Use Shimmer Craft Spray To Create a Watercolor Effect

by Melissa Andrew

Use Shimmer Craft Spray To Create a Watercolor Effect

If you are looking for a fun new crafting technique then try using Shimmer Craft Spray instead of water to dilute your dye inks. This will create a watercolor background with a ton of beautiful shimmer! After dry, stamp on the background with your favorite VersaFine Clair ink for a finished look.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Whimsy Stamp Set – Love Has Four Paws
  • Paper Cutter
  • Cardstock – Kraft, White
  • Stamping Block
  • Heat Tool

Celebrate Mardi Gras this Year with a Handmade Mask

by Kyriako Pachadiroglou

Celebrate Mardi Gras this year with a gorgeous and festive handmade mask. Vertigo sheets are a great tool for making amazing visual effect when light hits it and it’s always more vibrant when color is added. Using the StazOn ink pads you can assure that the colors mix well on the Vertigo sheet and will not fade. Imagine’s Embossing Powder also provides a detailed decoration for this project that is iconic of the celebration of Mardi Gras. Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Print the mask template, cut along and secure it on the back of a Vertigo Sheet using masking tape.


Step 2

Cut along the mask pattern.


Step 3

From the remaining Vertigo sheet, cut wave shaped stripes between 3-4 inch and color with the StazOn Blazing Red and Royal Purple.


Step 4

Using your heat gun and a pair of tweezers, heat the Vertigo stripes and twist.


Step 5

Partially cover the Vertigo mask pieces with StazOn Studio Glaze. Continue to color with the StazOn Blazing Red and Royal Purple inks.


Step 6

Stamp the sun design on side of the mask using the VersaMark inkpad. Decorate the opposite side by hand using the VersaMarker. Cover with Imagine’s Embossing Powder in White and heat set.


Step 7

Decorate the mask with the StazOn Studio Glaze in Silver, making lines and dots.


Step 8

Pierce holes on the mask inner sides and hand tie with the cord.


Step 9

Punch holes on the Vertigo stripes and attach them with an eyelet on the mask. Add eyelets on the ends of the mask to tie later the elastic cord.


Step 10

Use small pieces of Tear It Tape to glue feathers close to, previously attached, Vertigo stripes.


Step 11

Add rhinestones by gluing them with On Point Glue. And finish the mask by adding the elastic band to the sides.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Mask Template
  • Rhinestones
  • Stamperia – Sun stamp
  • Eyelets
  • Hole punch
  • Elastic cord
  • Feathers
  • Masking tape
  • Heat gun
  • Piercing tool
  • White waxed cord

Use Polymer Clay to Create a Valentine’s Heart

by Iris Rodriguez

Use Polymer Clay to Create a Valentine's Heart. Stazon, Versafine, and walnut ink.

It’s the Valentine season; that means it’s time address matters of the heart. I suppose you can do that anytime, but this is when we show it with cards, flowers, and chocolates. So when we think of love; we think of it as everlasting and the bond that keeps us together. I wanted to tie the sentiment of everlasting love with a vintage looking card so I chose Imagine’s Walnut Inks which embody all things vintage. Walnut ink is a perfect choice for an antique look. For this project, I used Eucalyptus Walnut and Original Walnut inks for the background. I have also embossed white wildflowers and accented the card with a polymer clay heart that I colored with a StazOn inker.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1.5 hours

Directions


Step 1

Brush on the Eucalyptus Walnut ink using the Sumi-e brush. This brush contains natural bristles. It’s very soft and soaks up a lot of ink and glides on smoothly. Dry paper.


Step 2

Brush on the walnut color ink. Dry the paper. Cut paper to the desired size. Ink and emboss the flowers with the Cloud White VersaMagic ink and White Embossing Powder. Add Vintage Sepia VersaFine ink to the edges.


Step 3

Condition the FIMO clay on the pasta machine or use a roller. If using the pasta machine, roll a sheet of clay to the 4th thickest setting. Create a heart template by drawing a heart on a printer paper. Cut out heart. Use this heart to trace over the sheet of clay. Using a clay pick or precision knife, cut out the heart and smooth out the edge.


Step 4

Stamp texture and/or a sentiment into the clay heart. Bake the clay, according to the manufacturer’s instructions on the package.


Step 5

Using a small brush, add Real Black All-Purpose Ink in the recessed areas. Wipe off the ink from the raised areas with rubbing alcohol and paper towel.


Step 6

Mix 2 drops of the St. Valentine StazOn inker with 2 drops of rubbing alcohol in a non-porous container. A little of ink and rubbing alcohol goes a long way. With your finger rub it onto the clay, or you can use a Sponge Dauber. Heat set. Ink the edges of the heart with tip Brushstix and Jet Black StazOn ink.

Tips for working the StazOn Ink and rubbing alcohol.

  • To get a darker color, continue to add additional layers and heat set in between layers.
  • To add blending effects or to lighten the color, rub on a clean Sponge Dauber containing a little bit of rubbing alcohol on the tip.
  • The more rubbing alcohol is added, the lighter the ink.
  • To remove the color, clean with rubbing alcohol and paper towel. The ink will not be completely removed; it will look lightly stained.
  • If ink and rubbing alcohol in the container dries, activate by adding a small drop of alcohol.

Step 7

Smoosh on Vintage Sepia VersaFine on the hemp string. This makes it look rustic. Shape the hemp string into a circle, ensuring that it fits around the heart. Pick three areas and glue all individual strings together with On Point Glue. This will help make the surface area to adhere to the card. Assemble the card. Glue the hemp string and heart with the On Point Glue. Adhere to the card with Tear It! Tape.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor paper – 12 x 9 inches Cold Press, 300 GSM – 140 lbs
  • Wildflowers stencil
  • FIMO Polymer Clay – White
  • Clay pick or precision knife
  • Hemp string
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Sumi-e brush
  • Small brush
  • Printer paper

You Can Never Have Too Much Happy with VersaFine Clair

by Kassy Tousignant

This new VersaFine Clair inkpad in Nocturne is such a rich, beautiful black!

This new VersaFine Clair inkpad in Nocturne is such a rich, beautiful black! I wanted to create a simple design to showcase such a beautiful ink. I also used the irRESISTible pico embellisher in gold and clear and Delicata Golden Glitz in different and creative ways to add shimmer and texture to this project. See for yourself in this quick YouTube video.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • White cardstock
  • Black glitter ribbon
  • Unity Stamp Co – flower stamp
  • Pattern Paper with sentiment
  • Water spritzer
  • Paintbrush
  • Palette
  • Heat tool

Design a Watercolor Portrait with Walnut Inks

by Elina Stromberg

Design a Watercolor Portrait with Walnut Inks from Imagine Crafts and Tsukineko.

Whenever I come across an inspiring technique tutorial or a project idea, I save it to one of my Pinterest boards. Those pins become handy when there’s a need for getting the creative juices flowing, but even if the creative mojo is not lost I love to browse through the idea boards for getting fresh innovative ideas.

Some of the pinned projects have been on my to-do list for a while already, waiting for the right time slot to be explored. Like a watercolor portrait tutorial by Elise Engh in her Grow Creative blog that I pinned years ago: I loved the project idea and I had planned to make these cool monotone portraits of my kids, but I was not sure if I had the patience for following all the tutorial steps of editing, printing, tracing, and painting. So, when I finally decided to give it a try, I altered the steps, cut some corners, and finished in no time at all! I used a photo editing program for creating my painting template, and instead of making the painting completely monotonous I used two matching Walnut ink colors for painting. And I loved how the portrait turned out!

Creating the painting template requires some photo editing skills, but you don’t need to be an expert for making the template. You can use whichever software you wish, but as photo editing software vary, I did not include detailed instructions of the photo editing steps. However, please do leave a comment if more guidance is needed.

Walnut inks come in several natural earth tones, and they give a beautiful antique finish to photos, papers, and wooden embellishments. They come in handy spray bottles, but the strong pigment inks can also be used as liquid watercolors; they were the perfect choice for this portrait project!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1.5 hours

Directions

Step 1

Choose a well-lit portrait photo and open it in a photo editing program (e.g. Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Gimp, PicMonkey). Adjust colors and lightning, and if needed, add contrast. Convert the photo to black and white, and remove the background. Edit the photo using ‘Posterize’ adjustment tool. Set levels to 2, i.e. use only two colors on the posterized photo. Once done, lighten the black to a light grey so that when you print it is just a light shadow.


Pour a small amount of Walnut Ink in Brown and EucalyptusStep 2

Pour a small amount of Walnut Ink in Brown and Eucalyptus (an earthy green) on a watercolor palette. Taping the paper on the surface is not needed as the Walnut ink will not curl the paper.


Step 3

Paint the portrait using a small brush, covering all printed light grey areas. Let the colors mix, and add water for gaining lighter tints. Work rather quickly, using a rich amount of ink. Walnut Ink will dry quite fast on a porous watercolor paper. When finished, trim the portrait to the desired size and frame.

Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog and if you enjoyed this tutorial then please comment below or share on social media! 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Photo in digital format
  • Computer + Photo editing software
  • Printer
  • Watercolor paper
  • Palette
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Photo frame

Learn to Make Handmade Ornaments with StazOn Ink

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Using Vertigo sheets, I made window ornaments that allow light to go through them both day and night in reverse way. Enjoy Christmas decoration colors when you are in home from the daylight coming from your window and filtered via the Vertigo sheets, while you share the same decoration during the night to look from outside when light comes from your home.

Level: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Start by printing the template for the shapes provided in the pdf in the supplies list. Cut the Vertigo plastic sheets to the template shapes.


Step 2

Cover the Vertigo sheets shapes, first with the StazOn Studio Glaze color and when it dries, cover with the matching StazOn ink pad.


Step 3

For the star shape 2 layers of color are used of StazOn Studio Glaze Gold.


Step 4

Use the Stipple Brush No 6 and the Delicata emerald green to make strokes following again the shape of three and the way branches should look. Let it dry. Repeat on the other side.


Step 5

Use a star die to open space in the round Vertigo sheet shape and then, stamp designs with VersaMark and heat set the Imagine’s verdigris color embossing powder.


Step 6

For the heart shape use white embossing powder, for the yellow use green.

Punch a hole and pass ribbon through it to easily hand them on windows.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Viva decor Peacock feathers stamp set
  • Heat gun
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon
  • Star die