Learn How to Make Marbled Paper with Delicata Inkers

by Roni Johnson

I wanted to share a throwback background technique to a time when I just started scrapbooking and making cards. There weren’t a whole lot of paper choices out there so we became inventive and made our own. One of my favorites is marble paper. This technique is quick, easy and very addictive. Best part, it can be made using a few items you’ve got around the home.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Cut cardstock to the desired size. You’ll need lots of cardstock pieces because this technique is like potato chips–you can’t make just one. Find a non-porous shallow pan with at least 1-inch sides. Apply a small dot of removable adhesive to the back of a piece of cardstock and attach cardstock to the center of the pan.  Add 3-4 drops of one or more colors of Delicata pigment ink along the edges of the pan.


Step 2

Drop in 3-10 marbles (or any small ball), try to find marbles or balls of varying sizes. By using different sizes you’ll be able to create a variety of different patterns. Pick up the pan and tilt it this way and that letting the marbles roll through the ink and over the cardstock.


Step 3

Continue rolling until you’re satisfied with the design.


Step 4

Remove the paper and repeat steps 3-7 as many times as you’d like. Once you’re finished you’ll have a whole pile of wonderful designs just waiting to be used. The results can be used on a variety of projects, everything from scrapbook pages, cards, tags, mixed media projects, place cards and more!

Supplies

Imagine
  • Delicata Inkers – Rose Gold, Emerald Green, Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue, Pink Shimmer, Champagne, Golden Glitz, Silver, Cosmic Copper, White Shimmer
Other
  • Cardstock
  • Shallow Bakers Pan
  • Marbles

 

Upcycle Freebie Bottles for Halloween Decor

by Alison Heikkila

Learn How to Upcycle Glass for Halloween Decor

Hello! It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year! No, not Christmas. For me, it’s Halloween. I love the spookiness, the dressing up, the decorations—everything. So I always plan out a lot of projects for this time of year and love to go way beyond the card and make decorations for my home. This month, the Imagine Artists in Residence are creating “Holiday Planning” projects, and this is mine.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

Directions


Step 1

I started off with this small bottle that held syrup from one of my favorite restaurants, Cracker Barrel. I love that they give you these individual bottles when you order pancakes, french toast, etc. I always bring them home to use as storage for sequins, or seed beads. The bottles have these great embossed designs which make decorating simple. I decided to use my StazOn Studio Glaze in St. Valentine, as these shapes reminded me of drops of blood. I laid the bottle down on to a paper towel to keep it from rolling around. But in the end, I wound up just holding it to add the color.


Step 2

I used the taper point Doodlestix to apply Gothic Purple to the triangles at the top. I squirted only a couple of drops on my craft mat. I repeated this process with Jet Black StazOn Studio Glaze for the pyramid shapes below the drops. I felt that the bottle needed more to really “scream” Halloween, so I free-handed bats around the bottom of the bottle with Jet Black.


Step 3

The cap was originally brown, so I removed it from the bottle and rubbed it into my StazOn Jet Black ink pad. Some of the brown still shows, but it “aged” it nicely, and I really like the end result.

This was a really fun and simple project, depending on how involved you get with adding things to the lower portion of the bottle. I have a few more of these little guys, and I can see decorating them all differently. I love that the Studio Glaze is permanent on glass, and that you don’t need to bake it on. That’s all for me today. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Small Glass Bottle

 

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Learn How to Personalize a Moleskine Notebook

Can you ever have too many notebooks? I think not! I love to add more to my collection (and even get around to using them sometimes) but sometimes the best quality notebooks fly under the decorative radar. This gives them all kinds of great potential on the outside, just like the blank pages are inside. For the Moleskine notebook, I’ve used Fabrico and All-Purpose inks to decorate it with some cute monkeys, designating this notebook for future cute and cheeky thoughts!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Moleskine notebook
  • My Favorite Things – Cheeky Monkey stamp set
  • Acrylic block
  • White gel pen

See How To Create Mixed Media ATC’s

by Nadine Carlier

ATC cards by Nadine Carlier ic

What is an ATC? “Artist trading cards (commonly referred to as ATCs) are 2 ½” x 3 ½” miniature pieces of art that are traded around the world with other artists. Artists create, trade and collect art at organized “swap” events, either in person or online.”

I enjoy trading ATC’s with other crafters, not only is it fun I also really like to be able to see what others create. Everyone has such different styles, and they all inspire me one way or another. ATC’s don’t have to be hard to make or super elaborate just as long as they reflect you and your style. All I needed to create these ATC’s was some Creative Medium, Walnut Ink, irRESISTible, VersaColor, and VersaMagic.

Watch my video tutorial below on how I created them. Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 min.

Supplies

Imagine
Other

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Make a Fairytale Layout in Your Journal with VersaMagic

by Elina Stromberg

Fairytale Layout in Moleskine Journal Sketchbook
When working with layers you normally start with the background and continue with adding elements on top of it. However, when layering stamped images, you need to work in reverse order. First, you place the foreground elements on your project and then continue building layers in the direction towards the back. This all may sound bit tricky but when you start working you’ll soon realize that the masking stamping technique is not hard at all. You will love the depth and dimension it gives to your project, and in addition, it gives you many new possibilities to use your stamps and extend your stash!

Masking stamping technique can be used for several types of projects. It’s perfect for cards, but can easily be used also for larger projects like art journal pages. Your imagination will be the only limit!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour +

Directions


Step 1

Stamp the foreground image i.e. the element that you want to appear on the top. Repeat the step by stamping the image on a post-it note. Cut out.


Step 2

Place the post-it note image on the stamped foreground image. This self-made mask will protect the top layer image. Stamp the element you want to appear on the next layer, (partly) behind the first element. If you want other elements to appear behind the second layer image, stamp it on a post-it note and cut out.


Step 3

Continue building stamped layers until the scenery is ready. Post-it masks can be used several times, so if one image is used several times, probably only one mask per image is needed.


Step 4

Color the images using VersaMagic and Brilliance inks. Press the ink pad against the craft mat to create a paint palette. Pick up the color with a water brush and color the images.


Step 5

Color the entire scenery. Stamp blades of grass, branches, and flower stems on the page. Before stamping protect the colored images with the self-made post-it masks.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Moleskine Sketchbook
  • Art Journey – ‘Fungus Fairy Tales’ stamp, ‘Crows’ stamp, ‘Fairy Tale People’ stamp
  • IndigoBlu -‘Wild Meadow’ stamp
  • Water brush
  • Post-It notes
  • Scissors

Create a Dragon Necklace & Matching Fairy Gift Box

purple dragon necklace

Ink Blended Dragon Necklace by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

The mystical and powerful energy of a dragon is difficult to refute. Perhaps that is why we have always been so attracted to movies and shows with fire breathing dragons as a major feature—much like today’s current obsession for many, HBO’s Game of Thrones. What better way to boost your style and personal mojo than with a handmade dragon necklace.

Using StazOn Blazing Red and Royal Purple with sponge daubers, I blended these two ink colors on a SHEET Metal ATC, creating a cloudy sunset effect on the metallic background. StazOn is a solvent ink and will stay on the metal once dry. After it is dry, divide the  ATC into 3 pieces of large, medium and small lengths with all corners being round punched and sanded. Next decorate the pieces with the dragon & branch stamp by stamping with VersaMark, coating with black embossing powder and heat set. I also did a second layer of stamping and embossing with silver. After the inking and stamping are complete, add a layer of GlazOn for an extra layer of protection for the art.

Finish the necklace by attaching the pieces together in a cascading order from large to small. Punch holes to attach all the pieces together with jump rings. Your dragon spirit will show well!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Artemio – Oriental Elements stamp
  • Silver beads
  • Jump rings
  • Jewelry cord
  • Pliers
  • Round corner punch
  • Piercing tool
  • Craft knife
  • Heat gun

mystical fairy decor box gate

Behind the Fairy Gate Decoupaged Treasure Box by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Whether you build a special spot for them in your garden or look for them in a ring of toadstools, fairies are elusive creatures that have fascinated children and adults for ages. Of course, if you’re lucky enough to get a visit from a fairy, you’ll need a place to store any gifts she might leave behind. This tissue-decoupaged box is embellished with a fairy-sized gate and greenery to look like a nighttime garden that is sure to attract some sort of magic.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Papier Mache box
  • Tissue paper
  • Paint brush
  • Darice – heat tool
  • Studio Calico – Greenhouse stamp set
  • Acrylic Blocks
  • Faux Greenery
  • Awl
  • Wire cutters
  • Thin-gauge wire
  • Helmar – Liquid Scrap Dots
  • Fairy Charm

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