Create Decorative Sand with All-Purpose Ink

by Iris Rodriguez

Create Decorative Sand with All-Purpose Ink

It’s summertime, time for that beach vacation. As you enjoy the sea breeze blowing on your face, the sand tickling your face, the sounds of kids playing, and the seagulls flocking in the distance, let the real world melt away. Much better, right? Before you leave though, pack some sand and bring it home for some fun craft projects, like a sand art terrarium using a glass jar and All-Purpose Inks to color the sand. If you are not going to the beach, it’s okay, you can get sand from the craft store…we won’t tell.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour


Step 1

Select a glass container. I used, what used to be a candle jar, measures 4 x 4 x 4 inches, 8 ounces.

Step 2

Cut a piece of foam to fits the center of the jar. Use at least one branch along with the foam to measure the foam’s height. Leave 1 to 2 inches gap from the rim. This will keep the sand from spilling over. The foam will be completely covered by the sand.

Step 3

Arrange the flowers on the foam. Add hot glue to the holes. Artificial succulents and plants will also work. Or you can make it a beach theme by adding seashells.

Step 4

Add hot glue to the bottom of the foam.

Step 5

Glue the foam with flowers in the center of the jar.

Step 6

Place sand in the bag. Fill about a third of the bag, which for the jar used in this project made ¼ to ½ inch layer.

Step 7

Drop in two to three drops of ink. Sand is very porous, a little goes a long way. Seal the bag, ensure to release the air inside.

Step 8

Smoosh the sand around with your fingers and shake so that it moves around. When all of the sand has been colored, you are done. The sand dries instantly. There is no dry wait time. However, if you use a little too much ink, the sand will stay wet. With the ink, it’s not easy to tell it’s wet as you can with water. To test out if the sand is wet, run the sand through your fingers, if it does not run through your fingers smoothly, then it’s wet. Visibly, it will look loosely clumped. Even if slightly wet, it will not go through the funnel or layer smoothly and will stain the layer below. In this case, leave the bag open and let the sand dry.

Step 9

Repeat step 8 for each color. Use a different bag for each color.

Step 10

Pour sand into the funnel and layer the sand. Pour a little bit of sand at a time. Rotate the jar and fill a different area. An alternative is to use a small measuring spoon.

Step 11

Continue to layer until you reach the top and have covered the foam. Use the Imagine’s Doodlestix to reach in and move the sand around.


Now you have a DIY home décor nice or cute gift for that special someone. Hope you give this project a try.


  • Sand
  • Glass jar or container
  • Artificial flowers or succulents
  • Snack size sealable plastic bags
  • Small funnel or measuring spoon
  • Foam
  • Hot glue

How to Draw the Eiffel Tower in Paris with Washi Tape

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

How to Draw the Eiffel Tower in Paris with Washi Tape

Whether you are able to travel this summer or are staying home, you can create this fun canvas commemorating one of the world’s most recognized landmarks –The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. After altering our canvas with tissue and Creative Medium, we’ll mask out or elements with washi tape and add layers of Delicata for a burnished patina. Once you’ve got the hang of it, try out more famous places that you’ve visited or only dreamed about.


  • 10 x 10 Canvas
  • Tissue Paper
  • Paint Brush
  • Plastic Cup
  • Washi Tape in 3 widths

Create a High Contrast Card with Gold Embossing

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Create a High Contrast Card with Gold Embossing

The color challenge for July is Golden Glow and I immediately thought of Gold Embossing! I was so excited because I love Clean and Simple cards and I think using gold as your main color allows for a clean and simple design that is still sure to wow the recipient. While my card is in the style of CAS it is a bit of an advanced technique as it actually has three layers of paper! If you are looking for a beautiful design to create for a special occasion this White and Gold theme is an elegant combination. Enjoy!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour


Step 1

With masking tape create a border on the bottom of your card base. The width of the border depends on the size of the die cut letters that you want to use. In my project, I created a 1 inch border because the size of my die cuts is Jumbo. Ink the masked area directly with the VersaMark Inkpad. Cover the inked area with Gold Embossing Powder and melt the powder with the heat tool.

Step 2

Set the card base aside. Use large die letters to cut the letters “H” and “I” for the greeting. Align the letters over the card border and mask the lower portion with masking tape to match the card base border. (I used the same piece of masking tape for step one and two.)

Step 3

Cut a piece of whisper white cardstock to match the same area that is still white on the card base. In my sample, the card is a standard size, so my top layering piece is 5.5″ x 3.25″. Leaving the masking tape attached to the front side, apply On Point Glue on the back of the letters, above the masked area only. Paste the letters onto the separate layer aligning the masked area to the lower edge of your cardstock layer.

Step 4

Stamp a floral image on the left corner of the top cardstock piece with VersaMark and emboss with Gold Embossing Powder. Add a fun foam white layer behind the decorated layer and tape over the card base aligning the gold borders.



  • Masking Tape
  • Altenew – Persian Motifs Stamp Set
  • Stampin’ Up – Large Letters Framelits
  • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
  • Heat tool
  • Cardstock – White
  • MISTI Stamping Tool, Stamparatus or acrylic block

Imagine Tips & Tricks: Use Masking Tape to Ink Letters

by Melissa Andrew

Imagine Tips & Tricks: Use Masking Tape to Ink Letters

When you are in the middle of a craft project that requires inking small die-cut pieces it can get messy! Today is a simple trick on how to keep those fingers clean when using your favorite Tsukineko Inks and masking tape!


  • Low Adhesive Tape – Masking Tape
  • Alphabet die
  • Die Cut Machine

Color of Month for July is Golden Glow

Color of Month for July is Golden Glow

The Color of the Month for July is Golden Glow. We love gold and with summer in full gear, the golden glow of the summer sun shines down on all of us! We are reminded of golden fields of wheat, fun in the sun, vacations and wedding parties. With cardmaking and scrapbooking gold is an essential element to any crafter’s toolkit. Imagine and Tsukineko offers several products to help achieve the metallic shimmery shine such as Delicata in Golden Glitz, All-Purpose Ink in Vegas Gold, and don’t forget a Brilliance DewDrop in Galaxy Gold! In the meantime, we have a couple of sneak peeks of this months beautiful golden glow tutorials for you!


Here is a sneak peek of what we have in store for July!

Keep your eye out for this fun cardmaking tutorial by Jowilna Nolte

Such fun techniques to learn from this upcoming tutorial by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou


Product Recommendations for Gold

Delicata Inkpad – Golden Glitz

All-Purpose Ink – Vegas Gold

StazOn Studio Glaze – Gold

Brilliance DewDrop – Galaxy Gold


Use a Masking Technique to Make this Fabulous Card

by Elina Stromberg

Masking is one of my favorite stamping techniques for cardmaking. It’s a simple way to create a dimensional look and feel, without having to layer and collage fussy cut images. For this technique you don’t need any special supplies; a stamp set, stamping ink, a few sticky notes, and your scissors will be enough!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes – 1 hour


Step 1

Stamp the hot air balloon and clouds on sticky note pages. If the sticky part is only on a portion of the page, make sure to place your stamping close to the paper’s sticky border. Cut out the images.

Step 2

Stamp the images you want to appear in front on your cardstock and place the fussy cut mask on top, then stamp the second layer. Use Memento in Tuxedo Black for stamping hot air balloons, and Memento in Summer Sky for the clouds. Leave the masks in place.

Step 3

Color the background using two shades of Memento, Summer Sky and Danube Blue, and a jumbo dauber. Sponge on a hint of white acrylic paint on the inked surface. Remove masks.

Step 4

Color the front mages with alcohol markers. Stamp sentiment text and the flying birds with black StazOn.

Step 5

Die-cut a tree-line from dark blue cardstock. Glue it on the bottom of the card. Trim card to size, mat on a piece of dark blue cardstock. Attach to white card base using double-sided tape.


  • Joy Clair Stamp – ‘Fly With Me’ stamp set
  • Sticky Notes
  • Scissors
  • Sizzix – ‘Tree Line’ die
  • White acrylic paint
  • Alcohol markers
  • Double-sided Tape
  • Cardstock – dark blue, white
  • Card base – White