Learn How to Make a Wooden Wall Art Family Tree

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By Roni Johnson

Since Mother’s Day is quickly approaching I thought it would be fun to make a different type of gift Mom could enjoy all year long. I decided to make a fun and beautiful Family Tree using a wooden tree from Creative Embellishments paired with Imagine’s Walnut Ink Crystals and Cottage Ivy Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray.

Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions:

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Step 1

Gather up your supplies, you will need a wood tree, Walnut Ink Crystals, Cottage Ivy Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray, VersaFine Clair Pinecone ink, Memento Dual Tip Marker and a bit of heavy duty cardstock.

 

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Step 2

Use a craft knife to make small cuts in the wood to separate the leaves from the branches.

 

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Step 3

Sprinkle a small amount of Walnut Ink Crystals into a cup and add a bit of water.

 

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Step 4

Paint the walnut ink onto the tree trunk and branches.

 

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Step 5

Paint the Cottage Ivy Fireworks! spray onto each of the leaves.

 

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Step 6

If desired, paint a second coat of ink where necessary and let the tree dry completely.

 

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Step 7

Spray a sheet of Bristol Cardstock with Cottage Ivy Fireworks! Shimmery Spray; add a spritz of water here and there.

 

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Step 8

Use a heat gun to mix the water and ink around on the cardstock.

 

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Step 9

Once dry, die cut desired number of leaves from the cardstock.

 

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Step 10

Ink the edges of each leaf with Pinecone VersaFine Clair Ink and a sponge dauber.

 

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Step 11

Use a Tuxedo Black Memento Dual Tip Marker to write the names of each family member on a leaf.

 

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Step 12

Adhere the leaves to the tree as desired. You could add them in the form of a traditional family tree or place them randomly over the tree.

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine
Other
  • Creative Embellishments Home Décor Wood Tree
  • Paint Brush
  • Bristol Cardstock
  • Heat Tool
  • Craft Knife
  • Spellbinders – Leaf Dies
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Learn How to Make a Faux Blue Delft Bunny Rabbit

By Roni Johnson

Welcome in Spring with this lovely Faux Blue Delft Bunny Rabbit to brighten up your home. Originating in the city of Delft in the Netherlands in the 1600s, this pottery which consists of blue decoration over a white background is a breath of fresh air and the perfect start of this season of renewal. This technique looks daunting but once you break it down into easy-to-follow steps it’s fun and rewarding. The finished project looks stunning and will delight everyone who comes in contact with it.

This technique combines wide-open geometric stamped patterns with areas of saturation to give the piece defined areas to enhance and highlight certain areas of the animal. For this example, I used the more concentrated stamping on the face, ears and a medallion of sorts on its back. You will come to see how this turns a plain paper mache rabbit into a beautiful Blue Delft Bunny sure to please.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 2 hours + dry time

 

Directions:

Step 1

Gather up your supplies, you will need a paper mache animal – I choose a rabbit for Spring, tissue paper, Medieval Blue VersaFine Clair ink and Creative Medium (Clear or Shimmer).

 

Step 2

You will also need to gather a few small stamps. For this project I am using roses, leaves and vine peg stamps from Rubber Stamp Tapestry.

 

Step 3

Prepare the paper mache animal by painting it with white acrylic paint. Set it aside to dry.

 

Step 4

To create the concentrated stamped sections place a sheet of tissue paper over the desired area, in this case the back and trace the shape you wish to create. For this example I wanted a nice sized oval medallion over the back. You can see the faint pencil marking on the tissue paper in the photo.

 

Step 5

Create the medallion by stamping the border along the pencil line from the previous step.

 

Step 6 – Stamp additional images to fill in the medallion.

 

Step 7 – Once the medallion has been completed let the ink dry completely.

 

Step 8 – Use a ruler to stamp a small rose at 1” intervals in a diagonal line.

 

Step 9 – Continue stamping at 1” intervals until the entire piece of tissue paper has been covered.

 

Step 10 – Repeat steps 4-9 for any additional areas you wish to cover with a concentrated stamping. For this example I made pieces for the back sides of the rabbit ears and one for the top of the nose and forehead.

 

Step 11 – Stamp extra pieces of tissue paper with the diagonal 1” pattern to cover any areas which are not going to be covered with the concentrated pieces.

 

Step 12 – Stamp more tissue paper than you think you’ll need just in case. You don’t want to run out in the middle of covering the project and have to stop gluing to stamp more.

 

Step 13 – Apply a layer of Creative Medium over the section of the paper mache you want to begin with and carefully place the piece of tissue paper over the glue.

 

Step 14 – Pick up more Creative Medium on the paintbrush and gently dab the tissue paper and press it onto the paper mache form. Once in place cover the entire piece of tissue paper with a generous layer of Creative Medium.

 

Step 15 – Continue covering the areas where you want the concentrated stamping, next the ears, one at a time.

 

Step 16 – Again gently layer the tissue paper over the Creative Medium base coat then cover with a top coat of Creative Medium. Gently pull away the excess tissue paper and smooth the edges with the paintbrush. Let these areas dry before continuing.

 

Step 17 – Once all of the concentrated areas have been applied (back medallion, ears, and forehead), use the diagonal stamped tissue paper to fill in any additional areas that need covering in the same fashion. Apply a foundation layer of Creative Medium; add the diagonal tissue paper and gently press into the glue then apply a top coat of Creative Medium.

 

Step 18 – Let the Creative Medium dry completely, I left this example dry overnight.

 

Step 19 – Use a sponge dauber to apply a bit of color around the edge and inside of the ear.

 

Step 20 – (Optional) – Glue a bit of marabou feather boa to the tail area.

 

Step 21 – Dye rayon seam binding with Fireworks! Spray ink to create a bow around the bunny’s neck.

 

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine
Other
  • Paper Mache Rabbit
  • Tissue Paper
  • Rubber Stamp Tapestry – Roses, Leaves, Vine peg stamps
  • Ruler
  • Paint Brush
  • Rayon Seam Binding
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint – Titanium White
  • (optional) Marabou Feather Boa

Learn How to Make Decorative Tea Light Candle Holders

By Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

 

Skill: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Time: 45 min

Directions:

Cover glasses with All-Purpose ink and StazOn Studio Glaze to create frost and smoke effects. Die-cut and emboss SHEET metal to make embellishments that are covered with StazOn colors.

 

Step 1

Cover the glass surface with All-Purpose Ink white using a Sponge Dauber and lightly pressing on it creating a frost effect. Let it dry. (Use a heat tool to speed up the process)

 

Step 2

With a Sponge Dauber repeat the above using the StazOn Studio Glaze Cloudy sky.

 

Step 3

Place Tear It! Tape around the mid section of the glasses.

 

Step 4

Place the jute cord over the Tear It! Tape and wrap around to cover.

 

Step 5

Die-cut heart shapes of the SHEET metal in two different sizes. (If you don’t have a die cutting machine, use scissors to easily cut heart shapes of the SHEET metal).

 

Step 6

Cover with the StazOn Black Cherry using a Sponge Dauber.

 

Step 7

Continue with the StazOn Studio Glaze Claret.

 

Step 8

Lightly sand the SHEET metal hearts to reveal the silver color.

 

Step 9

Make some loops with the jute cord, glue them on the glasses and add the hearts.

Art Supplies

Imagine

SHEET Metal – ATC card 

All-Purpose Ink – White

StazOn Studio Glaze – Cloudy Sky, Claret 

StazOn – Black Cherry

Sponge Daubers

Tear It! Tape

 

Other

Heart Dies and die-cutting machine

Embossing folder

Glasses

Sanding paper

Jute cord

Hot glue

How To Create a Fall Side Table Decoration for Thanksgiving

by LeeAnn McKinney

Hi there friends, Lee Ann here with a fun fall Thanksgiving Home Decor project. In this video, I tried StazOn Studio Glaze in several different colors and I was hoping to make the house a little fun. We do not have a lot of space (literal tiny home) and so anything I make needs to be condensed or small. I chose to pick up a 5″ x 7″ photo frame and play with the StazOn Studio Glaze with coloring in pumpkins, leaves, and other stamped images. StazOn Studio Glaze is a water-based acrylic product and oh it was fun. I plan to make more for the Christmas holidays. 

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Art Supplies

Imagine
Other Items Used
  • MISTI Stamping Tool
  • Kat Scrappiness “Happy Fall Y’all” Stamp Set
  • Photo Frame, 110 lb Card Stock
  • Double-Side Tape

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