See How to Create a Metallic and Distress Autumnal Greeting Card

by Kassy Tousignant

See How to Create a Metallic and Distress Autumnal Greeting Card

I love making mixed media cards! It is a smaller canvas to work with and you can experiment with different products together. Imagine always has just the right tools for this beautiful copper metallic and golden-hued theme! For November, Imagine is working with Rinea papers and I am having so much fun experimenting with how they emboss and handle ink products! I used the Walnut spray and Creative Medium on the Rinea paper and made a beautiful fall card.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Supplies

Imagine

• Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray – Rich Cocoa, Potter’s Clay
• Walnut Ink Spray – Walnut
• Brilliance ink – Crimson Copper
• Creative Medium – Gold, Copper, Clear
• IrRESISTibles Texture Spray – Copper
IrRESISTibles Pico Embellisher – Lilac Posies
On Point Glue
Tear It! Tape
Palette Knife

Other

• Rinea Paper – brown
• Gold flakes
• Gold glitter
• Gina Marie – wood ring stencil
• Sandpaper
• Sweater stencil
• White gesso
• Chipboard pieces
• Prima – flowers
• Nuvo drops
• Gold string
• Fall pod stem
• White cardstock

Use Walnut Crystals to Create Beautiful Handmade Cards

by Arjita Sepaha Singh

For today’s card, I used a swirly flourish stencil, Creative Medium, and Walnut Ink Crystals. I created a small rectangle mask using Post-It note and placed it on the watercolor paper. Then I placed the stencil on top and using a spatula I added the Creative Medium. I allowed the medium to dry completely then added diluted walnut ink crystals and few intense pigments. I finished the card with a sentiment stamped with Versafine Clair Ink. I love the vintage grungy look of the card.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Supplies

Imagine

Walnut Crystals
• Creative Medium – Clear
• VersaFine Clair – Pinecone
• Palette Knives

Other

• Strathmore – Watercolor Paper
• Flourish Stencil
• Paintbrush
• Sentiment stamp

Create a Matching Envelope and Christmas Card

by Kassy Tousignant

Create a Matching Envelope and Christmas Card

VersaFine Clair Ink and large sponge daubers make great patterned background papers for all of your projects! Check out this video to see how I used them to make a beautiful, distressed background for my Christmas card and matching envelope. The colors are so rich and vibrant and create the perfect matching set.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour

Supplies

Imagine

• VersaFine Clair – Nocturne, Pinecone, Rain Forest, Morning Mist
• VersaMagic – Cloud White
• All-Purpose Ink – Cool Grey
Embossing powder – Black
Memento Markers – Tuxedo Black, London Fog
• Ink Potion No 9
• Sponge daubers
• Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray – London Fog
• Walnut Ink – Walnut
• IrRESISTibles Pico Embellisher – Black
GooseBumps – shimmer
• Tear It! Tape

Other

• Prima – Clear gesso
• Black twine
• Cardstock – white
• Envelope
• Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz Christmas stamp set

Use Natural Elements to Color a Greeting Card

by Iris Rodriguez

Use Natural Elements to Color a Greeting Card

Got tea? I do and I like to make art with the left-over tea bag paper. After the tea bags dry, you can take out the dried leaves you are left with an awesome substrate. Tea bags are versatile, translucent, luminous, and have an awesome vintage look and feel. I made a card using tea bags and Walnut Inks Cornflower and Willow; both awesome inks look great on tea bags. Not only are you making cool cards, but you are upcycling your tea bags.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 day for drying tea bags, 30 mins for the card, 5 mins to take apart and clean one tea bag

Directions


Step 1

Begin by allowing your tea bags to dry. I place my tea bags on a ceramic plate with a paper towel and allowed them to dry for several days. The color of your tea bag will be determined by the type of tea use. On this project, I started with a light color tea bag because it is Ginger tea.


Step 2

The tea bags are very delicate so a soft touch will be required to take them apart. Remove the tag by pulling it off. Remove the tiny staple with your nails. Rip open the seams. Take out the dried leaves by sloughing it off. Tear off the seams, otherwise, you’ll see it in your art. Do so, by tearing off the edges on the long side of the rectangle.


Step 3

Lay the tea bag on a nonstick surface; such an as craft mat, or wax paper. Spray a small amount of the Cornflower Walnut Ink on your craft mat and mix with water. Brush on the ink. Allow the bag to dry or use a heat tool.


Step 4

Repeat the same process in step 3, using the Willow Walnut Ink.


Step 5

Stamp or stencil images over a piece of scrap paper. The ink will go through the tea bag and stain your paper; it’s best not to stamp on your main card. The Willow Walnut inked tea bag was used to layer an image over the main substrate tea bag. Heat set.


Step 6

To adhere the stamped tea bag to the watercolor paper or main card, brush on a very thin layer of GlazOn Clear Layer Protectant to the back of the stamped tea bag. Finish the card by adhering it to the main card. I hope you enjoyed this project and will give it a try.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Used tea bags
  • Watercolor paper – 140 lbs
  • Joy Clair – Butterfly Kisses stamp set
  • Key Stamp
  • Crafter’s Workshop – Bird On Branches, Moving Vines – (6 x 6 inches)
  • Hero Arts Stamp – Old French Writing

Use a Plaid Stencil for a Mixed Media Christmas Card

by Kassy Tousignant 

Use a Plaid Stencil for a Mixed Media Christmas Card

It’s never too early to start making Christmas cards! How about making them mixed media style?! Imagine makes so many wondering mixed media products that work great on canvas layouts and cards alike. In this project, I use Fireworks Craft Spray and a plaid stencil to create multiple Holiday backgrounds at once.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Liquitex – Flexible modeling paste
  • Prima – Heavy body gel, flower
  • Cardstock – white
  • Gold thread
  • 49 & Market – flower
  • My Minds Eye – brads and embellishments
  • Christmas patterned paper
  • Echo Park – plaid stencil
  • Stampin Up – dimensionals

Learn Vintage Monotone Watercoloring with Walnut Ink

by Arjita Sepaha Singh

I stamped a beautiful flower bunch from Simon Says Stamp with Brilliance Ink on a watercolor paper. I added some water on a small scoop of Walnut Crystals and painted the entire bunch with it. This is a monotonic theme card and I have used only one pigment to create all the highlights and shadows. I stamped a simple sentiment with Pinecone Versafine Clair ink and the painted panel is ready.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions

 

Supplies

Imagine

Other