Learn How To Color Jewelry Charms With Embossing Powder

by Kyriakos Pachadirolgou

Learn How To Color Jewelry Charms With Embossing Powder

With summer being just around the corner, be ready by making a sea-themed bracelet for your vacation swag. Use the Mboss embossing powders to cover metallic charms, such as starfish, seahorses, and anchors, to add color to them. This tecnique is simple and not too demanding to make; match it to your color palette of choice and add even more Mboss-ed charms.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Press the metallic sea-themed charms on the VersaMark watermark ink pad, cover with the different colors of Mboss embossing powders and heat set. The VersaMark is a tacky ink and will stick to the metal charms long enough to receive the embossing powder.


Step 2

Cut 3 x 10 inch long pieces of the wax cord (you will adjust the length of the bracelet later) and secure them at one edge.


Step 3

Add just a small drop of On Point Glue to the other edge of the cords to keep them from fringing.


Step 4

Start adding beads and the charms you covered with Mboss Embossing Powder in step one to each of the three cords.


Step 5

When you have about 2 inches of the cords filled with beads and charms, place all cords through a large hole bead. This will give your bracelet some nice structure, but it is an optional step. Repeat steps four and five until you have around 7 inches of bracelet.


Step 6

Continue adding beads and charms and at 7 inches long secure the edges and add the closing caps. Adding a chain to once cap will make the the length of the bracelet adjustable. Add the hook to the other cap.

Never made jewelry before? Click here to see a post about some basics of jewelry making.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Heat tool
  • Glass and metallic beads
  • Sea themed metallic charms
  • Jewelry clasps, hooks, lobster locks, chain
  • Waxed purple cord
  • Pliers

Learn How to Make a Cute Cat Themed Wedding Book Cover

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Make a book cover that can be used in projects such a wedding wishes book, a handmade photo album cover or any other wedding related project. Add extra sparkle and shine with the Sheer Shimmer on the paper cover and on the flowers that decorate the front.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 2 hours

Directions


Step 1

Color the wooden shapes with the All-Purpose Ink in White.


Step 2

Use a paintbrush to add tuxedo detail to one of the cats (the groom) with the All-Purpose Ink in Real Black. Use a thin wire to add whiskers.


Step 3

Stamp the background stamp on the other cat body (the bride) with the VersaMark watermark pad, cover with Imagine’s Embossing Powder in Iridescent and heat set.


Step 4

Add details on the faces of the cats using the Memento markers.


Step 5

Cut the hat and bow tie shapes from the Vertigo sheet and color with the StazOn Jet Black.


Step 6

Add drops forming a pearl-like necklace on the bride cat with the irRESISTible Pico Embellisher Wedding dress and adhere the Vertigo shapes with the On Point Glue.


Step 7

Cut two 8 x 10 inches pieces of book board.


Step 8

Cover with the embossed table runner using the Tear It! Tape.


Step 9

Spray with the Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Sparkle.


Step 10

Cover the inside of the book covers with the scrapbooking paper, again using the Tear It! Tape.


Step 11

Embellish the front of the cover with cutting of the lace paper used in the inner sides, and/or real cotton lace.


Step 12

Spray paper flower and leaves with the Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Sparkle.


Step 13

Glue the cats, the flowers and the rest of embellishments on the front.

The covers can be glued to a book cover, or using a hole punch and book rings, you can make one. Meow!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Wooden cat shapes
  • Paper flowers and leaves
  • Rhinestones
  • Cotton lace
  • Embossed table runner
  • Book board
  • 12 x 12 lace scrapbook paper
  • Viva Decor – Peacock feathers stamp
  • Heat tool

Learn How To Make 3 Matching Wedding Invitations

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Learn How To Make 3 Matching Wedding Invitations

I wanted to share some easy to make wedding invitations using standard size cards in different designs. The designs are based on two techniques, one requiring a die cutting/embossing machine and one that does not, which makes it easier for everyone to make having basic supplies. The Delicata ink pads give shine and elegance to your wedding invitations. Another fun idea I include is how embossing powder can be used on darker papers to add beautiful contrast and pop to the front of a wedding invitation. Two of the designs form pockets. The text can be printed on a separate card and placed inside. You could also order pre-printed 5 x 7 inch cards, and not follow the pocket making instructions included in this tutorial.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 5 minutes per invitation (depends on details)

Directions


Step 1

Use the embossing folders to emboss the fronts of the first two card designs. If you have an embossing folder that is for a full card background, you can place it over just a portion of the card front to get the 1/3 partial coverage.


Step 2

Add some color and shimmer to the embossed areas by lightly and smoothly pressing/rubbing the ink pad directly on the embossed surface. In the examples above, I used White Shimmer on the embossed lower 1/3 and Golden Glitz on the medallion shape. By going lightly you will only get ink on the raised portions which will highlight the embossing.


Step 3

For the large medallion embossed design, cut about 1 inch on the sides of it to fit the satin ribbon width.


Step 4

Pass the ribbon from the back side to front, add some Tear It Tape on the cutting, and fold the ribbon to set it to make a loop. Add a large rhinestone on the center of the medallion adhering it with the On Point Glue. This finishes the first card design.


Finishing the Second Embossed Design


Step 1

For the second invitation add printed ribbon using Tear It Tape just above the embossed area. Trim so it is flush with edges.


Step 2

To make a pocket card, cut about ⅜ x 5 inches strip of the front side of the card opposite to the embossed edge.


Step 3

Add Tear It Tape to the inside of the card along the bottom of the embossed area and the outside edge. Remove the backing and fold shut to make a pocket.


Step 4

Stamp with VersaFine Clair ink in Pinecone and the “And They Loved Happily Ever After” sentiment (or sentiment stamp of choice). Print or order cards with the text printed on a 4 ½ x 6 inch size card, punch a hole at the top of the insert card and add a matching ribbon. This ads a bit of extra elegance while confirming to the recipient they should pull out the insert card.


If you Do Not Have an Embossing Machine…


Step 1

Stamp a large flourish stamp with the VersaMark watermark ink on kraft paper, only covering 1/3 of the card front. Apply embossing powder over the stamped area, shake off excess and heat set with a heat tool.


Step 2

Add ribbon and further embellishments and follow the steps from second card design above.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • 5 x 7 inch card base
  • 4 1/2 x 6 inch insert cards
  • Craft knife
  • Satin ribbons
  • Hole Punch
  • Printed cotton ribbon
  • Rhinestones or Pearls
  • Embossing folders
  • Die cutting machine
  • Flourish Background Stamp
  • Acrylic Block
  • Heat tool
  • Wedding-themed stamp

Usher In Spring With This Quick And Easy Garden Craft

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Usher In Spring With This Quick And Easy Garden Craft

Today, I have created an easy and fun project to decorate tin flower pots to welcome spring, using the new StazOn Pigment ink pads and a couple of acrylic stamps. This also makes a nice project to use on making small Easter themed tin buckets to give as gifts.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Clean well the surface of the flower pots. Stamp with the brick wood stamps using the StazOn Pigment Snowflake and Passion Red ink pads to cover around and about ¾ of the height of the flower pots.


Step 2

Stamp the quote stamp using the same StazOn Pigment ink pads but the opposite color used earlier.


Step 3

Use various sizes of flower stamps to cover flower pots, adding the StazOn Pigment Piano Black too.


Step 4

Place Tear It! Tape on the end of the brick and wood stamps used as background designs and set the ribbon.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Tin flower pots
  • Viva decor – Brick and wood stamps
  • Quote stamps
  • Flower stamps
  • Red ribbon

 

Create A Beautiful Peacock Feather Handmade Card

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Create A Beautiful Peacock Feather Handmade Card

I am happy to share this Peacock Feather theme card. I was aiming to create watercolor-like stamping on the paper and I used Ink Potion No. 9, as it causes no damage to the paper when dries instead of spraying with water. The result was to create a background that had depth and full blur coverage while it helped the embossed designs to show up, making it the centerpiece of the card. The Sheer Shimmer Stix added the shine of gold color like the one you find on peacock feathers and it turned out perfect! See how I made this handmade card.

Skill: Beginner/Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Heavily spray a 4 x 6 inch watercolor paper with Ink Potion No 9. Use the VersaColor Celadon, Turquoise and Pacific ink pads to stamp peacock feathers while the paper is still wet.


Step 2

When the watercolor paper dries, stamp with the VersaMark Watermark inkpad and cover with Imagine’s embossing powder Lucky Stars. Heat set with a heat tool.


Step 3

Use a BrushStix to add color detail at the corners of the paper and the in the center of the peacock feathers with the VersaColor Royal Blue inkpad.


Step 4

Add sparkle with the Sheer Shimmer Stix in Gold.


Step 5

Cut a paper doily and stamp with the quote “Perfect Just the Way You Are” with the VersaFine Clair in Rain Forest.


Step 6

Use the Tear It! Tape to set the watercolor paper and the doily on the card base.


Step 7

Buy a pre-made frame or cast a frame with lightweight clay and when dries add sparkle with the Sheer Shimmer Stix Gold.


Step 8

Place the peacock ribbon first. Cut it in half to give the illusion it is under the frame. Attach the frame to the card face then place the sentiment inside the frame.


Step 9

Continue decorating with the paper flowers and metallic details. And you are done!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor paper
  • Viva Decor – Peacock feathers stamps
  • My Mind Eye – Honey happiness stamp
  • Paper doilies
  • Lightweight clay and frame mold
  • Paper and metallic flowers
  • Peacock themed ribbon
  • Hot glue gun
  • Heat tool
  • Option – Prima Marketing – pre-made frame

Create a Shimmery “Sending You Love” Card

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

A big card, with a big message written on a small charm, can best describe the theme of this card. Using a lot of sparkle both on the background and on the white flowers and leaves, I enhanced the details of the background color and the plain whiteness of the floral decoration. The Sheer Shimmer Stix worked so nice on both the large surface of the stripes stencil and adding detail on the edges of the floral embellishments avoiding overuse of spraying shimmer on the paper and in places not required.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30min

Directions


Step 1

Use a sponge dauber to apply the VersaColor Pinecone ink on the stripes stencil on the craft card, covering just above half of it on the long side.


Step 2

Leave the stencil on the same place and apply the shimmer using the Sheer Shimmer Stix, easily and with no mess!


Step 3

Use the Sheer Shimmer Stix on the edges of the paper flowers and leaves to add detail and color an 8-inch long piece of cotton cord with it.


Step 4

Color the chipboard with the VersaFine CLAIR Glamorous and add sparkle with the Sheer Shimmer Stix.


Step 5

Fill the metallic charm center heart with the irRESISTible Pico embellisher Morocco color and let it dry.


Step 6

Set the craft card and the corrugated black paper on the card base using the Tear It! Tape.


Step 7

First place the cord and the chipboard on the card.


Step 8

Continue adding the flowers and the metallic charm.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • 7×5 card base
  • 6×4 craft card
  • Paper flowers and leaves
  • Cotton pipe cord
  • Follow your heart charm
  • 4×2 black corrugated paper
  • Wycinanka chipboard – mail hearts
  • Stripes stencil
  • Hot glue gun