See How to Make a Handmade Creative Art Journal

by Lori Warren

See How to Make a Handmade Creative Art Journal

Interested is slowing down and being more mindful? A Daily Journal to document artsy ideas and creative thoughts might be just what is needed. This journal includes “My Creative Day” journal templates (with prompts for daily journaling), blank art pages (for art journaling, sketching and jotting down ideas) and a special hand decorated cover to house it all.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour

 

Directions


Step 1

Select ready to make a cover or create a cover of your own (size 5 ½” x 7 ½”)


Step 2

Apply a trio of Fireworks! Sprays to add color, allow to dry. As you can see the color of the waterbased inks brings out the chevron design that was preprinted.


Step 3

Use the same Fireworks! colors on a ½” sheet of white card stock, allow drying.


Step 4

Stamp swirls and script randomly onto the card stock panel with StazOn Pigment ink.


Step 5

Add some shine to sections of the card stock panel with Delicata ink and a large Sponge Dauber.


Step 6

Use diecuts to cut out floral images from the card stock panel.


Step 7

Add additional color to the flower heads with Shimmer Stix in Rose Gold.


Step 8

Apply shading to the flower by using a Fantastix tool with StazOn Pigment ink.


Step 9

Stamp a floral pattern and script onto journal cover with StazOn Pigment ink.


Step 10

Directly apply VersaMark ink to cover, sprinkle with MBoss powder(s) and heat set for added texture.


Step 11

Adhere to a layer of tulle.


Step 12

Highlight floral cutouts with white ink.


Step 13

Assemble floral die cuts, adhere sequence, and apply StazOn ink directly to edges of cover for shading.


Step 14

Assemble Journal and embellish with fibers.


Step 15

Complete first daily journal entry.

Supplies

Imagine

StazOn Pigment Inkpad – Peacock Feathers, Shamrock Green, Piano Black, Koala Gray
• Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray – Cottage Ivy, New Sprout, Bahama Blue
Delicata Inkpad – Golden Glitz
Fantastix – Bullet Tip
Sheer Shimmer STIX Dauber Top – Rose Gold
VersaMark Watermark Stamp pad
Mboss Powder – Shimmering Night Sky, Lucky Stars
On Point Glue
Large Sponge Dauber

Other

• Prima – Mixed Media Covers
• Uniball Signo – White
• Inkadinkado Clear Stamps
• Lori’s Cards & Creations Stamps – Art Script
• Sizzix Thinlits – Wildflower Stems
• Hero Arts Sequence
• My Creative Day template
• Fibers
• Tulle

How to Make Different Sparkle Backgrounds on Handmade Cards

by Lindsay Adreon

Glittery backgrounds are the best backgrounds! I love anything glittery and the Sparkle MBoss is quickly becoming one of my favorite new embossing powders. It is a clear embossing powder with holographic glitter mixed into it. It’s perfect to add over any backgrounds because it doesn’t add any color, just shine and sparkle! You can watch the video tutorial to see two different ways to make your backgrounds sparkle!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 – 2 hours

Directions

Supplies

Imagine

VersaFine Clair in Green Oasis

VersaFine Clair in Verdant

VersaFine Clair in Rain Forest

Memento DewDrop in Pistachio

Memento DewDrop in Olive Grove

VersaMark

On Point Glue

Mboss Embossing Powder in
Sparkle

Jumbo Dauber

Other
  • Heat Tool
  • Masking Paper (Label Paper)
  • Kat Scrappiness Dies – Fancy Floral Cover Plate
  • Condensed Uppercase Alphabet
  • Blending Brush Set
  • Peel N Stick Toner Sheets
  • Laminator
  • Deco Foil – Black
  • Die Cutting Machine
  • Lawn Fawn Dies – Scripty Hello
  • Banner Dies
  • The Crafter’s Workshop Floral Spectacle 6 x 6 Stencil
  • Foam Tape
  • White Cardstock
  • Olive Green Cardstock

Learn How To Use Creative Medium To Upcycle A Wooden Box

by Roni Johnson

Learn How To Use Creative Medium To Upcycle A Wooden Box

Preserving memories is a fun and rewarding past time but if you’re like me I like to keep little mementos as well. After every trip we take I end up with a little pile of goodies collected during our travels. I thought it would be fun to create a memory box to house all of these little treasures. Upcycling an old worn out box is just the ticket.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 3 hours + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Find a suitable box for your needs. Garage sales, thrift stores or flea markets are an excellent place to start your search.


Step 2

Remove the insert from the lid (if applicable). Paint the lid insert with a layer of gesso.


Step 3

Make a skin from Copper Metallic Creative Medium. See our Make section for more details.


Step 4

Spritz the skin with Cottage Ivy Fireworks Spray and let dry.


Step 5

Apply a layer of Creative Medium to the lid insert and adhere the skin to the panel. Let the Creative Medium dry.


Step 6

Pounce VersaMark ink around the edges of the skin using a stipple brush.


Step 7

Sprinkle gold Mboss embossing powder over the ink.


Step 8

Shake off excess powder and return it to the bag for later use.


Step 9

Use a heat tool to melt the embossing powder. Set the insert aside for now.


Step 10

Remove the insert from the lid, lightly sand the box to roughen up the surface a bit.


Step 11

Apply a layer of gesso to the entire box, inside and out. I am using DecoArt Chalk Gesso in light green for this example.


Step 12

Stamp desired text and images on the body of the box using VersaFine Clair Inks.


Step 13

After the ink has dried, use a palette knife to spread Antique Creative Medium over the stamped area. Apply more medium in some areas, less in others, by doing so this will create depth and add interest to the finished piece. Let the Creative Medium dry. Use a Fantastix and your ink brand of choice to color the ruler yellow.


Step 14

Stamp and apply Creative Medium to the lid of the box just as you did in step 5. Use a stipple brush and pounce VersaMark ink on the edges of the lid.


Step 15

Sprinkle Gold Mboss embossing powder over the ink; shake off excess and return it to the bag. Use a heat tool to melt the powders. Repeat until all edges have been embossed.


Step 16

Emboss various elements which will be used to embellish the box lid. Here I choose butterflies and an ornate flower.


Step 17

Replace insert into the box lid. Use hot glue to affix the various elements to the box lid. Fill the box with all of the treasures you have found along your journey.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Box with a lid
  • Sandpaper
  • Just For Fun Stamps – Postcards, Postage, Keys, Keyholes
  • Lost Coast Designs – Ruler Border Stamp
  • Stamperia – Molds
  • Spellbinders – Embossing Folder
  • Misc embellishments
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Heat Tool

Learn to Create a Quick and Easy Wood House with Walnut Crystals

by Iris Rodriguez

Learn to Create a Quick and Easy Wood House with Walnut Crystals

This is a fun easy peasy DIY Home Décor project made using a wooden house and walnut ink. The house can be purchased at most craft stores or if you’re a woodworker, just cut out a 4×4 into a house shape. I colored the house with Walnut Ink Crystals and embossed images with Imagine’s new Mboss White embossing powder.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes + drying time

Directions


Step 1

Mix a few Walnut Ink crystals into a small amount of water. The crystals dissolve quickly and the amount you use will determine the density and rich color of the ink. Once you have mixed the crystals, brush on the Walnut Ink. Let the ink dry completely. You can use a heating tool or allow it dry naturally, which takes about an hour.


Step 2

Apply VersaMark ink through the stencil with an Inkblusher. Add the White Mboss embossing powder and apply heat to melt the embossing powder. The embossing powder is 100% opaque so the final result is beautiful showing embossed images on the sides on the back. That’s it! Now you have a nice home décor, custom made by you.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Wooden House
  • Folk Art-Flower Stencil
  • Paint brush
  • Small dish

Learn An Elegant Embossing Resist And Blending Technique

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Learn An Elegant Embossing Resist And Blending Technique

Hello crafty friends! Today, I want to share a “Hello” greeting card using the technique of color blending and emboss resist. I have always enjoyed mixing different techniques together and emboss resist is one of the most versatile. What I show in this card making tutorial is with this option you can create a rich color background before embossing and then apply extra layers of color to enhance the effect. See how I created this elegant card below.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

To make this card, I used three different green colors of Memento Ink. I started with the lightest New Sprout, continue with Bamboo Leaves and finalized with Cottage Ivy.


Step 2

Over a whisper white piece of card stock, I applied the ink directly with the ink pad, just rub it softly and blend the colors. When I was totally satisfied with the colors, I let the paper dry very well before to continue with the next step. I used my heat tool to speed up the process.


Step 3

I stamped a background stamp over the inked layer using the embossing buddy or anti-static pad, VersaMark Ink and Clear Embossing Powder.


Step 4

After heat embossing and using an InkBlusher, I applied Delicata Pigment Ink in White Shimmer directly over the heat embossed background. At this stage, you will notice how the embossed butterflies fine lines did not absorb the pigment ink and the background color looks softer.


Step 5

To finalize the card, I resized the layer, pasted it over the mat and card base and stamped one sentiment using VersaFine Clair Green Oasis and embossed it with clear embossing powder.


Step 6

You can use this technique using a single color of ink for the background or mixing different colors. The most important is that you use white pigment ink to make the color tones soft and enhance the embossing.

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – Whisper White, Dark Brown
  • Stamp Sets – Blossom & Butterflies, Friendship Greetings
  • Stamparatus or Misti Stamping Tool
  • Embossing Buddy
  • Heat Tool

Learn How to Make a Travel Journal

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Learn How to Make a Travel Journal

Keeping travel memories in real time while they are taking place and having them all gathered in a journal is the best way to have to keep every moment of your trip. Include blank pages, make pockets and keep tickets, notes, and photos in this handmade travel journal. To make the cover, I used Kraft-tex paper, which a fabric-like paper, which I sprayed with Ink Potion No.9 instead of water to keep it soft and allow better performance of inks. Stamping with the StazOn Pigment inkpads gave great coverage and sharp design on the wrinkled surface, while the ink dried fast to allow moving to the next step. Make this journal before your trip and have it handy during your travels.

Time: 2 hours
Skill: Advanced

Directions


Step 1

Cut a 16 ½ x 8 ½ inch piece of the Kraft-tex paper and spray it with the Ink Potion No.9


Step 2

Twist and crinkle the paper and while spraying a bit more of the Ink Potion No.9. Let it dry or use a heat tool.


Step 3

Cut a 5 ½ x 3-inch canvas piece and place it on the cover, leaving 2 ½ inch from the long side on the right, as it will be used an inner flap making a side pocket. Stamp with the map and the travel journal stamp with the VersaMark, cover with Mboss Embossing Powder in Black and heat set.


Step 4

Remove the canvas piece, press lightly on the surface with the StazOn Pigment Snowflake inkpad and distress the surface.


Step 5

Continue stamping with the StazOn Pigment in Passion Red, Mariner Blue, Piano Black ink pads with travel stamps on the surface. Distress around the compass image and maps with the same colors ink pads.


Step 6

Add Tear It Tape to the top side of the canvas piece and a Sheet Metal dog tag, gluing only half of it. Allow space as it will be used a hook to secure the burlap cord wrapped around the journal.


Step 7

Cut a 2 ½ x 2-inch piece of canvas fabric, fold in half and glue just the edge of the long side with the On Point Glue, creating a pen pocket.


Step 8

Place the canvas pieces on the Kraft-tex cover and using a piercing tool open holes to allow hand sewing of the red twine. Apart from decorative purpose, this also helps to secure it further the pen pocket to the cover.


Step 9

Continue decoration with stamps and the StazOn Pigment in Passion Red, Mariner Blue, Piano Black inkpads.


Step 10

Turn at the back and glue the previously left sides on top and bottom only making side pockets.


Step 11

Open two holes at the middle (spine-like) leaving about 1 ½ inches from top and bottom and pass three times the elastic black cord.


Step 11

Cut blank pages in stacks of 5 creating signatures in 10 x 7 inch (5×7 when folded) and secure with the red twine by opening 3 holes and passing the twine through them. Repeat the process and just pass between the elastic cord to secure them.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Kraft-tex paper fabric – natural
  • Canvas
  • Viva decor – Travel and Paris, Rome, Berlin stamps
  • Black elastic cord
  • Red twine
  • Burlap cord
  • Blank pages
  • Heat tool
  • Piercing tool