Make a Hibiscus Sympathy Card with Creative Medium

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By Neva Cole 

I am always searching for new ways to use supplies and tools.  Creative Medium comes in many colors, but the Iridescent Green creates stunning results on black paper.  The use of an Embossing Folder helps the layers of the iridescent effect really shine.  A few layered stamped images and I have a beautiful sympathy card to send to a dear friend.  

Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 Hour plus dry time

Directions:

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Step 1

Cover a section of black paper (with or without texture) with a thin layer of Creative Medium in Iridescent Green.  I used Imagine’s Squeegee to spread the layer across the paper.  The rubber edge was very helpful to get a thin even layer.  Set aside to dry, possibly overnight.  After it is dry it will still have a slightly rubbery texture.

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Step 2:

Trim a section of the paper to 4” x 5 1/4” and pressure emboss with Sizzix Tropical Paisley Embossing Folder.  You can really see the detail in this photo.

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Step 3:

Layer stamp the Hero Arts Hibiscus and leaves images.  Start with the lightest ink first.  For the Hibiscus–Radiant Neon Electric Yellow, Memento Cantaloupe, Memento Tangelo, and VersaFine Habanero.  The leaves are stamped in Memento Bamboo Leaves and Northern Pine.  The images are die cut twice more from white and layered under matching die cuts with OnPoint glue.

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Step 4:

The sentiment from Unity Stamp Company is stamped in Versa Fine Habanero then heat embossed with Iridescent Embossing powder.  (Not shown) The image is die cut with Lawn Cuts Everyday Sentiments die.  One end is trimmed off square.  The banner is inked with an ink dauber and Radiant Neon Electric Yellow.  The edges are inked with Memento Cantaloupe.  

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Step 5:

Ink the edges of a 4 1/4” x 5 1/2” card with Radiant Neon Electric Yellow ink with an ink dauber.

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Step 6:

The layers are adhered together with Tear It! Tape.  It adheres well with the textured layers of the card.  The two Hibiscus flower are lifted a bit with dimensional foam adhesive.

Art Supplies

 Imagine

• Creative Medium Iridescent Green

• Imagine Squeegee

• Radiant Neon Electric Yellow

• Memento–Cantaloupe, Tangelo, Bamboo Leaves, Northern Pines

• VersaFine Habanero

• Tear It! Tape

• Ink Dauber

Other

• Black and white cardstock

• Sizzix Tropical Paisley Embossing Folder

• Stamp Platform

• Heat Embossing Gun

• Hero Arts Hibiscus C1868

• Unity Stamp Company “beautiful life, blessed memories”

• Lawn Cuts Die Everyday Sentiments

• Dimensional Foam Adhesive

Presenting Imagine’s Design Team for 2022

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Happy New Year!

We are happy to introduce our amazing and talented 2022 design team.


 

Alison Heikkila

Hello! My name is Alison Heikkila and I have been a crafter my entire life. My mom started me off with coloring and stringing beads from a very young age, and I never stopped. I have an art degree with a specialization in jewelry and sculpture, but I love working in many mediums and styles. Getting inky is absolutely one of my favorite things!  

I have an amazing husband who loves to see what I create each day (and even crafts along with me sometimes!) and two very creative kids. Sometimes the four of us craft together, which is so much fun. We’ve also got a cat and two dogs, and we reside on Long Island. 

I love to create, as I feel it truly feeds my soul. Getting a little “playtime” in my craft room each day is really important to me. I look forward to sharing projects with you. 

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Annie Collins

Hello Friends, my name is Annie Collins and I have been crafting all my life. I started at 4 years old sewing with my mother. My passion for crafting and sharing continued to grow over the years. I love paper crafting the most all forms of it. I live in sunny Florida with my fantastic family, my husband, our 3 children, son in law,  our first grandchild and pets. I can’t wait to share some projects and be inspired by all of you.

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Katy

Katy Ingram

Hello Crafty Friends! My name is Katy Ingram. I am a wife and mama to 1 son and 4 kitties. I live in southeastern North Carolina off the coast of Topsail Island and I LOVE making handmade cards. I started my card making the journey back in 2016 and in 2019 I started my youtube channel and blog Eastwicks Paper and Ink. I wanted an outlet to share and hopefully inspire your creativity with my card making as well as some tips and tricks along the way. I am so excited to be joining Imagine’s 2022 Design Team. I look forward to meeting and crafting with you!

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Neva Cole

Hello fellow crafters, my name is Neva Cole and I live in the high desert of Central Oregon on a mini-farm with my husband, son, four German Shepherds, and one inside kitty.  A life-long crafter I gravitated towards mostly paper arts, stamping, card making, and scrapbooking about 25 years ago.  My style varies with my mood, sometimes clean and simple then I swing to shabby chic or layered elegance.  I have instructed classes in the paper arts, and come by teaching naturally—I am a retired High School Science teacher.  I look forward to creating with you in the Imagine Community!  

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LeeAnn McKinney

Hi there friends and fellow crafters, my name is LeeAnn McKinney and I am so excited to bring my clean and simple projects and tutorials to you throughout 2022. Let’s Get Crafty!!!

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Easy to Make Christmas Napkin Holders

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By Kyriakos Pachadiroglou –

Stamp on Vertigo sheets to make sparkling napkin rings using Mboss Valentine embossing powder. Repeat stamping on white card stock to make little tags to decorate your festive table.

 

Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 Hour

 

Directions:

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Step 1

Cut 2 ½ x 5 in pieces of the Vertigo sheets and stamp with VersaMark watermark ink.

Cover with Mboss Valentine embossing powder and heat set.

 

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Step 2

Use an ink blusher to color around the stamped image with the StazOn Studio Glaze gold.

 

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Step 3

Stamp stars with the StazOn Black Cherry ink pad.

 

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Step 4

Punch one hold at the middle left and right long side edges and place satin ribbon.

 

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Step 5

Stamp the nutcracker stamp on white card stock with VersaMark watermark ink pad. Cover with Mboss Valentine embossing powder and heat set. Cut around. Repeat with the Mboss Sparkling Champagne Embossing Powder. 

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine

StazOn – Black Cherry

VersaMark – Original

StazOn Studio Glaze – Gold

Mboss – Valentine, Sparkling Champagne

Vertigo Sheet – Pebbles

Ink Blushers

Other

• Nutcracker Stamp

• Heat Tool

• Gold Satin Ribbon

• White Card Stock

• Hole Punch

 

Make Wooden Stamped Christmas Tree Ornaments

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By Kyriakos Pachadiroglou –

Make wooden sign board style ornaments for your Christmas tree, colored with white All-Purpose ink and stamped Christmas designs with StazOn ink. Simple and easy to make.

 

Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 Hour

Directions:

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Step 1

Place 6 wooden sticks next to each other. Cut two wooden sticks a bit longer than the total width of the above six ones. Place Tear It! Tape on the two and attach on the rest and create a sign board.

 

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Step 2

Color the sign boards with white All-Purpose Ink and both sides.

 

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Step 3

Stamp your favorite Christmas stamps using the StazOn Black Cherry ink pad, which will dry quickly and won’t bleed on the wood.

 

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Step 4

Distress the edges with Memento Rich Cocoa ink pad.

 

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Step 5

Add rhinestones using the On Point Glue.

 

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Step 6

Wrap Baker’s twine on one side and some on the top to hand the ornament.

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine

• StazOn – Black Cherry

• Memento – Rich Cocoa

• All-Purpose Ink – White

• Sponge Daubers

• Tear It! Tape

• On Point Glue

 

Other

• Wooden sticks

• Christmas themed stamps

• Bakers twine

• Rhinestones

 

Wow your Dinner Guests with Stylist Hand Stamped Autumn Leaves

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By Kyriakos Pachadiroglou –

Gather large leaves and stamp them with your favorite stamps and StazOn inks. Protect the leaves with the Creative Medium for a long lasting result. Decorate a holiday table, make an autumn wreath, add them to gift bags or to any seasonal project.

Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 Hour

 

Directions:

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Step 1

Gather leaves that are not completely dry. If they are not flat enough, use paper towels, spray with water and carefully press to flatten.

 

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Step 2

Cover the leaves on both sides with Creative MEDIUM using an Ink Blusher.

 

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Step 3

Stamp with StazOn Jet Black ink and your favorite stamp.

 

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Step 4

Add some color by distressing lightly with StazOn Black Cherry ink pad.

 

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Step 5

Stamp the thank you sentiment and tear the paper on all sides to make tags.

 

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Step 6

Distress the tags with MEMENTO Rich cocoa.

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine

• StazOn – Jet Black, Black Cherry

• MEMENTO – Rich Cocoa

• Creative MEDIUM – Clear

• Sponge Daubers

• Ink Blushers

 

Other

• Large Leaves

• Precious Remembrance School Stamp Set

• Kaiserkraft – Tea at Elsie’s Stamp Set

• Natural Color Heavy Card Stock

 

 

Learn How to Stamp with Leaves to Create a Beautiful Thank You Card

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By Kyriakos Pachadiroglou –

Use a small leaf to stamp on a card with MEMENTO ink and color real leaves with StazOn ink to decorate it. Seal the leaves with Creative MEDIUM to protect and easily use them as embellishments.

Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 Hour

Directions:

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Step 1

Place Tack’ N Peel on a stamping block and set a leaf. Cut around the leaf using a sharp blade and remove the Tack’ N Peel.

 

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Step 2

Stamp with MEMENTO Rich cocoa on a 4x6in piece of card stock.

 

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Step 3

Distress with MEMENTO Desert sand.

 

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Step 4

Color leaves with StaZon Black cherry ink pad.

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Step 5

Cover all the leaves with Creative MEDIUM using an Ink blusher.

 

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Step 6

Stamp a thank you sentiment with StazOn Black cherry and cut around.

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Step 7

Wrap some jute cord and glue on the card. Continue adding leaves.

 

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Step 8

Place the wood slice and the thank you sentiment. Attach on a card base using Tear It! Tape.

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine

• StazOn – Black Cherry

• MEMENTO – Rich Cocoa, Desert Sand

• Creative MEDIUM – Clear

• Sponge Daubers

• InkBlushers

• Tack’ N Peel

• Tear It! Tape

 

Other

• Small leaves

• Natural color heavy card stock

• Precious remembrance school stamp set

• Jute cord

• Small wood slice

• Hot glue