Hello friends! It’s a New Year and our next big cardmaking holiday is right around the corner. Today, I want to share a special Valentine’s card with a sentiment that expresses “You make my Heart Happy!” On this project you will see a few advantages of the new Craft Mat of Imagine.
Skill: Intermediate Time: 1 hour
I am falling in love with the new craft mat, the grey color and the grid are perfect to work on any side and use it with your different mediums or inks. To create this card, I used Ruby Red Delicata Ink for the background texture and VersaFine Crimson Red to stamp the images. I took a piece of watercolor paper and over the mat I applied some touches of Delicata Ruby Red Ink and sprayed with Ink Potion No. 9, then I put the watercolor paper over the sprayed ink and created the texture. Maybe you don’t notice on the photos but the Delicata Ink give shiny touches to the paper and it looks very beautiful in person. I let the paper dry naturally but if you want to speed the process you can use the heat tool.
I stamped an image using the background stamp Center Cut Heart Background from Simon Says Stamps with VersaFine Crimson Red. This is one of my favorites colors on this ink because it is a dark red and show up beautifully with the watercolor look. Also, I covered the freshly stamped background with Clear Embossing Powder and melted with the heat tool.
I resized the stamped layer to have it 3-3/4″x 5″ and made a diagonal die cuts over the layer to make the design more interesting. I pasted the layer over a very vanilla card base using white foam behind every piece and to finalize the process I added a sentiment from the stamp set Happy Heart of Altenew in between of the cut lines. As final touch, I added a die cut word “hello” that I cut several times to create a stacked die and pasted with On Point Glue. I love to have these kind of details to make my cards more interesting.
Not only are the Dewlet dies great to use with DewDrop ink pads they also make perfect hearts. Watch my video below to see how I created the hearts with the Dewlet dies and how I used Delicata and VersaFine Clair for the stamped images. Enjoy!
Oh My….Gingerbread! That is the color of the month for November 2018 here at Imagine. Gingerbread is not only one of my favorite holiday treats but it is also one of my favorite colors. I have paired it with another of my holiday favorites…handcrafted ornaments! These star ornaments are so elegant looking on the tree and by making them with Rinea Foiled Papers they add loads of extra sparkle and shine to the mix.
Skill: Intermediate to Advanced Time: 1 hour per ornament
Cut copy weight white paper 4.75” x 4.75”; cut the square into triangles as shown.
Cut Mocha/Mocha Starstruck Foiled Paper into 5” squares then into triangles. Note: You will need 9-10 triangles per ornament.
Stamp each triangle with a variety of ornament peg stamps using VersaMagic Gingerbread and VersaFine Clair Acorn inks. Sponge edges with Dark Brown Shimmer Delicata ink.
Mount each stamped triangle onto each foiled paper triangle. Roll one side point and affix it to the center point; roll the other point around the side to form a cone. Affix with your favorite adhesive. Repeat until you have 9-10 cones.
Die-cut a circle from chipboard and one from gold foiled paper. Trim a 10” piece of stretch cord per ornament.
Punch a hole in the chipboard circle. Adhere to 8-10 cones around the circle.
Once all the cones are attached or glued down, insert a decorative brad in the center of the ornament to cover the tips of the cones.
Cover the back of the ornament with the gold foiled paper circle (to hide the brad); affix the stretch cord hanger. In the photo above, you can see that I have used a different color scheme.
Here I have made two versions of the same ornament one is using 10 cones in multiple colors and the other is 9 cones in gingerbread. Above is a comparison of the different looks. The 9 cone ornament is much wider/flatter look to it while the 10 cone ornament is more rounded with the original cone shape still intact. Both beautiful in their own way.
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
On your Craft Mat mix a small amount of glossy texture paste and Delicata Golden Glitz inker.
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.
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.
Stamps some Christmas baubles (or ornaments) in VersaFine Clair Nocturne.
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.
Use the direct to paper technique to color half of the length of your manilla tag using the VersaMagic ink pad.
Add irRESISTible Pico embellisher in Shimmer and Desert Sand to your baubles (ornaments) and leave to dry.
Use VersaFine Clair and a sentiment stamp, and stamp repeatedly down the colored side of the tag.
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.