Use StazOn in a Unique Way for a Valentine’s Card

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Use StazOn in a Unique Way for a Valentine's Card

Share some love with a card in bright colors using StazOn ink pads. Use the StazOn all purpose stamp cleaner to dissolve the StazOn inks creating a watercolor effect on paper. The result gives the impression that a water based ink is used, however this technique can make a background that stays while you can work with water based colors on it.
The effect is used on watercolor paper and on tracing paper giving a semi-opaque result.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Use a sponge dauber to lay StazOn Teal Blue on the craft mat. Spray with the StazOn All-Purpose Stamp Cleaner


Step 2

Take a 4 x 6 inch watercolor paper cutting and press it on the dissolved ink. Use a heat gun to dry it.


Step 3

Repeat step 1 using the StazOn Blazing Red inkpad now. Press a piece of watercolor paper on the dissolved ink.


Step 4

As soon as the watercolor paper is dried, draw small hearts on the backside and cut them.


Step 5

Repeat step 1 using the StazOn Blazing Red and press a piece of tracing paper. Dry it with the help of a heat gun. Cut small hearts from it.


Step 6

Sprinkle Tuxedo Black color from the irRESISTible texture spray on the 4 x 6 inch watercolor paper.


Step 7

Cut half on the long of a 4 ½ inch chevron ribbon piece. Sew a charm on a half of it.


Step 8

Use the Tear It Tape to set the 4 x 6 inch watercolor paper on a 5 x 7 inch card, then the ribbons.


Step 9

With the help of the On Point Glue, add the hearts on the card.

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor paper
  • Tracing paper
  • 5 x 7 blank card
  • Chevron ribbon
  • Charm
  • Black cord
  • Heat gun

Say Hello with this Cute and Simple Shaker Card

by Tenia Nelson

Hey, Y’all! Tenia here from Jazzy Paper Designs with a very cool Hello shaker card using Imagine products, a coffee theme and kraft paper. Here are the directions on how to create this fun card.


Step 1

Stamp coffee cup image with Memento Tuxedo Black and cut out with scissors


Step 2

Die cut with nesting squares from Spellbinders for the shaker card.


Step 3

Create shaker element with adhesive, acetate and sequins.


Step 4

Adhere coffee cup image onto shaker with the foam dots to create a raised effect.


Step 5

Stamp decorative image onto the kraft paper and add splatter with Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in New Sprout. The great thing about this color is the shimmer has a beautiful gold hue.


Step 6

Add matching twine around the card.


Step 7

Stamp “Hello” and “There” sentiment and heat emboss images and cut out.


Step 8

Adhere shaker to the card to overlap the steam decorative element with the coffee cup and add washi tape and embellishments onto the card.

 

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Supplies

Imagine
  • Memento Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa
  • Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray – New Sprout
  • Delicata – Emerald Green
  • Embossing Powder – Clear
Other
  • Cardstock
  • Right at Home – “Cup of Joy “coffee stamp
  • The Twinery – Twine
  • Sequins
  • Queen and Co – Washi tape
  • Sticker Stitches
  • Spellbinders – Nesting Squares die
  • Heat Tool
  • Die cut machine
  • Scissors
  • Acetate
  • Adhesive

See What our Artists Carved Up in December

The Carve December art challenge on Instagram hosted by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer is winding down and Imagine staff and artists are delighted to have had the opportunity to participate. If you are not familiar with this then head over to Instagram and check out the following hashtags– #carvedecember and #carvedecember2017 

Here are some of our submissions

My Dog Graber by Roni Johnson @inkstanedroni

Owl on a Branch by Roni Johnson @inkstanedroni

Party Banner by Renee Zarate @rzee2015

“Art” stamp by Renee Zarate @rzee2015

Stamping on Fabric by Amanda Harryman @imaginecrafts_

Swallow Bird Stamp by Amanda Harryman @imaginecrafts_

Leaf Stamp on Fabric by Marcie McCabe @marciemccabe

Game of Thrones Dragon, House of Baratheon, and Little Finger Sparrow stamps by Taylor Poole @imaginecrafts_

Make a Cool Steampunk Greeting Card with StazOn

by Renee Zarate

Make a Cool Steampunk Greeting Card with StazOn, Memento ink and Delicata ink.

I have two Phrenology Head stamps that always seem very Steampunk to me. It was a very popular science a couple of hundred years ago and did reach its peak right around the time of the Victorians so it fits into the Steampunk era. I wanted to use different colors of green in the creation of this card and I used Claret as the complementary color for contrast. Did you notice the place that “ART” found on this map of the brain? Yes, you can see it right where it should be at the center of our thoughts.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Stamp the Phrenology Head image using StazOn Claret ink. Using a sponge Dauber, start to color the edges of the stamped panel with Memento New Sprout ink, blending the ink toward the center in a circular motion. Since StazOn dry quickly and does not mix with water-based inks then do not worry about affecting the Phrenology stamp. Next, stamp a circularly shaped stamp around the edges using Delicata Emerald Green ink. Stamp script and ink the edges of the panel with StazOn Claret ink. Use Pam Carriker Rule of Thirds stencil on the front of the panel using Chartreuse Iridescent Creative Medium, spreading a thin layer with a palette knife.


Step 2

While the top panel is drying, ink the edges of a 4 ½” by 6 ½” piece of cardstock using StazOn Claret ink. Stamp text on those edges using Delicata Champagne ink, heat set with a heat tool.


Step 3

Taking the blank card that the panel will be adhered to, use a stencil and spread a small amount of Chartreuse Iridescent Creative Medium paste on the front of the card, allow to dry completely.


Step 4

When all the components are dry, assemble the card by placing the stamped panel onto the Claret colored panel, then adhere the entire unit to the stenciled card. Tear it Tape is a perfect tape to stack the components together on the card securely.

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Hampton Arts – Script stamp
  • Lost Coast – Phrenology Heads stamp
  • Invoke the Arts – Wheel stamp
  • StencilGirl Products – Pam Carriker- “Rule of Thirds” stencil
  • Seth Apter – stencil
  • Bristol paper
  • Blank card
  • Heat tool

Want to Learn How to Make Jewelry?

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

My love of wires and metals inspire me to create jewelry pieces. Being a beginner in jewelry making, I decided to play it safe and avoid complicated designs and techniques. This made me look at my craft supplies and see what I can make out of them. Craft supplies are always a nice starting point to match colors and materials to make something original and one of a kind. At end of the day, who wouldn’t want to wear pieces that catch the eye that no one else could have? Following tutorials found online (preferably video tutorials), you can easily get the basics of jewelry making.

Materials

In my experience, if you decide to make jewelry pieces that go beyond beading and weaving, it is important to get information on secondary materials like cords, clasps, jump rings, rings, metals, etc. that will be used to join your creations or use them as bases to create on. Take time to understand sizes and lengths and have samples of them to help you have a close view of their features. A wrong type of wire or a small ring can just make your life harder when you start making a jewelry piece, and in some cases, the action is not reversible.

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou makes a peacock theme jewlery set using StazOn, VeraMark and embossing powders. green, yellow, teal, metal, circles, earrings, necklace.
There are a lot of basic craft materials that can work well in and give excellent results. Having a look at a previous Peacock Jewelry project, you will easily identify the craft basics I used on them. I used StazOn ink to color Imagine’s Sheet Metal Small Circles—StazOn inkpads are my favorites in the jewelry making. They quickly dry on the surfaces (especially on metal which that I love using) and adding GlazOn seals the results.

Tools

If you are looking to make simple jewelry projects, you may already have the tools in your craft room and just need to buy a few things. Scissors, craft knife, pliers, piercing tool are common tools for everyday projects.

How to Use StazOn and Vertigo to Create Unique Jewelry

Working with jump rings, wires, clasps etc, round nose and flat nose pliers are helpful to form wires and secure cord endings. In the photo above, I created a fun Love bracelet using Vertigo surfaces. When you use soft surfaces, try adding a soft rubber or plastic cap to cover the pliers (even a plastic straw) to prevent marks on your pieces. Also, even your die cutting machine can become a tool for your jewelry depending on what you will be making!

Inspiration

Anything that is around me can be a spark for creativity. Look around your room and your craft supplies for inspiration and ways to alter them into a piece of jewelry!

Like these wooden canvas wedges. Sometimes simple things with a little work turn to very nice results.

purple dragon necklace

Your favorite stamps can be used on metal sheet and covered with sealant like this simple Dragon necklace. So the next time you want to create something out of the box and have a handmade jewelry piece that combines your style and art, just look into your craft stash and go simple!

Resources

Craft Gawker ‘s jewelry section.

Youtube tutorials Jewelry Making 101 & jewelry wires explanation – Wire Terminology

Jewelry Tutorial Headquarters 

 

DIY New Year’s Eve Party Hat

by Nadine Carlier

DIY New Year's Eve Party Hat by Nadine Carlier wm ic

It’s almost time to get your party hats on! How much fun would it be to have your very own custom New Year’s Eve hat this year? Or if you don’t like to go out for New Year’s you can also use this cute hat as a decoration.  Imagine has lots of gold and silver products that would work amazingly to create your own hat, for mine I used some Delicata inks, irRESISTible Pico Embellisher and Embossing powders.

Watch my video tutorial below to learn how to make your own New Year’s Eve Party Hat. Enjoy!

Click HERE for the link to print the Party Hat template.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 min.

Supplies

Imagine
Other

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