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)

Using Brilliance Ink To Create A Mixed Media Card

by Nadine Carlier

I love the brillance shimmer that Brilliance Ink adds! I created this entire card using different colors of Brilliance Ink.
Watch my video tutorial below to see how I did it. Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 15 minutes

Supplies

Imagine
Other

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Create A Mixed Media Scrapbook Layout Background

by Nadine Carlier

Selfie Mixed Media Layout by Nadine Carlier IC

It has been such a long time since I have done a scrapbook layout. I really miss doing them!  I used several different Imagine products to create the background for my layout; Creative Medium, Fireworks, Delicata, Brilliance, VersaMagic, and StazOn Pigment Ink.
Watch my video below for details on how I created the background for my layout.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Chipboard by Creative Embellishments
  • Stencil by Creative Embellishments
  • Stamp by Creative Embellishments
  • Gesso – Clear, White
  • Prima Flowers
  • Paper by 13Arts

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How To Make A CAS Layered Card

by Nadine Carlier

CAS Layered Card by Nadine Carlier IC

Brillance Pearlescent Coral was the perfect ink for the delicate flowers on my CAS layered card. Watch my video below to see how easy it was to create. Enjoy!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 15 minutes

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Gina K Designs Watercolor Flowers Stamp Set
  • Misti
  • String
  • Gemstones
  • Cardstock – White, Gray, Pink

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How To Create A Dewlet Shape Flower Centerpiece In A Scrap Layout

by Jowilna Nolte

How To Create A Dewlet Shape Flower Centerpiece In A Scrap Layout

With the new Dewlet die-cut making cute little elements using your Dew Drop ink pads have just become so much easier. I have always loved cutting them out to make flower petals, but now the job is so much easier thanks to this little cutie. There is a world of possibility with this clever die-cut just imagine all the effects you can create.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Use your VersaMagic Dew Drop in Night Sky and stamp directly onto a smooth piece of white cardstock. Leave to dry or heat set using a heat gun.


Step 2

Use Brilliance Dew Drop in Starlight Silver and stamp directly over the first VersaMagic Dew Drop stamped shape.


Step 3

While the Brilliance ink is still wet sprinkle with Embossing Powder in Clear. Shake off the excess and return to the container. Heat set using a heat gun until fully melted.


Step 4

Use your Dewlet die cut shape and cut out the embossed shapes on your die-cutting machine.


Step 5

I used my Dewlet shapes on my layout to create a beautiful flower element rising out from above the photo matt. These Dewlet shapes are perfect as flower petals but can be used for so much more.


Step 6

Use Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Summer Sky to adds light blue splats to the background as well as Walnut Ink Crystals.

Supplies

Imagine 
Other
  • Cardstock
  • Patterned paper – Cocoa Vanilla
  • Heat gun
  • Circle punch
  • Sewing Machine
  • Embellishments
  • Scissors
  • Die Cut Machine
  • Paint brush

Make a Vivid and Impressive Valentine’s Day Card

by Steph Ackerman

Make a Vivid and Impressive Valentine's Day Card

Valentine’s Day is a cardmaking holiday. If you have a lot of people on your card-receiving list and you need to create several of the same cards quickly, it’s easiest when you limit your supply choices. That doesn’t mean, however, that your cards need to look simple. For this design, I choose the new line of VersaFine Clair inks that are beautifully vibrant and I’ve used Tulip Red to create an amazing background color saturation.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Ink background stamps with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair and stamp onto pattern paper.
Step 1

Ink background stamps with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair and stamp onto pattern paper.


Step 2

Emboss with Clear Embossing Powder and heat set.


Step 3

Stamp assorted sized flowers with Brilliance ink in Pearlescent Orchid and stamp leaves with Green Oasis VersaFine Clair.


Step 4

Die cut the flowers and leaves using the coordinating dies.


Step 5

Mat the stamped background with black cardstock. Add the flowers and leaves to the panel with brads


Step 6

Mat panel with red cardstock. Create a card from black cardstock. Add panel to the card at a slight angle using foam adhesives for dimension.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – red, white, black
  • Just For Fun Rubber Stamp – Valentine Background
  • Heartfelt Creations – Classic Rose Stamp Set & Die
  • Brads
  • Die cut machine
  • Heat Tool
  • Adhesive