Make Plans for the Perfect Christmas Card

by Elina Stromberg

Snowflakes are always a safe choice for Christmas cards Shapphire Blue.

Busy Christmas card season is soon here! I envy those efficient crafters who start making their Christmas cards early enough, so that they can create beautiful, diverse card designs for each receiver. I usually start too late, and in order to complete the task on time I must choose only one or two designs that are easy and quick to do even in larger quantities. However, simple does not mean that the cards need be boring, quite the contrary! A wow-factor must be included, and even if time may be running short, I still take time to carefully plan the card design.

Each year I make a few extra cards that I keep to myself. I want to keep record of the card designs I have used, as my cards must never be replicates of the previous years’ designs. Making a couple of test rounds before starting the actual card making project has proven to be a wise choice, too. Whenever I want to come up with a new and fresh design idea, I like to start with making several samples. For me that’s the only way to see what works and what doesn’t. This is especially true when including new media, new color combinations, new supplies or new techniques. A few pieces of scrap paper keep this endeavor an inexpensive choice for testing! I’ll switch to higher quality card bases when I’m ready to go into production.

This year my Christmas cards will most probably have a snowflake background; snowflakes are always a safe choice for Christmas cards. For my sample pieces, I sprayed two sheets of white mixed media cardstock with blue Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray. Those shimmering cold blue colors gave just the icy look and feel I needed! I mixed the colors with water, dried with my heat gun, and cut the sheets into smaller sample pieces. I even punched one sheet with a tag punch and a set of gift tags was made on the same go.

For sample #1, I applied Metallic Silver Creative Medium through a snowflake stencil. On sample #2, I stamped different small snowflakes with Sapphire Blue Delicata ink and for sample #3, I used the same snowflake stencil with the Sapphire Delicata ink and a Stipple Brush.

I continued testing on punched gift tags: #4 is heat embossed with white embossing powder, and #5 with silver.

For tags #6 and #7,  I used the previous techniques once again, as I wanted to see how they work on small backgrounds.

For tags #8 and #9,  I die-cut snowflakes from glitter paper and glued them down with On Point Glue. #8 is misted with Original GooseBumps Texture Spray, and #9 outlined with ‘Wedding Dress’ white irRESISTible texture spray.

Now the only tricky part is to choose which pattern or texture to use for my Christmas cards. As much I liked the stamped and die-cut images, I think I will go for the stenciled Metallic Silver Creative Medium. The shimmering silver just looks so cool on the shimmering, icy blue background!

From here building a card design that could be both time-friendly and very personalized will be easy and fun! Enjoy!


  • Mixed media paper
  • Water mister
  • 13Arts Studio – Snowflake stencil
  • Snowflake stamps
  • Scissors
  • Tag punch



Make Super Easy DIY Christmas Gift Tags with Delicata

Christmas is a crafter’s time to shine! Between cardmaking, gift wrapping, and other crafting awesomeness, creative folks have a lot to do and to plan for. Today we remind you to get a jump start on gift tags with two projects by Jennifer Vanderbeek and Roni Johnson. Enjoy!

Wrapping gifts for friends and loved ones can be a bit of a chore. To keep it simple, pick a couple solid colors of paper or tissue to use on all gifts

Stamped Gift Tags by Jennifer Vanderbeek

It’s never too early to get ready for gift-giving! Wrapping gifts for friends and loved ones can be a bit of a chore. To keep it simple, pick a couple solid colors of paper or tissue to use on all gifts and use ribbon and tags to add a personal touch. It’s quick and easy to make a batch of tags ahead of time, then you can pop the tag into the bag with the gift until it’s time to wrap them up!


  • Cardstock
  • Acrylic Blocks
Studio Calico – Wanderer stamp set
Simon Says Stamp – Swell Christmas, Merry and Bright stamp sets
  • Stampabilities – Everyday Expressions stamp set
  • Hot Off the Press – Snowflake Stencil
Repositionable tape
Fiskars – Hole punch, scissors

create a gradient metallic background using Delicata Inks and a sponge dauber

Metallic Holiday Gift Tags by Roni Johnson

In the past, our holiday celebration for our immediate family has been a small affair with my husband, myself and our 2 boys. Our family has grown by leaps and bounds so I need to rethink my holiday plans this year. I used to just buy 2 rolls of wrapping paper – one for each of the boys. If I continue with that plan I’d end up with a whole raft of wrapping papers and I’d have to try to match it to each individual’s personalities. This year I decided to do away with the stress and expense of the whole gift wrapping process by purchasing a roll of white butcher paper to wrap the gifts and make the tags the eye candy instead.

Gift tags blended with colorful Delicata inks in red, green, blue and rose gold overstamped with a musical sheet stamp in Delicata Gold.

Buy or cut tags from cream colored cardstock. Create a gradient metallic background using Delicata Inks and a sponge dauber. Stamp sheet music on the tag using Golden Glitz Delicata ink. Stamp holly or other seasonal design on each tag. Finally stamp the recipient’s name. You’ll be left with a beautiful set of metallic tags that shimmer and shine in all the right places and still have the personalized vibe. Sure to be a crowd pleaser on Christmas morning!


  • Cardstock – cream
  • Just For Fun Rubber Stamps – Vintage Sheet Music
  • StampTangle – Holly Stamps
  • CTMH – The Works Alphabet Stamps
  • MFT – Tag Die





Make a Cute Halloween Bookmark Trio with Memento Ink

by Mischelle Smith

When I saw our Artists challenge for this month was Holiday Planning, I panicked! I’m not sure how I feel about the holiday planning … as I’m SOOO not ready for the holidays. {smiles} So, I decided to ease into the holidays gently with a trio of bookmarks featuring some ‘batty’ characters from Stampin’ Up. For this frightful trio, I used a variety of Memento colors with a water brush and I LOVE the results! They will be such a fun Halloween treat for the book-loving ghouls I know.

I started by stamping the witch, Dracula and Frankenstein images on watercolor paper with Tuxedo Black Memento ink. I began to color all three images with Memento inks and a water brush. Since Memento inks are waterbased, it is a perfect ink to use for blending. As you can see in the photo above, I was able to pull some of the black into the grey and dilute the middle area of the purple dress. You can also use Copic markers as needed if you want to a non-reactive ink. I attached my images to scrap pieces of paper that matched the Halloween theme, punched holes, and added eyelets and ribbon. Continue to stamp and embellish as you see fit. I added little Halloween phrases to the bookmark base, but you can do a number of things such as add shimmer, texture or whatever you like! These could be great to give out as treats with our without some candy attached.

Thank you for stopping by and leave a comment below!


  • Stampin’ Up! – Best Fiends
  • Waterbrush
  • Watercolor paper
  • Heat tool
  • Copic Markers
  • Crop-a-dile
  • Eyelets
  • Ribbon
  • Adhesive
  • Liquid Glass
  • Pattern paper – CTMH


Here are 4 Great Ways to Use Memento Luxe Ink

by Neva Cole

Here are 4 Great Ways to Use Tsukineko Japan Memento Luxe Inkpad

We love the versatile Memento Luxe ink so much we wanted to share some of it’s uses! Memento Luxe is a fabulous pigment ink available in 24 colors that coordinate with Memento Dye inks and Memento Dual-Tip Markers. It is water-based, archival, and acid-free, and is great for all sorts of crafting needs such as card making, tag decoration, scrapbooking and even fabric printing. Memento Luxe inkpads are very juicy and can be used on both light and dark surfaces.

Four Ways to Use Memento Luxe

Memento Luxe on Dark Surfaces

Because Memento Luxe is a pigment ink, the color will rest on top of the surface of the paper allowing for it to show up well on dark papers. This “Make A Wish” tag uses Memento Luxe Wedding White on black cardstock. The tag images were stamped once and the edge was inked with a sponge dauber. As you see all the ink pops forward with plenty of contrast.

Blending with Memento Luxe

Since the Memento Luxe has a longer dry time, more than one color can be successfully blended to create a beautiful and seamless color range. Here Dandelion is blended into Pear Tart, and then Pear Tart is blended into Danube Blue on Strathmore Bristol Board. The sentiment is stamped in Danube Blue ink and is heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

Memento Luxe on Fabric

Not all pigment inks will stay on fabric. However, Memento Luxe is wonderful for stamping, stenciling or blending on fabric and canvas surfaces. The formula for Memento Luxe is unique in that it will stay on fabric when heat-set with an iron or heat tool. This Butterfly tote project was made by daubing Memento Luxe in Pear Tart, Pistachio, Dandelion, Morocco, and Rhubarb Stalk through stencils. This ink is so easy to use on fabric that both sides of this bag were completed in under an hour!

Memento Luxe Inker with Creative Medium

A fun and out-of-the-box use for Memento Luxe is to use the inker to mix with Creative Medium. Apply Creative Medium on a craft mat and squeeze a pea size amount of Memento Luxe ink and mix with a palette knife. Since Memento Luxe is a rich pigment ink that will easily blend into the Creative Medium paste, you will get a uniform opaque appearance. This is a big plus of matching the other Memento products but also to achieve the color control you desire.

The heart on this welcome sign uses the Lilac Posies inker mixed with Creative Medium and then applied with a palette knife through a stencil.

Memento Luxe is one of the most versatile inks in the Tsukineko line and can be used in so many ways. We hope you found this product review helpful. Please let us know in the comments below! Have an inspiring day!

For more product information, please check out the Imagine website.









See How to Make a Double Embossed Summertime Tag

by Jowilna Nolte

See How to Make a Gold Embossed Summertime Tag

Layered embossing creates a soft magical effect for this bright and beautiful summertime tag. Celebrate summer in gorgeous shades of Tangerine and Lime – perfect for drinks on the beach, party decor, or gift giving. Create the mood of long, endless lazy days with this style!

I wanted the final results to look lush and shiny, so I started with a manilla tag and inked in up with Memento Luxe Morocco and Radiant Neon Electric Orange. These color are great together. While the ink was still wet, I cover it immediately with a layer of embossing powder and heat set until fully melted. Next, I die cut feathers out of white cardstock embossed the tips using VersaMark ink and Imagine’s Gold Embossing Powder. Once the gold embossing powder has cooled down, I covered the embossed portion with another layer of VersaMark ink, repeated the embossing process. Embossing paper twice will remelt the dried embossed layer beneath. The results will be smoother and more intense than one application. For the rest of the project, I colored the feathers using Memento Luxe and Radiant Neon inks with Fantastix tool then brayered with KaleidaColor. Since this double emboss technique is so addictive, I repeated the process for the rest of the feathers too. Once you get a nice rhythm going, although seemingly time consuming, it is over in a flash and you may find the need to make more of these cute little tags!



  • Tag
  • Kaisercraft –  Feather die-cut
  • Brayer
  • Heat Gun
  • Chiswick

Color of the Month for June

June Color of the Month is Tangerine

We are excited to announce the Color of the Month — Tangerine! Everyone month Imagine highlights a different color to show off our catalog of inks. The Tsukineko brand offers this rich orange color in All-Purpose Ink, VersaColor, Memento, Radiant Neon, Radiant Neon Amplify and StazOn. And Imagine’s offers two in house products — the recent release of the 2oz bottle of Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Tangelo as well as IrRESISTibles Pico Embellisher Tangelo.

Tangerine is a deep orange color that evokes a festive vibe, the warmth of summer, and tangy flavors of fruit! Some of the trends we see with this color are….

tangerine tiles

Moroccan tiles…

Tangerine Tiles Stamp StazOn Tsukineko ink Orange Zest

Bohemian theme home decor or stamps…

camp vibes DCWV scrapbook paper

and Camp Fire or Outdoors themes.

We offer this color challenge to our Artist in Residence to bring forward in their June project submissions, so be on the lookout for how our team uses this vibrant color. We also offer this challenge to you. If you feel inspired by Tangerine and use Imagine or Tsukineko inks then please tag us in your Instagram or Facebook posts. We would love to see what you create!