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.


  • 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! 


  • 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

Hello! Ciao! Salut! It Is World Hello Day!

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Hello! Ciao! Salut! It Is World Hello Day!

Today is World Hello Day! Written in many languages and in different colors, the card comes just to say “Hello” and spread the message everywhere!

Making this card was quick and easy and only takes a couple steps. The square background cardstock is stamped with words in different sizes, languages and fonts using a wide range of VersaColor and Memento ink pads for a colorful result. The center grey square shade is made of tracing paper with Memento Tuxedo Black applied with a sponge dauber. Both the globe and the main red “Hello” are Imagine’s embossing powders to add a shine and intense color. The “Hello” is stamped on another piece of tracing paper. Once all the stamping is finished then you can layer the elements with the various “Hello” sentiments on as the base, washi tape, the tracing paper, then the globe and an embossed “Hello” on the top!

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


  • Globe stamp
  • Letter stamps (multiple sources)
  • White cardstock
  • Washi tape
  • Tracing paper
  • Heat gun

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!


  • 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.


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

Color of the Month is Chocolate Brown

November Color of the Month

To celebrate the warm and cozy aspects of November our Color of the Month is Chocolate Brown! This color reminds us of Fall, Thanksgiving table decor, warm drinks such as coffee or hot cocoas and of course Chocolate! Next to black, brown is a very popular color in the Tsukineko and Imagine products so naturally we are excited to see what our Artist in Residence have cooked up this month in their crafting projects. Of course if you use brown in any of your craft projects for November then please tag your work with #imaginecolorchallenge on Instagram! We might just have to repost some of them!

 'I Love You S'More' Handmade Card by Alison Heikkila

‘I Love You S’More’ Handmade Card by Alison Heikkila

Hello! For November, the Imagine Color of the Month is Chocolate. Yum! The color is rich and smooth, and immediately I think of how delicious chocolate can be. So I decided to make a card with food imagery. More specifically, I picked S’mores.

I used Lawn Fawn’s Love You S’more stamps and Memento Ink in Rich Cocoa for almost all of my stamping. I like to use this color as a soft substitute for black. The S’mores were colored in with only a couple of Memento Markers. I used Lady Bug for the hearts and added a bit of White Gelly Roll for some faux shine. There’s a curved line in the Love You S’more set, and that’s what I used on the sides. They were stamped with Delicata Ink in Dark Brown Shimmer. I thought they made a fun border and helped draw the eye to the center of the card. I also inked my edges to ground the card a bit.

This card came together really quickly, which is great because sometimes you just need to put a fast card together. It’s also really nice to step away from black and use shades of brown for a softer, rich look. Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to like this post or share on facebook and have an inspiring day!


  • Lawn Fawn – Love You S’More stamp set
  • Sakura – White Gelly Roll Pen
  • Kraft Cardstock

Espresso Yourself! Greeting Card by Roni Johnson

National Espresso Day is November 23rd and what a better way to celebrate than a wonderful card for a friend…Espresso Yourself! I couldn’t have chosen a better pairing with this holiday and this month’s color of the month – Chocolate. Imagine’s luscious Dark Brown Shimmer Delicata Ink and Memento’s Rich Cocoa were the main ingredients for this eye-opening card!

Create the background by stamping the coffee cup circle motif with the Dark Brown Shimmer Ink. Stamp an extra image on scrap paper and trim to use as a mask. Mask off the first coffee cup motif and stamp the coffee text on the panel using Rich Cocoa ink; reposition the mask as necessary and continue to stamp the text until the entire panel has been covered. Stamp the large coffee mugs using Dark Brown Shimmer Delicata and die-cut the image as well as the scallop mat. Stamp the tiny coffee cups on a light brown panel using Desert Sand Memento Ink. Stamp the sentiment over top using Dark Brown Shimmer and die cut. Assemble the elements incorporating the 1.5” ribbon and finish off the card with a few dots of Bronze Pico Embellisher.

And there you have it! You are ready for a coffee date!


  • Cardstock
  • ClubScrap.com – Coffee cup, “Espresso Yourself” stamps

Do you Dream of Cotton Candy Themes?

by Elina Stromberg

Do you Dream of Cotton Candy? Make a cotton candy theme unicorn card

“Roll me in fairy dust, and call me a unicorn!” To lift my mood and to make a rainy day sparkle I took out my unicorn die set and started crafting with soft pastel colors and candy color papers. Die-cut collages are the perfect way to utilize little scrap paper pieces; I have one small box in which I store leftover pieces of solid color papers; in many cases, you only need a little piece of a specific color, and having a scrap paper box has proven to be handy.

These unicorn cards gave me the opportunity to play with my favorite Fireworks Shimmery Craft Sprays. Watching the colors mix is on a piece of white paper is true crafting bliss! My cards have two kinds of backgrounds; the soft solid tones are created with brushing Fireworks on a wet paper, and the more textured ones I made using a plastic freezer bag. I placed my hand inside the bag, sprayed some ink on the plastic, and pressed the ink on the paper. While the color was still wet, I repeated the steps with new colors, letting the colors mix on the paper. The soft tone background is sparkling. To maximize the sparkle, I sprinkled iridescent embossing powder on the ink while it was still wet. When drying the paper with my heat gun, I also adhered the embossing powder on the card. Pink clouds also have a shimmering texture finish. Using a palette knife, I added Iridescent Purple Creative Medium on the die-cut clouds.

Some backgrounds became a bit too busy, so I whitewashed the center using a Stipple Brush, white gesso, and a circle stencil. A thin layer of gesso is translucent and lets the background pattern show through. For adding opaque white details, I used white embossing powder. I sprinkled the powder on the dry background, and heat-set it by heating it from underneath. It’s a simple technique that can be used on most paper surfaces!

If you enjoyed this project then let us know! Please comment below or share on social media!


  • Sizzix – Unicorn die set
  • White gel pen
  • Pattern stencil
  • Circle stencil
  • The Crafters Workshop – Mini Corn Cob Etching stencil
  • White gesso
  • Water mister
  • Cardstock – various colors
  • Cardbase – white
  • Glue

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


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!


  • 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