See How to Make a Beautiful Beaded Bowl

by Iris Rodriguez

See How to Make a Beautiful Beaded Bowl

They say it’s the little things that matter. So one day, I was at my local craft store and noticed the beads were on clearance. How can I pass up this aisle, right? I saw these two large turquoise beads. I got inspired to wire wrap them into a small bowl. I made the bowl using Activa Self Hardening clay, a nice porous clay that takes pigment inks nicely. I decided to use inks that would complement the beads. I used Turquoise Gem, VersaMagic, a stunning turquoise that contrasts nicely with the Crimson Copper and Rocket Red Gold Brilliance inks.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 Hour to make the bowl, 2 days total for bowls to air dry

Directions


Step 1

For this project, I used Activa Plus clay. In case you’re not familiar with this clay, I will describe its properties. It is an air-dry clay. It is fine, moist, malleable, firm, but not hard. Keep the clay moist by spraying a little water, which also makes it softer. When the clay is wet, it is a beige like color, and when dry it turns off white color. The rate that it dries will depend on the thickness of the project and room temperature. The drier the room, the faster it dries. It is highly porous, which is nice, because it takes just about any kind of medium for coloring onto the clay, such as Imagine’s dye/pigment inks and craft sprays. For this project, I used pigment inks. Use a wooden board or another non-porous surface to work with this clay.


Step 2

Condition the clay by wedging the clay or just rolling it around. Roll out a sheet of clay. You can use a pin roller used or use a clay roller. The clay is usually very smooth when it’s rolled out. If it is not, then smooth out the clay with your fingers, rib tool or another smooth-edged tool.


Step 3

Create a template for the bowl. Make the template out of scratch paper. The template will guide you when cutting out the clay.


Step 4

Place the stencil over the clay and in a pouncing motion ink the clay with Turquoise Gem VersaMagic ink. Then ink on the Crimson Copper Brilliance ink. Add the Rocket Red Gold Brilliance ink over the Crimson Copper. If you do not have a stencil, you can cut shapes out of paper and place over the clay. The moisture of the clay keeps the paper in place.


Step 5

Place the template over the clay and cut out the shape. Ensure that you work on the wooden board when cutting out the clay. DO NOT use the craft mat to cut.


Step 6

Place the bead on the end. Place the circle stencil over the bead and find a circle that fits the bead.


Step 7

Using the stencil as a guide, cut out the shapes. Repeat steps 7 and 8 for the other side. Ensure that you work on the wooden board when cutting out the clay. DO NOT use the craft mat to cut.


Step 8

Place the clay bowl into a real bowl or other object and allow it dry for one day. It will take on the shape of the object.


Step 9

At the start of day 2. The clay will be slightly moist. Perfect time for drilling the holes. If the clay is completely dry, and you try drilling, you risk the clay breaking. Use a small drill bit and manually drill the holes. Ensure that the wire will fit through the holes. Do not use a power drill; it’s overkill and the clay is too delicate. Wipe off the clay burrs with a brush. Let the clay dry for another day. No need to put it back in the real bowl. At this point, the shape will stay in place. To determine if it’s dry, take a look at the natural clay color; it will turn an off-white when dry. Also, if the clay feels cold then it’s still wet. It is very important to seal the bowls. The clay is porous, therefore liquids can weaken or activate the clay. The sealer makes it look purposely finished. You can use a spray sealers like 3M/Krylon or brush on a water-based varnish or polyurethane.


Step 10

Now that the bowl is completely dry. Time to embellish it. You will need beads, plyers and 20 gauge copper wire.


Step 11

Cut out about 15 inches worth of wire. Add the bead to the wire, take it to the center of the wire.


Step 12

Wrap the wire over and under the edge of the bowl.


Step 13

Wrap the wire three times to secure the ends. Cut the wire.


Step 14

Now you have you finished your decorative bowl.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Activa Plus Self Hardening Clay – White
  • Modeling clay tools – rib tool, knife or needle tool
  • Rolling pin
  • Wooden board
  • Large Beads
  • 20 Gauge copper wire
  • Stencils
  • Sealer (spray, polyurethane)

See How to Heat Emboss on Rinea Foil Paper

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Hi there, Martha Lucia here! Today I am featuring one of my favorite techniques, heat embossing over Foiled Paper. During this month the teams of Imagine and Rinea are working together to promote the combination of these brands. The base of my card is Sahara sand card stock and the second layer is Mocha/Gold Glossy Rinea Foil Paper. Let me share with you the entire process.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Cut the base of your card. Mine is 4-1/4″x11″ with the score in 5-1/2″. Cut a second layer using your favorite color of Rinea Foiled Paper. Mine is Mocha/Gold Glossy. Select the embossing folder that you want to use. Mine is Tile Patterned from Darice. Ink a brayer with VersaMagic Cloud White or any pigment ink. The brayer will make the color uniform.


Step 2

Ink the de-bossing side of the folder with VersaMagic Cloud White or any other pigment ink. Rub the Rinea foiled paper with an anti-static bag or embossing buddy.


Step 3

Put the Rinea foiled paper inside of the inked embossing folder and pass it through your die cut machine.  Remove the embossed foiled paper and cover it with white embossing powder. Melt the powder with the heat tool, taking care of not burn your foiled paper.


Step 4

If you consider necessary to make a few retouches of the embossed layer, you can use the VersaMark pen and cover the area with the same color of embossing powder. In this case, white.


Step 5

Paste the embossed layer over the card base and finalize the decoration of your card. I decided to add a thick word die cut and for that, I cut several layers of the die-cut in card stock and one on Marigold Starstruck Rinea Foiled paper.  I am using the With Love Word Die from Lil’Inker Designs.


Step 6

Paste and stock all the word die cuts using On Point Glue.


Step 7

Paste the decorated word over your decorated card with glue dots.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Rinea Foiled Paper – Mocha Gold Glossy, Marigold Starstruck
  • Cardstock
  • Darice – Embossing Folder Tile Pattern
  • Lil’Inker Designs – “With Love” die
  • Big Shot or Die Cutting Machine
  • Brayer

Create a Chic Background Pattern on a Card with GooseBumps

by Arjita Sepaha Singh

Create Chic Background Pattern on a Card with Goosebumps

For today’s card, I used a few VersaMagic DewDrop Inkpads to watercolor and the VersaFine Onyx Black Inkpad for stamping the floral image and sentiment. I created a circle pattern background using GooseBumps and a paintbrush. Once the GooseBumps was dry I added the VersaMagic inks on top and the GooseBumps created a resist. I wiped the excess ink with a dry tissue and the white circles looked even prettier. Then I stamped a flower and leaf using VersaFine Onyx Black and colored them using the same VersaMagic Inks. I dabbed the inkpads on the Imagine Craft Mat and then picked up the pigment with a wet brush to color the images. I finished the card by adding a sentiment.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine

• VersaFine Inkpad – Onyx Black
VersaMagic DewDrops – Malted Mauve, Pink Grapefruit, Pixie Dust, Key Lime, Tea Leaves, Spanish Olive
• GooseBumps Texture

Other

• Card Stock – Neenah Solar white
• MISTI Stamping Tool
• Paint Brush
• Floral Stamp set

Learn How to Create a Quick and Easy Sour Cream Container Craft

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Hello friends! Today I have a quick package, normally called ‘Sour Cream Container’ shape. I created it with designer paper and added an extra special touch with Versa Magic Inks. I selected a two-step stamp from Altenew, the Leaf Canopy stamp set. It includes the lineal and solid images but this idea can be made with any type of stamps.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 15 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Stamp, with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, the lineal stamp using a stamping tool over a yellow piece of designer paper of 6″x 6″ size.


Step 2

Remove the lineal stamp and place the solid stamp over the lineal stamp and pick up with the acrylic door. Ink the solid images entirely with Mango Madness VersaMagic Ink and stamp. Ink up a few touches on the insides of the leaves with Red Magic VersaMagic Ink and stamp. I used the DewDrop inkpads in VersaMagic because with the teardrop shape it is very easy to add the selective color to the images without getting the second color accidentally over the whole image.


Step 4

Add double-sided Tear It Tape to one entire inside border and paste it over the opposite side to create a tube. Add double-sided tape to one end to close by pinching it together. Place the candy or gifts into the tube. Add the tape to the other end and close, pinching in opposite (90 degrees) direction.


Step 5

As a final touch, I added a tiny sentiment that I created with a die-cut and adhered with On Point Glue.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Designer Paper
  • Stamping Tool
  • Altenew – Leaf Canopy Stamp Set
  • “Thank You” die cut

Create a Wonderful Mixed Media Best Wishes Card with Lace Texture

by Lori Warren

Create a wonderful mixed media “Best Wishes” card that is full of texture, layers, and dimension. Start with a stenciled layer using Creative Medium, add a lace focal point and finish it up with a saying strip mounted with dimensional tape.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Apply VersaMagic inks to the Craft Mat, spray with water, and lay cardstock into the wet ink. Trim to size.


Step 2

Mix White Neon Amplify with Iridescent Creative Medium and apply over the stencil using a palette knife. Allow to fully dry.


Step 3

Cut out a rose from a panel of lace and then apply various VersaMagic ink colors to the rose with a Brushstix.


Step 4

Spray lace rose with Shimmer Sheer Craft Spray and allow to dry.


Step 5

Once dry, apply VersaMagic ink in Cloud White to lace rose with Brushstix if you want to soften any of the tones.


Step 6

On a scrap strip of paper trimmed from panel in Step 1, stamp with a script stamp.


Step 7

On the same strip of paper, stamp flower image. Here I used VersaMagic in Mango Madness.


Step 8

Add ink splatters from VersaMagic Ink in Pink Grapefruit by rubbing ink directly to the craft mat and spraying with water. Pick up with a brush and flick onto the card.


Step 9

Edge all elements with VersaMagic in Pink Grapefruit.


Step 10

Stamp script pattern randomly onto the panel.


Step 11

Adhere lace rose to stenciled panel with On Point Glue.


Step 12

Adhere paper strip saying onto the card panel and then highlight rose with irRESISTible Pico Embellisher.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • White Cardstock
  • Mixed Media Paper
  • Lace
  • TCW Stencil – Damask
  • Hot off the Press Stamps

Color of the Month is Tuscan Sun

Color of the Month is Tuscan Sun

Color of the Month is Tuscan Sun. We were thinking of blended burnt orange and yellow sunset when we choose this hot summer color. Some of the inks that easily reflect this color choice are Memento Luxe in Morocco, Memento in Tangelo and VersaMagic in Pumpkin Spice.

For the Month of July August, we are also doing a special feature of Rinea Foil Paper. This beautiful paper foil comes in a variety of colors and patterns and we challenged our artists to use them in their tutorials and projects, so be on the lookout for awesomeness!!!  ******Correction: the exchange with Rinea is in August! 

Mixed Media by Roni Johnson

Best Wishes Card by Lori Warren

Paper Craft by Martha Lucia Gomez