Make a Cute Farm Animal Themed Christmas Card

by Roni Johnson

Make a Cute Farm Animal Themed Christmas Card using Delicata Emerald Green

Living in a rural community all my life it has amazed me that nobody has come out with a line of farm (or farmer) cards for the holidays. Well this year I decided to fix that and make a country Christmas tree using the iconic stacked farm animals and shimmery Delicata ink. Using a 4.5 x 6.5 piece of kraft cardstock, I stamped a cow using Emerald Green Delicata ink as the “base” of the tree. Now the rest is a matter of masking. Stamp the second cow image on scrap paper, trim and place it over the first. Stamp the sheep centered over the cow’s back and slightly overlapping using the same ink. Repeat this process of stamping and masking with the pig and rooster images.

I embellished the livestock images with holiday motifs such as reindeer antlers and a shining red nose. There is no right or wrong answer to this part! Get creative! I used a die-cut a star, ink with Delicata Golden Glitz and mount on top of my farm animal tree. I also used a sponge dauber to rub Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer to ground the tree shape. Using a 4.75” x 6.75” piece of cream cardstock, I alternately stamped the sentiment and poinsettias around the edge using Delicata in Emerald Green and Ruby Red. Center and mount the livestock Christmas tree panel over the cream cardstock panel. Affix the stamped panels to a 5 x 7 green card blank. And you are ready to delight someone with this fun farm inspired Christmas card design!

Supplies

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  • Stampers Anonymous – Livestock
  • JoyClair Stamps – Antlers, Hat
  • My Favorite Things – “Merry Christmas” Sentiment
  • Rubber Stamp Tapestry – Poinsettia, Holly Leaf
  • Red Glitter
  • Cardstock – Cream, Kraft
  • Card base – Dark Green

Learn How to Create a 3-D Holiday Card

by Roni Johnson

Learn How to Create a Dynamic Holiday Card

I was so excited when I found out one of our challenges this month was focused on Winter Windows. Immediately,  I knew I wanted to make a shadow box card looking out over the wintery countryside. I didn’t want a tiny little card though so I remembered a lucky find at a garage sale earlier in the year. I found a stack of #10 side-load envelopes. These are the standard business size envelopes but with a side flap instead of on top. This envelope allowed me to make a nice large scene that when opened and standing up measures 4” x 7” x 2.5” giving me enough room to add 4 layers of snow and holiday imagery.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions


Step 1

I began my cutting 2 strips of 4 x 9.75” white cardstock; cutting a 3 x 6” window in the center of one panel. Glue the two panels together. Stamp a snowflake image to the outside portion of the card panels using Sapphire Blue Delicata ink.


Step 2

Free-hand cut three “hills” for the layers in the card. Apply Radiant Neon Amplify! in White to the “hills”; sprinkle with extra fine clear glitter; heat to activate the medium.


Step 3

Stamp several evergreens using Northern Pine Memento. Dauber on Bamboo Leaves and New Sprout colors to the evergreens that will be on the second and third layers to create shadow and depth.


Step 4

Stamp countryside scene on white cardstock and watercolor with a water brush and Memento Dew Drops.


Step 5

Add highlights to the snow drifts, pond and houses using On Point Glue and the extra fine glitter. I used the Amplify and glitter method for the trees on the front layer too. Affix the countryside scene to the back portion of the box. Attach each of the 3 hill layers and trees to the sides of the center portion of the card spaced evenly. Finish assembling the card.

Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog and if you enjoyed this tutorial then please comment below or share on social media! 

Supplies

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  • Cardstock
  • Just For Fun Stamps – “Evergreens”, “Countryside Scene”
  • Chapel Road Artstamps – Snowflakes Everywhere
  • Extra Fine Clear Glitter
  • Waterbrush
  • Heat tool

Warm Wishes are Easy with Hot Cocoa and Coffee

Make a Simple DIY Hot Chocolate Gift Bag by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Whether you’re looking for a teacher gift, something to stuff in stockings, or just something to brighten a friend’s day, a cup of cocoa completed with mini marshmallows (or the accompaniment of your choice) is a great choice that they can enjoy without accumulating a lot of clutter. Presentation is key for simple gifts, and these two-layer bag toppers are easy to create in batches for quick gifting during busy times.

Supplies

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  • Cardstock – Craft, White
  • Fiskars – Paper trimmer
  • Scoring tool
  • Bone folder
  • Plastic bags
  • Cocoa packets
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Waffle Flower – Currently Drinking
  • My Favorite Things – Donuts & Sprinkles
  • Simon Says Stamp – Coffee and Tea
  • Acrylic blocks
  • Temporary adhesive tape
  • Stapler (and staples!)

Gift Card Holder with Delicata Ink by Martha Lucia Gomez

Delicata Ink is one of the most versatile products that you can find to create projects with during the holiday season, and honestly—for all seasons, because now we have a great collection of colors that we can use in our crafts. Today, I am sharing with you how to watercolor with Delicata. It is easy & quick but you will obtain the fantastic shimmer that only this ink can offer. Every year it becomes more common to give gift cards as presents. But if you are like me, I always want to make it very special and unforgettable.

I started working on this gift card holder by stamping over watercolor paper the cup image using Memento Desert Sand, this is a light color that can be easily covered with the Delicata Celestial Copper and a waterbrush. With Delicata Ruby Red, I stamped and colored some details to decorate the cup. The special detail on the cup is the whipped cream. I made this using White Amplify!

I fussy cut all the pieces and created the layers of the gift card holder. Even though I designed the gift card to be on the outside, I still used a card base so I could have space inside of the card to add my personal message. I used a punch to create the window to put the gift card inside. Using Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer I stamped the sentiment over the top layer and then I assembled all the layers over the card base with Tear It Tape and pasted the watercolor cup using double sided foam tape.

Look at the amazing shading you can get with using a waterbrush and the Delicata inks? Easy and fun to make don’t you think? Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog and if you enjoyed this tutorial then please comment below or share on social media! 

Supplies

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  • Joy Clair – Christmas Cocoa Stamp Set
  • Cardstock – Red, Brown, Natural White
  • Gina Marie Designs – Cross Stitched Rectangle Die Cuts
  • Stampin Up – Word Window Punch
  • Scissors
  • Heat Tool

Share A Little Heartfelt Sympathy

Share A Little Heartfelt Sympathy with two handmade cards using tsukineko ink

Textured Heartfelt Sympathy Card by Neva Cole

Sympathy cards are a gift given to comfort the bereaved, in this instance, it is for a family member who now lives overseas. I wanted to create something soft and beautiful to deliver a message of condolences and love. The textured background is created with Amplify! and the shimmer of Brilliance Graphite Black sets of the Radiant Neon Electric Pink.

I started by applying the Radiant Neon Electric Pink Amplify around card base. I added drops of Amplify in white and smaller drops of Amplify in black. I used a rubber brayer to move the Amplify around on the card base, and used a heat gun until the texture puffed up. I used the scraps to die cut mini hearts with Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Journaling Card set.

I applied Brilliance Graphite Black ink with an InkBlusher to my die cut Decorative Elements. I die cut the center from the Amplify! textured card base to use between the inner and outer decorative pieces. I stamped the sentiment in Radiant Neon Electric Pink to match the Amplify medium. I had forgotten to clean the stamp before this step so the “mistake” became a creative choice instead and matched the distressed card base! I also gently inked the sentiment with Brilliance Graphite Black to add a bit more black low-lights to the image.

I finished the card with the DeNami Design white ribbon around the Decorative Element outer frame, and added the mini hearts. You could add other embellishments as desired.

And you are finished and ready to add your own personal message!

Supplies

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  • Cardstock – White
  • Spellbinders – Labels 54 Decorative Elements
  • Unity Stamp Company – Heartfelt Sympathy
  • Lawn Fawn – Stitched Journaling Card die
  • DeNami Design – white ribbon
  • Rubber Brayer
  • Heat Gun

Blue Roses Sympathy Card by Roni Johnson

Blue Roses Sympathy Card by Roni Johnson

It’s not a fun part of life but with beginnings comes endings. It’s always hard to create a card when that time comes so why not make a bit of beauty to help us all through those rough moments. I created this card with those tough times in mind. I also wanted to share a technique I discovered when I was making this card that can be used to create an amazing background for not only this card but so many.

Trim a piece of watercolor paper to the desired size. Choose 2-3 colors of VersaMagic Ink you would like to use for the background. Apply the inks to a stamping block in any pattern you desire. Mist the ink with a bit of water. Place the inked block on the watercolor paper and let it set. As the block sits on the paper you will notice how the paper begins to absorb the water moving the ink around creating a lovely pattern and texture. When you can’t take the wait any longer, remove the stamp block to reveal the design created by the ink, water, and paper interaction. Once the ink has dried you will be left with a beautiful matte design perfect for any project.

Here you can see just how lovely that design is. I did try this technique on regular cardstock and compared the two side by side. The regular cardstock didn’t create the depth and design of the watercolor paper. While it is pretty and very usable, it just doesn’t yield the same effects.

The remainder of the card was finished by stamping the layered flowers with the same VersaMagic blue inks; leaves were stamped using a combination of VersaColor and Memento Dye inks and all images were then die-cut. The sentiment was stamped over the VersaMagic background using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and the stamped die-cuts were then affixed to the card.

Supplies

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  • Watercolor paper
  • Cardstock
  • Cardbase
  • Stamping block
  • Altenew – Vintage Roses 

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.

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Craft a Paper Cupcake Birthday Card

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Craft a Paper Cupcake Happy Birthday Card with Delicata Ink and Amplify Texture

What a better way to wish someone Happy Birthday than with a card in the shape of a cupcake! Unfortunately, it is not edible. This handmade card is colored with Memento, VersaColor and Delicata and topped with Amplify in White which all come together to create a fun look and feel. See the instructions below for a step by step breakdown of how I made this lovely card.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Print both pages of Kim’s Digi Templates free pattern from Buddley Crafts on cardstock. Cut the shapes and fold.


Step 2

Use the second page to cut a piece of corrugated paper to make the base of the cupcake.


Step 3

Use a sponge dauber to distress the top of the cupcake with Memento Desert Sand and VersaColor Pinecone. Spray with Ink Potion No 9. to blend the ink colors.


Step 4

Cut in half a spun cotton ball and color with Delicata Ruby Red.


Step 5

Use the mini pattern stamp and Delicata Ruby red to decorate the cupcake.


Step 6

Stamp a Happy Birthday message with Delicata Ruby Red and distress the edges of the paper with VersaColor Pinecone.


Step 7

Glue first the corrugated base, then the top and continue with the “cherry” using the On Point Glue.


Step 8

Use the Amplify! White to make frosting effect all over the card and use a heat gun to activate the volume. If you have never used Amplify then test on a separate piece of paper first.


Step 9

Finish the card by adding washi tape to the corrugated base, ribbon and the “happy birthday” sentiment.

Thank you for checking out today’s blog post. If you found this project inspiring then please leave a comment below or share on Facebook!

 

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