Announcing the Design Teams for 2021

Introducing Imagine Crafts 2021 Design Team

Hello everyone!

We are happy to introduce our amazing and talented 2021 design teams.

2021 OFFICIAL DESIGN TEAM

Roni Johnson

Hello everyone, my name is Roni Johnson (a.k.a. – Ink Stained Roni) and I’ve been crafting for as long as I can remember. I am a paper and paste girl at heart and can often be found covered in glitter with Ink Stains on my fingers which is how I got my nickname and the name of my blog – Ink Stains. I love rubber stamping both on and off paper. I try to think outside of the box and love to come up with new ideas for old supplies. I hope you’ll find some inspiration while I share my passion for ink, paper and more! Blog – Ink Stains

Follow Roni on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/inkstainedroni/

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Hello! My name is Kyriakos and I live in Greece. I love crafting and creating projects that show alternative ways of using materials; either these are creative supplies or simple craft items. I like using inks, embossing powders and stamps on my projects, where I try to make each material show it’s own beauty on the final project. 

Follow Kyriakos on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/pachadiroglou

Jowilna Nolte

Scrapbooking has been a natural extension of my love for card making and stamping that also accommodates my love and passion for photography. I currently teach regular classes and host workshops around the country that mainly focuses on different techniques and stamping, and how to incorporate them into your scrapbooking and card making.

Follow Jowilna on Instagram https://www.jowilnanolte.co.za

Nadine Carlier

I have been crafting for as long as I can remember with scrapbooking, handmade cards, mixed media, and altered art projects being my favorite things to create although I have done and love all things crafty. I would say my style would best be described as eclectic with a mixed media twist. Almost all my craft projects have some kind of ink, mist, or paint on them. I love getting messy and trying new techniques. Inspiring others is something I love to do by creating videos and sharing how I create my projects.

Follow Nadine on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/scrappinready

Jessica Lin

Passionate about all things crafty! Jessica is a card maker and video artist who has created insightful and lengthy videos explaining embossing techniques and other interesting paper crafting topics.

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2021 GUEST DESIGN TEAM

Alison Heikkila

Hello! My name is Alison Heikkila and I have been a crafter my entire life. My mom started me off with coloring and stringing beads from a very young age, and I never stopped. I have an art degree with a specialization in jewelry and sculpture, but I love working in many mediums and styles. Getting inky is absolutely one of my favorite things!  

I have an amazing husband who loves to see what I create each day (and even crafts along with me sometimes!) and two very creative kids. Sometimes the four of us craft together, which is so much fun. We’ve also got a cat and two dogs, and we reside on Long Island. 

I love to create, as I feel it truly feeds my soul. Getting a little “playtime” in my craft room each day is really important to me. I look forward to sharing projects with you. 

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Annie Collins

Hello Friends, my name is Annie Collins and I have been crafting all my life. I started at 4 years old sewing with my mother. My passion for crafting and sharing continued to grow over the years. I love paper crafting the most all forms of it. I live in sunny Florida with my fantastic family, my husband, our 3 children, son in law,  our first grandchild and pets. I can’t wait to share some projects and be inspired by all of you.

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Baerbel Born

Born in 1961 and crafting since 1966. I ran a stamp shop until 2003 and my favorite stamp pad of all time has been StazOn since it has been introduced in 2002. As a vendor and later as a designer I held countless workshops and taught how to use stamps and inks.

I also had the great honor to be part of the Imagine team for two years in the past. After a few years in the world of live streaming, I came back to good old YouTube and call this my home now.

I have 3 children and 2 grandchildren, all very creative in one way or another. I want to make them proud, and crafters all over the world happy. Our beloved stamping hobby is the best on the planet and its for everyone. All you need is a stamp, a bit of paper, and a good stamp pad. 

Happy stamping!

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Joy Wilson

Hello friends, I am Joy and have been crafting for at least 20 years.  Like most folks, I started out scrapbooking my children’s lives, but then I found a love card making.  I tend to think of my style as clean and simple, but find I add too.  I’m not afraid to get inky and will try any medium to see what I can come up with.  The first love I found in card making was heat embossing, which I am still mesmerized by.  Does anyone else feel that way too?  

I am very lucky to have a husband who encourages me and enables me to be crafty.  I’m not sure who enjoys it more, me or him as he giggles when my eyes light up when I finish a project.  We are empty nesters now, but we have a full house that I lovingly call our zoo.  Hang around for a while and you’ll get to know them all!  

Visit my blog, JoyWilsonInk

Katy Ingram

Hello Crafty Friends! My name is Katy Ingram. I am a wife and mama to 1 son and 4 kitties. I live in southeastern North Carolina off the coast of Topsail Island and I LOVE making handmade cards. I started my card making the journey back in 2016 and in 2019 I started my youtube channel and blog Eastwicks Paper and Ink. I wanted an outlet to share and hopefully inspire your creativity with my card making as well as some tips and tricks along the way. I am so excited to be joining the Imagine Crafts Guest Artist Team. I look forward to meeting and crafting with you!

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Neva Cole

Hello fellow crafters, my name is Neva Cole and I live in the high desert of Central Oregon on a mini-farm with my husband, son, four German Shepherds, and one inside kitty.  A life-long crafter I gravitated towards mostly paper arts, stamping, card making, and scrapbooking about 25 years ago.  My style varies with my mood, sometimes clean and simple then I swing to shabby chic or layered elegance.  I have instructed classes in the paper arts, and come by teaching naturally—I am a retired High School Science teacher.  I look forward to creating with you in the Imagine Community!  

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LeeAnn McKinney

Hi there friends and fellow crafters, my name is LeeAnn McKinney and I am so excited to bring my clean and simple projects and tutorials to you throughout 2020. Let’s Get Crafty!!!

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Beginner Guide: Stamp on Metal & Plastic with StazOn

by Lori Warren

In this demo, Lori reviews how to use StazOn inks with StazOn Pigment inks on both metal and plastic surfaces. This is a great introduction on how to apply StazOn to metal tins, and plastic medallions. 

Skill: Beginner
Time: Varies

Directions

Sheet Metal – Circles

Other

  • Metal tins
  • Rubbing alcohol (optional)
  • Plastic jar lid
  • Heat tool

Mix your Mediums to Decorate a Chipboard Box

by Lori Warren

Mix your Mediums to Decorate a Chipboard Box

Apply layers of different mediums to create a beautifully decorated box.  This project is full of texture and color.  Challenge your mixed media skills with this intermediate to advanced project.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 20 + dry time

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other 
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology – Small Talk Stickers
  • Stamper’s Anonymous Stencil – Tim Holtz Collection
  • The Crafter’s Workshop – Cookie Stencil TCW5002
  • The Crafter’s Workshop – TCW816 Bird and Butterflies
  • Chipboard box
  • Faber Castell Artist PITT Pen

Written Instructions:

  1. Please allow each medium to dry (or heat set) in between each step.
  2. Spray outside of the box with Fireworks! New Sprout spray. 
  3. Spray outside of the box with Fireworks! Bahama Blue spray.
  4. Spray outside of the box with Fireworks! Lulu Lavender spray.
  5. Spray Goosebumps over a stencil. 
  6. On box lid, spray IrRESISTible spray over the stencil.
  7. On box lid, apply Creative Medium over a stencil. 
  8. Use Snowflake StazOn ink pad and rub the pad over the butterfly stenciled image.
  9. Brush on a layer of GlazOn to box lid.
  10. Add shading to box lid using an Artist PITT pen.
  11. Tie string around box lid.
  12. Adhere adhesive pearl
  13. Adhere stickered saying.

Create this project with a coordinating project – Mixed Media Coin Journal

Make this Mini Circle Art Journal with StazOn Pigment Ink

by Lori Warren

Art journals are wonderful in any size.  Take this mini- circle journal, for example, it is pocket-sized and perfect for your summer travels. 

Skill: Beginner
Time: 20 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
  • StazOn Pigment – Mariner Blue, Shamrock Green, Piano Black, Koala Grey, Peacock Feathers 
  • GlazOn 
Other
  • Art Minds – 2 5/8” wooden tags
  • Mixed Media Paper for inner pages.
  • Book ring
  • We R Memory Keepers – Nesting Circle Dies
  • We R Memory Keepers – Crop-A- Dile
  • Bo Bunny Stamps – It is Written, Painted Circles
  • Stamper Anonymous, Tim Holtz Collection – Phrases

Use a Yogurt Container as a Clay Template

by Iris Rodriguez

Want to make a decorative and functional bowl but do not know where to start? In this tutorial, I show you how to shape a color a bowl with Activa Self Hardening clay and color with Fireworks Sprays. I found that Fireworks plays well with porous or paper clay. The Activa clay is a nice porous clay that takes pigment inks and craft sprays nicely. I blended together Summer Sky, Danube Blue and Tuxedo Black in Fireworks Craft Sprays. Check it out!

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

Directions


Step 1

For this project, I used Activa Plus clay. In case you’re not familiar with this clay, I will describe its properties. It is an air-dry clay. It is fine, moist, malleable, firm, but not hard. Keep the clay moist by spraying a little water, which also makes it softer. When the clay is wet, it is a beige like color, and when dry it turns off white color. The rate that it dries will depend on the thickness of the project and room temperature. The drier the room, the faster it dries. It is highly porous, which is nice, because it takes just about any kind of medium for coloring onto the clay, such as Imagine’s dye/pigment inks and craft sprays. For this project, I used Fireworks Craft Sprays. Use a wooden board or another non-porous surface to work with this clay.


Step 2

Condition the clay by wedging the clay or just rolling it around.


Step 3

Roll out a sheet of clay. You can use a pin roller or use a clay roller.


Step 4

The clay is usually very smooth when it’s rolled out. If it is not, then smooth out the clay with your fingers, rib tool or another smooth-edged tool.


Step 5

Now we will create a makeshift mold for the bowl shape. I used a small plastic yogurt container.


Step 6

The clay will stick to the plastic. Add newspaper and tape it down with masking tape. Masking tape is ideal; it’s porous and the clay will not stick to it. We could just use the masking tape, but the newspaper with the tape comes off easier as one unit.


Step 7

Drape the clay over the container.


Step 8

Smooth the clay onto the container. Cut the rim with a knife.


Step 9

Add texture to the clay with a jagged rib tool or another textured object.


Step 10

This is optional. Wrap hemp string around the bowl, to add additional texture. Allow the clay to dry for one day.


Step 11

At the start of day 2. The clay will be slightly moist. Because the clay will slightly shrink when it gets completely dry, you risk the clay cracking while the clay is wrapped around the container. Take out the mold while it’s moist. The container comes off easier while the clay is moist; you can maneuver the clay without it breaking or distorting. If you get cracks, wet your finger and smooth it out.


Step 12

Let the clay dry for another day. To determine if it’s dry, take a look at the natural clay color; it will turn an off-white when dry. Also, if the clay feels cold then it’s still wet.


Step 13

Cut off the help string.


Step 14

Spray one layer of the Summer Sky Fireworks! Craft Spray. Allow it dry completely. The color will dry lighter. If you add additional layers allow it dry completely before adding more Craft Spray. If you spray too much at once, it will begin to weaken or activate the clay. Also, by waiting for each layer to dry, you can determine the color intensity that you’ll want. Use a heating tool to speed up the drying process.


Step 15

Spray one layer of the Danube Fireworks! Craft Spray. Allow the clay to completely dry before adding more layers. Use a heating tool to speed up the drying process.


Step 16

Spray one layer of the Tuxedo Black Fireworks! Craft Spray. Allow the clay to completely dry before adding more layers. This spray will look very dark when wet, but when it dries you’ll get a Navy or Prussian Blue type color. Use a heating tool to speed up the drying process.


Step 17

Add On Point Glue. Adhere to the silver leaf. It is very important to seal the bowls. The clay is porous, therefore liquids can weaken or activate the clay. The sealer makes it look purposely finished. You can use a spray sealer like 3M/Krylon or brush on a water-based varnish or polyurethane.

Supplies

Imagine

Other
  • Activa Plus Self Hardening Clay – White
  • Modeling clay tools – smooth rib tool, knife, textured rib tool
  • Rolling pin
  • Silver Leaf
  • Hemp string
  • Wooden board
  • Sealer (spray, polyurethane)

See How to Make a Beautiful Beaded Bowl

by Iris Rodriguez

See How to Make a Beautiful Beaded Bowl

They say it’s the little things that matter. So one day, I was at my local craft store and noticed the beads were on clearance. How can I pass up this aisle, right? I saw these two large turquoise beads. I got inspired to wire wrap them into a small bowl. I made the bowl using Activa Self Hardening clay, a nice porous clay that takes pigment inks nicely. I decided to use inks that would complement the beads. I used Turquoise Gem, VersaMagic, a stunning turquoise that contrasts nicely with the Crimson Copper and Rocket Red Gold Brilliance inks.

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

Directions


Step 1

For this project, I used Activa Plus clay. In case you’re not familiar with this clay, I will describe its properties. It is an air-dry clay. It is fine, moist, malleable, firm, but not hard. Keep the clay moist by spraying a little water, which also makes it softer. When the clay is wet, it is a beige like color, and when dry it turns off white color. The rate that it dries will depend on the thickness of the project and room temperature. The drier the room, the faster it dries. It is highly porous, which is nice, because it takes just about any kind of medium for coloring onto the clay, such as Imagine’s dye/pigment inks and craft sprays. For this project, I used pigment inks. Use a wooden board or another non-porous surface to work with this clay.


Step 2

Condition the clay by wedging the clay or just rolling it around. Roll out a sheet of clay. You can use a pin roller used or use a clay roller. The clay is usually very smooth when it’s rolled out. If it is not, then smooth out the clay with your fingers, rib tool or another smooth-edged tool.


Step 3

Create a template for the bowl. Make the template out of scratch paper. The template will guide you when cutting out the clay.


Step 4

Place the stencil over the clay and in a pouncing motion ink the clay with Turquoise Gem VersaMagic ink. Then ink on the Crimson Copper Brilliance ink. Add the Rocket Red Gold Brilliance ink over the Crimson Copper. If you do not have a stencil, you can cut shapes out of paper and place over the clay. The moisture of the clay keeps the paper in place.


Step 5

Place the template over the clay and cut out the shape. Ensure that you work on the wooden board when cutting out the clay. DO NOT use the craft mat to cut.


Step 6

Place the bead on the end. Place the circle stencil over the bead and find a circle that fits the bead.


Step 7

Using the stencil as a guide, cut out the shapes. Repeat steps 7 and 8 for the other side. Ensure that you work on the wooden board when cutting out the clay. DO NOT use the craft mat to cut.


Step 8

Place the clay bowl into a real bowl or other object and allow it dry for one day. It will take on the shape of the object.


Step 9

At the start of day 2. The clay will be slightly moist. Perfect time for drilling the holes. If the clay is completely dry, and you try drilling, you risk the clay breaking. Use a small drill bit and manually drill the holes. Ensure that the wire will fit through the holes. Do not use a power drill; it’s overkill and the clay is too delicate. Wipe off the clay burrs with a brush. Let the clay dry for another day. No need to put it back in the real bowl. At this point, the shape will stay in place. To determine if it’s dry, take a look 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 is very important to seal the bowls. The clay is porous, therefore liquids can weaken or activate the clay. The sealer makes it look purposely finished. You can use a spray sealers like 3M/Krylon or brush on a water-based varnish or polyurethane.


Step 10

Now that the bowl is completely dry. Time to embellish it. You will need beads, plyers and 20 gauge copper wire.


Step 11

Cut out about 15 inches worth of wire. Add the bead to the wire, take it to the center of the wire.


Step 12

Wrap the wire over and under the edge of the bowl.


Step 13

Wrap the wire three times to secure the ends. Cut the wire.


Step 14

Now you have you finished your decorative bowl.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Activa Plus Self Hardening Clay – White
  • Modeling clay tools – rib tool, knife or needle tool
  • Rolling pin
  • Wooden board
  • Large Beads
  • 20 Gauge copper wire
  • Stencils
  • Sealer (spray, polyurethane)