Learn How to Make a Faux Blue Delft Bunny Rabbit

By Roni Johnson

Welcome in Spring with this lovely Faux Blue Delft Bunny Rabbit to brighten up your home. Originating in the city of Delft in the Netherlands in the 1600s, this pottery which consists of blue decoration over a white background is a breath of fresh air and the perfect start of this season of renewal. This technique looks daunting but once you break it down into easy-to-follow steps it’s fun and rewarding. The finished project looks stunning and will delight everyone who comes in contact with it.

This technique combines wide-open geometric stamped patterns with areas of saturation to give the piece defined areas to enhance and highlight certain areas of the animal. For this example, I used the more concentrated stamping on the face, ears and a medallion of sorts on its back. You will come to see how this turns a plain paper mache rabbit into a beautiful Blue Delft Bunny sure to please.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 2 hours + dry time

 

Directions:

Step 1

Gather up your supplies, you will need a paper mache animal – I choose a rabbit for Spring, tissue paper, Medieval Blue VersaFine Clair ink and Creative Medium (Clear or Shimmer).

 

Step 2

You will also need to gather a few small stamps. For this project I am using roses, leaves and vine peg stamps from Rubber Stamp Tapestry.

 

Step 3

Prepare the paper mache animal by painting it with white acrylic paint. Set it aside to dry.

 

Step 4

To create the concentrated stamped sections place a sheet of tissue paper over the desired area, in this case the back and trace the shape you wish to create. For this example I wanted a nice sized oval medallion over the back. You can see the faint pencil marking on the tissue paper in the photo.

 

Step 5

Create the medallion by stamping the border along the pencil line from the previous step.

 

Step 6 – Stamp additional images to fill in the medallion.

 

Step 7 – Once the medallion has been completed let the ink dry completely.

 

Step 8 – Use a ruler to stamp a small rose at 1” intervals in a diagonal line.

 

Step 9 – Continue stamping at 1” intervals until the entire piece of tissue paper has been covered.

 

Step 10 – Repeat steps 4-9 for any additional areas you wish to cover with a concentrated stamping. For this example I made pieces for the back sides of the rabbit ears and one for the top of the nose and forehead.

 

Step 11 – Stamp extra pieces of tissue paper with the diagonal 1” pattern to cover any areas which are not going to be covered with the concentrated pieces.

 

Step 12 – Stamp more tissue paper than you think you’ll need just in case. You don’t want to run out in the middle of covering the project and have to stop gluing to stamp more.

 

Step 13 – Apply a layer of Creative Medium over the section of the paper mache you want to begin with and carefully place the piece of tissue paper over the glue.

 

Step 14 – Pick up more Creative Medium on the paintbrush and gently dab the tissue paper and press it onto the paper mache form. Once in place cover the entire piece of tissue paper with a generous layer of Creative Medium.

 

Step 15 – Continue covering the areas where you want the concentrated stamping, next the ears, one at a time.

 

Step 16 – Again gently layer the tissue paper over the Creative Medium base coat then cover with a top coat of Creative Medium. Gently pull away the excess tissue paper and smooth the edges with the paintbrush. Let these areas dry before continuing.

 

Step 17 – Once all of the concentrated areas have been applied (back medallion, ears, and forehead), use the diagonal stamped tissue paper to fill in any additional areas that need covering in the same fashion. Apply a foundation layer of Creative Medium; add the diagonal tissue paper and gently press into the glue then apply a top coat of Creative Medium.

 

Step 18 – Let the Creative Medium dry completely, I left this example dry overnight.

 

Step 19 – Use a sponge dauber to apply a bit of color around the edge and inside of the ear.

 

Step 20 – (Optional) – Glue a bit of marabou feather boa to the tail area.

 

Step 21 – Dye rayon seam binding with Fireworks! Spray ink to create a bow around the bunny’s neck.

 

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine
Other
  • Paper Mache Rabbit
  • Tissue Paper
  • Rubber Stamp Tapestry – Roses, Leaves, Vine peg stamps
  • Ruler
  • Paint Brush
  • Rayon Seam Binding
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint – Titanium White
  • (optional) Marabou Feather Boa

Create Jewel Tones for Fall Color Blend for a Mazel Tov Wedding Greeting Card

by Nicole Watt

wedding mazel tov good luck greeting card for weddings

In this cardmaking tutorial, Nicole shares one of her favorite fall color combos using VersaColor inks. Nicole swatches out jewel-tone colors in dark pink with a rich true blue mixed in with a light warm splatter with Delicata. Pigment inks are a perfect ink for blending a colorful gradient from two different color ranges.

This DIY Mazel Tov greeting card (or Good Luck greeting card) is topped with a gold heat embossed vellum layer. This beautiful style is a perfect card for a newlywed couple. Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate – Advanced
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Art Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Waffle Flower Stamps – Color Combos
  • Picket Fence To the Lovely Couple 
  • Altenew sequins 
  • Cardstock
  • Misti Stamping Tool
  • Vellum
  • Heat Tool
  • Waterbrush or paintbrush

 

Retro Floral Card Using Various VersaColor Ink Techniques

by Nicole Watt

Versacolor ink to make a card

Join Nicole as she creates a retro-looking floral card using VersaColor inks. She’ll show you a few different ways you can use this versatile water-based pigment ink to create different effects.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 20 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
  • VersaColor – Peony, Opera Pink, Pink, Lime, Cyan, Lapis Lazuli, Mountain Lake, Black

Other

  • Bottle Up Stamp Set (The Greetery)
  • New Beginnings Stamp Set (Altenew)
  • Bursting Dahlia Stencil (Altenew)

Learn How to Create a Card with a Panel of Denim Fabric

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Learn How to Create a Card with a Panel of Denim Fabric

Make a mixed media card with embellished with naturally based materials. Use denim fabric as a background of a card decorated with a stamped design and MBoss embossing powder. Make embellishments for the card in the same way on small pieces of cotton fabric and color a wood piece with Fireworks!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Sew or glue a 4 x 6-inch piece of denim fabric on the front of the base card. Stamp with VersaMark inkpad, cover with the Mboss White Embossing Powder and heat seat.


Step 2

Cut a heart from a piece of cotton fabric, stamp again with the VersaMark inkpad and this time cover with Mboss Valentine Embossing Powder and heat set.


Step 3

Stamp with Waffle flower sentiment, “The best is yet to come” with VersaFine CLAIR Twilight color on a stripe of cotton ribbon.


Step 4

Spray with Fireworks! Paris Dusk a round piece of wood.


Step 5

Add ribbon around the wood piece and set it on the front of the card.


Step 6

Place Tear It! Tape on the back of the cotton ribbon with the stamped sentiment and set it on the card.


Step 7

Add the fabric heart and embellish with the beads.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • 5 x 7 Base card
  • Kaisercraft – Flourish stamp
  • Waffle Flower – Doily circle
  • Cotton denim fabric
  • Cotton ribbon
  • A small piece of round bark
  • Ribbon and metallic beads
  • Heat tool

Use StazOn Pigment to Create a Beautiful Mixed Media Canvas

by Kassy Tousignant

Use StazOn Pigment to Create a Beautiful Mixed Media Canvas

I used the new StazOn Pigment ink in many of the gorgeous, vibrant new colors on a black chalkboard background and the colors look fantastic! You can even see the purple on black…WHAT?! You have to see for yourself. This project couldn’t have been created successfully without the new StazOn Pigment ink. It is opaque, so it shows up great on dark surfaces AND it has all of the wonderful properties that the original StazOn has—it can be applied to many different surfaces and dries quickly. I think I’ve found a new obsession.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • White gesso
  • Stencil
  • Stamps
  • Paintbrush
  • Metal embellishments
  • Resin face
  • Copper wire
  • White CS
  • Chalkboard Easel

See How To Upcycle A Tin With Stazon Pigment Ink

by Roni Johnson

See How To Upcycle A Tin With Stazon Pigment Ink

Did you hear about the new StazOn Pigment Ink? A quick drying opaque ink that you can use on all of the surfaces that you use the original StazOn ink. This will take your mixed media game to a whole new level of fun. Today am sharing a mermaid themed gift tin that I made for my daughter in law. It’s got layer after layer of StazOn Pigment Ink as well as a few other fun products from Imagine like Goosebumps spray, irRESISTible Pico Embellisher, On Point Glue.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Prepare the tin you will be working with by sanding off any artwork. 180 or 220 grit sandpaper works well for this process. Wash and dry the tin to remove dust, debris, and oils from your skin.


Step 2

Use sponge daubers and StazOn inks to build layers of color beginning with the darkest layer on the bottom. Mariner Blue was applied to the very bottom rim of the lid to create the deepest and darkest part of the ocean. Let dry. Shamrock Green was the next layer which overlapped the Mariner Blue a bit and was applied approximately half way up the tin. Peacock Feathers was used for the third layer of ink, it was pounced darkest above the green but was also pounced over both the Shamrock Green and Mariner Blue to help blend the colors together. Snowflake was applied on the upper quarter of the lid, it was then lightly pounced into the Peacock Feathers to bring a look of natural gradation.


Step 3

The mermaid stamp was inked with Piano Black StazOn Pigment ink and immediately stamped on the lid. Due to the fact that the lid has a slightly curved surface, I have found that it works best if you hold the lid in one hand and the stamp in the other and bring them together. This allows you to see that the stamp is making contact as you press the stamp around the contour of the lid. Let the ink dry completely.


Step 4

Spritz the lid with Clear Goosebumps Texture Spray to create an illusion of water. Let this medium dry before moving on. Use Wedding Dress irRESISTible Pico Embellisher to create bubbles in the water.


Step 5

Use a sponge dauber to color the side of the lid with StazOn Pigment in Mariner Blue and to frame the stamped image on top of the lid.


Step 6

Selectively apply On Point Glue to the lid and lightly sprinkle glitter over the wet adhesive. Let the glue dry completely, shake off excess glitter and replace it for future use.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Upcycled Tin Container
  • Sandpaper
  • Unity Stamp Co – Mystical Mermaid
  • Fine Glitter