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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Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • 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 Beautiful Texture on Handmade Cards with Wood Elements

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Create a Beautiful Handmade Card with Wood Elements

Adding textures to cards always produces amazing results, and when you create them with non-traditional materials like wood, the results can be fantastic! In this project, I am sharing how to color and emboss the wood pieces to make a big impact. I also used a fun frame die cut to place embellishments within and outside the lines for a fun graphic look.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

Directions


Step 1

It is actually very easy to find a wide variety beautiful designs in wood in craft stores these days. I have this large feather piece by Unique Laser Designs. First, I applied GooseBumps with the Dauber Top and covered the surface of the feather and let dry. With the dauber top, I can control the effect which is nice for embellishments.


Step 2

While Goosebumps is drying, I prepared the card base and the layers of my card. I used Elegant Eggplant cardstock for the base, a decorated woodgrain paper for the second layer and whisper white for the third die-cut window layer. I cut the whisper white using a die cut from the Blueprints 27 Collection from MFT Die-namics. I pasted this layer over the base using double sided fun foam. When the feather was totally dry, I applied Memento Luxe Sweet Plum on the center and Memento Luxe Elderberry on the borders, both directly with the inkpads.


Step 3

Then I covered the inked feather with Clear Embossing Powder and melted with the heat tool.


Step 4

Without using the GooseBumps, I repeat the ink and emboss process with a wood heart. You can see the difference in the texture by skipping the GooseBumps step.

Close up of a handmade card featuring a shiny embossed wooden feather and the sentiment "hello" inked in purples with Memento Luxe ink by Martha Lucia Gomez.
Step 5

I die cut a “hello” sentiment twice using two colors of cardstock. Offset them a little and glue using On Point Glue. To finish, adhere the two wood elements over the window frame on the card.

Thank you! If you enjoyed this embossing and texture tutorial then please share on Facebook or leave a comment below!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White
  • Woodgrain decorated paper
  • Technique Tuesday – Hello die
  • Unique Laser Designs – Feather, Heart
  • Gina Marie Designs – Circle Cross Stitch Die-cut

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Watch a Video on How to Create a Little Gift Box

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Watch a Video on How to Create a Little Gift Box by Jennifer Vanderbeek.

Faux Bois means false wood and is commonly employed to make something that’s not wood (or something made of a lesser quality wood) look more high-class. I decided to see if I could achieve a similar effect by layering carefully placed stamps and mediums onto cardstock. The result was a pretty good imitation of a lacquered trinket box—perfect for gift giving or miniature applications!

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Craft paper
  • Sizzix – Gift Box die
  • Die cut machine
  • Joy Clair – Wood Background stamp
  • Acrylic Block
  • Heat tool
  • Woodgrain stencil
  • Helmar – Quick Dry 450 adhesive
  • Purse findings

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!

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other

Get these Fabulous Must Have Holiday Craft Supplies Today

Get these Fabulous Must Have Craft Supplies Today Imagine Crafts Tsukineko

It’s October! We can’t believe 2017 has flown by so fast! It is already that time of year when the holiday buzz is in full swing! We hope you are gearing up for a fantastic season and to help you along we asked our Artists in Residence to recommend their favorite holiday crafting supplies from Imagine and Tsukineko. Check out what they have to say!

Nadine Carlier and Renee Zarate's Pick for the Holidays is Amplify! White

Nadine Carlier & Renee Zarate’s Pick for the Holidays is Amplify! in White

Nadine says, “It’s a must have to create snow. When it “puffs” up it looks just like snow. Perfect to flock stamped trees, to create snowy hills, make snowmen ⛄️ or just about anything snowy.” 😊

Renee says, “This time of year makes me think of snow so my seasonal pick would be Radiant Neon Amplify in White. Many children have vacation days or snow days coming up, the Amplify products are so much fun to apply and watch puff up. Now is the time for parents to stock up on snow day products with kids in mind.”

Martha's Pick for the Holidays is VersaFine Satin Red

Martha’s Pick for the Holidays is VersaFine Satin Red

“The most vibrant color for Christmas and is perfect for embossing.”

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou's Pick for the Holidays is Vertigo Sheets

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou’s Pick for the Holidays is Vertigo Sheets

“Until now, it was plastic, not fantastic…but the Vertigo sheets made me like plastic on crafts! Plus, they are versatile to use on various projects!”

Mischelle's Pick for the Holidays is Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz!

Mischelle’s Pick for the Holidays is Sparkle Sheer Shimmer!

“It’s the bow on top of the package. The finishing touch.”

Jennifer Vanderbeek's Pick for the Holidays is Metallic Creative Medium

Jennifer Vanderbeek’s Pick for the Holidays is Metallic Creative Medium

“Add shimmer and dimension to cards, tags, and presents, too!”

Roni Johnson and Alison Heikkila's Pick for the Holidays is Delicata

Roni Johnson & Alison Heikkila’s Pick for the Holidays is Delicata

Roni says, “I love the deep rich colors combined with the delicate shimmer that each offers. They are just perfect for the holidays no matter which one(s) you celebrate!”

Alison says, “There are no better shimmery inks out there. You can ink the edges of your cards so beautifully and simply, to get a regal look. The refills can give you fun splashes and splatters of color plus shine and shimmer.”

Elina Strömberg's Pick for the Holidays is Embossing Powder

Elina Strömberg’s Pick for the Holidays is Embossing Powder

“Will be used on every Christmas card I’ll make.”

Neva Elyn Cole's Pick for the Holidays is StazOn

Neva Elyn Cole’s Pick for the Holidays is StazOn

“These are wonderful inks to decorate ornaments and other home decor items for the holidays. You can create keepsakes for your family and friends that will be treasured for years!”

Jowilna Nolte's Pick for the Holidays is On Point Glue

Jowilna Nolte’s Pick for the Holidays is On Point Glue

“I can sprinkle it with red, green, clear, gold and silver glitter turning it into the most versatile item for festive details. I can add shimmer to all kinds of projects, glue them and add colour! My most favorite adhesive and multipurpose item.”
And for employee picks ~

Amanda Harryman's Pick for the Holidays is Irresistibles Pico Shimmer

Amanda Harryman’s Pick for the Holidays is Irresistible Pico Embellisher in Shimmer

“I added a touch of Shimmer irRESISTible to most of my Christmas cards last year because I love the little shimmery glossy touch. Even if it is a small element in the layout, it adds a super fun little touch of texture and shine.”

Marcie McCabe’s Pick for the Holidays is Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray

“I love the random patterns of color and shimmer that Fireworks offers. You can go crazy with a deep saturation of color and shimmer.”

 

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Create Beautiful Cards with Embossing, Aubergine, and Blossoms

Create Beautiful Cards with Embossing, Aubergine, and Blossoms Thanks Martha Lucia Gomez

Aubergine Blossom Thanks Card by Martha Lucia Gomez

I love to use different inks to create textures with them and this month our color challenge gave me this opportunity. I made a blossom card using Memento Luxe Ink and coloring two elements—wood and tape. To make this card I used a double layered stamping set. I selected the Love Blooms stamp set from Close to My Heart that gives me the opportunity to have a lineal and a textured image at the same time. I stamped first the lineal flowers using the darker color of Memento Luxe. This is a pigment ink that you can emboss if you want and use with many surfaces like cardstock, fabric, shrink or plastic and wood.

After stamping the lineal images with Elderberry Memento Luxe, I stamped the textured detail of each flower using Sweet Plum Memento Luxe. I did not emboss these stamped images, but to speed up the drying process of the ink you can use the heat tool. To decorate one of the borders of this stamped panel, I pasted a strip of Tear It tape. I removed the film from the adhesive and covered the strip with Vintage Plum Embossing Powder and then melted the powder with the heat tool. I resized the layer and pasted directly over a card base created with Elegant Eggplant cardstock.

As a final touch, I took a natural wood sentiment to be added to the card but to make this more special I just sprayed with Lilac Walnut Ink and let dry for a few minutes before pasting it over my card with On Point Glue.

Supplies

Imagine
Other

Layered Embossing Happy Birthday Card Sizzix – Thinlits Die Set 4PK Mixed Media

Layered Embossing Happy Birthday Card by Mischelle Smith

The color of the month at Imagine is Aubergine…such a rich and beautiful color. I decided I’d pair this luscious color with gold and create layers of embossing. Layering complementary colors of embossing is quick and easy to create stunning results. For this card, I draw attention to the die-cut detail by adding gold embossing to the die-cut areas. This classy card comes together effortlessly and quickly.

First, create all the flower and butterfly images by stamping and embossing the main layer with the flower stamp using Sweet Plum Memento Luxe. Next, die-cut the main layer with a mixed media style die as desired. Apply VersaMark ink using direct-to-paper technique and emboss with gold embossing powder. This is the main attractive element of this card. It truly makes a difference.  Finish the card by cutting complimentary patterned paper to the size of the main layer and attach to card base with foam tape.  Stamp a “Happy Birthday” sentiment on a tag and emboss with gold powder. Add the butterfly and additional embellishments such as gold metallic thread, ribbon and sequins.

Supplies

Imagine
Other

 

 

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