Create the Perfect Background with Kaleidacolor & Creative Medium

by Lori Warren

Create the Perfect Background with Kaleidacolor & Creative Medium

Create the perfect background with Kaleidacolor and Creative Medium.2) Description: A perfect background can really do wonders to showcase a simply stamped focal point. It’s easy to accomplish with layers of Kaleidacolor Ink and Shimmer Creative Medium.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Thinking of You stamp
  • Stencil
  • Cardstock

 

VersaMagic and VersaFile Clair Create a Polar Bear Card

by Lori Warren

Learn how to layer colors and different inks to create this lovely Polar Bear Holiday Card.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Step 1

Spray Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray in Summer Sky onto card panel.

Step 2

Stamp snowflakes with VersaMagic in Turquoise Gem.

Step 3

Stamp a second snowflake pattern in VersaMagic in Aegean Blue.

Step 4

Use a Large Dauber to sponge VersaMagic in Aegean Blue onto edge of card panel.

Step 5

Stamp ice pattern onto bottom of card panel with VersaMagic – Turquoise.

Step 6

Stamp Polar bear images with VersaFine Clair – Nocturne and cut out with coordinating dies.

Step 7

Add color to bears with Memento Dual Markers – Summer Sky, London Fog, Gray Flannel.

Step 8

Add color to scarfs with Memento Dual Makers – Rhubarb Stalk, Teal Zeal.

Step 9

Spray Sheer SHIMMER Spray – Sparkle onto craft matte then use paint brush to apply to scarfs.

Step 10

Stamp saying onto card panel with VersaFine Clair – Nocturne.

Step 11

Adhere card panel to card base.

Step 12

Adhere die cut Polar Bears to card front.

Imagine

Supplies
Other
  • Recollections Clear Stamps – Christmas stamp & die set
  • Sizzix Big Shot
  • White Card Stock

Stamping Holiday Wrapping Paper with a .. Fork?

by Roni Johnson

Keeping with my Berry, Blue and Silver theme I decided I wanted to make wrapping paper and matching gift tags this year as well. The limited color palette is very aesthetically pleasing when grouped together under the tree. Since I was using all the same colors I thought it would be fun to vary the patterns so I went from very easy (Joy wrapping paper) to a more complicated layered pattern (Noel paper) which I will share with you today.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 15 minutes to 45 minutes depending on the design

Directions

Step 1

Tear off enough of the kraft paper to cover the gift you will be wrapping.


Step 2

To create the layered look use a fork (I am using a baby fork for the example) to make a cross hatch pattern with Silvery Shimmer Delicata ink.


Step 3

Heat set the Delicata ink to speed drying. As you can see it creates a stunning background which could be used as is.


Step 4

Stamp Noel using VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink over the entire sheet of kraft paper. Vary the direction of the image to add interest.


Step 5

Layer 3 consists of several snowflakes stamped using Blue Belle VersaFine Clair ink.

Step 6

Several more stamped snowflakes are added using Rhubarb Stalk Memento ink.


Step 7

And finally Morning Mist a lovely shade of grey to finish it off. You will have created a beautiful multi layered wrapping paper worthy of any gift you have for giving.


Step 8

Follow the same steps to create the matching gift tag.


Step 9

Use a sponge dauber to apply Blue Belle ink to the edge of the tag. Add a bit of ribbon to finish it off. And here is my gift all wrapped up ready for giving. Below you will find additional examples to inspire.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Kraft Paper (On a Roll – Paint Section of a Hardware Store)
  • Rubber Stamp Tapestry – Oh So Fancy (Joy/Noel), Snow Much Fun, Snow Storm, Poinsettias in the Pines, Holiday Bell Trio, Deer Head, Christmas Greetings (gift tag sentiment)

Call for Art – Planner’s Unite for 2020

We are launching a new Call for Art program for 2020

Be published on the Imagine Blog! Submit a photo of a Planner Project for the New Year. Some of the themes can include:

Planning out the year, Life Goals, Inspiration, Planners, Journals, Papercrafts for the Home Office, Calendars, Shopping Lists, Budgeting, Exercise Plans, Inspirational Quotes as Art. #lifegoals #success

Submit a 600 x 600 pixel square or 900 x 900 pixel square photo of a planner project, a short description and a link to your Instagram profile to marketing@imaginecrafts.com.

Submissions due on December 30th

We are Excited to Announce our Design Team for 2020

We are Excited to Announce our Design Team for 2020

This year we hope to change things up a bit and offer two segments in our crafting tutorials. Beginner Tutorials will focus on quick and easy crafting projects that do not require extra crafting supplies and Intermediate and Advanced tutorials for those who have a little of an obsession.

Meet Our Designers!!

Beginner Designers

Jowilna Nolte 

I started my paper journey officially in about 2000 as a shop assistant in a specialty paper store in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa. Whilst I have been playing with paper and creating my own masterpieces at home for friends and family since the age of 10, the shop environment added the vast knowledge of handmade and imported paper as well as the common commercial types of paper. I also started teaching card making, stamping and altered art in-store at the time.

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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 and pets. I can’t wait to share some projects and be inspired by all of you. 

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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 2020. Let’s Get Crafty!!!

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Intermediate + Advanced Designers

Lori Warren 

I am an explorer of all things mixed media, designer, and instructor who fell in love with rubber stamping about 20 years ago. I love the versatility of rubber stamps and feature their use in mixed media art, card making, art journaling as well as other papercrafts. I love to try new techniques and mediums and am always keeping an eye out for something different.

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Lisa Mensing

I live in the Fayettevile/Ft. Bragg area in NC with my husband, Aaron, of nearly 20 years. We are a retired Army family who has settled into a simple life together. I started making handmade cards back in 2010, and I’ve recently started creating YouTube tutorials; regularly, I love that I get to combine two things I’m passionate about, technology and crafting. I’m so excited to be joining the Imagine Crafts Design Team. I look forward to, hopefully, getting to know you all and building more crafty friendships.

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Nicole Watt

Hello! I’m Nicole Watt (aka: The Pixel Maven) By day, I’m a website and graphic designer/business owner with my husband, and every other moment, I’m a papercraft blogger/vlogger. Though I love lots of different arts and crafts, stamps, paper, and ink have been my go-to for over 10 years. I love inspiring and sharing with you and helping you gain confidence in the art of paper crafting. YOU are an artist – So, what are you waiting for? Grab your favorite supplies, and create with me!

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Create a Beautiful Icy Blue Holiday Card

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Create a Beautiful Icy Blue Holiday Card

Although red, green and gold colors are the most representative ones of Christmas, the last couple of years, I am quite fun of blue that combines so nicely with the silver and contrasts the white. Stars are favorite shapes of this season and using Delicata Sapphire Blue on lighter shades of blue, using MEMENTO bahama blue, give more depth on the card.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Die-cut 3 different sized star shapes.


Step 2

Place the star shapes on a piece of 4×6 card stock and spray first with the Fireworks! Bahama blue and then with Ink Potion No9. Remove the stars and dry the card stock with a heat tool.


Step 3

Lightly cover areas with MEMENTO Bahama blue ink pad.


Step 4

Place the star shapes, white side up, stamp with VersaMark the swirls stamp, cover with Mboss clear embossing powder and heat set.


Step 5

Distress the stars with Delicata Sapphire Blue.


Step 6

Stamp design on the stars, cover with Mboss white embossing powder and heat set. When finished, lightly press the edges of the stars on the VersaMark watermark ink pad, and heat set Mboss silver embossing powder.


Step 7

Set the card stock piece on the card with Tear It! Tape and start placing the ribbon.


Step 8

Continue adding the stars and the rest of the embellishments

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Star shape dies
  • Metal stars and beads
  • Mesh ribbon
  • Heat tool
  • Hot glue gun
  • White card stock
  • Viva decor – Peacock feather stamp set