IMAGINE Crafts and Magenta Blog Hop

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Welcome to a week of fantastic collaboration between IMAGINE Crafts and Magenta Rubber Stamps! Both companies are excited to share with you their products, from the latest inks from IMAGINE Crafts to the newest Fall and Holiday stamp releases from Magenta.




Fall is in the air, and when I saw these Maple Leaf stamps from Magenta I just knew that I had to break out those earth tone colors and get creative!  This is fun card to create, and I can’t wait to replicate this for other projects in the near future with the help of a Pumpkin Spice Latte.


The main colors used in this card are from the Kaleidacolor Autumn Leaves inkpad – Tangerine, Autumn Leaf, Chocolate, Mustard and Olive.  I have to admit that this is probably one of my favorite inkpads available on the market!  I wanted the large leaves to stand out from the background and not be covered by the Fireworks sprays that I used earlier so I decided that the best way to achieve this would be to emboss the leaves.

“But Kaleidacolor is a dye ink” you say….. VERY true, but with the help of a VersaMark inkpad you can turn any dye inkpad into a pigment ink that will hold embossing powders! To do this for the large maple leaves, I began by inking the stamp with the VersaMark inkpad.  Next I inked up a brayer with the Kaleidacolor Autumn Leaves and rolled this over the leaf stamp. Then I randomly stamped the leaf image onto the white cardstock background, added clear embossing powder and then heat set – easy! I repeated this a few times with the large maple leaf stamp, being sure to clean the stamp thoroughly between inkings to keep my VersaMark inkpad clean 

To continue creating the background, I used Sponge Daubers to pick up the individual colors from the Kaleidacolor inkpad for inking the stamps.  The smaller maple leaves are layered until I felt that the background looked good.


For a little added bling and color, I sprayed the stamped background with coordinating Fall colors of Fireworks craft sprays in Cantaloupe, Potter’s Clay, Sweet Plum and Bamboo Leaves.  Once the Fireworks dried, I used a damp paper towel to wipe off the excess spray from the large leaves that were embossed.


Now it’s time to do some embossing.  I cut down three pieces of gold cardstock and stamped (randomly) each with VersaMark with the small maple leaf stamp.  Each square was then edged with VersaMark and then heat set with copper embossing powder.  Repeat this using the large maple leaf stamp on white cardstock.


I wanted the words to be colored in the large maple leaf stamp, so I inked up the brayer with Autumn Leaves and randomly ran the brayer across the embossed leaf.  I lightly wiped the embossed area with a damp paper towel to remove any excess ink from brayering and then fussy cut the stamped maple leaf image.


To assemble the card, begin by cutting/scoring a piece of gold cardstock to a finished size of 5˝ x 7˝.  Adhere the leaf background onto the gold card base. Trim a piece of eggplant mulberry paper down to size and tie ribbon around with the bow on the frontside. Adhere this panel onto the leaf background with dimensional adhesive.  Add each of the individual leaf panels onto the mulberry paper with dimensional adhesive.


IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko Kaleidacolor Autumn Leaves, VersaMark, Copper and Clear Embossing Powders, Fireworks (Sweet Plum, Bamboo Leaves, Cantaloupe, Potter’s Clay), Sponge Daubers

Magenta Rubber Stamps  Autumn Maple Leaf Large (42.212.N), Autumn Maple Leaf Small (42.213.G)

May Arts  ribbon

Miscellaneous Stardream Gold cardstock, white cardstock, eggplant heavy weight mulberry paper, brayer, heat tool, adhesive and dimensional adhesive


Prizes galore for participating in the Blog Hop this week!

IMAGINE Crafts and Magenta are offering a total of three different prizes this week as part of this Blog Hop. These prizes include IMAGINE Crafts’ irRESISTible Texture Spray, irRESISTible Pico Embellisher, Delicata Shimmery Silver and Golden Glitz AND some of the newest releases from Magenta. Take a moment to visit the other featured artists’ blogs listed below and leave a comment on their posts by midnight PST September 21st.  Three winners will be randomly selected from three different blogs from the seven days of the Hop, with one commenter from each blog draw as the winner.


Presenting the other featured projects for today:


Tina McDonald



Bianca van Noort



Cassandra DeGrace



Ellie Knol


Blog Hop Hint – if you click on a link that takes you to a page saying something like, “Sorry this page cannot be found,” just click on the header at the top of the blog (usually a picture, or the blog’s name), and it will take you to that blog’s most recent post. That post should be our hop. If not, you can probably scroll down a short way to find the hop post.

23 Responses

  1. KT Fit Kitty

    Beautiful card – I love the stamping and embossing. The background is gorgeous! I haven’t used my brayer lately and I would love to try this technique. Thank you for the wonderful inspiration!

  2. barbara macaskill

    LOVE the Maple Leaf stamps and your color palette is perfect! So rich and timeless. This card is sure to warm someone’s day when they receive it. I always forget about my brayer when I am creating and then I am reminded of it when I read a fabulous post like this one! TFS!

  3. Auntie Watson

    No doubt about it, fall is in the air. Beautiful leaves.

  4. Beautiful fall card…

  5. I love the kaleidoscope inks! Now I know I can emboss with the also. Score!

  6. What a great technique thank you

  7. Jan Westcott

    Great technique, love the card. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Carla Hundley

    Beautiful card and
    the embossing really
    sets the leaves off!
    Carla from Utah

  9. John,
    Gorgeous card, love the colors and the theme. I can see this as a great Thanksgiving card. Great job.

  10. Heather Thompson

    That leaf stamp is just beauitiful, love the swirl and curve of the leaf, great addition with the embossing.

  11. Denise Bryant

    Gorgeous fall card! I love those majestic leaves and the scrumptious fall colors you used! Kaleidacolor pads have been a favorite of mine for years!

  12. What!? Turning a dye ink into an embossable pigment type ink!? That rocks my world! I better go get more Versamark….

  13. Une belle carte automnale. C’est très joli.

  14. Dianne Johnson

    John, your card is gorgeous! I love the background, the colors and the layout – absolutely everything. Super card!

  15. Love the colors!

  16. TracyM #6773

    BEAUTIFUL card John!!!
    LOVE your DELIGHTFUL leafy background and GORGEOUS copper embossed leaves too!!!

  17. This is such a pretty card. I am impatiently awaiting fall weather.

  18. Jean Bullock

    I love how the heat embossed leaf squares echo the lovely stamping of the background. Well done.

  19. Glad to find it back to your website! I love your card design. And these new magenta stamps. Thanks for the tip with inking with versamark first. Love the colors. Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  20. Gorgeous card. Thank you for the great tip on embossing with the dye inks.

  21. Gorgeous fall card. Love those leaves with print.

  22. This card is just beautiful! I love the colors and those leaves are delicious! Autumn is my favorite time of year.

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