See How to Use Metal and Pigment Ink to Make Jewelry

by Mischelle Smith

Imagine’s Sheet Metal, VersaMagic and StazOn all products perfect for jewelry

I love wearing jewelry and wanted to make something colorful, light and airy for hot summer days. In today’s quick post, I am using Imagine’s Sheet Metal, VersaMagic and StazOn ink — all products perfect for jewelry. Jewelry making is super fun because of the creating and imagination process. It is fun to watch something transform from raw material to something beautiful and wearable.

I started out with plain metal pieces of Sheet Metal which is a sturdy but thin crafting metal. I choose four square pieces and one circle to contrast the others. Sheet metal is thin enough to use with embossing folders so I embossed with a couple different embossing folders to get different shapes and textures.

Then I colored the pieces using a combination of VersaMagic Chalk inks with the ‘direct to paper’ technique. This technique is using your inkpad directly on the metal blank to add color. After adding each color, heat emboss the newly inked sheet metal with Imagine’s Clear Embossing Powder. This will help you develop a layered ink look. Since this is metal, use extra precaution by holding your sheet metal with tweezers to avoid burning yourself. Now that your heat emboss is finished, add sentiments or your favorite small stamps using StazOn ink. When finished, seal your work with a clear sealant and attach the jewelry components.

Imagine’s Sheet Metal, VersaMagic and StazOn all products perfect for jewelry

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Close To My Heart – Chevron embossing folder, Arrows Embossing Folder
  • Heat tool
  • Necklace
  • Earring/Jewelry Findings
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Tweezers
  • Sealant
  • Die cutting machine

See How to Use Fantastix to Color on Fabric

by Elina Stromberg

Charming Mini Purse Waffle Flower stamp set

This little purse was inspired by the charming stamp set called “Faye” by Waffle Flower. The cute, crisp image was a great choice for stamping on fabric, and the size was just right for decorating a mini metal frame purse. Metal framed purses are not difficult to make, and there are lots of tutorials available on the web. The project always starts with drawing the cutting pattern; the sizes and shapes of the frames vary, and the pattern needs to be adjusted to the frame used. There are many tutorials for that step too! Try googling with search words “metal frame purse pattern”. Once you find a pattern and design you like then you can sync with this tutorial. The size of my purse is approximately 4 x 4 inches with plenty of space for the stamped image. It is also perfect for coins or your favorite cosmetics!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1.5 hours + drying time

Directions

Charming Mini Purse Waffle Flower stamp
Step 1

Trace the purse pattern on the fabric. Stamp images using Memento Luxe ink. Heat set with iron.

all purpose ink and fantastix
Step 2

Color the image and part of the background using All-Purpose Inks and Fantastix. You can dip the Fantastix directly into the ink barrel for coloring. The thickness of the All-Purpose ink is great for fine detailing on fabric. Use short dabbing stokes to make sure the ink soaks into the fabric fibers. Heat set with iron.

Charming Mini Purse embroidery
Step 3

Place the fabric in an embroidery hoop. Using two strings of embroidery yarn decorate the colored image with straight stitches.

handmade purse
Step 4

Cut the back-exterior piece and two identical lining pieces. Cut two pieces of fusible interfacing (without seam allowance), and iron them on the back sides of the exterior pieces.


Step 5

Stack all four pieces with right sides together. Sew around the edge. Turn the purse around.


Step 6

Using a zig zag stitch, attach a thin cord around the top edge of the purse.


Step 7

Open the frame and practice putting one side of the purse in it (without the glue). Once you feel comfortable place glue inside one side of the frame. Wait a minute (or follow the instructions of the glue manufacturer) and work the fabric into the channel. Use a knitting needle to make sure all fabric is tucked tight into the frame. Remove glue stains immediately with a wet paper towel. 
Let dry for 30 minutes before repeating the steps on the other side. Once everything has dried, your craft project is complete! You can gift this to a friend and personalize any way you wish. Enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Waffle Flower – ‘Faye’ stamp set
  • Fabric – grey, pink
  • Fusible interfacing
  • Metal purse frame
  • Pink embroidery yarn
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery needle
  • Sewing machine
  • Fabric glue
  • Scissors
  • Cord
  • Knitting needle
  • Paper and pencil for making the cutting pattern

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Do You Need More Texture in Your Handmade Cards?

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Neon Amplify Textured Summer Card flamingo

Summer has arrived and what better way to celebrate than with a striking tangerine orange project. What a beautiful color! When I saw the challenge, I thought of the neon colors in the Tsukineko’s Radiant Neon Amplify. I made this card using “hello,” cherry blossom and flamingo die cuts but, the best part of this card is the wild background created with Amplify. Amplify reacts to the heat tool and creates a soft look with a 3-D effect. The clean crisp die cuts provide a contrast to the texture craziness in the background. Read more to find out how I created this card.

Neon Amplify orange and yellow

Start by taking a piece of light colored card stock and the stencil and secure them both over the craft mat with masking tape. Add drops of Electric Yellow Neon Amplify and Electric Orange Neon Amplify over the free areas of the stencil and mix the colors with the roller. Amplify feels like a paint when it is wet, so a few drops will roll quickly and also may slip under your stencil a bit. Remove the stencil and use a heat tool to activate the foaming quality. Be careful not to over heat and burn the texture. Secure your decorated layer on a basic black card base with Tear It! Tape.

Using white card stock cut the cherry blossom and flamingo die cuts. Paste flamingo and cherry blossom over the Amplify background using On Point Glue and decorate the center of the flowers with irRESISTible Tuxedo Black. Cut a “hello” sentiment from black card stock and paste with OnPoint Glue and you have completed a quick and easy handmade card! Enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampin’ Up Card Stock – Very Vanilla, Whisper White and Basic Black
  • Heat tool
  • Darice – Cherry Blossom Die Cut
  • CN Craft– Flamingo and Hello Die Cuts
  • Hero Arts – Tropical Background Stencil

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Make a Handmade Bookmark for Your Summer Reading List

Summer is such a great time to catch up on reading. Sitting in the sun, ice-cold lemonade and your favorite fiction. Today, we have two bookmark projects made with Vertigo craft surfaces that are decorated to be the perfect style match to a summer vacation.

Summer bookmarks ocean theme

Seaside Themed Bookmarks by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Grab your favorite book and plan a seaside get-a-way! With these seaside themed bookmarks, it is the perfect craft project for summer readers. The Vertigo Rattlesnake sheet in combination with blue colors of StazOn give an excellent impression of the reflections of the sea waves. The Vertigo sheets are cut in 2 x 6 inch pieces (one sheet makes 3 bookmarks) and colored with Stazon inkpads using a sponge dauber. When the ink dries, stamp with the seaside stamps and the Imagine’s white embossing powder. Punch a hole and add an eyelet. Place some ribbon and marine charms and the bookmarks are ready.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Scrapberry’s Seaside stamps
  • Eyelets
  • Ribbons
  • Metallic marine charms

Vertigo plastic Bookmarks set of 3

StazOn & VersaMagic Vertigo Bookmarks by Mischelle Smith

Summertime at our house always includes crafty projects like these incredibly cool Vertigo Bookmarks. Vertigo is a strong, plastic material that has a 3D effect and is contagious. Yes, contagious. Once you start playing with this funky material, you just can’t stop! It comes in 6 x 6 inch sheets which are the perfect size for 3 bookmarks.

Cut Vertigo into 2 x 6 inch pieces. Round all four corners with a corner rounder. Stamp images using StazOn ink. StazOn is a solvent ink and should dry easily on its own. Color images using ‘direct to paper’ technique with VersaMagic and use stamp pads to color images. VersaMagic is a pigment chalk ink and will not dry as quickly so be sure to heat set colors as you work. To help with drying, layer one color at a time, dry in between each color and continue to add color until satisfied. Gently heat set color to set. Punch a hole, add eyelet and ribbon.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Joy Clair Stamps – Hugs & Smiles
  • Stampin’ Up Stamps – Fishy Friends, Lighthearted Leaves
  • Crop-a-dile
  • Heat tool
  • Corner rounder
  • White sheer ribbon

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Make a Summer Lovin’ Mixed Media Calendar

by Renee Zarate

Make a Summer Lovin' Mixed Media Calendar

Today is National Best Friends Day! I thought these two dolls could look like a pair of best friends. This mixed media calendar project can be placed on a bulletin board or made in art journal as a two page spread. While project incorporates techniques and textures, it also has the added fun of writing each day’s activities in the small woven calendar boxes. Create one for each month of the year and then bind them together in a diary to look back on later.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 2-3 hours

Directions

Make a Summer Lovin' Mixed Media Calendar
Step 1

Prepare the background paper. This particular calendar is an 11 x 14 piece of Strathmore 140# Mixed Media paper that had been used to blot off ink from a previous project. I love reusing paper in this way to add to the chaos of mixed media projects. If you are start fresh then use texture paste to create dimension on random parts of the paper. After you have let that dry, now it is time to add color. At the top of the paper, apply Memento Luxe Teal Zeal ink, Bahama Blue Fireworks Spray, and spritz water to allow the colors to blend together. Apply more water and let the inks run down the paper. Use a heat tool to set the color. Next, apply Memento Luxe Morocco ink to the bottom of the paper with a large dauber. Deepen the color by applying Radiant Neon Electric Orange on top of the Morocco ink. Spritz with water, allow the inks to mingle. Blot slightly with a paper towel, and dry with a heat tool. For the last layer, apply Memento Luxe Dandelion to the center of the page, spray with water, allow the color to blend then dry.


Step 2

Use alphabet and number stencils for the date and season. Use Art Ventures Graphite texture paste to make the letters pop forward. Very carefully lift the stenciling pieces straight up and wash them thoroughly to remove all of the paste. Allow to dry thoroughly so as to avoid smearing it.

Prima – Julie Nutting Doll Stamp
Step 3

Die cut the butterflies from coordinating patterned paper and set aside. Stamp dolls with StazOn Jet Black ink, color them with Memento Markers and cut them out.


Step 4

Make the woven mat for the calendar days by cutting 5 strips of paper measuring 1 inch x 7 ¼ inches. These strips will be woven across. Then cut 7 strips of the same paper to measure 1 inch x 5 ¾ inches for the downward strips. Secure the weaving with tape on the backside. Use a number stamp set to stamp the calendar numbers in each weave square. Ink the entire piece with Memento Luxe Morocco.


Step 5

Using a strong adhesive, adhere the woven calendar to the background page. Add Washi tape for extra decor. Attach the butterflies across the top on with On Point Glue. Add some butterflies to the skirt and shoes of the doll on the right. Attach the stamped dolls to each side of the calendar. Ink the edges of the mixed media paper with Brilliance Pearlescent Rust ink. Finish with any additional detailing as you feel is right for the design. Have fun!

Supplies

Imagine
Other

Make Fun Kids Crafts to Celebrate Summer

School is out! Summer is here! We are excited to share two kid’s crafting projects that help celebrate the wrap up of the school year. Jessica creates an awesome farmstead theme with an egg carton and Mischelle uses square Monterey Pine to create spider magnets. Enjoy!

Piggy Farm Crafts for Kids

Piggy In The Puddle Kid’s Craft by Jessica Litman

With summer quickly approaching, I am always trying to find fun and different crafts to do with my kids. Since we have a lot of empty egg cartons lying around for painting, I thought why not turn it into barn animals?!?!  Here are some quick tips on how to start!

So first let me say that you can choose any farm animal and go crazy with this project, but for time sake I am choosing a little piggy. Start by cutting out a single egg carton. Spray Rosebud Fireworks Spray on egg carton making sure to cover entirely. Set aside to dry. Cut out two small ears, curly tail, and round snout for pig. Add two dots on the snout using the Memento marker’s fine side. Once egg carton is dry, glue the ears, tail, snout, and googly eyes using On Point Glue. Cut out a mud puddle using the brown paper. Create a pig pen using the white card stock. This fence can be a download template or a die cut. Again, you can go crazy on ideas and also let your kids creativity direct this project.

Piggy Farm Crafts for Kids

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Empty Egg Carton
  • Scissors
  • Paper – pink, brown, white
  • Googly Eyes
  • template for fence or die cut

Kids Crafts Spiders

Monterey Pine Spider Magnets by Mischelle Smith

Looking for a quick and easy project that the kids can do this summer?  Look no further!  These cute magnets can be enjoyed year ‘round and make great gifts for grandparents and loved ones. I choose orange spiders to tap into Imagine’s Tangerine color of the month. But you can choose any little animal or image that makes your kid’s day! It will probably be best to set up everything first and help your little ones with putting all the pieces together. Monterey Pine is hand cut wood measuring about 1 to 1.5 inches and have a .08 inch depth. Start by finding or printing 1 inches images. Cut images from paper or use the square pine piece to trace around the image you’ve printed. Apply a heavy amount of On Point Glue to rectangle pine piece, adhere the image and press down to push out any wrinkles or bubbles. Remember to replace the cap on On Point Glue and let the paper dry. Wrap Tear It Tape around edge of pine square (if fits perfectly around the edge) and dip in matching color of glitter. Attach magnet to the back and you are ready to give as a gift or place on your refrigerator.

kids crafts orange and black spiders

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Paper
  • Napkin
  • Pattern Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glitter
  • Magnets
  • Adhesive