Learn How to Design a “Dream Forever” Mixed Media Page

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Learn How to Design a "Dream Forever" Mixed Media Page

Owls are mysterious nocturnal birds and to honor their unique characters I decided to make a scrapbook or art layout using a combination of colors and techniques. Combining different kinds of inks, I colored a background in deep purple shades. Walnut Ink lowers the intense hue of Fireworks in Lilac Posies on the background.

The owl almost appears to glow as it is embossed on a piece of tracing paper that has Memento Grape Jelly colored on its back side. To further contrast the design, a piece of Sheet Metal is used to enhance the owl and adds shine and detail. I love this design and feel it can be used in so many different ways. Make a card, a scrapbook page or adjusted to make a cover on a book.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour


Step 1

Spray the A4 watercolor page with Ink Potion No 9, Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Lilac Posies and Walnut Ink in Lilac, in this order, from about 8-inch distance. Two sprays of the color inks are enough. Let them dry or use a heat gun to speed up the process.

Step 2

On a 3 ¼ x 5 ½ inch tracing paper stamp with the owl design with the VersaMark, cover with Imagine’s White Embossing Powder and heat set.

Step 3

Turn the tracing paper at the back and using a sponge dauber cover the owl design with the Memento Grape Jelly ink pad. Let it dry and repeat for a deeper color.

Step 4

Use a sponge dauber to cover the SHEET Metal in a diamond shape with the StazOn Royal Purple. Let Dry.

Step 5

Press the SHEET metal diamond shape on the rubber owl stamp that is covered with VersaMark. Cover with the Imagine’s White Embossing Powder and heat set.

Step 6

Color the chipboard words with a sponge dauber and the Memento Grape Jelly ink pad.

Step 7

Stamp the A4 watercolor page with the Memento Grape Jelly ink pad and the numbers stamp.

Step 8

Cut a 6 x 1-inch tracing paper stripe and a 5-inch long chevron ribbon. Use the On Point Glue to set them in the center of the page and continue with the owl embossed design.

Step 9

Cut 5 – 6 inch long pieces of jewelry wire, twist together and curve them.

Step 10

Use the hot glue gun to set the feathers, the wires, and the SHEET Metal in a diamond shape on the owl design.

Step 11

Glue the chipboard words and add rhinestones.

Step 12

Make small dots to embellish further and add texture with the irRESISTIble Pico Embellisher in Sweet Plum. Trim to desired size.

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  • Feathers
  • Stamperia – Owl stamp
  • Studio Light – Instructional Numbers stamp
  • A4 watercolor page
  • Jewelry wire
  • Chevron ribbon
  • Tracing paper
  • Rhinestones
  • Decorative chipboard words
  • Heat gun
  • Hot glue gun

How to Make a Notebook Cover with Fabric

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

How to Make a Notebook Cover with Fabric by Jennifer Vanderbeek.

Whether you’re decorating a pre-made notebook or putting the finishing touches on a book you’ve made yourself, there’s nothing that puts it over the top like custom endpapers. In this project I used the same stamp for the cover as the end papers for continuity and even added a string closure to keep it snugly closed as the book gets filled up in the coming year.


  • Small notebook
  • Book cloth
  • Ribbon
  • Copy Paper
  • Cardstock
  • Studio Calico – Storyteller stamp
  • Hardcarved stamp
  • Acrylic Block
  • Helmar – Super-Tac Glue
  • Binder Clips
  • Bone Folder
  • Fiskars – Paper Trimmer
  • Paper Punch
  • Eyelet and Setter
  • Embroidery Floss

Product Release: VersaFine Clair Inkpads

The best stamping ink on the market just expanded with a brand new line of inkpads! Tsukineko’s VersaFine Clair is a quick drying pigment ink that provides impeccable solid surface-area coverage as well as capturing fine details on stamps. VersaFine Clair’s innovative formulation provides the perfect image to use with watercolor paints or water-based markers.

Watch a video on VersaFine Clair’s features


24 New VersaFine Clair Colors Include

Cheerful 901, Paradise 602, Charming Pink 801, Warm Breeze 603, Purple Delight 101, Summertime 701, Tulip Red 702, Fantasia 102, Green Oasis 501, Glamorous 201, Verdant 502, Blue Belle 601, Golden Meadow 951, Rain Forest 551, Chianti 151, Fallen Leaves 451, Monarch 152, Shady Lane 552, Pinecone 452, Nocturne 351, Medieval Blue 651, Acorn 453, Twilight 652, Morning Mist 352 

Cheerful 901, Paradise 602, Charming Pink 801, Warm Breeze 603, Purple Delight 101, Summertime 701, Tulip Red 702, Fantasia 102, Green Oasis 501, Glamorous 201, Verdant 502, Blue Belle 601, Golden Meadow 951, Rain Forest 551, Chianti 151, Fallen Leaves 451, Monarch 152, Shady Lane 552, Pinecone 452, Nocturne 351, Medieval Blue 651, Acorn 453, Twilight 652, Morning Mist 352

VersaFine Clair Ink

  • The best ink for fine detailed stamps
  • Embossable for several minutes—perfect for layered stamping
  • New air tight, ergonomic case keeps the pad inky
  • Great for solid block print style stamping

Handmade card made with VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink, Waffle Flower stamps and colorful DCWV cardstock.

VersaFine Clair Nocturne is a stellar black ink for outline, fine-line and block print stamping alike! We are so excited to see how this ink is used in everyone’s papercrafting projects! Stay tuned to the Imagine Blog for projects from our Artists in Residence and please tag any work you post with #versafineclair. We love to see how you use our ink!

Shop for VersaFine Clair at the Imaginecrafts.com.

Happy inking!

Free Download —  VersaFine Clair color chart


Instead of New Year’s Resolutions Try a New Year’s Mantra

by Iris Rodriguez

I was thinking about the New Year and resolutions for 2018. As most of us have figured out by now, they are hard to maintain. So, I decided this year I will not make resolutions or use a word mantra. I am just going to go for positive vibes. Be good, do good and spread positive energy. I asked myself, why not begin by moving about and dance?! It gets the blood flowing, and you can’t possibly be upset when you’re dancing. At least these are my thoughts for now as I create in my art journal and get ready for the rest of the year. I started this project by creating a background with Imagine’s Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Sprays, then stamped and stenciled images and shapes. I added in a silhouette figure of a dancing figure to connect to my positive vibe idea.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1.5 hours

Step 1

Lightly spray the paper with water. Spray Fireworks Danube Blue, Lady Bug and Tangelo in different areas, but do not blend. Dry paper.

Step 2

Water down a couple of drops of All-Purpose Ink in White and brush ink over the entire background. This adds a little bit of a white wash, unifies the background and softens harsh lines. If you like the original look from the sprays, then this step may be skipped. Dry paper.

Step 3

Stamp several images with StazOn inks. By using the StazOn, it will prevent the images from moving when adding the additional layers and will also be pushed back, which makes for a great dimensional look. While you are stamping, think of the location of the silhouette dancer image, and place desired images and shapes that will go inside the figure as it will become the focal point.

Step 4

Stencil using various inks and colors with the Sponge Daubers and InkBlushers. Experiment with the looks you get from dye and pigment inks mixed together.

Step 5

Trace silhouette with a pencil. Using a brush tip Brushstix and Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black, add outline around the traced silhouette and blend in an outward motion. This adds a shadow like effect. Keep blending out until desired look is achieved.

Step 6

Stamp additional images. When adding images at this point, they’ll appear in the forefront. Stamp in the word “Dance” with VersaMagic Cloud White and emboss with the white embossing powder. Doodle with the white gel pen. Ensure all layers below are dry or the gel pen won’t work well. As a final step, stamp or stencil spiral, swirly shapes with Delicata Shimmery Silver.  This makes it look like energy sparkles are coming out of the dance figure…aka positive vibes!

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  • Watercolor Paper – 12 x 9 inches Cold Press, 300 GSM – 140 lbs
  • Figure Silhouette stencil
  • Various pattern stencils of choice
  • Spray water bottle
  • Various Stamps of choice
  • Uni-Ball Signo Gel Pen – White

Watch a Video on How to Create a Stunning Mixed Media Layout

by Mischelle Smith

This month is all about gorgeous Delicata inks. These shimmery, delicious inks gave me an opportunity to work with soft palette … something very difficult for me (I LOVE vibrant and bold color). I challenged myself to try and create a journal layout that whispered to me… instead of slapping me in the face with the energetic colors I adore. This truly was a challenge and made me so happy for stepping outside my box.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 60 minutes + dry time



  • Stampin’ Up! – Lighthearted Leaves
  • Stampers Anonymous – Dina Wakley Media Cling Mount Stamps: Scribbly Small Birdies
  • Gold sequins
  • Natural binding ribbon
  • Carabelle Studio – Cutting and 1/58 stencil
  • The Crafters Workshop – Halftone Circles, Tile Texture stencil
  • Metallic gold thread
  • Recycled tea bag
  • Alphabet stamps
  • Date stamp


Do you Love all the New Colors of Delicata?

by Renee Zarate

Most mixed media artists have many separate art journals for different projects or products, depending on the type of art work that they do. I love the Delicata inks so much, I needed a journal specifically for experimenting with all of the Delicata inks! It is fun to decorate art journals with other unused experiments or bits and bobs of supplies left over from other projects. When using up the leftovers not only does it produce an interesting project but it also prevents waste and hoarding. This one is pretty enough to set out on a coffee table for guests to look through.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 2 hours + dry time


Step 1

To begin, paint the cover of a Strathmore Mixed Media paper art journal with black Gesso and allow to dry. Cut a piece of navy blue card stock to measure 4 ½” by 6 ½”. Cut a second piece of the same paper to measure 6 ¾” by 5”, set this aside. Take the smaller piece of the navy paper, choose a stencil with a lot of open space and use a palette knife to apply a small amount of Creative Medium Iridescent paste. Let dry.

Step 2

With a small dauber for each separate color of Delicata ink, apply Rose Gold, Emerald Green, Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue and Golden Glitz onto the stenciled panel. Blend the inks while applying. Dry with heat tool.

Step 3

Using Tear It Tape, mount the stenciled, inked panel onto the larger piece of navy card stock, then black cardstock, cut to measure 5 ¾” by 8 ½”. Adhere entire panel to the note book.

Step 4

Choose different elements to adhere to the cover panel using a strong adhesive. The spoon has been decorated with Delicata Rose Gold ink applied with a Fantastix, sprinkled with Clear Embossing Powder and melted with a heat tool. Stamp Rose Gold polka dots around the navy panel and add ribbons to the spiral binding. The metal roses have been enhanced with Delicata Rose Gold, Silvery Shimmer and Ruby Red inks. It is easy to get into the tight spots by using the pointed end of a Fantastix. By using a separate Fantastix for each color it eliminates the risk of contaminating the ink pad with other colors. White ribbon for the binding can be colored with ink from the Delicata pads to keep everything in the same color scheme.


  • Strathmore Mixed Media notebook (6.25” x 8.5”)
  • Liquitex Black Gesso
  • Waffle Flower – Pattern Play collection
  • Stencil Girl – Mary Beth Shaw Private Collection stencile
  • Prima – Resin Frame, Rhinestone crown and strips of rhinestones,
    spoon, metal chain
  • Idea-ology – metal phrase
  • Michaels – ribbons, burlap fabric and metal flowers
  • E6000 adhesive
  • Heat tool
  • Cutting tool