Mixed Media Fall Leaf Tag Décor ft. VersaFine Clair and All Purpose Ink

by Nicole Watt 

“Always take the scenic route,” perhaps a drive through all the fall leaves will brighten your day and provide some much needed crafting inspiration! In this crafting tutorial, Nicole creates gorgeous color and texture to celebrate Fall in a home décor thick-board tag. Use VersaFine Clair, All-Purpose ink, and Creative Medium for stenciling, and embossing to make a rich look and feel! Nicole breaks down every step so you can recreate the techniques yourself!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Art Supplies

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Coffee Cup Crafts – Hand Decorate Autumnal Pumpkins – Because Adulting is Hard!

by Lori Warren

See how to customize a coffee cup sleeve with a Fall Pumpkin Spice theme stamp and funny phrase, “Coffee because adulting is hard!” As the weather gets colder, it’s always nice to cozy up to a cup of coffee or hot chocolate.

In this video, Lori stamps with StazOn Pigment ink pads and colors with a variety of All-Purpose Inks. This lovely craft project is perfect for a weekend crafternoon and preparing for a pumpkin spice latte coffee date.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 10 minutes

Directions

Art Supplies

Imagine 
Other 
  • Joy Clair Designs – Hey Pumpkins, Coffee Quotes
  • DecoArt – Duraclear Matte Varnish
  • Simply autumn Décor – Ribbon
  • Coffee Sleeve
  • String
  • Corner Punch

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

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