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.

 

Want to Learn How to Make Jewelry?

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

My love of wires and metals inspire me to create jewelry pieces. Being a beginner in jewelry making, I decided to play it safe and avoid complicated designs and techniques. This made me look at my craft supplies and see what I can make out of them. Craft supplies are always a nice starting point to match colors and materials to make something original and one of a kind. At end of the day, who wouldn’t want to wear pieces that catch the eye that no one else could have? Following tutorials found online (preferably video tutorials), you can easily get the basics of jewelry making.

Materials

In my experience, if you decide to make jewelry pieces that go beyond beading and weaving, it is important to get information on secondary materials like cords, clasps, jump rings, rings, metals, etc. that will be used to join your creations or use them as bases to create on. Take time to understand sizes and lengths and have samples of them to help you have a close view of their features. A wrong type of wire or a small ring can just make your life harder when you start making a jewelry piece, and in some cases, the action is not reversible.

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou makes a peacock theme jewlery set using StazOn, VeraMark and embossing powders. green, yellow, teal, metal, circles, earrings, necklace.
There are a lot of basic craft materials that can work well in and give excellent results. Having a look at a previous Peacock Jewelry project, you will easily identify the craft basics I used on them. I used StazOn ink to color Imagine’s Sheet Metal Small Circles—StazOn inkpads are my favorites in the jewelry making. They quickly dry on the surfaces (especially on metal which that I love using) and adding GlazOn seals the results.

Tools

If you are looking to make simple jewelry projects, you may already have the tools in your craft room and just need to buy a few things. Scissors, craft knife, pliers, piercing tool are common tools for everyday projects.

How to Use StazOn and Vertigo to Create Unique Jewelry

Working with jump rings, wires, clasps etc, round nose and flat nose pliers are helpful to form wires and secure cord endings. In the photo above, I created a fun Love bracelet using Vertigo surfaces. When you use soft surfaces, try adding a soft rubber or plastic cap to cover the pliers (even a plastic straw) to prevent marks on your pieces. Also, even your die cutting machine can become a tool for your jewelry depending on what you will be making!

Inspiration

Anything that is around me can be a spark for creativity. Look around your room and your craft supplies for inspiration and ways to alter them into a piece of jewelry!

Like these wooden canvas wedges. Sometimes simple things with a little work turn to very nice results.

purple dragon necklace

Your favorite stamps can be used on metal sheet and covered with sealant like this simple Dragon necklace. So the next time you want to create something out of the box and have a handmade jewelry piece that combines your style and art, just look into your craft stash and go simple!

Resources

Craft Gawker ‘s jewelry section.

Youtube tutorials Jewelry Making 101 & jewelry wires explanation – Wire Terminology

Jewelry Tutorial Headquarters 

 

Learn to Make Handmade Ornaments with StazOn Ink

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Using Vertigo sheets, I made window ornaments that allow light to go through them both day and night in reverse way. Enjoy Christmas decoration colors when you are in home from the daylight coming from your window and filtered via the Vertigo sheets, while you share the same decoration during the night to look from outside when light comes from your home.

Level: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Start by printing the template for the shapes provided in the pdf in the supplies list. Cut the Vertigo plastic sheets to the template shapes.


Step 2

Cover the Vertigo sheets shapes, first with the StazOn Studio Glaze color and when it dries, cover with the matching StazOn ink pad.


Step 3

For the star shape 2 layers of color are used of StazOn Studio Glaze Gold.


Step 4

Use the Stipple Brush No 6 and the Delicata emerald green to make strokes following again the shape of three and the way branches should look. Let it dry. Repeat on the other side.


Step 5

Use a star die to open space in the round Vertigo sheet shape and then, stamp designs with VersaMark and heat set the Imagine’s verdigris color embossing powder.


Step 6

For the heart shape use white embossing powder, for the yellow use green.

Punch a hole and pass ribbon through it to easily hand them on windows.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Viva decor Peacock feathers stamp set
  • Heat gun
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon
  • Star die

Learn to Make a Beautiful Winter Wonderland Card

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Create the feeling of a snow globe on a Christmas greeting card with a shaker bubble front and a lot of snow. This Christmas card has less color in the background in order to enhance the centerpiece. The snow both in the bubble front and on the top of the card is created with the Amplify White, a must have craft supply for Christmas and winter!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour


Steps 1

Blend the Brilliance and VersaColor blues on the watercolor paper and cut a circle in diameter slightly larger than then bubble front.


Step 2

Die cut the village shape from the watercolor paper and make light shades using the VersaColor Pinecone and a Brushstix.


Step 3

Die cut 3 more village shapes and glue on top of each other to make a thick one. This will add dimension (depth) on the design and act as an obstacle to the beads inside the bubble.


Step 4

Glue the village die cutting on the watercolor paper and cover the bottom of it with Amplify White and heat to activate it and make it fluffy.


Step 5

Make tiny dots of snow above the village using the irRESISTible Pico Embellisher Wedding Dress color.


Step 6

Add rhinestones with the help of On Point Glue.


Step 7

Cut from a 4 x 6 piece of the corrugated paper, a round center, large enough to for the bubble front. Distress with Brilliance Pearlescent Sky Blue, VersaColor Pinecone and spray with Sheer Shimmer Sparkle and Silver.


Step 8

Remove the excess of the shaker bubble front and add Tear It Tape, all around it.


Step 9

Glue the watercolor paper circle on the card, add beads in the center before covering with the bubble front. Continue by placing the corrugated paper and the twine.


Step 10

Use Amplify! White on top of the corrugated paper piece to make snow effect.


Step 11

Add the rest of the embellishments using On Point Glue and your hot glue gun (for ribbon elements).

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
  • Cardbase 5 x 7 inches
  • Watercolor paper
  • Corrugated white paper
  • Shaker bubble front
  • Marianne Design –  Village die LT0173
  • Baker twine – red and white
  • MayArts – chevron ribbon
  • Rhinestones and metallic charms
  • Die cutting machine
  • Hot glue gun