Learn How to Upcycle Wine Bottles with Paper Mache

by Iris Rodriguez

Spring is coming and in some places, it’s already starting to look like spring with the beginning of sunny weather. To celebrate the change of the season, I like altering bottles of every type such as wine, liquor, and Coke bottles. Each one has it’s own potential and beauty. Today’s project is an altered wine bottle, made to look like flowers are springing out (pun intended) with a real zipper and paper mache to cover the glass. This project takes time! Paper mache takes longer to dry so to start this project please carve out a couple days for its completion. As part of my color palette, I was inspired by Pantone’s Color of the Year, Ultraviolet. For my version of Ultraviolet I used Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray Grape Jelly and Lulu Lavender. This altered bottle makes a beautiful home décor, centerpiece or just a nice gift.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 2.5 hours + 1 day drying time

Directions


Step 1

Select a bottle, remove labels and wash it inside and out. Dry completely.


Step 2

Measure the zipper on the bottle, determined where it should open and adjust slider accordingly.


Step 3

Glue cardstock paper on each side of the zipper, ensuring that the paper is on front facing side of the zipper. Add paper starting from the top of the zipper to where the slider is located. The paper helps to glue the zipper on the bottle and still allows for adjustments to the opening.


Step 4

Glue tissue paper around the area where the zipper will be placed. The tissue makes for a porous surface to color and to glue on the zipper. Let dry.


Step 5

Glue the zipper onto the bottle.


Step 6

Mix the Sculptamold or other paper mache product with water. Mix in small sprinkles of water at a time until the desired consistency is achieved, which should be similar to cottage cheese. Mix a small portion at a time. Be careful but quick because it sets fast.


Step 7

Apply the paper mache with a palette knife around the outside of the zipper. Work time is short—about 15 mins before it begins to set. Spray a little water to smooth the surface. (After it has set, you won’t be able to change it much.) Paper mache is very porous and takes the ink sprays very nicely. It is messy, however. It is water soluble, so clean up is fast and easy. Let the bottle dry for one day or more.


Step 8

Apply more paper mache or molding paste through stencils. The pattern will not come out crisp and clear because of the bumpy surface but that’s what makes it artsy! Let dry.


Step 9

Color the bottle with Fireworks Shimmery Craft Sprays.


Step 10

Color paper flowers with the Fireworks. If you want some dilution of color without dilution of Sparkle, add Sheer Shimmer in Sparkle. (Also, if you wanted to keep some white, make them match by just adding Sheer Shimmer.)


Step 11

Spray Fireworks onto the smooth side of the watercolor paper. Dry it completely. Stamp and emboss the butterflies with Tuxedo Black Memento Luxe and black embossing powder. Fussy cut the butterflies. For the antennas soak a piece of embroidery thread in glue. This will stiffen the thread. Cut little pieces for the antennas and glue to the back of the butterflies.


Step 12

To make a decorative bottle stopper use a dresser pull knob.


Step 13

Apply gesso to the dresser pull knob then color with the Grape Jelly Fireworks Craft Spray. Then seal the knob with the spray sealer.


Step 14

To adhere the knob to the bottle, use a natural cork and glue. The cork usually expands when it is popped out the bottle, so in essence, it’s hard to stick back in the bottle completely. However, you can shave down the cork with a serrated knife. This image shows the cork before and after.


Step 15

Screw in the dresser pull knob into the cork. Apply E-6000 adhesive. An alternative to using a cork, adhere the dresser pull knob with a two-part Epoxy clay.


Step 16

Place the corked knob in the bottle.


Step 17

Phew! Almost done. All that is left to do is to put it together. Glue the flowers in the area between the open zipper, tucking them under the edges. Glue butterflies around. Spray a little bit of sealer over the entire bottle.


Step 18

The pull knob’s neck area will need a ribbon to cover the seam and glued cork. Embellish the bottle with charms, rhinestones, chains.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Glass bottle
  • Zipper
  • Paper flowers
  • Embellishments – ribbon, rhinestones, charms
  • Butterfly stamp
  • Sculptamold or other paper mache product
  • Molding paste (optional)
  • Cardstock – white
  • Watercolor paper
  • Gel Glue
  • E-6000
  • Cork
  • Dresser pull knob
  • Stencils
  • Gesso
  • Krylon – Spray Sealer
  • Embroidery thread – black

See What Craft Supplies Our Artists Recommend for Weddings

See What Craft Supplies Our Artists Recommend for Weddings

There are so many kinds of craft projects that would successfully create a DIY wedding. We see all sorts of fabulous ideas on Pinterest and highlights from crafter’s blogs that blow our minds. We decided to ask our Artists in Residence (and some members of the Imagine team) to recommend their favorite Tsukineko or Imagine products to use in wedding cardmaking and crafting. Here is what they had to say!

Product Recommendations

3 Votes for Delicata!

Steph Ackerman

I recommend Delicata in Celestial Copper and Imagine’s Embossing Powder in Clear. This metallic pigment ink creates a beautiful effect on vellum. For further detail add a touch of color with Memento Markers to coordinate with the colors of the bridal party. The full-size inkpad should be enough to create a large number of cards and this ink has an inker available. So if you are creating more than usual then purchase the inker with the large inkpad.

Nadine Carlier

Delicata in White Shimmer and Imagine’s Embossing Powder in Iridescent on black cardstock is a great combo. For a video tutorial, I created this gorgeous black and white themed wedding invitation card. If you need the extra shimmery wedding then spray some Sheer Shimmer Spritz Sparkle. Watch Nadine’s video.

Jowilna Nolte

I recommend using All-Purpose Ink Pale Mint Green and Delicata in White Shimmer on top, all on a pearly cardstock. One lovely stamping technique I recommend for making an invitation would be to use a layered stamp set like you would find in the Altenew collection.

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3 Votes for Embossing Powders!

Jennifer Vanderbeek

Gold and silver embossing powder is the best way to bring a touch of elegance. If you don’t have time to DIY it all, a touch of gold or silver embossing on your paper goods can elevate purchased items with a bit of pizazz.

Melissa Andrew

I really love Imagine’s Embossing Powders on vellum. I love a beautiful soft look for weddings and a gorgeous embossing powder on or under vellum is simple yet stunning. The beautiful colors, gold or silver, are the perfect colors to represent long-lasting love. They seem to compliment any colors a bride would choose. VersaMark ink is a great ink for embossing because of it’s tacky qualities. 

Arjita Sepaha Singh 

For an Indian wedding, perspective red is the color! Red is considered auspicious and adding Imagine’s Embossing Powder in Gold will be like a match made in heaven.

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2 Votes for Creative Medium!

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

I recommend Creative Medium in any of the Iridescent colors as a great way to create backgrounds that are not visible at first sight, giving an elegant and festive style with a distinctive glamour.

Martha Lucia Gomez

I enjoy Creative Medium in Clear and created a floral design using a watercolor technique with Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray and Memento dye inks. See the full tutorial for this card. 

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2 Votes for Sheer Shimmer Spritz!

Roni Johnson

For wedding projects, there’s nothing I like more than Sheer Shimmer Spray to add a touch of elegance, sparkle, and shine. It comes in 6 different colors, perfect to match any theme the bride and groom have chosen. Sheer Shimmer Spray can make plain white sparkle and they make colored backgrounds really pop! 

Marcie McCabe

My recommendation is Sheer Shimmer Spray in Sparkle and Fireworks Craft Spray in the colors of the wedding party. 

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1 Vote for Fireworks Sprays

Iris Rodriguez

I recommend Fireworks Shimmery Craft Sprays for crafting in wedding decor. It can be hard to match the right colors for wedding decor. Since Fireworks is available in 24 colors and is a dye-based ink, you can choose one of the colors or blend colors to make the desired color. For example, to make a simple cork place card holder (in photo above), add a paper flower embellishment and color it with Fireworks! It’s elegant, inexpensive and personal. To make a zero waste wedding, make a wreath by attaching all remaining cork place card holders and flowers to a frame.

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2 Votes for VersaFine Clair

Kassandra Tousignant

I recommend a delicate floral background stamp on paper with Sheer Shimmer Spray in Sparkle. In the photo above, I layered the paper with an acrylic sheet on top stamped with VersaFine Clair inked “It’s Your Special Day” sentiment. 

 Amanda Harryman

For those who don’t want to emboss, but want a touch of that elegant look, I would recommend Delicata in Golden Glitz or Silvery Shimmer depending on colors or preferences. I can also say that I would recommend VersaFine Clair in Nocturne, or other wedding colors, to use for the return address stamp on invitations since it will stamp the details clearly, and be smudge-proof quickly.

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See How to Make Great Wedding Crafts for a Beautiful DIY Wedding

We are wrapping up a week of Wedding Craft inspiration and thought we would do a little recap. Please pin this page as a reference or share on facebook. We encourage you to pull from these design ideas and mix and match them to create what you need. For example, Kyriakos table decor almost matches Kassy’s banner perfect. With a little tweaking on each design, you could easily create a full array of decor for a wedding.

 

Create a Matching Wedding Set – the Invitation, Favor Box & Placecards by Roni Johnson.

As always, Roni outdid herself by creating three dynamic matching papercraft projects featuring a free download for a favor box. Using the Imagine’s Color of the Month (and Pantone’s color of the year) Ultraviolet as inspiration for the color scheme.

A Simple, Elegant and Inexpensive Wedding Table Setting by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Kyriakos has a knack for jewelry and table decor. He certainly shows off this knowledge in this post where he creates a pull tab card, napkin ring, cutlery placeholder and wine glass placeholder for a lovely DIY shabby chic style. One super fun element we love in this design is the doily stamp. Yes.. that is a stamp not as an actual paper doily.

How to Make Wedding Flowers from Coffee Filters by Jennifer Vanderbeek

We are so impressed with how these paper flowers turned out! Since Jennifer is one of our video artists, you will have the luxury of seeing for yourself how these are handcrafted. Take a minute to watch this YouTube video to see how she designed these bouquets.

Create An Elegant “Always & Forever” Wedding Sign by Steph Ackerman

We like the rich purple flowers that literally pop off this banner style sign. See how Steph used Creative Medium in Iridescent Purple to match flowers to “Always & Forever” text.

Use a Cute Lovebirds Theme in Wedding Decor by Elina Stromberg

We appreciate this lovebird design as a theme for a wedding. Elina goes through a couple different color schemes and design ideas to show off how to use one stamp in a variety of ways.

Learn How to Make a Shabby Chic Wedding Banner by Kassy Tousignant

And if you have not watched this video yet then please do! Kassy goes through all the steps of creating this Shabby Chic Mr. & Mrs. Banner.

See How to Create Wedding Invitation, Place Cards, & Favor Box

by Roni Johnson

See How to Create Wedding Invitation, Place Cards, Favor Box

The wedding season is approaching quickly and today I wanted to show you that anyone can create an elegant wedding ensemble without breaking the bank. This entire set was made using plain white cardstock that was elevated to something special with help from products by Imagine.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 60+minutes (depending on numbers being made)

Directions

How to Create the Wedding Invitation


Step 1

Die cut card base, matching panels and filigree hearts from plain white cardstock. Mist the card, panels, and heart with Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Sparkle and let dry naturally.


Step 2

Die-cut solid heart from lavender cardstock.


Step 3

Spread an even layer of Iridescent Purple Creative Medium over the heart using a palette knife. At this time, spread a layer of the Purple Creative Medium over a large piece of black cardstock and set both aside to dry.


Step 4

Sponge Gothic Purple Staz On ink over a sheet of Vertigo Film.


Step 5

Pounce Grape Jelly Memento Ink on the craft mat, spritz with Ink Potion No. 9, scrunch up a length of white rayon seam binding and dab it in the ink mixture. Set aside to dry.


Step 6

Once all of the elements have dried trim two pieces of the Vertigo Film to the size of the filigree flaps. Adhere the Vertigo Film to the card using On Point Glue sandwiching the film between the card flap and extra filigree screen. Adhere the Sparkle filigree heart to the lavender heart using On Point Glue. Die cut letters and “&” sign from the black Creative Medium covered cardstock and adhere to the center of the heart.


Step 7

Adhere one end of the ribbon to the card, adhere the other end to the heart. Wrap the ribbon around the card and secure the heart to the card with a Velcro dot. Insert computer generated invitation panel to the inside of the card.

 

How to Make the Place Cards



Step 1

Die cut filigree design on a strip of cardstock. Spritz the die cut strips with Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz.


Step 2

Tie a piece of the dyed seam binding around each place card. Cut a piece of scrap cardstock 1×2 inch and fold in half to form a small tent. Adhere the tent to the back of the place card.Write each person’s name on the place cards using Grape Jelly Memento Dual Tip Marker.

Download a Free Template to Create this Favor Box


Step 1

Download Free Box Pattern. Cut several favor boxes from white cardstock using pattern provided; score along all fold lines. Die-cut enough filigree and solid colored hearts for each favor box.


Step 2

Spritz treat boxes and filigree hearts with Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz and let dry. Assemble hearts the same as the on the invitations. Assemble the box using Tear It Tape. Make the handle using dyed rayon seam binding; affix heart to the front of the box. Fill each box as desired.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Spellbinders – Renaissance Jubilee Venetian Gatefold Die, Lace Medallion, Lace Heart
  • MFT – Bottle Cap Alphabet, Stitched Alphabet
  • White Cardstock
  • Rayon Seam Binding

Stamp an Ombre Look With Versafine Clair

by Martha Lucia Gomez

I love creating ombre effects with ink and stamping. Today, I review how to create these effects on a card panel with VersaFine Clair from Tsukineko and a distressed style stamp from Stampin’ Up. Since VersaFine Clair dries transparent, if you combine the right family colors in the thin, organic-looking lines you can obtain a nice subtle ink blended look. See how I made this card!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Start stamping with a distressed image from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set or a similar thin-lined textured stamp onto Crumb Cake (or kraft) cardstock. I began inking with the VersaFine Glamorous color and continued with Purple Delight and Charming Pink. My best tool for this process was the MISTI because I just have to move the cardstock a little every time I re-stamp the image.


Step 2

Clean your stamp every time you use a different color of ink to not contaminate the ink pad. If you want you can emboss the distress stamped images but if not you can speed up the dry process using the heat tool.


Step 3

Stamp the sentiment “Let all that you do be done in Love” using VersaFine Nocturne. Stamp the sentiment, cover with Embossing Powder in Clear and melt with the heat tool. Assemble the final layers of your card and decorate with the Bird on a Wire die cut. To make my card more special, spray the white cardstock with Shimmer Spray in Sparkle before cutting the birds. Enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Crumb Cake
  • My Sweet Petunia – MISTI Stamping tool
  • Heat tool
  • Stampin Up – Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set
  • Joy Clair Stamps – Scriptures of Love Stamp Set
  • Die-Namites – Birds on a wire Die Cut

Use GooseBumps to Create Dynamic Backgrounds

by Melissa Andrew

Use GooseBumps to Create Dynamic Backgrounds by Melissa Andrew

Learn how to create four unique mixed media backgrounds using GooseBumps Texture in the dauber topped bottle. To make these bright and fun colored backgrounds, I will use GooseBumps with stencils, sponged on inks, watercolor inks, and alcohol inks. You will be surprised at the versatility of Goosebumps resist techniques and the ease in which you can create beautiful backgrounds with Imagine and Tsukineko products.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Bristol Smooth Surface Paper
  • Whimsy Stamps – Swish Stencil, Dotted Round Stencils
  • The Crafter’s Workshop – 230S Stencil, 384S Stencil
  • Heat Tool