Learn How to Create a Cute Woodland Creatures Card with Masking and Watercoloring

by Arjita Singh

See how I use a simple masking technique and water coloring to create a cute and simple woodland creatures card. This stamping and coloring tutorial is a perfect activity for a Sunday afternoon of paper crafting and art-making. Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate/Advanced
Time: 30-45 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – brown
  • Watercolor paper
  • Watercolor brush
  • MISTI Stamping tool (or acrylic block)
  • White Gel Pen
  • Post-It Note
  • Waffle Flower – Be Her Stamp Set

Creating an irRESISTible Background with StazOn Pigment ink for Lavinia Stamps

by Melissa Andrew

Creating an irRESISTible Background with StazOn Pigment ink for Lavinia Stamps

Today, I share a very simple and fun technique using the irRESISTible Pico Embellisher in a new way. Importantly, I show you how to use StazOn Pigment ink over the Pico since StazOn is perfect on slick surfaces. Finally, I use a beautiful fairy stamp as a silhouette to finish our card project.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 20 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Lavinia stamp – Flower Fairy
  • White Card Stock
  • Misti Stamping Platform
  • Masking Tape
  • Canson – Watercolor Paper

See How to Use these Unique Card Making Supplies

by Martha Lucia Gomez

See How to Use these Unique Card Making Supplies

Hello friends! Today, I would like to share with you a quick and easy way to create an inspiring card with clear Vertigo Sheets and VersaFine Clair.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

If you are not familiar with Vertigo Sheets it is a plastic product from Imagine that adds unique depth to cards and mixed media projects. It comes in different designs and you can create visual effects with these depending on the design and colors of ink that you use. You can also stamp over the sheets, die cut and emboss it.


Step 2

To make my card, I used a strip of Vertigo Taffeta design, that is the most simple design and VersaFine Clair ink in three different colors: Verdant, Shady Lane and Green Oasis. I applied the ink over the Vertigo Piece using a sponge or dauber and let the ink dry naturally.

I stamped with VersaFine Clair Nocturne the images that I wanted over the strip and also let the strip dry well before pasting it over my card base. I used Tear It Tape to paste the decorated layer over my card and finalized it by stamping a sentiment from the Boss Babe stamp set of Joy Clair with VersaFine Clair Nocturne Ink. The photos don’t do justice to this card because of the Vertigo’s refracting. In person it is really clear and lovely!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – Whisper White
  • Joy Clair – Boss Babe set
  • Simon Says Stamp – Floral Mix Background

Learn How To Arrange A Scrapbook Page With The Imagine Craft Mat

by Elina Stromberg

Learn How To Arrange A Scrapbook Page With The Imagine Craft Mat

Scrapbooking is my favorite way to unwind. I love patterned papers, simple layouts, and combining ready-made embellishments with decoration elements I’ve made myself. For this scrapbook layout, you only need two sheets of patterned paper, scrap pieces of solid color papers, a few stamps, and your favorite inks, letter stickers, leftover pieces of chipboards and a mix of any ready-made embellishments you have available at arm’s reach. The center of your layout is your favorite photo, a memory you want to cherish and keep for the years to come!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Attach a strip of washi tape or a strip of patterned paper on the left side of your background paper. The grid side of Imagine’s Craft Mat will help you in aligning the long strip. 
Glue a panel of patterned paper on the left side of the strip, partly covering it.


Step 2

Stamp patterns on the background around the area where you want to place your photo. Use the lightest color for the largest patterns and add smaller highlights with darker colors on top.
 On this layout, I continued the triangle pattern on the stamped areas; I often get inspired by the patterns on the paper I decide to use and like to replicate similar images elsewhere on the project. You may spot the triangle shape also in larger sizes on this layout; I had a couple of triangle-shaped transparencies I included on the page.


Step 3

Stamp and fussy-cut embellishments. Combine your DIY decorations with ready-made stickers, die-cuts, and chipboards. Feel free to mix and match embellishments of various types and styles!
 Layer embellishments and use them in clusters. Don’t try to cover the entire page but leave some areas undecorated.


Step 4

Highlight your photo: Mat the photo on a piece of white cardstock. Layer pieces of solid color or patterned papers underneath it or use ready-made chipboard frames for lifting the photo from the layout background.
 On this layout, the background color was quite light, and for making the photo really pop I backed the chipboard frames with a darker grey color paper. For attaching the photo on the layout, I used foam stickers.


Step 5

Adding a hint of white and/or black will brighten all the other colors. I added black by stamping small black arrows on the background and white by highlighting the stamped embellishments and parts of the stamped background patterns with a white gel pen.


Step 6

Sometimes it may be tricky to align the letter stickers on the layout. A long ruler and the grid pattern on the Craft Mat will be of great help!
 If you want the title word to end close to your main photo, start writing it from the end. This way you will manage the positioning of the complete word more easily!

Here are some additional close-ups from the finished page:

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Patterned papers in size 12”x12”
  • Photo
  • Washi tape with honeycomb pattern
  • Cardstock – green, yellow, white and dark grey
  • American Crafts – Letter stickers
  • Stamps: Carabelle Studio: Mixed Media Flowers #1. 
Studio Calico: Arrows, triangles, stars.
Wycinanka: Lorem Ipsum
  • Embellishments:
 Wooden hearts – Pinkfresh Studio, Felicity – 
Chipboard frames, Heidi Swapp -
Triangle-shaped transparencies
, White sentiment stickers
, Leftover pieces of honeycomb chipboards
  • White gel pen
  • Foam stickers
  • Glue

Learn How to Make a Travel Journal

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Learn How to Make a Travel Journal

Keeping travel memories in real time while they are taking place and having them all gathered in a journal is the best way to have to keep every moment of your trip. Include blank pages, make pockets and keep tickets, notes, and photos in this handmade travel journal. To make the cover, I used Kraft-tex paper, which a fabric-like paper, which I sprayed with Ink Potion No.9 instead of water to keep it soft and allow better performance of inks. Stamping with the StazOn Pigment inkpads gave great coverage and sharp design on the wrinkled surface, while the ink dried fast to allow moving to the next step. Make this journal before your trip and have it handy during your travels.

Time: 2 hours
Skill: Advanced

Directions


Step 1

Cut a 16 ½ x 8 ½ inch piece of the Kraft-tex paper and spray it with the Ink Potion No.9


Step 2

Twist and crinkle the paper and while spraying a bit more of the Ink Potion No.9. Let it dry or use a heat tool.


Step 3

Cut a 5 ½ x 3-inch canvas piece and place it on the cover, leaving 2 ½ inch from the long side on the right, as it will be used an inner flap making a side pocket. Stamp with the map and the travel journal stamp with the VersaMark, cover with Mboss Embossing Powder in Black and heat set.


Step 4

Remove the canvas piece, press lightly on the surface with the StazOn Pigment Snowflake inkpad and distress the surface.


Step 5

Continue stamping with the StazOn Pigment in Passion Red, Mariner Blue, Piano Black ink pads with travel stamps on the surface. Distress around the compass image and maps with the same colors ink pads.


Step 6

Add Tear It Tape to the top side of the canvas piece and a Sheet Metal dog tag, gluing only half of it. Allow space as it will be used a hook to secure the burlap cord wrapped around the journal.


Step 7

Cut a 2 ½ x 2-inch piece of canvas fabric, fold in half and glue just the edge of the long side with the On Point Glue, creating a pen pocket.


Step 8

Place the canvas pieces on the Kraft-tex cover and using a piercing tool open holes to allow hand sewing of the red twine. Apart from decorative purpose, this also helps to secure it further the pen pocket to the cover.


Step 9

Continue decoration with stamps and the StazOn Pigment in Passion Red, Mariner Blue, Piano Black inkpads.


Step 10

Turn at the back and glue the previously left sides on top and bottom only making side pockets.


Step 11

Open two holes at the middle (spine-like) leaving about 1 ½ inches from top and bottom and pass three times the elastic black cord.


Step 11

Cut blank pages in stacks of 5 creating signatures in 10 x 7 inch (5×7 when folded) and secure with the red twine by opening 3 holes and passing the twine through them. Repeat the process and just pass between the elastic cord to secure them.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Kraft-tex paper fabric – natural
  • Canvas
  • Viva decor – Travel and Paris, Rome, Berlin stamps
  • Black elastic cord
  • Red twine
  • Burlap cord
  • Blank pages
  • Heat tool
  • Piercing tool

See How To Make 2 Different Wedding Invitations

by Elina Stromberg

See How To Make 2 Different Wedding Invitations

The wonderful high season of summer weddings is soon here! Whether you are invited for a wedding reception and would like to attach a handmade card to the wedding gift, or are planning your own wedding crafts, I hope that these easy-to-make card designs will give you ideas for your own wedding themed projects.

My paper crafting hobby started 16 years ago when I decided to create my own wedding invitation cards and wedding reception decorations. In this process, I took my first steps in stamping and heat embossing and was so amazed how easy it was to mass create professional looking projects in just a few simple steps. I could even say that for me those wedding invitations were not just the start of a beautiful marriage but also the beginning for a lifelong love for paper crafting!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions for the Wedding Card


Step 1

Stamp the main image on a piece of white cardstock. Choose the stamping ink depending on the type of colors you want to use for coloring the image:
– If you’re using color pencils, any type of ink will work perfectly.
– If you’re using alcohol markers for coloring, choose a water base ink (e.g. Memento) for stamping.
– If you’re using watercolors, choose a pigment stamping ink (e.g. VersaFine, VersaFine Clair, StazOn Pigment).


Step 2

Cut out the image using scissors. A craft knife will help in cutting out smaller details.


Step 3

Decorate the card background with a swirl stamp. Stamp the pattern on a piece of cream color cardstock using clear VersaMark ink. Place the stamped card on a sheet of printing paper and cover the image with Embossing Powder in White. Lift the card; the fine embossing powder will stick to the clear ink. Using the sheet of printing paper pour the powder back to the container.


Step 4

Heat set the powder with a heating tool. When heated the powder will turn glossy and clean white.


Step 5

Stamp the sentiment text using black ink. Trim the card front to the desired size and shape. Mat the card front on darker solid color cardstock. Tip: Attach the card front to the base paper first, and only then cut the underlying layer to size. No exact measuring will be needed!


Step 6

Attach the layered card front to the card base. Trim to size if needed. Glue the main image on the card front. Embossing powders come in various colors, and especially the metallic colors work perfectly on all wedding themed projects. I created a second version of the same card design, but instead of a white swirl I used a silver ornament pattern for the background decoration: A great wedding invitation design looks elegant and beautiful but is quick and easy to make even in greater quantities. Stamping is a simple way to decorate the invitation card, and the choice of patterns and stamping colors can be used to give a hint of the wedding theme or the theme colors you’ve chosen for the reception.

If you master brush script lettering or modern calligraphy you can make the invitations even more personal with hand-written invitation texts. However, a printer and downloaded brush script fonts can make the task easier for you; on these invitation cards, I first printed the text on a heavy white office paper and then continued with decorating the front with stamping.

Directions for Embossed Wedding Invitations


Step 1

Hand-write or print the invitation text on the card front. Cover the text with Post-It notes. Stamp a pattern on the card front using clear VersaMark ink. Remove Post-It notes.


Step 2

Cover the stamped pattern with Embossing Powder in Silver. Pour off excess back in the powder container.


Step 3

If the powder is sticking to the invitation text remove the powder with a clean brush. Heat set the powder with a heating tool.


Step 4

Cut the card front to size, mat on a piece of solid color cardstock and attach to the card base. For the second invitation card, I used the same masking technique, but instead of heat embossing, I decorated the card front with stamped leaf patterns. The invitation text was printed with green color to match the stamped decorations.

Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog for this wedding crafting tutorial! Please share this post on social or give it a like!

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Cardstock – White, Cream, Grey, Green, Burgundy
  • White card bases
  • Heat tool
  • Alcohol markers for coloring
  • Paper trimmer
  • Glue
  • Post-it notes
  • Brush
  • Simon Says Stamp-‘Rose Lattice Background’ stamp
  • Stampin’Up! – ‘Best Birds,’ ‘Falling Flowers’ stamp
  • Wedding couple stamp
  • Ornament stamp