Create An Elegant “Always & Forever” Wedding Sign

by Steph Ackerman

Create An Elegant "Always & Forever" Wedding Sign using a Purple Theme

As Summer is on its way, it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming wedding season. For this project, I wanted to incorporate Creative Medium acrylic paste so I decided to do some experimenting. The iridescent material in pastes pops on the black chalkboard piece and creates a beautifully vibrant effect. To match all the colors, I also applied the pastes to cardstock to make flowers. Take a look at how I created a beautiful decorative sign using Creative Medium and VersaFine Clair.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour + dry time


Step 1

Tape the stencil to the chalkboard, covering any parts of the stencil you don’t want to use with extra tape.

Step 2

Using a pallet knife, cover the stencil with Creative Medium Purple Iridescent.

Step 3

Remove the stencil and allow the Creative Medium to dry.

apply Creative Medium Iridescent Purple onto a strip of purple cardstock
Step 4

Use a pallet knife to apply Creative Medium Iridescent Purple onto a strip of purple cardstock. Use a pallet knife to apply Creative Medium Metallic Gold onto a strip of green cardstock. Allow both pieces to dry before moving on to next step.

Step 5

Stamp flowers with VersaFine Clair Fantasia Ink on the strip of purple cardstock. Stamp leaves with VersaFine Clair Green Oasis Ink on the strip of gold covered green cardstock.

Step 6

Using the coordinating dies, die cut the flowers and leaves. Assemble the flowers by shaping the petals with a stylus and piecing together with brads.

Step 7

Use On Point Glue to adhere the flowers and leaves to the panel.

Step 8

Tie purple ribbon to the panel. Use On Point Glue to adhere pearls about the panel. This piece would look great hanging on the back of the bride and grooms chairs, near a floral display or by the guest book. It would be easily customized to match the wedding colors of choice as well!


  • Chalkboard Panel
  • Heartfelt Creations – Classic Rose Stamp Set, Classic Rose Die Set
  • Cardstock – Purple, Green
  • Brads
  • Die cut machine
  • Pearls
  • Prima Marketing – Stencil
  • Shaping stylus
  • Ribbon

Celebrate Mardi Gras this Year with a Handmade Mask

by Kyriako Pachadiroglou

Celebrate Mardi Gras this year with a gorgeous and festive handmade mask. Vertigo sheets are a great tool for making amazing visual effect when light hits it and it’s always more vibrant when color is added. Using the StazOn ink pads you can assure that the colors mix well on the Vertigo sheet and will not fade. Imagine’s Embossing Powder also provides a detailed decoration for this project that is iconic of the celebration of Mardi Gras. Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour


Step 1

Print the mask template, cut along and secure it on the back of a Vertigo Sheet using masking tape.

Step 2

Cut along the mask pattern.

Step 3

From the remaining Vertigo sheet, cut wave shaped stripes between 3-4 inch and color with the StazOn Blazing Red and Royal Purple.

Step 4

Using your heat gun and a pair of tweezers, heat the Vertigo stripes and twist.

Step 5

Partially cover the Vertigo mask pieces with StazOn Studio Glaze. Continue to color with the StazOn Blazing Red and Royal Purple inks.

Step 6

Stamp the sun design on side of the mask using the VersaMark inkpad. Decorate the opposite side by hand using the VersaMarker. Cover with Imagine’s Embossing Powder in White and heat set.

Step 7

Decorate the mask with the StazOn Studio Glaze in Silver, making lines and dots.

Step 8

Pierce holes on the mask inner sides and hand tie with the cord.

Step 9

Punch holes on the Vertigo stripes and attach them with an eyelet on the mask. Add eyelets on the ends of the mask to tie later the elastic cord.

Step 10

Use small pieces of Tear It Tape to glue feathers close to, previously attached, Vertigo stripes.

Step 11

Add rhinestones by gluing them with On Point Glue. And finish the mask by adding the elastic band to the sides.


  • Mask Template
  • Rhinestones
  • Stamperia – Sun stamp
  • Eyelets
  • Hole punch
  • Elastic cord
  • Feathers
  • Masking tape
  • Heat gun
  • Piercing tool
  • White waxed cord

‘I Like Chocolate’ Whimsical Style Halloween Tag

 by Renee Zarate

I Like Chocolate Whimsical Style Halloween Tag

Who doesn’t love chocolate? It is often the perfect gift! There are so many different types of chocolate: white, milk, bittersweet…the list goes on and on. There’s a little something for everyone and every taste. Next time you give someone the gift of chocolate think about making a tag to go with it. If the chocolate is super tasty then it is sure that the tag will last longer than the gift.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour


This tag was diecut from Strathmore Mixed Media paper and a Sizzix tag die.
Step 1

Select or diecut a tag. You can purchase blank tags at most craft stores or even office supply stores. This tag was diecut from Strathmore Mixed Media paper and a Sizzix tag die. Stamp images with Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa, emboss with clear powder and melt with a heat tool. Use a Dauber to color in the background with Delicata Champagne.

 Using a small Dauber ink the edges with Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer, then follow with a different Dauber tool add Delicata Golden Glitz ink
Step 2

Before the ink dries, place a stencil on top and remove some of the background ink with a baby wipe. Using a small Dauber ink the edges with Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer, then follow with a different Dauber tool and add Delicata Golden Glitz ink.

Apply Post-It notes to serve as a mask covering the stamped images, apply white gesso with a texture type stencil randomly.
Step 3

Apply Post-It notes to serve as a mask covering the stamped images, apply white gesso with a texture type stencil randomly.

Step 4

Add additional interest with a script stamp using Celestial Copper ink. Take a bottle cap and use as a stamp with Dark Brown Shimmer ink. Color at random with Memento Markers. Add a baker’s twine bow, some staples, a tiny metal heart and a quick spray of Gold Shimmer Spritz.

Once everything is dry then you are ready to pair with a chocolate gift! If you enjoyed this quick and easy tutorial then share on Facebook or leave a comment below!


  • Sizzix – tag die measuring 6 ¼” x 3”
  • Die cutting machine
  • Strathmore – Mixed Media paper
  • Stencil Girl – Textures stencil
  • Bottle cap
  • Post It Notes
  • Dina Wakley – Texture stamps
  • Rubbermoon – I like chocolate
  • Baby wipes
  • Prima Crafts – Mechanical Heart
  • White gesso
  • Baker’s twine
  • Heat tool


Color of the Month for May is…

magenta is may's inkpad color of the month

It is Monday! It is May and it’s time for May-genta! Every month we choose a color from our variety of ink lines to challenge our customer base and our artists. For the month of May, we choose this pure pink hue and felt that it was a great transition color from Spring to Summer. Magenta is also the M in the printing acronym CMYK – Cyan Magenta Yellow Black. So whether you like this color because it is pretty or because you are a nerd you can be satisfied either way! And this is exactly where we drew our inspiration.

In today’s post, we are featuring 3 crafting DIY projects. Magenta is a great color in fashion and Kyriako’s illustrates this perfectly in a dress sketch using Versacolor. Magenta can also be dramatic, and Roni does a perfect job of showing a scrapbook page that uses a dramatic layout. And Neva brings it back home with a handmade card that shows how well Magenta is used to direct the eye. See what these artists have to say about their projects…

dress colored with versacolor

Haute Couture with VersaColor by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Haute couture, daily fashion or coloring to design a stunning piece of cloth is fun way to get into this color Magenta! In the piece above I wanted to use blending techniques with VersaColor in a different way. These pigment inks are great for coloring in and blending because of the open dry time and how they do not readily soak into the paper especially heavy paper like I am using. Blending from red to purple in this dress shows how great these inks are and I was especially looking for a lush look for this dress figure. Using a Brushstix or sponge dauber will pick the ink off the stamp pad and is easy to use like a drawing tool.

I started with a true purple in VersaColor which is the Grape and blended with Peony, Camilla and Petal Pink (lightest) moving up. Using all the shades of ink was enjoyable and created great results on this project. From an easy idea like this one you can continue to draw more dresses, use other color combinations and add color on a young girl’s room.


  • Dress sketch stamp or hand drawing
  • Pencil
  • A4 heavy weight paper

magenta ink scrapbook

Every Heart Needs Magenta by Roni Johnson

Magenta is my daughter-in-love’s favorite color and as it happens she had some lovely pink and white roses she carried for the wedding. I had a lovely photo with her holding them and by tweaking the color a bit I ended up with this amazing picture. I wanted a bold background to really make the colors in the picture pop so I started off with a layer of vibrant Lilac Posies Fireworks Spray. I love how the finished layout turned out…just as I envisioned it. You can see in the close up how the Creative Medium pulled some of the Fireworks Spray into the stenciled design as it dried making for an even bigger pop of color. The steel needle nose tip on the On Point Glue makes it easy to add just a drop of adhesive even for tiny embellishments like the sequins. It dries clear which is great for the clear iridescent sequins!


  • – Stencil
  • Cardstock
  • Sentiment Stamp (Cherry Blossom Kit) Just For Fun Rubber Stamps
  • 2 Sided Doodle Background Frame
  • Large; 2 Sided Doodle Background/Frame – Small (large and small scribbled circles)
  • Foam adhesive
  • Sequins

happy birthday card with dragonflies

Magenta Dragonflies Birthday Card by Neva Cole

When doing research for Imagines’ color of the month I discovered that the Dragonflies come in Magenta, who knew? This Magenta-bodied Dragonfly is created using multiple layers of ink and the assistance of a stamp positioner. The body is colored directly on the stamp with Memento Dual-Tip Markers in Love Letter (one layer) and Lilac Posies (two layers) and the eyes are in in Tuxedo Black. After cleaning the stamp, the entire dragonfly is then inked with VersaMark Dazzle Champagne and heat embossed with Embossing Powder in Iridescent. A spritz of Fireworks in New Sprout finishes the front panel. The die cut sentiment and backing layer are inked with Ink Blushers and Memento Luxe using the same formula of Love Letter and Lilac Posies. The wings didn’t stand out enough so a StazOn Blue Hawaii is dabbed on with a Bullet Tip Fantastix that was first moistened with StazOn All Purpose Stamp Cleaner. On Point Glue was perfect to add very small drops of glue to the sentiment to securing adhere it to the card front. Dragonflies are iridescent in real life and I believe I captured their essence with Imagine products quite nicely!




  • Sizzix–Thinlits Happy Birthday to You
  • Imagiart Stamps—Dragonfly (Vintage and is no longer available)


We hope you enjoy these projects from our Artist in Residence and see their supplies list for links to purchase. Read more on Magenta Wikipedia page. The stamp used in the main image is from Waffle Flower.



Travel Journals & Keepsakes!

Summer means plenty of trips and travel adventures! What better way to treasure those memories than with a travel journal?

2015_June_JN_Traveljournal_MainSimple Folded Keepsake by Jowilna Nolte

We all love traveling, and I for one would never be home if traveling was free – as the saying goes! But for now I am concentrating on traveling locally and with all the ticket stubs and travel related documents that we collect I created this quick and easy folded travel journal… read more

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Sand Between Your Toes by Penny Ward                       Suede Travel Journal by Roni Johnson