Learn to Make an Enamel Copper Bead Bracelet

by Roni Johnson

Raspberry Red, Imagine’s color of the month, is the perfect color for February! It is such a bright, vibrant cheery color and it also inspires fond memories of summertime fun. Just a few simple steps using Tsukineko’s new VersaFine Clair, clear and sparkle embossing powders and copper tubing to create stunning one of a kind beads all your own. Nothing more satisfying than a DIY piece of jewelry for yourself or as a gift for someone you love. VersaFine Clair ink has a lovely translucent quality when combined with the embossing powders will yield a look resembling the sugary outer coating of a candied apple. This unique quality allows the warmth and beauty of the copper to shine through.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 45 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Uncoil the copper tubing and straighten. The ¼” copper tubing is very soft and easy to manipulate.


Step 2

Mark out desired bead size. The beads for this example are ½” pieces.


Step 3

Use a tube cutter to cut out the individual beads. Tubing cutters are very simple to operate. Place the tubing in the groove between the two wheels; tighten the tube up against the blade with the screw handle; twist the cutter around the tubing one full rotation. Tighten the screw a quarter turn or until the tube is once again tight. Twist the cutter one full rotation and repeat. ¼” copper tubing can usually be cut in 2-3 rotations. This entire operation takes only 30-45 seconds per bead.


Step 4

Cut the desired number of beads. A total of seven beads were used for this example.


Step 5

Place a tube bead over the end of a paintbrush or a wooden chopstick. Make sure that is heat resistant. Roll the copper bead over the Tulip Red VersaFine Clair ink pad.


Step 6

Dip the inked bead into clear embossing powder. If you’re worried about cross contamination, sprinkle some powder into a shallow dish or embossing tray and dip into the powder.


Step 7

Heat the embossing powder to melt; let the bead cool. Repeat steps 6, 7 & 8 for the second layer of clear embossing powder on the tube bead. Once the bead has cooled, roll it across the ink pad once again. Dip the inked bead into sparkle embossing powder. Melt the powder with a heat tool. Roll the bead round and round until the molten powders have cooled, approximately 30-45 seconds.


Step 8

Gently slip the bead off the paintbrush and let it continue to cool standing up on the craft mat. Gather necessary findings and assemble bracelet or other pieces of jewelry as desired.

Enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • ¼” Copper Tubing
  • Tubing Cutter 
  • Beadalon – Wire, Jump Rings, Crimp Beads, Spacers
  • Glass Beads
  • Jewelry Pliers
  • Heat Tool

Make a Fun Mixed Media Steampunk Inspired Gothic Collage

by Roni Johnson

Make a Fun Mixed Media Steampunk Inspired Gothic Collage

Happy Birthday, Thomas Edison! Described as America’s Greatest Inventor, he was born February 11th, 1847 in Milan, Ohio. In his honor, his birthday is now known as National Inventors Day. Best known for his invention of the incandescent light bulb but he was so much more. He accumulated a record 1,093 patents in his lifetime. I thought it only fitting to honor this man who so greatly changed our lives with a fun mixed media Steampunk inspired Gothic Arch collage complete with Creative Medium Metallic gears and photos of the man and his work.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Cut a large and small Gothic arch from chipboard. These will eventually nest inside one another.


Step 2

Ink a 1-inch border around the entire outside edge of the large Gothic arch using a sponge dauber and Tulip Red VersaFine Clair ink.


Step 3

Sprinkle desired color(s) of embossing powder over the inked areas. Clear, gold and patina embossing powders were used for this example. VersaFine Clair has amazing properties which allow embossing powders to stick to it even after it is dry to the touch so there is no need to rush or waste embossing powders by mixing them all together. Each color may be applied individually enabling you to collect and save the excess powder.


Step 4

Use a heat tool to melt the powders. Set the large arch aside to cool.


Step 5

Tear vintage ledger pages, mathematical charts, dictionary pages, etc into small pieces.


Step 6

Adhere the pieces of ephemera to the small Gothic arch using Vintage Creative Medium and a palette knife. Overlap pieces until most of the chipboard have been covered. Set aside to dry.


Step 7

Spread a thin layer of Gold, Silver, Bronze and Copper Metallic Creative Medium over 4.25” x 5.5” pieces of cardstock and let dry. Die-cut various gear shapes from the Creative Medium papers.


Step 8

Adhere the gears to the arch using more Vintage Creative Medium.


Step 9

Trim off the excess paper from the arch.


Step 11

Stamp sentiment on a strip of white cardstock. Create an aged look by rubbing a small amount of Vintage Creative Medium over the strip. Ink edges with VersaFine Onyx Black.


Step 12

Adhere the sentiment and images to the arch as desired. The lightbulb image was inked using Memento Dandelion ink. A couple drops of On Point Glue was applied to the colored area and sprinkled with micro-fine glitter. Affix the smaller Gothic Arch to the larger embossed arch using Tear It Tape.

And if you have extra supplies left….

Make a Fun Mixed Media Steampunk Inspired Gothic Collage Tag

Take the remaining pieces and create a gift tag.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Memory Box Dies – Steampunk Gears
  • Artistic Outpost – Steampunk (sentiment)
  • Vintage Ephemera
  • Micro Fine Glitter
  • Cardstock – white
  • Chipboard
  • Scissors

Make a Beautiful Northern Lights Theme Greeting Card

by Roni Johnson

Make a Beautiful Northern Lights Theme Greeting Card

VersaFine Clair Nocturne is a perfect ink to create a work of art dealing with evening or night. It is especially great for a dreamy pensive composition for the cosmos. I learned this  Northern Lights technique but I wanted to put my own spin on it to take it to the next level. See how I did it!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 20 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Cut a piece of white cardstock a bit larger than the desired finished size. Sponge 2 or more colors of VersaFine Clair ink in a random pattern over the cardstock panel blending each color into the last. Here I used Blue Belle, Charming Pink, Paradise, Verdant and Nocturne.


Step 2

Sponge VersaFine Nocturne (black) ink around the edges of the card panel working it towards the center. Sponge a lighter layer of black in over select areas of the colored inks.


Step 3

Sprinkle Imagine’s Embossing Powder in Sparkle over the entire inked card panel, shake off excess and return it to the jar. Due to the unique characteristics of VersaFine Clair the ink will feel dry to the touch yet retain the ability to be embossed as an ordinary wet pigment ink.


Step 4

Heat the embossing powder to melt. The results look like a starry night spent under Mother Nature’s very own spectacular light show! So fun to create this texture.


Step 5

Now it is time to take this awesome background and make it into a card design. This past December (2017) I participated in Carve December on Instagram. So as a result I have this cute hand carved stamp of a polar bear. There are plenty of bear themed stamps out there so certain find one that best suits this project. Stamp polar bear image along the bottom of the Northern Lights panel using VersaMark Ink. Sprinkle white embossing powder over the image, shake off excess powder and return it to the jar. Heat the embossing powder to melt.


Step 6

Cut a snowbank hill on a piece of scrap paper and adhere it to the bottom of the panel.


Step 7

Apply White Radiant Neon Amplify! to the paper.


Step 8

 

Sprinkle Sparkle embossing powder over the wet Amplify! medium. Use heat tool to activate and puff the medium.


Step 9

Mount the panel on black card blank. Stamp and emboss the “Happy New Year” sentiment on strip of white cardstock and adhere to card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Hand Carved Polar Bear Stamp
  • Just For Fun Rubber Stamps – New Year’s sentiment
  • White Cardstock
  • Adhesive
  • Heat Tool

Create a Valentine’s Card with VersaFine Clair

by Roni Johnson

Normally I would never dream of trying to emboss a single multi-step image much less several due to the time-consuming process of lining up the various layers. VersaFine Clair’s unique properties now allow me to do just that! I can take my time to align all of the layers on multiple images and still have time to emboss them all at one time.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 40 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Die cut a heart shape from plain white cardstock.


Step 2

Set the die-cut heart aside and use the negative as a mask. Temporarily tape the negative heart mask over a piece of white cardstock. Stamp the multi-step flowers inside the masked off area using VersaFine Clair in Tulip Red (bright red) and Nocturne (deep black).


Step 3

Remove the mask and discard.


Step 4

Sprinkle Imagine’s Embossing Powder in Clear over the entire panel. Shake off excess and melt with a heat tool.


Step 5

Even after several minutes, I am able to emboss the entire print! Next, trim the panel to fit to the card design.


Step 6

Stamp the “Happy Valentine’s Day” sentiment using VersaFine Clair in Nocturne. Sprinkle with black embossing powder and melt with heat tool.


Step 7

Adhere the embossed flower pattern heart and Valentine’s sentiment on a 4 x 5.75” cardstock panel leaving a gap between the two elements. Add ribbon to the gap and secure with Tear It! Tape.


Step 8

To finish this design, affix a tiny bow to the card and seal it using On Point Glue.


Step 9

Adhere the entire panel to a grey 4.5 x 6.25” card base.

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
  • Altenew – Painted Flowers stamp set
  • Just For Fun Rubber Stamps – Valentine’s Day Sentiment
  • May Arts – Red Velvet Ribbon
  • Club Scrap.com – Rose Cardstock, Grey Card Blank
  • White Cardstock
  • Heat Tool
  • Stamping Blocks

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.

 

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_