Be Inspired by a Snowman Favor Bag for a Friend

by Mischelle Smith

I love primitive décor and wanted to create a favor bag for the holidays that reflected that love. I also wanted to make something especially for friends! This simple project does both and comes together quickly. Enjoy!

Stamp snowmen and ‘friend’ with VersaFine Sepia ink and emboss with clear emboss powder. Color images with Memento Ink using waterbrush. Adhere torn pieces of dictionary pages as desired. Wrap snowmen with silver thread and attach to bag. Diecut snowflake. Attach silver thread and sequin. Adhere to bag. Add eyelet to saying and attach to snowflake.

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampin’ Up! – Santa and Friends
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Heat Tool
  • Crop-a-dile
  • Eyelet
  • White Glitter Paper
  • Snowflake Die
  • Die Cutting machine
  • Silver Metallic Thread
  • Hampton Arts – Alphabet stamps
  • Old dictionary pages
  • White sequin
  • Adhesive
  • Canvas bag
  • Waterbrush

Create a Cute Chocolate Bulldog Watercolored Card

by Jowilna Nolte

Who doesn’t love chocolate and dogs? How about a chocolate colored dog? Well, then you are in luck because today’s handmade card project has both. Imagine challenged the Artists in Residence with three topics to choose from –Aubergine Color of the Month, chocolate and ‘What “wood” you do?’.  When I saw a chocolate theme, I chose this fun bulldog stamped image and created layers of chocolate  watercolored goodness using some of my favorite ink products.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Stamp a background image in VersaMark ink and emboss using Clear embossing powder.


Step 2

Once the embossing has cooled down use a jumbo dauber and Brilliance inker to blend color over the embossed background. The background offers a beautiful resist effect and the Brilliance loads of shimmering goodness.


Step 3

Stamp the bulldog image in VersaFine Onyx Black onto smooth white cardstock. Add a drop of the same inker onto a palette and add some water, then paint the stamped image using the Brilliance ink in Coffee Bean and colored the little socks in a contrasting light blue. Once these steps are complete then assemble the card in your own style. I stamped “celebrate this life” on a separate piece of cardstock, added button embellishments to match the bulldog’s button eyes, and little stripe of washi tape.

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Jowilna Nolte – Sentiment Stamp
  • Dylusions – Bulldog Stamp
  • Cardstock
  • Button
  • Diamanté
  • Washi tape
  • Heat gun

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Create Texture and Color with Beautiful Aubergine Stars

by Jowilna Nolte

Create Texture and Color with Beautiful Aubergine Stars Thank you Card Tsukineko imagine crafts jowilna nolte

I love the richness of Aubergine – not quite purple but not quite blue either – perfectly located in between. This warm and rich color is so versatile and can be used in a number of ways. The great thing about ink is that on the color spectrum Imagine offers such a huge variety of inks that cover most every need. And when you want a hue that is just slightly unique, blending together ink from two or more inkers is just the ticket. Let’s take a look how this wonderful color can be mixed using our range of products.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

 

Directions

Memento Luxe Rhubarb Stalk and Mulberry dye ink and mix well into the texture paste
Step 1

I needed to mix my color to get just the tone I was looking for, so decided to mix two of my inkers to get the perfect shade of Aubergine texture paste for this card. On a palette add a small amount of texture paste. Add a few drops of Memento Luxe Rhubarb Stalk and Mulberry Tsukineko dye ink and mix well into the texture paste.


Step 2

Position your stencil on a piece of colored scrap cardstock. (My background was misted with dye inks in various colors from a previous crafting session. You could create a special background or use printed cardstock.)  Apply the colored paste through the stencil.


Carefully remove the stencil while the paste is still wet and leave to dry naturally for a flawless finish.
Step 3

Carefully remove the stencil while the paste is still wet and leave to dry naturally for a flawless finish.


Add a stamped sentiment, additional cut out stenciled stars and some scattered diamanté.
Step 4

Trim the stenciled panel down to fit onto the front of your folded card and adhere in place. Add a stamped sentiment, additional cut out stenciled stars and some scattered diamanté. For the extra special touch, use a sewing machine to stitch it all together, otherwise adhesive will do.

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Jowilna Nolte – Star stencil, diamanté
  • Cardstock
  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • Stamp – “thank you” sentiment

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Get these Fabulous Must Have Holiday Craft Supplies Today

Get these Fabulous Must Have Craft Supplies Today Imagine Crafts Tsukineko

It’s October! We can’t believe 2017 has flown by so fast! It is already that time of year when the holiday buzz is in full swing! We hope you are gearing up for a fantastic season and to help you along we asked our Artists in Residence to recommend their favorite holiday crafting supplies from Imagine and Tsukineko. Check out what they have to say!

Nadine Carlier and Renee Zarate's Pick for the Holidays is Amplify! White

Nadine Carlier & Renee Zarate’s Pick for the Holidays is Amplify! in White

Nadine says, “It’s a must have to create snow. When it “puffs” up it looks just like snow. Perfect to flock stamped trees, to create snowy hills, make snowmen ⛄️ or just about anything snowy.” 😊

Renee says, “This time of year makes me think of snow so my seasonal pick would be Radiant Neon Amplify in White. Many children have vacation days or snow days coming up, the Amplify products are so much fun to apply and watch puff up. Now is the time for parents to stock up on snow day products with kids in mind.”

Martha's Pick for the Holidays is VersaFine Satin Red

Martha’s Pick for the Holidays is VersaFine Satin Red

“The most vibrant color for Christmas and is perfect for embossing.”

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou's Pick for the Holidays is Vertigo Sheets

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou’s Pick for the Holidays is Vertigo Sheets

“Until now, it was plastic, not fantastic…but the Vertigo sheets made me like plastic on crafts! Plus, they are versatile to use on various projects!”

Mischelle's Pick for the Holidays is Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz!

Mischelle’s Pick for the Holidays is Sparkle Sheer Shimmer!

“It’s the bow on top of the package. The finishing touch.”

Jennifer Vanderbeek's Pick for the Holidays is Metallic Creative Medium

Jennifer Vanderbeek’s Pick for the Holidays is Metallic Creative Medium

“Add shimmer and dimension to cards, tags, and presents, too!”

Roni Johnson and Alison Heikkila's Pick for the Holidays is Delicata

Roni Johnson & Alison Heikkila’s Pick for the Holidays is Delicata

Roni says, “I love the deep rich colors combined with the delicate shimmer that each offers. They are just perfect for the holidays no matter which one(s) you celebrate!”

Alison says, “There are no better shimmery inks out there. You can ink the edges of your cards so beautifully and simply, to get a regal look. The refills can give you fun splashes and splatters of color plus shine and shimmer.”

Elina Strömberg's Pick for the Holidays is Embossing Powder

Elina Strömberg’s Pick for the Holidays is Embossing Powder

“Will be used on every Christmas card I’ll make.”

Neva Elyn Cole's Pick for the Holidays is StazOn

Neva Elyn Cole’s Pick for the Holidays is StazOn

“These are wonderful inks to decorate ornaments and other home decor items for the holidays. You can create keepsakes for your family and friends that will be treasured for years!”

Jowilna Nolte's Pick for the Holidays is On Point Glue

Jowilna Nolte’s Pick for the Holidays is On Point Glue

“I can sprinkle it with red, green, clear, gold and silver glitter turning it into the most versatile item for festive details. I can add shimmer to all kinds of projects, glue them and add colour! My most favorite adhesive and multipurpose item.”
And for employee picks ~

Amanda Harryman's Pick for the Holidays is Irresistibles Pico Shimmer

Amanda Harryman’s Pick for the Holidays is Irresistible Pico Embellisher in Shimmer

“I added a touch of Shimmer irRESISTible to most of my Christmas cards last year because I love the little shimmery glossy touch. Even if it is a small element in the layout, it adds a super fun little touch of texture and shine.”

Marcie McCabe’s Pick for the Holidays is Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray

“I love the random patterns of color and shimmer that Fireworks offers. You can go crazy with a deep saturation of color and shimmer.”

 

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Watch a Video on Creating an Eerie Night Sky

by Nadine Carlier

Spooky Night Sky by Nadine Carlier Imagine Crafts

 

I have always loved the purple and black color combo and especially for Halloween cards. This eerie night sky background was really easy to do, all you need is just a couple VersaColor inks, some Memento ink, and some sponge daubers. Doesn’t the white moon really pop next to the purple?

Watch my video tutorial below to see exactly how I created my card. Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 min.

Supplies

Imagine
Other

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Make Super Easy DIY Christmas Gift Tags with Delicata

Christmas is a crafter’s time to shine! Between cardmaking, gift wrapping, and other crafting awesomeness, creative folks have a lot to do and to plan for. Today we remind you to get a jump start on gift tags with two projects by Jennifer Vanderbeek and Roni Johnson. Enjoy!

Wrapping gifts for friends and loved ones can be a bit of a chore. To keep it simple, pick a couple solid colors of paper or tissue to use on all gifts

Stamped Gift Tags by Jennifer Vanderbeek

It’s never too early to get ready for gift-giving! Wrapping gifts for friends and loved ones can be a bit of a chore. To keep it simple, pick a couple solid colors of paper or tissue to use on all gifts and use ribbon and tags to add a personal touch. It’s quick and easy to make a batch of tags ahead of time, then you can pop the tag into the bag with the gift until it’s time to wrap them up!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock
  • Acrylic Blocks
  • 
Studio Calico – Wanderer stamp set
  • 
Simon Says Stamp – Swell Christmas, Merry and Bright stamp sets
  • Stampabilities – Everyday Expressions stamp set
  • Hot Off the Press – Snowflake Stencil
  • 
Repositionable tape
  • 
Fiskars – Hole punch, scissors

create a gradient metallic background using Delicata Inks and a sponge dauber

Metallic Holiday Gift Tags by Roni Johnson

In the past, our holiday celebration for our immediate family has been a small affair with my husband, myself and our 2 boys. Our family has grown by leaps and bounds so I need to rethink my holiday plans this year. I used to just buy 2 rolls of wrapping paper – one for each of the boys. If I continue with that plan I’d end up with a whole raft of wrapping papers and I’d have to try to match it to each individual’s personalities. This year I decided to do away with the stress and expense of the whole gift wrapping process by purchasing a roll of white butcher paper to wrap the gifts and make the tags the eye candy instead.

Gift tags blended with colorful Delicata inks in red, green, blue and rose gold overstamped with a musical sheet stamp in Delicata Gold.

Buy or cut tags from cream colored cardstock. Create a gradient metallic background using Delicata Inks and a sponge dauber. Stamp sheet music on the tag using Golden Glitz Delicata ink. Stamp holly or other seasonal design on each tag. Finally stamp the recipient’s name. You’ll be left with a beautiful set of metallic tags that shimmer and shine in all the right places and still have the personalized vibe. Sure to be a crowd pleaser on Christmas morning!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – cream
  • Just For Fun Rubber Stamps – Vintage Sheet Music
  • StampTangle – Holly Stamps
  • CTMH – The Works Alphabet Stamps
  • MFT – Tag Die

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