See How to Create Fun Snowy Texture for a Christmas Card

by Roni Johnson

See How to Create Fun Snowy Texture for a Christmas Card with Radiant Neon Amplify in white

Winter is quickly approaching…at times it feels as if you’re looking at the world through the shroud of dingy grey gauze. The real beauty of winter can also be seen in the grey twilight when the pines have been darkened by an evening snowfall cutting you off from the worries of the outside world. This is what I look forward to in the coming months. I tried to capture that feeling in this Christmas card I’ve made for you today.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Pounce Grey Flannel and London Fog Memento Ink onto the craft mat. Pounce a bit of Niagara Mist VersaMagic ink as well.


Step 2

Spritz a bit of Ink Potion No.9 over the inks. Tap the mixture a bit to mix it up and eliminate some of the harsh lines.


Step 3

Press a white cardstock panel into the ink mixture several times until you are satisfied with the results.


Step 4

Stamp pine trees onto the inked panel using VersaFine Clair Morning Mist ink.


Step 5

Randomly dot Radiant Neon Amplify in White over the panel.


Step 6

Heat the Amplify medium to activate and puff it up.


Step 7

Trim and mat on black cardstock then adhere the panel to a grey card base. Stamp off the excess ink on the pine tree stamp on the inside of the card to create a ghostly grey pine forest. Add a bit of line work around the edge of the card to finish it off.


Step 8

Stamp sentiment on a scrap of white cardstock. Trim and adhere to the card front.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Just For Fun Stamps – Pine Trees
  • Cardstock – White, Grey, Black
  • Heat Tool

Create an Elegant Christmas Tag with Grey Ink

by Jowilna Nolte

It is that time of the year again when I try and get a head start in making my Christmas cards and tags. This holiday tag is an easy one that I could replicate quickly without making too much of a mess and yet it looks gorgeous. I love the layered look of grey stamping and colorful ink blend for a simple and elegant statement. The grey color from VersaFine Morning Mist is gorgeous and it’s not too harsh making this my perfect go-to ink color for stamping.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Stamp a wreath and sentiment onto a manilla tag in VersaFine Clair Morning Mist.


Step 2

Use Memento Luxe and a jumbo dauber and blend Love Letter ink around the edges outside of the stamped wreath.


Step 3

Use Memento Luxe Pistachio and blend inside the stamped wreath area.


Step 4

Use VersaFine Clair Shady Lane and stamp several leaves onto smooth white cardstock. Cut out the leaves.


Step 5

Use On Point Glue and adhere the leaves in clusters in two sections on the stamped wreath.


Step 6

Use On Point Glue and make small drops of glue on the berries and then lightly sprinkle with gold glitter and leave to dry. Shake off the excess glitter and brush clean the tag of stray glitter pieces.


Step 7

Adhere the leaves, add embellishments as desired and then add some colored ink or paint splats to finish off your tag with some added details.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • White cardstock
  • Kaisercraft – Christmas stamps
  • Embellishments
  • Tag
  • Glitter – Gold
  • Microbeads
  • Old Postage stamp
  • Watercolor paint

Create a Matching Envelope and Christmas Card

by Kassy Tousignant

Create a Matching Envelope and Christmas Card

VersaFine Clair Ink and large sponge daubers make great patterned background papers for all of your projects! Check out this video to see how I used them to make a beautiful, distressed background for my Christmas card and matching envelope. The colors are so rich and vibrant and create the perfect matching set.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour

Supplies

Imagine

• VersaFine Clair – Nocturne, Pinecone, Rain Forest, Morning Mist
• VersaMagic – Cloud White
• All-Purpose Ink – Cool Grey
Embossing powder – Black
Memento Markers – Tuxedo Black, London Fog
• Ink Potion No 9
• Sponge daubers
• Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray – London Fog
• Walnut Ink – Walnut
• IrRESISTibles Pico Embellisher – Black
GooseBumps – shimmer
• Tear It! Tape

Other

• Prima – Clear gesso
• Black twine
• Cardstock – white
• Envelope
• Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz Christmas stamp set

Create Shiny Floral Background Using Irresistible Pico Embellisher

by Arjita Sepaha Singh

For today’s card, I used one tiny stamp and VersaFine in Onyx Black to create a cute and simple card design. I stamped the open line flower image all over the card stock and then used the Irresistible Pico Embellisher to fill the petals. The shine you get after the product dries is breathtaking. I love the simple yet unusual look of the card.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions

Supplies

Imagine

• Irresistible Pico Embellisher – Danube Blue, Lilac Posies, Rose Bud, Angel Pink, Gold
• VersaFine – Onyx Black
• On Point Glue 

Other

• Xpress It smooth card stock
• Acrylic Blocks
• Scoring tool
• Gina K Designs Stamp – Mandala Maker

Create a Beautiful Mandala Thank You Card

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Create a Beautiful Mandala Thank You Card

Exploring is part of this creative world, but not all of our readers are experts or have been following us for a long time so today I’ll welcome you back to the basics. A few months ago, I told you that if I had to choose one ink pad (in a hypothetical world), I would choose the VersaMark Ink. Today I am sharing with you one of the multiple reasons why I consider it my must-have product. We have inks in almost all colors but with the VersaMark Ink you create a watermark effect that enhances the color of the paper. I love this effect and love the subtle appearance it creates. In my project, I am using Sahara Sand cardstock and if you notice on the above photo the ink is the same as the paper, just a little darker to create more emphasis over the stamped image.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Select your color of cardstock and ink your stamp with VersaMark.


Step 2

Stamp your image once, twice or as many times that you need it to obtain all the details and a darker color. In my sample, I stamped twice. Let the ink dry for a few minutes. And this multiple stamping is easier with a stamping tool such as the Misti Stamping Tool.


Step 3

Repeat the process to stamp the “Thanks” sentiment. But this time you can create a totally different effect using the VersaMark with Embossing Powder. You only need to ink your stamp with the VersaMark and then cover the stamped image with Silver Embossing Powder in my case or with any other color of embossing powder and melt it with the heat tool. VersaMark is an excellent embossing ink.


Step 4

To make my card more special, I cut the stamped sentiment with the corresponding die cut and stamped the complement sentiment making the same process. If you want to obtain a major texture you can repeat the stamping process all the time that you wanted…just don’t burn your paper!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Sahara Sand Card Stock
  • “Thanks” Stamps & Die cuts
  • Mandala stamp
  • Misti Stamping tool
  • Embossing powder anti-static bag
  • Die & embossing machine

Imagine is Proud to Announce a Call for Artists In Residence for 2019!

Imagine is Proud to Announce a Call for Artists In Residence for 2019!

Imagine is proud to announce its call for Artists In Residence for 2019! We are looking for artists and designers who can inspire our customers and community with amazing projects using Imagine and Tsukineko products.

Perks of being an Artist in Residence for Imagine:

  • Exposure of your work as it will be featured on our blog, social media, website and print platforms.
  • Generous supply of Imagine and Tsukineko products with which to create your projects.
  • Be involved with product development and get advanced access to new products before the public.
  • Opportunities to grow your stash with product from Imagine’s preferred partners.
  • Links back to your blog or website connected to each blog post featuring your work.

We are looking for energetic artists to fill two different exciting roles for 2019:

  • Project/Tutorial Artists who create and provide up to 3 different projects or innovative techniques per month with complete instructions and photographs that will be featured online and in printed formats.

OR

  • Video Project/Tutorial Artists who will submit 2 edited videos per month featuring a project and/or innovative technique, which will be shared with our community. See our YouTube channel for examples. 

Artists in Residence basic requirements:

  • Commitment of one year — January 1st, 2019 through December 31st, 2019.
  • Ability to professionally photograph, edit and submit high-res JPG format images for all projects (including step-by-step) by required due dates.
  • Submit clearly written and detailed instructions in English for each project, including a comprehensive list of all supplies used, in Word or PDF format.
  • Socially active online with an established blog and Facebook presence.
  • Not currently employed and/or affiliated with competing manufacturers including as a design team member, guest designer, etc.
  • For further information, see our Artists In Residence Summary.

Show Us Your Artwork!

Show us just how creative you are! The only “rule” for submitting artwork for consideration is that Imagine and/or Tsukineko products were used in its creation. This means that there are virtually no limits to what you can create—scrapbook layouts, cards, altered art, mixed media designs, jewelry, home decor items or whatever your niche art may be.

Please submit one original work of art—one that hasn’t been published, featured online, etc.

Submission Process for Round 1

Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Send your submission to marketing@imaginecrafts.com with the subject line of “AIRs Round 1 <your name>”.

The body of your email must include the following information: name, mailing address, phone number, email address, your personal blog and/or website address, and two links to any additional online content of your work (including videos) that you feel showcases your style.

  • If you are submitting to be a Project/Tutorial Artist:

Attached to your email should be a quality, minimum 700px wide jpg of your original artwork. Please also include a short paragraph about your piece and list what products you used to create it. Please name the photograph of your artwork “AIRs_<your name>_2019.JPG” using underscores in the name instead of spaces.

  • If you are submitting to be a Video Project/Tutorial Artist:

Attached to your email should be a quality, minimum 700px wide jpg of your original artwork. Please also include a list of what products you used to create it. The two links you provide should both include videos you created about your artwork in general (not necessarily the artwork you submit). Please name the photograph of your artwork “AIRs_<your name>_2019.JPG” using underscores in the name instead of spaces.

Round 1 submissions are due by 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time on Thursday, October 18th. Those artists who will be continuing on to the next round will be contacted by Thursday, November 1st with further instructions.

Imagine will contact each 2019 Artist in Residence personally to welcome them to our team.

Once we have announced our 2019 Artists In Residence, the work will quickly begin…each Artist In Residence will be shipped their “essentials” kit, along with our NEW releases for the 2019 Creativation show.