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)

Add Dimension to a Single Stamp with Layers

by Roni Johnson

Amethyst is a lovely stone found in nature that’s color ranges from a deep rich purple to a smokey gray with all the sparkle and shimmer of diamonds. That is our color of the month and it is also the color scheme I used to create this triple layer card using Waffle Flower’s lovely Bouquet Builder 3 and a MISTI stamp positioner.


Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes


Directions


Step 1

Cut 3 cardstock panels from white cardstock using the following dimensions: 4 ¾” X 6.25”, 2.5” x 4.5”, 1.5” x 3.5”. Place the largest panel in the stamp positioner and center the large flower bouquet stamp in the center of the paper. Close the lid to pick up the stamp. Ink the stamp with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair ink; press the image onto the cardstock. Remove this panel from the stamping tool, leaving the stamp in place.

Step 2

Insert the 2nd panel into the positioning tool using the grid as a guide for proper placement. Ink the stamp with Electric Purple Radiant Neon ink and close the lid to stamp the image onto the second panel. Remove this panel from the positioning tool.

Step 3

Position the smallest panel into the positioning tool again using the grid as a guide for placement. Ink the stamp with Fantasia VersaFine Clair ink and stamp the image onto the third and last panel.

Step 4


Sprinkle Sparkle Mboss embossing powder over all three images; shake off excess and return the excess to the pouch. Heat each panel to melt the embossing powder.

Step 5


Mat each panel on a piece of coordinating cardstock with an 1/8” margin on each side.

Step 6


Stamp the sentiment onto a piece of scrap cardstock using VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink. Trim the excess cardstock and mat on a piece of black cardstock.

Step 7


Mount the largest panel onto a black card base. Adhere the other two panels over the first panel, aligning the image properly each time. Add a few Waffle Flower Stardust Enamel Dots to the card.

Step 8


Affix the sentiment to the card using double stick foam tape.

Just look at that sparkle and shine created by the Sparkle Mboss embossing powder. Simply lovely and it captures the essence of a real amethyst.

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Supplies


Imagine
Other
  • Waffle Flower – Bouquet Builder 3, Stardust Enamel Dots
  • Cardstock – white, 2 shades of purple, black
  • My Sweet Petunia – MISTI Stamp Positioning Tool
  • Double Stick Foam Tape

Learn How To Create A DIY White Wedding Invitation With Texture

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Hello everyone, today I have a quick and elegant card. This technique would be perfect for a wedding invitation. I create the shimmer and texture using the new Sheer Shimmer Stix in Frost and an embossing folder. The base of my card is Whisper White cardstock and I cut a second layer using the same color of cardstock, but apply the shimmer-texture technique for a very cool tone on tone look.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Determine the area that you want to paint and add texture. I used post it tape to obtain a straight line.


Step 2

Evenly apply the Sheer Shimmer Frost with the Stix Dauber. Let the paper dry naturally, it takes a few seconds only.


Step 3

Without removing the post it tape, take an embossing folder of your preference and align the borders to only emboss the painted area. Pass the sandwich through your cutting machine.


Step 4

Remove the post it tape and stamp your message on the upper area. I used VersaMark and embossing powder in Gold to stamp my message. It is an image included on the stamp set Happily Ever After from The Rabbit Hole Designs.


Step 5

Resize your layer and paste it directly over the card base. If you want to add more decorations or details you can do it before to paste the decorated layer on to the card base.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Card Stock – Whisper White
  • Embossing Folder
  • Die Cutting Machine
  • Post it Tape
  • The Rabbit Hole Designs – Happily Ever After Stamp Set

Learn How to Create a Vellum Overlay for Wedding Invitations

by Lindsay Adreon

Learn How to Create a Vellum Overlay for Wedding Invitations

I have always loved the look of vellum overlays on wedding invitations and making them yourself is super simple! In today’s video, I’m sharing a few different designs along with different ways to attach the vellum overlays! I hope you all enjoy it!

Skill: Beginner/Intermediate
Time: 20 minutes per invitation

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock
  • Vellum
  • Gold Deco Foil
  • Concord & 9th – Hello Lovely Stamp Set
  • White Eyelets
  • Waffle Flower – Plaid Play Stamp Set
  • Autumn Leaves Gilding Flakes
  • Brads
  • Acrylic Block
  • Fiskars Paper Cutter
  • Laminator

Learn How To Handcraft A Wedding Guest Book

by Kassy Tousignant

Learn How To Handcraft A Wedding Guest Book

On Point Glue and Tear It! Tape worked wonders on my die-cut wedding frame construction. Imagine’s adhesives are very strong, durable, and easy to work with! Also, I really love using the new Sheer Shimmer Stix in Sparkle to enhance this project and I thought it would be perfect for this wedding frame keepsake that could be used to have your guests sign instead of a guest book.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Supplies

Imagine

On Point Glue
Sheer Shimmer Stix – Sparkle
Large dauber
Tear It! Tape
Delicata Inkpad – White Shimmer
Imagine Craft Mat

Other

• Prima – Flowers
• Glue gun and sticks
• Crafter’s Companion – silver mirror CS, Silver glitter CS, Love sentiment
• Build a frame die heart & birds die
• Neenah – white cardstock

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