Make a Creative Background with Walnut Ink

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Halloween is around the corner and to be honest I don’t celebrate this holiday with scary parties or costumes, but I love to make Halloween cards with different colors and non-traditional images and this is one of those. To create this card I used some sprays from Imagine that you will love!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

The process of this was very simple. I took a piece of whisper white cardstock and a background stencil. I selected Paisley Swirl Petite from Rebecca Baer Collection and sprayed the free areas of the stencil with three different sprays from Imagine. First I used Cherry Blossom Walnut Ink, then I applied Lilac Walnut Ink and the last one layer was with Fireworks Grape Jelly to accent the color and give it a little shimmer. I removed the stencil and washed with warm water while the paper totally dried. It doesn’t take long.


Step 2

Next, I die cut a spider several times using Tangerine Tango cardstock and stacked them together using On Point Glue. I sprayed the spider die cut with GooseBumps Shimmer – an acrylic texture spray with fine shimmer. It helped to create a special effect of texture and at the same time, it is shimmery.


Step 3

To finalize the card, I cut the borders of the stenciled piece using an MFT Die-Namics Stitched Scallop Basic Edges. Then I cut the word “laugh” from the center of this layer using a die cut from the Little Yellow Bicycle. I used a very fun inlay technique with a twist. Die cut the same sentiment one time on fun foam and one time on elegant eggplant cardstock and adhere together. Now adhere into the negative on the card. Having the inlay that actually pops forward is visually appealing. As a final touch, I stamped a complement sentiment “do not be afraid” using Memento Tangelo Ink and sprayed with Fireworks New Sprout. I cut it with a circle die and then with the same scallop stitched border that I used on the stenciled layer.

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Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Rebecca Baer Stencil – Paisley Swirl Petite
  • Joy Clair – Little Monsters stamp set
  • Cardstock – Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White
  • Fun Foam
  • MFT Die-Namics Stitched Scallop Basic Edges, Spider Die Cut
  • Little Yellow Bicycle – Laugh Word Die Cut

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Turn a Pre-printed Card into a Perfect Fall I Love You

by Tenia Nelson

I Love You More than Hot Cocoa - Greeting Card by Tenia Nelson

Hey, Y’all! Tenia here from Jazzy Paper Designs with a very fun Hot Chocolate themed card and made with Imagine and Tsukineko products. I loved using the kraft cardstock with this hot chocolate theme to give off an even more toasty vibe. Here are the directions on how to create this sweet card (pun intended).

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Add Desert Sand and Rich Cocoa Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray onto the already made fall themed gold foil card. You can find pre-printed cards in most of the large crafts stores or take additional time to stamp and emboss a large leaf image onto the card panel.


Stamp with Brilliance DewDrop in Pearlescent Chocolate, heat emboss and cut out the Hot Cocoa mug image.Step 2

Stamp with Brilliance DewDrop in Pearlescent Chocolate, heat emboss and cut out the Hot Cocoa mug image.


Step 3

Adhere cocoa image onto the gold leaf panel, add stickers, Dymo label, heart sticker, washi and stickers stitches.


Step 4

Adhere finished Hot Cocoa panel onto the card base.

 

Thank you for stopping by, if you enjoyed this quick and easy tutorial then please leave a comment below or share this post!

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Unity Stamp Company –Hot Cocoa stamp
  • Kraft paper
  • Dymo Label Maker
  • Sticker Stitches
  • Washi tape
  • Heart Puffy Sticker
  • Adhesive

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See How to Create a Wood Sign for Autumn

Happy Fall Y’all Wooden Sign by Tenia Nelson

Tenia here from Jazzy Paper Designs with a colorful fall leaves project using wood, die cuts and of course made with Imagine products.

I started by adding ink to the edges of a wood hanging sign using a Memento Peanut Brittle DewDrop. This color is a beautiful wood grain complement. Next, I hand-lettered the word “fall” onto wood sign using three different Fabrico Markers in a rich color scheme. I like the dense quality of the Fabrico markers for using with wood. To give this sign a little shimmer and color, I added Fireworks Craft Spray in Desert Sand and Rich Cocoa. From here, you can create a sentiment or just leave the word “Fall” as is. I choose to create the sentiment, “Happy Fall Y’all” to make it fun and light. Choose a leaf die cut with an autumn feel. Cut out the fall leaf and decorate as you see fit. Adhere leaf to sign and add any additional embellishments.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock
  • Dymo Label Maker
  • Letter Stickers
  • Wood Sign
  • Enamel Dots
  • Adhesive

 


 

Decorating Wood with All-Purpose Ink by Neva Cole

I chose to create a new wooden sign to celebrate the coming of autumn. In the process, I discovered that All-Purpose Ink is a great stain for a porous wood surface! A leaf stencil supplies the design, a fun tall and skinny alphabet stamp and StazOn ink makes quick work of a darling home décor sign. For what it is worth, remember that two-sided signs allow you to have a practice run at color choices and placement of images; when it is hanging by your door no one will be the wiser! With a few supplies, you can try your hand at creating a something new for your home.

Place stencil over wood sign and ink with All-Purpose ink. Place InkBlusher over the opening of the bottle and gently tip to add ink. Apply the API through the stencil. I always start with the lightest color first, in this case, Lemon Yellow.

Apply different colors like Tangerine through the stencil. The API will still be slightly wet and will blend nicely. The project can be set aside to dry or the process can be sped up with a heat tool. Move stencil and add additional colors to the scheme like Red Delicious. You can also use a palette or Craft Mat and API to create new blends of fall colors. Determine placement and stamp sentiment with StazOn ink, I used Blazing Red. Set aside to dry. Not being satisfied, I decided a bit of color around the edges would finish off the rustic look of the sign, Autumn Leaf API was a perfect choice. Now, I have a new sign to hang at my front door for the autumn season!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Plaid — Leaf Stencil
  • Art Warehouse — Tall and Skinny Alphabet
  • Sierra Pacific Crafts wood sign

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Color of the Month for October

October Color of the Month Aubergine

We are excited for the turn in the weather and to announce October’s Color of the Month Aubergine! This deep rich purple is inspired by the deeper colors of fall and the fun purple colors associated with witch costumes during Halloween. Stay tuned for another Color of the Month Challenge and in the mean time check out these gorgeous projects by Imagine Artists.

 

Aubergine Tile by Alison Heikkila

Hello! The color of the month from Imagine is officially Aubergine, which is a beautiful, soft, muted purple. I decided to pair this color with shades of teal, which is one of my favorite color combinations.

I stamped the Sunny Tile Stamp from Stampendous with VersaFine Ink and colored it with Memento Markers. The color palette of the Memento Markers are so lovely, it’s easy to color in images and know that everything will work together harmoniously. Then I trimmed it out and and found some aubergine colored cardstock. I sprayed the lighter colored cardstock with Sweet Plum Fireworks! and the deeper color with Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Frost. I also added a lovely sentiment from Hero Arts with Eggplant VersaMagic.

This card came together very quickly once my image was colored. And I just love these colors together. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampendous: Sunny Tile Stamp
  • Hero Arts: You Are Loved Messages
  • Aubergine colored cardstock

Sending Happy Thoughts by Neva Cole

Sending Happy Thoughts Aubergine is such a rich fall color, and many things in nature sport this amazing hue. Lotus flowers come in many versions, and one is the lovely color of aubergine. Using a layered stamp made quick work of creating a few charming flowers to decorate a pretty card. A bit of Electric Yellow Amplify! adds the stamen texture to the lotus flower. The basket weave background matches the leaves perfectly as the same Memento ink was applied to the embossing folder as was used to stamp the leaf images. Blending two colors Versa Magic ink creates a realistic color for the water of the pond, which reminded me of the photo that inspired this classic card. To carry the color theme throughout the card, a backing layer is inked with an ink blusher and matching Elderberry Memento ink. The sentiment is also stamped in the vivid Aubergine color to complete the look.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Altenew – Lotus stamp set and matching die set
  • Joy Clair – Hello Sentimental stamp set
  • Cuttlebug – Basket weave embossing folder

Hello Beautiful Greeting Card by Roni Johnson

Aubergine Aubergine, beautiful aubergine…this card was inspired by a lovely silk memo board I saw while I was out shopping one day. It was done up in blues which is why it caught my eye but I thought it could easily be used for Imagine’s color of the month – Aubergine.

Sponge Neptune VersaColor over a 6×6 piece of white cardstock. No need to be tidy, this is only the base layer of color. Position the cardstock as shown on the ScorePal ; score every ½”. Rotate the piece of cardstock and score the cross lines. The cardstock should now look like this (back side shown). Crease all of the score marks to really make the lines stand out. Use the sponge dauber and apply more Neptune ink to every score line. The piece of cardstock will now look like this. Stamp images using several shades of Memento Dye ink and die-cut. Die-cut 3 frames; sponge Silver Delicata ink on one of the frames and on a 5.5” x 5.5” piece of white cardstock. Assemble the layers on a 6×6” aubergine card base. Double sided foam tape was used to adhere the largest flower to the card. The three frame layers were glued together with the silver frame on top. Silver irRESISTible Pico Embellisher was dotted where the lines crossed paths.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Altenew – Peony Bouquet stamps & dies
  • Club Scrap – Sentiment
  • Cardstock MFT – Scallop Stitched Die

Make Plans for the Perfect Christmas Card

by Elina Stromberg

Snowflakes are always a safe choice for Christmas cards Shapphire Blue.

Busy Christmas card season is soon here! I envy those efficient crafters who start making their Christmas cards early enough, so that they can create beautiful, diverse card designs for each receiver. I usually start too late, and in order to complete the task on time I must choose only one or two designs that are easy and quick to do even in larger quantities. However, simple does not mean that the cards need be boring, quite the contrary! A wow-factor must be included, and even if time may be running short, I still take time to carefully plan the card design.

Each year I make a few extra cards that I keep to myself. I want to keep record of the card designs I have used, as my cards must never be replicates of the previous years’ designs. Making a couple of test rounds before starting the actual card making project has proven to be a wise choice, too. Whenever I want to come up with a new and fresh design idea, I like to start with making several samples. For me that’s the only way to see what works and what doesn’t. This is especially true when including new media, new color combinations, new supplies or new techniques. A few pieces of scrap paper keep this endeavor an inexpensive choice for testing! I’ll switch to higher quality card bases when I’m ready to go into production.

This year my Christmas cards will most probably have a snowflake background; snowflakes are always a safe choice for Christmas cards. For my sample pieces, I sprayed two sheets of white mixed media cardstock with blue Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray. Those shimmering cold blue colors gave just the icy look and feel I needed! I mixed the colors with water, dried with my heat gun, and cut the sheets into smaller sample pieces. I even punched one sheet with a tag punch and a set of gift tags was made on the same go.

For sample #1, I applied Metallic Silver Creative Medium through a snowflake stencil. On sample #2, I stamped different small snowflakes with Sapphire Blue Delicata ink and for sample #3, I used the same snowflake stencil with the Sapphire Delicata ink and a Stipple Brush.

I continued testing on punched gift tags: #4 is heat embossed with white embossing powder, and #5 with silver.

For tags #6 and #7,  I used the previous techniques once again, as I wanted to see how they work on small backgrounds.

For tags #8 and #9,  I die-cut snowflakes from glitter paper and glued them down with On Point Glue. #8 is misted with Original GooseBumps Texture Spray, and #9 outlined with ‘Wedding Dress’ white irRESISTible texture spray.

Now the only tricky part is to choose which pattern or texture to use for my Christmas cards. As much I liked the stamped and die-cut images, I think I will go for the stenciled Metallic Silver Creative Medium. The shimmering silver just looks so cool on the shimmering, icy blue background!

From here building a card design that could be both time-friendly and very personalized will be easy and fun! Enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Mixed media paper
  • Water mister
  • 13Arts Studio – Snowflake stencil
  • Snowflake stamps
  • Scissors
  • Tag punch

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Set Aside Some Time to Make Your Holiday Planner

by Tenia Nelson

Tenia here from Jazzy Paper Designs with a super fun planner page made with Imagine and Tsukineko products. It is September and it is perfect month to get ahead start on holiday planning. So what better way to do holiday planning than to start with creating a holiday planner page?!

Directions


Step 1

Punch holes in cardstock using Crop-O-Dile.


Step 2

Add various holiday colors with Fireworks Shimmery Craft Sprays onto cardstock. I chose Christmas colors with Lady Bug, New Sprout (light green) and Desert Sand (soft gold).


Step 3

Stamp letters spelling “holiday” and add letter stickers spelling “plans” onto white cardstock.


Step 4

With a Memento marker color in the large holiday letters with Dandelion.


Step 5

Add washi tape and sticker stitches onto page.


Step 6

Stamp the fun santa claus image and color with Lady Bug in Memento (yes it matches the Fireworks color). Add googlie eyes — of course! Since there are plenty of planner stamp sets out on the market, you can continue to set up the goals and to-do lists in the following pages as you wish. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!

Supplies

Imagine
  • Memento Inkpad – Tuxedo Black
  • Memento Marker – Lady Bug, London Fog, Dandelion
  • Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray – Lady Bug, New Sprout, Desert Sand
Other
  • Avery Elle Stamp
  • Technique Tuesday – Dear Santa Stamp Set
  • Googlie eyes
  • Washi Tape
  • Sticker Stitches
  • Letter Stickers
  • Crop-O-Dile
  • Websters Pages – Planner