Learn to Make Handmade Ornaments with StazOn Ink

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Using Vertigo sheets, I made window ornaments that allow light to go through them both day and night in reverse way. Enjoy Christmas decoration colors when you are in home from the daylight coming from your window and filtered via the Vertigo sheets, while you share the same decoration during the night to look from outside when light comes from your home.

Level: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Start by printing the template for the shapes provided in the pdf in the supplies list. Cut the Vertigo plastic sheets to the template shapes.


Step 2

Cover the Vertigo sheets shapes, first with the StazOn Studio Glaze color and when it dries, cover with the matching StazOn ink pad.


Step 3

For the star shape 2 layers of color are used of StazOn Studio Glaze Gold.


Step 4

Use the Stipple Brush No 6 and the Delicata emerald green to make strokes following again the shape of three and the way branches should look. Let it dry. Repeat on the other side.


Step 5

Use a star die to open space in the round Vertigo sheet shape and then, stamp designs with VersaMark and heat set the Imagine’s verdigris color embossing powder.


Step 6

For the heart shape use white embossing powder, for the yellow use green.

Punch a hole and pass ribbon through it to easily hand them on windows.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Viva decor Peacock feathers stamp set
  • Heat gun
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon
  • Star die

Create a “Warm & Cozy Wishes” Holiday Flip Card

by Neva Cole

Create a Warm & Cozy Wishes Holiday Card

Delicata is the perfect ink to create a Let It Snow Flip card, or in my case Warm & Cozy Wishes while surrounded by snowflakes! In order to make this card, you will need the Sizzix Framelits Flip Its 660022 or one similar to it from Sizzix. There are several video tutorials on how to use this die and once you have a handle on how to construct the card then the rest is easy!

The mittens and cuffs are stamped and heat embossed with clear embossing powder and die cut, then placed over the stamped mitten image. The snowflake background is created by stamping with Delicata White Shimmer and heat embossing with clear embossing powder. Delicata Sapphire Blue is applied over the entire area with an Ink Blusher then the ink is buffed off the images with a paper towel.

The background behind the mittens and the small snowflake die cuts are simply stamped in Delicata, the shimmer of the ink does the rest! Ink blusher applies ink around the edges of the card in Delicata Silvery Shimmer, and behind the circle in Delicata Sapphire Blue.

By using just three Delicata inks, a bright and beautiful coordinated flip card is fun to create. I hope your holidays are warm and cozy!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • The Stamps of Life — Mittens 2 stamp and die set, Patterns 4 mittens
  • Sizzix — Framelits Flip Its 660022
  • Cardstock
  • Diecut Machine
  • Heat tool
  • Paper towel

Do you like Shimmery Holiday Wreaths?

by Alison Heikkila

the card with a simple "Christmas Wishes" sentiment from Lawn Fawn stamped in Delicata Emerald Green and by adding "ornaments" with Silver Irresistible Pico Embellisher

I sure do! Hello, this month the Imagine Artists in Residence are featuring the color Evergreen. I decided to create a shimmery evergreen wreath as a centerpiece to this “Christmas Wishes” holiday card and I am going to show you how.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

Directions


Step 1

I started off with a piece of Mixed Media White Paper and covered it with Emerald Green Delicata ink. You can see the pretty shimmer this ink has. Although this is a pigment ink, it does dry quickly. But if you’re a little impatient, you can use a heat tool to speed up the process.


Step 2

Using the “Build A Wreath” die set from Stampendous, I die cut several evergreen boughs from the inked paper. I also die cut the largest circle from the set with a colored piece of green cardstock.


Step 3

Using a deep shade of green colored cardstock, I tapped the surface with Golden Glitz Delicata ink to give it some sparkle and depth. I then die cut the evergreen boughs out of this color too.


Step 4

I was satisfied with how these two layers looked, but it definitely needed some embellishing. There is a trio of berries in the die set, so I colored another piece of Mixed Media White Paper with Ruby Red Delicata. Then I die cut the berries. The berries looked good, but I love bows on wreaths. So I repeated the ink to paper process again with Golden Glitz Delicata and cut the pretty bow.


Step 5

Now it’s time to move on to the card base. I used Neenah Desert Storm for my base, cut to 4 1/4″ x 11.” Then I sprayed it with Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Gold. This gold works perfectly with the Golden Glitz Delicata.


Step 6

Now it’s time to assemble the wreath. I glued down the wreath base first. I used On Point Glue for all of the assembly. This adhesive is perfect for these small, detailed pieces. I started with the darker, colored green cardstock pieces. As I glued each piece down, I placed a heavy acrylic block on top to weigh the pieces down as the glue dried.


Step 7

Next, I moved on to the Emerald Green colored pieces and repeated the same process with the glue and the block. Then I added the berries and the bow. I completed the card with a simple “Christmas Wishes” sentiment from Lawn Fawn stamped in Emerald Green and by adding “ornaments” with Silver Irresistible Pico Embellisher. I love the additional texture the ornaments added.

Here’s the completed card. It’s fun to create your own colored paper using inks. I hope you’ll give it a try! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampendous – Build a Wreath Die Set
  • Mixed Media White Paper
  • Cardstock
  • Lawn Fawn – “Sprinkled with Joy”

 

Learn to Make a Beautiful Winter Wonderland Card

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Create the feeling of a snow globe on a Christmas greeting card with a shaker bubble front and a lot of snow. This Christmas card has less color in the background in order to enhance the centerpiece. The snow both in the bubble front and on the top of the card is created with the Amplify White, a must have craft supply for Christmas and winter!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour


Steps 1

Blend the Brilliance and VersaColor blues on the watercolor paper and cut a circle in diameter slightly larger than then bubble front.


Step 2

Die cut the village shape from the watercolor paper and make light shades using the VersaColor Pinecone and a Brushstix.


Step 3

Die cut 3 more village shapes and glue on top of each other to make a thick one. This will add dimension (depth) on the design and act as an obstacle to the beads inside the bubble.


Step 4

Glue the village die cutting on the watercolor paper and cover the bottom of it with Amplify White and heat to activate it and make it fluffy.


Step 5

Make tiny dots of snow above the village using the irRESISTible Pico Embellisher Wedding Dress color.


Step 6

Add rhinestones with the help of On Point Glue.


Step 7

Cut from a 4 x 6 piece of the corrugated paper, a round center, large enough to for the bubble front. Distress with Brilliance Pearlescent Sky Blue, VersaColor Pinecone and spray with Sheer Shimmer Sparkle and Silver.


Step 8

Remove the excess of the shaker bubble front and add Tear It Tape, all around it.


Step 9

Glue the watercolor paper circle on the card, add beads in the center before covering with the bubble front. Continue by placing the corrugated paper and the twine.


Step 10

Use Amplify! White on top of the corrugated paper piece to make snow effect.


Step 11

Add the rest of the embellishments using On Point Glue and your hot glue gun (for ribbon elements).

Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog and if you enjoyed this tutorial then please comment below or share on social media!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardbase 5 x 7 inches
  • Watercolor paper
  • Corrugated white paper
  • Shaker bubble front
  • Marianne Design –  Village die LT0173
  • Baker twine – red and white
  • MayArts – chevron ribbon
  • Rhinestones and metallic charms
  • Die cutting machine
  • Hot glue gun

Less is More! See How to Create Quick and Easy Christmas Cards

by Elina Stromberg

Less is More! That’s my slogan when creating Christmas cards. Especially when the plan is to make dozens of cards, and there’s not too much time to spend on creating them. However, a simple card design does not have to be boring; quite the opposite! Even if the card does not have many elements on it, the design can still include various textures and patterns, making each finished piece truly eye-catching!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions


Step 1

For drawing the snowflake, I used a silver irRESISTible Pico Embellisher; always fun and easy to use, and it resisted nicely the wet Fireworks! spray colors I used for the background.


Step 2

Die cut the framelits


Step 3

For highlighting the silver snowflake, I created a silver frame around it. I die-cut a scalloped circle from white cardstock, dabbed it with clear VersaMark ink, covered with silver embossing powder, and heat-set the powder with my heat gun. The card got just the right amount of silver Christmas sparkle, don’t you think?!

Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog and if you enjoyed this tutorial then please comment below or share on social media! 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardbase – White
  • Cardstock – White, Dark Blue
  • Piece of mixed media cardstock
  • Sizzix – circle dies, circle scallop dies
  • ‘Merry Christmas’ sentiment stamp
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Heat gun

Color of the Month for December is Evergreen

Color of the Month for December is Evergreen. Delicata new color Emerald Green, Memento has Cottage Ivy and Kaleidacolor Fresh Greens 5 color palette

To celebrate the month of December we decided to challenge our Artists with the color Evergreen! We love seeing the fresh greenery in Holiday decor, Christmas tree stamp collections, and a variety of green imagery. Some of our favorite Tsukineko brands feature fabulous green ink colors to satisfy the Evergreen challenge. Delicata has a new color called Emerald Green, Memento has Cottage Ivy and if you are looking for something outside the norm you can try the Kaleidacolor Fresh Greens 5 color palette. In today’s post, Martha creates a sweet mason jar die cut window in a holiday card, Kyriakos gets crafty with ornaments and Mischelle creates a greenery frame on stationery.

Winter Wonderland Holiday Card by Martha Lucia Gomez Kaleidacolor diecut window mason jar shape deer

Winter Wonderland Holiday Card by Martha Lucia Gomez

Our color challenge this month is Evergreen and I decided to use it in conjuntion with a die cut and one of my favorite versatile inks. Creating winter scenes is so much fun, you can stamp several images or use a complete stamp. On this card, I am using the Bright all Night image from Close to My Heart. I stamped it over the whisper white card base using Fresh Greens Kaleidacolor Ink. It looks simple and gorgeous with different tones of green. I love the look of the sentiment stamped outside the window in the matching ink!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Close to My Heart – “Bright all Night” stamp set
  • So Suzy Stamps – Doe Small
  • Stampin Up – Everyday Jars framelits
  • Die cut machine
  • Cardstock

Christmas Tree Ornament by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Christmas Tree Ornament by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Handmade Christmas ornaments are always special to make and share. They represent your style of home decoration during this festive season and they go far away from the commercial ones. With green color being one of the top choices every year, I chose to make ornaments in tree shape that fit well on Christmas tree, gift boxes, and any other decorations and projects.

The wooden tree shapes are covered with All-Purpose Ink and Delicata Emerald Green. The designs on top follow the same color choice, but with a little of sparkle, using Imagine’s Verdigris embossing powder. The process shows two ways to color the trees using the inks used in a reverse way.

Stamp with VersaMark and Viva clear stamps and heat set Imagine’s embossing powder Verdigris with your heat gun

Heavily cover the tree shape with Delicata Emerald Green. Let it dry. Use a soft flat paint brush and make repetitive strokes with the White All-Purpose Ink following the shape of the tree branches. The two inks will start to blend creating soft lines. Repeat on the other side. For the second ornament try the opposite. Paint the tree shape with the All-Purpose Ink, and then make strokes with the Delicata following again the shape of three and the way branches should look. After your ink is dry, emboss with Imagine’s Verdigris embossing powder. Add rhinestones to further embellish the trees.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Wooden tree shapes
  • Rhinestones
  • Heat gun
  • Ribbon
  • Viva Decor – “Peacock Feathers” stamp set

Custom Christmas Letter Stationery by Mischelle Smith - wise men still seek him. nativity. Close to My Heart – Perfectly Pine, Reason for the Season stamps

Custom Christmas Letter Stationery by Mischelle Smith

It’s Christmas! It is a time of year that makes me think of stationery. I have always loved stationery and love that I can easily create my own for any season and in any color palette. Imagine’s color of the month is Evergreen and that makes me think of pine trees. I combined some of my favorite greens and blues to create this fabulous stationery ready for this year’s Christmas letter.

With Nautical Blue ink – stamp nativity, saying “Wise Men still Seek Him” and several pine tree branches. Stamp the remaining pine tree branches with Memento Northern Pine and Bamboo Leaves. Since dye ink dries so quickly you can start writing on the stationery soon after creating the frame. Enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine
  • Memento – Nautical Blue, Northern Pine, Bamboo Leaves
Other
  • Close to My Heart – Perfectly Pine, Reason for the Season stamps
  • White paper