Monday, 29 December 2014

Time and Motion

Good Morning Crafters

We hope that you have all had a wonderful Christmas and that we only have a few days left of 2014.

It sure has been a very busy year at Imagination Crafts and looking forward to seeing what 2015 bring us.

Today we are sharing another of our new design team members tutorial.
 Marleen has made a beautiful steampunk card.

Products used for this project are:

Other Products used are:
White card stock
Blue card stock
Sentiment stamps (from personal stash)
Distress ink. 

Card stock
sparkle medium

Start by putting a big blob of sparkle medium onto a scraper and spreading it out

Then smear it over the card stock, trying to get an even coat.
To enable the white card to show through only give it a thin coat. 
A thicker coat can be applied if desired, drying time just takes longer.

 Once sparkle medium was dry, cut out glittered patch and put it through a big shot with a couple of cog dies. (please note that a thicker coat may not go through your die cutting machine as easy, so please take care if trying out this technique)

And VOILA.. Glittered cogs MADE!!

Marleen has found that this way of making glittered embellishments really easy, and by doing this, means that all her dies have now gotten another lease of life. 
Think glittered butterflies or swirls?? Or glittered siluhettes???
This definitely wont be a last time Marleen will do this :-)

 Now onto the rest of Marleen's project...
Using the Black Star Sparkle medium and the Time & Elements stencil.
Once sparkle medium was dry distress with weathered wood distress ink and layered up with cogs and sentiment.

Different views of the card.

Isn't this a beautiful steampunk card?

We do hope that you have enjoyed seeing Marleen's first tutorial and will leave a comment.

Thank you for visiting today!!

Friday, 26 December 2014

Inkadinks and Wax Technique

Good Morning Crafters

Well we hope you all had a lovely Christmas.

Today we are sharing a YouTube from Samantha K showing a technique using inkadinks and wax.

First of all here is a picture of her creation and a brief description as described by Samantha.

Clematis Decoupage Stamp Set

I was feeling very summery when i made this, plus the Inkadinks are very spring/summer colours that I used 

I have used the Inkadinks as a watercolour paint to very roughly paint the flower and leaves, I purposely didn't stay in the lines, as the whole effect is meant to look quite artsy and bleed into each other. The idea is also to demonstrate a way of colouring the stamped images without having to be a great painter or great with markers. 

I then dried everything off, added wax over the coloured areas, again not being to fussy and then used a different colour wash all over, dabbing any excess ink of the wax areas that had acted like a resist. 

The effect left is one where the over colour has in places seeped into the initial colour, leaving a gorgeous colour blend, that some people may find difficult to do if they were just using paint on paint as everything can just become a little muddy. 

Enjoy the rest of the festive season!

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Merry Christmas

Good Morning Crafters

We at Imagination Crafts wish all our followers and customers
A very Merry Christmas!

We hope you all have a wonderful day!

Monday, 22 December 2014

Sparkly Christmas Tree Ornaments

Good Morning Crafters

Only 4 days until Santa pays us all a visit.

We at Imagination Crafts wish you all a Merry Christmas and hope you all have a good one!

Today our tutorial is from another of our new DT members Amy.
She has really gotten into the festive season with her tutorial!

Masking Tape
Pallet Knife
Snowflakes, The Clearing Stencils
Christmas Tree Panel Stencil
Diamond, Periwinkle, Candy Floss, Amethyst Sparkle Medium

Other Items
3 Clear Class Ovals
Crystal Stickles Glitter Glue
Silver Stickles Glitter Glue
Lime Green Stickles Glitter Glue
Lilac and Blue Ribbon

All Ornaments are made using flat glass ovals which have been pre-drilled 

Position the snowflake stencil over the oval and tape down. Stencil using Diamond Sparkle Medium.

Remove stencil and leave to dry

On the second oval using the clearing stencil mask part of the stencil.
Using Periwinkle for the tree and diamond sparkle medium for the deer spread evenly to cover the parts of the stencil you require.

Carefully removed stencil and put to one side to dry.

Taking the Panel Stencil Christmas Tree place over the 3rd oval and then using Candy Floss, Periwinkle and Amethyst over the top half of the tree.

Remove stencil and leave to dry.

To finish off add some sequins, diamantes, extra sparkle medium, stickles glitter glues and finish them off with some pretty ribbons ready to hang on the tree. 
They look beautiful when the lights are on as they twinkle.

Thank you for visiting today.

Friday, 19 December 2014

A Blossom Girl Canvas

Good Morning Crafters

Today we have a beautiful canvas tutorial by Shilpa. This is Shilpa's first tutorial and we are looking forward to seeing more of her fabulous creations.

We hope you will welcome Shilpa to the team. 

Attach design papers to the edges of thick white chipboard randomly.
Apply a thin layer of Gesso and leave to dry.

Place the Beautiful Blossom stencil and use a brown watercolour pencil trace the face of the image.
Using watercolour inks colour the image.

Once image is dry place the beautiful blossom stencil back over the image and stencil the blossom with Gunmetal Sparkle Medium. 
Using watercolour ink add colour around the design papers.

Once everything is dry decide on the colours you wish to use for your embellishments.
An array of assorted flowers, die cut leaves, butterflies and birds have been used.

The finished project. Don't you think this is gorgeous, I know I do!

Many thanks for visiting.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Altered Coasters

Good Morning Crafters

Today we have one of our new design team member's Carol sharing her tutorial with us.
Welcome to the team Carol, we hope that you enjoy your time with us.

Imagination Craft Items used:

Also needed:
Two coasters
Black acrylic paint, gesso or chalkboard

Started with two coasters which came free in a charity envelope, coated both sides with black gesso, then when dry a further coat of chalkboard paint.

Image stamps were then inked up with gilding glue, stamped onto the coasters and allowed to go tacky. Gilding flakes were then added.

Once dry the excess flakes were then brushed off.

Thank you for visiting today!

Friday, 12 December 2014

Pretty in Pink

Good Morning Crafters

Today we are sharing another of our new DT members Samantha Wade tutorial

Please do hop on over to Samantha's blog to see some more of her work.

Pink Blossoms card.
Floral Tea Cup Stencil.
Sparkle Medium, Sage Green, Old Rose, Antique Bronze, Chartreuse.

Using low tac masking tape, attach stencil to the patterned card and apply Sparkle Medium with a palette knife. Brown to the birds, the green to the leaves, old rose(which is so perfect with the card) to the other areas, remove stencil and leave to dry.

When dry, reapply the stencil and add the chartreuse to the birds chests, and go over any areas you want to add colour to, using a brush for small areas and a piece of cut and dry to smooth over larger areas.

When dry and happy with the colours add flowers and cheese cloth, glue the pearls and gems.

Mat the patterned card onto pink glitter card, then onto a 7x7 card

That is it for Today, we hope you enjoy your weekend.

Monday, 8 December 2014


Good Morning Crafters

We hope that you all enjoyed your weekend.

Today we have a tutorial for you by Rachel to share.

Inkadinks - Vintage
Orchid Decoupage Stamp Set

Add a drop of avocado inkadink to glass mat - add water to brush and swirl into ink drop - use to wash over page, repeat with gingerbread inkadink and aubergine inkadink.

 Stamp orchid in black archival ink and paint using the same colours of inkadinks.

Here's the completed image - fussy cut and mount onto pearlescent card

Cut the background created so far to size and use small stamps from the set to create a pattern.

To complete the pattern use the orchid and flourish from the stamp set. Mat and layer this onto lilac card.

Here is the completed card, stamped the sentiment from the stamp set onto the patterned card.

We hope that you enjoy today's tutorial and thank you for stopping by Today.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Create your own tags with Inkadinks

Good Morning Crafters

We hope you have enjoyed your week and enjoyed meeting the new design team.

Today we are sharing Christine's tutorial, this is Christine's third term with us.

Imagination Crafts Products Used.
Fuchsia Decoupage Stamp Set
Orchid Stencil
Black Sparkle Medium

Wet some water-colour paper and drop yellow, orange and red ink onto the surface. Keep dropping on ink until the surface is covered. 

Drop some purple ink in blobs onto the wet paper and allow to spread naturally. Top tip - you can manipulate the inks by tipping the paper a little. 

 Stamp the small branch from the Fuchsia Decoupage Stamp set around the edges with brown ink. 

Using the Orchid Stencil and Black Sparkle Medium add the image onto the top of the background. 

 Finish your tag by inking the edges with brown ink. 

We hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

Thank you for visiting!