Make a Creative Background with Walnut Ink

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Halloween is around the corner and to be honest I don’t celebrate this holiday with scary parties or costumes, but I love to make Halloween cards with different colors and non-traditional images and this is one of those. To create this card I used some sprays from Imagine that you will love!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

The process of this was very simple. I took a piece of whisper white cardstock and a background stencil. I selected Paisley Swirl Petite from Rebecca Baer Collection and sprayed the free areas of the stencil with three different sprays from Imagine. First I used Cherry Blossom Walnut Ink, then I applied Lilac Walnut Ink and the last one layer was with Fireworks Grape Jelly to accent the color and give it a little shimmer. I removed the stencil and washed with warm water while the paper totally dried. It doesn’t take long.


Step 2

Next, I die cut a spider several times using Tangerine Tango cardstock and stacked them together using On Point Glue. I sprayed the spider die cut with GooseBumps Shimmer – an acrylic texture spray with fine shimmer. It helped to create a special effect of texture and at the same time, it is shimmery.


Step 3

To finalize the card, I cut the borders of the stenciled piece using an MFT Die-Namics Stitched Scallop Basic Edges. Then I cut the word “laugh” from the center of this layer using a die cut from the Little Yellow Bicycle. I used a very fun inlay technique with a twist. Die cut the same sentiment one time on fun foam and one time on elegant eggplant cardstock and adhere together. Now adhere into the negative on the card. Having the inlay that actually pops forward is visually appealing. As a final touch, I stamped a complement sentiment “do not be afraid” using Memento Tangelo Ink and sprayed with Fireworks New Sprout. I cut it with a circle die and then with the same scallop stitched border that I used on the stenciled layer.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  Please like, share on Facebook or leave a comment below.

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Rebecca Baer Stencil – Paisley Swirl Petite
  • Joy Clair – Little Monsters stamp set
  • Cardstock – Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White
  • Fun Foam
  • MFT Die-Namics Stitched Scallop Basic Edges, Spider Die Cut
  • Little Yellow Bicycle – Laugh Word Die Cut

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Create Papercraft Projects with Beautiful Purple Hues

Today we have two fantastic papercrafting projects that show off our Color of the Month Aubergine! Elina has crafted an encouragement card using a layered stencil technique and Renee lays down mixed media mayhem with a princess theme tag.

Create an Encouragement Card with Beautiful Purple Hues by Elina Stromberg

Create an Encouragement Card with Beautiful Purple Hues by Elina Stromberg

Our October theme color is the beautiful Aubergine. It’s rich, dark purple tones took my mind to the dark autumn nights, candlelight, coziness, and relaxation. Those warm thoughts were the inspiration for this card project.

 

I started the card with decorating the background. I layered two stencils on the background; leaf pattern against the purple cardstock, and circle stencil on top. I dabbed VersaMark ink through the stencil and heat-embossed the pattern with Vintage Plum embossing powder. Layering stencils is a simple technique for creating beautiful background elements.

SPARROW STAMP AND DIE SET FROM THE EARTH AIR WATER COLLECTION BY STEPHANIE LOW

Bird and feathers are stamped and colored with alcohol markers, and cut out with a die-cutting machine, using the matching dies. Cheesecloth is a nice decoration element to use on cards: It does not increase the dimension too much and it’s lightweight, so your cheesecloth decorated project will easily fit into a standard mailing envelope. White cheesecloth can easily be dyed to match the color palette of your project; this time I used Lilac Walnut Ink for tinting the fabric.

Supplies

Imagine
Other

Aubergine Mixed Media Princess Tag by Renee Zarate

Create an unusual gift tag using a variety of purple inks to create an Eggplant or Aubergine color saturation. This tag design uses embossing powder for texture, cardboard doll figures as a centerpiece, stamps, sequins and a huge list of mixed media products too long to mention.

Sizzix - Tag die Use a die cutting machine to cut a tag out of the inked paper. This tag measured 3” by 6 ¼”.

I started by inking a small amount Memento Elderberry ink and three times as much Memento Sweet Plum ink on my craft mat and then sprayed a small amount of water on the inks and dragged a piece of Mixed Media paper over the inks. Since Memento is water based the inks blend quickly.  The inks marbleize as the tag is repeatedly dipped into the mixture. To speed up the drying, I set colors with a heat tool then die cut with a tag die.

Then I prepared the doll figure with gesso or white ink, stamp interesting images on the dress portion and used a washi tape face on the doll. If you have drawing skills you can also simply draw a face on the doll piece or stamp. Using Memento Luxe Sweet Plum, I stamped a texture stamp on the left side of the tag. Then I used StazOn Royal Purple to stamp script on top of the texture stamping. Since StazOn is a solvent ink, it should not interact with Memento and will provide distinct layering. Apply Clear embossing powder and melt with a heat tool. To contrast the purple hues, I stamped Delicata Golden Glitz (pigment ink) with different texture stamps randomly on the tag. Then continued to distress the edges with Sweet Plum and Royal Purple inks. Finally, I added doll and the stamped phrase, “It’s not easy being a princess,” with sequins, twine, and staples to the tag.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • White gesso
  • Black gesso
  • Sizzix – Tag die
  • Diecutting machine
  • Cardboard dolls
  • Jane Davenport – washi tape
  • Twine
  • Dina Wakley – texture stamps, script stamp
  • Sequins
  • Staples
  • Heat tool
  • Spray bottle (water)
  • Strathmore Mixed Media paper

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Create Beautiful Texture on Handmade Cards with Wood Elements

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Create a Beautiful Handmade Card with Wood Elements

Adding textures to cards always produces amazing results, and when you create them with non-traditional materials like wood, the results can be fantastic! In this project, I am sharing how to color and emboss the wood pieces to make a big impact. I also used a fun frame die cut to place embellishments within and outside the lines for a fun graphic look.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

Directions


Step 1

It is actually very easy to find a wide variety beautiful designs in wood in craft stores these days. I have this large feather piece by Unique Laser Designs. First, I applied GooseBumps with the Dauber Top and covered the surface of the feather and let dry. With the dauber top, I can control the effect which is nice for embellishments.


Step 2

While Goosebumps is drying, I prepared the card base and the layers of my card. I used Elegant Eggplant cardstock for the base, a decorated woodgrain paper for the second layer and whisper white for the third die-cut window layer. I cut the whisper white using a die cut from the Blueprints 27 Collection from MFT Die-namics. I pasted this layer over the base using double sided fun foam. When the feather was totally dry, I applied Memento Luxe Sweet Plum on the center and Memento Luxe Elderberry on the borders, both directly with the inkpads.


Step 3

Then I covered the inked feather with Clear Embossing Powder and melted with the heat tool.


Step 4

Without using the GooseBumps, I repeat the ink and emboss process with a wood heart. You can see the difference in the texture by skipping the GooseBumps step.

Close up of a handmade card featuring a shiny embossed wooden feather and the sentiment "hello" inked in purples with Memento Luxe ink by Martha Lucia Gomez.
Step 5

I die cut a “hello” sentiment twice using two colors of cardstock. Offset them a little and glue using On Point Glue. To finish, adhere the two wood elements over the window frame on the card.

Thank you! If you enjoyed this embossing and texture tutorial then please share on Facebook or leave a comment below!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White
  • Woodgrain decorated paper
  • Technique Tuesday – Hello die
  • Unique Laser Designs – Feather, Heart
  • Gina Marie Designs – Circle Cross Stitch Die-cut

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Learn How to Make Faux Wood Grain With Creative Medium

by Roni Johnson

Learn How to Make Faux Wood Grain With Creative Medium on cardstock by Roni Johnson

I’m always on the look-out for vintage rubber stamps or painting tools because you never know when you’ll find a gem just waiting to be used again. You can’t imagine how excited I was when I found a whole set of vintage faux wood graining tools! I knew right away that I had to have them. As luck “wood” have it, they came in handy for this month’s technique challenge…wood. You don’t have to go in search of vintage wood grain tools as there are many types available at home improvement stores in the paint or faux finish section.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 15 minutes + dry time

Directions

Use a palette knife to spread a thin layer of Vintage Creative Medium over the surface of the paper.
Step 1

Use a palette knife to spread a thin layer of Vintage Creative Medium over the surface of the paper. As you can see it doesn’t have to be perfect, just so most of the paper is covered. You’ll want to work fast as the Creative Medium tends to dry fairly quickly.


Step 2

Simply pull the graining tools across the wet Creative Medium to create the faux wood grain. Rocking graining tools should be pulled and rocked across the wet medium in a single fluid motion. The speed at which you drag and rock will give you an infinite variety of wood grains. Once you have created the pattern you desire then set aside to dry.

Step 3

Now that you have completed the wood grain, immediately wash the excess Creative Medium from the tools.

See this quick YouTube video below for visual guide on the rocking process.

Thank you for checking out this tutorial today! If you enjoyed this crafty awesomeness then please share on Facebook or leave a comment below!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Faux Wood Grain Tools
  • Cardstock

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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!

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other

See How to Detail with Watercolor on a Cute Sock Monkey Card

 by Mischelle Smith

See How to Detail with Watercolor on a Cute Sock Monkey Card. Kaleidacolor ink by Tsukineko.

Candy is the theme this month at Imagine, and while looking through my supplies I came across my Bouquet Kaleidacolor pad.  Candy and Kaleidacolor?! Yes! I see the tropical package of Skittles when I look at the Bouquet color palette … if only my inks tasted like Skittles … right?!

This easy card comes together nicely, and quickly, thanks to the coordinating palette of the Kaleidacolor pad.  For my card, I chose to use each color individually, without any blend.  I can easily expand my palette by clicking the colors together and stamping a ‘blend’ onto my block.  Instantly, I double my color options. Since Kaleidacolor is a water-based dye, it makes the perfect ink for watercoloring. In the tutorial below I break down how to detail a stamped image using a watercoloring technique.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 45 minutes + dry time

Directions


Stamp Kaleidacolor onto acrylic block to use as a palette for your watercoloringStep 1

Stamp the sock monkey image on watercolor paper with StazOn Jet Black.  Stamp Kaleidacolor onto acrylic block to use as a palette for your watercoloring.


Step 2

With a paintbrush, gently prepare image with water. Pick up desired color from acrylic block with a paintbrush, and paint the area prepped with water. The first layer of color is a light, gentle wash. Use a light hand when applying.


Step 3

Use a pencil to sketch guidelines on Sock Monkey. If needed, do an image search for a real photo of a sock monkey to better understand the patterns and lines. The pencil lines will be erased when the monkey is finished and dry. Begin adding ‘heart’ shaped patterns to the pencil lines and work to fill in the entire monkey. Cut out the image and set aside.


Step 4

To finish the card, prep watercolor base and add tangerine color. Loosely lay down color and let dry. With scissors, distress the edges of the tangerine panel and attach to card base with foam tape. Attach the Sock Monkey and washi tape him to sit on. With a Tuxedo Black Memento Marker, draw lines and squiggles around the panel.  Stamp “just for you” sentiment, brushed with a swipe of color, and add to card. Attach lime twine and add any additional details as you see fit.

Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog! If you liked this tutorial then please comment below or share on Facebook!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampin’ Up! – Sock Monkey stamp
  • Lime twine
  • Foam Tape
  • Fan Brush
  • Scissors
  • Brushes – Black Velvet Round Size 2; Black Velvet Oval Wash Size ¾”
  • Washi Tape