Today is a Great Day for Rich Cocoa

Hello Greeting Card in Cocoa Colors by Elina Stromberg

Our November theme color is Chocolate Brown. Some paper crafters may think that a deep brown color is a boring choice, but when mixing several brown tones together you can easily create warm and beautiful project for every occasion. Stamping platforms and other stamping alignment tools let you re-stamp the image exactly on the same spot several times, so with this card design I decided to take advantage of this awesome tool. I mixed three brown colors and applied ink only partly on the stamp, allowing colors to mix and layer. When creating a multi-colored stamped image I suggest you start with the lighter colors and continue building layers with the darker shades. Adding a darker ink color on top of a light one is easy, but when stamping a light color on top of a dark ink may not change the dark base color at all.

For this cocoa colored card, I used a light kraft cardstock as my background and layered several brown inks on my stamped image. The lovely image did not need too much additional decoration, but for continuing the idea of several brown tones I created a stitched border using two brown embroidery yarns. For making the beautiful browns pop, I added a hint of white with a gel pen. Then of course I mounted the kraft paper on the deep brown then altogether on a cream card base. Done!

Supplies

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  • Misti Stamp Tool
  • Cardbase – Cream
  • Cardstock – Kraft, Deep brown
  • Waffle Flower – ‘Enveloper Hello’ stamp set
  • Brown embroidery yarn
  • Needle
  • White gel pen
  • Two-sided tape

 

You are the Hero in Your Own Story by Renee Zarate

This is a monochromatic card that takes us back to a different time and place. All of us know someone we regard as a “hero”. How delightful to send a card and tell them how much we admire them and why. It might just make their day.

Here is a quick run-down of how I made this card. Stamp images on a panel measured to fit the card. Use Rich Cocoa Memento for the city stamp and Celestial Copper Delicata for the hero sentiment. Stamp the crackle background with Champagne Delicata and heat set. Cut out the boy image and sentiment. Apply VersaMark to the stamped phrase panel and emboss with clear embossing powder. Distress the edge of this small panel with Memento pen in Espresso Truffle.

Distress edges of entire large panel with Delicata Champagne and a small sponge dauber. Color in the boy image with Memento Markers. Create a ground for the boy with stamping additional marks and washi tape. Adhere the the phrase panel and boy image with pop dots. Use Tear It Tape to mount the finished panel onto black cardstock then to patterned paper and then a piece of cardboard. If desired, tie a ribbon or twine around the left side of the card.

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  • Cardstock
  • Card base
  • Twine
  • Artistic Outpost – Paper Boy stamp
  • Snapping Monsters –  Wonder Girl stamp
  • Pop dots

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

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  • 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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Learn How to Make Faux Wood Grain With Creative Medium

by Roni Johnson

Learn How to Make Faux Wood Grain With Creative Medium on cardstock by Roni Johnson

I’m always on the look-out for vintage rubber stamps or painting tools because you never know when you’ll find a gem just waiting to be used again. You can’t imagine how excited I was when I found a whole set of vintage faux wood graining tools! I knew right away that I had to have them. As luck “wood” have it, they came in handy for this month’s technique challenge…wood. You don’t have to go in search of vintage wood grain tools as there are many types available at home improvement stores in the paint or faux finish section.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 15 minutes + dry time

Directions

Use a palette knife to spread a thin layer of Vintage Creative Medium over the surface of the paper.
Step 1

Use a palette knife to spread a thin layer of Vintage Creative Medium over the surface of the paper. As you can see it doesn’t have to be perfect, just so most of the paper is covered. You’ll want to work fast as the Creative Medium tends to dry fairly quickly.


Step 2

Simply pull the graining tools across the wet Creative Medium to create the faux wood grain. Rocking graining tools should be pulled and rocked across the wet medium in a single fluid motion. The speed at which you drag and rock will give you an infinite variety of wood grains. Once you have created the pattern you desire then set aside to dry.

Step 3

Now that you have completed the wood grain, immediately wash the excess Creative Medium from the tools.

See this quick YouTube video below for visual guide on the rocking process.

Thank you for checking out this tutorial today! If you enjoyed this crafty awesomeness then please share on Facebook or leave a comment below!

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  • Faux Wood Grain Tools
  • Cardstock

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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

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  • 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

Get a Free Download for Halloween Treat Box

Sweet Treats for You by Neva Cole

Time for a few candy treats, Halloween candy that is! This sweet little-handled box was easy to create with dies and stamps and is ready to give to a special someone! The box was die cut then stamped to create a balanced use of the images. One side of the box is die cut to create an opening for a window that is finished with a bit of recycled packaging. The die cut itself is used to make a matching tag. To outline the sentiment in coordinating colors the image was stamped several times just out of alignment to create the shadow effect. Add a few bakers twine to tie the tag to the box and a few mini candy bars finish off the little gift.

Supplies

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  • The Stamps of Life – Handle Box die, Candy2Share stamp set, Wrapped Candy die set
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs – Stitched Rectangles die set
  • Eyelet
  • Bakers twine
  • Dimensional Foam Adhesive

 


Halloween Tombstone Treat Box Template by Roni Johnson

Halloween is quickly approaching and this year I’m lucky enough to have 3 little ones to spoil this year. I thought it would be fun to make a Tombstone Treat Box to hold their “loot”.

To create the initial layer of color on the tombstone background start by pouncing Niagra Mist, Aloe Vera and Sahara Sand VersaMagic inks on the Craft Mat. Mist the inks with water and pounce the cardstock into the ink mixture until you are satisfied with the color. Let the cardstock dry completely. Since VersaMagic is such a dense ink this step will not take long.

Next, pounce Green and Purple Encore’ ink onto the craft mat, mist with water and dip the cardstock in the ink one or more times. Once again, let the cardstock dry. Crumble the paper to create the spooky wrinkle texture. Sponge London Fog Memento Dye ink over the creases in the paper with a Jumbo Dauber to highlight the wrinkles and give it a distressed, worn look. Print the tombstone treat box pattern and use as a guide to cut out the treat box. You can also ink directly onto the template but I choose not to because I did not want the cut lines and folds to show. Assemble the tombstone using Tear It Tape. Ink the edges of the tombstone with Black Memento Dye Ink. Add desired stamped images and sentiments.

And the best part, fill with lots of chocolates and candies then… Enjoy!

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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.

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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.

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