilled. I LOVE the wide spectrum of color, the swirly design, and the amazing depth it gives a project. After the jubilation wore off I was stumped! Short of going out and buying some holographic paper, how do I create this look on my own? Well, I took this as a challenge and I set to experimenting.

Let me tell you experimentation is not a pretty process…lots and LOTS of trial and error but it is very fun! As luck would have it I found the perfect recipe for making my very own holographic colored technique and I’d like to share it with you.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour + dry time


Step 1

Cut a piece of Vertigo film to the desired size. I am using a 4.25 x 5.5” for my examples.

Step 2

Begin applying ribbons of color using a variety of StazOn inks and a sponge dauber. I must warn you that the Vertigo film has a texture to it that may or may not tear up your sponge daubers. If you are a bit heavy handed as I am the film does tend to chew on the dauber. It’s o.k. though, I keep a set of the daubers set aside just for this purpose.

Step 3

Continue to add color until the entire piece of Vertigo film has been covered. You will be left with a very colorful sheet of Vertigo film.

Step 4

Freshen up or apply a brand new coat of the ink/glue your Essential Glue Pad.

Step 5

Pounce the Glue Pad over a background stamp.

Step 6

Position the inked piece of Vertigo film over the inked stamp. Lightly rub the back of the Vertigo to ensure complete coverage.

Step 7

Carefully place silver leafing flakes over the inked film. I find that a soft bristle brush helps to push the leafing flakes around where needed. Let the glue dry completely. I usually leave it undisturbed for 2-4 hours.

Step 8

After the glue has dried use a soft bristle brush to remove the excess leafing flakes. Save the excess leafing flakes for future use. And here’s how this example looks after removing the excess leafing flakes.

Step 9

Time to apply a layer of StazOn Pigment ink over the panel. Choose a color that will compliment the overall design and apply it over both the exposed Vertigo film and the leafing flakes.

Step 10

You will be left with an amazing design that has all of the wonderful aspects of holographic colors.

Step 11

The same panel from another angle reveals the beauty of the StazOn ink colors hidden beneath the leafing flakes. It will shine and shimmer from every angle.

Step 12

What can you do with the holographic design? Virtually anything! You are only limited by your imagination. The card above is assembled with a unicorn stamp and the “you are magical” sentiment.

This is another example made using the same technique with a different selection of colors. The card above is assembled with a mermaid stamp and the “The hardest part of moving forward is not looking back” sentiment.


Unicorn Example

  • Hero Arts – Unicorn Stamp and Cut
  • Black Widow Colored Pencils
  • White Cardstock

Mermaid Example

  • Unity Stamp Co – She Mermaid (mermaid), Mystical Mermaid (sentiment)
  • Black Widow Colored Pencils
  • White Cardstock

Learn How to Use Iridescent Blue Creative Medium to get 3 Different Looks

by Lindsay Adreon

Learn How to Use Iridescent Blue Creative Medium 3 Different Looks

When I first took a peek at the Iridescent Creative Medium I couldn’t quite figure it out. In the jar, it didn’t really have any shine and I couldn’t detect a color shift like other iridescent products. Then, I swatched it and let it dry. I could not stop staring at how beautiful it was! Moving the swatch in the light—I was mesmerized by the medium and how it would shift colors as I moved it around! It also looks different on different colors of cardstock, plus you can add color to it! I’m sharing three different ways to use the Iridescent Creative Medium. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy playing around and experimenting with this fun medium!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 15 minutes + dry time



  • The Crafter’s Workshop Stencils – Wallflowers, Distressed Lace
  • Joy Clair Stamps – Spring Stroll Stamp Set
  • Hero Arts Prayers Stamp & Die Set
  • Cardstock – black, white
  • Cardbase

May Color of the Month is Hologram

May Color of the Month is Hologram

We are excited to announce that our Color of the Month is Hologram. This intriguing color is actually several colors that refract from a 3-D object, but for the papercrafting world we love seeing it in embossing powders, ink blending techniques, foil papers, premade items, and shimmer inks. Some of the inks we suggest in our catalog include blending Delicata Silvery Shimmer, Delicata Pink Shimmer, and Sapphire Blue.

The month of May is also bringing a new product release that we are teasing you with today but will release very soon! So stay tuned for an announcement.

Otherwise here is a sneak peek of our projects for this month.

Holographic Unicorn by Arjita Sepaha Singh

You are a Lucky Star by Kassy Tousignant

Floral Card Design by Melissa Andrew

See How to Create an Elegant Save The Date Card

by Jowilna Nolte

See How to Create an Elegant Save The Date Card

April is the month of white weddings here at Imagine. With the new addition of StazOn Pigment, this month is going to be amazing. I can’t imagine life without StazOn pigment and can hardly remember the ways back when. So let’s explore this amazing ink some more with this Save the Date card.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 15 minutes


Step 1

Place an acetate sheet onto a darker surface so you can see when you have stamped. Ink the stamp with StazOn Pigment in Snowflake (white) and stamp repeatedly onto acetate.

Step 2

Once the ink is dry, which is really quick, use a bone folder to fold the acetate in half and trim to size. Mine measure 3″ x 8”. Fold a piece of grey paper and trim to fit inside the acetate cover. Adhere with a small piece of tape at the back.

Step 3

Mist a piece of ribbon using Sheer Shimmer Spray in Frost. The spray gives the ribbon an off-white finish that is gorgeous. Dry the ribbon with a heat tool.

Step 4

Add printing side the grey folded sheet as desired. Wrap the ribbon around the outside and tie a printed Save the Date tag to it. Tie the ribbon into a double bow to finish off your clean an elegant Save the Date card.

The beautiful white stamping on the acetate makes for an elegant look and feel, setting the scene for what’s to follow at the wedding.


craft matImagine Craft Mat

StazOn Pigment in Snowflake

Sheer Shimmer in Frost

  • Gray paper
  • Kaisercraft – Save-the-Date sentiment tag
  • Acetate
  • Kaisercraft – floral stamp
  • Ribbon

Quick & Easy Wedding Invitation Tutorial using Shimmer and Vellum Cardstock

by Kassy Tousignant

Quick & Easy Wedding Invitation Tutorial using Shimmer and Vellum Cardstock

With minimal supplies, I made an elegant and simple wedding card. If you are looking to make your own wedding invitations, you could make loads of these in a single afternoon. The On Point Glue works beautifully to adhere the vellum without leaving any adhesive marks.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 20 minutes




StazOn Pigment Inkpad – Snowflake
Sheer Shimmer Stix – Sparkle
On Point Glue
IrRESISTible Pico Embellisher – Sparkle


• Silver sequins
• Sizzix – Big shot
• Vellum Cardstock
• Crafter’s Companion – silver mirror cardstock, embossing folder, love die, pearl white cardstock