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

See a Stamping Technique Inspired by Impressionism

by Lori Warren

See a Stamping Technique Inspired by Impressionism

We all need a little inspiration sometimes and, for this project, I took my inspiration from the Impressionism style of paintings from the 1860s.  It resulted in a fun project using the All-Purpose inks and other Imagine products to create a miniature floral scene on a 4”x4” flat panel canvas.

Skill: Beginners
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Directions


Step 1

Apply Cool Grey ink to the canvas with a bullet-shaped Fantastix.


Step 2

Stipple on Sky Mist ink with Fantastix to the upper portion of the canvas.


Step 3

Stipple on Celadon ink to lower portion of canvas with Fantastix.


Step 4

Stipple Blue Bayou onto the upper portion of the canvas, sparingly.


Step 5

Place Celedon ink onto craft mat, ink stamp, & stamp stems onto the lower portion of the canvas.


Step 6

Stamp roses with VersaFine Clair in Medieval Blue & Monarch across canvas above the stems.


Step 7

Stamp saying with VersaFine Nocturne onto the canvas.


Step 8

Edge panel with Blue Bayou ink.


Step 9

Add black paint splatters.


Step 10

Spray canvas with Sheer Shimmer Craft Spray in Sparkle.


Step 11

Edge canvas with Sheer Shimmer Stix in Gold.

Supplies

Imagine  
Other
  • The Angel Company stamps
  • Mini canvas
  • Acrylic block
  • Paint brush

Say “Hello How are You” with a Handmade Greeting Card

by Arjita Sepaha Singh

Say "Hello How are You" with a Handmade Greeting Card

Hello! How are you? Sometimes we need to simply reach out and say hi to an old friend! In today’s video, I created a very organic and easy card using VersaFine Clair and VersaMagic Chalk ink. I blended three Blue inks on a piece of Iris paper (slightly glossy) with a sponge dauber. I used an arrows stencil and added white and blue ink using finger daubers. To finish the card I heat embossed a sentiment and matted it on a white card base.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other

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!

Supplies

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