Make a Hibiscus Sympathy Card with Creative Medium

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By Neva Cole 

I am always searching for new ways to use supplies and tools.  Creative Medium comes in many colors, but the Iridescent Green creates stunning results on black paper.  The use of an Embossing Folder helps the layers of the iridescent effect really shine.  A few layered stamped images and I have a beautiful sympathy card to send to a dear friend.  

Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 Hour plus dry time

Directions:

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Step 1

Cover a section of black paper (with or without texture) with a thin layer of Creative Medium in Iridescent Green.  I used Imagine’s Squeegee to spread the layer across the paper.  The rubber edge was very helpful to get a thin even layer.  Set aside to dry, possibly overnight.  After it is dry it will still have a slightly rubbery texture.

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Step 2:

Trim a section of the paper to 4” x 5 1/4” and pressure emboss with Sizzix Tropical Paisley Embossing Folder.  You can really see the detail in this photo.

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Step 3:

Layer stamp the Hero Arts Hibiscus and leaves images.  Start with the lightest ink first.  For the Hibiscus–Radiant Neon Electric Yellow, Memento Cantaloupe, Memento Tangelo, and VersaFine Habanero.  The leaves are stamped in Memento Bamboo Leaves and Northern Pine.  The images are die cut twice more from white and layered under matching die cuts with OnPoint glue.

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Step 4:

The sentiment from Unity Stamp Company is stamped in Versa Fine Habanero then heat embossed with Iridescent Embossing powder.  (Not shown) The image is die cut with Lawn Cuts Everyday Sentiments die.  One end is trimmed off square.  The banner is inked with an ink dauber and Radiant Neon Electric Yellow.  The edges are inked with Memento Cantaloupe.  

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Step 5:

Ink the edges of a 4 1/4” x 5 1/2” card with Radiant Neon Electric Yellow ink with an ink dauber.

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Step 6:

The layers are adhered together with Tear It! Tape.  It adheres well with the textured layers of the card.  The two Hibiscus flower are lifted a bit with dimensional foam adhesive.

Art Supplies

 Imagine

• Creative Medium Iridescent Green

• Imagine Squeegee

• Radiant Neon Electric Yellow

• Memento–Cantaloupe, Tangelo, Bamboo Leaves, Northern Pines

• VersaFine Habanero

• Tear It! Tape

• Ink Dauber

Other

• Black and white cardstock

• Sizzix Tropical Paisley Embossing Folder

• Stamp Platform

• Heat Embossing Gun

• Hero Arts Hibiscus C1868

• Unity Stamp Company “beautiful life, blessed memories”

• Lawn Cuts Die Everyday Sentiments

• Dimensional Foam Adhesive

Presenting Imagine’s Design Team for 2022

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Happy New Year!

We are happy to introduce our amazing and talented 2022 design team.


 

Alison Heikkila

Hello! My name is Alison Heikkila and I have been a crafter my entire life. My mom started me off with coloring and stringing beads from a very young age, and I never stopped. I have an art degree with a specialization in jewelry and sculpture, but I love working in many mediums and styles. Getting inky is absolutely one of my favorite things!  

I have an amazing husband who loves to see what I create each day (and even crafts along with me sometimes!) and two very creative kids. Sometimes the four of us craft together, which is so much fun. We’ve also got a cat and two dogs, and we reside on Long Island. 

I love to create, as I feel it truly feeds my soul. Getting a little “playtime” in my craft room each day is really important to me. I look forward to sharing projects with you. 

Follow Alison on Instagram

 

Annie Collins

Hello Friends, my name is Annie Collins and I have been crafting all my life. I started at 4 years old sewing with my mother. My passion for crafting and sharing continued to grow over the years. I love paper crafting the most all forms of it. I live in sunny Florida with my fantastic family, my husband, our 3 children, son in law,  our first grandchild and pets. I can’t wait to share some projects and be inspired by all of you.

Follow Annie on Instagram

 

Katy

Katy Ingram

Hello Crafty Friends! My name is Katy Ingram. I am a wife and mama to 1 son and 4 kitties. I live in southeastern North Carolina off the coast of Topsail Island and I LOVE making handmade cards. I started my card making the journey back in 2016 and in 2019 I started my youtube channel and blog Eastwicks Paper and Ink. I wanted an outlet to share and hopefully inspire your creativity with my card making as well as some tips and tricks along the way. I am so excited to be joining Imagine’s 2022 Design Team. I look forward to meeting and crafting with you!

Follow Katy on Instagram 

 

Neva Cole

Hello fellow crafters, my name is Neva Cole and I live in the high desert of Central Oregon on a mini-farm with my husband, son, four German Shepherds, and one inside kitty.  A life-long crafter I gravitated towards mostly paper arts, stamping, card making, and scrapbooking about 25 years ago.  My style varies with my mood, sometimes clean and simple then I swing to shabby chic or layered elegance.  I have instructed classes in the paper arts, and come by teaching naturally—I am a retired High School Science teacher.  I look forward to creating with you in the Imagine Community!  

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LeeAnn McKinney

Hi there friends and fellow crafters, my name is LeeAnn McKinney and I am so excited to bring my clean and simple projects and tutorials to you throughout 2022. Let’s Get Crafty!!!

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Learn How to Stamp with Leaves to Create a Beautiful Thank You Card

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By Kyriakos Pachadiroglou –

Use a small leaf to stamp on a card with MEMENTO ink and color real leaves with StazOn ink to decorate it. Seal the leaves with Creative MEDIUM to protect and easily use them as embellishments.

Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 Hour

Directions:

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Step 1

Place Tack’ N Peel on a stamping block and set a leaf. Cut around the leaf using a sharp blade and remove the Tack’ N Peel.

 

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Step 2

Stamp with MEMENTO Rich cocoa on a 4x6in piece of card stock.

 

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Step 3

Distress with MEMENTO Desert sand.

 

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Step 4

Color leaves with StaZon Black cherry ink pad.

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Step 5

Cover all the leaves with Creative MEDIUM using an Ink blusher.

 

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Step 6

Stamp a thank you sentiment with StazOn Black cherry and cut around.

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Step 7

Wrap some jute cord and glue on the card. Continue adding leaves.

 

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Step 8

Place the wood slice and the thank you sentiment. Attach on a card base using Tear It! Tape.

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine

• StazOn – Black Cherry

• MEMENTO – Rich Cocoa, Desert Sand

• Creative MEDIUM – Clear

• Sponge Daubers

• InkBlushers

• Tack’ N Peel

• Tear It! Tape

 

Other

• Small leaves

• Natural color heavy card stock

• Precious remembrance school stamp set

• Jute cord

• Small wood slice

• Hot glue

 

 

Make a Welcome Baby Card Using Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Sprays

By Katy Ingram

Hello my friends! Katy here and today I am going to show you how to create this super simple baby card using Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Sprays. In the video I show you how easy it is to add to paint with your fireworks sprays. This will give a nice even coverage allowing you to create your own colored paper. Check out the video below to see how it all came together. I hope you enjoy. Thanks for watching.

Skill: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Time: about 30 minutes

Art Supplies:

Imagine

• Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Sprays
– London Fog
– Rose Bud
– Lilac Posies
– Lulu Lavender
• On Point Glue
• VersaFine Onyx Black

Other Products Used:

• Honey Bee Stamps Baby Stamp Set
• Pinkfresh Studio Slimline Edgers Die Set
• Watercolor Paper
• White Card Base
• Concord and 9th Simple Serif Alphabet die set
• Grey Card Stock

Announcing the Design Teams for 2021

Introducing Imagine Crafts 2021 Design Team

Hello everyone!

We are happy to introduce our amazing and talented 2021 design teams.

2021 OFFICIAL DESIGN TEAM

Roni Johnson

Hello everyone, my name is Roni Johnson (a.k.a. – Ink Stained Roni) and I’ve been crafting for as long as I can remember. I am a paper and paste girl at heart and can often be found covered in glitter with Ink Stains on my fingers which is how I got my nickname and the name of my blog – Ink Stains. I love rubber stamping both on and off paper. I try to think outside of the box and love to come up with new ideas for old supplies. I hope you’ll find some inspiration while I share my passion for ink, paper and more! Blog – Ink Stains

Follow Roni on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/inkstainedroni/

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Hello! My name is Kyriakos and I live in Greece. I love crafting and creating projects that show alternative ways of using materials; either these are creative supplies or simple craft items. I like using inks, embossing powders and stamps on my projects, where I try to make each material show it’s own beauty on the final project. 

Follow Kyriakos on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/pachadiroglou

Jowilna Nolte

Scrapbooking has been a natural extension of my love for card making and stamping that also accommodates my love and passion for photography. I currently teach regular classes and host workshops around the country that mainly focuses on different techniques and stamping, and how to incorporate them into your scrapbooking and card making.

Follow Jowilna on Instagram https://www.jowilnanolte.co.za

Nadine Carlier

I have been crafting for as long as I can remember with scrapbooking, handmade cards, mixed media, and altered art projects being my favorite things to create although I have done and love all things crafty. I would say my style would best be described as eclectic with a mixed media twist. Almost all my craft projects have some kind of ink, mist, or paint on them. I love getting messy and trying new techniques. Inspiring others is something I love to do by creating videos and sharing how I create my projects.

Follow Nadine on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/scrappinready

Jessica Lin

Passionate about all things crafty! Jessica is a card maker and video artist who has created insightful and lengthy videos explaining embossing techniques and other interesting paper crafting topics.

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2021 GUEST DESIGN TEAM

Alison Heikkila

Hello! My name is Alison Heikkila and I have been a crafter my entire life. My mom started me off with coloring and stringing beads from a very young age, and I never stopped. I have an art degree with a specialization in jewelry and sculpture, but I love working in many mediums and styles. Getting inky is absolutely one of my favorite things!  

I have an amazing husband who loves to see what I create each day (and even crafts along with me sometimes!) and two very creative kids. Sometimes the four of us craft together, which is so much fun. We’ve also got a cat and two dogs, and we reside on Long Island. 

I love to create, as I feel it truly feeds my soul. Getting a little “playtime” in my craft room each day is really important to me. I look forward to sharing projects with you. 

Follow Alison on Instagram

Annie Collins

Hello Friends, my name is Annie Collins and I have been crafting all my life. I started at 4 years old sewing with my mother. My passion for crafting and sharing continued to grow over the years. I love paper crafting the most all forms of it. I live in sunny Florida with my fantastic family, my husband, our 3 children, son in law,  our first grandchild and pets. I can’t wait to share some projects and be inspired by all of you.

Follow Annie on Instagram

Baerbel Born

Born in 1961 and crafting since 1966. I ran a stamp shop until 2003 and my favorite stamp pad of all time has been StazOn since it has been introduced in 2002. As a vendor and later as a designer I held countless workshops and taught how to use stamps and inks.

I also had the great honor to be part of the Imagine team for two years in the past. After a few years in the world of live streaming, I came back to good old YouTube and call this my home now.

I have 3 children and 2 grandchildren, all very creative in one way or another. I want to make them proud, and crafters all over the world happy. Our beloved stamping hobby is the best on the planet and its for everyone. All you need is a stamp, a bit of paper, and a good stamp pad. 

Happy stamping!

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Joy Wilson

Hello friends, I am Joy and have been crafting for at least 20 years.  Like most folks, I started out scrapbooking my children’s lives, but then I found a love card making.  I tend to think of my style as clean and simple, but find I add too.  I’m not afraid to get inky and will try any medium to see what I can come up with.  The first love I found in card making was heat embossing, which I am still mesmerized by.  Does anyone else feel that way too?  

I am very lucky to have a husband who encourages me and enables me to be crafty.  I’m not sure who enjoys it more, me or him as he giggles when my eyes light up when I finish a project.  We are empty nesters now, but we have a full house that I lovingly call our zoo.  Hang around for a while and you’ll get to know them all!  

Visit my blog, JoyWilsonInk

Katy Ingram

Hello Crafty Friends! My name is Katy Ingram. I am a wife and mama to 1 son and 4 kitties. I live in southeastern North Carolina off the coast of Topsail Island and I LOVE making handmade cards. I started my card making the journey back in 2016 and in 2019 I started my youtube channel and blog Eastwicks Paper and Ink. I wanted an outlet to share and hopefully inspire your creativity with my card making as well as some tips and tricks along the way. I am so excited to be joining the Imagine Crafts Guest Artist Team. I look forward to meeting and crafting with you!

Follow Katy on Instagram 

Neva Cole

Hello fellow crafters, my name is Neva Cole and I live in the high desert of Central Oregon on a mini-farm with my husband, son, four German Shepherds, and one inside kitty.  A life-long crafter I gravitated towards mostly paper arts, stamping, card making, and scrapbooking about 25 years ago.  My style varies with my mood, sometimes clean and simple then I swing to shabby chic or layered elegance.  I have instructed classes in the paper arts, and come by teaching naturally—I am a retired High School Science teacher.  I look forward to creating with you in the Imagine Community!  

Follow Neva on Instagram 

LeeAnn McKinney

Hi there friends and fellow crafters, my name is LeeAnn McKinney and I am so excited to bring my clean and simple projects and tutorials to you throughout 2020. Let’s Get Crafty!!!

Follow LeeAnn McKinney on Instagram

How to Create A Mini Pumpkin Name Place Holder for Thanksgiving

by Annie Collins

Hello Crafty Friends! Annie here with a quick and easy name place holder for Thanksgiving Table Decor. Use any color that matches the color theme you are decorating with this year. In this video, I choose classic orange color for my paper base.

Here is a breakdown of the paper sizes

Stem: Kraft 1/2″ W X 2″ L
Leaf: Green 2″ W X 3″ L
Pumpkin: Orange 4″ W X 6″ L Then trim into 1/2″ W X 6″ L

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Art Supplies Used

Imagine
Other
  • Stampendous Stamps: Damask Fall Set
  • Recollections Brand 65# Cardstock: Orange, Green, and Kraft
  • Sharpie Marker Fine Point: Black
  • Trimmer
  • Scissors