See How To Upcycle A Tin With Stazon Pigment Ink

by Roni Johnson

See How To Upcycle A Tin With Stazon Pigment Ink

Did you hear about the new StazOn Pigment Ink? A quick drying opaque ink that you can use on all of the surfaces that you use the original StazOn ink. This will take your mixed media game to a whole new level of fun. Today am sharing a mermaid themed gift tin that I made for my daughter in law. It’s got layer after layer of StazOn Pigment Ink as well as a few other fun products from Imagine like Goosebumps spray, irRESISTible Pico Embellisher, On Point Glue.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Prepare the tin you will be working with by sanding off any artwork. 180 or 220 grit sandpaper works well for this process. Wash and dry the tin to remove dust, debris, and oils from your skin.


Step 2

Use sponge daubers and StazOn inks to build layers of color beginning with the darkest layer on the bottom. Mariner Blue was applied to the very bottom rim of the lid to create the deepest and darkest part of the ocean. Let dry. Shamrock Green was the next layer which overlapped the Mariner Blue a bit and was applied approximately half way up the tin. Peacock Feathers was used for the third layer of ink, it was pounced darkest above the green but was also pounced over both the Shamrock Green and Mariner Blue to help blend the colors together. Snowflake was applied on the upper quarter of the lid, it was then lightly pounced into the Peacock Feathers to bring a look of natural gradation.


Step 3

The mermaid stamp was inked with Piano Black StazOn Pigment ink and immediately stamped on the lid. Due to the fact that the lid has a slightly curved surface, I have found that it works best if you hold the lid in one hand and the stamp in the other and bring them together. This allows you to see that the stamp is making contact as you press the stamp around the contour of the lid. Let the ink dry completely.


Step 4

Spritz the lid with Clear Goosebumps Texture Spray to create an illusion of water. Let this medium dry before moving on. Use Wedding Dress irRESISTible Pico Embellisher to create bubbles in the water.


Step 5

Use a sponge dauber to color the side of the lid with StazOn Pigment in Mariner Blue and to frame the stamped image on top of the lid.


Step 6

Selectively apply On Point Glue to the lid and lightly sprinkle glitter over the wet adhesive. Let the glue dry completely, shake off excess glitter and replace it for future use.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Upcycled Tin Container
  • Sandpaper
  • Unity Stamp Co – Mystical Mermaid
  • Fine Glitter

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!

Learn How to Blend Ink using Shimmer Stix

by Roni Johnson

Learn How to Blend Ink using Shimmer Stix

New products are always fun but they are even MORE fun when it sparkles which is exactly what Shimmer Stix has in spades. It’s the same beautiful Shimmer Spritz Spray in a fun new package. AND this card is doing double duty by picking up on the Color of the Month – Living Coral but with a twist, it is a combination of 2 Radiant Neon colors blended together to make one with the help of Shimmer Stix.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Cut a piece of white cardstock to 3.75 x 5 inches. Rub Radiant Neon Electric Coral on the upper portion of the card panel. Rub Electric Orange Radiant Neon Ink directly over the Electric Coral. Rub Electric Orange Radiant Neon Ink directly over the Electric Coral.


Step 2

Use the Shimmer Stix to blend and drag the inks together down the length of the panel.


Step 3

This blends the ink and colors the panel with shimmer at the same time. It’s hard to show the truly beautiful shimmer you get from the Shimmer Stix but this photo captures a bit of that shimmer and sparkle.


Step 4

Cut a cover-up using the Gina Marie Flower Burst Trio Cover Plate on white cardstock. Mount the cover up onto the Shimmer Blended card panel and affix to a black card base.


Step 5

Cut three “Sparkle” sentiments, one from blue cardstock and two from black cardstock.


Step 6

Use On Point Glue to glue the layers together with the blue on top. Apply a layer of Shimmer irRESISTible Pico Embellisher to the sentiment and let dry. Add a dot of Electric Blue irRESISTible Pico Embellisher to the center of each flower. Adhere the sentiment to the card using On Point Glue. Just look at that beautifully blended shimmer!!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Gina Marie – Flower Burst Trio Cover Plate
  • Queen and Co – Sparkle Sentiment Die-cut
  • Cardstock – White, Black, Blue

See How to Create Beautiful Coral Themed Jewelry Charms

by Roni Johnson

See How to Create Beautiful Coral Themed Jewelry Charms

I was so excited when I found out the color of the month was Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2019 – Living Coral. Why? Well, this color brings to mind summer, the beach and warm temps, something that I’m all for at the moment. I used the Coral Ultimate Pigment Refill on SHEET Metal circle charms as my jumping off point. I decided it would be fun to add a bit of blue sky using the Versa Magic Ink Sea Breeze and the sparkle of the water with irRESISTible Pico Embellisher – Shimmer to these Charming Coral pieces as well.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Pounce VersaMagic pigment ink in SeaBreeze and VersaColor inker in Coral (see link below) onto the circle pieces. Sprinkle the charm with clear embossing powder; shake off excess and return it to the jar. Heat the embossing powder to melt.


Step 2

Use a Sponge Dauber to apply Jet Black StazOn ink around the edge of the charm.


Step 3

Stamp desired texture onto the charms using Jet Black StazOn ink.


Step 4

Glue shell charm to small circle using On Point Glue. Cover each charm with a layer of Shimmer irRESISTible Pico Embellisher and let dry.


Step 5

Use jewelry tools to secure both charms to the other; add additional charms or beads as desired. Thread charms onto a ball chain necklace.

BONUS!!

I had so much fun making the first set of charms I just kept going. This time I decided to ink up a few fender washers. These charms were made using the same technique as above using steps 1-3. Antiqued copper charms and findings to finish off the washers.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Just For Fun Rubber Stamps – Crackle Stamp
  • Jewelry Findings
  • Jewelry Tools
  • Aleene’s Platinum Bond – Glass & Bead

Use a Mirror Technique to Create a Cute Mermaid Card

by Roni Johnson

Use a Mirror Technique to Create a Cute Mermaid Card

Imagine’s Craft Mat is a handy tool to have in your crafting arsenal. Not only is it great for keeping your work surface clean but there are many techniques you can use it for as well. Take the above card for example. Can you tell which mermaid is stamped and which one is a mirror image? Bet you can’t tell, can you? Find out the answer below….

Skill: Beginner
Time: 45 minutes + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Stamp the desired image on to the Craft Mat using VersaFine Clair ink. VersaFine Clair is an excellent choice for mirror images as there is a nice open time and it creates such a crisp clean image when stamped.


Step 2

Place a piece of cardstock over the image stamped on the Craft Mat and burnish with your finger.


Step 3

Carefully lift the paper. Wipe the excess ink from the Craft Mat with a damp cloth. It’s as simple as that. You may finish the card as desired. Did you know that the Craft Mat is also a great palette for water coloring? Simply scribble Memento Dual-Tip markers onto the craft mat. You may then blend and pick up the inks with a water brush.


Step 4

To finish off the example I stamped a second mermaid directly to paper and added a sentiment.


Step 5

I then watercolored the image as desired using Memento Dual-Tip Markers and a water brush.


Step 6

I added a bit of Shimmer Pico Embellisher to various areas to add a bit of shine and sparkle. The green-tailed mermaid was the mirror image.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • White Cardstock
  • Hero Arts – Mermaid Kisses
  • Waterbrush

How to Use Many Types of Ink on Yupo Paper

by Roni Johnson

Completed love art piece on Yupo paper made with many types of Tsukineko inks.

Yupo is a polypropylene medium that can take all sorts of abuse and still come out looking great. Today I wanted to show you how easy it is to use with StazOn, Memento and VersaFine Clair inks with a couple of other mediums thrown in for fun. Today’s technique is only one of many different ways to use inks on Yupo paper. Experiment, have fun and if you don’t like it simply wipe it off and start over! This is a truly forgiving medium to work with.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 45minutes – 1-hour +dry time

Directions

Step 1

Use a paint brush to paint a layer of rubbing alcohol onto the craft mat.

Step 2

Add one drop of St. Valentine StazOn ink to the rubbing alcohol and slightly blend.

Step 3

Press a piece of Yupo paper into the ink mixture and lift. Repeat this step with additional pieces of Yupo or plain cardstock to pick up the excess ink.

Step 4

Mix a drop of Rhubarb Stalk and rubbing alcohol on the craft mat.

Step 5

Pounce a piece of wadded up plastic into the ink mix.

Step 6

Pounce the inky plastic over the Yupo paper to create a variety of patterns.

Step 7

Repeat steps 4 – 6 until you achieve the desired look. Try adding other ink colors for a bolder look. For my final result I used StazOn St Valentine, Claret and a touch of Gothic Purple as well as Memento Rhubarb Stalk Ink.

Step 7b (optional)

Flick rubbing alcohol over the Yupo to create additional depth and dimension.

Step 8

Spread Gold Metallic Creative Medium through a stencil using spatula palette knife.

Step 9

After the Creative Medium has dried, scribble around the heart and edge with a Marabu Art Crayon.

Step 10

Smudge the art crayon markings with your finger. Affix letters to the Yupo with On Point! Glue.

Step 11

Randomly stamp text and hearts over the Yupo canvas with VersaFine Clair Morning Mist ink.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Yupo Paper
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Marabu Art Crayon
  • Rinea – Text Stamp
  • Joy Clair – Heart Stamp
  • Simon Says Stamp – Heart Stencil
  • Sizzix – Letters