Mythbusting – StazOn Ink & StazOn Cleaner with Clear Stamps

by Nadine Carlier

StazOn ink is a solvent ink that can be used on plastic, glass, metal, paper, and a host of mixed media surfaces and ephemera. So it is natural to assume that it might damage your stamps. We asked Nadine to talk a little bit about why StazOn is totally safe to use with any stamp set!

Supplies

Other

How to Create a Metal Stamped Look with Creative Medium

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

How to Create a Metal Stamped Look with Creative Medium in Silver and Gold

I’ve been pondering puzzle pieces lately—as a craft medium and metaphor for life. Somewhere along the mental stroll, I was reminded of the old Girl Scouts song “Make New Friends” which goes

Make new friends
But keep the old
One as silver
And the other gold

Today’s project was inspired by the way friends fit into our lives like puzzle pieces, the song, and the best friend necklaces I swapped with those close to me back in the day. Metallic silver and gold Creative Mediums and letter stamps were a perfect combination to turn a couple puzzle pieces into jewelry charms.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Puzzle Pieces
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Sticky Dots
  • Paint Brush
  • Darice – Heat Tool
  • Contact USA – Letter Stamps
  • Cornstarch
  • Craft knife
  • Jewelry findings
  • Satin cord or ribbon

One Card – Lots of Techniques

by Nadine Carlier

Bee Kind Card by Nadine Carlier Imagine Crafts. StazOn in Jet Black ink

Mixed media cards do not always have to be bulky. I used several different techniques and mediums like Fireworks! Spray, irRESIStible Pico Embellishers and StazOn Ink on my card, yet the card is still flat enough to put in an envelope and mail to a friend.  Watch my video below to see how I did it.  Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes + drying time

Supplies

Imagine
Other

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Use a Masking Technique to Make this Fabulous Card

by Elina Stromberg

Masking is one of my favorite stamping techniques for cardmaking. It’s a simple way to create a dimensional look and feel, without having to layer and collage fussy cut images. For this technique you don’t need any special supplies; a stamp set, stamping ink, a few sticky notes, and your scissors will be enough!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes – 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Stamp the hot air balloon and clouds on sticky note pages. If the sticky part is only on a portion of the page, make sure to place your stamping close to the paper’s sticky border. Cut out the images.


Step 2

Stamp the images you want to appear in front on your cardstock and place the fussy cut mask on top, then stamp the second layer. Use Memento in Tuxedo Black for stamping hot air balloons, and Memento in Summer Sky for the clouds. Leave the masks in place.


Step 3

Color the background using two shades of Memento, Summer Sky and Danube Blue, and a jumbo dauber. Sponge on a hint of white acrylic paint on the inked surface. Remove masks.


Step 4

Color the front mages with alcohol markers. Stamp sentiment text and the flying birds with black StazOn.


Step 5

Die-cut a tree-line from dark blue cardstock. Glue it on the bottom of the card. Trim card to size, mat on a piece of dark blue cardstock. Attach to white card base using double-sided tape.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Joy Clair Stamp – ‘Fly With Me’ stamp set
  • Sticky Notes
  • Scissors
  • Sizzix – ‘Tree Line’ die
  • White acrylic paint
  • Alcohol markers
  • Double-sided Tape
  • Cardstock – dark blue, white
  • Card base – White

Create a Butterfly Card using Dura-lar Film

by Iris Rodriguez

Create a Butterfly Card using Dura-lar Film.

This month we have the pleasure of working with Joy Clair stamps. I was smitten with the Butterfly Kisses stamp set. There are so many ideas that come to my mind with this set but I settled to create a sense of depth with a layer of vellum. The sentiment “let your dreams fly” conjured the imagery of butterfly flying into the blue yonder, some very visible and some in the distance. I hope you feel inspired to make this layered and visual butterfly card.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1.5 hours

Directions


Step 1

Spray the watercolor paper with water. Then brush on the All-Purpose Ink in Tropical Lagoon. Dry the paper. This will become the sky background.

Memento Luxe inkpad in Dandelion
Step 2

Stencil the sun using circle shape stencil and Memento Luxe inkpad in Dandelion.

Stamp the butterflies and sentiment onto the Dura-lar film with VersaFine Clair in Nocturne
Step 3

Stamp the butterflies and sentiment onto the Dura-lar film with VersaFine Clair in Nocturne. Stamp the butterflies in the middle. The butterflies underneath will be centered around the butterflies and sentiment on the film. Dura-lar is a mylar film, it has the strength of acetate and the look and feel of vellum paper. It’s matte, translucent and when used over an image, it makes it look encaustic. You can use any kind of acrylic paints, graphite, and permanent inks. You can also remove the contents from the film with rubbing alcohol.


Step 4

Add Imagine’s Embossing Powder in Black and heat set.


Step 5

Stamp the butterflies onto the watercolor paper. Place the stamped film over the watercolor paper to determine desired placement.


Step 6

Spray Aleene’s Tacky Spray onto the watercolor paper part of the card. Do this quickly and do not move the Dura-lar film once it is laid down.


Step 7

Place the stamped Dura-lar film over the watercolor paper and burnish with your fingers, ensuring that the film has completely adhered to the paper. Do not use tools to burnish, it will scratch the film.


Step 8

Take the StazOn inker in Teal Blue and a Fantastix and color the butterfly wings. Assemble the card by adhering onto a black cardstock paper.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Joy Clair Stamps – Butterfly Kisses Clear Stamp
  • Grafix-Dura – Lar Matte Film
  • Aleen’s Original – Tacky Spray
  • Circle Stencil
  • Cardstock
  • Acrylic Block

See How to Stamp and Color with Fabric Inks

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

See How to Stamp and Color with Fabric Inks with All-Purpose Ink, Fabrico markers, and VersaFine Clair.

See how to decorate a cotton zipper tote bag using your favorite stamps and All-Purpose Inks to match summer colors and inspiring a positive mood. With this design, I stamped the words “smiles, hugs and kisses” along with swirls and flowers which could be used for cosmetics, small items, and for casual walks. Add glass beads to decorate it further and make a small metallic tag using SHEET Metal from Imagine and StazOn ink. The possibilities are endless!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 2 hours

Directions


Step 1

Stamp the swirls design from Joy Clair stamps with VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink pad on the cotton bag.


Step 2

Mix All-Purpose Inks on Imagine’s Craft Mat and paint the stamped design.


Step 3

Distress the rest of the bag using a Large Sponge Dauber and Memento Luxe in Bahama Blue.


Step 4

Sharpen the flowers from the stamped design with the Fabrico Marker in Midnight.


Step 5

Stamp words from the stamp set with the VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink pad. Repeat on the other side and set colors with an iron.


Step 6

Hand sew beads on in matching colors.


Step 7

Cover a diamond SHEET Metal shape with StazOn in Teal Blue.


Step 8

Stamp the heart design with VersaMark, cover with Imagine’s Embossing Powder in White and heat set.


Step 9

Cover the SHEET metal shape with GlazOn to seal and protect the color. Attach the metal shape with a ribbon on the zipper.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Joy Clair – Hugs and Smiles stamp set
  • Cotton zipper tote bag
  • Paintbrush
  • Heat tool
  • Beads, needle, and thread
  • Satin ribbon