Thursday, 28 September 2017

Massive Website Sale This Weekend Only

Ah, the wonders of modern technology! A few weeks we had a sale on the website and we sent out a newsletter to all our subscribers to let them know. It turns out that many of you didn't get the newsletter and missed out on grabbing a bargain, or three. 

So, to make up for it, we are doing the sale all over again! This weekend only, from tomorrow, Friday September 29 until Monday, October 2 at midday, there is 15% OFF EVERYTHING on the website - including items previously reduced.

Some stock is available in limited quantities only, so if you see something you want, grab it quickly.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Tuesday Tutorial - Creative Spirit by Martina Tidball

Hello crafters! Martina here with a step-by-step showing how I created one of the cards shown on the last Hochanda shows with Mandy. I used the Mr Sprocket stencil, among others, with 
Alchemy Waxes, Structure Paste, Rusty Patina and Starlight Wax and went completely steampunk/grunge/industrial with this one, making a complete mess of my fingers and everything else!

I started by cutting a piece of strong card to act as the base for my topper. I then used a square die from my stash to cut the middle out and create a frame, keeping the middle for later on…

With the frame size/width decided, I used lots of different stencils and picked out little interesting elements. I used Structure Paste through each one onto some blank card and set aside to dry. When ready, I cut my elements into squares, rectangles and other shapes to give some interest to my frame.

Now for the messy part! Using Magi-bond Glue, I arranged my shapes all around the frame, making sure to cover every section. I overlapped some pieces and put some at an angle, so nothing was ‘perfect’; any overhanging edges I cut off later.

Whilst that was drying, (it did take a while as I had used an awful lot of glue!) I set about creating the centrepiece. I trimmed my square middle section that I had  die-cut earlier, taking a few mm off each side. I then covered the whole topper with some Café Crème Rusty Patina. Using the Mr Sprocket stencil, I masked off the section I wanted to use, making sure it fit just inside the trimmed square.

Using some Black Starlight Wax through the stencil, I added Mr Sprocket. To take some of the harshness away and add a slightly worn look, I used some Bronze Alchemy Wax on my finger to lightly dust over the whole image.

Going back to my frame, I covered the whole thing in a layer of black Gesso. With my foundation in place I could then add some colour.............

Again using my finger, I applied some Peridot, Bronze and Copper Alchemy Wax over the frame. I did not want to cover all the black, as leaving some exposed gives more depth. I applied the wax lightly, skimming the texture of the dried Structure Paste with my fingers. The three colours together created the magic effect of worn/industrial/vintage – LOVE IT!

Once all the wax I wanted was applied, it was time to assemble my card. I added a sentiment from the new Mixed Media Stamp Set and some greyboard screws from my stash (which I also coloured with the same waxes).

That’s it from me, I hope you like it and you get the chance to play with the amazing Alchemy Waxes. I have to say I have used so many waxes, but the fact these are water-based and can be removed when you have a ham-handed moment, (as I often do) is brilliant!

See you soon, love,


Alchemy Wax - Bronze   Alchemy Wax - Peridot   Alchemy Wax - Copper   Structure Paste Starlight Wax - Black  Black Gesso     Magi-Bond 100ml

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Back on Hochanda Tomorrow

Hello! We hope you're enjoying the short week. This is a quick post to let you know about our Hochanda programmes tomorrow.

Our newest design team member, Mandy-Jane - known to all as MJ - is taking over the reins and guest presenting on three shows, at 8am, 12pm and 4pm GMT.

Canvas by MJ...............

There will be lots of mixed media techniques on canvases and cards, some new products - including some new stamp sets that the rest of us are desperate to get our hands on - and of course, they wouldn't be Imagination shows without a special offer, or two.

Canvas by Martina..............

You'll find all the products in the shows on our page on Hochanda's website - many of you know by now that shopping ahead can be a very good idea........

We'll be cheering MJ on tomorrow and we hope you will too. She's a little nervous, but after last weekend's One Day Special baptism of fire we're sure she's going to be wonderful.

Canvas by Lisa B...............

By the way, if you'd like to see all the amazing samples created by our design team for the Art Deco One Day Special they're all in our Pinterest boards

That's it for now. We hope you can tune in to Hochanda tomorrow. Once again, programme times are 8am, 12pm and 4pm GMT.


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Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Tuesday Tutorial - Art Deco Canvas by Martina Tidball

Good morning all, Martina here! Enjoying the sun? I know it’s a bit hot, but it is lovely to see bright skies every now and again. Not so great in my craft room though, it feels like an oven and when the heat gun goes on I really do melt! This week I would like to share with you a step-by-step guide showing how I created one of the canvases for the Imagination One Day Special on Hochanda last weekend.................

To start with I wanted to add some dimension to the corners, so I reached for my StructurePaste and used it through the Art Deco Corners stencil. Once this was dry, I reached for my 
Mixed Media Sprays in Fuchsia and Purple and spritzed directly onto the canvas. With a wet paint brush I dragged the colour across horizontally to create a divide and to blend the tones..............

One the canvas was dry, I wanted to create a ‘showbiz’ backdrop. I had no idea how to do this, so at this point there was a lot of playing! Taking a wet paint brush, I striped upwards from my horizon line to the edge of the canvas. After each stroke, I immediately blotted with a tea towel to ‘bleach’ the colour away. I repeated this several times until I was happy with the effect................

The ‘lights’ looked a bit pale for the effect I wanted, so I decided to add some Pearl Starlight Wax to each stripe making a shimmery finish...........

I was getting there with my background, but I still wanted it to ‘pop’ a little more, so this time I used some Black Starlight Wax and watered it down to make a grey tone. Using a fine paintbrush I added a light stripe to the edge of each ray on the left-hand side.
In the bottom purple area of my canvas I wanted to create a floor. To do this I used the repeating pattern on the Art Deco Fan stencil and some more Pearl Starlight Wax.

To make my Structure Paste corners stand out, I replaced the stencil and stippled some Black Starlight Wax through it using a domed stencil brush.

Now my background was sorted, I needed to add my main features. I apologise here, as I think I got so involved I appear not to have taken many photos! I chose a font from my PC (I think it was called Broadway?) and typed my chosen sentiment, resizing to fit. Once I had thought about my positioning, I planned where I wanted my Deco ladies to sit. I masked the bench section from the Isobel stencil and used Black Starlight Wax to add it in. I then extended the bench by moving the stencil along slightly and repeating the process. Next, I changed the masking tape to mask the bench on both the Isobel and Sally stencils. Using the NEW Golden Delicious and Vineyard Sparkle Medium colours I added the ladies to the canvas and set aside to dry. The finishing touches were some gems from my stash.

There we have it: a complete experiment, but I think it turned out ok in the end!

The other samples I created for the ODS programmes can be seen in our 

Imagination Crafts will be back on Hochanda this coming Friday, June 2 at 8am, 12pm and 4pm GMT with our new design team member, MJ. 

Thank you for reading and I look forward to seeing you again soon.


Structure Paste   ST Art Deco Corners      Mix Media Spray Ink - Fuschia    

Mix Media Spray Ink - Light PurpleStarlight Wax - Pearl    Starlight Wax - Black   

ST Art Deco Fan    18mm Stencil Brush        ST Sally    SM Vineyard - NEW!!      

ST Isobel     SM Golden Delicious - NEW!!     

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Flutterby Flowers - Margaret Brackenbury

Hello everyone, Margaret here again. Thank you to everyone who liked my Butterfly Spring card from Thursday. I'd like to show the other two cards I made, using the same techniques with different stencils...........

For the first card I applied Black Starlight Wax through the Modern Flowers stencil onto a piece of white card I painted with a wash of Japanese Jade Alchemy Wax

I then applied Structure Paste through the Flutterby stencil and when that was dry I brushed on a little Silver Sparkle Medium to highlight the butterflies.

I kept the matting and layering simple, with black card and blue card brayered with
Silver Sparkle Medium..........

For the second card I applied Black Starlight Wax through the Alpine Poppy stencil onto a piece of card that I'd used to mop up excess paint. I applied Structure Paste through the 
Wheat panel stencil and when it was  dry I brushed Gold Shine Sparkle Medium on top..................

I added a greeting and a black matting layer to finish..................

Tonight sees the launch of a new Imagination One Day Special on Hochanda. I hope you can join Sue at 8pm and then tomorrow at 9am, 12pm, 4pm and 7pm. All the products in the show can be found on the Imagination page on the Hochanda website. There are some great savings to be had & the ODS itself is a real bargain. 

Thanks for visiting the Imagination blog today, I hope you have a lovely weekend.


ST Alpine Poppy       ST Flutterby PS Wheat

Starlight Wax - BlackST Modern Flowers

SM Spatula - JT3Alchemy Wax - Japanese JadeStructure Paste 

       SM Gold Shine      SM Silver