Learn to Make a Día de los Muertos – Day of the Dead Mixed Media Thick Board Halloween Tag

by Nicole Watt

Celebrate Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with this beautiful sugar skull thick board tag decor. It’s the perfect combination of dark, distressed, but shimmery and beautiful! If it looks like a difficult project, never fear! Nicole will break it down into bite-sized steps that will have you creating one of your own in no time.

See how to use the new StazOn On-Trend Colors for this project.

Skill: Advanced
Time: varies

Directions

Art Supplies 

Imagine
Other

Spring Guest Artists

In late February we announced a Call for Spring Art. We asked for any papercraft or mixed media project that represents spring. Here are some of the art submissions from the Spring Call.

Terre Fry

Terre used Memento Tuxedo Black, StazOn Metallic Copper, All-Purpose Ink in Mint Green and Fireworks Craft Sprays to create a set of Shamrock themed mixed media cards.

Follow Terre on Instagram  @stampnterre

Jessica Lin

Jessica says, “Spring calls for rainbow colors!” Jessica uses VersaFine Clair inks to create a vibrant, Thinking of You card.

Follow Jessica on Instagram – @jessica.v.lin 

Alison Heikkila

Alison writes: VersaMagic Inks are some of my absolute favorites because of the soft chalky finish they have, plus their blend-ability. I knew they would be perfect for this lovely hydrangea, and by using blending brushes, I colored it up very quickly. For shine, I added some sequins with On Point Glue, which is the number one liquid adhesive I reach for.

My blog address: alisonheikkila.com
My Instagram: @alisonheikkila

Quick and Easy Projects: Hand Painted Easter Cards using VersaMagic


With Easter coming up you can create quick and easy painted cards, tags and invitations using VersaMagic Dew Drop ink pads as a watercolor. Stamped images are turned into pastel works of art using this amazing ink pad in soft colors. Try your hand at turning these ink pads into paints in a few easy steps.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 20 minutes

Directions

Other

  • Stamps: Joy Clair, AlteNew, PSX
  • Cardstock: Antalis
  •  Rhinestones
  • Wax Crayon
  • Foam Tape

Learn How To Upcycle Old Computer Parts Into A Beautiful Collage

by Jowilna Nolte

Learn How To Upcycle Old Computer Parts Into A Beautiful Collage

StazOn ink has always been one of my favorite for mixed media projects, but the addition of StazOn Pigment has been a true game changer. I used the ink on several surfaces for this Teal and Magenta upcycled project, and I simply love the outcome of the StazOn Pigment ink on these surfaces.

Skill: Intermediate/Advanced
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Ink the resin wings using a sponge dauber with StazOn Pigment Peacock Feathers.


Step 2

Ink a metal disk by lightly tapping the ink pad onto the metal repeatedly. I did not cover the entire surface but left some open spaces.


Step 3

Once the ink on the disk is dry, stamp flower images onto the disk using Snowflake StazOn Pigment ink. Note: The ink pulled some of the pink ink off the metal leaving a silver flower impression which looked quite amazing.


Step 4

Die-cut white cardstock leaves and color them using your ink pads with the direct to paper method.


Step 5

Color flowers using All-Purpose inks on choice.


Step 6

Adhere the die-cut leaves, wings, and flowers to your metal disk using gel medium. Add thread, gold glitter, and other elements to finish off your project.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Metal disk – recycled hard drive part
  • Joy Clair stamps
  • Flowers – Little Birdie, Prima
  • Scrap and Decor – Resin Wings
  • Prima – Leaf die-cut
  • Die-cut machine
  • Kaisercraft – DIY Cuts
  • PrimaGel – Gold glitter
  • Little Birdie Crafts

See How to Make Rose Petal Using Creative Medium

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

See How to Make Rose Petal Using Creative Medium

Working with the Creative Medium on some of my crafting projects, I noticed how it shows when it gets dry on the craft mat. Combining the nonstick feature of Imagine’s Craft Mat with the elasticity of the Creative Medium, I thought it could create a new kind of project–rose petals! Leaving a thick coat of the Creative Medium on the Craft Mat, it gives you a material for dimensional creation. The roses crafted with it can be part of the decoration on a festive table, attached on gift boxes, gifted as they are, or be an inspiration to use on various craft projects. The Creative Medium can be also mixed with different inks to make multiple colors of flowers.

Skill: Advance
Time: 1 hour + drying time

Directions


Step 1

Use a palette knife to lay a thick layer of Creative Medium on the Craft Mat making circles. Let the Creative Medium dry well. For each rose, you will need 7 circles to create the petals.


Step 2

When the Creative Medium dries, remove the circles and start rolling one to make the center of the rose.


Step 3

Continue by attaching more circles forming them to petals. Note that you may need to trim around a bit the circles if the Creative Medium is not spread nicely on the craft mat.


Step 4

While you attach more petals, bend the edges a bit and hold them to keep the shape of the petal. The Creative Medium is sticky enough to keep the petals together with no need of extra glue.


Step 5

Press the branches on the VersaMark inkpad, cover with Imagine’s Embossing Powder in Gold and heat set.


Step 6

Cut small pieces of the florist brown tape and trim the edges to form triangles.


Step 7

Press lightly the branch in the rose, secure with hot glue and cover with the trimmed tape. Add more tape around them for a better presentation.


Step 8

Color the fabric roses with the VersaFine Clair Chanti ink pad and then distress them with the irRESISTible Pico Embellisher in Gold. When they dry, glue them on the branches.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Thin branches
  • Faux/fabric rose leaves
  • Florist brown tape
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

Make Magic With This Merry Christmas Gift Tag

by Jowilna Nolte

Make Magic With This Merry Christmas Gift Tag

Every year I make loads of Christmas cards, but this year I am creating tags for friends and family. A handmade tag is a quick and crafty alternative to attach to a gift and even packets of freshly baked biscuits. The tag is often underestimated but this will become my go-to way of adding a quick thank you to gifts – quick and easy to make with loads of impact.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Use a Jumbo dauber and ink the background of a tag using Rhubarb Stalk Memento ink.


Step 2

On the right edge of your tag use Memento Luxe ink in Rhubarb Stalk and add some darker shaded edges on your tag.


Step 3

On a sheet of smooth white cardstock mist Summer Sky Fireworks Spray. Use a soft paint brush and brush the ink across the cardstock.


Step 4

While the Summer Sky ink is still wet, use Lilac Posies and splatter ink over the base. Concentrate on certain areas more to get lots of ink in certain areas. Leave to dry.


Step 5

Once dry use VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink and stamp Christmas Bauble. Cut out and ink the edges.


Step 6

Use VersaFine Clair ink and stamp a Christmas sentiment repeatedly onto the colored tag.


Step 7

Use at least 3 colors of Fireworks Spray to add splats to the background and leave to dry or heat set using a heat gun.


Step 8

Adhere the stamped bauble, flowers and themed embellishments to finish off your tag. As an alternative layer two stamped baubles on top of each other using foam tape.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – White
  • Tag
  • Kaisercraft – stamp set
  • Little Birdie – Flowers
  • Charms
  • Bakers twine