All You Need Is A Little Vitamin Sea

We have 3 projects today that focus on the ocean for the crafting motion! Martha creates a stunning visual effect using die cuts and Memento ink. Kyriakos wields his glue gun again for a surprisingly awesome project using silicone molds. And Jessica brings it back home with a simple hand lettering project using Memento markers. Check it out!

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Smile Starfish Die Cut Greeting Card by Martha Lucia Gomez

Summer is here! Tangerine is not only a perfect color, it is the perfect for representing the mysterious starfish. Today, I am sharing a quick way to mix Memento inks to create an unique background and die cuts to create a negative foreground. I was happy with the design concept and feel this style can be applied to any theme.

Start by taking Memento Ink Dandelion (bright yellow), Tangelo (orange) and Lady Bug (classic red) and apply the ink randomly and directly to Imagine’s silicone craft mat. Spray with Ink Potion No. 9 to dilute the heavy concentration of ink, and allow the different colors to blend. Lay the card stock on the mix to absorb into the paper fibers. This is most of the work of inkblending and it creates the coolest effects. Let the paper dry and paste the inked layer over a card base.

inkpad die cut crafts

Take another piece of white card stock and cut out several star fish shapes using the Gina Marie Starfish die. Once you are happy with the amount of cut-outs, paste the negative layer over the ink layer using dimensional dots or foam tape. The lifted negative foreground creates a dramatic effect which is immediately noticed by the eye. Finalize the card using your own custom details. I choose a “smile” die cut and gold sequins which I applied with On Point Glue. This handmade card is simple in terms of crafting time and produces impressive results!

Supplies

Imagine
Other

 

Starfish necklace crafts

Creating a Starfish Necklace by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Do you have a cool silicone mold laying around that you want to do something with? Why not make jewelry with it? For me, I had a starfish mold and thought it would make a fun fashion project. Jewelry with an ocean theme is an easy way to create a complimenting summer look to the wardrobe. The starfish is made of hot glue shaped into the silicone mold and colored with StazOn inks to give an impression of a real dried starfish. Surprisingly, the dry time is only one hour or less. Simply let your glue heat to it perfect temperature and fill the mold completely.

Since most of the work is about the starfish itself, feel free to download a tutorial on jewelry making to help finish the details of the entire piece if you are not familar with jewelry making. There are dozens of jewelry tutorial online. The rest of the embellishments are little pearls and metallic fishes that are pre-made and can be purchased at any bead store or craft store. I was careful to space the craft wire and attach all the pieces on scattered places to create a mesh that holds the starfish in place. The length of the wires varies from 16 to 18 inches, while it can easily altered to your preference.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Silicone mold – starfish
  • Hot glue gun
  • Craft wire
  • Fish charms
  • Pearls End caps
  • Jump rings
  • Lobster clasp

 

handlettering using Memento Markers

All You Need Is A Little Vitamin Sea by Jessica Litman

Who doesn’t love a good summer quote? Better yet, who doesn’t like practicing their hand lettering with a solid quote that inspires. I submitted the art in the photo above using Memento water-based markers in a variety of colors. I love simple and clear lettering and like to create all sorts of fun projects with quotes. But this one is perfect for the summer, as I hope to spend a lot of time at the beach! If you feel inspired by this, then try your hand and write the phrase “All You Need Is A Little Vitamin Sea” and hang it in a spot you will see (sea) it often. You can also transform this quote into a full paper crafting project by adding sea-theme stamps or embellishments.

Supplies

Imagine
  • Memento Dual Tip Markers – Lady Bug, Tangelo, Dandelion, Cottage Ivy, Danube Blue, Grape Jelly, Lilac Poises, London Fog
Other
  • Paper

3 Very Different Ways to Use StazOn Ink

3 Very Different Ways to Use StazOn Ink.

by Alison Heikkila

StazOn is a solvent ink that allows you to stamp on surfaces such as metal, wood, shrink plastic, leather, and more. It is a permanent ink in a wide range of colors that allows you to create vivid and exciting projects easily. In today’s post, it is my privilege to give you three wonderful ways to use StazOn ink.

3 Very Different Ways to Use StazOn Ink

Making Shrinky Dinks! Use StazOn to Stamp on Shrink Plastic

One of my favorite ways to use StazOn ink is with shrink plastic. This little Pin-Up pendant (from Bombshell Stamps) was stamped on the frosted side of the shrink plastic, then colored with colored pencils. Because StazOn is a solvent ink, it will dry immediately on plastic and will not smear. It is perfect for fully decorating stamped images before they will be shrunk.  I added holes to either side of the hammock and used my heat tool to shrink down. The stamp and color remained perfectly intact during the shrinking. Think about all of your larger stamps that you can shrink down into fun pieces of jewelry using StazOn and shrink plastic!

3 Very Different Ways to Use StazOn Ink.

Creating Masterboards! Use StazOn to Blend Ink Colors.

The next example of fun things you can do with StazOn is to ink blend with solvents such as rubbing alcohol or the compliment product StazOn Stamp Cleaner. With a 4″ x 6″ photo sheet, I rubbed Claret, Cactus Green, and Spiced Chai StazOn randomly on the surface. I used a direct-to-paper swirling motion to apply the color. I dripped StazOn Stamp cleaner on to the paper and swirled it around. The solvent in StazOn cleaner suspends the color, allows it to migrate and blend. I let the cleaner sit then dabbed off the excess with a paper towel.

3 Very Different Ways to Use StazOn Ink. the perfect pear card

I die cut a portion of the dried StazOn blended photo paper with a set of pear dies from Stampendous. Love the results!

3 Very Different Ways to Use StazOn Ink. home decor star

Homemaking! Use StazOn with Decoupage

StazOn is great for home decorating projects. Tissue paper decoupaged on wood is a perfect example. I stamped an image onto white tissue paper using Jet Black StazOn and then colored in the details with Fabrico markers. I used decoupage medium to seal the art on the tissue paper. StazOn does not react to water-based inks or products such as Mod Podge. So you can begin the next steps of a multi-step project because the ink will dry quickly cutting the dry time in half. Once the decoupage was dried, I used a sponge dauber to ink the edges of the star in Royal Purple StazOn. Again, a double benefit is StazOn will attach to the top of any surface without beading or smearing.

As you can see, StazOn ink can be used for a multitude of techniques and on lots of different surfaces. It is important to remember that experimentation is always the best way to find what works best for your projects. For product information, please check out the Imagine website. Have an inspiring day!

3 Crafting Projects for Better Enjoying Your Garden

One of the best things about summer is being outside. And one of the best things about being a crafter is sitting in your happy space in your craft room. In today’s post, our artists help you think outside box and design for the outside. Roni starts us off with a stained-glass project using Tsukineko’s StazOn Studio Glaze. Neva Cole creates a perfect picnic companion using metal and cork coasters. And Renee creates handmade labels for the garden. Check it out!

 

Stain Glass Mirror using stazon studio glaze

 

Studio Glaze Stain Glass by Roni Johnson

I was so excited when I heard that one of our challenges for June was “Something Other Than Paper”. Why you might ask? At the beginning of May, my town hosts a large garage sale. It is such a fun event! At one of the houses, I found a lovely glass frame that spoke to me. I knew I would upcycle the plain glass frame into a lovely show piece for my craft room window.

I started off by selecting a few of my favorite colors of Tsukineko’s StazOn Studio Glaze. StazOn Studio Glaze performs like a paint but has a transparent finish that is perfect for glass crafting projects like this one. I used these glazes to fill in each cell with a harmony created by orange, blue and green. To achieve the interesting pattern, I let the glaze sit for about 5 minutes then used a Doodlestix to create a swirl pattern texture and let it dry. Makes for quite a stunning statement both inside and outside of the house!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Glass frame

Let Your Dreams Fly Drink Coasters by Neva Cole

I am always up for a challenge that does not involve cardstock! These metal coasters have been in my stash for a while and with this challenge it was the time to make something cool with them! My Mom loves butterflies, and this will be a perfect gift for her to take along on their motorhome trips as they are light-weight and will store easily.

Start by applying StazOn Opaque Cotton White ink directly to metal and dab with an Ink blusher to cover the surface. Set aside to dry thoroughly. Use an ink blusher to gently dab StazOn Azure around outside edges of each coaster. Set aside to dry. Since StazOn is a solvent ink, the reapplication of more StazOn (with the butterfly stamps) will dissolve the background base. To prevent this, use a foam brush to seal layers with GlazOn matte which is a sealant specifically designed for StazOn. Place GlazOn in a small disposable container and paint on coasters. Do not add directly to coaster as it will lift the ink from the surface.

Stamp images in StazOn Blazing Red with Joy Clair’s Butterfly Kisses. Stamp sentiments in StazOn Blazing Royal Purple. Let dry thoroughly before sealing with 2 additional coats of GlazOn Matte, allowing for complete drying between coats. So the hardest part of this project is to seal the layers of StazOn, but once you learn this technique it becomes automatic and quick. To finish, adhere metal coaster to cork coaster with E6000 glue. Set aside to dry. You are ready to enjoy personalized coasters!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Recollections – Metal and cork coasters
  • Joy Clair – Butterfly Kisses stamp set
  • Foam brush
  • E6000 glue

Garden thyme Labels crafting

Dressing Up Your Herb Garden by Renee Zarate

One of the AIRs challenges for June was to create a project using something other than cardstock to stamp on. I’m just getting my herb garden going so I thought I’d create small name tags made out of plastic to identify my herbs. StazOn ink is my go to ink when I want something that won’t disappear with the blazing sun and torrential rains of South Carolina where I currently live. Guests are always curious about all the herbs I grow, this way they can read the names, pluck a little off and enjoy the herbal scents.

Prepare the plastic surface by wiping each tag lightly with rubbing alcohol to remove any residue. Use a mini alphabet stamp set and StazOn Jet Black ink to stamp the name of the herb, allow to dry. Using a different color of StazOn ink, begin stamping designs and patterns onto the plastic randomly. Allow drying time. Using a large dauber, apply different colors of StazOn ink; apply Clear Embossing Powder and carefully heat set the colors. This is plastic so take care not to get the heat tool too close or hold it on one spot too long or the stake will melt. Apply a clear sealant to the stake with a product that will withstand the elements outdoors, allowing the drying time stated in the instructions. Insert it into the ground near the plant. Make one for each type of herb or plant.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Plastic garden stakes
  • Krylon – Make it Last Clear Sealer
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Hero Arts – Mini Alphabet stamps
  • Waffle Flower – Pattern Play
  • Acrylic block
  • Heat tool

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Make a Summer Lovin’ Mixed Media Calendar

by Renee Zarate

Make a Summer Lovin' Mixed Media Calendar

Today is National Best Friends Day! I thought these two dolls could look like a pair of best friends. This mixed media calendar project can be placed on a bulletin board or made in art journal as a two page spread. While project incorporates techniques and textures, it also has the added fun of writing each day’s activities in the small woven calendar boxes. Create one for each month of the year and then bind them together in a diary to look back on later.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 2-3 hours

Directions

Make a Summer Lovin' Mixed Media Calendar
Step 1

Prepare the background paper. This particular calendar is an 11 x 14 piece of Strathmore 140# Mixed Media paper that had been used to blot off ink from a previous project. I love reusing paper in this way to add to the chaos of mixed media projects. If you are start fresh then use texture paste to create dimension on random parts of the paper. After you have let that dry, now it is time to add color. At the top of the paper, apply Memento Luxe Teal Zeal ink, Bahama Blue Fireworks Spray, and spritz water to allow the colors to blend together. Apply more water and let the inks run down the paper. Use a heat tool to set the color. Next, apply Memento Luxe Morocco ink to the bottom of the paper with a large dauber. Deepen the color by applying Radiant Neon Electric Orange on top of the Morocco ink. Spritz with water, allow the inks to mingle. Blot slightly with a paper towel, and dry with a heat tool. For the last layer, apply Memento Luxe Dandelion to the center of the page, spray with water, allow the color to blend then dry.


Step 2

Use alphabet and number stencils for the date and season. Use Art Ventures Graphite texture paste to make the letters pop forward. Very carefully lift the stenciling pieces straight up and wash them thoroughly to remove all of the paste. Allow to dry thoroughly so as to avoid smearing it.

Prima – Julie Nutting Doll Stamp
Step 3

Die cut the butterflies from coordinating patterned paper and set aside. Stamp dolls with StazOn Jet Black ink, color them with Memento Markers and cut them out.


Step 4

Make the woven mat for the calendar days by cutting 5 strips of paper measuring 1 inch x 7 ¼ inches. These strips will be woven across. Then cut 7 strips of the same paper to measure 1 inch x 5 ¾ inches for the downward strips. Secure the weaving with tape on the backside. Use a number stamp set to stamp the calendar numbers in each weave square. Ink the entire piece with Memento Luxe Morocco.


Step 5

Using a strong adhesive, adhere the woven calendar to the background page. Add Washi tape for extra decor. Attach the butterflies across the top on with On Point Glue. Add some butterflies to the skirt and shoes of the doll on the right. Attach the stamped dolls to each side of the calendar. Ink the edges of the mixed media paper with Brilliance Pearlescent Rust ink. Finish with any additional detailing as you feel is right for the design. Have fun!

Supplies

Imagine
Other

Make Fun Kids Crafts to Celebrate Summer

School is out! Summer is here! We are excited to share two kid’s crafting projects that help celebrate the wrap up of the school year. Jessica creates an awesome farmstead theme with an egg carton and Mischelle uses square Monterey Pine to create spider magnets. Enjoy!

Piggy Farm Crafts for Kids

Piggy In The Puddle Kid’s Craft by Jessica Litman

With summer quickly approaching, I am always trying to find fun and different crafts to do with my kids. Since we have a lot of empty egg cartons lying around for painting, I thought why not turn it into barn animals?!?!  Here are some quick tips on how to start!

So first let me say that you can choose any farm animal and go crazy with this project, but for time sake I am choosing a little piggy. Start by cutting out a single egg carton. Spray Rosebud Fireworks Spray on egg carton making sure to cover entirely. Set aside to dry. Cut out two small ears, curly tail, and round snout for pig. Add two dots on the snout using the Memento marker’s fine side. Once egg carton is dry, glue the ears, tail, snout, and googly eyes using On Point Glue. Cut out a mud puddle using the brown paper. Create a pig pen using the white card stock. This fence can be a download template or a die cut. Again, you can go crazy on ideas and also let your kids creativity direct this project.

Piggy Farm Crafts for Kids

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Empty Egg Carton
  • Scissors
  • Paper – pink, brown, white
  • Googly Eyes
  • template for fence or die cut

Kids Crafts Spiders

Monterey Pine Spider Magnets by Mischelle Smith

Looking for a quick and easy project that the kids can do this summer?  Look no further!  These cute magnets can be enjoyed year ‘round and make great gifts for grandparents and loved ones. I choose orange spiders to tap into Imagine’s Tangerine color of the month. But you can choose any little animal or image that makes your kid’s day! It will probably be best to set up everything first and help your little ones with putting all the pieces together. Monterey Pine is hand cut wood measuring about 1 to 1.5 inches and have a .08 inch depth. Start by finding or printing 1 inches images. Cut images from paper or use the square pine piece to trace around the image you’ve printed. Apply a heavy amount of On Point Glue to rectangle pine piece, adhere the image and press down to push out any wrinkles or bubbles. Remember to replace the cap on On Point Glue and let the paper dry. Wrap Tear It Tape around edge of pine square (if fits perfectly around the edge) and dip in matching color of glitter. Attach magnet to the back and you are ready to give as a gift or place on your refrigerator.

kids crafts orange and black spiders

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Paper
  • Napkin
  • Pattern Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glitter
  • Magnets
  • Adhesive

Is It a Sign or A Star? It is Actually Both!

M is for… Moravian Star Lantern by Roni Johnson

M is for Moravian Star Lantern! Not long ago I saw a post on Facebook featuring all sorts of exotic Moravian Star Lanterns and I instantly knew I wanted to attempt to make one. As luck would have it this month one of our themes/challenges was “M is for….”. Well, I did it!

Moravian Star Lantern

The lantern is made entirely from cardstock and I mimicked other patterns that I have seen online. I wanted to make a flat one instead of a full star so I just made it up as I went. But if this seems too difficult then feel free to download a free pdf template to help guide you. I measured out the individual pieces, colored with Delicata and used Imagine’s Vertigo plastic film so it’s transparent, visually interesting and light weight. Each spike has 4 Vertigo windows colored using Fireworks Spray. The lantern lights up with help from a battery-powered LED tea light. The green spike on the side is attached using Velcro dots so it can be popped off for access to the tea light to turn it on and off. It can be easily hung anywhere and even a gentle breeze turns it round and round.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white
  • Battery-operated LED tea light
  • Exacto knife
  • Fishing line or twine

 


Personalized Decorative Door Sign by Jessica Litman

Personalized gifts are some of my favorite presents because they are unique and thoughtful. When they are handmade, they are an even more thoughtful gift which shows the recipient who much you love and care about them. In this quick lesson on how to craft a personalized sign, I will discuss the ease of this project. First, the most difficult part is gathering all your materials. Once you have finished collecting all the supplies then most of the work is finished and the fun begins.

Start by tracing plaque outline on paper and cutting out the shape. Then cover plaque edges using Tear It Tape and mount your newly cut outline (polka dots in the photo above).  Using two hand-cut Monterey Pine Flowers shapes, ink with Memento Dew Drop Rose Bud ink and ink two Monterey Pine leaves with Memento Dew Drop New Sprout ink. Set aside to dry. Select what name you’d like from wooden letters and ink with VersaMagic Chalk Ink in Purple Hydrangea. Set aside to dry. Staple ribbon to the backside of the plaque to use for hanging on a hook or door knob. Finish the front by gluing the wooden letters, flowers, and leaves to the plaque.  This all should dry fairly quickly and you are ready to gift!

Supplies

Imagine

Hand-Cut Monterey Pine – Leaf, Heart and Petal Pack
Memento Dew Drop – New Sprout, and Rose Bud
VersaMagic – Purple Hydrangea
Tear It! Tape

Other

• Hot glue gun
• Wooden plaque
• Decorative paper
• Wooden letters
• Ribbon
• Staple gun