See How to Achieve Bliss with All-Purpose Ink and Embroidery

by Iris Rodriguez

See How to Achieve Bliss with All-Purpose Ink and Embroidery

I have a confession. I am not a sewing person, whatsoever. However, I do like textile arts and a friend, who destashed her crafting supplies, gave me a gallon bag of embroidery thread. Well, it was time to challenge myself with an embroidery project. I made this wall hanging using All-Purpose Inks to color the plain fabric and stitch some whimsical stitches.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 2-4 hours


Step 1

For this project, you will need fabric for embroidery. You have several options of fabric that will work; 100% cotton; linen, muslin or specialized needlework linen. I bought a piece of 100% cotton remnant from my local fabric store. You will also need embroidery hoops and thread. Fasten the fabric to the hoops.


Step 2

Spray water on the fabric. Place a small drop of Red Delicious All-Purpose ink.


Step 3

Spray water onto the drop of the All-Purpose ink. The color will spread out, creating cool effects and shapes.


Step 4

Repeat Step 3 with the rest of the All-Purpose Inks; Thyme, Wisteria, Blue Lagoon. Allow the project to dry. You can allow it to dry naturally or dry with an iron to speed up the process. At this point, you will find that the colors are lighter than when the fabric was wet. You can darken the color by adding more ink.


Step 5

Determine the embroidery thread you will use. I like to use a contrasting color.


Step 6

Use embroidery needles for your project. They are designed with wider holes than a regular needle.


Step 7

Embroider onto the fabric. If you are not familiar with embroidery stitching techniques as was the case with me. The internet is an excellent resource; do a general search, Pinterest has great pics of stitches and mini visual tutorials, YouTube has stitching videos as well. Above I choose some simple star and X-shape patterns. If you wish to add lettering or an image, it helps if you have a guide. Use a regular pencil to mark up the fabric. Stitch over the pencil mark.


Step 8

No matter the stitch you use, you must make a knot in the back when you are finished with a segment. Add different stitch types for added variation. Once you are finished. Cut the excess fabric. Glue the excess fabric onto the hoop.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Fabric for embroidery; 100% cotton, linen, or muslin
  • Embroidery Thread
  • Embroidery Hoops
  • Embroidery Needles

Color of the Month for October is Chili Pepper

Color of the Month for October is Chili Pepper

Color of the Month for October is Chili Pepper! We see this color as a rich dark red. This richness can be a true red with a hint of brown. We feel that the Fall is a great time to indulge in warm rich colors and this is the perfect match. Some of our ink brands that represent this color are StazOn in Claret, Delicata in Ruby Red, Memento Ink in Rhubarb Stalk and VersaFine Clair in Chianti.

We challenged our artist with this beautiful color as well as the use of Fabric in their projects. So stay tuned for crafty goodness this month.

Here is a Sneak Peek!

Embroidery Hoop Colored with All-Purpose Ink by Iris Rodriguez

Denium & Stamping on Fabric by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Farm Harvest Stamp on Fabric by Roni Johnson

 

See How to Make a Colorful Card with a Cut-Out Background

by Kassy Tousignant

See How to Make a Colorful Card with a Cut-Out Background

I am really in love with the cut-out and embossing technique used to make the background of this colorful and high contrast card. It was fun to use the negative of the flower shape to create this greeting card background and have the bright green, magenta and purple colors show through a black, shiny frame. The stylish Waffle Flower stamps are a perfect compliment with the fun Memento ink colors! I hope this card inspires some creative card making ideas.

Skill: Intermediate or Advanced
Time: 40 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Waffle Flower stamp – Enveloper OK
  • Waffle Flower die – Magical Flower 2
  • Cardstock – silver matte
  • Foam adhesive
  • Heat gun
  • White paint pen

 Learn How to Mix Mediums to Create a Home Décor Birdhouse

by Lori Warren

 Learn how to mix mediums to create a home décor bird house

A great aspect of Imagine products is that they pair very nicely with other mixed media mediums.  This project features the use of StazOn Pigment ink, Creative Medium and Fireworks! sprays along with acrylic paint and varnish to complete a mixed media home decor project.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 2 hours

Directions


Step 1

Adhere pieces of corrugated paper to a pre-made wood birdhouse with Creative Medium.


Step 2

Spray birdhouse with Fireworks sprays. Allow drying.


Step 3

Mix Rich Cocoa Fireworks! spray with matte varnish, apply to the birdhouse. Allow drying.


Step 4

Sponge on Chocolate Brown StazOn Pigment to portions of the birdhouse.


Step 5

Coat with another layer of matte varnish. Allow drying.


Step 6

Dry brush texture with white gesso.


Step 7

Stamp flower images onto tissue paper with StazOn Pigment, Snow White.


Step 8

Tear stamped tissue into pieces and arrange onto birdhouse.


Step 9

Adhere stamped tissue with matte varnish.


Step 10

Stamp smaller flower images (with StazOn Pigment, Piano Black) directly onto birdhouse.


Step 11

Add white paint splatters.


Step 12

Use the same techniques on wooden bird element.


Step 13

Adhere bird element to the birdhouse and tie fibers to top.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Waffle Flower Stamps – In Every Way Stamp Set, Pretty Foliage Stamp Set
  • Bark Wood – Birds
  • Wood Bird House
  • Fibers
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • DecoArt Americana – White Gesso
  • DecoArt Americana – DuraClear Matte Varnish
  • Tissue Paper

See How to Make a Beautiful Beaded Bowl

by Iris Rodriguez

See How to Make a Beautiful Beaded Bowl

They say it’s the little things that matter. So one day, I was at my local craft store and noticed the beads were on clearance. How can I pass up this aisle, right? I saw these two large turquoise beads. I got inspired to wire wrap them into a small bowl. I made the bowl using Activa Self Hardening clay, a nice porous clay that takes pigment inks nicely. I decided to use inks that would complement the beads. I used Turquoise Gem, VersaMagic, a stunning turquoise that contrasts nicely with the Crimson Copper and Rocket Red Gold Brilliance inks.

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

Directions


Step 1

For this project, I used Activa Plus clay. In case you’re not familiar with this clay, I will describe its properties. It is an air-dry clay. It is fine, moist, malleable, firm, but not hard. Keep the clay moist by spraying a little water, which also makes it softer. When the clay is wet, it is a 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. It is highly porous, which is nice, because it takes just about any kind of medium for coloring onto the clay, such as Imagine’s dye/pigment inks and craft sprays. For this project, I used pigment inks. Use a wooden board or another non-porous surface to work with this clay.


Step 2

Condition the clay by wedging the clay or just rolling it around. Roll out a sheet of clay. You can use a pin roller used or use a clay roller. 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 another smooth-edged tool.


Step 3

Create a template for the bowl. Make the template out of scratch paper. The template will guide you when cutting out the clay.


Step 4

Place the stencil over the clay and in a pouncing motion ink the clay with Turquoise Gem VersaMagic ink. Then ink on the Crimson Copper Brilliance ink. Add the Rocket Red Gold Brilliance ink over the Crimson Copper. If you do not have a stencil, you can cut shapes out of paper and place over the clay. The moisture of the clay keeps the paper in place.


Step 5

Place the template over the clay and cut out the shape. Ensure that you work on the wooden board when cutting out the clay. DO NOT use the craft mat to cut.


Step 6

Place the bead on the end. Place the circle stencil over the bead and find a circle that fits the bead.


Step 7

Using the stencil as a guide, cut out the shapes. Repeat steps 7 and 8 for the other side. Ensure that you work on the wooden board when cutting out the clay. DO NOT use the craft mat to cut.


Step 8

Place the clay bowl into a real bowl or other object and allow it dry for one day. It will take on the shape of the object.


Step 9

At the start of day 2. The clay will be slightly moist. Perfect time for drilling the holes. If the clay is completely dry, and you try drilling, you risk the clay breaking. Use a small drill bit and manually drill the holes. Ensure that the wire will fit through the holes. Do not use a power drill; it’s overkill and the clay is too delicate. Wipe off the clay burrs with a brush. Let the clay dry for another day. No need to put it back in the real bowl. At this point, the shape will stay in place. 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. It is very important to seal the bowls. The clay is porous, therefore liquids can weaken or activate the clay. The sealer makes it look purposely finished. You can use a spray sealers like 3M/Krylon or brush on a water-based varnish or polyurethane.


Step 10

Now that the bowl is completely dry. Time to embellish it. You will need beads, plyers and 20 gauge copper wire.


Step 11

Cut out about 15 inches worth of wire. Add the bead to the wire, take it to the center of the wire.


Step 12

Wrap the wire over and under the edge of the bowl.


Step 13

Wrap the wire three times to secure the ends. Cut the wire.


Step 14

Now you have you finished your decorative bowl.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Activa Plus Self Hardening Clay – White
  • Modeling clay tools – rib tool, knife or needle tool
  • Rolling pin
  • Wooden board
  • Large Beads
  • 20 Gauge copper wire
  • Stencils
  • Sealer (spray, polyurethane)

Make your Cards Shine with Rinea Foil and Sheer Shimmer

by Jowilna Nolte

Beautiful and shiny handmade card featuring a flying heart and earthy and metallic colors.

Create amazing shiny elements for your scrapbook layout or cards using the range of beautiful Rinea foils. Combining these foils with inked backgrounds and coordinating focal elements you can create a feast of color and shine. I colored the beautiful heart image with Memento Dual Markers and added lots of shine with Imagine’s Sheer Shimmer spray.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Step 1

Stamp heart image onto white cardstock using VersaFine Onyx Black.

Step 2

Use Memento markers in shades of yellow and gold to color in the heart.

Step 3

Once you are done coloring in, its time to add some shine. Fill an empty waterbrush with some Shimmer spray, then paint over the entire heart to add a nice thin shiny layer.

Step 4

Back Rinea foil with some double sided tape opposite side of the Rinea Foil. Leave the adhesive backing in place and emboss it with an embossing folder to add texture and pattern.

Step 5

Adhere the Rinea foil to the bottom of some patterned paper. (I actually made this patterned paper. Want to know how? Check it out here.) Add sewing detail where the two pieces meet.

Step 6

Add ink and paint splatters across the heart for a nice finishing touch. Then adhere the heart, stamped sentiment and some bling elements to finish off your card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Rinea Foil – Metallics
  • Cardstock – white
  • Patterned paper
  • Couture Creations – Embossing folder
  • Art by Marlene – Heart Stamp
  • Joy Clair – sentiment stamp
  • Double sided adhesive sheet
  • Sewing machine
  • Embossing machine
  • Diamante and pearls