It’s Almost Mother’s Day… Are you ready?

It’s Saturday! The day before Mother’s Day and we are helping you prepare with two ideas that could serve as last minute inspiration. For a bright style, see what Tenia has to offer with splashes of magenta, cyan, and shimmer! For a more toned down earthy approach, see how Alison creates a card perfect for a steampunk mama! Both of these crafty, cardmaking styles are very different yet offer up so much love!

With Love From Me to You Handmade Card by Tenia Nelson

Tenia here from Jazzy Paper Designs with a super fun handmade card project that I made with Imagine and Tsukineko inks. This card can be a fun Mother’s Day card or can be given any time of the year to a special person in your life. It has cheerful colors that would brighten anyone’s day. Stamp and heat emboss heart image on a piece of white cardstock.

To make this fun card, start by stamping and heat embossing the heart on a piece of white cardstock. Ink blend heart using Pear Tart and Bamboo Leaves Memento dye inks. Once you begin to blend and ink the paper with the sponge dauber, the ink will soak into the paper and the rest will wipe clean from the embossed coat letting the original cardstock color to pop forward. Die cut the heart from the paper and set aside. Next, create the background blue glow by ink blending Summer Sky and Bahama Blue Memento inks onto white cardstock. I kept the blue hues centered in the middle. Next, add Rose Bud Fireworks Craft Spray onto cardstock allowing a little to spray on the blue and the rest to off the edge. Since Fireworks is a spray the results will be different each time. You can practice on a different sheet of paper to get a sense of how this will turn out. Once all the inks are dry stamp the sentiment on the newly inked panel and heat emboss. Adhere heart on top of this inked panel, add sequins, washi and sticker stitches. And finish the design by attaching the image panel onto a cardbase.


  • Verve Stamps – heart stamp, heart die
  • Cardstock
  • Sequins
  • Washi tape
  • Die cut machine


Steampunk Mother’s Day Card by Alison Heikkila

M is for Mom greetings! This month, the Artists in Residence are working with the theme, “M is for…” so I decided to go with M is for Mom. Mother’s Day is almost here and my mom (thankfully) loves to get my homemade cards, so I figured I’d make a card that was very well suited to her. My mom loves all things steampunked. She is so cool. She loves the texture, neutral colors, and gears… and well, all the stuff I put on this card!

I started off with the Gears Stencil and the Vintage Creative Medium and stenciled a smaller panel. Then I stenciled ink directly onto the cream color cardbase to provide a dynamic background and used assorted shades of brown ink, ultra fine glitter, and Fireworks Spray for random bits of extra shimmer. To give the card base a bit more of a style, I distressed the edges with more brown ink to give it the classic old-timey look. I knew the Vertigo would be a fun way to spell out Mom and inking it up with Spiced Chai StazOn helped it to stand out more. I didn’t ink the Vertigo completely but varied the amount of ink I used on the letters to give some more visual interest. Finish the design by mounting the stenciled Creative Medium layer on the cardbase and attach the Vertigo letters with On Point Glue. This is a style that you can surely get lost in by continuing to build, layer and blend the inks until you get it to look perfectly the way you wish.


  • Stampendous – Gears stencil
  • Quickutz – Diesel letter dies
  • Ultra fine glitter
  • Steampunk gear embellishments
  • Cardstock – white
  • Cardbase – cream

Video: How to Make a Magenta Monogram Shaker Keychain

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

magenta monogram key chain for new home owners

M is for Monogram! In today’s post, I am sharing how to make a Monogrammed Shaker Key Chain. In April, we celebrated our third year as homeowners—our housiversary if you will—and I have a few other friends dipping their toes (and bank accounts) into the real estate market right now. All of this had me thinking about the prime symbol of home ownership: the key. I had a lot of fun putting together this DIY crafting shaker element usually meant for handmade cards and turning it into a handmade keychain. It could a perfect housewarming gift for a new homeowner but could also be a fabulous luggage tag if traveling is more your style.


  • DCWV – Brights Textured Card Stock
  • Clear acetate sheet
  • Self-adhesive foam
  • Lawn Fawn – Stitched Circle Frames
  • Alphabet dies (vintage)
  • Die cut machine
  • Xyron – Create-a-Sticker
  • Beads
  • Jewelry findings
  • Pliers
  • Paint brush





Be Encouraged with 2 Easy Lapis Blue Designs

Blue Vertigo Gracias Handmade Card by Martha Lucia Gomez

In today’s project, I colored Vertigo surfaces to create a unique textured look. You don’t need a lot of materials to make this, only StazOn inkpad, GlazOn and the Vertigo sheet. I started with a piece of Vertigo. These sheets come in different designs that reflects and refracts light creating optical illusions such as swirls, snakeskin, etc. For my project, I used the Taffeta design which looks like tumbling water. Next, I applied the Blue Hawaii StazOn using an Ink Blusher sponge directly to the Vertigo sheet.

Since StazOn will ink plastic it is a perfect choice for this project. One funny detail about StazOn is that the solvent ink will dissolve the ink on the plastic surface if you want to do several applications. In order to prevent this, I applied a thin layer of GlazOn to fix the color and let it dry. I put the colored piece of Vertigo inside of a textured design embossing folder and pass it through the Big Shot machine. Pass the inkpad of Stone Grey StazOn over the embossed texture to create a contrast. Next, I pasted the Vertigo layer over a piece of cardstock and enhance some details of the design using Wedding Dress irRESISTible Pico Embellisher. Let the irRESISTible dry before finalizing your card. Paste the decorated layer over a white card base with double-sided Tear it Tape and add a diecut sentiment using On Point Glue.

In the end, you will have a card that reflects and refracts shade of blue ink that will dazzle anyone who receives it!


  •  Card Stock – Whisper White and Pacific Point
  •  Darice – Henna Embossing Folder
  •  Memory Box – Gracias diecut

Trust in Him Journal by Tenia Nelson

Journaling is a great way to express your innermost needs and emotions. With that, I thought it would be a little boost to craft my own journal that I made using ink blending, embossing, and splatter techniques. I wanted to create an eye-popping look that would inspire me to write and reflect. I started with adding Bahama Blue Memento ink onto the cover page using an ink dauber. Next, I stamped and heat embossed feathers and tropical flowers with Gold Embossing Powder. I then took Bahama Blue Fireworks Shimmer Spray and added a splatter-effect. But I didn’t want just all one color so I created some contrast with a wood circle panel with VersaFine Onyx Black and embossed with a Clear Embossing Powder to lock it in place. To complete the design with an extra little magic, I stamped “IN” with VersaFine Majestic Blue onto a piece of light blue cardstock, embossed and punched out using a 3/4″ circle punch. Adhere “IN” onto the wood panel and adhere wood panel onto the cover page.

So fun and beautiful to make! I feel this is a great to for yourself or would make a happy gift for a friend.




  • Concord & 9th – Stamps
  • Cardstock
  • Washi tape
  • Sticker stitches
  • Wood circle
  • Heating Tool
  • Circle Punch
  • Blank book or journal.




Learn How to Create Texture and Color Greeting Cards

Texture is often thought of in its own class. The moment a card, journal, or framed work has texture then it gets classified as mixed media and a whole new language is brought into the fold. In today’s post, we would like to pair texture and color on the same plane as compliments to each other. In these two projects below, each has texture and color working simultaneously to create the desired effect. Martha brings a gorgeous pop of iridescent green forward with a stencil and yet we feel the image would not be as interesting without the contrast and color saturation. Roni Johnson also creates a texture and color dynamic with embellishments that cascade in a color fade. These two great projects show how these elements work together.

Martha Lucia Gomez uses Creative Medium - an acrylic paste - to stencil a geometric image on black cardstock. StazOn ink is used to color Vertigo plastic. black, green, red, white, embossing powder, just a note.

Stenciled Card with Green Iridescent by Martha Lucia Gomez

Stencils are my passion and the effect created with the Creative Medium Iridescent is simply gorgeous. In one simple design, texture, color and sparkly shimmer work in unison. I decided to use the Iridescent Green over black card stock to catch your eyes!

I took a stencil and secured it to my craft mat then applied the creative medium over the free areas of the stencil using a palette knife. If you want you can cover the entire area or just cover it partially like I did. Then I removed the stencil carefully and let the paper dry. Next, I cut a flower design using Taffeta Vertigo sheets. Remember that Vertigo has a shiny and a matte side and if you want to stamp over it is better to use the matte side but if you want to color, like I did, it is better to use the shiny side. StazOn is the best ink for plastic surfaces. I used the colors Cactus Green and Emerald City StazOn for the leaf and Orange Zest StazOn for the rose. I finished the overall design by pasting the die cuts using On Point Glue, stamping a sentiment with Versamark and White Embossing Powder.


  • Card Stock – white, black
  • Stencil
  • Gina Marie Designs– Rose Die Cut

Happy Birthday splatter card by Roni Johnson. Purple, magenta, pink, sequins, ink, stamp, black. cardstock.

Splatter Birthday Card by Roni Johnson

It is hard to find a glue that is easy to use with the tiny bits and pieces we use on our crafts. Imagine now has a great option – On Point Glue. I love the micro steel point – it is easy to add the tiniest of drops exactly where it is needed which is perfect for the sequins in this birthday card. Grape Jelly, Lilac Posies, Rose Bud and Angel Pink Memento inks were stamped to create a color fade on white cardstock. The sentiment was stamped using Onyx Black VersaFine. The panel was then trimmed and mounted on a pink card base. On Point Glue was used to affix all of the sequins both large and small and colored to match the color fade in the design.


  • – Succulent & Sentiment Stamps
  • Cardstock – white, green
  • Sequins
  • Adhesive


How to do a Successful Image Transfer Onto Vertigo

by Nadine Carlier

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Have you ever seen Vertigo and thought it looked cool but wondered what to do with it? Check out the video below by Nadine Carlier showing how she turned an adult coloring book image and some Vertigo into a cute sun catcher to hang in a window. Or it can even be used as an embellishment for a card or scrapbook pages!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 min + coloring & drying time


  • Leisure Arts Coloring Book – Jungle Wonders
  • Leisure Arts Color Pencils

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Scrapbooking Family Love in Pink Shimmer

by Neva Cole


One snowy afternoon in December we had an amazing family photo shoot, the lighting was perfect with just a hint of snow flashing through our photos. (A little patience and lots of shots with a tripod and delay shutter can get yield a Christmas card worthy image.) I was really pleased with this photo and wanted to highlight it for our color challenge this month at Imagine. Changing the image to black and white really makes the light pink accent color pop. The subtle color of Creative Medium in Iridescent Pink behind the photo helps tie the layout together as well as creating a shimmery color for black die cuts. A little texture complemented the design by pressure embossing and staining a strip of Vertigo. Memento Angel Pink glossy die cut accents add the finishing details.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 90 minutes plus dry time



Step 1

Spread a thick layer of Creative Medium in Iridescent Pink with a palette knife or embossing paste spreader on a piece of black cardstock. This will be used for the sentiment die cuts. Set aside to dry, this may take several hours or overnight.


Step 2

Using a stencil spread Creative Medium in Iridescent Pink on a 12” x 12” piece of white cardstock. Concentrate on the outer edges that will frame the photo as a focal point. Set aside to dry.


Step 3

Trim a section of Vertigo (plastic-like surface) to 1 ¾” x 10 ¾” and pressure emboss with a heart embossing folder, Sizzix Hearts & Dots is used here. The design allows the Vertigo to be turned and embossed the full length.


Step 4

Gently tap a small amount of StazOn Blazing Red on the raised side of the Vertigo. Spritz with All Purpose Stamp Cleaner and wipe with a paper towel. This will create a light pink color stain on the Vertigo. (A happy accidental discovery!) StazOn will adhere to Vertigo’s plastic surface while waterbased or pigment inks will not.


Step 5

On the reverse side of the Vertigo color in selected hearts with Fabrico #134 Bubble Gum marker.

Step 6

Die cut accent hearts and label for the sentiment from glossy white cardstock.


Step 7

Use an Ink Blusher to ink the edges and surface of the die cuts with Memento Angel Pink.

Step 8

Stamp sentiment in Delicata Black Shimmer and heat emboss with Iridescent Embossing Powder.

Step 9

Die cut word sentiments from black cardstock covered in Creative Medium in Iridescent Pink.

Step 10

Assemble layout as shown in the main photo. Adhere Vertigo and love die cut with glue dots. Adhere smaller die cuts with Xyron X permanent adhesive.

Step 11

Finally, stamp date in Memento Black Tuxedo ink and you are ready to frame!


Again, the choices in shimmery products from Delicata to Vertigo will create an engaging effect. When you have guests over and they see this frame on the wall they may ask, “How did you do that?!”


  • Cardstock
  • Sizzix Hearts and Dots A2 Embossing Folder
  • Teresa Collins Happy Stencil
  • Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Five
  • Technique Tuesday – Home Is Stamp Set
  • Lifestyle Crafts Heart Dies
  • Momenta Love Die
  • Taylored Expressions Gratitude Die
  • Becky Higgins Rolling Date Stamp
  • Heat Gun
  • Die cut machine