Make an Easy Fabric Necklace with All-Purpose Ink

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Make an Easy Fabric Necklace with All-Purpose Ink

Make your own fabric cords necklace colored with All-Purpose Ink. The fabric creates a distressed look while the square metal piece creates a modern look. The added shine will catch the eye with a piece of Sheet Metal that works a buckle to hold the fabric stripes and connects them with the wax cord of the rest of the necklace. This is a super fun craft project but also will make a beautiful gift or fashion statement!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

On a 14 inch-long piece of fabric mark triangles with a base of 1 ½ in. Cut 3 of them.


Step 2

Color the stripes with the All-Purpose Ink and a medium paintbrush making large strokes. No need to fully cover the fabric. Let the paint dries or use a heat tool. Iron the fabric to set the paint.


Step 3

Use a sponge dauber and the Memento Luxe in Rhubarb stalk to make a deeper red shade, fading the lightness of the red paint. Iron the fabric to set the ink.


Step 4

Using a thin stick start wrapping the fabric stripe, beginning of the base. Use fabric glue on the edge to set it and move further. Continue with all three.


Step 5

Cut in half a Sheet Metal ATC card and punch the corners with a round corner punch.


Step 6

Use a metallic ruler or something steady and thin to nicely fold in half the Sheet Metal piece.


Step 7

Glue the wider edges of the fabric cords between the Sheet Metal piece, making sure that they don’t reach the deep end of it.


Step 8

Loosely braid the fabric cords at the beginning of them. Attach a flat jewelry end cap on the other side (at this point you can trim to the desired length).


Step 9

Pass through the Sheet Metal piece 4 pieces of a waxed black cord 4 inches in length. Add a cap and lobster lock and you are finished.

For more tips on jewelry making please see Kyriakos’ tutorial.

Supplies

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Other
  • Lightweight cotton fabric
  • Fabric glue
  • Round corner punch
  • Metallic ruler
  • Jewelry supplies – end caps, lobster locks
  • 1mm black waxed cord

How to Create a Metal Stamped Look with Creative Medium

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

How to Create a Metal Stamped Look with Creative Medium in Silver and Gold

I’ve been pondering puzzle pieces lately—as a craft medium and metaphor for life. Somewhere along the mental stroll, I was reminded of the old Girl Scouts song “Make New Friends” which goes

Make new friends
But keep the old
One as silver
And the other gold

Today’s project was inspired by the way friends fit into our lives like puzzle pieces, the song, and the best friend necklaces I swapped with those close to me back in the day. Metallic silver and gold Creative Mediums and letter stamps were a perfect combination to turn a couple puzzle pieces into jewelry charms.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Puzzle Pieces
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Sticky Dots
  • Paint Brush
  • Darice – Heat Tool
  • Contact USA – Letter Stamps
  • Cornstarch
  • Craft knife
  • Jewelry findings
  • Satin cord or ribbon

Tips and Tricks: Crafting on a Budget

by Roni Johnson

Tips and Tricks: Crafting on a Budget

Crafting can get pricey! If you are spending too much on crafting and it is taking some of the joy out of it then we are sharing some easy ways to scale back but still engage in a great crafting routine. There are lots of articles out there about crafting on a budget and most of them discuss the same list of common sense ideas…

  • Price shop
  • Clip Coupons (IRL or web)
  • Shop at Dollar Stores or Thrift Stores
  • Upcycle/Recycle various items
  • Search web for ideas/patterns

These general ideas are nice and they are a good start but I want to give you some specific ideas and tips to help you save not only money but something more valuable…your time.

Buy Unmounted Rubber Stamps

Unmounted stamps can cost as much as 50-80% less than traditional wood mounted stamps, take up less space and are easy to store and use. To use unmounted rubber stamps, apply Tack ‘N Peel to your acrylic blocks. This is a clear reusable cling sheet that has a protective liner sheet that can be used over and over. Once it has been affixed to the acrylic block it is very simple to use, remove the clear liner sheet; position the stamp on the block as desired, ink and stamp. When you are finished stamping simply peel the rubber stamp off the block and replace the liner. If the Tack ‘N Peel loses its “sticky” quality simply wash with water and let it dry. After it is dry it will once again be ready to use.

Make your own Texture Stamps and Stencils

This is a fun and easy task when you stop and look around your home. You’ll be surprised at how many items can be turned into a usable texture for all sorts of crafts. For example, lace, food netting, cheesecloth can all be used as a stamp or stencil. Foam food trays can be carved to create stamps, bubble wrap, rubber bands, fibers, leaves, coins can all be turned into stamps by sticking them to an acrylic block. Pencils tips are great for the bokeh technique, kitchen utensils, game pieces, tools, feathers, flowers, and more can also be put to use. You only have to take a moment and look around to see what you have on hand that will create fun and new stamps or stencils for your art.

Clearly Embossed

Let’s face it there are hundreds if not thousands of colors and brands of embossing powders on the market. You could easily spend a small fortune collecting the various embossing powders available today. A great option is clear embossing powder; the original ink color will shine through and match your project perfectly. No need to sort through jar after jar trying to find the right color to match your project and no more storing all of those little jars either! Tip: Did you know you can turn virtually any dye ink into an emboss-able image? Press your stamp onto a VersaMark ink pad then onto a dye ink pad and then stamp the image. The image can now be embossed because of the VersaMark ink. This works particularly well with a clean VersaMark ink pad for lighter colors and I keep an old grungy VersaMark for darker colors.

Make Pattern Papers

Let’s face it, most of us have more pattern paper to last us the rest of our lives so instead of buying yet another sheet, pack or collection, break out your stamps and make your own pattern! It’s easy; all you need is a sheet of plain cardstock, ink and complimenting stamps. All sorts of designs can be achieved quickly and easily. Give it a try, you’ll be surprised how quickly it is to make. Making a pattern doesn’t have to be perfect…if you make a stamping mistake, look at it as an opportunity to embellish!

Coloring Pages as Art

There are thousands of beautiful coloring sheets up for grabs on the internet free for your personal use. These coloring pages are great because they can be re-sized to fit your particular project and they can be used for backgrounds as well as the main focal point. You can choose to print the images on the appropriate paper to fit your particular use and mediums you would like to incorporate be it plain cardstock, bristol cardstock, watercolor paper, mixed media paper and more. The uses are limitless.

No More Waste

To eliminate wasting various mediums by keeping a supply of plain tags or A2 size blank cardstock panels handy when you are creating. Use these spare pieces to pick up excess medium from your work surface and tools. You may choose to pick up mediums once or several times depending on your preference. These tags and panels can then be used to create one of a kind artwork in a snap. All of the hard work has already been done. Simply pop on the main image and/or sentiment and your set to go. Instant card or tag for whatever your need.

Multiples

When you’re making a card or gift be sure to work in multiples! By doing so you will cut down on waste and left-over scraps. If you use a quarter sheet of cardstock rather than pitch the extra or place it in the never-ending scrap basket make two or three similar cards to help use up all of the extra bits. Rather than having a basket full of scraps that you might or might not use you’ll end up with a basket of finished cards, tags, ATC’s, etc. that can be used in a moment’s notice.

No matter how you structure you crafting habits and budget you will find there are several ways to keep costs at a minimum. Thank you for stopping by the Imagine Blog!

Supplies

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Make Lavender Feather Earrings Out Of Clay

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Make these quick and easy jewelry pieces out of lightweight clay. The feathers are colored with Memento markers in Angel Pink and Lulu Lavender colors to create  contrasting but still matching shades. I decided to use markers instead of ink pads as they can easily color in the fine details of the clay feathers. The clay feathers are covered with gold embossing powder around the edge and on the backside to give a faux metallic case for the feather.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Press lightweight clay in the feathers mold and set it aside until it is dried.


Step 2

Color the clay feathers with the Memento Angel Pink marker and continue with the Lulu Lavender marker following the pattern of the feather.


Step 3

Press the back side of the feather on the VersaMark inkpad, cover with Imagine gold embossing powder and heat set. Repeat the process with the second feather. To give a bit of extra shine, emboss the edges of the clay feather.


Step 4

Color a couple of same size white feathers with the Memento Lulu Lavender marker. Let them dry well.


Step 5

Cover the clay feathers with the Creative Medium Iridescent Blue to protect the colors and to add effect.


Step 6

Attach earring clasps and jump rings.

See my tutorial on jewelry making for more information on supplies: Want to Learn How to Make Jewelry?

Supplies

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Other
  • Silicone feathers mold
  • Lightweight clay
  • White Feathers
  • Heat tool
  • Earring clasps
  • Jump rings
  • Pliers

Create a Lovely Set of Seashell Golden Glow Necklaces

by Roni Johnson

 

It’s fun to walk along the beach and pick up the shells that have washed ashore. It’s even more fun to take those shells and create a lovely piece of jewelry to hold those fond summer memories for months and years to come.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 3 hours + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Wash and dry shells to prepare them for the project.


Step 2

Dip a Fantastix into the ink and “paint” it onto the shell.


Step 3

Continue painting the shell with the desired color of All Purpose Inks. Let the ink dry naturally or speed drying using a heat tool.


Step 4

Print desired images on copy or lightweight paper using an ink jet printer. I choose ocean themes to match the shells. Tear away the excess paper so the image fits into the center of the shell.


Step 5

Use your finger to spread a thin layer of Clear, Shimmer or Iridescent Creative Medium on the interior of the shell. Immediately press the image into the shell. Apply a layer of Creative Medium over the image pressing the image down into the grooves of the shell as you go.


Step 6

Apply a second layer of Creative Medium over the image to ensure that it has been sealed and set aside to dry.


Step 7

Use a Fantastix to apply All Purpose Ink in Vegas Gold around the edge of the shell and image. Let it dry naturally. This could take several hours depending on temps/humidity.


Step 8

Use a 5/64th drill bit in a Dremel set on the lowest speed to drill a hole in the top of the shell. Use jewelry pliers to add a jump ring and chain. Add any additional embellishments to make it your own design!

Enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Printed Images (with an ocean theme)
  • Shell
  • Heat Tool
  • Dremel
  • 5/64th Drill Bit
  • Jewelry Pliers
  • Jump Ring & Chain

Project Swap: See How to Make Jewelry

Project Swap: See How to Make Jewelry with StazOn

Welcome back for another Artist Project Swap with Jennifer and Kyriakos. For the Month of May, we challenged our artists to exchange tutorials and create each other’s designs in order to see how each of our artists interprets style and choices. The receiving artist did not know who designed the project, nor did they receive any images! In today’s post, Kyriakos writes the directions and recommended supplies list and Jennifer created the project.

Not-So-Heavy Metals by Jennifer Vanderbeek

 

This month, we Artists swapped projects and I got to make this awesome necklace and earring set with SHEET Metal ovals and StazOn ink from directions by Kyriakos. This necklace and earrings set were so fun and easy to make and I’m sure it’ll be just as fun to wear.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Small round brads
  • Darice – Heat tool, Embossing Folder
  • Die machine
  • Jewelry Pliers
  • Jump Rings
  • Chain
  • Clasp
  • Ear Hooks
  • Metal Eyelet Setter
  • Mallet
  • Awl
  • Masking Tape
  • Sandpaper

Original Design by Kyriakos

What do you think of Jennifer’s interpretation of Kyriakos’ tutorial?

Comment below!