Learn How to Color Metal for a Jewelry Making Project

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Learn How to Color Metal for a Jewelry Making Project

The sun turned into a square! Capture the colors of the sun on faux enamel jewelry piece with a marbled pattern. Decorate the Imagine’s Sheet Metal in the squares shapes with a mix of irRESISTible colors and create a marble design that is covered with clear Mboss embossing powder to protect and give the impression of enamel.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Cover the square Sheet Metal shapes with the irRESISTible in Gold, mixing the gel with a bamboo skewer or toothpick.


Step 2

Add drops of the irRESISTible in Tangelo and mix in circular motions with a bamboo skewer. Let the paint dry well.


Step 3

Press the square shapes on the VersaMark inkpad, cover with Mboss embossing powder and heat set.


Step 4

Turn over to the other side of the Sheet Metal shapes, cover with StazOn Sunflower Yellow.


Step 5

Cover with GlazOn Vintage to secure the color. This is very important to use GlazOn in between uses because StazOn solvent qualities react with other layers of StazOn. In other words, you will erase or lift the color you just laid down.


Step 6

Cut 20-inch long cord pieces, pass it through a jump ring and inside the Sheet Metal shape hole. Add a gold colored bead.


Step 7

Continue with the rest of the pieces and secure all the cords together with a jump ring creating a stop.


Step 8

Cut 20-inch long cord pieces, pass them between the shapes and the previous stop jump ring. Braid the cords and secure all the edges with jewelry caps and clasps.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Heat tool
  • Black waxed cord
  • Jewelry clasps, jump rings, lobster locks

Learn How To Color Jewelry Charms With Embossing Powder

by Kyriakos Pachadirolgou

Learn How To Color Jewelry Charms With Embossing Powder

With summer being just around the corner, be ready by making a sea-themed bracelet for your vacation swag. Use the Mboss embossing powders to cover metallic charms, such as starfish, seahorses, and anchors, to add color to them. This tecnique is simple and not too demanding to make; match it to your color palette of choice and add even more Mboss-ed charms.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Press the metallic sea-themed charms on the VersaMark watermark ink pad, cover with the different colors of Mboss embossing powders and heat set. The VersaMark is a tacky ink and will stick to the metal charms long enough to receive the embossing powder.


Step 2

Cut 3 x 10 inch long pieces of the wax cord (you will adjust the length of the bracelet later) and secure them at one edge.


Step 3

Add just a small drop of On Point Glue to the other edge of the cords to keep them from fringing.


Step 4

Start adding beads and the charms you covered with Mboss Embossing Powder in step one to each of the three cords.


Step 5

When you have about 2 inches of the cords filled with beads and charms, place all cords through a large hole bead. This will give your bracelet some nice structure, but it is an optional step. Repeat steps four and five until you have around 7 inches of bracelet.


Step 6

Continue adding beads and charms and at 7 inches long secure the edges and add the closing caps. Adding a chain to once cap will make the the length of the bracelet adjustable. Add the hook to the other cap.

Never made jewelry before? Click here to see a post about some basics of jewelry making.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Heat tool
  • Glass and metallic beads
  • Sea themed metallic charms
  • Jewelry clasps, hooks, lobster locks, chain
  • Waxed purple cord
  • Pliers

May Color of the Month is Hologram

May Color of the Month is Hologram

We are excited to announce that our Color of the Month is Hologram. This intriguing color is actually several colors that refract from a 3-D object, but for the papercrafting world we love seeing it in embossing powders, ink blending techniques, foil papers, premade items, and shimmer inks. Some of the inks we suggest in our catalog include blending Delicata Silvery Shimmer, Delicata Pink Shimmer, and Sapphire Blue.

The month of May is also bringing a new product release that we are teasing you with today but will release very soon! So stay tuned for an announcement.

Otherwise here is a sneak peek of our projects for this month.

Holographic Unicorn by Arjita Sepaha Singh

You are a Lucky Star by Kassy Tousignant

Floral Card Design by Melissa Andrew

Learn How to Create Wedding Ring Clay Bowls

by Iris Rodriguez

Learn How to Create Wedding Ring Clay Bowls and color with All purpose ink in rose gold

Spring is here, the weather is getting nicer and the wedding season is upon us. One of the smallest details that has the biggest meaning in a wedding, is the ring. In this post, I will demonstrate how to make two different DIY ring bowls using air dry clay and All-Purpose inks. Using Imagine’s newest stunning Rose Gold All-Purpose ink, I demonstrate how to make a Rose Gold flower ring bowl. I will also show you how to add shading and depth by making use of the All-Purpose ink Vintage Wine, a dark burgundy color.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 Hour to make the bowls, 2 days total for bowls to air dry

Directions


Step 1

For this project, I used Activa Plus clay. This clay is fine, moist, malleable, firm, but not hard. It is an air dry clay. Keep the clay moist by spraying a little water. Adding water also makes it softer. When the clay is wet, it is beige like color, and when dry it turns off white color. The rate that it dries will depend on the thickness of the project and room temperature. The drier the room, the faster it dries.


Step 2

Roll out a sheet of clay. You can use a roller normally used roll out dough or use a clay roller.


Step 3

The clay is usually very smooth when it’s rolled out. If it is not, then smooth out the clay with your fingers, rib tool or wet sponge.


Step 4

Using a stylus, draw out the desired shape. Use can also a template or other items you can place over the clay and trace. If you change your mind, remove the line by smoothing out the clay.


Step 5

Using a clay needle tool or knife, cut out the shape.


Step 6

Smooth out the edges with your fingers or tools. Draw the petal’s ridges with a hard-edged tool. Sculpt the stamen by using a stylus or the pointy end of a paintbrush.


Step 7

Place the clay bowl into a real bowl or other object and allow it dry for one to two days. It will take on the shape of the object. To determine if it’s dry, take a look at the natural clay color; it will turn an off-white when dry. Also, if the clay feels cold then it’s still wet.


Step 8

Paint the clay with the Vintage Wine All-Purpose ink with a paint brush. Heat set the ink with a heating tool or allow the ink to air dry more than half hour. Allow the ink to dry completely before proceeding.


Step 9

Using the Inkblusher, sponge on the Rose Gold All-Purpose ink. Tap gently in an up and down motion, ensuring that it does not get into recessed areas. Heat set the ink with a heating tool or allow the ink to dry for about 10 minutes. Because it is sponged on, the ink dries fairly quickly. The color intensity will be determined by the number of layers used. I used four thin layers for my bowls. Allow each layer to dry before proceeding.


Step 10

Following steps 2-6 to make the heart shaped bowl. For this bowl, I made heart templates out of cardstock paper and added the texture by making indentations with a clay stylus tool or you can use the pointy end of a paintbrush.


Step 11

Paint the heart bowl with Red Delicious All-Purpose ink. Heat set the ink with a heating tool or allow the ink to dry for more than a half hour.


Step 12

Paint one layer of the Vintage Wine All-Purpose ink.


Step 13

Wipe off the ink from the raised areas with a baby wipe or cotton cloth. Do not use a paper towel. It will stick to the clay and ink, as they are porous surfaces. It is very important to seal the bowls. It protects the ink and clay from liquids and dust. Best of all, it looks purposely finished. You can use a spray sealant like 3M/Krylon or brush on a water-based varnish or polyurethane.

Supplies

Imagine

Craft Mat
All-Purpose Ink – Vintage Wine, Rose Gold, Red Delicious

Other

• Activa Plus Self Hardening Clay – White
• Modeling clay tools
• Sealer (spray, or polyurethane)

April Color of the Month is White Wedding

April Color of the Month is White Wedding

“Hey, little sister what have you done? Hey, little sister who is the only one?”…*continues Billy Idol song until the chorus* “It’s a nice day for a White Wedding”! We are happy to announce the Color of the Month for April is White Wedding. With wedding season just around the bend, we hope you are stocking up on the right inks for your special day.

We have been very pleased with our latest release of StazOn Pigment Ink in Snowflake. This ink will be great for multiple surfaces and especially great on dark or kraft cardstock. Another set of fantastic inks for wedding crafts is Delicata in White Shimmer (the name speaks for itself), Brilliance in Moonlight White (a bit of a heavier pigment ink), and VersaMagic in Cloud White (matte finish ink).

As always we challenge our artist with the color of the month and a technique or theme. This month expect to see white inks and wedding crafts!

Here is a Sneak Peak!

Project by Lindsay Adreon

Project by Martha Lucia Gomez

Project by Kassy Tousignant

Introducing OMG Ink!

Omg ink!

We have a new ink line—It’s the OMG Inkpad!

We are introducing a new ink line that is in-trend for 2019 with its very unusual color names! This incredible edible inkpad is resistant to heat, cats, food stains, cheesy sentiment stamps and to actual cheese. This ink stamps well on cards, metal, acetate, walls, shoe soles, souls, cars, and the couch—but not on cheese!

See the range of colors offered in this very #hashtagable ink!

BBQ Sauce is a fantastic ink choice for blending with inks like Pepper or Chicken Flavoring.

 

This Purple People Eater is long haired and long-eared, and is great for stamping on creatures with only one horn.

This Used Car ink also has a slightly mildewy fragrance for an added effect (which occurred naturally when we mixed the color)!

With the Dirty Windshield ink, you are sure to fog up any of your shaker windows with a very nice inconsistency.