How to Use StazOn and Vertigo to Create Unique Jewelry

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

How to Use StazOn and Vertigo to Create Unique Jewelry

In today’s blog, I have created a special mini book gift that transforms into a piece of jewelry. The mini book is made of Vertigo Sheets and is durable enough to allow the book to be worn on the wrist without being damaged. The length of the book bracelet can be adjustable by either using a bit smaller Vertigo squares or by changing the number of jump rings used on the front and back covers. You can stamp it with designs, use more colors, include a name or a special message depending what you create and customize. This is a perfect project to have at a craft party or to gift to a special loved one.

 

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Cut 1 x 1 inch squares from the Vertigo sheet. There are several patterns of Vertigo to choose from.


Step 2

Stamp with the Waffle Flower dots stamp from their Planner Collection using the StazOn Blazing Red inkpad and distress with the StazOn Dove Grey.

Stamp letters or images with StazOn Jet Black.
Step 3

Stamp letters or images with StazOn Jet Black.


Step 4

Punch holes on all corners of the letter squares. Punch two holes on the right side of the interior squares and one in the middle left of the front and back cover or exterior squares. (see final photo below).


Step 5

Add jump rings and connect the squares into a chain.


Step 6

Add jump ring and a lobster lock on the front cover square. Be sure to adjust the size you desire and test the length.


Step 7

Add any polishing touches such as these cute heart embellishments with On Point Glue and you are finished!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Waffle Flower Crafts – Planner Collection Mini Patterns
  • Letter stamps
  • Heart embellishments
  • Round hole punch
  • Jump rings – Silver
  • Lobster lock – Silver
  • Pliers

How to Make Faux Gelli Printing with Radiant Neon Amplify!

by Mischelle Smith

How to Make Faux Gelli Printing with Radiant Neon Amplify!

I love Gelli printing and coming up with all sorts of magical designs I can use in my journaling and card making. However, sometimes I don’t have enough time to drag everything out that I need to stay true to the Gelli print techniques. So, I go for ‘faux Gelli prints’ using Tsukineko’s Radiant Neon Amplify which creates a thick texture when activated with a heat gun. This thick texture replicates the layers of paint often used in Gelli prints and the faux technique is done directly on the paper skipping the use of the Gelli plate.

For quick focal points in projects, I keep a box of already colored images on my desk for times when I need something ASAP. For this project, I pulled out a spaceship image and matched it to the Amplify colors – super easy! Amplify! appears to be wet after brayered – leave it this way or add several more layers and heat with a heat tool to change the texture.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Step 1

Apply one color of Radiant Neon Amplify to paper and brayer.

Step 2

Apply a second color of Amplify and brayer.

Step 3

Working quickly – use a sponge dauber, stencils, scrapers or other items, to create marks in the brayered Amplify medium. Amplify dries quickly, so do not wait too long to add extra marks. Once you are satisfied with the texture and details you have created, use a heat tool to activate the Amplify. The Amplify with expand in a foamy texture and will be immediately ready for additional inking and stenciling.

Step 4

Cut faux gelli paper to the size needed and stencil on another color with Memento Paris Dusk Ink (dark purplish blue) to add detail and depth. Attach spaceship image, “Happy Birthday Earthling” quote and decorative twine to the front of the card. Stamp date at the bottom with StazOn ink and any additional embellishments.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Vera Lane Studio – Lost in Space
  • Stencil Girl – Entangling Threads Stencil
  • Date Stamp
  • Brayer
  • Cardstock
  • Twine – Lime
  • Close To My Heart – Gems & Sparkles
  • Foam tape
  • Copic Markers
  • Scissors

Get Creative with Tsukineko and Waffle Flower Stamps

We are delighted to feature two cards using Waffle Flower stamps. Waffle Flower makes super cute high-quality photopolymer stamp sets and craft dies with a wide variety of themes. Waffle Flower style has certainly set them apart and we are always excited to see new designs rolling out! In today’s post, Neva and Roni create two handmade cards that show the flexibility of their themes.

Get Creative with Tsukineko and Waffle Flower Stamps

Shellabrate Your Birthday! by Neva Cole

Aren’t these turtles so cute? Waffle Flower joined Imagine for a cross-company promotional in May and as a result Imagine artist received new stamp sets. The images from the Shellabrate and Snail Mail stamp and die sets create a wonderfully whimsical underwater scene. The turtles and sign are stamped in Jet Black StazOn ink, and the greenery is stamped in StazOn Cactus Green and Forest Green. The images are then water colored with Memento Dual-Tip Markers in Cottage Ivy, New Sprout, Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves, Peanut Brittle, and Toffee Crunch. The background sand is stamped and water colored with Memento Toffee Crunch. The bubbles are added in Memento Bahama Blue. The die cut images are adhered with varying heights of adhesive to give some fun dimension. A perfect summer birthday card anyone would enjoy receiving!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Waffle Flower – Shellabrate stamp and die sets, Snail Mail stamp and die sets

 


Wild -N- Free Handmade Card by Roni Johnson

If someone says, “Itsy bitsy teeny weenie…” don’t you just instinctively finish it off in your head, “…yellow polka dot bikini”? Well, Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weenie was one of our challenges this month and I couldn’t get that song out of my head so I just went with it! I created this card with a little help from Waffle Flower stamps.

I have the “Wild N’ Free” set from Waffle Flowers and if you look closely you can see the 3 tiny dot stamp above the eagle. I used these dots to create the background for this card. I started off by stamping the “ground” using 3 different colors of green Memento dye ink, stamping them over and over again. I flipped the cardstock over and stamped the sky using 3 colors of blue Memento ink.

Finally, once I was satisfied with the background I went about stamping the rest of the card as you normally would. Yes, it was a bit time consuming but surprisingly it was lots of fun! It’s almost a Zen feeling going back and forth between the paper and the ink pad. The rest of the design is straight-forward with framing the edges with layered roses and bringing the eye to the center with the wolf and the sentiment. Since this set is so varied, you can choose your favorite animal for the center.

Supplies

Imagine
  • Memento Inkpad – New Sprout, Bamboo Leaves, Cottage Ivy, Olive Green, Summer Sky, Bahama Blue, Danube Blue, Love Letter
  • VersaFine – Onyx Black
Other
  • Waffle Flower – Wild N Free stamp set
  • Cardstock – white
  • Cardbase – navy blue

Dazzle Your Friends with Tantalizing Tangerine Card

by Jowilna Nolte

Handmade card with red rose on orange background Hero Arts crafts xoxo

Shades of Tangerine make for a really interesting and effective summertime vibe. Take a look at how blending 3 different shades of Tangerine can really make a resist embossed image come to life. I created this handmade card using my favorite ink pads in shades of orange.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 20 minutes + dry time

Directions

VersaMark inkpad

Step 1

Stamp a large background image onto white cardstock using Versamark ink pad. Sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat set until the powder is fully melted.


Step 2

Use a jumbo dauber and ink it using StazOn ink. Blend the edges of your embossed image with the StazOn ink. Use a damp cloth to wipe clean the embossed areas to remove the ink. Because StazOn ink actually sticks to the embossed areas, you need to wipe it clean immediately or the embossed areas will also become orange. Unlike the Memento Luxe and Radiant Neon inks that can easily be wiped clean off of the embossed areas once you are done blending.


Step 3

Next use another jumbo dauber and Radiant Neon ink and blend another section of your embossed image.


Step 4

Use the same dauber and lift some Memento Luxe ink in Morocco onto the dauber. Blend over the rest of your embossed cardstock piece. You can clearly see how the different colors of orange blend really well with each other makes the resist effect stand out.

Step 5

Open your irRESISTibles bottle and use the nozzle to splat some ink onto the embossed background. Leave to dry thoroughly. Add a chipboard flower, printed ticket and some embellishments to your Tangerine background. I love how the pink flower stands out against the orange background filled with texture.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Chipboard
  • Ticket
  • Sequins
  • Diamante
  • Foam tape
  • Heat gun
  • Hero Arts – stamp

 

All You Need Is A Little Vitamin Sea

We have 3 projects today that focus on the ocean for the crafting motion! Martha creates a stunning visual effect using die cuts and Memento ink. Kyriakos wields his glue gun again for a surprisingly awesome project using silicone molds. And Jessica brings it back home with a simple hand lettering project using Memento markers. Check it out!

cardmaking ideas and tips inkpad crafts

Smile Starfish Die Cut Greeting Card by Martha Lucia Gomez

Summer is here! Tangerine is not only a perfect color, it is the perfect for representing the mysterious starfish. Today, I am sharing a quick way to mix Memento inks to create an unique background and die cuts to create a negative foreground. I was happy with the design concept and feel this style can be applied to any theme.

Start by taking Memento Ink Dandelion (bright yellow), Tangelo (orange) and Lady Bug (classic red) and apply the ink randomly and directly to Imagine’s silicone craft mat. Spray with Ink Potion No. 9 to dilute the heavy concentration of ink, and allow the different colors to blend. Lay the card stock on the mix to absorb into the paper fibers. This is most of the work of inkblending and it creates the coolest effects. Let the paper dry and paste the inked layer over a card base.

inkpad die cut crafts

Take another piece of white card stock and cut out several star fish shapes using the Gina Marie Starfish die. Once you are happy with the amount of cut-outs, paste the negative layer over the ink layer using dimensional dots or foam tape. The lifted negative foreground creates a dramatic effect which is immediately noticed by the eye. Finalize the card using your own custom details. I choose a “smile” die cut and gold sequins which I applied with On Point Glue. This handmade card is simple in terms of crafting time and produces impressive results!

Supplies

Imagine
Other

 

Starfish necklace crafts

Creating a Starfish Necklace by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Do you have a cool silicone mold laying around that you want to do something with? Why not make jewelry with it? For me, I had a starfish mold and thought it would make a fun fashion project. Jewelry with an ocean theme is an easy way to create a complimenting summer look to the wardrobe. The starfish is made of hot glue shaped into the silicone mold and colored with StazOn inks to give an impression of a real dried starfish. Surprisingly, the dry time is only one hour or less. Simply let your glue heat to it perfect temperature and fill the mold completely.

Since most of the work is about the starfish itself, feel free to download a tutorial on jewelry making to help finish the details of the entire piece if you are not familar with jewelry making. There are dozens of jewelry tutorial online. The rest of the embellishments are little pearls and metallic fishes that are pre-made and can be purchased at any bead store or craft store. I was careful to space the craft wire and attach all the pieces on scattered places to create a mesh that holds the starfish in place. The length of the wires varies from 16 to 18 inches, while it can easily altered to your preference.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Silicone mold – starfish
  • Hot glue gun
  • Craft wire
  • Fish charms
  • Pearls End caps
  • Jump rings
  • Lobster clasp

 

handlettering using Memento Markers

All You Need Is A Little Vitamin Sea by Jessica Litman

Who doesn’t love a good summer quote? Better yet, who doesn’t like practicing their hand lettering with a solid quote that inspires. I submitted the art in the photo above using Memento water-based markers in a variety of colors. I love simple and clear lettering and like to create all sorts of fun projects with quotes. But this one is perfect for the summer, as I hope to spend a lot of time at the beach! If you feel inspired by this, then try your hand and write the phrase “All You Need Is A Little Vitamin Sea” and hang it in a spot you will see (sea) it often. You can also transform this quote into a full paper crafting project by adding sea-theme stamps or embellishments.

Supplies

Imagine
  • Memento Dual Tip Markers – Lady Bug, Tangelo, Dandelion, Cottage Ivy, Danube Blue, Grape Jelly, Lilac Poises, London Fog
Other
  • Paper

See How to Use Metal and Pigment Ink to Make Jewelry

by Mischelle Smith

Imagine’s Sheet Metal, VersaMagic and StazOn all products perfect for jewelry

I love wearing jewelry and wanted to make something colorful, light and airy for hot summer days. In today’s quick post, I am using Imagine’s Sheet Metal, VersaMagic and StazOn ink — all products perfect for jewelry. Jewelry making is super fun because of the creating and imagination process. It is fun to watch something transform from raw material to something beautiful and wearable.

I started out with plain metal pieces of Sheet Metal which is a sturdy but thin crafting metal. I choose four square pieces and one circle to contrast the others. Sheet metal is thin enough to use with embossing folders so I embossed with a couple different embossing folders to get different shapes and textures.

Then I colored the pieces using a combination of VersaMagic Chalk inks with the ‘direct to paper’ technique. This technique is using your inkpad directly on the metal blank to add color. After adding each color, heat emboss the newly inked sheet metal with Imagine’s Clear Embossing Powder. This will help you develop a layered ink look. Since this is metal, use extra precaution by holding your sheet metal with tweezers to avoid burning yourself. Now that your heat emboss is finished, add sentiments or your favorite small stamps using StazOn ink. When finished, seal your work with a clear sealant and attach the jewelry components.

Imagine’s Sheet Metal, VersaMagic and StazOn all products perfect for jewelry

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Close To My Heart – Chevron embossing folder, Arrows Embossing Folder
  • Heat tool
  • Necklace
  • Earring/Jewelry Findings
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Tweezers
  • Sealant
  • Die cutting machine