Create a Matching Envelope and Christmas Card

by Kassy Tousignant

Create a Matching Envelope and Christmas Card

VersaFine Clair Ink and large sponge daubers make great patterned background papers for all of your projects! Check out this video to see how I used them to make a beautiful, distressed background for my Christmas card and matching envelope. The colors are so rich and vibrant and create the perfect matching set.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour

Supplies

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• VersaFine Clair – Nocturne, Pinecone, Rain Forest, Morning Mist
• VersaMagic – Cloud White
• All-Purpose Ink – Cool Grey
Embossing powder – Black
Memento Markers – Tuxedo Black, London Fog
• Ink Potion No 9
• Sponge daubers
• Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray – London Fog
• Walnut Ink – Walnut
• IrRESISTibles Pico Embellisher – Black
GooseBumps – shimmer
• Tear It! Tape

Other

• Prima – Clear gesso
• Black twine
• Cardstock – white
• Envelope
• Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz Christmas stamp set

Create Shimmery Greetings From Outer Space

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

How about a little out-of-this-world fun while playing with the color of the month: Pebble Grey. While deciding what to do for this prompt I was reminded of the aliens known as Greys, so created this sky scene with shades of grey and silver and drew up some simple saucers to decorate the skies. In the video, you’ll also see how I fixed a goof and rescued the card front from a galactic disaster!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Supplies

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Other
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Cardstock – Pale Green
  • Paintbrushes
  • Staedtler – Combo Circle Template
  • Pickett – Isometric Ellipse Inking Template
  • Pencil
  • White Eraser
  • Acrylic Block
  • Studio Calico – Make a Wish stamp set
  • Uniball – Signo White Gel Pen
  • Fiskars – Paper Trimmer, Scissors
  • Wooden spoon
  • Post-It Tape

Chills & Thrills Halloween Shaker Card

by Nadine Carlier

Halloween Shaker Card by Nadine Carlier IC main

I love shaker cards but I really don’t make them all that often. I was looking around my craft room and found some googly eyes and thought those would be fun in a shaker card. Plus I was thinking this months color, Sangria would make a really cool eery sky.
Watch my video below to see how I used Delicata, VersaColor and Sheer Shimmer Spitz to create my eery sky and how I put together my shaker card.  Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 45 minutes

Supplies

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Tips and Tricks: Crafting on a Budget

by Roni Johnson

Tips and Tricks: Crafting on a Budget

Crafting can get pricey! If you are spending too much on crafting and it is taking some of the joy out of it then we are sharing some easy ways to scale back but still engage in a great crafting routine. There are lots of articles out there about crafting on a budget and most of them discuss the same list of common sense ideas…

  • Price shop
  • Clip Coupons (IRL or web)
  • Shop at Dollar Stores or Thrift Stores
  • Upcycle/Recycle various items
  • Search web for ideas/patterns

These general ideas are nice and they are a good start but I want to give you some specific ideas and tips to help you save not only money but something more valuable…your time.

Buy Unmounted Rubber Stamps

Unmounted stamps can cost as much as 50-80% less than traditional wood mounted stamps, take up less space and are easy to store and use. To use unmounted rubber stamps, apply Tack ‘N Peel to your acrylic blocks. This is a clear reusable cling sheet that has a protective liner sheet that can be used over and over. Once it has been affixed to the acrylic block it is very simple to use, remove the clear liner sheet; position the stamp on the block as desired, ink and stamp. When you are finished stamping simply peel the rubber stamp off the block and replace the liner. If the Tack ‘N Peel loses its “sticky” quality simply wash with water and let it dry. After it is dry it will once again be ready to use.

Make your own Texture Stamps and Stencils

This is a fun and easy task when you stop and look around your home. You’ll be surprised at how many items can be turned into a usable texture for all sorts of crafts. For example, lace, food netting, cheesecloth can all be used as a stamp or stencil. Foam food trays can be carved to create stamps, bubble wrap, rubber bands, fibers, leaves, coins can all be turned into stamps by sticking them to an acrylic block. Pencils tips are great for the bokeh technique, kitchen utensils, game pieces, tools, feathers, flowers, and more can also be put to use. You only have to take a moment and look around to see what you have on hand that will create fun and new stamps or stencils for your art.

Clearly Embossed

Let’s face it there are hundreds if not thousands of colors and brands of embossing powders on the market. You could easily spend a small fortune collecting the various embossing powders available today. A great option is clear embossing powder; the original ink color will shine through and match your project perfectly. No need to sort through jar after jar trying to find the right color to match your project and no more storing all of those little jars either! Tip: Did you know you can turn virtually any dye ink into an emboss-able image? Press your stamp onto a VersaMark ink pad then onto a dye ink pad and then stamp the image. The image can now be embossed because of the VersaMark ink. This works particularly well with a clean VersaMark ink pad for lighter colors and I keep an old grungy VersaMark for darker colors.

Make Pattern Papers

Let’s face it, most of us have more pattern paper to last us the rest of our lives so instead of buying yet another sheet, pack or collection, break out your stamps and make your own pattern! It’s easy; all you need is a sheet of plain cardstock, ink and complimenting stamps. All sorts of designs can be achieved quickly and easily. Give it a try, you’ll be surprised how quickly it is to make. Making a pattern doesn’t have to be perfect…if you make a stamping mistake, look at it as an opportunity to embellish!

Coloring Pages as Art

There are thousands of beautiful coloring sheets up for grabs on the internet free for your personal use. These coloring pages are great because they can be re-sized to fit your particular project and they can be used for backgrounds as well as the main focal point. You can choose to print the images on the appropriate paper to fit your particular use and mediums you would like to incorporate be it plain cardstock, bristol cardstock, watercolor paper, mixed media paper and more. The uses are limitless.

No More Waste

To eliminate wasting various mediums by keeping a supply of plain tags or A2 size blank cardstock panels handy when you are creating. Use these spare pieces to pick up excess medium from your work surface and tools. You may choose to pick up mediums once or several times depending on your preference. These tags and panels can then be used to create one of a kind artwork in a snap. All of the hard work has already been done. Simply pop on the main image and/or sentiment and your set to go. Instant card or tag for whatever your need.

Multiples

When you’re making a card or gift be sure to work in multiples! By doing so you will cut down on waste and left-over scraps. If you use a quarter sheet of cardstock rather than pitch the extra or place it in the never-ending scrap basket make two or three similar cards to help use up all of the extra bits. Rather than having a basket full of scraps that you might or might not use you’ll end up with a basket of finished cards, tags, ATC’s, etc. that can be used in a moment’s notice.

No matter how you structure you crafting habits and budget you will find there are several ways to keep costs at a minimum. Thank you for stopping by the Imagine Blog!

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One Card – Lots of Techniques

by Nadine Carlier

Bee Kind Card by Nadine Carlier Imagine Crafts. StazOn in Jet Black ink

Mixed media cards do not always have to be bulky. I used several different techniques and mediums like Fireworks! Spray, irRESIStible Pico Embellishers and StazOn Ink on my card, yet the card is still flat enough to put in an envelope and mail to a friend.  Watch my video below to see how I did it.  Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes + drying time

Supplies

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Other

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Watch a Video on Watercoloring with Memento Markers & VersaFine Clair

by Melissa Andrew

Watch a Video on Watercoloring with Memento Markers and VersaFine Clair!

Pets are the best! It is often that a dog or a cat is not simply a dog or cat but a member of the family. In today’s tutorial, I create a card with a pet theme using Memento Markers, VersaFine Clair, and clear embossing powder. The combination of these three craft items and the pet imagery really makes a gorgeous and simple creation. Memento Markers are versatile water-based markers so you can watercolor with them, add fine detail and create stunning backgrounds. Join me as I show you how.

 

 

Supplies

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Other
  • Whimsy Stamps – Shaker Maker Banner Die Set, An Unbreakable Bond
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Heat Tool
  • Canson Watercolor Paper
  • Cardstock – White