More UPCYCLE Inspiration

Upcycled Cassette Tape Gift Card Holder

by Isha

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Supplies:

  • IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko: StazOn: Opaque Cotton White (inker), Claret, St. Valentine, Orange Zest, Blue Hawaii, Cactus Green; irRESISTible Pico Embellisher Gold, Fantastix, GlazOn, InkBlushers, Craft Mat
  • Unity Stamp Company: Poppy stamps
  • Miscellaneous: cassette tape cover

Directions:

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1. Wipe clean the cassette cover to remove any oils or residue.

2. Use an InkBlusher to apply StazOn Cotton White from the inker bottle over the entire cover; allow to dry completely.

3. Apply a thin coat of GlazOn to seal the Cotton White and to prevent other colors from blending together.

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4. Stamp poppies onto the cover with StazOn Claret.  Once dried, apply a coat of GlazOn.

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5. Color in the poppies using Fantastix loaded with Orange Zest and St. Valentine. Dab the colors onto the cover rather than rubbing/brushing.

6. Follow with GlazOn applied over the petals.

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7. Dab StazOn Blue Hawaii around the flowers. Add a touch of Cotton White to blend and soften the intensity of the blue color.

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8. Add Cactus Green with an InkBlusher.

9. Edge the cover with a touch of Orange Zest and St. Valentine.

10. Apply at least 2 coats of GlazOn to seal the StazOn inks and allow to dry completely.

11. Embellish the cover with a few lines and dots using irRESISTible Pico Embellisher Gold.

 

Ombre Bowl + Upcycled Baby Food Jar Lanterns

By Sylvia

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  • Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: StazOn: Mustard, Orange Zest, St. Valentine; Creative Medium, Fantastix, InkBlusher, Craft Mat
  • Whimsy Stamps: “Lavish Flourishes” stamps
  • The Crafters Workshop: “Mini Dancing Leaves” stencil
  • May Arts: sheer ribbon
  • Miscellaneous: sequins in red and yellow

Directions:

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1. Use a simple, plain white porcelain bowl and clean it (make sure there is no oil or grease on the bowl).

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2. Pick up some StazOn Mustard with an InkBlusher tool and completely cover the bowl, inside and out. Set aside and allow to dry completely!

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3. Pick up a little amount of GlazOn with an InkBlusher tool and carefully dab it all over the inked outside of the bowl. Set aside to let it dry completely!

4. Pick up some StazOn Orange Zest with an InkBlusher tool and begin to wipe from the bottom of the bowl towards the top, but do not completely cover the outside – leave a small edge of yellow (Mustard) as is. Let dry completely!

5. Again, cover the bowl with GlazOn using and InkBlusher tool and let it dry thoroughly!

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6. Repeat with StazOn St. Valentine and only cover approx. one third from the bottom towards the top to create an ombre look. Allow to dry completely.

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Directions for upcylced baby food jar lanterns:

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1. Use some simple baby food jars (without the baby food) and clean thoroughly.  HINT: One way to get rid of the labels is to leave them for approx. half an hour in warm water and some dish liquid. After that you can easily rub off the labels and the glass is clean.

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2. Pick up some StazOn Mustard with an InkBlusher and completely cover the outside glass with the ink. Allow ink to dry thoroughly.

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3. Pick up some GlazOn with an InkBlusher tool and dab it on the glass. Let dry completely!

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4. Use a stencil, StazOn Orange Zest and St. Valentine with InkBlushers to create a border of leaves around the glass.

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5. For the second jar, use a flourish stamp with StazOn Orange Zest and St. Valentine to create a pattern around the glass.

6. Use Creative Medium and a Fantastix tool to glue on some sequins.

7. Use Creative Medium and a Fantastix tool to put some glue around the jar neck and wrap around a piece of ribbon.

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Other Ideas for Finished Projects: Put some tea light candles into the jars and decorate the bowl with sand and some tea light candles or use water and swimming candles, or water with blossoms or whatever you like.

Upcycled Picture Frame

By Kazuko

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Supplies:

  • IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko: StazOn Jet Black,  All Purpose Ink Black Pearl, Creative Medium, Ink Blushers, Photo Elements: Paris and London Dog Tag size
  • May Arts: ribbon
  • Miscellaneous: wood picture frame, paint brush, adhesive/tape, chip board, foam core, fabric, cabinet knobs

Directions:

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1. Sponge StazOn Jet Black onto the frame with an InkBlusher.  It’s alright for the ink to be applied unevenly.

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2. Paint All Purpose Ink Black Pearl onto the frame to add sparkle and to antique the frame.  Allow to dry completely.

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3. Select images to use from the Paris and London Dog Tag sized Photo Elements and cut to size.

4. Apply Creative Medium to the backside of each image and adhere to the frame.

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5. Once all of the Photo Elements have been adhered to the frame, apply at least two coats of Creative Medium (as a sealant) onto the entire frame and allow to dry completely.

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6. Cut chipboard and foam core to the size allowing them to fit inside of the back of the frame.

7. Adhere these two pieces together.

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8. Wrap the chipboard/foam core with fabric of choice and adhere to the backside.

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9. Mount the fabric covered backing into the frame.

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10. Add knobs and any other decorative elements like ribbon to complete your new frame.

 

ClearScraps featuring IMAGINE Crafts

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IMAGINE Crafts is proud to feature some amazing projects created by members of the ClearScraps Design Team. Last month our Artists In Residence created amazing projects using ClearScraps products, and this week ClearScrap is presenting their fabulous and inspiring projects created with IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko products.

 

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“Sun Kiss” by Adora Concepcion

 

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“We Belong Together” by Raechelle Bellus

 

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“My Little Guy” by Wendy Price

 

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“Wood Grain Technique” by Pinky Hobbs

Oh (Upcycled) Christmas Tree!

By Sharon

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Supplies:

  • IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko: StazOn: Olive Green, Cactus Green, Blazing Red, Cotton White, Ganache, Metallic Gold; GlazOn, Walnut Ink Crystals
  • Sizzix: Block Cubes and Petal Drop dies
  • 7 Gypsies: Number Stamps
  • Miscellaneous: foil, adhesive, twig from the garden

Directions:

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I was extremely fortunate on this upcycle project as I was given a pile of mount board destined for the bin! It came with footprints due to it being on the floor so I covered it with foil, die cut it and then embossed it.

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1. Glue the foil to the mount board.

2. Die cut your pieces and then emboss with the Petal Drops die to create shape.

3. Begin coloring the metal with StazOn Cactus Green, applying the inkpad directly to the surface.  Allow to dry completely.

4. Apply a thin coat of GlazOn layer protectant to the surface.

5. Highlight areas with StazOn Olive Green, followed by a coat of GlazOn.

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6. Lightly apply StazOn Blazing Red to just highlight the embossed dots.

7. Finish with StazOn Metallic Gold to give a distressed shimmer by gently dabbing the pad to catch the raised areas of the embossing.

8. Use a found twig/branch for your tree trunk and attach the leaf pieces with adhesive to the trunk.

9. Die cut the base with the Block Cube die.

10. Mix Walnut Crystals according to instructions and use to color the cube.

11. Stamp ’25’ onto the cube with StazOn Blazing Red.

12. Assemble cube and attach tree.