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

Create an Elegant Black on Black Design

by Jowilna Nolte

Create an Elegant Nocturne Black on Black Design by Jowilna Nolte

I love the look of black on black. It creates a beautiful subtle saturation that attracts the eye to the subject. If you go the extra mile and add heat embossing into the mix you have a classic and elegant effect. For this card, I used black embossing on a black background with some beautiful contrasting white elements on top. On the background, I added a little element of surprise in the form of texture and pattern. Take a look at how I created the effect.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions


Step 1

For this project you will need the Memento inker. If you cannot find the inker at your local craft store then search for it online. It is a great investment to your craft stash. Add a few drops of Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black directly onto a piece of white cardstock. The drops are very dense so it will darken the paper rather quickly. While the ink is wet turn over the cardstock piece and smudges the ink on your craft mat.


Step 2

Add a few more drops of ink onto the background and then mist with water to make it spread out. You will have darker and lighter patches on your background.


Step 3

Once the background is completely dry, stamp the flower stamp with VersaMark and heat emboss using Imagine’s Embossing Powder in Black.


Step 4

Emboss a couple of extra flowers using the same embossing powder onto white cardstock. Cut out the flowers and set aside. Use a burnishing tool and emboss a pattern onto the background around the embossed flowers. As you can see in the photo above, I lightly embossed a grid like pattern on the paper. Avoid the grid-like embossing over the flowers otherwise, you will damage the surface of the embossing.


Step 5

Use Irresistible Tuxedo Black to add a few black dots where the embossed gridlines meet. This creates an interesting effect and tone on tone look. The shiny texture of the Irresistibles liquid easily matches the embossing powders shiny surface.


Step 6

Finish the design by attaching a sentiment that expresses what you would like. I choose the sentiment “Memorable”. Adhere the extra embossed flowers and an extra embellishments.

Thank you for stopping by! Please comment below or share on social media! 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • White cardstock
  • Carabelle Studio – Azoline Flowers Cling Stamp A6
  • Sentiment Stamp
  • Diamante
  • Stylus or Burnishing Tool
  • Scissors
  • Dimensional Adhesive

Imagine Tips: How to Use All Your Crafting Ink

by Melissa Andrew

Instead of using bling, stickers or lots of extra products, simply use your favorite Tsukineko inks to create a beautiful scene with a fun stamp set. See how well pigment and dye inks work together in this quick stamping demonstration.

Supplies

Imagine 
Other 
  • SugarPea Designs – Let’s Flamingle Stamp Set
  • Cardstock

Create Colorful Backgrounds with Embossing and Memento Ink

by Steph Ackerman

Memento Dye Inks are fast drying inks that work perfectly with embossing folders. The acrylic folder allows enough time to add assorted colors of inks on the surface of the embossing folder and also cleans up well. You can create wonderful and unique backgrounds using assorted dye inks and the embossing technique acts similarly to a printing press. This is a wonderful way to create personalized and unique cardmaking projects.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 45 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Ink embossing folder with Memento Dye Ink in Morocco, Peanut Brittle, and Olive Grove colors. This color combination works beautifully together.


Step 2

Cut white cardstock to fit the embossing folder. Place cardstock in an inked embossing folder and run through the embossing machine.


Step 3

Ink edges of embossed panel with Memento Ink in Pistachio.


Step 4

Use a sponge dauber to ink white ribbon with Memento Ink in Peanut Brittle.


Step 5

Stamp the “Thank You” sentiment on white cardstock with Memento Luxe pigment ink – Tuxedo Black (Memento Luxe is pigment ink compliment to the dye ink line). Emboss with Imagine Embossing powder in Clear. Die cut the sentiment and mat with larger die cut.


Step 6

Wrap embossed panel with ribbon. Mat with brown cardstock and adhere to card. Add die cut sentiment to center of card with foam adhesives for dimension.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Unity Stamp Co. – Abundant Blessings
  • Cardstock – white, brown
  • Cuttlebug Embossing Folder – Anna Griffin
  • Spellbinders Oval dies
  • Ribbon
  • Die cut and Embossing Machine
  • Heat Tool

Design a Watercolor Portrait with Walnut Inks

by Elina Stromberg

Design a Watercolor Portrait with Walnut Inks from Imagine Crafts and Tsukineko.

Whenever I come across an inspiring technique tutorial or a project idea, I save it to one of my Pinterest boards. Those pins become handy when there’s a need for getting the creative juices flowing, but even if the creative mojo is not lost I love to browse through the idea boards for getting fresh innovative ideas.

Some of the pinned projects have been on my to-do list for a while already, waiting for the right time slot to be explored. Like a watercolor portrait tutorial by Elise Engh in her Grow Creative blog that I pinned years ago: I loved the project idea and I had planned to make these cool monotone portraits of my kids, but I was not sure if I had the patience for following all the tutorial steps of editing, printing, tracing, and painting. So, when I finally decided to give it a try, I altered the steps, cut some corners, and finished in no time at all! I used a photo editing program for creating my painting template, and instead of making the painting completely monotonous I used two matching Walnut ink colors for painting. And I loved how the portrait turned out!

Creating the painting template requires some photo editing skills, but you don’t need to be an expert for making the template. You can use whichever software you wish, but as photo editing software vary, I did not include detailed instructions of the photo editing steps. However, please do leave a comment if more guidance is needed.

Walnut inks come in several natural earth tones, and they give a beautiful antique finish to photos, papers, and wooden embellishments. They come in handy spray bottles, but the strong pigment inks can also be used as liquid watercolors; they were the perfect choice for this portrait project!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1.5 hours

Directions

Step 1

Choose a well-lit portrait photo and open it in a photo editing program (e.g. Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Gimp, PicMonkey). Adjust colors and lightning, and if needed, add contrast. Convert the photo to black and white, and remove the background. Edit the photo using ‘Posterize’ adjustment tool. Set levels to 2, i.e. use only two colors on the posterized photo. Once done, lighten the black to a light grey so that when you print it is just a light shadow.


Pour a small amount of Walnut Ink in Brown and EucalyptusStep 2

Pour a small amount of Walnut Ink in Brown and Eucalyptus (an earthy green) on a watercolor palette. Taping the paper on the surface is not needed as the Walnut ink will not curl the paper.


Step 3

Paint the portrait using a small brush, covering all printed light grey areas. Let the colors mix, and add water for gaining lighter tints. Work rather quickly, using a rich amount of ink. Walnut Ink will dry quite fast on a porous watercolor paper. When finished, trim the portrait to the desired size and frame.

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
  • Photo in digital format
  • Computer + Photo editing software
  • Printer
  • Watercolor paper
  • Palette
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Photo frame

How To Do A Resist Technique With Fireworks

by Nadine Carlier

Thank You Card by Nadine Carlier IC

Make an impact with some black and white, not all cards need to be colorful! For my card today I share how to do a resist technique using a stencil, VersaMark, and Fireworks! Spray. This really is an easy technique and the results are so cool! So grab a stencil and some Fireworks! Spray and let’s get started….

Watch my video tutorial below to learn how I did the resist technique. Enjoy!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 15 min.

Supplies

Imagine
Other

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