Hope & Strength Guest Artists

In March, we posted a Call for Art with the theme Hope & Strength to reflect the current times we are facing with the Coronavirus.

Here are two artists who submitted beautiful work!

Sending You Hugs by Rebecca Goodwin

I hope you are all well. These postcards were created so that our family could send them to loved ones we know could use a little cheering up. We used cereal boxes from the recycling bin, acrylic paint, and StazOn ink. I hope they may inspire others to use materials they may already have in their home to send a quick note to their loved ones as well.

Follow Rebecca on Instagram

Stronger Together by Annie Williams

I stamped the floral image onto Strathmore Bristol smooth paper with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair Ink and colored it with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. Once dry, I stamp the sentiment beneath the floral bunch in Nocturne VersaFine Clair Ink. This was mounted using foam adhesive onto a background created by stamping blue cardstock with leafy branch line art images using Platinum Planet Brilliance Ink.

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Spring Guest Artists

In late February we announced a Call for Spring Art. We asked for any papercraft or mixed media project that represents spring. Here are some of the art submissions from the Spring Call.

Terre Fry

Terre used Memento Tuxedo Black, StazOn Metallic Copper, All-Purpose Ink in Mint Green and Fireworks Craft Sprays to create a set of Shamrock themed mixed media cards.

Follow Terre on Instagram  @stampnterre

Jessica Lin

Jessica says, “Spring calls for rainbow colors!” Jessica uses VersaFine Clair inks to create a vibrant, Thinking of You card.

Follow Jessica on Instagram – @jessica.v.lin 

Alison Heikkila

Alison writes: VersaMagic Inks are some of my absolute favorites because of the soft chalky finish they have, plus their blend-ability. I knew they would be perfect for this lovely hydrangea, and by using blending brushes, I colored it up very quickly. For shine, I added some sequins with On Point Glue, which is the number one liquid adhesive I reach for.

My blog address: alisonheikkila.com
My Instagram: @alisonheikkila

Art Journaling with Inks & Creative Medium

by Lori Warren

There is something so relaxing about spending time creating and experimenting in an art journal. Art Journaling is about creating something just for you and is a great way to try out new products and techniques.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine

Creative Medium – Clear
irRESISTible Pico Embellisher – Gold, Bamboo Leaves
StazOn Pigment – Snowflake, Piano Black
Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray – Angel Pink
Sheer Shimmer Stix – Rose Gold
IrRESISTible Texture Spray – Gold, Wedding Gown
Sheer SHIMMER Craft Spray – Gold
Fabrico Dual Markers – Lemon Yellow, Lipstick Pink, Spring Green
Neon Amplify! – White
On Point Glue

Other

• TCW Stencil – Spring Medallion
• Faber Castell PITT artist pens – Warm Grey, Cold Grey I, Cold Grey VI
• DecoArt DuraClear Varnish – Matte
• Tim Holtz Idea-ology – Small Talk stickers
• Tissue paper
• Decorative Napkin

Use StazOn Pigment in Snowflake to Create Christmas Gift Tags

by Elina Stromberg

Use StazOn Pigment in Snowflake to Create Christmas Gift Tags

Very soon it is the time of the year again when we start wrapping Christmas gifts for our loved ones. A handmade gift tag makes the present even more special; it delivers a heartfelt message that the receiver is important to you. These adorable Christmas penguins by Joy Clair are the perfect addition to your personalized message. Just start by punching a pile of tags from leftover cardstock pieces, and soon you will have a pile of gift tags ready to spread out the Christmas feeling to your friends and family!

Skill: Beginner/Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Punch or hand-cut gift tags from light blue cardstock.

Stamp a snowy hill shape on each tag using white StazOn Pigment ink.
Step 2

Cut a wave shape from fun foam. Attach to an acrylic block using double-sided tape. Stamp a snowy hill shape on each tag using white StazOn Pigment ink.

Stamp Christmas penguins on white paper with black ink
Step 3

Stamp Christmas penguins on white paper with black ink. Color with markers or color pencils. Cut around the edges. To make the fuzzy cutting quick and easy you can cut out the little details on the wings and feet; those parts will be re-stamped later on the tag background.


Step 4

Stamp the penguins on the tags using black VersaFine Clair.


Step 5

Glue the fuzzy cut images on the tags, aligning the fuzzy cut and stamped penguin images. Decorate with a white gel pen.

Supplies

Imagine

StāzOn Pigment – Snowflake
Memento – Tuxedo Black
VersaFine Clair – Nocturne
Craft Mat

Other

• Joy Clair Stamps – Christmas Penguin
• Fiskars Tag punch
• Cardstock in light blue
• Piece of fun foam
• Double-sided tape. Glue
• Acrylic markers
• White gel pen
• Acrylic block for stamping
• Scissors

Make a Fun Woodland Themed Magnetic Candy Tin

by Roni Johnson

Make a Fun Woodland Themed Magnetic Candy Tin

Christmas is quickly approaching so I have stocking stuffers on my mind. I knew the instant I saw the Deer Friends stamp set from Joy Clair it would make a perfect little magnetic playset. I have been saving magnetic sheets from my die purchases just for this purpose.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 45 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Stamp two of each animal on magnetic sheets using Jet Black StazOn Ink.


Step 2

Carefully color the images using alcohol markers of your choice. Avoid touching the stamped lines with the markers as the alcohol in the markers will react with the StazOn ink. This can be used to your advantage though; if you use a brush-tipped marker you can pull a small amount of the Jet Black StazOn ink into the colored areas to create a shadow effect. Trim the excess magnet from the images and set aside.


Step 3

Rub desired color(s) of StazOn ink over scraps of the magnetic sheets; stamp the accessories using Jet Black StazOn ink. Trim and set aside.


Step 4

Affix Tear It! Tape to the top and bottom of the candy tin.


Step 5

Remove the backing paper from the tape and adhere a piece of pattern paper to the lid and bottom respectively.


Step 6

Trim away excess paper; sand the edges for a clean finish.


Step 7

Rub Chocolate Brown StazOn Pigment ink directly from the pad or using a sponge dauber along the edges of the tin and paper. Trace and cut inserts for the inside of the tin. Affix these inserts using Tear It! Tape. It’s time to enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Joy Clair Stamps – Deer Friends
  • Magnetic Sheets
  • Candy Tin
  • Alcohol Markers
  • Echo Park – Dots & Strips Gingham Pattern Paper
  • Scissors
  • Sandpaper

Decorate Your Home for the Holidays with Clay Ornaments

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Decorate Your Home for the Holidays with Clay Ornaments

Light-weighted, these Christmas ornaments can be hung anywhere in the house to decorate during the festive holiday season. Use any Christmas theme casting mold to make the ornaments and if you don’t have any, a flat layer of clay with some cookie cutters can work too. They are easy to make and coloring is a breeze with All-Purpose Ink and StazOn Pigment inks.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour (excluding clay dry time)

Directions


Step 1

If you are creating the clay pieces yourself then allow clay of the Christmas shapes to fully dry. If you are using premade shapes then you are ready to start. Using a paintbrush, color the surface of the ornaments with All-Purpose Ink Poppy Red and Lemon Yellow. Premix the two colors or lay first the Poppy Red and add a layer of Lemon Yellow after. Let them dry.


Step 2

Cover the embossed details of the shapes with All-Purpose White to create a distressed or antique look. The easiest way to apply the color is by using a finger and lightly tapping on the embossed areas. Let them dry.


Step 3

Press the crystals directly on the StazOn Pigment ink pad, let them sit a bit to allow the ink to dry well and repeat for a good coverage. Cover on the backside only.


Step 4

Use a hot glue gun to set ribbons on the clay shapes, add beads and crystals.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Fimo casting mold – Christmas shapes
  • White clay
  • Ribbons
  • Silver color beads
  • Chandelier crystals
  • Hot glue gun