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Sweet Treats for You by Neva Cole

Time for a few candy treats, Halloween candy that is! This sweet little-handled box was easy to create with dies and stamps and is ready to give to a special someone! The box was die cut then stamped to create a balanced use of the images. One side of the box is die cut to create an opening for a window that is finished with a bit of recycled packaging. The die cut itself is used to make a matching tag. To outline the sentiment in coordinating colors the image was stamped several times just out of alignment to create the shadow effect. Add a few bakers twine to tie the tag to the box and a few mini candy bars finish off the little gift.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • The Stamps of Life – Handle Box die, Candy2Share stamp set, Wrapped Candy die set
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs – Stitched Rectangles die set
  • Eyelet
  • Bakers twine
  • Dimensional Foam Adhesive

 


Halloween Tombstone Treat Box Template by Roni Johnson

Halloween is quickly approaching and this year I’m lucky enough to have 3 little ones to spoil this year. I thought it would be fun to make a Tombstone Treat Box to hold their “loot”.

To create the initial layer of color on the tombstone background start by pouncing Niagra Mist, Aloe Vera and Sahara Sand VersaMagic inks on the Craft Mat. Mist the inks with water and pounce the cardstock into the ink mixture until you are satisfied with the color. Let the cardstock dry completely. Since VersaMagic is such a dense ink this step will not take long.

Next, pounce Green and Purple Encore’ ink onto the craft mat, mist with water and dip the cardstock in the ink one or more times. Once again, let the cardstock dry. Crumble the paper to create the spooky wrinkle texture. Sponge London Fog Memento Dye ink over the creases in the paper with a Jumbo Dauber to highlight the wrinkles and give it a distressed, worn look. Print the tombstone treat box pattern and use as a guide to cut out the treat box. You can also ink directly onto the template but I choose not to because I did not want the cut lines and folds to show. Assemble the tombstone using Tear It Tape. Ink the edges of the tombstone with Black Memento Dye Ink. Add desired stamped images and sentiments.

And the best part, fill with lots of chocolates and candies then… Enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine

Other

 

Color of the Month for October

October Color of the Month Aubergine

We are excited for the turn in the weather and to announce October’s Color of the Month Aubergine! This deep rich purple is inspired by the deeper colors of fall and the fun purple colors associated with witch costumes during Halloween. Stay tuned for another Color of the Month Challenge and in the mean time check out these gorgeous projects by Imagine Artists.

 

Aubergine Tile by Alison Heikkila

Hello! The color of the month from Imagine is officially Aubergine, which is a beautiful, soft, muted purple. I decided to pair this color with shades of teal, which is one of my favorite color combinations.

I stamped the Sunny Tile Stamp from Stampendous with VersaFine Ink and colored it with Memento Markers. The color palette of the Memento Markers are so lovely, it’s easy to color in images and know that everything will work together harmoniously. Then I trimmed it out and and found some aubergine colored cardstock. I sprayed the lighter colored cardstock with Sweet Plum Fireworks! and the deeper color with Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Frost. I also added a lovely sentiment from Hero Arts with Eggplant VersaMagic.

This card came together very quickly once my image was colored. And I just love these colors together. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampendous: Sunny Tile Stamp
  • Hero Arts: You Are Loved Messages
  • Aubergine colored cardstock

Sending Happy Thoughts by Neva Cole

Sending Happy Thoughts Aubergine is such a rich fall color, and many things in nature sport this amazing hue. Lotus flowers come in many versions, and one is the lovely color of aubergine. Using a layered stamp made quick work of creating a few charming flowers to decorate a pretty card. A bit of Electric Yellow Amplify! adds the stamen texture to the lotus flower. The basket weave background matches the leaves perfectly as the same Memento ink was applied to the embossing folder as was used to stamp the leaf images. Blending two colors Versa Magic ink creates a realistic color for the water of the pond, which reminded me of the photo that inspired this classic card. To carry the color theme throughout the card, a backing layer is inked with an ink blusher and matching Elderberry Memento ink. The sentiment is also stamped in the vivid Aubergine color to complete the look.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Altenew – Lotus stamp set and matching die set
  • Joy Clair – Hello Sentimental stamp set
  • Cuttlebug – Basket weave embossing folder

Hello Beautiful Greeting Card by Roni Johnson

Aubergine Aubergine, beautiful aubergine…this card was inspired by a lovely silk memo board I saw while I was out shopping one day. It was done up in blues which is why it caught my eye but I thought it could easily be used for Imagine’s color of the month – Aubergine.

Sponge Neptune VersaColor over a 6×6 piece of white cardstock. No need to be tidy, this is only the base layer of color. Position the cardstock as shown on the ScorePal ; score every ½”. Rotate the piece of cardstock and score the cross lines. The cardstock should now look like this (back side shown). Crease all of the score marks to really make the lines stand out. Use the sponge dauber and apply more Neptune ink to every score line. The piece of cardstock will now look like this. Stamp images using several shades of Memento Dye ink and die-cut. Die-cut 3 frames; sponge Silver Delicata ink on one of the frames and on a 5.5” x 5.5” piece of white cardstock. Assemble the layers on a 6×6” aubergine card base. Double sided foam tape was used to adhere the largest flower to the card. The three frame layers were glued together with the silver frame on top. Silver irRESISTible Pico Embellisher was dotted where the lines crossed paths.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Altenew – Peony Bouquet stamps & dies
  • Club Scrap – Sentiment
  • Cardstock MFT – Scallop Stitched Die

Do You Struggle with What Size Inkpads to Buy?

by Jowilna Nolte

With so many ink types, colors and sizes available today, do you struggle to decide what to buy and what you really need? Well then, you are not alone! The struggle is real and pretty personal. One of my favorite inkpads available is the DewDrop. So let’s take a look at some of the things that keep me infatuated with these cute and colorful little bundles of joy.

Storage & Cost

An important aspect, and the first thing many people will note, is that smaller inkpads can be stored a lot easier. I own a lot of the DewDrops and they fit perfectly into plastic containers that can be stacked on top of each other. I can separate and store each type of ink in its own container and even include a color chart so that I can keep track of which colors I have in the bin. If space is limited in your crafting area, then smaller inkpads may just be the answer to keeping enough ink handy to craft anything you wish. Secondly, DewDrop inkpads are generally a lot cheaper than their full-sized inkpad counterparts. One key element for me is that with the DewDrop inkpads, I will often commit to colors that I would use less often or maybe only need for a one-off project because they are cheaper. If I end up using a color more than I think I will, DewDrops can be re-inked if they become a littler dry—making them extremely economical and practical because I use inkers for a variety of other techniques and effects.

Stamping

Stamping with DewDrop inkpads is really easy! When you have smaller stamps that you might use in your planner or make a repeating pattern with, it’s easy to re-ink your stamps quickly, even if you don’t have a table surface to work on. But if you need to ink up a stamp that is larger than a DewDrop, it is easily done by laying your stamp face up and dabbing the DewDrop over the surface until it is all covered. Using the rounded end works well for this. I especially like using my Memento DewDrops for stamping smaller words in color. The pointy tip of the DewDrop gives you the ability to stamp several images in different colors all at once. Simply ink the different words positioned on an acrylic block in different colors of ink – it’s really easy to control where or what you ink!

Control

Even if you are inking a single stamp, these little inkpads offer you greater control to ink in selected areas only. You can combine different colors, or shades of a single color on a single stamp for a really interesting effect. On this stamp I started with green inked at the top, then added a light purple and then a darker shade of purple Memento ink. A light misting of water on the ink before stamping onto your cardstock piece gives a nice watercolor effect. You can even get into tight spaces with their pointy tips.

This is the area that DewDrops really beat out all other inkpads. Rather than battling to use larger inkpads, these smaller versions are really handy. Flipping them over and inking your stamps that way gives you control, adds an even layer of ink all over your stamp surface, and can produce more intricate results than a larger inkpad.

Dew drop ink pads are versatile and fun. What makes these inks so versatile is that they are available in a variety of types

Versatility

I love that I can get DewDrops in a variety of ink types—Memento (dye ink), VersaMagic (opaque matte pigment), and Brilliance (pearlescent and shimmery pigment) cover most of my needs when it comes to my creativity arsenal. I can use these inks for a lot of techniques and different effects no matter the project. When you need to cover a larger surface, the smaller inkpads work just as well as the larger inkpads to ink up an InkBlusher or Sponge Dauber. It’s the same ink, so you can get the same great results.

Techniques

The shape of a DewDrop is so pleasing, I sometimes use it in my project creation. Take advantage of the shape of the DewDrops by simply stamping the inkpad directly onto cardstock to create and make fun elements for your crafting projects. I especially love to cut out the petal shapes and adhere them together as flowers.

Combine DewDrop inkpads from different ink families together for some really interesting effects. I combined VersaMagic, with its softer opaque pigment look, with Memento dye inks and even a bit of Brilliance for shine together by blending them over each other through a stencil. Combining these inks together gives stunning results, with the ability to add shading and lots of creativity.

Remember that smaller doesn’t mean a lesser quality, only a lesser quantity. You can still blend, stamp, ink direct to paper, and stencil to your hearts delight. Sometimes you need a full-sized inkpad. But weigh your options and the purpose of the inkpad before taking the plunge! Take care when using your inkpads and respect them for what they are, and there will be no reason why they won’t last for years. Inkpads that are left open will dry out before all the ink can be used, so don’t forget to close your inkpads when not in use. One of the most common ways DewDrops get misused is by contaminating them with other colors. I have revived a Memento DewDrop before by lightly misting the offending spot with water and drawing out the invading ink. This may reduce the number of uses, so purchasing an inker for that color may be in order!

The only time I choose a full-sized inkpad is for colors like black, grey and brown. Basic stamping colors like those are generally used a lot more than colored inkpads. But, unless you can afford an entire range of large inkpads, why not opt for the smaller ones giving you the same creative freedom and opportunity as the bigger ones at a fraction of the price. Buy what suits your style of creativity! For me personally I love all my inks no matter what size they are, but I really love the versatility and fun of the DewDrops!

To purchase visit Imagine’s Shop: Memento DewDrops, VersaMagic DewDrops & Brilliance DewDrops.

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Brighten Someone’s Day with a Teal Greeting Card

Young At Heart by Elina Stromberg

Our August theme color is ‘Teal’. That blue-green, dark turquoise color is not often seen in my projects, but I wanted to challenge myself and gave it a go. That bold color proved to be a perfect choice for my grungy critter card project, and I loved the cool weather-worn look so much that I made a matching ATC, too. I stamped the large colored area two times, first with Turquoise Gem VersaMagic, and then adding a hint of Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy on top. I did not clean the stamp in between, allowing the colors to mix on the stamp. The rich, creamy VersaMagic inks go really a long way. So for getting the last remains of the color of the stamp, I misted the stamp gently with water before pressing it on the paper. The end result looks so cool!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • AALL & Create – Olga Heldwein, Fiona Paltridge, Autour de Mwa stamps
  • Mixed media paper – white
  • Cardbase – White
  • Cardstock – Teal
  • Watercolor brush
  • Heat gun
  • Double-sided tape

Teal Love Birds

Lovebirds in Teal Zeal by Roni Johnson

The color of the month is Teal here at Imagine which brings to mind the beautiful twilight moments right before the sun starts to set. The birds have settled in the trees and all of the hustle and bustle of the day has subsided. This imagery makes me yearn for a home near a lake.

The background for the card was created by spritzing Danube Blue and Bamboo Leaves Fireworks Spray over wet irRESISTible Texture Medium. The cardstock was tilted in various directions to coat the entire piece of cardstock. The second (lighter colored) piece of cardstock was used to pick up the excess medium from the spray box with a bit more Texture Medium flicked over top. The main image on the card was made using a die-cut masking paper circle and Memento Teal Zeal ink was then sponged over the entire piece. The mask was then removed and the main image was stamped over top again using Memento Teal Zeal. On Point Glue was spread over the exposed sun and extra fine clear glitter was sprinkled on top and finishing touches were added.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock
  • Just For Fun Rubber Stamps
  • Masking Paper

See How To Create Mixed Media ATC’s

by Nadine Carlier

ATC cards by Nadine Carlier ic

What is an ATC? “Artist trading cards (commonly referred to as ATCs) are 2 ½” x 3 ½” miniature pieces of art that are traded around the world with other artists. Artists create, trade and collect art at organized “swap” events, either in person or online.”

I enjoy trading ATC’s with other crafters, not only is it fun I also really like to be able to see what others create. Everyone has such different styles, and they all inspire me one way or another. ATC’s don’t have to be hard to make or super elaborate just as long as they reflect you and your style. All I needed to create these ATC’s was some Creative Medium, Walnut Ink, irRESISTible, VersaColor, and VersaMagic.

Watch my video tutorial below on how I created them. Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 min.

Supplies

Imagine
Other

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See How to Make this Gorgeous Fluttering Butterfly Card

by Mischelle Smith

Fluttering Butterfly featuring Faux Gelli Printing with VersaMagic and Ink Potion #9 by Mischelle Smith

Our challenge at Imagine this month is motion effects which I translate into ‘cards that move’. I knew a fluttering butterfly was just what I was looking for so I combined it with my ‘faux’ printing obsession to create something with unique, beautiful, one-of-a-kind results. Combining VersaMagic Inks with Ink Potion #9 allowed me to use products I had on hand to create the artsy look I wanted to achieve.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 60 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Generously ink craft mat with VersaMagic Ink. Spritz ink with Ink Potion No. 9.


Step 2

Lay stencil on top of spritzed ink. Place the watercolor paper on top of stencil and press gently with your fingers around the stencil. Remove paper and heat set. Repeat steps 1-5 with any additional colors or stencils you wish to add to the print. Stamp print as desired.  Spatter ink onto print using a fan brush and the mixture of ink and Ink Potion #9.  Heat set. Trim paper to size(s) desired.

Once you have the background panel looking as good as you want it to then start working on the butterfly. I choose a beautiful stamp from Stampin Up called Stippled Butterfly. I stamped, fussy cut and inked this butterfly to match the gelli print. Next is the fun/hard part. Create the spring for the butterfly, wrap a thin wire around a pen to create a ‘spring’. Attach a small, punched circle to each end of the wire with adhesive or Tear It Tape. Attach one end of ‘spring’ to the butterfly and the other to the card. Finish the card by embellishing with sequins or glitter as desired.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampin’ Up! – Stippled Butterfly
  • Close to My Heart – Brushed
  • Hampton Arts – Alphabet
  • Copic Markers
  • Watercolor paper
  • Prima– circle stencil
  • Washi tape
  • Old book page
  • Gems
  • Fan brush
  • Scissors
  • Glitter
  • Wire