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.

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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.

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  • 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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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!

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  • Faux Wood Grain Tools
  • Cardstock

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Create Texture and Color with Beautiful Aubergine Stars

by Jowilna Nolte

Create Texture and Color with Beautiful Aubergine Stars Thank you Card Tsukineko imagine crafts jowilna nolte

I love the richness of Aubergine – not quite purple but not quite blue either – perfectly located in between. This warm and rich color is so versatile and can be used in a number of ways. The great thing about ink is that on the color spectrum Imagine offers such a huge variety of inks that cover most every need. And when you want a hue that is just slightly unique, blending together ink from two or more inkers is just the ticket. Let’s take a look how this wonderful color can be mixed using our range of products.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

 

Directions

Memento Luxe Rhubarb Stalk and Mulberry dye ink and mix well into the texture paste
Step 1

I needed to mix my color to get just the tone I was looking for, so decided to mix two of my inkers to get the perfect shade of Aubergine texture paste for this card. On a palette add a small amount of texture paste. Add a few drops of Memento Luxe Rhubarb Stalk and Mulberry Tsukineko dye ink and mix well into the texture paste.


Step 2

Position your stencil on a piece of colored scrap cardstock. (My background was misted with dye inks in various colors from a previous crafting session. You could create a special background or use printed cardstock.)  Apply the colored paste through the stencil.


Carefully remove the stencil while the paste is still wet and leave to dry naturally for a flawless finish.
Step 3

Carefully remove the stencil while the paste is still wet and leave to dry naturally for a flawless finish.


Add a stamped sentiment, additional cut out stenciled stars and some scattered diamanté.
Step 4

Trim the stenciled panel down to fit onto the front of your folded card and adhere in place. Add a stamped sentiment, additional cut out stenciled stars and some scattered diamanté. For the extra special touch, use a sewing machine to stitch it all together, otherwise adhesive will do.

If you enjoyed this quick and easy technique then please share!

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  • Jowilna Nolte – Star stencil, diamanté
  • Cardstock
  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • Stamp – “thank you” sentiment

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Get a Free Download for Halloween Treat Box

Sweet Treats for You by Neva Cole

Time for a few candy treats, Halloween candy that is! This sweet little-handled box was easy to create with dies and stamps and is ready to give to a special someone! The box was die cut then stamped to create a balanced use of the images. One side of the box is die cut to create an opening for a window that is finished with a bit of recycled packaging. The die cut itself is used to make a matching tag. To outline the sentiment in coordinating colors the image was stamped several times just out of alignment to create the shadow effect. Add a few bakers twine to tie the tag to the box and a few mini candy bars finish off the little gift.

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  • The Stamps of Life – Handle Box die, Candy2Share stamp set, Wrapped Candy die set
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs – Stitched Rectangles die set
  • Eyelet
  • Bakers twine
  • Dimensional Foam Adhesive

 


Halloween Tombstone Treat Box Template by Roni Johnson

Halloween is quickly approaching and this year I’m lucky enough to have 3 little ones to spoil this year. I thought it would be fun to make a Tombstone Treat Box to hold their “loot”.

To create the initial layer of color on the tombstone background start by pouncing Niagra Mist, Aloe Vera and Sahara Sand VersaMagic inks on the Craft Mat. Mist the inks with water and pounce the cardstock into the ink mixture until you are satisfied with the color. Let the cardstock dry completely. Since VersaMagic is such a dense ink this step will not take long.

Next, pounce Green and Purple Encore’ ink onto the craft mat, mist with water and dip the cardstock in the ink one or more times. Once again, let the cardstock dry. Crumble the paper to create the spooky wrinkle texture. Sponge London Fog Memento Dye ink over the creases in the paper with a Jumbo Dauber to highlight the wrinkles and give it a distressed, worn look. Print the tombstone treat box pattern and use as a guide to cut out the treat box. You can also ink directly onto the template but I choose not to because I did not want the cut lines and folds to show. Assemble the tombstone using Tear It Tape. Ink the edges of the tombstone with Black Memento Dye Ink. Add desired stamped images and sentiments.

And the best part, fill with lots of chocolates and candies then… Enjoy!

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Learn How to Create a Raven Themed Halloween Sign

by Alison Heikkila 

Learn How to Create a Raven Themed Halloween Sign

Hello! I really enjoy working with wood, so I created a Halloween raven plaque that can be hung on the wall or on a door. Keep in mind, that you can use any combination of images you’d like. If you’re not a fan of crows, (gasp!) you can always use cats, pumpkin, witches, stars, etc.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions

a small unfinished wooden plaque
Step 1

I used a small unfinished wooden plaque for this project. You can get these at any craft and hobby store. Mine is about 3″ x 4.”

VersaCraft Velvet palette
Step 2

Using a 3/8″ stencil brush, I applied the brown shade that is in the VersaCraft Velvet palette. VersaCraft ink is fantastic for using on things that go way beyond paper. It’s great on fabric, for example.


Step 3

After the brown ink dried, I swiped Black (in the same VersaCraft palette) on the wood, following the grain to bring out the texture. I focused a bit more heavily on the edges to make the piece appear aged.

VersaCraft ink, this time to the crows, with my stencil brush.
Step 4

Next I taped down my stencil. You’ll notice that the tape I used has been used before. I reuse my tape to minimize the stickiness of it so that nothing peels up when I remove it. I applied more Real Black VersaCraft ink, this time to the crows, with my stencil brush.

stamped my raven skull, using the full sized pad of Real Black VersaCraft
Step 5

Next, I stamped my raven skull, using the full sized pad of Real Black VersaCraft. I had it on hand already, so that just made it easier to stamp, since the image is so large.

Nevermore" sentiment with VersaCraft
Step 6

After that, I stamped my “Nevermore” sentiment with VersaCraft.

Wedding Dress irRESISTables with a liner brush, as well as some Golden Glitz Delicata ink
Step 7

I felt that the piece needed some more of something so I splattered some Wedding Dress irRESISTible with a liner brush, as well as some Golden Glitz Delicata ink from the inker. It added just enough texture and shine. Then I simply drilled two holes at the top and added some gold colored wire to hang it with.

I hope you’ll give VersaCraft ink a try if you haven’t already. The colors are rich and opaque, and it is so much fun to experiment on other surfaces! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

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  • Stampendous – Andy Skinner Birds and Bones stamp set, Row of Crows Stencil
  • Jumbo Acrylic Stamp Handle
  • 3/8″ Stencil Brush
  • Smeared Ink – Nevermore Stamp
  • Small Wood Plaque
  • Liner Brush

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See How to Create Autumnal Themes with Kraft Paper & Delicata

Create an Autumn Feel with Delicata Layers by Elina Stromberg

A short while ago six new gorgeous colors were introduced to the metallic Delicata ink collection. These rich and creamy pigment inks are wonderful to work with; they can be used with all types of stamps, giving a crisp image on various surfaces.

I used the Delicata inks on a set of simple CAS style cards. Delicata inks come in both lighter and darker colors and the stamped images dry quickly which makes them a perfect choice for different layered stamping projects. Rich Delicata inks work well on darker papers, too. I used two different kraft cardstock, but could as well have chosen dark blue, dark brown or even black backgrounds. Oh, and just look at that gorgeous metallic shimmer! Love it!

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  • Simon Says Stamp – One With Nature (leaf)
  • Honey Bee Stamps – Congrats stamp & matching die –
  • Cardbase
  • Cardstock – kraft, white
  • Double-sided tape
  • Small seed beads

Enjoy Coffee Greeting Cards by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

What better way to give a happy moment to a coffee lover. Make gift card pockets in the shape of a coffee cup and place the cards in. To make the pockets, I cut cardstock in paper cup shapes and using a stripes stencil, Memento and Delicata inks I cover the cuttings. The clear cover is made of a shaker card bubble front cut in less than half and set on the front of the pocket with Tear It! Tape. For the foam, I puffed up some White Amplify! with my heat tool partially placed on a piece of paper and partially on the craft mat. After it was cool I lifted it from the craft mat and glued it on the back of the clear bubble. A clear plastic (acetate) was cut and placed on a back side of the bubble to protect the foamy Amplify! and allow easy placement and removal of the gift card. Decorate the pockets with some corrugated paper (hot coffee protection!) and add tags and some coffee beans.

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  • Shaker card bubbles front
  • Corrugated paper
  • Stripes stencil
  • Burlap string
  • Stamp – “Enjoy”
  • Canvas Corp – Coffee tags
  • Coffee beans

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