Tuesday, February 28, 2012

i-magine That!

We'd like to introduce you to another new series
that is going to be so much fun!!

Have you ever come across a project and thought to yourself "Now who would have ever thought that possible?" OR "I didn't know you could do that?"

Well, this new series will knock your socks off! In each segment of this new feature one of our designers will share with you a project that they made using Imaginisce products but in a way that you never dreamed of! It will be a video or picture tutorial feature and we just know that you'll love it!!

So let's get started.
Today we have designer Ilene Tell sharing her project called ...

Homemade 'Rubber' Charms

"Hi everyone! Today I have a very quick and easy tutorial on how to make your own "rubber" charms. Rubber charms are becoming more popular lately, so I thought it would be both fun and economical to be able to make your own."

Here's a list of supplies needed for this project.
  • Imaginisce i-bond (glue gun) and colored Glue Sticks
  • Imaginisce i-rock Mini Iron
  • Manual Die Cutting Machine (Cuttlebug or Sizzix - she used Sizzix Big Shot)
  • Dies (Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers Mini Hearts)
  • Non-stick sheet
  • Embossing Folder (Sizzix or Cuttlebug - she used Cuttlebug Swiss Dots)

Step #1
Pick out the color glue you want to use - Imaginisce makes various solid colors, as well as a variety of Glittered colors. Here I used a soft pink. Heat up your glue and squeeze out a circle onto the non-stick sheet.

Step #2
Fold the sheet over on top of your circle and then use your Imaginisce i-rock Mini Iron to iron it flat and relatively thin.

Step #3
Allow it to sit this way until it cools completely.

Step #4
Once completely cool, you can peel the sheet off the top and then peel your glue off the sheet. You should have a flat "pancake".

Step #5
Select the die you'd like to use, making sure your pancake is big enough for it. If it's not, you could always go back and add more glue, repeating the steps above to make it bigger.

Step #6
If you would like more texture you can now emboss using an embossing folder. This step flattened my heart a little. So if this happens you can always go back and use the die to even it out again.

Step #7
You now have a "rubber" heart (the texture does end up firm but flexible, very similiar to rubber). My 'pancake' was big enough that I was able to go back and trim around the edge, giving me another heart.

Step #8
This is what my charms ended up looking like on a tag, paired with the adorable Sole Sisters collection. Since the glue comes out firm but flexible it was very easy to wrap the open heart in baker's twine for extra texture.

Try it out and enjoy!

Be sure to share your creations with us by posting a link here on the comments section or on our Facebook page!

We'd love to see what you create!


Moni said...

This is so cool. Love it. Hugs, Moni

CLM-cindylu2u said...

Oh my, what a fabulous ideal!! Thanks

Jean said...

Wow - how cool!

Guiseppa said...

You are so smart! What a fun idea Ilene! Thanks!

Diana Fisher said...

How fun!!

Sandy said...

Cool idea. I had seen ideas to trace shapes with coloured glue but this opens up so many more possibilities:)

AmyJ said...

wow...that's pretty neat...Thanks for sharing this with us. What a great Idea....

Larissa Heskett said...

THANKS for sharing Ilen!! I LOVE the idea and it would be fun to do with older kids!!

Rhonda Miller said...

What a great idea. I love the finished tag.

Regina Mangum said...

Ilene is our resident GENIUS! This is SO COOL! XOXO

Adora Concepcion said...

you are so full of ideas Ilene!! this is so awesome! I'm gonna have to try this. thanks!

connie said...

what a cute idea!

Court said...

SOOOO Cute!!! What a fab idea! Love it!

Mary Ann Jenkins said...

Wow! That's really thinking out of the box Ilene!! Very clever, and creative. Thanks for the tip, I'll have to give it a try.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OH MY! This is SOOOOOO amazing--so clever! LOVE:)

Rhonda Van Ginkel said...

Ilene this is such a fabulous use for the glue and mini iron! LOVE it!!! Great job!


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