Easy Christmas Card with Delicata Ruby Red

by Nadine Carlier

Christmas Card by Nadine Carlier wm ic

When you have to make a bunch of Christmas cards, the easier they are to make the better. Even though I wanted to make a pretty simple card, I also didn’t want it to look simple.  The red on red created a perfect background using Fireworks in Lady Bug and stamping over it with Delicata Ruby Red. Then I added some silver embellishments for the perfect pop of wow!

Watch my video tutorial below to see exactly how I created my card. Enjoy!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 min.

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Create a Cute Chocolate Bulldog Watercolored Card

by Jowilna Nolte

Who doesn’t love chocolate and dogs? How about a chocolate colored dog? Well, then you are in luck because today’s handmade card project has both. Imagine challenged the Artists in Residence with three topics to choose from –Aubergine Color of the Month, chocolate and ‘What “wood” you do?’.  When I saw a chocolate theme, I chose this fun bulldog stamped image and created layers of chocolate  watercolored goodness using some of my favorite ink products.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Stamp a background image in VersaMark ink and emboss using Clear embossing powder.


Step 2

Once the embossing has cooled down use a jumbo dauber and Brilliance inker to blend color over the embossed background. The background offers a beautiful resist effect and the Brilliance loads of shimmering goodness.


Step 3

Stamp the bulldog image in VersaFine Onyx Black onto smooth white cardstock. Add a drop of the same inker onto a palette and add some water, then paint the stamped image using the Brilliance ink in Coffee Bean and colored the little socks in a contrasting light blue. Once these steps are complete then assemble the card in your own style. I stamped “celebrate this life” on a separate piece of cardstock, added button embellishments to match the bulldog’s button eyes, and little stripe of washi tape.

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Jowilna Nolte – Sentiment Stamp
  • Dylusions – Bulldog Stamp
  • Cardstock
  • Button
  • Diamanté
  • Washi tape
  • Heat gun

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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.

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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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How to Amplify Your Holiday Cards

by Nadine Carlier

Pinecone Holiday Card by Nadine Carlier ic wm

 

Using Neon Radiant Amplify on holiday cards is a fabulous way to create a snowy effect. On my card today I used Amplify in white with a stencil and some Dark Brown Shimmer Delicata Ink. I am really loving how the pinecone on my card looks like it is flocked with snow!

Watch my video tutorial below to see exactly how I created my card. Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 min.

Supplies

Imagine
Other

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Learn New Tips and Tricks with Fabrico Markers

by Roni Johnson

Fabrico Markers are a great product to keep in your color and crafting toolbox. They are superb for coloring on fabrics and other dense surfaces like wood or canvas. Available in 35 colors which can be used separately or blended together to create amazing depth of color. This dual tip water-based pigment ink marker has a bullet tip that allows you to write, draw or trace text and images; and a brush tip that allows you to color larger portions of a project.

Today I am going to share a couple of unique ways I use Fabrico markers. Check it out!

Stamping

Line images are fun but sometimes you want something more than just a single color from an inkpad. This is where Fabrico markers can really help breathe life into an image.

Color your stamp with several marker colors. It’s easy to get into the details of the image and the markers won’t damage your red rubber or clear stamps. Simply apply color, press onto fabric, cardstock or wood. This technique gives you a lot of control in how the image will turn out. You could also go back in and fill in the outline to get a no-line coloring look too!

Resist

Stamp various images onto a piece of plain fabric using VersaMark ink, add embossing powder and heat to melt. Use the Fabrico Markers to color and highlight the designs. Fabrico is water-based pigment ink so it will not adhere to polymer surfaces. It does not spread or bleed into the fabric like a dye ink would. The areas where the embossed images will stay the color of the fabric and exposed areas will absorb the ink at a mild rate. You can repeat the emboss technique to lock a color down and continue to color with different Fabrico colors. In no time you’ll have a work of art on your hands. Because embossing powder will melt with heat – this technique is not recommended for fabric that is meant to be laundered. I adhered mine to a card base to look like a miniature canvas piece.

Watercolor Fun

Bet you didn’t know that you can watercolor on fabric with Fabrico! This seems like a tricky idea since you are working with fabrics that are potentially going to be laundered. It’s easy to assume that adding water to the ink will make it lose its permanence, but it won’t. Fabrico is water-based and yet permanent on fabric once dry. Once it dries, the color is set, so be sure to work somewhat faster than you would on watercolor paper. For this apple I simply started by coloring the image with the markers directly with a few different shades of red, apple green and yellow. Working quickly while the ink is still wet, take a water brush and pull the colors where you want them. Don’t forget that adding water makes the pigment a bit more mobile, so bleeding along with blending should be expected. Once you are happy with the design then let dry. Once dry, it is best to heat set if the fabric piece you are working on is meant to be laundered. Just use the iron settings recommended for the fabric.


The colors stay vibrant even after they have been watered down and create such a cool dye effect. Doesn’t it look like a watercolor background you would see on paper?

Hope you enjoyed this quick review of what you can do with Fabrico markers. If you enjoyed this post, then please share or comment below!

 

Supplies

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Other
  • Cotton, Natural Muslin, Linen Fabrics
  • Fabric Editions – Fabric Elements – FE Specimens FQ
  • ClubScrap.com – Apple, Aster
  • Just For Fun Rubber Stamps – Mason Jar, Paint Brushes

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Watch a Video on How to Make Trick or Treat Candy Wraps

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Watch a Video on How to Make Trick or Treat Candy Wraps

Elevate a humble candy bar into a true treat through a few simple steps. Surprise coworkers, school friends, or party guests with these cute as can be candy bar wrappers. They take minimal effort because you can create these goodies in moments if you do each part in batches.

For the king-size cookie bar wrappers I cut my orange paper 4.5” x 6.5” and scored it lengthwise at 1.5”, 2”, 3.5”, and 4”. The overlay was cut to 4” x 6” and scoring these is totally optional. For other candy bars used in this experiment, they fit the same sleeves (just didn’t stick out on the ends as far); adjust the length of your wrappers to suit. See how I did it in this quick tutorial video.

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – Black, Orange
  • Sizzix – Halloween Words Block dies
  • Die Cut Machine
  • Xyron 550 Create-a-Sticker
  • Scoring Board
  • Bone Folder
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Heat tool
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors

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