Imagine Tips: How to Use All Your Crafting Ink

by Melissa Andrew

Instead of using bling, stickers or lots of extra products, simply use your favorite Tsukineko inks to create a beautiful scene with a fun stamp set. See how well pigment and dye inks work together in this quick stamping demonstration.

Supplies

Imagine 
Other 
  • SugarPea Designs – Let’s Flamingle Stamp Set
  • Cardstock

How to Make a Raw Silk Texture and a Simple Card

by Arjita Sepaha Singh

How to Make a Raw Silk Texture and a Simple Card

Raw Silk is a very popular and beautiful textile made in India and is considered very pure and sacred. I wanted to create a card with a raw silk effect with inks and for that a mix of Memento and Brilliance inks were perfect. The background is simple to create and can be made in any color. To finish the card, I simply stamped the florals with Versafine Onyx Black and the flowers and contrasting red sentiment reading “Sending Love & Hugs” stand out beautifully against the gorgeous silky background.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Altenew – Garden Treasure Clear Stamp Set ALT1603
  • Misti Stamping Tool
  • EK Success- Cutterbee Scissors
  • Cardstock – white, black
  • Black Velvet-Brush
  • White Embossing Powder
  • EK Success –Powder Tool
  • Heat Tool
  • Adhesive

Star Light Star Bright Holiday Card

by Jowilna Nolte

Star Bright Celebrate This Life Holiday Card by Jowilna Nolte. This beautiful Christmas Card celebrates with a bright gold star and a green background.

Working out of my comfort zone this month with the color green! But boy did I enjoy myself using all these amazing rich colors in this papercrafting project. Look at the effects you can achieve by combining different shades of greens together for a striking background.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minute

Directions


On smooth white cardstock add at least four shades of Tsukineko's dye inkers in green.Step 1

On smooth white cardstock add at least four shades of Tsukineko’s dye inkers in green.


Mist the ink drops with water to make the different colors bleed and run into each other. Make sure to cover the entire sheet of cardstock.Step 2

Mist the ink drops with water to make the different colors bleed and run into each other. Make sure to cover the entire sheet of cardstock.


Step 3

Use a heat gun to dry the inked background. Add more colors and repeat the process as need be. The ink will lighten slightly when dry.


 Embossing Folder by Anna Griffin
Step 4

Use a decorative embossing folder to add texture to your colored cardstock. Here I used an embossing folder by Anna Griffin.


Use Brilliance DewDrops in Pearlescent Ivy to lightly ink over the embossed areasStep 5

Use Brilliance DewDrops in Pearlescent Ivy and Pearlescent Thyme to lightly ink over the embossed areas. The shimmering inks will add a slight shine to the raised areas giving it a beautiful effect.


add gold shaded areas using Delicata Golden Glitz using your finger
Step 6

Stamp circles and texture using the Dina Wakely stamps (or stamps of choice) and VersaFine Onyx Black onto white cardstock. Dina Wakely stamps offer textured designs which you can see in the script in the photo above. Cut the circles out and brush with shades of green acrylic paint. Leave the stamped circles to dry for a while and then add gold shaded areas using Delicata Golden Glitz using your finger. Remember to use only a small amount of inker at a time on your finger – less is more in this case.


Step 7

Stamp sentiment with VersaFine Onyx Black and decorate to match the mixed media style. Finish the design by arranging the embossed card panel as the base, then circle stamps, and top with the stamped sentiment and embellishments in the style you wish.

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

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white
  • Anna Griffin – Embossing Folder
  • Carabelle Studio – stamp
  • Dina Wakley – stamp
  • Diamanté – stars, mini clip, etc
  • Spray bottle

Today is a Great Day for Rich Cocoa

Hello Greeting Card in Cocoa Colors by Elina Stromberg

Our November theme color is Chocolate Brown. Some paper crafters may think that a deep brown color is a boring choice, but when mixing several brown tones together you can easily create warm and beautiful project for every occasion. Stamping platforms and other stamping alignment tools let you re-stamp the image exactly on the same spot several times, so with this card design I decided to take advantage of this awesome tool. I mixed three brown colors and applied ink only partly on the stamp, allowing colors to mix and layer. When creating a multi-colored stamped image I suggest you start with the lighter colors and continue building layers with the darker shades. Adding a darker ink color on top of a light one is easy, but when stamping a light color on top of a dark ink may not change the dark base color at all.

For this cocoa colored card, I used a light kraft cardstock as my background and layered several brown inks on my stamped image. The lovely image did not need too much additional decoration, but for continuing the idea of several brown tones I created a stitched border using two brown embroidery yarns. For making the beautiful browns pop, I added a hint of white with a gel pen. Then of course I mounted the kraft paper on the deep brown then altogether on a cream card base. Done!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Misti Stamp Tool
  • Cardbase – Cream
  • Cardstock – Kraft, Deep brown
  • Waffle Flower – ‘Enveloper Hello’ stamp set
  • Brown embroidery yarn
  • Needle
  • White gel pen
  • Two-sided tape

 

You are the Hero in Your Own Story by Renee Zarate

This is a monochromatic card that takes us back to a different time and place. All of us know someone we regard as a “hero”. How delightful to send a card and tell them how much we admire them and why. It might just make their day.

Here is a quick run-down of how I made this card. Stamp images on a panel measured to fit the card. Use Rich Cocoa Memento for the city stamp and Celestial Copper Delicata for the hero sentiment. Stamp the crackle background with Champagne Delicata and heat set. Cut out the boy image and sentiment. Apply VersaMark to the stamped phrase panel and emboss with clear embossing powder. Distress the edge of this small panel with Memento pen in Espresso Truffle.

Distress edges of entire large panel with Delicata Champagne and a small sponge dauber. Color in the boy image with Memento Markers. Create a ground for the boy with stamping additional marks and washi tape. Adhere the the phrase panel and boy image with pop dots. Use Tear It Tape to mount the finished panel onto black cardstock then to patterned paper and then a piece of cardboard. If desired, tie a ribbon or twine around the left side of the card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock
  • Card base
  • Twine
  • Artistic Outpost – Paper Boy stamp
  • Snapping Monsters –  Wonder Girl stamp
  • Pop dots

Create a Cozy Feeling Crafting for the Holidays

Today’s blog features a warm and cool dynamic between two creative projects by Elina Stromberg and Mischelle Smith. Elina creates this cute bear theme card with a felt scarf to respond to the challenge “heartfelt”. While Mischelle creates a cool wintery snowman crafting project the whole family can enjoy!

Create a Cozy Feeling Crafting for the Holidays

Cozy Heartfelt Greeting Card by Elina Stromberg

Our friends often get handmade cards from us for Christmas, but a simple card for no special reason will for sure brighten our friend’s grey November day. Making the card will not take too much time nor effort, and I’m sure the heartfelt message will be valued and cherished. “You’re important to me, and I’m thinking of you.”

For this card in a clean-and-simple style, I used a leftover piece of patterned brown paper and a cute bear stamp by Studio Calico. Utilizing patterned papers is a good option when you’re not into coloring or when you want to finish your project quickly. If you want the stamped image to look bit dimensional you can shadow the edges with markers, the same way that you would do on a colored image.

This little bear got a felt scarf around his neck; before gluing down the stamped image on the card front I folded the edges of the scarf on the back and secured them with a drop of glue. I mat the card on a piece of dotted paper and glued the card front on the card base. Ready in no time at all!

This little fellow is already on its way to my friend! I hope he will make her happy!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardbase – White
  • Cardstock – Kraft, Red Polka Dot
  • Studio Calico – Bear stamp
  • Carabelle Studio – background circles stamp
  • Red felt
  • Glue
  • Two-sided tape

A Snowman Craft for Thanksgiving by Mischelle Smith

A Snowman Craft for Thanksgiving by Mischelle Smith

Our challenge at Imagine this month is ‘crafts for kids’. For this challenge, I wanted to create a project I could use for our family Thanksgiving. Each year the ‘kids of all ages’ participate in a craft suitable for ages 6 – 80 (our youngest to our oldest family members). Some years Grandma likes to give awards… such as …‘most creative’, ‘beautiful coloring’, ‘sparkliest sparkle’…whatever comes to her mind!

This snowman is a perfect project for family gatherings! It combines embossing, stencils, stamping, cutting, spritzing, sparkles … everything a kid loves! Cut three circles from white cardstock in varying sizes to build the 3 parts of the snowman’s body. Add circles texture to the edges with VersaColor in Celadon (nice soft blue-green color) and stencil. Stamp snowflakes with Versacolor ink. Emboss with Iridescent Embossing Powder. Stamp snowflakes with VersaMark ink and emboss with Iridescent Emboss Powder. Spritz with Sky Blue Fireworks Craft Spray (which has a shimmer). Spatter with Wedding Dress irRESISTible Spray and Tuxedo Black Fireworks Spray and let dry. Spritz with Sheer Shimmer Spritz which is another layer of shimmer. Adhere three pieces together and add black gemstone eyes and mouth. Cut the snowman’s nose out of orange scrap cardstock and attach. Outline with Tuxedo Black Memento Marker as shown.

Add circles texture to the edges with VersaColor in Celadon

Since this is a family time craft then you can continue crafting your snowman as you please!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Scissors
  • Black Gems
  • Cardstock – White, Orange
  • Circle Stencil
  • Close to My Heart – Snowflakes stamp
  • Sequins

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See How to Highlight a Wood Grain Paper for Maximum Effect

by Elina Stromberg

Woodgrain pattern is a perfect match for all nature themed paper crafting projects and especially for these super cute woodland creatures images. You can add this pattern by stamping, heat embossing, or by dry embossing.  There are several pattern variations and options to choose from stamp makers. I used a piece of embossed paper, on which the woodgrain pattern was barely visible. However, a woodgrain (like any other dry embossed pattern) can be easily highlighted with inking.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: I hour

Directions


Step 1

Stamp the animal images on heavy white paper using VersaFine Onyx Black. Stamp trees on a dark green paper. VersaFine is a great stamping ink to resist migration from coloring with water-based inks.


Step 2

Color the images with Memento, VersaMagic and Brilliance inks and a water brush, using your craft mat as a palette. Let dry.


Step 3

Add some nice texture to the green trees by adding green inks. Although it seems that green ink on green paper would not have any effect, I believe it does. Particularly Brilliance in Pearlescent Ivy will add a nice shimmer which is great for making a difference in color tones.


Step 4

Ink the embossed woodgrain paper with brown ink. Add several thin layers of color, sliding the ink pad gently on the paper. Cut panel to desired size.


Step 5

Fussy cut the colored images. Layer and adhere the elements on the card font.


Step 6

If there are leftover paper strips or stamped images, use them for embellishing the inside of the card.

Thank you for reading through this tutorial! If you enjoyed this then please share on social media or leave a comment below!

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – White
  • Cardbase – White
  • Stampin’ Up – Life in the Forest stamp set
  • Studio Calico – Woodgrain Paper
  • Water brush
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive

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