Decorate Your Home for the Holidays with Clay Ornaments

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Decorate Your Home for the Holidays with Clay Ornaments

Light-weighted, these Christmas ornaments can be hung anywhere in the house to decorate during the festive holiday season. Use any Christmas theme casting mold to make the ornaments and if you don’t have any, a flat layer of clay with some cookie cutters can work too. They are easy to make and coloring is a breeze with All-Purpose Ink and StazOn Pigment inks.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour (excluding clay dry time)

Directions


Step 1

If you are creating the clay pieces yourself then allow clay of the Christmas shapes to fully dry. If you are using premade shapes then you are ready to start. Using a paintbrush, color the surface of the ornaments with All-Purpose Ink Poppy Red and Lemon Yellow. Premix the two colors or lay first the Poppy Red and add a layer of Lemon Yellow after. Let them dry.


Step 2

Cover the embossed details of the shapes with All-Purpose White to create a distressed or antique look. The easiest way to apply the color is by using a finger and lightly tapping on the embossed areas. Let them dry.


Step 3

Press the crystals directly on the StazOn Pigment ink pad, let them sit a bit to allow the ink to dry well and repeat for a good coverage. Cover on the backside only.


Step 4

Use a hot glue gun to set ribbons on the clay shapes, add beads and crystals.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Fimo casting mold – Christmas shapes
  • White clay
  • Ribbons
  • Silver color beads
  • Chandelier crystals
  • Hot glue gun

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

Learn How to Decorate Your Own Holiday Ornaments

by Steph Ackerman

Learn How to Decorate Your Own Holiday Ornaments

As we get closer to the holidays, it’s always fun to do handmade projects or get the kids involved with decorating the Christmas tree. This year, why not create Christmas ornaments for friends and family members. All you need are a set of glass ornaments and a selection of amazing colors of StazOn Studio Glaze to complete this project.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour + drying time

Directions


Step 1

Remove the hanger from each ornament and put aside. Holding the ornament with 2 fingers, start by creating a zig-zag pattern using StazOn Studio Glaze in Gold.


Step 2

Add dots of color using StazOn Studio Glaze in St. Valentine, Silver, and Orange Zest. Continue adding dots of color around the ornament.


Step 3

Place another ornament on a dowel or craft stick and add StazOn Studio Glaze in St. Valentine, Emerald City, and Orange Zest in random patterns. Use a finger to mix the colors together creating a swirly pattern.


Step 4

Add rings of color on another ornament and mix them together creating another swirly pattern.


Step 5

Continue painting the ornaments with Studio Glaze until you have decorated all the ornaments you need.


Step 6

Using the RInea 3D Hyacinth die set, die cut assorted colors of Rinea Foils. Add Tear It Tape to the bottom edge of the die.


Step 7

Put the hanger back in each ornament. Remove the backing from the Tear It Tape, then wrap the foil around the ornament top.


Step 8

Use a craft pick to curl the foil strips and continue decorating as you wish.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other

Learn How to Make a Holiday Card with a Gel Press and All-Purpose Ink

by Kassy Tousignant

Winter is right around the corner and I love when the snow covers the landscape! When I received the Frosted sampler pack of Rinea papers, I couldn’t resist making a winter card with a cute penguin stamp. I didn’t have white Creative Medium to make my snowflake background, so I mixed some All-Purpose Ink in the clear Creative Medium and achieved great results! I created a wintery background with Doodlestix, a Gelli Press, All-Purpose Inks, and Fireworks sprays from Imagine.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Directions

Supplies

Imagine

• StazOn – Blue Hawaii
• All-Purpose Ink – White, Blue Bayou, Sky Mist
• Creative Medium – Shimmer, Clear
• IrRESISTibles Pico embellisher – Shimmer
Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray – Bahama Blue
Tear It! Tape
Doodlestix
Palette knife

Other

• Rinea Paper – Frosted variety pack
• Stacking metal dies – circle
• Vellum paper
• Unity Stamp Co – Penguin stamp
• Glitter
• Ribbon
• Echo Park – Snowflake stencil
Gel Press
• Pipette
• Wooden snowflake
• Cardstock – white

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 An Inspiring Design To Help Free Your Mind

by Iris Rodriguez

Create An Inspiring Design To Help Free Your Mind

Do you ever think about things too much when you know it’s not necessary? A great way to break up this thinking pattern is to turn to creative endeavors, to “free your mind” and create what the muse wants instead. This month we have the fun challenge of creating projects with Rinea foils. There are so many funs things you can do with these foils; you can stamp on it, paint, use with mediums or create 3D decorative projects. For my card I have used foils as an embellishment, check it out.

Skill: Beginner
Time1 hour

Directions

Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Sprays in Lady Bug, Grape Jelly and Bamboo Leaves
Step 1

Spray water onto watercolor paper, then spray Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Sprays in Lady Bug, Grape Jelly and Bamboo Leaves in different areas. The water will help these inks spread and blend on the paper.

Jet Black StazOn ink
Step 2

Stamp the girl image with Jet Black StazOn ink. I decided to color with Prismacolor Marker Light Peach to color in the face. I colored the mouth and cheeks with Love Letter Memento Luxe ink. For the eyes, I used All-Purpose Ink in Sky Blue, for hair used Real Black and Thyme for the dress. Once all the ink is dry next fussy cut the image.

Cut out the butterflies from Rinea foil paper
Step 3

Cut out the butterflies from Rinea foil paper in various colors with either a die or a punch.

Adhere the girl image onto the card with On Point Glue. On Point Glue is perfect for these small pieces
Step 4

Adhere the girl image onto the card with On Point Glue. On Point Glue is perfect for these small pieces. Glue the butterflies to the top of her hair and forehead.

Stamp the sentiment "Free Your Mind"
Step 5

Stamp the sentiment “Free Your Mind”. Assemble card and add any additional personal touches.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor paper
  • Cardstock – white
  • Rinea Foils – Jolly Variety pack; green, silver, gold, red
  • Martha Stewart – Classic and Monarch butterflies punch
  • Sentiment stamp
  • Prismacolor Premier Marker – Light Peach