December Color of the Month and Artists in Residence for 2019

December Color of the Month and Artist in Residence for 2019

December Color of the Month is Frosted Blue! We love the bright icy blue color in Christmas decor, Christmas ornaments, and wintery snowflake themed art. Tsukineko and Imagine feature several products in their catalog that are perfect for this color theme. Memento Dye inkpad in Summer Sky, Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Summer Sky, VersaMagic in Seabreeze and any of these inks can be spritzed with Sheer Shimmer Spray in Frost!

Also, stay tuned for craft projects featuring the Dewlet! We are so excited for what our team has cooked up.

We are happy to introduce our Artists in Residence for 2019

Meet the team!

Arjita Sepaha Singh

Arjita works in the early childhood education field but enjoys crafting above everything else. She gets plenty of inspiration for her 12-year-old daughter and hopes to show even the most novice of crafters how to make beautiful things in her crisp and short videos.

“I strongly believe that a creative crafter is like a bee that is always busy with focus, dedication & perseverance to create beautiful things.”


Elina Stromberg

Elina grew up crafting and paper is her favorite material. She likes to focus on layouts and colors that are sure to be eye-pleasing. Inspiring other crafters is the greatest reward for her.

“I love the fact that this hobby is all about learning something new every day.”


Iris Rodriguez

Iris is an arts and crafts enthusiast who has never met an art medium she didn’t like. A short list of her favorites include inks, paper, acrylic paint, sprays, metallic waxes, texture mediums, clay, and metal.

“As it happens to some us, as adults we tend to temporarily abandon our creative endeavors because of this little thing called life. About seven years ago I decided to get back to being creative and have not looked back since.”

clay bowls stamped with versamagic and stazon ink


Jessica Lin

Jessica grew up in Taiwan but now lives in California. She started stamping at a young age and if she’s not busy with work, you will find her in her craft room creating something fun and new.

“I generally like to pack my cards with techniques and unique ideas… I also like to think of creative ways to stretch my supplies!”


 

Jowilna Nolte

Jowilna sees scrapbooking as a natural extension of her love for card making and stamping that also accommodates her love and passion for photography. Jowilna loves to teach new techniques and share with others on her creative journey.

“Creating can be a wonderful journey & therapy—making sense of things where life cannot, and I have turned my life into this philosophy.”


Kassy Tousignant

Kassy grew up surrounded by a family of makers and artists. A longtime believer in the fact that a handmade card is the best type to give, she has recently delved into mixed media and 3D arts; she loves playing with color and texture.

“Creativity is good for the soul and I believe there is room for it in everyone’s life. My goal is to inspire others to find their creative voice.”


Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Kyriakos challenges himself to find alternative ways to use materials and set them into daily life. He uses mixed media to create everything from simple to complex pieces that are always sure to please.

“When I design my projects I like to make something that goes further of being beautiful to be useful and special to someone.”


Linsday Adreon

Lindsay lives in a small town in Iowa with her husband and two kids. She’s always been a crafter, but really got into card making and stamping after becoming a mom.

“My favorite craft is cardmaking and stamping, but I also enjoy crocheting, home decor projects, and a bit of wood crafting as well.”


Lori Warren

Lori is a mixed media artist, designer, and instructor. Her art often features a combination of collage, texture, and assemblage. Crafting has always been a family adventure for her, and she loves sharing this tradition with her grandchild.

I enjoy incorporating the use of stencils and stamps into my projects along with reuse items, repurposed materials and other found objects. There is something about bringing the old and new together that just fascinates me.” 


Martha Lucia Gomez

Imagine crafts tsukineko blog artist

Martha Lucia works in public relations by day but has loved crafting always. She finds working with paper to be the best therapy, and if you are looking for a great Spanish language crafting blog, she’s one to follow.

“I love to create cards, 3D projects and alter different objects. I am looking forward to continuing to share my passion with all of you.”


Melissa Andrew

Melissa is a scientist and mother of three who still finds time to devote to her crafting and card making. She is ready to take the inspiration she has received from so many others and pay it forward to all of you.

“I feel my science background allows me to understand the chemical properties of a number of my craft products and therefore I am able to experiment and play without hesitation.”


Nadine Carlier

Nadine has spent a couple of decades trying and loving all things crafty. Scrapbooking, handmade cards, mixed media, and altered art projects make the list of her favorite things to create. 

“I love getting messy, trying new techniques, inspiring others and being inspired.”


Roni Johnson

When she’s not helping run the family farm, Roni can be found creating. There is no term that encompasses all the styles and project types that Roni shares with us, but the joy she finds in creating them always comes through.

“I enjoy teaching others about the joys of ink, paper, and altered arts!”

 

Participate in our Youtube Challenge

by Kassy Tousignant

LABOR DAY GIVE-A-WAY

Head over to our YouTube Channel! Comment and subscribe on this video by the end September 3rd, 2018 (midnight) for a chance to win $30 worth of ink products by Imagine.

In today’s video, Kassy’s shows how to ink a canvas with All-Purpose Ink. The colors in this mixed media piece are vibrant and the ink can be used well on canvas surfaces. Kassy shows you a few different techniques using the All-Purpose Ink on this canvas to highlight it’s versatility and stunning colors. This art piece is inspired by a small resin face embellishment and text that inspires why a person should “Be” creative.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour + dry time

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • White Gesso
  • Arteza – Canvas panel
  • Prima – stencil
  • Relics & Artifacts – resin face
  • Brush
  • Ink dropper
  • Spray bottles
  • Heat tool

Upcycle a Thrift Store Find with VersaMagic DewDrops

by Kassy Tousignant

Upcycle a Thrift Store Find with VersaMagic DewDrops video tutorial.

I love giving old things new life. I found an old metal flower decor piece at a thrift store and I just couldn’t resist a little upcycle love. In today’s video, I show you how to use products like VersaMagic chalk ink and irRESISTible texture sprays to color metal pieces to mount on a stenciled canvas. This product is still as vibrant and rich on metal as it is on paper.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1.5 hour + dry time

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Prima – Plaster paste, Art Stones
  • Waverly stencil
  • Liquitex – Super Heavy Gel
  • Twine
  • Canvas board
  • White Gesso

3 Very Different Ways to Use StazOn Ink

3 Very Different Ways to Use StazOn Ink.

by Alison Heikkila

StazOn is a solvent ink that allows you to stamp on surfaces such as metal, wood, shrink plastic, leather, and more. It is a permanent ink in a wide range of colors that allows you to create vivid and exciting projects easily. In today’s post, it is my privilege to give you three wonderful ways to use StazOn ink.

3 Very Different Ways to Use StazOn Ink

Making Shrinky Dinks! Use StazOn to Stamp on Shrink Plastic

One of my favorite ways to use StazOn ink is with shrink plastic. This little Pin-Up pendant (from Bombshell Stamps) was stamped on the frosted side of the shrink plastic, then colored with colored pencils. Because StazOn is a solvent ink, it will dry immediately on plastic and will not smear. It is perfect for fully decorating stamped images before they will be shrunk.  I added holes to either side of the hammock and used my heat tool to shrink down. The stamp and color remained perfectly intact during the shrinking. Think about all of your larger stamps that you can shrink down into fun pieces of jewelry using StazOn and shrink plastic!

3 Very Different Ways to Use StazOn Ink.

Creating Masterboards! Use StazOn to Blend Ink Colors.

The next example of fun things you can do with StazOn is to ink blend with solvents such as rubbing alcohol or the compliment product StazOn Stamp Cleaner. With a 4″ x 6″ photo sheet, I rubbed Claret, Cactus Green, and Spiced Chai StazOn randomly on the surface. I used a direct-to-paper swirling motion to apply the color. I dripped StazOn Stamp cleaner on to the paper and swirled it around. The solvent in StazOn cleaner suspends the color, allows it to migrate and blend. I let the cleaner sit then dabbed off the excess with a paper towel.

3 Very Different Ways to Use StazOn Ink. the perfect pear card

I die cut a portion of the dried StazOn blended photo paper with a set of pear dies from Stampendous. Love the results!

3 Very Different Ways to Use StazOn Ink. home decor star

Homemaking! Use StazOn with Decoupage

StazOn is great for home decorating projects. Tissue paper decoupaged on wood is a perfect example. I stamped an image onto white tissue paper using Jet Black StazOn and then colored in the details with Fabrico markers. I used decoupage medium to seal the art on the tissue paper. StazOn does not react to water-based inks or products such as Mod Podge. So you can begin the next steps of a multi-step project because the ink will dry quickly cutting the dry time in half. Once the decoupage was dried, I used a sponge dauber to ink the edges of the star in Royal Purple StazOn. Again, a double benefit is StazOn will attach to the top of any surface without beading or smearing.

As you can see, StazOn ink can be used for a multitude of techniques and on lots of different surfaces. It is important to remember that experimentation is always the best way to find what works best for your projects. For product information, please check out the Imagine website. Have an inspiring day!

Sending You All My Love!

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Mail Art! Sending All My Love by Renee Zarate

Who doesn’t love to get a piece of Mail Art by snail mail?  Not only do the postal workers have fun looking at it but you have a bona fide work of art to send to an artsy friend.  Just make sure there aren’t any bits and bobs that can become detached along the way.  What a fun way to send your love!  This envelope has faux postage but you can adapt the idea to suit your needs.

More loving inspiration!

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Don’t forget, for a limited time only receive a special discount on select StazOn Opaque colors at imaginecrafts.com!