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

Adorn your Christmas Packages with Lovely Handmade Tags

by Lori Warren

Adorn your Christmas Packages with Lovely Handmade Tags

Adorn your Christmas packages with lovely home-made tags. They are a breeze to create with VersaColor ink and few other products from Imagine.

Directions


Step 1

Spray 3 White Tags with Fireworks Spray – Rich Cocoa & Rhubarb Stock

Step 2

Sponge brick stencil pattern onto tags with VersaColor Brown and then repeat with Turquoise.

Step 3

Stamp snowflake image onto tag with VersaColor Charcoal, then stamp a dot pattern with Turquoise.

Step 4

Stamp reindeer with VersaColor Turquoise and emboss with Clear MBoss embossing powder.

Step 5

Use coordinating die to cut out reindeer images.

Step 6

Stamp saying in VersaColor Black.

Step 7

Adhere reindeer image onto tag and then spray with irRESISTible Spray – Wedding Dress.

Step 8

Attach ribbons to tag.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Celebrate It Ribbon
  • Uniball Signo Pen – White
  • Recollections Clear Stamps – Christmas
  • Catherine Pooler Clear Stamps – Winterhaven Collections
  • Creative Embellishments – Stencil
  • Tim Holtz – Sidekick
  • Tags – white

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 >

Use StazOn Pigment in Snowflake to Create Christmas Gift Tags

by Elina Stromberg

Use StazOn Pigment in Snowflake to Create Christmas Gift Tags

Very soon it is the time of the year again when we start wrapping Christmas gifts for our loved ones. A handmade gift tag makes the present even more special; it delivers a heartfelt message that the receiver is important to you. These adorable Christmas penguins by Joy Clair are the perfect addition to your personalized message. Just start by punching a pile of tags from leftover cardstock pieces, and soon you will have a pile of gift tags ready to spread out the Christmas feeling to your friends and family!

Skill: Beginner/Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Punch or hand-cut gift tags from light blue cardstock.

Stamp a snowy hill shape on each tag using white StazOn Pigment ink.
Step 2

Cut a wave shape from fun foam. Attach to an acrylic block using double-sided tape. Stamp a snowy hill shape on each tag using white StazOn Pigment ink.

Stamp Christmas penguins on white paper with black ink
Step 3

Stamp Christmas penguins on white paper with black ink. Color with markers or color pencils. Cut around the edges. To make the fuzzy cutting quick and easy you can cut out the little details on the wings and feet; those parts will be re-stamped later on the tag background.


Step 4

Stamp the penguins on the tags using black VersaFine Clair.


Step 5

Glue the fuzzy cut images on the tags, aligning the fuzzy cut and stamped penguin images. Decorate with a white gel pen.

Supplies

Imagine

StāzOn Pigment – Snowflake
Memento – Tuxedo Black
VersaFine Clair – Nocturne
Craft Mat

Other

• Joy Clair Stamps – Christmas Penguin
• Fiskars Tag punch
• Cardstock in light blue
• Piece of fun foam
• Double-sided tape. Glue
• Acrylic markers
• White gel pen
• Acrylic block for stamping
• Scissors

Call for Imagine Design Team for 2020

Imagine is proud to announce its call for Imagine’s Design Team for 2020! We are looking to change things up this year and are looking for artists and designers who can inspire the next generation of beginning crafters with amazing projects using Imagine and Tsukineko products.

We are looking for 5 energetic video artists to fill two different roles for 2020:

3 Beginner Crafters Project/Tutorial Artists who will submit 2 edited videos per month featuring a quick and easy project and/or technique intended for the beginning level crafter. We intend these projects to look simple, clean and easy to complete in 3-4 steps. See our Blog for an example.

2 Intermediate to Advanced Technique Artists who will submit 2 edited videos per month featuring a crafting technique or how-to project intended for all crafters. We intend these projects to look simple, clean and able to complete in 5-8 steps.

Basic requirements:

  • Commitment of one year — January 1st, 2020 – December 31st, 2020.
  • Ability to professionally photograph, film, edit and submit high-res JPG images and video.
  • Submit clearly written and detailed descriptions in English for each project, including a list of supplies.
  • Socially active online with an established blog and Facebook or Instagram presence.
  • Not currently employed and/or affiliated with competing manufacturers including as a design team member, guest designer, etc.

Perks:

  • Exposure of your work 
  • Generous supply of Imagine and Tsukineko products
  • Opportunities to grow your stash with the product from Imagine’s preferred partners.
  • Links back to your blog or website

Show Us Your Artwork!

Show us just how creative you are! Make a project using Imagine or Tsukineko products. We are looking for clean and simple papercrafting or art projects that reflect a modern aesthetic.

Submission Process for Round 1

Send your submission to marketing@imaginecrafts.com with the subject line of “DesignTeam Round 1 <your name>”. Your email must include: which role you are applying, name, mailing address, phone number, email address, your personal blog and/or website address, and two links to video content of your work, a 700px wide jpg of your original artwork. Please name your photograph “DesignTeam_<your name>_2020.JPG” 

Round 1 submissions are due by 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time on Thursday, November 7th. Those artists who will be continuing on to the next round will be contacted by Wednesday, November 13th with further instructions.