Happy New Years! See What’s On the Horizon for Imagine

Happy New Years everyone! We are happy to have another year of crafty goodness rolling in and we are excited about what the New Year brings. This month, in particular, we are featuring Passion Red as our color of the month to set the tone for the New Year and prepare for one of the hottest cardmaking holidays — Valentine’s Day. Another big deal for the month of January is our participation in Creativation in Phoenix, Arizona. We will be announcing a couple of new product releases and encourage you all to stay tuned!

Join us January 17-21, 2019 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

Education begins on January 17. The Trade Show opens on January 19.

What is Creativation? 

Creativation is THE crafting industry conference of the year for small business owners, instructors, buyers or professional crafters. This is the place to be if you are looking to define yourself as a crafting professional, business owner or improve your knowledge of the industry. Several arts and crafts companies, with who we collaborate or whose products we love such as Spellbinders, Waffle Flower Stamps, Rinea Foil, Fiskars, Glue Dots etc, present their new releases, teach workshops and give you specific one-on-one time with company representatives. If you are attending then please come our booth #1113 and chat with us about all of our current inks and mixed media products in our catalog and see what new products we have available in 2019.

From AFCI Creativation website– Why Attend?

​If you have a business – ​large or small – in the creative industry, then you don’t want to miss this event! Join thousands of professionals for the ultimate creative industries event in January 2019. AFCI is the heart of creativity and ​Creativation is the place to learn, connect and discover. Learn what’s new, what’s trending and how you can drive your business forward to success through seminars and workshops at Creativation University. Connect with new buyers, suppliers, designers, makers, bloggers, media and entrepreneurs from around the world as we grow our event. Discover new products, inspiration, ideas and innovations, and more that will change your business. We built a vibrant creative city on the Show floor – the capital of the creative products industry and you will be amazed!

Take a class with us!

W213: Vintage Memories Canvas with John Creighton Petersen

Day + Time: 1/18/2019 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Room: 132AB
Difficulty Level: All Levels Welcome
Demographics: All Buyers, Designers, Retailers, Distributors, Professional Maker/DIY’er, Educator/Demonstrator, Digital Content Creator
Class Description: Discover how simple it is to create mixed media masterpieces with your favorite stamping products from Imagine and Tsukineko! Master the simple techniques needed for building color and texture to create this stunning vintage-inspired canvas. Learn how to color and texturize a variety of different surfaces, including metal and other found objects. This class will debut the latest product offerings from Imagine, so don’t miss your chance to be the first to experience the newest products!

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December Color of the Month and Artists in Residence for 2019

December Color of the Month and Artist in Residence for 2019

December Color of the Month is Frosted Blue! We love the bright icy blue color in Christmas decor, Christmas ornaments, and wintery snowflake themed art. Tsukineko and Imagine feature several products in their catalog that are perfect for this color theme. Memento Dye inkpad in Summer Sky, Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Summer Sky, VersaMagic in Seabreeze and any of these inks can be spritzed with Sheer Shimmer Spray in Frost!

Also, stay tuned for craft projects featuring the Dewlet! We are so excited for what our team has cooked up.

We are happy to introduce our Artists in Residence for 2019

Meet the team!

Arjita Sepaha Singh

Arjita works in the early childhood education field but enjoys crafting above everything else. She gets plenty of inspiration for her 12-year-old daughter and hopes to show even the most novice of crafters how to make beautiful things in her crisp and short videos.

“I strongly believe that a creative crafter is like a bee that is always busy with focus, dedication & perseverance to create beautiful things.”


Elina Stromberg

Elina grew up crafting and paper is her favorite material. She likes to focus on layouts and colors that are sure to be eye-pleasing. Inspiring other crafters is the greatest reward for her.

“I love the fact that this hobby is all about learning something new every day.”


Iris Rodriguez

Iris is an arts and crafts enthusiast who has never met an art medium she didn’t like. A short list of her favorites include inks, paper, acrylic paint, sprays, metallic waxes, texture mediums, clay, and metal.

“As it happens to some us, as adults we tend to temporarily abandon our creative endeavors because of this little thing called life. About seven years ago I decided to get back to being creative and have not looked back since.”

clay bowls stamped with versamagic and stazon ink


Jessica Lin

Jessica grew up in Taiwan but now lives in California. She started stamping at a young age and if she’s not busy with work, you will find her in her craft room creating something fun and new.

“I generally like to pack my cards with techniques and unique ideas… I also like to think of creative ways to stretch my supplies!”


 

Jowilna Nolte

Jowilna sees scrapbooking as a natural extension of her love for card making and stamping that also accommodates her love and passion for photography. Jowilna loves to teach new techniques and share with others on her creative journey.

“Creating can be a wonderful journey & therapy—making sense of things where life cannot, and I have turned my life into this philosophy.”


Kassy Tousignant

Kassy grew up surrounded by a family of makers and artists. A longtime believer in the fact that a handmade card is the best type to give, she has recently delved into mixed media and 3D arts; she loves playing with color and texture.

“Creativity is good for the soul and I believe there is room for it in everyone’s life. My goal is to inspire others to find their creative voice.”


Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Kyriakos challenges himself to find alternative ways to use materials and set them into daily life. He uses mixed media to create everything from simple to complex pieces that are always sure to please.

“When I design my projects I like to make something that goes further of being beautiful to be useful and special to someone.”


Linsday Adreon

Lindsay lives in a small town in Iowa with her husband and two kids. She’s always been a crafter, but really got into card making and stamping after becoming a mom.

“My favorite craft is cardmaking and stamping, but I also enjoy crocheting, home decor projects, and a bit of wood crafting as well.”


Lori Warren

Lori is a mixed media artist, designer, and instructor. Her art often features a combination of collage, texture, and assemblage. Crafting has always been a family adventure for her, and she loves sharing this tradition with her grandchild.

I enjoy incorporating the use of stencils and stamps into my projects along with reuse items, repurposed materials and other found objects. There is something about bringing the old and new together that just fascinates me.” 


Martha Lucia Gomez

Imagine crafts tsukineko blog artist

Martha Lucia works in public relations by day but has loved crafting always. She finds working with paper to be the best therapy, and if you are looking for a great Spanish language crafting blog, she’s one to follow.

“I love to create cards, 3D projects and alter different objects. I am looking forward to continuing to share my passion with all of you.”


Melissa Andrew

Melissa is a scientist and mother of three who still finds time to devote to her crafting and card making. She is ready to take the inspiration she has received from so many others and pay it forward to all of you.

“I feel my science background allows me to understand the chemical properties of a number of my craft products and therefore I am able to experiment and play without hesitation.”


Nadine Carlier

Nadine has spent a couple of decades trying and loving all things crafty. Scrapbooking, handmade cards, mixed media, and altered art projects make the list of her favorite things to create. 

“I love getting messy, trying new techniques, inspiring others and being inspired.”


Roni Johnson

When she’s not helping run the family farm, Roni can be found creating. There is no term that encompasses all the styles and project types that Roni shares with us, but the joy she finds in creating them always comes through.

“I enjoy teaching others about the joys of ink, paper, and altered arts!”

 

Imagine is Proud to Announce a Call for Artists In Residence for 2019!

Imagine is Proud to Announce a Call for Artists In Residence for 2019!

Imagine is proud to announce its call for Artists In Residence for 2019! We are looking for artists and designers who can inspire our customers and community with amazing projects using Imagine and Tsukineko products.

Perks of being an Artist in Residence for Imagine:

  • Exposure of your work as it will be featured on our blog, social media, website and print platforms.
  • Generous supply of Imagine and Tsukineko products with which to create your projects.
  • Be involved with product development and get advanced access to new products before the public.
  • Opportunities to grow your stash with product from Imagine’s preferred partners.
  • Links back to your blog or website connected to each blog post featuring your work.

We are looking for energetic artists to fill two different exciting roles for 2019:

  • Project/Tutorial Artists who create and provide up to 3 different projects or innovative techniques per month with complete instructions and photographs that will be featured online and in printed formats.

OR

  • Video Project/Tutorial Artists who will submit 2 edited videos per month featuring a project and/or innovative technique, which will be shared with our community. See our YouTube channel for examples. 

Artists in Residence basic requirements:

  • Commitment of one year — January 1st, 2019 through December 31st, 2019.
  • Ability to professionally photograph, edit and submit high-res JPG format images for all projects (including step-by-step) by required due dates.
  • Submit clearly written and detailed instructions in English for each project, including a comprehensive list of all supplies used, in Word or PDF format.
  • Socially active online with an established blog and Facebook presence.
  • Not currently employed and/or affiliated with competing manufacturers including as a design team member, guest designer, etc.
  • For further information, see our Artists In Residence Summary.

Show Us Your Artwork!

Show us just how creative you are! The only “rule” for submitting artwork for consideration is that Imagine and/or Tsukineko products were used in its creation. This means that there are virtually no limits to what you can create—scrapbook layouts, cards, altered art, mixed media designs, jewelry, home decor items or whatever your niche art may be.

Please submit one original work of art—one that hasn’t been published, featured online, etc.

Submission Process for Round 1

Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Send your submission to marketing@imaginecrafts.com with the subject line of “AIRs Round 1 <your name>”.

The body of your email must include the following information: name, mailing address, phone number, email address, your personal blog and/or website address, and two links to any additional online content of your work (including videos) that you feel showcases your style.

  • If you are submitting to be a Project/Tutorial Artist:

Attached to your email should be a quality, minimum 700px wide jpg of your original artwork. Please also include a short paragraph about your piece and list what products you used to create it. Please name the photograph of your artwork “AIRs_<your name>_2019.JPG” using underscores in the name instead of spaces.

  • If you are submitting to be a Video Project/Tutorial Artist:

Attached to your email should be a quality, minimum 700px wide jpg of your original artwork. Please also include a list of what products you used to create it. The two links you provide should both include videos you created about your artwork in general (not necessarily the artwork you submit). Please name the photograph of your artwork “AIRs_<your name>_2019.JPG” using underscores in the name instead of spaces.

Round 1 submissions are due by 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time on Thursday, October 18th. Those artists who will be continuing on to the next round will be contacted by Thursday, November 1st with further instructions.

Imagine will contact each 2019 Artist in Residence personally to welcome them to our team.

Once we have announced our 2019 Artists In Residence, the work will quickly begin…each Artist In Residence will be shipped their “essentials” kit, along with our NEW releases for the 2019 Creativation show.

 

 

 

Sculpey + Imagine Give-a-way

Sculpey + Imagine Give-a-way

⭐️ G I V E A W A Y ⭐️ ⠀⠀⠀

Win 1 Sculpey Soufflé Multipack, Sculpey Essential Tool Kit and Graduated Cutter Set and 1 set of StazOn and VersaMagic Inks!

How To Enter: ⠀⠀

1. Visit Instagram and follow @imaginecrafts_  and @sculpey_polyform 

2. Like This Post

3. Tell us in the comments – What would you create with these products? 

 

Bonus Entries⠀⠀⠀

👉🏻 One extra entry if you share this post. ⠀⠀⠀

👉🏻 One extra entry if you tag a friend. 😉⠀⠀⠀

No purchase necessary. This giveaway is not sponsored by or affiliated with Instagram. You must be 18+ and have a US address in order to win. Entry closes Thursday 9/13 at 10 AM CST.

Product Release: Inkpad Personality Kit

Announcing the Inkpad Personality Kit!

Do your inkpads seem to speak to you every time you walk by your crafting space? We know what it means to become attached to certain inks. At times, it even seems the inkpads develop their own personality. Knowing this inspired us to develop the Inkpad Personality Kit™ to fill this void in the industry. If you feel that your inkpads have eyes…then why not give them some?!

All eyes on your little Angel! Give Memento Angel Pink a sweet smile to match!

Do you have an inkpad that is considered your bestie? We recommend the fun lets-go-get-drinks-after-work smile!

How about a bright green that is insistent you use it in every project. You can tell VersaFine Verdant to let the other inkpads have a turn!

How about Memento Sweet Plum who can always make you giggle with delight?!

Happy April Fool’s Day!!

If you have not figured it out by now… this is not a real product release! But what if it was?! Would you buy your inkpad a personality kit? Ha! In-house designer Marcie claims that Memento Bahama Blue makes its way into almost all of her projects at home and definitely plans to deck out her inkpads. She is even considering getting her inkpads their own dollhouse! Marketing Manager Amanda thinks VersaFine Clair Nocturne is the bees knees and winks at it every time she uses it. She’s super excited to have him wink back now! Bwahaha!

 

Watch a Live VersaFine Clair Color Swatch Demo

We are so excited about our new release of VersaFine Clair! One of the great features of this ink line is the number of colors available. We thought we would go through the colors with so you can see just how lovely they all are.

Free Download – VersaFine Clair Color Chart

What color was your favorite? Please tell us in the comments below!