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

 

 

 

Easy to Make Lightweight Sparkling Earrings

By Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

These lightweight earrings in wings shapes that are covered with sparkling Mboss embossing powder are easy to make with few steps using Creative MEDIUM. Match them to your favorite outfit or give them as a gift.

 

Skill: Beginner

Time: 30 minutes plus drying time

 

Directions:

Step 1

Place a thick layer of Creative MEDIUM in the wings molds, covering the area well.

Let it dry.

 

Step 2

Remove the wings and lightly color them with StazOn Teal Blue. Repeat process on wings backs side.

 

Step 3

Use your VersaMarker to mark around the wings and in the middle. Cover with Mboss embossing powder and heat set. The Creative MEDIUM will get soft with the heat at this point, but it will not affect the end result.

 

Step 4

Pinch a small hole to the top of the wings, add a jump ring with some beads and finish with the earring hook.

Art Supplies:

Imagine
Other
  • Prima – wings silicone mold
  • Heat tool
  • Earring hooks and jump rings
  • Beads

 

 

How to Create a Simple Ink Blended Masculine Valentine Card

by Katy Ingram

In today’s crafting tutorial, I show you how to make a simple ink blended masculine card using some Memento, Versafine Clair and Delicata inks.  This is a great project for that special someone in your life for Valentine’s Day. 

Skill: Advanced

Time: 25 minutes

Directions

Art Supplies:

Imagine

• Memento Ink Pad – Teal Zeal, Nautical Blue, Paris Dusk

• VersaFine Clair Ink Pad – Twilight

• Delicata Ink Pad  – Silvery Shimmer and Golden Glitz

• Imagine Craft Mat

 

Other

Simon Says Stamp – Background Stamp – You Are

Simon Says Stamp – Die – Deco Heart

Gina K Designs – Cardstock – White Layering

Neenah – Cardstock – 110 lb classic crest solar white

Announcing the Design Teams for 2021

Introducing Imagine Crafts 2021 Design Team

Hello everyone!

We are happy to introduce our amazing and talented 2021 design teams.

2021 OFFICIAL DESIGN TEAM

Roni Johnson

Hello everyone, my name is Roni Johnson (a.k.a. – Ink Stained Roni) and I’ve been crafting for as long as I can remember. I am a paper and paste girl at heart and can often be found covered in glitter with Ink Stains on my fingers which is how I got my nickname and the name of my blog – Ink Stains. I love rubber stamping both on and off paper. I try to think outside of the box and love to come up with new ideas for old supplies. I hope you’ll find some inspiration while I share my passion for ink, paper and more! Blog – Ink Stains

Follow Roni on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/inkstainedroni/

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Hello! My name is Kyriakos and I live in Greece. I love crafting and creating projects that show alternative ways of using materials; either these are creative supplies or simple craft items. I like using inks, embossing powders and stamps on my projects, where I try to make each material show it’s own beauty on the final project. 

Follow Kyriakos on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/pachadiroglou

Jowilna Nolte

Scrapbooking has been a natural extension of my love for card making and stamping that also accommodates my love and passion for photography. I currently teach regular classes and host workshops around the country that mainly focuses on different techniques and stamping, and how to incorporate them into your scrapbooking and card making.

Follow Jowilna on Instagram https://www.jowilnanolte.co.za

Nadine Carlier

I have been crafting for as long as I can remember with scrapbooking, handmade cards, mixed media, and altered art projects being my favorite things to create although I have done and love all things crafty. I would say my style would best be described as eclectic with a mixed media twist. Almost all my craft projects have some kind of ink, mist, or paint on them. I love getting messy and trying new techniques. Inspiring others is something I love to do by creating videos and sharing how I create my projects.

Follow Nadine on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/scrappinready

Jessica Lin

Passionate about all things crafty! Jessica is a card maker and video artist who has created insightful and lengthy videos explaining embossing techniques and other interesting paper crafting topics.

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2021 GUEST DESIGN TEAM

Alison Heikkila

Hello! My name is Alison Heikkila and I have been a crafter my entire life. My mom started me off with coloring and stringing beads from a very young age, and I never stopped. I have an art degree with a specialization in jewelry and sculpture, but I love working in many mediums and styles. Getting inky is absolutely one of my favorite things!  

I have an amazing husband who loves to see what I create each day (and even crafts along with me sometimes!) and two very creative kids. Sometimes the four of us craft together, which is so much fun. We’ve also got a cat and two dogs, and we reside on Long Island. 

I love to create, as I feel it truly feeds my soul. Getting a little “playtime” in my craft room each day is really important to me. I look forward to sharing projects with you. 

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Annie Collins

Hello Friends, my name is Annie Collins and I have been crafting all my life. I started at 4 years old sewing with my mother. My passion for crafting and sharing continued to grow over the years. I love paper crafting the most all forms of it. I live in sunny Florida with my fantastic family, my husband, our 3 children, son in law,  our first grandchild and pets. I can’t wait to share some projects and be inspired by all of you.

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Baerbel Born

Born in 1961 and crafting since 1966. I ran a stamp shop until 2003 and my favorite stamp pad of all time has been StazOn since it has been introduced in 2002. As a vendor and later as a designer I held countless workshops and taught how to use stamps and inks.

I also had the great honor to be part of the Imagine team for two years in the past. After a few years in the world of live streaming, I came back to good old YouTube and call this my home now.

I have 3 children and 2 grandchildren, all very creative in one way or another. I want to make them proud, and crafters all over the world happy. Our beloved stamping hobby is the best on the planet and its for everyone. All you need is a stamp, a bit of paper, and a good stamp pad. 

Happy stamping!

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Joy Wilson

Hello friends, I am Joy and have been crafting for at least 20 years.  Like most folks, I started out scrapbooking my children’s lives, but then I found a love card making.  I tend to think of my style as clean and simple, but find I add too.  I’m not afraid to get inky and will try any medium to see what I can come up with.  The first love I found in card making was heat embossing, which I am still mesmerized by.  Does anyone else feel that way too?  

I am very lucky to have a husband who encourages me and enables me to be crafty.  I’m not sure who enjoys it more, me or him as he giggles when my eyes light up when I finish a project.  We are empty nesters now, but we have a full house that I lovingly call our zoo.  Hang around for a while and you’ll get to know them all!  

Visit my blog, JoyWilsonInk

Katy Ingram

Hello Crafty Friends! My name is Katy Ingram. I am a wife and mama to 1 son and 4 kitties. I live in southeastern North Carolina off the coast of Topsail Island and I LOVE making handmade cards. I started my card making the journey back in 2016 and in 2019 I started my youtube channel and blog Eastwicks Paper and Ink. I wanted an outlet to share and hopefully inspire your creativity with my card making as well as some tips and tricks along the way. I am so excited to be joining the Imagine Crafts Guest Artist Team. I look forward to meeting and crafting with you!

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Neva Cole

Hello fellow crafters, my name is Neva Cole and I live in the high desert of Central Oregon on a mini-farm with my husband, son, four German Shepherds, and one inside kitty.  A life-long crafter I gravitated towards mostly paper arts, stamping, card making, and scrapbooking about 25 years ago.  My style varies with my mood, sometimes clean and simple then I swing to shabby chic or layered elegance.  I have instructed classes in the paper arts, and come by teaching naturally—I am a retired High School Science teacher.  I look forward to creating with you in the Imagine Community!  

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LeeAnn McKinney

Hi there friends and fellow crafters, my name is LeeAnn McKinney and I am so excited to bring my clean and simple projects and tutorials to you throughout 2020. Let’s Get Crafty!!!

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How to Create Thanksgiving Card with Ink Blending

Hello Crafty Friends! Annie here with a Thanksgiving Card featuring VersaMagic Chalk Inks, Brilliance Pearlescent Pigment Inks, and StazOn Metallic Inks. This Thanksgiving papercraft can be used as a greeting card to give to your host or sent to a family member to let them know you are thinking about them during this holiday season.

This simple stamping and assembly can be finished in a crafting afternoon session. Additional supplies include scrapbooking paper and cardstock.

Skill: Intermediate to Advanced
Time: 20 minutes

Directions

Art Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampendous Stamps: Fall Season Set
  • Queen & Co. Jellies Gems: Copper Brown
  • Studio Calico: Wood Veneer Leaf
  • DCWV Pattern Paper: Fall & Halloween Stack
  • Recollections Brand 110# Cardstock: White
  • Recollections Brand 65# Cardstock: Brown
  • Jot Brand Foam Tape

Beginner Guide: Mboss Clear in Matte Finish


by Imagine staff

Many of you may have heard of embossing powders by now. There are plenty of introductions on how to heat emboss. In fact, we feature a great introduction to embossing on a metal tin by Nicole Watt. Check it out! But there is no end to the many uses of this unique product. So, in today’s post, we thought we would highlight a fun technique with one of the cool powders that Imagine has in stock — Mboss in Clear Matte!

Directions


Step 1

Choose a pigment ink and a stamp. Here I picked VersaFine Clair in Charming Pink and a Waffle Flower stamp.


Step 2

Emboss the stamped image with Mboss Matte Clear. Notice how the Matte Clear deepens the Charming Pink color. With a regular clear embossing powder, a high gloss would show. With the Matte Clear, it simply enhances the stamped image without the high gloss. If you wanted to leave it as is then this is a great technique for enhancing a stamp. For embossing powders, you will need a heat tool. We listed a purchase option in the supplies below. 


Step 3

To take it a bit further, here is an embossing technique that can really intensify any papercraft or cardmaking project. In the sample above you can see the stamp inked with Warm Breeze in VersaFine and then inked again with VersaColor in Canary Yellow. One benefit of embossing is to lock the color of the first stamped image to the paper. It can be inked over with additional colors without affecting it. The plain stamp blends a bit and turns the image to a green hue. The embossed image keeps it’s turquoise color perfectly.

Last example again with VersaFine in Charming Pink — you can see the luster of the embossing keeps the deep pink color intact! Inked with VersaColor can turn the Charming Pink into a coral color (which is beautiful). With the Mboss the Charming Pink pops through the yellow background.

Other