Chills & Thrills Halloween Shaker Card

by Nadine Carlier

Halloween Shaker Card by Nadine Carlier IC main

I love shaker cards but I really don’t make them all that often. I was looking around my craft room and found some googly eyes and thought those would be fun in a shaker card. Plus I was thinking this months color, Sangria would make a really cool eery sky.
Watch my video below to see how I used Delicata, VersaColor and Sheer Shimmer Spitz to create my eery sky and how I put together my shaker card.  Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 45 minutes

Supplies

Imagine
Other

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Tips and Tricks: Crafting on a Budget

by Roni Johnson

Tips and Tricks: Crafting on a Budget

Crafting can get pricey! If you are spending too much on crafting and it is taking some of the joy out of it then we are sharing some easy ways to scale back but still engage in a great crafting routine. There are lots of articles out there about crafting on a budget and most of them discuss the same list of common sense ideas…

  • Price shop
  • Clip Coupons (IRL or web)
  • Shop at Dollar Stores or Thrift Stores
  • Upcycle/Recycle various items
  • Search web for ideas/patterns

These general ideas are nice and they are a good start but I want to give you some specific ideas and tips to help you save not only money but something more valuable…your time.

Buy Unmounted Rubber Stamps

Unmounted stamps can cost as much as 50-80% less than traditional wood mounted stamps, take up less space and are easy to store and use. To use unmounted rubber stamps, apply Tack ‘N Peel to your acrylic blocks. This is a clear reusable cling sheet that has a protective liner sheet that can be used over and over. Once it has been affixed to the acrylic block it is very simple to use, remove the clear liner sheet; position the stamp on the block as desired, ink and stamp. When you are finished stamping simply peel the rubber stamp off the block and replace the liner. If the Tack ‘N Peel loses its “sticky” quality simply wash with water and let it dry. After it is dry it will once again be ready to use.

Make your own Texture Stamps and Stencils

This is a fun and easy task when you stop and look around your home. You’ll be surprised at how many items can be turned into a usable texture for all sorts of crafts. For example, lace, food netting, cheesecloth can all be used as a stamp or stencil. Foam food trays can be carved to create stamps, bubble wrap, rubber bands, fibers, leaves, coins can all be turned into stamps by sticking them to an acrylic block. Pencils tips are great for the bokeh technique, kitchen utensils, game pieces, tools, feathers, flowers, and more can also be put to use. You only have to take a moment and look around to see what you have on hand that will create fun and new stamps or stencils for your art.

Clearly Embossed

Let’s face it there are hundreds if not thousands of colors and brands of embossing powders on the market. You could easily spend a small fortune collecting the various embossing powders available today. A great option is clear embossing powder; the original ink color will shine through and match your project perfectly. No need to sort through jar after jar trying to find the right color to match your project and no more storing all of those little jars either! Tip: Did you know you can turn virtually any dye ink into an emboss-able image? Press your stamp onto a VersaMark ink pad then onto a dye ink pad and then stamp the image. The image can now be embossed because of the VersaMark ink. This works particularly well with a clean VersaMark ink pad for lighter colors and I keep an old grungy VersaMark for darker colors.

Make Pattern Papers

Let’s face it, most of us have more pattern paper to last us the rest of our lives so instead of buying yet another sheet, pack or collection, break out your stamps and make your own pattern! It’s easy; all you need is a sheet of plain cardstock, ink and complimenting stamps. All sorts of designs can be achieved quickly and easily. Give it a try, you’ll be surprised how quickly it is to make. Making a pattern doesn’t have to be perfect…if you make a stamping mistake, look at it as an opportunity to embellish!

Coloring Pages as Art

There are thousands of beautiful coloring sheets up for grabs on the internet free for your personal use. These coloring pages are great because they can be re-sized to fit your particular project and they can be used for backgrounds as well as the main focal point. You can choose to print the images on the appropriate paper to fit your particular use and mediums you would like to incorporate be it plain cardstock, bristol cardstock, watercolor paper, mixed media paper and more. The uses are limitless.

No More Waste

To eliminate wasting various mediums by keeping a supply of plain tags or A2 size blank cardstock panels handy when you are creating. Use these spare pieces to pick up excess medium from your work surface and tools. You may choose to pick up mediums once or several times depending on your preference. These tags and panels can then be used to create one of a kind artwork in a snap. All of the hard work has already been done. Simply pop on the main image and/or sentiment and your set to go. Instant card or tag for whatever your need.

Multiples

When you’re making a card or gift be sure to work in multiples! By doing so you will cut down on waste and left-over scraps. If you use a quarter sheet of cardstock rather than pitch the extra or place it in the never-ending scrap basket make two or three similar cards to help use up all of the extra bits. Rather than having a basket full of scraps that you might or might not use you’ll end up with a basket of finished cards, tags, ATC’s, etc. that can be used in a moment’s notice.

No matter how you structure you crafting habits and budget you will find there are several ways to keep costs at a minimum. Thank you for stopping by the Imagine Blog!

Supplies

Imagine

Send Smiles, Hugs and Kisses with a Stenciled Card

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Share your love with hugs, smiles, and kisses with a card using a Creative Medium to add details and an embossed surface with the help of a stencil. The Creative Medium is used as a background shade where repetitive layers of color in different green shades add depth on the card. Pieces of masking tape work also as stencils to create a simple design.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Create a ¾ inch blank stripe placing parallel two pieces of masking tape.


Step 2

Using a palette knife cover the blank stripe with Creative Medium Chartreuse color. Remove the masking tape.


Step 3

Stamp the words “smiles, hugs, kisses” from the Joy Clair stamp set with VersaMark, cover with Imagine’s Embossing Powder in Gold and heat set.


Step 4

Cover the decorated stripe with masking tape.


Step 5

Place the stencil on top of the card and using a palette knife, cover with Creative Medium Chartreuse. Let it dry.


Step 6

Slightly move the stencil and using sponge dauber color heavily on places of the stencil and lighter on others with the VersaFine Clair in Rain Forest.


Step 7

Remove the stencil and distress the card with the VersaFine Clair Verdant ink pad and a sponge dauber.


Step 8

Position the stencil again on first place, where the Creative Medium was used, and add details on the leaves with the Fabrico Pine marker.


Step 9

Add sequins with the On Point Glue.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Masking tape
  • Card base
  • Joy Clair Stamps – Hugs and Smiles stamp set
  • Imagination crafts MA-25 stencil
  • Gold sequins

 

Prepare Bold ATC Cards with Bronze Highlights

by Kassy Tousignant

Prepare Bold ATC Cards with Bronze Highlights by Kassy Tousignant. YouTube video tutorial on papercrafting and mixed media.

It can be challenging in the summer months to find time for creativity. Why not make some ATC cards?! They are quick and fun to make and there is no pressure. I love making ATC cards when I am trying out a new product or technique. I don’t have to worry about making a masterpiece and I can play with the product and learn more about it. In these ATC cards, I used the Creative Medium in Bronze. This metallic color is so rich and gorgeous! I can’t wait to use it on more mixed media projects.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Prima – ATC cards
  • 7 Dots Studio – Embellishments
  • Stencil
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush

 

Send Unconditional Love to Someone Special

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Send Unconditional to Someone Special. Use StazOn Studio Glaze in Gold and Radiant Neon Amplify in White.

With summer being a wedding season, making a special card to give is a great way to spread the meaning of love. A golden heart, precious and rare, on a puffy layer of blooming flowers, surrounded by the flow of gold and, of course, the definition of how love should be, give an elegant style. The corrugated paper used helps create the flow of gold with the irRESISTible Pico Embellisher Gold, which is also used to paint the plaster heart. The Radiant Neon Amplify in White fills the gaps around the heart with a soft texture and the paper flowers give more dimension and focus to the card. Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Cut a piece of corrugated paper to 5 x 5 inches. Keep the corrugated paper at an incline and pour irRESISTible Pico Embellisher Gold color and let the wet medium run down the length of the cardboard. The needle-like nozzle helps to set color among the flutes. Set aside and allow to fully dry.


Step 2

Cut the corrugated paper down to 4 x 4 inches. Remove a 2 x 2-inch square piece from the center of the board, set 3/4 inch from the top and 1 inch from the left and right sides, creating a frame.


Step 3

Use a small heart-shaped mold and plaster (or white clay) to create a heart embellishment. When it dries, color it with the irRESISTible Pico Embellisher in Gold.


Step 4

Punch small flowers and shape them with an embossing stylus (alternative use small die cut flowers or petals).


Step 5

Color the tips of the flowers with Delicata Golden Glitz inkpad.


Step 6

Place double-sided foam tape to the back of the corrugated paper frame and place it on a 5 x 5 card base. Do the same with the heart and place it in the center of the square window frame.


Step 7

Use the Radiant Neon Amplify in White and make dots around the heart.


Step 8

Use the On Point Glue to set the paper flowers among the Radiant Neon Amplify in White.


Step 9

Radiant Neon Amplify reacts to heat to create a puffy popcorn-like texture. Use the heat tool to activate the dots to create this puffy texture. Repeat with more dots if necessary to cover the surface. Use the StazOn Studio Glaze Gold color (or the Gold irRESISTible Pico Embellisher again) to decorate the center of the flowers.


Step 10

Stamp a 2 x 1-inch piece of white cardstock with the unconditional stamp and the VersaFine Clair Nocturne. Distress edges with Delicata Golden Glitz.


Step 11

Stamp a small piece of white cardstock with the love stamp and the VersaFine Clair Tulip Red inkpad. Distress edges with Delicata Golden Glitz.


Step 12

Use double-sided foam tape to mount the “unconditional” definition piece, add a small piece of black ribbon and glue. Add the stamped “love” piece, add flowers and any additional embellishments. If you are happy with the card as I was then you can stop here and the design is finished!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Corrugated paper – white
  • Plaster
  • Heart-shaped mould
  • Flower punch
  • Cardstock – white
  • Double-sided foam tape
  • 5 x 5 cardbase
  • Heat tool
  • Kaisercraft – Furry friends stamp

Embellish Your Handmade Card with Polymer Clay

by Steph Ackerman

Embellish Your Handmade Card with Polymer Clay

This month’s color theme is Sea Breeze. This color theme reminds me of water, vacations, cruises, and time at the beach. With this ocean theme in mind, I created a fun card that could be given to someone heading on vacation, or perhaps someone heading towards retirement. By mixing and matching embellishments you can create a wide assortment of cards.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Ink embossing folder with Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze
Step 1

Ink embossing folder with Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze. Place white cardstock in the inked folder and emboss.

Mat embossed panel with kraft cardstock
Step 2

Mat embossed panel with kraft cardstock. Adhere panel to a blue card with foam adhesives.

Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze ink
Step 3

Ink canvas tag with Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze ink by dabbing different colors on the tag. Also, ink the twine.

Stamp the phrase on white cardstock with VersaFine Nocturne ink
Step 4

Stamp the phrase on white cardstock with VersaFine Nocturne ink. Die cut with an oval die and mat with a larger blue die.

Create a ship's wheel from Makin's tan clay with a pirate mold
Step 5

Create a ship’s wheel from Makin’s tan clay with a pirate mold. Ink with Brilliance in Pearlescent Chocolate Ink. Alternatively, you can create the ship’s wheel with brown clay.

Add elements to the card with On Point Glue
Step 6

Add elements to the card with On Point Glue, letting the tag twine flow freely across the card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – White, Blue, Kraft
  • Spellbinders – Circle dies
  • Sizzix Embossing Folder
  • Sizzix Embossing Machine
  • Makin’s Clay
  • Creative Vision Stamps
  • Burlap
  • Pirate mold