Weathered Postcard

By Penny

2014_Sept_PW_Travel Theme_Main


  • IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko:  Memento: Desert Sand, Rich Cocoa; Memento Luxe: Bahama Blue, Love Letter, Gray Flannel, Peanut Brittle, Rich Cocoa; Versafine Onyx Black, Black Embossing Powder, Pico Embellisher Tuxedo Black, Craft Mat
  • Reverse Confetti:  Tinsel n’ Trim stamp set
  • Stampendous:  Carte Postale stamp
  • Simon Says Stamp:  Road Trip stamp and die set
  • Queen & Co. : Travel Postmark washi tape
  • Craftwell:  Ebosser
  • Miscellaneous:  old map, gesso, coffee cup, toothbrush, distress tool, foam adhesive


2014_Sept_PW_Travel Theme_step1

1. Adhere section of map to white card stock. Trim to 5.5 x 4.25 inches. Smear Gesso over top of map (just so you can barely see the map underneath) and let dry.

2014_Sept_PW_Travel Theme_step2

2. Stamp slanted rectangles with Memento Luxe Bahama Blue and Love Letter across the top and bottom of card front.

3. Stamp postmark with Memeto Luxe Gray Flannel. (I stamped three times without reinking)

2014_Sept_PW_Travel Theme_step3

4. Ink bottom of cup with Memento Luxe Peanut Brittle and Rich Cocoa, then stamp off once onto the Craft Mat before stamping onto the card front.

2014_Sept_PW_Travel Theme_step4

5. Ink edges of card front with Memento Desert Sand and Rich Cocoa.

2014_Sept_PW_Travel Theme_step5

6. Stamp and heat emboss greeting with black embossing powder.

7. Add printed washi tape.

8. Using a toothbrush, flick Tuxedo Black Pico Embellisher across card front.

2014_Sept_PW_Travel Theme_step6

9. Die cut a scrap of the map with the Geo tag die, edge with Desert Sand and Rich Cocoa, and adhere to card front with foam adhesive.

10. Distress edges of card front and ink edges with Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa.

More UPCYCLE Inspiration

Upcycled Wine Box

By Nancy



  • Imagine Crafts/ TSUKINEKO : Memento: Tuxedo Black, Bamboo Leaves, Cottage Ivy, Tangelo, Cantaloupe, Love Letter, Lady Bug, Teal Zeal; Creative Medium: Clear, Shimmer; Walnut Ink, Fireworks: Rosebud, Tangelo, Bamboo Leaves; InkBlushers; Ink Potion No. 9
  • Prima: stencil # 572198
  • Stampendous: Charmed Art Stamps
  • May Arts: ribbon
  • Miscellaneous: wine box, gesso, book paper, watercolor paper, sponge brush, palette knife, paper towel, misting water bottle


Here is a picture of the wine box that I used to create this project.




1. Glue book paper randomly on front of box using clear Creative Medium and allow to dry.

2. Cover completely with gesso and allow to dry.

3. Begin to add Memento inks onto the box, working from lightest to darkest. Blend colors together with InkBlushers.

4. Rub in Walnut Ink with a moist paper towel to antique the box and colors.


5. Use the stencil to decorate the front of box with desired colors of Memento ink.

6. Once the inks have dried, apply Creative Medium Shimmer to add depth and interest.

7. Spray on Fireworks for additional color and shimmer.


8. On a piece of watercolor paper, randomly apply Memento inks directly to the paper. Mist with Ink Potion No. 9 and blend with a paper towel.


9. Randomly stamp a collage using Memento Tuxedo Black.

10. Cut into 1″ inch squares.


11. Adhere tiles around edge of box with clear Creative Medium.

12. Add ribbon to handle.


Washer Jewelry

by Maureen



  • IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko: StazOn Jet Black, Metallic Silver; GlazOn, InkBlushers
  • Stampin’ Up: scroll stamp
  • 1″ washers, wire & chain


1.  Using an InkBlusher, cover the washers with StazOn Jet Black, let dry, then cover with GlazOn and let dry. You’ll want to repeat this process a few times to get total coverage.

2.  Stamp scroll design on washers with StazOn Metallic Silver, let dry before applying a final coat of GlazOn.


3. Wire the washers together and add enough chain to wear as a bracelet or necklace.

UPCYCLE Gifts and Greetings

UPCYCLE Halloween Gift

by Darsie



  • IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko: StazOn: Orange Zest, Jet Black; GlazOn, Memento: Tuxedo Black, Grape Jelly; Sponge Daubers
  • JustRite Papercrafts: Boo-tiful Cameo Clear Stamps
  • Bazzill Basics Paper: white Cardstock
  • Spellbinders: Labels Twenty-Eight, Grand Calibur machine
  • May Arts Purple, Black and Orange Burlap String
  • Miscellaneous: tin can, halloween ribbon, green shredded tissue, paintbrush, hole punch



1. Peel the label off of a used tin can and remove any glue residue. Wash and allow to dry thoroughly

2. Sponge StazOn Orange Zest onto surface of tin can with a Sponge Dauber.


3. Seal the inked can with GlazOn using a paintbrush. Allow to dry thoroughly.


4. Add dots on the tin can using a Sponge Dauber with StazOn Jet Black. Allow dots to dry, then apply more ink on top of the dots.


5. Seal the inked can with GlazOn using a paintbrush. Allow to dry thoroughly.


6. Cut/emboss Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Eight with white cardstock.

7. With die cut remaining in template, stencil with Memento Grape Jelly ink using a Sponge Dauber.

8. Remove die cut from template and stamp sentiment using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

9. Punch a hole into the sentiment tag and tie to tin can with Halloween Ribbon and May Arts burlap string.

10. Fill with shredded tissue and gift of choice.


UPCYCLE “Enjoy the Journey” Card

By Sharon



  • IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko: Walnut Ink Crystals, Memento Luxe Espresso Truffle, Versafine Black Onyx, Jumbo Dauber
  • Tri-Boss Embossing Folder “Pocket Watches”
  • Stampers Anonymous “Enjoy the Journey”
  • May Arts: twine
  • Miscellaneous: ephemera, adhesive



1. Antique white cardstock with Walnut Ink Crystals. Allow to dry.

2. Emboss with pocket watch embossing folder.

3. Highlight the embossed areas using Memento Luxe Espresso Truffle with a Jumbo Dauber.

4. Cut out embossed portion of the cardstock and edge with Espresso Truffle.


5. Edge all ephemera pieces with Espresso Truffle.

6. Assemble collage as desired with adhesive.



7. Wrap twine around card in a diamond pattern as seen above, attaching to the back of the card to give a “notice board” effect.


8. Stamp sentiment onto an excess piece of antiqued cardstock with VersaFine Onyx Black.

9. Mount collage onto black cardstock card base.


UPCYCLE Double Feature

IMAGINE Crafts presents your Friday video Double Feature today with two Upcycling projects from our Artists In Residence.


Upcycled Pen Holders

Cathy Andronicou shows you how to create this fabulous pen holder made from empty register tape holders.


Upcycled Mini Pocket Album

Tina McDonald has saved up some old toilet paper rolls to show you how to upcycle them into this fabulous mini pocket album!

More UPCYCLE Inspiration

Upcycled Cassette Tape Gift Card Holder

by Isha



  • 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


AIR_IG_2014_Upcycle_step1  AIR_IG_2014_Upcycle_step2

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.


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


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.


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


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


  • 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



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


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!


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!


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.



Directions for upcylced baby food jar lanterns:



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.


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


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


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


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.


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



  • 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



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


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


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.


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.


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.


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


9. Mount the fabric covered backing into the frame.


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