Crafting with your Besties? Make Colorful and Inspirational Bracelets!

by Mischelle Smith

Mischelle Smith shows you how to make your own DIY popsicle bracelets

Wearing a bracelet with an inspiring quote can make a big difference in your daily productivity. Words like brave, blessed, courage, or strong are little reminders to encourage you to power through a tough day. Today, I am sharing a super fun project to help spark creativity and Monday Motivation! This is a great project to have at a craft party, teenage girl sleepover or any fun group activity where several pieces of a unique project can be handmade. Once you understand how to make a few of these adorable bracelets, then you can truly allow your creativity to flow and go crazy!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 13 hours of prep time + 30 minutes per bracelet craft time


Step 1

Boil Jumbo Craft Sticks in water for 15 minutes.


Step 2

While still hot, shape craft sticks in circles and place on the inside of a cup. Let set 12 hours. Some will crack and splinter. Make more than you need.


Step 3

Punch a hole on each end of the craft stick. Again, some may splinter and break.


Step 4

Go Crazy!! Color craft sticks with any number of products. Some suggestions are Fabrico Markers, Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray, Creative Medium and DCWV paper. Fabrico Markers are Tsukineko’s line of fabric markers. The thicker pigment formula of ink is also great on wood. Fireworks is a great product to add color and shimmer to porous surfaces. Creative Medium is an acrylic paste that will allow you to stencil, adhere printed sentiments, and layer embellishments onto the bracelets. And DCWV paper has an endless source of inspiring imagery in their paper sets!

The following photos show the variety of options with this project and a variety of craft supplies:

Stencil with Creative Medium.

Designed with Fabrico Markers.

Star embellishments with Creative Medium.

Add stamped or printed sentiments with Creative Medium.


Step 5

Once you have completed your crafting awesomeness then attach twine to the ends to finish, wear them to your next social event and let the compliments pour in!

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Jumbo Craft Sticks
  • DCWV – Fairytale Dreams Paper Collection
  • Webster’s Pages – Painted Passport Sticker Collection
  • MFT Die-namics – Blueprints #1
  • Foam brush
  • Crop-a-dile
  • Twine – natural, white
  • Black cord
  • Scissors
  • Old bible page
  • Star punch
  • Stencils

 

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Complete a Scrapbook for your Earth Day Adventures

by Neva Cole

Scrapbook Layout using DCWV paper and Tsukineko ink.

What fun times we had when we stayed a tiny campground along the McKenzie River last fall. When I received the DCWV Adventurer paper collection I knew exactly what event I planned to scrap, it was just a matter of selecting the photos to get started. I tend to scrap family events in two-page layouts, so I started with olive green cardstock with the Yellow Bright Textured cardstock to back the photos.

Working from the photo colors, I choose the plaid blue and green design and two journal cards from the collection. One of the papers had fun adventurer circles that worked perfectly to die cut and use as additional embellishments. Once all of my selections were made and the design was decided, I marked off the area for the title and removed all the papers. The “Campout” was stamped in Memento Northern Pine. “McKenzie River” was stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed with Copper Embossing Powder, which matched perfectly with the pre-embossed journal card and the circle embellishments. An ink blusher was used to ink the edges of all the papers with Memento Northern Pine before I arranged the rest.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • DCWV – Adventurer Collection, Bright Textured cardstock
  • Making Memories – Foam Stamps Philadelphia
  • Technique Tuesday – Farmhouse Large
  • Spellbinders – Small Circles

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Big Bright Things Come in Small Packages

gift tags made from dcwv paper. wish big. flower stamps from hero arts.

Wish Big Envelope Packages by Martha Lucia Gomez

I love to create packages and could not resist this opportunity to use the Beach House collection from the DCWV papers! These are envelopes to store gift cards or money, perfect for the season, don’t you think? To create these gift tags you need a 6″x 6″ piece of decorated paper. I started by scoring 1-5/8″ from the sides, 1/2″ from the bottom and 1″ from the top and cut away the four corners creating a small wedge from the sides of the flags to make it easier to assemble. I then pasted the edge of one side flag and the bottom flag using Tear It Tape. Place your gift card or money inside and secure the envelope package with a few loops of bakers twine.

To finish the overall design, decorate the front of the envelope package with flower stamp set of your choice and color using Fireworks! I attached the flowers using dimensional stickers and On Point Glue and stamped the Wish Big sentiment with Memento Paris Dusk. A gift wrapped in a handmade package will certainly show your loved one you really care!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • DCWV – Beach House Collection
  • Joy Clair – Doodle Flowers Stamp Set
  • Stampin Up – Wish Big Stamp
  • Baker’s twine
  • Scissors
  • Dimensional stickers

Handmade card with gift tag. DCWV paper. floral theme. lace.



Country Floral Gift Card Tag by Roni Johnson

With Spring popping up everywhere I thought it would be fun to make a dainty little floral gift card tag holder and card all in one. The card features a bouquet of flowers pieced on one of the front flaps which opens to reveal a silvery lace pocket which holds an oversized tag. Continue opening to see nestled inside you find a gift card! This crafty card and tag combination creates a nice surprise gift effect for the person receiving the present. The possibilities of themes and ideas for this duo set are endless, so let your imagination fly!

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • DCWV – Country Floral, Textured Brights
  • Cardstock
  • ClubScrap.com – Stamps
  • Foam Adhesive Strips
  • 
Twine
  • Lace
  • Ribbon
  • Eyelets

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Learn How to Create an Easy Luxurious Gemstone on Paper

It amazes us at times what crafters can do to replicate ideas with raw materials. This is especially impressive when what is replicated is difficult such as complex patterns, metallics, glass or stone. In today’s post, Jennifer Vanderbeek recreates the Lapis Lazuli piece of jewelry in her personal collection and Renee Zarate creates a beautiful silver metallic pattern on Lapis paper.

Shades of Blue Jewelry Inspired Card by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Lapis lazuli is my favorite among the semi-precious stones. It comes in various shades of blue but my favorite are the strains that are deep blue with a scattering of pyrite, or Fool’s Gold, running through it. I’ve collected many pieces of Lapis jewelry and decided to use a particular bracelet I picked up in Mexico as the inspiration for this card.


I started by applying Metallic Silver Creative Medium onto white cardstock in the shape of a circle with a palette knife. I then carved out the center of the oval to make room for the faux stone. I filled the center of the space with Blue Hawaii StazOn Studio Glaze and added a few drops of Cotton White StazOn Studio Glaze then swirl it in with a toothpick before adding a few flakes of gold leaf. This creates the marbled effect that most stones have.

To make the bracelet look, I simply extended the designs with long, thin dashes of StazOn Studio Glaze and allowed to dry completely before fussy cutting the bracelet. To pull it together as a card design, I stamped the “enjoy today” sentiment in the lower right corner of the card front with Mediterranean Blue Brilliance ink pad. Then tied the whole layout together with a layer of StazOn element with two pieces of blue cardstock (one solid, one patterned) with deckled edges. And finished by adding pen detailing around design and on sentiment.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white, navy
  • DCWV – patterned paper
  • Oval template
  • Sticky notes
  • 
Tweezers
  • Gold leaf flakes
  • 
Acrylic blocks
  • Studio Calico – Story Builder stamps
  • 
Stampabilities – word stamps
  • Adhesive
  • 
Gelly Roll pen – white, silver

Blessings in Blue An All Occasion Card by Renee Zarate

Lapis Blue is such a beautiful and rich color, it looks so royal! I made a quick but luxurious colored card using scrap paper, DCWV paper, and enhanced glue dots. It’s a quick, simple design with some unexpected touches of bling, a great way to use up your craft supply stash.

I started by spraying Fireworks Craft Spray in several colors on a scrap piece of watercolor paper. After it is dry, I then cut a square panel from sprayed paper and a piece of black cardstock. On the Fireworks panel, I stamped circular stamp with text nine times with Paris Dusk StazOn ink, a nice complimentary color. To create the background, I stamped the words a few times on the panel with Jet Black StazOn. Then I adhered silver foil in between the circles and placed glue dots around each circle and laid foil on top of dots.

To bring the whole design together, I cut Lapis blue colored panel, stamped “blessing” at the bottom with VersaMark and heat embossed and matched the sentiment by distressing the edge with VersaMark and embossing the edge!  Finally, I mounted all the layers together and the design is complete!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Dyan Reaveley -Stamps – texted circles
  • Hero Arts – Blessing stamp
  • Dina Wakley – All the Gals stamp set
  • Invoke Arts – swirl stamp
  • DCWV paper – Brights Textured, Lapis blue paper
  • Blank card
  • Watercolor paper
  • Cardstock – black
  • Paper trimmer
  • Adhesive
  • Pop dots
  • Prima Silver Foil
  • Glue stick

Make a Glamorous Look with the Big Scrapple

Today’s projects on the Imagine Blog merge two ideas – scrapbooking travels to a beautiful city and looking beautiful while you are traveling to that beautiful city. Wherever you are on the journey either headed to or returning from, we gotcha covered. Elina Stromberg layers watercolor paper with Fireworks Craft Spray, black card stock and photos for a gorgeous scrapbook layout. And Kyriakos creates custom jewelry from SHEET Metal and DCWV decorative paper!

The Big Apple Scrapbook page

Big Apple Scrapbook Page by Elina Stromberg

Imagine’s theme this month is ‘The Bigger the Better’ which reminded me of a lovely vacation I took two years ago in New York City. I have lots of pictures from New York, but this time I decided to create a single photo layout in a different style. The top of the page is a heavy watercolor paper on which I played with blue and pink Fireworks Craft Sprays and white acrylic paint, creating a feeling of the NYC evening sky. The bottom part of the page is black cardstock and I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the city skyline. For gluing down the detailed skyscraper silhouettes, I used Imagine’s On Point Glue which was perfect for gluing down detailed paper cuts.

I had large chipboard letters in my stash and I decided to use them for creating a layered page title. I first printed the photo on a strip of white vellum, then re-printed the identical image on glossy photo paper. I painted the edges of the letters with black acrylic paint, and once dry I attached the chipboard letters on the back of the photo with double-sided tape, and cut out. The letters are placed down on identical spots on the vellum print and glued with On Point Glue. This layout can be repeated for any city or favorite vacation spot!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor paper
  • Cardstock – black
  • Acrylic paint – white and black
  • Studio Calico – Large chipboard letters
  • Vellum
  • Photos
  • White gel pen
  • Double-sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Silhouette Machine

Faux Gold Handcrafted Necklace

Creating Gold Jewelry with DCWV paper by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Golden jewelry is now less expensive than ever with Golds Special Materials papers from DCWV! Turn simple shapes of SHEET metal from Imagine into impressive pieces of golden jewelry that can trick your eyes to believe it is real gold. The paper is glued on the diamond shapes and covered at the back with Imagine embossing powder to turn the silver color into gold. GlazOn protects the surface of the papers while keeping their golden shine. This design was quick and easy, but you can continue to play with different shapes and ideas to make the design your own especially if you are designing for a specific occasion or event.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • DCWV – Golds Special Materials papers
  • Jump rings
  • Leather cord
  • Earring hooks

Make a Little Rich Fairytale Dreams Album

by Mischelle Smith

Cute tiny house mini album by Mischelle Smith using Tsukineko and Imagine products.

The Bigger the Better is one of our themes for Imagine’s April projects. I began working on this project wondered what would be better than a card? For me, that would be a mini album or a journal. Both are bigger and better in my world! So that’s where this journey took me. I’m not a shabby chic type designer so I welcomed the opportunity to work on my skills and play with products I love such as the Creative Medium Metallic Gold. When Creative Medium dried on my album I was over the moon with delight. I applied it thin the sheer qualities brought out multiple layers of dimension.  It was, without a doubt, my favorite part of this project.  Of course, having a mini album, or perhaps a journal is absolutely the best part of this project.  Just like the theme – this mini really is bigger and better!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 day + drying time

Directions

crumpled up paper used to create a textured look in a mini journal.

Step 1

Cut album pages to 6-inch x 6-inch squares. Spritz each page with water and crumple into balls. If adding bags or other pages do the same to these.

Scrapbooking paper.
Step 2

Flatten out pages and sand the front and back of each page to create a distressed look.

walnut ink
Step 3

Mix Walnut Ink Crystals with water and paint both sides of each page as desired. Have a rag handy to wipe away excess water.

paper texture
Step 4

After pages have dried splatter walnut ink mixture onto pages using a toothbrush.

 

Step 5

Stack pages together. Place them under a stack of books overnight.

Step 6

Order pages and attach wire binding.

VersaFine and a Stencil

Step 7

Stencil on pages as desired using VersaFine and Memento inks.

Step 8

Apply Creative Medium Metallic Gold using a palette knife. Apply to each page as desired.

Step 9

Spatter irRESISTible Wedding Dress Texture Spray on each page. Let each spread of pages dry before moving on to the next spread. TIP: Wipe Vaseline or Aquafor around the neck of the Texture Spray. This will keep the cap easy to screw on and off.

Step 10

While album is drying stain strips of muslin to use as ribbon. Let dry.

tiny house
Step 11

Cut a house, roof and welcome mat from an old book page. Glue to cover. Cut a door and two windows from stained muslin. Glue to the house. Outline house, door, and windows with Black Memento Marker. Write welcome on the mat. Apply Creative Medium Metallic Gold and Wedding Dress irRESiSTibles to house on the cover. Let dry. Draw shadows under the house roof with a charcoal stick. Tie on dyed muslin strips as desired. Finish with any additional embellishments you with this mini journal because… the Bigger the Better!

Supplies

Imagine

 

Other
  • DCWV – Fairytale Dreams Paper Collection and Brights Textured Cardstock
  • Stencils
  • Muslin
  • Paint Brush
  • Small bowls
  • Water
  • Scissors
  • Wine Bags
  • Sanding Block
  • Wire
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Water Spritzer Bottle
  • Rags or paper towels
  • Old book page
  • Toothbrush