Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Tuesday Tutorial - Journal Covers - Kirsten Sheridan

Good morning everyone, Kirsten here, I hope you had a nice weekend. For today's Tuesday Tutorial, I'd like to show you one of the journal covers I decorated for the Imagination Crafts' Hochanda shows over the Easter weekend................

I began by applying Structure Paste on to the front cover through the Hessian Flower stencil & when the paste was dry I used hot glue to attach all the random embellishments from my stash...............

I covered everything in a layer of Cafe Creme Rusty Patina, using various paintbrushes & stencil brushes to ensure everything was completely covered, then left the cover to dry overnight. The next day, all the flowers, which were a mix of fabric & paper, had hardened beautifully & the cover felt extremely textured, due to Structure Paste & the particles in the Rusty Patina. I could now begin applying wet media without the flowers disintegrating. 

I began by spraying with Brown Mixed Media Ink Spray first, then with Light Purple, using water & baby wipes to move the ink around.............

I decided I didn't like how that was looking, so I sprayed the entire cover liberally with water & wiped off most of the ink, then began again, this time with the Light Purple first.............

I dried gently with my heat tool for the first layer of colour, then left the subsequent layers to dry naturally. It took quite a while for me to be happy with how the cover was looking & quite a few sprays of both the Brown & the Light Purple ink sprays, but eventually I left it alone, ready for the next stage.............

I dry brushed Sand Starlights over the everything but the flowers. Those were randomly painted Island Blue Starlights & edged with Rich Gold Starlights...................

I replaced the Hessian Flower stencil over some areas & applied more Sand Starlights to highlight those areas even more. I added the bookplate, words & adhesive gem from my stash & the front cover was finished..........

I used the same techniques for the back cover, using the Flourish Fountain panel stencil as well as the Hessian Flower...............

Lots of Light Purple & Brown Mixed Media Ink Sprays..................

Finishing with Sand Starlights dry brushed on top as before. Sand is a great neutral that will add a gorgeous, subtle shimmer to any surface, it's rapidly become one of my favourite Starlights' colours..............

The completed back cover.....................

The completed front cover....................

Planner Journal A5      ST Hessian Flower    PS Flourish Fountain

Rusty Patina - Cafe Creme    Mix Media Spray Ink - Light PurpleMix Media Spray Ink - Dark Brown

Starlights - Island BlueStarlights - SandStarlights - Rich Gold

Thank you for visiting the Imagination Crafts' blog today. Sue & Lisa will be returning to Hochanda this coming Sunday, April 30 at 8pm for the launch of our new One Day Special. More information to come during the week. 

Until next time, happy crafting.


Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Tuesday Tutorial - Butterfly Canvas by Martina Tidball

Good morning, crafty readers, Martina here with a breakdown of how I created one of the canvasses for the Imagination Crafts' show from Ally Pally. All the items sold out so quickly that I don’t think more than a handful of samples ever had the chance to be shown!

Taking one of the larger canvasses, I coated the whole thing in Baltic Blue MDF paint (it looks paler here, but I think that is the photographer!)

 I had an idea that I wanted some butterflies to be ‘bursting’ out from a book or page, so needed to create something to show this. Once the MDF paint was dry, I started ripping up card and boxes to see what I could make (it did get a bit messy!)

Once I decided on a rough position for my ‘torn’ section, I was able to start building up my canvas and forming the picture. Taking script Art Stamp, I used Dark Orchid Starlight Wax directly onto the stamp and dotted it randomly around the whole area.

 Taking the Large Detail Butterfly Stencil, I sectioned off a trail of the stars and spots and then used Island Blue Starlight Paint and a Domed Stencil Brush to add sections of these over the canvas.

Knowing that my butterflies were going to ‘escape’ from the bottom left corner, I took the
 Light Purple Mixed Media Ink Spray and spritzed from that corner diagonally up the canvas.

 Turning back to my Detail Butterfly Stencil, I used some Dark Orchid and White Gold Starlight Wax to stencil different butterflies over the whole canvas.

Whilst that was all drying, I wanted to create some flying butterflies for the canvas. This time I applied Blackcurrant and Lavender Sparkle Medium through the stencil onto strong acetate.

At this point I turned back to my torn corner. I used some strong mount board, tore it in the middle and folded the edges back to look as if they were peeling away. To keep the edges in place, I secured the card with strong glue. To make it all look more like an old box or fabric, I applied liberal amounts of Blanc Rusty Patina all over it. The texture of the Patina is amazing and gives such a rugged effect! As I had used so much product on this section, I put it all aside and left to dry for several hours.

I wanted to add a sentiment to my canvas, but I didn’t have anything in my stash that was the right size and feel. In the end, I decided to use my old trick of typing a sentiment in a word processor, changing the font and position to suit and then printing onto thin tissue paper (the best way to do this is to tape some tissue onto some copy paper before running through your printer). I tore around the sentiment and then placed into position on my canvas before applying a generous coat of 

Turning back to my corner section, I painted the whole thing with White Gold Starlight Paint. Once dry, I used my finger to apply Dark Orchid Wax over the whole area and reveal all that lovely texture! I glued the corner into place and then to tie it all in I used White Gold and Dark Orchid Wax all around the edges of the canvas.

 With my butterflies cut out and applied, my canvas was all complete!

 It was one of those rare instances when what you visualise in your head actually does turn out as you planned! Yay!

Starlight Wax - Dark Orchid   Starlight Wax - White Gold   SM Blackcurrant      
SM Lavender    Rusty Patina - Blanc       Mix Media Spray Ink - Light Purple

 Magi Bond Decoupage

Happy crafting and I will see you again soon!



Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Tuesday Tutorial - Upcycling with Mixed Media Ink Sprays - Margaret Brackenbury

Hi everyone, hope you're well. Margaret here to tell you about how I used sheets of paper towel that I'd sprayed with Mixed Media Ink Sprays on a glass jar. It's very easy to do, and so effective. Hope you're sitting comfortably, here goes............!!!

I had been using the Mixed Media Ink Sprays, mainly Green and Yellow and the new Gold Shake and Gilt, (available soon), making pages for my Techniques Journal. The sheets of paper towel in the bottom of the box looked too good to throw away, so I left them to dry completely.

Next step, I  separated the kitchen roll into just one sheet and tore into small pieces.

Can you see the shimmer from the Shake and Gilt?? So gorgeous!

I then found an a jar to recycle and used Imaginations Magi-Bond Decoupage Glue to add the small pieces of paper towel to my jar.

I carried on covering the whole jar then sealed all the pieces with another layer of Magi-Bond Decoupage Glue. It's a thin glue that has extremely strong adhesive properties, so it's ideal. 

To decorate the jar I added some die cut shapes from a piece of card which had also been sprayed with Mixed Media Ink Sprays. A piece of green ribbon and some gold buttons from my stash completed the jar. Here is another picture from a different angle...............

Hope you like my idea for upcycling, the jar has a lovely textured feel, almost as if it is material.

Mix Media Spray Ink - Green Mix Media Spray Ink - SunshineMix Media Spray Ink - Yellow

Magi Bond Decoupage

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed my post and feel inspired to have a go. See you soon.


Friday, 7 April 2017

Crafting at Ally Pally 8-9 April

Good morning! Sue here with a quick post to let you know about our upcoming exciting weekend at Alexandra Palace, London. 

Harvey and I are heading to London this morning, because tomorrow I shall be demoing on the BJ Crafts stand and on Sunday morning, at 10am, I will be broadcasting live from the show for Hochanda. ​​​​​​​
I enjoy demoing at Ally Pally, it's always great fun and lovely to meet so many enthusiastic crafters. BJ Crafts are our main stockists and they will have their stand filled with lots of our products, including some new ones...... 

Jean of BJ Crafts will be demoing too and we're hoping for a fantastic weekend.​​​​​​​

For my Hochanda programme on Sunday morning, we will have a selection of new products including some new Art stencils; Ink Blot Butterflies and Mixed Media Script. The images in this newsletter give you an idea as to how beautiful these stencils are. I know I always say it, but I think they're going to be popular, so if you like them order them quickly from Hochanda on Sunday morning, either by 'phone or online.​​​​​​​


As well as the stencils, there will be new stamps, new Starlight Waxes, Mixed Media Ink Sprays AND a NEW Shake and Gilt! The Silver Shake And Gilt sold out in what seemed like minutes when it was launched on Hochanda and I have a feeling this new one will go the same way..........

I hope all of that has sparked your interest. If you're coming to the Crafting at Ally Pally show tomorrow or Sunday please visit the BJ Crafts stand and say hello, we'd love to see you. And if you're home on Sunday morning at 10am, then why not tune in to Hochanda? I will squeeze as many demos in to the hour as I can and try to give you lots of crafting inspiration.

Enjoy the rest of your week and thank you for your support. 

Sue and all at Imagination Crafts

Watch Hochanda on Freeview channel 85, Sky channel 663, Freesat 817 and live at www.hochanda.com