Create a Quick, Easy and Elegant Wedding Invitation

by Lori Warren

Did you know that, according to Wikipedia, there are 2.5 million weddings in the United States each year? Wow, who knew?! That means that there are a lot of individuals out there planning for their big day! It’s a good thing that this project is designed to inspire those planning for their special day to create quick, simple and elegant handmade wedding invitations.

Time: 30 minute
Skill: Beginner/Intermediate

Directions


Step 1

Cut a piece of decorative cardstock to size, 5 ¼” x 10”.  Fold up at 3” from the bottom.


Step 2

Tie sheer ribbon around the bottom portion of the folder.


Step 3

Print wedding announcement on a 5”x 7” piece of cardstock.


Step 4

Stamp floral image with Memento London Fog at top right and bottom left of invitation.


Step 5

Create a template to cover printed words and spray with Sheer Shimmer Craft Spray.


Step 6

Cut tissue paper to cover invitation.


Step 7

Slide invitation, with tissue cover, into the previously made folder.


Step 8

Stamp floral design on cardstock with StazOn Pigment ink in Piano Black.


Step 9

Using watercolor pen and VersaMagic ink, water-color floral image.


Step 10

With matching die, cut out floral image.


Step 11

Adhere to the bottom portion of folder front, see the example for placement. Try the same design in different color schemes.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Celebrate 360 – Sheer Ribbon
  • Alta New – Best Mom Stamp and Die set
  • Recollection – White Satin 12” x 12” paper
  • Paper Source – Invitation Tissue Paper

 

Learn How to Create a Vellum Overlay for Wedding Invitations

by Lindsay Adreon

Learn How to Create a Vellum Overlay for Wedding Invitations

I have always loved the look of vellum overlays on wedding invitations and making them yourself is super simple! In today’s video, I’m sharing a few different designs along with different ways to attach the vellum overlays! I hope you all enjoy it!

Skill: Beginner/Intermediate
Time: 20 minutes per invitation

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock
  • Vellum
  • Gold Deco Foil
  • Concord & 9th – Hello Lovely Stamp Set
  • White Eyelets
  • Waffle Flower – Plaid Play Stamp Set
  • Autumn Leaves Gilding Flakes
  • Brads
  • Acrylic Block
  • Fiskars Paper Cutter
  • Laminator

See How To Use Dura-Lar Matte Film To Make A Card

by Iris Rodriguez

See How To Use Dura Lar Matte Film To Make A Card

For this month, it’s was such a pleasure to make projects with Tsunkineko’s new StazOn Pigment Inks. These ink behave like pigment inks, however, they are permanent like the original StazOn ink. As if it does not get any better; this ink also takes details incredibly well. For this card, I used Dura-Lar film (it’s like vellum paper) to create a dimensional effect by stenciling bird images with the Peacock Feathers color of StazOn Pigment. I overlaid the stenciled film on a moonlit night background; also created with StazOn Pigment inks. It made for a great backdrop for the Peacock colored birds.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Step 1

Stencil the birds onto the Dura-Lar matte film. This film looks like vellum, except that it’s archival. It’s very strong, you can remove your images with rubbing alcohol or water as many times as you want and it does not warp. Permanent inks, like StazOn Pigment inks, do not rub off. I like using it because you can create layered dimensional effects.

Step 2

Cut out a circle for the moon. This will be used as a mask when inking the background.

Step 3

Place the circle over the cardstock paper and ink the background using the Piano Black StazOn Pigment ink.

Step 4

Ink the background with the Snowflake and Koala Gray StazOn Pigment inks.

Step 5

Add a little color to the background with the Peacock Feathers StazOn Pigment ink. Ink lightly and in random areas, do not ink the entire background.

Step 6

Spray the tacky spray to the background and adhere the Dura-Lar sheet.


Step 7

Lightly ink sections of the Dura-Lar background with the Koala Gray and Peacock Feathers StazOn inks. Do not ink over the birds. Stamp the sentiment.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Crafter’s Workshop – Birds 6 x 6 stencil
  • Joy Clair Stamps – Butterfly Kisses
  • Dur-lar Archival Film – Matte
  • Aleene’s All-Purpose Tacky Adhesive Spray

Learn to Make a Set of Matching Thank You Cards

by Kassy Tousignant

Learn to Make a Set of Matching Thank You Cards

Coral is Imagine’s Color of the month for February 2019. I couldn’t resist using this gorgeous Radiant Neon ink in Neon Coral!! It is really stunning. I wanted a bold contrasting color to pair with it so I chose the VersaFine Clair in Fantasia. They are a match made in heaven! I absolutely love the way the colors play off of each other. They are both strong, bold colors on their own and yet they work fabulously together!

I made both of these Thank You cards at the same time and they were completed quickly. Sometimes it’s nice to have a simple, yet beautiful thank you card ready to give at a moments notice.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Vellum
  • Cardstock – Silver glitter, white
  • Concord & 9th – flower/background stamp
  • Acrylic Block
  • Heat tool

Learn How To Create Cards With Versatile Vellum

by Elina Stromberg

Learn How To Create Cards With Versatile Vellum

As a paper crafter, I’m sure you’ve come across a material called vellum. Hundreds of years ago ‘vellum’ was used to describe a thin, yet durable paper made from calf’s skin, but today this translucent, parchment resembling specialty paper is made from cotton and pulp. Vellum is usually white, but it is available in various other colors, too. Vellum’s unique characteristics have made it a popular material among paper crafters. However, some crafters consider vellum to be a bit tricky material to work with and knowing a few tips and tricks may help in the process. The best way to get familiar with the versatility of vellum is just to start playing and experimenting. Let me share with you a couple of ideas of how I like to use this great material.

Layering vellum on patterned paper

Vellum is translucent so it can be placed over a patterned background without completely hiding the underlying pattern. This characteristic is a great way to calm down a busy background, and if you place other elements on the vellum layer they will not blend into the background pattern.

Layering vellum on patterned paper

Transparency of vellum has its pros and cons. The background pattern will show through, but so will most of the adhesives that you need to use for attaching vellum on the background. However, lightweight vellum does not require too much adhesive to stay in place, and the trick is to use glue only on spots that you can cover later with other elements like frames, cut-out images or sentimetns, flowers, sequins, enamel dots, buttons etc. For some projects, a stapler is a good option for fastening, and on other projects, a metal brad will do the trick.

In my card sample, I die-cut a paper frame that I used for hiding the glue marks.

In my card sample, I die-cut a paper frame that I used not only as a fun layout element, but also for hiding the glue marks where the vellum is attached to the background.

 

Heat embossing

Vellum is a great material for heat embossing. Same supplies (VersaMark and Embossing Powders) can be used for vellum and for paper, and the melted powder will stick as it does on paper.

Simply heat emboss the text on a piece of vellum and attach the strip on the card.

Translucent vellum takes heat embossing to a new level, providing new possibilities to layer stamped elements. This is especially the case with stamped sentiment texts that in some cases are tricky to position on a card. Simply heat emboss the text on a piece of vellum and attach the strip on the card. While the vellum will highlight the raised text, its translucent background will let the underlying pattern to show through too.

Coloring with inks or watercolors

Vellum can be colored with markers, pencils, paints, inks, and watercolors. Vellum does not absorb wet media too well and a watercolor painted vellum surface may start to curl. However, this vellum characteristics can be utilized for creating beautiful vellum flowers where you can use the curling as an advantage:

I started with stamping and heat embossing simple flower images on a piece of vellum.

I started with stamping and heat embossing simple flower images on a piece of vellum.

 

I colored the flowers with All-Purpose Ink in Cherry Pink, adding with a water brush quite a rich amount of water on the petals

I colored the flowers with All-Purpose Ink in Cherry Pink, adding with a water brush quite a rich amount of water on the petals. While vellum was still a bit moist, I cut out the flowers and dried the color with a heat gun.

On this card the background is heat-embossed also, using clear embossing powder.

Using the heat gun to dry the wet inks curled up the flower petals, and by layering two stamped flowers I created a beautiful 3-dimensional flower to be used on a card.

If you are not big on heat embossing, Delicata and Brilliance inks will dry on vellum without heat embossing. Remember though that it will take longer to dry on vellum than on standard cardstock.

Dry embossing

Vellum has a smooth finish that can easily be dry-embossed. The result looks amazing, as the embossed lines turn from frosty white to bright white. If you’re using embossing folders and a die-cutting machine, make sure that you’re applying as little pressure as possible on the folder. A detailed image and heavy pressure will easily break the vellum. I prefer using a stylus for dry embossing vellum. In this technique, I place the piece of vellum on a surface that is a bit soft, like the Imagine Craft Mat or a mouse pad, and trace the lines with a stylus. It’s important to apply just enough pressure to change the vellum from translucent to white, as a stylus can also tear or punch the vellum if too much pressure is used.

With a stylus, you can write texts, doodle swirls or draw

With a stylus, you can write texts, doodle swirls or draw. Instead of free-hand drawing, you can also use a stencil as your guidance. Just place a stencil on the vellum and trace the pattern with a stylus:

Instead of free-hand drawing, you can also use a stencil as your guidance.

I attached the vellum panel on the card with a few stitches on each edge as I did not want to frame it for this layout. Instead of hand-stitching, I could have used a sewing machine for attaching; it works just as well!

I used this dry-embossed vellum background for a simple card project. The dry embossed pattern adds a whimsical element that does not compete with the bold sentiment.

Hope these ideas inspire you to use vellum on your craft projects. I’m sure you will love the versatility of it!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • American Crafts – Vellum
  • Stamps: Carabelle Studio – ‘Little girl with ball’, Visible Image – ‘Somewhere In Time’, Honey Bee – ‘Congrats’, Stampin’Up! – ‘Diagonal Stripe’, Jasmine Jones+Studio Calico – ‘Happy Birthday’, Altenew – ‘Freeform Greenery’.
  • Other stamps: “Thanks” sentiment, Flowers
  • Sizzix – Nesting dies
  • Fiskars – Stylus
  • Dot stencil
  • Water brush
  • Cardstock
  • Card bases
  • Embroidery yarn & needle

Create a Beautiful Lavender Butterfly Card

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Create a Beautiful Lavender Butterfly Card

Hello everyone! If you know or follow me, maybe you know that I always say that stencils are my endless love. Today, I am sharing with you a greeting card created with a dimensional stencil. When I say dimensional, I am referring to stencils that you can move or rotate to create special effects. On this card, I am using the Weave Builder Stencil from Altenew with two different colors of Memento Ink: Lulu Lavender, and Grape Jelly.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

Directions

 
Step 1

Take a piece of whisper white cardstock and secure your stencil with masking tape. Select two colors of Memento Ink that are light and dark. I suggest using similar colors if you want to create a “progressive effect” for example two purples or two greens. Start applying the dark color (Memento Grape Jelly) with a jumbo dauber. Rotate your stencil 180 degrees and line up the pattern. Now ink with the lighter color of ink (Memento Lulu Lavender).


Step 2

Resize the stenciled layer and paste directly over the mat and card base. Using Vellum cardstock, cut the butterfly design. In my model, I used two different layers, the A and D, from the Sparkler Butterfly Stackable Dies. Create loops using linen thread and paste over the card using glue dots. Paste the vellum butterfly over the thread and decorate on the center with an irRESISTible drop in Grape Jelly. Finish the card by adding a stamped sentiment. In my model, I used one sentiment included on the stamp set Life’s Breeze from Joy Clair Stamps.

Supplies

Imagine

Other:

  • Altenew – Weave Builder Stencil
  • Birch Press – Sparkler Butterfly Layers A & D
  • Joy Clair Stamps – Life’s Breeze stamp set
  • Color Thread
  • Glue Dots
  • Cardstock – Elegant Eggplant, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
  • Vellum cardstock
  • Die Cut Machine
  • Masking Tape