Learn How To Make A Gingerbread Theme Gift Tag

by Jowilna Nolte

Learn How To Make A Gingerbread Theme Gift Tag

Make some cute gingerbread theme tags for your gift giving this holiday season. Inspired by the numerous light brown inks and products that fall into this color scheme, I created these holiday tags to inspire you. Enjoy!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 30 minutes per tag

Directions


Step 1

On your Craft Mat mix a small amount of glossy texture paste and Delicata Golden Glitz inker.


Step 2

With a palette knife, apply the colored paste to some white cardstock and leave to dry. A nice thin layer is all you need – add as much texture and dimension as you want.


Step 3

Once the texture paste is dry, use VersaMagic Gingerbread and color the entire piece of cardstock. Blend the ink over the texture paste, then cut a strip about 3cm wide and the length of you tag.


Step 4

Stamps some Christmas baubles (or ornaments) in VersaFine Clair Nocturne.


Step 5

Use a small paintbrush and VersaMagic Gingerbread to add color to your stamped baubles (ornaments). Add ink to your Craft Mat, mist with water and pick up the color to paint your images.


Step 6

Use the direct to paper technique to color half of the length of your manilla tag using the VersaMagic ink pad.


Step 7

Add irRESISTible Pico embellisher in Shimmer and Desert Sand to your baubles (ornaments) and leave to dry.


Step 8

Use VersaFine Clair and a sentiment stamp, and stamp repeatedly down the colored side of the tag.


Step 9

Adhere the paper strip down the left side of the tag and add decorative sewing. Adhere the colored baubles (ornaments) using foam tape for dimension. Adhere one bauble (ornament) flat and cut off overlapping side. Add diamanté and other flourishes to finish it up.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Tags
  • Cardstock – White
  • Stamps – PSX, Kaisercraft
  • Sewing machine
  • Diamante
  • Celebr8 flowers

Create Beautiful Designs with Gold Rinea Foil and StazOn Ink

by Iris Rodriguez

This month we have the fun challenge to make projects using Rinea foils. There are so many fun things you can do with these foils; you can stamp on it, paint, use with mediums or create 3D decorative projects. I like how the gold foil and black look together. For my card, I used Imagine’s GlazOn to seal the foil; it protects the foil and acts as a primer, which allows the ink to better adhere. I stenciled in my design with StazOn ink.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Seal the Gold Rinea foil with Light Gloss or Glossy GlazOn. It protects the foil and acts as a primer, which allows the ink to better adhere. Allow the GlazOn to dry, it dries very fast.


Step 2

Determine the size of your sentiment. I stamped the sentiment with individual alphabet stamps. If you’re doing the same, stamp the whole on a scratch piece of paper to determine the size. Rip apart a scratch piece of paper to a size that will fit the height of the sentiment, plus a little space above and below it. Place the paper about 2/3 down from the top of the foil. The paper will protect the area where the sentiment will be stamped.


Step 3

Using an InkBlusher and Jet Black StazOn ink, stencil the design onto the foil.


Step 4

Stamp the sentiment. Assemble the card. I hope you enjoyed this project and will give it a try. You can count on us to keep bringing you card making and mixed media project ideas, keep visiting the Imagine blog.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Rinea Foils – Glossy Ebony and Gold Pack
  • Cardstock paper-Black
  • Crafter’s Workshop stencils- Numbers – (6×6 inches)
  • Alphabet stamps

Make a “Sending You Autumn Blessings” Greeting Card

by Roni Johnson

Make a "Sending You Autumn Blessings" Greeting Card

Autumn is my favorite time of the year so when I saw these fun stamps from Honey Bee I knew I had to have them. The pick-up is perfect for all sorts of fun scene cards. Rinea foiled papers make it that much more special. The foiled paper is so easy to stamp on using StazOn inks and can be torn, die-cut or trimmed with scissors as you see here. It’s just so much fun to add a bit of zing to your projects with Rinea Foiled Paper.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Stamp the truck onto Ruby/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper using Jet Black StazOn Ink. Fussy cut the truck; die-cut the tires from Mocha/Mocha Starstruck Foiled Paper and window detailing from Silver/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper. Adhere these accents to the pickup truck.


Step 2

Stamp pumpkin pile and individual pumpkins on Marigold/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper; fussy cut. Adhere the pumpkin pile to the truck and set the pumpkins aside. Tear a “dirt road” from Mocha/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper. Die-cut grass and hills from Emerald/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper. Adhere hills, grass and road pieces to a white card panel; affix the truck and pumpkins.


Step 3

Stamp “Sending you” with VersaFine Clair Nocturne and “Autumn Blessings” with VersaFine Clair Acorn inks on the card panel. Affix the card panel to a dark brown card blank.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Rinea Foiled Paper – Autumn Variety Pack; Emerald/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper; Silver/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper
  • Honey Bee Stamps – Sending You Sentiments; Little Pick Up Stamps; Little Pick Up Dies
  • White Cardstock
  • Dark Brown
  • Card Blank
  • Adhesive

November Color of the Month is Gingerbread

November Color of the Month is Gingerbread

Color of the Month for November is Gingerbread. We love this toasty burnt orange-brown color that reminds us of the all the yummy treats and eats that are created for the holidays. For papercrafting, we have a collection of ink colors that perfectly compliment the Gingerbread color. Some of these inks include VersaMagic in (ready for it…) Gingerbread, Memento in Peanut Brittle, and VersaMagic in Pumpkin Spice. These dark orange colors are a great addition to your ink collection.

To start us out for the month of November, we have a super cute cardmaking tutorial by Elina Stromberg. Enjoy!

Cute Birthday Card by Elina Stromberg

As a scrapbooker and card maker, I have lots and lots of beautiful patterned papers. However, very often I prefer using just plain white mixed media papers and creating the background patterns myself. That way I can both enjoy the creative process of inking, stamping, and stenciling but also create patterned papers that have exactly my needed colors. This cute birthday card was inspired by our November color ‘Gingerbread’. Even if I used only a limited color palette I think the card doesn’t look boring at all. Several layers of eye-catching patterns and cute stamped and colored images were a perfect combo!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Stamp and fuzzy-cut the main images.


Step 2

Apply Memento in Desert Sand (light brown) on a piece of mixed media cardstock/watercolor paper. Do not cover the entire sheet but leave some areas white.


Step 3

Stencil VersaMagic in Gingerbread on top of.


Step 4

Stamp circle patterns with VersaFine Clair in Acorn.


Step 5

Add the final layer of patterns by stamping small dots with Memento in Potter’s Clay.


Step 6

Apply a thin layer of white gesso on those areas where the main images will be placed. This will highlight the fuzzy cut images, preventing them from blending into the busy background. Let dry.


Step 7

Glue main images on the card front. Mat card on brown cardstock and attach to white card base. I used the very same techniques for creating a matching ATC. I think it looks quite nice, too!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • White mixed media paper
  • Brown cardstock, white card base
  • White gesso
  • Carabelle Studio: ‘Les Mini OUF 2’ Stamp, Mini Textures
  • VivaLasVegaStamps! – Doodle Dots
  • Ranger Dyulusions – Fresh Dots Small Stencil
  • Promarkers for coloring the images
  • American Crafts – Number stickers

Use Natural Elements to Color a Greeting Card

by Iris Rodriguez

Use Natural Elements to Color a Greeting Card

Got tea? I do and I like to make art with the left-over tea bag paper. After the tea bags dry, you can take out the dried leaves you are left with an awesome substrate. Tea bags are versatile, translucent, luminous, and have an awesome vintage look and feel. I made a card using tea bags and Walnut Inks Cornflower and Willow; both awesome inks look great on tea bags. Not only are you making cool cards, but you are upcycling your tea bags.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 day for drying tea bags, 30 mins for the card, 5 mins to take apart and clean one tea bag

Directions


Step 1

Begin by allowing your tea bags to dry. I place my tea bags on a ceramic plate with a paper towel and allowed them to dry for several days. The color of your tea bag will be determined by the type of tea use. On this project, I started with a light color tea bag because it is Ginger tea.


Step 2

The tea bags are very delicate so a soft touch will be required to take them apart. Remove the tag by pulling it off. Remove the tiny staple with your nails. Rip open the seams. Take out the dried leaves by sloughing it off. Tear off the seams, otherwise, you’ll see it in your art. Do so, by tearing off the edges on the long side of the rectangle.


Step 3

Lay the tea bag on a nonstick surface; such an as craft mat, or wax paper. Spray a small amount of the Cornflower Walnut Ink on your craft mat and mix with water. Brush on the ink. Allow the bag to dry or use a heat tool.


Step 4

Repeat the same process in step 3, using the Willow Walnut Ink.


Step 5

Stamp or stencil images over a piece of scrap paper. The ink will go through the tea bag and stain your paper; it’s best not to stamp on your main card. The Willow Walnut inked tea bag was used to layer an image over the main substrate tea bag. Heat set.


Step 6

To adhere the stamped tea bag to the watercolor paper or main card, brush on a very thin layer of GlazOn Clear Layer Protectant to the back of the stamped tea bag. Finish the card by adhering it to the main card. I hope you enjoyed this project and will give it a try.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Used tea bags
  • Watercolor paper – 140 lbs
  • Joy Clair – Butterfly Kisses stamp set
  • Key Stamp
  • Crafter’s Workshop – Bird On Branches, Moving Vines – (6 x 6 inches)
  • Hero Arts Stamp – Old French Writing

Learn to Make a Pendant from Clay

by Iris Rodriguez

Learn to Make a Pendant from Clay

Making your own jewelry can be so rewarding. You get to make fun and exciting creations, express yourself and make a statement. Making beads out of polymer clay is a great way to get started or simply experiment and see if you like it. The beads can be stamped, colored, and even embossed. For this project, I made a round, dome-shaped bead, stamped it and embossed with silver embossing powder.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes + baking time according to clay manufacturer instructions

Directions


Step 1

Set out your mat. Ceramic, glass or special mats like Polyform’s Sculpey Make ‘N Bake Mat surfaces work best when working with clay.


Step 2

Begin by conditioning the clay with a clay roller, or pasta machine. When first taking the clay out of the package, roll the clay a few times in order to soften it. If it cracks when running it through the pasta machine or roller; this means that it’s not conditioned. So continue to condition. If using a pasta machine, roll one sheet of clay to the third thickest setting. If using a roller, aim for 1/16 inch thickness. Place stamp over the clay, press firmly into the clay with your fingers or clay roller.


Step 3

Remove stamp. Ensure you get a deep indentation so that you have good dimension.


Step 4

Using the Premo Sculpey Circle cutters, cut out the clay. Use the second largest cutter from the set.


Step 5

Prepare the pendant for baking. In order to get a dome shape, place the clay over a rounded object, like a burned out light bulb or the round edge of a ceramic bowl. Bake the clay according to the manufacturer’s instructions on the package.


Step 6

While the clay is baking, prepare the bail. Using the Premo Sculpey Circle cutters, cut out a circle. Use the second smallest cutter from the set. Then use the smallest cutter and cut out tiny slices off on opposite sides of each other.


Step 7

After the clay cures, roll out a small sheet of clay to the 4th thickest setting in the pasta machine. Spread a little bit of liquid clay on the back of the bead. The liquid clay adheres the clay to each other. Adhere the newly rolled out sheet of clay. Cut out the excess with a precision knife. Texture the back. This is in case, the bead flips while you are wearing it and it will still look fabulous. Add a couple of drops of liquid clay to the bail and adhere to the bead. Before doing so, lay down a piece of wire, so that it bakes with an opening. This is where the cord will go through. Bake the bead according to the manufacturer’s instructions on the package.


Step 8

Ink the raised areas with the VersaMark ink. Add embossing powder in Silver. The clay tends to attract the embossing powder so it will want to go into the non-inked area. Use a liner brush to remove the embossing powder from the crevices.


Step 9

Heat set the embossing powder, just like you would on paper. The clay will tend to get a little soft with the heat. Let cool off, do not touch and risk distorting it. The clay will harden again. Seal the bead with Sculpey Gloss Glaze. It is very important to seal the clay. It protects the embossing powder and clay. Add the leather or cotton cord and clasp. Now you have a necklace to add to your wardrobe.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Polyform – Sculpey Souffle Clay in Poppy Seed, Gloss Glaze, Graduated Cutter Circle Set
  • Lightbulb
  • Rubber Stamp
  • Leather or Cotton Cord
  • Jewelry Hardware: jump ring, clasp, needle nose pliers
  • Ceramic tile, crafting glass, or Sculpey Work ‘N Bake Clay Mat