Learn How to Create an Easy Luxurious Gemstone on Paper

It amazes us at times what crafters can do to replicate ideas with raw materials. This is especially impressive when what is replicated is difficult such as complex patterns, metallics, glass or stone. In today’s post, Jennifer Vanderbeek recreates the Lapis Lazuli piece of jewelry in her personal collection and Renee Zarate creates a beautiful silver metallic pattern on Lapis paper.

Shades of Blue Jewelry Inspired Card by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Lapis lazuli is my favorite among the semi-precious stones. It comes in various shades of blue but my favorite are the strains that are deep blue with a scattering of pyrite, or Fool’s Gold, running through it. I’ve collected many pieces of Lapis jewelry and decided to use a particular bracelet I picked up in Mexico as the inspiration for this card.

I started by applying Metallic Silver Creative Medium onto white cardstock in the shape of a circle with a palette knife. I then carved out the center of the oval to make room for the faux stone. I filled the center of the space with Blue Hawaii StazOn Studio Glaze and added a few drops of Cotton White StazOn Studio Glaze then swirl it in with a toothpick before adding a few flakes of gold leaf. This creates the marbled effect that most stones have.

To make the bracelet look, I simply extended the designs with long, thin dashes of StazOn Studio Glaze and allowed to dry completely before fussy cutting the bracelet. To pull it together as a card design, I stamped the “enjoy today” sentiment in the lower right corner of the card front with Mediterranean Blue Brilliance ink pad. Then tied the whole layout together with a layer of StazOn element with two pieces of blue cardstock (one solid, one patterned) with deckled edges. And finished by adding pen detailing around design and on sentiment.


  • Cardstock – white, navy
  • DCWV – patterned paper
  • Oval template
  • Sticky notes
  • Gold leaf flakes
Acrylic blocks
  • Studio Calico – Story Builder stamps
Stampabilities – word stamps
  • Adhesive
Gelly Roll pen – white, silver

Blessings in Blue An All Occasion Card by Renee Zarate

Lapis Blue is such a beautiful and rich color, it looks so royal! I made a quick but luxurious colored card using scrap paper, DCWV paper, and enhanced glue dots. It’s a quick, simple design with some unexpected touches of bling, a great way to use up your craft supply stash.

I started by spraying Fireworks Craft Spray in several colors on a scrap piece of watercolor paper. After it is dry, I then cut a square panel from sprayed paper and a piece of black cardstock. On the Fireworks panel, I stamped circular stamp with text nine times with Paris Dusk StazOn ink, a nice complimentary color. To create the background, I stamped the words a few times on the panel with Jet Black StazOn. Then I adhered silver foil in between the circles and placed glue dots around each circle and laid foil on top of dots.

To bring the whole design together, I cut Lapis blue colored panel, stamped “blessing” at the bottom with VersaMark and heat embossed and matched the sentiment by distressing the edge with VersaMark and embossing the edge!  Finally, I mounted all the layers together and the design is complete!


  • Dyan Reaveley -Stamps – texted circles
  • Hero Arts – Blessing stamp
  • Dina Wakley – All the Gals stamp set
  • Invoke Arts – swirl stamp
  • DCWV paper – Brights Textured, Lapis blue paper
  • Blank card
  • Watercolor paper
  • Cardstock – black
  • Paper trimmer
  • Adhesive
  • Pop dots
  • Prima Silver Foil
  • Glue stick

See How to Make a Delightful Lapis Blue Jar

by Neva Cole

2017 March Lapis Glass Jar with Stazon ink from Tsukineko
The color challenge for April at Imagine is the stunning deep blue color of Lapis Lazuli. With a little research, I discovered that it is semi-precious stone used in ancient mosaics and as a pigment in many well-known paintings. It most likely is what is referred to as sapphire in Biblical times as the sapphire was not known at that time. I was inspired to create a mini Lapis jar from a votive candle holder and large glass drop fashioned into a lid. This simple project is only time-consuming due to dry time and the results are very realistic.

Level: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour + dry time


start with the Ashland Basic Jar

Step 1

Apply StazOn Opaque Cotton White directly to the surfaces of the votive candle holder and the glass drop.

applying ink to glass

Step 2

Use and Ink Blusher to gently move ink and cover the surface of the glass. Set aside to dry.

Step 3

Place StazOn Azure on a plastic surface (for ease of clean-up) and gently apply to the surfaces with an Ink Blusher over the StazOn Cotton White. Work quickly to prevent picking up the Cotton White, some variation will add to the realistic look of the project. Set aside to dry.

Step 4

Add GlazOn Layer Protectant to each surface with an Ink Blusher. Set aside to dry.

Step 5

Apply a second layer of StazOn Azure with an Ink Blusher. Set aside to dry. Apply a second layer of GlazOn and set aside to dry, each successive layer requires more drying time.

Step 6

Place StazOn Metallic Gold on a plastic surface (for ease of clean-up) and apply with crumpled cling wrap to the surfaces to mimic gold flecks in the Lapis stone. Set aside to dry. Apply a final coat of GlazOn and set aside to dry. Stain a small wood bead with StazOn Azure and set aside to dry. Thread wire through bead and twist into a fixture. Adhere to the lid with E600 adhesive. This Lapis and Gold glass jar would make a great addition to a table setting or coffee table with matching ceramics or white flower arrangements. Enjoy!