Make a Birthday Card Using Multiple Stencils

By Alison Heikkila –

Hello! Since birthdays happen all year, it’s good to have a big stash of birthday cards at the ready for whenever you need one. Since I love to use stencils, I thought I would use a bunch of them together with many colors of Memento Inks from Imagine.

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I chose a light color and a dark color Memento Ink for each candle of the Big Candle stencil. 

Step 1:

Step 1: Use washi or low tack tape to stick down your cardstock and stencil. Mask off any areas that you don’t want your first color of ink on. I masked off the second candle and the flames. 

Step 2:

Ink the candles with the lighter color from the pairs you chose. Be sure to mask off the areas that you don’t want your ink to go.

Step 3:

Mask off the candles so that you can ink the flames. I used Dandelion on the entire flame, and then Tangelo on the lower area of the flame.

Step 4:

Choose the stencils you want to decorate each candle with and ink with the darker shades you chose. You must keep the original candle stencil in place so that you only ink the candle. Slip the patterned stencil under the candle stencil to make inking easy. Be sure to mask off the other areas again! 

This is what the completed candles look like. You can stop here, if you want, but I kept going to make it even more festive!

Step 5:

Ink a stencil that looks like confetti or sprinkles on top of the entire panel.

Step 6:

Die cut your sentiment. First, I was only going to die cut my “happy birthday” out of purple, but I decided to cut one sentiment out of each main candle color so that I can have a stacked, 3D embellishment. You can glue these together with On Point Glue. 

Step 7:

Ink your card base using the lighter colors of Memento Ink, directly from the pad. I worked my way around my palette of colors two times. 

Step 8:

Glue the card front and sentiment on to the card base. Optional: Add sequins or rhinestones to the card front with On Point Glue. 

Here is the finished card! I love how happy it is, and it can easily work for anyone. It’s fun to work with so many colors and so many patterns of stencils, all on one project. I hope that you break out some of your stencils and try this technique! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Supplies Used:

Imagine:

Memento Ink: Angel Pink, Rhubarb Stalk, Cantaloupe, Peanut Brittle, Summer Sky, Paris Dusk, New Sprout, Northern Pine, Sweet Plum, Elderberry, Dandelion, Tangelo, Teal Zeal

On Point Glue

Other:

A Colorful Life Designs: Big Candles, Milky Way, Cozy Knit, Primative Batik, Crocodile, Teeny Honeycomb, Layered Party 1

Simon Says Stamp: Happy Birthday Die

The Rabbit Hole Designs: Cotton Tail Blending Brushes

Sequins

Washi/Low Tack Tape

White Cardstock

Quick and Easy “Happy New Year” Banner

By LeeAnn McKinney

Howdy friends and fellow crafters, LeeAnn here with a quick and easy project for you.

This “New Year’s” Banner is easy to make. I made it to hang in my craft room ushering in 2023.

Skill Level: Beginner

Time: 30 minutes

Art Supplies:

Imagine:

• Craft Mat

• On Point Glue

• Delicata: Golden Glitz

• Delicata Shimmery Silver

• MBoss Gold

• Mboss Embossing Powder Silver

• Tear It! Tape

• VersaFine Clair Nocturne

• StazOn Stamp Cleaner

Other Supplies:

• Darice Heat Tool

• Accent Opaque 120lb Cardstock

Learn to Make An Abstract Hanukkah Card

By Alison Heikkila –

Hello! Sometimes you need a card for a special event, holiday or occasion and you may not have the right stamps for it. That’s one reason why I love having abstract stamps and solid image stamps. You can easily make a very cool card for any occasion and just add an appropriate sentiment to it to make it work for you. Let me show you how to make a Hanukkah card using abstract shapes and lots of blue inks from Imagine. 

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Here are some of the supplies we will be using today. The top stamp set is specifically abstract shapes. The one underneath is actually fruits. but if you just look at the solid images of the set, they just look like funky blobs that are perfect for this technique. 

Directions:

Step 1:

Start stamping the shapes across the middle of the card. Use different shades of blue and be sure to overlap the images. You can see my first image started off of the card front also.

*Pro Tip: Using some type of stamp positioning tool or platform is key for this technique, as you will probably want to re-stamp and image a couple of times to get a solid, crisp image. You can do it using a stamping block, but it is much easier with a positioning tool. 

Step 2:

Continue to stamp the abstract shapes, varying the direction, size, shape, and color. You can absolutely repeat your shapes, but try turning them so that they appear different. I wound up repeating a couple of shapes and colors, but I kept them apart from each other.

Step 3:

Add some small elements. You can easily add interest to your abstract design by adding in some small embossed designs. Here, I repeated this dot pattern a few times by stamping it with VersaMark and then heat embossing it with gold. You can see that I also stamped my sentiment with VersaMark, and I am about to emboss it. 

*Pro Tip: Be sure that all of your stamped images are completely dry before using embossing powder. Some inks, like VersaFine Clair take a long time to dry because they are pigment inks. Heat set your inks, add some anti-static powder, and sprinkle on embossing powder over your complete design to see if it’s dry. If the powder sticks, brush it off and repeat the process. Once the inks are dry, you can start stamping with VersaMark. 

This is my finished card front. You can see that I added an additional cluster of dots and a couple of shapes to fill in the lower portion of the design. The panel is 4” x 5 1/4.” 

Step 4:

Shake up some Fireworks! Spray and brush it on to your card base around the perimeter. Let dry. 

Step 5:

Adhere your card front to the base. 

The concept of this card isn’t difficult, nor is the technique, but sometimes we need to be reminded that we don’t have to have a specific stamp for every occasion. Having a couple of abstract sets, or sets with solid stamp like these make perfect cards for any occasion. You can even stamp out a bunch of these panels at once, and omit a sentiment until you need a card. Then you can add something that works for the situation. I hope this gave you some good ideas. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Supplies Used

Imagine:

VersaFine Clair: Medieval Blue

VersaFine Clair: Twilight

Memento Ink: Nautical Blue

Memento Ink: Summer Sky

Memento Ink: Danube Blue

Memento Ink: Bahama Blue

VersaMagic Ink: Night Sky

Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray: Paris Dusk

Mboss Embossing Powder: Gold

Other:

Ellen Hutson: Abstract Nature Stamps

Simon Says Stamp: Organic Fruits (discontinued) 

Rubber Soul: Happy Hanukkah Stamp

Stamp Platform or Positioning Tool 

White Cardstock

Adhesive

Paint Brush

Make a Holiday Gift Box Using Vertigo Translucent Sheets

By Neva Cole –

Vertigo is a beautiful translucent material to use in creating projects, in today’s tutorial, I am sharing tips and hints to make your project shine!  The perfect ink for this box is StazOn,  as it is the only ink that will dry on Vertigo and other plastics. 

Skill:  Intermediate

Time:  1 hour

Directions:

Step1:

Vertigo can be cut with scissors OR with a simple die.  Complex dies do not work well with most plastics, Vertigo included.
This particular box needed 8.5” by 5” section of Vertigo, 12” x 12” sheets can be purchased directly from Imagine Crafts website.  Recycled packaging may be substituted for Vertigo, however the results will not have the stunning effect the the patterns that Vertigo provides. The Pebbles pattern of Vertigo was used for my box.

Step 2:

Place a few drops ink from StazOn Blazing Red inker on a plastic surface to use as a palette. 
On the INSIDE  of the box use a cotton swab to color each of the pebbles from the center out. 
A little goes a long way with the translucent colors. 

Step 3:

Metallic StazOn ink is slightly less translucent than the other colors. 
To capture more shimmer, apply a drop or two of StazOn Metallic Gold on the INSIDE of the box
and move the ink with a cotton swab to color around the pebbles.

Step 4:

Continue to add StazOn Metallic Gold ink to cover the remaining areas of the inside of the box. 
Set aside to dry, as the Metallic ink is a bit thicker and takes a longer to dry. 

Step 5:

Using StazOn Jet Black, stamp the “Merry Christmas” sentiment on the OUTSIDE of the box.
This keeps the interior of the box ink from lifting and to have the correct orientation. 

Step 6:

Tear It! tape is perfect to hold the bottom of this gift box together. 
Assemble box and determine the best placement for the Tear It! tape. 
Unfold box and add Tear It! tape, my project called for five sections to hold the box in shape.

Remove Tear It! Tape liner and assemble gift box. 

Decorate with matching ribbon and fibers to close the top and keep your gift secure.

Art Supplies

Imagine:

Vertigo–Pebbles 12” x 12” sheet

StazOn Inkers–Blazing Red and Metallic Gold

StazOn Jet Black

 Tear It! Tape

Other:

Bakery Gift box die–Lifestyle Crafts

Cotton Swabs 

Sentiment–Christmas Blessings Taylored Expressions

Misc:  Gold Ric Rac and red fibers

Create A Holiday Tree Ornament Using Creative Medium, Memento and Brilliance Inks 

By Katy Ingram

Hello Friends! Katy here and for todays project I thought I would used a variety of products with some die cuts to create an ornament for the Christmas tree. 

In todays video tutorial I explain each layer of the ornament starting with the snowy background which uses the Creative Medium with a snowflake stencil, once dried I applied the Brilliance Ink in Pearlescent Orchid, Pearlescent Purple, Pearlescent Lavender and Pearlescent Sky Blue and was blown away. Check out the video for all the details on how this ornament came together. 

I hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by. 

Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Time: 10 minutes 

Art Supplies

Imagine Products

Poinsettia

– Memento Ink Angel Pink, Love Letter, Lady Bug, Rhubarb Stalk

– Delicata Ruby Red

– Pico Embellisher-Shimmer

Greenery

– Memento Ink Bamboo Leaves, Northern Pine

– Pico Embellisher-Shimmer

Woodland Wreath

– Memento Ink Toffee Crunch, Rich Cocoa, Espresso Truffle

Back Panel

– Delicata Ruby Red

– VersaFine Clair Nocturne

Snowflake Background

– Brilliance Inks

– Creative Medium-Shimmer

On Point Glue

Tear It! Tape

Multi-Purpose Squeegee

Other Products:

Spellbinders Poinsettia Die

Spellbinders Woodland Wreath with Feathered Friends Die

Spellbinders Blizzard Stencil

The Greetery Botanicuts Pine Bough Die

Simon Says Stamp The Magic of Christmas Stamp Set

Kat Scrappiness Holiday Village Slimline Border Die

Honey Bee Stamps Simple Alpha Stamp Set

Lawn Fawn Acetate

Make a Holiday Card Using VersaColor and Painter’s Tape

By Kathy Pisupati –

creating art for Imagine Crafts!  Today I have a new tutorial for you.  This is an OLD technique it is still fun, but messy!  What do you need?  A fabulous VersaColor Ink and some painter’s tape or any masking tape!

Skill Level: Intermediate

Time to complete: 1 hour

Step 1

You will need a top-folding card base measuring 4 1/4 x 5 1/2“. You will also need another white panel measuring 3.75” x 5”.  Grab your masking tape and a VersaColor ink.  I used Cardinal.  At this point you can put on some gloves if you want but I didn’t.  I swiped the ink across a 5”piece of tap.  I then laid the tape across the white card stock panel, put a piece of copy paper over it and pressed.  I repeated this stripe 4 times.  I like the texture of the stripe.

Step 2

Next I smushed some of the Cardinal ink on my glass mat, added water and with a paint brush I splattered the panel.  I did the same with some gold water color paint.  Finally, I spritzed the Sheer Shimmer Craft Spray in Sparkle all over the panel.  Can you see the shimmer?  It is pretty!

Step 3

Next, I cut the panel with a die and added a piece of red stock to the back.  The red card stock is 1/4’’ larger than the striped panel.  Adhere with some On Point liquid glue.

Step 4

Now cut a hole from the panel and the red card stock you used for the frame.

Step 5

Cut a panel of white card stock slightly smaller than your main panel.  Add liquid glue to the back of the red circle.  Use your main panel as a guide, place over the white panel and press your circle into place.

Step 6

Cut a slightly larger circle from acetate or old packing and glue to the back of the main panel.  Add foam tape all around and add flat embellishments to the center.  I used gold confetti from Kat Scrappiness.

Step 7

Die-cut a few of the medium sized snowflakes from the Kat Scrappiness Snowflake Trio and glue together.  Then I used the Sheer Shimmer Craft Spray and spritzed the snowflake.  I also splattered it with gold water color paint.  It was still a bit too white so I pressed the snowflake into my Delicata Golden Glitz ink pad.

Step 8

Cut a circle frame using the die you used for the front panel and a slightly smaller one.  Glue this inside the cut out on top of the acetate. Adhere the snowflake on top of the acetate and allow to dry. Add a sentiment, I used the Christmas Stack Sentiment from LDRS Creative with the Sentiment Stack Shadow.  I glued these together and then popped it up with foam tape. I also added a few of the gold confetti around the outside of the card and some dots to the frame with a gold gel pen. I added foam tape to the back of the panel and adhered to an A2 top-folding, white card base.

I hope you enjoy this card and the tutorial. Thanks for stopping by.

SUPPLIES

Imagine Crafts

• VersaColor Cardinal

Delicata Golden Glitz

• Sheer Shimmer Craft Spray SPARKLE

• Imagine Craft Mat

• On Point Glue

Other

• Kat Scrappiness Snowflake Trio

• Circle Dies

• LDRS Creative Christmas Sentiment Stack Stamp

• LDRS  Creative Sentiment Stack Die

• LDRS Creative Shadow Stack and Die

• Essentials Rectangles for Stitching by Ellen Hutson

• Kat Scrappiness Round Gold Confetti

• Gold Gel Pen

• Gold Watercolor Paint

• Paint brush

• Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die-Cutting machine

• Colored card stock

• Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110lb

• Paper Trimmer

• Teflon bone folder

• Foam Tape