Learn How to Create a 3-D Holiday Card

by Roni Johnson

Learn How to Create a Dynamic Holiday Card

I was so excited when I found out one of our challenges this month was focused on Winter Windows. Immediately,  I knew I wanted to make a shadow box card looking out over the wintery countryside. I didn’t want a tiny little card though so I remembered a lucky find at a garage sale earlier in the year. I found a stack of #10 side-load envelopes. These are the standard business size envelopes but with a side flap instead of on top. This envelope allowed me to make a nice large scene that when opened and standing up measures 4” x 7” x 2.5” giving me enough room to add 4 layers of snow and holiday imagery.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions


Step 1

I began my cutting 2 strips of 4 x 9.75” white cardstock; cutting a 3 x 6” window in the center of one panel. Glue the two panels together. Stamp a snowflake image to the outside portion of the card panels using Sapphire Blue Delicata ink.


Step 2

Free-hand cut three “hills” for the layers in the card. Apply Radiant Neon Amplify! in White to the “hills”; sprinkle with extra fine clear glitter; heat to activate the medium.


Step 3

Stamp several evergreens using Northern Pine Memento. Dauber on Bamboo Leaves and New Sprout colors to the evergreens that will be on the second and third layers to create shadow and depth.


Step 4

Stamp countryside scene on white cardstock and watercolor with a water brush and Memento Dew Drops.


Step 5

Add highlights to the snow drifts, pond and houses using On Point Glue and the extra fine glitter. I used the Amplify and glitter method for the trees on the front layer too. Affix the countryside scene to the back portion of the box. Attach each of the 3 hill layers and trees to the sides of the center portion of the card spaced evenly. Finish assembling the card.

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Supplies

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  • Cardstock
  • Just For Fun Stamps – “Evergreens”, “Countryside Scene”
  • Chapel Road Artstamps – Snowflakes Everywhere
  • Extra Fine Clear Glitter
  • Waterbrush
  • Heat tool

Create a Cozy Feeling Crafting for the Holidays

Today’s blog features a warm and cool dynamic between two creative projects by Elina Stromberg and Mischelle Smith. Elina creates this cute bear theme card with a felt scarf to respond to the challenge “heartfelt”. While Mischelle creates a cool wintery snowman crafting project the whole family can enjoy!

Create a Cozy Feeling Crafting for the Holidays

Cozy Heartfelt Greeting Card by Elina Stromberg

Our friends often get handmade cards from us for Christmas, but a simple card for no special reason will for sure brighten our friend’s grey November day. Making the card will not take too much time nor effort, and I’m sure the heartfelt message will be valued and cherished. “You’re important to me, and I’m thinking of you.”

For this card in a clean-and-simple style, I used a leftover piece of patterned brown paper and a cute bear stamp by Studio Calico. Utilizing patterned papers is a good option when you’re not into coloring or when you want to finish your project quickly. If you want the stamped image to look bit dimensional you can shadow the edges with markers, the same way that you would do on a colored image.

This little bear got a felt scarf around his neck; before gluing down the stamped image on the card front I folded the edges of the scarf on the back and secured them with a drop of glue. I mat the card on a piece of dotted paper and glued the card front on the card base. Ready in no time at all!

This little fellow is already on its way to my friend! I hope he will make her happy!

Supplies

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  • Cardbase – White
  • Cardstock – Kraft, Red Polka Dot
  • Studio Calico – Bear stamp
  • Carabelle Studio – background circles stamp
  • Red felt
  • Glue
  • Two-sided tape

A Snowman Craft for Thanksgiving by Mischelle Smith

A Snowman Craft for Thanksgiving by Mischelle Smith

Our challenge at Imagine this month is ‘crafts for kids’. For this challenge, I wanted to create a project I could use for our family Thanksgiving. Each year the ‘kids of all ages’ participate in a craft suitable for ages 6 – 80 (our youngest to our oldest family members). Some years Grandma likes to give awards… such as …‘most creative’, ‘beautiful coloring’, ‘sparkliest sparkle’…whatever comes to her mind!

This snowman is a perfect project for family gatherings! It combines embossing, stencils, stamping, cutting, spritzing, sparkles … everything a kid loves! Cut three circles from white cardstock in varying sizes to build the 3 parts of the snowman’s body. Add circles texture to the edges with VersaColor in Celadon (nice soft blue-green color) and stencil. Stamp snowflakes with Versacolor ink. Emboss with Iridescent Embossing Powder. Stamp snowflakes with VersaMark ink and emboss with Iridescent Emboss Powder. Spritz with Sky Blue Fireworks Craft Spray (which has a shimmer). Spatter with Wedding Dress irRESISTible Spray and Tuxedo Black Fireworks Spray and let dry. Spritz with Sheer Shimmer Spritz which is another layer of shimmer. Adhere three pieces together and add black gemstone eyes and mouth. Cut the snowman’s nose out of orange scrap cardstock and attach. Outline with Tuxedo Black Memento Marker as shown.

Add circles texture to the edges with VersaColor in Celadon

Since this is a family time craft then you can continue crafting your snowman as you please!

Supplies

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  • Scissors
  • Black Gems
  • Cardstock – White, Orange
  • Circle Stencil
  • Close to My Heart – Snowflakes stamp
  • Sequins

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Create an Easy and Fun ‘Fingerprint’ Christmas Card

by Alison Heikkila

Create an Easy and Fun 'Fingerprint' Christmas Card

Seasons Greetings! This month, the Imagine Artists in Residence are sharing Kids Craft projects to do over the upcoming Thanksgiving break. This is totally up my alley because my children and I make crafts together all the time. So my daughter and I put on our thinking caps and came up with this sweet Christmas Lights card. She and I are going to walk you through the whole process, which actually is pretty easy!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


my daughter (Miss R) create the "string" for the lights with a Cottage Ivy Memento Marker
Step 1

I cut a piece of white cardstock down to 5 1/4″ x 3 3/4″. My daughter (Miss R) created the “string” for the lights with a Cottage Ivy Memento Marker. She drew just one across the top. And you can see her chosen colors for the “lights” in the photo.


kids crafts different colors for the finger print style crafting.
Step 2

Using her index finger, Miss R first dipped into Lady Bug Memento Ink and stamped it a couple of times on the light string. Next, she used a different finger in Dandelion Memento Ink. We made sure to flip the cardstock over so that her lights were going in several directions.


memento dew drops are perfect for fingerprint style crafts
Step 3

She then used Tangelo, Cottage Ivy, Bahama Blue, Grape Jelly, and Rose Bud ink. By now, her fingers were nice and inky!


Step 4

We decided to stamp a sentiment in the center of the card and have another light strand below it. We chose a script “Merry Christmas” and inked it up with Cottage Ivy ink, and heat embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder. If you are doing this project with very young children, all of the embossing steps should be done by a grown up. My daughter is almost 9, so I let her use my heat tool. After the sentiment was done, she drew her second string and began applying the fingerprint lights again.


Step 5

You can easily just stop with that step and mount the piece on to a card base and be done, but Miss R and I always like to take things to the next level. We thought the lights needed some shine. So I opened up my bottle of GooseBumps (proceeded to spill it all over my desk), and Miss R painted on some shine to each and every light.


Step 6

We decided it was best to dab on the GooseBumps, rather than brush it on. It added the extra dimension.


Step 7

You can see the shine on the Tangelo and Rose Bud lights on the bottom strand really well here.


Step 8

We chose to use a red card base, but she wanted more….sparkle! And I couldn’t deny her glitter. Using Tear It Tape, she applied a line of it at the top and bottom of the card. Please note, the inked layer is not yet adhered to the card base. It’s just placed on the card for reference. We didn’t want to take a chance that the GooseBumps weren’t fully dried and would then get covered in glitter.


Step 9

Miss R chose a gold micro glitter, and I thought it was the perfect color. She sprinkled it on, patted it down a bit and tapped off the excess. After repeating this on the other side, we adhered the inked layer to the card base and voila! Card complete!

Here you can see the pretty sheen that the GooseBumps gave to the lights. You do not need to use so many colors if you want to make this card with your child. My daughter just couldn’t leave any of the colors of the rainbow out. We think this turned out great! I know our family would love getting a card like this from Miss R. And she did a great job coming up with the idea for the project with me.

Thank you so much for stopping by if you like what you see then please share or comment below. Have an inspiring day!

Supplies

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Other
  • Stampendous – Merry Scrolls Stamp, Gold Micro Glitter
  • Cardstock – Red

*Memento is a water-based acid free dye ink that has not been tested for use by children. Memento Ink may temporarily stain skin.

Learn How to Make Rosettes with Fabric and Sheet Metal

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Make your own embellishments that can be uses in various projects like paper crafts, home decoration projects, fashion bags, gift wrapping and more. It is easy to make them using canvas and satin as main fabrics and add lace or ribbons and decorate with a cameo or other embellishments. The fabrics have the desired design by stamping them with your favorite stamps and ink pads. For these rosettes, Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa is used matching the ivory colored fabrics. The rosettes are glued on Sheet Metal (round) from Imagine that make the ideal base to be placed on many surfaces.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Cut 1 ½ inch wide and 15 inch long stripes of canvas and satin fabric and stamp them with the Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa and the clear stamp.
Step 1

Cut 1 ½ inch wide and 15 inch long stripes of canvas and satin fabric and stamp them with the Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa in a repeating pattern.


Take a 1.25 diameter Sheet Metal circle and start gluing the canvas fabric in a circular way creating pleats.
Step 2

Take a 1.25 diameter Sheet Metal circle and start gluing the canvas fabric in a circular way creating pleats.

Repeat the same with the satin fabric.
Step 3

Repeat the same with the satin fabric.


Step 4

Use a tea light candle wrinkle the satin fabric on edges.

Take a small piece of the satin fabric and distress with the help of a sponge dauber and the Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa. Cut circles and repeat the previous step.
Step 5

Take a small piece of the satin fabric and distress with the help of a sponge dauber and the Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa. Cut circles and repeat the previous step.

Make layers of lace and fabric by gluing to the center of the rosettes. Decorate with cameo and metallic embellishments.
Step 6

Make layers of lace and fabric by gluing to the center of the rosettes. Decorate with cameo and metallic embellishments.

Place cuttings of the Tear It Tape (double-sided tape) at the back side of the metal circles to easily attach to projects.
Step 7

Place cuttings of the Tear It Tape (double-sided tape) at the back side of the metal circles to easily attach to projects. (Or use the hole and back of the pleats to sew onto other fabrics.)

If you enjoyed this tutorial then please comment below or share on Facebook!

Supplies

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Other
  • Viva – Peacock Feathers stamp
  • Lace
  • Canvas fabric
  • Satin fabric
  • Metallic embellishments
  • Hot glue gun

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Watch a Video on How to Make Trick or Treat Candy Wraps

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Watch a Video on How to Make Trick or Treat Candy Wraps

Elevate a humble candy bar into a true treat through a few simple steps. Surprise coworkers, school friends, or party guests with these cute as can be candy bar wrappers. They take minimal effort because you can create these goodies in moments if you do each part in batches.

For the king-size cookie bar wrappers I cut my orange paper 4.5” x 6.5” and scored it lengthwise at 1.5”, 2”, 3.5”, and 4”. The overlay was cut to 4” x 6” and scoring these is totally optional. For other candy bars used in this experiment, they fit the same sleeves (just didn’t stick out on the ends as far); adjust the length of your wrappers to suit. See how I did it in this quick tutorial video.

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Supplies

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Other
  • Cardstock – Black, Orange
  • Sizzix – Halloween Words Block dies
  • Die Cut Machine
  • Xyron 550 Create-a-Sticker
  • Scoring Board
  • Bone Folder
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Heat tool
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors

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Get a Free Download for Halloween Treat Box

Sweet Treats for You by Neva Cole

Time for a few candy treats, Halloween candy that is! This sweet little-handled box was easy to create with dies and stamps and is ready to give to a special someone! The box was die cut then stamped to create a balanced use of the images. One side of the box is die cut to create an opening for a window that is finished with a bit of recycled packaging. The die cut itself is used to make a matching tag. To outline the sentiment in coordinating colors the image was stamped several times just out of alignment to create the shadow effect. Add a few bakers twine to tie the tag to the box and a few mini candy bars finish off the little gift.

Supplies

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Other
  • The Stamps of Life – Handle Box die, Candy2Share stamp set, Wrapped Candy die set
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs – Stitched Rectangles die set
  • Eyelet
  • Bakers twine
  • Dimensional Foam Adhesive

 


Halloween Tombstone Treat Box Template by Roni Johnson

Halloween is quickly approaching and this year I’m lucky enough to have 3 little ones to spoil this year. I thought it would be fun to make a Tombstone Treat Box to hold their “loot”.

To create the initial layer of color on the tombstone background start by pouncing Niagra Mist, Aloe Vera and Sahara Sand VersaMagic inks on the Craft Mat. Mist the inks with water and pounce the cardstock into the ink mixture until you are satisfied with the color. Let the cardstock dry completely. Since VersaMagic is such a dense ink this step will not take long.

Next, pounce Green and Purple Encore’ ink onto the craft mat, mist with water and dip the cardstock in the ink one or more times. Once again, let the cardstock dry. Crumble the paper to create the spooky wrinkle texture. Sponge London Fog Memento Dye ink over the creases in the paper with a Jumbo Dauber to highlight the wrinkles and give it a distressed, worn look. Print the tombstone treat box pattern and use as a guide to cut out the treat box. You can also ink directly onto the template but I choose not to because I did not want the cut lines and folds to show. Assemble the tombstone using Tear It Tape. Ink the edges of the tombstone with Black Memento Dye Ink. Add desired stamped images and sentiments.

And the best part, fill with lots of chocolates and candies then… Enjoy!

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