Be Inspired by a Snowman Favor Bag for a Friend

by Mischelle Smith

I love primitive décor and wanted to create a favor bag for the holidays that reflected that love. I also wanted to make something especially for friends! This simple project does both and comes together quickly. Enjoy!

Stamp snowmen and ‘friend’ with VersaFine Sepia ink and emboss with clear emboss powder. Color images with Memento Ink using waterbrush. Adhere torn pieces of dictionary pages as desired. Wrap snowmen with silver thread and attach to bag. Diecut snowflake. Attach silver thread and sequin. Adhere to bag. Add eyelet to saying and attach to snowflake.

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  • Stampin’ Up! – Santa and Friends
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Heat Tool
  • Crop-a-dile
  • Eyelet
  • White Glitter Paper
  • Snowflake Die
  • Die Cutting machine
  • Silver Metallic Thread
  • Hampton Arts – Alphabet stamps
  • Old dictionary pages
  • White sequin
  • Adhesive
  • Canvas bag
  • Waterbrush

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!


  • 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.


  • 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!


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

See How to Create a Charming Housewarming Gift

by Renee Zarate

See How to Create a Unique Housewarming Gift with embossing, versamark and stazon

It doesn’t take much to create a quick housewarming project, a few discarded paint chips, some stamps and an old discarded piece of ribbon and you can put them to work. As baby boomers begin to downsize into smaller homes it is important to welcome Grandma and Grandpa to their new home with a friendly vibe. This paint swatch project is a great way to encourage recycling, nothing goes to waste, and to show support to those you love!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes


Step 1

Collect paint swatches and stamp different designs in various colors of StazOn ink on the chips. StazOn is a great ink for this project because it will stamp on the slick surface of the paint swatches. Also, because the surface is not very porous it takes the ink longer to dry and you can actually use StazOn to heat emboss.

Step 2

For this project, 5 different chips were used mixing different house stamps and adding additional stamps to the mix.

Step 3

If your paint chips are not the shape you want, cut to shape with scissors. Punch a hole in the top of each chip, string ribbon through the chips using a small stapler to hold the tags in place on the banner. Add little details to make the banner more interesting and personalized.

Since you are the creator then use a variety of color swatches and stamps to make it your own! Thank you for visiting the Imagine blog today and if you like this tutorial then comment below or share!


  • Dyan Reaveley – “Right Up your Street” stamp set
  • Rosie’s Roadshow – stamp
  • Dina Wakley – “Hearts” stamp
  • Black ribbon
  • Small staples
  • Hole punch
  • Heat tool
  • Paint swatches
  • Scissors (optional)

What if you could only have one ink pad?

by Martha Lucia Gomez

If I had to choose only one ink, which would I choose? It would be VersaMark!

VersaMark is a versatile ink for all types of stamping projects. You can create a watermark, emboss with powders, create shadows, resist effects or develop your own techniques. In this blog post, I will review this incredible ink and talk about why I enjoy it so much.

Tone-on-Tone Effects

Stamping VersaMark on light or dark colored cardstock creates awesome results. The paper color is darkened a step or to wherever you stamp the ink. If you use light cardstock the ink effect is a little shiny, but if you use it on dark cardstock the effect is very vivid. This is also known as tone-on-tone technique and will create subtle and beautiful results. In the sample above, you can see how VersaMark shows on a true red cardstock which I use in card making all the time. This image is not embossed, it is just VersaMark ink stamped onto the cardstock.

Embossing Powerhouse

If you want to enhance the tone-on-tone effect, you can always sprinkle clear embossing powder before the ink dries and heat set. VersaMark’s tacky thickness makes it the number one ink for use with embossing powders. This is commonly done with white cardstock. Stamp the image with VersaMark (it will be harder to see on white paper), and then pour colored embossing powder over and it will stick perfectly to the VersaMark ink. If you chose a metallic embossing powder color, like gold, it will really pop off the page once heat set. I recommend investing in a few different embossing powders—clear, gold, silver and black at minimum.

Layer and Emboss with any Dye Ink

If you only have clear embossing powder, you can still use VersaMark to create colored embossed areas! By pairing VersaMark and clear embossing powder with any dye ink, you can obtain unique colored embossed images. The method I used for the first Christmas Snowflake tag above could be done with any stamp. I simply inked the stamp with VersaMark first and, without stamping, inked again with the blue dye ink, and then stamped on the cardstock, added the clear embossing powder, and heat set. For the method in the second photo, you would need a stamp positioning tool like a Misti. I stamped with the blue dye ink then cleaned the stamp and stamped again with VersaMark, added clear embossing powder and heat set it. Playing with embossing powder and layered stamping with color dye inks is fun and produces a variety of results as you can see in the tone difference in these two Christmas tags that were created with the same two inks.

Ghosting or Shadow Effects

When you emboss VersaMark it is perfect for resist techniques. The process for emboss resist is very simple, just stamp your image with VersaMark, cover it with clear embossing powder and set the powder with the heat tool. Then apply the colored inks with a sponge dauber or brayer and when you are satisfied with the color, use a paper towel to remove the ink that is lying atop the embossed areas to see the resist effect.

Another thing I love to create with VersaMark is shadows. In the sample above, I stamped the “go” image with VersaMark and embossed with gold Embossing powder. Then I used VersaMarker to draw a shadow of the word “go”. The tone-on-tone effect creates a perfect shadow look! You can also do this on white cardstock and with any color ink. Simply stamp your image with the color ink pad, and then stamp it a second time with VersaMark only a little bit offset, then add embossing powder to obtain the desired effect.

A variation of this technique is by using the VersaMark on glossy cardstock. Stamp your image with VersaMark and let dry, then apply the colored ink of choice. In this sample, I used only glossy cardstock, VersaMark and Memento Lilac Posies. You will obtain a soft resist, or as I like to call it ghost effect without using any embossing powders.

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Easy Christmas Card with Delicata Ruby Red

by Nadine Carlier

Christmas Card by Nadine Carlier wm ic

When you have to make a bunch of Christmas cards, the easier they are to make the better. Even though I wanted to make a pretty simple card, I also didn’t want it to look simple.  The red on red created a perfect background using Fireworks in Lady Bug and stamping over it with Delicata Ruby Red. Then I added some silver embellishments for the perfect pop of wow!

Watch my video tutorial below to see exactly how I created my card. Enjoy!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 min.



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Make Your Fall Leaves Projects with Vertigo and Embossing Powder

Make Your Fall Leaves Projects with Vertigo and Embossing Powder

Vertigo Sun Catchers by Neva Cole

What a fun challenge this month, a children’s craft project. Vertigo Leaf Sun Catchers are a fun way to spend some quality time with the child in your life. Simply place a leaf under a Vertigo Sheet and trace with a complementary color Fabrico pen. Younger children can make simpler leaf shapes which are easy to cut out with scissors and older children who are more competent with scissors can complete the more complex maple leaf shapes. After the leaves are cut out, StazOn inks can be added with ink blushers. I would recommend gloves to keep fingers from becoming too inky! Additional veins can be traces with Fabrico Pens. Apply a few glue dots and adhere to your window for eye catching fall décor!


  • Leaf
  • Scissors
  • Glue dots


Gold Gilded Greenery by Mischelle Smith

Gold Gilded Greenery by Mischelle Smith

The theme at Imagine this month is ‘Heartfelt’. Heartfelt is the perfect word to sum up the Thanksgiving table that is lovingly prepared every November. No matter which family member hosts Thanksgiving – we all love the opportunity to thoughtfully welcome our guests. Our kid filled families mean that our décor often reflects kid friendly projects created by and with our kids. This is one of those projects. Send the kids out to gather leaves and let the fun begin!

Collect enough leaves to work into a decor piece. Apply VersaMark to leaves by using inkpad directly on leaves. Add Embossing powder in Gold. Heat gently with heat tool. As soon as the polymers melt then they will secure to the leaf. Add to any home decor piece such as name tags, garlands or wreaths.


  • Leaves