Celebrate Mardi Gras this Year with a Handmade Mask

by Kyriako Pachadiroglou

Celebrate Mardi Gras this year with a gorgeous and festive handmade mask. Vertigo sheets are a great tool for making amazing visual effect when light hits it and it’s always more vibrant when color is added. Using the StazOn ink pads you can assure that the colors mix well on the Vertigo sheet and will not fade. Imagine’s Embossing Powder also provides a detailed decoration for this project that is iconic of the celebration of Mardi Gras. Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Print the mask template, cut along and secure it on the back of a Vertigo Sheet using masking tape.


Step 2

Cut along the mask pattern.


Step 3

From the remaining Vertigo sheet, cut wave shaped stripes between 3-4 inch and color with the StazOn Blazing Red and Royal Purple.


Step 4

Using your heat gun and a pair of tweezers, heat the Vertigo stripes and twist.


Step 5

Partially cover the Vertigo mask pieces with StazOn Studio Glaze. Continue to color with the StazOn Blazing Red and Royal Purple inks.


Step 6

Stamp the sun design on side of the mask using the VersaMark inkpad. Decorate the opposite side by hand using the VersaMarker. Cover with Imagine’s Embossing Powder in White and heat set.


Step 7

Decorate the mask with the StazOn Studio Glaze in Silver, making lines and dots.


Step 8

Pierce holes on the mask inner sides and hand tie with the cord.


Step 9

Punch holes on the Vertigo stripes and attach them with an eyelet on the mask. Add eyelets on the ends of the mask to tie later the elastic cord.


Step 10

Use small pieces of Tear It Tape to glue feathers close to, previously attached, Vertigo stripes.


Step 11

Add rhinestones by gluing them with On Point Glue. And finish the mask by adding the elastic band to the sides.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Mask Template
  • Rhinestones
  • Stamperia – Sun stamp
  • Eyelets
  • Hole punch
  • Elastic cord
  • Feathers
  • Masking tape
  • Heat gun
  • Piercing tool
  • White waxed cord

Stamp an Easy and Creative Seasons Greetings Card

by Elina Stromberg

Stamp an Easy and Creative Seasons Greetings Card

A few years back a card making blog challenged us design team members to create Christmas projects using standard, non-Christmas themed supplies. After some desperate moments, I started taking new perspectives to the stamps I already had in my stash, and soon realized how rewarding it was to discover new and unconventional ways for using them.

This Christmas card is a continuation of that challenge idea: Instead of using a holiday wreath stamp, I draw a circle on craft cardstock, stamped leaves around it using a simple flower leaf stamp, and decorated the card with a hint of liquid red ink and a punched paper bow. The end-result looks yet quite Christmassy, doesn’t it!

I also punched two gift tags and used the same technique on those. So simple and easy to make! The metallic shimmer of the Emerald Green Delicata ink made my card look even more festive; it’s all in the details!

Stamp an Easy and Creative Seasons Greetings Card

Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog and if you enjoyed this tutorial then please comment below or share on social media! 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampin’Up – Bow Punch
  • Fiskars – Tag Punch
  • Visible Image – ‘Go-To Christmas Words’ stamp set
  • Simon Says Stamp – ‘Scribble Flowers’ stamp set
  • Cardbase
  • Cardstock – Kraft, Green
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Make an Ordinary Soap Dispenser Extraordinary

by Alison Heikkila

See How to Upcycle an Ordinary Soap Dispenser using StazOn Studio Glaze

I love making handmade gifts, and of course, this is the perfect time of year for that. I decided to decorate a plain foaming soap bottle. Truth be told, I didn’t make this as a gift. It was for my house. But I will get a few more of these soap bottles and make them as gifts for people! StazOn Studio Glaze is a perfect craft product for this project because it adheres to non-porous surfaces like glass. To take it a step further, you can easily make your own foaming soap and add it to the bottle before giving it as a gift. Wouldn’t it make the perfect for a housewarming present? See my favorite recipe for soap at the end of the tutorial!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes + drying time

Directions


Step 1

I bought this foaming soap bottle for about $6, and I knew right away that I wanted to use StazOn Studio Glaze to decorate it. Wash the bottle down and chose colors of StazOn Studio Glaze.


Step 2

Turn the bottle upside down and apply lines of Claret Studio Glaze, allowing it to have a nice big drip at the bottom. Vary the lengths of the lines and keep plenty of room in between them to add the other colors. TIP: I worked on a scrap piece of cardboard so that I could easily turn the bottle around without touching it.


Step 3

Continue to add colors with the same drippy, varying lines all around the bottle’s base. Make sure to not put any of the Studio Glaze directly on the bottom of the bottle so it will still sit flat on a counter. I made sure to not have a pattern. Some lines touch, while others have room in between them.


Step 4

I added four colors total. Keep in mind, the colors will look different (more translucent) once they are dried. Fill in any gaps with Cotton White. This process only took about 15 minutes to complete.


Step 6

After the Studio Glaze has dried, repeat the process along the top of the bottle as well.

As you can see, when dry the colors are deeper and more translucent, but are still quite vibrant. I love the drips going in both directions, and my family thinks it looks great in our bathroom. You can easily do this technique on an inexpensive set of drinking glasses or a mug. They could all make great gifts. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Supplies

Imagine
  • Studio Glaze – Claret, Gothic Purple, Midnight Blue, Emerald City, Cactus Green, Cotton White
Other
  • Glass Foaming Soap Dispenser (you can find these at department or home goods stores)
  • Foaming Soap

Alison’s Favorite Foaming Soap Recipe

  • 2 Tbsp Liquid Castile Soap (Dr. Bronner’s is my go to)
  • 3 Drops of Tea Tree Oil
  • 4 Drops of fragrant essential oils of your choosing (Bergamot, Peppermint, or Lavender work very well)
  • Enough water to fill bottle. Shake to mix!

Fun and Easy Solution to Add a Festive Vibe to Your Celebration

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

 The napkin rings are full of bright red color, combined with the gold wires and stars to bring a festive and glamorous air on your table.

Setting the table for Christmas can be a big part of this special occasion and having a handmade decoration that also serves a purpose makes it even better. These napkin rings are full of bright red cheer, combined with gold stars, they bring a festive and glamorous air to your table. Vertigo sheets make it easy to craft a functional and beautiful item for your holiday table.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Cut the Vertigo sheet in 3 pieces of 2 x 6 inches

Vertigo Sheet with the StazOn Blazing Red
Step 2

Using a sponge dauber color the Vertigo Sheet with the StazOn Blazing Red. Let it dry and place a coat layer of StazOn Studio Glaze in Claret. Finish with an additional layer of the Blazing Red.

Die cut a star in the center of the Vertigo cutting and punch little stars on the rest of it.
Step 3

Die cut a star in the center of the Vertigo piece. Punch little stars around the larger center star.


Step 4

Glue metallic stars on the Vertigo sheet.


Step 5

Cut wires of 4, 5 and 6 inches long pieces. Bind them together in with extra wire. Using jewelry glue, set some metallic stars and some Vertigo punched stars on the top edges only of each wire.

Glue the long edges of the Vertigo cuttings to form a tube. Add the wires near the large die cut star.
Step 6

Glue the edges of the Vertigo strips together to form a tube. Adhere the wires near the large die cut star.

Step 7

Roll your napkin and place in the napkin ring. It’s festive enough to be placed at the center of each place setting!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Star shape punch
  • Star shape die
  • Gold star embellishments
  • Jewelry wire – gold
  • Jewelry glue
  • Pliers

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Upcycle Freebie Bottles for Halloween Decor

by Alison Heikkila

Learn How to Upcycle Glass for Halloween Decor

Hello! It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year! No, not Christmas. For me, it’s Halloween. I love the spookiness, the dressing up, the decorations—everything. So I always plan out a lot of projects for this time of year and love to go way beyond the card and make decorations for my home. This month, the Imagine Artists in Residence are creating “Holiday Planning” projects, and this is mine.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

Directions


Step 1

I started off with this small bottle that held syrup from one of my favorite restaurants, Cracker Barrel. I love that they give you these individual bottles when you order pancakes, french toast, etc. I always bring them home to use as storage for sequins, or seed beads. The bottles have these great embossed designs which make decorating simple. I decided to use my StazOn Studio Glaze in St. Valentine, as these shapes reminded me of drops of blood. I laid the bottle down on to a paper towel to keep it from rolling around. But in the end, I wound up just holding it to add the color.


Step 2

I used the taper point Doodlestix to apply Gothic Purple to the triangles at the top. I squirted only a couple of drops on my craft mat. I repeated this process with Jet Black StazOn Studio Glaze for the pyramid shapes below the drops. I felt that the bottle needed more to really “scream” Halloween, so I free-handed bats around the bottom of the bottle with Jet Black.


Step 3

The cap was originally brown, so I removed it from the bottle and rubbed it into my StazOn Jet Black ink pad. Some of the brown still shows, but it “aged” it nicely, and I really like the end result.

This was a really fun and simple project, depending on how involved you get with adding things to the lower portion of the bottle. I have a few more of these little guys, and I can see decorating them all differently. I love that the Studio Glaze is permanent on glass, and that you don’t need to bake it on. That’s all for me today. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Small Glass Bottle

 

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Enjoy Your Magical Adventure Handmade Card

by Renee Zarate

Enjoy Your Magical Adventure Handmade Card

Enjoy your magical adventure! This is the phrase used into today’s cardmaking inspiration. Making master boards is always fun and saves time in creating interesting projects. These snippets of a master board designed using StazOn Studio Glazes and are a great launching point for a card, art journal or refrigerator magnet. Now is the time to cut up those extra pieces of paper and turn them into something beautiful!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Cut master board into desired sizes. Use a large background stamp with script and stamp onto the card panel. On a separate piece of Bristol paper, stamp an image of a girl with Delicata Black Shimmer ink, and heat emboss with Imagine’s clear embossing powder.


Step 2

Color in the image with Memento Markers and cut out. The ink from the dye ink in Memento markers should move past the embossed areas and soak into the exposed paper. Wipe off excess ink with a tissue.


Step 3

Glue the image to the panel, add stickers, and detail around the stickers using Memento marker in Tuxedo Black to outline each word. Ink edges with StazOn Midnight Blue and then Delicata Celestial Copper ink. Use gel medium to attach metal wings. From here you have a variety of choices. You can mount this panel to a card base, the front cover of an art journal or attach magnets to hang on the fridge.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Teesha Moore Zettiology – stamp
  • Stampers Anonymous – stamp
  • Idea-ology – Metal wings
  • Strathmore Bristol paper
  • Finnabair – 3D Matte Gel
  • Artistcellar – stencil
  • Cutting tool
  • Heat tool
  • Paper towels