Make a Creative Background with Walnut Ink

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Halloween is around the corner and to be honest I don’t celebrate this holiday with scary parties or costumes, but I love to make Halloween cards with different colors and non-traditional images and this is one of those. To create this card I used some sprays from Imagine that you will love!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

The process of this was very simple. I took a piece of whisper white cardstock and a background stencil. I selected Paisley Swirl Petite from Rebecca Baer Collection and sprayed the free areas of the stencil with three different sprays from Imagine. First I used Cherry Blossom Walnut Ink, then I applied Lilac Walnut Ink and the last one layer was with Fireworks Grape Jelly to accent the color and give it a little shimmer. I removed the stencil and washed with warm water while the paper totally dried. It doesn’t take long.


Step 2

Next, I die cut a spider several times using Tangerine Tango cardstock and stacked them together using On Point Glue. I sprayed the spider die cut with GooseBumps Shimmer – an acrylic texture spray with fine shimmer. It helped to create a special effect of texture and at the same time, it is shimmery.


Step 3

To finalize the card, I cut the borders of the stenciled piece using an MFT Die-Namics Stitched Scallop Basic Edges. Then I cut the word “laugh” from the center of this layer using a die cut from the Little Yellow Bicycle. I used a very fun inlay technique with a twist. Die cut the same sentiment one time on fun foam and one time on elegant eggplant cardstock and adhere together. Now adhere into the negative on the card. Having the inlay that actually pops forward is visually appealing. As a final touch, I stamped a complement sentiment “do not be afraid” using Memento Tangelo Ink and sprayed with Fireworks New Sprout. I cut it with a circle die and then with the same scallop stitched border that I used on the stenciled layer.

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Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Rebecca Baer Stencil – Paisley Swirl Petite
  • Joy Clair – Little Monsters stamp set
  • Cardstock – Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White
  • Fun Foam
  • MFT Die-Namics Stitched Scallop Basic Edges, Spider Die Cut
  • Little Yellow Bicycle – Laugh Word Die Cut

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Create Papercraft Projects with Beautiful Purple Hues

Today we have two fantastic papercrafting projects that show off our Color of the Month Aubergine! Elina has crafted an encouragement card using a layered stencil technique and Renee lays down mixed media mayhem with a princess theme tag.

Create an Encouragement Card with Beautiful Purple Hues by Elina Stromberg

Create an Encouragement Card with Beautiful Purple Hues by Elina Stromberg

Our October theme color is the beautiful Aubergine. It’s rich, dark purple tones took my mind to the dark autumn nights, candlelight, coziness, and relaxation. Those warm thoughts were the inspiration for this card project.

 

I started the card with decorating the background. I layered two stencils on the background; leaf pattern against the purple cardstock, and circle stencil on top. I dabbed VersaMark ink through the stencil and heat-embossed the pattern with Vintage Plum embossing powder. Layering stencils is a simple technique for creating beautiful background elements.

SPARROW STAMP AND DIE SET FROM THE EARTH AIR WATER COLLECTION BY STEPHANIE LOW

Bird and feathers are stamped and colored with alcohol markers, and cut out with a die-cutting machine, using the matching dies. Cheesecloth is a nice decoration element to use on cards: It does not increase the dimension too much and it’s lightweight, so your cheesecloth decorated project will easily fit into a standard mailing envelope. White cheesecloth can easily be dyed to match the color palette of your project; this time I used Lilac Walnut Ink for tinting the fabric.

Supplies

Imagine
Other

Aubergine Mixed Media Princess Tag by Renee Zarate

Create an unusual gift tag using a variety of purple inks to create an Eggplant or Aubergine color saturation. This tag design uses embossing powder for texture, cardboard doll figures as a centerpiece, stamps, sequins and a huge list of mixed media products too long to mention.

Sizzix - Tag die Use a die cutting machine to cut a tag out of the inked paper. This tag measured 3” by 6 ¼”.

I started by inking a small amount Memento Elderberry ink and three times as much Memento Sweet Plum ink on my craft mat and then sprayed a small amount of water on the inks and dragged a piece of Mixed Media paper over the inks. Since Memento is water based the inks blend quickly.  The inks marbleize as the tag is repeatedly dipped into the mixture. To speed up the drying, I set colors with a heat tool then die cut with a tag die.

Then I prepared the doll figure with gesso or white ink, stamp interesting images on the dress portion and used a washi tape face on the doll. If you have drawing skills you can also simply draw a face on the doll piece or stamp. Using Memento Luxe Sweet Plum, I stamped a texture stamp on the left side of the tag. Then I used StazOn Royal Purple to stamp script on top of the texture stamping. Since StazOn is a solvent ink, it should not interact with Memento and will provide distinct layering. Apply Clear embossing powder and melt with a heat tool. To contrast the purple hues, I stamped Delicata Golden Glitz (pigment ink) with different texture stamps randomly on the tag. Then continued to distress the edges with Sweet Plum and Royal Purple inks. Finally, I added doll and the stamped phrase, “It’s not easy being a princess,” with sequins, twine, and staples to the tag.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • White gesso
  • Black gesso
  • Sizzix – Tag die
  • Diecutting machine
  • Cardboard dolls
  • Jane Davenport – washi tape
  • Twine
  • Dina Wakley – texture stamps, script stamp
  • Sequins
  • Staples
  • Heat tool
  • Spray bottle (water)
  • Strathmore Mixed Media paper

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Watch a Video on How to Create a Little Gift Box

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Watch a Video on How to Create a Little Gift Box by Jennifer Vanderbeek.

Faux Bois means false wood and is commonly employed to make something that’s not wood (or something made of a lesser quality wood) look more high-class. I decided to see if I could achieve a similar effect by layering carefully placed stamps and mediums onto cardstock. The result was a pretty good imitation of a lacquered trinket box—perfect for gift giving or miniature applications!

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Craft paper
  • Sizzix – Gift Box die
  • Die cut machine
  • Joy Clair – Wood Background stamp
  • Acrylic Block
  • Heat tool
  • Woodgrain stencil
  • Helmar – Quick Dry 450 adhesive
  • Purse findings

Watch a Video on How to Make Trick or Treat Candy Wraps

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Watch a Video on How to Make Trick or Treat Candy Wraps

Elevate a humble candy bar into a true treat through a few simple steps. Surprise coworkers, school friends, or party guests with these cute as can be candy bar wrappers. They take minimal effort because you can create these goodies in moments if you do each part in batches.

For the king-size cookie bar wrappers I cut my orange paper 4.5” x 6.5” and scored it lengthwise at 1.5”, 2”, 3.5”, and 4”. The overlay was cut to 4” x 6” and scoring these is totally optional. For other candy bars used in this experiment, they fit the same sleeves (just didn’t stick out on the ends as far); adjust the length of your wrappers to suit. See how I did it in this quick tutorial video.

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – Black, Orange
  • Sizzix – Halloween Words Block dies
  • Die Cut Machine
  • Xyron 550 Create-a-Sticker
  • Scoring Board
  • Bone Folder
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Heat tool
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors

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‘I Like Chocolate’ Whimsical Style Halloween Tag

 by Renee Zarate

I Like Chocolate Whimsical Style Halloween Tag

Who doesn’t love chocolate? It is often the perfect gift! There are so many different types of chocolate: white, milk, bittersweet…the list goes on and on. There’s a little something for everyone and every taste. Next time you give someone the gift of chocolate think about making a tag to go with it. If the chocolate is super tasty then it is sure that the tag will last longer than the gift.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions

This tag was diecut from Strathmore Mixed Media paper and a Sizzix tag die.
Step 1

Select or diecut a tag. You can purchase blank tags at most craft stores or even office supply stores. This tag was diecut from Strathmore Mixed Media paper and a Sizzix tag die. Stamp images with Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa, emboss with clear powder and melt with a heat tool. Use a Dauber to color in the background with Delicata Champagne.

 Using a small Dauber ink the edges with Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer, then follow with a different Dauber tool add Delicata Golden Glitz ink
Step 2

Before the ink dries, place a stencil on top and remove some of the background ink with a baby wipe. Using a small Dauber ink the edges with Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer, then follow with a different Dauber tool and add Delicata Golden Glitz ink.

Apply Post-It notes to serve as a mask covering the stamped images, apply white gesso with a texture type stencil randomly.
Step 3

Apply Post-It notes to serve as a mask covering the stamped images, apply white gesso with a texture type stencil randomly.


Step 4

Add additional interest with a script stamp using Celestial Copper ink. Take a bottle cap and use as a stamp with Dark Brown Shimmer ink. Color at random with Memento Markers. Add a baker’s twine bow, some staples, a tiny metal heart and a quick spray of Gold Shimmer Spritz.

Once everything is dry then you are ready to pair with a chocolate gift! If you enjoyed this quick and easy tutorial then share on Facebook or leave a comment below!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Sizzix – tag die measuring 6 ¼” x 3”
  • Die cutting machine
  • Strathmore – Mixed Media paper
  • Stencil Girl – Textures stencil
  • Bottle cap
  • Post It Notes
  • Dina Wakley – Texture stamps
  • Rubbermoon – I like chocolate
  • Baby wipes
  • Prima Crafts – Mechanical Heart
  • White gesso
  • Baker’s twine
  • Heat tool

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Create Beautiful Cards with Embossing, Aubergine, and Blossoms

Create Beautiful Cards with Embossing, Aubergine, and Blossoms Thanks Martha Lucia Gomez

Aubergine Blossom Thanks Card by Martha Lucia Gomez

I love to use different inks to create textures with them and this month our color challenge gave me this opportunity. I made a blossom card using Memento Luxe Ink and coloring two elements—wood and tape. To make this card I used a double layered stamping set. I selected the Love Blooms stamp set from Close to My Heart that gives me the opportunity to have a lineal and a textured image at the same time. I stamped first the lineal flowers using the darker color of Memento Luxe. This is a pigment ink that you can emboss if you want and use with many surfaces like cardstock, fabric, shrink or plastic and wood.

After stamping the lineal images with Elderberry Memento Luxe, I stamped the textured detail of each flower using Sweet Plum Memento Luxe. I did not emboss these stamped images, but to speed up the drying process of the ink you can use the heat tool. To decorate one of the borders of this stamped panel, I pasted a strip of Tear It tape. I removed the film from the adhesive and covered the strip with Vintage Plum Embossing Powder and then melted the powder with the heat tool. I resized the layer and pasted directly over a card base created with Elegant Eggplant cardstock.

As a final touch, I took a natural wood sentiment to be added to the card but to make this more special I just sprayed with Lilac Walnut Ink and let dry for a few minutes before pasting it over my card with On Point Glue.

Supplies

Imagine
Other

Layered Embossing Happy Birthday Card Sizzix – Thinlits Die Set 4PK Mixed Media

Layered Embossing Happy Birthday Card by Mischelle Smith

The color of the month at Imagine is Aubergine…such a rich and beautiful color. I decided I’d pair this luscious color with gold and create layers of embossing. Layering complementary colors of embossing is quick and easy to create stunning results. For this card, I draw attention to the die-cut detail by adding gold embossing to the die-cut areas. This classy card comes together effortlessly and quickly.

First, create all the flower and butterfly images by stamping and embossing the main layer with the flower stamp using Sweet Plum Memento Luxe. Next, die-cut the main layer with a mixed media style die as desired. Apply VersaMark ink using direct-to-paper technique and emboss with gold embossing powder. This is the main attractive element of this card. It truly makes a difference.  Finish the card by cutting complimentary patterned paper to the size of the main layer and attach to card base with foam tape.  Stamp a “Happy Birthday” sentiment on a tag and emboss with gold powder. Add the butterfly and additional embellishments such as gold metallic thread, ribbon and sequins.

Supplies

Imagine
Other

 

 

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