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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Create Decorative Sand with All-Purpose Ink

by Iris Rodriguez

Create Decorative Sand with All-Purpose Ink

It’s summertime, time for that beach vacation. As you enjoy the sea breeze blowing on your face, the sand tickling your face, the sounds of kids playing, and the seagulls flocking in the distance, let the real world melt away. Much better, right? Before you leave though, pack some sand and bring it home for some fun craft projects, like a sand art terrarium using a glass jar and All-Purpose Inks to color the sand. If you are not going to the beach, it’s okay, you can get sand from the craft store…we won’t tell.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Select a glass container. I used, what used to be a candle jar, measures 4 x 4 x 4 inches, 8 ounces.


Step 2

Cut a piece of foam to fits the center of the jar. Use at least one branch along with the foam to measure the foam’s height. Leave 1 to 2 inches gap from the rim. This will keep the sand from spilling over. The foam will be completely covered by the sand.


Step 3

Arrange the flowers on the foam. Add hot glue to the holes. Artificial succulents and plants will also work. Or you can make it a beach theme by adding seashells.


Step 4

Add hot glue to the bottom of the foam.


Step 5

Glue the foam with flowers in the center of the jar.


Step 6

Place sand in the bag. Fill about a third of the bag, which for the jar used in this project made ¼ to ½ inch layer.


Step 7

Drop in two to three drops of ink. Sand is very porous, a little goes a long way. Seal the bag, ensure to release the air inside.


Step 8

Smoosh the sand around with your fingers and shake so that it moves around. When all of the sand has been colored, you are done. The sand dries instantly. There is no dry wait time. However, if you use a little too much ink, the sand will stay wet. With the ink, it’s not easy to tell it’s wet as you can with water. To test out if the sand is wet, run the sand through your fingers, if it does not run through your fingers smoothly, then it’s wet. Visibly, it will look loosely clumped. Even if slightly wet, it will not go through the funnel or layer smoothly and will stain the layer below. In this case, leave the bag open and let the sand dry.


Step 9

Repeat step 8 for each color. Use a different bag for each color.


Step 10

Pour sand into the funnel and layer the sand. Pour a little bit of sand at a time. Rotate the jar and fill a different area. An alternative is to use a small measuring spoon.


Step 11

Continue to layer until you reach the top and have covered the foam. Use the Imagine’s Doodlestix to reach in and move the sand around.

 

Now you have a DIY home décor nice or cute gift for that special someone. Hope you give this project a try.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Sand
  • Glass jar or container
  • Artificial flowers or succulents
  • Snack size sealable plastic bags
  • Small funnel or measuring spoon
  • Foam
  • Hot glue

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

See How to Repurpose a Canvas

by Kassy Tousignant 

See How to Repurpose a Canvas with Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray - Bahama Blue, Paris Dusk, Bamboo Leaves

This Camper theme stamp set from Joy Clair is so fun and the pairing with the versatile Imagine and Tsukineko products made this project great! I love the clouds stencil and when I saw the stencil I ended up using for the grass, I couldn’t resist using this old pre-framed canvas for this fun project. Joy Clair also included an SVG file for the stamp set so I didn’t have to fussy cut the stamped images. Of course, I used VersaFine Clair ink to get the most vibrant, crisp images possible.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Joy Clair stamp – Happy Stamper
  • Joy Clair SVG file – Happy Stamper
  • Liquitex – Flexible modeling paste
  • Wooden frame
  • Daler Rowney – white gesso
  • Stencils
  • Cricut Maker
  • Neenah – white cardstock
  • Flat paintbrush

See How to Create a Family Tree Wall Hanging

by Iris Rodriguez

See How to Create a Family Tree Wall Hanging using Tsukineko All-Purpose Ink and VersaFine Clair

This month we have the pleasure of working with Joy Clair stamps. Today, I am using the Love Tree stamp set which made me think of the strong bond that exists amongst family. I created a wall hanging as an ode to family and the love that binds us and keeps us together. For this project, I stamped the sentiment “Love Blossoms Here” onto watercolor paper, personalized it with alphabet stamps, added wire hanging and added a book paper backing to represent the family stories that get created along the way and then passed on. Keep reading to see how I created this lovely home decor piece.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1.5 hours

Directions


Step 1

Spray the watercolor paper with water. Then brush on the Tropical Lagoon All-Purpose ink. Dry the paper. This will become the background.


Step 2

Stamp the tree and sentiment with Acorn Versafine Clair ink. Add Imagine’s Embossing Powder in Clear and heat set. Then continue to stamp the rest of elements.


Step 3

Color in the tree with the Chocolate All-Purpose ink and water. Dry the paper.


Step 4

Measure a piece of discarded cardboard to fit behind your main tree image.


Step 5

Adhere the book paper onto the cardboard with Matte Medium. Add the Matte Medium on the cardboard, on the book paper. Burnish with your fingers or brayer to ensure bubbles do not develop under the book paper. Brush on Matte Medium over the paper. Then adhere to the back of the wall hanging. This also helps give weight to the watercolor paper, which keeps the paper straight.


Step 6

Paint the dowels with Terra Cotta Walnut ink with a brush and water. Dry the dowels with the heating tool.


Step 7

Punch holes on the top and the bottom of wall hanging using the hole punch.


Step 8

Add the eyelets with the eyelet setter. Wrap wire in the hole and around the dowel several times. Ensure to leave a loop in the center to hang on the wall.

And, this is it! A new art piece for your home or a great gift for a family member or friend. I hope you give it a try.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Joy Clair Stamps – The Love Tree set
  • Eyelets
  • Eyelet Setter
  • 20 gauge Steel Wire
  • Wooden Dowel
  • Watercolor paper
  • Cardboard
  • Book Paper
  • Matte Medium or Mod Podge
  • 1/16 hole punch