Celebrate Mardi Gras this Year with a Handmade Mask

by Kyriako Pachadiroglou

Celebrate Mardi Gras this year with a gorgeous and festive handmade mask. Vertigo sheets are a great tool for making amazing visual effect when light hits it and it’s always more vibrant when color is added. Using the StazOn ink pads you can assure that the colors mix well on the Vertigo sheet and will not fade. Imagine’s Embossing Powder also provides a detailed decoration for this project that is iconic of the celebration of Mardi Gras. Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour


Step 1

Print the mask template, cut along and secure it on the back of a Vertigo Sheet using masking tape.

Step 2

Cut along the mask pattern.

Step 3

From the remaining Vertigo sheet, cut wave shaped stripes between 3-4 inch and color with the StazOn Blazing Red and Royal Purple.

Step 4

Using your heat gun and a pair of tweezers, heat the Vertigo stripes and twist.

Step 5

Partially cover the Vertigo mask pieces with StazOn Studio Glaze. Continue to color with the StazOn Blazing Red and Royal Purple inks.

Step 6

Stamp the sun design on side of the mask using the VersaMark inkpad. Decorate the opposite side by hand using the VersaMarker. Cover with Imagine’s Embossing Powder in White and heat set.

Step 7

Decorate the mask with the StazOn Studio Glaze in Silver, making lines and dots.

Step 8

Pierce holes on the mask inner sides and hand tie with the cord.

Step 9

Punch holes on the Vertigo stripes and attach them with an eyelet on the mask. Add eyelets on the ends of the mask to tie later the elastic cord.

Step 10

Use small pieces of Tear It Tape to glue feathers close to, previously attached, Vertigo stripes.

Step 11

Add rhinestones by gluing them with On Point Glue. And finish the mask by adding the elastic band to the sides.


  • Mask Template
  • Rhinestones
  • Stamperia – Sun stamp
  • Eyelets
  • Hole punch
  • Elastic cord
  • Feathers
  • Masking tape
  • Heat gun
  • Piercing tool
  • White waxed cord

Create a Beautiful Mountain Landscape with Stamps

by Neva Cole

Create a Beautiful Mountain Landscape with Stamps

This is a scene I truly would enjoy gazing upon Mount Hood in the distance with a few deer peeking out through snow covered evergreens. I get to see deer in my yard on occasion hiding among the trees, and I can see mountains in my home town, just not out my front window! So, this is a fantasy scene created just for our Winter Window challenge. Learn how to make your own window frame using a wood grain stamp, Tear It! Tape and Kraft cardstock to surround a multilayered outdoor landscape.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 90 minutes


Scribble Memento Markers on craft matStep 1

Stamp foreground images in StazOn Saddle Brown on white cardstock and die cut. Scribble Memento Markers on craft mat along with a spritz of Ink Potion No. 9 and watercolor images.

use Memento Markers in Pistachio and Olive Grove in the foreground and Danube Blue for the sky.Step 2

Stamp Mount Hood image in StazOn Saddle Brown on 5” x 6 ½” Bristol Board card base and watercolor. I choose to use Memento Markers in Pistachio and Olive Grove in the foreground and Danube Blue for the sky. Most of the foreground will be covered.

Stamp woodgrain image in Memento Rich CocoaStep 3

Stamp woodgrain image in Memento Rich Cocoa on a 3” x 11” section of Kraft cardstock. The image is not designed to line up, so I used a Memento Dual Tip Marker to draw in lines to finish the look.

Step 4

Trim Kraft cardstock into ¾” strips and score the back 1/8” from each edge. Die cut the center from Kraft cardstock trimmed to 5” x 6 ½” to make the supporting window frame.

Step 5

Apply Tear It! Tape to all four sides of the base frame. Fold edges of each section back on scored lines trim to fit the frame. Adhere each section to create window frame.

Step 6

Arrange and adhere die cuts to create desired scene. The background images are adhered directly to the card base, the middle images have one layer of thin dimensional foam adhesive, and the foreground images have two layers of thin dimensional foam adhesive. Take care to avoid adhesive around the edges where the frame will be placed. Trim images that overhang the scene.

Step 7

To add a bit of shimmer to the scene, color snow sections on mountain with Versa Marker and heat emboss with Iridescent embossing powder. When I view snow-covered mountains from a distance they seem to have a bit of a glimmer.

Step 8

Add bits of Radiant Neon Amplify! on the scene to mimic a light covering of snow in the foreground, and a snow topped mountain in the background. Heat to cure and puff up the Amplify! Adhere frame over the scene. Add any finishing details that inspire you!

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  • Bristol Board
  • Cardstock – white, kraft
  • Rainy Day Stamps – Mount Hood Large (Vintage)
  • Heartfelt Creations – Woodsy Critters stamp & die set, Woodsy Wonderland stamp & die set
  • Unity Stamp Company – Grainy Background
  • Elizabeth Craft Design – Stitched Rectangles
  • Fine tipped paint brush

Color of the Month for December is Evergreen

Color of the Month for December is Evergreen. Delicata new color Emerald Green, Memento has Cottage Ivy and Kaleidacolor Fresh Greens 5 color palette

To celebrate the month of December we decided to challenge our Artists with the color Evergreen! We love seeing the fresh greenery in Holiday decor, Christmas tree stamp collections, and a variety of green imagery. Some of our favorite Tsukineko brands feature fabulous green ink colors to satisfy the Evergreen challenge. Delicata has a new color called Emerald Green, Memento has Cottage Ivy and if you are looking for something outside the norm you can try the Kaleidacolor Fresh Greens 5 color palette. In today’s post, Martha creates a sweet mason jar die cut window in a holiday card, Kyriakos gets crafty with ornaments and Mischelle creates a greenery frame on stationery.

Winter Wonderland Holiday Card by Martha Lucia Gomez Kaleidacolor diecut window mason jar shape deer

Winter Wonderland Holiday Card by Martha Lucia Gomez

Our color challenge this month is Evergreen and I decided to use it in conjuntion with a die cut and one of my favorite versatile inks. Creating winter scenes is so much fun, you can stamp several images or use a complete stamp. On this card, I am using the Bright all Night image from Close to My Heart. I stamped it over the whisper white card base using Fresh Greens Kaleidacolor Ink. It looks simple and gorgeous with different tones of green. I love the look of the sentiment stamped outside the window in the matching ink!


  • Close to My Heart – “Bright all Night” stamp set
  • So Suzy Stamps – Doe Small
  • Stampin Up – Everyday Jars framelits
  • Die cut machine
  • Cardstock

Christmas Tree Ornament by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Christmas Tree Ornament by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Handmade Christmas ornaments are always special to make and share. They represent your style of home decoration during this festive season and they go far away from the commercial ones. With green color being one of the top choices every year, I chose to make ornaments in tree shape that fit well on Christmas tree, gift boxes, and any other decorations and projects.

The wooden tree shapes are covered with All-Purpose Ink and Delicata Emerald Green. The designs on top follow the same color choice, but with a little of sparkle, using Imagine’s Verdigris embossing powder. The process shows two ways to color the trees using the inks used in a reverse way.

Stamp with VersaMark and Viva clear stamps and heat set Imagine’s embossing powder Verdigris with your heat gun

Heavily cover the tree shape with Delicata Emerald Green. Let it dry. Use a soft flat paint brush and make repetitive strokes with the White All-Purpose Ink following the shape of the tree branches. The two inks will start to blend creating soft lines. Repeat on the other side. For the second ornament try the opposite. Paint the tree shape with the All-Purpose Ink, and then make strokes with the Delicata following again the shape of three and the way branches should look. After your ink is dry, emboss with Imagine’s Verdigris embossing powder. Add rhinestones to further embellish the trees.


  • Wooden tree shapes
  • Rhinestones
  • Heat gun
  • Ribbon
  • Viva Decor – “Peacock Feathers” stamp set

Custom Christmas Letter Stationery by Mischelle Smith - wise men still seek him. nativity. Close to My Heart – Perfectly Pine, Reason for the Season stamps

Custom Christmas Letter Stationery by Mischelle Smith

It’s Christmas! It is a time of year that makes me think of stationery. I have always loved stationery and love that I can easily create my own for any season and in any color palette. Imagine’s color of the month is Evergreen and that makes me think of pine trees. I combined some of my favorite greens and blues to create this fabulous stationery ready for this year’s Christmas letter.

With Nautical Blue ink – stamp nativity, saying “Wise Men still Seek Him” and several pine tree branches. Stamp the remaining pine tree branches with Memento Northern Pine and Bamboo Leaves. Since dye ink dries so quickly you can start writing on the stationery soon after creating the frame. Enjoy!


  • Memento – Nautical Blue, Northern Pine, Bamboo Leaves
  • Close to My Heart – Perfectly Pine, Reason for the Season stamps
  • White paper

Today is a Great Day for Rich Cocoa

Hello Greeting Card in Cocoa Colors by Elina Stromberg

Our November theme color is Chocolate Brown. Some paper crafters may think that a deep brown color is a boring choice, but when mixing several brown tones together you can easily create warm and beautiful project for every occasion. Stamping platforms and other stamping alignment tools let you re-stamp the image exactly on the same spot several times, so with this card design I decided to take advantage of this awesome tool. I mixed three brown colors and applied ink only partly on the stamp, allowing colors to mix and layer. When creating a multi-colored stamped image I suggest you start with the lighter colors and continue building layers with the darker shades. Adding a darker ink color on top of a light one is easy, but when stamping a light color on top of a dark ink may not change the dark base color at all.

For this cocoa colored card, I used a light kraft cardstock as my background and layered several brown inks on my stamped image. The lovely image did not need too much additional decoration, but for continuing the idea of several brown tones I created a stitched border using two brown embroidery yarns. For making the beautiful browns pop, I added a hint of white with a gel pen. Then of course I mounted the kraft paper on the deep brown then altogether on a cream card base. Done!


  • Misti Stamp Tool
  • Cardbase – Cream
  • Cardstock – Kraft, Deep brown
  • Waffle Flower – ‘Enveloper Hello’ stamp set
  • Brown embroidery yarn
  • Needle
  • White gel pen
  • Two-sided tape


You are the Hero in Your Own Story by Renee Zarate

This is a monochromatic card that takes us back to a different time and place. All of us know someone we regard as a “hero”. How delightful to send a card and tell them how much we admire them and why. It might just make their day.

Here is a quick run-down of how I made this card. Stamp images on a panel measured to fit the card. Use Rich Cocoa Memento for the city stamp and Celestial Copper Delicata for the hero sentiment. Stamp the crackle background with Champagne Delicata and heat set. Cut out the boy image and sentiment. Apply VersaMark to the stamped phrase panel and emboss with clear embossing powder. Distress the edge of this small panel with Memento pen in Espresso Truffle.

Distress edges of entire large panel with Delicata Champagne and a small sponge dauber. Color in the boy image with Memento Markers. Create a ground for the boy with stamping additional marks and washi tape. Adhere the the phrase panel and boy image with pop dots. Use Tear It Tape to mount the finished panel onto black cardstock then to patterned paper and then a piece of cardboard. If desired, tie a ribbon or twine around the left side of the card.


  • Cardstock
  • Card base
  • Twine
  • Artistic Outpost – Paper Boy stamp
  • Snapping Monsters –  Wonder Girl stamp
  • Pop dots

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

Tag Your Art for a Chance to Win

We have so much going on for the month of October! We are accepting applications for the 2018 Artist in Residence Program. We are beginning to prepare for Creativation in January 2018 and we are also preparing for the upcoming 2017 holiday season. With all this going on we are still excited about the Color of the Month for October—Aubergine! We love this rich dark purple color and have seen it trending this fall in all sorts of ways. So if you dig this color as much as we do then please tag your craft projects with #imaginecolorchallenge on your social pages for a chance to win!

Imagine Color Challenge with a $30 Give-A-Way!!

Use dark purple colors from any Imagine or Tsukineko product in any crafty project. The project can be a card, scrapbook page, mixed media focus, home décor, etc of any size or shape. Post a finished project with mention of our product by Oct 31st on your social media accounts. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and tag the photo of your project with the hashtag #imaginecolorchallenge. At the end of the month, our team will select a random winner from all those who have participated! We will be re-posting or sharing entries all month long!

How is the winner judged?

At random lottery selection of those that met the requirements. We will comb through all the social media posts and enter you name into a random lottery.


$30 dollars of products from the Imagine Shop (imaginecrafts.com) shipped anywhere in the US.


  • Tag us on either Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with our handle and the hashtag #imaginecolorchallenge
  • Post a high quality photo of the project. Blurry or low resolution photos will not qualify
  • Must use Tsukineko or Imagine products and name them. Example: Fireworks Craft Spray, Memento Luxe, VersaFine, VersaMark, etc.
  • Must use the Aubergine color
  • Must be a newly created project
  • Project is posted between Oct 1 and Oct 31, 2017 (at midnight PST) to be considered.