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.

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  • 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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Create Papercraft Projects with Beautiful Purple Hues

Today we have two fantastic papercrafting projects that show off our Color of the Month Aubergine! Elina has crafted an encouragement card using a layered stencil technique and Renee lays down mixed media mayhem with a princess theme tag.

Create an Encouragement Card with Beautiful Purple Hues by Elina Stromberg

Create an Encouragement Card with Beautiful Purple Hues by Elina Stromberg

Our October theme color is the beautiful Aubergine. It’s rich, dark purple tones took my mind to the dark autumn nights, candlelight, coziness, and relaxation. Those warm thoughts were the inspiration for this card project.

 

I started the card with decorating the background. I layered two stencils on the background; leaf pattern against the purple cardstock, and circle stencil on top. I dabbed VersaMark ink through the stencil and heat-embossed the pattern with Vintage Plum embossing powder. Layering stencils is a simple technique for creating beautiful background elements.

SPARROW STAMP AND DIE SET FROM THE EARTH AIR WATER COLLECTION BY STEPHANIE LOW

Bird and feathers are stamped and colored with alcohol markers, and cut out with a die-cutting machine, using the matching dies. Cheesecloth is a nice decoration element to use on cards: It does not increase the dimension too much and it’s lightweight, so your cheesecloth decorated project will easily fit into a standard mailing envelope. White cheesecloth can easily be dyed to match the color palette of your project; this time I used Lilac Walnut Ink for tinting the fabric.

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Aubergine Mixed Media Princess Tag by Renee Zarate

Create an unusual gift tag using a variety of purple inks to create an Eggplant or Aubergine color saturation. This tag design uses embossing powder for texture, cardboard doll figures as a centerpiece, stamps, sequins and a huge list of mixed media products too long to mention.

Sizzix - Tag die Use a die cutting machine to cut a tag out of the inked paper. This tag measured 3” by 6 ¼”.

I started by inking a small amount Memento Elderberry ink and three times as much Memento Sweet Plum ink on my craft mat and then sprayed a small amount of water on the inks and dragged a piece of Mixed Media paper over the inks. Since Memento is water based the inks blend quickly.  The inks marbleize as the tag is repeatedly dipped into the mixture. To speed up the drying, I set colors with a heat tool then die cut with a tag die.

Then I prepared the doll figure with gesso or white ink, stamp interesting images on the dress portion and used a washi tape face on the doll. If you have drawing skills you can also simply draw a face on the doll piece or stamp. Using Memento Luxe Sweet Plum, I stamped a texture stamp on the left side of the tag. Then I used StazOn Royal Purple to stamp script on top of the texture stamping. Since StazOn is a solvent ink, it should not interact with Memento and will provide distinct layering. Apply Clear embossing powder and melt with a heat tool. To contrast the purple hues, I stamped Delicata Golden Glitz (pigment ink) with different texture stamps randomly on the tag. Then continued to distress the edges with Sweet Plum and Royal Purple inks. Finally, I added doll and the stamped phrase, “It’s not easy being a princess,” with sequins, twine, and staples to the tag.

Supplies

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  • White gesso
  • Black gesso
  • Sizzix – Tag die
  • Diecutting machine
  • Cardboard dolls
  • Jane Davenport – washi tape
  • Twine
  • Dina Wakley – texture stamps, script stamp
  • Sequins
  • Staples
  • Heat tool
  • Spray bottle (water)
  • Strathmore Mixed Media paper

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Craft a Paper Cupcake Birthday Card

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Craft a Paper Cupcake Happy Birthday Card with Delicata Ink and Amplify Texture

What a better way to wish someone Happy Birthday than with a card in the shape of a cupcake! Unfortunately, it is not edible. This handmade card is colored with Memento, VersaColor and Delicata and topped with Amplify in White which all come together to create a fun look and feel. See the instructions below for a step by step breakdown of how I made this lovely card.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Print both pages of Kim’s Digi Templates free pattern from Buddley Crafts on cardstock. Cut the shapes and fold.


Step 2

Use the second page to cut a piece of corrugated paper to make the base of the cupcake.


Step 3

Use a sponge dauber to distress the top of the cupcake with Memento Desert Sand and VersaColor Pinecone. Spray with Ink Potion No 9. to blend the ink colors.


Step 4

Cut in half a spun cotton ball and color with Delicata Ruby Red.


Step 5

Use the mini pattern stamp and Delicata Ruby red to decorate the cupcake.


Step 6

Stamp a Happy Birthday message with Delicata Ruby Red and distress the edges of the paper with VersaColor Pinecone.


Step 7

Glue first the corrugated base, then the top and continue with the “cherry” using the On Point Glue.


Step 8

Use the Amplify! White to make frosting effect all over the card and use a heat gun to activate the volume. If you have never used Amplify then test on a separate piece of paper first.


Step 9

Finish the card by adding washi tape to the corrugated base, ribbon and the “happy birthday” sentiment.

Thank you for checking out today’s blog post. If you found this project inspiring then please leave a comment below or share on Facebook!

 

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See How to Detail with Watercolor on a Cute Sock Monkey Card

 by Mischelle Smith

See How to Detail with Watercolor on a Cute Sock Monkey Card. Kaleidacolor ink by Tsukineko.

Candy is the theme this month at Imagine, and while looking through my supplies I came across my Bouquet Kaleidacolor pad.  Candy and Kaleidacolor?! Yes! I see the tropical package of Skittles when I look at the Bouquet color palette … if only my inks tasted like Skittles … right?!

This easy card comes together nicely, and quickly, thanks to the coordinating palette of the Kaleidacolor pad.  For my card, I chose to use each color individually, without any blend.  I can easily expand my palette by clicking the colors together and stamping a ‘blend’ onto my block.  Instantly, I double my color options. Since Kaleidacolor is a water-based dye, it makes the perfect ink for watercoloring. In the tutorial below I break down how to detail a stamped image using a watercoloring technique.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 45 minutes + dry time

Directions


Stamp Kaleidacolor onto acrylic block to use as a palette for your watercoloringStep 1

Stamp the sock monkey image on watercolor paper with StazOn Jet Black.  Stamp Kaleidacolor onto acrylic block to use as a palette for your watercoloring.


Step 2

With a paintbrush, gently prepare image with water. Pick up desired color from acrylic block with a paintbrush, and paint the area prepped with water. The first layer of color is a light, gentle wash. Use a light hand when applying.


Step 3

Use a pencil to sketch guidelines on Sock Monkey. If needed, do an image search for a real photo of a sock monkey to better understand the patterns and lines. The pencil lines will be erased when the monkey is finished and dry. Begin adding ‘heart’ shaped patterns to the pencil lines and work to fill in the entire monkey. Cut out the image and set aside.


Step 4

To finish the card, prep watercolor base and add tangerine color. Loosely lay down color and let dry. With scissors, distress the edges of the tangerine panel and attach to card base with foam tape. Attach the Sock Monkey and washi tape him to sit on. With a Tuxedo Black Memento Marker, draw lines and squiggles around the panel.  Stamp “just for you” sentiment, brushed with a swipe of color, and add to card. Attach lime twine and add any additional details as you see fit.

Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog! If you liked this tutorial then please comment below or share on Facebook!

Supplies

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  • Stampin’ Up! – Sock Monkey stamp
  • Lime twine
  • Foam Tape
  • Fan Brush
  • Scissors
  • Brushes – Black Velvet Round Size 2; Black Velvet Oval Wash Size ¾”
  • Washi Tape

 

Create Texture and Color with Beautiful Aubergine Stars

by Jowilna Nolte

Create Texture and Color with Beautiful Aubergine Stars Thank you Card Tsukineko imagine crafts jowilna nolte

I love the richness of Aubergine – not quite purple but not quite blue either – perfectly located in between. This warm and rich color is so versatile and can be used in a number of ways. The great thing about ink is that on the color spectrum Imagine offers such a huge variety of inks that cover most every need. And when you want a hue that is just slightly unique, blending together ink from two or more inkers is just the ticket. Let’s take a look how this wonderful color can be mixed using our range of products.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

 

Directions

Memento Luxe Rhubarb Stalk and Mulberry dye ink and mix well into the texture paste
Step 1

I needed to mix my color to get just the tone I was looking for, so decided to mix two of my inkers to get the perfect shade of Aubergine texture paste for this card. On a palette add a small amount of texture paste. Add a few drops of Memento Luxe Rhubarb Stalk and Mulberry Tsukineko dye ink and mix well into the texture paste.


Step 2

Position your stencil on a piece of colored scrap cardstock. (My background was misted with dye inks in various colors from a previous crafting session. You could create a special background or use printed cardstock.)  Apply the colored paste through the stencil.


Carefully remove the stencil while the paste is still wet and leave to dry naturally for a flawless finish.
Step 3

Carefully remove the stencil while the paste is still wet and leave to dry naturally for a flawless finish.


Add a stamped sentiment, additional cut out stenciled stars and some scattered diamanté.
Step 4

Trim the stenciled panel down to fit onto the front of your folded card and adhere in place. Add a stamped sentiment, additional cut out stenciled stars and some scattered diamanté. For the extra special touch, use a sewing machine to stitch it all together, otherwise adhesive will do.

If you enjoyed this quick and easy technique then please share!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Jowilna Nolte – Star stencil, diamanté
  • Cardstock
  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • Stamp – “thank you” sentiment

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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.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • 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!

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