See How to Transform Plain Pumpkins to Fancy Shimmery Metallic Pumpkins

See How to Transform Plain Pumpkins to Fancy Shimmery Metallic Pumpkins

by Lori Warren

Pumpkins are one of my favorite things to decorate and craft with during the Fall Season. Big ones, small ones, any shape and size of pumpkin just makes me smile. In this quick tutorial learn how to transform a normal plastic pumpkin from Hobby Lobby into a shimmery metallic multi-color pumpkin that will delight your guests. This tutorial can be used just to make the pumpkins a different color or you can continue craft with little paper embellishments to create a beautiful home decor piece.

Hoping this project will inspire many smiles this October!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 20 minutes

Directions

Art Supplies

Imagine
Other 
  • Hobby Lobby Packaged Pumpkins/Gourds
  • Twine
  • White card stock
  • Hot glue gun

 Learn How to Mix Mediums to Create a Home Décor Birdhouse

by Lori Warren

 Learn how to mix mediums to create a home décor bird house

A great aspect of Imagine products is that they pair very nicely with other mixed media mediums.  This project features the use of StazOn Pigment ink, Creative Medium and Fireworks! sprays along with acrylic paint and varnish to complete a mixed media home decor project.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 2 hours

Directions


Step 1

Adhere pieces of corrugated paper to a pre-made wood birdhouse with Creative Medium.


Step 2

Spray birdhouse with Fireworks sprays. Allow drying.


Step 3

Mix Rich Cocoa Fireworks! spray with matte varnish, apply to the birdhouse. Allow drying.


Step 4

Sponge on Chocolate Brown StazOn Pigment to portions of the birdhouse.


Step 5

Coat with another layer of matte varnish. Allow drying.


Step 6

Dry brush texture with white gesso.


Step 7

Stamp flower images onto tissue paper with StazOn Pigment, Snow White.


Step 8

Tear stamped tissue into pieces and arrange onto birdhouse.


Step 9

Adhere stamped tissue with matte varnish.


Step 10

Stamp smaller flower images (with StazOn Pigment, Piano Black) directly onto birdhouse.


Step 11

Add white paint splatters.


Step 12

Use the same techniques on wooden bird element.


Step 13

Adhere bird element to the birdhouse and tie fibers to top.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Waffle Flower Stamps – In Every Way Stamp Set, Pretty Foliage Stamp Set
  • Bark Wood – Birds
  • Wood Bird House
  • Fibers
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • DecoArt Americana – White Gesso
  • DecoArt Americana – DuraClear Matte Varnish
  • Tissue Paper

See How to Make a Moon and Stars Art Canvas with Fireworks Spray

by Jowilna Nolte

See How to Make a Moon and Stars Art Canvas with Fireworks Spray

Create a beautiful dimensional Moon and Stars home decor element using resin embellishments and Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray. Combine warm rich colors to compliment your yellow and the end result is simply stunning. A quick and easy project with lots of colors showcasing the amazing shimmer and shine by using Fireworks.

Skill: Intermediate/Advanced
Time: 30 – 45 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Add stenciling to a piece of wood using texture paste and leave to dry. Adhere resin elements to the block over the stenciling and leave to dry.


Step 2

Paint the entire block with the dimensional elements on using black gesso. Make sure you cover all the pieces and the sides too. Leave to dry.


Step 3

Use 3 to 4 colors of Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray and mist over the entire design. Layer the colors over each other. Use a heat gun to dry layers in between and then add more color until you are happy with the look.


Step 4

Once the colored layers are dry, give it one last misting of Sheer Shimmer Spray in Sparkle for extra shine. I also added some Delicata Gold inker and rubbed it over the resin elements with a sponge to highlight the details and dimension.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Wooden block
  • Jowilna Nolte stencil
  • Prima Moulds Resin
  • Texture Paste: Little Birdie

Learn How to Collage a Picture Frame with VersaMagic Ink

by Kassy Tousignant

Learn How to Collage a Picture Frame with VersaMagic Ink

Why buy a decorative frame when you can create your own! I love using Brilliance and VersaMagic ink with the watercolor technique to really stylize and customize my own frames and home decor pieces. I walk you through each step in creating this frame in the video below.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Gesso – White
  • Paintbrush
  • Confetti sequins
  • Phrase stickers
  • Trellis die
  • Die-cutting machine
  • Cardstock – White
  • Prima – Flowers

How to Make a Gingerbread House Garland

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

How to Make a Gingerbread House Garland

Die cuts and a few choice supplies combine to create this darling little gingerbread house garland. Not only is it perfect for the holidays, it’s an ideal craft to let kids help decorate (after the embossing is done!) and it would also look super sweet at a fairy tale themed event—think Hansel and Gretel and the witch’s house in the woods. A fun technique used in this project is layering the StazOn Studio Glaze while still wet. Drawing the tip of the Claret StazOn Studio Glaze bottle over the Cotton White made for near-seamless candy cane stripes once dried. Also, I’ve found it helps to be very generous with the Cotton White, especially on darker papers or backgrounds, if you want it to retain some opacity.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 15 minutes per house

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – Craft
  • Die-Versions – Tall Victorian Home die
  • Sizzix – Big Shot Plus
  • 1/8” Hole Punch
  • Darice – Heat Tool
  • Baker’s Twine
  • Clear Tape

Create Paper Dresses With Stazon And Creative Medium

by Iris Rodriguez

Create Paper Dresses With Stazon And Creative Medium

I enjoy drinking tea. There is something so zen about it. The enjoyment does not have to end after tea time. Keep the tea bags to make art. You can paint and stamp on them, sew into them, and even create sculptural projects, such as these little dresses. These dresses can be used on cards, art projects, place in a shadowbox, which makes for a great home décor for young girl/lady’s bedroom or simply make for yourself.

Skill: Advanced
Time30 minutes per dress 

Directions


Step 1

Begin by allowing your tea bags to fully dry. I placed my tea bags on a ceramic plate with a paper towel and allowed them to dry for several days. The color of your tea bag will be determined by the type of tea you use. On this project, I started with a light color tea bag because it is Ginger tea.


Step 2

The tea bags are very delicate so a soft touch will be required to take them apart. Remove the tag by pulling it off. Remove the tiny staple with your nails. Rip open the seams. Take out the dried leaves by sloughing it off. Tear off the seams, otherwise, you’ll see it in your art. Do so, by tearing off the edges on the long side of the rectangle.


Step 3

The dresses will be made by using two dress patterns and gluing them at the seam, kind of like how real dresses are made. We will create one big sheet made of individual tea bags. This will be our “fabric”. One side of the tea bags will be rough, that’s where the tea leaves reside. The sheet will have one smooth side, this side is ideal for stamping. Lay the tea bags, rough side up, on a nonstick surface; wax paper or Freezer paper. Please note, in order to get one smooth side, Freezer or wax papers work the best. Brush on Creative medium and adhere the bags together by slightly overlapping them.


Step 4

Make a sheet of tea bags to the desired size. Adhere the second layer of tea bags in the exact location as the first layer. Ensure that your sheet is big enough to make two dress patterns per dress. If you want a thicker dress, add more than two layers of tea bags.


Step 5

Allow the tea bags to dry. Now you will have one single sheet of tea bags. Carefully, separate the sheet from the nonstick paper. Do this slowly, so that you don’t risk ripping the sheet. The bottom side of the sheet will be very smooth, yet you’ll still make out the tiny tea leaves granules, which look awesome. The other side will have a rough texture.


Step 6

Draw out a dress shape, or download a pattern from the internet.


Step 7

Fold the sheet in half. Using tracing paper, trace the dress on the tea bag sheet on the smooth side.


Step 8

Cut out the dress. Spray the dress with the Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray in Lady Bug on the smooth side.

Step 9

Stamp images on your dresses using a variety of StazOn inks.

Step 10

Glue the seams together with the On Point Glue.


Step 11

In order to give the dress dimension, strengthen the paper with Clear Creative Medium. Add saran wrap to inside to give the dress volume and brush on Creative Medium.


Step 12

Create a hanger for the dress. Measure desired hanger size against the dress. Bend the two ends of the wire at about 45 degrees. On one end, bend the wire to 90 degrees, wrap the other end around it, and bend the wire into a hook shape. Hang your dress on the hanger.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Used teabags
  • Rubber Stamps
  • Freezer or wax paper
  • 16 or 18 gauge aluminum wire
  • Plyers
  • Scissors