Be Inspired by a Snowman Favor Bag for a Friend

by Mischelle Smith

I love primitive décor and wanted to create a favor bag for the holidays that reflected that love. I also wanted to make something especially for friends! This simple project does both and comes together quickly. Enjoy!

Stamp snowmen and ‘friend’ with VersaFine Sepia ink and emboss with clear emboss powder. Color images with Memento Ink using waterbrush. Adhere torn pieces of dictionary pages as desired. Wrap snowmen with silver thread and attach to bag. Diecut snowflake. Attach silver thread and sequin. Adhere to bag. Add eyelet to saying and attach to snowflake.

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  • Stampin’ Up! – Santa and Friends
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Heat Tool
  • Crop-a-dile
  • Eyelet
  • White Glitter Paper
  • Snowflake Die
  • Die Cutting machine
  • Silver Metallic Thread
  • Hampton Arts – Alphabet stamps
  • Old dictionary pages
  • White sequin
  • Adhesive
  • Canvas bag
  • Waterbrush

Create a Beautiful Mountain Landscape with Stamps

by Neva Cole

Create a Beautiful Mountain Landscape with Stamps

This is a scene I truly would enjoy gazing upon Mount Hood in the distance with a few deer peeking out through snow covered evergreens. I get to see deer in my yard on occasion hiding among the trees, and I can see mountains in my home town, just not out my front window! So, this is a fantasy scene created just for our Winter Window challenge. Learn how to make your own window frame using a wood grain stamp, Tear It! Tape and Kraft cardstock to surround a multilayered outdoor landscape.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 90 minutes


Scribble Memento Markers on craft matStep 1

Stamp foreground images in StazOn Saddle Brown on white cardstock and die cut. Scribble Memento Markers on craft mat along with a spritz of Ink Potion No. 9 and watercolor images.

use Memento Markers in Pistachio and Olive Grove in the foreground and Danube Blue for the sky.Step 2

Stamp Mount Hood image in StazOn Saddle Brown on 5” x 6 ½” Bristol Board card base and watercolor. I choose to use Memento Markers in Pistachio and Olive Grove in the foreground and Danube Blue for the sky. Most of the foreground will be covered.

Stamp woodgrain image in Memento Rich CocoaStep 3

Stamp woodgrain image in Memento Rich Cocoa on a 3” x 11” section of Kraft cardstock. The image is not designed to line up, so I used a Memento Dual Tip Marker to draw in lines to finish the look.

Step 4

Trim Kraft cardstock into ¾” strips and score the back 1/8” from each edge. Die cut the center from Kraft cardstock trimmed to 5” x 6 ½” to make the supporting window frame.

Step 5

Apply Tear It! Tape to all four sides of the base frame. Fold edges of each section back on scored lines trim to fit the frame. Adhere each section to create window frame.

Step 6

Arrange and adhere die cuts to create desired scene. The background images are adhered directly to the card base, the middle images have one layer of thin dimensional foam adhesive, and the foreground images have two layers of thin dimensional foam adhesive. Take care to avoid adhesive around the edges where the frame will be placed. Trim images that overhang the scene.

Step 7

To add a bit of shimmer to the scene, color snow sections on mountain with Versa Marker and heat emboss with Iridescent embossing powder. When I view snow-covered mountains from a distance they seem to have a bit of a glimmer.

Step 8

Add bits of Radiant Neon Amplify! on the scene to mimic a light covering of snow in the foreground, and a snow topped mountain in the background. Heat to cure and puff up the Amplify! Adhere frame over the scene. Add any finishing details that inspire you!

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  • Bristol Board
  • Cardstock – white, kraft
  • Rainy Day Stamps – Mount Hood Large (Vintage)
  • Heartfelt Creations – Woodsy Critters stamp & die set, Woodsy Wonderland stamp & die set
  • Unity Stamp Company – Grainy Background
  • Elizabeth Craft Design – Stitched Rectangles
  • Fine tipped paint brush

Make a Cute Farm Animal Themed Christmas Card

by Roni Johnson

Make a Cute Farm Animal Themed Christmas Card using Delicata Emerald Green

Living in a rural community all my life it has amazed me that nobody has come out with a line of farm (or farmer) cards for the holidays. Well this year I decided to fix that and make a country Christmas tree using the iconic stacked farm animals and shimmery Delicata ink. Using a 4.5 x 6.5 piece of kraft cardstock, I stamped a cow using Emerald Green Delicata ink as the “base” of the tree. Now the rest is a matter of masking. Stamp the second cow image on scrap paper, trim and place it over the first. Stamp the sheep centered over the cow’s back and slightly overlapping using the same ink. Repeat this process of stamping and masking with the pig and rooster images.

I embellished the livestock images with holiday motifs such as reindeer antlers and a shining red nose. There is no right or wrong answer to this part! Get creative! I used a die-cut a star, ink with Delicata Golden Glitz and mount on top of my farm animal tree. I also used a sponge dauber to rub Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer to ground the tree shape. Using a 4.75” x 6.75” piece of cream cardstock, I alternately stamped the sentiment and poinsettias around the edge using Delicata in Emerald Green and Ruby Red. Center and mount the livestock Christmas tree panel over the cream cardstock panel. Affix the stamped panels to a 5 x 7 green card blank. And you are ready to delight someone with this fun farm inspired Christmas card design!


  • Stampers Anonymous – Livestock
  • JoyClair Stamps – Antlers, Hat
  • My Favorite Things – “Merry Christmas” Sentiment
  • Rubber Stamp Tapestry – Poinsettia, Holly Leaf
  • Red Glitter
  • Cardstock – Cream, Kraft
  • Card base – Dark Green

Star Light Star Bright Holiday Card

by Jowilna Nolte

Star Bright Celebrate This Life Holiday Card by Jowilna Nolte. This beautiful Christmas Card celebrates with a bright gold star and a green background.

Working out of my comfort zone this month with the color green! But boy did I enjoy myself using all these amazing rich colors in this papercrafting project. Look at the effects you can achieve by combining different shades of greens together for a striking background.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minute


On smooth white cardstock add at least four shades of Tsukineko's dye inkers in green.Step 1

On smooth white cardstock add at least four shades of Tsukineko’s dye inkers in green.

Mist the ink drops with water to make the different colors bleed and run into each other. Make sure to cover the entire sheet of cardstock.Step 2

Mist the ink drops with water to make the different colors bleed and run into each other. Make sure to cover the entire sheet of cardstock.

Step 3

Use a heat gun to dry the inked background. Add more colors and repeat the process as need be. The ink will lighten slightly when dry.

 Embossing Folder by Anna Griffin
Step 4

Use a decorative embossing folder to add texture to your colored cardstock. Here I used an embossing folder by Anna Griffin.

Use Brilliance DewDrops in Pearlescent Ivy to lightly ink over the embossed areasStep 5

Use Brilliance DewDrops in Pearlescent Ivy and Pearlescent Thyme to lightly ink over the embossed areas. The shimmering inks will add a slight shine to the raised areas giving it a beautiful effect.

add gold shaded areas using Delicata Golden Glitz using your finger
Step 6

Stamp circles and texture using the Dina Wakely stamps (or stamps of choice) and VersaFine Onyx Black onto white cardstock. Dina Wakely stamps offer textured designs which you can see in the script in the photo above. Cut the circles out and brush with shades of green acrylic paint. Leave the stamped circles to dry for a while and then add gold shaded areas using Delicata Golden Glitz using your finger. Remember to use only a small amount of inker at a time on your finger – less is more in this case.

Step 7

Stamp sentiment with VersaFine Onyx Black and decorate to match the mixed media style. Finish the design by arranging the embossed card panel as the base, then circle stamps, and top with the stamped sentiment and embellishments in the style you wish.

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  • Cardstock – white
  • Anna Griffin – Embossing Folder
  • Carabelle Studio – stamp
  • Dina Wakley – stamp
  • Diamanté – stars, mini clip, etc
  • Spray bottle

Create a Beautiful Holiday Card with Clear Elements

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Create a Beautiful Holiday Card with Clear Elements by Martha Lucia Gomez

Hello everyone! It’s a week of Holiday Cards at Imagine and today I am sharing a beautiful Christmas Wreath window card. Adding a clear panel or window is easier than you may think and the results can be amazing. Take a look!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes


Step 1

Start the window by making 2 pieces. For my wreath, I used the Wondrous Wreath stamp set, this is a layering set is meant to show off many colors. I was careful to stamp with my Misti stamp tool so that later the two separate pieces will line up perfectly on the card front. I heat embossed the first layer of the wreath with VersaMark ink and embossed with Candy Green Embossing Powder. I repeated with Verdigris Embossing Powder for the second layer.

Step 2

I repeated Step 1 on the clear Window Sheet or embossable acetate piece of the same size. I cut the white cardstock into three pieces. After cutting out the center portion of the embossed wreath on cardstock, I added the acetate piece in between using Tear It Tape. This forms the structure for the clear panel. Be careful to line up the leaves between the cardstock and the clear pieces for a seamless look.

Step 3

The sentiment “Jolly” is from the Christmas Greetings Thinlits. I die cut multiple pieces of “Jolly” and pasted over a fun foam layer using On Point Glue to give more dimension. I then stamped “Christmas” using Emerald Green Delicata Ink.


  • Stampin’ Up – Window Sheet or Acetate, Wondrous Wreath stamp set, Christmas Greetings Thinlits
  • Card Stock – Old Olive, Whisper White
  • Fun Foam
  • Misti Stamp tool

Learn to Make a Beautiful Winter Wonderland Card

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Create the feeling of a snow globe on a Christmas greeting card with a shaker bubble front and a lot of snow. This Christmas card has less color in the background in order to enhance the centerpiece. The snow both in the bubble front and on the top of the card is created with the Amplify White, a must have craft supply for Christmas and winter!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Steps 1

Blend the Brilliance and VersaColor blues on the watercolor paper and cut a circle in diameter slightly larger than then bubble front.

Step 2

Die cut the village shape from the watercolor paper and make light shades using the VersaColor Pinecone and a Brushstix.

Step 3

Die cut 3 more village shapes and glue on top of each other to make a thick one. This will add dimension (depth) on the design and act as an obstacle to the beads inside the bubble.

Step 4

Glue the village die cutting on the watercolor paper and cover the bottom of it with Amplify White and heat to activate it and make it fluffy.

Step 5

Make tiny dots of snow above the village using the irRESISTible Pico Embellisher Wedding Dress color.

Step 6

Add rhinestones with the help of On Point Glue.

Step 7

Cut from a 4 x 6 piece of the corrugated paper, a round center, large enough to for the bubble front. Distress with Brilliance Pearlescent Sky Blue, VersaColor Pinecone and spray with Sheer Shimmer Sparkle and Silver.

Step 8

Remove the excess of the shaker bubble front and add Tear It Tape, all around it.

Step 9

Glue the watercolor paper circle on the card, add beads in the center before covering with the bubble front. Continue by placing the corrugated paper and the twine.

Step 10

Use Amplify! White on top of the corrugated paper piece to make snow effect.

Step 11

Add the rest of the embellishments using On Point Glue and your hot glue gun (for ribbon elements).

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  • Cardbase 5 x 7 inches
  • Watercolor paper
  • Corrugated white paper
  • Shaker bubble front
  • Marianne Design –  Village die LT0173
  • Baker twine – red and white
  • MayArts – chevron ribbon
  • Rhinestones and metallic charms
  • Die cutting machine
  • Hot glue gun