You Got This! Love, Coffee

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

You Got This! Love, Coffee Cards

Having the Joy Clair’s Coffee Love stamp set, I couldn’t resist from making something for the love for coffee. I decided to create handmade pockets that hold the gift cards with a natural kraft paper look that you often see as the color of coffee bags or elements in coffee shops. This is a perfect card design for the coffee lover in your life.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Stamp the coffee cup image with VersaFine Clair in Rain Forest, cover with Imagine’s Embossing Powder in Clear and heat set.


Step 2

Lightly color the stamped image with VersaColor in Pinecone and Black ink pads using a BrushStix and stamp a coffee bean with the VersaFine Clair Pinecone ink pad.


Step 3

Cut along the stamped coffee cup.


Step 4

Stamp coffee mug using the VersaFine Clair Tulip red instead, shade with VersaColor and fussy cut the shape.


Step 5

On a piece of kraft cardstock 3 ½ x 8 inch, scored in half long side, stamp the circle design with VersaMark, cover with Imagine’s Embossing Powder in White and heat set.


Step 6

Mark ½ in from both short sides, cut straight from one to about 1-inch from the scored point and follow the stamped design removing the kraft paper.


Step 7

Turn the kraft card around and place Tear It! Tape on the sides. Fold and glue. The pocket is ready. Repeat with the second one.


Step 8

Distress edges of the kraft paper pockets with VersaColor White.


Step 9

Stamp sentiments from Joy Clair Coffee Love stamp set on white and kraft card stocks with VersaFine Clair in Nocturne.


Step 10

Cut curvy shapes along the white paper. Cut straight the kraft paper and distress with VersaColor White.


Step 11

Glue the coffee mug and cup. Then glue the kraft stamped “Enjoy”sentiment and end with the white cardstock “You Got This” sentiment.


Step 12

Add coffee beans by stamping with the VersaFine Clair in Pinecone.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Joy Clair – Coffee Love stamp set, Hugs and Smiles stamp set
  • Cardstock – white, kraft
  • Heat tool
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife

Project Swap: Learn How to Make a Friend Celebration Card

Project Swap: Learn How to Make a Friend Celebration Card

Welcome back for another Artist Project Swap with Jennifer and Kyriakos. For the Month of May, we challenged our artists to exchange tutorials and create each other’s designs in order to see how each of our artists interprets style and choices. The receiving artist did not know who designed the project, nor did they receive any images! In today’s post, Jennifer writes the directions and recommended supplies list and Kyriakos created the project.

Learn How to Make a Friend Celebration Card by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Project Swap: Learn How to Make a Friend Celebration Card

Sometimes we need to tell our friends how much we love and appreciate them! In this cardmaking tutorial, I go through several steps of stenciling and stamping to create a cute card using Creative Medium, Fireworks Spray, and VersaFine Clair. The combination of shimmer with complimenting colors creates a fun and bright look. See how I did it!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Mix Creative Medium in Clear and Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray in New Sprout on the Craft Mat with a palette knife and press through a circle stencil positioned on the center-right side of a 3 ¾” x 5 ¾” piece of white cardstock. Allow to dry or set with heat tool.


Step 2

Stamp sets of stems and centers of flowers with VersaFine Clair ink in Verdant, focusing more to the left of the Creative Medium.


Step 3

Stamp details with VersaColor ink in Orchid over flower centers.


Step 4

Stamp filler details around the top and sides of the card front and add leaves to the stems with Memento Luxe ink pads in Pistachio and Pear Tart.


Step 5

Stamp a butterfly next to one of the flowers with VersaColor in Orchid.


Step 6

Stamp a sentiment in VersaFine Clair in Nocturne in the lower right card front.


Step 7

Mat the completed card front to a 4”x 6” piece of pink cardstock and attached to a card base.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Artemio Fleur clear stamps
  • KaiserCraft – Tigerlilly clear stamps
  • The Crafters Workshop – Mini Mod Spirals stencil
  • Cardstock – pink, white
  • Heat tool
  • 5 x 7 card base

Original Design by Jennifer

What do you think of Kyriakos’ interpretation of Jennifer’s tutorial?

Comment below!

Create an Ultraviolet Mother’s Day Hugs Card

by Roni Johnson

Create an Ultraviolet Mother’s Day Hugs Card

When I found out the color of the month for March would be Ultraviolet I was so excited. I wanted to get a jump start on upcoming holiday cards and I KNEW this would be the perfect time to make a Mother’s Day card for my mom. She LOVES purple! So much so that she has purple highlights in her hair. Yes, you read that correctly! My mom who is in her 7th decade of life is a bit on the wild side so this card will fit her perfectly.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 25 Minutes

Directions

Stamp with Radiant Neon Electric Purple.
Step 1

Place a piece of white cardstock in a stamp positioning tool. Stamp the marble background with Radiant Neon Electric Purple.


the marble stamp with VersaColor Neptune Ink
Step 2

Apply ink to some areas of the marble stamp with VersaColor Neptune Ink using a sponge dauber to create depth in the marble pattern and stamp again.


Step 3

Sprinkle Imagine’s Embossing Powder in Sparkle over the image. Shake off excess and heat to melt the powder.


Step 4

Spread an even layer of Iridescent Purple Creative Medium over a 5 ½” x 8 ¼” piece of black cardstock using a palette knife. Set aside to dry.


Step 5

Die cut the “Hugs” sentiment from the center of the marbled panel, then die cut a frame from the edge of the panel.


Step 6

Adhere the black Creative Medium panel onto a purple card base; mount the frame to the card using Tear It Tape. Mount the sentiment panel to the card base using double stick foam tape.


Step 7

Die cut fishtail banner from white cardstock. Stamp sentiment on the banner using VersaColor Neptune ink. Adhere to the card. Die cut “big” from a scrap of the Creative Medium cardstock and adhere using On Point Glue.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • MFT Stamps – Bottle Cap Alphabet; Fishtail Banner; Stitched Frame, “HUGS”, Marble Background Stamp
  • Double Stick Tape
  • Cardstock
  • My Sweet Petunia – MISTI Stamping Tool
  • Heat tool

Color of the Month for February is Raspberry Red

Color of the Month for February is Raspberry Red

The Color of the Month for February is Raspberry Red! This is a beautiful color that can be found in fashion, crafts, and home decor. We love raspberry red because it has an electric look that occurs from the slight tint of purple in the deep red color. It is not purple, not magenta, not pink and it is not quite red either. We choose this color because of Tsukineko’s exciting and latest release of VersaFine Clair and the gorgeous raspberry-like color called Glamorous. Some other great raspberry colors in the Tsukineko inks are Memento Love Letter, VersaColor Raspberry, and StazOn in Fuchsia Pink so if you have any of these colors on and you are creating projects this month then you may qualify for…

Imagine Color Challenge with a $30 Give-A-Way!!

We are announcing the Imagine Color Challenge for the month of February! Use rich raspberry colors from any Imagine or Tsukineko product in any crafty project. The project can be a card, scrapbook page, mixed media focus, home décor, etc of any size or shape. Post a finished project with mention of our product by February 28th on your social media. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and tag the photo of your project with the hashtag #imaginecolorchallenge. At the end of the month, our team will select a random winner from all who have participated! We will be re-posting or sharing some entries all month long!

How is the winner judged?

At random lottery selection of those that met the requirements. We will comb through all the social media posts and enter your name into a random lottery.

Prize

$30 dollars of products from the Imagine Shop shipped anywhere in the US.

Rules

  • Tag us on either Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with our handle and the hashtag #imaginecolorchallenge
  • Post a high-quality photo of the project. Blurry or low-resolution photos will not qualify
  • Must use Tsukineko or Imagine products and name them. Example: Fireworks Craft Spray, Memento Luxe, VersaFine, VersaMark, etc.
  • Must use the Raspberry Red color
  • Must be a newly created project
  • Projects posted between February 1 and February 28, 2018 (at midnight PST) are to be considered.

For inspiration stay tuned to our blog this month

Elina Stromberg has created a Congrats card using VersaFine Clair.

Elina Stromberg has created a Congrats card using VersaFine Clair.

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou created a lovely Mardi Gras mask using StazOn Studio Glaze.

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou created a lovely Mardi Gras mask using StazOn Studio Glaze.

Jowilna Nolte has created this lovely scrapbook layout using VersaFine Clair and Fireworks Shimmery Craft Sprays.

Jowilna Nolte has created this lovely scrapbook layout using VersaFine Clair and Fireworks Shimmery Craft Sprays.

 

 

Thank you visiting the Imagine blog and stayed tuned for more on these and other lovely projects!

 

Hello! Ciao! Salut! It Is World Hello Day!

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Hello! Ciao! Salut! It Is World Hello Day!

Today is World Hello Day! Written in many languages and in different colors, the card comes just to say “Hello” and spread the message everywhere!

Making this card was quick and easy and only takes a couple steps. The square background cardstock is stamped with words in different sizes, languages and fonts using a wide range of VersaColor and Memento ink pads for a colorful result. The center grey square shade is made of tracing paper with Memento Tuxedo Black applied with a sponge dauber. Both the globe and the main red “Hello” are Imagine’s embossing powders to add a shine and intense color. The “Hello” is stamped on another piece of tracing paper. Once all the stamping is finished then you can layer the elements with the various “Hello” sentiments on as the base, washi tape, the tracing paper, then the globe and an embossed “Hello” on the top!

Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog and if you enjoyed this tutorial then please comment below or share on social media! 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Globe stamp
  • Letter stamps (multiple sources)
  • White cardstock
  • Washi tape
  • Tracing paper
  • Heat gun

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

Imagine
Other
  • 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

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

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