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!

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How to Make Wedding Flowers from Coffee Filters

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

How to Make Wedding Flowers from Coffee Filters pink roses

Flowers are one of the most expensive parts of weddings and yet it’s difficult to picture a modern wedding without copious amounts of them. When I got married I had far more time than money (we had a two-year engagement) so I used that time to craft all the paper goods, decorations including the flowers and even part of my wedding dress. In this video, I’ll show you how to make four types of flowers out of coffee filters that I’ve dyed with Fireworks Craft Spray and Walnut Ink, making them completely customizable to your wedding, shower, or party theme, as well as how to turn them into boutonnieres and small bouquets.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Coffee Filters
  • Clover – Water Spritzer
  • Darice – Heat Tool
  • Fiskars – Scissors
  • Floral Wire
  • Floral Tape
  • Ribbon

See How to Create Wedding Invitation, Place Cards, & Favor Box

by Roni Johnson

See How to Create Wedding Invitation, Place Cards, Favor Box

The wedding season is approaching quickly and today I wanted to show you that anyone can create an elegant wedding ensemble without breaking the bank. This entire set was made using plain white cardstock that was elevated to something special with help from products by Imagine.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 60+minutes (depending on numbers being made)

Directions

How to Create the Wedding Invitation


Step 1

Die cut card base, matching panels and filigree hearts from plain white cardstock. Mist the card, panels, and heart with Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Sparkle and let dry naturally.


Step 2

Die-cut solid heart from lavender cardstock.


Step 3

Spread an even layer of Iridescent Purple Creative Medium over the heart using a palette knife. At this time, spread a layer of the Purple Creative Medium over a large piece of black cardstock and set both aside to dry.


Step 4

Sponge Gothic Purple Staz On ink over a sheet of Vertigo Film.


Step 5

Pounce Grape Jelly Memento Ink on the craft mat, spritz with Ink Potion No. 9, scrunch up a length of white rayon seam binding and dab it in the ink mixture. Set aside to dry.


Step 6

Once all of the elements have dried trim two pieces of the Vertigo Film to the size of the filigree flaps. Adhere the Vertigo Film to the card using On Point Glue sandwiching the film between the card flap and extra filigree screen. Adhere the Sparkle filigree heart to the lavender heart using On Point Glue. Die cut letters and “&” sign from the black Creative Medium covered cardstock and adhere to the center of the heart.


Step 7

Adhere one end of the ribbon to the card, adhere the other end to the heart. Wrap the ribbon around the card and secure the heart to the card with a Velcro dot. Insert computer generated invitation panel to the inside of the card.

 

How to Make the Place Cards



Step 1

Die cut filigree design on a strip of cardstock. Spritz the die cut strips with Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz.


Step 2

Tie a piece of the dyed seam binding around each place card. Cut a piece of scrap cardstock 1×2 inch and fold in half to form a small tent. Adhere the tent to the back of the place card.Write each person’s name on the place cards using Grape Jelly Memento Dual Tip Marker.

Download a Free Template to Create this Favor Box


Step 1

Download Free Box Pattern. Cut several favor boxes from white cardstock using pattern provided; score along all fold lines. Die-cut enough filigree and solid colored hearts for each favor box.


Step 2

Spritz treat boxes and filigree hearts with Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz and let dry. Assemble hearts the same as the on the invitations. Assemble the box using Tear It Tape. Make the handle using dyed rayon seam binding; affix heart to the front of the box. Fill each box as desired.

Supplies

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Other
  • Spellbinders – Renaissance Jubilee Venetian Gatefold Die, Lace Medallion, Lace Heart
  • MFT – Bottle Cap Alphabet, Stitched Alphabet
  • White Cardstock
  • Rayon Seam Binding

DIY New Year’s Eve Party Hat

by Nadine Carlier

DIY New Year's Eve Party Hat by Nadine Carlier wm ic

It’s almost time to get your party hats on! How much fun would it be to have your very own custom New Year’s Eve hat this year? Or if you don’t like to go out for New Year’s you can also use this cute hat as a decoration.  Imagine has lots of gold and silver products that would work amazingly to create your own hat, for mine I used some Delicata inks, irRESISTible Pico Embellisher and Embossing powders.

Watch my video tutorial below to learn how to make your own New Year’s Eve Party Hat. Enjoy!

Click HERE for the link to print the Party Hat template.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 min.

Supplies

Imagine
Other

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Make Creative Moves in Papercrafting

Happy Monday! Here are two motivating projects that.. should move you! Whether you like to shake or slide we got you covered with two handmade cards by Alison and Roni.

Bright and Botanical Hello Shaker Card by Alison Heikkila

Hello! A Botanic Hello that is! Today, I have a card to share for Imagine’s current challenge, which is “Movement,” made with Mama Elephant’s Botanic Hello stamp. This theme had all sorts of ideas swirling in my head, but I decided to make a shaker card, filled not just with sequins, but seed beads as well.

I started by coloring this beautiful image, which I stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black. This stamp may seem daunting at first, but if you break it down into chunks, coloring it can go pretty fast. I started with the leaves on the outside, then the blue flowers, and last the group of purple flowers. I fussy cut the image, then added glitter to the “hello.” On the top third of the letters, I applied On Point Glue, sprinkled on glitter, and shook off the excess. I repeated this step twice more for the entire word. On Point Glue dries quickly, but I let it sit aside while I chose my cardstock colors.

My card base is made out of Grasshopper cardstock and was cut to 6 1/2″ x 10.” I created my layers with my Sizzix dies and paper trimmer. I assembled the shaker box in the standard way, by applying a piece of acetate to a cardstock frame, adhering foam tape to the back, and applying it to the card base. As I mentioned earlier, I added not only sequins, but seed beads as well, which I thought added great texture, movement and sound to the card. On the frame of my shaker window, I sprayed Sheer Shimmer Spritz Frost for that extra special finishing touch.

The card has such a big shaker window…my kids and I have a hard time not playing with it! Thank you so much for visiting. Have an inspiring day!

Supplies

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Other
  • Mama Elephant – Botanic Hello Stamp
  • Stampendous – Ultra Fine Glitter in Melon, Moss Green, and Royal
  • My Colors Cardstock – Grape Vine, Grasshopper
  • DCWV – Blue Cardstock
  • Sizzix – A2 Mating Basics A Dies
  • Sakura – White Gelly Pen
  • Craft Medley – Rhythm ‘N Blues Sequins
  • Canson– Mixed Media Paper
  • Blue and Silver seed beads
  • Foam Tape
  • Acetate

Waterfall Technique Happy Birthday Card by Roni Johnson

Motion…the action or process of being moved. In the sea of interactive mechanisms in cardmaking, papercrafting and scrapbook pages, I had a hard time deciding which one to use. I stumbled upon this tutorial by Kay Williamson called the Waterfall Technique and knew I could take this basic concept with a few modifications and turn it into a fun, interactive motion card. I choose a “Make a Wish” birthday theme card with bambo and teal imagery. I am super happy how it turned out and for those who have a little bit more time this technique is worth it.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • ClubScrap.com – Cardstock, Bamboo Stamps
  • Hardware
  • Brad
  • Twine

How to do a Successful Image Transfer Onto Vertigo

by Nadine Carlier

Frog wm ic

Have you ever seen Vertigo and thought it looked cool but wondered what to do with it? Check out the video below by Nadine Carlier showing how she turned an adult coloring book image and some Vertigo into a cute sun catcher to hang in a window. Or it can even be used as an embellishment for a card or scrapbook pages!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 min + coloring & drying time

Supplies

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Other
  • Leisure Arts Coloring Book – Jungle Wonders
  • Leisure Arts Color Pencils

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