Plant Seeds of Love on this Happy Earth Day

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Happy Earth Day from Imagine. Kyriakos has created a lovely seed tin as a gift using Fabrico Markers, VersaMark and Embossing Powder.

Gift a garden, instead of a plant! Upcycle an empty tin into a box and place little bags of seeds of flowers or vegetables that can help turn a backyard into a garden. The tin is covered with Imagine embossing powder to hide the labels. The cover is made of a cardboard where a garden related paper design is glued and colored with Fabrico Markers. Add little kraft paper bags with seeds and tags in the tin.

Supplies

Imagine 
Other
  • An empty tin
  • Canvas Corp – Seed packets on Ivory paper
  • Cardboard
  • Seeds
  • Kraft paper bags

Turn Heads with this Amazing Agate Project

by Roni Johnson

faux agate with blue lapis rings and gold edge

Blue is my favorite color so when I found out that the Imagine color of the month was Lapis I was thrilled. Not just because I like blue but because I had been experimenting with how to make my own Faux Blue Agate Slices. I had tried all sorts of combinations using various materials for the base and mediums to color it. Recently, I found an excellent combination with mica slices, Imagine IrRESISTibles and Tsukineko products. These gems are perfect to use as accents on scrapbook layouts, journal pages, cards, and even as a necklace. This project takes 2 full days to complete, so without further delay let’s get started!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 30 minutes + extended 2-day dry time

Directions

Gold embossing powder used to decorate mica slices.

Step 1

Select a piece of natural mica and split it into multiple pieces. Mica comes in all shapes and sizes. You will need two pieces for each agate slice. Keep in mind that the slices you select should be fairly thin and translucent. Select a thicker piece for the base and a thinner secondary piece for the final cover. Once you have selected these pieces, ink the edges with the VersaMark inkpad, dip into Gold Embossing Powder and heat emboss.

tsukineko blue hawaii stazon studio glaze

Step 2

Apply IrRESISTibles and StazOn Studio Glaze to create the rings inside the faux stone. Starting with one color and one ring at a time, apply Danube Blue, Electric Blue and Wedding Dress irRESISTible Pico Embellishers as well as Blue Hawaii, Midnight Blue, Cotton White and Jet Black StazOn Studio Glaze. Work quickly to prevent the mediums spreading.

moving ink with a pick on agate piece

Step 3

Continue until all the rings are filled toward the center. When you reach the center of the piece, fill it in with Clear irRESISTible Pico Embellisher and silver glass glitter. This will give the illusion of crystals in the center of a geode type agate.  If desired, you may choose to swirl the mediums around a bit to imitate more intricate blue agate designs. Let the mediums dry overnight.

StazOn ink on mica slice

Step 4

Trim the second piece of mica so it fits inside of the gold embossed ring.

on point glue used to seal backside of Faux Agate stone

Step 5

Apply a layer of On Point Glue over the various mediums and place the second piece of mica over the top. Let this dry 24 additional hours. 

Finished Faux Agate piece. Blue Hawaii, Midnight Blue, Black and gold Tsukineko inks.

Once the piece has dried the resemblance to a real piece of blue agate will be amazing. Since mica was used as the base material you also have the option of choosing which side to call the front as you can see from the photos of a single Faux Blue Agate Slice above. These pieces can be used for necklaces but due to the fragile layers of the mica, the back of the slice will need to be stabilized. I applied a layer of Clear irRESISTible Pico Embellisher to the entire back of the slice and let it dry for 48 hours. I have found that the thinner consistency of the Pico Embellisher finds its way between the layers and binds them together. Other mediums will work for this process as well. Creating these faux agates was a time-consuming project with 2 full days of dry time, but the finished result was well worth the wait!

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Imagine
Other

 

learn how to make your own faux agates craft tutorial.

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Share the Best Love with Lapis Lazuli Color Inspiration

For the month of April, we are celebrating the beautiful blue Lapis as color of the month. We love what we have seen so far from our Artist in Residence who took on this color with enthusiasm. For Elina’s project, she creates a monochromatic palette with a blue bird centerpiece and fabric for texture. Gorgeous! For Alison’s project, she took it a step further using the gemstone Lapis Lazuli directly incorporating the stone’s veins of black and gold running through it as inspiration. Both projects create a luster to drool over.

bluebird with illustrated feathers, cheesecloth texture and acyrlic paste. circle stencil. sentiment says adopt the pace of nature her secret is patience.

Blue Feathers by Elina Stromberg

I love working with Fireworks Shimmery Craft Sprays. The colors contain not just a beautiful shimmer but lots of pigment, giving a beautiful, vivid finish even when mixed with water. When spraying entire project backgrounds, I like to use a heavy watercolor paper that tolerates wet media well. I often start with misting the paper with plain water before spraying one or several Fireworks colors on the paper. For mixing the colors even further, I add more water, dry the paper with my heat gun and push the wet colors around the paper. This creates beautiful patterns in a watercolor style.

On this project, I added even more metallic shimmer by applying Metallic Silver Creative Medium through a stencil. Creative Mediums are easy to work with and the stenciled patterns air-dry quickly. When using Fireworks Craft Sprays, I often use a large piece of paper and cut the background to size. The leftover pieces can be used for embellishing the inside of the card, or for creating a panel for the stamped sentiment.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor paper
  • Carabelle Studio – Concentric Circles stencil
  • Spellbinders – Sparrow stamp and die cut
  • Simon Says Stamp– One With Nature stamp
  • Water spray bottle
  • White card base
  • 3D foam stickers
  • Cheese cloth
  • Glue
  • Scissors

gold poppy flowers embossed. watercolor splatter effect with Fireworks shimmer spray ink.

Lapis Lazuli Color Inspiration by Alison Heikkila

I start with spritzing Paris Dusk Fireworks spray across watercolor paper at an angle. This created that outward spray effect I wanted. Then I spritzed Desert Sand Fireworks directly above. Next, I stamped the Pretty Poppies set by Stampendous with VersaMark in the lower left corner and heat embossed with Gold embossing powder. While my heat tool was still on, I carefully sprinkled black embossing powder in a few areas. Using Wedding White irRESISTables Pico Embellisher, I colored in a few areas of the poppy to highlight them. After it dried, I applied a second coat to give it more opacity.

My card base was cut out of a deep blue cardstock, and I edged all 4 sides with Golden Glitz Delicata ink for extra gold shimmer. Gold is a perfect compliment to this rich blue and ties this design together very nicely.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampendous – Cling Pretty Poppies Stamp Set
  • Cardstock
  • Watercolor paper

Make a Lapis Blue Butterfly Handmade Card

by Jowilna Nolte

You always Brighten My Day Greeting Card
Brighten someone’s day with a gorgeous Lapis blue butterfly card featuring Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray and Memento Luxe. With the shimmer, lush blue pigment ink, dimension and texture on this card, you will spread joy around like a beautiful butterfly. Be inspired and inspire others with this gorgeous color and the thoughtfulness of a handmade encouragement card.

shimmery ink

Step 1

Mist a piece of smooth white cardstock with Danube Blue Fireworks Shimmer Spray. Lightly mist with water and then dry using a heat gun. Dip repeatedly in between drying to create the splattered look.

memento luxe

Step 2

Open up an embossing folder and ink the top half with Memento Luxe Danube Blue ink.

Step 3

Place the inked white cardstock inside the embossing folder with colored side facing up and close the folder.

inked embossing folder

Step 4

Run the embossing folder through your embossing machine. Remove the folder and then remove the embossed cardstock.

Danumbe Blue Memento Luxe ink an embossed surface

Step 5

Use a jumbo dauber and the same Memento Luxe ink to chalk around the edges of the embossed piece. This will highlight the dimension of the beautiful embossing.


Step 6

Use your Fireworks spray to add additional splats onto the embossed piece. Trim the piece smaller to fit onto your 4×6” folded card front.  Trim butterfly from patterned paper, ink the edges in blue Memento Luxe and adhere to your card. Add a sentiment sticker and staple in place.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white
  • Kaisercraft – sentiment sticker, butterfly paper
  • Stapler
  • Couture Creations – embossing folder
  • Heat gun

 

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Larger Than Life Technicolor Burlap Banner

by Jessica Litman

Spring fever has definitely sprung with crafting inspiration blogs going wild on the Internet. I have joined the craft craze with this burlap and die cut banner which is perfect to add bright inky colors and floral texture accents to any room in the home. Turn this tutorial into a wall hang, an Easter decoration or make multiple flag pieces for a giant banner.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Step 1

Cut out the floral template from the Silhouette paper cutter. Place the die on the Imagine craft mat. Using the Memento Dew Drop ink pads in Angel Pink, Rose Bud, and Dandelion, cover the floral template with the textured stamps.

Step 2

Lay down another round of stamping and color with Cottage Ivy Memento.

Step 3

Finish the ink layering with Danube Blue Memento which ties together with all the other colors nicely.

Step 4

Using Amplify, add dots to the center of the flowers and to the circle ends of the leafy looking parts (and of course wherever else you see fit). Activate Amplify’s foamy texture quality with a heat tool. Much like embossing powder, you will know visually when the heat is working with Amplify. It’s so fun watching it foam up!

Step 5

Cut a piece of white card stock into a rectangle. Rub the Danube Blue Dew Drop on the edges of the card stock. Write a message or sentiment on the card stock using Memento marker.

Step 6

Fold burlap in half. Cut out a triangle at the bottom to make the flag banner shape. Attach the floral template to the burlap using the decorative brads. Attach card stock to inside the floral template on the burlap using safety pins. Hang on the wall and enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stamps
  • Silhouette Cameo Paper Cutter with Floral template
  • DCWV Burlap Stack
  • Safety pins
  • brads
  • Card stock

Happy National DIY Day

Today is National DIY Day and today we have two home decor projects that are sure to please. Alison Heikkila uses a color page as a template to decorate a glass in rich hues of Lapis blue. While Jessica Litman uses her papercrafting genius to add a curled look to a candle.

Tsukineko StazOn Studio Glaze is perfect for paper or non paper surfaces. See how Alison decorates a glass using a coloring page as a template.

Coloring Books for Coloring Glass by Alison Heikkila

Imagine has so many fun coloring products and StazOn Studio Glaze is one! Coloring books for adults are all the rage, but I wanted to do something beyond paper. I thought it was so pretty on a glass.

rethink how adult color pages can be used for decorating other household items. StazOn Studio Glaze is perfect for this crafting project.
Depending on the shape the glass, cut the color page to fit flush against one side and secure it in place. Trace the outline of the flower using Jet Black StazOn Studio Glaze. Once I completed the outline, I freehanded a couple of swirls and let the Jet Black StazOn dry.

rich blues, purple and turquiose is used to color this glass.
I filled in the first row of petals with Midnight Blue StazOn. Because I have the black outline, I can move right to my next color without the colors bleeding. Next, I used Gothic Purple StazOn. I wanted to make sure I filled in the tiny points at the base of the petals, so I used the Taper Point DoodleStix to push the color while it was still wet. The stiffness of the DoodleStix is perfect for working with Studio Glaze. I used Emerald City on the 3rd row of petals. Next, I filled in the center circles and used the DoodleStix to clean up any spots or mistakes. Then, let it all dry.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • IKEA – Rattvik Glass
  • Coloring Book Page

Papercraft and candles. Make your space come alive this spring with blue, green and yellow.

Embellished Candle With Paper Flowers by Jessica Litman

Using embellished candles is an easy way to decorate your home for the different seasons. Change out the color paper or candles to match the seasons. Since spring has sprung, we went with yellows, blues, and greens. I started by cutting out circles from the DCWV paper using the paper cutter then using scissors, cut a swirl.

On Point Glue is Imagine's new crafting precision glue! So perfect for paper quilling.

I rolled the swirl starting with the outside toward the inside to form a flower, glued together using OnPoint Glue then glued flower onto the candle. I simply repeat until entire candle is covered with flowers. Then, using ink pad and daubers, dot the edges of the flowers and set aside to dry. Then to make the base, I cut out leaf shapes using the DCWV paper and glued paper together and roll up edges using a pencil. Place the candle on the leaf paper for decoration and you are finished.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • DCWV paper – Bright Textures
  • Scissors
  • 1.5 inch circle paper cutter
  • Candles

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