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

Want to Learn How to Make Jewelry?

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

My love of wires and metals inspire me to create jewelry pieces. Being a beginner in jewelry making, I decided to play it safe and avoid complicated designs and techniques. This made me look at my craft supplies and see what I can make out of them. Craft supplies are always a nice starting point to match colors and materials to make something original and one of a kind. At end of the day, who wouldn’t want to wear pieces that catch the eye that no one else could have? Following tutorials found online (preferably video tutorials), you can easily get the basics of jewelry making.

Materials

In my experience, if you decide to make jewelry pieces that go beyond beading and weaving, it is important to get information on secondary materials like cords, clasps, jump rings, rings, metals, etc. that will be used to join your creations or use them as bases to create on. Take time to understand sizes and lengths and have samples of them to help you have a close view of their features. A wrong type of wire or a small ring can just make your life harder when you start making a jewelry piece, and in some cases, the action is not reversible.

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou makes a peacock theme jewlery set using StazOn, VeraMark and embossing powders. green, yellow, teal, metal, circles, earrings, necklace.
There are a lot of basic craft materials that can work well in and give excellent results. Having a look at a previous Peacock Jewelry project, you will easily identify the craft basics I used on them. I used StazOn ink to color Imagine’s Sheet Metal Small Circles—StazOn inkpads are my favorites in the jewelry making. They quickly dry on the surfaces (especially on metal which that I love using) and adding GlazOn seals the results.

Tools

If you are looking to make simple jewelry projects, you may already have the tools in your craft room and just need to buy a few things. Scissors, craft knife, pliers, piercing tool are common tools for everyday projects.

How to Use StazOn and Vertigo to Create Unique Jewelry

Working with jump rings, wires, clasps etc, round nose and flat nose pliers are helpful to form wires and secure cord endings. In the photo above, I created a fun Love bracelet using Vertigo surfaces. When you use soft surfaces, try adding a soft rubber or plastic cap to cover the pliers (even a plastic straw) to prevent marks on your pieces. Also, even your die cutting machine can become a tool for your jewelry depending on what you will be making!

Inspiration

Anything that is around me can be a spark for creativity. Look around your room and your craft supplies for inspiration and ways to alter them into a piece of jewelry!

Like these wooden canvas wedges. Sometimes simple things with a little work turn to very nice results.

purple dragon necklace

Your favorite stamps can be used on metal sheet and covered with sealant like this simple Dragon necklace. So the next time you want to create something out of the box and have a handmade jewelry piece that combines your style and art, just look into your craft stash and go simple!

Resources

Craft Gawker ‘s jewelry section.

Youtube tutorials Jewelry Making 101 & jewelry wires explanation – Wire Terminology

Jewelry Tutorial Headquarters 

 

Learn to Make Handmade Ornaments with StazOn Ink

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Using Vertigo sheets, I made window ornaments that allow light to go through them both day and night in reverse way. Enjoy Christmas decoration colors when you are in home from the daylight coming from your window and filtered via the Vertigo sheets, while you share the same decoration during the night to look from outside when light comes from your home.

Level: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Start by printing the template for the shapes provided in the pdf in the supplies list. Cut the Vertigo plastic sheets to the template shapes.


Step 2

Cover the Vertigo sheets shapes, first with the StazOn Studio Glaze color and when it dries, cover with the matching StazOn ink pad.


Step 3

For the star shape 2 layers of color are used of StazOn Studio Glaze Gold.


Step 4

Use the Stipple Brush No 6 and the Delicata emerald green to make strokes following again the shape of three and the way branches should look. Let it dry. Repeat on the other side.


Step 5

Use a star die to open space in the round Vertigo sheet shape and then, stamp designs with VersaMark and heat set the Imagine’s verdigris color embossing powder.


Step 6

For the heart shape use white embossing powder, for the yellow use green.

Punch a hole and pass ribbon through it to easily hand them on windows.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Viva decor Peacock feathers stamp set
  • Heat gun
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon
  • Star die

Fun and Easy Solution to Add a Festive Vibe to Your Celebration

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

 The napkin rings are full of bright red color, combined with the gold wires and stars to bring a festive and glamorous air on your table.

Setting the table for Christmas can be a big part of this special occasion and having a handmade decoration that also serves a purpose makes it even better. These napkin rings are full of bright red cheer, combined with gold stars, they bring a festive and glamorous air to your table. Vertigo sheets make it easy to craft a functional and beautiful item for your holiday table.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Cut the Vertigo sheet in 3 pieces of 2 x 6 inches

Vertigo Sheet with the StazOn Blazing Red
Step 2

Using a sponge dauber color the Vertigo Sheet with the StazOn Blazing Red. Let it dry and place a coat layer of StazOn Studio Glaze in Claret. Finish with an additional layer of the Blazing Red.

Die cut a star in the center of the Vertigo cutting and punch little stars on the rest of it.
Step 3

Die cut a star in the center of the Vertigo piece. Punch little stars around the larger center star.


Step 4

Glue metallic stars on the Vertigo sheet.


Step 5

Cut wires of 4, 5 and 6 inches long pieces. Bind them together in with extra wire. Using jewelry glue, set some metallic stars and some Vertigo punched stars on the top edges only of each wire.

Glue the long edges of the Vertigo cuttings to form a tube. Add the wires near the large die cut star.
Step 6

Glue the edges of the Vertigo strips together to form a tube. Adhere the wires near the large die cut star.

Step 7

Roll your napkin and place in the napkin ring. It’s festive enough to be placed at the center of each place setting!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Star shape punch
  • Star shape die
  • Gold star embellishments
  • Jewelry wire – gold
  • Jewelry glue
  • Pliers

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Create a Sweet Charm Butterfly Motion Card

by Neva Cole

Create a Sweet Charm Butterfly Motion Card

The challenge for August was to create motion and what better way to have motion in a card than to create a mechanical pull-tab card with a Vertigo butterfly charm? Making mechanical pop-up and cards with motion is one of my favorite things to do. The directions are organized to allow for the various dry times and maximize your crafting time to work on other steps during the process, but do check the pieces before proceeding to avoid smearing your project. These cards are so fun to create and bring so much joy to the recipient.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 90 minutes + dry time

Directions

Creative Medium in a thin layer with a palette knifeApply various weights of glitter to Creative Medium
Step 1

Trim a heavy weight cardstock to 5” x 6 ½”, this will fit a standard 6 Bar envelope. Strathmore Bristol Board 100-pound weight is used throughout this project. Position stencil and apply Creative Medium in a thin layer with a palette knife. Apply various weights of glitter to Creative Medium and set aside to dry. The Creative Medium will hold all kinds of fun embellishments in place.

Fabrico Markers in Pea Pod, Bubble Gum, and WisteriaMemento Luxe Lilac Posies and an Ink Blusher
Step 2

Die cut mechanical parts of the Hanging Charm Pull Tab card: one base, two pull tabs, and two frames. Before cutting one frame apply Xyron permanent adhesive to the cardstock for later assembly. Die cut one butterfly charm from Taffeta Vertigo. Color butterfly charm with Fabrico Markers in Pea Pod, Bubble Gum, and Wisteria. Ink base mechanism with Memento Luxe Lilac Posies and an Ink Blusher. Ink one pull tab with butterfly stencil and Memento Luxe Lilac Posies. Ink both frames fronts with Memento Luxe Pear Tart and an Ink Blusher. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 for opposite edge of the base and set aside to dry.


Step 3

Trim corners of butterfly pull tab, cutting off the tabs. This will now fit over the second pull tag perfectly when assembled.


Step 4

Trim a section of Taffeta Vertigo to 3 ¼” x 4 ½”. This will be the base for the mechanism. Gently place Tear It Tape on recycled plastic bag packaging and trim in half lengthwise. Tear It Tape is placed on the mechanism where shown, both long edges closest to the outside to allow the tabs to move along the track and behind the notched opening for the pull tab. Center and apply to the Vertigo base.


Step 5

Apply Tear It Tape to open end of the mechanism. There is a slight indentation to train the fold. Place tag with tabs through the notch and tuck tabs under mechanism. Center in the slot and adhere mechanism to the tag. This tag was spritzed with Fireworks in Pear Tart.


Step 6

Spritz card base with Fireworks! in Pear Tart and set aside to dry. Use metallic craft thread to fashion a hanger for the butterfly charm.


Step 7

Tie a knot in the metallic thread just above the edge of the frame. Lift the Xyron permanent adhesive liner and center thread. Center second frame over the adhesive and slowly remove liner to adhere the two sides of the frame together.


Step 8

Trim Tear It Tape lengthwise to fit the small sections on the front of the mechanism. Place it between the two folds. Adhere frame with butterfly charm. Pull mechanism into full upright position with tag fully extended out the back of the mechanism. Apply Tear It Tape around the edges. Adhere butterfly tag over the base pull tag. A small section should extend past the bottom tag. Apply Tear It tape around the three edges of the Vertigo base opposite the mechanism. Don’t put tape on the fourth edge as it will show when the tag is in upright position.

Open mechanism and stamp sentiment in StazOn ink. Royal Purple

Open mechanism and stamp sentiment in StazOn ink. Royal Purple is used here with a sentiment from Joy Clair’s Butterfly Kisses stamp set. Adhere Vertigo and mechanism to card base. Punch a hole in the top of the pull tag and thread decorative fibers through the hole and loop to hold in place.

And whew! You have finished a motion card! It is a lot of work but well worth it and once you make a couple of projects like this then it becomes easier! Enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Strathmore – Bristol Board 100 pound
  • Recollections – Glass Glitter
  • Glitter – Pastel
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs—1104 Hanging Charm Pull Tab die, S022 Butterflies & Stars stencil
  • Joy Clair – Butterfly Kisses
  • Fiber scraps

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How to Make a Spinning Pinwheel Card

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

What better way to evoke the spirit of summer than with hand crafted pinwheels! In this tutorial, I will break down how to make an oversized 7 x 7-inch card with spinning wind mills made of Vertigo sheets (my must-have craft item). The chevron shapes and the spiral stencil used to create an imaginary air movement of the wind on the card’s background helps create the mood. And the best part of this card is the windmills actually spin!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour

Directions

 Vertigo sheet in 2 x 2-inch squares
Step 1

Cut the Vertigo sheet in 2 x 2-inch squares. Mark the center and leaving about a ¼ inch cut from it, cut towards all corners.

Color the Vertigo squares with the StazOn inkpads in Azure and Teal Blue
Step 2

Color the Vertigo squares with the StazOn inkpads in Azure and Teal Blue.

sew the corners to form wind mills
Step 3

Fold and sew the corners to form wind mills. Open a hole in the center to set a brad.

Memento Bahama Blue and Teal Zeal inkpads with the swirl pattern stencil
Step 4

Cut a 6 x 6-inch white cardstock and color using Memento Bahama Blue and Teal Zeal inkpads with the swirl pattern stencil. Use a large sponge dauber to ink the places where the wind mills will be placed.


Step 5

Open two holes and set eyelets.

thin long border embellishment with VersaMark and heat set the black embossing powder
Step 6

To create the stem of the pinwheel, stamp with a thin long border embellishment with VersaMark and heat set the black embossing powder. I used the stitch design from Viva Decor Tailoring Backgrounds, but you can use any stamp that is similar.

Marianne Design Embossing Folder & Cutting Die - Tyre Tracks Chevrons DF3407
Step 7

Die cut the chevron design and distress with the Memento Bahama Blue.

stamping celebrate everyday
Step 8

Stamp the words “Celebrate” and “everyday” on pieces cardstock and hand tear around the words to create a distressed look. Color die cuts of the chevron with the Memento Tangelo.


Step 9

Glue all the elements using the On Point Glue. Cut a 14 x 7-inch long piece of cardstock. Score the middle of the long side and fold. Glue on the front of it the 6 x 6-inch embellished cardstock.

Supplies

Imagine
  • StazOn -Teal blue, Azure
  • Memento – Bahama blue, Teal zeal, Tangelo
  • VersaMark
  • Imagine embossing powder black
  • Vertigo sheets – Prism
  • On Point Glue
  • Sponge daubers
Other
  • White cardstock
  • Marianne Design Embossing Folder & Cutting Die – Tyre Tracks Chevrons DF3407
  • Dutch Doobadoo Mask Art Stencil – 6×6 Spiral #715600
  • Viva Decor A5 Clear Silicone Stamps Set – Tailoring Backgrounds #84
  • Brads and eyelets
  • Hole puncher
  • Heat gun
  • Thread and needle