Do you like Shimmery Holiday Wreaths?

by Alison Heikkila

the card with a simple "Christmas Wishes" sentiment from Lawn Fawn stamped in Delicata Emerald Green and by adding "ornaments" with Silver Irresistible Pico Embellisher

I sure do! Hello, this month the Imagine Artists in Residence are featuring the color Evergreen. I decided to create a shimmery evergreen wreath as a centerpiece to this “Christmas Wishes” holiday card and I am going to show you how.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

Directions


Step 1

I started off with a piece of Mixed Media White Paper and covered it with Emerald Green Delicata ink. You can see the pretty shimmer this ink has. Although this is a pigment ink, it does dry quickly. But if you’re a little impatient, you can use a heat tool to speed up the process.


Step 2

Using the “Build A Wreath” die set from Stampendous, I die cut several evergreen boughs from the inked paper. I also die cut the largest circle from the set with a colored piece of green cardstock.


Step 3

Using a deep shade of green colored cardstock, I tapped the surface with Golden Glitz Delicata ink to give it some sparkle and depth. I then die cut the evergreen boughs out of this color too.


Step 4

I was satisfied with how these two layers looked, but it definitely needed some embellishing. There is a trio of berries in the die set, so I colored another piece of Mixed Media White Paper with Ruby Red Delicata. Then I die cut the berries. The berries looked good, but I love bows on wreaths. So I repeated the ink to paper process again with Golden Glitz Delicata and cut the pretty bow.


Step 5

Now it’s time to move on to the card base. I used Neenah Desert Storm for my base, cut to 4 1/4″ x 11.” Then I sprayed it with Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Gold. This gold works perfectly with the Golden Glitz Delicata.


Step 6

Now it’s time to assemble the wreath. I glued down the wreath base first. I used On Point Glue for all of the assembly. This adhesive is perfect for these small, detailed pieces. I started with the darker, colored green cardstock pieces. As I glued each piece down, I placed a heavy acrylic block on top to weigh the pieces down as the glue dried.


Step 7

Next, I moved on to the Emerald Green colored pieces and repeated the same process with the glue and the block. Then I added the berries and the bow. I completed the card with a simple “Christmas Wishes” sentiment from Lawn Fawn stamped in Emerald Green and by adding “ornaments” with Silver Irresistible Pico Embellisher. I love the additional texture the ornaments added.

Here’s the completed card. It’s fun to create your own colored paper using inks. I hope you’ll give it a try! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampendous – Build a Wreath Die Set
  • Mixed Media White Paper
  • Cardstock
  • Lawn Fawn – “Sprinkled with Joy”

 

Color of the Month for December is Evergreen

Color of the Month for December is Evergreen. Delicata new color Emerald Green, Memento has Cottage Ivy and Kaleidacolor Fresh Greens 5 color palette

To celebrate the month of December we decided to challenge our Artists with the color Evergreen! We love seeing the fresh greenery in Holiday decor, Christmas tree stamp collections, and a variety of green imagery. Some of our favorite Tsukineko brands feature fabulous green ink colors to satisfy the Evergreen challenge. Delicata has a new color called Emerald Green, Memento has Cottage Ivy and if you are looking for something outside the norm you can try the Kaleidacolor Fresh Greens 5 color palette. In today’s post, Martha creates a sweet mason jar die cut window in a holiday card, Kyriakos gets crafty with ornaments and Mischelle creates a greenery frame on stationery.

Winter Wonderland Holiday Card by Martha Lucia Gomez Kaleidacolor diecut window mason jar shape deer

Winter Wonderland Holiday Card by Martha Lucia Gomez

Our color challenge this month is Evergreen and I decided to use it in conjuntion with a die cut and one of my favorite versatile inks. Creating winter scenes is so much fun, you can stamp several images or use a complete stamp. On this card, I am using the Bright all Night image from Close to My Heart. I stamped it over the whisper white card base using Fresh Greens Kaleidacolor Ink. It looks simple and gorgeous with different tones of green. I love the look of the sentiment stamped outside the window in the matching ink!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Close to My Heart – “Bright all Night” stamp set
  • So Suzy Stamps – Doe Small
  • Stampin Up – Everyday Jars framelits
  • Die cut machine
  • Cardstock

Christmas Tree Ornament by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Christmas Tree Ornament by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Handmade Christmas ornaments are always special to make and share. They represent your style of home decoration during this festive season and they go far away from the commercial ones. With green color being one of the top choices every year, I chose to make ornaments in tree shape that fit well on Christmas tree, gift boxes, and any other decorations and projects.

The wooden tree shapes are covered with All-Purpose Ink and Delicata Emerald Green. The designs on top follow the same color choice, but with a little of sparkle, using Imagine’s Verdigris embossing powder. The process shows two ways to color the trees using the inks used in a reverse way.

Stamp with VersaMark and Viva clear stamps and heat set Imagine’s embossing powder Verdigris with your heat gun

Heavily cover the tree shape with Delicata Emerald Green. Let it dry. Use a soft flat paint brush and make repetitive strokes with the White All-Purpose Ink following the shape of the tree branches. The two inks will start to blend creating soft lines. Repeat on the other side. For the second ornament try the opposite. Paint the tree shape with the All-Purpose Ink, and then make strokes with the Delicata following again the shape of three and the way branches should look. After your ink is dry, emboss with Imagine’s Verdigris embossing powder. Add rhinestones to further embellish the trees.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Wooden tree shapes
  • Rhinestones
  • Heat gun
  • Ribbon
  • Viva Decor – “Peacock Feathers” stamp set

Custom Christmas Letter Stationery by Mischelle Smith - wise men still seek him. nativity. Close to My Heart – Perfectly Pine, Reason for the Season stamps

Custom Christmas Letter Stationery by Mischelle Smith

It’s Christmas! It is a time of year that makes me think of stationery. I have always loved stationery and love that I can easily create my own for any season and in any color palette. Imagine’s color of the month is Evergreen and that makes me think of pine trees. I combined some of my favorite greens and blues to create this fabulous stationery ready for this year’s Christmas letter.

With Nautical Blue ink – stamp nativity, saying “Wise Men still Seek Him” and several pine tree branches. Stamp the remaining pine tree branches with Memento Northern Pine and Bamboo Leaves. Since dye ink dries so quickly you can start writing on the stationery soon after creating the frame. Enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine
  • Memento – Nautical Blue, Northern Pine, Bamboo Leaves
Other
  • Close to My Heart – Perfectly Pine, Reason for the Season stamps
  • White paper

Instead of Cyber Shopping this Monday, we say Cyber Craft Instead!

by Jowilna Nolte

upcycle computers into art with walnut ink and texture paste

Create a fun heartfelt mixed media panel using recycled materials and some pretty pink shimmering effects. In a few easy steps, you can create some stunning effects using a few lovely products from the Imagine stable. Take a look at how a few elements can be transformed using some of my favorite products in pink and red.


Step 1

On a piece of recycled cardboard add some pattern using a colored texture paste. Once the texture paste is dry sprinkle some Walnut Ink Crystals on top and mist with water. Leave to dry.

 Fireworks Sprays
Step 2

Color some light pink flowers using 3 colors of Fireworks Sprays. Mist some flowers with all the colors and some flowers with single colors. Leave to dry. See how beautiful the flowers shimmer.


Step 3

Paint a recycled computer fan with black gesso. Leave the gesso to dry and then mist the fan with Fireworks sprays and leave to dry for a beautiful shimmering effect.


Step 4

Assemble all your parts on the background. Adhere the colored fan, flowers, beads and a “Be Mine” heartfelt tag.

 

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
  • Recycled cardboard
  • Computer fan
  • Black gesso
  • Paintbrush
  • Paper flowers
  • Texture paste
  • Kaisercraft stencil
  • Pearls
  • Beads

Learn How to Stamp on Glass with StazOn Ink

by Elina Stromberg

Learn How to Stamp on Glass with StazOn Ink

In November there are days when the rainy weather keeps your kids inside. It’s a good idea to have a few crafty project ideas that you can pull out from your sleeve when the boredom tries to sneak in. The best ideas don’t require too much preparation nor special tools; for this decorated glass jar you will only need a short list of things every paper crafter has in her stash.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

 Stamp on Glass with StazOn Jet Black Ink
Step 1

Remove the paper label and wash the glass jar carefully. Wrap masking tape around the jar for easy alignment of the stamped images.


Step 2

Decorate the jar with stamped images, using StazOn ink. Use a rich amount of ink, but press the stamp gently on the glass for preventing the stamp from sliding on the glass. Should you not be happy with the result wipe away the stamped image with nail polish remover.

Mama Elephant - ‘The Cat’s Meow’ Stamp Set
Step 3

Continue stamping until the decoration is finished. Use different ink colors. In addition to regular stamps, you can use cotton swabs or various tubes for creating patterns on the jar. Once finished, remove the masking tape.

Glass jar with lid stamped with Mama Elephant and StazOn ink
Step 4

Decorate the metal lid with coordinating accents.

Thank you for checking out this tutorial today and if you like what you see then please comment below or share on social media!

Supplies

Imagine
  • StāzOn – Jet Black, Blazing Red
Other
  • Glass jar with lid
  • Masking tape
  • Mama Elephant – ‘The Cat’s Meow’ Stamp Set
  • Cotton swabs, plastic tubes  for stamping texture elements

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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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Upcycle Scraps to Make a Fresh Mixed Media Card

by Mischelle Smith

Reuse Scraps to Make a Fresh Mixed Media Card

I love to use kraft cardstock in my projects. I went through my scrap box and found a white card I had previously gold embossed hearts on. This was the start of a fun mixed media project that used kraft paper for the base.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30-45 minutes

Directions


leftover scrap from embossing, so the hearts were already there. Drizzle Lilac Posies irRESISTible onto the card
Step 1

Find a scrap project to play with. Here I had a leftover scrap from embossing, so the hearts were already there. Drizzle Lilac Posies irRESISTible onto the card. Let sit a moment and wipe off with a damp towel.


Add texture with stamping using Memento Rich Cocoa
Step 2

Using direct-to-paper method, add pigment inks in colors of choice to the card front until covered. Add texture by stamping a pattern using Memento Rich Cocoa.


Attach paper scraps with On Point Glue
Step 3

Attach newspaper scraps with On Point Glue.


Spatter with irRESISTible Wedding Dress and Tuxedo Black.
Step 4

Splatter with irRESISTible Wedding Dress and Tuxedo Black. Let dry.


Mix white paint with a small amount of water. mixed media card.
Step 5

Mix white paint with a small amount of water. Use a paintbrush to add random circles. Let dry.


VersaMagic in Tea Leaves with water and uses a paintbrush to add scribbles on top of white circles
Step 6

Mix VersaMagic in Tea Leaves with water and uses a paintbrush to add scribbles on top of white circles.


StazOn Jet Black add stamping. Use scissors to cut circles and leaves from mixed media card front. Adhere circles and leaves to kraft card front using On Point Glue. Use Tuxedo Black Memento Marker to add doodles. Stamp ‘Thanks’ with StazOn ink
Step 7

With StazOn Jet Black add random stamping. Use scissors to cut circles and leaves from the mixed media piece.


Step 8

Adhere circles and leaves to kraft card front using On Point Glue. Use Tuxedo Black Memento Marker to add doodles. Stamp ‘Thanks’ with StazOn ink.

If you enjoyed this quick tutorial then please like or share on Facebook!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Scissors
  • Kraft cardstock
  • Scrap cardstock
  • Carabelle Studio – texture stamp
  • Hampton Arts – alphabet
  • White paint
  • Paintbrush

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