Turn Heads with this Amazing Agate Project

by Roni Johnson

faux agate with blue lapis rings and gold edge

Blue is my favorite color so when I found out that the Imagine color of the month was Lapis I was thrilled. Not just because I like blue but because I had been experimenting with how to make my own Faux Blue Agate Slices. I had tried all sorts of combinations using various materials for the base and mediums to color it. Recently, I found an excellent combination with mica slices, Imagine IrRESISTibles and Tsukineko products. These gems are perfect to use as accents on scrapbook layouts, journal pages, cards, and even as a necklace. This project takes 2 full days to complete, so without further delay let’s get started!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 30 minutes + extended 2-day dry time

Directions

Gold embossing powder used to decorate mica slices.

Step 1

Select a piece of natural mica and split it into multiple pieces. Mica comes in all shapes and sizes. You will need two pieces for each agate slice. Keep in mind that the slices you select should be fairly thin and translucent. Select a thicker piece for the base and a thinner secondary piece for the final cover. Once you have selected these pieces, ink the edges with the VersaMark inkpad, dip into Gold Embossing Powder and heat emboss.

tsukineko blue hawaii stazon studio glaze

Step 2

Apply IrRESISTibles and StazOn Studio Glaze to create the rings inside the faux stone. Starting with one color and one ring at a time, apply Danube Blue, Electric Blue and Wedding Dress irRESISTible Pico Embellishers as well as Blue Hawaii, Midnight Blue, Cotton White and Jet Black StazOn Studio Glaze. Work quickly to prevent the mediums spreading.

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Step 3

Continue until all the rings are filled toward the center. When you reach the center of the piece, fill it in with Clear irRESISTible Pico Embellisher and silver glass glitter. This will give the illusion of crystals in the center of a geode type agate.  If desired, you may choose to swirl the mediums around a bit to imitate more intricate blue agate designs. Let the mediums dry overnight.

StazOn ink on mica slice

Step 4

Trim the second piece of mica so it fits inside of the gold embossed ring.

on point glue used to seal backside of Faux Agate stone

Step 5

Apply a layer of On Point Glue over the various mediums and place the second piece of mica over the top. Let this dry 24 additional hours. 

Finished Faux Agate piece. Blue Hawaii, Midnight Blue, Black and gold Tsukineko inks.

Once the piece has dried the resemblance to a real piece of blue agate will be amazing. Since mica was used as the base material you also have the option of choosing which side to call the front as you can see from the photos of a single Faux Blue Agate Slice above. These pieces can be used for necklaces but due to the fragile layers of the mica, the back of the slice will need to be stabilized. I applied a layer of Clear irRESISTible Pico Embellisher to the entire back of the slice and let it dry for 48 hours. I have found that the thinner consistency of the Pico Embellisher finds its way between the layers and binds them together. Other mediums will work for this process as well. Creating these faux agates was a time-consuming project with 2 full days of dry time, but the finished result was well worth the wait!

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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.

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

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • 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

Happy National DIY Day

Today is National DIY Day and today we have two home decor projects that are sure to please. Alison Heikkila uses a color page as a template to decorate a glass in rich hues of Lapis blue. While Jessica Litman uses her papercrafting genius to add a curled look to a candle.

Tsukineko StazOn Studio Glaze is perfect for paper or non paper surfaces. See how Alison decorates a glass using a coloring page as a template.

Coloring Books for Coloring Glass by Alison Heikkila

Imagine has so many fun coloring products and StazOn Studio Glaze is one! Coloring books for adults are all the rage, but I wanted to do something beyond paper. I thought it was so pretty on a glass.

rethink how adult color pages can be used for decorating other household items. StazOn Studio Glaze is perfect for this crafting project.
Depending on the shape the glass, cut the color page to fit flush against one side and secure it in place. Trace the outline of the flower using Jet Black StazOn Studio Glaze. Once I completed the outline, I freehanded a couple of swirls and let the Jet Black StazOn dry.

rich blues, purple and turquiose is used to color this glass.
I filled in the first row of petals with Midnight Blue StazOn. Because I have the black outline, I can move right to my next color without the colors bleeding. Next, I used Gothic Purple StazOn. I wanted to make sure I filled in the tiny points at the base of the petals, so I used the Taper Point DoodleStix to push the color while it was still wet. The stiffness of the DoodleStix is perfect for working with Studio Glaze. I used Emerald City on the 3rd row of petals. Next, I filled in the center circles and used the DoodleStix to clean up any spots or mistakes. Then, let it all dry.

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  • IKEA – Rattvik Glass
  • Coloring Book Page

Papercraft and candles. Make your space come alive this spring with blue, green and yellow.

Embellished Candle With Paper Flowers by Jessica Litman

Using embellished candles is an easy way to decorate your home for the different seasons. Change out the color paper or candles to match the seasons. Since spring has sprung, we went with yellows, blues, and greens. I started by cutting out circles from the DCWV paper using the paper cutter then using scissors, cut a swirl.

On Point Glue is Imagine's new crafting precision glue! So perfect for paper quilling.

I rolled the swirl starting with the outside toward the inside to form a flower, glued together using OnPoint Glue then glued flower onto the candle. I simply repeat until entire candle is covered with flowers. Then, using ink pad and daubers, dot the edges of the flowers and set aside to dry. Then to make the base, I cut out leaf shapes using the DCWV paper and glued paper together and roll up edges using a pencil. Place the candle on the leaf paper for decoration and you are finished.

Supplies

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Other
  • DCWV paper – Bright Textures
  • Scissors
  • 1.5 inch circle paper cutter
  • Candles

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Creative Journals for Creative People

Imagine artist Jennifer Vanderbeek and Kyriakos Pachadiroglou share their mixed media creative journals which we hope will jump start your adventures today! StazOn Studio Glaze

One of the cool features of an art journal or planner is it allows for a regular creative practice. This can improve the quality of life and allows more connection to one’s craft. A part of being creative and journaling is to modify your journal cover and pages to further express your aspirations. Today we are sharing two different styles of creative journals by Imagine artists Jennifer Vanderbeek and Kyriakos Pachadiroglou.

Jennifer’s Journal Cover

Imagine artist Jennifer Vanderbeek and Kyriakos Pachadiroglou share their mixed media creative journals which we hope will jump start your adventures today! Fireworks Craft Spray

The cover’s base is a collage with torn pieces of map pages as well as craft paper pasted down with Creative Medium. Then shimmer is added with some sprays of Fireworks!. The earthy tones of Desert Sand, Potter’s Clay, and Rich Cocoa complement the craft paper and helped blend the edges of the maps into the background. The title of the journal is hand drawn with Memento markers and accented with white StazOn Studio Glaze.

Jennifer’s Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Blank journal
  • Maps
  • Craft paper
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Interim Photos and Captions

Kyriakos’ Directions

Imagine artist Jennifer Vanderbeek and Kyriakos Pachadiroglou share their mixed media creative journals which we hope will jump start your adventures today!

This interior journal page is partially covered with white heavy structure paste with a light mix of the Brilliance Mediterranean Blue ink and then distressed with the same color using a wet tissue and few ink drops. To give a winter color mix, use the Sage VersaColor inkpad in random spots of the page. Use Silver Encore! inkpad to blend with blue ink giving a Silver Gray and a bit of a reflective effect on the white structure paste.

Kyriakos’ Supplies

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Other
  • Doodlebug Design – stamp set
  • Kaisercraft – Clear stamp set
  • Scrapberry – Everyday stamp
  • 7 Gypsies wooden stamp – Dreams, Dare
  • Studio G – Love Yourself stamp
  • Heavy structure paste

To encourage a daily or weekly practice, keep your art journal somewhere visible. Use images and colors that inspire you to create!

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Learn to Make Faux Millefiori Votive Holders

by Renee Zarate

Imagine artist Renee Karate dazzles with Faux Millefiori Votive Holders made with StazOn Studio Glaze.

I thought it would be fun to create a project my friends would like, so I chose to re-create Italian glass millefiori candleholder. This project uses my favorite product, StazOn Studio Glaze, along with small plastic cups, and flameless tea lights. This project is inexpensive, colorful and so easy to make that there is practically no way anyone can make a mistake.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 20 minutes + 24 hours drying time

Directions

Imagine artist Renee Karate dazzles with Faux Millefiori Votive Holders made with StazOn Studio Glaze.

Step 1

Choose 3 to 5 different StazOn Studio Glaze colors and a plastic cup. Be sure to include a metallic StazOn Glaze color.

Imagine artist Renee Karate dazzles with Faux Millefiori Votive Holders made with StazOn Studio Glaze.
Step 2

Turn the cup upside down. Placing the cup on deli paper or wax paper prevents waste since any excess glaze can drip onto the paper and be reused for another project later. It also makes clean up a lot easier. Starting with a metallic color, make a small line encircling the cup at the top of the upside down container.

Imagine artist Renee Karate dazzles with Faux Millefiori Votive Holders made with StazOn Studio Glaze.
Step 3

Choose another color for the next line. Each line should be a different contrasting color. The metallic color can be used every third or fourth line if desired. As soon as the desired amount of lines is achieved, lift the edges of the deli paper and drop it onto the work surface several times. This causes the glaze to start moving down the sides of the cup.

Imagine artist Renee Karate dazzles with Faux Millefiori Votive Holders made with StazOn Studio Glaze.
Step 4

When the glaze slides down to the bottom edge, use a DoodleStix to etch lines moving up and down the sides of the cup. Wipe off the DoodleStix often to keep the colors clear. Lift the edges of the paper again and drop the cup onto the work table in order to tap the color down the sides of the cup and into the drawn lines. If the lines don’t fill in completely that’s okay since the candlelight will glow through the clear plastic.

Imagine artist Renee Karate dazzles with Faux Millefiori Votive Holders made with StazOn Studio Glaze.
Step 5

Additional drops of color can be added at the top as dots and allowed to run down the sides of the cup. All the while the deli paper is picking up the excess glaze to be used for the base of Monoprint paper later.

Imagine artist Renee Karate dazzles with Faux Millefiori Votive Holders made with StazOn Studio Glaze.
Step 6

After adding a ring of Silver StazOn Studio Glaze, the votive holder is left to thoroughly dry up to 24 hours. The colors will continue to mingle and run together.

Imagine artist Renee Karate dazzles with Faux Millefiori Votive Holders made with StazOn Studio Glaze.

When the cup is completely dry, place a flameless battery operated tea light inside. Not only are the votive holders fun to make, but they can be used as a classy addition to that special dinner party or event. StazOn Studio Glaze offers a family of colors that will compliment a variety of party themes and color palettes.

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  • Small plastic cups
  • Wax paper

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Make a Gorgeous White on White Journal

by Jowilna Nolte

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I love the beautiful white on white effect you can achieve using different shades of whites. With all the white products available in the Imagine family you can create beautiful texture and patterns in a variety of shades. For this project I chose to work on an old book and create a journal page with a soft, delicate and romantic look and feel.

Using some fun white texture products along with stencils is a great place to start.

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I used a Memento Luxe inker in Wedding Dress to build a whiter background on parts of the book. To give it a cloudy or misty look I spread the ink with my fingers in the selected areas.

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I contrasted the cloudy look I got with the Memento Luxe with some StazOn Studio Glaze in Cotton White. The glaze creates a beautiful shiny effect on the old book paper.

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Along with some larger embellishments, I included a glossy white tag. I stamped a flower image using Delicata in White Shimmer. Since pigment inks take a little longer to dry on glossy coats, I used a heat gun to dry the ink.

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My final piece was a die cut of the sentiment “Live Laugh Love” which I coated with VersaMark Dazzle Champagne and heat embossed with Sparkle Embossing Powder.

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Sometimes limiting yourself with a particular theme, in this case color, can give you great creativity! If you ever find yourself staring at a blank page and not knowing what to put on it, try limiting yourself to a particular color or theme.

Supplies

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Other
  • Old Book
  • Glossy tag – white
  • Kaisercraft – Live Laugh Love die cut, flower stamp
  • Celebr8 – circles stencil
  • Embossing paste – white
  • Heat gun
  • Embellishments of choice – white

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