Step-by-step craft tips from our guest Sue Baker


Sue Baker Sue Baker of Imagination Crafts is back with some handy hints and tips and a great step-by-step project for you to follow.

So, collect together your materials and get ready to make a beautiful handmade card following these nine easy steps…

Silkie Bliss step-by-step

Template, paint and foam pad






You will need:


Step-by-step to make your card

Step 1 1. Attach template to white card and secure both to a heat mat with masking tape so that the template doesn't move.



Step 2 2. Apply a small amount of Silkies paint to the heat mat, ready to apply to stencil.



Step 3 3. Apply a small amount of paint to your Cut 'N Dry foam and gently tap it over the template starting in one corner.



Step 4 4. Carry on working the paint over the template, re-applying Silkie colour to foam as necessary.



Step 5 5. Once the Bliss stencil is covered with Onyx Black Silkies paint, this stage is now complete.



6.  Don't worry at this stage about your stencil being dirty. The stencils are made from strong, durable plastic and, as Silkies are a water-based colour, it can be washed off the stencil by immersing it in warm soapy water. When you're finished just wash it gently and dry flat on kitchen paper.


Step 7 7.  Gently remove the masking tape from stencil, starting in one corner and work around the stencil, removing the tape and then carefully peel the stencil from the white card.



8. To finish this card, make a narrow border by using the same method and masking off one area of the stencil border.

Finished card 9. Matte and layer your card onto black and silver cardstock and make it into an easel-shaped card for added stylish effect. Add a ribbon and sentiment to finish.



More hints and tips from Sue on using Imagination Crafts products…

1. Mica tiles – They can be cut, punched or run through an embossing folder and because Mica comes from volcanic rock it can be stamped and heat embossed to add beautiful accessory accents to all papercrafting and mixed media crafting projects.

2. Chalkies – A revolutionary quick-drying matte stamping paint. Paint Chalkies onto a non-stick craft mat into the shape of an ink pad or to the size of the stamp. Dip the rubber stamp into the Chalkies paint and stamp onto any cardstock, acetate or other surface where Chalkies dry almost immediately.

3. Everyday essentials - Magi Bond is a clear-drying water based glue and along side the other Magi products supplied in this kit, can be used with Imagination Inks and powders to colourize products and to apply onto any cardstock including glossy cardstock and acetate.

4. Gem gels – Can be squeezed gently and used as 'gems', to highlight projects as well as painted into an stamped, embossed image (which looks especially good on acetate for a raised stained glass effect).

5. Inkadink spray inks - For a beautiful resist technique, stamp the image with Versamark, shake embossing powder over the image, heat set and then spray two or three colours of Inkadink over the image and wipe over with kitchen paper. The embossed image will 'resist' the ink.

6. Glitz and Glaze – Apply glaze through a stencil using Cut 'N Dry foam and work quickly applying the Glitz glitter straight away onto the glaze before it dries.

7. Embossing powder set with embossing fluid – Stamp and heat-emboss an outline image onto card or heat embossable acetate and then paint in the image with a small amount of embossing fluid. Apply Imagination embossing powders over the top and heat set for a raised glass-like finish.


  1. sally anderson January 21, 2011 at 11:22 pm -  Reply

    thanks for tips – I look forward to trying some of them.

  2. Ann January 24, 2011 at 2:26 pm -  Reply

    Enjoyed your hour nice to see a different show missed one item will buy when next in stock.
    Did not buy another single thing must be something wrong , but more money for another day

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