Call for Art – Planner’s Unite for 2020

We are launching a new Call for Art program for 2020

Be published on the Imagine Blog! Submit a photo of a Planner Project for the New Year. Some of the themes can include:

Planning out the year, Life Goals, Inspiration, Planners, Journals, Papercrafts for the Home Office, Calendars, Shopping Lists, Budgeting, Exercise Plans, Inspirational Quotes as Art. #lifegoals #success

Submit a 600 x 600 pixel square or 900 x 900 pixel square photo of a planner project, a short description and a link to your Instagram profile to marketing@imaginecrafts.com.

Submissions due on December 30th

We are Excited to Announce our Design Team for 2020

We are Excited to Announce our Design Team for 2020

This year we hope to change things up a bit and offer two segments in our crafting tutorials. Beginner Tutorials will focus on quick and easy crafting projects that do not require extra crafting supplies and Intermediate and Advanced tutorials for those who have a little of an obsession.

Meet Our Designers!!

Beginner Designers

Jowilna Nolte 

I started my paper journey officially in about 2000 as a shop assistant in a specialty paper store in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa. Whilst I have been playing with paper and creating my own masterpieces at home for friends and family since the age of 10, the shop environment added the vast knowledge of handmade and imported paper as well as the common commercial types of paper. I also started teaching card making, stamping and altered art in-store at the time.

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Annie Collins 

Hello  Friends, my name is Annie Collins and I have been crafting all my life. I started at 4 years old sewing with my mother. My passion for crafting and sharing continued to grow over the years. I love paper crafting the most all forms of it. I live in sunny Florida with my fantastic family, my husband, our 3 children and pets. I can’t wait to share some projects and be inspired by all of you. 

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LeeAnn McKinney 

Hi there friends and fellow crafters, my name is LeeAnn McKinney and I am so excited to bring my clean and simple projects and tutorials to you throughout 2020. Let’s Get Crafty!!!

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Intermediate + Advanced Designers

Lori Warren 

I am an explorer of all things mixed media, designer, and instructor who fell in love with rubber stamping about 20 years ago. I love the versatility of rubber stamps and feature their use in mixed media art, card making, art journaling as well as other papercrafts. I love to try new techniques and mediums and am always keeping an eye out for something different.

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Lisa Mensing

I live in the Fayettevile/Ft. Bragg area in NC with my husband, Aaron, of nearly 20 years. We are a retired Army family who has settled into a simple life together. I started making handmade cards back in 2010, and I’ve recently started creating YouTube tutorials; regularly, I love that I get to combine two things I’m passionate about, technology and crafting. I’m so excited to be joining the Imagine Crafts Design Team. I look forward to, hopefully, getting to know you all and building more crafty friendships.

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Nicole Watt

Hello! I’m Nicole Watt (aka: The Pixel Maven) By day, I’m a website and graphic designer/business owner with my husband, and every other moment, I’m a papercraft blogger/vlogger. Though I love lots of different arts and crafts, stamps, paper, and ink have been my go-to for over 10 years. I love inspiring and sharing with you and helping you gain confidence in the art of paper crafting. YOU are an artist – So, what are you waiting for? Grab your favorite supplies, and create with me!

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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