Make a Key Holder with Metal Dog Tags

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By Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Use two SHEETmetal dog tags to easily make a key holder that is colored with StazOn inks. Attach metallic gears and charms on the tags using Goosebumps texture spray that works as a glazing medium too.

 

Skill: Beginner

Time: 30 Minutes plus drying time

 

Directions:

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Step 1

Place Tear It! Tape on one of the two SHEET Metal tags and glue together.

 

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Step 2

Remove the protective film and with the help of the sponge daubers color the surface using the StazOn Ultramarine, Timber brown and Black cherry ink pads.

 

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Step 3

Let it dry for a few seconds and secure the colors with a layer of GlazOn using an InkBlusher.

 

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Step 4

Deep a wooden stick in the bottle of the GooseBumps and place a thick layer of the medium on the tag. Place the charms and let it dry.

 

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Step 5

Color further the metallic charms with the StazOn ink pads and again secure with the GlazOn.

 

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Step 6

Add a chain or a key holder lobster and a ring.

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine

SHEET Metal – Dog Tags

StazOn – Ultramarine, Timber brown, Black cherry

GooseBumps Dauber Top Bottle – Original

GlazOn – Clear

InkBlushers

Sponge Daubers

Tear It! Tape

 

Other

Metallic gears and charms

Ring and lobster lock for key holder

Make a Fun Summertime Watermelon Slice Mason Jar

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By Roni Johnson

It’s finally beginning to look like summer! To welcome in the season I have a fun project to add cheer to your picnics, BBQ’s or anywhere you are going to gather. A multi-use Watermelon Slice Mason Jar – it can be used as a vase for fresh flowers, a handy organizer to hold forks, knives and spoons or even a fun lantern for late-night get together. It will add a fun fruity element no matter how you choose to use it.

Skill: Beginner

Time: 35 minutes + Dry Time

Directions:

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Step 1

Wash and dry the mason jar.

Step 2

Tape off a diagonal design using painters tape as shown.

 

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Step 3

Draw a zigzag vertical line using the Cotton White StazOn Studio Glaze leaving ¾” – 1” between lines and let dry.

 

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Step 4

Apply one or more layers of Cactus Green StazOn Studio Glaze over the taped off section of the jar. For the example I applied one layer over the entire area and a second layer between the zigzag stripes to create the dark and light green stripes found on a real watermelon.

Step 5

Remove the painters tape. You may need to use an exacto knife on stubborn areas of the tape.

 

 

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Step 6

Use Cotton White StazOn Studio Glaze to create a ½” wide border around the edge of the green watermelon rind.

 

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Step 7

Draw watermelon seeds over the remainder of the jar using Jet Black Studio Glaze and let them dry completely.

 

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Step 8

Apply St Valentine’s StazOn Studio Glaze to the upper portion of the jar covering the watermelon seeds as you go. Let this layer dry completely.

 

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Step 9

Finish off the project by adding a bow around the neck of the jar.

 

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Art Supplies:

Imagine
Other
  • Mason Jar
  • Jute Twine
  • Battery Operated Tea Light

Learn How to Make a Wooden Wall Art Family Tree

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By Roni Johnson

Since Mother’s Day is quickly approaching I thought it would be fun to make a different type of gift Mom could enjoy all year long. I decided to make a fun and beautiful Family Tree using a wooden tree from Creative Embellishments paired with Imagine’s Walnut Ink Crystals and Cottage Ivy Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray.

Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions:

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Step 1

Gather up your supplies, you will need a wood tree, Walnut Ink Crystals, Cottage Ivy Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray, VersaFine Clair Pinecone ink, Memento Dual Tip Marker and a bit of heavy duty cardstock.

 

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Step 2

Use a craft knife to make small cuts in the wood to separate the leaves from the branches.

 

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Step 3

Sprinkle a small amount of Walnut Ink Crystals into a cup and add a bit of water.

 

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Step 4

Paint the walnut ink onto the tree trunk and branches.

 

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Step 5

Paint the Cottage Ivy Fireworks! spray onto each of the leaves.

 

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Step 6

If desired, paint a second coat of ink where necessary and let the tree dry completely.

 

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Step 7

Spray a sheet of Bristol Cardstock with Cottage Ivy Fireworks! Shimmery Spray; add a spritz of water here and there.

 

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Step 8

Use a heat gun to mix the water and ink around on the cardstock.

 

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Step 9

Once dry, die cut desired number of leaves from the cardstock.

 

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Step 10

Ink the edges of each leaf with Pinecone VersaFine Clair Ink and a sponge dauber.

 

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Step 11

Use a Tuxedo Black Memento Dual Tip Marker to write the names of each family member on a leaf.

 

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Step 12

Adhere the leaves to the tree as desired. You could add them in the form of a traditional family tree or place them randomly over the tree.

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine
Other
  • Creative Embellishments Home Décor Wood Tree
  • Paint Brush
  • Bristol Cardstock
  • Heat Tool
  • Craft Knife
  • Spellbinders – Leaf Dies
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How to Make Clay Easter Egg-Shaped Ornaments

By Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Stamp Easter egg designs on clay and color them with StazOn inks and Memento Dual Tip Markers to make Easter ornaments. Decorate tree branches in a vase for a Spring and Easter theme or add them to gift packages and bags.

Skill: Beginner

Time: 30 min + drying time

Directions:

Step 1

On a flat piece of clay, press the egg design stamp.

 

Step 2

Remove the stamp and cut around the design with a pointed tool (a pallet knife, a piercing tool, etc). Don’t forget to open a hole on the top of the shape. Let the clay cure.

 

Step 3

When the clay shapes are ready use a filling tool or some sanding paper to smooth the edge of the clay eggs.

 

Step 4

Use a Sponge Dauber and the StazOn Eden Green to color the embossed designs. You can press the ink pad directly on the clay egg to add more color strength to the embossed design.

 

Step 5

Color parts of the stamped design with the MEMENTO Dual Tip Markers in greenish shades.

 

Step 6

For the next design use the StazOn Black Cherry and the MEMENTO Dual Tip Marker Tuxedo black, Angel Pink and Lady Bug to color it following the same procedure as above.

 

Step 7

Finally, use StazOn Fuschia Pink and MEMENTO Dual Tip Markers Pear Tart, Rose Bud and Bamboo Leaves to color the clay egg.
You can color around the edges of the clay eggs with the All-Purpose Ink Vegas Gold and add ribbons.

 

Art Supplies

Imagine

StazOn – Eden Green, Black Cherry, Fuchsia Pink 

MEMENTO Dual Tip Markers – Angel Pink, Dandelion, Rose Bud, Bamboo Leaves, Pear Tart, Tuxedo Black, Lady Bug 

Sponge Daubers 

All-Purpose Ink – Vegas Gold

Other materials

Air-Dry Clay – White

Viva Decor Stamps – Easter Eggs

Satin Ribbons Various Colors

Sanding Paper

 

Learn How to Make a Faux Blue Delft Bunny Rabbit

By Roni Johnson

Welcome in Spring with this lovely Faux Blue Delft Bunny Rabbit to brighten up your home. Originating in the city of Delft in the Netherlands in the 1600s, this pottery which consists of blue decoration over a white background is a breath of fresh air and the perfect start of this season of renewal. This technique looks daunting but once you break it down into easy-to-follow steps it’s fun and rewarding. The finished project looks stunning and will delight everyone who comes in contact with it.

This technique combines wide-open geometric stamped patterns with areas of saturation to give the piece defined areas to enhance and highlight certain areas of the animal. For this example, I used the more concentrated stamping on the face, ears and a medallion of sorts on its back. You will come to see how this turns a plain paper mache rabbit into a beautiful Blue Delft Bunny sure to please.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 2 hours + dry time

 

Directions:

Step 1

Gather up your supplies, you will need a paper mache animal – I choose a rabbit for Spring, tissue paper, Medieval Blue VersaFine Clair ink and Creative Medium (Clear or Shimmer).

 

Step 2

You will also need to gather a few small stamps. For this project I am using roses, leaves and vine peg stamps from Rubber Stamp Tapestry.

 

Step 3

Prepare the paper mache animal by painting it with white acrylic paint. Set it aside to dry.

 

Step 4

To create the concentrated stamped sections place a sheet of tissue paper over the desired area, in this case the back and trace the shape you wish to create. For this example I wanted a nice sized oval medallion over the back. You can see the faint pencil marking on the tissue paper in the photo.

 

Step 5

Create the medallion by stamping the border along the pencil line from the previous step.

 

Step 6 – Stamp additional images to fill in the medallion.

 

Step 7 – Once the medallion has been completed let the ink dry completely.

 

Step 8 – Use a ruler to stamp a small rose at 1” intervals in a diagonal line.

 

Step 9 – Continue stamping at 1” intervals until the entire piece of tissue paper has been covered.

 

Step 10 – Repeat steps 4-9 for any additional areas you wish to cover with a concentrated stamping. For this example I made pieces for the back sides of the rabbit ears and one for the top of the nose and forehead.

 

Step 11 – Stamp extra pieces of tissue paper with the diagonal 1” pattern to cover any areas which are not going to be covered with the concentrated pieces.

 

Step 12 – Stamp more tissue paper than you think you’ll need just in case. You don’t want to run out in the middle of covering the project and have to stop gluing to stamp more.

 

Step 13 – Apply a layer of Creative Medium over the section of the paper mache you want to begin with and carefully place the piece of tissue paper over the glue.

 

Step 14 – Pick up more Creative Medium on the paintbrush and gently dab the tissue paper and press it onto the paper mache form. Once in place cover the entire piece of tissue paper with a generous layer of Creative Medium.

 

Step 15 – Continue covering the areas where you want the concentrated stamping, next the ears, one at a time.

 

Step 16 – Again gently layer the tissue paper over the Creative Medium base coat then cover with a top coat of Creative Medium. Gently pull away the excess tissue paper and smooth the edges with the paintbrush. Let these areas dry before continuing.

 

Step 17 – Once all of the concentrated areas have been applied (back medallion, ears, and forehead), use the diagonal stamped tissue paper to fill in any additional areas that need covering in the same fashion. Apply a foundation layer of Creative Medium; add the diagonal tissue paper and gently press into the glue then apply a top coat of Creative Medium.

 

Step 18 – Let the Creative Medium dry completely, I left this example dry overnight.

 

Step 19 – Use a sponge dauber to apply a bit of color around the edge and inside of the ear.

 

Step 20 – (Optional) – Glue a bit of marabou feather boa to the tail area.

 

Step 21 – Dye rayon seam binding with Fireworks! Spray ink to create a bow around the bunny’s neck.

 

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine
Other
  • Paper Mache Rabbit
  • Tissue Paper
  • Rubber Stamp Tapestry – Roses, Leaves, Vine peg stamps
  • Ruler
  • Paint Brush
  • Rayon Seam Binding
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint – Titanium White
  • (optional) Marabou Feather Boa

See How to Craft a Matching Trio of Christmas Tree Tags

by Lori Warren

Create a trio of fancy tags that will brighten the top of any Christmas gift or package.  A few randomly stamped red snowflake images onto a tag create the perfect backdrop for a Holiday tree focal point. Then, finish each tag with a sentiment such as “under the mistletoe” or “holiday cheers,” a bit of glitter, a golden star, and a Tulle ribbon bow.  Instant joy for this package upgrade!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 15 minutes per tag

Directions

Art Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Recollections – Christmas Noel Tag set
  • Hamption Art – Stamp and Die set SC0739
  • Hero Arts – Stamp set CL797
  • Fiskars – Stamp Set
  • Glitter
  • Small Bells – Gold
  • Tulle Fabric Roll – Red
  • Water-brush pen
  • Diecut machine