Learn How To Handcraft A Wedding Guest Book

by Kassy Tousignant

Learn How To Handcraft A Wedding Guest Book

On Point Glue and Tear It! Tape worked wonders on my die-cut wedding frame construction. Imagine’s adhesives are very strong, durable, and easy to work with! Also, I really love using the new Sheer Shimmer Stix in Sparkle to enhance this project and I thought it would be perfect for this wedding frame keepsake that could be used to have your guests sign instead of a guest book.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Supplies

Imagine

On Point Glue
Sheer Shimmer Stix – Sparkle
Large dauber
Tear It! Tape
Delicata Inkpad – White Shimmer
Imagine Craft Mat

Other

• Prima – Flowers
• Glue gun and sticks
• Crafter’s Companion – silver mirror CS, Silver glitter CS, Love sentiment
• Build a frame die heart & birds die
• Neenah – white cardstock

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.

 

 

Learn how to use StāzOn Pigment Ink with different substrates and mediums

by Lori Warren

Hello all, I am sharing with you some of the great benefits of using the new StāzOn Pigment ink. I really love this ink and love how it works with different surfaces. Before I get into demonstrating several options available, let me cover the basic information that Imagine has provided about this new product.

StāzOn Pigment:

  • Dries quickly on most surfaces
  • Works on all surfaces that original StāzOn does: paper, acetate, metal, glass and more
  • New felt pad produces crisp stamped images
  • Vibrant and opaque inks – these colors really pop!
  • Ergonomic, easy-to-open, air-tight case

StāzOn Pigment ink is available in 12 colors

With the basics out of the way, let’s move on to see how well StāzOn Pigment ink works with other Imagine products as well as with different substrates and mediums. To best explore the crafty possibilities of this ink, let’s embark on a variety of explorations using StāzOn Pigment ink with different substrates and mediums. The 6 explorations below outline the manner in which StāzOn Pigment was applied, the different substrate(s) and medium(s) used, as well as provide a photo capturing the result.

Exploration 1 – Paper

StāzOn Pigment: Stamped flower with Piano Black and saying stamped with Peacock Feathers.
Substrate: Strathmore Mixed Media Paper, vellum surface, 185 lb.
Medium(s): Watercolor with Memento Dual Tip Markers.
Additional Medium added, Sheer SHIMMER Craft Spray – Sparkle

Artist Observations: The StāzOn Pigment ink did not smear with the application of the wet watercolors, nice! Plus, the crisp stamped image really helped the image stand out.

Exploration 2 – Canvas

StāzOn Pigment: Stamped flower image with Piano Black.
Substrate: Flat panel canvas, pre-treated with gesso
Medium(s): DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics

Artist Observations: The StāzOn Pigment ink produced a vibrant stamped image that held up well against the acrylic paint. With the rough surface of the canvas, I found that a well-inked stamp and a little extra pressure was required to get a clean stamped image.

Exploration 3 – Wood

StāzOn Pigment: Stamped flower image with Piano Black.
Substrate: Untreated wood plaque
Medium(s): Fabrico Dual Makers with a DecoArt DuraClear Matte Varnish finish

Artist Observations: The StāzOn Pigment worked great on wood and didn’t smear with the application of the Fabrico markers.

Exploration 4 – Glass

StāzOn Pigment: Stamped flower image with Piano Black. Floral image colored with Snowflake, Chocolate Brown, Lemon Drop & Shamrock Green using Doodlestix Mixed Media Tools.
Substrate: Glass
Medium(s): irRESISTible Pico Embellisher

Artist Observations: I love the permanency of StāzOn Pigment on the glass and the application of the ink with a DoodleStix Mixed Media Tool was super easy and effective. The challenge came with working on a slick surface; I had to keep a steady hand when stamping to obtain a clean image.

Exploration 5 – Tumble Stone Tile

StāzOn Pigment: Stamped flower image with Piano Black.
Substrate: Tumble Stone Tile
Medium(s): Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pens w/DecoArt DuraClear Matte Varnish finish

Artist Observations: The StāzOn Pigment ink worked beautifully on the tumble stone tile. There was no smearing with the application of color with the Artist PITT pens or with the use of the varnish sealer.

Exploration 6 – Metal & Glass

StāzOn Pigment: Stamped images with Piano Black. Peacock Feathers, Shamrock Green & Snowflake ink sponged onto surfaces with InkBlushers.

Substrate: Metal & Glass

Artist Observations:  Sponging and stamping onto Metal with StāzOn Pigment ink worked like a dream. Vibrant color and crisp images resulted in a beautiful project!

As these explorations demonstrate, StāzOn Pigment ink works very well on a variety of substrates resulting in crisp stamped images that dry quickly. It also holds up to different mediums without running or smearing. Not only can it be used as a staple ink to stamp images on a variety of surfaces (to be treated with different mediums), it works well as a strong stand-alone ink that you can use to create entire projects with (see Exploration 6 – Metal & Glass).

For a paper project using StāzOn Pigement as a stand-alone ink, visit “Create a Stamped Collage Using StāzOn PIGMENT Inkpad”.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • DecoArt DuraClear Matte Varnish
  • DecoArt MEDIA Fluid Acrylics
  • Faber-Castell PITT artist pens
  • Lori’s Cards & Creations Stamps, Cone Flower & Sketchy Rose
  • Echo Park Paper Co. Eat, Sleep, Craft Stamp
  • Water brush
  • Hobby Lobby Galvanized metal sign
  • Glass
  • Tumbled stone tile
  • Flat Panel Canvas
  • Wood plaque
  • Strathmore Mixed Media paper

Learn How To Create A Sgraffito Style Clay Bowls

by Iris Rodriguez

Learn How To Create A Sgraffito Style Clay Bowls and All Purpose Ink

Sgraffito (an Italian word meaning “to scratch”) is a decorating pottery technique produced by applying color to clay then scratching off parts of the clay when it is leather hard, creating contrasting images, patterns, and texture that reveal the clay color underneath. This technique has been around since around the 15th century. For this project, we’ll follow in the footsteps of potters in making sgraffito bowls (minus kilns or firing glazes). Instead, the bowls are made with store-bought air dry clay that is similar in texture and behavior as ceramic earthenware clay and Tsukineko’s All-Purpose Ink.

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

Directions

For this project, I used Activa Plus clay. I like this clay because it’s similar and behaves like earthenware ceramics clay, ideal for sgrafitto. This clay is fine, moist, malleable, firm, but not hard.
Step 1

First, let’s talk clay. For this project, I used Activa Plus clay. I like this clay because it’s similar and behaves like earthenware ceramics clay, ideal for sgrafitto. This clay is fine, moist, malleable, firm, but not hard. Keep it 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. Imagine’s All-Purpose ink is ideal because it’s a lightweight, but highly pigmented ink and the clay is porous, which, allows the ink to seep through. It clay air dries. The rate that it dries will depend on the thickness of the project and room temperature. The drier the room, the faster it dries.

You can use a roller used roll out dough or use a clay roller.
Step 2

Roll out a sheet of clay. You can use a roller 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, clay scraper or wet sponge.


Step 4

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


Step 5

Using a clay needle tool or knife, cut out the shape. Smooth out the edges with your fingers. Also cut out a small piece of clay, as a test sample.


Step 6

Using a stylus, lightly draw your images. If you change your mind, erase it, by smoothing out the clay.

Paint the clay with the Thyme All-Purpose ink
Step 7

Paint the clay with the Thyme All-Purpose ink. Use a soft brush, so that you don’t get brush strokes. Also, paint the clay sample. I like painting the clay while it’s wet, because this clay is very porous, the paint seeps in nicely into the clay.

Paint the clay with the Thyme All-Purpose ink
Step 8

Place the clay bowl into a real bowl or other object and allow it dry. It will take on the shape of the object. Let dry for 8-12 hours, but no more than 12 hours. The rate of dryness will vary on humidity and dryness. The drier the room or if placed in the sun, the faster it dries. Test your sample clay by carving into it. If you can carve without the clay distorting or dragging; the shaving is coming off cleanly, then you are ready to carve.


Step 9

Carve out the image that you drew earlier with clay carving tools or carving tools used to carve rubber stamps. I tried both and found both works well. Do not wipe off the clay crumbs with your fingers, only wipe off with a dry, clean paintbrush. This prevents from accidentally distorting the clay, or break off unwanted pieces of clay.


Step 10

After carving the images, allow the bowls to dry for another full day. Test by looking at the natural clay color; it will turn an off-white when dry. Also, if the clay feels cold then it’s still wet. It’s important to seal the bowls with spray sealers, or brush on sealers like polyurethane. The sealer protects the ink and clay from liquids, dust or other particles and looks nice and finished.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Activa Plus Self Hardening Clay – White
  • Clay carving tools or rubber stamp carving tools
  • Sealer (spray, or polyurethane)

Learn How to Make a Set of Retro Style Bookmarks

by Elina Stromberg

Digitalization has changed my life in so many positive ways, but books I prefer having and reading in the old traditional format. My book-lover’s opinion is that one can never have too many books nor bookmarks. Any scrap piece of paper would, of course, serve as a marker that keeps the reader’s place in the book and enables the reader to return to it with ease. But in my opinion, a good book deserves to be accompanied by a beautiful bookmark. Especially if it’s hand-made.

Bookmarks are great gifts, too: A paperback book transforms easily into a festive gift when a hand-made bookmark is slipped between the pages. I’m sure that beautiful bookmarks will make their receivers happy; just like great books will do.

Skill: Beginner/Intermediate
Time: 45 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Trim a strip of light patterned paper, and secure on crafting mat with a few pieces of masking tape. Attach stamp on an acrylic stamping block, turn upside down with the stamp facing the paper. Center stamp on the paper strip, and position stamping tool accordingly. Leaving stamping tool in place, turn the stamping block around. Color a few details of the stamp with Memento markers. Stamp colored details on a paper strip and leave stamping tool in place.


Step 2

Ink the entire stamp with a lighter VersaFine Clair ink color. Stamp again on the same position.


Step 3

Heat-emboss the stamped pattern using clear embossing ink. Trim the bookmark to size and mat on a piece of matching colored or patterned paper.


Step 4

Create a few bookmarks on the same go. Play with different color combinations and patterns. For this multicolor technique, you can use any patterned stamp that has some simple details suitable for highlighting. Both rubber and clear stamps will work fine.

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Stamps – Paper Artsy Eclectica by Tracy Scott (sets 18 & 19)
  • Cardstock – Light grey patterned
  • Heat gun
  • Paper trimmer
  • Double-sided tape

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

Imagine