Learn How to Make Quick and Easy Lavender Sachets

by Roni Johnson

Learn How to Make Quick and Easy Lavender Sachets with Fabrico Markers

Imagine’s Color of the Month for August is Lavender so I decided to create this lovely little “No-Sew” lavender sachet. This is a quick and easy project and with the help of Fabrico Markers and a bit of Tear It Tape, you can have a pile of these little goodies to use and to share.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Cut cotton fabric to the desired size. Iron the material into a square. If desired add a flap at the top to create an “envelope”.


Step 2

Use Fabrico Markers to color directly onto the rubber stamp.


Step 3

Press the inked stamp onto the fabric. Use a hot iron to set the inks by running the iron over the stamped image 30 seconds.


Step 4

Open the fabric up and affix strips of Tear It! Tape to the edges of the fabric as shown. An extra piece was added on the flap to hold it closed as well.


Step 5

Remove the liner from the tape and carefully place a small pile of lavender in the center of the fabric. Fold the front of the sachet over and press the edges together to secure. Remove the tape from the flap and secure.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Club Scrap – Lavender Stamps
  • Cotton Fabric
  • Iron

Learn the Basics of Stenciling

by Iris Rodriguez

Learn the Basics of Stenciling

Stencils are a great tool to use for creating images and effects on just about any creative project. You can decorate a  journal with them, create card backgrounds and textures, use in your paintings, or in home décor projects. Imagine’s inkpads, inks, sprays, and texture mediums can all be used with stencils. In addition, Imagine has you covered with applicators such as Sponge Daubers, Palette knives, and Stipple brushes. In this article, I’ll discuss some ways to organize, use with different products, proper care and cleaning your stencils.

Organizing Your Stencils

There many ways to organize your stencils. One excellent way is to search crafting, office and home goods stores for options on storage containers. Whichever you choose, it’s important to lay them flat. I think on of the best ways to keep them flat is to use dividers in storage bins or drawers. File folders can be found in office supply stores. Label your dividers by type, theme, or designer. Another way to store stencils in a three-ring binder book inside plastic page protectors. Place color cardstock paper so that you can see the stencil and maximize storage by storing two stencils on one sheet.

If you have an open crafting space then hang stencils with metal hook clips on a rack. I like the idea of hanging my stencils because I can easily go through them and find what I am looking for. I punch a hole in the corners of my stencils and place them in a binder ring.

I have an IKEA wooden shelving unit to store my crafting storage bins. I’ve attached long screws on the side to hang my stencils. Hanging them freed up space and I can easily access them. Some alternatives are to hang them on a clothes hanger with a metal hook or binder clips, store them flat in bins or drawer or hang them on revolving wire three-tier shoe rack with a metal hook or binder clips.

Stenciling with Imagine Inks

Imagine’s Inkblushers and Sponge Daubers work great with stencils because the soft sponge material presses ink down past the edges of the stencil’s details. The sponges produce sharp edges and finely detailed inking better than most other tool. If you have a highly detailed stencil, the sponge materials are especially handy for getting into small and intricate opening, or getting around the tight areas of the stencil.

Stenciling with All-Purpose Ink and Inkblushers. Add a couple of ink drops to your crafting mat and pounce the Inkblusher over the ink. Inkblushers are highly absorbent and work well with Imagine’s All-Purpose Inks.

Inkblushers can also be used to stencil with acrylic paints. Like with inks, you can get clean edges and good detail. Wash the Inkblusher under running water immediately. If you cannot get to the sink right away, wipe off as much paint as you can and then keep it in water, like your paintbrush water. If left out without being washed, the paint will dry and harden the Inkblusher. Unfortunately, the paint cannot be washed out. However, all is not lost; only the area that had the paint will harden, and not harden the entire sponge. Using your scissors, cut off the piece with the hardened paint and continue to use.

Imagine’s Jumbo Daubers provide fine detailed inking. The handle allows you to have great control and pressure over the stencils. Imagine’s Jumbo Daubers also work great Acrylic paints. Add a few drops of paint to your craft mat, pounce the Dauber on the paint, then pounce the Dauber onto a clean area on your mat. Get the paint evenly on the Dauber and avoid globs of paint. If you get too much paint on the Dauber, it will go under the stencil.

Imagine’s Creative Mediums are smooth acrylic pastes that provide yummy textures for any project. This is where stencils are very different from stamps because you can create an image with texture. Use Imagine’s palette knives and Squeegee to add the Creative Medium. Silver Metallic Creative Medium using a palette knife. Imagine’s Multi-purpose Squeegee has a wider surface; perfect for using with larger stencils with large openings. Use a palette knife to add the medium onto the Squeegee.

Imagine’s Fireworks Craft Spray makes stenciling a breeze. To get clean patterns, start spraying from the outside edges of the paper and spray inwards. Change up the starting point and spray. By starting from the outside, avoids harsh spray edges or heavy splotches of ink. Clean up is easy, simply wipe off your stencil and craft mat with a dry paper/cotton towel. To double down on the stencil effects you can “stamp” the wet ink from the stencil onto another piece of cardstock.

Create unique effects with Imagine Stipple brushes. These brushes have a flat, firm bristle head for stippling. It can be used on just about any surface. They are great for stenciling on fabric for getting into the grain. This creates patterns of fine dots by pouncing the brush onto the substrate. Scumble by brushing at a slight angle in a random fashion. This creates brushstrokes and because of brush’s firm bristles, it won’t get under the stencil.

Cleaning the Stencils

One of the hardest things about working with stencils is cleaning them. Even so, keeping your stencils clean will help to maintain clean edges, last longer and you’ll have a clean stencil for your next project. The key to success for keeping stencils clean, regardless of the medium, is to clean them immediately with a wet paper/cloth towel or baby wipe. Depending on the medium you will have ink/paint residue.

When using pigment inks, All-Purpose Ink, or dye inks, wipe the stencil immediately with a wet paper/cloth towel, or baby wipe. Since these inks are water-based the stencil will clean up quickly and completely. When using permanent inks, simply wiping the stencil off with water, will not get it clean. Use a stamp cleaner or Rubbing Alcohol to clean your stencil. Imagine’s StazOn All-Purpose Stamp Cleaner works well for cleaning ink off your stencils. Dab the cleaner on the stencil and wipe with a dry paper/cloth towel. The cleaner tends to leave a little bit of an oily residue. Simply wipe it off with a clean wet paper/cloth towel.

Acrylics paints are harder on stencils than inks. Acrylic paint can leave heavy buildup on your stencils and distort the edges. As with inks, clean the stencil immediately after using with a wet paper/cloth towel or baby wipe. Get as much paint off of it, as possible.

Use a cleaning or nail brush and soap to clean your stencils. Mix handwashing/dishwashing or Artist Painter’s type soap with water in a container. Dip the brush and scrub the paint off the stencil. Lay the stencil flat and rub gently, avoid bending the openings.

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Learn How to Craft Your Own Dominos Pieces

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Learn How to Craft Your Own Dominos Pieces

Today’s tutorial is a great summer fun project with a dominos game that can be played by everyone in the family. Having a lot of spare canvas wooden wedges, I decided it was time to alter them in domino pieces, a bit different from the usual ones, giving a distinct way when lining them while playing. Colored with bright Fireworks colors that give a fun summer mood and make them easy to spot when you are at the beach playing on the sand. The dots on domino pieces are made with Radiant Neon Amplify colors and heat set to add volume. A quick and easy fabric pouch colored with Fireworks keeps them safe and easy to take them with you.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour (40 min without sanding)

Directions


Step 1

Sand the canvas wooden wedges on a piece of sandpaper. This is an optional step as it will make the surface smoother.


Step 2

Color 10 wooden wedges with the Fireworks Bahama Blue color on all sides.


Step 3

Continue by coloring the rest of wooden wedges, split in half, with the Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray in Danube Blue and Lilac Posies colors. Let them dry well.


Step 4

Use the Radiant Neon Amplify in White and Electric Yellow colors to make the dots of the numbers on the wedges on half of the wedge. Every number from 0 (blank, no dot) to 6 needs to have a piece with these numbers placed on the other half. If it is a blank half with one dot on the other half, a blank half with two dots and so on. Make sure that you don’t repeat the same piece as you move on to numbers when you to start marking the 1 number (one dot) you will already have the piece with the blank or zero made. Please google “dominos pieces” for a visual guide if you need additional help.


Step 5

When finished, use your heat tool to make Radiant Neon Amplify puff.


Step 6

Cut a 12 x 14 inch piece of white cotton fabric and using an A4 page to cover a part of it, spray with Fireworks Bahama Blue. Move the page further, use the second one to cover the colored part and spray with the Fireworks in Lilac Posies. Finish with the Fireworks in Danube Blue covering the remaining fabric. Let it dry well.


Step 7

Hand sew sides to make the pouch. Use some satin ribbon to tie it.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Canvas wooden wedges (28 pieces)
  • Sandpaper
  • Cotton fabric
  • Heat tool
  • A4 pages
  • Satin ribbon

Create a Festive and Fun Fourth of July Banner

by Roni Johnson

Create a Festive and Fun Fourth of July Banner

Summer is the perfect time to be outdoors, throw a BBQ party or to show off your patriotism with the Fourth of July!  Luckily, Joy Clair has a perfect stamp set when it comes to American Flag themes. In this quick and easy crafting project, I used their 4 x 6-inch Grungy Flag background stamp paired with Memento Luxe ink to create this amazing looking banner.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 – 2 hours

Directions


Step 1

Tear cotton or linen material into 4” x 8” pieces. The number of pieces will depend on how long you would like your finished banner.


Step 2

Place a strip of fabric on a stamp positioner at the 1” mark. Put the stamp directly over the area to be stamped. Close the positioner to affix the stamp to the lid.


Step 3

Ink the star area with Memento Luxe in Danube Blue and the stripe area of the stamp with Memento Luxe in Love Letter.


Step 4

Close the positioner and press the inked stamp onto the material. I wanted a vintage feel to my banner so I stamped the image once. For brighter, solid colors, reposition the material, re-ink the image and stamp a second time. Stamp each additional panel in the same fashion.


Step 5

Iron each stamped piece of material to set the inks. Once you heat set Memento Luxe it is permanent on the fabric!


Step 6

Adhere each stamped flag to a length of string or ribbon. Hang it up outdoors and enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Joy Clair StampsGrunge Flag Background
  • Cotton or Linen fabric
  • Material May Arts – Jute Ribbon
  • Stamp Positioner
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Iron

See How to Stamp and Color with Fabric Inks

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

See How to Stamp and Color with Fabric Inks with All-Purpose Ink, Fabrico markers, and VersaFine Clair.

See how to decorate a cotton zipper tote bag using your favorite stamps and All-Purpose Inks to match summer colors and inspiring a positive mood. With this design, I stamped the words “smiles, hugs and kisses” along with swirls and flowers which could be used for cosmetics, small items, and for casual walks. Add glass beads to decorate it further and make a small metallic tag using SHEET Metal from Imagine and StazOn ink. The possibilities are endless!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 2 hours

Directions


Step 1

Stamp the swirls design from Joy Clair stamps with VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink pad on the cotton bag.


Step 2

Mix All-Purpose Inks on Imagine’s Craft Mat and paint the stamped design.


Step 3

Distress the rest of the bag using a Large Sponge Dauber and Memento Luxe in Bahama Blue.


Step 4

Sharpen the flowers from the stamped design with the Fabrico Marker in Midnight.


Step 5

Stamp words from the stamp set with the VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink pad. Repeat on the other side and set colors with an iron.


Step 6

Hand sew beads on in matching colors.


Step 7

Cover a diamond SHEET Metal shape with StazOn in Teal Blue.


Step 8

Stamp the heart design with VersaMark, cover with Imagine’s Embossing Powder in White and heat set.


Step 9

Cover the SHEET metal shape with GlazOn to seal and protect the color. Attach the metal shape with a ribbon on the zipper.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Joy Clair – Hugs and Smiles stamp set
  • Cotton zipper tote bag
  • Paintbrush
  • Heat tool
  • Beads, needle, and thread
  • Satin ribbon

Helpful Tips and Tricks: How to Take Amazing Photos of Craft Projects

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Helpful Tips and Tricks: How to Take Amazing Photos of Craft Projects

With the ever-growing popularity of social media platforms, particularly Instagram, crafters have been talking about how to take better photos of our projects. Since not all of us are professional photographers, and we don’t all have “the perfect tools”, I would like to talk about how to take great photos of your work without having to be a pro-photographer.

Style your photos creatively

These are important elements to focus on when taking a photo of a project:

  • the backdrop or background
  • main focus – which is always your project
  • props or supporting elements to make the focus shine
  • the camera

Backgrounds

With clear and simple photos you need to have a neutral base or background, like white, grey, ecru, cream or even brown tones like wood. Since most of us don’t have professional lighting, set your background up where it is in natural light, and make sure it is a large enough base to place your card or project. Try using dark colors in the background to help the project colors pop.

You can set up your background so that your project can be laid flat or standing up. I find that I can capture more details by taking photos of my cards flat on a surface with the camera located directly above it. Also, if you have a small space to take your photos, this option is perfect because it requires less space and can make it easier to incorporate other elements.

With flat photos, remember your backdrop is the most important part. If you are creative you don’t need to buy expensive elements, you can use everyday household items and surfaces as the background. The most important thing is to keep in mind the colors and textures. A brightly colored element next to your project can round out the scene and support the focal point, but being able to use it as the background will be trickier, tho can work on occasion.

You can use wood surfaces, floor boards, ceramic tiles or designer textured papers, as well as other supplies to add some depth to the photos. You can also use elements like designed plates, which can be easily found in home decor stores. My favorite is HomeGoods because I can buy just one plate, placemat or napkin. Neutral colored fat quarters found at the fabric store is another cheap option.

Supplies or Photo Props

With staging photos, it is nice to add a few elements alongside your card or project—but these cannot compete with the main focus object i.e. your crafting project. You can use many items as photo props. I use a lot of flowers and greenery, my favorites are made of silicone because the fabric flowers don’t look real to me. But definitely, my favorites photo props are the craft supplies. Supplies like inks, stamps, stencils, color pencils or markers, and die cuts are perfect elements to support your project. Extra embellishments like buttons, sequins, washi tape and twines are also great, but always be careful with the color combinations. My suggestion is to start with the neutral items first that won’t compete with your project. If you still aren’t finding what you like, just look around your home and you might find gorgeous elements that you can borrow for a few minutes as part of your photo.

Camera

With today’s technology, you really don’t need to have a professional camera. Cell phones like the iPhone or Samsung make it possible to take amazing photos. To make them work best, use natural light source and keep an eye out for any shadows across your photo. Also, think about a good angle to take the photo. Always start by making your lens parallel to the project front, and then play with the angle from there. My last helpful hint is very simple but important: always clean the lens of your camera or phone before taking the photos. Because we touch our phones so often it is easy for the lens to become dirty.

I hope you found these tips useful. Just remember to stay open to learning new ideas and most importantly have fun! Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog and don’t forget to share!