Mythbuster: Creative Medium is Only Good for Mixed Media Projects

by Steph Ackerman

Mythbuster: Creative Medium is Only Good for Mixed Media Projects

When people think of heavy acrylic pastes like Creative Medium, they tend to assume it can only be used on mixed media projects. I would like to bust that myth by showing you that Creative Medium is also an excellent product to use in card making. Placing a light layer of Creative Medium on your paper can transform the look and feel of your cards. 

Skill: Beginner or Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Creative Medium can be used to transform any paper. Here I used Creative Medium in Gold Metallic to add a gold shimmer to patterned paper.  


Step 2

Use a palette knife to spread a light layer of Creative Medium on paper then place the paper aside to dry. Creative Medium will not wrinkle your paper and will dry flat.


Step 3

I used 3 different colors of Creative Medium in Gold, Iridescent Blue and Silver on assorted papers which consisted of stripes, small prints, and large prints, light and dark papers. Again, a light layer is all that is needed for your papers to achieve amazing results. Let the papers dry thoroughly before continuing. 


Step 4

On the Silver Creative Medium backgrounds, I used an assortment of techniques. I used a brick stencil and spritzed over it with Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Lilac Posies. On another, I used a large script stamp with VersaFine Clair ink in Nocturne. On another, I used the Scor-Pal to create the grid effect. As you can see Creative Medium works with dye ink sprays, stamping and scoring and it doesn’t affect the initial application. 


Step 5

On the Gold Creative Medium backgrounds, I used a large brick background stamp with VersaFine Clair ink in Fallen Leaves, embossed snowflakes and lightly inked with Bahama Blue ink and, I used a star stencil with Silver Creative Medium. Each of these show again how you can completely transform your cardstock. 


Step 6

Finally, I experimented with the Creative Medium in Iridescent Blue backgrounds. I used a Thank You embossing folder, then lightly inked with Memento Potter’s Clay. And the second one, I used Rose Bud with a floral stencil. So if you have cardstock or scrapbook paper you don’t particularly like or has an out-dated look, consider using Creative Medium to change it up and add some new life to them! Enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine 
Other 
  • Embossing Folders – Cuttlebug, Sizzix
  • Scoring Tool – Scor-Pal
  • Stamps – Just For Fun Rubber Stamps (script); Joy Clair (Brick)
  • Stencils – The Crafter’s Workshop

Learn How to Make a Card with Dewlets and Vellum

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Learn How to Make a Card with Dewlets and Vellum

Hello everyone! Today I am going to show you how to turn the Dewlet shape into a flower using vellum. Vellum is one of the most delicate and versatile papers. Not all inks work well on vellum and today I will share with you a complete card that I made using it with Memento Luxe ink.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Ink the vellum using two different colors of Memento Luxe ink in Danube Blue and Teal Zeal to create the background. Take a piece of vellum cardstock and apply the Memento Luxe ink directly with the ink pad. Do not mix the colors of the ink to avoid contaminating it with a mixture of colors. With an ink blusher distribute the ink over the vellum surface and fix the color with the heat tool or leave dry the piece very well. In my sample, I let the paper dry naturally.


Step 2

Take a different piece of vellum cardstock and cut eight petals or pieces from it using Dewlets. They are fantastic because you can use them to create different flowers or forms just like I made on my card.


Step 3

Ink all Dewlets with one single color directly with the Memento Luxe ink pad or with the ink blusher or sponge. When the ink is totally dry fold in a half each Dewlet as you can see on the above photo.


Step 4

To finalize the card resize the colored vellum layer with a die cut and stamp your sentiment using the same Memento Luxe Ink or Delicata Ink. This ink works great on vellum and you only need to set the ink with the heat tool. I stamped my message using the Delicata Ink Sapphire Blue and covered with Sparkle Embossing Powder. A tip that works well for me to heat emboss on vellum is head the paper for the back side and keeping a good distance.


Step 5

To create the base of the card I used whisper white cardstock and dry embossed the top of the card with the Softly Falling embossing folder. Then I arranged all the Dewlets and pasted it with glue dots. You can use any color of Memento Luxe to create this technique but for my experience with vellum is a good idea to mix clear and dark colors to keep the soft sensation of vellum.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Simon Says Stamps – Believe Stamp Set
  • Big Shot or any die cut machine
  • Vellum
  • Stampin Up – Whisper White cardstock, Softly Falling embossing folder
  • Glue Dots

Learn How to Use Vertigo Surfaces to Create Ornaments

by Roni Johnson

Learn How to Use Vertigo Surfaces to Create Ornaments

It’s almost time to start decorating the Christmas tree and in preparation for this fun family event, I have started making new ornaments. Inspired by the color of the month – Frosted Blue – I thought it would be fun to create an ornament or two using Imagine’s Vertigo film paired with Imagine’s various mediums in lovely shades of blue.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Die-cut 3 hearts in 3 different sizes of any given shape. I am using Xcut hearts both in scallop and plain. I used 3 different styles of Vertigo film – (large to small) – Prism, Taffeta and Tilted.


Step 2

Rub a thin layer of Blue Hawaii StazOn Studio Glaze over the medium size shape and let dry.


Step 3

Once the glaze has dried, spread a second layer of Cotton White Studio Glaze over Blue Hawaii. Sprinkle a generous layer of Iridescent White Flitter Flakes over the glaze. Let the glaze dry then shake off the loose flitter.


Step 4

Affix the medium size heart to the large heart.


Step 5

Rub Blue Hawaii StazOn Ink to the outer edges of the small heart.


Step 6

Sponge Paradise, Blue Belle and Medieval Blue VersaFine Clair ink on a piece of white cardstock.


Step 7

Die-cut several small snowflakes from the inked cardstock.


Step 8

Use a brad to attach desired snowflakes to the center of the ornament.


Step 9

Attach jump-rings and any additional embellishments as desired. Make a hanger for the ornament from blue wire using jewelry tools.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Meyers Imports – Iridescent White Flitter Flakes
  • White Cardstock
  • Jewelry tools – wire, jump rings, pliers
  • Mini Bell
  • Decorative brad
  • Die-cut Machine

See How to Create a Snowflake Spinner Card

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

See How to Create a Snowflake Spinner Card

I adore blue and silver as a holiday color scheme (or any time of year, for that matter), so for the Frosted Blue color challenge, I created this card with a frosted-looking inside scene (courtesy of Creative Medium mixed with VersaColor) and a fun spinner element in the front-panel frame. The Rinea foiled paper is sturdy enough to hold its shape, even when cut so delicately, making this card a real display piece for the holidays.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Navy Linen Cardstock
  • Rinea Foil Paper – Silver Starstruck
  • Stampers Anonymous – Tree stencil
  • Paint Brush
  • Electronic Die Cut Machine
  • Craftables – Snowflake SVG Cut File
  • Bo Bunny – Sentiments Stamps
  • Darice – Heat Tool
  • Acrylic Block
  • Fiskars – Paper Trimmer, Scissors
  • Straight Pin
  • Foam Square
  • Needle & Thread

Learn How to Make Wood Slice Holiday Ornaments

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Learn How to Make Wood Slice Holiday Ornaments

Make Christmas tree ornaments using bark slices painted with All-Purpose Ink in White and stamped with Christmas theme stamps. The surface of the wood slices are covered with Creative Medium for an iridescent result and then stamped with Memento Luxe Bahama Blue ink and sealed with clear embossing powder from Imagine. For once more the Radiant Neon Amplify in White makes the perfect snow result and works as a glue medium to add the ice crystals.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 45 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Dilute some All-Purpose Ink with water and paint the wooden slices.


Step 2

When the paint dries use a palette knife to cover with Creative Medium Iridescent Blue.


Step 3

Stamp with Memento Luxe Bahama Blue ink pad.


Step 4

Cover with Imagine’s clear embossing powder and heat set.


Step 5

Add Radiant Neon Amplify! White paint on the top side of the wooden slices.


Step 6

Press the still wet paint in the ice crystals and heat with a heat gun to make the paint puffy.


Step 7

Use the On Point Glue to add rhinestones and tie a bow with the satin ribbon.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Wooden bark slices
  • Crackerbox and Suzy Stamps – Blowing snowflakes tree, Snowflake Trio
  • CraftSmart – Toy soldier stamp
  • Heat tool
  • Viva Decor – Eiskristall
  • Rhinestones
  • Satin ribbon

How to Make a Realistic Snowy Background on a Holiday Card

by Kassy Tousignant 

How to Make a Realistic Snowy Background on a Holiday Card

Doodlestix, embossing powder, and Fireworks spray team up to make the most wonderful wintery background for the cute snowman!  I really love making impressions with stamps in embossing powder. You can get some very exciting and sometimes unexpected results.  The Doodlestix worked perfectly to help create a swirling winter snow scene for this mixed media card.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 45 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Simon Says Stamp – stencil
  • Unity Stamp Co – Snowman stamp set
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs – crystal clear glitter
  • Cardstock – white, black, silver glitter
  • Vellum
  • Paintbrush
  • Heat gun
  • Foam tape
  • Water bottle
  • Glue Dots