Learn How to Use Vertigo Surfaces to Create Ornaments

by Roni Johnson

Learn How to Use Vertigo Surfaces to Create Ornaments

It’s almost time to start decorating the Christmas tree and in preparation for this fun family event, I have started making new ornaments. Inspired by the color of the month – Frosted Blue – I thought it would be fun to create an ornament or two using Imagine’s Vertigo film paired with Imagine’s various mediums in lovely shades of blue.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Die-cut 3 hearts in 3 different sizes of any given shape. I am using Xcut hearts both in scallop and plain. I used 3 different styles of Vertigo film – (large to small) – Prism, Taffeta and Tilted.


Step 2

Rub a thin layer of Blue Hawaii StazOn Studio Glaze over the medium size shape and let dry.


Step 3

Once the glaze has dried, spread a second layer of Cotton White Studio Glaze over Blue Hawaii. Sprinkle a generous layer of Iridescent White Flitter Flakes over the glaze. Let the glaze dry then shake off the loose flitter.


Step 4

Affix the medium size heart to the large heart.


Step 5

Rub Blue Hawaii StazOn Ink to the outer edges of the small heart.


Step 6

Sponge Paradise, Blue Belle and Medieval Blue VersaFine Clair ink on a piece of white cardstock.


Step 7

Die-cut several small snowflakes from the inked cardstock.


Step 8

Use a brad to attach desired snowflakes to the center of the ornament.


Step 9

Attach jump-rings and any additional embellishments as desired. Make a hanger for the ornament from blue wire using jewelry tools.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Meyers Imports – Iridescent White Flitter Flakes
  • White Cardstock
  • Jewelry tools – wire, jump rings, pliers
  • Mini Bell
  • Decorative brad
  • Die-cut Machine

Learn How to Make Wood Slice Holiday Ornaments

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Learn How to Make Wood Slice Holiday Ornaments

Make Christmas tree ornaments using bark slices painted with All-Purpose Ink in White and stamped with Christmas theme stamps. The surface of the wood slices are covered with Creative Medium for an iridescent result and then stamped with Memento Luxe Bahama Blue ink and sealed with clear embossing powder from Imagine. For once more the Radiant Neon Amplify in White makes the perfect snow result and works as a glue medium to add the ice crystals.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 45 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Dilute some All-Purpose Ink with water and paint the wooden slices.


Step 2

When the paint dries use a palette knife to cover with Creative Medium Iridescent Blue.


Step 3

Stamp with Memento Luxe Bahama Blue ink pad.


Step 4

Cover with Imagine’s clear embossing powder and heat set.


Step 5

Add Radiant Neon Amplify! White paint on the top side of the wooden slices.


Step 6

Press the still wet paint in the ice crystals and heat with a heat gun to make the paint puffy.


Step 7

Use the On Point Glue to add rhinestones and tie a bow with the satin ribbon.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Wooden bark slices
  • Crackerbox and Suzy Stamps – Blowing snowflakes tree, Snowflake Trio
  • CraftSmart – Toy soldier stamp
  • Heat tool
  • Viva Decor – Eiskristall
  • Rhinestones
  • Satin ribbon

Learn How to Build a Papercrafted Wreath with Dewlets

by Roni Johnson

Learn How to Build a Papercrafted Wreath with Dewlets

I love my Dew Drop ink pads…they are just the right size. They are small enough that they take up less space yet big enough to hold lots of ink for all of my projects. Imagine has come up with an ingenious idea of using these Dew Drops not only as ink but as the main component of a project using the brand new Dewlets dies! These little dew drop shaped cutting dies are perfect for all sorts of projects including the Laurel wreath I made for you today.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 4 hours

Directions


Step 1

Stamp out dozens of dew drops using several colors of Memento and VersaMagic inks. In addition to these Dew Drop shapes, I also rubbed Delicata Golden Glitz and Emerald Green inks onto white cardstock.


Step 2

Die-cut all of the dew drops using the Dewlets dies. Cut out dew drops from the cardstock covered with Delicata inks as well.


Step 3

Rub VersaFine Clair in Shady Lane along the pointy edges of the Dew Drops to help “bring ‘em all together”.


Step 4

Tear strips of brown craft paper into 1.5 – 2” wide strips. Wrap these strips around a foam wreath until the whole wreath has been covered.


Step 5

Begin gluing the laurel leaves to the wreath in a diagonal line.


Step 6

Continue gluing on leaves until the wreath is covered.


Step 7

Affix a bow and rusty jingle bell (if desired).

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Styrofoam Wreath
  • White Cardstock
  • Kraft Paper
  • Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
  • Ribbon
  • Rusty Bell

Learn How to Decorate Your Own Holiday Ornaments

by Steph Ackerman

Learn How to Decorate Your Own Holiday Ornaments

As we get closer to the holidays, it’s always fun to do handmade projects or get the kids involved with decorating the Christmas tree. This year, why not create Christmas ornaments for friends and family members. All you need are a set of glass ornaments and a selection of amazing colors of StazOn Studio Glaze to complete this project.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour + drying time

Directions


Step 1

Remove the hanger from each ornament and put aside. Holding the ornament with 2 fingers, start by creating a zig-zag pattern using StazOn Studio Glaze in Gold.


Step 2

Add dots of color using StazOn Studio Glaze in St. Valentine, Silver, and Orange Zest. Continue adding dots of color around the ornament.


Step 3

Place another ornament on a dowel or craft stick and add StazOn Studio Glaze in St. Valentine, Emerald City, and Orange Zest in random patterns. Use a finger to mix the colors together creating a swirly pattern.


Step 4

Add rings of color on another ornament and mix them together creating another swirly pattern.


Step 5

Continue painting the ornaments with Studio Glaze until you have decorated all the ornaments you need.


Step 6

Using the RInea 3D Hyacinth die set, die cut assorted colors of Rinea Foils. Add Tear It Tape to the bottom edge of the die.


Step 7

Put the hanger back in each ornament. Remove the backing from the Tear It Tape, then wrap the foil around the ornament top.


Step 8

Use a craft pick to curl the foil strips and continue decorating as you wish.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other

Learn How to Create Foil Paper Christmas Ornaments

by Roni Johnson

Learn How to Create Foil Paper Christmas Ornaments

Oh My….Gingerbread! That is the color of the month for November 2018 here at Imagine. Gingerbread is not only one of my favorite holiday treats but it is also one of my favorite colors. I have paired it with another of my holiday favorites…handcrafted ornaments! These star ornaments are so elegant looking on the tree and by making them with Rinea Foiled Papers they add loads of extra sparkle and shine to the mix.

Skill: Intermediate to Advanced
Time: 1 hour per ornament

Directions


Step 1

Cut copy weight white paper 4.75” x 4.75”; cut the square into triangles as shown.


Step 2

Cut Mocha/Mocha Starstruck Foiled Paper into 5” squares then into triangles. Note: You will need 9-10 triangles per ornament.


Step 3

Stamp each triangle with a variety of ornament peg stamps using VersaMagic Gingerbread and VersaFine Clair Acorn inks. Sponge edges with Dark Brown Shimmer Delicata ink.


Step 4

Mount each stamped triangle onto each foiled paper triangle. Roll one side point and affix it to the center point; roll the other point around the side to form a cone. Affix with your favorite adhesive. Repeat until you have 9-10 cones.


Step 5

Die-cut a circle from chipboard and one from gold foiled paper. Trim a 10” piece of stretch cord per ornament.


Step 6

Punch a hole in the chipboard circle. Adhere to 8-10 cones around the circle.


Step 7

Once all the cones are attached or glued down, insert a decorative brad in the center of the ornament to cover the tips of the cones.


Step 8

Cover the back of the ornament with the gold foiled paper circle (to hide the brad); affix the stretch cord hanger. In the photo above, you can see that I have used a different color scheme.


Step 9

Here I have made two versions of the same ornament one is using 10 cones in multiple colors and the other is 9 cones in gingerbread. Above is a comparison of the different looks. The 9 cone ornament is much wider/flatter look to it while the 10 cone ornament is more rounded with the original cone shape still intact. Both beautiful in their own way.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Rinea Foiled Paper – Jolly Foiled Paper Pack; Mocha/Mocha Starstruck Foiled Paper
  • Rubber Stamp Tapestry – Embellished Holiday Wreath Peg Stamp Set; Happy Holidays Peg Stamp Set
  • Joy Clair – Ugly Sweater Background Stamps
  • White Copy Paper
  • Chipboard
  • MFT – Scallop Circle Dies
  • Fancy Brad
  • Stretch Cord

How to Make a Gingerbread House Garland

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

How to Make a Gingerbread House Garland

Die cuts and a few choice supplies combine to create this darling little gingerbread house garland. Not only is it perfect for the holidays, it’s an ideal craft to let kids help decorate (after the embossing is done!) and it would also look super sweet at a fairy tale themed event—think Hansel and Gretel and the witch’s house in the woods. A fun technique used in this project is layering the StazOn Studio Glaze while still wet. Drawing the tip of the Claret StazOn Studio Glaze bottle over the Cotton White made for near-seamless candy cane stripes once dried. Also, I’ve found it helps to be very generous with the Cotton White, especially on darker papers or backgrounds, if you want it to retain some opacity.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 15 minutes per house

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – Craft
  • Die-Versions – Tall Victorian Home die
  • Sizzix – Big Shot Plus
  • 1/8” Hole Punch
  • Darice – Heat Tool
  • Baker’s Twine
  • Clear Tape