Keep Crafting Fresh on the Mind with 2 Handmade Cards

Happy Friday! We hope you have some crafting projects lined up this weekend. To provide a little inspiration, we have two handmade cards by Imagine artists that each have their own unique custom touch. Elina created a whimsical heart balloon card using embossing powder and watercoloring and Neva made a dynamic pop-up birthday card that is out of this world!

Fly Away embossing and watercoloring

Fly Away Watercoloring and Embossing by Elina Stromberg

Watercolors and heat-embossed stamped images are a perfect match. Today, I create this sweet card with a young girl releasing a heart balloon. The girl and the balloon figures are embossed, while the blue sky background is created with a watercolor style. The goal was to use heat-set embossing powder to resist watercolors, so when creating watercolored backgrounds you can just simply paint over the stamped images. Preserving white unpainted areas is easy, too, as the embossing powder raises a bit from the surface, and helps you in painting around the image.

Mists and spray inks are perfect liquid watercolors. For this card, I only used Walnut ink and Fireworks Shimmer ink, but applied the colors in several layers on the background. The first light layers I painted using a rich amount of water, and for the next layers I always used less and less water creating darker shades of the same color. Before applying the next layer I dried the previous one with my heat gun.

For heat-embossing this beautiful stamped image, I used both black and red embossing powders. First, I poured the black powder on the stamped image, protecting the heart shaped balloon with a piece of paper. I put the extra powder back into its container, and repeated the step with the red powder. Heat-setting the powder between colors was not necessary, as the second color will stick only on areas that are not yet covered with powder.



  • Viva Las Vega Stamps – Girl, heart balloon stamp
  • Mixed media paper
  • Card base – white
  • Cardstock – blue
  • Watercolor brush
  • Heat gun
  • Double-sided tape

pop up birthday card Teal Stair Bday Card

Custom Pop Up Birthday Card by Neva Cole

What pre-teen boy doesn’t like blues, greens, and teals? For our teal challenge this month I wanted to try mixing two different Kaleidacolor ink pads to see if shades of teal could be created. I think this card illustrates success!

Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze and Fresh Green are alternately brayered onto glossy 8 ½ “ x 11” cardstock taking care to have the lighter hues line up in the fade. A light spritz of Ink Point No. 9 helps the inks blend neatly on the glossy cardstock. Half of the sheet is die cut with the Sizzix Framelits Step Up Card die. The remainder of the sheet is used to die cut the coordinating elements. The gifts were cut twice each so the bows could be trimmed for contrasting colors then adhered with On Point Glue.

A few days ago, I accidentally spilled part of a bottle of Fireworks! Dandelion on my craft mat. Not wanting to waste this pretty ink, I pressed Bristol Board cardstock into the inky mess and set it aside for later use. This little incident provided the perfect contrasting color for the candle flames and my son’s name. Each candle die cut is cut twice, once in Fireworks! Dandelion and once in the Kaleidacolor mix. After trimming off the top (flames) of the Kaleidacolor layer, they are adhered together with On Point Glue. The sentiment and cupcake layers adhered together with On Point Glue. Some elements are popped up with dimensional foam adhesive. The banner is held together with paper cord before it is adhered to the card front. I am pleased with the results of my little experiment and think my soon to be twelve-year-old son will be too!


  • Glossy cardstock
  • Sizzix – Framelits Step Ups 660142 by Stephanie Barnard
  • Judikens – Decorative Paper Cord
  • Brayer
  • Lifestyle Crafts – Stiletto Alphabet
  • Dimensional Foam Adhesive




Make a Complex Looking Card with a Few Simple Steps

by Renee Zarate

Make a Complex Card with a Few Simple Steps Dina Wakely stamps

I love Dina Wakley’s and Jane Davenport’s cool mixed media and feminine style. Usually, I take the extra time to make master boards to create mood, work with layers and layers of ink and craft products to create a mixed media design. But, today I decided to keep it simple. You can still make an artsy, grungy, quick card for any occasion without having pull out all your art supplies. This card can be completed with only a few simple steps.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 20 minutes


Dina Wakley Grunge Silhouette with Memento Luxe Teal Zeal ink
Step 1

Stamp with the Dina Wakley Grunge Silhouette with Memento Luxe Teal Zeal ink and heat set. Since the stamp design itself includes the text, it gives the appearance that I did more work here.

Dina Wakley - Grunge Silhouette stamp hand script stamp with VersaMark ink and emboss with Imagine's Candy Red Embossing powder
Step 2

Stamp the hand script stamp with VersaMark ink and emboss with Imagine’s Candy Red Embossing powder and melt with a heat tool.

Dina Wakley - Grunge Silhouette stamp Jane Davenport - Washi tape
Step 3

Apply Jane Davenport Washi tape as desired (paint swatch spots in the above image). Ink the edges of the panel using Memento Luxe Teal Zeal. Use Tear It Tape to attach the panel to a blank white card base and you have completed a great looking card!


  • Dina Wakley – Grunge Silhouette stamp, Script stamp
  • Heat tool
  • Jane Davenport – Washi tape
  • Cardstock – White
  • Cardbase – White

Its Saturday! Do You Have Any Plans?

Sometimes a Saturday afternoon is the best time to set some future goals and plans! Mischelle and Jessica share an inside look of their planners and their favorite stamps and inks to use right along with them.

Its Saturday! Do You Have Any Plans?

Planner Instructions by Mischelle Smith

Imagine and Waffle Flower teamed up in May. As a result I recieved the Happy Mail stamp set and Butterfly die which work great in my planner. The size of the envelope (stamped in Lilac Posies in the photo above) fits perfectly into the calendar grid. And I choose to float the butterflies in the lighter color Pear Tart all over the page. Memento inkpads paired with my Memento Markers is a combo that works every time and worked great with my stamps. Writing in my to-do-list notes with the matching  Memento Lilac Posies Marker was my favorite part! Super cute, right?! It is certainly inspiring to sit with your day of planning and be organized in your ink colors as well.


  • Waffle Flower – Happy Mail Stamp Set, Butterfly Die
  • Vera Lane Studio – The Mermaid
  • Close To My Heart – Planner

Stay Focused Planner Spread by Jessica Litman

With this summer kicking off, why not up your planner skills by using Imagine ink pads and Waffle Flower “Stay Focused” stamp set?! These planner stamps are perfect for personalizing any planner layout. Here I used Memento Angel Pink, New Sprout, Lulu Lavender, and London Fog and matching Memento Dual Markers for color-coding to keep the different themes in my planner organized. I also used the Xyron Sticker Maker, cardstock and the little notetaking icon stamp to create an extra embellishments and to place them where I see fit.


  • Waffle Flower – Stay Focused stamp set
  • Xyron 1.5in Sticker Maker
  • Cardstock





See How to Use Die Cuts to make a Dynamic Card

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

See How to Use Die Cuts to Make a Dynamic Card

Some cards we make just for fun and there is no special occasion needed. If you happen to need a card for a synchronized swimmer who also loves monkeys, then I got you covered! Or if you maybe know someone in a local production of The Little Mermaid (who, again, likes monkeys) and needs some emotional support on opening night. Or you are throwing a pool party with an underwater jungle theme? Okay, maybe there are more occasions for a card like this, after all. Regardless, a monochromatic color scheme and liberal use of glossy mediums really sell the underwater look.

Check out more videos by Jennifer on our Youtube channel.


  • Card Stock – white, blue, teal
  • Waffle Flower – Little Mermaid stamps and dies, Flower Circles Inverted dies
  • Sizzix/Tim Holtz Alterations – Inside Out alphabet die
  • Die cutting machine
  • Fiskars – Scissors, Paper Trimmer
  • Xyron – Create a Sticker 500
  • Repositionable tape
  • Acrylic blocks
  • White gel pen
  • Water brush
  • Helmar – ZapDots foam adhesive


Use StazOn to Create a Festive Martini Charm

by Roni Johnson

stazon solvent based ink used to create martini glass charms

Happy National Martini Day! When I saw this fun holiday, I just knew I had to make something fun to help commemorate it. Luckily, I had the perfect stamp set in my collection—a martini and olive stamp. I combined it with Imagine’s Color of the Month Tangerine…well in this case Orange Zest StazOn Ink. As you will find, I also use rubbing alcohol for fun tips and tricks with solvent inks.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour + dry time


stazon midis orange zest
Step 1

Gather a few dominoes and wipe with a cotton ball saturated with rubbing alcohol to remove any oils and dust.

Step 2

Using Orange Zest StazOn inkpad, apply ink on the back of the domino covering it completely. Apply rubbing alcohol over the inked domino as desired.  The first domino (on the left in the photo) was sprinkled with drops of rubbing alcohol, set for 10 seconds, then blotted which yielded the white dots. The second domino (center) was sprinkled with drops of rubbing alcohol which was left to dry naturally which caused the interesting “eyes” of color in the center of each drop. The final domino (on the right) had rubbing alcohol splattered on the domino at the same time it was also being lightly heated with a heat tool. This created a lovely mottled effect. Each domino turned out a little different.

how to use glazon
Step 3

Apply a layer of GlazOn to protect the initial layer of StazOn ink. Once the GlazOn layer is dry then more StazOn ink can be applied. Without a GlazOn layer the newer applications of StazOn will re-activate the previous ink layer. Stamp the martini glass image with Jet Black StazOn Ink and apply another thin layer of GlazOn over this layer of ink.

Step 4

Apply a dab of glitter glue inside the triangle of each martini glass and let dry. Apply a layer of irRESISTible Pico Embellisher in Clear or Shimmer over the domino and let dry.

Step 5

Glue a jewelry bail to the back of the domino with E6000 or jewelry glue. And attach an additional loop wire that will attach these pieces to your martini glass.

This project would be a fun compliment to an orange or citrus theme martini drink or summertime cocktail party. Enjoy!



  • Dominos
  • – Martini Stamps (no longer available)
  • Glitter glue
  • Jewelry bail
  • E6000 glue