Very soon it is the time of the year again when we start wrapping Christmas gifts for our loved ones. A handmade gift tag makes the present even more special; it delivers a heartfelt message that the receiver is important to you. These adorable Christmas penguins by Joy Clair are the perfect addition to your personalized message. Just start by punching a pile of tags from leftover cardstock pieces, and soon you will have a pile of gift tags ready to spread out the Christmas feeling to your friends and family!
Skill: Beginner/Intermediate Time: 1 hour
Punch or hand-cut gift tags from light blue cardstock.
Cut a wave shape from fun foam. Attach to an acrylic block using double-sided tape. Stamp a snowy hill shape on each tag using white StazOn Pigment ink.
Stamp Christmas penguins on white paper with black ink. Color with markers or color pencils. Cut around the edges. To make the fuzzy cutting quick and easy you can cut out the little details on the wings and feet; those parts will be re-stamped later on the tag background.
Stamp the penguins on the tags using black VersaFine Clair.
Glue the fuzzy cut images on the tags, aligning the fuzzy cut and stamped penguin images. Decorate with a white gel pen.
• Joy Clair Stamps – Christmas Penguin
• Fiskars Tag punch
• Cardstock in light blue
• Piece of fun foam
• Double-sided tape. Glue
• Acrylic markers
• White gel pen
• Acrylic block for stamping
I am constantly making backgrounds and sometimes, depending on the design of the card, I cut and die cut those backgrounds and I have “leftover” pieces. In today’s video, I wanted to share two different Christmas cards made with just one background. Using Joy Clair Stamps with Memento Ink makes it super fun!
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
Pounce Grey Flannel and London Fog Memento Ink onto the craft mat. Pounce a bit of Niagara Mist VersaMagic ink as well.
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.
Press a white cardstock panel into the ink mixture several times until you are satisfied with the results.
Stamp pine trees onto the inked panel using VersaFine Clair Morning Mist ink.
Randomly dot Radiant Neon Amplify in White over the panel.
Heat the Amplify medium to activate and puff it up.
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.
Stamp sentiment on a scrap of white cardstock. Trim and adhere to the card front.
When we were asked to do a project themed “50 States”, I wanted to show all them in a different way. The big canvas has room for every single State, but doesn’t presents them in a usual map view. The states are listened in alphabetical order. The biggest challenge was not to get deranged with over 400 die cut characters. Find Heike’s mixed media project HERE on the Imagine Crafts website.
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Mother’s Day is fast approaching and if you’re one who would rather opt for a more personalized touch to show your appreciation for everything your mama has done for you, look no further. Enjoy the video below and create the perfect project that says “Mom, you’re awesome!”
Have you been inspired by the Bokeh style backgrounds found on Pinterest? Carisa Zglobicki shows you how easy it is to create this style of background using IMAGINE Crafts’ Fireworks craft sprays and Memento Luxe ink.
How do you say Happy Mother’s Day? Share your bokeh projects, tips and tricks with the Imagine Crafts Community on Facebook or comment below!
Earth Day is upon us and it’s not just our Pacific Northwest roots that have us here at Imagine Crafts caring about our impact on the environment. Earth Day has more than a billion people partaking in the green festivities every year and as we become more environmentally conscious that number continues to grow. As a way to incorporate Earth Day’s mission beyond a single day, try to encompass upcycling more into your crafting. Upcycling is more than just a trend it can really become a fundamental part of your crafting behavior. It’s easy on your pocket book and the environment. I’d say that’s a win-win, wouldn’t you?
Below are some examples how our own Artists in Residence have upcycled their own items and used them towards fun and functional crafting projects.
One way I incorporate upcycling into my life is by finding new uses for used candle votives (see below), repurposing vases I’ve received from flower deliveries, or by simply donating items I no longer use. Someone out there can certainly give your old items new life. Whether through their own crafting projects or simply by sprucing them up a bit and getting a bit more use out of them. By upcycling, repurposing and donating you are directly keeping waste out of landfills. Somewhere Captain Planet is thanking you!
Did you like our AIRs upcycling ideas? What have you upcycled? Share them with our Imagine Crafts community on Facebookor comment below!