Create A “Not All Who Wander Are Lost” Greeting Card

by Iris Rodriguez

Create A Not All Who Wander Are Lost Greeting Card

I made a travel theme card with a porthole using the Vertigo film. This is a plastics film containing a 3D, hologram-like imprint. The porthole window view has a fantasy feel. It’s like looking into the abyss as you go onto your great adventure. Vertigo can be tinted with Imagine’s inks and cut with scissors or other cutting tools. Check out how this grungy, travel-themed card is made.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Step 1

Cut out or use a die cut tool to cut a circle containing an open center from the chipboard.

Step 2

Cut out four or more different size pieces of chipboard. This will be the steampunk looking wall. Rip the edges with your hands for added grungy-ness.


Step 3

Add a few Walnut Crystals to water and mix. Paint the chipboard with a brush. Dry the paper.


Step 4

Smoosh the Golden Glitz Delicata ink onto the craft mat. Spray with water and mix.


Step 5

Smoosh the card pieces onto the watered ink. Dry the paper. Ink the edges with VersaFine Vintage Sepia ink. Ink the porthole with Delicata Celestial Copper ink.


Step 6

Now we will create the porthole. It’s made using the Breeze Vertigo. This is a firm plastic film that has a cool effect imprint. Looks like a hologram.


Step 7

Tint the Vertigo with Cottage Ivy and Pear Tart Memento inks.


Step 8

Add tiny drops of the On Point Glue to the Vertigo circle and adhere the chipboard circle.


Step 9

Add tiny drops of the On Point Glue to the chipboard circle and adhere the metal studs.


Step 10

Ink an area onto one of the chipboard pieces with the White Shimmery Delicata ink and stamp the sentiment over it with the Piano Black StazOn Pigment ink. I did this so one can better see the sentiment. You may choose to stamp the sentiment over the chipboard piece as is.


Step 11

Adhere the map paper onto the card base first, then adhere the chipboard pieces. Next, adhere the porthole and finally add the rest of the studs onto the chipboard pieces.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Map scrapbooking paper or map stamp
  • Cardbase
  • Chipboard
  • Metal studs
  • Sentiment Stamp

Learn How to Create Wedding Ring Clay Bowls

by Iris Rodriguez

Learn How to Create Wedding Ring Clay Bowls and color with All purpose ink in rose gold

Spring is here, the weather is getting nicer and the wedding season is upon us. One of the smallest details that has the biggest meaning in a wedding, is the ring. In this post, I will demonstrate how to make two different DIY ring bowls using air dry clay and All-Purpose inks. Using Imagine’s newest stunning Rose Gold All-Purpose ink, I demonstrate how to make a Rose Gold flower ring bowl. I will also show you how to add shading and depth by making use of the All-Purpose ink Vintage Wine, a dark burgundy color.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 Hour to make the bowls, 2 days total for bowls to air dry

Directions


Step 1

For this project, I used Activa Plus clay. This clay is fine, moist, malleable, firm, but not hard. It is an air dry clay. Keep the clay moist by spraying a little water. Adding water also makes it softer. When the clay is wet, it is beige like color, and when dry it turns off white color. The rate that it dries will depend on the thickness of the project and room temperature. The drier the room, the faster it dries.


Step 2

Roll out a sheet of clay. You can use a roller normally used roll out dough or use a clay roller.


Step 3

The clay is usually very smooth when it’s rolled out. If it is not, then smooth out the clay with your fingers, rib tool or wet sponge.


Step 4

Using a stylus, draw out the desired shape. Use can also a template or other items you can place over the clay and trace. If you change your mind, remove the line by smoothing out the clay.


Step 5

Using a clay needle tool or knife, cut out the shape.


Step 6

Smooth out the edges with your fingers or tools. Draw the petal’s ridges with a hard-edged tool. Sculpt the stamen by using a stylus or the pointy end of a paintbrush.


Step 7

Place the clay bowl into a real bowl or other object and allow it dry for one to two days. It will take on the shape of the object. To determine if it’s dry, take a look at the natural clay color; it will turn an off-white when dry. Also, if the clay feels cold then it’s still wet.


Step 8

Paint the clay with the Vintage Wine All-Purpose ink with a paint brush. Heat set the ink with a heating tool or allow the ink to air dry more than half hour. Allow the ink to dry completely before proceeding.


Step 9

Using the Inkblusher, sponge on the Rose Gold All-Purpose ink. Tap gently in an up and down motion, ensuring that it does not get into recessed areas. Heat set the ink with a heating tool or allow the ink to dry for about 10 minutes. Because it is sponged on, the ink dries fairly quickly. The color intensity will be determined by the number of layers used. I used four thin layers for my bowls. Allow each layer to dry before proceeding.


Step 10

Following steps 2-6 to make the heart shaped bowl. For this bowl, I made heart templates out of cardstock paper and added the texture by making indentations with a clay stylus tool or you can use the pointy end of a paintbrush.


Step 11

Paint the heart bowl with Red Delicious All-Purpose ink. Heat set the ink with a heating tool or allow the ink to dry for more than a half hour.


Step 12

Paint one layer of the Vintage Wine All-Purpose ink.


Step 13

Wipe off the ink from the raised areas with a baby wipe or cotton cloth. Do not use a paper towel. It will stick to the clay and ink, as they are porous surfaces. It is very important to seal the bowls. It protects the ink and clay from liquids and dust. Best of all, it looks purposely finished. You can use a spray sealant like 3M/Krylon or brush on a water-based varnish or polyurethane.

Supplies

Imagine

Craft Mat
All-Purpose Ink – Vintage Wine, Rose Gold, Red Delicious

Other

• Activa Plus Self Hardening Clay – White
• Modeling clay tools
• Sealer (spray, or polyurethane)

Use Different Inks to Make a Congrats Graduation Card

by Iris Rodriguez

Use Different Inks to Make a Congrats Graduation Card

Graduation season is upon us. As much as it a joyous time in anyone’s life, you feel the pressure of the final exams, think about that next phase of your life and probably make a big move. Don’t forget the grad in your life, and make him/her a fun, grungy card. I will show you how you can create a simple, yet layered background with fun ruler embellishments and matching sentiment.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Smoosh the Turquoise Gem VersaMagic ink onto the Imagine Craft Mat.


Step 2

Spray water over the ink. Smoosh the watercolor paper and create a random background. Dry the paper.


Step 3

Stencil the gears with the Vintage Sepia VersaFine ink and Inkblusher.


Step 4

Using the palette knife and modeling paste, stencil another image.


Step 5

Spray some Walnut Ink, then brush the ink with a wet brush. Dry paper.


Step 6

Stamp the ruler stamps with the Piano Black StazOn Pigment ink.


Step 7

Cut out the rulers and ink the edges with the Piano Black StazOn Pigment ink.


Step 8

Assemble card. Glue on the rulers and add a sentiment.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor Paper
  • The Crafters Workshop – 6×6 Gears stencil
  • Carabelle Studio – Steampunk Metre stamp
  • Stampendous – Ruler stamp
  • Liquitex – Modeling Paste

See How To Use Dura-Lar Matte Film To Make A Card

by Iris Rodriguez

See How To Use Dura Lar Matte Film To Make A Card

For this month, it’s was such a pleasure to make projects with Tsunkineko’s new StazOn Pigment Inks. These ink behave like pigment inks, however, they are permanent like the original StazOn ink. As if it does not get any better; this ink also takes details incredibly well. For this card, I used Dura-Lar film (it’s like vellum paper) to create a dimensional effect by stenciling bird images with the Peacock Feathers color of StazOn Pigment. I overlaid the stenciled film on a moonlit night background; also created with StazOn Pigment inks. It made for a great backdrop for the Peacock colored birds.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Step 1

Stencil the birds onto the Dura-Lar matte film. This film looks like vellum, except that it’s archival. It’s very strong, you can remove your images with rubbing alcohol or water as many times as you want and it does not warp. Permanent inks, like StazOn Pigment inks, do not rub off. I like using it because you can create layered dimensional effects.

Step 2

Cut out a circle for the moon. This will be used as a mask when inking the background.

Step 3

Place the circle over the cardstock paper and ink the background using the Piano Black StazOn Pigment ink.

Step 4

Ink the background with the Snowflake and Koala Gray StazOn Pigment inks.

Step 5

Add a little color to the background with the Peacock Feathers StazOn Pigment ink. Ink lightly and in random areas, do not ink the entire background.

Step 6

Spray the tacky spray to the background and adhere the Dura-Lar sheet.


Step 7

Lightly ink sections of the Dura-Lar background with the Koala Gray and Peacock Feathers StazOn inks. Do not ink over the birds. Stamp the sentiment.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Crafter’s Workshop – Birds 6 x 6 stencil
  • Joy Clair Stamps – Butterfly Kisses
  • Dur-lar Archival Film – Matte
  • Aleene’s All-Purpose Tacky Adhesive Spray

Learn To Make This “Happiness Is..” Cats Handmade Card

by Iris Rodriguez

Learn To Make This "Happiness Is.." Cats Handmade Card

This card was inspired by my cat. An awesome, adorable orange tabby named O’Malley. If you first looked at the picture of this card and noticed the sentiment “happiness is…” and your answer was orange tabbies; that is the right answer, of course, lol! I made this card in a monochromatic style by inking spots of yellow and orange Memento inks, then added a layer of Orange Zest StazOn Studio Glaze. The glaze covers the paper with a nice vibrant, translucent color. I find that it unifies the background nicely. Perfect for my unified looking orange cats card.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Ink random spots of the Dandelion then the Cantaloupe Memento inks with the Inkblusher.


Step 2

Ink random spots of Tangelo then Lady Bug Memento inks with the Inkblusher.


Step 3

Squeeze a line of the Orange Zest StazOn Studio Glaze. Using a plastic scraper or an old credit scrape the glaze across the paper.


Step 4

After painting and inking the background, stamp the sentiment; cut to the desired size and assemble card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock paper
  • Laurel Burch Rubber Stamp – Whiskers
  • Crackerbox and Suzy Stamps – Happiness Is

Color of the Month is Peacock Feathers

Color of the Month for March is Peacock Feathers! We love this bright teal color and feel it is the perfect color to kick off the spring season. Not quite green, not quite blue, we really feel teal is in its own color category. Along with this beautiful color hitting your eyes all month long, we are featuring a whole new ink line to be announced this Tuesday, March 5th, 2019. So stay tuned for that super fun announcement!

In the meantime, we have a couple of inkpad brands to recommend to add to your teal collection. Try VersaFine Clair in Warm Breeze. It is a beautiful solid stamping ink and will look great for block printing or large surface coverage. If you need a beautiful ink for blending try VersaMagic in Turquoise Gem. The heavy pigment load and long open time are perfect for blending across a background. If you enjoy working with fabric projects then try the Fabrico Marker in Tropical Lagoon.

We hope you try some of these inks, in the meantime here are some sneak peeks for March

Mermaid Tin by Roni Johnson 

sneak-peak-mar 2019-iris

Bird Stencilled Card by Iris Rodriguez

Stay tuned for the New Product Announcement on Tuesday!