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e-Magazines - Issue 19 (Feb 2009) (Public)
Sunday, 01 February 2009 23:00

Hang a bit of modern romance in your craft room this issue as we celebrate our love for life and each other. So go on get creative and share the love of handmade.

imagine e-Magazine Issue 19 (February 2009) Cover
imagine e-Magazine Issue 19 (February 2009) Cover (Styled Photo)

San Marino by Jowilna Nolte
Cardstock by Bazzill Basics. Patterned paper by K&Co. Stamp by Stampers Anonymous. Ink by Colorbox. Pigment powder by Ranger Industries. Embossing by Cuttlebug. Other: Cardboard, ribbon, dimensional glaze & embroidery thread.

San Marino by Jowilna Nolte (Close-up 1)
San Marino by Jowilna Nolte (Close-up 2)
San Marino by Jowilna Nolte (Close-up 3)

Add dimension to your project in various ways like we did. Buttons threaded with embroidery thread is a great way to add dimension and colour. Around the edges of the cardstock we create dimension by adding a darker colour ink on top of white gesso painted over the book paper. Use different materials like the silk ribbon, paper, embossing, stitches, chipboard, diamonds, patterned paper and stamping together for added interest.

Create romantic edges with soft silk ribbon that has been gathered together for a fuller look. Sew large stitches legthwise through the centre of the ribbon with your sewing machine or by hand and then pull the thread tight to gather the ribbon. Move the ribbon along on the thread to avoid the thread from breaking where the ribbon gathers too tightly in one spot. Adhere the ribbon to your project with double sided tape and then sew in place.

A cardboard crown decorates the top of our romantic wall hanging. The white cardboard was coloured using a gold pigment powder adding a luscious sheen to the otherwise bland cardboard. Cover the entire crown in a clear ink pad and then gently brush a thin layer of powder onto the tacky surface. Use a large brush to remove any excess. To set the pigment powder either spray with a layer of fixative or add dimensional glaze.

San Marino by Jowilna Nolte (Close-up 4)
San Marino by Jowilna Nolte (Close-up 5)
San Marino by Jowilna Nolte (Close-up 6)

To hang the decoration use small coloured eyelets in the top corners to secure the holes. A thin brown leather cord is threaded through twice and then tied to secure it in place. Projects like these do not have to have a specifi c purpose and can just be purely decorative in your office, kitchen, scrap studio and even your children's bedrooms. Try finding alternative ways of hanging them like an old wood coat hanger.

Stamped images are great additions to decorate projects with a theme. Stamps can be used with different techniques and different types of inks to create a specific look for each new project that you make. You can emboss them in black and colour them in with water colours or pencils, or emboss them in gold or silver for a more sophisticated look. You can also simply stamp them in a plain pigment ink colour of your choice and leave them as.

An old world look works perfectly with this kind of project where distressed paper is combined with pretty floral patterned paper. To create a similar look add a layer of book paper to cardboard and covered it with a thin layer of gesso. Once the gesso has dried add a thin layer of clear adhesive leaving pieces of paper uncovered. Once the glue has dried, cover the entire piece in a layer of dark brown distress ink.

This article is an online reproduction of page 5-7 of imagine e-magazine issue 19 (February 2009) as released by Studio J Media. The original magazine can be ordered on digital compact disc directly from them on their website. Information shared in this article is deemed correct at the time the original magazine was released and may have become outdated or products referred to unavailable. For the sake of reference the publish date of this online article on our site is the date the original publication was released and times are for internal sorting purposes only.