Decorate Your Home for the Holidays with Clay Ornaments

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Decorate Your Home for the Holidays with Clay Ornaments

Light-weighted, these Christmas ornaments can be hung anywhere in the house to decorate during the festive holiday season. Use any Christmas theme casting mold to make the ornaments and if you don’t have any, a flat layer of clay with some cookie cutters can work too. They are easy to make and coloring is a breeze with All-Purpose Ink and StazOn Pigment inks.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour (excluding clay dry time)

Directions


Step 1

If you are creating the clay pieces yourself then allow clay of the Christmas shapes to fully dry. If you are using premade shapes then you are ready to start. Using a paintbrush, color the surface of the ornaments with All-Purpose Ink Poppy Red and Lemon Yellow. Premix the two colors or lay first the Poppy Red and add a layer of Lemon Yellow after. Let them dry.


Step 2

Cover the embossed details of the shapes with All-Purpose White to create a distressed or antique look. The easiest way to apply the color is by using a finger and lightly tapping on the embossed areas. Let them dry.


Step 3

Press the crystals directly on the StazOn Pigment ink pad, let them sit a bit to allow the ink to dry well and repeat for a good coverage. Cover on the backside only.


Step 4

Use a hot glue gun to set ribbons on the clay shapes, add beads and crystals.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Fimo casting mold – Christmas shapes
  • White clay
  • Ribbons
  • Silver color beads
  • Chandelier crystals
  • Hot glue gun

See How to Achieve Bliss with All-Purpose Ink and Embroidery

by Iris Rodriguez

See How to Achieve Bliss with All-Purpose Ink and Embroidery

I have a confession. I am not a sewing person, whatsoever. However, I do like textile arts and a friend, who destashed her crafting supplies, gave me a gallon bag of embroidery thread. Well, it was time to challenge myself with an embroidery project. I made this wall hanging using All-Purpose Inks to color the plain fabric and stitch some whimsical stitches.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 2-4 hours


Step 1

For this project, you will need fabric for embroidery. You have several options of fabric that will work; 100% cotton; linen, muslin or specialized needlework linen. I bought a piece of 100% cotton remnant from my local fabric store. You will also need embroidery hoops and thread. Fasten the fabric to the hoops.


Step 2

Spray water on the fabric. Place a small drop of Red Delicious All-Purpose ink.


Step 3

Spray water onto the drop of the All-Purpose ink. The color will spread out, creating cool effects and shapes.


Step 4

Repeat Step 3 with the rest of the All-Purpose Inks; Thyme, Wisteria, Blue Lagoon. Allow the project to dry. You can allow it to dry naturally or dry with an iron to speed up the process. At this point, you will find that the colors are lighter than when the fabric was wet. You can darken the color by adding more ink.


Step 5

Determine the embroidery thread you will use. I like to use a contrasting color.


Step 6

Use embroidery needles for your project. They are designed with wider holes than a regular needle.


Step 7

Embroider onto the fabric. If you are not familiar with embroidery stitching techniques as was the case with me. The internet is an excellent resource; do a general search, Pinterest has great pics of stitches and mini visual tutorials, YouTube has stitching videos as well. Above I choose some simple star and X-shape patterns. If you wish to add lettering or an image, it helps if you have a guide. Use a regular pencil to mark up the fabric. Stitch over the pencil mark.


Step 8

No matter the stitch you use, you must make a knot in the back when you are finished with a segment. Add different stitch types for added variation. Once you are finished. Cut the excess fabric. Glue the excess fabric onto the hoop.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Fabric for embroidery; 100% cotton, linen, or muslin
  • Embroidery Thread
  • Embroidery Hoops
  • Embroidery Needles

Learn How to Color and Stamp on Fabric for a Harvest Fall Theme

by Roni Johnson

Learn How to Color and Stamp on Fabric for a Harvest Fall Theme

I love making new home décor items with the changing season. Here in Indiana we are saying goodbye to summer and welcoming in autumn. This is my favorite time of the year so I always look forward to Fall crafts. I thought it would be fun to create a piece of embroidery hoop art by dying and stamping a piece of linen I had in my stash. Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 90 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Gather your supplies; make sure the piece of fabric extends approximately 2” on all sides of the embroidery hoop. This will give you enough material to secure it to the hoop once completed. Spritz the cloth with a bit of water to dampen. Sprinkle the damp fabric with Walnut Ink Crystals around the edges. I held the embroidery hoop over the cloth while I sprinkled the crystals to make sure they were where I wanted them to be. Spray Willow Walnut Ink Spray here and there over the panel. Let the fabric dry completely before moving onto the next step.


Step 2

Secure the cloth in a stamp positioning tool. I used both magnets and washi tape to hold it in place. Stamp the desired image(s) using Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black ink, stamp a second and third time if necessary to get a deep rich image on the fabric. I also stamped several leaves using other colors of Memento Luxe ink around the edge of the panel while it was still secured in the stamp positioning tool.


Step 3

Watercolor the image using All-Purpose Ink and a water brush or paintbrush, you may want your heat tool handy to help dry each area before moving onto the next. Continue coloring until you are satisfied with the image. Iron the entire panel to set the inks on the fabric.


Step 4

Secure the fabric in the embroidery hoop; trim off the excess fabric leaving approximately 1” material to wrap around the hoop and secure to the back using hot glue. Stretch the fabric tightly as you secure it to the back of the hoop.


Step 5

Use a Fantstix to apply dots of Vegas Gold All-Purpose Ink over the canvas for an extra bit of sparkle.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Unity Stamp Co – Bountiful Haul (truck), Faith, Family & Fall (sentiment)
  • Joy Clair – Hello Autumn (leaves)
  • Fabric
  • Embroidery Hoop
  • Heat Tool
  • Iron
  • Hot Glue/Gun

Create a Paint Brush Splatter Style Card with Waffle Flower Stamps

by Roni Johnson

September brings a wonderful pairing of Waffle Flower stamp and all of the amazing products from Imagine. Today I wanted to share a card I made using Waffle Flower’s set Little Painter. I just love the variety of brushes and the cute little tubes of paint. They are so much fun to color and the uses are endless.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 45 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Cut a piece of white cardstock 4” x 5.25”. Flick a variety of colors of All-Purpose Ink onto the card panel using a paintbrush. Rotate the card panel with every application of ink so the splatters come from different directions for a more natural look. Set the panel aside to dry.


Step 2

Stamp the paintbrushes onto a piece of white cardstock using VersaFine Clair Ink; stamp 3 tubes of paint onto a separate piece of white cardstock using the same ink. Sprinkle Black Mboss embossing powder over all of the images; shake off excess powder and return it to the pouch. Melt the embossing powder with a heat tool and let the embossed images cool.


Step 3

Watercolor each image using the same colors of All-Purpose Ink that was used to create the background. Fussy cut each image and set it aside. Stamp the easel image onto a scrap of brown cardstock and fussy cut.


Step 4

Mount the background splatter panel onto a red card blank; arrange and adhere the images as desired. Cover the paint blob with a layer of Sparkle irRESISTible Pico Embellisher to add shine and a touch of sparkle.

Supplies

Imagine
Other

Repurpose Old Tea Bags into a Beautiful Garden Theme Card

by Iris Rodriguez

Repurpose Old Tea Bags into a Beautiful Garden Theme Card

Got tea? I do and I like to make and create with them in new ways such as these collaged garden-themed cards. I find teabags versatile, translucent and luminous. When colored with All-Purpose Inks, the color on the tea bags are intense, yet they maintain their delicate vintage look. I enjoyed making this crafting project—not only are you making cool cards, but you are upcycling your teabags too!

Skill Beginner
Time: 45 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Begin by cleaning out your teabags. Take them apart by removing the tiny staple or string. Rip open the seams. Take out the dried leaves by sloughing it off. Brush on watered-down All-Purpose inks. Allow the bag to dry naturally or use a heat tool to dry.


Step 2

Continue to paint more teabags using the various colors of All-Purpose Ink. Allow the bags to dry naturally or use a heat tool.


Step 3

Now that all the teabags are dry, make your collage pieces onto the main card.


Step 4

Tear pieces of the bags; ensuring to fit the card. Brush on Creative Medium on the backside


Step 5

Adhere teabag pieces onto to the main card continuing to paste with Creative Medium on the top. Use various colors to vary the look. In the above example, I used Rose Gold and Thyme (green).


Step 6

Stamp on the images using the Piano Black StazOn Pigment Ink. StazOn will stamp on top of the dried Creative Medium. Other water-based inks might take a long time to dry and would not stamp well on the Creative Medium (non-porous).


Step 7

Draw in the border with a pencil. Get creative with the border; add asemic writing, squiggly line, circles, or other doodles.


Close up of each card and the All-Purpose inks used with each one.

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Used tea bags
  • Cardstock – white
  • Stamps
  • Pencil
  • Paintbrush
  • Palette

Create a “Hello Friend” Card with Pico Embellisher

by Iris Rodriguez

Create a "Hello Friend" Card with Pico Embellisher

I love stamps as much as the next crafty person. Sometimes, I like to hand draw my own images though. Did you know you can draw your images with Imagine’s irRESISTible Pico Embellisher? IrRESISTible is a texture medium; which adds dimension to your project. It comes with a fine-tipped applicator for writing or making doodles. For the background, I used various All-Purpose Inks to create a watercolor painted look and then drew on top with the Pico Embellisher.

Skill: Beginner/Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Determine how many colors of All-Purpose Ink. Prepare a water container for each color, so that you do not contaminate the colors; also, avoids running the risk of your ink turning into a mud color. Use a different for each color, or wash the brush between each color if using the same brush.


Step 2

First, wet the area with plain water. Place a small amount of ink into one of the ink wells. Add water to the ink and brush onto the paper.


Step 3

Repeat the same process for each color. Do not blend the colors; just lay them next to each other. Dry the paper.


Step 4

Brush on Creative Medium in order to seal in the All-Purpose Ink. Draw your image using Zeal Teal irRESISTible Pico Embellisher. If you are not used to this medium, first practice drawing on a piece of scratch paper. Always squeeze out the Pico Embellisher onto scratch paper to eliminate the bubbles, before applying to your project. Finally, stamp on sentiment and assemble the card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor paper
  • Ink well palette dish
  • Paintbrush
  • Cardbase – black