Book Lovers – Look at this Charming Project

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Are you a book lover and a crafting nerd? Are you looking for a project that lets you show off both of these passions? This French-themed book strap can serve as a bookmark or can just make a stylish statement with a cool elastic stretch lace that adjusts to different book sizes and can be placed between pages. With a sheet of Vertigo acting as the main embellishment, StazOn ink, embossing techniques and more, this project is a fun thing to do on a lazy Saturday afternoon. See how to do it below!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Direction


Step 1

Cut 2 pieces of 5 inch long cotton ribbon. Open a window of ¾ x 2 ¾ inch on one of the pieces leaving a ½ inch space on the left side.


Step 2

Stamp the cotton ribbon pieces with various designs from the travel France stamps using the StazOn Jet Black inkpad.


Step 3

Turn the uncut cotton ribbon piece to the back and fold the corners, up to the middle of the short side. Glue with the On Point Glue creating an arrow shape edge.


Step 4

Take the swivel latch hook and pass it through the arrow shape edge of the cotton ribbon. Cover the hook with it and glue well, securing it to the ribbon.


Step 5

Repeat with the cut piece of the ribbon.


Step 6

On a piece of Vertigo sheet, slightly larger than the window opened on the ribbon, stamp the word with the VersaMark and heat set the Embossing Powder in White.


Step 7

Color with the StazOn Teal Blue inkpad and a sponge dauber the back side of the Vertigo Sheet cutting.


Step 8

Cut a 15-inch long elastic stretch lace and glue one edge of it together with the Vertigo cutting between the two cotton ribbon pieces. Make sure that the Vertigo sheet cutting is positioned well to the opening of the ribbon.


Step 9

Tie a bookbinding ring to the other end of the elastic stretch lace.


Step 10

Add charms and beads to embellish further.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Buddly Crafts 22mm (7/8″) Orchid Elastic Stretch Lace, Natural Cotton Ribbon 40mm
  • Clear Choice – Travel France stamps
  • Swivel Latch Hook
  • Bookbinding Ring
  • Charms
  • Beads

Celebrate Mardi Gras this Year with a Handmade Mask

by Kyriako Pachadiroglou

Celebrate Mardi Gras this year with a gorgeous and festive handmade mask. Vertigo sheets are a great tool for making amazing visual effect when light hits it and it’s always more vibrant when color is added. Using the StazOn ink pads you can assure that the colors mix well on the Vertigo sheet and will not fade. Imagine’s Embossing Powder also provides a detailed decoration for this project that is iconic of the celebration of Mardi Gras. Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Print the mask template, cut along and secure it on the back of a Vertigo Sheet using masking tape.


Step 2

Cut along the mask pattern.


Step 3

From the remaining Vertigo sheet, cut wave shaped stripes between 3-4 inch and color with the StazOn Blazing Red and Royal Purple.


Step 4

Using your heat gun and a pair of tweezers, heat the Vertigo stripes and twist.


Step 5

Partially cover the Vertigo mask pieces with StazOn Studio Glaze. Continue to color with the StazOn Blazing Red and Royal Purple inks.


Step 6

Stamp the sun design on side of the mask using the VersaMark inkpad. Decorate the opposite side by hand using the VersaMarker. Cover with Imagine’s Embossing Powder in White and heat set.


Step 7

Decorate the mask with the StazOn Studio Glaze in Silver, making lines and dots.


Step 8

Pierce holes on the mask inner sides and hand tie with the cord.


Step 9

Punch holes on the Vertigo stripes and attach them with an eyelet on the mask. Add eyelets on the ends of the mask to tie later the elastic cord.


Step 10

Use small pieces of Tear It Tape to glue feathers close to, previously attached, Vertigo stripes.


Step 11

Add rhinestones by gluing them with On Point Glue. And finish the mask by adding the elastic band to the sides.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Mask Template
  • Rhinestones
  • Stamperia – Sun stamp
  • Eyelets
  • Hole punch
  • Elastic cord
  • Feathers
  • Masking tape
  • Heat gun
  • Piercing tool
  • White waxed cord

Color of the Month for February is Raspberry Red

Color of the Month for February is Raspberry Red

The Color of the Month for February is Raspberry Red! This is a beautiful color that can be found in fashion, crafts, and home decor. We love raspberry red because it has an electric look that occurs from the slight tint of purple in the deep red color. It is not purple, not magenta, not pink and it is not quite red either. We choose this color because of Tsukineko’s exciting and latest release of VersaFine Clair and the gorgeous raspberry-like color called Glamorous. Some other great raspberry colors in the Tsukineko inks are Memento Love Letter, VersaColor Raspberry, and StazOn in Fuchsia Pink so if you have any of these colors on and you are creating projects this month then you may qualify for…

Imagine Color Challenge with a $30 Give-A-Way!!

We are announcing the Imagine Color Challenge for the month of February! Use rich raspberry colors from any Imagine or Tsukineko product in any crafty project. The project can be a card, scrapbook page, mixed media focus, home décor, etc of any size or shape. Post a finished project with mention of our product by February 28th on your social media. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and tag the photo of your project with the hashtag #imaginecolorchallenge. At the end of the month, our team will select a random winner from all who have participated! We will be re-posting or sharing some entries all month long!

How is the winner judged?

At random lottery selection of those that met the requirements. We will comb through all the social media posts and enter your name into a random lottery.

Prize

$30 dollars of products from the Imagine Shop shipped anywhere in the US.

Rules

  • Tag us on either Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with our handle and the hashtag #imaginecolorchallenge
  • Post a high-quality photo of the project. Blurry or low-resolution photos will not qualify
  • Must use Tsukineko or Imagine products and name them. Example: Fireworks Craft Spray, Memento Luxe, VersaFine, VersaMark, etc.
  • Must use the Raspberry Red color
  • Must be a newly created project
  • Projects posted between February 1 and February 28, 2018 (at midnight PST) are to be considered.

For inspiration stay tuned to our blog this month

Elina Stromberg has created a Congrats card using VersaFine Clair.

Elina Stromberg has created a Congrats card using VersaFine Clair.

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou created a lovely Mardi Gras mask using StazOn Studio Glaze.

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou created a lovely Mardi Gras mask using StazOn Studio Glaze.

Jowilna Nolte has created this lovely scrapbook layout using VersaFine Clair and Fireworks Shimmery Craft Sprays.

Jowilna Nolte has created this lovely scrapbook layout using VersaFine Clair and Fireworks Shimmery Craft Sprays.

 

 

Thank you visiting the Imagine blog and stayed tuned for more on these and other lovely projects!

 

Learn How to Make a Paper Bead Necklace and Earrings

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Learn How to Make a Paper Bead Necklace and Earrings by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Having received a comment on one of my craft posts some time ago asking to make something with African paper beads, I decided it was time to try it. Using basic crafting materials that can be found in any crafting room and inspired by the color Nocturne, I made my first attempt at paper beads with a necklace and matching earrings. A stamp, a Memento ink pad, and an A4 page were enough to craft the main pieces of the jewelry. To protect and make the paper beads durable, a layer of GlazOn worked well and gave some shine to the beads.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour

Directions


using the Memento Tuxedo Black inkpad I choose a large acrylic stamp that looks like lace.
Step 1

Cover the A4 page with the design of your choice using the Memento Tuxedo Black inkpad. I choose a large acrylic stamp that looks like lace.


Form long triangles with a ruler and a pencil. One page makes 15 paper beads
Step 2

Turn the page on the backside and mark every 1 inch on both short paper edges. Form long triangles with a ruler and a pencil. One page makes 15 paper beads.


Step 3

Cut the marked triangles.


Step 4

Use a bamboo skewer (or a quilling tool if you have) to roll the paper triangles, starting from their base. Glue the edge with On Point Glue.


When all beads created, cover them with GlazOn and let them dry.
Step 5

When all beads are created, cover them with GlazOn and let them dry.


Step 6

Cut three 23 – 25 inch long cords and pass through the paper and the metallic beads. Adjust them as you like. Add end and lobster clasps.

Use a round end pin to set the paper bead to the earring hook.
Step 7

Use a round end pin to set the paper bead to the earring hook.

For more reference on jewelry making, please check out my beginners’s guide. Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog and if you enjoyed this tutorial then please comment below or share on social media! 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – A4 page white
  • Ruler
  • Decorative stamp
  • Soft pencil
  • Craft knife
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Black Cord
  • Black and silver beads
  • Earring hooks, end, and lobster clasps
  • Pliers

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.

Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog and if you enjoyed this tutorial then please comment below or share on social media! 

Supplies

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

Color of the Month for January is Nocturne!

Nocturne is Imagine's color of the month for January 2018.

Everyone has their favorite black ink, which is often a crafter’s most used inkpad. We wanted to inspire our artists (and you) to use that black as a bit more than just an outline and make a statement with it! It inspires images of the night sky, little black dresses, and the timeless look of black and white photography!

We wanted to give a preview to some of the projects that took on this challenge. You will see tutorials or videos for all of these projects by the end of the month.

Jennifer Vanderbeek also thought of a little black dress when she created this adorable girls-night-out themed card:

A handmade card featuring a little black dress and the sentiment "Shine Bright" by Jennifer Vanderbeek.

Arjita Sepaha Singh left these outline images un-colored for a really lovely affect that highlights the beautiful background she will show you how to create:

A handmade card featuring a raw silk background and un-colored floral images with the sentiment "sending love & hugs" by Arjita Sepaha Singh.

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates more beautiful jewelry – showing how easily you can make your own paper beads:

Handmade necklace and earrings featuring handmade black and white paper beads by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou of The Crafters World.

And Roni Johnson will remind you that Nocturne can be used to great affect in Valentines too!

Handmade Valentine featuring masked layered stamping in Nocturne and Tulip Red by Roni Johnson.