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

How to Create a Faux Stained Glass Window Using StazOn Studio Glaze

By Jowilna Nolte 

There are so many ways you can use your crafting supplies to create fabulous home décor elements and to alter things around the house. One thing I have always wanted to try is making a stained glass window but without all the really hard work – so I grabbed some StazOn Studio Glaze Gold and Orange Zest and made my own faux window.

 

Skill Level: Beginner

Time: 15 minutes plus drying time left overnight.

 

Directions:

 

Step 1

I cut a sunflower to mimic spring on my Cricut Maker machine out of black permanent outdoor vinyl. Weed the design and add transfer tape.

 

Step 2

Place the design onto a sheet of clear acrylic cut to size. Mine measures 8×8”. Then burnish the design onto your acrylic sheet to transfer the design.

TIP: If you don’t have a cutting machine you could do this step by stamping a large image onto your acrylic sheeting using Black StazOn ink instead. Then proceed to finish the same way I did. I wanted bold black lines, but the StazOn stamped images are great if you have a bold stamp design.

 

 

Step 3

I selected two colors of StazOn Glaze and started coloring my design on the back of the acrylic sheet. I did this really roughly. It doesn’t matter that you go over the lines since the black lines will hide that.

 

Step 4

Once the first layer StazOn is dry, you can go back and add another layer to fill in any other areas that may still be open or exposed as the glaze dries and settles. I may skip this step since I am quite happy with how it turned out.

And there you have a really pretty faux stained-glass window – or in my case, I think I pop it into a frame and hang it up on a white wall – I rather like the look of this quick and easy project.

 

Note that the back of the image will have loads of texture and be uneven, and the front will be perfectly smooth and looks amazing.

Now go have fun with your StazOn Studio Glaze.

 

Art Supplies:


Imagine:

StazOn Studio Glaze Gold
StazOn Studio Glaze Orange Zest

Other:

Acrylic sheet
Cricut maker cutting machine
Cricut Tools
Black Vinyl

Learn How to Make Decorative Tea Light Candle Holders

By Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

 

Skill: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Time: 45 min

Directions:

Cover glasses with All-Purpose ink and StazOn Studio Glaze to create frost and smoke effects. Die-cut and emboss SHEET metal to make embellishments that are covered with StazOn colors.

 

Step 1

Cover the glass surface with All-Purpose Ink white using a Sponge Dauber and lightly pressing on it creating a frost effect. Let it dry. (Use a heat tool to speed up the process)

 

Step 2

With a Sponge Dauber repeat the above using the StazOn Studio Glaze Cloudy sky.

 

Step 3

Place Tear It! Tape around the mid section of the glasses.

 

Step 4

Place the jute cord over the Tear It! Tape and wrap around to cover.

 

Step 5

Die-cut heart shapes of the SHEET metal in two different sizes. (If you don’t have a die cutting machine, use scissors to easily cut heart shapes of the SHEET metal).

 

Step 6

Cover with the StazOn Black Cherry using a Sponge Dauber.

 

Step 7

Continue with the StazOn Studio Glaze Claret.

 

Step 8

Lightly sand the SHEET metal hearts to reveal the silver color.

 

Step 9

Make some loops with the jute cord, glue them on the glasses and add the hearts.

Art Supplies

Imagine

SHEET Metal – ATC card 

All-Purpose Ink – White

StazOn Studio Glaze – Cloudy Sky, Claret 

StazOn – Black Cherry

Sponge Daubers

Tear It! Tape

 

Other

Heart Dies and die-cutting machine

Embossing folder

Glasses

Sanding paper

Jute cord

Hot glue

Make a Card Using Recycled Plastic

By Baerbel Born

Skill: Beginner

Time: 30 Minutes

Stamping on a budget doesn’t have to look ordinary, in fact, it can have a spectacular shiny and elegant look.
Join Guest Designer Baerbel Born from Germany as she teaches us how to craft using recycled materials.
StazOn Ink on a plastic lid is almost free and so much fun!

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine:

StazOn Ink Pads and Refills

• StazOn Stamp Cleaner

 

Other:

• Stamp and Acrylic Paint: Rayher Craft Supplies

• Paper: BoBunny

• Ribbon: May Arts

• Plastic Lid

 

 

Learn to Make a Unique Slimline Valentine Card

By Neva Cole 

Today I am sharing how to make a Slimline Valentine using Memento inks. Slimline cards are very trendy. This is a great quick and easy card that can be given to the special guy in your life for Valentine’s Day.

 

Skill: Beginner

Time: 30 minutes

 

Directions:

Step 1

A great thing about slimline cards is that you only need a single sheet of 8.5” x 11” cardstock for the card and card front. Trim cardstock to 7” x 8.5” and score to make a card base of 3.5” x 11. It will fit in a standard A10 envelope. Use a Sponge Dauber and Memento Rose Bud to ink the outer 0.5” of the card base.

 

Step 2

Trim the remaining cardstock to 3.25” x 8.25”. Edge with Memento London Fog. Stamp a background in Memento Angel Pink with a small Valentine’s themed image. I used an ancient Rollergraph heart stamp. It is very subtle but adds just a bit of depth to the card.

 

Step 3

Die-cut four layers of cardstock with the Technique Tuesday Paper Airplane on the Border Die.

 

Step 4

Ink one loop with a sponge dauber and Memento Rose Bud. Ink one airplane in Memento London Fog. Ink one airplane leaving the cutout section in place when inking with Memento Tuxedo Black.

 

Step 5

Layer the loops together with dots of On Point Glue, the lower photo shows the very small dots of glue, a little goes a long way! Lightly press together to create a raised die-cut.

 

Step 6

Using On Point Glue, layer the Memento Tuxedo Black airplane over one white airplane. Layer the third airplane with the cutouts removed over the Memento Tuxedo Black airplane. Layer the Memento London Fog airplane with cutouts removed on top.

 

Step 7

Stamp sentiment image in Memento London Fog. I placed all the elements on the card to decide the position before using a stamp positioner to stamp the sentiment.

 

Step 8

Adhere the card front to the base using Tear It! tape.

 

Step 9

Adhere die cuts and sequin embellishments with On Point Glue.

 

Art Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Technique Tuesday Die-Paper Airplane on the Border
  • Hero Arts-CL493 Holiday Sentiments
  • Spiegelmomscraps-Sock Hop sequins
  • Rollergraph-Heart Stamp

Learn How to Make a Hearts Canvas Tote Bag Using the Bokeh Technique

By Roni Johnson

In today’s tutorial, I show you how to make a hearts canvas tote bag using the Bokeh Technique using Memento Luxe Inks and Fabrico Markers. Today’s example is Valentine’s tote made using the Imagine Crafts Happy Valentine’s Day Free PDF Download. You can use this same basic technique for any holiday or occasion by changing the mask used.

Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Directions:

Step 1

Iron the tote bag to remove all wrinkles.

Step 2

Insert a piece of cardboard into the tote bag to prevent ink from soaking through to the back of the bag.

Step 3

Print the desired heart from the PDF onto a piece of cardstock.

Step 4

Trim the heart mask(s) and adhere to the tote bag using repositionable adhesive.

Step 5

Gather the desired colors of Memento Luxe Inks.

Tip:

New or freshly-inked pads work best for this technique.

Step 6

Gather desired stamps and/or tools to stamp the circles.
Pencil erasers, circle stamps, and Sponge Daubers work great for this technique.

Step 7

Pounce the desired tool onto the ink pad; press and hold for 10-15 seconds to allow time for the canvas to soak up the ink.

Tip:

Concentrate the dots of ink closer in the center and further apart as you work your way towards the edges.

Step 8

Continue to add layers of dots with the desired color(s) of ink.

Tip: Highlight Wedding Dress (White) Memento Luxe ink on the canvas with Fabrico Marker (Bubble Gum).
This makes the white pop against the canvas and other colors of ink.

Step 9

Remove the masks and discard.

Step 10

Outline the hearts using Real Black Fabrico Marker. Add additional details with Fabrico Markers at this time if desired.

Step 11

Iron the canvas with the hottest setting allowable for the fabric to set the inks.

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine

Fabrico Marker – Bubble Gum, Poppy Red, Real Black

Sponge Dauber – 

Happy Valentine’s Day Free PDF

 

Other

Canvas Tote Bag

Iron

Cardboard

Pencil Eraser

Rubber Stamp Tapestry – Stamps – Layering Circles

White Cardstock

Repositionable Adhesive