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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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.

If you enjoyed today’s blog post then please share or comment below!

 

Supplies

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

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Turn a Pre-printed Card into a Perfect Fall I Love You

by Tenia Nelson

I Love You More than Hot Cocoa - Greeting Card by Tenia Nelson

Hey, Y’all! Tenia here from Jazzy Paper Designs with a very fun Hot Chocolate themed card and made with Imagine and Tsukineko products. I loved using the kraft cardstock with this hot chocolate theme to give off an even more toasty vibe. Here are the directions on how to create this sweet card (pun intended).

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Add Desert Sand and Rich Cocoa Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray onto the already made fall themed gold foil card. You can find pre-printed cards in most of the large crafts stores or take additional time to stamp and emboss a large leaf image onto the card panel.


Stamp with Brilliance DewDrop in Pearlescent Chocolate, heat emboss and cut out the Hot Cocoa mug image.Step 2

Stamp with Brilliance DewDrop in Pearlescent Chocolate, heat emboss and cut out the Hot Cocoa mug image.


Step 3

Adhere cocoa image onto the gold leaf panel, add stickers, Dymo label, heart sticker, washi and stickers stitches.


Step 4

Adhere finished Hot Cocoa panel onto the card base.

 

Thank you for stopping by, if you enjoyed this quick and easy tutorial then please leave a comment below or share this post!

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Unity Stamp Company –Hot Cocoa stamp
  • Kraft paper
  • Dymo Label Maker
  • Sticker Stitches
  • Washi tape
  • Heart Puffy Sticker
  • Adhesive

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Use The Magic of Color with a Whimsical Theme

by Jowilna Nolte

Use The Magic of pink and teal Colors with a Whimsical Theme

Mystical and Whimsical…the magic of color! This month we are delving into some fun themes and one of them is Mystical or Whimsical in my case. When you realize you own no Mystical stamps you opt for something just as interesting and fun. For me a fun combination of Radiant Neon ink colors did the trick for this fun and magical theme.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions


Step 1

On a sheet of white watercolour paper add some simple folds. Fold the paper in horizontal and vertical strips to form a grid effect.


Step 2

Use Radiant Neon Green ink pad and apply color to the surface by using light circular movements. This will ink the fold lines and create a texture.


Step 3

Use your Brilliance Pearlescent Jade ink pad and in circular movements add color over the Radiant Neon Green.


Step 4

Add white texture paste through a stencil in selected areas only. Leave the paste to dry completely before adding more color.


Step 5

Use Radiant Neon inkers in Pink and Orange to add more color to your texture paste areas. Continue working this folded paper until the design is where you want it. I choose to ink the corners with pink, stamp other areas with script lettering, old postage style imagery and added a contrasting ink splatter in dark brown to tie it all together. Oh,  and of course, I added sequins.


Step 6

Stamp a large central figure. Here I choose a girl in rainboots with an umbrella for a head. Use Memento markers to add color to the large image.


Step 7

Add GlazOn details to certain areas of your image and leave to dry. Cut out the image and adhere to your colored background.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Jowilna Nolte – Stencil
  • Cardstock
  • Anna Griffin – Texture Paste
  • Sewing machine
  • Bonefolder
  • Index Card
  • Stamps