Double Emboss a set of Ornaments for a Unique Holiday Craft

by Roni Johnson

It’s that time of the year to kick making into full gear. It is easier to create when you narrow your focus and choose a color scheme to work with. This year I have chosen Berry, Blue and Silver. I knew I wanted to make some “Mail-able Ornaments” for my far away friends. MBoss embossing powders are just the ticket!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 15 minutes per ornament

Directions


Step 1

Die-cut or hand cut desired ornament shapes from a medium weight chipboard. I used the ornament die from Sizzix.


Step 2

Pounce the ornament on a VersaMark pad until the entire ornament has been covered with the ink.


Step 3

Pour desired color of Mboss embossing powder over the ornament, shake off and reserve excess powder for future use.


Step 4

Use a heat tool to melt the embossing powder and let cool.


Step 5

Repeat steps 2 – 4 one or two more times creating a thick molten layer of embossing powder over the ornament.


Step 6

Immediately after the final melting cycle press a stamp into the molten embossing powder and let the embossing powder cool. Note: the molten embossing powder will not damage the stamp.


Step 7

After the embossing powder has cooled, peel the ornament from the stamp.


Step 8

Embellish the ornaments as desired.


Step 9

Add a length of stretch cord for a hanger.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Chipboard
  • Sizzix Ornament Die
  • Unity Stamp Co – Burst of Snowflakes, Trees
  • Silver Stretch Cord

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 >

Create a Snowy Winter Scene Creative Medium and StazOn Pigment

by Lori Warren

Create a Snowy Winter Scene Creative Medium and StazOn Pigment

Create a Winter Wonderland background using Clear Artist Creative Medium, StazOn Pigment ink, and clear glitter. I love how the sparkly background shows off the Joy Clair Christmoose.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 75 minute

Directions


Step 1

Stamp tree image (from the Joy Clair – Merry Christmoose set) onto a 4 ¾” x 4 ¾” card panel using StazOn ink. Stamp Koala Grey in the back and Shamrock Green in front.


Step 2

Once the ink dries, apply a coat of Clear Artist Creative Medium over card panel.


Step 3

Apply clear glitter over wet medium. Allow medium to dry.


Step 4

Spray panel with Sheer SHIMMER Craft Spray – Sparkle.


Step 5

Stamp Christmoose and Merry Christmoose saying onto a separate piece of white card stock.


Step 6

Trim saying to 2 ½” x 1 ¼” in size. Edge panel with StazOn Pigment – Piano Black.


Step 7

Apply VersaMagic ink directly to craft matte, add water and use wet ink as watercolors to paint the Christmoose image.


Step 8

Add Creative Medium to the fluff of the Christmoose’s hat, apply clear glitter.


Step 9

Fussy cut Christmoose.


Step 10

Apply more Creative Medium to bottom of the Christmoose’s feet, add glitter.


Step 11

Adhere panel to the card front. Cut a ½” by 4 ½” piece of decorative paper and adhere to top of the card.


Step 12

Adhere saying over a decorative strip of paper and embellish both sides with jewels.

Supplies

Imagine

Creative Artist Medium – Clear
StazOn Pigment Ink – Piano Black, Shamrock Green, Koala Grey
Sheer SHIMMER Craft Spray – Sparkle
VersaMagic Inkpad – Jumbo Java, Pumpkin Spice, Red Magic, Piano Black
Memento Ink – London Fog

Other

• Joy Clair Stamps– Merry Christmoose
• Cardstock – White
• Recollections – Fireside Paper pad
• Bo Bunny – Double Dot Jewels
• Paintbrush

Upcycle a Wood Block Using Plaster and Tsukineko Inks

by Iris Rodriguez

Upcycle a Wood Block Using Plaster and Tsukineko Inks

In today’s tutorial, I create an art piece with upcycled remodel leftovers. I had discarded unfinished pieces of wooden blocks, my neighbor gave me when he did some home renovations. I covered a wooden block with plaster cloth and created a wall hanging piece using Joy Clair stamps with VersaFine CLAIR ink and used All-Purpose inks for the background. Plaster is porous and these inks are highly pigmented, thereby, allowing the inks to adhere to the plastered surface easily. You get a little bit of uneven surface with a distressed look, which I really like.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 Mins to plaster and color the wooden substrate + 2 days for plaster to dry

Directions


Step 1

For this project, you will need plaster cloth, wooden substrates, such as a cradled board (shadowbox) or block, water and scissors. The plaster can be messy and a little dusty. Line your table with a plastic bag, which makes it easier to clean up. Do not use hot or warm water. It will speed up the setting up of the plaster. Plaster is water-soluble, so cleaning is easy and fast.
DO NOT throw the plaster water in your sink, it will set in your plumbing and clog it. You’ll have small or fine pieces of plaster leftover in the water. You can throw the water out in your yard. Plaster is Gypsum stone, it exists in nature. Another option is to drain the water out and you are left with plaster pieces that can be thrown away in the trash.


Step 2

Dip the plaster cloth in water. Hold the cloth tightly in the palm of your hands and wring out the excess water. This will prevent the plaster from completely sloughing off the cloth.


Step 3

Lay it out on your substrate and smooth it out with your fingers. Move quickly, plaster tends to set fast. Once it begins to set, there is no way to smooth it out. If you try you just get a bumpy surface.


Step 4

Allow the piece to dry for a whole day. The rate it dries will depend on the temperature of the room. The drier, warmer the room, the faster it dries.


Step 5

Brush on the Sand All-Purpose ink. Lay a little drop on the inkwell, dip the brush in water and brush onto the piece. Plater is highly porous, so a little goes a long way. The plaster will get activated, just a little. Dry the piece between each layer. The color will be lighter once dry.


Step 6

Brush on the Tropical Lagoon All-Purpose ink. Dry the piece with a heating tool or allow it dry naturally before stamping.


Step 7

Stamp images with the Nocture VersaFine Clair. Despite smoothing out the plaster, you still have a little bit of an uneven surface; that is the nature of plaster cloth. I find that VersaFine Clair ink to be perfect for plaster. It’s highly pigmented, moist and it captures details very well, ideal for allowing the ink to get into the uneven surface easily. It is best to use unmounted stamps because it makes it easier for the stamps to go through the uneven surface by pushing the stamp into the surface with your fingers.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Plaster Cloth
  • Finished or Unfinished Wood
  • Joy Clair – Butterfly Kisses stamp set
  • Acrylic Block
  • Mixing bowl
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint Palette

Learn How to Create this Dynamic Looking Ruffle Necklace

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Learn How to Create this Dynamic Looking Ruffle Necklace

In today’s tutorial, I crafted this lightweight ruffle necklace with Sheet Metal pieces and irRESISTible in Cottage Ivy. This necklace can be given as a gift or added to your collection of handmade jewelry.

Time: 1 hour
Skill: Beginner to Intermediate

Directions


Step 1

Spray the Sheet Metal pieces with the Irresistible Cottage Ivy color and let them dry. Irresistibles is an acrylic based gel that will adhere to the metal. Allow moderate dry time. Be sure to clean the nozzle after each use.


Step 2

Use pliers to bend and shape the Sheet Metal pieces to any shape avoiding breaking them.


Step 3

Imagine’s Sheet Metal comes with one hole punched at the top. To create the chain, open additional holes to allow jump rings connections. Sheet Metal is durable yet soft enough to punch holes easily.


Step 4

Start connecting the Sheet Metal pieces with jump rings and when you achieve the desired result, add the chain and the ending hooks.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Jewelry chain, jump rings and hooks
  • Pliers
  • Piercing tool (or round hole punch)

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.