You Are So Sweet Card

by Nadine Carlier

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I love having lots of thank you cards on hand! I wanted to create a card that was on the simple side but with a lot of interest. Not sure if I accomplished what I set out to do—but I still had a lot of fun creating this card.  Watch my video below to see exactly how I did it….

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 min

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Spellbinders Dies
  • Stamps – Unity Stamp Co, The Scrapbook Diaries
  • Cardstock – White, Lime Green
  • Vellum
  • Glitter
  • Thread

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Creating Texture With Kaleidacolor

by Martha Lucia Gomez

There are a number of ways to create texture with crafting products. One could use a paste with a stencil, layer multiple inks or use acrylics. But in today's blog, Martha Lucia Gomez creates a beautiful and lush visual texture using Fresh Greens Kaleidacolor palette, die cuts, and embossing powder. Check out her tutorial! #diy #cardmaking #handmade
Kaleidacolor inkpads are one of the most versatile inkpads I’ve owned. This month our challenge is texture and I decided to create an optic texture using a sweeping technique. It is fun, easy and the result varies because it depends on the weight of your hand. Using this technique will spark creativity and hopefully inspire more creative projects with Kaleidacolor palettes.

Directions

Step 1

Place a piece of white card stock on to the craft mat. If your paper is wider than the ink pad, keep the position of the colors in mind when applying them.

Step 2

Open the Kaleidacolor inkpad and slide the colors together (unique feature of this inkpad) before sweeping the edge of it softly over the paper so that there is a visible texture left. You can sweep more than once, but keep the color positions steady. Leave to dry.

Step 3

Using a collection of Botanical Flowers die cuts and white card stock, cut several flowers.

Step 4

With a sponge dauber, ink the centers of the flowers using one of the lighter colors of green from the Fresh Greens Kaleidacolor inkpad.


Step 5

Stamp sentiment using VersaMark, apply Gold Embossing Powder and heat emboss. Paste the inked and embossed decorated paper to a white blank card base with Tear It! Tape. Curve the petals of the flowers with a bone folder. Paste the flowers and leaves on the card using On Point Glue.

Step 6

Finish the overall look and feel by adding the pearl embellishment to the center of the flowers. This design can be used with different colors and sentiments to create a variety of cards for any holiday or event!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white
  • Altenew – Super Script 2 Stamp set
  • Stampin’ Up – Botanical Flowers die cuts
  • Pearl embellishment

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Bring in the Spring with Greenery

Greenery March Color of the Month

March brings excitement to the year with the first hints of Spring. The budding fresh green leaves are a unique color inspiring new thoughts and ideas! It is only natural (pun intended) to declare Greenery color of the month.

We are sharing four projects in today’s blog which feature an array of Tsukineko and Imagine products in green, texture, and shimmer. Roni Johnson delights us with a succulent themed card using Kaleidacolor which shows off an ombré color blend. Jennifer Vanderbeek creates a visual effect with Vertigo and Neva Cole creates a dimensional effect with foam tape and die cut star pattern. Last and not least, Alison Heikkila takes cuteness to a new level with a wee green dragon. Enjoy!

Love Grows Here by Roni Johnson. Imagine + Tsukineko products. Memento ink. Green, succulents, spring, greeting card.

Love Grows Here by Roni Johnson

When you hear the word greenery, what comes to mind? The smell of freshly mown grass, the refreshing rain storm and an oasis filled with plants, flowers, and succulents? This was my inspiration for March and how I imagined my greenery card. The succulents were both stamped using the Fresh Greens Kaleidacolor which was misted with Sheer Shimmer Spritz prior to stamping on white cardstock and trimmed. The background was made by stamping the succulent using New Sprout Memento Dye Ink. The panel was then spritzed with New Sprout Fireworks! Spray.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • ClubScrap.com – succulent, sentiment stamps
  • Cardstock – white, green
  • Sequins
  • Adhesive

Jennifer Vanderbeek Spring Card.

Welcome Spring Card by Jennifer Vanderbeek

When starting a card, I sometimes struggle with the materials and embellishments to create a balance. With a stamped Vertigo background, adding too much to the card would take away from the dreamy movement quality of the specialty sheet. To that end, I opted to let the background command pride of place on the card and add only a bit of patterned paper in a strip along the base of the card and a simple, hand-written sentiment. Balance achieved!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Close to My Heart – Leaves stamps
  • Acrylic block
  • DCWV patterned paper
  • Cardstock
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive

You are so kind by Neva Cole. black cardstock, green, stars, spring, sparkle.

You Are So Kind in Green by Neva Cole

Green is a wonderful color to celebrate the coming of spring!  To jump start the spring feeling, Kaleidacolor ink is used to create this quick thank you card. The brushed look is created using a soft sponge brayer on white cardstock. Die cutting stars from the frame and through the black backing to show off the multi-hued nature of the Kaleidacolor ink pad.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white, black
  • Soft rubber brayer
  • Sizzix – Framelits Drop-Ins Stephanie Barnard 661563
  • Dimensional foam adhesive

I Believe in You by Alison Heikkila. Dragon stamp by Lawn Fawn. Blue, green, brick, stars, pink, galaxy.

I Believe in You by Alison Heikkila

I’ve always found dragons to be very special. When I found out that the Imagine’s Color of the Month for March was Greenery, I was excited! First, it’s a beautiful color. Second, I knew I would use this adorable dragon from Lawn Fawn’s Critters Ever After set. Dragons certainly don’t have to be green, but I thought this guy would look fabulous in this shade.

I colored the dragon with Memento Markers. I wanted to have a starry background, but I didn’t want him to float in mid-air so I made a wall using the Stone Background Stencil from Stampendous. The sky was created with watercolor paper and Fireworks! Sprays. To add a few stars, I used Wedding Dress Pico Embellisher. My sentiment (from the Believe in Yourself set) was stamped with VersaMark, and then heat embossed with White Embossing Powder.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Lawn Fawn – Critters Ever After stamp and die sets, Believe in Yourself Stamp set
  • Stampendous – Stone Background Stencil
  • Spellbinders – Lacey Ovals S4-314

 

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Be Fabulous Today with On Point Glue

Fine details can sometimes make a big difference in a project. Imagine artists use On Point Glue (a new product release for March 2017) to give those fabulous finishing touches to their work. Jessica Litman creates mini paper flowers on a clothespin for a planner. With a different approach, Martha Lucia Gomez adds embellishments to a card created with stencils and Fireworks! craft spray. Check out the directions on each project below! Want to find out more about this fabulous new product? See more here. It will be available in our Shop in March.

Jessica Litman creates mini paper flowers on a clothespin for a planner.

Flowery Clothespin Paper Clip by Jessica Litman

This clothespin paper clip can add a bit of DIY cuteness to a planner, gift, or workspace for any time of the year or any occasion. Jessica uses both Tear It Tape and On Point Glue, but for the fine detail paper quilling On Point Glue works the best.

Directions

Use tear it tape for almost any project. Double sided Tear It! Tape is great for heavier projects.
Step 1

Cut a piece of cardstock to the size of the large clothespin and attach the paper to the clothespin using Tear It! tape.

Jessica Litman creates mini paper flowers on a clothespin for a planner. On Point Glue.
Step 2

Cut a thin, long piece of pink cardstock. Roll pink cardstock into a circle. Let circle open a little. Using On Point Glue, adhere the end of the circle to itself. Hold for approximately 20 seconds before setting down.

On Point Glue is great for small intricate projects.

Step 3

Put a circle of On Point Glue onto the clothespin. Press pink circle onto the glue. Cut two thin pieces of green cardstock. Roll each green cardstock into an oval. Adhere the end of the oval to itself. Hold for approximately 20 seconds. Attach green ovals (or flower leaves) near the pink circle onto the clothespin. Cut another piece of thin, long pink cardstock to start a second flower and repeat previous steps. Attach second flower to the bottom of the large clothespin using On Point Glue and let dry! Enjoy a new handcrafted pin!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Large Clothespins
  • Cardstock – purple, pink, green
  • Paper cutter
  • Scissors

 


Martha Lucia Gomez creates a card with Fireworks and On Point Glue. yellow, black, pink, gold.

Fabulous Shades of Fireworks by Martha Lucia Gomez

Stencils are one of my favorite items in my craft supplies and they’re the best tools with inks and sprays. In this project, I combined these elements to create a dimensional background and to keep the shimmer only Fireworks can offer. This fun technique can be used with any kind of stencils for cards or journals.

Directions

Fabulous Shades Of Fireworks by Martha Lucia Gomez. black, yellow, shimmer, ink, spray.

Step 1

Take a piece of cardstock and secure your stencil. Spray paper with Dandelion Fireworks and Tuxedo Black Fireworks. Keep in mind that the effect obtained with the sprays is unpredictable, but you can obtain less intensity of the color when you apply the spray from afar and more color when you apply it closer to the paper.

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Step 2

Remove your stencil and clean it with water. Place stencil again over the paper with a little adjustment of the original image and select the color of ink that you want to apply. Apply the ink on the free areas. I chose the pink from the Kaleidacolor Baby Powder and I applied the ink with a brush.

Fabulous Shades Of Fireworks by Martha Lucia Gomez. stencil, pink, gold, black, swirls, shimmer.

Step 3

Remove the stencil and clean with soap and warm water. Add another layer of color. Combine colors of ink or use only one.

Fabulous Shades Of Fireworks by Martha Lucia Gomez. On Point Glue is a great fine point glue for embellishments.

Step 4

Paste the decorated layer over the card base using Tear It! tape. Cut a sentiment using gold paper and apply the embellishments with On Point Glue.

Fabulous Shades Of Fireworks by Martha Lucia Gomez. With the On Point Glue, you can control the amount of glue for intricate projects and delicate details as die cuts and rhinestones like I did on greeting card.

Step 5

Finally add the black stripe to the side as an accent. One of the features of On Point Glue is it also works great for larger or heavier pieces.

Fabulous Shades Of Fireworks by Martha Lucia Gomez. pink, black, gold, fabulous, shimmer effect.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock
  • Gold paper
  • Hero Arts – Swirl Stencil
  • The Ton – Fabulous Die Cut
  • Black rhinestones

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Tag! You’re It!

Happy Valentine’s Day! We have been throwing tons of inspiration your way on traditional Valentine’s Day cards this past week. Today we thought we’d change it up and focus on projects that you can use before, during and after today’s holiday! They also happen to all be tags! Jessica Litman makes a fun tag to attach to a bottle of wine. Alison Heikkila does some routine stamp organization—perfect habit for post holiday craft space organization. And Kyriakos Pachadiroglou goes all-in on our color of the month with a mixed media style tag.

Jessica Litman makes a wine bottle tag for Valentine's Day.

Heart of Gold Wine Bottle Hostess Gift Tag by Jessica Litman

I always love making homemade gifts. I feel it shows the person I thought about what I gave them and put effort into making it. So I always like to keep hostess gift thank you cards and labels on hand. For this project, I designed the label to fit on a bottle of wine. I used a cardstock, a stencil and several Fireworks! colors to create a layered background and adhered to the tag. Then I added two additional stamped images and adhered with glue dots. Finish by attaching a ribbon, tie on hostess gift and you are ready to party!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Tag
  • Deep Red Cling Stamps – Grunge Tags
  • Thank You Stamp
  • Wine Stamp
  • White cardstock
  • Adhesive
  • Ribbon
  • Scissor
  • Paper Cutter

Alison Heikkila creates organizing tags for her stamp collection. Fireworks craft spray. yellow, blue, purple.

Stufftainer Tags by Alison Heikkila

I have a lot of stamps. I use a few different ways to organize them depending on the brand, size, and how often I need to access them. It’s kind of tough to see which stamp is in each container without pulling several out. So, I decided to make tags to label them.

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampendous – Stufftainers
  • Assorted Stamps – Andy Skinner, Nathalie Kalback, Laurel Burch, and Fran.
  • Tag Die Cut
  • Watercolor paper
  • Calligraphy pens
  • Twine

Kyriakos creates pink Valentine's card tags that could go well with any gift! Rose Color of the Month.
Distressed Pink Mixed Media Tags by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Sharing some love with pink tags that sparkle with a nice mix of Fireworks and Creative Medium. Tags are distressed with VersaColor and then two mixtures cover parts of them. The first is Fireworks! and Creative Medium and the second using Imagine’s White Embossing Powder. All is heat set before placing embellishments. Enjoy for Valentine’s Day or any time of the year!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Paper flowers
  • Metallic charms
  • Leaves ribbon – pink
  • Paper tags
  • Crafty individuals – CI-258 stamp
  • Hot glue gun
  • Heat tool

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Vibrant Granny Square Valentine’s Card

by Roni Johnson

Ron Johnson uses hand carved stamps from Hoffee and a Nuffin to make a handmade Valentine’s Card using Kaleidacolor and VersaFine inks.

As a card maker stamps often influence and inspire my designs. Recently, I purchased a hand-carved granny square stamp from Hoffin and a Nuffin that not only inspired me but also brought to mind fond memories from my childhood. My grandma was an original “maker”. She was a seamstress, painter, gardener, artist and loved to knit and crochet as well. I have several granny-square afghans she made for me so I thought it would be fun to make her a Valentine’s Day card incorporating the handcarved craft theme stamp design.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 45 minutes

Directions

Ron Johnson uses hand carved stamps from Hoffee and a Nuffin to make a handmade Valentine’s Card using Kaleidacolor and VersaFine inks.

Step 1

Brayer the first 3 of the 5 colors in Berry Blaze Kaleidacolor ink pad onto cardstock. Use a piece of scrap paper to mask off the remaining two ink colors.

Ron Johnson uses hand carved stamps from Hoffee and a Nuffin to make a handmade Valentine’s Card using Kaleidacolor and VersaFine inks.

Step 2

Use Tack n Peel adhesive material mounted on an acrylic block to stamp using hand-carved images. Stamp the granny square over the inked panel using VersaMark ink. Emboss with clear embossing powder.

Ron Johnson uses hand carved stamps from Hoffee and a Nuffin to make a handmade Valentine’s Card using Kaleidacolor and VersaFine inks.

Step 3

Use a sponge dauber to spread Onyx Black VersaFine ink over the card panel. The emboss area will act as a resist.

Ron Johnson uses hand carved stamps from Hoffee and a Nuffin to make a handmade Valentine’s Card using Kaleidacolor and VersaFine inks.

Step 4

Wipe away excess black ink using a soft cloth.

Ron Johnson uses hand carved stamps from Hoffee and a Nuffin to make a handmade Valentine’s Card using Kaleidacolor and VersaFine inks.

Step 5

Sponge Golden Glitz Delicata ink on a manila tag using a sponge daube. Use a heat tool to set the ink.

Ron Johnson uses hand carved stamps from Hoffee and a Nuffin to make a handmade Valentine’s Card using Kaleidacolor and VersaFine inks.

Step 6

Stamp lock and key designs on the inked cardstock using VersaMark ink. Emboss with black embossing powder. Fussy cut the lock and key stamp. Add Gold irRESISTible Pico Embellisher accents to both the lock and key.

Step 7

Stamp sentiment on vellum paper. Die-cut sentiment and two additional strips of cardstock. Ink one of the banner strips with Golden Glitz Delicata Ink and the second using Silvery Shimmer Delicata Ink.

Step 8

Mount the granny square panel on a black card base; adhere the sentiment, lock, and key to the card.  When you are finished you will have a dynamic looking card that is sure to please!

Ron Johnson uses hand carved stamps from Hoffee and a Nuffin to make a handmade Valentine’s Card using Kaleidacolor and VersaFine inks.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Hoffee and Nuffin – Hand Carved Granny Square
  • Just for Fun Rubber Stamps – Heart & Key; Sentiment
  • Cardstock – Black, White
  • Adhesive
  • Brayer
  • Heat Tool
  • Soft Cloth