Craft a “Leather” Purse Made of Paper

by Iris Rodriguez

Every year I give my closest girlfriends and sisters paper purse cards for their birthday. It is kind of my little tradition. Inside I include a note or gift card. I find these gifts to be fun to make. What girl can resist a purse even if it’s not a real purse? This year I wanted to make a faux leather paper purse card. A little edgy, compared to the cutesy type purses I’ve made in the past. I’ve been having so much fun with Imagine’s Walnut Inks, so I thought I’d try doing a faux leather and I was very happy with the results. See how I did it!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1.5 hours


Step 1

Spray the Walnut Ink in Eucalyptus. Dry paper.

Step 2

Spray the Walnut (original color) ink, then spray the Ink Potion No.9. The Ink Potion No. 9 blends the inks very nicely and effortlessly. Let dry.

Step 3

Spray a tiny amount of Walnut Ink in Java in random areas. This ink is intense, a little goes a long way. Spray the Ink Potion No.9 and let dry. Using all the different hues of the Walnut Inks will create a lovely organic look.

Step 4

Draw or print out a purse template and cut your inked paper using template..

Step 5

For this step, I found it easiest to do one fold at a time. Stamp VersaMark ink, add Embossing Powder in Clear and remove the excess powder. Using the tapered tip Doodlestix, rewmove lines to make the leather looking texture. The Embossing Powder will make the paper surface about 2 shades darker which goes further to encourage the worn leather look.

Step 6

With a Brushstix, add VersaMark to the metal embellishment and emboss with Embossing Powder in Gold. Rub on StazOn ink in Spiced Chai using the brush tip Brushstix which helps to get into the crevices carved out by the DoodleStix. Heat again with a heat tool to fuse the ink with the Embossing Powder.

Step 7

Glue the embellishments and studs to the front flap with the On Point Glue.

Step 8

In order to keep the flap closed, adhere a Velcro dot. Write a “Happy Birthday” note on the inside if you desire.

Step 9

Punch out a hole in the folding area of the flap. Attach the chain to jump rings and attach the jump rings to the purse. You can stop here or continue adding details to this little gift as you see fit!


  • Watercolor paper – 12 x 9 inches Cold Press, 300 GSM – 140 lbs
  • Metal Embellishment
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Copper Jumprings
  • Copper Chain
  • Gold Iron-On Studs
  • Purse template
  • Velcro dot

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!

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Happy inking!

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Watch a Video on How to Create a Beautiful Paper Clay Bowl

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Watch a Video on How to Create a Beautiful Paper Clay Bowl

Have you tried paper clay, yet? I love that it’s so simple, so forgiving and so very versatile. After seeing project after project on Pinterest about how easy it is to make clay bowls embossed with doilies and other items, I thought it would be fun to make a paper clay bowl and decorate it with stamps and ink. The gilding is a nod to the Japanese technique of Kintsugi—which means golden joinery—as I had the idea to maybe fill some of the uneven rim with the Creative Medium but ultimately used it to blend the different shades of green in the dried clay and add a bit of sheen and shimmer to the finished bowl.



  • Prima – Paper clay
  • Water
  • Plastic Wrap
  • 6” Cookie cutter or knife and circle pattern
  • Simon Says Stamp – “Kind Flowers” stamp set
  • Acrylic block
  • Wet wipes
  • 1200 grit sandpaper
  • Face mask
  • Heat tool
  • Bowl or Form

How To Make A Mixed Media Gift Bag

by Nadine Carlier

Mixed Media Gift Bag by Nadine Carlier ic

Ever get bored of store bought gift bags? Then all you need is a plain brown bag and some Imagines mixed media products to create a beautiful piece of art to wrap your presents in. I used Creative Mediums, Fireworks, irRESISTibles and StazOn Ink on my gift bag.

Watch my video tutorial below to see how I made my gift bag. Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 min. plus drying time



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Be Inspired by a Snowman Favor Bag for a Friend

by Mischelle Smith

I love primitive décor and wanted to create a favor bag for the holidays that reflected that love. I also wanted to make something especially for friends! This simple project does both and comes together quickly. Enjoy!

Stamp snowmen and ‘friend’ with VersaFine Sepia ink and emboss with clear emboss powder. Color images with Memento Ink using waterbrush. Adhere torn pieces of dictionary pages as desired. Wrap snowmen with silver thread and attach to bag. Diecut snowflake. Attach silver thread and sequin. Adhere to bag. Add eyelet to saying and attach to snowflake.

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  • Stampin’ Up! – Santa and Friends
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Heat Tool
  • Crop-a-dile
  • Eyelet
  • White Glitter Paper
  • Snowflake Die
  • Die Cutting machine
  • Silver Metallic Thread
  • Hampton Arts – Alphabet stamps
  • Old dictionary pages
  • White sequin
  • Adhesive
  • Canvas bag
  • Waterbrush

Watch a Video on How to Create a Little Gift Box

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Watch a Video on How to Create a Little Gift Box by Jennifer Vanderbeek.

Faux Bois means false wood and is commonly employed to make something that’s not wood (or something made of a lesser quality wood) look more high-class. I decided to see if I could achieve a similar effect by layering carefully placed stamps and mediums onto cardstock. The result was a pretty good imitation of a lacquered trinket box—perfect for gift giving or miniature applications!

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  • Craft paper
  • Sizzix – Gift Box die
  • Die cut machine
  • Joy Clair – Wood Background stamp
  • Acrylic Block
  • Heat tool
  • Woodgrain stencil
  • Helmar – Quick Dry 450 adhesive
  • Purse findings