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 ( 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.


Create A Beachy Altered Frame with Video

by Nadine Carlier

Altered Frame for Imagine by Nadine Carlier (IC)

I love mixed media and altering ordinary things! All you need is Imagines irRESISTible Spray, Creative Medium, Delicata Ink, Encore Ink and a plain wood frame and you too can have fun creating an ocean-theme frame.

Below I have a tutorial video showing how I altered a plain wood frame into this beachy fun frame. Enjoy!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hr



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Evoke Letterpress Stationary with just Two Techniques

by Martha Lucia Gomez

inkblending ombre effect crafts orange ink

Embossing is one of the most elegant and sophisticated techniques in papercrafting because it has the look and feel of letterpress. Ink blending is another refined practice because it can take practice to achieve that seamless look between shades. Today, I combined embossing and blending to create an ombré effect. It was a lot easier than it looks. I only used two varieties of ink—Versamark and Memento in Tangelo. See how this simple model for a card can be easily tweaked for your own design, and can evoke the refinement of letterpress stationary.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes


Step 1

Take a piece of very vanilla card stock and stamp a border image using VersaMark ink. To get the best results in symmetry, stamp using the Misti alignment tool. Spread Imagine’s Gold Embossing Powder and shake off excess. Melt the powder with the heat tool.

Step 2

Sponge over the stamped images using Tangerine Memento Ink and a Jumbo Dauber. To create this ombré effect, just start from the bottom part in circular motions with the jumbo sponge dauber and go up. Do not re-ink your dauber until you are ready to start at the bottom again. Always start from the bottom (or flip and go from the top) because with this will saturate color on the lower parts of the page and automatically decrease the amount of ink you are laying down as you move upwards. Continue across the paper and you will see the degrade effect.

Step 3

Stamp the sentiment using VersaMark and Imagine’s gold embossing powder. Melt the powder with the heat tool. Stamp the complement sentiment on a separate piece of card stock and mount with dimensional dots. Adhere the decorated layer on the card base using Tear It! Tape.


  • Card Stock – Very Vanilla
  • Heat tool
  • Joy Clair – Azteca Background and Hello Sentiments Stamp Sets
  • Misti stamp tool
  • Dimensional dots or Foam tape



Be Inspired by a “Love Never Fails” Sign

by Tenia Nelson

Love Never Fails

Tenia here from Jazzy Paper Designs with a super fun project made with Imagine and Tsukineko products! Love Never Fails is one of my favorite quotes from 1 Corinthians. It is a reminder to never lose faith in yourself and in others. So for today’s post, I created this fun crafting project as a home decor and inspiration piece! Create it yourself with your favorite quote and hang it somewhere you can see it everyday!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes or less.


Emboss Love on a wooden sign
Step 1

Using the VersaMarker, hand letter “love” on wood, add embossing powder and heat emboss.

fireworks craft spray
Step 2

Spray Fireworks craft spray in Desert Sand onto wood sign.

Step 3

Using Crop-O-Dile, punch holes into top of the wood sign and add the additional letters with either die cuts or stamps.

Step 4

On a small, thin strip of paper, stamp quote source with Memento Tuxedo Black. Cut into banner shape.

Step 5

Add red dots onto wood sign with Memento Lady Bug marker. Then finish the entire piece by adding twine to the punched holes and other fun embellishmetns. Thanks for checking out this fun project and have a great day!!!