Turn Heads with this Amazing Agate Project

by Roni Johnson

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Blue is my favorite color so when I found out that the Imagine color of the month was Lapis I was thrilled. Not just because I like blue but because I had been experimenting with how to make my own Faux Blue Agate Slices. I had tried all sorts of combinations using various materials for the base and mediums to color it. Recently, I found an excellent combination with mica slices, Imagine IrRESISTibles and Tsukineko products. These gems are perfect to use as accents on scrapbook layouts, journal pages, cards, and even as a necklace. This project takes 2 full days to complete, so without further delay let’s get started!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 30 minutes + extended 2-day dry time

Directions

Gold embossing powder used to decorate mica slices.

Step 1

Select a piece of natural mica and split it into multiple pieces. Mica comes in all shapes and sizes. You will need two pieces for each agate slice. Keep in mind that the slices you select should be fairly thin and translucent. Select a thicker piece for the base and a thinner secondary piece for the final cover. Once you have selected these pieces, ink the edges with the VersaMark inkpad, dip into Gold Embossing Powder and heat emboss.

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Step 2

Apply IrRESISTibles and StazOn Studio Glaze to create the rings inside the faux stone. Starting with one color and one ring at a time, apply Danube Blue, Electric Blue and Wedding Dress irRESISTible Pico Embellishers as well as Blue Hawaii, Midnight Blue, Cotton White and Jet Black StazOn Studio Glaze. Work quickly to prevent the mediums spreading.

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Step 3

Continue until all the rings are filled toward the center. When you reach the center of the piece, fill it in with Clear irRESISTible Pico Embellisher and silver glass glitter. This will give the illusion of crystals in the center of a geode type agate.  If desired, you may choose to swirl the mediums around a bit to imitate more intricate blue agate designs. Let the mediums dry overnight.

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Step 4

Trim the second piece of mica so it fits inside of the gold embossed ring.

on point glue used to seal backside of Faux Agate stone

Step 5

Apply a layer of On Point Glue over the various mediums and place the second piece of mica over the top. Let this dry 24 additional hours. 

Finished Faux Agate piece. Blue Hawaii, Midnight Blue, Black and gold Tsukineko inks.

Once the piece has dried the resemblance to a real piece of blue agate will be amazing. Since mica was used as the base material you also have the option of choosing which side to call the front as you can see from the photos of a single Faux Blue Agate Slice above. These pieces can be used for necklaces but due to the fragile layers of the mica, the back of the slice will need to be stabilized. I applied a layer of Clear irRESISTible Pico Embellisher to the entire back of the slice and let it dry for 48 hours. I have found that the thinner consistency of the Pico Embellisher finds its way between the layers and binds them together. Other mediums will work for this process as well. Creating these faux agates was a time-consuming project with 2 full days of dry time, but the finished result was well worth the wait!

Supplies

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Purple Embossed Skull Earrings

By Alison Heikkila

Alison Heikkila embosses Sheet Metal and creates earrings. purple, yellow, beads, skull, diy, jewelry.
I love texture. I love feeling the different tactile things have, especially in art. The use of dimensional objects in art always intrigues me. I like taking things that are flat and have no texture and altering them in a way to give it life. Today, I have a pair of earrings that I created using Imagine’s SHEET Metal, and you’ll get to see how to take the small, flat square and make it into something fun and personal.

Skill: Intermediate

Time: 20 minutes + drying time

Directions

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Step 1

I went through the Sampler Pack of Sheet Metal, as well as my embossing folders and I chose a skull with wings to go on the square pieces.

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Step 2

Remove the blue coating on the Sheet Metal and position the piece in the embossing folder. Tape the Sheet Metal down with washi tape to secure it.

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Step 3

Run the folder and sheet metal through the Sizzix Big Shot machine, using the multi-purpose platform with both tabs open. Repeat for the second earring.

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Step 4

Apply Royal Purple StazOn ink to the Sheet metal. You can do this 2 ways. Please see photos above to decide which is best for you. The 1st photo is a “cleaner” application. Both work very well.

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Step 5

Once you’ve applied Royal Purple to both pieces, apply a layer of GlazOn. GlazOn will prevent new applications of StazOn from dissolving the previous ones. In other words, it acts as a sealant.

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Step 6

After the GlazOn is dry, apply a light amount of Spiced Chai StazOn to the raised surfaces of the SHEET Metal and edges.

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Step 7

Now you can play with beads! I chose beads that had varying shapes and textures, to add more interest to the earrings.

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Step 8

Using 2 sets of pliers (round nose and a needle nose) open a jump ring sideways. Don’t pull the jump ring apart like a mouth. Instead, swing the ends side to side. This puts less stress on the metal and it is less likely to break. Loop an eye pin and one of the squares on the jump ring, and carefully close it back up.

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Step 9

Add your beads to the eye pin and create a loop at the top. Open a second jump ring, add the ear wire and the completed eye pin of beads. Close the jump ring up. Now you’ve got a fun, and a surprisingly lightweight pair of earrings to show off!

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cuttlebug – Haunted Damask Border Embossing Folder
  • Sizzix – Big Shot Machine
  • Fire Mountain Gems – Ear Wires, Jump Rings, Eye Pins, Branch Beads
  • Beads of choice

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How to Use Kaleidacolor to Make a Vibrant Granny Square Valentine’s Card

by Roni Johnson

Ron Johnson uses hand carved stamps from Hoffee and a Nuffin to make a handmade Valentine’s Card using Kaleidacolor and VersaFine inks.

As a card maker stamps often influence and inspire my designs. Recently, I purchased a hand-carved granny square stamp from Hoffin and a Nuffin that not only inspired me but also brought to mind fond memories from my childhood. My grandma was an original “maker”. She was a seamstress, painter, gardener, artist and loved to knit and crochet as well. I have several granny-square afghans she made for me so I thought it would be fun to make her a Valentine’s Day card incorporating the handcarved craft theme stamp design.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 45 minutes

Directions

Ron Johnson uses hand carved stamps from Hoffee and a Nuffin to make a handmade Valentine’s Card using Kaleidacolor and VersaFine inks.

Step 1

Brayer the first 3 of the 5 colors in Berry Blaze Kaleidacolor ink pad onto cardstock. Use a piece of scrap paper to mask off the remaining two ink colors.

Ron Johnson uses hand carved stamps from Hoffee and a Nuffin to make a handmade Valentine’s Card using Kaleidacolor and VersaFine inks.

Step 2

Use Tack n Peel adhesive material mounted on an acrylic block to stamp using hand-carved images. Stamp the granny square over the inked panel using VersaMark ink. Emboss with clear embossing powder.

Ron Johnson uses hand carved stamps from Hoffee and a Nuffin to make a handmade Valentine’s Card using Kaleidacolor and VersaFine inks.

Step 3

Use a sponge dauber to spread Onyx Black VersaFine ink over the card panel. The emboss area will act as a resist.

Ron Johnson uses hand carved stamps from Hoffee and a Nuffin to make a handmade Valentine’s Card using Kaleidacolor and VersaFine inks.

Step 4

Wipe away excess black ink using a soft cloth.

Ron Johnson uses hand carved stamps from Hoffee and a Nuffin to make a handmade Valentine’s Card using Kaleidacolor and VersaFine inks.

Step 5

Sponge Golden Glitz Delicata ink on a manila tag using a sponge daube. Use a heat tool to set the ink.

Ron Johnson uses hand carved stamps from Hoffee and a Nuffin to make a handmade Valentine’s Card using Kaleidacolor and VersaFine inks.

Step 6

Stamp lock and key designs on the inked cardstock using VersaMark ink. Emboss with black embossing powder. Fussy cut the lock and key stamp. Add Gold irRESISTible Pico Embellisher accents to both the lock and key.

Step 7

Stamp sentiment on vellum paper. Die-cut sentiment and two additional strips of cardstock. Ink one of the banner strips with Golden Glitz Delicata Ink and the second using Silvery Shimmer Delicata Ink.

Step 8

Mount the granny square panel on a black card base; adhere the sentiment, lock, and key to the card.  When you are finished you will have a dynamic looking card that is sure to please!

Ron Johnson uses hand carved stamps from Hoffee and a Nuffin to make a handmade Valentine’s Card using Kaleidacolor and VersaFine inks.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Hoffee and Nuffin – Hand Carved Granny Square
  • Just for Fun Rubber Stamps – Heart & Key; Sentiment
  • Cardstock – Black, White
  • Adhesive
  • Brayer
  • Heat Tool
  • Soft Cloth

Make Stars Pop Out to Create a Happy Flag Day

Let Freedom Ring

by Terre Fry

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These three words mean a lot to me as my husband served 10 years in the United States Air Force. I was proud to be a military wife and when asked if I would do it again, the answer is YES, I would! So here’s to all the military men and women who serve this great country and to the spouses and children left home- “Let Freedom Ring” and thank you for your service and sacrifice!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 15 minutes

Directions

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Step 1

Brush the front of your card with Memento Love Letter and Nautical Blue, this will create a firework looking background.

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Step 2

Die cut stars out of white cardstock and ink two of them with Love Letter and Nautical Blue.

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Step 3

Use the Emboss Stamp Pad Clear to cover the front of each star and apply Clear Embossing Powder. Heat set the embossing powder.

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Step 4

Stamp or print your sentiment onto a scrap piece of cardstock. I cut a notch for a ribbon look. Add foam squares to the back of the stars and sentiment and place on card front.

This card could lend itself to ‘mass’ production so easily! A fun project to make with kids as well.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white
  • Spellbinders – ‘Stars’ etched dies
  • Printer or sentiment stamp
  • Foam adhesive squares
  • Heat tool

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With This Ring…

Embossed Leafing Technique

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

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Foil accents are red-hot right now, and there are plenty of different ways to get the look. This technique uses the heat embossing tools you already have to make unique accents for cards, décor, and other projects.

Skill: Advanced
Time: Depends on items being foiled

Directions

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Step 1

Set up a workstation with everything needed—time is critical for this technique, so each item needs to be arranged in the order used. I’m right handed, so working from right to left I have my die cut items, VersaMark pen, embossing powder (in a shallow container to contain the mess), heat gun, and leafing material (in another shallow container to prevent flyaways) along with a soft, clean paintbrush.

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Step 2

Coat a section of your paper with the VersaMark pen and dip it into clear embossing powder.

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Step 3

Emboss the coated section (holding the die cut with tweezers for safety), dip it back into the embossing powder, and reheat. Repeat until a thick layer of ‘molten’ embossing powder has formed. It’s best to set the heat gun on its stand and leave it running, just make sure nothing flammable (or meltable) is in front of it.

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Step 4

Place the hot die cut, embossed side down, onto a sheet of leaf, cover with the tissue backing and burnish—and by that I mean rub the embossed piece in a circular motion, through the backing paper until cool. If lifted too soon the leaf may not fully adhere to the embossing powder and the section will have to be reprocessed. Rubbing the back of the paper until it feels cool to the touch is generally enough time to ensure a good bond. Use the soft brush to sweep away excess leaf but don’t throw it away—those little pieces can be saved for other leafing projects.

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Step 5

Repeat around until the die cut is covered with leafing.

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Step 6

For my finished card, I stamped a flower with VersaMark Champagne Dazzle and embossed over it with clear embossing powder. The sides of the panel are edged in Delicata Celestial Copper and the same foiling technique was used along the torn bottom edge of the panel. It’s a little elegant and a little edgy all at the same time.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock
  • Tweezers
  • Heat tool
  • Creative Concepts – Rose Copper Leaf
  • Plastic containers
  • Paint brush
  • Spellbinders – Seth Apter Coffee Ring Etched Dies
  • Die cut machine
  • Close to My Heart – Morning Glory Stamp
  • Paper trimmer
  • Helmar USA – Premium Craft Glue, Quick Fix Permanent Adhesive Runner
  • Gold tassel

 

No Restraints with this Handmade Card

Come FLY With Me

by Terre Fry

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When you think of the words “Come Fly With Me” you think of Sinatra. But when you think of the word FLY, you think freedom, no restraints, skies the limit, and/or soaring above. I feel the same is true when you dabble in mixing different types of media. Mixed Media gives you the freedom to FLY and try new things!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

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Step 1

Use a tooth brush and Tropical Lagoon All-Purpose ink to splatter drops on the card front. Repeat this process with the Metallic Black Pearl All-Purpose Ink. (Splattering ink should definitely start to give you that feeling of freedom!)

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Step 2

Die cut several copies of thick chipboard.

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Step 3

Glue all the similar pieces together to create dimension. You can see the thickness by the shadow it creates.

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Step 4

Use an InkBlusher to apply the All-Purpose Ink to the outer chipboard die cuts.

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Step 5

Dab the Emboss Pad randomly over the inked piece (not covering it entirely), then apply Black Embossing Powder, heat to set.

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Step 6

Assemble the pieces where you are going to want to place them on your card. I decided to color a piece of scrap cardstock with the All-Purpose Ink and place it behind the FLY piece.

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Step 7

Adhere everything together. Add your finishing touches—I opted to draw stitch lines around my FLY piece with a irRESISTible Pico Embellisher in White Wedding and drew around the open letters with a black pen.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Spellbinders – Seth Apter Take Flight etched dies, Grand Calibur Machine
  • Cardstock – white
  • Chipboard
  • Toothbrush
  • Black pen

Isn’t FLY the perfect sentiment for a graduate? Tomorrow we’ll see the same die cuts with a whole different look from Martha Lucia Gomez.