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!

DIY Stamping with VersaFine Clair Inkpad on Canvas Shoe

by Arjita Sepaha Singh

DIY Stamping with VersaFine Clair Inkpad on Canvas Shoe

I love altering and customizing things and shoes are one of my favorite things to upcycle. In today’s video, I show you how to take an inexpensive pair of plain white canvas shoes and stamp them with various floral images. I used VersaFine Clair and Fabrico Markers for this project. One of the coolest aspects of this project is that you can choose whatever stamps and images that are best for you!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour per shoe

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Heat gun
  • White Canvas Shoes
  • Acrylic Block

See How to Create Wedding Invitation, Place Cards, & Favor Box

by Roni Johnson

See How to Create Wedding Invitation, Place Cards, Favor Box

The wedding season is approaching quickly and today I wanted to show you that anyone can create an elegant wedding ensemble without breaking the bank. This entire set was made using plain white cardstock that was elevated to something special with help from products by Imagine.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 60+minutes (depending on numbers being made)

Directions

How to Create the Wedding Invitation


Step 1

Die cut card base, matching panels and filigree hearts from plain white cardstock. Mist the card, panels, and heart with Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Sparkle and let dry naturally.


Step 2

Die-cut solid heart from lavender cardstock.


Step 3

Spread an even layer of Iridescent Purple Creative Medium over the heart using a palette knife. At this time, spread a layer of the Purple Creative Medium over a large piece of black cardstock and set both aside to dry.


Step 4

Sponge Gothic Purple Staz On ink over a sheet of Vertigo Film.


Step 5

Pounce Grape Jelly Memento Ink on the craft mat, spritz with Ink Potion No. 9, scrunch up a length of white rayon seam binding and dab it in the ink mixture. Set aside to dry.


Step 6

Once all of the elements have dried trim two pieces of the Vertigo Film to the size of the filigree flaps. Adhere the Vertigo Film to the card using On Point Glue sandwiching the film between the card flap and extra filigree screen. Adhere the Sparkle filigree heart to the lavender heart using On Point Glue. Die cut letters and “&” sign from the black Creative Medium covered cardstock and adhere to the center of the heart.


Step 7

Adhere one end of the ribbon to the card, adhere the other end to the heart. Wrap the ribbon around the card and secure the heart to the card with a Velcro dot. Insert computer generated invitation panel to the inside of the card.

 

How to Make the Place Cards



Step 1

Die cut filigree design on a strip of cardstock. Spritz the die cut strips with Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz.


Step 2

Tie a piece of the dyed seam binding around each place card. Cut a piece of scrap cardstock 1×2 inch and fold in half to form a small tent. Adhere the tent to the back of the place card.Write each person’s name on the place cards using Grape Jelly Memento Dual Tip Marker.

Download a Free Template to Create this Favor Box


Step 1

Download Free Box Pattern. Cut several favor boxes from white cardstock using pattern provided; score along all fold lines. Die-cut enough filigree and solid colored hearts for each favor box.


Step 2

Spritz treat boxes and filigree hearts with Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz and let dry. Assemble hearts the same as the on the invitations. Assemble the box using Tear It Tape. Make the handle using dyed rayon seam binding; affix heart to the front of the box. Fill each box as desired.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Spellbinders – Renaissance Jubilee Venetian Gatefold Die, Lace Medallion, Lace Heart
  • MFT – Bottle Cap Alphabet, Stitched Alphabet
  • White Cardstock
  • Rayon Seam Binding

You Must See These Sweet Heart Felt Cards

We have two great heart ‘Felt’ projects today to celebrate the mood of thankfulness in the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. We feel the a heartfelt thanks is the best kind of thanks! Kyriakos breaks down his process in a tutorial form and Jennifer Vanderbeek has created a full video tutorial on our Youtube channel! Check it out!

You Must See These Sweet Heart Felt Cards

‘Heart of Felt’ Handmade Card by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

A card with a heart, made of felt that is decorated with black dots using the Memento Luxe Tuxedo black and enhanced further with the same color irRESISTible Pico embellisher. The canvas fabric, used as background, is stamped with the Delicata Ruby Red with a crackled design stamp imitating heart veins. The felt heart is stitched to the canvas fabric with a black waxed cord to one side. Both fabrics come in combination to emphasize the warm, soft and open emotions of a heartfelt person.

Directions


Step 1

Cut a heart shape of the felt and stamped it with Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black. Memento Luxe is a great ink for stamping on fabric because it will not spread so quickly into the fibers like a dye ink. So you maintain the crisp lines of your stamp.


Step 2

Cut a piece of canvas fabric to 4 x 6 inches. Pull the threads to fridge all edges and stamp it with the crackle clear stamp and the Delicata Ruby Red. Stamp a sentiment “so grateful” ticket with the same color.


Step 3

Cross stitch the felt heart on the fabric using the waxed cord at one side.


Step 4

Glue the fabric on the card and use the irRESISTible Pico embellisher to enhance the stamped designs. When it is dry, place the ticket and embellish further.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • 5 x 7 cardbase
  • White felt sheet
  • Black waxed cord
  • Ticket stamp
  • Stamperia Crackle stamp
  • Canvas fabric
  • Ribbon

 


Create a Heartfelt Card by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Whoever is lucky enough to receive a card like this will definitely feel the love and effort you put into it—they just might not realize how quickly it came together. When you’re combining a lot of different techniques (we’ve got die cutting, embroidery, hand-lettering, and stamping going on, not to mention paper, felt, and metal elements) it’s important to keep the design fairly clean in order to avoid input overload when looking at the final product. The limited color palette and unfussy arrangement really allow the workmanship to stand out. And who can resist petting the felt heart?

 

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Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Cardstock – Purple, White
  • Fiskars – Paper trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Scoring tool
  • Bone folder
  • Sizzix – Scalloped heart die
  • Die Cut Machine
  • Felt – red
  • Temporary adhesive tape
  • Pencil
  • Acrylic block
  • Stampabilities – Everyday Expressions
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Flat-backed pearl sticker

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Learn New Tips and Tricks with Fabrico Markers

by Roni Johnson

Fabrico Markers are a great product to keep in your color and crafting toolbox. They are superb for coloring on fabrics and other dense surfaces like wood or canvas. Available in 35 colors which can be used separately or blended together to create amazing depth of color. This dual tip water-based pigment ink marker has a bullet tip that allows you to write, draw or trace text and images; and a brush tip that allows you to color larger portions of a project.

Today I am going to share a couple of unique ways I use Fabrico markers. Check it out!

Stamping

Line images are fun but sometimes you want something more than just a single color from an inkpad. This is where Fabrico markers can really help breathe life into an image.

Color your stamp with several marker colors. It’s easy to get into the details of the image and the markers won’t damage your red rubber or clear stamps. Simply apply color, press onto fabric, cardstock or wood. This technique gives you a lot of control in how the image will turn out. You could also go back in and fill in the outline to get a no-line coloring look too!

Resist

Stamp various images onto a piece of plain fabric using VersaMark ink, add embossing powder and heat to melt. Use the Fabrico Markers to color and highlight the designs. Fabrico is water-based pigment ink so it will not adhere to polymer surfaces. It does not spread or bleed into the fabric like a dye ink would. The areas where the embossed images will stay the color of the fabric and exposed areas will absorb the ink at a mild rate. You can repeat the emboss technique to lock a color down and continue to color with different Fabrico colors. In no time you’ll have a work of art on your hands. Because embossing powder will melt with heat – this technique is not recommended for fabric that is meant to be laundered. I adhered mine to a card base to look like a miniature canvas piece.

Watercolor Fun

Bet you didn’t know that you can watercolor on fabric with Fabrico! This seems like a tricky idea since you are working with fabrics that are potentially going to be laundered. It’s easy to assume that adding water to the ink will make it lose its permanence, but it won’t. Fabrico is water-based and yet permanent on fabric once dry. Once it dries, the color is set, so be sure to work somewhat faster than you would on watercolor paper. For this apple I simply started by coloring the image with the markers directly with a few different shades of red, apple green and yellow. Working quickly while the ink is still wet, take a water brush and pull the colors where you want them. Don’t forget that adding water makes the pigment a bit more mobile, so bleeding along with blending should be expected. Once you are happy with the design then let dry. Once dry, it is best to heat set if the fabric piece you are working on is meant to be laundered. Just use the iron settings recommended for the fabric.


The colors stay vibrant even after they have been watered down and create such a cool dye effect. Doesn’t it look like a watercolor background you would see on paper?

Hope you enjoyed this quick review of what you can do with Fabrico markers. If you enjoyed this post, then please share or comment below!

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cotton, Natural Muslin, Linen Fabrics
  • Fabric Editions – Fabric Elements – FE Specimens FQ
  • ClubScrap.com – Apple, Aster
  • Just For Fun Rubber Stamps – Mason Jar, Paint Brushes

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