November Color of the Month is Gingerbread

November Color of the Month is Gingerbread

Color of the Month for November is Gingerbread. We love this toasty burnt orange-brown color that reminds us of the all the yummy treats and eats that are created for the holidays. For papercrafting, we have a collection of ink colors that perfectly compliment the Gingerbread color. Some of these inks include VersaMagic in (ready for it…) Gingerbread, Memento in Peanut Brittle, and VersaMagic in Pumpkin Spice. These dark orange colors are a great addition to your ink collection.

To start us out for the month of November, we have a super cute cardmaking tutorial by Elina Stromberg. Enjoy!

Cute Birthday Card by Elina Stromberg

As a scrapbooker and card maker, I have lots and lots of beautiful patterned papers. However, very often I prefer using just plain white mixed media papers and creating the background patterns myself. That way I can both enjoy the creative process of inking, stamping, and stenciling but also create patterned papers that have exactly my needed colors. This cute birthday card was inspired by our November color ‘Gingerbread’. Even if I used only a limited color palette I think the card doesn’t look boring at all. Several layers of eye-catching patterns and cute stamped and colored images were a perfect combo!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour


Step 1

Stamp and fuzzy-cut the main images.

Step 2

Apply Memento in Desert Sand (light brown) on a piece of mixed media cardstock/watercolor paper. Do not cover the entire sheet but leave some areas white.

Step 3

Stencil VersaMagic in Gingerbread on top of.

Step 4

Stamp circle patterns with VersaFine Clair in Acorn.

Step 5

Add the final layer of patterns by stamping small dots with Memento in Potter’s Clay.

Step 6

Apply a thin layer of white gesso on those areas where the main images will be placed. This will highlight the fuzzy cut images, preventing them from blending into the busy background. Let dry.

Step 7

Glue main images on the card front. Mat card on brown cardstock and attach to white card base. I used the very same techniques for creating a matching ATC. I think it looks quite nice, too!


  • White mixed media paper
  • Brown cardstock, white card base
  • White gesso
  • Carabelle Studio: ‘Les Mini OUF 2’ Stamp, Mini Textures
  • VivaLasVegaStamps! – Doodle Dots
  • Ranger Dyulusions – Fresh Dots Small Stencil
  • Promarkers for coloring the images
  • American Crafts – Number stickers

Mythbusting – StazOn Ink & StazOn Cleaner with Clear Stamps

by Nadine Carlier

StazOn ink is a solvent ink that can be used on plastic, glass, metal, paper, and a host of mixed media surfaces and ephemera. So it is natural to assume that it might damage your stamps. We asked Nadine to talk a little bit about why StazOn is totally safe to use with any stamp set!



Learn to Make Cute Backgrounds Using VersaMagic Ink

by Arjita Sepaha Singh

Learn to Make Cute Backgrounds Using VersaMagic Ink

Today, I used a few tiny stamps from a Gina K stamp set and VersaMagic Inks to create a super cute pastel background for a Happy Fall handmade card. This papercraft project can be done using any inks you have in your collection. I used the VersaMagic since I really like the chalky soft appearance it gives.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes



  • Xpress It smooth card stock
  • Acrylic Blocks
  • Gina K Designs – stamp
  • Whimsy Stamps – Scallop Die
  • Die cut machine

Create a Vibrant Art Journal Page to Tell Your Story

by Iris Rodriguez

Create a Vibrant Art Journal Page to Tell Your Story

Have you ever been attracted a shape, a pattern, an image, a technique and you don’t know why? For me, it’s been Asemic writing and abstract figures. Asemic writing is a wordless form of writing. It makes words look real, but it’s not meant to be read. This is a perfect way to express that you can write your own story every day and that nothing is set in stone. Imagine’s irRESISTible Pico Embellisher is a very fine mark-making tool and a medium perfect for Asemic writing. See how I make this vibrant journal page.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1.5 hours


Step 1

Spray the watercolor paper with water. Then brush on the All-Purpose Ink in Rose Pink, and Tropical Lagoon. Also, Brush on Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Dandelion. Do not blend or the colors will turn into a mud color. Rather color in separate areas. You can lightly blend the edges with a brush. Dry the paper.

Step 2

Use an InkBlushers to stencil in patterns with VersaFine Clair in Tulip Red, Monarch and Warm Breeze. You can use any stencil pattern you happen to have.

Step 3

To get a dimensional look, like you see on the top right of the of the image above, stencil the shape with a dark color, then place the stencil over the same area and slightly offset it, stencil a lighter color ink.

Step 4

The Dina Wakley stencil contains the positive and negative shapes. The cutout (positive) piece is considered a mask. Place the mask on the substrate. Make an outline with the VersaFine Clair in Nocturne using a Sponge Dauber.

Step 5

Continue to add to the shadows around the silhouette.

Step 6

Place a few drops of All-Purpose Ink in White onto your craft matt and pounce the Inkblusher into it and color inside the silhouette. This ink is opaque, so a couple of drops is more than enough. This will make the silhouette standout, while slightly making out the color and patterns underneath.

Step 7

Make Asemic writing marks inside the silhouette with the IrRESISTible Pico Embellisher in Tuxedo Black. It helps if you think of several parts of a phrase, song, poem and abstractedly and write it out.

Step 8

On a piece of white cardstock paper, stamp out a sentiment, then cut it out. Glue onto the page. Draw a frame with the black IrRESISTible Pico Embellisher for added interest.

Thank you! If you would like to learn more about stenciling then please see a full tutorial: Learn the Basics of Stenciling




  • Watercolor paper
  • Crafter’s Workshop – Rebekah Meier stencil; Star and Flower
  • Dyan Reaveley’s Dylusions Arrows stencil
  • Dina Wakley Casey & Penelope stencil
  • Alphabet stamps

Blog Hop with Precious Remembrance Shop Day 1

In this week’s blog hop, we are pairing our ink with Precious Remembrance Shop stamps to make a perfect match! Precious Remembrance is a maker of photopolymer clear stamps that offers a super cute style with a variety of options for cardmaking and scrapbooking.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to leave comments (one per blog, per day) during these 2 days so you can be entered to win a School Days & Totally Stamp Set from Precious Remembrance Shop or a $30 Imagine Gift Card!!! Winners will be announced on the Precious Remembrance and Imagine Blogs at the end of the month.

Let’s get started!


Lisa Elton 

Kelly Lunceford

Greta Hess 

Helen Gullett

Rosemary Dennis

Steph Ackerman

Melissa Andrew 

Nadine Carlier 

Martha Lucia Gomez 

Roni Johnson

Jowilna Nolte 

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Iris Rodriquez

Elina Stromberg 

Kassy Tousignant

Jennifer Vanderbeek

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1 Winner: School Days & Totally stamp sets from Precious Remembrance Shop
1 Winner: $30 Gift Certificate from Imagine Crafts

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