Make Lavender Feather Earrings Out Of Clay

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Make these quick and easy jewelry pieces out of lightweight clay. The feathers are colored with Memento markers in Angel Pink and Lulu Lavender colors to create  contrasting but still matching shades. I decided to use markers instead of ink pads as they can easily color in the fine details of the clay feathers. The clay feathers are covered with gold embossing powder around the edge and on the backside to give a faux metallic case for the feather.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Press lightweight clay in the feathers mold and set it aside until it is dried.


Step 2

Color the clay feathers with the Memento Angel Pink marker and continue with the Lulu Lavender marker following the pattern of the feather.


Step 3

Press the back side of the feather on the VersaMark inkpad, cover with Imagine gold embossing powder and heat set. Repeat the process with the second feather. To give a bit of extra shine, emboss the edges of the clay feather.


Step 4

Color a couple of same size white feathers with the Memento Lulu Lavender marker. Let them dry well.


Step 5

Cover the clay feathers with the Creative Medium Iridescent Blue to protect the colors and to add effect.


Step 6

Attach earring clasps and jump rings.

See my tutorial on jewelry making for more information on supplies: Want to Learn How to Make Jewelry?

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Silicone feathers mold
  • Lightweight clay
  • White Feathers
  • Heat tool
  • Earring clasps
  • Jump rings
  • Pliers

Learn to Emboss with a Stencil

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Purple and lavender Hello Friend handmade card featuring Memento Inks by Tsukineko available from Imagine.

Hello Fellow Crafters! Today, I am sharing some of my favorite stencil techniques with you! Layering stencils are trending now and we can create beautiful designs and make techniques with the different patterns. I am sharing an all textured card with a “Hello Friend” greeting. This month our challenge is stencils and the Color of the Month is Lavender.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Select the color of cardstock and the stencils that you want to use. I am using Wisteria Wonder cardstock and the Layering Dahlia A & B Bundle Stencil from Altenew. Use the layers with different colors of ink. In my sample, I am using Memento Ink in Lulu Lavender and Grape Jelly. Apply the soft color on the stencil with more free areas and the dark color on the detailed stencil. To create the first layer of texture, place the stencil over the stenciled layer in the corresponding place.


Step 2

Create a special sandwich on your big shot to make the embossing. Remember that the pressures of cutting machines are different so you need to test and listen to your version. In my big shot the correct sandwich is:

  • Closed Platform
  • Rubber Pad
  • A piece of cardstock (shim)
  • Stenciled card layer
  • Stencil
  • Embossing Plate

Paste the ensemble sandwich easily through your die cut machine to emboss the stencil design and voila, you will have the first textured.


Step 3

Now it’s time to create the traditional embossing over your card. To make this I am using a Stencil Word from Jillibean Soup. Secure the stencil over the stenciled layer. Apply VersaMark directly with the ink pad over the “Hello”. Remove the stencil and cover the stamped word with Embossing Powder in White. Melt the powder with the heat tool. Paste the stenciled layer over a whisper white card base. Stamp a complement of the word and paste it over the card with On Point Glue.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Altenew – Layering Dahlia A & B Bundle Stencil
  • Hampton Art – Hello stencil from Jillibean Soup
  • Big Shot – Rubber Mat
  • Glue Dots
  • Cardstock – Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White
  • Big Shot Die Machine
  • Masking Tape

Make a Faux Batik Prints with GooseBumps Texture Spray

by Arjita Sepaha Singh

Make a Faux Batik Prints with GooseBumps Texture Spray + Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray

Batik is a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to whole cloth this technique originated in Indonesia. I tried to mimic the batik effect using Goose Bumps Dauber and used it to create a resist. I used a leaf stamp and dabbed it with GooseBumps and created an impression on white paper. Then I added firework sprays to get the beautiful green background. I also heat embossed some leaves on vellum and adhered them on to the card to finish it.

Supplies

Imagine
Other

Create a Bright and Fun High Contrast Card Design

by Elina Stromberg

Create a Bright and Fun High Contrast Card Design

Best summer craft projects are fun and easy to make. On a sunny summer day, you don’t want to spend time in collecting a large number of tools and materials, but rather create something beautiful quickly, using just a few basic supplies you’ll always have at hand.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes per card

Directions


Step 1

For these flower cards, you first create your own patterned paper using repeated floral images and your favorite ink colors. Then you decorate the front of your card with a panel cut from the self-made patterned paper, add a stamped sentiment on top, and your card is ready! Isn’t that just the perfect recipe for a summer day craft project!


Step 2

Using white cardstock, die-cut, punch, or free-cut with scissors a pile of flowers. Color the flowers with your favorite ink colors. For these sample cards, I used two blue Memento inks: Bahama Blue and Danube Blue. If you want to let the ink colors mix, mist the flowers with water and let dry.


Step 3

If your flowers have separate centerpieces, color them, too. Glue the inked flowers on a piece of white cardstock. Leave some white space between the flowers. Let dry.


Step 4

Using scissors or a paper trimmer cut a panel from the decorated flower paper. Mat the panel on a piece of matching color cardstock, and glue on the card front. Stamp “Thank You” or “Hello” with VersaMark and heat emboss sentiment on a piece of solid color cardstock. Glue panel on a card front.

 

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Scissors
  • Paper trimmer
  • Glue
  • StudioCalico – ‘Thank You’ stamp
  • Sizzix – ‘Hello my Friend’ stamp, Floral die
  • Cardstock – Dark Blue, White
  • Cardbase – White

 

Learn the Basics of Stenciling

by Iris Rodriguez

Learn the Basics of Stenciling

Stencils are a great tool to use for creating images and effects on just about any creative project. You can decorate a  journal with them, create card backgrounds and textures, use in your paintings, or in home décor projects. Imagine’s inkpads, inks, sprays, and texture mediums can all be used with stencils. In addition, Imagine has you covered with applicators such as Sponge Daubers, Palette knives, and Stipple brushes. In this article, I’ll discuss some ways to organize, use with different products, proper care and cleaning your stencils.

Organizing Your Stencils

There many ways to organize your stencils. One excellent way is to search crafting, office and home goods stores for options on storage containers. Whichever you choose, it’s important to lay them flat. I think on of the best ways to keep them flat is to use dividers in storage bins or drawers. File folders can be found in office supply stores. Label your dividers by type, theme, or designer. Another way to store stencils in a three-ring binder book inside plastic page protectors. Place color cardstock paper so that you can see the stencil and maximize storage by storing two stencils on one sheet.

If you have an open crafting space then hang stencils with metal hook clips on a rack. I like the idea of hanging my stencils because I can easily go through them and find what I am looking for. I punch a hole in the corners of my stencils and place them in a binder ring.

I have an IKEA wooden shelving unit to store my crafting storage bins. I’ve attached long screws on the side to hang my stencils. Hanging them freed up space and I can easily access them. Some alternatives are to hang them on a clothes hanger with a metal hook or binder clips, store them flat in bins or drawer or hang them on revolving wire three-tier shoe rack with a metal hook or binder clips.

Stenciling with Imagine Inks

Imagine’s Inkblushers and Sponge Daubers work great with stencils because the soft sponge material presses ink down past the edges of the stencil’s details. The sponges produce sharp edges and finely detailed inking better than most other tool. If you have a highly detailed stencil, the sponge materials are especially handy for getting into small and intricate opening, or getting around the tight areas of the stencil.

Stenciling with All-Purpose Ink and Inkblushers. Add a couple of ink drops to your crafting mat and pounce the Inkblusher over the ink. Inkblushers are highly absorbent and work well with Imagine’s All-Purpose Inks.

Inkblushers can also be used to stencil with acrylic paints. Like with inks, you can get clean edges and good detail. Wash the Inkblusher under running water immediately. If you cannot get to the sink right away, wipe off as much paint as you can and then keep it in water, like your paintbrush water. If left out without being washed, the paint will dry and harden the Inkblusher. Unfortunately, the paint cannot be washed out. However, all is not lost; only the area that had the paint will harden, and not harden the entire sponge. Using your scissors, cut off the piece with the hardened paint and continue to use.

Imagine’s Jumbo Daubers provide fine detailed inking. The handle allows you to have great control and pressure over the stencils. Imagine’s Jumbo Daubers also work great Acrylic paints. Add a few drops of paint to your craft mat, pounce the Dauber on the paint, then pounce the Dauber onto a clean area on your mat. Get the paint evenly on the Dauber and avoid globs of paint. If you get too much paint on the Dauber, it will go under the stencil.

Imagine’s Creative Mediums are smooth acrylic pastes that provide yummy textures for any project. This is where stencils are very different from stamps because you can create an image with texture. Use Imagine’s palette knives and Squeegee to add the Creative Medium. Silver Metallic Creative Medium using a palette knife. Imagine’s Multi-purpose Squeegee has a wider surface; perfect for using with larger stencils with large openings. Use a palette knife to add the medium onto the Squeegee.

Imagine’s Fireworks Craft Spray makes stenciling a breeze. To get clean patterns, start spraying from the outside edges of the paper and spray inwards. Change up the starting point and spray. By starting from the outside, avoids harsh spray edges or heavy splotches of ink. Clean up is easy, simply wipe off your stencil and craft mat with a dry paper/cotton towel. To double down on the stencil effects you can “stamp” the wet ink from the stencil onto another piece of cardstock.

Create unique effects with Imagine Stipple brushes. These brushes have a flat, firm bristle head for stippling. It can be used on just about any surface. They are great for stenciling on fabric for getting into the grain. This creates patterns of fine dots by pouncing the brush onto the substrate. Scumble by brushing at a slight angle in a random fashion. This creates brushstrokes and because of brush’s firm bristles, it won’t get under the stencil.

Cleaning the Stencils

One of the hardest things about working with stencils is cleaning them. Even so, keeping your stencils clean will help to maintain clean edges, last longer and you’ll have a clean stencil for your next project. The key to success for keeping stencils clean, regardless of the medium, is to clean them immediately with a wet paper/cloth towel or baby wipe. Depending on the medium you will have ink/paint residue.

When using pigment inks, All-Purpose Ink, or dye inks, wipe the stencil immediately with a wet paper/cloth towel, or baby wipe. Since these inks are water-based the stencil will clean up quickly and completely. When using permanent inks, simply wiping the stencil off with water, will not get it clean. Use a stamp cleaner or Rubbing Alcohol to clean your stencil. Imagine’s StazOn All-Purpose Stamp Cleaner works well for cleaning ink off your stencils. Dab the cleaner on the stencil and wipe with a dry paper/cloth towel. The cleaner tends to leave a little bit of an oily residue. Simply wipe it off with a clean wet paper/cloth towel.

Acrylics paints are harder on stencils than inks. Acrylic paint can leave heavy buildup on your stencils and distort the edges. As with inks, clean the stencil immediately after using with a wet paper/cloth towel or baby wipe. Get as much paint off of it, as possible.

Use a cleaning or nail brush and soap to clean your stencils. Mix handwashing/dishwashing or Artist Painter’s type soap with water in a container. Dip the brush and scrub the paint off the stencil. Lay the stencil flat and rub gently, avoid bending the openings.

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Send A Loved One a “Thinking of You” Greeting

by Martha Lucia Gomez

The summer is here and July is a perfect month to experiment with quick cardmaking projects like this. Today, I am showing you how to color and give a gold metallic effect with different colors and texture of inks. Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Stamp the flowers and leaves images over watercolor paper using VersaMark and heat emboss using Gold Embossing Powder. In my project, I am using a combination of the stamps Wild Rose from Pretty Pink Posh and Loving Mom from Kennedy Grace Creations.


Step 2

Select the colors of Delicata Ink that you want to use and dilute them with a few drops of Ink Potion No. 9. To color the flowers, I used Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green in Delicata. For the leaves, I used Dark Brown Shimmer. Fussy cut the flowers and leaves and set aside for a while.


Step 3

Create a card base using whisper white cardstock. Dilute Rose Gold Delicata Ink with Ink Potion No. 9 and using a paint brush to splatter color over the card base. If you want you can also add a few splatters of Dark Brown Shimmer Delicata Ink.


Step 4

Stamp the sentiment “Thinking of You” using VersaFine Clair Pinecone and emboss with Clear Embossing Powder. Finish your card by adding embellishments like gold metallic thread, arrange the flowers and leaves with glue dots and double-sided foam tape. As final touch paste gold sequins using On Point Glue.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Pretty Pink Posh – Wilde Rose Stamp Set
  • Kennedy Grace Creations – Loving Mom
  • Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps – Thinking of You
  • Cardstock – Whisper White
  • Watercolor
  • MISTI Stamping Tool or Stamparatus
  • Gold Metallic Thread
  • Gold Sequins
  • Paint Brush