Book Lovers – Look at this Charming Project

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Are you a book lover and a crafting nerd? Are you looking for a project that lets you show off both of these passions? This French-themed book strap can serve as a bookmark or can just make a stylish statement with a cool elastic stretch lace that adjusts to different book sizes and can be placed between pages. With a sheet of Vertigo acting as the main embellishment, StazOn ink, embossing techniques and more, this project is a fun thing to do on a lazy Saturday afternoon. See how to do it below!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Direction


Step 1

Cut 2 pieces of 5 inch long cotton ribbon. Open a window of ¾ x 2 ¾ inch on one of the pieces leaving a ½ inch space on the left side.


Step 2

Stamp the cotton ribbon pieces with various designs from the travel France stamps using the StazOn Jet Black inkpad.


Step 3

Turn the uncut cotton ribbon piece to the back and fold the corners, up to the middle of the short side. Glue with the On Point Glue creating an arrow shape edge.


Step 4

Take the swivel latch hook and pass it through the arrow shape edge of the cotton ribbon. Cover the hook with it and glue well, securing it to the ribbon.


Step 5

Repeat with the cut piece of the ribbon.


Step 6

On a piece of Vertigo sheet, slightly larger than the window opened on the ribbon, stamp the word with the VersaMark and heat set the Embossing Powder in White.


Step 7

Color with the StazOn Teal Blue inkpad and a sponge dauber the back side of the Vertigo Sheet cutting.


Step 8

Cut a 15-inch long elastic stretch lace and glue one edge of it together with the Vertigo cutting between the two cotton ribbon pieces. Make sure that the Vertigo sheet cutting is positioned well to the opening of the ribbon.


Step 9

Tie a bookbinding ring to the other end of the elastic stretch lace.


Step 10

Add charms and beads to embellish further.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Buddly Crafts 22mm (7/8″) Orchid Elastic Stretch Lace, Natural Cotton Ribbon 40mm
  • Clear Choice – Travel France stamps
  • Swivel Latch Hook
  • Bookbinding Ring
  • Charms
  • Beads

Craft a “Leather” Purse Made of Paper

by Iris Rodriguez

Every year I give my closest girlfriends and sisters paper purse cards for their birthday. It is kind of my little tradition. Inside I include a note or gift card. I find these gifts to be fun to make. What girl can resist a purse even if it’s not a real purse? This year I wanted to make a faux leather paper purse card. A little edgy, compared to the cutesy type purses I’ve made in the past. I’ve been having so much fun with Imagine’s Walnut Inks, so I thought I’d try doing a faux leather and I was very happy with the results. See how I did it!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1.5 hours

Directions


Step 1

Spray the Walnut Ink in Eucalyptus. Dry paper.


Step 2

Spray the Walnut (original color) ink, then spray the Ink Potion No.9. The Ink Potion No. 9 blends the inks very nicely and effortlessly. Let dry.


Step 3

Spray a tiny amount of Walnut Ink in Java in random areas. This ink is intense, a little goes a long way. Spray the Ink Potion No.9 and let dry. Using all the different hues of the Walnut Inks will create a lovely organic look.


Step 4

Draw or print out a purse template and cut your inked paper using template..


Step 5

For this step, I found it easiest to do one fold at a time. Stamp VersaMark ink, add Embossing Powder in Clear and remove the excess powder. Using the tapered tip Doodlestix, rewmove lines to make the leather looking texture. The Embossing Powder will make the paper surface about 2 shades darker which goes further to encourage the worn leather look.


Step 6

With a Brushstix, add VersaMark to the metal embellishment and emboss with Embossing Powder in Gold. Rub on StazOn ink in Spiced Chai using the brush tip Brushstix which helps to get into the crevices carved out by the DoodleStix. Heat again with a heat tool to fuse the ink with the Embossing Powder.


Step 7

Glue the embellishments and studs to the front flap with the On Point Glue.


Step 8

In order to keep the flap closed, adhere a Velcro dot. Write a “Happy Birthday” note on the inside if you desire.


Step 9

Punch out a hole in the folding area of the flap. Attach the chain to jump rings and attach the jump rings to the purse. You can stop here or continue adding details to this little gift as you see fit!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor paper – 12 x 9 inches Cold Press, 300 GSM – 140 lbs
  • Metal Embellishment
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Copper Jumprings
  • Copper Chain
  • Gold Iron-On Studs
  • Purse template
  • Velcro dot

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

Use Polymer Clay to Create a Valentine’s Heart

by Iris Rodriguez

Use Polymer Clay to Create a Valentine's Heart. Stazon, Versafine, and walnut ink.

It’s the Valentine season; that means it’s time address matters of the heart. I suppose you can do that anytime, but this is when we show it with cards, flowers, and chocolates. So when we think of love; we think of it as everlasting and the bond that keeps us together. I wanted to tie the sentiment of everlasting love with a vintage looking card so I chose Imagine’s Walnut Inks which embody all things vintage. Walnut ink is a perfect choice for an antique look. For this project, I used Eucalyptus Walnut and Original Walnut inks for the background. I have also embossed white wildflowers and accented the card with a polymer clay heart that I colored with a StazOn inker.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1.5 hours

Directions


Step 1

Brush on the Eucalyptus Walnut ink using the Sumi-e brush. This brush contains natural bristles. It’s very soft and soaks up a lot of ink and glides on smoothly. Dry paper.


Step 2

Brush on the walnut color ink. Dry the paper. Cut paper to the desired size. Ink and emboss the flowers with the Cloud White VersaMagic ink and White Embossing Powder. Add Vintage Sepia VersaFine ink to the edges.


Step 3

Condition the FIMO clay on the pasta machine or use a roller. If using the pasta machine, roll a sheet of clay to the 4th thickest setting. Create a heart template by drawing a heart on a printer paper. Cut out heart. Use this heart to trace over the sheet of clay. Using a clay pick or precision knife, cut out the heart and smooth out the edge.


Step 4

Stamp texture and/or a sentiment into the clay heart. Bake the clay, according to the manufacturer’s instructions on the package.


Step 5

Using a small brush, add Real Black All-Purpose Ink in the recessed areas. Wipe off the ink from the raised areas with rubbing alcohol and paper towel.


Step 6

Mix 2 drops of the St. Valentine StazOn inker with 2 drops of rubbing alcohol in a non-porous container. A little of ink and rubbing alcohol goes a long way. With your finger rub it onto the clay, or you can use a Sponge Dauber. Heat set. Ink the edges of the heart with tip Brushstix and Jet Black StazOn ink.

Tips for working the StazOn Ink and rubbing alcohol.

  • To get a darker color, continue to add additional layers and heat set in between layers.
  • To add blending effects or to lighten the color, rub on a clean Sponge Dauber containing a little bit of rubbing alcohol on the tip.
  • The more rubbing alcohol is added, the lighter the ink.
  • To remove the color, clean with rubbing alcohol and paper towel. The ink will not be completely removed; it will look lightly stained.
  • If ink and rubbing alcohol in the container dries, activate by adding a small drop of alcohol.

Step 7

Smoosh on Vintage Sepia VersaFine on the hemp string. This makes it look rustic. Shape the hemp string into a circle, ensuring that it fits around the heart. Pick three areas and glue all individual strings together with On Point Glue. This will help make the surface area to adhere to the card. Assemble the card. Glue the hemp string and heart with the On Point Glue. Adhere to the card with Tear It! Tape.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor paper – 12 x 9 inches Cold Press, 300 GSM – 140 lbs
  • Wildflowers stencil
  • FIMO Polymer Clay – White
  • Clay pick or precision knife
  • Hemp string
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Sumi-e brush
  • Small brush
  • Printer paper

Color of the Month for February is Raspberry Red

Color of the Month for February is Raspberry Red

The Color of the Month for February is Raspberry Red! This is a beautiful color that can be found in fashion, crafts, and home decor. We love raspberry red because it has an electric look that occurs from the slight tint of purple in the deep red color. It is not purple, not magenta, not pink and it is not quite red either. We choose this color because of Tsukineko’s exciting and latest release of VersaFine Clair and the gorgeous raspberry-like color called Glamorous. Some other great raspberry colors in the Tsukineko inks are Memento Love Letter, VersaColor Raspberry, and StazOn in Fuchsia Pink so if you have any of these colors on and you are creating projects this month then you may qualify for…

Imagine Color Challenge with a $30 Give-A-Way!!

We are announcing the Imagine Color Challenge for the month of February! Use rich raspberry colors from any Imagine or Tsukineko product in any crafty project. The project can be a card, scrapbook page, mixed media focus, home décor, etc of any size or shape. Post a finished project with mention of our product by February 28th on your social media. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and tag the photo of your project with the hashtag #imaginecolorchallenge. At the end of the month, our team will select a random winner from all who have participated! We will be re-posting or sharing some entries all month long!

How is the winner judged?

At random lottery selection of those that met the requirements. We will comb through all the social media posts and enter your name into a random lottery.

Prize

$30 dollars of products from the Imagine Shop shipped anywhere in the US.

Rules

  • Tag us on either Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with our handle and the hashtag #imaginecolorchallenge
  • Post a high-quality photo of the project. Blurry or low-resolution photos will not qualify
  • Must use Tsukineko or Imagine products and name them. Example: Fireworks Craft Spray, Memento Luxe, VersaFine, VersaMark, etc.
  • Must use the Raspberry Red color
  • Must be a newly created project
  • Projects posted between February 1 and February 28, 2018 (at midnight PST) are to be considered.

For inspiration stay tuned to our blog this month

Elina Stromberg has created a Congrats card using VersaFine Clair.

Elina Stromberg has created a Congrats card using VersaFine Clair.

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou created a lovely Mardi Gras mask using StazOn Studio Glaze.

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou created a lovely Mardi Gras mask using StazOn Studio Glaze.

Jowilna Nolte has created this lovely scrapbook layout using VersaFine Clair and Fireworks Shimmery Craft Sprays.

Jowilna Nolte has created this lovely scrapbook layout using VersaFine Clair and Fireworks Shimmery Craft Sprays.

 

 

Thank you visiting the Imagine blog and stayed tuned for more on these and other lovely projects!

 

Use StazOn in a Unique Way for a Valentine’s Card

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Use StazOn in a Unique Way for a Valentine's Card

Share some love with a card in bright colors using StazOn ink pads. Use the StazOn all purpose stamp cleaner to dissolve the StazOn inks creating a watercolor effect on paper. The result gives the impression that a water based ink is used, however this technique can make a background that stays while you can work with water based colors on it.
The effect is used on watercolor paper and on tracing paper giving a semi-opaque result.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Use a sponge dauber to lay StazOn Teal Blue on the craft mat. Spray with the StazOn All-Purpose Stamp Cleaner


Step 2

Take a 4 x 6 inch watercolor paper cutting and press it on the dissolved ink. Use a heat gun to dry it.


Step 3

Repeat step 1 using the StazOn Blazing Red inkpad now. Press a piece of watercolor paper on the dissolved ink.


Step 4

As soon as the watercolor paper is dried, draw small hearts on the backside and cut them.


Step 5

Repeat step 1 using the StazOn Blazing Red and press a piece of tracing paper. Dry it with the help of a heat gun. Cut small hearts from it.


Step 6

Sprinkle Tuxedo Black color from the irRESISTible texture spray on the 4 x 6 inch watercolor paper.


Step 7

Cut half on the long of a 4 ½ inch chevron ribbon piece. Sew a charm on a half of it.


Step 8

Use the Tear It Tape to set the 4 x 6 inch watercolor paper on a 5 x 7 inch card, then the ribbons.


Step 9

With the help of the On Point Glue, add the hearts on the 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
  • Watercolor paper
  • Tracing paper
  • 5 x 7 blank card
  • Chevron ribbon
  • Charm
  • Black cord
  • Heat gun