Create an Artsy Book Cover with All Purpose Inks

by Lori Warren

Creating an Artsy book cover is easy with All-Purpose Ink and Ink Droppers. This project will walk you through the step by step process of creating a unique background paired with a large word stamped (with StazOn Pigment Ink) as a focal point. 

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 20 minutes

Directions

Part 1: Create an Artsy book cover with All-Purpose Inks.

Part 2: Color Scheme Tag Journal

  1. Start with a blank hardcover book.
  2. Place a piece of paper under the book cover to protect the pages below.
  3. Using ink droppers, draw up a small amount of All-Purpose Ink into the dropper and release (splatter) the ink onto the cover. Repeat with different colors.
  4. After the ink has dried, stamp “ART” onto the cover using StazOn Pigment ink.
  5. Apply StazOn Ink directly to each edge of the book cover.
  6. Step two – Create Color Swatch Tag
  7. Cut a tag using the Waffle Flower Tag Die.

Supplies

Imagine

Other

A Gift for Someone Special – Create a Chipboard Pendant with StazOn

by Lori Warren

A Gift for Someone Special –  Create a Chipboard Pendant with StazOn. A beautiful teal and blue jewelry piece that features a paintbrush image and reads "create".

This mixed media project is a great example of how you can use different inks and mediums to create a piece full of texture and color. It’s a step by step layering technique to add depth and interest to mixed media artwork.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Written Instructions:

  1. Cut chipboard into a pendant shape and punch a hole at the top. Place a piece of paper under the book cover to protect the pages below.
  2. Cover the front and back of the chipboard piece with white gesso.
  3. Cover the front and back of chipboard piece with white gesso.
  4. Stamp chipboard pendant with VersaFine CLAIR.
  5. Cover pendant with a stencil and apply Creative Artist Medium – Clear.
  6. Stamp brush onto watercolor paper with StazOn Pigment Ink – Piano Black.
  7. Add color to the tip of a brush with StazOn Pigment –Peacock Feathers.
  8. Sponge StazOn Pigment onto Pendant to highlight stencil pattern.  Adhere stamp brush image.
  9. Highlight elements of the pendant with ALL PURPOSE INK – Frost White (using a Doodlestix)
  10. Apply splatters in ALL PURPOSE INK – Tropical Lagoon.
  11. Cover element with GlazOn – Slight Gloss Finish.
  12. Add MBOSS Powder to pendant while GlazOn is still wet.  Heat set.  Round corners of the pendant.
  13. Edge pendant with StazOn Pigment Ink – Piano Black.
  14. Adhere sticker saying.
  15. Use the Waffle Flower – Clear Dies and Combo Swatch Tag Die to record color scheme for this project.

Supplies

Imagine

All-Purpose Ink – Vegas Gold, Tropical Lagoon, Frost White

Creative Medium

Mboss Embossing Powder

Sheer Shimmer Spray – Sparkle

Spring Guest Artists

In late February we announced a Call for Spring Art. We asked for any papercraft or mixed media project that represents spring. Here are some of the art submissions from the Spring Call.

Terre Fry

Terre used Memento Tuxedo Black, StazOn Metallic Copper, All-Purpose Ink in Mint Green and Fireworks Craft Sprays to create a set of Shamrock themed mixed media cards.

Follow Terre on Instagram  @stampnterre

Jessica Lin

Jessica says, “Spring calls for rainbow colors!” Jessica uses VersaFine Clair inks to create a vibrant, Thinking of You card.

Follow Jessica on Instagram – @jessica.v.lin 

Alison Heikkila

Alison writes: VersaMagic Inks are some of my absolute favorites because of the soft chalky finish they have, plus their blend-ability. I knew they would be perfect for this lovely hydrangea, and by using blending brushes, I colored it up very quickly. For shine, I added some sequins with On Point Glue, which is the number one liquid adhesive I reach for.

My blog address: alisonheikkila.com
My Instagram: @alisonheikkila

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