Fun and Easy Solution to Add a Festive Vibe to Your Celebration

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

 The napkin rings are full of bright red color, combined with the gold wires and stars to bring a festive and glamorous air on your table.

Setting the table for Christmas can be a big part of this special occasion and having a handmade decoration that also serves a purpose makes it even better. These napkin rings are full of bright red cheer, combined with gold stars, they bring a festive and glamorous air to your table. Vertigo sheets make it easy to craft a functional and beautiful item for your holiday table.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Cut the Vertigo sheet in 3 pieces of 2 x 6 inches

Vertigo Sheet with the StazOn Blazing Red
Step 2

Using a sponge dauber color the Vertigo Sheet with the StazOn Blazing Red. Let it dry and place a coat layer of StazOn Studio Glaze in Claret. Finish with an additional layer of the Blazing Red.

Die cut a star in the center of the Vertigo cutting and punch little stars on the rest of it.
Step 3

Die cut a star in the center of the Vertigo piece. Punch little stars around the larger center star.


Step 4

Glue metallic stars on the Vertigo sheet.


Step 5

Cut wires of 4, 5 and 6 inches long pieces. Bind them together in with extra wire. Using jewelry glue, set some metallic stars and some Vertigo punched stars on the top edges only of each wire.

Glue the long edges of the Vertigo cuttings to form a tube. Add the wires near the large die cut star.
Step 6

Glue the edges of the Vertigo strips together to form a tube. Adhere the wires near the large die cut star.

Step 7

Roll your napkin and place in the napkin ring. It’s festive enough to be placed at the center of each place setting!

Supplies

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  • Star shape punch
  • Star shape die
  • Gold star embellishments
  • Jewelry wire – gold
  • Jewelry glue
  • Pliers

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Create Beautiful Things with New Delicata Rose Gold

Create Beautiful Things with New Delicata Rose Gold

Rose Gold Handmade Necklace by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

My first thought when seeing the new Delicata Rose Gold inkpad was that this color needs to be placed on a piece of jewelry. Large rings covered with the ink giving the impression of metal crafted in a necklace was something trying the ink beyond paper. A porous material to work well with the Delicata ink is a lightweight modeling paste (clay) that can hold a piece of jewelry and keep the metallic effect of the Delicata ink.

To form the rings, I cut the modeling paste using two round cookie cutters in different diameters and then pressed the sides to form oval shapes. When the modeling paste dried, using a sponge dauber, I applied Delicata rose gold ink on all sides. When all the rings were ready, I cut aluminum flat wire forming jump rings to bind the large ones together. Finally, I added some extra sparkle with small rhinestones.

Supplies

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  • Lightweight modeling paste
  • Round cookie cutters
  • Flat aluminum wire
  • Rhinestones
  • Pliers
  • Brown leather cord

Creative Girl Tag by Renee Zarate

Tags are always a nice option in the event that you don’t want to attach a card to a gift. This tag is glittering with the new release of Delicata Rose Gold ink and highlighted with Delicata Emerald Green ink as well. The butterfly is also made with the Emerald Green but was watered down with a spray of water so it can behave just like water colors for a beautiful difference.

Select a black cardstock tag and a stencil. Tape a stencil down with painters tape on top of the black tag. Using a large sponge dauber, apply the color in the open area of the image using Rose Gold Delicata ink. Dry with a heat tool.

Using Delicata Emerald Green ink, stamp script on the side of the image; dry with a heat tool. Add green around the punched hole at the top of the tag. Outline the figure with a white pen. Ink the edges with the Emerald Green ink. The Delicata ink can be watered down by placing some on the craft sheet and spraying a little bit of water on the ink. Then the ribbon can be pulled through the water color, also the die cut butterfly can be dipped into the water color solution. Air or heat dry the ribbon and butterfly. Add ribbon to the top of the tag and glue the butterfly onto the girl image. A message can be written on the back using a white gel pen if desired.

Supplies

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  • Dina Wakley Stamp
  • Black tag
  • White gel pen
  • Ribbon
  • Sizzix Tag die
  • Tiny staples
  • Die Cutting Machine
  • Heat tool

Create a Dragon Necklace & Matching Fairy Gift Box

purple dragon necklace

Ink Blended Dragon Necklace by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

The mystical and powerful energy of a dragon is difficult to refute. Perhaps that is why we have always been so attracted to movies and shows with fire breathing dragons as a major feature—much like today’s current obsession for many, HBO’s Game of Thrones. What better way to boost your style and personal mojo than with a handmade dragon necklace.

Using StazOn Blazing Red and Royal Purple with sponge daubers, I blended these two ink colors on a SHEET Metal ATC, creating a cloudy sunset effect on the metallic background. StazOn is a solvent ink and will stay on the metal once dry. After it is dry, divide the  ATC into 3 pieces of large, medium and small lengths with all corners being round punched and sanded. Next decorate the pieces with the dragon & branch stamp by stamping with VersaMark, coating with black embossing powder and heat set. I also did a second layer of stamping and embossing with silver. After the inking and stamping are complete, add a layer of GlazOn for an extra layer of protection for the art.

Finish the necklace by attaching the pieces together in a cascading order from large to small. Punch holes to attach all the pieces together with jump rings. Your dragon spirit will show well!

Supplies

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  • Artemio – Oriental Elements stamp
  • Silver beads
  • Jump rings
  • Jewelry cord
  • Pliers
  • Round corner punch
  • Piercing tool
  • Craft knife
  • Heat gun

mystical fairy decor box gate

Behind the Fairy Gate Decoupaged Treasure Box by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Whether you build a special spot for them in your garden or look for them in a ring of toadstools, fairies are elusive creatures that have fascinated children and adults for ages. Of course, if you’re lucky enough to get a visit from a fairy, you’ll need a place to store any gifts she might leave behind. This tissue-decoupaged box is embellished with a fairy-sized gate and greenery to look like a nighttime garden that is sure to attract some sort of magic.

Supplies

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  • Papier Mache box
  • Tissue paper
  • Paint brush
  • Darice – heat tool
  • Studio Calico – Greenhouse stamp set
  • Acrylic Blocks
  • Faux Greenery
  • Awl
  • Wire cutters
  • Thin-gauge wire
  • Helmar – Liquid Scrap Dots
  • Fairy Charm

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How to Make a Spinning Pinwheel Card

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

What better way to evoke the spirit of summer than with hand crafted pinwheels! In this tutorial, I will break down how to make an oversized 7 x 7-inch card with spinning wind mills made of Vertigo sheets (my must-have craft item). The chevron shapes and the spiral stencil used to create an imaginary air movement of the wind on the card’s background helps create the mood. And the best part of this card is the windmills actually spin!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour

Directions

 Vertigo sheet in 2 x 2-inch squares
Step 1

Cut the Vertigo sheet in 2 x 2-inch squares. Mark the center and leaving about a ¼ inch cut from it, cut towards all corners.

Color the Vertigo squares with the StazOn inkpads in Azure and Teal Blue
Step 2

Color the Vertigo squares with the StazOn inkpads in Azure and Teal Blue.

sew the corners to form wind mills
Step 3

Fold and sew the corners to form wind mills. Open a hole in the center to set a brad.

Memento Bahama Blue and Teal Zeal inkpads with the swirl pattern stencil
Step 4

Cut a 6 x 6-inch white cardstock and color using Memento Bahama Blue and Teal Zeal inkpads with the swirl pattern stencil. Use a large sponge dauber to ink the places where the wind mills will be placed.


Step 5

Open two holes and set eyelets.

thin long border embellishment with VersaMark and heat set the black embossing powder
Step 6

To create the stem of the pinwheel, stamp with a thin long border embellishment with VersaMark and heat set the black embossing powder. I used the stitch design from Viva Decor Tailoring Backgrounds, but you can use any stamp that is similar.

Marianne Design Embossing Folder & Cutting Die - Tyre Tracks Chevrons DF3407
Step 7

Die cut the chevron design and distress with the Memento Bahama Blue.

stamping celebrate everyday
Step 8

Stamp the words “Celebrate” and “everyday” on pieces cardstock and hand tear around the words to create a distressed look. Color die cuts of the chevron with the Memento Tangelo.


Step 9

Glue all the elements using the On Point Glue. Cut a 14 x 7-inch long piece of cardstock. Score the middle of the long side and fold. Glue on the front of it the 6 x 6-inch embellished cardstock.

Supplies

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  • StazOn -Teal blue, Azure
  • Memento – Bahama blue, Teal zeal, Tangelo
  • VersaMark
  • Imagine embossing powder black
  • Vertigo sheets – Prism
  • On Point Glue
  • Sponge daubers
Other
  • White cardstock
  • Marianne Design Embossing Folder & Cutting Die – Tyre Tracks Chevrons DF3407
  • Dutch Doobadoo Mask Art Stencil – 6×6 Spiral #715600
  • Viva Decor A5 Clear Silicone Stamps Set – Tailoring Backgrounds #84
  • Brads and eyelets
  • Hole puncher
  • Heat gun
  • Thread and needle

The Color of the Month for August is Teal

 

August has arrived and we have a beautiful color for this month—Teal. We felt that after the bright summer colors of Tangerine and Pineapple we offered in June and July that we would cool it down a bit for any August heat waves you might experience! Teal reminds us of peacock feathers, the ocean, turquoise stones, glacial lakes, and other natural wonders. To be a bit more technical, teal is a tertiary color that is created by mixing blue and green. With this wide open interpretation of teal, we are excited to see what our artist have cooked up!

quiet people have the loudest minds memento ink b

 Hand Lettering Hawking Quote by Tenia Nelson

“Quiet people have the loudest minds.” I love this quote by Stephen Hawking! And I wanted to use it in a hand lettered art, so I busted out my ink options and got to work. I wanted to single out two words in one color and write the rest of the words in black. For “quiet” and “loudest”, I used All-Purpose ink Tropical Lagoon and a Fantastix. This thick juicy ink that works great on paper, and when you apply it with a Fantastix, it acts very much like a marker. For the rest of the lettering and outlining, I used the Black Fabrico marker in different styles. Since the Fabrico has two different tips to work with, I was able to get the thick and thin line results you see in the photo above. I then used an aqua brush to splatter some Memento Teal Zeal ink to give the page a bit of a dynamic look.

Try this technique on your own favorite quote and have an inspiring day!!

Supplies

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  • Paper
  • Aquabrush

Summer Reading Ocean Theme Bookmark by Renee Zarate

The Dog Days of August make me want to head down to the beach with a good, old fashioned paperback novel for which I need a bookmark. This bookmark is made with images cut from Graphic 45 paper called “Voyage Beneath the Sea,”dies from Sizzix, a masterboard made from a variety of Imagine and Tsukineko products and Bristol paper. The bulk of the time to make this bookmark was spent on the background master board which I will reuse for other projects. Then I assembled all the elements from the Voyage set and add my own embellishments. Enjoy your summer reading!

Supplies

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  • Bristol water color paper
  • Gesso
  • Graphic 45 “Voyage to Beneath the Sea” paper collection and
    stickers
  • Finnabair Glass Beads – White Gold, Copper, Platinum
  • Prima – Glass Glitter
  • Sequins
  • Sizzix – Die Cut-Sand and Sea (seahorse)
  • Spray bottle of water
  • Paper cutter

Kyriakos TeaL Tea lights StazOn teal

Teal Tea Candle Holders by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Having a BBQ or outdoor summer party? Decorate an outdoor table with tea light candle holders using Teal Blue StazOn ink. Choose an empty glass and using your hot glue gun write a word directly on the side of the candle holder. You can also use masking tape to cover parts of the glass, creating a striped effect. When you finish with the tape and the glue, cover the whole surface with your favorite StazOn color using a sponge dauber. Let it dry well and then coat with irRESISTible wedding dress color on the inside of the glass for an opaque look. Alternatively, leave only the StazOn color for a more transparent result. The tape and the glue gun writing serve as a resist for the StazOn ink, so when all the ink is dry simply remove the tape and the hot glue.

Supplies

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  • Hot glue gun
  • Masking tape
  • Small Glass candle holders

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How to Use StazOn and Vertigo to Create Unique Jewelry

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

How to Use StazOn and Vertigo to Create Unique Jewelry

In today’s blog, I have created a special mini book gift that transforms into a piece of jewelry. The mini book is made of Vertigo Sheets and is durable enough to allow the book to be worn on the wrist without being damaged. The length of the book bracelet can be adjustable by either using a bit smaller Vertigo squares or by changing the number of jump rings used on the front and back covers. You can stamp it with designs, use more colors, include a name or a special message depending what you create and customize. This is a perfect project to have at a craft party or to gift to a special loved one.

 

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Cut 1 x 1 inch squares from the Vertigo sheet. There are several patterns of Vertigo to choose from.


Step 2

Stamp with the Waffle Flower dots stamp from their Planner Collection using the StazOn Blazing Red inkpad and distress with the StazOn Dove Grey.

Stamp letters or images with StazOn Jet Black.
Step 3

Stamp letters or images with StazOn Jet Black.


Step 4

Punch holes on all corners of the letter squares. Punch two holes on the right side of the interior squares and one in the middle left of the front and back cover or exterior squares. (see final photo below).


Step 5

Add jump rings and connect the squares into a chain.


Step 6

Add jump ring and a lobster lock on the front cover square. Be sure to adjust the size you desire and test the length.


Step 7

Add any polishing touches such as these cute heart embellishments with On Point Glue and you are finished!

Supplies

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  • Waffle Flower Crafts – Planner Collection Mini Patterns
  • Letter stamps
  • Heart embellishments
  • Round hole punch
  • Jump rings – Silver
  • Lobster lock – Silver
  • Pliers