Happy Holidays! Get Ready with some classic projects!

Happy Holidays everyone! We hope the Holiday and Christmas season is treating you all well. We are excited about what the holidays bring and all the crafting inspiration that comes with it. Be on the lookout for our tutorials featuring holiday cards, ornaments and wrapping paper as well as the announcement for our 2020 Design Team.

Some of the Must-Haves inks for the holidays include VersaFine Clair in Nocturne, Sheer Shimmer in Sparkle and Frost, and the color of your choice in VersaColor or Memento inks. Be sure to head over to these shop pages and check out our selection.

Since we cannot post all the cards for December right away and fast forward through the month to all the good stuff, we thought we would do a recap of some of our favorite cards and holiday crafts. See these projects on the Make section of our website. Click on Season and then on the Christmas link to browse through more!

warm winter wishes

This simple Mason Jar Holiday Card by Arjita Singh shows a lovely rustic winter effect. See more on the Make section >

Create light-up holiday houses with Jennifer Vanderbeek. See the full tutorial on Make Section >

Dress up a kraft cookie bag with a star stamp and embossing powder. See the full tutorial on the Make section >

And if you do not know where to begin then try a very easy Christmas card featuring VersaFine Clair. Beginner Guide on Make section >

Make a Fun Woodland Themed Magnetic Candy Tin

by Roni Johnson

Make a Fun Woodland Themed Magnetic Candy Tin

Christmas is quickly approaching so I have stocking stuffers on my mind. I knew the instant I saw the Deer Friends stamp set from Joy Clair it would make a perfect little magnetic playset. I have been saving magnetic sheets from my die purchases just for this purpose.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 45 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Stamp two of each animal on magnetic sheets using Jet Black StazOn Ink.


Step 2

Carefully color the images using alcohol markers of your choice. Avoid touching the stamped lines with the markers as the alcohol in the markers will react with the StazOn ink. This can be used to your advantage though; if you use a brush-tipped marker you can pull a small amount of the Jet Black StazOn ink into the colored areas to create a shadow effect. Trim the excess magnet from the images and set aside.


Step 3

Rub desired color(s) of StazOn ink over scraps of the magnetic sheets; stamp the accessories using Jet Black StazOn ink. Trim and set aside.


Step 4

Affix Tear It! Tape to the top and bottom of the candy tin.


Step 5

Remove the backing paper from the tape and adhere a piece of pattern paper to the lid and bottom respectively.


Step 6

Trim away excess paper; sand the edges for a clean finish.


Step 7

Rub Chocolate Brown StazOn Pigment ink directly from the pad or using a sponge dauber along the edges of the tin and paper. Trace and cut inserts for the inside of the tin. Affix these inserts using Tear It! Tape. It’s time to enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Joy Clair Stamps – Deer Friends
  • Magnetic Sheets
  • Candy Tin
  • Alcohol Markers
  • Echo Park – Dots & Strips Gingham Pattern Paper
  • Scissors
  • Sandpaper

Call for Imagine Design Team for 2020

Imagine is proud to announce its call for Imagine’s Design Team for 2020! We are looking to change things up this year and are looking for artists and designers who can inspire the next generation of beginning crafters with amazing projects using Imagine and Tsukineko products.

We are looking for 5 energetic video artists to fill two different roles for 2020:

3 Beginner Crafters Project/Tutorial Artists who will submit 2 edited videos per month featuring a quick and easy project and/or technique intended for the beginning level crafter. We intend these projects to look simple, clean and easy to complete in 3-4 steps. See our Blog for an example.

2 Intermediate to Advanced Technique Artists who will submit 2 edited videos per month featuring a crafting technique or how-to project intended for all crafters. We intend these projects to look simple, clean and able to complete in 5-8 steps.

Basic requirements:

  • Commitment of one year — January 1st, 2020 – December 31st, 2020.
  • Ability to professionally photograph, film, edit and submit high-res JPG images and video.
  • Submit clearly written and detailed descriptions in English for each project, including a list of supplies.
  • Socially active online with an established blog and Facebook or Instagram presence.
  • Not currently employed and/or affiliated with competing manufacturers including as a design team member, guest designer, etc.

Perks:

  • Exposure of your work 
  • Generous supply of Imagine and Tsukineko products
  • Opportunities to grow your stash with the product from Imagine’s preferred partners.
  • Links back to your blog or website

Show Us Your Artwork!

Show us just how creative you are! Make a project using Imagine or Tsukineko products. We are looking for clean and simple papercrafting or art projects that reflect a modern aesthetic.

Submission Process for Round 1

Send your submission to marketing@imaginecrafts.com with the subject line of “DesignTeam Round 1 <your name>”. Your email must include: which role you are applying, name, mailing address, phone number, email address, your personal blog and/or website address, and two links to video content of your work, a 700px wide jpg of your original artwork. Please name your photograph “DesignTeam_<your name>_2020.JPG” 

Round 1 submissions are due by 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time on Thursday, November 7th. Those artists who will be continuing on to the next round will be contacted by Wednesday, November 13th with further instructions.

Beginner Guide: Create a Simple and Beautiful Collage on a Wooden Leaf


by Lori Warren

New to collage and mixed media?  Then this project is for you! Create a simple and beautiful collage on a wood leaf that can be used in card making and home décor projects.


StazOn Pigment
in Piano Black

Sheer Shimmer Stix in Gold

Tissue Paper

Stamp Set

StazOn Cleaner

Creative Medium

Wooden Leaves

Flat Paint Brush

Directions

Separate the top layer of a patterned paper napkin and tear it into large sections. The thin tissue paper is perfect for this project.

Using a flat paint brush, adhere the torn napkin pieces to wood leaf with Creative Artist Medium in Clear. Creative Medium is a light acrylic paste and can perform a lot like Modge Podge paste for this collage. What makes Creative Medium different than Mod Podge is that it is thick enough to form a stiff structure as well. So if you are using Creative Medium with a stencil then the shapes of the stencil will maintain their shape. Paint the Creative Medium layer on the wood shape first. Then lay the tissue paper down and apply another layer on top of the paper. Allow drying.

Stamp a fall theme saying or sentiment onto the leaves with StazOn Pigment in Piano Black. Use the StazOn stamp cleaner to clean your stamps once you are finished. Since the surface has the Creative Medium layer StazOn is the best choice here. Other ink brands might rub off or smear.

Apply Gold Sheer Shimmer Stix to edges of the leaf. The Shimmer Stix is a dauber top applicator and needs to be shaken well before use. The liquid shimmer should apply much like a marker. Test on a separate piece of paper before applying.

Repeat the process with different leaf-shaped.

Color of the Month for October is Chili Pepper

Color of the Month for October is Chili Pepper

Color of the Month for October is Chili Pepper! We see this color as a rich dark red. This richness can be a true red with a hint of brown. We feel that the Fall is a great time to indulge in warm rich colors and this is the perfect match. Some of our ink brands that represent this color are StazOn in Claret, Delicata in Ruby Red, Memento Ink in Rhubarb Stalk and VersaFine Clair in Chianti.

We challenged our artist with this beautiful color as well as the use of Fabric in their projects. So stay tuned for crafty goodness this month.

Here is a Sneak Peek!

Embroidery Hoop Colored with All-Purpose Ink by Iris Rodriguez

Denium & Stamping on Fabric by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Farm Harvest Stamp on Fabric by Roni Johnson

 

Learn How to use Creative Medium to make a Mixed Media Tag

by Arjita Sepaha Singh

For today’s mixed media tag, I used Imagine mixed media products. I took the chipboard tag and added Black gesso to get a nice dark base. Then I took a stencil and Creative Medium to add a beautiful flourish. I also added decorative chipboard cutouts, resin pieces (heart with wings) and paper flowers to my layout. Creative medium is a great adhesive for adhering all my unique pieces onto the tag. Once everything was dry, I added the beautiful Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray and Golden Delicata ink to give this creative gift tag extra sparkle and shine. The shimmer products are especially bright on dark backgrounds and take on a new life!

Skill: Intermediate/Advanced
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Chipboard
  • Stencil
  • Chipboard design
  • Resin Pieces
  • Paper Flowers
  • Black gesso
  • Paint Brush