Make a Friendly “Need a Hug” Card

by Steph Ackerman

Make a Friendly "Need a Hug" Card with VersaFine Clair

Have you ever made a mistake with coloring a stamped image and thought it was ruined?  That you would have to start again from scratch? Well, this is what happened with this “Need A Hug?” handmade card.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Stamp image and sentiment using VersaFine in Nocturne.
Step 1

Stamp image and sentiment using VersaFine in Nocturne.


Step 2

Using Fantastix, add color to the mushroom top using VersaFine Clair in Tulip Red. Add color to the rest of the image using VersaFine in Pinecone, Green Oasis, Blue Belle, Cheerful colors.


Step 3

Color the small mouse with Memento Markers in London Fog and Angel Pink. I used Fantastix to color the large mouse with VersaFine Clair Pinecone ink. It’s here that I noticed the image to be problematic. To me, the large mouse was just too dark, and yet the mushroom was perfect just the way it was.


Step 4

To salvage the mushroom image, I decided to re-stamp the large mouse on a scrap of cardstock. I colored the “new” mouse with Memento Markers in Desert Sand and Angel Pink.


Step 5

Then I fussy cut the mouse and placed on top of the main image using On Point Glue. The focal image is now salvaged. No one will know a mistake was made! This can apply to any cardmaking or stamping project you take on. Now let’s move on to the rest of the card design. Use a medium size circle die to die cut the perfected image.


Step 6

Using Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Lady Bug, spritz through a stencil creating a unique background.


Step 7

Cut the stenciled panel to fit the card base. Ink edges with Memento Luxe in Love Letter. Wrap with similar color ribbon and twine. Adhere stenciled panel to card.


Step 8

Die cut a slightly larger circle to act as a base to mount the stamped mushroom image. Ink edges of mushroom image and “need a hug?” phrase with Delicata in Rose Gold. Mat each with the larger circle cardstock mats. First, add the mushroom image to card with foam adhesives. Add the sentiment to the top of the card slightly overlapping stamped image. Finish with any additional personal styling to make it your own.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white, brown
  • Stamping Bella – Gilbert and Maisy Under the Toadstool stamp
  • Spellbinders – Nesting circle dies
  • The Crafter’s Workshop – Tattered Lace stencil
  • Whisker Graphics Twine
  • Ribbon – Red
  • Die Cut Machine
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive

Send a Little Encouragement to a Friend

Gelli Printing with Tsukineko Inks by Iris Rodriguez

At night, when our world is quiet and peaceful is when I tend to think about things a little more. Whether it’s how our day went or our loved ones far away. The other night I was doing as such. I was remembering my childhood; my brothers and sisters and our fun but noisy house, riding our bicycles to the park. A few days later I ran across this cute little stencil at the store of a little bird sitting on a tree. Playing so well into my memories, I decided to buy the stencil to make a card. I used Memento dye inks with water on a Gelli plate to get a nice, bright and quick background. Then I gave the card a slight nighttime hazy moody look by blending in pigment  inks, and lastly added the stenciled image and sentiment.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Rub Memento Bahama Blue ink on the Gelli plate and spray with water.


Step 2

Smoosh the watercolor paper on the plate. Partially clean the plate with paper towel.


Step 3

Rub Memento Danube Blue ink on the Gelli plate, spray water and smoosh the watercolor paper on the plate. Partially clean the plate with paper towel.


Step 4

Rub Memento Grape Jelly ink on the Gelli plate, spray water and smoosh the watercolor paper on the plate. Partially clean the plate with paper towel.


Step 5

Rub Memento Tuxedo Black ink on the Gelli plate, spray water and smoosh the watercolor paper on the plate. Partially clean the plate with paper towel. Dry paper.


Step 6

Next blend in the pigment inks to give that nighttime mood. Blend ink with InkBlushers and Sponge Daubers going from lightest to darkest. Blend in the Memento Luxe Bahama Blue, VersaMagic Night Sky, Purple Hydrangea and White Cloud, Delicata Sapphire Blue and on the edges blend Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black.


Step 7

Stencil a moon with a Sponge Dauber and VersaMagic White Cloud. Lightly add a ring around the moon to give it a little reflective glow.


Step 8

Stencil the tree image with Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black, emboss with black embossing powder and finally stamp a sentiment.

Supplies

Imagine
Other


Floral Theme Encouragement Card by Steph Ackerman

Memento Luxe is a juicy ink that provides great results when stamping. It’s an amazing ink line that is perfect for embossing. I wanted a rich outline for my flowers and found this stamp line to be amazing.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Stamp image with Memento Luxe in Tuxedo Black and emboss with Clear embossing powder.


Step 2

Color flowers with yellow and orange markers, then color leaves with green marker. Using a sponge dauber, add brown ink to the flower centers.


Step 3

Cut panel to fit card. Ink edges of panel with Brilliance Sunflower Yellow, mat with black cardstock.


Step 4

Stamp phrase with Tuxedo Black and emboss with Clear embossing powder. Ink edges with Sunflower Yellow; mat with black cardstock. Using On Point Glue, add embellishments.


Step 5

Create card from yellow cardstock. Add panel to card. Add phrase to card with foam adhesives for dimension.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – White, Black, Yellow
  • Scor-Pal
  • Unity Stamp Co. – Abundant Blessings Sentiment Set
  • The Robin’s Nest – Dew Drops

Create Colorful Backgrounds with Embossing and Memento Ink

by Steph Ackerman

Memento Dye Inks are fast drying inks that work perfectly with embossing folders. The acrylic folder allows enough time to add assorted colors of inks on the surface of the embossing folder and also cleans up well. You can create wonderful and unique backgrounds using assorted dye inks and the embossing technique acts similarly to a printing press. This is a wonderful way to create personalized and unique cardmaking projects.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 45 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Ink embossing folder with Memento Dye Ink in Morocco, Peanut Brittle, and Olive Grove colors. This color combination works beautifully together.


Step 2

Cut white cardstock to fit the embossing folder. Place cardstock in an inked embossing folder and run through the embossing machine.


Step 3

Ink edges of embossed panel with Memento Ink in Pistachio.


Step 4

Use a sponge dauber to ink white ribbon with Memento Ink in Peanut Brittle.


Step 5

Stamp the “Thank You” sentiment on white cardstock with Memento Luxe pigment ink – Tuxedo Black (Memento Luxe is pigment ink compliment to the dye ink line). Emboss with Imagine Embossing powder in Clear. Die cut the sentiment and mat with larger die cut.


Step 6

Wrap embossed panel with ribbon. Mat with brown cardstock and adhere to card. Add die cut sentiment to center of card with foam adhesives for dimension.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Unity Stamp Co. – Abundant Blessings
  • Cardstock – white, brown
  • Cuttlebug Embossing Folder – Anna Griffin
  • Spellbinders Oval dies
  • Ribbon
  • Die cut and Embossing Machine
  • Heat Tool

Watch a Video on How to Create a Beautiful Paper Clay Bowl

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Watch a Video on How to Create a Beautiful Paper Clay Bowl

Have you tried paper clay, yet? I love that it’s so simple, so forgiving and so very versatile. After seeing project after project on Pinterest about how easy it is to make clay bowls embossed with doilies and other items, I thought it would be fun to make a paper clay bowl and decorate it with stamps and ink. The gilding is a nod to the Japanese technique of Kintsugi—which means golden joinery—as I had the idea to maybe fill some of the uneven rim with the Creative Medium but ultimately used it to blend the different shades of green in the dried clay and add a bit of sheen and shimmer to the finished bowl.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Prima – Paper clay
  • Water
  • Plastic Wrap
  • 6” Cookie cutter or knife and circle pattern
  • Simon Says Stamp – “Kind Flowers” stamp set
  • Acrylic block
  • Wet wipes
  • 1200 grit sandpaper
  • Face mask
  • Heat tool
  • Bowl or Form

Stamp an Easy and Creative Seasons Greetings Card

by Elina Stromberg

Stamp an Easy and Creative Seasons Greetings Card

A few years back a card making blog challenged us design team members to create Christmas projects using standard, non-Christmas themed supplies. After some desperate moments, I started taking new perspectives to the stamps I already had in my stash, and soon realized how rewarding it was to discover new and unconventional ways for using them.

This Christmas card is a continuation of that challenge idea: Instead of using a holiday wreath stamp, I draw a circle on craft cardstock, stamped leaves around it using a simple flower leaf stamp, and decorated the card with a hint of liquid red ink and a punched paper bow. The end-result looks yet quite Christmassy, doesn’t it!

I also punched two gift tags and used the same technique on those. So simple and easy to make! The metallic shimmer of the Emerald Green Delicata ink made my card look even more festive; it’s all in the details!

Stamp an Easy and Creative Seasons Greetings Card

Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog and if you enjoyed this tutorial then please comment below or share on social media! 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampin’Up – Bow Punch
  • Fiskars – Tag Punch
  • Visible Image – ‘Go-To Christmas Words’ stamp set
  • Simon Says Stamp – ‘Scribble Flowers’ stamp set
  • Cardbase
  • Cardstock – Kraft, Green
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue

You Must See These Sweet Heart Felt Cards

We have two great heart ‘Felt’ projects today to celebrate the mood of thankfulness in the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. We feel the a heartfelt thanks is the best kind of thanks! Kyriakos breaks down his process in a tutorial form and Jennifer Vanderbeek has created a full video tutorial on our Youtube channel! Check it out!

You Must See These Sweet Heart Felt Cards

‘Heart of Felt’ Handmade Card by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

A card with a heart, made of felt that is decorated with black dots using the Memento Luxe Tuxedo black and enhanced further with the same color irRESISTible Pico embellisher. The canvas fabric, used as background, is stamped with the Delicata Ruby Red with a crackled design stamp imitating heart veins. The felt heart is stitched to the canvas fabric with a black waxed cord to one side. Both fabrics come in combination to emphasize the warm, soft and open emotions of a heartfelt person.

Directions


Step 1

Cut a heart shape of the felt and stamped it with Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black. Memento Luxe is a great ink for stamping on fabric because it will not spread so quickly into the fibers like a dye ink. So you maintain the crisp lines of your stamp.


Step 2

Cut a piece of canvas fabric to 4 x 6 inches. Pull the threads to fridge all edges and stamp it with the crackle clear stamp and the Delicata Ruby Red. Stamp a sentiment “so grateful” ticket with the same color.


Step 3

Cross stitch the felt heart on the fabric using the waxed cord at one side.


Step 4

Glue the fabric on the card and use the irRESISTible Pico embellisher to enhance the stamped designs. When it is dry, place the ticket and embellish further.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • 5 x 7 cardbase
  • White felt sheet
  • Black waxed cord
  • Ticket stamp
  • Stamperia Crackle stamp
  • Canvas fabric
  • Ribbon

 


Create a Heartfelt Card by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Whoever is lucky enough to receive a card like this will definitely feel the love and effort you put into it—they just might not realize how quickly it came together. When you’re combining a lot of different techniques (we’ve got die cutting, embroidery, hand-lettering, and stamping going on, not to mention paper, felt, and metal elements) it’s important to keep the design fairly clean in order to avoid input overload when looking at the final product. The limited color palette and unfussy arrangement really allow the workmanship to stand out. And who can resist petting the felt heart?

 

If you enjoyed this video from Jennifer, then please subscribe to our Youtube channel for more!

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Cardstock – Purple, White
  • Fiskars – Paper trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Scoring tool
  • Bone folder
  • Sizzix – Scalloped heart die
  • Die Cut Machine
  • Felt – red
  • Temporary adhesive tape
  • Pencil
  • Acrylic block
  • Stampabilities – Everyday Expressions
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Flat-backed pearl sticker

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