Learn How to Make an Astrological Card

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By Alison Heikkila –

Hello! It’s time for my newest post for Imagine, as an official part of the 2022 Design Team. After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, many of us are wiped out, or even burnt out from making cards and gifts all season. Because of that, I decided to come up with a fast card that doesn’t take a ton of effort, but looks like it did because of the layering.

Skill Level: Beginner
Time: 15 to 20 Minutes

Directions:

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Step 1:

Adhere your 3″ x 5″ Gel Press to an acrylic block. While you can adhere it to your work surface, but if it’s attached to a block, you can control where it goes on your printing plate.

 

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Step 2:

Apply Versa Fine Clair Ink in Twilight to the Gel Press Plate. I applied it in rows, but you can do it however you like.

Step 3:

Squeeze on a bit of Silvery Shimmer Delicata reinker. You don’t need too much.

 

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Step 4:

Using a brayer, roll the colors together. Try not to overmix them.

 

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Step 5:

While the inks are still wet, flip the Gel Press Plate on to the printing plate. Since it’s on an acrylic block, you can place the Gel Plate wherever you want easily. Press the Gel Press into the printing plate firmly.

Step 6:

Flip the Gel Press back over, and lay a piece of copy paper on top. This will create your print. Press the paper firmly and evenly all over the plate to get a good transfer.

 

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Step 7:

Carefully peel back the paper to reveal your print. You can place the paper back down before you peel up the entire thing if you feel that you need to transfer the ink more.

 

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Step 8:

After I made 3 more prints, I chose the one I wanted to use on my card. I went with my first print, which is the upper right. I tore the edges around the print instead of trimming it smoothly.

 

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Step 9:

Using an edger die, trim a piece of navy colored cardstock to create a mat around your print.

Step 10:

Using Silvery Shimmer Delicata Ink, ink up the edges of the die cut mat.

 

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Step 11:

On a gray card base, ink the right side with VersaMark ink. Try to not make it even, so that it has a more organic feel.

Step 12:

Sprinkle Mboss in Shimmering Night Sky on to the wet ink. Shake off excess, and heat set with a heat tool.

 

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Step 13:

Adhere your layers. I added a stamped and die cut sentiment, as well as some jewels. For the jewels, I used On Point Glue.

 

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The finished card has lots of shine and cool texture. Using your inks and reinkers on a Gel Press Plate gives you the ability to mix colors from different lines and get beautiful, soft effects.

 

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Again, using all of these layers may make it seem that this card took a lot of time, but it really didn’t because making the print is such a fast process. And you can choose to use a larger Gel Press Plate to cut down on some of the layers.

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine:

• VersaFine Clair Ink in Twilight
• Delicata Ink Pad & Reinker in Silvery Shimmer
• VersaMark Ink Pad
• MBoss in Shimmering Night Sky
• On Point Glue
• Craft Mat

Other:

• Gel Press: 3″ x 5″ Plate
• Carabelle Studio: Zodiac Printing Plate
• Speedball: Brayer
• Stampendous: Deckle Die Set, Slim Acrylic Handle
• Pinkfresh Studios: Perfect Sentiments stamp & die set
• Doodles Paper Playground: Silver Starburst Rhinestones
• Gray card base, white copy paper, navy cardstock
• Heat Tool

THANKS, You Mean So Much To Me with Imagine Crafts

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By LeeAnn McKinney –

Hi there friends and fellow crafters, LeeAnn here with a fun Thanks card, using products you might not think about when not using them in the means intended.

I purchased a few (4) Hot Foil Dies a couple months ago, and didn’t have the machine needed to play with them. So I’ve been thinking, and decided to use them like a letter press. I inked up the Fall Leaves with VersaFine Clair Pigment Ink in Tulip Red, Summertime Cheerful, Verdant and Pinecone, taped it to a panel of Mixed Media Cardstock and then did the same with the word “Thanks”, using Delicata Golden Glitz. I used a piece of heavyweight cardstock and rubber embossing pad, on my big shot platform, then added my panel with the foil plates adhered to it and then the regular top plate, ran it through my big shot twice (forward then back) and wow, other than a little over-inking where I tried to cover up with some sequins they turned out amazing. I used On Point Glue to adhere the sequins and Tear It! Tape to adhere the panel to my cardbase. I also heat embossed the secondary part of the sentiment using Mboss Gold Embossing Powder.

Hope you enjoy. Watch until the end and let me know which card you prefer, the card on the left without the sequins or the card on the right with the sequins. Oh, forgot that I used Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz on my panel as well.

Thanks for watching, have a great day.

 

Art Supplies

Imagine:

 

• VersaFine Clair

• VersaMark Watermark Ink

• Paper Delicata

• Mboss

• Craft Mat

• On Point Glue

• Tear It! Tape

• Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz

 

Other Products:

• Kraft Cardstock (heat embossed strip)
• Heavyweight Letter Press Cardstock
• Aww-Tumn Embellishment Sequin Mix

 

 

How to Make a Lunar Cat Greeting Card

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By Kyriakos Pachadiroglou –

Create a dark sky background by blending MEMENTO inks on white card stock and adding details with sprinkles of All-Purpose ink White and Wisteria colors. Use the On Point glue to set little rhinestones and the Tear It! Tape to attach the background to a card base.

Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 Hour

Directions:

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Step 1

Cut a 4x6in piece of heavy card stock and using a jumbo Sponge Dauber heavily distress it with the MEMENTO Paris Dusk ink pad.

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Step 2

Repeat with the MEMENTO Grape Jelly ink pad.

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Step 3

Use a small Sponge Dauber to add more detail with VersaColor Indigo ink pad.

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Step 4

Sprinkle All-Purpose White and Wisteria inks on the card piece and let it dry.

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Step 5

Cut a 3 /14″ circle and color with VersaFine CLAIR Golden Meadow, while pressing the Sponge Dauber a bit on some place creating spots imitating the moon surface.

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Step 6

Stamp the face of the cat with the VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne.

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Step 7

Glue the moon on the background card using the On Point Glue and add small dots of it to set the rhinestones around.

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Step 8

Add some ribbon and the quote chip.

Art Supplies:

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• VersaColor – Indigo

• VersaFine CLAIR – Golden Meadow, Nocturne

• MEMENTO – Grape Jelly, Paris Dusk

• All-Purpose Ink – White, Wisteria

• Tear It! Tape

• Sponge Daubers

• On Point Glue

Other

• White Card Stock

• Cat Themed Stamps

• Orange Color Mesh Ribbon

• Orange Color Rhinestones

• Tim Holtz Ideology Quote Chips

• Hot Glue

How to Make Purr-fectly Fun Cat Fairy Lights

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By Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

-Decorate your home with a cat themed fairy light string with stamped designs on tracing paper using StazOn inks and creating paper lamp shades. Attach the paper lamp shades on a battery powered led string and place them in any corner for the house.

Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 Hour

Directions:

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Step 1

Cut 2×5 ½ ” pieces of cad stock. Score on 2 ½ ” from each edge to the short side.

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Step 2

Make an X cutting to the center of the card stock cuttings (this will be the opening that will the lights)

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Step 3

Use the circle punch to create openings to one side of the card stock cuttings.

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Step 4

Color with the VersaFine CLAIR Summertime ink pad and a Sponge Dauber.

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Step 5

Distress with the MEMENTO Grape Jelly ink pad.

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Step 6

Stamp the cat design on the tracing paper using StazOn Jet black.

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Step 7

Cut along the designs, (about 2″ squares), turn to the back the tracing paper and color with StazOn Iris ink pad.

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Step 8

Place Tear It! Tape in the blank side (inner side to be) of the card stock cuttings, above and below the circular opening.

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Step 9

Set the tracing paper cuttings, stamped with the cat designs, to cover the circular opening and fold to attach the short edges.

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Step 10

Place led lights on the X opening made earlier.

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Art Supplies:

Imagine

• StazOn – Jet Black, Iris

• VersaFine CLAIR – Summertime

• MEMENTO – Grape Jelly

• Tear It! Tape

• Sponge Daubers

Other

• White Card Stock

• Tracing Paper

• Cat Themed Stamps

• 1.5in Circle Punch

• Battery Operated Lights String

• Kraft Knife

Halloween Fun with Memento Inks and Imagine Crafts

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By LeeAnn McKinney

– Hi there friends and fellow crafters, It’s LeeAnn with a fun Halloween Card I made using Memento Dew Drops, a stencil, and some die cuts. Also a cute kitty using a multilayered stamp set.
Thanks for watching!

 

 

Art Supplies

Imagine:

• Imagine Crafts Craft Mat
• Tear it Tape
• VersaFine Clair Nocturne
• Memento Dew Drop Dandelion
• Memento Dew Drop Gray Flannel
• Memento Dew Drop London Fog
• Memento Dew Drop Tuxedo Black
• Memento Dew Drop Tangelo
• Memento Dew Drop Peanut Brittle
• Memento Dew Drop Grape Jelly
• On Point Glue

 
Other Products:

• Kat Scrappiness Crafters Essentials Halloween Dies
• Kat Scrappiness Boo-gy Ghosts Dies
• Kat Scrappiness Toil and Trouble Layering Stamp Set
• Scrappy Tails Starry Night 3 Layer Stencil Set

 

Make an Autumn Blessings Card with Imagine Crafts

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By LeeAnn McKinney

– Howdy friends and fellow crafters, LeeAnn here with a fun Autumn card for you today. I spritzed, I sprayed, I brayered and dabbed… a little bit of it all. Now sit back and lets get inky…

 

Art Supplies

Imagine:

• Kaleidacolor Vineyard Ink Pad

• Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray: Summer Sky

• VersaFine Clair: Pinecone

• Craft Mat

• Tear It! Tape

• Sheer Shimmer Craft Spray: Gold

 
Other Products:

• Trinity Stamps Beautiful Breeze 4×8 Stamp Set

• Trinity Stamps Seasonal Winds 6×6 Stencil

• Tim Holtz Guillatine Trimmer

• Fiskars Trimmer

• DCWV Shimmer Paper

• Accent Opaque 120lb Cardstock

• Bristol Smooth Cardstock

• MISTI