Join Us for Day 1 of the StencilGirl Blog Hop

In this week’s blog hop, we are pairing our ink with StencilGirl stencils to make a perfect match! StencilGirl works with a variety of designers to create all sorts of themes and as you know—we have all sorts of inks for all sorts of projects. Our Artists in Residence have been excited to share their projects with you and we can hardly wait to see what the StencilGirl Team came up with too!

Thanks so much for stopping and be sure to leave comments (one per blog) during these 3 days so you can be entered to win a $30 StencilGirl Gift Cards or a $30 Imagine Gift Cards!!! Winners will be announced on the StencilGirl and Imagine Blogs at the end of the month.

Here is Today’s Blog Hop Artists

Mary C. Nasser

Janet Joehlin

Gwen Lafleur

Carol Baxter

Jennifer Vanderbeek

Nadine Carlier

Roni Johnson

Mischelle Smith

Get Creative with Tsukineko and Waffle Flower Stamps

We are delighted to feature two cards using Waffle Flower stamps. Waffle Flower makes super cute high-quality photopolymer stamp sets and craft dies with a wide variety of themes. Waffle Flower style has certainly set them apart and we are always excited to see new designs rolling out! In today’s post, Neva and Roni create two handmade cards that show the flexibility of their themes.

Get Creative with Tsukineko and Waffle Flower Stamps

Shellabrate Your Birthday! by Neva Cole

Aren’t these turtles so cute? Waffle Flower joined Imagine for a cross-company promotional in May and as a result Imagine artist received new stamp sets. The images from the Shellabrate and Snail Mail stamp and die sets create a wonderfully whimsical underwater scene. The turtles and sign are stamped in Jet Black StazOn ink, and the greenery is stamped in StazOn Cactus Green and Forest Green. The images are then water colored with Memento Dual-Tip Markers in Cottage Ivy, New Sprout, Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves, Peanut Brittle, and Toffee Crunch. The background sand is stamped and water colored with Memento Toffee Crunch. The bubbles are added in Memento Bahama Blue. The die cut images are adhered with varying heights of adhesive to give some fun dimension. A perfect summer birthday card anyone would enjoy receiving!


  • Waffle Flower – Shellabrate stamp and die sets, Snail Mail stamp and die sets


Wild -N- Free Handmade Card by Roni Johnson

If someone says, “Itsy bitsy teeny weenie…” don’t you just instinctively finish it off in your head, “…yellow polka dot bikini”? Well, Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weenie was one of our challenges this month and I couldn’t get that song out of my head so I just went with it! I created this card with a little help from Waffle Flower stamps.

I have the “Wild N’ Free” set from Waffle Flowers and if you look closely you can see the 3 tiny dot stamp above the eagle. I used these dots to create the background for this card. I started off by stamping the “ground” using 3 different colors of green Memento dye ink, stamping them over and over again. I flipped the cardstock over and stamped the sky using 3 colors of blue Memento ink.

Finally, once I was satisfied with the background I went about stamping the rest of the card as you normally would. Yes, it was a bit time consuming but surprisingly it was lots of fun! It’s almost a Zen feeling going back and forth between the paper and the ink pad. The rest of the design is straight-forward with framing the edges with layered roses and bringing the eye to the center with the wolf and the sentiment. Since this set is so varied, you can choose your favorite animal for the center.


  • Memento Inkpad – New Sprout, Bamboo Leaves, Cottage Ivy, Olive Green, Summer Sky, Bahama Blue, Danube Blue, Love Letter
  • VersaFine – Onyx Black
  • Waffle Flower – Wild N Free stamp set
  • Cardstock – white
  • Cardbase – navy blue

Create a Colorful and Easy No Sew Summer Tote

by Roni Johnson

Create a Colorful and Easy No Sew Summer Tote. All-Purpose Ink used to dye a fabric project.

Who doesn’t love the beach during the summer? Here’s a project that is easy, fun and inexpensive to make perfect to take along on your trips to the beach. It starts off with a t-shirt which will be upcycled to a roomy, no-sew tote bag.

Begin by trimming off the arms and neck of the t-shirt. Wad it up and saturate it with water. Spread out the shirt on a protected (or glass) work surface. Use a Doodlestix to flick yellow, gold, and green All-Purpose Inks onto the wet t-shirt. Since Imagine’s color of the month is Pineapple, I decided to go with green on top third and yellow and gold on the bottom two thirds of the shirt. Gather the shirt up and squeeze the ink through the wet t-shirt. It will create a tie-dyed effect. Add additional ink until you’re satisfied with the color or pattern. Let the shirt dry naturally, then be sure to iron both sides of the t-shirt to set the inks permanently (very important). Finish off the tote by cutting the bottom of the t-shirt into strips then knot. Your brand upcycled new tote bag is ready to use!


  • T-shirt
  • Scissors

We have a Color Challenge for You!

Imagine Color Challenge July 2017 Pineapple

Color of the Month for July is Pineapple! We love the bright yellow color and have seen it trending this year in all sorts of ways. Pineapple is a delicious fruit eaten fresh, cooked, made into a juice or used in a number of ways in the culinary world. We hope to evoke the same creativity in the crafting world!

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

We are also announcing the Imagine Color Challenge for all for the month of July! Use bright yellow 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 July 31st 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 those 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 you name into a random lottery.


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


  • 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 Pineapple color
  • Must be a newly created project
  • Project is posted between July 1 and July 31, 2017 (at midnight PST) to be considered.

Do you need some inspiration to get going on this Color Challenge? Well, we have a few lovely projects just for you!

bright yellow handmade card

Happy Summer Wishes by Elina Stromberg

Our beautiful color of the month is Pineapple, or bright and bold yellow. For me, yellow is the color of a happy summer day filled with sunshine, so I decided to create a summery flower card (those you can never have too many of in your stash!). For coloring the background, I used Dandelion and Tangelo Fireworks inks which work really well for watercoloring. Before painting the background, I covered the stamped flowers with masking fluid. Once the Fireworks inks were dry, I added some pattern with yellow irRESISTible Pico Embellisher, and finished decorating the background by stamping random patterns with a darker yellow Memento ink – Cantaloupe. The yellow flower blooms have two layers. I stamped the flowers on a piece of white cardstock, colored with Promarkers, fussy cut, and glued on the background. For decorating the flowers, I used On Point Glue and gold-colored microbeads to give a nice finishing touch to the project. Enjoy!


  • Stampin’ Up – ‘Helping Me Grow’ stamp
  • Kaisercraft – texture stamp
  • Sizzix – Sentiment stamp + die set
  • Winsor & Newton – masking fluid, ProMarkers (yellows, orange, light brown, green)
  • Watercolor paper
  • Card base
  • Cardstock – orange
  • Double-sided tape
  • Detail scissors

Layered Peony Memento Ink Tag by Mischelle Smith

When I think of pineapple and yellows – my mind always goes to flowers. I love the flowers of summer. In the small town I live in there are lots of gorgeous flowers during the summer and I’m always so thankful I get to enjoy them. For this project, I wanted to capture those warm, sunny memories in my work while also utilizing the piles of scraps I have growing.

This simple project utilizes scrap pieces of paper. To create the large yellow layered peony, ink each layer of the stamp set with Memento Dandelion for the base, Cantaloupe for the middle stamp and Tangelo for the outline or top layer stamp. To create the layered leaf, two base stamps with Teal Zeal and the final outline stamp with Nautical Blue to give the definition. For the ‘thanks’ die, I simply inked a jumbo dauber with Dandelion ink and shaded until I had achieved desired color and shading. To finish this tag design, embellish with white marker, arrange all the paper elements as desired, attach the gold thread to tag base, mount the stamped pieces on top of gold thread, punch the top with an Crop-a-dile, install eyelet and attach string.


  • Altenew – Beautiful Day Stamp & Die Set, thanks die
  • Die cutting machine
  • Circle punch
  • Gold thread
  • Foam tape
  • Twine
  • Black eyelet
  • Crop-a-dile
  • White Posca Marker
  • Scrap papers

Ray Of Sunshine Handmade Card by Roni Johnson

Pineapple is the color of the month here at Imagine and it was so easy to create this card because they offer up so many fun products in yellow! I decided to create a giant sunburst! But, don’t worry  because you will not need a fancy die-cut or stencil to make this sunburst pattern, just a pencil, ruler and some masking paper.

I started off by cutting a circle from masking paper, removed the backing paper and placed it on a card base. I then drew a dot marking close to the center of the circle and drew lines radiating out from that point. I like to keep the spacing between the lines a bit random for a more free-form look at the end. Here is the fun part! Fill in each segment with whatever your heart desires. I used stamps, stencils, a variety of inks, irRESISTible Texture Spray, Radiant Neon Amplify, sponge daubers, markers and more. The possibilities are endless. Once I was finished with the rays, I removed the circle mask and colored it in using a Fantastix and All-Purpose Inks.


  • Cardstock – white
  • Stencils
  • – Stamps
  • Masking Paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler or straight edge




Use StazOn to Create a Festive Martini Charm

by Roni Johnson

stazon solvent based ink used to create martini glass charms

Happy National Martini Day! When I saw this fun holiday, I just knew I had to make something fun to help commemorate it. Luckily, I had the perfect stamp set in my collection—a martini and olive stamp. I combined it with Imagine’s Color of the Month Tangerine…well in this case Orange Zest StazOn Ink. As you will find, I also use rubbing alcohol for fun tips and tricks with solvent inks.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour + dry time


stazon midis orange zest
Step 1

Gather a few dominoes and wipe with a cotton ball saturated with rubbing alcohol to remove any oils and dust.

Step 2

Using Orange Zest StazOn inkpad, apply ink on the back of the domino covering it completely. Apply rubbing alcohol over the inked domino as desired.  The first domino (on the left in the photo) was sprinkled with drops of rubbing alcohol, set for 10 seconds, then blotted which yielded the white dots. The second domino (center) was sprinkled with drops of rubbing alcohol which was left to dry naturally which caused the interesting “eyes” of color in the center of each drop. The final domino (on the right) had rubbing alcohol splattered on the domino at the same time it was also being lightly heated with a heat tool. This created a lovely mottled effect. Each domino turned out a little different.

how to use glazon
Step 3

Apply a layer of GlazOn to protect the initial layer of StazOn ink. Once the GlazOn layer is dry then more StazOn ink can be applied. Without a GlazOn layer the newer applications of StazOn will re-activate the previous ink layer. Stamp the martini glass image with Jet Black StazOn Ink and apply another thin layer of GlazOn over this layer of ink.

Step 4

Apply a dab of glitter glue inside the triangle of each martini glass and let dry. Apply a layer of irRESISTible Pico Embellisher in Clear or Shimmer over the domino and let dry.

Step 5

Glue a jewelry bail to the back of the domino with E6000 or jewelry glue. And attach an additional loop wire that will attach these pieces to your martini glass.

This project would be a fun compliment to an orange or citrus theme martini drink or summertime cocktail party. Enjoy!



  • Dominos
  • – Martini Stamps (no longer available)
  • Glitter glue
  • Jewelry bail
  • E6000 glue


3 Crafting Projects for Better Enjoying Your Garden

One of the best things about summer is being outside. And one of the best things about being a crafter is sitting in your happy space in your craft room. In today’s post, our artists help you think outside box and design for the outside. Roni starts us off with a stained-glass project using Tsukineko’s StazOn Studio Glaze. Neva Cole creates a perfect picnic companion using metal and cork coasters. And Renee creates handmade labels for the garden. Check it out!


Stain Glass Mirror using stazon studio glaze


Studio Glaze Stain Glass by Roni Johnson

I was so excited when I heard that one of our challenges for June was “Something Other Than Paper”. Why you might ask? At the beginning of May, my town hosts a large garage sale. It is such a fun event! At one of the houses, I found a lovely glass frame that spoke to me. I knew I would upcycle the plain glass frame into a lovely show piece for my craft room window.

I started off by selecting a few of my favorite colors of Tsukineko’s StazOn Studio Glaze. StazOn Studio Glaze performs like a paint but has a transparent finish that is perfect for glass crafting projects like this one. I used these glazes to fill in each cell with a harmony created by orange, blue and green. To achieve the interesting pattern, I let the glaze sit for about 5 minutes then used a Doodlestix to create a swirl pattern texture and let it dry. Makes for quite a stunning statement both inside and outside of the house!


  • Glass frame

Let Your Dreams Fly Drink Coasters by Neva Cole

I am always up for a challenge that does not involve cardstock! These metal coasters have been in my stash for a while and with this challenge it was the time to make something cool with them! My Mom loves butterflies, and this will be a perfect gift for her to take along on their motorhome trips as they are light-weight and will store easily.

Start by applying StazOn Opaque Cotton White ink directly to metal and dab with an Ink blusher to cover the surface. Set aside to dry thoroughly. Use an ink blusher to gently dab StazOn Azure around outside edges of each coaster. Set aside to dry. Since StazOn is a solvent ink, the reapplication of more StazOn (with the butterfly stamps) will dissolve the background base. To prevent this, use a foam brush to seal layers with GlazOn matte which is a sealant specifically designed for StazOn. Place GlazOn in a small disposable container and paint on coasters. Do not add directly to coaster as it will lift the ink from the surface.

Stamp images in StazOn Blazing Red with Joy Clair’s Butterfly Kisses. Stamp sentiments in StazOn Blazing Royal Purple. Let dry thoroughly before sealing with 2 additional coats of GlazOn Matte, allowing for complete drying between coats. So the hardest part of this project is to seal the layers of StazOn, but once you learn this technique it becomes automatic and quick. To finish, adhere metal coaster to cork coaster with E6000 glue. Set aside to dry. You are ready to enjoy personalized coasters!


  • Recollections – Metal and cork coasters
  • Joy Clair – Butterfly Kisses stamp set
  • Foam brush
  • E6000 glue

Garden thyme Labels crafting

Dressing Up Your Herb Garden by Renee Zarate

One of the AIRs challenges for June was to create a project using something other than cardstock to stamp on. I’m just getting my herb garden going so I thought I’d create small name tags made out of plastic to identify my herbs. StazOn ink is my go to ink when I want something that won’t disappear with the blazing sun and torrential rains of South Carolina where I currently live. Guests are always curious about all the herbs I grow, this way they can read the names, pluck a little off and enjoy the herbal scents.

Prepare the plastic surface by wiping each tag lightly with rubbing alcohol to remove any residue. Use a mini alphabet stamp set and StazOn Jet Black ink to stamp the name of the herb, allow to dry. Using a different color of StazOn ink, begin stamping designs and patterns onto the plastic randomly. Allow drying time. Using a large dauber, apply different colors of StazOn ink; apply Clear Embossing Powder and carefully heat set the colors. This is plastic so take care not to get the heat tool too close or hold it on one spot too long or the stake will melt. Apply a clear sealant to the stake with a product that will withstand the elements outdoors, allowing the drying time stated in the instructions. Insert it into the ground near the plant. Make one for each type of herb or plant.


  • Plastic garden stakes
  • Krylon – Make it Last Clear Sealer
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Hero Arts – Mini Alphabet stamps
  • Waffle Flower – Pattern Play
  • Acrylic block
  • Heat tool