Make a Birthday Card Using Multiple Stencils

By Alison Heikkila –

Hello! Since birthdays happen all year, it’s good to have a big stash of birthday cards at the ready for whenever you need one. Since I love to use stencils, I thought I would use a bunch of them together with many colors of Memento Inks from Imagine.

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I chose a light color and a dark color Memento Ink for each candle of the Big Candle stencil. 

Step 1:

Step 1: Use washi or low tack tape to stick down your cardstock and stencil. Mask off any areas that you don’t want your first color of ink on. I masked off the second candle and the flames. 

Step 2:

Ink the candles with the lighter color from the pairs you chose. Be sure to mask off the areas that you don’t want your ink to go.

Step 3:

Mask off the candles so that you can ink the flames. I used Dandelion on the entire flame, and then Tangelo on the lower area of the flame.

Step 4:

Choose the stencils you want to decorate each candle with and ink with the darker shades you chose. You must keep the original candle stencil in place so that you only ink the candle. Slip the patterned stencil under the candle stencil to make inking easy. Be sure to mask off the other areas again! 

This is what the completed candles look like. You can stop here, if you want, but I kept going to make it even more festive!

Step 5:

Ink a stencil that looks like confetti or sprinkles on top of the entire panel.

Step 6:

Die cut your sentiment. First, I was only going to die cut my “happy birthday” out of purple, but I decided to cut one sentiment out of each main candle color so that I can have a stacked, 3D embellishment. You can glue these together with On Point Glue. 

Step 7:

Ink your card base using the lighter colors of Memento Ink, directly from the pad. I worked my way around my palette of colors two times. 

Step 8:

Glue the card front and sentiment on to the card base. Optional: Add sequins or rhinestones to the card front with On Point Glue. 

Here is the finished card! I love how happy it is, and it can easily work for anyone. It’s fun to work with so many colors and so many patterns of stencils, all on one project. I hope that you break out some of your stencils and try this technique! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Supplies Used:

Imagine:

Memento Ink: Angel Pink, Rhubarb Stalk, Cantaloupe, Peanut Brittle, Summer Sky, Paris Dusk, New Sprout, Northern Pine, Sweet Plum, Elderberry, Dandelion, Tangelo, Teal Zeal

On Point Glue

Other:

A Colorful Life Designs: Big Candles, Milky Way, Cozy Knit, Primative Batik, Crocodile, Teeny Honeycomb, Layered Party 1

Simon Says Stamp: Happy Birthday Die

The Rabbit Hole Designs: Cotton Tail Blending Brushes

Sequins

Washi/Low Tack Tape

White Cardstock

Learn to Make a Valentine’s Day Treat Bag/Gift Card Holder

By Kathy Pisupati –

Hello!  Kathy here, creating art for Imagine Crafts!  Today’s project is a treat/gift card holder for Valentine’s Day but it is also about ADHESIVES!  Adhesives aren’t the focus on most tutorials so let’s change that today.

.Skill Level: Easy

Time to complete: 1 Hour

Directions:

Step 1

Cut 3 pieces of a layering weight, white card stock to 4” x 11”.  This will be enough for three holders. You don’t need a heavy weight card stock as we will be scoring, folding and adding a layer of patterned paper.

Step 2

Cut 3 panels of patterned paper to 3.5” x 10.5”.  I had this fabulous patterned  paper from Kat Scrappiness in my stash which is perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Step 3

Here is where the adhesive comes in!  You will attach the patterned paper panels to the white card stock.  The Tear It! Tape from Imagine Crafts is SO easy to use.  It is a strong double-sided adhesive AND you don’t need to reach for your scissors every time you want a piece.  Just tear it!  It tears so easy!  We will also be using the On Point Glue and I will give you a tip in a second.  The On Point Glue comes in a small bottle with a micro tip.  The cap of the bottle has a built in pin that fits in the micro tip when you close the cap so it never gets clogged!  No more losing those pins!

Step 4

Add your Tear It! Tape to the back of all four panels on all sides.  Here’s a tip, pull up only a bit of each back and a bit of On Point Glue to the exposed area.  Then flip the panel over and align to your white card panel.  This allows some wiggle room for you to align the panels perfectly!  Once the patterned panel is aligned press down the areas of exposed adhesive and then gently pull the backing paper off from each side.

Step 5

Now it’s time to score and fold.  You will score as indicated above and fold in the manner shown.

Step 6

Now it’s time to add a little decoration!  I used a heart die and coordinating stamps.  I stamped using VersaColor Cardinal ink.  For the sentiment I used VersaFine Clair Nocturne Ink.  Foam tape was added to the lower half of the heart.  The reason for this is so the flap of the holder can tuck under the heart.  I also added foam tape to the sentiment, adding a bit more dimension to the design.  These were SO easy to create and you could change up the design for ANY occasion.  I haven’t put anything inside yet.  A gift card fit perfectly inside, just add some temporary adhesive to the back of the gift card.  You can also adhere a small cellophane bag filled with small treats and adhere it or add a bit of temporary adhesive to the back of a fun-size candy bar!  Perfect for Valentine’s Day and Halloween!

I hope you enjoy this card and the tutorial. Thanks for stopping by I appreciate all of you! Please head over to the Imagine Crafts website to see all the beautiful products. Here is the link IMAGINE CRAFTS.

SUPPLIES

Imagine Crafts

• VersaColor Cardinal

• On Point Glue

• Tear It! Tape

• VersaFine Clair Nocturne

Other

• Kat Scrappiness Patterned Paper

• Heart Die

• Coordinating Heart Stamp/Stencil

• Scor-Pal scoring tool

• Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die-Cutting machine

• Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110lb

• Paper Trimmer

• Teflon bone folder

• Foam Tape

Make a Friendship Card Using Memento Inks

By Martha Lucia Gomez

Hello there! Today’s tutorial is using only one type of ink, the Memento. It is one of the most versatile and secure ink that you can use. Memento Ink is ideal to use with alcohol markers or simply to stamp, with solid or lineal stamps. It is also available in markers and liquid, like Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Sprays. 

Skill Level: Beginning

Time to Complete: 45 minutes

Directions:

Step 1:

Take a piece of white smooth cardstock and ink well your solid stamp with Memento Ink. In my sample, I am using the Dandelion color. If you want you can use a stamping tool to have a better result or obtain a crispy image. 

Step 2:

Select a lineal stamp and place it covering partially the image previously stamped. You can use a different color of Memento Ink to create a contrast. I am using the Rose Bud Memento Ink. 

Step 3:

Stamp your sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black.

Step 4:

To enhance special details of your stamped image you can use Memento Markers. I used the same Dandelion color just in a small spaces on the floral image to enhance the details.

Step 5:

As final step, you can embellish your card using Diamonds on different colors. To paste it, I used On Point Glue. 

Step 6:

Resize the decorative layer and paste it over a card base using Tear It! Tape.

Art Supplies:

Imagine:

• Memento Ink Tuxedo Black, Rose Bud and Dandelion

• Memento Marker Dandelion

• Tear it! Tape

• Craft Mat

• On Point Glue

Other:

• Clear Stamps by Richard Garay Designs

• Stamping Tool

• Diamonds Orange

Presenting Imagine’s 2023 Design Team

We are so excited to announce our 2023 Design Team! 

We look forward to sharing all of the creative inspiration that flows from this group of talented designers.

Let’s learn a little bit about them…

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. 

Blog – alisonheikkila.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/alisonheikkiladesigns/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/alisonheikkila/

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/c/AlisonHeikkila

Martha Lucia Gomez

Hi friends, I am Martha Lucia Gomez. I was born in Colombia, but I live in a paradise called Miami, FL USA. I’ve loved crafts forever. I used to work with metal jewelry, but one day I discovered stamps, ink and paper, and now it is my passion. I’ve realized that working with paper crafts is the best therapy. 

I live with my husband and our two daughters. I divide my time between my family, my work in a Public Relations Company and my passions: my blog and crafting on various design teams. I find my inspiration in simple things. My style is clean and simple but don’t misunderstand me – I love the simple things  plus the techniques and work involved in it. Experimenting new things is my passion and mixing products is my therapy. I love stamps, die cuts, stencils and of course all type of inks. I can tell you that I work on my crafts every single day and this is one of the ways that I found to give thanks to God for all that He gives me every day.

I love to share my creations, so you will always find me easily on Social Media outlets as Stampartpapel.

Blog – https://stampartpapel.com/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/stampartpapel/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/stampartpapel/

Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/marthalucia/boards/

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/malugomez0

Katy Ingram

Hello Crafty Friends! My name is Katy Ingram. I am a wife and mama to 1 son and 6 kitties. I live in southeastern North Carolina and I LOVE making handmade cards. I started card making  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 give some tips and tricks along the way. I am excited to be back with Imagine’s 2023 Design Team and I look forward to meeting and crafting with you!

Blog – https://www.eastwickspaperandink.com 

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/eastwickspaper

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/eastwickspaperandink/

YouTube – https://youtube.com/c/eastwickspaperandink

Kathi F. Rerek

I’m a cat-loving card maker who also creates tags, art journals, and home décor pieces. I love stamping, mixed media, and experimenting with different supplies and techniques. I love to paper craft because there’s something so oddly calming about focusing on a project. My favorite part is when a project comes out the way I had envisioned it in my mind’s eye. I also like to share my creations online and always include full supply lists and detailed instructions on my blog posts.

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/kathi.rerek

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Kaths-Tales-2316828635206019/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/kathi_r13/?hl=en

Kathy Pisupati

Hello crafty friends!  My name is Kathy Pisupati. I have always loved art and crafting. I think my love for arts & crafts started the day someone gave me a “how to draw” book when I was 7 or 8. I have tried it all but cardmaking is my true happy place. I majored in Fine Arts & Communications in college. I love designing and blogging. I love all art mediums and cardmaking allows me to create mini masterpieces of all sorts!

I live in Arizona with my husband but grew up in the Midwest. I have been blessed to have traveled all over the globe with my family and live overseas. I also love dogs!

I love sharing my creations with you and can be found in the following sites and would love for you to follow me on my creative journey.

Blog – https://expressivepaper.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/kpisupati

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/expressivepaper/

YouTube – https://youtube.com/@expressivepaper

Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/kpisupati/

Linh V.

Hi! I’m Linh – or LV Handcrafted on social media. I live in Seattle, WA with my husband and our two dogs. I started crafting in high school as a scrapbooker but these days I also make cards, mini-albums, notebooks and all sorts of crafts. I’m excited to join such a talented team of artists here at Imagine Crafts, which I absolutely love.
It’s such an honor to join this team. There’s always so much to learn in paper crafting and I find these challenges are always an inspiration. I look forward to sharing and interacting with you on all the socials!

YouTube – https://youtube.com/@LVHandcrafted

Facebook – https://facebook.com/lvhandcrafted

Instagram  – https://www.instagram.com/lvhandcrafted/

Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/lvhandcrafted/

LeeAnn McKinney

Hi there friends and fellow crafters, my name is LeeAnn McKinney and I live with my wonderful crafty enabling husband, our 2 pups JJ and Chase, along with our kitty Kit Kat. 

We have our “swimmers” as well… Koopa is our turtle, Silver and Apricot our goldfish, Cory and Cody are our cory fish, Gilligan the minnow and Picasso the plecko.

I have 3 daughters, 5 grandchildren and so far my 6 yo granddaughter loves stamping/crafting when I visit. 

I am so excited to bring my clean and simple projects and tutorials to you throughout 2023.

I can be found all over social media as LeeAnnGetsCrafty!!!

Blog – https://leeanngetscrafty.com

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/leeanngetscrafty

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/leeanngetscrafty

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/leeannmckinney

Nancy May

Hi, I’m Nancy May, mother, sister, friend, licensed clinical social worker, creative, but you might know me as Handi Scandi. I have been crafting for many years – since my adult children were littles. It started as an inexpensive way to decorate my home to make it cozy for my family, and when my children loved to get messy with me in the process it became so much more. All of my children are creatives and creativity manifests itself differently in each of us. Stamping became my safe space, if you will, shortly after my youngest daughter passed away. I needed something to focus on rather than grief, and I remembered how much I loved stamping and card making. This crafty life has taken on a life of its own and I have been introduced to the wonderful world of card making on a much grander scale. As I learn more and more about art and the creative process I find myself drawn to mixed media, art journaling, grunge, stencils, sprays, pastes, and inks…glorious inks! I am an intuitive crafter who rarely has a plan, loves to get messy and inky and shows myself grace throughout the process. I reframe mistakes as opportunities and almost never throw things away. Through all of this I am developing my own style that I have coined grungy elegance. I am so excited to be a part of the Imagine Crafts team as it opens another door of exploration, creativity and discovery.

Facebook – Nancy May https://www.facebook.com/nancy.may.904

Instagram –Nancy May https://www.instagram.com/handi_scandi/

Pinterest – Nancy May https://www.pinterest.com/nancymay1965/

YouTube-Handi Scandi’s Crafty Ventures 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_4SMddMdKd37YsMYDC2fMw

Quick and Easy “Happy New Year” Banner

By LeeAnn McKinney

Howdy friends and fellow crafters, LeeAnn here with a quick and easy project for you.

This “New Year’s” Banner is easy to make. I made it to hang in my craft room ushering in 2023.

Skill Level: Beginner

Time: 30 minutes

Art Supplies:

Imagine:

• Craft Mat

• On Point Glue

• Delicata: Golden Glitz

• Delicata Shimmery Silver

• MBoss Gold

• Mboss Embossing Powder Silver

• Tear It! Tape

• VersaFine Clair Nocturne

• StazOn Stamp Cleaner

Other Supplies:

• Darice Heat Tool

• Accent Opaque 120lb Cardstock

Learn to Make An Abstract Hanukkah Card

By Alison Heikkila –

Hello! Sometimes you need a card for a special event, holiday or occasion and you may not have the right stamps for it. That’s one reason why I love having abstract stamps and solid image stamps. You can easily make a very cool card for any occasion and just add an appropriate sentiment to it to make it work for you. Let me show you how to make a Hanukkah card using abstract shapes and lots of blue inks from Imagine. 

*Some affiliate links are used in this post. That means that if you shop through these links, I may receive a small compensation, at no cost to you. For more information, please see my Affiliates page.

Here are some of the supplies we will be using today. The top stamp set is specifically abstract shapes. The one underneath is actually fruits. but if you just look at the solid images of the set, they just look like funky blobs that are perfect for this technique. 

Directions:

Step 1:

Start stamping the shapes across the middle of the card. Use different shades of blue and be sure to overlap the images. You can see my first image started off of the card front also.

*Pro Tip: Using some type of stamp positioning tool or platform is key for this technique, as you will probably want to re-stamp and image a couple of times to get a solid, crisp image. You can do it using a stamping block, but it is much easier with a positioning tool. 

Step 2:

Continue to stamp the abstract shapes, varying the direction, size, shape, and color. You can absolutely repeat your shapes, but try turning them so that they appear different. I wound up repeating a couple of shapes and colors, but I kept them apart from each other.

Step 3:

Add some small elements. You can easily add interest to your abstract design by adding in some small embossed designs. Here, I repeated this dot pattern a few times by stamping it with VersaMark and then heat embossing it with gold. You can see that I also stamped my sentiment with VersaMark, and I am about to emboss it. 

*Pro Tip: Be sure that all of your stamped images are completely dry before using embossing powder. Some inks, like VersaFine Clair take a long time to dry because they are pigment inks. Heat set your inks, add some anti-static powder, and sprinkle on embossing powder over your complete design to see if it’s dry. If the powder sticks, brush it off and repeat the process. Once the inks are dry, you can start stamping with VersaMark. 

This is my finished card front. You can see that I added an additional cluster of dots and a couple of shapes to fill in the lower portion of the design. The panel is 4” x 5 1/4.” 

Step 4:

Shake up some Fireworks! Spray and brush it on to your card base around the perimeter. Let dry. 

Step 5:

Adhere your card front to the base. 

The concept of this card isn’t difficult, nor is the technique, but sometimes we need to be reminded that we don’t have to have a specific stamp for every occasion. Having a couple of abstract sets, or sets with solid stamp like these make perfect cards for any occasion. You can even stamp out a bunch of these panels at once, and omit a sentiment until you need a card. Then you can add something that works for the situation. I hope this gave you some good ideas. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Supplies Used

Imagine:

VersaFine Clair: Medieval Blue

VersaFine Clair: Twilight

Memento Ink: Nautical Blue

Memento Ink: Summer Sky

Memento Ink: Danube Blue

Memento Ink: Bahama Blue

VersaMagic Ink: Night Sky

Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray: Paris Dusk

Mboss Embossing Powder: Gold

Other:

Ellen Hutson: Abstract Nature Stamps

Simon Says Stamp: Organic Fruits (discontinued) 

Rubber Soul: Happy Hanukkah Stamp

Stamp Platform or Positioning Tool 

White Cardstock

Adhesive

Paint Brush