Instead of Cyber Shopping this Monday, we say Cyber Craft Instead!

by Jowilna Nolte

upcycle computers into art with walnut ink and texture paste

Create a fun heartfelt mixed media panel using recycled materials and some pretty pink shimmering effects. In a few easy steps, you can create some stunning effects using a few lovely products from the Imagine stable. Take a look at how a few elements can be transformed using some of my favorite products in pink and red.


Step 1

On a piece of recycled cardboard add some pattern using a colored texture paste. Once the texture paste is dry sprinkle some Walnut Ink Crystals on top and mist with water. Leave to dry.

 Fireworks Sprays
Step 2

Color some light pink flowers using 3 colors of Fireworks Sprays. Mist some flowers with all the colors and some flowers with single colors. Leave to dry. See how beautiful the flowers shimmer.


Step 3

Paint a recycled computer fan with black gesso. Leave the gesso to dry and then mist the fan with Fireworks sprays and leave to dry for a beautiful shimmering effect.


Step 4

Assemble all your parts on the background. Adhere the colored fan, flowers, beads and a “Be Mine” heartfelt tag.

 

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Recycled cardboard
  • Computer fan
  • Black gesso
  • Paintbrush
  • Paper flowers
  • Texture paste
  • Kaisercraft stencil
  • Pearls
  • Beads

Create a Cozy Feeling Crafting for the Holidays

Today’s blog features a warm and cool dynamic between two creative projects by Elina Stromberg and Mischelle Smith. Elina creates this cute bear theme card with a felt scarf to respond to the challenge “heartfelt”. While Mischelle creates a cool wintery snowman crafting project the whole family can enjoy!

Create a Cozy Feeling Crafting for the Holidays

Cozy Heartfelt Greeting Card by Elina Stromberg

Our friends often get handmade cards from us for Christmas, but a simple card for no special reason will for sure brighten our friend’s grey November day. Making the card will not take too much time nor effort, and I’m sure the heartfelt message will be valued and cherished. “You’re important to me, and I’m thinking of you.”

For this card in a clean-and-simple style, I used a leftover piece of patterned brown paper and a cute bear stamp by Studio Calico. Utilizing patterned papers is a good option when you’re not into coloring or when you want to finish your project quickly. If you want the stamped image to look bit dimensional you can shadow the edges with markers, the same way that you would do on a colored image.

This little bear got a felt scarf around his neck; before gluing down the stamped image on the card front I folded the edges of the scarf on the back and secured them with a drop of glue. I mat the card on a piece of dotted paper and glued the card front on the card base. Ready in no time at all!

This little fellow is already on its way to my friend! I hope he will make her happy!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardbase – White
  • Cardstock – Kraft, Red Polka Dot
  • Studio Calico – Bear stamp
  • Carabelle Studio – background circles stamp
  • Red felt
  • Glue
  • Two-sided tape

A Snowman Craft for Thanksgiving by Mischelle Smith

A Snowman Craft for Thanksgiving by Mischelle Smith

Our challenge at Imagine this month is ‘crafts for kids’. For this challenge, I wanted to create a project I could use for our family Thanksgiving. Each year the ‘kids of all ages’ participate in a craft suitable for ages 6 – 80 (our youngest to our oldest family members). Some years Grandma likes to give awards… such as …‘most creative’, ‘beautiful coloring’, ‘sparkliest sparkle’…whatever comes to her mind!

This snowman is a perfect project for family gatherings! It combines embossing, stencils, stamping, cutting, spritzing, sparkles … everything a kid loves! Cut three circles from white cardstock in varying sizes to build the 3 parts of the snowman’s body. Add circles texture to the edges with VersaColor in Celadon (nice soft blue-green color) and stencil. Stamp snowflakes with Versacolor ink. Emboss with Iridescent Embossing Powder. Stamp snowflakes with VersaMark ink and emboss with Iridescent Emboss Powder. Spritz with Sky Blue Fireworks Craft Spray (which has a shimmer). Spatter with Wedding Dress irRESISTible Spray and Tuxedo Black Fireworks Spray and let dry. Spritz with Sheer Shimmer Spritz which is another layer of shimmer. Adhere three pieces together and add black gemstone eyes and mouth. Cut the snowman’s nose out of orange scrap cardstock and attach. Outline with Tuxedo Black Memento Marker as shown.

Add circles texture to the edges with VersaColor in Celadon

Since this is a family time craft then you can continue crafting your snowman as you please!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Scissors
  • Black Gems
  • Cardstock – White, Orange
  • Circle Stencil
  • Close to My Heart – Snowflakes stamp
  • Sequins

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Do you Dream of Cotton Candy Themes?

by Elina Stromberg

Do you Dream of Cotton Candy? Make a cotton candy theme unicorn card

“Roll me in fairy dust, and call me a unicorn!” To lift my mood and to make a rainy day sparkle I took out my unicorn die set and started crafting with soft pastel colors and candy color papers. Die-cut collages are the perfect way to utilize little scrap paper pieces; I have one small box in which I store leftover pieces of solid color papers; in many cases, you only need a little piece of a specific color, and having a scrap paper box has proven to be handy.

These unicorn cards gave me the opportunity to play with my favorite Fireworks Shimmery Craft Sprays. Watching the colors mix is on a piece of white paper is true crafting bliss! My cards have two kinds of backgrounds; the soft solid tones are created with brushing Fireworks on a wet paper, and the more textured ones I made using a plastic freezer bag. I placed my hand inside the bag, sprayed some ink on the plastic, and pressed the ink on the paper. While the color was still wet, I repeated the steps with new colors, letting the colors mix on the paper. The soft tone background is sparkling. To maximize the sparkle, I sprinkled iridescent embossing powder on the ink while it was still wet. When drying the paper with my heat gun, I also adhered the embossing powder on the card. Pink clouds also have a shimmering texture finish. Using a palette knife, I added Iridescent Purple Creative Medium on the die-cut clouds.

Some backgrounds became a bit too busy, so I whitewashed the center using a Stipple Brush, white gesso, and a circle stencil. A thin layer of gesso is translucent and lets the background pattern show through. For adding opaque white details, I used white embossing powder. I sprinkled the powder on the dry background, and heat-set it by heating it from underneath. It’s a simple technique that can be used on most paper surfaces!

If you enjoyed this project then let us know! Please comment below or share on social media!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Sizzix – Unicorn die set
  • White gel pen
  • Pattern stencil
  • Circle stencil
  • The Crafters Workshop – Mini Corn Cob Etching stencil
  • White gesso
  • Water mister
  • Cardstock – various colors
  • Cardbase – white
  • Glue

Send a Friend a Heart Warming Message Today

by Tenia Nelson

Tenia here from Jazzy Paper Designs with a heart warming friendship card using Aubergine as my main color and of course made with Fireworks Craft Spray and VersaMark. This would be a nice card for an artist friend and could be made in their favorite color!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Die cut white panel and cut colored cardstock.


Step 2

Stamp and heat emboss “our friendship is a work of art” sentiment from Reverse Confetti stamps onto white cardstock.


Step 3

Add splatter using Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Grape Jelly.


Step 4

Adhere white panel onto Aubergine panel with a slight tilt.


Step 5

Stamp, heat emboss and die cut the matching paintbrush and artist paint images.


Step 6

Adhere paintbrush and artist paint images onto a panel with foam tape. Add matching purple embellishments such as sequins and washi tape to the front panel and attach entire piece to a card base.

Thanks for stopping by and if you liked this tutorial then please share on Facebook or leave a comment below. Have a great day!!!

 

Supplies

Imagine
  • Versacolor – Violet
  • Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray – Grape Jelly
  • Embossing Powder – Clear
Other
  • Reverse Confetti – Work of Art stamp set
  • Cardstock – white, purple
  • SRM Press – Sticker Stitches
  • Queen and Company – Washi Tape
  • Sequins
  • Foam Tape

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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.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  Please like, share on Facebook or leave a comment below.

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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