Keep Crafting Fresh on the Mind with 2 Handmade Cards

Happy Friday! We hope you have some crafting projects lined up this weekend. To provide a little inspiration, we have two handmade cards by Imagine artists that each have their own unique custom touch. Elina created a whimsical heart balloon card using embossing powder and watercoloring and Neva made a dynamic pop-up birthday card that is out of this world!

Fly Away embossing and watercoloring

Fly Away Watercoloring and Embossing by Elina Stromberg

Watercolors and heat-embossed stamped images are a perfect match. Today, I create this sweet card with a young girl releasing a heart balloon. The girl and the balloon figures are embossed, while the blue sky background is created with a watercolor style. The goal was to use heat-set embossing powder to resist watercolors, so when creating watercolored backgrounds you can just simply paint over the stamped images. Preserving white unpainted areas is easy, too, as the embossing powder raises a bit from the surface, and helps you in painting around the image.

Mists and spray inks are perfect liquid watercolors. For this card, I only used Walnut ink and Fireworks Shimmer ink, but applied the colors in several layers on the background. The first light layers I painted using a rich amount of water, and for the next layers I always used less and less water creating darker shades of the same color. Before applying the next layer I dried the previous one with my heat gun.

For heat-embossing this beautiful stamped image, I used both black and red embossing powders. First, I poured the black powder on the stamped image, protecting the heart shaped balloon with a piece of paper. I put the extra powder back into its container, and repeated the step with the red powder. Heat-setting the powder between colors was not necessary, as the second color will stick only on areas that are not yet covered with powder.



  • Viva Las Vega Stamps – Girl, heart balloon stamp
  • Mixed media paper
  • Card base – white
  • Cardstock – blue
  • Watercolor brush
  • Heat gun
  • Double-sided tape

pop up birthday card Teal Stair Bday Card

Custom Pop Up Birthday Card by Neva Cole

What pre-teen boy doesn’t like blues, greens, and teals? For our teal challenge this month I wanted to try mixing two different Kaleidacolor ink pads to see if shades of teal could be created. I think this card illustrates success!

Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze and Fresh Green are alternately brayered onto glossy 8 ½ “ x 11” cardstock taking care to have the lighter hues line up in the fade. A light spritz of Ink Point No. 9 helps the inks blend neatly on the glossy cardstock. Half of the sheet is die cut with the Sizzix Framelits Step Up Card die. The remainder of the sheet is used to die cut the coordinating elements. The gifts were cut twice each so the bows could be trimmed for contrasting colors then adhered with On Point Glue.

A few days ago, I accidentally spilled part of a bottle of Fireworks! Dandelion on my craft mat. Not wanting to waste this pretty ink, I pressed Bristol Board cardstock into the inky mess and set it aside for later use. This little incident provided the perfect contrasting color for the candle flames and my son’s name. Each candle die cut is cut twice, once in Fireworks! Dandelion and once in the Kaleidacolor mix. After trimming off the top (flames) of the Kaleidacolor layer, they are adhered together with On Point Glue. The sentiment and cupcake layers adhered together with On Point Glue. Some elements are popped up with dimensional foam adhesive. The banner is held together with paper cord before it is adhered to the card front. I am pleased with the results of my little experiment and think my soon to be twelve-year-old son will be too!


  • Glossy cardstock
  • Sizzix – Framelits Step Ups 660142 by Stephanie Barnard
  • Judikens – Decorative Paper Cord
  • Brayer
  • Lifestyle Crafts – Stiletto Alphabet
  • Dimensional Foam Adhesive




How to Make a Spinning Pinwheel Card

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

What better way to evoke the spirit of summer than with hand crafted pinwheels! In this tutorial, I will break down how to make an oversized 7 x 7-inch card with spinning wind mills made of Vertigo sheets (my must-have craft item). The chevron shapes and the spiral stencil used to create an imaginary air movement of the wind on the card’s background helps create the mood. And the best part of this card is the windmills actually spin!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour


 Vertigo sheet in 2 x 2-inch squares
Step 1

Cut the Vertigo sheet in 2 x 2-inch squares. Mark the center and leaving about a ¼ inch cut from it, cut towards all corners.

Color the Vertigo squares with the StazOn inkpads in Azure and Teal Blue
Step 2

Color the Vertigo squares with the StazOn inkpads in Azure and Teal Blue.

sew the corners to form wind mills
Step 3

Fold and sew the corners to form wind mills. Open a hole in the center to set a brad.

Memento Bahama Blue and Teal Zeal inkpads with the swirl pattern stencil
Step 4

Cut a 6 x 6-inch white cardstock and color using Memento Bahama Blue and Teal Zeal inkpads with the swirl pattern stencil. Use a large sponge dauber to ink the places where the wind mills will be placed.

Step 5

Open two holes and set eyelets.

thin long border embellishment with VersaMark and heat set the black embossing powder
Step 6

To create the stem of the pinwheel, stamp with a thin long border embellishment with VersaMark and heat set the black embossing powder. I used the stitch design from Viva Decor Tailoring Backgrounds, but you can use any stamp that is similar.

Marianne Design Embossing Folder & Cutting Die - Tyre Tracks Chevrons DF3407
Step 7

Die cut the chevron design and distress with the Memento Bahama Blue.

stamping celebrate everyday
Step 8

Stamp the words “Celebrate” and “everyday” on pieces cardstock and hand tear around the words to create a distressed look. Color die cuts of the chevron with the Memento Tangelo.

Step 9

Glue all the elements using the On Point Glue. Cut a 14 x 7-inch long piece of cardstock. Score the middle of the long side and fold. Glue on the front of it the 6 x 6-inch embellished cardstock.


  • StazOn -Teal blue, Azure
  • Memento – Bahama blue, Teal zeal, Tangelo
  • VersaMark
  • Imagine embossing powder black
  • Vertigo sheets – Prism
  • On Point Glue
  • Sponge daubers
  • White cardstock
  • Marianne Design Embossing Folder & Cutting Die – Tyre Tracks Chevrons DF3407
  • Dutch Doobadoo Mask Art Stencil – 6×6 Spiral #715600
  • Viva Decor A5 Clear Silicone Stamps Set – Tailoring Backgrounds #84
  • Brads and eyelets
  • Hole puncher
  • Heat gun
  • Thread and needle

Use StazOn Stamp Cleaner to Create a Cool Effect

by Alison Heikkila 

Hello! August’s Color of the Month is Teal. Although teal is my favorite color, truth be told, I don’t own a ton of teal ink. So my challenge caused me to think outside the box and use StazOn stamp cleaner, Teal Blue StazOn and Memento inks in a creative way.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 20 Minutes


Step 1

I applied StazOn ink to the photo paper by rubbing it across the surface. Then I applied drops of StazOn Cleaner to create the cool texture ink blot effect on the photo paper. I let that sit for a few minutes, then I dabbed it up with a paper towel and lightly buffed the paper to further remove the ink.

Step 2

I also have Teal Zeal from the Memento dye ink line. Since Memento is a dye ink and StazOn is a solvent ink, the two solutions do not interact with one another. I used Memento to stamp the gorgeous snowflakes and stamped them all over the photo paper.

Step 3

I wanted to be able to get two cards out of this one piece of photo paper, so I placed my card base under the paper, and drew a line where I wanted to cut the piece apart. I also chose to use BoBunny’s pretty Turquoise Double Dot paper.

Step 4

I trimmed down my assorted pieces and laid them out on the card. Then I chose the sentiment, “Just like a Snowflake, You are One of a Kind”, stamped it in Teal Zeal, die cut it with frame die and polished with Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Sparkle. You can see in the above photo the nice big piece of photo paper that I can use on another card.

Step 5

I glued down all of my cardstock layers and added some opalescent teal sequins with On Point Glue.

Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!



  • Stampendous – Winter White Cling and Die Set, Fitted Frames Set B
  • BoBunny – Turquoise Double Dot Cardstock- #12TD300
  • Cardstock – Light Teal
  • Craft Medley – Rhythm ‘N Blues Sequins
  • Paper trimmer
  • Kokuyo – Dot ‘N Roller Adhesive

The Color of the Month for August is Teal


August has arrived and we have a beautiful color for this month—Teal. We felt that after the bright summer colors of Tangerine and Pineapple we offered in June and July that we would cool it down a bit for any August heat waves you might experience! Teal reminds us of peacock feathers, the ocean, turquoise stones, glacial lakes, and other natural wonders. To be a bit more technical, teal is a tertiary color that is created by mixing blue and green. With this wide open interpretation of teal, we are excited to see what our artist have cooked up!

quiet people have the loudest minds memento ink b

 Hand Lettering Hawking Quote by Tenia Nelson

“Quiet people have the loudest minds.” I love this quote by Stephen Hawking! And I wanted to use it in a hand lettered art, so I busted out my ink options and got to work. I wanted to single out two words in one color and write the rest of the words in black. For “quiet” and “loudest”, I used All-Purpose ink Tropical Lagoon and a Fantastix. This thick juicy ink that works great on paper, and when you apply it with a Fantastix, it acts very much like a marker. For the rest of the lettering and outlining, I used the Black Fabrico marker in different styles. Since the Fabrico has two different tips to work with, I was able to get the thick and thin line results you see in the photo above. I then used an aqua brush to splatter some Memento Teal Zeal ink to give the page a bit of a dynamic look.

Try this technique on your own favorite quote and have an inspiring day!!


  • Paper
  • Aquabrush

Summer Reading Ocean Theme Bookmark by Renee Zarate

The Dog Days of August make me want to head down to the beach with a good, old fashioned paperback novel for which I need a bookmark. This bookmark is made with images cut from Graphic 45 paper called “Voyage Beneath the Sea,”dies from Sizzix, a masterboard made from a variety of Imagine and Tsukineko products and Bristol paper. The bulk of the time to make this bookmark was spent on the background master board which I will reuse for other projects. Then I assembled all the elements from the Voyage set and add my own embellishments. Enjoy your summer reading!


  • Bristol water color paper
  • Gesso
  • Graphic 45 “Voyage to Beneath the Sea” paper collection and
  • Finnabair Glass Beads – White Gold, Copper, Platinum
  • Prima – Glass Glitter
  • Sequins
  • Sizzix – Die Cut-Sand and Sea (seahorse)
  • Spray bottle of water
  • Paper cutter

Kyriakos TeaL Tea lights StazOn teal

Teal Tea Candle Holders by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Having a BBQ or outdoor summer party? Decorate an outdoor table with tea light candle holders using Teal Blue StazOn ink. Choose an empty glass and using your hot glue gun write a word directly on the side of the candle holder. You can also use masking tape to cover parts of the glass, creating a striped effect. When you finish with the tape and the glue, cover the whole surface with your favorite StazOn color using a sponge dauber. Let it dry well and then coat with irRESISTible wedding dress color on the inside of the glass for an opaque look. Alternatively, leave only the StazOn color for a more transparent result. The tape and the glue gun writing serve as a resist for the StazOn ink, so when all the ink is dry simply remove the tape and the hot glue.


  • Hot glue gun
  • Masking tape
  • Small Glass candle holders


See How to Use Die Cuts to make a Dynamic Card

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

See How to Use Die Cuts to Make a Dynamic Card

Some cards we make just for fun and there is no special occasion needed. If you happen to need a card for a synchronized swimmer who also loves monkeys, then I got you covered! Or if you maybe know someone in a local production of The Little Mermaid (who, again, likes monkeys) and needs some emotional support on opening night. Or you are throwing a pool party with an underwater jungle theme? Okay, maybe there are more occasions for a card like this, after all. Regardless, a monochromatic color scheme and liberal use of glossy mediums really sell the underwater look.

Check out more videos by Jennifer on our Youtube channel.


  • Card Stock – white, blue, teal
  • Waffle Flower – Little Mermaid stamps and dies, Flower Circles Inverted dies
  • Sizzix/Tim Holtz Alterations – Inside Out alphabet die
  • Die cutting machine
  • Fiskars – Scissors, Paper Trimmer
  • Xyron – Create a Sticker 500
  • Repositionable tape
  • Acrylic blocks
  • White gel pen
  • Water brush
  • Helmar – ZapDots foam adhesive


Create Cuteness with a Die Inlay Technique

by Elina Stromberg

Create Cuteness with a Die Inlay Technique

Isn’t the ‘Faye’ stamp set by Waffle Flower just adorable! Last month, I used this cute little monkey image for decorating a mini purse (see link below) and now I wanted to add to that with a fun inlay technique using Waffle Flower’s Cross Stitches Heart die. These cross stitch stamp styles are unique to Waffle Flower. They are so cute and work really well with any theme. Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour + drying time


Step 1

Cover the patterned paper with a thin layer of clear gesso. Spread the gesso with a brush or palette knife.

Stamp the cute little monkey on watercolor paper with Onyx Black VersaFine ink.
Step 2

Stamp the cute little monkey on watercolor paper with Onyx Black VersaFine ink.

VersaColor Brown, VersaColor Raspberry, VersaMagic Thatched Straw, and VersaMagic Gingerbread
Step 3

Color the image with VersaColor Brown, VersaColor Raspberry, VersaMagic Thatched Straw, and VersaMagic Gingerbread. Use the craft mat as palette. Ink directly onto the craft mat, mix and apply the colors with a water brush. Dry with a heat gun, and fussy cut with scissors.

Step 4

Color the background with Fireworks Lilac Posies (this can also be applied to the craft mat first and used with a Fantastix or waterbrush). Dry with a heat gun, and die-cut with Waffle Flower’s Cross Stitched Heart die on the center of the card. Set aside the extra “x” Cross Stitch pieces from this cut. They will be used later for embellishments.

Step 5

Cut card to desired size. Mat on dark red cardstock using Tear It Tape.

Step 6

Die-cut the Cross Stitch Heart again from dark red cardstock. Remove paper gently from around the die, leaving little cross-stitches on the die. Place the die upside down on the die-cut heart, press cross-stitches through the die with a toothpick. Crosses will stick on the two-sided tape used for matting the card. This will essentially fill in the shapes with a new paper color creating a gorgeous effect.

Step 7

Glue light colored die-cut Cross Stitched “x” from the first cut in a previous step on the background. Make a few Fireworks ink splashes with a small brush. Decorate card with stamped texts and stamped flowers. Stamp the sentiment text on a piece of white cardstock, glue with the main image on the card front. When you have all the elements where you’d like them then mat card on white card base.

See the Faye themed Coin Purse by Elina. 



  • Clear gesso
  • Patterned paper
  • Waffle Flower – Faye stamp set, Cross Stitched Heart die
  • Toothpick
  • Water brush
  • Cardstock – dark red, white
  • Card base – white