Learn How to Create Your Own Plaid Pattern Background for a Greeting Card

by Lindsay Adreon

Learn How to Create Your Own Plaid Pattern Background for a Greeting Card

I love plaid! Being able to create my own stamped plaid backgrounds for a set of greeting cards is even better! I’m using the Waffle Flower Plaid Playset to create an easy plaid background with my own color combination.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour for 2 cards

Directions

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Waffle Flower – Plaid Play Stamp Set – http://bit.ly/30PXfWl
  • Waffle Flower – Stitched Cacti Stamp Set – http://bit.ly/2ZHCU88
  • MISTI Stamping Tool
  • Creative Corners
  • Kat Scrappiness Zig Zag Oval Die Set
  • Foam Adhesive
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Bring in the Fall Season with a “Blessings” Card

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Bring in the Fall Season with a "Blessings" Card with Memento in Rhubarb Stalk

The Fall Season has officially arrived and what better way to celebrate this change than to switch inks colors to rich tones and hues. In today’s card making tutorial, I am sharing a fall card created with an embossing folder, Memento ink and die cuts.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Select your favorite design of the embossing folder and ink the debossing part using Memento Ink. I am using the Leaf Swirl from Darice and Memento Ink in Desert Sand. Insert a piece of cardstock in your inked folder and pass the complete piece through your big shot or die cut machine. Open the folder and take out the inked, embossed layer. If you want to intensify the color, just re-ink the embossing folder and use the texture created on the cardstock to align the piece.


Step 2

Now take the embossed layer and rub softly with Memento Rhubarb Stalk – a fantastic color that matches perfectly. Let the ink dry.


Step 3

Resize your inked embossed piece using a die cut. I used the Stitched Rectangle Frame Die Cut from Cottage Cutz. The idea is to have a central embossed panel to decorate the top of your card.


Step 4

Using the same die cut, cut several layers of Very Vanilla cardstock. In my project, I used four layers. Paste one of the frames created over the card base. Then paste the rectangle inked panel inside of the frame and paste all the additional frames. For this step, the On Point Glue works wonderfully. Select a die-cut word (here I used “blessings” from Gina Marie Designs) and cut out as many words as you have frames. Stack the word die-cuts to match the frame height. See photo above for an example. This effect makes the card look like a box frame.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Big Shot or any die cut machine
  • Darice – Embossing Folder Leaves Swirl
  • Cottage Cutz – Stitched Rectangle Frame Dies
  • Gina Marie Designs – Blessings Die
  • Stampin Up – Very Vanilla cardstock

September Color of the Month is Sangria

September Color of the Month is Sangria - Imagine Crafts and Tsukineko USA

As we get closer to Fall we enjoy seeing some of the rich Fall colors come into fashion. For September we felt the deep reddish purple of a Sangria Wine would be perfect for the Color of the Month. Inks from the Imagine Shop that resemble Sangria include All-Purpose Ink in Vintage Wine, VersaFine Clair in Chianti, and Memento in Rhubarb Stalk. Be sure to collect some of these fabulous colors! In the meantime, we have a lovely tutorial for you to kick off September!

Sangria Colored Birthday Wishes by Elina Stromberg

Our beautiful September Color of the Month is ‘Sangria’. That warm red color is a perfect choice for Christmas crafts, but it can very well be used for various crafting projects throughout the year. My ‘Sangria’ inspired project was a monochromatic dimensional flower card, on which the pretty red color really stands out!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Stamp flowers and leaves on watercolor or mixed media paper using ‘Chianti’ VersaFine Clair. Dab red ‘Rhubard Stalk’ Memento ink on the craft mat. Using the craft mat as palette paint the stamped flowers and leaves. Let dry. Fuzzy cut flowers and leaves and bend the petals gently with your fingers.


Step 2

Place a circle stencil over a sheet of white mixed media paper. Secure with small pieces of masking tape. Ink circle with two Memento colors; ‘Rhubard Stalk’ and ‘Sweet Plum’ stamp.


Step 3

To create patterns on the inked circle keep the stencil still in place, dab water drops on the ink. Memento inks are water-soluble so the inked surface will react with water. When you’re happy with the pattern, lift the excess water with a paper towel and let dry.


Step 4

Trim card front to the desired size. Heat-emboss the sentiment on the card, mat card front on a piece of matching ‘Sangria’ colored paper. Attach card front to a white card base. Glue painted and fuzzy-cut flowers on the card front. Decorate flowers with metallic seed beads.

Extra: To create a more dramatic look with the large flowers, bend them in the center and work the paper until the petals pop forward off the card!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Mixed media paper – White
  • Card base – White
  • Cardstock – Red, Brown
  • Paintbrush
  • Heat gun
  • Stampin’Up – ‘Birthday Blossoms’ Sentiment and flower stamps
  • Glue
  • Metallic Bead seeds