Use Polymer Clay to Create a Valentine’s Heart

by Iris Rodriguez

Use Polymer Clay to Create a Valentine's Heart. Stazon, Versafine, and walnut ink.

It’s the Valentine season; that means it’s time address matters of the heart. I suppose you can do that anytime, but this is when we show it with cards, flowers, and chocolates. So when we think of love; we think of it as everlasting and the bond that keeps us together. I wanted to tie the sentiment of everlasting love with a vintage looking card so I chose Imagine’s Walnut Inks which embody all things vintage. Walnut ink is a perfect choice for an antique look. For this project, I used Eucalyptus Walnut and Original Walnut inks for the background. I have also embossed white wildflowers and accented the card with a polymer clay heart that I colored with a StazOn inker.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1.5 hours


Step 1

Brush on the Eucalyptus Walnut ink using the Sumi-e brush. This brush contains natural bristles. It’s very soft and soaks up a lot of ink and glides on smoothly. Dry paper.

Step 2

Brush on the walnut color ink. Dry the paper. Cut paper to the desired size. Ink and emboss the flowers with the Cloud White VersaMagic ink and White Embossing Powder. Add Vintage Sepia VersaFine ink to the edges.

Step 3

Condition the FIMO clay on the pasta machine or use a roller. If using the pasta machine, roll a sheet of clay to the 4th thickest setting. Create a heart template by drawing a heart on a printer paper. Cut out heart. Use this heart to trace over the sheet of clay. Using a clay pick or precision knife, cut out the heart and smooth out the edge.

Step 4

Stamp texture and/or a sentiment into the clay heart. Bake the clay, according to the manufacturer’s instructions on the package.

Step 5

Using a small brush, add Real Black All-Purpose Ink in the recessed areas. Wipe off the ink from the raised areas with rubbing alcohol and paper towel.

Step 6

Mix 2 drops of the St. Valentine StazOn inker with 2 drops of rubbing alcohol in a non-porous container. A little of ink and rubbing alcohol goes a long way. With your finger rub it onto the clay, or you can use a Sponge Dauber. Heat set. Ink the edges of the heart with tip Brushstix and Jet Black StazOn ink.

Tips for working the StazOn Ink and rubbing alcohol.

  • To get a darker color, continue to add additional layers and heat set in between layers.
  • To add blending effects or to lighten the color, rub on a clean Sponge Dauber containing a little bit of rubbing alcohol on the tip.
  • The more rubbing alcohol is added, the lighter the ink.
  • To remove the color, clean with rubbing alcohol and paper towel. The ink will not be completely removed; it will look lightly stained.
  • If ink and rubbing alcohol in the container dries, activate by adding a small drop of alcohol.

Step 7

Smoosh on Vintage Sepia VersaFine on the hemp string. This makes it look rustic. Shape the hemp string into a circle, ensuring that it fits around the heart. Pick three areas and glue all individual strings together with On Point Glue. This will help make the surface area to adhere to the card. Assemble the card. Glue the hemp string and heart with the On Point Glue. Adhere to the card with Tear It! Tape.


  • Watercolor paper – 12 x 9 inches Cold Press, 300 GSM – 140 lbs
  • Wildflowers stencil
  • FIMO Polymer Clay – White
  • Clay pick or precision knife
  • Hemp string
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Sumi-e brush
  • Small brush
  • Printer paper

Make a ‘Thanks a Latte’ Hand Painted Card

by Jowilna Nolte 

Make a 'Thanks a Latte' Hand Painted Card

Create a beautiful shimmering coffee colored background for cards using a few essential inks from the Imagine and Tsukineko stable. Work on a piece of recycled cardstock and create a fun checkered effect.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes


Step 1

Use a medium-sized paintbrush and paint a criss-cross pattern onto a piece of cardstock using Truffle All-Purpose Ink. Leave the painted background to dry naturally.

Step 2

Once the All-Purpose Ink is dry, use a larger paint brush and paint a layer of Creative Medium in Shimmer over the background. Leave to dry to reveal a gorgeous shimmer effect.

Step 3

Stamp your “Thanks a Latte” sentiment and coffee cup onto smooth white cardstock using Memento Rich Cocoa ink. Trim into tag sized strips.

Step 4

Attach the stamped sentiment onto the background card using a heart-themed brad. Finish off the look by adding another smaller brad and small diamanté.

Thank you for stopping by the blog today! If you liked this cute and quick tutorial then please comment below or share!


  • Paintbrush
  • Cardstock – White, Recycled from photo packaging
  • Brads
  • Diamanté


See How to Create a Wood Sign for Autumn

Happy Fall Y’all Wooden Sign by Tenia Nelson

Tenia here from Jazzy Paper Designs with a colorful fall leaves project using wood, die cuts and of course made with Imagine products.

I started by adding ink to the edges of a wood hanging sign using a Memento Peanut Brittle DewDrop. This color is a beautiful wood grain complement. Next, I hand-lettered the word “fall” onto wood sign using three different Fabrico Markers in a rich color scheme. I like the dense quality of the Fabrico markers for using with wood. To give this sign a little shimmer and color, I added Fireworks Craft Spray in Desert Sand and Rich Cocoa. From here, you can create a sentiment or just leave the word “Fall” as is. I choose to create the sentiment, “Happy Fall Y’all” to make it fun and light. Choose a leaf die cut with an autumn feel. Cut out the fall leaf and decorate as you see fit. Adhere leaf to sign and add any additional embellishments.


  • Cardstock
  • Dymo Label Maker
  • Letter Stickers
  • Wood Sign
  • Enamel Dots
  • Adhesive



Decorating Wood with All-Purpose Ink by Neva Cole

I chose to create a new wooden sign to celebrate the coming of autumn. In the process, I discovered that All-Purpose Ink is a great stain for a porous wood surface! A leaf stencil supplies the design, a fun tall and skinny alphabet stamp and StazOn ink makes quick work of a darling home décor sign. For what it is worth, remember that two-sided signs allow you to have a practice run at color choices and placement of images; when it is hanging by your door no one will be the wiser! With a few supplies, you can try your hand at creating a something new for your home.

Place stencil over wood sign and ink with All-Purpose ink. Place InkBlusher over the opening of the bottle and gently tip to add ink. Apply the API through the stencil. I always start with the lightest color first, in this case, Lemon Yellow.

Apply different colors like Tangerine through the stencil. The API will still be slightly wet and will blend nicely. The project can be set aside to dry or the process can be sped up with a heat tool. Move stencil and add additional colors to the scheme like Red Delicious. You can also use a palette or Craft Mat and API to create new blends of fall colors. Determine placement and stamp sentiment with StazOn ink, I used Blazing Red. Set aside to dry. Not being satisfied, I decided a bit of color around the edges would finish off the rustic look of the sign, Autumn Leaf API was a perfect choice. Now, I have a new sign to hang at my front door for the autumn season!


  • Plaid — Leaf Stencil
  • Art Warehouse — Tall and Skinny Alphabet
  • Sierra Pacific Crafts wood sign


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!


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

The Color of the Month for August is Teal


August has arrived and we have a beautiful color for this month—Teal. We felt that after the bright summer colors of Tangerine and Pineapple we offered in June and July that we would cool it down a bit for any August heat waves you might experience! Teal reminds us of peacock feathers, the ocean, turquoise stones, glacial lakes, and other natural wonders. To be a bit more technical, teal is a tertiary color that is created by mixing blue and green. With this wide open interpretation of teal, we are excited to see what our artist have cooked up!

quiet people have the loudest minds memento ink b

 Hand Lettering Hawking Quote by Tenia Nelson

“Quiet people have the loudest minds.” I love this quote by Stephen Hawking! And I wanted to use it in a hand lettered art, so I busted out my ink options and got to work. I wanted to single out two words in one color and write the rest of the words in black. For “quiet” and “loudest”, I used All-Purpose ink Tropical Lagoon and a Fantastix. This thick juicy ink that works great on paper, and when you apply it with a Fantastix, it acts very much like a marker. For the rest of the lettering and outlining, I used the Black Fabrico marker in different styles. Since the Fabrico has two different tips to work with, I was able to get the thick and thin line results you see in the photo above. I then used an aqua brush to splatter some Memento Teal Zeal ink to give the page a bit of a dynamic look.

Try this technique on your own favorite quote and have an inspiring day!!


  • Paper
  • Aquabrush

Summer Reading Ocean Theme Bookmark by Renee Zarate

The Dog Days of August make me want to head down to the beach with a good, old fashioned paperback novel for which I need a bookmark. This bookmark is made with images cut from Graphic 45 paper called “Voyage Beneath the Sea,”dies from Sizzix, a masterboard made from a variety of Imagine and Tsukineko products and Bristol paper. The bulk of the time to make this bookmark was spent on the background master board which I will reuse for other projects. Then I assembled all the elements from the Voyage set and add my own embellishments. Enjoy your summer reading!


  • Bristol water color paper
  • Gesso
  • Graphic 45 “Voyage to Beneath the Sea” paper collection and
  • Finnabair Glass Beads – White Gold, Copper, Platinum
  • Prima – Glass Glitter
  • Sequins
  • Sizzix – Die Cut-Sand and Sea (seahorse)
  • Spray bottle of water
  • Paper cutter

Kyriakos TeaL Tea lights StazOn teal

Teal Tea Candle Holders by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Having a BBQ or outdoor summer party? Decorate an outdoor table with tea light candle holders using Teal Blue StazOn ink. Choose an empty glass and using your hot glue gun write a word directly on the side of the candle holder. You can also use masking tape to cover parts of the glass, creating a striped effect. When you finish with the tape and the glue, cover the whole surface with your favorite StazOn color using a sponge dauber. Let it dry well and then coat with irRESISTible wedding dress color on the inside of the glass for an opaque look. Alternatively, leave only the StazOn color for a more transparent result. The tape and the glue gun writing serve as a resist for the StazOn ink, so when all the ink is dry simply remove the tape and the hot glue.


  • Hot glue gun
  • Masking tape
  • Small Glass candle holders


These 2 Different Embossed Pineapples are Super Fun

This week we have been on a bit of a pineapple binge! We challenged our artists with “pineapple” as a color for the month of July. But because pineapples have been such a cute trend, our artists have used the pineapple itself as the object of affection. In today’s blog, we have two projects that focus on embossing pineapples as a way to create adorable crafty goodness!

These 2 Different Embossed Pineapples are Super Fun

Embossing Bright Yellow Pineapples by Jowilna Nolte

The month of July celebrates all things bright, yellow and happy. Those words come to mind when you think about the prickly fruit with its gorgeous golden hues and funky outer facade. What a fun fruit and color to transform into a summers card perfect to cheer up someone’s day.

This card was quick and easy to make, yet I used a different embossing technique. Start by creating the base of your folded card. Use a circle stencil and Memento Cantaloupe to blend some circles using an ink sweeper. Keep the stencil in position and use Delicata Golden Glitz to blend over the same circles using the gold to add shimmer. I love the way metallic inks and dye inks work together.

Now it’s time to use embossing paste! Color embossing paste with Delicata Golden Glitz inker and apply the paste through a pineapple stencil with a palette knife on a separate piece of watercolor paper. Leave the stenciling to dry. Once the stenciling is dry, use a combination of All-Purpose Ink and stamp pad inkers to color the background. Using the inkers creates a more saturated look which is very effective for a light color like yellow. Mist the background with water and then drop All-Purpose Ink, and inkers onto the wet surface and let blend. When the background colors are dry, carefully cut out your pineapples and arrange them onto a card. Adhere them using foam dots for dimension. Finish off your card with washi tape, diamanté, and a large ribbon bow.


  • Jowilna Nolte – Circle stencil
  • Cardstock – white
  • Watercolor paper
  • Penelopee Dee – Pineapple Stencil:
  • Ribbon
  • Washi tape
  • Diamante
  • Embossing paste


Embossed Pineapple Greeting Card by Jessica Litman

Pineapples are all the rage! So, why not add some tropical spunk to your craft project?! One of the coolest things about heat embossing is that it turns something simple like cardstock or scrapbook paper into a more elegant project that looks as if it visited a letterpress shop. So with a pineapple stamp and an embossing technique, it is simple to enhance scrapbook pages to a new level.

If you are familiar with heat embossing then you are already halfway there! Simply, stamp pineapple stamp using VersaMagic Cloud White onto Teresa Collins scrapbook paper. VersaMagic is a chalk pigment ink and works perfectly for embossing. Next, heat emboss with Silver Embossing Powder or color of choice. Attach pineapple paper with Tear It Tape to a black card base. If you have more time, then keep going with different color embossing powders and different scrapbook papers until you have a cute pineapple theme collection.


  • Pineapple Stamp
  • Black Card
  • Heat Gun
  • Teresa Collins – paper