Making Your Own Ephemera

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By Alison Heikkila –

Hello! Today I’ve got a fun tutorial that’s all about making your own ephemera. Ephemera can be ticket stubs, advertisements, postage stamps, handwritten letters, etc. It’s fun to use “found” ephemera, but it’s also a blast to make your own. You can feel free to follow each of the “steps” below, or just choose the ones you like. There’s no real order or correct way to make these elements, and you can use them on any of your paper-crafting projects. I just decided to go with a tag today. This particular project is great if you need to loosen up, break out of a creative block, or you just feel like adding to your stash. Just have fun with it!

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Directions:

 
 

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Step 1: 

Grab some cardstock and a stencil, and start spraying them with Fireworks! Spray. 

 

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Step 2: 

There’s a lot of spray left on that stencil, so don’t waste it! Grab another scrap of paper and flip the stencil (wet side down) on to it to get the reverse design. You can use a brayer or your hands to push the stencil into the paper to transfer the color better. 

 

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Step 3: 

Still more on the stencil? Spray it with a little water to get the color moving and press it into a third piece of paper. 

 

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Step 4: 

Grab some rubber stamps that have fun designs (especially solid images like this one), spray your craft mat with another color of Fireworks! Spray, and ink up the stamp in the puddle. Stamp some scrap paper with the wet stamp. 

 

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Step 5: 

Apply Kaleidacolor inks to cardstock using your favorite method. I used the Fruitcake palette on my Gel Press with a brayer. Then, take a stencil and apply VersaFine Clair ink on top using a sponge dauber or cosmetic sponge. 

 

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Step 6: 

Run a piece of cardstock through an embossing folder. Then ink the raised areas with Delicata Ink for shine.

 

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Step 7: 

Stamp out a sentiment with VersaMark Ink and use your favorite Mboss embossing powder on it. For texture, tear the edges and ink them with Rich Cocoa Memento Ink. 

Step 8: 

Take some old book paper and flick Fireworks! Spray on it to get different sized droplets. 

Step 9: 

Stamp some small geometric shapes and die cut/fussy cut them. 

Look at all the ephemera we’ve created by just using scraps!

 

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Step 10: 

Die cut a large tag out of cardstock. Start laying your ephemera on to the tag to see where you want your pieces to be. 

 

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Step 11: 

Let pieces hang off the edges of your piece. You can cut them off later, if you wish. Don’t be afraid to move your elements around, cut them, tear them, etc. 

 

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Step 12: 

Use different types of adhesive. I like using Tear It! Tape for the embossed layers, wet glue for flat layers, and foam tape or squares for elements that I want raised. I also love to use On Point Glue for sequins and rhinestones, which I added after I had all of my paper elements adhered. 

 

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Here’s the finished tag. Again, make this however you like. It doesn’t need to be for the holidays, it doesn’t need to be a tag. Just grab a bunch of supplies and play. Whatever ephemera you have leftover can be used at another time. 

Art Supplies:

Imagine:

• Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray in Cottage Ivy, Lady Bug, and New Sprout

• Memento Ink in Rich Cocoa

• Kalediacolor Inks in Fruitcake

• VersaMark Ink

• Mboss Embossing Powder in Rose Gold

• VersaFine Clair Ink in Rain Forest

• Delicata Ink in Golden Gliz

• Tear It! Tape

• On Point Glue

Other:

• Stampers Anonymous: Bold Tidings Mini and Mod Cactus

• Sizzix: Tag Collection #658784, Kaleidoscope 3D Embossing Folder 

• A Colorful Life Designs: Sweater Knit stencil, Make Some Plaid stencil

• Doodles Paper Playground: Bold Rhinestones (I only used the red) 

• Simon Says Stamp/CZ Design: Hex Yeah (discontinued)

• Scraps of cardstock, old book paper, etc. 

Make a Beautiful Pumpkin Thank You Card

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By Alison Heikkila –

Greetings! Alison here and today my latest tutorial for Imagine is a textured, fall-themed thank you card. I can see making a bunch of these to put as place setting on your Thanksgiving table, as a thank you to your guests for celebrating the holidays with you. I used several simple techniques on this card that when combined, look really fancy and festive. 

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Time: 45 minutes- 1 Hour

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Directions:

 

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Step 1: 

Using a piece of metallic cardstock, run it through your die cutting machine with an embossing folder. 

 

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Step 2: 

Using a sanding block, a piece of sandpaper, or even a nail file, sand the raised areas of the embossed cardstock. This will give it an aged or distressed look. 

Step 3: 

Gently rub Spiced Chai StazOn ink across the surface to add more interest to the piece of cardstock. 

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Step 4: 

On a Gel Press Plate, gently tap the Cappuccino Delight Kaleidacolor Inks across the surface. You can use a brayer to blend the colors, as well as a few spritzes of water or Ink Potion No. 9. 

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Step 5: 

Lay white cardstock on to the Gel Press Plate and rub to get the ink to transfer. Pull the print and let it dry. I pulled a couple of prints and then chose my favorite to use for this card. 

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Step 6: 

Die cut a pumpkin out of the monoprint.

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Step 7: 

Die cut a bigger pumpkin out of brown cardstock and ink the edges with Golden Glitz Delicata Ink. 

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Step 8: 

Die cut the sentiment out of cream colored cardstock and ink the edges with Desert Sand Memento Ink. 

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Step 9: 

Add Tear It Tape to the back of the embossed panel. I like to use this adhesive when I am working with a piece that has a lot of texture. It holds everything in place really well, and you don’t need to worry about liquid adhesive getting “stuck” in the wells. 

Step 10: 

Assemble the rest of the card. I used On Point Glue to attach the rhinestones. 

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Isn’t it pretty? 

 I love all of the shine from the embossed panel. I also really like seeing all the colors on the pumpkin through the die cut. I hope you’ll give some of these techniques a try!

Art Supplies:

Imagine:

• StazOn Ink: Spiced Chai 

• Delicata Ink: Golden Glitz

• Kaleidacolor Ink: Cappuccino Delight 

• Memento Ink: Desert Sand

• Tear It! Tape

• On Point Glue

Other:

• Darice: Embossing Folder

• Gel Press: 3×5 Plate

• Recollections: Pumpkin Die Cuts

• Simon Says Stamp: Thankful Die

• Doodles Paper Playground: Gold Starburst Rhinestones

• Brown, Cream, and White cardstock

Let’s Make a Dazzling Friendship Card

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By Kathy Pisupati –

Good morning!  Kathy here, creating art for Imagine Crafts!  Today I have a new tutorial for you.   I must admit I am in LOVE with the Delicata Golden Glitz pigment ink. There are several reasons:

• The color is AMAZING!

• When I don’t feel like using gold embossing powder this works fabulous (and is less messy!).

• It works fabulous with sentiments.

• It is easy to clean up.

So today I have a project for you that uses the Delicata Golden Glitz and some beautiful Tsukineko Brilliance Dew Drops. The card didn’t start out as I planned but I am happy with the finished result. Please let me know what you think in the comments! Let’s make a card. 

Skill Level: Intermediate
Time to Complete: Two hours

Directions:

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Step 1:

You will need a top-folding card base measuring 4 1/4 x 5 1/2“. The rest of the panels we will create as we go. So, the first thing I wanted to play with was the Brilliance Dew Drops. I ink blended them all over a piece of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110lb card stock. I then found an embossing folder. I chose an older folder from Spellbinders. I am not sure if it is still available, but it was called the Large Medallion. I dug out my brayer, inked it up with some Delicata Golden Glitz, and rolled it over the RAISED area of the embossing folder. I put in my ink blended panel and ran it through my die-cutting machine. Here is where the plan changed. I pulled out my Gina K Designs Master Layout 2 to get the “perfect” rectangle. I taped the die to the panel. Now here is a tip when you have a panel that is loaded up with ink like mine, BEFORE you pull off the tape, heat it with your heat tool on LOW. Yeah….I didn’t do that and ripped a chunk out of the frame I was going to use. Oh well, moving right along……I used a rectangle die from GKD Master Layout 7 to cut the middle out. I WILL save this card! 

 

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Step 2:

I had a lot of gold ink on my brayer, so I inked up a Swiss Dot embossing folder and ran another piece of white card stock through my machine.

 

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Step 3:

I then rolled the excess ink on a piece of white card stock measuring 4.25” x 5.5”. Isn’t it pretty? I HAD to incorporate it!

 

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Step 4:

Cut a piece of white card stock an 1/8” larger than the focal point and with your Sponge Dauber, ink the edges of the rectangle with the Golden Glitz.

 

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Step 5:

Die-cut your sentiment and using the Golden Glitz ink, use Imagine Crafts sponge daubers to apply your ink to the sentiment. Cut a shadow from the vellum. Glue these together.  Using the Delicata Golden Glitz stamp the smaller, MY FRIEND, sentiment. Cut this sentiment to size. I also inked the edges of this sentiment.

 

 

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Step 6:

Now we can assemble the card. The focal point is glued to the gold border and then adhered to the Swiss dot panel with Imagine On Point Glue. The sentiment is also adhered to the panel with glue. The MY FRIEND strip sentiment was popped up with foam tape. Then I added foam tape to the Swiss dot panel and attached it to the background panel.

Finally, I used Imagine Tear It! Tape and attached it to the card base. I added a few gems, and the card is done!

 

 

Supplies Used:

Imagine Crafts

Delicata Golden Glitz

Brilliance Dew Drops: Pearlescent Lavender, Pearlescent Sky Blue, Orchid and Pearlescent Purple

Imagine Craft Mat

Sponge Daubers

On Point Glue

Tear-It! Tape

 

Other

Gina K Designs Master Layout 2

Gina K Designs Master Layout 7

SCT Let’s Stamp Together Kit July 2022-Sentiment

Cuttlebug Swiss Dot Embossing Folder

Crafty Meraki Gems

Brayer

Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110lb

Paper Trimmer

Die-Cutting Machine

Foam Tape

Create a Dramatic Anniversary Card with Multi Layers of Metallic Shimmer

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By Neva Cole –

Today’s tutorial will demonstrate how to create multi layers of texture for a dramatic Anniversary Card.  StazOn, Delicata, and Mboss will add amazing levels of metallic shimmer.

Skill:  Beginner

Time:  1 Hour

Directions:

Step 1
Trim white piece of sturdy cardstock to 4 1/8” x 5 3/8”.  I used the backing of a paper pack, that had one shiny white side.  First, I pressure embossed with Sizzix 3-D Textured Impressions Doodle Triangles.  A makeup sponge was used to spread StazOn Metallic inks from re-inkers in Platinum, Silver and Gold randomly around the surface of the card front.  StazOn dries on the sponge and makes it a one-time use tool. StazOn Jet Black ink is gently tapped over the raised portions of the card panel.  Set aside to dry or heat with a heat gun.
Step 2
Using a stamp from my stash (manufacturer unknown) small hearts were stamped randomly in VersaMark ink and heat embossed in Mboss in Valentine.
Step 3
Memento Luxe in Tuxedo Black is used to stamp Taylored Expressions Simple Strips Background sentiments followed by heat embossing with black embossing powder.  The matching die is used to die cut the entire set and five sentiments are selected for the front of the card.
Step 4
Each sentiment strip is inked with Delicata in Silvery Shimmer, Golden Glitz or Ruby Red with an Ink Dauber.  Since the sentiment is embossed, the ink will not change the color.
Step 5
The sentiment strips are backed with white cardstock with the matching backer die.  The edges are inked with Memento Tuxedo Black and an ink blusher to add definition.
Step 6
A Scribble Heart die by Impression Obsession is die cut from white cardstock.  The die is then inked with Versa Mark ink and heat embossed with Mboss in Valentine.
Step 7
A white card base is trimmed to 5 ½” x 8 ½”.  The edges are inked with Memento Tuxedo Black and an ink blusher.
Step 8
The card base is adhered to textured front with TearIt! Tape.  The Heart is adhered with On Point Glue.  The sentiment strips are adhered with dimension foam tape.  A striking masculine anniversary card goal achieved!

Art Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Sizzix 3-D Textured Impressions Doodle Triangles
  • Make up sponge
  • Background heart stamp (manufacturer unknown)
  • Taylored Expressions Simple Strips Background Sentiments, Die, and Backer Die
  • Impression Obsession Scribble Heart die
  • Dimensional foam adhesive
  • Black and White cardstock
Neva Cole http://snippetscrafter.blogspot.com/ n.cole@windward-performance.com

New Ink Blending Technique Using Eyeshadow Brushes With Memento and Delicata Inks

 

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By Katy Ingram –

Hello Friends! I am so excited to be back with you for another year of card making and crafting here at Imagine Crafts. I know for many, Valentine’s Day cards are in full swing, but I thought it would be fun to start the year off with something a bit different. However; this card can also be turned into a Valentine or a Mother’s Day card which gives you some versatility. In todays video I show you how to use eyeshadow brushes to color your images using Memento and Delicata Inks. I hope you enjoy the video. Thanks so much for watching.

Skill: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Time: 25 minutes

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine

• Memento Ink Pad – Angel Pink 

• Memento Ink Pad – Rose Bud

• Memento Ink Pad – Gray Flannel 

• Memento Ink Pad – Bamboo Leaves 

• Memento Ink Pad – Espresso Truffle 

• Memento Ink Pad – Rich Cocoa 

• Delicata Ink Pad  – Pink Shimmer 

• VersaMark Ink Pad 

• Mboss Embossing Powder – White 

• On Point Glue 

• Brushstix Chisel Tip 

Other Products Used:

• Ellen Hutson – Mondo Sakura Stamp Set

• Waffle Flower – New Beginnings Stamp Set

• Ellen Hutson – Essentials Rectangles Die Set

• Waffle Flower – A2 Layering Rectangle Die Set

• Stathmore 500 Series – Hot Pressed Watercolor Paper

• Stardream Metallic Silver

• Accent Opaque 110 lb Card Stock

• Misti Stamping Tool

• Couture Creations Precision Stamp Press

• Kaolin Clay Powder Tool

 

Create a Beautiful Holy Night Card

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By Neva Cole –

Today’s tutorial will feature several Imagine products, Delicata, StazOn, and Vertigo.  Using silhouette style die cut creates a stunning yet quick and easy Christmas Card.

Skill:  Beginner

Time:  30 Minutes

Directions:

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Step 1

Trim black cardstock to 6 ½” x 9” and fold in half.  Center die on the front panel of the card base and die cut.

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Step 2

Leave the die in place and stamp the starry background with Delicata Golden Glitz.

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Step 3

Use a Fantastix Brush Tip to brush in details left open in the die.  Photo shows the die removed after this step.

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Step 4

Trim a section of Taffeta Vertigo to 2” x 6 3/8”.  Use an Ink Blusher to build layers of color in StazOn Blazing Red and Midnight Blue.  As the color layers blend, the red, purple, and blue along with the Taffeta Vertigo creates a stunning night sky.

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Step 5

Adhere Vertigo behind the opening in the die with small dots of On Point Glue.  I glued around the edge and behind each small portion of the die scene.  Trim white cardstock to 6 3/8” x 8 ¾” and fold in half.  Adhere to the inside back of the card with Tear It! Tape.

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Step 6

Apply Tear It! Tape to the front inside of the card and fold card closed.  This allows the card to compensate for the two layers of cardstock.

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Step 7

Stamp Oh Holy Night sentiment in Delicata Golden Glitz and heat emboss with Gold Embossing Powder.

Art Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Gemini Follow the Star Die
  • Neto Stuff Star stamp
  • Recollections Christmas Sentiments
  • Black and White cardstock