Craft a “Leather” Purse Made of Paper

by Iris Rodriguez

Every year I give my closest girlfriends and sisters paper purse cards for their birthday. It is kind of my little tradition. Inside I include a note or gift card. I find these gifts to be fun to make. What girl can resist a purse even if it’s not a real purse? This year I wanted to make a faux leather paper purse card. A little edgy, compared to the cutesy type purses I’ve made in the past. I’ve been having so much fun with Imagine’s Walnut Inks, so I thought I’d try doing a faux leather and I was very happy with the results. See how I did it!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1.5 hours

Directions


Step 1

Spray the Walnut Ink in Eucalyptus. Dry paper.


Step 2

Spray the Walnut (original color) ink, then spray the Ink Potion No.9. The Ink Potion No. 9 blends the inks very nicely and effortlessly. Let dry.


Step 3

Spray a tiny amount of Walnut Ink in Java in random areas. This ink is intense, a little goes a long way. Spray the Ink Potion No.9 and let dry. Using all the different hues of the Walnut Inks will create a lovely organic look.


Step 4

Draw or print out a purse template and cut your inked paper using template..


Step 5

For this step, I found it easiest to do one fold at a time. Stamp VersaMark ink, add Embossing Powder in Clear and remove the excess powder. Using the tapered tip Doodlestix, rewmove lines to make the leather looking texture. The Embossing Powder will make the paper surface about 2 shades darker which goes further to encourage the worn leather look.


Step 6

With a Brushstix, add VersaMark to the metal embellishment and emboss with Embossing Powder in Gold. Rub on StazOn ink in Spiced Chai using the brush tip Brushstix which helps to get into the crevices carved out by the DoodleStix. Heat again with a heat tool to fuse the ink with the Embossing Powder.


Step 7

Glue the embellishments and studs to the front flap with the On Point Glue.


Step 8

In order to keep the flap closed, adhere a Velcro dot. Write a “Happy Birthday” note on the inside if you desire.


Step 9

Punch out a hole in the folding area of the flap. Attach the chain to jump rings and attach the jump rings to the purse. You can stop here or continue adding details to this little gift as you see fit!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor paper – 12 x 9 inches Cold Press, 300 GSM – 140 lbs
  • Metal Embellishment
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Copper Jumprings
  • Copper Chain
  • Gold Iron-On Studs
  • Purse template
  • Velcro dot

How to Use Delicata Ink as a Resist with VersaFine Clair

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

How to Use Delicata Ink as a Resist with VersaFine Clair by Jennifer Vanderbeek

While trying out my new VersaFine Clair inks I was stamping them onto scrap cardstock that already had a few things on it, including some Delicata ink. That’s when I noticed something very interesting: the Delicata seemed to be resisting being covered up by the VersaFine Clair ink! Wanting to be very sure what was happening, I tried it on purpose and found that yes, indeed, Delicata ink acts as a natural resist when VersaFine Clair is stamped on top of it. This is a great technique for layering background and foreground images or adding a subtle all-over pattern to different stamps, giving your finished project a nice, cohesive look. And it’s just plain cool!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 10 minutes

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – White
  • Joy Clair – Wood Background stamp
  • Studio Calico – Fall Foliage stamp set
  • Acrylic Blocks
  • Fiskars – Paper Trimmer, Hole punch
  • Coffee Filter
  • Heat Tool
  • Assorted Ribbon
  • Wooden Button
Other Color Combinations
  • Delicata Celestial Copper and Bronze Burst with VersaFine Clair Fantasia and Tuxedo Black Memento Marker
  • Delicata White Shimmer with VersaFine Clair Charming Pink, Verdant, and Pinecone plus Clear Embossing Powder
  • Delicata Champagne with VersaFine Clair Blue Belle and Nocturne plus Clear Embossing Powder
  • Delicata Rose Gold with VersaFine Clair Green Oasis plus Tuxedo Black Memento Marker

Make a Fun Mixed Media Steampunk Inspired Gothic Collage

by Roni Johnson

Make a Fun Mixed Media Steampunk Inspired Gothic Collage

Happy Birthday, Thomas Edison! Described as America’s Greatest Inventor, he was born February 11th, 1847 in Milan, Ohio. In his honor, his birthday is now known as National Inventors Day. Best known for his invention of the incandescent light bulb but he was so much more. He accumulated a record 1,093 patents in his lifetime. I thought it only fitting to honor this man who so greatly changed our lives with a fun mixed media Steampunk inspired Gothic Arch collage complete with Creative Medium Metallic gears and photos of the man and his work.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Cut a large and small Gothic arch from chipboard. These will eventually nest inside one another.


Step 2

Ink a 1-inch border around the entire outside edge of the large Gothic arch using a sponge dauber and Tulip Red VersaFine Clair ink.


Step 3

Sprinkle desired color(s) of embossing powder over the inked areas. Clear, gold and patina embossing powders were used for this example. VersaFine Clair has amazing properties which allow embossing powders to stick to it even after it is dry to the touch so there is no need to rush or waste embossing powders by mixing them all together. Each color may be applied individually enabling you to collect and save the excess powder.


Step 4

Use a heat tool to melt the powders. Set the large arch aside to cool.


Step 5

Tear vintage ledger pages, mathematical charts, dictionary pages, etc into small pieces.


Step 6

Adhere the pieces of ephemera to the small Gothic arch using Vintage Creative Medium and a palette knife. Overlap pieces until most of the chipboard have been covered. Set aside to dry.


Step 7

Spread a thin layer of Gold, Silver, Bronze and Copper Metallic Creative Medium over 4.25” x 5.5” pieces of cardstock and let dry. Die-cut various gear shapes from the Creative Medium papers.


Step 8

Adhere the gears to the arch using more Vintage Creative Medium.


Step 9

Trim off the excess paper from the arch.


Step 11

Stamp sentiment on a strip of white cardstock. Create an aged look by rubbing a small amount of Vintage Creative Medium over the strip. Ink edges with VersaFine Onyx Black.


Step 12

Adhere the sentiment and images to the arch as desired. The lightbulb image was inked using Memento Dandelion ink. A couple drops of On Point Glue was applied to the colored area and sprinkled with micro-fine glitter. Affix the smaller Gothic Arch to the larger embossed arch using Tear It Tape.

And if you have extra supplies left….

Make a Fun Mixed Media Steampunk Inspired Gothic Collage Tag

Take the remaining pieces and create a gift tag.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Memory Box Dies – Steampunk Gears
  • Artistic Outpost – Steampunk (sentiment)
  • Vintage Ephemera
  • Micro Fine Glitter
  • Cardstock – white
  • Chipboard
  • Scissors

Use Shimmer Craft Spray To Create a Watercolor Effect

by Melissa Andrew

Use Shimmer Craft Spray To Create a Watercolor Effect

If you are looking for a fun new crafting technique then try using Shimmer Craft Spray instead of water to dilute your dye inks. This will create a watercolor background with a ton of beautiful shimmer! After dry, stamp on the background with your favorite VersaFine Clair ink for a finished look.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Whimsy Stamp Set – Love Has Four Paws
  • Paper Cutter
  • Cardstock – Kraft, White
  • Stamping Block
  • Heat Tool

Create a Beautiful Valentine’s Day Card

by Arjita Sepaha Singh

Create a Beautiful Valentine's Day Card

I created a simple yet gorgeous card perfect for Valentine’s Day. I used very few supplies to create this and the main hero of the card was our newly launched Versafine Clair inkpad. I used it to create my colored cardstock and also to get the stamp layering 3D image. I did 1st and 2nd generation stamping to get two shades from one ink pad.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Whimsy Stamps – Stencil
  • Altenew – Rose Layer Stamps
  • Spellbinders – Heart Die
  • Cardstock
  • Cutter Bee – Scissors

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

Directions


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.

Supplies

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