Learn How to Make Faux Wood Grain With Creative Medium

by Roni Johnson

Learn How to Make Faux Wood Grain With Creative Medium on cardstock by Roni Johnson

I’m always on the look-out for vintage rubber stamps or painting tools because you never know when you’ll find a gem just waiting to be used again. You can’t imagine how excited I was when I found a whole set of vintage faux wood graining tools! I knew right away that I had to have them. As luck “wood” have it, they came in handy for this month’s technique challenge…wood. You don’t have to go in search of vintage wood grain tools as there are many types available at home improvement stores in the paint or faux finish section.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 15 minutes + dry time


Use a palette knife to spread a thin layer of Vintage Creative Medium over the surface of the paper.
Step 1

Use a palette knife to spread a thin layer of Vintage Creative Medium over the surface of the paper. As you can see it doesn’t have to be perfect, just so most of the paper is covered. You’ll want to work fast as the Creative Medium tends to dry fairly quickly.

Step 2

Simply pull the graining tools across the wet Creative Medium to create the faux wood grain. Rocking graining tools should be pulled and rocked across the wet medium in a single fluid motion. The speed at which you drag and rock will give you an infinite variety of wood grains. Once you have created the pattern you desire then set aside to dry.

Step 3

Now that you have completed the wood grain, immediately wash the excess Creative Medium from the tools.

See this quick YouTube video below for visual guide on the rocking process.

Thank you for checking out this tutorial today! If you enjoyed this crafty awesomeness then please share on Facebook or leave a comment below!


  • Faux Wood Grain Tools
  • Cardstock


Get a Free Download for Halloween Treat Box

Sweet Treats for You by Neva Cole

Time for a few candy treats, Halloween candy that is! This sweet little-handled box was easy to create with dies and stamps and is ready to give to a special someone! The box was die cut then stamped to create a balanced use of the images. One side of the box is die cut to create an opening for a window that is finished with a bit of recycled packaging. The die cut itself is used to make a matching tag. To outline the sentiment in coordinating colors the image was stamped several times just out of alignment to create the shadow effect. Add a few bakers twine to tie the tag to the box and a few mini candy bars finish off the little gift.


  • The Stamps of Life – Handle Box die, Candy2Share stamp set, Wrapped Candy die set
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs – Stitched Rectangles die set
  • Eyelet
  • Bakers twine
  • Dimensional Foam Adhesive


Halloween Tombstone Treat Box Template by Roni Johnson

Halloween is quickly approaching and this year I’m lucky enough to have 3 little ones to spoil this year. I thought it would be fun to make a Tombstone Treat Box to hold their “loot”.

To create the initial layer of color on the tombstone background start by pouncing Niagra Mist, Aloe Vera and Sahara Sand VersaMagic inks on the Craft Mat. Mist the inks with water and pounce the cardstock into the ink mixture until you are satisfied with the color. Let the cardstock dry completely. Since VersaMagic is such a dense ink this step will not take long.

Next, pounce Green and Purple Encore’ ink onto the craft mat, mist with water and dip the cardstock in the ink one or more times. Once again, let the cardstock dry. Crumble the paper to create the spooky wrinkle texture. Sponge London Fog Memento Dye ink over the creases in the paper with a Jumbo Dauber to highlight the wrinkles and give it a distressed, worn look. Print the tombstone treat box pattern and use as a guide to cut out the treat box. You can also ink directly onto the template but I choose not to because I did not want the cut lines and folds to show. Assemble the tombstone using Tear It Tape. Ink the edges of the tombstone with Black Memento Dye Ink. Add desired stamped images and sentiments.

And the best part, fill with lots of chocolates and candies then… Enjoy!





Tag Your Art for a Chance to Win

We have so much going on for the month of October! We are accepting applications for the 2018 Artist in Residence Program. We are beginning to prepare for Creativation in January 2018 and we are also preparing for the upcoming 2017 holiday season. With all this going on we are still excited about the Color of the Month for October—Aubergine! We love this rich dark purple color and have seen it trending this fall in all sorts of ways. So if you dig this color as much as we do then please tag your craft projects with #imaginecolorchallenge on your social pages for a chance to win!

Imagine Color Challenge with a $30 Give-A-Way!!

Use dark purple colors from any Imagine or Tsukineko product in any crafty project. The project can be a card, scrapbook page, mixed media focus, home décor, etc of any size or shape. Post a finished project with mention of our product by Oct 31st on your social media accounts. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and tag the photo of your project with the hashtag #imaginecolorchallenge. At the end of the month, our team will select a random winner from all those who have participated! We will be re-posting or sharing entries all month long!

How is the winner judged?

At random lottery selection of those that met the requirements. We will comb through all the social media posts and enter you name into a random lottery.


$30 dollars of products from the Imagine Shop (imaginecrafts.com) shipped anywhere in the US.


  • Tag us on either Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with our handle and the hashtag #imaginecolorchallenge
  • Post a high quality photo of the project. Blurry or low resolution photos will not qualify
  • Must use Tsukineko or Imagine products and name them. Example: Fireworks Craft Spray, Memento Luxe, VersaFine, VersaMark, etc.
  • Must use the Aubergine color
  • Must be a newly created project
  • Project is posted between Oct 1 and Oct 31, 2017 (at midnight PST) to be considered.


Learn How to Create a Raven Themed Halloween Sign

by Alison Heikkila 

Learn How to Create a Raven Themed Halloween Sign

Hello! I really enjoy working with wood, so I created a Halloween raven plaque that can be hung on the wall or on a door. Keep in mind, that you can use any combination of images you’d like. If you’re not a fan of crows, (gasp!) you can always use cats, pumpkin, witches, stars, etc.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour


a small unfinished wooden plaque
Step 1

I used a small unfinished wooden plaque for this project. You can get these at any craft and hobby store. Mine is about 3″ x 4.”

VersaCraft Velvet palette
Step 2

Using a 3/8″ stencil brush, I applied the brown shade that is in the VersaCraft Velvet palette. VersaCraft ink is fantastic for using on things that go way beyond paper. It’s great on fabric, for example.

Step 3

After the brown ink dried, I swiped Black (in the same VersaCraft palette) on the wood, following the grain to bring out the texture. I focused a bit more heavily on the edges to make the piece appear aged.

VersaCraft ink, this time to the crows, with my stencil brush.
Step 4

Next I taped down my stencil. You’ll notice that the tape I used has been used before. I reuse my tape to minimize the stickiness of it so that nothing peels up when I remove it. I applied more Real Black VersaCraft ink, this time to the crows, with my stencil brush.

stamped my raven skull, using the full sized pad of Real Black VersaCraft
Step 5

Next, I stamped my raven skull, using the full sized pad of Real Black VersaCraft. I had it on hand already, so that just made it easier to stamp, since the image is so large.

Nevermore" sentiment with VersaCraft
Step 6

After that, I stamped my “Nevermore” sentiment with VersaCraft.

Wedding Dress irRESISTables with a liner brush, as well as some Golden Glitz Delicata ink
Step 7

I felt that the piece needed some more of something so I splattered some Wedding Dress irRESISTible with a liner brush, as well as some Golden Glitz Delicata ink from the inker. It added just enough texture and shine. Then I simply drilled two holes at the top and added some gold colored wire to hang it with.

I hope you’ll give VersaCraft ink a try if you haven’t already. The colors are rich and opaque, and it is so much fun to experiment on other surfaces! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!


  • Stampendous – Andy Skinner Birds and Bones stamp set, Row of Crows Stencil
  • Jumbo Acrylic Stamp Handle
  • 3/8″ Stencil Brush
  • Smeared Ink – Nevermore Stamp
  • Small Wood Plaque
  • Liner Brush


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.


  • 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!


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


Christmas Planning with a Fun Blackboard Menu

by Neva Cole

Blackboard Menus are popular at many eating establishments, so I decided to make one of my own for Christmas parties that I hold in my home during the holiday season

Blackboard menus are popular at many eating establishments, so I decided to make one of my own for Christmas parties that I hold in my home during the holiday season. I host at least one party every year, and may even get in on the neighborhood progressive dinner this year! Creative Medium, a little glitter and two stencils quickly made this menu board very festive! The Creative Medium will hold fine particle embellishments like glitter or beads. The Iridescent Green Creative Medium shows up fabulously on the black background, and the Gold Creative Medium adds a touch of metallic elegance. The menu is written in colored Crayola chalk that was sharpened with a child’s large pencil sharpener.

This fun and easy project is a great way to enhance any party! Enjoy and thank you for stopping by!


  • Sierra Pacific Crafts – 12” x 12” Chalkboard Tile
  • Stencil Girl –Three Trees stencil
  • C-Thru Stencils – 3/4” Swash Bold Italic alpha stencil
  • Art Institute Ultra Fine Glitter – Christmas Red
  • Crayola Chalk
  • Pencil sharpener for large pencils