Dye Embroidery Thread with Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray

by Jennifer Vanderbeek 

Use Stamps for Stitching by Jennifer Vanderbeek. pink rose embroidery thread. green, white frame.

We invest a lot of money into our craft supplies, so why not use them to their potential! We can find new uses for craft sprays, embroidery threads, and stamps and stretch our craft budgets. In this tutorial, I outline how to use stamps as a template for embroidery. And while we’re at it, why not use sprays to make custom-colored embroidery thread, too!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 2 – 3 hours + drying time

Directions

Step 1

Spray Rose Bud, Lilac Posies and New Sprout Fireworks directly onto the craft mat close to each other for the dye ink to blend. These colors will create the Rose petal colors. Add a length of white embroidery floss across the three puddles and let them soak up the color.

Step 2

Repeat with New Sprout Fireworks and Walnut Ink for the Rose stem colors thread. Allow both floss color themes to dry completely.

Step 3

Stamp the chosen image onto pressed linen with VersaFine. Let dry.

Step 4

Thread a needle with 3 (of the 6) strands of the dyed floss and fill in the stamped sections with the different colors. The sample project uses satin stitch for the petals and leaves, detached chain stitch for the stem, and French knots for accents.

Step 5

Embellish the stamped image with a stitched frame or other embellishments.

Step 6

Paint a bare wood frame with a wash of white acrylic paint and spray with Desert Sand Fireworks to add a touch of age and shimmer.

Step 7

Cut a piece of chipboard to fit behind the opening of the frame and wrap the embroidered linen around it. Secure it inside the frame and project is ready to go!

This project makes a great gift or can be a lovely decorative item in a craft room.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • White embroidery thread
  • Acrylic blocks
  • 
Close to My Heart – rose stamp
  • 
Linen fabric
  • Embroidery needle
  • 
Embroidery hoop
  • 
Wooden frame
  • White acrylic paint
  • Paint Brush
  • 
Chipboard
  • Scissors

 

Don’t Be Eye Candy Be Soul Food by Tenia Nelson

I wanted to make a super fun card encouraging ladies to be made of the good stuff while also strutting your stuff! I started with stamping an image with VersaMark onto watercolor paper and heat embossing it. I then used Bamboo Leaves Memento marker to scribble onto an acrylic block and watercolor the lady. I did the same technique with Tuxedo Black Memento Marker and Rich Cocoa Memento ink for the skin tones. I then sprayed New Sprout Fireworks Craft onto the whole image panel to pull the design together, stamped the sentiment onto a piece of cardstock using Cottage Ivy Memento Ink and finished it with adding sequins and washi tape. And mounted the whole piece onto a blank card base.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Unity Stamp Company – stamp
  • Watercolor
  • Embellishments – sequins, washi tape, sticker stitches
  • Heating Tool

 

Shabby Chic Embossed Glitter Banner

by Mischelle Smith

Michelle Smith uses Fireworks, VersaMark and Gold Embossing Powder to make a beautiful glitter banner with pink flowers, feathers, and paper doily. stars, glitter, sparkle, ink, crafts.

I love touchy, feely things and wanted to create a project I could use both as a decoration and a gift. This little banner fits the bill. The gold Embossing Powder works so well combined with the texture of the corrugated cardboard. You can easily personalize this by adding a name or sentiment to the chipboard scrap.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 60 minutes

Directions

Michelle Smith uses Fireworks, VersaMark and Gold Embossing Powder to make a beautiful glitter banner with pink flowers, feathers, and paper doily. stars, glitter, sparkle, ink, crafts.

Step 1

Cut a banner shape from a cardboard box flap. Tear off top layers to reveal corrugated inside. Paint front and back of banner with gesso and let dry.

Michelle Smith uses Fireworks, VersaMark and Gold Embossing Powder to make a beautiful glitter banner with pink flowers, feathers, and paper doily. stars, glitter, sparkle, ink, crafts.
Step 2

Rub VersaMark pad across the front of the banner. Emboss with Gold Embossing Powder. Repeat as needed.

Michelle Smith uses Fireworks, VersaMark and Gold Embossing Powder to make a beautiful glitter banner with pink flowers, feathers, and paper doily. stars, glitter, sparkle, ink, crafts.
Step 3

Using a DoodleStix – apply Golden Glitz and Silvery Shimmer Delicata in the creases of the banner.

Michelle Smith uses Fireworks, VersaMark and Gold Embossing Powder to make a beautiful glitter banner with pink flowers, feathers, and paper doily. stars, glitter, sparkle, ink, crafts.
Step 4

Using a foam brush and Modpodge add glitter to the banner. Repeat as needed. Set aside to dry. Use a DoodleStix to apply Golden Glitz Delicata to pink tulle ribbon.

Michelle Smith uses Fireworks, VersaMark and Gold Embossing Powder to make a beautiful glitter banner with pink flowers, feathers, and paper doily. stars, glitter, sparkle, ink, crafts.
Step 5

Spray Angel Pink Fireworks! to white doily and gold and white ribbon.

Michelle Smith uses Fireworks, VersaMark and Gold Embossing Powder to make a beautiful glitter banner with pink flowers, feathers, and paper doily. stars, glitter, sparkle, ink, crafts.
Step 6

Rub Golden Glitz and Silvery Shimmer Delicata onto glitter tipped white feather and chipboard banner scrap.

Michelle Smith uses Fireworks, VersaMark and Gold Embossing Powder to make a beautiful glitter banner with pink flowers, feathers, and paper doily. stars, glitter, sparkle, ink, crafts.
Step 7

Rub VersaMark onto chipboard scrap. Emboss with Gold Embossing Powder.

Step 8

Now most of the inking is finished,  it’s time to assemble the whole design.  Layer the feather and small gold banner scrap. Add a loop of gold metallic thread, pink tulle ribbon, silver pipe cleaner,  gold and white tulle, pink floss, bells, metallic thread, bows, gold metallic thread, and flowers.  If needed, layer dried banner under a stack of books to flatten. This banner can be re-created in multiple sizes, and colors, to fit any occasion.

Michelle Smith uses Fireworks, VersaMark and Gold Embossing Powder to make a beautiful glitter banner with pink flowers, feathers, and paper doily. stars, glitter, sparkle, ink, crafts.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Close To My Heart – Gold & White Ribbon, Gold Polka Dot washi tape
  • Chipboard flag
  • Cardboard box
  • Scissors
  • Silver dipped white feather
  • Bells – gold, silver
  • Gold metallic thread
  • White doily
  • Page from old hymnal
  • Tulle ribbon – pink stretch, white, gold
  • Glitter –gold, silver, large stars
  • Modpodge
  • Foam brush
  • Paper flowers
  • Eyelet and snap punch
  • Pipe cleaner – silver metallic
  • Embroidery floss – pink
  • Gesso
  • Eyelets

Cutting Class

If you have been paper crafting for a while you have probably made quite an investment in cutting tools. When starting out one might assume that a nice pair of scissors will do. But there are many different tools that have an array of features that make paper crafting easier, and often more fun! Some devices are made out of sturdy materials so they will last a long time but also makes them expensive. We hope to provide some insight on what to buy and when in order to avoid overspending on equipment you may not need…yet.

Beginner

At the beginning stage, there is a lot to learn about paper, ink, stamping techniques and adhesives used in projects. It is great to learn the basics of composition and design when starting out. Whether making a card, a banner or a paper flower arrangement, most of the learning curve is with the basic layout, color theory, and form. No matter the layout or project, you are probably going to need to cut the paper.

Drawing representing a basic paper trimmer.

Get a perfect edge of the perfect size (almost) each and every time! (User error does cause some heartaches.)

Besides a good pair of scissors, a basic paper trimmer and a few fun punches will be a great start. A trimmer allows accuracy in cutting measurements and straight clean lines. Once a few projects are made using a paper trimmer,  it is hard to go back. Many come with a slide style blade, but there also are guillotine styles. Another beginner essential is a paper punch. These heavy little devices offer basic shapes such as a circle, heart, star or a hexagon and can keep anyone busy for a long time. With a basic punch, the beginner can go crazy on creating paper garlands, adding dimension to a card design or making labels for other projects. 

They are kinda like the ole’ office supply hole punches on steroids.

$ – Paper trimmer $10-20. Do some research and go ahead and get a nice one. This device will be one of your most used tools no matter how long you’ve been playing with paper. Be sure to get one that offers replacement blades. Punches vary from $5-20 each. Beginning investment can range from $35 -$75.

Intermediate

Once the beginner has developed a strong foundation in layout and a working knowledge of materials then it is time to kick it up a notch with more complex designs. One way to do this is with a die cut machine. Die cuts come in basic shapes, basic words and alphabets, as well as more complex designs like flower sets, animal shapes, box templates, edge treatments, etc. The die and paper run through a die cut machine which may be manually cranked or electronic. It acts much like a punch creating perfect shapes. Die cuts can be much more delicate than punch shapes and you can find die cuts that do some really amazing tricks! Using die cuts can be quite joyful, but the price is significant. Once you are ready, invest in the machine and build your die cuts over time. As with punches, think about the variety of uses you will get out of each die when deciding on which ones to purchase.

Hand drawn image of a hand crank die cut machine.

You can get a workout while you create!

$$ – Die Cut Machine $50-$150. Again, do some research and get a nice one. One machine should last you for years. Wait for a sale or a coupon and pick one up. $15-30 for each die set. Your investment could easily reach $100-$200 quickly.

Advanced

Plotting and crafting meet at last! What takes someone from an intermediate to an advanced crafter is debatable. Since the digital machines are the most expensive, we reserve the price point for the advanced level with the confidence that anyone can make millions of great projects without spending at this level. While digital cutting machines are designed for easy use, we feel the advanced crafter will have the background and experience to get the most out of the flexibility and precision the plotter style machines offer.

Hand drawn image of a digital cutting machine.

It’s like having your very own crafty robot.

$$$ – Digital Die Cut Machine $200-400.

Whether you are just starting in paper crafting or have been crafting for years, we hope this review has helped provide guidance on purchasing tools that will match your needs. Of course, buy whatever devices you wish especially if you are on a Treat Yo Self mission! We recommend the above “levels” for the amount of use one can get before moving on to the next purchase!

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Brilliant Peacock Themed Jewelry

By Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou makes a peacock theme jewlery set using StazOn, VeraMark and embossing powders. green, yellow, teal, metal, circles, earrings, necklace.

Spring is just around the corner and what better color to represent spring than Greenery! Combining green shades and a peacock feather stamp in a one-of-a-kind necklace with matching earrings will catch the eye this spring. The round metal shapes make a perfect base to work with the StazOn colors and create a stylish piece of jewelry.

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou makes a peacock theme jewlery set using StazOn, VeraMark and embossing powders. green, yellow, teal, metal, circles, earrings, necklace.

Step 1

Position the SHEET Metal circles to the desired design and punch holes where necessary to hold the metal pieces together.

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou makes a peacock theme jewlery set using StazOn, VeraMark and embossing powders. green, yellow, teal, metal, circles, earrings, necklace.
Step 2

Remove the protection foil and lightly color with the Sunflower Yellow StazOn. Let it dry.

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou makes a peacock theme jewlery set using StazOn, VeraMark and embossing powders. green, yellow, teal, metal, circles, earrings, necklace.

Step 3

Cover with the GlazOn using an InkBlusher.

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou makes a peacock theme jewlery set using StazOn, VeraMark and embossing powders. green, yellow, teal, metal, circles, earrings, necklace.

Step 4

Continue with the Eden Green StazOn and again cover with GlazOn.

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou makes a peacock theme jewlery set using StazOn, VeraMark and embossing powders. green, yellow, teal, metal, circles, earrings, necklace.

Step 5

Lastly use Teal Blue StazOn and again secure with the GlazOn.

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou makes a peacock theme jewlery set using StazOn, VeraMark and embossing powders. green, yellow, teal, metal, circles, earrings, necklace.

Step 6

When it dries, pass a layer of the Green Iridescent Creative Medium on top of your StazOn layers.

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou makes a peacock theme jewlery set using StazOn, VeraMark and embossing powders. green, yellow, teal, metal, circles, earrings, necklace.

Step 7

Partially stamp the peacock stamp with VersaMark, cover with the Imagine’s Black Embossing Powder and heat with a heat gun. Finish by connecting the metal circles with jump rings and connecting them on a cord.

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou makes a peacock theme jewlery set using StazOn, VeraMark and embossing powders. green, yellow, teal, metal, circles, earrings, necklace.

StazOn on metal creates a brilliant glow and it will shine through on jewelry projects like this one!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Viva – peacock feathers stamp
  • Black cord
  • Gold color jump rings
  • Cold color beads
  • Earring hooks
  • Jewelers pliers
  • Metal hole punch

 

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Cupcake Shaker Birthday Card

by Alison Heikkila

Pink Shaker Birthday card with Lawn Fawn stamp set. cake mixer, cupcake, stars, sequins, have a sweet birthday.

Birthday cards are enjoyable craft projects because they can be made any time of the year when color trends are coming and going with holidays. February is the month of love and Imagine’s color of the month is Rose. So I decided to make a pink shimmery shaker birthday card for my project! I’ll show you how to make a shaker box, stencil with Iridescent Pink Creative Medium and emboss with VersaMark!

Directions

Pink Shaker Birthday card with Lawn Fawn stamp set. cake mixer, cupcake, stars, sequins, have a sweet birthday.

Step 1

Stamp the frosted cupcake, mixer and stand onto Bristol paper using VersaFine Onyx Black. Color with a blend of Memento Dual Tip Marker colros. Color blending is fun because effects are not always obvious. For the dough mixer, I used Angel Pink and Rose Bud, which is an obvious choice because they are both pinks. But, for the frosting, I used Angel Pink shaded with Lulu Lavender, and the cake stand is Angel Pink with Summer Sky. Blending can produce wonderful effects and more exciting coloration by thinking outside the box with what colors mix together.

Step 2

Die cut the mixer and cupcake images.

Step 3

Using the “Build A Wreath” die cut set, cut out the largest scallop in pink cardstock. Die cut the second largest circle in the middle of the cut scallop.

Step 4

Cut a piece of acetate in the largest scallop. TIP: I like to use the plastic sheets from my clear stamps, once I’ve transferred the stamps into a filing system.

Step 5

Cut the largest circle in a pink patterned cardstock.

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Step 6

Lay the Leopard Stencil on top of the largest scallop. Tape down. Apply Iridescent Pink Creative Medium with a palette knife by portioning a larger amount of the paste at the top of the stencil and then dragging the palette knife across the stencil at an angle. Remove the stencil and let the Creative Medium dry.

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Step 7

Tape down the Punchinella Stencil directly to the Craft Mat. Apply Creative Medium, peel off the stencil and let the Creative Medium dry on the mat.

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Step 8

Once the stars are dry, peel them off the Craft Mat with the palette knife. Set stars aside. They will be used in our Shaker Box.

Step 9

Using On Point Glue, apply to the back of the scallop with the leopard skin. Adhere to the acetate scallop.

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Step 10

Apply foam tape around the scallop layer. Be sure to not have spaces in between the tape so that your shaker filling won’t fall out.

Step 11

Fill with sequins and the stars you made from Creative Medium.

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Step 12

Apply the patterned paper (pink side down!) to the back of the Shaker Box. Ta-da! Shaker Box! Now for the rest of the card.

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Step 13

Tape down the Waves & Dots stencil to a piece of gray cardstock. Apply Creative Medium. Remove and wash stencil. Let dry. Creative Medium is thick so be sure to clean stencils right away.

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Step 14

Color white cardstock with Angel Pink Memento. Stamp your sentiment using VersaFine ink on top of the Angel Pink. Trim.

Step 15

Apply VersaMark ink to the bottom of the sentiment. Sprinkle Vintage Pink Embossing Tinsel and heat from underneath.

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Step 16

On your white card base, apply VersaMark to the tall sides of the card. Sprinkle with Vintage Pink Embossing Tinsel and heat from underneath.

Step 17

Adhere the gray mat to the card base. Adhere the Lawn Fawn elements to the Shaker Box with On Point Glue and add extra foam tape where the images overhang for added stability. Adhere Shaker Box to the card.

Shake, shake, shake!!!

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Lawn Fawn – Baked with Love Stamp and Die Sets
  • Stampendous – Waves and Dots Stencil, Leopard Skin Stencil, Vintage Pink Embossing Tinsel, Build a Wreath Die Set
  • The Crafter’s Workshop – Stencil Punchinella (stars only)
  • Foam Tape
  • Bristol Paper
  • Sequins
  • Cardstock – pink, grey, pink patterned

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Family Love in Pink Shimmer

by Neva Cole

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One snowy afternoon in December we had an amazing family photo shoot, the lighting was perfect with just a hint of snow flashing through our photos. (A little patience and lots of shots with a tripod and delay shutter can get yield a Christmas card worthy image.) I was really pleased with this photo and wanted to highlight it for our color challenge this month at Imagine. Changing the image to black and white really makes the light pink accent color pop. The subtle color of Creative Medium in Iridescent Pink behind the photo helps tie the layout together as well as creating a shimmery color for black die cuts. A little texture complemented the design by pressure embossing and staining a strip of Vertigo. Memento Angel Pink glossy die cut accents add the finishing details.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 90 minutes plus dry time

Directions

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Step 1

Spread a thick layer of Creative Medium in Iridescent Pink with a palette knife or embossing paste spreader on a piece of black cardstock. This will be used for the sentiment die cuts. Set aside to dry, this may take several hours or overnight.

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Step 2

Using a stencil spread Creative Medium in Iridescent Pink on a 12” x 12” piece of white cardstock. Concentrate on the outer edges that will frame the photo as a focal point. Set aside to dry.

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Step 3

Trim a section of Vertigo (plastic-like surface) to 1 ¾” x 10 ¾” and pressure emboss with a heart embossing folder, Sizzix Hearts & Dots is used here. The design allows the Vertigo to be turned and embossed the full length.

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Step 4

Gently tap a small amount of StazOn Blazing Red on the raised side of the Vertigo. Spritz with All Purpose Stamp Cleaner and wipe with a paper towel. This will create a light pink color stain on the Vertigo. (A happy accidental discovery!) StazOn will adhere to Vertigo’s plastic surface while waterbased or pigment inks will not.

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Step 5

On the reverse side of the Vertigo color in selected hearts with Fabrico #134 Bubble Gum marker.

Step 6

Die cut accent hearts and label for the sentiment from glossy white cardstock.

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Step 7

Use an Ink Blusher to ink the edges and surface of the die cuts with Memento Angel Pink.

Step 8

Stamp sentiment in Delicata Black Shimmer and heat emboss with Iridescent Embossing Powder.

Step 9

Die cut word sentiments from black cardstock covered in Creative Medium in Iridescent Pink.

Step 10

Assemble layout as shown in the main photo. Adhere Vertigo and love die cut with glue dots. Adhere smaller die cuts with Xyron X permanent adhesive.

Step 11

Finally, stamp date in Memento Black Tuxedo ink and you are ready to frame!

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Again, the choices in shimmery products from Delicata to Vertigo will create an engaging effect. When you have guests over and they see this frame on the wall they may ask, “How did you do that?!”

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock
  • Sizzix Hearts and Dots A2 Embossing Folder
  • Teresa Collins Happy Stencil
  • Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Five
  • Technique Tuesday – Home Is Stamp Set
  • Lifestyle Crafts Heart Dies
  • Momenta Love Die
  • Taylored Expressions Gratitude Die
  • Becky Higgins Rolling Date Stamp
  • Heat Gun
  • Die cut machine