Make a Faux Watercolor Poinsettia Gift Tag

Poinsettia Tag 1

By Alison Heikkila –

Hello! This is the time of year that people get really into making tags. Tags for gifts, tag books, etc. Today I’ve got a fun way to use Memento Inks to make them look like you’ve watercolored, but you didn’t need to work as hard. We will be using a layering stamp set to create the focal point of the tag. I used Poinsettia Parts from Stampendous.

Skill Level: Beginner
Time: 10 Minutes, plus drying time between layers

Directions:

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Step 1:

Using an acrylic block or stamp positioner, adhere your most solid layer.

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Step 2:

Ink up the stamp with at least 2 colors of Memento Ink. I used Sweet Plum and Lady Bug.

Step 3:

Spritz the inked stamp with water. Let the colors start to run together, but don’t spritz the stamp so much that the colors become totally washed out.

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Step 4:

Carefully flip your stamp over on to a piece of watercolor paper. Gently press the stamp into the paper and leave it there for a few minutes. You can even add something heavy on top if you want more consistent pressure.

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Step 5:

Repeat Step 4 with any additional parts of your image. I needed to add a leaf and another petal. I used Pear Tart and Cottage Ivy for the leaf. Let all of the “watercolor” layers dry thoroughly before moving on.

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Step 6:

Stamp the top or detail layer with VersaFine Clair ink in Nocturne.

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Step 7:

To add additional detail, you can apply some ink to your Craft Mat and spritz with water, then apply with a paintbrush. Here, I used Dandelion and Morocco to color in the center of the poinsettia. Fussy cut the stamped image.

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Step 8:

Apply Rich Cocoa Memento Ink to a background stamp. I used an older Stampendous stamp with sheet music on it. I like to flip my stamp up and apply my substrate (in this case, a tag made with Kraft cardstock) on top of the stamp. I press the tag into the stamp with my fingers. This allows me to place the tag where I want, and I don’t need to fuss with a large, sometimes unwieldy large stamp. You may also do this step while allowing your poinsettia to dry.

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Step 9:

Ink up a blending brush with more Rich Cocoa ink and gently buff the edges. You may smear some of your stamped image if it hasn’t dried completely, but I don’t mind that look. It helps to make the tag look old.

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Step 10:

Add a sentiment strip to your tag, adhere the poinsettia, and tie on some ribbon.

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Now you’ve got a completed tag that you can add to gifts, use it as a place card at the dinner table, or even to decorate a card base. Experiment with different color palettes to get a wide range of looks. And remember, these techniques don’t have to be used only at holiday time! Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Art Supplies:

Imagine:

Memento Inks in Lady Bug, Sweet Plum, Dandelion, Morocco, Cottage Ivy, Pear Tart, and Rich Cocoa
VersaFine Clair Ink in Nocturne
Tear It! Tape
Craft Mat

Other:

Stampendous: Poinsettia Parts and sheet music Cling Stamp
Kraft Colored Tag
Ribbon
Blending Brush

Quick and Simple Penguin Holly Jolly Card with Memento Markers


by Lori Warren

Need a quick and cute Christmas card idea? This “Be Jolly By Golly” Penguin card project was completed with Memento Markers and a few other supplies.  It’s a great project if you need to make several Christmas Cards.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 10 minutes per card

Directions

Art Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • The Angel Company – Penguins
  • Tonic Studios, Tim Holtz Stamp Platform
  • Water-brush
  • Glitter
  • String
  • White Card Stock

Adorn your Christmas Packages with Lovely Handmade Tags

by Lori Warren

Adorn your Christmas Packages with Lovely Handmade Tags

Adorn your Christmas packages with lovely home-made tags. They are a breeze to create with VersaColor ink and few other products from Imagine.

Directions


Step 1

Spray 3 White Tags with Fireworks Spray – Rich Cocoa & Rhubarb Stock

Step 2

Sponge brick stencil pattern onto tags with VersaColor Brown and then repeat with Turquoise.

Step 3

Stamp snowflake image onto tag with VersaColor Charcoal, then stamp a dot pattern with Turquoise.

Step 4

Stamp reindeer with VersaColor Turquoise and emboss with Clear MBoss embossing powder.

Step 5

Use coordinating die to cut out reindeer images.

Step 6

Stamp saying in VersaColor Black.

Step 7

Adhere reindeer image onto tag and then spray with irRESISTible Spray – Wedding Dress.

Step 8

Attach ribbons to tag.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Celebrate It Ribbon
  • Uniball Signo Pen – White
  • Recollections Clear Stamps – Christmas
  • Catherine Pooler Clear Stamps – Winterhaven Collections
  • Creative Embellishments – Stencil
  • Tim Holtz – Sidekick
  • Tags – white

See How to Make a Snowflake Shaker Ornament with Mboss

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Hello crafty friends, Martha Lucia here! Today, I am sharing a snowflake shaker ornament that you can use to decorate your gifts and/or Christmas tree. To create this, I am using a shaker dimension set with a snowflake design, VersaMark Clear Ink and Mboss Blue Icicle. Like this set came with a piece of acetate sheet to cover the free areas, I made it like a shaker piece adding some sprinkles.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Ink one of the sides of your or the ornament directly with the VersaMark Inkpad. Cover it with your selection of Mboss color. I used the Blue Icicle.


Step 2

Melt the powder with the heat tool. And repeat the process twice or three times to give more dimension to your ornament.


Step 3

Cut a piece of card stock with the same shape or your ornament and apply over it some touches of Frost Sheer Shimmer Stix. Let the paper dry naturally.


Step 4

Paste the base shape or double-sided foam tape onto the inked shape. Add your fillers, it could be sequins, sprinkles, beads or whatever you want. Adhere the clear acetate on top with liquid glue and cover it with the embossed design. Finalize your ornament adding a tie or pasting it to your gift. You can try different designs and different colors of Mboss to add your personal touch! Thank you for stopping by and see you soon!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Snowflake Shaker Dimension Set by Kat Scrappiness
  • Chipboard Ornament
  • Cardstock
  • Plastic
  • Heat tool
  • Coffee Filter

Double Emboss a set of Ornaments for a Unique Holiday Craft

by Roni Johnson

It’s that time of the year to kick making into full gear. It is easier to create when you narrow your focus and choose a color scheme to work with. This year I have chosen Berry, Blue and Silver. I knew I wanted to make some “Mail-able Ornaments” for my far away friends. MBoss embossing powders are just the ticket!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 15 minutes per ornament

Directions


Step 1

Die-cut or hand cut desired ornament shapes from a medium weight chipboard. I used the ornament die from Sizzix.


Step 2

Pounce the ornament on a VersaMark pad until the entire ornament has been covered with the ink.


Step 3

Pour desired color of Mboss embossing powder over the ornament, shake off and reserve excess powder for future use.


Step 4

Use a heat tool to melt the embossing powder and let cool.


Step 5

Repeat steps 2 – 4 one or two more times creating a thick molten layer of embossing powder over the ornament.


Step 6

Immediately after the final melting cycle press a stamp into the molten embossing powder and let the embossing powder cool. Note: the molten embossing powder will not damage the stamp.


Step 7

After the embossing powder has cooled, peel the ornament from the stamp.


Step 8

Embellish the ornaments as desired.


Step 9

Add a length of stretch cord for a hanger.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Chipboard
  • Sizzix Ornament Die
  • Unity Stamp Co – Burst of Snowflakes, Trees
  • Silver Stretch Cord

Use StazOn Pigment in Snowflake to Create Christmas Gift Tags

by Elina Stromberg

Use StazOn Pigment in Snowflake to Create Christmas Gift Tags

Very soon it is the time of the year again when we start wrapping Christmas gifts for our loved ones. A handmade gift tag makes the present even more special; it delivers a heartfelt message that the receiver is important to you. These adorable Christmas penguins by Joy Clair are the perfect addition to your personalized message. Just start by punching a pile of tags from leftover cardstock pieces, and soon you will have a pile of gift tags ready to spread out the Christmas feeling to your friends and family!

Skill: Beginner/Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Punch or hand-cut gift tags from light blue cardstock.

Stamp a snowy hill shape on each tag using white StazOn Pigment ink.
Step 2

Cut a wave shape from fun foam. Attach to an acrylic block using double-sided tape. Stamp a snowy hill shape on each tag using white StazOn Pigment ink.

Stamp Christmas penguins on white paper with black ink
Step 3

Stamp Christmas penguins on white paper with black ink. Color with markers or color pencils. Cut around the edges. To make the fuzzy cutting quick and easy you can cut out the little details on the wings and feet; those parts will be re-stamped later on the tag background.


Step 4

Stamp the penguins on the tags using black VersaFine Clair.


Step 5

Glue the fuzzy cut images on the tags, aligning the fuzzy cut and stamped penguin images. Decorate with a white gel pen.

Supplies

Imagine

StāzOn Pigment – Snowflake
Memento – Tuxedo Black
VersaFine Clair – Nocturne
Craft Mat

Other

• Joy Clair Stamps – Christmas Penguin
• Fiskars Tag punch
• Cardstock in light blue
• Piece of fun foam
• Double-sided tape. Glue
• Acrylic markers
• White gel pen
• Acrylic block for stamping
• Scissors